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ScienceShot: ‘Chameleon’ Vine Discovered in Chile

first_imgMove over, Sherlock Holmes. There is a new master of disguise—and it’s a plant. Camouflage and mimicry are usually reserved for the animal realm. The hawk moth caterpillar scares away predators by resembling a snake. Myrmarachne jumping spiders imitate ants as they creep up on unsuspecting insects—fangs ready. Fewer examples of mimicry—or crypsis—are known for plants. But as in some mistletoe species in Australia, all of these imposters copy only one other species. That’s not the case with the woody vine Boquila trifoliolata, which transforms its leaves to copy a variety of host trees. Native to Chile and Argentina, B. trifoliolata is the first plant shown to imitate several hosts. It is a rare quality—known as a mimetic polymorphism—that was previously observed only in butterflies, according to this study, published today in Current Biology. When the vine climbs onto a tree’s branches, its versatile leaves (inset) can change their size, shape, color, orientation, and even the vein patterns to match the surrounding foliage (middle panel; the red arrow points to the vine, while the blue arrow indicates the host plant). If the vine crosses over to a second tree, it changes, even if the new host leaves are 10 times bigger with a contrasting shape (right panel). The deceit serves as a defense against plant-eating herbivores like weevils and leaf beetles, according the researchers. They compared the charlatan leaves hanging on branches with the leaves on vines still crawling on the forest floor in search of a tree or scaling leafless trunks. Herbivory was 33% and 100% worse for the vines on the ground and on tree trunks, respectively. It is unclear how B. trifoliolata vines discern the identity of individual trees and shape-shift accordingly. 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Sri Lankans advised to polish up etiquettes before World Cup

first_imgPreparing to be a perfect co-host of World Cup, Sri Lankans have been advised to refrain from the habit of drying clothes in public among others and to polish their etiquettes before the mega event, a media report said on Sunday.A Sri Lankan laundry man washes clothes on the banks of river Kelani in Colombo. APThe etiquette orders have been issued to residents living around the Premadasa international cricket stadium in Colombo, the Independent Sunday Times reported.”These include abstaining from hanging out clothes for drying in public view, putting out garbage on the road sides and engaging in street games such as hop scotch and cricket matches,” the paper said.The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup will be the 10th Cricket World Cup and will be co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from February 19 to April 2.Sri Lanka would co-host the world cup series for the second time and several matches are scheduled to be played in Colombo and two other grounds developed recently in Pallekele in central hill country and Suriyawewa in deep south.”Our country will get a lot of exposure from this event.So, we have told the people to take special care during this time to keep their surroundings neat,” Colombo’s Special Commissioner Omar Kamil was quoted as saying in the report.The Urban Development Authority would colour wash all the buildings around the stadium at its own expense.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

Granit Xhaka Stripped of Arsenal Captaincy and Dropped for Europa League Game vs Vitoria

first_img arsenalcaptainEuropa Leaguefans First Published: November 6, 2019, 12:17 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Arsenal manager Unai Emery has stripped Granit Xhaka of the captaincy and left him out of the Premier League side’s squad for their Europa League game against Portugal’s Vitoria.”I had a meeting with him and told him he is no longer in the captain’s group,” the Mirror website quoted the Spaniard as telling reporters on Tuesday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang takes over the permanent role, although he was also not in the 18-man travelling squad for the match in Guimaraes and Hector Bellerin is likely to stand in instead.”He (Xhaka) accepted my decision. We need to carry on and focus on tomorrow’s match. I needed to take a decision and now it’s closed,” said Emery.Arsenal are top of Group F after three consecutive victories.The Swiss midfielder has been in the spotlight since he reacted angrily to home fans booing him after he was substituted during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Oct. 27.Xhaka has not played for the club since then.Last Thursday he released an emotional statement to defend his actions, which included storming off the pitch and down the tunnel, and said he had reached a “boiling point” following repeated threats from fans to his wife and daughter. last_img read more

Boxing: Anthony Joshua to fight Alexander Poevtkin on September 22 at Wembley Stadium

first_imgAdvertisementAnthony Joshua will step back into the ring for the first time in sixth months since on September 22nd. Joshua will defend his World Heavyweight Titles against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium. Russia’s Povetkin is the mandatory challenger to his WBA title, and by fighting him Joshua should secure greater freedom in selecting his next opponent.Joshua will return to the scene where he faced Wladimir Klitschko in a Fight of the Year candidate that took place back in April of 2017. Joshua claimed the WBA title in an all-action firefight that saw him stop the legendary Klitschko in the 11th round in front of a post-war record crowd of 90,000 at England’s national stadium.“I can’t wait to get back in the ring, the end of March feels a long time ago now,” said Joshua . “Povetkin is a serious challenge that I will prepare meticulously for. He has serious pedigree and only a fool would underestimate what he brings to the table.“Training hasn’t stopped for me, but the next 10 weeks ahead will be intense both mentally and physically. I will push myself to the breaking point to make sure I am in peak condition for another huge night for British boxing at Wembley Stadium on September 22nd.”Povetkin last fought on Anthony Joshua’s undercard in March where he brutally knocked out David Price.“The battle for the World title has always been my goal,” said Povetkin. “I fought for the moment to face the strongest in the World and on September 22 I get my opportunity. Anthony Joshua has four belts and I want them all. I’m glad that our fight will finally take place, the meeting of two Olympic Champions in the ring is destined to be a breath-taking event.”IT’S ON! @anthonyfjoshua will defend his WBA,IBF,WBA and IBO World heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin at @wembleystadium on September 22! New York press conf tomorrow and London on Wednesday pic.twitter.com/NDCn7EpgvX— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) July 16, 2018“I can’t wait to return to Wembley on September 22 for what I believe will be one of the biggest tests of AJ’s career,” said Hearn. “Last time he was there he produced one of the most dramatic fights and endings in the history of the sport, and I expect this fight to be full of energy and drama — Povetkin is a Top 3 Heavyweight and extremely dangerous, but in AJ I see the best Heavyweight in the world today, and I think we will see a major statement.”Advertisementlast_img read more

(RPTNG AFTER CORRECTION IN OPENING PARA)

first_imgAsif ignored by all outfits in players draft Karachi, Apr 12 (PTI) Mohammad Asifs ambitions of making a comeback to the national team were dealt a blow today as he was ignored by all the outfits in the players draft for the Pakistan One-day Cup starting in Faisalabad from April 19. This is the first time that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has held a players draft for a domestic cricket competition. The draft session was televised live on the state owned PTV sports. The draft held in Lahore to allow captains and coaches of the five participating teams to pick their players saw Asif being rejected by all five sides – Sindh, Punjab, KPK, Baluchistan and Federal Areas. Asif along with former Test captain Salman Butt and left- arm pacer Mohammad Aamir was banned for five years for spot fixing in early 2011 after the scandal broke out in England in September 2010 while Pakistan was touring the country. All three completed their five year bans last September and have been allowed to play domestic cricket with Aamir also making a comeback to the Pakistan team last December. But on Tuesday while Sindh opted for Aamir and Punjab for Butt no one was willing to pick Asif who recently captained the Sialkot region in the non-first class Grade 2 patrons trophy. “It just indicates that perhaps Asif needs to work much harder to harbour hopes of an international comeback,” one of the coaches in the draft said. Asif, 33, was ranked as a top pacer with 106 wickets in 23 Tests and another 46 one-day international wickets before the ban was imposed on him. The PCB has for the first time allowed the captains and coaches to select the teams themselves for the Pakistan Cup instead of leaving this task to the national selection committee. “The idea is to lift the prestige and brand of our domestic cricket events and the Pakistan Cup is a top one-day competition,” a senior official of the board told PTI. “We also organised the players draft and are paying 25,000 rupees per match fees to the players besides allowances and bonuses to improve the quality and standard of a domestic event,” he said. Misbah-ul-Haq is leading the Federal Areas team, while newly appointed national T20 captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, will captain the Sindh side and Azhar Ali the Baluchistan outfit. Punjab is led by Shoaib Malik and KPK by veteran Younis Khan. Flamboyant allrounder, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez and pacer Wahab Riaz will miss the tournament due to personal commitments or fitness issues. PTI Cor AH CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Ajinkya Rahane to lead Mumbai in Vijay Hazare Trophy

first_imgAjinkya Rahane was named in the Mumbai squad for the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy limited overs tournament after the selectors snubbed him for the Asia Cup in UAE.Rahane, who managed to score only 257 runs from 10 innings in the recently concluded five-match Test series against England, will lead the side.Shreyas Iyer, who was ignored by the selectors for the Asia Cup was announced as his deputy.Prithvi Shaw, who was recently picked in the Indian Test squad for the fourth and fifth Tests against England but did not get a game, is also part of the squad.Mumbai are to be grouped with Baroda, Karnataka, Railways, Vidarbha, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Goa and Maharashtra in the league phase.Mumbai will begin their campaign against Baroda in Alur on September 19 in a Elite Group A fixture.Squad: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Jay Bista, Surya Kumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Eknath Kerkar, Shivam Dube, Akash Parkar, Dhaval Kulkarni, Shams Mulani, Vijay Gohil, Tushar Deshpande, Royston Dias.last_img read more

Liverpool team news & line-up vs Tottenham

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Tottenham Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:22 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Adam Lallana Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Anfield on Sunday Liverpool host Tottenham this weekend with a dual purpose: to propel themselves further away from their opponents in the top-four chase and make amends for their humiliation in the reverse fixture.Jurgen Klopp’s side were abysmal in a 4-1 defeat at Wembley in October and will want to right that result on Sunday.The Reds have lost just one of their last 23 home Premier League games against Spurs, who made light work of Manchester United in midweek. 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 LIVERPOOL INJURIES Adam Lallana is a doubt for the showdown due to a muscle issue.“It’s really unlucky. It was a really serious injury in the summer. Because of Adam’s quality and attitude in training, it looks immediately like we can put him in, but physically he’s not fit,” Klopp explained.“The two things that happened after his big injury were in the 10 or 15 minutes after he came on. From nil to 100 in a second, and that’s maybe what caused the problem.“We really tried to be sensible with it, to do the right thing. But it didn’t work, twice. It’s really not a big thing, three games is like not being injured.“He’s maybe available for Tottenham, and if not then he’ll have missed three games. That’s really OK but, of course, it’s not cool. The body needs to adapt again to the intensity.”Ragnar Klavan’s fitness will also be assessed with the defender also nursing a minor muscle strain.Nathaniel Clyne is edging closer to rejoining team training after recovering from surgery to his back.SUSPENSIONS Neither side have any suspension concerns for this fixture.LIVERPOOL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPIt will be interesting to see which centre-back pairing Klopp opts for. Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip were used in the 3-0 victory over Huddersfield, with Virgil van Dijk on the bench.The Dutch defender has only featured alongside Matip thus far, and with the Reds boss eager to ensure things are “in tune” at the heart of defence, it would be intriguing if he selects the Croatian to partner the £75 million man.Lovren was excellent on Tuesday, but turned in a shambolic performance against Tottenham last time out and was subbed off on 31 minutes.Will he be given a chance to offset that nightmarish afternoon?The other area of interest is in midfield. James Milner was used ahead of Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at Huddersfield, but should switch out on Sunday. The trio of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Wijnaldum has worked well in the past, but ‘Ox’ would offer more dynamism in the centre of the park.Possible LFC v SpursTOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS Only two points separate Tottenham and Liverpool in the standings, with the teams having the two most lethal attacking players in the league in Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah. Spurs’ performance against United, in which they applied pressure from kick off, will be their template again at Anfield.“We’ve got to put in the same performance,” Kane said. “Liverpool are a very strong attacking team, especially at home.Harry Kane TOTW“They’ve got some fast players and last year we didn’t cope with that very well and we were poor throughout the whole team.“We can take confidence from the United win and this is the performance we need to play against the big teams home and away.“We played well against Liverpool at home when we beat them 4-1 and so we have to go there full of confidence.”Toby Alderweireld continues his rehabilitation and is not yet ready to play.TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is at 16:30 BST (09:30 CST) and the match will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS The last time Liverpool lost both league games to Spurs with the same manager was in 1986-87 (Kenny Dalglish). Liverpool are unbeaten in each of their last 14 Premier League games at Anfield (W8 D6) – they last went on a longer run in December 2016 (17 games). Jurgen Klopp is unbeaten in his last 12 home Premier League meetings against the ‘big six’ (W6 D6) since a 1-0 defeat to Man Utd in January 2016. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Province House to Celebrate 200th Anniversary

first_imgThe 260th anniversary of the House of Assembly, making it the oldest elected assembly in Canada and one of the oldest in the Commonwealth was marked today, Oct. 2, by speaker Kevin Murphy. “The House of Assembly met for the first time in the courthouse at the corner of Argyle and Buckingham streets in Halifax,” said Mr. Murphy. “After a succession of temporary accommodations, construction began on a permanent building in 1811 and the legislature met for the first time on February 11, 1819, in the building we are in now, Province House.” On Feb. 11, 2019 the province will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Province House. “Great effort has been made in recent years to protect and maintain Province House as the symbolic home of all Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Murphy. “The anniversary will emphasize its role in the constitutional evolution of Canada, its rich history and unique architecture, and its continuity as the seat of government and an important cultural asset to the province.” Province House is one of the most historic buildings in Canada. During the 175th anniversary in 1994 Province House was commemorated as a National Historic Site when Queen Elizabeth II visited, and was cited for both its architectural and historical significance. To celebrate the 200th anniversary a new logo has been designed that represents its architecture and unique details. To learn more about the logo, visit https://nslegislature.ca/content/province-house-200 . The anniversary will also be marked with a number of public events and activities. Information will be posted online as it becomes available at, https://nslegislature.ca/content/province-house-200″>https://nslegislature.ca/content/province-house-200 .last_img read more

Darfur UNAU officials voice concern at escalating violence constraints on aid delivery

Over the last month, a wave of violence has been under way in Darfur, affecting tens of thousands of people, according to a joint statement issued by Joseph Mutaboba, deputy head of the joint UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), and Ali Al-Za’tari, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan.They noted that since the beginning of 2014, more than 215,000 people in Darfur have been displaced from their homes. “Many people in Darfur have no choice but to flee their homes in fear,” they stated. “It is particularly troubling that, in the face of this violence, the UN and the humanitarian community at large are being increasingly constrained from helping the majority of those affected.” Due to the access restrictions and security constraints placed on humanitarian agencies, even monitoring the numbers of people who have been displaced from their homes is increasingly challenging, they said.“Enormous amounts of humanitarian need are being generated by this violence, but our ability to assess the condition of people who have been affected by the conflict and deliver to them the aid that they need has been severely hampered. “We call upon the Government of Sudan and all actors and parties involved in the conflict and the international community to take robust measures to ensure the protection of civilians and unimpeded access of aid workers in Darfur.”Earlier this month, both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay voiced deep concern about the recent escalation of violence in Darfur and its impact on civilians in the region, and urged an immediate halt to hostilities.UN officials have repeatedly called on all sides to join negotiations aimed at achieving a permanent ceasefire and comprehensive peace for the people of the strife-torn region, which has witnessed fighting since 2003 between rebel groups and Government forces and their allies, militiamen known as the Janjaweed.To move the peace process forward, the AU-UN Joint Special Representative for Darfur, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, attended a gathering of Zaghawa leaders yesterday in neighbouring Chad that was designed to build consensus in getting the Darfur armed movements to join the peace process. Mr. Chambas emphasized the need for all the parties in Darfur to commit to dialogue without preconditions and to resolve differences through political not military means. “There is imperative need to recognize that after 10 years of fighting and attendant bloodshed in Darfur, nobody has emerged victorious,” he said. “The lesson from this is very clear and simple – parties have to unconditionally find each other across the negotiation table and talk, and reach agreements.” He added that the ongoing attacks on villages and camps for the internally displaced are “an ugly blemish” on efforts to spur dialogue, and that regardless of who is ultimately responsible for the violence, “it must now stop.” The Joint Special Representative and head of UNAMID also highlighted the need to facilitate delivery of humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations. “Darfur has been experiencing one of the worst man-made humanitarian crises in the world,” he said. “Without enabling the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the multitudes of Darfuris who need it, our sincerity to finding a durable solution to the conflict is bound to flounder.” read more

Ohio State mens basketball takes down Illinois in overtime thriller 6863

OSU junior forward Marc Loving (2) attempts a shot during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIt took overtime to decide, but the Ohio State men’s basketball team was able to take down Illinois on the road Thursday night 68-63 at the State Farm Center. After trailing for nearly all of the second half, the Fighting Illini engineered a 15-2 run in the final six minutes of regulation to push the game to extra time. A back-and-forth five minutes ensued, but freshman guard JaQuan Lyle, who came off the bench for the second straight game for OSU, hit a pair of clutch free throws to make it a three-point game with 14 seconds left. With no timeouts remaining, Illinois inbounded the ball and looked to set up a game-tying shot attempt, but confusion on the dribble handoff led to OSU’s sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop stealing the rock. A bizarre sequence followed, as Fighting Illini players looked to foul but the officials swallowed their whistles, opting to let the teams play. The Buckeyes were able to advance the ball past the timeline to Mickey Mitchell. The freshman forward drove all the way to the hoop and connected on a layup with four ticks remaining to ice the game for OSU. With the win, the Buckeyes advance to 14-8 on the year and 6-3 in conference play, while the Illini sink to 10-11 overall and 2-6 in the Big Ten. “I’m just happy we won the basketball game,” OSU coach Thad Matta told Big Ten Network’s Seth Davis after the game. “It holds true to my theory that we’ve got a long way to go, but this was a great win for us … Turning the halfway (point in Big Ten play) is a heck of a accomplishment for this team.”Balance was the key for the Buckeyes, as three players reached double figures in the scoring column. Leading that trio was redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson, who had a career-high 16 points and five rebounds. Bates-Diop and junior forward Marc Loving each registered a double-double to complement Thompson’s career night. Bates-Diop, an Illinois native, had 15 points on 7-of-18 shooting and 12 rebounds, while Loving chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds. A commanding advantage on the glass was key for OSU to grab the victory. After starting the game in an 8-0 hole, the Buckeyes fought their way through a poor-shooting first half to hold a 29-24 lead at halftime. At halftime alone, OSU outrebounded Illinois 30-14, including an 11-1 advantage on the offensive glass. Those margins inflated to 51-34 and 13-5, respectively. With the massive rebounding advantage, OSU was able to get itself more offensive opportunities, which was critical in a game in which both teams struggled to shoot at a high clip. The Buckeyes shot just 39 percent for the game, while the Illini countered with 32 percent from the field. The extra possessions helped alleviate the burdens caused by the Buckeyes’ turnover issues. For the game, they had 14, but down the stretch it was the turnovers and defensive lapses that helped the Illini shave down OSU’s 13-point lead to force overtime. “We made mistake after mistake defensively,” Matta said. “Then (on offense), the turnovers, I don’t know.” Despite the catastrophic meltdown in regulation, the Buckeyes were able to regain their composure once overtime began. Bates-Diop, building off his 22-point performance against Penn State, was aggressive in the extra time, scoring four of his 15 points there. Thompson, who, along with Lyle, came off the bench for the second consecutive game after Matta opted to start freshman Daniel Giddens at center, was critical all game long. His basket in overtime helped fend off a fervent Illinois squad. The game was littered with runs by both teams. Illinois opened the game with an 8-0 spurt, but the Buckeyes countered, holding the Illini to just one field goal in the final 11 minutes of the first half to take the lead at the break. OSU grew its lead in the opening 10 minutes of the second half before squandering it away. For a team dominated by inexperienced players, this is the type of victory that develops character, Thompson said. “We grew up a lot tonight,” he told Davis. “Our past road games haven’t gone as well, and in certain situations, we would have folded, but in this situation, we just came together.” A.J. Harris started in place of Lyle again Thursday, but his performance against the Illini did not mirror the one he churned in against Penn State. The freshman guard had three points on 1-of-5 shooting and one assist. Junior guard Kendrick Nunn lead the way for Illinois with 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Malcolm Hill, who was the Illini’s leading scorer heading into the contest, was largely held in check by sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate. Hill, a junior, had a dozen points but a less-than-stellar 3-of-14 shooting performance.Although both Matta and Thompson were pleased with the victory, OSU has a large test ahead of it. The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on No. 8 Maryland, which defeated third-ranked Iowa on Thursday, at the Schottenstein Center on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. Correction 1/29: The headline has been updated to reflect the correct final score. read more

Rethinking Athens

first_imgThe city centre of Athens is about to undergo a major facelift. Almost a decade after it hosted the Summer Olympics of 2004, the Greek capital will now push to modernise itself, as its embarks on an ambitious project to create a sustainable, eco-friendly city centre that will appeal to citizens of this great city and the millions of tourists that visit it annually. Concerned by the lack of quality public spaces, the Onassis Foundation, within the framework of its public benefit activities, responded to the present need for urban revival by funding and organising the Re-think Athens project. Its first step was to organise and fund a two-stage European architectural competition for the creation of a new city centre, a project centred around Panepistimiou Street. The foundation has also committed to providing the funds required for all the necessary studies of implementation. The objective was to collect proposals that would awaken, inspire and reveal possibilities that reflect the character of the city and promote a healthy future image of a lively metropolis that keeps evolving. “Hard as it might seem, the moment has finally come for us to now be able to speak again of Athens in a visionary and yet absolutely realistic manner,” said the President of The Onassis Foundation, Anthony Papadimitriou, at the recent announcement of the competition winners. “The moment has finally come to let go of the fear and frustration that we all feel, walking around the city, to allow for the emergence of optimism and of those sentiments that will motivate the citizens themselves towards undertaking the most peaceful, creative and productive recapture of Athens. And this is one first major victory for Athenians, for our city,” Mr Papadimitriou added. Referring to Panepistimiou Street and the area between Syntagma and Omonoia Squares, Mr Papadimitriou said in no other major city in the world has an emblematic, multifunctional metropolitan avenue endowed with such a rich architectural heritage been reserved exclusively for traffic. “Even the iconic trilogy area, which consists of a wonderful architectural ensemble reflecting the historical and cultural character of the city, keeps being aesthetically downgraded and reserved exclusively for traffic,” he added. That very area is the main focus of the Re-think Athens project, one that will now see Panepistimiou Street become a part of an urban and architectural ‘ring’ that will link the pedestrian zone of the archaeological sites with the most significant archaeological museums of the city, as well as with the most significant focal points of cultural and commercial activity in the city. Omonoia Square, formerly a roundabout, will now be transformed into an actual square. The backbone of the project will be a new tramline connecting Amalias Avenue with Panepistimiou Street and Patission Street. The functional and environmental upgrade of the city centre will shed light upon its most obscure areas. It is hoped Panepistimiou Street and Omonoia Square will once again become the most vibrant parts of the city. “We all have the right to a friendlier, more inviting city which favours multiple functions involving trade, services, housing, culture and entertainment,” added Mr Papadimitriou. For the implementation of this competition, the Onassis Foundation has signed, as sponsor, a legal agreement with the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, the former Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Networks (now called Ministry of Development, Competitiveness, Transport, Infrastructure and Networks), the Attiko Metro S.A., as well as memoranda of collaboration with the Attica Prefecture and the Municipality of Athens. For the preparation of the final studies and the funding of the projects through EU funds, the Foundation is already collaborating with the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, the Ministry of Development, Competitiveness, Transport, Infrastructure and Networks, as well as with a number of other institutions that will greatly contribute to the successful coordination of the project. Mr Papadimitriou says the time has come for the Greek government to be called upon to fulfil its commitments. “It is the moment that we, the citizens, will exercise pressure and control upon the Government for the implementation of the project, and right after, we will defend the new Athens. The Onassis Foundation, with optimism and with a great sense of duty, funded and organised the competition and all the necessary studies for the final tendering of the project. What we now look forward to ourselves is for the mantle to be passed on to the authorities together with the studies in a few months, so that we will be able to meet again in Athens in 2016, when they will have had everything complete,” said Mr Papadimitriou. The winning proposal of Re-think Athens was submitted by leading Dutch architectural and outdoor planning group Okra, alongside teams from Mixt Urbanisme, Wageningen University, WSGreen Technologies and Greek firm Studio 75. According to Mr Papadimitriou, the joint winning proposal embodies and creates the conditions for the citizens of Athens to claim a new reality for their city. “The chance for Athens is here. It now remains for the state, but mainly for all of us, to seize it. Not only for making the centre of Athens more visually appealing or more functional, but mostly because the creation of a new centre of Athens that will be human and accommodating for development, productivity, interactions and creativity will greatly contribute to the mending of the city’s damaged social fabric. “That centre can become the common ground that will bind all of us together once more; because a healthy, productive city will lead into a healthy, united, vigorous society. And that is a goal that far surpasses Athens, it is a goal of national importance.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Manus Island Cruelty for crueltys sake

first_imgThe Australian government has found itself in hot water following Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court ruling declaring the Manus Island regional processing centre illegal and unconstitutional.Though PNG’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill didn’t outline a time-frame for the centre’s closure, he did say in a statement that his government would “immediately ask the Australian government to make alternative arrangements for the asylum seekers”.While he acknowledged that the majority of refugees appear to have no desire to settle in PNG, the PM said he would be willing to give each of them the option to do so.“For those that have been deemed to be legitimate refugees, we invite them to live in Papua New Guinea only if they want to be a part of our society and make a contribution to our community,” he said.It has already been noted that the closure of the centre will take a toll on the local economy, though Mr O’Neill said the transition would be eased and tackled with the assistance of the Australian government.Founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Kon Karapanagiotidis, made no secret that he was thrilled with the ruling. “It was such positive news to see a court finally recognise what myself and most of the Australian community have already known: that the detention of refugees in an offshore prison indefinitely with no intention of safely resettling them is illegal,” he told Neos Kosmos.However, despite the ruling and finding that at least half of the 850 men held in detention are refugees, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is staying firm on his position against the processing of asylum seekers on Australian shores.“The government has not resiled from its position that people who have attempted to come illegally by boat to Australia and who are now in the Manus facility will not be settled in Australia. “We will work with our PNG partners to address the issues raised by the Supreme Court of PNG,” said Mr Dutton, a decision that Mr Karapanagiotidis has condemned as immoral.“The moral, legal, decent thing to do would be to bring these 850 men that have languished on Manus for 1,265 days at a cost of a billion dollars to the Australian public, to Australia,” he said.While Labor also remains committed to the policy of offshore processing, it has since come to light that three Labor MPs, lower house member Melissa Parke and senators Lisa Singh and Sue Lines are opposed and calling for the men to be brought to Australia.“We have caused them enough suffering already. This is a sick game and it needs to end. It’s inevitable that the government will need to have another plan for what is going to happen and the most logical thing to do is to bring those people to Australia,” Ms Parke told Fairfax Media.Since the ruling there has been speculation that the refugees from Manus could be relocated to Nauru or Christmas Island, which Mr Karapanagiotidis is calling a “tragedy”.“They’re now looking at either dumping them on Nauru, where [on Wednesday] there were six suicide attempts, including a man who tried to set himself on fire. Or they’ll look to dump them on Christmas Island, or find some other poor, impoverished country like the Philippines, spend billions of dollars of our money to do everything but protect these people, and that’s awful,” he said. Earlier this year New Zealand offered to resettle 300 refugees from Nauru as part of a two-year deal with Australia, signed in 2013 by former prime minister Julia Gillard, but Australia declined to take up the offer, a decision which is likely to be held until after the elections.“We would rather leave them languishing. But the whole point of this is cruelty for cruelty’s sake and today they were hiding under the idea that it’s about saving lives, saving women and children drowning at sea,” says Mr Karapanagiotidis. “The reality is, this is just about showing how cruel and brutal we can be for the purpose of winning votes in an election, that is all.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek foreign minister Kotzias resigns

first_imgGreek minister of foreign affairs Nikos Kotzias resigned on Wednesday, after a heated cabinet meeting during which accusations were exchanged between him and minister of defence Panos Kammenos.The two ministers were in disagreement over the Prespes deal between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Kammenos, who is the leader of the right-wing party Independent Greeks (ANEL), has been vocal in his opposition to the agreement, which will see FYROM adopt the name ‘North Macedonia’.At the cabinet meeting, Kammenos accused Kotzias of mismanaging secret foreign ministry funds and being a pawn of US billionaire financier George Soros.The foreign minister was reportedly deeply offended by the allegations, and responded with a to legislate for mandatory transparency of the defense ministry’s “discretionary funds” management.He was also very uspet over the fact that the Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras failed to support him against Kammenos’, who is the government’s junior coalition partner and is key to the government’s parliamentary majority.Tsipras accepted Kotzias’ resignation and proceeded to assume the Foreign Affairs portfolio himself, in a move that is meant to send a message towards multiple receivers.On one hand, Greece wants to solidify its stance towards Europe in regards to the matter with FYROM and on the other, Tsipras means to show to the members of the cabinet that he will not tolerate any underhanded politics and personal strategies which might endanger Greece’s stable course to escape from austerity.According to various analysts, Tsipras opted to ‘sacrifice’ Kotzias for fear of losing Kammenos’ support. SYRIZA and ANEL are believed to be ‘strange bedfellows’ and this crisis shows cracks within the coalition, with some thinking that it marks the end of the Tsipras’ government.Speaking to the media, government spokesperson, Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said: “The prime minister doesn’t beg anybody, he has never been afraid of the political developments. He does not crawl at the political developments. He challenges them when he judges that it will be an advantage for his country. The train moves on, whoever doesn’t want to reach the destination or whoever feels discomfort can simply get off.”As he departed the PM Residence on his way to Brussels for the meeting with the EU leaders, Tsipras made a statement to the members of the press in which he thanked Kotzias “for his precious contribution all these years in upgrading the country’s geopolitical role” and said it “pained him” to accept his resignation.The prime minister stressed that he “will not tolerate double talk and self-serving strategies” and added: “I decided to take up the foreign ministry for the time being and the responsibility that comes with it, sending a message at the same time that this decision signifies my determination to do whatever possible to guarantee the successful conclusion of the historical agreement of Prespes.”This might prove to be a challenge, as the Zaev government in FYROM seems to be struggling to muster enough deputies in the country’s Parliament to ratify the agreement.Kotzias however doesn’t seem to be prepared to let the matter rest, as he posted a tweet from his personal account in which he said that “There comes a time, as the poet says, when you need to decide who you will choose and who you will leave behind. The PM and a number of ministers made their choices during yesterday’s cabinet meeting and now I will make mine. It’s good to remember, however, the lyric: they tried to bury me deep, they forgot I was a seed.”The news of Kotzias departure from the Foreign Ministry promted his Albanian counterpart, Ditmir Bushati, to issue a statement, thanking him for his efforts to resolve long-standing bilateral issues.“There are few joys in this profession, but the most treasured ones derive from genuine cooperation and a spirit of collegiality. Thank you Nikos Kotzias for your efforts in jointly opening a new page of collaboration, trust and good neighborly relations between our countries,” Bushati tweeted in his official account.Greece and Albania had been discussing issues such as the demarcation of the exclusive economic zones (EEZ) of both countries and the rights of ethnic Greeks in Albania. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

TSB reports a 31 mean gender pay gap for 2018

first_imgBanking organisation TSB has reported a 31% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at April 2018; this is unchanged from April 2017.The organisation, which currently employs more than 8,000 staff, reported its gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and in time for the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2019.The reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the differences in mean and median hourly rates of pay for male and female full-time employees, the gap in men and women’s mean and median bonus pay, the proportions of male and female employees awarded bonus pay, and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.TSB’s median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay is 23%, as at April 2018; this reflects a 1% reduction from the 24% median gender pay gap it reported in 2017.Its mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid during the reporting period is 46%; this is a 7% improvement on last year’s figure of 53%. The median gender pay gap for bonus payments is 34%, compared to 37% in 2017. Over the current reporting period, 93% of female employees and 90% of male employees received bonus payments. This is an increase of 5% and 6% respectively since 2017.Less than half (47%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at TSB are female, compared to 66% in the second quartile, 77% in the third quartile and 76% in the lowest pay quartile.TSB attributes its gender pay gap to having more women than men employed in non-senior management roles, which comprise 68% female staff versus 32% male employees. With an equal gender split, TSB calculates that its mean gender pay gap would reduce by 22 percentage points to be 9%.Helen Rose, chief operating officer and executive sponsor for gender at TSB, said: “Although our median gender pay gap has only seen a small improvement, it’s a step in the right direction. Furthermore, the actions we’ve taken in the past year, including a number of senior female appointments, demonstrates our long-term commitment.“The solutions are going to be different for every organisation. That’s why we’re committed to really explaining our numbers and clearly setting out the steps we are taking to address our gap. Because it is only by being transparent and sharing information that we can drive change and help all UK businesses work towards making the gender pay gap a thing of the past.”To address its gender pay gap, TSB partnered with professional network Women Returners, running its own pilot return-to-work programme. For 2019, this will be supported by the Returners Financial Services Scotland Programme, a scheme starting in Edinburgh in September.TSB reports that it has also worked to improve the gender balance of shortlisted candidates when recruiting for new roles, and that it continues to challenge external recruitment agencies on this too.The organisation is further championing female partners by using its rising stars talent programme, improving its Partners for Partners buddy scheme, which encourages individuals to return to TSB after a career break, and offering flexible work policies to partners; this includes providing a new digital workplace, where partners can remotely access all the systems they need.TSB has also committed to regularly engage with policy makers and other organisations, in order to better understand how to tackle gender imbalance and share best practice.Rose added: “There are no quick fixes and there’s a lot more to be done, but we are making progress. A great example of this is our new [small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)] banking leadership team, which we announced in September 2018.“We set out to build the team to reflect the businesses and communities we serve, and we’re proud that of the 11-strong leadership team, eight roles are held by women. And our first 16 SME field relationship managers, based in the local community, are made up of six women to 10 men. But it’s not just gender we’re balancing; 20% of the team are from [black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame)] backgrounds, making us one of the most diverse SME banking teams in the UK.“Our focus is on embedding the values of inclusion and diversity throughout the organisation to bring about change.”last_img read more

Wilmington Housing Authority Accepting Applications For Affordable Housing Family Units Waiting List

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a legal notice from the Wilmington Housing Authority.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAffordable Housing Assistance To Be Offered To Residents At Town Hall On September 10In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Bethel moves closer to possible restaurant alcohol license

first_imgFili’s Pizza. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK)Next month, Bethel could hold its first restaurant liquor license in decades.March 6 marks the final day Bethel City Council can protest the Fili’s Pizza liquor license application. The council rejected that action at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting, its final meeting before the protest deadline. Fili’s has met the conditions imposed by council to avoid protest. It’s created adequate parking and set up a barrier between Ridgecrest Drive and its parking lot. Right now that barrier is chain slung through empty oil drums, which will be replaced with a metal guardrail after the ground thaws.Earlier this month the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board reviewed Fili’s application and voted to approve the license if the 60-day protest period passed without opposition from city council. That period ends March 6.Since only city council can legally protest the application at this point and has no plans to do so, Council Member Chuck Herman says the governing body should get out of Fili’s way and waive the remaining protest period.“Red tape is only good when it’s protecting the public and serving the public interest, and when it seems to be purely serving the purpose of delaying a legal business from taking action and moving forward, it is not serving, to me, any purpose at that point,” Herman said.Council Member Zach Fansler disagrees, saying waiving the remaining protest days sets a bad precedent for the council moving forward, and he instead calls for caution.“I think it’s super important that the public have the time while we still have the time to say, ‘Pass another condition,’ and we need to do the due diligence on all this to serve the public process the best way we can,” Fansler said.If council doesn’t submit a protest by March 6, Fili’s would receive its license pending an assessment of its premises by an ABC inspector.An advisory vote last fall showed that the majority of Bethel voters opposed restaurants receiving liquor licenses. The only resistance Fili’s application has received so far is from the Association of Village Council Presidents, which claims the license could harm public health and safety in Bethel and surrounding villages.last_img read more

US supports Pakistan India talks on Kashmir

first_imgIndian security forces personnel patrol a deserted road during restrictions after the government scrapped special status for Kashmir, in Srinagar 7 August. Photo: AFPThe United States on Wednesday said it supports direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on the disputed Kashmir region and called for calm and restraint as the dispute escalated.”We continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern,” a department spokeswoman said in a statement.last_img read more

With Renovations Moving Forward Is The Astrodome Debate Finally Over

first_imgThe Harris County Commissioner’s Court has approved renovating the Astrodome to raise the floor and make room for a parking garage.The renovation, once complete, will still leave the dome empty but available for public events. Does this renovation actually end the great dome debate — or just create a new one?Houston Matters talks it over with Minnette Boesel of the Astrodome Conservancy about the vision for the future of the venue and how the space might be used. Sharelast_img

Air Asia fined by regulators

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Air Asia Berhad has been slapped with an AU$200,000 penalty for failing to properly display airfare prices.According to The Federal Court in Melbourne, for a period of ten months, the carrier did not display on its website some airfare prices inclusive of all taxes, duties, fees and other mandatory charges in a prominent way and as a single figure.Concerned for the travelling public, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chairman Rod Sims said the case reiterated the need for travellers to have access to accurate pricing.“Airlines require a level playing field on price representations in this competitive industry where consumers are price sensitive,” Mr Sims said.Earlier this week, Thai Airways also received a Federal Court fine of up to AU$7.5 million for cartel conduct.Click here for more information.last_img read more