New Delhi: Investment banker-turned politician Mahua Moitra, legislator from Krishnanagar Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal, delivered one of the most feisty speeches – not many thought of. During speaking on the Motion of Thanks for the President’s speech, Moitra attacked the ruling Modi-led NDA government with her maiden speech in the Lok Sabha and said, “All the signs of early fascism were visible in India today.”Giving a glimpse of her oratory skill, the eloquent speaker said, “You may say, acche din are here and the sun will never set on this Indian empire that this Government is seeking to build. But, then you are missing the signs. If you only would open your eyes, you would see that there are signs everywhere that this country is torn apart.” Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaBeginning her speech, she further congratulated the incumbent government on its resonant mandate. “It is the very nature of the overwhelmingness of this mandate that makes it necessary for us to be heard today, the voice of dissent to be heard today. Had the mandate been any less, there would have been a natural checks and balances woven into the narrative.” While concluding Moitra said that the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum had put up a poster in its lobby in 2017 that highlighted the seven signs of early fascism. Moitra declared all these signs could be seen in India now. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahMaking further attack, she said the Constitution was under threat and accused BJP MPs of thinking that the Sun will never set on the great Indian empire. Taking a dig on the NRC, the first time MP asserted, “Citizens are being thrown out of their homes and are being called illegal immigrants. People who have lived in this country for 50 years have to show a piece of paper to prove they are Indians. In a country where ministers cannot produce degrees to show that they graduated from college, you expect disposed poor people to show papers as proof that they belong to this country?” Referring the increasing numbers of criminal incidents across the country and the recent lynching in Jharkhand, the TMC Parliamentarian also mentioned, “There is resounding disdain for human rights that is permeating in every level of governance. There has been a ten-fold increase in the number of hate crimes between 2014 and 2019… The lynching of citizens in broad daylight is being condoned. From Pehlu Khan in Rajasthan last year to Mr Ansari in Jharkhand yesterday, the list is not stopping.” As the final of her seven warnings, Moitra also noted that there was “erosion of independence in the electoral system” and alleged that how the autonomous “Election Commission was used to transfer key officials. Rs 60,000 crore was spent in this election; 50 percent by one party, Rs 27,000 crore.”
Mumbai: The lenders to the bankrupt Jet Airways Monday made a presentation to the South American conglomerate Synergy Group, which has reportedly emerged as sole potential buyer of the airline, according to a source. After the August 10 deadline, Synergy Group Corp, which owns majority stake in Colombian carrier Avianca Holdings, had reportedly evinced interest in the airline, which had already received expressions of interest (EoIs) (which were subsequently withdrawn) from energy baron Anil Agarwal’s family trust-backed Volcan Investments, Russian Fund Treasury RA Partners and the Panama-based Avantulo Group. “The lenders of Jet Airways Monday made a presentation to the Synergy Group, which is likely to invest in the carrier. They shared information about the airline’s assets, manpower, liabilities, among others,” a source said.
Wednesday night was an evening of awareness and a celebration of those who tirelessly fight discrimination against mental illness, as Darryl “DMC” McDaniels — founder of Run DMC and mental health advocate — was honored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro) with their “Mental Health Advocate of the Year” award during the organization’s annual “Seeds of Hope” gala in New York City.Darryl McDaniels Performs At Seeds Of Hope GalaPIX11’s Andy Adler served as host and emcee of the evening.After receiving his award, McDaniels performed some of his biggest hits for attendees and went on to tell the crowd that it was depression that nearly cost him his life by suicide until he sought treatment through therapy. He added, “While I didn’t mean this to rhyme, I mean it when I say ‘if you remove the guilt and shame, you remove the pain.’”With hundreds in attendance, the annual event raised funds for the many programs of NAMI-NYC Metro including its four multi-week education courses, peer-to-peer support groups, and public education events that help thousands of New York City residents each year.The event also recognized First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray for championing the cause of mental health reform and creating ThriveNYC, the most comprehensive mental health plan of any city or state in the nation. McCray has been a strong supporter of NAMI-NYC Metro, and has served as grand marshal for their annual NAMIWalks.
APTN National NewsNext April, all cheques from the Canadian government are being switched to direct deposit.Thing is, most communities in Nunavut don’t have a bank.And a familiar business is stepping in to fill that gap and collect banking fees.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has this story from Iqaluit.
The family dance is taking place on Saturday night at 7:30, and goes until 11:00 p.m.The Fall Fair is also going to be operating a shuttle bus to and from the fairgrounds, leaving from North Peace Secondary School. Busses will be leaving the high school at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, and 1:30, departing the fairgrounds at 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00.Prices for the fair are as follows:Adult – $10 for the dayKids – $5 per dayAdult Weekend Pass – $20Kids Weekend Pass – $10Seniors – $5 per day and $10 for Weekend PassWeekend camping – $40The festivities will take place 15177 – Rose Prairie Rd. For more information, visit: http://www.northpeacefallfair.com/. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Fall Fair will be celebrating its 71st anniversary this weekend.Along with the usual events at the fair, including cattle, horses, baking and handy craft contests and of course, the tractor pulls, there will also be a dance competition from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Saturday.Events run from 3:00 – 10:00 p.m. Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Saturday, and 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday.
Kolkata: Congress has confirmed that there will not be any electoral alliance between the party and Left Front in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.This was decided at a high-level meeting held at the residence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi at New Delhi on Monday. PCC chief Somen Mitra was present at the meeting. Earlier, PCC leaders had informed Gandhi that they would not accept any offer by the CPI(M) on “humiliating terms.” Congress is going to field candidates in all 42 constituencies. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPolitical experts believe that the lack of alliance between Congress and Left Front will benefit Trinamool Congress. Trinamool Congress candidate from Bankura Subrata Mukherjee also admitted that the development would benefit his party. It has been learnt that Deepa Das Munshi and Abu Hena would contest from the Raigunj and Murshidabad seats. CPI(M) had won from both the seats in 2014. Congress demanded that as the party was strong in both the areas, it should be allowed to field candidates from both the seats. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMohammed Salim of CPI(M) had won the Raigunj seat by 1,634 votes. Deepa Das Munshi got 3.15 lakh votes while Salim got 3.17 lakh votes. Trinamool Congress candidate Satyaranjan Das Munshi had got 1.92 lakh votes. However, ignoring the demand of Congress, CPI(M) fielded candidates in both the seats. Subsequently, Congress demanded the seats of Purulia and Basirhat but the Left Front turned down the request and nominated Forward Bloc and CPI candidates in both the seats. Left Front has nominated 25 out of 42 candidates and allowed Congress to field its candidates in the remaining 17 seats. Archrivals Congress and CPI(M) had come close for the first time in the 2016 Assembly election, when the parties had inked an electoral alliance. The result was disastrous and the Left Front got only 32 seats. The Politburo of CPI(M) had issued a communiqué in this regard, stating that the alliance was “not in consonance with the party’s Central Committee’s decision.” However despite this, the leaders from Bengal insisted on the alliance. Initially, the Central committee did not support the move by the leaders from the state but later accepted their proposal. Front partners Forward Bloc, RSP and CPI, however, did not like the alliance with Congress and had opposed the proposal wholeheartedly. With Congress deciding not to go in for an alliance, there will now be a four-way fight in Bengal.
Rabat – The Moroccan agency for Tourism Development (SMIT) announced the first annual conference of “Smart Tourism Africa” under the theme: “tourism investment in Africa, an inclusive and sustainable tool to develop territory competitiveness.“The conference will be held between November 10-11 in Marrakech and will coincide with the UN Climate Change conference COP22 that will take place on November 7-18.The event has been certified by the committee of COP22 and will address three main issues: Tourism investment, sustainability, and the digital revolution in Africa. There will be 40 international members who will discuss aspects of world tourism as well as changes in investment due to climate change and digitalization. Several panelists have already announced their participation, including Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of Suez (France), Carlota Matteos, CEO of Rusticae (Spain), Miguel Azevedo, Head of African Investment Banking for Citibank, as well as several others.The aims of this conference coincide with many of the issues also being discussed at COP22. Creators of the Smart Tourism Africa conference believe that many who come to observe the COP22 will find the events of their conference both interesting and informative. Specifically, the overlap on how to sustainably grow tourism in Africa should prove to entice audiences from COP22.The conference will also be attended by Brice Lalonde, President of the Business Climate Summit, Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar, and Ould-Abdallah, head of C4S.Also in attendance will be several economic experts and previous prime ministers. The previous prime ministers of Benin, Mali, and Guinee, Lionel Zinsou, Moussa Mara, and Kabine Komara will also make an appearance at the conference. They will share their ideas concerning investment and development of the tourism industry.
STRASBOURG, France — The European Parliament is furiously debating the pros and cons of a landmark copyright bill one last time before the legislature will vote on it later.Tuesday’s debate brings to an end three years of impassioned debate which has pitted the internet giants against creative writers and artists who want to see better protection of their rights and income.The most controversial section would require companies such as YouTube and Facebook to take responsibility for copyrighted material that’s uploaded to their platforms.Opponents claim they could restrict freedom of speech, hamper online creativity and force websites to install filters.Over the weekend, tens of thousands of people marched in cities across Germany to protest the planned copyright reforms that they fear will lead to online censorship.The Associated Press
KLADRUBY NAD LABEM, Czech Republic — A Czech stud farm founded 440 years ago to breed and train ceremonial horses to serve at the Habsburg emperor’s court has been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list, acknowledging the significance of a tradition that has survived for centuries.The National stud farm, located in the town of Kladruby nad Labem 90 kilometres (56 miles) east of Prague, is the first stud farm on the UNESCO’s list. Here’s a look at it:A ROYAL HISTORYThe farm officially started in 1579, when Emperor Rudolf II of the House of Habsburg gave an imperial status to an original stud established by his father, Emperor Maximilian II. The famed regular visitors to the site, which also has a small chateau and a church, included Emperor Franz Joseph I and his wife Elisabeth of Bavaria.The stud farm survived wars and a devastating 18th-century fire until the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, when the newly established Czechoslovak state took over. That threatened its existence, since anything linked to the former empire was unpopular in Czechoslovakia. Yet somehow the horse breeding tradition weathered both that shift and 40 later years of communist rule.In 2015, the whole site underwent a major renovation with European Union funds.MAKING THE UNESCO LISTThe Kladruby site occupies 1,310 hectares (3,240 acres), about the same size since the 16th century. Located on flat, sandy land near the Elbe River, it contains fields and forests along with its classic stables, indoor and outdoor training grounds and a symmetrical network of roads.UNESCO describes it as “one of Europe’s leading horse-breeding institutions, developed at a time when horses played vital roles in transport, agriculture, military support and aristocratic representation.”Kladruby director Jiri Machek said UNESCO’s recognition is the confirmation of “the global uniqueness of this place.”“There are three unique aspects about it,” Machek told The Associated Press. “It’s not only about a tangible heritage, it is also the breeding of unique Kladruber horses, which means the landscape still serves its original purpose. And the third, unique thing — which is not mentioned so often — is the intangible heritage, the traditional way of doing things, that is we have been trying to operate the stud in a traditional way.”ONE OF THE OLDEST HORSE BREEDS IN THE WORLDKladruby is the home of the Kladruber horse, a rare breed that is one of the oldest in the world with a population of only 1,200.Kladrubers were bred to serve as ceremonial carriage horses at the Habsburg courts in Vienna and Prague. A warm-blooded breed based on Spanish and Italian horses, a convex head with a Roman nose is among their significant features.Since the late 18th century, the Kladrubers have come in two colours, grey and black. The grey ones were used for royal ceremonies while the black ones served high-ranked clergy.Today, they still do the same at the Danish court, while others are used by the trumpeters from the Swedish Royal Mounted Guard. Some carry police officers in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.The breed’s peaceful nature also makes them a popular riding horse among private owners around the globe, and some compete in international carriage driving events.___IF YOU GO: Kladruby is easily accessible by car or bus. You can choose from four different guided tours with prices up to 7 euros ($7.90). Three take 45 minutes, one is 30 minutes. Discounts for children, students, retirees and families.Groups and tours in foreign languages (English, German) have to be booked in advance at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For individual visits, use the electronic booking system . The farm is open Tuesday to Sunday in April, May, September and October and seven days a week in June, July and August. More information at https://www.nhkladruby.cz/en , including a 3D tour .Karel Janicek, The Associated Press
To medical entomologist Fiona Hunter, the Dominican Republic had always been a place of rest, with its warm breezes, snow-white beaches and turquoise waters. Two years ago however, the Brock University Professor of Biological Sciences saw another side to the popular holiday destination.Faced with the prospect of a Zika outbreak in the country, Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) and the Research Institute of Microbiology and Parasitology (IMPA-FC) invited Hunter to train a research group on how to recognize mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus.“At the time, Zika was just coming through,” says Hunter. “The country had just been battling with chikungunya and dengue, both mosquito-borne diseases. The team was getting a program up and running to do mosquito surveillance.”The week Hunter and Brock alumnus Alessio Gasparotto (BSc ’05), who manages the professor’s Entomogen consulting firm, spent travelling with the University’s researchers was an eye-opener. Hunter witnessed first-hand how homes in the Dominican Republic lacked window screens, air conditioning, mosquito repellent and other “First-World” ways of protecting against mosquito bites.“It really struck me how vulnerable the people are,” says Hunter.That visit, along with subsequent activities, have culminated in a US$250,000 grant from the Dominican Republic government for a mosquito surveillance research project.Hunter and her (UASD) co-investigator, Modesto Cruz, applied for a three-year National Fund for Innovation and Development of Science and Technology grant for their project titled “Zika Virus: Factors Influencing Vector Competence in the Dominican Republic.”Starting in April, the two will work with additional researchers and students from the Dominican to conduct field research which involves identifying and collecting mosquitoes from sites all across the country.Once treated with a substance called a lysis buffer that inactivates any viruses they may be carrying, the dead mosquitoes will then be shipped to Brock University’s laboratories, where they will be tested for mosquito-borne viruses that cause diseases such as West Nile, dengue, chikungunya and Zika.“This will give us a greater understanding of geographic patterns of transmission and the mosquito species that are present there,” says Hunter.Cruz said the two universities are working together to determine the distribution of mosquito species Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the Dominican initially before expanding to other Caribbean countries.Gathering data on mosquito distribution patterns and Zika infection rates in different mosquito species “will contribute to implementing a better vector control system, reducing diseases and preventing neurological complications and microcephaly in the Dominican Republic population and Caribbean region,” says Cruz.In the two years since her visit, Hunter and her Canadian and Dominican colleagues have worked hard to pave the way for the successful grant.Shortly after her return, Hunter, along with then-Interim Vice-President, Research Joffre Mercier and Faculty of Math and Science Dean Ejaz Ahmed, funded the purchase of a dry ice maker that UASD researchers could use to attract mosquitoes to the mosquito traps as well as preserve and ship biological specimens in dry ice.Hunter also took some older dissecting microscopes from her teaching labs to the Dominican researchers.“Those tiny little investments have blossomed into this new grant,” she says.She met with many senior officials in the government and at the University and, with Cruz, crafted a 2016 Memorandum of Understanding between Brock University and UASD. The Dominican Republic government urged the duo to apply for the Innovation and Development grant.Because the Caribbean is popular with tourists, Hunter says the research will help Canadian vacationers take necessary precautions for the specific places they’re going. The research project also opens up opportunities for graduate student exchanges between the two countries, says Hunter.
Internationally recognised engineering business MIRA – which has specialist unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) expertise – is now actively promoting its proprietary UGV system MACE to the operators of major mining facilities as an effective countermeasure to safety and security threats. MIRA believes that UGVs designed specifically to deal with dirty, difficult and dangerous tasks make them an ideal surface-based solution for dealing with the real threats faced by mine workers and mining companies in some countries and locations.MIRA’s Senior Global Sales Manager for UGV systems, Rob Mohacsi, comments: “The scale of commercial mines and their inherently dangerous surface environment means that UGVs – which not only deploy resources more efficiently but remove people from harm’s way – offer a highly robust and effective means of enhancing safety and security. Add to this, the geopolitical, military and economic factors faced by mine operators in many countries we believe that MACE – which was developed for the Ministry of Defence and is mission-proven in Afghanistan – becomes a very useful tool when patrolling security perimeters in order to protect both infrastructure and people.”MACE, which stands for MIRA Autonomous Control Equipment, has the potential to turn any vehicle into one which can be operated remotely and autonomously from a central location up to 20 km away – enabling the movement of people and mine vehicles as well as security perimeters to be monitored using an array of mobile surveillance technology individually tailored to suit the task.Controlling the vehicle remotely through a purpose built operations desk removes personnel from potentially dangerous situations and ensures the highly efficient use of resources – since it enables 24/7 operation, dead ground surveillance and greater distances to be patrolled without shift changeovers necessitating a return to base.When applying its MACE technology in a surveillance and protection role, MIRA calls the resulting product ‘Guardsman’ – though there is no one size fits all approach and a range of vehicle platforms and on-board surveillance options can be applied. Rob Mohacsi added: “Flexibility of integration means MACE is an extremely cost effective UGV solution, particularly when you consider that MIRA can meet customers’ every need – from the design, specification and build of a tailored UGV solution, to driver training and in-the-field service support.”
For terrestrial laser scanning, RIEGL introduced the new RIEGL VZ-2000i 3D Laser Scanner. This long range, very high-speed 3D laser scanner captures up to 1.2 million measurements per second, and covers ranges up to 2,500 m, with 5 mm accuracy and 3 mm precision. RIEGL’s unique Waveform-LiDAR technology enables high speed, long range, high accuracy measurements even in poor visibility and demanding multi-target situations and delivers reliable data even in harsh environments.In particular, the RIEGL VZ-2000i is well suited to open pit mine surveying. “Its new processing architecture enables execution of differend background tasks (such as point cloud registration, geo-referencing, orientation via integrated Inertial Measurement Unit, etc) on-board in parallel to the acquisition of scan data. A full documentation of the scanner’s software components – directly accessible on the RIEGL VZ-2000i – provides a sound basis for creation of your own Python apps to enhance the scanner functionality. The system provides highest flexibility by supporting numerous peripherals and asccessories such as the integrated GNSS unit for high accurate RTK solution, a SIM Card slot for 3G/4G LET, WLAN, LAN, USA, and different other ports of external units.”In software related news, also for this addition to the VZ-i Series, RIEGL announced the new and Automatic On-Board Registration as a key feature. Two on-board processors enable the scanner to perform different processes in real-time enabling automatic registration of the scan data already during acquisition in the field. RIEGL also released an app to remotely control their VZ-i series scanners from anywhere in the world. RiPANO software allows for fast and easy visualisation of terrestrial laser scan projects where the user can explore 360° panorama views in their browser.In Airborne Scanning, major news is the new RIEGL VQ-780i Waveform Processing Airborne Laser Scanner for ultra-wide area mapping. This advancement of the well-proven RIEGL LMS-Q780 is a high performance, rugged, lightweight, and compact airborne sensor that provides up to 666,000 measurements per second at a 60° scan angle. This versatile system is designed for highly efficient data acquisition at low, mid, and high altitude, covering a variety of different airborne laser scanning applications from high density to ultra-wide area mapping and to provide crisp, clear point clouds by actively suppressing atmospheric clutter.RIEGL also introduced the RIEGL VQ-1560i-DW Dual LiDAR Channel Airborne Mapping System. This new type of the VQ-1560i offers enhanced target characterisation by simultaneous measurements with both green and infrared laser wavelengths.For bathymetric laser scanning, RIEGL introduced the RIEGL VQ-880-GH. This topo-hydrographic airborne laser mapping system now has an optimised form factor with reduced height for helicopter integrations and flexible camera options. In the UAV segment, RIEGL announced the new RIEGL miniVUX-1DL, a “downward-looking” UAV LiDAR sensor. This newest member of the VUX series is perfectly suited for applications such as powerline or pipeline mapping.The RIEGL RiCOPTER-M is a multi-purpose type of the RiCOPTER octocopter for commercial UAV missions. It has an increased 30 kg MTOM (Maximum Take-Off Mass) and a payload capability of up to 10 kg. The RIEGL VUX-1UAV and miniVUX-1UAV with APX20 are new versions of the popular VUX-1UAV and miniVUX-1UAV LiDAR sensors, integrated with the new APX20 IMU/GNSS system by Applanix. The RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV Integration Kit has been released for selected multi-rotor UAV types, such as the DJI M600.Finally, in the mobile segment the new RIEGL VMX-2HA was announced. This high speed, high performance dual scanner mobile mapping system is an evolution of the proven VMX engineering-grade mobile mapping suite. A new streamlined carbon fibre form factor, flexible camera options, extremely high speed data transfer and storage are just some of the key features of this latest high performance mobile mapping system.
AN ONLINE MANHUNT has come to an end after the parents of a boy in China apologised to the world for his being a typical teenager.Young Ding Jinhao felt compelled to scratch his name into an ancient Egyptian relic on the east bank of the Nile River while on holiday some years ago. As it turns out, that wasn’t the wisest move.The whole affair kicked off again on 24 May when a photo of the 3,500-year-old artwork appeared on social networking site Weibo. It showed the graffiti, which said ‘Ding Jinhao was here’, on the temple at Luxor. It was shared up to 100,000 times, outraging the readership, many of whom then went on to participate in a “human flesh search”.Yes, that can be as scary as it sounds.Internet users posted the boy’s name, birth date and address, forcing action from the parents. The family told a local newspaper in Nanjing that they were sorry for not educating the 15-year-old properly and pleaded with society to give him a chance, reports the Global Times in China.“This is too much pressure for him to take,” said his father.But the Global Times notes that it isn’t a one-way street. “Reporters discovered that the Great Wall, a must-see for both Chinese and foreign tourists who come to Beijing, also bears graffiti in foreign languages,” it wrote.Dogs in tights are the hottest thing on the Chinese internetLife in the slow lane: China’s traffic jams
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Adelaide’s main square is about to get a small transformation reminiscent of Athens’ famous ‘Monastiraki’ market, as part of hosting the largest Greek Festival in South Australia. Over 40,000 people are expected to visit Victoria Square in the heart of the city to attend the festival over the weekend.“Victoria Square offers a magnificent setting in the heart of Adelaide making it accessible for everyone to come and enjoy Glendi. Being in the heart of the city is reminiscent of the large festivals that occur in Greece, which are always held in the ‘town square’,” says 2018 Glendi Greek festival director, Mike Diakomichalis.“Victoria Square also allows the festival to retain its ‘open air’ setting, whilst its central location lends itself to growing the festival by adding Friday evening to the program for the first time in its history.”Although the 2018 Glendi Greek Festival has traditionally been a two-day weekend event, this year it will be held on Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March celebrating its 40th anniversary since its inception in 1978.To mark the occasion, for the first time in the event’s history, Glendi will have free entry.“Being in Victoria Square is a great opportunity for everyone and in particular people who are in the CBD to come straight from work on a Friday evening for a catch up with friends and enjoy a drink and some delicious Greek food.“We are very pleased to have great support and participation from both community organisations and small business operators at Glendi 2018. This enables the showcasing of the Hellenic spirit and culture whilst also providing these groups with the opportunity to raise funds for their respective causes; whether that be education, youth sport, performing arts to name a few,” said Diakomichalis.This year’s setting will certainly be very different by virtue of the organiser’s decision to turn Victoria Square into Greece’s most famous street; Monastiraki.“We are taking advantage of Reconciliation Plaza, the cobbled road that intersects Victoria Square, which will be closed to traffic on the weekend, and have encouraged participating stallholders to set-up on this section of road. This paved area is similar to the road found at the famous Monastiraki Market and we hope to offer festival attendees a small taste of Athens right here in the heart of Adelaide,” said the Glendi director.Festival attendees can expect to be treated to a weekend of family fun and enjoy a wide range of activities including competitions, Greek-themed product tastings and cooking demonstrations, exhibitions, art displays and projects from students and local artists, live music by local Greek musicians, traditional and modern Greek cultural dance performances, a garden bar, an open-air outdoor cinema and a major lottery with first prize being two return business class airfares flying to any of Qatar Airways’ international destinations.According to the organisers Greek singer Nikos Kourkoulis and his band from Greece will be performing in the main concert on both Saturday and Sunday nights.“We really do hope to bring a small taste of Athens in the heart of Adelaide,” concluded Diakomichalis.
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans suffered a dramatic failure early Friday in their bid to advance a scaled-back plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, throwing into question whether they can actually repeal the 2010 health law.Their latest effort to redraw the ACA failed after Sen. John McCain’s decision to side with a couple other Republicans against President Trump and GOP leaders. The Arizona Republican, diagnosed with brain cancer last week, returned to Washington Tuesday and delivered a stirring address calling for a bipartisan approach to overhauling the ACA, a process that may have compelled McCain to cast his rebellious vote.The vote was 49 to 51.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had hoped to approve the new, narrower rewrite of the health law at some point Friday, after facing dozens amendments from Democrats. But the GOP defections left McConnell without a clear bill to push.McCain had been seeking an iron-clad guarantee from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., that, if the Senate approved this latest proposal, the House would not move to quickly approve the bill in its current form and instead engage in a broad House-Senate negotiation for a broader rollback of the law. Ryan issued a statement intended to assuage the concerns of McCain and two others, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Ron Johnson, Wis., but the 2008 presidential nominee deemed the speaker’s statement as insufficient.The standoff between the two chambers highlighted the extent to which Republicans have still not reached a consensus on how to rewrite President Barack Obama’s 2010 health-care law, and the degree to which Republicans are repeating many of the same back-room maneuvers that Democrats used seven years ago to approve the ACA.
Fall weather is here with warm days and cooler nights, but is rain on the way? Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:Where things stand: 9 school districts in state on strikeFor days, Clark County was the epicenter of a pending wave of teacher strikes set to spread across Washington state.And as schools along the Interstate 5 corridor returned to class this week, seven took to or remained on the picket lines instead.Teachers from nine districts are on strike, including the Evergreen Education Association and Battle Ground Education Association, according to the Washington Education Association. That means more than 100,000 students remain out of school while districts and their respective unions negotiate. Clark County alone still has about 40,000 students out of school.Get the latest on the negotiations between districts and union.Clark County Council settles on I-5 Bridge resolution textThe Clark County Council agreed Wednesday on the text of a resolution supporting the replacement of the Interstate 5 Bridge after tussling over how specific it should be regarding added lanes and tolls that could be part of the project.“We’re not designing a project; we’re not designing a bridge,” Councilor John Blom said during a meeting Wednesday.But Councilor Jeanne Stewart, noting that she had “10 years of rodeo,” said generalized statements can be used to support what ends up becoming a very different project with serious financial implications.
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (WSVN) — Four months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, lineworkers from Florida Power & Light are still working to restore electricity to the island.FPL crews said they have been overwhelmed with the warmth and hospitality of the Puerto Rican people, as they work around the clock to bring power back to neighborhoods.So when they learned that an elderly resident was celebrating her 75th birthday, lineworkers from Miami-Dade decided to surprise her.Moments after getting the lights back on in the woman’s neighborhood in the city of Bayamon, the workers presented her with a birthday cake and sang to her. The heartwarming surprise was caught on camera, showing the woman briefly overcome with emotion.Workers said they feel a responsibility to do more than restore power, given how welcoming residents have been to them in the months following the storm.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The driver eventually lost control of the vehicle and rolled over spike strips before slamming into a detective’s unmarked cruiser on a side road.After the collision, Carmenate was taken into custody.“I think it really speaks to the level of violence that we’re seeing more and more on the part of the suspects,” Snyder said.Surveillance video images showed Carmenate as he bought a few items prior to the chase at Ed’s Food & Deli along Lake Worth Road in Greenacres.No one was injured in the initial shooting.The deputy who was involved in the wreck was airlifted to an area hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. He was treated and released Friday night.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. GREENACRES, Fla. (WSVN) — A carjacker took officials on a cross-county chase which ended in a head-on crash and sent a deputy to the hospital.According to Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, a man identified as 35-year-old Juan Carlos Carmenate fired several shots and stole a car at a Lake Worth deli, Friday afternoon.“It goes from a quiet Friday afternoon, people thinking about their weekend, to a high-speed chase with a suspect,” said Martin County Sheriff Deputy William D. Snyder.Aerial video showed the accused carjacker as he tried to evade a Martin County Sheriff deputy by swerving off the roadway.However, deputies waited along the shoulder and after a brief pause, the chase continued.“They don’t want to stop in these high-speed chases,” said Snyder.At one point, officials said, Carmenate opened fire on the deputies during the chase.
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools held its 2nd Annual Special Olympics on Wednesday, May 2 at Wilmington High School. Students of all ages and grades, from Wilmington and Burlington, participated in an assortment of track and field events and sports “skills & drills” stations.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to cover the event.Watch highlights from the opening ceremony and the games, plus brief words from:Event organizers Diana Hill and MaryLou McDonoughCommittee member Lisa Costantiello and sponsor Kevin ConnolllyWe’re One Wilmington partner Becky McGarthWilmington Interim Superintendent Paul RuggieroWilmington Assistant Superintendent Sean GallagherBurlington Superintendent Eric ContiState Representative Ken GordonWilmington School Committee member MJ ByrnesWatch the WHS Band and WHS Soundscape perform—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/f/9/8/c/3/a/f98c3a9d-0e97-48dc-8297-862cf596d3d91526588407.717%2B31371106.760%40castus4-wilmington%2B15266473631526646200483879.vod.720p.The%20Second%20Annual%20Special%20Olympics_%20May%202nd%2C%202018.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch Highlights From Wilmington’s 1st Annual Special OlympicsIn “Videos”News & Notes From WCTV: Wildcat TV After School Club Starting At Wilmington High SchoolIn “Community”Wilmington Public Schools 3rd Annual Special Olympics Set For May 1In “Education”
.Eighteen additional judges, who were appointed to the High Court Division of the Supreme Court for two years on Wednesday, were sworn in on Thursday afternoon.Chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain administered the oath at the Supreme Court Judges’ Lounge at 3:00pm.The 18 HC additional judges are Md Abu Ahmed Jamadar, International Crimes Tribunal member; Md Mostafizur Rahman, additional secretary to the law and justice division; Fatema Najib, Narsingdi district and sessions judge; Md Quamrul Hossain Mollah, metropolitan sessions judge of Dhaka; SM Kuddus Zaman, district and sessions judge of Dhaka; Md Atoar Rahman, divisional special judge of Dhaka; deputy attorneys general Khijir Hayat, Shashanka Shekhar Sarker, SM Moniruzzaman, Sardar Md Rashed Jahangir and Khondakar Diliruzzaman; and Supreme Court lawyers SM Abdul Mobin, Mohammad Ali, Mahiuddin Shamim, Md Reaz Uddin Khan, Md Khairul Alam, Ahmed Rasel and KM Hafizul Alam.Earlier on Wednesday, the law ministry published a gazette notification on their appointment.It said the president made the appointment exercising his power under section 98 of the constitution.