We will go in with belief that we can beat India: Ireland captain Gary Wilson

first_imgBy Chetan Narula Malahide (Ireland), June 26 (PTI) Captain Gary Wilson says Ireland are capable of beating India in the two-T20I series starting here tomorrow, having surprised top teams in the past. He underlined Irelands success against Pakistan and England (in 2007 and 2011 ODI World Cups respectively) and said that they will take heart from the past when taking on the Men in Blue.They are a very fine T20 side but they have to bat and we have to bowl. If we bowl up to our best, they still have to play that no matter, whether it is Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma or whoever it is in the world,” said Wilson today. “On any day, anyone has the opportunity to beat anyone else and thats the beauty of sport, the beauty of cricket. We have had some great results against England in Bengaluru and against Pakistan in the Caribbean. So tomorrow we will go in with the belief that we can turn them over, said Wilson on Tuesday.While India are coming off a solitary Afghanistan Test, Ireland have been busy playing a T20 tri-series against Scotland and Netherlands. India and Ireland do not have a long cricketing history, with only four internationals played between the two sides.Wilson made his international debut the last time India played in Ireland 2007. Meanwhile, Wednesday will mark only the second-ever T20I between the two sides, the first played during the 2009 World T20.I was out bowled against India, but it was a pretty special day still. It was a decent crowd in Belfast and we have seen Indias traction for big crowds wherever they go. I guess Roger Whelan got Sachin Tendulkar bowled as well. Thats basically what I can remember (from 2007), he said.advertisementWilson became Irelands T20I captain just prior to that tri-series, and said that he doesnt want to put out too many plans for the Indian batsmen. Further, he outlined his goal to help bottom-ranked Ireland play in the forthcoming World T20s.I dont like to have too much of a plan before you go out there. In T20 cricket, you should be able to think on your feet and trust gut feeling most of the time. In T20s, you can look very clever or very silly in a short span of time, so you just have to try and stay balance and not worry too much about good or bad days. “Obviously you can have broader plans for opposition and your team, but my thinking is about on your feet. I am enjoying captaincy at the moment, but I would like to answer this question in a year or so. If we can have Ireland qualify for the next World Cup by then, it will be a feather in the cap, said Wilson. Wilson promised fearless cricket against India.We have discussed with the lads the need to play with freedom and enjoy T20 cricket. We want to go out there, stick our chests out and our chins up, go toe to toe with anyone on their day, and we are playing India, probably the best T20 side in the world. We want to take them on head to head and show what we are about.”Obviously, you want to play as much as you can. With the FTP coming out last week, we have 65 T20s over the next four years, which is a lot of international cricket. We have quite a few ODIs too and then we have 13-14 Tests, so we are getting a lot more cricket now and that will be important. If we get more games against high quality opposition, we can improve quicker, he signed off. PTI CN BS BSBSlast_img read more

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Move the Ball Forward At Cancun Climate Talks

first_imgThis article is cross-posted from CNN.com.The next round of international climate meetings begin Monday in Cancun, Mexico, and they will likely determine the future for global action on climate change—including whether the United Nations will remain at the core of an international regime.It’s been nearly a year since the Copenhagen, Denmark, climate summit, and negotiations over implementation of the climate change deal it produced have dragged on with little to show.They’ve been slowed by the failure of a climate bill in the U.S. Senate, the global economic recession and increasing gridlock between the United States and China. Around the world, heads of state have been reluctant to provide crucial leadership needed for a breakthrough.We need a significant turnaround to show that real progress is possible. In football terms, it’s the two-minute warning, and we just got the ball on our opponent’s 20-yard line.Read the full article on CNN.comlast_img read more

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Ince: Gerrard & Lampard weren’t golden generation

first_imgWorld Cup Lampard & Gerrard England’s golden generation? ‘Nonsense’, claims Ince Chris Burton 22:27 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Frank Lampard Steven Gerrard England Getty Images World Cup England Tunisia v England Tunisia The ex-Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder considers his era to have been better than that widely acknowledged to have boasted the best talent Paul Ince has rubbished talk of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard having graced England’s golden generation, with the former Manchester United and Liverpool branding such a billing as “nonsense”.It is widely acknowledged that a squad pieced together in the early 21st century is the best, on paper, that the Three Lions have produced in the modern era.A team bossed by Sven Goran Eriksson went to three major tournaments, but made it no further than the quarter-finals at any of them – despite being able to call upon the likes of David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Ince made it to the semi-finals with England at Euro ’96, before seeing penalty heartache strike again at the 1998 World Cup, and he believes those teams were better than the ones which followed and attracted so much attention.A man who earned 53 caps for his country told Planet Football: “People talk about the Gerrard and Lampard team as being the Golden Generation for England, but that is nonsense.“The team I was a part of was the golden generation and I think we proved that with the performances we put in when it mattered most, in major tournaments.“I look at the 2002 and 2006 World Cup performances from the so-called Golden Generation and they were not comparable to the way we played against Holland and Germany at Euro 96 or the performance we put in against Argentina in 1998.“That was the Golden Generation and the FA messed it up by sacking two excellent managers in Venables and Hoddle.“Some of things England managers have been getting up to in the years since have put into perspective the so-called reasons why the FA got rid of those two managers, but the damage was done and it cannot be repaired.“Hoddle was so inventive as a manager. We all respected him as a great player, but working with him was fascinating.“He spent time with Wenger at Monaco and brought all that experience with him into the England job, and you can only learn from someone like that, whatever level of the game you might be working at.“He was a manager before his time. Some of things he brought to the England squad were introduced to Premier League clubs a few years later and people only realised how good he was when he was gone.”England have disappointed at recent international tournaments, with Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson flopping, but Gareth Southgate’s class of 2018 have the chance to make amends in Russia.Their World Cup campaign kicks off on Monday against Tunisia.last_img read more

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Fleet Oversupply to Weaken Chemical Shipping Rates

first_imgzoom Softening seaborne trade and rising fleet growth are expected to depress chemical shipping freight rates over the next few years, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Spot rates collapsed in the third quarter as some charterers who usually fix their cargoes on contract took advantage of low spot rates. This situation also weighed on time charter rates and asset values, especially for the larger chemical tankers.In particular, freight rates on major long-haul routes came under severe pressure in the third quarter due to a fall in demand for China origin cargo, unexpected plant shutdowns in the Middle East and fierce competition between operators, Drewry said. Regional markets also weakened due to increasing domestic supply and unexpected plant shutdowns.With new projects due to start operating in the next two to four years, demand for imports of some chemical products will decline further.In the long term, this will put downward pressure on freight rates to the Far East. But it is good news for China’s domestic chemical tanker market as it will increase demand for domestic shipping, according to Drewry.“While freight rates on some routes are forecast to reduce substantially, other routes may see roll-overs or minor increases. Shipowners’ earnings will remain depressed for the next two years,” Hu Qing, Drewry’s lead analyst for chemical shipping, said.“We expect time charter rates in the smaller size categories to remain stable in the next two years, but rates for the larger sizes, especially MRs, are expected to decline steeply because of surplus supply and intense competition,” Qing added.last_img read more

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IMA calls strike today against the passage of NMC Bill

first_imgNew Delhi: The IMA has given a call for a 24-hour withdrawal of non-essential services across the country to protest the passage of the National Medical Commission Bill, which seeks to replace the graft-tainted Medical Council of India, saying it is “anti-poor, anti-student and anti-democratic”.Emergency, casualty, ICU and other related services will remain unaffected. The Indian Medical Association, the largest body of doctors and students in the country with around three lakh members, has called for demonstrations and hunger strikes at its local branches and urged medical students to boycott classes and proclaim solidarity with IMA. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt warned in a statement it will intensify agitation if the government continues to be “indifferent to their concerns”. Meanwhile, doctors associated with the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) and Resident Doctors’ Association at AIIMS showed up to work wearing black badges as a mark of protest. The bill was passed by Lok Sabha on Monday as thousands of doctors protested across the country against it. The bill provides for setting up of a National Medical Commission in place of MCI for development and regulation of all aspects of medical education, profession and institutions. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe medical fraternity is anguished that the health minister, a surgeon, instead of including key recommendations made by the Parliament Standing Committee, replaced many provisions with clauses detrimental to the doctors’ community. The fraternity claims the bill will encourage quackery. The IMA rejects the bill and its protest will continue, Santanu Sen, national president of IMA, said. “Section 32 of the NMC Bill provides for licensing of 3.5 lakh unqualified non-medical persons to practice modern medicine. The term community health provider has been vaguely defined to allow anyone connected with modern medicine to get registered in NMC and be licensed to practice modern medicine. “This will only legalise quackery and endanger the lives of people,” R V Ashokan, IMA secretary general, said. On Tuesday, representatives of FORDA and AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association held an emergency meeting to decide the course of action against the “undemocratic and non-federal” bill. They said they agreed to oppose the bill in its current form. They demanded that the government incorporate certain amendments in the interest of people, and said if not amended, the bill will lead to deterioration of medical education and degradation of healthcare services.last_img read more

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YTV will be airing two new Anne of Green Gables movies

first_imgCorus Entertainment announced today it has commissioned Good Stars and Fire & Dew, the second and third instalments of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series of films produced by Breakthrough Entertainment. Ella Ballentine (Anne Shirley), Martin Sheen (Matthew Cuthbert), and Sara Botsford (Marilla Cuthbert) return for the sequels. L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: Good Stars and Fire & Dew  have begun production and will premiere on Corus Entertainment’s YTV, the #1 Kids channel in Canada (K6-11)*, in 2017 and 2018, respectively.Following the successful world broadcast premiere of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables on YTV, Breakthrough Entertainment’s Joan Lambur, Peter Williamson, and Ira Levy are back to executive produce the next two movies, along with Lucy Maud Montgomery’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler. Award-winning director John Kent Harrison, who also wrote Good Stars returns, as well as Susan Coyne who wrote Fire & Dew.“L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables is as iconic as it is Canadian and we’re proud to be adding two more films to our repertoire,” said Daniel Eves, Senior Vice President, Kids and General Entertainment Content, Corus Entertainment. “This greenlight of two new Anne of Green Gables films is part of Corus’ ongoing commitment to producing and presenting the best Canadian kids content for families across the country.” Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: “It’s an honour and a privilege to continue to tell the tales of Anne Shirley,” said Joan Lambur, Executive Producer, Breakthrough Entertainment. “There are so many relevant and powerful themes present in Anne Shirley’s adventures in Green Gables, and through our partnership with Corus we will continue to tell these stories and a new generation will experience watching Anne grow into the inspirational character we have loved for years,” said Peter Williamson, Executive Producer, Breakthrough Entertainment.In Good Stars; our beloved Anne Shirley turns thirteen and faces a host of new milestones: first sleepovers, culinary misadventures, and shifting relationships with her bosom friend Diana and academic rival Gilbert Blythe. Through all this, Anne strives to strike a balance between becoming an upstanding, sensible young woman, and embracing her inquisitive and free-spirited nature.In Fire & Dew; Anne heads to Charlottetown to attend accelerated classes as she continues to work towards her dream of being a school teacher. While there, she is forced to adapt quickly to her new surroundings and classmates as she navigates her way through her first school experience outside of her beloved Green Gables. Anne finds herself facing daunting choices for her future, the stirrings of romance, and tragedy unlike anything she’s ever known. Meanwhile, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert contend with advancing age as they deal with financial challenges and creeping ailments.Originally published back in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the tale of Anne Shirley and her adventures in Green Gables span over 8 novels and has reached readers in over 20 languages.“Since this story and its beloved characters have been a part of my family for generations, it makes me happy to see Anne Shirley continue to inspire children worldwide,” said Kate Macdonald Butler, Executive Producer and granddaughter of Lucy Maud Montgomery. “My grandmother would be incredibly proud of the direction Breakthrough has taken her classic tale and how families continue to bond over the lessons Anne learns through her adventures.”The first film in the series has been watched by families worldwide through broadcasters Corus Entertainment in Canada, PBS in the United States, ITV in the UK, ARD in Germany, and a recent theatrical release in Australia and New Zealand.*Source: Numeris (BBM Canada), 09/05/2015 – 09/04/2016, Signon to Signoff, Across all Youth Networks in Canada. Facebookcenter_img Advertisement About Breakthrough EntertainmentBreakthrough Entertainment Inc. is an award winning producer and distributor of premium content for worldwide audiences. The entertainment studio’s operations include the development and distribution of feature films, television and digital content; international co-productions and production services. Breakthrough’s digital media division ranks amongst the industry’s most respected producers of high quality interactive entertainment on mobile and online platforms. Established over 30 years ago, Breakthrough’s library now boasts over 40 feature films and 4000 television episodes which air on major networks and digital channels across the globe. The studio has been recognized with international awards including numerous Geminis, Canadian Screen Awards, and Canadian Comedy Awards. www.breakthroughentertainment.com. Follow @breakthru_ent on Twitter.About Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands include Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Energy sector boosts TSX higher amid OPEC news loonie trades lower

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index rose sharply Thursday, boosted by a strengthening energy sector after a 24-nation alliance led by OPEC member Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed to prolong crude output cuts.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index advanced 99.76 points to 16,067.48, with oil and gas company stocks up more than two per cent.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries cartel and a group of allied oil-producing nations agreed Thursday at a meeting in Vienna to extend crude output cuts until the end of next year, continuing a policy that led to a significant rise in the price of oil over the past year.The announcement saw oil prices, which have been falling all week, recover from an early afternoon slide, with the January crude contract finishing the day up 10 cents at US$57.40 per barrel.“Today you’ve got the energy stocks up, even though the price of oil is flat,” said Norman Levine, managing director of Portfolio Management Corp. in Toronto.“The price of oil has already gone up quite a bit. Unless there was something out there that they weren’t expecting from this meeting, I wouldn’t have thought it was going anywhere on the upside.”On the corporate front, two of Canada’s big banks reported earnings on Thursday.Shares of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM) rose $3.34, or 2.91 per cent, to $118.14 after the country’s fifth-largest lender reported strong domestic earnings and better-than-expected performance in the U.S. after acquiring Chicago-based PrivateBancorp Inc. CIBC earned a fourth-quarter profit of $1.16 billion, up from $931 million during the same time in 2016.Meanwhile, Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD) was down $1.81, or 2.41 per cent, to $73.24 after Canada’s biggest lender by assets reported it earned $2.71 billion in its fourth quarter, up from $2.30 billion a year ago, boosted by its Canadian and U.S. retail banking business.South of the border, U.S stocks powered to new highs on Wall Street, giving the Dow Jones industrials their biggest gain since March and putting them past 24,000 points for the first time.Other market indicators also reached milestones on Thursday as the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, which is widely followed by professional investors, had its biggest monthly gain since February.The Dow Jones industrial average surged 331.67 points to 24,272.35 and the S&P 500 index added 21.51 points to 2,647.58. The Nasdaq composite index was up 49.58 points to 6,873.97.Technology stocks were responsible for much of the gain on Wall Street, following a sharp pullback the day before. Investors also welcomed signs that the odds were improving for the Republican-led effort to forge a sweeping tax overhaul bill.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 77.59 cents US, down 0.21 of a U.S. cent.Levine said energy prices are weighing on the loonie as well as uncertainty in Ottawa over the credibility of Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who has been at the centre of an ethics controversy for weeks over his personal finances and conflict-of-interest allegations over proposed pension reforms.“That could have some weight on the Canadian dollar if he had to resign,” said Levine. “That has to be weighing on investors.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said on Thursday it’s time for Morneau to step down amid new revelations his father sold off about $1.5 million shares in their family-built company right before the minister made a major 2015 tax-change announcement.Elsewhere in commodities, the January natural gas contract was down 15 cents to US$3.03 per mmBTU, the February gold contract fell US$9.50 to US$1,276.70 an ounce and the March copper contract gave back about a penny at US$3.06 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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MarrakechLondon Flight Makes Emergency Landing as Drunk Passenger Tries to Open

Rabat – A plane headed to London from Marrakesh was forced to make an emergency landing after a drunk passenger attempted to open one the emergency door.During a flight carrying passengers from Marrakech to London on Monday, a drunk British passenger attempted to open a door on the plane, which forced the pilot to make an emergency landing, according to The Sun, a British tabloid.The plane, which landed safely at the Bordeaux-Merignac Airport in France two hours after take-off, was 30,000 feet in the air when a man, presumed to be in his 30’s, attempted to open a door on the 180-seat easyJet flight and caused passengers to “panic.” The Airbus A320 was still 650 miles away from its final destination at the Gatwick Airport when the incident occurred.According to nearby passengers, the man began drinking alcohol that he had purchased from duty-free stores as soon as he boarded the flight.“He was drinking rum or whisky,” a witness told The Sun. “Air crew took the bottle off him but it was too late.”Once the place took off, he allegedly became rowdy, abandoning his seat and pacing up and down the aisles of the plane.The man’s girlfriend, who was traveling with him, tried to intervene, but he allegedly pushed her.Witnesses testified that the man continued his disorderly behavior even as “fearful” passengers attempted to restrain him as he walked up to the aircraft’s emergency door attempting to open it.Once the place landed in France, the gendarmerie, or the French police, boarded the plane while blowing their whistles and proceeded to arrest him.“He dragged his feet all the way to the police car,” witness Joe Mortell, from Cheltenham, told The Sun.“Such incidents are rare. We take them very seriously and always push for prosecution,” an easyJet spokesman said.The French police are still investigating. read more

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Video Moroccan Judoka Refuses to Shake Hands with Israeli Opponent

Rabat – Despite losing her fight, Moroccan Judoka Aziza Chakir has made the headines after she refused to shake hands with an Israeli opponent  during the 2017 Judo Grand-Slam , which is taking place in Abu Dhabi, UAE from October 26 to 29.In the video, Aziza Chakir is seen hurrying outside the mat at the end of her fight against Israei Judoka Shira Rishori.Chakir left the competition’s tatami floor immediately after the judo bow, without shaking hands with her Israeli opponent Shira Rishoni. The Israeli  Judo team has reportedly faced different problems in the competition. Emirates refused to display the Israeli flag, even when one of the Israeli  judo fighters won a gold medal. The host country has also refused to raise the Israeli national anthem at the medal ceremony forcing an Israeli judo fighter sang the anthem by himself, reported  the Indian Express news platform. read more

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UN calls for studies to assess bird flu potential to become human

The World Health Organization (WHO) has already sought details from China about the first-ever reported natural infection of pigs with the highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1), the strain that has already killed some two dozen people in Asia this year and resulted in the deaths or culling of more than 100 million birds. It is still unclear whether H5N1 has already become established in pig populations in China, according to WHO. Pigs were implicated in the emergence of previous human epidemics, including the so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-20 with an estimated worldwide death toll of 20 million. Considering the widespread nature of the current H5N1 outbreak in Asia and the ability of influenza viruses to jump the species barriers, it is inevitable the virus will be detected in some pigs, the agency said. Pigs can be infected with both avian and human influenza A viruses. Human influenza H3N2 has already been detected in pigs in Asia, Europe and Africa. If human and bird flu viruses become adapted to pigs, co-circulation of bird, human, and pig viruses could lead to a genetic exchange of material that would potentially set off a human pandemic. While cautioning that there is no known new pandemic strain, WHO warned that the probability is not negligible, depending on the duration of H5N1 circulation in pigs as well as the simultaneous presence of human and pig influenza A viruses. As long as human and avian influenza viruses co-circulate, whether in humans or pigs, the possibility of an exchange of genetic material exists, the agency said, calling for laboratory experiments to shed light on the chance that pigs will act as a pathway for the emergence of a potential human pandemic strain. These results will help national and international public health authorities not only to assess the role pigs and humans play in the emergence of a new influenza pandemic virus from H5N1, but to structure the necessary public health interventions, WHO added. read more

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Peer mentors to give firstyear students leg up

A new program is helping Brock’s first-year students adjust to the academic requirements of post-secondary studies.A-Z Learning Services is set to offer the Course Pack program this semester in several large first-year courses. More faculty members are needed to expand the program through additional course partnerships.Faculty-recommended peer mentors are hired to communicate directly with course instructors to determine important fields of development for new students. Several mini-workshops are crafted by a learning skills specialist in consultation with the mentors, who present the workshops to students at important times throughout the year.Mentors also provide dedicated drop-in services around key assignments and exams.Allyson Miller, Brock’s Manager of Learning Services, emphasized the importance of having a mentor enter a classroom to teach skills that are specifically related to each student’s area of study.“What’s unique about this program is the leadership role of the dedicated peer mentors,” Miller said.  “These successful upper-year students bridge the space between new students and the faculty and TAs who assess them by sharing their own positive experiences and learning journeys. They also highlight strategies and approaches that may be unique to the discipline.”To prove the concept could benefit students and faculty, Course Pack was run as a trial during the 2016-17 academic year in a history course jointly taught by professors Andrew McDonald and Jessica Clark.“One of the goals of our new first-year maritime history course (HIST 1F92) has been to work with students right from the outset of their university experience to equip them with skills necessary for success,” said McDonald. “The Course Pack program has been extremely successful in enhancing student experience.”The in-class workshops in HIST 1F92 touched on topics such as note-taking, active listening and preparing for exams. These workshops, combined with drop-in consultation sessions, have helped the students to succeed in developing their academic and time management skills.Miller believes the success of the pilot program can be repeated across the University to help improve results for students in numerous large first-year courses.“Bringing together tailored support to develop foundational skills in larger classes is an effective way of improving student performance, and helping to ensure our first-year students have the tools necessary to succeed, ” she said.“Right now, we are looking for faculty who are willing to offer this service to their students,” she said. “Implementation is adaptable and can be tailored to fit any class.”To learn more about the Course Pack program, interested course instructors can contact Miller at amiller4@brocku.ca read more

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Staff shortage cannot be an excuse for breaches – Ali

… as Region 10 Chairman cries fowl over lack of staffRegion 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Chairman Renis Morian said the administration of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) will not submit to threats of sanctions by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), since he said it is a known fact that the Council is seriously understaffed.During the monthly statutory meeting on Thursday, Morian engaged the Council on a meeting which he attended with the PAC last week, noting that the administration had been threatened with sanctions over its financial accountability.“While it is very important for us to meet with the Committee to better the performance of the agency… I took serious umbrage to the fact that, overnight, some of the issues that we’re dealing with in Region 10 as it relates to financial accountability dates back beyond our tenure here… I take umbrage to the fact that the administration of this region was being threatened with sanctions, when for us to execute efficient and effectively we need to have the requisite staff,” Morian stated.The Regional Chairman said he explained to one of the officials that as Chairman of the Council, he will not sit and allow any of the agencies to sanction officers of the RDC when they are aware that the region does not have the necessary tools as well. He said while the administration is willing to work, these are some of the issues it has been plagued with.He said it is disturbing that the agency is looking at corruption from as far back as 10 years ago when the present administration of the RDC was not present. Morian declared that the region will up its game but will not submit to any sanctions under the present condition.According to the Regional Chairman, the RDC needs adequate staff to function effectively as he indicated that he felt threatened after hearing about threats and sanctions against the REO and staff when the RDC would have been asking for relevant staff, but to no avail.He added that more disturbing is that “people who were “part of the corruption are threatening sanctions.” Apart from that, Morian said the Council was advised to improve its Finance Committee but noted that he never called a Finance Committee since he was not in possession of a Terms of Reference (ToR). He noted however that he has since secured a draft of the ToR, as he announced that the Finance Committee will now be “moving off”.The Regional Chairman added that the administration was also encouraged to look at realistic budgeting in the areas of health and education. Henceforth, he said all contracts in those areas must now have the signature of the Finance and Works Committee.However, the Public Accounts Committee Chairman, Irfaan Ali, on Friday lashed out at the Regional Chariman’s comments about being threatened, noting that the PAC has not issued any threat to any official. He noted that what the PAC did was warn errant officers that breaches highlighted by the Auditor General will not be tolerated.Ali, in an interview with Guyana Times said, “the Finance Secretary has pointed specifically to section of the Fiscal Management And Accountability Act (FMAA) that deals with offences and violation that Act, procurement legislation and other pieces of regulations and laws that outlines the roles and responsibilities of accounting officers.He candidly pointed out that the shortage of staff “cannot be an excuse for breaches in the procurement and financial system.”“Whilst we acknowledge the need to have a full complement of staff, which by the way is part of the PAC recommendation, we cannot use this as an excuse to breach the financial rules and regulations.What all elected officials at the regional level should do, as pointed out by the PAC, is to ensure they have proper oversight of the system. The Regional Finance Committee, Works Committee and tender boards must we effervescent, efficient, proactive and fully functional,” Ali said.( Guyana Times) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPAC grills REO’s as major discrepancies found in several RegionsApril 11, 2017In “latest news”Regional Administrations beset by staff shortage – PAC meeting hearsFebruary 28, 2017In “latest news”‘Disrespectful’ GPHC CEO gets ousted from PAC hearingMay 29, 2017In “latest news” read more

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Firefighters respond to gas leak in Hillsboro Beach

first_imgHILLSBORO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters conducted a gas burn-off after a gas leak was found in Hillsboro Beach.Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue along with Hazardous Material crews responded to a condo near Southeast 10th Street and Ocean Drive on Wednesday morning and evacuated residents.Firefighters determined that the gas leak was caused by a malfunctioning gas relief valve attached to an underground tank.A safe and controlled gas release was conducted, and residents in the area were able to return to their homes afterwards.There were no injuries reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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In a Year and a Half Social Networks Will be Gone

first_imgBold predictions about social networking are becoming a tradition at the FOLIO: Show. In 2007, Fortune executive editor Josh Quittner said, “If you’re not working on a Facebook-style application, you should be. A year from now, I guarantee we will be talking about what Facebook applications you have, not video.”While Quittner may have underestimated the appeal of video, he was spot on about publishers trying to climb aboard the social media bandwagon. At the 2008 FOLIO: Show last week, we heard a more contrarian prediction about social networks from Edward Adams, editor and publisher of ABA Journal, an association magazine that serves the legal market. Speaking in a session called “How To manage Multiple products and Create More Productive Teams,” Adams said, “It’s trendy now to build social networks but I predict that in a year and a half, they will be gone.” Adams was being intentionally (I think) provocative and slightly hyperbolic but he makes a good point. Just like every Web 2.0 tool, some work better for certain markets (and publishers) than others. A social network for IT professionals? Gold. A social network for publicity-shy CFOs? Not so much. Even behemoths Facebook and MySpace are trying to figure out how to generate real revenue from their platforms. Even publishers that see initial traction with their networks need their editorial staffs to join and drive the conversation and their sales teams to ultimately monetize the network, whether it’s through straight advertising or lead generation. As Stephen Saunders, founder of two successful b-to-b social networks within Light Reading and Internet Evolution said during a recent FOLIO: roundtable, “The people I work with, they have to have community and revenue lined up in a plan that makes sense. It’s tough times in publishing. This thing’s got to make money.”last_img read more

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Turn all villages green and clean Collector Sri Devasena

first_imgPeddapalli: District Collector Sri Devasena appealed the villagers to participate actively in Haritha Haram programme and turn their villages into greenery. As part of Swachh Friday programme, the Collector participated in a programme in Chinnakalvala village of Sultanabad mandal in Peddapalli district on Friday.Speaking on the occasion, collector Sri Devasena urged the people to construct soak pits in the front yard of their houses to harvest every drop of rainwater and to participate in Haritha Haram programme actively to turn all the villages into greenery along with giving protection to them. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us She also asked the villagers to keep the villages neat and hygienic keeping in view of the monsoon season as there is a possibility of spread of seasonal diseases. Especially women must take care of personal hygiene and must not through the waste everywhere and dump them in the prescribed areas only. She asked the villagers to observe every Friday as Swachh Friday without fail. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Later, the Collector planted saplings and appreciated those, who completed the construction works of Individual Sanitary Latrines (ISLs) and handed over saplings to them. Meanwhile, after knowing about the Collector’s visit the villagers decorated their front yards with beautiful rangoli designs. ZPTC M Swarup Prakash Rao, DPO V Sudharsan, Tahsildar Madhusudan, MPDP G Santosh, Single Window chairman D Mohan Rao, Sarpanch Ramesh Goud and MPTC Sampath Goud were present along with others.last_img read more

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International Yoga Day 2019 All you need to know about the theme

first_imgFlickrThe United Nations declared June 21 as International Day for Yoga on December 11, 2014, at the recommendation of PM Narendra Modi. Modi wanted it to be on this particular day since it is the Summer Solstice and the longest day in the year.The idea was first introduced in the United Nations General Assembly by Indian ambassador to UN Asoke Mukerji and 177 nations unanimously agreed to it, joining as co-sponsors. This is the highest number of countries agreeing to a resolution in the UNGA.What is the theme for Yoga Day 2019?The theme for the International Yoga Day 2019 is Climate Action. At the United Nations, yoga day will be celebrated on June 20, Thursday with ‘Yoga with Gurus’. A panel discussion will take place on June 21.”Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness,” the UN was quoted as saying.A mass yoga session lead by PM Modi and other political leaders will be held in Ranchi. Chief Minister Raghubar Das and other senior ministers will join PM Modi and 18,000 other people in the mass yoga session. The event will take place at Prabhat Tara ground.last_img read more

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Germany calls for peaceful solution to RMG crisis

first_imgGerman ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Fahrenholtz has sought a ‘peaceful and fair’ resolution of the ongoing labour conflict, reports UNB.”I’m in favour of a peaceful and fair resolution of this labour conflict,” he tweeted urging the factory owners to give fair wages.Germany is currently the second biggest apparel export destination for Bangladesh after the United States.”Police shouldn’t suppress striking garment workers,” Fahrenholtz wrote in another message.”It’s up to the factory owners to negotiate. Give fair wages and safe working conditions. Establish an accident insurance. Don’t hide behind the government,” it reads.At least 35 people were injured in clashes between garment workers and police in different areas of Savar, Gazipur and the capital on Thursday.The unruly workers started staging demonstrations for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday in Ashulia of Savar, Bhogra Bypass and Mogorkhal area in Gazipur and Mirpur area, demanding cancellation of the ‘discriminatory’ wage board announced by the government for them.last_img read more

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Committee to check carcass meat sale

first_imgKolkata: The state government has set up a high powered committee headed by Chief Secretary, Malay De, to immediately evolve a foolproof mechanism to bring an end to the menace of carcass meat sale. After the discussion in this connection in the central level administrative review meeting held at Nabanna Sabhaghar on Tuesday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “A nine member high powered committee has been formed to ensure that such incidents do not recur in future.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe other eight members of the committee are Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya, Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purkayastha, Commissioner of Kolkata Police Rajeev Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary of Panchayats and Rural Development Department and Principal Secretaries of Health department, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department, Food and Supplies department and Animal Resources Development (ARD) department.Banerjee further said in this connection that people are now apprehensive to eat chicken and meat and many have even stopped consuming it. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”We want people to eat what they like and enjoy. Once the mechanism is devised, we will tell people that they can have their meat items without any fear,” Chief Minister said adding that the carcass meat case was not limited within Bengal and it was spread outside the state as well. The police have done a good job as those involved in the racket have been arrested. The problem with chicken has also been resolved. Sources said that there was discussion on the developments related to carcass meat scam in the administrative review meeting and she had enquired about it from Principal Secretary of ARD department, BP Gopalika. It is also learnt that the Chief Minister spoke to the officials from the Consumer Affairs department to know about the other related matters.Meanwhile, raids against the use of fungal-infected frozen chicken and carcass meat in eateries continued on Tuesday with officials visiting food stalls at Dum Dum and Chinar Park area.In another important development in this connection, the police have come to know that the kingpin of the racket that used to sale carcass meat, Biswanath Ghorui, also used to supply a good quantity of the same to a businessman in New Market. The businessman is at large at present. The police have freezed two bank accounts of Ghorui which has around Rs 94 lakh.last_img read more

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Essential Gear for the Business Traveler Part 1

first_imgJuly 23, 2008 Brought to you by PCWorld As I mentioned last week, I recently tried limiting myself to just one carry-on bag when flying. I couldn’t do it–and frankly, I don’t recommend the practice. However, the exercise prompted me to re-evaluate all the gear and related accessories I normally pack. Here are two items that will continue to make the cut. Next week: three more, plus one just-for-fun accessory.1. Belkin’s Mini Surge Protector With USB ChargerHotel-room power outlets can be difficult to reach. The outlets you want to use may already be spoken for by the TV, lamp, or bedside alarm clock. Finding an available power outlet in an airport departure gate can also be a challenge.For these and other reasons, I pack Belkin’s Mini Surge Protector With USB Charger ($16 and up online) on every trip. The power strip offers three, three-pronged AC outlets for recharging laptops or other devices, plus two powered USB ports for iPods and such. It’s also, as its name implies, a surge protector. I love the ability to rotate the power strip’s plug by 360 degrees: If you’re trying to connect the Mini Surge Protector to an already crowded wall outlet, you can position the power strip sideways.A few downsides are worth mentioning. The Mini Surge Protector is thick and weighs 6.6 ounces, a bit more than other portable power strips. Given its bulk, you may not be able to squeeze it behind a hotel room bed or into other tight confines, regardless of the rotating plug. But attaching the power strip to a 1-foot extension cord, like one from Cables To Go will save the day in those circumstancesNote: Kensington just announced the Portable Power Outlet (list price: $25). Like the Belkin product, it offers three AC outlets and two powered USB ports and offers surge protection. Unlike the Mini Surge Protector, the Kensington product has its own cord. I haven’t tested this product, however.2. StarTech WiFi DetectiveStarTech’s Wi-Fi Detective (about $54 and up online) helps you quickly discover Wi-Fi networks in the vicinity without having to start your laptop. (You can accomplish the same thing with an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch, or another Wi-Fi enabled handheld.) The device, about the size of a package of stick chewing gum, lets you view information about nearby networks on its small LCD, including each network’s signal strength and security protocol (such as WPA, WPA2, and WEP). A handy Seek button, refreshes its list of wireless networks.Windows users can plug the Wi-Fi detective into a USB port and use it as a wireless network adapter. Just about every laptop in the past few years has built-in Wi-Fi, so this feature is mainly useful for those with older laptops.You recharge the device via USB connection. In fact, you can repower the Wi-Fi Detective by plugging it into one of the Belkin Mini Surge Protector’s powered USB ports. My only complaints: The Wi-Fi Detective doesn’t attach to a keychain, like some of its competitors; the Targus WiFi Scanner (starting at $53 online) comes to mind. Also, its USB connector is covered by a cap that could be easy to lose. But these are minor complaints.Your EssentialsIf there’s a gadget or accessory you always travel with, I’d like to hear about it. Please send me e-mail.Where Does Your Old Cell Phone Go? The answer, according to a recent survey conducted by Nokia, is most likely “in a drawer.” Most cell phones no longer in use–about 44 percent–are stored in a drawer, according to the survey. Only 3 percent of the 6500 people interviewed said they recycle their phones. About half of the respondents didn’t know recycling was an option. But consider this: If every cell phone owner recycled an old phone, 240,000 tons of raw materials could be reused–the equivalent of taking 4 million cars off the road, according to Nokia.New MacBook Air Bags: Marware’s Sportfolio Deluxe ($80) bag accommodates Apple’s MacBook Air plus its accessories. Another new MacBook Air bag from Marware, the Sportfolio ($50), can be used as a slim, briefcase-style bag with a shoulder strap, or you can remove the strap and use it as a protective slipcase inside a bigger bag.Meanwhile, I recently tested Speck’s See-Thru hard-shell case for MacBook Airs. The case consists of two pieces; each one attaches to a side of the MacBook Air. Together they give the Air a protective coating. The clear plastic model (about $35 online) enabled me to send my MacBook Air through airport X-ray screeners with an extra layer of protection. The case adds noticeable weight, however, and can be difficult to remove.Seeing the World Without Packing a Bag: “Staycation”–a vacation spent at home–is the buzz word of the summer, given rising gas prices and air fares. Our Casual Friday columnist Darren Gladstone reviews inexpensive options for getting a virtual travel fix, including Test Drive Unlimited, a simulated driving game featuring about 1000 miles of Hawaiian roads.Contributing Editor James A. Martin offers tools, tips, and product recommendations to help you make the most of computing on the go. Martin is also author of the Traveler 2.0 blog. Sign up to have the Mobile Computing Newsletter e-mailed to you each week. 5 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

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