Call for Applications for Adjudicative NonAdjudicative Boards

first_imgNova Scotians looking to help support and serve their communities can now apply for the many available positions on the province’s 160 agencies, boards and commissions. The province launched its spring recruitment campaign today, April 10, to let people know about the opportunities available in a variety of roles. “I would like to thank and applaud the many Nova Scotians who volunteer their time and expertise to benefit the public good,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister of the Voluntary Sector. “Agencies boards and commissions play an important role in our communities and I encourage any interested person to take the time to look at the positions available and apply.” Adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions deal with a variety of different matters and have quasi-judicial functions. They review evidence, make findings of fact and law, and make decisions that affect the liberty, security or legal rights of people. Members must apply legal, sound professional and technical principles to decisions. Examples of adjudicative ABCs include the Farm Practice Board, Review Board under the Criminal Code, Tuition Appeal Board and the Motor Vehicle Appeal Board. Non-adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions make decisions or recommendations to government on financial, regulatory, business or policy matters. Their work affects Nova Scotians in many important areas, including youth services, health-system administration and professional licensing. Applicants are assessed on their skills and qualifications, taking into account the needs of the individual agency, board or commission. Applications for non-adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions are welcome at any time, with assessment of applications beginning May 11. The application deadline for adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions is May 19. Applications will be considered for current vacancies as well as openings that occur in the coming year. Most appointees are reimbursed for expenses and, in some cases, are also nominally remunerated for their services. Applicants can contact the Executive Council Office at 902-424-4877 or toll free at 1-866-206-6844 if they have questions about current opportunities or the application process. The province has an employment equity policy and welcomes applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible people, persons with disabilities and women. People are encouraged to self-identify on applications, covering letters or resumes. For more information on board position profiles, current opportunities and how to apply, visit http://novascotia.ca/exec_council/abc/current-opportunities.asp .last_img read more

Spain hit by more wildfires as heatwave continues in Europe

first_imgMadrid: Spain was hit by more wildfires as temperatures remained sky-high in the Europe-wide heatwave, authorities said Saturday, just as firefighters finally managed to contain another blaze they had been tackling for nearly 72 hours. A fire that started Friday evening in the central town of Almorox had already burnt at least 1,600 hectares (4,000 acres), spilling over into the Madrid region and forcing the evacuation of a village, emergency services said. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’Another blaze near the city of Toledo some 60 kilometres (37 miles) away also forced the evacuation of 22 residents, as water-dropping aircraft assisted firefighters on the ground amid strong winds, according to the regional government. Meanwhile, a major blaze in the northeastern region of Catalonia had finally been contained and “was in the process of being stabilised,” the regional government said in a statement. But it warned that a small part of the blaze remained of concern. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”Today the weather conditions continue to be extreme and the next hours will be critical and decisive, not just for this fire, but also for the rest of the territory,” it said. The fires come as Europe is hit by a major heatwave, with temperatures in some parts of France reaching record highs. Spain’s weather agency said temperatures on Saturday would be above 36 degrees Celsius (97 degrees Fahrenheit) in a large part of the country, and would likely reach or go over 40 degrees C in the centre including Madrid and south. In parts of the northeast, meanwhile, they were expected to soar to 42 degrees C. Meteorologists blame a blast of hot air from northern Africa for scorching temperatures early in the European summer, but the heatwave is due to die down from Sunday.last_img read more

Exhibiting unbeatable spirit towards life

first_imgOn the occasion of World Spinal Injury Day, over 200 spinal injury survivors and 1500 common men will roll down wheelchairs on the majestic Rajpath, with the objective of spreading awareness about spinal cord injuries, its prevention and rehabilitation.The event, which will be held on September 8, is being organised by Indian Spinal Injuries Centre and Spinal Cord Society. Joining the rally will be Major H P S Ahluwalia, Chairman, ISIC, Dr A K Mukherjee, Director General, ISIC and Dr H S Chhabra, ISCoS SCI Committee Chairperson, Medical Director and Chief of Spine Services, ISIC, with other dignitaries and guests. Spinal Cord Injury Day is observed on September 5 every year. The event provides a much needed public platform to not just raise awareness among people about spinal injuries but also advocate and sensitise masses towards achieving an inclusive life for the differently abled people. It also provides an opportunity to ensure greater reach and success for prevention programmes.last_img read more

Duran Durans John Taylor Honored For Addiction Recovery Memoir

first_imgWriters In Treatment and New Directions for Women have joined forces to honor Duran Duran’s founding member John Taylor with the Experience, Strength and Hope Award on Friday, February 15, 2013 at the Skirball Cultural Center.Robert Downey Jr will present Writer’s In Treatment’s highest honor to Mr. Taylor during an unforgettable evening that will be hosted by Ed Begley Jr., featuring special appearances by actor/comedian/director Bobcat Goldthwait, and Ione Skye, and many more surprises.The Experience, Strength and Hope Award is given to well-known individuals who have written courageous and honest memoirs about their journey from addiction to recovery. Past honorees include astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Academy Award winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr.Taylor’s memoir “In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran ” tells of his upbringing in Birmingham, England, his years with Duran Duran , and his road to recovery. Taylor said, “I won’t say I went right away [to rehab], I had to hit bottom, which meant going out and getting so f**ked up, so disillusioned by my own inability to control myself, and then surrender. Now it’s been a whole different me, and I wanted to write about that. A lot of people are struggling and a lot of people still don’t believe that sobriety is possible for them.”Writer’s In Treatment Founder, Leonard Buschel commented, “This award recognizes John Taylor who is helping to facilitate the transformation of people’s lives by chronicling his journey through alcoholism and addiction to recovery. At a time when people suffer as much or more from the social stigma of addiction, John has come forward to champion recovery and dispel the dark clouds of superstition regarding this treatable and preventable illness. That certainly deserves our recognition, admiration and heartfelt gratitude.”The charity event is a celebration of the benefits of clean and sober living and the importance of humor in the recovery process. All proceeds benefit Writers In Treatment’s Jewelle Sturm Memorial Scholarship Fund. Past ceremony participants include award-winning actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr., actors Danny Trejo, Tony Denison, Jack McGee, and actress Joanna Cassidy.“Alcohol Justice is proud to support Writers in Treatment and this year’s Experience, Strength and Hope event,” stated Michael Scippa , Director of the Free Our Sports Youth Film Festival, a project of Alcohol Justice. “We salute John Taylor for his inspiring memoir and Leonard Buschel for shining the spotlight on stories that can change people’s lives.”The Skirball Cultural Center has established itself as one of the world’s most dynamic cultural institutions and arts venues in Los Angeles. The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049.This event is SOLD OUT.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Toronto Film Festival Adds Movies by Leonardo DiCaprio Werner Herzog Marlon Brando

first_imgAdvertisement New documentaries by Leonardo DiCaprio, Werner Herzog, Steve James, Errol Morris and Morgan Spurlock will screen at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF organizers announced on Tuesday.In addition, the world premiere of “Blair Witch” will highlight the festival’s Midnight Madness section, which will also include films by Paul Schrader and Ben Wheatley.The third in a series of weekly releases that will gradually reveal the entire scope of the 300-films-plus festival, Tuesday’s Toronto Film Festival announcement added programming in the TIFF Docs, Midnight Madness, Vanguard, TIFF Cinematheque and Short Cuts programs. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement The TIFF Docs program, always a strength of the festival, includes “The Turning Point,” a film by Fisher Stevens (“The Cove”) and Leonardo DiCaprio in which DiCaprio conducts interviews around the world on issues of climate change and endangered species and native communities.Broadcast rights to the film were recently bought by the National Geographic Channel, though the title had not been announced until Tuesday.The non-fiction program will also be highlighted by new docs by acclaimed filmmakers Werner Herzog, who collaborated with Clive Oppenheimer on “Into the Inferno,” a “meditation on volcanoes and their meaning”; Errol Morris, who made “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography” about his friend, photographer Dorfman, and her decades of celebrated portraits; and “Hoop Dreams” director Steve James‘ “ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail,” about a small, immigrant-owned bank in New York that was the only bank to face criminal charges after the financial collapse of 2008. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Energy sector helps lift Toronto market, price of oil climbs higher

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — The energy sector helped lift Canada’s main stock index higher as the price of oil climbed higher in late-morning trading.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 52.96 points at 16,193.31.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 15.33 points at 25,864.20. The S&P 500 index was up 9.02 points at 2,831.50, while the Nasdaq composite was up 33.08 points at 7,721.61.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.99 cents US compared with an average of 74.95 cents US on Friday.The May crude contract was up 71 cents at US$59.53 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was up 4.1 cents at US$2.84 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was up US$2.70 at US$1,305.60 an ounce and the May copper contract was up 0.95 of a cent at US$2.92 a pound. read more

El Othmani: Government Created Over 138,000 Jobs in the Public Sector

Rabat – Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani announced on Monday that his cabinet created over 138,791 jobs in the public sector under the finance bills of 2017,2018, and 2019.El Othmani’s statement at the House of Representatives comes amid a set of national protests, condemning the lack of job opportunities and the unemployment rate in Morocco.The government leader said that the number of jobs created in the public sector had increased compared to the 2012-2016 period, when only 71,442 jobs were created. El Othmani added that his government has put in place a series of measures to reduce the unemployment rate.Read Also: HCP: Urban Unemployment Rate 4 Times as High as Rural UnemploymentThe measures include the support of employment programs and intensifying the government’s efforts in the field of public employment.“The employment programs have contributed to the achievement of important results in reducing  the unemployment rate, by monitoring 201,241 jobseekers through the integration program.”El Othmani added that the employment programs contributed to the achievement by reaching 102,581 self-employed entrepreneurs at the end of April 2019, compared to 32, 400 in 2015.The politician also explained that the government’s measures aim to create jobs and support youth employment, emphasizing that they made a significant contribution to reducing the unemployment rate.Pressure of unemploymentFaced by the pressure of unemployment and social protests, the government has pledged several upgrades to programs in hopes of ensuring better education and to guarantee job opportunities for students after graduation.King Mohammed VI has made the unemployment rate a priority in most of his recent speeches and meetings with the government.On February 28, King Mohammed VI chaired a working meeting with the government to discuss programs to upgrade vocational training and improve operations and teaching methods.The King has been calling for the government to upgrade programs for vocational training, which he believes could increase employment.The unemployment rate remains high among youth aged 15-24, at 27.5 percent, according to the statistics issued by the High Commission for Planning (HCP) earlier this year. Morocco’s overall unemployment rate fell slightly from 10.2 percent to 9.8 percent from 2017 to 2018. read more

Gang throws chilli powder and escapes with Rs 10 million

A gang threw chilli powder at employees of a private bank and escaped with Rs 10 million in Bulathsinhala today.The bank employees were about to stack cash into an ATM machine when they were attacked using chilli powder. The attackers stole Rs 10 million from the bank employees and fled. (Colombo Gazette)

Fentanyl seized during drug bust

Illegal narcotics were seized during a drug bust in Simcoe last week in which seven people were arrested.The search warrant was issued at a home on Millcroft Drive Friday. Cash was also seized while four people were charged.A 60-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with possession of fentanyl for the purposes of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine for the purposes of trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime under $5,000, and failure to comply with the terms of a recognizance.A 41-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with possession of fentanyl for the purposes of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine for the purposes of trafficking, and two counts of failure to comply with a probation order.A 49-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with possession of cocaine and two counts of failure to comply with a probation order.A 29-year-old Brantford woman has been charged with possession of cocaine.“Our Community Street Crimes Unit has been very effective with proactive illicit drug investigations,” Insp. Joe Varga, chief of the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release. “This is yet another example that highlights the need for the police and the community to work in partnership to resolve crime.” read more

Senior UN political official visits Israel occupied Palestinian territory

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari, who yesterday ended a visit to Lebanon, today toured the Rafah crossing point to view the recently-agreed border crossing arrangements between Gaza and Egypt.Tomorrow, he will meet with Palestinian leaders in Ramallah.

Haiti UN sets up panel to probe report that peacekeepers used excessive

The incidents involving the “blue helmets” took place in the Sarthe/Cazeau area of Port-au-Prince on 31 October at and around the Larco drinks plant. Peacekeepers not only reacted in an excessive manner, but they then conducted inappropriate body searches of the population concerned, according to the early findings, which were based on interviews with presumed victims and others.MINUSTAH stressed that it was resolute in applying the zero-tolerance policy in proven cases of bad conduct by persons serving under the UN flag. read more

UN partnership puts marmalade from Ethiopian village on Eataly store shelves

“The jam jars are an example of the powerful role that such creative partnerships can make in empowering family farmers and facilitating their access to global markets,” the Rome-based United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a press release.FAO and Eataly joined forces two years ago to support family farmers around the globe in boosting their production and finding ways to reach new overseas customers.One example of that collaboration is their support of a women’s cooperative from Ethiopia’s Tigray region, which produced more than 3,300 pounds of cactus pear marmalade that are fully in line with both Ethiopian and European food safety standards. Now shoppers can purchase the marmalade, packaged in 4,000 jars, being sold by Eataly in Rome, according to FAO.“We are here to recognize the role of family farmers and especially the role of women who are key to achieving food security in Africa,” said FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva at an event held at the Eataly store in Rome. “FAO is grateful to Eataly which is giving the opportunity to this product to be distributed as a gourmet product here in Europe.”The partnership was supported by the Italian Development Cooperation agency, according to FAO.The teamwork with Eataly is an example of FAO’s focus on partnerships. Since 2013, the agency has signed over 60 agreements with a wide range of different stakeholders, including the private sector, civil society, non-governmental organizations, cooperatives and academia. read more

Football Haskins blossoms into Heisman finalist

Dwayne Haskins (7) drops back to pass behind Brandon Bowen (76) and Michael Jordan (73) in Ohio’ State’s game against TCU. Ohio State won the game 40-28. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins has a ritual he goes through before each game he plays. The redshirt sophomore quarterback said he gets a text from his father each morning containing a Bible scripture and reads that. He said he calls his pastor before every game to pray. He said he prays with sophomore safety Brendon White before each game. This is what gave Haskins his mindset before each game he plays in. “It’s really about having faith and knowing that no matter what happens in the game or in life that you have God at the end of the day,” Haskins said. “Just knowing you are going to play football. It’s a game, just have fun with it.” Haskins started at the beginning of the season with a quiet confidence, as a pro-style quarterback trying to find his way to navigate head coach Urban Meyer’s spread offense. As the season continued, as records began to be broken, both at the school and conference level, the confidence blossomed.After Ohio State celebrated its second-straight Big Ten championship and prepares for a Rose Bowl matchup against Washington, Haskins has something to look forward to. This time, it’s not team related. Haskins is one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy, awarded each season to the top college football player in the country. Haskins has travelled to New York for the ceremony along with Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma redshirt junior quarterback Kyler Murray, all three first-time starters at their respective programs. For Haskins, he will end the 2018 season where he started: with three players vying for one thing. Haskins battled for the Ohio State starting quarterback job in the spring with redshirt freshman Tate Martell and redshirt junior Joe Burrow, a battle the redshirt sophomore confidently admitted he knew he was going to win. “I knew I was going to be the guy. It was just a matter of time before they made the decision,” Haskins said. “My family calls it prophesying and I was going to come to school here at 10 years old, I knew I was going to be quarterback here, knew I was going to do great things this year. I speak everything into existence. It’s possible.” As Martell stepped into the role he had previously held and Burrow transferred to LSU, Haskins thrived, leading the country with 4,580 passing yards and 47 passing touchdowns, seven more than Murray and 10 more than Tagovailoa. With Haskins at the helm, Ohio State went from leading the Big Ten in rushing in 2017, to leading the conference in passing, averaging 373 passing yards per game, No. 2 in the country behind Washington State. But Haskins did not make his national mark until the final two games of the season, the two games Ohio State tried to make a statement in to sneak into the College Football Playoff as the No. 4 seed. After a six-touchdown performance against the No. 1 defense in the country in Ohio State’s 62-39 drubbing of then-No. 4 Michigan, the redshirt sophomore quarterback completed 34-of-41 pass attempts for an Ohio State record 499 yards, throwing five touchdowns against Northwestern in the Big Ten championship. “It’s surreal,” Haskins said. “To say that it would happen to this detail, I wouldn’t say that. I knew that it was possible and I had to put the work in to go do it.” That win secured his trip to New York, becoming one of the three finalists for the nation’s top college football award, an award redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell thought he proved to be in the category for all season. “Just his talent, it’s indescribable. He’s blessed, but he really became into a leader throughout the season,” Campbell said. “He’s worked his nuts off, man.”  The Heisman is something Haskins believes is achievable, saying after the Big Ten Championship he has “a pretty good shot” at.But for Haskins, it’s not only because of his abilities. It’s in the abilities of the players around him. It’s the trust developed through offseason workouts, it’s throwing late into the night at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, developing a rapport with each of his receivers. Haskins will tell you the success of the season was not about his individual accolades, using his abilities to change an Ohio State offense that was very run-heavy to one of the best passing offenses in the nation. It was about developing a cohesion as a team, as a unit, a cohesion that learned from every game that was played. “We grabbed each learning experience from each game and then applied it to the next,” Haskins said. “And seeing them go to work last week and then this week, we are putting it all together. I’m just very proud of everyone.” Freshman quarterback Matthew Baldwin watched Haskins, throughout the season, through the highs like the win against Penn State and Michigan, and the lows like the loss to Purdue. He said Haskins just exudes confidence, something he hopes to emulate. “Dwyane has an elite level of confidence in himself and it’s for a good reason: it’s because he’s an elite player,” Baldwin said. “He’ll take any shot he thinks he can make.” Haskins has at least one more game with Ohio State, saying he will play in the Rose Bowl no matter what decision he makes regarding his professional career, something he said will come after the game against Washington. But his approach remained the same. The routine remained the same, something he likely will take with him to Pasadena, California no matter if he wins the Heisman or not. “I took it day by day and all season and just [made] the most of it this year,” Haskins said. read more

Fatherofthree with nonterminal disease demands right to die as he says he

first_imgNoel Conway with his wife Carol. He is terminally ill with a form of motor neurone disease and is going to court to challenge the law on assisted dyingCredit:Annabel Moeller/PA Noel Conway with his wife Carol. He is terminally ill with a form of motor neurone disease and is going to court to challenge the law on assisted dying Omid when he was younger Omid told the BBC: “Even animals live better than me. Even animals, when they can’t do anything, they put them to sleep. Don’t I have the right for this?”The Iranian-born 54-year-old, who is married and has three children, could have a life expectancy of more than 15 years. MPs voted down an assisted dying bill in 2015 with a two-thirds majority after a four-hour debate.  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. A father-of-three who is not terminally ill is fighting for the right to take his own life with help because “animals live better” than he does. Omid, whose surname cannot be revealed because of a court order, is crowdfunding a High Court bid to change the law on assisted dying. He has multiple system atrophy which means he is bedbound and must use a catheter. His speech has deteriorated and his muscles continue to weaken. Following a failed suicide attempt in 2015, he is now trying to change the law so that assisted suicide can be made available to anyone who is suffering, not just the terminally ill. As of Monday afternoon he has raised £2,480 of his £10,000 target. On his fundraising page he says: “Remember that suicide is legal – it’s just that I cannot end my life as I have lost control in my arms and hands.”I could have several miserable years ahead of me. I have lost the will to carry on with a wretched existence without joy and pleasure. I cannot do anything for myself. What sort of life is this and who would want it?” Another man, Noel Conway, is also mounting a High Court bid to change the law. Mr Conway’s case is different because he has a terminal illness, a form of motor neurone disease. He is trying to legalise assisted dying only for terminally ill people with less than six months to live. Dignity in Dying, a campaign group which is supporting Mr Conway’s case, said it would not support Omid’s case.  Chief executive Sarah Wootton said: “Noel’s legal challenge is about the right, when dying, to die well.”Without the right to make decisions about the manner and timing of his death, he faces the impossible choice between travelling abroad for an assisted death at great financial and emotional cost, or taking matters into his own hands at home.“Noel’s case is distinct from that of Omid, who does not have a terminal diagnosis.”Omid, who has recently sought permission to join Noel’s case, is calling for assisted suicide to be made available to anyone who is suffering unbearably, not just those who are dying.”Both cases were heard by a panel of three High Court judges last week. They are due to pass down a decision this week. The current law, under the Suicide Act 1961, says it is an offence to encourage or assist a suicide or a suicide attempt in England and Wales. Anyone found guilty could face 14 years in jail. However, the Crown Prosecution Service should only mount a prosecution if it would be in the public interest. A man has started a legal challenge to win the right to die for people with incurable diseases who have potentially years to livelast_img read more

ExScotland Yard officer jailed in Antigua for raping woman he drugged on

Martin-Cramp was arrested over the rape in June 2016 by the Met’s extradition unit On Thursday, the 26-year-old was sentenced to 15 years in prison following a trial at Antigua’s High Court. Martin-Cramp was thrown out of the force after he was found guilty of carrying out the attack and was said to have used his job to dupe his victim into trusting him.Commander Catherine Roper, Professional Standards, said: “Former PC Martin-Cramp has been sentenced for an extremely serious offence.”The evidence given during the trial included distressing details of how the victim trusted him because he was a police officer, and how he took advantage of that trust in the most deplorable way. A former Metropolitan Police officer has been jailed in Antigua for raping a woman who he drugged while on holiday. Lee Martin-Cramp, 26, met his American victim via the Tinder dating app before carrying out the attack on the Caribbean island in May 2015.The trial heard Martin-Cramp met the woman while on holiday to attend a family wedding. Antigua’s High Court heard the pair had been drinking wine at her apartment when she became dizzy. Martin-Cramp was arrested over the rape in June 2016 by Scotland Yard’s extradition unit.The ex-police constable became the first British national to be extradited to Antigua in September last year following his arrest.Antiguan authorities had lodged an extradition request which was heard at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and granted in June last year. Martin-Cramp was arrested over the rape in June 2016 by the Met's extradition unit “The officer’s actions fell well below that of any decent person, but particularly a person whose job is to protect people and keep them safe.” 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. read more

Grzegorz Tkaczyk about Scandal in Plock Good news for us

One of the leading players of Vive Targi Kielce, Grzegorz Tkaczyk had short comment about the conclusion of match in Plock, where Wisla has lost 0:10 against Piotrkowanin because medical team got late 15 minutes on the match.– We got the information already at half-time in Kwidzyn. A bit strange situation, but for us it’s probably good news – said Grzegorz Tkaczyk.photo: vivetargi.pl Grzegorz TkaczykVive Targi Kielce ← Previous Story Karl Erik Bohn has leukemia Next Story → Poland: Vive Kielce wins despite injury worries read more

Melbourne Greek Aussie an aerospace wunderkind

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Theodore Mouratidis is an extraordinary 22-year-old with brains, brawn, good looks and a humanitarian heart. He’s also paving the way for other young Aussies to ‘aim for the stars’.The only Australian student at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Theodore is undertaking a double degree in aerospace engineering and physics, with a minor in history. Ηe is one of his course’s top students. The young Melburnian has another eighteen months at MIT. His goal is to develop a new propulsion technology for space craft based on fusion. That will be after he completes an MA at Oxford University for his PhD at MIT.Back in Melbourne for a few weeks to catch up with his family, Theodore is obviously not your average young man.As well as his academic prowess, he’s ranked in the top 10 strongest 22-year-olds worldwide as a power lifter. The muscular, personable and articulate young man also runs a motivational website and is a long-time contributor to humanitarian projects in Third World countries. Theodore’s father Steven, a functional medicine practitioner, recalls his son’s fascination with flying machines from an early age.“He’s a lucky kid because he knew from the age of four what he wanted to be. Anything to do with flying and space has always been a passion,” Steven Mouratidis said.While entrance to MIT places emphasis on academic results, the iconic university also likes to see a candidate who is undertaking philanthropic works and who leads a balanced life. Theodore said when he applied he wrote a ‘book’ about his life in order to be accepted to complete his double degree.His American experience has given him time to reflect on the Australian education system.Theodore believes that the high school education standards are relatively even between the US and Australia. However he says the universities in the US have much more rigorous entrance standards and expect students to be ‘all-rounders’ and community contributors.“As a country we’re not encouraged to be as philanthropic as the US. Also, I think not enough students in Australia aim for excellence. There’s a tendency to mediocrity,” Theodore saysWhen pressed about his motivation, Theodore says he is “the author of his own life” and not prepared to let anyone else wrest the pen from his hand.Watching on with great pride, Steven Mouratidis says his son is a “great, humble kid” and he is happy to provide the substantial investment in Theodore’s education.Only a selected few from around the world qualify to be accepted into Massachusetts Institute of Technology and receive the MIT ID card. It is not so much the status of the card, but what it brings.For Theodore the great advantages of the university are the motivated people he is surrounded by, and importantly, the calibre of lecturers; among Theodore’s are Nobel laureates and astronauts. “The absolute best of the best in their fields,” he says.When asked about his cultural background, Theodore goes back to his ancient Greek roots, especially the Spartans.“I admire the Spartans when they were faced with inevitable defeat by the Persians at the ‘Pass’. Though grossly outnumbered, they attacked the challenge with gusto, giving it their best, despite the odds,” he says. “That’s the benchmark, to give your best, whatever the challenge, all the time.”With a ‘minor’ in history, Theodore has a formidable reading quotient to fit in between assignments, lectures and research for his majors – physics and aerospace engineering. Like his father Steven, Theodore has a photographic memory and doesn’t have to take notes when he reads. It seems the planets and the stars are lined up for this impressive young Melbourne man’s success.last_img read more

New York gives back ancient artefact to Greece

first_imgA fragment from an ancient Roman sarcophagus, stolen from Greece in 1988, was returned to Greek officials last Friday, when a repatriation ceremony was held. The marble artefact, valued at USD 500,000 and weighing 200 kg was smuggled out of Northern Greece and had bounced around Europe, before landing in New York.  Dating back to 200 AD, when Greece was part of the Roman Empire, it depicts a scene from the Trojan war. It features a man riding nude on a horse and preparing to attack against a shielded warrior. A young man wearing only a cloak stands behind the rearing horse.It is not clear how the artefact found itself at the Royal-Athena Galleries in Midtown Manhattan, where it was displayed as the centrepiece, but as soon as its criminal provenance was confirmed, the gallery forfeited the piece willingly.  According to ‘the National Herald’, New York’s Greek newspaper, the discovery of the illegally obtained sarcophagus in the antiquities market was made by Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis, a Senior Archaeologist at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit and forensic archaeologist researching antiquities smuggling networks and the market for looted cultural objects. Tsirogiannis located the antiquity at the Manhattan based gallery and found that it came from the illegal collection of Italian antiquities smuggler Gianfranco Becchina, and was seized by Italian and Swiss authorities. He then proceeded to notify  Interpol and the Manhattan DA office.On Friday’s repatriation ceremony, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. (son of the late US Secretary of State and UN Special Envoy to Croatia), alongside Assistant D.A. Matthew Bogdanos, presented the relic to the Greek consul general, Dr. Konstantinos Koutras, who stated: “On behalf of the Hellenic Republic, I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to the District Attorney of Manhattan, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., for his contribution to this achievement, as we proudly accept a part of our heritage. This marvelous marble sarcophagus dated around the 2nd century A.D. will now be returned where it belongs, to Greece. It will be displayed at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens with a special reference that will point out the decisive contribution of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for its repatriation. Sadly, in the past, our country has suffered from cruel and continued smuggling of its antique artifacts, and even to this day, a very important part of our heritage remains scattered throughout the world.“The artistic expression of every human age and culture is part of our global and perennial heritage. Art, culture, and tradition transcend time and space. This global, collective expression should in no way be confined within the physical borders of any country, as regrettably is still the case today, especially with numerous ancient Greek artifacts.“The fruits of the ancient Greek civilization, which have largely inspired and shaped the modern notions of democracy, philosophy, science and the arts, should be shared and enjoyed universally. It is, therefore, essential that they be exposed to as large a public as possible. It is imperative that they be shielded from exploitation. They belong to the world, and are not to be sequestered or used to serve or safeguard private interests.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le Marchand hopes Fulham can advance to the next round in

first_imgFulham and Oldham Athletic will meet today to decide who will advance to Round Four of the 2018-2019 season of the competition.French left-back Maxime Le Marchand is playing his first season in the English tournaments.He joined Fulham this season after playing in Nice, Le Havre, and Rennes.And he hopes the match between his side and Oldham Athletic will mean his team can advance to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“We continue to work hard as we prepare for this game,” Le Marchand told fulhamfc.com“If we win it will give us confidence for the next game in the Premier League, it will be good for us.”“It’s a good competition, we want to go as far as possible. It’s a game we’re looking forward to,” he added.“I have good memories of watching the FA Cup Final. It’s a prestigious competition, and that’s why we want to go as far as possible.”last_img read more

Kiplinger Looks to Digital Social Media To Court Younger Audience

first_img“We hear it all the time: ‘Oh yeah, my dad gets that,’” says Kiplinger director of digital business development Wallace Ryland, referring to the reaction of younger demographics to the Kiplinger brand.In 2011, Kiplinger is embarking on a major growth initiative to expand its audience and develop new revenue streams. “This as an opportunity to stretch our demographic,” says Ryland. “A couple years ago, our average reader was 52 years old and 64 percent were male. There wasn’t much opportunity for non-endemic advertisers. Now we’re seeing a 54 percent/46 percent male-female split. We’re moving in that direction and mobile is one of the ways to do it.” Kiplinger is following the example of brands like The Atlantic, which have succeeded with multi-pronged digital and event strategies that ultimately benefited the print product as well. “The opportunity is to take what we consider gold-plated content and come up with interesting ways to deliver it,” says Ryland. “We’ve taken a lot of stuff in the magazine and packaged it in a way people want to see on the Web. Some of it is just changing the process.” In 2010, digital advertising revenue grew 50 percent for Kiplinger.com. While Ryland won’t share specific numbers, he did say digital revenue was close to half of magazine advertising revenue in 2010 and he expects it to be closer to 60 percent of print advertising in 2011 (Kiplinger’s Personal Finance saw a 9.3 percent jump in ad pages and 3.7 percent growth to $22.1 million in ad revenue last year according to Publishers Information Bureau, although it should be noted that PIB numbers don’t account for rate card discounts). Mobile, Social Media Take the Lead Kiplinger is launching a mobile product in the second quarter and eventually wants to deliver to nearly every wireless device, including the iPad. “With digital we can try things and move on if they don’t work out,” ways Ryland. “I’ve launched magazines in the past and been out a ton of money. With this, if we don’t like it, we can pivot. The reason we’ve been around nine decades is not that we’re bleeding edge guys, but we want to try things in ways we think will have the most impact.” Social media will be a big part of Kiplinger’s audience development and the company promoted research coordinator Amy Pollak to serve as social media/audience development specialist. “Amy can bridge the gap from editorial to business development and audience development,” says Ryland. While Kiplinger will be developing rich media applications for its Facebook and Twitter communities, Pollak’s focus will be talking to the audience and also establishing other editors as accessible brands. “We need to be talking to people and identifying those ‘brand investors,’” says Ryland. “How do I save money, how I do taxes, that’s great conversation. We also want to create a following for individual writers. In our Phase Two and Phase Three stages, we want to get in front of schools. That’s an offline approach. It’s about making personal finance and forecasting cool for someone who’s not 54.”Kiplinger is looking to multiple revenue streams, from sponsorships to premium content and licensing and e-commerce. The company has launched initiatives such as the Kiplinger Advisory Panel, in which select U.S. consumers are asked to participate in a series of surveys, as well as “Kiplinger’s Little Luxuries,” which leverages a partnership with Dealon to offer deals on restaurants and spas. “There will be a lot of opportunity to spread our revenue resources around,” says Ryland.last_img read more