Kane hat-trick steers Spurs past Burnley

first_imgBurnley 0 Tottenham 3: Kane hat-trick sends Spurs above Arsenal Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 03:25 12/24/17 harry kane - cropped Getty Images Tottenham saw off Burnley thanks to Harry Kane’s treble, meaning they will be above Arsenal in the table for Christmas. A hat-trick from Harry Kane ensured Tottenham moved above Arsenal into fifth place in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.Kane’s treble was enough to give Spurs their first back-to-back wins at Turf Moor for 92 years and lift them above Sean Dyche’s side and the Gunners in the standings.The clash represented a difficult prospect for Mauricio Pochettino’s men after their chastening 4-1 loss to Manchester City last week, but they were the stronger team for the majority of the game and should really have added more goals in between Kane’s first two. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player They took control when the England international scored from the spot in only the seventh minute after Dele Alli had been fouled and, although Burnley enjoyed a good 20-minute spell in the middle of the match, they rarely had Hugo Lloris troubled in the visiting goal.Kane at last produced a composed finish after Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min had wasted one-on-one opportunities to make the points safe, firing low into the net on the counter-attack.The 24-year-old completed his treble with an emphatic left-footed finish with 11 minutes left to make the points secure and move onto 36 Premier League goals for 2017, level with the calendar-year record set by Alan Shearer in 1995.Spurs are now only a point behind fourth-place Liverpool and two above Burnley, who sit seventh after suffering only their fifth league defeat of the season.7 – Harry Kane has now scored seven hat-tricks for Tottenham Hotspur in 2017 – five in the Premier League, one in the FA Cup and one in the Champions League. Hotshot.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 23, 2017Alli was lucky to escape a red card in the defeat to Manchester City and he was perhaps fortunate only to be booked after just four minutes in Lancashire, when he lunged into a challenge on Charlie Taylor.Burnley fans were further incensed when Alli was brought down by Kevin Long just two minutes later, allowing Kane to dispatch his penalty high into the net and put Spurs in front.Kane shot inches wide after an Alli shot deflected into his path and Sissoko was denied by Nick Pope with 22 minutes played, but the visitors’ dominance began to wane towards the end of the half as Burnley began to threaten.The hosts continued their good spell after the break but they were given two real let-offs by Spurs on the break, First, Son blazed over from barely eight yards out after Serge Aurier set him up completely unmarked, before Kane overhit a simple pass to Christian Eriksen when Burnley had only one covering defender.But with 68 minutes played, Spurs at last doubled their lead. Sissoko intercepted the ball near the halfway line and sent a fine throughball to Kane, who kept his composure to slot beneath Pope from inside the penalty area.Kane closed to within one goal of a new milestone in the Premier League when he completed his seventh hat-trick of the year in all competitions, collecting Alli’s pass before drilling low across Pope’s goal and into the bottom-right corner in stylish fashion.Congratulations @HKane!— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) December 23, 2017He will surpass Shearer’s 22-year record with a goal against Southampton at Wembley on Boxing Day, when Spurs will seek a fourth home win in a row in all competitions. Key Opta Facts:- Kane’s third goal against Burnley was his 46th club strike in all competitions in 2017; only Edinson Cavani and Lionel Messi (50 each) have more among players in the big five European leagues.- Burnley conceded as many goals in this game as they had in their previous nine at Turf Moor combined this season.- Spurs are the first visiting team to score three or more in a Premier League game at Turf Moor since Crystal Palace in January 2015 (3-2).- Kane has now scored 93 goals in the Premier League – second only to Teddy Sheringham (97) for goals in the competition for Spurs. read morelast_img read more

New SportingPulse IPhone App

first_imgFeatures Include:·         See the latest ladder for all the teams you follow·         See where you’re playing and when·         Latest results for your team, plus round by round competition results·         Integration with Google Maps·         Access scores from your last game against an upcoming opponent Click here to download the new SportingPulse App from the iTunes StoreNote: If you have trouble searching for your affiliate or competition, this can be rectified by entering Affiliate locater details via the SportingPulse Membership database. For further information please contact the national office on (02) 6212 2800 or visit the SportingPulse website click here.Related LinksNew SportingPulse App SportingPulse has launched a new Iphone App. This app replaces the MySport Scoreboard App and is now available to download from the Itunes App Store.last_img read more

New Facility to Support Clients in Transition

first_imgA new residential care facility will help clients leaving the East Coast Forensic Hospital to make a safe, successful transition back into the community. The Metro Community Housing Association is working with the province to develop a new five-bed facility. An existing home in Dartmouth will be renovated to accommodate up to five clients who require support as they move from the hospital setting to the community. “Metro Community Housing Association is pleased to be a part of this exciting new joint project,” said Cathy Crouse, executive director. “We have seen many individuals who have left the East Coast Forensic Hospital move into our supportive housing options and achieve success in the community. We are confident that this new resource will enhance the community’s capacity to provide the necessary and appropriate supports as people transition to more independent settings.” The Department of Community Services, together with the Department of Health, the Capital District Health Authority and the East Coast Forensic Hospital, developed a long-term plan to provide program support and services to high-needs clients. “The Metro Community Housing Association will be providing a great resource to these clients who need support and counseling before returning to community living,” said Community Services Minister Judy Streatch. Metro Community Housing will provide residential support to clients and will accommodate up to five people who have received conditional discharges from the East Coast Forensic Hospital. Capital Health will provide clinical and enhanced day supports through East Coast Forensic Services and a community mental health team. The length of stay will vary according to the clients needs and is intended to help clients make the transition to other community options like a group home or residential care facility before they begin living independently. “This is an exciting opportunity for our clients, one that will have a significant impact on their lives,” said John Malcom, interim CEO for Capital Health, which includes responsibility for the East Coast Forensic Hospital. “For many it’s a huge step toward being an active member of the community.” The Department of Community Services will provide start-up and operating funding for the facility for the first year, at a cost of about $675,000. The Department of Health will share in the $600,000 annual operating costs with Community Services in future years. It is expected that the program will be up and running in about five months once renovations and staff hiring and training are complete. The home is close to services that will help clients make the transition back to the community, such as social, vocational and clinical supports.last_img read more

Judge reserves decision on request for order to remove Indigenous protest camp

first_imgThe Canadian PressA judge has reserved her decision on the request by the Saskatchewan government for an order to evict Indigenous protesters who have been camping in teepees on the legislature grounds.Justice Ysanne Wilkinson of Court of Queen’s Bench heard arguments Thursday from both sides on what should happen to the Justice For Our Stolen Children camp.The government contends the protesters are breaking bylaws and making it hard for the province to maintain the land across from the legislature building.“This case is not about whether the protesters are advocating for an honourable cause,” government lawyer Michael Morris told a packed courtroom.“It is not about whether there are too many Indigenous children in foster care. It is not about whether the criminal justice system is fair for Indigenous people.“This case is about the government’s ability to regulate, maintain land in Wascana Centre.”The first teepee went up six months ago and more have been set up as campers protest what they say is racial injustice and the disproportionate number of Indigenous children apprehended by child-welfare workers.Morris said the government has received several complaints about the camp and that public safety needs to be considered.The protesters were immediately told they had to leave.Morris said they were given numerous trespassing notices and police moved in June 18 to dismantle the camp. Six people were arrested but never charged.The camp was set up again two days later and police have held off ever since.Nine events have had to be relocated because of the camp, including part of the province’s Canada Day celebration.Protesters have filed a court application of their own seeking to have the six arrests made during the June eviction declared illegal.Meara Conway, a lawyer representing the protesters, said the arrests were a “dismal day for democracy in Saskatchewan.”Wilkinson is giving lawyer Dan LeBlanc, another lawyer representing the protesters, one week to submit further documents pertaining to his case against the arrests.LeBlanc told court Regina police Chief Evan Bray has already concluded the camp does not pose a safety risk. He added that the case is about freedom of speech.“The government bears the burden of convincing you that its infringement is justified,” LeBlanc said.Katrina Swan, a lawyer for the Regina Police Service, acknowledged that there was pressure on the police from the government to dismantle the camp in June.One of the arguments that government lawyers raised and was echoed by the judge is why the protesters never applied for a permit to stay on the legislative grounds.Outside court, LeBlanc said the judge will have to weigh that as she ponders her decision.“It’s true there’s no record of the people applying for permits before,” he said. “There’s certainly appeal level decisions from across Canada which say that’s not conclusive on the answer.”Also outside court, protester Richelle Dubois said that it’s important to have the camp on the legislature grounds.Her 14-year-old son, Haven, died in 2015 from what was ruled an accidental drowning. Dubois has never accepted that conclusion.“It’s a healing place for families like myself for the stories of situations like my son’s,” she said.last_img read more

CMHC looks to Airbnb in bid to boost withering supply of affordable

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s housing agency is looking to an unlikely ally in a bid to boost the stock of affordable rental housing: Airbnb.The head of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., says he believes short-term rental companies like Airbnb and Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO) could help increase the rental supply in the country and, in turn, possibly reduce rents.The government’s upcoming national housing strategy will have a heavy focus on increasing the supply of affordable housing options, including rental units and Airbnb alone offers the potential for tens of thousands of units.CMHC chief executive Evan Siddall said his agency recently approached Airbnb, the largest such service in Canada, to see if there are ways to turn those short-term rentals into apartments available to locals to rent for longer terms. He cautioned that it was still early days with a lot of details yet to work out.“I think VRBO and Airbnb should get ahead of this, because they could be giving us some social utility by helping us spawn supply,” Siddall said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.Lindsey Scully, a spokeswoman for Airbnb, said the company is speaking with potential partners about ways to “create economic opportunity for everyday people.”“We take the issue of affordable housing seriously and that is why we are collaborating with communities and organizations across Canada, sharing comprehensive data and detailed information about our community,” she said.The supply of purpose-built rental units in the country has been on a decades-long decline as developers build more condominiums than apartments.As a result, the rental vacancy rate in 2016 was 3.7 per cent nationwide, CMHC research shows, a number that glosses over acute shortages in some cities. Vancouver, Victoria, and Kelowna, for instance, all had vacancy rates under one per cent in 2016, meaning there were limited options for renters and the conditions in place to push rents higher as demand outstripped supply.The shortage is equally acute in the secondary rental market that has sprung up over the last eight years as condominium owners rent out their units to make a profit. A CMHC survey of 22 cities showed vacancy rates in these condominiums ranged from a low of 0.3 per cent in Vancouver to a high of 6.8 per cent in Edmonton.Into this mix enter home-sharing services and concerns that they have further eroded the supply of rental units.Airbnb says its hosts typically share their homes on average up to 60 nights per year, earning themselves about $4,000 — figures that the company suggests aren’t high enough to support the idea that it is squeezing units out of the long-term rental market.In a study published this summer, a McGill University research team estimated that Airbnb hosts have removed about 13,700 units from rental markets in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, or about two per cent of the total housing stock.The authors argued that services like Airbnb would pull more long-term rentals off the market as home and condo owners see more money to be made through short-term rentals.“We’re not even close to the situation where there’s enough supply of rental housing to meet demand and when you’re in those very, very constrained situations, then even just a couple thousand units getting pulled off the market by Airbnb can have a really major impact on prices,” said lead researcher David Wachsmuth.To keep those units in the rental market, governments have to create incentives where few currently exist, said said Wachsmuth, an assistant professor of urban planning.last_img read more

New natural gas plants will have to pay carbon tax on all

first_imgThe federal government is increasing the carbon tax on new natural-gas plants to discourage power companies from building them.The change is part of final regulations for the government’s carbon-tax system for big industrial greenhouse-gas emitters, which are being released this week.The system affects businesses that produce more than 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year. It is designed to limit impacts on competitiveness for major industrial emitters, who will pay the carbon tax on a portion of what they emit rather than on all the fuels that they use.The emission standard set for natural-gas power plants originally meant that new ones would likely never pay any carbon tax, which was a disincentive for power companies to turn to renewable-energy sources instead of gas.The change made this week means new natural-gas plants will have their emissions standard toughened each year after 2021, until in 2030 they will pay the carbon price on every ounce of their emissions.last_img read more

UN appeals for over 100 million to aid Haiti stormstricken survivors

The United Nations appealed today for over $100 million to help with humanitarian relief efforts for the survivors of a series of hurricanes that battered Haiti in the last three weeks, killing at least 328 people and leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.Some 800,000 people, almost 10 per cent of the impoverished Caribbean country’s population, are in dire need of emergency assistance while tens of thousands of houses have been damaged and the entire harvest of this season has been destroyed.A large number of the population were already facing extreme hardship before Hurricane Fay, the first of the storms, struck in mid-August with 53 per cent living on less than $1 per day and prices of basic foods rising by over 40 per cent since the beginning of the year.The four tropical storms, Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike, have left nearly all agricultural land flooded, resulting in the loss of the corn, bean and banana harvest, particularly in the south and southeast.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is calling for donors to pledge almost $108 million to support the recovery and relief efforts over the next six months.“I hope donors will respond generously to help the survivors of these devastating storms, which have affected such a broad swathe of a country and population already struggling with the effects of poverty and price rises,” said John Holmes, who heads OCHA.“As the longer-term economic impact is also bound to be grave, support for the recover effort that follows will also be crucial,” Mr. Holmes – who serves as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator – added in a statement.The appeal seeks just over $107 million for disaster response activities carried out by UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in coordination with the local Government and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The appeal will be updated and revised in a month as the situation evolves and as better assessments become possible.Since the beginning of the humanitarian emergency, UN agencies, including the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), along with NGOs have been working together to ensure a closely coordinated response. The UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known by the French acronym MINUSTAH, has also been instrumental in relief efforts, particularly in the devastated northern city of Gonaïves. 10 September 2008The United Nations appealed today for over $100 million to help with humanitarian relief efforts for the survivors of a series of hurricanes that battered Haiti in the last three weeks, killing at least 328 people and leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. read more

After body of Sri Lankan rights defender is apparently found UN calls

A body exhumed yesterday in Sri Lanka is thought to be that of Pattani Razeek, the managing trustee of Community Trust Fund (CTF) and a leading member of regional non-governmental organization (NGO) networks, according to Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“We hope that investigation and prosecution of this crime will now be expedited, and that there will be similar progress in resolving the many thousands of outstanding cases of disappearance in Sri Lanka,” she said.Mr. Razeek was last seen near the mosque in Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka’s North Central province on 11 February 2010, although his family and colleagues received telephone calls demanding a ransom for some months after his disappearance.“Police investigations made little progress amid allegations of political interference. CTF members and Muslim community leaders faced threats to drop the case,” said Ms. Shamdasani.The spokesperson noted that two suspects in the killing were only arrested in the past few weeks.“The information they provided reportedly led to the body. Now that the fate of this human rights defender has been established, it is time for an investigation to establish the truth of the circumstances of this heinous crime, and for prosecution to bring justice to the victim’s family.”She voiced hope that there will be breakthrough in similar cases of people who have been disappeared during and since Sri Lanka’s protracted civil war with Tamil rebels, which ended in 2009.One case involves the freelance journalist and cartoonist Prageeth Ranjan Bandara Ekneligoda, who has been missing since January 2010.“We strongly urge the Government of Sri Lanka to expedite investigations and provide information on Mr. Ekneligoda’s whereabouts and fate.”OHCHR is also calling on the Government in Colombo to seek the assistance of the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances, which currently has 5,653 outstanding cases from Sri Lanka in its records. 29 July 2011The United Nations human rights office today called for the swift investigation and prosecution of the killers of a prominent human rights defender whose body is believed to have been found, 17 months after he disappeared. read more

Hartford principal finds home for old clock

WATERFORD – As she nears her 100th birthday, Marion Anderson knows that time is a gift.In that spirit, Anderson made her own gift of time — a clock — to the Wilson P. Macdonald Memorial School Museum in Selkirk.In 1944, Anderson, then known as Marion Mackay, arrived in Norfolk County from Kincardine, Ont. She came south after she was hired as the new senior teacher and principal at Hartford School.In an interview at her suite at the Golden Pond Retirement Home in Waterford, Anderson said her move was prompted because she “had no money” at the time.“I applied for the job in Hartford and they kept calling me to come on down. It wasn’t easy because I couldn’t find Hartford on the map.”Anderson later taught at the school in Bealton and was the inaugural principal at Boston Public School when it opened in 1960.“That was the baby boom,” said Anderson’s nephew, Allan Hayes of Waterford, who is also one of her former students. “Hartford and Bealton closed down and all students were bused to Boston.”As a gift, Anderson received an eight-day pendulum clock that hung on the wall at the Hartford school. She has looked after it all these years and finally parted with it two weeks ago in Selkirk.Anderson is glad the clock has gone to a museum that celebrates the one-room school houses of the pastThe school room in Selkirk, Anderson said, is authentic, if a little more crowded than she would have tolerated.She said it is good that clock is in Haldimand because many of the 80 students at the two-room school in Hartford, which accommodated Grades 1 through 9, were from there.“There is no other place for that clock,” she said. “That’s the right place for it.”As a teacher in the Waterford area, Marion Mackay married farmer Donald Anderson, of Bealton.  He was a hard-working fellow who also drove truck for the Villa Nova Dairy.During her career, Anderson recognized that she was blazing a trail for women in an area long dominated by men.“When you went to a principals’ meeting, there were almost all guys in the room,” she said. “You’d walk in and say, `Hi guys,’ but it didn’t matter to me. I knew who I was.”

Haiti taking resolute steps towards renewal of democracy and stability – UN

Presenting the Secretary-General’s latest report on the work of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), which she heads, Sandra Honoré said the country is also moving resolutely towards the re-establishment of institutional balance.After a prolonged period, the Electoral Council published the results on 27 September, according to which there were 10 contenders who won an outright victory for Senate and lower chamber seats. However, 25 electoral districts will require re-elections due to electoral violence. “Notwithstanding the efforts of the Electoral Council, the Government and the Haitian National Police (HNP), severe acts of violence and some technical irregularities invalidated the 9 August vote in 13 per cent of the country’s voting centres,” she added.She commended the actions taken by the Electoral Council to address the shortcomings, responding to recommendations from political parties and implement corrective measures.“To recapitulate therefore, the 25 October polls will include the first round Presidential; second round legislative; as well as the municipal vote, together with the re-runs for the first round legislative vote in the constituencies affected on 9 August,” Ms. Honoré added.Further, she pointed out that for the first time in Haitian electoral history, the Electoral Council took punitive action against instigators of electoral violence. Members belonging to 10 political parties were barred from further participation in the elections and 17 political parties were issued warnings for instigating criminal acts and voter intimidation.She also noted the commitment expressed by the Haitian National Police (HNP) to undertake measures to improve police performance in the upcoming round, to ensure a stable electoral climate.On a related note, she added that work continues towards the implementation of the HNP 2012-2016 Development Plan, which is now in its final year. The UN is working towards reshaping its assistance, to acknowledge progress and concentrate its action where criminality affects most the main security indicators, such as homicides and gang confrontations.“I encourage member States to provide experts in administrative, technical and operational support in the form of Government Provided Personnel as well as specialized teams in key fields of policing, with a view to creating longer-term post-MINUSTAH partnerships among the Haitian National Police, donors and other international partners,” she added.She went on to tell the Council that in order to sustainably transfer such activities and other responsibilities of MINUSTAH, and mindful of the transition process of the Haitian authorities, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended the extension of the Mission for another, and possibly, final year.“An Integrated Strategic Assessment Mission will be deployed after the completion of the electoral cycle and the installation of a new President and authorities to formulate recommendations for the future presence of the United Nations in Haiti,” Ms. Honoré explained.However, she stressed that for now, despite the near-success of the 9 August polls, the engagement of the UN system, including MINUSTAH and its uniformed components, continues to be required in support of operations, logistics and security in Haiti.She also specified that despite the substantial budgetary allocations assigned by the Haitian Government, including as largest donor to the UN Development Programme (UNDP)-managed Basket Fund, the financial contributions of Haiti’s international partners continue to be critical for the completion of the electoral cycle. read more

Hellenic hoopla

first_imgLoukoumathes, Zorba and images of blue and white will take over Australia’s biggest capitals this weekend for a joint celebration of all things Greek. The 31st Greek Festival of Sydney and the Antipodes Festival have created a rich and diverse cultural program for the year that culminates in a celebration to end all others this weekend. And what better way to top off a Greek festival then with a superstar of Greke music performing and both events. Greek popular singer Mihalis Hatzigiannis will perform on the main stages in Melbourne on Saturday night and Sydney on Sunday for free. Hatzigiannis was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and graduated from the Cyprus Music Academy (Royal College of London) with a degree in piano, guitar and music theory. Starting out young with his first major performances coming at Eurovision qualifiers when he was only 17 years old, he had three hit records (all reaching platinum status in Cyprus) and a performance at Eurovision by the time he was 20. Sold out tours and platinum records followed right across the Greek speaking world, including 2 previous sold out tours of Australia.Tumbalong Park on Sydney’s Darling Harbour will come alive for two days of non-stop entertainment featuring live music from Sydney’s finest Greek Australian and international musicians, Australia’s best Greek dancing displays and workshops, complimented by some of the most sumptuous Greek food in the southern hemisphere.In Melbourne, dance is the key theme at this year’s 2013 Antipodes Lonsdale Street Festival with dance lessons, groups, flash mobs and a silent disco taking over the main Hellenic drag in Melbourne. Presented by Delphi Bank, the street will be overrun with all things Greek for the community of Melbourne enjoying a Hellenic big day out. The silent disco is a first for the festival. Each person picks up a pair of headphones, chooses their DJ of choice, sets their own personal volume and dances away. Silent Disco will run in the newly created outdoor Fix Beer Pop-up Bar (located on the QV side of Lonsdale Street), with music by Tropical Sound Waves DJs, Kosta Kay, Nomiko, George Vog and Deanos. Tickets are $19, and includes a drink. O Horos (The Dance) sees some of Australia’s favourite Greek dance groups join forces for one huge collective performance. At the main stage, on Saturday and Sunday, each group will perform their signature dance from their region accompanied by local musicians, before coming together for one impressive united performance. Participating groups for the performance include: Pan Cretan Association of Melbourne; Pan Macedonian Association of Melbourne; Pallaconian Dance Group; Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne & Victoria; Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia; Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne; OPA! Dance Group; Cyprus Community of Melbourne; and Pontiaki Estia. Throughout the weekend, a plethora of dance groups from Australia will be performing in and around the main stages. A highlight are the Hellenic Dancers of Townsville whose performaers range from 6 years to 24 years of age. Ten of the 40 dancers they have have made their way to Melbourne to show one of the biggest Greek communities outside of the Hellenic Republic how they do it in the top end. Other participating dance groups of the 2013 Antipodes Lonsdale Street Festival include: Konstantinides Dance Group; Pegasus Dance Academy; The Cultural Centre of Florinians “O Aristotelis”; Transfiguration of our Lord Dancing Group; Pontiaki Estia Senior and Junior Dance Groups; Pallaconian Brotherhood Senior Dance Group; Pontian Community Dance Groups; Pontian Community of Melbourne and Victoria Dance Group; Cretan Brotherhood Senior Dance Group; Euxenos Pontos Dancing Group; Pan Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria; and OPA School of Hellenic Dance.For those wanting a work out, then Zorba ’til you drop is for you. On Sunday, at 1:00 pm on the main stage in Melbourne, a dance competition will combine skills and stamina and the last one still dancing the Zorba will be rewarded with a return flight to Greece courtesty of Qatar Airways and a four day Greek islands cruise thanks to Touchdown Tours. Music across the weekend will be provided by Rythmos Band, Ravaisi, Nea Vradia Band, Scarlettsam & George Bletas. Anthea Sidiropoulos’ new band Jewels of Rock n Rubies will appear on Sunday on the Main Stage at 3:35 pm and on the Second Stage at 6:00 pm. Diverse singer/songwriter Anthea Sidiropoulos brings together her musical jewels for a fun-filled 15-20 minute show interspersing tributes of Grecian greats (Hiotis/Marilinda/Marinella/Hatzi/Savopoulo) with rock goddesses Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Etta James – Prepare to hear your favourite rock/swing/jazz tunes – in Greek.Lazos Terzas, abandoned his film career in the 1980’s and opened the Centre of Pontic Theatre and Arts, where he produced classical plays in the Pontic dialect; plays such as Lazaragas, Ta Skotadia, as well as classic Pontic works such as Oi Momogeri and Oi Teleutaoi tou Poli Haita, a theatrical play which touches on the struggles of the refugee Pontic Greeks. Terzas is known for his stirring renditions of popular Pontic poems, and will perform some of these poems alongside the Pontian Dance Group. He is currently in Australia, where he took part in the national Pontian ‘Synapandema’ Gathering of Australia’s Pontic Greeks on Saturday at 7:05 pm on the main stage. Melbourne born singer/songwriter Melpomeni was a long-standing member of the number one selling UK classical chart act, Mediaeval Baebes. She has toured extensively in the UK as well as Europe, the USA, Africa and the Middle East. After studying 20th century music composition at La Trobe University, she soon left to go travelling and chase history. After a brief period of living in Greece, she currently lives between Melbourne and London. She will perform on the Second Stage on Sunday at 5:25 pm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Creepy catheaded man says Surface Pro 4 beats Macbook Air

first_imgListen up, laptop shoppers: this creepy cat-headed dude has something important to tell you. He really thinks you should buy a Surface Pro 4 instead of a Macbook Air.It’s really his jingle-singing human counterpart who’s making the pitch — sadly catman only makes a brief appearance in Microsoft’s latest Surface ad. His supporting arguments are the same ones we’ve heard before, like the fact that Surface Pro 4 has a detachable keyboard (optional, of course), a touchscreen, and stylus support.The intentionally-cheesey (we’re assuming) song also jabs the Macbook Air for being “slower, heavy, and a bit square.” Very sneaky, Microsoft… comparing the weight of the two devices without mentioning that the Surface Pro 4 is really only lighter when you don’t have a Type Cover attached. Once you do, the SP4 weighs pretty much the same as an MBA. There’s only a couple grams difference.Microsoft does spell out the technicalities in the footnotes of their Surface Pro 4 vs. Macbook Air comparison page, and they list a few more advantages: higher-resolution display and webcam, up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, facial recognition, and a virtual assistant.But let’s get back to this catman. You might think the ad is terrible. You might think that it’s hilarious. Whatever your take is, you can’t deny that the bizarre image from the video is burned into your subconscious. Sure, you probably mostly remember what the Mac and PC guys look like from Apple’s commercials, but you’ll never forget this thing no matter how hard you try.last_img read more

ASA Celebrates 7th Annual Congressional Soyfoods Lunch On Capitol Hill

first_imgThe nation’s soybean producers, through the American Soybean Association (ASA), will serve an array of soy-based foods to members of Congress, government officials and industry representatives at a special Capitol Hill luncheon. The Seventh Annual Congressional Soyfoods Lunch is slated for noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, in Room 1302, Longworth House Office Building.The luncheon has become an annual forum for ASA and its sponsoring partners to showcase soy-based food products, and to demonstrate the importance and benefits of soyfoods to sound human nutrition. In addition to Members of Congress and key Executive Branch representatives, ASA Board members, state farmer-leaders and media have been invited to attend.”ASA’s Congressional Soyfoods Lunch is a unique occasion for the U.S. soybean industry to provide Members of Congress and other government officials the chance to taste for themselves the ever-expanding selection of soyfoods and beverages available today,” said ASA President Johnny Dodson, a soybean producer from Halls, Tenn. “The health benefits of soy are becoming more widely-known, and this special luncheon affords ASA with an opportunity to give policymakers and their staff a chance to experience these benefits for themselves.”The 2009 Congressional Soyfoods Lunch menu includes: Cuban Black Soybean Soup, Crisp Edamame and Vegetable Salad, Vegetarian Beef Bul Gogi (Korean barbecue), Coconut Curry Chicken, Alfredo Primavera and SOYJOY, made with whole soy and real fruit. There will also be a refreshment bar featuring Apple Soy Chai Latte and Soy-tisfying Almond-Chocolate Cappuccino.Partnering with ASA for the Seventh Annual Congressional Soyfoods Lunch on Capitol Hill are sponsors Archer Daniels Midland Company, Monsanto, Solae, The Soyfoods Council and SOYJOY.Nutritionists point out that soy can complement or fortify balanced diets, rather than compete with products that are already consumed. Soy foods have become an important staple in U.S. federal nutrition programs, such as the school lunch program, where the addition of soy can benefit existing menus.last_img read more

Revenue profits surge as Summit Ascent avoids Russian tax hike

first_imgThe company attributed the positive results to its rolling chip program which saw turnover grow from HK$14.1 billion in 2017 to HK$18.8 billion last year. VIP revenue increased 7.1% to HK$182 million.“Despite occasional inclement weather in the winter months, recent improvements in highway infrastructure, increased airline flight frequency and the free electronic visa policy in the Russian Far East have lessened the impact of seasonal factors on our rolling chip business notably compared to previous years,” Summit Acent said in a Thursday filing.Mass revenue grew by 13%, from HK$117 million in 2016 to HK$132 million in 2017, with mass table drop up by a similar amount to HK$577 million.The positive results come less than three months after Melco Resorts boss Lawrence Ho stepped down as Chairman and CEO of Summit Ascent and sold off his entire 17.37% stake in the company. He had previously reduced his stake from a high of 27.71% amid concerns over the possible doubling of Russia’s gaming tax, which would have cost Tigre de Cristal an extra US$1.86 million a year.Those concerns have been alleviated for now, with the local parliament of Primorsky Krai voting on 28 February to maintain the gaming tax rates at existing levels, despite new federal laws allowing for an increase.Commenting on Summit Ascent’s 2017 results, recently appointed Chairman Kuo Jen Hao said that growth was achieved during “a period of substantial ownership changes at the Summit Ascent level, the changeover of Chief Operating Officer at Tigre de Cristal, policy uncertainties regarding gaming taxes in the Russian Federation as well as geopolitical instability in the region.“I am proud to state that Summit Ascent remains fully committed to our majority-owned asset Tigre de Cristal and our Phase II project in the Russian Far East. I strongly believe in the massive potential of tourism growth in the Russian Far East and that outbound tourism and investment will be a key success factor in China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy.“I also believe that our strategy of developing both gaming and non-gaming facilities will enhance the attractiveness of the Russian Far East as a tourism destination for customers from nearby Asian countries and will help our casino, hotel and restaurant business to continue to expand.“With the support and cooperation of our devoted management team and staff, a pro-business government in the Russian Far East and our new shareholders and investment partners, I maintain a positive view towards Summit Ascent’s business prospects going forward.” RelatedPosts Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load More Hong Kong-listed casino investor Summit Ascent international has announced a 46% increase in revenue from its Russian integrated resort, Tigre de Cristal, in Vladivostok in 2017, due primarily to a 33% surge in rolling chip turnover.Group wide revenue increased to HK$470.8 million for the year, up from HK$323.3 million in 2016, while Adjusted Property EBITDA generated by Oriental Regent Limited, the subsidiary that operates Tigre de Cristal, was HK$173.7 million – up 32% year-on-year. Profit attributable to owners of the company was HK$13.8 million for the year ended 31 December 2017, a huge increase on the HK$559,000 Summit Ascent collected in 2016. 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokeragelast_img read more

PETA honors Miami Beach Department for saving kitten

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – PETA honored the Miami Beach Police Department after two of its members rescued a kitten.The nonprofit organization honored Officer Anthony Yarusso and Sergeant Melissa Negron with Miami Beach PD with a Compassionate Police Department award.Yarusso and Negron rescued a kitten that was stuck in a storm drain on Nov. 5.Yarusso later adopted the kitten and gave it the nickname Storm.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Dollar Tree To Hire 25000 Associates In Nationwide Hiring Event

first_img(NOTE: Wilmington’s Dollar Tree is located at 231 Main Street.)CHESAPEAKE, VA — North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, plans to hire 25,000 associates in its third annual Nationwide Hiring Event hosted at Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores across the country on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.“We are excited to grow our team to better serve our customers with greater values and friendly shopping experiences throughout the holiday season,” stated Betty Click, Chief Human Resources Officer. “I am so proud of the progress we are making within our Dollar Tree and Family Dollar brands on developing and retaining engaged associates as we continue to invest in our talent.”As a growth company with more than 15,000 stores across North America, and plans to open hundreds of stores annually, now is an exciting time to join the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar team. Along with competitive compensation and benefits, the Company continues its commitment to ongoing training and talent development. There are numerous opportunities for career growth that contribute to the Company’s success. Last year nearly 40,000 associates were promoted into new positions within the organization.Interviews will be conducted at every U.S. store location from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM local time. The Company is looking to fill permanent full-time and part-time openings in the roles of store managers, assistant store managers, cashiers and stocking associates, as well as seasonal holiday help.Interested applicants are encouraged to visit a Dollar Tree or Family Dollar store during the one-day event or can apply online at and Dollar Tree, Inc.Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, now operates more than 15,000 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada. To learn more about the Company, visit The above press release is from Dollar Tree.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedDollar Tree Purchases & Will Convert Hundreds Of “Family Dollar” & “Deals” StoresIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”Target To Hire 100,000 Seasonal Team Members For The Holiday SeasonIn “Business”last_img read more

Metro Is Considering Park and Ride Bus for Conroe

first_imgGail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaA METRO commuter bus in downtown Houston.The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) is funded by a one-cent sales tax collected by cities in its service area.Last year Metro approved a new policy that would allow the agency to operate buses outside of its service area if another entity agrees to pay for it. A Conroe park and ride bus would be Metro’s first venture under that new initiative.Metro Vice President of Planning Kurt Luhrsen outlined plans for the Conroe bus before the Capital and Strategic Planning Committee. He said the bus would leave from a park and ride lot under I-45 in Conroe.It would make stops in downtown and midtown Houston before proceeding to the Texas Medical Center and the V.A. Medical Center. There would be three buses running on weekday mornings and afternoons.“This is a service that is somewhat provided right now by The Woodlands,” explained Luhrsen. “Obviously that starts further south than where Conroe is. They have a number of folks on that service that are actually originating in Conroe and believe there is an opportunity to really expand the market.”Luhrsen said Metro is hoping to soon draft an interlocal agreement that would allow the service to start early next year. Funding for the new commuter service would come from the Houston-Galveston Area Council and the City of Conroe. Sharelast_img read more

Phi Phi remains open as Thailands national park system starts annual seasonal

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… You can read full article here: eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Bangkok, 15 February, 2018 – Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay remain open as Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) begins its annual cycle of temporary closure of national parks next month, which allows for natural rejuvenation during almost half the year depending on the schedule.This is often due to extreme weather that may create unsafe conditions and to allow for some ecological recovery time. Several national parks close every year for certain periods between March and December (dates are varied depending on weather and park conditions).To make sure parks are open, it is best to SAWASDEE:last_img read more