File appeals in organised tax evasion cases dont stick to monetary thresholdsays

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBDT directed the income tax authorities on Friday to pursue the cases of “organised tax evasion” through long-term capital gains (LTCG) or short-term capital loss (STCL) in courts as it set aside the condition of sticking to the established monetary limits for filing appeals. A Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) order accessed by PTI said the decision was being taken after “several references” were received by the board, where a large number of cases of organised tax evasion through LTCG and STCL on penny stocks were noticed. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe Income-Tax (I-T) department had informed the CBDT that it was “unable” to pursue these cases in the higher judicial forums on account of the recently-enhanced monetary limits. “It has been reported that in a large number of cases, the income tax appellate tribunals (ITATs) and high courts have recognised the unique modus operandi (LTCG and STCL) involved in such scams and passed judgments in favour of the revenue. “However, in cases where some appellate forums have not given due consideration to the position of law or facts investigated by the department, there is no remedy available with the department for filing a further appeal in view of the prescribed monetary limits,” the department had complained to the CBDT. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHence, the CBDT directed in the order that appeals might be filed “on merits” as an exception to the recent order enhancing the monetary limits for the same. The order said the board, by way of a special order, could direct filing of appeals in these instances of organised tax evasion activity even if they were below the threshold. The CBDT frames policies for the I-T department. It has recently enhanced the monetary limit for filing an appeal before the ITATs to Rs 50 lakh from Rs 20 lakh. In case of the high courts, the limit has been doubled to Rs 1 crore and in case of the Supreme Court, the limit for filing appeal has been increased from Rs 1 crore to Rs 2 crore. This was done to “effectively reduce taxpayers’ grievances and litigation and help the department focus on litigation involving complex legal issues and high tax effect”.last_img read more

Hailing the future taxi Dronecar mashup model takes flight

first_imgAMSTERDAM — A scale model of a flying drone-car mashup has driven and hovered across an Amsterdam exhibition hall, providing a glimpse of what could be the future of urban mobility.The “Pop.Up Next” prototype drone, being developed by aviation giant Airbus, automaker Audi and Italdesign design house is made up of three separate modules — a chassis with wheels, a two-seat capsule for passengers and a four-rotor drone. The concept has been shown before, but a one-quarter size scale model made its maiden public flight Tuesday at the Amsterdam Drone Week convention.Just don’t plan on hailing such an airborne ride any time soon. Airbus executive Jean Brice Demont estimates it will take more than a decade for a large-scale rollout of such a service.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Jet union seeks FIR against Goyal CEO SBI chief over salaries

first_imgMumbai: The employee union of Jet Airways, which is facing its worst crisis, Friday sought to register FIRs against airlines’ founder Naresh Goyal, chief executive Vinay Dube and SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar for non- payment of March salary, even as passengers continue to bear the brunt of last minute cancellations and missing refunds. The airline earlier in the day, the airline said its international operations would stand suspended till April 15, after it suspended all its overseas operations Thursday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn the Capital, sources said the PMO has called for an urgent meeting to resolve the crisis at the airline, which is currently operating only 11 of its 123 strong fleet as lessors have grounded close to 90 planes so far since February. This forced the airline to ground its entire operations across the Eastern and Northeastern regions since Thursday. Earlier in the day, over 200 employees, under union president and NCP lawmaker Kiran Pawaskar, took out a march from the airport to Jet headquarters Siroya Centre, in Andheri and met senior management,though they wanted to meet Dube. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostLater, they went to the police seeking to register an FIR against Goyal, Dube and Kumar, SBI is the lead lender to the airline, who are wresting the control of the airline now. “We have to inform you that Jet has not paid our March salaries of date. We call upon you to register offences for cheating, criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of funds and other offences under relevant sections of the law,” Pawaskar, who heads the All-India Jet Airways Officers & Staff Association, said in a complaint to senior inspector of the suburban Sahar police station.last_img read more

Haiti UN calls for donors to back 700 million agricultural recovery plan

The investment is slated to be spent over the next 18 months on repairing infrastructure, boosting national food production and creating employment for the thousands of people fleeing the Caribbean country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). “With people moving back to the rural areas, growth in Haiti’s agricultural sector is now an urgent priority and the Haitian Government’s plan does a very good job of laying down the immediate priorities,” said Alexander Jones, FAO Emergencies Response Manager in Haiti. “The food situation in Haiti was already very fragile before the earthquake and Haiti was highly dependent on food imports,” added Mr. Jones, with almost 60 per cent of Haitians lived in rural areas before the earthquake struck, and 80 per cent of them surviving on less than $2 a day.The Government estimates that some $32 million is urgently needed for seeds, tools and fertilizers, so that farmers can be ready to begin planting at the start of the spring planting season in March.Other short-term measures drawn up in the plan include repairing a major sugar refinery, protecting watersheds, steps to ensure reforestation, the reconstruction and reinforcement of collapsed riverbanks and damaged irrigation channels, and the rehabilitation of 600 kilometres of roads. The government has also recommended purchasing thousands of tons of cereal, pulses and vegetable seeds from domestic markets and abroad, tools and fertilizers, as well as supporting the livestock sector for the next 18 months. Establishing storage facilities to stock food and grain in preparation for Haiti’s upcoming hurricane season is also a priority after four successive tropical storms devastated Haiti’s agricultural sector in September 2008. 29 January 2010The United Nations today urged international donors to fund a $700 million plan to rebuild Haiti’s critical agricultural sector, the cornerstone of the Government’s strategy to get the country back on its feet after the catastrophic 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck on 12 January. read more

Fairfax Financial says chief financial officer David Bonham died suddenly

TORONTO — Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. says chief financial David Bonham died suddenly during the weekend.Fairfax chief executive Prem Watsa says the entire Fairfax family mourns the sudden and unexpected loss.John Varnell, Fairfax’s vice-president, corporate development, has been appointed to serve as chief financial officer on an interim basis.Varnell previously served as the chief financial officer of Fairfax on two occasions, as well as the chief financial officer of Northbridge Financial Corp. and Fairfax India Holdings Corp.Fairfax is a holding company with subsidiaries in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,687.46, down 8.22 points):Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 11 cents, or 1.71 per cent, to $6.32 on 4.3-million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 25 cents, or 3.57 per cent, to $6.75 on 3.9-million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up eight cents, or 0.62 per cent, to $13.03 on 3.7-million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B). Miner. Down 77 cents, or 3.65 per cent, to $20.32 on 3.6-million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 13 cents, or 1.81 per cent, to $7.05 on 3.4-million shares.Spartan Energy Corp. (TSX:SPE). Oil and gas. Down five cents, or 1.45 per cent, to $3.41 on 3.4-million shares.Companies reporting major news:Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down 40 cents, or 1.49 per cent, to $26.48 on 2.6-million shares. The Moody’s Investors Service says it has lifted a “negative outlook” on Barrick Gold Corp. and taken a neutral view of the company’s credit and debt situation. It says Barrick’s credit metrics have improved “markedly” with adjusted debt down to US$9.2 billion as of June 30, from US$13.2 billion at the end of 2014. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 19, 2016 2:56 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 19, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

Syria UN official cites bleak humanitarian situation urges unhindered access to civilians

“I told the Council that we need to see a significant step-change in the speed and scale of humanitarian aid, if we are to save lives and keep pace with the ever-growing needs,” said Valerie Amos, speaking to the press after briefing Council members on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on implementation of the key elements of resolution 2139 (2014), which focused on humanitarian access to besieged and hard-to-reach areas, including across conflict lines and across borders, and the expansion of humanitarian relief operations.Ms. Amos, who is also the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said while the Council’s resolution had demanded an end to the fighting and enhanced access for aid and relief workers, the situation for desperate civilians had not changed and the violence had only intensified in the four weeks since the text’s adoption, with many people killed and injured.Moreover, since 22 February, some 300 cases of sexual violence have been recorded in Damascus and Rural Damascus alone. “I am also very concerned that hundreds of thousands of people have been newly displaced from areas like eastern Aleppo and Yabroud in the south – driving them further from the reach of humanitarian assistance,” she added. Her words echoed the grim picture the Secretary-General painted in his report of the situation on the ground, characterized by indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks, including aerial bombings, shelling, mortars and car bombs in populated areas, causing mass civilian death and injuries and forced displacement. He adds that reported daily death tolls over the past month were on average in excess of 200 people, including civilians.The report also says heavy fighting was particularly intense in Aleppo, Dar‘a and Rural Damascus governorates. At least 500,000 people have been displaced from the eastern part of the city of Aleppo since late January. Approximately 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are sheltering in camps close to the Turkish border, while some 22,300 people fled to Turkey during the reporting period. In Dar‘a, “fierce fighting between Government forces and armed opposition groups escalated, leaving around 159,000 people displaced as at the end of February,” says the report.The Secretary-General goes on to note that as the conflict intensifies and fighting between armed groups increases, more people are slipping out of the reach of humanitarian organizations. Around 3.5 million people are now estimated to be in need of assistance in hard-to-reach areas, an increase of 1 million since the beginning of 2014. “One month since the adoption of [the resolution]…humanitarian access in [Syria] remains extremely challenging for humanitarian organizations. Delivering life-saving items, in particular medicines, remains difficult. The assistance reaching people continues to fall far short of what is required to cover even their basic needs.”In this context, the Secretary-General strongly urges the Syrian Government to streamline and speed up convoy procedures, ensure the safe passage of humanitarian convoys at all Government-controlled checkpoints and ensure that security focal points comply with approvals given at the Damascus level; facilitate the passage of medicines, including surgical supplies, and desist from the removal of medical supplies from convoys; and continue to speed up the approval of visas. He urged opposition forces to facilitate safe and unhindered humanitarian access and grant safe passage to convoys; strengthen control and command structures to enable the safe passage of convoys at checkpoints that they control; and ensure the safety and security of humanitarian staff.For her part, Ms. Amos said the UN and its humanitarian partners have been able to provide some assistance through cross-line convoys including to areas where people had not had aid for months. “But in many situations the lack of security or those controlling checkpoints continue to prevent vital and basic aid from reaching people.”The first UN cross-border convoy for affected communities in al-Hassakeh entered Syria via the Nusaybin/Qamishly crossing point in the last week. The trucks carried food for 50,000 people, medicines for 60,000 and household items like blankets and clothing for over 60,000. However, the humanitarian situation remains bleak, and would continue to be bleak, unless full, unhindered and direct access was granted. “Only six per cent of the people living in besieged areas have received assistance in the past month,” she said. The current piecemeal approach “despite the best efforts of humanitarian workers on the ground, is not delivering change fast enough.” The Council’s resolution was very clear on these points, she said, adding that the rules of international humanitarian law are also clear. “The continued withholding of consent to cross -border or cross-line relief operations, particularly of commodities privileged throughout the Geneva Conventions – like food, water, medical treatment and supplies, or shelter – is arbitrary and unjustified.”Repeating her call on Council members to use their influence with the conflict parties to facilitate access for aid, to protect civilians and to lift the sieges, Ms. Amos said that above all, their continued political efforts to help the parties find a way out of this crisis and bring hope to Syrian families are essential.“As the situation gets worse, not better, it is the ordinary men, women and children of Syria who continue to bear the brunt of this conflict, regardless of who they are, where they are from, or their religious beliefs,” she said. read more

Ohio State reacts to disciplinary actions handed out by football coach Urban

Lantern file photoOhio State football coach Urban Meyer did not waste much time responding to recently filed police reports involving members of the team. Four separate, unrelated incidents involving four players resulted in disciplinary action Monday, an act that sparked a reaction in some students.After learning that starting senior running back Carlos Hyde was listed as a “person of interest” in the reported assault of a woman at a Columbus bar Saturday, Meyer suspended him from all team activities pending the outcome of both the student code of conduct and criminal investigations.Starting redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby, who was scheduled to represent OSU at Big Ten Media Days later this week, will no longer be making the trip to Chicago. Roby was arrested Sunday in Bloomington, Ind. and charged with misdemeanor battery, according to a police report.A pair of incoming freshmen, defensive lineman Tim Gardner and tight end Marcus Baugh, were also disciplined by Meyer. Gardner was sent home and removed from the team for the 2013 season and Baugh was suspended from all football team activities as well as the team’s season opener against Buffalo on Aug. 31.Some OSU students said they think Meyer sprang to react too quickly.“In my opinion, he spoke a little too soon because you never know especially since it happened on the weekend,” said Carly Weintraub, a third-year in early childhood education. “If I were in his shoes, I probably would have waited until I got the full story because you never know what happens on the weekends.”Jakob Schumann, a fourth-year in civil engineering, disagreed. He said he agreed with Meyer’s fast action.“I’m all for it,” Schumann said. “The media is already having a field day with it, so I think you have to be proactive and take action right away.”Weintraub said she was disappointed after hearing about the allegations against Hyde and Roby.“I think it’s kind of sad to be honest because in my opinion, Ohio State was doing so great,” she said. “On top of the world, 12-0, and now we have all this bad publicity.”Meyer said he has “a clear set of core values in place” that those inside the program are meant to live by, according to the press release.Schumann said because of these values, acting quickly in response to the police reports was the right thing to do, as things could change depending on if Hyde is charged.“With Hyde, you would think you have to kick him off the team, but he’s innocent until proven guilty,” he said. “Once he’s charged, you would have to kick him off the team, but for right now, this is the right move and you just reassess once you know more.Weintraub said she thinks OSU fans are frustrated after hearing of the suspensions because the team has been expected to perform well this season.“There are two bad stories in one day when we should just be focusing on winning and getting to the Rose Bowl,” she said. “I know a lot of people who are already planning on going on that trip and we can’t have any bad publicity or let anything get in the way.”Schumann said he thinks the potential to lose Roby for the season will hurt the Buckeyes more than if they lost Hyde.“I think they have enough running backs that they’re going to be all right,” Schumann said. “Roby is a big loss. He is the best defensive player on the team, and he’s a leader.” read more

NHS discriminates against older people warns Dame Joan Bakewell

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. The NHS is discriminating against older people, Dame Joan Bakewell has claimed, as she said she had been denied access to a vaccination for shingles and mammograms because of her age.Dame Joan, the former ‘older people’s tsar’ for the government said she was concerned that the health service was prioritising younger people for preventative treatment and screening.The 85-year-old broadcaster and Labour peer, said older people would be left to ‘fend for themselves’ unless the NHS realised the value of keeping pensioners healthy.Speaking on ITV’s Peston on Sunday, Dame Joan said: “Something is going wrong. I went to my local clinic I would like to have a mammogram again and I have been having them all my life, and I stay healthy, and I’ve resolved to stay healthy and they said, no you don’t automatically get called in now.“Now that also happens to shingles. It’s a very horrible illness and there are now vaccines for people who are old because the risk of shingles increases with age especially if you had chickenpox as a child. And I applied for that. No you aren’t eligible for shingles.“So what is happening? Is the health service saying, well the old they’ve had their lives we’ve got bigger priorities, it doesn’t matter. Dame Joan said she was denied the shingles vaccine because she was too old  “Given the problems of our finances, we’ll put the money with younger people rather than old, is that what’s happening? In which case the old are going to have to fend for themselves.” Dame Joan said she was raising the issue following the recent NHS breast cancer scandal in which 450,000 older women failed to receive screenings, which may have shortened the lives of 270 and led to thousands of missed cancer diagnosis.Currently women are only offered screening up to the age of 70, because it was felt that by then the harms of over-diagnosis outweight the risk of cancer. However trials are currently underway to find out if it would be beneficial to extend screening to 73.Older people are also only allowed the shingles vaccine up to the age of 79. Dame Joan said prevention was extremely important to keep older people healthy and save the NHS money.“There are more older people and they are very concerned about their health and it would save the health service money if they avoid illness“Believe me, when you are over 70 (prevention) is very important.  And I know that’s true of all my generation. We’re eager to stay fit, we want help in doing it, but we don’t want to fall off the radar. We need to be told about these things.” Asked by Robert Peston whether it amount to a scandal, Dame Joan said: “Well I’m not sure that it is yet, but I am eager to find out what is happening here, to people who are over 70, over 80, people are living into their 90s.” Dame Joan said she was denied the shingles vaccine because she was too old  read more

Fourth body believed to be young child found at scene of fatal

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 1 Mar 2018, 3:30 PM The scene of the fire at Derrylin, Co Fermanagh Image: Brian Lawless via PA Images Mar 1st 2018, 3:30 PM Share159 Tweet Email1 Short URL By Hayley Halpin center_img DETECTIVES FROM THE PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch have confirmed that a fourth body, which is believed to be that of a young child, has been found following a fatal fire in Co Fermanagh on Tuesday.The fire broke out at a house in the Molly Road area of Derrylin on Tuesday morning. Three bodies have already been found at the scene.PSNI Detective Inspector Peter McKenna has confirmed that a fourth body has today been found at the crime scene.“It appears to be the body of a young child,” McKenna said.“A postmortem examination will take place in order to positively identify the victims involved in this appalling incident,” he said.Police believe the fire was started deliberately and a 27-year-old man was arrested at the scene. He has now been moved to police custody for questioning.McKenna thanked the public for their assistance so far and appealed for “anyone who knew of or has any knowledge of the residents of 57 Molly Road Doon, Derrylin to make contact with police”.He also called for anyone who was in the area of Molly Road between the hours of midnight on Monday to 7.20am yesterday to contact detectives in Enniskillen on 101 or to anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.Read: Police still trying to confirm number of victims after ‘ferocious’ house fireMore: Police believe house fire that killed three people was started deliberately Fourth body, believed to be young child, found at scene of fatal Co Fermanagh fire The fire broke out at a house in the Derrylin area on Tuesday morning. Image: Brian Lawless via PA Images The scene of the fire at Derrylin, Co Fermanagh 17,328 Views 3 Comments last_img read more

Massive funding cuts to organisations

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In July, more than 400 community organisations will see $11.5 million cuts in the funding they were already granted under the Building Multicultural Communities Program by the former Labor government in May 2013, in order to provide one-off funding to community groups and local government bodies in 2013-14. Amongst the organisations that will suffer the budget cuts are South Australia’s Greek community, which has been left devastated after the Liberal government decision. The Greek Orthodox Community of Saint Spyridon, in Unley of South Australia, is the most affected, with $68,576 in cuts. The Greek Orthodox Communities of St Raphael in Athelstone and of Nativity of Christ in Port Adelaide will lose $10,000 each, while the Greek Orthodox Community Parish of Norwood will be short $9,800. Following a review of the Federal Budget, the Abbott government has decided to reduce the scope of the program, with the multicultural grants scheme in the firing line, as the federal government confirmed the grants will be axed in July this year. Nearly $5 million has already been allocated to the program for 2013-14; the amount later increased to about $14 million. The Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) shows the Coalition government has cut more than $11 million out of the program for the current financial year, with no plans for it to continue into 2014-15. The Building Multicultural Communities Program offered up to $160,000 to community organisations and local government bodies for small infrastructure projects, with the purpose of enhancing social cohesion. The axing of the $15 million Building Multicultural Communities Program will directly impact 400 ethnic organisations, with many of those entities already in a difficult financial situation. Relying on the promised funding by the former Labor government, numerous community groups have already undertaken small projects which will now have to be covered with their own funds. “From the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia, we would like the government to actually be very clear on this and to explain to the communities what its plans are and the reasons behind it. We don’t believe that this should be done just by a letter. Of course it’s appropriate that the organisations that have put in and believed they would be funded receive those letters, but it’s also important to explain publicly and to the communities why, and the rationale behind it,” the chairman of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia, Joe Caputo said. Last year, Coalition senators accused Labor of using multiculturalism grants to ‘pork barrel in the lead-up to the election’, with suggestions the funds were used for things like gym equipment and coffee machines. However, Father Stavros Psaromatis from the Holy Monastery of Prophet Elias, of the Greek Orthodox Community of Norwood, said the grant was planned for purchasing educational equipment. “The previous government promised us the funding and it was certain we’d get it. We bought computers and a printer for the needs of the Community Greek School students,” Father Stavros Psaromatis told Neos Kosmos. As Father Psaromatis explained, the community borrowed money to buy the inventory, relying on the Labor government’s promise for the vital funding. Now, the infrastructure expenses will have to be paid by the members of the community. In South Australia, the whole matter will be receiving a greater interest amongst the members of the Greek community as the South Australian state elections are approaching. Senior state government officials, amongst them Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, Mineral Resources and Energy of the governing Labor party, Tom Koutsantonis, challenged the state opposition leader Steven Marshall and demanded an explanation for what it intends to do to assist Greek organisations and local government bodies that are losing the funding and have already borrowed money to cover their infrastructure upgrades.last_img read more

Multiculturalism to the fore

first_imgThe fight for language learning should be placed on the shoulders of Canberra, says George Zangalis, president and current affairs broadcaster of ethnic communities radio station 3ZZZ. The sentiment was expressed in his address yesterday at the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) conference hosted at Sydney’s Sheraton on the Park. In a highly-informative presentation on language learning, Mr Zangalis noted its decline since the Howard government scrapped the National Languages Policy “almost overnight” in 1998. He claimed that though there have been worthwhile language campaigns, “they are not being pursued for implementation with consistency and vigour”.“While every effort counts, a viable solution will not be found without national and state governments committed to long-term education and multicultural policies,” said Mr Zangalis, who also took part in a discussion on multicultural broadcasting and communications. The two-day conference centring on the theme of multiculturalism in action and building a better future for all Australians, saw some of the country’s most esteemed decision makers and practitioners come together.Among issues high on the agenda were domestic violence, Aboriginal recognition, ageing and the changing face of racism.Officially opening the anticipated event on 5 November were FECCA chair Joe Caputo, NSW Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka ALC, and Peter Doukas, NSW Minister for Multiculturalism and chair of the Ethnic Communities Council. Setting his sights on making a difference, Mr Caputo expressed that by the end of the conference, he hoped those involved would “come up with some major proposal that we’ll be advocating to the federal government,” he told SBS.A pitch was also made for the case of a national multicultural act in the federal parliament, with Helen Kapalos, Chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission a part of the panel discussion.According to Sydney-based Themis Kallos, Executive Producer of SBS’s Greek Language Program, the conference was well received, exceeding expectations. “People were very happy with what they’re seeing, and the participants and speakers were of a high calibre.“I spoke with past participants and they said it’s one of the best conferences they’ve ever attended,” Mr Kallos told Neos Kosmos. But for multiculturalism to be truly effective, Cr John Arkan of Coffs Harbour says the federal government needs to be representative of Australia’s diversity.“When do we see these multicultural faces in the federal government? When is the true reflection of our society going to be seen in the federal arena? We need to raise the debate and we need to raise it at high levels,” said Cr Arkan. While Mr Ajaka emphasised the need for greater collaboration between the various multicultural bodies across the country. “The vast majority of us believe in working together first and foremost as Australians, very proud Australians and also having the right to follow aspects of our culture, aspects of our religion, aspects of our belief and again, we’re doing that incredibly well and we need to band together,” he explained. Amongst those taking part in the conference were a number of Greek Australians, including FECCA Executive Eugenia Grammatikakis; Georgia Zogalis of Settlement Services International (SII); Ross Tzannes AM, former president of the Sydney Film Festival; Mary Patetsos, Aged Care Finance Authority; Dina Petrakis of SSI; amd Kathy Totidis of the Parents & Carers Committee of Homebush Boys High, amongst others. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hadopi abroger la loi serait une folie selon Frédéric Mitterrand

first_imgHadopi : abroger la loi serait une “folie” selon Frédéric MitterrandLa semaine dernière, l’association Reporters sans frontières (RSF) réclamait une nouvelle fois l’abrogation de la loi Hadopi sur le téléchargement illégal (voir notre article). Une décision qui pour le ministre de la Culture, Frédéric Mitterrand, serait pure folie.Quelques jours après l’appel de RSF pour une abrogation de la loi Hadopi, un projet soutenu par Martine Aubry, Frédéric Mitterrand s’est exprimé sur le sujet lors d’une interview sur l’antenne d’Europe 1. Alors que le bilan de la loi contre le téléchargement illégal vient d’être dressé (voir notre article), le ministre de la Culture considère que cette idée serait une vraie “folie”.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?”Abroger la loi Hadopi c’est une folie, au moment-même où les Etats-Unis, état libéral s’il en est, sont en train de créer leur propre système Hadopi. Il y a eu un accord signé la semaine dernière entre les principaux fournisseurs d’accès à Internet, et les syndicats de créateurs”, a-t-il rappelé. Cette accord prévoit en effet la mise en place d’une riposte graduée pour lutter contre le téléchargement illégal. Toutefois, cette riposte comportera six avertissements, et non seulement trois comme en France. Et surtout, l’accord ne prévoit pas de suspension de l’accès à Internet.Une loi qui a du succès Frédéric Mitterrand assure cependant que l’exemple français est suivi avec grand intérêt outre-Atlantique. “J’étais avec les cinéastes américains il y a deux mois, à Hollywood – excusez du peu, et bien je peux vous dire qu’à la Guilde des Cinéastes, ils étaient tous pro-Hadopi. Ils suivent avec beaucoup d’attention ce que nous sommes en train de faire” a affirmé le ministre. Et d’ajouter : “C’est pareil en Espagne, c’est pareil en Angleterre. Au moment où le système Hadopi est en train d’être repris par tout le monde, je trouve que c’est vraiment totalement absurde” de réclamer l’abrogation d’Hadopi, estime Frédéric Mitterrand.Il y a quelque jours, la candidate à la primaire socialiste Martine Aubry a pourtant évoqué l’idée d’abroger la loi pour la remplacer par une contribution comprise dans l’abonnement à Internet, afin de financer la rémunération des droits d’auteur. “Et oui, une taxe de plus” répond alors le ministre de la Culture.Le 19 juillet 2011 à 17:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Chez le dendrobate fraise la femelle choisit tout simplement le mâle le

first_imgChez le dendrobate fraise, la femelle choisit tout simplement le mâle le plus procheDes chercheurs allemands ont montré que chez le dendrobate fraise, une grenouille du Costa-Rica, les femelles choisissent le partenaire sexuel… le plus proche. Une stratégie pas si simpliste qu’il n’y paraît. L’apparence physique du prétendant, sa force, la puissance de ses vocalises : tous ces critères n’ont aucune importance. Tout du moins aux yeux de la femelle dendrobate fraise (Oophaga pumilio), une petite espèce de grenouille à la peau toxique,  à la recherche d’un partenaire sexuel. Car, lorsque les mâles se rassemblent dans un coin de la jungle du Costa-Rica pour lancer leur appel d’amour, chaque belle n’a qu’une idée en tête : s’accoupler avec le prétendant situé le plus près, un point c’est tout ! C’est ce qu’a constaté dans la nature l’équipe d’Ivonne Meuche, de l’Université de médecine vétérinaire de Hanovre (Allemagne), et c’est ce qu’ont confirmé ses expériences . Mise en présence de plusieurs haut-parleurs diffusant les chants de mâles divers et variés, la femelle, se moquant éperdument de la fréquence ou de la puissance de ces appels, accourt vers le diffuseur le plus proche d’elle. Une stratégie bien différente d’autres espèces, chez lesquelles il est de mise “d’essayer” plusieurs partenaires avant de choisir “le bon numéro”, génétiquement parlant. Pas assez de mâles pour toutes les femelles  Explications. Chez le dendrobate fraise, la femelle n’a guère le temps de faire la difficile. Si elle ne se dépêche pas de s’accoupler, elle devra pondre ses œufs non fécondés, qui ne pourront évidemment jamais éclore. De plus, la loi de l’offre et de la demande joue en sa défaveur car le nombre de mâles disponibles est très inférieur à celui des femelles à la recherche d’un reproducteur. Enfin, l’économie, en termes de coût énergétique, d’une longue recherche  et d’une lourde compétition, est plutôt bénéfique à la propagation de l’espèce, estiment les scientifiques. Les résultats de l’étude ont été publiés dans la revue Frontiers of Zoology,  Le 25 mai 2013 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Verratti should leave PSG

first_imgMarco Verratti’s ex-President has told the Italy midfielder to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer, stating that “Change is good…”The central midfielder, Verratti was some time ago been linked with a switch out of PSG, and Daniele Sebastiani the patron of his formative club Pescara is confident the time has come for the 25-year-old to ‘change scenery’.“Marco should change scenery,” he told TimGate via Football Italia.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“He’s done well in Paris, but it wouldn’t be a bad thing if he changed scenery. To a certain extent, change is good because, after several years, there may be the need to move on.“Still, it wouldn’t be all that bad if he stayed…”The uncapped Verratti was included into Cesare Prandelli’s preliminary 32-man Italy squad for UEFA Euro 2012, being one of only two Serie B players, the other being Torino’s Angelo Ogbonna to be part of it. He was subsequently cut from the squad on 28 May 2012.last_img read more

Malcom I want to play more at Barcelona

first_imgAn emotional Malcom hopes to be given more opportunities at Barcelona after scoring his first goal for the club in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Inter MilanThe 21-year-old winger arrived at the Camp Nou in the summer from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux in a reported €40m deal.However, Malcom has managed just one start in his four appearances across all competitions for Barcelona.But the Brazilian made the most of his nine-minute cameo on Tuesday by scoring just two minutes after replacing Ousmane Dembele at the San Siro.While Mauro Icardi scored an equaliser for Inter four minutes later to settle the Group B Champions League game at 1-1, Malcom was pleased anyway.The young star hopes that his maiden goal will help force him into manager Ernesto Valverde’s plans at Barcelona.“My dream is beginning,” said Malcom, according to Marca. “My dream is to make history and to do great things.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I have to thank the group for their confidence in me.”He added: “I want to play more.“Every day I train in order to demonstrate that I have enough quality to be with this group.“Nothing has been easy in my life.”Despite the draw, Barcelona have qualified for the last-16 stage of the Champions League with two matches to spare.Meanwhile, Valverde may be inclined to hand Malcom another game in Sunday’s La Liga fixture with 14th-place Real Betis.last_img read more

EU Hurricane Ike rebuilding complete

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Feb 2015 – A ceremonial handover is planned for tomorrow in Grand Turk as the EU Hurricane Ike repair project is all done now. Doris Williams of Grand Turk will receive the final set of keys we understand as Paola Amadei wraps up the $6.25 million dollar work which saw 24 homes built and 27 properties repaired. Hurricane Ike hit the southern islands of the TCI most severely, as a Category 4 or 5 hurricane in September of 2008. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:doris williams, hurricane ikecenter_img EU Ambassador Concludes Hurricane Rebuild Project Government Looking for Bids to Rejuvenate Grand Turklast_img read more

Rotary to show film foster discussion about peace

first_imgTom Shadyac was a successful comedian, director and Hollywood goofball — the mastermind behind cinematic classics like “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” — when accumulated head injuries and a bad bicycle accident turned his whole life upside down.Constant pain and hypersensitivity to light and noise led Shadyac to withdraw from society; he thought he was dying and experienced a profound transformation, turning against the materialistic Hollywoood lifestyle he’d led. While his symptoms eventually subsided, Shadyac sold his mansion, started a homeless shelter and donated millions to a natural area in Colorado.He also made a film called “I Am,” which examines this troubled world and interviews scientists, philosophers, religious leaders and others about human happiness.The Rotary Club of Greater Clark County will use that film as a jumping-off place for “A Conversation About Peace: Let’s Talk.” Everyone is invited to participate in the screening and conversation, which is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, 901 C St. It’s free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.The conversation will be hosted by local Rotarians who have roots in problem-solving in other parts of the world: Lou Radja, executive director of nonprofit EduCongo, which aims to benefit underprivileged children in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and Harris Zafar, national spokesman for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, the oldestlast_img read more

AK Fishing for herring from the sky

first_imgThe herring fishery is in a race against time, trying to catch the quota before the herring spawn. Last year, the spawn began before the quota was met. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game instructed the fleet to stand down. (Photo by Emily Kwong/KCAW)The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is in full swing. In less than a week, the fleet has caught over half of its quota. And while most crew members work on the water, spotter pilots fish for herring from the sky.Listen nowAUDIO TRANSCRIPT:I’m going to take you inside the herring fishery today. But rather than get onto a boat, we’re going to climb into the clouds.“Sitka Radio, Piper 68270,” Frank Foode said.Foode calmly rests his hands on the controls. Mine are wrapped white knuckle onto my seat. His plane is a 1970s-era Piper Super Cub, which he rebuilt ten years ago. He motions towards my life jacket and overhead to a waterproof case, where inside is a phone.Turn it on up here and make a phone call in case we crash and I’m dead, or incapacitated.Foode’s like a flight attendant, but with less flourish and blue jeans. Through his headset, he tracks a -stream of chatter – from air traffic control to herring captains to his observer. That’s me. My job is to monitor for other planes, so we don’t crash while he concentrates on catching fish. I’ve plugged my recorder into his audio outboard and totally blank on all my questions. The only thing I manage to say is, “Should I put my phone on airplane mode?”Franke Foode has been a herring pilot since 1978. The son of a pilot, he got his start in Cordova and has worked for fisheries across the western seaboard. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)“No,” Foode laughed. “I don’t think that phone could make this thing crash.”Then there’s silence. Like that hiss of anticipation when a roller coaster is about to take off. Foode concentrates, as the Piper collects speed down the runway.And then, the ground falls away. We’re up and climbing towards the sun, the water glassy down below.“And we’re out over the water,” Foode said to air traffic.To me, it’s all varying shades of turquoise. But to Frank, it’s the makings of the fishery.“There’s fish right there,” Foode said.“Is that the herring?” I asked.“Yeah, can you see the flash in the water down below? Little sparkles,” Foode remarked.And sure enough, there are the herring – a thin ribbon of black along the beach. Schools gather by the thousands every March to spawn. Sea lions, eagles, and other predators shortly follow. Foode spots a humpback down, trailing something brown.The Sitka Sac roe herring fishery is over halfway towards meeting its annual quota. The second opening on Wednesday brought in 5,000 tons of fish. Here’s a bird’s eye view of the action. (Heather Bauscher/KCAW photo)“He just pooped,” Foode said. “He’s eating a lot!”And a few minutes later, we spot four or five humpback whales bubble feeding.“That’s awesome,” Foode exclaimed.I should add, there’s no fishery taking place today. But if there were, it would be drama of horsepower and white water – with planes clustering overhead and seiners competing down below, everyone chasing the same mass of fish. What you’re hearing is some video footage from Wednesday’s fishery. As a spotter pilot, Foode would help his two boats set their net. He’s like a conductor – miles from the orchestra – and can easily get lost in the moment.“We do this all day,” Foode said. “I’ve got like a million miles of this.”Foode has spent forty years spotting, mostly for herring fisheries in Bristol Bay, Cordova, and Sitka, but he’s also chased brine shrimp in Utah and sardines in Washington. He tried California, but hates night flying. He prefers fisheries like Sitka’s that are safer, less stressful. Back on the ground, he tells me he’s flown in places where there’s 100 planes in the air at a time.“You can hear the the other airplane over your headset,” Foode said. “It will key your mic. It’s probably 5-10 feet away and it definitely gets your heart flying.”Foode’s plane is a Piper Super Cub from 1974. He bought it in 1986 and rebuilt it 10 years. He recently upgraded to an 180 horse power engine. “It’s a nice toy,” he chuckled. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)But Foode says that close calls are part and parcel to the job. He’ll be in the plane for 12, sometimes 18 hours, at a time. When the winds get squirrelly or his observer alerts him to a plane overhead, he must respond quickly. One time, that he almost didn’t notice his plane flipping upside down.I was looking through the skylight trying to finish the set and had to bail out. I probably could have pulled it off, but I finally got smart and just pulled out and let them finish the set themselves.There are moments like this, of adrenaline and adventure. But also hours of waiting in cramped quarters. After all these years, Foode feels himself wanting to wind down. The market is soft. The fish are small. The average pilot will gross $15,000 a fishery, but that’s nowhere near the payout of decades..I’ve had enough flying around catching fish. Just don’t want to fly too much. 200 hours a year and 3-4 months of dealing with the airplane is nice.Foode may be a pilot, but he’s a fisherman at heart. While airborne, he wanted to show me every every herring school, every spawn sight, every whale. His dad was a pilot too.I could catch more fish than him normally because he was looking at his airplane, playing with the knobs, making sure the engine’s running right. I just looked outside to find the fish.To me, this proves that not all fishermen wear waders. Some have wings.last_img read more

3 of a family burnt in Savar gas line leak

first_imgThree members of a family sustain burn injuries as a fire erupted from a gas line leak in Bhadail area of Ashulia in Savar on early Sunday. Photo: UNBThree members of a family sustained burn injuries as a fire erupted due to a gas line leak in Bhadail area of Ashulia in Savar on early Sunday.The injured are Alamgir, 40, his wife Afroza Khatun, 30, and their son Alamin, 12, hailing from Sherpur upazila in Bogura district.Alamgir, a supervisor of Actor Garments and his wife Afroza, operator of Ria Garments, live in the ground floor of a three-storey building in the area.The fire broke out when Afroza went to the kitchen for putting fire on the stove around 5am, said Abdul Awal, officer-in-charge of Ashulia police station.Later, fire engulfed the entire floor leaving the trio injured, he added.Afroza received 70 per cent burn injury while their son Alamin received 60 per cent, said physician Rezaul Haque, head of the intensive care unit of Enam Medical Collge Hospital.last_img read more