Ronald Wilson Regan, an American politician, and a conservative spokesman had served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. He was once quoted saying “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”Here are some interesting facts that you shouldn’t miss about Ronald Reagan:When Reagan was young, his father nicknamed him ‘Dutch’ because of the way he looked. This name remained with him till he was a young manHe was raised in a poor family in a small town of Northern Illinois. He graduated from Eureka College in 1932 and worked as a sports announcer on regional radio stationsReagan worked as a lifeguard when he was in college, he kept count of the lives that he saved and reached the count of 77 peopleHe started out in radio with a small role, won a seven-year contract with Warner Brothers in 1937, and became a famous movie and television actorThe legend is credited with 53 different acting roles in his television/movie careerReagan moved to Hollywood in 1937, starring in a few major productions. He was twice elected as the president of the Screen Actor’s Guild, where he tried to root out communist influenceHe was an FBI informant, under the codename ‘Agent T-10’Reagan received 525 electoral votes, in his 1984 re-election bid, the most of any candidate in the U.S. history; as he garnered 58.8 per cent of the votes and won 49 states in his race against Walter MondaleReagan became the 40th President of America in 1981 when he was 69 years of age and served for eight years until 1989An attempt was made to assassinate him, just after 69 days of becoming a president. A shot punctured his lung and he suffered internal bleedingRaegan was also known as the ‘Jelly Bean Man’ because of his love for themIt should be noted that 3.5 tonnes of Jelly Bellie beans were dispatched to the White House for his 1981 presidential celebrationsadvertisementInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)From the moment Tua Tagovailoa took over for Jalen Hurts at Alabama, it became evident that he is an exceptional playmaker. This past season he won the Maxwell Award and the SEC Offensive Player of the Year award.In his first season as the full-time starter for Alabama, Tagovailoa dominated his opposition with 3,966 yards and 48 total touchdowns. The threat of him making big plays with his arm or his legs constantly put defenses in tough situations.The only true weakness for Tagovailoa is his lack of experience, which could be erased after this season. He’ll enter this year as one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy.Many scouts project Tagovailoa to be the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but clearly he’s staying humble.During his appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show, Tagovailoa spoke about his career thus far in Tuscaloosa. The loss to Clemson in the national championship still appears to haunt him.From The Paul Finebaum Show: “I still haven’t really done anything. We won a championship when I was a freshman, but it doesn’t matter because we weren’t able to finish it last year. I think the thing for me now is to continue to worry about what I can to do help our team be successful this upcoming year.”Outside of his own comments, it’s rare to hear any negative remarks about Tagovailoa.He’ll have his shot at redemption this upcoming season, as the Crimson Tide will make another run at a national title.
Nova Scotians can enjoy provincial supervised beaches this summer under the watchful eye of lifeguards from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily starting Saturday, July 1. “We’re looking forward to another safe season of summer fun at the province’s beaches,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine. “We ask beachgoers to practise the highest levels of safety when swimming and doing other water sports, and obey lifeguards’ instructions.” Nova Scotia lifeguards are fully certified and attend training before the season begins to ensure they have technical and physical skills to do water rescue and promote water safety. “After a week of training at Aylesford Lake, I can’t wait for us to get onto the beaches for opening this Canada Day,” said Hannah McLean, a senior guard and the beach captain at Melmerby Beach Provincial Park in Pictou County. “We really hope to see everyone out visiting our beautiful beaches!” Since 1973, the lifeguard service has maintained a perfect record of no drownings on supervised beaches during supervised hours. It aims to maintain this record. “We are hoping for another safe season, but are preparing staff for any incident that could occur,” said Paul D’Eon, director of the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service. “We urge all beachgoers to swim between the red and yellow flags that designate the supervised area.” The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service and the Lifesaving Society, Nova Scotia Branch, are contracted by the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to provide supervision at select Nova Scotia beaches. They also guard some federal and municipal beaches. A complete list is available at www.nsls.ns.ca.
New Delhi: Flagging concerns over financial numbers of housing finance company DHFL, auditors of the debt-ridden firm said there were irregularities in granting of certain loans as well. The auditors had raised several red flags around the audited numbers of the fourth quarter ended March 2019. While stating that they were unable to obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence to provide a basis for an audit opinion, the auditors put out several qualifications and disclaimers. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We were not able to obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence to provide a basis for an audit opinion on the statement,” said DHFL’s auditors Deloitte Haskin & Sells and Chaturvedi & Shah said. The auditors had made the remarks in their independent report which is part of the filing submitted to the exchanges on Monday. Both auditors pointed that there were significant deficiencies in the grant and rollover of unsecured borrowings at DHFL and that there had also been other irregularities in the granting of certain loans. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”All these developments raise a significant doubt on the ability of the company to continue as a going concern and therefore it may be unable to realise its assets and discharge its liabilities including potential liabilities in the normal course of business,” they said. The auditors also said that the company is in the process of monetising its assets and has submitted a draft resolution plan to the consortium of bankers for restructuring its borrowings and also there have been discussions for stake sale by the promoters to a strategic partner with further equity infusion. “The ability of the company to continue as a going concern inter alia is dependent upon its ability to monetise its assets, secure funding from the bankers or investors, restructure its liabilities and recommence its operations, which are not wholly within control of the company,” they said. The auditors observed that various regulatory authorities or lenders are currently carrying out their own investigation and they may make a determination on whether any fraud or any other non-compliance or illegalities have occurred in relation to the allegations. “We are therefore unable to determine if these allegations would have an impact on the statement including whether any adjustments to the carrying value of the loans granted, any restatement, related parties and other disclosures and compliances are required,” they added. The development by the auditing firms comes at a time when the big four PwC, Deloitte, EY and KPMG, along with rating agencies ICRA and CARE face criticism from authorities for failing to uncover, or flag the issues at IL&FS in a timely manner. Last month, Reliance Infrastructure’s auditors raised similar red flags around the financials. Observations made by audit firms are going to have its impact on resolution plan and sale of stake to investors. DHFL on Monday said it expects an in-principle approval from its lenders to its the resolution plan by month-end. The company said that it was in the process of submitting a resolution plan to the lenders who are expected to give in-principle approval by month-end. It further said that DHFL has received non-binding indicative term sheets as part of the proposed corporate restructuring of the company and any proposals approved will constitute a part of the resolution plan. Promoters of mortgage lender are in talks with private equity firms and are expecting to garner $1 billion (about Rs 6,900 crore) by selling nearly 50 per cent of their holdings, sources said. The Wadhawan family, the promoters of the company, currently holds close to 40 per cent stake in the company. Private equity firms Lone Star, AION Capital and KKR are in talks with promoters for a strategic stake, sources said. It further said that the company is undergoing substantial financial stress since the second half of the last financial year.
About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. THE 90TH OSCARSThe exclusive, lead-in to the live broadcast of THE 90TH OSCARS, OSCARS® OPENING CEREMONY: LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET (6:30 m. ET / 4:30 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO) showcases the nominees, presenters, and performers arriving on the red carpet.Then, it’s Canada’s most-watched television program of the year. Hosted by late-night host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel, THE 90th OSCARS® (8 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO) airs live across the country from the Dolby Theatre™ at the Hollywood and Highland Center® in Hollywood. Confirmed presenters to date include: Armie Hammer, Chadwick Boseman, Daniela Vega, Emma Stone, Eva Marie Saint, Gal Gadot, Gina Rodriguez, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner, Kelly Marie Tran, Kumail Nanjiani, Laura Dern, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mahershala Ali, Margot Robbie, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Holland, Viola Davis, Wes Studi, and Zendaya. Performers announced include: Andra Day, Common, Gael García Bernal, Keala Settle, Mary J. Blige, Miguel, Natalia Lafourcade, and Sufjan Stevens.ETALKTo help get viewers Oscar-ready, ETALK’s annual one-hour special ETALK’S ULTIMATE OSCAR GUIDE 2018 airs on Oscar Eve, Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. ET/MT on CTV and CTV GO. Featuring ETALK Anchors Ben Mulroney and Danielle Graham, Senior Correspondents Lainey Lui and Traci Melchor, Senior Reporter Devon Soltendieck, Reporter Liz Trinnear, and Executive Producer/Co-Creator Morley Nirenberg, ETALK’s annual one-hour special dissects the top categories and stories from this year’s Oscar race including the #TimesUp movement, and who should be taking home an Oscar this year.ETALK is the only Canadian entertainment news outlet broadcasting live from the Oscars red carpet with ETALK AT THE OSCARS (5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. MT / 4:30 p.m. CT / 6:30 p.m. AT). 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APTN National NewsNow that premier Christy Clark has approved the Site C dam, residents and First Nations in northern British Columbia are ramping up their court case.The dam is expected to flood 5500 hectares of land along the Peace River along the eastern edge of the province.Government officials say it will provide enough electricity to power nearly a half a million homes.But local First Nations say the dam is a non-starter.APTN’s Tina House reports.
OTTAWA — Canada’s national unemployment rate was 7.1% in December. Here’s what happened provincially (previous month in brackets):Newfoundland 11.5 (12.5) Prince Edward Island 11.0 (11.4) Nova Scotia 9.3 (8.8) New Brunswick 10.8 (11.2) Quebec 7.3 (7.6) Ontario 7.9 (7.9) Manitoba 5.2 (5.3) Saskatchewan 4.6 (4.5) Alberta 4.5 (4.2) British Columbia (6.5) (6.8)
Tamil Nadu is dominated by ethnic Tamil population and they have affinity with their brethren in Sri Lanka. Political activists in Chennai paid homage to victims of war crimes in Sri Lanka and demanded justice for them, the ANI news agency reported.The U.N. Human Rights Council has voted to investigate war crimes in Sri Lanka, saying then President Mahinda Rajapaksa had failed to do so properly. The slogan shouting protesters demanded separate homeland for Tamil people in Sri Lanka.
“The recent remarks of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi attacking the RSS clearly shows that the party is obsessed with raking up needless controversies with the intention of reaping political dividends. The Congress always remained soft on terrorists and hard on nationalists,” he said.The Minister said the Congress party never sincerely tried to promote social and communal harmony in the country and only practiced its trademark politics of “divisiveness and appeasement.” India’s ruling BJP has accused the Congress party of supporting the LTTE with arms when it was in power, the Press Trust of India reported.Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu accused the Congress of raking up needless controversies for reaping political gains and being “soft” on terrorists and hard on nationalists. “It was the Congress regime that supported LTTE with arms and ammunition and later sent peace-keeping forces to Sri Lanka resulting in the death of about 1,000 Indian soldiers,” he said. He said the BJP will keep fighting Congress’ “hateful agenda” and said the opposition party has no moral right to point an accusing finger at the BJP after having practised “divisive and vote-bank” politics all these years. Naidu also criticised the Congress for supporting Maoists, fundamentalists and communal forces and said it “is known for practising politics of opportunism right from the beginning”. (Colombo Gazette)
The wide ranging discussion included current global trends and potential threats to peace, issues of universalism and national cultures and comparative global responses to truth and reconciliation, liberation theology and its limits in addition to the contribution of successive Popes in the past half-century to the Church and theology. Ambassador Jayatilleka and Madame Jayatilleka were luncheon guests at the Apostolic Nunciature (the diplomatic mission of the Holy See). Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Russia, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka and Madame Sanja Jayatilleka paid a courtesy call on His Grace Celestino Migliore, the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church, who was appointed by Pope Francis as the Apostolic Nuncio to Russia.Celestino Migliore is a Titular Archbishop of Canosa and has spent most of his career in the diplomatic service of the Holy See in the UN (New York) USA, Egypt, France and Poland.
Before the hearing, an FCO spokesperson said: “The FCO, which is not a party to these legal proceedings, has been contacted by Westminster magistrates court seeking clarification of the brigadier’s diplomatic status in the UK at the time of the incident. The FCO is providing documentation to assist the court.” (Colombo Gazette) Fernando was filmed making cut-throat gestures aimed at Tamil protesters outside the Sri Lankan high commission in London on 4 February 2018. Demonstrators were highlighting concerns about human rights violations against Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority. Footage of the incident went viral on YouTube. An arrest warrant for a former Sri Lankan military attache, convicted of public order offences after making cut-throat gestures at protesters, has been revoked without a court hearing following Foreign Office involvement, the Guardian newspaper reported.The private prosecution of Brig Priyanka Fernando has degenerated into extraordinary legal confusion, forcing the chief magistrate, Emma Arbuthnot, to take control of the case. Carter said that even if the brigadier had enjoyed immunity for official functions, that would not protect him from prosecution for what was clearly not authorised activity.Nick Wayne, counsel for Fernando, suggested using section 142 of the Magistrates Court Act 1980, a rarely used power to reopen cases where a mistake has been made.Belinda McRae, counsel for the FCO, confirmed that the court had been given a certificate explaining Fernando’s diplomatic status. The chief magistrate adjourned the case until 1 March for a full hearing to resolve the legal confusion. Last week the brigadier was convicted in his absence at Westminster magistrates court of two offences under section 4A and section 5 of the Public Order Act which involve using threatening words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress. The court also issued an arrest warrant for Fernando, who remains in Sri Lanka.The conviction appears to have triggered a stream of diplomatic exchanges, with the UK ambassador in Sri Lanka called in for meetings.After consultations with the FCO over the status and extent of Fernando’s diplomatic immunity, the chief magistrate abruptly withdrew the arrest warrant – a decision made without a public hearing. At the hearing on Friday, Fernando was, for the first time, represented in court. Peter Carter QC, for the protesters, outlined a series of “rather unusual” options to deal with the case, including determining the diplomatic status of Fernando. Following his provocative gesture, the Sri Lankan government condemned Fernando for behaving in an “offensive manner” and suspended him from his job. The Foreign Office (FCO) also protested; Fernando left the UK shortly afterwards.Majuran Sathananthan and four others involved in the Tamil protest initiated a private prosecution against Fernando arguing that his behaviour caused them “harassment, alarm and distress” and constituted public order offences. They were represented by Paul Heron, of the Public Interest Law Centre (PILC). On Friday, she told Westminster magistrates court there had been a catalogue of “disappointing” issues and she did not know how such a sensitive case could have gone to trial without it “ever coming across my desk”.
There have been 23 confirmed cases of Hepatitis E in the Jamam, Yusuf Batil and Gendrassa camps located in the northeastern part of the country, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Addressing a media briefing in Geneva, a UNHCR spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, said there had been signs of patients with acute jaundice syndrome, or yellow pigmentation of the skin, at the Jamam camp since July. Jaundice can be one symptom of Hepatitis E, which is a virus that damages the liver, and is transmitted by eating food or drinking water contaminated with faeces. There are close to 170,000 Sudanese refugees currently in South Sudan, more than half of them located in the Upper Nile state. They have arrived from Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile states after fleeing conflict and food shortages over recent months. Of the 16 deaths reported by the refugee agency, 13 have occurred at Jamam camp, home to some 20,000 refugees, and where 255 cases of jaundice syndrome have been recorded. Two people have died at Yuduf Batil camp and one at Gendrassa camp. “Hepatitis E hits young people between the ages of 15 and 40 hardest. In the three camps where we see refugees with acute jaundice syndrome, more than half are between 20 and 39,” Mr. Edwards told reporters in Geneva. “Hepatitis E is particularly dangerous for pregnant women; their death rate can be 20-25 per cent. Among the refugees who have died were five pregnant women.” UNHCR and the World Health Organization (WHO) are improving sanitation in the camps and increasing the amount of available drinking water as flooding and contaminated surface water pose a health risk to refugees, Mr. Edward said. The agencies are also promoting improvements in hygiene practices in the camps, advising refugees to avoid drinking untreated water, eating raw food or food washed in unclean water, and washing in communal containers. “We are promoting good practices like hand-washing, not defecating in the open, and not letting animals defecate close to homes,” Mr. Edwards noted, adding that so far there have been no cases among the local population. UNHCR is currently seeking $186 million in funding to provide the Sudanese refugees with assistance. However, the agency has only received 40 per cent of this amount.
Orcoda’s Resource Logistics Division has signed a service supply agreement with Minset that will see the two companies carry out a planned maintenance shutdown of one of BHP’s operational mines.The service will take around a month to complete with revenue of A$35,000 ($25,103), Orcoda said.Orcoda said the project, which is to commence on January 22, involves using Orcoda’s management platform and processes, supported by the Minset team, to undertake a live planned maintenance shutdown on an operational mine.“This live shutdown follows the recent successful execution of the previously announced trial mine shutdown service,” Orcoda, which previously traded as SmartTrans Holdings, said.In this partnership with Minset, and in cooperation with the BHP in-house maintenance team, Orcoda is implementing a real time, mine shutdown, which involves coordinating 350 sub-contracted workers. The platform and process can be used to scale to other mines and maintenance schedules, according to Orcoda.Andrew Attrill, Minset Director, said: “We are excited to be partnering with Orcoda to implement their digital products to optimise shutdowns. We know this will be an important evolution in improving shutdown performance across the resources industry.”
croatiaCroatia handballgobacgoluzavori Igor Vori‘s statement to the German BILD that he is retiring from the national team caused lots of media interest everywhere, especially in Croatia. Firstly, Zoran Gobac said that his statement has been misinterpreted, and that it means that he is missing the World Championship in Spain only and that he is to play after that one. This has been now also confirmed by the HSV giant, who said that “I am tired, I just want to rest a little. I do not retire from the national team, I just won’t be there for the team in Spain and that is”. ← Previous Story Ryabakh candidate to succeed Trefilov at Russia’s Women NT Next Story → ASOBAL budgets: 13 teams united like Barca!
Oct 27th 2016, 7:16 AM By Órla Ryan http://jrnl.ie/3048554 Minister Flanagan launching the Passport Card in 2015 Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieCommenting on the Report’s publication, Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said his department “was directly engaged in the separate visits made to Ireland by the prime ministers of China and India and by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the launch of the new Irish Passport Card, the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s UN membership, the Global Irish Civic Forum and Global Irish Economic Forum and the Fresh Start Agreement in Northern Ireland”.We also helped to promote 2015 as the Year of Irish Design, brokered agreement on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, convened an Irish Humanitarian Summit, completed Ireland’s first term on the UN Human Rights Council and made an important contribution towards helping to end the Ebola virus outbreak in Sierra Leone.“By any measure these and other areas of our work as outlined in the Report were significant achievements. I am grateful to all the staff of the Department and in our diplomatic missions abroad for their dedication and public service.”Read: 86,000 people have had to boil their water to make it safe this yearRead: Over 500 schools will close today kicking off a season of strikes 8,207 Views 12 Comments Short URL Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 7:16 AM Over 800 Irish people were caught up in major crises abroad in 2015 The Department of Foreign Affairs has released its annual report for 2015, which also highlights an increase in passports issued. THE DEPARTMENT OF Foreign Affairs helped over 800 Irish people who became caught up in seven major crises in 2015.The department’s emergency response team help Irish citizens caught up in the terrorist attacks in Paris, earthquakes in Nepal, the Germanwings air crash, the Berkeley balcony tragedy and the June terrorist attack in Tunisia, among other crises.The figures are included in the department’s annual report for 2015.Other key findings in the report include:The department and Ireland’s diplomatic missions provided a range of consular services to over 60,000 Irish people and businesses and almost 1,600 people who were involved in serious consular situations;The department issued 672,769 passports in 2015, up 6.4% on 2014;13,358 people applied for the new Irish Passport Card launched last October;Ireland’s diplomatic missions abroad organised or hosted almost 400 St Patrick’s Day events;Irish exports, tourism, education and inward investment were promoted during government-level visits to 70 cities in 26 countries;The government provided almost €650 million in official development assistance to some of the world’s poorest nations;Ireland’s humanitarian rapid response initiative helped victims of flooding in Malawi and earthquakes in Nepal, as well as refugees from Syria, South Sudan and Nigeria;Visitors to the department’s websites increased by over 40% – from 4.1 million in 2014 to 5.8 million during 2015. Image: Michael Probst AP/Press Association Images Belgian police officers patrol the Grand Place in central Brussels, Belgium, in November 2015. The country was on high alert after the Paris attack. Belgian police officers patrol the Grand Place in central Brussels, Belgium, in November 2015. The country was on high alert after the Paris attack. Image: Michael Probst AP/Press Association Images Share6 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Alexandra Vakitsidis migrated to Australia in 1967 and has just celebrated half a century since her arrival in what most Greek migrants refer to as xenitia.Genuine, bright, with a positive outlook on life and a genuine affection for people, Alexandra’s migration story commenced at the tender age of 17 when she decided to leave her little village in Florina and move to South Australia, for love.“When I look back, I honestly don’t know where the time has gone,” says Alexandra who met her future husband Dimosthenis when she was 15.“He was a few years older than me and he decided to leave Greece to seek a better future in Australia.”After settling Down Under, Dimosthenis proposed to Alexandra by letter and arranged for her to migrate to Australia.“Up until that moment, I had no real motive to leave my homeland, but I was so young, determined, and in love with Dimosthenis that I was prepared to take the risk. I literally jumped on the boat and for weeks I travelled to the other side of the world just to be with him, but I kept my family, my village and my beloved Greece close to my heart.”Today, Alexandra has three children and is a grandmother of five.“I can’t complain. Australia has been really good to us. Despite the difficulties we faced at the beginning, like most migrants of that generation, my husband and I worked really hard and managed to survive in a country that we respected and which respected us in return.“Our goal was to seize the opportunity and take on the challenge to prove to the world what it is to be Greek. We were determined to strive and accomplish great things.”Although Australia genuinely welcomed the young couple, today, the 67-year-old grandmother, admits that there were times the xenitia was unbearable.“Particularly during Christmas and Easter time, my mind would wander back home to the people I loved and the customs and traditions we were accustomed to before we left our village. I have come to realise that at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where we are, as migrants, it’s impossible to cut the cord that binds us with our country of birth.”It didn’t take long for Alexandra to stand out from the crowd, due to her genuine personality and impeccable ethos.“My two main concerns were to find employment and learn the language, and I must thank my doctor who refused an interpreter while I was carrying my first child, as well as my employers at my first job, who would invite me to sit at their table during each lunchtime and converse with me in English with the help of a dictionary.“That’s why I love Australians. Because they always treated me justly and respectfully and I made sure I did the same in return by remembering the advice my father gave me, to always keep my heart and door open and lend my helping hand to anyone that needed it, irrespective of cultural background, nationality or religious preference.”In her 50 years in Australia, Alexandra hasn’t stopped giving back to the community. She is currently the sole Greek ambassador for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, having served as a volunteer at three different hospitals for 28 years whilst she was the first Greek female migrant to be elected as a councillor in 1992 for the City of Port Adelaide.Furthermore, in 1996 the Consulate General of Greece in South Australia honoured Alexandra for her contribution in the promotion of Greek culture and tradition. Two years later, the Governor of South Australia honoured Vakitsidis for her tremendous contribution towards education and culture.In 1999, Alexandra became a member of the Greek and Greek Cypriot Women in Australia Association (OEEGA), which aims to safeguard the rights of women and contributes to the preservation of Greek traditions in Australia while giving women opportunities to receive an education and improve the conditions of their lives.But for this determined and tireless super-yiayia, it doesn’t end there.In 2004, Vakitsidis visited Greece to attend the Olympic Games in Athens and volunteer her time during the event. By the end of the Games, she had received the coveted ‘Best Volunteer for the Olympics 2004’ medal.“For me it was an honour to be able to shower our international guests with our famous Greek hospitality and allow them to experience our Greek culture and philosophy,” says Alexandra who was also bestowed with the honour to carry the Olympic flame representing her hometown, Florina.“I felt that I held Greece in my hands and that was just [a] once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she says.In 2010, the Prefecture of Thessaloniki in cooperation with the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) awarded Vakitsidis the ‘Woman of the Year’ award for her contribution towards Greece and for promoting Hellenism throughout Australia, Asia and New Zealand.A few years later in 2015, the Greek Orthodox Church honoured her with the prestigious Golden Cross Class of the Holy New Martyr Agathangelos of Florina.“I am both humbled and proud and most certainly grateful for all the recognition, but I would like everyone to know that in order to achieve anything in life, we need to hold each other’s hands and respectfully work together towards a common goal,” says Alexandra.“Personally, whether in Greece or in Australia, all my efforts are concentrated into highlighting our cultural heritage so that we can ensure it doesn’t get lost in a welcoming melting pot society like Australia.“I am certainly grateful for the life that I have had and the opportunity to lead in my own way but life is about helping others who are in need and treating everyone with respect and humility. It’s important, during testing times in particular, to never lose our humanity.“I must admit, with my right hand, I do the sign of the cross every day and praise Australia, the country that took me and my family under its wings and allowed us to thrive and succeed in a culturally diverse society, but with my left hand, the one closer to my heart, I can feel my heart beating strong for our beautiful Greece.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Système immunitaire : manger une pomme par jour pour le renforcer ? États-Unis – Selon des chercheurs de l’université de l’Illinois, manger une pomme tous les jours pourrait renforcer le système immunitaire et réduire l’inflammation liée au surpoids et au diabète.Cette propriété serait due aux fibres solubles qui sont présentes dans le fruit. On savait déjà que les fibres aidaient à réduire le cholestérol sanguin et à empêcher les maladies coronariennes. Selon les chercheurs, consommer 28 à 35 grammes de fibres solubles par jour est bénéfique pour la santé. Présentes dans l’avoine, l’orge, les noix, les lentilles, les agrumes, les fruits secs, les pruneaux, les céréales complètes, les fraises, les carottes et les pommes, les fibres alimentaires solubles ont des effets anti-inflammatoires et peuvent permettre un meilleur fonctionnement du système immunitaire. Elles pourraient même prévenir le cancer du côlon.Le 8 mars 2010 à 09:32 • Emmanuel Perrin
Google Chrome, le plus rapide des navigateurs WebSelon une étude réalisée par la société Compuware, Google Chrome est le navigateur Web le plus rapide pour charger complètement une page web. Mais il est suivi de près par le Firefox de Mozilla.Google Chrome est le plus rapide des navigateurs web, juste devant Mozilla Firefox. Du moins, si l’on en croit les tests de performance réalisés par la société Compuware. En effet, celle-ci a décidé de comparer les navigateurs web en parcourant différents sites Internet et en relevant les mesures techniques correspondantes. Ainsi, le cabinet Gomez du groupe Compuware, en charge de l’étude, a réalisé près de 2 milliards de mesures sur près de 200 sites web durant un mois, révèle Generation NT.À lire aussiUne incroyable intelligence artificielle donne vie à la Joconde de Léonard de Vinci (Vidéo)Les navigateurs se trouvant au banc d’essai étaient alors Google Chrome (versions 10, 11 et 12), Mozilla Firefox (version 3, 4 et 5), Apple Safari (version 4 et 5) et enfin Internet Explorer (version 7, 8 et 9). Pour chacun, ils ont mesuré deux paramètres, à savoir le temps de chargement complet d’une page et le temps de chargement perçu par l’utilisateur, c’est-à-dire en tenant compte de la “partie visible” de la page Web.Au final, Chrome supplante donc sans bavure ses concurrents en terme du temps de chargement complet. Il affiche une moyenne de 3,433 secondes contre près de 4 secondes pour Firefox. En revanche, le navigateur de Mozilla devance celui de Google du côté de l’affichage de la “partie visible” de la page, avec un très beau 2,18 secondes pour Firefox 5 contre 2,374 secondes pour Chrome 12. Quant à Safari et Internet Explorer, ils restent loin derrière avec des temps de chargement nettement supérieurs, selon les résultats révélés par TechCrunch qui en a eu la primeur. D’autres données seront publiées ultérieurement, précise Generation NT.Le 12 août 2011 à 10:27 • Maxime Lambert
Everton defender Seamus Coleman has revealed he won’t make excuses after struggling to return to his best form following his return from a ten-month layoff.While the Republic of Ireland international has not been at his best in recent weeks he refused to look for excuses and insists the leg which was broken has never been a problem for him since making his comeback.“Never for a second. It does not give me a day’s bother,” he said, according to Sports Mole.“Unfortunately the injury I’ve had this season (stress fracture of a foot) has turned out to be very frustrating; coming back, pulling out, coming back.“But there are no excuses, to play in the Premier League you have to be at the top level and if you are not you get found out.“Unfortunately this season I’ve not been up to my own high standards and I’m the first to admit that.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The other thing is because I’ve scored a goal it doesn’t mean I’m the best player in the world.”Seamus believes his teammate, Richarlison can go on to become one of the world’s elite after the Brazilian took his tally for the season to six with two goals against the Seagulls.“You don’t want to put massive pressure on him but we are all excited by him and his ability,” said the Irishman.“His quality to score goals is amazing and his work-rate is second-to-none so that’s impressive.“He’s a top player and we are lucky to have him. He won’t get big-headed by his performances.“He’s a great lad, he’s had a tough time to get here and I can see him going to the very top.”
Photo: Carrie BraesAt the request of Alaska Congressman Don Young, a bill pending in the U.S. House would reduce Alaska’s share of revenues from oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and give that money to Alaska Native corporations.Listen nowCongress decided last year, when it opened the refuge to oil development, to split the revenues 50-50 between the federal and state governments. But last week Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., proposed to reduce the state’s share to 47 percent and direct 3 percent to Alaska Native corporations.“It’s fitting that I should offer the amendment under the larger than life picture of Don Young that’s staring down on us,” Cole told the House Appropriations Committee last week. “Because to be fair to everybody, this is an amendment that Don Young asked me to offer.”Young isn’t on the Appropriations Committee but his portrait hangs in the room were the committee met.Cole’s amendment, first reported by Indianz.com, specifies the 3 percent share would be distributed according to 7(i) revenue sharing. That’s the section of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act that says the regional Native corporations must share 70 percent of the revenue from certain resource development on their lands with each other. The idea was to offset wealth disparities among the corporations.But, to the frustration of several of them, Arctic Slope Regional Corp. got subsurface ownership to a small portion of ANWR in a 1983 land exchange known as the Chandler Lake agreement, and that land is not subject to the revenue sharing requirement.Cole said his amendment fulfills the mission of 7(1).“It is in keeping with the spirit of that legislation that there’s to be resource sharing amongst the Alaska Natives from ANWR,” Cole said.Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., spoke against the amendment, saying the refuge is too valuable in its natural state to allow development. But Cole’s amendment passed the committee on a voice vote.Young, in a written statement, said the 3-percent allocation will support the health and well-being of Alaska Natives. He said he and Alaska’s U.S. senators intended to get the allocation included in the bill last year, but were blocked by a Senate rule.Young also said the state still stands to gain billions of dollars in revenues from developing ANWR. (Environmental groups opposed to drilling in the refuge dispute that it will raise large amounts of money.)A spokeswoman for Lisa Murkowski said the senator supports the 3 percent allocation in the House bill to “resolve historical inequities.”Gov. Walker spokesman Austin Baird said Walker backs the congressional delegation’s efforts.“The governor is trusting the leadership of Sen. Murkowski, Sen. Sullivan and Congressman Young to look out for the best interest of Alaskans, since they are the closest to this,” Baird said.The amendment is in the House Appropriations bill for the Interior Department, which still needs a vote by the full House.Murkowski chairs a Senate subcommittee that is due to take up the Senate version of the bill Tuesday. A spokeswoman says a Senate agreement not to attach riders to the spending bills probably prevents Murkowski from including a similar provision in that bill. The amendment could still appear in the final version.