Advertisement Image Courtesy: New Indian ExpressAdvertisementIndia’s Olympic Bronze medallist Mary Kom was adjudged the best female athlete by the Asian Sportswriters Union at the ‘Awards for Asia’ ceremony in Malaysia.Image Courtesy: New Indian ExpressAIPS Asia was the organization that gave away the award for the very first time in order to honor the Asian Athletes who have performed at the top most level.The prestigious award was given away by the Chief Minister of Selangor, YAB Tuan Haji Amirudin Shari. While Mary Kom herself could not be present to receive the award, Subodh Malla Barua, a sports journalist received the award on her behalf.Mary Kom is currently eyeing a record seventh World Championship gold medal in the AIBA World Boxing Championships which starts on September 7th. This time Kom will be seen showing her presence in the 51kg category opposed to the 48kg one.Also Read:Gagan Narang set to receive Khel Protsahan award on Thursday
Virat Kohli said he could not have asked for anything more than an emphatic victory over England in the final Test after the series had already been clinched in Mumbai.India demolished England by an innings and 75 runs in Chennai to register a historic 4-0 triumph over England. This must be sweet revenge for India, who had lost their last three successive series to England in 2011, 2012 and 2014. (Also read: Chennai Test: Karun’s 303*, Jadeja’s 7-48 highlight India’s historic 4-0 triumph over England)England had piled up a mammoth 477 in the first innings in Chennai before India responded with 759/7 declared thanks to a triple hundred from Karun Nair and 199 from Lokesh Rahul. On a final-day pitch that had little in it for the spinners, Ravindra Jadeja then weaved his magic to pick up career-best figures of 7/48 as England were dismissed for 207 with little under 10 overs remaining in the day.”Couldn’t have asked anything more and especially after winning the series 3-0 and performing like this. It’s an evidence of the character of this side and what the guys prepare like for a Test match, playing for the country,” Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony. (Also read: Team India reacts after historic 4-0 win: “Everyone put their hands up when needed”)”They take a lot of pride and it was evident in the way we batted and bowled. We wanted the youngsters to do well. KL Rahul had a good domestic season but didn’t have a great outing and then came back and almost got a double century. Karun didn’t have two good Tests and then does this (an unbeaten 303).”advertisementKohli hailed his team for pulling off a spectacular victory despite being on the backfoot, having first lost the toss and then conceding a huge firsts innings total. But like they did throughout the series, India stuck to their guns and eventually trumped over England with their relentlessness. (Also read: Ravindra Jadeja defies flat pitch to snare career-best 7/48 in historic win)Kohli, who became the first Indian captain to win nine Tests in a year, said he was aware of the psychological damage it would to England after India had taken a 282-run lead.”It’s always tricky when you have scored 477 and then concede a lead of 282. Mentally and psychologically, it is always a dent. We knew that.”We realized that once we got a couple of wickets, it will be a downward slide. They don’t want to be ina position after getting so many runs and be in a losing position. Jadeja did the job in both the innings. Hit right areas and made it uncomfortable for the batsmen. Intensity was top class,” Kohli said.Kohli stressed he was proud of his team for having taken the toss out of the equation. India had lost four tosses in the five Tests of the series and had to bounce back after conceding 400 plus totals in the last two matches. The young captain was also proud of the way his players put the team before personal glory.”Very proud. Toss and pitches were out of the equation. We were up against big totals and we won by an innings. Doesn’t happen too often in Tests. We work hard everyday and believe in us. We don’t care about what’s happening outside; what matters is what each one of us thinks about the other. There’s lot of respect and friendship in that dressing room and it’s evident on the field. Nobody is playing for himself. Every time we were put under the pump, we have tightened up on giving away wickets at crucial time, especially after intervals. We have improved on that.”The lower order has deflated the opposition, scoring 200+ three times, and their hard work in the nets showed. Our pace was quicker than theirs, even the consistency was better, and it was very proud moment for me as an Indian captain, seeing the fast bowlers stepping it on. Kudos to the hard work they have put in in the past few months.”Watch: Sourav Ganguly picks the standout moments in India vs England series
Dinesh Chandimal scored his ninth Test century and first as captain as Sri Lanka posted 419 against Pakistan on day two of the first Test on Friday. (Scorecard)By stumps, Pakistan were a chanceless 64 without loss, Sami Aslam on 31 and Shan Masood on 30 to make honors even.Sri Lanka resumed on 227-4 after Dimuth Karunaratne’s 93, and Chandimal advanced from 60 to his ton in the morning with a cover drive. He needed 273 balls for his second century of the year.His overnight partner, Niroshan Dickwella moved from 42 to 83 when he edged Hasan Ali onto his off stump at 295-5. The wicketkeeper’s highest Test score, surpassing 81 in July against Zimbabwe, lasted 117 balls, and included nine fours and a six.Dilruwan Perera replaced Dickwella and took 33 balls to get off the mark. In the meantime, he reversed two lbw decisions before he scored.After lunch, Perera also survived a stumping chance on 32 but was out for 33, the video this time confirming he was back leg before wicket, giving part-time spinner Haris Sohail a wicket on debut.Sri Lanka took tea on 403-7, then the end came quickly. In an eventful 155th over bowled by paceman Mohammad Abbas, Chandimal lost his middle stump but the delivery was a no ball, and Lakshan Sandakan and Nuwan Pradeep were dismissed cheaply in consecutive balls to end the innings.Chandimal was stranded on 155, seven shy of his career-high score. He’d faced 372 balls, hitting 14 to the boundary.Abbas took 3-75 and left-arm spinner Yasir Shah had figures of 57-11-120-3.advertisement
After the Moto G5S received a temporary price cut last week on Amazon India, Motorola has now decided to make it permanent. The phone will now be available at Rs 9,999 for the rest of the days to come and the new pricing will be available not only on Amazon.in, but also at Moto Hubs and retail stores across the country in Fine Gold, Lunar Grey and Oxford Blue colours. The Moto G5S was initially launched at Rs 13,999 back in August. The new price cut means the phone will now cost you Rs 4,000 less, which should come as a to delight Moto fans in India.Notably, the permanent price cut comes just a couple of days ahead of the Moto G6 line which is expected to be launched on April 19 at an event in Brazil. The upcoming lineup will likely include the Moto G6, Moto G6 Play and Moto G6 Plus, and these phones can be expected to make their way to India soon enough. Coming back to the Moto G5S, the phone was launched as a special version of the Moto G5 and sports a metal body design with a chunky build that makes quite solid and firm.The Moto G5S sports a 5.2-inch full-HD IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels and a traditional aspect ratio of 16:9. While this means that the display is surrounded by plenty of bezels, the screen itself is vivid and punchy. Software is one of the biggest highlights of the Moto lineup as all the phones come with near stock Android, which is great if you’re an Android purist and can’t stand bloatware or unnecessary add-ons. The Moto G5S runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is yet to receive the Oreo update.advertisementPowering the Moto G5S is a Snapdragon 430 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. Compared to some of the newer phones available in this price segment, the chipset is a little dated. However, combined with a near stock Android software, the phone runs quite smooth and fast. It bears a 16-megapixel rear sensor with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, and LED flash. Up front, you get a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture, wide-angle lens, and LED flash.The Moto G5S is currently at its lowest price ever. However, the phone may look a little outdated now compared to its competition as it does not sport an 18:9 display and is yet to receive Android Oreo. The upcoming Moto G6 is rumoured to come with both so people may just prefer to wait a little longer for that.ALSO READ: Moto G5S at Rs 9,999: Is it worth buying
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)FOX made a big announcement about the Ohio State-Michigan game today.The contest between the Buckeyes and the Wolverines didn’t end up living to the hype, as Urban Meyer’s team blew out Jim Harbaugh and Co.A lot of people tuned it to watch that blowout, though.FOX announced today that it was the network’s most-watched regular season college football game ever.From FoxSports.com:Last weekend’s rivalry matchup between Ohio State and Michigan, in which the Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines, 62-39, to earn a spot in Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game, drew a massive audience of 13,200,000. The game ranks as FOX’s most-watched regular-season game ever and is up +26% over last year’s matchup (vs. 10,513,000). On FOX Sports streaming services, Ohio State-Michigan attracted an average-minute audience of 145,000, the platforms’ best-ever performance for a college football game.FOX will be televising the Big Ten’s Championship Game on Saturday night.Ohio State and Northwestern are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on FOX.
New Delhi: Delhiites woke up to a humid day on Wednesday even as the minimum temperature settled at 28.2 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average. The relative humidity at 8:30 am was recorded at 83 per cent. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 37 degrees Celsius, according to the Meteorological Department. The weatherman has forecast cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder or lightning later in the day. On Tuesday, the capital city had recorded a high of 36.8 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal, and a low of 27.4 degrees Celsius. The weather department had also said that the capital was in for dry and hot weather for another two to three days before a spell of “good rains” provides some relief to city residents.
OTTAWA — An Ontario shipyard is ending its bid to have a trade tribunal determine whether the federal government’s plan to add a third shipyard to Canada’s multibillion-dollar shipbuilding strategy has been rigged in favour of a Quebec company.Last month, Hamilton-based Heddle Marine asked the Canadian International Trade Tribunal to launch an investigation, alleging some of the requirements needed to qualify for consideration as the third yard seemed aimed at disqualifying all contenders except Quebec’s Chantier Davie.The federal procurement department subsequently amended some of the requirements, but Heddle asked the tribunal to press ahead with its probe.The government then invoked a national-security exception that prevents such investigations.The tribunal was still weighing how to respond to the government when a lawyer for Heddle notified it last week that the Ontario shipyard was withdrawing its complaint, without providing a reason.The third shipyard will be tasked with building at least six new icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard, whose own icebreaker fleet is on its last legs.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.The Canadian Press
Kolkata: The Bengal government has submitted a report to the office of the Election Commission stating that steps have been taken against all potential trouble-mongers across the state.The Election Commission had earlier instructed senior officials of the state government to take adequate measures and arrest the trouble-mongers who could trigger violence during the polls. The Commission also instructed senior police officers of the state to execute all the non-bailable cases which were still pending in the state. It was learnt that more than 20,000 trouble-mongers have been identified both by the city and the district police. The Election Commission also wanted to know from senior police officers in the state if any steps were taken against the miscreants. A report was also sought from them. It can be mentioned here that during his recent visit to the state, Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain had asked Director General of Police Virendra and the then Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma to ensure that all the trouble-mongers should be sent behind bars as a pre-emptive measure ahead of elections. Various political parties also raised a number of issues including the intimidation of voters with the Election Commission. It was also learnt that during his meeting with the election officials, Jain expressed his dissatisfaction over the implementation of the non-bailable cases in some districts. The districts like South 24-Parganas, East and West Burdwan were identified as having a huge number of trouble-mongers. In the report submitted to the Commission by the state government, officials claimed that steps have been taken against all the potential trouble-mongers. Recently-appointed Special Central Police Observer in the state Vivek Dubey also took a stock of the overall law and order situation in the state and also on various pending cases. The full Bench of the Election Commission of India (ECI) in February held meetings with the top government officials and issued necessary instructions on what measures need to be taken to ensure a free and fair election. The ECI full Bench also discussed the law and order situation in the state.
The food situation in South Asia, where torrential rains resulted in deadly flash floods and landslides that affected more than 28 million people, gives “serious cause for concern” because of the loss of animals and unfavorable crop prospects following damage to recently planted crops, according to the latest United Nations update.“Opportunities for replanting once the water has fully receded are limited as the sowing period of the main cereal season normally ends in July in India and Bangladesh and by mid-August in Nepal,” the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a news release.Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) expressed deep concern about the continuing threat from hunger, disease and malnutrition for the millions of children and women affected by the flooding which has killed almost 2,800 people in the three countries and Pakistan. In Nepal, the affected agro-ecological zone of Terai (plains) is the country’s grain basket, accounting for over 70 per cent of the total production of rice, the basic staple. Though water levels have receded from the second week of August, thousands of hectares of agricultural land have been destroyed at the peak of the planting season, FAO said. While a detailed assessment of crop losses is not yet available, the overall outlook for this year’s production has deteriorated. At sub-national level, food shortages in the Terai, affected by drought and floods in 2006, are likely to worsen. In Bangladesh, preliminary official estimates indicate that some 854,000 hectares of rice paddies have been lost to floods and another 582,000 hectares partially damaged. In aggregate, the area affected represents some 13 per cent of the total planted area, seriously compromising prospects for this year rice production. In India, where the three worst flood-affected states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Assam account for roughly a quarter of the country’s total rice production, preliminary reports indicate that about 1 million hectares of cereal land have been submerged in Bihar alone. While this year’s cereal production is likely to be reduced in these three north-eastern states, output at national level will depend on weather conditions in the coming months, according to FAO. UNICEF and its non-governmental organization (NGO) partners, concerned that standing water could become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and waterborne diseases, are coordinating the Government’s relief efforts in India by providing support for health, nutrition, water and sanitation. This includes tarpaulins, water purifying agents (tablets, powder and solutions), oral rehydration salts, family hygiene kits and essential medicines. In Bangladesh and Nepal, UNICEF is providing similar drugs and working on a post-emergency early recovery and reconstruction plan. 17 August 2007The food situation in South Asia, where torrential rains resulted in deadly flash floods and landslides that affected more than 28 million people, gives “serious cause for concern” because of the loss of animals and unfavorable crop prospects following damage to recently planted crops, according to the latest United Nations update.
The residents of Rathupaswala who were injured during the clash with the military and police in 2013 are to be compensated.President Maithripala Sirisena has issued instructions to allocate Rs. 4.68 million to pay compensation to 33 people injured during the clash over drinking water. (Colombo Gazette)
.“The global economy is not yet on a path to strong sustainable and balanced growth,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said in a statement to the 2014 spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, where he stressed that the massive jobs gap that opened at the height of the financial crisis is showing no signs of shrinking.“In fact, the gap will widen unless the global economy steps up the pace of growth to generate the jobs needed,” he said, explaining that weak global demand is holding back job creation, wages and recovery even further and one consequence is a slowing of the pace of poverty reduction in the developing world.Mr. Ryder pointed out that if pre-crisis trends in employment growth had continued, 62 million more women and men would have been working in 2013 when global unemployment reached 202 million. “Unless growth picks up, the jobs gap will widen to 75 million by 2018,” he added.According to ILO, last year the number of workers in extreme poverty declined by only 2.7 per cent globally, one of the lowest rates of reduction ever seen over the past decade.Mr. Ryder noted that income inequalities have also widened and the wage share in gross domestic product (GDP) has fallen in many countries, including the world’s largest economies where wages have lagged behind growth in productivity for over 20 years.“This trend was masked by unfettered household borrowing before the crisis and temporarily offset by financial market innovations that proved to be unsustainable,” he said, and such long-term structural problems now weigh heavily on demand and slow down recovery.“The global economy must create many more jobs,” Mr. Ryder declared, emphasizing investment in infrastructure, support to small enterprises and boosting skills development, and restoring household purchasing power, particularly at the lowest income levels, as essential to avoid falling into a low-growth trap.While welcoming the G20 Finance Ministers’ aim to lift GDP by 2 per cent or more over five years, he nevertheless called for an integrated strategy for both the demand and supply side of labour markets that would lift growth and create the jobs needed for a full and sustainable recovery.
OSU freshman defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) pays tribute to his brother, former OSU defensive lineman Joey Bosa, by doing the ‘Bosa shrug’ after his first career sack during the Buckeyes’ season opener on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For the first-year defensive linemen who have received the most playing time other than Nick Bosa — redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, redshirt freshman Davon Hamilton and freshman Robert Landers — 2016 has been a great season. Coming into the year, Nick, brother of former OSU All-American and current San Diego Charger Joey Bosa, was expected to make an impact — unlike his fellow freshman counterparts on the defensive front.After Bosa suffered a torn ACL during his senior year of high school, and starting defensive tackle and redshirt junior Tracy Sprinkle went down with an achilles rupture in the first game of the season, it became apparent OSU needed some big-time minutes from their young players. Although Bosa had a successful rehab period, he still needed time to develop after missing much of the offseason’s drills.According to the Florida native, 2016 has been about growth more than healing, although the time away ensured he was ready to go late in the season.“I’ve grown tremendously this whole year,” Bosa said. “From the first day going full speed in camp to now I think … I’ve actually learned how to play football. Let’s just say that. High school was a lot of brute strength and athleticism. And now, I think I have a pretty good skill set. It’s just been fun to progress all year and learn new things every week. The knee is fine.”Before Bosa started picking up steam as a defender, the interior of the OSU defensive line was a bit of a question mark. That was, until, the trio of Jones, Hamilton and Landers emerged as quality defensive linemen.Jones leads the group with 46 total tackles, while Hamilton and Landers have combined for 25. Of Landers’ 16 tackles, eight are for a loss. Success in his first real playing time with a team in national-championship contention is still a little surreal for Jones.“It set in for my family, not for me yet,” he said. “I’m still in a trance still trying to figure this all out. I’m excited. I’m just ready to go.”OSU is a program that expects contributions from first-year players the moment they step onto campus, like many other top football universities in the nation. Although the expectation might seem lofty, it has helped lots of players develop into NFL-ready talent as soon as they leave Columbus. While it’s a bit like a dream for Jones, Bosa had different things in mind when he committed to the Buckeyes.“I obviously have high expectations of myself,” he said. “I’m not going to come in and not expect to play. The fact that I’ve contributed to a national championship run is surreal.”While the players have been hard at work all week preparing for the task ahead in Clemson, most players agreed the extra practice is a chance to fine tune their skills. Although Jones agreed the bowl practices are helpful, he said they have more of an impact for next season.“Bowl practice, period, is really like a mini camp for us ‘cause it’s a chance for the young guys to showcase their talents and show them we can still play,” Jones said. “This kind of just showcases us for next year’s season.”Recently, Nick Bosa watched his brother throw up an O-H-I-O after getting a sack against Cleveland in the Chargers’ loss last Saturday. Although he has yet to break out any patented moves like Joey’s shrug, Nick said he might give it a try.“We’ll see,” he said. “I’ll probably just be screaming my head off. Too much adrenaline.”Bosa and company will be squaring off against Clemson on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Two year old Zach Mitch from Redruth feeds the hungry squirrels with dad Ryan at Tehidy Woods which are said to be the best fed in Britain.Credit:SWNS/SWNS Squirrels have become overweight due to the warm winter.Credit:SWNS/SWNS They also grow a thicker winter coat which can make them appear bigger.But those in Tehidy have this year supplemented their survival techniques with eating at their normal summer levels.Experts say that because of the unseasonably warm climate in the region they have been left fatter than ever.As a result the squirrels living in the woodland have developed a fearsome reputation. Wildlife expert and TV presenter Iolo Williams admitted that squirrels do normally look bigger at this time of year – but the extra food that’s been available this winter has made them unusually large.Mr Williams said: “Because of the mild wet weather there has been an abundance of food for squirrels.”There has been no shortage of nuts, seeds and fungi for them to eat and store.”With the extra layers of fat and thicker winter coat this can make them look much bigger.” Sophie Renouf with her son Finley who was attacked by a squirrel. Credit:SWNS/SWNS In one instance a child was feeding a squirrel when six others ran out from a bush and bit his hand.Two youngsters have also been attacked at the woodland, including a three-year-old boy who needed emergency hospital treatment.Squirrels do not hibernate but in the cooler months they put on up to a quarter of their body weight in fat reserves to keep them warm. Finley, three, had his hand bitten by hungry squirrels at a country park.Credit:SWNS/SWNS Sophie Renouf, 23, and her three-year-old son Finley were attacked by a gang of them when the little boy tried to feed one.”There was literally one squirrel there and my son fed him as usual,” she said.”Next thing, six of them came running out of the hedge and then, all of a sudden, all I remember is him screaming.”I looked – and there was blood pouring out of his hand.”Finley was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital where medics spent three hours treating his puncture wounds and bandaging his fingers.”I just want to let other people know. I don’t want other children to go down there and get bitten,” she said.”A girl I used to go to school with messaged me on Facebook and said they’d tried to bite her little girl as well.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Fat squirrels have been attacking children after overindulging themselves over the Christmas period.The greedy animals have seen their waists balloon due to a mild winter that has seen them feasting on an abundance of snacks and food left on the frost-free ground.But their increased appetites has led to them nipping and attacking people visiting Tehidy Country Park in Cornwall in a bid to get hold of food they might be carrying.
Irish scientists in Trinity have made another ‘world-first‘ breakthrough. [TheJournal.ie] The body of a 13-year-old boy has been recovered in Drogheda after he drowned while swimming with friends. The United Nations has told Ireland to change its abortion legislation to include exemptions for rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities. However the Government has played down the suggestion. A displaced Palestinian girl who lost her relative in an Israeli airstrike at a U.N school cries at Beit Hanoun hospital in the northern Gaza Strip. Source: AP/Press Association Images#GAZA: An Israeli shell has hit a UN school – killing 15 people.#AIR ALGERIE: A missing flight carrying 116 people lost contact around 50 minutes after take off. There are reports that the plane crashed.#UKRAINE: The country’s Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has resigned.INNOVATION A study has reported that one in 40 Dubliners are millionaires, making our capital 13th in the list of the top 20 millionaire-rich cities. The BMW that rammed the Garda car in Portlaoise yesterday was previously spotted all over Ireland. NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Source: Sam Boal via Photocall Ireland INTERNATIONAL PARTING SHOT How long do you think you could manage eating TGI appetizers? Does 14 hours of unlimited mozzarella sticks sound painful or delicious? If it sounds good to start…you might change your mind after reading this. [Gawker.com] The UN also recommended that the State open an investigation into symphysiotomy immediately. The US Air Force have launched two satellites into orbit to spy on other satellites. [Geek.com] The MacGill Summer School today discussed the causes of young people’s apathy towards politics.
With the launch of iCloud as part of the iOS 5 roll out, you’d think cloud storage services may be a bit worried with Apple in the game. But it doesn’t seem that way. Dropbox is doing fine, and Box.net has just started offering iOS users 50GB of free storage instead of the more typical 5GB its free account serves up.A new service has appeared, however, that potentially blows the competition away with the amount of storage it has on offer. Backify is advertising a free online backup service with 512GB of storage space. You can increase that to unlimited storage for $3 per month, but the best deal will cost you $5 a month and allows you to use your 512GB of storage just like Dropbox does as a personal file storage locker.Backify call the personal storage space Briefcase. It uses a piece of software that creates a network drive on every machine you want to access your files on. You can then upload files and make them available on all your machines, just like Dropbox. The main difference being the cost, which is significantly lower than Dropbox, and storage, which is significantly higher.Before rushing to sign up it’s worth considering this is a brand new service and one created using a reseller package from cloud storage company LiveDrive. LiveDrive don’t seem to offer a free account, but do have a range of paid-for, and more expensive options for backup and personal online file storage.512GB is a lot of storage space, but does anyone really need that much yet for either backup or personal file storage yet? Regardless, if it proves popular then the competition will have to respond, and that likely means more storage for everyone.More at Backify
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian Muslim Tony Vlahos agrees that surveillance of Muslim communities should be done carefully and discretely, believing that a concentrated focus on security in Muslim-populated areas could have a counterproductive effect and breed hostility towards authorities. “The community shouldn’t be profiled just because they are Muslim. However, I do encourage the police and the government to engage with the Muslim community so as not to alienate then and so that if anything of concern does come up, people will not be hesitant to approach the police,” he said. Vlahos, a security consultant, converted to Islam in 2001, a mere six months from the 9/11 attacks that changed everything for Muslims around the world. Over a decade since the infamous airplane crash on New York’s World Trade Centre, Muslim Australians in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, which includes suburbs such as Dallas and Broadmeadows, are still under police surveillance on the basis that the area is a potential terror hotspot due to the high concentration of Muslims residing there. Maria Vamvakinou, Federal Member for Calwell, told Neos Kosmos last week that it was obvious to her constituents that the area was under surveillance. She added that it could have adverse impacts on the community, by making residents feel that they are being unnecessarily targeted and are being excluded from mainstream Australia. Vamvakinou, whose electorate contains up to 18,000 Muslims, suggested that a funding program put in place to counter extremism and radicalism in Muslim communities should not be administered by the Federal Attorney General’s Office. The department currently runs the program, worth $10 million, which targets community groups to encourage youth social interaction projects. “Unfortunately, I did receive some negative attention when I told people I was Muslim , and even though I tried to correct people’s misunderstanding about Islam and tried to tell that it was just a handful of terrorists making life harder for everyone else, there were always people who wanted to believe that Islam was a violent religion.” He said the backlash against Muslims was not helped by the media and the government. Post-9/11 and the Bali bombings, the high media coverage of radical Muslims impacted the mass majority of moderate, everyday Muslims. Vlahos urges it is “lazy investigating” to target communities based on religion. The concentration of Muslims in places like Melbourne’s northern suburbs is due to the need for migrants in these communities to receive support from people similar to themselves. “We had the same thing with the Italians and Greeks who used to populate Brunswick, and now areas like Doncaster. New migrants in particular naturally want to stay in a place where they have easy access to familiar foods, places of worship and people who speak the same language as them.”