RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat dons vest after his kurta goes for repairwork

first_imgIllustration by HadimaniRSS chief Mohan Bhagwat strongly believes in Gandhian austerity to the extent that he packs only a spare kurta when he travels. During a recent RSS brainstorming session in MP’s Dhar district, some leaders pointed out a wardrobe malfunction- Bhagwat’s kurta was torn near the pocket.The RSS chief,Illustration by HadimaniRSS chief Mohan Bhagwat strongly believes in Gandhian austerity to the extent that he packs only a spare kurta when he travels. During a recent RSS brainstorming session in MP’s Dhar district, some leaders pointed out a wardrobe malfunction- Bhagwat’s kurta was torn near the pocket.The RSS chief handed the garment to volunteers and asked them to locate a tailor to fix it. In the meantime, he sported a vest and remained indoors for an hour because his spare kurta had not dried after a wash.Clearly, the top BJP leadership, that changes stylish kurtas at the drop of a hat, is yet to learn from the Parivar head.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli roars back to form with 17th Test century

first_imgVirat Kohli brought up his 17th century in Test cricket with a single off Dilruwan Perera as India declared their second innings at 240/3 to set Sri Lanka a massive 550-run target in the first Test at Galle.Having finished Day three unbeaten on 76, the Indian captain eased to his 10th triple figure mark as captain, after losing opener Abhinav Mukund (81) on the last over of play the previous day.India resumed the second innings on 189/3 and both Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane started off aggressively to bring up a quick unbeaten 51-run stand for the fourth wicket. Kohli had earlier added 133 runs for the third wicket with Mukund on Day 3 after India bowled out Sri Lanka for 291 and took a lead of 309 runs but surprisingly did not enforce the follow-on.Skipper Kohli was going through a lean patch of sorts for the past eight innings but roared back to form on Saturday, this being his first Test innings of significance since the double hundred against Bangladesh in Hyderabad in February this year. He had scored just 46 runs in five innings against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar series earlier this year.The 28-year-old took over the reins of the Indian Test side back in December 2014 from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, after the latter announced his retirement in the middle of the Australia tour.The first time he took guard as captain, he scored a confident 115 and returned in the second innings with another 141 against Australia in the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at Adelaide. He scored another two hundreds on that tour and finished as the second highest run-getter behind Steve Smith (769) with 694 runs in four matches at 86.50 but India lost the series 0-2.advertisementTwenty-five Test matches and 40 innings later, Kohli has managed to score 10 Test hundreds, which includes four double hundreds in the recently concluded home season for India. Six of those 10 hundreds have come in away Test matches as captain.During his knock on Day 3, Kohli also became the quickest among India captains to reach 1000 Test runs on foreign soil, breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record. He reached the milestone in just 17 innings while Tendulkar took 19 innings to get there with only Gary Sobers (13), Alistair Cook (14) and Bob Simpson (16) managing to do it quicker time.Earlier in July, Kohli broke Tendulkar’s record for most hundreds in chases during the fifth and final One-Day International against West Indies in Jamaica.While The Little Master took 232 innings to score 17 hundreds, Kohli got there in just 102 innings to score 18 ODI tons while batting second.last_img read more

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Teixeira, Yanks Slam Seattle, 7-2

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares SEATTLE — For the first three innings, Seattle ace Felix Hernandez was conjuring up thoughts of perfection.Nine up, nine down in just 21 pitches. And then it was gone. The control. The dominance. The lead.“When you see me throw five walks in two innings, you realize I don’t have it,” Hernandez said.Hernandez went from perfect to looking lost in just two innings on June 1, giving up seven earned runs including Mark Teixeira’s ninth career grand slam in Seattle’s 7-2 loss to the New York Yankees.With former Seattle All-Star Michael Pineda on the mound for the Yankees, the anticipated matchup between two of the top right-handers in the American League met expectations for three innings before Hernandez (8-2) fell apart in stunning fashion.“He’s human, I guess,” Seattle Manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He just lost it. He didn’t have it.”The Yankees took advantage of five walks and a wild pitch that allowed a run to score as the AL wins leader lost his rhythm following a brief rain shower that dampened Safeco Field before the retractable roof could close.With Hernandez struggling, Teixeira didn’t miss his chance to blow the game open. With only one out in the fifth, Hernandez fell behind 2-0 and grooved a pitch to Teixeira, who hit his 15th homer of the season and sixth career long ball off Hernandez.“That was a home run ball,” Hernandez said. “I think he has six homers against me. When you make a mistake, when you fall behind, that’s when it’s fatal.”Hernandez was the star for the first three innings when “King Felix” lived up to his moniker. Hernandez rolled through the Yankees’ lineup the first time, needing just 21 pitches — 18 strikes — and recording four strikeouts to set down the first nine batters in order.But it all crumbled starting in the fourth. “They started taking pitches and he was living around the corners and fell behind a little too much,” Seattle catcher Mike Zunino said.Hernandez struggled with his footing on the wet mound and his spikes were getting clogged with dirt. A burst of rain wetted the dirt in the second and third innings before the retractable roof closed.After Brett Gardner led off the fourth with New York’s first hit, Hernandez continually looked at his feet, kicked around the dirt and tried to dig mud out of his spikes.Hernandez said the need to clean his spikes did alter his rhythm but wasn’t the reason he struggled. “It was one of those days. … I just made too many mistakes and fell behind,” Hernandez said.The seven earned runs were his most since August 2013 against Texas. Hernandez had allowed just six earned runs total in his previous five starts versus the Yankees.“It doesn’t happen very often to Felix. He’s pitched really well against us over the years, so it was kind of nice,” New York Manager Joe Girardi said.(TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

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Australia drought extends despite ‘widespread, significant rain’

first_imgSydney, Sep 9 (AFP) A devastating drought that has left Australian farmers struggling to stay afloat is set to persist despite widespread and significant rain last month, authorities have said. Graziers in eastern Australia have been battling a long-period of severe conditions that have turned green pastures brown and forced some to sell down or shoot their stock. There was some welcome relief last month when “widespread (and)… significant rainfall” was recorded in parts of New South Wales, the state government said in its seasonal update late Friday. “While the rain has been welcomed and has provided a more positive outlook for field conditions in some regions, the drought is far from over,” NSW Department of Primary Industries’ agriculture climate specialist Anthony Clark said in a statement. “We need more significant widespread rainfall in the coming weeks and months for agricultural recovery to commence and farmland to return to a productive state.” Clark warned that if dry conditions continued instead, “we would see an increased intensification of the drought”. Some 99.8 per cent of the state remains in drought, officials added. In neighbouring Queensland, the government said last week that 57.4 per cent of the state remains drought-affected. The update came as Major General Stephen Day — appointed to the newly created role of national drought co-ordinator — said his focus was to improve fundraising efforts for farmers. He told Sydney’s Sydney Telegraph there was a “lack of co-ordination and coherence to all that’s going on”. “That means there are some gaps, that means there are some overlaps, that means there are some inefficiencies,” he said ahead of an planned meeting with some of the major charities raising drought funds.advertisement “I think if we can look at this as a team sport, we’ll have a better effect.” While droughts are not uncommon in Australia, the length and severity of the dry conditions have placed enormous strain on farmers in the eastern states. (AFP) SMJSMJlast_img read more

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Kirk Herbstreit Reveals His Top 5 Players Of Week 3

first_img UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel led the Knights to a blowout win over Stanford. Gabriel completed 22-of-30 for 347 yards and four touchdowns. Many expected UCF to be in a close game Stanford, but it was quite the opposite thanks to Gabriel’s effort.Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons had a huge game versus Syracuse. Simmons had eight tackles, two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. Malcolm Perry scored six total touchdowns for Navy in a 42-10 win over East Carolina. He had 24 carries for 156 yards and 151 yards through the air.Finally, Quez Watkins had seven receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns.Here are some of my top performing players from WEEK 3:1- Tua @AlabamaFTBL 2- Dillon Gabriel @UCF_Football3-Isaiah Simmons @ClemsonFB4-Malcolm Perry @NavyFB5-Quez Watkins @SouthernMissFB pic.twitter.com/3EfdpHclnM— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 16, 2019Certainly some spectacular performances. Is there any player not on the list who should’ve been? ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)The craziness of college football was on full display this past Saturday. Upsets and dominant performances happened all over the country.With the weekend wrapped up, Kirk Herbstreit reveals his top five players of Week 3.Here’s his full ranking:Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama QBDillon Gabriel, UCF QBIsaiah Simmons, Clemson LBMalcolm Perry, Navy QBQuez Watkins, Southern Miss QBTua dominated in Alabama’s SEC opener against South Carolina. He threw for 444 yards and five touchdowns in the Crimson Tide’s 47-23 victory over the Gamecocks. The QB from Hawaii continues to surpass expectations.last_img read more

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Monty Chadha gets bail in Rs 100 crore fraud case

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday granted bail to businessman and Vice Chairman of the Wave Group, Manpreet Singh Chadha alias Monty Chadha, in a Rs 100 crore fraud case. Additional Sessions Judge Gulshan Kumar asked Monty Chadha to furnish a personal bond of Rs 50,000 with two sureties of the same amount. While granting bail, the court directed Chadha not to leave the country without permission. Last week, his bail plea was rejected by a magistrate. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Monty Chadha, son of Ponty Chadha, a liquor and real estate baron who was killed in a shootout six years ago, was arrested in connection with the Rs 100 crore fraud case. Senior advocates Vivek Tankha and Vikas Pahwa, appearing for Monty Chadha, told the court that their client was co-operating with the investigators. They also told the court that Monty Chadha’s intention was not to cheat investors.last_img read more

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UN peacekeeping chiefs in West Africa kick off twoday summit

During the two days of discussion, the Special Representatives – from UN Missions in Liberia (UNMIL) and Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), the UN Office in West Africa (UNOWA) and the UN Office for the Consolidation and Peace in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS) – will examine the latest developments in the sub-region since their June meeting in Dakar. The agenda will also include a briefing on the recommendations made at last week’s meeting of Force Commanders on UN peacekeeping missions in West Africa, held in Monrovia, and a presentation from the President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas of Ghana. 25 August 2008The heads of United Nations peacekeeping missions in West Africa today start a two-day meeting in Guinea-Bissau aimed at reviewing regional and national challenges to the success of their mandates. read more

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Fire breaks out at opening of ShangriLa Hambantota attended by President

“Sparks from fireworks hit a straw-roofed beach hut at the 300-room Shangri-La following the ribbon-cutting and triggered the fire at the hotel in Hambantota in the country’s deep south,” president’s spokesman Dharmasri Bandara told AFP. A major fire broke out during the opening ceremony of Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort and Spa which was attended by President Maithripala Sirisena.The fire broke out during a fire-works display at the launch ceremony damaging a pavilion in the garden of the hotel. A fire truck which accompanied the President’s convoy was used to douse the flames while the guests were taken to safety. “The president had just walked back to the hotel while the fireworks display was still on,” Bandara told AFP. “He immediately left the hotel, but a fire truck from the president’s convoy stayed back to put out the fire.”Local journalist Easwaran Rutnam, who was covering the hotel’s opening, said the president was about 50 metres from the hut that was gutted by the fire. “It took about an hour for the fire to be extinguished, but it did not spread to the main hotel building,” Rutnam told AFP. He said the president was seen being escorted out of the premises.A local police officer said no one was injured during the incident, but an investigation had been launched.There had been several breaches of security at functions attended by President Sirisena who came to power in January last year. He has dispensed with much of the tight security accorded to his predecessors. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Alzheimers disease hits close to home for Hutchings

Brian Hutchings knows all too well the toll of Alzheimer’s disease on a person and their family.He watched as the disease stole away his paternal grandmother. Over eight years, the disease robbed her of everything that made her who she was. Her memories were the first to go. Then she could no longer remember the names or faces of those she loved the most. Near the end, she did little more than stare into the distance.She was a very proud lady, reduced to a shell of what she once was.It was heartbreaking for her family.“She was a very proud lady, reduced to a shell of what she once was,” Hutchings said.Brock University’s Vice-President of Finance and Administration is the honorary chair of this year’s Alzheimer Society Coffee Break campaign, which kicks off with a special flag-raising event in front of Schmon Tower at 11:45 a.m. Thursday followed by a barbecue in Jubilee Court from noon-1 p.m.Hutchings is candid about the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on his family, and his own fears about it.“It does worry me,” he admits, noting his family history and time as a professional football player are potential risk factors.While there’s no absolute link between Alzheimer’s and concussions, some research suggests head trauma could be a factor.Hutchings had at least six concussions during his time on the football field. He is part of a Canadian Football League concussion study which requires him to undergo frequent memory and motor skills tests as well as MRIs. So far, he has not experienced any issues related to his concussions.Hutchings’ connection to Alzheimer’s reaches beyond his personal life, he dealt with many in the community struggling with the disease during his years as Niagara Region’s commissioner of social services.“Working in that environment, I learned a lot about the disease and dementia,” he said.Hutchings has served as treasurer of the Alzheimer Society and is one of the founders of the Alzheimer Society Niagara Foundation.“They are a really lean machine, it’s a great organization,” he said. “All the money raised goes back to care in Niagara.”The Brock Coffee Break event is one of more than 10,000 that will take place across Canada that day.Teena Kindt, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Foundation, encourages people to host a Coffee Break event in support of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, which affect more than 8,800 people in Niagara.“We are continually overwhelmed by the positive community response to this campaign,” said Kindt. “Funds raised through Coffee Break events stay in Niagara to help us provide services and support to assist individuals and their care partners through their difficult journey. Our goal is to keep them independent in their homes and communities as long as possible. With demand for our services constantly increasing, we hope communities throughout Niagara will continue to show their support and help us reach our goal of $105,000.”While Coffee Break officially kicks off Sept. 17, participants can host events anywhere during the campaign until the end of December. Register for a free kit by calling 905-687-3914 or emailing tmcdougall@alzheimerniagara.ca. read more

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Presenting The Show From the Shoe Podcast

Listen as our football analysts, Colin Hass-Hill and Daniel Herbener preview the Buckeyes highly anticipated rematch against the Virginia Tech Hokies, with special guest Editor In Chief of The Collegiate Times, Ricky LaBlue.Will the Buckeyes avenge their only defeat of the 2014 season? Or will suspensions and injuries leave the Buckeyes vulnerable to one of the best defenses in the ACC? Find out all that and more in the inaugural  episode of Show From the Shoe.

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Kristianstad and Alingsas for Swedish title

For the Swedish Championship trophy will play reigning champions IFK Kristianstad and current runners-up Alingsas, on May 22! Both teams showed their class by winning semi-final series with 3:0, so there will be a lot of time for the final preparations.IFK Kristianstad beat Savehof 3:0 (29:28, 29:35, 31:27), while the biggest rivals outplayed Ystads IF in the same manner (28:23, 22:34 and 28:26). ← Previous Story Ambitious Erlangen HC sign Isaias Guardiola Next Story → VOX POPULI: Who will win DKB Bundesliga 2015/2016? Alingsas handballIFK KristianstadSwedish handball

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Poll Does it matter that the Gaeltacht Minister isnt fluent in Irish

first_img Poll Results: Yes (7462) No (2964) I don’t mind either way (1023)center_img THE NEW MINISTER of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs has special responsibility for the Gaeltacht.However, it emerged that Joe McHugh is not fluent in Irish – and his language skills may not quite be up to honours level.He said that he plans on immersing himself in the language. And although he was criticised in the Dáil yesterday, McHugh was defended by the Taoiseach on the matter.What do you think: Does it matter that the Gaeltacht Minister isn’t fluent in Irish? YesNoI don’t mind either wayVoteRead: Gerry Adams and Enda Kenny’s ‘as gaeilge’ stand off over Joe McHugh’s Irish>last_img

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Enda Kenny and Gerry Adams face off over blackedout van driver

first_img Image: Photocall Ireland/Sasko Lazarov, Sam Boal Dec 8th 2016, 8:36 PM Image: Photocall Ireland/Sasko Lazarov, Sam Boal 263 Comments 20,850 Views Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 8:36 PM Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3129029 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has called on Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams to identify a former IRA leader who met with Austin Stack to give him information about his father’s murder.Adams facilitated the meeting in 2013 when Adams and Stack were taken in a blacked-out van to meet the former IRA leader.The man told Stack that the perpetrators of the attack were still alive and that one of them had been disciplined.Brian Stack (48) was the chief prison officer at Portlaoise Prison when he was shot while leaving a boxing match in Dublin in 1983. The father of three died 18 months later from his injuries.No one has ever been convicted over the attack and in recent years Stack approached Adams as part of his family’s search for answers.Stack has called on Adams to tell gardaí the identity of the former IRA leader they met and the Taoiseach has now joined those calls.“A man was murdered, his killer is known, his killer is at large,” Kenny told RTÉ’s Six One News. By Rónán Duffy I would have expected that in the statement that the President of Sinn Féin made that he would have named the driver of that blacked-out van to the garda commissioner so that that could be part of a live investigation that’s going on.“The fact is the Stacks lost their father and husband. He was murdered in cold blood, he died from those injuries and his killer is known,” Kenny added.“His statement is incomplete and he should own up and say who the driver of that blacked-out van was and give that to the garda commissioner.”Adams has said that names previously provided by him to the garda commissioner in connection with the case were given to him by Stack. Austin Stack denies this. Austin Stack confronted Gerry Adams at a press conference this morning. Source: Brian LawlessAdams has said that the meeting he arranged between Stack and the former IRA leader was done so on the basis of confidentiality.Speaking this evening after the Taoiseach’s comments, Adams repeated this claim:Why has the Taoiseach waited until now to make this call when a process was agreed between me and Austin and Oliver Stack that culminated in a meeting between the Stack brothers and a former IRA leader in 2013?“At that time the Stack family thanked me for my work on their behalf,” Adams added.“We agreed before meeting that it would be on a confidential basis, and the issue was not raised again until the general election three years later.”Adams said that the process between himself and the Stacks was carried out “on the basis of trust in the absence of a proper truth recovery process. ”He repeated Sinn Féin’s call for such a process to be put in place.Martin Ferris Enda Kenny and Gerry Adams face off over blacked-out van driver The Taoiseach called on the Sinn Féin leader to give more information to gardaí. Sinn Féin Kerry TD Martin Ferris. Source: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ieFollowing yesterday’s speech by Adams, Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell used Dáil privilege to call for Sinn Féin TDs Martin Ferris and Dessie Ellis to make a statement on the 1983 murder.Ferris responded that he had “nothing to answer for” and today went on Radio Kerry to answer questions about the case.Speaking on the Kerry Today programme, Ferris said that he had information that would be “more than politically embarrassing” to some political parties.“There are things I could say about people in other parties and I have kept my mouth shut and will never betray people but I have kept my mouth shut… that would highly embarrass Micheál Martin and his party and others if I wish do so,” Ferris said.“I’ve been involved since 1969, 1970, I’ve been involved actively and over those years, I came into contact with an awful lot of people. I will take their confidence to my grave.”Read: Fine Gael TD insists he is not linking Sinn Féin deputies to Brian Stack murder >Explainer: The conflicting words between Gerry Adams and the son of a murdered prison officer >last_img read more

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Greek students receive Premiers VCE Award

first_imgThree Greek Australian students are amongst the 305 top-performing VCE students to achieve a Premier’s VCE award. Christine Demiris, Effie Markesinis, and Miltiadis Paikopoulis, were recognised for achieving a study score of 46 or higher in their VCE subjects last year. Premier John Brumby presented students with their awards on Tuesday at the Melbourne Convention Centre.Paikopoulis, who was awarded a Top All-Round VCE High Achiever award achieved a perfect ENTER score of 99.95 last year. The 2008 DUX of Xavier College received study scores of 50 in English, 48 in Classical Greek, 47 in Latin, 45 in Specialist Mathematics and First Class Honours in University Mathematics. Christine Demiris, who attended MacRobertson Girl’s High school was awarded for her academic excellence in Literature, whilst Effie Markesinis, from Balwyn High school received an award for LOTE-Greek. Markesinis was the only student to receive a perfect score of 50 in Greek.“I could not achieve what I did without my teacher, Mrs Kane’s (nee Krilis) ongoing guidance, help and belief in me,” she said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Child labour a rising concern in crisishit Greece

first_imgWe know that hundreds, maybe thousands of children, especially Roma, are never enrolled in school and help their families by working or come to Greece from neighbouring countries in order to work, especially in the street, begging, playing music or peddling wares.Though no clear, official figures are available, child protection groups and the Greek Ombudsman estimate that up to 100,000 children have been forced into the illegal labour market since the start of the crisis. The figure does not include minors who are victims of trafficking, traffic light children or youngsters who are victims of criminal gangs or their own families, but, rather, social groups that have become marginalised by the crisis, such as families where the parents are unemployed, Roma, migrants etc. There is no hard data regarding child labour in Greece, as in most cases it concerns undocumented work, so estimates are based on information compiled from different sources. According to the Labour Inspectorate, just 562 minors were registered for legal work in 2012, while in its manpower study for the last quarter of 2012, the Hellenic Statistical Authority estimated child workers as numbering 6,238. The European statistical authority Eurostat, meanwhile, reports that 11.4 per cent of the student population dropped out of school in 2012, meaning that some 70,000 children left secondary school, raising serious concerns among child protection groups. Furthermore, the International Labour Organization (ILO) reports that some 139,000 young people aged 15-24 were not in school or employed in 2009, suggesting that at least a percentage of them had been absorbed by the illegal labour market. That number climbed to 161,900 in 2010, according to the ILO. As far as teenagers aged 15-19 are concerned, the ILO recorded that there were 31,400 in employment in 2009 and 25,700 in 2010. The number of unemployed young people aged up to 19 was reported to be 14,200 in 2009 and 15,300 in 2010. The Greek Ministry of Education could not provide official data regarding children who leave secondary education, though it does have data for the 2011-12 period concerning primary education, where the percentage of school leavers was estimated at 0.6 per cent, or around 3,500 pupils. While the number of children dropping out of school gives only a general indication of the number of minors working illegally in Greece, there is even less clarity to be gained from a study of the number of children who work and go to night school or vocational training schools in their spare time. These numbers, in combination with data compiled by the Greek Ombudsman from educators and other professionals, suggest that there may be as many as 100,000 minors currently employed in Greece, often part-time and mostly uninsured and badly paid. “It is estimated that around 70 per cent of children that abandon their school studies do so in order to work. It would not be excessive to say that around 70,000 to 100,000 children are working in this country,” says Ilias Lyberis, the director of Unicef Hellas. “My opinion is that the poverty that is hitting an increasing number of families with serious consequences on the children often leads many of them to seeking part-time or one-off work, often under unfavourable terms, such as low wages or substandard conditions, so that they can help supplement their family’s income,” says Giorgos Moschos, the deputy Greek ombudsman in charge of children’s rights. According to a recent report by Unicef, the reasons that lead children into the illegal labour market are directly linked to the crisis, which in many cases has resulted in one or both parents being out of work and a serious drop in families’ purchasing power. “According to the UN’s Convention on the Right of the Child, every kind of labour that puts a child’s physical or intellectual development at risk is prohibited,” says Lyberis. “We know that this is not a new problem, but one that has always been around, given that in 50 per cent of cases, it is the families themselves that push their child into the labour market. The crisis, however, has given rise to new challenges that the state must address,” he adds. The United Nations and Unicef suggest that Greece adopt a national action plan to deal with the negative impact of the crisis on children. More specifically, Unicef has called for labour inspectors to receive specialised training to tackle issues such as trafficking and child labour, the introduction of a centralized body to address these issues and a redesign of policy regarding how benefits are paid to minors. The organization also noted that Greece has one of the poorest records in the European Union in terms of policies for the protection of children. For example, in 2011, targeted policies such as tax breaks and benefits led to the child poverty level dropping from 33 per cent to 12 per cent in the United Kingdom and from 42 per cent to 8 per cent in Ireland. In Greece, however, the rate went from 40 per cent to 20 per cent in the same period. “We know that hundreds, maybe thousands of children, especially Roma, are never enrolled in school and help their families by working or come to Greece from neighbouring countries in order to work, especially in the street, begging, playing music or peddling wares,” Moschos notes. The children of migrants, who often have no health coverage, are also at risk, according to Lyberis. “Another category is children in rural areas, who are often exposed to agricultural chemicals and run a heightened risk of work-related accidents,” says Moschos, adding, however, that most children in the illegal labour market come from poor families living in cities. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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WSP Truck hits male Jeep stopped for fallen tree

first_imgOne person who stopped in a traffic lane on state Highway 503 for a downed tree north of Battle Ground was injured Saturday when he and his vehicle were struck from behind by an approaching pickup, according to the Washington State Patrol.The crash occurred at 3:19 p.m. near Milepost 15 when a 2003 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Grant W. Kaski, 16, of Battle Ground came around a corner and crashed into an unoccupied 2001 Jeep Cherokee that was stopped in the southbound traffic lane in front of a downed tree.The person injured, identified only as an unknown male, was behind the Jeep and also struck, according to the WSP. No information was available on his condition Saturday night.The crash remained under investigation late Saturday.last_img

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Vigeland Impasse blocks employment growth

first_imgAmericans are frightened — often angry — and trying harder than ever to figure out where they stand after more than two years of economic uncertainty, public radio journalist Tess Vigeland told more than 530 people who attended The Columbian’s 2011 Economic Forecast Breakfast on Friday.“I do not have a crystal ball; they’ve become far too expensive,” joked Vigeland, host of American Public Media’s “Marketplace Money” program. Even without detailed insight into the future, however, she felt confident predicting that the county’s and nation’s high unemployment rates are unlikely to show much improvement in 2011.“Marketplace Money,” a consumer finance-oriented show that aims to provide accessible news to people who don’t revel in the nuances of business and economics, has received as many as 400 letters and e-mails from listeners each week since financial markets crashed in late 2008 — up four-fold since before the collapse.Vigeland has heard from young people who are afraid to invest, educated people with long work histories who are struggling to find work, and a growing number of newly frugal Americans who are saving more because of concerns about the credit economy.“Unlike some previous episodes of financial collapse, this one really hit a wide swath” of the population, Vigeland said. “People who were responsible, who played by the rules, got hit just like everyone else. That tends to hit our perceptions of fairness.”last_img read more

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Oregon woman injured in HIghway 14 crash

first_imgAn Oregon woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash on state Highway 14 this morning. Stefanie Alexander, 34, of Scappoose, Ore., was driving a 1996 Volvo 850 four-door west on state Highway 14 when she crashed into a 2007 Silver Jeep Compass four-door that was stopped for traffic, according to Washington State Patrol. The crash was reported at about 9:20 a.m. near Interstate 5 where traffic was blocked for about 15 minutes.The occupant of the Jeep was not injured, but Alexander was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where she was listed in satisfactory condition. Troopers sited Alexander for driving too fast for the conditions.last_img

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Witness says Massachusetts man tortured kittens out of boredom

first_imgMILFORD, MA (WSVN) – A Massachusetts man is facing animal cruelty charges after police said he killed at least two kittens while living on a farm.Authorities say Miguel Medina was staying in a camper on the property when the horrifying incidents were reported to police earlier this month.According to one of the farm’s owners, Medina claimed to have killed two kittens on the property.Milford Police officers say Medina was sitting outside the camper when they arrived and that he stated, “I knew you guys were coming.”A witness told police that Medina talked heavily about killing kittens daily and admitted to killing a couple a week “for fun when he is bored,” according to a police affidavit.“I had other kittens but one bit my favorite kitten, so I threw that kitten against the wall and then I put it under a table,” Medina allegedly stated to another man. Medina then showed the man bones under the table, the affidavit read.Medina’s alleged torturing of the kittens also involved burning them in a fire pit, according to the witness. The witness claimed that Medina bragged, “Check this out, I burned this one yesterday!” Police said the witness told them that he observed bones scattered around Medina’s property and a burnt kitten in the fire pit.Officers arrested Medina Tuesday on for cruelty and killing of kittens. During the booking process, Medina even said, “I killed a kitten,” according to police.It’s not clear when Medina will appear in court or if he has an attorney.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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