December 3, 2019

Anthem row in Goa ends with reprint

first_imgAcknowledging that an incomplete version of the national anthem got printed in a school textbook, the education authorities in Goa said it would be rectified. Close to 13,000 pages would be reprinted with a corrigendum and sent to schools. The cost would be borne by the publisher, they said.The incomplete version of the anthem appeared in the Class II Marathi textbook, triggering a row.State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) chief Nagaraj Honnekeri blamed it on a “software problem”.last_img

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December 1, 2019

Khaira withdraws resignation as MLA

first_imgPunjabi Ekta Party leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Tuesday withdrew his resignation as MLA.In a statement, Mr. Khaira said he took the decision, keeping in mind the sentiments of the people of Bholath, his constituency. Mr. Khaira, who was elected to the Assembly in 2017 as an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate, was expelled from the party later. He contested in the 2019 Lok Sabha election as Punjabi Ekta Party candidate from Bathinda after resigning from the Assembly in April. The Shiromani Akali Dal demanded the immediate disqualification of Mr. Khaira for leaving the parent party and forming a new outfit. Its senior leader Daljit Singh Cheema said Mr. Khaira’s attempt to withdraw his resignation by approaching the Speaker amounted to perpetuating a fraud on the Constitution.last_img

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November 18, 2019

Football is Coming: ‘Game of Thrones’ Creator at Jets Training Camp

first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J.— George R.R. Martin took his rightful place at New York Jets training camp and — spoiler alert! — everyone survived.The “Game of Thrones” creator, a big Jets and Giants fan, watched the two-hour-plus practice at the Jets’ facility with general manager Mike Maccagnan — playing the role of the kingsguard — at his side.Decked out in a black Jets hat, black pants, T-shirt and suspenders decorated with skulls and crossbones, Martin chatted with players, fans and Jets officials who surely wanted to know the fates of characters Jon Snow, Arya Stark, Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen, among others.Martin is the author of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” epic fantasy novels that were adapted by HBO for its Emmy-winning dramatic series “Game of Thrones.”DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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November 16, 2019

Charleston Open: Maria Sakkari beats defending champion Kiki Bertens to reach quarterfinals

first_imgDefending champion Kiki Bertens suffered a surprise 7-6(8) 6-3 loss to world number 50 Maria Sakkari in the third round of the Charleston Open in South Carolina on Thursday.On a day when top seed Sloane Stephens survived a scare before beating Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6 6-4 6-4, Sakkari showcased supreme court coverage skills throughout her almost two-hour match against Bertens.Sakkari clinched the match after breaking the second-seeded Dutchwoman, who was playing on her preferred clay surface, for the seventh time in the contest.Sakkari, the 15th seed, saved four set points in the opener and held steady the rest of the way to secure her third career top-10 victory following wins over Caroline Wozniacki in 2017 and Karolina Pliskova last year.No.15 seed @mariasakkari upsets defending champion Kiki Bertens to reach the @VolvoCarOpen quarterfinals –> https://t.co/kQQ4ZHGtTJ pic.twitter.com/2mCNJ6V9bn WTA (@WTA) April 4, 2019The win also righted the ship for Sakkari, who after a strong start to the year that included a run to the third round at the Australian Open, fell in the early stages of tournaments is St. Petersburg, Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami.”I’m pretty excited and speechless,” Sakkari said on court. “I had a rough two months after the Australian Open, I was losing in the first round, second round and I really wanted to come back stronger.”Finally I came back and I’m feeling great.”Up next for Sakkari will be fifth seed Wozniacki, who beat 12th-seeded Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-4 3-6 6-3.advertisementIn the late match, Australian Tomljanovic won the first set with an exquisite backhand drop volley that American Stephens could not retrieve.Tomljanovic reeled off 13 straight points early in the second set, hitting a series of winners to race to a 3-0 lead, but Stephens wrested back the momentum as quickly as she had lost it.Croatian-born Tomljanovic continued to go for her shots in the final set but while she hit more winners than her opponent, Stephens prevailed by making fewer errors.#VolvoCarOpen quarters it is for @BelindaBencic! She overpowered Townsend, 6-2, 7-5.–> https://t.co/3Qs0Wd163R pic.twitter.com/Vgz9yQNJ93 WTA (@WTA) April 4, 2019Earlier on Thursday, ninth seed Belinda Bencic extended her fine form with a 6-2 7-5 win over Taylor Townsend to reach the quarter-finals while Petra Martic beat Jessica Pegula 2-6 6-3 6-2.World number 21 Bencic, who entered the match having lost only six games all week, grabbed eight of the opening nine points to set the tone early.”The key was to put pressure on her. She’s got spin that can make you uncomfortable. If you give her time, she’s going to spin you off court and make you run,” said Bencic. “I just tried to play with smart tactics.”Also Read | Charleston Open 2019: Belinda Bencic, Jelena Ostapenko ease into second roundAlso Read | Ashleigh Barty stuns fifth seed Karolina Pliskova to win maiden Miami Open titleAlso Read | Miami Open: Ashleigh Barty battles past Anett Kontaveit to reach finalAlso Watch | R Ashwin on Mankading in IPL 2019: My conscience is very clear after the incidentlast_img read more

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October 24, 2019

LPG Tanker Hit Hard in Collision with Boxship off Surabaya

first_imgzoom The LPG tanker Navigator Aries collided with a container ship Leo Perdana on the night of June 29 near the island of Karang Dzhamuang, 20 miles north of Surabaya, Indonesia, according to the local media.The collision caused a fire on the 2008-built tanker, which was quickly put out. The 23,333 dwt tanker suffered a 5-meter breach on its port side.Local maritime authorities sent four tugboats to assist the stricken vessels. The tanker was initially anchored some 10 nautical miles north of Gresik.The extent of the damage on the 2,553 TEU Leo Perdana is unknown. The 2007-built boxship is currently docked at Surabaya port, where it sailed under its own power.The Indonesia-flagged Navigator Aries is managed by the UK-based Navigator Gas LLC.The Panama-flagged Leo Perdana is operated by Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine Corporation, and is employed on a Taiwan-Philippines-Indonesia (TPI) Service, which includes a call at Surabaya.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Navigator Gaslast_img read more

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October 22, 2019

Lunenburg to Remain Home Port for Bluenose II

first_imgTOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Lunenburg to Remain Home Port forBluenose II “We recognize and value the obvious relationship betweenLunenburg and Bluenose II,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Whatever optionis selected, Lunenburg will be the home port for this nationalicon.” An announcement on which option is selected is expected withintwo weeks. Efforts to develop a new contract with the trust have not been successful to date and the government continues to look at various options. center_img Residents of Lunenburg can rest assured that Lunenburg willremain the home port of Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador,Bluenose II. Rumours have surfaced recently that the government wasconsidering moving the home port of the vessel. “It is not our intention to change the home port of Bluenose II,”said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.”Lunenburg is the home port of Bluenose II and will continue tobe her home port under any new operating contract orarrangement.” The Bluenose II Preservation Trust Society has been operating thevessel under contract since 1998. That contract expires on Marchlast_img read more

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October 22, 2019

Traffic Advisory Cape Breton Regional Municipality

first_imgCAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street A section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will be reduced to one lane at various times for the construction of a new overpass. Work will take place until Jan. 31. Traffic control people will be onsite. Expect slow moving traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 -30-last_img

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October 17, 2019

Smoke detectors that might not detect smoke are recalled

first_imgNorth Carolina-based company Kidde, along with Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, have recalled nearly 500,000 smoke detectors that might not be able to detect smoke.This recall involves two models — PI2010CA and PI9010CA — of Kidde dual-sensor photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms manufactured between Sept. 10, 2016, and Oct. 13, 2017. Model numbers can be found on the back of the units.“A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke,” Health Canada says.Around 40,000 units of the affected products were sold in Canada, while around 452,000 units were sold in in the U.S. The alarms were sold from Nov. 1, 2016, to Jan. 25, 2018.Kiddle says that as of March 7, they haven’t received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the defected smoke alarms.Click here for instructions on how to find out if your smoke alarm has the yellow cap.Anyone with the affected smoke alarms can register for replacements online or by by calling 833-551-7739.Kidde also recalled 38 million fire extinguishers last year. They had a design flaw that could have prevented them from working and parts of the extinguisher could detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.last_img read more

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October 17, 2019

National Citizens Alliance member protesters scuffle briefly in Halifax

first_imgHALIFAX – Protesters had a minor scuffle with a member of a Calgary-based group with controversial views on immigration Friday evening during a gathering the group held in a downtown Halifax park after it was refused three indoor venues.The National Citizens Alliance had arranged to meet in Victoria Park, after being told they were no longer allowed to host a town hall at a Royal Canadian Legion in Halifax.Three or four members of the alliance gathered near the park, while more than two dozen protesters loudly chanted their opposition to the group’s views.Reporters watched as several members of the alliance retreated across the street toward the entrance area of the Lord Nelson Hotel, where protesters followed them.One protester argued with an alliance member while another wrestled a sign out of his hands and tore it to pieces.Flanked by police, the two sides engaged in a shouting match before the alliance members walked away to an unknown location.“We definitely showed them that Halifax won’t stand for xenophobia and Islamophobia,” said activist Jessica Dueling after the men left. “We showed them that we stand together as a community today, that we stand with all our neighbours.”The National Citizens Alliance had been set to host its meeting at a legion branch in Halifax’s north end Friday evening, but the event was cancelled by the legion on Thursday.“The original booking was made by an individual for a private function. When RCL Branch 27 learned that the booking was intended as a town hall meeting for the National Citizens Alliance, the booking was cancelled,” Valerie Mitchell-Veinotte, executive director of the Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command, told Global News.The alliance promotes the idea of “integration” of new arrivals into what it calls the “basic cultural norms of Canada,” as well as a belief that political correctness threatens Canada’s identity and culture.The group was recently banned from participating in the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival, whose organizers apologized on Sunday after the NCA walked in its parade.“We apologize to anyone who may have felt unsafe at the Grand Street Parade because of this political party’s attendance and derogatory messaging,” organizers of the week-long festival in Kentville, N.S., said in a statement.Stephen Garvey, leader of the NCA, said on Thursday that he rejects the characterization of the alliance, adding that no one in his party made hateful comments or uttered any hate speech.Garvey added his group doesn’t tolerate racism, and argued that his organization was taking part in the parade just like other political parties were. The NCA is not an officially registered party but has committed to running candidates in the 2019 federal election.“They’re the ones dividing people,” he said. “If we offended people, that’s their problem, not ours. As far as we’re concerned, we probably added some nice spice to the festival.”Garvey said the group wanted to host a town hall at the Halifax legion to clear up the confusion that has plagued it since it made headlines with its role in the apple blossom festival.Among the group’s core tenets is the goal of implementing a “strong no-nonsense immigration policy that puts the well-being and safety of the Canadian people first and implementing a temporary pause and substantial reduction in immigration.”last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

PM promises collateralfree loan as he woos traders

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday promised traders Rs 50-lakh loan without any collateral, credit card facility and a pension scheme for small shopkeepers as he made a strong re-election pitch to the business community.Modi said while his government has stood by traders in thick and thin, the opposition Congress has abused businessmen by calling all of them ‘chor’ (thieves). Addressing a traders’ convention here, he said the BJP-led NDA government in the last five years at the Centre worked to simplify lives and businesses of traders by scraping 1,500 archaic laws, simplifying processes and providing easy credit. Traders are “backbone” of the Indian economy but had in past never got the respect they deserved, Modi said, adding that doubling the size of the economy to USD 5 trillion is not possible without their contribution. “I am impressed by the hard work of traders… their business has helped the economy bloom,” he said. “I have tried to make your life and business easy in last five years.” “The country is also seeing how we have stood by you in thick and thin,” Modi said. With a household audience, the prime minister said the trading community is like weather forecaster who can anticipate future tidings. Hitting out at the opposition Congress, the prime minister said the party has in its 70-year rule only “insulted” businessmen. “They called all businessmen chor (thieves)” without realising the contribution of the business community in the economy. Stating that Mahatma Gandhi too came from businessmen community of banias, he said the country has seen the “insults” meted out by the Congress to traders. After being re-elected, he said, his government will set up a National Traders’ Welfare Board, bring trader credit cards and a pension scheme for small shopkeepers. Also, the provision will be made to provide loans of up to Rs 50 lakh without collateral, the prime minister promised to traders. Congress-led governments blamed traders for ills like price rise when it was the party’s own hoarders who were black marketing commodities, he alleged. Listing his government’s achievements, he said the NDA regime has ended 1,500 archaic laws at the rate of one per day in the last five years to make doing business easier in the country. Processes have been simplified, inspector raj largely checked and personal interference in income tax assessment removed. “I consider you (traders) as biggest stakeholder of the economy. Opposition parties remember you only on special occasion,” he said. Modi said the Goods and Services Tax, which was brought in July 2017 by amalgamating 17 different central and state taxes, has made doing business transparent, ended state check-posts and resulted in doubling of registered traders. “I do not say there may have not been mistakes (in implementing GST) but we have quickly addressed any anomalies based on suggestions from traders,” he said.last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

Remains of Archeological Ship Appear on Essaouira Coast

Rabat – According to the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the recently discovered ship ruins date back to a time period between the 18th and 19th century. The ministry is still conducting further research and empirical analysis to accurately identify the exact age of the ship ruins.A recent extension project of the Essaouira port accelerated the erosion of the beach due to changes in water currents and sand deposits. The change in morphology of the beach allowed for the resurfacing of the ship ruins. A set of wooden beams and remains of the ship’s foundation appeared during low tide on the Essaouira beach. The base of the ship is estimated to have a length of 26.5 meters. The Ministry of Culture and Communication is conducting “rescue excavations” to identify the causes of the ship wreckage, as well as its historical background. The ministry will also conduct excavations in the adjacent island of Mogador for related archeological ruins. read more

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October 12, 2019

Haiti ECOSOC team sees progress but renews call for ongoing development aid

Just returned from a mission to Haiti, the leader of a team from the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today painted a mixed picture of the Caribbean country, which has experienced greater political stability and security in recent months but still faces numerous development challenges which he said must be met through a determined international response. “Our goal is to promote recovery and stability and to ensure that Haiti receives the sustained, long-term international support that it needs,” said Ambassador John McNee of Canada, who led the ECOSOC Ad Hoc Advisory Group set up to follow the situation in Haiti and give advice to its Government on its long-term development strategies. The Group’s recent four-day trip to Haiti, which followed a visit it made two years ago, aimed to assess progress “and reinforce the UN’s long-term commitment to the people of Haiti,” Mr. McNee said. Members of the team, which included representatives of Haiti, Benin, Brazil, Chile, Spain and Trinidad and Tobago, met with senior Government officials, staff of UN agencies, the UN Assistance Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and others. They visited the capital, including the notoriously dangerous Cité Soleil neighbourhood, and also traveled beyond Port-au-Prince. Mr. McNee said the Group was still formulating its recommendations, but he echoed the findings of their previous report, which stressed that Haiti must remain on the international agenda and receive more support. “We were all struck by the magnitude of the development challenges in Haiti,” he said, while adding there were a number of encouraging factors, including measurable political stability thanks to elections facilitated by MINUSTAH, as well as a “considerable increase” in the level of basic security. In the past it would have been “unthinkable” for the Group to visit Cité Soleil, walk freely down the streets and speak with people there, he said, paying tribute to joint UN-Haitian efforts to take on the gangs “in their home turf.” Mr. McNee tempered his optimism with a note of caution. “In fairness, we should stress the fragility of the situation and the huge challenge. It is one thing to take on the gangs in this area – the real challenge is finding employment and economic growth that will give people incentive to take a peaceful path, not a criminal path.” On the long-term economic strategy, he said recommendations included boosting tourism, a mainstay of many Caribbean economies, and agriculture. “Those are two potential resources that Haiti has and offer possibilities for the future.” 25 April 2007Just returned from a mission to Haiti, the leader of a team from the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today painted a mixed picture of the Caribbean country, which has experienced greater political stability and security in recent months but still faces numerous development challenges which he said must be met through a determined international response. read more

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October 11, 2019

Libya UN human rights office calls for probe into Qadhafis death

21 October 2011The United Nations human rights office today called for a probe into Muammar Qadhafi’s death to determine whether he was killed during fighting or after his capture. The circumstances surrounding the ex-Libyan leader’s death yesterday in his hometown of Sirte are unclear, with four or five different versions of how he died, noted the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“There are at least two cell-phone videos, one showing him alive and one showing him dead. Taken together, these videos are very disturbing,” Rupert Colville, OHCHR’s spokesperson in Geneva, told reporters. “We believe there is a need for an investigation and more details are needed to ascertain whether he was killed in the fighting or after his capture,” he added.Mr. Qadhafi’s death and the fall of Sirte and Bani Walid bring an end to eight months of violence and suffering for the Libyan people as Government forces and rebels battled since the start of the pro-democracy movement earlier this year. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday called on all sides in Libya to lay down their arms and work together peacefully to rebuild the North African nation amid the news of Qadhafi’s death. “Clearly, this day marks an historic transition for Libya,” Mr. Ban stated, while adding that it is only the start of the process to achieve democracy and national reconciliation. “The road ahead for Libya and its people will be difficult and full of challenges,” he pointed out.Mr. Colville said “a new era” is now beginning in Libya, which should respond to the aspirations of the people for democracy and human rights. “For this to become a reality, human rights must be the cornerstone of all policies and actions, and people must have the chance to have a real say in determining the future of their country,” he stated. Mr. Colville added that the thousands of victims who suffered loss of life, disappearance, torture and other serious human rights violations over the past eight months, as well as throughout his long rule, have the right “to know the truth, to see the culture of impunity brought to an end, and to receive reparations.” “It will be essential for alleged perpetrators to be brought before trials, which adhere to international standards for fair trial, and for victims to see that accountability has been achieved,” he stated. The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, for his part, urged Libyans to unite and reconstruct their country through a process based on reconciliation, justice, and respect for human rights and the rule of law.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Al Nasser expressed his sincere condolences to all Libyans who have lost their loved ones in the conflict, and encouraged Member States to continue supporting the country as it embarks on reconstruction, stabilization and democratization.He reaffirmed that democratic reforms will need to be coupled with economic transformation to raise people’s living standards through job creation.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that, effective Sunday, newly arriving third-country nationals from Libya at Egypt’s Saloum border will not be processed for resettlement. Saloum has been one of the main sites over recent months for people fleeing the crisis in Libya.“The decision to halt further resettlement out of Saloum is based on a marked improvement in the situation in eastern Libya, and because UNHCR is refocusing its protection and assistance efforts inside Libya,” said the agency’s spokesperson, Andrej Mahecic.He told reporters in Geneva that people already at Saloum will not be affected and work will continue on finding solutions for them, including resettlement for those found to be refugees. Since the start of the conflict in Libya in February, 37,866 third-country nationals have been evacuated from Saloum by UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).As of 20 October, there were 1,816 people still at Saloum, approximately half of whom have been submitted for resettlement and most others awaiting the completion of refugee status determination. read more

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October 8, 2019

Summons issued on Bathiudeen

Bathiudeen has been accused of threatening the Mannar judge last month during a protest by Muslim fishermen in the area. The fishermen were agitating against a court order issued by the judge permitting Tamil fishermen to remain at a fishing market in the area. The Mannar Court has issued summons on Minister Rishad Bathiudeen to appear in court over allegations he had threatened a judge recently.The Minister has been ordered to appear in court on August 27th to respond to the allegations raised against him. Bathiudeen was reported to have threatened the judge and asked him to reverse his decision.During the protest last month the Mannar high Court premises was also stoned and it was reported that the Minister had instigated the attack.

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October 6, 2019

UN food agency launches multimillion dollar appeal for aid to Eritrea

The agency is asking for $33 million to fund over 90,000 tonnes of aid – enough to feed 738,000 drought victims from May 2001 to February 2002. “This is triple the number of drought-affected people WFP fed in the year 2000,” said Patrick Buckley, the agency’s top official in the country. “Eritrea and its people are facing a desperate scenario in the year ahead. Year after year of failed rains, exacerbated by the country’s recent war, have left a quarter of the population with little or no food reserves.” Eritrea’s arid and semi-arid regions have suffered extreme drought conditions for the past three years with serious consequences for the local population. Total grain production last year was only 85,000 tonnes compared to 320,000 tonnes in 1999. Early predictions indicate the winter rains will not be enough to break the drought cycle and the first harvest of 2001 will remain extremely low. Furthermore, according to WFP, last year’s border conflict with Ethiopia took its toll on food production, forcing tens of thousands of farmers to abandon their farms in the rich grain producing areas of Gash Barka and Debub, which yield over 70 per cent of the national food requirements. The agency’s effort is part of the UN Horn of Africa Appeal for 2001, for which $353 million was requested to assist 13 million people affected by drought. read more

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October 2, 2019

UN chief condemns deadly attacks in Afghanistan

In a statement by his spokesperson, Mr. Guterres underscored that deliberate targeting of civilians is a violation of international humanitarian law.“In the run up to the parliamentary elections on 20 October, the Secretary-General urges all parties to ensure a peaceful and orderly electoral process by creating a safe environment for political candidates to campaign and for citizens to exercise their right to assemble and vote,” added the statement.According to media reports, at least 22 people died and more than 35 wounded when a bomb went off at an election campaign rally in Takhar province in north-eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, and at least two individuals, including a child, were killed in a separate attack on a candidate’s office in Herat, western Afghanistan.In the statement, the UN chief also extended his deepest sympathies to the families of those killed and wished a speedy recovery to the injured. read more

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September 22, 2019

Laszlo Nagy to receive trophy for the Worlds Best Player 2011 in

Laszlo Nagy is the best Before the official start of the VELUX EHF Champions League match between MKB Veszprem and THW Kiel, Hungarian star and right back of home team, Laszlo Nagy will receive the trophy for the “World’s Best Player 2011” in the official contest of Handball-Planet.com, one of the biggest specialized handball website worldwide. Over 6500 handball fans worldwide voted that the one of the biggest handball stars in the last decade, ex-F.C Barcelona player was the best in 2011 ahead of Danish super-star, Mikkel Hansen and five other nominated players. This will be a nice opportunity that full “Veszprem Arena” with over 5000 fans greet the national handball hero with standing ovation.Handball-Planet.com is launched in May 2010. With every day handball content, HP attract over 200.000 visitors per year.NEWS FROM DECEMBER 2011 ABOUT THE WINNER… ← Previous Story Slavko Goluza leaves Nincevic and Balic out of the squad, calls Vori for the EC-Qualifications Next Story → EHF Velux Champions League: Veszprem with an important victory against THW Kiel! read more

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September 22, 2019

UK politician accidentally gets Hitler moustache on TV

first_imgNIGEL FARAGE, THE leader of the UK Independence Party, was interviewed on BBC Breakfast this morning.However, Farage – whose party is on the right of the UK’s political spectrum – fell victim to an unfortunate pixel error on the big TV screen at the BBC’s Salford headquarters: Source: Channel 49 Father Ted quotes you can use every day>Why is July 19th such a big day for Father Ted?> Source: FacebookDoes it remind you of anything, by any chance?last_img

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September 21, 2019

Wills

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Why have a Will? Your will is an important document in your estate plan. It gives legally binding directions on who will control your assets, how you want the assets and income managed and gifted guardianship of minor children Even if you have a will, it may not be valid. Unless there is an earlier will that is valid, you may be treated as having no will. An application to Court may ‘fix’ a will sometimes, but is expensive. A will may be invalid if: – it is not signed and witnessed correctly. This often happens with ‘do-it-yourself’ will kits and other wills signed without a lawyer present – you married after signing a will (unless it considers your spouse) – it is proven you signed under duress or in poor mental health If without a will, your assets do not go to the government (a myth). However, a government set formula determines which relatives get what. The result may not be what you want! For example, if the family home is in the name of one parent, who dies without a valid will, the home does not pass fully to the other parent. The surviving parent gets value equal to the first $100,000 and one-third of the balance. The child(ren) get two-thirds of the balance. If the children want the cash, they can force a sale of the family home – a terrible outcome. A will is also needed if: – you want to leave assets to a de facto who might have to fight relatives in court to prove your relationship. – any of your children have financial problems or marital problems. Otherwise your assets may go to their creditors and ex-spouses – your spouse has high financial risk (e.g. personal guarantees, business directorships). Assets held by the low risk spouse should not pass to the high risk spouse. Similarly, if you have high financial risk, persons that may leave you an inheritance (e.g. parents) should instead leave your inheritance to a trust. If you die whilst separated, but not divorced, your spouse could receive more than from a family law division. You should take quick action with a new will and take steps to prevent your half share in property passing to your spouse automatically on your death. What kinds of Wills are there? There are two types of wills: 1. a simple will – assets are gifted to specific people in your will 2. a ‘testamentary trust’ will – all or most assets are not specifically gifted, but go into one or more trusts. Decisions to distribute income and capital are left with your executors. The main advantages of a testamentary trust will are: – assets protected from creditors of your spouse or children – potential protection from your children’s ex-spouses – potential tax savings on flexible income/capital distributions The right will depends on your financial and familial circumstances. Who should you have as Executors? Without a will, you do not choose your executors. The closest family members usually apply for this, but there can be a costly fight in court over who is appointed. This happens often between a second spouse and children of an earlier marriage. Who is right depends on your circumstances. We usually recommend independent persons over children, especially for larger estates. This should prevent children fighting each other and gives them greater protection from ex-spouses. The independent persons should be at least two people you know and trust (e.g. long-time accountant and lawyer). There are many choices to be made with your will. A good estate planning lawyer will explain the benefits and risks to determine which suits you. If you have any questions or require further information please contact Harry Giannakidis on hgiannakidis@millsoakley.com.aulast_img read more

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September 19, 2019

Democratic state lawmakers to hold town hall meeting

first_imgVancouver – Legislators from Washington’s 49th Legislative District, which encompasses much of west Vancouver, will hold a town hall meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Columbia Room in the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St.Sen. Annette Cleveland and state Reps. Sharon Wylie and Monica Stonier (all Vancouver Democrats) will be present at the meeting to get input from constituents in anticipation of the 2018 legislative session, which begins Jan. 8.According to a news release, the lawmakers encourage residents of the district to attend and share their thoughts on issues facing the state, including the public education system, access to quality health care and affordable housing, improving transportation, protecting the environment and boosting the economy.last_img read more

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