first_imgEngland captain Joe Root said their victory against India in the first Test of the five-match series at Edgbaston has given the team a lot of confidence because they were not at their best.England are currently leading the series 1-0 and will take on India in the second Test at Lords, which is beginning on Thursday.England beat India in the Edgbaston Test by 31 runs when the Indian batsmen failed to chase a final target of 198 runs. Despite not being putting up a great performance, England managed to perform as a team at crucial junctures and eked out a win.On the eve of the Lords Test, Root said it was exciting to know that they won the Test combating immense pressure from the Indian team.”It [the win at Birmingham] fills you with masses of confidence. One of the most exciting things about last week is that we weren’t at our best, certainly areas we can improve, but we found a way to win under pressure, and wrestle momentum back in our favour,” Root said at the pre-match press conference on the eve of the second Test.Also read – India vs England: Virat Kohli wants composure from his batsmen at Lord’s”That’s a sign of some strong characters in our dressing room. And having had some indifferent results in the recent past, to pull off a win like that is a really good sign for us moving forward.”If we can make small improvements in certain areas, and add that to where we were good last week, we will see some improvements from last week.”advertisementEngland will look to alter some history at Lords as they have won just three of their last nine Tests at the iconic ground in London.”Every time you turn up here the surfaces can be quite different. At the start of the summer we were below par and it would be easy to look too far into that, but against South Africa there was a lot of spin and against India [in 2014] spin came into it a lot in the second innings. That might be a big factor.Also read – India vs England: Ishant Sharma’s sole motive is to win matches for India”We’ll have to wait to see what the surface looks like tomorrow [Thursday] morning but ultimately on the last couple of occasions, whoever has played well in the first innings has managed to contain that threat through the rest of the game. So we have to start well and try to stay on top if we can,” he said.Ollie Pope will make his debut against India in the second Test and he will receive his first cap batting at No. 4, replacing Dawid Malan from the side. Root will wait until toss to decide whether to play a second spinner [Moeen Ali] or an extra pacer [Chris Woakes].Root asserted that having the right-handed Pope in the team was not a tactic against Ravichandran Ashwin or Ishant Sharma, who have a good record against left-handed batsmen.”With the surface as it is, having looked at it today, we’re going to leave it another 24 hours and then make a decision in the morning. I’m not sure, having played quite a lot here, if it will change a huge amount.Also read – India vs England: Ollie Pope to debut in Lord’s Test, says Joe Root”But we just want to make sure, be really clear, that going into the game we can be really confident we’ve got the best 11 players to take 20 wickets on that surface. So we’ll turn up tomorrow, see if it looks any different, and then make that decision, he added.When questioned about countering Ashwin and Ishant, he said, “They are two fine players and one of the reasons why India have been successful is they have some brilliant experienced players to call upon. The guys have thought quite clearly about how to try and get each individual out, and practise accordingly, and that’s all you can ask from your team.”We’ve prepared as much as possible and feel like we’re in a good position coming into the game. Opposition players are allowed to play well and they definitely did that at Edgbaston, so it’s just about combatting that as a team and making sure that when we get our opportunities to go big, someone takes the game by the scruff of the neck.”Also read – Batting dilemma, strategical changes in line for India ahead of Lord’s TestadvertisementRoot accepted that dropped catches at Edgbaston were a concern for England against a quality side like India and the way Virat Kohli was dropped thrice in the first innings, where he scored 149 runs, was a problem.”It’s a crucial part of Test cricket, especially India being such a good side you have to take those chances.”Root said that it will be important to manage Kohli at the crease, in terms of keeping him away from strike, like they did in the second innings previously.”Virat’s a fine player and it shows when you give the best players opportunities they don’t need many more. On that last morning he batted 55 minutes and he faced 13-14 balls. It was very skilful to be able to manipulate him off the strike and starve him of facing the majority of deliveries.”And in the first innings, to create two half-chances and two clear chances was testament to how we’ve got good plans against him and found a way to potentially get him out. Nice to know we are doing the right things, but it’s about taking those chances when they come,” he added.Also read – India vs England: Ishant Sharma’s sole motive is to win matches for IndiaApart from Kohli, Root was the only other batsman to come away from Edgbaston with head held high.”It obviously can get better. There’s been a lot of talk about this – I look at this summer and twice I’ve managed to get past 50 and go on to make hundreds in succession. It might have been in white ball cricket but I still see that I’ve made an improvement in that area and I wanted to take that forward into this format.”The frustrating thing about last week it wasn’t poor batsmanship [sic] that got me out, it was a poor passage of play in terms of running between the wickets.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

first_imgSundaram Ravi and Ulhas Gandhe’s bloopers have raised questions on the standard of umpiring in the IPL but it is Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s public outburst that has triggered a debate on whether star players get away with intimidating match officials.For the first time in his illustrious career, Dhoni, a two-time World Cup winning former India captain, entered the field of play for an angry confrontation with umpire Gandhe, who backtracked after signalling a no ball during an IPL match on Thursday night.”Obviously star players try to pressurise umpires but it’s up to the umpires to withstand the pressure. They will do what they feel but it depends on the personality of the umpire,” one of India’s most well-known international umpires, K Hariharan, told PTI on Friday.As per laws, Dhoni had no right to enter the field of play and has got away with a fine of 50 percent of his match fees, something that will be paid by his franchise Chennai Super Kings.The maximum punishment for this Level 2 offence could have been a two-match ban but even that was liable for appeal.Dhoni’s confrontation is the second incident in the first three weeks of the tournament in which a superstar cricketer has blasted the umpire.Earlier, it was Virat Kohli, who was livid with ICC Elite Panel Umpire Ravi for failing to spot a no ball bowled by Lasith Malinga which proved costly for his team in the end.”We are not playing club cricket. Umpires need to be smarter,” Kohli had lashed out.advertisementEven his rival IPL captain and India deputy Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians) was critical of the quality of umpiring on that day.However, Kohli was not even reprimanded even though the ICC Code of Conduct clearly states that players cannot publicly criticise umpiring decisions.In Indian cricket, the domestic umpires have always been edgy when put under the pump by star players.”For any umpire, it is necessary to have courage to stick to his decision,” said Hariharan, who has stood in two Tests and 34 ODIs apart from officiating in first three seasons of IPL.Hariharan then came to the game specifics of the CSK versus Rajasthan Royals clash in which Dhoni had the unprecedented meltdown.”Let’s get this straight. As per ICC playing conditions, it was square leg umpire Bruce Oxenford’s prerogative to check waist high full toss. Umpire Gandhe had no business signalling no ball. He got it wrong.”Now coming to commentators and experts. No umpire can go upstairs to check for validity of a no ball if the batsman is not out. So, umpires couldn’t have referred it to TV umpire,” said Hariharan.”Lastly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni had no business entering the ground as that is completely prohibited. For starters, the 50 percent fine is a very light sanction,” said Hariharan.He feels that not all umpires are bullied by players and ones consistent with their decisions get respect.”A good umpire is one who gets his decisions correct but a great umpire is someone blessed with ‘Match Management’ skills. It’s different from giving decisions. It’s about controlling the match.”But umpires are human and some decisions can have deep impact as he related one of the most famous bloopers of the pre-Internet social media era back in 1997.It was Hariharan’s international debut in an ODI match between India and Sri Lanka at Margao, Goa.Ajay Jadeja got the thickest of edges off a Sajeewa De Silva delivery caught by keeper Romesh Kaluwithrana.The Lankan players started celebrating and then it happened.The famous visual of Umpire RP Sharma raising his finger only to start scratching his hat as Arjuna Ranatunga looked bewildered.Jadeja was unmoved and he got a scratchy 50 after which Ranatunga mockingly shook his hands.”I can’t forget that match and Professor Sharma’s 15th match. He never officiated in any game after that. I wonder what would have happened in today’s time when people still remembered a match aired on DD,” Hariharan said.”My family was there for my debut and in the evening I found him sobbing in his room. He was shattered and depressed. We wanted to take him out for dinner but he was in no position. He was never the same man after that,” he recalled.The BCCI mandarins admit that the standard of umpiring has gone down in recent years and lack of quality umpires is an issue.Recently, the BCCI admitted that only 17 umpires are officiating in the IPL.Out of them, 11 are Indian and six foreigners from the Elite Panel. Apart from them, there are six more Indians as fourth umpires.advertisement”In a tournament which is as hectic as IPL, even umpires can have fatigue due to constant travelling and officiating in every second game,” a BCCI official stated, trying to put things in perspective.Also Read | MS Dhoni’s outburst at umpire in RR vs CSK match probably not right: Jos ButtlerAlso Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni fined after fierce on-field argument with umpires in tense CSK chaselast_img read more

first_imgEverton boss Silva has three matches to save jobby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva has been handed three matches to save his job.The Daily Star says Silva has been told he has the next three matches to save his job on Merseyside.The Portuguese manager has endured a nightmare start to the season with the Toffees, taking just two victories from eight matches played.Everton, at this early point in the season, find themselves in the relegation zone and Silva has been told time is running out.Silva believed he would be sacked during the international break, following Everton’s lacklustre defeat by Burnley.Crisis talks are said to have taken place at Goodison, during which Silva was informed the results of the next three games would have large bearing on his future. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgMarcelo Bielsa has been labelled ‘a bit autistic’ by two former France players that were familiar with his work at Marseille.Frank Leboeuf and Christophe Dugarry have slammed the Leeds manager for his behaviour during his spell with the Ligue 1 club between 2014 and 2015.Leeds have been top of the Championship table for the majority of the season, with many backing Bielsa to lead the Yorkshire club to the Premier League for the first time in 15 years. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But the Argentine’s first campaign in England has not been short of controversy, with the 63-year-old coming in for criticism when it emerged he was sending spies to watch Leeds’ opponents train earlier this season.Leboeuf, who played for Marseille between 2001 and 2003, says he has no respect for Bielsa and claims the Leeds boss once totally ignored one of his players in a lift during his time in charge of the French outfit.”He’s somebody I don’t like. I don’t like his life philosophy. I don’t like how he manages a group and for me he’s shown nothing,” the Frenchman told RMC Sport.”To take the lift in the morning with your captain, to not say hello and to not even look at him, there’s a bit of a problem.”Dugarry was also critical of Bielsa and went as far as to say that some of his behaviour was ‘a bit autistic’.”It’s the way he treats people, journalists, it’s a bit autistic, isn’t it?”The pair also went on to suggest that Bielsa’s staff have no respect for him and continued to hit out at the Argentine for his conduct.Leeds are currently sat in second place in the Championship having been leapfrogged by Norwich City after they were beaten by the Canaries at Elland Road on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgzoom The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced yesterday that it is providing a total of $1.4 million for two projects supporting the increased use of alternative fuels and technology in the maritime industry.The funds will be used to collect information on use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine propulsion and study the issues and challenges associated with shore side storage and fueling of LNG vessels.“Fuel-efficient ships appeal to the maritime industry for the exact same reasons that fuel-efficient cars appeal to consumers – they’re easy on the environment and their pocketbooks,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “The Obama Administration is committed to protecting our environment and reducing pollution, and the information we’ll gather from these projects will help us strengthen America’s clean energy economy.”Through a partnership agreement, MARAD will provide Horizon Lines, Inc. with $900,000 to assist in conversion and monitoring of their vessel, Horizon Spirit, to operate on LNG. Measuring the efficiency and air emissions of these new LNG engines will provide valuable data as the U.S. maritime industry looks to greener and more cost effective options. This ocean going container ship operates between Long Beach, California, and Honolulu, Hawaii. The conversion is anticipated to be completed by late-2015.The second project is a $500,000 MARAD funded LNG study conducted by the U.S. subsidiary of Det Norske Veritas Inc. to analyze the issues and challenges associated with bunkering, which is the process of supplying fuel for ships, and the landside infrastructure needed to store and distribute LNG. It is anticipated this study will be complete by spring 2014.“The maritime industry is taking important steps to reduce vessel air emissions,” said Acting Maritime Administrator Paul N. Jaenichen. “Using clean energy means green efficient transportation and a better environment for mariners who work aboard these vessels and others who work in the maritime industry and communities.”The two recipients were chosen in a competitive process to partner with MARAD as part of a new program to demonstrate innovative technologies and practices and share data on the results. President Obama has taken unprecedented action to build the foundation for a clean energy economy, tackle the issue of climate change, and protect our environment. Both projects reflect the maritime industry’s effort to reduce vessel air emissions and the use of LNG as an alternative fuel.MARAD, November 8, 2013last_img read more

first_img Route 7 (Halifax-Kentville-Digby) it is proposed that trip 54 will be via Amherst and operate as a local run; various minor departure and arrival time changes for certain trips. due to low customer demand, it is proposed that trip 19 from Halifax to Moncton and trip 18 from Moncton to Truro be permanently discontinued; various minor departure and arrival time changes for certain trips. Acadian Intercity Coaches LP and Acadian Coach Lines LP have applied to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board to amend services on several of its routes. The companies are asking for route and schedule changes as follows: Route 2 (Halifax-Moncton-Fredericton-Riviere-du-Loup) trip 61 Halifax to Antigonish to be added daily; trip 68 Antigonish to Halifax to be added daily; due to low customer demand, it is proposed that the current flag stop at Port Hastings be discontinued on all trips; various minor departure and arrival time changes for certain trips. Route 5 (Moncton-Amherst-Charlottetown)center_img This hearing will be held by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board concurrently with a hearing of the New Brunswick Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities on Wednesday, Oct. 19, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The hearing will be held in the Municipal Council Chambers, 110 Main St., Sackville, N.B. Earlier this year, concurrent hearings of the two boards were held in Amherst, N.S., respecting another application by the same carriers. Anyone wishing to present evidence or to cross-examine witnesses must file notice with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board no later than Wednesday, Oct. 12. The board will conduct telephone conference calls with anyone wishing to make comments who is unable to attend the hearing in New Brunswick. Conference calls must be arranged by Wednesday, Oct. 12. Nova Scotians can make these arrangements by contacting the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board at 902-424-4448 and providing their name and telephone number. Long distance charges will be the responsibility of Acadian. Anyone wishing to make comments about the proposed amendments may also do so by forwarding a letter to: Clerk of the Board, Box 1692, Unit M, Halifax, N.S. B3J 3S3; by e-mail to ; by fax at 902-424-3919 or by calling the clerk at 902-424-4448. Further information about the proposed amendments can be obtained from: currently Church Point is serviced by a taxi company to reach Digby, at which point Acadian services the customers from Digby. Due to very low customer demand, it is proposed that service to Church Point be discontinued; currently Halifax to Kentville is serviced twice a day plus three times a day on Mondays and Fridays. Due to reduced demand, it is proposed that the additional service on Mondays be discontinued; various minor departure and arrival time changes for certain trips. Route 6 (Halifax-Truro-Sydney) the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, public passenger division, 902-424-3588; the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board clerk’s office, 902-424-4448 John Stringer, McInnes Cooper 902-424-1361 or e-mail at: .last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotians are one step closer to having a comprehensive strategy to protect, preserve and promote what they value most in their heritage. The Voluntary Planning Task Force on Heritage presented its final report to government today, Dec. 14. The report, based on extensive public consultation, contains 59 recommendations for government to consider as it develops a heritage strategy. Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, thanked the Federation of Nova Scotian Heritage, Voluntary Planning and the 11 volunteer members of the task force for their work. “I’m truly impressed by the effort that has gone into this report,” said Mr. Goucher. “Everyone who had something to say about the future of Nova Scotia’s heritage has taken the opportunity to say it, and the task force has listened. The response has been amazing, reinforcing the fact that Nova Scotians care deeply about our heritage.” The report’s broad definition of heritage includes natural and cultural heritage and encompasses a broad range of topics such as museums and archives, heritage buildings, education and promotion, sustainable forestry, wilderness areas and nature reserves, cemeteries, underwater heritage and heritage workers. The report stresses that heritage is a shared responsibility and makes recommendations that touch on many levels of government, government departments, groups and agencies, as well as individuals, families and businesses. As the lead department, Tourism, Culture and Heritage will review the recommendations in detail to identify priorities, and consult with others to ensure the heritage strategy includes, or complements, their work. A strategy is expected by the fall of 2007. Mr. Goucher said the report is an important first step in the process. “We know there are challenges and opportunities in our heritage sector and that’s why we commissioned this report,” he said. “Nova Scotia is blessed with a rich natural and cultural heritage. We’re now in an excellent position to develop a strategy that will build upon existing programs, legislation and partnerships. The strategy will guide future investments so we can make the best use of our heritage resources, and, above all, it will be based on what Nova Scotians have told us they want.” The heritage report, entitled Our Heritage Future: A Shared Responsibility, is available at .last_img read more

first_imgSaturday night, Hollywood came together to support Sean Penn and his J/P Haitian Relief Organization at the 3rd Annual Help Haiti Home Gala, presented by Giorgio Armani at the Montage in LA.U2 Performs at the 3rd Annual Help Haiti Home GalaCredit/Copyright: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief OrganizationApproximately $6 million was raised. Sean Penn remains committed to Haiti — and Hollywood and its A-list moguls and stars are standing with him to shine a light and raise much needed funds.The Edge, Sean Penn, Bono, Winona Ryder and Asaf AvidanCredit/Copyright: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief OrganizationHosted by Anderson Cooper, the evening included a performance by U2.Talent in attendance included Charlize Theron, Bono, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Douglas, Julia Roberts, Emma Thompson, Goldie Hawn, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Chris Hemsworth, Bette Midler, Usher, Winona Ryder, Pamela Anderson, Eric Dane, Idris Elba, Rebecca Gayheart, Diane Kruger, Piers Morgan, Samantha Ronson, Sarah Silverman, David Spade, Oliver Stone, Uma Thurman and many more.J/P Haitian Relief Organization is dedicated to saving lives and bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian people quickly and effectively. Following the tragic earthquake of 2010 J/P HRO began working immediately to make an impact in Haiti. J/P HRO works with both government and non-governmental agencies to deliver immediate results where the need is greatest. Efforts include but are not limited to providing emergency medical and primary care services, delivering badly needed medical equipment and medicine, distributing food and water purification systems, improving communication systems, and developing housing and education facilities. The goal of J/P Haitian Relief Organization is to help lift the nation of Haiti out of the rubble and give the Haitian people a better life.last_img read more

Responding to questions from the press, spokesman Fred Eckhard said the plan had changed from a one-meeting format, as previously announced.”Although the starting time is still 10:30, I indicated that they would continue for three or three and a half hours, [but] it now looks like they will go for less than that – perhaps two, two and a half hours,” he said. “There will then be a break and then there will be a second session.””The Secretary-General will lay out his position, the Iraqis will lay out theirs, there will be discussion, there will be a break for reflection – possibly for consultation with Baghdad – and then back for a second session,” said Mr. Eckhard.Asked to characterize Mr. Annan’s negotiating position, the spokesman said it would be difficult to predict “how this meeting is going to go.” The Secretary-General, he stressed, hoped the discussions would be focused on implementing Security Council mandates on Iraq.”The broad subject is implementation of [Security Council] resolutions; the precise subject on everyone’s mind is the return of the weapons inspectors,” said the spokesman. “He will do his part, and then he will await their reaction.” read more

“All civilians – man, woman or child, Libyan or foreigner – wanting to leave the areas of fighting in Benghazi must be allowed to do so as a matter of urgency,” said Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the head of UNSMIL. “The warring parties must ensure civilians are free to leave and that their evacuation is safe. The wounded must be taken care of and everyone must be treated humanely, in line with international humanitarian law,” he added.Mr. Kobler reminded the warring parties of their obligations to respect the provisions of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. “All parties must ensure the protection of civilians in accordance with international law, and those who fail to do so must be held accountable,” he said.A large number of civilians, including Libyans and migrant workers, are trapped in areas of fighting in Benghazi, including the Ganfouda, Gawarsha and Marissa neighbourhoods. They face shortages of electricity, food, medical supplies and other necessities, in addition to the hazards of active fighting.UNSMIL has long been seeking to arrange a humanitarian ceasefire in Benghazi that would allow all civilians wishing to leave to do so and facilitate the work of humanitarian organisations on the ground. So far, it has not been able to secure the agreement of the warring parties. read more

first_imgOutotec has successfully completed the acquisition of the majority of the shares in Biomin South Africa Pty Ltd and certain assets from Biomin Technologies SA in Switzerland. Outotec now has the full intellectual property and marketing rights of BIOX® bio-oxidation technology. The transaction was announced on July 31, 2015, but the acquisition price was not disclosed.Biomin’s BIOX bio-oxidation is a proven method for the pre-treatment of refractory gold ores, and it complements Outotec’s portfolio of gold processing technologies. BIOX’s annual business volume has been some millions of euros, with flagship installations including Runruno in the Philippines and Kokpatas in Uzbekistan.“Combining the BIOX bio-oxidation expertise with our engineering capabilities and proprietary equipment, such as grinding mills, reactors, cooling towers and thickeners, we can provide gold producers complete sustainable plants with life-cycle services”, said Robin Lindahl, head of Outotec’s Metals, Energy & Water business area.last_img read more

first_imgAcross the timezones and through the massive pile of technology news that is this week, we’ve stopped to put some thoughts to the madness with our weekly Geekout.Across the world there are two different events going on with news coming out of each. IFA 2013, in Berlin, is going strong with hardware manufacturers from all over the world giving everyone a look at what’s to come this holiday season and beyond. From the event we saw the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with its all new stylus features, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, the Sony Smartwatch 2, and the new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro among several other new device. Samsung’s presentation had been thoroughly leaked beforehand, but the Galaxy Gear smartwatch with its built in camera and 70+ apps will be a major release in the smartwatch market.Qualcomm had a smartwatch at their Uplinq event, though their plans aren’t so much to compete with the likes of Samsung and Pebble as offer an alternative route for watch manufacturers to travel in the future. The Qualcomm Toq in an impressive device that is designed to look stylish while functioning for multiple days without needed to be charged. We got some time with the Toq, so you can see our hands-on if you’d like to know more.Our app of the week is for iOS and Android this go around, and is a great educational companion and supplemental app for anyone looking to learn a second language. Duolingo is a simple app with large ambitions — its goal is to help you learn another learn, for free, while playing simple-but-enjoyable games. The app’s interface and gamified nature makes it fun to pick up a few more words in a language of your choosing, even if you just have a few minutes to spare. It’s a free app with training tools for several different languages, so be sure to check it out.If you’d like to join us on our weekly Geekouts, or if you’ve got a topic you’d like us to talk about on next week’s broadcast, leave us a message here or on our Google+ page.last_img read more

first_imgThe Victorian Government has called on multicultural communities to submit ideas on how the government can best assist all residents to live fulfilling lives and be engaged citizens within the wider Australian community.Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras has encouraged multicultural communities to make suggestions that will help the government outline initiatives to engage citizens in the state’s diverse community. The Victorian government’s Vision for Citizenship in a Multicultural Victoria outlines the role of citizenship in supporting and celebrating Victoria’s rich cultural and linguistic diversity. Providing a snapshot of the state’s diversity the document, available online, identifies the government’s current and upcoming approach to multicultural affairs and citizenship. The document invites Victorians of all backgrounds to submit ideas that will assist in the development of future initiatives that will help the government to deal with matters of multicultural affairs and citizenship policy.The government are seeking input from the community for queries just as the following: How can the government better harness the skills, abilities and experiences of our diverse communities for the benefit of all Victorians?; What do you see as the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in Victoria and how could all Victorians be encouraged to take up those rights and responsibilities?For more information and to submit your ideas, go to and click on ‘Vision for Citizenship in a Multicultural Victoria’. Submissions will be accepted in languages other than English and will be accepted until 26 October 2012. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Former Liberal treasurer Peter Costello this week called for the government to give Australians certainty over their superannuation savings.“If you want to put money away for 20, 30 or 40 years you have to have some certainty it’s going to be there when you retire. Peter CostelloSpeaking to the ABC, Mr Costello said changes made to superannuation rules in recent years had damaged savers’ confidence.“I think during the last government there were something like, I counted up to 33 different changes in budgets and mid-year reviews to superannuation,” he said.“People just don’t trust superannuation as being a long-term vehicle anymore [because] they know the rules are going to vary from year to year.”Mr Costello added that people needed to be reassured super savings were safe and that Australians were “afraid to lock voluntary money into the system, which is why it’s running on compulsory contributions.“If you want to put money away for 20, 30 or 40 years you have to have some certainty it’s going to be there when you retire, and I think the government’s got to give it some certainty.” A productivity commission review into superannuation released on Wednesday reported that the majority of Australians had only small amounts of superannuation savings when they reached retirement age.According to the review, about 40 per cent of people aged 64 had no superannuation savings at all, and by the time people reached age 80, only 17 per cent had any remaining.Harry Giannakidis, a partner at Mills Oakley Lawyers, said Mr Costello’s concerns should be heeded.“I hear it first-hand from many of my clients. They’re unwilling to put more money into super because each successive government changes the goalposts.“They don’t know how it will be taxed in the future, or when they will be able to access their funds,” said Mr Giannakidis.“The preservation age is on the move from 55 to 60 years. Who knows what it will be in a generation’s time with our ageing population on the increase?”The Melbourne lawyer told Neos Kosmos that with superannuation being used increasingly as a wealth accumulation tool for children, rather than for retirement benefits, the government may be prompted to make further changes. “People do not understand the highly complex tax, investment and compliance regulations. They want a simpler set of rules.”Despite the constant changes, Mr Giannakidis said that the superannuation system will always remain a tax-effective vehicle to boost retirement savings. “Governments will keep it that way to wean the Australian people off the aged pension system.”last_img read more

Home Start to Hold 47th Annual Blue Ribbon Gala

first_imgSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Home Start, Inc. will hold its 47th Annual Blue Ribbon Gala on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa.The even is held each April in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Home Start’s Blue Ribbon Gala raises funds for the organization’s programs that provide critical assistance to children and families throughout San Diego County.The gala’s space theme, “Mission Blue: The Great Beyond,” will feature a three-course meal, silent and live auction, photo booth, and live entertainment.The Full Strength Funk Band scheduled to play Home Start’s 47th Annual Blue Ribbon Gala.The 11 piece funk band whose playlist spans the decades from the classic funk tunes of the ’70’s to the dance hits of today. Featuring a full horn section, sweet harmonies and Latin percussion. Jonathan Halvorson Jonathan Halvorson, Home Start to Hold 47th Annual Blue Ribbon Gala Posted: April 1, 2019 April 1, 2019 Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

SELECTMEN RACE QA Candidates Discuss The Detox Facility Proposal At 362 Middlesex Ave

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Incumbents Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira, and challengers Rob Fasulo, Mark Maselli, Dan Murphy, and Suzanne Sullivan, are running for TWO three-year seats on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen.Wilmington Apple is asking the candidates multiple questions each week leading up to the April 27 Town Election.The latest question:Do you/did you support the construction of a detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue? Why or why not? What do you say to residents who strongly disagree with your position?Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:Suzanne SullivanNo I did not support the detox at 362 Middlesex. It was the wrong place to put a 24 hour, 7 day a week, two-story medical facility. I would say to people who disagree with my position that although I understand why a facility like this is needed, the use requires a special permit for a reason. It is understood in our by-laws that a medical facility can have an impact on the surrounding areas that are specific to it, and not to other types of commercial uses. Therefore, it is not a “by right use”, meaning the person proposing it does not have an absolute right to build one. This area of north Wilmington is still a nice neighborhood business district. It did not fit and would have impacted residents severely that were abutters because the cul-de-sac, another mis-matched feature, pushed the two-story large building right up against the neighborhood. There are no other 24/7 operations in this area, and for good reason. It would severely impact the surrounding residents. The commercial areas currently shut down by 10:00 pm, therefore not impacting the surrounding residential areas. I believe we can have what we want and still protect the residents if we make wise choices. I think the detox at this site was not a wise choice and did not protect the residents. I believe the residents should always come first and we should do whatever we can to make that the first priority.Suzanne SullivanMark MaselliWhen looking at any new site development, the first part of any plan is the layout and size of the structure that is compatible with its surroundings. In my opinion, the proposed structure size for the detox center at 362 Middlesex Ave. is too large for that lot and is not harmonious to the neighborhood that borders the plot of land. The size offers nothing but harm to the abutters along with the noise pollution that also comes with a facility that is run around the clock. In fact, I would not support any business located there to be run 24/7. The probability for disrupting the peace for the abutters is too great.As we all know, the proposal was voted down by the Zoning Board of Appeals because of size. However, something that really bothered me was those that voted in FAVOR of the detox center. As I’ve mentioned, the proposed facility offers nothing for the quality of the neighborhoods, the abutters or the town. It is the job of the ZBA members to make the best choices for the town and all of its residents, and I believe that those members voting “yes” failed in this respect.I once was given this advice, “When the ball is in your court, you don’t give it up.” Well, the ball was in our court and, sadly, we gave it up – the abutters got nothing but bushes that that will make no difference for years, if at all. We should be asking for the moon and settling for the sky – these abutters got the ground!It really bothered me seeing the abutters asking for help, pleading for it, and getting nothing. The disruption to their neighborhood, the surrounding neighborhoods, and all the families is too great. They know what it is like to have a business in that lot, this is above and beyond that. This facility will drive their home values down, something that is most people’s biggest asset. It will make them uncomfortable in their own homes and not feel safe in their neighborhoods. I have yet to hear any rebuttals from the developers or the town on feasible ways to remedy any of this – because they can’t.The patients in this facility can come and go at will and one doesn’t know what they may do if they are struggling and want to get their hands on alcohol or drugs. I will not claim to know first-hand what it’s like to have an addict in my family, however, we have a very close friend whose child is a recovering addict. I know what this child did to get money for drugs, including stealing from their own family. I know every story is different, but the threat of break-ins to homes and cars is there along with many other potential issues. This proposed detox center is a disservice to the abutters and frankly also to the addicts that would be in it as it is putting them in a surrounding that has temptations and makes it easy for them to relapse. We want to see those addicted succeed and find a better footing in life, not the opposite.Put it this way: Nothing about putting this proposed detox facility at 362 Middlesex Ave. favors our community – it is detrimental.What I say to the voters who disagree with me is: if you or someone in your family is struggling with addiction, would you want to look out the detox center windows and see a beer truck or signs for liquor on sale across the street – every day? Wouldn’t you want to be in a relaxing, peaceful environment instead of hearing trains go by numerous times during the day and night? If we want to help people with addictions, we should strive to provide them with the BEST environment for their recovery. An environment they will be comfortable in and surroundings that do not offer any temptations. As a community, we need to do our part in the opioid and addiction crisis that is hitting Wilmington and our nation so hard. I am not opposed to having a detox center in our town – in the right place – but I am vehemently against it being at 362 Middlesex Ave.We need to ensure that the Wilmington community feels safe especially in their own neighborhoods and people struggling with addictions, looking for help, should get the right treatment at the right place. Putting a detox center at this location serves neither of those things.Mark MaselliRob FasuloNo, I did not support the 362 Middlesex Ave. project and that was no secret. I established my position during the last election that I support the idea, but in a different location and if being run by a non-profit facility that could handle the medical side of detox without adding demand for the town’s EMS services. I proposed several times during the election and since on my Facebook page, that our town officials should actively seek out a non-profit hospital looking to expand their footprint and invite their representatives into Wilmington to see all the good Wilmington can offer them. We have vacant properties in several locations which fit zoning that do not abut residential neighborhoods and could accommodate up to and including, an emergency room or 24-hour facility that would be a first line of treatment for folks in our town in an emergency. This type of facility could also house a detox where patients would be treated under the purview of a medical doctor and emergencies could be handled in-house with minimal burdens placed on town emergency services. The proposal as presented had many flaws and the process the town took in an effort to get the project passed was questionable. As I said on many occasions, had any other resident took the plans presented by the applicant into Town Hall, it would not have passed the Building Department’s desk before being denied.In the end, it doesn’t matter if you were for or against the detox, the process the town took regarding the application had no basis in MA General Laws and the liability to the town was not even a concern for the current Board of Selectmen. We heard on many occasions that “The town is going to be sued, it is just a matter of by whom,” and we also heard town counsel say “ The case would be appealed based on discrimination.” When the Board of Selectmen was asked to have a discussion in private regarding derogatory statements made by the chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals at the January 13, 2016 ZBA meeting about the protected class, only one sitting member voted in favor of discussing this matter in executive session with town counsel. One does not need to be an attorney to figure out the argument that attorneys could use in any court action, based on his statement, and to what further extent these comments will cost further taxpayer money in litigation.Finally, having a meeting with no authorization in the general laws granting the Zoning Board of Appeals authority, with the sole intention of over ruling a legal decision was chilling. How many folks reading this answer can say they have been denied a permit for a project and then, were granted a second “bite of the apple” attempt to get that project approved? I can answer that with, it’s never been done before, not in Wilmington and certainly not within the State of Massachusetts. Accommodations, when appropriate are granted by building inspectors, they are not tools attorneys have to override legal decisions made by local zoning boards.The facts I laid out here are testimony to my desire to bring the power back to the residents of Wilmington. I am convinced that the reasons so many questionable actions took place during this process is based on who is involved and what money would have been made. It certainly wouldn’t have positively affected the neighborhood that the facility was being proposed in and I stand behind any resident who is faced with such a drastic project in their backyardKevin CairaI did not support the construction of the proposed detoxification center at 362 Middlesex Avenue. I support the decision of the Board of Appeals to deny the permit and, in concurrence with my colleagues on the Board of Selectmen and the Town Manager, have authorized Town Counsel to defend the Town against any appeal of that decision.Do I believe that the Town would benefit from a fully certified medical facility for the treatment of individuals suffering from addiction…the answer is yes. I also believe in a fair and impartial governmental process that thoroughly considers any applicant’s proposal based upon its merits and in consideration of the impact such proposal would have on a neighborhood. I believe that this proposal was worthy of consideration and I applaud the applicant for his transparency, town boards and officials for their due diligence, and residents for their passion and willingness to participate in the governmental process. What was disappointing to me, however, was the eagerness of some to politicize what should have been an issue determined on its merits and not on its politics.As elected officials, we have the responsibility to make lawful decisions that are beneficial to the Town, and in doing so, must give full consideration to the will of the residents. Although the Special Town Meeting rezoning merely shifted the “problem across the street” and did not eliminate the proposed site from consideration, it did make clear that the overwhelming number of residents attending the meeting opposed the siting of a detoxification center near to a residential neighborhood. The Board of Appeals gave due consideration to the sentiments of the neighbors and in the end, the process worked.Kevin CairaGreg BendelOver the past year I have heard arguments for and against this particular project. I listened carefully to different points of view, and watched all of the Board of Appeals meetings very closely to stay informed. It is important to note that as the appointing authority of the Board of Appeals, any lobbying of the Board of Appeals members by a Selectman could undermine the Board of Appeals’ decision. It could also put the Town at risk of a lawsuit by the applicant.In general, I support the right of any proposed business that wants to come to Wilmington to go through the Town’s regulatory process. In the case of the proposed detox facility, the regulatory process included a review by numerous Town departments and public hearings before the Planning Board and the Board of Appeals, so that residents could give their input or voice concerns, and of course give the applicant the chance to state their case. The application for 362 Middlesex Ave was ultimately denied by the Board of Appeals and as their appointing authority, I support their decision. To those residents who disagree with my approach, and to those who agree, I would say the same thing. If the Board’s decision is challenged by the applicant, I will defend the Board of Appeals decision in consultation with counsel.Greg BendelDan MurphyNo response provided.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. 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first_imgSecretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald has paid tribute to those who served in the Alaska Territorial Guard during World War II.McDonald addressed seven surviving members of the largely Alaska Native militia, thanking them during a brief ceremony Wednesday in the northwest Alaska town of Kotzebue. Event representatives say the veterans attending the ceremony came from Kotzebue and three villages.Alaska was still 17 years away from statehood when the 6,400-member militia was formed in 1942 to defend the vast territory from the threat of Japanese invasion.But members of the militia weren’t formally recognized by the Army at U.S. military veterans until 2004.The unit was activated after Japan’s attack of Pearl Harbor and points along Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.The militia disbanded with little fanfare in 1947.last_img read more

first_imgRenowned chef Matt Moran has completed the T-QUAL tour that saw him travel around Australia as an ambassador for the T-QUAL Tick Accreditation, endorsing business involved with the initiative. Mr Moran spoke to e-Travel Blackboard yesterday about his experiences while travelling Australia, promoting an array of high quality tourism products including restaurants, tours, attractions and accommodation. “It was an amazing experience and great to spend time seeing our country and those people who are passionate to show it to the world,” Mr Moran said. “The T-QUAL Tick Tour has been an incredible journey, proving Australia is home to plenty of quality tourism experiences.” Mr Moran’s journey began in New South Wales where he ate worms at Taronga Zoo that “tasted ok”, before taking him south to Tasmania where he ranked flying on sea planes. Moving around to Western Australia, Matt said he enjoyed his time mud crabbing in Broome, before later being blown away by the beauty of the Northern Territory and the opportunity to swim with giant crocodiles. Hinting that he hoped there was a sequel to the T-QUAL Tick Tour, Mr Moran made sure everyone knew about the tour by constantly updating his blog – – and speaking with media along the way. “There is something for every budget in every state and territory, and now they are even easier to find – all you have to do is look for the T-QUAL Tick,” Mr Moran pointed out. Designed to attract awareness to the T-QUAL Tick and its benefits, Mr Moran said he experienced this throughout his travels, with a spike in interest in particular after his visit to Tasmania. A total of 66 businesses across Australia were involved in the T-QUAL Tick Tour. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

Egypt still a nogo zone for DFAT

first_imgEarlier this month, Egypt’s Islamist-president Mohammed Morsi was removed from office, resulting in intensified disputes from Morsi supporters.    “Closely monitor the media for information on events and developments that may affect your security and safety,” the Department stressed. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has maintained its ‘reconsider your need to travel’ advice for Aussies travelling to Egypt after weekend clashes resulted in the death of up to 72 protesters. Over the weekend, 72 people died at a protest in support of the former president, with security forces accused of firing live rounds at unarmed civilians, the Sydney Morning Herald. 72 people killed in latest round of protests.center_img Keep an eye on e-Travel Blackboard for more updates. Although EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton has been called in to deal with the situation, DFAT has advised that Australian travellers should avoid violent protests in Alexandria and Cairo, however, those choosing to remain in Egypt “should avoid all demonstrations, protests and large crowds”. Source = ETB News: NJlast_img read more

ASEAN Air Liberalisation Is it really ready for takeoff

first_imgThe report shows that, if uninhibited, low cost carrier (LCC) networks expand rapidly and create “new markets, new destinations and new economies”.  This has been seen clearly in Germany, Spain, and the USA – but only to a degree in the ASEAN countries of Southeast Asia, despite the region being a new tourism hotspot. Europe’s LCC networks, by comparison, with almost complete deregulation grew at a similar pace – despite having stagnant or slow moving economies and a static middle class. “Liberalisation not only meets the needs of the middle class – it fuels it,” says the report. The authors, Carolyn Childs of and Chris Flynn of PATA, show that there was rapid growth in ASEAN’s LCC network after 2004 when AirAsia started to take advantage of partial deregulation. However, that growth was largely driven by “growing economies and an expanding middle class.”  The authors argue that if ASEAN creates a truly single aviation market the benefits will flow far beyond tourism. That is the argument put forward in a new joint report by and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), entitled, “ASEAN Tourism and Air Liberalisation – Really Ready for Take-Off?” “By learning from other successful deregulated markets and the processes put in place to ensure the implementation dates [for liberalisation] are met, ASEAN has the potential to massively expand its economic growth potential sooner rather than later,” says the report. The authors argue: “It is now time to begin simplifying the processes that are providing burdensome in the successful implementation of  the ASEAN single aviation market plan.” In USA and Europe, LCC networks today are used extensively by small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) business travellers and women. Both groups would take to the air more in ASEAN countries if there were robust deregulation in the region. Source = Policy makers in ASEAN who are seeking to create an integrated economic community by the end of 2015 should learn from successful case studies, they say. If ASEAN nations of Southeast Asia had fully implemented air liberalisation over the last 15 years, the growth in aviation would have been greater and the economic benefits even more widely distributed.last_img read more