1 Dec

Supreme Court stays Maharashtra’s EWS quota

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Thursday passed an interim direction that the 10% reservation for the economically weaker sections introduced by Maharashtra for postgraduate medical courses in the State through notifications dated February 12 and March 7, will not apply for this academic year, since the admission process had already started in November 2018.A Vacation Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, said, “We are of the view, at this stage, that though the State may act under the enabling provision contained in Article 16(6) of the Constitution, as introduced by the 103rd Constitutional amendment, unless additional seats are sanctioned by the Medical Council of India, the existing seats cannot be subjected to the provisions of the aforesaid Constitutional amendment by issuing appropriate notifications, as has been done in this case.”Also Read  The court said it is open for the Medical Council of India “to sanction additional seats, if deemed fit”.The two had extended the benefit of reservation to the extent of 10% to economically weaker sections in postgraduate medical courses.By the 103rd Constitutional amendment, Article 16 (6) was inserted, allowing States to make “any provision for the reservation of appointments or posts in favour of any economically weaker sections of citizens other than the classes mentioned in clause (4), in addition to the existing reservation and subject to a maximum of ten per cent of the posts in each category.”The court’s interim direction came on a plea filed by a student Rajat Rajendra Agrawal from general category on whether the Constitutional amendment would apply to the ongoing admission process, which had commenced in November 2018, that is, well before the coming into force of the Constitutional amendment (January, 2019) and the notifications of February and March, 2019.“Not only we are reminded of the time-tested principle of law that the modalities of selection cannot be changed after initiation of the process, in a similar matter involving reservation of 16% seats for socially and educationally backward classes including the Maratha community in the educational institutions in the State of Maharashtra in terms of provisions of the Maharashtra State Reservation (of Seats for Admission in Educational Institutions in the State and for Appointments in the Public Services and Posts under the State) for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018, the Bombay High Court had taken the view that the said Act, having come into force with effect from 30.11.2018, could not be made applicable to the very same admission process as the same had been initiated earlier i.e. on 2.11.2018,” the court observed.The special leave petition against the said order of the Bombay High Court has since been dismissed by this Court.Based on this, the Court took the tentative view on Thursday that the notification of the State of Maharashtra on March 7, insofar as the admission to postgraduate medical courses is concerned, would have no application to the ongoing process of selection, so as to enable the representatives of the economically weaker sections to avail of the benefit of reservation for admission to postgraduate medical courses.The interim direction would continue till a final decision is arrived at by the Court in the proceedings.“We have kept in mind the need to balance the competing claims which balance could be upset by claim of equity, if the reserved category candidates are allowed to undergo the medical course(s) and in the event their admission is found to be untenable at a later stage of the present proceedings,” the Bench reasoned. Notice to implement 10% quota for EWSlast_img read more

30 Nov

Familiarity helps Dennison stop Desiderio in FEU win over UP

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGuarding Paul Desiderio was never strange for Ron Dennison.The two were teammates in high school at University of Visayas and both entered the UAAP at the same time in Season 76 and this familiarity helped Dennison put a stranglehold on Desiderio.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH And, just for the record, Desiderio is 0-7 against Dennison. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Desiderio also came off a career performance in a stunning win over defending champion La Salle with 30 points.READ: Desiderio struggles, praises ‘great defender’ DennisonDennison also made his presence felt on the offensive end with 16 points and three assists while also grabbing seven rebounds.The two also had an interesting duel last season in the first round when Dennison got ejected.“Last year, he one-upped me with that flop so during the game he started acting again but I didn’t let him do the same thing again,” said Dennison.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Desiderio, the University of the Philippines’ stalwart headed into the Sunday matchup against Far Eastern University averaging 21 points a game, and Dennison made sure Desiderio would not reach that mark.“We were teammates in high school, so I knew how he moved,” said Dennison in Filipino after FEU trumped UP, 78-59, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I just played straight-up clean defense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  SPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: FEU rolls to 3rd straight win, routs UPWith Dennison hounding him, Desiderio struggled from the floor, scoring ust nine points on 4-of-12 shooting, and converted only one of his five attempts from long range. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City 29 football fans hurt as French stadium barrier collapses Read Nextlast_img read more

27 Nov

India to play Test, ODI series in Australia ahead of World Cup

first_imgIndian skipper Mahendra Singh DhoniDefending champions India will get an early feel of the Australian conditions ahead of next year’s ODI World Cup after agreeing to play a Test series against the hosts and a triangular one-day series, also featuring England, between December 4 and February 1 here.Cricket Australia announced its schedule ahead of the World Cup which it would jointly host with New Zealand.The fixtures include four Test matches between India and Australia starting December 4 in Brisbane. The series’ other games will be played in Adelaide (December 12 to 16), Melbourne (December 26 to 30) and Sydney (January 3 to 7).After a break, the tri-series will start on January 16, the finale of which will take place on February 1 in Perth.”The Fans in Brisbane will see the India Test team for the first time since 2003-04,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.The World Cup will roll out from February 14 and conclude on March 29.”The next 12 months will have something for everyone. It contains some refinements from last season that benefits both players and fans. Never before have we had so much high quality cricket to offer around Australia, whether it’s international or domestic, men’s or women’s, or played with a red or white ball,” Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said.”The 2014-15 schedule looks very different to previous summers due in large part to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 that we are co-hosting with New Zealand for the first time in 23 years.” .”With a Test series against India, ODIs against the top teams in world cricket, the ICC Cricket World Cup and another strong domestic calendar, this year promises to be even bigger,” Sutherland added.advertisementThe complete Cricket Australia Schedule:T20 series:November 5: 1st T20 Australia v South Africa – AdelaideNovember 7: 2nd T20 Australia v South Africa – MelbourneNovember 9: 3rd T20 Australia v South Africa – SydneyODI series:November 14: 1st ODI Australia v South Africa – PerthNovember 16: 2nd ODI Australia v South Africa – PerthNovember 19: 3rd ODI Australia v South Africa – CanberraNovember 21: 4th ODI Australia v South Africa – MelbourneNovember 23: 5th ODI Australia v South Africa – SydneyTest series:December 4-8: 1st Test Australia v India – BrisbaneDecember 12-16: 2nd Test Australia v India – AdelaideDecember 26-30: 3rd Test Australia v India – MelbourneJanuary 3-7: 4th Test Australia v India – SydneyODI tri-series:January 16: Australia v India – MelbourneJanuary 18: Australia v England – SydneyJanuary 20: England v India – BrisbaneJanuary 23: Australia v England – HobartJanuary 26: Australia v India – SydneyJanuary 30: England v India – PerthFebruary 1: Final – Perth.last_img read more

25 Nov

Indore’s University to adapt bio-metric system to keep attendance track of staff members

first_imgDevi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya in Indore is planning on introducing bio-metric system to keep a check on attendance of staff members of the university.Function of the bio-metric system:Keeping an eye on absenteeismDuty Shirker checksStreamlining overall functioning of the universityThe announcement of the same was made by Narendra Dhakkar on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.What the plan is:The bio-metric system will be introduced for the university’s teaching department and non-teaching staff membersLater it will be introduced in various other departments after evaluation of responseGovernment colleges across the department of higher education already follow this systemAbout the inception of the proposal:During the heads of department meeting in the university by the vice chancellor, the proposal to start bio-metric system was suggestedThe motive is to improve productivity level across staff membersIdea came during a meeting with 17 self-finance departments at UTDThe whole process would simplify transparency in the matters of attendance and duty.The disagreement on bio-metric system:A few faculty members say that the UTD was an autonomous body and the new system would cause problems to its autonomy as the functioning here differed from what was traditionally followed in other government institutions. The unhappy members of the UTD suggested that the bio-metric system could be adapted for staff members who have a 9 to 5 job because teachers are sometimes expected to maintain flexible hours for students’ future and stay back for longer.Read: 50 DU sports quota applicants barred from trials for invalid certificates Read: DU takes DUTA into consideration, plans to redraft ad-hoc appointments guidelines advertisementClick here for more updates from India Today Education.last_img read more

22 Nov

55 teams to compete in U-16 Youth League

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 23 (PTI) A total of 55 teams from all over the country will ply their trade in the AIFF U-16 Youth League which is slated to kick off tomorrow in Kolkata and Shillong simultaneously. Youth teams from all I-League clubs and two teams from ISL clubs along with many an academy will be fielding their teams for the top honours across 10 zones. The league, which commenced last season as the U-15 Youth League, has been refurbished as the U-16 Youth League keeping an eye on the forthcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017. Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League said the increase in the numbers highlights the “urge among the Clubs to perform”. “The numbers speak. 55 Teams are participating in the U-16 Youth League which is Indeed remarkable. It proves the urge among Clubs and Academies to prove their mettle,” he said. “I wish success to all the participating teams. The competition will be intense and may the best Team triumph,” he added. The teams from every zone will play on a home-away basis among themselves in the round robin stage and 16 teams will qualify to the National Final Round eventually. Those sixteen teams will be divided into four groups and the group champions will qualify for the semi-final which will be followed by the final to decide the U-16 Youth League 2016-17 champions. Royal Wahingdoh FC will face Rangdajied United FC at the Mawlai Ground in the opener (September 24) while Mohammedan Sporting FC will lock their horns with United Sporting Club at the Mohammedan Sporting Ground the same day. Minerva Academy FC, champions from the last edition have been clubbed with Youngsters Club, Lonestar Kashmir, Real Kashmir and J&K Bank. PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

18 Nov

Indian Super League: Kerala Blasters sign ex-Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov

first_imgIndian Super League’s Kerala Blasters have signed former Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov ahead of the 2017-18 season, the player’s agent said on Wednesday.The 36-year-old, who has signed a one-year contract, was a free agent after leaving the Greek side PAOK Salonika in June 2016.Berbatov, who is Bulgaria’s all-time leading scorer with 48 goals in 79 matches, joined United from Spurs in 2008 for a then club-record fee of 30 million pounds ($39 million).In Manchester, the Bulgarian scored 48 goals in 108 Premier League appearances, winning two league titles.Berbatov will link up with Kerala’s new head coach Rene Meulensteen, who worked with the him during his time at Old Trafford as well as Fulham. Last week, the Indian club also signed former Manchester United defender Wes Brown.Berbatov, named Bulgaria’s Footballer of the Year on seven occasions, has also played for CSKA Sofia, Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco during his illustrious career.($1 = 0.7813 pounds)last_img read more

16 Nov

Watch: Cinematic Highlights from Oklahoma State-UTSA Game

first_imgRinse and repeat. If you can make a cinematic highlight video out of the Central Arkansas game, you can make a video out of anything. My favorite part of these is the behind the scenes locker room stuff.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

16 Nov

I thought I was going to injure myself – Gundogan

first_imgManchester City Manchester City’s Gundogan feared injury after cramp attack Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 20:27 10/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) IlkayGundogan - cropped Getty Images Manchester City İ. Gündoğan Premier League League Cup Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City The Germany international was so fearful of picking up yet another problem, he was unable to participate in the penalty shootout Ilkay Gundogan has allayed fears over another injury blow after revealing he was suffering from cramp during the closing stages of Manchester City’s Carabao Cup clash with Wolves.Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring Premier League leaders drew a blank across 120 minutes against the Championship table-toppers but prevailed 4-1 on penalties, with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo their shoot-out hero.City 19/20 to beat Baggies to nil 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 Gundogan joined City from Borussia Dortmund in 2016 but his maiden season in England was curtailed by cruciate knee ligament damage last December.The Germany international suffered a minor setback during a 2-1 win at West Brom in the Carabao Cup third round this term and has been limited to substitute cameos in the Premier League and Champions League.After booking a quarter-final place against Wolves, manager Pep Guardiola said Gundogan “finished with some problems that hopefully will not be dangerous” and the 27-year-old confirmed it was simply a drastically increased workload leaving him running on empty.”The last 10 minutes were really tough for me,” he told City’s official website. “Fortunately, it doesn’t look that bad. I don’t think I’ve pulled something. “It feels like coming from zero to a hundred – 110 minutes I could handle in a very good way, but the last 10 minutes, my legs were cramping everywhere, especially in the groin.”On to the next round! We made it hard on ourselves today, but got away with the win. Time to lick our wounds and improve! #ComeOnCity pic.twitter.com/nrgGZM2liq— Ilkay Gündogan (@IlkayGuendogan) October 24, 2017Gundogan was undergoing rehab from a dislocated kneecap when he signed for City, while a serious back injury ruled him out of most of the 2013-14 campaign and Germany’s subsequent triumphant run at the 2014 World Cup.As the clock ticked down in Manchester against Wolves, he feared pulling up once again and took himself out of contention for the shoot-out, where Kevin De Bruyne, Yaya Toure, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero were on target for City.”I was also a little bit scared that when I did a sprint something would pull,” he added.”I didn’t want to leave the field and leave my team one man down, but, yeah, in the last 10 minutes I couldn’t play an important part in the game.”Normally I would also have taken a penalty but I was scared that when I shot something bad would happen.”City are five points clear at the top of the Premier League and travel to West Brom on Saturday, aiming to improve a record of eight wins and a draw from nine top-flight matches this season.last_img read more

24 Oct

Holland America to Boost Its Coverage in Mexico

first_imgzoom US-headquartered cruise company Holland America Line, a part of cruise line conglomerate Carnival Corporation & plc, plans to strengthen its presence in Mexico for the 2016-17 season by increasing the number of departures and returning a larger Vista-class ship to the region. Holland America Line’s services are to be upgraded with the 1,916 guest ms Westerdam that will sail a series of 13 seven-day cruises roundtrip from San Diego, California, starting from October 2016 through February 2017, according to the company.The first departure is scheduled to start on 18 October, with ms Westerdam sailing from Vancouver in British Columbia to San Diego on a 11-day Mexican Riviera itinerary. The cruise ship is to visit Santa Barbara in California before calling at San Diego the first time. Further ports of call include Mexican Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta before returning to San Diego at the end of the voyage.Holland America Line is expecting the delivery of ms Konigsdam, the first Pinancle-class ship, that is scheduled for the beginning of April. The ship is under construction at Fincantier’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.last_img read more

12 Oct

Imlil Murders: Danish People Donate to Men Who ‘Helped’ Police

Rabat – Danish news outlet B.T. reported that a group of Danish people collected money for Said El Ossoul and a fellow vendor, who allegedly contributed to the arrest of suspects in the murder of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland near Imlil in the Atlas Mountains in December.Said El Ossoul, who works as a merchant next to a Marrakech bus station, told B.T. that he is not asking for anything in return for reporting the suspects, who were attempting to escape from Marrakech after the killing of the Scandinavian tourists.“I am Moroccan, and my country means a lot to me. When I found out what they had done to the two girls, it hurt me in the heart. I could not sleep at all afterwards,” he said. Ossoul said that he is also “afraid.”Read Also:British Ambassador: ‘Appalling Imlil Murder Doesn’t Change the Beauty of Morocco’“You never know what sympathizers the terrorists can think of. I just hope the police are looking after me and my family, ” he added.Ossoul said that he will use the money collected for him to repair his house.“You have seen how my roof is falling together. When it rains, I and my family live in the middle of the water inside the house.”He added that he will also take care of his father and mother “who are both sick.”B.T. reported that a Danish individual named Tina Flensborg Jensen started  the initiative to collect money for Ossoul, and that 106 people donated.“I had no imagination at all to think that so many people would be involved. I just think I would do something for this poor man and his colleague,” Jensen said.Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) arrested three of the four main suspects on December 20. The first suspect was arrested on December 18.The spokesperson of the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN), Boubkar Sabik, commented on the alleged contribution of the two vendors, saying that the arrest was purely conducted in collaboration among Morocco’s security services. In his interview with Moroccan television channel 2M, Sabik denied that the men helped security services to arrest the suspects.He said that the police had specific information about the identities of the suspects before their arrest.However, he expressed gratitude to the men who believe that they have contributed to the arrest of the suspects, emphasizing the importance of collaboration between citizens and security agencies. read more

11 Oct

Countries need to pay more attention to managing fires near forests –

9 September 2011A United Nations-backed partnership is calling on countries to pay more attention to activities such as burning rubbish or agricultural waste on lands bordering forests to prevent the 95 per cent of wildfires that originate from human activities in forests and adjacent areas. The call comes from the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), which consists of 14 international organizations and secretariats, including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), comes amid an increase in wildfires in many countries. “In many cases the fire starts on agricultural or pasture lands and spreads quickly on nearby forests,” said Pieter van Lierop, an FAO expert on forest fire management. “When people continue to burn rubbish and agricultural waste, clear lands by burning vegetation for agricultural or development purposes, or burn pastures to allow grass to sustain its high productivity, there is always a danger of large-scale vegetation and forest fires particularly under dry and hot weather conditions,” he added. Mr. van Lierop said that there are practical things that can be done to reduce the risks of fire escaping from agricultural areas. They include burning agricultural waste early in the dry season before the surrounding landscape gets too dry and avoiding burning during high winds.The CPF also advocates more integrated approaches to fire management, including not only fire suppression but also fire prevention, controlled burning, early warning and preparedness – all of which increase investment. “As most fires are started by people, countries should invest more in integrated fire-management strategies, especially in the often overlooked area of prevention,” said Mr. van Lierop. “Local communities should be trained on how to prevent vegetation fires throughout the whole year and not only during the fire season. More attention should also be given to monitoring wildfire carbon gas emissions as a potential contributor to climate change,” he said. FAO is now forming a multi-donor trust fund programme to respond better to member countries’ demands. read more

2 Oct

SMMT supports new Retail Industry Code

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders today showed their support for the new Retail Motor Industry ‘Good Garage’ Code which aims to improve the quality and reliability of the repair and service sector. The ministerial event, hosted by the SMMT, saw senior figures from the automotive sector sign a commitment to support the RMIF and SMTA in delivering the new code. The motor industry is dedicated to improving the standards of service in the sector. Vehicle manufacturers continue to place a high priority on skills and training funding a variety of courses at dedicated facilities across the UK. Vehicle manufacturers are playing a vital role in the new sector skills councils to boost training in both retail and manufacturing. Automotive modern apprenticeships are being continually enhanced and promoted to provide a solid base of young people entering the sector.Speaking at the event, chief executive of SMMT Christopher Macgowan said, ‘The commitment to the ‘Good Garage’ Code is a major step for the retail sector, which vehicle manufacturers and SMMT are happy to support. The drive to deliver a better service for consumers is the priority for the automotive sector.’ Alan Johnson MP, minister for employment relations, industry and the regions, and Melanie Johnson MP, minister for competition, consumers and markets welcomed the industry’s commitment. The new code will be part of the Office of Fair Trading’s enhanced code of practice regime and will have to meet very stringent qualifying criteria to gain official approval. Industry collectively pledges higher standards, witnessed by ministers Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) ‘Good Garage’ Code commits to raising standards in retail operations SMMT hosts official signing by key industry figures read more

30 Sep

Gary Paytons Bad Advice Sparked Iversons Rant

Remember Allen Iverson’s infamous practice rant? You probably don’t, so refresh your recollection by watching the clip below. Former NBA player Gary Payton has just shed some light on Iverson’s odd rant. Now that Iverson is done playing NBA basketball for good, Gary Payton revealed that he was potentially the reason Iverson went on the infamous practice rant.In a segment on Fox Sports Live, Payton explained that a group of players were out having a good time and they had “a little bit too many.” Iverson asked Payton how he stayed in such good shape, avoided injuries and always remained on the court. Payton replied, “I told him for real that my coach, George Karl, didn’t let me practice. That was it. I said, ‘You have to stop practicing.’”Bleacher Reports‘ Dan Favale compared the two players’ stats, maybe Payton was on to something.In Payton’s 17-year career, he averaged 16.3 points, 6.7 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game. He played 80 or more games in a season 12 times.In Iverson’s 14-year career, he averaged 26.7 points, 6.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. He played 80 or more games in a season three times. read more

21 Sep

Epiphany celebrations in Melbourne

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melbourne’s Greeks showed up in droves to participate in Theofania (Epiphany) celebrations across the city’s piers, commemorating on January 6 the day of the revelation of God, the final major feast of the Christmas holiday.Benefiting from the warm weather and this year’s religious observance falling on a Sunday, the Blessing of the Waters ceremonies with the highlight cross dive had an even more impressive than usual turnout.As always, the combined celebration for all Parishes celebrated by Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis and Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis together with all the Clergy of Melbourne was held in Port Melbourne.Nikos Hatzidimitriou took the winning dive in Port Melbourne’s Princess Pier. Photos: Mary SinanidisThe combined celebration for all parishes took place at Port Melbourne’s Among community representatives and political leaders who attended festivities at Port Melbourne were Bank of Sydney’s executive Theocharis Alaveras, Federal MP Michael Danby, Victorian MP Martin Foley representing the state government and Victorian Liberal leader Michael O’ BrienWaiting to dive for the crossNikos Hatzidimitriou while retrieving the crossNikos Hatzidimitriou took the winning dive in Port Melbourne’s Princess Pier. Photos: Mary SinanidisAdding to the significance of the celebration is the fact that it takes place in the same area where thousands of Greek migrants walked their first steps in Australia during the mass migration periods of the 1950s and 1960s.Community members and representatives as well as political leaders – including MP Martin Foley, representing the state government and Victorian Liberal leader Michael O’ Brien – congregated at Princess Pier for the annual rituals commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ by St John the Baptist.More than 20 people dived into the crisp waters to retrieve the wooden cross tossed by Bishop Ezekiel.Despite fierce competition, 19-year-old diver Nikos Hatzidimitriou, a local physiotherapy student originally from Limnos, surfaced from the murky waters with the coveted cross held high. Tired but proud, he said that “just being in the water is a blessing in itself.”“I’ve been diving for the cross in Port Melbourne for the past four years, and I wanted to enter just for good luck,” said Hatzidimitriou.His proud mother Vicky and sisters from the Port Melbourne lifeguards watched from canoes in the water while more than eight thousand people cheered on from the Princes Pier.Other divers like Aristeidis Armstrong were not so lucky. “I had tried two years ago after hearing about Epiphany from my mother and aunty,” Armstrong said. “I made a concerted effort to come again this year.”Vassilis Baloutos, who had been diving for the cross at Port Melbourne for thirty years, had broken his leg when he slipped from the pier last January, but he came back in his swimming costume to watch as the other divers plunged for the cross. “I may not be in the water but I feel happy and blessed to be here,” he said.The conclusion of the race for the cross was followed by the annual paniyiri.In Frankston, the day’s festivities started at the local Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Epiphany with the morning service taking place at 8am.Lay people and clergy then headed to the beach for the much awaited Blessing of the Waters ceremony, which was also attended by Frankston Mayor Michael O’ Reilly.Dimitris Agripidis holding the holy cross alongside Rev. father Doukas Georgalas from the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Epiphany. Photos: Costas DevesAmong the attendees at Frankston’s celebrations was Mayor Michael O’ Reilly.Dimitris Agripidis holding the holy cross alongside Rev. father Doukas Georgalas from the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Epiphany. Photos: Costas DevesThe winning dive for the cross was claimed by dozens of faithful, but finally Dimitris Agripidis was the one who secured, as tradition has it, good luck for the year.Many were also those present at the Blessing of the Waters ritual in Rye at the pier of the seaside town of Rye, officiated by Reverend Father Eleftherios Tatsis.Blessing of the Waters Ceremony at Rye with winning diver Kyriakos Konstantinidis. Photo: Yiannis PapadimitriouOrganised by the Holy Monastery of Panagia Kamariani in Red Hill, the day attracts hundreds both for the religious aspects of the festivities, as well as the famed paniyiri following the ceremonies.Out of the 50 aspiring divers, Kyriakos Konstantinidis was the lucky one to retrieve the holy cross.Victoria Paneras, 17, retrieved the cross from the cold waters of Adelaide’s Glenelg beach. Photo: Theodora MaiouMeanwhile, in Adelaide 17-year old Victoria Paneras, the only female braving to jump in the cold waters of Glenelg beach managed to snatch the cross.last_img read more

9 Sep

Alaskas Kink Community Readies its New Home After Years of Unique Hurdles

first_imgSahra Shaubach in the room she and volunteers extensively rehabbed inside the basement of the 225 E. 5th Ave property, holding a poster from the The Eagle, a renown Baltimore leather bar. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA.Alaska has a tightening kink community made up of people living alternative lifestyles that range from discomfort with mainstream society to unconventional sex practices. But they have struggled to find spaces in which to gather. Now, after a lengthy tenant dispute and thousands of dollars worth of property damage, the Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles–ACAL– is ready to open it’s doors.http://media.aprn.org/2015/ann-20150120-07.mp3“Our stairwell, when we finish staging, will be full of pride-flags from across the lower-48,” explains Sahra Shaubach as she shows off the staircase leading into the 2000 square-foot basement she rents in downtown Anchorage, formerly the site of the Kodiak bar. “Those will include Bear pride-flags, and GBLT pride flags, of course the Leather pride flag, the Trans pride flag and so on and so forth.”ACAL is meant to solve a years-long problem of where people interested in unconventional sex can get together for events. “You name it, we’ve rented it,” Shaubach explains.  “We’ve done this out of restaurants after they’ve closed, we’ve done this out of convention halls, we’ve done this out of hotels–we’ve rented entire floors of hotels and done theme rooms. We’ve rented basements, we’ve rented empty houses. And we’ve been doing it with the respect of the greater community in Anchorage, I believe. We haven’t had anyone call the cops and say ‘Oh my god the perverts are screaming next door.’”“Kink community” is the umbrella term covering everything from bondage and leather aficionados to erotic artists and exotic hula-hoopers. Though Alaska’s kink community is dwarfed by cities in the Lower-48, it is far more widespread than the uninitiated may realize. In the last two decades, different groups like The Northern Lights Dungeon Society and Alaska Dark Realms organized coffee meet-ups and dinners nicknamed “munches.”“It was just amazing to realize that people across the board–young, old, fat, ugly, educated, not, your doctors, your lawyers, your school teachers, your single mothers, your college students–everybody shows up to those munches,” Shaubach recalls from when she began getting involved eight years ago.  “If you saw us sitting at a restaurant–20, 25, 30, 40 of us–you would have no idea we are Alaska’s alternative community. We look like the people you’d see at Fred Myers.”Shaubach pounced on the opportunity to rent out the basement in the old Kodiak, even though it meant cleaning up years of broken furniture, trash, and remnants of people crashing when they had nowhere else to go. Upon seeing the space for the first time in two years, the landlord wept. Shaubach and volunteers organized “work frollicks”–a borrowed Amish term–to haul trash, paint, clean, and disinfect the industrial kitchen on the top floor. It took months, but the results are impressive. The rambling chambers of the basement are primed for activities: a tiny stage surrounded by tables, studded leather straps to hang donated art, and “playrooms” holding a few daunting apparatuses.“There’ll also be a large padded table here that also has a cage that goes underneath it,” Shaubach explained, pointing inside her favorite room. It was filled with supplies and equipment, including an X-shaped St. Andrew’s Cross and wooden stocks affixed to a spanking bench. “Forgive me if this is a little bit suburban,” I asked, “but what is the table and what are the cage for?” “Umm,” Shaubach paused, a smile spreading over her face, ‘there’s so many options for a table and a cage!” Alaska’s kink community numbers in the hundreds, and is committed enough that Shaubach can finance the costs of rent and upkeep by collecting membership fees.“It’s like having a Sam’s Club Card,” said Shaubach, “you don’t get the groceries for free, but you definitely get a discounted rate for being a member.”$120 s a year buys access to the space, along with priority rates on workshops and educational events on eclectic topics like knot-tying.Shaubach stands in a corner of the industrial kitchen she says had been left in a state of disarray by the time she returned to the space for the first time since December. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA.ACAL was set to open in December, but a high–profile tenant dispute disrupted those plans. The top-floor was leased to Charlene Egbe, who runs the Alaska Cannabis Club, and was evicted last week. By the time Egbe and her business partners vacated the premise the top floor was a mess, documented extensively by a local blogger with an interest in the case, who has since publicly archived photographs documenting the state of the property. The kitchen was filled with trash and flat-screen TVs, fixtures, and furniture were gone.Egbe says that she and associates poured money and time into improving the space beyond its condition from when she first  signed the lease.“We’re disappointed that our former landlord continues to attempt to assassinate the character of the Alaska Cannabis Club,” Egbe said by phone. “We are taking legal action against our former landlord, and other parties involved, for defamation of character, amongst other things.”Shaubach is not eager to dwell on what happened, or on the pending civil case. Instead, she is planning more work frollicks to get the ACAL space ready in the weeks ahead. She knows where she’ll put a small library and has already picked a name (The Back Door) for the modest boutique that will sell leather accouterments. Mostly, she’s ready for the Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles to finally become a gathering place.“We’ve built this center, and created it with a vision of our community having a place to foster our foundations and elevate our education past what we’ve already done. And we just need a home,” Shaubach said, a sad note creeping into her voice. “We need a place that’s safe, sane, secure so that we can practice what it is that we do.”The Center’s public premier is slated for the first Friday in February.last_img read more

3 Sep

Fani weakens further may hit Bangladesh today

first_imgUnder the influence of severe cyclonic storm Fani, sea remains high in Patenga, Chattogram on 3 May, 2019. Photo: Focus BanglaVery severe cyclonic storm Fani has weakened into a severe cyclonic one and it is likely to reach Khulna and southwestern part of Bangladesh between midnight and Saturday morning, reports UNB. Fani has moved north-northeastwards, weakened further and currently lies over coastal Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal adjoining area, Met office said on Friday night.Maximum sustained wind speed within 64 kms of the storm centre is about 100kph, rising to 120kph in gusts/squalls. Sea will remain high.The danger level remains 7 for the maritime ports of Mongla and Payra and the coastal districts of Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagerhat, Khulna and Satkhira and offshore islands and chars.Chattogram port has been advised to keep hoisted danger signal No. 6. The same warning level has been announced for Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni and Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars.The danger level at Cox’s Bazar port remains four.Under the influence of the severe cyclonic storm and the new moon phase, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by storm surge of 2-4 feet height above normal astronomical tide.Bangladesh has been feeling the peripheral effect of Fani since morning. A number of villages and shoals in coastal districts have already been inundated.Under its influence, sky remains overcast and rainfall is taking place at many places over the country.All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.Meanwhile, state minister for disaster management and relief Enamur Rahman has said 1,240,795 people have been evacuated to cyclone centres in coastal districts till Friday evening.As many as 4,071 cyclone centres have been opened in 19 coastal districts while directives have been issued to use schools and colleges as shelter centres.Around 200,000 people took shelter in Khulna while 50,220 in Satkhira, 43,430 in Bagerhat, 25,000 in Pirojpur, 142,325 in Barguna, 3.5 lakh in Patuakhali, 8,120 in Barishal, 1.90 lakh in Bhola, 94,000 in Noakhali, 15,000 in Lakshmipur, 15,000 in Feni, 51,000 in Chattogram, 10,000 in Cox’s Bazar, 12,000 in Jhalakati, 5,000 in Chandpur, 15,000 in Shariatpur, 5,000 in Madaripur, 4,000 in Gopalganj, 4,500 people in Faridpur.The state minister said the district administrations have been directed to take necessary measures to minimise the extent of damage by the severe cyclone.Sufficient dry food, safe drinking water and medicine have been kept at the shelters, added Enamur Rahman.The Navy has deployed 32 ships in Chattogram, Khulna and Mongla for emergency rescue operations and relief work. Naval contingents are on standby for immediate deployment in coastal areas, ISPR said in a press release.The government has also set up control rooms. The National Disaster Response Coordination Centre is providing updates.last_img read more

2 Sep

Harris Countys Property Tax Rates Held At Last Years Level Despite Financial

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Archive | HPMThe general tax rate combines the revenue collected for the county, the Port of Houston and the Hospital and Flood Control Districts. The tax rates are based on every $100 of taxable value of a home or business.Joe Stinebaker with the County Judge’s office says: “It has not gone up in almost 20 years. There’ve been two smaller tax decreases in that time, but for the most part, it has remained steady at 62.998 cents.”   Stinebaker says there’s been enormous pressure on the region because of growth, primarily in the unincorporated areas. But he says the Harris County Budget Office has done a good job of keeping those financial pressures under wraps. However, higher property valuations by the Harris County Appraisal District could mean that most people will see their tax obligation rise. “So the judge has expressed some concerns over the increases in property tax values, and he’s actually got some concerns about the property tax in general. He does not feel that that’s probably the best form of taxation that this state could have,” says Stinebaker.The vote came at the conclusion of the third hearing on the property tax rate. Stinebaker says there were no public speakers in support or opposition at any of those hearings. Listen 00:00 /01:09 Sharelast_img read more

1 Sep

What to Expect for Unite the Right 2 Rally and Counter Demonstrations

first_imgBy Brelaun Douglas, Special to the AFROAug. 12 will mark the one-year anniversary of “Unite the Right,” a White supremacist and White nationalist rally that occurred in Charlottesville, Va., and resulted in the death of a counter-protester. This year, the gathering comes to Washington, D.C.“Unite the Right 2” is scheduled to be held Sunday evening near the White House. A strong and varied counter-protest presence is expected as well.Unite the Right’ rally counterprotestors. (Screengrab)Here’s what can be expected:“Unite the Right 2”: Participants will be meeting at the Vienna Metro Station in Vienna, Va., at 2 p.m. and will be transported to the Foggy Bottom Metro Station via trains and buses according to the event webpage.  At 5 p.m., they will begin marching along Pennsylvania Avenue to Lafayette Square near the White House. The rally is scheduled to go from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Counter-protests:Hate Not Welcome: No Unite The Right 2A counter-protest organized by Shut It Down D.C. with a Still Here, Still Strong Rally from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Freedom Plaza, followed by a march to Lafayette Square at 3:30, where participants will rally until an underdetermined time.0Rise Up Fight Back Counter-ProtestA counter-protest run by Black Lives Matter D.C. The group will meet at 12 p.m. at 905 16th St. NW.Rally and March Against the FascistsA rally at Freedom Plaza hosted by the UMD Socialists and D.C. International Socialist Organization. The rally will begin at 12 p.m., followed by a march to Lafayette Park at 3:30 p.m.Other counter-protests will be occurring including: United to Love: Stand Together Against All Forms of Hate, the REAL White People’s Rally, Trans and Queer #ResistDance Against White Supremacy and, possibly, other informal demonstrations.last_img read more

30 Aug

Chugathon Runner shotguns a beer after each mile of halfmarathon Video

first_imgIt goes without saying that most activities are better with a few cold beers. Distance running isn’t usually the first one that comes to mind.One drunken distance runner decided to shotgun a beer after each mile of a recent half marathon in one of the most impressive displays of drinking endurance ever witnessed.For those that aren’t strong with the math, a half marathon is 13.1 miles, so that means he pounded a 12 pack, plus one.After the race, when asked for his thoughts on the accomplishment, the buzzed marathoner slurred, “Are you looking at me, jerk?! You don’t love me.”last_img read more

27 Aug

Infinitt Announces Partnering Agreement with Trident USA

first_img News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | Information Technology | July 15, 2015 Infinitt Announces Partnering Agreement with Trident USA Seven-year agreement calls for Infinitt to provide nationwide support and archiving of millions of diagnostic exams annually Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Related Content July 15, 2015 – Infinitt announced today that it has entered into a seven-year Partner Plus Agreement with TridentUSA Health Services based on an unlimited software licensing model for Infinitt PACS and Cardiology Suite, in addition to custom software development. The contract also encompasses Infinitt’s embedded voice recognition and reporting software, as well as the new Gx Communicator package (Critical Results, Peer Review and Collaborator Instant Messaging).Currently, TridentUSA Health Services provides services to more than 12,000 post-acute facilities across 43 states. Trident provides a high-quality, low-cost alternative for healthcare facilities and for Medicare, offering in-house bedside exams as an alternative to transporting patients to the hospital. The cost for Trident USA’s services, delivered directly to patients in their rooms, is well below half the cost of hospital visits.Trident’s services are offered through a network of subsidiary companies, each with its own core specialty or specialties. Trident first started looking to replace the legacy picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and image portal components four years ago and has seen growth into the multi-millions of studies per year.Imaging exams are predominantly digital radiography and ultrasound, and the Infinitt PACS also archives electrocardiograms electronically.For more information: www.infinittna.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more