Trans student to meet Canada PM Trudeau

first_imgPanjab University’s first transgender student Dhananjay Chauhan has been invited to meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a dinner-reception celebrating Canada-India ties on February 22.Dhananjay, a transfemale, is a student at the Department of Human Rights and Duties, who shot into the limelight after her fight for separate toilets for transgender students.last_img

The Ashes: Darren Lehmann takes a dig at England, says ‘no curfew on adult Australians’

first_imgAustralia cricket team coach Darren Lehmann on Wednesday said he won’t be imposing any curfews on his players throughout the rest of the Ashes series.Lehmann took a dig at England by saying that the Aussies are “adults” and that he has full faith in his players to do the right thing.”We wouldn’t have curfews but that’s our decision and that (having them) is theirs. We have faith in the blokes to do the right thing. They’re grown men, they’re adults,” he told reporters in Adelaide.Lehmann’s statement comes after England cricket chief Andrew Strauss slapped a curfew on his players restricting them from going out after midnight, in the wake of Jonny Bairstow’s alleged headbutt on Australian opener Cameron Bancroft earlier this month.”These guys are not thugs,” Strauss said. “These are good, honest, hard-working cricketers who sacrifice a lot to play for England. We’ve got to take steps to make sure that reality is what people perceive of the England cricket team, not something different.”I think there’s a bit of naivety there (among the players) and I think we need to be smarter,” the Guardian quoted Strauss as saying.Meanwhile, Lehmann also reckons that the Adelaide Oval, which will host the second Ashes Test against England, would be the fastest pitch in the country under lights.”It’s a fascinating Test match, there’s a lot of talk about it’ll seam and it’ll swing,” Lehmann said on Tuesday as the teams travelled from Brisbane to Adelaide.”The ball stays pretty good, but you can make runs if you play well as per normal. And it does quicken up at night — probably the fastest wicket around Australia at night, so that’s going to be interesting, how it plays,” Lehmann was quoted by espncricinfo.advertisementSaying that the Aussies will attack England’s middle and lower order, Lehmann also pointed out that short deliveries will work to the hosts’ advantage as grounds here are bigger than in England.”(Bowling short) certainly hasn’t changed from four years ago. It’s a bit different in Australia than England where grounds are smaller and you can’t really get away with it, on bigger grounds you can.”So that’s one for us that we see as an advantage. They did it quite a lot to us as well, it’s a ploy a lot of people do now. At the back end when the wicket quickened up and we could go after them a bit harder was helpful. That’s the blueprint, it’s no secret we’re going to attack their middle and lower order like that,” Lehmann said.(With IANS & ANI inputs)last_img read more

India vs Australia: Head-to-head records over the last 10 years

first_imgIndia begin their tour of Australia with a three-match T20 series, which will be played on November 21, 23 and 25.India have been dominant against Australia over the years, winning 10 out of 16 T20 Internationals since 2007. Australia have won only five, with one match being abandoned due to rain.In fact, out of the six series that India and Australia have played, India have won three, while Australia have managed only one.The last time India played a T20I series in Australia, they blanked the hosts 3-0 as Virat Kohli finished with three half-centuries.READ – India begin battle for supremacy in Australia with Brisbane T20 InternationalMATCH RESULTS:HOMEAWAYWINNERMARGINVENUEMATCH DATEAustraliaIndiaIndia15 runsDurbanSep 22, 2007IndiaAustraliaIndia7 wicketsMumbai (BS)Oct 20, 2007AustraliaIndiaAustralia9 wicketsMelbourneFeb 1, 2008AustraliaIndiaAustralia49 runsBridgetownMay 7, 2010AustraliaIndiaAustralia31 runsSydneyFeb 1, 2012AustraliaIndiaIndia8 wicketsMelbourneFeb 3, 2012AustraliaIndiaAustralia9 wicketsColombo(RPS)Sep 28, 2012IndiaAustraliaIndia6 wicketsRajkotOct 10, 2013AustraliaIndiaIndia73 runsDhakaMar 30, 2014AustraliaIndiaIndia37 runsAdelaideJan 26, 2016AustraliaIndiaIndia27 runsMelbourneJan 29, 2016AustraliaIndiaIndia7 wicketsSydneyJan 31, 2016IndiaAustraliaIndia6 wicketsMohaliMar 27, 2016IndiaAustraliaIndia9 wicketsRanchiOct 7, 2017IndiaAustraliaAustralia8 wicketsGuwahatiOct 10, 2017INDIVIDUAL RECORDS AND TEAM STATS:15 T20I matches have been played so far between India and Australia, in which the Men in Blue have won 10 matches and the Aussies have won five.Virat Kohli is the top scorer against Australia, scoring 423 runs in 11 innings with an average of 60.42, which is the most runs scored by an individual batsman in India-Australia T20Is. Among Australians, Aaron Finch with 342 runs, in eight innings with an average of 42.75, is the highest scorer.advertisement124 is the highest individual score. Shane Watson had scored and unbeaten 124 off 71 balls in Sydney in 2016.20 is the most sixes hit in a T20I between Australia and India overall. Shane Watson holds that record.Also read – India name playing XI for 1st T20I vs Australia, Rishabh Pant to keep wickets7 sixes are the most hit in a match by an individual. David Warner and Shane Watson share the honours.202/4 is the highest total in a men’s T20I match between Australia and India. India chased the score of 201/7 made by Australia at Rajkot in 2013.74/10 is the lowest ever total in a T20 match between Australia and India. India was bowled out for 74 runs in 17.3 overs in Melbourne in 2008.149 is the lowest match aggregate. Australia chased down the 74-run target set by India in Melbourne in 2008.READ – Ahead of Brisbane T20I, Steve Waugh reminds India of “ordinary away record”403 is the highest match aggregate. Australia scored 201, which India chased down with two balls to spare in Rajkot in 2013.73 is the largest margin of victory. Australia and India. India posted 159/7 in a World T20 group match in 2014, and in reply Australian were bowled out for 86.15 is the smallest margin of victory. India scored 188/5, to which Australia could manage only 173/7 in the ICC World T20 semi-finals in 2007.10 wickets are the most taken by an Individual in T20Is between Australia and India overall. Shane Watson, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah all have 10 wickets.Also read – Virat Kohli not underestimating Australia without Steve Smith and David Warner4/11 is the best bowling figures in an innings. Ravichandran Ashwin took 4 wickets for 11 runs in a group match at the 2014 WT20 in Dhaka.52 is the most runs conceded in an innings. Ishant Sharma went for 52 runs in Rajkot in 2013.All that is but what records can be broken when India take on Australia in the opener of the 3-match T20I series -Rohit Sharma is just 64 runs short of leaving New Zealand batter Martin Guptill (2271 runs) behind and become the highest run-getter in the shortest format of the game.READ – Australia skipper Aaron Finch ready to challenge India in T20I seriesIf Rohit manages to score those runs, it will be first time that an Indain will be holding the pole position in the list of most runs in all three formats of the international game, as Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run-scorer in Test and ODI cricket.Rohit can also claim the title of the one with the most sixes in T20Is. He has hit 96 sixes in 87 matches and is just eight short of crossing Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle, who both have a tally of 103 sixes each.If India beat Australia in the first mnatch of the series inat Gabba in Brisbane, then they will be the first team beat Australia in five consecutive T20I matches on their home soil.advertisementAlso watch –last_img read more

Minerva and Chennayin may play AFC games in Ahmedabad

first_imgLast year’s I-League champion Minerva Punjab and Indian Super League winners Chennaivin FC have turned to The Arena by TransStadia, a multi-facility stadium at the heart of Ahmedabad, Gujarat to host their upcoming AFC Champions League and AFC Cup ties, respectively.TranStadia, opened in 2016 with over 20,000 seating capacity, is the home of Pro Kabaddi side Gujarat Fortune Giants and has also hosted the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup.The stadium boasts of a FIFA-approved football pitch and could well be the home of these Indian teams for their home fixtures in AFC matches.Both teams play their opening games away from homewith Chandigarh-based Minerva playing their preliminary round against Iranian club Saipa FC on February 12 away while Chennaiyin will play either Transport United or Colombo SC on March 6. In Case of being knocked out, Minerva will get relegated to the AFC Cup.”lt’s true, we are in talks with TransStadia to host our AFC fixtures,” a Minerva club official told Mail Today.”There arent many stadiums that up to the standards that can host the AFC competitions and plenty of the stadiums are already hosting the ISL. We are still negotiating and are also looking for options but its likely we will play there. We also heard Chennaiyin are also in talks so let’s see how it works.”last_img read more

TOUCH IN SINGAPORE

first_imgOnce again it’s time to take a step back from what’s happening in Australian Touch and have a look at the International scene. In recent months we’ve learnt a little about Touch in Afghanistan, Spain, South Africa and Germany and now I’m back with a story on Touch in Singapore. Singapore is a city, an island and a country all in one, with an area of 647.5 square kilometres and with a population of over 4 million people. Just over 76% of it’s people are Chinese and they speak English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. Touch has been played in the Singapore `expat’ community for over 25 years now, with Bryan O’Connor, Touch Singapore Director, confident it was the ANZAC influence in getting people togther for the regular Sunday morning social run that was the main attraction. In 2000, Federation of International Touch (FIT) President Cary Thompson, visited Singapore to instigate coaching and referee development, which lead to the formation of Touch Singapore. They then became affiliated with FIT in the same year. The popularity of Touch is growing and Touch Singapore are well aware that their potential lies in the children and youth. Touch is played regularly on weekends by a group of around 400 adults, in various social divisions, tournaments and competition. However, it is the children that hold the key to the future success of Touch Singapore…Touch is played by thousands of local Singaporean children and youth, it is very popular in the international schools at all levels and O’Connor highlights this as the target market for Touch Singapore. “Touch is still seen as a `girls’ game, as it has been positioned as a support activity for rugby; full contact for boys and Touch for girls. However, more and more male youth are recognizing the growing number of attractive girls playing Touch , so the social aspect is a key, though being beaten by girls has been tough to swallow and the boys are now realising the high skill aspects as well,” he said. “The sooner Touch is recognised as a unique sport, awareness will grow and Touch will be a popular dual sex sport.” Touch Singapore coordinates regular events including: * Modified Touch tournaments and leagues for children and youth aged 8-18, * Intervarsity leagues for university and college teams * 1 Day tournaments that range from club events to social days with the `Country of Origin’ Touch Tournament an annual favourite, being Singapore’s international version of the `State of Origin’ & Trans-Tasman series. * The annual Summer Touch League (STL) & National Touch League (NTL) develops our locals for the Asian Club Touch Championships (now an annual event next being held in July 2006) They are also fast growing a solid reputation on the international stage after sending three sides to compete in the FIT 2003 World Cup in Japan including an Open Womens side, Open Mixed and Masters 40’s, with the World Cup being the first real international competition that many of their players had experienced. The event was an amazing learning experience for the players and sides, with the teams returning from the event keen to keep developing their skills and knowledge, as well as experience. At the 2003 World Cup the Mixed team performed well and the Mens 40’s defeated Japan for the bronze medal, highlighting the potential Touch Singapore has and setting them up for the 2007 World Cup in South Africa. Club teams often travel and compete in `regional’ events in Thailand, Malaysia and Shanghai and they are currently developing their representative teams to compete at the All Nations in New Zealand later this year. “Recently Singapore played India in the first ever International Touch Series staged in Asia and although Touch Singapore teams won the Womens, Mens and Mixed games, both India and our local players benefited from the series and this will build to bigger things in Asia,” said O’Connor. “Touch Thailand has also just returned to Bangkok after a weekend of friendly matches and our sides are looking forward to reciprocating and travelling there, so as to offer some additional development for the tour to New Zealand in October.” The Singapore Women’s team is recognised as the team to beat in Asia and with the Asian Master’s tournament being staged June 11-12 the Singapore club sides will take on teams from Shanghai, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and beyond. Like every nation, there are hindrances to the sport’s development with players in Singapore facing problems such as lack of funding, lack of recognition for Touch Football as a unique and independent sport to `rugby’, a lack of playing fields and facilities and a lack of government recognition. “All participants fund their own local participation and travel to all tournaments and events. Touch is not supported by the Singapore Sports Council and so must operate as a service / sports provider, whereas other sports are supported as National Sports Associations (NSA) and gain significant funding for player, coaching and technical development and elite athlete activities,” said O’Connor. Singaporeans would not normally pay to compete in sports activities, with National Sports Associations having access to government fields and significant funding so that the individual can participate for free. However, Bryan O’Connor is confident that Touch is slowly gaining recognition and more participants are now realising that if they want to join in, they must pay a minimal amount so as to allow the organizers of the various events to rent fields, pay referees and operate. Touch Singapore are no doubt hopeful that recognition of the sport by the Singapore Sports Council will be not to far down the track. Touch Singapore promotes the Asian Club Touch Championships as an annual event and will launch the World Universities Touch Championships in association with the Asian Clubs. They are now also promoting the inaugural Asian All Schools Touch Championships in December 2005, with the junior event being a tournament for the regional youth enthusiasts to target on an annual basis. O’Connor and Touch Singapore are hoping and believing that this will raise the profile and player numbers in the region. Along with a growing profile comes a growing need for people to run and work the sport and it’s management. Touch Singapore already has two full time employees for the sport, a Development Manager and a Development Officer. In addition, they have a number of part time Program Leaders that assist with junior development. Many of these people are keen to not just play but to also guide younger players and referee so they become fully involved in Touch as a sport for life. While Touch Singapore may not have qualified coaches or referees yet, they are certainly not sitting back and just wishing it would happen. “We are working on developing our technical expertise via the support from Touch NZ, the ATA and state administrations like Touch West and NSW Touch, as all have been very helpful and are eager to assist further,” said O’Connor. “It is through this assistance and support that Touch Singapore has been able to maintain growth in participation, awareness and technical development.” For further information on Touch Singapore please contact: Bryan O’Connor Director Touch Singapore E-Mail: info@touchsingapore.org URL: www.touchsingapore.orglast_img

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: We have to improve in pretty much everything

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: We have to improve in pretty much everythingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists his table leaders still have room for improvement.The Merseysiders host Arsenal today and look forward to their 2019 kicking off with a trip to Manchester City, which could see them land a major blow on their title rivals by extending the gap to them to as much as 10 points.And Klopp reckons the unbeaten leaders have yet to play to their full potential this season.He said: “There are a lot of really good parts but was there a game where I thought, ‘It is not possible that we can be better’? No. It was not there yet.“We have to improve in pretty much everything. There is a lot to come from the boys.” last_img read more

Delhi Truck driver dies in crash

first_imgNew Delhi: A dumper truck driver was killed after his vehicle crashed into a stationary lorry in north Delhi’s Wazirabad area, police said on Wednesday. Santosh, a resident of Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh, died in the accident which occurred on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday on the Outer Ring near Gopalpur, a senior police officer said. The driver of the ill-fated truck was heading towards Kashmere Gate, police said, adding that he was taken to a hospital but was declared brought dead by the doctors, they said. After conducting post-mortem at the Sabzi Mandi mortuary, the body was handed over to his family members, the officer said. A case under sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) and 304A (causing death by negligence) was registered, he added.last_img read more

Supreme Court asks Centre JK to restore normalcy in Kashmir

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration were on Monday asked by the Supreme Court to restore normalcy in the Valley as early as possible.With the top court taking up multiple pleas on J&K, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the state, told the bench headed by Justice Gogoi that not a single bullet has been fired by security forces after August 5 when Article 370 that granted special status to J&K was revoked and the state bifurcated into two separate union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. In related developments, state Governor Satya Pal Malik met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi and is believed to have briefed him about the security situation in J and K. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also reviewed the situation amid reports that around 230 terrorists were waiting at terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir(PoK) to enter the country. The J&K government, as well as the Centre, should make “every endeavour to restore the normalcy as early as possible”, a bench of the apex court said, adding the “restoration will be on a selective basis keeping in mind the national interest”. Attorney General K K Venugopal also told the CJI-headed bench that comprised justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer about the steps taken by authorities to restore normalcy.last_img read more

Reopening of key Gaza border crossing welcomed by UN aid agency

UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) spokesperson Chris Gunness said it was now crucial that Karni is permanently open and fully functional.“If we are to avoid total aid dependency for Gaza, we need to get commercial imports and exports moving,” Mr. Gunness said.UNRWA and other UN aid agencies have been warning that Gaza faces food shortages within weeks unless the border crossing points into Israel are re-opened after they were closed during the deadly intra-Palestinian fighting that erupted earlier this month.The Karni crossing is considered particularly vital as it used to handle 200 to 300 trucks each day and is the main commercial crossing between Gaza and Israel.The Erez crossing remains open to international agencies’ staff and to health referrals to Israel, while no interruptions have so far occurred along the Nahal Oz line, which supplies petrol, diesel and cooking gas to Gaza. But the Rafah crossing – the main crossing for people – has been closed since 10 June, and an estimated 5,000 Palestinians are waiting at the Egyptian border to return to their homes in Gaza.The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said UN agencies are currently meeting the basic needs of the Gaza Strip’s estimated 1.4 million residents, with about 80 to 90 trucks carrying relief supplies able to enter the territory daily.But there is still a long way to go, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said today.“Everyone is working hard on this and I welcome the news of our increased capacity to deliver urgently-needed aid in Gaza, but I cannot over-emphasize the importance of ensuring the resumption of full-scale supplies through the main crossing points and beginning to open up regular economic access too.”Since the crisis began in the Gaza Strip, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has reported that there are 100,000 additional recipients of food aid in the crowded territory. The Programme helps about 377,000 people in Gaza, while UNRWA provides food assistance to some 860,000 others there. 28 June 2007The United Nations agency tasked with helping Palestinian refugees today welcomed the opening of the Karni crossing point between Israel and the Gaza Strip, which has allowed 5,000 tons of wheat to reach Gaza. read more

Avaya Continues Mulling NextStep Options

With the announcement, Avaya stock dropped 12% as of press time.Tags:News & ViewsAvayaUnified Communications & CollaborationIndustry NewsNews & ViewsVendor News Articles You Might Like As discussed previously on No Jitter, including in last week’s post “Tick, Tock, the Clock Is Running for Avaya,” the company expected to have a decision to share by week’s end — or 30 days from its Aug. 13 third quarter earnings call. In today’s update, Avaya stated that its “review of a range of strategic alternatives is ongoing” and that it “remains in advanced discussions.” What’s more, Avaya has removed any timeframe for a final decision, though it assured that the review team is “working expeditiously,” to evaluate options. “There can be no assurances regarding the timing of any action or transaction nor that the strategic review process will result in any particular outcome,” stated Avaya, noting, too, that it has no intention of providing updates “unless or until it determines that further disclosure is necessary.” Justifying Workspace Applications: Time to Up the Game Marty Parker September 10, 2019 Communication technology vendors and their value-adding partners must take the lead in defining business justifications for their collaboration and workspace applications. Tick, Tock, the Clock Is Running for Avaya Zeus Kerravala September 06, 2019 Lots of speculation surrounds Avaya’s future, but mum’s still the word on a final decision. whats-next.jpg Mitel, Avaya Merger on Tap? Beth Schultz August 20, 2019 On the heels of word that Avaya is close to reaching acquisition deal, the focus turns to Mitel and a reported bid of $20 per share. Industry watchers — eagerly waiting for news of an Avaya deal — might have to sit tight for a while. Today, the company issued a heads-up that it’s not quite ready to share where it stands with the strategic alternatives it began exploring earlier this year with the help of J.P. Morgan. See All in Unified Communications & Collaboration » Best of Breed vs. Suites: Becoming Moot Point in UC Sorell Slaymaker July 24, 2019 Legacy enterprises must stop ignoring the fact that the future of communications software is embedded in applications. Avaya Still on the Block, Resolution May Come Soon Beth Schultz August 14, 2019 As the company plugs away on cloud sales, CEO Jim Chirico looks to wrap up its review of strategic alternatives in the next 30 days. Log in or register to post comments read more

Delhi home invasion

Two men armed with knives entered a Delhi home and demanded money from the occupants on Thursday.The two suspects gained access at just before 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 through a back door that was left open at the Main Street residence.After making the demand for money, the pair walked through the home and removed various electronic items. They then exited and left the property in an unknown direction.The occupants were not injured and immediately contacted police.Both suspects were described to police as males, black and about 16 years of age.The Norfolk County OPP Crime Unit is continuing to investigate and is seeking assistance from the public. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are being asked to contact the Norfolk County OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122, Crime Stoppers at 1 – 800 – 222 – TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com.The OPP reminds all members of the public to be aware of their personal safety at all times and to be extremely vigilant when any stranger arrives at your home. read more

Deploring rights abuses in Belarus UN expert calls for detainees release

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Adrian Severin, cited reports that riot police stormed an opposition tent camp in Minsk, the capital, early today, beating demonstrators detained inside buses in order to avoid press attention, and releasing an unknown white gas. “The Special Rapporteur reiterates his call on the Government of Belarus to release immediately and unconditionally all political prisoners, bring all violations of human rights to an immediate end, and investigate them, in order to bring those responsible to justice,” Mr. Severin said in a statement released in Geneva.“The Special Rapporteur urges the President and the Government of Belarus to engage immediately in a constructive dialogue with all sectors of the Belarusian society and with the political opposition before the human rights situation deteriorates even further,” he added.Only yesterday Mr. Severin, who already last week strongly deplored the Government’s actions ahead of Sunday’s vote, noted “with regret” that international monitors had cited arbitrary use of state power, widespread detentions, persistent disregard for the basic rights of freedom of assembly as well as allegations of fraud. “The EP (European Parliament ) ad hoc delegation stated that Alexander Lukashenko cannot be recognized as the legitimate president of Belarus, as the elections were not free, fair or democratic and called for a re-run of the elections, as well as for an extension of European Union sanctions against Belarus,” he said in that statement. Special Rapporteurs, who are unpaid and serve in a personal capacity, receive their mandates from the UN Commission on Human Rights. read more

BQ customers compensated after complaining that paint smells like cat urine

first_img“The bacteria grow in the can and release hydrogen sulphide gas which is the bad egg small, and ammonia which is the urine smell.”In a statement, Valspar said it had re-added an additive previously removed from eight of its 140 paint products, having identified that “in exceptional circumstances” the paints emit an ammonia-type odour.It said: “The ammonia-type odour occurs very rarely and when used on walls that are particularly porous, and where the wall is exposed to excessive heat or direct sunlight. The odour naturally wears off over time.“We are working with B&Q to support our customers. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and ask that anyone similarly affected contact B&Q’s Customer Services.” B&Q is to compensate hundreds of customers who have complained that its paint smells like cat’s urine or rotting animals.The smell, emitting from walls and cupboards painted with Valspar paint, is said to get worse in hotter weather and has led many to complain that it is causing headaches.Baffled customers said they had removed all of the furniture from their rooms, bleached the carpets and washed the bedding before eventually realising it was the paint.Valspar, a US firm whose products are supplied exclusively in the UK by B&Q, said the problem was caused by the removal of a preservative which has since been reinstated.Hundreds of people have complained online. One said his room smelt like a “dead soggy mouse” while another said their bedroom was “practically uninhabitable”.Another said she had paid an electrician, plumber and gas man to try and locate the problem before discovering the paint was to blame.Valspar, a US firm whose products are supplied exclusively in the UK by B&Q, blamed the removal of a preservative for the “ammonia-type odour” and said it had now been reinstated. B&Q said it will compensate customers who have purchased the paint But B&Q did not say how much it would refund customers in vouchers or whether the cost of repainting would also be included.Some customers pointed out that they had paid a significant amount for professional decorators to paint their homes and demanded to be compensated.Charlotte Quine from Brighton told BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours: “What concerns me is that it seems the problem is caused by bacteria growing in the paint.“Until Valspar is prepared to investigate and say definitively what is causing this problem I’m slightly concerned about just painting over it. It’s kind of like sweeping it under the carpet.“If there is a bacteria growing in my walls I want to know what it is and whether it’s going to cause any problems.”Several customers complained online that the hideous smell was giving them headaches.Experts have said the problem was most likely to have been caused by a bacterial contamination in the can and was unlikely to be harmful.Graham Hill, managing director of ECHA Microbiology in Cardiff, said that changes to EU law, which restricts the types of preservatives paint manufacturers can use, means the problem is becoming more common.“It’s a well known issue in the paint industry,” he said. B&Q said it will compensate customers who have purchased the paintCredit:Getty Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It has advised customers to paint over the offending walls with two coats of alkaline sealer with their chosen paint then on top of that.last_img read more

Greek Cafe exhibition attracts large crowds

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The official launch of the Selling an American Dream: Australia’s Greek Cafe exhibition in Sydney has seen over 300 invited guests crowding into the Macquarie University Art Gallery’s exhibition space. Over 120 unique black and white historical and contemporary photos were on display, as well as a diverse array of Greek Cafe ware and signage. The curators, photographer Effy Alexakis and historian Leonard Janiszewski, received many congratulations for mounting a magnificent exhibition.last_img read more

Oakleigh gets World School status

first_imgFollowing four years of planning and development, Oakleigh Grammar has been granted official status as an International Baccalaureate (IBO) World School.Recognised globally, the school’s Middle Years Program (MYP) was accredited with the status last week, granting educators and students access to what the school described as “unparalleled educational resources”. Principal Mark Robertson said that that the school’s status as an IBO World School was “a significant achievement”.The newly-implemented program being offered to years 6 to 9, and year 10 in 2016, is a five-year project that places greater emphasis on the learner and the development of their learning skills. The curriculum comprising of eight subject groups grants students a greater opportunity to explore different subject areas, enabling them to decide which streams they would like to pursue while completing their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).Deputy principal Peter Cummins says they are already reaping the rewards of the program, so far having seen “a huge impact on student learning and achievement”.More than 4,000 schools have opted to take part in the IBO program, a trend attributed to the emphasis placed on students’ personal development, encouraging them to make practical connections between their studies and the world around them. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Air India system restored after server shutdown affected flight services worldwide

first_img This is not the first time that something like this has happened. A few days back due to a technical glitch in the airline’s check-in software delayed 25 of its flights across India. “Between 3:30 to 4:30 am today, passenger services system of Air India that is run by SITA was taken for maintenance and after that, it remained down till 8:45 am, it has just come back. System restored. During the day we will see consequential delays,” Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.Passengers had earlier tweeted saying that they no information as to when the services will resume. Air India passengers stranded at Delhi airport.Twitter/ANIHours after Air India’s operations were affected across the world, the airline managed to restore its system on Saturday, April 27. The airline’s SITA server was down since 3 am due to which flights including both — domestic and international — have been affected and the airline was not able to issue boarding passes to passengers at airports across the world.The airline issued a statement today morning confirming that the issue was resolved. “Air India System restored,” said Ashwani Lohani, Chairman and Managing Director of Air India.Though the server has been restored, the shutdown has affected both domestic and international travellers. Hundreds of passengers who were stranded at airports not only complained about delayed flights but also shared pictures and videos of crowded airports in Mumbai and the national capital.last_img read more