Lizzy Mathews, 65, an Indian-American nurse has sued Denver Health Medical Center saying that she was fired for supporting President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election, according to The Denver Post.The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver against Kelly Torres, nursing manager, and Marc Fedo, director of acute nursing, alleged that Mathews be given back her pay and receive punitive damages for emotional trauma after the hospital reportedly terminated her employment for having a political conversation with a patient, according to The Denver Post.Read it at New India Times Related Items
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Pune, Sep 18 (PTI) The pioneer of cricket commentary in Marathi who made the game more popular in Maharashtrian households, Bal Pandit has passed away after a prolonged illness. The 86-year-old commentator breathed his last at a city hospital last night. Described as an encyclopedia of Marathi synonyms for original cricketing parlance in English, Pandit endeared himself with fans of the game with his lucid live commentary of both international and domestic matches on All India Radio for over four decades, before the advent of 24X7 television channels. He had also played a lone Ranji Trophy match representing Maharashtra against Gujarat in 1959-60. A prolific cricket writer, Bal wrote about 30 books and also penned newspaper and magazine articles on the subject, enhancing common mans knowledge of the game. Maharashtra government had recognised his contribution to the game bestowing the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Award on him in 1978. His Marathi translation of Sunil Gavaskars Sunny Days became popular with the Marathi readers. During his long association with the state cricket, Pandit also held position of selector of Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA). PTI HBJ GK PDS AH SDM
Margao, May 3 (PTI) After securing a vital 1-0 away win over Mumbai FC, Sporting Clube de Goa would look to take home advantage when the tweo sides meet each other in the second leg tie of Federation Cup football at Nehru Stadium here tomorrow. Sumeet Passis late strike made the difference in the first leg match and having an away goal advantage and playing at home would mean that Sporting Goa are the favourites to progress into the semi-finals. Sporting head coach Mateus Costa said that despite the advantage his side ill-affords to be complacent. “It is going to be a close contest against the Mumbai side who will come hard on us to win tomorrow in a do-or-die battle for them. We need to remain extra cautious and keep ourselves focus till the end and put our best foot forward in order to advance to the next round,” stated Costa. Mumbai FC head coach Khalid Jamil was also optimistic about his side doing well tomorrow. “It is difficult but not impossible and we still have a chance. In the first leg, we got two chances in the second half which we missed and we had to pay the price. Tomorrow we cannot afford to miss chances and I have warned my boys not to repeat the same mistakes. Hopefully they give their best to come out victors,” he said. PTI MCS PDS CM
Transfer window Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Facebook Pinterest Neymar, then 25, had won La Liga twice and the Champions League with Barcelona, forming a formidable strike trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez. But therein lay the problem for the Brazilian forward. However skilful, however decisive – think back to his performance against PSG in that amazing 6-1 Champions League comeback victory – Neymar at Barcelona would always be in Messi’s shadow and therefore unlikely to garner the individual prizes such as the Ballon d’Or that he craves. The switch to PSG would see Neymar become the main man. The team would play for him and if he could lead PSG to their first Champions League triumph, surely then the awards would follow. It was a great plot and entirely feasible, on paper.Today, though, this football love affair seems to be heading towards a bitter end. PSG failed to reach even the quarter-finals of the Europe’s most-prized cup competition in the past two seasons and Neymar, after a bright start and despite scoring a bucketful of goals, always seemed to be absent when the big games came around (for example, he was injured and missed both matches against Manchester United last season). And although Neymar was initially adored by PSG fans, he has been overtaken in the popularity stakes by Mbappé, still only 20, still on the rise and a native of the Paris suburbs. In other words, he’s one of theirs.Mbappé, top scorer at PSG last season with 33 Ligue 1 goals from 29 matches, is surely, right now, a better bet as a future Ballon d’Or winner than Neymar. And if forced to choose between the two, PSG would clearly back the Frenchman. Which all leaves the Brazilian in a quandary. What to do? European club football The noises from Neymar’s entourage suggest a desire to return to Barcelona who, along with Real Madrid, Manchester United and perhaps Juventus, are one of the rare clubs that could afford him. And Barcelona have engaged in some very public mischief-making in recent days, telling the world that Neymar – missing out on Brazil’s triumphant Copa América run through injury – was unhappy in Paris.Actually, of course, Neymar is not physically in Paris right now. Wherein lies the problem. PSG expected him to show for the start of pre-season training with the rest of the squad this week. Neymar, though, remains in Brazil. His father told Fox News that the club were aware Neymar had a charity event organised for his foundation and that his son would be back in the French capital on 15 July.For PSG, being aware of something and giving permission are seen as two starkly different things. The club issued a terse statement, saying they “deplore the situation and will take appropriate measures”. Which normally translates as a hefty fine. The conflict is, then, open. And very public. Up to now, PSG had always swatted away transfer speculation around Neymar and Mbappé. Now, for the first time, PSG made it clear the Brazilian can go.“Neymar can leave PSG if there is an offer that suits everybody,” PSG’s sporting director, Leonardo, told the French daily Le Parisien. He said it was “clear for everyone” that the player wants to leave.Leonardo recently returned to the club where he played and where he helped the Qatari owners put together in 2012 the first team of superstars by attracting Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Carlo Ancelotti to Paris during his first stint as director of football. He said the club had not received any offers for Neymar, who has three years remaining on his contract. Kylian Mbappé, right, has overtaken Neymar in the popularity stakes with PSG fans, many of whom seem happy for the Brazilian to go. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters Twitter The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. This wasn’t how the scenario was supposed to play out. Neither for Paris Saint-Germain, nor for Neymar. When the French club brought the Brazilian superstar to Ligue 1 for a world-record transfer fee two years ago, each of the actors had their own storyline in mind.For PSG, grabbing Neymar from Barcelona showed intent. Here was a powerful statement. Not only were PSG not a selling club – they had previously resisted overtures from Barcelona for the Italian midfielder Marco Verratti – now here they were signing one of the most exciting talents on the planet and, moreover, tempting him away from one of European football’s powerhouses. Neymar would be the final piece in an expensively assembled jigsaw (the 18 year-old Kylian Mbappé would join PSG shortly after), built to win the Champions League – the holy grail for Qatari owners only partially sated by the team’s domestic dominance. Share on Messenger Paris Saint-Germain Right now, it is very difficult to see how this story doesn’t end with Neymar packing his bags and leaving Paris. On the social networks and radio phone-ins the reaction of the vast majority of PSG supporters can be summed up as: good riddance. Let him go, they say. We have Mbappé. And no player can think he’s bigger than the club – a message Leonardo underlined in his interview. The writing has perhaps been on the wall for Neymar since last month when PSG’s chairman, Nasser al-Khelaifi, spoke to France Football magazine about his star signing.“Nobody obliged him to sign here, nobody pushed him into it. I want players ready to give their all to defend the honour of our shirt … for those who don’t get it or don’t want to, we can meet and we can talk.”Now, it seems, the time for talking is over – at least between the club and the player. PSG will let Neymar leave if they get a decent transfer fee. Barcelona are apparently interested but now know that PSG would be glad to see the back of their want-away player. The negotiations promise to be juicy. French and Spanish media suggest Barcelona would struggle to muster the funds for Neymar and would likely try to come up with some form of player-plus-cash proposition. PSG are looking for a central defender and might be interested in Clement Lenglet or Samuel Umtiti. Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembélé are also often mentioned in dispatches. It’s set to be the saga of the summer. This one could run and run. 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One the most common questions asked about FIFA’s new game mode Volta surround how it will be different from the popular FIFA Street series.The old street football game featured an arcade-style that was a complete contrast to the traditional FIFA version – which focused on providing a realistic product.But while Volta is aimed at arcade and casual gamers, it actually has the the same engine and mechanics as the 11-v-11 mode in FIFA and will provide an authentic representation of street football. 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? FIFA 20 creative director Matt Prior explains there were fictional features added to FIFA Street as part of its arcade style and it was tough for gamers to adjust to the normal FIFA because of the different engine within the game.”If you think FIFA Street, that was much more of an arcade kind of experience – you had the gamebreaker where you built up a bar and you had a superpower kind of thing. So playing Volta is a very much different experience,” Prior told Goal.”Back in the day, if you were proficient at FIFA Street, and then went to the 11-v-11 game it was almost as if you had to re-learn the mechanics of the game because it was that much different of an experience.“For Volta, we wanted to base it around the [the standard FIFA] engine for a number of reasons.”Despite the wholly different environment that street football is played in, Prior said the research on the genre done by EA Sports suggested that, at the heart of it, it was still football.Armed with this fact, Volta aims to be a game mode that can be played interchangeably with the standard 11-v-11 game – with playability for both new and old consumers of not only of FIFA but football in general.The World is your stadium in #VOLTAFOOTBALL #FIFA20 pic.twitter.com/ay4eho6o3n— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) August 11, 2019″We went out and spoke to these real-world street players and the first thing I asked them was, ‘What’s the difference between the street game and the pro game?'” Prior explained. “It was reassuring to hear that obviously there is the skills, flair and subculture of the look and fashion, but at its heart when you drill down into it, it’s still fundamentally football. It’s about winning, it’s about teamwork, it’s about passing, shooting, etc.”We want people who are FIFA veterans of the 11-v-11 game to come to Volta and be able to play it and not have to re-learn.”Alternatively, if you come to FIFA just for Volta – because it’s the most accessible FIFA we have ever made and you don’t need to follow a club or understand the rules – you can pick it up and play it easily.“Also, if these consumers do want to transition to 11-v-11, hopefully we can get them into the world of football, because the world needs more football fans.”Volta will be a part of the new FIFA 20 game – which will be released on September 27.- Goal’s Kieran Francis tested an early version of FIFA 20 and Volta at the EA Producers Tour in Shanghai, China.
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks to throw during the first quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Michigan’s football program is getting taunted this morning for what it tweeted about New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady.Brady led his Patriots’ team to an AFC Championship Game victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.New England topped Kansas City in overtime, heading to the Super Bowl to face the Los Angeles Rams.Brady’s alma mater, Michigan, posted the following tweet in response to Brady’s performance:“That’s what he does. Wow. What else would you expect?” Michigan tweeted.That’s what he does. Wow.What else would you expect? #GoBlue | #ProBlue pic.twitter.com/I9JVcLHDYd— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) January 21, 2019Brady played at Michigan in the late 1990s before moving on to the NFL. He was a sixth-round pick in the NFL Draft.Some – Ohio State fans, mostly – are poking fun at Michigan attempting to take credit for Brady’s greatness when he was developed into a sixth round selection.“Michigan would like you to never forget that it developed the greatest QB who ever lived into a 6th round pick,” one Buckeyes fan tweeted.Michigan would like you to never forget that it developed the greatest QB who ever lived into a 6th round pick https://t.co/9cLFbgHjXc— Ramzy Nasrallah (@ramzy) January 21, 2019“Lloyd Carr obviously didn’t expect it, since he repeatedly benched Brady for Drew Henson…” another added.Lloyd Carr obviously didn’t expect it, since he repeatedly benched Brady for Drew Henson…— Daniel Kelly (@dkellyChi) January 21, 2019Even a Michigan fan found it a little weird.“I’m a big Michigan fan, but please delete this,” one said.Brady and the Patriots, meanwhile, are set to take on the Rams in the Super Bowl on February 3. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. E.T. on CBS.
zoom Mitsui O.S.K. Line’s MOL Benefactor on July 1 became the first containership with a capacity of 10,000 TEU or more to transit the recently expanded Panama Canal.The 10,000 TEU MOL Benefactor was also the first Neo Panamax containership to transit the Canal following the inaugural passage of the 9,500 TEU COSCO Shipping Panama on June 26.The newly built boxship, delivered to MOL in March 2016, is deployed on the G6 Alliance’s new NYX service. The service provides a direct link between Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan with New York, Norfolk and Savannah on the United States East Coast and also provides connections to/from Latin America via Manzanillo, Panama.The 119,324 dwt MOL Benefactor is 337 meters long and 48.2 meters wide.
Rajkamal Prakashan Samuh organised a condolence meeting to give tribute and celebrate the life of famous playwright, film director and actor Girish Karnad at Triveni auditorium, Triveni Kala Sangam.Apart from various active theatre groups in Delhi, the event was attended by cultural activists, musicians and people from literary, art and cultural communities. Some of the speakers present at the event were MK Raina, Tripurari Sharma, Bharat Karnad, Arvind Gaur, Anwar Jamal, to name a few. Girish Karnad was the recipient of Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, and Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour conferred in India. His rise as a play writer in the 1960s, marked the coming age of modern Indian playwriting in Kannada. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveAll the books of Girish Karnad have been published in Hindi by Radhakrishan Prakashan. Some of his famous translations by Radhakrishan Prakashan include ‘Agni Aur Barkha’, ‘Tughlaq’,’Yayati’, among others. His recent book ‘Tipu sultan ke khwaab’ was also published by Radhakrishan Prakashan, while two books are under production and will be out by end of this year. In remembrance of Girish Karnad’s plays, M K Raina said that “Whether it was Babri Masjid demolition, Emergency or Gauri Lankesh’s murder case, Karnad always took a stand on all these issues.” Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painThe former director of National School of Drama, Tripurari Sharma also paid her homage at the event. She said that she has grown up watching and reading his plays. She always found his writings to be inspiring. She also added that “He had a fearless and persistent personality, and this also reflected in his writings.” Famous Critic, Devendra Raj Ankur said, “Girish Karnad has paved the way for the future play writers. Also, despite the cultural world, one should not avoid their social responsibilities and take a stand against social evils.” Filmmaker, Anwar Jamal, while sharing his experience said that “Even Shyam Benegal and Satyajeet Dubey knew that they couldn’t build a scene or a character without the presence of Girish Karnad.” Ashok Maheshwari, Managing Director of Rajkamal Prakashan said: “Girish Karnad was a man of convincing and intuitive principles.”
OTTAWA – The country’s annual inflation rate accelerated to 2.1 per cent last month to reach its highest mark in nearly a year and signal that the stronger economy has started pushing up consumer prices.Statistics Canada said Thursday that its inflation reading for November came in hotter than the 1.4 per cent number for October, boosted by higher costs for gasoline and air transportation, compared with a year earlier.The result means the annual pace of inflation, which had slowed to a two-year low of one per cent in June, has now climbed above the Bank of Canada’s ideal target of two per cent. The central bank scrutinizes inflation data ahead of its interest-rate decisions — the next one is scheduled for Jan. 17.Economists said the inflation reading reinforced their expectations that Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will resume raising rates over the coming months.Some also noted the robust economy showed further progress in a separate Statistics Canada report Thursday on retail trade. It said retail sales in October expanded by a healthy 1.5 per cent, thanks in large part to a boost in new car sales.“With economic momentum appearing to hold up into the fourth quarter … the case for the Bank of Canada to follow the Federal Reserve in hiking interest rates is building — don’t be surprised if it comes sooner rather than later,” TD senior economist James Marple wrote in a research note to clients.“Inflation suddenly doesn’t feel so soft in Canada.”Inflation had remained below two per cent for almost all of 2017 and the rate hadn’t been as high as 2.1 per cent since last January.The report showed that pump prices delivered a major lift to last month’s overall inflation number after rising 19.6 per cent compared with the year before.But the data also contained signs the price pressure was a little more broad-based. Excluding gasoline, November’s inflation rate was 1.5 per cent, an increase from 1.3 per cent in October.Two of the Bank of Canada’s three preferred measures of core inflation, designed to look through the noise of more-volatile items like gasoline, strengthened last month.CPI-trim rose to 1.8 per cent from 1.5 per cent and CPI-median reached 1.9 per cent compared to 1.7 per cent in October, while CPI-common cooled to 1.5 per cent from 1.6 per cent.By region, annual inflation was higher in every province last month with Manitoba, at 3.2 per cent, and Saskatchewan, at 3.7 per cent, seeing the biggest changes.The retail sales numbers for October showed greater growth in every province, with higher numbers in Ontario, Quebec and B.C. accounting for the bulk of the increase, the agency said.The report showed that retail e-commerce sales increased 19.4 per cent in October, compared to a year earlier. However, it accounted for just 2.6 per cent of overall retail sales.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
By Peer Viqar Ul AslamNew Delhi — Israel’s Counter-terrorism Bureau issued a travel warning for India on Friday, anticipating an immediate threat of attack to Western and tourist targets, particularly in the southwest of the country.“A particular emphasis should be put on events in the coming days in connection with beach and club parties celebrating the New Year where a concentration of tourists will be high,” the Counter-Terrorism Bureau said. The statement recommended that tourists avoid participation in such parties. It also called on families in Israel to contact their relatives in India and inform them of the threat.“We ask of those in India to focus on events in the coming days related to the Christian New Year’s holiday, placing particular emphasis on beach parties and clubs, where there are larger concentrations of tourists,” part of the warning stated.While the threat doesn’t exclude any part of India, it does recommend more caution in the southwest parts of India, which include popular tourist destinations like Goa, Pune, Mumbai and Cochin, areas that are particularly at risk.In addition, the warning recommends avoiding markets, festivals and crowded shopping areas. Unusually, the warning was published on Friday evening in Israel, after the start of the Jewish Sabbath, when government offices close for business. The Counter-terrorism Bureau did not disclose what prompted the warning.The travel advisory further emphasized that “Israeli tourists traveling in India are asked to stay alert and to pay attention to local media reports and security agencies.”In 2012, the wife of an Israeli diplomat stationed in India, her driver and two others were wounded due to a bomb attack on her car. Israel and India share close military and intelligence ties.
TORONTO — Canada’s largest bank increased its fixed-rate mortgage rates amid rising yields on the bond market and a strengthening economy.The Royal Bank of Canada says its posted five-year fixed mortgage rate moved to 5.14 per cent Thursday, up from 4.99 per cent.The bank’s special offer rate for a five-year fixed with a 25-year amortization moved to 3.54 per cent from 3.39 per cent.RBC (TSX:RY) says the changes reflect the activity of competitors, costs for funds on the wholesale markets as well as other costs and market considerations.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) says it is reviewing its rates and will likely soon make changes.Yields on the bond market, where the big banks raise money, have been on the rise since late last year.Many economists are also predicting that the Bank of Canada may raise its key interest rate target next week, a move that would likely prompt the big banks to raise their prime rates.Increases in the prime rates push up the cost of variable-rate mortgages and other loans such as home equity lines of credit that are tied to the benchmark rate.
That’s the harsh reality facing many in the enclave, which is blockaded by Israel, as unemployment rates reach as high as 60 per cent, but the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Assistance to the Palestinian People initiative, is creating jobs as part of an overall effort to relieve the intense pressure on workers and their families during the summer period.Since Israel’s decision to close the Kerem Shalom/Karm Abu Salem commercial crossing into Gaza last month — in response to the flying of incendiary kites into southern Israel — the dire economic situation has worsened, making it even more difficult for people such as Bilal to find work.The closure of the crossing prohibits the import of everything but food, animal fodder, livestock, fuels and medical supplies, and bans all exports. In addition, the livelihood of fishermen like Bilal has been made more precarious by the restriction of the fishing zone off the coast of Gaza from nine nautical miles, to six.“Every year, I apply for a job in marine rescue for the three months of summer. This allows me to repay the debts that I’ve built up over the previous four to five months. It’s a big thing for me and I wait for it every summer,” he said.“For the past decade, I have been unemployed and there are no opportunities. I don’t have any skills apart from fishing and marine rescue. I support a family of four and I need to find money on a daily basis,” he continued, adding that “if I don’t work, I rely on credit and sometimes shop owners don’t want to give us any. When that happens, my debts increase significantly, and I can end up in prison.”The summer lifeguard job that Bilal desperately waits for each year is part of the UNDP’s Programme of Assistance (PAPP), designed to create job opportunities in Gaza and alleviate the impact of the economic and social hardships being endured by most of the population there. The Programme aims to provide work for more than 2,500 people over a 12-month period, with 40 per cent of placements reserved for women.Tarik Shabat, Coordinator of PAPP, says that the current economic conditions have underlined its importance:“The programme is an emergency job creation project for the citizens of Gaza, who are suffering from a lack of employment opportunities and financial distress.The primary objective of the operation is to provide an income for a period of between three and six months. When money is injected into the local economy, a virtuous cycle of development can begin.”The scheme is funded by the Islamic Development Bank, to the tune of $2 million; the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, which provides $1.2 million, and $300,000 from UNDP.As a result of PAPP and other projects, over 4,000 new sources of income will be created. Additionally, ongoing infrastructure projects related to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of educational facilities and the construction of water, wastewater and health facilities, are also creating thousands of extra shifts every week for skilled and unskilled labourers.Initiatives such as PAPP are part of a broader UN coordinated international effort to urgently lower tensions and help prevent another armed conflict in Gaza, between Israeli forces and the militant Hamas group, which controls the enclave.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Teenagers have a greater rate of asthma attacks, hospitalisations and death than younger children, however regularly taking a preventer inhaler helps keep the underlying inflammation at bay.A survey of the experience of adolescent asthma sufferers found they were put off by the characterisation of asthmatics in drama.One sufferer said: “It [asthma] was so regularly portrayed in films as being more of an emotional / psychological problem suffered by over anxious people, which was then magically fixed by a quick squirt of a blue inhaler and all is well again.”The study, which was carried out by Queen Mary University, London, and backed by Asthma Research UK, looked at 10 years’ of comments by on asthma patients internet forums.As well as social stigma, fears about gaining weight and simple forgetfulness contributed to under-use of inhalers. Dr Andrew Whittamore, Clinical Lead at Asthma UK, said: “It is concerning that the social stigma of asthma continues to be underestimated.“We need to be acutely aware of how children and young adults have a need to feel normal.”Nearly 5.5 million people receive treatment in the UK, of whom 1.1 million are children.Britain has one of the highest rates of asthma death in Europe, with an average of three patients dying a day.It is estimated that two in three deaths are preventable.“I was surprised by the stigma associated with asthma and using inhalers,” said Dr Anna De Simoni, a GP, who led the research.“I now now check social issues associated with asthma diagnosis and inhaler treatment and discuss how accepting my patients are of their inhaler devices and potential side effects.” Asthmatic teenagers are putting themselves at risk of death by not using inhalers because the condition is portrayed as “weakness” in film and on television.A new report found young people with the respiratory illness are on average using their inhalers just a quarter of the recommended time because of social embarrassment.Experts are calling on GPs to discuss peer pressure issues with their younger asthmatic patients and emphasise the dangers of ignoring the condition. It is concerning that the social stigma of asthma continues to be underestimatedDr Andrew Whittamore, Clinical Lead at Asthma UK
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Former Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis has told the parliamentary committee probing the Vatopedi land exchange that no member of his conservative government should face charges over the swap.In two pages of written testimony, Karamanlis claims that the land around Lake Vistonida in northern Greece, which the Vatopedi Monastery exchanged for sought-after pieces of property belonging to the state, had been handed over to the monks by previous PASOK governments. Karamanlis added that the ministers in his administration who carried out the swap deal “had merely followed the legal procedure for exchanges that had been used in the past.”The former Prime Minister refused to face the Vatopedi committee in person, as requested, preferring to send his deposition in writing. The call for Karamanlis to testify came after Katerina Peleki, who is married to former Merchant Marine Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis and acted as a notary in the land exchange, referred to a “central political decision,” which she alleged came from Karamanlis’s office.Meanwhile, the head of a parliamentary committee probing the Siemens cash-for-contracts scandal, Sifis Valyrakis, said last week the panel would continue to sit until October 20 in order to examine the testimonies of key witnesses and suspects currently in Germany.MPs are to visit Germany over the coming days to interview former Siemens Hellas CEO Michalis Christoforakos and other suspects to garner additional evidence that could lead to more witnesses being summoned.In a related development, Giorgos Tsougranis, a close friend of former Transport Minister Tasos Mantelis who has also been implicated in the Siemens scandal, was freed pending trial on charges of money laundering after posting 50,000 euros in bail.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A panel of distinguished academics and experts aims to unpack the complex issues arising from the Syrian refugee crisis on Monday 9 May at Melbourne’s Greek Centre.The round table members will analyse the causes of the humanitarian emergency, the constant changing of conflict dynamics, the impact on non-combatants as well as the response from Europe and Greece.In addition, they will assess the recent EU deal with Turkey as a means of stopping the refugee flows from war inflicted nations, which, according to the UNHCR, in 2015 reached an estimated 15.1 million worldwide, its highest level in 20 years. Panel members: Dr Scott Burchill, senior lecturer in international relations, Deakin University. Daniel Flitton, senior foreign correspondent, The Age. Paul White, protection adviser to the United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syrian Crisis. Sophie Perreard, lecturer in humanitarian assistance, Deakin University.Panel Convenor: Dr Costas Laoutides, lecturer in international relations, Deakin University.For further information, phone 9662 2722.
On Earth, helicopters are a staple of action movies, search-and-rescue missions, medical transport, and aerial traffic reports.On the thin atmosphere of Mars, however, they are a novelty.When NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover lands on the Red Planet in two years, it will be carrying the Mars Helicopter—the first heavier-than-air vehicle to fly from the surface of another world.Weighing a measly 4 lbs, the mini chopper is currently undergoing a “rigorous” verification process certifying it for outer space.“Gearing up for that first flight on Mars, we have logged over 75 minutes of flying time with an engineering model, which was a close approximation of our helicopter,” MiMi Aung, project manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a statement.“But this recent test of the flight model was the real deal,” she continued. “This is our helicopter bound for Mars. We needed to see that it worked at advertised.”The aluminum base plate, side posts, and crossbeam around the helicopter protect its landing legs attachment points that will hold it to the belly of the Mars 2020 rover (via NASA/JPL-Caltech)The fourth planet from the Sun and second-smallest in the Solar System, Mars boasts a dangerously thin atmosphere—equivalent to about 100,000 feet above Earth’s surface.No man-made helicopter has reached even half that distance. So you can imagine the difficulty of testing such a device from our terrain.“You can’t go somewhere and find that,” Aung said of the other-worldly conditions. “You have to make it.”The Mars Helicopter team did just that in JPL’s Space Simulator, a 25-foot-wide vacuum chamber where Aung & Co. replaced nitrogen, oxygen, and other gases with carbon dioxide—the chief ingredient in Mars’ atmosphere.Getting the helicopter into the extremely thin atmosphere is only half the battle.“To truly simulate flying on Mars we have to take away two-thirds of Earth’s gravity, because Mars’ gravity is that much weaker,” according to Teddy Tzanetos, test conductor for the Mars Helicopter at JPL.This required a gravity offload system—a motorized lanyard attached to the top of the helicopter to provide an uninterrupted tug, equivalent to the Red Planet’s force of attraction.Despite concerns about how the technology would fare on its first flight, both the gravity offload system and the helicopter “performed perfectly,” Tzanetos said.A second test proved more than 1,500 individual pieces of carbon fiber, flight-grade aluminum, silicon, copper, foil, and foam can work together as a cohesive unit.“The next time we fly, we fly on Mars,” Aung said.The demonstration vehicle used to prove that controlled and sustained flight is feasible in a Martian atmosphere (via NASA/JPL-Caltech)“Watching our helicopter go through its paces in the chamber, I couldn’t help but think about the historic vehicles that have been in there in the past,” she continued, reminiscing over missions from the Ranger Moon probes to the Voyagers to Cassini, “and every Mars rover ever flown.”“To see our helicopter in there reminded me we are on our way to making a little chunk of space history as well,” Aung added.The small aircraft, designed to fly as high as 15 feet above the Red Planet, will enable scientists to remotely explore regions of the world’s surface far from its mothership’s landing site.Scheduled to launch as a technology demonstrator with the Mars 2020 rover next July, the helicopter is expected to reach Mars in February 2021.More on Geek.com:Google Will Now Take You to ‘Mars on Earth’NASA Boss Says First Person on Mars Will ‘Likely Be a Woman’InSight Probe ‘Pushes Aside’ Stone, Continues Hammering Mars Stay on target NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019
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Sharing a lighter moment and in a sign of their warm ties, US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi laughingly shook hands after Trump told reporters that Modi, who was speaking in Hindi, “actually speaks very good English”. Then both Modi and Trump shared a laugh, and shook hands across their chairs, with Modi delightedly thumping their clasped hands with his other hand, evoking laughter from the assembled media.
Dozens of unarmed Taliban militants entered the Afghan capital on Saturday to celebrate an unprecedented ceasefire marking the end of the Ramadan fasting season, police said, as elsewhere soldiers and militants exchanged hugs and selfies.The Taliban announced a surprise three-day ceasefire over the Eid holiday, which began on Friday, except against foreign forces. It overlaps with an Afghan government ceasefire which lasts until Wednesday.The Taliban entered Kabul through gates in the south and southeast.“They are unarmed as they handed over their weapons at the entrances,” Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai told Reuters. Their weapons will be returned to them when they leave, he said.Video and pictures on news websites showed cheerful soldiers and Taliban hugging one another and exchanging Eid greetings in Logar province, south of Kabul, and Zabul in the south and central Maidan Wardak. Some people were dancing and clapping as onlookers took photos with their smartphones.Channel 1 TV tweeted a picture of a lone Talib waving the group’s flag from a Kabul bridge.Afghan deputy interior minister Masood Azizi said the ceasefire was being monitored throughout the country.“Luckily there have been no attacks,” he told Reuters.Governors in Helmand, Kandahar and Zabul said both sides had adhered to the ceasefire and that there had been no reports of violence for 24 hours.Members of rights groups organized a brief meeting between Afghan forces and Taliban insurgents in Helmand’s capital city. Laskargah, where the Taliban have delivered a series of blows to government forces this year.Men and women gathered around the soldiers and Taliban fighters and urged them to keep their weapons holstered before they hugged each other.“It was the most peaceful Eid. For the first time we felt safe. It is hard to describe the joy,” said Qais Liwal, a student in Zabul.The main square of Kunduz city, capital of the province of the same name which has witnessed a series of bloody clashes, became a friendly meeting ground.Resident Mohammad Amir said his younger brother had told him the Taliban were casually entering the city.“I could not believe my eyes,” he told Reuters. “I saw Taliban and police standing side by side and taking selfies.”Photos on news websites showed armed police standing in line at the corner of the street hugging Taliban fighters one by one.A video showed a huge crowd of people screaming and whistling as they welcomed the Taliban. In some districts of the eastern city of Jalalabad, civilians were offering dry fruit, traditional sweets and ice cream to Taliban militants.A Reuters reporter in Jalalabad saw more than a dozen Taliban insurgents enjoying their food and playing with children.President Ashraf Ghani on Friday expressed hope that the ceasefire would make way for a lengthier halt in the fighting and called for the Taliban to come to the negotiating table.The ceasefire coincided with the start of the World Cup, a cricket test match debut against India, and hopes for elections later in the year and peace that lasts longer than just a few days following months of deteriorating security, especially in the capital, Kabul.The Taliban are fighting US-led NATO forces, combined under the Resolute Support mission, and the US-backed government to restore sharia, or Islamic law, after their ouster by US-led forces in 2001.Resolute Support said it was hopeful that the Taliban stick to their ceasefire “and we hope that pause leads to dialogue and progress on reconciliation”.