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Smriti Mandhana reveals moments of heartbreak from India’s dressing room after World Cup final defeat

first_imgIndia’s dressing room was far from a happy sight after a batting implosion resulted in a horror defeat to England in the Women’s World Cup final at Lord’s, revealed Smriti Mandhana after reaching home.Having restricting England to a modest 228, India suffered a dramatic collapse to let the match slip. As the wickets fell, the spirit in the Indian camp also fell and by the end, there was a look of extreme grief, shock and disappointment on the faces of each of the players.Mandhana spoke of the eerie quietness in the dressing post the loss and how the reception they got on the Airport when they returned made them feel better.”We were pretty sad after the final but after seeing the reception in India, we felt like we had done something special.”It was a quiet dressing room. We had come so close and were very sad that we could not do it for Mithali and Jhulan. That haunted us more than anything else,” Mandhana said at the press conference.Mandhana hoped that after the experience of a World Cup final, the girls will only improve.”Out of the 15 players in the squad, 13 were playing the final for the first time and hopefully this experience with help and we will not make the same mistakes again,” Mandhana expressed.Mandhana had a great start to the World Cup with 90 runs against England in the opener and she followed that up with a 106 not out against West Indies but post those two knocks, Mandhana’s form dropped and could not put anything substantial on the board.advertisement”It was a good start for me in the World Cup but then it turned into a quiet one. I know the mistakes I did and will work on not making the same mistakes again,” Mandhana told.Mandhana talked of the experience she and Harmanpreet drew from the Big Bash League in Australia and backed a women’s IPL.”The Women’s Big Bash League was a good experience for me and Harmanpreet (Kaur). We discovered much more individuality there and got to know other bowlers better, so it was a very good experience. If women’s IPL is organised in India, it will be very beneficial for Indian players,” Mandhana said.Mandhana revealed the dressing room was full of nerves during the final and reiterated that this team will only get better from here.”We were very nervous watching the final. Throughout the chase, the entire dressing room kept praying.”Through the tournament, a new player stepped up. So we can say we have achieved something. In two years, this team will become better,” Mandhana added.last_img read more

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Mithali Raj’s response to social media trolls: Not worth my time

first_imgMithali Raj has proved it all on the cricket field. She is the first woman cricketer to score 6000 runs in ODIs, she has guided India to two World Cup finals but no matter her records on the cricket field, the 34-year-old has often been targeted by trolls on social media.Now, the Indian captain has the perfect response to those trolls saying it’s not worth her time to get bothered.Speaking exclusively to India Today Mithali says, “Sometimes I feel people have way too much time in their lives that they do this (toll) and they only try to figure out the negativity in the people and post it. For all those strong people who have come out in support of me I would like to thank them and also tell women should not be discouraged by these trolls as it is definitely not worth our time.”While Mithali says she understands people have a right to free expression, she has urged all on social media to show restraint.”Social media is a medium in which people can reach out to anybody. Everybody has the rights to express their feelings but people also need to understand that when they have their rights then even we also have the rights to put up whatever we want and if you don’t like it then do not follow it as simple as that,” adds the Indian captain.Despite leading India to the World Cup final and scoring seven back-to-back half centuries, Mithali was trolled mercilessly for her choice of attire on more than one occasions on Twitter, be it for wearing a western dress or sweating after working out.advertisement”People need to understand that sportspeople do have other lives and it is just not limited to sports. If I am a sportsperson then I do not need to be in a sports attire. People do have lives other than sports and everybody wants to live a normal life and people should accept that,” added Mithali.We also asked her if she thought people were abusing their privilege of being able to connect with celebrities on social media.”I think so because when you are on a public platform then you need to think that whatever they post should not affect the family members of the people you are attacking. For me it does not matter because I have seen lot bigger challenges than just being trolled for something so frivolous and I just laughed it out.”Probably it will not be same for my parents who come from a humble background, it was something different and a shock to them.”People need to consider that but you cannot stop anybody from expressing themselves as it is an open medium but yea if people can be educated enough to understand that they cannot be hurtful to somebody,” concluded Mithali.last_img read more

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Navas Couldn’t Save Costa Rica

first_imgSALVADOR, Brazil — Not even Keylor Navas could rescue Costa Rica this time.The goalkeeper who made so many wonderful saves in this World Cup was outclassed in the penalty shootout that decided the quarterfinal against the Netherlands.But for 120 minutes — and for most of Costa Rica’s previous four matches at the tournament — Navas simply couldn’t be beat.In the first half alone on July 5, Navas made four saves that helped earn him the man of the match award, even after the Dutch won a shootout 4-3 after a 0-0 draw marked by 120 minutes of Dutch dominance.In the 29th minute, Navas denied Memphis Depay with his boot.Ten minutes later his diving, one-handed, effort to swat away a free kick from Wesley Sneijder would have stood as the save of the night if Tim Krul had not stopped two Costa Rica penalties in the shootout.And there were plenty more saves, too, all the way through extra time. But in the shootout, the Netherlands converted all four of their spot kicks. “Of course you want to stop the penalty, but they shot better and I could not stop them,” Navas said.Still, that shouldn’t cast a shadow on what Navas did against Uruguay, Italy and England in the group stage — or on the class he displayed against Greece and the Netherlands for 120 minutes in the knockout stages.It was largely thanks to Navas and an impenetrable defense that Costa Rica reached the last eight for the first time.In five matches Navas conceded a tournament-low two goals and he couldn’t be blamed for either of them.The first was a penalty kick from Edinson Cavani in Costa Rica’s opening 3-1 win over Uruguay and the second was a rebound effort from Sokratis Papastathopoulos in the penalty-shootout win over Greece in the round of 16, which ended 1-1 after 120 minutes.Papastathopoulos scored only after Navas had stopped a shot from Theofanis Gekas with a diving effort — with Costa Rica down to 10 men. Then, in the ensuing shootout for that game, Navas made the only save, diving to swat away Gekas’ attempt.While the 27-year-old Navas may not have been well known until his run here, he recently enjoyed one of the best seasons of any goalkeeper in the Spanish league.Navas was credited with a La Liga-best 160 saves for Levante during his most recent club season. He had 16 clean sheets and allowed 39 goals, meaning he stopped a La Liga-best 80.1 percent of the shots he faced.No wonder Levante had offers for Navas from European runner-up Atletico Madrid even before the World Cup began. Now, though, Navas’ transfer fee could well have doubled.(ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Petr Cech to start against Chelsea F.C.: Arsenal F.C. manager Unai Emery

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has said veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech will start against his former club Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.Cech was criticised for his performance against defending champions Manchester City, who won 2-0, last weekend.Cech struggled with Emery’s tactics, which involve playing out from the back, in the 2-0 loss to the defending champions. He was criticised by some supporters who called for new signing Bernd Leno to take his place for the London derby.”I’m very happy with his performance. He has experience, he has quality, he has the capacity,” Emery told a news conference.”For Saturday, the decision is easy. Petr can continue to start, I believe in him. But if Bernd starts, I believe in him also… they are two goalkeepers who are important for us.”Emery suggested that he would persist with his style despite being outplayed by City and sought a strong response from his players.”We need to keep our personality, our mentality. Against City, the team kept their ideas, kept their spirit in the game for the full 90 minutes even when we were losing,” Emery added.”That was a good thing…I want us to continue with this work and to be competitive for 90 minutes, but with a better performance both individually and collectively.”Stephan Lichtsteiner or Nacho Monreal will fill in for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who is out until October after suffering a leg fracture against City. Regular left back Sead Kolasinac is also out for a similar period with a knee injury.advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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4 injured in house collapse

first_imgNew Delhi: Four people were injured after the roof of a house collapsed on them while they were asleep in Delhi’s Jharoda part-2 on Monday, a Delhi Fire Service official said. Vipin (25), Rajan Kumar (20), Kundan (18) and Vikas (18) have been admitted to a hospital, they said. A senior fire official said they received a call about the collapse at 6.45am, after which four fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The house was old, had a ground floor with four rooms. The roof of the room where the victims were sleeping collapsed, the official said. One of the victims suffered head injuries, another had his left leg fractured. The other two men had minor injures and were discharged after first-aid, the official added.last_img read more

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Mayawati terms EC anti-dalit; says NAYA jumla of Congress

first_imgGopalganj (Bihar): BSP supremo Mayawati on Thursday alleged that the Election Commission has an anti-dalit mindset and that was why it had stopped her from campaigning in Agra, considered the ‘Dalit capital’ of northern India.She also claimed that BJP leaders are taking the Army’s name in their poll speeches violating the model code of conduct, but the EC is keeping mum. Mayawati, a dalit leader, also described the proposed ‘NAYA’ scheme as the ‘jumla’ of the Congress. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The Election Commission, which has an anti-dalit mindset, stopped me from campaigning in the capital of dalits, Agra. Victory of BSP candidates in order to form its government at the Centre will be the appropriate reply to the Commission,” Mayawati said at a poll meeting here. The EC had imposed a 48-hour ban from 6 am on Tuesday on Mayawati on campaigning for her “provocative” communal remarks which, it said, had the “propensity to polarise the elections”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe former UP chief minister was scheduled to campaign in Agra on Tuesday. Attacking the Congress, she described the proposed minimum income scheme ‘NAYA’ as ‘jumla’. “We do not believe in jumlas like the Congress which promises to provide Rs 6,000 as minimum income. We will give permanent jobs to farmers in government and private sectors if BSP comes to power at the Centre,” Mayawati said. The BSP has not come out with any manifesto as it does not believe in making making mere announcements, she said adding that it wants to carry out development works. Parties like the Congress and the BJP release their manifestos during poll time and forget its promises later, Mayawati alleged. All these ‘jumlebazi’ and ‘chowkidari’ will not be able to save the BJP government, she claimed. It is because of the BJP that the private sector follows no reservation policy, Mayawati alleged. The BSP leader asked women to prepare food for the men in the family only when they come back home after exercising their franchise.last_img read more

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Leading drug producer Afghanistan witnessing rise in addiction – UN

21 June 2010Afghanistan, the world’s leading producer of opium and hashish, is seeing an increasing number of its own citizens taking drugs, according to a new United Nations report released today, which found that around one million people – eight per cent of the population – suffer from addiction. “The human face of Afghanistan’s drug problem is not only seen on the streets of Moscow, London or Paris. It is in the eyes of its own citizens, dependent on a daily dose of opium and heroin above all – but also cannabis, painkillers and tranquilizers,” said Antonio Maria Costa, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC ), which issued the report. Mr. Costa noted that many Afghans are taking drugs as a kind of self-medication against the hardships of life, with a large number having begun the habit as migrants or refugees in camps in Iran and Pakistan.“After three decades of war-related trauma, unlimited availability of cheap narcotics and limited access to treatment have created a major, and growing, addiction problem in Afghanistan,” he said.Compared to five years ago when a similar survey was conducted, the number of regular opium users has risen 53 per cent, from 150,000 to 230,000. The number of heroin users rose from 50,000 to 120,000, an increase of 140 per cent, during the same period.Drug abuse is leading to a number of other problems such as behavioural, social and health issues; crime; accidents; and loss of productivity in the workplace, noted the report, entitled “Drug Use in Afghanistan.”Injecting drug use, as well as sex traded for drugs or money, spread HIV and other blood-borne diseases, it added.A shocking statistics in the report is the number of parents who give opium to their children – as high as 50 per cent of drug users in the north and south of the country.“The next generation of Afghans risks being condemned to a life of addiction,” said Mr. Costa. “And addiction will grow exponentially, as each family on average has half a dozen kids.”The report also reveals the shortage of drug treatment available in the country, with only ten per cent of drug users surveyed having received any form of drug treatment.Noting that over 700,000 Afghans have no access to drug treatment, Mr. Costa invited Afghanistan’s partners to give the same attention to helping the country overcome its drug-related health crisis as they are to curbing drug cultivation.The first-ever Afghanistan Cannabis Survey, released by UNODC in March, confirmed that the country – already the world’s biggest opium producer – also leads global hashish production.“Much has been said and written about Afghanistan as a leading producer of drugs, causing health havoc in the world. It is time to recognize that the same tragedy is taking place in Afghanistan, [which] has now become a leading consumer of its own opium,” said Mr. Costa. read more

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Former Obama adviser Rejecting Keystone XL pipeline would make Vladimir Putins day

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s former national security adviser says rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline would be a gift to Vladimir Putin.James Jones is testifying today at a Senate hearing on whether approving the pipeline is in the U.S. national interest.He says energy scarcity is a powerful geopolitical weapon — as evidenced now in Ukraine, and at various times in Iran and Venezuela.Naming the Russian leader personally, he says the world’s bullies are watching the KXL debate, and hoping to see a weaker U.S. that foregoes opportunities for energy independence.He says he can’t understand why the U.S. would spend billions and risk soldiers’ lives to stabilize oil sources abroad — then reject a piece of vital infrastructure at home.He says climate change requires action, but can’t see how the Keystone pipeline determines that issue.The hearing is being held while the Obama administration determines whether the Alberta-to-Texas pipeline is in the U.S. national interest. A decision is expected within months. read more

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Toronto stock market ends lower weakened commodities jobs numbers

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower on Friday as commodities weakened and the shine wore off jobs reports from both the U.S. and Canada.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 28.69 points to 12,418.99 — up 0.8 per cent from where it closed last Friday. The TSX Venture Exchange was up 4.13 points at 1,344.98.Stocks lost the momentum that was built up in the morning, particularly on Wall Street, after the U.S. government reported that the country’s unemployment rate fell below eight per cent for the first time since January 2009, while hiring increased to 114,000 jobs in September.The Canadian dollar rose 0.17 of a cent to 102.16 cents US, adding slightly to a gain of more than seven-tenths of a cent earlier in the day.In Canada, the jobs data was mixed with the unemployment rate rising one-tenth of a point to 7.4 per cent in September even as the economy added 52,100 jobs — five times the number expected.The report was well received by many economists given the signs of weakness that permeate the Canadian economy, but BMO Financial Group chief economist Sherry Cooper warned that the outlook for the country is still clouded.“The Canadian economy might not be as close to full-employment as we think,” she wrote in a note.“With an overvalued currency, tightened credit conditions and the prospect of higher interest rates, the economy could be vulnerable to a further slowdown from the under two per cent pace recorded so far this year.”Despite the mixed day, the Dow managed to reach a milestone: its highest close since December 2007. The Dow Jones industrials moved 34.79 points higher to 13,610.15, an increase of 1.3 per cent from a week earlier. The Nasdaq composite index lost 13.27 points to 3,136.19 and the S&P 500 index dropped 0.47 of a point to 1,460.93.“The magnitude of improvement has been pretty material,” said Monika Skiba, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“We’re starting to see some signs that the three rounds of quantitative easing have sort of helped at least the U.S. to muddle through.”The TSX energy sector fell 0.8 per cent. November crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped $1.83 to end at US$89.88 a barrel, a decline of 2.5 per cent from a week ago.Traders have been trying to gauge the strength of global oil demand while also watching developments surrounding Syria for any signs of a disruption in supplies from the Middle East.December gold bullion dropped $15.70 to US$1,780.80 an ounce, closing at its lowest levels of the week. December copper was down 0.8 of a cent at US$3.78 a pound.The TSX industrials sector increased 0.5 per cent with Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) rising $1.49 to $86.98.In corporate news, Ottawa is extending its review of a proposed $6-billion takeover of Progress Energy Resources Corp. (TSX:PRQ) by Malaysia’s Petronas to Oct. 19. The deal faces the key “net benefit” test under the Investment Canada Act. Progress shares were up six cents to $21.85.And the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note rose to 1.73 per cent from 1.68 per cent as investors shifted money from bonds into stocks. Toronto stock market ends lower weakened commodities, jobs numbers by News Staff Posted Oct 5, 2012 4:52 pm MDT read more

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Defence Case against gambler fails because witness lied

by Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press Posted Apr 6, 2017 12:42 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A lawyer for a Las Vegas gambler linked to golfer Phil Mickelson told jurors Thursday to acquit his client of insider trading charges, saying the prosecution hangs on the lies of the government’s main witness.William “Billy” Walters should be acquitted because he never cheated when he earned over $40 million through well-timed trades of the stock of the Dallas-based Dean Foods Co., attorney Barry Berke said.A prosecutor a day earlier had urged conviction, saying documents including phone and trading records supported the testimony of former Dean Foods board chairman Thomas Davis.Davis said he fed secrets about Dean Foods to Walters so that he could make profitable trades and that he hoped to get some tips about business and gambling in return.Berke said he would leave no doubt among jurors that Davis had lied repeatedly.“You’re going to see it. You’re going to feel it. And you’re going to know it,” Berke said. “What he’s saying about Mr. Walters not only isn’t true, it couldn’t be true.”Berke said his 70-year-old client was “in the fight of his life” and was viewed negatively by the government in part because he is a “high profile, colorful Las Vegas gambler.”“The prosecution in this case had some blinders on,” he said.Closing arguments over two days capped a three-week trial and enabled jurors to begin deliberations in late afternoon.Walters is charged with earning tens of millions of dollars illegally by making profits and avoiding losses through tips from Davis. Davis pleaded guilty to federal charges and is co-operating in the hopes he’ll be sentenced leniently.Mickelson wasn’t charged. But the Securities and Exchange Commission accused him in a civil lawsuit of making nearly $1 million trading Dean Foods stock. Mickelson agreed to repay it.Assistant U.S. Attorney Brooke Cucinella said in her Wednesday closing that Mickelson had given his winnings to Walters to cover gambling debts.She said Mickelson bought Dean Foods stock for the first time after Walters “told Mickelson that the trade was a winner.” Defence: Case against gambler fails because witness lied read more

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Kentucky Lands Top Recruits Harrison Twins

Identical twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison, considered the top high school backcourt in the nation, committed to Kentucky, assuring the Wildcats’ prominence for years to come.From Richmond, Texas, the brothers chose Kentucky over Maryland and SMU.“We liked coach (John) Calipari’s fire to win and we want to win a national chmpionship,” Andrew said.Added Aaron: “Also, Coach Calipari did not guarantee anything and we liked that.”They are the highest-rated basketball twins ever to come out of high school. Andrew, 6-foot-5, is the top point guard and No. 2 overall prospect in the ESPN 100, while Aaron is the No. 4 overall player and top-rated shooting guard in the country.The pair immediately boosts Kentucky’s recruiting class from unranked in the top 25 to No. 1 overall over Florida in ESPN’s 2013 class rankings.“I am very happy that Andrew and Aaron made their own decision,” their father, Aaron Harrison Sr., told ESPN. “They weighed all the facts and made their decision and it never changed.”Throughout the recruiting process, Calipari also was upfront with the twins and their family.“Coach Calipari told us, ‘We want you to come to Kentucky, but it is not going to be easy,’ ” Aaron Sr. said.Academics were important in their decision, according to their mother.“I liked the wall with the GPA of the players on it,” Marian Harrison said. “The GPA of the players that went to the NBA was great, and they are continuing to work toward getting their degrees.”Calipari made a great impression on the entire family and now is being rewarded with two immediate impact players for 2013.The twins’ announcement comes after a summer of intense recruiting. Each head coach who made the twins’ final three was omnipresent during July. Most of the time, the programs would dispatch their entire coaching staffs (three per school) to sit front and center to watch the twins.Andrew averaged 12 points, six assists and 4.9 rebounds per game for last year’s Texas Class 5A runner-up. Aaron averaged 18 points, four rebounds and two assists. Both are capable of big scoring numbers.In this case, Kentucky scored big. read more

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VIDEO Dáil suspended for nearly 30 minutes in property tax timing row

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ti164Hx9pPwTHE DÁIL was adjourned for almost 30 minutes this evening following disputes between the Taoiseach, Ceann Comhairle and Richard Boyd Barrett.The disputes centred over the time allotted to debate amendments to the Property Tax Amendment Bill, on which a final vote is scheduled to be held tonight at 10pm.Boyd Barrett said the time allotted to the Bill was not sufficient to deal with proposals that would have such a major impact on the public, and said the timetabling was an example of a “cynical policy” where the government allowed lengthy debates on less contentious Bills but curtailed them for more divisive laws.Opposition parties have tabled 67 proposed amendments to the legislation, with roughly two minutes allotted for each. Amendments ordinarily take at least 15 minutes each to consider, if a vote is called.Kenny dismissed his claims as “ranting”, and said the government had offered to extend last Friday’s general debate on the Bill by two hours – but that the opposition parties had turned down the request to extend Friday’s Dáil sitting to 5:30pm as a result.Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett attempted to proceed with business, but Boyd Barrett’s refusal to allow Kenny’s comments go unchallenged meant business had to be suspended for almost ten minutes. When it resumed, the feistiness continued prompting a further suspension of nearly 20 minutes.Boyd Barrett could be heard speaking off-mic as business continued afterwards, loudly criticising the behaviour of the Taoiseach and trying to attract the attention of the Ceann Comhairle.last_img read more

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Business profile Max Ouzas Prestige Cars

first_imgIn 1981, Max Ouzas opened a family business that would deliver quality used prestige vehicles to Australians. A family business through-and-through, Max works alongside his son Stefanos, nephew Bill. Even his wife Julia will help out from time to time, ensuring this business remains a tight-knit family affair. There was no question in Stefanos’ mind that he would enter the family business. His mother told him as a young boy he would follow his dad Max into work, spending his school holiday’s answering the phones and washing cars – to the point he’d ask the salesmen for five cents for following up on potential clients for them. It was a natural progression for Stefanos to follow in his father’s footsteps. And now, as his father is reduces a few of the responsibilities – although he still comes in every day – Stefanos has stepped up to the plate and now oversees more of the day-to-day running of the company. “My role is day-to-day running and managing the business,” explains Stefanos. “I am still involved in selling and buying and along with all the paperwork.” Prestige vehicles are a luxury, but buying a prestige quality used vehicle makes that luxury even more attainable for the everyday Australian. And being in the business for so long, and with so much experience, Stefanos is able to find the perfect car to suit your needs. “Finding out what they need out of a vehicle is our job,” Stefanos told Neos Kosmos. He says within five minutes of conversing with a client, he can usually tell what car would suit them. To find out what car is suitable for each individual Stefanos says they ask their customers about their needs. “We ask things like, is it only them in the car? Is it going to be a family vehicle? Do they have kids, grand kids? Are they single? Is it to be driven every day, only on the weekends, or at night? How big do they feel like they want to go – do they want to go up to a four wheel drive or a two door sports car? “Once you get that you find out a bit more about their personality, because every car is different in it’s own way and you know every brand. One will suit them more than the other.” Stefanos says what sets them apart is being a tight-knit family business with years of experience that gives them the credibility to offer this kind of advice. And it all comes down to customer service. “Being a small business and a family business it’s really important to us that everyone is satisfied at the end of the day. “Every client has to feel special and they are to us. We value every single one of our clients that buy a car. Like I tell everyone, I don’t want to sell you one car, I want to sell your whole family cars so I want to establish that relationship and keep it going.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Glasgow City Council agrees 6 annual pay increase for school janitors

first_imgJanitors who work for Glasgow City Council in primary, nursery and additional support for learning (ASL) schools and are members of the trade union Unison have agreed a 6% annual pay increase following a long-running pay dispute.The pay deal, which came into effect on 14 August 2017, will increase the annual pay of all janitors working in the city by £1,184 a year, with 196 janitors moving up a pay grade.Weekly working hours will be reduced from 41.5 hours a week to 40 hours a week, and janitors will now be able to take holidays during term-time. The janitors will receive a £520 working context payment, which relates to occasions when staff have to undertake dirty or outside work and heavy lifting. Janitors will be also be required to provide some sickness and holiday cover to other janitors under the new deal.The deal also includes the creation of 35 senior janitor positions, who will receive a staged £4,000 annual pay rise over the next two years.In January 2016, Unison members began a boycott of all heavy lifting, outside and dirty duties. This was followed by 67 days of strike action in March 2016, taken in three, five and 10-day blocks.In January 2017, Glasgow City Council body Cordia offered a deal that included a pay rise but reduced jobs. This offer was withdrawn by the previous council administration in March 2017.Susan Aitken, leader at Glasgow City Council, said: “I am pleased we have been able to bring about a positive end to this dispute, which has been one of longest disputes in Glasgow City Council in recent decades. This dispute was allowed to drag on far too long by the previous administration.“We promised parents and pupils this would be a priority for the city government. [This] agreement means we start the new school year with a deal that works for the janitors, the council and Glasgow’s schools. I am confident that this delivers a fair and sustainable justice for the jannies, alongside service reform without being unfair to other staff groups.“I am grateful to the workforce, trade unions and officers who have worked hard to bring about this resolution with their efforts across the summer; along with our city treasurer, Allan Gow, and city convener for workforce, Feargal Dalton.”A spokesperson at Unison added: “The dispute shows that [employees] can win if they are determined and organised, supported by their local branch and the wider the trade union, escalate strike action when necessary, involve the wider community and build pressure on elected politicians at key points.”last_img read more

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Hispanic American Firefighters Miami Seaquarium host show for special needs students

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Some special needs students were treated to a special holiday show, Thursday.The Hispanic American Firefighter’s Association teamed up with the Miami Seaquarium and Santa Claus to hold a party for 900 Miami-Dade students with special needs.The children enjoyed the Flipper Dolphin Show and a meal before Santa passed out gifts to all of the children.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for November 20 OUI Drug Arrest After Vehicle Ends Up

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, November 20, 2018:Michael A. Ferretti (24, Westford) was arrested for OUI Drugs; Marked Lanes Violation; Negligent Operation Of A Motor Vehicle; & Possession Of An Open Container Of Alcohol In Motor Vehicle. A McDonald Road homeowner called police after Ferretti drove and parked his vehicle on the homeowner’s lawn. (4:08am)A Fed Ex employee reported a large amount of cut up tree debris was dumped in parking lot on Cornell Place. (7:49am)A Parker Street resident reported his mailbox was knocked over last night. (12:04pm)A caller reported a tractor trailer unit went over Butters Row Bridge and caused a traffic back up. (5:12pm)A 15-year-old home alone reported someone might be in her house. Police responded. The child’s father had come home ten minutes early and threw a snowball at his daughter’s window. (7:49pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 26: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Tractor Trailer Takes Out Wall, Signs & HydrantIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 5: OUI Drugs Arrest; Man Issued Summons After Fleeing From CrashIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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This is what comes standard in the midengine 2020 Chevy Corvette

first_img • 2020 Chevrolet Corvette blends the new and the familiar Enlarge ImageI don’t know how Chevrolet managed to turn a mid-engine sports coupe into a bargain, but it did, and the industry is all the better for it. Chevrolet Chevrolet may have debuted the 2020 Corvette in front of a global audience hungry to finally see the first production mid-engine ‘Vette, but there’s still a whole lot we don’t know about the thing, including what sort of kit is included on the entry-level, sub-$60,000 model. But thanks to a recently published order guide, we can finally get some answers.General Motors recently published the order guide for the 2020 C8 Corvette, and its list of standard equipment is pretty solid, even in its simplest 1LT form. In terms of creature comforts, the base Corvette includes dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and start, two power-adjustable seats, a power tilt-and-telescope steering column and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Strangely enough, heated seats are not standard.There’s a whole lot of standard tech in the 2020 Corvette, too. The infotainment system has an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM and HD Radio, and it pipes tunes out through a 10-speaker Bose sound system. There’s a high-definition backup camera, as well as NFC phone pairing that only requires holding your phone up to the infotainment screen. Chevy’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is in there, too. Rear parking sensors, LED headlights, remote start and a 12-inch gauge cluster screen are all standard, too. Solid.2020 Chevy C8 Corvette StingrayEnlarge ImageIf you want to get weird with your interior motif, you’ll have to opt for the 3LT trim, which will send the price a bit further north, although we’re not sure by how much. Chevrolet Of course, moving up to the 2LT or 3LT trims bestows even more goodies upon you. 2LT adds embedded navigation, a color HUD (head-up display), wireless device charging, a 14-speaker Bose audio system and a curb-view camera on the front bumper. Seat heating and ventilation are standard on 2LT, as well, in addition to a heated steering wheel, blind-spot monitoring and a rearview mirror that houses a screen that can show a feed from the backup camera. 2LT also adds the Corvette’s front-lift system to help get over steep driveway curbs.The 3LT trim takes things even further with different bucket seats (competition seats can be had on any trim, for an additional cost), a leather-wrapped interior and microfiber upper interior trim. It’s also the trim that lets you choose a custom interior trim and seat combination.All three trims can opt for the Z51 performance package that pushes the Corvette’s 0-to-60 time down under 3 seconds. This adds performance brakes, a sportier suspension, a performance exhaust, an adjusted rear axle ratio, a limited-slip differential, proper summer tires, better cooling and a bit more aero. The suspension and exhaust can be installed separately, as well, the latter of which is said to add about 5 horsepower itself. (Hat tip to Jalopnik!) 1:55 2020 Chevy Corvette: First look at the mid-engined wonder 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See All Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Tags reading • This is what comes standard in the mid-engine 2020 Chevy Corvette Performance Cars Sports Cars Coupes 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Chevrolet 0 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Post a comment 55 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 4G LTE Chevrolet Apple More From Roadshowlast_img read more

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Hoffman Halford Prepare for Walker Transition Weekend

first_imgHoffman and Halford speak as Bill Walker and Byron Mallott look on. (Photo from Walker campaign)Bethel’s Ana Hoffman and former Senate President Rick Halford are chairing incoming Governor Bill Walker’s transition team. Walker is racing towards inauguration next month.Download AudioHoffman and Halford are pulling together stakeholders in 17 topic areas, from budgets and subsistence to the National Guard and education. Those people will attend this weekend’s transition conference to prepare briefings for Walker and Mallott. Hoffman says they’re seeking a demographic that’s representative of Alaska.“We’re trying to reach out to a variety of age groups, males, females democrats, and republicans, people who work in both rural and urban Alaska, so all those perspectives can be shared and can contribute toward the end product,” said Hoffman.Over the weekend, about 200 people will gather at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus with the incoming Governor and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott to dig deep into the state’s most pressing issues.“We’ll get together and identify the most significant area of concern, areas where we can reach consensus, and steps forward for implementation. The groups will spend time identifying areas under those specific topics where the stakeholders couldn’t reach consensus but try to identify items that can be overcome and work toward implementing those areas where they can overcome their differences,” said Hoffman.Hoffman says the group will work more with policy issues and less with any personnel decisions for the incoming administration.Walker must submit a budget to the legislature in less than a month. While he’s been campaigning around the state, the price of oil has dropped well below forecasts, leading to deficit spending for the legislature and lean budgets in the near future. Hoffman says the state’s fiscal reality will play into every discussion this weekend.“I’m sure that all of the different areas, such as infrastructure, natural resources, public safety, revitalizing the National Guard, in all of those areas, I’m sure everyone would agree they need more services. But before those discussions happen, participants will all need to understand what type of budget constraints we’re facing in the state, and with that in mind, what sort of things we can continue to strive toward,” said Hoffman.Walker is slated to be sworn in December 1st.last_img read more

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Senior Care Center Key to Development Plan

first_imgThis drawing shows tentative plans for a senior complex along Revilla Road. The plan includes a senior care facility, condos for seniors, and housing and services for employees of the senior center. (Image from Ward Cove Group development proposal.)A long-range plan to develop borough-owned land in Ketchikan’s Ward Lake-Revilla Road area is inching forward, albeit with hesitation on the part of the Borough Assembly.Download AudioA huge part of the Ward Cove Group’s development plan is a proposed senior housing complex, close to the intersection of Revilla Road and North Tongass Highway. The company’s president told the Assembly that he’s been carefully researching senior centers over the years, and has a good idea of the kind of facility he’d like to see built.Ketchikan has a shortage of housing options for senior citizens, specifically seniors who need assistance. Ward Cove Group President David Spokely said seniors often have to leave town, because there just isn’t space at the Pioneers Home, the state-run senior care center.“When I came here years and years ago, there was a six year waiting list for senior housing,” he said. “There’s still a six-year waiting list.”Spokely said his vision for the senior center is a true home, with different levels of assistance and various services, such as an urgent care medical clinic for seniors.He said one section would be for seniors with memory problems.“The best place I found Down South was, they have about four rooms that open up into a 20-foot by 40-foot corridor, that corridor has a little coffee shop and sitting area. It looks like someone’s living room,” he said. “So when you come out of your assisted-living room, you come right out into a living room that everybody is combined in. No hallways, no corridors, no place to get lost.”There would be another section for residents who don’t have dementia, but need regular physical care; and for those residents who can move around independently, Spokely said the proposed facility has places to go.“The center area is a food court, basically a community area where you can get food and services, a little movie theater,” he said. “Just an indoor community center that you would expect to find in a typical downtown area.”Another section would offer apartments and condos for seniors who don’t need assistance, but want to take advantage of some of those services offered through the center.“We’re looking at a senior community that (would) not just serve the people of Ketchikan, but to be an attraction to the rest of the state,” he said. “To invite people so they don’t have to go to Seattle and live without family members, and leave the state of Alaska to get care.”All this might sound too good to be feasible, but Spokely said he has spent a lot of time researching senior care centers, and figuring out what is possible for Ketchikan.“Most people take vacations at Disneyland. Ask my wife, our vacations are going through senior centers throughout the Northwest, and urgent care centers, asking them how they operate and how they fund it,” he said.Spokely said starting the overall development with the senior center makes economic sense, because there is an established need for that service. He mentioned his mother-in-law, who has lived in Ketchikan since 1946.“She still gets up, still walks every day, whether it’s raining or not all year round and she loves the rain,” he said. “She’s not going south. But at some point, she’s not going to be able to stay in her apartment anymore.”Spokely said the senior center is for his mother-in-law, and seniors like her, who want to keep on walking in the rain.Here’s a PDF version of the development proposal:   WardCoveGroupProposallast_img read more

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