With onset of rain, AES cases die down in Bihar

first_imgWith the onset of rains, no fresh AES case has been reported in Muzaffarpur district on Sunday even as the health department cracked its whip on a doctor who was asked to report for duty in the brain fever-affected district, but failed to comply.Dr. Bhimsen Kumar, a senior resident doctor at the Patna Medical College Hospital, had been directed to report at the SKMCH Muzaffarpur by June 19.“He failed to do so and the department has taken a serious note of the lapse. He has been placed under suspension pending a departmental inquiry upon conclusion of which further action may be taken,” Principal Secretary, Health, Sanjay Kumar said. Meanwhile, Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital (SKMCH) superintendent, Sunil Kumar Shahi said “AES is known to strike when the summer heat is at its peak and the incidences plummet no sooner than rainfalls lash the area. The same is happening this time and no child has been admitted during the day so far with the complaint even though AES patients, who have been nursed back to recovery, are being discharged continuously.”The Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) outbreak, which according to the state health department has affected about 20 out of the 40 districts in the State, has afflicted more than 600 children since June 1, killing close to 140. The high number of deaths this year has been mostly attributed to hypoglycemia.last_img read more

Every one thought AAPs CM candidate was my man: Parrikar

first_imgPanaji, Nov 7 (PTI) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today said that in the run up to the February 2017 assembly elections, there were apprehensions that the Aam Aadmi Partys (AAP) chief ministerial candidate was “planted” by him in that party.The Aam Aadmi Party, which had failed to win even a single seat of the 39 it contested, had projected former bureaucrat Elvis Gomes as their chief ministerial candidate.Gomes had resigned as Inspector General of Prisons to join AAP and led its campaign in Goa.”In fact a lot of people thought that Elvis is my strong officer. When he went to a political set up, lot of people asked me whether I have planted my man there,” Parrikar said.”That was the reaction… He (Gomes) also must have heard people saying it, because people in Goa dont think that political thinking can be different from other things,” the chief minister said.Parrikar wasaddressing the event to launch Vedantas Womens Football League.Gomes who is also president of Goa Football Association was present on the dais along with the chief minister.Parrikar said he does not mix politics and development or football.”Whether it is development, game or state as a whole, for me every person is equal and I dont treat them as an adversary,” he said.Referring to Gomes, he said “political differences will be there. Once election code of conduct is announced, we wont see each other. But after that we can work together.”Talking about Indian football, Parrikar said the sport requires lot of more energy so that it crosses a threshold.advertisementHe said Goa also requires the push in football.”In spite of all our efforts we cant find many of them representing the country. Lot of facilities need to be opened up but the only problem is that there has to be some discipline,” he commented. PTI RPS RMT RDSlast_img read more

Super sports car sales to grow by double digits: Lamborghini

first_imgIndiaNew Delhi, Jan 7 (PTI) Super sports luxury car market in India is expected to grow in double digits this year on the back of improved sentiments after remaining flat in 2017, according to Automobili Lamborghini.The Italian super sports luxury carmaker, which sells Huracan and Aventador models in India, said last year was a challenging year for the industry due to lingering after effects of demonetisation coupled with impact of GST (Goods and Services Tax) implementation.”There was postponement of purchases in 2017 due to continued impact of demonetisation and GST implementation. However, since the last quarter we have seen demand coming back and it should continue,” Automobili Lamborghini India Head Sharad Agarwal told PTI.He further said, “With the outlook of overall economic growth positive and stabilisation in the market after those two transformations (demonetisation and GST), we expect growth to return to the segment”.When asked by how much the segment was expected to expand, Agarwal said, “This year, the exclusive super sports luxury segment in India is expected to grow in double digits”.The size of the niche super sports car segment, comprising 2-door models priced upwards of Rs 2.2 crore with power of 400 ps, stood at around 70 units in 2017.Apart from Lamborghini, the other players include Ferrari, Aston Martin, Audi R8 and Mercedes AMG GT-R, among others.Agarwal said high taxation and frequent changes in rates have had an impact on the segment, which stood at around 100 units a year in 2011-12.He, however, said the way the market is at the moment and if everything goes smoothly, the segment could reach again the 100 units a year milestone in another two to three years. PTI RKL BALadvertisementlast_img read more

Russia risks missing lab access deadline, RUSADA head says

first_imgMoscow, Nov 9 (AP) The Russian government risks missing a deadline to allow access to the Moscow laboratory at the center of the country’s doping scandals, the head of the country’s anti-doping agency said Friday.A deal between the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Russian government allowed the agency, known as RUSADA, to be reinstated in September in return for data from the lab by the end of 2018.”I am feeling worried about how the situation is developing regarding access to the Moscow lab,” RUSADA CEO Yuri Ganus told the Tass news agency.He added that talks on how access should be granted have so far failed to agree on who exactly should be allowed into the lab and progress is needed “rapidly” as the WADA board prepares to meet next week. If Russia fails to uphold its promise, Ganus said, “we will lose trust, if not forever, then for many years.” Ganus said he offered his help to Russian law enforcement, which sealed off the lab in 2016, but didn’t get an answer.If Russia fails to give WADA the lab data on time, or provide samples requested by WADA, then RUSADA could be suspended again. Under new WADA rules, that would make it much harder for Russia to host major sports events.Access to the lab is also a key condition for the reinstatement of Russia’s banned track and field team, which was suspended in 2015 for widespread doping. Since then, top Russians have competed as neutral athletes.(AP) AMSAMSadvertisementlast_img read more

India vs Pakistan (IND vs PAK) Innings Summary, ICC World Cup 2019: Rohit and Kohli bully Pakistan attack

first_imgIndia rode on Rohit Sharma’s 140 and Virat Kohli’s 77 to post a mammoth 336/5 off 50 overs against Pakistan in their 4th match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup at Old Trafford on Sunday. KL Rahul, who was promoted to open the innings with Rohit Sharma, hit 57.The rain had interrupted the play in the 47th over and continued for about the next 20 minutes. Mohammad Amir struck to dismiss Virat Kohli immediately after the play resumed post short rain break.Kedhar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar then took the responsibility to score quick runs at the end of innings. Mohammad Amir contained the run rate and both Indian batsmen could add only 22 runs in the next 19 balls.Pakistan was poor and sloppy on the field after electing to bowl in overcast conditions. Mohammad Amir was tight upfront but Hassan Ali was unable to build any pressure as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul got off to a strong start. They became the first Indian opening pair to hit a 100+ stand against Pakistan in World Cup history.KL Rahul was the more watchful of the two while Rohit Sharma smashed his third 50+ score in the 2019 World Cup. Rohit Sharma had started the 2019 World Cup with a bang – he had hit a hundred against South Africa before scoring a fifty against Australia. On Sunday, Rohit Sharma hit a classy 140 and was gutted when he got out – who knows, he could have hit another double hundred!Virat Kohli meanwhile, was happy to play second fiddle as long as Rohit Sharma played those sensational shots. Once he got out, Kohli upped the ante and hit his 2nd fifty of the World Cup. He also smashed Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest to 11,000 ODI runs.advertisementHardik Pandya played a nice cameo but MS Dhoni was out for 1 before rain forced the players off the field. Meanwhile, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were both warned twice for stepping on the protected area of the pitch.Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was left frustrated with his bowlers and fielders. Apart from Amir and Hassan in his second spell, the other Pakistani bowlers did not look like they were up for a fight against India’s star batsmen.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Injured Shikhar Dhawan helps teammates out with drinksAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli fastest to 11,000 ODI runsAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma 2nd Indian after Virat Kohli to hit World Cup hundred vs PakistanAlso See:last_img read more

Iowa State box score infographic

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a month agoN​orwich defender Byram: Our team spirit is sky high

first_imgN​orwich defender Byram: Our team spirit is sky highby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City defender Sam Byram is praising the chemistry and unity of the squad as they navigate the Premier League.The newly promoted side got a famous win against Manchester City at the weekend, despite several first team members being out with injury.Byram believes that aside from quality coaching and preparation, the camaraderie in the squad makes it easier for them to push to achieve their goals.”The character and spirit is definitely one of the best I’ve experienced,” he said to the club’s official website. “You can see from everyone, the players on the bench and the players that even weren’t on the bench, everyone wants the team to do well.”That’s the main thing for the unity. Not one player is bigger than the team and you can see that today with the work rate, everyone has got each other’s back.”We had a bit of luck throughout the game but we defended unbelievably well and also had spells in the game where we played some really good football.”We always have belief that we could win. It’s Manchester City and they are an unbelievable team but we’ve got a squad here which is very close-knit.”If someone drops out, someone else can fill in. You know exactly what your job is and I think we showed today the spirit we’ve got and how good we can be.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

New study finds male dominance in Hollywood unchanged

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Women made up just 18 per cent of all the directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers who worked on the top 250 American films released last year, according to a new study.The 20th annual “Celluloid Ceiling” study on the behind-the-camera employment of women was released Monday by San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. The results show virtually no change in the last 20 years for women in Hollywood. In 1998, the same calculation of behind-the-scenes jobs for women was 17 per cent.The study found that in last year’s top 250 films, 25 per cent of producers were women, 11 per cent of directors were women and just 4 per cent of cinematographers were women.“The film industry has utterly failed to address the continuing underemployment of women behind the scenes,” said Martha M. Lauzen, the study’s author. “This negligence has produced a toxic culture that supported the recent sexual harassment scandals and truncates so many women’s careers.”Last week, a study published by the University of Southern California Annenberg found that among the top 100 films at the box office, the percentage of female directors rose from 4.2 per cent in 2016 to 7.3 per cent in 2017. But that number was still less than the 8 per cent in 2008.As they have in the past, the studies give statistical evidence to the widespread alarm about gender equality in Hollywood. More than 300 women in entertainment recently formed the initiative Time’s Up to push for equal female representation among executives and to help sexual harassment victims defend themselves.last_img read more

Uber Lyft drivers plan to strike in cities across the US

NEW YORK — Drivers for ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft are planning to turn off their apps to protest what they say are declining wages at a time when both companies are raking in billions of dollars from investors.Organizers are planning demonstrations in 10 U.S. cities Wednesday, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.They’re timing their protests in advance of Uber’s initial public stock offering, which is planned for Friday. Uber aims to raise $9 billion from investors.It’s not the first time drivers for ride-hailing apps have staged protests. Strikes were planned in several cities ahead of Lyft’s IPO last month, although the disruption to riders appeared to be minimal. This time more cities are participating.Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Press read more

DR Congo UN mission supports calendar for electoral review process

The operation will kick off in the Kinshasa and Bas-Congo provinces in June and will expand in August to the rest of the vast African nation. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for DRC, Alan Doss, welcomed the move and assured the Electoral Commission of UN support in line with the mandate of the mission, known as MONUC. He said the review process for local elections will complete a national endeavour that began in 2005 with the identification and enrolment of all eligible voters.Meanwhile, MONUC reports that more combatants are continuing to leave the ranks of the ethnic Hutu militia known as the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR), which has been the target of a joint military operation conducted by Rwanda and the DRC.From 1 January to 24 March this year, the mission has helped repatriate 640 fighters and 914 of their dependents. Just last weekend a senior member of the FDLR leadership as well as three other officers, 15 soldiers and their dependents decided to enter the process of voluntary repatriation. “This is a very good decision,” noted Mr. Doss. “By choosing to drop their weapons, they have chosen a better future.”The voluntary disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, reintegration and rehabilitation (DDRRR) programme for the ex-militia is managed by MONUC. The ex-combatants surrender to joint patrols of the mission and the DRC Armed Forces (FARDC), while civilians are repatriated by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The FDLR and other Rwandan militias have been a key factor in the resurgence of violence last August in North Kivu province, where some 250,000 civilians have been uprooted by fighting. 30 March 2009The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has welcomed the announcement by the Independent Electoral Commission of a timetable for the electoral review process for local polls. read more

Mixed gains for women in Chinas progress on antipoverty goals UN report

The 45-page report, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), China’s Progress, notes that the country will probably achieve most of the MDGs by 2015, the target date for reaching goals ranging from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education.Some targets such as primary education have already been achieved, 13 years ahead of schedule. But China may not be on track for halting and reversing HIV/AIDS, promoting gender equality and providing safe drinking water to its rural populations.The development picture for women is also mixed, the report notes. Gender gaps are widening, and the aging of Chinese society is posing an increasing challenge because the elderly are disproportionately poor and female, with widows and unmarried, childless women among the most economically vulnerable.The widely noted increase in the margin of newborn boys over girls “has serious implications for the future,” the report warns. Sexual predetermination of newborns is illegal in China, but widespread and the government estimates that the sex ratio is about 116 boys for every 100 girls.”The shortage of women will have enormous implications on China’s social, economic and development future,” said UN Resident Coordinator Khalid Malik. “In the next decade, we could have as many as 60 million missing women. People are exercising their preferences, but the consequences for society are huge.”UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan lauded China for the strides it has taken towards reaching the MDGs but cautioned that it still must be prepared to meet the considerable challenges that lie ahead.”The China MDG report alerts us to growing challenges of HIV/AIDS and other health issues, rising inequality and environmental degradation,” he said in a message to the High-Level International Conference on the MDGs in Beijing, delivered on his behalf by Rubens Ricupero, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).”These challenges are by no means unique to China” and countries must work together to resolve them,” he added. read more

Canadian dollar higher commodities rise US financial markets set to reopen

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Tuesday amid rising commodity prices.The loonie gained 0.15 of a cent to 100.07 cents US after closing below parity with the U.S. currency Monday for the first time since early August.Markets have been quieter than normal these past two days with major U.S. financial markets closed.But things will start to return to some level of normalcy Wednesday when the American exchanges resume trading.“Trading will commence on the New York Stock Exchange at 9:30 a.m. EDT under normal opening procedures, and the NYSE Euronext building and trading floor are fully operational,” said a statement by exchange operator NYSE Euronext.The Nasdaq will also be open Wednesday after the superstorm left a large swath of New York City without power and subways and vehicle tunnels have been flooded.The CME Group also cancelled floor trading in New York and Chicago but commodity trading carried on electronically and their regular operations will also resume Wednesday. Bond markets will also reopen.December crude gained 14 cents to US$85.68 a barrel. At the same time, there are questions about where crude prices are headed given the effect on refineries from the storm. The biggest operations in the northeastern U.S. have shut down or cut back sharply and analysts said the impact on oil demand could be significant.Metal prices advanced with December copper ahead one cent at US$3.51 a pound while December gold bullion rose $3.40 to US$1.712.10 an ounce.The storm also played havoc with economic data.The U.S. Conference Board is delaying the release of its consumer confidence index for October until Thursday. The Conference Board said it decided on the delay to help assure the safety of its staff and people who follow the index. The storm has left transportation difficult or impossible in many places and millions of people were without power.There was also doubt whether the U.S. Labour Department will release its October non-farm payrolls report on Friday.Dozens of U.S. companies have also postponed their quarterly earnings reports. Canadian dollar higher, commodities rise, U.S. financial markets set to reopen by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 30, 2012 4:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Human rights are key for economic policymaking says UN expert

Highlighting the vital role of human rights on policymaking, the independent expert on foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, published the Guiding Principles on Human Rights Impact Assessments of Economic Reforms to assist states, international financial institutions, creditors, civil society and others, to ensure that economic policies are embedded in human rights. “The thrust of the Guiding Principles is that states cannot shy away from their human rights obligations in economic policymaking, even in times of economic crisis” said Mr. Bohoslavsky in a press release, issued on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos.The UN human rights expert stressed that “any economic policy measures – whether fiscal austerity, structural adjustment reforms, privatisation of public services, deregulation of financial and labour markets, or changes in taxation – all have human rights consequences”, adding that the impacts of economic measures have to be taken in consideration, specially on specific individuals and groups “such as women and persons with disabilities”.Mr. Bohoslavsky added that the new Guiding Principles make clear that international financial institutions, creditors and donors must not turn a blind eye to the human rights impact of their loans and grants.He also called on international financial institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, to ensure that “their loan conditionalities, advice and proposals for economic reforms do not undermine the borrower state’s human rights obligations”.The publication will be presented to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council on 28 February. read more

Dozens feared dead as plane crashes in Laos

first_imgRESCUERS ARE CONTINUING the search for bodies after a Lao Airlines plane believed to be carrying 49 people, around half of them foreigners, plunged into the Mekong River during stormy weather.Seven French citizens, six Australians and five Thais were among those thought to have been killed when the turboprop ATR-72 came down yesterday near Pakse airport in Champasak province.Debris was seen floating in the river at the scene of the disaster, while suitcases were wedged in mud on the riverbank.Around a dozen rescuers were using a crane perched on a floating platform in the middle of the Mekong to try to winch the submerged aircraft from the river, which was swollen by a recent tropical storm.Divers from a Thai rescue team were on the scene to assist in the operation.State-owned Lao Airlines said more than half of the 44 passengers and five crew onboard were foreign nationals.Rescue teams have recovered six bodies so far but no survivors, said an airline official in Pakse.“We can’t find most bodies or the plane yet because the aircraft has sunk,” he told AFP.Eleven countriesCitizens from up to eleven countries were reported to have been on the flight from the capital Vientiane.Some of those killed were taken to a mortuary at a Chinese temple in Pakse, which is a hub for tourists travelling to more remote areas in southern Laos.Three bodies draped in blue plastic sheets were seen in the building, which was guarded by some 10 policemen, some armed, who turned away onlookers.“They are foreigners from the crash,” staff at the centre told AFP, adding that their nationalities were unknown.Lao Airlines said the aircraft hit “extreme” bad weather while witnesses described seeing the aircraft buffeted by strong winds.“The plane was about to land but appeared to be hit by a strong wind, causing its head to ascend and pushing it away from the airport area and out of reach of the air traffic control radar,” state-run Laos news agency KPL quoted a witness as saying.France said it was rushing embassy officials to the site of the crash in Pakse.French President Francois Hollande learned of the disaster “with profound emotion and great sadness” and offered “sincere condolences” and full support to the victims’ families, his office said in a statement.According to a passenger list published by Thai media, people from the United States, Vietnam, Canada and Malaysia were on the flight.‘Devastating time’Australia said six of its nationals were feared dead, including a family of four.The family of two Australian men missing, father and son Gordon and Michael Creighton, issued a statement requesting privacy “at this devastating time”.“We have lost a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a fiancé and a best mate in one tragic circumstance and are trying to come to terms with our loss,” they said.Thailand said five of its nationals had died.Three South Koreans were also among the victims, according to the Transport Ministry in Seoul.Taiwan said one of its citizens was killed while Beijing’s official Xinhua news agency said one Chinese was on board. It said an earlier figure of two had included the Taiwanese victim.Read: US avoids default as last-minute deal struck >Read: Scotland yard breaks international drugs ring >last_img read more

Frozen windscreen This could be the solution

first_imgWHEN EOIN MCGIVERN (12) and Cormac Harty (13) realised that frozen windscreens could seriously hamper journeys in cold weather, they decided to find a way to prevent it.The duo, who go to St Louis secondary school in Co Down, put together an invention called Easy Freeze, which they entered into the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.At the RDS, they explained how Easy Freeze works:(Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube)The temperature of the water can be changed, to avoid risk of the windscreen cracking.Read: Are redheads more flexible than other people?>last_img read more

Column The vulture fund eyeing Argentina and what it means for other

first_imgDUBBED THE “sovereign debt court case of the century”, today a New York court will influence the economic future of Argentina – and that of other vulnerable, indebted nations.Over 10 years ago, Argentina defaulted on its debt. Mired in economic and political crisis, compounded by the damaging policies of external lenders such as the IMF, Argentinian President Kirchner offered the state’s creditors about 25 cent in the dollar. Most creditors, seeing the writing on the wall, eventually took the deal.‘Vulture funds’However, some opportunistic creditors, coined ‘vulture funds’, bought up this high- risk, distressed debt on the secondary market hoping to make a killing over time.Cayman Islands based fund, NML Capital Ltd, a subsidiary of Elliot Associates, has been suing Argentina since as a route to reclaiming this type of debt, culminating its actions late last year in the dramatic seizing of national Argentine symbol, the Libertad naval ship, off the coast of Ghana. This was followed by a New York court ruling that the Argentine Government must pay US$1.3 billion to NML capital Ltd.Today, the court will hear Argentina’s appeal.The implications of the court ruling are enormous. For Argentina, if it loses its appeal, it will be legally obliged to pay NML Capital at the same time it pays its previously re-structured debts to other creditors. Furthermore, any bank that allows Argentina to repay one creditor without paying NML Capital would be in contempt of the ruling.This could push Argentina back into a technical default and is being posited as a grim warning to other countries vulnerable to similar actions in the New York jurisdiction.Opportunistic debt collectionOver recent years governments of some of the most impoverished countries in the world, including Zambia and the DRC in Africa, have been sued through such opportunistic debt collection. For example, in 2007, the Zambian Government, on the verge of writing off a debt owed to the Government of Romania, was forced to pay a British Virgin Islands registered fund, Donegal International, about US$ 15 million. This is roughly equivalent to Ireland’s annual Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Zambia, now lost forever to that speculative company.Can increased powers be afforded to sovereign states in cases when private companies essentially gamble on people’s suffering and win? As sovereign states are legally viewed as simply another actor in the market, the responsibility of states to protect the rights of their citizens is currently entirely unaccounted for. As a result, indebted governments tend to weakly argue that they must “meet their obligations” to international financiers, even as they tread upon their people’s social and economic rights to do so.Indeed, so entrenched and fear-inducing is this belief, that it has been applied incorrectly and unjustly by the Irish government as a reason to pay the illegitimate Anglo Promissory Notes (now in the form of bonds) – incorrect, given that the Anglo bonds are not being traded on international markets.Debt auditsThe United Nations has responded to this imbalanced situation by arguing that the concept of co-responsibility of lenders as well as borrowers, in debt crises must be accounted for. Campaigners on the ground are taking action into their own hands by introducing citizen debt audits in their countries to ascertain for themselves whether a debt has been extended, and accepted, with due diligence, as a route to measuring the impact of such debts on their lives, and to decide whether or not certain debts should be re-paid. Admirably, the Norwegian government has just become the first government to audit debts owed to it by African, Asian and Latin American nations in order to critically examine the due diligence, or otherwise, of its sovereign debt contracts.In a welcome move, in 2012, laws to curtail vulture funds have been put in place in the UK by limiting the ability of vulture funds to sue some of the worlds most impoverished countries. Sadly, Argentinian campaigners do not have such legal support in the New York jurisdiction and are calling for international backing to censure any ruling that will push their country back into default. They are also calling for an independent debt audit to ascertain the legitimacy, or otherwise, of the facets of Argentina’s sovereign debt, much of which has its roots in international loans extended during the death and repression imposed under the Argentinian dictatorship 40 years ago.The impact of debt on the lives of citizensThese important efforts place the impact of debt on the lives of people at the centre of the international debt debate and should be vigorously supported by our Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister of State for Trade and Development Joe Costello.Today, the people of Argentina face the possibility of another debt default due to financial speculation on their previous debt crisis. Debt and Development Coalition Ireland calls on NML Capital to leave Argentina alone. In turn, Argentinian campaigners are calling on people in highly indebted countries in Europe and Latin America alike, not to accept the status quo. They have responded, “don’t cry for Argentina – fight back”. Nessa Ní Chasaide is coordinator of the Debt and Development Coalition Ireland, a campaigning coalition of organisations concerned about global economic justice. Her work focuses on local and global debt and tax justice. She tweets from @Debt_Irelandlast_img read more

The pinup girl

first_imgGabrielle Adamidis has been sewing for as long as she remembers. Following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother who both sewed, she began at five or six years old and made her own clothes as a teenager. While she originally embarked on an Arts degree at Melbourne’s Monash University she left halfway through to complete a fashion diploma at the Box Hill Institute’s school of fashion. “I always knew that was what I really wanted to do, I needed to be doing something practical and hands on; writing essays was just not for me,” Adamidis says. Three years ago the 28 year-old Melburnian started her own lingerie line Hopeless. “I started from scratch, we didn’t do much lingerie at Tafe I just applied everything I learnt there,” she says. In the cut-throat fashion industry Adamidis knew she had to do something different to stand out. “Every man and his dog wants to start a clothing label, not many people do lingerie so I noticed it as sort of something not many people do and I thought I’d have more chance of succeeding by doing something like that,” she says. “I also really like working in detailed, smaller things so it suited what I enjoy doing.” Working from her small apartment in Hawthorn, Adamidis says small garments are also far more practical. “I have very little space I don’t think I could make a dress in the space I have. I pretty much do everything from what would be my dining room,” she says. Adamidis says she has always had a penchant for vintage lingerie. “I’ve always been quite passionate about the pin-up girls and I love old movies from the ’40s and 50’s and even up to the ’80s and ’90s,” she says. It’s movies like Evil Dead, Jaws and Alice in Wonderland that inspire her ranges. One thing Adamidis avoids is basing her designs around trends. “I think the worse thing you can do as a designer is to base what you do around what is popular at the moment because by the time you get around to getting into production it’s going to be over”. The designer does about 90 percent of her own sewing and has this year taken on two interns. “I hope to teach them a lot and hopefully employ them at some stage once the business grows a bit. They’ve been really willing and eager to learn everything that I’ve experienced the hard way because I have no business experience and it’s been very much trial and error,” she says. “It’s a really hard industry to break into so I know for both of my interns coming out of fashion school to have this experience on their resume will really benefit them; it works for both of us”. Hopeless lingerie is mainly sold online, distributing worldwide. Most of Adamidis’ orders are from overseas.“The lingerie industry is quite different overseas than here; the Australian girl is much more typically a Bonds girl, more about comfort than dressing up,” she says. “Interest has been growing here which is really good, but I had wholesalers in UK and Paris before here, which is quite amazing; it’s an absolutely different market”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Tragedy to miracle to tragedy again

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Losing a child is a pain that never goes away. But for Kosta Gribilas, losing his seven month old daughter comes as an unimaginable blow in a time that was filled with so much hope. Australian born Kosta, who moved to Greece when he was 10 was given a second chance at life after receiving a heart transplant in 2008. The organ donor was Doujon Zammit, a 20-year-old Australian tourist, brutally bashed by a Greek bouncer. For days Doujon was kept on life support, hoping to show signs of improvement. Kosta was just streets away in the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre, desperate to find a new heart. As one family was preparing to say goodbye, Kosta was being prepped into surgery. On August 2, 2008 after 21 weeks waiting to find a compatible donor, Kosta got a new lease on life. Early this year, Kosta and his wife Poppy welcomed their first child, Konstantina Angelique Gribilas. Kosta affectionately said Konstantina had two fathers thanks to his adopted new heart. In a short message in Greek on his Facebook page, Kosta announced his daughter’s passing. “Thank you for all your support, sadly my angle didn’t make it”. In a previous interview with Neos Kosmos, Kosta had just welcomed his daughter in the world and took the time to thank the Zammit family and took the time to express his special connection with Doujon. “How can I ever forget Doujon, when every beat of my heart, reminds me how lucky I really am?” he said. Without him, neither me nor my daughter, would be here.” “I owe Doujon’s parents, not one, but many thanks. Their generosity saved my life. Kosta still wears Doujon’s silver leather bracelet and had Doujon’s father as the best man at his wedding. Doujon’s mother, Rosemary, became Konstantina’s godmother at her baptism. Rosemary took on the role wholeheartedly and would ask for photos of little Konstantina growing. “They feel like this baby is a continuation of their son,” Kosta said. In another strange turn of fate, Kosta moved to Australia with his wife to find better job prospects after he was left jobless for four years in Greece. In the process he opened a christening business in Sydney that sold various imported Greek products and gifts. Now he will be forever reminded of his young daughter and a happier time every time he steps through his shop.last_img read more

Chirurgie esthétique les adolescentes américaines y ont recours de plus en plus

first_imgChirurgie esthétique : les adolescentes américaines y ont recours de plus en plus jeunesÉtats-Unis – Outre-Atlantique, ce ne sont pas moins de 12.000 injections de Botox qui ont été pratiquées sur des adolescentes en un an. Le Botox n’est pas seulement un traitement utilisé contre les rides : il peut également corriger certaines imperfections du visage. C’est cet usage que recherchent les adolescentes américaines, et ce dès l’âge de 13 ans pour les plus précoces. Elles voient là un moyen d’atteindre rapidement et simplement la beauté parfaite à laquelle elles aspirent. On appelle ce phénomène “teen toxic”.À lire aussiMédecine esthétique : un décret prévu pour fin juinLorsque la Food and Drug Administration avait autorisé l’usage du Botox à partir de 12 ans, c’était bien sûr dans un but thérapeutique. En effet, l’action de ce produit sur les muscles permettait de modérer certains problèmes gênants, comme la sudation ou le strabisme. Malheureusement, il y a eu de nombreux abus. Les enfants stars ne sont évidemment pas en reste. L’une des jeunes actrices de Glee, série diffusée en France sur Canal +, a avoué avoir recours à ces injections pour “paraître fraîche à l’écran”. La peur d’être “défraichie” à à peine 18 ans paraît pourtant bien irrationnelle. Le 14 août 2010 à 18:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more