Transfers Man City’s Roberts seals second Celtic loan spell Last updated 2 years ago 01:35 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Celtic Premier League Premiership The former Fulham wonderkid will have another chance to shine in Scotland after agreeing to spend the 2017-18 season at Parkhead Manchester City youngster Patrick Roberts is returning to Celtic for a second loan spell, the Premier League club confirmed. Roberts, 20, enjoyed a stellar season for the Bhoys in 2016-17, scoring 11 goals in 47 appearances as the Scots waltzed to a domestic treble. And the winger will now have another chance to shine at Parkhead as he prepares for another stint north of the border. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “Welcome back Paddy!” Celtic wrote on their Twitter page as the season-long move was confirmed. Roberts Returns! @patrick7roberts rejoins #CelticFC on a season-long loan. Welcome back, Paddy! #PR7https://t.co/kGTkbVTzJi pic.twitter.com/sPZgkgln59— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) 28 de agosto de 2017The Citizens also wished their youngster “good luck” ahead of the loan, which made him Celtic’s fourth arrival of the summer window and sees him join ex-City man Olivier Ntcham in Scotland. Good luck to @patrick7roberts, who’s heading back to Glasgow for a season-long loan spell. #ManCity https://t.co/c1cqckO0A0— Manchester City (@ManCity) 28 de agosto de 2017Roberts signed for City from Fulham in 2015 for an undiclosed fee believed to be worth around £12 million. The youngster, however, has struggled to break into the squad at the Etihad Stadium, making just three appearances for the club before joining Celtic in his first loan move in January 2016.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – OCTOBER 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide jogs off the field before a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabamai. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)Alabama head coach Nick Saban could be sidelined for a couple of weeks this spring/summer with an injury.Saban, 67, announced after the Crimson Tide’s “A-Day” spring game that he’s been bothered by a hip injury.Worry not, though, Alabama fans. Saban says the injury should only keep him out for a month or so. He wants to get this addressed now because he wants to keep coaching for several more years.“It’s been a little bothersome. I want to get it fixed because I don’t want to coach one more year, I want to coach a lot more years,” Saban told reporters.Saban announces that he will have his sore hip evaluated. “It’s been a little bothersome. I want to get it fixed because I don’t want to coach one more year, I want to coach a lot more years.”— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) April 13, 2019Saban has been Alabama’s head coach since 2007. He’s been the best coach in college football ever since, leading the program to five national championships.Alabama will look to win another one this year.The Crimson Tide are coming off a tough national title game loss to Clemson, though Saban’s team should be contending again in 2019.Alabama is losing some talent to the NFL, but brings back star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa along with plenty of other key contributors.Saban and Co. open the 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Duke.
Global commodity trader Vitol has agreed a total takeover of the VALT bitumen joint venture.On March 18, the Swiss-based company said it would acquire the final 50 percent of the joint venture which it established with Sargeant Marine in 2016.Vitol said the acquisition is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2019, adding that VALT would be 100 percent owned by Vitol and integrated into the company’s core trading business.VALT, which operates a fleet of eleven asphalt/bitumen tankers, handles around 1.4 million metric tons of asphalt per annum, managed from hubs in Asia, Europe and the US.
Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Traffic Advisory for ShelburneCounty SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge The Port Clyde Bridge located on Route 309 will be closed onThursday, March 10 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for inspection.Only emergency vehicles and school buses will be able to crossthe bridge during this time. An alternate route is available on Clyde River Bridge on Highway103. -30-
HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14/Exit 9 A new roundabout is open at Exit 9 of Highway 102, near Truro, at the intersection with Trunk 14. Temporary signs are in place. The opening allows the construction to be completed by Monday, Feb. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-3535 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, for about 5.5 kilometres, will be open for two-lane two-way traffic on Saturday, Dec. 4. There will be ongoing work in the area of Exit 4 that may have minor impacts to traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-2518 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street, Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Friday, Dec. 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fox Harbour Bridge The Fox Harbour Bridge on Ferry Road, near Wallace, is closed to traffic. A temporary, one-lane detour bridge will be opened for drivers in the area during repairs to the regular bridge. There will be occasional stop and go traffic. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive, from the tracks east for two kilometres to Sydney River Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for milling, upgrading and repaving until Saturday, Dec. 11. A pilot vehicle and traffic control are on site. Alternate route: Highway 125 to Exit 4 and 6. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 HANTS COUNTY: Route 224 – Milford Route 224 in Milford will be closed to repair a culvert until Friday, Jan. 7. Detour route in place. Local Area Office: 902-758-3009 DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the Old DAR Railway crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until Monday, Jan. 31, for replacement. Detour from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Mines Bass River Road Mines Bass River Road will be closed for bridge repairs until Friday, Jan. 31. Detour route on East and West Montrose Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 DIGBY COUNTY: Meteghan River Bridge Meteghan River Bridge in Digby County will be closed until Wednesday, Dec. 15, to construct a permanent bridge. Detours are available on D’Entremont Road, 2nd Division Road and Placide Comeau Road. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street A section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will be reduced to one lane at various times for the construction of a new overpass. Work will take place until Jan. 31. Traffic control people will be onsite. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Traffic on Highway 101 is reduced to one lane west of Exit 14 at Coldbrook for bridge repairs until further notice. Delays are expected and alternate routes should be taken. Motorists exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hubbards Bridge Hubbards Bridge located on Trunk 3 will be closed to traffic for replacement of the bridge until Friday, Dec. 31. A detour is available on Shankle Road. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge on the Cabot Trail, two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, between Exit 31A and Exit 31, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Dec. 10. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Traffic on Highway 102 is reduced to one lane in each direction at Exit 9 (Milford) to construct a new interchange. Delays are possible. Drivers should exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction zone. Work takes place from dusk until dark until the end of the year. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from 1.3 kilometres east of Cape Breton-Richmond County line, will be reduced to one lane for about five kilometres for paving and bridge repairs until Wednesday, Dec. 15. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are now in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 37 at Monastery, will have temporary traffic signals in place to restore the Tracadie overpass, Tracadie railway pass and the Tracadie Bridge. The structures are within 100 metres of each other. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Alternate route on Trunk 4. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from the Belleville Road intersection to Exit 32 in Argyle, will be reduced to on lane for milling, repaving and shoulder work. Traffic delays are expected. Cyclists are asked to use caution. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 -30-
Tony Hawk and Jason Lee invite you to the 9th Annual Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD Stand Up For Skateparks benefit.This exclusive action-sports charity event returns to the Beverly Hills landmark Green Acres Estate on Sunday, October 7, 2012. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD Presents Stand Up For Skateparks is a family-centric action-sports carnival that includes games, activities, food, giveaways, a live musical performance by an A-list band, and a Vert demo with Tony and a who’s-who of the skate and BMX worlds on Tony’s personal ramp.Among this year’s expected guests are Andre Agassi, Ron Burkle, Chantal and Stephen J. Cloobeck, Jamie Lee Curtis, Patrick Dempsey, Jon Favreau, Etty and Perry Farrell, Leeza Gibbons, Robin and Danny Greenspun, Ben Harper, Mat Hoffman, Bobby Kotick, Chuck Liddell, Howie Mandel, Sal Masekela, Lance Mountain, Christian Slater, Mark Wahlberg, Lori and Bill Walton, and Shaun White.Stand Up For Skateparks sells out every year—don’t miss your opportunity to share this terrific day with your family and friends, and to help support the Tony Hawk Foundation’s work to bring free public skateparks to at-risk youth across America!Past attendees include: Andre Agassi, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mia Hamm, Brian Austin Green, Mark Wahlberg, Kat Von D, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jon Favreau, Patrick Dempsey, Howie Mandel, Bill Walton, Ben Harper, Russell Simmons, Leeza Gibbons, David Blaine, Arsenio Hall, Erik Estrada, Tommy Lee, David Spade, Shaun White, Rancid, Benicio del Toro, Sal Masekela, Kathy Ireland, Holly Madison, Chuck Liddell, Lisa Kudrow, Trent Reznor, Blink 182, Pamela Anderson, Pennywise, Perry Farrell, Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Ed Helms, and more.Find out more here.
Rabat – Saudi Arabia has detained more than 200 princes and high officials on Thursday as part of anti-corruption crackdown, claiming that at least USD 100 billion had been lost to embezzlement and corruption in the past decades.The Saudi Attorney General, Saud Mojeb, said that 208 people have been called in for questioning since Saturday evening. Seven people were since released without charges.Three years of investigation have revealed that at least USD 100 billion has been misused over several decades. “The potential scale of corrupt practices which have been uncovered is very large,” Mojeb said. The surprise arrests included the detention of top princes, officials, military officers, and businessmen, said the Saudi government, declining to name them in respect of their privacy.However, media reports have said that among the detained people are two of the late King Abdullah’s sons and billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who is the owner of London’s Savoy hotel and one of the world’s richest men.The Iran-backed Houthi rebels have offered political asylum to any “Saudi prince or national seeking refuge that wants to flee oppression and persecution,” adding that they would be “welcomed by Yemen, their brotherly neighbor,” a source told Al Jazeera on Tuesday.Mojeb said that as part of the purge the Saudi government has frozen an estimated 1,700 personal bank accounts, leaving companies and businesses so far untouched.The purge is headed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who recently formed an anti-corruption committee to fight the misuse of public funds.As the sweep continues, the Daily Mail reports that some of the kingdom’s richest families are holding talks with banks and asset management companies to evacuate their wealth from the Saudi Arabia .The anti-corruption actions have also impacted investors in the kingdom, “who are selling off their stock through pushing the indexes lower,” said the British dailyTo stabilize the situation, the Saudi information ministry has said that the purge would not affect businesses, including those with ties to arrested suspects.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban called on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and to abide by international law and said that he “deplores the use of civilians as human shields and their deliberate targeting by belligerents.”Fighting has intensified in recent days between Government forces (FARDC) and the militia known as the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP), led by former general Laurent Nkunda, in North Kivu province, which borders Rwanda and Uganda.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today that as many as 45,000 people have fled camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) for nearby Goma, North Kivu’s capital. “People were running in all directions,” said a staff member with the agency, describing the situation.Over 1,000 other Congolese have escaped to neighbouring Uganda over the past 24 hours, with hundreds more expected to join them, UNHCR said.Since August, as many as 250,000 Congolese have been made homeless, and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that IDPs in North Kivu number around 850,000, stressing that a constantly-evolving situation means that these figures are only estimates.In today’s statement, the Secretary-General said that he “appeals to all those with influence on the ground to do everything possible to restore an effective ceasefire and prevent further suffering in the civilian population.”He also called for all attacks on Goma and on UN personnel and aid workers to end, as well as for humanitarian access – restricted by both sides – to civilians and aid workers.Mr. Ban “is particularly alarmed at the reported exchange of heavy weapons across the… DRC-Rwanda border and deplores the apparent targeting of UN peacekeepers in Kibumba,” a town situated 20 kilometres north of Goma.The collapse of discipline among FARDC units is also a source of concern, with looting reported, the Secretary-General said, calling on the DRC Government to “spare no effort” to establish control over forces and end attacks on UN and associated staff.He voiced his appreciation for the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, known as MONUC, which is “doing everything possible to protect civilians and fulfil their mandate in untenable circumstances.”Mr. Ban, who is travelling in the Philippines today, told reporters that he has been in contact with the leaders of the DRC and Rwanda, as well as top officials in Europe and Africa.He added that he has dispatched two senior advisers to the region. Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmund Mulet will visit the DRC, while Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Haile Menkerios will be dispatched to Rwanda.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) expressed concern over the mounting difficulties in delivering food to the displaced.The agency has 15 trucks loaded with supplies which are grounded due to the insecurity, and it said that less than half of the 100,000 metric tons of food needed to feed people in both North and South Kivu provinces monthly is currently available.Meanwhile, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) underscored the importance of controlling the spread of communicable diseases, such as cholera and measles, and guaranteeing access to safe food and water.The agency, which has both medicine and staff in the country ready to assist, called on parties to the conflict to not target health facilities and health care providers.For his part, the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voiced particular concern over the fighting’s impact on Virunga National Park, a World Heritage site.“According to the information I have received, the park rangers can no longer patrol” and the habitat of the last population of highly endangered mountain gorillas are threatened, said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura.Yesterday, the top UN envoy to the DRC underscored that force is not the solution to the violence wracking the country’s east.“What we’ve said all along is that this isn’t a question of winning or losing,” Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, emphasized. “What we want is for the CNDP to enter a process and stay in the process and remain committed to agreements they have signed.” 29 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his alarm at the escalating violence over the past 24 hours in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), lamenting the “catastrophic” humanitarian toll the conflict is taking in the region.
The Government Medical Officers’s Association (GMOA) today denied claims that talks it had with President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday were secret talks.Dr. Haritha Aluthge said the GMOA will never have secret talks with the Government. Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne had said yesterday the GMOA had a “secret” meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena. He said the President had informed the GMOA the meeting on the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) issue is not official and that it is a secret meeting.Meanwhile the GMOA also rejected a cabinet decision taken on the SAITM issue. Dr. Haritha Aluthge said the cabinet decision was one which played into the hands of the Dr. Neville Fernando hospital. Cabinet approved a joint cabinet paper on SAITM and the Dr. Neville Fernando hospital.The cabinet paper proposes that there are no more talks with the GMOA on the SAITM issue. (Colombo Gazette) Senaratne told reporters that there was no official statement on the meeting held last Saturday as it was not an official discussion.
“The Secretary-General reiterates that no cause can justify such violence. Targeting civilians in this way is a clear violation of international law, including international human rights law,” said a statement issued by his Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.According to media reports, about 2,000 members of the religious body, known as the Afghan Ulema Council, had gathered at a tented facility, and the explosion near the venue’s entrance caused many causalities, claiming the lives of only clerics, but also security officers and civilians. “The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. The United Nations stands with the people and Government of Afghanistan as they endeavor to build a peaceful future for their country,” the statement said.
Companies can now bid for a share of £100 million from government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) to help strengthen domestic supply chains and entice mew manufacturers to the UK.The funding will provide companies with research and development support, skills training, investment capital and encourage major new suppliers to ‘reshore’ in the UK.Five previous rounds of AMSCI funding have secured almost half a billion pounds of government and industry investment for 44 projects in the UK.Business Secretary, Vince Cable said, “A strong manufacturing sector is vital to a balanced economic recovery, and I want to ensure that Britain’s supply chains are up to the task of supporting the sector in the long term.“Our industrial strategy, which has given business the confidence to invest, is paying dividends in the reshoring we have seen so far. We will continue to support businesses to secure more highly skilled jobs and a stronger economy.”The manufacturing sector supports two and a half million jobs and contributes almost £140 billion a year to the UK.Full competition details and information can be found on the AMSCI 2014 website.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
MAYOR OF TORONTO Rob Ford, who was stripped of most of his powers in November after admitting he had smoked crack, launched his bid for re-election.“Just filed my paperwork for the 2014 election. Vote on October 27th,” Ford said on Twitter yesterday, alongside a picture of himself, brother Councillor Doug Ford and a city official looking over documents.Ford has been mired in scandal since October, accused of unseemly behavior and sexual harassment during a series of drunken rampages in addition to his admitted crack use.Second termHe denies the most serious charges, and has always insisted he would seek a second term as mayor of Toronto, North America’s fourth largest city and Canada’s commercial and financial hub.Toronto Mayor Rob Ford officially shows his passport to a city clerk, as he registered as a candidate for the city’s 2014 municipal election in October. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Victor Biro)Ford retains the title of mayor, but since a Toronto city council vote on November 18 the bulk of his powers and duties have been transferred to his deputy, Norm Kelly.He has, however, remained a highly visible presence in the Ontario capital, and in late December was a media fixture as the city was paralyzed by a powerful ice storm.Strong supportA blackout hit more than 300,000 Toronto households for several days before Christmas, and Ford made a number of appearances in the poorer neighborhoods where he enjoys his strongest support.Even as controversy dogs him, polls show Ford’s support has dipped only slightly.A week after the crack admission, 42 percent of Toronto potential voters still held a favorable opinion of their mayorHis support is especially strong among those whom pollsters described as poor, less educated, male, Catholics, those with children and those whose ancestry is other than British.In the upcoming race, the conservative will face a challenge from transit committee chair Karen Stintz, another center right politician who announced her candidacy in October.Lagging behindWith just seven percent of those polled saying they intended to vote for her, she lags far behind the incumbent, who polls show would be supported by 31 percent of prospective voters.The leading opposition candidate so far is leftist Olivia Chow, who is polling at around 34 percent even without officially announcing a run.Originally from Hong Kong, Chow is the widow of Jack Layton, the former head of the opposition, who died in 2011.- © AFP, 2014Read: Crack-smoking Toronto mayor is more liked than any Irish leader >More: Rob Ford stripped of mayoral powers in Toronto >
There are plenty wicked good things which come out of Maine, like Lobster, LL Bean flannel, and Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard. Thanks to plenty of creativity and hard work from a group formed by The Lobster Institute (no, I’m not making that up) and the University of Maine Biological and Chemical Engineering program, there’s one more thing you can add to that list: golf balls. But what makes these balls so amazing? It’s the fact that they’re made from the discarded shells of the aforementioned lobsters.Professor David Neivandt says what makes the project unique is that they have developed a “value-added consumer product which hopefully has some cachet in the market.” That sounds like a fancy way of saying “we think people will get a rise out of hitting golf balls made out of the dumpster contents from Joe’s Crab Shack.” It’s estimated that the balls cost as little as 19 cents to produce, while they’ll retail for about a dollar.AdChoices广告The balls are double-green as well, since they keep a certain amount of waste from ending up in landfills and are completely biodegradable when finished. Neivandt envisions the balls being used on cruise ships — which, fittingly enough, is also where you’ll find buttery vats full of the meat that once stuffed them in their previous crustacean form. Who knows? Your next entree at the 19th hole could wind up reincarnated as part of your half bucket of range balls on that Caribbean cruise you’ve been planning.Read more at University of Maine and Huffington Post
First announced last May, the Asus PadFone has gotten a little more official this week at MWC 2012. The update is sleeker and sexier than the original prototype Asus showed, but it’s still the same tablet-docking phone it’s always been.So, what do the 2012 specs for the Asus PadFone look like? To kick things off, Asus has opted for a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor instead of sticking with the Tegra chips found in their Transformer tablets. It’s a 1.5GHz dual-core model that features an Adreno 225 GPU. Internal storage capacity will run from 16 to 64GB and will be expandable via a microSD slot. Ice Cream Sandwich comes pre-installed, and iPhone 4S-matching Bluetooth 4.0 is on board as well. The PadFone also offers a pair of cameras — 8MP on the rear and VGA on the front. Everything’s tucked beneath a 4.3-inch, 540×960 Super AMOLED display.The PadFone handset is also just 9.2mm thick, so the tablet dock remains svelte as well. Like the Asus MeMo, it also includes a stylus. The PadFone stylus, however, offers a bit of additional functionality: it doubles as a receiver for handling phone calls while the handset is docked. As you can for the Transformer series, you’ll also be able to buy a keyboard dock with an extended battery pack for the PadFone.Carrier and pricing particulars have yet to be revealed, but Asus says that the PadFone will begin shipping in April — slightly behind their original estimate. Right now, the PadFone supports GSM, CDMA, and HSPA+ networks and an LTE model could be on the way… so it might wind up just about anywhere.More at Engadget
Unlike with the iPhone event last month, it looks like Apple plans to stream their special event today and let everyone around the world see what the next wave of hardware from Cupertino will look like.It’s widely expected that Apple will be showing off a pair of new iPads to the world today, as well as some Haswell-powered MacBooks and the new Mac Pro. We’ll see the final version of OS X Mavericks and possibly even a refresh to the Mac Mini and Apple TV devices.It should be an exciting event if you’re a fan of Apple products, and what’s even more impressive is that Apple will most likely make it all available in their stores and online starting Friday. If you’ve got the time to spare and want to catch the event for yourself, you’re in luck because Apple is actually broadcasting their event today.Apple has already put the Special Events icon on Apple TV menus across the world, so if you own one you’ll be able to watch from there. They will also be making the event available on their press video site, alongside the previous episodes of Mystery Apple Event Theater 3000. The event starts at 1pm Eastern, and given how much is on the list to talk about today it’s not hard to imagine this event running at least two full hours. You need Safari in order to watch the event live if you aren’t watching on an Apple TV, which means you either need a Macbook running OSX 10.6 or an iOS device running 4.2 or later. We’ll be following up the broadcast with details surrounding the individual hardware announcements, so stay tuned!
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Just over $10,000 was raised by the Hellenic Democratic Initiative at its fundraising dinner held on Sunday, 8 July. All money raised will be used to purchase food and other necessary household items for Greek families living in destitute and below the poverty line in Greece. The event, which was a resounding success, was predominantly attended by second and third generation Greek-Australians and is part of a wider Diaspora fundraising campaign organized by the group to help raise funds for Greek families living below the poverty line. The campaign will end on 31 July 2012. The Hellenic Democratic Initiative has sought the support of Athens based non-profit organization “BOROUME” to help coordinate the distribution of food directly to Greek families in desperate need making sure that the appropriate Greek families receive the benefit of the aid. Group representatives will travel to Greece in August 2012 to personally facilitate such distribution.The Hellenic Democratic Initiative is a global Hellenic non-profit organization that was established in Melbourne in 2010 by second and third generation Greek-Australians. It has a global membership and aims to promote transparency, social justice and the adoption of the rule of law in Greece and help mobilize the global democratic forces of Hellenism.The Hellenic Democratic Initiative first rose to prominence in April 2011 when it became the first Diaspora group to undertake a public, bilingual analysis of the first Greek Bailout Agreement. This event was held at the University of Melbourne and was followed by a further public analysis of the second Bailout Agreement at the State Library of Victoria in April 2012. Both events drew significant international attention. According to the group’s President, Mr Vasilis Giavris, “we live in an inter-dependent world in which political, cultural and economic events are interconnected and where emerging global challenges require global analysis, global commitment and a global response”. He maintains that “existing realities and emerging challenges require the Hellenic Diaspora not to remain idle and complacent but to champion a new ethos and vision for Hellenism and Greece”. For those wishing to donate to the groups Diaspora Fundraising Campaign they can do so by contributing their donations to the following special purpose bank account:Hellenic Democratic Initiative – Help Greece Fund: National Australia Bank – BSB: 083 231 Acc: 127572444. For those wishing to join the group they can do so by emailing the HDI committee at: email@example.com.You can also follow the group on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/155825097778281/.
Progressive people in Greece woke up to shocking news last week, when Kathimerini – one of the most respected newspapers in the country – ran a story claiming that Donald Trump has a large following among the Greek community of New York. The news claimed a part of the public sphere discourse, which is of course trapped in a brutal 24-hours news cycle, as pundits and commentators tried to deal with the fact that one of the largest expatriate communities of the Greek diaspora seems to be under the spell of the most populist, potentially dangerous man in global politics at the moment. Kathimerini’s news story is based on discussions held with members of the Greek American community in Astoria, the New York suburb that still hosts the majority of Greek-owned businesses. The paper’s reporter spoke to no more than ten people, most of whom seem to agree with Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, praising him as a hard-working, successful businessman who is not part of the establishment. Ten people hardly qualify as spokespeople of the majority of Greek Americans, which makes the paper’s headline ‘Why Astoria votes for Trump by a landslide’ seem an exaggeration, to say the least. Gregory Pappas, at least, seems to think so. Responding swiftly, he wrote an angry article in his website Pappas Post (an outlet of diaspora news), aptly titled ‘No, Kathimerini readers; all of Astoria isn’t voting for Donald Trump’. Pappas conducted his own “unscientific survey” via Facebook messenger, SMS message and email, asking about 100 of his acquaintances (“including many Republicans”), whether or not they are Trump supporters; 87 of them responded (about ten times more than those quoted in Kathimerini’s article) and only one among them, identified as a Republican, was pro-Trump, saying: “Yes, but please don’t publish my name. I would never publicly acknowledge it.”All this could be taken lightly and dismissed as a regular example of Greeks contradicting or fighting one another (those based in Greece dismissing the diaspora as ‘conservatives’ living in the ’50s, those based in New York dismissing the poor reporting of one journalist who spoke to a handful of people, etc.), using the kind of arguments one usually hears in a Greek taxi, or a taverna after a couple of glasses of ouzo. But there are some realities that perhaps should be addressed. Not least among them is that Greece is hardly the beacon of progressive views we might want to think it is. The country, after all, is led by a coalition of populist parties – one spewing a stale leftist rhetoric, the other expressing the most exorbitant conservative right-wing views. Its main opposition is a right-wing party featuring all kinds of aspects of the right, from the neo-liberal market hawks to the extreme right. And the third most powerful party is a shameless group of Nazi-worshipping thugs and murderers. So no, Greece is not in a position to lightly dismiss anyone rooting for Trump – and let’s not forget that the Greeks of New York might be “mostly registered Democrats”, as Pappas claims (and Hillary Clinton surely counts some of the wealthiest Greek Americans among those financially supporting her campaign), but New York claims to have a branch of Golden Dawn, spreading the views of the Nazi party in the community, especially among the older, the uneducated, those who believe that the wave of immigration is a threat to their way of life. These are the people who are prone to a populist leader, and they are part of a global wave. Europe, after all, has been regressing to conservatism and right-wing populism as a response to financial instability and the refugee crisis. In the UK, Nigel Farage’s anti-immigrant, anti-EU message has been influencing the ‘Brexit’ movement which may win the referendum in June; in France, nationalist leader Marine Le Pen has high hopes of challenging François Hollande in next year’s presidential election; in Austria, a country central to the refugee crisis, Norbert Hofer finished first in the initial round of the presidential elections on an anti-immigration campaign; in Hungary, ultra-nationalist Viktor Orbán built a wall to protect his country’s border from refugees coming from Greece; in Poland Beata Szydło all but ruled out the possibility that her country would accept migrants from Syria and other countries. Austerity-stricken, the European population is becoming poorer, more afraid, xenophobic and prone to the message of populist, right-wing, anti-immigration reactionaries. For the US, the situation is not much different. For all Barack Obama’s accomplishments, reducing his countries deficit, creating jobs and introducing a widely inclusive platform of medical care, people are still disillusioned, facing poverty, racism, marginalisation and severe inequality. Some have turned to Bernie Sanders, inspired by his anti-establishment message. Others have fallen under Donald Trump’s spell. Having defeated all other contenders of the Republican party nomination, he is often compared to Hitler – and mostly Mussolini, echoing the Italian Duce’s platform of non-ideas. His campaign has been all about himself and it seems that people are willing to vote for someone with an unclear political agenda, eager to embrace contradictory policies, running on one issue: himself. The Greek Americans who believe him to be a ‘self made outsider’ (despite the fact that his wealth is inherited, that he has strong ties to the political establishment, providing support for different parties in the past, and that he has emerged from the same celebrity-creating mechanism that has become the modern media), are not just ignorant; they are willingly turning a blind eye to reality, preferring to be lured by a populist bullying his opponents. Once again, an alpha male is leading the pack to unknown grounds. The outcome might be devastating. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Prespes Agreement may expressly leave no room for raising the existence of a “Macedonian minority” of North Macedonia origin living in Greece, however it is open for interpretation for a number of factions and a portion of the press.A BBC report, titled “Greece’s invisible minority – the Macedonian Slavs”, states that Greece has implicitly recognised the existence of the Macedonian language and ethnicity through its ratification of the Prespes Agreement. The article focuses on retired lawyer Mr Fokas, aged 92, – no first name given. He identifies as both an “ethnic Macedonian and Greek patriot” and, in the interview with Maria Margaronis, discusses the rights of “Greece’s unrecognised Slavic-speaking minority.”Mr Fokas talks of his group’s history in Greece as one of persecution and erasure and adds that they do not appear in school textbooks, are barely mentioned in public and most Greeks don’t even know that they exist. As a group, Mr Fokas said that “Slavomacedonians” became invisible in 1936 when Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas forced Macedonian speakers to change their names to Greek and forbade their language. As a child, he remembers policemen eavesdropping to ensure that the language was not spoken, and his own mother was arrested and fined 250 drachmas for speaking the language.The interview with Mr Fokas prompted a statement by the Greek government. A diplomat told the Athens-News Macedonian Agency (ANA) on Sunday that the report contained inaccurate and distorted information about history and the Prespes Agreement.“The Prespes Agreement leaves no room for raising the issue of a minority,” said the source.The Greek government is planning to send the BBC a letter in order to refute the reportage.
I love Mystery Science Theater 3000. I was obsessed with the original series. I really like the new season (and Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt are very fun Mads). I’ve seen several Rifftrax Live shows in theaters. I’ve even seen Frank Coniff’s live performances in Astoria. I have a Tom Servo figure signed by Joel Hodgeson, is what I’m saying. And my love for MST3K extends to under my feet.The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Round Logo Mat is exactly what it sounds like: a mat that looks like the MST3K moon logo. Specifically, it’s the newer logo from the Netflix series, which is really similar in design to the earlier logo, but blue rather than yellow and appears more precisely engraved rather than slapped together from parts. There’s a soft spot in my heart for that ugly, junky aesthetic that came together on a Minneapolis TV station, but this still looks pretty nice. And the different logos are close enough together that it doesn’t feel like you’re abandoning any Joel/Mike love by embracing the Jonah-era logo.The mat is 100-percent polyester, and feels like a giant mouse pad. It’s thinner and more rubbery than conventionally woven rugs, but it’s also much more slip-resistant. It’s oddly round for a welcome/entryway mat, but it fits under my desk quite nicely, and my chair wheels don’t often bunch it up on the floor.This giant polyester mouse pad isn’t safe for washing machines, but it can handle most dry spills and conventional dirt and dust easily. ThinkGeek recommends blotting, brushing, and spot cleaning the mat when needed. Which makes me wonder if I’ve been doing welcome mats all wrong, because I’ve never actually cleaned them besides occasionally taking them outside and hitting them with a stick.The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Round Logo Mat is available from ThinkGeek for $24.99. It’s 30 inches in diameter and puts the theme song in my head. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target
BEIJING — Scaffolding at a construction site in China collapsed into a deadly heap on Thursday, sending iron pipes, steel bars and wooden planks tumbling down on about 70 workers in the country’s worst work-safety accident in over two years.At least 67 people were killed by the collapse of the work platform at a power plant cooling tower that was under construction, state media reported. Two others were injured and one worker was missing. The cooling tower was being built in the city of Fengcheng when the scaffolding tumbled down at about 7:30 a.m., an official with the local Work Safety Administration who would only give his surname, Yuan, said by telephone.The reported death toll suggested that nearly all the construction workers at the cooling tower perished. Close to 70 people were working at the site when the scaffolding gave out, according to local media reports.About 500 rescue workers, including paramilitary police officers, were digging through the debris with their hands, according to state broadcaster CCTV. It showed debris strewn across the floor of the cavernous, 545-foot-high concrete cooling tower, in the middle of which stood an unfinished structure.