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Hamburg want Chelsea target Arp to extend

first_imgTransfers Hamburg want Chelsea target Arp to extend contract Robin Bairner 22:54 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jann-Fiete Arp Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Hamburger SV v Stuttgart Hamburger SV Bundesliga HSV say that they are open to discussing the future of the 17-year-old forward “24 hours a day” with his agent Hamburg youngster Jann-Fiete Arp is one of the hottest talents in the Bundesliga, and HSV are determined that he remains at the club.Chelsea are among the teams credited with an interest in the Germany Under-17 international, who has made a splash in his country’s top flight this season, having netted twice in only three appearances.The teenager was handed a starting berth for the first time against Stuttgart on Saturday and was on target in a 3-1 victory – and the club are adamant that he will not be allowed to leave. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “His agent knows we’re ready to talk 24 hours a day,” sporting director Jens Todt told Bild.Arp is under contract until 2019 having signed his first professional deal for the club a matter of months ago. He was handed his debut against Werder Bremen in September before coming on as a substitute in Hamburg’s previous match against Hertha, during which he got his first senior goal.last_img read more

‘A remarkable sporting story’: Alex Johnson to return to AFL after six years out injured

first_imgShare via Email Share on LinkedIn Australia sport The 26-year-old has endured five knee reconstructions and a total of 12 knee operations since the 2012 grand final, his most recent AFL game.“I’m really excited, just a whole bunch of emotions,” Johnson said. “I’ve been through a lot over the journey but I always had my sights on getting back to the AFL. That’s why I’ve stuck at it.”Sydney coach John Longmire termed Johnson’s comeback “one of the more remarkable stories I’ve ever seen in professional sport”.“He’s had great belief in himself,” Longmire said, sitting alongside the defender. “You can’t deny that there’s been plenty of down times … it’s an incredible story of resilience.“He absolutely deserves a game. It’s not a shock or a surprise, he’s been playing really well in our reserves for quite a while now.”Longmire intended to break the news to players at a meeting on Thursday, but word quickly spread around the SCG on Wednesday morning. Teammates have followed the much-loved clubman’s rehabilitation, which has included a serious knee infection, closely in recent years and celebrated every step.Many of the Swans’ stars, including Lance Franklin, rushed from Melbourne to Canberra for his NEAFL comeback in 2017.A lot has changed since Johnson’s previous AFL game, with Longmire noting some of his current teammates were in primary school during the 2012 grand final. “It gives you an insight into the resilience of Alex,” Longmire said. /info/2015/jun/05/guardian-australia-sport-newsletter-subscribe-by-email Johnson, who became a regular member of Sydney’s back six during their march to the 2012 premiership, is the embodiment of persistence. The youngster’s unlucky run started when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during a pre-season clash in 2013.Further setbacks hampered Johnson’s recovery and would have prompted many players to retire. He instead kept his head down and returned last year, representing Sydney’s reserves while playing his first match in 1736 days.He was delisted in 2017, but the Swans used their final selection in the rookie draft to keep the luckless backman on their books. “People probably forget how good a player he was when he first started as a young bloke,” Longmire said. Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Topics Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Read more Australian rules football Injury-cursed Sydney defender Alex Johnson will make his long-awaited AFL return, almost six years since his last senior game, after the Sydney Swans confirmed he will face Collingwood at the SCG on Saturday night. news Bob Murphy: the creative soul writing a new chapter post AFL AFL Share on WhatsApp Sydney Swans Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Crew Swims Ashore after Bulker Sinks off Yemen

first_imgAll 24 Russian, Ukrainian and Filipino crew members of the Panama-flagged bulk carrier Focomar which sank off Yemen on August 7 are alive and in no need of medical assistance, according to Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The Focomar sank near Socotra Island, Gulf of Aden, and updated reports show that all of the crewmen survived and managed to reach Samha Island located southwest of the disaster site.The Ministry says that efforts are being made to evacuate the stranded sailors from the island as soon as possible. A Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force ship stationed in Bahrain was to have evacuated them on August 10. However, the weather made it impossible to conduct the rescue operation.Another attempt was made on August 11, but it is yet unknown if it was successful. The crew members are to be delivered to the Port of Salalah in Oman.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL–Traffic Advisory, Halifax Regional Municipality HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fairview Overpass The Fairview overpass will have lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. today, Dec. 21. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. Drivers should expect delays and use alternate routes if possible. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 -30-last_img

Feds planning to push back delivery date for new fighter jets sources

first_imgOTTAWA – The Royal Canadian Air Force may have to keep its aging CF-18s airborne even longer than already expected after industry sources warned Wednesday that the Trudeau government is planning to push back the delivery date for its new fleet of fighters.Word of the likely delay comes with the government moving ahead with the purchase of used fighter jets from Australia as a temporary stopgap alongside its existing CF-18s, rather than the original plan of buying brand new Super Hornets from U.S. aerospace giant Boeing Co.But the government is also wrestling with how best to sell Canadians on the idea of used jets, mindful of the disaster that followed the purchase of second-hand British submarines in the 1990s.The Liberal government said last year that it planned to start receiving new fighter jets in about five years, or around 2021, at which point the phase-out of CF-18s was scheduled to begin.But several sources told The Canadian Press on Wednesday that defence officials now don’t expect the first of 88 new fighters to be delivered for another eight years, putting the new time frame around 2026.The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, would not speculate on why the delivery schedule was being changed.But the decision could have major financial implications if it means having to sink even more money into the CF-18s to keep them in service longer than planned.National Defence had already planned to spend up to $500 million to keep its 76 CF-18s flying to 2025, but previous estimates have said extending past that date would be very expensive.Some are also wondering whether the Liberals, who promised to launch a formal fighter-jet competition to replace the CF-18s before the 2019 election, now plan to hold off until after Canadians go to the polls.Retired military officers and defence experts alike say a competition, which latest estimates say would be worth up to $19 billion, could be launched right away, and urged the Liberals to take that step, rather than waiting several more years.“If they had launched a competition last year, we could already be getting on with it,” said Alan Williams, who previously served as head of military procurement at the Department of National Defence.“Even today, it could be started.”Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan would not comment Wednesday on when the competition would be launched, saying only that it would be announced “at the appropriate time.”In the meantime, government and industry sources say the Liberals have settled on buying Australia’s used jets from Australia. The original plan to buy 18 Super Hornets, at an estimated cost of $6 billion, was scuttled after Boeing triggered a bitter trade dispute with Montreal-based rival Bombardier earlier this year.The Australian plan does have its advantages. The aircraft will almost certainly be cheaper than the Super Hornets, and easier to incorporate into Canada’s existing fleet, since they are nearly identical to the CF-18, and won’t require new training or infrastructure.But the Australian jets are 30 years old — the same vintage as the CF-18s — and sources say the government is concerned about resurrecting memories of the four second-hand subs Canada bought from the U.K. One of those vessels, HMCS Chicoutimi, caught fire while crossing the Atlantic in 2004, killing a naval officer and injuring nine other sailors.Billions of dollars have also been sunk into the vessels over the years to address a multitude of technical problems, which has kept them docked more often than they have been at sea.During question period Wednesday, Conservative MP Tony Clement called on the Liberals to abandon the “rusted out” Australian “bucket of bolts” and hold an immediate competition to replace the CF-18s.The Australian planes come with another built-in advantage, said defence analyst David Perry of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute: Canada has long since learned how to keep them in service.“We’ve proven to be very good, out of necessity, at keeping them flying for quite some period of time, whereas the Upholder class of submarines were totally unique. Canada hadn’t operated them,” Perry said.“But at the end of the day, when you’re buying heavily used, 30-year-old aircraft, you’re buying heavily used 30-year-old aircraft.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

Andrew Scheer surfaces after controversial week for Conservative leader

first_imgOTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is set to address social policy controversies that have dogged him and his party for the last week and raised questions about the party’s potential in the upcoming election.Scheer is scheduled to make an announcement this afternoon in Toronto after days of ducking the spotlight following the emergence of a 14-year-old video in which he lays forth his opposition to same-sex marriage.The video was released by the Liberals last Friday along with a demand that Scheer explain himself and whether as prime minister he’d still deny LGBTQ couples the right to marry.While Scheer’s office hastened to put out that political fire with a statement saying he supports same-sex unions, calls have not abated for the party leader to address the issue in person and clarify his views.Doubt has also been sown about what precisely a Conservative government would or would not allow when it came to a debate about abortion rights.Quebec candidates have been told one would never happen, while Scheer has promised in the past to let MPs speak freely on any issue.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ottawa signs agreement with Quebec First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn agreement to support and improve the academic success of First Nation students in Quebec was signed in the Abernaki First Nation of Odanak Friday.Highlights of the agreement include improved cooperation between First Nations and Quebec’s education system.It also includes measures that will take into account the linguistic diversity of First Nations students.The agreement will benefit more than 3,000 students in 10 communities.Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan says other communities will be able to join the agreement later if they wish.last_img

Humane society seeks help after taking 150 cats from Woodstock motel

The Humane Society London and Middlesex is making a plea for donations after more than 150 cats were rescued from a Woodstock motel on Monday.The Oxford County OPP were at the Westmount Motel on Monday to “keep the peace” while 151 cats were removed from a motel room by the humane society’s animal protection team and taken to its London shelter on Clarke Road.Motel staff confirmed knowledge of the incident but declined to comment. The motel’s owner was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday.Const. Ed Sanchuk said no charges were laid as a result of the incident, but confirmed it was a situation involving a person staying at the small motel on Woodstock’s Beachville Road.Humane society executive director Steve Ryall said the agency used an emergency plan that’s in place should there be an abundance of animals to take in for care.Ryall said it was “very emotional” watching the staff triage the animals, feed and hydrate them, and check for fleas. Veterinarians examined all of the animals.“We use the word heroism for our staff who go in and do what they did. It was emotional to watch,” he said.The animals are of all ages, from kittens to older cats. Ryall wouldn’t go into detail because an investigation is ongoing.Police were not able to comment on what would have led to that many animals living in a motel room, nor whether there were any mental-health concerns involved.Fortunately, the agency put out a public plea just a week ago for cat food and the response was so overwhelming staff was running out of places to stack it.The extra food will be used up in the coming days now that the number of shelter cats has surged from 60 to 211.Ryall said the society’s biggest concerns are the vet bills stemming from the cat rescue and the necessary increase in staff hours to give the animals care.He asked the public to be patient about possible adoptions and said there are dozens of other cats available that need homes. Moving them out would free up more space for the others.“We’ll probably be announcing some special days as animals become available,” he said. “I look forward to watching these kittens go home in the near future.” We want to hear from you Send us opinions, comments and other feedback. E-mail your letter to: (no attachments please) Or go to Letters should be kept to 150 words. read more

Mothers iPhone hit by lightning as she films summer storm

This is the terrifying moment a woman’s phone records being struck by a bolt of lightning as she tried to film a thunderstorm.Tracey Kutluol was filming the storm from her living room window when her iPhone was zapped by the thunderbolt at 10pm on Thursday night.The dramatic footage shows Tracey, from Galashiels, Scottish Borders, joking “I’m going to get electrocuted” as she opened her window to get a better look at the storm.The video shows dark clouds and thunder can be heard before a flash of lightning strikes the phone. Since the incident, she has posted a video which has had over 30,000 views.The mother-of-two, who was with her children Max, ten and Mia, 14, while filming the video, said her life flashed before her eyes.Ms Kutluol, 43, said an electric shock ran up her left arm, leaving her with extreme pins and needles. She said it was her new rubber phone cover, delivered just hours before she was struck, that saved her life.The full-time mother said: “I was trying to film how dark it was and hoping for a little lightning that I could capture but I did not anticipate that it would hit me. The lightning hit the pop socket on my phone. “And if I am being honest, that saved my life otherwise my phone would have probably exploded. I was not hurt and all the kids and my friend who were with me were all fine. My kitchen light bulb managed to blow up though.”You have no idea how powerful lightning is, I could still feel pins and needles from my left hand starting from my pinky all the way up to my elbow. When it hit, it was like a big blue light.”That was when I realised that my life flashed before me. I just threw my phone and we all started to panic and scream.”Terrified the house might catch on fire, Ms Kutluol and her children ran to hide in her bedroom on the ground floor of the townhouse, where she thought it would be safest.She said: “My son tried to make sure the cat wouldn’t jump out of the window. My daughter thought the place was going to go on fire.”As a mother, my job was to try and comfort my kids and keep them calm. We pulled all the plugs off the sockets and run to my room.”Then on the third floor, it’s my son’s room, bathroom, and our living room. So my room is on the lower ground so I felt we would be much safer there. We stayed there until 11.30pm.” 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. Ms Kutluol the frightening incident is one she will “never forget” but said she is thankful to the eBay seller who she purchased the phone case from.She said: “I don’t know his name but I message him today telling him I was so thankful for that case as it actually saved my life.”At first, my children thought my case looked funny but I bet they are happy with it now. I think I will probably buy the pink version of that phone cover from him.”She b added: “Tonight we are due to have more thunder. I’m not going to lie but I am so nervous for when it comes. Our plans tonight is as soon as we hear lightning we will turn off all electrical items and go to my room.”I just want to raise awareness for anyone who plans on doing what I did, don’t do it, don’t be a numpty like me. I’ve had calls from my family in Germany and when my husband came into the house last night he said what I did was irresponsible.”I did have a cry about it all, so please be careful out there as it can happen to anyone.” read more

Duchess of Sussex announces four patronages as she combines love of womens

The Duchess of Sussex has announced her first patronages, as she vows to help unemployed women to feel confident about their upcoming job interviews with personal styling and makeovers.Kensington Palace today disclosed the four roles the Duchess will take on, as the new Royal Patron of the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities,  animal charity Mayhew, and Smart Works, which provides a new wardrobe for women who are seeking work, as well as one-to-one coaching for interviews.The Duchess, who has long advocated for women’s empowerment, is understood to have paid numerous quiet visits to each of the charities already, sitting in to help on client meetings as she worked to choose suitable royal patronages within her areas of interest.Two of the patronages – the National Theatre and Association of Commonwealth Universities, which represents higher education across all 53 Commonwealth countries – have been handed down to her from the Queen. A fourth will represent her concern about animal welfare, with the Mayhew providing shelter and care for pets and working to keep homeless people with their dogs. The four patronages represent the key interests of the Duchess, from women’s empowerment to fashion and animal welfare.Announcing her patronage of Mayhew, which provides care for pets while their owners are going through times of crisis, a palace spokesman said: “The Duchess has long understood the connection between animals and community welfare and has supported various animal rescue centres in Los Angeles.” “An acknowledged champion of women and their rights worldwide, The Duchess will motivate ever more women to come to our centres and get the job that will transform their lives. The Duchess’s patronage will inspire the women we serve and help them reach for the stars.”The charity, which has 300 trained volunteers across the UK, receives high quality clothing donated from individuals or retailers, hung in dressing rooms ready for job-seeking clients, who cannot otherwise afford their own new workwear, to try on.Many of the clothes are designer and come from shops favoured by the Duchesses of Sussex and Cambridge, with named supporters including Burberry, Hobbs, Jigsaw, Kate Spade, LK Bennett, John Lewis and Whistles. Mennatallah Mohammed in her workwear Speaking to client Sarah Barrett, 38, the Duchess said: “It’s amazingly how you feel when you’re in here. You come in feeling so low but you’re reminded of your value.”Ms Barrett replied: “You feel like royalty.”A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: “The Duchess is delighted to become Patron of both national and grassroots organisations that are part of the fabric of the UK, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes.”Her Royal Highness feels she can use her position to focus attention on, and make a particular difference to these organisations and, more widely, the sectors they each represent.”Over the last year, Her Royal Highness has held meetings and conducted private visits with each of these organisations.” Mennatallah Mohammed in her workwear A Smart Works client and volunteer stylist at work Meghan, patron, joins a discussion at Smart Works The Duchess of Sussex with designer Clare Waight Keller at the British Fashion AwardsCredit:Getty This morning, she made her first public visit to Smart Works as a patron, following numerous private trips in which she helped coach women for interviews.Joining a roundtable meeting to hear from charity founders and clients, she described how the organisation impressed her with its ethos. Meghan Markle with her beagle Guy when she lived in Canada The Duchess of Sussex, is welcomed by Lady Juliet Hughes-Hallett, chair of Smart Works, and Kate Stephens, Smart Works' CEO A Smart Works client and volunteer stylist at work The Duchess of Sussex, is welcomed by Lady Juliet Hughes-Hallett, chair of Smart Works, and Kate Stephens, Smart Works’ CEOCredit:Reuters Patrons Samantha Cameron and Isabel Spearman at the Smart Work's Fashion Club Speaking of the National Theatre patronage, artistic director Rufus Norris said: “It is a privilege to welcome The Duchess of Sussex as our new Patron. Bobbi Brown, the beauty brand, works with women on makeovers and provides lessons to allow them to create their professional look every day at home. Each woman, who must have a confirmed job interview to qualify, receives a two hour dressing and coaching service, receiving a complete outfit and accessories for free. The Duchess of Sussex with designer Clare Waight Keller at the British Fashion Awards The fourth patronage will see the Duchess continue her work with The Association of Commonwealth Universities, after she made a speech during her tour of Fiji last year about the importance of women’s education.Since joining the Royal Family, the Duchess has used fashion to convey a message and boost good causes on several occasions, helping to create jobs at Huit Denim jeans in Cardiff and for Cambodian seamstresses at Outland Denim as well as shining a light on charities such as Turquoise Mountain. At university in Chicago, she worked on a project which provided prom dresses for young women in underprivileged areas.Last year, Smart Works became an official partner of Stella magazine, working together on a charity fashion sale to raise £64,700 for Smart Works. “The Duchess shares our deeply-held conviction that theatre has the power to bring together people from all communities and walks of life. I very much look forward to working closely with Her Royal Highness in the years to come”.Kensington Palace added:  “Whilst Her Royal Highness spent ten years working in television, her training is in theatre. As well as a double major in theatre and international relations from Northwestern University, which is renowned for its drama programme, Her Royal Highness volunteered at a performing arts after school programme for children in underprivileged school districts in Los Angeles.” Meghan, patron, joins a discussion at Smart WorksCredit:Reuters The Duchess of Sussex delivers a speech about education in FijiCredit:Reuters The Duchess of Sussex in the Smart Works wardrobe The Duchess of Sussex in the Smart Works wardrobeCredit:PA “It’s not just hand me downs, it’s saying ‘this is the blazer I wore that helped me win that interview, and this is the piece that helps that [other] woman get that part of her story’.”So to know, as a woman coming in, that you have so many other women believing in you in the piece that makes it so special.”The Duchess later told the group, which included two former clients: “I’m so happy to be here. You guys know I’ve been quietly coming by … close to a year. It’s nice to be able to now do it publicly and really talk about the work that you do.” “It’s the part about community that I’m so drawn to here,” she said.”It’s not just donating your clothes and seeing where they land, but really being part of each other’s success stories as women right? The Duchess has visited numerous times, and has helped provide personal coaching for women preparing for job interviews. Its founder, Juliet Hughes-Hallett, said: “We are thrilled to announce that The Duchess of Sussex will become the Royal Patron of Smart Works. Turning her hand to styling outfits for Patsy Wardally, a 55-year-old mother-of-three, and 50-year-old Dionne Johnson, the Duchess picked out accessories and complimented the women on their new looks.“The last time I was here I suggested a purse to someone and it was one that I had donated and she didn’t like it,” she said, laughing. “I was like ok! I thought it was great.” Every client to successfully gets a job is then invited back for a “second dressing”, for five additional pieces of clothing to allow them to form a capsule wardrobe to tide them over until their first pay cheque. Women can be referred to the service through the Job Centre, with clients speaking regularly about how it had boosted their confidence and changed their prospects in life.One, 49-year-old Selina, told the Telegraph last year: “You should have seen me when I walked in to Smart Works’ Islington centre around this time last year. I didn’t let anyone take ‘before’ photos of me, because I definitely didn’t have the confidence for that. The Duchess of Sussex delivers a speech about education in Fiji “That dress made me look like that confident woman, but now I am her and the experience has changed my life in every way.”Lady Hughes-Hallett, the charity’s chair and co-founder, says: “Every woman knows the confidence that looking and feeling fabulous bestows, and the fact that this could be translated into getting women to succeed at their interview seemed magical.” They will then undertake interview preparation and coaching with a senior manager or HR professional, to work on job-specific skills and how to impress at the real thing.  Meghan Markle with her beagle Guy when she lived in Canada Patrons Samantha Cameron and Isabel Spearman at the Smart Work’s Fashion ClubCredit:i-Images Meghan helps fit a bracelet on client Patsy WardallyCredit:Reuters Meghan helps fit a bracelet on client Patsy Wardally Current patrons of the charity include Samantha Cameron, the designer and wife of the former Prime Minister, actress Jennifer Saunders, broadcaster Emma Barnett and designer Betty Jackson. read more

Gardaí seize €90k worth of cannabis from Limerick growhouse

first_imgGardaí seize €90k worth of cannabis from Limerick growhouse A total of 117 mature plants were seized in a converted garage. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Garreth MacNamee GARDAÍ HAVE SEIZED cannabis with an estimated street value in excess of €90k  following the discovery of a grow house in Limerick.The discovery was made during a search operation led by detective and uniformed officers based in Bruff at a property in the Cappamore area of Limerick.A total of 117 mature plants were seized in a converted garage unit fitted out with heating, lighting, and irrigation and ventilation systems.No arrests have been made to date but Gardaí investigating the case say they are following a definite line of enquiry.A spokesman said: “The search was carried out as part of ongoing operations by Gardaí from the Bruff District targeting the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Cappamore, Pallasgreen and Murroe areas. The investigation is ongoing.” Friday 13 Sep 2019, 10:40 PM Share1 Tweet Email2 Image: Garda Press Office 16,493 Views Image: Garda Press Office 13 Comments Short URL Fri 10:40 PM last_img read more

ANZAC spirit honoured by students

first_imgHigh school students of Victoria are invited to submit entries for the annual Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize 2011-12. The prize, which is open to years 9 and 10 only, commemorates the service and sacrifice made by the ANZACs. The prize is an all expenses paid study tour of the major battlefield sites where Australians had served, focused on Gallipoli and the Western Front. Only ten students will be selected to go on this tour. Applications for the Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize 2011-12 can be downloaded from the Spirit of ANZAC website at Students must submit their entries by Friday 21 October. Students can enter research essays, artworks, musical compositions or audio, video or web-based presentations. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Government drafting bill for Cyprus fallout

first_imgPrime Minister Antonis Samaras remained tight-lipped about developments in Cyprus though behind the scenes government officials were reportedly preparing legislation aimed at protecting deposits in branches of Cypriot banks based in Greece in the event that lenders in the Eastern Mediterranean island nation collapse.The government has earmarked an estimated 600 million euros for the recapitalization of Cypriot banks in Greece.The conservative-led administration avoided taking a clear stance on the upheaval in Cyprus for another day though the leader of junior coalition partner Democratic Left, Fotis Kouvelis, insisted that a contentious eurozone proposal for a tax on Cypriot bank deposits be revoked. Kouvelis also called on European countries to show solidarity to Cyprus.The leader of leftist opposition SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, condemned the government for failing to show solidarity with Nicosia but said he would not back a motion for the censure of Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras proposed by the right-wing anti-bailout party Independent Greeks. Still Tsipras was scathing in his criticism, claiming that “Stournaras has aligned himself absolutely with the threats and blackmail of Schaeuble against the Cypriots.” He asked what the government would do if the troika demanded a bank deposit tax in Greece. “Would they agree?”“Greece is not behaving like the motherland for Cypriots, but like the step mother,” Tsipras said during a conference at his SYRIZA party headquarters.“When Stournaras says ‘we’ he means the Eurogroup, the lenders and the Greek government,” said Tsipras of the Greek finance minister while criticizing Prime Minister Antonis Samaras for being “absent” for the past days.Tsipras said he would not back the censure motion as “if there is an issue of the government’s adequacy. That is for the people to judge.” He also lashed out at Northern European countries, calling them “gangsters” trying to colonize countries in the south.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Riverdales Worst Plot Gets an Unsatisfying Conclusion

first_img ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 Stay on target Even the town of Riverdale isn’t totally immune to the march of progress. At Pop’s Chock’lit Shop, Jughead laments the closing of the local drive-in movie theater. He tries to get his friends to suggest movies for its closing night, but Betty is distracted. She now knows Miss Grundy was at the river on the morning of July Fourth. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that she and Archie were there together.Meanwhile, Archie’s dad has continued flirting with his son’s abuser, and the three of them are having dinner together. At Pop’s, because I guess that’s the only restaurant in town. Betty confronts Archie outside, and Archie basically admits to everything. Before Betty can get too mad, her mother shows up. Angry that Betty is hanging out with Archie and Veronica, she demands to take Betty home.Also at Pop’s, Cheryl Blossom is back to her old mean self. Looks like last week’s change of heart was only temporary. Seeing that Veronica’s mom is working as a waitress, Cheryl implies that she’s a thief and decides to take her insecurities out on a food service worker. Fortunately Pop’s isn’t a corporate establishment, and Hermione Lodge can get a good burn in about money and class without losing her job. As she’s leaving, Cheryl sees Hermione talking to a biker gang member outside by the dumpsters, assumes something sketchy is going on and takes some pictures on her phone. Veronica sees the photos and asks her mom what’s going on. Her mom insists she was just catching up with an old high school friend and nothing more. Veronica isn’t quite convinced but accepts the explanation.Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge (Photo: Dean Buscher /The CW)Now that Betty knows about Archie and Grundy, she’s determined to find out everything she can about the music teacher. After a quick search on Searchster (everyone’s favorite search engine), she finds out that Geraldine Grundy was an older woman who died a few years ago. The photo she finds looks a lot more like the Miss Grundy of the Archie Comics. Later, while pretending to interview Grundy for the school paper, Betty learns that she used to tutor Jason Blossom. When she presents Archie with all this information, he asks her to let it go.She doesn’t, of course. While Archie and Grundy have an illicit meeting, Betty and Veronica break into her car. Inside a box, they find an old drivers license with Grundy’s photo and the name Jennifer Gibson. They also find a handgun. When they tell Archie what they found, he’s initially angry but confronts Grundy about hiding her identity. She tells a story about fleeing an abusive relationship, moving away and changing her name. Archie believes her, not realizing that this kind of self-preservation is exactly what predators do.Later, Betty’s mother is putting away laundry and finds the gun, because Betty kept it for some reason. She reads through Betty’s diary for information and learns everything. This leads to probably the least satisfying ending to a storyline Riverdale has had so far. Betty’s mom grabs Betty and Archie’s dad, and they all head to the school where they catch Archie and Grundy together. So far, this show has done an impressive job portraying this abusive relationship for what it is. Grundy is a monster taking advantage of a young boy. Even all through this episode, the writers take the time to make it clear that everyone, except for Archie, realizes this.Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper and KJ Apa as Archie Andrews (Photo: Dean Buscher /The CW)That’s why it’s baffling that they botch the resolution so hard. The problem stems from Betty’s mom just wanting to ruin Archie. She doesn’t care that Grundy is a statutory rapist, it’s just how she plans to convince Betty not to hang out with Archie anymore. We saw how willing she was to blame the victim during last week’s slut-shaming episode. This is just a logical extension of that. The problem is because Betty’s mom acts so reprehensibly, Grundy is let off the hook. She quits her job and moves out of town, free to abuse some other kid. Betty, to protect Archie, threatens to lie about why she broke into Grundy’s car. So, the secret stays relatively secret. Grundy leaves town, and it’s unclear as to whether the show wants us to feel sorry for the statutory rapist.It sucks that the show focused so much on the most disappointing plot because the b-plot this week was so much more interesting. We learned Riverdale has a biker gang called the South Side Snakes. It turned out that Hermione and Hiram Lodge had been paying them to hiss at and intimidate people at the drive-in to make the property value go down. Then, they’d buy it from the mayor for cheap, develop it and make money. Veronica catches on to the plan and confronts her mother about it. Unsurprisingly, her mother isn’t all that happy about going from wealthy Manhattanite to small town waitress. She wants her old life back. Veronica meanwhile is happy with who she’s become in Riverdale. That’s about all we get from their story, although it ends with a surprise. Jughead had a reason beyond nostalgia for wanting to save the drive-in. He was living there. Now that it’s being torn down, he has to figure something else out.Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones (Photo: Dean Buscher /The CW)This episode was a step down for a series that’s been consistently pretty great so far. The Grundy-Archie storyline was always the least interesting, but at the very least, the way they were handling it seemed promising. That’s why it was so disappointing that it ended this way. They hinted at something much more interesting with the discovery of the real Miss Grundy, but that went nowhere. It’s possible the show will come back around and address all of these complaints, but after this letdown, I’m not sure I’d want them to. If there is a silver lining, it’s that Riverdale‘s worst story is over with. And now that we know more about Jughead’s situation, I’m much more interested in seeing where the show takes him. That’s really what Riverdale‘s needed since the series began: More Jughead.last_img read more

Heres why Abhishek Bachchan is celebrating father Amitabh Bachchans second birthday today

first_imgAmitabh BachchanInstagramOver 37 years ago, Amitabh Bachchan had suffered a serious internal injury while shooting an action sequence between him and Puneet Issar for his 1982 film Coolie at the Bangalore University campus. Big B had misjudged a jump and eventually hit the edge of a table which hurt him badly.The said accident had taken place on July 27, 1982 which has caused Big B a fatal abdominal injury that had taken several months to recover. He had undergone multiple surgeries at that time. There came a point where doctors had declared him ‘clinically dead’ before putting him on a ventilator. He was not responding to any kind of treatment.People across the country were praying for his well-being and even walked barefeet to different temples. And somehow, on August 2, Bachchan regained consciousness after days in the Breach Candy hospital.It’s been over three decades now and Big B still remembers the incident as fresh as a flower. He took to Twitter to express his gratitude to his fans for their immense love that helped him spring back in life.”Many are they that remember this day with love and respect and with prayer.. I can only say I am blessed to have such gracious thoughts with me.. it is this love that carries me on each day.. it is a debt that I shall never be able to repay,” Amitabh Bachchan tweeted.T 3244 – Many are they that remember this day with love and respect and with prayer .. I can only say I am blessed to have such gracious thoughts with me .. it is this love that carries me on each day .. it is a debt that I shall never be able to repay ..???❤️— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 1, 2019 Abhishek Bachchan also took to social media to celebrate his father’s “second birthday”.”37 years ago in the Breach Candy hospital. My father was recovering from a near fatal accident on the sets of his film ‘Coolie’. Today – August 2, we celebrate his second birthday as he was miraculously revived by the doctors on this day. Happy Birthday Pa! Love you,” Abhsishek wrote on Instagram, along with an old photograph of himself as a young boy, and his elder sister Shweta as a young girl, with his father right after his recovery. (With IANS Inputs)last_img read more

Hometown Hero Gets Key to the City

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comIn June, Andre DeShields, the legendary Broadway performer and Baltimore native, captured his first Tony award after 50 years in theater.This week, DeShields was back in Baltimore and got the Key to the City.Baltimore’s own Andre Deshields captured a Tony award after 50 years in theater and honored with the Key to the City by Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young. (Courtesy Photo)The honor was bestowed on DeShields, 73, by Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young.The Broadway star, who graduated from Baltimore City College High School in 1964, won the Tony for his featured performance as Hermes, the god of trickery in the play Hadestown. The play won a total of eight Tonys, the most honored production of 2019.During the ceremony honoring DeShields at City Hall, the theater veteran was intentional in uplifting Baltimore and the resilience of its residents.“Thank you for embracing me. Thank you for lifting me for all these many years,” DeShields said. “Thank you for carrying me all these many years. Thank you for not letting those who want to detract from us bring us down. We still stand tall.”last_img read more

Leaked Lastfm passwords prove longer isnt always better

first_imgA few days ago, a treasure trove of passwords that were swiped from were dumped online. The passwords in that dump? Predictably awful, even the long ones.If you’re reading, you’re probably knowledgeable enough about security that you know short passwords are bad. Thankfully, most sites implement minimum requirements and reject stuff like 1234 or abcd that could be brute-forced by a computer from 1997.Simply adding extra characters isn’t the answer, though. You likely already knew that, too, but clearly a lot of users figured that banging in extra letters and numbers was like hopping on the express train to Security City. That, or they just didn’t care.Over at Leaked Source, a list of passwords that were more than 39 characters from the leak popped up. 39 characters! That should be pretty hard to crack, right? Not when you simply bang in your username three or four times to get there it’s not. Tons of these passwords are nothing more than that “trick,” which I verified by taking out a single instance and checking to see if a matching profile existed.The longest password on the list? That’s alapdanceissomuchbetterwhenthestripperiscrying, which, apart from being a really long password, is also a track from Bloodhound Gang’s album Hooray for Boobies. Combining words that have already been combined famously by someone else? Also not such a great idea, because that’s precisely the kind of thing that winds up in a brute force dictionary.Other winners from the list: a lower case q repeated 39 times,  42 n’s and l’s, and “assssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.”As bad as these passwords (and all the rest of them) are, the real transgression here was how stored them. Unsalted MD5 hashes are ridiculously easy to break with today’s hardware, and they weren’t even a good way to protect credentials four years ago when this breach happened.last_img read more

Boston Dynamics unwraps military robot AlphaDog w video

first_img Explore further Citation: Boston Dynamics unwraps military robot AlphaDog (w/ video) (2011, October 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Boston Dynamics has taken the wraps off its newest prototype combat escort, AlphaDog, which was developed with funding from DARPA and the US Marine Corps. Waltham, Massachusetts-based Boston Dynamics last week revealed the video that shows AlphaDog’s capabilities for troop support. Those who have seen the video are calling the quadruped robot such names as Mule Poodle, Monster Mutt and BigDog-on-Steroids, but AlphaDog is its name. The robot is described further as the prototype for the formally named LS3. The latter stands for Legged Squad Support System. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Robot Ranger sets new ‘walking’ record at 14.3 miles AlphaDog does not need a driver; it follows along with troops, making use of its GPS, computer vision and state of the art hydraulics. AlphaDog is actually the offspring of BigDog, an earlier, noisier, version with limited payload and operating range. Nonetheless, BigDog was an impressive step forward in the company’s development efforts toward a mule-like pack robot that could support troop movements and carry gear.BigDog took on four legs articulated like an animal’s, with compliant elements to absorb shock and recycle energy from one step to the next. Sensors for locomotion included a gyroscope, LIDAR and stereo vision system AlphaDog, in comparison, is designed to be over ten times quieter than BigDog, according to the company. This quadruped has the same cargo carrying mission as BigDog, but with better range and payload. AlphaDog is to debut next year, and the video shows results so far of this latest round of development.”This video shows early results from the control development process,” says the company. The video has drawn reactions from viewers who are impressed not as much over its ability to maneuver its four legs over rough rocks and logs but rather its ability to stay on balance no matter how hard the testers shove it around.Boston Dynamics teamed up with outside groups to assemble the robot. The company worked with engineers and scientists from Boston Dynamics, Bell Helicopter, AAI Corporation, Carnegie Mellon, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Woodward HRT (the latter does motion control systems and components).When AlphaDog does make its appearance in 2012, DARPA and the U.S. Marines will put the robot through tests.Boston Dynamics is an MIT spinoff. The company’s president, Marc Raibert said, “If LS3 can offload 50 pounds from the back of each soldier in a squad, it will reduce warfighter injuries and fatigue and increase the combat effectiveness of our troops.” © 2011 More information: via IEEE Spectrum The robot, once fully ready for combat, will navigate through any rough terrain conditions, and will carry 400 pounds of equipment for 20 miles without having to refuel. last_img read more