TORONTO — Canada’s busiest airport will soon be using artificial intelligence-powered technology to detect weapons.The operator of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport says it has agreed to test the new system developed at an Ivy League American university and marketed by a B.C. company.Vancouver-based Liberty Defense Holdings Ltd. says the technology, known as Hexwave, can detect both metallic and non-metallic weapons ranging from guns and knives to explosives.It operates by capturing radar images, then using artificial intelligence to analyze those images for signs of a weapon concealed in bags or under clothing.Liberty says the technology is not able to recognize facial features and therefore does not pose a privacy risk, a position experts in the field view with some skepticism.The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which operates Pearson, says it will start deploying the technology in the spring of 2020 in a bid to boost security.“They were trying something that could give us a more definitive look at weapons and plastic explosives that may be coming into airports,” Dwayne MacIntosh, director of corporate safety and security for the authority, said in a telephone interview. “When I saw this opportunity, I felt that we had to be part of it.”MacIntosh said exact plans for the pilot project are still underway, but said Hexwave units will be deployed just outside airport terminals in order to pick up on potential threats before they get inside.One of the system’s benefits, he said, is that it can be integrated with other airport security features and trigger responses based on what it picks up. Detection of certain weapons, for instance, could automatically trigger doors to lock or sound specific alarms.The Hexwave technology traces its origins back to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where the antenna array and transceiver were developed.Liberty devised its weapons-detection product after acquiring the licensing rights from MIT, according to CEO Bill Riker.The system is still being evaluated in the company’s lab, but the next phase of testing will take place in public settings beginning next spring. Pearson airport is not the only location — the Metro Toronto Convention Centre has also signed on as a test site.Riker said Hexwave works by capturing a 3D radar image that is then subjected to scrutiny from a program that has been trained to recognize a wide variety of weapons.Riker said Hexwave does not feature cameras and does not have the capacity to capture images of people’s faces.“Radar … essentially is emitting this form of energy, it’s reflecting off a person and it’s identifying any items on a person’s body that don’t belong on a body,” he said.Hexwave is designed for use in crowded environments, Riker said, noting the process of capturing and analyzing a radar image takes less than a quarter of a second.Riker touted the system’s ability to detect both metallic and non-metallic components as one of it’s greatest advantages, noting items such as ceramic knives and plastic explosives have historically posed more of a challenge for security screeners.MacIntosh agreed, noting the technology will also provide airport staff with a higher level of detail about potential threats.He said privacy was a key issue when discussing whether or not to proceed with the project, adding he’s satisfied that Hexwave is not intrusive and poses no real privacy risks.Those with expertise in the field take a more cautious view.Former Ontario privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian said that while Hexwave stands to serves a valuable purpose and the company’s descriptions of the system are encouraging, she would want to see the technology subjected to an independent privacy audit to ensure that the radar lacks the capacity to capture or store identifying information.Cynthia Khoo, a research fellow at the Citizen Lab and a lawyer specializing in technology and human rights, said concerns always arise when private enterprise gets involved in security of public spaces.She noted that the use of proprietary technology generally results in less transparency around the process. Private companies and public agencies are also held to different privacy standards, she added.Still more worrisome, she said, is the potential negative impact of allowing another surveillance tool into society.“Research has shown that when people believe or know they are being surveilled, whether they are or not, that alone can have a chilling effect on, for example, the ability to exercise their right to freedom of expression, and result in self-censorship or lesser participation in public life and political issues,” she said.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2019. Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press
Casablanca- It is always heart-shattering to hear that some of our Moroccan brothers and sisters abroad are going through harsh difficulties and are in dire need of help and support. A single mother of a thirteen-year-old son, Hajiba, a Moroccan residing in Stanford, Connecticut (USA), is currently struggling in a battle against lung cancer in its fourth stage. Because of her inability to afford the expensive medical care there, Hajiba was discharged from the hospital in CT because her insurance could not cover more medical expenses. She was then transferred to a hospital in the Bronx, in New York. A typical characteristic of Moroccans, lending a helping hand to their fellow Moroccans in time of urgent need has always been one of their priorities. After learning of Hajiba’s story, some Moroccans there have recently started a fundraising initiative, requesting the help and support of their friends and relatives in their community as well as from other States in the U.S., in order to give Hajiba a chance to hope. Both moral and financial supports are now invaluable for Hajiba at this very critical moment in her life. Some Moroccans have already contributed to this initiative and have expressed great confidence that their fellow citizens and people from all nationalities will show some sense of solidarity and sincere concern towards Hajiba. CT residents who are willing to land hand to Hajiba can contact Ms. Hayate Jandar and residents Virginia can contact Naoual El Aomari Rsimi.Residents of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or any other state can contact Mr. Simo Elaissaoui and Mr. Adam Echawadi.
“The Conflict was also internationalized, and the issue has been in the international domain. Several resolutions were adopted at the United Nations Human Rights Council and the resolution adopted in October 2015 comes up for review in February /March 2017. Our Neighbour and parent Country India offered its good offices to resolve the issue which Sri Lanka accepted in 1983. An Indo Sri Lanka agreement was signed on 29th July 1987 between Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of India and President J R Jayawardene of Sri Lanka which laid down vital contours for a political resolution,” he said. Sampanthan says issues relating to transitional justice in respect of which resolutions have been adopted at the Human Right Council also need to be addressed.He says these are also issues of urgent public importance in respect of which the Country needs to be kept informed.“While we on our part will extend the maximum co-operation to the satisfactory conclusion of these processes and to the non – recurrence of violence, it is absolutely essential that these processes be taken forward in a genuine and purposeful manner, so as to ensure permanent peace with justice and equality to all citizens,” he said. He also noted that there were also several domestic efforts to finally resolve the conflict and the efforts were made after the enactment of the 13th amendment to the Constitution.“With the assumption of office of the new Government, Parliament has constituted itself as a Constitutional Assembly, a Steering Committee, comprising of representatives of all political parties in Parliament has been appointed, under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister, various Sub – Committees representing different political parties have been appointed, and work is in progress for the evolution of a Constitution to resolve the conflict within a united, undivided and indivisible Sri Lanka, with the maximum possible consensus,” he said. He also said it is fundamental that all extend their cooperation to enable the successful conclusion of these processes. (Colombo Gazette) He said the armed conflict by Tamil youth emerged only after several decades of ethnic violence against the Tamil people. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has warned that ethnic violence against Tamils is an imminent danger until there is a political resolution to the conflict.TNA leader R. Sampanthan told Parliament today that ethnic violence was unleashed against the Tamil people when they made political demands that would enable them to live as equal citizens in the Country.
00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 Nick Bontis of the DeGroote School of Business has been a big follower of BlackBerry over the years and has this insight into Friday’s developments.
Hamilton police are investigating after a stolen truck was found on fire. Police believe the truck was stolen, left in a field, and then lit on fire. It was found in a field at Nebo and Airport Rd. west of Binbrook. A passerby reportedly saw the truck on fire and alerted authorities. Fire crews worked to put out the blaze but the truck is total loss. Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are rising on Wall Street in early trading after President Donald Trump struck a conciliatory tone on trade talks with China, saying Beijing was willing to reopen talks.Big technology companies which do a lot of business in China and have much riding on the outcome of the trade dispute, rose the most early Monday. Apple climbed 2%.Traders will be closely watching the next steps in the trade negotiations, having been disappointed many times recently by early signs that the chill between the two economic giants was thawing.U.S. stocks are coming off their fourth straight week of declines.The S&P 500 rose 23 points, or 0.8%, to 2,870.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 224, or 0.9%, to 25,853. The Nasdaq rose 71, or 1%, to 7,825.The Associated Press
“Over the last 10 years, the country has not been moving in the right direction,” the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko, said of the country which under the 1995 Dayton peace accords consists of a two autonomous entities, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republika Srpska. “As we enter the third decade of the peace process, we need to raise our expectations and once again see concrete results and positive momentum. I believe major progress is possible in the next 10 years if we see two basic ingredients: the political will to deliver substantial reforms to take the country forwards; an unwavering commitment to fully respect the Peace Agreement.”He noted that the ruling party in the Republika Srpska (RS) has threatened to hold an independence referendum in 2018, and that the RS parliament in July decided to organize a referendum on whether to respect the authority and decisions of the country’s central judicial institutions, as well as his own decisions to implement the peace agreement.“The decision of the RS National Assembly has yet to be published and to enter into force,” he said. “There is still an opportunity to rectify this breach of the Peace Agreement and I expect the RS authorities to step back from the brink and put the referendum aside.”He reiterated a European Union (EU) warning: “The holding of such a referendum would challenge the cohesion, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It would also risk undermining the efforts to improve the socio-economic situation of all Bosnia and Herzegovina citizens and to make further progress in EU integration.”Mr. Inzko said that during the first decade after the war, the country was the “shining star” of post-conflict peacebuilding and re-integration, with freedom of movement, one million refugees reclaiming their homes, a stabilized economy, a state judiciary, and three armies that had fought each other brought together under state control and a single defence ministry.“In 2005, Bosnia and Herzegovina stood as perhaps the best example of what the wider international community can achieve when it is united in its commitment to a peace effort,” he stressed.A renewed effort for progress will not be easy, “but it is absolutely necessary, because the problems Bosnia and Herzegovina faces today are deep-rooted and systemic, reflecting the complex bureaucracy, the weaknesses in the economy and to be frank the vested interests some political leaders and state-run enterprises have in a dysfunctional status quo,” he warned.“What is necessary is to implement a programme of serious political, social and economic reforms that will improve functionality, attract investment and create jobs. If this is done, the International Community, through the IMF (International Monetary Fund), World Bank and others stands ready to provide generous assistance to help the country get through a challenging period. What is necessary is to implement a programme of serious assistance to help the country get through a challenging period.”Mr. Inzko said the fairest description of the situation today “is to say that that this is the end of the beginning. The next few months will be critical because they will reveal whether the authorities are committed to delivering on their own reform agendas. Some of the reforms will be difficult, but they will deliver new opportunities for the country and its people,” he added.“Twenty years after our mission to bring lasting peace to Bosnia and Herzegovina began, there is no doubt we have come a very long way. Huge progress has been made. However, we can conclude with equal certainty that we have not yet completed the job.”Also today, the Security Council extended for another year the mandate of the EU peacekeepers – known as EUFOR ALTHEA – which in 2004 took over from a stabilization force led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
A box filled with brain health products, pop-up shops with clothing and awareness materials, and branded hashtags were among the ideas pitched at Tuesday’s Grant Dobson Case Competition to help spread the word about brain disease.The 17th annual competition focused on Millennial Minds, a membership program for people under 40 sponsored by the Women’s Brain Health Initiative (WBHI). WBHI is a charitable non-profit with a mandate to provide education and fund research to combat brain diseases that affect women.JoAnne Korten, left, and Lynn Posluns, right, of the Women’s Brain Health Initiative, travelled to Brock to hear student pitches at the Grant Dobson Case Competition held on campus Tuesday, Nov. 21.Teams pitched their ideas for a marketing and advertising campaign for the Millennial Minds brand, with an aim to increase participation in the program and to share the message that it’s never too early to start taking care of your brain.The case competition has been hosted annually by the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film (CPCF) since 2005, but this was the first year that representatives from the organization at the centre of the competition attended the event.“It was a wonderful experience to engage with truly creative and gifted minds,” said Lynn Posluns, Founder and President of WBHI. “We are thrilled to be the first non-profit organization to be the subject of study in the Grant Dobson Case Competition, and very excited to be able to observe the presentations first-hand.”WBHI Executive Director JoAnne Korten echoed the sentiment.“Today offered an opportunity to reflect on how important the work we do is in helping these young, brilliant minds maintain their brain health as they age — and to know that they’re all working to that end,” she said. “We are honoured to have garnered their attention.”In the first round of the competition, teams submitted written proposals, which were reviewed by faculty members from CPCF and the Goodman School of Business.Three finalist teams were then selected to pitch their campaigns to a panel of industry experts including: Peter Ignazi, Chief Creative Officer, Cossette Carlos Mareno, Chief Creative Officer, Cossette Greg Plata, Community Investment, Sponsorship and Communication, Hydro One Peter Shier, President and Partner, Naked Creative Consultancy Lynn Fletcher, Owner of Fletcher Weir Consulting Dianne Wright, Co-founder and Partner, Strategic Evolution, Chimpanzee After the competition, judges Peter Ignazi and Carlos Mareno presented the Terry O’Malley Lecture in Marketing and Advertising in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.Ignazi and Mareno, both award-winning chief creative officers at Cossette, spoke about the SickKids Foundation’s ‘VS’ campaign, which won the Grand Prix Public Service at the 2017 Strategy Awards.The winners of the case competition were announced at the lecture. Students Bailey Cochrane, Olivia Poulin and previous finalist Josiah Dueck claimed the grand prize of $2,000 for their #Tellastranger #Tellafriend #Tellyourself campaign, which focused on bridging the gap between action and education for millennials. Cochrane, 22, who majors in Business Administration, was excited to compete with some of Brock’s top marketing and communication students.Three teams of students from the Goodman School of Business and the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film competed in the final round of the Grant Dobson Case Competition on Tuesday, Nov. 21.“It was an opportunity to hear fresh ideas and gain new insights on industry trends, but also hear from some of the top industry professionals and have them critique our presentations,” said Cochrane. “Overall, it was a wonderful experience.”The team of Srujal Patel, Simon Chan and Mark-Joseph Kisirye was awarded second place, and Chloe Euale and Larissa Young placed third. Each team took home a cash prize.Euale, a 20-year-old Business Communication student, also won the Mark Smyka Best Presenter Award.CPCF Professor Jackie Botterill, one of the competition’s organizers, credited the planning and promotion efforts of interns in the department’s experiential learning course with drawing a record number of submissions to this year’s competition.“This year Dobson gave eight student finalists the chance to test their ideas before eight industry professionals; 15 students had the opportunity to network with professionals; and eight interns practised their event-planning and promotion skills,” said Botterill.“Combined with the O’Malley Lecture in marketing and advertising, which provides hundreds of student attendees rare insight into contemporary advertising strategy, today was a remarkable occasion for academic and experiential learning.”BrockTV’s recap of Tuesday’s events is available below:(Story by Intern Susie Panter-Smith, Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film)
On Wednesday, Baseball America released an online version of its annual organizational talent rankings, listings of each major league franchise in order of “the total worth of each farm system’s prospects.” This year, the Pittsburgh Pirates came in first.I wrote about the expected wins above replacement of individual players in Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list, and I wanted to continue the discussion by looking at how the publication’s assessments of organizational talent track with each team’s top prospects’ expected WAR and with future team performance.Using various sources — including, in large part, this archival Baseball America page — I compiled Baseball America’s organizational lists for every season back to 1984. For years since 1990, we can compare these overall system rankings with those that would be implied by adding up the expected WAR values of each team’s best prospects (those who cracked Baseball America’s Top 100 list).For example, at the height of their dynasty years in 2000, the New York Yankees were rated No. 1 in Baseball America’s organizational talent rankings. But adding up the expected WAR totals for the Yankees’ Top 100 list members gets us 28.8 — only good for fifth at the time and miles behind the league-leading Marlins’ 51.3 expected WAR. (That Marlins prospect class produced a trio of future ace pitchers in Josh Beckett, A.J. Burnett, and Brad Penny — not a bad haul.)I’m picking on the Yankees here a bit for having an overrated class of phenoms under the championship halo of 2000 (aside from No. 5 Nick Johnson and No. 16 Alfonso Soriano, their only other Top 100 selections that year were Wily Mo Pena at No. 88 and D’Angelo Jimenez at No. 89). But overall, there’s a strong correlation — a Spearman’s rho of 0.86 — between a team’s Baseball America organizational ranking and its ranking if we just add up the expected WAR values of its players in the Top 100 list.This year’s top Pirates prospects total an expected WAR of 42.4, which ranks third behind the Chicago Cubs’ 50.3 mark. That’s not quite as wide a gap as the 2000 Yankees. (It’s also worth noting that the distribution of prospects has a long tail, so while the presence of an organization’s farmhands in the Top 100 matters a lot, it’s not everything. It’s completely plausible that a system’s depth beyond the Top 100 can make up several spots in the overall rankings.)The real question, though, is what this means for the next decade or so of baseball in Pittsburgh. Optimistic Pirates fans might point to the 1992 Atlanta Braves’ top-rated prospect class, which preceded a decade in which the Braves boasted the best record in baseball. But pessimists will quickly find a counterpoint close to home: The 1997 Pirates also had Baseball America’s best crop of prospects, only to have MLB’s third-worst record over the next 10 years.Anecdotes aside, the general relationship appears to be a weak one. The Spearman rank correlation coefficient between a team’s Baseball America organizational ranking and its rank among MLB teams in winning percentage over the next 10 seasons is just 0.24. However, there are also a lot of other factors at play in a team’s performance beyond just its prospect classes.Writing at Baseball Analysts in 2010, Sky Andrecheck — currently in the Cleveland Indians’ front office — looked at the ability of Baseball America’s farm rankings to predict future team wins after controlling for existing team quality, team payroll and market size. He found that a team’s running four-year organizational ranking was a significant predictor of a team’s success, and that the top farm system could contribute about 67 more wins than the worst system over the following nine seasons.Two years later, Matt Swartz of FanGraphs attacked the question from a different direction, measuring a team’s return on investment in terms of “nonmarket WAR” — that is, WAR for which a team does not have to pay the auction-style premiums found on the free agency market (including the dreaded winner’s curse). He found an effect similar to what Andrecheck observed: The best farm system was worth 41 more nonmarket WAR than the worst farm system over the subsequent five seasons.But Swartz also underscored the risk involved in banking on prospects. A team’s organizational ranking didn’t explain anywhere near as much of its subsequent nonmarket WAR as its payroll explained its future auction-market WAR. Or, as Swartz wrote, “Payroll … can tell you about four times as much as about the difference between teams over the next five years as farm-system rankings can.”This isn’t great news for the Pirates, who enter the 2014 season with the majors’ fourth-lowest payroll. (That’s not an abnormal ranking for them, either — 2013 was the only season since 2003 in which Pittsburgh didn’t have one of baseball’s 10 lowest payrolls.) For its long-term future, the club is probably banking on the “low payroll/good prospects” model to bring it success. But the research says that path is a risky one, even if a team has a shiny No. 1 Baseball America organizational ranking.
According to the BBC’s research, this has resulted in a combined income of £31m for English councils in 2015-16 – from a total of 1.2m penalties. The figure is likely to be higher as some councils couldn’t break down figures by individual cameras.Drivers in Bradford, Manchester and London are some of the hardest hit. Bradford council alone made £2.3m from bus lane fines in 2015/16. England’s most lucrative bus lane is on the northbound section of John Dobson Street. It is based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a council that made over £1m from bus lane fines in 2015/16. Between 23 February and 31 October 2016, this single camera issued 62,975 penalty charge notices, making a total of £1.5m – or £5,960 from an average 250 fines every day.The council was forced to give refunds to some motorists impacted by this camera in its first two months of use, after it was found that signs for “inadequately lit” at night.Currently, fines for driving in bus lanes in England stand at: Greater London: £130 but £65 if paid within 14 daysOutside London: £65 but £30 if early payment is made 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. Bus lane cameras in England took 31m from motorists in 2015-16, fining almost 4,000 motorists per day.The most lucrative camera in the county makes £6,000 every day, according to BBC freedom of information requests to 160 authorities responsible for highways in England, 64 of whom had bus lane cameras.The worst 10 cameras for catching drivers are centred in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Manchester and London. Councils told the BBC that cameras are clearly signed and that they expect income to fall as drivers begin to avoid bus lanes in the future.
When Swakop Uranium’s Husab mine near Swakopmund in Namibia needed mobile pit transformers, Zest WEG Group’s Integrated Solutions Division was able to not only custom-design a fit-for-purpose solution, but also to adapt its design to suit new requirements.“Having initially provided four skid-mounted pit transformers to Husab back in 2014, we were contracted to provide a further unit more recently, but the solution needed to be adapted to the changed conditions,” says Alastair Gerrard, Zest WEG Group Integrated Solutions Division executive. “The first units were designed to be located in the pit, and dragged short distances to follow the drills rigs and electric shovels. The new unit, however, needed to offer the capability of improved manoeuvrability across longer distances within the operational area.”In some cases, transporting a skid-mounted containerised transformer greater distances outside of the mining area meant employing a crane and low-bed, and the mine was looking for a more efficient and cost effective solution. To optimise the mobility of these units, Zest WEG Group Integrated Solutions Division designed a removable gooseneck system on the front of the unit, and a removable bogey at the back.“In adapting to the units’ new operational requirements, our optimised design took into account modifications that could also be applied to the existing units,” says Sollie Herbst, general manager at Zest WEG Group Integrated Solutions Division. “The adapted mobile transformer can now be easily moved as a truck and trailer configuration to various operational areas, and when positioned the gooseneck can be removed and the landing legs extended.”Gerrard emphasises that these solutions are not off-the-shelf; rather, everything they design is fit-for-purpose and engineered for a specific application. Such a custom design now makes it possible to retrofit the existing units currently on site, as and when necessary.“Our custom focus is one of our key values – and this demands that we fully understand the site conditions and the operational requirements of our customers,” he says. “Our design experience and technical capacity allowed us not only to design a mobile pit solution for this customer, but to adapt that design to promote the ease of the system’s relocation. This means interfacing closely with our customers to get a detailed picture of exactly how they need to use the product they are requesting from us, and what they need to gain out of the system.”The mobile transformer was designed upward from a robust steel base-frame with a modified 12 m shipping container on top. The mine was provided with an interface point to receive 33 kV from the mains reticulation, stepping down with a 5 MVA transformer to 6.6 kV, which was fed out to the equipment.Keeping within the dimensions of the container to facilitate mobility, the engineering design includes a switchgear chamber for the 33 kV supply, a transformer chamber and another switchgear chamber for the 6.6 kV output. The container also protects the electrical equipment from debris such as fly rock in areas close to drilling and blasting activities. Provision for ventilation has been provided in the container, and the transformer chamber roof is removable so as to allow for easier access during maintenance.The new design also includes both 33 kV and 6.6 kV quick couplers, making for safe and fast connection of the power supply into and out of the unit. Being mobile within harsh mining conditions also required a level of robustness to be designed into the engineered solution.“To protect the components – during relocation – we reinforced the switchgear to limit the movement of these panels,” says Gerrard. “We also took into consideration the seismic rating of the sensitive components.The selection of switchgear was another key design consideration to ensure minimum unplanned downtime in this production driven environment. For this reason, fixed pattern switchgear, which offers better performance in mobile applications was installed as it also requires minimal maintenance.When selecting components for any power solution, Zest WEG Group Integrated Solutions Division makes use of those brands that are well supported by the OEM, and those that preferably have a service facility close to where the customer’s equipment is being used.“Spare parts availability and product support is vital to contribute towards efficient operations, especially where the equipment incorporates advanced technology that requires specialist skills,” says Herbst.Zest WEG Group’s Integrated Solutions Division provides custom-engineered solutions in the power generation, electrical infrastructure and mobile solutions market space.
← Previous Story SEHA FINAL4 ALL STAR TEAM: Momir Ilić is MVP Next Story → MVM Veszprem win SEHA GAZPROM title 2015/2016 MVM VeszpremSEHA FINAL4 Champion On the final day of the SEHA – Gazprom League Final4 in Varazdin, Croatia, representatives of the league and their title sponsor Gazprom held a press conference on the competition and the partnership.Announced by Mihajlo Mihajlovski, President of the SEHA Gazprom League, and Alexander Meshkov, representative of Gazprom, the Russian based company will extend the title sponsorship for the league until 2020. Since the 2013/14 season, Gazprom is the title sponsor of the multi-national handball league with ten teams from seven different nations.“It is great for a sponsor to see results like this Final4, the truly increased media interest and the general development of the league. This competition is in a really good situation, and we are glad to be its sponsor,” Meshkov said, before the new contract was officially signed during Sunday’s press conference in Varazdin.“Thanks to the engagement of Gazprom we could clearly improve everything in the SEHA – Gazprom League. Due to this sponsor we have achieved what we achieved. The competition is full of joy, pleasure and excitement,” Mihajlovski said, adding: “We are on the right way, just remember, how the SEHA league started and how it is now.”Mihajlovski pointed out that SEHA -Gazprom League is represented by three teams in the quarter-finals of the EHF Champions League – Veszprem, Vardar and Zagreb. In addition, Meshkov were among the best 16, besides Vojvodina and Tatran part of the group phase of the Champions League.“We stand for the best of handball, and thanks to the ongoing support of Gazprom, we want to achieve to be on an equal level with German Bundesliga and even pass this league in future,” said Mihajlovski.The President of the SEHA – Gazprom League later-on summarized the additional results of the general assembly, held in Varazdin:Slovenian sides RK Pivovarna Lasko Celje and Gorenje Velenje are supposed to join the SEHA Gazprom League in the upcoming season after the approvals of Slovenian league and Slovenian Federation. The final approval needs to be given by the Slovenian club assembly. MVM Veszprem have 15 days time to inform the headquarters of the SEHA – Gazprom League if they will participate in the SEHA – Gazprom League 2016/17 season. The SEHA – Gazprom League will consist of ten teams in the 2016/17 season. Boris Saposchnikov replaces Agron Hajredin as Vice-President of SEHA – Gazprom League.In a short speech, EHF Secretary General Michael Wiederer, who was guest of honour in Varazdin, praised the cooperation with the SEHA – Gazprom League: “This league is well recognized partner of the European Handball Federation. The SEHA clubs are very important part of the Champions League. We support the idea of the SEHA League and will continue our cooperation.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thirteen year-old Jason Adamopoulos has a year of good luck coming his way after winning the dive for the cross as part of the Epiphania (Epiphany) celebrations on Thursday. Thousands of people were at Frankston pier as Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis lead a procession, blessed the waters and threw the wooden crucifix into the water for the eager 20 male competitors to retrieve. Jason, who was competing in the dive for the first time, said his father inspired him to enter. “My Dad did it one year so I thought I’d give it a try,” he said. “I’m so excited to have won; it feels great.” The Christian Brothers College student, who will be going into Year 8 this year, fielded congratulations from fellow Greek community members and received a gold cross and a blessing from the Bishop. Jason’s father said he has been taking his son to practice swimming off Frankston pier every weekend over the summer. “I’m so proud,” he said, pointing out his son’s “battle wound”, a scratch obtained from the cross dive. Competitors ranged in age with the youngest, Erik Kafritsas, just eight years old. Erik and his mother travelled an hour and a half from Greensborough to watch the event, before he decided at the last minute to take part. Greek Orthodox Community of Frankston committee member, Lambros Semertzidis, who has been involved with the event for the past eight years, said the dive for the cross is no easy feat. “I’ve done it a couple of times and it’s pretty tough, you get kicked in the face and pushed under water, it’s pretty competitive,” he said. While girls can compete, “it’s generally 97 percent males”, he added. The Epiphania, which marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas, symbolises all the faces of the holy trinity, which appeared simultaneously at Jesus’ baptism, Greek Orthodox Community of Frankston committee member, Tim Gemetzsis said. The event has special relevance for the local church, the Greek Orthodox Parish-Community of Theofania, as January 6 is also the saint’s day for Agia Theofania. “Our church was the first to celebrate this occasion in Australia and has been doing so for 50 years,” Mr Gemetzsis said. Thousands of people also turned out for the ceremony in Rye, with Dimitri Kardas winning the dive for the cross, after competing for the fourth time. A ceremony will be held at Station Pier, Port Melbourne, tomorrow (Sunday, January 9), from 12:30pm, followed by a fete.
BY Nelson MannehThe former Secretary General of The Gambia during Jammeh’s regime Mr. Momodou Sabally said, The Gambia is bigger than all political parties in The Gambia. He made these remarks at a symposium organised by the Pro-Gambia Association in connection with the contribution of the Association in the peaceful and democratic transition of power.The symposium was held on Sunday 23th July 2017 at the Semega Janneh hall in Tallinding Serrekunda east Mini Stadium.Mr. Sabally acknowledges the efforts of the Pro-Gambia Association before, during and after the elections. He said, all the citizens of the Gambia should know that the country is bigger than Sir Dawda Keiraba Jawara, is bigger than Yaya Jammeh and is still bigger than Adama Barrow the president.“All political parties are working for the betterment of the country. Politics is not a dirty game it only remains on the individual’s involved in it.” he said.The former SG added that to criticise your government is not a crime but it should be done in a civilised manner.“You should not insult your duties bearer neither their families. You give them the responsibilities and they have to deliver up to expectation but with time,” he noted.Mr. Sabally said, to support a political party is a choice of an individual and is also another form of freedom of self-expression.As young people Sabally said it is their responsibilities to take up charges and support any political party of their choice.“No one owns the Gambia we should all be willing to suffer for our country,” he said.James F Mendy the information minister of the Pro-Gambia Association who gives a roundup of the events hold by the Association before, during and after elections said, Pro-Gambia has done a lot during the time the Gambia was in need of its citizens to stand by its side.He said before the elections the Association hold on series of fore rooms to sensitize the citizens about elections. “We also endeavor to meet some political parties with whom we discuss on several issues connected to elections. We also meet the election body IEC who gives us the mandate to hold on the election observation as domestic observers in which we participated,” He noted.“After the election when Jammeh made a U-turn we also take the responsibility and meet several organizations to find way out for the Gambians. We even went up to Casamance in Senegal to hold dialog with their civil organizations there incase if things went out of hand,” he noted.Mr. Mendy said, in Senegal they meet several institution to discuss on how to help Gambians who may decide to move there. He said they also meet the Gambians in their camps in Senegal during the impasse to help them and give them confidents and courage.The information minister added that all this was done out of their pockets as they were doing all this without funds which is not easy.The president of the Association Mr. Momodou Bah dilated on the achievements made by the Association and some of the challenges they are facing as an Association; among them Bah said include funds.“We do all our activities on our own, we spend our own money from our pocket in all the activities we engage ourselves in which is not easy,” he noted.The president of Pro-Gambia who is the founder of the association said, since the establishment of the association they have being working tirelessly to make sure they reach were they are today.“All my executive members and other members have support the association in one way or the other. They participate in all our activities and never ask for payment. Despite the Association is not a profitable Association we need funds to run the Association and we are calling on all organizations both Government, non-Government and other philanthropies to support us,” he said.Mr. Bah added that the Association will continue to make sure that it attain its aims and objectives and work towards the betterment of the Gambia our home land.
Housing maintenance organisation Mears Group is to face legal action for failing to pay Wigan and Leigh-based employees holiday pay.Trade union Unite is bringing the legal action on behalf of approximately 30 of its members who perform housing maintenance work for Mears Group on homes owned by Wigan and Leigh housing. The workforce are employed for 40 hours a week, and since each job they undertake has a set price, their pay varies from week to week.The legal claim states that employees have a holiday entitlement of 23 days plus bank holidays, making a total of 31 days. However, the claim argues that Mears Group was paying its holiday pay on just the 23 holiday days and not for bank holidays.Unite states that its Mears Group employed members are losing up to £80 for each unpaid holiday day.The dispute came to light after employees booked their holiday for the 2016-2017 Christmas and new year period, to be paid on 13 January 2017. At this point, employees noted that their holiday pay had been reduced. Unite states that employees were told by Mears Group that the organisation only had to pay average holiday pay on 20 days of holiday.Unite entered into discussions with Mears Group, arguing that holiday pay should be provided for all 31 days of holiday, however Mears Group management in Wigan informed the trade union that they would not be changing its policy.As a result, Unite has launched a legal case for unpaid holiday pay at an employment tribunal. The initial hearing for the case has been scheduled for December.A spokesperson at Mears Group said: “We will of course meet contractual commitment with individuals, which is what we believe we have done.”John Sheppard, regional officer at Unite, added: “This is yet another example of Mears’ appalling local management, which believes that it can treat [employees] with absolute distain and cheat them out of their holiday pay. Unite did everything possible to resolve this issue through negotiation, but I was met with stalling tactics and arrogance.“If Unite is successful at the employment tribunal then it will cost Mears a great deal more than it was originally paying. I hope that Mears is sufficiently embarrassed by this latest example of the arrogant, bullying and cavalier attitude of its local management and takes urgent remedial action to ensure its workforce is treated fairly, decently and with the respect they deserve.”
Alaska flight 64 takes off from Petersburg airport in July of 2018. (Joe Viechnicki/KFSK) And Menish said their connecting flight 76 from Juneau to Seattle also was hit. The company says no other planes were hit Sunday. However, passengers report another strike. Bill Menish of Petersburg said he was on two separate flights hit by lightning in one day. He and his wife were on flight 65 that landed in Juneau. Daniel Hartsock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Juneau explained the storms moved into Juneau in the afternoon. That flight landed in Juneau soon after. Luczak said the pilot notified passengers of the lightning strike and said the plane needed to be inspected. Passengers disembarked and waited in the Juneau airport for a flight to Anchorage later that evening. Juneau’s airport also lost power during the storm. Alaska Airlines says that plane was flown to Seattle without passengers for further inspection. “They intensified over the Juneau area where we definitely got quite a few lightning strikes with a fairly good sized thunder storm that moved across the Auke Bay and the airport and into the valley and then another storm developed near downtown Juneau and kind of moved over Douglas and that area,” Hartsock said. Multiple Alaska Airlines flights were hit by lightning in Southeast Alaska Sunday. Flight 65 was heading to Juneau from Petersburg. Meanwhile flight 64 was flying out of Juneau that day and also suffered a separate lightning strike. Instead of landing in Petersburg and continuing on to Wrangell the plane diverted to Ketchikan. The airline says a maintenance technician inspected the plane and cleared it to continue flying. That flight continued on to Seattle. Passengers bound for Petersburg and Wrangell finished their journeys on Monday. “We were descending into Juneau when they flew through a big cumulus cloud,” said Leo Luczak, a passenger from Petersburg. “It started hailing and then we saw the flash outside the window and heard a big boom from getting hit by lightning.” “When we took off were climbing out, the same thing only this was actually a louder pop and a brighter flash,” Menish said. “So I don’t know if it was something stronger but it was definitely louder and brighter.” KTOO radio reports that storms were seen in Pelican as early as 8:00 a.m. Sunday and then moved through Icy Strait, Gustavus, Funter Bay, Douglas Island and up and down Stephens Passage. A big lightning show was reported in Excursion Inlet, west of Juneau. Juneau’s electric utility says lightning caused the power outage throughout the capital city that day and said strikes were reported in other parts of Juneau. Matt Miller at KTOO in Juneau contributed to this report. Alaska Airlines confirms that flights 64 and 65 both had lightning strikes from storms that moved through the northern panhandle and also knocked out power in the capital city Sunday. “We were probably down I don’t know around 20,000 feet or less, probably less and going through some clouds and then all of sudden there’s this more of a, kind of a big pop, and then just immediately on the tail of that was this bright flash,” he described. “It was almost kind of like a reddish yellow flash. It kind of startled everybody. Nobody panicked too bad though that I could tell but it definitely caught everybody’s attention.”
An interesting Twitter conversation took place between KP and NassTwitterAfter making the provocative comment that England captain Eoin Morgan looked scared while facing Mitchell Starc, Kevin Pietersen decided to engage in an interesting Twitter conversation with former England captain and commentator Nasser Hussain.The latter, working as a commentator in the mega event, put out a tweet asking Pakistan fans whom would they be supporting during the World Cup match between India vs England. “Question to all Pakistan fans: England vs INDIA, Sunday. Who you supporting?” the man who captained England in the 2003 World Cup asked with a winking emoji at the end of the question.Hussain was pointing out the irony that for Pakistan to remain in contention for a semi-final spot, India need to beat the hosts. This puts the Pakistani fans in the unenviable position for having to cheer for their arch-rivals.However, one of the first people to respond was none other than KP. The former flamboyant batsman wrote in response to Hussain’s tweet: “Who you supporting, Nass?” This strange question received a response that was both hard-hitting and funny at the same time. Twitter”England of course Kev. Same as you when England play South Africa at rugby,” Nasser replied with another winking emoji. What the former England captain was hitting at was Pietersen’s South African origin. This remained an issue in the English media throughout KP’s career and became even more so when he was discovered to have sent messages to South African cricketers criticising his own captain Andrew Strauss during the home series of England against Proteas in 2012.The fact that Pietersen publically stated that he now regrets leaving South Africa and even said that he remains a South African deep down further annoyed many English cricket fans. The reason why Hussain mentioned rugby is because that is the sport which evokes greatest passion among South Africans for their country.The Springboks, as the country’s national rugby team is called, are legendary for their prowess and have come to symbolise the country in many ways. One of the most iconic moments from the history of the nation was its victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup at home. One thing can be said with certainty, Pietersen loves stirring the hornet’s nest.
The Microsoft logo is seen on an electronic billboard on an office building in New York City, July 28, 2015. The global launch of the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system will take place on July 29.ReutersSoftware updates are often known to make the device better and most gadget-lovers wait for them with bated breath. But have you heard of anyone who hates those software improvements so much that instead of ranting about them on social media, ends up suing the company?Frank Dickman, a man from New Mexico in the US, despises the automated Windows 10 update so much that he has sued software giant Microsoft and its CEO Satya Nadella for $600 million.Dickman has filed a complaint in the US district court in Denver, Colorado, after his Asus 54L notebook was updated from Windows 7 to Windows 10 without his consent. This resulted in his laptop becoming non-functional immediately.”The only sensible remedy is for Microsoft Corporation to supply the OEM version of its operating system by download from its website and confirmed by the key code which came with the computer,” his lawsuit reads. Satya Nadella turns 49 [Photo: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gestures as he addresses students and young entrepreneurs during a conference in New Delhi, India May 30, 2016. ]ReutersDickman wants his Windows 7 back under any condition, and to get it he is willing to sue Microsoft and CEO Satya Nadella. His complaint gives Microsoft only 30 days to give him the software back or pay $600 million.”Failure of Microsoft Corporation and its CEO (Satya Nadella) to provide this function within thirty days of the provided summons should yield a payment from the two defendants to the plaintiff of a remedy demanded on the Federal Civil cover of $6,000,000,000.00 (six hundred million dollars) within 30 days by an appropriate method,” the lawsuit reads.Dickman is hardly the only one who wants to stay with the Windows 7 operating system. There are many users who still like the older version of Windows and want to stick to it.
Two people were killed and five others injured as a bus plunged into a roadside ditch by Dhaka-Chittagong highway near Saddam Market in Signboard area of the city on Friday, reports news agency UNB.The deceased were identified as Popy, 11, daughter of Mogol Ahmed of Boro Mehedipur village in Begumganj upazila of Noakhali district, and Mainul Hossain Pranto, 20, an HSC student and son of Mosharraf Hossain of Ramnandi in Sadar upazila of Noakhali.Mahmud, duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence Control Room, said the Raipur (Noakhali)-bound ‘Ekushey Paribahan’ bus from Dhaka plunged into the ditch after hitting a tree around 6:30am, leaving two people dead on the spot and five others injured.Of the injured, one was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital while others were given first aid.Meanwhile, the bodies were handed over to the respective family members for burial without postmortem, said sub-inspector of Jatrabari Police Station Awal Hossain.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers walk across the open border with Bangladesh to attend a flag meeting in West Bengal, India, 20 June, 2015. Photo: ReutersBangladesh has tightened security along its western border with India amid concern that hundreds of Rohingya Muslim refugees could be pushed into its territory, officials said Sunday.Patrols have been stepped up along the frontier with India’s West Bengal state, where border guards say they have been ordered in recent weeks to steer Rohingya into Bangladesh.Tariqul Hakim, an area commander of the Border Guard Bangladesh, said Rohingya could be seen gathering opposite the Putkhali frontier post, where just a narrow river divides the two countries.”We have stepped up surveillance and patrols so that no Rohingya can be pushed into our territory,” lieutenant colonel Hakim told AFP.There are 40,000 Rohingya in India but the Indian government wants them deported, telling a top court last month they pose a security threat.Hakim said Rohingya communities inside India could be trying to reunite with their families in southeast Bangladesh, where more than half a million Rohingya refugees have arrived since August from Myanmar.An estimated 536,000 refugees have crossed since 25 August, fleeing violence in western Myanmar described by the United Nations as ethnic cleansing.An Indian border guard in West Bengal told AFP that patrols had previously turned over all Rohingya intercepted at the frontier to local police.”But now our directions are very clear, and that is to push all Rohingya into Bangladesh,” he told AFP on condition of anonymity.”We are trying to accomplish our task with active local support”.A Bangladesh border guard official, Abdul Hossain, said villages along the frontier were on high alert, with newly-arrived refugees saying they had been encouraged by Indian guards to cross the border.”We’ve been patrolling the border day and night to prevent their entry. Local villagers have also joined us in the patrols,” Hossain told AFP.Local council member Nazrul Islam said more than a dozen Rohingya who crossed at a southwestern part of the frontier Friday reported Indian guards opening a section of barbed wire to allow them to pass easily.Bangladesh already hosts at least 800,000 Rohingya, including those who fled earlier crackdowns in Myanmar, and does not want to accept any from India.It is trying to repatriate the Rohingya to Myanmar. But the stateless Muslim minority are reviled in the mainly Buddhist nation and considered to be illegal immigrants.The unprecedented influx of refugees has put immense pressure on Bangladeshi authorities and charities, who have described the crisis as one of the world’s most pressing humanitarian emergencies.