Rabat – The Union of Moroccan Writers on Monday condemned the assassination of Jordanian writer and journalist Nahed Hattar, shot in Abdali, center of Amman.The Union “strongly condemns this barbaric and abject terrorist act”, the Union said in a statement, adding that this assassination is “the culmination of a long process of restrictions, crimes and murders that have touched many of our brightest Arab intellectuals and writers”.Expressing its full solidarity with the family of the victim, the Union noted that “the assassination of this gifted and bold intellectual, known for his unique courage and devotion to freedom and modernity in the Arab world (…), undermines all attempts of emancipation and rationalization”.The Union added that intellectuals “are living in a stifling climate of restriction of freedom of expression and thought”. Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar was shot dead outside a court where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam.
Rabat – The news is finally out, and without surprise, it is Saad Eddine El Othmani who will succeed Abdelilah Benkirane as the new Secretary General of the PJD, with 1006 voices against 912 for his rival, Driss Azami Idrissi. Head to head since the first ballot conducted this morning by the members of the National Council, El Othmani was barely leading the polls with 180 voices against 160 for Azami Idrissi. The 275 voters of the National Council had chosen eight names, six of which withdrew, leaving only El Otmani and Azami Idrissi in the running.For many, El Othmani’s win was to be expected. While this would be his second term after serving from 2004-2008 as head of the PJD, the current Head of the government was assured of the support of his fellow PJD and Executif members. Labeled as “Ministers Coalition” by some Moroccan media, this current represents the elite of the party currently at the head of the governmental coalition. Driss Azami, Mayor of Fes and second runner of this turmoiled race, is deemed close to former Secretary General Abdelilah, who is ending his second (and last) successive mandate as head of the party.A few days before the Congress, the PJD was called upon to vote on a crucial provision: Article 16 of the party’s internal regulations, which limited the terms of the SG to two.The debate around ‘Article 16’ came back to the surface after Benkirane failed to form a government coalition in the aftermath of the October 7th legislative elections, which brought him to the head of the government with 107 seats.The negotiations around the formation of the government, afterwards labeled as the infamous “government deadlock,” lasted over six months. At the end of this impasse, one in which Benkirane lost his seat as head of government, King Mohammed VI had instructed Saad Eddine El Othmani to form a government.Since then, the Othmani wing has been perceived by some members of the party as being very conciliatory towards the Royal Palace, prompting many to renew Benkirane’s term at the head of the party to achieve a certain balance.
Rinaz had reportedly received training at the NTJ camp in Nuwara Eliya. A member of the National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ) was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today.The Police said that Ansar Mohamed Rinaz was arrested while he attempted to flee the country.
United National Party (UNP) Ministers backing the nomination of UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa as the Presidential candidate of the United National Front (UNF) at the next elections, claimed that an agreement has been reached with UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.Non-cabinet Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, Dr. Harsha de Silva said that an agreement will now be signed after talks with the UNF partners. Speaking to reporters following the meeting last night Premadasa had said that more discussions will be held among party members to reach a final decision. Meanwhile, Minister Harin Fernando tweeted saying UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa had a very positive discussion with the Prime Minister last night and will be appointed as the UNP Presidential Candidate in a few days. Dr. Harsha de Silva tweeted saying the agreement will be finalized in a few days after discussing with partners to nominate Sajith Premadasa as the UNP led alliance candidate for the 2019 presidential race with the total backing of Ranil Wickremesinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.
In his first address to the UN General Assembly, Félix Tshisekedi underlined the need to reform the primary body charged with maintaining international peace and security.“It is indeed unfair that Africa remains the only region in the world that does not have permanent representation on the Security Council, when in fact the major issues – be they demographic, social or environmental – for the whole planet are inextricably linked to Africa,” he said.“We want a configuration and that is more representative of the world’s peoples in their diversity.”Environmentally sustainable developmentPresident Tshisekedi said the DRC can contribute to the global push to achieve a more just and equitable world, as outlined under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The 17 SDGs seek to create a more just and equitable world by 2030.“The eradication of poverty and hunger is today an urgent issue. The Democratic Republic of the Congo can be part of the solution, with its 80 million hectares of arable land and its abundant water sources that are enough for more than two billion people,” he stated.Mr. Tshisekedi stressed that while African countries are the “pivot of sustainability”, they also yearn for development that protects the natural environment, such as the vast forests in the DRC, which account for nearly 50 per cent of forest cover on the continent.“We are resolutely committed to protecting our forests. However, the preservation of our national heritage cannot be done at the detriment to our development,” he said, before calling for better integration of environmental issues in development financing.The DRC is also moving to increase production of clean, renewable energy. The objective is to boost electrification from 10 per cent today to around 60 per cent in the next decade, while reducing the use of firewood.President Tshisekedi noted that the average Congolese citizen is around 17 years old, just slightly older than Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who has been at the forefront of a global movement for action to address climate change.“But how can our young people involve themselves in the same fight if they have neither water, nor light?” he wondered.The DRC also is rich in natural resources needed to power the energy and digital transition. President Tshisekedi proposed opening up the country to regulated mining in exchange for development support.“The world needs cobalt, it needs coltan, and it needs lithium. We want industrial jobs. We need training and we need development,” he said,Challenges to peace and stabilityFor President Tshisekedi, the greatest challenges facing the DRC are peace, security and stability. Armed groups operating in the east continue to terrorize the local population.“Some of these rebel movements…are carrying out terrorist attacks that are consistent with their allegiance to Daesh, which represents a new threat to my country and to the sub-region,” he said. “As if conflict and instability were not enough, countries to the east of the DRC are also affected by an Ebola epidemic that has lasted more than a year.”The UN is side-by-side with the Congolese in both battles, through its peacekeeping operation (MONUSCO) and agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO).Regarding the Ebola epidemic in eastern DRC, Mr. Tshisekedi said that the new response strategy was starting to take effect, especially in the city of Goma, “which is now virus free”.Yet, the epidemic is not yet completely eradicated. The UN-supported strategy will be reinforced “by the introduction of five new approved drugs, in addition to the Ebola vaccine, which will completely get rid of the disease,” he added, along with praise for the solidarity shown by the UN and the African Union in the fight against this epidemic.
Over the next three years, recipients of the 2019 Chancellor’s Chairs for Teaching Excellence awards will contribute to enriching the Brock student experience while having an impact on best teaching and learning practices to benefit educators in diverse fields.Assistant Professor Robyn Bourgeois (Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies), Associate Professor Keri Cronin (Visual Arts) and Associate Professor Chris Fullerton (Geography and Tourism Studies) will receive $5,000 a year for three years to pursue innovative projects that include research into creating new Indigenous-centred curriculum and pedagogy, the effectiveness of current Art History coursework and the impact of experiential education in Geography and Tourism Studies.The Chancellor’s Chairs program was established by the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI) in 2005 and is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic. The 2019 appointments took effect July 1.Chairs present project updates and findings annually at the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning event, typically held in March.CPI Director Jill Grose says there is so much for students and faculty to gain from supporting evidence-based research into teaching practices.“These are very dynamic projects that get to the heart of supporting the success of Brock students,” she says. “They focus on meaningful teaching in many contexts, from acquiring knowledge through the design of innovative pedagogy to ensuring that experiential learning at Brock provides students with highly effective opportunities to build skills. On another scale, the projects also stand out for being rigorous in their examination of current pedagogical practices and how we might be more open to new ideas and insights.”Projects funded through the 2019 Chancellor’s Chairs for Teaching Excellence awards include:Robyn Bourgeois — Indigenizing Women’s and Gender Studies: Developing Indigenous-centred Curriculum and Pedagogy at Brock University In a first for Brock, Bourgeois will develop, implement and evaluate a Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) course organized around Indigenous ways of knowing and doing. Focusing on the interests and needs of Indigenous students and their communities, she will consult widely with Indigenous communities, from Brock, with a particular focus on students, and urban Niagara, to surrounding areas including Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of New Credit. “This project is driven by a single research question: what would an Indigenous-designed course examining Indigenous understandings of gender, sex and sexuality look like at Brock University?” Bourgeois says. “While Indigenous feminist and gender studies courses are now commonplace in Women’s and Gender Studies departments across Canada, there doesn’t appear to be a single case study examining what decolonizing curriculum development and pedagogical delivery might look like within the field of WGST.” The research will contribute a unique set of practice-based insights to the broader national and international fields of WGST and potentially inform practices in other disciplines.The project is clearly aligned with the Brock University Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-2025: Niagara Roots – Global Reach as it addresses two of the University’s core commitments: decolonization and experiential education.Keri Cronin — Teaching and Learning Art History in a (Primarily) Studio Department: Experiences and ExpectationsCronin’s research goal is to learn more about how studio students at Brock are thinking about and learning from History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC) courses. At the same time, she is focused on the experiences of faculty members who teach HAVC classes.“In my own experience of teaching HAVC courses, I have repeatedly experienced initial resistance to my ‘required’ classes, as they are perceived to take students away from time they could be spending in their studios,” Cronin says. “I work hard to overcome this sense of resistance through pedagogical approaches that, whenever possible, move away from traditional and expected forms of teaching HAVC.”Cronin will hold focus groups with current Brock Visual Arts students and she will interview colleagues across Canada to pursue answers to key questions such as: How can these findings help us rethink and shape course content and curriculum? How can we support HAVC instructors who are tasked with delivering these courses in an environment in which this type of inquiry does not tend to be as privileged as the creative practices that take place in the studio environments?She intends to publish her findings and recommendations in Art History Pedagogy and Practice, an open access journal.Chris Fullerton — Stakeholder Perspectives on the Benefits and Challenges of Experiential Education in Geography and Tourism StudiesFullerton takes a deep look into the Geography and Tourism Studies experiential learning opportunities and outcomes.“Up to now, there has been little research into the question of how experiential education opportunities in Geography and Tourism Studies programs are best structured and delivered, as well as the types of benefits that accrue to different groups involved within the experiential teaching and learning process,” he says.He’ll carry out surveys and interviews with current students, recent alumni, faculty members and community partners to investigate how to maximize experiential learning opportunities for students and community partners. By sharing the results of this research across the department, the University and with academic colleagues elsewhere, Fullerton hopes the project will contribute broadly to future experiential educational practices. Read more about the 2019 Chancellor’s Chairs for Teaching Excellence projects on the CPI website.
Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) hands the ball off to redshirt junior running back Mike Weber (25) during the third quarter of the game against Nebraska on Nov. 3. Ohio State won 36-31. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorWeek after week, Ohio State’s run game could not get it going for the offense.Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins threw for 400 yards or more in three straight games, while sophomore and redshirt junior running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber, respectively, failed to produce 100 yards in either of the past two contests.But after a 36-31 victory against Nebraska, the rush offense is starting to turn a corner.Dobbins and Weber combined for 254 rushing yards on 32 carries, with Dobbins finding his way to the end zone three times in a game that was much closer than expected.Nebraska’s rush defense was ranked No. 79 in the country, and the Buckeyes exploited it. Now, Ohio State takes that much-needed momentum on the ground to East Lansing, Michigan, to take on Michigan State.The Spartans allow 71.7 rushing yards per game, the fewest in the NCAA. Their 2.53 yards per rush allowed is No. 3 in the country, and the seven rushing touchdowns allowed is tied for No. 8.Head coach Urban Meyer is well aware of the difficult matchup his run game is about to face, saying it “has to be” sustainable moving forward.“That’s what we’re working on right now. Obviously you’re facing the No. 1 rush defense in the country coming up this next week,” Meyer said. “A lot of what you see schematically will change because [it’s] a completely different defense … But the mentality has to be the same.”This season, Ohio State ranks No. 55 with 178.1 rushing yards per game on 4.52 yards per carry.That improved on Saturday, with Dobbins and Weber running for more than seven yards per carry, including Weber going for 10.1 yards per rush on nine carries against the Cornhuskers.Even with Weber’s high totals, it was Dobbins who earned the majority of the carries — 23 for 163 yards — including on the final drives to seal the victory for Ohio State.Meyer said after the game it had to do with Dobbins’ ball security, with Weber fumbling twice against Nebraska.On Monday, Meyer said he does not expect to make changes on the rotation of the two backs, allowing his coordinators to make that adjustment if it is needed.“I’ve been OK with it. I don’t micromanage that too much, but if I have to, I’ll get involved in that,” Meyer said. “I think a fresh back that goes a good series and then the next guy gets the next series. And obviously near the end J.K. got a couple of extra series just [because] he was so tight with the football, we have to make sure Mike takes care of the ball.”After Ohio State failed to come out after a loss like it did last season — demolishing then-No. 12 Michigan State 48-3 following the 55-24 loss to Iowa — the Buckeyes are still searching for a statement victory to prove their worth as a College Football Playoff contender.The improvement in the run game is a start, and if Dobbins and Weber can put up similar numbers against Michigan State, it could lead to a big victory for Ohio State in East Lansing.Last season, Weber and Dobbins stepped up against the Spartans rush defense, recording 286 yards on 27 carries, with Weber scoring twice. Meyer said he expects a similar defense to the one his team beat by 45 last year, but that success will come not just from his running backs, but from the guys blocking for them come Saturday.“Their defense hasn’t changed that much. They’re doing a little bit different things this year. Well-coached defense, tough guys, defensive front is outstanding and their backers are outstanding,” Meyer said. “Our offensive line played very well and our backs, that was their best pad-level game as far as dropping their pads and getting through those holes.”The week earlier, against Purdue, it looked like Ohio State’s bottom-half rush offense would be at a major disadvantage against the Spartans, giving Michigan State a big opportunity to find leverage in a pivotal matchup for the Buckeyes’ playoff hopes.Now, with the first week of success on the ground in a month, Ohio State may have figured out a way to get the offense working through Dobbins and Weber, and not a week too soon.
Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins attempts a pass against Michigan on Nov. 24 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins broke the Big Ten single-season passing touchdowns record Saturday against Michigan.Haskins threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to redshirt junior wide receiver K.J. Hill, his fourth of the game and 40th this season, to break former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees’ record set in 1998. Haskins and former Ohio State quarterbacks J.T. Barrett, Troy Smith and Bobby Hoying hold five of the Top 10 spots in conference history for most touchdown passes thrown in a single season.Haskins also broke former Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter’s single-season passing yards record against the Wolverines on a 10-yard pass to redshirt sophomore tight end Luke Farrell, needing 300 yards going into the game to break the record.This season, Haskins already has broken the single season Ohio State record for most touchdowns (36) and passing yards (3,330) in a single season.The redshirt sophomore quarterback also broke the record for most completions (49), most pass attempts (73) and most passing yards (470) in a single game in Ohio State’s 49-20 loss to Purdue on Oct. 20. Haskins also threw six touchdowns on Oct. 6 against Indiana, tying Barrett and Kenny Guiton for the most by an Ohio State quarterback in a single game.Haskins also entered the game 300 yards away from breaking the Big Ten record for most passing yards in a single season, a record former Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter set in 2006.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer listens to a question during the press conference at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Urban Meyer that stood at the podium of the Fawcett Center seemed different.He joked with reporters. He was straight forward in his speech.He was calm. The last time Meyer addressed a crowd of reporters across the street from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, he was in the Longaberger Alumni House, nervously ticking his hands as he reluctantly accepted his three-game suspension for the start of the campaign.But this time, he was at ease. “I want to start off by wishing my grandson, Troy, a happy second birthday today,” Meyer said in opening his press conference. “That’s why we’re all here. So make sure Troy is aware of that.”Of course, that wasn’t why the Clinton Room was packed with video cameras, media, coaches, former coaches and family. Meyer, speaking in front of his wife and children, announced he would be stepping down as Ohio State’s head football coach, with offensive coordinator Ryan Day taking over at the helm.“I’m honored to have represented my home state and this great university the past seven years,” Meyer said. “I want to thank Buckeye nation, our students and faculty, our state high school coaches, Gene Smith for giving me this opportunity, my awesome family and most importantly our staff and student-athletes for all they’ve done during this time.”When Meyer left his post at Florida after 2010, he left citing health concerns. The stress he lived with caused him to be depressed, he later said, and a heart condition forced him to take a step back and spend more time with his family.The 2018 season mirrored much of that season, though not all was health related. He was suspended for the first three games for his handling of domestic abuse allegations surrounding former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, with many claiming his legacy will be forever tarnished by questions of him covering up for Smith.As the year progressed, he dealt with headaches stemming from a cyst in his brain, which he said has caused him issues for many years.But when Meyer was asked what ultimately prompted him to leave as head coach, he said the health was the first concern, not the controversy around Smith.“The decision was a result of cumulative events,” Meyer said. “And health number one. The fact that we have an elite coach on our staff. The fact that our program is very healthy. We’ve recruited very well. [That] all played a significant role in this.”Of course, Meyer acknowledged that the events of the summer will impact his legacy, and how he is remembered at Ohio State. “A disappointing time,” he called it, and something he can’t control or change. “I can lie to you and say that’s not important to me. Any human being, that’s important to you,” Meyer said. “And people will have their opinions. And just do the best to do things the right way.”Part of the reason to leave came from confidence in his successor. He prepared his successor for the job by telling him how to balance life and work. The energy one can devote to football should be limited, and Meyer often has pushed those limits.“You have a pie of energy,” Meyer said. “And your family and faith don’t touch that. I’ve touched that before and it starts to implode — it creates issues for you. Don’t touch that.”Coaching football has been in Meyer’s life since he was 21 years old, leading St. Xavier High School’s defensive backs before moving to Ohio State as a graduate assistant in 1986.He stepped away once before at the end of the 2010 season before returning two years later to lead Ohio State. He’s dedicated his life to the game, often admitting he has given too much.This time, however, he believes it’s all over.“I believe I will not coach again,” Meyer said. Is that a certainty?“I’m certain, yes.”Before long, the press conference was over. Hugs and congratulations to Day for the promotion and Meyer for the retirement greeted the pair as they began to work their way out of the room and into the main lobby of the Fawcett Center.Meyer lingered, as he will, for just a little bit longer, talking to friends and family. He still has time left. The headset will remain on until Jan. 1 when he leads his team onto the field at the Rose Bowl, the “Grand-Daddy of Them All.”After that, Meyer will take the headset off and return to Columbus. Ready to be grand-daddy to Troy, finally putting the stress of coaching behind.
DAYTON – In the middle of an arena packed to the rafters with crazed fans standing anxiously, on a court with defenders eyeing him and teammates yelling for the ball, Aaron Craft remained calm. The score of the third-round NCAA Tournament game between No. 2 seed Ohio State and No. 10 seed Iowa State was tied, 75-75, with the shot clock off and the contest’s final seconds ticking down. Craft dribbled the ball just outside the right wing, with Georges Niang, a freshman forward, isolated on him. “Give me the ball!” shouted junior forward Deshaun Thomas, who clapped twice after screaming at his junior point guard from the top of the key. “I’m open! I’m open!” roared junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., who stood unguarded in the right corner. Craft waved them off. He had run the play coach Thad Matta drew up in the huddle – a pick-and-roll intended to free Thomas for an open look – but Iowa State doubled the junior forward, meaning a big man was left to defend OSU’s rosy-cheeked floor leader. “He made the right read. (Thomas) was going to have to catch it with his back to the basket. I was fine with it. I’ve said from day one, I’ll live with any decision that kid makes,” Matta said. Craft waited until the game clock reached three, dribbled hard to the 3-point line, rose up, and fired a shot. Swish. Following a late desperation heave from the Cyclones, that wouldn’t have counted if it had gone in, OSU had reached its fourth straight Sweet 16, upending Iowa State, 78-75, at the University of Dayton Arena Sunday afternoon. Craft, who scored 18 total points, received a hug from each of his teammates. The fans in attendance – most of whom were Buckeyes fans – cheered and jumped in jubilation. In a West Region where the No. 1, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 seeds had already been eliminated, OSU remained alive in its hunt for a second-consecutive Final Four berth. “I think it’s a great way to win like this. Every game can’t be a blowout. The fact that we won this game gives us a lot of momentum headed to LA,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. Waiting for the Buckeyes at the Staples Center in Los Angeles is No. 6 seed Arizona, a squad Matta called “loaded,” and “the best team on the West Coast.” For long stretches of the game Sunday, though, OSU’s spot in the West Region’s semi-finals was in serious doubt. The Cyclones jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, making the Buckeyes look flustered and nervous. OSU settled for contested jumpers on the offensive end and gave up open shots on defense. “Settle down,” Craft barked to his teammates. OSU fought back, going on a 12-2 run sparked by Scott’s play off the bench. The sophomore guard, however, was called for a technical foul after an and-one layup in transition when he tossed the basketball at an Iowa State defender. The Buckeyes’ momentum halted, and OSU scraped into halftime with a 38-36 lead. Out of the break, the Buckeyes looked like they had taken control of the contest. Sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross had a 10-point stretch midway through the final half, pushing OSU to a 69-56 lead with 6:04 remaining. “I think coming off the bench I have an advantage because I get to watch the pace of the game,” Ross said, who totaled 17 points. “I was able to come in the game and set a few screens for Aaron and get open.” Iowa State then rattled off 13 straight points and took the lead on a 3-pointer from the right corner by senior guard Tyrus McGee with 3:23 left. “Their coach had a great game plan with us, pinning us down with their bigs against the basket and getting their guards out,” Scott said. The Cyclones, who had four players in double figures, made 12 3-pointers on the day, including five from redshirt senior guard Korie Lucious, a transfer from Michigan State. “I think they’re probably the best 3-point shooting team we’ve ever played against,” Scott said. While the Buckeyes looked like they were wavering during Iowa State’s second-half run, the players insist they were not. One aspect of the game they did falter in, admittedly, was toughness. Iowa State out-rebounded OSU, 36-22, repeatedly getting second chance opportunities at the offensive end. “For a little segment there, they were the tougher team,” Smith said. OSU and Iowa State traded free throws and baskets in the game’s final minutes. Craft, the game’s hero, was at times the scapegoat for a potential loss, as he missed two critical free throws down the stretch. “I was just trying to stay focused and poised. I did some things down the stretch I normally don’t do,” Craft said. With 58 seconds left and the ball in the hands of Iowa State and the game tied, 75-75, Thomas did something he normally doesn’t do, too. This rare occurrence, however, benefited the Buckeyes, as the junior forward forced a Cyclones turnover, giving OSU the ball back. “People always talk about my defense, questioning it, but it was a great defensive stop,” Thomas said, who led OSU with 22 points. I was on (Niang), and they were running that play all game and they scored four points off of it. So I was like, I know they’re going to run this play, and they ran it. I saw a guy run up and I just went over there and got the ball and got the steal.” Craft got the ball and missed a jumper from the right wing, but Iowa State tipped the ball out of bounds. Following a timeout from Matta, Craft, with the confidence of his teammates, knocked down the game-winning shot. “As long as it wasn’t him on the free throw line at that point, I was like, ‘Man, he’s going to make that shot,’” Smith said with a smile. “Big-time players step up and make plays at the end of the game.” Craft’s reaction to the made bucket surprised one of his teammates. “When we made the shot, he didn’t even get excited. He was just like, ‘Play D! Play D!’” Thomas said. “That’s the thing about Craft, we love him, he works on and off the court, and you need a guy like that on your side.” OSU and Arizona will play Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with a spot in the Elite Eight on the line.
CIMIC Group company UGL has been awarded new rail and mining services contracts across Australia that are set to generate combined revenues of around A$260 million ($177 million).In the mining services sector, UGL has been awarded contracts, of up to three years, to deliver multi-disciplinary services including mechanical and piping, electrical and instrumentation, painting and insulation services, the company said without naming the client.In the rail sector, UGL has secured additional work from Transport for NSW in operations and maintenance, and manufacturing services as part of its membership of the RailConnect NSW joint venture. In addition, its expertise as a leading manufacturer of locomotives and rolling stock has resulted in a contract to build four new diesel locomotives for Pacific National.CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer, Michael Wright, said: “CIMIC Group is Australia’s premier rail and mining services provider. Our end-to-end capability offered through our operating companies enables us to provide seamless, whole-of-life solutions for our infrastructure and resources clients.”UGL Managing Director, Jason Spears, said: “We are extremely pleased to be recognised as a trusted and established partner to our clients in the rail and mining services sectors.“These contracts reflect our strong ongoing relationships, and our reputation for the delivery of outcomes focused on safety, quality, technical innovation and expertise, and reliability.”
What a surprise is made by Chilean national handball team who qualified for the Panamerican Games Final 2019! Team of Mateo Garralda showed once again constant progress by beating big rival and the most successful South American handball nation in the semi-final 32:29.Chile will play against Argentina (beat Mexico 34:14) in the Lima’s final which will bring the third Olympic team for Toky0’s game after host Japan and World’s champions Denmark.Take a look on Chilean celebration after the last whistle… ← Previous Story Marco Oneto to play his last match in career at Panamerican Games Next Story → Trefilov to end coaching career – Ambros Martin to lead Russia Chile handball
One fan wrote:“By changing this law it would bring great happiness to many and the country as a whole…”However, not everyone agreed that Enda should intervene: They added: ENDA KENNY GOT 1,000 emails about the cancelled Garth Brooks concerts – some begging him to intervene, others questioning why he should get involved at all.A freedom of information request by TV3 News has revealed the extent of the correspondence received by the Department of the Taoiseach over the issue.Last month’s refusal by Dublin City Council to grant a licence for two of the five concerts at Croke Park resulted in the country music star cancelling all five gigs.At the height of the crisis, which convulsed the nation for weeks, Kenny asked the labour relations expert Kieran Mulvey to arrange a meeting between City Manager Owen Keegan and Lord Mayor Christy Burke in a bid to resolve the matter.However, no resolution was found and the concerts did not go ahead last month. A generic reply was sent to those who wrote to the Department acknowledging that the issue had not been handled well.“The cancellation of these concerts is a loss to this country not only in terms of the impact on the goodwill of Garth Brooks fans but also for the economy,” the reply states, adding that the Taiseach cannot intervene in planning matters.Here’s what some of the emails to the Taoiseach said:One fan wrote that the country needed to be saved: Another argued: They added:“I would call on you as Taoiseach to do everything in your power to make an exception for these concerts.”Another member of the public wrote: “I am writing to you in desperation to ask you to intervene in this disaster… you can’t stand idly by and let it fall away… “I want to ask you to do something to save this country from a complete shambles. The chance is there and you need to grab it…. We listened to you when you were begging for votes and granted your wish, now it’s time for you to pay us back.” Why on EARTH is the office of An Taoiseach getting involved? The planning laws were breached by Croke Park, Mr Brooks and Aiken Promotions. End of Story.”For the full story, tune in to ‘TV3 News: The 5:30’ or catch up on 3player>Opinion: The Garth Brooks situation requires no parody – it is the definition of parody itselfRead: Here’s how many times Garth Brooks was mentioned in Leinster House last month…
POLICE IN ENGLAND have said they did not tip off the media before searching Cliff Richard’s house over reports of an alleged sex offence.However investigating officers said that they did “work with” journalists, believed to be from the BBC, who came to them with information about the allegations.The move, and the fact that some journalists were present during the search, have been criticised as evidence of the close ties between police and media in the UK, even when someone has not been charged with a crime.“When a media outlet contacted SYP [South Yorkshire Police] with information about an investigation, we took the decision to work with them in order to protect the integrity of that investigation,” the statement from South Yorkshire police says.“Since the search took place a number of people have contacted the police to provide information and we must acknowledge that the media played a part in that, for which we are grateful”.Thames Valley Police, who assisted in the search of the home, said they “did not speak to any media outlets prior to the warrant being executed”.In an editorial, The Guardian notes that the there were some ‘troubling’ issues with the story. Some members of the media outside Cliff Richard’s home on Thursday Source: Andrew Matthews/PA WirePolice had carried out the search of the home in Berkshire after they received an allegation dating back to the 1980s involving an alleged sexual offence against a boy who was under 16 at the time. Cliff Richard has said the claim is “completely false”.Cliff Richard says sex crime claim ‘completely false’ > This is an evolving and sensitive story. It may lead somewhere or nowhere. But the relationship between the police and the press in this case raises, yet again, wider and troubling issues about the way that due process, and the presumption of anonymity for suspects, including celebrities, lacks the robustness which was called for by [the] Leveson [report] and to which the police – and the press – are supposed to be committed.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The second of an exciting six-part seminar series takes place at the Greek Centre on Wednesday with the presentation of Christos N. Fifis’ talk, titled “The Politics of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), 1928-1959”.The talk focuses on the history of the community in Melbourne from its inception in 1897 to represent the Greek settlers n Melbourne and Vicoria and provide them with services. Internal and external strife, divisions and disputes were not uncommon and the GOCMV experienced some dire times of strife and divisions in the period between 1928 and 1959 due to internal and parochial antagonism, political disagreement and disputes with the Church authorities which often deteriorated its ability to perform its role.Mr Fifis, a former senior lecturer in Modern Greek Studies at La Trobe, writer, broadcaster and prominent member of the community will highlight the development of the Greek diaspora at a crucial time in its history.READ MORE: If I were Prime Minister’ | Christos FifisThe seminar series is offered by La Trobe University’s Greek Studies and the Dardalis Archives of the Hellenic Diaspora in conjunction with the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria. Other talks worth watching out for include:* Wednesday, 21 August: Konstandina Dounis: “A parallel Universe: Growing up ‘Greek’ in the 50s and 60s”* Wednesday, 18 September: Dimitri Gonis: “Three Greek pioneers: Mick Adams, Vlase Zanalis and harry Corones”* Wednesday, 9 October: Peter Yiannoudes (in Greek): The History of Greek Cinema in Australia”* Wednesday, 6 November: Dr Toula Nicolacopoulos and Dr George Vassilacopoulo: “Post-60s Greek-Australian Youth Activism”READ MORE: Christos Fifis and the first Greek Community of AustraliaThe Greek Centre is at 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
The spotlight is on the bond we share with our four-legged friends today, International Dog Day.The day was established for people to recognise the number of dogs waiting in shelters for new homes, while also recognising the way in which our four-legged friends assist us in so many ways as guide dogs and in therapy.For us at Neos Kosmos, it is also a reason to share photos of our cute pets.READ MORE: Stray dog from Pyrgos, Greece, saves lives of patients in SwitzerlandDo you have a photo of a beloved furry friend to share with us? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or share it on our Facebook page and we’ll include it in our International Dog Day photo gallery.READ MORE: Meet Greece’s first museum education dog, helping to increase participation and learningTysonStella Papas shared a photo of Tyson, an adorable pug mix with pomeranian. “He is a great poser and sits well for his photo shoots,” says Stella.ZacWhen Victoria’s Health Minister Jenny Mikakos isn’t busy dealing with the stresses of her career in the world of politics, she relaxes with Zac.“My dog Zac turns 10 this year. He’s a poodle cross, he’s very smart and is a much loved member of my family,” Ms Mikakos told Neos Kosmos.Luke“I have a rescued stray dog in Greece,” Peter tells Neos Kosmos. “I rescued him two years ago. He was dumped up on a mountain at Kalamata. I found him, scared and skinny at the age of approximately two months. Two years later, he is the love of my life. He is the most respectful and loveable dog. He remembers me when I go away (I leave every year for five weeks).” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram MarleySascha Goussetis sent us a photo of her daughter Eleni Despina and Marley on Zakynthos. From her insta: sneakerdaddy__Jimmy Pappas“I adopted Jimmy seven years ago last week,” Penni Pappas, NK former journalist says. “Rescuing an animal is one of the greatest things we can do for our furry friends. Not only do you save their life, but you get to fill your house and your life with unconditional love. And it’s that unconditional love and gratitude he brings to me, my family and friends that warms the cockles of my heart each and every day.“My dad often says Jimmy would love Greece, so he took him to the next best thing, the kafenio. Happy International Dog Day!”ClariceMaria Vamvakinou MP, Federal Member for Calwell, visiting Helen and her guide dog Clarice at the Guide Dogs Training Centre in Kew.KouklaNeos Kosmos journalist Eugenia Pavlopoulou’s cute little dog is named Koukla (Doll) for obvious reasons.AriAri is an American Staffodshire Terrier.LuluBetty Karavitis shared a photo of Lulu, her beautiful mini Schnauzer.JerrySouzy Makrakis sent a photo of her little Westie, Jerry, aged 3.Bechamel“One of the hardest things we had to do when leaving Greece was saying ‘goodbye’ to Bechamel, our 5-year-old maltipoo,” says Mary Sinanidis, NK English Editor.Archie“I was once told that dogs look after their humans, more so than the other way around, and in many ways this has proven to be the case with Archie,” says journalist Anastasia Tsirtsakis. “Since he came into our lives he has brought so much happiness and laughter. Though don’t be fooled by that face – he’s a cheeky boy!” (20 months old, Labrador x Border Collie)
Astronomers found water vapour in the atmosphere of a potentially inhabitable planet which is twice the size and eight times the mass of Earth.The study’s lead author, Greek-born Angelos Tsiaras, presented the exciting findings in the journal Nature Astronomy.This is the first time that scientists have been able to detect water in the atmosphere of a smaller-sized planet orbiting in the star’s habitable zone, as previously water had been detected in the atmospheres of massive super-hot Jupiter-like gas giants.READ MORE: New research into 3,700-year-old tablet reveals Babylonians developed trigonometry before the GreeksThe University College London report describes the conditions on the planet known as K2-18 b.Dr Tsiaras described the finding as “incredibly exciting” and said: “It is significantly heavier and it has a different atmospheric composition. However it brings us closer to answering the fundamental question: Is the Earth unique?”READ MORE: A journey in astronomy Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
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Barcelona could be without Ivan Rakitic for up to a month after the midfielder suffered a hamstring injury.A statement on Barca’s official website confirmed Rakitic had damaged the semimembranosus muscle in his right leg during Croatia’s 3-2 Nations League win against Spain on Thursday.On the other hand, Croatia’s boss Dalic equally rued the loss of the key player ahead of their Wembley showdown.Dalic told Sky: “He will go to Barcelona, it’s a serious injury. You know that I usually take no risk. If there is a doubt that the injury could be serious, then we let him rest.“We want healthy players and Ivan in this moment is not 100 per cent ready. Unfortunately, we are going to play without him.”Euro 2020 Qualifiers Betting: 06/09/19 Stuart Heath – September 6, 2019 With the international break in full-swing, here at Ronaldo.com we are going to take a look at Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifiers match-betting odds.With a…Rakitic has 102 caps for Croatia, but Dalic was in no mood to bemoan the absence of such an experienced player.“We will see who will replace him. We have (Mateo) Kovacic, we have (Josip) Brekalo, we have (Milan) Badelj,” Dalic said.“There is always a solution and we should stop whining about someone who’s not going to be there. We will find a solution and we are going to Wembley to enjoy football.”With that in mind, he should be back for the Catalan derby against Espanyol on December 8.
Spanish striker Paco Alcacer insists his main aim is to regularly start games for Borussia Dortmund, despite his impressive goal-scoring cameos from the benchSince joining from Barcelona last summer, Alcacer has since gone on to score 12 goals in 12 Bundesliga games with seven of those coming from the bench.This impressive run of form saw Dortmund take up their buy-option to sign Alcacer permanently from Barcelona for €25m in November.Since then, however, the Spaniard has only started three of Dortmund’s last eight matches with manager Lucien Favre stating that his lack of playing time at Barcelona for the past two seasons has been the cause behind this.But Alcacer isn’t satisfied with being a super-sub as he always wants to start games.“I want to play. To start games is my objective,” Alcacer told the Bundesliga website.“Even if I’ve scored 10 times as a sub, I don’t want to stay on the bench. I want to start games and help the team with goals, assists and hard work.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The 25-year-old is tied with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic as the Bundesliga’s top scorer on 12 goals.Although ending his debut campaign as the German league’s highest scorer isn’t something that particularly worries Alcacer.“It’d be nice, of course, but it’s not my objective,” he said.“Scoring goals isn’t everything. We’ll have to see if it’s on the agenda towards the end of the season, but right now it’s all about the team.“I want to work hard and score goals to help the team. And if the team’s in good shape that helps me, too.”Dortmund will be back in action on January 19 away to RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.