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Super Trans Tasman A Family Affair

first_imgNot many opportunities arise in sport where families can represent Australia at the same time, but the creation of the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series will see several families in the Australian contingent get to share the honour together. One of the families sharing the experience are the Gillards, with Brett representing Australia in the Men’s 50’s side and son Josh wearing the green and gold for the first time from Tuesday in the 20’s Boys team. The Gillards are just one of many family combinations that are in the Australian contingent for the Super Trans Tasman, which include twins Amy and Holly Smith, marriages including Dylan and Emily Hennessey and Erin and Dean Taylor and sisters Sarah and Laura Peattie, just to name a few. We caught up with the Gillards in the lead up to the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series about sharing the experience together and how much it means to wear the green and gold jersey. Congratulations to both of you for making your respective Australian teams, how much are you looking forward to the Super Trans Tasman Series?Brett: Enormously, it’s always a great opportunity when you play for Australia and it’s extra special to have Josh there, I’m filled with a lot of pride to watch him play, that’ll be really special. Josh: I’m stoked, it’s a pretty big honour to represent your country and like Dad said it’s pretty special that I get to be over there with him. Was it ever a thought that maybe one day you could represent Australia at the same time?Brett: I had always hoped that we may end up somewhere like that, only a couple of years ago we were both playing in the same Premier League side, so that was nice to reach that level. I sort of figured that it wasn’t going to happen at a New South Wales level, we both played State of Origin this year and to back it up with this is really good and quite exciting.What have you told Josh about playing at an Australian level?Brett: Not that much, he only needs to focus on his own game and he knows that, he certainly knows enough to perform at that level. He’s had so many years under his belt of Premier League now, he’ll find it, not easy, but he’ll cope with it quite well. It won’t be the daunting prospect of such a large leap for him. Other than that, he’s only got to focus on his own game and getting that right and I think he’s pretty much there. Josh, what can you tell us about the 20’s Boys team?Josh: We’ve got a really good attacking side, we’ve just got to make sure our defence is good, we’re going to score plenty of touchdowns. It looks like the team has a lot of fun together and gets along very well?Josh: It’s good fun, the coaches are legends, they are good fun to be around. There’s plenty of banter. Brett: They’ve got an enormous boost having Sam Brisby back in the team. That gives them a lot of experience. He played a World Cup in 2011, so he’ll bring a lot to the team. Brett, can you please tell us a bit about your Men’s 50’s side?Brett: We’ve got a plethora of experience, players with enormous ability, three Hall of Famers, Tim Kitchingham, Dave Cheung and Garry Lawless. We’ve got Mick McCall as our assistant coach and Bruce Ager (as coach), he’s quite experienced at this level now. We’ve got a lot of blokes with a lot of experience, there’s only three debutants and the three of them are very strong players. We should do very well. How good is it that you can continue to still play at this level and have similar teams each time?Brett: It’s very good, it’s great to still be able to play around with mates at this level. It shows the benefit of Touch, where Josh and I are still able to play the game and at this level, it is the family game. It is underappreciated for that. How nice is it that you can actually be there to cheer each other on in New Zealand?Brett: It makes it very special, I hope that Josh relishes the moment and enjoys every bit of it but knows he’s got that level of support there with him. It really makes it special, and the reverse for me, it’s nice to know that he’s sitting in the stands watching. Josh, how much has your Dad helped you over the years?Josh: An unbelievable amount, he’s put in plenty hours on and off the Touch field, he would have spent at least three years with me and all of our younger friends developing us, making us better players. And just the one-on-one stuff with me, we spend two or three days a week at least over at the park practicing individual skills.And it must be nice to see a lot of the younger Manly players coming through and representing Australia in those age groups?Brett: That started with Josh’s age group, with Sam Brisby and Simon Lang, that was the group that started the development, Daniel Chiddy was a part of that too. To recognise there was a need there and that’s when we got serious about it and really started to develop those guys and we’ve kicked it on since there and that’s been the bonus for Manly, a lot of that development has gone on and developed into Scorpions.  There are plenty of ways that you can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series, which is taking place in Auckland from Tuesday, 5 February until Sunday, 10 February 2013. Touch Football Australia will be reporting live during the games on its social media pages, which can be found by clicking on the links below:Facebook – – (be sure to use the #transtasman2013 hashtag)Instagram – Search for ‘Touch Football Australia’The and websites will have all of the latest news, information, stories and match reports uploaded to the sites. Highlights from the series will also be uploaded to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel throughout the event – Be sure to also send in your message of support to the Australian teams in the lead up to the series, which will then be posted on the website in the lead up to and during the series. You can do this through any of our social media sites or send an email to with your message.Related LinksSTT A Family Affairlast_img read more

Marcelo: Neymar is better than Hazard

first_imgReal Madrid’s Marcelo says that he would welcome national team-mate Neymar to the Spanish capital as rumours continue to swirl about the winger’s unhappiness in Paris.Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in 2017, but the Brazil star has been linked with a move away from the club all summer.Madrid have already made some big signings of their own, having added Eder Militao, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy this window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But the club’s biggest signing is former Chelsea winger Hazard, who joined up with the club last month for a €100 million (£88m/$112m) fee.And Marcelo says Hazard has the quality to be considered among the best in the world if he continues on his current pace, but Neymar is already there, making his countryman the superior player right now.”Eden’s a top player,” he acknowledged in an interview with Marca. “A player of high quality and, like Neymar, has the quality to be in the top five.”He’s impressive, you cannot compare them, but Neymar is better for me.”Barcelona have been seen as the favourites to sign the 27-year-old, which would reunite him with former strike-partners Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez as well as new signing Antoine Griezmann.Neymar featured for the Blaugrana from 2013-17, scoring 105 goals in 186 games for the Catalan club after moving to La Liga from Brazilian side Santos.The winger also claimed two La Liga crowns, three Copa del Rey titles, a Spanish Supercup, a FIFA Club World Cup and the 2014-15 Champions League, the last won by Barcelona.However, Marcelo says that he would certainly welcome Neymar in Madrid, despite his Barca past, if his international team-mate decided to leave Parc des Princes and come to the Santiago Bernabeu.”Neymar is an unpredictable player,” Marcelo said.”When defending when you have anticipated something, he has already thought of something else and it’s impossible to defend.”Having Neymar at Real Madrid would be a huge pleasure. Madrid have to do everything to sign the best players in the world and his past at Barcelona would not be a problem.”last_img read more

I’m so proud of Dutee Chand: Ellen DeGeneres on Indian sprinter’s coming out

first_imgI’m so proud of Dutee Chand: Ellen DeGeneres on Indian sprinter’s coming outPopular host Ellen DeGeneres rejoiced and was proud of the fact that Dutee Chand became the 1st sportperson in India to openly admit that she’s gay. The 100m record holder and winner of two Asian Games silver medals had recently opened up to the media about her homosexuality.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 22, 2019UPDATED: May 22, 2019 08:50 IST Popular host Ellen DeGeneres is proud of Dutee Chand to be the first sportsperson to come out as gay in India (Photo: AP)HIGHLIGHTSEllen Degeneres is an advocate for gay rights herselfShe was proud of the fact that Dutee Chand had bravely come out inf front of the nationChand had earlier admitted that she was in a same-sex relationshipGlobally popular television show host Ellen DeGeneres, an advocate for gay rights, has said she is proud of Indian sportswoman Dutee Chand.Chand, a 100m record holder and winner of two Asian Games silver medals, recently opened up about her homosexuality. She revealed that she is in a same-sex relationship with a girl from her home town.Praising Chand for embracing her sexuality openly, DeGeneres tweeted: “She’s the 100m record holder and the first openly gay sportsperson in India. I guess she knows a thing or two about being first. I’m so proud of her.”She’s the 100m record holder and the first openly gay sportsperson in India. I guess she knows a thing or two about being first. I’m so proud of her. DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 21, 2019For Chand, the Supreme Court verdict in September 2018 that decriminalised same-sex relationships between consenting adults provided the impetus for them to arrive at a decision of spending their lives with each other.”When the Supreme Court ruling came on Section 377, then we decided that there is no harm in spending our lives with each other. We decided that we will get married and have a small family for ourselves.”She is from my town and a sports fan herself. She read about the struggles that I have gone through to make a career in sports and told me that she was inspired by my story. That is how we came in touch with each other,” Chand said.advertisementAlso Read | Indian Open boxing: Mary Kom assured of medal, Pawan Narwal advancesAlso Read | Sister’s blackmail, torture forced me to reveal my same-sex relationship: Dutee ChandAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ellen DeGeneresFollow Dutee ChandFollow Homosexualitylast_img read more

Ishan Kishan quick fire fifty helps India A take 2-0 lead over South Africa A

first_img India Today Web Desk ThiruvananthapuramAugust 31, 2019UPDATED: August 31, 2019 18:21 IST Ishan Kishan hit a half century to help India A beat South Africa A in the 2nd unofficial ODI. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSIshan Kishan scored a quick half-century to guide India A to a win over South Africa AKrunal Pandya remained unbeaten on 23 to help India A chase 163-run targetIndia A have taken a 2-0 lead over South Africa AIndia A managed to beat South Africa A by 2 wickets with 6 balls to spare after a game-changing innings from wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan in the second second unofficial ODI in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.India looked in control of the game with Shubman Gill (21) and Anmolpreet Singh (30) at the crease but the course of the match changed when the hosts lost wickets in quick succession.India A were 115 for 4 after 14 overs when Ishan Kishan came out to bat. The young batsman scored 25-ball 55 and bludgeoned five fours and four sixes to bail India A out of a tricky situation.After Kishan departed in the 15th over, onus fell on Krunal Pandya (23*) to keep the run chase going but the all-rounder kept losing partners in his bid to guide India A over the line. India A lost 3 wickets in 6 balls in the death overs but managed to conceal victory in a dramatic finish.India won the toss and decided to field as the match got delayed by almost five hours due to wet outfield and was forced to be reduced to 21-over per side.South Africa were reduced to 15 for 2 in the first 4 overs after both their openers departed cheaply. Reeza Hendricks, who had smashed a hundred in the opening game, scored a lone run in the second ODI.Skipper Temba Bavuma then took the team to 75/4 with his 40 off 33-ball knock but it was George Linde’s who hammered 5 sixes in his unbeaten 25-ball 52 that helped South Africa post a 163-run target for India A.advertisementIn the opening one-dayer, Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube’s big-hitting prowess was well complemented by senior international Yuzvendra Chahal’s five-wicket haul as the hosts comfortably beat South Africa A by 69 runs.Dube remained unbeaten on 79 to help India 327 for 6 in 47 overs. His 71-ball 121 run partnership for the seventh wicket with Axar Patel (60 no off 36 balls) gave Indian total an imposing look.In reply, Chahal warmed up nicely for the upcoming international assignments with figures of 5 for 47 as South Africa were all-out for 258 in 45 overs despite Reeza Hendricks’ century.India senior opener Shikhar Dhawan has been included in the India A side for the last 2 ODIs after Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar got ruled out of the series owing to an injury to his right thumb.Also Read | Shikhar Dhawan replaces Vijay Shankar in India A squad for last 2 ODIs vs South Africa AAlso Read | Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel and Shivam Dube help India A beat South Africa AAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow India A vs South Africa AFollow Shubman Gill Ishan Kishan quick fire fifty helps India A take 2-0 lead over South Africa AIndia A vs South Africa A 2nd unofficial ODI: India A were 115 for 4 after 14 overs when Ishan Kishan came out to bat. The young batsman scored 25-ball 55 and smashed 5 sixes to bail India A out of a tricky situation.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Actor Ethan Hawke calling for moratorium to oil exploration in Gulf of

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsActor Ethan Hawke is adding his voice to the Mi’kmaq call for a moratorium on oil exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.Hawke will attend a water ceremony in the Mi’kmaw community of Paq’tnkek.“The Gulf of St. Lawrence is truly unique in its beauty, culture and biodiversity,” said Hawke. “”I feel it is important to support my east coast neighbours in their demand for a moratorium.”The event is an effort to raise public awareness of concerns over proposed drilling in the Gulf which is rich with fish resources.A coalition made up of Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, and Innu fishers has opposed oil exploration in a region called Old Harry – traditional fishing grounds for indigenous communities.Troy Jerome, Executive Director for the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat, said the coalition’s calls for a 12 year moratorium have gone unanswered by government for the last two years.“We’ve been trying to raise public awareness across all the provinces,” said Jerome. “This affects everyone. So we’re trying to get more people mobilised.”Jerome said attaching Hawke’s name is already making a difference.“I’ve been on the radio and TV, newspapers for two or three years,” said Jerome, “I see this level of awareness now doubled with the interest. Adding his name brings us a lot of exposure.”Hawke owns property in Nova Scotia and, in 2011, worked with the Save our Seas Coalition and the David Suzuki Foundation, speaking out on dangers of drilling in the Gulf.A spill in the ecologically sensitive area would affect five provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Quebec.Critics have argued the environmental assessment is inadequate.Jerome says First Nations have never been consulted.The goal of the moratorium is to allow time for a comprehensive review.The Gulf of St. Lawrence is one of the largest marine breeding regions in Canada, with more than 2,000 marine species choosing to spawn, nurse and migrate there year round.It is also home to endangered whales and hosts some of the largest lobster production in the world.Corridor Resources holds the licence to explore for oil in Old Harry. It expects to start seismic testing in — with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Bill Gates to Visit Morocco in Coming Months to Invest 100

Rabat – Officials from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation attended a meeting with the regional head of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region and representatives from the Islamic Development Bank on Tuesday in order to discuss the Microsoft founder’s first visit to the country in coming months.Gates’ coming trip comes after a two-month long campaign by Ilyaas Omari to encourage the billionaire’s foundation to implement social development projects in northern Morocco, Hespress reported.During the meeting, officials from the Gates’ foundation confirmed a new project worth $100 million in the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region related to health services, the availability of water and electricity, the improvement of agriculture techniques, and the support of rural communities as well as women’s rights. The project will begin around the end of September or the start of October this year and will continue for five years, according to officials from the foundation and the development bankThe two organization’s officials also said they were “betting on” the northern region and its promising potential to become a pioneering model for Africa.Three years ago, Microsoft Imagine Academy in Casablanca released a video on YouTube highlighting the success of the institution in training 40,000 Moroccans to become Microsoft Office Specialists and Microsoft Certified Professionals.The program’s administrators planned to train 60,000 more students by 2016. read more

Navy rescues Australia bound boat

The navy has rescued an Australia bound boat put at sea just off Galle with over 50 illegal immigrants on board, a navy spokesman said.A navy vessel was deployed following a distress call to rescue the boat early this morning after the boat was stranded. The illegal immigrants heading to Australia were rescued and are being brought back to Galle. The stranded vessel had developed a technical glitch and drifted away, when it was spotted by a fishing boat 120 nautical miles east of Velankanni.The prospective asylum-seekers, including three women and seven boys below 18 years, were lured by the spurious promise of guaranteed refuge in Australia by a local agent in Sri Lanka. Meanwhile the Indian media had reported yesterday that sixty-five Sri Lankan nationals, who had set out on a trawler from Point Pedro with the idea of emigrating to Australia, were rescued and towed to safety by Nagapattinam fishermen past midnight on Thursday. They had all come from places such as Negombo, Colombo, Kilinochchi and Mandaitheevu to Point Pedro (Paruthithurai in Tamil) to make the long journey on the boat. read more

Marking International Migrants Day Annan calls for treaty to protect their rights

In a message marking International Migrants Day, the Secretary-General said it was an occasion to “recognize the huge, but often unseen, contribution that millions of migrants make to the economies, societies and cultural advancement of countries throughout the world.”Not only do migrants help enrich the fabric of their host countries, Mr. Annan noted, but they bring back valuable skills, knowledge and experience when they return to their countries of origin.Consequently, protecting the rights and interests of migrants has never been more urgent, and was a responsibility that concerned the entire world community, Mr. Annan stressed.”The fate of many migrants lies in stark contrast to the aspirations reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, human rights norms and labour conventions,” the Secretary-General said, noting that they tended to be paid low wages, received few or no benefits, and worked without even minimal safety and health protection.”Clearly, we must work together to ensure that migrants live in dignity and safety,” he said. “The adoption in 1990 of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families established a comprehensive framework to uphold the rights of migrants, while providing governments with tools to discourage unauthorized migration.” read more

Ban Red Cross chief voice concern over brazen and brutal erosion of

“From Afghanistan to the Central African Republic, from Ukraine to Yemen, combatants and those who control them are defying humanity’s most basic rules. Every day, civilians – ordinary women, men and children – are being deliberately or recklessly injured and killed, tortured and abducted. Every hour, people in dire circumstances are being denied the medical care, food, water and shelter they need to survive,” said Mr. Ban at a joint press encounter with Mr. Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva.The UN chief said that airstrikes are increasing in besieged populated areas and cited the killing of dozens of people yesterday, when Syrian government forces fired missiles into a marketplace in Douma and the continual indiscriminate firing of rockets in Damascus.“Such deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian areas is a clear breach of international law. The continuing violence is a clear indication that a political solution to the conflict in Syria is desperately needed – the fighting must stop now. There is no military solution to the crisis – not in Syria or anywhere else,” said Mr. Ban.Additionally, he deplored the attacks on healthcare facilities and reiterated that they hold a special protected status under international humanitarian law.Mr. Ban said that the attack on a Yemeni hospital in Saada last week is the 39th health centre attack since March and added that more children may die in Yemen from a lack of healthcare and medicines than from bullets and bombs.He also condemned the bombing of the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital earlier this month in Kunduz, Afghanistan and said that the supposed surgical strike “instead destroyed a surgical ward”.“These violations have become so routine there is a risk people will think that the deliberate bombing of civilians, the targeting of humanitarian and healthcare workers, and attacks on schools, hospitals and places of worship are an inevitable result of conflict,” said Mr. Ban.He sounded alarm over the constant flouting of international humanitarian law across the world and added that the international community should bring the attackers to account.“Enough is enough. Even war has rules; it is time to enforce them,” said Mr. Ban. “The continued failure to act is a disgrace and a stain on the conscience of the world,” he added.He stressed that protecting civilians in wartime is the cornerstone in the international system and the UN and added that indifference on such issues will only make the world less secure.“Today, the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross are calling for an end to impunity, an end to the callous disregard for human life, and a recommitment to international humanitarian law,” said Mr. Ban urging collaborative action from the international community.He further called for all influential parties to “pressure all parties in conflict to treat civilians with humanity and to abide by the law” and initiate political and diplomatic measures by bringing referrals to national and special investigative tribunals or courts.Mr. Ban also urged on ending the use of heavy explosive weapons in densely populated urban areas, causing deaths of civilians.He also called for allowing humanitarian access in conflict-prone regions to help people who need aid and asked the international community to give additional support to displaced population and refugees.He added that the UN and ICRC are taking immediate steps to address these issues and added that the one of the main themes of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next May will be protecting civilians in conflicts.“But international humanitarian law is not a solution. It is a way to mitigate the damage caused by war. Most of all, we call for greater commitment and effective action to prevent and end conflicts. Long-term solutions lie in treating the root causes of war and in negotiating sustainable peace,” added Mr. Ban.He called for stronger commitment and partnerships among the Member States to maintain peace and security failing which “we can expect only greater chaos and suffering”.Additionally, in a separate statement, Mr. Ban said that he welcomed the talks on Syria that began yesterday in Vienna and said that it was encouraging to learn that participants have reached mutual understanding on a number of key issues, including the need to accelerate all diplomatic efforts to end the war.He also commended the efforts and commitment of the 17 countries and the European Union (EU) for launching this much needed political process.“This is the first meaningful understanding among international actors since the 2012 Geneva Communiqué, and the first one to have been reached in the presence of all the countries that hold the key to a resolution to the Syrian conflict.Let me also praise the leadership of US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for facilitating this outcome,” said Mr. Ban.Lastly, he added that although substantial differences still remain between the conflicting parties, Mr. Ban expressed hope that further progress towards Syrian-led political solution to the crisis can be achieved in the near future. read more

Commentary Women still fighting for equality in sports

On June 23, 1972, the United States government passed an education amendment that included Title IX. Within the amendment was a statement that clearly summarizes the purpose of Title IX and what it stands for: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Almost 40 years after the amendment was signed into law, women are still fighting for equal consideration in sports against their male counterparts. It is not always at the collegiate or professional levels either, where most of the media attention is focused. More often than not, it is in high schools where isolated incidents continue to take place. Last week, Our Lady of Sorrows Academy’s baseball team in Phoenix forfeited the state championship game it was scheduled to play against Mesa Preparatory Academy in Mesa, Ariz. because Mesa had a girl named Paige Sultzbach starting at second base. Our Lady of Sorrows is a member of a separatist branch of the Catholic Church and said that playing against a team with a girl would violate the school’s mission to teach boys and girls separately. I’m not here to start a religious debate, question the beliefs of any religion, or say what is the right or wrong thing to believe. My question is simply this: What’s the big deal? Sultzbach is obviously a good enough player to be a starter for a varsity team, where she is the only female member, that reached the state championship game. She even sat out two previous contests against Our Lady of Sorrows this season out of respect for the views of the school. As a passionate person, she was not about to sit out the state championship game though, and who could blame her? As a member of a team and a fierce competitor, there should be no reason a person, male or female, should be asked to sit out after they have worked all year to reach the biggest game of the season. Many people who have played a high school sport know that it is almost every player’s dream to play for a state championship in his or her respective sport. It is something I dreamed about many times growing up, but like many people, I was never fortunate enough to have the opportunity to live that dream. Sultzbach and her teammates had that opportunity, but it was taken away from them because she is a girl. I admire Sultzbach’s decision to play even though she knew it would cause her team to win a state championship by forfeit which she said was absolutely not the way she wanted it to be. Most people want to feel like it was earned because it means more that way. Sultzbach clearly earned the right to play baseball for her school and to play for a state championship, but Our Lady of Sorrows denied her that chance. And the fight for equality continues for another day. read more

Boy saves family from house fire

first_img12-year-old Peter Tzirozidis was the hero behind a vicious house fire, caused by a Smart Meter, that destroyed a family’s home in Christmas Street, Thornbury. The courageous young man noticed the house fire and immediately alerted neighbours to save his grandparents who live in the house, including his bedridden grandfather. His mother Sophie Tzirozidis, who was out walking the dog when the house fire began, heard her young son screaming on the street waving his hands for help, and immediately ran home to see her family home in flames. She also noticed that the smart meter had sparked the fire that quickly spread to the roof. She said she could see “flames coming out of the Smart Meter” that caused the fire to extend to the roof. “The police, ambulance and fire brigade came and it looked like a scene out of a movie,” she told Neos Kosmos. “When I came back – bang – it was like a big explosion happened.” Ms Tzirozidis added that her son “got the shock of his life” when he noticed the house fire and knew he had to do all he could to get his grandparents out and to safety. Three neighbours had to carry her housebound father out of the house, who was taken away by the ambulance to check for smoke inhalation. The fire took firefighters between two to three hours to contain. Ms Tzirozidis was told that this was the third incident of Smart Meters causing a house fire they had seen in Northcote. “I didn’t want the Smart Meter,” Ms Tzirozidis said. “They just installed it in our area, everyone got it on Christmas Street.” She said if she had known that it could cause that much damage, she “wouldn’t have gotten a Smart Meter”. Building has just begun on the 30-year-old family home in Northcote, even though the fire occurred on May 9, 2012 and caused approximately $350,000 damage to the property. She said that although the insurance will help rebuild the house, the family are the ones who suffer the most having lost so many memories and contents that are irreplaceable. “Everything is gone,” Ms Tzirozidis added, “all the photos, my kids when they were little they are all gone. It makes me angry because Smart Meters are dangerous and people shouldn’t go through this.” Following the fire, Ms Tzirozidis contacted CitiPower who advised her that the fire had nothing to do with the Smart Meter, and was most probably caused by the wiring of the house, adding that it was old. “Why do we have to go through this because of Smart Meters?” she asks. “There’s going to be another family that’s going to go through the same thing as us. “People need to know the dangers of Smart Meters.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le Jardin des plantes de Paris lutte contre la déprime des animaux

first_imgLe Jardin des plantes de Paris lutte contre la déprime des animauxEn captivité, les animaux ressentent comme les hommes ennui et déprime. A la ménagerie du Jardin des plantes de Paris, les soigneurs tentent par tous les moyens de divertir leurs protégés.Ennui, stress et déprime peuvent provoquer chez les animaux des troubles du comportement. Créée en 1794, la ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes accueille près de 2.000 animaux, et les soigneurs redoublent d’efforts pour les divertir. “Dans les années 80 on a commencé a prendre conscience que les animaux en cage peuvent souffrir de la captivité. On a donc essayé d’adapter les enclos aux besoins des animaux afin d’améliorer leur bien-être. Ainsi la ménagerie a beaucoup évolué. On a remplacé les espèces de grande taille (éléphants, lions, ours…) par des espèces de plus petite taille (panthères, pandas roux…)”, raconte sur le site de la ville de Paris, Michel Saint-Jalme, le directeur de l’établissement.À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuDes programmes d’enrichissement, basés sur des études scientifiques, ont été mis en place afin d’éviter la perte des comportements d’adaptation des animaux, qui leurs seront indispensables en cas de réintroduction dans la nature. Et pour lutter contre l’ennui, diverses activités ludiques sont organisées. Les perroquets sont ainsi entraînés à la réflexion, les orangs-outans se voient offrir toutes sortes de jeux, tandis que les fauves réalisent de véritables chasses au trésor, à la recherche de nourriture. Des activités qui permettent à la fois de stimuler les bêtes, et d’améliorer leur reproduction. Victimes d’ennui, les animaux peuvent en effet perdre leur libido, devenir obèses, souffrir d’un réel mal-être, et se montrer agressifs avec leur congénères.”Notre mission est de maintenir les comportements des animaux en milieu naturel, mais aussi de préserver la variabilité génétique des espèces sur le long terme pour que, si on doit les réintroduire dans la nature, ils s’adaptent le mieux possible”, explique Michel Saint-Calme. “Aujourd’hui la mission des zoos est de faire de l’éducation à l’environnement, de sensibiliser le public au problème de disparition des espèces, mais, pour que le message passe, il faut aussi de lui donner une perception du bien être animal”, souligne-t-ilLe 5 février 2011 à 12:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

9 rescued from sinking boat in Biscayne Bay

first_imgBISCAYNE BAY, Fla. (WSVN) — Crews came to the rescue of nine people and their four-legged companion after, officials said, their boat started to sink in Biscayne Bay, near North Miami Beach, Sunday afternoon.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the vessel started to take on water near Broad Causeway. Rescue crews arrived and took nine people, including a minor, and one dog on board to safety.However, upon returning to Haulover Marina, one man experienced a heart attack and had to be taken to a nearby hospital. No one else needed medical attention.Officials said all boaters had their life vests on.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Burger King Embroiled in Trademark Lawsuit with Indian Joint

first_imgBurger King, the famous Miami-based fast food joint that launched in India in November this year, may have to find a new name for its brand to operate in the country as it is embroiled in a trademark lawsuit with an Indian burger joint of the same name.Burger King Restaurants Pvt., the Gujarat-based fast food joint, started operating in India in 1996 as local caterers. Gradually, the Indian Burger King opened up food carts and now it has three outlets in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state.The battle started off with the American Burger King suing the Indian fast food joint for trademark infringement. The U.S. chain said that it had trademarked its name in India in 1970 and the smaller joint was ignoring the rules.However, the India Burger King counter-sued the global brand saying its trademark right had expired and, therefore, they did not have the rights to use the name in the Indian market, The Wall Street Journal reported.Vishamber Shewakramani, the head of the Indian Burger King franchise, told WSJl that they would not back down and would fight till the matter was resolved. Lawyers involved in the matter said that the process could take years and until then, both parties could continue sharing the title.If the Indian company manages to win the suit, the global Burger King brand may have to use another name to operate in the country.Meanwhile, both the companies have massive expansion plans. The global Burger King is all set to launch more stores in Mumbai by the end of this year. India is its 100th country.”India is a very important market for Burger King. Not just in the Asia-Pacific region but globally it is a significantly important market,” Rajeev Varman, head of the Indian arm of the global Burger King brand, told CNBC in a previous interview.The Indian Burger King also has plans of multiplying the number of stores from three to 20. They also plan on setting up food carts and outlets in malls.The trademark infringement issue is not new for foreign companies in the Indian market. Groupon had also faced a similar lawsuit from Indian rival ValueNet Ecommerce, which was operating a coupon and daily deal website with the same name, according to the Business Standard.The American Burger King is a late entrant in the Indian market. It launched its beef-free whoppers last month but the market didn’t react well to the move. Burger-lovers took to social media to express their angst against the “no-beef” decision.”Whopper as chicken is unacceptable. That sir is not a Whopper. It looks more like a chicken sandwich trying to be cool,” one user posted on Facebook.But Burger King is committed to getting its foothold in the market.”I will only worry about the ability to grow rapidly once I am past, say, 200 outlets. Right now, there is a lot to play with,” Varman told Forbes in an interview.last_img read more

OYO in talks to buy Keys Hotels from USbased private equity firm

first_img Hotel Collapse In Peru Kills At Least 15 During Wedding OYO Rooms founder Ritesh AgarwalOYO Hotels and Homes is in talks with US-based Berggruen Holdings, to acquire their company Keys Hotels in India. Berggruen Holdings, a $2 billion private equity and venture capital firm, is the owner of Berggruen Hotels in India, which operates business hotels under the Keys brand. The Keys Hotels brand, established in 2006, currently has a portfolio of about 20 owned, managed and franchised hotels across the country in cities such as Mumbai, Chennai and Mahabaleshwar. Out of its entire portfolio of hotels, Keys Hotels owns seven hotels totalling 1,000 rooms while another 13 are managed and franchised.OYO has approached Berggruen Holdings and due diligence has been carried out. A lot of investment has gone in Keys, but the business has been languishing. The valuations have to make sense. Keys was looking at a valuation of about $ 125 millionKeys Hotels, which has a debt of around 1.6 billion rupees, had been seeking buyers for the past few years. “OYO has approached Berggruen Holdings and due diligence has been carried out. A lot of investment has gone in Keys, but the business has been languishing. The valuations have to make sense. Keys was looking at a valuation of about $ 125 million,” an unnamed source told The Economic Times. Planning to rent an OYO room? Well, you may be on the radar of the government/agenciesKVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaErnst & Young is the intermediary transaction advisor for the deal, media reports said. If the deal materialises, it would be the fourth acquisition in a year for Softbank-backed OYO. The hospitality major had acquired Chennai-based serviced apartment company Novascotia Boutique Homes in March last year, following it up with the buyouts of internet-of-things technology venture AblePlus and online marketplace for wedding venues and vendors, Weddingz.Building capabilities”Our acquisition strategy is targeted towards acquiring entities that assist us in building capabilities, we do not have any further announcement to make at the moment” an OYO spokesperson told the financial newspaper. However, Anshu Sarin, chief executive officer of Berggruen Hotels, denied being aware of any discussions with OYO. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:20Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:20?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Lately, Ritesh Agarwal-led OYO has been focusing on expanding its international presence, with a special focus on China. Globally, OYO is present in over 500 cities across eight countries – India, China, Malaysia, Nepal, UK, UAE, Indonesia, and the Philippines. As of December 2018, the company had 458,000 rooms across the world. Closelast_img read more

Energy Sector Pushes Back Against New York Citys Climate Change Lawsuit

first_img Share Bruce Gordon via FlickrOil and gas development seen in the West Texas Permian Basin.Energy companies targeted in a lawsuit by the City of New York for their role in the world’s changing climate are criticizing the city’s legal action, saying it’s the wrong avenue for addressing the problem.On Wednesday, the city announced a lawsuit seeking damages from five major energy companies “for the billions of dollars the City will spend to protect New Yorkers from the effects of climate change.” The city also announced a goal to divest from fossil fuels roughly $5 billion of its pension funds within five years.The lawsuit targets Houston-based ConocoPhillips, along with BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron and ExxonMobil.ConocoPhillips told News 88-7 its practice is not to comment on pending litigation. In statements, other companies acknowledged the risks of climate change, but painted the lawsuit as unproductive.“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a global issue and requires global participation and actions,” read a statement from ExxonMobil. “Lawsuits of this kind — filed by trial attorneys against an industry that provides products we all rely upon to power the economy and enable our domestic life – simply do not do that.”In a statement, Shell called climate change a “complex societal challenge” that instead of being addressed by the courts, should be dealt with through “low-carbon choices” driven by “sound government policy and cultural change.”Chevron, also in a statement, dismissed the lawsuit as “factually and legally meritless,” saying it “will do nothing to address the serious issue of climate change.”Victor Flatt, head of the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Center at the University of Houston, said the lawsuit is the latest in a string of similar climate-related litigation aimed at the energy sector. But, he noted, New York’s case goes beyond similar challenges like those from cities in California.“It’s the first public organization that has sued and really brought up allegations not just that greenhouse gases have caused harm, but that the companies responsible for these amounts of greenhouse gases purposefully hid what they were doing and had bad intent,” Flatt said. “It shows that this drumbeat of litigation is just going to continue.”Correction: a previous version of this story stated that New York City announced a goal to divest from fossil fuels its $189 billion in pension funds within five years. In fact, the goal is to divest roughly $5 billion, which is the amount the city’s pension funds hold in fossil fuel companies. last_img read more

Kentucky Fried Comics at SDCC

first_imgStay on target A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life Since 2015 Kentucky Fried Chicken and DC Comics have been teaming up for an annual comics special. First was 2015’s The Colonel of Two Worlds follow up by 2016’s The Colonel Corps. This year’s installment, Green Lantern/Colonel Sanders: Across The Universe, not only continues the bonkers adventures of Colonel Sanders in the DCU but is a print exclusive for San Diego Comic-Con!This latest outing of the Colonel reunited former Green Lantern writer Tony Bedard with Hal Jordan and saw seasoned (pun intended!) DC artist Tom Grummett with such colossal works like The Death of Superman and Batman: Knightfall under his belt taking on penciling duties for the mighty Colonel! The team is rounded out by Trevor Scott (Batman R.I.P., Batgirl) and Sean Parsons (Batman: No Man’s Land, Infinite Crisis).Basically, fried chicken is the most important thing in the universe. In fact, fried chicken is so important that someone in the DCU took it upon themselves to steal some space bound chicken sandwiches! It’s up to Green Lantern and Colonel Sanders to scour the universe to save it. Maybe it’s just an excuse to cram as many characters into this story, but it’s totally worth it! We don’t just get Green Lantern characters; we get appearances from all sorts of heroes including long time fan favorite Adam Strange! Hey, DC, we love Adam Strange. Please put him in more comics!All of you down at SDCC should go swing by the DC Comics booth #1915 and try to snag one while supplies last. Not there, but know someone who is? Make them get a copy for you! If you can’t get a physical copy and don’t care to pay inevitably jacked up prices from people flipping them after the show you can head to Comixology and grab a digital copy available now. It’s twenty pages of finger licking goodness, and with a price point of $0.00 how can you go wrong?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4.last_img read more

Speciallyabled to express themselves through art

first_imgPhysically and mentally challenged artists from across the world have got together to put up an international event of inclusive arts aimed at showcasing their talents and proving that disability is not an obstacle to achieving their dreams.The three-day festival being held at India International Centre from November 14, includes events like an international seminar on ‘Challenges of working with persons with disability for inclusive growth with special focus on inclusive arts’. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Sambhav 2015,’ organised by A.L.P.A.N.A, (Association for Learning Performing Arts and Normative Action) a Delhi-based NGO includes a workshop of yoga, an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and artifacts made by challenged artists. Persons with disability from over 24 countries are participating in the annual festival, now in its 10th edition.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a letter to the NGO said, “I am happy to know A.L.P.A.N.A is organising an international event with performances by challenged artists from different parts of the globe and different regions of India.”  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe NGO was instituted by dancer Alpana Nayak in 2006. Nayak said that unlike western countries, in India work done for the betterment of persons who are challenged is negligible. “The west is working in this field since 1940 but in our country we have recognised it in only towards the late 1990s. Even then after 25 years we can see only 10 per cent to 15 per cent development,” Nayak said.“I don’t want to say that this is only the work of our government but others should also came forward for such a noble cause,” she said. The NGO is being assisted by the ministries of Culture, External Affairs besides Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. “We don’t charge any participation fee but we give prizes to those who perform well,” she said. “Challenges which we faced while organising an event like this is the identification of the group of participants worldwide,” she said.“I suffered a major accident at the age of eight in which I lost my left leg. Since, childhood I liked dancing. I used to switch on the television set in a locked room and start dancing. Soon it became my passion and I have performed in 21 countries,” Roma Naupane from Nepal, who was a participant at the event said.Taraneh, a 30-year-old artist from Iran said he was inspired by the soft Indian music.” I have played piano since the age of seven. I have never been to any institute to learn but started myself and soft music has always been my interest area,” he said.last_img read more

LastMinute YearEnd Tax Tips

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Jennifer MolineYou may think that the days leading up to April 15, 2009, will be a scramble of locating receipts and cursing yourself for not keeping better records, but there is also the likelihood you will kick yourself for not doing more in 2008 to lower your tax bill. Fear not, because there are ways — some quite simple — to maximize the few days left of this year in order to minimize what you will owe 3-1/2 months from now.The No. 1 recommendations made by many tax experts is to make capital investments now rather than put them off. A change to the 2008 Federal Tax Code has resulted in a historically high write-off maximum of $250,000 for tangible property. So now could be the time to do that much-needed upgrade of your equipment, such as computers, telephone systems, even furniture. All of your business-related gear is deductible, there are tons of sales going on, and if you charge the purchases to a credit card, you can claim the deductible for this year yet not have to pay off the charge until next year — and, as tax attorney Roni Deutch points out, you might even qualify for credit card rewards.Also, go green where you can, since tax credits are available for certain energy-saving purchases — from installing solar panels and solar hot-water heaters to purchasing alternative-fuel vehicles. Check out the IRS’s Web site for a list of the credits available for different electric and hybrid car models.There is a caveat to the recommendation of making business purchases this year, however. Barbara Weltman, a tax expert for small businesses, says that because of the recession, we’re in a unique situation: “Many businesses weren’t profitable. So the conventional approach — buying up supplies by the end of the year — would not apply this year.” Weltman suggests waiting until next year to make large purchases if you think your business is going to make more money then.The flip side to that, Weltman says, is do your best to send out invoices in the remaining days of December because maybe — maybe — you’ll get paid this year. “Get the money when you can, since you don’t know when people will be able to pay you,” she says.Expenses To Make Now That Could Result In Deductions On April 15Here are some other expenses tax experts recommend you consider making by Dec. 31 that could add up to more deductions next year:Donate to charities. For a hefty donation, consider charging it to a credit card and paying it off in 2009. Otherwise, making a tangible donation can also declutter your office. “In this environment, people should think about cleaning out their closets and giving away clothing and furniture to charity,” says John Hewitt, CEO of Liberty Tax Service. Donating a working computer is eco-friendly and will earn you a deduction. Another charitable recommendation from Weltman is to create a leave-based donation program for your staff — they forgo personal time off, and you donate those funds to relief efforts for a charitable contribution deduction. Weltman points out that because the money isn’t taxed as compensation to employees, your business avoids payroll taxes you’d otherwise owe.Pay off accounts receivable. If you are on the cash method of accounting, Weltman says, settle up outstanding receivables by Dec. 31 so you can deduct the payments next year. The bonus is you’ll preserve your good credit record.Make your next mortgage payment now so that you can take a higher interest deduction. But, warns Deutch, remember that that would be one less mortgage payment to claim next year.Distribute profits. If you’re one of the few businesses that did well this year, Weltman recommends paying out earnings — and taking a deduction — through bonuses to your staff. And corporations should consider distributing profits as dividends to owners.Prepay state and city taxes, since they’re deductible for this year.Consider maximizing 401(k) contributions before year’s end. The deductible amount for a contribution to a traditional IRA is up to $5,000 per person and up to $6,000 per person age 50 or older.Make health savings account (HSA) contributions this month in order to make a year’s worth of deductible HSA contributions for 2008.And if it’s too late for your business to salvage 2008, Weltman’s No. 1 piece of advice for smaller companies to practice throughout the year is to keep good books and records. The better record-keeping, she says, the easier it is to find items to write off. “If you don’t keep records,” she warns, “you won’t be able to name write-offs, even if they’re perfectly legitimate.”Also, don’t forget that the incoming Obama administration could also have tax implications next year.Search for other tax stories.Jennifer Moline is associate editor of Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. December 29, 2008 Register Now »last_img read more