Two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp Ltd has recently launched its sporty motorcycle ‘Ignitor’at 15 dealerships across Karnataka. The bike is priced at Rs 56,747 (base variant ex-showroom Bangalore), the company said in a statement.The Hero Ignitor is offered in two variants, with the base variant getting front drum brake and the top variant getting front disc brake, it said.Ignitor is available in four exciting colours, Panther Black, Sports Red, Pearl White, & Vibrant Blue, the company said.The other features of Ignitor are: digital analog combo meter console, stylish split seat, classy cowl, striking trapezoidal headlight, dazzling tail light, adjustable rear shock-absorbers, body-coloured rear grip and dual tone rear view mirrors. The Ignitor is powered by a 125cc Ecno-Power with low friction technology engine that delivers 11 bhp of power at 8000rpm, promising both fuel economy along with a good power and pick up, the company said.”We aim to bolster our presence in the growing deluxe segment. It combines sturdiness and superior technology,” said Ani Dua, senior Vice-President (Marketing and Sales), Hero Moto Corp.With PTI inputs
Virat Kohli on Thursday deleted a tweet he had put out welcoming Anil Kumble as India coach in June 2016.WATCH FULL VIDEOKumble had stepped down as India coach after a successful one year term at the end India’s Champions Trophy campaign in England. Soon after putting in his papers in, the former India captain said he had stepped down because the BCCI told him that Kohli was not happy with his style of captaincy. “I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as the Head Coach. I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach. Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the Captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on,” Kumble wrote on Tuesday in a statement.Kumble’s original contract expired with the team’s Champions Trophy campaign, but the former captain was tipped to get an extension after enjoying a successful run during his year in charge.Last year the BCCI formed the CAC, comprising former players Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, who chose Kumble for the job.However, reports had emerged of a rift between Kumble and Kohli before the Champions Trophy got underway. While Kohli denied there was any trouble in the dressing room, Kumble’s statement after his resignation gave it all away.(With inputs from Reuters)advertisement
Had Prabhas not signed Baahubali, the franchise wouldn’t have been the same. After the humongous success of SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus, it is hard to see anyone else as Amarendra Baahubali. That’s the magic of Prabhas. In the last two years, Prabhas has earned the love of fans and respect of filmmakers across the country. A dedicated actor, Prabhas has proved his acting mettle with Baahubali series.And as the actor turns 38 today, we give you a sneak-peek into a few lesser-known facts about the versatile actor.1. In the last 15 years, the Telugu actor has made a name for himself in the film industry and his fans know him as Prabhas, but not many know that his real name is Venkata Satyanarayana Prabhas Raju Uppalapati. Now, that a tongue twister.2. Prabhas revealed that if acting bug wouldn’t have bit him in the 20s, he would have been a hotelier. A big time fan of butter chicken, it would have been a dream come true for him.3. Prabhas is the first South Indian actor to have a wax statue in Madame Tussauds, Bangkok.4. Owing to his love for filmmaker SS Rajamouli and Baahubali series, Prabhas did not sign any other project during the filming of Baahubali franchise. He dedicated five years of his life of Rajamouli and his ambitious project without any questions.5. Prabhas might be a Telugu actor, but he loves Bollywood films. In fact, the 38-year-old actor has admitted to watching Munnabhai MBBS, 3 Idiots at least 20 times.6. While fans are eagerly waiting for Prabhas to make his Bollywood debut , not many know that he has already done that. Back in 2014, Prabhas was briefly seen shaking a leg with Sonakshi Sinha in a song called Surya Ast, Punjabi Mast from Action Jackson.advertisement7. Prabhas received around 6,000 marriage proposals but he turned all of them down because he wanted to be focussed on Baahubali.8. Prabhas might be very busy in his career but still finds time to devote to his passions. He is an avid reader and has a personal library at home.9. Prabhas loves sports and prefers free-hand workout as opposed to sweating it out in the gym. He got a volleyball court set up in his courtyard to improve his reflexes, as Baahubali was a war movie and he needed better reflexes. He often plays volleyball with his friends because he considers it a good stress-buster. Prabhas is a fitness freak and considers rock climbing the best form of training.10. A nature lover, Prabhas has a garden which houses many birds. The birds reside in open cages which give them the freedom to take flight and return to their respective cages. ALSO WATCH: Everything you want to know about Baahubali
PSG Mbappe: Neymar immediately took me under his wing at PSG Jamie Smith 04:39 12/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) AFP PSG Ligue 1 Monaco v PSG Monaco Kylian Mbappé Neymar The teenage French sensation found it easy to integrate after his big money move due to a certain Brazilian team-mate Kylian Mbappe has thanked Neymar for helping him to adapt to life at Paris Saint-Germain after his whirlwind transfer.Mbappe joined PSG from Monaco in August on an initial loan deal that precedes a €180 million switch at the end of this season, with Neymar having swapped Barcelona for the Ligue 1 giants earlier in the month to become the world’s most expensive player.The duo have been in sparkling form as PSG romped through their Champions Legaue group, while Mbappe has scored seven league goals and Neymar a further 11 to help Unai Emery’s men establish a nine-point lead atop the Ligue 1 table. 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 Mbappe, who celebrates his 19th birthday on Wednesday, credited Neymar with helping him to settle in at PSG, although he regrets being unable to live like a typical teenager.”Neymar immediately took me under his wing and integrated me,” Neymar told France Football.”Since I cannot go out too much, I bring a lot of friends home, we play, we laugh, we think about something other than football, these are the only moments where I can behave like a boy of my age.”Becoming a good player so quickly made me miss a lot of the normal life of a normal teenager.”Meilleur Espoir Français de l’année 2017 . @telefoot_TF1 pic.twitter.com/hWkJiPwweN — Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) December 17, 2017 But Mbappe, who has hit four goals in his last five PSG appearances, believes playing football cannot be compared to other jobs.”Those who talk about the sacrifices that they make throughout a career, I do not understand too much,” Mbappe added.”For me, the real sacrifice would be getting up early in the morning to work.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool aiming for Carabao Cup success insists Lijndersby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are hoping to win the Carabao Cup, even if they do make changes to their team for the early rounds.The Reds will take the approach of many top Premier League sides by involving young and fringe players into the starting lineups for the competition.But assistant boss Pepijn Lijnders insists they are serious about winning the games and progressing deep into the Carabao Cup.He told the club’s website about their ambitions: “We want to compete in each competition, we want to attack each competition. We worked so hard to be in this situation where we can compete in each one. “For me, cup competitions are the soul of football because it represents a chance for smaller clubs to play against Premier League clubs and can give historic games for fans. That’s what we’re up against tomorrow. “The cup competitions are something special; when two local teams play against each other, that environment you get with the cup competitions. “We want to attack this cup, we want to attack tomorrow’s game, we will put a team in place that, for me, is a Premier League team. The players feel this responsibility as well: a highly-motivated team plays against us and the players feel this responsibility, so they really look forward to it, I really look forward to it. “It’s another opportunity to put our identity in place and show our passion. “We prepare for the game in the same way we prepared for Chelsea, with the same access, probably even more detail, but with the same hunger to win it.”
zoom Canada’s Port Saint John has praised the Port of Saint John Employers Association (PSJEA) and International Longshoremen’s Association Local 273 (ILA 273) for recently ratifying a new 7-year collective labor agreement. The agreement went into effect on October 4, 2015 and is retroactive to January 1, 2015.”Along with monetary increases, this new contract provides for increased training opportunities for our current employees as well as a mechanism to grow the number of unionized positions within the Port of Saint John” Port of Saint John Employers Association Vice President & General Manager Donald Scott said.Back in January, the port submitted a CAD 205 million (USD 164.8m) application to the Federal Government’s Building Canada Fund, National Infrastructure Component to modernize its container infrastructure on the west side of the Port over the next seven years. The project is a three-way partnership with the Federal Government, Port Saint John, and the Provincial Government over a seven-year period.The Federal Government allocated CAD 68.3 million for the west side modernization project in July, with Port Saint John responsible for securing all the remaining funding necessary to complete the project and for any cost overruns.The project involves improving and consolidating the Rodney and Navy Island terminals to allow the port to accommodate larger vessels. New operational systems and technology will also be installed to enhance cargo-handling capabilities.The project covers a 60-acre area: 25 acres will be transformed into container storage, 10 acres into a multipurpose yard, and the rest will be used for terminal access roads, stevedoring operations, trans-loading and cargo-consolidation warehouses, and lay-down areas for break-bulk and project cargoes. The main channel at the port will also be deepened from 8.4 to 10 meters as part of the project.“We are extremely pleased that the PSJEA and ILA 273 have come together to provide labour stability at this critical period of business growth and particularly in light of recent support for our plans to modernize West Side container and intermodal cargo handling facilities,” said Jim Quinn, President & CEO, Port Saint John.
An independent Nova Scotia human rights board of inquiry in the case of Sandra Wakeham of Dartmouth v. Nova Scotia Department of Environment, Halifax, is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 27. The board of inquiry will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission Board of Inquiry Hearing Room, 5657 Spring Garden Rd., Park Lane Terraces, Suite 305. The board chair is Kathryn Raymond, who is independent of the commission. The commission is representing the public interest. 30-
CAIRO – An Egyptian court sentenced 12 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to 17 years in prison on Wednesday for taking part in a violent protest, state media reported.The official MENA news agency reported the protesters were convicted of attacking the headquarters of the Islamic Al-Azhar institution during the protest.The men were arrested after protesters in October tried to storm Al-Azhar’s offices, which supported the military’s overthrow of Morsi. More than 1,000 people, most of them Morsi’s supporters, have been killed in clashes with police since his ouster in July.Thousands have been arrested, with many going to trial.Morsi himself is on trial for alleged involvement in the killings of opposition protesters outside his palace.
3 February 2009The United Nations Security Council today voiced concern over the growing violence in Somalia, while it commended the Horn of African country’s lawmakers on the recent election of their new President. “Council members expressed their concern regarding the humanitarian situation in Somalia and condemned the violence directed at civilians, AMISOM [the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia] and humanitarian personnel,” Ambassador Yukio Takasu of Japan, which holds the rotating Council presidency for this month, said in a press statement.Welcoming the election of President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, the Council called on the new leader to act quickly to establish a government of national unity and advance the peace process.Under the 2008 Djibouti Agreement the Transitional Federal Government (TGF) and opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS) – led by the new President – agreed to end their conflict.“The members of the Council expressed their strong support for the peace process and for this important step towards political settlement in Somalia,” stressed Mr. Takasu.The Council also called on all Somalis to support transitional federal institutions as peace and reconciliation efforts go forward and commended AMISOM along with UN Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, for their important work.
MONTREAL — Ride-hailing service Uber is backing down on a threat to shutter its Quebec operations, at least for now.The multinational announced Friday it won’t pull the plug on its Quebec wing as planned this weekend because it hopes to reach a deal with the province’s new transport minister in the coming months.“We recognize there is an opportunity to establish a constructive dialogue aimed at finding a lasting solution for riders and drivers in Quebec,” Uber Quebec general manager Jean-Nicolas Guillemette said in a statement.In late September, the province announced it would renew a pilot project agreement for one more year, but added new provisions that included 35 hours of mandatory training, police background checks and a vehicle inspection every year.Transport Minister Andre Fortin indicated the province is standing by those changes.“This is a matter of fairness for all market partners and for the safety of users,” Fortin said in a statement. “I also intend to work with our partners to develop innovative solutions to provide Quebec users with a modern industry that meets their needs.”The San Francisco-based company is at odds with the province’s requirement for 35 hours of training, as regular cab drivers go through.Fortin’s predecessor, Laurent Lessard, had pegged the number of training hours for Uber at 20, but the company disputes there was any set figure in place.Uber has argued the 35-hour provision destroys the firm’s business model of employing part-time and casual workers, who couldn’t even try the service without the training.It had promised to cease operations as of Saturday if the province didn’t revert to the original pilot project agreement.But the time it will take to phase in those rules will allow both sides to negotiate, the company said.“We’ve confirmed that the new training requirements that would impede our ability to operate do not have to be initiated for a few months, and we are committed to working with the government over this period,” Guillemette added.Premier Philippe Couillard told reporters he was neither pleased nor displeased by the development.“Our role as a government isn’t to favour one or the other; it’s to create a fair regulatory framework,” he said.“And I think that is what we have done.”On Thursday, Couillard also said taxi drivers could be compensated financially if they demonstrated they’d lost out because of the Uber deal.Taxi drivers have been incensed with Uber ever since it arrived in the province.For decades, Quebec has limited the number of taxi permits in each city in the province. The cost of each permit soared to six figures, forcing owners to find funding to pay for them.Uber bypassed that regulation and started offering people rides without its drivers having to obtain a costly permit. Due to lower overhead, the company was able to undercut the traditional taxi industry and cabbies argue the value of their permits has diminished significantly as a result.
From condoms to caskets: Merchandise marks Canada’s 150th birthday by Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 25, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 25, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email It’s been said that Canadians are not brash about their patriotism, but you wouldn’t know it from the variety of merchandise, big and small, being snapped up in advance of Canada’s 150th birthday July 1.From T-shirts to hats, flags to flasks, condoms to caskets, goods adorned with celebratory logos are popping up faster than you can say sesquicentennial.“It’s been unprecedented. It’s off the charts,” said Glen Miller, co-owner of Great Canadian Gift Company in Ancaster, Ont.“We had no idea that demand would be this high and I don’t think our suppliers did either. It’s becoming difficult to find some products.”Miller’s company runs a website that offers T-shirts, coffee mugs, coasters, whisky flasks and more — much of it adorned with a multi-coloured, multi-triangle maple leaf that was picked in April as the federal government’s official Canada 150 logo.“We even had a book celebrating 150 different beer labels … but that’s been sold out for a bit.”The federal government is allowing people to use the official logo for free, but they must submit an application online that explains how and on what the logo will be displayed.By mid-June, the federal government said, more than 6,200 applications had been approved for everything from quilts to fidget spinners to tractor trucks.No application had been denied.While the Heritage Department says many licences have been granted for Canadian-made products, there is no requirement that goods featuring the Canada 150 logo be made in Canada.“Private-sector companies are free to source their products from any supplier they choose,” department spokeswoman Justine Lafond wrote in an email.One product that caught people’s attention at a funeral industry trade show in Charlottetown earlier this month was a casket emblazoned with Maple Leaf flags and a version of the Canada 150 logo.Caley Ferguson, president of Northern Casket in Lindsay, Ont., said the product is a one-off that was aimed at attracting people to his booth. The company later decided to auction it off and bids were received from funeral homes across Canada.“All the monies raised from the auction, we are donating to the (winning) funeral home’s community’s Canada 150 events,” Ferguson said.A U.S.-based condom manufacturer named One ran a contest to see who could design the best Canada-150-themed condom wrapper.But there were no government logos in the contraceptive competition. Finalists included depictions of amorous moose, playful salmon and some word play centred on skiing.As for the official logo, Miller said, people are warming up to its many hues and sharp angles — him included.“On our Facebook page, we have received a few negative comments about the new logo — saying ‘That’s not my flag’ and that sort of thing, but I think overall it’s been very well received,” he said.“I have to admit, myself, when I first saw it I wasn’t too positive on it.“But I really like it now. It’s really grown on me … and I hope it sticks around for a while.” Canada 150 merchandise is shown for sale in Ottawa on Thursday, June 22, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Demand for new heavy goods vehicles falls -7.0% in Q3 to 9,853 units.Declines for both rigids and artics, down -9.8% and -3.1% respectively.30,308 HGVs registered in the nine months to September, representing a -7.5% decline. The UK new heavy goods vehicle (HGV) market declined -7.0% in Q3 2018, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 9,853 heavy trucks were registered between June and September, a result of fluctuating fleet buying cycles and ongoing falls in business confidence.Registrations of rigid trucks declined in the third quarter, down -9.8%, with a -6.0% decrease in the >6-16T segment and a -11.9% decline in the >16T segment. Meanwhile, demand for artic vehicles also fell, by -3.1% to 4,246 units. Tractors remained the most popular vehicle, despite a -4.1% drop in demand, accounting for more than two fifths (42.8%) of the market. Skip loaders and box vans were the only segments to record growth in the quarter, up 11.1% and 2.4% respectively.It was a similar picture in the year-to-date figures, with overall HGV registrations falling -7.5% to 30,308 units, with declines in demand for both rigids (-9.9%) and artics (-4.1%).Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,While fluctuating fleet buying cycles are a natural feature of the HGV market, given this quarter marks the fifth consecutive decline, there is no doubt that a fall in operator confidence is having an impact on registrations of these big ticket purchases. Government must address the current economic and political uncertainty if we are to get more of these high-tech, ultra-low emission vehicles on to our roads, and to ensure the sector can prosper.
The world has reacted with sorrow after the news that Charlie Gard’s parents have given up the legal battle to get treatment for their terminally-ill son.Many have tweeted that there have been “no winners” in this case as the parents went to court against Great Ormond Street Hospital for the permission to take their son to America for experimental treatment.Chris Gard and Connie Yates announced their decision as a High Court judge was preparing to oversee the latest round of a five-month legal battle. Desperately sad news. Too much time was lost. He should have been able to have treatment in the US many months ago. https://t.co/uQjf5euQLc— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) July 24, 2017 Hopefully circus surrounding Charlie Gard’s parents & super hardworking GOSH staff can end now. Give little boy a dignified end #CharlieGard— #SuperRecruiter (@WillONeillPR) July 24, 2017 Heartbroken for #CharlieGard & family. At least his parents made the final decision as all parents should, even if time limited options.— Tracy (@pinkdiamondspls) July 24, 2017 (Heart) Breaking NewsParents of Charlie Gard end their five-month legal battle to keep infant alive— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) July 24, 2017 The staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital have done all they can. Hopefully the senseless abuse of staff will now stop #CharlieGard.— CJSilk 🐝 (@CJSilk) July 24, 2017 A lawyer representing Charlie’s parents told Mr Justice Francis that “time had run out”.”This case is now about time,” said their barrister Grant Armstrong, adding: “Sadly time has run out.”Mr Armstrong said Charlie’s parents had made a decision following the latest medical reports and scans.Many on social media have sent their prayers and wishes for the family, as well as saying they hope the abuse against Great Ormond Street staff stops. Nigel Farage also gave his support to the parents. The Charlie’s Fight campaign wrote: “Chris and Connie did everything they possibly could for little Charlie.”They showed love, dignity, tenacity, kindness and strength throughout the most difficult time of their lives. Sending all my love to #CharlieGard And his parents, cannot imagine how they’re feeling ❤️ #CharliesArmy— Chloe Graham (@ChloeLgraham) July 24, 2017 My heart is breaking for Charlie Gard’s parents 💔— Thomas Parker (@TomParker) July 24, 2017 “They are an example to everyone, not only as parents, but as human beings”. Show more Charlie Gard’s mother preparing to return to courtCredit: Eddie Mulholland For The Telegraph Charlie Gard has two indefatigable, loving, and committed parents. Their decision must have been heartbreaking.— Rupert Myers (@RupertMyers) July 24, 2017 The terribly sad case of Charlie Gard ends, I can only hope that this does not lead to rancour toward GOSH— Simon Alvey (@salvey1) July 24, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
JKTech, the technology transfer company, has sold its Mineral Liberation Analysis (MLA) intellectual property and associated business to technology company FEI. A number of JKTech personnel in the MLA team have transferred to FEI to continue in their roles of developing and supporting automated mineralogy solutions. JKTech will use the proceeds from the sale to support ongoing Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) research activities and to allow JKTech to accelerate the development of other technology transfer projects. JKTech and FEI have worked together for more than 10 years enhancing the global rollout of the MLA technology to become a market leader. Collaboration will continue for the benefit of all parties, including MLA’s international customer base. MLA inventor Dr Ying Gu will join the JKMRC and will continue to be a leader of mineralogy research and of new solutions in the area of ore characterisation.JKTech, through its association with the JKMRC and the other Centres of the Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland, continues to provide techniques to the minerals processing industry for ore characterisation as well as enhancing process design and optimising plant performance. These include simulation software packages for blasting (JKSimBlast), comminution (JKSimMet), flotation (JKSimFloat) and mass balancing (JKMultiBal) as well as training and professional development courses. The JKTech consulting team continues to provide specialist comminution, flotation and process mineralogy services directed towards process improvement as well as cost and energy reduction.This transaction does not impact JKTech’s other business activities or JKTech’s shareholding in its joint venture company ALS Mineralogy which provides a commercial mineralogy service using the MLA technology. It is also consistent with JKTech’s function as a technology transfer company for The University of Queensland.
Nanotron Technologies GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sensera Ltd, and industrial safety solutions provider Selectronic have announced their first joint product: the PDS2400 Collision Avoidance Solution (CAS) for open-pit mine safety. “The PDS2400 is an RF-based proximity detection solution that supports collision awareness and proximity warning between fast moving vehicles, as well as between vehicles and people. Unlike competitor solutions, it provides a turnkey, ready-to-go system, which requires zero calibration before use.” The new PDS2400 will be available in Q2 2019.The new solution helps mine operators ensure that they comply with all relevant safety legislation, such as Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) regulations in the USA. The PDS2400 CAS solution includes state-of-the-art vehicle systems with Controller Area Network (CAN) bus-based displays and personnel tags with wireless Qi chargers, and operates for up to 50 hours between charges.The PDS2400 provides proximity alerts with two viewing options: quad sectors or hex sectors. The standard system provides an accuracy of 1m over long ranges of 100m or more, while an optional dual-mode tag can provide even higher accuracy down to 10cm at short ranges of 10 m.For high reliability, the system provides robust resistance against electromagnetic disturbances, whilst the personnel tag utilises a ‘body pervasive’ antenna design. There are three adjustable warning zones, and the vehicle system provides ‘nuisance alarm suppression’ for the driver.Dr Jens Albers, CEO of Nanotron, said: “Selectronic is very well known for its innovative mining safety solutions, and the PDS2400 proximity solution leverages nanotron’s strength in location awareness to bring an entirely new level of accuracy and simplicity to the industry.”Jens Richter, Managing Director of Selectronic, said: “Nanotron’s market-leading expertise in location awareness has enabled us to quickly and economically develop a powerful, robust, industry-grade collision avoidance system.”The PDS2400 uses Nanotron’s tag-ready swarm bee products, a family of smart RF modules with ready-made anchors. Swarm bee enables Selectronic to provide a modular solution, with a common pin-out and API, which simplifies development and hardware integration, and thereby greatly reduces time-to-market.With a coverage range of up to 500m, swarm bee modules can track objects with an accuracy down to 10 cm. They provide a power-efficient approach that extends battery life of mobile devices and smoothly scales up and down to meet specific customer requirements.
Prime Minster Tony Abbott – desperately spruiking his government’s new budget – lobbied the Greek Australian community during his visit to the Brisbane Paniyiri last weekend.Munching on loukoumades, Mr Abbott took the opportunity to meet voters and improve his image with the Greek community of Queensland. It’s the second major event Mr Abbott has attended in the Greek community this year, after he celebrated Greek Easter at Sydney’s Greek Orthodox Church in Kogarah.On Sunday, the PM was seen mingling with tens of thousands of festivalgoers, touring the stalls with festival organiser Chris Kazonis. In his speech Mr Abbott spoke of the Greek legacy in Australia, and said Australians owed a debt to the Greek people.“There is a sense in which every single Australian has a Greek heritage because Greece gave democracy to the world,” he said. “So Australia, and every democratic country, owes a permanent debt to the Greek people, the Greek spirit, the Greek ethos.”Sipping on a Mythos, and trying the delicacies on offer from the large number of stalls, Mr Abbott lapped up the attention showered on him. “He was only there for an hour but he was amazingly well received,” Mr Kazonis told Neos Kosmos. “There were no hecklers, no protesters and not one word of politics at the festival.” Mr Kazonis admits that while there was no talk of politics, he could see how the PM would use this appearance as a PR exercise. The prime minister has been spruiking the budget’s positive aspects to the public, hoping to entice many Greek Australian small business owners. While in Brisbane, Mr Abbott visited a café to urge Labor to give bi-partisan support for the $20,000 instant asset write-off concession in the budget.Businesses will be able to claim tax back on any item they purchase under $20,000, possibly saving a business about $5,000. The budget’s bills are set to be debated in the Senate over the next fortnight, and will face some backlash.Independent Senator Nick Xenophon said negotiations won’t be as tough as those experienced last year. “It’s a bar that’s already near the ground, so I don’t think it can go any worse.”One bill that is bound to see some opposition will be changes to the age pension bracket. The new pension assets test – set to come into effect in 2016 – will see anyone with assets above $823,000 receive a pension cut, hitting middle-income earners the hardest. New research by Industry Super Australia says the new asset threshold will impact one in every three new retirees if it’s introduced in 2016 and will increase to seven in every 10 by 2055.Off the agenda for this government have been changes to the superannuation tax system that see wealthy retirees receive tax breaks for any cash they place in their super fund. Treasurer Joe Hockey reiterated the government’s position on the matter on ABC’s Q&A program this week, saying it would be unfair for people who lawfully added to their super to see that money taxed more heavily. “People were able to contribute to their superannuation as much as they wanted in certain cases and they did,” he said. “Now, they’ve lawfully put that money into their superannuation. If we were to impose a new tax now it would be a retrospective tax. It would be going and saying ‘well, sorry, you didn’t do it lawfully, we are going to tax all that money you put aside’.”Many expect Labor to take the issue to the election, as public opinion gains momentum. While the government has lauded this year’s budget as “fair and more measured”, new findings this week say low-income earners will bear most of the cost of the new budget.The poorest 20 per cent of households will lose seven per cent of their disposable income by 2019, while those in the top 20 per cent will see a slight 0.2 per cent increase, according to the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM). Mr Abbott has hit back at the findings. “The NATSEM analysis fails to take into account any of the benefits involved in moving from welfare to work,” he said during question time in parliament on Wednesday. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has labelled this budget as “sneaky” and says it repackages last year’s budget with better PR.“There is no doubt that these secret cuts will once again be felt by the most vulnerable in our community,” a Labor media release said. Mr Abbott wants to see more done to cut those rorting the welfare system.The government plans to investigate 20,000 couples it says are in contrived relationships and have been granted visas, only to then go on and claim separate welfare payments.The fraud cost taxpayers more than $100 million last year. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Les pilules de dernière génération vraiment sans risque ? Aujourd’hui, les pilules de dernière génération sont prescrites à plus de 2 millions de Françaises et sont vantées pour leur nombre réduit d’effets secondaires comparé à celui des pilules de deuxième génération. Mais deux études montrent que les risques de développer une thrombose veineuse seraient doublés.La pilule contraceptive présenterait-elle un danger pour la santé des femmes ? C’est ce que semble démontrer deux études publiées à quelques semaines d’intervalles seulement, l’une par la revue British Medical Journal et l’autre par la Food and Drug Administration. Plus précisément, ce sont les risques des pilules de troisième génération que pointent du doigt ces travaux. En effet, la première enquête menée par des médecins danois auprès de 7 millions de femmes entre 2001 et 2009 a montré que la prise de cette pilule pourrait provoquer la formation de caillots dans le sang. “Les risques accrus de thrombose veineuse avec les pilules de troisième génération sont réels et connus depuis quelque temps déjà, puisque la Haute Autorité de santé (HAS) a publié un avis et des recommandations dès 2007”, rappelle le professeur Gilles Bouvenot, président de la commission de transparence de cet organisme cité par le quotidien Le Parisien.Concrètement, il y aurait en fait deux fois plus de risques de développer une thrombose veineuse qu’avec la pilule de deuxième génération et près de quatre fois plus de risque que sans prise de contraceptif. Des résultats préoccupants confirmés par l’agence américaine du médicament. D’après la HAS, encore trop de gynécologues vantent les mérites des pilules de troisième génération, notamment l’absence de prise de poids ou l’amélioration des problèmes de peaux, sans évoquer les risques potentiels. L’autorité estime qu’elles ne devraient qu’être prescrites en seconde intention lorsque les autres pilules ont trop d’effets secondaires. Des cas de thrombose peu fréquents À lire aussiToxoplasmose : symptômes, traitement, grossesse, quels sont les risques ?Toutefois, les spécialistes ont tenu à le préciser : inutile de paniquer si l’on se trouve sous pilule de troisième génération. Les cas de thrombose restent rares et n’apparaissent que chez 20 à 40 femmes par an sur une population de 100.000, d’après l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps). “Pour celles qui ne supportent pas les pilules de deuxième génération, les pilules plus récentes représentent donc un bénéfice. Mais il est impératif que les éventuelles contre-indications aient été bien évaluées,” souligne le professeur Anne Gompel, gynécologue à l’Hôtel-Dieu citée par le Parisien. “Si cela fait longtemps que les femmes la prennent, elles ne doivent pas s’affoler, les accidents arrivent en général au cours des premiers mois. Mais elles ne doivent pas hésiter à poser des questions à leur spécialiste, qui jugera si elles doivent changer ou non de moyen de contraception”, conclut le professeur Gilles Bouvenot.Le 3 janvier 2012 à 19:02 • Maxime Lambert
Vancouver firefighters responded Friday night to a blaze at a small, single-story house in the Rose Village neighborhood.The fire was reported at 8:26 p.m. at 2310 E. 26th St. All of the home’s occupants were outside, but firefighters were trying to gain access inside to rescue a dog, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.Vancouver police also responded to direct traffic around the area; a portion of East 26th Street was closed to both eastbound and westbound traffic, according to emergency radio traffic.The fire was reportedly burning at the back of the house. At one point, firefighters said a power line leading to the house was down and sparking. Clark Public Utilities cut power to the house, according to emergency radio traffic.The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office was called to the scene.Fire personnel were still working at the scene an hour after the initial call.
They remain in Wasilla with Governor Mike Dunleavy. Thursday’s vote was the second failed attempt by lawmakers in Juneau to override the governor’s line item vetoes. Knopp: “We asked for reconsideration of our vote that took place on Wednesday, on Thursday in hopes that members of the House Minority would show up in Juneau and support us.” The deadline for overturning vetoes, which is more than $400 million from the state operating budget, is Friday night. Knopp: “The capital is in Juneau, and we are trying to get this done. We really need them here. It requires a majority vote for these overrides and they need to be involved in this process.” Governor Dunleavy called for the special session to be in Wasilla. Representatives Sarah Vance and Ben Carpenter remain in Wasilla with the governor while Senator Peter Micciche remains on the Kenai Peninsula. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Representative Gary Knopp (R-K-Pen) is the sole Kenai Peninsula Legislator in Juneau for the second special session. Minority members of the Alaska House of Representatives and a handful of state senators on Thursday again refused to join colleagues, such as Knopp, at a special session in Juneau.
Loren Mooney | editor-in-chief | BicyclingAward: 2009 National Magazine Award, Public InterestRodale enthusiast title Bicycling won its first National Magazine Award after years of nominations across multiple categories. Its January/February 2008 story, “Broken,” discussed road laws that don’t protect cyclists in bike-car accidents, and how the community can fight for its right to ride. Editor-in-chief Loren Mooney talks about what went into writing “Broken.”Q: How did Bicycling decide to cover this topic? A: We would come in on Monday mornings and hear that a cyclist was hit or killed [by an automobile] over the weekend. There was a rash of these kinds of incidents, which got us all thinking: ‘Boy, this is an insane activity we do!’ Cycling as an activity requires us being close to auto traffic in little more than our underwear, and the piece began as an exploration of these dangers. There was never any doubt that we would scare cyclists off the road; really, the piece served to galvanize the cycling community to fight for better and safer conditions. [Mooney became Bicycling editor-in-chief in 2008 after a four-year stint with the magazine. The editor-in-chief on the award-winning issue was Stephen Madden, who was promoted to editorial director of Rodale International.]Q: What made this piece resonate with the cycling community?A: Cyclists have been on the road before automobiles, so, outside of restricted highways and such, they know that they do have a right to the road. The question became, “what are the legal ramifications for people being hit by distracted or negligent drivers?” We realized that the only real cultural taboo is drunk driving—but things like talking on cell phones and generally distracted driving are culprits of injuries and deaths—and are totally preventable. It’s really an issue affecting anyone who drives a car, walks across the street or cycles.David Darlington is one of the more detail-oriented writers we work with. He and Bill Strickland [editor-at-large, “Broken” story editor] went back and forth over the course of three years. It was very expensive to produce, but Rodale understood the importance of this issue and David kept researching and interviewing until he found the right people and situations that were all coming to a head at just that moment.Q: You opened your Ellie acceptance speech with ‘Bicycling? Seriously?!’ Has the realization set in yet? A: [Laughs.] Maybe the easiest way to explain it is what I tell readers in an upcoming editor’s letter: ASME’s awards are the industry version of the Academy Awards, and, like in the [bicycling] movie ‘Breaking Away,’ we were the smaller team up against the competition with more money and resources. But at the end of the race, the best team came out on top. It is hard to guess at why the judges picked us, but I felt our piece had immediacy. I know there were other vital national issues [Newsweek’s “We Fought Cancer…and Cancer Won”; Vanity Fair’s piece on the torture of Guantanamo detainees], but this one was so simple, it’s normally overlooked. I’d like to think we were illuminating this issue for readers.Q: What does winning this award mean for you and your staff?A: Everyone here was very excited. Given that we are a comparatively very small enthusiast title—online and edit staff are approximately 16-17 people—I think it really shows the range of the people on staff here. Over the past six years we’ve been nominated in the categories of leisure interests, interactive feature and personal service, among others. While there is no higher honor than general excellence, service is what we do, so to be recognized in this category [Public Interest] was great. Q: What’s next?A: We are focusing on what I have been calling ‘Lance Season.’ Lance Armstrong’s comeback is the biggest thing going on. He is racing in the Tour of Italy for the first time, and the Tour de France this July will be bigger than it has been in years. We want to show every aspect in ways that inspire more people to ride. Anthony Licata | editor | Field & StreamAward: 2009 National Magazine Award, General Excellence (1-2 Million Circ.)Nominated for its May, June and December/January issues, Bonnier’s Field & Stream this year took home its first Ellie ever—for general excellence in the 1 million to 2 million circulation category. In all, the magazine has been up for 12 Ellie awards—with nine of those nominations coming in the last three years. Here, Folio: speaks with editor Anthony Licata about the win and how he steers the editorial vision of a 114-year-old outdoor recreation magazine.Q: What was it about these particular issues that made you submit them?A: An issue is a success if it does two things: 1. Presents the topics our readers care about in ways that aren’t just effective but also ambitious and surprising. 2. It if achieves that perfect mix of service and entertainment, instruction and inspiration, design and writing.Getting that pitch-perfect balance is what takes a magazine from good to great. It’s got to deliver all the goods and still surprise readers. For example, in one issue we go from technical illustrations of how to cut down a tree with a pocket knife to Bryce Duffy portraits of blue-collar deer hunters to a Jim Harrison essay about his outdoor misadventures. Q: For you, which one story from these issues stands out most? Why?A: I’d say my favorite story was “Back Outside,” from the December-January issue, a 15-page feature which profiled wounded Iraq war veterans returning to hunting and fishing. We used a combination of striking portraits and powerful first-person narratives to document their injuries, the obstacles they faced in getting back into these sports, and hunting and fishing’s role in helping them heal. When you finished reading the piece you felt like you knew these men, which is about the best praise you can give to a profile. Q: How did that story resonate?A: The volume of mail was higher than anything we’ve ever done. We had one reader write in saying that he’s a “big tough guy who cried like a baby” after reading it. Best of all, we had a number of readers volunteer to take the men profiled hunting or fishing or volunteer in other ways for veteran’s advocacy groups. Q: In what ways has the economic recession affected your readership? A: We’ve found that readers actually turn to hunting and fishing more during tough economic times. That said, our June issue focuses specifically on what we call “Cheap Thrills,” close-to-home adventures, bargain gear and tips and tricks to save money and still have a blast outside. Q: What are some of the not-so-obvious bonuses to writing/editing for this particular outdoor title?A: These activities are an essential part of American heritage, and to our readers they really transcend “sport.” Hunting and fishing are integral parts of their lives. It’s how they define themselves, and readers that passionate make a terrific base. Q: The print edition of F&S has been around for more than a century. How has the magazine developed its editorial presence online? A: We’ve taken both a content and community approach at fieldandstream.com. We use some of our most talented writers as bloggers and run lots of great photo galleries from the best photographers in the business, but we also let readers have their say. They are encouraged to comment on everything, and they also supply a lot of the content in the form of reader photos, videos, tips and stories. The outdoor community has a lot of subgroups—fly fishermen, bowhunters, backcountry campers—and we use the Web site to bring them together. We’re attracting a lot of our print readers, as well as online users who didn’t read the magazine, to the brand. Q: Will Field & Stream exist as a print product in the next five years? A: Absolutely. We’ve lasted 114 years, through wars and depressions, and I think we have a bright print future. But I do think that certain types of information that we’ve historically delivered through pages of the magazine will be better suited to Web sites, mobile applications and other methods of electronic delivery. I don’t know if anything will ever be better than print at producing the reading experience that magazines do so well—that blend of narrative journalism, beautiful photography and compelling design.More on this topic Tweeting the 2009 Ellies Backpacker, Esquire, New Yorker, Wired Lead Subdued Ellies Garden & Gun: Back From the Brink and In the Hunt for an Ellie Garden & Gun Draws Wrath of NRA for Turning Down Ad Stunner: Nat. Geographic Captures Three Ellies Beliefnet Editor: News Corp. Wants Us ‘For the Right Reasons’Just In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered by Jamie Kitman | New York Bureau Chief | AutomobileAward: 2009 National Magazine Award, Columns and CommentaryA lawyer by training and also the manager for bands OK Go and They Might be Giants, Kitman started writing for Automobile when a piece he submitted became one of the few unsolicited stories the magazine ever picked up.Kitman received the 2009 National Magazine Award in the Columns and Commentary category for three columns, including “They Fought the Laws (of Supply and Demand), and the Laws Won,” Sept. 2008, in which Kitman discussed how the Detroit Big Three were unprepared for the paradigm shift in the new-car market brought on by the rise of gasoline prices.In “Lease Me to the Moon: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Finance?” November 2008, Kitman commented on the huge losses sustained by carmakers due to an over-reliance on cheap lease deals.In “Bailout Time for the Big Three, None Dare Call Them Republicans,” December 2008, Kitman declared that “Detroit can’t stand on its own feet” during the bailout hearings. Q: These are pretty critical looks at the industry you cover. What was the response both from readers and from your own publisher? A: I’ve never pretended to be an “inside information” guy but I’ve always been a student of the automobile industry. If you read what they say they’ll do and then see what they actually do, you often find stories just like that. I don’t think I was saying anything that hadn’t already occurred to a lot of people but they didn’t have the opportunity to say it in the car magazines, which have historically been seriously beholden to their advertisers.There were a lot of people who were generally irritated by the columns as well, and not just auto executives. Readers who just think I have some left-wing agenda, that I’m anti-American, anti-Detroit, anti-automobile. That’s really not true. I’ve loved cars since I was 14, but because I was for clean air and auto safety, for many years this put me in the almost lunatic fringe of auto journalists. I strongly believe in the editorial firewall but it’s a pretty flimsy wall at a lot of car titles. My publisher’s and editor’s political views often don’t agree with mine and I don’t think they necessarily agreed with what I said but they thought it was smart to have a big tent. They would occasionally suggest that perhaps there’s a more charitable way to say something, but they stand up for my right to say things.Q: What’s your reaction to winning?A: It’s been a great year for me having won this award and one of my bands winning a Grammy. I’m in this amazing place to have two careers and to be recognized in both is a great honor. So far the seven-figure Hollywood deal hasn’t materialized but to be recognized as a real, serious journalist, I have to pinch myself. [Los Angeles Times automotive columnist] Dan Neil won a Pulitzer a few years ago writing about cars and a lot of people were really critical of that. I think that this shows the world is ready for serious commentary and that insight can come from anywhere. If you know and love a subject, everything is a window on the world. Many of the major magazine awards have been accused of catering to the same big name (often New York-centric) winners year after year. Of the 128 National Magazine Award (known as the Ellies) finalists in 2008, 78 were based in New York City (with The New Yorker and New York combining for 21 nominations). This year, however, several smaller publishers got their due. Yes, titles such as New York, The New Yorker and Esquire were big winners (and deservedly so) but the winners also included several enthusiast titles a step or two removed from the Manhattan literati, including Automobile (which represented the first time a car-enthusiast magazine won an Ellie in the 44-year history of the awards), Bicycling, which won its first Ellie against heavyweights such as Vanity Fair and Newsweek in the category of Public Interest (prompting editor-in-chief Loren Mooney to exclaim, “Bicycling? Seriously?!” during her acceptance) and Field & Stream, while not exactly a small title, represented the first Ellie win for the Bonnier magazine (and came just two years after former editor Sid Evans bolted for startup Garden & Gun).In the following Q&As, the winning editors share their stories and their thoughts on what it took to win one of the industry’s most prestigious awards.