More Foreign Tourists Opting For Indian E-visa

first_imgForeign tourists are increasingly taking the e-visa route to come to India after the Narendra Modi government opened the online visa facility to 166 countries in the last four years.The e-visa scheme was launched in November 2014 with 43 countries. Till November 2015, this facility has been given to citizens of 113 countries.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img

Ramil de Jesus already bracing for La Salle-UST Final 4 match up

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Things, however, are still not set in stone since La Salle can get the top seed if it wins against FEU and Ateneo, the current no.1 team with an 11-2 record, loses to seventh-ranked University of the East.If that scenario happens, La Salle will become the no.1 team by virtue of its elimination sweep of the Lady Eagles.De Jesus, though, is already eyeing a matchup with UST despite the slim uncertainty of the events.“After our Sunday game then we can really focus against UST,” said De Jesus.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for next metro wide shake drill..at 4 a.m. on July 27! PLAY LIST 01:47Brace for next metro wide shake drill..at 4 a.m. on July 27!03:41PDEA chief: Albayalde asked me not to implement dismissal order vs Pampanga cops01:21China faces up to new payment technology02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As Pacio showdown looms, Rene Catalan admits he wants to avoid facing fellow Filipino Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Lady Spikers stayed at the second spot after their sweep of University of the East, 25-17, 25-16, 25-19, Wednesday for a 10-3 card while UST is at the third with a 9-4 record.La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus said that his team is already looking at potential semifinal series against the Golden Tigresses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“There really is no chance for us to meet FEU [Far Eastern University] in the semifinals, it really is UST,” said De Jesus, whose team will face the Lady Tamaraws on Sunday, in Filipino.“Whether we win or we lose on Sunday, we will still face UST.” MANILA, Philippines—Even with still a game left for both teams, defending champion De La Salle and University of Santo Tomas are likely headed for a Final Four showdown.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

Gianni Infantino elected new FIFA president

first_imgGianni Infantino pulled off a stunning victory yesterday to take over as FIFA president. The Swiss official received 115 of the 207 eligible votes in the second round to earn a decisive majority over Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, who had been the strong favourite entering the election.The 45-year-old former lawyer saluted voters by patting his right hand over his heart, and had to compose himself before starting his acceptance speech.”We will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA. And everyone in the world will applaud us,” Infantino said, referring to bribery and corruption investigations that have rocked soccer’s governing body and forced Sepp Blatter out of office after more than 17 years as president.Sheikh Salman received 88 votes after being the front-runner during much of the four-month campaign. Prince Ali of Jordan had four votes, and Jerome Champagne of France got zero.In the first round, Infantino surprising led with 88 votes. Sheikh Salman had 85 votes, Prince Ali 27, and Champagne seven.Infantino, the general secretary of European governing body UEFA, is the second straight FIFA president from the Valais region in the Swiss Alps. Infantino is from Brig and replaces the 79-year-old Blatter, who was born in neighboring Visp.Infantino will be president through May 2019, completing the remainder of Blatter’s term. Blatter was forced out by the pressure of American and Swiss investigations of corruption that hit FIFA two days before the previous election in May.”I congratulate Gianni Infantino sincerely and warmly on his election as the new president,” Blatter said in a statement. “With his experience, expertise, strategic and diplomatic skills he has all the qualities to continue my work and to stabilize FIFA again.”advertisementThere were only four candidates on Friday’s ballot after Tokyo Sexwale withdrew during his campaign speech to voters, and all four went forward to the second round.Not since 1974 has a second-round vote been held in a FIFA presidential election. Then, Joao Havelange of Brazil beat 13-year incumbent Stanley Rous of England 68-52 after an initial 62-56 ballot in Frankfurt, Germany.Infantino exceeded most observers’ expectations after an impressive 15-minute pitch, only 20 minutes before first-round voting began.The Swiss-Italian spoke in several languages without notes and portrayed himself as a leader for the world, not just his own wealthy confederation.”We have to get Europe to do much more,” Infantino said.His campaign promised more of key FIFA gifts to member federations: More guaranteed funding from FIFA’s $5 billion-plus World Cup revenue, more places in an expanded 40-team tournament and more opportunities to stage the World Cup with multi-national regional hosting.Sheikh Salman was expected to lead the first round with backing from Africa and the Asian soccer confederation he has led since 2013.Still, he had been the most criticized and scrutinized candidate throughout the four-month campaign. The issue of Bahrain’s human rights record was often cited by Gulf activists but had not seemed to seriously trouble voters outside Europe.Sheikh Salman has strongly denied claims about his role in the Arab Spring protests of 2011 when he was Bahrain’s soccer federation president.Infantino takes over a wealthy but vulnerable soccer body whose image and confidence has been shattered by escalating scandals.Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term in May but bowed to pressure four days later and announced he would resign. Blatter was subsequently banned for six years for financial mismanagement and was absent Friday after 40 years as a fixture at FIFA meetings.Before electing FIFA’s first new president since 1998, 87 percent of the 207 voting federations passed wide-ranging reforms to protect against corruption and curb the powers of its new president.Those include preventing presidents from serving more than three four-year terms, reducing their powers and guaranteeing more independent oversight for FIFA’s decision-making and spending. The executive committee will be renamed the FIFA Council with more female members while there will be stricter integrity checks will also control top officials.FIFA and its lawyers hope the reform will help show U.S. prosecutors the soccer body is serious about changing its culture, and protect its status as a victim in the American investigation. A total of 41 people and marketing agencies have been indicted or made guilty pleas, and Blatter is a target.Still, the new era FIFA hopes for will not easily escape the fallout from Blatter’s scandal-hit leadership.last_img read more

Three Dead, 22 Hurt at Homecoming

first_imgSTILLWATER, OK— A woman arrested on a DUI charge crashed into a crowd of spectators Saturday during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing three people and injuring nearly two dozen others, police said.Stillwater police Capt. Kyle Gibbs said the woman’s sedan plowed into an unoccupied motorcycle of an officer who was working security at the parade, then into the crowd. The driver of the sedan was taken into custody on a driving under the influence charge, Gibbs said.Gibbs said three people were killed and 22 were injured in the crash Saturday morning, including eight who were airlifted to hospitals with critical injuries.Police said Adacia Chambers, 25, was taken into custody on the DUI charge. Her hometown was not released.“We treat these like we would any homicide investigation,” Gibbs said. “It’ll probably take several days to get additional information as to the cause of the accident”Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis said there had been discussion about canceling the homecoming game Saturday afternoon against Kansas but that it would be played. The victims were expected to be remembered with a moment of silence.Dave Kapple of Houston told the Stillwater News Press that he and his son were about 10 feet away when they saw the vehicle barreling into the crowd.“We heard somebody scream, ‘Look out!.’ (The driver) plowed through a police motorcycle, and then a crowd of people,” Kapple said. “People were flying everywhere.”Konda Walker, from Anchorage, Alaska, was attending the festivities ahead of the homecoming game.“At first we thought it was part of the show,” Walker told the News Press. “People were flying 30 feet into the air like rag dolls.”Phone calls to Oklahoma State officials were not immediately returned.The university posted on Twitter: “Oklahoma State University is saddened by the tragic parade incident earlier this morning. Our thoughts & prayers are with those affected.”It’s not the first tragedy to strike events connected to Oklahoma State spots programs. Ten people, including two OSU men’s basketball players, were killed in a 2001 plane crash while returning from a game in Colorado. And Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna were among four killed in a plane crash in Arkansas in 2011 while on a recruiting trip.“The families, I know, and these victims will never be able to understand this, nor will we,” Hargis said. “But the Cowboy family pulls together, unfortunately we’ve had to do it before and were going to do it again.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympiacos Edges PAOK, 104-99

first_imgTHESSALONIKI – It took an overtime, but Greek basketball power Olympiacos eventually got past a scrappy PAOK team on Nov. 2, winning 104-99.The last-place home team put a big scare in the Reds but fell to 0-4 with the loss. Olympiacos had to stage a furious comeback to tie it in regulation before pulling away in the OT. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Bajrang Punia bags gold in Ali Aliyev wrestling tournament

first_imgWorld No. 1 Bajrang Punia on Thursday bagged his second title in two weeks as he defeated Viktor Rassadin in the finals of men’s 65kg freestyle in the Ali Aliyev wrestling tournament in Kaspiisk, Russia.Bajrang got the better of the local favourite 13-8 in his final bout after being down 0-5 at one stage.The 25-year-old Indian grappler had won a yellow metal last week at the Asian Championships in Xi’an, China.The two wrestled last in 2017 at the Dan Kolov where Punia won and finished as runner-up to Boris Novachkov of Bulgaria.Also Read | Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel RatnaAlso Read | Bajrang Punia sweats hard to reclaim gold at Asian Wrestling C’shiplast_img read more

Your Chance To Meet Kelly Clarkson And Pentatonix

first_imgHere is your chance to bid on a pair of tickets to see Kelly Clarkson and Pentatonix in concert on Thursday, 8/6/2015 at 7:00 PM at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO.Also included is Kelly’s latest CD Invincible. And that’s not all – bring your camera and a pen to get an autograph because this auction includes a personal, up-close meet and greet with Kelly and Pentatonix!Don’t miss this opportunity to do something truly amazing and help out a worthy cause at the same time. 100% of the proceeds benefit Point Hope, a non-profit organization that serves as a voice for forgotten children. Find out about Point Hope here.The auction runs until July 11, and can be accessed here.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Flies To Mali

first_imgRabat – King Mohammed VI left this afternoon Morocco, heading to Bamako for an official visit to Mali, first leg of an African trip that will take the Sovereign to Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea-Conakry and Gabon.The royal delegation includes the Sovereign’s advisors Taib Fassi Fihri and Fouad Ali El Himma, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Habous and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Toufiq, Economy and Finance Minister, Mohamed Boussaid, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Aziz Akhannouch, Equipement, Transport and Logistics Minister, Aziz Rebbah, Industry, Trade, Investment and Numeric Economy Minister, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Health Minister, El Houceine El Ouardi, Energy, Mining, Water and Environment Minister, Abdelkader Amara, Tourism Minister, Lahcen Haddad and Youssef Amrani, chargé de mission at the Royal office.A business and economic executive delegation and other civil and military figures are also part of the Sovereign’s delegation.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Summons Partys Leaders to Discuss Rif Protests Medias

Rabat – King Mohammed VI summoned leaders of Moroccan political parties to the Royal Palace for a special meeting, according to news outlet Alyaoum24.Sources quoted by Moroccan newspaper Alyaoum24 reported that the king summoned the heads of Morocco’s political parties to an impromptu meeting today in Rabat to discuss the now seven-month-old Hirak movement.  Many have called for the King’s intervention to put an end to the ongoing and escalating protests regarding conditions in the Rif region.The information has not been confirmed by official sources, and Morocco World News could not independently verify the veracity of these reports. On Wednesday, the coalition government broke its silence and issued a communiqué, acknowledging the demonstrators’ rights to protest regarding “legitimate” social demands.“The majority parties of the government have again emphasized the right of protests to express legitimate social demands in accordance with legal procedures,” said the coalition following a meeting with the Head of Government, Saad Eddine Othmani, and Minister of State in charge of Human Rights, Mustapha Ramid.Just a few days ago, the mother of leading activist Nasser Zafzafi implored King Mohammed VI to release her son, arrested by police on May 29. “We’re simple people, we have nothing, we own nothing, and our children are unemployed. We just want the King to serve us justice.”The seven months of protests came following the death in October of Mouhcine Fikri, a fishmonger who was fatally crushed in a garbage truck trash compactor while attempting to retrieve merchandise confiscated and thrown away by authorities.The coalition government has been criticized for its insufficient response to the tensions in Al Hoceima. After having been accused of receiving foreign backing and “drifting towards separatism,” outraged protesters staged a large-scale march denying the charges and reiterating their demands for social and economic development.Last week, a high ministerial delegation led by Minister of Interior, Abdelouafi Laftit, traveled to Al Hoceima to “speed up development programs.”However, tensions have grown over the past few days following the police’s pursuit and arrest of Nasser Zafzafi.Zafzafi was taken into custody on Monday after interrupting a Friday sermon that he viewed as denouncing the “Harak” movement. He was subsequently transferred to Casablanca for investigation, and has since been charged with “obstructing the right of worship” and “undermining state security.”Zafzafi, along with 30 other protesters arrested for alleged violence against security forces in Al Hoceima, are reportedly expected to appear in court on Monday at Casablanca’s Criminal Chamber of the Court of Appeal.Edited by Elisabeth Myers read more

Feasibility study on IndoLanka flyover bridge

He was speaking after laying foundation stones of the National Highway projects in Madurai and at Suchindram in Kanyakumari district today. The Indian Union government is planning to conduct a feasibility study for the Rs 23,000 crore road connectivity project between India and Sri Lanka, which the centre is proposing, the Indian Business Standard reported.Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari today said that the Government is considering to establish road connectivity between India and Sri Lanka. The Government is planning a big flyover connecting Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka. Gadkari said he had already held discussions with the Chairman of Asian Development Bank in this regard and the Bank is ready to finance it. The Minister said this project is a part of Prime Minister NarendraModi’s vision of provisioning of road connectivity to neighbouring countries. The Minister laid foundation stones for ten road development projects for Tamil Nadu worth Rs 3,000 crore. read more

Jed Bernstein resigns as president of Lincoln Center

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Jed Bernstein has quit as president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts after a little more than two years.Lincoln Center officials said in a statement Thursday that Bernstein wants to return to producing.Bernstein began his post in January 2014, taking over for Reynold Levy who had served since 2002. Bernstein had helped produce the Tony Award-winning revival of “Hair” and “Equus” with Daniel Radcliffe. He led the trade group Broadway League from 1995-06.Until a replacement is hired, Lincoln Center board of directors chair Katherine Farley will oversee a transition team of senior management led by chief operating officer Liza Parker.Among the organizations on the campus at Lincoln Center are the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center Theater and Juilliard School. Jed Bernstein resigns as president of Lincoln Center by The Associated Press Posted Apr 14, 2016 4:24 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

QuickList Canadian unemployment rates by province for month of April

QuickList: Canadian unemployment rates by province for month of April by The Canadian Press Posted May 6, 2016 6:42 am MDT Last Updated May 6, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Canada’s national unemployment rate was 7.1 per cent in April. Here’s what happened provincially (previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 12.5 per cent (13.1)— Prince Edward Island 11.5 (11.0)— Nova Scotia 8.3 (9.1)— New Brunswick 9.6 (10.2)— Quebec 7.5 (7.5)— Ontario 7.0 (6.8)— Manitoba 6.1 (6.0)— Saskatchewan 6.3 (6.2)— Alberta 7.2 (7.1)— British Columbia 5.8 (6.5) read more

Defects to turnkey homes will be fully rectified soon CHPA

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAli questions Govt’s $100M projection to fix Turn-key homesApril 23, 2016In “Internet”Construction of model houses for housing expo underwayMarch 8, 2017In “Local News”CH&PA Board sole-sourced contractor, inflated original estimate by 124%June 17, 2016In “Local News” Recipients of the government’s turnkey houses will soon get access to their homes as the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) is currently wrapping up remedial works on defective houses.A project of the previous administration, the turn key project came under scrutiny after defects were detected in the structures of many of the completed building, constructed at Perseverance, East Bank Demerara, even before the beneficiaries moved into their homes.Some of the turnkey houses at the Perseverance housing scheme, East Bank DemeraraMillions of dollars were spent by the CH&PA to correct the defects such as splitting concrete walls, shifting roofs and leaky toilets and septic tanks.Project Manager, Kennard Dazzell told the media today, that this effort which started in September 2016, will be 100 per cent completed by the end of the week. Dazzell explained that correction works had “a bit of delay over some administrative issues, but that is done, so this programme will be fully completed before the end of the week.”The previous government had constructed approximately 200 turnkey homes at Perseverance site. As a consequence of the defects, despite allocating more than 100 per cent of these homes to beneficiaries, less than 50 per cent are occupied. All 200 of buildings would have seen some amount of corrective work being administered on them.Dazzell explained that as the CH&PA has been correcting the defects, occupancy has been steadily increasing. “The level of occupancy has been rising, every day we have two, three persons moving in,” he said. With the 100 completion of all the works, Dazzell said that the CH&PA expects that, “we would definitely see the whole area populated with all persons (home owners) coming back on board.”In 2011, the previous administration commenced the construction of the turn-key houses in several housing schemes, namely Providence, Eccles, Mon Repos, Good Hope, Zeelugt and Leonora. The programme had also catered for 1000 of these homes, costing $4.9M each, (the house costing $4.4M and the land costing $500,000) at Perseverance. read more

VIDEO Artist Thorir Hergeirsson – Fight For New Gold

The Norwegian handball federation has released a new video as a call for all fans from the country to support the Women’s National Team at the upcoming World Championship in Serbia. Nicely composed with current players opening retrospectives of old successes and in the end the Artist Thorir Hergeirsson – who is expected to lead the team to the Gold Medal. According to many pundits and bookies, Norway is the favorite No.1 for the Gold Medal.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSjsr57PL9M[/youtube] norge handboldNorway handballThorir Hergeirssonworld championship ← Previous Story Danish social media questions the refereeing at HC Zomimak-Aarhus match Next Story → The Faker’s Guide to the World Women’s Handball Championship 2013 read more

St Euphemia College receives safety boost

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram 32 schools around Australia, including St Euphemia College, have been awarded with large grants to ensure their security infrastructure is up to scratch. St Euphemia received a check for $323,000 to put towards installing cameras, intercom systems and fencing. Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, Jason Clare, spoke at St Euphemia College, and could see the money was going to a good cause. “Parents have the right to expect their children will be safe at school,” Mr Clare said. “The upgrades will give peace of mind to students and teachers as they get on with their day-to-day learning.” The school will use the money to install CCTV, fencing, and intercom and access control. The schools chosen are some of the country’s most in need and will provide welcome peace of mind to parents and students. The Secure Schools Grant program introduced by the Gillard Government is designed to help to meet the security needs of these government and non-government schools. $15 million has been added to the $20 million already given in 2007 to ensure the program is extended for another three years. That brings the total number of schools benefiting up to 69. $5 million will be given to pre-schools while the further $10 million is secured for schools.last_img read more

Battle of Crete commemorated in NSW

first_imgThe Martin Place Cenotaph on Saturday 16 April played host to a thousand members of the Greek and broader community who came to pay their respects and to remember one of the legendary campaigns in modern history, 75 years ago.What made this day special was the coming together of representatives from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Canada and Greece to remember the heroes of a joint Greece – Allied defence of Crete. The Commonwealth Government have identified the Battle of Crete as one of significance during the Centenary of ANZAC commemoration events.The day commenced with six ‘Evzones’ – soldiers of the Greek Presidential Guard, the highest level of military guard in Greece – marching through Sydney to join the ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Crete. This was the first ever appearance of the guards in Australia, adding a sense of aura to the occasion. The guards visited Sydney as guests of the Hellenic Club Sydney, who had to secure special permission from the Greek Prime Minister. The guards marched with a Sydney police escort, stopping traffic as they marched from the Grace Hotel (York Street) to Martin Place, where the official memorial service was held. The Evzones also appeared in Martin Place on the 20th, 21st and 22nd for a changing of the guard ceremony in front of the Sydney Cenotaph. This was also a historic moment for Greek – Australian relations.Graham Athaunaseris, Chairman of the Cultural Committee of the Hellenic Club Sydney told Neos Kosmos, “The Battle of Crete was one of the key conflicts of the Second World War.” His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley, Governor of New South Wales attended this ceremony, placing the first wreath. There were approximately 100 wreath layers consisting of official representatives of the NSW and Australian Parliaments, Consulates General , Australian military officers and Anzac families and schools. Surviving Anzacs of the Anzac Centenary that served in Greece and Crete were also present. Underlining the sense of this historic occasion, Lieutenant General Konstantinos Gkatzogiannis, Chief of Staff of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff, addressed the gathered public on behalf of a grateful Greek nation.Secretary for the Joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Battle of Crete & The Greek Campaign, Nick Andriotakis told Neos Kosmos: “1686 Anzacs were killed defending Democracy Freedom and Greece. Over half of them were never recovered or their names identified. They lie in the sacred soil of which holds all the defenders of Greece from Leonidas to the Anzacs and beyond.”Most Australians that fell during battle in Crete are buried in the British and Commonwealth War Cemetery at Suda Bay, on the northern coast of Crete. The memorial that stands in honour of the Australians is called Stavromeni. The Cemetery has received visits from thousands of Australians over the years and it is one battle that is commemorated in Crete, and by the Australian, New Zealand and British Embassies every year.The sombre and special occasion came to a fitting conclusion with the playing of the Australian and Greek National anthems by the assembled military band.This commemoration is just one of the many planned events to remember the Battle of Crete. A further 12 events have been arranged including the annual Battle of Crete Ball, Ramsgate RSL sub-Branch Annual Anzac Dinner which commemorates the Battles of Greece and Crete at Ramsgate RSL which was held on 22 April and the Exhibition, “Anzacs in Greece THEN and NOW.” The exhibition will continue until 30 September at the National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour. Lieutenant General Konstantinos Gkatzogiannis giving a speechChanging the course of history The Battle of Crete and the battle for Greece which began with Mussolini’s defeat by Greek forces in late 1940 arguably changed the course of the war, and confounded Allied war strategists who had all but given up on Greece. Indeed, the actions of the Greeks led Winston Churchill to declare to the UK Parliament: “Greeks do not fight like heroes, heroes fight like Greeks”, in reference to the fact that Hellenic forces held out the Italians and Germans over the colder months of 1940-1941. Whilst most of continental Europe was occupied by the Nazi vermon, the Greek forces fought bravely despite being outnumbered and fighting with weapons from a bygone era. Hitler had to delay his Russian offensive to deal with the Greeks, and in the process gave precious time to Stalin to twist the fortunes of war to his advantage by preparing for battle during the following year’s brutal winter months. By May 1941, mainland Greece was overrun by the Germans, and they needed only two weeks to secure their stranglehold over Crete. The invasion, which was launched on May 20, however was no cakewalk; for the German casualties were far greater than the Allies. Incoming airborne paratroopers were gunned down by waiting Allies and the brave local population. The first day’s battle was intense and German casualties high. Hitler became reluctant to use paratroopers to invade enemy territories thereafter. Had the Allied Commander, General Freyburg of New Zealand, launched a counter attack on day 2 of the battle, the Germans (according to historian Antony Beevor) would have been defeated. History tells us that poor leadership ensured that this did not happen and Crete would ultimately be lost, but not without the heroics of Allied troops and the local population. Australian forcesThe Aussies were represented by the Australian 19th Brigade Group and the Artillery Battery unit. Almost 40 per cent of Australian troops that fought across Greece during 1940-1941 were either killed or taken prisoner. Prime Minister Robert Menzies had said that the fight in Greece and Crete “was a great risk in a good cause.”Throughout the Battle and the subsequent resistance, Cretans were ferocious in the defence of their island displaying a sense of patriotism that has always been the hallmark of Crete throughout their history.ANZAC troops earned undying praise for their tenacity and courage When the Royal Navy pulled out as many of the Allies from Crete as they could on May 30 and 31, hundreds of Australians were left behind, and in true ANZAC spirit, took it upon themselves to form part of the resistance. The Cretans, at risk of certain death from the Germans, would shelter and protect Australians fighting in the resistance. The bonds that were forged would never be broken.My Kombaro knows this to be only too true. His next door neighbour in Sydney as a kid was an Australian veteran of the battle. He, like many others, was stranded in Crete after the evacuation and was kept safe by the Cretans, who also ensured his safe passage off the island. George recanted to me the story of when his father first met this grateful World War Two veteran: “Upon hearing of our Cretan roots, he told him: ‘I owe my life to the people of Crete. If there is anything I can do for you, do not hesitate to ask’.”It should be noted that over 25,000 people across Greece would go on to be executed by the Nazis for helping or sheltering Allies during the German occupation.At one stage, during the Cretan occupation there were approximately 75,000 Nazis on the island. It is truly a testament to the inhabitants of Crete and the ANZACs who continued the fight against such overwhelming odds.The 75th anniversary, just like every anniversary moving forward, will never forget the heroism of the people who fought to protect Crete, Greece and liberty.“Anzacs in Greece THEN and NOW” exhibition on now at the National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street Darling Harbour, Sydney For more information head to www.anzacsofgreece.org*Billy Cotsis is a frequent visitor to Crete and a Sydney based writer Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

UAEs first Hindu temple will be open to all religions All you

first_imgUAE’s Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and Indian Prime Minister Narendra ModiTwitterThe United Arab Emirates will receive its first Hindu temple after the foundation stone for the Hindu holy place was laid in Abu Mureikha, on the outskirts of the Middle Eastern city on the UAE – Abu Dhabi highway.”Just as it’s important to have your parents present, it will be invaluable to get the blessings of our gods and deities when you get married. We will have the opportunity to do this in the country we consider home. For us having the temple here is like marrying of the two cultures because our ceremonies can take place here,” Sonali Patel, a resident of Dubai was quoted as saying by The National.A devotee joins in a ‘mahapuja’ or prayer service along with Hindu priests @BAPS and thousands of others at the ‘shilanyas’ or foundation stone laying ceremony for the UAE’s first traditional Hindu temple on Saturday @TheNationalUAE pic.twitter.com/uQp8WQ8qR4— Ramola Talwar Badam (@ramolatalwar) April 20, 2019The stone laying ceremony or the ‘Shilanyas Vidhi’ took place on April 20, Saturday, on the land where the temple will be built on. This land was gifted to the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. He is also Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.’Shilanyas Vidhi’ will be conducted by Mahant Swami Maharaj, the leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha will oversee the construction of the temple.It will a four-hour ceremony. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Tolerance are some of the members of the UAE royal family who will be in attendance. Along with them, many worshippers also will be present for the function.The Swami Maharaj and his entourage flew into UAE from India on Thursday. They were received by the Sheikh Nahyan. The pink sandstones which will make the temple structure will be flown into the kingdom from Rajasthan. According to a report by The National, over 2000 craftsmen in India will be employed to design the structure and ship to the UAE. The report also claims that the concerned authorities will make sure that the material chosen will be able to handle the Middle Eastern summer since the mercury will rise to almost 50 degrees Celsius.Marketed as a centre for all faiths, anyone can visit the temple which will be ready by 2020. “The significance is tremendous as it will provide a community home to Hindus and Non-Hindus alike,” Swami Brahmavihari was quoted as saying in the report.The temple can also serve as a tourist hotspot and have multiple features such as an exhibition, prayer rooms, learning areas, play areas for children, a restaurant which will serve vegetarian food as well as a gift shop.last_img read more

No Break for URI The Surgical Strike actress Kirti Kulhari

first_imgKirti KulhariPR HandoutActress Kirti Kulhari, who was last seen in two extremely appreciated Projects URI: The Surgical Strike and Amazon’s Four More Shorts Please, is shooting back to back for her upcoming projects.”After wrapping the promotions of URI and Four More Shots Please, Kirti immediately got into promotions of her first ever short film Maya, for which she received Best Actor (Female) Award in the short film category of Filmfare awards. Soon after that, she rushed to Rajasthan and completed the shoot for Netflix’ series Bard of the Blood. She also shot her next untitled film where she plays a musician in Rajasthan, and is currently shooting for another series in Mumbai. Kirti will start shooting for her next project, and promote Mission Mangal in July which is slated to release on August 15, 2019. It is definitely a busy year for Kirti,” a source said.Kirti is happy that this year has been a busy one for her. “2019 started on a very good note with URI: The Surgical Strike and I have been shooting and promoting different projects since then. An actor’s happiness is definitely on the sets and so is mine. I am extremely happy that 2019 has treated me so well, I look forward to a busy year and can’t wait for audiences reactions for all my upcoming projects,” Kirti said.last_img read more