In first month of GST roll-out, BCCI paid Rs 44 lakh in taxes

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 9 (PTI) The Good & Services Tax (GST), introduced by the central government from July 1, saw the countrys richest sporting body, BCCI, pay in excess of Rs 44 lakh in taxes. The BCCIs official website states that for the month of July, it paid Rs 44,29,516 in GST. Indian national teams physio Patrick Farhart, for a five-month period, was paid close to Rs 6 million (Rs 58,87, 139). Some of the players were also paid a share of gross revenue from international matches for the 2015-16 season.Stuart Binny was richer by Rs 92 lakh (Rs 92,46, 412) while Harbhajan Singh was paid Rs 62 lakh (Rs 62, 52, 871).Left-arm spinner Axar Patel received Rs 37.51 lakh while pacer Umesh Yadav was paid Rs 34.79 lakh. PTI KHS AH KHSlast_img

Read More →

Whatever happened to Taribo West?

first_imgNigeria The defender who came back from the dead – whatever happened to Taribo West? Goal Last updated 2 years ago 19:00 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Taribo West Nigeria Getty Images Nigeria Auxerre Internazionale Serie A Ligue 1 Opinion The former Nigeria international made a name for himself as a tough tackler with hair you could see from the other side of the pitch The only thing more controversial than Taribo West’s hairstyle was his age. But regardless of how old he said he was, one thing was for sure: West knew how to defend.The 43-year-old had a career that took him all around the world, from his native Nigeria to Iran, with several stops in Europe along the way. His brightly-coloured braids became a trademark for the no-nonsense centre-half, as did his tough tackling and barnstorming surges forward.The controversy over his exact age came long after his playing career had finished, in 2013, when former Partizan Belgrade club president Zarko Zecevic told Serbian newspaper Vecernje Novosti: “[West] joined us saying he was 28. We only later found out he was 40, but he was still playing well, so I don’t regret having him on the team.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 West promptly hit back, though, insisting, “My personal records have been in the hands of Obanta United and the professional league since the 1990s and, all along, I have used my true age.”Whatever the truth, he certainly enjoyed a long and peripatetic carer.Taribo West Ronaldo Inter UEFA CupTaribo West Raul Nigeria SpainTaribo West Alan ShearerAfter bouncing around his home country and playing for a range of teams until 1993, he moved to France to sign for Auxerre following a successful trial with the club, but only made one appearance in his first season; naturally, West was booked in a 0-0 draw at Toulouse.The 1994-95 season saw Auxerre finish fourth in the league, with the Nigerian playing 23 games as his side posted the joint-meanest defence by conceding just 34 goals. However, discipline was an undoubted problem for West, who was sent off twice and booked a further six times.The following year saw him have his best campaign yet, as Auxerre did the league-and-cup double before West played every single minute for Nigeria as they claimed a shock gold medal at the 1996 Olympics.He made his Champions League debut in the 1996-97 season, helping Auxerre reach the quarter-finals, but more importantly, in doing so, he put himself on the radar of bigger teams.After attracting interest from Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona in June 1997, West eventually moved to Inter for around £2 million. A successful first season at San Siro saw the Nerazzurri finish second in Serie A and win the UEFA Cup, although West was sent off in the final (albeit for a seemingly innocuous challenge).His first taste of the World Cup came in 1998, with Nigeria advancing from the group stage but going out in the last 16 after a dismal 4-1 loss to Denmark, prompting the country’s culture minister, Otumba Runshewe, to criticise the colourful defender’s fashion sense.“Our youths copy our footballers, but the players seem to forget that braids embrace a sense of homosexuality in the developing world,” he claimed. “We certainly don’t want that.”Taribo West Runshewe PSIn January 2000, West moved across town to AC Milan after being frozen out by Inter, but only played four games before being shown the door. This came as quite the shock to West, who felt that he was the best defender at the club, better even than the legendary Paolo Maldini.”In 2000, I played the African Nations Cup with Nigeria and when I returned Maldini was injured,” he explained to Supersport four years ago.”I played the games in his place but I was told clearly that nobody could force out Maldini because he was a godfather in the club. No one could take the place of Maldini.”I was in shock. At the time they told so many lies about me because they wanted me out. During the four games I played, I was always the best player on the field, yet my contract was not renewed.”As a result, he joined Derby County on loan for three months and helped the Rams avoid relegation from the Premier League before linking up with Kaiserslautern, where he was released after making just 10 appearances, with the club citing their “total disagreement with Taribo West’s behaviour”.Controversy continued to follow him wherever he went, for both club and country, and he was blamed for Nigeria’s exit at the 2002 World Cup, after the Super Eagles claimed just a single point from their three group-stage game.”We took him to the finals to guide the players,” coach Adegboye Onigbinde explained. “But, as we found out later, he would only ask the players to play to his own style, going against what we asked them to do. He was never with us.”West subsequently spent 18 months with Partizan but left by mutual consent and made appearances for Al-Arabi in Qatar, Plymouth Argyle in England, and Paykan FC in Iran, before retiring for good in 2008.Taribo West Maldini PSHe remained active in football, at least for a while, launching the ‘Future Stars Football Talent Hunt with Taribo West’ program in 2010, which intended to “take football to the next level in Nigeria”.However, in 2014, he became a Christian pastor and founded his own ministry: Shelter in The Storm Miracle Ministries of All Nations.There is even a claim, albeit an unsubstantiated one with no direct sources, that whilst playing in Italy, he hosted a Bible class in his house and saw his Yugoslavian lover turn into a snake. It was at that moment, the story goes, that he decided to give his life to Jesus.If there were considerable doubts over the veracity of that particular anecdote, there was widespread disbelief when a South African radio station claimed last year that West had passed away.Happily, reports of his death were greatly exaggerated, though, with former Nigeria international Etim Esin immediately moving to reassure his compatriots, “I just spoke with Taribo West! My very good friend and Pastor is alive and well. “I am very surprised that people will just wish somebody dead for no reason.”Especially somebody like Taribo West, a character as colourful as the beads he wore in his hair.last_img read more

Read More →

Goodbye to the most hated player in England

first_imgTransfers The most hated player in England, Diego Costa leaves Chelsea as an anti-hero Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 22:18 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(35) Diego Costa Chelsea Getty Images Transfers Atlético Madrid Chelsea Premier League The controversial striker will return to Atletico Madrid but he should be remembered fondly by all Chelsea fans for everything he did for the club Hey, Premier League, who is going to be your pantomime villain now?! Diego Costa is returning to Atletico Madrid, meaning English football needs a new Public Enemy No.1.The striker’s exit from Chelsea has somewhat damaged his reputation amongst the fans, but when the dust has settled, he should be remembered as the truly fantastic player who made huge contributions to two league titles. Atleti 18/1 to win CL title Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Costa won’t go down as a true Blues legend like Didier Drogba but he nonetheless made a massive impact at Stamford Bridge, with 58 goals in 120 games in all competitions.He could have been as good as the Ivorian but the Spain international was involved in dust-ups throughout his time in England – his most recent leading to his departure.A training-ground dispute with Antonio Conte ultimately prompted the Blues boss to inform Costa that his services were no longer required via text message, an ignominious end for such a passionate servant of the club. Costa undoubtedly always gave 100 per cent. He struggled to get to grips with the English language but he had no issue getting his vibrant personality across to the fans with his fiery performances on the pitch. On the pitch, his commitment to the Chelsea cause was total, his intensity immense. He was willing to do whatever it took – even fight dirty – in order to win silverware for all three of the coaches he played under.Diego CostaPremier League defenders feared Costa. He not only scored goals but also had the physique to bully defenders and the technique to link up to deadly effect with the likes of Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian.Despite struggling to adapt to English culture, he adapted easily to the English style of football. Indeed, he was an old-school No.9, a throwback to a bygone era. Bobby Tambling  – Chelsea’s all-time top scorer for 47 years before Frank Lampard overtook his tally of 202 goals – is in no doubt that Costa would have also thrived in the more aggressive age in which he played.”A player like Costa would be on every manager’s wish-list,” Tambling told Goal. “He scores goals anywhere he goes.”He’s not a Luis Suarez [in terms of skill] or anything like that, but his desire is so great.”He is a wonderful player. He would have been a good player in any era of football.”Costa also brought smiles to the Chelsea dressing room. He was the joker in the pack, a prankster none of his team-mates could afford to turn their back on.He was good with the young fans but he had no interest in dealing with English journalists, whom he believed had it in for him. Costa with a fire extinguisher! 😂😂😂🏆🏆🏆🔥 #cfc #wbache pic.twitter.com/lwMb6WIpzm— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) May 12, 2017Costa took the mantle on from Luis Suarez as the most hated player in England, after the former Liverpool player left to add some bite to Barcelona’s attack in 2014.Just like Liverpool fans, Chelsea supporters always defended their anti-hero, who they felt was unfairly treated by both the Football Association (FA) and the media. The hashtag #CostaCrimes emerged as violent conduct charges were handed out. Costa will sadly not play football for a further three months because of Atletico’s inability to register players until January on account of their transfer ban, but the Rojiblancos know that he will prove worth the wait.Indeed, Diego Simeone is Costa’s friend and a manager who understands him, having chased his signature for over year. Chelsea’s sixth title wouldn’t have been achievable had they sold him last summer, or even in January when Tianjin Quanjian were willing to pay more than the £58 million Atletico shelled out.Blues fans will miss his fighting spirit and never-say-die attitude but the purists will certainly not be sorry to see him go.However, it is Premier League defenders who will be most delighted to see the back of him – and that is the biggest compliment one can pay to the inimitable Diego Costa.WATCH: The amazing moment @diegocosta & @DavidLuiz_4 invaded Antonio Conte’s press conference! #CFC pic.twitter.com/EMPNDshvVx— Goal UK (@GoalUK) May 13, 2017last_img read more

Read More →

CSC: Time for Paris to Act on Shipping Emissions

first_imgzoom Left to its own devices the International Maritime Organization (IMO) would be unable to show the sort of leadership that the industry needs if it is to prepare for the future and play a proper role in tackling climate change, Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC) said commenting on a recent statement by the IMO’s Secretary General, Koji Sekimizu.The CSC believes that the IMO’s future role must be guided by an agreement in Paris so as to be able to grasp the nettle over ship GHG emissions which are set to grow with global trade development.“Paris is not a dispute between UN organisations. It is about all countries and economic sectors taking action to ensure a temperature increase is limited to 1.5/2 degrees. The draft Paris text maintains the IMO’s authority, but states that it must use this authority to introduce measures to ensure that when trade grows, emissions do not grow with it. We know it is technically possible; now the IMO must make it politically possible,” John Maggs, President of CSC said in a statement.Maggs said that the references to the EEDI “are misleading” and that the IMO chose a baseline for the EEDI from a period of historically low ship design efficiency, “thereby guaranteeing that ships built today don’t have to be much better than those built in the 1980s.”The CSC President also believes that making big claims about reductions in emissions during a period of recession also looks like what he described as “bad faith.”“Those reductions are, for the most part, the result of slow steaming, which is a result of over-capacity in the fleet. When demand catches up with the supply of ships there is nothing to stop ships returning to their design speeds and emissions ballooning,” he went on to say.“By dismissing any measures that might have an impact on the volume of shipping, the Secretary General is saying that putting a price on shipping’s carbon emissions can never play a role in controlling its emissions. With that statement he puts the shipping sector lagging behind even the oil industry that has issued a call for a global carbon price. With the three largest trading blocs, and some of the largest shipping registries, now having agreed to absolute emission reductions, the so-called ‘servant of world trade’ is now also behind even its own customers,” Maggs added.“The outgoing Secretary-General’s statement compounds his support for the IMO’s rebuff last May of the call by the Marshall Islands, the world’s third largest ship registry, and other vulnerable Pacific Island countries for the establishment of a global ship GHG emissions reduction target. By speaking out in this way, the head of the IMO has, on the eve of his departure from the post, taken a political position against a proposal that was supported by a large and important part of the IMO membership. The need for Paris to act is greater than ever,” the CSC President concluded.last_img read more

Read More →

ICBC Leasing In for Up to 8 Bulkers at Zhoushan Changhong

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC 2.0 license China’s Zhoushan Changhong International Shipyard has reportedly won orders for up to eight Ultramax bulkers from ICBC Leasing, data from Asiasis shows.The order is said to be split to four firm and four optional newbuilds. The delivery is spread between 2019 and 2020. The Chinese leasing company is estimated to be paying around USD 24 million per ship.Zhoushan Changhong currently has two bulkers under construction, according to the data from VesselsValue.The Ultramax pair, featuring 64,000 dwt each, is being built for Singapore’s New Yangtze Navigation. The two newbuilds, valued at USD 21.17 million respectively, are set for delivery in 2019.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Read More →

Ruma Guha Thakurta breathes her last at 85

first_imgKolkata: Renowned singer-actor Ruma Guha Thakurta passed away at her South Kolkata residence on Monday morning. She was 85-years-old and suffering from age related ailments.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee went to her residence to pay respects to the departed soul. She was cremated at the Keoratala crematorium with state honours. Minister of state for Information and Cultural Affairs Indranil Sen also went to her residence to pay his last respects. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaLater, Banerjee tweeted: “Saddened at the passing away of Ruma Guha Thakurta. Her contributions to the field of music will always be remembered. My condolences to her family and her admirers.” Born to Satyen Ghosh and singer Sita Devi, Ruma got initial training in music from her parents. She married Kishore Kumar in 1951 and the couple had their son Amit Kumar from this marriage. They got divorced in 1958 and she later married Arup Guha Thakurta. From her second marriage, she had a son Ayan and daughter Sromona. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersHer acting debut came in Amiya Chakraborty’s Jwar Bhata in 1944. She acted in the film alongside Dilip Kumar, which was his inaugural role as well. She had also acted in Nitin Bose’s Mashaal in 1944. She had acted in two films directed by Satyajit Ray, namely Abhijan and Ganashatru. She did playback in Tin Kanya, which was also directed by Ray. Some other well known films where Ruma was the playback singer, include Joradighir Chowdhury paribar, Baksha Badal, Jodi Jantem and Amrita Kumbher Sandhane.last_img read more

Read More →

Hunt for cause of massive South America power outage begins

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — As lights turned back on across Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay after a massive blackout hit tens of millions people, authorities were still largely in the dark about what caused the collapse of the interconnected grid and tallied the damage from the unforeseen disaster.Argentine President Mauricio Macri promised a thorough investigation into what he called an “unprecedented” outage, one that raised questions about flaws in South America’s grid, which connects many of the region’s largest countries.Energy officials said the results of the investigation would be available in 10 to 15 days, and they could not immediately provide details on the economic impact of the outage, which came on a Sunday, and a day before a national holiday in Argentina.Luis Andres Henao And Paul Byrne, The Associated Press read more

Read More →

AP poll Buckeyes drop to No 6 after Penn State loss

OSU freshman defensive end Nick Bosa (97) and other dejected Buckeyes return to the locker room after their 24-21 loss against Penn State on Oct. 22. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorA 24-21 loss to the now-No. 24 Penn State Nittany Lions dropped the Ohio State football team four spots to the No. 6 spot in the latest update of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The top spot on the list remains the Alabama Crimson Tide following its 33-14 victory over the now-No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies. The Michigan Wolverines take over the No. 2 spot in the rankings after they routed the Illinois Fighting Illini 41-8. Clemson advanced to No. 3 in the rankings after a bye week.Washington checked in at No. 4 after its 41-17 victory over the Oregon State Beavers and the Louisville Cardinals round out the top five after their 54-13 win over the North Carolina State Wolfpack.This week, the Big Ten checks in with five ranked teams. Along with Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State, No. 7 Nebraska and No. 11 Wisconsin represent the B1G in this week’s AP Poll. The Badgers host the Huskers this week in a Big Ten West battle in Madison, Wisconsin.The Buckeyes will take on unranked Northwestern this week as they look to get back into the win column. read more

Read More →

Sandvik builds on rotary blasthole drill foundations with new xSeries

first_imgCompressor Management System (CMS) Lite electronic controlled compressor system;Oversize driller’s window offers a “superb view” of the drill table during operation and improved visibility during tramming;Bolt-on mast locks eliminate cutting and welding, making mast change-outs easy;Swivel-enabled operators seat with integrated electrohydraulic controls simplifies operation and offers improved visibility of operating environment.Jacques Britz, Vice President, Surface Pedestal Drills, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, said: “For decades, customers have counted on Sandvik to develop the most durable products in the market – rigs that will be able to work at a mine site for decades.“In developing the xSeries, we’ve taken our customers’ feedback into our research and development efforts and are proud of the newest addition to our product line.”Sandvik says the xSeries offers a migration path to the iSeries “should the customers’ business needs dictate”.iSeries drill rigs are equipped with Sandvik Intelligent Control System Architecture, which provide a wide range of functions for maximising performance and precision in drilling, and have features for fully-automated face drilling, optimised penetration, boom control systems and comprehensive tools for drill planning, reporting and analysis, the company said. Sandvik has launched the xSeries family of rotary and DTH drills, as it looks to offer a “migration path” to its iSeries of drill rigs.The xSeries is built upon the proven design and reliability of Sandvik’s diesel-powered rotary blasthole drills and features added intelligence and improved operator ergonomics, according to the company. “This provides operators with the right balance of reliability and technology to drill the perfect hole safely,” Sandvik said.Highlights of the xSeries, according to Sandvik, include:Touch screen GUI interface featuring the Sandvik Automation Module (SAM) offering the following options:Health monitoring system – replaces old style shutdown switches and enables continuous, real-time measurement, allowing the operator to take the necessary actions in advance of any alarm situation;Same hardware and software components as the iSeries machine including a 7 inch (17.8 cm) mobile-grade rugged touch screen and latest generation PLC;Improved user experience – enhanced control system features (as found with the iSeries machines) reduce troubleshooting time and increase availability. Familiar Sandvik “look and feel” graphical user interface reduces the learning curve.last_img read more

Read More →

FC Barcelona wins its tenth Copa Asobal

Barcelonaferran soleKiril LazarovNikola KarabaticVictor Tomas FC Barcelona this Sunday enriched themself with yet another trophy. For the fourth consecutive time, and total 10th time in their history, FC Barcelona won the Copa ASOBAL. Fraikin Granollers proved to be a worthy opponent, managing to keep the score close for about 50 minutes, but with strong Barcelona offense and even better defence, the Catalan club in the end scored 37:26 (17:13) victory.Nikola Karabatic led the Catalan side with 7 goals, and was also voted MVP of the final game, while Victor Tomas contributed 6 goals for Barca. Ferran Sole from Granollers was the most efficient player on the field with 8 goals scored. ← Previous Story WORLD FEMALE – DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2014? Next Story → Johan Sjostrand to join MT Melsungen! read more

Read More →

5 apps worth downloading this week

first_img Source: Pipes/App StoreLenkaFor: iOSCost: €2.69- Remember when we covered the black and white photography app Black for Windows Phone a few weeks ago? Well, a iOS equivalent has arrived and it’s just as good.- Developed by the Irish photographer Kevin Abosch, Lenka‘s strength is in its simplicity. It doesn’t use flash, it doesn’t use the front-facing camera, it’s all about what’s in front of you.- Well, saying it doesn’t use flash is kind of a lie. There is an option to have it always on, similar to the torch function, so you can add extra light to your photo.- Also, there are one or two editing features here at best, meaning the experience is purely focused on letting you taking your photo and getting it out there.- One for those who want to make their photos more artistic, but not have to put in the effort. Source: Lenka/App StoreThe Ingenious MachineFor: iOS, Android, Windows PhoneCost: €1.29- If you’re not a fan of Rube Goldberg machines, you may want to skip this app and move to the next one. Otherwise, you’re going to enjoy this.- The Ingenious Machine is a physics-based puzzle game which takes this concept and lets you build impractical machines to perform simple tasks.- It has a nice hand-drawn art style, using a blueprint background and sketched items to- There are 25 levels, but it becomes more complicated with guns, magnets, conveyer belts and one ton weights all needed to succeed.- If you’re looking to give your brain a workout, you could do worse. Source: sc0tt games/YouTubeLokLokFor: AndroidCost: Free- We’ve seen numerous custom lock screens for Android, but chances are you would never expect it to be used for messaging.- That’s the concept of LokLok, which allows you to send drawing messages straight from your lock screen.- It’s effectively a whiteboard app that’s in sync with those of your friends. Simply wake your phone up, draw something, save and it appears on your friends’ lock screen.- It’s silly, but it’s fun and is designed to be used with small group of friends – or even just one person if you’re so inclined.- It’s in beta mode, but it approves new users very quickly so you certainly won’t be waiting long to get started. Source: LokLok/YouTubeRead: 5 apps worth downloading this week – 21st June >Read: Want a job at this pub? You have to apply on Snapchat > EACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.This week includes an app that works out the best contract for your phone, a minimalist photo app, and a messaging service that only uses your lock screen.KillBillerFor: Android (iOS coming soon)Cost: Free- Figuring out the best mobile plan for you is a guessing game. Unless you’re really dedicated, chances are you will opt for whatever plan that’s offered to you.- Irish-developed app KillBiller is designed to take that guesswork away and help you make a better decision. It analyses your phone calls and mobile usage to present to you the best possible mobile plan.- The app is bright and simple, which is what you want, colour-coding mobile plans and graphs showing you how much it would have cost- It’s recommended that you have at least two-three months of call data logged on your phone to get the best results.- Strongly recommended for anyone who is thinking of getting a new phone over the next few months. Also for those who may feel like they’re overpaying every month. Source: KillBiller/Google PlayPipesFor: iOS, Google PlayCost: Free- Interest apps tend to be quite general, covering broad areas and requiring you to trudge through them to find the stories you really want.- Pipes lets you focus on topics both broad and specific. The interface is swipe-based and it takes information from news sites, Twitter and Wikipedia to help flesh out chosen topics.- You can get push notifications alerting you to what’s new, something the developers wisely limit to one or two a day.- You can shake your phone to see what news topics are trending right now, although you might prefer to add ones in yourself.- One for those who absolutely need to keep track of events like the World Cup or Wimbledon.last_img read more

Read More →

Paris Aristotle AM named Victorian Australian of the Year

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Paris Aristotle AM has been honoured with the title of Victorian Australian of the Year for 2017, thanks to his ongoing commitment in advocating for refugees and asylum seekers.The official ceremony, held on Tuesday night, was hosted by Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau AM, and those gathered had the chance to hear about Mr Aristotle’s admirable work.“Paris Aristotle has made an enormous contribution by helping countless people rebuild their lives in Australia after surviving torture and trauma in their countries of origin,” said a statement from the Australian Of the Year Awards Council.Among his many achievements, Mr Aristotle was responsible for establishing the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture, known as Foundation House, in 1988, which has continued to grow and assist refugees with trauma rehabilitation.“He has helped refugees recover from unspeakable trauma, through a range of mental health, health, advocacy, educational and community services,” read the statement, and that he had “demonstrated patience, personal integrity and practical skill as he navigates what is often an ethical and political minefield”.Currently the chair of two federal government councils − the Settlement Services Advisory Council and the Minister’s Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention − Mr Aristotle has played a significant role in advising both sides of politics on refugee and asylum seeker policy, and assisted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees with resettlement.Awarded alongside Mr Aristotle were 72-year-old Indigenous educator Lois Peeler AM, who was named 2017 Victorian Senior Australian of the Year. Victorian Young Australian of the Year was 28-year-old diversity and inclusion champion Jason Ball, and Victorian Local Hero was Warrnambool community fundraiser Vicki Jellie.Governor Dessau congratulated all finalists and recipients and recognised their contribution to the state of Victoria.“There is no question that they make us all better for what they have done and are doing, whether it is by improving our physical or mental health, promoting social inclusion and accessibility, supporting the victims of torture, family violence or sexual abuse, or addressing specific needs in the refugee, indigenous or veteran communities,” she said.“Importantly, each of the finalists has taken action and in doing so has helped to build not only a vibrant and innovative country, but also a caring, compassionate and fairer one.”All recipients will join those from other parts of Australia for the national awards, which are due to be announced on 25 January, 2017 in Canberra.last_img read more

Read More →

Kotobukiyas Supergirl Returns Bishoujo Statue is a Kryptonian Cutie

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Bishoujo is Japanese for “beautiful girl.” You might have already heard that term from your insufferable weeb friends with anime like Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, the full name of the franchise). That’s the sort of thing you learn when you’re peer pressured into subs instead of dubs. It’s just a nice word to describe pretty girls (and if you want to talk about pretty boys, the term is “bishounen”). It’s also a big brand name owned by Japanese collectible manufacturer Kotobukiya.Kotobukiya makes, among many, many other collectibles, Bishoujo Statues. They’re prepainted PVC statues of female characters from popular franchises, sculpted to look just a bit prettier, sexier, or otherwise more appealing to the heterosexual male gaze (or bisexual male or female gaze, or lesbian female gaze, of course). These aren’t wild redesigns intended to look trashy, lewd, or smutty. They’re just given some design tweaks for extra sexiness, at least to the eyes of talented Japanese toy sculptors.DC Comics Bishoujo Statues are one of Kotobukiya’s most popular Bishoujo Statue lines, and one of the most recent ones to come from it is Supergirl Returns, which Kotobukiya sent to us to check out. I’ve seen plenty of Bishoujo Statues at Toy Fair and Comic-Cons and various stores, but this is the first one to make its way into the lab and across my desk. And I’m pretty impressed with the work.First, let’s get the sexiness out of the way. This Supergirl isn’t wearing the classic blue-leotard-with-skirt, or the DCAU white-t-shirt-with-skirt. It’s a blue two-piece outfit with long sleeves and a very short skirt, highlighted with a prominent S-shield on her chest and a gold-yellow belt that appears to be a solid quarter of the width of her skirt. She also has a long red cape with yellow trim, which matches her knee-high, high-heeled boots. She also has her hip cocked at what looks like an uncomfortably askew angle, but I don’t want to doubt Kara’s limberness, so maybe she’s just getting a good lower back stretch on.This really isn’t an obscene design. It’s a bit racier than the usual Supergirl look, but it’s pretty modest for a Bishoujo Statue. Her top has a very modest scoop that doesn’t reach down to show any cleavage or undermine the S-shield. There’s some otherworldly Kryptonian perkiness on display thanks to the very tight material, and I seriously doubt she has a super-bra under there, but it doesn’t show off anything too unseemly.And, to my amazement, Kara’s rocking some properly utilitarian brief-cut panties. That isn’t a thong under her admittedly tiny skirt; it’s a proper set of undies girding her nethers. And I have to say taking this picture in the middle of the lab, which has glass walls and abuts the main corridor of the office, was fun.I really like the facial sculpt. She’s gazing off to the side, glancing dispassionately at something while the wind blows her detailed hair into lazy waves. It’s the look of a woman whose thoughts are on something more important than titillating you, which goes a long way in making the entire look appear like an attractive character redesign and not simply a dumb sexy statue for nerds to put on my shelf. Their shelf. Shelving is involved.This is a PVC statue, not a figure, so there’s no articulation. However, her upper torso was separated from her lower torso with a big rectangular peg,. It fits on well enough, and a dab of glue can help secure it all together. You won’t be doing any posing with her besides how she’s standing right now, though. Her boots are also screwed to the base, which is a positive. The base is a flat plastic Superman S-shield, and the permanent fixture ensures that she won’t fall over easily, which can happen with pegged feet.If you like Supergirl as a character, and appreciate her feminine charms without necessarily wanting to see her entirely in her skivvies on your desk, the Supergirl Returns Bishoujo Statue is a really nice take on the character. It’s sexy while also looking no-nonsense, and doesn’t undermine her strength or personality. You can find this statue online and at anime and comic book stores for around $85. If you like the Bishoujo Statue take on Supergirl, there are plenty of other DC characters, along with Street Fighter characters and even horror movie characters re-imagined as sexy ladies. But those will have to wait for another day.Tomorrow, though, we’ll be flipping the attractive DC statue script around with some tasty anime-influenced meat of the male persuasion, so come back to Geek.com for more!last_img read more

Read More →

Joy calls BNP thoroughly dishonest

first_imgSajeeb Wazed JoyPrime minister Sheikh Hasina’s information and communication technology affairs adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy on Wednesday blasted the BNP for what he termed the party’s dishonesty.In a status from his verified Facebook account this afternoon, the young IT specialist also congratulated the Khulna City Corporation mayor-elect Talukder Abdul Khaleque for his landslide victory on Tuesday.”The BNP is thoroughly dishonest. Every day they hold a press conference to spout one lie after another, just hoping that some people are stupid enough to believe them,” said Joy, also the prime minister’s son.”They (BNP) are now making claims about the Khulna mayor elections, even though their candidate received barely half the votes of our Awami League candidate. There were problems in only 3 polling centers out of 289, just 1%. The election commission did its job and stopped polling in those centers. The BNP activists vandalised the centers and yet they are the ones making claims”, Joy said.He went on saying “In fact, it is the BNP that has continuously opposed the use of electronic voting machines. If EVMs were used in all polls then ballot stuffing becomes impossible. Yet they oppose them,”.PM’s ICT Adviser further said, “Then there are the lies they are spouting about the Bangabandhu-1 satellite. First they tried to say that all our information will be leaked to foreigners through the satellite. This is such a stupid claim that only an uneducated, ignorant person could even say something like this. We are currently leasing capacity on foreign satellites. Foreign countries and companies control those satellites. Having our own satellite makes our information more secure, not less.””Second, they are making allegations of ownership of Bangabandhu-1. This is fully owned by the Bangladesh Communications Satellite Company, a 100% state owned company just like Teletalk, BTCL, etc. To say this has been handed over to private ownership is like saying Teletalk or Biman has been handed over to someone. This is legally impossible and again, only an idiot would believe this,” he added.”Bangabandhu-1 is a commercial telecommunications satellite. It is built with excess capacity so we can sell transponders and the Government of Bangladesh can make money. Anyone can buy capacity on our satellite. It is like leasing a connection from BTCL or Teletalk.Of course, what else can you expect from those that steal money from orphans and burn people to death. Khaleda Zia is convicted and behind bars and then the BNP appointed Tarek as Acting Chairperson, another convict. They have absolutely no shame or honesty. They are just a bunch of crooks,” the Facebook status said.last_img read more

Read More →

Five rescued from Mumbai building crash

first_imgFirefighters and rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a collapsed building in Mumbai. Photo: ReutersA multi-storeyed residential building collapsed near J.J. Hospital in south Mumbai trapping many on Thursday, an official said.At least five persons were rescued from the debris within an hour of the incident and efforts were on to save more, he added.South Mumbai BJP corporator Atul Shah said the crashed Arsiwala Builidng was a ground-plus-four storeyed structure, housing a godown and around 10 families.”It was over a century old and dilapidated like many of the buildings in the locality. But it is not clear whether it is included on the list of dangerous buildings,” Shah told mediapersons from the crash site.According to the Fire Brigade, the building had two wings which have completely collapsed. “30-35 persons are feared trapped,” they said. The cause of the crash is not known yet.The injured rescued were rushed to the J.J. Hospital.Ten fire engines, two JCBs, cranes and other machineries were deployed to clear the massive heap of rubble and extricate the victims underneath.This is the first major building collapse after Tuesday’s deluge in the city, and the second in five days after the Chandivali Crystal Business Park crash on August 26, that claimed six lives.last_img read more

Read More →

2 robbers detained

first_imgPolice arrested two suspected robbers while preparing to commit robbery on Magura-Sripur road in Sripur upazila on Tuesday night.The arrested are Abdus Samad, 28 from Kushita and Golam Mostafa, 24 from Jhenaidah.Tipped off, a team of police conducted a drive in the area and arrested them while they were taking preparation to commit robbery at night, said Mahbubur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sripur police station.The arrested were wanted in 7-8 robbery cases, police said.last_img

Read More →

Baltimores North Avenue Rising Project Gets 10 Million for Transportation Improvements

first_imgNorth Avenue, the second most traveled bus route in Baltimore, received a $10 million grant on July 29 from the U.S. Department of Transportation. This will aid the $27.3 million North Avenue Rising Project which aims to create jobs and provide essential services to low-income residents.“After decades of lack of investment, North Avenue and the surrounding communities will get the long overdue attention they deserve,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement. The project is part of Hogan’s BaltimoreLink plan which will add 12 new color-coded bus routes and redesign the bus system.The grant is part of the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program, and it will fund upgrades to MTA’s Penn Station Metro Subway and Light Rail stations, roadway re-pavement, dedicated bus lanes, new bike lanes, traffic signal prioritization and improved sidewalks and major bus stops. The North Avenue Rising project is also funded by the city of Baltimore and the Federal Highway Administration.“North Avenue is one of BaltimoreLink’s key transit corridors that will link residents to jobs and education,” Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn said in a statement. North Avenue sees nearly 4 million passengers each year, and it connects both the MTA’s Metro Subway and the Light Rail transit systems. It is essential to both Coppin State University and Maryland Institute College of Art. Many consider this a vital travel route as it connects East and West Baltimore. It also brings people to historic neighborhoods, schools, and jobs across the city. “I am pleased that we can move forward with our local and federal partners to implement an efficient, effective transportation plan to improve the lives of many Baltimore residents in this important job corridor. This investment will produce much-needed economic revitalization in this important area,” said Hogan.last_img read more

Read More →

Violence Isnt Unique to Baltimore Or America

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comA few years ago I had a conversation with a young female political activist from Bogota, Colombia who had risked her life revealing the corruption and systemic use of violence in her native country.Her harrowing story resonated with me deeply, and not just because I am a native son of one of the most violent cities in the world.Her story also sparked something in me because more than a decade earlier (I believe it was 1991) I wrote and performed a monologue for an avant garde play at Maryland Art Place, which focused on political corruption, genocide and general mayhem in Latin America.For my part, I briefly examined the brutal regime of Augusto Pinochet, the diabolical dictator of Chile from 1973 to 1990.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)The point is I had a peripheral understanding of ubiquitous violence wielded by dictatorial regimes in many Latin American countries in the 20th century, prior to my encounter with my colleague from Bogota. But, her message to me was clear; violence is not unique to Baltimore or the United States, violence is a phenomena gripping much of the Western Hemisphere.A harrowing and magnificently crafted report in the New York Times this past weekend really brought that fact back to full rememberance for me.The story titled, “‘Either They Kill Us or We Kill Them,’” reminded me instantly of a recurring narrative many of our young men in Baltimore live and tragically die by. The story generally goes like this: one young man hears another young man is coming to get him, for reasons contrived or real. The plot to attack may or may not be true. Yet, the threat, real or imagined is enough for most terrified young men who dwell in the hollowed out, blighted neighborhoods of East and West Baltimore to adopt the mantra, “I’m gonna get him before he gets me.” Fear and lack is palpable in many of our neighborhoods, just like the barrios of San Pedro Sula,  Honduras, Los Cabos, Mexico and San Salvador, El Salvador.Although Baltimore has endured more than 300 homicides a year for four years in a row, the plague of murder in our city is dwarfed by several towns and cities in Latin America and the Caribbean.According to the Times reporting, most of the world’s most dangerous cities are in Latin America. Specifically, the Times reports there have been 2.5 million homicides in Latin America and the Caribbean since 2000. “The region accounts for just 8 percent of the global population, yet 38 percent of the world’s murders. It has 17 of the 20 deadliest nations on earth,” according to the Times.In the 21st century, more Black and Brown young men throughout the Western Hemisphere probably have more in common because they are forced to grapple on a daily basis with the specter and reality of violence, instead of a common love of baseball, or basketball, or soccer. And of course that all encompassing violence thrives upon a foundation of poverty, inadequate education and governmental corruption in cities like Baltimore, Chicago, San Salvador and Tijuana.In the Times story, a young man they call “Reinaldo,” 22, who belongs to the Honduran neighborhood gang, “Casa Blanca,” succinctly sums up his perilous plight.“Lots of people ask me why we’re fighting for this little plot of land,” he said. “I tell them I’m not fighting for this territory. I’m fighting for my life.”Far too many of our young men and a growing number of young women in Park Heights and Edmondson Village and Belair-Edison and Middle East and Sandtown-Winchester share Reinaldo’s reality in Honduras. They aren’t fighting over dilapidated strips of Baltimore turf, they are fighting for their lives.Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and the author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img read more

Read More →

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has reve

first_imgUniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has revealed its product line-up for 2019, including three new European cruises, enhancements to popular itineraries, a new ship on China’s Yangtze River, and the debut of a fully-renovated River Royale. “We are committed to two things: delivering to our guests the best, most luxurious river cruise experience in the world and to providing our partners with the tools and training to share this extraordinary experience with their clients,” said Uniworld President & CEO Ellen Bettridge.Following the upcoming unveiling of its newest Super Ship the S.S. Beatrice, Uniworld will introduce a new ship to its guests on the Yangtze river in 2019, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer., The ship features ‘the largest cabins and suites on the river’, all with private balconies, as well as the highest crew to passenger ratio on the river of 1:1. Other on-board facilities include an observation deck, two-floor theatre, library, and expansive spa, beauty and fitness facilities. Uniworld has also announced an extension to its 11-day Highlights of China & The Yangtze itinerary with the introduction of new six-day pre-trip to Mongolia including visits to the Gobi Desert and capital city, Ulaanbaatar.For 2019, Uniworld will offer three new itineraries in Central Europe. The 15-day Alluring Amsterdam & Vienna and 10-day Authentic Danube & Prague itineraries aboard the River Princess, will sail the Danube and by customer demand, according to Bettridge, offer optional two-night extensions in Vienna. The third new itinerary, the 10-day Magnificent Moselle & Rhine aboard the River Queen, offers a unique perspective on this singular German wine-making region and allows guests to fly roundtrip via Frankfurt. In India, Uniworld is enhancing its Golden Triangle & Sacred Ganges itinerary with the introduction of a comprehensive wellness program centred around the destination’s ancient tradition and practice of yoga. Available on every sailing, the complimentary program – led by a certified and resident yogi, will celebrate the holistic health benefits of yoga with daily sessions introducing the different types of yoga, group lectures and classes as well as individualised meetings, so that guests at every stage of their practice can participate in this culturally immersive program comfortably. An accompanying “Nutrition and Wellness Food” menu has also been developed especially for this program. In Egypt, which Bettridge says is “rebounding to unprecedented levels,” Uniworld will introduce two new optional extension trips in 2019; a pre, four-night trip to Jordan with stops in Amman and Petra that includes a one-way flight between Amman and Cairo and a post, four-night extension to Jerusalem including a one-way flight between Cairo and Tel Aviv. Both offer luxury accommodations, sightseeing and transfers, and will match the high standards that guests will experience on the River Tosca.“Together with our agent partners, we finished 2017 as our best year yet – exceeding every expectation and laying the foundation for a tremendous future, which is coming to fruition now. 2018 Wave Season bookings are on pace to surpass last year’s record-breaking rate. This momentum makes it even more exciting to share our plans for 2019,” said Bettridge.IMAGE: Ellen Bettridge with Fiona Dalton River CruisesUniwolrdlast_img read more

Read More →

Cyprus plans two international debt issues in 2015

first_imgCYPRUS plans two international debt issues this year, its finance minister said on Monday, seeking a firmer footing in markets after a near meltdown in 2013.The island is preparing for two issues under its European Medium Term Note (EMTN) programme, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said. Details have not yet been decided.Cyprus, which required a €10 billion lifeline to stave off bankruptcy in March 2013, successfully tapped international markets last June with a €750 million issue taken under the same programme.It was the swiftest comeback of a bailed-out nation to international markets in the history of the euro debt crisis.“Cyprus is implementing an ambitious programme of economic reform and consolidation which is already delivering early and tangible results. On such sound foundations we are aiming to re-establish sustainable market access,” Georgiades told Reuters.Georgiades said the upcoming debt issues would not substitute but complement existing financing from lenders. The EMTN programme has a ceiling of €9 billion.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Read More →