New Delhi: In a fast-paced development, the Supreme Court on Friday said the woman law student, who had gone missing after levelling harassment allegations against former Union minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand and found in Rajasthan, will be kept in the national Capital under full security.The woman was produced before the Apex Court judges who said she has expressed desire not to go to her home state, Uttar Pradesh. The Apex Court, which directed the Uttar Pradesh Police to produce the woman before it when they were on way to Sahajahanpur from Rajasthan, had an “in-camera” interaction with her. Later, a bench of Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna, which assembled at 7.35 pm to hear the matter, said in open court hearing that the woman had left Uttar Pradesh with her three college mates in “order to protect herself”.
In the 10 years since the conclusion of the anti-personnel mine-ban treaty, known as the Ottawa Convention, “much obviously has been achieved in terms of eradicating devices which are in the ground and stigmatizing any new use of such weapons, in eliminating stockpiled devices, in assisting victims,” Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno told reporters in New York.Casualty rates have been slashed by 50 per cent, “which has enabled millions of people in mine-affected countries to resume their normal lives by making land safe for farming and by allowing children to walk safely to school by opening roads to transportation and commerce,” he added.However, between 15,000 and 20,000 people are killed annually by landmines years, or even decades, after the end of a conflict in such places as Western Sahara and Cyprus. “So long as there are mines, they are a danger to the local population. They are a great impediment to the resumption of local life,” he said, calling for stronger international agreements which address the humanitarian impact of such deadly weapons.Mr. Guéhenno also pointed out the lethality of explosive remnants of war, which include different types of ammunition, unexploded rockets and mortars. Also included in this category are the especially dangerous cluster bombs, which scatter hundreds of smaller bombs, or submunitions, intended to detonate on impact, but of which a significant portion do not.He cited Kosovo, Iraq, Viet Nam and Lebanon as areas in which mines pose significant problems. In Lebanon, he said, the UN has helped to clean up 100,000 submunitions from cluster bombs, but a million still remain, and there have been casualties among both UN peacekeepers and the Lebanese.The vast majority of victims of these weapons are civilians, and in Afghanistan, most victims are below the age of 18.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) also emphasized the civilian component of the issue.“Civilian populations are often the first, and always the last, casualties of war,” said Judy Cheng-Hopkins, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner. Mines and other devices “ensure that the suffering [of civilians] continues well past the signing of peace treaties or accords, past the withdrawal of armed forces and past the ‘normalization’ of relations between warring countries are groups,” she said.UN agencies operating in Sudan also reiterated their commitment to the mine-clearing process, education and assistance to those affected by landmines.Not only do these devices kill and injure people in Sudan every year, but they also hinder the delivery of humanitarian aid, impede refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) from returning safely home and thwart the implementation of humanitarian and development programmes, according to the UN Mine Action Office in Sudan (UNMAO).UNMAO also said that mines are preventing the “smooth implementation” of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which ended 21 years of separate civil conflict between north and south Sudan.Currently, 14 UN agencies, programmes, departments and funds are active in mine action services – including finding and destroying landmines and explosive remnants of war; assisting victims; teaching people methods to remain safe in mine-affected areas; and destroying mine stockpiles; and encouraging universal participation in international agreements such as the Ottawa Convention – in dozens of countries.To commemorate the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action tomorrow, numerous events will be held throughout the world. Exhibitions will be held in places such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Eritrea and Switzerland, while a festival in which children will participate will be held in Chechnya.At UN Headquarters, a mock minefield will be installed to show how the de-mining process works, and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will conduct mine-risk education workshops to the public. 3 April 2007Although efforts to curtail landmines have been successful, much remains to be done as the devices still kill nearly 20,000 people every year, the top United Nations peacekeeping official said today on the eve of the second-ever International Day dedicated to curbing the scourge.
5 March 2009Teachers and their pupils in Madagascar suffered threats and intimidation yesterday, prompting the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to call on Malagasy authorities, parties and people to “respect the fundamental rights of children and to abstain from all actions that put children in peril.” UNICEF also condemned the abusive behaviour against schoolchildren in at least one lower secondary and one upper secondary school in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar and its largest city, maintaining that “all schools must be havens of peace and security.”“According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, every child below the age of 18 years has the right to personal respect and to physical and psycho-social well-being in the context of the family, community and school,” UNICEF said in a statement released by its office in Madagascar today. The agency said that its mission is to defend children’s rights, basing its work on the articles and principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, in effect in Madagascar since 1991.The statement read that “UNICEF is continuing its work for the survival, well-being, development and protection of all children in Madagascar,” where recent political unrest led to several deaths. Earlier this year, at least 68 people died in riots that erupted amid a dispute between the country’s President, Marc Ravalomanana, and Andry Rajoelina, the Mayor of Anatananarivo.
Murdoch vows to load publishing division with cash in News Corp. split AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. said Thursday that its board has approved a plan to split into two companies, one containing struggling newspaper and book publishing businesses and the other comprising faster-growing entertainment operations.Murdoch will serve as chairman of both new companies and CEO of the entertainment company. The Murdoch family, which controls nearly 40 per cent of the voting shares in News Corp., is expected to maintain control of both companies.News Corp.’s board unanimously approved the split in principle. It will take a more formal look at the plan’s details in coming months. The separation is also subject to regulatory approval and is expected to take about a year.The split of News Corp. is a symbolic turning point for Murdoch, the company’s 81-year-old CEO. Through the years, Murdoch maintained a fondness for newspapers even as he purchased entertainment companies and built a media conglomerate with a market value of $53 billion. In hearings last summer before U.K. lawmakers, he conceded that he regularly called newspaper editors under his employ with the greeting: “What’s doing?”Investors have already applauded the change. Since news of the split broke early Tuesday, News Corp. shares are up 9 per cent. They slipped 32 cents, or 1.4 per cent, to $21.99 on Thursday.News Corp. said existing shareholders will get one share of stock in the publishing company for every News Corp. share they own. The exact ratio could change. Each company would maintain two classes of stock, voting shares and non-voting shares.Murdoch is hoping the television and movie company will be more highly valued by shareholders who had been unwilling to accept the dour growth prospects of the newspaper and book business.But he now faces the challenge of making the publishing division attractive to investors. Taken as a whole, News Corp.’s entertainment businesses are much more promising. In the nine months through March, the combined cable channel, TV station, satellite TV and movie businesses saw revenue rise 9 per cent to $18.66 billion. Operating profit rose 23 per cent to $4.17 billion.By contrast, the publishing arm’s revenues and profits have been shrinking over the same period. Revenues declined 4 per cent to $6.22 billion while operating profits slipped 22 per cent to $458 million.The entire newspaper industry is struggling. Companies that once spent money for newspaper advertisements have been flocking to the Internet in search of cheaper ad space. Print newspaper subscriptions continue to fall. Meanwhile, digital subscriptions and ads at newspaper companies have been slow to make up for the decline.“News has been reduced to being a minor part of what we now think of as media,” said newspaper analyst Ken Doctor said, writer of the Newsonomics blog. “News needs to be thought of differently and, in a sense, subsidized.”Investors have long pestered News Corp. to get rid of the newspaper business. Murdoch acknowledged Thursday that the idea has been discussed internally for more than three years.Still, he said he rejects “naysayers” who doubt the long-term future of the printed word.“The answer is one word: it’s digital,” Murdoch said to analysts on a conference call. “People are buying pure papers printed on crushed wood, but they are equally getting their news in many other forms.”Even so, Murdoch plans to put money behind those words. To address the concerns of future shareholders, he promised that the publishing division will be split off with “a robust net cash position” to be used for potential acquisitions.News Corp. had $10.7 billion in cash and cash equivalents on hand at the end of March.Analysts said the split will allow Murdoch to pursue the newspaper business with the same fervour he had when he began building his empire 60 years ago. It also contains the possible damage from mistakes, such as the one he made when he overpaid for Dow Jones & Co. in 2007.“Once the companies are separated, he’ll be able to make acquisitions without upsetting the valuation of the entertainment business,” said Alan Gould, an analyst with Evercore Partners. “I don’t worry about the acquisitions he’s doing 2 to 3 years down the road in publishing.”The entertainment company will have its challenges too. While growing faster, News Corp.’s entertainment business is by no means perfect. Movie studios face declining DVD sales. One year a studio can produce a slew of blockbuster movie hits, another year it can churn out box office bombs. TV stations are slowly recovering in the aftermath of the Great Recession, thanks to political ad spending and the newfound health of the U.S. auto industry.The stalwarts in News Corp.’s entertainment
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Titanic’ effects maker Digital Domain files for Ch. 11, to sell main business for $15M by The Associated Press Posted Sep 11, 2012 2:45 pm MDT PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The digital production company founded by director James Cameron said Tuesday that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reached a deal to sell its operating business to a private investment firm for $15 million.Less than a year after going public, Digital Domain Media Group Inc., best known for its work on Cameron’s “Titanic” and its hologram of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, along with a Canadian court.The sale agreement with Searchlight Capital Partners LP includes the company’s operating subsidiaries in the U.S. and Canada. It remains subject to an auction process where the company can consider other higher offers and must be approved by the court.The Port St. Lucie, Fla., company’s Digital Domain Productions business has studios in California and Canada that create digital visual effects, animation and digital production for the entertainment and advertising industries.In the company’s court filings, Michael Katzenstein, its chief restructuring officer, said that the company was running out of cash and had violated cash and debt requirements set forth by its lenders. It tried to find additional outside sources of capital, but wasn’t able get enough to restructure its debt and pay its operating expenses, he said.Apart from its work on “Titanic,” Digital Domain had produced visual effects for more than 90 movies, including “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and the “Transformers” series. In April, its Tupac Shakur hologram made a splash when it took the stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and appeared to perform alongside Snoop Dogg.The appearance also boosted the company’s stock. Since going public in November, the company’s shares have traded between 44 cents and $9.20, hitting their peak in the weeks after the performance.The filing comes days after Digital Domain said it was closing its Florida facility, laying off about 280 workers. The company’s CEO, and second-largest shareholder, John Textor resigned, protesting the decision.Digital Domain had spent the past few years building a new animation studio in Port St. Lucie, using millions in incentives from the city and the state. The company went into default on a series of loans.Florida Gov. Rick Scott has ordered his inspector general to investigate the process used to award millions in state incentives that were used to lure Digital Domain to the state.Day-to-day operations of Digital Domain’s remaining business won’t be affected by the Chapter 11 filing, the company said. Debt holders have agreed to provide up to $20 million in financing that will fund its activities while it restructures.As of June 30, the company had total assets of about $205 million and total liabilities of about $214 million.
TSX up amid rising commodities, strong U.S. consumer, jobs, housing reports by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 27, 2013 8:33 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market racked up a modest gain Thursday as commodity prices moved mainly higher and consumer, housing and employment data pointed to a stronger U.S. economy.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 53.88 points to 12,005.78.After markets closed, regulators announced the approval of a revised bid by Bell (TSX:BCE) to acquire Astral Media (TSX:ACM.A) and its suite of TV speciality channels and radio stations in a deal worth $3.4 billion.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said the revised bid — in which Bell agreed to sell some of Astral’s specialty TV channels and radio stations — satisfied its concerns that the company would be too dominant in the market.BCE shares closed up about one per cent prior to the announcement, while Astral shares gained 13 cents to $48.24.The Canadian dollar edged up 0.04 of a cent to 95.47 cents US.New York indexes also advanced as the Dow Jones industrials gained 114.35 points to 15,024.49, the Nasdaq ran ahead 25.64 points to 3,401.86 and the S&P 500 index climbed 9.94 points to 1,613.2.The U.S. Commerce Department said American consumer spending rose 0.3 per cent last month while incomes rose 0.5 per cent in May, the biggest gain since February.The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits — a proxy for layoffs — fell 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 346,000. The four-week average, a less volatile figure, declined to a near five-year low of 345,750.Also, the number of people who signed contracts to buy U.S. homes jumped in May to the highest level in more than six years.Buying sentiment also improved after data released Wednesday showed weaker-than-expected U.S. growth in the first quarter, which raised hopes the Fed would be in no hurry to cut back on its US$85 billion of bond purchases each month. Figures showed the U.S. economy grew at a 1.8 per cent annualized rate in the first quarter, instead of the previous estimate of 2.4 per cent.Kash Pashootan, vice-president and portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company, thinks markets will experience more of the volatility that has been a fixture since late May when traders started to worry that Fed stimulus might decrease. At the same time, he expects them to head higher.“Either way, you are hedged, because there’s one side of it where you get good economic news — markets go up in the U.S.,” he said.“If you get soft economic news, it suggests economic easing is going to continue. So you’re covered on both ends. And as long as confidence stays high, which it is, markets are going higher.”On the TSX, the base metals component was ahead 2.4 per cent as July copper rose two cents to US$3.06 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) climbed 48 cents to C$22.24 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) advanced 60 cents to $15.25.The gold sector gained about two per cent as bullion prices continued to falter with the August contract down $18.20 to a three-year low of US$1,211.60 an ounce amid continued speculation about when the Federal Reserve may ease up on its monthly bond purchases. Gold prices have deteriorated steadily this year as the precious metal loses its appeal as a hedge against inflation and deteriorating currencies. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) advanced 45 cents to C$23.85.The consumer discretionary sector pushed up 1.6 per cent. Aimia (TSX:AIM), the company that runs the Aeroplan customer loyalty program, says it’s prepared to replace CIBC (TSX:CM) as its bank credit card partner at the end of this year unless it matches contractual terms offered by TD Bank (TSX:TD). CIBC says it’s reviewing the proposed terms to see if it will exercise its right of first refusal and that it will continue the Aeroplan business as usual in the meantime. CIBC rose 28 cents to $75.31 while Aimia gained $1.48 or 10.63 per cent to $15.40.The energy sector was ahead 0.3 per cent as the strong American data improved demand prospects and sent the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up $1.55 to US$97.05 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) improved by 40 cents to C$30.84.The tech sector was also supportive with MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates rising $1.87 to $70.34. But BlackBerry (TSX:BB) shed 58 cents or 3.7 per cent to $15.05, a day before the smartphone maker releases its quarterly earnings.The telecom sector continued to lose ground in the wake of a report that American telecom giant Verizon Communications could be set to compete with the established Canadian players in the wireless business.The sector fell heavily Wednesday after the Globe and Mail reported that Verizon is looking at two of Canada’s smaller
Spokesperson Liz Throssell told journalists in Geneva on Friday that the ruling against Santos López Alonso – one of only six military personnel to have been convicted – was “another important step” for transitional justice in Guatemala.“We welcome the ruling this week by a Guatemalan court to convict and sentence a former soldier to 5,130 years in prison for his role in the Dos Erres massacre,” she said, describing it as “one of the most shocking episodes of the country’s long civil war, when more than 200 people were killed in the village of Dos Erres in 1982.Ms. Throssell added that the court had concluded that the crimes against humanity committed in Dos Erres were part of a larger state policy of the ruling military junta.According to a UN-backed national rights commission, 200,000 lives were lost amid hundreds of massacres that were carried out in indigenous Maya villages.State forces and paramilitary groups were responsible for 93 per cent of violations documented, Guatemala’s Commission for Historical Clarification found, including 92 per cent of arbitrary executions and 91 per cent of forced disappearances.“Santos López Alonso, who was a member of an elite force of the Guatemalan military known as the Kaibiles, was found guilty of crimes against humanity and murder in 171 of these cases,” Ms. Throssell said.The massacre was planned and involved people of all ages, with many women and girls reportedly raped, while children were thrown into the village well.“The Kaibiles suspected the inhabitants of Dos Erres of sympathizing with left-wing guerrillas, and after carrying out a search of the village for weapons, they proceeded to systematically shoot or bludgeon to death hundreds of men, women and children,” the OHCHR spokesperson explained.In an appeal to the Guatemalan authorities to continue to investigate and prosecute those responsible for crimes committed during the country’s 36-year civil war, Ms. Throssell noted that such trials “have frequently been stalled” by the “malicious use” of injunctions.“Despite the courageous efforts by victims, lawyers and civil society organizations to ensure justice, truth, reparations and non-repetition, there have been very few prosecutions and convictions, particularly of high-level officials, and few victims have received reparations,” the OHCHR spokesperson said.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGarbage woes: Central Govt’s over $475M bailout to see Puran, Cevons recommence servicesNovember 17, 2017In “Business”$300M owed by M&CC: Central Govt won’t get involved- HarmonAugust 7, 2017In “Business”Come February G/town residents to pay $100 for every barrel of garbage removed- Town ClerkJanuary 4, 2018In “Business” … says payments with new contractors will be made in portions to cope Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase-Green on Tuesday told news reporters that the over $300M owed to Cevons Waste Management and Puran Brothers Disposal was accumulated during the several clean up campaigns within the 2015-2016 periods.Mayor Patricia Chase-Greene“During our 2015-2016 clean-up of the entire city, you know what the city was like, all the alley ways had to be cleaned out, the cemetery had to be cleaned, the entire city had to be cleaned. There was heaps of garbage all over the city. There was so much of dirt in this city that we would have spent money to clean up,” she told reporters in front of City Hall where she fielded questions.Furthermore, despite claims that the contract between the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and the larger garbage companies has been scrapped, Chase-Green asserted that this was not the case.“I’m not certain that the contract with the two existing persons have been scrapped. The letter was so kind to say ‘look you are more or less in a breach of our contract with us’. But we have not scrapped it. We’re still in negotiations with those two contractors to find a consensus to how we’re going to pay the $300M.”Nevertheless, she confirmed that in the interim, while Cevons’ and Puran’s have withdrawn their services, three newly contracted garbage companies- two of which are Campbell’s Waste Management and SanDip Waste Disposal- have been brought on board “to ensure the city is kept clean at all times.”Against the backdrop of it being public knowledge that the M&CC is not financially equipped to service their over $300M debt, Chase-Green was asked how the Council intends to pay the three new garbage companies contracted.She then explained that City Hall can only afford to pay in portions, which was not a condition Cevons and Puran’s were open to.“…the larger contractors want to be paid all their money at one time and I did have a proposal where we would be paying them a particular amount of the $300 … over a period of time, [but] they were not willing to accept that… While the small contractors have agreed that they will take their money in portions” said Chase-Green.For quite some time, the M&CC has professed being ‘cash strapped’, and on multiple occasions, work around the city had to be halted since the municipality was unable to pay workers.During December 2016, the M&CC had appealed to Central Government for a $600 million bailout- with $300M of that amount earmarked for servicing their debt to Cevons’ and Puran’s. However, that request was denied.Moreover, on Friday last during a Post Cabinet briefing, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said that while the Government is concerned about the current financial situation at City Hall, it does not warrant their involvement at this point in time.In a joint statement on Saturday, Puran Brothers Disposal Inc and Cevons Waste Management announced its intentions to withdraw their services to City Hall, as the lack of payment to the companies continued despite promises to be paid.The statement explained that the issue of non-payment for services rendered had been a long-standing one, dating as far back as 2015.Prior to this falling out, the companies resumed work after a four-day suspension of services over the same issue.They stated that their return was conditional, pending a meeting that they had requested be held to discuss payments.The Garbage companies noted that since then, despite assurances from the Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan, there has been no such meeting nor has the municipal authorities “shown (any) inclination to meet with us.”Following the companies pulling their services, the M&CC reacted swiftly to put mechanisms in place by hiring the three smaller contracting services to conduct once weekly disposal services for residential areas and once daily disposals for the commercial areas.Town Clerk, Royston King has since been quoted in the media assuring that the council’s debt to the two companies will be settled, even as Chase-Green has repeatedly said that City Hall cannot afford to clear its debt at this time since they have other financial obligations to honour. (Ramona Luthi)
handballhandball youth tournamentInternational handballsplit handball ← Previous Story Bergischer “Lions” believe in their coach – Sebastian Hinze! Next Story → (VIDEO) Best moments from the Best match of EHF CL Round 1 in Plock! City of Split, where Ivano Balic, Petar Metlicic and other fantastic athletes, not only from handball sport, began their careers, will get some new TOP handball events as the International Youth Handball Tournament in the last days of 2013, but also Beach Handball Tournament in June 2014. One of organizers, Mario Caljkusic, who also established famous International Handball Goalkeepers Camp in Makarska, expects a lot of handball joy in the beautiful city on the Adriatic coast:– About goalkeepers’ camp we already said enough. It will be extremely difficult to goes level up with that project, because we already made almost perfect event for the goalies. Names of Omeyer, Hvidt, Alilovic, Basic and others prove that. We would like to prolong Camp, to have 15 days event and that will be our goal in the next period– says Caljkusic and presents International Youth Handball Tournament in perod of December 27-29 2013.– Split is the city of rich handball tradition, 60-70 years old. We didn’t have any serious project on the international level for kids. This city deserves something more. We have all necessary conditions to organize strong tournament on international level.Tournament will be organized in both categories – male and female for the generation 1996 till 2003…– Our wish it so make one of the biggest tournament in Europe. Expectations going up to 2200 participants for the first year. We already booked 1500 places in Split and neighborhood. We have great potential, people will have opportunity to enjoy in city of Split, who is 1700 years old! We want also to make something positive for our local handball community. We found that dates in December are attractive. All the participants will have enough time to went back to home before New Year’s eve.STRONG BEACH HANDBALL TOURNAMENT IN SPLIT IN JUNE 2014– We have big plans. We already made a team for that project in which taking part some of the people from world’s handball scene. Split is touristic center during summer, but without any sport’s programme. Our wish is to have a few thousands beach handball participants, many teams from many countries. The event will take place on city beach – Znjan. We are trying to build courts there and that is our next step – concludes Caljkusic.
MontpellierparisPSG Handball In the ex-derby match of the French Championship, Montpellier beat Chambery Savoie 40:30 (20:11). Absolutely amazing was right wing of home team Dragan Gajic with 12 goals from 13 shots. That was enough for ex-French champion to came to the second place, just behind PSG, who has a point more and a match less…STANDINGS:1. Paris 6 – 112. Montpellier 7 – 103. Dunkerque 6 – 104. Saint Raphael 6 – 85. Cesson-Rennes 6 – 76. Nimes 6 – 77. Toulouse 6 – 78. Chambery 7 – 79. Nantes 6 – 610. Selestat 6 – 411. Dijon 6 – 412. Aix 6 – 413. Tremblay 6 – 114. Ivry 6 – 0 ← Previous Story Qatar beat Aragon Next Story → Brazilian girls at friendly tournament in Hungary
An unprecedented Family Court ruling has granted an Australian Greek mother custody of her two children and refused a request by their father for their return to Greece despite both countries being signatories to an international convention on child abductions.The mother, who is of Greek descent, returned to Australia in late 2007 accompanied by her children. She then decided to stay on. Her husband filed an application with the Greek courts under the provisions of the Hague Convention for the return of the children. Although, Greece and Australia are signatories to this treaty which means that usual court practice orders the return of children where there is no mutual parental consent for their removal, the judge in this case ruled against the father’s application. The mother’s barrister Olivia Nikou SC was able to provide sufficient evidence that the children would be a grave risk of physical or psychological harm, were they to return to Greece. The court accepted arguments that the mother would not receive sufficient protection against domestic violence in Greece.The couple, which cannot be identified for legal reasons, was married for the last ten years. The woman had moved to Greece in the late 90’s where she met her husband. The children were born and raised in Greece. The woman claimed in court that she had been the victim of continuing domestic violence that led to her separation from her partner and to her eventual return to Melbourne. Ms Nikou SC said in court that due to his abuse she had developed a condition called positional vertigo. This condition put her at greater risk of serious injury or even death if she were to return to Greece and struck again by her husband according to her legal team. Evidence was also provided to the court that the father had also attacked the eldest son and that the return of the son to Greece would risk his being exposed to further physical or psychological harm. Despite the father’s written deposition denying any violence either against his wife or children, no additional evidence was provided. The father had not commissioned a lawyer here in Melbourne and his case was represented by the Country Central Authority.Critical evidence was secured by the woman’s legal team from two Greek law experts – a law professor and a lawyer – who made a case that the Greek legal system could not protect the woman or her children from future potential violence. This evidence went unchallenged by the Country Central Authority although given the opportunity by the judge to do so. Family law expert Bill Kordos stressed to Neos Kosmos English Edition that this case should not be considered as setting a precedent. “The Central Authority should have presented additional evidence and if this had happened I’m sure the outcome would have been different,” Mr Kordos said. Kordos expressed his concern about the ruling. “I find it repugnant that a court in this country would make a finding that the Greek laws could not protect a citizen.” The father has not appealed the decision. The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is a multilateral treaty developed to provide an expeditious method to return a child taken from one member nation to another. The primary intention of the Convention is to preserve whatever status quo child custody arrangement existed immediately before an alleged wrongful removal or retention thereby deterring a parent from crossing international boundaries in search of a more sympathetic court.The question of physical or psychological harm should children return home is one of the six key tests which need to be considered when making a determination under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Convention applies only to children under the age of 16. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target Epic Buys ‘Rocket League,’ Scores Another Goal Against Steam11 Video Games That Should Add a Battle Royale Mode If you live, sleep and breathe Psyonix’s car soccer-on-steroids game Rocket League, there’s a product out on the market that you’re going to want to sit down to hear about. Are you sitting? Good. You can now purchase your very own Rocket League stress ball based on the very one you play with in-game.The six-inch stress ball runs you $16 and looks just like the coveted in-game item, and if you’re one of those creative types, you could even possibly use it with remote-controlled cars to create your own Rocket League extravaganza in the privacy of your own home. Just think about how much fun you could have holding your own homegrown tournaments! Moreover, if you suffer a crushing defeat or something to that effect, you’ve got something safe to take all that anger out on. Don’t pretend you don’t typically just scream into or punch a pillow or something. This is much healthier, you see.You can also opt for a smaller size of the Rocket League ball that’s about three inches wide as well as an even smaller, two-inch wide keychain version that you can take with you wherever you go. Because you can be sure that no matter wherever you find yourself, there are probably some Rocket League fans around that you can start up a conversation with. The holidays are coming up, too, so you might want to stockpile a few for everyone on your Rocket League team, or just to hand out to spread the word about the game.That’s not all the merch you can cop as a Rocket League fan, however. There’s a whole variety of items you can purchase from the official store, ranging from baseball caps, T-shirts, and hoodies to coffee mugs and mousepads. The replica ball is up for grabs right now, and you can purchase it here.
Interviews following SummerSlam in BrooklynWWE also posted these videos from backstage at SummerSlam last night. Google+ WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Facebook Four new champions were crowned on Sunday night at SummerSlam.This included Ronda Rousey (above) defeating Alexa Bliss to capture the RAW Women’s Championship, Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar to capture the WWE Universal Championship, Charlotte Flair walked away the new Smackdown Women’s Champion with a win over Becky Lynch and Carmella and Seth Rollins opened the show beating Dolph Ziggler to become the new WWE Intercontinental Champion. Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins discovers his siblings through a 23andMe DNA test
Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:42 Gail DelaughterWhite Oak Bayou at Studemont StreetNext to busy Interstate-10, White Oak Bayou is an oasis for people living on the southern edge of the Heights. Sunflowers line the banks, while cranes and other exotic birds wade in the water. But the bayou itself has had a few alterations. Matthew Zeve is the Chief Operations Officer of the Harris County Flood Control District. He’s showing us the bayou’s concrete lining, which was installed by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1960s to handle floodwaters. The bayou was transformed from a meandering waterway into a channel with sloping concrete banks. But in the future that could change. The Flood Control District is now working with the Memorial-Heights Redevelopment Authority to study whether White Oak Bayou could be returned to a more natural state. Zeve says they can’t exactly bring it back to what it used to be, but it could look a lot different.– / 5“The design would be some form of channel section, but it’ll have more curves to it,” explains Zeve. “It will be a gentler slope. It’ll be covered with vegetation of some sort. It will look a lot softer than a hard edge of concrete does today.”An engineering firm will conduct that study and it’s expected to take at least six months. Zeve says the main thing they want to know is if they can even do the project. “Any alternative that increases flood hazards along White Oak Bayou, we won’t do a project,” says Zeve. “That is a non-starter. We will not allow a project to go forward that will increase flood hazards on White Oak Bayou.” And if they can do that work, Zeve expects it would be an extensive effort involving multiple city and county departments and costing millions of dollars.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday paid homage to those who lost their lives in indiscriminate firing at Netai village on this day in 2011, during the erstwhile Left Front government rule in the state. The firing allegedly carried out by CPI(M) workers had killed nine villagers, including women, and injuring as many as 28 people. “On January 7, 2011, innocent villagers were killed in indiscriminate firing from the house of a harmad in Netai village in Paschim Medinipur district. My solemn homage to those who lost their lives,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle Monday. The CBI had filed charge sheet against 20 people in the Netai massacre case in 2014.
Facebook Comments No related posts. How much does a liter of milk cost? | Create infographics The median price for one liter of 2 percent milk is ₡626 ($1.30) and ₡707 ($1.40) for 1 kilogram of rice.The former mayor of San José added that Ticos could get a casado — a typical lunch or dinner meal of meat, rice and beans, and a salad — for as little as ₡1,000 (roughly $2).The PLN candidate’s answers sent Ticos to Twitter and Facebook, where they snidely asked the candidate where they could find such bargains.Other candidates were closer to the mark. Social Christian Unity Party latecomer Rodolfo Piza came the closest of those asked, at ₡600. Broad Front candidate José María Villalta was close to the price of a kilo of rice with his guess of ₡700, but overestimated the cost of milk by almost as much as Araya low-balled it, saying it cost ₡1,000. Admittedly, Villalta said he doesn’t drink milk.Libertarian Movement Party candidate Otto Guevara abstained from most of the questions about the household index, saying he “doesn’t do the shopping in the house.”The newspaper asked Citizen Action Party candidate Luis Guillermo Solís other questions about the household index. La Teja also asked the candidates how much they pay for electricity and their cellphone bills, and how much a liter of gasoline goes for. How much does a carton of milk cost? The Costa Rican daily newspaper La Teja translated this old political standby question to the metric system when it asked several of the leading presidential candidates how much a liter of milk, among other things, cost on Sunday.National Liberation Party candidate Johnny Araya – the once longtime mayor of Costa Rica’s capital city – should have consulted with his vice presidential running mate Jorge Pattoni, general manager of the Dos Pinos dairy cooperative, before answering how much a liter of milk goes for nowadays.Araya estimated the cost of a liter of milk at ₡200 ($0.40) and a kilogram of rice at ₡300 ($0.60), half the actual prices, based on 2013 figures from the Economy, Industry and Commerce Ministry.
By Evie AndreouREGARDLESS of the reforms demanded by the memorandum with the international lenders, the national health system (NHS) must be implemented as soon as possible, but with some changes, the president of the Democratic Party (DIKO) Nicholas Papadopoulos has said.Papadopoulos said that his party had accepted the invitation of the socialist EDEK party to start a dialogue in order to set common positions on government bills and the implementation of the NHS.“There is room for improvement of the structure and the framework, but the goal at this moment must remain the implementation of the system as soon as possible. We are all witnesses on a daily basis that Cyprus’ health system has collapsed under the pressure of the economic crisis and we don’t have the luxury of further delays,” the DIKO leader said after the meeting.Diomedis Diomedous, general secretary of EDEK’s labour union DEOK, said however that the decision of the government to completely change the philosophy leading to the introduction and implementation of the NHS finds the union in disagreement. He said that it causes concern over the unnecessary and damaging delays in the implementation of the NHS because of the many procedures the bill will have to go through.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
A SURGEON was ordered by the Supreme Court to pay more than €200,000 to Limassol taxi driver Tasos Lambrou whose father suffered serious health problems in 2005 due to a doctor’s negligence.Surgeon and chairman of the board at private Ygia Policlinic in Limassol Yiannis Ioannou had been ordered to pay the amount in 2011 but appealed the court’s decision. It took another five years before the case was finally heard at the Supreme Court and the decision was upheld. In the meantime, in 2013, Lambrou’s father Pantelis died after being in poor health for years.“We are over the moon,” Tasos Lambrou said on Thursday. “for us it is not about the money but about justice for my father.”The shameful thing about it, he added, is that it took so long for the court to reach this decision. “My father passed away without knowing about the money. It could have helped him in his last years when he was in a lot of pain, and given him some dignity.”The doctor had twice operated on Lambrou’s father, Pantelis, over 10 years ago, in 2005. Pantelis, 68 at the time, had a gall bladder removed on December 1 after it was inflamed.Three weeks after the initial surgery, on December 21, he was readmitted to the private clinic after feeling unwell and had another operation to remove an abscess, which, like the first one, was carried out by Ioannou.By the next day, the patient’s blood pressure had plummeted and he was having seizures so strong that he had to be restrained.Five days after the surgery, a diabetes specialist was called who ordered blood sugar tests and found the patient had fallen into a diabetic coma with his sugar levels hitting 1,900 mg.According to the specialist these tests should have been taken much earlier and the failure of the doctor to administer them put the patient at risk and resulted in his poor health.During the 2009 court case, the endocrinologist testified that he managed to bring down Pantelis’ blood sugar levels to 281. However, under the circumstances, bearing in mind Pantelis’ age, his infection and the stress from his surgeries his blood sugar should have been monitored every day post-surgery.In his defence, the surgeon told the court he had tested the patient’s sugar levels using glucose strips which revealed all was normal. He added it was not common practice to burden a patient with more tests if they did not have diabetes.But this, according to the endocrinologist was not sufficient enough as it has a margin of error of 20 per cent. A more thorough approach would have been to carry out a blood test.The doctor testified Pantelis’ falling into a coma was a rare development which happened in one in 1,000 cases and usually resulted in high blood sugar without the patient falling into a diabetic coma. You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoComparisons.orgRowland Heights Pays Homeowners to Install Solar. See if your zip code qualifiesComparisons.orgUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Declining net interest income has forced banks to raise charges and readjust their interest rates on deposits and loans, as rates in the euro area remain at historic low levels.On Wednesday, new charges introduced by Bank of Cyprus came into effect aiming at encouraging the use of digital technology by making teller service and use of cheques pricier.Five months earlier, Hellenic Bank also changed its charges based on a similar approach.Bank of Cyprus’ new charges, listed in a 16 page-document on its website, show that individual customers will have pay a €2 fee to have a cheque cashed, a service which was free of charge until last month.The cost of cashing cheques at other banks, excluding those of the Central Bank of Cyprus, remains unchanged at 0.2 per cent of the cheque’s value or a minimum of €5.Issuing a chequebook increased by €10 to €25, cash withdrawals cost 0.1 per cent, or up to €2. Cash withdrawals for Bank of Cyprus customers at the bank’s own ATMs remain free of charge but are charged €3 when done at the ATM of another lender.On the other hand, a Bank of Cyprus chequebook costs only €16 when ordered via its online 1bank service.Hellenic Bank, which introduced its current commission and charges policy on March 1, charges current and trading accounts €0.15 per accounting entry and €0.30 per cash withdrawal at a branch’s counter, with a minimum and maximum charge for individuals of €2 and €7 respectively.In the case of companies, excluding customers of the bank’s international business centres (IBC), the minimum and maximum monthly charge of €5 and €30 respectively was introduced.Ordering a chequebook of 50 cheques cost €20 at Hellenic while that of 15 cheques costs €10.The new charges come in response not only to the declining net interest income of the banks but also to the subsequent hit on profitability.In the first quarter of the year, the cumulative net interest income in the Cypriot banking sector fell to €327.1m, which is the lowest since 2011, compared with €373.5m in January to March 2017 and €470.9m in 2016, Central Bank data shows.The ongoing reduction in net interest income adds to the challenges Cypriot banks are facing and include €20bn in non-performing loans in March, or 43 per cent of the total, contributing to cumulative losses of €708.6m in 2017 against a loss of €213.8m in 2016.In 2017, banks had to take €1.4bn in impairments on financial assets in addition to €109m in provisions, compared with €1.1bn and €20.6m in 2016 respectively.In June, Cypriot banks also adjusted the interest rates for new business better rewarding certain categories of customers at the expense of others.For instance, the interest rate offered to households for their savings with a maturity of to one year rose by 7 basis points compared with May, to 0.95 per cent which is an all-time low, according to the Central Bank. This step was accompanied with an upwards 10 basis points adjustment of respective deposit rates of non-financial corporations at 0.75 per cent in June.Last month, banks also hiked the interest rate on consumer credit to 3.91 per cent, or by 4 basis points compared with May, reduced the mortgage rate by 7 basis points to 2.38 per cent, increased the borrowing cost for companies for loans up to €1m by 10 basis points, to 3.62, and decreased that for amounts over €1m by 32 basis points, to 2.91 per cent.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola