Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan has been rehearsing hard for his performance at the inaugural ceremony of Indian Premier League’s seventh season in Abu Dhabi.He tweeted his picture from the rehearsal saying, “All nighter in Abu Dhabi. Haven’t slept 2 days but I know it will be fun with the IPL players so hard work comes easy” (sic)Shah Rukh’s Dil To Pagal Hai co-star Madhuri Dixit and Chennai Express co-star Deepika Padukone are expected to perform at the opening ceremony of the cricketing extravaganze. All nighter in Abu Dhabi. Haven’t slept 2 days but I know it will be fun with the IPL players so hard work comes easy pic.twitter.com/3f2h0xnvsD SHAH RUKH KHAN (@iamsrk) April 15, 2014
Bangladesh fought back against India through half centuries from Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehedi Hasan to reach 322 for six at the close of the third day’s play in the one-off Test in Hyderabad on Saturday. (SCORECARD)Bangladesh’s most experienced pair of Shakib and Mushfiqur added 107 for the fifth-wicket before the latter combined with the 19-year-old Mehedi for an unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 87 to frustrate the hosts. (Watched Kohli bat on TV and now learnt a lot playing against him: Mehedi Hasan)The visitors still face a steep task if they are to avoid the follow-on in response to India’s mammoth first innings total of 687-6 declared. (India vs Bangladesh, One-off Test, Day 3: Key Highlights)At stumps, captain Mushfiqur was unbeaten on 81 with Mehedi not out on 51, his maiden Test fifty, at the other end with Bangladesh still needing 166 runs to make India bat again. The duo kept India wicketless for the entire third session.After resuming on 41-1, the touring side suffered a major blow in just the third over of the day when Tamim Iqbal was run out on his overnight score of 24. (India vs Bangladesh, Day 3: As It Happened)The left-handed opener was stranded near the middle of the pitch after a terrible mix-up with partner Mominul Haque while attempting a second run.Paceman Umesh Yadav, who dismissed Soumya Sarkar on Friday, found enough reverse swing to trouble Bangladesh’s batsmen before he pinned down Mominul in front of the stumps to dismiss him leg before for 12.advertisementUmesh continued to trouble Mahmudullah with his pace and movement but pace-bowling colleague Ishant Sharma reaped the benefit by dismissing the batsman leg before for 28 in his first over of the day.Ishant, who replaced Umesh, beat Mahmudullah’s bat with an angled delivery and the batsman’s attempt to overturn the decision on review also proved futile.Shakib then launched a counterattack against India’s bowlers and his 21st Test fifty was studded with 14 boundaries in a knock that came off 103 balls.The left-hander was out caught trying to loft off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, the world’s top-ranked bowler in tests, over mid-off.Ashwin’s left-arm spin colleague Ravindra Jadeja then dismissed Sabbir Rahman for 16, the batsman falling leg before while attempting a sweep shot.Mushfiqur, who got the benefit of doubt in a run out appeal when he was batting on 18, showed plenty of application and temperament during his knock and will be crucial to Bangladesh’s hopes of avoiding the follow-on.Off-spinner Mehedi gave his captain, who suffered a blow to his right hand in the last over of the day against Ishant, able support and hit 10 crisp boundaries in his flourishing knock.
As protests over the arrest of seven-time legislator DK Sivakumar intensified across Karnataka, senior Congress leader and the state’s former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today entangled himself in a controversy after slapped his aide outside the Mysuru Airport. A video of him during the act went viral on social media after news agency ANI posted it on their Twitter handle.Karnataka Congress leaders and workers had called for a state-wide protest against Shivakumar’s arrest, which has led to swaying tempers within the party, sources said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsShivakumar had been interrogated by the Enforcement Directorate over the past several days and was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the money laundering case being probed by the investigating agency. The Karnataka High Court had also on last Thursday declined to stay the summons issued by ED in December of 2018 to him in an alleged money laundering case. Following this, Siddaramiah had taken to Twitter to voice his support for the former legislator and said that Shivakumar will ‘come out clean’ and the nation will understand the ‘ulterior motives’ of the BJP. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayToday’s incident of him slapping brings back an earlier row in 2016 where another video showing him allegedly slapping a person went viral on social media.Earlier in 2016, the then Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah landed in a row after video footage showing him appearing to slap a person went viral. Rejecting media reports, Siddaramaiah had said he had not slapped an official and some electronic media were carrying out “false” propaganda against him. Video footage showing Siddaramaiah losing his cool and raising his hand against a person went viral as TV channels aired it, identifying the purported victim as Ballari Corporation Commissioner PG Ramesh, who, however, had maintained it was not him.(Inputs from DNAIndia.com)
Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement MONTRÉAL – A dozen new series made by and for local residents that reflect Montréal’s social and cultural diversity will premiere on MAtv this fall. When the fall schedule launches on Monday, September 24, MAtv’s programming will be more closely in sync than ever with the interests of the communities that make up the Greater Montréal area.MAtv: A bonus for Videotron customersFor nearly 40 years, Videotron has proudly supported community television and made it available to all the communities in its service area. Videotron also provides financial support for nearly 30 independent community channels across Québec. MAtv’s ongoing commitment to all the localities it serves opens up lines of communication between individuals and between organizations, helps build a sense of community and belonging, and keeps people informed and connected to their neighborhoods.Why MAtv? Because it’s more hyperlocal than ever!The people with ideas who submit projects to MAtv and work on-air or behind the camera to bring them to fruition are the driving force behind its programming. “With more than 50% of its schedule made up of citizen projects, MAtv is distinguished by its unique local character and its close connection to viewers,” says Steve Desgagné, Senior Director, MAtv. “What makes our channel different from network television is citizen involvement. The members of the public who come up with the ideas and those who work as volunteers are the people who make MAtv what it is. I am very proud of our new shows. They are a window on all of Québec and demonstrate the vital role of community television in today’s media landscape.” Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Bring in the new!A slate of new shows in each of MAtv’s program categories – services, culture, history and heritage, vox pop, and of course public affairs – will be added to the line-up in the fall. Coinciding with the start of the new television season, MAtv will soon launch a new website (matv.ca) where visitors will be able to access distinctive content and watch episodes online, free and without ads.English shows feature unique Montrealers and compelling storiesAfter the addition of English-language shows to the program line-up three years ago to better reflect Montréal’s make-up, three new English shows proposed by Montrealers are joining CityLife on MAtv’s schedule: ART Impact, created and hosted by Anne Janody, will feature inspirational figures from the art world (Tuesday, 8 p.m.). 514 Undiscovered, co-hosted by Giordano Cescutti (the show’s creator) and Alexa Everett, will introduce viewers to some of our city’s vibrant but lesser-known communities (Tuesday, 7 p.m.). In My Curious City, the English counterpart of Ma curieuse Cité,participants in MAtv’s MY Volunteering program will look at Montréal places, organizations and events (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.).Public affairs: Inform, educate, empower!CityLife and its French-language counterpart Mise À Jour will be back in the fall, informing viewers about what’s happening in their city four days a week. Richard Dagenais (CityLife – Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.) and Sophie Vallerand (Mise À Jour – Monday and Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.) cover the issues of the day. They delve into the things that matter to Montrealers, ask the right questions, put the issues into perspective and explain them in a relatable way. Both shows follow the neighborhood news that residents care about but the major media outlets often neglect.Local history and heritageIf you want to know where you’re going, you have to know where you came from. Archéo-Ville, created and hosted by Vladimir Molina (Monday, 9:30 p.m.), will take audiences back in time with the help of museums, archeological sites, artifacts and relics. In Des chemins, des histoires, hosts Denis Anger (the show’s creator) and Taïna Lavoie uncover the hidden paths and secrets marking the history of Québec (Monday, 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.). In November, ICONIQUE Château Frontenac, created by Robert Mercure, will tell the story of an historic heritage building with a unique character. In English, MAtv will air a 5-episode series called Montréal, mon amour, mon histoire about the histories of Montréal neighborhoods.At your service!Active seniors will be pleased to hear that Michèle Sirois will be back with Ère libre, her show about the joys and challenges of aging (Saturday, 11 a.m., and Sunday, 8 p.m.). Marie-Eve Boucher and Valérie Thibault, the creators and co-hosts of Famille au menu, will serve up a full menu of ideas and activities for young families (Friday, 7 p.m.). People who want to make physical activity part of their daily routine will welcome the return of LaFormavie Dynamique (daily at 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.). The show’s creator and host Jonathan Lavallée changes it up with a diverse range of targeted workouts. For young entrepreneurs, Partir en affaires, created by Mathieu Chevalier and hosted by Marie-Pier Caron, is packed with useful tips for business success (Sunday, 9 p.m.).Culture any way you like itNous sommes la ville, created and hosted by Marilyse Hamelin (Thursday, 9 p.m.), is the show for people who are excited about emerging culture in all its forms. Fans of improv won’t want to miss La Coupe Romanesque, created by Marc-Olivier Dugas Pelletier (Friday, 9 p.m.). Gospel music enthusiasts will get their fill on Rythmes Gospel, created and hosted by Jean-Yves Roux (Friday, 10 p.m.). And MAtv’s fall schedule features three new shows just for country music fans: Aller-retour Country, created and hosted by Karo Laurendeau, Chanson Via Country and En route vers l’Ouest(starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday).You have the floor!In its second season, Ma parole!, created and hosted by Hélène Frankland, will continue to provide a forum where members of the public can express their opinions about the things they care about (Friday, 7:30 p.m.). Mille visages,created by Edwige Dazogbo and hosted by Sandra Sirois (Sunday, 9:30 p.m.), will look at the issues surrounding immigration and promote mutual understanding. Ma curieuse Cité, hosted by participants in the MY Volunteering program, is a wide-ranging exploration of Montréal’s multi-faceted cosmopolitan life.MAtv: My community’s voice by VideotronMAtv, an exclusive service for Videotron customers, serves the community by reflecting Québec’s diversity. It gives all citizens access to a medium of free expression and outreach that promotes public participation. MAtv carries useful, informative and educational programming that focuses on topics of local interest and supports the emergence of new talent. It reflects realities of concern to the community of 1.6 million households it serves across Quebec. MAtv is broadcast on channel 9 and in HD on channel 609. It is also available on illico TV (channel 900), on the Web (matv.ca and illico.tv), on iPad and Android tablets (through the illico.tv app) and on illico mobile. 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NEW YORK — Occidental, which is in a bidding war with Chevron to buy oil company Anadarko, revised its offer Sunday and says it found a buyer for Anadarko’s African investments if the deal goes through.Occidental is still offering $76 a share for each share of Anadarko, the same as its bid from April, but more of it is now in cash. Occidental’s new bid is for $59 in cash and 0.2934 shares of Occidental common stock for each Anadarko share. Its previous bid was $38 in cash and 0.6094 shares of Occidental stock.Occidental says Total has agreed to buy Anadarko’s African assets for $8.8 billion if the takeover happens.Anadarko agreed to a deal with Chevron in April, but resurrected talks with Occidental last week.The Associated Press
22 January 2010Veteran Nigerian diplomat Ibrahim Gambari, who most recently served as top United Nations envoy for Myanmar, arrived in Sudan today to assume his new duties as Joint Special Representative and head of the joint African Union-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Veteran Nigerian diplomat Ibrahim Gambari, who most recently served as top United Nations envoy for Myanmar, arrived in Sudan today to assume his new duties as Joint Special Representative and head of the joint African Union-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID).Mr. Gambari, who in his UN career has served as Special Adviser on the International Compact with Iraq, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Special Adviser on Africa and head of the UN mission in Angola, as well serving as Nigeria’s UN Ambassador from 1990 to 1999, will meet with a number of leaders and groups over the next two weeks, including Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, Darfur authorities and UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) officials.He succeeds Rodolphe Adada of the Republic of Congo at the head of UNAMID, which was set up in 2007 to try to quell the violence in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million forced from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen.“I look forward very much to working with all the stakeholders in this country,” Mr. Gambari said on arrival in Khartoum, the capital.
Former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathirai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan was today re-remanded after being produced in Court in connection to the murder of former Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham.Pararajasingham was shot dead in December 2005 at St. Mary’s co-cathedral church in the Batticaloa town while attending Christmas prayers. Pillayan was part of the Karuna Amman led Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP) at the time Pararajasingham was killed. Th former Government of Mahinda Rajapaksa used Pillayan to promote the idea of terrorist turned politician who entered democracy.However human rights groups said that Pillayan should be investigated for the crimes he had committed as an LTTE member and as a TMVP fighter. (Colombo Gazette) The TMVP had split from the LTTE and fought against the LTTE but an internal rift in the TMVP say Pilayan and Karuna go their separate ways and in 2007 Pillayan was made leader of the TMVP.The TMVP contested the Eastern Provincial Council elections in 2008 and won and Pillayan was made Chief Minister. The MP’s wife, Mrs. Sugunam Pararajasingham sustained serious injuries in the gunfire while several others were also injured.
The Centre for Labour Studies and Department of Political Science at Brock will host a roundtable discussion tomorrow with Malcolm Allen, MP for Welland, about the prorogation of parliament.The talk, “Padlocking Parliament: The Politics and the Prospects for Democratic Reform,” will be Feb. 9 at 12 noon in room 324 of the Plaza Building.Discussion will centre around the Harper government’s decision to prorogue parliament and the opposition’s attempts to restrict the Prime Minister’s ability to do so in the future. This conversation will then segue into a broader discussion about the state of Canadian democracy and potential democratic reforms.The roundtable is open to members of the Brock community and the general public.
Stocks rise after Summers exits race for Fed chairman; investors expect more stimulus by The Associated Press Posted Sep 16, 2013 4:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are higher after former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers withdrew from the race to become head of the Federal Reserve.Summers had been expected to move aggressively to rein in the Fed’s huge economic stimulus program.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 118 points, or 0.8 per cent, to close at 15,494 Monday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose nine points, or 0.6 per cent, to 1,697.The Nasdaq composite fell four points, or 0.1 per cent, to 3,717, pulled down by Apple.The president is expected to nominate Ben Bernanke’s successor as early as this month. The current front-runner is Janet Yellen, the Fed’s vice chair.Two stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was average at 3 billion shares.
That is the question the United Nations is asking as it launches its latest campaign – #HappySoundsLike – an appeal for the global citizenry “to nominate a song that brings a smile to your face” ahead of this year’s International Day of Happiness, observed annually on 20 March. Spearheading the effort, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s video contribution urges viewers around the world to ‘Be happy!’ in the UN’s six official languages and join the Organization’s call for people to demonstrate their solidarity with those “facing tough challenges.”“On this day we are using the universal language of music to show solidarity with the millions of people around the world suffering from poverty, human rights abuses, humanitarian crises and the effects of environmental degradation and climate change,” he stated in a news release.The campaign, made possible with the support of global music streaming service MixRadio, seeks to seize the power of music and “inspire hope for a better tomorrow” as it encourages people to suggest songs that best represent the feeling of happiness. Mr. Ban nominated his Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder’s song “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” to the playlist, adding that to him #happysoundslike a new climate deal and agreed set of sustainable development goals, both on the agenda of world leaders for later this year. Celebrity advocates including Charlize Theron, Lang Lang, Michael Douglas, Angelique Kidjo, along with internationally-acclaimed artists such as James Blunt, Idris Elba, David Guetta, John Legend, Cody Simpson and Pharrell Williams, will also contribute to create the world’s happiest playlist, which will be launched on 20 March.Jyrki Rosenberg, Head of MixRadio, said the music service is privileged to support the UN for this campaign. “We hope the general public follow in the steps of the array of global stars and share the track that makes them happiest.”In April 2012, the UN held a high-level meeting on “Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm” at the initiative of Bhutan, a country which recognized the supremacy of national happiness over national income since the early 1970s and famously adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product (GDP).This year will mark the third observance of the International Day of Happiness, which recognizes the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in people’s lives and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.
“I am prepared to immediately, immediately, resume direct peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority without any preconditions whatsoever,” he told the UN General Assembly on the fourth day of its 70th annual Debate. “Unfortunately, President Abbas said yesterday that he is not prepared to do this. I hope he changes his mind.”“Because I remain committed to a vision of two states for two peoples, in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes the Jewish State,” he said. “Israel expects the Palestinian Authority to abide by its commitments. The Palestinians should not walk away from peace. President Abbas, I know it’s not easy. “I know it’s hard. But we owe it to our peoples to try, to continue to try, because together, if we actually negotiate and stop negotiating about the negotiation, if we actually sit down and try to resolve this conflict between us, recognize each other, not use a Palestinian state as a stepping stone for another Islamist dictatorship in the Middle East, but something that will live at peace next to the Jewish state, if we actually do that, we can do remarkable things for our peoples.”In his speech yesterday Mr. Abbas cited continual Israeli violations of the 20-year-old accords, including non-stop Israeli settlement of land the Palestinians claim for their hoped-for state, for his decision to no longer feel bound by the political and security agreements. As he has in speeches to the General Assembly over the past three years, Mr. Netanyahu devoted the lion’s share to Iran, this year denouncing the international deal on its nuclear programme, warning that it would the Islamic Republic would use the hundreds of billions of frozen dollars unlocked by the accord to further terrorism around the world.He noted that just in the last six months Iran has boosted its supply of devastating weapons and soldiers to war-torn Syria, shipped tons of arms to Houthi rebels in Yemen, and supplied the Hizbollah group in Lebanon with advanced missiles capable of shooting down Israeli planes, sinking its ships and hit any target in the country.“I repeat: Iran’s been doing all of this, everything that I’ve just described, just in the last six months, when it was trying to convince the world to remove the sanctions. Now just imagine what Iran will do after those sanctions are lifted,” he declared.“Unleashed and un-muzzled, Iran will go on the prowl, devouring more and more prey. In the wake of the nuclear deal, Iran is spending billions of dollars on weapons and satellites.“You think Iran is doing that to advance peace? You think hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief and fat contracts will turn this rapacious tiger into a kitten? If you do, you should think again.”Last week, Iranian army commander Major-General Ataollah Salehi proclaimed ‘We will annihilate Israel for sure,’ Mr. Netanyahu added, citing a 400-page book by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei that he said details plans to do so.“So here’s my message to the rulers of Iran: Your plan to destroy Israel will fail. Israel will not permit any force on earth to threaten its future,” he declared.“And here’s my message to all the countries represented here: Whatever resolutions you may adopt in this building, whatever decisions you may take in your capitals, Israel will do whatever it must do to defend our State and to defend our people.”
Faculty of Math & Science student Brent Wiens (Biological Sciences) will do his PhD thesis defence Wednesday, June 15 at 9 a.m. in PL600F. His thesis is titled Investigations of reserpine and rescinnamine biosynthesis in the Indian snakeroot plant, Rauwolfia serpentine. His examination committee members are: Dr. Alan Castle, Chair; Dr. Susan Kohalmi (Western University), External Examiner; Vincenzo De Luca, Supervisor; Dr. Jeffrey Atkinson, Internal Examiner; Dr. Charles Despres and Dr. Debbie Inglis, Committee Members.
While demand for life-saving blood donations is greater during and after the holiday season, the number of donors often decreases due to the hustle and bustle the time of year brings.With the new year underway and donations needed to help fulfil transfusion needs, Canadian Blood Services is hosting a blood drive on campus Friday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ian Beddis Gymnasium.Giving blood can help clinics and hospitals replenish the supply needed to treat patients undergoing surgery, victims of serious injuries such as car crashes or natural disasters, as well as patients with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia or illnesses such as anemia, kidney disease or cancer.To donate blood, book an appointment online with blood.ca. Walk-ins are also welcome.Those unable to attend the blood donor clinic this month can register for an on-campus clinic planned for Friday, March 22.For more information on the need for blood, donor eligibility and the donation process, visit the Canadian Blood Services website.
The nation’s top cross country teams, including Ohio State’s men’s and women’s teams, will travel to Madison, Wis., Friday to compete in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. The event will be the last meet for the Buckeyes prior to the Big Ten Championship meet. The women’s team is looking to build on the progress made at their last event, the Notre Dame Invitational, in which they placed 11th. “We’re really excited. Most of the girls ran personal bests last meet,” said women’s coach Khadevis Robinson. “Everything we’ve been doing is going in the right direction. “What we have to find out is if we’re still on a peak, which we were on in our last competition, and figure out how to continue on that peak and get ready for the Big Ten championship.” The men’s squad is attempting to replicate last year’s top-20 finish and also trying to position themselves for the future. In 2011, the Buckeyes finished 17th out of 30 teams. The team will be running two true freshmen and three redshirt freshmen in Madison. “(For) five out of our seven guys, this is their first look at Wisconsin,” said men’s associate coach Brice Allen. “With this young team, we’re trying to gain experience going into the Big Ten Championship,” he said. “We’re (also) trying to be competitive at the national level. That’s why we go to the most competitive race in the country. “ Both men’s and women’s squads will be facing stiff competition as the field is stacked with top tier programs. Twenty-one of the top 30 ranked men’s teams and 20 of the top 30 women’s teams will be competing at the invitational. “This is certainly one of the biggest meets so far,” Allen said.
This coming Sunday Aussie dads will be wading through various DIY manuals for power tools, CDs of old rock albums, series of Soprano or Seinfeld and bad ties. Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) decided to ask four Greek Australian dads to reflect on Father’s Day. John Mangos, senior anchorman with Sky News made it clear that being a father is “the best feeling in the world it is total unconditioned love! I can’t spend enough minutes in the day with him.” Mangos and his wife named their 14 month old son, Konstantino after his pappou. “My wife and I are teaching Konstantino Greek, we are committed to making him aware of his Greek heritage,” said Mr Mangos. This is even more pertinent as they became Greek nationals recently. -“Konstantinos is about to get his Greek nationality” says Mangos. “My parents were Aussie born so was my wife and I want Konstantinos to be proud of his heritage and we want to give him more reasons to feel reason to feel pride and close to roots as we go to Greece annually.” The doting John Mangos points NKEE to Konstantinos’ first steps into media, “Have a look at him… on YouTube, Kosta Zorba he is dancing Zorba with his dog, it’s amazing!” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWt7g2C8vvw) George Kapiniaris, ex-Acropolis Now, recently presented Rockstar, a one man show about being a new dad. George is overjoyed with his 10 month old Petraki, “This will be my first father’s day it’s an amazing experience, you don’t start living until you are a dad.” ” I am on the highest level, its like a video game of life and being a dad is hitting the highest level, “said George – “I used to get up every day at 12 noon, now I bet up at 3am and never sleep late, but I don’t care how tired I get,” added George. Petrakis may be too young to shop but it seems that “an encyclopaedia of guitars” is what George is craving for Father’s Day. The President of the Australian Macedonian Advisory Council Nick Koukouvitakis has just become a dad for the second time, “My wife Roxane just gave birth to a boy, Stelianos and I have Vasiliki who is three and half years old.” Mr Koukouvitakis, when describing what being a dad is like to NKEE said, “It’s a special feeling which one can not explain it’s like unlike any other love.” Mr Koukouvitakis, thinks that every day is a reflection on being a father and is keen to maintain tradition and heritage: “Having a child is a gift and I would like to emulate my parents in the way they raised me.” The treasurer of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne, Victoria, Con Dikeos, has two boys between the age of one and three, Yiorgos and Yianni. He reminds NKEE that he is also a son, and thinking about his late father is an aspect of Fatther’s Day for him. “I think of my late dad on father’s day” Mr Dikeos’ son Yianni was born on the last day of the 40th day of his father’s death. “We kept it a secret and we announced it on the 40 days, in the hall.”Attempting to describe that day, Mr Dikeos said, “It was one of the most bizarre feelings of my life – as the first person I rang to say that my wife gave birth was my dad but life does go on and new generation is born.” Mr Dikeos said he plans to spend this Sunday with his koumbari at church, and then for lunch, as it is the third Sunday after his Yianni’s baptism. A common thread running through these Australian Greek dads have is their love of their children and their love of their own traditions and fathers. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Les adolescents, influençables ?Une étude américaine révèle que les adolescent deviennent de moins en moins influençables au fur et à mesure que se développe leur cortex préfrontal. Une étude qui vient d’être publiée dans la revue Neuron met en évidence le lien qu’il y a entre le fait d’être influençable et le développement du striatum, une partie du cerveau située dans le cortex préfrontal, rapporte le Telegraph. À lire aussiUne activité électrique détectée dans des mini-cerveaux développés en laboratoireSi la majeure partie des “gens pensent que l’adolescence est la période à laquelle les jeunes sont particulièrement influençables”, comme l’indique Jennifer Pfeifer, professeur de psychologie à l’Université de l’Oregon aux Etats-Unis, “c’est le cas, mais c’est aussi à cette période qu’ils ont développé la capacité d’y résister”. Cette capacité va de pair développement du cerveau. Les scanners réalisés sur les cerveaux de jeunes âgés de 10 à 13 ans alors qu’ils étaient soumis à des photos de visages exprimant diverses émotions (colère, peur, joie ou tristesse), ont montré l’activité du cortex préfrontal. Mais l’étude a également pu repérer que l’amygdale, une structure cérébrale plus profonde, était également particulièrement sollicitée face à des visages tristes.Le 12 mars 2011 à 17:57 • Emmanuel Perrin
Tags Share your voice Politics Tech Industry Post a comment 0 Facebook Facebook is using AI to identify accounts spreading misinformation. James Martin/CNET Facebook is harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to block or remove one million accounts a day that violate its rules against misinformation, hate speech and voter suppression ahead of elections in India.Ajit Mohan, Facebook’s India managing director and vice president, outlined the social network’s efforts to combat election interference in a blog post on Monday. The social network has faced criticism for not doing enough to curb abuses on its platform during the 2016 US presidential election when Russian trolls used Facebook to sow discord. Facebook-owned WhatsApp, a messaging app that is popular in India, has also been used to spread misinformation during elections in other countries such as Brazil. While it’s unclear how well Facebook’s election integrity efforts are working, the company is trying to show the public and lawmakers it’s doing more to tackle abuse on its platform.Advances in AI has helped the world’s largest social network “identify abusive or violating content, quickly locate it across the platform and remove it in bulk,” Mohan said. That helps stop the offensive content from going viral. Facebook started planning for elections in India, which begins on April 11, more than 18 months ago. The company requires advertisers who run political ads in India to verify their identity and location. Information about who paid for an ad and the audience it reached is available in a public database. This week, this company is also opening up centers focused on election integrity in Singapore and Dublin and expanded its partnership with third-party fact checkers to combat fake news. The company also recently launched tools in India to help voters learn about new candidates and share with their friends that they voted.Last week, Facebook said it pulled down more than 680 accounts in India and Pakistan for “inauthentic behavior,” which means the people behind the accounts misled users about their identities and intentions.
2 4:59 Now playing: Watch this: Computers In May, Trump issued a national security order banning Huawei from the US. Google, Facebook and other US tech companies have since broken ties with the Chinese company. Huawei and the Office of Management and Budget didn’t immediately reply to requests for comment.Originally published June 10.Update, June 10: Adds quote. June 11: Adds Schumer quote. Comments Share your voice Huawei might get a short reprieve by the US government. Angela Lang/CNET President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act in August 2018, banning government use of Huawei tech. But at least one government official says federal contractors aren’t ready to ditch the Chinese company. Russel T. Vought, the acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, requested a two-year reprieve for Huawei, according to The Wall Street Journal. Vought reportedly sent a letter dated June 4 to Vice President Mike Pence and nine members of Congress saying the ban would cause a “dramatic reduction” in companies that supply the government. It’d also affect companies in rural areas that receive federal grants and loans, and who use more Huawei technology, according to the Journal.Vought reportedly requested a span of four years, rather than two, from the passage of the NDAA before the Chinese company tech is barred from US government usage. A spokesperson for the office told the Journal that this request wouldn’t go against the policy of Huawei no longer being allowed to do business in the US. “This is about ensuring that companies who do business with the US government or receive federal grants and loans have time to extricate themselves from doing business with Huawei and other Chinese tech companies listed in the NDAA,” an OMB spokesperson said in an emailed statement. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, raised concerns over Vought’s request Tuesday.”There is simply no reason, in my mind, for such a lengthy delay,” Schumer said. “It would only extend a window of opportunity for what is already a dire threat to our national security.” Huawei What is going on between Huawei and the US? Tags
Agra : At least 29 people were killed on Monday when a passenger bus fell into a gorge on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway. The bus, after hitting the divider, fell into the 40-feet-deep gap between two flyovers on the Yamuna Expressway near Milestone 161 (Jharna nallah) under Etmadpur police jurisdiction of Agra district at around 4.15 a.m. The double-decker bus with about 50 passengers on board was heading to Delhi from Lucknow. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Police reports said that 20 passengers have been rescued so far and efforts were on to rescue the rest. Initial reports suggest that the accident occurred after the bus driver of the UPSRTC Jan Rath dozed off at the wheel. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath constituted a committee to go into the reasons behind the accident and submit its report early, Additional Chief Secretary, Information, Awanish Awasthi said. “As per the district magistrate (Agra) 29 persons have died. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The bus fell into a ‘nallah’ (drain),” he said. Uttar Pradesh Roadways will pay an ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, officials said. The chief minister expressed his condolences and asked the Agra district magistrate and senior superintendent of police to ensure the injured get proper medical treatment, they said. Advertise With Us He sent his deputy Dinesh Sharma and Transport Minister Swatantra Dev Singh to the accident site by air. The committee, comprising the transport commissioner, the Agra divisional commissioner and an inspector general of police, will investigate the incident in 24 hours, the chief minister directed. Two aspiring army men and a few brave villagers, out for morning ablutions, were among the daredevils who risked their lives to save around 20 people. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condoled the death. Gandhi said he is pained by the news of the accident on Yamuna Expressway.