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Two-in-one: Ravindra Jadeja now top-ranked Test bowler and all-rounder

first_imgRavindra Jadeja has edged past Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan to become the number one all-rounder in the ICC’s Test rankings. He was already the top-ranked bowler in Test cricket.Jadeja played a starring role for India in their innings and 53-run victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo, scoring an unbeaten 70 in the first innings and picking up seven wickets including five in the second innings.He was named man-of-the-match for his efforts but also banned for the third and final Test at Pallekele for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct.Jadeja also gained nine places to reach 51st rank among batsmen while India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has attained a career-best 44th position after moving up four places.Meanwhile, India batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have made notable movements after their centuries in the Colombo Test helped India take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series with an innings and 53 runs win over Sri Lanka. Pujara’s knock of 133 in his 50th Test has helped him to a career-high 888 points and third position while Rahane has moved from 11th to fifth position with a score of 132 .Pace bowlers Mohammad Shami (up three places to 20th) and Umesh Yadav (up three places to 22nd) have made notable gains.last_img read more

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Miandad takes a dig at Ganguly for urging India to boycott World Cup match vs Pakistan

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Javed Miandad took a dig at Sourav Ganguly after the ex-India skipper urged the Indian cricket team to boycott the match against Pakistan in the ICC World Cup.”I think Sourav wants to run for elections in the coming days or wants to become the chief minister as it is just a publicity stunt to gain attention of his country mates,” Miandad said.”There is absolutely no chance of the ICC listening to the BCCI as its constitution allows members the right to participate in its events,” the legendary batsman was quoted as saying by the Dawn on Friday.Ganguly on his part had ruled out any possibility of India playing Pakistan in bilateral cricket after the Pulwama terror attack. The former India captain also said that he completely understands the reaction of Indians, saying he too feels the same.”Whatever happened in Pulwama last week was really sad…it is the worst possible thing that could ever happen. And, whatever reactions came from the people of India…was right. There is no chance of a bilateral series with Pakistan after this incident,” Sourav Ganguly was quoted as saying by a media channel.”I can also understand the sentiments of people asking India not to play Pakistan in the World Cup and I feel the government should take strong action on this issue. The after effect of this should be strong from India,” Ganguly added.Sourav Ganguly also said that the fact is BCCI under the control of the Supreme Court almost renders itself powerless at the moment and are not in a position to take any strong action.advertisement”I don’t think anything is left in BCCI after the Supreme Court situation. There are no office bearers left to take a decision but I feel that BCCI should take a strong decision on the issue and send a strong no nonsense message.””This is a 10-team World Cup and every team plays every team and I feel if India doesn’t play a match in the World Cup, it won’t be an issue,” Ganguly added.The BCCI meanwhile, is likely to consult Team India top brass and then decide on whether to play against Pakistan or not in the ICC World Cup in May-June.The Indian cricket board officials and the Committee of Administrators decided to wait and have a word with captain Virat Kohli, coach Ravi Shastri and MS Dhoni before coming out with a concrete solution, according to sources.BCCI CEO Rahul Johri is also expected to raise this issue in the International Cricket Council meeting on February 26.Also Read | India will play against Pakistan in the World Cup if BCCI says so: Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Read | BCCI to meet on ‘no-Pakistan at World Cup’ stance, ICC watches onAlso Read | Should India play Pakistan at World Cup? Harbhajan Singh and Sunil Gavaskar differlast_img read more

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Lichtsteiner set to depart Juve in summer

first_imgTransfers Lichtsteiner to leave Juventus in summer but Valencia talks break down Romeo Agresti Last updated 1 year ago 16:56 12/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Stephan Lichtsteiner Juventus Getty Transfers Juventus Serie A The Switzerland international is interested in signing a new deal with the Bianconeri, but the feeling isn’t mutual Stephan Lichtsteiner is set to leave Juventus at the end of the season, as the club are not interested in renewing his contract.The right-back remains a first-team regular in Serie A this season having made 13 appearances, thanks to injuries from summer signings Mattia De Sciglio and Benedikt Howedes, but his commitment to the Turin side comes to an end in June.Goal understands that while the 33-year-old would like to extend his stay with the Bianconeri, the feeling isn’t mutual among the Juve board. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lichtsteiner, who would be eligible to sign a pre-contract with a new club in January, recently had contact with Valencia about a potential move, though those talks have stalled.The Switzerland international is in his seventh season at Juve following stints with Grasshopper, Lille and Lazio, having won six Serie A titles and three Coppa Italia crowns.Massimiliano Allegri’s side currently sit third in the Italian top flight, two points behind leaders Inter after 16 weeks.last_img read more

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Chelsea ‘made sense’ – Giroud explains Arsenal exit

first_imgOlivier Giroud Disappointing to leave Arsenal but Chelsea move ‘made sense’ – Giroud Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:20 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Olivier Giroud Chelsea Bournemouth Getty Images Olivier Giroud Chelsea Arsenal Premier League The 31-year-old made the shock switch to Stamford Bridge at the end of the transfer window and hopes to have better luck finding first-team football Olivier Giroud has admitted that he was disappointed to leave Arsenal but is looking forward to a fresh challenge at Chelsea.The 31-year-old striker signed for the Blues for £18 million from their London rivals after Arsenal snapped up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, while Michy Batshuayi went from Stamford Bridge on loan to the German club.Having started just one of his 16 appearances in the Premier League this season after the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, Giroud sought a move away from Arsenal in January in order to play more regularly. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “The fact is that the coach wanted to recruit a new striker and with Aubameyang’s signing at Arsenal, there were three top strikers, and that’s why I decided to leave,” Giroud told Telefoot.”It made sense for me to take a new direction in my career. There was a bit of disappointment, even though I spent five wonderful years there.”I could have stayed, but I needed a solution to get back in. I wanted to stay in the Premier League and Chelsea was a great opportunity for me.”He added that France boss Didier Deschamps had hinted that he needed to move in order to win a berth at the World Cup in the summer.”I spoke with Deschamps,” he said. “He didn’t tell me to move to Chelsea, but he did tell me to move clubs.”The opportunity to work with Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge was one he did not wish to turn down and he is hopeful of challenging Alvaro Morata for game time.”My choice was quite clear and obvious when I knew that Antonio Conte wanted to work with me,” he added.”The conversation was more important, I know that Conte appreciates my profile, we will work well together.”[Morata and I] are the two main strikers at Chelsea. There will be good competition between us.”Indeed, Chelsea were far from alone in chasing the centre-forward.”Dortmund were interested in me, but for a loan, there was Sevilla too and at one point my agent received a call from Roma,” he revealed.Giroud spent five and a half years at Arsenal after signing from Ligue 1 side Montpellier and went on to win three FA Cups with Arsene Wenger’s side.last_img read more

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Madrid yet to call about Odriozola – Sociedad

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid yet to call about Odriozola, says Sociedad president Dejan Kalinic 12:09 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ALVARO ODRIOZOLA REAL SOCIEDAD LALIGA Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Real Sociedad Primera División The defender has been linked with a move to the Spanish giants, but his current club are yet to hear from the European champions Real Madrid are yet to call about reported transfer target Alvaro Odriozola but Real Sociedad are open to talks, president Jokin Aperribay said.Odriozola, 22, is reportedly a target for Madrid, who are said to be ready to make a €40 million (£35m/$47m) move for the full-back.But Aperribay played down the speculation, saying Madrid were yet to make contact about the two-time Spain international, who is contracted until 2022. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Up until now nobody has called and so we are not going to talk about hypothetical situations,” he told a news conference on Wednesday.”Real Madrid have not called us and so we will not talk about what has not happened and no-one has said will happen.”If they call us then we will speak but they haven’t called.”Also capable of playing as a winger, Odriozola is part of Spain’s 23-man squad for the World Cup .last_img read more

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Guardiola: Bernardo Silva did everything against Liverpool

first_imgPep Guardiola was full of praise for Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva following his side’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool, claiming the diminutive midfielder “did everything” in the win.With the reigning Premier League champions trailing Liverpool by seven points coming into the match at the Etihad Stadium, a victory seemed all but required to keep the Reds from running away with the title.A goal from Sergio Aguero opened the scoring late in the first half, while Leroy Sane struck the winner in the second half after a Roberto Firmino goal had pulled Liverpool level. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The victory shrinks Liverpool’s lead at the top down to four points after 21 games, with Man City also moving back into second place ahead of Tottenham.Silva picked up the assist on Aguero’s opener and was all over the field, tracking an incredible 13.7 kilometres (8.5 miles) over the course of the match.That distance is actually the most by any player in a Premier League game this season.And Guardiola spoke about Silva following the contest, praising the completeness of the midfielder’s performance and hailing how well he did against the likes of Liverpool’s star defender Virgil van Dijk.“Bernardo Silva did everything,” Guardiola told reporters. “He is the smallest one but shows us that to play football you don’t have to be taller or more physical.“He is incredible. I haven’t seen performance like that in a while. It was clean and clever. Against Van Dijk he was comfortable.”13.7 – Bernardo Silva covered 13.7 kilometres (8.5 miles) against Liverpool, the most by any player in a Premier League game this season. Endurance. pic.twitter.com/QTZewXE1mn— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 3, 2019Man City are next in action on Sunday in the FA Cup, as they host Championship side Rotherham United.A Wednesday clash in the Carabao Cup semi-finals against League One side Burton follows with the champions returning the Premier League action on January 14 against Wolves. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Kerr lands stunning praise from Jamaica coach

first_imgAfter becoming the first Australian to score a World Cup hat-trick, the praise for Sam Kerr has been coming from all angles with even Jamaica’s coach weighing in with some massive compliments.Despite seeing Kerr dismantle his side in the Matildas 4-1 win, Hue Menzies admitted he’d pay to watch the Australian captain in action. “It doesn’t get any better than that,” Menzies said post-match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “The kid is just resilient, she’s a goal scorer, she plays for her badge and her country. I love her attitude, particularly in the box, you can’t teach that.”I would pay to come and watch her.”Having scored her first World Cup goal against Italy in the Matildas opening game, Kerr is now the joint-top scorer in France and will be key in Australia’s Round of 16 clash against Norway.Unsurprisingly green and gold coach Ante Milicic is fully aware just how crucial Kerr is to his side.“She’s an inspirational leader,” Milicic said.Sam Kerr Matildas“We as an Australian footballing community should be thankful that we’re witnessing one of the best players in the world, live.”If there’s one player that you’re really happy for to score the goals, it’s Sammy. So I’m delighted for her – it’s history, as an Australian player at a World Cup to do what she’s done.”I think all the accolades must go to Sam, but also the service she got throughout the game from the rest of the team.”While Kerr’s third and fourth goals against Jamaica were routine finishes from close range, her first two came via thumping headers.The 25-year-old admitting a Socceroos legend has played some part in her heading ability. “I grew up watching Timmy Cahill,” Kerr said.”I practice it a lot, but I’m also gifted. I’m not a religious person but if I was I’d say I was blessed.”last_img read more

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Ferro Watches Bring 1940s Aviation to 2017 with AGL Series

first_img 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Editors’ Recommendations All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked As Kickstarter timepieces continue to develop and evolve, designers and developers are challenged to improve on existing trends.Aviation continues to be one of the most dominant trends that we’re seeing across the industry.Vancouver, BC-based Ferro & Company is offering an interesting take on the look with their “AGL” (Above Ground Level) Series. It’s a collection of 12 watches inspired specifically by 1940s airplane culture coupled with quality, Swiss-made components.Brothers Bob and Ary Shahbakhshi started the company in 2014 after they couldn’t find a watch built with the quality components they appreciated at a price point they could afford. They built a reputation via three prior crowdsourcing campaigns–their most successful was last year when they launched a Porsche-inspired watch that exceeded its funding goal by more than 1,000%.The AGM series comes in automatic or quartz movements with respective standard or chronograph styles. Both feature scratchproof 42mm sapphire crystal cases and handsome leather bands with accented stitching. The watch hands are stylized in the spirit of the same gauges pilots would see in the cockpit of a 1940s aircraft.In early 2016, they decided to move their manufacturing from Asia to Switzerland and this latest round of watches represent an increase in standards for the company as a whole. The automatic has a see-through back, showcasing these new mechanisms in an intriguing, yet subtle way.It seems that watch enthusiasts are on board with the brothers’ work yet again. The AGL campaign has already raised more than 400% of its goal, with more than three weeks left to go. Interested buyers still have time to join in, too. They’re offering sizable discounts off retail for pledges as well as an opportunity to have one of the initial limited run of AGL designs (some will be as a few as nine examples).You can purchase your own timepiece here. 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S.last_img read more

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Image of the Day: Ocean Is Our Office

first_imgzoom Rolls-Royce has taken customer service to the next level, with its employees literally plunging into the problem head first. It is never a boring day at the office for Rolls-Royce Underwater Intervention Services Department. How could it be when you have an entire ocean as your stomping ground? Press Release, September 10, 2014; Image: Rolls-Royce/Twitterlast_img

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Rahul Gandhi should form panel for suggesting name of new Cong chief

first_imgNew Delhi: Veteran Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi on Tuesday suggested that Rahul Gandhi should form a committee for suggesting the name of the new Congress president. Dwivedi, an ex-AICC general secretary organisation, also said the credibility of the panel holding informal discussions on selecting the new Congress chief would have been more if it was formally set up. He said once Gandhi forms the panel, it should hold discussions with workers and leaders before arriving at the name of the next Congress president. Dwivedi said that technically Gandhi is still Congress chief. Lauding Gandhi for resigning as party president after the Lok Sabha poll results, Dwivedi said it is an ideal for other Congress leaders to follow.last_img read more

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State government to help slum dwellers fulfill dream of living in flats

first_imgKolkata: State Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said on Tuesday that slum dwellers residing in vacant government plots can now have their own dwellings in that place.”We have instructed the Block Land Revenue Officer (BLRO) that in places where slums have come up, government land that has been lying unutilised will be leased out and dwellings can come up under the government sponsored ‘Nijo Bhumi Nijo Griho’ scheme. Houses can also be constructed under the ‘Banglar Bari’ scheme,” Hakim said, while tabling the West Bengal Thika Tenancy (Acquisition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2019, in the state Assembly. He stated that the decision has already received the approval of the state Cabinet. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt may be mentioned that over the years, most of the thika properties have either become dilapidated for various reasons or have gone under litigation, leaving no scope for development and reconstruction for improving the living conditions of the people, their safety and security. “The Bill empowers the tenant to build his own house by taking bank loans, or through the government’s ‘Banglar Bari’ Scheme,” Hakim said. He added that the dream of slum dwellers to live in flats can be fulfilled and in this context, the Bill can be regarded as historic. He asserted that sanction would also be given for G+4 buildings. He further stressed upon taking necessary measures to avoid “promoter raj” during enactment of the Act. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The tenants’ right of the thika land will be upheld through this Act. We don’t want housing scams like the Dharavi Policy in Mumbai or similar scams in Gujarat,” he said. Hakim said that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation has conducted a survey with the thika controller and enlisted the amount of land under thika tenancy. According to sources, the move would benefit the inhabitants and tenants of the slum areas of Burrabazar, Ahritola, Jadavpur, Chetla and Topsia, wherein they would be able to build residential buildings on their own.last_img read more

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Joanna Lumley Calls For End Of Experiments On Primates At Leading EU

first_imgIconic English actress Joanna Lumley OBE has joined the BUAV in calling for action after the organisation exposed the grim reality of life for monkeys behind the closed doors of one leading European research laboratory.Long term supporter of the British campaigning organisation, Joanna spoke out upon hearing about the undercover investigation a living nightmare which revealed the suffering of primates at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (MPI) in Germany.Joanna stated: “Although it is horrifying to watch the footage of these monkeys suffering, it is essential that these cruelties are exposed by groups such as the BUAV to show the reality of life and death for these poor creatures. I urge everyone to support the BUAV in its efforts to end these inhumane experiments.”The BUAV leads the campaign to end the international trade in nonhuman primates for research. Time and time again its hard hitting investigations have exposed the inherent cruelty and suffering that is inflicted on primates. This investigation carried out with the German animal group, Soko Tierschutz, reveals a truth that is a world away from the highly misleading propaganda put out by the research industry.At the MPI, the monkeys were subjected to major surgery to implant head posts and/or head chambers into their skulls; many suffered bruised and bleeding head wounds. During the experiments, the monkeys were imprisoned by their necks in devices – with their heads held rigid by a surgically implanted post – inside dark, silent chambers and forced to carry out mundane tasks over and over for up to five hours a day, five days a week, month after month, in order to receive a small fluid reward.The BUAV’s CEO, Michelle Thew, said: “We are delighted that Joanna has joined our call for these experiments to end. The research industry would have you believe that the monkeys’ activity is voluntary, using innocuous words such as “training” and “sitting” in a chair”. The reality is however, that these wild animals are forced to do these things by being water deprived for extended periods, and being physically restrained in highly abnormal and uncomfortable positions for many hours at a time. The findings of our investigation reveal the harsh reality and immense suffering inflicted on these monkeys.”Joanna Lumley joins Dr Jane Goodall DBE and Ricky Gervais in speaking out against these cruel primate experiments.last_img read more

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At least 40 killed in 78magnitude earthquake in Iran

first_imgAT LEAST 40 people are reported to have been killed after a powerful earthquake rattled southeastern Iran and was felt across the Gulf and South Asia.Iran’s Seismological Centre reported that a 7.5-magnitude quake struck at 3:14pm local time (11:44am Irish time), about 80 kilometres from the border with Pakistan and Afghanistan.The US Geological Survey concurred with the time of the quake, but put its intensity at magnitude 7.8 and reported a depth of 51 miles. Iranian state news agency Press TV reported the higher strength.The quake also shook buildings and forced high-rise offices to be evacuated in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, as well as across northern India, including the capital New Delhi where tremors rattled buildings and caused office-workers to run into the streets.The head of Iran’s Red Crescent rescue corps, Mahmoud Mozafar, told ISNA news agency that evaluation teams were dispatched to the affected area.The quake also shook large parts of Pakistan including Islamabad, where buildings swayed, and the largest city Karachi, where tremors also prompted many to flee buildings in terror.The earthquake was not felt in the Iranian capital Tehran, however.It comes a week after a strong earthquake struck near Iran’s Gulf port city of Bushehr, killing at least 30 people and injuring 800 but leaving Iran’s only nuclear power plant intact.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

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Ethnic seniors get funding boost

first_imgSeniors of ethnic groups will soon receive $233,000 in Victorian government funding to help encourage participation in activities and remain active, announced Minister for Health and Ageing, David Davis. More than 50 groups and agencies around Victoria will also receive grants from the participation for culturally and linguistic diverse seniors. These grants will not only promote activity amongst the elderly community of Victoria, but increase support for isolated seniors from CALD backgrounds. “Australian Institute for Health & Welfare data shows nearly a third of all Victorians aged over 65 are from a CALD background, “said Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Nicholas Kotsiras. Mr Kotsiras said that he was contented to see that these grants had been spread among over 25 different ethnic groups. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Building excellent public services for all

first_imgThe dates for Victoria’s State election have been issued and the rival parties have already taken it to the road, selling their policies and trying to win over the voters. Neos Kosmos, keeping up with tradition, will cover this contest from all aspects, seeking through to the Greek heritage candidates and communicating their pleas to the voters. They will have the chance to express in their own words what they represent and offer to their constituents and the wider community of Victoria.Steve Dimopoulos is allowed to feel right at home in Eaton Mall; everybody in the most Greek strip of land in Melbourne knows the sitting member for Oakleigh in Victoria’s state parliament, who will recontest the seat as the Labor candidate in the state elections on Saturday 24 November.In 2014, Dimopoulos managed to secure Oakleigh with a safe margin of 16 points (after the distribution of preferences) a fact that is indicative of his close and long-standing relationship with this electorate.This margin justifiably gives him the frontrunner’s position in the contest. However, the decision of the Andrews government to abolish taxi licenses, compensating their owners not for all but only three for each owner, has infuriated some voters in Oakleigh and it remains to be seen how this will affect Labor’s prospects in the upcoming election. Nevertheless, it remains very difficult for the Liberal Party to win this seat, considering that Labor’s influence in Oakleigh has “sank” only twice in the history of the seat, in 1992 and 1996, when Labor suffered the largest election defeat in its history in state elections in Victoria.As with the other Greek candidates, Steve Dimopoulos was given the opportunity to present his case to the voters of Oakleigh.Which do you think are the most important issues for your constituents?The key ones is the cost of living, population growth and congestion. Life has become harder for people generally over the last twelve years. There has been wage stagnation nationally. Everybody from the Reserve Bank to the Business Council of Australia recognises that. As we cannot impact on personal income tax, Centrelink payments or GST, we are making sure that families and individuals have good public services. We can take the burden away of having to pay for private services if they do not choose to.So good public schools in every community, free TAFE, almost free three year old and four year old kinder, are policies that contribute to good quality of life, including the best ambulance response times Victoria has ever seen. That is not by accident, this is because of our government’s investment.The electricity prices and power prices in general are very high. We made a whole bunch of decisions last year to bring them down though. Apart from the $50 incentive to get on that energy compare website which is proven to lower prices because you compare with the market, if we are re-elected we will abolish standing offers. So in every single occasion the customers will get the best deal because they will be informed. Also we are expanding the supply of energy, by making a whole bunch of investments in wind and solar and other renewable energy policies.We are trying to create a society and a community where families and individuals are supported through excellent public services that people should rely on, from schools, to ambulance, to community spaces, to public transport.By improving public transport you also impact on congestion and quality of life. People see the pressures of population growth. We should have started getting ready decades ago, as governments generally. We didn’t. The Andrews government though, is actually working on relieving people’s pressure. Ιt won’t happen immediately. People talk about the governments not having long term commitments. We do and we’ve proven that. The busiest train corridor is in my electorate, the Cranbourne line, busiest in the whole of Victoria. We are putting high capacity trains on this line as of April next year, we had a lot of crossings removed and we are upgrading the signalling. We are going to get 11,000 more people on the train between 7-9 in the morning peak and also in the evening peak.What do you offer to the Greek community within your electorate? Labor supports the Greek community through supporting building projects in individual communities in my electorate and elsewhere, including churches, community halls, including the Greek Community of Melbourne building. We have increased Greek festival funding, funding for the teaching of the Greek language here in Victoria and introduced bi-lingual Greek English kindergarten programs. We funded Greek aged care facilities and much more. That’s a fact and some of these funds have already being distributed.But I would also like to comment on the issue of the taxi license owners and recent attacks from the opposition’s shadow minister for Public Transport, David Davies.If David Davies actually wanted to do something for the taxi licenses holders, rather than actually playing them in a political sense, which is a disgusting attribute that he has and he has done it with other groups in the past, he would have done two things.He would not have opposed the $2 levy on every ride that we put up to raise the money for the compensation scheme.Secondly, he had the power in the Upper House, the Liberal and the National party have more MPs in the Upper House than the Labor Government has. We did not control the Upper House. He could have made an arrangement with the crossbenchers to have increased the compensation scheme that he says now is inadequate. I read his speech; it was 2,300 words on the Commercial Passenger Vehicle bill. 2,300 words! He didn’t add the eight words that counted, ‘I move an amendment to the compensation scheme’; yet he is out there on the streets, outside my office and in many other venues with vulnerable Greek and Turkish and other taxi license holders saying ‘you have not got enough money and it is not fair, and I will fix it’ while he has had the opportunity in the parliament of Victoria in the Upper House to fix it. So when he says about a review, I not only don’t believe him, I find it galling and objectionable given his history on this very issue.For what reasons do you think the voters should give you their vote?I believe people should vote for me for two reasons: I represent a party that has not wasted one day in office, working hard to improve the lives of working people, families and pensioners. We have improved the public health system, ambulances, hospitals, schools, public transport, we have recruited more police and we have built the strongest economy in Australia including creating 400,000 additional jobs.I am not only the member of parliament for the Greek centre of Melbourne, I live here and I was raised here. I worked in Oakleigh for many years both for a former politician, as a councillor and Mayor for the City of Monash and as a small business owner in Oakleigh. I know and love the Greek community of Oakleigh and it’s been part of my life for my whole life. I listen to people, I work hard and I have an ambition to keep working to improve the lives of people who have worked so hard for so long to help build the incredible success story that is modern Australia. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Several WWE Legends added to the 1019 RAW in Dallas

first_img Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE Ronda Rousey Google+ Courtesy of WWE.com:The Undertaker, Ric Flair and more join Brock Lesnar’s Go to Hell Tour on Oct. 19 RawAs Brock Lesnar’s Go to Hell Tour winds its way toward Los Angeles, The Beast Incarnate’s infernal caravan will make a stopover on WWE’s flagship show, where a few Legends and Hall of Famers will join the ride.WWE.com can confirm that the Oct. 19 Raw, scheduled to emanate live from Dallas — the home city of WrestleMania 32 — will not only feature a live appearance by Lesnar, but also WWE Hall of Famers Shawn Michaels, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Ric Flair, as well as Lesnar’s Hell in a Cell opponent, The Undertaker.Not only will this be the final Raw before The Beast’s Hell in a Cell contest with The Phenom, but the Go to Hell Tour will continue after Raw goes off the air, when Lesnar and Austin sit down for the latest edition of the “Stone Cold” Podcast, live on the award-winning WWE Network. See the final stop on The Beast’s road to Hell when Raw emanates live from Dallas on Oct. 19 at 8/7 C on USA Network!Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Shawn Michaels Facebook Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Pinterest WWE RAW Results – 4/1/19 (Stephanie McMahon’s to make WrestleMania announcement) WhatsApp Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35center_img Shawn Michaels Breaks Down His Mid-Air Sweet Chin Music Move Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair Hospitalized Now Playing Up Next NWA President Billy Corgan announces their first television tapings from Atlanta WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins RAW Preview: Stephanie to make WrestleMania announcement, Live RAW Post-Showlast_img read more

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Trial witness says Amanda Knox didnt kill roommate

first_imgPERUGIA, Italy (AP) — A convicted child murderer testified Saturday at the appeals trial for Amanda Knox, saying that a fellow inmate had told him the American student had nothing to do with her British roommate’s slaying.Witness Mario Alessi, who is serving a life sentence for one of Italy’s most shocking crimes, the kidnap-murder of an Italian toddler snatched from his home, was called by defense lawyers. His credibility was soon challenged in court.Knox was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering British student Meredith Kercher in the house the two shared in Perugia, and sentenced to 26 years in prison. Her co-defendant and ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito of Italy, was also convicted and sentenced to 25 years.They both deny wrongdoing and are appealing their convictions.Also convicted in a separate proceeding was Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivorian man whose conviction has been confirmed by Italy’s highest criminal court. Guede also denies wrongdoing, but admitted being in Knox’s and Kercher’s apartment the night of the murder on Nov. 1, 2007.Alessi is being held in the same prison as Guede. He testified that the Ivorian told him that Knox and Sollecito are innocent, speaking in prison conversations in November 2009. That was about a month before Knox and Sollecito were convicted in the first trial and while Guede had already been convicted and was appealing.last_img read more

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Instagram is back up and running

first_img Tags Instagram is down. James Martin/CNET Instagram looks to be back online after an outage hit the social media platform for more than an hour on Thursday afternoon. Previously, checking it on the Instagram mobile app brought up a “couldn’t refresh feed” message, while attempting to use the desktop website came up with a Facebook logo and a “Sorry, something went wrong” message.  instagram-down“Earlier today, a technical issue caused some people to have trouble accessing their Instagram accounts,” an Instagram spokesperson said. “We are now fully recovered and apologize for the inconvenience.”Down Detector recorded more than 38,000 reports as of 3 p.m. PT, which jumped to almost 57,000 reports as of 3:40 p.m. Its live outage map showed the issue was reported globally, across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Instagram acknowledged the outage via Twitter at 3:41 p.m. PT, saying it was working to fix the issue. Instagrammers running towards Twitter to confirm #instagramdown!! pic.twitter.com/MqnnqM8LzV— Gaurav (@iamGrvJ) June 13, 2019 Others complained they didn’t know what to do with their time. How twitter reacts when Instagram goes down again #instagramdown pic.twitter.com/xArPht9uJe— Leo (@leomo30) June 13, 2019 When you realize that Instagram is down and it’s not just a problem with your WiFi #instagramdown pic.twitter.com/XwhLNgngBy— ScaleLA (@ScaleLosAngeles) June 13, 2019 A lot of people used Twitter to check whether it was their Wi-Fi or Instagram itself that was the problem. Me figuring out what to do with my time now. #instagramdown pic.twitter.com/TlymRV7iUB— Freya (@Freya140303) June 13, 2019 Unhappy users also complained of repetitive outages across Instagram. center_img Share your voice We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing their Instagram accounts. We’re working quickly to fix the issue. #instagramdown— Instagram (@instagram) June 13, 2019 First published at 3:10 p.m. PT on June 13. Updated at 3:52 p.m. PT: adds Twitter post from Instagram. Updated at 4:26 p.m. PT: Instagram is back up and running. During the outage, Instagram users flooded Twitter with memes, as hundreds used the #instagramdown hashtag. “Instagrammers running towards Twitter to confirm #instagramdown!!” one tweet said. Comments 4 Mobile Mobile Appslast_img read more

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Sri Lanka Buddhist monks slam antiMuslim riots

first_imgSri Lankan Muslim men stand next to shops that have been closed in protest following deadly communal violence in other parts of the country, in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo on 9 March 2018. AFPHundreds of Buddhist monks and activists staged a demonstration in the Sri Lankan capital Friday to condemn anti-Muslim riots that have killed three people and forced the government to declare a nationwide state of emergency.The National Bhikku Front said they organised the silent protest against what they called “communal clashes destroying national unity”.Moderate Buddhist leaders have also denounced the riots concentrated in the central city of Kandy, 115 kilometres (72 miles) east of the capital Colombo.Several Sri Lankan users also posted photos on Twitter of Buddhist monks visiting mosques during Friday prayers to express solidarity.Sinhalese and Muslim civil society groups had staged a joint protest in Colombo Thursday calling for tough action against the perpetrators of the riots.Violence erupted on Monday after a Sinhalese man died of injuries suffered during an attack last week by four Muslim men. Tensions escalated when the body of a Muslim man was found in a burnt out building in the Kandy district on Tuesday.Sinhalese gangs set fire to mosques and Muslim-owned businesses, homes and vehicles in Kandy and elsewhere.The government declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew while troop reinforcements were used to back police patrols.Police said the main instigator of the riots was arrested on Thursday along with 145 others. He was identified as Amith Weerasinghe, a Sinhalese known for anti-Muslim activism and extremist social media posts.A group of radical Buddhists monks are facing prosecution for their alleged role in anti-Muslim violence in 2014 that left four people dead.Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhalese community accounts for about three quarters of the 21 million population. Most are Buddhists. Muslims account for 10 per cent of the population.last_img read more

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Vizs Eric Eberhardt Dishes on The World Next Door With Us

first_img Viz recently announced a partnership with Rose City Games as its first foray into game publishing with an indie developer on its first project. It’s called The World Next Door, and it looks like a satisfying amalgam of some of the coolest parts of anime and gaming in both subcultures. We had a brief Q&A session with Viz’s Eric Eberhardt, Director of Business Development, about the new venture and what we can expect to see come out of it. If you’re interested in seeing what happens next for the indie gaming scene and the popular anime publisher, then you’ll definitely want to pay attention.The gaming market is extremely competitive. What prompted the decision to enter the game publishing arena at this time?The market is extremely competitive, but we feel that Viz is uniquely positioned to introduce new games to a proven & enthusiastic audience. And partnering with Rose City Games helps us to identify up-and-coming indie devs who are often already strongly attuned to the tastes and preferences of that audience.Are there any specific genres you’re targeting specifically beyond narrative-driven games?We’ve done a lot of research on the types of games that our fans play the most (Tactical RPGs, Shmups, etc.). And we’ll use that as a roadmap, but we also want to explore any genres that can support compelling characters and story, since these could be a great opportunity to introduce new fans to our anime and manga offerings as well.Will you be publishing properties that are based on any of Viz’s anime catalog in the future?Viz already has great partnerships with Bandai Namco and other publishers to create console and mobile games based on anime licenses, and we’re definitely 100% committed to continuing those relationships, but we’re open to new opportunities as well.What’s the most important aspect of this new venture? Why did you choose to develop a game for the PC platform as opposed to a console or online based format?While all game distribution platforms and channels are highly competitive, we feel that PC downloadables are in a sweet spot regarding market saturation and dev cost that makes them a perfect jumping off point for eventual migration to other formats. By making use of multi-platform tools like Unity from the outset, we’re ready to follow audience interest to mobile or console on a game-by-game basis, and we definitely plan on doing so whenever it makes sense.How will this venture differ from other indie gaming companies out there?Like most indie publishers, our primary goal will be to make successful, well-received games. But as part of an established, multi-channel publishing company, we have a number of different ways to foster and measure that success.How do you hope to improve the gaming landscape for smaller studios and developers with this new venture?The audience for anime and manga is young, diverse and growing. And while it’s by no means underserved on the console, mobile and PC gaming platforms right now, we still see plenty of room for new stories and voices to connect with our fans. So we want to support and encourage devs who are speaking to that audience, both by working with them directly as a publisher, and also by helping to prove the viability of original, narrative-driven games across the industry as a whole.Are there any additional insights or hints that you can give us that could be coming soon? What should we look for next? Is there a release date for The World Next Door yet?No release date yet, but we’ll definitely have lots more info to share soon. We have some plans coming together around GDC, so stay tuned to the game website and social media for more info on that as it develops.Can you offer any additional details on The World Next Door, or divulge anything on what we should be looking forward to in the game, specifically?We’re really excited for everyone to learn more about the world and characters of The World Next Door! I think it’s an incredibly deep story that is going to resonate with a lot of people, and the character designs and illustrations by Lord Gris do a fantastic job of expressing that visually.As you have done with titles like The Legend of Zelda, Splatoon, and Pokémon, there any plans to publish graphic novels or other titles based on The World Next Door?For now, we’re focused on bringing The World Next Door to life on the PC. Merchandise, adaptations, and spinoffs are becoming a bigger part of the indie game scene, and down the line, we’re excited to see how we can bring the game to the worldwide audience across a wide variety of formats. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge Is Coming To DVD and Blu-Ray This MonthHello Kitty & Friends Coloring Book Review: All Your Friends Are Here last_img read more

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