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GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Hunter Renfrow #13 of the Clemson Tigers catches a 31 yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson #4 in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Alabama football is the clear No. 1 in college football right now. Internet sportsbook BetOnline.ag recently released odds for Alabama against many of the top teams in the country.Clemson was the closest match-up, with a line of +8.5 on a neutral site. Still, for a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle, that is a giant spread.We may be underestimating the Tigers a bit though.Clemson’s defense is among the best in the country, and could put serious pressure on banged up Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He had to leave Saturday’s game against Mississippi State, which also features a stout defensive front.Trevor Lawrence is also just a true freshman, and is improving week over week. ESPN‘s Heather Dinich writes that the gap between Alabama football and Clemson may not be as wide as many think.From her College Football Playoff column published this morning:While there’s no disputing Alabama’s top spot, the gap between the Crimson Tide and the Tigers might not be as wide as national perception might suggest. On paper, top-ranked Alabama and second-ranked Clemson are almost twins, with the Tide having a slight edge.Alabama is No. 1 in ESPN’s Football Power Index and No. 1 in strength of record, while Clemson is No. 2 in both categories, but not by much. The Tide is just 1.6 points ahead of Clemson in FPI, which isn’t a very big gap considering Clemson is a robust 4.7 points ahead of No. 3 Georgia. Strength of record also reveals a slim margin. The average top-25 team would have a 2.8 percent chance to go 10-0 against Alabama’s schedule and just a 3.4 percent chance to go undefeated against Clemson’s lineup.Some have argued that Oklahoma’s explosive offense might give Alabama the most trouble, but a healthy Tua and company could drop 70 on that defense. Clemson’s probably the most balanced team this side of the Crimson Tide, and on the right day, could give them a run.[ESPN]
zoom The pontoon MAK has arrived this morning at the Concordia removal yard, the salvage company Titan Micoperi informed.In the next hours technicians will proceed with the load of the S13 sponson that will then be transported to Genoa for repairs.The sponson, which was the first to had been installed on the wreck within its refloating plan, collapsed on Wednesday. Fortunately, nobody was hurt when the incident occurred.The loss of balance was attributed by the salvage company to to the movement of internal water within the sponson.The sponson was restored to its horizontal position yesterday with the support of the Conquest crane and technicians on the site proceeded with operations to empty the sponson from ballast water.Installation of the remaining sponsons will resume as soon as the Conquest crane becomes available again, Micoperi said yesterday.“Repositioning of S13 will therefore be completed at a later stage,” the salvage company explained noting that the installation sequence foresees positioning of S10 as soon as possible.Assessment of what Micoperi deemed as minor damages detected in the adjacent sponson (S12), caused by the sponson S13 during its rotation, was initiated as well.Press Release, May 9, 2014
zoomImage Courtesy: ABS American classification society ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to two new gas carrier designs from China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding.The new vessel designs are for a 200,000 cbm LNG carrier and a 147,000 cbm very large ethane carrier (VLEC).ABS informed that the LNG carrier is designed for long-distance, large-scale LNG transportation, featuring enhanced cargo capacity and greater efficiency compared to conventional ships. The VLEC is a tailored design for U.S. – China routes, which can meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements and is equipped with a dual-fuel propulsion system using ethane as the main fuel, which can meet emission requirements.“Hudong Zhonghua, with the support of ABS, has a proud record of innovation in the design and construction of gas carriers in China,” said Jin Yanzi, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding’s Vice President.“With the granting of these AIPs by ABS, these latest designs are now set to continue that tradition.”
Legislation introduced today, April 15, by Premier John Hamm willupdate existing regional co-operation laws. The proposed Council of Atlantic Premiers Act will officiallyenshrine into law the Council of Atlantic Premiers, anorganization established by the four Atlantic Canadian provincesin 2000. The current law only applies to the former Council ofMaritime Premiers established in 1971 by the provinces of NewBrunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. “This is a measure that will update our laws to reflect thereality of the last four years with the Council of AtlanticPremiers,” said Premier Hamm. “It’s important for Atlantic Canadato speak with one voice on the issues that matter to ourtaxpayers — health care, fiscal arrangements and growing theeconomy.” The premier noted that through the Council of Atlantic Premiersaction plan on regional co-operation signed in the fall of 2001,significant progress has been reached on harmonizing truckingregulations, skills development, literacy and joint healthinitiatives. The four Atlantic premiers have also worked togetherto help consumers deal with the rising cost of automobileinsurance and in February 2004 established the Atlantic CanadaAction Team to increase the local consumption of beef and otherfood products. “The Council of Atlantic Premiers has been an important forum forthe four Atlantic provinces to work together to improve thequality of life for our citizens,” said the premier. Nova Scotia is the first Atlantic province to start updating itsregional co-operation laws to reflect the Council of AtlanticPremiers. PREMIER’S OFFICE–Legislation Will Update Regional Co-operationLaws
Digby County: Landsdowne Road Update Landsdowne Road, previously closed due to a tractor trailer blocking the road, has now re-opened. -30-
VANCOUVER — A new Heritage Minute is sharing the story of a pioneering baseball team in British Columbia and the government policy that tore them apart.Composed of Japanese Canadian players, the Vancouver Asahi initially struggled against their larger Caucasian competitors and were even booed by baseball fans, said Grace Eiko Thomson, who has spent many years telling the team’s story through a variety of projects.The Asahi adopted a new playing style in the early 1920s, focusing on strategies like bunting and base stealing, and soon surged to success, winning various championships across the Pacific Northwest.Eiko Thomson was a child when the team was rising to prominence and she remembers going to the field with her father to watch them practice. It was an era when Japanese-Canadians faced harsh discrimination in their communities but, but she said baseball gave the Asahi a unique opportunity.“On the playing field, they could prove that they’re equals,” she said. “Even though their everyday lives were terrible, they looked forward to playing the ball game and once they started to win … the fans began to cheer for them.”The winning streak ended in 1941.Shortly after the Asahi played their last game of the year, the players were forcefully scattered across the country. In total, the federal government sent 22,000 people of Japanese descent to internment camps for the duration of the Second World War.Eiko Thomson was in Grade 2 when her family had to leave for a site in B.C.’s interior.A Heritage Minute released by Historica Canada on Wednesday depicts both the success of the Asahi and the stark, difficult life of the camps.A young Japanese man is seen being disrespected on a city street and sliding on the baseball field to cheers from a raucous crowd. He’s seen in a crowded bunk house in B.C.’s unforgiving wilderness and pitching to a small boy in an overgrown field.“Baseball helped get us through the internment,” Kaye Kaminishi, the sole surviving member of the original Asahi, says in a voice over.The video ends with a shot of the 97-year-old former shortstop sitting on a bench, dressed in the team’s old uniform, bats at his side.Working with Kaminishi was a special experience and many actors from the shoot crowded around him to hear his every word, said Anthony Wilson-Smith, president and CEO of Historica Canada.“He’s got a great dignity. He’s not embittered by his experience. He’s very matter of fact,” Wilson-Smith said.“I think we look at events that were 70 or even 80 years ago and we feel that they’re somehow divorced from us. This minute is a reminder that there’s still someone walking among us who lived through this experience and there are quite a few Japanese-Canadians who were born in this country and were interned in the war.”While all Heritage Minutes are done in both French and English, a Japanese version was also created to tell the story of the Vancouver Asahi.Wilson-Smith said he believes it’s just the second time a Heritage Minute has been filmed in a third language. The story of Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak was previously done in Inuktitut. There was a special feeling about working on the Asahi project, Wilson-Smith said, in part because several scenes were shot at a former internment camp east of Hope, B.C.“You almost feel like you’re blurring lines or crossing over in eras,” he said.The production filmed at a former bunk house and in a field at the Sunshine Valley Tashme Museum, a site now dedicated to telling the story of Japanese internment. A bat and benches from the former camp were borrowed for the shoot.“It was just completely surreal seeing the cast members, mostly Japanese-Canadians, walking around in era-correct clothing. It was kind of the live, colour version of these photographs that I’ve been looking at for the last eight years now,” said Ryan Ellan, the museum’s curator.“There were a few tears that day.”In 1988, then-prime minister Brian Mulroney issued a formal apology for the internment of Japanese-Canadians and offered compensation to survivors. But there’s still “historical amnesia” around the issue, Ellan said.“The majority of Canadians in general are not aware of the internment history,” he said. “Bottom line, it was a racially driven program and the Asahi played such an important part, not just for Japanese Canadians but for the entire Vancouver baseball league.”The Vancouver Asahi’s history is one of perseverance and hard work, both on and off the field, Eiko Thomson said.“The Asahi story is an incredible one because it has to do with a team, a team of players and how they overcame,” she said. “Most of the stories of struggle don’t have that aspect.”———On the web: https://www.youtube.com/embed/wBv-MYAf9P0Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsThere will be three candidates aiming to be the next national chief of the Assembly of First Nations next month, but former Grassy Narrows chief Simon Fobister isn’t among them.Fobister had announced his candidacy last month with a press release, but according to the AFN he’s not an official candidate for the Dec. 10 election to be held in Winnipeg.Instead, it’s former Treaty 3 grand chief Leon Jourdain joining Perry Bellegarde and Ghislain Picard, who both had already said they were running.According to the AFN, Fobister failed to have the support needed to be nominated.Each nomination needs to be endorsed by 15 chiefs, and eight of those have to come from the province where the candidate is running.Both Fobister and Jourdain come from Ontario.Fobister said there’s still a chance he’ll run and claimed a “mix-up” prevented him from getting his nomination papers in to the AFN.But the window for nominations ended Tuesday so it’s not exactly clear how Fobister can still run.Jourdain’s candidacy wasn’t well known until the AFN released the official candidates Wednesday.Interim AFN National Chief Picard announced his intention to run for the top job at the election in September.Picard would have to step aside as interim AFN chief once the official election begins. The official election begins five weeks before the vote.Picard was chosen by the AFN executive to hold the role in the interim after former national chief Shawn Alteo’s sudden resignation in May.Bellegarde conceded to Atleo in the 2009 race following a marathon round of voting in Calgary. He was widely expected to run again and had been working the phones, calling chiefs for support over the last several months.It appears that those phone calls paid off, as Bellegarde unveiled supporters from British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick.
Mumbai: Bank credit grew 14.46 percent to Rs 95.53 lakh crore, while deposits growth touched double- digits at 10.03 percent to Rs 122.26 lakh crore in the fortnight to March 15, show the RBI data. In the year-ago fortnight, advances were at Rs 83.46 lakh crore and deposits at Rs 111.11 lakh crore. In the previous fortnight ending March 1, deposits grew 9.81 percent to Rs 122.30 lakh crore and credit rose 14.55 percent to Rs 95.29 lakh crore. Non-food credit rose 13.1 percent in January 2019 compared to a 9.5 percent growth in the same month last year. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalCredit to agriculture and allied sectors grew 7.6 percent in January as against a growth of 9.4 percent in the year-ago month. Loans to the services sector expanded at a healthy 23.9 percent, much higher than 13.2 percent resitered in January 2018, while personal loans lost the momentum with a 16.9 percent growth in January as against a healthy 20 percent spike in demand in the same month last year. Industrial credit jumped six-fold to 5.2 percent in January from 1.1 percent in the year-ago period. Credit growth to infrastructure, chemicals and chemical products, engineering, food processing and petroleum, coal and nuclear fuels accelerated but, credit to basic metals & metal products, textiles, beverages & tobacco and gems & jewellery contracted, as per the RBI data.
20 September 2011The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire has sent two patrol units to the country’s border with Liberia to assess the situation after a group of heavily armed militiamen crossed the frontier and attacked two Ivorian villages last week, killing at least 18 people. According to the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), the victims of the night attack last Wednesday included an Ivorian soldier. Many other civilians were wounded in the raid.Angry villagers torched several homes after the attack, causing the localized displacement of people who moved towards the town of Tai, the spokesperson for the Secretary-General said in an update to reporters in New York.He said UNOCI will continue to monitor the situation along the volatile and heavily forested border between Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia in coordination with Ivorian security forces.The peacekeeping force is also in the process of reinforcing its military presence in western Côte d’Ivoire and has stepped up coordination with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).UNMIL, which has also strengthened its presence in the volatile border area, is conducting patrols intended to gather further information on the situation on the ground. The patrols are being coordinated with Liberian security forces and UNOCI, and are also aimed at identifying attackers, their motives and their bases.Cote
A 35-year-old man was taken into custody on Friday, having received a prison sentence for a series of sex offences committed against his young stepdaughter over the course of several years.The man, who cannot be named due to a court-imposed publication ban protecting the identity of the girl, was convicted in May of three counts of sexual interference and one count of invitation to sexual touching. The girl testified at trial she was between seven and eleven years of age when the offences were committed.Crown and defence counsel argued sentence last month, Crown prosecutor Zoey Kim-Zeggelaar asking for four years while defence lawyer Josh Seib requested two.On Friday, Regina Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Janet McMurtry returned with her decision, splitting the difference between the two and imposing a three-year sentence. In so doing, the judge referenced the need to hold those who commit sex offences against children — particularly offenders in a position of trust or authority — accountable for their actions.Court previously heard RCMP launched an investigation in early 2018 after receiving complaints from the girl, her mother and a therapist. The girl described a variety of instances in which she was victimized.The man claimed the offences didn’t happen, but McMurtry didn’t believe his email@example.com/LPHeatherP
Mr. Annan’s remarks came at the opening of the fifth lecture in a series aimed at strengthening international dialogue. Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr, a respected Muslim scholar at George Washington University, presented the lecture, which focused on the topic “Islam and the West.””When we talk about ‘Islam and the West,’ it sounds as if these were two opposites. Yet Islam is a universal religion, with adherents in almost every part of the world, whereas ‘the West’ is a geographical, or perhaps geo-political expression,” Mr. Annan told those in the audience at the UN Headquarters in New York.”It’s also true that Muslim states and Christian states competed with each other – sometimes in war, but also peacefully, in science and philosophy and art. The West as we know it today is the product of many Islamic influences – and it has many Muslim inhabitants,” Mr. Annan noted.He said the tragic events of 11 September 2001 and the reactions to them raised the spectre of a “clash of civilizations.””Personally, I don’t believe in such a clash, because I don’t believe that there are distinct and separate ‘civilizations’ in the world today. I think we all live in one world, and that in every country there are many different religions and cultures who need to respect each other and live peacefully together,” he stated.
The Emergency Committee convened by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan concluded at its ninth meeting that the Ebola situation in West Africa no longer constitutes a public health emergency of international concern and that the temporary recommendations adopted in response should now be terminated. “I have accepted the Committee’s advice,” Ms. Chan said, noting however that a high level of vigilance and response capacity must be maintained to ensure the ability of the countries to prevent Ebola infections and to rapidly detect and respond to flare-ups in the future. Each of the recent flare-ups was immediately and effectively contained. “Ebola response capacity in West Africa is strong,” she said, stressing that the three most-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – now have the world’s largest pool of expertise in responding to Ebola. WHO has kept hundreds of its own experienced staff in the three countries, ready to contribute to the kind of emergency response needed to quickly interrupt transmission chains, and for the first time in any Ebola outbreak, response teams have access to vaccination as a powerful containment tool, she added. With the number of cases now much smaller, WHO’s laboratory partners are able to sequence viruses from individual patients. Sequence data on individual viruses back up the epidemiological detective work needed to define the source of transmission chains with great precision. The Committee experts supported WHO’s view that more small clusters of cases can be expected, but concluded that existing national and international response capacity is sufficient to contain new clusters of cases quickly, and the likelihood of international spread by air travel is extremely low, she said. Ebola killed more than 11,000 people since its outbreak in December 2013.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJamaica: Cops kill twin brothers – mother claims they were shot while asleepJune 11, 2016In “Crime”Vybez Kartel GUILTY of MurderMarch 13, 2014In “Regional”Vybz Kartel lawyers to appeal murder convictionMarch 15, 2014In “Regional” The police are seeking dancehall artiste Alkaline for questioning in relation to the murder of Rohan Morris, the Jamaica Observer has reported.Dancehall artiste, AlkalineThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in a tweet a short while ago, said the artiste, whose real name is Earlan Bartley, is to report to Harman Barracks by 5:00 pm tomorrow.According to the Jamaica Observer, the lawmen said it is believed that Alkaline can assist them with their investigations.The JCF did not provide any further information on the matter.
The Global Acid-Rock Drainage (GARD) Guide is a recent development to support sustainable management of ARD. This internet-based global best practices guide for the prevention and mitigation of ARD was recently published by the International Network for Acid Prevention (INAP). INAP is an international consortium of major mining companies, working collectively to combat the issue of ARD. The guide’s objectives are to promulgate best practice in the prediction, prevention and mitigation of ARD. It endorses a risk-based, proactive and consistent approach by encouraging the reduction and control of ARD at its source by incorporating best-management practices into a mine’s operation throughout its lifecycle, as part of a ‘cradle-to-cradle’ approach.As Terrence Chatwin, INAP and Rens Verburg, Golder Associates explain, “ARD is one of the mining industry’s most significant and potentially enduring environmental problems. ARD results when sulphide-bearing rock is exposed to oxygen and water, and combined with metal leaching can result in pervasive water-quality impacts. Methods are available to prevent ARD formation, but unfortunately these are not applicable to all existing ARD sources. In older closed mines, where ARD has and continues to occur, we are not always able to apply these modern approaches and long-term collection and treatment approaches may be required. These sites can continue to produce ARD representing a significant liability to mining companies, host countries and surrounding communities.“The high liability costs of ARD carried by many mining companies and governments are a clear indication of the gravity of the problem for older, primarily closed mines. At the end of the 1990s, the estimated financial liability at mining sites was estimated to be A$1 billion in Australia, C$3 to 5 billion in Canada and US$5 to 72 billion in the USA. With the increased level of mining and the greater societal expectation that mining companies leave a positive legacy at their closed mines, these costs have significantly increased during the past decade. “With environmental costs on this scale, global collaboration is vital as the industry as a whole faces increasingly stringent environmental regulations and the need to maintain a ‘social licence’ to mine.“In producing the GARD Guide, INAP was greatly assisted by the Global Alliance (GA) composed of: the Acid Drainage Technology Initiative (ADTI) in the USA, the Sustainable Mining Institute for Knowledge Transfer (SMIKT) in Australia, the Mine Environment Neutral Drainage (MEND) program in Canada, the Partnership for Acid Drainage Remediation in Europe (PADRE) and the Water Research Commission (WRC) in South Africa. As noted from the diversity of our GA partners the GARD project is global in scope with technical expertise drawn from ARD experts in Australia, Canada, Europe, South Africa, South America and the US. Golder Associates was contracted by INAP to prepare and integrate comments from these experts into the initial version of the GARD Guide.“Research into the ARD formation process has been underway for more than 50 years and a considerable body of research work exists; however this work is often difficult to access as it is widely distributed across different sources and much of the work is in the less accessible ‘gray literature’. There is also a tendency for research to focus on specific issues, commodities or geographical locations. To address these issues, INAP launched its program to create a state-of-the-art summary of the best practices and technology available to prevent and mitigate ARD regardless of the source or location.The guide’s target audience is all stakeholders, including mining industry professionals, regulatory agencies, research organisations, financial institutions, NGOs, the general public and industry consultants. While focused on the mining industry, it may also prove relevant to practitioners in other fields dealing with water management related to rock excavations. Examples exist of highways, airports and construction sites where disturbed sulphide minerals have resulted in ARD.Part of the guide’s appeal and applicability lies in its format as an online document – one with which today’s information-seekers are familiar. This also allows the GARD Guide to be a living document that will be regularly updated. The guide has extensive cross-referencing to information contained within it, as well as to external reference materials or stakeholder organisations involved with ARD issues.The guide is expected to be of particular benefit to those working in developing countries by giving them access to state of the art knowledge and technology. Indeed, INAP specifies one of its five main goals as “leveraging the world’s ARD expertise and sharing it with developing countries”, which will also support the Equator Principles’ objectives of achieving best global practice in future mining projects.The GARD Guide is ready for general industry use. It was formally launched at the International Conference for Acid Rock Drainage held at Skelleftea, Sweden in June 2009. INAP is currently seeking partnerships with mining organisations, government agencies and other groups to develop workshops to familiarise and train mining stakeholders engaged in preventing and mitigating ARD. The guide is located on the internet at http://www.gardguide.com/. More information about the INAP can be found at http://www.im-mining.com/wp-admin/about:blankwww.inap.com.au.INAP is a group of mining companies who work to address acid drainage. INAP current consists of Anglo American, Barrick Gold, BHP Billiton, Freeport McMoRan, Kinross Gold, Newmont, Rio Tinto, Vale Inco, and Xstrata.Terrence Chatwin is INAP Technical Director, firstname.lastname@example.org. Rens Verburg is Golder Associates Project Director for the GARD Guide, email@example.com.
Fifteen years ago, Nintendo blew our minds with the Donkey KongCountry series. Prerendered graphics brought out some of the best-looking gameson the Super Nintendo, and incredibly clever level design offered some of thebest gameplay this side of anything with “Mario” in the title.The last Donkey Kong Country game came out in 1999, andsince then gaming’s most famous ape has been restricted to playing drums, kartracing, rhythmic vine-climbing, and brawling. Now, in 2010, Donkey Kong Countryis back with Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Nintendo Wii.The game looks and plays just like the Donkey Kong Countrygames of yore. You play Donkey Kong and his buddy Diddy, jumping, rolling, andthrowing barrels across a tropical island in a quest to recover your preciousstash of bananas. Of course, that’s not all you do. You fight various bosses,solve puzzles, collect banana coins, jigsaw puzzles, and the letters K, O, N,and G to unlock different things in the game, and generally find many, manyexcuses to play through the game’s several dozen states several times over.Donkey Kong Country Returns is fun. It’s also hard.Painfully, frustratingly, controller-throwingly hard. It’s safe to say you’regoing to die many times in this game. It doesn’t ever feel unfair, though; justvery, very challenging. Every time you fall in a pit, or onto some spikes, orinto an enemy’s path, you can be certain it was a matter of your own timing andcontrols, and not the game’s glitches. That won’t soften the frustration whenyou die for the 20th time trying to get that elusive jigsaw puzzlepiece, though.You might occasionally waggle and shake the Wiimote toperform certain moves, but otherwise Donkey Kong Country Returns feels justlike the old Donkey Kong Country games, and that’s a very good thing. It’sdeceptively simple, remarkably challenging, and incredibly polished, and aworthy purchase for any fan of old-school side-scrolling Nintendo action.
A 19-year-old Australian tourist who was struck by a wayward bullet, during a shootout between Greek police and fugitive anarchist Nikos Maziotis, is seeking legal advice for a claim against the Greek state.Grant Nicholas Uranie was on the Greek leg of a European Contiki tour when he found himself in the midst of the shootout, where he was struck in the Achilles heel and hospitalised. He was one of four victims to be injured in the event – including Maziotis, a police officer and a German tourist. Maziotis was convicted in absentia of terrorism charges in 2012, for his involvement with far-left extremist group Revolutionary Struggle. He was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment but remained at large until his arrest in July. Greek police had put a €1 million bounty on his head.Uranie’s Australian lawyer, George Defteros, spoke to Neos Kosmos about his client’s circumstances and said that an investigation into the events of the shootout were still in their preliminary stages.However, he did say that Greek officials had a responsibility in ensuring public safety, especially areas prone to tourists.“I think a proper risk assessment should have been undertaken. This [the arrest] was in the middle of the tourist precinct at lunch time, there were a lot of people around, clearly there was an operation on and a number of police were in attendance, so we assume there was surveillance of the gentleman that was going to be arrested and the arrest should have been effected in circumstances which did not put the public at risk.”Defteros said his client’s injuries are substantial despite receiving medical treatment in Greece and at Melbourne’s Monash Health hospital. It is still unclear whether it was a police bullet that struck Uranie, but his legal team is weighing up the option of claiming compensation pursuant to Greek law – namely pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life (including the participation in sporting activities), hospital bills and also for the financial loss of his holiday. Defteros said his client may also claim a “psychological component”, but must first seek legal advice from experts in Melbourne. “There are a number of areas that we have researched already in terms of torts and personal injury compensation under Greek law. There are specific provisions for remedies in relation to accidents and causes of injury that are compensatory.” Defteros said he expects to serve a letter of demand to Greek officials within the next 28 days, once legal investigations have been concluded.He also raised concerns over claims that Uranie was approached by a Greek police official whilst hospitalised, as to his intentions of making a claim against the Hellenic State.“We are somewhat concerned by the request that was made very early on in the piece for the client to indicate his account of the injury and whether he intended to raise a claim against the Hellenic State, seeking an award of pecuniary restitution. “This request was made by the police commissioner and it was made very soon after the event. We think this was perhaps a little premature taking into account the client was still in hospital at the time. As a 19-year-old I would have thought he’d be seeking advice before he would commit himself to answering such questions.”It is still unknown whether Uranie will suffer any long term physical and/or non-physical injuries. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target Jake Gyllenhaal Avoids Questions About Mysterio in Sinister SixCan Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men? This Spring, Marvel Comics will initiate a line-wide relaunch. Readers can expect new series, new creative teams, new directions, and new beginnings, according to a video released today on Marvel Entertainment’s YouTube channel.“Not since Marvel Now have we had such an overarching line-wide change of talent on Marvel Comics’ line,” said editor-in-chief C.B Cebulski in the latest video. According to chief creative officer, Joe Quesada, the upcoming books are not only bringing “fresh new ideas,” but are also perfect entry points for both old and new readers. “If you haven’t read a comic before, if you’re an old lapsed fan and you want to come back, it’s a perfect opportunity to do it.”A great example of Marvel Comics’ promise to both change and return to basics is with the upcoming Avengers book. Instead of multiple titles, there will now be a single Avengers book on store shelves. The title, written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Ed McGuinness, will feature the “Big Three”: Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor, along with a rotating roster of heroes. Like his run on Thor, Aaron’s Avengers will have stories taking place in the present and past. Specifically, the portions set in the past will focus on the Avengers of 1,000,000 B.C. introduced in Marvel Legacy #1.Since this is a fresh start for the company, Marvel plans to revert many of its books to #1. Some titles will retain their legacy numbering, but for the most part, expect a new crop of first issues. This is in line with the company’s goal of making the books accessible to all.Though Marvel Comics sold more books than any other publisher in 2017, the industry as a whole suffered a 10% drop in revenue during the year. Hopefully, this new initiative will not only help Marvel Comics, but the overall comic book industry. Marvel promises updates in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more news.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
A man was arrested Friday after he led Vancouver police on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle and allegedly rammed a police vehicle to avoid capture, said Vancouver police Sgt. Mike Davis.The chase began as a reckless driving report at 7:56 p.m. on Fourth Plain Boulevard near Rossiter Lane, Davis said.From there, police chased the man west. Near East 33rd Street and North Grand Boulevard, the man allegedly rammed a pursuing officer’s vehicle.The officer was taken to a local hospital for evaluation of minor injuries.Another officer later used a pursuit intervention technique near Northwest 179th Street and 41st Avenue to bring the stolen vehicle to a halt, Davis said.The man was arrested on scene. The man’s name and exact charges were not available late Friday.