first_imgSummer is over; kids are headed back to school. The 50th First Vacation of the Bush presidency has also come to an end in Crawford, Texas, as we went to press. Meanwhile, Iraq is still burning. It has been a while since the “shock and awe” invasion and it might be a good time to take stock of the lessons we have learnt: No matter what you call it or the excuses you drum up, an invasion is always an invasion. Kind of like British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s complaint with apologists for terrorists.The problem with an invasion is that you run out of justifications after a while.One man’s insurgency is another’s freedom struggle.Almost all insurgencies, doggedly and over time, have always won.You cannot really write a constitution when no one feels safe at home.If your constitution smells orthodox and autocratic, then it is just that, no matter what deodarant you spray on it.You cannot write a constitution for people who want to rewrite it by killing people.It is not the process that is important in writing the constitution; it is the constitution itself.Sooner or later, people are going to catch up to the fact that while we were “progressing” on someone else’s constitution, we were gutting our own.It is hard to hide the fact that the oil ministry in Baghdad seems the most secure.How do we explain to our kids that politicians who have our blessing in Iraq seem to have better armored cars than the soldiers we sent there?Once you invade a country, you have to stay there a long, long time. In fact, you may as well lose track of time.There are really no known unknowns in an invasion. We are dealing with all unknown unknowns.Whatever!Invasions are old country; globalization is the new game.Invasions are like doomed love affairs. We still seem to want them again.Since we are laying all those roads in Iraq, perhaps we can lay one for Bush to get out of town. Related Itemslast_img read more

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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. Manchester City players were left fuming in the dressing room after watching replays of Liverpool’s controversial opening goal in a 3-1 loss at Anfield on Sunday, midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has said.Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold appeared to handle the ball inside his own box in the sixth minute but instead of a City penalty the hosts broke and 22 seconds later Fabinho drilled in a spectacular goal from outside the box. The goal was checked by VAR and allowed to stand as Liverpool went on to clinch the victory and move nine points clear of City in the Premier League title race.”We saw the incident again in the dressing room afterwards and for me, obviously, it’s a penalty – but if you ask a Liverpool player they would say, ‘You can give it but it’s maybe a 50-50 situation,'” Gundogan told reporters.”It takes a tough mentality to fight against that and unfortunately they scored the second straight after.”City are aiming to become the first team since Manchester United in 2009 to win three consecutive Premier League titles but now occupy fourth spot in the table.Last season, City recovered in the second half of the campaign to erase Liverpool’s 10-point lead at the top and Gundogan wants the same level of commitment from his teammates.”We have to accept it, but there is a long way to go. Last season in January we were quite far behind and able to turn it around,” Gundogan added. AnfieldFabinhoilkay gundoganjurgen klopp First Published: November 11, 2019, 8:44 AM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgAll their efforts to stop a rampaging England ending in smoke, South Africa’s allrounder Jean-Paul Duminy said it was the bowlers who let them down by giving too many extras during their two-wicket loss in an ICC World Twenty20 match yesterday. (ICC World T20: Full coverage )Despite posting a record 229, South Africa failed to stop England from overhauling the target last night and Duminy said there is plenty of room for improvement in their bowling.”Definitely we would have backed ourselves defending 229, but you got to credit (the opposition). We did not bowl well as we would have liked,” Duminy told reporters at the post-match media conference late last night.”But they batted outstandingly, especially the first six overs, they (England) put us on the back-foot, from ball one, we sought of little bit recovered in the middle but on a field like this and a wicket that we played on, when you are getting the asking rate under 10, it is tough to defend,” he said.South Africa conceded 26 runs in extras which comprised 20 runs as wide and 6 leg byes. For England, Joe Root top scored with 83 off just 44 balls at the Wankhede Stadium. (England gun down South Africa’s 229 )”Unfortunately we let ourselves down also from the extra’s point of view, too many wides and so forth so, that’s something we need to look that,” Duminy said.”But a lot of positives to take out of it (the game) especially the batting point of view, there is room for improvement from bowling point of view, but we got to move to the next game. It’s a quick turnaround, Afghanistan coming on Sunday (tomorrow) and we have to make sure that we prepare well for that game,” the left-handed batsman said.advertisementWhen quizzed about fast bowler Dale Steyn giving away 23 runs in the second over of the England innings, Duminy said, “As I mentioned earlier definitely it put us on the back-foot, but it’s not only that he (Steyn) went for 23, if you look at entire power-play period, we were under the pump.”Everybody that came on (to bowl) went for few (runs), and yes the upside to the power-play, we got 3 wickets, which sort of evened it a little bit, but unfortunately as I said the extras probably let us down too much, that’s something we going to have to look at,” he opined.The 31-year-old player, who remained unbeaten on 54 and snapped a wicket, said the team was under the pump but they were no way out of the tournament.”I obviously take a lot of confidence out of today’s game with bat and ball, but it is just the start, it is long way to go in this tournament. We obviously as a team are now under the pump and we have to pretty much win every game,” Duminy said.last_img read more

first_imgBOSTON — Nineteen years into his Hall of Fame career, Derek Jeter may have produced his final “first.”The New York Yankees shortstop asked out of the lineup for the Sept. 26th 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox — something neither Jeter nor Manager Joe Girardi could remember him ever doing before.Jeter watched the opener of his final major league series from the dugout, taking it easy a day after his walk-off single finished off an emotional farewell to Yankee Stadium.“I don’t think I really slept — maybe a couple of hours,” Jeter told reporters. “I don’t know if I could play tonight if I was playing tonight. Last night was as special as it gets.”Since announcing in spring training that this would be his final season, Jeter has been celebrated across the major leagues, collecting gifts at each stop and applause from former opponents and their fans. Then came his final home game, when the pregame cheers were surpassed by the postgame celebration after he led the Yankees to another win.“I was thinking how fitting it was, what a great night it was,” Girardi said before the game. “I’m sure he’s emotionally drained, probably physically drained.”With both the Yankees and Red Sox eliminated from playoff contention, Girardi compiled a lineup missing many of his regulars and joked that it looked more like spring training roster. Eury Perez batted in Jeter’s familiar No. 2 spot — and collected his first major league hit — and Brendan Ryan played shortstop.Jeter said he would be back in the lineup on Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 — but as designated hitter, so his final memories as a shortstop would be in Yankee Stadium. Girardi told Jeter he could play any position but pitcher or catcher this weekend if he had the urge — including manager.Jeter declined. “I don’t pay attention enough,” he said. “When I’m not playing, I’m all over the place.”A 14-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, Jeter has collected 3,463 hits in his career along with the near-universal respect from teammates and opponents alike.Even in Boston, where fans hate the Yankees like no other team, most of the animosity was reserved for Alex Rodriguez or Red Sox defectors like Johnny Damon and Roger Clemens.The sold-out crowd, peppered with fans in pinstriped No. 2 jerseys, chanted Jeter’s name in the second inning — something that would not have been tolerated a decade ago, when Bostonians wore profane T-shirts about Jeter and argued that Nomar Garciaparra was a better shortstop.Since then, though, the Red Sox have ended their eight-decade World Series drought — winning three titles in 10 years, in fact — and the rivalry has lost some of its edge.“I think after they won — I don’t want to say they softened up, I would say I think they’re kinder,” said Jeter, who ventured onto the streets of Boston for lunch on Sept. 26th and was greeted warmly. “People were saying, ‘Congratulations for the career. I’m a Red Sox fan and I hate the Yankees, but I respect you.’“Even when I was walking here through the stands, people were cheering. I remember in 1999, when I was here for the All-Star Game … I remember getting out of the car and I thought they were going to kill me. Funny how things have changed.”And the feeling is mutual.Although his night off no doubt disappointed those who bought a ticket for an otherwise meaningless game hoping to see a part of history, Jeter said he would play the final two games of the season out of respect for the rivalry.“It’s always difficult at this point because everybody wants to see him,” Girardi said. “I think Derek understands the magnitude of the rivalry and the importance of it in the game of baseball. … I think there’s a huge amount of respect too for what these organizations have done for the game of baseball.”Red Sox Manager John Farrell said Jeter’s Yankee Stadium finale was special, and he expects the good feelings to surround this weekend, too.“The game has an incredible way of creating unique opportunities,” Farrell said. “His 3,000th hit is a solo home run, his last at-bat at Yankee Stadium is a walk-off. The game provides us opportunities that embed memories, and that’s certainly one of them.”Elsewhere in baseball, they were also talking about Jeter.“When you look at great players, you look at them as the heat turns up, they get calm,” Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams said. “Not everybody can do that. But he’s one of them that can. … That’s why he got the hit last night. Because the situation is never too big for him.”___By Jimmy Golen, AP Sports Writer. AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich in Washington, D.C., and freelancer Ken Powtak in Boston contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img8 years. That’s the amount of time elapsed since India’s memorable title triumph at the 2011 World Cup. Another World Cup, 3 World T20s and 2 Champions Trophies later, the Men in Blue again find themselves at the cusp of history. With India’s 1st match of the upcoming 2019 World Cup slated to be held on June 5 against South Africa, Virat Kohli and his men are looking for a repeat of the fateful 6 weeks from 8 years ago in order to lift the trophy in the final on July 14.The Indian team has undergone quite a transformation in these 8 years. Arguably their greatest ODI cricketer ever, Sachin Tendulkar, and several others have bid goodbye to the game while then captain MS Dhoni no longer remains at the helm.Here we take a look at how each of India’s 15-member squad from the 2011 World Cup has fared since:Sachin TendulkarAfter finally living his long-cherished dream of lifting the World Cup, Tendulkar continued playing international cricket till November 2013 before hanging his boots as the highest run-scorer in Tests and ODIs. Since then, he has served in various capacities including being a part of the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee along with mentoring the IPL side Mumbai Indians. Sachin has also opened a cricket academy to help budding cricketers realize their dreams.Virender SehwagThe swashbuckling opener’s stay in the Indian team didn’t last long post the World Cup with the rise of youngsters Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. After announcing his retirement on his 37th birthday, Sehwag has donned multiple hats including being part of commentary teams, serving as a cricket expert for various media outlets besides serving as the mentor of Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.advertisementGautam GambhirAkin to his close friend Sehwag, the left-hander who played key roles in India’s twin World Cup triumphs, was sidelined from the Indian team after a decline in batting form. Gambhir, however, continued to play domestic cricket in the meantime winning 2 IPL trophies with Kolkata Knight Riders. He was called up to the Indian Test squad for a final time in 2016 but failed to impress the selectors since then. Finally, with a heavy heart, Gambhir bid adieu to the game in late 2018 before deciding to fight the Indian general elections.Yuvraj SinghThe Man of the tournament faced his life’s most stern test soon afterward when he underwent a two-and-a-half month treatment for cancer in USA. On his return, though Yuvraj showed signs of his old self while batting, his performances weren’t consistent enough to warrant a place in the side. Yuvraj still plays domestic cricket along with the IPL where he recently finished as the title-winner with the Mumbai Indians.Virat KohliKohli hit just a lone century during the 2011 World Cup. Since then he has hit 36 more! In the intervening period, however, Kohli endured a few heartbreaks – failure to win a single IPL, loss to Australia in the 2015 World Cup semis and loss to Pakistan in the 2017 Champions Trophy final. As he leads India on the biggest stage of them all, as the best batsman of them all, Kohli would be aiming to add that elusive trophy to his cabinet as a means to end all doubts regarding his leadership skills.MS DhoniCaptain Cool is not the captain any more but remains a vital cog in India’s plans in England. He retired from Tests during India’s tour to Australia in 2013-14. Since he hit that winning six at the Wankhede 8 years ago, Dhoni has emerged as the senior statesman of the Men in Blue. Even though he is not quite the same power-hitter he was in his heyday, his fitness and exceptional skills behind the stumps have meant that Dhoni will play his 4th World Cup on the trot. However, at 37 years of age, it remains to be seen whether he continues playing after the tournament and for how long.R AshwinAshwin only played a couple of matches at the 2011 World Cup but soon rose as India’s No.1 spinner across formats. Come the 2017 Champions Trophy and Ashwin’s poor returns prompted a sea change in the Indian team’s thinking as they jettisoned the finger-spinner for the in-demand wrist-spin of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Since then, though Ashwin continues to be a regular feature in the Test format, confidence in his white-ball form has dived so low that he wasn’t even selected in the upcoming World Cup squad. On his part, Ashwin keeps coming up with different bowling variations – especially during the IPL – in order to sieze a berth in the Indian ODI side.advertisementHarbhajan SinghBhajji was a force to reckon with during the 2011 World Cup with his floating off-spin to go along with his never-say-die attitude. Expected to lead the spin attack after Anil Kumble’s retirement, Harbhajan failed to live up to the expectations with taking few and fewer wickets with each passing game. The simultaneous rise of Ashwin, Kuldeep, Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja didn’t help Singh’s case who now seems to be content with producing impressive IPL performances. He now has 4 IPL winners medals to show for it!Zaheer KhanAfter ending as the joint highest wicket-taker in the tournament, Zaheer was laid down by a hamstring injury that forced him out of the side. On his return at 35 years of age, Zaheer looked down on pace but still went on to pick up a 5-for in his last Test. In the IPL, he continued to outfox batsmen with his guile while leading the Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) during the 2016-17 editions. Though Zaheer quit the league as a player, he joined MI as their Director of Cricket Operations.Ashish NehraLife as an injury-prone international fast bowler proved too tough to handle for Nehra as he missed out on a number of matches after the World Cup triumph. But the Delhi pacer returned to the T20I side on the back of some impressive performances in the IPL for CSK, going on to help India win first limited-overs trophy Down Under. After quitting the game almost 2 years ago, Nehra currently works as a bowling coach with Royal Challengers Bangalore.Suresh RainaRaina’s weaknesses against the short ball meant that he wasn’t going to be a consistent feature in the Indian side for long even though he kept churning up the numbers at CSK in the IPL. Though he was called into the national side a few times – as late as July 2018 in England – his domestic returns often failed to match his international runs. With the Indian middle-order buzzing with the likes of Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya and new recruit Vijay Shankar, it seems like last year’s Bristol T20I could be his last appearance in an India shirt.S SreesanthThe 2011 World Cup final turned out to be Sreesanth’s last ODI for India as he was one of three IPL players banned for life in the spot-fixing scandal in 2013. The eventual lifting of his ban by the Supreme Court in March 2019 didn’t help the 36-year-old’s cause, who by now had desperately tried his hands at professional acting, dancing and even reality TV.Munaf PatelOne of the unsung heroes of India’s triumph in 2011, Munaf Patel soon fell out of favour of the selectors, having last played for India in an ODI against England in September 2011. He did continue playing domestic cricket and the IPL till 2017 before announcing his retirement in November 2018. “There is no regret; after all the cricketers I played with have retired. Only Dhoni is left!” he said post retirement.advertisementPiyush ChawlaThe KKR spinner has not played an ODI for India since the 2011 World Cup but remains a constant in the IPL where he is one of the all-time leading wicket-takers. In conjunction with Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav, Chawla has formed an intimidating spin trio at KKR, winning a number of matches for the side.Yusuf PathanLike Chawla, Pathan’s international career took a nosedive soon after the World Cup as sporadic performances with the bat while not being the most agile in the field, failed to earn him a regular place in the side. Even at the IPL where he has been a constant at KKR for 7 years before moving to Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018, Pathan has not lived up to his billing of being one of the fiercest strikers of the cricket ball.Also Read | World Cup 2019: 5 pacers likely to make a huge impact in EnglandAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni invaluable to Team India, says Brendon McCullumlast_img read more

first_img Rohan Sen MelbourneJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 16:49 IST Virat Kohli will return to India with two trophies in his kitty as India clinched the Test and ODI series (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia won the final ODI by 7 wickets to clinch the 3-match series 2-1Virat Kohli had earlier led India to a 2-1 win in the Test seriesIndia will return back home from Australia without losing a series for the first timeBrief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardIndia captain Virat Kohli will return home with a big smile and two trophies in his bag as India clinched the ODI series 2-1 against Australia on Friday after winning the Border-Gavaskar series earlier this month.India defeated Australia by 7 wickets in the third and final ODI to win their first ever bilateral ODI series Down Under.India needed 231 to win the match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground which they managed to do in 49.2 overs with MS Dhoni remaining unbeaten on 87 while Kedar Jadhav made 61 not out.The duo were involved in a 121-run unbeaten partnership for the fourth wicket which made the chase seem like a walk in the park for India.What a run-chase. The Dhoni-Jadhav duo take #TeamIndia to a thumping 7-wicket victory. India take the series 2-1 #AUSvIND (@BCCI) January 18, 2019The batsmen followed up on a clinical effort from India’s bowlers who bowled out Australia for 230 after putting the hosts into bat.Yuzvendra Chahal was the star of the match as he finished with a record 6 wickets for 42 runs, the best bowling figures by a spinner in Australia in the 50-over format.Chahal beat the previous record held by current India coach Ravi Shastri to become the first spinner to take 6 wickets in an ODI Down Under.Yuzvendra Chahal ripped through the Aussies to claim the equal best-ever ODI figures on Aussie soil with 6-42!#AUSvIND | @toyota_aus (@cricketcomau) January 18, 2019Before Chahal, only seven spinners had taken ODI five-wicket hauls in Australia: Abdul Qadir (5/53) v Australia (MCG, 1984), R Shastri (5/15) v Australia (Perth, 1991), Shane Warne (5/33) vs West Indies (SCG, 1996), Saqlain Mushtaq (5/29) v Australia (Adelaide, 1996), Jimmy Adams (5/37) v Pakistan (Adelaide, 1996), Brad Hogg (5/32) v West Indies (MCG, 2005), Imran Tahir (5/45) v West Indies (SCG).Chahal was ably supported by the fast-bowling duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami, who took two wickets each.The win also saw Kohli become the first Indian captain to lift the Test and ODI trophies on the same tour in Australia.The Melbourne ODI result also meant that India will return back home without losing a series – Test or limited-overs – on the tour of Australia for the first time in history.The three-match T20I series was shared after Australia won the first game and India took the third while the second match in Melbourne was washed out.The Test series saw India dominate Australia in the first match Adelaide and the third game in Melbourne which helped them retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy. The fourth and final Test in Sydney ended in a draw after rain denied India a chance to push for victory on the final two days.That result made Kohli the first Asian captain to win a Test series in Australia. During the series India also registered its maiden victory in a Boxing Day Test in Australia and became the first side to enforce a follow-on (in the Sydney Test) in Australia after England, who did the same in 1988.The ODI series began well for the home side as they won in Sydney despite Rohit Sharma scoring 133 runs in India’s failed run chase of 289.But the Kohli-led side bounced back in Adelaide with the captain leading from the front with 104 runs as India chased down the target of 299 with 4 balls to spare.Also Read | After no fifty in 2018, MS Dhoni has 3 fifties from 3 ODIs in 2019Also Read | Who will take my interview on Chahal TV? Yuzvendra Chahal wonders after 6-wicket haulAlso Read | Yuzvendra Chahal 1st spinner to take 6 wickets in an ODI in AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow MelbourneFollow Melbourne ODIFollow Virat KohliFollow MS Dhoni Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to win Test and ODI series in AustraliaBrief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. India crushed Australia by 7 wickets in the third and final ODI to clinch the series 2-1 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJuly 10, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 08:59 IST HIGHLIGHTSLG W10 and LG W30 go on sale once again on Amazon India today.The LG W10 price in India starts at Rs 8,990, while the W30 costs Rs 9,999.During the sale, LG India will offer interesting offers to customers.LG India, back in June, launched its W-series smartphones consisting of the LG W10, the LG W30 and the LG W30 Pro — in India at a starting price of Rs 8,999. Of the three the LG W10 and the LG 30 went on sale in the country a week later on July 3. Now, after the success of its first sale, LG is hosting the second sale of its newly launched W-series smartphones in India on Wednesday, June 10.During the second sale of the LG W-series, interested customers will be able to purchase two of the three phones in the series the LG W10 and the LG W30 from Amazon India starting 12PM on July 10. During the sale LG India will offer interesting offers to the customers who are interested in buying any of the two phones. For starters, customers, who use their Yes bank credit card to purchase the phone via EMI will get a 10 per cent instant off.Other than that, Jio SIM users who subscribe to a plan of Rs 299 will get a total cash back of Rs 4,950. Of this amount, while Rs 1,700 will be the Jio cash back, users will get a cash back of Rs 3,250 in the form of ClearTrip cash back.As far as the specifications are concerned, the LG W10 and W30 share a number of features in common. For starters, both the LG W10 and LG W30, come with an octa-core Helio P22 processor and they both sport 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. Both the smartphones run on Android 9.0 Pie and are backed by a gigantic 4,000 mAh battery.advertisementThe differences lie in terms of the display and the camera. While the LG W10 comes with 6.19-inch HD+ wide notch full vision display, the W30 comes with 6.22-inch HD+ dot full vision display. On the camera front while the LG 10 comes with a 13MP + 5MP rear camera setup and an 8MP front camera setup, the LG W30 comes with a 12MP + 13MP + 2MP rear camera setup and a 16MP front camera.The LG W10 costs Rs 8,999 in India and it will be available in the country in Tulip Purple and Smokey Grey colour variants, while the W30 costs Rs 9,999 and it will be available in India in Thunder Blue, Platinum Grey and Aurora Green colour variants.ALSO READ | Airtel offers unlimited calling, 2GB data with latest prepaid plan: Price will appeal to everyoneALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro price drop, Realme C2 with 2-year warranty during Realme Million Days saleGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow LGFollow LG W10Follow LG W30Follow LG W30 Pro LG W10, W30 to go on second sale on Amazon in India today, check out price, specs, launch offer hereDuring the second sale of the LG W-series, interested customers will be able to purchase two of the three phones – the LG W10 and the LG W30 – from Amazon India starting 12PM on July 10.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFor some time now, Marshall has been selling headphones that bear the classic look of the company’s amplifiers. In 2016, the company started selling wireless headphones, but only on-ear models were available. That has changed with the release of the company’s new Marshall Monitor Bluetooth headphones.Like the company’s previous headphones, the Monitor Bluetooth model uses a black-and-gold color scheme, with a hint of white in the form of the Marshall logo emblazoned on the side of the ear cups. While this model is over-ear instead of on-ear, much of the general design and build seems very similar to earlier models like the Mid and Major. Like those models, the Monitor Bluetooth uses cast-metal hinges and an overall rugged build that means the headphones should survive the rigors of everyday use.The Monitor Bluetooth headphones feature 40mm drivers, similar to the company’s previous wireless models which used drivers of the same size and offered surprisingly warm and detailed sound for the price. Considering this is a wireless version of the older Marshall Monitor headphones, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Connectivity is provided by Bluetooth with aptX, which may not satisfy audiophiles, but is perfect for those looking to use the headphones on the go.Aside from the looks, one of the major selling points of the Monitor Bluetooth is the battery life. Marshall claims the headphones are capable of delivering more than 30 hours of playback time on a single charge. If you do happen to run out of battery, the included 3.5mm cable lets you listen in passive mode, and the headphones can be easily charged via the micro USB charging cable. Both of these cables will fit inside the included canvas carrying bag so you always have them with you.The Marshall Monitor Bluetooth headphones are available starting Thursday, and sell for $250. For more information or to snag a pair for yourself, see the company’s website.A version of this post first appeared on our “brother site” Digital Trends. Grovemade Redefines What a Headphone Stand Can Be Editors’ Recommendations The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attached 8 Best Wireless Headphones for Running: What to Know Before You Buy last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsOver 100 protestors were outside a Vancouver convention centre Sunday protesting at the site of a mining conference.The angry crowd said they do not want any new mining or pipelines on indigenous territory without full and fair negotiations.The ruling B.C. Liberals have vowed to build eight new mines in the next four years to help improve B.C.’s economy.At a press conference Monday, the Indigenous Network on Economics and Trade condemned those plans.They’re especially concerned about efforts to resurrect the controversial Prosperity Mine which critics fear will destroy a sacred lake.last_img

Rabat – French police brutalized a Muslim woman in an alleyway in a suburb of Paris, this morning.A shocking video captured from the balcony of a residential building in Pantin, just outside of Paris, shows a Muslim woman being beaten by half a dozen French police officers.According to eye witnesses who uploaded the video to social media networks, the Muslim woman is a mother that was protecting her son from being beaten by the police.The Muslim woman wearing a blue traditional Islamic dress was dragged, beaten and punched by the authorities, while she screamed in fear and kept on trying to protect her son who was taken into custody onboard a police car. The video has gone viral garnering over 300,000 views within a few hours. Social media users have condemned the use of force by the French authorities.“You don’t hit a mother just for protecting her children. We would have all done the same for our children. They should have just set her aside but not beat her relentlessly like that. It’s just horrible,” an outraged mother commented.“Shocking! Shame to France, I will never stop hating the police or let’s say pigs. Poor mother, they don’t deserve to live these dogs!” another user wrote.Following the attack, the woman reportedly went to Jean Verdier Hospital Emergency Department to evaluate her injuries.According to the doctor’s diagnosis posted by Islam & Info Facebook account, the victim named Zahra, suffered “physical aggression and tear gas from the police.”Her injuries include: “dorsal contusion, redness and pain, water eyes, major sprains on the right side of her body, contusion of right elbow with cutaneous bruising, and psychological shock.”The hospital recommended “partial temporary incapacity for 10 days.”The rise of Islamophobia in France has reached alarming levels following the Paris attacks of November 13.As of November 21, 32 acts of Islamophobia had been registered in France. Since then, other mosques have been closed, others vandalized, Korans have been burned by protesters, and violence, both physical and verbal against Muslims continues on the rise. read more

8 February 2010The outgoing United Nations envoy in Sudan has lauded recent developments in the country’s electoral process, and urged the parties to the north-south peace agreement to press ahead during what will be a crucial year for the nation. Although challenges still existed, Ashraf Qazi said he is confident that the national elections scheduled for April – the first multi-party democratic ballot for decades in Sudan – will be held.“By and large, [the elections would] satisfy the observers and above all the people of Sudan,” Mr. Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), said in his farewell speech yesterday in Khartoum.Mr. Qazi added that 2010 will be the last full year of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, signed by the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to end the long-running north-south civil war.“It will be absolutely critical for 2011 when the referenda are scheduled to take place both in Abyei and in the south,” he said. In a report released last month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern over the continued violence in southern Sudan, the lack of progress in resolving outstanding issues regarding the disputed, oil-rich border town of Abyei, and the slow pace of progress on border demarcation.Mr. Qazi yesterday expressed his belief that the people of Sudan will overcome the challenges before them and sustain peace. “This country is full of potential and promise and all that is needed is peace,” he noted, adding that Sudan’s stability would also strengthen that of the region, and urging the parties to the CPA to keep building trust.Meanwhile, reacting to recent comments by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sudan, the Special Representative said that the CPA will be successful whether Southern Sudan opted for unity or secession in next year’s referendum, as long as that process is peaceful.Mr. Qazi will be succeeded by Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Haile Menkerios, who will take up his post in Sudan at the end of February. read more

The United Nations Security Council should discuss a package of practical actions aimed at stemming the spiraling violence in the Middle East, as well as the possibility of a new stabilization force for the region, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today following meetings with the Group of 8 countries in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where he also called on the parties to avoid civilian casualties.Speaking to reporters at a press encounter with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Mr. Annan said he would continue efforts to address the situation in Lebanon with other leaders and predicted that several countries in Saint Petersburg which are also key members of the Security Council would work with the UN to get “a package of actions, not exhortations, a package that is action-oriented, that is practical, that requires the parties to release their abductees, stop the katushas going in, Israel to stop its retaliatory actions and to pursue this idea of a stabilization force.”The aim would be to “move very quickly and appeal to governments once that package is approved to make sure that we have the troops, well-trained, well-equipped troops that can go in quite quickly,” he said, adding: “That will be part of the work that I will be doing this morning and then we will follow it up in New York.”Mr. Annan said the team he dispatched to the region – led by Vijay Nambiar and including Terje Roed-Larsen and Alvaro de Soto – would report to the Security Council on its return.An international presence in Lebanon is “something that the Security Council will have to discuss,” he said in response to questions, adding that the team would report “towards the end of this week depending on the progress they make in the region.” The Council should then discuss plans “and report on practical suggestions they come with but pursue the package that the Prime Minister and I have discussed, including the stabilization force.”The sooner the Council takes a decision on the matter “the better it is,” he said. “But the parties need not wait for full implementation of that to stop the cessation of hostilities and to spare the civilians,” he added.“I have appealed to all concerned to spare civilian lives, to spare civilian infrastructure because these are things the civilian population will need for their livelihood for their daily activities and we should not inflict any more suffering on them,” he said, repeating his longstanding call that both parties “should bear that in mind and respect international humanitarian law.”The Secretary-General emphasized the need for the parties “to agree as soon as practicable to a cessation of hostilities” and noted that “to do that, they need to give diplomacy time and space for us to work.”He acknowledged that “the fighting may continue for a while” but once again appealed to the parties “to focus their targets narrowly and to bear in mind that under international humanitarian law they have an obligation to spare civilian lives, they have an obligation to spare civilian infrastructure, they have an obligation to stay away from targets like electricity and communication and things that civilians need for their livelihood.”He added that when it comes to seeking donations for relief operations, “what is important is that not that we go out and collect humanitarian money and reconstruction money – yes we will need that in time – but we have to do whatever we can to stop the destruction and the killing as much as we can.” The UN, which has a presence on the ground, is “looking at possibilities of taking dependents out of Lebanon.” That, he added, “implies that the situation is extremely dangerous and if that is the case, that is one more urgent reason for us to do whatever we can to get the parties to bring a halt to this.” read more

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 5, 2016 9:36 am MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email North American stock markets, loonie, head lower amid grim world outlook TORONTO – Canada’s biggest stock market pulled back for the fourth straight day Tuesday as investors question whether they can continue to shrug off signs of tepid global growth.Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index declined 31.49 points to 13,304.66, with the consumer staples and utilities sectors among the biggest losers.Precious and base metals miners were the biggest gainers on the resource-heavy market, with the gold sector up nearly four per cent.“The markets are being driven by the macro stuff,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment.“They realize there is more downside here and they have to decide if they want to take on the risk — and maybe realizing that it’s not worth it.”Adatia said global economic factors may be showing signs of improvement, but it’s not enough to support a bullish outlook on equities.“Right now, people are going to say, ‘I’m going to wait until some of this stuff passes by,’” he said.The negative sentiment ran through currency markets, as the Canadian dollar lost half a cent. It ended the day 0.49 of a U.S. cent lower at 75.90 cents US.The downward pressure came on the same day the Bank of Canada issued a positive take on the country’s ability to ride out any economic shocks from China, its second-largest trading partner.Senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said if growth in China’s economy comes in one percentage point lower than projections — then Canadian growth would slip just one-tenth of a percentage point. A effect of a similar decline in the U.S. would be six times greater, she said.The comments come on the back of worse-than-expected trade figures.Statistics Canada reported that the country’s trade deficit grew to $1.9 billion in February. Economists had expected a deficit of $900 million, according to Thomson Reuters.Meanwhile, bearish comments from the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, helped push U.S. indexes further into the red.She noted that while the world economy isn’t in a crisis, slow growth risks becoming ingrained as a “new mediocre” and that the outlook the next six months has weakened.The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 133.68 points to 17,603.32, while the broader S&P 500 slid 20.96 points to 2,0458.17 and the Nasdaq composite fell 47.86 points to 4,843.93.In commodities, the May contract for benchmark North American crude added 19 cents to US$35.89 a barrel, recouping some of the losses from two days.May natural gas plunged four cents to US$1.94 per mmBtu, while May copper was unchanged at US$2.14 a pound. June gold rebounded $10.30 to US$1,229.60 a troy ounce.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

“They have lost livelihoods and jobs, their homes, their access to food, water, fuel and health care, and they are watching the future of their children being put at risk,” Radhouane Nouicer, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator, told journalists yesterday in Damascus. “The country, and the interests of its future generations, has been dealt a severe blow,” he reiterated.Since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, millions of Syrian refugees have fled their homes. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), fighting continued in the past two weeks leading to new displacements, including in Aleppo, Ar-Raqqa, Damascus, Dara’a, Homs, Idlib and Rural Damascus. The numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and those seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, including to Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, continue to grow, OCHA said in its latest situation report. Mr. Nouicer noted that the damage has reached “homes, industries, phone networks, roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, the electricity and oil sectors, and agriculture.”The immense humanitarian crisis is not being met with adequate resources. The two UN appeals – the Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP) and the regional Refugee Response Plan (RRP) – are only around 20 per cent funded, according to OCHA. For the SHARP, humanitarian assistance initiatives at the value of $411 million are not covered, while the refugee plan still shows that there is an $843 million funding gap up to June 2013. Without adequate funding, the humanitarian community in Syria and the neighbouring countries would not be able reach the numbers of people planned for at the end of last year, let alone scale up further to address the growing needs. “For this reason, relief programmes fail to feed all those who require food, fail to treat all the sick and wounded, and do not provide shelter for all the families in need,” Mr. Nouicer said. OCHA is urging donors to give generously, and to urgently contribute the $1.5 billion pledged at the Kuwait High-Level Pledging Conference on 30 January. read more

File photo: Denesh Ramdin leads the Knight Riders celebration Randy Brooks ( CPL T20 / Getty Images)The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) recently announced the tournament’s economic impact for the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago for 2018, created a total fiscal returns of US$25,689,199, a significant increase from 2017.Hero CPL 6 bowled off from 8 August and ended 16 September last year and stats showed an increase on the 2017 figure even with the tournament having two fewer matches in the country in 2018. The figure has been calculated using organizer spend, visitor spend and media value and was collated for Hero CPL by world-renowned researchers, SMG Insight.In addition to that economic impact figure the Hero CPL employed 254 staff in Trinidad & Tobago and filled 8,573 hotel rooms during the 2018 event. The value of media exposure and mentions of Trinidad & Tobago from this coverage was US$5,490,704, more than double that achieved in 2017.The Hero CPL spent US$4,069,867 in Trinidad & Tobago during the 2018 event with the tournament hosting seven matches in the country, a significant investment that shows the commitment to staging cricket at both Queen’s Park Oval and the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.Speaking about the report from SMG Insight the Hero CPL Chief Executive Officer, Damien O’Donohoe said: “Trinidad & Tobago has always been very good to us as a tournament, with local support being absolutely fantastic. It means a lot to us that we are able to deliver tangible economic benefits to the country. The finals for the 2018 tournament were fantastic and we can’t wait to be back in Trinidad & Tobago in 2019 to get the party started again.” He ended. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T’s economic impact from CPL 2017 totals US$23.6MJanuary 10, 2018In “Sports”2017 Hero CPL makes close to US$100M impact on region’s economyJanuary 16, 2018In “Business”Hero CPL makes over US$25M impact on Guyana’s economyJanuary 29, 2019In “latest news” read more

first_imgGerman technology and German knowhow are to help the Colombian coalmining sector, underground mining in particular, to become safer and increase its production. A strategic co-operation is planned that is to comprise not only a safety partnership but also technology transfer. Juan Gabriel Ceballos Campuzano is the owner of Colombia’s old-established family mining firm Soc Central de Activos Mineros, based in the Colombian capital of Bogotá. Aiding the development of heavy industry in the country on behalf of the government Ceballos’ grandfather laid the foundation stone for the firm over half a century ago. Today about 350 people are employed at Ceballos’ mine. Last year he produced 150,000 t of high-grade coking coal and the figure is set to rise considerably in the near future. In about four years, he says, “we want to increase production tenfold to 1.5 Mt”. The Colombian wants to generate the necessary capital for this – a not inconsiderable EUR10 million – on the US stock exchange. He wishes to buy new machines – for which an initial sum of some EUR7 million has been budgeted – primarily from Germany. Although the machinery does cost “about 50% more there” seen in the medium and long term this is still a “good move”.Ceballos was part of a 27-man delegation of Colombian mine operators and mining experts recently visiting Germany on a week’s tour of the Saarland, a region with a long mining tradition. The program included visits to suppliers, an underground colliery tour and a seminar on mining safety. In 2010 alone official statistics list the number of deaths resulting from mining accidents in the Andean nation as 173. In the last three years the figure was over 400 while the number of unreported cases is likely to be considerably higher. Some 80,000 people in total are employed in coal mining and about 35,000 of these in open-pit mining.Commenting on standards Manfred Schmidt from the German Engineering Federation (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau – VDMA) in charge of visit co-ordination said a large proportion of underground coal mining in Colombia is “at the stage of coal mining in Germany 50 to 100 years ago”. Schmidt is planning a project supported amongst others by the German-Colombian Chamber of Commerce which is aimed at remedying as quickly as possible the still frequent serious shortcomings prevalent in the mining sector especially underground. The aim here is to build up a strategic co-operation that will include both a safety partnership as well as technology and knowledge transfer. Ceballos says the Colombians are particularly interested in special solutions due to the often difficult extraction conditions faced there.Of the 79 Mt of coal produced by the South American country last year some 70 Mt were extracted at open-pit mines. The remaining 9 Mt were mined underground by about 4,000 mainly small or micro mining operations. With a few exceptions these operators scarcely attain annual production of more than 10,000 t each. Furthermore, half of them are operating illegally. These mines have neither mining authorisations nor any other necessary permits and documents. “Only about 5% of these mines” says Ceballos, “are properly equipped”. His country, he said, could learn a lot from the Germans, adding that the nation is now in the process of restructuring mining controls. Major changes are already pending over the coming months, he said. The new rules are to be far stricter than those of the past. Ceballos is convinced “the sector will continue to consolidate.” Small operations will have to merge with larger ones to deal with the stricter regulations in financial terms. Here, too, help from abroad is welcome. This, he said, would not only improve mining safety but also environmental protection. There is still “a lot to do” in both these fields.Colombia boasts one of the best grades of coking coal in the world. At present some 5 Mt are produced annually, largely for export. This makes the country the world’s fourth largest exporter of coking coal. Existing resources are estimated at some 2,000 Mt. Ceballos says over the next ten to 15 years they want to increase exports to an annual 20 to 30 Mt. This is double the amount currently produced in Germany. Costs for this stand in the high double-digit millions. Ceballos says: “To produce a million more tons of coking coal we need additional investment of $ 3-4 million.” If the cooperation with Germany runs to plan not an inconsiderable proportion of this money will flow into the coffers of German mining suppliers.last_img read more

first_imgThe University of Queensland appointed Dr. Alastair Blanshard as the inaugural Paul Eliadis Chair of Classics and Ancient History. The Chair is named after Dr. Paul Eliadis, a UQ graduate, who established the position earlier this year through a generous donation. What prompted Dr. Eliadis philanthropic gift was his passion for classics and due to his Greek heritage, decided to support his “alma mater” by ensuring the teaching of classical languages and ancient history. Dr. Eliadis welcomed the appointment of Dr. Blanshard and stressed the importance of maintaining a society’s cultural memory. “To me, any Western university that doesn’t have a department that teaches the classics does not have a birth certificate,” Dr Eliadis said. Dr Blanshard, who earned a Master of Arts from UQ in 1996, and a PhD from The University of Cambridge in 1999, is an internationally recognised leader in the field of classical tradition, and a series editor for the ‘Classics after Antiquity’ monograph series published by Cambridge University Press. Greek cultural history, Greek rhetoric and law, epigraphy, ancient sexuality are some of Dr. Blanshard’s research interests, who expressed his enthusiasm for being selected for the Chair. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgIt’s the last thing people want to consider: putting their parents into a nursing home.Paying a bond is one of the most contentious parts of getting a loved one in a nursing home and has many family members in shock when they realise how much is needed.For the children of an ageing population, now isn’t the time to be putting their heads in the sand and avoiding the process.The sad fact is, most people are completely unaware or oblivious to what’s entailed in putting their loved ones in aged care, and only start addressing the issue when it’s too late.For Teresa Buckley (nee Tzimopoulos), she was caught unaware when her mother’s condition deteriorated quickly. She expected that she would only need council help, like meals on wheels or a nurse to help her mother with day to day tasks, but the reality set in when her mother was assessed.“It all happened really quickly,” she tells Neos Kosmos.“Her behaviour was a bit strange. She wasn’t recognising herself in the mirror, she kept on thinking ‘that’s a strange woman’.” When the council got to her mother’s house in Springvale, she was hospitalized the same day to see what medication Mrs Tzimopoulos would need to be prescribed. While in hospital, she was assessed and was deemed to need 24 hour care, meaning she would need to be put in a nursing home. It was something Teresa hadn’t considered would need to happen so quickly, knowing her mother wasn’t keen on being away from her home and wouldn’t take lightly to losing her independence. Her deteriorating condition was sadly the qualifying factor for the change, and something Teresa had to accept in a short time.“It was very stressful, I didn’t really have time to sort of think about it and I had to make decisions very quickly,” Teresa says. “I didn’t even know where to start.”That is sadly where many people find themselves when they have to consider aged care for their parents. Jim Scantsonihas, Fronditha’s general manager of operations, sees people in the same situation on a daily basis, fighting the reality that their parents need professional help while juggling to understand a completely foreign system to get them that help.“Most people don’t pay much attention to it because at the time they don’t have much need for it,” he tells Neos Kosmos.“They’re probably not aware until they get to that point, most people don’t know.”What they are faced with is numerous assessments, the possibility of finding upwards of $300,000 as a bond payment and long waiting lists.Currently there are two different processes to get people into nursing homes: one for low care residents and another for high care residents. New changes that come into affect on July 1 means this distinction will not exist anymore, so all residents must provide a bond payment.Currently only low care residents are asked to provide a bond, while high care residents are subsidised by the government. High care residents need to provide 85 per cent of their fortnightly pension only to be admitted.If high care residents have assets above a certain threshold (currently Centrelink have it at $116,136), they will be asked to pay an additional accommodation charge of $34.20 a day.It works a little bit differently for low care residents. A bond must be paid if the resident has assets above the $116,136 threshold. That means if they have property under their name, or money reserves of more than $116,136, they will need to pay a bond. The amount will be different for every person, depending on how much their assets are worth. So if a resident has a house valued at $550,000, they can be asked by a nursing home to provide a $450,000 bond. As a rule, the government has said that the elderly person must be left with $45,000 in their name.Of course, the bond money is returned to the family or the bonds beneficiaries once the resident leaves the nursing home. The nursing home is allowed by law to draw an amount of $3,876 per annum for the first five years (so a total of $19,380) with nothing further thereafter to upgrade the nursing home’s facilities or for other works. Paying a bond is one of the most contentious parts of getting a loved one in a nursing home and has many family members in shock when they realise how much is needed.For many, selling the family home is the only way to get that kind of money. For Teresa, her mother’s home in Springvale was sold to meet the bond’s demands. But for George Kourounis, he was able to avoid selling his family home as his mother was still living in the home. Centrelink will not consider the family home an asset if a partner, dependent child or carer is still living in the home. “Mum was still alive when Dad needed care, so in situations like that, if the other partner is still alive, they take them on board without having to pay a bond,’ George says. “Whilst mum was still alive, dad was good, staying with her, but things after that changed.” George’s father was admitted into aged care two weeks before George lost his mother, meaning a bond didn’t need to be paid. There are three options for paying the bond and not all mean assets need to be sold. The first way is paying a lump sum, which means for some, having to sell property. The other two ways include paying a monthly interest fee, thereby only having to pay a periodic payment on the bond. You can pay a part lump some, for instance $50,000 up front and then paying the rest as a periodic payment, or the other way is just paying a periodic payment. The periodic payment is based on the Department of Health and Aging interest fee set a 7.24 per cent. That fee for instance could be paid by putting the family home up for rent. Fronditha’s Jim Scantsonihas deals with many disgruntled family members and residents who are quite reluctant to see their assets sold off for a place in a nursing home. “For the Greek elderly, there is definitely a reluctance, because obviously they’ve accumulated assets during their working life, they shouldn’t have to pay anymore,” he says. “Sadly that’s the government policy; it’s not a Fronditha policy.”These processes are just the beginning of what is in store for family members looking to get their parents into care. Many will face huge waiting lists especially for niche nursing homes like the Greek affiliated ones our community expects to enter.For Teresa, she felt she had to put her mother in a Greek nursing home to help her get the best experience possible. “It had to be a Greek nursing home, because mum doesn’t speak English,” she says.“We probably looked at around five (nursing homes) and we also looked at English ones too – non Greek.”Fronditha’s Jim Scantsonihas’ best advice to avoid long waiting times is to put a person’s name on as many local nursing homes as possible and transfer to their first choice when spots become available.“If a client to comes to us and they’re really desperate, we encourage them to place their names on more than one nursing home’s waiting list to keep their options open,” he says. “If they do go somewhere where it isn’t their first preference, they can always transfer across to their main preference when that bed becomes available. At least they’re being cared for and they’re not in that desperate position.”Between 2011 and 2026, Australia’s population of older persons from multicultural backgrounds is expected to increase by over 40 per cent. One in four Australians aged over 80 in 2026 will be from a culturally and linguistically diverse background. The need for ethnically specific nursing homes will be skyrocketing for years to come, and dealing with demand will be one of the biggest challenges for the aged care sector.That is why, being prepared and understanding what is needed from families when a family member needs to enter an aged care facility is a huge commodity. “If you’ve got an elderly person at home and you know you’ll need some care down the track, it’s better to have your name down because there are thousands of people on waiting lists and they can’t get in,” says George Kourounis. Having a talk with the family and finding what options work best in the event that an elderly family member needs to be put in care will save a lot of heartache and financial headaches. For more information, visit the Department of Health and Aging’s website, and the Department of Social Services’ website, Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more