Leucoderma patients pin hope on ayurvedic drug

first_imgNew Delhi: As the country is gearing up to observe International Vitiligo Day on June 25, the patients of leucoderma pinning hope on herbal drugs to manage the disease as Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed ayurvedic medicine is finding greater acceptance among patients suffering from the skin ailment of white patches – a social stigma in the country.The herbal drug Lukoskin has also brought accolades to DRDO’s scientist Hemant Pande, who was conferred with prestigious ‘science award’ on National Technology Day by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for developing the ayurvedic medicine. While talking about lukoskin, Pande, who heads herbal medicine division of the DRDO’s Defence Institute of Bio-energy Research (DIBER), Pithoragarh, said, “Presently, there are various remedies of vitiligo such as allopathic, surgical and adjunctive, but none of these therapies has satisfactorily cure of this disease.” “The other remedies are either costly or single molecule based with very low efficacy. As it develops side-effects like blister, edema, irritation in the skin, most of the patients discontinue the treatment,” said Pande. The herbal drug, which is manufactured by AIMIL Pharma, is developed using Himalayan herbs by exhaustive scientific studies and the medicine is available in the form of ointment and oral liquid. Incidences of leucoderma in India is around 4-5 per cent in some parts of Rajasthan and in Gujarat it’s more than 5-8 per cent.last_img read more

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Emergency crushed Indias soul PM Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Accused by the Congress of not recognising its leaders’ contribution, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a stinging counter-attack, saying the party cannot see beyond the Gandhi family and it began “flying so high” that it was disconnected from the country’s roots.Modi said the Congress members did not mention even former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s work in their speeches in Lok Sabha. In his hour-long replying to a two-day debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address in the House, which was later passed by a voice vote, Modi also called upon lawmakers to rise above partisan politics. Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in FranceHe was, however, scathing in his criticism of the Congress, targeting the party for not recognising the contributions of leaders outside its ruling Gandhi-Nehru family, missing opportunities to empower Muslim women and “crushing India’s soul” by imposing Emergency, whose anniversary fell on Tuesday. His government’s fight against corruption will continue, he said but asserted that it will not work with a vendetta and it was for courts to send the accused to jail. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeTargeting the Congress for repeatedly saying that his government does not recognise the contributions of its leaders, he said his dispensation gave Bharat Ratna to a veteran Congress leader like former president Pranab Mukherjee but the opposition party could not think about bestowing the same honour to former prime ministers and its leaders like P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh. Talking about the Emergency declared by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Modi said: “on the night of June 25, India’s soul was crushed”. June 25 marks the day former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of Emergency in the country for a 21-month period from 1975 to 1977. The PM said, “A few people were constantly asking during the debate- Who did it? Who did it? I want to ask them- today is 25th June. Who imposed the Emergency? Who trampled over the spirit of the Constitution, gagged the media and bullied the judiciary? We can’t forget those dark days.”last_img read more

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Federal government adds millions for essential harm reduction in opioid crisis

first_imgThe Canadian Press SURREY, B.C. — The federal government is putting more money into fighting the opioid crisis and addressing what Canada’s health minister says is the “alarming growth of methamphetamine use.”Health Minister Ginette Petipas Taylor announced to a group at a recreational centre in Surrey, B.C., that the government will invest $76.2 million to bring more life-saving measures to underserved communities to mitigate the impact on the illegal drug supply and to identify emergency drug threats.Petipas Taylor says people often frame the opioid crisis as being a big-city problem but many of Canada’s mid-sized cities are some of the hardest hit.The minister says some cities suffer from provincial governments turning their backs on harm reduction, resulting in uneven access to services across Canada.Petipas Taylor and her staff have recently been trained to use the overdose-reversing mediation naloxone and she says it’s a training session she would recommend to all Canadians.Part of the funding is provided for evaluation and increased access to pharmaceutical-grade medications as safer alternatives to the contaminated illegal drug supply.“Harm reduction means treating substance use not as a moral failure but rather as a medical one,” she said Wednesday. “While some might see harm reduction as controversial, I see it as truly essential.”The money will also be used to build knowledge of effective interventions and to break down barriers that prevent people who use drugs from seeking help.Petipas Taylor says $22.3 million from the recent federal budget will be used to get naloxone kits and overdose training sessions to underserved communities so more Canadians can save lives.“In my mind their is no reason, and I stress absolutely no reason, why naloxone can’t be easily available all across Canada and training sessions can’t be accessible to everyone.”last_img read more

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Police looking for convicted murderer who left minimum security unit

first_imgDORCHESTER, N.B. — Police in New Brunswick are looking for a convicted murderer from Dorchester Penitentiary who failed to return to a minimum-security unit after he was granted an unescorted temporary absence.The Correctional Service of Canada says 66-year-old Jack Woods is serving an indeterminate sentence for manslaughter and second-degree murder.The agency says Woods was staying at a community-based residential facility in Moncton when he left and didn’t come back Thursday.Woods stands 5-7, weighs 223 pounds and has a fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair and is missing both of his little fingers.He also has a leopard tattoo on his right upper arm and skull tattoos on his left forearm and upper arm.A warrant has been issued for his arrest and the RCMP have been called in.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Alicia Keys Joins The Stars At Childrens Rights Benefit

first_imgChildren’s Rights, the non-profit organization that protects the rights of abused and neglected children in foster care throughout the U.S., hosted their 8th Annual Benefit on Monday.Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz at 8th Annual Children’s Rights BenefitEmmy Award-Winning casting director Sheila Jaffe, actor, philanthropist and community activist Rosie Perez and Frederic Dorwart, founder of Oklahoma-based Frederic Dowart, Lawyers, were each honored with the Children’s Rights’ Champion Award. Grammy Award-Winning producer Swizz Beatz hosted and deejayed the after-party.Alicia Keys at the Children’s Rights BenefitAlicia Keys, Lorraine Bracco and Vincent Pastore also attended the event.Lorraine Bracco and Darryl DMC McDaniels at the Children’s Rights BenefitThe evening served as a fundraising event highlighting the life-changing results CR has achieved over the past year, and helped the organization make a difference in the lives of thousands more children in foster care. Former foster youth, adoptive parents, child advocates and attorneys were on hand to talk about why they support CR. The evening also included a live auction, conducted by Hugh Hildesley, executive vice president of Sotheby’s.Rosie Perez at the Children’s Rights BenefitCR Board Member Darryl “DMC” McDaniels – hip hop icon from the groundbreaking group Run DMC – presented awards to Sheila Jaffe and Rosie Perez. Along with McDaniels, Jaffe founded the Felix Organization, which works to enrich the lives of children in foster care. Perez has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of kids through the Urban Arts Partnership, the We Are Family Foundation and other initiatives. CR Executive Director Marcia Robinson Lowry presented the award to Frederic Dowart, pro-bono counsel in CR’s campaign to transform Oklahoma’s dangerous child welfare system.Children’s Rights, a 501c3 non-profit, advocates for the reform of overburdened child welfare systems across the U.S. For almost 20 years, CR has used the law to hold governments accountable and defend thousands of kids when foster care systems fail. The organization has secured court orders mandating top-to-bottom child welfare reforms in more than a dozen states. As a result, kids are safer. They get the education and healthcare they need. They have better foster homes. And best of all, children find permanent, loving families more quickly, ensuring they have the brightest possible futures.For more information about Children’s Rights, click here.last_img read more

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FAA puts out a call for pilots to test changes in Boeing

DALLAS — Federal safety officials are recruiting pilots from airlines around the world to test changes that Boeing is making to the flight-control software on the grounded 737 Max jet, according to two people briefed on the situation.The Federal Aviation Administration is asking that some of the pilots have relatively little experience on the Boeing 737, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the testing plan hasn’t been announced.Testing will happen in flight simulators — not on actual Max jets, which remain grounded — and is designed to determine how pilots handle the software. Exact timing and details about the testing are unclear, but it will be done before the FAA recertifies the plane, according to one of the people.Boeing declined to comment.Boeing is rewriting the Max’s flight-control software after faulty sensor readings caused automated systems to push down the noses of planes that crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia, killing 346 people.The changes will make automated nose-down movements less powerful and easier for pilots to overcome. The flight-control software, called MCAS, will also rely on two sensors instead of one. Boeing is also working to fix a separate problem that FAA test pilots discovered in June and that could also push the plane into a dive.Nearly 400 Max jets that were being flown by airlines around the world have been grounded since March, shortly after the second crash. Boeing hopes to submit all changes to the FAA in September and get the plane approved to fly in November.Chicago-based Boeing Co.’s stock rose Thursday after an analyst for financial-services firm Cowen said an FAA certification flight for the Max — a key milestone — could happen within six weeks.The shares rose $14.42, or 4.2%, to $354.41. They are up 10% this year, but that trails the 17% gain in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. The shares are down 16% since the second crash, in March.The Max has damaged Boeing’s reputation and finances. Dozens of families of passengers killed in the accidents have sued the company.In July, Boeing reported a record loss of nearly $3 billion for the second quarter due to a $4.9 billion after-tax charge to cover the cost of compensating airlines that have been forced to cancel thousands of flights because of the grounding.___David Koenig can be reached at http://twitter.com/airlinewriterDavid Koenig, The Associated Press read more

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SMMT supports £250000 plastics recycling research

Dr Oana Ghita, of the University of Exeter School of Engineering, Computer Sciences and Mathematics said, ‘Conventional plastics, such as those used in drinks bottles or packaging can easily be melted and re-used, but this is not the case for some of the plastics used in cars. The aim is to understand how exactly they need to be ground down to enable them to be made into new substances that compete with virgin material in engineering specification and price.’ For more information, please contact Steve Franklin, SMMT environment manager on 020 7344 1639. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) As part of its commitment to meeting ELV recycling and re-use obligations, SMMT is to play a key role in a new study into the re-use of plastics in car making. The DTI Technology Programme has awarded a £250,000 grant to fund a team of researchers and engineers at the University of Exeter which will lead a consortium of industry and academia. The study will investigate the best way to re-use plastics, which make up nine to 12 per cent of every vehicle. Many types of plastics are ideal for car manufacturing being strong, durable and light, but these specialist plastics are often difficult to recycle in the conventional way. Making car recycling greener – SMMT to support £250,000 University of Exeter plastics recycling research By 2006, EU legislation requires that 85 per cent of a vehicle is either recycled or re-used. By 2015 that will rise to 95 per cent. As recyclable metals only make up 76 per cent of the average passenger car, the challenge is to make the recycling of other components technically feasible and economically viable. Other partners in the Exeter University study include SIMS Metals, Menzolit, Mitras Automotive, The British Plastics Federation, Brunel University, SP Technologies Ltd and European Friction Industries. read more

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Football Race for backup quarterback heating up two weeks before the start

Ohio State quarterbacks redshirt senior J.T. Barrett, redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow, redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins and freshman Tate Martell stretch prior to practice on July 27. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorTwo weeks away from the season opener against Indiana, it is clear who will be under center for the Ohio State football team on the first offensive snap of the season: redshirt senior J.T. Barrett.But one quarterback race remains contested, and it is for the player who would take the snap should Barrett be unable to play. For a team that won its only national championship in the past 10 years on the strength of a pair of backup quarterbacks, it’s obvious for those competing for the backup spot to see its significance.However, redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow — one of the two leading candidates for backup quarterback along with redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins — said they understand the role that No. 2 spot played back in 2014, but aren’t letting the potential of being one injury away from the starting role drive them. “I don’t know if it really motivates us, but it makes us understand that we have to be ready when our number is called and whenever the time comes,” Burrow said. Haskins added neither expect the same situation as the 2014 season to occur, and said it is important to keep that championship-winning season in mind as any player along the depth chart could be called on at any time to take over behind center.“(The coaches) always preach about 2014 and just how everybody was ready to play whether it was Braxton or J.T. or Cardale,” Haskins said. “And I mean, all three of us (freshman Tate Martell, Burrow and Haskins) are competing really hard, and if one of us goes in, we are going to root for each other. But the ultimate goal is to be a starter one day so that’s what we’re all competing to be.”Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day said the coaching staff evaluates them as if they were going to be the starter this season.“You want to find the best guy to go on the field whenever that opportunity presents itself, so yeah, you’re using the same criteria,” Day said. The coaching staff has yet to determine who is going to head into the opener as the backup. Coach Urban Meyer has narrowed the position down to two names, but there is still no clear frontrunner between the pair, he said.“I’d say the true backup right now is between Joe (Burrow) and Dwayne (Haskins),” Meyer said. “We have a big scrimmage coming up this Saturday, and that’s going to be a huge part of (the decision process).”Meyer added though Martell has looked the part of a potentially electric quarterback, he is still learning more about Ohio State’s offense and is currently behind Burrow and Haskins.A season ago, Burrow ran away with the job seemingly uncontested as Haskins redshirted his true freshman campaign.Burrow made appearances in six games over the year, connecting on 22-of-28 pass attempts and finishing with 226 passing yards and two touchdown passes. He also had 12 carries, compiling 66 yards including a rushing touchdown.Burrow said last season gave him a chance to learn more about the offense. However, he added he does not expect his experience in the role to be a major factor in his competition with Haskins to play a major role in the race for the backup quarterback.“I didn’t play that much; threw 28 passes,” Burrow said. “Really just scrimmages and practices from camp will determine it, I think.”The two have seemingly been locked in a battle against one another since the end of the 2016 season. Haskins and Burrow were the two starters in the spring game where both made their case to be Barrett’s backup. Burrow finished 14-for-22 passing with 262 yards and three touchdowns, while Haskins accumulated 293 yards on 26-of-37 passes with three touchdowns.The spring game is certainly not the end-all-be-all for evaluating talent, yet those performances yielded an intriguing story line entering Barrett’s final season.“What we’re doing is competing with J.T. every day,” Haskins said. “So I mean you go to Ohio State and you think about (2006 Heisman Trophy winner) Troy Smith and everybody else that played quarterback here. It’s like what’s the standard, and that’s what you try to compete with everyday.”Because at the end of the day, no quarterback joins a school hoping to play second fiddle their entire career. Neither Burrow nor Haskins would like to be a backup for the rest of their playing days at Ohio State, and at least one of the two could get a chance as the starter as early as next season.While the winner of the backup battle in 2017 could emerge as the frontrunner for the starting gig in 2018, the two said their eyes are fixed solely on the season ahead of them.“I’m not even thinking about next year right now,” Haskins said. “This is important for this season to be ready when my number is called when coach Meyers says to be prepared.” read more

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Royal Marines cleared of mistreating subordinates at meetings when punishments were handed

first_imgThe hearing, at Portsmouth Military Court,was told the “kangaroo court” took place while the marines were guarding high security bases including Falsane and Coulport where the nation’s nuclear deterrent submarines and warheads are kept.They were said to have played a version of the game show Deal or No Deal to decide punishments, as one of them donned a fake beard and pretended to be Noel Edmonds.Cpl Foster denied three counts of ill-treatment of a subordinate and Cpl Beer denied two counts of the same charge.Both men were cleared of all charges by a board of senior officers at the court martial. “As a corporal, I tried to be as professional as possible,” he said.”I would sit at the back of family time to ensure the marines did not go too far.”I had done my time as a junior marine and been part of the forfeits, but now I wanted to just let the lads crack on.” Philip Beer arriving at Portsmouth Court Martial Philip Beer arriving at Portsmouth Court MartialCredit:Solent News & Photo Agencycenter_img Two Royal Marines accused of overseeing meetings at which “sinister” punishments were handed out did not mistreat colleagues, a court martial has ruled.Corporals Philip Beer, 34, and Danny Foster, 30, were said to have been complicit in the provision of forfeits such as being whipped and forced to shave off body hair.One of two alleged victims claimed he had even been made to perform a sex act while watching military-themed gay porn after he failed a map reading test.The punishments were said to have been handed out at a nightly gathering of 43 Commando troop known as “family time,” which was used to informally deal with professional failings.The alleged victims claimed the two corporals would oversee the meetings, dishing out punishments to people from the back of the room.However, the court heard the punishments were actually decided by the marines in the troop and Cpl Foster insisted he would “steer clear”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Steve the blue tit causes problems for police with his penchant for

first_imgAnother is a little more blurry as the wanted bird gets right in front of the camera and tries to stick his beak into the lens.”He must like his reflection in the lens,” one officer said.”He keeps getting in the way and is always blurred and out of focus because he’s so close.”The force announced that Steve was “back on his rounds again” on Monday, sharing an image of him peering into a camera.On Sunday, they appealed for information about the “movements and identity of the pictured subject”.Bluetits often peck at their own reflections in windows or glass believing that another bird if intruding near its nest site as they try to protect their breeding territory. Police appeal for information about feathered suspect Steve Police appeal for information about feathered suspect Steve An attention-seeking blue tit has been causing problems for police in Gloucester.The feathered suspect has taken a liking to CCTV cameras and has been blocking shots by sitting in front of various lenses.Officers have had their view of the streets obscured so often by the little fellow that they have appealed for information about him.The bird is described as “very small, quite roundly shaped, with blue and yellow plumage”.Gloucestershire Police Force Control Room has affectionately nicknamed him “Steve”.One piece of CCTV footage shows the blue tit hurtling towards the camera, high above a mobile cash machine. The birds are well adapted to gardens and towns.  In winter, they form flocks with other tits, roaming the countryside and visiting gardens in groupslast_img read more

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Ombudsman upholds complaint about article on parasitic Roma beggars

first_imgTHE PRESS OMBUDSMAN has upheld a complaint made by the European Network Against Racism in Ireland (ENAR) about an article in the Irish Independent which referred to Roma beggars as “a parasitic, ethnic underclass”.The article, written by columnist Ian O’Doherty, was published in September of last year and was entitled “Begging – but I thought it was freedom of expression?”.Shane O’Curry, director of ENAR claimed that the article advocated the expulsion of all unemployed Roma people from Ireland, because it said that Roma beggars formed “a parasitic, ethnic underclass who look on this country as a giant stupid cow to be milked whenever they see fit”.The article also claimed that many locals “found themselves surrounded by beggars – all of whom were Roma – and then had their belongings filched.”‘Criminal anti-social behaviour’In its defence, the newspaper argued that it commented honestly and legitimately upon a significant matter of public interest – the phenomenon of aggressive beggars – in Dublin, and that references to Roma beggars were based on the writer’s personal experience.“It said that the article’s comments were made on the basis of what it said were the identified criminal anti-social behaviour of some members of the Roma community, and not on the basis of their membership of that community,” the office of the Ombusman said in its decision.The Irish Independent also offered O’Curry the opportunity to write an article on the topic, in which he could air his grievances. However this was rejected as O’Curry said the offer did not include an apology or a retraction of the original article.GeneralisationsThe ombudsman found that the article contained “a number of emphatic generalisations about beggars of Roma origin that, in his opinion, were clearly capable of or intended to cause grave offence”.“Also, the article’s linking of complaints about the behaviour of members of the Roma community with a parenthetical comment about people who were described as ‘indigenous junkies’ did little to support the newspaper’s contention that the article was not primarily about those on whose behalf the complaint had been made,” the ombudsman said.Responding to the decision, O’Curry described it as “a victory for reason and informed debate”.“There is no place in the public sphere for racism,” he said. “Racism stifles informed discussion and silences minorities. Journalists in particular have a responsibility to the public to report in a fair and accurate manner.”Read: BAI upholds part of complaint about Newstalk ‘attack’ on Taoiseach>Read: Roma child incidents result of ‘pure, raw, naked, poisonous racism’>last_img read more

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Birmingham City fan jailed for Jack Grealish attack

first_imgBirmingham City Football Club welcomes the sentence handed down to Paul Mitchell by Birmingham magistrates today. What he did was unacceptable and has no place in football,” a club statement read.“The club can confirm that Mr Mitchell is banned from our home ground, the St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium, for life. And nor will he have access to purchase tickets for away games involving Birmingham City Football Club, or have tickets purchased on his behalf.“The club has also banned another supporter for life for a series of vile and malicious tweets on social media, relating to Jack Grealish and his family.“The individual in question remains the subject of an ongoing investigation by West Midlands Police.“Birmingham City FC rejects all forms of anti-social behaviour. We will not tolerate the kind of incidents we have seen during and since Sunday’s derby fixture against Aston Villa Football Club.”- © AFP 2019  Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A fan is held is held after attacking Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish (left). Mar 11th 2019, 4:21 PM 57 Comments A fan is held is held after attacking Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish (left). Image: David Davies https://the42.ie/4535370 Subscribe By AFPcenter_img Monday 11 Mar 2019, 5:16 PM A BIRMINGHAM FAN who punched Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish during a highly-charged derby in the English Championship was jailed for 14 weeks and banned from football stadiums for 10 years on Monday.Grealish was attacked by Paul Mitchell in a shocking incident during Sunday’s clash between the bitter local rivals at St Andrew’s.Mitchell sprinted onto the pitch in the 10th minute of the derby, punching Grealish from behind and sending him sprawling to the turf.The 27-year-old was eventually led away by stewards, while the visibly shaken Grealish was able to continue playing and eventually scored Villa’s second-half winner.On Monday, Mitchell pleaded guilty to assault and invading the pitch when he appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.As well as his prison sentence and stadium ban, Mitchell was ordered to pay £100 ($130) to Grealish as compensation for the pain, discomfort and shock caused by the assault.Passing sentence, magistrate Alison Fisher told Mitchell: “This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable — a view shared by your own football club.“Mr Grealish has stated that he was shocked and scared and feels lucky that it wasn’t worse. Players such as Mr Grealish are entitled to protection. We have therefore gone outside of our guidelines in the interests of justice.”Birmingham welcomed Mitchell’s sentencing and confirmed he has been banned from their stadium, and from buying tickets for away games, for life.Another Birmingham fan who tweeted abuse at Grealish has also been banned. Short URL Image: David Davies Share24 Tweet Email Birmingham City fan jailed for Jack Grealish attack Paul Mitchell has been handed a 14-week prison sentence as a result of his actions. 54,307 Views last_img read more

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Exhibition honours our women

first_imgThe long-standing contribution by The Hellenic Women’s Cultural Association – Estia, was celebrated by an exhibition entitled Hellenic Women of Australia – Over a Century of Contribution this week. Over 70 people attended the event at the Queens Hall, Parliament House of Victoria, on Tuesday night and enjoyed the exhibition until Thursday when it closed. The exhibition was officially launched by Craig Ondachi Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, who represented Nicholas Kotsiras, Minister for Multiculturalism and Citizenship who was ill on the evening. Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, Eleini Lianidou was there and made a speech honouring the women in our community and the extensive work they have done for all Greek Australians. Angela Velos, President of The Hellenic Women’s Cultural Association – Estia, also made a speech about the long-standing contribution of the organisation and the women involved. Patricia Drivas, who developed the exhibition after being inspired by her mother’s journey through Bonegilla migrant camp, with a few photos in an old box – now eleven years on – continues to grow. “That’s one great thing about this exhibition – it just keeps growing,” Ms Drivas tells Neos Kosmos, saying that since Tuesday’s launch, she has received some images from members of the Greek Australian community to add to the collection.Another important aspect of such an exhibition is the dialogue it creates within the community and reminds you of a time that was, and also connects you to your family in more ways than one. People move past the images, recognise themselves, their family, past teachers, friends, and colleagues. “One lady recognised her mother and she didn’t even know that that photo of her mother existed,” says Ms Drivas who made her a copy of a photo of her mother as a child – a rare and beautiful image – circa 1921.“It’s opened a lot of dialogue between the Greek community such as the Greek school photos, or images of Bonegilla – people talk about their experiences through this exhibition,” she says.The feedback that Ms Drivas has received following the exhibition has been very positive, with many quite taken aback by the progress that’s been made since the initial exhibition in 2002, with the promise of many more exhibitions to come. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Report Owen now turns his attentions to Beckham

first_imgMichael Owen has now turned his war of words towards David Beckham.In the players serialised book in the Daily Mirror, “Reboot” has now turned his attentions to former teammate David Beckham.Yesterday saw a war of words with Alan Shearer, now Beckham is at the brunt of Owens comments.He is referencing Beckhams sending off in the World Cup against Argentina.After a challenge from Diego Simeone, Beckham almost petulantly stuck up a foot out at the Argentine, who made the most of the incident.Owen looks back at events and said:“First of all, let me pre-empt what follows by saying that what David did probably wasn’t a red card offence in the first place.”“But because his flick-out was so childish, it also seemed so much more unnecessary.”“People will say it was just a mistake, but my feeling is that, if you want to win World Cups, you can’t afford to make mistakes.”“Would we have beaten Argentina with eleven men?”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We’ll never know – but we were playing well enough with ten at the time.”“Would we have gone on to beat Holland and then Brazil and so on? We’ll never know that either.”“All I can say is that, as I sit here now writing this book, knowing how lucky a player is to appear in one World Cup, never mind more than one.”He continues to talk of his disappointment and claims Beckham let down his whole team and the country.Owen said:“I’d be lying if I didn’t say that what David did that day hadn’t let every single one of that England team down.”“Did he deserve the abuse he got from the press afterwards? Certainly not.”“What human being needs to see his or her effigy being burned?”“But David let us down, and I still hold some resentment about it today.”Report: Owen now turns his attentions to BeckhamGELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – JULY 01: David Beckham of England is substituted during the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Quarter-final match between England and Portugal played at the Stadium Gelsenkirchen on July 1, 2006 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)last_img read more

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Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on employeebenefits.co.uk on 3-9 September:1. Former BT employee is entitled to sick pay2. Facebook named top UK employer for pay and benefits3. British Airways Gatwick staff face lower pay4. Checkatrade.com launches staff engagement programme 5. Withers to discuss what makes an award-winning benefits scheme6. World Duty Free Group to discuss staff recognition7. RehabWorks acquires Right Corecare8. NHS to launch £5m health and wellbeing programme9. 36% of 51-60 year olds have no pension plans10. Employee status of US Uber drivers to be decidedlast_img read more

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Microsoft hasnt told Xbox One developers how the used games system works

first_imgOne of the key games Microsoft rolled out at its E3 event for Xbox One was The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It is being developed by CD Projekt Red, whose parent company is CD Projekt, which is also known for running GOG.com–the DRM-free games service that gives older games a new lease of life on modern operating systems.So what we have here is a company who is against DRM developing a game for a platform that has two DRM-like limitations on how games can be played and shared, those being the 24-hour Internet check and the ability to block used games sales on a per title basis.Eurogamer decided to ask CD Projekt Red if it would be ensuring The Witcher 3 is free to sell and lend on the Xbox One when the game gets a publisher. But the developer has no idea, because apparently Microsoft hasn’t shared any details about how the used game system works yet.The Xbox One isn’t out for another 6 months so there’s plenty of time to finalize the used game system, but I’d expect Microsoft to have the guidelines in place and to inform developers actively working on Xbox One games how it works. Maybe that information is limited to those developers who are producing launch games? Or maybe just key partners such as EA have been told the details this early on? An interview with EA’s Peter Moore suggests Microsoft just hasn’t confirmed details yet.It could also suggest Microsoft itself doesn’t yet know exactly how the system will work, and that gives us some hope it is a system that could be tweaked before the launch of the console is upon us. Don’t expect it to disappear completely, though, as Microsoft is positioning the Xbox 360 as your alternative console if you don’t like what they are doing with next-gen.last_img read more

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Block Health Centre at Mirik to get upgraded

first_imgDarjeeling: Block Health Centre at Mirik is all set to get upgraded to a Sub-Divisional Hospital. Incidentally, Mirik was upgraded to a full-fledged sub-division from a block in Darjeeling on March 30, 2017. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had recently stated that Mirik hospital wouldsoon be upgraded. The Health department has already given a go-ahead to the upgradation of the existing hospital to a Sub-Divisional hospital. “This is to ensure that people of the sub-division get proper medical assistance without having to go outside. A new building will be constructed in the vacant land behind the existing hospital,” stated Dr Pralay Acharya, CMOH, Darjeeling. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe existing three-storey building will be renovated and a new four-storey building will come up. Estimates are being prepared for civil and electrical works. After we get the sanctions we will float tenders for the construction,” stated the CMOH. Sanctions will also be required for human resource. “The existing building will house the Out Patient department and have diagnostic facilities. The new building will house the In Patient department including Male and female medical wards; Male and female surgical wards; Obstetric ward; Paediatric ward; SNSU and a 6-bed HDU. A blood bank is also on the anvil,” stated Doctor Acharya. Currently, Block Health Centre is 30-bed and consists of five doctors and 15 nursing staff. “With the upgrade, there will be 100 beds with 20 doctors. The nursing staff strength will also be increased” added the CMOH.last_img read more

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TMC fields 24 candidates for elections in other states

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress has fielded 24 candidates for the forthcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in other states, party supremo Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday. The states are Odisha, Jharkhand, Assam, Bihar and the Union Territory of Andaman. In Odisha, the TMC has fielded two candidates in the ensuing Lok Sabha and 10 candidates in the Assembly elections. Agni Charan Jena will contest from Bhadrak (SC) seat while Subhrangshu Sekhar Padhi will fight from Bhubaneswar seat. Suvendu Adhikari has been appointed as the Observer for Odisha. The candidates for the Assembly seats are Sibnarayan Biswal (Bhadraipokhari), Ramahari Das (Bhadrak), Natha Bairaigi Behera (Basudevpur), Bishnu Mallick (Jayadev SC), Trinatha Sahoo (Central Bhubaneswar), Pramod Parihari (North Bhubaneshwar), Jadumani Pradhan (Jatani), Soubhagya Kumar Panda (Beguna). The nominees for Ekamra Bhubaneshwar and Khurda are yet to be decided. The TMC has fielded three candidates in Jharkhand. Ajanta Mahato will contest from Jamshedpur while Mondol Hansda will contest from Rajmahal and Sanjay Kumar Pandey has been fielded from Ranchi respectively. Arjun Singh will be the party’s Observer for Jharkhand. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAyan Mandal will fight from Andaman seat. The TMC has fielded six candidates in Assam. Chandan Das will contest from Karimgunj (SC seat) while Hitabrata Ray and Nurul Islam Chowdhury will fight from Silchar and Dhubri seats respectively. Kamala Kanta Daimary will contest from Kokrajhar while Ashak Ali Dewan and Manoj Kumar Sarma will contest from Barpeta and Guwahati seats. In Bihar, the party has fielded Javed Islam Khan from Kishangunj and Sunil Singh from Maharajgunj.last_img read more

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Strong sense of optimism felt at 10th ANZPHIC

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/256a8/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> The 10th Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Hotel Industry Conference (ANZPHIC) was held between July 7-8 at the Hilton Sydney.The ANZPHIC opened on Wednesday with a pre-conference event – Fractional Real Estate Essentials, which discussed the benefits and weaknesses of fractional real estate ownership.Ragatz Associates and Private Residence Resorts experts outlined the criteria for successful fractional real estate projects, which includes broader market reach, high consumer profile, higher occupancy and resulting ancillary income, and asset appreciation. They also stressed the differences between fractional real estate ownership and timeshare. About two-thirds of travellers have shared a holiday home, according to research conducted by Bergent Research. The respondents rated the most important benefits of shared real estate ownership as the appreciation of property values, minimal maintenance hassles and, with beach access.  Queensland, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast rated among the most appealing holiday destinations for fractional real estate.   When the ANZPHIC officially kicked off on Wednesday a strong sense of optimism was felt amongst the attending 400 hotel owners, investors, developers, operators, lenders, advisers and other stakeholders. All major Australian cities experienced a growth in Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR) May 2010 year-to-date, which was largely driven by a major hotel occupancy boost. During ANZPHIC, hotel leaders also identified future tourism hot spots, including Brisbane, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Perth; with key consumer source markets to Australia as China, Southeast Asia and New Zealand.Bill Evans, Chief Economist of Westpac Bank, expects that over the next few years the government will be tightening fiscal policies and economic growth will range between 3 and 3.5% in the near future. It is believed that Australia’s links with Asia will provide strong medium term prospects, particularly given continued strong demand for steel. Industry leaders also took the opportunity to discuss several key areas which will demand attention in the new competitive hotel landscape. These areas include the inevitable participation in social media, collaboration with online travel agents (OTAs), lessons from the global financial crisis, changes in consumer behaviour, importance in capturing key source markets, and the continuing significance of innovation within the industry.Among the major highlights of the ANZPHIC was the award ceremony for the 2010 Hotel Deal of the Year award and the inaugural Legend Hall of Fame. LM Investment Management was awarded the title of 2010 Hotel Deal of the Year for its AUD 185 million acquisition of the Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour Sydney last year. The inaugural Legend Hall of Fame award was given to Mr. Koos Klein who retired in late 2008. The industry veteran can list expanding the Hilton portfolio in the Asia Pacific from 25 to 60 hotels amongst his many achievements. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

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