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Green card wait affects Northwest Arkansas residents

first_imgVanshika Chintakunta dreams of going to college, becoming a doctor and opening a medical office in the United States.But she’s different from many immigrant dreamers: She came to America legally. Still, her immigration status diminishes her hope of achieving those goals.Vanshika, a ninth-grader at Bentonville High School, moved to the United States from India when she was 3 through her father’s work visa. Her sister, Trishika, was 5 months old.Read it at NWA Online Related Itemslast_img read more

Singapore’s DBS Bank to Turn Indian

first_imgThe Development Bank of Singapore (DBS), which has estimated assets of US$355 billion, is set to start operations as a local bank in India. With the Reserve Bank of India approving DBS to open branches across the country as a local subsidiary, the bank will become the 5th largest foreign-owned bank in the Indian sub-continent.With this approval, DBS is planning to expand its reach from 12 existing branches to 75 in India within the next few years.Interacting with the reporters from International Investment, Piyush Gupta, CEO DBS Group, confirmed the final approval from RBI. He further added that DBS has a mid-term plan of expanding to 75 branches and a long-term plan of opening 90 branches. The bank expects to boost its net investment. which is presently around US$1bn.Gupta said, “Physical points of presence will help us get into new businesses like supply chain financing, SME lending, transaction banking and consumer finance which require points of presence across the country.”DBS has been operating as a local subsidiary in countries like China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and is very optimistic about its growth potential in India, according to Gupta. Related Itemslast_img read more

Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Dabang Delhi vs UP Yoddha Live Telecast

first_imgWith the sixth week of Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7 begins on Saturday, August 24, the 59th match of the series will take place between Dabang Delhi and UP Yoddha. Delhi, the hosting team, will be playing their second match on the consecutive day of the sixth week. All the matches of this week will be played at Thyagraj Sports Stadium. The second match of August 25 will begin at 8.30pm IST.The ongoing Pro Kabaddi League 2019 started on July 20, 2019 and will eventually end on October 19, 2019. The 12 participating teams of this PKL season are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha. What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Dabang Delhi vs UP Yoddha start?This will be the second match of the second day in the sixth week of the Pro Kabaddi League 2019. Being the second match of the day, it is scheduled to be played at 8.30pm IST on August 25, 2019. It is the 59th of PKL 2019 and the Dabang Delhi vs UP Yoddha clash will take place at Thyagraj Sports Stadium in Delhi.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Dabang Delhi vs UP Yoddha on TV?The Dabang Delhi vs UP Yoddha clash can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Dabang Delhi vs UP Yoddha match on live streaming?The live streaming of the Dabang Delhi vs UP Yoddha, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar. Bengal Warriorsbengaluru bullsdabang delhiDabang Delhi vs UP Yoddha First Published: August 25, 2019, 1:17 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

‘Too many cooks spoiling my efforts’ for Sri Lankan cricket, says coach Nic Pothas

first_imgSri Lanka cricket coach Nic Pothas says “too many cooks” are spoiling his efforts to revive the national team and has called for greater autonomy in the wake of yet another confidence-sapping loss against India on Sunday.Sri Lanka were well beaten in the recently concluded three-Test series against India, losing the first two matches inside four days and the last one in three to be whitewashed 3-0. (Also Read: Difference in quality between India and Sri Lanka like chalk and cheese: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)If the home fans had hoped the change in format would bring a change in fortunes, they were left bitterly disappointed as India breezed to a nine-wicket win in the first one-day international in Dambulla, chasing down a 217-run target in under 29 overs.”You do get angry – to say ‘too many cooks’ is probably accurate,” Pothas told reporters after Sunday’s loss, voicing his concerns at the role played by Sri Lanka’s administrators and selectors in running the team. “You get frustrated.”Am I angry with the players? Absolutely not. The players work as hard as anyone can ask of them. They’ve been superb. Support staff have been out of this world. Brilliant.”They work endless hours with planning and helping the boys. You can’t fault anyone within that changing room.”Sri Lanka were thrashed in both Tests and one-dayers in South Africa, lost a home Test against Bangladesh and then failed to progress beyond the group stage at this year’s Champions Trophy. (Also Read: Virat Kohli completes 4000 ODI runs in successful chases for India)advertisementIt was followed by their first one-day series loss to Zimbabwe in July, which prompted a frustrated Angelo Mathews to relinquish the captaincy of both the test and one-day sides.”If it was up to me and we had control over what we did, then we could probably give you a timeline (for improvement),” said Pothas, who was named coach in June following the resignation of Graham Ford. (Also Read: Shikhar Dhawan continues golden run in Sri Lanka with 11th ODI hundred)”It’s a question you probably need to ask a few other people as well. For me, if we were left alone and you could work with this group of players, you could get some stability and consistency over a period of six months. You’d see massive improvements.”These are seriously gifted players. You give them a little bit of time – you give them a little bit of love, a little bit of care, and build up that confidence, you’ll see results quick.”Pothas also asked the selectors to back a set of players and stick with them to give them confidence. (Also Read: Virat Kohli wants Shikhar Dhawan to stay in his ‘happy zone’ and win more matches for India)”When you get consistency within a team of players, you will see improvements in performance,” Pothas said. “When we’re getting new players every game, it gets very difficult from a confidence point of view.”From the player’s point of view it’s very difficult. It’s difficult for us – the coaching staff – to create a strategy.”last_img read more

OnePlus 5T launch possible in November: Specs, top features, everything else you must know

first_imgWith numerous rumours, leaked images and listings the past few week, it is almost certain the OnePlus will indeed bring out the OnePlus 5T as the successor to the OnePlus 5 before the year ends. After a recent AnTuTu benchmark listing, the OnePlus 5T was spotted on a third-party online retailer that details some of the specs that we have come to expect. The OnePlus 5T is expected to feature a design overhaul with a near bezel-less display. Much of the hardware, however, is expected to remain the same. OnePlus has been known to bring out phones with flagship-level specifications at an affordable price point. The recent OnePlus 5 was the company’s most expensive smartphone till date, but that could soon change with the OnePlus 5T. Since it expected that that the upcoming OnePlus smartphone will sport a bezel-less design, it is likely that it could come with a hefty price tag as well. The OnePlus 5 was launched starting at Rs 32,999 for the 6GB + 64GB variant, and you can expect the OnePlus 5T to carry a price tag a few notches higher.A few teaser images this week have given us a good look at what the OnePlus 5T could look like. Recently, a screenshot of the OnePlus 5T listed on the OnePlus Store was accompanied with the tagline “Larger screen. Same Footprint.” If this is true, it almost confirms that the OnePlus 5T will sport slimmer bezels.OnePlus 5T designThe upcoming OnePlus 5T will follow a design language unlike any other OnePlus phone before. Since 2017 has been about smartphone with slim bezels like the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6, iPhone X to name a few, OnePlus will want to bring out its own bezel-less smartphone to compete with them.advertisement– The OnePlus 5T is expected to sport a 6-inch (1080×2160) display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Based on a listing from a third-party retailer, the phone could sport a 6-inch quad HD display. It is also possible that OnePlus will keep the same 5.5-inch form factor like the OnePlus 5 and increase the display size.– Slimmer bezels on the front means OnePlus will likely move the fingerprint sensor on the back. Leaked images suggest that the sensor will be placed above the OnePlus logo.Also Read: OnePlus 5T with bezel-less display leaked again, launch likely in November– Reports also say that the OnePlus 5T will look similar to the Oppo F5, which is expected to launch in India on November 2.– The OnePlus 5T will sport an aluminium frame and a speaker grille on the bottom left, based on recent leaked images.– You can expect the phone to sport a USB Type-C port on the bottom centre, similar to the OnePlus 5.OnePlus 5T specifications and featuresIn terms of hardware, the OnePlus 5T will largely be similar to the OnePlus 5 and will follow this year’s high-end specifications. The smartphone also showed up recently on an AnTuTu benchmark listing which was revealed by GizChina that confirms some of the specifications we have heard in the past few weeks and reveal some new details including Android 8.0 Oreo update and a beefed up rear camera sensors. Here’s what we know so far:– The OnePlus 5T will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.Also Read: OnePlus 5T with 6-inch bezel-less display to launch on November 5, company confirms– The smartphone will likely be offered in variants, one with 6GB RAM and 64 internal storage and the other with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.– It is expected to sport a similar dual rear camera setup like the OnePlus 5 with a 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel configuration. However, the AnTuTu listing suggests that the OnePlus 5T camera could get bumped up to dual 20-megapixel sensors. — OnePlus could bump up the front camera of the OnePlus 5T which may see a dual camera module with software additions like a portrait mode for selfies. The AnTuTu listing suggests a 20-megapixel sensor on the front, up from 16-megapixel on the OnePlus5.– The OnePlus 5T is tipped to run on Oxygen OS based on Android Oreo. Much like the OnePlus 5, the upcoming smartphone will also sport a clean UI with stock Android.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil eye strong start vs resilient Switzerland

first_imgBrazil have shown all the signs they can rule the world yet again in Russia but they must make their excellent preparations count in their World Cup Group E opener against a resilient Switzerland side on Sunday in Rostov.The five-time champions look to have returned to their thrilling best under coach Tite and were the first team to qualify for the tournament after ripping their way to finish top of the notoriously difficult South American qualifying phase.They have continued that rampant form in their warm-up games and forwards Willian, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Philippe Coutinho and talisman Neymar all looked in good shape in wins over Croatia and Austria.Brazil were left humiliated by a 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals of last World Cup as tournament hosts. The rot continued with two poor displays at the 2015 Copa America and the 2016 Centenario edition which resulted in the dismissal of the defensively-minded coach Dunga.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEHis replacement was the widely admired Tite, who had led Sao Paulo giants Corinthians to their first ever Copa Libertadores triumph in 2012 and an unlikely Club World Cup win over Chelsea.Tite has a more attacking outlook than Dunga and previous coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who was his physical education teacher at school. His impact on the team has been remarkable, winning 17 of 21 games and only losing once.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL FIXTURESThe coach has also had a fresh approach to team morale, dispensing with the position of a fixed captain and sharing the role around in each game with the aim of giving each player extra responsibility.advertisementOne of their most impressive displays was a 3-0 win over arch rivals Argentina in qualifying while a recent 1-0 win over Germany, their tormentors in 2014, was particularly cathartic.Can Brazil end 16-year wait for World Cup? Ronaldo backs Samba boys”The 7-1 is no longer in our heads, we have the level to be world champions again and re-write our history,” said defender Thiago Silva.”We have greater confidence,” added midfielder Paulinho. “Brazil are better prepared in a number of ways. That is just part of football. In four years you learn a lot of things.”Ronaldo, Messi from another planet, I’m the best on Earth: NeymarStanding in Brazil’s way is a Switzerland side who are ranked sixth in the world after winning nine games in a row in qualifying, although many of their best players go into the tournament following dismal campaigns with their clubs.Talismanic attacker Xherdan Shaqiri was relegated with Stoke City, Granit Xhaka had an inconsistent campaign with Arsenal while centre forward Haris Seferovic failed to start a single game in 2018 with Portuguese giants Benfica.last_img read more

Salt Lake Stadium capacity reduced to 66,687

first_imgU17 World Cup FIFA U-17 World Cup: Salt Lake Stadium capacity reduced to 66,687 Ritabrata Banerjee Last updated 2 years ago 20:00 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Salt Lake Stadium (Yuva Bharati Krirangan) Kolkata Goal U17 World Cup India U17 FIFA takes charge of Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium ahead of the U-17 World Cup… With only 26 days left for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to kick-off, the West Bengal government on Sunday officially handed over the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium) to FIFA. The world body will now be in charge of the entire stadium facility until the conclusion of the tournament on October 28.The West Bengal sports Minister Arup Biswas ceremoniously handed over the responsibility to the tournament director Javier Ceppi. The Sports Minister addressing the media said, “We are formally handing over the responsibility of the stadium to FIFA until the conclusion of the world cup as per rules.”The renovation work of the Salt Lake started in February 2015 and after two and a half years’ effort, here we are. We have completed 98 per cent of the work. Some work in the outside part of the stadium and some in the media and VIP tribunes are left which will be completed soon.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “More than Rs.100 crores have been invested by the state government for the refurbishment of the stadium. The official capacity of the stadium is 80,000 but during the World Cup, keeping in mind the security concerns, the capacity has been reduced to 66,687.”Javier Ceppi mentioned how much FIFA is impressed with the government’s efforts in changing the face of the stadium. “I thank the West Bengal government and the PWD for renovating this stadium in a brilliant manner. Everyone knows how it was 2 years back and now look how the stadium looks. From here we take charge of the stadium and will hand it back again on October 29.,” said the tournament director.On asked if he will rate Salt Lake Stadium higher than others, the Spaniard replied, “All the six stadiums are like our kids and it is impossible to choose among them. Of course, special attention was given to this one as the World Cup final will take place in Kolkata. Yuba Bharati gets full marks.”The matches of Group F comprising of England, Mexico, Iraq and Chile will take place at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata starting from October 8. These teams will reach Kolkata by October 3, as confirmed by the tournament director.last_img read more

Chess, dance and cricket: Yuzvendra Chahal at Mind Rocks 2019

first_imgOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: Mind Rocks Delhi 2019PhotoMind Rocks Delhi 2019SportsCricketGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: Yasir IqbalCaption: Yuzvendra Chahal flaunted his dance moves at Mind Rocks 2019 on SaturdaySyndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Yasir IqbalCaption: Yuzvendra Chahal revealed the fun elements of Team India’s dressing room at Mind Rocks 2019Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Yasir IqbalCaption: Yuzvendra Chahal said he wasn’t able to control his tears when Inida lost the World Cup semi-finalSyndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Yasir IqbalCaption: Yuzvendra Chahal said chess has taught him to be patient when setting up batsmen on the fieldSyndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Tags: Yuzvendra ChahalMind Rocks 2019Virat KohliMS DhoniChessRohit SharmaSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticleShort description: India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal discussed chess, his World Cup dreams and the Indian dressing room atmosphere at Mind Rocks 2019 in New Delhi on Saturday.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5d8f176e1c51d1569658734_1604178_editCommentContent Publish date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 – 13:45Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjE4MTI2NDAiLCIxMjA4NTIxIiwiMTIwNjU1MCJdLCJjYXRlZ29yeSI6WyIxMjA3MDM1IiwiMTgxMjg1OSJdLCJzdWJfY2F0ZWdvcnkiOm51bGwsInN1Yl9zdWJfY2F0ZWdvcnkiOm51bGwsInN1Yl9zdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJwcmltYXJ5X2NhdGVnb3J5IjoiMTgxMjY0MCJ9770x433: Short Headline: Chess, dance and cricket: Yuzvendra Chahal at Mind Rocks 2019App headline: Chess, dance and cricket: Yuzvendra Chahal at Mind Rocks 20191200×675:last_img read more

Callao Backlog to Be Cleared in Up to Ten Days

first_imgzoom It will take up to ten days for the operations at Peru’s Callao port to go back to normal as the work is underway to clear the backlog resulting from the recent dockworkers’ strike, according to terminal operator APM Terminals.As informed, grain and fertilizer imports were hit the worst by the dispute.Operations resumed in Callao, Peru’s largest port terminal on Friday, as operator APMT signed a two year agreement with the striking workings delivering improved pay, health and union benefits for some 650 port workers.Members of the ITF-affiliated SUTRAMPORCPC union returned to work on 5 June following 24 days of strike action over fair pay and against anti-union discriminatory practices.The clauses agreed were enshrined in an agreement covering 2014 to 2016, and which include: a two-year pay deal, schooling allowance, health care loans and family/dependants’ compensation in case of death or injury.Estimates from Peru’s Association of Exporters (ADEX) show that the dockworkers’ strike cost Peru over USD 5 million a day, with the accumulated losses exceeding USD 100 million.last_img read more

OceanGold Tankers Linked to Four New Orders

first_imgzoom Greek ship operator OceanGold Tankers has reportedly ordered up to four new vessels at two South Korean yards.According to data provided by Asiasis, the company ordered a couple of 114,000 dwt tankers from Daehan Shipbuilding and exercised options for two more 50,000 dwt vessels at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding.Daehan Shipbuilding is scheduled to deliver the duo in March and June of 2019, while STX would hand over the other two tankers to their owner in the third quarter of 2019.Asiasis data shows that the company is paying USD 88 million for the Daehan vessels, which will feature Tier II specifications. The price and details related to the STX options were not revealed.World Maritime News earlier contacted OceanGold Tankers for more information on the orders, however, the company is yet to reply.The shipping firm operates a fleet of ten vessels, ranging from around 40,200 dwt to 105,000 dwt, OceanGold Tankers states on its website.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Nelly Furtado To Be Honored At Unstoppable Foundation Gala

first_imgThe Unstoppable Foundation will honour Nelly Furtado, Paula Abdul and The Tenors at its 8th annual Unstoppable Foundation Gala Honors event in March.The 8th Annual Unstoppable Gala brings together more than 700 mega-influencers including best-selling authors, renowned speakers, global thought leaders, all-star athletes, award winning celebrities, and some of the best minds in business.The evening features a cocktail reception, seated dinner, and live auction, as well as an award’s ceremony honoring individuals and corporations who work tirelessly to help all children receive an education.Celebrities confirmed so far include Paula Abdul, Holly Robinson-Peete, The Tenors (Victor Micallef; Fraser Walters; Clifton Murray) and Best-Selling author and life coach, Mary Morrissey.Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, producer, and tireless champion for girls’ education, Nelly Furtado, will be receiving the 2017 Unstoppable Achievement Award.“With the help of our implementing partners, the Unstoppable Foundation is currently educating and providing daily nutritious meals to more than 10,000 students. In addition, over 50,500 community members are receiving access to clean water, healthcare and income and empowerment training, which shows the program continues to be self-sustaining. The Gala allows us to share all of the incredible work we do throughout the year, enables our supporters to meet some of the children we serve, and provide an opportunity to expand our impact in even more communities,” said Cynthia Kersey, best-selling author and founder of the Unstoppable Foundation.When: Saturday, March 25, 2017WHERE: Beverly Hilton 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210More info can be found here.last_img read more

Stars Attend Womens Choice Awards Show

first_imgOn Wednesday, May 17, 2017, six hundred girls and women gathered at the legendary Avalon Hollywood for a star-studded and inspiring celebration of fierce women.The Women’s Choice Award Show was a timely and important event to honor the incredible accomplishments women have made on humanity and to inspire the future generation of women to remember that they can be anything they want to be.Grammy nominated recording artist and Broadway star Deborah Cox served as the Women’s Choice Award Show Special Correspondent. Deborah interviewed the honorees, nominees and celebrity guests on the purple carpet as they shared their wisdom about the female experience.EMMY award winning veteran television journalist and personality Meredith Vieira hosted the show which opened with a rousing performance of “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” by powerhouse Grammy award winning vocalist Judith Hill supported by Angie Swan on guitar.Partygoers were dancing and singing along to the feminist anthem.Actor and activist Emmanuelle Chriqui; “Grey’s Anatomy” star Marika Dominczyk, comedian and EMMY nominated talk show host Loni Love and Emmy nominated actor Sherri Saum presented the Voice of Women Award. Media critic Jennifer Pozner was announced the winner of the fan voted Voice of Women Award. Jennifer spoke about her work as a media activist for the last twenty years and how she uses her platform to a give voice to women and people of color. Jennifer reminded guests that a free press is vital to maintaining a truly free and democratic society.Women’s Choice Award CEO Delia Passi spoke about her lifelong commitment to women’s issues and how her daughters inspired her to become a champion for girls and women.Actor Violett Beane; actor Edwin Hodge; and the founder of IT Cosmetics Jamie Kern Lima presented the Shero Award. Edwin took a moment onstage to recognize his Shero, Yolette Hodge, who as a single Mom made countless sacrifices over the years for their family. He then asked all of the Moms to stand and be recognized in an emotional tribute to the amazing contributions of Moms everywhere.In an exciting twist, it was a tie and the fans voted two remarkable women as Shero Award winners. Retired U.S. Air Force colonel, flight surgeon and astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle and Alicia Garza, the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the co-founder of Black Lives Matter were presented with the 2017 Shero Award.Freedom dreamer Alicia Garza spoke about the important work that the National Domestic Workers Alliance does to provide dignity and justice for the two million domestic workers in the United States who care for the people we care about the most.Dr. Yvonne Cagle shared that hearing “you can’t” throughout her life inspired her to realize that the word impossible is really “I’m Possible.” When she listened to her inner voice reminding her that she can, she said it was then that she was able to soar to new heights literally as an astronaut and in all other areas of her life.Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, Grammy nominated recording artist, songwriter and actress Taylor Dayne and EMMY nominated talk show host Jeannie Mai presented the Spotlight Award. Olympic gold medalist ice dancer Meryl Davis was announced as the Spotlight Award winner for her work with the non-profit Figure Skating In Detroit, which teaches figure skating and life skills to at risk girls. Meryl dedicated the award to her Mom, who she said has been a constant supporter of hers throughout her life. Meryl acknowledged how lucky she is to have a loving and encouraging Mom who nurtured and supported her dreams and how she realizes that not every girl is as fortunate. Meryl reminded guests how important it is for girls to have positive role models and mentors that support them in the pursuit of their dreams.Emmy award winning and Grammy award winning comedian Kathy Griffin delivered a hilarious and heartfelt tribute to her friend, Oscar nominated actress, producer, director, writer and humanitarian Sharon Stone who was being honored with the Icon Award for her lifetime achievement in film and passionate activism to make the world a better place. Kathy referred to her close friend Sharon as “Stoney” and shared how Sharon’s activism has made a monumental difference in the lives of women and the LGBTQ community.Sharon received a standing ovation as she made her way to the stage to accept her award. Sharon revealed how her Mom became a maid at just nine years old and had to fight to be respected throughout her life. As a child, she saw through her Mother’s life, how unfair it is that girls and women have to work so much harder to prove their worth and have access to the same opportunities as boys and men. Sharon said her Mom instilled in her what it means to “stand on your own two goddam feet” and that she hopes someday soon a woman will be elected to lead our great country. Sharon ended her emotional and powerful speech with a tribute to all of the trailblazing women that have come before us who have worked hard to break through the glass ceiling and pave the wave for the next generation of women.Mattel shared a moving video that asks girls to imagine the possibilities when just like Barbie, they can be anything they want to be. Alexis Jones, the Co-Founder of I Am That Girl, shared the important work her non-profit organization does to help foster confidence and self-esteem in middle, high school and college aged girls. Hailey Allen reflected on how the I Am That Girl community transformed her life at a time when she was battling illness and issues of self-worth. She shared I Am That Girl’s vision to create an app that would make digital bullying a thing of the past.GRAMMY Award-winning producer and television personality Randy Jackson made a special appearance to tell boys and men that they have a responsibility to be champions and allies of girls and women. Randy led the partygoers in a rocking chant of the “The Future is Female” before introducing Grammy award winning recording artist and humanitarian Mya who performed her female empowerment anthem “Unbreakable.”Nominees and celebrities who attended to support the event included: Alano Miller, Alison Sweeney, Amy Purdy, Angell Conwell, Ashley Roberts, BC Jean, Beth Hall, Beth Riesgraf, Brett Dalton, Brian Austin Green, Brian White, Briana Evigan, Brittany Packnett, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Carmen Perez, Carmit Bachar, Carson Kressley, Deondra Brown, DeWanda Wise, Dr. Knatokie Ford, Edyta Sliwinska, Elvy Yost, Elliott Yamin, Eric Benet, Erin Cahill, Gabrielle Dennis, Georgie Smith, Jen Lilley, Jill Whelan, Jillian Rose Reed, Julie Stewart-Binks, Kara Holden, Keesha Sharp, Keltie Knight, Kearran Giovanni, Kym Herjavec, Manuela Testolini, Meagan Tandy, Melody Brown, Nura Afia, R&B group KING, Ryan Devlin, Sabrina Bryan, Sarah Carter, Shayna Taylor, Tara Buck, Tery Lopez and Vanessa Marano.The Women’s Choice Award Show was proud to include the non-profit I Am That Girl as the cause partner for this very special event. Sarah Wilbur, Chinmayee Balachandra, Shana Kheradyar and Lauren Suthers from the global I Am That Girl community were onstage to present the awards to Women’s Choice Award Show winners. The Women’s Choice Award Show was proud to host two hundred girls from local I Am That Girl chapters and Los Angles middle schools, high schools and universities at the event. TrueCar provided a live feed of the awards and live social media feed to engage young girls in the balcony in real time at the awards. Voortman Cookies and Werther’s Originals provided snacks for guests and Love Swirls treated everyone to their organic cotton candy.DJ Kid Fish performed at the event and guests enjoyed a gourmet three course dinner during the awards. The cocktail hour in Bardot featured a Kendra Scott jewelry bar with 100% of the proceeds donated to I Am That Girl. Guests took fabulous photos in the Luster Premium White photo booth and enjoyed a popcorn bar hosted by Wise Foods. Partygoers enjoyed custom themed cocktails with Exodo Tequila and Gypsy Vodka, fine wines by Santa Margherita Wines and refreshing hydration by Coco Libre.The Women’s Choice Award Show is proud to have the generous support of lifestyle and consumer brands including CAO Cosmetics, Chloe & Isabel, Coco Libre, Exodo Tequila, Family Share, Gypsy Vodka, HoMedics, IT Cosmetics, Kaiser Permanente, Kendra Scott, Love Swirls, Luster Premium White, Mattel, NetworkBe, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Paul Mitchell The School of Pasadena, Princess Cruises, Red Heart Yarn, Ricola, Santa Margherita Wines, Serta, Speedo, Team Lally, TrueCar, Vera Bradley, Voortman Cookies, Werther’s Original and Wise Foods.last_img read more

Naoual Alaoui Flamenco Made in Morocco

By Rania EntifiTangier – At many events in northern Morocco, there is a singer that impresses the audience with her amazing voice and her style… When she sings Flamenco, you can’t say that she’s not from southern Spain, and when she sings northern folk songs, you know she’s definitely from Tangier.She is Naoual Alaoui, an artist who has perfected the Flamenco, Moroccan, and Middle Eastern musical styles, but chooses to perform a fusion of Flamenco and folk songs of the northern region. Her first album “El Amor Ya Habibi” contains diverse musical styles such as Flamenco, Reggeaton, Rap, and others. The songs are in different languages. Alaoui chooses to express herself in Arabic, French, Spanish, and Turkish. She is an artist who believes that music is an international language, and that every song has a message to deliver to the audience.The new Flamenco star is about to launch her next album very soon. It will contain Fusion music, where she sings both Moroccan folk songs and Flamenco. The album also features a duet with Moroccan Rai star Rachid Berriah.Alaoui just finished shooting an episode of “Fein ghady biya” a discovery show on the Moroccan channel Al oula. According to her, this experience took her to an “exotic and unexpected destination.” read more

Mining oil and gas companies to face tougher rules on disclosing payments

LONDON — Canada is adopting a G8 initiative that would require companies to disclose any payments they make to governments, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Wednesday in London at a meeting with oil, gas and mining executives.“In advance of the G8 summit, I’m pleased to announce that Canada will establish new, mandatory reporting standards for payments made to foreign and domestic governments by Canadian extractive companies,” Harper said.“With 70% of the world’s mining companies listed in Canada, and 70% of the world’s free-enterprise oil located in Canada, our participation will help transform the way industry reports payments worldwide.”Leaders of the world’s eight richest countries pledged after their 2011 meeting in Deauville, France, to consider new rules that would allow for greater scrutiny of companies’ payments to governments. Critics say such measures are badly needed to expose corruption in countries with an abundance of natural resource riches.Other countries, such as the United States and Hong Kong, already have similar measures in place.Canada is a major player in the extractive industry, with hundreds of companies operating thousands of projects around the world.Half of the mining that takes place around the world is done by Canadian companies. Sixty per cent of all the world’s mining and exploration companies and 35% of all oil and gas companies are listed on Canadian exchanges.Anthony Hodge, head of the International Council on Mining and Metals, an industry group that represents some of the biggest mining companies, said the rules are needed both inside and outside Canada.“This is not limited to out of Canada. There are issues inside Canada that are a real concern on this,” Hodge said.“But the issue is when you find yourself in a culture different than a Canadian culture where that kind of activity may be more common practice. And that’s tough to deal (with) when you’re a Canadian company trying to understand that culture and trying to bring to the table a less corrupt approach to doing business.”While there are already some standards and mechanisms in place for companies, these new rules would be enforceable by law.“Now, obviously, this regime has been subject and will be subject going forward to additional consultations within Canada, but this is a direction we’re determined to pursue because this information is essential for citizens to hold their governments accountable,” Harper said.“We’ll obviously be working closely with the partners in the developing world.”The federal government will now consult with the provinces and territories, First Nations and aboriginal groups, industry and civil society organizations as it sets up its reporting regime. A senior Canadian government official, speaking on the condition his name not be used, said he expects it will take about two years to hold consultations and develop a framework for the new reporting regime.Details such as how the reporting regime would be policed, and by whom, along with potential penalties for any companies that do not report their payments to other countries, need to be ironed out. It’s possible provincial securities regulators could play a role, the official said.The government is also trying to avoid burdening companies with too much extra paperwork, he added.Transparency is at the top of the agenda at the coming G8 summit in Northern Ireland. British Prime Minister David Cameron wants to leave the lakeside Lough Erne resort with an agreement on tougher transparency measures in hand.“As you know, my trip here and around Europe this week is in advance of the G8 meetings next week. Prime Minister Cameron, as we know, has identified a number of priorities for the G8 this year, and one of those is transparency in the extractive sector, specifically in the mining and energy sectors,” Harper said.“This has long been a priority for Canada. We put great emphasis in Canada on corporate social responsibility, and through our various foreign-aid programs, we have assisted transparency in the extractive sector around the world.”But Cameron is reportedly encountering some resistance to a proposal that would force companies to reveal who actually owns them. Some might consider it somewhat embarrassing to the British prime minister, who is chairing the G8 summit, if he fails to seal a deal on ownership-disclosure rules.Beyond talks about the economy and financial issues, the G8 is also expected to focus on international security, particularly the Syrian conflict, Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs and anti-terrorism measures in Africa’s Sahel region.The G8 summit comes as Canada and the European Union are trying to conclude lengthy negotiations on a free trade agreement. The Prime Minister’s Office has sought to play down any expectations a deal will be announced while Harper is in Europe this week, saying an agreement at this juncture is unlikely.Canada is under pressure to conclude a deal before the European Union turns its attention to free trade negotiations with the United States this summer.Among the issues believed to be on the negotiating table are financial services, Canadian beef exports, country-of-origin rules for vehicles, procurement limits for provinces and municipalities and drug patent protection.Meanwhile, sources tell The Canadian Press the Conservative government has agreed to smooth the way for more takeovers of Canadian companies by European firms in one of several concessions during free trade talks.Canada has also agreed to open up parts of its hydro-electric sector to a limited amount of foreign investment, say sources in Canada with intimate knowledge of the talks.Canadian negotiators have also agreed to a provision to raise the threshold for reviewing foreign acquisitions from Europe to $1.5 billion, sources say. All acquisitions under that value would not be subject to a government assessment about whether they create a net benefit for Canada. read more

Closing Bell Stocks close lower on geopolitical worries effect of economic sanctions

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Monday as investors looked at the prospect of additional sanctions being levied against Russia for its support of Ukrainian rebels who are being blamed for last week’s downing of a Malaysian airliner.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,249.99-16.58 0.11%S&P 500 —  1,973.63-4.59 -0.23%Dow — 17,051.73-48.45 -0.28%Nasdaq — 4,424.70 -7.44 -0.17%The S&P/TSX composite index lost 16.58 points to 15,249.99.The Canadian dollar was up 0.06 a cent at 93.2 cents US.New York indexes were also lower but well off the worst levels of the day after President Barack Obama called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to allow international investigators unfettered access to the crash site. But he held off on announcing new sanctions.The Dow Jones industrials lost 48.45 points to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq declined 7.45 points to 4,424.7 and the S&P 500 index was 4.59 points lower at 1,973.63.The disaster, in an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists, has sparked international condemnation and increased pressure on Russia to stop meddling in Ukraine. Russian officials have blamed Ukraine’s government for creating the situation and atmosphere in which the plane was brought down last Thursday.There have been calls for another round of sanctions that would target entire industries, but there are worries that such action would serve to undermine what is still a very fragile economic recovery in Europe.“You have to remember it’s been a low-quality recovery in the first place because, at the end of the day, where is the growth going to come from?” said Brian Belski, chief investment strategist at BMO Capital Markets in Chicago.“The luxury that America has in terms in coming out of its doldrums in 2008, ’09 and ’10 was that the U.S. remains the world’s largest growth factor in terms of gross domestic product. Europe has a lot of structural issues facing it and these types of things just don’t help.”Concerns about the effect of tightening sanctions also hit stocks of big American multinationals. For example, General Electric fell 1.8% to US$25.98.Traders also focused on Israel’s ground offensive that started in Gaza at the end of last week.Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said Monday that he is prepared to continue the offensive “as long as necessary” to halt rocket fire and other attacks from Gaza on Israelis.The energy sector led decliners, down 0.4% even as August crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose $1.46 to US$104.59 a barrel.The TSX gold sector was flat as traders looking for safety pushed August gold up $4.50 to US$1,313.90 an ounce. The base metals component turned positive, up 0.68% while September copper was up a penny at US$3.20 a pound.Investors also looked for the pace of Canadian second quarter earnings reports to pick up this week. Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) reported after the close that adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.03, three cents better than estimates. Its operating ratio, a key measure of performance where lower is better, moved down to 59.6 against expectations of a reading of 60. CN shares had dipped 13 cents to $72.95 after rising 2% on Friday in the wake of a strong earnings report from rival Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP).TOP STORIESRussian billionaires who have lost $14.5B this year live in ‘horror’ as Putin turns pariahHerbalife shares plunge as Ackman vows to show why it’s ‘going to collapse’ in presentation tomorrowS&P 500 hasn’t seen correction in more than 1,000 days — where does it go from here?Sino-Forest CFO fined $700,000 and banned after ‘disaster for Canadian investors’Allergan to cut 1,500 jobs as it tries to fend off Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ hostile offerWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Consumer price index (June): Economists expect 0.3% rise, 2.1% year over year 9 a.m.FHFA House price index (May): Economists expect 0.2% rise 10 a.m.Existing home sales (June): Economists expect 2% rise CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESApple Inc. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect: US$1.23 a share Peabody Energy Corp.  Q2 earnings: Loss of 29¢  a share Comcast Corp.   Q2 earnings: 72¢ a share DuPont  Q2 earnings: US$1.17 Electronic Arts Inc.   Q2 earnings: Loss of 4¢ a share Gannett Co., Inc.   Q2 earnings: 64¢ a share Harley-Davidson Inc  Q2 earnings: US$1.46 a share Kimberly-Clark   Q2 earnings: US$1.50 a share The Coca-Cola Company  Q2 earnings: 63¢  a share Lockheed Martin  Q2 earnings: US$2.66 a share McDonald’s Corp.  Q2 earnings: US$1.44 a share Microsoft   Q2 earnings: 60¢ a share Verizon  Q2 earnings: 90¢ a share read more

NY files suit against Dunkin Donuts over security breaches

NEW YORK — The New York attorney general says Dunkin’ Donuts violated state law by not notifying almost 20,000 customers, including more than 2,000 in New York, about cyberattacks on their accounts in 2015 and inadequately warning more than 300,000 customers in 2018 about another attack.Attorney General Letitia James announced a lawsuit Thursday against Dunkin’ Brands, Inc.The suit says the company knew in 2015 that a series of attacks had been made on customers’ online accounts, with attackers able to steal money customers had stored for use at Dunkin’ stores. But it says the company didn’t inform the customers or fully investigate.The suit says Dunkin’ also kept customers in the dark about the full extent of 2018 cyberattacks.An email seeking comment was sent to Dunkin’ Brands Inc.The Associated Press read more

SecretaryGeneral condemns killing of senior Tamil leader

E. Kaushalyan, a senior political leader of the LTTE Eastern Province Division, and several colleagues travelling with him were killed when their vehicle came under attack yesterday evening.A statement issued by the Secretary-General’s spokesman said Mr. Annan “urges all parties to exercise calm and restraint so as to avoid actions that could disrupt the ceasefire agreement of February 2002 or the long-term interest of peace in Sri Lanka.”The statement also extended Mr. Annan’s condolences and deepest sympathies to the families of all the victims “of these callous killings.” read more

Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrate Commonwealth Day with maple taffy

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated Commonwealth Day over “maple taffy” with young Canadians.The royal couple visited Canada House to mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the modern Commonwealth, speaking to young people about their experience as expats.Before marrying Prince Harry, Meghan Markle lived in Toronto, Canada, as she worked on legal drama Suits. During their visit to Canada House, the Duke and Duchess watched a demonstration of making maple taffy, a Canadian spring tradition in which maple syrup is cooled on snow to make sweets as part of a traditional ‘Cabane à sucre’ or a ‘Sugar Shack’.“Does anyone want one?” the Duchess asked the 30 children vying to see how many they could eat of the sweets, which are made by pouring hot maple syrup on ice and then rolling it onto a stick.“How many have you had?” she asked one little boy. “Seven? Oh my goodness.”She gave her taffy to a nine-year-old girl, Elodie-Rose Duguay-Inegbese, from Shippagan, New Brunswick, who had only eaten two. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Canada House “It was really fun and Meghan’s really pretty. She was very kind and I liked talking to her,” the little girl, whose mother Sylvie works at the high commission, said. The Duke of Sussex and Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette (second right) attend a Commonwealth Day Youth EventCredit:Getty 🇨🇦🇬🇧 Thank you to the young Canadians at @CanadianUK @CanadienRU for sharing the Canadian spring tradition of making maple taffy with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex!#CommonwealthDay #ConnectedCommonwealth pic.twitter.com/bjywgfQrjZ— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 11, 2019 Commonwealth Day 2018Credit:Paul Grover Other guests among the 2,000-strong congregation will include Prime Minister Theresa May, the Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Scotland, alongside high commissioners, ambassadors, faith leaders and more than 800 schoolchildren and young people.Commonwealth Day has a special significance this year, as 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth – a global network of 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people.The theme for this year’s service is “A Connected Commonwealth” which highlights the co-operation between the culturally diverse family of nations who work together in friendship. “We are able to look to the future with greater confidence and optimism as a result of the links that we share, and thanks to the networks of co-operation and mutual support to which we contribute, and on which we draw.”With enduring commitment through times of great change, successive generations have demonstrated that whilst the goodwill for which the Commonwealth is renowned may be intangible, its impact is very real.” Highlights of the service include performances by Grammy-winning group Clean Bandit and tenor Alfie Boe.A reflection will be given by Lewis Pugh, an endurance swimmer, ocean advocate and the UN Patron of the Oceans.Later in the evening, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be guests of the Commonwealth Secretary-General at the annual reception which traditionally takes place on Commonwealth Day at Marlborough House, the home of the Commonwealth Secretariat, the institution’s civil service. When they met Michelle Keller-Hobson, who works for a Canadian investment firm, Wealthsimple, that encourages people to save and invest with as little as £1, Meghan asked what proportion of customers were women.Ms Keller-Hobson said 38 per cent in the UK but explained the figure was higher in Canada. She said women in Britain often had less money to invest because of the gender pay gap and other factors. The Duchess told her: “It’s so important what you are doing. Keep it up.”She and Harry were given an outfit for their baby before they left as a present from the high commission.The gift set included a Hop and Moo organic maole leaf design baby bodysuit, Manitobah Mukluks leather moccasins,  and a hat and mittens from the Hudson’s Bay company.Father-to-be Prince Harry made staff laugh by sniffing inside the moccasins. “I’m sniffing the insides to check if they are leather or not, not because they are smelly,” he said. Millions of people are “drawn together” because of the collective values shared by the institution, the Queen says in her address to the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.The written message is featured in the order of service for the annual Commonwealth Day service being held at Westminster Abbey.The Queen, who is head of the Commonwealth, says in her message: “In April last year, I welcomed the leaders of our 53 nations to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and we all witnessed how the Commonwealth vision offers hope, and inspires us to find ways of protecting our planet, and our people. The Duke of Sussex and Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette (second right) attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event The couple, who have been given special responsibility to focus on young people in the Commonwealth, met young entrepreneurs, academics, and others working in the arts, telling them all how important their work was. The Duke and Duchess, who wore an outfit by the Canadian fashion firm Erdem, spent more than a hour at Canada House, meeting mostly young people from among the 500,000 strong Canadian expatriate population in Britain. The royal couple, whose first child is due at the end of next month, were escorted around the grand Greek Revival building on Trafalgar Square by the Canadian High Commissioner Janice Charette, who said she kept dropping hints about them visiting Canada soon but got no firm commitment.“I think their priority is the baby first,” she said.The High Commissioner told the royal couple: “We trust that your visit to Canada House today has served as a reminder of happy times spent in Canada.“We do kind of claim you,” she told the Duchess.“I’ll take that!” said Meghan, laughing. She reminisced about her time in Toronto, asking all the young people she met where they came from and which districts if they were from the city.“Everyone here seems to be from Toronto,” Harry said.“It’s such a great place,” his wife replied. The Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada HouseCredit:Getty The Queen has shared her Commonwealth Day message The Queen has shared her Commonwealth Day messageCredit:Reuters The Queen will be joined at the Commonwealth Day service by the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of York. The Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House Commonwealth Day 2018 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Canada HouseCredit:Getty Later today, the Queen, senior members of the royal family and leading figures from national life will attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.In her message to mark Commonwealth Day, the head of state has praised how the family of nations inspires its member states to find ways of protecting the planet and its citizens. read more

Rory Best receives Lions callup as Dylan Hartley gets 11week ban

first_imgBRITISH AND IRISH LIONS coach Warren Gatland has replaced the suspended Dylan Hartley with Ulster and Ireland hooker Rory Best for the upcoming tour to Australia.Hartley’s foul-mouthed rant during the Aviva Premiership Final defeat to Leicester Tigers has cost him a spot in the British & Irish Lions tour to Australia.The Northampton Saints and England hooker was given a red card by Wayne Barnes at Twickenham yesterday after calling the referee ‘a fucking cheat’. Hartley met with a disciplinary board in London this morning and was hit with an 11-week ban.Ulster hooker Rory Best, who was mentioned by Lions forwards coach Graham Rowntree as ‘unfortunate to miss out’ on the initial squad selection for the four nations squad, was the next hooker in line. Lions tour manager Andy Irvine, said:We leave on tour tomorrow. With uncertainty over the availability of Hartley to tour, and with the first of 10 matches only days away we had no option but to call up the additional player. Despite the circumstances we should congratulate Rory, who will join the squad tomorrow and fly with us to Hong Kong.A final decision on whether Dylan Hartley will take any part in the tour will depend on the outcome of any potential appeal.” Best and Hartley clash in 2011. (©INPHO/James Crombie)Earlier in the day, a statement from the RFU read: “At the hearing [Hartley] pleaded not guilty but the panel found him guilty and determined that this was mid-range on the scale of seriousness. The entry point for mid-range is a suspension of twelve weeks and that was reduced by one week to reflect his good conduct at the hearing. He is suspended from today [May 26] until July 6 and from August 17 to August 31 and free to play again on September 1.In accordance with the Lion tour agreement the six-week tour of Australia represents eight of the eleven weeks suspension because of the tour schedule. The remaining three weeks of the suspension cover three of Northampton Saints’ pre-season matches.”Judge Jeff Blackett said: “We cannot get around the fact that Wayne Barnes was certain that Mr. Hartley’s comments were directed at him. Wayne Barnes said that if he had had any doubt in his mind, then he would have given the player the benefit of the doubt.“In terms of sanction, calling a referee a cheat is an attack on his integrity and contrary to the core values of rugby and therefore we have taken a serious view and provided a serious sanction.”‘Sexton has been outstanding all year’ – Farrell expects fight for Lions jerseyDylan Hartley may have talked himself off the Lions tourlast_img read more

Hellene to head the ECC in NSW

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The leadership of the Ethnic Communities’ Council (ECC) of New South Wales will remain in ‘Hellenic’ hands as a result of the outcome of the elections that took place in Sydney last Sunday. The ticket led by Peter Doukas, who represents the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW and the Greek Orthodox Parish of Saints Constantine and Helen at Newtown at the ECC, won the election and will preside over the next two years. Talking about his priorities as president he said that he wants “the ECC to remain at the forefront of the promotion of multiculturalism in NSW and Australia in general”. “During my term emphasis will be given to the support of new and emerging communities in the state. We want to help new immigrants integrate smoothly into Australian society and we’ll aim to have more meetings in western Sydney, where many of these new communities are based.” For established communities Mr Doukas said that “attention will be given to services for the elderly and to strengthen the teaching of languages. Help will also be given to recent arrivals in Australia from countries like Greece, Italy, Spain and other European countries who are experiencing financial difficulties”. Jack Passaris, who served nine years as chairperson of the ECC, returns to the board as deputy-chairman. He also holds the position of honorary chairman and is a life member of the ECC. Other members of the new board who are of Hellenic background are Tasha Vanos, Maria Passaris and Fiona Passaris. In the elections for the ECC’s Chair were two other candidates, one of whom was the ex-chairman Emanuel Valageorgiou. The annual general meeting took place at the ECC’s premises at Waterloo. In attendance were Mark Coore MP, representing the state government, the leader of the opposition, John Robertson MP, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC representing the Greens, the retiring chairperson of the NSW’s Community Relations Commission Stepan Kerkyasharian and other dignitaries. As part of the presentations last Sunday, the general manager of SBS, Michael Ebeid, elaborated on the organisation’s television programming planning, its changes to the SBS Radio schedules and other operating aspects of Australia’s leading multicultural media provider.last_img read more