Rabat – French Magazine Marianne revealed in an article on Thursday that Moroccan intelligence services alerted their French counterparts four days before the Normandy Church terrorist attack, when two men slit the throat of a priestas he was performing mass on Tuesday morning.On July 22, the Moroccan intelligence services warned France over an imminent threat with a photo of Abdel Malik Petitjean, according to the same sourceOne of the attackers was identified as Adel Kermiche, 19, who had tried several times to travel to Syria using the passports of family members. Kermiche disappeared the first time in March 2015, when the German authorities caught him and accused him of trying to get to Syria using his brother’s passport.He was sent back to France and released on conditional parole awaiting trial. He again tried to enter Syria from Turkey using his cousin’s identity papers when he was arrested and sent back to France for further investigation in May 2015.Kermiche was released on March 18, 2016 on the condition of being fitted with an electronic tag allowing authorities to monitor his movements. He was obligated to live at his parents’ home and to only go out between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm.The other perpetrator of the attack, Abdel Malik Petitjean, also tried to travel to Syria through Turkey, and the French authorities considered him a ‘’fiche’’ ‘’S’’, a serious threat to national security.Edited by Timothy Filla
A Florida man has been convicted of manslaughter for a fatal shooting during an argument about a parking spot, local media reported on Saturday, in a case that made headlines when police initially declined to arrest the suspect due to the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law.A jury found Michael Drejka, 49, of Clearwater, Florida, guilty after about six hours of deliberation late on Friday, according to media including the Tampa Bay Times.The shooting on July 19, 2018, happened after Drejka became involved in an argument outside a Clearwater grocery store with a woman he accused of parking in a spot reserved for handicapped people without the proper permit, police said.The woman’s boyfriend, 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton, shoved him to the ground, at which point Drejka drew his licensed concealed handgun and shot McGlockton in the chest. He later told investigators he feared for his life, but security camera footage that appeared to show his victim retreating when Drejka pulled his weapon was widely shared online and triggered anger on social media.Police initially declined to charge Drejka, citing a 2005 law that grants residents the right to use deadly force if they reasonably believe they are at risk of great harm or death. The state attorney’s office later filed charges.The “stand your ground” law, which removes legal responsibility to retreat from a dangerous situation, was cited as a factor in the fatal 2012 shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin by a volunteer neighborhood watch captain who was eventually acquitted.The racially charged Martin case triggered national outrage and prompted criticism of the “stand your ground” law as a license to kill with impunity.Drejka is white and McGlockton was black. The shooter in the Martin case, George Zimmerman, is a light-skinned Hispanic.
The Mazar Security Commission in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, and representatives of the local commanders from the Jumbish and Jamiat militias, will discuss the details of when and where disarmament should take place in Sholgara district.The commanders have agreed not to return to Sholgara until disarmament has been completed and they are reporting to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in Mazar every day, mission spokesman David Singh told a briefing in Kabul, the Afghan capital.At the Security Commission meeting yesterday all factions agreed that five areas to be identified in the lower Dar-i-Suf sector would be disarmed, Mr. Singh said.UNAMA has helped the commission broker truces in several areas of northern Afghanistan recently. In April it helped end a spate of deadly violence between the warring factions in the northern city of Maimana.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 26, 2013 8:47 am MDT Canadian dollar advances amid weaker than expected U.S. GDP report TORONTO – The Canadian dollar advanced Friday amid data showing the U.S. economy was weaker than expected in the first quarter.The loonie was up 0.38 of a cent to 98.34 cents US.The U.S. government says gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of 2.5 per cent in the January-March period, boosted largely by consumer spending.That was a sharp improvement from the 0.4 per cent growth reported in the final quarter of the year, but analysts had hoped for growth of three per cent.Other data showed a deterioration in consumer confidence in April.A report released by the University of Michigan and Thomson Reuters gauged consumer sentiment in April at 76.4 per cent — its lowest since January.March data came in at 78.6 per cent. The report measures consumers views on personal finances and buying trends.Commodity prices weakened after oil and metals rose sharply over the past two sessions amid data showing U.S. oil inventories growing less than expected last week and a report from Goldman Sachs predicting a rebound in copper prices.Hopes that the European Central Bank will cut interest rates next Thursday to boost the Continent’s economy had also helped drive prices up.The June crude contract on the Nymex fell 64 cents to US$93 a barrel and May copper was down five cents to US$3.18 a pound.June gold bullion shed early gains to close down $8.40 to US$1,453.60 an ounce.
The country’s Justice Department recently published a circular that enhanced its current system of determining refugee status and put in place a procedure to know whether a person is stateless. The new procedure, which takes effect today, is “an important step” to ensure the Philippines meets its obligations under the Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a news release. Last year, the Philippines became the first member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to ratify the Convention, a 1954 agreement that establishes a legal status for stateless people to ensure that they can live in conditions of security and dignity until they are able to acquire a nationality. “It is particularly useful for addressing the situation of stateless migrants who might otherwise be bounced from one country to another and end up in long-term detention or destitution because no one wishes to take responsibility for them,” noted UNHCR. UNHCR’s representative in the Philippines, Bernard Kerblat, said the new mechanism is a testament to the genuine humanitarian spirit in the country, and that this unified approach provides the widest possible protection net for refugees and the stateless. The agency noted that while refugees and stateless people are protected under Philippine law, the new procedure provides a way to unify refugees with extended family members such as grandparents. Asylum-seekers have the right to a lawyer and interpreter during the process, and they cannot be deported while undergoing the procedure, ensuring respect for international law. Other safeguards to protect asylum-seekers and refugees were integrated in the procedure, such as special measures for unaccompanied children. The Government also formed a unit dedicated to protecting both refugees and stateless people with its own budget resources and allowing it to coordinate with agencies to reduce and prevent statelessness. A former group handled asylum claims only. UNHCR added that the Philippines now joins Moldova and Georgia as the only countries in the world to fulfil its pledge, made during a meeting of States last year, to establish a statelessness determination procedure.
The visit by Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco follows a call by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the South Asian nation to hold a re-run election as soon as possible so that a new president can be inaugurated on 11 November in accordance with the Constitution.The results of the presidential poll held in September were annulled by the Supreme Court, and a re-run scheduled for last month did not take place. Mr. Fernandez-Taranco “will stress the importance of holding the elections as planned and ensuring a constitutional path forward, encouraging Maldivian political leaders and Government officials to fulfil their responsibilities towards the democratic process,” said UN spokesperson Farhan Haq. The visit coincides with that of the Special Envoy of the Commonwealth Secretary-General for the Maldives, Sir Don McKinnon, and reflects the very close coordination between the UN and the Commonwealth on the situation in the Maldives, Mr. Haq added.
“Of special concern is the scope and global nature of the current threats caused by terrorism, illegal drug trafficking and organized crime. Destructive and inhumane forces of terrorism and extremism have been gaining in power [dragging into] their orbit an ever-increasing number of young people,” said the President in his address at the annual General Debate.As such, he urged the world leaders to implement UN’s anti-terrorism mechanisms and relevant resolutions to halt the spread of terrorism and radicalism. “It is in our common interests that Member States implement the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and relevant resolutions of the UN General Assembly and Security Council, and effectively combat any forms and manifestations of terrorism, including the use of Internet for terrorist purposes,” said the President.He also commended the accomplishments of the Drug Control Agency of Tajikistan in curbing drug trafficking.“Since 1995, the Tajikistan National drug enforcement authorities have confiscated 11 metric tonnes of narcotics. This amount is equal to 206,650,000 drug doses, and could have turned 50 million people the world over into drug abusers,” he explained. The President also highlighted his country’s friendly relations with neighbouring Afghanistan, and urged world leaders to support the Afghan Government in their struggle to bring peace in the country.“Tajikistan stands for expanding friendly and good neighbouring relations with Afghanistan, and calls on the international community to support the efforts of the Government…at achieving peace and stability by addressing the social and economic problems, continuing the process of national reconciliation and dialogue, and involving the country in the regional cooperation,” he said. The President praised the UN on its recent adoption of the Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and said that this provides a ‘road map’ for countries aiming to achieve broader sustainability.He also pointed out the significant impact the effects of climate change have had in Tajikistan.“It is known that as a result of climate change, the amount of water resources stored in glaciers and snow-caps has diminished, the area of ground water affected by salinization has increased, and precipitation has become more frequent and heavier,” the President explained.However, he stressed that despite climactic troubles, Tajikistan has been aiming towards transformation to a ‘green economy.’“In terms of the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions Tajikistan ranks as 135th in the group of countries with the least emissions of greenhouse gases. Per capita emission of the greenhouse gasses in the country is 10 times less than the average world index. A broad use of renewable energy sources, predominantly hydropower facilitates economic and social development of the country and formation of ‘green economy’, he added.President Rahmon is among the many leaders who will address the general debate of 70th General Assembly which opened this year with the adoption of Agenda 2030 and 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Made up of all the 193 Member States of the UN, the Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of international issues covered by the UN Charter.
The Chargers have to be one of the NFL’s most frustrated franchises. In 2013, they led the league in average drive distance on offense — gaining an average of 37.6 yards per drive. They also had the lowest three-and-out rate, with only 25.6 percent of their drives failing to gain a first down. And overall they scored 2.32 points per drive, good for second in the league behind Denver’s 2.83. Their defense was mediocre, ranking 22nd in average points allowed per drive, but their net point differential between their drives and their opponents’ drives was ninth in the league. Despite all that, they finished only 9-7. The Chargers haven’t had a 10-win season since LaDanian Tomlinson’s departure in 2009.Since Philip Rivers took over as starting QB in 2006, the statistical darling and regular Pro Bowler has made the Chargers an offensive powerhouse, scoring 2.20 points per drive, the fourth-highest in the period, behind only the Patriots, Peytons,12i.e. the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos with Peyton Manning at quarterback. and Saints. This has put them in very good company among NFL franchises.Every team in the Chargers’ neighborhood has won a Super Bowl, and the only team with greater success to fail to win one over that period is the Patriots.Like Manning, Rivers has his detractors: He can’t win in the playoffs! He can’t win big games! He makes mistakes at key moments! These are the classic arguments against statistically sound quarterbacks who perform well year in and year out but then fail to perform well in a few games (or even a few parts of a few games) in January.But in this case, there may be something to it. At a cursory level, Rivers’s teams have not performed well in close games — which you see more of in the playoffs:Since good teams are less likely to get blown out, they will naturally lose closer games much more often than blowouts. For example, Tom Brady has won 92 percent of his games decided by eight or more points, but “only” 58 percent of those decided by seven or fewer. But even considering this, Rivers has been terrible: He has won 77 percent of his larger-margin games, but just 38 percent of close ones. And as far as football goes, this isn’t a very small sample: Rivers is 19-31 in those games.13This is another area where criticisms of Peyton Manning are turned on their heads: Manning is a whopping 30-16 in close games.The only quarterback who has won more blowouts and lost more close games is Aaron Rodgers. As a Super Bowl-winner and one of the highest-rated quarterbacks of all time, he may sound like good company, but as I discussed earlier, while Rodgers’s skills aren’t in doubt, his win-maximizing tactics are.With that in mind, I used a similar method to look more closely at when Rivers throws interceptions and touchdowns14This is also similar to the analysis I did with Matthew Stafford (I’ve been doing this a lot lately). The full report looks like this., and a few things stuck out:Like Rodgers, Rivers’s interception rate is lowest relative to expectation when his team is trailing by two or more scores. This is typically the best time to be “aggressive” in the passing game.Rivers is good at not throwing interceptions when his team is way ahead. While fine, that habit inflates his statistics. Not throwing interceptions in those situations will help things like his passer rating or his team’s points-per-drive stats, but it won’t improve the team’s chances of winning games by much.Rivers throws 26.0 percent of his interceptions in the first quarter, compared to a league average 18.4 percent (the only quarter in which he throws more interceptions per attempt than average). I have nothing against gambling early, but this is a symptom of a common syndrome, wherein a QB will gamble early, or when it comes down to the wire, but will be overly cautious in between.Rivers actually does appear to play worse than his usual self in close situations. For example, he throws 71.2 percent of his interceptions when the two teams are separated by one score or fewer, compared to a league average of 60.2 percent. Meanwhile, he throws 59.3 percent of his touchdowns in those situations, compared to a league average of 63.1 percent.So overall it appears that there are markers of Rivers being a bit too conservative in some of the wrong places. On top of that, it’s likely that his stats are a bit inflated, and he has played worse than normal in the highest-leverage situations.But good news, Chargers fans! This is preferable to consistency across scenarios. As I said with Rodgers, strategic shortcomings are fixable. And while playing the worst in the most important spots may get a quarterback a reputation as a choker, those are the most likely spots for his play to improve (as he regresses toward his own personal mean).Oakland RaidersExpected wins: 5.4Playoff probability: 10 percent (4 percent to win the AFC West)Super Bowl win probability: 0 percent FiveThirtyEight is running a series of eight NFL previews, one division at a time, to highlight the numbers that may influence each team’s season. America’s favorite weekly soap opera is about to begin; get prepped.Denver BroncosExpected wins (using implied power ratings from Las Vegas point spreads): 10.3Playoff probability: 73 percent (56 percent to win the AFC West)Super Bowl win probability: 11 percent Last year, Kansas City went 11-5 despite a significant regression in QB Alex Smith’s statistics from the year before. How did they do so well (aside from having a highly favorable turnover differential)?Largely because of Alex Smith.5And, by extension, Andy Reid. He may not be the QB Chiefs fans wanted, but he’s the QB Chiefs fans needed. While Smith’s passer rating of 89.1 represented a 15-point drop from his 2012 season with San Francisco,6Fueled in part by Randy Moss. it’s still 25.3 points higher than Kansas City’s 2012 quarterbacks.7They also saw a huge improvement on the defensive side of the ball (going from -3.7 defensive SRS to +4.3), though part of that may be a result of the Chiefs’ offensive improvement.But Alex Smith isn’t even close to being the Chiefs’ best player.8At least relatively. Smith being “kind of OK” at QB might be more valuable than some non-QB being the best at his position, but that doesn’t make him the best QB. That would be all-star running back Jamaal Charles, who led the Chiefs in both rushing and receiving last year, and who has averaged 5.6 yards per carry over his career.While Fantasy Football players have been intimately familiar with Charles since his breakout 2009 season, the three-time Pro-Bowler has flown a little under the radar playing for a Kansas City team that hasn’t won a playoff game since 1993.In my NFC North season preview, I mildly criticized Adrian Peterson9Or at least the running game he spearheads. for being better at the kinds of things the passing game already has covered (breaking long plays), and worse at the kinds of things that help keep the running game relevant (gaining yardage consistently, setting up high-leverage second downs). So with another star running back on my plate, I thought I should check to see if Charles has similar problems.The simple answer is “no.” The slightly more complicated answer is “no, and this is a silly comparison because Jamaal Charles is way better than Adrian Peterson.”Let’s start with what kinds of outcomes each back produces on first-and-10 runs from outside the red zone10I used slightly different filters from the ones I used in the NFC North article, so Peterson’s numbers may not match perfectly.:Charles runs for losses or no yards less often than Peterson does, has more quality (4-6 yard) and high-leverage (7-9 yard) gains, runs for first downs more often, and has more yards per carry on those first down runs.OK, fine. But there’s more to being a running back than just running on first down, right? For a more comprehensive comparison, I looked at a number of different scenarios11Still filtered to exclude red-zone possessions.:This is a bit of a split decision. AP is a little better on second-and-mid-distance (which is one of the more common running situations) and a little bit better on third-and-1 (though Charles isn’t used that way very often). On the other hand, Charles appears to be better at second-and-short-distance as well as third-and-medium to third-and-long (which Peterson is not asked to do very often, either).To try to boil it down in a way that’s neutral to team circumstances, I took each RB’s performance for all scenarios (including those above and rarer ones) and applied it to the frequency of those scenarios league wide. The result of that calculation is pretty lopsided: On a common set of runs, Charles would likely pick up first downs 5.7 percentage points more often and would gain 1.6 yards more per carry than an average running back, compared to 3.2 percentage points and 1.0 extra yards per carry for Peterson. In other words, per carry, Charles gains about 0.6 more yards and is 2.5 percentage points more likely to pick up a first down than Peterson.Meanwhile, Charles is also more of a threat to catch passes, wrangling in 222 receptions for 1,975 yards and 14 touchdowns in 80 games, compared to Peterson’s 206 catches, 1,697 yards and 5 TDs in 103 games. When throwing to Charles, QBs have a passer rating of 101.1, compared to 77.3 normally. QBs have a passer rating of 89.7 when targeting Peterson, versus 80.6 normally.In other words, not only does Charles catch more passes, but targeting him has led to better outcomes for worse quarterbacks. Also, he has had worse quarterbacks! This makes his performance less likely to be a product of his team’s offense.All in all, the Chiefs should probably expect to regress somewhat after such a dramatic improvement (and such a favorable turnover margin) last year, but they definitely have some weapons to keep them competitive.San Diego ChargersExpected wins: 7.9Playoff probability: 35 percent (17 percent to win the AFC West)Super Bowl win probability: 2 percent The Denver Broncos are coming off a second straight 13-3 season and their first Super Bowl appearance in the post-Elway era. It was MVP quarterback Peyton Manning’s 10th time winning 12 or more games in a season — nobody else has done it more than eight times (Tom Brady holds that mark).Yet there are “whispers” that the Seattle Seahawks defense may have finally exposed Manning’s limitations. Doubting Manning is an ancient sport, and though it has changed somewhat over time, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.The last time Manning failed to win at least 10 games was 2001 (when Russell Wilson was still in middle school) yet Manning is only 11-12 in the postseason. Critics often say Manning is a good “regular season quarterback,” but not a great “playoff quarterback.” The theory is that there’s something about Manning’s game that makes him great at beating up on weak opponents, but that can’t handle the tougher, more complex defenses found commonly in playoff opponents.I’ll confess, before looking into this myself, I thought it was a plausible-sounding theory.1The best example of this phenomenon is very fast-paced offenses in the NBA that win a lot of games against weaker opponents by trading lots of possessions but with a tiny edge on each exchange; that strategy can backfire in the playoffs, when they face better opponents who have the edge on them. But for the most part, the reason Manning has had a harder time winning games in the playoffs is the same as it is for virtually everyone else: He has faced tougher opponents and tougher defenses. While it’s true that his teams haven’t won quite as many games as expected, and that he performs a little worse in the playoffs than in the regular season, he has actually performed better against playoff defenses that we would expect given the strength of those defenses.To examine this, I looked at ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) from 2006 to the present.2QBR is a bit less production-oriented and a bit more win-oriented than most QB metrics — this has its drawbacks, but seemed appropriate for the subject. I also tried a similar approach using adjusted yards per attempt to make sure the results were crudely similar prior to 2006. They were. In the regular season, Manning’s average QBR per game3I averaged across games weighting by number of dropbacks, which leads to slightly different numbers from each QB’s overall yearly QBR but makes it easier to combine quarterbacks. was 74.8, while the average QBR for other quarterbacks who faced the same teams in the same season was 50.8. In the playoffs, Manning’s average QBR was 68.4, for a decline of 6.4 points. But the average QBR for other quarterbacks who played his playoff opponents was 41.9, an average decline of 8.9 points.The chart below shows all of Manning’s games since 2006. Every dot above the line is a Manning performance that exceeded that of other quarterbacks against the same defense.Yes, Manning had a pretty terrible game against a terrific Seattle defense, but he has a long history of lighting up similarly accomplished opponents.4In case you’re wondering, the toughest defense Manning has faced in this data set was the 2008 Baltimore Ravens, against whom he went 19-27 for 271 yards and 3 touchdowns.Kansas City ChiefsExpected wins: 8.3Playoff probability: 42 percent (22 percent to win the AFC West)Super Bowl win probability: 3 percent Last year, the Oakland Raiders went 4-12 for the second year in a row. Aside from two 8-8 seasons in 2010 and 2011, for more than a decade the Raiders have been the New England Patriots of stinking. Since 2003 their loss totals are 14, 12 (five times), 11 (three times) and 8 (twice).Over that period, their defense has given up the most points per drive, and their offense has scored the second-fewest, leading to a net difference of -0.56 points. This is the worst net difference in football; on the opposite extreme are the Patriots (+.79) and the Peytons (+.77).So do the Raiders have any reason for hope?Yes!Following a (single) great preseason outing against the Seattle Seahawks, the Raiders have announced that they’ll be starting second-round draft pick Derek Carr on opening weekend. Carr is perhaps best known for being former No. 1 pick David Carr’s younger brother, though he also threw for a nation-leading 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns in Fresno State’s 2013 Mountain West Conference campaign.15Full disclosure: My wife is from Fresno, and a number of her family members went to Fresno State, so I’ve been hearing about Carr for years.It would be quite reasonable to doubt the Raiders’ judgment after their recent history of high-profile coaching and quarterbacking disasters. But in a vacuum, having a QB drafted 36th starting on opening night should be good news to Raiders fans. I’ve modeled career success for rookie QBs based on a number of factors (such as weight and stature), including draft position. Combining this with data on how much each rookie played, we can estimate the expected number of wins following his rookie season for a QB drafted with the 36th pick like so16Technical stuff: This data represents QBs selected between 1970 and 2009 in the regular (non-supplemental) draft, taken between No. 2 overall and the seventh round (No. 1 picks severely skew the data), who recorded at least one game played (in whatever capacity) in the year they were drafted. I created linear models for each category using as predictor variables the logarithm of each player’s draft position and whether or not he played at least X games. I then plugged 36 and “yes” into each to get the Y values.:Without knowing how many games he’ll start, the expected number of post-rookie wins for a No. 36 pick is about 21. Knowing that Carr will start at least one game boosts him up to about 25 wins, and if he makes it to four games his wins go up to about 30. You can use other metrics as the predicted variable and the results are similar: His odds of “success” (which I defined as Career Approximate Value greater than 32.0) jump to 51 percent from 33 percent with four games started, and his average non-rookie AV jumps to 44.4 from 32.7.Four games seems to be about the inflection point — beyond that, as the number of rookie QBs in the data set who started that many games shrinks, it gets very noisy with a flatter trend.Note that I am absolutely not saying that it’s better to start rookie quarterbacks rather than let them develop. It’s likely that most (if not all) of the effect we’re seeing is merely a result of better quarterbacks being more likely to earn a starting nod than worse ones, independent of where they were drafted.All else being equal, the odds that Carr is the real deal are looking better.Read more of FiveThirtyEight’s NFL season previews.
Christian Zeitz Experienced Christian Zeitz (30) will stay another three years in THW Kiel! He signed a new three years contract with “Zebras” and ended the story about his handball future. He played 155 times for German national team, but he had problem with the coach, Heiner Brand, so it is clear that he won’t play as long as Brand will stay a coach.For a years, he played alongside Kim Andersson in THW Kiel. After this signing is much more clear that Andersson will be replaced with Serbian bomber from MKB Veszprem, Marko Vujin (27), from 2012. ← Previous Story EHF CL 2010/2011 (TOP 16): Veszprem attacks Barcelona Next Story → Anja Andersen about Oltchim: “They don’t think long term”
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Four Greek phone companies are facing charges of harboring a criminal and withholding information after failing to supply a prosecutor with details of customers alleged to have sent threatening or disparaging messages to other users by text message or in blogs. Prosecutor Yiannis Sakellakos took action against OTE, Hellas Online, Tellas and Forthnet a few days after similar charges were lodged against Cosmote. According to sources, the same prosecutor is also considering bringing charges against the Communications Privacy Protection Authority (ADAE) for having advised Cosmote and the fixed-line telecoms firms against providing the prosecutor with customers’ details, as this would constitute a violation of privacy rights. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The Modern Greek Teachers Association of Victoria (MGTAV) held their annual conference ‘The Greek Language in Australia – Sustainability, Maintenance and Diversity’ last week with an unprecedented number of participants and supporters. According to Nikos Zarkadas, MGTAV Liaison Officer, the 2012 conference has been considered a resounding success due to its more than 70 participants – an impressive number for a conference run by a relatively small association that represents only one language. Every year, the conference emphasizes the use of new methodologies in language teaching, so that Greek language schools in Australia can be on the forefront of pedagogical technique. In keeping with that aim, the main theme of this year’s conference was the more recent use of e-learning – that is, teaching using technology and the internet. In this way, new teachers of the Greek language in Australia can be exposed to the latest educational trends. Most of the conference itself was held in Greek, and all communications sent out by MGTAV were also in the Greek language. Given, however, the association’s relationship with the Victorian government – who generously provides subsidization – there is a need for the MGTAV to communicate with the wider Australian community in English. Thus, the papers given by guest speakers at the conference were in English, as well as much of the information provided on their website (www.mgtav.org.au) about the 2012 conference. Many Australian educational bodies were represented at the conference, including the Greek Consulate Education Service, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and the Victorian School of Languages (VSL), that oversees general foreign language learning in Victoria. Also, many varieties of Greek language school were represented, including bilingual day schools, after school language teaching and government schools. One of the other topics raised, particularly by the Victorian Government-based bodies, was the potential for increased funding to Greek language schools. There was also some discussion of the upcoming changes to the national curriculum, and the constant place of the Greek language within it. At this stage, it is too early to make conclusions on these topics, but it is clear that these will be ongoing topics of discussion in Greek language teaching in Australia. For now, however, the new horizons in Greek language teaching in Australia are focused quite firmly on the use of e-learning, particularly given the current popularity of technology among youth. Nikos Zarkadas told Neos Kosmos that the use of new technology in the classroom is something that gives educators a new scope for teaching, allowing them to approach Greek language education in completely new ways. He is quick to mention, however, that it is not the intention of the MGTAV to replace invaluable classroom teaching with online learning, which he insists is merely “an additional tool to teacher language”. “Nothing replaces the teacher and face to face teaching,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Melbourne nurse was fired after being caught stealing by a witness on Skype.The victim was a father visiting his newborn at the Epworth hospital. He had Skyped his father in Greece to tell him of the safe delivery of his first child, when he left the room briefly with the video on.His father saw a nurse enter the room and take his son’s wallet, which contained $20.The incident was reported on Melbourne radio, on 3AW’s Rumour File midweek. “When he returned, (his father) said, ‘my son, you’ve just been robbed’,” a caller told the radio program.The family reported the incident to the hospital, which led to the nurse’s dismissal. According to the man’s wife, Chrissa, the nurse had reportedly walked into the room, opened a wardrobe and looked inside.“Then she went to the chair and my husband’s jacket was there, and then she took the wallet,” Chrissa said.“She (accordingly) took something red … we supposed it was a $20 note.“And then we came back from the nursery, actually my husband came back first into the room, and (my father-in-law) started asking, ‘Where’s your jacket and protect your wallet because a lady she came in the room’.“He described the lady and then we saw that the money wasn’t there.“She came back into the room and my father-in-law was on Skype, he confirmed that she was that person.”The money has since been returned and the hospital confirmed the sacking, saying the nurse would not work at another Epworth establishment again.Source: Herald Sun
The Turkish government was reprimanded last week, for its hard-line stance against independent media, by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). In its statement, the Board of WAN-IFRA condemns Turkey for what is described as a “systematic campaign to attack and intimidate the press as a means o silencing criticism and marginalising opposition voices”. While acknowledging the release from jail of two journalists (VICE News reporters Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury), the statements notes another one, Mohammed Ismael Rasool remains in jail, charged with aiding terrorism through his work and calls for his release and the drop of the charges. Mr. Rasool is only one of the many journalists faced with terrorism charges, over the summer months, in what is described as a systematic ‘criminalisation of journalism’, especially when it represents dissent – the Editor-in-Chief and Ankara Bureau Chief of the daily paper Cumhuriyet, Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, are also incarcerated. The WAN-IFRA release describes a climate of fear an intimidation amongst the press in Turkey, established through “regular court cases and an increase in police raids against media houses”, stating as examples the assault on journalist Ahmen Hakan Coskun and on the Daily Hurriyet newspaper; another attack, on Ipek Media Group resulted to the installation of pro-government sympathisers at its helm. Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan is personally stated as responsible for this policy, which was intensified ahead of the November elections that he won by a landslide. The WAN-IFRA warns that this policy is “fundamentally undermining the democratic foundations of Turkish society” and calls for global solidarity with the Turkish press to create international awareness for the issue. It is telling that the Erdogan government refused to grant press accreditations to journalists from critical media outlets to cover the G20 summit in Antalya. Reminding President Erdogan of Turkey’s obligations as a signatory to international conventions regarding freedom of expression, the board of WAN-IFRA calls on Turkey’s international partners to do more to pressure President Erdoğan’s government into guaranteeing an environment that better protects media freedom and the independence of journalists. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data Stay on target If you’ve ever used a projector, you’ve probably marveled for a moment on how large it was, or what it could do. Remember the time Mad Men featured one and an equally endearing pitch for Kodak? It was an excellent moment in television. Now you can use one of the Raspberry Pi’s rival competitors to make one that you can fit in the palm of your hand. The Texas Instruments DLP LightCrafter Display 2000 EVM works with the teeny tiny BeagleBone Black board, which can be used in place of the Raspberry Pi 1 and 2.When you put it all together, you can use the $99 LightCrafter to create a very small projector with a 640 x 360 resolution and brightness up to 30 lumens. You can connect it to a computer as well for the ultimate in portability. The BeagleBone Black is just as capable as the Raspberry Pi, but the Raspberry Pi 3 have outdone it since then, seeing as it contains one USB 2.0 port, micro HDMI, and no Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Those aren’t that big of a deal, however.It is, however, excellent at allowing users to attach hardware like the LightCrafter to it, with 92 pins in comparison to the Pi’s 40. You can easily plug and play your projector to the BeagleBone this way, and make a tiny little pocket-sized tool for on the go. It’s a straightforward project if you can follow directions of course, and you can find all the instructions straight from Texas Instruments here.If you’ve got a weekend ahead of you and want to tinker around with some interesting tools to make a useful, portable item, you might consider this relatively inexpensive project. Or maybe check out more of what you can do with the BeagleBone. There’s a lot of cool tech stuff out there you can make if you just look around enough.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) sit in the back of pick-up truck in the village of Hazima on the northern outskirts of the Islamic States (IS) group’s Syrian bastion of Raqa. Photo: AFPUS-backed fighters broke into the city of Raqa on Tuesday as they launched a final assault to drive the Islamic State group from its de facto Syrian capital.The attack on the northern city at the heart of IS’s Syrian territory has been seven months in the making and is backed by air support, military advisers and weapons deliveries from the US-led coalition.Seized by the jihadists in early 2014, Raqa became notorious as a hub for IS’s operations in Syria, Iraq and beyond.The city has been the scene of some of the group’s worst atrocities, including gruesome executions, public displays of bodies and the trafficking of women.It was one of the twin pivots of IS’s so-called “caliphate,” with Mosul in neighbouring Iraq—where US-backed forces are also bearing down on the jihadists.After months sealing off access routes to the city from the east, north and west, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on Tuesday entered the city limits for the first time.“Our forces entered the city of Raqa from the eastern district of Al-Meshleb,” SDF commander Rojda Felat said, adding clashes were also raging on the city’s northern outskirts.“They are fighting street battles inside Raqa now, and we have experience in urban warfare.”In fighting further south, the coalition said it “destroyed” a unit of pro-regime forces as they advanced near Al-Tanf, where coalition commandos have been training and advising anti-IS forces.Syrian state news agency Sana quoted military sources saying“Warplanes belonging to the so-called international coalition attacked one of our military positions on the road to al-Tanf… killing a number of people and causing some material damage,” reported Syrian state news agency Sana, quoting military sources.‘Decisive blow’The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said clashes in Al-Meshleb had forced IS jihadists to withdraw from more than half of the district.The SDF was also trying to push into Raqa’s northwestern district of Al-Andalus, the monitor said, as fighting continued to the north, east and west of the city.The advance in Al-Meshleb was backed by heavy air strikes by the US-led coalition, the Observatory said.The coalition began its air campaign against IS in Iraq in August 2014, expanding its operations to Syria the following month.The coalition appears keen to expel IS from its last major urban bastions before the “caliphate” turns three years old later this month.Defeating IS in Raqa would “deliver a decisive blow to the idea of ISIS as a physical caliphate”, said coalition commander Lieutenant General Steve Townsend.Warning the fight would be “long and difficult,” Townsend framed the offensive as part of a greater struggle against IS, which has claimed attacks in many countries including last month’s deadly bombing in Manchester.“We all saw the heinous attack in Manchester,” he said. “ISIS threatens all our nations, not just Iraq and Syria, but in our homelands as well.”The SDF launched its operation to take Raqa—dubbed “Wrath of the Euphrates”—in November.It then scored a series of victories in the wider province, including capturing the strategic town of Tabqa and its adjacent dam in May.On Tuesday, SDF spokesman Talal Sello made the long-awaited announcement that the battle for Raqa itself had begun.“We declare today the start of the great battle to liberate the city of Raqa, the so-called capital of terrorism and terrorists,” Sello told reporters in the village of Hazima, north of the city.“With the international coalition’s warplanes and the state-of-the-art weapons they provided to us, we will seize Raqa from Daesh,” Sello told AFP, using an Arabic acronym for IS.Concerns for civiliansSello urged civilians inside Raqa city to keep away from IS positions and from the front lines.The United Nations said it was concerned for the safety of more than 400,000 men, women and children in Raqa province who may be caught up in the violence.As the SDF has drawn closer to the city, reports of civilian casualties in coalition air strikes have swelled.On Monday, the Observatory said a coalition bombing raid killed 21 civilians as they tried to escape Raqa by dinghy on the Euphrates River.The same route leading out of the city’s southern districts has been used by IS fighters, it said.An estimated 300,000 civilians were believed to have been living under IS rule in Raqa, including 80,000 displaced from other parts of Syria.Thousands have fled in recent months to other parts of the province or to makeshift camps in territory newly captured by the SDF.On Tuesday, the International Rescue Committee said it was “deeply concerned for the safety of civilians in Raqa” after a drop in numbers fleeing the city in the past week.This “may indicate ISIS intends to use the 200,000 people still trapped in the city as human shields,” the aid group said, using another acronym for IS.It also urged the “utmost care” to prevent civilian casualties after “a worrying number of civilians killed from coalition airstrikes across Raqa in recent months”.More than 320,000 people have been killed since civil war erupted in Syria in 2011 with anti-government protests.Also Tuesday, Syrian regime forces advanced into Raqa province for the first time in a year, seizing two villages from IS, the Observatory and a military source said.
Interview by Betty Harvin, Special to the AFROJacob Mayberry, a Baltimore spoken word artist, emcee, National Poetry Slam champion, Texas Grand Slam champion and teaching artist, Black Chakra, sat with the AFRO to celebrate poetry with us a bit after “Don’t Be Late for Poetry” to give us some insight into his poetic journey. Named Black Chakra from a former lover, who considered his energy a combination of the auras of the seven chakras (crown, third- eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral, root). He is an artist who truly lives up to his name.Black Chakra (Courtesy Photo)Afro: How did you get your name?Black Chakra: Me and a poet were dating and we found out about an African culture whose tradition was naming people, which is extremely important because what you are named is what you’re adorned as. So we thought it’d be special if we gave each other poetry names. The name I gave her was Fire Angelou, and Black Chakra was the name she gave me. It perfectly describes what I do because the chakras are different colors and different spiritual measurements of energy and I represent all the energies in one because black is the combination of all colors. I thought that was a beautiful name and I kept it ever since.Afro: What inspired you to be a poet and when did you start doing poetry?BLACK CHAKRA: Since 11 my father told me, ‘If you’re going to do something you have to be the best.’ I asked him, ‘How to be the best?’ He said you have to study, practice, and know it better than anyone else. So I did those things. I read multiple poetry books. So, since 11 I started writing and started studying and by 13, I was rapping, nonstop. Then by 15-16, I wanted to understand poetry on a deeper level, so I got into spoken word and I just stayed in it. I’ve always been invested in writing, I’m always writing; it is one of the most healthy things you can do. Also, it grows your skill level because you learn different things about yourself. I can literally write a poem in seven minutes because I don’t second guess what I have to say. I just know what I want to talk about and it feels very comfortable. So, now that I’m 30, I’d say I’ve been doing poetry for pretty much all my life.Afro: This month, as you know, is National Poetry Month, and at the AFRO we are featuring poets from the past, present, and future. Of course you represent one of the bomb poets from our present, but are there any poets from the past that have inspired you?BLACK CHAKRA: How long you got?….Gil Scott Heron, ase. Amiri Baraka, ase. Maya Angelou, ase. The Last Poets, ase. Sonya Sanchez, ase. Nikki Giovanni, ase. Biggie Smalls, ase. Tupac, ase. I can do this all day there are so many black poets I’ve read; Saul Williams, ase. Talam Acey, ase. Lamar Hill, ase. These people, their poetry has changed my life. The first time I heard Slangston Hughes, ase, I was in high school and I didn’t even know poetry could sound like that and I was like, ‘I can fit here’. He let me know, you have space here, you can fit here and he is so powerful. He is my favorite poet. He gave me permission to be a dope Hip- Hop lyricist within a spoken word format. There are so many great poets from the past, James Baldwin, ase. Nas, ase. Big Daddy Kane, ase. Rakim, ase. Tragedy Khadafi, ase. We can do hip-hop alone and go for the next two days. Malcolm X because I sincerely consider him a poet, ase.Afro: Just by your answers, I’m receiving that poetry is a state of being.BLACK CHAKRA: Poetry is breath, poetry is breathing. Poetry is the reason you get up in the morning. Everything is poetry, there is nothing that isn’t poetry. The person that put this wall together is a poet because he understood shapes on a level that he had to be passionate about. The person who shaped this table is a poet because they had to understand math on a spiritual level. The person who made this carpet is a poet because they had to understand stitching on a different level. The understanding of life on a different level is poetry. That’s why a poet will look at a can and create a whole poem around it because of how you break down the world and discuss it into multiple terms. I am just a sad offspring of the everything, that is poetry.Afro: Poets as prophets….what’s your take on that?Black Chakra: My personal belief is that we are puppets, there is a voice that is speaking through poets. In certain chapters of the Quran, in Islamic belief, they believe that the poet has a direct line to God and you can summon the words of God through you, and I believe that. Statistically, more people suffer from stage fright than they do fear of death. Which means more people would rather be in the coffin than giving the eulogy. So why is it that there are these people, these light bearers, who can get on stage and do this and channel words? I consider it a blessing, poetry is my proof that God exists.Afro: The poets from the past didn’t have such an opportunity, like the poets of our present, to directly pour into the poets of our future. How has teaching the poets of the future been for you?(Black Chakra calls over one of his students and now fellow poets, 20 y/o, Summer Knights to join the conversation)BLACK CHAKRA: I remember I gave a speech to the kids (in the poetry club), saying ‘Hey look, we won last year, if we don’t win this year, it’s not that important.’ She looked at me and said, ‘F- that’, none of us here play sports, none of us here do anything else, poetry is all we got. If we can’t be the best at this, than what’s it worth?’ It changed my life. She taught me that. Pouring into the kids has actually been them pouring into me because you’re not a teacher until one of your students teaches you something. Now she is killing the stage, on the same stages as me, she is a two- time world poetry champion, I coached a championship kid yesterday and so did she. I literally went up to her and said, ‘I think it’s time for me to retire.’ This is all I’ve ever wanted in life, to inspire someone to inspire someone else. Each one, teach one. I called her over here because she is the living proof to your question. This is what happens when you pour into black children. She loves so fiercely, she’s a good sister, human being, a good coach, and teacher. I can die tomorrow and smile because I had a part in that, so I’m just very thankful to pour into youth and for them to be this.
Cancun. Q.R. — The new tourism secretary for the next administration has congratulated a local architect after being appointed head of the upcoming Cancun-Plaenque train project.Miguel Torruco Marqués, who is to become Tourism Secretary under the administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, congratulated the architect Rogelio Jiménez Pons after he was appointed head of the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur).Once the new administration begins, Jiménez Pons will head one of the main projects of López Obrador for the peninsula, which is the Cancun-Plaenque train project.Jiménez Pons stated that in December, the construction of the 900-kilometer network will begin. The network will bring tourists to Palenque, Chiapas from Cancún in a jungle journey that will take approximately nine hours.The announcement of the construction of the “bullet train” was made earlier in July with an estimated 100 billion peso investment from start to finish. A public tender has been published to attract investors. The state has also said they will contribute to the project.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
A lifetime of drama and impulsiveness are reflected in the poems of a man who used to rub shoulders with Ted Hughes. THEO PANAYIDES meets an English Cypriot proud of his rootsThe punchline comes after an hour, when I ask the poet George Tardios what’s the biggest crisis, or difficult situation, he’s faced in his life, and he recounts how he almost died in the Asian tsunami that killed over 200,000 people on Boxing Day 2004. It’s a punchline not because it’s amusing – the event was obviously horrific, and still haunts him now – but because it manages to cap a solid hour of recounting other crises and difficult situations (I don’t even know why I asked the question; he’d have been within his rights to reply: ‘Jesus, man, don’t you have enough?’), from bloody gang warfare on the streets of London to a week in a Kenyan prison in the mid-1980s. And poetry, of course.Actually, I take it back. The punchline is probably the poetry – the quality of the poetry, much appreciated by the late Ted Hughes among others, and indeed the existence of the poetry, the fact that a working-class, not to say slum-born London Cypriot spent a lifetime (73 years and counting) getting into scrapes, dodging or skirting disaster, getting beaten up and sometimes beating up others – he always had good cause, or thought he did – and plunging into adventures like his two-year Tanzanian trek in the footsteps of Stanley and Livingstone, yet still wrote lines like the following:Pocked with licked pins, bristling notesSpilt red wine on her dressA spreading blot.Only cicadas heard the stumbled passage to their bed.We talk for an hour and a half, yet the poetry barely gets mentioned – partly because there’s so much else to talk about, but also because it seems to exist outside himself, a higher plane to which he’s allowed access only intermittently (he has “gaps” between poems, he admits) and then only as a conduit. “This Cypriot book of poems – I feel as if it’s come to me,” he explains in his slow drawl. “It’s come from somewhere else. It’s not me. It’s not me at all, making it happen. It’s something that’s passed through me.”So, like some Higher Force?“Higher Force, definitely. And so I wait, for the next round to come up. ’Cause it’s always happened like this, I’ve always waited and it always comes up. This – this writing takes place.”The ‘Cypriot book of poems’ is called Buttoned-Up Shapes, and its appearance in a bilingual edition – translated by Despina Pirketti, published by Armida Publications and Write CY – is a major event. “It’s almost a kind of revenge writing, these poems,” chuckles George, noting that the title refers to the British, or Cypriots’ idea of the British. “I want [the poems] to be accepted by Cyprus, they are about Cyprus and they’re for Cyprus”. It’s an odd, delicious irony that George handles the English language beautifully – and still pines for London after a few months in his summer home of Kritou Terra – yet doesn’t feel English, indeed he bristles at the very idea. “England is a racist country,” he claims, citing Brexit as the latest iteration of the ordinary Brits who snarled “Get back to your own country” at him as a child in the 50s. “I feel an outsider, I’ve always felt an outsider. At the moment, Islam is getting a very bad press in England,” he goes on, unafraid of sounding controversial; “I’m on the side of Islam. Just like I was on the side of the IRA. Because it was like Eoka, and they were called terrorists just like Eoka.”We sit in a courtyard in Kaimakli, at the home of a mutual friend; Christine, George’s wife of 48 years, sits in the background, listening discreetly and prompting him when he loses his train of thought, as he does occasionally. The two are a team (they have no children), George with his thick suntanned arms and curly, if thinning, black hair – he looks like he could happily grout your kitchen, or build a garden wall in your backyard – Christine a slim, bubbly blonde. He’s an Aries, she’s a Sagittarius: a good match, apparently. She was also part of the three-person expedition that trekked through Tanzania for two years, then saved both their lives in 2004 by physically pulling him away from the tsunami (he was frozen, staring at the wave as it rose up “like a cobra”). What first attracted her to George? “He talked me into it,” she replies, and laughs. “He wanted to do things, action things – and I’m an outdoor person, so I like to do things as well”. Christine pauses, thinking back to their five decades together: “I didn’t intend to have a peaceful life. And I didn’t get one!”.They met in a North London nightclub, where George was a doorman-slash-bouncer and Christine a part-time waitress (she worked as a teacher the rest of the week). This was not a high-end place, but it didn’t lack for celebrity guests: the notorious Kray brothers came by, initially hoping to sell protection – “but we were already paying West Hampstead police station,” explains George with a straight face, so the Krays merely bought a few drinks and behaved themselves. Later, there was also “a Scottish gang that wanted to shoot my legs off,” forcing the now-married couple to go into hiding. One of the gang had threatened the chef in the kitchen, and George had intervened rather forcefully; that’s how he was, “I used to go and support all the underdogs,” he recalls with a rueful chuckle, “it’s ridiculous… I’ve changed now,” he adds, “I’m not like this. I’m very peaceful. Obviously I’m so old now, I couldn’t do it anyway.”He had form, going back to his childhood years in Somers Town, just behind King’s Cross. There were only four Cypriots at his school and all four were prey for the racists of the Somers Town gang on the journey between school and home: “They used to beat us up and smash bottles on our heads, and call us ‘bubbles’” (from ‘bubble and squeak’, rhymes with ‘Greek’). George still has thin white scars on the backs of his hands, from trying to shield his face while being attacked with a cutthroat razor. One of his friends was stabbed on the top deck of a London bus, where he’d tried to flee from the gang. The Cypriots were too few to retaliate in kind – but they did take revenge by ambushing gang members individually, rubbing their faces with hot chili pepper. (And through poetry, of course; but that came later.)Those were also the days of Eoka, when the British tabloid press referred to Ledra Street in Nicosia as ‘Murder Mile’ and demonised Makarios as ‘Black Mak’. The son of the deputy headmaster at George’s school was a soldier who fell victim to Eoka – so the deputy head took it out on George. “He used to pick on me every day, whether I was at fault or not. He would say ‘Your tie’s on crooked’ and he’d whip me with his cane. ‘Bend over, boy,’ he’d say, and start walloping me. ‘You’re late’ – whether I was or not – ‘bend over’. So I used to get it all the time. And I said to the deputy headmaster, I said ‘Listen, I had nothing to do with your son. Leave me alone, please. I’ve already got it outside [from the gang].’ He started whipping me with his cane – and I just lost it, and I jumped on him”. The man ended up in hospital and George was promptly expelled, ending up as a window cleaner, the first of many manual jobs.Poetry is now a commodity; Britain has a ‘National Poetry Day’ (this year’s edition took place two weeks ago; the theme was ‘Freedom’), touting poetry as a kind of simplified prose where anyone can express themselves. George has no truck with any of that, his own favourite poets being intricate craftsmen like Gerard Manley Hopkins and Dylan Thomas who speak through images and sounds, the music of words; poetry today is “about people’s own experience, and it’s very prosaic”. Poets today are rappers – but George himself was a wrapper, actually a sausage wrapper (sorry, I’ll stop now), wrapping meat in cellophane 12 hours a night, seven to seven, his hands working like spindles.“The first night we were there, I remember this horrible screaming started up, and people started thumping the tables and banging their feet – a horrible cacophony of sound – and we wondered what this was,” he recalls of his time in the sausage factory. “Then, in the following days, we would join in.” Every night, around three or four a.m., someone would suddenly erupt and everyone else would follow suit, screaming and banging on tables for about a minute; it was “a way of letting off frustration, letting off steam and saying ‘We too are human beings’.” The poetry of the primal scream.What about the poetry, though? When does it arrive? In the end, it was the angry Scottish gang who precipitated the start of the second chapter in George’s life, forcing him and Christine to flee to Devon where he went to college as a mature student and came under the sway of a poet called John Moat, who’d recently co-founded the Arvon Foundation. This was a charity devoted to creative writing, its motto – “The fire in the flint shows not till it be struck” – all too applicable to the working-class lad who’d always written on the side (he’d been encouraged by a teacher in school) but never felt like it had any value. It’s another irony that this lifelong socialist found his benefactor in a public-schoolboy engaged in a kind of benevolent paternalism – though Ted Hughes (also involved in Arvon) was working-class, which was how George and the future Poet Laureate bonded in the first place. “We used to get drunk together,” says our hero (who still loves his wine). “Then he started to like my poetry.”The rest came naturally, if not always smoothly. So much to talk about, such a full life – but seldom a lucrative one, mostly sustained by some teaching and a parallel career as a film and TV actor. His father was also a film actor, one Harry Tardios who played minor-role swarthy ethnics in the 60s and 70s – and previously left George’s mum for a singer, when the boy was small. She never remarried, raising him by herself in a two-room flat (not two-bedroom, two-room) with a leaky roof, working in “the rag trade” all day then bringing work home and placing a cloth over the light, so George could sleep in one side of the room while she worked in the other.“Tin Kypro mou, tin Kypro mou…” (‘My Cyprus, my Cyprus…’) his mother used to say, eternally nostalgic despite having left the island in the 1930s. She returned on a kind of pilgrimage after her divorce, as described in his poem ‘So I’m Told’ – she’d asked his grandma “to create waxen effigies of my legs” and hang them in Apostolos Andreas after George had been confined to a wheelchair by a childhood accident, and was properly grateful when her son was ‘miraculously’ cured – then came back again in the early 90s, hoping to die here. George asked the government to “give me a Turkish house [and] I’ll do it up for my mother to live in,” promising to give it back when asked. They refused. He persisted, making such a nuisance of himself that he ended up being arrested (!) as a Turkish spy. Christine got him out, and they left the island in a hurry. His mum died in England, soon after.It’s a sad story, yet it may be the best George Tardios story. The one about his week in a Kenyan prison is obviously grittier – awaiting trial for assault, in a dark cell with 40 other prisoners, regularly lined up by the guards who “smashed us all” with their rifle-butts – and of course his experience of the Thailand tsunami is unforgettable (the cut-off screams, the roar of the water, the bloated bodies lying on the beach when the wave subsided), yet his efforts to secure a house for his mother says so much about him. His almost childlike faith in magical solutions, and his stubbornness in pursuing them. His fierce sentimentality, and the way he tends to end up in trouble. His contrarian nature, like the way he’ll stand up for Islamic jihadists now. His propensity to leap in unthinking, like embarking on a two-year African trek without any funding. (What’s his biggest character flaw? “Impulsive!” says Christine with a laugh.) The way he’s always up for a scrap, when it’s for the sake of “the underdog”.And the poetry? Where does that come from? Would he be the same poet – or a poet at all – had he grown up in the leafy suburbs, or a village in Cyprus? He’s had unusually extensive experience of human cruelty, I point out, and he agrees, having long since concluded that cruelty is part of human nature. But is that why he writes?I see the sky reflected in my teacup.I move the cup,And tilt the sky.That’s from ‘Islands’, also in Buttoned-Up Shapes – and the title of the poem has an echo of Cyprus, yet the theme is universal. It’s about the way grand cosmic concepts are encapsulated in the tiniest of details – and the way, more specifically, that poetry consists of looking at the world more closely, seeing what others miss and expressing it, painstakingly, through language. His intensity was always potentially a poet’s intensity, it just had to be channelled – or bestowed from above, whatever. “I don’t know where it comes from. Maybe it comes from – angels, who knows?” says George Tardios of his gift, sitting in the warm sunny courtyard, and shrugs expansively. You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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