New Delhi: Delhi’s satellite districts of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar witnessed a marginal hike in NOTA voters in the Lok Sabha elections, accounting for 26,241 votes, according to official data.The maximum None Of The Above (NOTA) voters were from Gautam Buddh Nagar, while Gurgaon had the lowest NOTA numbers, the Election Commission data showed. Altogether Gurgaon, Faridabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad had 26,241 NOTA votes this time, up from 15,577 in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, when the choice was first made available to voters in parliamentary elections, it showed. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarGurgaon registered 5,389 NOTA votes (0.37 per cent of total votes cast), up from 2,658 from 2014 (0.20 per cent of total votes cast), according to the data. The ‘Millennium City’ elected BJP’s Rao Inderjit Singh with a vote share of 60.94 per cent, while Congress’ Ajay Singh got 34.24 per cent votes and BSP’s Chaudhary Rais Ahmed could manage 1.85 per cent of all votes cast. Faridabad had 4,986 NOTA votes (0.38 per cent of total votes cast), up from 3,328 from 2014 (0.29 per cent of total votes cast), it showed. The industrial hub witnessed a landslide victory of BJP’s Krishan Pal, who secured 68.9 per cent of all votes cast against Congress’ Avtar Singh Bhadana (20.72 per cent) and BSP’s Mandhir Maan (6.54 per cent). Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceGhaziabad had 7,495 NOTA votes (0.45 per cent of total votes cast), up from 6,205 from 2014 (0.46 per cent of total votes cast), the data showed. In Ghaziabad, BJP’s V K Singh alone polled 61.96 per cent of all votes cast, followed by SP’s Suresh Bansal (29.06 per cent) and Congress’s Dolly Sharma (7.34 per cent) Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded the maximum of 8,371 NOTA votes (0.60 per cent of total votes cast), up from 3,328 from 2014 (0.29 per cent of total votes cast). Here, BJP’s Mahesh Sharma secured 59.64 per cent of all votes, followed by BSP’s Satveer Nagar (35.46 per cent) and Congress’s Arvind Kumar Singh (3.02 per cent), the data showed. In these four constituencies, NOTA had better vote share than most other candidates, including independents, according to EC statistics. In Gurgaon, there were 27 candidates and NOTA ranked on the fifth spot, while in Faridabad it got the same rank among 24 candidates. In Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad, NOTA amassed the fourth-highest vote figures among 13 and 12 candidates, respectively, it showed. Results for the 17th Lok Sabha elections spread over seven phases were announced on May 23, with BJP candidates emerging victorious on 303 seats.
Madrid: Real Madrid’s Luka Modric has been diagnosed with a groin injury, the Spanish club said on Thursday, less than a week before they face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.The reigning Ballon d’Or winner is a doubt for Saturday’s La Liga fixture against Levante and could miss the trip to the French capital on Wednesday. Real’s website confirmed the club’s medical service had diagnosed “a muscle injury in the adductor of the right leg”. Modric, 34, adds to coach Zinedine Zidane’s injury concerns with summer signing Eden Hazard, midfielder James Rodriguez as well as attacker Isco among those recently sidelined. Playmaker Hazard and Colombia’s Rodriguez returned to training with the squad on Tuesday which suggests they could be available for Real’s opening group stage tie at the Parc de Princes.
Dermot O’Leary has been prepping both body and soles for his epic 24 hour Day of Dance for Comic Relief.Video: Dermot’s Day of DanceCaught by the cameras at Pineapple Dance Studios in London while preparing for his marathon endeavour, Dermot O’Leary was spending the day limbering up, shaking it off, and getting to grips with those all-important moves.The prancing presenter will kick off his Day of Dance for Comic Relief live on The One Show on Thursday 12th March. He’ll then spend the next 24 hours dancing both in the studio and in the BBC’s New Broadcasting House Piazza before heading down to the Red Nose Day Night of TV at The London Palladium on Friday 13th March – he’ll even dance his way there!The BBC Radio 2 star will be checking in with his DJing colleagues throughout the 24 hours and every minute of the gruelling dance will be streamed live on the BBC Red Button. Celebrity friends will pop along throughout the night and day to wish him luck too!Speaking from Pineapple Dance Studios, Dermot said: “When I came up with the idea for this event I was in the middle of the dancefloor on holiday, where you never want the dancing to end. Now I’m back in the freezing cold UK with a few less disco lights and a lot more bruises – and it doesn’t seem quite as appealing! I’m going to need all the support I can get from the public to keep me going!”Dermot was later spotted at the Harley Street clinic of Comic Relief endurance expert and renowned sports scientist Professor Greg Whyte. Greg was checking up on the star before he puts his body quite literally through its paces.Speaking at the clinic, Greg said: “Although it sounds fun, there are lots of risks with taking on this dance. Putting your body through any sort of endurance test will always take its toll, but for such a huge amount of time and with such sustained physical movement there is a lot that could go wrong. Knee, hip and ankle injuries, muscle strains and blisters are just the start – as sleep deprivation kicks in combined with exhaustion and dehydration the possibility of falls and impact injuries are a real risk. If Dermot thinks he’ll be sailing through his sidestepping, he’s got another thing coming.”To sponsor Dermot as he takes part in his 24-hour Day of Dance for Comic Relief, visit rednoseday.com/Dermot and follow his every move on BBC Radio 2 and the BBC Red Button from 19:00 on 12th March to 19:00 on 13th March.Money raised through Dermot’s Day of Dance for Comic Relief will help give street children in Uganda a brighter future and also help people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and across Africa.
Institut Marquès, the worldwide leading fertility centre, has hosted a new live concert for embryos at its laboratory in Barcelona.Alex Ubago and Sharon Corr during the concertSharon Corr and Álex Ubago performed for hundreds of embryos growing in the incubators at Barcelona, Rome and Clane (Ireland).The assisted reproduction centre achieved the Ig Nobel Prize thanks to its research on the positive effects of music on the embryonic and foetal development.Sharon Corr, singer-songwriter member of the famous Irish band The Corrs, and Álex Ubago featured several songs, i.e. “Amarrado a ti” (“Tied to you”) and “Buenos Aires”. “It was a very emotional experience. It is great to think that possibly we can be part of their future. I am not surprised that music really helps the embryos to form; music is the greatest therapy in the world so I feel very honoured to be asked to do this,” stated Sharon Corr.This performance follows the lead of other artists such as the famous Spanish singer-songwriter Antonio Orozco. Institut Marquès plans to offer further live concerts at their laboratories in the coming future.These events fall within the works undertaken by Institut Marquès on how music benefits the embryonic and foetal development. Those studies were awarded last September by Harvard University with the Ig Medicine Nobel. The goal of this award is to promote that scientists from all over the world can present their studies to the audience in a pleasant and enjoyable way. The Ig Nobel organisation chose Institut Marquès researchers to present their work on a tour around the most important Universities in Europe in the past month of April . Doctor López-Teijón, Institut Marquès’ Director, alongside Doctor Álex Garcia-Faura, Scientific Director of the centre, presented their studies on foetal hearing the positive effects of music at the beginning of life at the Karolinska Institute and at the Aarhus University.Institut Marquès’ studies have proven that musical vibrations during IVF fertilisation increased the chances of success by 5%, as well as the embryo development. This is why the clinic has created an innovative method, which includes the implementation of music in every embryo’s incubator. Doctor López-Teijón explains: “With this system we keep on moving forward towards our goal of recreating at the laboratory the natural conditions of the uterus for our embryos.”
TAYLOR SWIFT’S NEW ALBUM FEATURES A CAMEO FROM A TORONTO MUSIC GROUPTaylor Swift dropped her highly anticipated seventh album, Lover, today and it’s packed with a whole new round of hits. As per any new Swifty launch, the internet is ablaze with comments and articles about who her lyrics are in reference to and who’s been namechecked this time around. And whilst there’s some great lyrics/people to point out, there’s one particular cameo that caught our attention.On track 17, called It’s Nice To Have A Friend, a choir of children’s voices can be heard and it turns out, they’re from Canada – the Regent Park School of Music in Toronto to be exact. In the track, the choir provides a soothing chorus of ‘oohs’ in the background as the Grammy Award-winning artist sings about a treasured friendship. The song is being praised on the web, with Billboard writing, “It sounds like no other Taylor Swift song before it, and is gorgeously startling as a result.” READ MORETAYLOR SWIFT’S NEW ALBUM FEATURES A YOUTH CHOIR AND BENEFITS THEIR SCHOOLTaylor Swift has been known to work with A-List collaborators, this time Swift has worked with some of the most important people, a youth choir. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement On Swift’s song, “It’s Nice To Have A Friend,” the choir is heard playing instruments and background vocals. The new song is off of Swift’s seventh studio album, Lover. Famed producer, Frank Dukes, Swift, and Louis Bell co-produced the track. READ MOREHOW A TORONTO YOUTH MUSIC PROGRAM ENDED UP ON TAYLOR SWIFT’S NEW ALBUMTaylor Swift’s latest album, Lover, was released today, and if you listen closely you’ll hear a big Canadian connection.The Regent Park School of Music in Toronto is sampled on the song It’s Nice to Have a Friend, which was produced by Toronto’s Frank Dukes along with Louis Bell and Swift. The youth choir can be heard playing instruments and singing backup, which came about as part of a collaboration with the producer called Parkscapes. It is available through Dukes’ Kingsway Music Library. READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TAYLOR SWIFT (PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDREW H. WALKER/SHUTTERSTOCK) Facebook Twitter
APTN National NewsThe Truth and Reconciliation Commission is making its first major stop in Saskatchewan this week.Saskatchewan’s survivors of residential schools are being invited to share their stories and mingle with representatives of organizations who support the healing process.As APTN National News reporter Larrisa Burnouf tells us, not everyone is ready to forgive.
24 February 2009The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today it continues to be extremely worried about rising violence against civilians in the eastern Congolese province of North Kivu, where attacks by Rwandan Hutu rebels have sparked new displacement. UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told a news conference in Geneva that thousands have been uprooted since 13 February, when the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) began carrying out attacks in Masisi, Lubero and Walikale areas in North Kivu, in the strife-torn eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).“Using firearms and bush knives, the FDLR has attacked Kipopo, Remeka and Kamuobe near Masisi and Kanyatsi and Busigho near Lubero, killing civilians and raping women,” Mr. Redmond reported.“Local authorities have informed us that some 3,000 people have been internally displaced in Remeka village, some 20 kilometres south of Masisi, following a recent FDLR attack. Some of these internally displaced people are staying in churches and schools and others have taken shelter at several UNHCR-assisted sites around the town of Masisi.”He added that a joint UN team is heading out today to Kitanga, on the outskirts of Masisi, to monitor and assess the needs of the newly displaced.In addition, there are also growing fears of reprisal attacks by the FDLR – composed mainly of Rwandan Hutus who arrived in the DRC in the wake of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda – against civilians suspected of collaborating with the joint DRC-Rwanda military operation against the rebel group that began in late January. The UN peacekeeping mission in DRC (MONUC) last week condemned the “cowardly terror tactics” employed by the FDLR. The mission has boosted its efforts to protect and reassure threatened populations, mostly in North Kivu province where some 250,000 civilians have been uprooted by fighting between Hutu groups, a mainly Tutsi militia known as the CNDP, the Government army and others since August.
The move follows the recent incident involving a group of Dutch tourists. The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) had this week ordered the Water Creatures Beach Guest Restaurant & Surf Bar to be closed following an assault on some foreign tourists. The Police had later arrested several suspects over the incident and they were remanded by court.It was reported that four tourists including a Dutch male and two women were assaulted at the Surf Bar in Mirissa on 8th April when they resisted the suspects attempting to sexually harass the women. (Colombo Gazette) Illegal restaurants and pubs along the Mirissa beach will be removed from next month, the Coast Conservation Department said today.Officials said that demolishing the illegal structures will begin on May 8 in Mirissa and continue along other areas as well. Report by Indika Sri Aravinda
The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has granted special legal protection for reporters working in conflict zones, requiring them to testify only in cases where it finds that the evidence sought by the party seeking the journalist’s testimony is “direct and important” to the core issues of the case.The ruling issued yesterday by the Tribunal marks a reversal on appeal of an earlier decision involving a Washington Post reporter who had been ordered to appear against his will.“Compelling war correspondents to testify before the International Tribunal on a routine basis may have a significant impact upon their ability to obtain information and thus their ability to inform the public,” the ICTY ruled.The court’s decision also said that the Tribunal could call journalists to testify only if the court is able to “demonstrate that the evidence sought is of direct and important value in determining a core issue in the case [and] that the evidence sought cannot reasonably be obtained elsewhere.”“The adoption of this criterion,” the decision added, “should ensure that all evidence that is really significant to a case is available to Trial Chambers.”
Mohammed Abu Khdair, 17, was reportedly seen being forced into a car early on Wednesday. Media reports say his partly burnt body was found in a forest on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The killing comes in the wake of the recent murder of three Israeli teenagers, which had been widely condemned by the UN. Mr. Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, described the murder of the Palestinian teenager as a “despicable act” and called for the perpetrators to be promptly brought to justice. “The Secretary-General reiterates his call on all parties to ensure that tensions do not escalate further, leading to more loss of life,” the statement added. UN Special Coordinator Robert Serry also called for the perpetrators of such “heinous acts” to be brought to justice. “There can be no justification for the deliberate killing of civilians – any civilians,” he said in a statement issued in Jerusalem. Mr. Serry repeated his call on all sides to do everything they can not to further exacerbate an already tense atmosphere. In a statement issued to the press, the members of the UN Security Council condemned “in the strongest terms” the killing of the Palestinian teenager. They also underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of this “deplorable” act to justice, and called for immediate calm.The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) also strongly condemned the killing of the Palestinian boy, as well as the recent murder of the three Israeli teenagers. “At the same time, we urge maximum restraint from all parties to prevent the situation from deteriorating further,” UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness said in a statement. “We call for strict compliance with international law by all relevant actors to avoid further loss of life, injuries and suffering.” Recalling that collective punishment is illegal under international law, UNRWA called on the Israeli authorities to refrain from punishing individuals for offences they themselves have not personally committed. The agency stressed that the human impact on all sides caused by the events of the last three weeks is “grave.” From 13 June to 1 July, seven Palestinians have been killed, including five registered refugees, while almost 200 have been injured.
Audrey Delsink, wildlife director at Humane Society International said : “Speaking personally as an elephant field biologist I am jubilant that we have secured this victory for all the elephants who will now be spared the ordeal of being ripped away from their families. “The capture of wild African elephants for export to zoos and other captive facilities is incredibly traumatizing for individual elephants as well as their social groups. Public sentiment is shifting, and people are increasingly outraged at the senseless and cruel practice of snatching baby elephants from the wild to live a life as a zoo exhibit.”Joanna Lumley, Judi Dench and other celebrities published a letter in The Telegraph last week to register their anger at the EU for speaking against the ban in meetings at CITES. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “I’m absolutely delighted they changed their position and I am proud that our own defra team, in particular Cheryl Case, were responsible for persuading them. They worked around the clock for many days and they more than delivered for nature and the UK.”Dr Mark Jones, the Head of Policy at the Born Free Foundation said: “After a long and sometimes acrimonious debate at the CITES meeting in Geneva, Governments voted by a majority of 87 in favour to 29 against, to ban the taking of live elephants from the wild from Zimbabwe and Botswana for export to captive facilities around the world except in exceptional circumstances.”In the event, the European Union, which had originally opposed the restrictions, changed their vote following intensive negotiations to clarify a number of issues with the African countries that had originally proposed the ban.”This progressive measure should help to bring an end to the trade in young elephants, particularly from Zimbabwe, that are ripped from their families and shipped to zoos around the world where they are condemned to live shortened and often lonely and barren lives.” BREAKING! WATCH! #CITESCoP18 #SpeciesSurvivalNetwork WHAT just happened ref live trade in wild caught #elephants to captivity? See and #share my report! @HSIGlobal @BornFreeFDN @BornFreeUSA @DSWFWildlife @ffw_ch @SheldrickTrust @BellaLack pic.twitter.com/cLBwDbgss7— Will Travers (@willtravers) August 27, 2019 African officials said the new proposals would deny them much-needed resources to maintain national parks. CITES has also rejected a request from four southern African countries to sell government-owned stockpiles of ivory. It will no longer be legal for wild baby elephants to be snatched from their families and exported to zoos around the world, after Defra ministers persuaded the EU to vote for a ban.African elephants in Zimbabwe and Botswana were previously allowed to be exported to “appropriate and acceptable” destinations. Under this definition, Zimbabwe has been capturing live baby African elephants in the wild and exporting them to zoos in China and elsewhere.EU delegates spoke strongly against the ban last week at the Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference in Geneva, arguing it would hinder the genetic diversity of elephants in zoos.However, after heated backroom talks with Defra ministers, the EU performed a spectacular U-Turn and voted for the new legislation.Now, the trade in wild elephants will be heavily regulated and only allowed in “exceptional” circumstances, and each case will be brought before the CITES committee.Notably, the United States opposed both the original and amended proposal. Zimbabwe’s president Emmerson Mnangagwa said he was considering quitting the conservation body.He said that CITES was dominated by people “like Europeans … who have exhausted their wildlife resources … but they want to set rules for us.” Mr Mnangagwa, said the country had 84,000 elephants with a capacity for only 54,000, and desperately needed to sell its ivory stockpile, mostly from animals which died of natural causes.“We are sitting on ivory stockpiles worth US$600 million (£490 million),” he said. “It’s a lot of money we can use for big projects.”Mr Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe needed resources to train rangers and build more fences as “buffer zones” to protect farmers living within wildlife areas. Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe tried to secure a one-off sale of government-owned stockpiles but were overwhelmingly defeated in the first round of voting last week. A final vote is due to take place on Wednesday. Will Travers OBE, President of The Species Survival Network added: “I believe CITES has made a wise decision. Wild African elephants should be conserved and protected in Africa. Overseas zoos and circuses offer no discernible conservation benefits and can have significant, negative welfare impacts on the individual animals involved. The Species Survival Network, which has worked on international wildlife trade for nearly three decades, believes this agreement strikes the right balance and we applaud the African Elephant Coalition, the EU and, particularly, the UK delegation for working together to agree effective, compassionate and progressive measures which will reduce animal suffering and improve species conservation efforts.” As CITES members vote to ban the live export of captured baby elephants, I want to pay tribute to the Defra team – in particular Cheryl Case – because without her intervention, the vote would certainly have gone the wrong way. I am so grateful & so proud of what they have done.— Zac Goldsmith (@ZacGoldsmith) August 27, 2019 Zac Goldsmith, a minister at Defra, said: “Like may others I was appalled that the EU had intended to vote against a motion protecting baby elephants from being torn from the wild and shopped off to zoos and circuses.
Shortly after being released on bail for chopping his reputed wife, a Corentyne man is now being investigated for reports made by the woman’s children that he sexually molested them.Based on reports received, the children of the woman, ages 19 and 13, told their mother that her reputed husband of three years was sexually abusing them.INews understands that the woman’s eldest child was the one targeted by the man initially, but after she left the country in August 2016, he allegedly began to prey on the younger girl. It was the 13-year-old who reportedly informed her mother that she had been molested by the man on four occasions, and that he had threatened to kill her if she told anyone.The mother also received confirmation of the molestation accusation from her eldest child. Upon learning of this, the mother confronted the children’s stepfather who retaliated by chopping her, forcing her to seek medical treatment. This incident landed the man before the court.. He was granted $100,000 bail on the assault charge and the court ordered him to remove from the home he shared with his reputed wife and her two children.The mother of two reported the allegations of rape made by her children to the police, and a police source confirmed to INews that the man is presently being investigated. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice man arrested on allegation of sexually molesting his 13-yr-old daughterJanuary 18, 2017In “Crime”Man accused or raping, impregnating stepdaughter, 13, takes lifeMay 29, 2018In “Crime”Police hunting man accused of raping his three step-daughtersJuly 15, 2016In “Crime”
This update provides further information on the major tailings spill at the Samarco Mineração S.A (Samarco) iron ore operation in Minas Gerais, Brazil on Thursday, November %. Each of BHP Billiton and Vale holds a 50% interest in Samarco. Predictably, Vale has said little about it.BHP reports “the Samarco operations include a three tiered tailings dam complex. Within this complex, the Fundão dam failed and the downstream Santarém dam has been affected. This resulted in a significant release of mine tailings, flooding the community of Bento Rodrigues and impacting other communities downstream. The third dam in the complex, the Germano dam, is being monitored by Samarco. At this time, there is no confirmation of the causes of the tailings release.“BHP Billiton’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Mackenzie, will go to Brazil this week to understand first-hand the human, environmental and operational impacts of the incident. Meanwhile, BHP Billiton has offered its full support to help the immediate rescue efforts and to assist with the investigation.“BHP Billiton’s immediate priority is the welfare of the Samarco workforce and the local communities.“Details are still emerging in relation to the Samarco employees and contractors impacted by the incident. At this stage, Samarco has advised that there is at least one confirmed fatality with a further 13 members of the workforce missing.“The number of people in the communities impacted by the incident is yet to be confirmed, but the local authorities have reported that, at this stage there are at least 15 people from the communities unaccounted for.“BHP Billiton will continue to work with Samarco (operator), Vale, the local communities, local authorities, regulators and insurers to assess the full impact of this tragic incident. Further updates will be provided as soon as more information becomes available.”The BHP Billiton Board of Directors has extended its deepest sympathies to all who have been affected by the tragic events at the operation in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The Board emphasised the company would continue to provide Samarco with all the assistance necessary to support the response effort.“Words cannot describe the impact of this tragedy on the employees and contractors of Samarco, their families and the community,” said BHP Billiton Chairman, Jac Nasser. “Our thoughts are with the people of Samarco, the affected community and with the people of Brazil.”“Our first priority is to assist Samarco in safely and effectively responding to this terrible tragedy,” Mackenzie said. “BHP Billiton employees have been deeply affected by this tragic event and Samarco has our full support as it continues with the response effort.”As operator, Samarco is providing updates on the response and the status of operations. Further information is available at www.samarco.com“The Samarco operations have the capacity to produce 30.5 Mt/y of iron ore pellets and to process 32 Mt/y of concentrate. In the 2015 financial year, BHP Billiton’s share of production was 14.5 Mt and the contribution from Samarco was approximately 3% of the BHP Billiton Group’s Underlying EBIT.“Following this incident, BHP Billiton’s iron ore production guidance for the 2016 financial year is under review.”
ONE OF THE best things about kids is that they are frequently hilarious.They say funny things and do silly things, and generally provide the people around them with a lorra lorra laughs.If you’re really lucky, they have no idea that they’re being funny, which adds a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the whole affair.Here are 14 examples of kids who have absolutely no idea how funny they’re being.This wonderful little girl encountering ice for the first time Source: ImgurThis kid who meant well really Source: The Meta PictureThis little girl who cracked her mam up Source: ChildrenVidsThis poor unfortunateThis little guy out on his constitutional Source: Julian Burrett Source: lovetsky This poor unfortunate soul Source: garreth boyneThis little Justin Bieber fan Source: ChynannyThis little one going through a tunnel for the first timeThis trainee badass Source: ImgurThis brother who simply couldn’t resistThis child on a local news segment Source: 3mediaproThis kid, who’s really going places Source: ImgurThis guy whose head is spinningThis guy who thinks he’s hit the jackpot Source: ImgurWatch TV viewers react to the John Lewis Christmas advert>The 5 greatest horrors you must face when cleaning your fridge>
Just 450 years ago today, Russia’s famous St. Basil’s Cathedral was erected in Moscow’s Red Square. Officially named “The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat,” the Russian Orthodox Church marks the geometric center of the city. Google is celebrating the iconic cathedral’s birthday with a Google Doodle that captures the magical essence of the colorful domes that are synonymous with Russia.The name “St. Basil’s Cathedral” refers to Basil the Blessed, a Muscovite saint, known as a “holy fool,” who was extremely popular with the Muscovites and Ivan the Terrible. He was buried there a few years before the cathedral was built. Basil led a Robin Hood like-lifestyle of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Ivan the Terrible, who acted as a pallbearer at Basil’s funeral in 1552, ordered the cathedral to be built that year to commemorate the capture of Kazan from the Mongols, which ended a long series of wars that began back in 1438.Completed in 1561, the cathedral has nine chapels, each with a unique onion-shaped dome, and each representing a victory for the city of Kazan over the Mongols. Based on deep religious symbolism, the cathedral was designed based on an architectural presentation of New Jerusalem, the Heavenly Kingdom described in the Book of Revelation of St. John the Divine.Though it’s been argued that July 12, 1561 was not the exact date of the cathedral’s actual completion and it was in fact finished in 1560, officials cleaned the church in the late 1950s and found an inscription in the cathedral that read “the Cathedral of the Intercession was consecrated on the Day of Sts. Peter and Paul the Apostles,” according to cathedral’s director Tatyana Saracheva. Though it’s now a museum and no longer used as a church, staff celebrated this morning with a service, followed by the opening of a permanent display.Whether it’s folklore or not, it’s believed that Ivan the Terrible blinded the architect who built the cathedral to prevent him from ever building a more beautiful cathedral for anyone else.More at PCMag and Wikipedia
https://jrnl.ie/4551204 Top engineer on National Children’s Hospital project resigns John Pollock is the second senior figure to leave the project in as many months. Wednesday 20 Mar 2019, 7:46 AM Mar 20th 2019, 7:46 AM By Sean Murray John Pollock will step down from his role in June. Image: Mark Stedman/Rollingnews.ie All these milestones achieved over the last five years have been hugely satisfying and I am very proud of what has been achieved… The vision to build a new children’s hospital in Ireland has been planned for decades but has become a reality since the current Board’s appointment in 2013.Reacting to Pollock’s resignation, interim chairperson Fred Barry said the board was disappointed but respect the decision. “We are grateful to John for committing to staying until June 2019, this will ensure a smooth transition as we move to a new phase of this important infrastructural project and as the process commences to recruit a new project lead,” Barry said. Short URL John Pollock will step down from his role in June. Image: Mark Stedman/Rollingnews.ie 51 Comments 31,138 Views THE PROJECT DIRECTOR for the National Children’s Hospital has resigned from his role – after over five years in the job.Engineer John Pollock said he was “very proud” to have assumed the role on the board of the project in 2013 but felt it was an “opportune point” for him to move on. However, Pollock has said he will remain in the role until June. Pollock is among the officials who have faced fierce questioning from politicians in Oireachtas Committees over the cost overrun at the National Children’s Hospital.A figure of €983 million for the development was approved by government in 2017, but it has emerged in recent months that this has risen by €500 million in the space of a year.The eventual cost of the hospital could even exceed that €1.4 billion figure, and a report commissioned by the government into the overrun – that is due next week – has been given the remit of identifying what caused the budget to spiral in such a way. Pollock’s departure follows that of former chairperson of the board of the National Children’s Hospital Tom Costello, who left the post last month. Pollock answering questions before the Oireachtas Joint Health Committee Source: OireachtasIn a statement announcing his resignation, Pollock outlined the progress and achievements on the project, saying: “The construction of the new children’s hospital will be completed in 2022 and it will open its doors to staff, patients and children in 2023. Share292 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Main opposition New Democracy (ND) posted a 6.8 per cent lead over ruling PASOK in a GPO opinion poll released this week on private MEGA television station, although ND was 7.7 per cent behind the ‘undecided’ vote. The poll was conducted between Thursday and Monday on a sampling of 1011 people throughout Greece. More specifically, with respect to voters’ intention, ND amassed 22.3 per cent against 15.5 per cent for PASOK, while the undecided vote among the respondents was 30 per cent. These were followed by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) with 9.8 per cent and the Radical Left Coalition (Syriza) with 4.8 per cent, while the Democratic Left (Dimar), Democratic Alliance (Disy), Ecologists Greens and the Citizens’ Chariot (Arma Politon) would not surpass the 3 per cent threshold required to enter parliament, on the basis of the poll. On the question of who is the most suitable candidate for prime minister, respondents favoured ND leader Antonis Samaras first (22.5 per cent), followed by Prime Minister and PASOK leader George Papandreou (16.1 per cent). Since February, Papandreou has suffered a major decline in the same poll, and Samaras has also posted a decline, although a very small one. A majority (52 per cent) of respondents believe that early elections should not be called, against 45.6 per cent who opt for snap elections. Also, 50 per cent believe early elections will be held, against 42 per cent who believe early elections will not be called. The poll results also indicated that voters do not want a single-party government by any party. In response to a question on which government would be better able to deal with the crisis, 8.9 per cent opted for a PASOK government under Papandreou and 14.7 per cent opted for an ND government under Samaras, while 36.5 per cent wanted a coalition by the two main parties, with 38.1 per cent responding that no government is capable of dealing with the crisis. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The creation of a memorial on the site of the famous ‘charge at 42nd Street’ by ANZAC troops during the Battle of Crete is a step closer, thanks to the efforts of the Cretan Association of Sydney and NSW. The site of the charge near Souda, where Australian and Kiwi troops pushed back the German advance on 27 May 1941, (one of the few occasions the Germans were pushed into retreat during the whole of the Battle of Crete), has never had even the most simple signage to mark it. Nick Janes, president of the Cretan Association of Sydney and NSW told Neos Kosmos: “It’s a worthy cause. We’re not a particularly wealthy organisation, but we were just waiting for the opportunity to do something to help. “Glenda’s a very capable person and I’m sure she can realise what she and the trust have set out to do. This particular battle is something people should know about. It’s an important project and long overdue.” Last year Glenda Humes – the eldest daughter of Aboriginal ANZAC Reg Saunders, who took part in the 42nd Street action – set up a charitable trust ‘The Friends of 42nd Street’ as the legal entity to manage donations to the $30,000 project. Glenda and her two sisters Judith and Dorothy flew to Sydney from their home in Queensland for the fundraiser and said they were “bowled over” by the evening, which was attended by 270 people. “It was a wonderful night and we’re very grateful for the generosity shown by the Cretan Association of Sydney and New South Wales, the Cretan Federation and the Australian Hellenic Council, and their members,” said Glenda. “My dad’s battalion – the 2/7th – that fought at 42nd Street were of course from Victoria, so we hope Victorians and those of Cretan and Greek heritage in Melbourne will also be able to get behind the project.” A major hurdle to be overcome she says, is the need for confirmation of the site for the memorial by the Chania Municipality. “They told us last year that they support the memorial being erected, but we need help in getting them to confirm the specific site. “I appeal to anyone who has connections to the Municipality to give us a hand on this.” The Friends of 42nd Street Trust seeks the practical support of organisations and individuals who are in a position to make donations to the project or who may be able to help realise the memorial in other ways. Glenda Humes can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
A vast ancient tomb unearthed in northern Greece this week most likely belonged to a prominent Macedonian of the era, the Greek government announced. Distinguished by two sphinxes and frescoed walls and dating to 300-325 BC, there has been speculation that the tomb could contain the remains of Alexander the Great or his lawful Persian wife Roxana, and their son Alexander IV. The tomb, in the country’s north-eastern Macedonia region, has been gradually unearthed over the past two years. A culture ministry official said that there was no evidence yet to suggest a link to Alexander the Great. Alexander the Great died in 323 BC in Babylonia – modern day Iraq – and his actual burial place still remains unknown. The official said the Amphipolis site, about 105 kilometres north-east of Thessaloniki, near the town of Serres, appeared to be the largest ancient tomb to have been discovered in Greece.Archaeologists expect to enter the tomb by the end of the month to determine who was buried there.“It looks like the tomb of a prominent Macedonian of that era,” said another culture ministry official last week. The findings so far include two sphinxes, thought to have guarded the tomb’s entrance, and a 4.5 metre-wide road leading into it, with walls on both sides covered by frescoes. It is circled by a 497-metre marble outer wall.Experts believe a 5.2 metre tall lion sculpture, previously discovered nearby in an excavation that began in 1960, once stood atop the tomb.According to archaeologist Katerina Peristeri, the head of the 28th Ephorate of Pre historic and Classical Antiquities, excavations over the last two years at Kasta Hill in Amphipolis have revealed a unique grave circle which dates back to the last quarter of the 4th century BC.Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who visited the site this week, described the discovery as an ‘extremely significant finding’.“The land of Macedonia continues to move and surprise us, revealing its unique treasures,” Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said.“Everything we have been shown by Mrs Peristeri and her team underline the significance of the findings. It would be wrong of us to be tempted to start speculating,” he told the Greek daily Kathimerini.Ancient Amphipolis was founded as an Athenian colony in 437 BC and was conquered by the father of Alexander the Great, Philip II of Macedon in 357 BC. There has been speculation that the tomb could contain the remains of Alexander the Great or his lawful Persian wife, Roxana, and their son Alexander IV. Roxana and Alexander IV were murder by Cassander, in 311 BC, after been exiled to ancient Amphipolis, located on the banks of the river Strymonas. Cassander was a Greek Hellenistic King of Ancient Macedon (305-297 BC), who married Alexander the Great’s half-sister Thessaloniki and founded the second largest today Greek city, Thessaloniki, named after his wife, in 317 BC.The most famous ancient site in the region of Macedonia so far is the Vergina Tomb of Alexander’s father, Philip II, which was unearthed in 1977 by the late professor Manolis Andronikos. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
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