Imphal court releases student activist on bail

first_imgFour days after Manipur student activist Veemon Thokchom was arrested from his residence in Delhi for a Facebook post over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, an Imphal court on Tuesday released him on bail noting that the post was not seditious. Chief Judicial Magistrate Ningthoujam Lanleima remarked that the content of Mr. Thokchom’s Facebook post “cannot be stated to bring into hatred or contempt, or excite or attempt to excite disaffection towards the government”. “At the most, the accused mention the incident of burning of Assembly with approval, but I don’t find any attempt or incitement to commit violence,” the judge said. As a condition for his release on bail, the judge has directed him not to commit an offence similar to the one he is accused of. Following the court’s order, Mr. Thokchom was released during the day and reached his home in Manipur around 4 p.m. Mr. Thokchom, 24, was arrested by a joint team of Manipur and Delhi Police on February 15 from his rented residence in Saket, Delhi. Second such case Mr. Thokchom is the second case in recent months where the Manipur government has booked individuals for sedition, an offence which entails a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. In December last year, Manipur journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhemcha, who had posted an alleged offensive Facebook post on Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, was booked for sedition and later detained for 12 months under the National Security Act.last_img read more

Anil Kumble confident of Virat Kohli’s Team India creating history in South Africa

first_imgFormer India captain and coach Anil Kumble has heaped praises on Virat Kohli-led Team India ahead of their gruelling South Africa tour. Kumble was on Sunday honoured with Coach of the Year award for 2017 by Sports Writers Association of Bangalore (SWAB).Kumble, who stepped down as coach in June after only 12 months in office, said he was confident that India will create history in South Africa with the full-fledged tour starting on January 5 with a three-match Test series.”I’m confident that the team which we have will certainly go on to create history in South Africa and then beyond. That’s the confidence I have,” Kumble said in his speech.India have never won a Test series in South Africa with Proteas winning five times and one ending in a draw.”I’m sure the team under Virat certainly has the capabilities to achieve that and continue all the good work they have been doing,” Kumble said.Kumble quit as India coach two days after the conclusion of ICC Champions Trophy, which Pakistan won in England in June. The legendary bowler resigned after his partnership with captain Kohli became untenable.The inspirational leader was appointed the coach of the Indian cricket team in June 2016 and during his one-year term, Kohli-led India won five consecutive Test series from June 2016-March 2017. Under Kumble’s guidance, India also registered ODI series win against New Zealand, England and reached the ICC Champions Trophy final.”I think coaches in cricket don’t have too much to say or too much to do. But nonetheless this is an excellent recognition of all the good work that the team did over the past one year and they have continued with their winning ways. This wouldn’t have happened without the support group, all the support team that I had over the past year has been exceptional. So thanks to them, thanks to the members of the team,” he added.advertisementTHE RIFT AND RESIGNATIONShortly before the Champions Trophy got underway in England earlier this year, murmurs of a rift between Kohli and Kumble first appeared in the media. In the subsequent days and weeks, what unfolded was a messy sequence of events.There had been a total breakdown of communication between Kohli and Kumble. The players were far from happy with the coach’s headmasterly behaviour and there was absolutely no way the Cricket Advisory Committee, Committee of Administrators or the BCCI could have salvaged the situation. After what seemed like an eternity, Kumble stepped down as coach following a Champions Trophy final defeat to Pakistan.In his resignation letter to the BCCI, Kumble wrote that the “captain had reservations” with his style of coaching.”I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my style and about my continuing as the Head Coach. I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach.”Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the Captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore, believe it is best for me to move on.”Professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and diverse views are the key traits I bring to the table. These need to be valued for the partnership to be effective. I see the Coach’s role akin to ‘holding a mirror’ to drive self-improvement in the team’s interest.”In light of these ‘reservations’, I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and the BCCI deem fit,” Kumble wrote in his letter.The fiery leg-spinner had captained India in 14 Tests and oversaw three victories, five defeats and six draws.last_img read more


first_imgSocial activist Pushpa Bhave selected for Rajarshi Shahu awardKolhapur, Jun 18 (PTI) Eminent scholar and socialactivist Pushpa Bhave has been selected for the ‘RajarshiShahu Puraskar’.She will be conferred the award at a function to beorganised here on June 26 on the occasion of the birthanniversary of Rajarshi Shahu, a former ruler of the erstwhileprincely state of Kolhapur, said Avinash Subhedar, districtcollector and president of the Chhatrapati Rajarshi ShahuMemorial Trust, at a press conference today.The prestigious award, presented in the memory ofRajarshi Shahu, a well-known social reformer, carries a cashprize of Rs 1 lakh.The award recognises outstanding contribution of anindividual in the fields of social work, science, fine arts,education and sports.Bhave, a resident of Mumbai, has been active invarious fields. Besides being an eminent scholar and socialactivist, the 79-year-old is also a thinker and an author.Bhave has been selected for the award for heroutstanding contribution in a range of fields, Subhedar said.She has been part of a series of struggles for morethan fifty years. Bhave fought for the empowerment of Dalits,women head loaders, sweepers and women beedi workers amongother sections of the society.She had been at the forefront of several politicalstruggles. The veteran activist participated in the SamyuktMaharashtra Movement which was launched in 1956 to demand aseparate state for Marathi-speaking people.She rendered her support to the Narmada Bachao Andolanfor rehabilitation of dam-affected people. PTI CORRSY RSY RSYadvertisementlast_img read more

India Open 2019: Srikanth finishes runners-up after straight-game defeat to Axelsen

first_imgFormer champion Kidambi Srikanth’s hope of snapping a long title drought came crashing down after he went down in straight games to former world champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open here Sunday.A former world no. 1 Srikanth blew two game points in the second game to lose 7-21 20-22 to Axelsen in the men’s singles summit clash.It was the Indian’s first final in a BWF world tour event in 17 months. He had last won a title at the 2017 French Open.The final started as a close affair with Srikanth and Axelsen splitting the initial 10 points but a series of unforced errors from the Indian allowed the Danish player to move ahead as he unleashed a smash to seal an 11-7 advantage at the break.Srikanth failed to engage his rival in rallies with Axelsen punishing any weak return. The Indian’s backhand was particularly weak and he lost a lot of points there. Axelsen eventually took the opening game when Srikanth went long.After the change of sides, Srikanth conceded a 1-5 lead to his opponent early on. The Indian took the next three points but Axelsen was always a step ahead.Srikanth’s lifts went long and he also made wrong line calls, enabling Axelsen to grab a 11-9 lead at the break.A fighting Srikanth, however, clawed back at 12-12 and went to the lead at 14-13 after Axelsen smashed wide.Another smash helped Srikanth grab two game points. He lost both with a wide return and after failing to connect a shot. A net dribble gave Axelsen one match point and he sealed it with a precise return.advertisementAlso Read | India Open 2019: B Sai Praneeth, Parupalli Kashyap enter quarter-finalsAlso Read | India Open 2019: Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap seal semi-final spotsAlso Read | India Open 2019: PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap crash out after semi-final defeatsAlso Watch | Know Kidambi Srikanth’s one stop guide to his ever growing fitnesslast_img read more

Homeless dog makeovers is a thing and we love it

first_img How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts Dog, as the saying goes, is man’s best friend. However, this seems questionable considering our track record of caring for our “best friends.” According to the ASPCA, nearly 4 million dogs enter shelters every year, and more than 1 million are euthanized due to overpopulation.Yes, that’s a serious bummer; but this is Feel Good Friday, so let’s focus on the positive, shall we? For example, Wahl — the legendary maker of beard trimmers and other grooming products — has been supplying pet shelters with thousands of bottles of shampoo and all kinds of grooming supplies.Related: The Manual’s Top 5 Best Beard TrimmersMost of the dogs that come through animal shelters have filthy, matted hair, and about half stay that way due to limited resources. As you can imagine, folks are less inclined to adopt pups that look like fuzzy garbage; to give homeless canines a chance at happiness, Wahl is helping these dogs look as lovable on the outside as they are on the inside.Wahl is coordinating their efforts with the Greater Good Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to making things better for pets, people, and the environment. You can see the results of this collaboration at the Dirty Dogs Before and After Gallery.While you’re clicking, you might strongly consider adopting a dog. There are still plenty of pups that need adopting, and thanks to Wahl and Greater Good, many of them are well groomed.In addition to making excellent grooming products for dogs, Wahl makes a great deal of grooming products for men. We urge you to check out some of their stuff and help support homeless dogs in the process.Click here to learn more about the Greater Good Foundation and how to donate. Editors’ Recommendations What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? Why an Emotional Support Animal Is So Beneficial (and How to Qualify) The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard last_img read more

APM Terminals Readies for Container Weighing

first_imgzoom The Netherlands-based APM Terminals is planning to provide container weighing services at 29 locations globally to enable compliance with the upcoming SOLAS verified gross mass (VGM) regulations, effective 1 July 2016. Namely, the new container weighing regulation prescribes that all packed shipping containers need to have VGM before they can be loaded on a ship for export.The terminal operator is to supply container weighing services to chain partners in Denmark, Germany, France, Egypt, Russia, Brazil, Congo, and Malaysia, among others.The company says it is in dialogue with local regulatory authorities who are providing increasing clarity on national rules governing how to ensure compliance. Currently, APM Terminals is reviewing operational procedures and processes to ensure compliance with the abovementioned regulation.Specifically, APMT is planning to provide VGM data management capabilities in most facilities through accepting EDI transmissions of VGM information into terminal operating systems from the shipping lines prior to vessel load planning.Export containers received at APM Terminal facilities with a valid VGM are to be accepted as per current local operational procedures. Those export containers arriving without a valid VGM are to be generally accepted, but as they are ineligible to load on a vessel, may be segregated and subject to additional rehandling and storage requirements, as explained by APM Terminals.“It is crucial that these regulations are met in a way which does not create congestion bottlenecks that ultimately impose additional risk and cost for all stakeholders,” Jack Craig, APM Terminals Head of Global Operations stated.APM Terminals has a global throughput of over 56 million TEUs across a network of 57 countries.last_img read more

All Spring Weight Restrictions

first_img Spring weight restrictions will be lifted on all provincial roadsat 12:01 a.m. on Monday, May 2. The weight restrictions have already been lifted on roads inYarmouth, Shelburne, Digby, Annapolis, Queens, Kings, Lunenburg,Halifax and Hants counties. Restrictions for trucks are announced each year during thespring-thaw period to help protect roads that are weakened by wetweather. -30- TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS -All Spring Weight RestrictionsLiftedlast_img

Suspension of Indias preferential trade status under GSP is done deal US

first_imgWashington DC: The Trump administration has said it is not going back on its decision to terminate India’s designation as a beneficiary developing nation under the key GSP trade programme, terming the suspension a “done deal”. The Generalized System of Preference (GSP) is the largest and oldest US trade preference programme and is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentscountries. On March 4, President Donald Trump announced that the US intended to terminate India’s designation as a beneficiary developing country under the GSP programme. The 60-day notice period ended on May 3. A formal notification is now expected anytime. The Trump administration has prioritised working with the Government of India to ensure that US companies have a level playing field, a senior State Department official told reporters on Thursday, hours after Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister for a second time following his spectacular electoral victory in the general elections. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief”The persistent market access issues, which we were engaged with our Indian counterparts over the last year, led us to announce in March that we would be suspending or withdrawing India’s benefits under the generalised system of Preferences Program,” said the official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “That suspension is a done deal. Now the task is how do we look ahead; how do we work under the second Modi Administration, to identify a path forward?” the official said, reflecting the Trump administration’s decision that the GSP termination is final. Under the GSP programme, nearly 2,000 products including auto components and textile materials can enter the US duty-free if the beneficiary developing countries meet the eligibility criteria established by Congress. India was the largest beneficiary of the program in 2017 with $5.7 billion in imports to the US given duty-free status and Turkey the fifth largest with $1.7 billion in covered imports, according to a Congressional Research Service report issued in January. “We believe there’s enormous potential to grow our trade relationship and to help stimulate the jobs that Prime Minister Modi is committed to bringing to an overwhelmingly young Indian population. “We believe that if India is prepared to address policies including data localisation and ecommerce measures, that served to stifle international investment from top tier companies, that we can continue to make significant progress moving forward,” the official said. Noting that President Trump has already made the announcement regarding his decision to terminate the designation of India as a beneficiary nation under GSP, the official said there was a 60-day notification to Congress. The official said that does not rule out in the future, being able to achieve the reforms and the market access that the US needs under this programme to restore benefits. “But I think we need to be looking forward at how do we relaunch an ambitious set of discussions between our trade teams in order to address these outstanding irritants,” the official said, asserting that there is every reason to believe that the GSP suspension will move forward. Responding to questions, the official reiterated that India needed to address some of its major concerns in particular those related to market access and data localisation. “Data localisation is a phenomenon that’s been taking place globally where we’ve seen increasing digital protectionism. While we recognise that there are legitimate security and privacy and law enforcement issues related to data protection, we’re looking at nearly eight per cent of India’s GDP, about $160 billion is associated with IT firms who depend upon the free flow of data,” the official said.last_img read more

A look at some of the recommendations in Albertas financial report

first_imgCALGARY — A panel looking into Alberta’s finances says the province has been overspending for years and needs to make changes. Here are some of 26 recommendations its report makes:— Use alternative medical service delivery, including private clinics, for day procedures and other medical services that don’t have to be done in hospitals.— Limit the high cost of doctor services by having physicians move to alternative payment plans, renegotiate its agreement with the Alberta Medical Association and also consider legislation.— Revise school funding. Specifically decrease the amount that goes to administration and governance.— Lift the current freeze on post-secondary tuition. Have institutions rely less on government grants and more on tuition and alternative revenue sources.— Create legislation that sets salary levels for all public-sector workers and applies to all negotiations and arbitrations. It would form the basis for back-to-work legislation.— Adopt a fiscal rule that limits annual increases in total program spending to the projected increase in total household incomes.— Balance the budget by 2022-23 and introduce a legislated plan to eliminate the net debt by 2043-44.— Establish a fixed budget date.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

California dispute threatens plan to protect Colorado River

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A dispute between two major California water agencies is threatening to derail a hard-won agreement designed to protect a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West.The Imperial Irrigation District, the largest single recipient of Colorado River water, on Tuesday sued a Los Angeles water utility that agreed to contribute all of California’s water to a key reservoir under a multistate drought contingency plan.The action came the same day President Donald Trump approved federal legislation to implement the plan, which Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming spent years negotiating.The agreement is meant to keep the country’s two largest reservoirs on the Colorado River from dropping so low they cannot deliver water or produce hydropower amid prolonged drought and climate change.The Imperial Irrigation District said it wouldn’t join the drought plan unless it secured $200 million in federal funding to address health and environmental hazards at the Salton Sea, a massive, briny lake southeast of Los Angeles.The Metropolitan Water District, which serves Los Angeles, essentially wrote Imperial out of the drought plan to prevent delays in implementing it. It said it would contribute all of California’s water to Lake Mead, which could top 2 million acre-feet through 2026 when the drought plan expires. An acre-foot is enough water to serve one to two average households a year.Imperial’s lawsuit claims the Metropolitan Water District sidestepped an environmental law.“Where the water supply would come from and what environmental impacts could result from Metropolitan’s need to acquire such water to fill this sizable hole in its water supply are entirely unknown,” Imperial wrote in court documents filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.A California law requires state and local agencies to identify any potential environmental effects of their actions and address them if possible. Imperial is asking the court to force Metropolitan to comply with that law, which could delay the larger drought plan from being implemented.Metropolitan has said storing water in Lake Mead under the drought plan doesn’t require review under the California Environmental Quality Act because any changes to its facilities would be minor.“We are disappointed that the Imperial Irrigation District is using litigation as a tool to block implementation of the drought contingency plan,” Metropolitan general manager Jeff Kightlinger said in a statement Wednesday. “Parties on the Colorado River need to collaborate during this time of crisis, not litigate.”Imperial took the stance in December that the drought plan would be exempt from the environmental law. District spokesman Robert Schettler said Wednesday that came before Metropolitan strayed from a version that Imperial approved with stipulations.The seven states and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation have said the drought plan won’t affect the Salton Sea, but the Imperial Irrigation District isn’t convinced.“The logic in going forward without IID was that the DCP (drought contingency plan) couldn’t wait for the Salton Sea,” general manager Henry Martinez said Wednesday. “This legal challenge is going to put that logic to the test, and the focus will now be where it should have been all along, the Salton Sea.”Felicia Fonseca, The Associated Press read more

Norfolk man charged in Delhi armed robbery

A Norfolk man was arrested and charged this weekend following an armed robbery in Delhi.Around 6:15 a.m. Sunday, a man entered the Mac’s convenience store on James Street brandishing a knife. The man demanded and was given money from the till and then left the scene in a sports utility vehicle.Soon after, police patrolling Highway 24 north of Simcoe located the suspect vehicle and pulled it over as it headed toward Brant County. The driver was taken into custody without incident and no injuries were reported.Owen Drover, 59, has been charged with armed robbery, operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol, and failure to comply with a probation order.The accused is being held in custody and will answer the charges in the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date.

Culture of Peace exhibit at UN shows role of both ordinary and

Illustrating the importance of building a culture of peace at all levels and across geographical lines, the exhibit highlights the work of a dozen people famous for their role in conflict resolution, while showcasing the essays and artwork of children who are destined to inherit this task.Secretary-General Kofi Annan has observed that, “It is not enough to send peacekeeping forces to separate warring parties. It is not enough to engage in peace-building efforts after societies have been ravaged by conflict. It is not enough to conduct preventive diplomacy. All of this is essential work, but we must also act at a deeper level if we want enduring results. We need, in short, a culture of peace.”The exhibition is being launched in the context of the UN International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010). It is a joint venture of the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS), the Permanent Missions of the Bahamas, the Laos, Mozambique and Tuvalu as well as the Soka Gakkai International (SGI)-USA and the International Committee of Artists for Peace.Stressing that peace and development go together, High Representative Anwarul K. Chowdhury said, “One is not achievable without the other.” He added that it is important to ensure durable peace in least developed countries so that they can benefit from overall development efforts.”The exhibit basically focuses on building a culture of peace for young people and we would like as many children as possible to come to see” it, he told the UN News Service. “They are the future of our world and inculcating a culture of peace will contribute to global peace and development.”The exhibit will be open to the public through 27 February. read more

Blue Jays trade pitchers Aaron Sanchez Joe Biagini to the Astros

Sanchez, like Stroman, was originally a Blue Jays draft pick that the team developed into a reliable major league starter. A first-round pick in 2010, Sanchez made his MLB debut in 2014 and became a regular starter for the team in 2015. In 146 games with the Blue Jays, 92 of them starts, Sanchez posted a 32-33 record with a 3.96 ERA and 458 strikeouts.Biagini, 29, was a Rule 5 pick by the Blue Jays from the San Francisco Giants in 2015. In four seasons with the Jays, mostly as a reliever, he posted a 4.76 ERA with 261 strikeouts.Fisher, 25, has split time between the Astros and triple-A in each of the last three seasons. This season in 17 games with Houston, he is hitting .226/.317/.358 with one home run and five RBIs. The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly traded pitchers Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini, minutes before the MLB trade deadline on Wednesday.Both the MLB players will be going to the Houston Astros.In return for the two pitchers, the Blue Jays are acquiring outfield prospect Derek Fisher.The moves cap a busy trade deadline that saw the Blue Jays sell off a large portion of their pitching staff. On top of Sanchez and Biagini, the Blue Jays have also parted ways with starter Marcus Stroman and relievers Daniel Hudson and David Phelps in recent days. read more

IHF president Hassan Moustafa Brazil to pay debt with organizing Beach and

Brasil handballbrazil handballhandebolIHF ← Previous Story AUSTRIAN DERBY: Fivers beat Alpla Hard again! Next Story → EHF COURT OF HANDBALL: BM Atletico Madrid to pay 25.000 EUR During the 125th Session of the International Olympic Committe, the President of the Internacional Handball Federation, Hassan Moustafa, said that Brazil could organize two World Championships in 2015 as part of a paying plan to finish the debt that de Brazilian Handball Federation has with the IHF.Those tournaments are:– Men’s Junior World Championship– Mens’s and Women’s Beach World ChampionshipsThis plan is accepted by the Continental Federations and there’s only one thing to expect: that the plan is voted in the IHF Congress this October.The IHF’s idea is that all the money that those tournaments can get will go to pay the debt in addition to a paying strategy that will en the Brazilian debt. This has been talked between Moustafa and Manoel Luiz Oliveira -President of the CBHb- in Basel, Switzerland. read more

Womens EHF CL TOP 8 begins Buducnost in Gyor Larvik in Ljubljana

Gyorwomen’s EHF CLWomen’s handball ← Previous Story Sierra to Pick Szeged – Mikler to Veszprem? Next Story → Gurbindo stays in Barcelona until 2016 Women’s EHF Champions League Main Round starts today with the matches of Round 1. The biggest derby will be played in Gyor where Buducnost is coming. Two last EHF Cl winner will have a chance to make life easier with the points at the beginning of the battle for EHF F4 in Budapest.Saturday:Gyor – Buducnost 18.30Midtjyland – Savehof 13.30Krim – Larvik 20.30hSunday:Vardar – Thuringer 18

VIVA KIELONIA Kiel beat Veszprem for the Final

← Previous Story WAHNSINN: Flensburg beat Barca after penalty shoot-out! Next Story → Nikola Manojlovic to Meshkov Brest Kiel’s 6-0 defense was too strong for the Veszprem’s shooters in the last part of the first semi-final at VELUX EHF F4 in Cologne! THW Kiel celebrate their third final in “Lanxess Arena” after victory over MKB MVM Veszprem 29:26 (13:13). Alfred Gislason had one of the heroes in goalkeeper Palicka, who stopped some important shots of the rivals. Team of Antonio Carlos Ortega has lost the control on the match after 35 minutes. After Chema Rodriguez was stopped, there were no other player in the back-line of Veszprem on the level necessary to beat “Zebras” at F4…. MKB-MVM Veszprem (HUN ):Fazekas (n.e.), Alilovic (1.-60., 13/2 saves); Vilovski (2), Gulyas (1), G. Ivancsik (2),Schuch, T. Ivancsik (1), Ruesga (3), Ilic (5/3), Mocsai (n.e.), Nagy (4), Ugalde (4), Rodriguez (2), Terzic, Sulic (2); THW Kiel:Sjöstrand (2 saves), Palicka (15.-60., 14 saves); Toft Hansen(1), Sigurdsson (6), Sprenger (2), Wiencek (3), Ekberg (3), Zeitz (1), Jallouz (n.e.), Palmarsson (7), Klein(n.e.), Jicha (4), Vujin (2); read more

Hellenic Doctors end year on trivia night high

first_imgThe Hellenic Medical Society of Australia (HMSA) recently celebrated the end of another successful year over dinner and a trivia night. HMSA has focussed on community activities involving strengthening ties between doctors, the community and Australian and Greek healthcare systems. The event saw 100 Hellenic doctors and their partners come together over a wonderful dinner and test their medical and Greek general knowledge through trivia. HMSA President Professor Marinis Pirpiris opened the night and highlighted HMSA achievements to date and goals for the coming year. Merriment followed with networking, whilst sharing collective knowledge and a show of healthy competitiveness between teams.The HMSA aims to unite doctors with the wider community and indeed this past year can attest to that. There have been multiple internal and public education lectures. Children’s health and paediatric first aid were the flavours of the March public lectures, led by Dr Betty Messazos-Trapetsas (HMSA Board) and co-presented with Dr Chris Pappas, and Dr Maria Raftopoulos. In April a joint lecture on urological diseases and chronic kidney disease was organised by Mr George Koufogiannis (HMSA board), who also presented in unison with Mr Peter Liodakis and Professor John Katsoulis. Associate Professor Arthur Nasis (HMSA Treasurer), enriched a Delphi Bank function later in October with an informative discussion on predicting, preventing and managing cardiovascular disease.Multiple professional presentations also took place after the joint presentation by Dr Nick Antoniades on Thunderstorm Asthma and Dr Spiros Fourlanos (HMSA Board) with updates on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. April saw the gathering of the HMSA at the Hellenic Museum for an informative talk on cutting edge renal and pancreatic transplantation medicine by Professor John Kanellis, in combination with a presentation by Professor Vicki Kotsirilos on various Hippocratic treatments of antiquity and those persisting today. In August, Professor John Dixon and Mr George Kalogeropoulos presented at a medical dinner on the latest trends in medical and surgical bariatric management. Throughout the year HMSA has also seen an increase in the number of Doctors in Training and medical students who have joined.As always, the HMSA is forever grateful to its major sponsors for making so many of these events possible. The trivia night would not have happened without the kind support of Boston Scientific and 4Cyte Pathology, Australia’s newest privately owned, independent bulk-billing pathology company. In addition to the trivia night, HMSA is grateful for the continued strong support by Delphi Bank that has enabled many of their events to proceed throughout the year. They are also grateful to Zaparas Lawyers, iNova Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca and the Greek Community of Melbourne for their support in 2018.The coming year promises to continue building on the foundations already laid by the HMSA, with the inception of a medical student scholarship for students planning to undertake a clinical placement overseas, in Greece or Cyprus. HMSA is also working to establish a mentoring program, in addition to various online Greek language resources to facilitate the care of Greek speaking patients in Australia. Furthermore, an online directory of doctors with links to the Australian Greek community is also currently under construction. Next year will see an increase in public lectures and research involvement. HMSA is also seeking to increase its philanthropic works further by launching a formal means by which medical supplies and resources can be sent to areas of need, including Greece.The HMSA board and its members thank all those who have participated in the various events throughout the year and wish you all a very merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and prosperous new year.Medical practitioners (doctors, including medical students) seeking to join the HMSA should access the website for information on membership. The public can also visit the site for further information. See Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Vancouver man sentenced in robbery car theft

first_imgA Vancouver man was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for robbing a woman of her purse and car at gunpoint, and then leading police on a chase the next day, crashing the stolen car.Rafael Loera-Luna, 23, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, reckless driving and hit-and-run in one case. He also pleaded guilty to theft of a motor vehicle and reckless driving in a second case, court records show.At about 6 a.m. Oct. 23, Loera-Luna entered the workplace of Celia Aparicio in the 3300 block of East Fourth Plain Boulevard wearing a bandana. He pulled what appeared to be a handgun from his waistband and demanded the woman’s money. Loera-Luna then took her purse, which contained her car keys, and drove off in her orange Kia Rio, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Police spotted the stolen car the next day and tried to stop it, but the driver sped off. A police chase ensued, and the stolen car eventually crashed into an occupied vehicle near Northeast Andresen Road and Buena Vista Drive, the affidavit states. The driver ran from the scene.A passenger who was in the Kia identified the suspect driver as Loera-Luna, according to court documents. During a search of the stolen car, police found heroin and a backpack that contained a mask worn in the armed robbery, as well as a black air gun, court records said.last_img read more

Pm Launches Life And Health Insurance For Athletes

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Jan. 28 (JIS): Jamaica has become one of the first developing countries to provide life and health insurance coverage for its national athletes, with the launch of the Jamaica Athletes Insurance Plan by the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, today (January 28).At the press launch, held at the Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Simpson Miller said the initiative represents real progress and is a profound demonstration of the Government’s investment in the people and particularly the youth of Jamaica. She further noted that it is also an example of investment in the economic potential of the nation.“In launching the Jamaica Athletes Insurance Plan, Jamaica is within the best practices of the international sporting community. We are also trailblazers in this area among developing nations. It is a noteworthy national achievement,” she said.The establishment of the Insurance Plan, which becomes effective February 1, results from the National Sports Policy, which was introduced in 2013. Out of a series of consultations with sporting associations, athletes, the private sector, youth clubs, tertiary institutions, among other sports stakeholders, for the establishment of the Policy, the need for the provision of medical expenses for athletes was highlighted.Through Guardian Life Ltd. the Plan will provide group health insurance for some 1,323 athletes from 28 national sports associations and federations which are registered, while group life and personal accident insurance will be provided by Allied Insurance Brokers, through Sagicor.The Government contributes 95 per cent towards the cost of premiums and the remainder is provided by the national sports associations and federations collectively. Agreements were signed with the Sports Development Foundation, the National Health Fund (NHF) and the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), for the provision of funds over the next three years to support the plan.Noting that Jamaica has a long and distinguished local and international sporting history, the Prime Minister said the Plan is supported by the Jamaican people who are grateful to the athletes.“Our athletes are not only sources of great pride and joy. For us, sport also represents an integral part of the cultural and creative industries of the Jamaican economy,” she said.The Prime Minister said the Government is committed to ensuring the health, wellness, social protection, safety and prosperity of Jamaica’s athletes.She expressed thanks to the institutions for financial support and hailed the Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, for her work in getting the programme to this point.Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Elaine Foster-Allen, in welcoming remarks at the ceremony, also hailed the establishment of the Plan.“This is about service for our national athletes, who are committed to representing their country internationally and regionally, and the national associations which facilitate their development and the honing of their skills and talents,” she said. Related Items:dairy farmers, Hugh Graham, Jamaica Dairy Development Board Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Dairy Farmers Urged To Improve Pasture Managementlast_img read more