first_imgTouch South Australia will join forces with Portavin Wine to host the Portavin Touch Wine Champions Cup 2006 (PTW06). Forty teams from wineries from around the nation will compete in a round robin tournament on Sunday 19 November 2006 with all proceeds going to the Hutt Street Centre charity. More than 3,000 people of all ages are expected to converge on Tattunga Reserve (Park 17) Adelaide Parklands, Corner Greenhill Road/Fullerton Road for the gala day that begins at 10.00am and concludes at 5.00pm.   The tournament is the brainchild of United Kingdom wine writer and author Matthew Dukes who has found an ideal way for people to partake in the fun, fitness, and friendship of Touch Football, raise much needed funds for a worthy arm of the community, and enjoy a variety of social experiences.Local and Interstate Wine Industry representatives supported the Inaugural event in 2005, along with local corporate partners, and big name home town sporting celebrities, such as Former Wallaby Captain, Nick Farr-Jones, and the doyen of sports commentators in Australia, Bruce Mc Avaney.The PTW06 is expected to be even more successful this year with key local and national wine industry and corporate partners again committed to the event, and local celebrities keen to contribute to the Hutt Street Centre, a day refuge for Adelaide’s homeless population. PTW06 has become a highly anticipated and hugely popular event on the South Australian sporting and social calendar. The event offers the public a day of exciting sporting entertainment, wine tasting, and fun family activities – a perfect social occasion.A celebrity Touch Football challenge featuring Event Ambassador Wallaby icon Nick Farr-Jones, Adelaide Crows legends Graham Cornes and Mark Bickley, former Olympic Medalist and long-serving Australian Opals Basketball champion Rachel Sporn, and local media personalities is sure to delight the crowd. All funds raised on the day will aid the Hutt Street Centre, a day centre for Adelaide’s homeless. Touch SA is involved on the Planning Committee for the event and are conducting the tournament.Touch SA development staff is also providing training and skill sessions as an introduction to the sport for all the teams in the lead-up to the competition.  Touch South Australia Branch Manager, Gavin Mc Donald, is thrilled to be playing an integral role in the event and is excited by the opportunity to showcase Touch Football in South Australia.“We are very proud to be a part of this fantastic event. Not only are we helping raise valuable funds to help continue the excellent work of the Hutt Street Centre who provide such a worthy service to the community, but we are also bringing the game of Touch Football to over 230 participants and over 3000 spectators who may be seeing the game for the first time.” The Touch SA web-site will feature full event details, registration forms, team profiles, celebrity player information, sponsors profiles, wine lists and tasting notes, and up to the minute news of this years tournament. It will be interactive and entertaining – just as Portavin Touch Wine 06 will be.If you would like further information about Portavin Touch Wine, or you would like to make a donation to the Hutt Street Centre, please contact Danielle Bayard on +61 8 8418 2511 or email: danielle@huttstcentre.org.au  If you require further information or would like to make a donation, please contact:Kathryn Ainslie Member Services OfficerTouch South AustraliaMob: 0401999715Phone: 08 83733222Fax: 088373 3322E-mail:kainslie@touchsa.com.auOr Danielle BayardHutt Street Centre+61664182511E-mail: danielle@huttstreetcentre.org.aulast_img read more

This Robotic Punching Bag Will Dodge Your Blows

first_img The best laptop backpacks and briefcases for traveling When robots eventually rise up, they will do so with force. They will kick in our doors, drag us out by our ankles, and make us repent for every lewd question we ever asked Siri.That day is hopefully some ways away.But in 2018, the robot revolt is playing out in a much more subtle fashion. Not with the brute force of Mike Tyson’s uppercut but with the subtle jukes and fades of Muhammad Ali.Enter BotBoxer. From what we can tell, it’s the first robotic punching bag designed to simulate a real opponent with the added bonus of making you look like a fumbling fool. Unlike your boring old punching bag, BotBoxer can “see,” “feel,” and “react.” It can dodge punches, nonverbally taunt, and maybe even train you into a better boxer.Developed by sports simulator company SkyTechSport, BotBoxer works something like an arcade game.It’s engaged and calibrated using a control panel next to the punching bag. Once powered on, the machine then uses an array of sensors that enable it to track and dodge oncoming punches.Alex Golunov, project leader at SkyTechSport, told Digital Trends, “When you press ‘box,’ you will notice two lines of infrared illuminators light up on both sides of the fence of the machine. At that moment, we engage a system of high-speed cameras that track the position of fists, elbows, shoulders, and torso. We then use this data to predict where your punch will be coming from and engage three electric motors to move the target away from the oncoming blow.”SkyTechSport designed Botboxer to be faster than professionals. Whereas average human reaction time is about 230 microseconds, and a pro’s reaction time is about 150 microseconds, BotBoxer, when dialed up to 10, can react in just 75 microseconds.Olympic medalist Tony Jeffries had a go at BotBoxer and said, “That bag is unbelievable. I know I can punch fast, but this thing was even faster! Is this the future for boxing training?”Maybe for you, Jeffries, but it’s doubtful most amateurs will see the robotic bag in a gym near them. SkyTechSport is currently taking $990 deposits on the $24,900 machine, which is scheduled to ship in September.Until then, free demonstrations are being held every Tuesday and Thursday in Los Angeles at 5553 Hollywood Boulevard. So go spar a robot and tell us how it goes. Vizio SB36514-G6 5.1.4-channel Dolby Atmos soundbar review The best camera bags of 2019 Float like a botterfly: This robotic punching bag will dodge your blows Closecenter_img Editors’ Recommendations The best laptop bags for 2019 The best cars for the snowlast_img read more

Justice Seeks Feedback on Changes to Modernize Legislation

first_imgThe legal community, professional associations and other interested Nova Scotians are being asked for their input on proposed changes to the Limitation of Actions Act. The act sets out the time allowed to bring a claim to court. “The proposed changes will help us modernize the act and make it simpler and clearer,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “They also bring us more in line with other provinces. Some already have more modern legislation and others are considering changes to existing laws.” The current act has different limitation periods — the amount of time allowed to bring a claim to court — for different kinds of actions. For example, a claim for assault must be brought within one year after the cause of action arose (from when the situation or set of facts is sufficient to entitle a person to bring a claim in court), while a motor vehicle claim must be brought within three years. The most significant change is to replace the various existing limitation periods with two standard periods: two years from when the claim is discovered or 15 years from the event the claim is based on. “The proposed changes are significant and we want input from our interested Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Landry. “We need help to ensure we have a modern limitations system.” A draft of the proposed act, discussion paper and other information can be found online at www.gov.ns.ca/just/consultation. Interested parties are invited to review the documents and provide feedback, electronically or in writing, by July 24. Questions and feedback may be sent by e-mail to legfeedback@gov.ns.ca, by phoning 902-424-3296, or by mail toLAA Reform Project, Department of Justice, 5151 Terminal Rd., P.O. Box 7, Halifax, B3J 2L6.last_img read more

Construction Underway for Dartmouth General Hospital Expansion

first_imgConstruction that will help improve health-care services for patients and families is underway with the expansion of the Dartmouth General Hospital. “It’s exciting to see excavators, backhoes and construction crews preparing the foundation for the Dartmouth General Hospital expansion,” said Randy Delorey, Minister of Health and Wellness. “It clearly demonstrates the QEll Redevelopment Project is well underway. This is a project all Nova Scotians can be proud of.” The expansion and renovations involve construction of space for 48 beds on the fifth floor, eight operating rooms (replacing four existing operating rooms and adding four more) and extensive upgrades to areas including pharmacy and diagnostic imaging. “We are pleased to see the advancement of the Dartmouth General Hospital addition. This gets us another step closer to moving services out of the Victoria General, expanding much needed services in our Dartmouth community,” said Paula Bond, vice-president, Integrated Health Services at the Nova Scotia Health Authority. “This is very exciting milestone for the QEII Redevelopment Project and the Dartmouth General Hospital community.” The second of three tenders for construction services was also issued today. This tender is for construction of the exterior of the new additions including masonry, structural steel, metal cladding and roofing. The deadline for submissions is July 18. Details of the tender are available at http://novascotia.ca/tenders/tenders/ns-tenders.aspx. The final tender for construction services is expected to be released later this year. Along with the expansion, renovations of the Dartmouth General Hospital’s third and fourth floors are expected to be completed this fall. The cost estimate for the Dartmouth General Hospital project remains between $132 million and $138 million. The QEII redevelopment includes projects at the QEII Health Science Centre’s Halifax Infirmary, Dartmouth General Hospital, Hants Community Hospital and other sites that will support the eventual closure of the Centennial and Victoria buildings in Halifax. For updates on the QEII redevelopment project, go to http://QE2redevelopment.ca.last_img read more

With spike in asylum seekers Montreals Olympic Stadium to be used as

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal’s iconic Olympic Stadium will be the first place some newcomers to Canada call home, with the venue being pressed into use as a temporary shelter for asylum seekers as of Wednesday.The first groups were bused to the stadium, where the rotunda was fitted with cots, blankets and food as Quebec contends with a recent influx of people entering the province from the United States.Francine Dupuis, who oversees a Quebec government-funded program that helps asylum seekers land on their feet, said the recent spike is not what they’re used to handling — an increase confirmed by those manning the border.The stadium plan is a temporary solution to deal with the sudden increase and will only be used for a couple of months, she said.“We were using hotels and it’s too many places to manage with too few rooms,” Dupuis said. “And there aren’t so many places that can accommodate 300 people like this.”Dupuis said with as many as 100 people coming in daily, she has been hunting for secondary spots to house people.“We need to take all the offers that are being made to us.”According to recent federal government data, figures for June suggested a “pronounced shift” in the number of people arriving in Canada at the Quebec-U.S. border.Nationally, the RCMP intercepted 884 people between the ports of entry in June, up from 742 the month before. Of those, 781 were caught in Quebec.Overall, Quebec has accounted for 3,350 of the 4,345 people who have crossed into Canada this year, as of late June.Many of those arriving Wednesday were of Haitian descent.In the United States, the Trump administration is considering ending a program that granted Haitians so-called “temporary protected status” following the massive earthquake that struck in 2010.If the program isn’t extended, as many as 60,000 Haitians could be sent back to their homeland.Dupuis said she’s been told many plan to move on to Ontario, but others who speak only Creole may take advantage of Montreal’s large Haitian population.Guillaume Andre, a Montreal community worker, said he’s helped some people who have arrived previously from the United States.“Some of them have parents here, friends here, who can help them,” said Andre, one of several Haitian-Montrealers who welcomed the new arrivals at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday.“We’re here to see how we too can provide help to them.”Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, an outspoken critic of the U.S. administration’s immigration policies, went on Twitter to welcome Haitian arrivals and tell them they can count on the city.Coderre later tweeted that, according to his own sources, there were 2,500 new arrivals in Quebec via the United States in July, with as many as 500 currently held at St-Bernard-de-Lacolle, at the Quebec-New York State border.Jean-Pierre Fortin, president of the union representing Canada Border Services Agency border guards, said 500 people crossed illegally on Tuesday alone as he and a CBSA manager visited Roxham Road in Hemmingford, a popular crossing for asylum seekers since last November.“The numbers have exploded in the last week and a half,” said Fortin. “My colleagues at the border said it was a similar day today (Wednesday).”The agency doesn’t have any short-term solutions, Fortin said. In the medium term, they’re talking about building facilities to share with the RCMP, which handles the arrests.Fortin is renewing a call made since last November for the federal government to allocate more resources to help exhausted border guards.“It takes eight hours to actually conduct one file, so if you’re multiplying that by 500, it gives you an overview of the amount of work it’s generating for our officers right now,” Fortin said.Richard Goldman of the Committee to Aid Refugees said it is too early to say if the spike in the number of asylum seekers will be sustained, but acknowledged that all services are feeling the crunch.“Definitely, everything is overloaded and that’s why the Olympic Stadium is being put into service,” said Goldman. “There’s a great demand for all services.”Part of the problem is that many of those entering Quebec have no intention of staying here and end up leaving for other cities, notably Toronto.Goldman estimates that one-half of the people entering Quebec have plans to move elsewhere.“In other words, this overload problem is due to the fact people are here temporarily and are planning to leave,” he said.The influx has meant that admissibility hearings, where seekers at the border were getting initial vetting and a hearing date in the city of their choice, are no longer completed in 72 hours as was once the case.Instead, those people are sent to Montreal for an appointment that could come one or two months later, Goldman said.Goldman said there is a possible federal plan that would see migrants referred directly to the city of their choosing instead of waiting in Montreal.Fortin confirmed the idea was raised by his employer this week, but added agents still have to do their due diligence.“You need to make sure that these people at the beginning (are checked)…. before you send them to different places in Canada,” Fortin said.Quebec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil and Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois will provide an update on the situation Thursday.— with files from Peter Rakobowchuk in Montreal.last_img read more

Cannabis banking bill advances in US House committee

DENVER — Proposed legislation that would provide federal protection for financial institutions that serve state-authorized marijuana and ancillary businesses has passed a U.S. House committee.The Marijuana Business Daily reports the House Financial Services Committee voted 45-15 Thursday to advance the proposed bill after amending it to include provisions to provide a safe harbour for insurance companies and improve access of financial services to minority- and women-owned cannabis businesses.The proposal now goes to the full House for consideration.Banks generally balk at servicing the marijuana industry for fear it could expose them to legal trouble from the federal government, which still considers marijuana illegal.As a result, a large portion of the fledgling industry is left to operate on a cash-only basis, which creates security, money laundering and other criminal concerns.___Information from: Marijuana Business Daily, http://www.mjbizdaily.comThe Associated Press read more

Climate change debate in the focus at Exxon’s annual meeting

DALLAS — Activist shareholders are using Exxon Mobil’s annual meeting to accuse the company of failing to confront a future that may include stricter regulations to limit climate change caused by burning fossil fuels.A representative of the Church of England’s endowment fund said Wednesday that Exxon has moved more slowly than other major oil companies to disclose information about emissions.Chairman and CEO Darren Woods defended the company, saying “we are doing our part” by providing energy that people need while also reducing emissions from its own operations.Exxon successfully petitioned the Securities and Exchange Commission to block a shareholder vote on setting targets for reducing carbon emissions from burning oil and gas.Exxon’s 2018 profit rose 6% to $20.8 billion as higher prices offset a 4% decline in production.The Associated Press read more

ICE Futures Canada Friday morning Canola prices higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Friday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $4.00 higher $496.10; Jan. ’18 $3.70 higher $502.80; March ’18 $4.90 higher $508.30; May ’18 $5.40 higher $511.60; July ’18 $5.50 higher $512.90; Nov. ’18 $2.10 higher $486.30; Jan. ’19 unchanged $485.90; March ’19 unchanged $488.60; May ’19 unchanged $488.60; July ’19 unchanged $488.60; Nov. ’19 unchanged $488.60.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00. read more

Photos of US soldiers prompt condemnation

Secretary of DefenseLeon E. Panettaapologized for the photographs, saying the behavior depicted in the photos “absolutely violates both our regulations and, more importantly, our core values. This is not who we are…. If rules and regulations were found to have been violated, then those individuals will be held accountable.” Speaking to reporters during a meeting of NATO allies in Brussels, Panetta said:“This is war. And I know that war is ugly and violent. And I know that young people sometimes caught up in the moment make some very foolish decisions. I am not excusing that behavior. But neither do I want these images to bring further injury to our people or to our relationship with the Afghan people.”Davan Maharaj, editor of The Times, said the newspaper considered a Pentagon appeal to delay publication, and decided to hold off for more than 72 hours until military officials said they had taken security precautions against any retaliation. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called the soldiers’ behavior “reprehensible,” and said President Obama wanted a full investigation. From the White House to the American Embassy in Kabul, American officials rushed to distance themselves from the actions of U.S. soldiers who posed for photographs next to corpses and body parts of Afghan insurgents.Two photos of incidents from a 2010 deployment were published Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times. In one, the hand of a corpse is propped on the shoulder of a paratrooper. In another, the disembodied legs of a suicide bomber are displayed by grinning soldiers and Afghan police. “At the end of the day, our job is to publish information that our readers need to make informed decisions,” Maharaj said in an online discussion Wednesday. “We have a particular duty to report vigorously and impartially on all aspects of the American mission in Afghanistan.” The NATO commander in Afghanistan, U.S. Gen. John Allen, and American Ambassador Ryan Crocker, who were alerted that the photos were coming, condemned the actions even before the photos were published online. Allen said U.S. officials were working with Afghan and international forces “to resolve any issues related to improper treatment of remains.” Crocker called the actions of soldiers in the photos “morally repugnant.”At the same time, Pentagon and White House officials expressed disappointment that the photos had been made public. The Pentagon had asked The Times not to publish the photos, citing fears that they would trigger a backlash against U.S. forces. He added: “On balance, in this case, we felt that the public interest here was served by publishing a limited but representative sample of these photos, along with a story examining the circumstances under which they were taken.”After the newspaper provided several photos to military officials last month, theU.S. Armybegan an investigation, saying the soldiers’ actions violated Army standards. The photos were among 18 images of soldiers posing with corpses or body parts. They were provided to The Times by a soldier who served in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division in 2010.The soldier who provided the photos said he and others in an 82nd Airborne brigade were concerned about a lack of discipline, leadership and security that he said compromised soldiers’ safety — and he cited the photos as one example. He expressed the hope that publication would help ensure that alleged security shortcomings at two U.S. bases in Afghanistan in 2010 were not repeated. The brigade, under new command but with some of the same paratroopers who served on a yearlong deployment in 2010, began another tour in Afghanistan in February.There were no immediate reports of violence in Afghanistan in response to the photos. ManyAfghans, especially those in rural areas, do not have Internet access or electricity. The country’s main evening news broadcasts did not show the photos.Suicide bombers and insurgents who plant roadside bombs are widely despised by Afghans. Civilians are routinely killed or maimed by insurgents who detonate suicide vests or set out homemade bombs that kill indiscriminately.A recent United Nations report said the Taliban and other insurgent groups were responsible for 77% of fatal attacks against civilians last summer, most of them from suicide bombs or roadside explosives.Still, the taboo against desecration of the dead is strong in this religiously conservative country.“We condemn Americans posing with dead bodies or body parts,” said Najla Dehqan Nezhad, a member of parliament from the western province of Herat. (Los Angeles Times) read more

UN legal committee tackles proposed treaty banning human cloning

Michele Montas, spokesperson for Assembly President Julian Hunte of St. Lucia told a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York that last year delegations in the Assembly’s Sixth (Legal) Committee were divided roughly in two.”Some favour a two-step process in which reproductive cloning is banned immediately while the more complicated question of therapeutic cloning is addressed. Others want both forms banned comprehensively since the technologies are virtually identical,” she said.”During last year’s debate delegate remained divided on the scope of the convention and means to implement it,” she said.Ms. Montas also reported that the Committee had elected Juan Manuel Gomez Robledo of Mexico as chairman of its ad hoc committee on the cloning treaty. She said talks in the ad hoc committee would conclude by Friday and a report of its findings would be presented to the full Legal Committee. read more

UNs agricultural development agency packages 208 million loan for India

The Tejaswini Rural Women’s Empowerment Programme is aimed at helping poor women in the Indian states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Tejaswini means ‘a woman who is radiant’, an empowered woman, and was chosen by local participants. The UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) provided a $39.5 million concessional loan for the eight-year programme, which was marked with a signing ceremony in Rome Thursday by IFAD’s President, Lennart Båge and India’s ambassador to UN agencies, Rajiv Dogra. The balance of the financing was mostly coming from Indian national and state development banks. Although India is one of the world’s fastest growing economies, growth has been uneven and as agriculture’s share of GDP has declined, many rural women still live in extreme poverty, the IFAD explained in a statement.Another aim of the programme is to broaden the scope of women’s roles, beyond strictly domestic and agricultural support work. Rural areas are particularly resistant to change and the programme will provide legal training to deal with such women’s issues as child marriages, domestic violence and demands for dowry.Reflecting the tremendous success of the self-help group movement in India more than 74,000 such groups will be involved in this programme and federations of self-help groups are expected to develop, the IFAD statement noted.Besides filling in gaps women still experience in access to financing the programme will also help them improve cost-effective production through new technology and to reach larger, more distant markets. This latest loan brings IFAD’s total investment in India to $500 million in 21 programmes and projects. IFAD is a UN specialized agency dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries through low-interest loans and grants.There are currently 188 ongoing IFAD-supported rural poverty eradication programmes and projects in which IFAD has invested more than $2.9 billion, attracting co-financing from governments, beneficiaries, multilateral and bilateral donors and other partners for a total of $6.3billion. read more

Canada Post halts community mailbox program

It appears Canada Post is just waiting on the Liberals to tell it to stop installing community mailboxes.The Crown Corporation announced it’s temporarily suspending the program which replaces door-to-door delivery with the new mailboxes.In a statement, it says the corporation is putting the program on hold, and this involves about 460,000 addresses across the country which are currently in the process to be converted to community mailboxes.“As a result, all conversions planned for November and December 2015 and those announced for 2016 will be placed on hold. Customers impacted by this decision will receive a letter within the next few weeks advising them of the status of their mail delivery service,” states Canada Post.With more of the boxes being erected across major Canadian cities, Canadian Union of Postal Workers national president Mike Palecek says all it would take is a phone call.“We’ve been told by Canada Post management, that’s the only thing they’re waiting for,” says Palecek.Prime Minister designate Justin Trudeau and his Liberals pledged to scrap the move during the election campaign. The party formally takes office next week and hasn’t contacted Canada Post, but the Crown agency says it looks forward to a discussion about its future plans. Canada Post halts community mailbox program by Crystal Laderas Posted Oct 26, 2015 3:47 pm MDT Image via canadapost.ca AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Privately educated heroin addict jailed for conning widow in £80000 beggars scam

first_imgMy deceptions were all to pay for drugs that I am no longer using. I never want to do drugs againCarlisle 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. “I suspect from time to time you acknowledged it while you were doing it but your own greed and addiction you continued.”So it was you fleeced her of nearly £3,000, some you say you paid back from time to time, but you took advantage of her good nature.”You lined your own pockets.”Widowed Mrs Moynihan, who was married to banker Donald Moynihan, says she handed out £80,000 to a group of beggars who would turn up at her door.Mrs Moynihan was dubbed “The Tiger of the City” during her career as a PA at international law firms, an executive at a French interior ministry and as a director of a financial services firm.Carlisle, who appeared on a videolink from Wormwood Scrubs jail, said he was now clean after spending seven years addicted to drugs.He said: “My deceptions were all to pay for drugs that I am no longer using.”I never want to do drugs again.”Carlisle admitted four counts of fraud and one of harassment at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court, for which he was jailed for 10 months.He also admitted breaching a previous suspended sentence for carrying out a similar scam on March 31 last year.He was handed a further six weeks imprisonment for the breach.Andrew McRae, 45, of Kensington, was jailed for 17 weeks for harassing Mrs Moynihan for more than £30,000. Tom Lonsdale, 44, also of Kensington, was jailed for seven weeks for harassing her into handing over £1,690.center_img A privately educated musician was among a group of “homeless” conmen who fleeced a retired businesswoman out of up to £80,000.Heroin addict Joseph Montgomery Carlisle, 27, who went to the same school as singer Lily Allen, “systematically milked” Sylvia Moynihan, now 82, out of her money at her home in Kensington, west London.Over six months he scammed Mrs Moynihan out of nearly £3,000 to buy drugs.He also conned two others into handing over money, saying he needed it to pay for a taxi while instead using the cash to feed his £1,000 a week heroin habit.Carlisle, 27, was educated at £35,000-a-year Bedales School, near Petersfield, Hampshire, and went on to perform as a guitarist in the band The .357’s. Other former pupils include TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp and former Tory MP Gyles Brandreth.Carlisle, from Wimbledon was jailed for 46 weeks by Isleworth Crown Court after admitting fraud and harassment charges.  Judge Simon Davis told him: “You deliberately targeted an 81-year-old woman over a period of six months.”You had an extremely privileged start in this life, you acknowledge that.”You systematically milked this elderly lady.”You quite rightly acknowledge this was disposable behaviour – beneath contempt.last_img read more

Suspect in 9M Princess casino robbery found guilty gets 5 years

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNABBED: Gunmen who rob customer outside Diamond bank arrestedMarch 5, 2017In “Crime”Three suspects in multi-million-dollar Casino heist remandedMay 6, 2016In “Crime”Gunmen invade casino at Princess Ramada Hotel – one bandit captured, others escape with undisclosed amount of cashApril 29, 2016In “Crime” File photo: One of the gunmen, later identified as Wayne Griffith was captured by the PoliceWayne Griffith of Bagotville, West Bank Demerara (WBD) was on Monday sentenced to five years in prison by Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman after a lengthy trail concluded and he was found guilty of the robbery carried out on the Ramada Princess Hotel casino in April 29 of 2016.On the day in question at 3:45h, Police detailed, that gunmen stormed the entity and held up the security guard on duty at the casino and took away his shotgun and ammunition.The gunmen then ordered everyone to lie on the ground and took the security guard to the cashier cage where they held up the cashier and took away close to $9M from the casino.During the robbery, the bandits discharged rounds indiscriminately resulting in four employees Eon Garraway, James Gregory, Orlando Knights and Udairan Sookraj receiving injuries.Griffith was reportedly caught after he was cornered in a maintenance room by police who responded promptly to the scene.Meanwhile his alleged accomplice Andre Blackman was found not guilty.A prima facie case was made out against the two, who proclaimed their innocence.A third suspect, Junior Stewart, was acquitted in November after the court found that the there was not enough evidence to tie him to the crime.After the court found Griffith guilty, he refused to answer any questions asked by the Magistrate and told her ” I have nothing more to say in this court, hurry up and give me a sentence let me go downstairs”. read more

Dardalis Archives halfway there

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An exhibition marking the progress of the Dardalis Archives, one of the most significant collections of Greek Australian historical records, was launched in Melbourne this week.Housed within La Trobe University, the archives, (formerly known as the Dardalis Archives of the Hellenic Diaspora), were established in 1997 at the university’s now defunct National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research, thanks to businessman Zisi Dardalis.Following the centre’s closure in 2008, the doubted future of the archives was secured by Tasos Revis, president of the society for hellenic studies, and as a result the university offered to take the collection under its wing.Chair of the university’s Archive Committee Professor Chris Mackie told Neos Kosmos: “We wanted to do some kind of exhibition to focus people’s minds on the fact that it’s here; the work’s going on.” The exhibition, entitled ‘Halfway Through’, refers to researchers having listed 50 per cent of the archived material, which details the symbolic and physical journey undertaken by thousands of Greeks to Australia and their integration with Australian society.Of the 200,000 items that have so far been assessed, the bulk of the material is in English or Greek, while some of the content on migration is in Arabic, French and German.Professor Mackie confirmed that the bilingual team working on the archives, consisting of academics and historians in the Victorian Greek community, is ahead of its three-and-a-half year schedule to complete the time-consuming process of categorising the items.The archive is made up of hundreds of boxes of stored materials containing newspapers, books, diaries, scrapbooks, films, music scores, posters, ephemera, photographs, newsreels and costumes, giving a profound insight into the 130-year history of the Hellenic diaspora in Australia.The La Trobe professor says he is particularly impressed by the newspaper collection, which dates back to Smyrna in the early 1920s.“Modern Greek is taught at La Trobe and we want to see this archive used for research. I can imagine research being done, particularly in Modern Greek studies, on the origins of the community. I think it will be a very valuable resource if somebody wants to come and do a PhD,” he said.Along with Professor Mackie, the collection was unveiled on Thursday at La Trobe’s Bundoora campus by Vice Chancellor Professor John Dewar accompanied by Victoria’s Consul General of Greece, Christina Simantirakis.The ‘Halfway Through’ exhibition will run until December 5. Listings of the Archive’s contents can be viewed online at www.lib.latrobe.edu.au/greek-archiveslast_img read more

Manuel Pellegrini expects more new signings

first_imgThe London Stadium coach Manuel Pellegrini has revealed how early capturing of Ryan Fredericks indicates a sign of more signings to come for West Ham this summer and goes ahead to say his relationship with the club’s owners is perfectly fine.Pellegrin is looking to strengthen his squad as he has been linked with Lazio ace Felipe Anderson and PSG star Javier Pastore for a deal. The former City manager is also very confident that he will have more signings in time to come.“I speak to Mr. Sullivan regularly and we are in agreement about our approach to bringing new players to the club this summer,” said Pellegrini, speaking to Mirror Football.“We have already completed one very exciting signing with Ryan Fredericks coming to the club and we are working hard to bring more to West Ham for the supporters.”Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…Pellegrini continued by insisting his working relationship with the club’s hierarchy is also healthy.“I need to make it clear that there is absolutely no problem,” he said.“I have been made to feel welcome by everyone at West Ham since my arrival. I already have a very good relationship with the two chairmen.”last_img read more

Bahamas Education Minister addresses Nation on eve of Back to School

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 4th 2017 – Nassau –  Over eleven million dollars was spent to get the 170 institutions nationwide ready for students.  The Education Minister last night addressed the nation on the eve of a new school year kicking into high gear with all but three public schools starting the 2017-2018 academic session today. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#BackToSchool, #magneticmedianews The Minister explained that the government will do its part with a drastic overhaul of the curriculum, modernizing it and the reformation is to start this school year. center_img Minister Jeffrey Lloyd called the job of better educating our children a joint effort, the Ministry and the Community together making sure it happens and he is convinced that not enough students are exiting school ready for the world.  A National Address also came from Road Traffic minister, Frankie Campbell announced that a Back to School road safety campaign would be launched; the initiative will begin at Gerald Cash and Garvin Tynes primary schools in Nassau.By Deandrea Hamiltonlast_img read more

Perch in the surf

first_imgLONG BEACH — It was windy, raining intermittently, and the tide was ebbing — conditions not conducive to good fishing for redtail surf perch along the Washington coast.But the conditions did not stop Rick Weir of Ocean Park from catching 21 pounds of surf perch in his 12-fish limit in the annual Long Beach Lions Club Surf Perch Derby on Saturday.SEASON: Angling is open daily year-around.SIZE LIMIT: NoneDAILY LIMIT: 12LICENSES: A combination license cots $54.25 for state residents and $123.55 for others.A saltwater-only license is $30.05 for residents and $59.75 for others.A one-day license is $11.35 for residents and $20.15 for non-residents.TIP: Anglers need something to carry their surf perch in after they catch them. A small net that attaches to the belt works well.The conditions did not stop Mike Ragan of Ocean Park from catching a lunker 3 1/2-pound redtail, only a bit shy of the 4.05-pound state record.“You’d see a lot more guys with limits if the weather was better,” Ragan said. “When it is clear and nice, and the sea is not rough, it’s good fishing.”last_img read more

Student faces disciplinary action for bringing fake gun to Miami school

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A student at Santa Clara Elementary School in Miami is facing disciplinary action after bringing a fake gun to class.Miami-Dade Schools Police said the student showed the toy gun to a classmate at the school, near Northwest 10th Avenue and Northwest 29th Terrace, Wednesday morning.Officials said the classmate informed a teacher, who then reported the incident to administration.No threat was made at the time of the incident, according to police.The student will now be disciplined in accordance with the student code of conduct.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

ArtRock SingerComposer Scott Walker Of The Walker Brothers Dies At 76

first_img Art-Rock Singer/Composer Scott Walker Of The Walker Brothers Dies At 76 Art-Rock Singer/Composer Scott Walker Dies At 76 art-rock-singercomposer-scott-walker-walker-brothers-dies-76 The 2006 documentary Scott Walker: 30 Century Man tried to do justice to the man’s hard-to-categorize and wide-ranging talent. Walker’s musical gifts were so strong, he got session work as a bassist in his teens. His singing made the Walker Brothers teen idols. His final solo album was 2012’s Bish Bosch, but Walker also kept busy with collaborations and composing for film.In 2017, Walker’s lyrics were published by Faber & Faber, while the Los Angeles Philharmonic commissioned and performed a special work of his. Also, the BBC threw him a tribute concert. In 2018, the music movie Vox Lux featured songs by Sia alongside Walker’s original score.Few musicians of such stature have managed to be obscure cult figures at the same time. Convention-breaking contradictions were part of Scott Walker’s signature style, but this appears to have been artistically organic rather than a result of trying to be unconventional. Even Britain’s own BBC, knowing Walker’s history intimately and having honored him in 2017, described him as an “enigma” in their obituary headline on March 25.Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox: “I’m The Closest Thing That Our Age Has To A Bowie”Read more News The musical non-conformist left America, only to return as part of rock’s ’60s British InvasionPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 25, 2019 – 5:57 pm ’60s pop-rock idol Scott Walker has died. Born Noel Scott Engel in Ohio, Walker was 76 years old. The news was confirmed by his label, 4AD Records.Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich were among the first, along with Nadine Shah, to publicly express sadness at Walker’s passing.After relocating to the U.K. in the 60s, the Walker Brothers’ fame was comparable to the Beatles. Later, Scott found solo success with albums titled Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3, Scott 4, which culminated with his 1969 Scott Sings Songs from His TV Series album. On March 25, David Bowie’s official website blogged their Farewell to Scott Walker, noting Bowie’s past remark, “I think he’s probably been my idol since I was a kid.” (In 1993, Bowie covered the Walker Brothers’ song “Nite Flights” on his album Black Tie White Noise.) Facebook Email Twitter https://twitter.com/4AD_Official/status/1110091122741776385last_img read more