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Six dead, scores injured as rains batter Maharashtra

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first_imgHeavy rains across Maharashtra over the past 24 hours claimed six lives and injured scores of people.Senior government officials said high alert had been issued in several parts of the State, especially north Maharashtra, in anticipation of more rain. High alert was also sounded in areas in and around Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Sindhudurg. Intermittent and continuous rainfall has been forecast for Mumbai in the next 48 hours.Rajiv Nivatkar, Director, State Disaster Management Cell, said: “As per our information, two deaths each have been reported from Ratnagiri, Raigad and Palghar. Also, heavy rains were reported in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Ratnagiri. The high alert was sounded for north Maharashtra.” The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rains in Ratnagiri, Raigad, and Palghar. IMD officials said parts of western Maharashtra such as Sangli and Satara are likely to receive heavy showers over the next 24 hours. More rain expected“Heavy rainfall is expected in West Vidarbha,” said an IMD official. The IMD data showed that Palghar received 218.6mm rain, Raigad 152mm, Ratnagiri 112 mm and Thane 152 mm. The IMD, in a press note issued, said, “South-west monsoon was vigorous over south Konkan-Goa and active over south central Maharashtra. Cyclonic circulation over north Madhya Maharashtra and south Gujarat region and north Konkan persists. It is seen between 3.1 km and 7.6 km above mean sea level. A trough extending up to 1.5 km above mean sea level runs from the above system to Konkan across Vidarbha and Marathwada.”last_img read more

Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponappa enter World Badminton quarters

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first_imgIndian badminton queens Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu earned contrasting wins to enter the women’s singles quarter-finals while Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa fought hard to enter the women’s doubles last eight of the World Championships here on Thursday.Double World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu, coming back from a long injury layoff, put herself well on course for another medal at the event after defeating old nemesis and reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China in the 9,000-seater Istora Senayan.The 20-year-old from Hyderabad defied all odds to beat the third seeded Xuerui 21-17, 14-21, 21-17 in 50 minutes to enter the last eight. This was 11th seed Sindhu’s second win out of four meetings against the World No.3.Also read: Jwala-Ashwini, Srikanth advance in Badminton World Championships After sharing the first two games, it all boiled down to the crucial third game where Sindhu took a solid 8-3 and then later a 12-7 advantage. However, the reigning Olympic champion bounced back to go 14-13 up.The World No.13 Indian used cross-court smashes and drops to make the Chinese run for the shuttle and win the next five points to take a solid 18-14 lead.It was only a matter of time before Sindhu closed the match in her favour, knocking out the Chinese who reached the finals of the last two editions to claim two silvers.Next up, Sindhu will take on South Korean eighth seed Sung Ji Hyun, against whom the Indian has a 3-1 record in career meetings. Sung won the last time the two played against each other last year in Denmark.advertisementA little while later, World No.2 Saina also displayed superb skills to ease past 14th seed Sayaka Takahashi 21-18, 21-14 in 47 minutes. This was the second seeded Indian’s fourth win over the Japanese in as many meetings.It was a comprehensive performance from the Olympic bronze medallist and she looked in control of the match right from start to finish.This will be Saina’s sixth consecutive quarter-final at the Worlds, after exiting all previous five times at the same stage. She will take on the winner of the match between China’s Yihan Wang and Yeon Ju Bae of South Korea.Jwala-Ashwini advance: Later, Jwala and Ashwini earned a thrilling three-game win over Japanese eighth seeds Reika Kakiiwa and Miyuki Maeda. The 13th seeds took just two minutes less than an hour to win 21-15, 18-21, 21-19 and advance to the last eight.The 2010 Commonwealth Games champions will look to repeat their 2011 Worlds performance when they brought home a bronze, which turned out to be India’s first medal at the Worlds in 28 years.A semi-final appearance assures a shuttler of at least a bronze medal finish.last_img read more

Hoffenheim open to €50m Kramaric approach

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first_imgTransfers Hoffenheim open to €50 million approach for Bayern & Newcastle target Kramaric Lewis Oldham 15:52 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andrej Kramaric Hoffenheim Getty Transfers Bayern München Hoffenheim Bundesliga Newcastle United The Croatia international has impressed during his time in the Bundesliga and a summer transfer has not been ruled out for the striker Former Leicester forward Andrej Kramaric could be allowed to leave Hoffenheim if a bid of €50 million (£43.9m/$57.9m) is made this summer.The striker is a reported target of both Bayern Munich and Newcastle United, who are watching the Croatian after he has impressed during his three years at Hoffenheim.He has scored 102 times from his 179 games in all competitions for the German side and also started in Croatia’s opening 2-0 victory against Nigeria at the World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Hoffenheim’s sporting director Alexander Rosen says the club rejected an offer for Kramaric in January, but did not rule out selling the player if a suitable bid is received in the summer.”I never rule out anything, that’s not in our business,” Rosen told TZ: “We had an offer of €30m (£26.3m/$34.8m) for Andrej from Italy during the winter the break. That was not an option for us.“But what happens if €50m is offered I cannot say.”Kramaric previously made the move to England to join Leicester City in 2014 for a then-club record fee of £9m ($11.9m), but the 26-year-old failed to make an impression at the King Power Stadium, making just 20 appearances in all competitions during his one-and-a-half-year spell in England.He was sent out on loan to Hoffenheim in January 2016 and the move was made permanent that summer, with his 13-league goal season this year marking him out as an in-demand forward.Kramaric, who is under contract at Hoffenheim until 2020, recently spoke to Goal about the rumours of him moving away following suggestions Bayern are planning an approach.”I saw what the media have said [about Bayern links] but take it easy, there is plenty of time,” he said. “My priority is the World Cup now. There is plenty of time to discuss a potential transfer.”I’m very happy and enjoy being here, I’ve always loved the Bundesliga and coming to Hoffenheim was a great move. This is a perfectly organised club.”I’m satisfied with my goals and assists this season. Last season I scored 15 goals but this season I’ve also played some matches as a midfielder. This was a very, very good season.”last_img read more

Australian Referees also excel at tournament

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first_imgThe referees representing Australia at the 2009 Youth World Challenge at New Zealand also had a fantastic tournament. Sam Clark was awarded the Number One Female Referee of the tournament while Richard O’Connor was the Number One Male Referee.These individuals are to be congratulated on their achievement as well as the National Referee Panel under the direction of Lou Tompkins who have contibuted to Australia being the Number One Nation for the development of referees.last_img

5-Star WR Julian Fleming Announces 6 Finalists

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first_imgFive-star WR Julian Fleming.MaxPrepsThe nation’s top wide receiver Julian Fleming has said that he is not particularly close to a commitment. In late January, he said that a decision may not come until next year.The five-star prospect had been down to 10 schools. Now, he has whittled things down a bit.Tonight, Fleming tweeted a new list of six finalists. Florida, LSU, Michigan, USC, and Virginia Tech no longer appear to be in contention.Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, and Penn State all make the new top from the previous list.They are joined by Oregon, which appears to be the newcomer in the race.Five-star Julian Fleming released his six finalists via Twitter.He says that these are the only programs he’s “focusing on.”Thank you✌? pic.twitter.com/EhUsBaXuzv— ?0J4? (@julian_040) February 17, 2019His full note:“I would like to thank every coaching staff that has given me an opportunity to play at the next level, and also thank them for the tips and guidance they have provided me to this point. With that being said I have narrowed down my future home to one of six schools, and am only focusing on these six schools.”Penn State is considered the favorite by some to land the Pennsylvania native. He has taken numerous trips to check out the Nittany Lions.Nine of the 11 recruiting analysts that have submitted crystal ball predictions have him staying in state, with the other two choosing Ohio State.247Sports has Fleming No. 5 overall, and No. 1 among wide receivers in the class of 2020. He’s the top player in Pennsylvania.last_img read more

Gibraltar Shell Ink LNG Supply Agreement

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first_imgzoom The Government of Gibraltar and oil and gas major Shell have signed an agreement for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG), which includes the construction of a small regasification unit that will receive, store and re-gasify the LNG arriving by ship for use in Gibraltar’s adjacent gas-fired power plant, already under construction.The parties said that the regasification unit will be operated by Gasnor, a 100% Shell-owned subsidiary with over ten years of operational experience in LNG for marine and small scale LNG in North Western Europe, Wilhelmsen Ships Service informs.The LNG will be stored before being warmed up to its original gaseous state and then piped to the power plant. The unit will also include a berth for a small LNG carrier that will supply the LNG at night, minimising disruption to the neighbouring port, airport and housing estates.Additionally, there is potential for LNG bunkering operations in the future, following the appropriate environmental assessments and safeguards.Following the recent approval of an Environmental Impact Assessment report, construction of the regasification unit is planned to start towards the end of 2016 with commissioning and first delivery of LNG expected to take place ahead of the start-up of the power plant, expected during the second half of 2017.last_img read more

20 Pictures Representing the Beauty of Moroccan Women

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Taroudant – Moroccan website Happy Knowledge published rare pictures of Moroccan women throughout history, displaying the fabulous beauty of Moroccan women from nearly all regions of the country.The women, mostly dressed in luxurious traditional attire with old jewelry, all reveal Moroccan beauty and kindness.The twenty photos also show how women’s dress and fashion varies between regions within the kingdom. The clothing, make up, and the look of all the Moroccan women in the pictures reveal the diversity of Moroccan cultures and ethnicities, while beauty remains the common aspect that defines and bindsthe Moroccan women.I can’t put it better than the Arab poet Jebran Khalil Jebran who said in Broken Wings, “A woman whom Providence has provided with beauty of spirit and body is a truth, at the same time both open and secret, which we can understand only by love, and touch only by virtue; and when we attempt to describe such a woman in words she disappears like vapor.” read more

Kosovo prison guard convicted by UN tribunal to serve rest of jail

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Haradin Bala was transferred yesterday to detention in France, the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced today. France is one of 15 European countries to have signed deals with the tribunal to enforce sentences imposed on convicted individuals. In November 2005 Mr. Bala was convicted by the ICTY for the torture, murder and cruel treatment of both Serb and Kosovo Albanian civilian prisoners at the KLA-run Lapušnik/Llapushnik camp between May and July 1998. Those convictions were then upheld by the tribunal’s appeals chamber last year. During Mr. Bala’s trial, the tribunal heard how he had a personal role in maintaining and enforcing the inhumane conditions in the prison camp. 15 May 2008A former prison guard for the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) who was convicted by a United Nations war crimes tribunal for the murder of nine detainees and the torture of another prisoner will now serve the rest if his 13-year jail sentence in France. read more

Man loses 3450 in romance scam

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A Norfolk man is out more than $3,000 in an online scam.On Saturday afternoon, the man contacted police after transferring $3,450 to someone he met on social media.Police say that the man sent several emails to an unknown woman he met online. The pair discussed the woman’s father and an inheritance. The victim then transferred the money believing he would receive some of the inheritance.The man then got an email from someone claiming to be an attorney, which is when he contacted the police.Police say this is two scams wrapped into one.A person pretending to be a love interest will work with someone who claims to be a lawyer, banker or other foreign official. They will claim the deceased left no other beneficiaries and will say that you are legally entitled to claim the inheritance.Alternatively, the scammer may tell a victim that someone with the same last name has passed away and they can claim their fortune through legal trickery.Victims will be told that their supposed inheritance is difficult to access due to government and bank restrictions or taxes in the country where the money is held, and that they will need to pay money and provide personal details to claim it.Providing the payments will result in losing that money, and being open to identity theft, warn Norfolk OPP.OPP remind the public to be aware of the warning signs of a scam, and to never send money to someone you do not know. read more

New UN Millennium Campaign aims to spark global movement UNDP chief says

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“The man or woman on the street in a developing or developed country doesn’t feel part of a global summit, and by making these Millennium Development Goals a very accessible, open, transparent monitoring system, country-by-country as well as globally, we hope to engage people everywhere, and to engage them as voters and citizens in demanding progress towards these goals,” Mark Malloch Brown, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said at a press briefing held today to launch the Millennium Campaign. “By focusing international action on these goals, we think we can mobilize a political focus and an economic and social effort which can make them attainable.”The 15-year targets set in 2000 include halving extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education and gender equity, reducing under-five mortality and maternal mortality by two-thirds and three-quarters respectively, reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS, halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water, and ensuring environmental sustainability. Central to the UN’s effort to realize these aims will be a new push to help countries prepare their own reports on progress achieved so far. “When people everywhere can see how their country is doing and how their region is doing compared to people next door, this data will drive political change,” Mr. Malloch Brown explained. “It will lead people to demand of their governments more access to education, better health care, [and to ask] tough questions such as why the country next door is doing better than we are in terms of providing benefits to its citizens.”He said efforts would be made to build “coalitions of the like-minded, allies at the country and global level, who will fight, organize, demonstrate, write their congressmen and members of parliament, take whatever action is required to force the Millennium Development Goals to the top of the democratic agenda everywhere.” The aim, he added, is to “really create a global movement behind these goals.”Eveline Herfkens, former Minister for Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, who the Secretary-General today named as an adviser on the promotion of the Millennium Development Goals, said that in the past, much time had been wasted because of disagreements over how to proceed. “The best news in decades for the poor has been that finally there is an international consensus about the Millennium Development Goals,” she said. “The best news for the poor in centuries would be if we actually would implement these goals.”Video – Press Conference by Kofi Annan and Mark Malloch Brown read more

Leadership commitment keys to winning battle against undernutrition UN agency says

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“The battle against undernutrition is being won, but progress is too slow for too many,” said Werner Schultink, the head of nutrition at the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “Our message is clear – that the time is now for all of us to demonstrate resolute leadership and steadfast commitment for the millions of mothers and children who still fall victim to undernutrition,” Mr. Schultink said yesterday in a news release from UNICEF.The call comes as Governments of Brazil and the United Kingdom, and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), are today hosting a summit in London to tackle undernutrition and agree on cutting the number of stunted children by an additional 20 million in the 20 highest burden countries by 2020. Meanwhile, the medical journal “Lancet” has reported that malnutrition is responsible for the deaths of 3.1 million children each year or 45 per cent of all deaths of children under five years of age. The figure is higher than the journal’s last estimates in 2008. The study found that children born too small for their gestational age – more than a quarter of births in low- and middle-income countries – were at a substantially greater risk of dying.The findings are in line with a UNICEF report, Improving Child Nutrition: The achievable imperative for global progress, which highlights the importance of nutrition during pregnancy and the first two years of a child’s life or the first 1,000 days. Ending stunting and other forms of undernutrition saves lives and improves health, prospects for children and development progress. “This is why the fight against undernutrition has to be a global imperative for donors, for affected countries, for innovators in the private sector and for communities themselves,” said Mr. Schultink.“That’s the sort of shared commitment we see in the Scaling up Nutrition Network, where 40 countries are already taking tangible steps to increase and better target investments and sharpen policies and nutrition-focused programmes.”An estimated 80 per cent of the world’s stunted children live in just 14 countries, according to UNICEF. The report highlights successes in scaling up nutrition and improving policies through proven interventions, such as promoting exclusive breastfeeding, addressing micronutrient deficiencies and improving maternal nutrition before and during pregnancy. The case studies are in 11 countries: Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan, the United Republic of Tanzania and Viet Nam.In addition, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Every Woman Every Child initiative in 2010 to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015 by mobilizing governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children around the world, including poor nutrition.To date, Every Woman Every Child has brought together 260 partners and made ambitious commitments to advance its goal, and billions of dollars in new funding for women’s and children’s health have been mobilized and $10 billion has already been delivered.The health of women and children is critically important to almost every area of human development and progress, and directly impacts our success in achieving the eight anti-poverty goals known as the Millennium Development Goals, which have a deadline of December 2015. read more

Experts share wisdom on safer winter motoring

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“If windows are covered in ice or misted-up, make sure they are totally clear before setting off – don’t be tempted simply to scrape a portion of the front screen. When clearing the inside of the windscreen, turn on air conditioning to help speed-up the process.  Using headlights ensures other road users can see you, so keep lights and mirrors free from snow and ice, not just the windows. “Regular servicing and simple car care are vital to ensure vehicles run smoothly, efficiently and safely through the winter months,” said Chris Mason, Motor Codes director. “The Code commits service and repair centres to be honest, fair and transparent in customer service. Over and above this, we have gathered expert opinion from across the motor industry that we intend to pass on to customers through our subscribing garages and the Motor Industry Codes website.” DIY vehicle maintenance – Motor Codes garageS&B Motors (Middlesex), Steve Boyce“Simple driveway tasks can keep your pride and joy on the road through the worst of this winter’s freezing conditions.  Using an all-season screen wash, correctly diluted to resist freezing, will clear your screen of salty deposits and grime, while topping up coolant levels will prevent the water in your radiator from freezing.  Remember that the cooling system should only be topped up before starting your vehicle. -Ends-Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) More information about the Motor Industry Codes is available at motorindustrycodes.co.uk. At the website, motorists can also search for participating garages, set up a free service and MOT reminder, and find details for the free consumer advice line – 0800 692 0825. “Additionally, regular washing and even an application of a high-quality car wax will protect and preserve your paintwork from corrosion, particularly during winter when the salt used to keep roads ice-free can accelerate paint damage.  Finally, always keep light lenses clean and make sure you regularly check that bulbs are working.” Tyre condition – RACRAC information manager, Frank Flynn“Tyres are vital safety equipment as they are the only contact between drivers and the road. Therefore, checking and maintaining tyre pressures is important during the winter months as when the temperature drops, so does the tyre pressure. This can lead to excessive tyre wear causing poor brake performance and adverse fuel economy performance.” Motor industry self-regulatory body, Motor Codes Ltd, is committed to raising standards and increasing consumer protection for UK motorists. This winter, Motor Codes is encouraging its service and repair garages to provide expert seasonal motoring advice to customers, further demonstrating the professionalism and excellent customer service motorists can expect from a Motor Codes garage. Winter motoring tips that participating garages will be encouraged to discuss with their customers include: “Finally, when on the move, always leave more space between vehicles.  Longer braking distances are required on slippery roads – double in the wet and up to ten times further in icy conditions.” Winter driving considerations – RoadSafeRoadSafe director, Adrian Walsh“As light fades and temperatures drop, it is essential to allow longer for journeys, driving more slowly and above all smoothly, as skidding is generally caused by harsh acceleration, steering or braking. read more

Forest Gate Boy 14 critically ill after double shooting in east London

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first_imgIf you have any information about people carrying or supplying firearms please let us know and we will take actionCh Supt Ade Adelekan Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, head of policing in the London Borough of Newham, said: “Sadly today two young men have been shot on our streets, one of whom remains critically ill in hospital.”We are only too well aware that this incident comes after a number of shootings… that are blighting our communities and seriously injuring our young men.”He added that there would be extra officers on duty in the borough overnight due to fears there could be a revenge attack, and that he had authorised them to use stop and search tactics.”Proactive work will continue with our borough teams and specialist units such as Trident Area and Crime Command to investigate and catch the people responsible for these offences. A 14-year-old boy is fighting for his life and a second teenager is seriously injured after they were shot in east London.Police are investigating after the two victims were found with gunshot wounds on Moore Walk in Forest Gate at 3.10pm on Monday.London Ambulance Service attended the scene and both boys were taken to an east London hospital.The 14-year-old’s injuries are being treated as life-threatening, while the 17-year-old has suffered possible life-changing injuries, a Met Police spokesman said. “Violence has no place on our streets, and we have already made four arrests in connection with recent firearms offences,” he said.”I want the community of Newham to help us tackle this – if you have any information about people carrying or supplying firearms please let us know and we will take action.”center_img The shooting happened in Forest Gate, east LondonNo arrests have been made and anyone with any information is asked to call police in Newham on 101.There has been a surge in gun crime in the capital in the last year.Met Police figures published in April revealed a 42 per cent spike in gun offences – up to 2,544 compared to 1,793 between April 2015 and 2016. 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.last_img read more

Loacker Bozen is newold Italian champion

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Italian handball has new-old champion. The best team for the second year in a row is Loacker Bozen who was better in the Play-Off final against Pressano by goal difference.Pressano – Loacker Bozen 26-23 (p.t. 10-12)Pressano: Sampaolo, Pescador, Bolognani 3, Chisté W, Chisté D. 1, D’Antino 2, Giongo 6, Opalic 1, Dallago 5, Miori, Picello 1, Cappelletti, Alessandrini 4, Da Silva 3. All: Fabrizio GhedinLoacker Bozen: Fovio, Andergassen, Maione 5, Waldner 1, Obrist 1, Volpi, Radovcic 5, Sporcic 3, Gufler 2, Gaeta 1, Widmann, Pircher 3, Innerebner 2, Turkovic. All: Alessandro FusinaLoacker Bozen – Pressano 33-24 (p.t. 14-12)Loacker Bozen: Fovio, Andergassen, Gaeta 6, Gufler 4, Maione 8, Obrist, Pircher, Radovcic 7, Turkovic, Volpi 3, Waldner, Widmann, Sporcic 5, Innerebner. All: Alessandro FusinaPressano: Sampaolo, Pescador, Miori, Dallago 6, Chisté W. 1, D’Antino, Alessandrini 5, Bolognani 1, Chisté D, Da Silva 6, Opalic 1, Giongo 4, Picello, Cappelletti. All: Fabrizio GhedinArbitri: Bassi – Scisci Italian handballItalyLoacker BozenPressano ← Previous Story Draw for Men’s Youth WCh in Hungary: Host team with Venezuela to open tournament Next Story → Kristina Liscevic played Final with broken hand read more

Pensions reductions

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first_imgAs of next year, pensioners who spend more than six weeks in Greece face a cut in the rate of their Aged Care Pension due to supplement reductions, according to the Department of Human Services. Hank Jongen, General Manager of the Department of Human Services told Neos Kosmos that although people who receive benefits will still be able to receive their payments whilst overseas next year, they may face a reduction. This will impact people receiving other benefits such as family assistance payments, including the Disability Support Pension.“Other exceptions include payments made under the terms of an international social security agreement and students studying outside Australia as part of their course,” Mr Jongen told Neos Kosmos.“If you are already overseas on 1 January 2013, the old ’13 week’ rule will still apply until you return,” and advises to check your personal circumstances with Centrelink. “As always, I encourage anyone planning a trip outside Australia to contact us if they wish to find out how their payment may be affected. This is even more important if you’re considering moving overseas permanently.There is some valuable information available online, or you can discuss your plans with our customer service officers.” For those who move overseas permanently, the Aged Pension may continue to be paid, except the Pension Supplement which will reduce immediately on departure. “The amount of payment you receive may change again if you remain outside Australia for more than 26 weeks,” he said. “Generally after 26 weeks absence the amount of payment is based on your Australian Working Life Residence. This is how long you have lived in Australia between the age of 16 and Age Pension age. If you have less than 25 years working life residence in Australia you receive a proportional rate of payment.” He says that overseas travel may also impact on other payments. “For example, if you or your partner receive Carer Allowance and leave Australia, this payment may be effected. This can depend on respite days and whether the person you’re caring for goes with you or stays in Australia, as well as whether the trip is temporary or permanent.“If you are holder of a Health Care Card, a Low Income Health Care Card, a Pensioner Concession Card, or a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card and you leave Australia temporarily, your card will remain current for up to six weeks provided you continue to be entitled to the card. If you leave Australia permanently, your card will be cancelled on departure.”For more information go to the Australian Government Department of Human Services website at www.humanservices.gov.au and type ‘overseas’ in the search box. Alternatively, you can phone us on 13 2468, or visit your nearest service centre. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Milena Sellers discusses the new plaque that honors the memories of her

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Appeals Court Rejects Antitrust Suit Against Time Inc Hearst

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first_imgA federal appellate court has upheld the dismissal of a longstanding antitrust suit against Hearst and Time Inc.—among other current and former magazine publishers—filed by defunct wholesaler Anderson News, LLC, likely ending a legal battle so protracted that several of its original parties no longer exist.In an opinion released Monday reflecting a unanimous decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Susan L. Carney wrote that the Southern District of New York had ruled correctly in 2015 when it dismissed a $371 million lawsuit brought by Anderson against six major magazine publishers, among other defendants.Anderson’s suit alleged that the publishers illegally colluded to drive it out of business in response to a seven-cent surcharge Anderson attempted to impose, in early 2009, on copies of magazines it delivered to retailers on behalf of the defendants—which included the aforementioned Hearst and Time Inc., as well as American Media, Inc., Bauer Publishing, Hachette Filipacchi Media, Rodale, Hudson News, and four distributors, including Curtis Circulation, who partnered with the publishers. The publishers—who at the time accounted for 42 percent of the U.S. market for single-copy magazine sales—balked at the proposed surcharge, instead opting to go with other wholesalers such as Hudson News and News Group, and Anderson was forced to cease operations and file for bankruptcy just weeks later.Some of the defendants, including AMI, Hearst, and Time Inc., countersued, claiming that Anderson itself had engaged in an illegal conspiracy by pressuring retailers Kroger and Walmart to refuse shipments from other magazine wholesalers and competitor Source Interlink to impose its own, similar surcharge.Both sets of claims were dismissed in the Southern District in 2010, before the Second Circuit reversed the dismissal in 2012, opening the door for Anderson to appeal.“Anderson sought to significantly change the state of the market by suddenly seeking to impose a surcharge and setting an immediate deadline for publishers to take it or leave it,” wrote Carney in her decision upholding the original dismissal. “It is not surprising that the defendants quickly rejected the proposal in favor of switching to existing wholesalers without surcharges, refusing to accept the terms of Anderson’s new business model. No reasonable jury could find on this record that the defendants entered into a ‘conscious commitment to a common scheme designed to achieve an unlawful objective.’”This latest Second Circuit ruling also upheld the dismissals of the counterclaims made against Anderson.“AMI is pleased that the Second Circuit upheld the grant of summary judgment in its favor, affirming AMI’s position that it did not improperly collude with other magazine publishers,” said an AMI spokesperson in a statement, echoing a similar statement from Meredith Corp., which acquired Time Inc. earlier this year.last_img read more

Trump Sidelines Immigration Nominee For Tougher Direction

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first_img Share Steve Helber/APIn this Nov. 9, 2018, photo Ronald Vitiello, acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, gestures during an interview in Richmond, Va.The notice to Congress from the White House was met with confusion: Why would President Donald Trump withdraw his nominee to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement?Longtime border official Ron Vitiello appeared to be cruising toward confirmation. One Senate committee had endorsed his nomination and a second was likely to follow suit despite opposition from some Democrats and a union representing some agency officers.No one in the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the immigration agency, had been notified about the intention to remove Vitiello from consideration, according to people familiar with the decision. Officials at Homeland Security and congressional aides thought it must have been a paperwork error made by the White House personnel office that would be resolved quickly.Turns out, it wasn’t a mistake. It was just another day in the Trump administration.The president on Friday confirmed he had pulled the nomination, even as he called Vitiello a “good man.”“But we’re going in a tougher direction. We want to go in a tougher direction,” he said.Trump did not explain what that meant and did not say whom he had in mind as a replacement. But the decision, first reported by The Associated Press, comes as his administration is struggling to deal with an influx of Central American migrants, which has led to a 12-year high in U.S.-Mexico border crossings, straining the U.S. immigration system.Trump had threatened to close the border entirely to cope with the flow, before backing off this week.In a letter addressed to all ICE employees Friday, Vitiello thanked the president and members of Congress for their support.“No matter the external circumstances, I am grateful knowing you remain engaged and dedicated to the critical work of protecting our communities from the transnational criminal organizations and cross-border crime that threatens our nation,” he wrote.“While I will not become the permanent director of ICE, I look forward to working alongside you in serving the American public with Integrity, Courage, and Excellence.”Six government and congressional officials involved in immigration issues suggested the decision to drop Vitiello could be an impulsive staff shake-up driven by the fact that White House policies intended to stop migrants have not succeeded. Many blamed Stephen Miller, the influential West Wing aide, for the decision on Vitiello and saw it as part of a plan to replace longtime immigration officials with hard-liners who appealed more to allies of Trump and Miller. The officials were not authorized to discuss internal deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.Vitiello had been scheduled to travel with Trump to the border Friday but was told late Thursday he wasn’t going, one of the people said.He has been acting head since June of the agency that enforces U.S. immigration law in the interior of the United States. He has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, starting in 1985 with the U.S. Border Patrol. He was previously Border Patrol chief and deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the patrol.Vitiello took over during a time of heightened scrutiny of the agency. Part of its mission is to arrest immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, and that has made the agency a symbol of Trump’s policies and a target for Democrats.Trump has been railing against increasing border crossings, as well as the release of thousands of migrants into the U.S. because of a lack of space to hold them, a move he derides as “catch and release.”It’s a battle cry on a signature issue for the president, who wants to restrict immigration but whose policies have largely failed to do so.For many years, families arriving at the border were typically released from U.S. custody immediately and allowed to settle with family or friends in the U.S. while their immigration cases wound their way through the courts, a process that often takes years.But in recent months, the number of families crossing into the U.S. has climbed to record highs, pushing the system to the breaking point. As a result, ICE was releasing families faster, in greater numbers and farther from the border. Since Dec. 21, the agency set free more than 125,000 people who came into the U.S. as families.Trump on Friday was touring a recently built portion of replacement fencing that he is holding up as the answer to stop the recent surge of migrant families coming to the U.S.Though the 2-mile section is only a long-planned replacement for an older barrier, the White House describes it as the first section of his proposed border wall. It’s commemorated with a plaque bearing Trump’s name and those of top immigration and homeland security officials — but not Vitiello’s.___Associated Press writer Elliot Spagat in San Diego contributed to this report.last_img read more

Magic in the air with Transats annual Flights in Search of Santa

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first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, December 9, 2016 TORONTO — Air Transat and Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada hosted hundreds of children with a life-threatening diagnosis for a special flight to meet Santa yesterday.The flights, which took off from Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, were part of Air Transat’s 12th annual Flights in Search of Santa, a joint effort in partnership with Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. For the second year in a row, a flight from Paris carrying some 50 sick children and their families also took off in search of Santa.Onboard the flights Air Transat announced a $98,975 donation to Children’s Wish, which represents the amounts collected over the past year as part of the airline’s ‘Small Change, Big Hearts’ program and other initiatives. Yesterday’s donation is in addition to the more than $5 million raised for Children’s Wish since the inception of the partnership between the two organizations.“There is truly nothing better than seeing a child smile in wonderment, and we in turn are delighted to bring a little magic into the lives of hundreds of children across Canada and in France,” said Jean-Francois Lemay, President, Air Transat. “The Flights in Search of Santa is at the core of our partnership with The Children’s Wish Foundation and is the Air Transat family’s favourite event of the year.”More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalThe memorable day began at the Air Transat check-in counter at Toronto-Pearson airport, where some 250 passengers, including children living with severe illnesses, along with members of their families, received their boarding passes for the North Pole. They then made their way to the boarding lounge, where a number of festive activities awaited. Finally, they took their seats in the aircraft for a 90-minute flight during which Santa Claus made a surprise appearance and distributed presents.“Children’s Wish Foundation is very fortunate to be able to count on the support of Air Transat, a partner since 2004,” said Chris Kotsopoulos, CEO of The Children’s Wish Foundation. “This event is truly one of the greatest moments of the year for Children’s Wish and for the participating children. We are delighted that Air Transat is here to help us make this unique day possible for these kids, for whom illness is a daily reality.”The annual Flights in Search of Santa come together with the collaboration of several partners including Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto Pearson, Vancouver International airports and Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, and the volunteer efforts of Air Transat employees. Posted by Magic in the air with Transat’s annual ‘Flights in Search of Santa’center_img The Canadian Press Share Tags: Air Transatlast_img read more

Britains Prince Harry arrives to attend the Easte

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first_img Britain’s Prince Harry arrives to attend the Easter Mattins Service at St. George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle in England Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool) Happy birthday: Queen Elizabeth II turns 93 on Easter Sunday by The Associated Press Posted Apr 22, 2019 6:02 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 93rd birthday, which this year coincides with Easter Sunday.The queen is marking Easter by attending a service with other senior royals at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, west of London.She was joined by Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, whose wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is expecting their first child in the coming weeks and did not attend.Harry and Meghan did post a birthday greeting for the queen on their Instagram page: “Happy Birthday Your Majesty, Ma’am, Granny. Wishing you the most wonderful day! Harry & Meghan.”The queen’s birthday is marked this year by an unusual sunny spell that has sent flowers blooming on the extensive castle grounds.Sunday is the first of two birthday celebrations each year for the queen. She marks her official birthday in June with the Trooping the Color parade.The two-birthday tradition dates back more than 250 years, when it was instituted by King George II.Elizabeth is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. She still maintains an active schedule, although she does not travel as often as she used to.Her 97-year-old husband, Prince Philip, has retired from public duties and did not attend the service.The Associated Presslast_img read more