Haryana govt. indulging in political vendetta: Hooda

first_imgFormer Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday hit out at the ruling BJP government in Haryana, accusing it of indulging in political vendetta.“The BJP has completely failed to perform during the past four years. It has not kept its promises made during the 2014 Assembly polls. And now to divert attention from its failures, the BJP has started lodging false and fabricated cases against me. They are indulging in political vendetta,” he said. Mr. Hooda alleged that the tall claims made by the BJP government about zero tolerance towards corruption were untrue. “The government is neck-deep in corruption. A few months ago, the cash-for-job scam was unearthed, which has exposed the BJP’s claims of transparency in functioning.”“After assuming power in the next Assembly polls we will investigate all scams against the BJP government. However, we will not indulge in political vendetta,” he added. Mr. Hooda said the party’s State unit was united and dismissed reports of differences with Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar. “Bringing the Congress back to power in the State is my priority and every leader is working towards strengthening the party,” he said. He added that the name of the Chief Minister would be decided by the MLAs and the party high command after the Congress government was formed in the State. “Once we form the government, the MLAs and the high command can decide on who will be the next CM.” Mr. Hooda said during the ten years of Congress rule, the government had put Haryana on the road to high growth.last_img read more

Man arrested for firing at Mainpuri BJP district president

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police have arrested a person for allegedly shooting at Mainpuri BJP district president Alok Gupta.Ravi Chauhan alias Ruchin was arrested on Monday and a .32 bore unlicensed pistol along with four live cartridges were recovered from him, Mainpuri police said.The incident took place on October 14 night when three persons on motorcycles came to the house of Mr. Gupta and allegedly fired at him with pistols.The other two suspects, identified as Gaurav Chauhan and Mohit, are still absconding, police said.Superintendent of Police Mainpuri Ajai Shankar Rai said all three were involved in illegal acts and ran a gambling business, which was shut down by the police.Mr. Rai said the accused alleged that the police acted on the directions of the BJP district president and shut down their gambling business.“Out of frustration and to teach him [Mr. Gupta] a lesson, they fired at him,” the SP said.last_img read more

We all are incomplete in one way or other: Shah Rukh to Paralympic contingent

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 26 (PTI) Shah Rukh Khan Wednesday said all individuals are “incomplete” in their own way despite any amount of “power and stardom” as he wished the Indian Paralympic Contingent for the Asian Para Games 2018 at their send-off ceremony.The 52-year-old actor, who was in the capital, said people have to battle with their weaknesses to “fulfil their incompleteness”.”We all are incomplete in one way or the other. Sometimes in the physical sense, sometimes we are unable to grow mentally… Even emotionally, there are some shortcomings in each one of us. It is said that God has made us ‘like’ him but not ‘as’ him.”He sent us into the world so that we fight our disabilities and go on to complete our lives. Job, financial stability, stardom and power do not complete us. We have to fight our shortcomings to fulfil our incompleteness,” Shah Rukh told the athletes.The actor lauded them, saying they could have pursued any other profession to make a name but they chose sports, “a field which actually makes you feel that you have to overcome all your incapacities, insecurities, smallness and weaknesses and aim for the impossible”.Shah Rukh, whose childhood dream was to become a sportsman, revealed that he suffered an injury in his waist as a kid.”At that time, there were not as many medical facilities as there are today. And we weren’t well off that we could afford to go to expensive doctors. But my parents were by my side and used to encourage me a lot saying if one door closes, another one will open.”advertisementShah Rukh recalled feeling low last month around Independence Day. He said watching Paralympian Deepa Malik’s interview was like a shot in his arm and he felt the same encouragement as he did when his parents were by his side.”I have undergone nine surgeries till date – in the spine, shoulders and the knees, etc. There are some mornings when I’m in pain.”There’s a joke in the industry that I spend a lot of time in the bathroom. They don’t know I have to start my day with a bit of stretching and lots of medicines and then get up and get going to work.”The actor said he was not invited to the ceremony but came himself for a “selfish reason”.”I am here so that I can snatch that confidence they have… I want to warn the film stars and other people in the industry that you all have made me more hale and hearty for the coming 25 years,” he quipped.”I want that all the youngster, including my three children, learn from you guys about the importance of sports. And not because you earn gold medal and win in sports but because it is very important for one’s personal well-being. Through you guys, I want to tell people that the word ‘impossible’ holds no significance,” he said.As words of encouragement, Shah Rukh told the athletes that whenever they win at the Asian Para Games the “medals would be lucky to have you and not the other way around.”Deepa Malik along with others expressed their desire to name the actor the official brand ambassador of the para athletes, to which he said it would be an honour.Also present at the event were President, PCI, Rao Inderjit Singh and Paralympic medallists Devendra Jhajharia, Mariappan Thangavelu and Varun Bhati, among others. PTI RDSZMNlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Batsmen need to take responsibility, avoid careless shots, says Jason Holder

first_imgWest Indies skipper Jason Holder has urged his batsmen to play more responsibly and take ownership of their innings after England thumped them by eight wickets in their World Cup clash at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.On Friday, West Indies lost wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for 212, which England chased down easily with more than 16 overs to spare. Joe Root starred with the bat for the hosts as he scored an unbeaten century and helped his team earn their third win in the ongoing tournament.Apart from Nicholas Pooran, who played a calculated knock of 63, none of the other Windies batter showed the temperament to stay long at the crease and played rash shots to give away their wickets.”We didn’t have enough runs on the board. We lost wickets at regular intervals and there were a few careless shots as well. If we had just hung around and got a couple of partnerships, we could have gone a bit deeper,” Holder said after the match.”We lost the game in the middle overs. Our batters needed to take more ownership and form a few more partnerships. We needed to dig in deep and need to correct it. It has happened twice in two games now,” he added.The West Indies, who started the tournament with a bang beating Pakistan by seven wickets, then lost momentum and went on to face defeat against Australia after being in a commanding position. Their next game against South Africa had no result before their defeat to World Cup favourites England.advertisementThe Windies skipper also said that the team needs to make improvement in all the three departments of the game if they have to beat Bangladesh in the next encounter on Monday.”We can’t control the past and the future is something we can control. We need to tighten up in all three departments,” he said.England are now second in the points table with six points from four games while the West Indies are placed sixth with just three points in their kitty from four matches.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Recent history suggests India firm favourites vs PakistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Joe Root is the glue that holds England together, says Eoin MorganAlso Seelast_img read more

‘Modern Arsenal better than Invincibles’

first_imgArsenal Modern Arsenal ‘better’ than Invincibles but too technical, says Vieira Last updated 2 years ago 06:52 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Mesut Ozil Granit Xhaka Arsenal 082717 Michael Regan Arsenal Premier League Arsène Wenger The former Gunners captain believes Arsene Wenger has plenty of quality at his disposal but needs to find a way of grinding out wins again Arsenal have “better players” than the Invincibles of their past but need to better blend technique with physicality, says Patrick Vieira.The Gunners hit a new low on Sunday as they were crushed 4-0 by Liverpool in a one-sided affair at Anfield.Criticism of Arsene Wenger has mounted on the back of a dismal display, with his position at the club where he agreed a two-year extension earlier in the summer once again being questioned. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Former club captain Vieira, who is now in charge of MLS side New York City, has refused to be drawn into that debate and believes that Arsenal have enough quality at their disposal to play their way out of the slump.The legendary Frenchman said: “The current Arsenal team, of course they want to win games. You don’t go onto the field not wanting to win. It’s just that the characteristic of the players is different now than it used to be before.“I’m not one to say our generation was better than this generation. It doesn’t make sense to compare the two generations because we are in a different period. The quality of the players are completely different.“The team in our generation were more physical but this generation are better football players – there’s no doubt about that. So the balance is what Arsenal need to find.“If you look at Arsenal today I really enjoy watching them play, they play some really good football – but that is not enough to win football matches or to win competitions. But in our time we were winning and we had the strength to not play well but somehow manage to win the game 1-0.“But you’re not going to tell me [Mesut] Ozil is not a leader? You’re not going to tell me [Alexis] Sanchez is not a leader? You’re not going to tell me Petr Cech is not a leader. There’s leaders in the team to challenge and they have the experience to win matches.Patrick Vieira Arsenal“But I think it’s just the balance between players are different. If you look at our time, we managed to win games but sometimes we didn’t play well. But we had this physicality to deal with certain situations.“Now they are playing well, playing some really good football but they don’t win. So that means the balance between physicality and technical creativity maybe needs to be looked at.”Arsenal have now suffered back-to-back defeats away from home in the Premier League to sit 16th in the early standings.They will return to action after the international break with a visit to Emirates Stadium from Bournemouth on September 9. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

More Early Childhood Institutions Being Certified

first_img The total number of certified early childhood institutions islandwide will shortly increase to 113, up from 17 a year ago.This, according to Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, reinforces the Government’s solid commitment to the early childhood sector’s development.He was speaking at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association’s (JTA) 54th Annual Conference at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James, on Wednesday (August 22).Senator Reid said the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) has been crafting a strategy for the sector’s full transformation, which is slated to be rolled out when the 2018/19 academic year begins in September.He said the Ministry has been working to streamline and align the education system, noting that “our focus is to support the birth to three years old group through the early stimulation programme, (thereby) allowing our babies to be developmentally ready (by age) three.”Emphasising that the first 1,000 days are the most critical of a child’s development, Senator Reid said his Ministry will be partnering with the Ministries of Health, and Labour and Social Security, to undertake supporting engagements to be implemented by the ECC.These, he indicated, include developmental assessments to understand competencies in order to create the learning environment that fosters early stage learners’ development, while assuring that “we are fully committed to improving the quality of our early childhood institutions as we firmly believe in providing a good start at this level.”Meanwhile, Senator Reid advised that the 2018/19 Age Four Assessment will, for the second time, “allow us to identify, from very early, any development deficiencies to be corrected in our children.”He said the Ministry also continues to make significant strides in advancing its K-13 Strategy.Notable among its initiatives, the Minister pointed out, is the recently launched 0-3 Brain Builders Programme, which will benefit over 126 institutions. The programme is expected to be rolled out in the first 17 schools in September.In the meantime, Senator Reid said primary level student preparations for transition to secondary education continues to trend in the right direction.He noted that the outcome of the Grade Six Achievement Test’s (GSAT) final sitting earlier this year showed improvements in four of the five subject areas – Science, Social Studies, Communication Task and Language Arts.This, he added, resulted in “100 per cent of our students (being) placed in seven-year high schools.”“The Ministry was able to achieve this as a result of the provision of additional classrooms to a number of our schools and the upgrade to full seven-year high schools of Nain, New Forrest, Aberdeen and Perth Town Academy,” Senator Reid further pointed out.He also said candidates who entered for 35 subjects in the 2017/18 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) came out with satisfactory results.“There was an overall increase by 0.2 percentage point over the previous year with a 91.2 per cent receiving acceptable grades. As was the case last year, there was improved performance in 23 subject areas,” the Minister stated.Additionally, he said 30,343 or 88.9 per cent of the 34,139 students who sat the 2017/18 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination obtained acceptable grades.Senator Reid noted that Mathematics and English Language recorded passes of 57.8 and 75.4 per cent, respectively.This, he pointed out, is a 7.6 and 4.6 per cent increase, respectively. This, according to Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, reinforces the Government’s solid commitment to the early childhood sector’s development. Story Highlights The total number of certified early childhood institutions islandwide will shortly increase to 113, up from 17 a year ago. He was speaking at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association’s (JTA) 54th Annual Conference at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James, on Wednesday (August 22).last_img read more

Démocratie 250 accueille des élèves du CapBreton pour le déjeuner

first_imgPizza et politique étaient au menu aujourd’hui 13 mai, alors que Russell MacLellan, co-président de Démocratie 250, et John Morgan, maire de la Municipalité régionale du Cap-Breton, ont accueilli des élèves de la 8e année de l’école intermédiaire MacLennan Junior High pour le déjeuner et une discussion sur la démocratie et le gouvernement municipal. Une initiative de Démocratie 250 appuyée financièrement par la RBC Banque Royale, « Pizza et politique » transmet le message sur les avantages liés à une participation citoyenne active et sur l’importance du vote aux élèves des écoles intermédiaires de la province. « Seulement 25 pour cent des jeunes de moins de 25 ans participent au processus électoral. C’est pourquoi Démocratie 250 met un tel accent sur la participation des jeunes lors des célébrations de cette année en l’honneur du 250e anniversaire de la naissance de la démocratie parlementaire au Canada, » a dit M. MacLellan. « Nous espérons que des événements comme celui-ci pourront démystifier la politique et le gouvernement et permettront aux jeunes de mieux comprendre l’importance de la démocratie dans notre vie quotidienne. » « Le plus important héritage que l’initiative Démocratie 250 puisse laisser est une influence positive sur la participation des jeunes au processus démocratique et l’inversion du déclin constant de la participation électorale. » Depuis sa création au printemps 2007, l’initiative Démocratie 250 a organisé plusieurs rencontres jeunesse avec des élèves du niveau intermédiaire et secondaire, ainsi que des étudiants universitaires à l’échelle de la province. Pour plus d’information, consultez le site Web www.democratie250.ca ou le site jeunesse www.D250.ca.last_img read more

Traffic Advisories Cumberland County

first_img CUMBERLAND: Trunk 2, Hansen Bridge Detour Traffic on the Hansen Bridge, Trunk 2 about three kilometres north of Springhill Junction, may be reduced to one lane occasionally during installation of a detour bridge. Once the detour bridge is installed, about Aug. 31, the existing bridge will be closed to be replaced. Traffic on the detour bridge will be controlled by traffic signals. Drivers should travel with caution. The project should be finished by the end of the year. -30- CUMBERLAND: Lower Maccan Road Traffic on sections of Lower Maccan Road will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Sept. 7, for chip sealing. Drivers should travel with caution and be patient.last_img read more

SP-BSP announce alliance for 48 Maharashtra Lok Sabha seats

first_imgMumbai: The Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party Tuesday announced they would contest all 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra in alliance. Announcing the alliance, SP MLA Abu Asim Azmi said the two parties together represent about “85-90 per cent” of the society and provided a third front for people let down by the BJP and Congress. “Secularism is about to end in the country. Those who call themselves chowkidars can go to any length, and peddle lies, to cling on to power,” he alleged. He claimed only the SP-BSP alliance was strong enough to stop the BJP from winning over 5-7 seats in Maharashtra. Attacking the Congress, Azmi said the main opposition party had made Muslims, Dalits and the backward classes “helpless”, as there was no third alternative available for people. “However, after our decision to contest all 48 seats, a third front will be available. We represent 85-90 per cent of society,” he claimed. Azmi said discussions on the seat-sharing formula was yet to begin between the two parties and a committee had been formed to take it forward. The formula would be announced in two to three days, he asserted. He added that no other party had approached them as yet to be part of the alliance. BSP MP Ashok Siddharth alleged the Congress’ policies for Muslims, Dalits and backward classes remained on paper and could not penetrate to the ground level, adding that the SP-BSP will ensure these policies reach the common man. Siddharth said BSP chief Mayawati will address a public rally in Nagpur on April 5 and the party would also request SP chief Akhilesh Yadav to be part of it.last_img read more

Pirates to set Sri Lankans free

The cargo vessel was hijacked following a Hollywood-style chase on November 26, 2010.Since then, one crew member, an Indian, has died from cholera. While the others, seven Pakistanis including the captain, seven Sri Lankans, six Bangladeshis and one Iranian have survived the ordeal, each losing 20kg to 30kg.The pirates have agreed to refuel the ship and provide the supplies and provisions to reach the closest port. The two parties finally agreed on $50 per person per day as the expenses incurred by the pirates.Although the agreement has raised hopes of the families finally seeing their loved ones, there is still one obstacle to be overcome — arranging the amount and transferring it to the pirates within the April 20 deadline. Somali pirates have agreed to release the crew of a ship hijacked in November 2010 which includes seven Sri Lankans, the Gulf News reported.The cargo ship MV Albedo was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Although, no ransom is being paid, the representatives of the families, led by senior political leaders from Pakistan have successfully negotiated with the pirates to pay the expenses incurred by them since they were captured. “We have been in contact with the pirates through the tribal leaders of Somalia for the past several months and we made it clear to them that we are unable to pay the ransom, but we have agreed to pay the expenses incurred by them over the last 17 months,” said Ahmad Chinoy, Chief of the Citizens Police Liaison Committee in Sindh, Pakistan, who has been at the forefront of negotiations. The pirates had initially demanded a ransom of $10 million (Dh36.7 million), which the owner declined to pay and the families couldn’t afford. read more

Ugandas peace process now in critical phase warns senior UN aid official

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland told a press briefing in Geneva that while “dramatic progress” has been made in the peace process, it was a struggle to keep the momentum going.“The next weeks will be absolutely crucial for whether or not we can bring to an end one of our generation’s worst wars… [it is] an extremely fragile process,” he said, referring to ongoing peace talks in Juba, southern Sudan, between the Ugandan Government and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).“I’m hopeful that we can now see an end to it all but then we have to be creative, we have to be courageous [and] we have to be flexible in assisting this African-led peace process.”On 26 August Uganda and the LRA signed a cessation of hostilities to end the conflict, confined largely to the country’s north and east, but a comprehensive peace deal has not yet been struck. Five senior members of the LRA, including its leader Joseph Kony, also face International Criminal Court (ICC) indictments for alleged war crimes.Mr. Egeland said he was concerned that some members of the LRA have left camps in southern Sudan, where they were supposed to settle under the cessation of hostilities agreement, because of recent nearby movements by Ugandan military forces.He added there was also concern that the assembly points lacked adequate services, and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) last week launched the Juba Initiative Fund to support the peace talks and help the local civilian population.During its war with Uganda, which began in 1986, the LRA became notorious for abducting children and then using them as soldiers or porters, while subjecting some to torture and allocating many girls to senior officers in a form of institutional rape. As many as 80 per cent of the local Acholi people have also been displaced as a result of the fighting.Last month Uganda’s Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa told the General Assembly’s high-level debate that his Government had made “a painful decision to offer amnesty” to LRA leaders because it believes that is the best way to end the conflict peacefully. read more

Our Model Thinks Ohio State Not Clemson Is The Championship Favorite

Houston25233330%2%<1% Utah12152118%6%<1% TCU84237%31%11% Baylor610132%31%13% USC—20530%4%1% Alabama42614%41%11% Oklahoma St.14111415%6%1% North Carolina—262323%<1%<1% LSU25822%30%8% Memphis13143621%6%<1% The first College Football Playoff rankings are out, and the selection committee ranked Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Alabama as the top four teams, in that order, worthy of the playoff were it held today. But we at FiveThirtyEight want to look into the future. Our model (outlined in the table below) simulates the rest of the season to project which teams the committee will let into the playoff when it releases its final selections on Dec. 6. It expects that Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama and TCU, in that order, are most likely to make the cut. If you want to read more about how the model works, here’s Nate Silver’s explanation of its methodology. If you just want to get to the rankings, here they are: Read more: Our preview of this week’s college football games Florida1091241%18%4% Michigan State731915%22%3% Wisconsin—18245%<1%<1% Clemson17756%51%12% Penn State—2741<1%<1%<1% Florida State16131513%5%<1% RankingProbability of … Oklahoma1516315%14%5% Notre Dame589—25%5% Iowa9122925%7%<1% Mississippi St.201917<1%3%<1% Mississippi18171020%8%2% Arkansas—3926<1%<1%<1% Texas A&M193016<1%<1%<1% Toledo24244328%<1%<1% Ohio State31447%61%16% Northwestern214257<1%<1%<1% Temple22324541%<1%<1% Michigan1722187%6%<1% UCLA2321225%1%<1% Oregon—2532<1%<1%<1% Stanford1161346%19%3% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title read more

Italian Contested Handball Elections La Grande Famiglia dell Handball is ready

The Grande Famiglia dell’ Handball, has launched recently a membership campaign which aims to build up support across the Italian and International handball fraternity.Infact the International association which was born locally after the contested Italian Federation election last October, now has finally set up a board of directors and a series of subcomittees which deal with specific handball objectives.At the helm of the GFH we find Pierluigi Montauti who without any doubts will keep on safeguarding and promoting handball under every aspects of the game.On the Italian election appeal side, the GFH has assured that it will keep on following the appeal through the Italian courts.Indeed, Italian handball has come to a crossroad where everybody is fighting each other and nobody,but few charlatans, are able to see a way out of its deep crisis.Anybody who would like to join the GFH is able to do that by clicking on the following link:http://gfhandball.altervista.org/blog/campagna-adesioni/TEXT: Luca del Bianco elezioni italiagrande famiglia dell’handballitaly handballmontautipallamanopierluigi montauti ← Previous Story Gislason: We have to beat one of the best home teams – Ortega: F4 is our goal! Next Story → Ivan Cupic is back after three months! read more

Nook subscribers to the NY Times get past paywall

first_imgIf you own a Barnes and Noble Nook and subscribe to the New York Times through it, you’ll be able to get past the Times’ newly implemented paywall. Barnes and Nobile announced today that if you’re a paying subscriber to the Times on the Nook, you’ll be able to log in and get access to all of the Times’ content on the Web or on other devices as well.The news was long coming for Nook owners, who saw Amazon Kindle owners get the nod last week, and paper subscribers to the New York Times called out specifically when the newspaper announced its new payment system. Nook owners can subscribe to the New York Times for $19.99 per month, but the subscription only allows you to read the paper on your Nook or Nook Color – you won’t be able to use Barnes and Noble’s free Nook e-Reader apps for the iPhone, iPad, Android, or PC. Still, if you do subscribe, you’ll have complete access to the web site on any of those devices.AdChoices广告Read more at Barnes and Noble.last_img read more

Raising Greek kids in Australia

first_imgEleni Exadaktylou is a mother of two young children, who, with her husband Yianni, decided to leave Greece and seek a better future in Australia.“When we initially discussed leaving, I was not at all convinced that this was indeed at all a good idea but my husband was certainly keen to migrate after the impact the financial crisis had on the corporate sector in which he worked,” Eleni tells Neos Kosmos.The decision generated a lot of emotional upheaval for their extended family as well as the couple themselves.“I thought long and hard and decided to support Yianni’s decision, but as a parent, you just worry about the children,” says the mother of eight-year-old Manos and five-year-old Iro.“Our biggest concern was whether the decision to migrate was the right one for our family and whether the children would be able to adapt easily in a new and completely foreign environment, and learn a new language, make new friends, and enjoy a carefree childhood.“Luckily, the children embraced the change, I took much longer to adjust and get used to the new life in Australia. Initially, I made the unjustified mistake of comparing Australia to Greece; in particular the education system, career opportunities, the different lifestyle, the climate, the beaches, the landscape, the food, and even the people we met.“I just couldn’t reconcile with my decision to leave home.”Eleni, who originates from the town of Argos, studied midwifery in Athens, and worked in a fertility clinic before she arrived in Australia, reveals that what helped her get through those hard times was the acceptance that the ultimate responsibility of making her family’s move worthwhile rested on her and Yianni.“I decided to stop comparing and start living. I consciously gave myself, my husband and our children the time and space to adapt to new environments, concepts and circumstances, a different country, a different language, different experiences, and different ways of thinking, and concentrated all my energy on making the most of what Australia had to offer.”It didn’t take long for Eleni to start appreciating the quality of life in Australia.“Australia is not like Greece but there are certain aspects of this country that I really enjoy such as the facilities, the sense of safety, the quiet lifestyle, and the level of respect for the individual.”Their extended family remain in Greece.Eleni Exadaktylou with her family in Australia. Photo: Supplied“Migrating wasn’t easy. Yianni and I didn’t have any relatives or friends in Australia and I can honestly say that there is a certain level of emotional pain and sadness in moving to the other side of the world.“We miss our families, especially yiayia and pappou. It definitely takes a while getting used to not having anywhere to go on a Sunday for family lunch, or nowhere to spend Christmas, Easter, and the children’s birthdays.“As a working woman and a young mother, it was also challenging not having the support necessary to fulfill my personal and professional aspirations.”Eleni admits that leaving her parents was one of the hardest things she ever had to do.“I felt awful. Like all of our parents, my mother and father are getting older and I am still coming to terms with the fact that I am no longer able to support them as I would have done if I was still living in Greece. At the same time, I definitely still struggle with the idea that I have deprived them from making long-lasting memories with their grandchildren.”As time passes by, Eleni realises that although her extended family is miles away, her own family unit is growing stronger.“The children have really amazed me. I love watching them grow into strong independent individuals and I am grateful to the truly amazing people we have met within our school community who made us feel really welcomed.“Despite our different upbringing and cultural diversity, ultimately as parents, we all share a common goal. To see our children happy,” says Eleni who admits that tables have now turned and her biggest concern revolves around maintaining her children’s ‘Greekness’ within a multicultural and diverse society like Australia.“It is such a contradiction really. We do everything in our power to help our children adjust to a new environment and at the same time we desperately try so hard to hold on to our ‘Greekness’ and ensure our children stay connected with their Greek heritage, without foregoing Greece and the Greek language.“This is yet another challenge, that like all newcomers, Yianni and I hope to overcome so that Manos and Iro grow up loving Australia without ever forgetting where they came from.“I pray for our children to always remember, love, and have a special place in their hearts for Greece.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Delayed Due to High Winds

first_img ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas Stay on target SpaceX was scheduled to launch its massive Falcon Heavy rocket on Wednesday, however, the company decided to postpone takeoff to April 11 due to high winds.On April 10, the Falcon Heavy rocket was supposed to send Arabsat-6A, a communications satellite for Saudi Arabia, into orbit and attempt a triple rocket landing after takeoff, CBS News reported. Now, the next liftoff has been rescheduled to April 11 (tonight) at 6:35 p.m. EST and the Arabsat-6A Mission will be livestreamed on SpaceX’s YouTube channel starting at 9:35 p.m. EST.Even though the Falcon Heavy, which has 27 engines in three Falcon 9 core stages, was mounted on pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday, bad weather forced SpaceX to postpone the launch to Thursday evening. On Wednesday night, SpaceX initially reset the countdown for an 8 p.m. EST takeoff, and then, high winds further delayed it to 8:32 p.m. EST, which was the end of the liftoff window.Falcon Heavy and Arabsat-6A are vertical on Launch Complex 39A. Currently targeting liftoff at 8:00 p.m. EDT; monitoring upper-level winds that could push us to the end of the window (8:32 p.m. EDT) → https://t.co/gtC39uBC7z pic.twitter.com/Vbzbhy6PLz— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 10, 2019The Arabsat-6A Mission will be an important milestone for SpaceX, since it will help strengthen global internet, radio, television, and mobile communications for customers in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.“Arabsat-6A is a high-capacity telecommunications satellite that will deliver television, radio, Internet, and mobile communications to customers in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe,” SpaceX said in a Arabsat-6A mission description. “Built on Lockheed Martin’s enhanced LM 2100 platform, Arabsat-6A includes several innovations that provide advanced Kaspot beam communications services and Ku and Ka-band coverages in addition to other frequency bands.”Falcon Heavy’s 27 Merlin engines generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, making it the world’s most powerful operational rocket by a factor of two pic.twitter.com/0LGaLgdi13— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 7, 2019Once the Falcon Heavy rocket blasts off from Kennedy Space Center, it will place the Arabsat-6A communications satellite to a high orbit above Earth and SpaceX engineers hope they’ll be able to recover the Falcon Heavy’s three Falcon 9 core stages with a triple rocket landing after the launch.More on Geek.com:Watch SpaceX Try to Pull a Triple Rocket Landing During Falcon Heavy LaunchWatch SpaceX’s Starhopper Test-Fire Its Engine for the First TimeSpaceX Conducts Fiery Tests for Starship’s Heat Shieldslast_img read more

2017 Economic Forecast Breakfast is Thursday

first_imgNext month, the current economic expansion in the United States is expected to tie its third-longest period of growth, which lasted from 1982 to 1990.How have things changed since then? How, specifically, have Oregon, Washington and Clark County changed? Can the Reagan-era boom tell us anything about the future of our present-day economy?John Mitchell, chief economist at U.S. Bancorp for three decades, expects to dive into these and other questions at The Columbian’s 2017 Economic Forecast Breakfast on Thursday.Mitchell said he will broadly examine national trends and home in on the Pacific Northwest economies “and lay out some of the issues: what’s likely to happen, things to watch, and what Clark County has done well,” he said.Mitchell’s presentation, as keynote speaker of the breakfast and a member of a four-person panel consisting of local business leaders, comes the day before the start of Donald Trump’s presidency. Mitchell said Trump’s anticipated shifts in trade and tax policies will reverberate for years.“The implications are long-term,” he said. “I think there’s a tendency to think this stuff will happen real fast.”Washington and Oregon remain among the strongest economies in the United States. Clark County itself is enjoying robust employment, with preliminary figures showing 6.9 percent unemployment in November. The housing market dipped slightly during the election season and wet weather, but remains strong.last_img read more

Town meeting for 12storey building Wednesday August 12

first_img Recommended for you PDM says Opposition not officially invited; gives stance on SIPT Related Items:12 storey building, grace bay strip, town hall meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Five Cays town hall meeting reveals MP plans Town Meetings engineered for public feedback; both tonight Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Aug 2015 – While it has faced some changes in public interaction strategies and changes in town meeting dates, tomorrow is pegged as the day for people to weigh in on the 12-storey building proposed for the award winning Grace Bay strip. The government believes the World’s #1 Island, Providenciales, needs the proposed development, saying in a public invite that: “The main objective is economic benefit, job growth, and stimulation of the construction industry, auxiliary services and tourism related businesses. This move by the government will bring the much-needed increase in bed count to support the projected upsurge in airlift to meet the demand of year on year rise in tourism arrivals.” But there are some who do not agree with the 140 feet or 12 storeys and all are invited to meeting tomorrow at the Gus Lightbourne Gym at 7pm. last_img read more

Gridiron Ministries Camp Lit at Mt Miguel

first_imgGridiron Ministries Camp Lit at Mt. Miguel KUSI Sports, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Camp Lit is an event with football, softball, volleyball and dance camps all rolled into one.The event sponsored by the Gridiron Ministries is all day at Mt. Miguel High School and ends at the Bonita Valley Community Church.For more information click here. June 21, 2019 KUSI Sports Posted: June 21, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitterlast_img read more