FLINT, Mich. – The case of a Canadian man charged with stabbing a police officer at a Michigan airport isn’t on a fast track.A judge agreed Friday to extend important deadlines while federal investigators and defence lawyers collect and review evidence, especially in Montreal where Amor Ftouhi (ah-MOOR’ fuh-TOO’-ee) lived.Ftouhi is accused of stabbing a police officer in the neck at Flint’s Bishop International Airport last June. Investigators say the native of Tunisia yelled “Allahu Akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.” Lt. Jeff Neville survived.Federal Judge Linda Parker set a July 30 trial. She also set May 23 as the day for any plea deal.Ftouhi legally entered the U.S. at Champlain, New York, on June 16, five days before the attack.
Rabat – The teenage victim of gang rape has committed suicide after an unfair court ordeal found her four attackers innocent, according to the Manara Association for Human Rights in Marrakech.The stories of rape in Morocco are intensifying with each victim. The list can barely fit all the agonizing rape incidents that have taken place in the country.Nassima Al Horr was 16 when she was left with no choice but to hang herself after the judge at Marrakech’s court declared her four rapists innocent, reported daily Akhbar Aloum in its August, 8 edition. The late victim of rape came from a poor family in Marrakech. Her father is unemployed and mother works as an underemployed maid to secure a living for her family.Nassima was abducted last January from Arras at Al Maache square in Marrakech by four men, aged between 20 and 23 years. They took her to one of abductor’s house in Sidi Moussa near Ourika, where they raped her several times before releasing her.Nassima’s mother then filed a complaint, joined by a certificate testifying the abuse her daughter suffered to the investigative police officer, who intern opened a preliminary investigation to determine whether Nassima’s case has sufficient evidence before taking it to court.The case was taken to the public prosecutor on March 25, 2016. The four offenders were charged with “violently raping a minor” and been involved with two other offences.The convicts were then rendered before the judge at Marrakech’s Primary Court on April 21, 2016. The judge issued controversial absolute discharge and testified that the accused were innocent, a decision that drove Nassima into depression.Hurt, mortified and broken, Nassima attempted suicide twice, first by attempting to throw herself off a building and the second by taking poison.During the two first suicide attempts, the girl was saved. However, having seen that justice did not stand by her side, but at the side of those who raped her, Nassima hanged herself on May 23, 2017.
“Sir Brian’s imprint on the United Nations has been as profound as that of anyone in the Organization’s history,” said Mr. Guterres in a birthday message, adding that as one of the UN’s earliest employees, “he set the standard for the international civil service: principled, dedicated, impartial.”Sir Brian, a British national, was present at the birth of the UN in 1945 and was witness to many of the Organization’s – and the world’s – most historic 20th Century moments. Throughout his four decades of service to the UN, starting as one of its very first staff members and ending as an Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, he also helped shape history himself.“As an aide to Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, he helped to define the UN’s scope of action in addressing armed conflict and other global challenges,” Mr. Guterres said, adding that as a close associate of Ralph Bunche, an illustrious figure in his own right, “Sir Brian helped to establish and then propel international peacekeeping into wide-ranging use as a flagship UN activity.”Mr. Guterres said Sir Brian’s commitment to peace was forged in part during the Second World War, where he was among the Allied soldiers present shortly after the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen death camp. “Across the decades, in service to several of my predecessors, he was at the centre of formative global events, from the Congo to the Middle East,” said the Secretary-General. He noted that Sir Brian also wrote extensively about international affairs, definitive biographies of Hammarskjöld and Bunche, as well as highly engaging and insightful sketches of major figures with whom he dealt over the years, prepared for the UN News site.“With warmth, generosity and encouragement, Sir Brian has been an inspirational figure for UN staff and countless young people as they pursued their careers,” stated Mr. Guterres, adding that Sir Brian’s, A Life in Peace and War, should be required reading for all who work for the United Nations and for all who wish to understand the Organization’s work. “Writing in it about the earliest days of his career, Sir Brian noted that ‘We were all optimists… who believed in the possibility of organizing a peaceful and just world,’ said the Secretary-General, adding that Sir Brian maintained that optimism across his life, shaping the United Nations and history itself. “As we mark this milestone, we are grateful for his brilliant and incomparable contributions as a stalwart servant of ‘we the peoples’,” concluded Mr. Guterres.► See also Character Sketches by Brian Urquhart
Summary The Toronto Raptors will have to wait for Game 6 for the chance to be crowned NBA champions after a Game 5 loss to the Golden State Warriors 106-105.The Warriors hung onto their lead for most of the game, but the Raptors refused to go without a fight, going up 103-97 with just under four minutes left in the game.Kawhi Leonard led the charge, scoring 10 points furiously in the final minutes of the game, adding to his team-leading 26 points. Stephen Curry lead the scoring both teams with 31 points, while Klay Thompson scored 26. It was truly a team effort by the Raptors, with six players scoring in the double digits: Kyle Lowry had 18 points, Marc Gasol scored 17, Serge Ibaka with 15, Pascal Siakim had 12 and Fred VanFleet contributed 11. The Raptors will head back into enemy territory for Game 6 to the Oracle Arena on Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET. Toronto leads the series three games to two. Three-point shooting was the difference in Game 5, with the Warriors shooting 20 for 42 while the Raptors have hit just eight three-pointers, shooting just over 30 per cent. Kevin Durant returned to playoff action in Monday night’s game after being sidelined for several games with a right calf injury. He looked to be in good shape in the first quarter, combining with Stephen Curry for 25 of the Warriors 34 points. However, Durant left the game at the beginning of the second quarter with an apparent leg injury. Some Raptors fans appeared to cheer when Durant went down, but the majority of the crowd chanted “KD, KD, KD” as he was helped off the floor and into the locker room. Video posted on social media appeared to show Durant suffered an Achilles tendon injury and the Warriors confirmed he would not return for the rest of the game due to a right lower leg injury. In a shocking turn of events Kevin Durant is helped off the floor by a trainer as fans inside @ScotiabankArena keep it classy chanting “KD KD KD” #NBAFinals #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/99leyOzpyx— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) June 11, 2019Toronto trailed by as much as 11 points during the second quarter, but were able to close the lead due to a 13-3 run with just over 30 seconds remaining in the half, sparked by a technical foul on Draymond Green. Both teams found themselves in foul trouble early in the game with both Kyle Lowry and Fred Van Fleet starting the second half with three fouls each. Draymond Green of the Warriors also has three fouls.Golden State led at the end of the first quarter 34-28 as well. Pascal Siakim gave Toronto their first lead with just under four minutes left in the first quarter at 23-21, but the Warriors were able to crawl back to end the quarter. An extremely packed Jurassic Park trickled out slowly from the square following the loss, but several told CityNews they still remain hopeful for Game 6. The NBA chose to forego an anthem singer for O Canada, choosing instead to let the fans sing the Canadian national anthem. Fans in Jurassic Park joined in as well..@Raptors fans sing O Canada ahead of Game 5 of #NBAFinals #Toronto #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/e2J0fpCerF— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) June 11, 2019Of course, Raptors Global Ambassador Drake is present at the game, alongside several prominent athletes were on hand to cheer on Toronto including former Raptor Vince Carter, Wayne Gretzky, Jose Bautista and multiple Maple Leaf players.Vince Carter gets a standing ovation from @ScotiabankArena. #Vinsanity #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/3kKgX182tl— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) June 11, 2019Several other communities outside of Toronto held watch parties along with pretty much every restaurant and bar with a television. A play-by-play of Game 5 can be found here:CityNews and 680 NEWS reporters were stationed at the Scotiabank Arena, in Jurassic Park and across the country.CityNews and 680 NEWS reporters tweeted about the game from across the country:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Toronto Raptors fall 106-105 in Game 5 against the Golden State WarriorsGame 6 will be held in Golden State on Thursday night at the Oracle ArenaWarriors star Kevin Durant re-injured his right calf during the second quarter of Game 5.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJury finds man guilty of rapeJuly 2, 2019In “Court”Child Rapist sentenced to 30 years in jailMarch 7, 2018In “Court”Man found guilty of sexually assaulting childMay 1, 2018In “Court” A 12-member High Court jury on Tuesday returned a unanimous guilty verdict against Leon Albert for the rape of a six-year-old boy.After almost two hours of deliberation, the verdict was returned and the indictment read that on June 9, 2012, in the county of Essequibo, Albert engaged in sexual activity with the child.The now convicted rapist was on trial at the Sexual Offences Court of the Demerara High Court before Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall.Defence Attorney Maxwell McKay made an application for a probation report to be prepared before sentencing. The application was granted and Albert will make his next court appearance on September 5, 2019, for sentencing. Additionally, a victim impact statement presented by a senior probation officer on behalf of the victim revealed how troubled the incident had caused the victim to become.“I feel betrayed and sad, thinking of it makes me angry and wish it never happen….I feel it all happened because of me,” the child said in the statement. The State’s case was presented by Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy.
A solar power farm will be developed at Akawini Village, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), the Ministry of Public Infrastructure has announced.Minister David Patterson disclosed during a recent outreach to the community that the project will cost about $2.5M.It will feature a 16W photovoltaic system.“My ministry will be installing some solar systems with the National Procurement Tender Board. It should be awarded shortly, and they will immediately start to do that [project],” said Minister Patterson.Minister Patterson said his office will examine the most suitable method to install the solar project, noting that the scattered layout of homes in the community may pose a challenge.Akawini, which comprises of approximately 1000 residents, represents three indigenous groups – the Caribs, Warraus and Arawaks.The village’s main economic activity is lumbering. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNGO launches $42M Akawini community development projectJuly 30, 2015In “Business”Region 8 communities to benefit from mini hydro plant-PattersonAugust 11, 2017In “Business”President plugs national unity, education as keys to developmentDecember 24, 2015In “Politics”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Indies begin search for new men’s head coach following ‘comprehensive review’September 10, 2019In “latest news”West Indies changes give Pollard World Cup hopeApril 11, 2019In “latest news”Pollard slams WICB for questioning his commitmentOctober 25, 2016In “latest news” In another reshuffle in West Indies cricket, CWI president Ricky Skerritt has announced Kieron Pollard as the new ODI and T20I captain. Pollard has not played an ODI in nearly three years but CWI has decided to give him the captaincy after Jason Holder led them in the format recently in the World Cup and against India at home.Skerritt made the announcement in Trinidad on Monday, after the conclusion of a quarterly board meeting in Tobago. He said the board was following the “best possible practices for best possible outcomes”.“Jason Holder was called by me yesterday morning and we spoke,” Skerritt said at the press conference while sitting next to Pollard and other CWI officials. “He’s a very important force and is still going to be our red-ball captain. Holder will now compete for a place in Pollad’s team and use this as an opportunity to become a better cricketer. Pollard is the right man at the right time to take our white-ball teams forward.“What impressed me the most about Pollard was his keenness and commitment to give back to the game.”Pollard last played an ODI in October 2016 but he has been a part of the T20I side recently. In the three T20Is against India, he scored 58, 8* and 49 to finish as the leading run-scorer in the series. He did not bowl in the series, though, even though he has bowled twice in three CPL matches so far for Trinbago Knight Riders.When Viv Richards was asked last month by the Telegraph (India) if West Indies should have different captains in different formats, he had said: “Judging from what I have seen, Kieron Pollard would have been the best choice as our T20 captain and there are reasons for that. During CPL, he was the best with the bat. Also why I think this may be because a lot of captains were introduced at that time. There were also problems between the Board and the players, no disrespect to Carlos Brathwaite but because of those politics he has fast fallen in captaincy. Pollard would have been a better choice. It’s not that Carlos would not have been a member in the team then… I know Carlos is magnificent as an individual, he is a wonderful guy, highly competitive guy, he will not feel hurt any way. A lot of guys know that Pollard would have been a great choice.”It was last year that Pollard returned to the T20I West Indies side after more than a year’s gap as the board wanted to try out some high-profile players before the World Cup in England. Pollard and a few other players had fallen out with the board earlier for various reasons, the primary one being the clash between playing domestic cricket and overseas T20 leagues.However, with a change in personnel at CWI earlier this year, Pollard had expressed his hopes of making the World Cup squad. He was named among the reserves but wasn’t picked in the final squad of 15.Less than two months after the end of the World Cup, Pollard will now lead West Indies in two formats. His first assignment as captain will be against Afghanistan in November in India where they will play three T20Is and three ODIs before a one-off Test, which Holder will be captain. (ESPNCricinfo)
Fortescue Metals Group has completed another significant step to becoming the first iron ore operation in the world to have a fully autonomous haulage fleet with the first Cat 789D model trucks fitted with Autonomous Haulage Technology (AHS) now in operation at its Cloudbreak operation in Western Australia.Building on Fortescue’s autonomy capability, which began in 2012 when the company was the first in the world to deploy Cat autonomous haulage on a commercial scale, the planned roll out of 38 autonomous trucks at Cloudbreak has commenced. The conversion of Fortescue’s fleet to autonomy across all its mine sites in the Pilbara will see 175 trucks fitted with AHS by mid-2020.Fortescue’s fleet of autonomous trucks has safely travelled over 28 million kilometres and has moved over 860 Mt of material, delivering a 30% improvement in productivity, according to the company.In a global first, Fortescue retrofitted Cat Command for Hauling, part of Caterpillar’s MineStar technology, on Komatsu 930E haul trucks at Christmas Creek. The 930Es have been operating alongside the Cat 789Ds since November, “demonstrating the company’s capability to manage and operate the first multi-class truck size autonomous haulage site in the industry”, the company said.Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Gaines, said: “Currently, Fortescue’s pioneering AHS deployment is the largest mining technology program in the industry.“Our approach to autonomy is to be open and transparent with our plans and to work closely with our team members to offer opportunities for re-training and re-deployment. Around 3,000 Fortescue team members have been trained to work with autonomous haulage, including over 200 people trained as Mine Controllers and AHS system professionals. This ensures Fortescue remains transformational and leads to higher skilled workers and jobs.”The rollout of AHS at Cloudbreak also required the transfer of 160 pieces of machinery to the Cat MineStar Command remote operations server. Cloudbreak is now the first remote mining operation in the world to use the Cat MineStar Command system in production mode, FMG said.“Our remote operations centre located in Perth is a critical part of our integrated supply chain and key to increasing productivity and efficiency across our operations,” Gaines said.Denise Johnson, Group President for Caterpillar’s Resource Industries, said: “Caterpillar and Fortescue have a history of industry-leading collaboration in the area of autonomy and automation. Cloudbreak takes this relationship to the next level and demonstrates another great example of Fortescue’s commitment to safety, site productivity and sustainable mining.”Fortescue’s Cloudbreak mine site is also home to the 5-km relocatable conveyor, previously supplied by RCR Tomlinson, which includes two semi-mobile primary crushing stations and feeds directly into the Cloudbreak ore processing facility (OPF). “Another example of Fortescue’s innovative operations, the infrastructure can be positioned approximate to pits and relocated, extended or shortened once an area is mined,” the company said.Within two weeks of operation, the conveyor was at full capacity, carrying 5,000 t/h of ore at approximately 25 km/h. The conveyor has replaced the equivalent of 12 manned trucks, FMG said.“Together with the 11 autonomous drills currently operating across sites and the relocatable conveyor at Cloudbreak, our autonomous operations continue to deliver significant benefits to the business,” Gaines said.
The partners of the HYBRIT project, LKAB, SSAB and Vatenfall, have said they could move up their plans to build a fossil-free steelmaking demonstration plant by three years, to 2025.Writing in Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter, the Presidents and CEOs of the three companies, Martin Lindqvist (SSAB), Jan Moström (LKAB) and Magnus Hall (Vattenfall), said they were ready to step up their work for fossil-free steel production and to move up plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.The aim of HYBRIT, which is supported by the Swedish Energy Agency, is to develop a process for fossil-free steelmaking by 2035.In 2018, the Swedish Energy Agency announced it would contribute funding amounting to more than SEK500 million ($54 million) towards the pilot-scale development of an industrial process, with three owners, LKAB, SSAB and Vattenfall, each contributing a third of the outstanding capital for the project.Back in April, the partners said construction of a biofuel-based pelletising plant would shortly begin at LKAB’s Malmberget site, in Sweden. This “world-unique test facility”, a key component of the HYBRIT initiative, will see fossil fuels replaced with biofuel to achieve fossil-free production of iron ore pellets.In the opinion piece in Dagens Nyheter, the company heads said: “We are ready to increase efforts from our side, but if we are to achieve success, society and lawmakers must do the same.“We are already looking into the possibility of building a demonstration plant in 2025, three years ahead of plan, so that we can immediately thereafter produce iron ore-based, fossil-free steel for commercial use.“The goal is to be selling fossil-free produced steel on a broad scale by 2035,” they said.The three companies highlighted four important preconditions for this rapid transition to succeed:“We need large volumes of fossil-free electricity. According to our calculations, the transition to HYBRIT requires the equivalent of about 10% of Sweden’s current electricity consumption. There will also be demand for electricity from other companies and consumers. We will need continued good access to fossil-free electricity with a high level of delivery reliability, competitive pricing and initiatives to create greater flexibility, eg through opportunities to store energy. This work must not be delayed. We are prepared to assist in these efforts;“The public sector in Sweden must get involved and share the risk. Investing in groundbreaking technology such as HYBRIT is often risky, time-consuming and associated with major investments. At the same time, the projects bring great social benefit in the form of increased research, competence and opportunities to achieve climate goals. The Swedish government’s proposal to double the Industrial Evolution initiative over three years is good, but it needs to be secured for a long time to come. A fund is also needed at the EU level, and there may also be a need for support in being able to write off and scrap old plants (so-called stranded assets) in favour of new, sustainable technology;“As a society, we cannot afford to keep emitting greenhouse gases. The EU trading system for emission allowances is currently being revised, and as a result, the costs of carbon dioxide emissions are rising. The system should be designed from 2020 to benefit the most climate-efficient methods from quarrying in the rock to finished steel. The system needs to be developed even after the upcoming trading period. Sweden and the rest of the EU also need to strive to change other parts of the world ahead of similar systems. Bold, sustainable solutions must not be prevented because parts of the world have a lower level of ambition and therefore carry on using old technology; and“Effective, appropriate permit testing in Sweden is required so that work on the transition is not significantly delayed or stopped completely, not least so that sufficient electricity can be obtained now that we have the opportunity to move up the demonstration phase. It can sometimes take 10 years to obtain an environmental permit or a concession to lay an electrical cable or to upgrade the grid. The Swedish government is planning some measures, but more work is needed.”The three concluded: “Steel is an amazing material. It builds communities, is hard-wearing and can in principle be recycled an infinite number of times.“But recycled steel will not be enough. In line with social development, population growth and increasingly higher standards of living all over the world, demand will increase for new steel made from iron ore. Therefore, sustainable solutions are needed; solutions that contribute not just to solving climate change, but to social development.”
6.Aix15807423:39116 2.Nantes151302453:40026 10.Toulouse15429438:44510 3.Montpellier141112403:36723 4.Nimes151113436:41223 13.Pontault152013369:4474 5.Chambery Savoie141013392:35921 1.Paris SG151410473:37929 9.Tremblay15447409:43912 14.Istres150213382:4522 8.Dunkerque15528365:37612 11.Cesson Rennes-Metropole153210350:4038 French handballhandballHBC NantesLidl Star LiguePSG Handball 12.Ivry153210359:4038 PSG Handball showed clear domination over Fenix Toulouse 35:30 in another away match of Lidl Starligue. Nedim Remili (9) and Uwe Gensheimer (8) have been in the main roles in the team of Raul Gonzales to win 14th of 15 matches in domestic Championship this season.HBC Nantes beat Istres 39:31 led by Valero Rivera, who scored 12 goals from 14 shots, to stay in the race.Montpellier and Chambery will close Round 15 at “French Classico”.Results – Round 15:Aix – Tremblay 33:26Cesson Rennes-Metropole – Nimes 23:30Dunkerque – St. Raphael 29:27Nantes – Istres 39:31Pontault – Ivry 28:29Toulouse – Paris SG 30:35STANDING: 7.St. Raphael15627438:41714 ← Previous Story Dobrogea Sud Constanta new leader of Romanian championship Next Story → Belarus, Lithuania and Poland to join efforts for Men’s EHF EURO 2026
A MAN WAS arrested over the weekend in relation to the shooting of a six-year-old boy in Ballyfermot.The boy, Sean Scully, was shot in the neck in a house in Ballyfermot in June of this year.He was brought to Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin for treatment.Gardaí said today that a man was arrested and detained under the Criminal Justice Act on Saturday.He was in his 20s.The man was released on Sunday evening and a file will be sent to the DPP.Read: Ballyfermot shooting victim “largely conscious” as family keep bedside vigil>
The Burren My wider research into Tolkien, Ireland and the Burren has been given real and unforeseen direction through my engagement with these original Marquette papers. Ireland and, in particular, the Burren, it seems may have played a key role in Tolkien’s conceptual design for masterworks such as The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.Campbell said his research had shown that there were some very late alterations to The Lord of the Rings including an entire very late passage that speaks of a risen and rugged landscape, “very much mirroring the Burren in some extremely revealing and specific aspects”. The Cliffs of Moher Tolkien visited the West of Ireland on many occasions and spent considerable time in the Burren when he held the position of External Examiner to the English Department of NUI Galway between 1949 and 1959.During this time he revised and published The Lord of the Rings.“An unexpected body of evidence is beginning to emerge that unmasks Ireland and The Burren in particular as a significant influence on Tolkien’s creative imagination,” explained Dr. Campbell. Poll na Gollum Cave in the Burren which event organisers suggest influenced the creation of one of Tolkien’s most famous characters (Gollum)IRISH MYTH AND the landscape of the West of Ireland were deeply embedded in J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings’ concept of Middle-earth, according to one Derry-based academic.University of Ulster Lecturer and Tolkien scholar Dr. Liam Campbell will this weekend present new evidence suggesting that the world-famous karst landscape of the Burren Region and Celtic legends of the West of Ireland inspired Tolkien’s masterworks The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.ManuscriptsCampbell has based his assertions on his examination of the original Tolkien manuscripts and papers at Marquette University in Wisconsin, USA.Dr. Campbell says his research findings and their outreach in terms of how the English writer’s acclaimed work has profound and traceable interconnections with Ireland.He said that the inspiration for this was brought on in the wake of Tolkien’s visits to Ireland. Having knowledge of Tolkien’s editing techniques, researched for specific evidences, and knowing of the chronology of Tolkien’s rewrites, I can place this addition to a main section of The Lord of the Rings to amongst the very last things to be added – and thus after the period he had actually experienced the Burren for himself.It wasn’t just the landscape of the Burren that Campbell said Tolkein drew inspiration from.Campabell said there are there are also clear parallels to be drawn between the Tuatha de Danann, Tolkien’s Elves and their lands in Tolkien’s fiction.Dr Cambell will present his findings the Burren Tolkien Society Festival which gets underway this Friday 15 August.For more on the Burren Tolkien Society Festival taking place from August 15th-24th visit the website here and the Facebook page here. Read: Imagine if J.R.R. Tolkien was marking your exam papers?>Revealed: the bestselling books of all time>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The US Pentagon last week reaffirmed Greece’s interest in purchasing the F-35A fighter jets while, at the same time, removing Turkey from the Joint Strike Fighter programme. The F-35A is a family of single-seat, single-engine, and all-weather stealth multi-role jet fighters.Ankara’s decision to go ahead with the purchase of the Russian Almaz-Antey S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft system has shut Turkey out of the F-35A jet fighter program.The US Department of Defence is close to confirming a handshake agreement with Lockheed Martin Co to cut 8.8 per cent from the price of its latest order of F-35A fighter jet. Each aircraft will cost around $80US million from $89.2 million under a deal inked in August 2018.Western Australian Liberal parliamentarian and President of World Hellenic Inter-parliamentary Association, (WHIA), Peter Katsabanis, speaking to Neos Kosmos, highlighted the Association’s work in influencing US policy makers.“Turkey is not a trustworthy ally given that they are trying to buy F400 missiles from Russia while, at the same time, wanting to be involved in the F35 program.”The Association’s President added, “There is much work that is going on in the US Congress, guided by our American members, including our board members who have been active in letting the Congressmen and Congresswomen, as well as their Senators, know that NATO needs real and secure allies.”The WHIA, says Katsabanis, is “a network of elected members of parliament, all of us of Hellenic and Hellenic Cypriot background, from various parties, and from across the world, from South Africa Argentina, Australia, US, Canada Israel from elsewhere, who promote interests across the globe that are critical to Hellenism.READ MORE: Greece and Turkey vow to ease tensions through ‘dialogue’“The WHIA has significant access to Ministers, Prime Minister and the President of the Hellenic Republic,” added Katsabanis.“Our role is to advise Greece but we also have significant impact on our parliaments across the world in promoting the interests of Greece, and Hellenism,” Katsabanis said.Katsabanis highlighted to the recent rebuilding of “deep relationships between the United States and Greece”He said that this happened over the last three years, and it is something that the Greek government, led by the left-wing Syriza party, “does not get enough credit for.”“The efforts our members have made in building those relationships, and in utilising them for strategic and economic advantage can not be ignored.”In relation to Turkey being shut out of the F-35A program, Katsabanis underscores the influence of WHIA.”It was no accident,” he said.He emphasised that Turkey needs to be brought back into the fold through dialogue. Turkey, he said, should reaffirm its commitment to democracy, freedom of religion and the values of NATO.READ MORE: Greeks voted best NATO pilots of the world … again!“The Western Alliance cannot have an unreliable partner who is buying a jet fighter from the US and then a missile system from the Russians designed to shoot that jet down.“It also leads to intellectual property being compromised in a global level,” said Katsabanis.The President of World Hellenic Inter-parliamentary Association added, “This is the strongest I have seen the geopolitical position of Greece in relation to Greece and its other partners key partners in the region Egypt and Israel”.Katsabanis praised Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s work in building the tripartite “relationship between Greece, Cyprus and Israel” and in turn the Greek socialist Prime Minister, Tsipras’ role in “strengthening the relationship with Cyprus, Egypt and Israel.”The potential customers for the F-35 along with Greece include Singapore, Romania, Spain and Poland.The Hellenic Air Force will have to make substantial adjustments to be able to maintain and support the F-35A given the nation’s economic situation.The purchase of 15 to 20 of the new all-weather fighter would take place over a period of 10 years.On Tuesday 11 June alone, Turkish jets violated Greek national airspace 99 times, according to the Hellenic National Defence General Staff. This was in response to annual exercises by the Hellenic Navy in the Aegean and the shutting out of the F35A program according to Greece’s daily newspaper Kathimerini.
It was a case of ‘who let the snakes out’ when two residents from Adelaide’s inner south-west suburbs decided to take their three spotted black snakes out for a bit of a slither in the sun.Snake catcher Simon Adamczyk, the man ‘walking’ the snakes, said venturing outdoors was good for the critters and that taking his pets for a walk is just behavioural enrichment “to give them some time in the natural sun as well as exercise”.Mr Adamczyk, who has a total of seven snakes including the deadlier venomous red-bellied snake, said none of them have been defanged and he gives all of them similar exercises once or twice a week.According to the couple, the neighbours don’t mind the slithering serpents taking a break from their cages, and they don’t seem too worried about the pets especially once they get to know them.“Most people find it weird I own animals like this but after talking with me for a few minutes they appreciate the time and effort I put into the animals.“They mean us no harm unless we hurt or threaten them,” Mr Adamczyk said, although not all the residents seem to entertain his ‘walking’ idea, especially after watching the video in which one of the snakes tries to make a quick wriggle for freedom.The Adelaide couple taking their snakes for a walk. Photo: Supplied“This is absolutely ridiculous. I just can’t comprehend the whole concept of walking deadly snakes in an area saturated with primary schools, sport centres and parks where young children go. I am actually very disappointed in the council for not putting an end to this ridiculous act,” said Dimitris*, who has lived in the area since he migrated to Australia in the 1950s.“I respect the fact that everyone has the right to do what they want but this is now disrespectful to other residents and a potential hazard to the rest of the community. I don’t think it is fair on us to have to worry and watch our backs every time we take our grandchildren to the park,” says yiayia Tasia*, who also lives in the area and looks after her five grandchildren on a daily basis.* The interviewees requested to omit their surnames.MORE: Evia was once home to cobras, crocs and giant lizards, researchers discovered Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Migrants make an incredible contribution to Australia.In fact, there are more than 7 million migrants living in Australia helping to stimulate growth, create more jobs and slow the ageing of the Australian population.Every town and suburb in Australia has their own migrant success stories.Many of our smaller cities and regional areas, however, cannot fill the jobs available – with an estimated 60,000 job vacancies in regional Australia today.A federal parliamentary committee is hitting the road to find out what can be done to increase the number of migrants moving to regional areas to fill these gaps and ease the pressure on our major capital cities.Joint Standing Committee on Migration Chair Julian Leeser MP says the inquiry has been prompted by recent trends indicating declining population growth in some regional areas of Australia.While approximately 187,000 international migrants settled in regional areas between 2006 and 2011, this accounts for only 20 per cent of arrivals in that period, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.“What we know is that some areas of Australia are having success attracting new migrants, while other areas are struggling to both attract and retain migrants and address skill shortages,” Mr Leeser said.READ MORE: The immigration debate that isn’t“The answers to how to attract new settlers won’t be found in our big cities – so we’re going to travel to areas where migration settlement is and isn’t working, and talk to the people best placed to know why and why not.”Mr Leeser is encouraging people to contribute to the process. Submissions to the inquiry will be accepted until 20 September 2019.The Committee intends to hold public hearings at various locations, which will be announced in due course on the inquiry website.The terms of reference for the inquiry are as follows:The Joint Standing Committee on Migration shall inquire into and report on the breadth of migrant settlement strategies and migration settings – including for skilled and humanitarian migrants – in regional Australia, with reference to:• National and international best practice strategies to encourage people to settle and stay in regional areas;• Strategies to develop regional skilled migration;• Strategies to develop regional humanitarian migration;• Key local, state and federal initiatives for successful regional settlement outcomes;• Local volunteers, employers and community organisations and their role in facilitating regional settlement;• Relevant migration policy, including administration and state specific migration mechanisms;• Related infrastructure matters; and• Any other related matter.READ MORE: Most migrants on bridging visas aren’t ‘scammers’, they’re well within their rightsThe Committee shall give particular consideration to how communities and settlement services can best assist migrants to gain successful employment outcomes in regional Australia, including local work experience opportunities, skills certification and training, knowledge of Australian workforce regulations, accommodation and travel to and from the workplace. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
After facing criticism, NAPLAN is set to be reviewed by a panel of education experts, looking into whether the literacy and numeracy test meets the needs of schools and students.The review is being led by the governments of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, with a panel featuring Emeritus Professor William Louden, Emeritus Professor Barry McGaw and Professor Claire Wyatt-Smits.They will assess whether NAPLAN is accurate at measuring students’ proficiency in reading, writing and numeracy, and whether students are being appropriately assessed, as well as the impact on schools and the community.The review will also consider how online testing can be improved, after tens of thousands of students were forced to resit parts of the test as a result of internet connection issues.The test has been taken by students across the country in grades 3 and 5, and years 7 and 9 since 2008. Now over a decade on, Victorian Education Minister James Merlino says it is “common sense to review it”.“The review may lead to significant change or it may recommend scrapping NAPLAN altogether and replacing it with something new, but we will always need some form of standardised testing,” Mr Merlino said.The panel is expected to provide an interim report to the national education council in December, with a final report to follow in June 2020. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Afrique du sud : un buffle tueur de braconniersUn homme soupçonné de pêcher illégalement dans le parc national Kruger, dans l’est de l’Afrique du Sud, a été tué par un buffle, a annoncé hier un porte-parole de la réserve.Attention, buffle méchant ! C’est probablement le panneau qui devrait désormais être affiché aux quatre coins du Parc national Kruger en Afrique du Sud. Hier, les responsables de la réserve ont en effet annoncé qu’un des buffles avait attaqué et tué un homme soupçonné de pêcher illégalement dans le parc. “Il y a trois gars qui sont allés pêcher à l’intérieur du parc, et ils ont été attaqués par le buffle”, a expliqué William Mabasa, porte-parole du parc cité par 7sur7.be. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Deux d’entre eux ont pu s’enfuir et ont signalé l’accident à un chef de village voisin, qui a alerté la police, mais le troisième individu est décédé des suites de ses blessures. L’homme était âgé de 35 ans et a été piétiné par l’animal. “Ensuite, les rangers sont allés sur place avec la police et ils ont trouvé le corps”, a précisé M. Mabasa. Le Parc national Kruger est la plus grande réserve animalière d’Afrique du Sud et constitue le site touristique le plus important du Transvaal avec le Blyde River Canyon. Le Kruger représente l’un des plus anciens et plus étendus parcs au monde. Néanmoins, avec la recrudescence des braconnages, la réserve est souvent le siège d’attaques qui visent notamment les rhinocéros et leurs cornes.Découvrez en images les animaux du Parc national Kruger sur Maxisciences Le 23 février 2012 à 20:03 • Maxime Lambert
Cancun, Q.R. — Property owners in Malecón Tajamar have been invited to participate in a 10-day public consultation to ratify the area that has been kidnapped by radical environmentalists, says Cancun businessman.Vice President of the Business Coordinating Council (CCE) of the Caribbean, Miguel Angel Lemus Mateos, invited the owners of properties in Malecón Tajamar to participate in the consultation that began Friday.The controversial property has been in litigation since last June when the third Collegiate Court ruled in favor of an Amparo filed by the Mexican Center for Environmental Law (Cemda). The Amparo, along with 13 filed complaints, has seen the property remain locked down for further development.It also resulted in a judge ordering the restoration of the 78.4 hectare property, however, Lemus Mateos says there is nearly $5 billion USD in potential losses and that he is hoping the new government will release the property again for developing.“Legal bodies have not yet been exhausted. There is an appeal for review in the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation which must be appealed by those affected who are the investors, who are facing an unbeatable opportunity with public consultations.”He expressed his confidence that the arrival of president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will help unlock the trial because “the area remains a hostage by a group of radical ecologists.”He says that property investors in the project have been invited to participate in the Municipal Institute of Planning, which is a citizen consultation to update the Urban Development Plan of the municipality of Benito Juárez.Miguel Ángel Lemus added that “Within the master plan of the National Fund for Tourism Promotion, Tajamar is the urban center of the city and we all know how it is at this moment, kidnapped by radical environmentalists. But the change of administration is bringing us new actors at the federal level.”The public consultation for Malecón Tajamar will continue until August 20.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
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Meredith Whittaker who played a major role in Google’s Walkout last year is leaving the company amid facing retaliation at work. The news was disclosed when a software engineer at Google posted a tweet about her last day. A Google spokeswoman also confirmed Whittaker’s departure to Bloomberg. However, Whittaker has not yet shared the news on her Twitter account. Last year in November, a global Google Walkout for Real Change was organized by Claire Stapleton, Meredith Whittaker and six other employees at the company. It prompted 20,000 Google employees and contractors to walk off the job opposing the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations. In April, Stapleton and Whittaker accused the company of retaliation against them over last year’s Google Walkout protest. Both their roles changed dramatically including calls to abandon AI ethics work, demotion, and more. After the announcement of Google disbanding it’s AI Ethics council, Whittaker said, she was informed that to remain at the company she will have to abandon her work on AI ethics and the AI Now Institute. She said that her manager told her in late December she would likely need to leave Google’s Cloud division. The same manager told her in March that the “Cloud division was seeking more revenue and that AI Now and her AI ethics work was no longer a fit. This was a strange request because the Cloud unit has a team working on ethical concerns related to AI.” Similar retaliation was faced by Stapleton, who was told she would be demoted from her role as marketing manager at YouTube. “My manager started ignoring me, my work was given to other people, and I was told to go on medical leave, even though I’m not sick,” Following continuous counter-attacks, Stapelton was prompted to resign from her position last month. Whittaker had then tweeted in her support. Whittaker had signed the petition protesting Google’s infamous Project Dragonfly, the secretive search engine that Google is allegedly developing which will comply with the Chinese rules of censorship. Meredith Whittaker was also a leader in the anti-Maven movement. Google’s Project Maven, was focused on analyzing drone footage and could have been eventually used to improve drone strikes on the battlefield. More than 3,000 Google employees signed a petition against this project that led to Google deciding not to renew its contract with the U.S. Department of Defense in 2019. Google announced in June it would not renew the contract. Whittaker tweeted at the time that she was “incredibly happy about this decision, and have a deep respect for the many people who worked and risked to make it happen. Google should not be in the business of war.” People have commented on how Meredith’s departure will only intensify activism at Google. “The impact @mer__edith has in AI ethics is second to none. What happens to her at Google will be a gauge for the wellbeing of the entire field. Watch closely,” Moritz Hardt, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Berkeley University Liz Fong-Jones, Xoogler, who left Google over ethical concerns earlier this year, tweeted about the number of Google Walkout and other organizing leaders that have left the company. There are five who have left, Claire Stapleton, Meredith Whittaker, Liz Fong-Jones, Celie O’Neil-Hart, and Erica Anderson. Read Next Google rejects all 13 shareholder proposals at its annual meeting, despite protesting workers Google Walkout organizer, Claire Stapleton resigns after facing retaliation from management #NotOkGoogle: Employee-led town hall reveals hundreds of stories of retaliation at Google