Now, realty firm Amrapali faces Harbhajan Singh’s ire on social media

first_imgharbajan cricket Amrapali continues to be in news with cricketer Harbhajan Singh praising Indian cricket team captain M S Dhoni for resigning as the brand ambassador of the realty firm and complaining that the builder has not given villas to players as promised after 2011 world cup victory.Amrapali Chairman and Managing Director Anil Sharma immediately reacted saying the players would be given the villas as promised by the company and the project is in final stage.Dhoni yesterday resigned as brand ambassador of Amrapali, days after the unhappy residents of a housing project in Noida launched a social media campaign asking the cricketer to dis-associate himself from the builder.Coming out in support of Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh tweeted: “Well done @msdhoni for dropping #Amarpali builders’ brand ambassadorship..they didn’t gave us VILLAS they announce after 2011 worldcup win“.“At least they should give them houses who paid..may be announcing a villa for us was a publicity stunt,” he said in another tweet. SHARE COMMENTS COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL × Well done @msdhoni for dropping #Amarpali builders s brand ambassadorship..they didn’t gave us VILLAS they announce after 2011 worldcup win— Harbhajan Singh (@harbhajan_singh) April 16, 2016 April 16, 2016 Published on Reacting to Harbhajan’s complaints on social media, Amrapali CMD said: “We offered these villas to World Cup winning team as to honour their efforts, for that we did not charge anything. Amrapali Group never denied to handover those villas, nor now.”“In this duration, cricketers or their representatives did not ask about the status of their villas and also there were some relevant process and formalities need to be done from their end.“Whenever they will ask us, we will share the required details of their villas with them. I would also like to clarify that the project is in final stage where villas were promised,” Sharma said in a statement.The complaints from the residents of Amrapali’s Saphhire project in Noida had gone viral on Twitter after they tagged Dhoni in their tweets asking the cricketer to dis-associate himself from the builder.Residents are complaining about the pending civil and electrical works in the project. The company said it would complete the same in next three months. harbajanlast_img read more

India faces a shortfall of 83.4 pc surgeons: Nadda

first_imgNew Delhi, May 3 (PTI) Reflecting abysmally poor healthcare facilities in rural India, government today informed the Rajya Sabha that the availability of physicians and surgeons fell 83 per cent and 83.4 per cent short of requirement in 2014-15.”According to Rural Health Statistics, 2014-15, there was a shortfall of 83.4 per cent of surgeons, 76.3 per cent of obstetricians and gynecologists, 83.0 per cent of physicians and 82.1 per cent of paediatricians in the country,” Health Minister J P Nadda said in a written reply.The National Health Mission (NHM), which supports states and UTs in strengthening their healthcare systems, provided about 1.88 lakh additional health human resources to states/UTs, Nadda said.”This included 7,263 general duty medical officers, 3355 specialists, 17362 paramedics, 73154 ANMs, 40847 staff nurses, 24890 ayush doctors, 6005 ayush paramedics etc, on contractual basis,” the Minister said. PTI HC PVI SK PVIlast_img read more

Behind Tanaka, Yanks Beat Angels, 3-2

first_imgNEW YORK — It’s been 20 months since Masahiro Tanaka lost a regular-season game — in any country.Garrett Richards and the Los Angeles Angels had a chance to end that streak until Mark Teixeira found his power stroke from the left side of the plate.Teixeira hit a tying homer and Jacoby Ellsbury scored the go-ahead run thanks to a passed ball and wild pitch in the eighth inning, sending the New York Yankees to a 3-2 victory April 27.Tanaka struck out a season-high 11, including Mike Trout twice, and overcame an early bout of wildness in a tight pitchers’ duel with Richards. Neither starter received a decision, leaving both undefeated this year.“Tanaka had it going,” Yankees catcher Brian McCann said. “It was a good team win.”David Robertson struck out pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez with a runner on second to end it, and New York has won 10 of 14 after taking two of three in the series.David Freese homered for the Angels, who went 4-5 on a tough road trip to Detroit, Washington and New York.Tanaka walked four in 6 1-3 innings against the Angels, who began the day leading the majors in homers. The $155 million rookie was on the hook for his first regular-season loss since August 2012 in Japan until Teixeira homered leading off the seventh.“Obviously, I was really happy that the score was tied,” Tanaka said through a translator. “I was hoping that our offense could come back and put us back in the game.”New York broke the tie without a hit in the eighth, a rough inning for Angels catcher Chris Iannetta.With the score 2-all, Michael Kohn (1-1) walked Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran. Nick Maronde relieved, and both runners advanced on Iannetta’s passed ball.“It was a fastball right there and I just missed it,” Iannetta said. “One of the dumbest plays I’ve made in my career — or not made.”McCann barely stayed alive with a couple of foul tips, and Maronde bounced a breaking ball in front of the plate. The ball ricocheted off Iannetta and far enough away for Ellsbury to score easily.Adam Warren (1-1) fanned two in 1 2-3 scoreless innings. Robertson worked the ninth for his fourth save and second in two days, whiffing Ibanez seconds before security workers tackled a fan who ran into the outfield.New York managed only three hits, winning a game with three or fewer for the first time since July 7, 2006, at Tampa Bay.Tanaka had the most strikeouts by a Yankees rookie since Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez whiffed 13 Texas Rangers on Aug. 13, 1998.The team said his 46 strikeouts this season are the third-most since 1900 for a major league pitcher in his first five career starts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Herb Score (50) and Stephen Strasburg (48) were the only ones with more.Tanaka is 31-0 combined in Japan and the United States over his last 39 regular-season starts. He did lose Game 6 of the Japan Series last year — before earning a save in Game 7.“First and foremost, I want to win the ballgame. But it would’ve been nice to give him his first loss,” Richards said.Richards took a two-hitter and a 2-1 lead into the seventh, when Teixeira launched a 2-2 pitch into the second deck in right field for his second home run since returning from the disabled list last April 20.It was Teixeira’s first homer while batting left-handed since June 6, 2013. His season ended nine days later due to a right wrist injury that required surgery.“That’s my swing when I’m healthy. That’s the swing that I want,” Teixeira said. “It’s a good sign that I start seeing results.”Freese sent Tanaka’s first pitch of the sixth to right-center for his second home run with the Angels since they acquired him from St. Louis in a November trade.Tanaka had an amazing ratio of 35 strikeouts to two walks in his first four starts, which covered 29 1-3 innings. But he struggled with his command early on this 54-degree night, walking a batter in each of the first four innings.Albert Pujols even stared out at the mound after Tanaka backed him off the plate with two straight pitches in the third.The walks caught up with Tanaka in the fourth, when Erick Aybar led off with a double and scored on an RBI ground-out by J.B. Shuck with the bases loaded.New York tied it in the fifth. A leadoff walk to Teixeira and Brian Roberts’ one-out double set up Ichiro Suzuki’s run-scoring ground-out against Richards.“Garrett was terrific. He had explosive stuff,” Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. “I think both pitchers went toe to toe. We just couldn’t get it done late.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Andy Murray goes down fighting in first round of Australian Open

first_imgAndy Murray suffered a first round exit at the Australian Open on Monday. Andy Murray went down 4-6 4-6 7-6 7-6 2-6 to No.22 seed Roberto Bautista Agut at the Melbourne Arena.Murray, who has finished runner-up in Melbourne five times but never won the title, may announce his retirement after a prolonged battle with a hip injury.Hip surgery a year ago has left the three-time Grand Slam champion in severe pain and the 31-year-old had last week said that the year’s first Grand Slam could be his last tournament. The former world No.1 said the severe pain from his troublesome right hip became almost unbearable for him to play on.In his last #AusOpen match, Andy Murray fights incredibly hard to comeback from two sets down in extreme pain but falls just short.Roberto Bautista Agut wins 4-6 4-6 7-6(5) 7-6(4) 2-6. (@AustralianOpen) January 14, 2019Murray receives a standing ovation from the crowd before he serves in the fifth set #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 14, 2019Mum’s smile #AusOpen | @JudyMurray (@AustralianOpen) January 14, 2019Murray had never lost in three meetings with Bautista Agut and last beat the 22nd seed in the Shanghai Masters final in 2016, when the Scot was at his peak having just won his second Wimbledon title and Olympic gold in Rio.Overcome with emotion, Murray wept at a media conference as he revealed that he had initially planned to quit after playing this year’s Wimbledon tournament but now felt Melbourne Park might end up his swansong.advertisement”There’s a chance of that, for sure, because I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months,” the 31-year-old Briton, now ranked 230th in the world, said.”The pain is too much, really, and I don’t want to continue playing that way. The pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training or any of the stuff I love about tennis.”Murray had surgery on the joint a year ago, having played with pain for a number of years. He came back last June but was forced to cut his 2018 season short.Murray said basic things in everyday life, like putting on socks and shoes, were causing him severe pain and he had grown weary of talking about his hip in every conversation.last_img read more


first_imgStorm Lake Police are searching for a suspect who robbed the Casey’s Central Store on Flindt Drive in that city Tuesday night.Police say a black male suspect armed with a handgun entered the store around 9:45 pm, demanded money and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash from the register.The suspect, who fled on foot, is approximately 6’1″ to 6’3″, 220 pounds, and wore a black zip up coat with a hood, grey sweatpants, white shoes, neon yellow gloves and a black facemask.Anyone with information about the robbery and suspect should contact the Storm Lake Police Department.last_img

Australia coach Justin Langer reveals how job pressure caused emotional turmoil at home

first_img Press Trust of India SydneyJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 11:48 IST On 3 May 2018, Justin Langer was announced as coach of the Australian national cricket team. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia coach Justin Langer has revealed that the first six months of his job were stressfulIndia won both the Test and ODI series by a 2-1 margin against AustraliaAustralia take on England in the first Test of the five-match Ashes series starts on August 1Australia coach Justin Langer has revealed that the first six months of his job were so stressful that his wife Sue was left in tears during the time Virat Kohli’s India were on course for their maiden Test and ODI series triumphs here.Speaking to ‘ESPNCricinfo’ ahead of the Ashes starting August 1, Langer said taking charge of the team, which was reeling in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal last year, took its toll on him especially during the drawn fourth Test against India here.”I’ve known my wife since I was 14 years old, so she knows everything about me, and they were leaving. They were leaving that day, and we were at breakfast at 8 o’clock and my wife started crying at the breakfast table in front of my daughters,” Langer recalled.”I said what’s going on, I had never see my wife cry – we know everything about each other. She said ‘I just don’t like what’s happening here, I don’t like what it’s doing to you, I don’t like what it’s doing to us, people are so mean, what people are saying about you and the team and Australian cricket’. That was a real eye-opener for me, that it was affecting my family,” he said.India won both the Test and ODI series by a 2-1 margin.A tense exchange with a journalist on all-rounder Glenn Maxwell’s Test future was another instance which made Langer feel that perhaps the pressure of the job was a bit too much.advertisement”I got, I’d say two out of 10 grumpy with the journalist in Sydney, and I was also amazed at the backlash of that as well,” Langer said.”I apologised straight after the event, that’s me, but I realised then and the way people said ‘he’s getting angry, he’s losing it’. I didn’t feel that but my wife was getting upset, that was a real moment.”I’ve said privately and publicly a few times if I look back to my career, 1993 when I got dropped for the first time, really tough time, but pivotal in my life. “I got dropped in 2001, a really, really tough time, but pivotal in my life. I look to January 2019 in Sydney, really tough time, but I’ve got no doubt it’ll be a massive part of my evolution as a coach,” he added.Also Read | Mitchell Santner back as New Zealand name 4 spinners for Test series in Sri LankaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Justin LangerFollow Team IndiaFollow Virat Kohli Australia coach Justin Langer reveals how job pressure caused emotional turmoil at homeFormer Test cricketer Justin Langer was announced as coach of the Australian national cricket team in May 2018, following the resignation of Darren Lehmann from the position.advertisementlast_img read more

Indian Motorcycle Wants You to Build a Custom Bike for its Epic Competition

first_img Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms The Custom Indian x Traeger Motorcycle Features a Legit Barbecue Grill Sidecar Editors’ Recommendations Imagine what your best day ever looks like. Is it transforming a stock motorcycle into a piece of mechanical art? Spending sun-up till sun-down in your garage oasis? Then you’re probably one of the badasses of custom motorcycle building.There’s great honor in cultivating a skill without seeking acclaim, and by this standard, none are more respected than the men who cultivate a pure love for chopping, welding, and grinding on sheet metal with zero interest in fame and fortune.But Indian Motorcycle wants you to get some fame — and fortune for that matter. America’s first motorcycle company (founded in 1901) is looking for these skilled, passionate motorcycle mechanics to compete in an epic build-off (on Indian’s dime).Indian MotorcycleIndian MotorcycleThe Wrench: Scout Bobber Build Off will award three everyday wrenchers, home-builders, and amateur customizers a $10,000 build budget to create a stunning two-wheel dream ride out of a stock 2018 Indian Scout Bobber (pictured above). The final motorcycles will be judged by fans, and the winner granted a grand prize of $10,000.We absolutely dig this competition because it’s based around finding explicitly non-professional builders who don’t make a living in the custom bike world, although motorcycle industry professionals like mechanics or salespersons are welcome to join the running.“We wanted to create a program that would celebrate the unsung heroes who spend countless hours wrenching on their bikes. The men and women who don’t do it for recognition or notoriety, but solely for self-expression and the pure art of customizing a motorcycle,” says Reid Wilson, senior director of marketing and product planning for Indian Motorcycle. “Last year we saw what professionals could do with the Scout Bobber platform when Kraus Motor, Keino Cycles, and RSD unveiled incredible designs at the Brooklyn Invitational. This year, we’re turning the spotlight away from the pros and shining it on everyday wrenchers.”If the results are anything like the sleek rides of last year’s customs, we’re in for an auto-treat (just see below).Indian MotorcycleIndian MotorcycleHere’s how it works: Between March 15-30, amateur builders submit an application to be one of the final three Build-Off competitors. These applications consist of a simple 500-word explanation of your building plans and why you deserving to be one of three finalists, plus a sketch or digital rendering of your customized Scout Bobber concept. (Tip: Add descriptions and imagery of previous builds to highlight your skills — don’t be modest.) Then, between April 3-13, the top submissions will be showcased online and open for fan voting. If your design is chosen, you’ll get flown out to Minneapolis for an unveiling party.The winner will be revealed at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which runs August 3-12 in South Dakota. Along with dinero, the winner will get a feature spread in Hot Bike Magazine. (Which shouldn’t matter, since they don’t care about acclaim anyway.)Now if only there was a competition for drinking margaritas …last_img read more

On Beirut stop of Mideast mission Ban again urges immediate Gaza ceasefire

17 January 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking in Beirut on Saturday, again urged an immediate ceasefire to end the 22-day Israeli offensive in Gaza, calling on both sides to stop the fighting first and work out the details later in a bid to halt what he called an “unprecedented” level of violence. “We have no time to lose. I demand, again, an immediate ceasefire,” Mr. Ban said in an address to the Lebanese National Assembly.“Both sides must first stop the fighting now. We cannot wait for all the details, the mechanisms, to be conclusively negotiated and agreed, while civilians continue to be traumatized, injured and killed,” he stated. The Secretary-General arrived in Beirut as part of his ongoing visit to the region to help find a diplomatic solution to the crisis, which began on 27 December when Israel launched a military operation in Gaza with the stated aim of ending Hamas rocket attacks against Israel. Three weeks of violence have already claimed over 1,000 lives, including many women and children, and wounded over 5,000, in addition to causing widespread destruction and tremendous suffering for Gaza”s 1.5 million Palestinian residents. “The level of violence in Gaza is unprecedented in recent decades,” he noted, citing the high numbers of casualties, the fact that hospitals are struggling to cope and that public infrastructure has been destroyed. “There are no safe places,” he added, recalling that even UN shelters have not been able to provide sanctuary to civilians trying to flee the fighting, having come under fire several times in recent days. Mr. Ban, who already met with officials in Cairo, Amman, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ramallah and Ankara, said the goal of his mission is to boost diplomatic efforts to achieve an immediate ceasefire, as called for by the Security Council last week in resolution 1860, and to ensure that urgent humanitarian assistance be provided, without restriction, to those in desperate need. The Security Council”s call for a ceasefire has so far gone unheeded. The UN General Assembly last night, following a two-day emergency meeting on Gaza, joined its voice to the Council by demanding full respect for resolution 1860, including its call for an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire, leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces and unimpeded provision of humanitarian aid.Yesterday Mr. Ban conferred with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah, and called on Israel to unilaterally cease hostilities.“There is no time to lose, I would even strongly urge [the] Israeli Government and leadership to declare unilaterally, so that there will be a relief for humanitarian workers and [the] people of Gaza,” he told reporters after meeting with Mr. Fayyad.“We are very close to have an agreement to a ceasefire,” he added, urging those involved in negotiations to wrap them up as soon as possible. “That is what I will continue to work on over the coming few days.”Speaking to the press after his talks with President Abbas, Mr. Ban said that more days of fighting will only lead to “more casualties, more losses of human lives, more destruction. I would urge again that a unilateral declaration of a ceasefire would be necessary.” In his address today, the Secretary-General also lauded the progress made in Lebanon over the past year, with the election of President Michel Suleiman, the formation of a Government of national unity and the launching of a national dialogue.“But this process is as fragile as it is vital,” he cautioned. “I urge you to nurture it, and not allow short-term factors to deter you from shaping solutions that will stand the test of time.” He also noted that the Gaza conflict is not unlike the 2006 war between Israel and Hizbollah in which many innocent lives were lost. “I urge all parties in Lebanon and in Israel to continue to show restraint during this tense time in the region,” he said. Following recent incidents of rocket launches from Lebanese territory into Israel, and Israel”s return of fire, the Secretary-General has voiced his concern over any escalation of tension along the so-called Blue Line that separates Israeli and Lebanese sides, at a time when fighting continues in Gaza.“Further attacks across the Blue Line would put at risk the stability brought about by resolution 1701,” he told Lebanese lawmakers, referring to the Security Council resolution that ended the 2006 war. While in Lebanon, Mr. Ban also visited the UN Interim Force there – known as UNIFIL – where he met with Force Commander Major-General Claudio Graziano and his staff, and received a briefing on the situation in UNIFIL”s area of operations and the work of the peacekeepers in collaboration with the Lebanese Armed Forces.“UNIFIL and the Lebanese Armed Forces have together created a new security environment in south Lebanon,” he noted during the visit. “This provides a window of opportunity for achieving a permanent ceasefire and long term solution to the conflict. For this to be successful, it is important for the parties to stay committed to the process towards the full implementation of resolution 1701.” In remarks to the press during his visit to UNIFIL, Mr. Ban cautioned that the current situation in southern Lebanon “though calm, is still fragile.” read more

Quick response to cholera saved lives in Haiti but challenges remain –

11 November 2010Timely response by the Government of Haiti and humanitarian agencies to the cholera outbreak in the country saved lives, with more than 11,000 patients having been treated in hospitals since cases were first reported last month, the United Nations said today. “The initial swift and effective response launched by the national authorities, combined with the stocks and expertise that humanitarian organizations already had in-country, has without doubt saved lives,” said Nigel Fisher, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Haiti.Government efforts have been focused on providing clean water, particularly in the central region and the greater Port-au-Prince area, and on purifying water supplies in all departments.The humanitarian community has deployed water and sanitation experts to support Government teams verifying water quality around the country. Nearly half a million water tablets, soap and oral rehydration salts are being distributed, targeting areas where cholera has already been detected. Cholera treatment centres – an essential first line of response – are now open in 15 urban centres across the country, including seven in Port-au-Prince.“A major effort has already been made, but the sheer quantity of relief items that need to be delivered in the days and weeks ahead is going to require more logistical and financial support for the Government by all humanitarian agencies and donors and very close coordination. Without this, the epidemic could outrun our efforts,” Mr. Fisher emphasized.The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has, meanwhile, distributed nearly 7,000 hygiene kits since the beginning of this month, targeting pregnant women and people living with HIV/AIDS.More than 3,500 pregnant women and 720 people living with HIV/AIDS based in Miragoâne, Les Cayes, St. Marc and Gonaïves have received the kits, which contain basic personal hygiene items and chlorine to prevent cholera, in addition to flashlights and blankets.“We are currently focusing on the Department of Artibonite in central Haiti, particularly the city of Gonaïves, where flooding caused by Hurricane Tomas is feeding fears that the cholera epidemic may spread,” said Igor Bosc, UNFPA Representative in Haiti. “We have strengthened our presence in Haiti’s fourth largest city, alongside the Directorate for Civilian Protection, in order to better coordinate the humanitarian response.”Mr. Bosc said that UNFPA will also strengthen the Jérémie maternity facility in Grand’Anse in south-western Haiti to protect pregnant women from cholera. The agency was already delivering hygiene materials and reproductive health kits to the clinic.The kits include a wide range of items, such as supplies for home and institution childbirth, oral and injectable contraceptives, male condoms, emergency contraception, supplies for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, supplies needed in case of miscarriage and other complications, as well as supplies for vaginal examinations, Caesarean section delivery and blood transfusions. read more

Insufficient funds Fighting the scourge of fraud through credit and debit cards

TORONTO – Cybersecurity expert Tom Keenan’s rationale for recommending consumers use credit cards over debit cards has nothing to do with any technological advantage.It’s now standard in Canada for both type of cards to use chip and PIN to authenticate transactions, a widely-adopted global security practice, says the University of Calgary professor and author of “Technocreep.”“It’s saved hundreds of millions of dollars in bank fraud in Europe,” Keenan says. “Europeans had this technology first.”Rather, his preference largely has to do with the fact that any fraudulent activity on credit cards doesn’t automatically put bank accounts in the red, whereas with debit the damage has already been done until the matter is resolved.“You’re starting from the position of disputing a charge as opposed to going to your bank and saying, ‘Wha-wha-wha? My account is empty,’” he says. “So which position would you rather be in?”Consumers using credit cards, however, do have to be wary of running up a high-interest balance, whereas with debit the money comes right out of your account.But being at a loss of funds while waiting for a debit fraud issue to be rectified can put some consumers in a very stressful financial situation, says Tara Zecevic, Equifax Canada’s vice-president of fraud prevention and identity management.“There’s an immediate impact.”The Canadian Bankers Association says on its website that when customers are the victim of debit card fraud, “banks will immediately look into the matter and get the money back to the customer as quickly as possible, which can usually happen within a few days or even before the customer knows it’s gone.”Beyond time considerations related to claim disputes, Concordia University associate professor Mohammad Mannan says another advantage of using credit over debit is stronger consumer protection measures.“With credit, you have almost zero liability,” says Mannan, whose research interests include online banking and PIN security.The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada says your maximum liability must be $50 if your credit card is issued by a federally regulated financial institution, and, in the case of Visa, MasterCard and American Express, these credit card companies have zero liability policies.But with debit fraud liability policies, Mannan says, “it’s not as straightforward as credit cards.”The Canadian Code of Practice for Consumer Debit Card Services says that “cardholders are not liable for losses resulting from circumstances beyond their control.” But in all cases where a debit cardholder contributes to unauthorized use, the code says the cardholder will be liable for the resulting loss.That can include voluntarily disclosing a PIN, including writing it on the card, or keeping a poorly disguised written record of a PIN in proximity with the card. Failure to notify your issuer within a reasonable time about a lost, stolen or misused debit card also falls under unauthorized use.Interac says this code is embedded in the Interac rule framework, and applies to financial institutions who offer Interac Debit, Interac Flash, cross-border debit and Interac Online services.Specific terms for Interac’s liability policy are outlined in financial institution client agreements, including time frames for reporting cards that have been lost, stolen or misused, says Interac spokeswoman Teri Murphy.“Financial institutions do reimburse for losses that occur beyond an individual’s reasonable control,” Murphy says.“If you don’t protect your PIN, if you do have a Post-it Note on the back of your Interac debit card that has your PIN, that’s a different circumstance.”Biliana Necheva, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Bankers Association, said in an email consumers are refunded if they have been a victim of credit or debit card fraud.Mannan cautions that people who choose to use credit exclusively over debit must be cognizant of paying off their debt in a timely matter, given that interest rates for credit cards typically hover around 20 per cent.“I pay my bills on time so I’m not paying interest,” he says.Certified financial planner Jason Heath of Toronto’s Objective Financial Partners says that if someone is worried about spending and overusing a credit card, they should consider setting a card limit that’s in line with their targeted monthly budget.“That way you literally can’t spend too much,” Heath says.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. by David Hodges, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 9, 2017 11:23 am MDT Last Updated Mar 9, 2017 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Insufficient funds: Fighting the scourge of fraud through credit and debit cards read more

Like bombs Bankrupt companys air bags still out there

by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin And Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press Posted Jun 26, 2017 3:43 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2017 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This July 6, 2016, file photo, shows the logo of Takata Corp. at an auto supply shop in Tokyo. Drowning in a sea of lawsuits and recall costs, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. is expected to seek bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the United States early Monday, June 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File) ‘Like bombs’: Bankrupt company’s air bags still out there Takata’s lethally defective air bags proved to be the company’s undoing Monday. But it could take years to get the dangerous devices off the road in the U.S. and around the world.Crushed by lawsuits, fines and recall costs, the Japanese auto parts supplier filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo and Delaware and will sell most of its assets for $1.6 billion to a rival company. A small part of Takata will continue to manufacture replacements for the faulty air bag inflators.The problem, though, is that 100 million of the Takata inflators worldwide have been recalled, 69 million in the U.S. alone in the biggest automotive recall in American history. It will take the industry years to produce that many replacements.In the meantime, millions of car owners are forced to nervously wait for someone to fix a problem blamed for at least 16 grisly deaths worldwide, 11 of them in the United States. Many owners have been put on waiting lists by their dealers until the parts arrive.“The big problem is the air bags are still out there. They’re like bombs waiting to explode,” said Billie-Marie Morrison, the lawyer for a young Las Vegas woman grievously injured by an exploding air bag in March.In fact, the last batch of U.S. repairs is not scheduled to begin until September 2020, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is overseeing the recall.“I don’t think I have any options,” lamented Marv Muller, the owner of a 2009 Subaru Impreza. “It’s really bad.”Muller, a recruiter in New York, received a letter in January saying his car needed to have its passenger air bag repaired. He contacted a Subaru dealer, only to be told it didn’t have the parts.He was put on a waiting list and told he would have his car repaired in June. It hasn’t happened yet.In the U.S., more than 16 million inflators have been repaired so far, or 38 per cent of the total. In Japan, 70 per cent have been replaced, according to Takata. That’s partly because Japan won’t renew vehicle registrations unless recalls have been completed.Because of the type of chemical propellant used by Takata, the defective air bags can inflate with too much force and spew deadly shrapnel at drivers and passengers. Takata sold the inflators to 19 automakers, including Toyota, Subaru, BMW, Honda, Ford and Nissan.Takata’s bankruptcy filing clears the way for most of its assets to be taken over by Key Safety Systems, a Chinese-owned company based in suburban Detroit.Takata President Shigehisa Takada said that with the company rapidly losing value, fiing for bankruptcy was the only way it could carry on.“We’re in a very difficult situation, and we had to find ways to keep supplying our products,” Takada said.Victims and their families fear the bankruptcy filing could leave little money left over to compensate them. Earlier this year, Takata pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges and agreed to pay $1 billion for concealing the defect for years. The penalties include $850 million in restitution to automakers, $125 million for victims and families and a $25 million criminal fine.“Filing for bankruptcy is going to protect Takata financially, but it’s not going to protect drivers who have been injured or are going to be injured,” Morrison said.Morrison’s 19-year-old client Karina Dorado was injured when the air bag in her 2002 Honda Accord deployed during an otherwise minor crash. Morrison said Dorado underwent several operations to repair neck and vocal cord injuries, but her voice will never sound the same.Dorado’s car was found to have a defective Takata air bag that had been taken from another vehicle.That illustrates another one of the headaches for regulators and automakers, who may never be able to trace all of the inflators that need to be repaired.Lawmakers say the U.S. government needs to do a better job of ensuring the vehicles are fixed. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, pointed out that the Trump administration has yet to appoint someone to lead NHTSA.In a statement, NHTSA said it has been assured by Takata that the bankruptcy won’t disrupt the flow of repair partsThe safety agency is also making sure older cars are fixed first, since the chemical Takata used in the air bags, ammonium nitrate, degrades over time, especially in hot, humid climates.That worries Angela Dickie, 47, of Charleston, South Carolina, who owns a 2012 Volkswagen Passat with a Takata air bag.While her vehicle is not as old as the 2001-03 model year vehicles that are considered a priority for repairs, it still makes Dickie nervous to drive it. She said Volkswagen also refused to provide her with a rental car while she waits for a repair.“By the grace of God I drive the vehicle every day, just like every other person that has these vehicles, because we don’t have an option,” she said.__AP Writers Marcos Martinez in Miami , Ken Ritter in Las Vegas, Joseph Pisani in New York and Elaine Kurtenbach in Tokyo contributed to this report. read more

Police dig up garden of doublemurderer Christopher Halliwell in hunt for other

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Christopher Halliwell was found guilty of murdering Becky Godden (picured) Credit:PA / Wiltshire Police  Becky Godden Ahead of his trial for the murder of Miss Godden, Halliwell hinted he would admit to her killing if he were not pursued for other crimes.He told police: “I don’t want to keep coming back every couple of years on different charges.”He added: “If I can clear this up in the next few hours, will everything else be forgotten?”Miss O’Callaghan’s mother, Elaine Pickford, has voiced corncerns that there may have been other murders.Other unsolved cases in areas nearby include Melanie Hall, who disappeared aged 25 in 1996 after leaving a nightclub in Bath; Sally Ann John, a 24-year-old prostitute who went missing from Swindon’s red light district in 1995, and Thi Hai Nguyen a Vietnamese immigrant went missing in Swindon in 2005. Specialist police officers have begun excavation work at the former home of double murderer Christopher Halliwell, it is understood.The 53-year-old taxi driver, of Swindon, Wiltshire, murdered Becky Godden, 20, in January 2003 and Sian O’Callaghan, 22, in March 2011.He was handed a rare full life sentence – meaning he will never be released – at Bristol Crown Court last year after being convicted of Miss Godden’s murder.Following his sentence, police said they were working with other forces and the National Crime Agency to identify potential further victims of Halliwell. Detective Chief Inspector Jeremy Carter, who is leading the investigation, said: “Searches are being conducted in the gardens and garages of two properties in Broad Street over this coming week.”Whilst we do not have plans, at this stage, to search inside the properties there will be some disruption to the occupants.”I would like to make it clear that those living at the addresses have no involvement in the investigation and we thank them for their understanding and patience.”Although we are unable to comment on the nature of our inquiries, we can say that we acting on intelligence received.”Superintendent Charlie Armstrong added: “We understand that this activity may cause concern for the local community and residents can expect to see a police cordon in place within the alleyways in Broad Street for the next five days.”This should not impact upon other local residents. Officers will continue to patrol the vicinity and will be available for anyone who has any concerns relating to the searches.”Halliwell abducted office administrator Miss O’Callaghan as she walked home following a night-out in Swindon and dumped her body in Uffington, Oxfordshire.He then confessed to killing another woman, a prostitute he had picked up from Swindon, had sex with and strangled in January 2003.The father-of-three led police to a field in Eastleach, Gloucestershire, where Miss Godden’s remains were discovered. Detective Superintendent Sean Memory said after Halliwell was found guilty that he was “open-minded” about the possibility of other victims.”I would appeal to Christopher Halliwell, actually, if he wants to speak I’m willing to speak with him,” he said.”He has clearly demonstrated he is very forensically aware. I can’t link him directly to any offences however there is an eight-year gap between the two murders and I have no evidence to suggest Becky was actually the first one.”Wiltshire Police started excavation work based on new information within the gardens of two properties in Swindon town centre on Monday. Work at the addresses in Broad Street is expected to last for five days. last_img read more

Borko Ristovski to SL Benfica

Borko Ristovski ← Previous Story Ondrej Zdrahala signs for Orlen Wisla Plock Next Story → IN MEMORIAM – Branislav Pokrajac The Macedonian goalkeeper Borko Ristovski will join SL Benfica according Portuguese “O Jogo”.The 36-years old member of FC Barcelona Lassa stayed without EHF CL trophy with the Spanish champions, but new challenges are ahead of him.Ristovski, the biggest Macedonian handball start alongside Kiril Lazarov, played also at Rhein Neckar Lowen, VfL GUmmersbach, US Creteil, RK Vardar, RK Metalurg…

Over 15 million viewers tune in for AllIreland football final

first_imgOVER 1.5 MILLION sports fans tuned in at the peak of yesterday’s Sunday Game Live coverage of the All-Ireland final on RTÉ Two, TV figures have revealed.Meanwhile, an average of 1,041,000 viewers watched the game that saw Dublin claim their second All-Ireland SFC title in three years.The figures represented a 74% share of those watching television at the time.In addition, a peak audience of 1.542 million viewers watched the game.Murph’s Sideline Cut: No choice for football-mad Mayo… they’ll be back once again>Jack McCaffrey: ‘Dublin win is a testament to the character of the lads’>last_img

America will respond to any North Korean attack with overwhelming and effective

first_imgAmerica will respond to any North Korean attack with ‘overwhelming and effective’ force Aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, Mike Pence told troops he was there as “storm clouds gather on the horizon” of Northeast Asia. Share Tweet Email Image: Eugene Hoshiko/PA Apr 19th 2017, 7:02 AM Short URL 63 Comments THE UNITED STATES will counter any North Korean attack with an “overwhelming and effective” response, Vice President Mike Pence vowed, as he stood on the deck of a massive American aircraft carrier docked in Japan.Donald Trump’s deputy is in the region to reassure allies fretting over Pyongyang’s quickening missile programme, and its apparent readiness to carry out another banned nuclear test in its quest to develop an atomic weapon that can hit the US mainland.Pence, whose visit started in South Korea the day after the failed launch by North Korea of what analysts said could have been a new missile, said the threat from the isolated regime was growing.Aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, the vice president told troops he was there as “storm clouds gather on the horizon” of Northeast Asia.“North Korea is the most dangerous and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific,” Pence said.But, “we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response.”Pence’s comments come after a senior North Korean official warned the regime had no intention of dialling down its missile programme, pledging weekly tests and threatening “all-out war” if the US took any action against it.That kind of rhetoric has unnerved allies in Japan and South Korea, who would be at the sharp end of any North Korean response.Seoul, the South Korean capital, is just a stone’s throw away from the military demarcation line that splits the Korean peninsula and is within easy range of North Korean long-range artillery.The Ronald Reagan, whose home port is Yokosuka, Japan, is part of the Seventh Fleet and is regularly deployed around the western Pacific.Another part of the Seventh Fleet, the USS Carl Vinson, is expected to be sent to the Sea of Japan (East Sea) as a show of force against the North Korean regime.- © AFP, 2017Read: What does a UK election mean for Ireland? It could be good news you know… By AFP 15,695 Views Image: Eugene Hoshiko/PA Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 7:02 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Im here today to stand up for my son Hundreds turn out

first_img Crowds gathered this morning in Limerick as part of the Enough is Enough march. Image: David Lane Monday 3 Apr 2017, 4:10 PM Frustrated parents from Tipperary out this morning as part of the nationwide march #EnoughIsEnough ..@mattiemcgrathtd @SeamusHealyTD— Fiona O’Neill (@From_Fiona) April 3, 2017 Source: Martin Kenny/Twitter Crowds gathered this morning in Limerick as part of the Enough is Enough march. Frustrated parents talk to @SimonHarrisTD about waiting lists for services for children with special needs @dghealthservice @EnoughIre— Lorraine Dempsey (@LorDempsey) April 3, 2017 In some areas, the marches were supported by local politicians, while protesters in Wicklow raised issues they had with Health Minister Simon Harris. The main protests were held Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Sligo and Galway, with other demonstrations held in Tullamore, Wicklow and Clonmel as well as other places. Short URL 20,515 Views 24 Comments ‘I’m here today to stand up for my son’: Hundreds turn out across the country calling for better children supports Demonstrators marched through cities and towns demanding more from the HSE. A great turnout at #EnoughIsEnough march today calling for improved public health services for all children #Sligo— SligoTravellerGroup (@SligoTraveller) April 3, 2017 Apr 3rd 2017, 4:10 PM Source: SligoTravellerGroup/Twitter Share1193 Tweet Email2 Image: David Lane Source: Lorraine Dempsey/Twitter By Cormac Fitzgerald Source: Ken Campbell/Twitter Speaking to RTÉ, one of the march organisers Tanya Fletcher – who has two children with special needs – gave her reasons for bringing together the demonstrators.Fletcher – whose son (9) and daughter (5) both suffer from autism, ADHD and have learning disabilities – said her children had not received any support throughout their lives and she had watched her son “deteriorate before [her] eyes”.“I couldn’t sit back anymore and watch my kids along with anybody else’s kids and families go through the heartache that we went through, so that’s why we started the campaign,” she said.Read: ‘They made me realise that… I’m not worth nothing’: The positive effects of mentoring at-risk youthsRead: Child offenders will no longer be detained in adult prisons HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE marched in cities and towns across Ireland this morning to protest against the lack of HSE-funded services available for children and young adults.Marching under the ‘Enough is Enough’ banner, parents and guardians called for a reduction in waiting list times, better-funded services and more supports for children with disabilities and special needs.One mother – Trina Murphy – told RTÉ News that she had marched in Cork to highlight the lack of supports available for her son, who has autism.“I’m here today to stand up for my son, basically,” Murphy told RTÉ.“My son has autism and we have no services, no help from the HSE – the same as most people here today. That’s why people have turned out here today in the lashing rain.It’s us making our voices heard collectively because one voice isn’t working… so we’ve come together across the country to say enough is enough, we are our children’s voices for their future.Demonstrations were organised for towns and cities across Ireland, with the marches starting at HSE offices, or political or medical centres in the areas. Source: Fiona O’Neill/Twitter Great turnout at the Enough is Enough protest in Sligo this morning despite the weather. Time for the minister to act. #EnoughIsEnough— Martin Kenny (@Martin_Kenny) April 3, 2017 “Enough is Enough… Special Needs Matter… Our Children Matter..!!” #galway #EnoughIsEnough @SimonHarrisTD @FineGael #Dail #vinb #rtept— Ken Campbell (@1KenCampbell) April 3, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Scammers are calling and emailing people asking for NotreDame donations

first_img By AFP Apr 18th 2019, 7:16 AM FRAUDSTERS ARE TAKING advantage of the Notre-Dame fire to fool donors into handing over cash believing they are helping to rebuild the gutted Paris cathedral, officials have warned.The French Heritage Foundation, which has so far collected more than €13 million from individual donors to help restore the gothic landmark, said any phone or email appeals were fake.“A number of scams have been flagged to us both in France and abroad,” the foundation said, insisting it issues no appeals by phone, mail or email for donations. “All of these initiatives are fraudulent.”The foundation is accepting donations through its website (, its Facebook page, PayPal, a Paris metro station and by SMS for those in France.Culture Minister Franck Riester warned people to be vigilant of websites claiming to support the reconstruction of Notre-Dame, which suffered heavy damage in Monday’s blaze.French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the monument by 2024, when France hosts the summer Olympics.© – AFP 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 29 Comments Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 7:16 AM Share103 Tweet Email1 13,251 Views Short URL Scammers are calling and emailing people asking for Notre-Dame donations The French Heritage Foundation is accepting donations only through its website; it’s so far collected €13 million.last_img read more

Government extends tourist visas for parents of Australians

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Federal Labor Government is extending tourist visas for parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents to enable them to visit their family in Australia for longer, Member for Hotham Simon Crean said. “The Hotham electorate is a diverse area and is home to many people who have close family overseas,” Mr Crean said. “I know that there are many families in Hotham who wish to spend more time with their parents from overseas and these changes will help them to do that. “The Federal Labor Government understands that many people are patiently waiting in the queue for a parent visa. We want to provide more generous tourist visas to enable regular extended family visits. “The Government will grant five-year tourist visas with a 12-month stay on each entry to suitable applicants who have applied for a parent visa outside Australia, providing more generous conditions for regular extended family visits. “Such visits provide important social benefits, particularly to children and grandchildren in Australia.” Mr Crean said the Government will also consider tourist visas of up to three years with a 12-month stay on each entry for people not currently in the parent visa queue. The changes are expected to be in place by the end of this year. To be granted a tourist visa, applicants must meet Australia’s health and character requirements, have access to adequate funds, have health insurance to cover any healthcare costs during their stay, and intend a genuine visit to Australia. Tourist visa holders will be subject to a visa condition limiting applications for further visas while they are in Australia and will be expected to spend some time outside Australia between visits to their families.last_img read more

Firsttime festival draws the crowd

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram They may not have smashed the Guinness World Record for the longest Zorba Dance but the Being Greek festival smashed crowd attendance with over 20,000 attending the first-time festival last Sunday in Sydney. Organiser Billy Billiris – along with Anthony Bouteris, Nick Galanopoulos and James Poulos – had so much praise for all the Greek Australians who got involved and helped transform Carss Park in Sydney into a massive Glendi showing Australians of all ages what true Hellenic spirit and entertainment looks like. “At one point there was 14,970 people at 4:00 pm alone in the park – it was just a crazy success,” Mr Billiris tells Neos Kosmos adding that he and his fellow organisers didn’t expect such an overwhelming outcome in their first year. There were over 40 stalls, entertainment by Mary Coustas’ alter ego Effie, DJ Krazy Kon, FIX live band and kids entertainment – it was no surprise that the event ran an hour and a half overtime. Established by the Greek Orthodox Community of Koragah, and organised alongside The Very Rev Sophronios, Mr Billiris says the most important aspect of the day was the amount of families in attendance. He says that although the event was marketed towards the next generation of Greek Australians, families of first, second and third generations all enjoyed a day of dancing, feasting and entertainment. Mr Billiris adds that the cultural exhibitions played an important role on the day. “The [various Greek] associations that had stalls spoke about their history, their immigration to Australia and I think that’s important because a lot of the next generation came yesterday and many rediscovered their history, culture and found out what their parents and grandparents went through when they came to Australia which is important in keeping Hellenism alive.” Over 2000 people danced the Zorba in a bid to break the Guinness World Record, and although they didn’t, Mr Billiris says it was “wonderful to see that unity of Hellenism in such a symbolic dance as the Zorba”. And now, he says the committee has already started the plans for the 2013 Being Greek Festival and it will be “bigger and better next year”. “We are different to other Greek festivals; we marketed it to the next generation and that’s who we wanted to inspire.”last_img read more

Excellent in Greek

first_imgIn recognition of their hard work and dedication to their Greek heritage, Victoria’s best students of Greek language have recently been awarded with the Premier’s VCE Awards.Katerina Pandelidou, Year 12 student of Northcote High School and Theodora Siganou, Alphington Grammar School Year 12 student, have been awarded for demonstrating outstanding achievement in the Victorian Certificate of Education.Pandelidou and Siganou were awarded alongside 282 others who were considered as the state’s best and brightest young minds.With both students being newly arrived immigrants from Greece, their excellence in Greek doesn’t come as a surprise. What is surprising though, is that in the few years that the two spent in Australia, in an unknown environment with a different education system, surrounded by a new language and friends, they succeeded and excelled.Theodora Siganou, of Alphington Grammar, migrated to Australia with her family only four years ago, from the town of Halkida. Her English is now, as well as her Greek, immaculate. “It was hard to start. For both me and my sister, it was hard to get used to a different language, customs and everything else, but everyone was great to me. My school, friends, teachers, they all helped me and were very supportive. It has been really great,” Theodora tells Neos Kosmos. For Theodora, the VCE Premier’s Award came unexpected, but not for her parents who took pride in Theodora’s achievement. For those whose mother language is not Greek, Theodora says it is speaking the language at home that could help preserve their Greek language and heritage.“I think parents should speak Greek to their children at home. The schools do everything they can, the teachers can help them and support them – but if parents don’t speak at home, I don’t think kids will understand Greek as well as they would otherwise.”Amongst the 282 top students in VCE subjects awarded for their achievements was also Northcote High student Katerina Pandelidou.Born and brought up in Greece, surrounded with both Greek and English speaking people, Katerina had the best of two worlds. The Pandelidou family returned to Australia only two years ago, but the new environment didn’t stop Katerina on her way to excellence. “It was very hard for me to adapt to my new environment. But I am doing well with the support of my family and my teachers.“Even though I was brought up in Greece and Greek is my mother tongue, I had to work really hard to excel in Greek units. Achieving great results in my other subjects was also difficult for me but I tried my best,” Katerina told Neos Kosmos. Now in Year 12, education is Katerina’s first priority as she believes it is the only way to ensure her future. The Premier’s VCE Award, she said, came as an acknowledgment of her efforts. “Northcote High School is a great school, with many inspiring teachers. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Greek teacher Mrs Soti Zorba. “It is very important to preserve the Greek language and culture in the diaspora since we are all responsible for passing the Greek tradition from generation to generation and keeping the Greek identity alive,” Katerina said. The school with the most awarded students was Melbourne Grammar School with 14 VCE awards, the selective-entry Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School got 10 and Methodist Ladies’ College received nine. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more