Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar urged green activists to strike a balance between development and environment during the inauguration of the 5th Goa Environmental Festival on Friday.Mr. Parrikar told environmentalists to give up travelling in cars if they wanted mining to be stopped in Goa. “I will stop mining from tomorrow provided activists start using bicycles. When you use a car, you too are consuming steel that comes from mines,” said Mr. Parrikar. The Chief Minister said he did his bit to save electricity and ensured lights and the AC in his office were switched off before leaving his chamber.Mr. Parrikar said pollution and not coal import should be curbed as the fossil fuel was essential for power generation. He was alluding to the growing opposition against the import of coal through the port town of Mormugao. He said, “We should stop pollution, but not import of coal. How else would you get electricity?”Earlier, wildlife filmmaker Shekar Dattatri said development had to take place with minimum destruction. ‘Heal wounded planet’ Mr. Dattatri said the government must work with mutual trust and respect to heal the wounded planet. The festival is being organised by NGO Kalakruti in association with State-owned Goa Kala Academy.
The survey showed that India has the highest proportion of expats on international secondment or assignment. Related Items
Popcorn princess Brit Ingrid EverallAs India’s largest producer of corn, Karnataka does not go beyond munching Kellogg’s cereals for breakfast and hot popcorn at the movies. Now did you know that? The state Government must have.For, at last week’s Maize Mela at Bangalore’s Kanteerva Stadium, the Karnataka State Agro Corn,Popcorn princess Brit Ingrid EverallAs India’s largest producer of corn, Karnataka does not go beyond munching Kellogg’s cereals for breakfast and hot popcorn at the movies. Now did you know that? The state Government must have.For, at last week’s Maize Mela at Bangalore’s Kanteerva Stadium, the Karnataka State Agro Corn Products introduced some slick packaging to push the crop: exotic maize biscuits, puffs, and soup powders.Also significant – not only because she was sporting earrings and bangles made of popcorn – was the presence of visiting Brit Ingrid Everall whose father Martin Jacoby, a Jewish refugee, is credited with importing popcorn from Canada and making popcorn machines a reality in India in 1955.
Sanjeev Rajput won a silver medal on Thursday in the 50m rifle three positions at the ongoing shooting World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan. Croatia’s Petar Gorsa won the gold medal with 457.5, while Hyeonjun Kim of Korea bagged the bronze after he shot 445.5.Rajput finished seventh in the qualification with a score of 1,167 in kneeling, prone and standing position, while Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang was 23rd with 1,161. Chain Singh was placed 32nd with a total of 1,159.However, Rajput is not part of India’s Olympic squad despite winning a quota place.The selection committee of the National Rifle Association of India in March decided to give the quota place earned by Rajput to Manavjit Sandhu in the trap category.Earlier, Jitu Rai had shot 199.5 in the finals to bag the silver medal in men’s 10m air pistol.
P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Only a lethargic fourth quarter by San Miguel allowed the Fuel Masters to make a game out of it somewhat, only for Wells to quash the Phoenix rally every time. He finished with 42 points.Phoenix continued playing without suspended power forward Calvin Abueva, while the Beermen played Christian Standhardinger sparingly because of a sore knee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines–Packing so much firepower, San Miguel Beer on Wednesday night steamrolled its way past Phoenix Pulse, 130-119, as the Beermen’s Triple Crown sweep bid got off to a rip-roaring start in the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical FEU simply ‘didn’t show up’ in blowout loss to NU, laments Racela Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the talent-laden local crew backstopped by the prolific Dez Wells, the Beermen found little trouble in dusting off the Fuel Masters, who took a second straight setback flush on the chin and joined Alaska at the cellar.The Beermen scored 70 points in the first half and put up 105 at the end of three quarters in a swashbuckling display of offensive brilliance that the Fuel Masters couldn’t approximate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Wells had 30 points after three quarters and didn’t look like he needed to pour in more in the fourth as the Beermen led, 105-83.“S**t, everyone keeps reminding me, man,” he said if he knows what he’s here to do for SMB—win the Grand slam. MOST READ
The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
Under-fire Jose Mourinho had been on the verge of delivering the perfect response to his critics on Saturday with Manchester United closing in on a second consecutive comeback win, at the home of his old club Chelsea to boot.But with only seconds remaining, Mourinho’s relaxed smiles gave way to snarls when the hosts snatched a last-gasp equaliser and he leapt off his seat to confront a Chelsea coach who appeared to antagonise him, leading to an ugly melee.Then, as tempers cooled after the 2-2 draw, the self-declared “Special One” stuck three fingers up to the home crowd, one for each of the league titles he won with the Londoners.Chelsea fans, who once lauded their Portuguese hero by singing his name long and loud, responded to Mourinho’s behaviour with a far from adulatory version of the song.Also read – Ross Barkley snatches last-minute draw for Chelsea vs Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho and a Chelsea staff member almost got into a fight pic.twitter.com/gPzIrMmbx7Sccerapy (@soccerapy) October 20, 2018Just as during his two spells in charge of Chelsea, Mourinho is dominating the headlines, taking the attention away from his players unless, as in the case of Paul Pogba recently, they are involved in arguments with him.Mourinho has been charged by the English Football Association for abusive language after a 3-2 win over Newcastle United this month, a match which Manchester United had been losing, adding to speculation that his job was on the line.United have lost ground on Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the table, having lost to Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United away and Tottenham Hotspur at home.advertisementOn Saturday, Mourinho sought to dispel any notion that the ugly scenes at Chelsea were his fault, saying he had been the victim of rudeness on the part of a member of the home team’s coaching staff and fans.”I did not get respect back from Chelsea but that is not my responsiblity. What I did here today I will do in Madrid, in Milan, in Porto, the reaction from the fans is not up to me,” Mourinho told reporters.”But I also made mistakes in football matches and I will make more. So when he came after the game to make his apologies I accepted his apologies.” Jose Mourinho said that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri told him that he will address the situation internally (Reuters Photo)Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri backed Mourinho, saying he had already reprimanded his staff member for his role in the incident. “We made a mistake,” he said.”I have spoken to a member of my staff and have dealt with this immediately.”Whether Mourinho can restore his grip on Manchester United will hinge in large part on the outcome of a daunting run of fixtures over the next few weeks.They face Italian giants Juventus on Tuesday and again on Nov. 7 in the Champions League, after which they visit cross-town rivals and reigning domestic champions Manchester City. In between the also face Everton and in-form Bournemouth.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs smiles as he leaves the field after the game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Former Georgia five-star quarterback Justin Fields is new to Ohio State, as he’s only been with the Buckeyes for about a month, but it hasn’t taken him very long to learn about his team’s heated rivalry.Fields, speaking to reporters for the first time since arriving at Ohio State, talked a little bit about the rivalry with Michigan.The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry is arguably the biggest in college football and Fields will get to experience it for the first time this upcoming fall.“I definitely knew it was a big rivalry, but coming here and actually seeing all the Ms crossed out, it’s definitely way bigger than I thought it would be,” Fields told reporters today. “I’ll definitely be excited for that upcoming game.” Fields added that his teammates have told him some things about the rivalry, but he’s keeping that information private.“That’s kind of private, but just know there’s a lot of hate for That Team Up North,” Fields said.Fields is expected to be made eligible for the 2019 season, getting a waiver from the NCAA, though that’s not official yet.If made eligible, Fields should start under center for the now Ryan Day-led Buckeyes in 2019.
FOX Sports 1 host Colin Cowherd went off on college football non-conference scheduling during his show on Monday, specifically taking a shot at Alabama and Nick Saban.The Crimson Tide are once again entering the season as a national title and College Football Playoff favorite, with most preseason polls having the squad ranked No. 2 in the country, trailing only Clemson.Alabama’s non-conference schedule leaves plenty to be desired, though.The Crimson Tide open the year with a neutral-site game against Duke. Alabama then hosts New Mexico State and Southern Miss at home. Saban’s team plays Western Carolina at home later in the season to wrap up the non-conference schedule. That’s…not good.“Look at Alabama’s schedule, the four games Alabama could control because the SEC hands out the schedule,” Cowherd said Monday on The Herd. “They scheduled Duke, New Mexico State, Southern Miss and Western Carolina. I wouldn’t walk across the street to watch those games. And Nick Saban controls that. He doesn’t control the other eight, but he controls those four.“Saban complains, ‘the students aren’t coming out.’ Yeah, because they have a life. There’s options. There’s a bunch of stuff on TV and on their phones. Stop blaming the fans.”It’s hard to argue with that.Alabama will still play one of the country’s toughest schedules thanks to the rigors of the SEC, but the non-conference is one of the easiest among Power 5 teams.
zoom The Panama Canal Expansion will open new possibilities for the shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) through the waterway, enabling Japan to import LNG from the U.S. Gulf Coast, it was said during a meeting of Panama Canal delegation and Japanese shipping industry representatives.A Panama Canal delegation headed by Administrator Jorge L. Quijano visited Japan to hold discussions with the Japan Shipowners’ Association (JSA) and the major Japanese shipping lines, as well as end customers such as Japanese car manufacturers and energy sector companies.The Panama Canal held meetings with stakeholders in the LNG sector such as Astomos Energy Corporation, Tokyo Gas and Japan Coal Development Co. Ltd. (JCD).“It is important to maintain close contact with our customers,” Quijano said, adding that the Canal Authority plans to visit US and European customers next year. “The Panama Canal strives to have face-to-face meetings with our customer base,” Quijano said. “We aim to be more accessible to our clients, to understand their needs and implement systems that support the service we offer.”Japan is among the top five user nations of the Panama Canal, as a major importer of grains from the US Gulf Coast and exporter of vehicles to the North American consumer market.Japan’s top three shipping lines: Nippon Yusen Kaisha Line (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Line (K-Line) rank among the top 20 customers of the waterway.The delegation also had the opportunity to meet with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) to discuss the progress of the Expansion Program. JBIC is one of the five multilateral institutions providing financing for the expansion.Press Release
In 2005, 23 Nova Scotians died as a result of work-related injury and illness. Environment and Labour Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson joined the president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, Rick Clarke, at the annual Day of Mourning ceremony at Province House today, April 28. Every year on this date, government and labour leaders remember workers killed or injured on the job and renew their commitment to making Nova Scotia an accident-free province. “Today we mourn,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. “But today we also, reaffirm our commitment to preventing work-related injury and illness. And on each day that follows, we must collectively step up our workplace efforts in identifying hazards and eliminating risks to our most valuable asset — our people.” This year’s victims come from communities across the province and from all kinds of occupations — manufacturing, transportation, construction, the fishery, and the provincial government. Ms. Bolivar-Getson said no workplace is immune from injury or death. “All occupations have a degree of risk. That’s why we must always keep workplace health and safety top of mind by continually identifying hazards in the workplace and by eliminating the risk.” “From the statistics before us, it is clear that we have much more to do if we are to truly reduce pain and suffering from workplace accidents and illness,” said Rick Clarke, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour. “Today, as we mourn for the victims, business, labour and government must take up the challenge, commitment and responsibility, to fight for the living and provide them with healthy and safe workplaces. The workers of today and tomorrow depend on us to ensure that every measure is taken; every resource provided and every authority given or put in place to enable them to return home at the end of the day safe and healthy. They deserve nothing less.” According to Workers’ Compensation Board statistics, in 2005, more than 90 Nova Scotians were injured on the job each day. In total, that is 34,000 injured Nova Scotians. More than 9,000 people were so badly injured that they missed at least a day’s work. During the ceremony, Ms. Bolivar-Getson called on employers and employees to intensify their health and safety practices and to renew their commitment to reducing workplace injury and illness. For an example of government doing its part, Ms. Bolivar-Getson committed the department to develop a process to address the violence in the workplace issue. Four years ago, a native Nova Scotia red maple tree and plaque were placed on the grounds of Province House to honour the memory of those who lost their lives on the job, and to reaffirm government and labour’s joint commitment to preventing work- related injury and illness. For information on workplace health and safety see the Workplace Safety and Insurance System site at www.wsis.ns.ca or the Work Safe for Life site at www.worksafeforlife.ca or call 1-800-952-2687.
A restorative inquiry into the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children will bring government and community together to examine the effects of systemic and institutional abuse and racism, and to work together to build better relationships. Premier Stephen McNeil joined former home residents, home board members and community organizations today, June 12, to introduce the terms of reference for the inquiry. Participants signed a statement of commitment to show support for, and commitment to, the goals of the inquiry. “I’m excited about this opportunity to create genuine change in Nova Scotia,” said Tony Smith, co-chair of VOICES, the organization representing former residents. “While the past has been painful, we don’t just want to look back. We want to make a real difference for the future.” The inquiry will be overseen by a council of parties that includes representatives from government, former residents, the home board, and African Nova Scotian community members. “This restorative inquiry was designed by the people most affected,” said Premier McNeil. “We are committed to working hand-in-hand as we address the hard issues together. We want to come out of this not simply with recommendations, but stronger relationships that will help us create lasting change together.” The restorative inquiry will take place throughout the province in a model similar to a truth and reconciliation process. A trained facilitation team will help former residents and others participate in a safe way, with a commitment to doing no further harm. A reflection and action task group of government and community partners will meet throughout the process to review what has been learned and begin implementing next steps. “We don’t have to wait until the end of the inquiry to act,” said Premier McNeil. “As it progresses, government and community will work together on what we can begin to do right now to make a difference for the future.” Members of the council and task group will be selected in the coming weeks with input from all parties involved. The restorative inquiry is expected to begin in the fall and will have a mandate of up to two and a half years. Full terms of reference are available at http://restorativeinquiry.ca .
Annette Francis APTN National NewsFor decades, the community of Grassy Narrows in northwestern Ontario has been battling mercury contamination on their land, in their water and food sources.According to band members and politicians, its time the federal government step up their game.
Rabat – With 30 percent of Maroc Telecom’s ownership belonging to the Moroccan government, the company has long been heavily influenced by the state. This is despite the fact that 53 percent of the company is owned by Etisalat, a company based in the United Arab Emirates.However, Maroc Telecom has recently announced that the Moroccan government would be selling up to eight percent of its stake in the telecom operator, thus reducing the Moroccan government’s ownership to 22 percent.The company has also announced that within the next few weeks, a public offering for the stakes will be put up on the Casablanca Stock Exchange. In 2018, the Moroccan government suffered from a significant budget deficit of 3.8 percent of the country’s GDP, with this number expected to hit 3.7 percent of GDP for 2019. As a result, the government has planned to pursue a government privatization initiative to increase the state budget by up to $633 million by 2019, in an attempt to lower the deficit to 3.3 percent.The sale of Maroc Telecom shares is only the first part of this initiative, with the government also planning to sell the La Mamounia hotel in Marrakech and the Tahaddart power plant in northern Morocco.Read also: Analyst: Morocco to Consider Selling ONDA, ONCF After Maroc Telecom
The police have issued an alert for a wanted conman who has been involved in fraudulent activities by telephoning people saying he is a top government officer.Police headquarters said that the man, identified as Indika Bandara, had been telephoning people from the mobile number 0775452720 from different parts of the country. However, while out on bail, he had failed to appear in Court and a warrant was issued to arrest him. The police subsequently began to received information that he was telephoning people and was involved in fraudulent activities.The police urged the public to telephone 119 if they have any information regarding this individual. He was arrested last year and a case was filed against him at the Kegalle Magistrate’s Court.
Malisa Kurtz’s study of science fiction stretches beyond looking at a genre of books and film.She’s interested in how science fiction relates to globalization, technology, postcolonialism and social justice. She wants to know how it can be used to bring people together to imagine a less exploitative future, specifically in the global South.Kurtz was able to explore science fiction across many faculties through Brock University’s Interdisciplinary Humanities PhD program.This spring, she was the first graduate of the program, which was launched in 2011.“Science fiction studies is a field that doesn’t really fit anywhere,” she says. “It crosses into science and technology, English, philosophy, ethics and history.”Kurtz said the Interdisciplinary Humanities program opened doors for her across the university and allowed her to connect with a variety of different professors and researchers.“The program gives you so much flexibility,” she says. “You get to shape your own study.”Kurtz, who grew up in Thailand and Texas, did her master’s in Popular Culture at Brock. She said the professors and mentors she’s worked with over the years have changed her life.“I’m more well rounded as a person and my scholarship is also more well rounded,” she says.Callie LongCallie Long began her PhD studies last fall. Her research interest lays in the trauma associated with the stigma of living with HIV and AIDS and particularly how that is represented in testimonial literature.Long is a communications specialist and journalist who has spent years as an HIV advocate and activist. She has worked in media training, specifically in the area of HIV and AIDS to help educate journalists on how to use language that won’t further stigmatize the disease.“I wanted to go beyond my discipline, essentially social sciences; I needed to go deeper,” Long says. “For me interdisciplinary study of HIV/AIDs is critical and important.“I thought carefully about Humanities as a course of study. The Humanities allow us to ask fundamental questions of what it is to be human. That’s the whole question that I keep coming back to especially in confronting particular epidemics like HIV and Ebola. These are two diseases that come pre-loaded with moral judgments.”Grant Yocom has watched the program evolve from day one as part of the original cohort.Grant Yocom“I see the program as unfinished and that’s what attracted me,” he says. “As it grows it will reflect the inquiries that it has supported. The questions we ask now will help to shape the program that it becomes.”Yocom is finishing his thesis that focuses on deindustrializing cities, such as the rustbelt communities of his hometown of Windsor and neighbouring Detroit. His research looks at the role of urban social movements in proposing innovative methods to meet the needs of under-served communities.“The study of anything takes up various perspectives. The goal is to see not just with one set of eyes but with many eyes. You could not do that from a discipline silo – it requires many perspectives,” says Yocom, who has a master’s degree in Philosophy from Brock and lectures at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.• with files from Heather JunkeKurtz was a runner up in Brock’s 2016 3MT contest, here’s a look at her presentation:
Seequent, a developer of revolutionary visual data science software, has released Central 2.0 – an advanced central management platform for an organisation’s entire geological modelling activity that connects geology teams and company executives to insights and data not previously available to improve geological risk management.Central was developed for use with Seequent’s Leapfrog® 3D geological modelling software as part of the company’s collaborative industry development process to better meet future needs in the mining and minerals, civil engineering, environmental and geothermal energy industries.Shaun Maloney, CEO of Seequent, says: “The critical importance of managing geological risk has been demonstrated by many recent high profile project failures. We’re laser focussed on helping companies to get on the front foot to manage their geological risks – by effectively communicating this to project stakeholders, and enabling robust risk management plans to be developed.”Seequent has worked with dozens of organisations in each of its core sectors over the past six years to better understand how to help shift each industry to where it needs to be. It has backed this with multi-million-dollar investments in product R&D to extend the company’s overall capability.Maloney says in today’s increasingly complex business environment, organisations are often running multiple projects at the same time and often from different locations, creating a huge amount of geological data that they need to rely on for important investment and environmental decisions.“Ultimately it’s about providing the insight and confidence organisations need to make time critical business decisions about their earth, environment and energy challenges. By enabling people to see stories within the most up to date data – it builds up a whole picture for projects – for example, allowing people to see sustainable ways of extracting value, or greater opportunities for clean energy. This provides a competitive advantage that delivers straight to the bottom line,” he says.Central was initially developed in collaboration with the Mining and Minerals industry, to provide a single source of truth for geological model risk management. The Civil Engineering, Environmental and Geothermal Energy industries have been pivotal in helping make Central 2.0 a truly cross-industry solution.Uranium major Cameco Exploration Central, a key development collaborator, is rolling out Central organisation-wide to centralise and standardise all active exploration projects, research and generative 3D data as part of a broader plan to digitise its business.Director of Information, Mike McClelland, says: “We operate in a very competitive market and our people have to find ways to be innovative to continue to build competitive advantage. Central allows us to seamlessly collect, process, interrogate and visualise data in a live environment – which is a big shift forward for our industry, from the Stone Age to the Digital Age. It’s more than just the geoscience data that’s residing in the one place though, it’s about diligence. Rather than going through three layers of people to understand what one person’s doing it’s the click of a button.” Central was designed to enable better collaboration between project teams and stakeholders and give a clear understanding about what’s changed in a project over time and why. Matt Carter, GIS/Database Manager for Barkerville Gold in Western Canada, says: “With up to 10 drills turning, we have many geologists needing access to the latest central project with the most current models and data. Central improves collaboration between all of our drill geos and our resource and modelling geos and ensures that the project they’re accessing is the best version of the data.”Cristobal Valenzuela Millas, Senior 3D Geo Modeller at the small exploration company Quantum Pacific Exploration Chile (QPXC), says: “Central is helping our non-modellers to get closer to the modelling process by being able to peer review the models, and by being able to use those models to make important project decisions.”Jonas Weil, Engineering Geologist for Elea-IC group, one of Slovenia’s largest private engineering and consulting firms, says: “For civil engineering projects, Central offers something that we know from mining business and BIM design: A platform for exchange and versioning control of our models, but also a very effective tool for communication and visualisation of the latest factual data. It connects our site geos with the back-office staff and allows us to provide the latest results from site investigation, geological documentation and model updates straight forward to designers and reviewers.”
2011 has been a tad rough so far for Sony. If it’s not coping with yet another network breach, the company is probably busy preparing itself for hack-related litigation. Following the massive PSN and Qriocity incident, Sony was targeted by lawsuits around the globe. Now Sony’s being taken to task once again, this time facing allegations that it not only ignored signs of increased risk to its networks, but also that it made matters worse by laying off members of its network security team.Prior to the very public attacks that began back in April, Sony had fallen victim to several less-noteworthy attacks. And while you would hope a company of Sony’s stature would respond to such things by battening down the hatches to secure the data of millions of loyal customers, Sony had other things on its mind. Priority was given to securing its own confidential corporate data, on which this new lawsuit alleges the company spent lavishly. There’s no crime in protecting trade secrets, of course, but when you’re aware that people are actively trying to breach your network it seems a tad irresponsible to lay off staff who are in charge of security. Yet that’s precisely what Sony did.AdChoices广告While specific numbers aren’t mentioned in the court documents, a “confidential witness” asserts that Sony laid off a large percentage of the Sony Entertainment Online workforce — including a number of personnel from its Network Operations Center. These, of course, were the very same people who were tasked with preventing and responding to network security issues. In hindsight, that probably doesn’t look like a very smart decision — if only for PR reasons. But then again, this is the same company whose CEO said the PSN hack was just a hiccup, so maybe Sony really just didn’t get it.Does anybody with some coding skill want to do Sony a solid and whip up some kind of content-hiding tool for breach-related news like the ones which make Justin Bieber references disappear from the Web?More at Reuters
Despina Arvanitaki spent her first month in Australia crying. “I had just realised what I had done; I had come to a country where I was alone, I couldn’t find a cafe open after 4pm and I had to present myself to a new workplace, where I was supposed to speak in Enlgish,” she remembers. The workplace in question is ANZ, one of Australia’s ‘big four’ banks. And “what she had done” was – and is – any young economics graduate dream; a six month internship, through the Hellenic Initiative. A program she signed up for, without second thought, grasping an opportunity as soon as it presented itself.After a degree in accounting and finance at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, and a masters degree in Banking, Despina signed up for the Regeneration program, that liaises graduates with businesses in Greece. It is through Regeneration that she found out about the Hellenic Initiative and the intership program.“I was hoping to start another masters abroad and I was looking for an internship in the meantime before the next schoolyear started,” she remembers. “So I thought it would be a great opportunity. I lodged an application, which was approved, I was chosen, did an interview with ANZ and so I came to Australia. I didn’t really think much about it.”Hence her initial shock. “I was constanly asking myself: ‘what have I done?’ On top of everything, I had trouble finding a house, I was facing other challenges, and I missed my family. I would constantly call them after work, making it feel like I was there.”Soon, things changed; she became accustomed, she made friends – mostly Greeks – and enjoyed her independence. At the end of the six month long internship, the prospect of going back to Greece filled her with mixed feelings. “It is strange to wake up one day after six months of going to work and not knowing what to do,” she says.Looking back, Despina values the importance of this experience and acknowledges that she had not made through the first challenging month, had it not been for her job.“At first, when I didn’t know anyone here, it was work that sustained me, it became a very important part of my life here,” she says.“I had a great time, I loved what I was doing – much more than I had anticipated – and the workplace was fantastic.”What she was doing was work as a credit analyst for the research and analysis team of the bank’s institutional department. This gave her unique insight in the difference of the Australian economy, compared to what’s happening in Europe. “The industry is different here, there is a much larger agribusiness sector, not to mention the role of property development.”She can’t stress how important this experience was for her. “I may only be 24 years old, but I feel very confident as a professional. I realised that I can really put to use all that I have learned in Uni, and I have gained significant insight in how the sector works internationally.”This was not the first internship for Despina, who had also worked for an international bank in Greece, which was a completely different – and disappointing – experience. Despite adding to her CV, it amounted to nothing more than “staring at a computer screen” for a few hours every day. “I did not learn anything,” she says, expressing her disappointment.By comparison, her experience in ANZ was the exact opposite. “They made me feel part of the team from the very beginning,” she says. “They were all aware of my situation, that I had come all the way from Greece through this program, but I think it’s part of the mentality, this team spirit, where everyone is helping each other.”She will miss this, she says. But most of all she will miss her independence. “Being alone in a foreign country changes you. I feel that this experience helped me grow up.”And she knows that she’s up for a challenge. “I love Greece, it’s been hard to be far from Greece, but when you want to at least try do something with your career you can’t stay there; things in Greece are very difficult. I was aware of it before coming to Australia and I see how things are for my friends. Those of them who have a job, work 10 and 11 hours a day to earn about 400 euros per month; they rely on their parents to make ends meet. And the worst thing is that they make you feel like they are doing you a favour, you never get validation.”That, she says, is the biggest difference between the Greek and Australian workplace. “In Australia, if you are good at your work, you always get praise for it, every day. They will give you more responsibility, they will make you understand that you can do it, and that gives you the boost to become even better. It is a huge thing to feel appreciated at your job.”Companies interested in finding out more about the THi Australian Internship Program can go to https://au.thehellenicinitiative.org/what-we-do/thi-australian-internship-program/ or contact email@example.com. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram