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Wrong number text leads couple to free Stanley Cup tickets

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Santora says the man called her back a few minutes later, saying the text’s intended recipient only wanted one set of the tickets.The tickets were priced at $329. The man told Santora she could have them for free.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSantora and her husband took the man up on his offer, finding seats behind the goalie.As for the mystery texter, Santora says “whoever you are, thank you.” MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pittsburgh Penguins and fans celebrate a goal by Penguins’ Scott Wilson during the third period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Nashville Predators, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The Penguins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH — A text message sent to the wrong number led to a Pittsburgh couple scoring free tickets to see the Penguins play Game 2 in the Stanley Cup Final.KDKA-TV reports (http://cbsloc.al/2sjMRoJ ) Amy Santora received a text offering four tickets to Wednesday night’s game against Nashville. She called the number, and the man at the other end said he sent the text to the wrong number.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Top-ranked Dustin Johnson misses cut at Memorial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Ashleigh Barty Fit for China Open after Calf Problem at Wuhan

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Beijing: Ashleigh Barty said Sunday that she expects to be fit for this week’s China Open after the Australian world number one struggled with a calf problem in Wuhan.The 23-year-old lost to eventual champion Aryna Sabalenka in Friday’s semi-final at the Wuhan Open and needed treatment on her left calf halfway through the second set. The French Open champion, the top seed in Beijing this week, said: “I haven’t been on court since my match in Wuhan.”We’ll look to get on court this afternoon (for practice) and kind of test it out.”From how it’s been going, it’s been marginally better than we expected, which is good.”I’m sure that we’ll have no issue. It’s just about now ticking the boxes and making sure it’s alright to go.”Barty has a bye in the first round in Beijing. Ashleigh BartyCalf Problemchina openfit First Published: September 29, 2019, 11:44 AM ISTlast_img read more

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SPORT-OLY-VIREN 2 LAST

first_img“I had seen Oeltmans making a difference to Pakistan “I had seen Oeltmans making a difference to Pakistan in Athens. I dont want to talk about the past, but hes the best person to guide India and has done a wonderful job. I am not surprised to see India playing really well in the (ongoing) Champions Trophy,” Rasquinha said. Rasquinha, however, cautioned that from what he had seen thus far a few problem areas remained for the team.”There are a few problem areas. We are not able to close out matches, our short (penalty) corner defence is suspect, while the conversion rate of short corners and conceding last- minute goals are still problem ares that the team needs to address.” He praised the Indian womens team for having qualified for the Olympic Games after 36 years. “They have done very well to qualify after 1980 (at Moscow). Its a huge credit. Whatever they do in Rio is a bonus.” His abiding memory of the Athens Games was the match against Australia, said Rasquinha.”We were down to 10 men and trailed 1-3 before we made it 3-all against Australia. We conceded the match-winner to Australia, who went on to win the gold, with 20 seconds left on the clock. We then came seventh. That was the difference,” the 35-year-old noted. PTI SSR RSY AH AHlast_img read more

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Kentucky #1 In Preseason Poll

first_imgThe story seems to be the same every season at Kentucky: Lose star players to the NBA, replace them with another group of one-and-doners, compete for a national championship.The Wildcats changed the script this season: This year, the fabulous freshmen will be surrounded by other former McDonald’s All-Americans who played for the NCAA title just seven months ago — a team so deep and talented that coach John Calipari is considering a platoon system.Kentucky was the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 released Oct. 31, becoming the fourth program to earn the honor in consecutive seasons.“It’s something for our kids to live up to,” Calipari said. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to play the games and figure it out.”Kentucky earned 52 first-place votes from the 65-member panel in landing its fourth preseason No. 1. The Wildcats also were No. 1 in 1995-96, when they won the national championship, and in 1980-81.Kentucky joins UCLA (1966-69, 1971-74), UNLV (1990-91) and North Carolina (2008-09) to be named No. 1 consecutive seasons since the AP preseason poll started in 1961-62.Arizona is ranked No. 2 and received five first-place votes after adding a strong recruiting class to a team that came within seconds of reaching the Final Four last season.Wisconsin, which returns most of last season’s Final Four team, has its highest preseason ranking ever at No. 3. The Badgers received eight first-place votes, but are 35 points behind Arizona in the poll.No. 4 Duke added a strong recruiting class headed by Jahlil Okafor and is ranked for the 137th straight week. Reloaded Kansas is No. 5, with North Carolina, Florida, Louisville, Virginia and Texas rounding out the top 10. Virginia is in the preseason top 10 for the first time since Ralph Sampson’s senior season in 1982-83, when it was No. 1.“I think there are probably seven teams that all could be No. 1 in the country,” Calipari said.Wichita State, a Final Four team two seasons ago, is No. 11, followed by Villanova, Gonzaga, Iowa State, Virginia Commonwealth, San Diego State, defending national champion Connecticut, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Ohio State.Rounding out the Top 25 are Nebraska, SMU, Syracuse, Michigan, Harvard and Utah.They’ll all be chasing Kentucky, at least at the start.The Wildcats were No. 1 heading into last season after Coach Cal pulled the strings on another best-in-the-nation recruiting class. They lived up to expectations, too, overcoming a midseason slump to reach the national championship game, where they lost 60-54 to UConn.But a funny thing happened during the offseason: Instead of all those freshman packing up for the NBA after one season, most decided to stick around.Kentucky lost forward Julius Randle and guard James Young to the NBA. In a bit of a surprise, twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison decided to return after their freshman seasons and junior 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein decided to stick around, too.With forwards Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee, along with 7-footer Dakari Johnson also coming back, the Wildcats were going to be in good shape regardless of what the recruiting class looked like.But, of course, this is Kentucky and more star recruits made their way to Lexington: forwards Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles, guards Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis.The Wildcats are 12 deep, talented and confident. “We are far ahead of last year,” Andrew Harrison said. But they’re far from the only team with a shot at the title.Arizona was a last-second shot away from reaching the Final Four last season, an impressive run considering versatile forward Brandon Ashley sat out the final 16 games with a foot injury. He’s healthy and leads a solid core of returning players that includes point guard T.J. McConnell and 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski.Coach Sean Miller also brought in another stellar class, headed by athletic forward Stanley Johnson.“We have the makings of a team that can go on and do some great things,” Miller said.So do the third-ranked Badgers. Actually, they already have. Wisconsin made a somewhat-unexpected run to the Final Four last season and will have one of the most experienced teams in the country.Leading them will be no-nonsense coach Bo Ryan and Frank Kaminsky, the 6-foot-10 senior who skipped a shot at the NBA for another chance at an NCAA title.“I don’t see our guys talking any differently or acting any differently on the practice floor simply because other people are mentioning that we might be pretty good,” Ryan said.The same thing is being said about the Kentucky Wildcats — just like last season.___By John Marshall, AP Basketball Writer. AP Sports Writers Genaro Armas and Gary Graves contributed to this storyTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Sunil Chhetri brace in vain as India go down 2-4 vs Tajikistan in Intercontinental Cup opener

first_imgIndia squandered a 2-0 first half lead to lose 2-4 against Tajikistan in the opening match of the four-nation Intercontinental Cup here on Sunday.In what was a game of two halves, Sunil Chhetri’s brace put India in the driver’s seat in the first half before Tajikistan scored four goals after the breather to win the game.After Tajikistan squandered a number of chances in the first half, Komron Tursunov opened the scoring for the visitors in the 56th minute after his initial shot was blocked by Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.India could have restored their two-goal lead in the very next minute if it wasn’t for an uncharacteristic miss by skipper Chhetri. Udanta Singh made a low cross from the right and set up a tap-in for Chhetri but the 34-year-old ended up hitting it over the cross bar.Tajikstan levelled the score in the minute after that. Mandaro Rao Desai squandered possession in a dangerous area and young Narender Gahlot could not anticipate the cross that ended with Sheriddin Boboev scoring the goal.Tajikstan dominated play after that and in the 71st minute, Muhammadjon Rahimov raced past Adil Khan and put the ball between Sandhu’s legs into the goal. Three minutes later, Samiev scored the fourth. India were completely out of the match after that as Tajikistan saw off the game.The first half was quite a different story though. Though Tajikistian enjoyed more possession and took more shots at the goal, six as opposed to India’s three, only one of those was on target. That was a free-kick by Ehson Panjshanbe in the 28th minute which went straight into the hands of Sandhu.advertisementOn the other hand, all of India’s three attemppts were on target and two of them led to goals. Lalianzuala Chhangte earned India a penalty in the third minute when he was fouled by Siyovush Asrorov at the end of a nicely built counter-attack involving Mandar and Sahal Abdul Samad. Chhetri stepped up and chipped the ball into the goal as the Tajikistan goalkeeper went the other way. It was Chhetri’s 69th goal for India.His 70th came in the 41st minute when he managed to get to the end of a cross from Udanta Singh. Some loose defending from Tajikistan gave Chhetri enough time inside the box to find his spot and he made no mistake with the shot.The visitors could have restored parity just a couple of minutes after Chhetri converted the penalty had it not been for some poor finishing by Sheriddin Boboev. Muhammadjon Rahimov sent in a cross from the left and Narender Gahlot seemed to have arrived in time to nip the ball away before Boboev got to it. But he was too early and Boboev only had the keeper to beat. However, his shot however rolled past the far post and India were let off.Syria will clash with North Korea in the second match of the tournament on Monday.last_img read more

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Gov’t Circle to Save Some $2.4 Billion Annually In Rental Costs

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Administration stands to save as much as $2.4 billion in annual office rental costs from development of the proposed Government Circle project in and around National Heroes Park in Kingston. Story Highlights Additionally, he envisages that the project will serve as a catalyst for other developments in the area, which will become the centre of government. The project, being spearheaded by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), will entail the construction of a new building for the Houses of Parliament on a section of the 52-acre park, new offices for 14 government ministries and improved housing on some 300 acres of land in several communities surrounding the property. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Administration stands to save as much as $2.4 billion in annual office rental costs from development of the proposed Government Circle project in and around National Heroes Park in Kingston.Additionally, he envisages that the project will serve as a catalyst for other developments in the area, which will become the centre of government.The project, being spearheaded by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), will entail the construction of a new building for the Houses of Parliament on a section of the 52-acre park, new offices for 14 government ministries and improved housing on some 300 acres of land in several communities surrounding the property.Speaking at a town hall meeting at the park on Thursday (October 25), Mr. Holness noted that creating Government Circle “makes economic sense”, against the background of the billions spent on rentals.He noted that the development would bring more order to the operations of government.“Government buildings are all over the place; files here [and] service operations there, and we have to be retrofitting… spending money improving other people’s properties. Then when we leave, we can’t leave with it… because it doesn’t make sense to take out the [fixtures and fittings] that you put in,” he noted.Against this background, the Prime Minister said it is more practical to purpose-build government buildings in a single central location, and do so in a manner that renders them monuments of Jamaica’s sovereignty.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness said the project’s implementation will be subject to a competitive, transparent tendering process.“[This] is a national project [and] given our financial situation, we have to be careful. We have rules and laws, and our own sense of propriety says that a project like this should be open to the public for a transparent tendering process,” he contended.The Prime Minister advised that “once we have finished the masterplan, then the procurement phase of it will be a competitive process”,He pointed out that the process of transparency has already commenced with the Houses of Parliament Building project competition, for which five entries have been shortlisted for final consideration.He said that the public will have input in determining the winner, as the selection committee, in addition to judging the technical aspects, will also consider the feedback provided online, through written submissions and otherwise.last_img read more

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Parenting Education Project to be Expanded

first_imgMinister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Parenting Education Project will be expanded to reach more parents across the island.The initiative, which is currently in six parishes, aims to promote positive parenting practices and family management skills among parents and caregivers of children, ages two to six, who are beneficiaries under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).Mr. Green, in a speech delivered by Education Officer for Region Four, Patricia Mumby Lalor, at the graduation ceremony for project participants in St. James on November 22, said that “come 2019 we will be expanding the intervention into seven new parishes.”“We will continue to work with our stakeholders to provide information and support to parents including those with children with special needs,” he noted.Mr. Green hailed the initiative, being undertaken through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), for putting the spotlight on the need for good parenting in the nation’s homes.He encouraged the beneficiaries to use the training to instill positive habits in their children and “spread the learning you have gained to your communities.”“You now have the social skills to help others to be better parents. If you spread the word, all the children in the communities will be helped and the communities will be transformed,” he pointed out.“You have been given this opportunity to participate in a very worthwhile initiative. The home is the first place where children learn good values, attitudes and behaviour. Parents play a vital role in their children’s development and we encourage you to use the knowledge gained from the parenting education programme to guide how you raise and care for your children,” he added.Mr. Green further appealed for more fathers to participate in their children’s lives, noting that the quality of interaction will go a long way in making the home a safer and happier place.“What is important is to build strong bonds with our children…even something as simple as changing a diaper. Simple acts like these can develop a great relationship between child and parents,” he said.Approximately 96 households in 10 communities in St. James were engaged under the Parenting Education Project, which involved collaboration with the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC).Graduates hailed from Anchovy, Garlands, Glendevon, Hopeton, Roehampton, Rose Heights, Sunderland, Norwood, Montpelier and Lottery.Over the six-month training period the participants attended workshops focused on nutrition, discipline, safety, learning, and health needs. The information shared at the workshops will be reinforced through home visits.More than 900 families across the six targeted parishes have benefited from the intervention, which started in 2016.last_img read more

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ABS Samsung Heavy Sign JDP for Digital Tech Incorporation

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: ABS Classification society ABS and South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) have signed a joint development project (JDP) which will see the two sides use digital technologies to streamline the designing, building, and classing of assets.The JDP encompasses 3D digital disclosure, data exchange, and the use of analytics to support the new construction process and pilot the survey of the future.“We have been leading digital innovation from design to production in order to adapt to the fourth industrial revolution and to ensure continued competitiveness,” Jong H Youn, Vice President of SHI, said, adding that the JDP could be an opportunity for the company to advance innovative certification and inspection.The three focus areas of the JDP include the piloting 3D model based plan review, development of a utility to import data from the SHI CAD system into ABS engineering software, and the use of artificial intelligence to supplement traditional non destructive testing in the shipbuilding process.It’s the second JDP with SHI that ABS has announced during Gastech. The first is a project to develop a next generation LNG carrier design with advanced air lubrication and smart capabilities.last_img read more

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Instagram starts allowing users to flag misinformation

first_imgSan Francisco: Expanding its fact-checking programme, Facebook has started allowing Instagram users to flag false content on the photo-and video-sharing platform. “I’m proud that, starting today, people can let us know if they see posts on Instagram they believe may be false. There’s still more to do to stop the spread of misinformation, more to come,” Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, said in a tweet on Thursday. According to a report in Poynter.org, while the roll out of the feature has started in the US, it should be available for all international users in about two weeks. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Fact checkers will review the posts once users flag content as false. But even if fact checkers flag those content as false, the posts would not be deleted from the platform, said the report. Such posts will be downplayed on “explore” and “hashtag” pages, Stephanie Otway, an Instagram spokesperson, was quoted as saying. To flag false misinformation, users will have to click the three-dot menu at the upper right corner of an Instagram post, and then select “it’s inappropriate” and “false information.” Instagram will use those flags to get a better understanding of misinformation on the platform and to train its Artificial Intelligence to detect false content, Engadget reported.last_img read more

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Fort St Johns former top cop coming out of retirement on Vancouver

first_imgThe detachment’s current OIC announced that they were resigning several weeks ago.The news comes less than two months after Insp. Kurvers announced that he was retiring after 28 years with the RCMP.He most recently served as the Fort St. John RCMP’s officer in charge for the past four years.Cst. Terragni said that at this point, it’s not known when Insp. Kurvers will be taking over at the Comox Valley detachment, or what caused him to postpone his retirement plans.With files from 98.9 The Goat: https://www.mycomoxvalleynow.com/39043/former-fort-st-john-inspector-to-head-up-comox-valley-rcmp/ COMOX, B.C. – The former officer in charge of the Fort St. John RCMP detachment has apparently decided that he isn’t quite yet ready to retire, and has taken a position at the helm of another RCMP detachment on the South Coast.As first reported by 98.9 The Goat in Courtenay, Inspector Mike Kurvers will be taking over as the Comox Valley RCMP detachment’s officer-in-charge.Comox Valley RCMP detachment spokesperson Cst. Monika Terragni said that the detachment first learned that Kurvers would be stepping into the role yesterday.last_img read more

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US stock market slips in early trading following best day in 5

NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower a day after the market notched its best performance in five weeks.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 83 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 17,812 as of 9:33 am. Eastern time Friday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell seven points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,058. The Nasdaq composite fell 11 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 4,882.All 10 industry groups in the S&P 500 index fell. Stocks of utility companies declined the most.Bonds barely moved. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note stood at 2.12 per cent, the same as late Thursday. US stock market slips in early trading following best day in 5 weeks by The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2015 7:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Rumor Motorola may cancel the Droid Bionic

first_imgAt CES in January, Motorola made a point to show off three new devices: the Motorola Atrix for AT&T, the Motorola Xoom tablet running Honeycomb, and the Motorola Droid Bionic: a 4G LTE smartphone destined for Verizon Wireless. The Droid Bionic has appeared on a number of leaked release slates, even though Motorola and Verizon have both declined to say when the phone will be released. Now rumors are popping up that due to issues in testing, the phone may be scrapped altogether.The rumors started over at Howard Forums, and then wound up over at sites like Droid Life and Pocket Now, but for its part Motorola and Verizon Wireless are keeping tight-lipped about them. Some people point out that the Droid Bionic is entirely too late in its development and testing cycle to signal a cancellation. A delay may be possible, but not an outright retreat from the market.AdChoices广告Others point to a litany of rumored issues with battery life, and the fact that Motorola may be releasing a new version of MotoBlur with the Droid Bionic as all signals that all’s not well with the device. It’s also possible that Motorola may be refocusing its efforts on a new handset codenamed Droid Targa, which reportedly looks more like the Droid X with rounded edges and a smoother case design.Still, the Bionic would be Verizon Wireless’ second LTE device (after the HTC Thunderbolt,) and its first dual-core LTE phone. Even though the hardware is very similar to the already-released Motorola Atrix on AT&T, Motorola is still doing a lot of things for the first time with the Bionic, the least of which is putting in an LTE radio.It’s important to point out that all of this is rumor at the moment, and Motorola isn’t about to acknowledge any design or testing difficulty they have or haven’t had with the Droid Bionic by responding to them. Until they or Verizon Wireless pipe up with a release date for the Bionic, the speculation is likely to continue.Read more at Droid Life and Howard Forumslast_img read more

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New WWII memorials unveiled at Pylos and Methone

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The sun shone on Pylos and Methone on 6 May as the crowd assembled for the historic unveiling of two WWII commemorative memorials. These commemorate two POW tragedies that affected the shores of the beautiful Messinian towns in the dark days of WWII. Over 800 Allied soldiers were killed when the Italian transport ships Sebastiano Veniero-Jason and Nino Bixio were torpedoed off the coast. Over 3,000 Allied prisoners survived the tragedies as the damaged ships were brought to shore, where they were helped by the local Greek population.The Sebastiano Veniero-Jason and Nino Bixio TragediesIn the early afternoon of 9 December 1941, an Italian troopship was sailing in heavy seas and a bitterly cold wind off the coast of Methone. She was the Sebastiano Veniero, a renamed Dutch transport ship formerly known as the Jantzen or Jason.She had begun her journey in Benghazi and was carrying 2,100 Allied prisoners of war who had been captured in North Africa. The troops came from Britain, South Africa, and New Zealand. Along with the POWs were a number of Italian troops.At precisely 2.35 pm a torpedo struck the hull of the ship. She was rocked by the explosion and lifted out of the water. Hatch covers and huge timbers were hurled into the air only to fall back into the holds of the ship, crushing the survivors who had been scrambling to get out as water rushed in. Some 500 or more prisoners in the hold of the ship were killed.Eight months later, in August 1942, the coastline witnessed another tragedy: the Nino Bixio. Bill Rudd was on this transport. Bill had been a young soldier with the Australian Engineers who had been captured during the Battle of El Alamein. Crammed aboard the Italian troopship with 2,000 other Allied POWs, Bill expected to be landed at Bari in Italy after the voyage across the Mediterranean.The prisoners came from many of the nations that had joined to oppose the Axis aggression in WWII, along with 200 other Australians, Bill was travelling with New Zealand, British, South African, and Free French Forces troops. The ship was also transporting Italian troops and war material.Unbeknown to Bill and the other prisoners onboard, British Royal Navy submarine HMS Turbulent was sailing the same waters on the western coast of Greece – dropping off supplies and Allied agents to support the Greek resistance and transporting andartes and Allied agents to Egypt. And so it was that at 4.33 pm on 17 August 1942, 12 nautical miles off the coast of Pylos, the Nino Bixio was rocked by the explosion of a torpedo from the Turbulent. Bill remembers a sudden thud as the torpedo burst into the hold.In the ensuing tragedy over 300 Allied prisoners were killed, many as they jumped into the sea seeking safety. One who died in this vain effort was a Scottish-born Australian soldier, Private James Paterson of the 2/28th Battalion. He would die of exhaustion after days adrift in the Mediterranean on a piece of wreckage. The body of another Allied soldier, a victim of the Sebastiano Veniero tragedy, was found on the shore near Romanos (north of Pylos) and buried in the local civil cemetery.Despite their damage, both vessels were brought to shore – the Sebastiano Veniero-Jason was beached on the rocks at Methone, and the Nino Bixio sailed into Pylos harbour. Records show that the survivors of both tragedies were assisted by locals providing food and clothing to the survivors.Survivors of the Nino Bixio, Bill Rudd included, helped remove the remains of the dead, who were initially buried in the local civilian cemetery, and later reburied post-war at Phaleron War Cemetery in Athens.Some locals were enlisted to remove the dead from the stricken Sebastiano Veniero-Jason and bodies washed that shore nearby, burying them locally, some in the grounds of Methone Castle, others near Aghia Sotira.Local resident Nick Georgopoulos, who had immigrated to Melbourne in Australia after the war vividly remembered collecting the bodies of the dead from the shore. Sadly, he has since passed away. The survivors were subsequently transported to POW camps in Italy.The grave of the unknown soldier, Romanos Civil Cemetery.Unveiling the Pylos and Methone MemorialsMelbourne veteran Bill Rudd is most likely the last living survivor of these tragedies. Since I met Bill a number of years ago, he has often expressed the need to have the tragedies commemorated at Pylos and Methone. It has been my pleasure to work with Bill and Melbourne’s Papaflessas and Navarino Brotherhoods to bring this dream into a reality. In less than six months, both memorial plaques were written, produced and transported to Greece. The municipality of Pylos-Nestor has been a supporter of the project since we first raised it with them. Committing to erecting the plaques prominently at Pylos and Methone, the municipality not only installed the two new plaques, but also organised a beautiful commemorative service incorporating their unveiling.Over 100 people assembled at the Greek War Memorial at Pylos Harbour to take part in the unveiling service. These included Lousi Kalfagian, representing the Australian Ambassador to Greece, Dimitiris Kantafaris, the mayor of Pylos-Nestor and Eleni Aleiferi, Vice-Regional Governor for the Messinian Region of the Peloponnese. Also attending were Steve Georganas, MP, representing the Australian Government, and John Pandazopoulos, former MP and Secretary-General of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association.Australian Embassy representative Lousi Kalfagian addresses the assembly.Credit is due to the local authorities who conducted a full commemorative service. All flags of those prisoners represented on the ships concerned were flown, held by locals in traditional dress, national anthems played and readings made. It was my honour to address the crowd on behalf of the Memorial Organising Committee and to read an excerpt from Pericles’ Funeral Oration. Deb Stewart, the granddaughter of Lemnos nurse Evelyn Hutt, had the honour of reading the Ode of Remembrance. The plaque was unveiled jointly by myself, Ms Kalfagian, Mr Kantafaris and Ms Aleiferi.Many wreaths were laid in honour of those POWs that died, those who survived, and the locals who helped them, the first being laid by Australian representative, Ms Kalfagian. I was honoured to lay a wreath on behalf of the Melbourne Pylos Methone WWII Memorials Organising Committee. Among those laying wreaths were Magda Triantafilopoulou, Maria Grambas, and Lela Soublis, representing Melbourne’s Panpyliaki Brotherhood Navarino, the Pammessinian Brotherhood Papaflessas Australia, and the Pan-Australian Federation of Messinian Organisations respectively.The service was repeated at Methone, the memorial plaque unveiled at a lovely prominent site, visible as one enters the town. Recognising the British contingent affected by the tragedy at Methone, Janet Parkin, secretary of the British Greek Campaign Veterans Brotherhood read the ode and the Brotherhood’s Buster Beckett laid a wreath on behalf of the Memorial Organising Committee.The service at Methone was followed by my presentation on both tragedies at Methone’s Cultural Centre. I presented a prerecorded congratulatory message from Bill Rudd, produced by Paul Sougleris and Nikita Ballas. Those present were moved by Bill’s words and his thanks. The commemorative services ended with a lunch attended by dignitaries.Janet Parkin reads the Ode of Remembrance from Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen at Methone.Mayor Kantafaris not only committed to holding annual services at both memorials but has announced his commitment to ensure that the region takes part in our proposal for a First and Second World War Anzac Heritage Trail across Greece, linking Lemnos, Salonika, through central Greece to the Peloponnese, and across the Aegean and Crete.In my addresses, I commended Melbourne’s Papaflessas and Navarino Brotherhood’s for their commitment to realising Bill Rudd’s dream. Without their support these memorials would not have been realised. And of course, Dimitiris Kafantaris, the mayor of Pylos-Nestor and his municipality, who have been unwavering in their support.On a personal note, I would like to thank George Iliopoulos, Paul Sougleris, John Mitsakos, George Saratsiotis, Rita L’Ambrosia, Nikita Ballas and all at Papaflessas and Navarino for their active support for this important Australian Greek heritage project. And thanks to Eleni Kazani and Helen BD from the municipality for their work in putting together a great event.I look forward to working with the municipality of Pylos-Nestor and others across Greece, along with supporting organisations in Australia, to build Greece’s Anzac Heritage Trail, incorporating locations connected with both world wars. This trail aims to link existing memorials, erect new ones and assist commemorative visitors following Greece’s WWII and Anzac trail. And thereby we hope to assist Greece and its people by boosting tourism visitation.Jim Claven and the mayor of Pylos, Dimitiris Kantafaris following the unveiling of the Ninio Bixio Tragedy Memorial at Pylos.* Jim Claven is a freelance writer, trained historian and member of the Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council. He visited Pylos and Methone with the support of Melbourne’s Papaflessas and Navarino Brotherhoods.last_img read more

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San Diego Police and SAY San Diego host open house for crimefree

San Diego Police and SAY San Diego host open house for crimefree

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCrime-free Multi-housing, a partnership between the San Diego Police Department and SAY San Diego, brings a hands-on, collaborative approach to reduce crime, drugs and gangs in apartment communities.The program’s regional footprint is expansive: There are 85 Crime-free Multi-housing certified properties in the City of San Diego overseen by 52 property management companies. The program is open to residential communities of 16 or more units. Posted: June 1, 2018 June 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter San Diego Police and ‘SAY San Diego’ host open house for crime-free housinglast_img read more

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NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time QA Data Analyst at HP HoodFull-Time Assembly Operator at KochFull-Time Data Steward at Heilind ElectronicsFull-Time Total Rewards Specialist at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time SMB Direct Sales at ComcastFull-Time Accounts Receivable Specialist at Roessel JoyFull-Time Inside Sales Support/Customer Service at AltroPart-Time Server for Glendale Dining ServicesFull-Time Cook for Glendale Dining Services(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 16, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

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KTR makes light of DS Amit Shah meet

KTR makes light of DS Amit Shah meet

first_imgHyderabad: TRS working president K T Rama Rao on Friday took the meeting of party’s Rajya Sabha member D Srinivas with BJP Chief Amit Shah lightly. He was replying to a question during an informal interaction with media here at TRSLP office on Friday. Rao said that he had no idea about the meeting of D Srinivas with Amith Shah. May be he met Shah because he was the Home Minister of the country, said KTR. He refused to respond on the comments of D Arvind, who said there was no scope of KTR becoming chief minister after 2023. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The TRS leader opined that there is a crisis of issues for the opposition parties and hence they were opposing even the construction of new Secretariat and Assembly buildings. He also alleged that there is crisis of leadership in the opposition parties particularly the Congress. When asked about chances of BJP in municipalities, KTR said that it would be known after the results. They are jumping after winning four seats in Lok Sabha. What happened after that, TRS swept the local body elections, he recalled adding that the BJP leaders are looking at TRS candidates who could not get ticket. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us The TRS working president said that the membership drive was going on well in the districts and so far the membership has touched 35 lakh and Rs 7 crore has been collected. Talking about the municipal elections he said that the MLAs would be responsible for the party’s performance in the civic body polls. The MLAs would select candidate and at places where there is no MLA, the in charges would be taking the responsibility, he added.last_img read more

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Airtel Vodafone slapped Rs 3000 crore fine for refusing interconnection to Jio

first_imgIndia’s telecom regulator in 2016 recommended the penalty against Bharti, and what were then Vodafone Group Plc’s India unit and Idea Cellular. ReutersA government panel on Wednesday approved a combined penalty of 30.5 billion rupees ($442 million) on telecom operators Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea for not providing points of interconnection to Reliance Industries’ telecom unit Jio when it began operations in 2016, Indian media reported.India’s telecom regulator in 2016 recommended the penalty against Bharti, and what was then Vodafone Group Plc’s India unit and Idea Cellular, saying the three denied points of interconnection to Jio, a move it termed as anti-consumer and aimed at stifling competition.The country’s Digital Communications Commission on Wednesday backed the telecom watchdog’s recommendations, Indian media quoted Aruna Sundarajan, the panel chair and the top official in India’s Department of Telecom (DoT) as saying.Both Vodafone Idea and Bharti criticised the decision.”This issue pertaining to points of interconnection has been examined by the DoT, various parliamentary and judicial authorities with no case for any default established,” Vodafone Idea, India’s biggest wireless carrier said in a statement, adding, it will “explore all options, including seeking legal recourse” to protect company interests.A spokesman for Bharti said the company was “extremely disappointed” and the decision would further burden the high stress in the telecom sector.Bharti will approach the “appropriate forum” and has complete faith in the country’s judicial process, the company’s spokesman added.Reliance Jio, built at a cost of over $30 billion by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, offered free services for months after its launch. That forced its three rivals – Bharti, Vodafone and Idea – to cut prices and accept lower profits as well as sparking a wave of consolidation in the sector.last_img read more

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Tortured fourthgrader dies in city hospital

Tortured fourthgrader dies in city hospital

first_imgAn 11-year-old schoolboy, beaten up following an altercation over standing in front of an irrigation pump, died at a hospital in the capital on Saturday, reports UNB.Fourth-grader Sourav Mandal was the son of Kartik Mandal of Magura village in Gournadi upazila of Barishal.Locals said Bellal Molla and Faruk Hawladar tortured Sourav following a dispute over standing in front of the pump on 15 February. They also pushed the boy into water.Sourav was rescued by his family and hospitalised. He was later sent to a hospital in Dhaka as his condition deteriorated.Gaurnadi model police station’s officer-in-charge Golam Sarowar said the victim’s father filed a case on Saturday naming four men.The OC said they were trying to arrest the accused.last_img read more

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Survey Faith groups maintain widespread support for LGBT protection laws

Survey Faith groups maintain widespread support for LGBT protection laws

first_img Desmond Ford, 90, Adventist theologian defrocked for controversial beliefs, dies Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan News Aysha Khan ayshabkhan By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan News Share This! Tagsanti-gay discrimination discrimination LGBT,You may also like Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Load Comments,Survey: More than a third of US Catholics question loyalty in wake of scandals Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 News Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Anti-extremism program won’t stop white hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A new report from the Public Religion Research Institute finds that strong majorities within all religious groups, including white evangelicals and Jehovah’s Witnesses, show sustained support for LGBT nondiscrimination policies.The newly released data from PRRI’s 2018 American Values Atlas, an annual survey of more than 40,000 Americans, showed that 69 percent of all Americans are in favor of enacting laws shielding LGBT people from discrimination in jobs, public accommodations and housing.The two faith groups least likely to support these policies, according to the survey, were white evangelical Protestants and Jehovah’s Witnesses, but even they were in favor of laws protecting LGBT people by small majorities, at 54 percent for white evangelicals and 53 percent for Jehovah’s Witnesses.“Especially in these times and with this sort of politically charged issue, to see this level of agreement is actually pretty striking,” said Maxine Najle, a research associate at PRRI. “We found broad support from pretty much every demographic, from every state and every major religious group – even among the groups who are generally more conservative on these LGBT issues.”While PRRI polling has found that religious resistance to same-sex marriage is declining, with more and more groups moving to a plurality of support, only about a third of white evangelical Protestants said they support same-sex marriage last year.But on LGBT anti-discrimination policies, the support runs much deeper.Majorities in Every State Across the Country Favor Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBT People. Graphic courtesy of PRRIThe highest agreement came among Americans who follow New Age faiths, at 86 percent. Jews, Hindus and Buddhists were all well above 70 percent, as were those who identified as religiously unaffiliated. Only slightly less in favor of LGBT protections, at about 70 percent, were Mormons, Catholics, white mainline Protestants and those who followed other religions PRRI does not track. Around 60 percent of nonwhite Protestants, Muslims and Orthodox Christians also said they favored such protections.Majorities of Americans across the political spectrum, too, said they support LGBT nondiscrimination policies. About 79 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of independents and 56 percent of Republicans said they would support such laws – though Republican support has fallen from 61 percent in 2015.In 2015, about 57 percent of white evangelicals said they supported nondiscrimination laws for LGBT people. The 3 percentage-point drop occurred before 2017 and is statistically insignificant, according to Najle.On Wednesday (March 13), the Equality Act, which would codify anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people as part of federal law, is expected to head back to Congress. The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act to ban anti-LGBT discrimination in employment, housing, credit, public accommodations, jury service, education and federal programs.The bill has been introduced in various forms since 1974, including in 2015 and 2017, dying each time in committee, but has never been given a floor vote in Congress. Advocates are hopeful the bill can pass with Democrats now in control of the House and public polling such as PRRI’s showing broad support for LGBT protections.RELATED: Most evangelical college students appreciate LGBT people even if trustees don’tPRRI’s findings on changing attitudes toward LGBT people confirm trends that researchers have seen among college students, noted Kevin Singer, a research associate with the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey. His team polled 7,200 students at 122 colleges and universities and found that 78 percent of incoming first-year students in 2015 found it “important” or “very important” that their campuses would be welcoming to people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.“They are warming up to LGBT people and hope their campuses are welcoming to them,” Singer said, but he noted that fewer LGBT students, particularly trans students, said they believed their campuses were welcoming to LGBT people.“Instituting nondiscrimination protections could help to close the gap between perceptions of welcome, and how welcoming our campuses really are,” Singer said. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

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Before Rick and Morty there was House of Cosbys

first_imgLike most of us here at Geek, I adore popular Adult Swim show Rick and Morty. Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s pitch-black comedy sci-fi cartoon is the best parts of Futurama, Doctor Who, and Back to the Future filtered through the creators’ uniquely warped sense of humor. It’s the funniest thing on TV, or rather, it will be once it returns for its third season (hopefully) later this year. That’s a long time to wait, though, and if you’ve already devoured the previous two seasons, you might be jonesing for something to fill that Rick and Morty void in your life. Listening to Justin Roiland voice Lemongrab on Adventure Time just doesn’t cut it. House of Cosbys, Roiland’s short-lived web cartoon from 2005, is exactly what you’re looking for.Since the early 2000s, Dan Harmon and fellow comedian Rob Schrab have run Channel 101, a monthly film festival for independent web pilots. Most of the potential shows were crude, vulgar, comedies that would never have worked on traditional television, but the talent involved was impressive nonetheless. Aziz Ansari, Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, and other famous comics made appearances. Chad Vader also got its start at Channel 101. But for Rick and Morty fans, House of Cosbys is the most interesting project to come from the festival.Before Rick and Morty, House of Cosbys showcased Roiland’s ability to take a silly sci-fi concept to its absurd, but logical, extreme. As explained in the catchy theme song, the show follows Mitchell, a Bill Cosby superfan who built a cloning machine to endlessly replicate his favorite comedian. Every 10th Cosby has superpowers, like data analysis or being a woman, and working out of the Cosby compound they attempt to improve the world. The other Cosbys, like Curiosity Cosby and Dancing Cosby, though, are far less useful. Their impersonations are as unrefined as their character models and voice actors shouting “Rudy!” and “Theo!” in barely recognizable Cosby voices.This amazing, hilarious premise only got more fleshed out as the series went on. The Lonely Island voiced a team of super Cosbys, Cosby Team Triosby, that battled a giant space alien. Tim Heidecker played a Cosby who wanted to hang himself. There were even running storylines involving Mitchell and Cosbyette’s baby or the looming threat of the 100th Cosby, Evil Cosby. In one episode the characters watch surreal alien television shows, an idea that later became a beloved storytelling gimmick on the “Interdimensional Cable” Rick and Morty episodes.Unfortunately, before any of these plots could reach their conclusions, House of Cosbys was cancelled after its fourth episode. As explained in this nasty “unofficial” fifth episode written by Roiland, Cosby’s lawyers sent Harmon a cease and desist letter about the “deeply offensive animated film.” At the time you may have understood Cosby’s point of view. The show was pretty unflattering, but now, considering what has come to light, Cosby deserves no sympathy. Granted, Cosby’s victims deserve way more sympathy than this irreverent web cartoon, but isn’t it great that the irreverent web cartoon about ugly and semi-functional Bill Cosby clones now has the moral high ground?From the fall of the House of Cosbys another wonderful creation did rise. Bitter about the end of the series, Roiland produced a new short for Channel 101. The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti featured even more vulgar humor and infringed on even more copyrights. If the title doesn’t make it obvious, the short is a thinly veiled Back to the Future parody. Roiland explicitly wanted to rile up more lawyers. Look at the characters and listen to their voices, though. No one knew it at the time, but this was the first, primitive incarnation of Rick and Morty. The rest is history.With Rick and Morty now on top of the world, there’s never been a better time for House of Cosbys to make a comeback. Bill Cosby’s lawyers have plenty of other things to worry about. The Rick and Morty multiverse is vast. If there’s a universe where cat people rip off The Purge, or a universe where chairs sit on people and order phones to eat by calling with pizzas, why can’t there be a universe full of vaguely superpowered Bill Cosby clones? Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon, it’s been over 10 long years. It’s time to accomplish your wonderful dream, to make a House of Cosbys. It’s a House of Cosbys.last_img read more

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