BJP will get more than 280 seats, NDA’s tally 300 plus: BJP leader P Muralidhar Rao

first_imgNew Delhi: Dismissing his colleague Ram Madhav’s assessment that the BJP will need the support of allies to form government, senior leader P Muralidhar Rao says his party will get more than 280 seats while the NDA’s tally will be 300 plus. Regional leaders like BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav are irrelevant in the national context, the BJP’s national general secretary told PTI. Taking a potshot at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao, he said everybody is thinking of becoming prime minister regardless of the numbers their parties might get in the elections. Discussing Madhav’s comment in a recent interview that the BJP will require the support of allies to form the next government, he said, My entire party does not agree with him. It is not me alone. My party president, my PM candidate and my party have expressed the opinions disagreeing… And I have also learnt that he has changed his view after his interview.” Rao said the BJP has got a clear advantage and this perception has increased phase by phase. So, in my view, we will either not be less than 300 (with NDA allies) or 280 plus on our own, Rao said. We will be calling it NDA government. In 2014 also, we formed the NDA government but we had our own majority. So the same situation will continue, he said. Modi said in a rally in Bihar this week that the BJP will cross the 300 mark on its own. According to Rao, the Congress and opposition parties have been unable to put up a united front to fight the BJP. Though they were desirous of giving a united fight, they could not translate it into action, the senior party functionary said ahead of the last round of the seven-phase election on May 19. To a question on the party’s probable tally in Uttar Pradesh, which has 80 Lok Sabha seats, Rao said the BJP is seen as a party with a “Delhi advantage”. Because of this, people think Mayawati is no choice for Delhi. Akhilesh Yadav is no choice for Delhi. Even the voters of these parties think… why should we vote for this party when they are not relevant in the Delhi context,” he said. Referring to the SP-BSP alliance in UP, Rao said their politics will not work in the state and the BJP will be able to improve its position in UP and the entire north India. I don’t see a great deficit or shortfall (there), Rao said, when asked whether the BJP will be able to maintain its 2014 tally of 71 in Uttar Pradesh. Reacting to KCR’s reported statement that the next prime minister should be from south India, Rao said everybody is thinking of becoming the prime minister, whether or not they have the numbers. When he (KCR) is saying so he must be having his own name (for becoming the PM). Mamata Banerjee is contesting 42 seats in Bengal… She is also available for PM. So everybody is thinking (of becoming the pm), he said. Rao said the party will get all the seats in Rajasthan this time too. In a state like Rajasthan where we had 100 per cent seats, all 25, we cannot win more seats. So our entire effort is to retain that number and achieve that number again. With the kind of feedback we are getting in MP and Rajasthan, we will be able to get the same number if seats we had in 2014, he said. The party got 27 of 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh in the last general election. Talking about Bihar, he said Modi wave is at its peak in the state. The feedback is our alliance is going to do very well in Bihar and we will be adding one or two seats to our previous result as we are going to do in Karnataka, Rao said. BJP has joined hands with Nitish Kumar-led JD (U) and Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party in Bihar. Rao said the issues of corruption and the Rafale jet deal raked up by the Congress and the opposition parties has gone against them. Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and all the opposition parties will realise this after May 23 results. I have gone to many parts of the country and there I have talked to people and there they are not willing to accept that Modi can be corrupt… So attacking him has not given any advantage to Congress or to the entire opposition, Rao said.last_img read more

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Illinois, Lake County sue silicone plant after fatal blast

WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Illinois and Lake County are suing the owner of a Chicago-area silicone factory that exploded last month, seeking to force the company to identify the nature and extent of chemical pollution in the area and limit the environmental impact of the deadly blast.Attorney General Kwame Raoul said Friday that the lawsuit seeks an injunction to require AB Specialty Silicones factory to immediately secure the Waukegan site and ensure all remaining chemicals are removed, the Lake County News-Sun reported.“This explosion was tragic, and my thoughts are with the families who lost loved ones as a result,” said Raoul. “As the community continues to recover from the trauma of this event, I have filed this lawsuit to protect residents and the environment from any chemical contamination.”In the same statement, Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim noted his office intends to “work diligently with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to seek remediation of any environmental impacts as a result of the explosion.”The lawsuit alleges the May 3 explosion released an unknown amount of chemicals into the environment, causing air contamination. Four factory employees were killed in the blast.In addition, chemicals and water used to fight the fire leaked into the storm sewers, which polluted a wetland and Osprey Lake about a mile away, according to the complaint.AB Specialty officials said they are shocked and disappointed by the lawsuit and that the company has co-operated in the cleanup effort.“(For) nearly a month we have worked in full partnership with all regulatory, state, local and federal agencies on our shared goals of securing the site, protecting the Waukegan community, and ensuring it is safe for our employees to return to work,” the company’s officials said in a statement.Raoul’s lawsuit is based on a recommendation from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and that agency is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to handle any immediate dangers to public health and the environment.“Beyond the immediate devastation caused by this catastrophic explosion, our investigation has identified the release of chemicals impacting the environment and visible impacts to nearby wetlands and Osprey Lake,” Illinois EPA Acting Director John J. Kim said in the statement, adding that the legal action is “an important step to ensure the full extent of contamination is identified and proper remediation is made.”___Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.comThe Associated Press read more

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Mitsubishi in talks with Bombardier regarding possible regional jet deal

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B) MONTREAL — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. says it is in talks regarding a possible transaction involving Bombardier Inc.’s regional jet business.The comment by the Japanese company came after a media report that it was in advanced negotiations to acquire Bombardier’s CRJ program.Mitsubishi cautioned that no decision has been made on any possible transaction.Earlier this year, Bombardier chief executive Alain Bellemare said the continuation of its regional jet program hinged on whether the company could fill up the CRJ’s partly blank order book.Once a cash cow for the Montreal-based company, the CRJ now loses money.Bombardier sold a majority stake in its C Series commercial aircraft program last year to Europe’s Airbus SE, which rebranded it the Airbus A220. read more

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China told Colombo port city project will resume

Construction of the Colombo Port City began in September 2014 under the previous Mahinda Rajapakse government. “It has direct foreign investment from China worth 1.4 billion U.S. dollars and this investment can further trigger foreign investment totaling 13 billion U.S. dollars and bring in about 83, 000 job opportunities,” Liu said.“Sri Lanka should implement the already signed agreements of the Port City project and protect the legitimate rights and interests of the investors. I have received a positive response from the Sri Lankan side and the leaders have made it clear that they will firmly put forward the Colombo Port City project and with joint efforts the project will see a re-start of construction at an early date,” he added. “The assistance will prioritize medical and health care, education, water conservancy and other programs related to people’ s well being, such as the construction of a kidney hospital,” he said. “This will make the China-Sri Lanka cooperation deliver more benefits to the Sri Lankan people.” (Xinhua) The new Sri Lankan government has informed China that it will continue the development of suspended Chinese projects, including a multi-billion-dollar mega port city, a Chinese special envoy said on Friday.Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told reporters that during his talks with the Sri Lankan leaders, they had informed him that the Chinese-funded Colombo Port City project would see a re-start at the earliest possible date. The 1.4-billion-U.S. dollar project, funded by the China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC), was suspended by the government of President Maithripala Sirisena in March for a review of the contract. China and Sri Lanka will also make best use of China’s grant assistance to the island nation for the 2014-2016 period announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to the island nation last year. Liu said the Chinese government hoped the Port City could be completed in three to five years.The Sri Lankan government has expressed its hope to include the project under its megapolis development plan in order to transform the capital and the country into a technologically advanced and smart nation.Liu, who is also a special envoy of the Chinese government, said the two sides had agreed to work together in building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and further coordinate their development strategies so as to achieve a win-win cooperation. read more

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Barrick Gold warns of cost overrurns and delay at major South American

Barrick Gold warns of cost overrurns and delay at major South American gold mine by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2012 5:40 pm MDT Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) warned of significantly higher costs and a production delay at a major gold mine project in South America after announcing Thursday that its second-quarter earnings dropped 35 per cent.The world’s largest gold producer said its capital costs of about $5 billion for the Pascua-Lama mine are expected to go up 50 per cent to 60 per cent. First production at the mine is expected in mid-2014 instead of next year.“Make no mistake, these revisions are very disappointing to me and our team,” president and CEO Jamie Sokalsky said of his first set of quarterly results since taking over from ousted chief executive Aaron Regent in June.Barrick reported net earnings fell to US$750 million, or 75 cents per share in the three months ended June 30. That’s down from $1.16 billion, or $1.16 per share, a year ago.The results missed analyst expectations by 18 cents per share, according to average estimates from Thomson Reuters.Barrick shares closed down $1.45, or 4.2 per cent, to $33.04 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Pascua-Lama is in the Andes mountains between Chile and Argentina and is expected to be one of the world’s largest gold mines. Barrick has said the mine has proven and probable reserves of 17.9 million ounces of gold, with 676 million ounces of silver contained within the gold reserves.Sokalsky said Pascua-Lama is a “world class” asset and will contribute free cash flow to Barrick for many years.RBC Capital Markets analyst Stephen Walker described the capital cost overruns at the Pascua-Lama mining project as a “blowout.”Walker said the mining project now could have capital costs as high as $8 billion and noted that first production is scheduled a year later than expected.“This negative impact was a result of lower than expected contractor productivity and inflationary cost pressures,” Walker said in a research note.Sokalsky told analysts during a conference call that the complexity of the Pascua-Lama project was “underestimated” and as chief executive he accepts responsibility for this.Earlier this month, Barrick suffered a legal reversal that may also affect development of the Pascua Lama project.Argentina’s Supreme Court decided to remove injunctions that have blocked key parts of a law to protect glaciers. Barrick has argued it shouldn’t need to provide the national government with new environmental assessments.Sokalsky also told analysts his goal is to increase the company’s share price and increase the company’s free cash flow.“Returns will drive production. Productions will not drive returns,” he said.“By being disciplined with our capital allocations and running the business well and focusing on profitable productions, returns and free cash flow in a disciplined way, I am confident we can deliver superior share price performance. And that is our ultimate goal.”Barrick also has cancelled some projects that are considered too costly, he said, and added the company has made changes at its Lumwana mine to bring it “up to Barrick standards” after lower production at the Zambian mine.The company also maintained its 2012 gold production guidance of 7.3 million to 7.8 million ounces.Total and net cash costs for gold are now expected to be slightly higher in the range of $550 to $575 per ounce and $460 to $500 per ounce, respectively, mainly due to higher costs in Australia Pacific and at African Barrick Gold in the first half of the year.But total cash costs are expected to be lower in the second half as a result of higher overall production levels and lower-cost mines contributing to a greater share of total company production.Full year copper production is now expected to be 460 to 500 million pounds, mostly due to lower than anticipated production from Lumwana mine with cash costs of $2.10-$2.30 per pound. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UNWorld Bank panel calls for fundamental shift in water management

Fardin Waezi/UNAMAThe Laghman River, one of Afghanistan’s many waterways, is essential to agriculture and other development in this largely rural eastern province.“The ecosystems on which life itself is based – our food security, energy sustainability, public health, jobs, cities – are all at risk because of how water is managed today,” he warned.The world can no longer afford to take water for granted – World Bank PresidentThe panel, created in 2016 for an initial period of two years, is advocating for evidence-based policies and innovative approaches at the global, national and local level to make water management as well as water and sanitation services attractive for investment and more disaster-resilient.The panel calls for policies that will allow for at least a doubling of investment in water infrastructure in the next five years.The report also highlights the essential need for partnerships between Governments, communities, the private sector and researchers.The members of the panel are Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Mauritius’ President (Co-Chair); Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico’s President (Co-Chair); Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s Prime Minister; Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister; János Áder, Hungary’s President; Hani Mulki, Jordan’s Prime Minister; Mark Rutte, Netherlands’ Prime Minister; Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Godard, Peru’s President; Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s President; Macky Sall, Senegal’s President; Emomali Rahmon, Tajikistan’s President; and Han Seung-soo, Special Advisor and former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea.In an open letter, they conclude: “Whoever you are, whatever you do, wherever you live, we urge you get involved, and contribute to meeting this great challenge: safe water and sanitation for all, and our water resources managed sustainably. Make every drop count. It’s time for action.” Making Every Drop Count: An Agenda for Water Action, released by a panel of 11 Heads of State and a Special Advisor, calls for a fundamental shift in the way the world manages water so that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 6 on ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, can be achieved.According to the report, 40 per cent of the world’s people are being affected by water scarcity. If not addressed, as many as 700 million could be displaced by 2030 in search for water. More than two billion people are compelled to drink unsafe water and more than 4.5 billion do not have safely managed sanitation services.Water must be an absolute priority in everything we do – UN chiefThe report says women and girls suffer disproportionately when water and sanitation are lacking, affecting health and often restricting work and education opportunities. Some 80 per cent of wastewater is discharged untreated into the environment and water-related disasters account for 90 per cent of the 1,000 most devastating natural disasters since 1990.“It is my deep belief that water is a matter of life and death,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres commented upon receiving the report on Wednesday, noting that 60 per cent of human body is water.He said that water-related natural disasters are occurring more frequently and becoming more and more dangerous everywhere, which means “water is indeed a matter of life and death” and “must be an absolute priority in everything we do.”In a press release, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim stressed that Heads of State and Government make up the panel “because the world can no longer afford to take water for granted.” read more

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Police paid burglars £45k phone bill after handing him a mobile phone

first_img“Two people were arrested and interviewed in relation to the usage and they provided accounts with regards to their use of the mobile telephone, which included how it came into their possession.”In this case the evidential threshold was not met and nobody could be criminally charged.”The force said that following the blunder it had carried out a review into the policy of giving phones to criminals.The spokesman added: “Offenders are selected based on as much relevant information about the individual as can be gathered including offending, lifestyle and substance misuse.”The multi-agency team and its partners work together to support the individual’s journey to positively change their life through access to support services in accordance with their individual needs and re-offending risks.”A phone allows two way communications to provide encouragement and keep the individual on track.”Not only will the offender themselves benefit from the opportunity of making changes to their lives, the communities in which they live will also benefit.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Red-faced police have admitted paying a £44,500 phone bill – after giving a burglar a mobile to use for free.Officers gave the criminal the phone so they could keep tabs on him while he was on bail.But the burglar handed it to two friends when he was jailed – and they racked up a huge £44,500 bill in just six months.The staggering charges on the Orange contract phone were worth more than £250-a-day.The burglar’s two friends were arrested on suspicion of theft – but no charges were brought against them when it emerged the crook wasn’t asked to sign any forms when he was given the phone.North Wales Police has now admitted they settled the £44,500 bill.A spokesman for the force said: “This phone was provided under the Integrated Offender Management process in order to allow frequent support/communication of an offender in their rehabilitation into the community.”It was used for a number of months and the bills were paid monthly as part of the overall force-wide invoice.”In the case of this particular phone a contract SIM was mistakenly supplied as opposed to a credit limited PAYG (pay as you go) SIM card.”When the irregularity came to light in early 2014 the Deputy Chief Constable requested an immediate investigation into how this had occurred, and the matter was passed to Crime Services for further investigation.”A criminal investigation took place which established three individuals to whom the phone could be attributed.last_img read more

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Head of NHS blames Premier League football teams for fuelling gambling addictions

“We need to be getting on to the Premier League and asking them to ensure that those foreign gambling firms are playing their part,” he told an NHS conference in Manchester.Mr Stevens expressed concern that betting is fuelling a growing epidemic of mental health problems, especially among the young.“There is an increasing link between problem gambling and stress, depression and other mental health problems,” he said. Two in three cases would worsen without help, he warned.“Taxpayers and the NHS should not be left to pick up the pieces,” Mr Stevens said.“The NHS will now work with the Premier League on how we persuade these foreign gambling companies to do the right thing.” Premier League football clubs are fuelling gambling addictions and should push their sponsors to fund addiction clinics, the head of the NHS has said.Simon Stevens said he was “deeply concerned” by the lack of action to tackle addictive behaviours, saying the health service should not be left to “pick up the pieces” of a growing societal problem.Addressing a conference of NHS leaders in Manchester, he urged football clubs to put pressure on their sponsors to fund treatment for gambling addiction- describing it as one of “the new threats” to health.All betting companies are asked to give 0.1 per cent of their revenues to charity voluntarily, as part of a deal struck with the last Labour government when it deregulated gambling.But none of the foreign companies with shirt sponsorship deals with Premier League clubs have this year pledged any money to the main charity to combat addiction, with just £11,000 paid the previous year, the register of donations shows.Mr Stevens yesterday expressed impatience, suggesting it was time for the clubs themselves to put pressure on their sponsors to pay a fair share. Simon Stevens Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Simon StevensCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA The Remote Gambling Association, which represents online gambling firms, said it wanted to see a statutory levy to ensure fund were raised fairly and openly.A spokesman for charity GambleAware said:“With nearly half the clubs in the Premier League, and over two thirds of the Championship League sponsored by gambling companies, we are seriously concerned the relationship between sport and gambling has reached a tipping point. “There is a real risk gambling advertising and sponsorships are normalising gambling for children.”He said all gambling companies should contribute to treating problem gambling. Highlighting estimates that there are 430,000 problem gamblers in the UK, he said: “The voluntary target of funding from the gambling industry to support those services has not yet been responded to by eight of the foreign betting firms that sponsor Premier League clubs. read more

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Baby of stabbed mother dies as police release CCTV of suspect

Detectives investigating the murder of Kelly Mary Fauvrelle in Thornton Heath have released CCTV footage of a man they wish to traceCredit:Met Police “We have assured Kelly’s family – and I want to assure local residents and the wider public too – that we are doing absolutely everything in our power to find the person responsible.”I am aware that there is some speculation about whether Kelly’s attacker was known to her. At this stage we simply are not in a position to say and we must retain an open mind.”One of the key aims of my investigation is to build a complete picture of Kelly’s life and the people with whom she was in contact, but I also need to consider other possible scenarios.”Members of the public may have useful information, and I am today reiterating my appeal for anyone who may know anything that will assist the investigation to make contact as soon as possible.” Detectives investigating the murder of Kelly Mary Fauvrelle in Thornton Heath have released CCTV footage of a man they wish to trace “It was a savage and sustained attack on a clearly and obviously heavily pregnant woman, which has had catastrophic results,” he said.”She has suffered from multiple stab wounds. When the family got into her room, she was clearly critically injured.”Mr Norman said Ms Fauvrelle’s whole family – her mother, two brothers, sister and sister’s baby son – were all in the house but did not see the attacker. He added that the force was unable to say whether Ms Fauvrelle’s attacker was known to her and officers are keeping an open mind.He said: “A dedicated team of detectives are working day and night on this investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the police incident room on 020 8721 4005 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.Police release CCTV of suspect seen running from direction of victim’s homefauvThe Metropolitan Police released CCTV of a suspect who is seen walking towards Ms Fauvrelle’s address before running away from the scene minutes later.In the footage released by the Metropolitan Police, a man is seen walking towards Ms Fauvrelle’s address at 3.11am and running back just over 10 minutes later.Police were called to the house at 3.30am.Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command said: “The release of this footage is the next step in what has been a fast-paced, and extremely challenging investigation.”We need to identify the man shown in the footage urgently, even if only to eliminate him from our enquiries. I need to hear from anyone who knows who he is.”If this is you, it is imperative that you contact my team immediately.” A heavily pregnant woman was stabbed to death in her bedroom while her whole family was at home, police have revealed, after announcing her baby has also died.Royal Mail worker Kelly Mary Fauvrelle, 26, was eight months pregnant when she was murdered at her home in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, London, in the early hours of Saturday.Her baby son – who was named Riley by family members after he was delivered by paramedics – died in hospital in the early hours of Wednesday morning.Riley’s father, who did not live with Ms Fauvrelle, was with his son at the time of his death and is not currently being treated as a suspect, Scotland Yard said.The force has released CCTV footage of a possible suspect seen walking towards the address before running away from the scene minutes later.Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman said her family was alerted to the “vicious” attack by her screams at around 3.30am. “The attack took place in Kelly’s bedroom on the ground floor and at the rear of the premises,” he said.”In terms of access there is a communal passageway and potentially the obvious access point would be through the kitchen.”There is no sign of a forced entry but that does not mean, through accident, the premises were insecure.”He added the murder weapon, which could be a kitchen knife, is yet to be found.In the footage released by the Metropolitan Police, a man is seen walking towards Ms Fauvrelle’s address at 3.11am and running back just over 10 minutes later.The force are appealing for anyone who may know the potential suspect to contact police.Mr Norman was unable to say whether Ms Fauvrelle’s attacker was known to her and officers are keeping an open mind.Detectives are trying to build a picture of Ms Fauvrelle’s life and the people she knew.”What is very clear is she was very happy to be pregnant,” Mr Norman said.”She was very much looking forward to being a mother. She was popular but also a very private person.”Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder. One, aged 37, was released under investigation on Sunday, and a second, aged 29, has been released on bail until early August. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Diaspora up in arms over new Greek tax law

first_imgMore than 200 community members gathered on Monday at the hall of The Pammesinian Brotherhood “Papaflessas”; and those there, entered the door of the Brotherhood angry. The issue of the open meeting, organized by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, was the new tax bill of the Greek government; specifically the necessary paperwork Greeks abroad had to submit to the relevant tax authority in Greece in order to prove that they are permanent residents of countries other than Greece, so as to not be taxed as residents of Greece. As demonstrated throughout the meeting, those present were determined to ignore their obligations of the new law and fight for it to change. The atmosphere was electrifying, even before the meeting started. Five minutes of delay on behalf of the Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, Eleni Lianidou and the crowd started to protest. Also present at the meeting was tax law specialist from Greece, Yannis Tripidakis, and the president of Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, Bill Papastergiadis as well as members of the board. The information night started with Mr Papastergiadis informing those present that the community has already sent two letters to the Greek Minister of Finance, Mr Yannis Stournaras, asking him to consider amendments to law in regards to those articles that relate to Greeks abroad. “We will not forget the issue. It is unfair for the Greek tax authorities to ask us to prove that we are not ‘elephants’. The community requests and demands a fair response and deserves a proper solution on this issue,” said Mr Papastergiadis, referring to the changes of the new tax law. Then, Mr Tripidakis came to the fore explaining in a summary how the provisions of the new law and supporting documents must be submitted to the Greek Tax Department. According to the current law, those who have any form of income or asset in Greece, and they file a tax return in Greece, must also file a confirmation from the Australian Tax Office to the relevant Greek authorities which shows their income, or their Australian Tax Return for the relevant year will be taxed in Greece. Mr Tripidakis clarified that those who file a tax return in Greece, but are not required to file one in Australia, must submit another document from the municipality they live in, or another authority, to show that they and their family (if there is a spouse or underage children) are permanent residents of Australia. All these documents, as required by law, must be submitted in the relevant tax authority in Greece from the taxpayer himself, or through a duly authorized person in Greece. Mr Tripidakis stressed that expatriates should be very careful about whom to appoint as their authorised representative to Greece, saying it is no longer so easy for a relative to carry out these tasks as the system has become more complex. The lawyer also stressed that those who have property in Greece must check their E9 (tax declaration of properties in Greece form) and make sure that their properties are listed there in detail. The briefing by Mr Tripidakis was often interrupted by disappointed members of the crowd, complaining about how unfair it is for the community to have to go through this process just to prove they do not live permanently in Greece. The protesting crowd became even more vocal when the Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, started her address to them. “Do not send any documents to Greece. I will not allow this injustice to go ahead.” The microphone decided to “die” at the beginning of her speech. However this worked (at least semantically) in a positive way for Ms Lianidou who was forced to leave the lectern and mix with the crowed, due to the electrical malfunction, to inform them of the steps she has taken to make the situation fairer. “Why us? Why do we have to pay for the bad economic situation in Greece?” members of the crowd declared before Ms Lianidou even started to explain the financial situation Greece is currently facing. Ms Lianidou eventually managed to calm the restless crowd. The key to this change of mood was her evident determination to fight for a change to this “unjust bureaucratic requirement on behalf of the Greek state” as she called it. “I want you to send a message to those who lodge your tax returns in Greece that, for now, you will not send any documents, until further notice. If they ask you why, tell them because our Consul General here in Melbourne told us so. “And if we do not manage to solve this issue by March 30, we will get another extension, until June 30,” the Consul General declared and expatriates broke into loud applause, proving that they are determined not to succumb to the whims of Greek bureaucracy. Ms Lianidou added: “The goal is to abolish any provisions that create unnecessary problems for the expatriates, and I mean all kinds of problems. Because I hear that many of you fear for your pensions. I hear that many of you fear for your property. “For those homes or small blocks of land that you inherited from your mothers and fathers. For properties that you kept as a treasured piece of your forefathers for your children and grandchildren, I have to tell you this: “First, to declare it in Greece. Make sure that there is no piece of land or other property that you have not declared on the E9 form. This I advise you to do without fear. So nobody can touch your assets. And do not sell a metre of it despite pressures to do so”. The decisive tone of Ms Lianidou, assuring that the issue will be resolved and that no one should send the documents to Greece until further notice, gave birth to discussions. It can be noted that these discussion serve as a further reason for members of the community not to send their documents to Greece, as yet. Noteworthy also is the fact that Ms Lianidou, in reference to one of the attendees mentioning that Law 3943/2011 was passed when the Finance minister of Greece was George Papaconstantinou, said this is likely to be one of the keys solving the problem. According to her own estimates there is no political will on behalf of the current government to implement it. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Man in court on suspicion of voyeurism

first_imgAn 18-year-old man suspected of recording a woman in the bathroom of the Battle Ground Wal-Mart told police he did so to prove to his friend that he went into the women’s restroom, court records show.Taylor A. Wiinikka of Vancouver appeared Thursday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of voyeurism stemming from the Monday incident.The prosecution asked that Wiinikka be held on $75,000 bail, given the circumstances.His court-appointed attorney, Shon Bogar, argued that although the circumstances appear to be “creepy,” there’s no indication Wiinikka is a danger to the community.Bogar said Wiinikka has no adult criminal history, is employed and has a place to stay. He asked that Wiinikka be granted supervised release. Judge Gregory Gonzales granted the request.Wiinikka will be arraigned Dec. 20.At about 8:30 p.m., a Wal-Mart employee was using the women’s bathroom in the back of the store at 1201 W. 13th Ave. in Battle Ground, when she noticed someone leaning against her stall. The 21-year-old woman said she initially didn’t think much of it because the restroom is frequented by employees and customers, according to a probable cause affidavit.But after a few moments, she looked up, she said, and saw a cellphone camera lens in between the gaps of the stall. She realized she was being recorded or photographed as she was seated on the toilet, the affidavit states.last_img read more

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McManaman I was surprised Real Madrid didnt replace Ronaldo

first_imgFormer Real Madrid midfielder Steve McManaman admits that their failure to sign a top-class replacement for Ronaldo came as a shock to himLos Blancos lost their all-time top scorer in the summer to Juventus in a €112m deal and have since struggled greatly in his absence.Without Ronaldo, Real have lost five of their last seven games with only four goals scored in the process following Sunday’s humiliating 5-1 thrashing to Barcelona.Speaking on his former club, McManaman cannot understand why Real didn’t sign a replacement for Ronaldo and fears they are suffering the consequences.“Everybody was surprised, weren’t they?” McManaman told Reuters.“They took a long, long time to bring in new signings. They didn’t bring anyone to replace Cristiano.“It was a big shock for everybody. Whether they could buy somebody of his quality I don’t know. The fact that they didn’t bring anybody in and they did slow business in the centre-forward area, it surprised everybody.”David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.McManaman had previously urged his old club to sign either Paris Saint-Germain stars Neymar or Kylian Mbappe to replace Ronaldo.Now the former England international feels it imperative that Real recruit in the January transfer window for some fresh faces after sticking with the same stars for a long time now.“They probably need to refresh the team a bit more, to be very honest. They have kept the majority of the same team for the last couple of years,” said McManaman.“If you look at the age group of the Real Madrid players now, four or five of them are in the 30s. It’s probably the time to start refreshing it and bring in more players and try and replicate the success.“They have got a hard job on their hands. They are not playing well, the manager is under pressure and the team as well. They need to do something and need to do it quickly.”McManaman made 158 appearances for Real across all competitions between 1999 to 2003 and won the Champions League twice at the club.last_img read more

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Memorial for hitandrun victims calls on faith to bring solace

first_imgTips soughtInvestigators continue to seek tips in Sunday’s fatal hit-and-run and ask people with information to call the Vancouver Police Department at 360-487-7402. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for any information that leads to an arrest in the case. Tipsters can remain anonymous. People can submit tips online at Crime Stoppers; text 823HELP followed by the tip to 274637; or call 503-823-4357.Donate to the familiesThe two families have set up a joint donation account at Key Bank. Those wishing to donate can visit any branch and ask for the “Raisa and Irina Memorial Fund.”BATTLE GROUND — Hundreds of people gathered here Saturday to grieve the passing of two women who were killed in last Sunday’s hit-and-run collision in the VanMall neighborhood of Vancouver.People quietly filed into the pews at Word of Grace Bible Church in Battle Ground, filling the large hall.Irina Gardinant and Raisa Mosh’s matching caskets were set before a stage that was lined with bouquets including two arrangements — one for each woman — that spelled out “Mom.” Gardinant left behind a husband and 2-year-old daughter, while Mosh left behind a husband and four children, including the 12-year-old son who was with her at the time of the collision.The two women were fatally injured when they were struck by a white pickup while crossing Vancouver Mall Drive around 8 p.m. on Jan. 19. The boy suffered minor injuries in the incident. The pickup drove away.last_img read more

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Teen receives heart transplant at Joe DiMaggios Children hospital

first_img“I feel so much better now that I got my heart changed,” Ariana said. “Now I’m going to the gym and now I’m getting stronger than ever.”Ariana said she is incredibly grateful for the heart that is now allowing her to live her life to the fullest.“To the donor family, I’d like to say thank you for helping me out with getting my heart changed,” Ariana said. “I appreciate it, and I love you all so much.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida teen suffering from a heart condition has been given a second chance at life after she received a much needed heart transplant.Ariana Baserrio, 16, has been battling cardiomyopathy since she was 2 years old. In August, doctors told her that she would ultimately need a transplant to save her life.“Before I got my new heart. I wasn’t feeling very good. I was sick,” Ariana said.While she waited for her new heart, doctors at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital implanted Ariana with a ventricular assist device.“She’s been a rock star and couldn’t ask for a better patient through all of this,” said Dr. Immanual Turner.Within less than a month, the hospital informed Ariana that they had a heart for her.After a successful surgery — Ariana was able to go home with a new heart and a new chance of life. last_img read more

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Missing Miami man with Alzheimers found

first_imgMr. Claude Sabin has been safely recovered. Thank you all for The reposts. https://t.co/MnMiTVgcWv— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) April 10, 2019Investigators said Sabin has Alzheimer’s and was considered endangered.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Police have found an elderly man who went missing in Miami.According to City of Miami Police, 78-year-old Claude Sabin was safely located just before 4 p.m., Wednesday.last_img

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Wrong breast cancer diagnosis by govt hospital leaves Kerala woman without hair

first_img What Is A Tumor? IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/3:17Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-3:17?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img [Representational image]Creative Commons.Kottayam Medical College Hospital in Kerala committed a drastic mistake earlier this year when doctors misdiagnosed a 38-year-old woman for breast cancer and made her undergo unnecessary chemotherapy, putting her health and career at risk.The incident came to light when the woman, Rajani, realised the misdiagnosis and raised a complaint at the hospital.Rajani had noticed a six-centimetre long lump in her breast in February and went to get it tested. One sample was sent to a private diagnosis lab for testing and another sample was sent to a government facility.After receiving the wrong results, the Kottayam Government Medical College and Hospital began with the woman’s chemotherapy treatment which resulted in the loss of her hair and because of the unease she felt with the treatment, she couldn’t go to work too.The result from the private lab came first and showed positive for cancer and based on these results, Rajani’s chemotherapy began. Her first appointment was on March 19 and the next one was supposed to be on April 9.The results from the government facility came after Rajani’s first round of chemo showed that there was no cancer after all.The doctors immediately stopped the chemotherapy and arranged surgery for Rajani to remove the lump from her breast but the damage was already done.”The lump had seemed malignant during a clinical examination while a mammogram test in the next stage too confirmed the suspicion. Following this, the patient was referred to a pathology test. While one sample was sent to the hospital laboratory, the other was examined at a private facility. The treatment was given based on the examination of the second sample as the test result from the hospital lab would have been available only a couple of weeks later,” R.P. Renjin, Regional Medical Officer told The Hindu.Rajani is the main earner in her family and has to support her young daughter and her ageing parents. She used to work as a salesgirl before she had to stop going when she began feeling some discomfort. The entire family had to depend on her father’s small income from a grocery store run by him.”I have an eight-year-old daughter and my aged parents. At present, the whole family is depended on the meagre income we get from a small shop run by my father,” Rajani was quoted as saying by Times of India.After the misdiagnosis came to light, Rajani tried to talk to the doctors who gave her the chemotherapy but in vain. She was only given attention after she sent a letter to the superintendent of the hospital.last_img read more

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Adilur wins FrancoGerman human rights prize

first_imgOdhikar secretary Adilur Rahman Khan with ambassador of France in Dhaka Marie-Anne Bourdin and Germany’s Thomas Prinz on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom AloOdhikar secretary Adilur Rahman Khan has been awarded Franco-German Human Rights Prize-2017 for his contribution to defending and promoting human rights in Bangladesh.The prize was handed over to him jointly by ambassador of France in Dhaka Marie-Anne Bourdin and Germany’s Thomas Prinz in the capitals Baridhara on Tuesday.Adilur Rahman is one of 15 winners of the prize worldwide for 2017 and the second Bangladeshi after Tahmina Rahman of Article 19 in 2016. French and German ministries of foreign affairs introduced the universal prize for human rights in 2016.“This award is an additional star on his responsible shoulder to not only recognise but also encourage his human rights endeavours,” the German ambassador told the prize-giving ceremony.Appreciating Adilur’s fight against extra-judicial executions and enforced disappearance, the French ambassador said, “Courage and dedication characterise him.”In his reactions, Adilur Rahman expressed gratitude to France and Germany for giving the prize and also to his colleagues at home who thoroughly supported him.last_img read more

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Road rage hits attendance at Maruti factory

first_imgWorker attendance at Maruti Suzuki India Ltd here has been affected following an incident of road rage involving some of the employees and nearby villagers.A police complaint has been filed against more than 30 Maruti Suzuki workers employed at the company’s Manesar plant, a union leader said here on Tuesday.These workers were returning home in a company bus on Friday when the vehicle hit a car in Aliar village. “After heated arguments, the workers thrashed my 38-year-old brother very badly. He suffered fractures,” Jaiprakash, a resident of the village, said in his police complaint. Kuldeep Janghu, a Maruti union leader, said that some villagers had pledged to avenge the attack on the villager. “Some of our worried workers are not coming to work. The situation may turn grim if action is not taken on time,” Janghu said.last_img read more

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Rain cripples traffic movement across city

first_imgKolkata: Traffic movement across the city almost came to a halt after the heavy downpour since afternoon on Friday. Due to closure of Sealdah flyover, vehicles were diverted through Esplanade and Central Avenue, which created massive traffic congestion in and around Colootola Street, M G Road, Chandi Chowk and Esplanade.Also, due to waterlogging, traffic snarl took place on Maa flyover and some parts of Eastern Metropolitan (EM) Bypass. Governor Jagdip Dhankhar also got stuck in Bidhannagar area due to traffic congestion, while returning to Raj Bhavan from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to sources, before the rain started, there was no problem despite Sealdah flyover being closed. However, waterlogging on S N Banerjee Road and Central Avenue after the rain led to severe inconvenience. Due to the diversion, pressure of traffic was increased on Central Avenue since morning. But the situation turned worse after rain started as due to waterlogging, vehicular movement slowed down to a crawl on the Central Avenue. Also due to waterlogging on E M Bypass near Mathpukur and Metropolitan area, traffic almost came to a halt for almost an hour. Traffic movement on several roads around Exide crossing, Diamond Harbour Road, Park Street and Port area were seriously obstructed due to waterlogging as well. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateOn the other hand, traffic movement in Salt Lake, Ultadanga and VIP Road got choked for a few hours due to a rally by para-teachers on Friday afternoon. According to sources, an organisation of para-teachers had informed the police that a rally will take place to Bikash Bhavan in order to submit a deputation. To maintain law and order situation, vehicles carrying para-teachers were stopped at the entry points of Salt Lake. Later, they gathered near HUDCO crossing and marched towards Bikash Bhavan. Due to the rally, severe traffic congestion occurred in Salt Lake, Ultadanga and VIP Road.last_img read more

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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes Hello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday, April 18. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivecenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 18:48One lane shut due to broken down vehicleOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound at J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of three) is closed.17:59Accident reported on A500a500 D Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at A50 (Sideway Roundabout).14:33Supermarket opening timesHere are the opening times for North Staffordshire’s supermarkets this Easter.13:55Conman targets grandmaA terrified Staffordshire grandmother has told how she was forced to go to her nearest Wilko store to buy Google Play gift cards to settle a fake 58-year-old tax debt.The 88-year-old woman – known only as Beryl – received a cold call threatening her with bailiffs and prison unless she bought the cards within five minutes. The caller told her it was to pay back a tax debt dating back to 1961Read the full story here.13:30Slow in Joiners SquareSlow traffic on A52 Leek Road in both directions at A50 Lichfield Street (Joiners Square). Travel time is four minutes. 13:29Busy on D RoadHeavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 13:09Driver of this vehicle was reported driving down the A50 and clipping kerbs etc. Stopped at this location by members of the public until #Police arrived. Driver arrested on Suspicion of Drink Drive offences. #Shift1. #OpLightening pic.twitter.com/itStsRogHT— Stoke Police (@Policingstoke) April 17, 201912:50Man suffers multiple injuries after 4-vehicle smash involving bus, van & 2 carsThe crash on the A53 between Endon and LeekMore here.12:49Busy in CobridgeWaterloo Road busy but moving from Cobridge Traffic Lights towards Hanley Town centre (Vale Place). 12:23Lunchtime weatherWarm and bright for most of us this lunchtime ��️ good weather for a stroll or eating al fresco ��‍♀️�� pic.twitter.com/hBamMznyfl— Met Office (@metoffice) April 18, 201912:23Accident on M6A50 Westbound partially blocked one lane closed, queueing traffic due to accident at B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout). Congestion to Doveridge. Derby road is also struggling as you approach the Derby Road roundabout.Lane one (of two) closed approaching the roundabout. Police arrived at the scene at 10:45. 12:23Heavy traffic on M6One lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J19 A556 (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).Lane one (of four) is closed. 10:48And in CobridgeA53 Elder Road busy but moving around A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). 10:48Busy on Victoria RoadUsual congestion on A50 Victoria Road at A5007 City Road. 10:17Issues further north…#M6 Northbound #J32 #Broughtoninterchange to #J33 #Galgate, lane 1 closure in place while #Trafficofficers assist with a HGV trye change.— Highways England (@HighwaysNWEST) April 18, 201909:30Accident in DenfordA53 in both directions partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident at Leek Old Road.Affecting traffic between Leek and New Castle. 09:30National: Rylan to co-host Strictly’s It Takes TooRylan Clark-Neal will co-host Strictly Come Dancing’s It Takes Two with Zoe Ball, the BBC has announced.He said: “I can’t begin to explain how excited I am to be joining the Strictly family. I’ve always been a massive fan of It Takes Two and to be working with the amazing Zoe Ball is a dream.“I’m extremely honoured to be joining such a television institution and can’t wait to bring a lot of mischief to the Strictly bubble. I’m looking forward to getting started and seeing you all soon.”09:19Break down on M6One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A34 (Stafford North).Lane one (of three) is closed.08:33Still slow in Uttoxeter Slow traffic on A50 Eastbound at B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout). In the roadworks area.Due to a lane closure. 07:48Heavy traffic in MeirHeavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 07:34And the same in LongportA527 Porthill Road busy but moving at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 07:33Busy en route to HanleyHeavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 07:33Roadworks in CreweTemporary traffic lights and roadworks on A530 Middlewich Road at Rising Sun Inn.Until May 7. 07:32Usual issues in UttoxeterSlow traffic on A50 Eastbound at B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout). In the roadworks area.Due to a lane closure. 07:16Your weather for today…Good Morning all. Any early low cloud, mist and fog will quickly clear in the morning to leave a dry and warm day with hazy sunshine. It will feel cooler along the east coast with an onshore breeze. For more: https://t.co/cQSfu1VDbo ^Ellie pic.twitter.com/FzQJCnSY0T— Met Office (@metoffice) April 18, 201907:15Good morning!Welcome to our daily live blog!last_img read more

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