Singing legend Lata Mangeshkar is not attending Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi’s swearing in ceremony on Monday.Media reports said the melody queen is unwell, hence she will not attend the star-studded ceremony, that is being tipped as a globally watched event.The other top film celebrity who is not attending the event that is being graced by 4000 guests at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is Rajinikanth.Among the key notables giving the event a miss are Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.While megastar Amitabh Bachchan and actor Rekha were invited to the event, reports said Bachchan might skip the same. While indusrialist Mukesh Ambani had already arrived, sports icon Sachin Tendulkar was also due to come. Narendra Modi displays the victory symbol. AP PhotoThe event has drawn global attention in view of South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) leaders, including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, arriving in New Delhi for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government swearing-in.As for the Union Council of Ministers, there will be 25 ministers of Cabinet rank, while a similar number of leaders will take oath as state minister.Since all the regional political parties of Tamil Nadu including the ruling AIADMK, DMK, PMK, MDMK and a host of various Tamil groups are opposing Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa’s visit, Tamil protestors strongly felt that Rajinikanth should boycott the swearing-in.
Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Topics Pittsburgh Steelers … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp “Obviously I don’t want a trade,” Brown said on Thursday. “I’m still grateful to put on my uniform, grateful to be a part of this organization. I don’t take that for granted. Obviously it was a stupid remark …I guess I can’t really respond to people that’s saying crazy stuff.”Brown was also absent from the team’s facility on Monday, something for which head coach Mike Tomlin said Brown was disciplined. The wideout said the absence was for a personal reason.Brown acknowledged that the tweet and the resulting media circus were a distraction, but he remains fully focused on winning.“Obviously I’m in the spotlight, so you guys are always putting me under the microscope, but I’m a compassionate individual,” Brown said. “I can’t fake the way I feel. I can’t hide the way I feel. If it wasn’t important to me, then I’d just say it don’t matter, but I’m not that type of guy …Our business is winning, playing football. That’s what I’m here to do.”Pittsburgh are without a win through two games for the first time since 2013, when it started 0-4 and went on to finish 8-8. Antonio Brown (@AB84)Trade me let’s find out https://t.co/4OeepI78zySeptember 17, 2018 Brown was seen on the sideline during the second half of the Chiefs game, which dropped the Steelers to 0-1-1, in an apparent argument with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner. On Monday, Brown replied to a critical tweet from former Steelers PR staffer Ryan Scarpino – suggesting Brown wouldn’t be as productive without Ben Roethlisberger – with the words “Trade me let’s find out.” Reuse this content Share on Facebook Read more Share via Email news NFL Since you’re here… Share on Messenger ‘I shouldn’t be out there anymore’: why Vontae Davis retired at half-time Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown said on Thursday that his frustration on the sideline during Sunday’s game and his tweet toward a critic on Monday came from his desire to win.Meeting with reporters for the first time since the team’s 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Brown made it clear he does not want a trade, but rather for his team to start performing at the level it has previously. “We were losing the game… we haven’t won a game yet,” Brown said. “For me, as a Steeler, that’s unacceptable. I’m not on the sideline begging for the ball or making statements like you guys [the media] make. I’m pissed off. We’re losing, we suck …We ain’t winning. You’re damn right I’m pissed off.” Share on LinkedIn US sports
DALLAS – OCTOBER 11: A general view of the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns during the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl on October 11, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Week 6 of the college football season is just a few hours old and we’ve already been witness to an incredible comeback. Oklahoma entered the fourth quarter of its game against Texas down by 21 points.That didn’t last long. Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray took the team down the field for a quick touchdown to bring the score to 45-31.After the Sooners defense held, Texas punted back without spending much time on the clock. Then Murray happened again.The two-sport phenom raced down the sideline for a 67-yard touchdown to cut the Texas lead to just seven points. That led to a few long faces from the Longhorns faithful who watched their team’s lead evaporate into thin air.One of those fans went viral.Watching the end of this Texas-Oklahoma game like pic.twitter.com/lQxk4swQbD— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 6, 2018To further the angst of Texas fans everywhere, Oklahoma quickly put up another touchdown and tied the game at 45 with just over three minutes left to play.It’s been an instant classic in Dallas.Stay tuned.
APTN National NewsThousands of Native Americans flocked to a ranch near Dallas, Tex., this week for a special naming ceremony.The guest of honour was a rare, two-month old white buffalo named Lightning Medicine Cloud.He got his name for being born during a thunderstorm.The white buffalo is regarded as sacred in Native American culture and it is believed to have great spiritual importance.The calf was honoured with prayers, songs and a pipe ceremony.One one in 10 million buffalo calves are born with the white colouring.
Steady as she goes.That’s the latest from ATB Financial’s quarterly provincial outlook.The bank has slightly lowered its 2018 GDP estimate to 2.6 per cent, down one-tenth of a point.ATB Chief Economist Todd Hirsch said the move is due to global trade uncertainties.“With the U.S., China, and sanctions against you know, Europe and Turkey and other places, with the global economy more uncertain around that trade environment, we see Alberta being affected with that uncertainty just a little bit,” he said.Hirsch said Alberta is likely to still lead the country in growth this year, but the rate is nowhere near pre-recession levels seen between 2010 and 2014.
Jamui (Bihar): Riding the Modi wave, young Lok Janshakti Party leader Chirag Paswan made a successful debut five years back from the reserved parliamentary constituency named after this district, but the going may not be that easy this time due to changed caste equation.The 36-year-old Chirag Paswan, whose political debut came a couple of years after his acting debut received critical appreciation but met with commercial failure, had achieved a comfortable victory with a margin of about 80,000 votes. The return of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who heads the JD(U), to the NDA has earned a following among the ‘mahadalits’ through targeted affirmative action and would provide the ballast that may be crucial in this Lok Sabha segment which is spread across three districts Munger, Jamui and Shekhpura and encompasses six assembly constituencies. The poorest among the dalit groups were given the name ‘mahadalits’ by the Nitish Kumar government in 2007 for whose welfare, special schemes were started. However, Paswan stares at a contest that could still turn out to be tight, a reason why he has hardly stepped out of his constituency for past several days and star campaigners who have canvassed in his favour include heavyweights like Kumar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The Lok Sabha seat came into existence in the delimitation of 2008 and Bhudeo Chaudhary, who won it in the first general elections that followed, is now pitted against the LJP MP. The constituency will see voting in the first phase on April 11. Chaudhary, who was the NDA candidate in 2009, fought on a JD(U) symbol and beat by about 30,000 votes his nearest RJD rival Shyam Rajak. He is now with the RLSP and the candidate of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance). Paswan, who has emerged as the de facto leader of the party his father Ram Vilas Paswan had founded nearly two decades ago, has quite a few accomplishments under his belt which he banks upon in addition to the formidable caste arithmetic that the BJP-JD(U)-LJP alliance brings to the table.
24 September 2009The United Nations agency entrusted with protecting intellectual property rights has signed an agreement with two international federations representing performing artists, in a bid to boost the standing of actors and musicians, particularly in the developing world, and recognize their contribution to development and culture. The agreement aims to strengthen performers’ networks and improve their economic and legal status, as well as raise awareness of the need to support performers, said the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).In addition, it highlights the connection between intellectual property and labour and the specific concerns of cultural workers from the viewpoint of development and cultural diversity. “Actors and musicians are an essential element in the development of the creative potential of all economies, particularly in developing countries,” WIPO said in a news release, adding that it expects the agreement to galvanize support for the protection of performers at international level.WIPO Director General Francis Gurry signed the agreement with the Presidents of the International Federation of Musicians (FIM) and the International Federation of Actors (FIA) yesterday. The two federations for actors and musicians gather performers’ unions from all regions in the world and together represent hundreds of thousands of professionals working both in the sound and audiovisual industry.
OTTAWA — The federal government’s plan to impose a carbon tax on provinces that don’t do it themselves is expected to mimic the Alberta carbon program, including rebate payments sent directly to low- and middle-income individuals.A source who has seen the plan tells The Canadian Press that the technical paper outlining Ottawa’s proposal will be released next week, seven months after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told provinces they’d have until 2018 to implement a price on carbon or have Ottawa do it for them.The Alberta model applies a tax on carbon generated by burning most transportation and heating fuels, except for those used on farms. It divides the tax revenue among income-based rebates to Albertans, a cut to the small business tax and investments in green infrastructure and renewable energy.Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna have always said any revenue from a carbon tax would remain in the province where it is raised, but they have been careful not to say it would go to the provincial government. By following the Alberta model, the federal government can send some of the money raised by the tax to individuals, bypassing provincial governments which refuse to impose their own carbon price.TransAlta to save $1.5 billion by converting coal-fired power plants to gas earlyAlberta’s rebates are income based, with a maximum rebate this year of $200 for single adults, $300 for couples and $30 per child. The rebates rise to $300 per person, $450 for a couple and $45 per child in 2018.About two thirds of Alberta families are eligible for at least a partial rebate. The payments are made by cheque up to four times a year and are based on income claimed on the previous year’s taxes.Alberta’s carbon tax started at $20 a tonne in January and will go to $30 a tonne in 2018. Estimates suggest it raised the price of a litre of gasoline by about 4.5 cents. By 2018, a single person will pay about $400 more for gas, heat and other goods affected by the price on carbon. A couple with two kids could pay an average of $600 more.It is expected to raise $5.4 billion between 2017 and 2019, of which $1.5 billion is going to the rebates.An official from McKenna’s office speaking on background said no final decision has yet been made about rebates. He said the government is open to feedback on the technical paper, but it is not up for a lengthy consultation.A price on carbon is part of Canada’s plan to meet its international commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Canada has to reduce its annual emissions by almost 200 million tonnes to get there, which is the equivalent of taking every car in Canada off the road twice.Eight provinces and all three territories signed on to the carbon pricing plan through the Pan Canadian Framework for Clean Growth and Climate Change, but only four provinces have carbon prices in place.B.C. has had a carbon tax since 2008 and it is now $30 a tonne. Ontario and Quebec have cap-and-trade systems, which cap emissions for big emitters and force those who exceed the limit to buy credits from those whose emissions are lower.Eight provinces and all three territories signed on to the carbon pricing plan through the Pan Canadian Framework for Clean Growth and Climate Change, but only four provinces have carbon prices in placeOttawa’s requirement is for all provinces to have a minimum price on carbon of $10 a tonne in 2018, rising to $50 a tonne by 2022.Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister have both refused to sign the climate framework. Manitoba’s objection was part of a dispute about health-care funding, with Pallister saying Manitoba endorsed the climate plan in principle. Manitoba is to release its carbon reduction plan later this year.Wall and his environment minister have both said they intend to take Ottawa to court if it tries to impose a carbon levy in Saskatchewan. This week, Wall said federal officials had gone as far to try and link future infrastructure spending to the carbon price as leverage to get Saskatchewan to sign on.
The newly appointed High Commissioner-designate of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Singapore, Sashikala Premawardhane assumed duties at the Mission today, the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Singapore said.Her assumption of duties was marked by a simple ceremony that began with the lighting of traditional oil lamp, followed by religious observances and chanting of Pirith by Maha Sangha. High Commissioner-designate Premawardhane joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1998, and her appointments in Colombo include a secondment at the Ministry of Defence as Senior Assistant Secretary (Foreign Affairs) as well as several key appointments in the Foreign Ministry including Director/United Nations, Multilateral Affairs, Human Rights and Conferences, Director/Technical Cooperation, and Deputy Director/Economic Affairs. Overseas, High Commissioner-designate Premawardhane has served as Minister at the Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra and as Acting High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Australia. She also served in the Sri Lanka Embassy in Tokyo as First Secretary.High Commissioner-designate Premawardhane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pune, India and a Masters in Conflict and Peace Studies from the University of Colombo. She is a past pupil of Bishop’s College, Colombo. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking on the occasion, High Commissioner-designate Sashikala Premawardhane set out her plans for strengthening bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Singapore, and emphasised the need for vigorous promotion of trade and investment between the two countries.
“This is a chemical weapons disarmament process, it’s been unique,” said Sigrid Kaag after her final briefing to the Security Council in her capacity as the head of the joint mission dealing with Syria’s chemical weapons, which is winding up its work at the end of September.“At the same time, we reiterate our strong hope that if this is achieved, that conditions for peace and security and the political process will be centre stage for the benefit of the people of Syria and that of the region, particularly in these days of profound crisis.”Ms. Kaag told a press conference at UN Headquarters following her closed-door briefing to the Council that the mission had overseen that destruction of 100 percent of “priority chemicals” and 96 percent of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, but the good offices of the UN Secretary-General on this issue, discussions on monitoring verification, and accurate reporting to the Council will be continued.She said starting October 1, the OPCW will be in the lead – in partnership with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNPOS) to begin destroying the 12 remaining chemical weapons facilities – seven so-called hangars and five tunnels.“All in all, the joint mission has achieved its objectives, has assisted the authorities in Damascus to achieve their goals as a State party, but the residual activities that remain of course are also of importance and interest to the [Security] Council so they have been asked to be briefed on a regular basis as before for a foreseeable period,” Ms. Kaag said.The Security Council President for September, United States Ambassador Samantha Power, told reporters after the meeting, the Council’s interest in the issue of ridding Syria of chemical weapons will not abate as “Council members noted that the elimination effort is not complete.”Ms. Power also said some Security Council members raised their concerns about the Syrian Government’s use of chlorine gas, as reported by the UN Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry last month.In response to a question, the Security Council President said Security Council resolution 2118 (2013) has not yet been fulfilled, “and it won’t be fulfilled until this Council has confidence that the terms of the chemical weapons convention has been met.” In that resolution, the Council endorsed the expeditious destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons programme, with inspections to begin by 1 October, and agreed that in the event of non-compliance, it would impose “Chapter VII” measures.The removal of the most critical material for destruction began in early January, in line with an agreement brokered by Russia and the United States, by which Syria renounced its chemical weapons material and joined 1992 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons.
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Zara Tindall with her daughter Mia at Creag an Lochain hill as she supports her husband Mike Tindall as he takes part in the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon in 2015Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire The royal at the polo, wearing a navy top as she played for ‘Team A’Credit: Media-Mode / Splash News Before the fall, Mrs Tindall looked happy and relaxed as she walked round the park in a white lace shirt-style dress, which featured elbow length sleeves and cut-out detailing. She matched the dress with a maroon handbag. Local reports said she later headed to the VIP marquee, where a spokesman for the polo club said that she was “keen and ready to play”.She competed at the event as part of “Team A” alongside Michelle Payne, the first woman jockey to win Australia’s most prestigious horse race, and Rob Archibald. Around 2,000 spectators are thought to have attended the event. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mike Tindall, who was commentating for the event due to his position as Magic Millions ambassador, told the crowd the fall was due to her “will to win” and joked: “She’s tough, she bounces.”He later said he “didn’t have a clue” about the game and knew he just needed to say “something nice about the wife”.It was the couple’s first public appearance since a spokesman announced they had suffered a miscarriage just before Christmas. Before the fall, the couple looked happy and relaxed as they walked round the park Credit: Jason O’Brien They had been expecting a second child together this spring, but a statement released on Christmas Eve said: “Very sadly, Zara and Mike Tindall have lost their baby. At this difficult time, we ask that everyone respects their privacy.”The duo, who got married in July 2011, had been expected to spend Christmas Day with the royals in Sandringham but were not seen at the family’s traditional church service over the festive period.They are believed to have travelled to Australia earlier this month for the event, which they also attended last year. Their daughter Mia, who will be three later this month, was not photographed at the event. The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall suffered a fall while playing polo on Australia’s Gold Coast over the weekend.The royal, 35, came off her horse midway through a competition at the Magic Millions Polo in Queensland on Sunday.Footage showed Mrs Tindall falling onto the dusty ground before getting straight back onto her horse and giving a thumbs up. Sources said she was not injured in the “gentle fall”.
An artist’s impression of where the new facility will be located on the Elm Park campus. (Image courtesy of Department of Health.)THE NATIONAL MATERNITY HOSPITAL at Holles Street is to relocate in a €150 million move.A new facility is to be built on the same campus as St Vincent’s University Hospital, at Elm Park in Merrion, Dublin 4.The Department of Health said the existing facility would need €25 million in short-term works if the facility was to remain at its current location, part of which dates to the mid-1700s.Announcing the move, health minister James Reilly said the new facility could assure mothers and babies of the best quality care “in a state-of-the-art, custom-built, modern healthcare facility”.The Department said the relocation would address a recommendation from an independent KPMG report, compiled in 2008, which had recommended that maternity hospitals in Dublin should be located close to adult acute services.The Master of Holles St, Dr Rhona Mahony, said the existing building – which has not received a major extension since the 1960s – was no longer fit for purpose, and the new facility was urgently needed.“The relocation of NMH will address this need and will achieve our strategic aim of close location with St Vincent’s University Hospital,” she said.The chief executive of the St Vincent’s Hospital Healthcare Group, Nicky Jermyn, said the hospitals had collaborated closely for many years in anticipation that they would ultimately share the same physical space.The main hospital building at Holles Street dates to the 1930s, but the complex has seen little substantial expansion in the last half-century – while the number of births it handles has increased by 50 per cent in the last two decades.€150 million has been allocated from the HSE’s capital plan to allow the project to proceed.The new facility will be designed to accommodate up to 10,000 births a year – an amount roughly equivalent to the numbers currently delivered at Holles St – and will include a neo-natal intensive care unit, a high dependency unit and a special care baby unit.Read: Patients’ details could be shared between Dublin maternity hospitals
Notch, the creator of Minecraft and upcoming game Scrolls, is having to deal with a rather problematic legal issue at the moment. Because his new game is called Scrolls, Bethesda has a problem with it. Notch received a 15 page legal document earlier this month asking him to refrain from using the name because it infringed the Elder Scrolls trademark somehow.Bethesda is a big company with a healthy bank balance, where as Notch may be doing well from sales of Minecraft, but certainly doesn’t want to have to fund a court case. So he has come up with a solution to this problem.Posting on his blog, Notch has challenged Bethesda to a game of Quake 3 instead of a lawsuit. He wants Bethesda’s best three players to go up against three from his own Scrolls‘ development team. There will be one level selected per team and they split the game into 20-minute matches. Whichever team gets the highest frag count across both levels wins.Winning will decide the fate of the game’s name. If Notch’s team wins then Bethesda has to allow the use of the name Scrolls and stop all legal action. If Bethesda win, Notch will change the name of the game. It sounds like a fair and gamely challenge to me. The question is, will Bethesda risk losing by accepting?If I were Bethesda I would agree to the challenge. It’s only going to generate good press for both opponents, and chances are they have some seasoned players working for the company. Even if they lose, everyone playing Scrolls will know it was only called that after an awesome battle on a classic id game.Read more at The World of Notch
Until now the most well-known name in tough glass was Corning with its Gorilla Glass range, which features on many a mobile device and even a few large screen TVs. But Corning isn’t the only company developing tough cover glass, with competition coming in the form of a company claiming to have the toughest glass on the market.Schott has used the SID Display Week, which coincides with E3, to introduces its new Xensation Cover AG glass. Schott claim the Xensation glass has bend strength performance 20% higher than the competition, but it’s the “AG” at the end of the name that hints at the new and desirable feature.As well as being very strong and scratch resistant, the Xensation Cover AG is anti-glare. Not only that, but Schott can vary the level of gloss in the alumino-silicate glass using a custom-designed etching process.For consumers, it holds the promise of mobile devices that can be used is more lighting conditions and don’t become mirrors in daylight. For manufacturers it offers a way of fitting a strong glass cover to devices while being able to advertise a non-reflective display.For the moment Schott is offering the Xensation Cover AG in both Gloss 90 and Gloss 60 configurations. Which one is chosen depends on how much you want to cut down on glare for a device. Both types of glass are already available for sampling, so it may not be long before we see a product ship with Cover AG glass. There’s also a version of the glass without the anti-glare feature available simply called Xensation Cover.Read more at Schott
You don’t have to be an expert in all things tech to use a smartphone, nor do you have to spend your days reading technology blogs. However, it’s probably important that people not act too rashly when they are casual users. For example, dunking your phone in water because you saw an ad claiming iOS 7 added waterproofing is certainly an ill-conceived course of action. But that’s just what some people are apparently doing.The phony ad began circulating a few days ago and is believed to have originated on 4Chan (of course). It uses the graphical assets from Apple’s site and is done in the same minimalistic style with clean sans serif font and flowery language. The ad declares a new “smart switch” is added to iDevices with the iOS 7 update which can shut them off when water is detected, thus preventing damage to the “delicate circuitry.” It also says waterproofing is covered by Apple’s warranty, whatever that is supposed to mean.The fake is apparently convincing enough that people are actually dunking their devices in water to test the feature out. They are, of course, being disappointed. There has been a steady flow of angry tweets, only some of which appear to be jokes. There are others simply merely marveling at how cool the feature is.Apple tends to be one of the most stringent device makers when it comes to device exchanges. The iDevices have both internal and external water indicators, the latter being in the headphone jack, dock connector, or SIM card tray.Just let this be a lesson — don’t trust everything you read on the internet. Well, except this site. You can trust us. Promise.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The first day of the school year was marked by the brewing of a political row between the conservative-led government and the main leftist opposition SYRIZA ahead of rolling strike action by teachers which is expected to paralyze schools from next Monday.After embracing the teachers’ cause in recent days, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras went a step further yesterday, appealing directly to pupils to back protests against reforms in the education sector, hinting at sit-ins at schools. Speaking to pupils at a school in Nea Ionia on Wednesday, Tsipras called on them to “support the struggles of your parents and above all those of your teachers.” The leftist leader went on to express his conviction that that protests in the education sector would “spark a major wave of resistance.”Tsipras’s comments fueled angry responses from government officials, both in private and in public. One government source expressed exasperation. “It is unprecedented for the leader of the main opposition party to call directly on pupils to take action and occupy schools,” he said.Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou was characteristically caustic, saying Tsipras was acting like “the head of an old-style student committee, not an opposition leader.” “Closed schools are not progress,” he said, adding, “This is not struggle, this is a return to the Middle Ages.”Although concerned that the opposition is scaling up its efforts to undermine the government’s attempt to convey a positive message about Greece’s gradual economic recovery, coalition officials appeared cautiously optimistic as they believe teachers do not have the financial ease to endure protracted strike action and that the protests will fizzle out.Nevertheless, there are fears that mass participation by pupils in school sit-ins could fuel the teachers’ movement.Following a meeting with unionists yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister and PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos yesterday called on teachers to display a sense of responsibility.“The main thing is for schools to remain open, for there not to be problems for children and their families,” he said. Source: Kathimerini
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Niki Goulandris, a Greek philanthropists and accomplished botanical painter, died on Saturday, aged 94.She served as vice-president of the Goulandris Natural History Museum that she had established with her wealthy shipowner husband, Angelos, in 1965. She also served as vice-presidnet of the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art at the time of her death, and had also served as former deputy minister for Social Services (1974–75), former Secretary of State for health in Greece(1974), honorary deputy president of Hellenic Radio and Television (1975–80), and member of the World Commission on Culture and Development of UNESCO.Her work had been recognised by numerous institutions, such as the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Global 500 Award in 1990, and she was named Woman of Europe by the European Commission, European Parliament and European Movement in 1991.The other vice-president of the Natural History Museum, Fali Voyiatzaki, announced the death on the museum’s Facebook page.Her funeral will be held at noon on Tuesday at the Holy Metropolis of Kifissia.
A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009.And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu.“I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. An elementary school teacher in Texas died Sunday from flu complications after she had reportedly decided the cost of medicine to treat the virus was too high.Fox News reports that Heather Holland died Sunday, a week after she decided not to purchase medication prescribed to her because she thought the $116 price tag was too steep.“She wouldn’t go get medicine because she’s a mama. Mamas are tough. She just kept going. She had a job; she had kids,” Holland’s pastor, Clark Bosher, told Fox 2. “I think any mom does that. I don’t think she is being irresponsible. I don’t think she thought she was that sick. It happened so quick.”Holland had been prescribed the medication a week ago. Her husband Frank said he decided to pick up the medication himself on Thursday after finding out she wasn’t taking them, but said it was too late.“Friday night, things escalated and she ended up in the ICU,” he told the station. “The doctors got the blood cultures back and they had to put her on dialysis early Saturday.”Holland died Sunday morning, leaving behind her husband as well as her two children, ages 7 and 10.“I have to be strong for the kids but it’s still surreal, it hasn’t all set in,” Frank Holland said. “We’ve been together a long time, over half my life. She’s my best friend, my soulmate, my everything.”