Its heartbreaking Manitoba premier says increase in child deaths is shocking

first_imgWINNIPEG — Manitoba’s premier says it is shocking to see a spike in the number of children who have died in the province.Manitoba’s children’s advocate released her annual report Monday which showed 187 children died in 2017-18 — the highest number of deaths in nearly a decade.Most children died from natural causes, like a premature birth or disease, followed by accidental deaths including drowning.Thirteen of the children who died were in government care, four of them died by suicide.Premier Brian Pallister says any time a child dies, it’s heartbreaking.He says if there is anything the province can do better, the government must do it.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Striking Amazon Spheres landmark opens in downtown Seattle

first_imgSEATTLE – From the fourth floor of a striking rainforest-like conservatory built of glass and white steel in downtown Seattle, Amazon.com boss Jeff Bezos turned toward the top of his newest headquarters building to summon his favourite assistant.In a proud little show on Monday for the media and dignitaries — which also doubled as product placement for Amazon’s voice assistant — the world’s richest man ordered out loud, symbolically: “Alexa, open The Spheres.”The domed structure is only steps away from the executive office tower where Bezos leads the online retail behemoth. It’s part of the company’s urban campus near downtown Seattle that is largely made up of unmarked office buildings where more than 40,000 people report to work.The four-story Spheres structure from the outside looks like three connected glass orbs planted into the ground in a caterpillar shape. Lighting mimics a position near the equator, with 12 hours of shade and sun. During the day, the interior is maintained at 72 degrees with 60 per cent humidity, to emulate a cloud forest ecosystem.Amazon’s Amazonesque rainforest-like conservatory is now home to more than 40,000 plants from 50 countries on five continents. Its centerpiece is a 50-foot (15.2-meter) fig tree. Most plants will flower and some can yield fruit, though visitors must keep their hands off all plant life. About 90 per cent of the plants were grown and tended to in a suburban greenhouse for years in anticipation for their permanent home in The Spheres.Though masked by nature, the sleek and minimalist “alternative work space” is also designed to make you forget you’re at work, in a startup environment that is rumoured to be aggressively demanding.“The idea is that we connect them with nature. We get them away from their normal desk environment so you don’t see any desks or cubicles around,” said Ron Gagliardo, Amazon’s leading horticulturist.The corporate office space, however selfie-worthy, is already such a hit that the company had to create a reservation system to contain the flow of traffic for the time being. Employees will have to snag a reservation to get in but it’s currently already booked out until April. The building has capacity for about 1,000 people but is more comfortable with about 800 at a time.Once inside, workers can use nooks with tables and chairs that can serve as a casual meeting space. Coffee breaks can be taken in a cafe and “picnic” area offering an interior reprieve from Seattle’s unrelenting rainy season.Critics have called the Spheres a vanity project, illustrating Seattle’s sometimes strained relationship with its largest employer. The company’s presence has changed the local economy and raised its cost of living — but none of that was on show at the unveiling of the Spheres.Instead, Bezos received glowing praise from the governor, mayor and county officials for his recent commitments to the city’s homelessness crisis plus a personal donation of $33 million to a scholarship foundation that helps immigrant youth in the country illegally.Bezos was coy when asked by The Associated Press whether the company’s much-anticipated second headquarters to be built in an undetermined U.S. city will have another statement building space like the Spheres, saying: “We’ll see.”___Follow Sally Ho at https://twitter.com/_sallyholast_img read more

Third explosives haul in a week at Bankura

first_imgKolkata: State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) seized huge quantity of explosives from Bankura on Sunday. This is for the third time within a week, the CID has found explosives here.According to CID officials, on Saturday sleuths got a tip-off that a truck loaded with explosive materials will enter Bankura. Working on the information CID sleuths intercepted a truck bearing Jharkhand registration number in the evening at Beliatore. CID and police officials present at the spot asked for documents from the driver. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersLater during search, sleuths discovered that the truck was loaded with explosive material. The driver and the owner of the truck, identified as Nishant Kumar, was arrested immediately. After preliminary interrogation, sleuths suspect that the explosives was destined to Birbhum district. During search operation, sleuths seized 97,500 electric detonator, 6250 kg gelatin sticks (power gel) and 11,450 kgs ammonium nitrate from the truck. Previously on Wednesday CID had seized huge quantity of explosive materials from Saltora. The explosive material was stored inside a warehouse at Kastora village of Saltora in Bankura. Sleuths have seized 52,500 pieces of electric detonators, 106 cartons of gelatin sticks (power gel) and 133 sacks of ammonium nitrate along with one abandoned SUV and a bike from there. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe explosive materials were being procured from Orissa, Telangana and Jharkhand. It is suspected that the explosive materials was procured to be used in illegal stone quarries. CID had found explosive materials from a person’s house at Boga village of Indpur in Bankura on Friday night. The owner of the house has been arrested. During search sleuths had seized approximately 800 electric detonators, 200 packets of gelatin sticks (power gel) and around 100 kg of ammonium nitrate. Seeing the huge recovery within a week panic triggered across the Bankura district. Sleuths have also took a serious note in this regard and stepped up the security across the district to maintain law and order situation.last_img read more

Withdraw Pragyas ticket if PM truly respects police Deora

first_imgMumbai: Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora has said if Prime Minister Narendra Modi truly respects the Maharashtra Police, he should withdraw the candidature of Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur, who is contesting as a BJP nominee from Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency. Deora also said that Modi’s focus on emotive issues, rather than the real ones, during his speech in Mumbai on Friday is a clear indicator of the “failure” of his government in delivering on key issues, like employment. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Modi addressed a rally at BKC ground here on Friday, ahead of April 29 polling for six seats in Mumbai and 11 seats in Maharashtra. During his speech, he alleged that the Congress governments neglected the police force and turned it into a “punching bag”. He added that had it not been for the alertness of Mumbai Police, who paid a heavy price including martyrdom, the city would have paid a greater price due to terror activities. Modi’s praise for police came over a week after Pragya Singh Thakur’s controversial statement about slain IPS officer Hemant Karkare. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K In a statement, Deora said Mumbaikars should ask why the prime minister is encouraging those who insult the armed forces and brave police. “If the prime minister truly respects the Maharashtra Police, he should withdraw Pragya Thakur’s ticket immediately. That’s the least he can do to honour martyr Hemant Karkare,” Deora said. Surprisingly,the Shiv Sena has remained silent on the insult of a Maharashtra police martyr, the Congress leader added. “Mumbaikars will not forgive the BJP and the Shiv Sena for playing politics over some of our city’s darkest memories,” he said. “The prime minister did not mention the Shiv Sena in his speech. Don’t the BJP’s allegations of ‘milavati’ (adulterated) alliances fall flat when compared to the BJP-Sena’s ‘banavati’ (fake) alliance? The Shiv Sena, which praises the prime minister before elections, goes on to abuse him after the polls,” he said. “This only proves that their ‘mahayuti’ (grand alliance) will break in six months, with the upcoming Assembly elections (in Maharashtra),” Deora charged.last_img read more

Polands Tomasz Marczynski Wins 2015 Moroccos Cycling Tour

Casablanca – Poland’s Tomasz Tomasz won on Sunday the 28th edition of Morocco’s cycling tour (Tour du Maroc).Marczynski won the race after finishing first in three legs between Settat and Marrakech, Khenifra and Fez and Nador and AL Hoceima.The previous edition was won by Frence’s Julien Loubet. Mohamed El Gourch was the only Moroccan to win the Tour du Maroc in 1960, 1964 and 1965.

New Army Chief of Staff Karunasekara assumes duties

Towards the end of the brief ceremony the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake made a surprise visit to the location and extended his best wishes to the new Chief of Staff. Major General K. A. D. A Karunasekara RWP RSP VSV USP ndu psc, popularly known as ‘Amal Karunasekara’ was the Commandant of the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Sapugaskanda and the 15th Colonel of the Regiment in the Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment.Major General Amal Karunasekara joined the Sri Lanka Army as an Officer Cadet in the year 1981, and after the completion of his initial Officer Cadet training in the prestigious Sri Lanka Military Academy, Diyathalawa, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army in 1984. Being a professional military officer with an excellent record of conduct, he has an outstanding career record spanning more than 35 years to-date.Major General Amal Karunasekara has followed numerous local and overseas courses in various fields of studies to enhance his knowledge and continuous professional advancement. Among them the advanced courses he followed in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, United States of America and the United Kingdom, to his credit. He has received a Masters Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras, India and also a Master of Science Degree in Defence Management from the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka. In addition he has also followed the course on ‘Defence and Stretegic Studies’ in National Defence University, China.He is a double staff qualified Military Officer at the Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India. Director General General Staff (DGGS), Military Secretary (MS), Master General Ordnance (MGO) and several Senior Officers were present during the brief inauguration of office. In his extended military career, he has served in many Command, Instructional and Staff appointments from the elementary level up to the higher level to-date. Among several key appointments that he held were Director Military Intelligence, Director Infantry, Master General of Ordnance Branch (MGO Br) and Military Secretary of the Sri Lanka Army. The 51st Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, Major General Amal Karunasekara assumed office this morning during a simple ceremony at his office in the Army Headquarters.Members of the Maha Sangha performed religious observances and invoked blessings on the new appointment as the new Chief of Staff Major General Amal Karunasekara began signing a formal document to signify the acceptance of his new office. He has the honour of being the Commander of the first-ever Sri Lankan contingent of troops for the United Nations Peace Keeping Operations that was sent to Haiti in 2004.He has also commanded an infantry Battalion and an infantry Brigade during many military operations conducted against LTTE terrorists. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Man sentenced to 30 years for 2012 murder of reputed wife

Seon Singh, 46, of 9th Field Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara was on Thursday sentenced to 30 years imprisonment by Justice James Bovell-Drakes after he admitted that he killed his reputed wife during a domestic dispute.Singh admitted that on November 25, 2012, he stabbed Indranie Sugrim to death.He was first charged for murder but opted to enter a guilty plead to lesser count of manslaughter.On Thursday, via a probation report, Singh expressed remorse claiming that he has clear memories of his wife. The man told the court that he would dream about his wife and wished he could talk to her.Before handing down the ruling, Justice Bovell-Drakes reminded the court that the suspect stabbed Sugrim ten times.The Judge added that the fact that he stabbed his wife 10 times makes him cringe. During the trial, the now dead woman’s mother testified that her son-in-law was abusive and jealous.Indranie Sugrim, 39, who was a mother of three, was murdered in her single bedroom house, by her reputed husband.It was reported that the couple had an argument but none of the family members intervened. A few minutes later, the woman was found in a motionless state by one of her daughters. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCorentyne man who killed wife in 2016 jailed for 20 yearsFebruary 21, 2019In “Crime”Father of 3 gets 16 yrs for killing reputed wife, 8 yrs for wounding her brotherJanuary 15, 2019In “Court”Kaneville murder: Man changes plea to guilty, gets 9 years sentenceMay 18, 2017In “Court” read more

Essequibo men nabbed with stolen cellphones in their possession

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo in custody after car stolen in Kitty found in EssequiboMay 11, 2018In “Crime”Alleged bandit 19, killed in confrontation with police after Zeelugt robberyOctober 27, 2018In “Crime”Suspects confess to shooting, robbing Essequibo barberSeptember 5, 2016In “Crime” The stall of the cellphone dealer, Anthony SinghPolice in Essequibo Coast have arrested two persons in connection to the robbery of a cellphone vendor who plies his trade at the Anna Regina, Market.Those in custody are 26-year-old Kenrick Thomas of Bush Lot, Essequibo Coast and 21-year-old Nicholas Success of Richmond Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast.Ranks conducted a cordon and search operation Tuesday and Wednesday, where they visited the suspects’ homes.A large quantity of stolen cellphones and other devices were found in their possession.At Thomas’ home, police found six cellphones, four cellphone charges, one cellphone battery, one ear piece, and one drone.On the other hand, Success, who was nabbed at someone else’s house, had in his possession a Samsung Galaxy S10, which is suspected to have been stolen.Cellphone dealer, Anthony Singh, whose stall was broken into last month, identified several of his stolen merchandise in the suspects’ possessions.Both men are in police custody assisting with the investigation. read more

Strata Worldwide ready for another HazardAvert first

first_imgStrata Worldwide is building on its Australia-first application of proximity detection on underground shuttle cars in a Queensland coal mine and expects to see the same mine install and commission a vehicle-to-vehicle interaction component within the next 12-18 months.Strata said earlier this month that, as a proactive safety measure, one of the world’s leading mining companies had been undergoing extensive research on Strata’s HazardAvert® proximity detection technology. The mining client and Strata Worldwide worked together to test and trial the technology in underground coal mining environments, with the miner’s primary goal being to reduce the potential risks to people working in close proximity to mobile equipment.HazardAvert proximity detection field generators, installed on equipment, form electromagnetic warning and danger zones around the machinery, according to Strata Worldwide. These zones are detected by the HazardAvert Personal Alarm Devices installed on miner cap lamps or worn on the miners’ belt. When the zones are breached, either by a miner entering the zone or by the shuttle car approaching a miner, the system alarms and alerts both parties. To overcome situations where reaction time is limited, the system can be interfaced into the controls of the equipment to automatically slow or stop the machinery, the company added.Proximity detection has been used on shuttle cars in the US and South Africa for a good few years as regulators in those regions mandated the use of the technology. This Queensland installation is the first approved system to be introduced in an Australia coal production scenario, however.At the AIMEX 2019 event, Paul Mullins, Global Product Manager for Strata, provided IM with some more detail on this recent project win, which was the culmination of two years of due diligence work at the mine. Over this period, underground shuttle cars were fitted with the proximity detection technology required as they were brought in for overhaul, allowing the mine to keep up with its coal production targets.The physical installation of the proximity detection system was undertaken at Komatsu’s Rockhampton facility, in Queensland. Komatsu worked with both Strata and representatives from the mine operation to re-design the control system of the shuttle cars to ensure the system effectively integrated with the machine, according to Komatsu.“In doing so, Komatsu were able to ensure the shuttle car automatically functioned in the manner requested by the mine operation, in the event the proximity detection system alerted the presence of mine personnel,” Komatsu said.The machine was designed to slow down when miner personnel entered a ‘warning zone’ and stop in the event mine personnel became too close to the shuttle car and entered the ‘stop’ zone.Komatsu and Strata both worked with the mining operation over the two year period to ensure the relevant hazards were understood and controlled, which has led to incremental improvements being made to the integrated system throughout the trial period.Strata’s Mullins said the system had been running in sections at the mine since the start of this year, with 40-50 people now equipped with HazardAvert Caplamps. The mine in operation has four production crews, with two of these crews currently using the vehicle-to-personnel proximity system, he said.By the end of the year, Mullins is expecting all shuttle cars, personnel and continuous miners at the operation to be equipped with the technology. He then expects the mine to move towards vehicle-to-vehicle interaction, which involves adding proximity detection to LHDs at the mine, within the next 12-18 months.Vehicle-to-vehicle interaction would be a global first in underground coal mining environments.This is not all for Strata Worldwide, with Mullins saying the company is currently working with other coal mining companies in Queensland on similar proximity detection projects.Strata Worldwide also used the AIMEX 2019 event to unveil its DigitalBRIDGE Plus+ solution to improve existing leaky feeder systems by “digitising the network and expanding connectivity capacity in the mining and tunnelling industries”.The solution, produced through an established partnership with Australia-based RFI Technology Solutions, enables mines to upgrade their existing leaky feeder systems to achieve digital high-speed Ethernet capabilities without losing VHF (Very High Frequency) voice communications, according to Strata.last_img read more

PSG Handball win French Super Cup 2019

Paris Saint Germain are the French Super Cup 2019 winners! The reigning French champions beat Montpellier Handball 34:27 (19:15), Two guys who made the difference were newcomer Vincent Gerrard, who showed no mercy for his former team-mates from Montpellier.The TOP scorer was Mikkel Hansen with 11 goals from 12 attempts.PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN HB – MONTPELLIER HB 34:27 (19:15)Paris : Gérard (17 saves), Corrales; Sigurdsson, Sagosen (1/3), Kounkoud (1/1), H. Toft (0/1), Rémili (8/13), Abalo (2/3); Kempf, Syprzak (1/1), L. Karabatic (2/2), Morros (1/1), Hansen (11/12, 6/6 pén), N. Karabatic (3/3), Ekdahl (2/3), Nahi (2/3)Montpellier : Sego (4 saves), Portner (5 saves); Simonet (1/3), Villeminot (1/6), Truchanovicius (2/4), Descat (3/5 dont 1/2 pén), Grébille (A1/1), Bos, Pettersson (1/1), Richardson (8/9 dont 1/1 pén), Porte (5/7), Lenne (1/2), Afgour (1/2), Soussi (1/6), Duarte (2/6) French handball Super CupMontpellier handballPSG Handball ← Previous Story SEHA Gazprom League 19/20 to start in Novi Sad Next Story → EHF Champions Leugue winners with 1.000.000 EUR prize from season 2020/2021 read more

The Dáil tuck shop that cost €13 million to build and lasted

first_imgAN SÍOPA, THE controversial shop at the front entrance to Leinster House, is to reopen as a gift shop selling Oireachtas merchandise over a year after it was closed down.The glass structure, located just inside the main gates of the Oireachtas complex off Kildare Street, was opened in January 2008 after costing some €1.3 million to build, more than half-a-million more than was estimated.The shop, dubbed ‘the most expensive tuck shop in Ireland’, sold snacks, newspapers and Leinster House merchandise but its customer base was limited to TDs, Senators, their staffs and those working in the Oireachtas.Rehab Enterprises, which ran the outlet, closed it in June of last year after deciding that it was no longer viable.The shop is set to be reopened later this year and will sell Oireachtas merchandise to visitors to the home of Ireland’s two houses of parliament, a spokesperson for the Houses of the Oireachtas confirmed.A proposal to reopen it as a gift shop and a tea room was scrapped earlier this summer.The Houses of the Oireachtas Commission had been considering a proposal to spend spend nearly €33,000 to kit it out with a barista coffee machine – costing nearly €10,000 – and allocate staff to work on the premises.But this idea was scrapped with a source saying it was decided not to precede with the idea on the basis that it was neither appropriate nor necessary giving the existing tea and coffee facilities within Leinster House.A spokesperson for the Oireachtas confirmed that there would be no cost to reinstall shelving that had been removed when the premises was closed last year.The gift shop is expected to open sometime in September.Last year: Belt-tightening at Leinster House as Oireachtas ‘tuck shop’ closeslast_img read more

Deportation of man suspected of killing Irish soldiers an important step

first_img Source: Robert McAney/YouTubeBazzi is due to be deported back to Lebanon for visa violations and has reportedly asked to avoid flying through Europe.The US government says that Bazzi was not honest about how he entered the country when he received asylum in 1994 and entered the country allegedly on someone else’s passport.In a statement today, Simon Coveney said that he welcomed the development and hoped it would help bring justice.“This is an important step in the process to bring to Justice the alleged perpetrator of what was an atrocious crime, the torture and murder of two innocent Irish peacekeepers. I am following developments in this case closely and officials at the Irish embassies in Washington and in Cairo, which is accredited to Lebanon, are monitoring developments.“I would like to assure the families that I and the Irish Government will continue to do everything possible to pursue justice for both men who lost their lives in the line of peacekeeping duty.”Read: Man suspected of killing two Irish soldiers in Lebanon to be deported from US THE DEPORTATION OF a Lebanese man suspected of killing two Irish UN peacekeepers has been welcomed by the Defence Minister.Simon Coveney says that the deportation of Mahmoud Bazzi from the US is “an important step” in the process of justice.Privates Derek Smallhorne and Thomas Barrett were killed by the South Lebanon Army in an attack in which another Irish soldier was also injured.The two men were also tortured when captured by an SLA unit that had stopped a UN convoy in war-torn Lebanon near the Israeli border. Bazzi stood in front of Lebanese reporters in 1980 and claimed he had shot Privates Barrett and Smallhorne.Bazzi had claimed the killing was in revenge for his brother, who was killed by UN troops. A third Irish soldier, John O’Mahony, said that he was shot and wounded. Both Barrett and Smallhorne were found shot dead nearby, with their bodies showing signs of torture.last_img read more

12 times Irish taxi drivers were complete and utter legends

first_img Source: quickmeme8. When they prove themselves to be all-round Good SamaritansThis guy who gave a tourist an umbrella on a rainy day = legit good egg. Source: Reddit9. The Vengabus is coming and everybody’s jumpingAh, the party bus experience. A nightmare when experienced in a group, even worse when you’re alone.I booked a taxi to pick me up from my house and they must have only had the party bus one available. It was just me sitting in the back of a massive mini bus all alone and the taxi driver turns around and asks, “Will I stick on the strobe lights and the tunes for you?”“Sure why not,” I said. Taxi driver asks – outta nowhere – would I like to listen to something “more emotional”. I say I don’t mind. He puts on Halo by Beyoncé.— Fifi Hyde (@andgoseek) March 24, 2014 Source: Steve King/Twitter Source: Sheridan Flynn/Twitter Valentine retired a few years ago, but many Dubliners still have fond memories of singing along with him. Source: irishtaxi.orgThen there was this guy who was feeling good.Maybe too good. Source: Bartosz Krol/YouTube2. Only in Dublin Dublin taxi driver spent 20 minutes talking to me about corruption in Irish banking. He then offers me three receipts for ‘expenses’— Sheridan Flynn (@sheridanflynn) May 27, 2012 Source: Kate Kerrigan/Twitter 3. “It’s just emotion taking me over” Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet IRISH TAXI DRIVERS can get a bad rap, but it’s fair to say that sometimes they can be legends. Or gas. Or, at the very least, memorable.Here are twelve times they showed themselves to be all of the above.1. These guys who serenaded their passengersDubliners may be familiar with Tommy Valentine (AKA Cabbie Sinatra), a taxi driver who became known for serenading his passengers with Frank Sinatra covers over the years. Source: The FW12. And of course, when they do a dance-off to Get Lucky in the middle of the street Source: Fiona Hyde/Twitter I GOT MY #lostnovel BACK! The whole bag, intact, from Eddie Masterson #mytaxidriverhero— Kate Kerrigan (@katekerrigan) May 14, 2014center_img Legend.5. When they dispense their mystical wisdomAn anonymous source tells us:I got in a taxi after a first date with a guy and the driver started asking me about how it went. He asked questions about when we had both been born and started telling me about the Chinese zodiac and how I’m a rabbit and this guy I went on a date with was a rat. It would therefore never work between us. He wasn’t wrong. Taxi drivers streaming World Cup and Eurovision AKA giving the people what they want.7. When they reveal that they’re not so au fait with technologyAs one taxi driver memorably said:It’s all about the Twitter and the Twatter and the Twing Twang Twong. Source: whathappensinmediaplanning/Tumblr10. Wink wink, nudge nudgeTaxi drivers may be hypocrites, but they’ve always got your back. Source: Louise McSharry/Twitter Yes that is #eurovision13 streaming on our taxi driver’s phone. pic.twitter.com/Tr5Pz6iIHu— Louise McSharry (@louisemcsharry) May 18, 2013 @PhotosOfDublin Dublin Taxi driver Tommy Valentine who sang Sinatra tunes. #CharactersOfDublin pic.twitter.com/B4k9dv0wXN— Steve King (@SteveMacAnRi) January 13, 2014 4. A novel approachYou may remember when author Kate Kerrigan left her laptop, which contained her novel, in a taxi.  After a few days of panic and a search conducted via social media, her taxi driver returned it safely. Source: classicalmeangirls/Tumblr6. Priorities 11. When they show concern for God’s creaturesOr not.I was getting a taxi home from a wedding in Kildare with a friend a couple of years ago and the taxi driver hit a rabbit going down the avenue of the hotel. The friend I was with is a real animal lover and started to freak out, saying we should try to save it/bring it to a vet. The taxi driver got out, hoofed the (dead as a doornail) rabbit over the fence, got back in and said, “Oh he’s grand, sure he ran off. On we go.” Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Keelan Lynch/YouTubeWe couldn’t not mention this guy.Up all night to the sun, he was.14 parents casually destroying their kids’ lives on Facebook >6 pieces of indisputable proof that you can’t believe everything you read on the internet >last_img read more

Australia may have to take feta and halloumi off the shelves

first_imgAustralia may have to stop selling its own feta, halloumi and other products, such as prosecco, bri, camembert, pecorino, edam, cheddar and parmesan, in a bid to protect EU products’ culture. Some countries are demanding that Aussie producers change the name of their goods in a bid to protect their products as part of the ongoing Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with the EU.Australian proseccu producers are worried that there sales would be at risk if a trade deal is made with Europe to protect sparkling wine, however prosecco farmers and the Italian Government are pushing the European Union to protect the sparkling wine from being produced in other countries.READ MORE: Halloumi Festival a major successReferring to the trade deals, EU Agricultural and Development Commissioner Phil Hogan had said: “I think from an Australian producer’s point of view, they will have to produce this particular evidence in order that it doesn’t conflict with our Italian friends.”Italy hopes to give prosecco the same level of protection that Champagne has, which is the world’s most famous GI.Greece is pushing for feta cheese to also be rebranded in Australia. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Priests offer unique blessing to end natural disaster unfolding in northern Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A unique natural disaster is unfolding in a hilltop forest in northern Greece, due to a destructive species of bark beetles.Kedrinos Lofos, also known as Seich Sou, located close to the village of Oraiokastro is home to an abundance of pine trees. But as of last month, 10 per cent of the forest’s pine trees have been destroyed as a result of the tomicus piniperda beetle’s larvae, reported The Pappas Post.Also known as the common pine shoot beetle, it is native throughout Europe, and is one of the continent’s most destructive shoot-feeding species.In a bid to help put an end to the destruction, Greek Orthodox priests from the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church in Oraiokastro ventured up to the forest where they offered a unique blessing.Tomicus piniperda beetle. Photo: Esa StrömWhile they had good intentions, some locals have been critical, saying that natural disasters such as the case at Kedrinos Lofos often requires more than prayers and blessings.However representatives of the local church believe otherwise.“Our Church has always used its weapons – prayer and blessings – even to address natural disasters,” read an official statement.“It has always been the reverence of the world, especially in the past, for the reference to the Trinitarian God and the Saints for the solution of even everyday life problems.“Despite the imposition of rationality in modern times, the reverence of the world is still alive because that where reason goes to dead ends, faith and reverence come to give in many cases the solution to the problem.”last_img read more

Australia moves quietly on Greek warships sale with White House blessings

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian defence ministry has moved forward on the possible sale of the Adelaide class FFG frigates to Greece, according to a report in the Australian Defence Magazine.Greece is urgently seeking new frigates to patrol and protect gas fields around Cyprus as tensions have been growing with Turkey, however the Australian Department of Defence is keeping its cards closed regarding a potential deal with Greece.High-ranking Hellenic Navy officials were hosted on-board HMAS Newcastle when it was docked in Singapore during the Indo-Pacific Endeavour in May. Greek defence forces have indicated that officers left without proceeding as they were allegedly ‘not satisfied’ with the condition of the ship and also expressed concerns about the availability of spare parts.The Australian Defence Magazine sources state that the “HMAS Newcastle hosted numerous international guests, including representatives from the Greek Government, in Singapore as part of the very successful Indo-Pacific Endeavour 19 program,” however did not confirm that the Greek officials were not satisfied with the equipment.“Defence has no further comment to what was previously provided,” the spokesperson said.READ MORE: Turkey has been shut out of the US F-35A jet fighter programA meeting was requested with Vice Admiral Kyriakou Kyriakidis at the Australian Embassy in Greece. A Greek government press release, stated that “issues of mutual interest in the field of defence equipment and cooperation in the defence industry” were discussed.The Australian Defence Magazine reports that interest in Adelaide class waned because the Australian Defence Department was unwilling to include SM-2 Block IIIA air defence missiles and surface-to-air Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSMs) with the warships.Greek sources believe that the US sees the Adelaide-class frigates as having an interim capability for Greece, able to fill acute operational requirements whilst American-designed ships (possibly an LCS variant) are built locally. Relationships between Athens and Washington could be strengthened by a joint sale of Australian FFGs and future American frigates.READ MORE: Greek defence minister resigns over FYROM name changeUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently met with former Greek prime minister Alex Tsipras, Israeli  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Cypriot leaders in Israel to discuss Greek-Cypriot-Egyptian energy cooperation. Furthermore, ties look even more fruitful now that Athens has allowed for North Macedonia to join NATO to help strengthen US influence in the Balkans. The recent F-25 debacle between US and Turkey, would also help Greece win greater influence with the US.last_img read more

A true love story First she gave him her heart then she

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When Greek Australian chef Spiro Christopoulos met the love of his life Fiona in 2000, neither of them could have imagined the turn their life would have 20 years later. Not only did the couple marry, but Fiona, now his wife, was the one that gifted him a second chance in life by donating one of her kidneys.“Spiro is my life. To me it was a no-brainer. We have been together for such a long time. He already has my heart, and to watch him suffer while knowing his dire need for a kidney and that the average wait for a transplant is three years, made no sense,” says Fiona, who works as a renal unit nurse at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and is also president of the Renal Society of Australasia.Fiona met Spiro at a kidney dialysis ball in 1999 and the couple married six years later.Spiro was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 11.“Back then, my mother Irene was my carer, and she did everything to ensure I was healthy and happy. I couldn’t have gone through all this without her,” says Spiro whose parents migrated to Australia from the island of Lemnos and mainland Kalamata.At the age of 30, Spiro suffered kidney failure and went on dialysis.In 2001, he received his first kidney transplant, followed by a pancreas transplant ten months later.Both organs were from deceased donors.Two years ago, his donated kidney began to fail.“Having worked in the medical field for so many years, it was not hard for me to realise that something was not quite right. Spiro was struggling to get on with life and enjoy a ‘normal’ day. I had always said that if need be, I would give him one of my kidneys, but when Spiro’s brother John stepped in and offered to be a donor, we decided to go with that option as there was a better chance of a kidney match,” Fiona explains.John went ahead with all the medical testing. Everything was going smoothly up to two weeks before the day when the donation was to go ahead. “The doctors informed us that there were incompatibilities and that they couldn’t go ahead with the surgery because of antibodies and a possible rejection,” Spiro says.Fiona adamantly wanted give her husband what he desperately needed, so after speaking to the doctors she booked herself in for further testing despite Spiro’s objections. “I was scared. Whether it ended up being my brother, my wife or any other family member, how could I live with myself knowing something went wrong because of me?” he says.The unique organ exchange defied the odds of incompatible blood types to create a rare, near perfect organ tissue match for the couple.READ MORE: Greeks making a difference: Pankoaki Brotherhood raise funds for Kidney Kids Kar Rally“It’s funny, because Spiro’s dad used to always say that the Irish came from the Greeks. So, there you go, maybe there is some truth to that after all,” says Fiona jokingly.But the process wasn’t without its setbacks as the surgery in May was the couple’s third attempt to have it done. The first date for the surgery in January was cancelled after Spiro recorded high blood pressure and, in April, Fiona caught a cold which led to a second postponement.“It was probably the toughest time in our lives, but looking back, it was all worth it in the end,” says the couple.It’s been three months since the life-changing transplant, and since then, both Spiro and Fiona have returned to their normal lives.Spiro is speechless following his wife’s sacrifice.READ MORE: Surgeon who treated fire victims in Greece, develops revolutionary lifesaving skin transplant technique“What Fiona did for me, it’s beyond words, it’s something I will never forget, and I just can’t thank her enough for her devotion, her love, her generosity and for making my life so much better in every way. I love her very much and I would do anything for her,” he says.On Sunday, 8 September, the couple will step out in red and join thousands of people at The Big Red Kidney Walk, in order to raise awareness for kidney disease and to support research for those who are living with kidney disease.The Big Red Kidney Walk is Kidney Health Australia’s largest annual community fundraiser, taking place every year in September across the country.last_img read more

Ticket prices released for WWE Super ShowDown in Australia Highlights from NXT

first_img WhatsApp Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Ticket prices have been released for the upcoming WWE Super Show-Down live special airing on WWE Network on October 6 from Melbourne, Australia.The ticket prices range from $25 for the upper level all the way to $1050 for ringside seats.VIP tickets are also available for $3568, which includes a meet and greet, a Q&A, a pre-show party and exclusive merchandise.Highlights from NXT on June 20NXT highlights from the June 20, 2018 episode. WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Google+center_img Pinterest 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Twitter NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in actionlast_img read more

Missing Oregon boys parents renew plea to stepmom

first_imgThe biological parents of a missing Oregon boy say the 7-year-old’s stepmother hasn’t responded to their public pleas to fully cooperate with investigators.Kyron Horman’s father, mother and stepfather said in an e-mail to news organizations late Monday that they believe Terri Moulton Horman still hasn’t resumed speaking speak to law enforcement.Kyron’s mother and father asked Terri Horman to fully cooperate with investigators in a statement released Thursday.Terri Horman is the last person known to have seen Kyron before he vanished on June 4. Investigators haven’t named her as a suspect or a person of interest.Kyron’s father, mother and stepfather said in Monday’s e-mail that they’ve all taken polygraph tests and would continue meeting with investigators.last_img read more

Battle Ground schools evacuated for suspicious metal device

first_imgA suspicious metallic object left in a staff bathroom at Tukes Valley Middle School prompted an evacuation of the middle and primary school this morning. The object, described as being no bigger than a pack of cigarettes and having a circuit board, was found in a staff bathroom which requires a key to access, said Battle Ground Public Schools spokesman Gregg Herrington. Students were evacuated from the middle school at 8:20 a.m., 10 minutes after classes began. Buses en route to the primary schools were notified of the evacuation and staged at an off-campus site.Police responded and determined the device was harmless. Students returned to school by 9:30 a.m. The feeling, Herrington said, was that the object was left as a prank. It is unknown if a student or staff member is responsible. “That was definitely what the feeling was, but I don’t think the prank was supposed to go that far,” he said. Either way, he said, “nobody is happy about it.”Herrington said school administrators are investigating the incident and are seeking to discipline the person responsible.last_img read more