Rajasthan Home Minister promises action in Alwar case

first_imgUnder pressure to act in the case of lynching of a man for transporting cows in Alwar district, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria on Sunday said anyone found breaking the law will be punished. He reiterated that the State government would take action against “both the sides”.Speaking on the sidelines of the 11th Standing Committee Meeting of the Inter-State Council in New Delhi, Mr. Kataria said though deceased Pehlu Khan, a resident of Nuh in Haryana, did not have valid papers to transport the cattle out of Rajasthan, the people who allegedly thrashed him and his companions had taken the matter in their own hands.Mr. Kataria pointed out that only the Sub-Divisional Officer had the power to issue permit for carrying bovine animals out of the State. FIR registered“In this case, Pehlu Khan did not have valid documents,” he said. An FIR was registered against him for illegally transporting cows, the Minister addedHowever, it was the police who admitted him and others to the hospital in Behror and registered a case under Section 308 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code after the April 1 incident, he said. “When he died, the case was converted to Section 302 (murder) and several persons have since been arrested.”Law and order situationThe Minister denied that the law and order situation in the State had deteriorated after the incident.Pehlu Khan’s family members have stated that he had purchased the cows with proper receipts at a cattle fair organised by the Jaipur Municipal Corporation and was falsely accused of smuggling the bovine animals.Two more heldThe police have arrested two more persons – Dayanand, 40, and Neeraj, 19 – in connection with Pehlu Khan’s murder, on the basis of video footage of the April 1 incident. With the latest arrests, a total of five persons have been apprehended in the case.last_img read more

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3 murders that rocked M.P. solved, say police

first_imgThe Madhya Pradesh police have solved all the three recent murders in the State in which the opposition BJP workers have some connection. These murders took place between January 17 and 23 in the Malwa region.In a major breakthrough in the murder of BJP Balwadi block president Manoj Thakre on January 20, the police have arrested seven persons. “Seven persons have been arrested in connection with the murder of Manoj Thakre. They include BJP State executive member Tarachand Rathor and his son,” Superintendent of Police Yangchen Dolkar Bhutia told reporters in Barwani district on Thursday. RSS worker heldIn another development, the Ratlam police on Thursday arrested a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh worker, Himmat Patidar, from Pratapgarh district in Rajasthan. He had faked his own murder on January 23 to claim insurance money totalling ₹20 lakh in order to repay debts.SP, Ratlam, Gaurav Tiwari said Patidar killed his farm labourer, Madan Malviya (32), to pass it off as his own murder. He later burnt the victim’s face to conceal his identity.In the case pertaining to the gunning down of Prahlad Bandhwar, senior BJP leader and chairman of Mandsaur municipality, on January 17, a BJP worker, Manish Bairagi, has been arrested.last_img read more

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Taxi Driver Deported from Australia After Serving Jail Sentence for Sexual Assault

first_imgAn Indian taxi driver, who was jailed for sexual assault of two female passengers in Perth, has been deported from Australia.Both the incidents happened on Jan. 8, 2011. Simardeep Singh sexually assaulted a 20-year-old woman passenger after telling her that “they could come to an arrangement” over the cab fare. He later raped an 18-year-old female passenger on a park bench in Daniella after he told her that he had to stop the car to check it, the West Australian newspaper reported.Singh fled to India after he was questioned over the sexual assault charges, where he was arrested in 2015. When he was presented in front of the West Australian District Court in 2016, Singh’s lawyer told the court that he experienced a cultural difference when he moved to Australia as in his community women dress more conservatively. The court also heard that Singh was exposed to drunk women and prostitutes and acted out of “misconception.”The court said that cultural difference cannot justify his violent behavior toward women.Singh, now 33, was sent to prison in 2016 and released earlier this month.He moved to Australia in 2008 with a work permit as a Swan Taxi driver while still completing his master’s in computer science.The news of his deportation was confirmed by an official from the Australian Border Force. “The Australian government takes its responsibility seriously to protect the community from the risk of harm arising from foreign nationals who choose to engage in criminal activity or other serious conduct of concern,” the publication quoted an official as saying.“Foreign nationals who do not hold a valid visa will be liable for removal from Australia, following the completion of any custodial sentence,” the official added.According to Migration Law 1958 under section 501, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has the power to refuse a person’s application for a visa, or cancel a person’s visa, if that person fails to satisfy the Minister that he or she passes the ‘character test’. Visa refusal or cancellation can have serious consequences for a person, including placement in immigration detention for lengthy periods of time, separation from family and friends, removal and effective exclusion from Australia. Related ItemsAustralialast_img read more

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Graduating Alejandro laments not playing more years under NU coach Jarin

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Alejandro’s affection for Jarin, though, doesn’t go unnoticed as Jarin plans to make their final games of the season special for his outgoing player.NU is currently in sixth place with a 4-8 record and is in danger of falling off the race to the semifinals.“We will dedicate these games to our senior captains J-Jay and Matt Salem,” said Jarin. “Of course, we are still going for the win but I’m disappointed with what is happening. We’re still positive that we can still pull out these last two games.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJ-Jay Alejandro has undoubtedly become National University’s heart and soul, and with his final season nearing its potential end, the senior regrets that he only played for one year under head coach Jamike Jarin.“When coach Jamike arrived at NU, it sunk in that I knew that this will be my last year,” said Alejandro in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “It’s just unfortunate that we were only together for one year.”ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA And Alejandro’s time under Jarin could last for just two more games after NU lost its eighth game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament following a 101-76 defeat to defending champion De La Salle.READ: Green Archers lock up top two, blow out BulldogsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlejandro finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in a losing effort.“With coach Jamike it’s like a love-hate relationship, because even though he’s furious at you, you know that he loves you,” said Alejandro. “Even though he’s shouting at us, that’s just coach Jamike.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Sablan downplays UST’s potential 0-14 campaign, says others had winless seasons before Read Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Chennaiyin FC Lacked Ruthlesness in ISL 2018-19 Season: Head Coach John Gregory

first_imgChennai: Chennaiyin FC head coach John Gregory on Thursday bemoaned the lack of ruthlessness in last season’s ISL, which saw the team finish last among the 10 teams.He also said it had been decided to ‘freshen’ things up for the 2019-20 edition. “After the poor performance in season-5, we decided to make a fresh approach. Maybe we didn’t work as hard as we had done in season-4. We just freshened up everything,” he told reporters here.He emphasised the importance of being ruthless and said the lack of ruthlessness was reflected in last season’s performance.”It is important to be ruthless. Maybe we were not ruthless in the season-5, which hurt our performances,” Gregory said.”We’ve made necessary changes to our squad for the coming season, and there’s a lot of positivity in the camp. We’ve had a great pre-season in Ahmedabad and Jamshedpur, and the boys have come together really well, a proper unit.”Now it is important for us to carry this preparation and momentum into the new ISL season,” Gregory said.Team for 2019/20 @IndSuperLeague season at their first press conference today. It’s always fun, interacting with the media 📹#ChennaiyinFC #PoduMachiGoalu pic.twitter.com/oktKjV1hdd— Chennaiyin FC 🏆🏆 (@ChennaiyinFC) October 3, 2019 Speaking after the unveiling of the squad for 2019-20 season, Gregory said he had met CFC co-owner Vita Dani after the last-place finish in the fifth edition with his contract up for renewal and added she wanted him to stay on and offered a new deal.Admitting that the team had made a lot of mistakes on and off the field in the previous season, the CFC coach said for the players it was a learning.”We made a lot of mistakes on and off the field. Maybe we didn’t work as hard as we did during our winning run in season-4. I don’t see it (last season’s performance) as a failure, I look at it as a lesson. Now, generally there is a much better feeling around the camp,” he added.He also said that the role of the foreign players in a team’s performance was important and the (foreigners) in CFC could not replicate what they did in the season-4.India international Anirudh Thapa said the team was looking forward to the new season and a fresh start.”A new season with new faces and a fresh start. All we’re focusing on is to gel well together and make a good start. That’s all that matters right now,” said Thapa.Thapa will be away with the national team along with new signing Lallianzuala Chhangte ahead of their FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh on October 15 at Kolkata.Gregory was happy about roping in Chhangte, who he said could add a lot of value to the team.New signing Lucian Goian also reflected on his move to Chennaiyin FC, saying, “From my very first contact with the club and the coach here, I have always trusted in the vision to win the ISL championship. It’s a club that knows how to win, and I trust the project and the coach (John Gregory) to guide us in achieving success.The two-time ISL champions have retained 12 players from the start of the previous campaign and the club’s 25-man squad for the upcoming season comprises many youngsters like Rahim Ali (19), Hendry Antonay (19), Reamsochung Aimol (19) and Deepak Tangri (20).Local midfielder Dhanpal Ganesh is back to fitness after missing majority of the last campaign with a knee injury. Ganesh is joined by another top Tamil Nadu talent in right-back Edwin Vanspaul, who joined the club in the summer.CFC begin the ISL-6 campaign with a trip to FC Goa on October 23. Anirudh Thapachennaiyin fcfootballindian football First Published: October 3, 2019, 9:56 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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John Paul II had intense relationship with married woman: BBC

first_imgFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, Feb 15 (PTI) Pope John Paul II had an intense relationship with a married Polish-born American philosopher for more than 30 years, according to previously unseen letters featuring in a BBC documentary that revealed a rarely seen side of the late pontiff.The former Vatican chiefs letters to writer Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, which feature in the documentary being shown by the BBC today, had been kept away from public view in the National Library of Poland for years.The letters do not indicate that the Pope, who died in 2005 at the age of 84 , broke his vow of celibacy, but the tone of some of his letters to her points to intense feelings between them, the broadcaster said.The letters show that the friendship began in 1973 when Tymieniecka contacted the future Pope, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, then Archbishop of Krakow, about a book on philosophy that he had written.The then 50-year-old travelled from the US to Poland to discuss the work.Shortly afterwards, the pair began to correspond. At first the cardinals letters were formal, but as their friendship grew, they become more intimate.The two spent camping and skiing holidays together and went on country walks.”Here is one of the handful of transcendentally great figures in public life in the 20th Century, the head of the Catholic Church, in an intense relationship with an attractive woman,” Eamon Duffy, Professor of the History of Christianity at Cambridge University, told the BBC.In 1976, Cardinal Wojtyla attended a Catholic conference in the US. Tymieniecka invited him to stay with her family at their country home in New England.advertisementShe appeared to have revealed intense feelings for him because his letters immediately afterwards suggest a man struggling to make sense of their friendship in Christian terms.In a letter dated September 1976, the pontiff writes: “My dear Teresa, I have received all three letters. You write about being torn apart, but I could find no answer to these words.”He goes on to describe her as a “gift from God”.The BBC has only seen John Paul IIs letters, not Tymienieckas side of the correspondence. She died in 2014.It is believed that copies of them were included in the archive that was sold to the Polish National Library by Tymieniecka in 2008, six years before she died.But they were not with the Popes letters when the BBC was shown them.The National Library of Poland has not confirmed that they have Tymienieckas letters.The letters revealed that Cardinal Wojtyla gave Tymieniecka one of his most treasured possessions, an item known as a scapular – a small devotional necklace worn around the shoulders.John Paul II was pope from 1978 to 2005 and was made a saint by the Catholic Church after his death. PTI AK PMS AKJ PMSlast_img read more

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Olympiakos, Panathinaikos Romp

first_imgGreece’s top basketball teams, Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, kept their string of strong performances in European play alive with impressive wins.Olympiakos went to 4-0 in its group by beating Red Star Belgrade, 62-57 while Panathinaikos went to 3-1 with a 90-63 thrashing of the Italian team Armani Milano.Olympiakos gave away a big early lead but turned it on toward the end to pull away from its Serbian rivals. The Reds led 37-26 at the half behind sharpshooting captain Vassilis Spanoulis, and the backing of 22,000 fans.Panathinaikos, coming off giving Turkey’s Fenerbahce a beating, jumped to a 44-30 lead at home against Milano and just kept pulling away in the second half, at one point leading by 71-43 as the visitors threw in the towel.Esteban Batista led the scoring for Panathinaikos with 15 points, while captain Dimitris Diamantidis scored six points and added seven rebounds and eight assists.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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World Cup: Sweden star lashes out at racists for calling him a terrorist

first_imgSweden star player Jimmy Durmaz was subjected to racism after his tackle led to his team’s thrilling 2-1 defeat against defending champions Germany in a FIFA World Cup 2018 match on Saturday.Durmaz and his fellow Sweden players have taken a strong stand against racism after the Swedish FA complained to police about a storm of racial hatred and threats aimed at the winger following his late mistake in the match.Substitute Durmaz gave away the stoppage-time free kick that led to Toni Kroos’ stunning late winner in the Group F clash, and the stream of invective on the 29-year-old’s Instagram account began almost as soon as the goal was scored.The Swedes began Sunday’s training session in Gelendzhik by uniting behind Durmaz as he read a statement from his cellphone.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE”I am a footballer at the highest level, being criticised is something we live with, but being called ‘f****** immigrant’ and ‘suicide bomber’, and having death threats made against me and my children is completely unacceptable,” Durmaz said.”I am Swedish, and with pride I wear our shirt and our flag. I want to thank the fine, wonderful people who spread joy. It warms us all. We stand united, we are Sweden.”FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe statement concluded with the entire squad shouting “F*** racism!” before applauding and jogging out to begin their workout.Swedish player Jimmy Durmaz was subjected to racist abuse on social media last night after his foul led to Toni Kroos’ winning free-kick goal over Sweden. Today, he responded, backed by the whole squad: “F*** racism. (via @sportbladet) #SWE #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/haWOMwSUGradvertisementPhotos of Football (@photosofootball) June 24, 2018Earlier in the day, general secretary Hakan Sjostrand said that the Swedish FA had reported the abuse to police on behalf of the player.”A number of complaints have been made with the Swedish FA as the plaintiff so that Jimmy can concentrate on what he is here to do — play football. But Durmaz is fully behind the complaints,” Sjostrand said in a statement.”We do not tolerate a player being subjected to threats or abuse. It’s uncomfortable and very upsetting to see the treatment that Jimmy Durmaz has had to put up with. Completely unacceptable,” he added.The Swedes looked like securing a draw until Kroos struck deep into stoppage time to secure a 2-1 win and emotions boiled over after the final whistle as an angry Sweden coach Janne Andersson accused German officials of taunting his side.Sweden substitute Pontus Jansson said he had lost his temper with the Germans but accepted they had ultimately regretted their actions.”Some of them celebrated in a disrespectful way in my opinion. There was a lot of feelings, we had just let in a goal and lost the game, so it was pretty sour,” Jansson said.”Maybe there was unnecessary anger (from me), but they apologised afterwards so it’s just a case of accepting it. There were a lot of feelings in the heat of the moment.”The Swedish tactic of closing down the centre of defence and allowing the Germans space on the wings looked like paying off until Kroos’s late goal and they now need to recover and beat Mexico to be sure of advancing to the second round.”In the dressing room we said we have everything in our own hands,” Jansson said. “Obviously we’re angry and sad but we need to reload and do it in the next game.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Syria reach World Cup play-off

first_imgWC Qualification Asia Dramatic equaliser keeps Syria’s World Cup dream alive Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 02:06 9/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) OmarAlSoma - cropped Getty Images WC Qualification Asia Syria Iran v Syria Iran Omar Al Soma was the hero as his equaliser deep into stoppage time against Iran sealed a World Cup qualification play-off place Syria continued their improbable dream of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup with a last-gasp 2-2 draw in Iran to seal a play-off spot in the Asian Football Confederation section.Ayman Hakeem’s side performed incredibly against the backdrop of the six-year long civil war in their homeland to remain in the reckoning on the final matchday in round three of AFC qualifying, although they looked to have fallen short until Omar Al Soma pounced in the 93rd minute in Tehran.The result means Syria finish third in Group A, behind group winners Iran and South Korea, who have qualified automatically for the finals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina International Football Odds HereUzbekistan found themselves on the wrong side of the fairytale, with Al Soma’s strike eliminating them on goal difference.Syria — who have played their “home” qualifiers during the campaign in Malaysia — must now wait to see whether they will face Australia or Saudi Arabia in next month’s play-off, with Group B winners Japan travelling to face the latter nation later on Tuesday.The winner of that two-legged encounter will then face the fourth-placed side from the CONCACAF section in November’s intercontinental play-off for a place in Russia.After their late, late goal in Tehran, Syria’s #WorldCup dream is still aliveThey head into #WCQ play-off versus either AUS / KSA pic.twitter.com/RuNMuTo7Qj— #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) September 5, 2017Tamer Mohamad gave Syria a 13th-minute lead, becoming the first player to score against Iran in a World Cup qualifier for 1,121 minutes.Sardar Azmoun levelled for Iran on the stroke of half-time after Ibrahim Alma tipped Mehdi Taremi’s header on to the bar, and the Rubin Kazan forward doubled his tally in the 64th minute when Taremi flicked on Ehsan Haji Safi’s long throw.But Al Soma held his nerve to slide a finish underneath Alireza Salimi deep into stoppage time and prompt wild celebrations on the touchline.last_img read more

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Klopp: Palace win a massive relief

first_imgJurgen Klopp accepted it was a “massive relief” to see leaders Liverpool edge a thrilling Premier League clash with Crystal Palace 4-3 at Anfield.Liverpool were 1-0 down at half-time to Andros Townsend’s goal as Roy Hodgson’s Palace threatened to have another major impact on the title race following the Eagles’ win at Manchester City last month.A breathless start to the second half saw Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino capitalise on deflections before a James Tomkins header levelled the scores again. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Salah’s 50th Premier League goal then came thanks to a woeful piece of goalkeeping by Julian Speroni and, after James Milner’s red card, Sadio Mane gave the Reds breathing space before Max Meyer’s injury-time consolation.It all added up to Liverpool moving seven points clear of champions City, who play at managerless Huddersfield Town on Sunday, with Klopp celebrating wildly at the full-time whistle.”It’s a massive relief,” the Liverpool manager said to BBC Sport. “We knew for different reasons the game would be difficult. Crystal Palace traditionally do well against Liverpool and with the physicality it was clear it would be like the first half was.”They are really good at counter-attacks and set-pieces, Wilfried Zaha is a world-class player and he gets into a one-on-one situation and we’re one down. We had to stay positive, being one down is not a massive blow, we just needed to win the second half and did what we had to do.”The result is massive, we have 60 points now it’s crazy, it’s an important number. I’m really proud, a few things happened that we don’t really need, we’re a bit short now on players but we have a few days and need to use the time now for recovery.”50 – Mo Salah has scored his 50th Premier League goal in his 72nd appearance in the competition – only Andy Cole (65), Alan Shearer (66) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (68) have reached the milestone in fewer appearances. Landmark. #LIVCRY pic.twitter.com/sEeA42GCjg— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 19, 2019Salah’s brace means he reached 50 Premier League goals in his 72nd appearance, with only three players in the competition’s history having been faster to the milestone.”He’s world class,” Klopp said of the Egypt superstar. “Simply world class.”Salah himself insisted Liverpool deserved to take all three points, although he conceded allowing Palace to score three goals was far from ideal.”Honestly we expected a difficult game but they played well and they were compact in front of the box,” Salah said to Sky Sports. “In the end the most important thing is the result, conceding three goals is hard but we need to accept that and live with it.”We have to be strong mentally. This is a tough time for us and we have to talk and be strong. We played well today and deserved the game.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Maxi Gomez makes Valencia switch

first_imgValencia have announced the signing of Maxi Gomez from fellow La Liga club Celta Vigo. The striker has signed a five-year deal at Mestalla, with a release clause set at €140 million (£125m/$158m).The deal, which is worth an initial €14m (£12.5m/$15.8m) deal sees Spanish forward Santi Mina move in the other direction, returning to his former club after four seasons away.Their agreement also includes the two-year loan of new Valencia signing Jorge Saenz, who recently arrived from Tenerife. Maxi’s move brings to a close a summer of speculation for the Uruguayan, who was heavily linked with a switch to the Premier League with West Ham following the recent departure of Marko Arnautovic. However, Sunday’s news will see the 22-year-old remain in Spain’s top flight for the foreseeable future after two successful seasons with Celta, where he helped himself to 30 goals in 73 games across all competitions. The Uruguay international originally arrived in Europe in 2017 having started his professional career with Montevideo-based Defensor Sporting in his home country.A proposed move to West Ham reportedly collapsed earlier this month due to the €50m release clause in Maxi’s Celta Vigo contract. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? La Liga rules meant that the sum had to be paid in full in order to take the forward to London – a condition that the Hammers were reluctant to agree to, with instalments their preferred method of payment.And as the player himself explained to the club’s official website, the prospect of Champions League football with Valencia also swayed his decision after their fourth-place league finish last season.“I’m very happy to be joining Valencia,” said Maxi. “They’re a very big club and I’m happy to be here.“It’s really nice to be able to play in the Champions League. I’ve never done that before, and from a young age I’ve always dreamt of playing in the Champions League and La Liga.“I’m very grateful to Valencia and very happy. I came here with Celta and when we arrived at the stadium there were all the fans waiting for the Valencia players. It was a really beautiful thing.“I want to help the team and score many goals. I hope that good things are on the way. I’m going to give my all, as I have done for every club for which I’ve played.“I was able to meet some of my teammates the other day, although a lot of them were missing still.“I’m very eager to stat training and give everything for Valencia.”last_img read more

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Monsoon hits Kerala after a weeks delay

first_imgNew Delhi: After a delay of a week, the Monsoon hit the Kerala coast on Saturday, marking the official commencement of the four-month rainfall season in the country. “Monsoon has made an onset over Kerala today (June 8),” said India Meteorological Department’s Director General-designate Mrutyunjay Mohapatra.Several parts of Kerala have started receiving a good amount of rainfall. The news will augur well for the country as large parts have been witnessing agriculture distress and water levels in reservoirs in west and south India have dipped to low levels. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistMost of rural India depends on the four-month monsoon season, which accounts for 75 per cent of the annual rainfall, due to a lack of adequate alternative source of irrigation. A good monsoon has a direct impact on the economy as agriculture remains the major contributor to India’s GDP. The north Indian plains, central India and parts of south India have been recording temperatures over 45 degrees Celsius. Mercury has soared to over 50 degrees in parts of Rajasthan. On Thursday, IMD said the arrival of monsoon in Delhi is likely to be delayed by two-three days from its usual onset on June 29. However, Skymet said it may take at least a week longer. The city is likely to receive normal monsoon. Northwest India too is likely to have normal monsoon. The IMD has made a forecast of 96 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA) which falls on the border of normal and below normal rainfall.last_img read more

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Now regularise your unauthorised water connections till Mar 31

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Monday approved the extension of the scheme to regularise unauthorized water connections till March 31, 2020. Under the scheme, domestic consumers will have to pay Rs 500 per connection, while the commercial connections can be regularized by payment of Rs 1500. Earlier in July, the DJB had approved the scheme to regularise unauthorised water connections for a period of three months.The Board also allowed the proposal of extension of scheme of levy/Recovery of Development charges of Water and Sewer at reduced rates for domestic connection in case of colonies falling in D, E, F, G & H Category of Unauthorized Colonies up to 31 March ,2020. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe decision was taken in the meeting held under the chairmanship of Delhi Chief Minister and DJB Chairman Arvind Kejriwal. The board also approved the procurement of 4000 safety kits for DJB Sewer Gang Beldars and private labours engaged in desilting/ cleaning of sewers/drains/ septic tanks. Similarly rejuvenation of 12 water bodies using Phytorid Treatment Technology of capacity 400 KLD & 150 KLD were approved by the Board. The six water bodies of treatment capacity 400 KLD are Mungeshpur, Nangal Thakran, Punjab Khore, Dera Mandi, Dhichaunkalan, Burari and Kamalpur Majra Burari. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe other six water bodies of treatment capacity 150 KLD includes Ibrahimpur, Karala, Daulatpur, Dhool Siras, Neelwaal and Tikrikalan. The work includes construction of Phytorid beds along with screen chamber, collection tank, sedimentation tank, installation of Hypo-dosing system and excavation of lake in case of dry water bodies. The work also has a provision of operations and maintenance for 12 months including watch and ward. The Jal Board approved providing and laying of internal and peripheral( P/L) sewer line of 1000 mm dia in Shalimar Bagh and Batla House (Phase-II) under Okhla WWTP catchment area in Delhi, as per sewage Master Plan 2031.last_img read more

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Conakrys Palais Des Nations Renamed After Late King Mohammed V President

first_imgConakry  –  The Palais des Nations of Conakry was renamed after late King Mohammed V, Guinean President Pr. Alpha Condé announced on Monday. In a speech after the signing ceremony of 21 agreements between Morocco and Guinea, chaired by him and King Mohammed VI, Condé affirmed that this decision is a recognition for the huge role by the late sovereign in African liberation and unity. We agreed to name the palace after an eminent figure of Africa who is late HM Mohammed V, said Condé before the King and personalities taking part in the ceremony. King Mohammed VI arrived on Monday in Conakry for an official visit in the Republic of Guinea, third leg of an African tour that took the sovereign to Mali, Côte d’Ivoire and will take him to Gabon.last_img

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UN counterterrorism measures must adapt to evolving threat Security Council told

13 November 2009The threat posed by terrorist groups such as Al-Qaida and the Taliban is evolving and United Nations efforts to combat the scourge must keep up to date through effective counter-measures such as sanctions and reinforced regional cooperation to prevent the smuggling of materials for weapons of mass destruction, the Security Council was told today. The threat posed by terrorist groups such as Al-Qaida and the Taliban is evolving and United Nations efforts to combat the scourge must keep up to date through effective counter-measures such as sanctions and reinforced regional cooperation to prevent the smuggling of materials for weapons of mass destruction, the Security Council was told today.The 15-member body was briefed in a day-long open session by the heads of the three counter-terrorism committees it has set up over the past 10 years, with all three officials calling for regional cooperation and professional workshops that reinforce international collaboration.“Ten years after the adoption of Security Council resolution 1267, the threat posed by Al-Qaida and the Taliban persists, both worldwide and especially in South Asia,” said Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting of Austria, chairman of the 1267 (1999) Committee on sanctions on individuals and entities linked to the two groups.“At the same time, over the years this threat has evolved considerably and we must ensure that the existing sanctions regime against Al-Qaida and the Taliban remains a relevant and effective tool in countering terrorism,” he added, noting that his committee is reviewing all entries to ensure that the sanctions list “remains dynamic and accurately reflects the current threat.” At present there are 504 entries.At a separate news conference, the Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), Mike Smith, highlighted the work being done in South Asia, a region hit by frequent terrorist attacks, citing a recent three-day professional UN workshop for police and prosecutors from the region.“It is a region that has suffered a lot from terrorism,” he said. “One of the things we’ve noted as we’ve travelled around the world is the importance of regional cooperation to deal with terrorism because it’s kind of axiomatic when you think about it that most terrorists operate across borders, they seek refuge in other places, neighbouring countries, they very often prepare themselves there, materials are brought across borders, recruits are brought across borders,” he said.“And we were very aware that actually South Asia is an area where the amount of regional cooperation has been rather limited and we thought that we needed to do something to start building habits of cooperation between the countries…“So we thought that if at a political level we couldn’t get more cooperation and interaction, we might try to start at a more working level,” he added of the workshop that brought together professionals from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital. “After three days were pretty gratified to see the way these professionals were interacting with each other in a pretty positive way and a very professional way and they all thought they got something out of it,” he said.“We’re not saying this is an enormous breakthrough, I’m not saying it’s that, but it’s a small but significant first step at a working level in building cooperation, and it’s something that the UN can do….The truth is I don’t think there’s anybody else who could have done it,” he added, noting that most counter-terrorism is done on a bilateral basis.Ambassador Jorge Urbina of Costa Rica, Chairman of the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004) on combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by non-State actors, highlighted his group’s “outreach activities,” including regional workshops worldwide.“The focus of the meetings ranged from broad issues of proliferation threats to more specific threats of nuclear, chemical or biological terrorism, from challenges of proliferation financing to export controls and prevention of illicit trafficking, from the implementation of relevant international instruments by domestic legislation to the facilitation of assistance for capacity building,” he told the Council.Ambassador Ranko Vilovic of Croatia, Chairman of the 1373 (2001) Committee, set up to monitor implementation of the wide-ranging counter-terrorism resolution adopted in the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States, also told the Council his Committee has been intensifying its work with international, regional and sub-regional organizations to enhance cooperation, information-sharing and exchanges of expertise.The Committee has finalized the analysis and adoption of the preliminary implementation assessments of all but one of the 192 UN Member States, with the last remaining one expected to be adopted in the near future.“Terrorism remains one of the major threats to international peace and security, and the Committee is a crucial instrument of the international community in its efforts to address this scourge,” he said.Over 30 participants were scheduled to speak during the debate. read more

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Lanka still poor on women in politics

The first such forum for women in Ampara brings together 11 Divisional Women’s Forums in the District of Ampara under one umbrella, with the facilitation of the UNDP. Against this background, UNDP TRP’s WLDP worked with 30 women from the formerly conflict-affected district of Ampara to provide them with capacity-development, exposure and networking opportunities, and seed-funds to initiate community development activities.Over the course of the two years, the project saw the women leaders implement their own community projects raising awareness of urgent issues within their communities and uplifting the lives of women.In early 2011, Ms. K. Lalith Kulanayake, one of the women leaders, empowered by the training and exposure received through her participation in the WLDP, decided to run for local government, and having successfully contested local elections, became the first female representative to serve in her area. (Colombo Gazette) The event will be held at the District Secretariat premises and presided over by the District Secretary of Ampara. The event will also be attended by Government officials, civil society groups, media personnel, representatives from the Divisional Women’s Forums and UNDP.The Ampara District Women’s Forum will present their Action Plan for 2012, and the day’s activities will conclude with an award ceremony that will recognize 20 women who have made extraordinary contributions to their Divisions and District.According to the UNDP, in Sri Lanka women’s representation in national parliament stands at 5.6% which is amongst the lowest in South Asia and in the Provincial Councils (PCs) and Local Authorities (LAs) at under 3%. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says Sri Lanka still performs poorly on women’s political participation despite relative gains against MDG indicators on gender parity in education and wage employment.A UNDP statement said that in Ampara female participation in local governance structures is amongst the lowest in the country. The District Women’s Forum will play a lead role in conducting and initiating activities to develop the skills, capacity and confidence of the women of Ampara.It builds on the successes of the Women’s Leadership Development Project (WLDP), implemented by UNDP’s Transition Recovery Programme (TRP) with funding support provided by UNDP, which sought to increase women’s participation in decision-making in Ampara through training, networking and seed-support. The UNDP said that the newly established Ampara District Women’s Forum will hold their inaugural event on April 5, 2012. Women from the country’s formerly conflict-affected districts face additional challenges, having to bear additional economic and social burdens especially if they have lost male family members, and living in areas where decision-making structures are themselves just being resuscitated following the end of the war. read more

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CPL 2017 Shadab shines in nervy Knight Riders win

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2017: Shadab guides Knight Riders home in thrillerAugust 9, 2017In “latest news”CPL 2017: Shadab, McCullum crush St Lucia StarsAugust 5, 2017In “latest news”CPL 2017: Shadab, Munro keep Amazon Warriors winlessAugust 12, 2017In “latest news” Briefly, it looked like Brendon McCullum had already caused enough damage in a low-scoring game, as he biffed three sixes in a nine-ball 19. But that was until Shillingford entered the fray and had him caught at midwicket. Four balls later, Colin Munro was out lbw playing the switch hit. Darren Bravo was out looking to cut one that skid through and Denesh Ramdin saw one dart through between bat and pad to crash into the stumps. When Dwayne Bravo was bowled by a searing yorker from Mitchell McClenaghan, Knight Riders were in trouble at 75 for 5 in the 10th over.Shadab’s composure stands outHaving bowled four overs, Shadab was his best judge on how to approach a small chase. His confidence shone through as he made 30 not out to help convert a tricky chase into a cruise in the end. Shadab’s composure and game awareness – not one stroke was played in desperation – spoke of his maturity as he continued to enhance his reputation on the same shores where he first broke through at the international arena not too long ago. By Shashank KishoreShadab Khan finished with figures of 1 for 16 off four overs (CPL photo)(ESPNcricinfo) This game was a repeat of the tournament opener, just in terms of the result. Everything else about the contest was a hard scrap on a treacherous Port-of-Spain surface where spin dominated. Trinbago Knight Riders’ spin trio of Kharry Pierre, Shadab Khan and Sunil Narine picked 3 for 48 between them off 12 overs, restricting St Lucia Stars to 118 for 9. Shadab then had to shepherd a tense chase as Shane Shillingford ripped through the top order to leave Knight Riders tottering at 52 for 5. A 45-run stand for the seventh wicket between Shadab and Javon Searles, the highest in the match, took Knight Riders to their second win in as many matches.Spin is kingFive Powerplay overs were bowled by the spinners. That this was a sluggish surface became evident at the outset when Pierre, the left-arm spinner, got the ball to turn and stop on the batsmen in the first over. Pierre, who was guilty of firing them in two nights ago, slowed his pace down nicely and struck in the second over when he had Johnson Charles lbw.Kamran Akmal couldn’t cope either, often bordering on the thin line between being aggressive and careless, eventually falling to an ill-advised cut to an offcutter that kicked at him. Andre Fletcher and Marlon Samuels added 30 for the third wicket to lead a brief recovery, but at 75 for 3 in the 13th over, Knight Riders wrested control.Fletcher rides luckAndre Fletcher has a career strike rate of 106.66 in T20Is. Here, however, he had to bat through. Against pace, he was happy to hit through the line. Against the turning ball, he was a nervous wreck. He should’ve been out on 16, but for a huge slice of luck as the ball beat his slog sweep to hit the stumps only for the bails to briefly dislodge before slotting back into the groove.Then, he was reprieved on 24 when Javon Searles palmed a catch over the long-on boundary. In between, however, he gritted his way through. His dismissal in the 16th over, attempting to hit out against Shadab, resulted in a wobble again. Having assessed the surface well, Kevon Cooper mixed up cross-seam deliveries with cutters to walk away with three wickets.Shillingford gives Stars hope read more

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Cigarettes peace the Docklands and everything else happening in Leinster House today

first_imgThis being Thursday, it’s Eamon Gilmore‘s turn today at Leader’s Questions. The Tánaiste will be on his feet in the Dáil at midday. The week’s news has been dominated by the flood crisis in Limerick and Cork and what’s being done to help those affected — so we can probably expect at least a few well-composed questions on that issue.Topical Issues happens at 4.42pm this afternoon (set your alarms). As usual, a selection of TDs will be airing their views and posing questions on issues of concern to their constituents and the wider electorate. What’s coming up today? Later on, the details will be posted here.The issue of plain pack cigarettes will be the main focus of the Joint Committee on Health and Children when it meets at 9.30am. The panel of TDs and senators will hear from groups like the Royal College of Physicians and doctors’ union the IMO this morning. At 11.45am, newsagents and other retail groups will have their say on the planned changes.Everything else happening in the Dáil: [gifbin.com] Nothing happening in the upper chamber today.Why not? Here’s why.Everything else happening in the committees:The Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement meets at 10.15am. Amongst the issues today: “the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare”. [Committee Room 4]The business of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority will be the focus of the Public Accounts Committee at 10am. [Room 1]And at 2pm, the sub-committee on communications, energy and natural resources discusses the ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013. [Room 4]Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House today:Dáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here Everything happening in the Seanad: WANT TO KNOW what’s going on in Leinster House today?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…Three things we’ll be keeping an eye on: center_img Minister Alan Shatter kicks off the action once again from 9.30am. He was up yesterday too with his ‘Justice’ hat on (not an actual hat, mind) — this morning, it’s all about ‘Defence‘, so expect plenty of questions on the Defence Forces’ current activities and other related matters.Next item on the agenda at 10.45am is the County Enterprise Boards (Dissolution) Bill, which (you guessed it) provides for the dissolution of the county enterprise boards. Their functions are being transferred to Enterprise Ireland.From 12.21pm, afternoon business includes more work on the above bill, a motion on European Small Claims Procedure and the Roads Bill 2014 (which provides for the dissolution of the Railway Procurement Aganency and the transfer of its functions to the National Roads Authority).The Dáil adjourns at 5.30pm. Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?last_img read more

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Google Chrome 15 finally gets a bookmarks menu

first_imgAges ago, Google Chrome had a command line flag that allowed users to enable a drop-down bookmarks menu. It’s a feature that power users loved, since it provided quick access to favorite sites without having to display the bookmarks bar and eat up extra vertical pixels.But Google later backtracked and removed the toggle — not necessarily a huge problem since several extensions are available that provide similar functionality, but all of those chew up a little bit of RAM. The menu was, for all intents and purposes, footprint-free.Now the bookmarks menu appears to be on its way back to Google Chrome. This time it’s not even hidden behind a flag. Rather, it’s integrated into the wrench menu just below the new tab and window options. Hover over bookmarks and your toolbar’s contents slide into view. You can then pause on subfolders to drill down and click a link to open it in the current tab.It’s a subtle change, but one that will be very handy on smaller screen devices like the first round of Chromebooks. Like another feature that surfaced recently, tab sync, it’s one more tweak that brings Chrome functionality in line with other browsers like Opera and Firefox. That’s not to say Chrome isn’t advanced and modern, because it most certainly is both those things. It’s just that there are still plenty of little tweaks like these that Google will be making so that detractors can’t say “My browser can do this, but Chrome can’t.”via Google OSlast_img read more

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Island of Dreams

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As soon as summer started, businessman Lambros Apostolopoulos left Buffalo, New York, and headed back to Greece. Together with his children and grandchildren he plans to spend the entire season at his two-story villa on the outskirts of Eretria, on the western coast of Evia. The 54-year-old businessman is someone who likes to get things done, and fast. He left Greece for the United States at the age of 18 to study civil engineering. He got married the following year and had his first child before he was out of college. He dropped out and opened his own business as a contractor at 21, later designing and patenting scaffolding. In 1996, he founded the Buffalo-based company Safespan Platform Systems Inc., which specialises in bridges. And four years ago he attempted to lease from the Municipality of Eretria an abandoned hotel on the islet of Pezonisi, also known as the Island of Dreams, in the southern part of the Bay of Evia.“The whole thing became tangled in a mountain of red tape,” Apostolopoulos told Kathimerini recently. “In the US everything functions according to a system. You put forward an idea, you get a yes or a no, and you proceed accordingly. In Greece you never know what lies ahead.”The Island of Dreams is connected to Eretria by a thin strip of land and in the 1960s hosted accommodation, a nightclub and a small beach. Ownership of the assets on the island became ensnared in complex legal procedures. Under the 1967-74 dictatorship, the island was conceded to the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO), which was granted the right to utilise it for 75 years, with the aim of it being leased to businessman Ioannis Maniatopoulos. After the fall of the junta and rulings from the Council of State and the Supreme Court, the island was ceded from the GNTO to the Municipality of Eretria under a concession that runs through to 2043. The last operator of the hotel, which was leased by the municipality, left in 2008 and since then the 52-room hotel and its 46 bungalows have fallen into a state of disrepair.In October 2012, the issue of what to do with the Island of Dreams transcended the sphere of political debate and went global as Greece scrambled to raise funds by exploiting state assets. Former Eretria mayor Vassilis Velentzas announced his intention to conduct an international tender for the lease of the island, making the international media.The municipal authority before Velentzas took over had issued two tenders for the island but both went unanswered as no investors came forward. Later, Apostolopoulos expressed an interest. Even though he had been born in Zacharo in the Peloponnese, he grew up in Eretria and remembered the Island of Dreams in its heyday.“It was the place to go for fun,” he said. “We went almost every day.”The idea of leasing the island came to him in 2010 while he was walking through the grounds of the old hotel.“I saw the mess it was in. It was like seeing my childhood dreams being destroyed,” Apostolopoulos said.The scenes of complete abandonment are still there today. The hotel’s windows have been smashed, the plaster is falling, the rooms have been looted – in some cases even the doors are gone while in others there are blankets and pillows strewn on the floor.“It was a jewel once. The trees there were planted by our parents,” said Artemis Kouri, the head of the Medussa volunteer group that clears the brush from the island every year to prevent fires.Apostolopoulos had a plan to bring the island back to life and he presented his proposal to the mayor at the time, Amfitriti Alibate, and her rival.“Both were encouraging,” he said. “The issue was not political and they seemed willing to help.”His business back in the States had revenues of $20.38 million in 2012, according to Dopkins & Company accounting firm.“I wanted to fix the beach and the beach bar, to renovate the restaurant and the hotel, and to build a theme park on ancient Greece,” said Apostolopoulos.According to Nikos Kollias, Apostolopoulos’s attorney, he should have been granted the concession directly since the two previous competitions had proved fruitless.Alibate also agreed that the concession could have been made directly but suggested that the municipal council lacked the willpower to push it.Her successor, Velentzas, said that although Apostolopoulos “had good intentions and a solid plan”, as mayor he could not allow a direct concession “as a matter of principle”, and so started procedures for a new tender. He added that another reason for his reluctance was the confusion surrounding the exact terms of ownership concerning the island and its facilities as well as the zoning restrictions, which could later be challenged legally.Velentzas argued that the reason why the tender he launched was never issued was indifference at the Public Properties Company (ETAD) and delays from the zoning board, which is based in Halkida and has stopped responding to the former mayor’s queries since October. Zoning authorities in Halkida said that the Municipality of Eretria’s first query has been answered and that three more are pending.Meanwhile, the board of ETAD, which is responsible for handling the assets of the GNTO, had decided in July 2009 to abolish the municipal authority’s right to issue a concession. The reason, according to ETAD, is that the hotel was not being operated as tourism accommodation, as the municipality had a duty to ensure. ETAD has twice asked for a decision on a ministerial level banning the concession, in 2009 and 2012, but is still awaiting a response.The Municipality of Eretria planned to proceed with the tender nevertheless but was strictly rebuffed by ETAD in a letter demanding that it cease all activity in regard to the utilisation of the island. Following a series of meeting with Velentzas, ETAD expressed its intention to launch a tender of its own, though this has yet to happen.Somewhere along this convoluted line of red tape and snarls, Apostolopoulos simply lost interest.“When you’re making an investment you want to work under certain conditions,” he said. “You need to know what steps lead where. This is something that is not clear in Greece and that scares me.”Following the last local elections in May, the debate over what will happen with the Island of Dreams has not abated.Alibate was re-elected and is expected to assume her post at the municipality in September, but she is not ready to discuss her plans in regard to the island yet.“We have learned from the mistakes of the past,” said Marili Karaferia, who worked at the island’s bar in 1997-99. “I want to believe that it will not be allowed to be leased. We don’t want a hotel that we can only look at through binoculars. I would like to see it turned into a cultural park.”A number of locals agree with her and argue that the municipality failed at its task.“It is a prime slice of real estate, but it needs to be torn down and rebuilt,” said Nikos Smyrnis, one of the shareholders of Rest Club SA, the last company to lease the hotel on the Island of Dreams. “When we took over it was a ruin. The telephones and electricity weren’t working. We invested 750,000 euros.”A new investor would need to carry out extensive repairs and renovations, as well as building a waste treatment unit.Rest Club was evicted by the Municipality of Eretria six years ago. According to a court decision, the eviction was merited because the concession was made without a competition being held first, at a rate of 200,000 euros per year.“When the Municipality of Eretria publicised its intention to lease the island, I received a call from a company in Larissa asking whether I had any intention to make any claims,” said Smyrnis. “I wanted to let it go, though, because I had nothing to gain.”Apostolopoulos, who made it further in the procedure than the Larissa company, added that he had not discussed how much rent he would have had to pay to the municipality had the concession gone through.“A lot of work needs to go into the island as it is today and the longer they leave it, the more it will need. I don’t know if its water or power supply are adequate nor if the telephone lines work,” he said.Would he be interested in investing now if a tender were announced?“I would like to get involved but I would have to examine the terms to determine whether it would be worth my while. The more time that passes, the more I lose interest.”*This is an edited version of an article first published in the Greek daily Kathimerini.last_img read more

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