Wanted: your drive and commitment

first_imgWanted: your drive and commitmentOn 1 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Makea real difference to the skills of your future workforce by getting involved inthe new Learning and Skills Council, entreats Nick Reilly, chairman andmanaging director of VauxhallAtsome time most businesses will find they cannot get applicants with the rightskills for the jobs they need to fill. Oftenthey find that young people lack the basics – or have qualifications which bearlittle relevance to the skills they need in the workplace.Whyare we in this situation? It is partly because presently businesses are notfully able to influence in an effective way how public funding is targeted inthe area of post-16 education and training.Nowis the time to change this. The Government is radically changing the way itfunds post-16 learning to give business a new and central role. FromApril 2001, the new Learning and Skills Council (LSC) will take on the currentTraining and Enterprise Council (Tec) network role in funding work-basedtraining (which includes Modern Apprenticeships). PowerfulTheLSC will also have responsibility for funding FE colleges and local authoritiesin respect of school sixth forms. It will therefore be a powerful public bodywith an annual budget of over £6bn. However,most decisions taken by the LSC will be made at local level, by its 47 local arms,each of which will have boards made up of at least 40 per cent business peopleSowhy should businesses get involved? The success of the Learning and SkillsCouncil will depend to a large extent on the business people who will sit onthe national and local boards. Weare looking for talented and motivated people from a wide variety of businessbackgrounds – and not just large employers. Small businesses are the backboneof our economy and their voice must be heard too.Thelocal Learning and Skills Councils will take important decisions about post-16education and training in their own area. Labourmarkets are predominantly local; and most small and medium-sized companiesrecruit directly from this local market for all their staff. EffectivetrainingItis business people who understand the needs of the local economy, what skillsgaps there are, and what type of effective training is required.Developingand improving links between business and schools will be another way that thelocal LSCs will drive up the availability and quality of training for youngpeople. Businesssupport for schools can have a huge positive impact on raising standards,developing key skills and preparing young people for adult and working life.Thesuccess of our businesses is tied in with the success of the Learning andSkills Council. Iwant to encourage people with a proven track record in business to play theirpart as board members.Thestructure of a powerful new organisation is being put in place. We must makesure that the people who take up the positions that have been reserved forbusiness, make the most of that opportunity.Iurge business people to apply for board positions on the new Learning andSkills Council, and supply the drive and commitment to making learning work forour economy in the future.NickReilly chairs a group of business people set up to encourage businessinvolvement in the new Learning and Skills Council. Information on how toapply, and electronic application forms, are available at www.getonboard.org.uk or telephone theLSC appointments team on 0114 259 3716. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Finsbury UK bakery sales down 1.4% in full-year figures

first_imgDeclining prices have contributed to a 1.4% drop in UK bakery turnover at Finsbury Food Group.Like-for-like group turnover at the cake, bread and morning goods supplier fell 1.1% on a constant currency basis to £314.3m, the business has reported in an update on trading for the full financial year ended 1 July 2017. Taking into account currency, group sales rose 0.3%.Finsbury said the decline in UK bakery sales had slowed from 2.9% in the first half of the year to a 0.1% increase in the second half. The company added that trading in the UK bakery division was stronger in the second half of the year versus the full 2016 financial year as prices had started to rise again.Sales in Finsbury’s overseas division rose 17.3% – although 15.1% of this was from exchange rates – and had mitigated the effect of the euro on the UK business.“Ongoing product innovation and improvements in efficiency and productivity, together with the benefits of the group’s capital investment programme, has played an important role in addressing the previously noted industry-wide challenges,” reported the company.Finsbury had previously stated it would have to put up prices, and today’s (17 July) trading update reported that the business had had “productive discussions” with its customers on this during the period.It added that it continued to monitor and review the need for further action in light of cost spikes such as the current issue with butter, which has more than doubled in price in the past 12 months.The trading update added that, despite the current pressures on the industry, Finsbury was “well equipped” to deliver growth and improved shareholder value.“The hard work undertaken in prior periods has ensured that we have maintained our course, with the benefits of having a diversified business across channels and geography coming to the fore,” said Finsbury chief executive John Duffy.“Considering the pressures the industry faces, we are very pleased to have grown revenue and are confident the group is well positioned to maintain its strong market position and continue to deliver shareholder returns.”last_img read more

TVA to consider closing two more coal plants

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors approved a 1.5% rate hike on Wednesday, along with a $10.5 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, but most importantly announced they would review its generation fleet with an eye towards shutting down older coal plants.According to S&P Global, the review will first focus on two older, low-efficiency coal plants: the 950 MW Bull Run unit and 1,150 MW Paradise Unit 3.TVA has six coal plants in operation, with 26 units. Coal makes up about 25% of its generation fleet capacity, down from almost 60% a decade ago.Although the utility is working to close less-efficient plants, coal will remain a significant part of its operations for at least the next decade. Looking out to 2027, based on the 2018 budget, the utility expects coal to still make up more than 20% of its portfolio.More: TVA to raise rates, will consider closing older coal plants TVA to consider closing two more coal plantslast_img read more

Education for the safety of the owners of family accommodation in Zadar County was held

first_imgTomislav Klarin In the continuation of the lecture, Sanja Bubičić from the Administrative Department for Economy, Tourism, Infrastructure and EU Funds, emphasized that Zadar County takes special care of private renters of island and rural areas and, recognizing the need to raise the quality of accommodation in existing facilities and raise the level of service , placed a lending program with a subsidized interest rate for approved loans. Sanja Bubičić Those renters who are already good hosts and who have decorated their rooms, apartments / studio apartments and holiday homes and belong to the quality club “Welcome”, have made commendable strides in quality and originality of the offer, Sanja Bubičić invited to apply for the Public Call for “Welcome” award for the best renters. It will be published in October on the Zadar County website, and the winners will be announced and officially awarded as part of the awards ceremony in December 2019. Cash prizes with plaques will be awarded to media representatives, which, in addition to recognition, aims to ensure media-intensive promotion of excellence, creativity and professionalism in the field of private accommodation services as well as further encouragement of innovation in tourism and interconnection and exchange of experiences of all actors. in the tourist offer of Zadar County. In order to increase the level of self-protective behavior of citizens and the level of equipment with technical protection facilities and reduce the risk of target groups becoming victims of crime, within this project, research was conducted and its results were presented by Tomislav Klarin from the Department of Tourism and communication sciences, University of Zadar. In his presentation, he stressed the importance of security as an element of the tourist offer because it is almost a prerequisite for the arrival of a guest in a particular destination. Presenting data from other research conducted by the University of Zadar, he pointed out the positive and negative effects of tourism in Zadar County as a tourist destination, especially those related to its island population. Damir Hordov Ivana Marić, Police Prevention Officer of the Office of the Head of the Zadar Police Department, introduced the participants to the statistics on crimes that occur during the tourist season and pointed out the importance of self-protective behavior of each individual in preventing crimes, especially property.center_img The intention is to continue touring and educating private landlords in dislocated areas of Zadar County. Source / photo: Zadar County As part of this prevention project, the County Administrative Department for Economy, Tourism, Infrastructure and EU Funds, in cooperation with the Zadar Police Department, printed leaflets “Safe Vacation” with advice on self-protective behavior handed out to renters and employees of tourist boards. , conveyed the advice to as many citizens and tourists staying in their accommodation facilities as possible. Damir Hordov from the Zadar County Tourist Board introduced the renters to the project of marking quality in family accommodation brand name “Welcome” as well as the associated subbrands “City”, “Rural”, “Family” and “Bike”. As this is a group of standards and criteria that seek to create a new basis for connecting the holders of family accommodation and supplement the existing system of categorization in order to increase competitiveness and quality of apartments, rooms and houses that are rented privately, he invited Quality club. Marketing association creates preconditions for strengthening the tourist season and positioning Zadar County as a recognizable tourist destination. As part of the preventive project “Safety in Zadar County Tourism”, which has been implemented for six years in the organization of the Zadar Police Administration, Zadar County, University of Zadar and the Zadar County Tourist Board, “Education for family accommodation owners in Zadar County” was held in Preko . On that occasion, representatives of tourist boards and renters gathered in private accommodation on the islands of Ugljan and Pašman, Zadar County reports.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s lacrosse: Beat writers evaluate Orange with analysis and superlatives

first_img Published on April 10, 2016 at 10:55 pm Syracuse was ranked No. 5 coming into the season, but had plenty of questions to answer regarding the replacement of two attacks, an entire starting midfield and a goalie. Then tack on the addition of a freshman starting on defense. Nine games into the season the Orange (6-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) has lost three of its last four games and dropped down to No. 9 in the rankings. Here’s how SU looks midway through the season.SUPERLATIVESMost Valuable PlayerConnor Grossman: Ben WilliamsThe elite faceoff specialist wins this award purely on his indispensability. Williams is the single biggest reason SU is able to play remotely close the level it did last year, as he’s once again lifted the team to the highest faceoff percentage in the conference. Syracuse continues to dominate the possession game, but doesn’t convert on as many opportunities with the less seasoned crop of goal scorers. Without Williams, a slightly deflated offense wouldn’t be able to keep pace with the amount of scoring chances other teams would have. Jon Mettus: Ben Williams    Williams is Syracuse’s most valuable player, and that value cannot be overstated. No one touches the ball more than he does, and he’s the difference between whether SU gets possession or not. Williams’ dominance can allow the Orange to run away with games or stay close in contests that it’s getting outmatched in every other aspect of the field. When Syracuse plays one-goal games like it already has four times this year, winning the final faceoffs are the difference between a win and a loss. That falls on Williams’s shoulders.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPaul Schwedelson.: Dylan DonahueDonahue is among the best players in the country and the quarterback of Syracuse’s offense. He’s taken on more ball-carrying this season and has thrived in the role. His 37 points lead the Orange and without him, SU would be in a much worse spot.Biggest surprise C.G.: Nick MellenThe speedy freshman defender got on opposing coach’s radars early in the season, when he was integral in shutting out Albany’s elite attack Connor Fields for the first time in his young career. He boomed out of the gates with seven caused turnovers in his first three games, but has since cooled off. Regardless, he remains a young anchor on SU’s back line.Hannah Wagner | Staff PhotographerJ.M.: Sergio SalcidoThrough Salcido’s first few years with Syracuse, head coach John Desko questioned whether or not he’d ever see the field. Salcido had just five points through 27 games in his first two seasons with the Orange. But this year, in a midfield that had a lot to replace, Salcido has risen to second on the team with 27 points in his first year as a starter. His speed and dodging have made him a key cog in the SU offense.P.S.: Derek DeJoeDeJoe started the season on the second-line midfield and became a starter after Tim Barber shifted to attack. Entering this season, DeJoe had scored just 13 goals in three seasons. So far this year, he’s scored 12 in nine games while not even being a part of the man-up unit anymore. His ability to dodge to get to the cage has stood out most in a player previously known exclusively for his hard shot.Biggest disappointmentC.M.: Penalty overloadIn all four of Syracuse’s one-goal contests this year, the team has committed an average of 4.5 penalties per game. Seven flags against Virginia allowed the Cavaliers to score four man-up goals and blast the worst man-down defense in the conference. The Blue Jays capitalized on two late man-up situations to push its game to overtime. Brandon Mullins was flagged in the last two minutes against Duke, and a Warren Hill chest save on a Myles Jones rocket is the only thing that prevented SU’s meltdown from consummating in regulation. A more inexperienced Syracuse team needs to more finely walk the line between aggressive and intelligent play.J.M.: Ben WilliamsWilliams is revered by opposing players and coaches as one of the top faceoff men in the country. And his performance this year is a disappointment only considering last year’s second-best-in-the-nation mark of 67.4 faceoff winning percentage. He’s down to 60.8 this season, which is 16th in the country. He lost faceoffs late in the fourth quarter and overtime of the one-goal losses to Johns Hopkins and Duke.P.S.: Warren HillHill entered the season as the clear-cut starting goalie but nine games into the season, his status going forward is as murky as ever. The goalie that led the Iroquois Nation to its first-ever bronze medal in an outdoor international competition hasn’t shown up in the past few weeks. Syracuse’s defensive downfall — 16 goals allowed to Duke and 17 to Notre Dame — can’t entirely be pinned on Hill’s shoulders, but he certainly hasn’t played up to the level he could.Biggest X factorC.G.: Whoever emerges at goalkeeperLast year the Orange had the luxury of keeping Bobby Wardwell in cage for nearly every minute of the season. This year was largely the same for Hill, Wardwell’s backup last year, until head coach John Desko unseated Hill with Evan Molloy against Notre Dame. Whoever emerges in this self-created competition stands to be the biggest weight in the pendulum of Syracuse’s season, as an occasionally unstable defense looks for its backbone.J.M.: Whoever is in goalHill or Molloy? That’s the question and a big one at that. Hill, an internationally renowned goalie, started the first eight games of the season, but after three losses in a row was pulled in favor of Molloy. Both have had highs and lows during their performances, but stability and adequate play in goal will be critical for the second half of the season. P.S.: Ben WilliamsThe faceoff X has been a testy spot over the years for John Desko and his coaching staff. And now that Syracuse has one it can usually rely on, the Orange tends to have the possession advantage. But in overtime losses to Johns Hopkins and Duke, Williams withered and Syracuse never even touched the ball. The X is where tight games can be won and lost, and those key spots fall on Williams’ shoulders.Ben Williams | Staff PhotographerPOSITION GROUP GRADESAttackC.G.: A-The offense was going to be a little shorthanded with Donahue transitioning to play creator instead of finisher. He’s unlikely to lead the team in goals for a third straight year, but boasts the second-most assists in the conference as a tribute to his refined playing style. He’s pulled the strings on an offense that’s showed its breadth with six double-digit goal scorers.J.M.: B+Syracuse’s current attack of Donahue, Tim Barber and Jordan Evans has accounted for almost half of the team’s points this season. Donahue leads the way with 37 points and has been the facilitator of the offense. Though Nick Piroli, who initially started, got hurt following the first game, midfielder Barber has excelled as a replacement at attack. This was supposed to be the breakout season for the former No. 1 recruit in Evans, but it has been relatively disappointing. Though he’s scored seven goals in the last two games, his 20 points are still just fifth best on the team.P.S.: A-After having to replace Kevin Rice and Randy Staats, the emergence of Jordan Evans and whoever the third attack would be was a serious question at the beginning of the season. But Evans has scored seven goals in the past two games, and Barber has shuffled in nicely after starting the year at midfield.MidfieldC.G.: APerhaps the biggest concern amid the turnover from last year was how an offense-first midfield line would be replaced. Transfer Nick Mariano has helped alleviate that concern with a team-leading 18 goals, and first-time starter Sergio Salcido has quietly blended his speed with a steady shot that’s netted him a career-high 16 goals.J.M.: A-SU had the tough task of replacing its entire starting midfield lineup coming into this season. The first line right now features three players in Derek DeJoe, Nick Mariano and Salcido who had little to no experience at midfield for the Orange. DeJoe was a man-up specialist for the first three years of his career, and Salcido played sparingly before. Mariano is playing midfield for the first time in his career after transferring from Massachusetts. All things considered, the trio is playing about as well as could have been expected.P.S.: B+I’m not sure anyone would have expected Nick Mariano to be Syracuse’s leading goal scorer this season, but the UMass transfer has given SU life time and again. Salcido stepping up as a scoring option has also been impressive as well as DeJoe shifting into the most prominent role he’s ever had.DefenseC.G.: B-The defense is primarily sunk for its inability to execute in man-down situations. Otherwise, fifth-year defender Mullins is leading the team in caused turnovers as the physical and vocal leader on the backline. He’s complemented by a smaller speedster in Mellen, and a tall, yet versatile defender in Jay McDermott that rounds out a multi-faceted counterattack.J.M.: B-Freshman defender Nick Mellen has been the standout on a defense that has struggled at times. Defender Brandon Mullins leads the team with seven penalties, and the man-down unit’s 55.2 percent success rate is a lowly 58th best in the nation. Mullins has been the vocal leader, but his penalties have cost a defense that’s contributed to the Orange’s switch in goal. In SU’s overtime loss to Duke, the defense failed to adjust to Deemer Class, who scored seven goals.P.S.: B-What was supposed to be the backbone of this Syracuse team hasn’t lived up to its preseason billing. The Orange’s most experienced unit has allowed 9.67 goals per game, which ranks 29th in the country behind Colgate, Wagner and Canisius. SU’s recent stretch against some of the top teams in the country has inflated its numbers but if the Orange can’t stop multi-faceted offenses, that spells trouble for May.GoaliesLogan Reidsma | Senior Staff PhotographerC.G.: CSaves can be a skewed statistic that doesn’t account for the lack of chances a goalkeeper might have on a team that dominates possession time, much like Syracuse. But the Orange boasts the worst save percentage in the ACC, and while close losses have arguably fallen more so on the defense’s shoulders, it doesn’t help when Hill and Molloy are easy targets to attack.J.M.: B-Syracuse’s goalies have been up and down this season. Hill started the first eight games of the season before Molloy took over the most recent game against Hobart on Wednesday. Hill was pulled during the Orange’s 10-goal loss to No. 2 Notre Dame in which the defense consistently left him out to dry. Hill has made key saves at times and let in key goals at others. He ranks 58th and 59th in the country in saves per game and save percentage, respectively.P.S.: BAfter Hill started the first eight games, Molloy stepped in against Hobart for his first career start and made seven saves on 13 shots. The situation going forward is still fluid and now Desko has a full game to evaluate Molloy. But after entering the season as the unquestioned starter, Hill hasn’t fulfilled expectations. There’s still a chance for him to regain the starting job and heat up before the postseason but as of now, the goalies are shaky.Faceoff C.G.: AWilliams isn’t winning as many times at the X as he did last year, but that stands true for a lot of this year’s team compared to last. He’s still shouldered a load larger than most other faceoff men in the country, and Syracuse should be thankful it can still rest on him to deliver several possessions it wouldn’t have otherwise. He has been challenged this year by the country’s better faceoff units, who now have a year’s worth of film to study on him.J.M.: BAgainst Johns Hopkins and Duke, the game came down to faceoffs and who could win them late in the game. Unfortunately for Syracuse, it could not and lost both of those matches in overtime. The team has relied far too heavily on the faceoff unit, and Williams to make up for other deficiencies on the field.P.S.: BIf Williams wins the faceoff at the start of each overtime against Johns Hopkins and Duke, this grade could be a lot different. But the plays in crucial spots are what determine games, seasons and legacies. Syracuse ranks ninth in the country in faceoff winning percentage with 61.7 percent, but in five games against ranked teams, SU is 78-for-141, or 55.3 percent, at the X. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Successful 19 book places in Gold Medal national final

first_img20 Jun 2016 Successful 19 book places in Gold Medal national final A total of 19 golfers came through regional qualifying yesterday to book places in the national final of England Golf’s Gold Medal Tournament to find the male handicap golfer of the year.They qualified at regional finals held at Ingestre Park Golf Club, Staffordshire, and Burnham & Berrow Golf Club in Somerset.They will play off for the title, alongside qualifiers from two other regional finals, on Friday 12 August at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire, during England Golf Week.The qualifiers from Ingestre Park were:Robert Dickinson of Sudbrook Moor Golf Club, Lincolnshire; Roman Toloczko of Scraptoft Golf Club, Leciestershire; Steve Collins of Bransford Golf Club, Worcestershire; Matthew King of Ely City Golf Club, Cambridgeshire; Gavin Rogers of Stock Brook Manor Golf Club, Essex; Matthew Phillips of Ingon Manor Golf Club, Warwickshire; Ron Logan of Ingestre Park Golf Club, Staffordshire; Christopher Bryan of Ingestre Park Golf Club, Staffordshire; Raph Richards of Oakmere Park Commanders Golf Club, Nottinghamshire.The qualifiers from Burnham & Berrow were:Stephen Dawes of Tewkesbury Park Hotel Golf and Country Club, Gloucestershire; Brian Winteridge of Churston Golf Club, Devon; Graham Virgin of Saunton Golf Club, Devon; Christopher Hicks of Clevedon Golf Club, Somerset; Russell Weller of Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club, Dorset; James Barnes of Shirehampton Park Golf Club, Gloucestershire; Nigel Hoskins of Fingle Glen Golf Club, Devon; Graham Anstey of The Kendleshire Golf Club, Gloucestershire; Martin Lee of Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire; Steve Crabb of Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club, Dorset.All the regional finalists had won a club medal during 2015. The national final will be played during England Golf Week which is staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships.Click here for full scores from Ingestre ParkClick here for full scores from Burnham and BerrowImage © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

England Golf goes the extra mile for Macmillan Cancer Support

first_imgEngland Golf has announced it is supporting Macmillan Cancer Support’s Longest Day Golf Challenge to help raise the profile of the fundraising event among its 665,000 members and 1,900 clubs.The challenge sees teams of four take on 72 holes – covering over 20 miles of course in one day – to fundraise for Macmillan. Players are encouraged to ask friends and family for sponsorship to help the charity support the growing number of people living with cancer.After registering to take part in the Longest Day Golf Challenge participants can compete to win a three-night break to the final at golf challenge at Boavista Golf Resort, Portugal. The prize includes flights and accommodation and will be awarded to the four eligible teams who raise the most sponsorship money for Macmillan by 3 September 20181.England Golf is urging all golfers to get involved and its staff will be tackling the dawn-to-dusk challenge at Woodhall Spa Golf Club, Lincolnshire.Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, commented: “We are thrilled to support Macmillan’s Longest Day Golf Challenge and to encourage more golfing heroes to set out on 14 hours of non-stop golf and help to change the lives of people affected by cancer.”Kirsty Hobbs, Fundraising Marketing Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “England Golf is helping us take our Longest Day Golf fundraising challenge to more clubs and players in the UK than ever before, which is really exciting. We’re hugely grateful to everyone that will be getting involved and helping us support the growing number of people living with cancer.”In 2017, over 3,400 teams took part and raised £1.7 million. This vital money has helped Macmillan to provide emotional, financial, medical and practical support to people living with cancer across the UK.How to get involved:Clubs• Register your club by emailing [email protected]• Once registered, your club is listed as a venue at www.macmillan.org.uk/longestdaygolf.• Reserve a day on or close to the longest day, 21 June 2018, and let your members and other golfers know you’re hosting the challenge on your course.• Plan to open when the sun rises, and consider waiving green fees and make refreshments available.Players • Once you have a team of four select a captain and register at www.macmillan.org.uk/longestdaygolf• Plan your challenge for or close to the longest day, 21 June 2018, to maximise daylight hours.• Play at your own club or any golf club around the UK. Use the Macmillan website to find Longest Day Golf Challenge friendly clubs nearest to you.• Spread the word at your club and encourage other members to support you with sponsorship and fundraising events.1The prize includes return economy flights from London to Faro, and three nights’ accommodation and meals courtesy of Boavista Golf Resort. Date restrictions apply. Over 18s only. Four persons per team only. Full Competition Terms and Conditions apply. Promoted by Macmillan Cancer Support (registered charity in England & Wales, (261017), Scotland (SC039907) and the Isle of Man (604). Tags: Challenge, Charity, Macmillan 23 Apr 2018 England Golf goes the extra mile for Macmillan Cancer Support last_img read more

Leafs outlast Nitehawks 3-2 to open exhibition season

first_imgBeaver Valley outshot the Leafs 27-22 in the game.The two teams hook up again for the second game of the two-game exhibition set Saturday night in Fruitvale.Nelson completes the preseason with a two-game series against Castlegar beginning Tuesday in the Heritage City.Game two is Wednesday in Castlegar.Nelson opens the KIJHL regular season Friday, September 11 against Kelowna Chiefs.The game is the first of two on opening weekend.Saturday, September 12, Fernie Ghostriders invade the NDCC Arena. Preseason generally means nothing to coaches and players but it’s always nice to come out on the winning side of any contest.Kyle Chernenkoff’s third period goal snapped a 2-2 tie lifting the Nelson Leafs to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition victory over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Thursday night at the NDCC Arena.Brendan Smith and Austin Lindsay had scored first period goals to give Nelson a 2-0 lead into the third period.Nathan Spark started the game in goal for Nelson before being replaced by Joe Barton.last_img read more

EDDIE D. STAKES QUOTES (DIVISION 1/SEPTEMBER 30, 2016)

first_imgPAMELA ZIEBARTH, OWNER/BREEDER AMBITIOUS BREW, WINNER: “This win really means a lot. Eddie (Delahoussaye) rode Cee’s Tizzy for my mom and she loved him. We were second in this race two years ago and I remember that I ran into Eddie at the (City of Arcadia) Walk of Fame and he told me that he wished we had won.” JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, AMBITIOUS BREW, WINNER: “He warmed up well; was cool, calm and alert. He jumped out of the gate well, I was in a great spot from the word ‘go’ and able to get to the outside smoothly, without losing any ground. I’ve been blessed to ride him a lot and win on him a few times, but I have to say that this is his best race, by far. If I can get him to do that coming down the hill at Breeders’ Cup, that would be awesome.VICTOR ESPINOZA, RICHARD’S BOY, SECOND: “He ran great but he just got a little tired at the end. He should run better next time.”             MARTY JONES, AMBITIOUS BREW, WINNER: “He loves the hill and he trains like it. We know he’s good and he’s a professional. I was a little nervous in the stretch, but Mike had him in a great spot.” TRAINER QUOTESlast_img read more

AmaZulu World to boost tourism

first_imgZulu king Goodwill Zwelithini and Ruwaaddevelopers at the launch of AmaZulu Worldin Dubai. (Image: The Mercury)Janine ErasmusDubai-based developer Ruwaad, a member of the Dubai 9 group of companies, has announced plans to build a mega-scale themed entertainment development on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Known as AmaZulu World, the development will be the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in Africa, according to the company.Making the announcement at the Cityscape 2008 real estate exhibition in Dubai in early October 2008, Ruwaad described the proposed R44-billion ($5-billion) project as a master-planned, uniquely African destination development which will cover about 16 500ha of land.Ruwaad chair Hanif Merchant said the company was very proud to be leading the development and bringing a world-class destination experience to African investors, residents and tourists alike.“AmaZulu World will have a perfect blend of development zones,” said Ruwaad group CEO Hayan Merchant, describing key elements of the development. In typical larger-than-life Dubai style, they include Africa’s first world-class internationally branded entertainment theme park, as well as the continent’s largest shopping destination, most comprehensive and advanced sports village development, largest lifestyle community and first dedicated education and health village.In addition, the development will have its very own Statue of Liberty in the form of a 106m-tall figure of iconic Zulu king Shaka, and will be a key cultural element of the development.The sports village will offer cricket, rugby and tennis facilities and, says Merchant, will be an ideal place for English and European teams to practice during their off-season.AmaZulu World is expected to become one of Africa’s premier destinations, an expectation supported by the forthcoming Fifa World Cup which South Africa hosts in 2010, and the corresponding investment in infrastructure upgrade and increase in foreign investment in telecommunications- and tourism-related projects.These factors, say Ruwaad, and others such as its excellent year-round climate and outstanding natural beauty, made the country a natural choice for the project. However the company is also impressed by political and economic developments in recent years in South Africa which are pushing it to the forefront of emerging world markets.A royal seal of approvalThe project has received endorsement from KZN premier Sibusiso Ndebele and Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, both of whom were on hand at the announcement in Dubai. “Ruwaad has demonstrated to our community its firm commitment to developing a destination that fits with our area’s unique natural, cultural and historical character,” said Zwelithini.“With confidence, the local community is hugely excited to welcome Ruwaad to our province, and we look forward to the future employment, and economic growth that will contribute to the sustainability of our area; for the inhabitants of today and those for generations to come.”The project is expected to create more than 200 000 new jobs and increase regional tourism by around 40%, according to initial research conducted by local consultancy Pam Golding Hospitality. AmaZulu World will be built in phases over 25 years, with completion of the first phase planned for 2012 to 2014.However, there are a few displeased local community members who are opposing the development as they do not wish to be relocated. The eMacambi clan, owners of some of the land where development will take place, say they will take the matter to court if necessary. A spokesman for Ndebele has said that government and the developers will consult with everyone involved and that all the required legal routes will be followed.A uniquely African destinationSituated just north of the Thukela River, which originates in the Drakensberg Mountains and meanders through the KZN Midlands before flowing into the Indian Ocean, AmaZulu World will straddle both sides of the national N2 highway, which connects the province’s capital Durban with Richards Bay and other developing areas in northern KZN.It will also lie conveniently close to the new R8.85-billion ($1-billion) King Shaka International Airport, currently under construction at La Mercy, 30km north of Durban. The new airport will replace Durban’s existing international airport and is expected to be operational by 2010.The eco-friendly tourist destination will be designed to have a minimal impact on the area’s natural surroundings and will incorporate entertainment, sport, leisure, hotel and residential destinations, boosting economic growth in the region.In addition to the theme park, shopping centre and sports village, tourists can expect to enjoy a wide range of activities and facilities, including hotels, resorts and spas, an agricultural village, and a marina. The development will also feature residential homes and offices as well as six golf courses, an equestrian estate, a nature reserve for those who seek more restful forms of leisure, and 22km of beachfront. Education, community, medical, emergency and security facilities will be available.AmaZulu World’s vision, according to Ruwaad, is to be African in identity and world-class in standing, in order to attract visitors and residents from around the world to the region.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on [email protected] linksRuwaadThukela RiverKZN provincial governmentKing Goodwill Zwelethinilast_img read more

New Durban port cranes an African first

first_img “We celebrate a milestone with the delivery of three mega cranes, the largest of their kind deployed at any container terminal in the southern hemisphere,” said Transnet Port Terminal’s acting chief executive, Pru Archary. “This acquisition will make Durban Container Terminal Pier 2 the first terminal in Africa to operate tandem lift ship-to-shore cranes, which reaffirms our commitment to delivering world-class port services in Africa.” 30 November 2012 South African port operator Transnet Port Terminals set a precedent in Africa when it took possession of three new tandem lift ship-to-shore cranes for the Durban Container Terminal that are the first of their kind on the continent. The equipment – purchased from Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co (ZPMC) in Shanghai, China – will revive the Durban terminal and result in improved efficiencies and reduced service times, the organisation said in a statement when the cranes arrived on 20 November. The cranes form part of a fleet of seven meant to boost equipment at the country’s flagship terminal; the remaining four will arrive early in 2013. A Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) team headed by general manager for capital projects, Logan Naidoo, has been working on the design standards of the cranes for the past 15 months.‘Designed to improve port’s longevity’ “These cranes have been designed to take us into the next 20 years of the port’s longevity and are capable of servicing the latest-generation container vessels with with a span of 24 containers across the deck,” Naidoo said. They will also be able to service the next generation of “megamax” vessels that will dock at the terminal’s North Quay once it is deepened, which is scheduled for the near future. “These cranes will ensure that the Durban Container Terminal is taken as a serious player in the global shipping fraternity and its arrival is a milestone in the delivery of Transnet’s market demand strategy,” TPT said. “TPT has R33-billion worth of capital projects planned over the next seven years, with a key focus on upgrading infrastructure at various terminals and replacing aged equipment,” Naidoo said. “The investment in the tandem lift ship-to-shore cranes, valued at R700-million, was prioritised as one of TPT’s top 10 capital projects under the market demand strategy.”center_img In addition to improving efficiency and productivity at the terminal, the acquisition will allow for job creation and opportunities for local engineering companies and graduates. “In line with Transnet’s tender policy, the recipient of every tender is required to produce a competitive supplier development plan (CSDP),” the company said. As such, ZPMC has selected local port equipment spares and maintenance company, Elgin Marine Services, as its CSDP partner. “Elgin Marine Services has employed and will mentor and develop 11 young newly graduated engineers from previously disadvantaged communities to whom skills will be transferred,” Transnet Port Terminals said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Fajardo still leads Govs’ Cup BPC race after semis

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC One thing going against Fajardo, though, in his bid for a record sixth BPC award is the Beermen’s subpar performance in the season-ending conference which saw their Grand Slam dream halted in the quarterfinals. Trailing him at second is TNT guard Jayson Castro, who amassed 33.563 SPs after leading the KaTropa to the semifinals with his averages of 18.19 markers, 4.38 boards, 6.31 dimes, and 1.19 steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, the battle for the hardware would likely fall on the players who led their team to the Finals.Greg Slaughter is making a strong case for his first BPC award after netting 32.625 SPs. Read Next The 29-year-old is poised to claim his second Best Import award as he is way above of his peers after averaging 25.44 points, 20.06 rebounds, 6.81 assists, and 1.25 blocks while anchoring the Bolts to a return trip to the Finals.On Durham’s heels are Phoenix’s Brandon Brown with 54.500 SPs, Blackwater’s Henry Walker with 54.100 SPs, GlobalPort’s Murphy Holloway with 53.222 SPs, and NLEX’s Aaron Fuller with 49.500 SPs. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors’ Klay Thompson ‘aspires’ to create dynasty like Michael Jordan’s Bulls Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Returning to action this conference, the Ginebra big man is having a stellar conference after averaging 14.69 points, 8.75 rebounds, 1.69 assists, and 1.63 blocks so far while helping the Gin Kings to the championship round.Closely behind is Meralco sophomore Chris Newsome, who has 30.875 SPs after netting 13.06 markers, 6.25 boards, 5.0 assists, and 1.0 steals for the Bolts before the finals.Completing the top five is San Miguel forward Arwind Santos, who had 30.583 SPs.Rounding out the top 10 are LA Tenorio of Ginebra (30.188 SPs), Stanley Pringle of GlobalPort (29.444 SPs), Calvin Abueva of Alaska (29.000 SPs), Baser Amer of Meralco (28.867 SPs), and Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel (28.500 SPs).Meanwhile, Allen Durham is still on the top in the Best Import race with his 58.875 SPs.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel may have bowed out of 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup title race, but June Mar Fajardo remained still the statistical points leader for the Best Player of the Conference at the end of the semifinals.The Cebuano giant netted 38.455 SPs after averaging 18.55 points, a league-best 11.64 rebounds, 1.73 assists, and 2.27 blocks.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Nigeria’s 100m gold medallist flunks dope test at CWG: report

first_imgThe Commonwealth Games was on Monday rocked by its first doping case when Nigerian women’s 100m gold medallist Osayemi Oludamola tested positive for a banned stimulant.Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell announced on Monday morning that Osayemi tested positive for methylhaxaneamine and her ‘B’ sample test and hearing will be held later on Monday.”I regret to announce that a positive dope case has come out. Nigeria’s Osayemi Oludamola has tested positive for methylhexaneamine and under anti-doping rules of the Games, she has been handed a provisional suspension,” Fennell said at his customary media conference.”Under anti-doping procedures she has been notified and she has requested for a ‘B’ sample testing. The ‘B’sample testing will be done today and her hearing will also be held today,” he added.Asked whether the gold medal has been taken back from the Nigerian, the CGF chief said, “At the moment no decision has been taken about the medal. She has been put under provisional suspension.”Oludamola was handed gold after Australian Sally Pearson was stripped of her medal in a controversial 100m dash on Thursday for a false start. The Nigerian had crossed the finish line in second place behind the Aussie woman.Fennell said the CGF wants the Games to be clean and would take “appropriate action” under anti-doping rules.”We have taken 950 dope tests (against 1,500 targeted) and so around 700 results have come. We are very transparent and upfront in dealing with doping cases.”At the same time there is also need to keep secrecy until the athlete is notified under anti-doping rules. We have done that and we regret any dope positive case whether the event is high profile or not. We want a clean Games and clean sports,” he said.advertisementAsked if the dope case will damage the image of the Games, he said, “But I don’t know about any damage which would accrue to the Games by the dope case. We are very vigilant, testing and laboratory analysis will be of highest standard,” he added.Organising Committee Secretary General Lalit Bhanot said action would be taken if any athlete is found guilty of doping.”We want a dope free Games and that is why we had done 1,500 tests. If anybody is caught doping, action will be taken under anti-doping rules. This will also give a message to others that doping cannot be condoned,” Bhanot said.The Athletics Federation of Nigeria has said the positive result is the result of the prescription medication she took for a toothache.”She took medication for her toothache and we strongly suspect that it was that, which led to her failed drug test,” AFN President Solomon Ogba told Nigerian news site www.vanguardngr.com.last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd midfielder Matic admits to frustration under Solskjaer

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Matic admits to frustration under Solskjaerby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic admits he is frustrated with his role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The 31-year-old made his first start of the season in Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Leicester City.”Of course [it has been frustrating],” Matic said. “I want to play, I always give my best for the team.”The coach is the man who picks the team and when you are on the bench you are not happy, but I am trying to convince him to change his mind and pick me to play.”The season is long. [Against Leicester] as you saw I played, and we won the game.”I am happy so we will see in the future what the coach will decide”I am ready. In the last 10 years I have played in a high level and every game I try to do my best to help the team because I think I am a team player and I can help a lot I think.” last_img read more

Objections blunt momentum for foreign lobbying law overhaul

first_imgWASHINGTON – A push to give the Justice Department more enforcement authority over the lucrative and at times shadowy world of foreign lobbying is stalled amid opposition from pro-business groups, nonprofits and privacy advocates.Organizations that range from the influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers have raised objections to legislation that would sharpen the teeth of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The law, enacted 80 years ago to expose Nazi propaganda, requires people to disclose when they lobby in the U.S. on behalf of foreign governments or political entities.While there’s bipartisan support for cracking down on unregistered foreign agents, several of the changes proposed in congressional bills could backfire by sweeping in a host of unintended targets, according to critics. That pushback has effectively kept the legislation from advancing as lobbying groups press for revisions.One of the most contentious provisions would eliminate a popular loophole that permits lobbyists representing foreign commercial interests to be exempt from the law, known as FARA. That shift, one business group has warned, could extend the rigorous disclosure requirements to U.S. subsidiaries of global companies, stigmatizing them as foreign agents even though they employ thousands of Americans.Congressional interest in fortifying the law comes in the aftermath of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and a special counsel investigation that’s drawn greater attention to the inner workings of international influence peddling.Most recently, Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, admitted in a plea deal that he’d failed to register as a foreign agent when he directed a lobbying operation for Ukrainian interests. Prosecutors said he concealed millions of dollars in income for the work from the IRS.Earlier this year, federal prosecutors unveiled an indictment against a Russian troll farm accused of interfering in the 2016 election through bogus Facebook posts that revealed how foreign parties can weaponize social media to influence public opinion.Yet criminal cases under FARA have been rare, with fewer than a dozen since 1966 as the Justice Department generally emphasized voluntary compliance over prosecution. Lawmakers supporting the bills say a 2016 inspector general’s report found that the department lacked the tools it needed to properly enforce FARA. A violation of the law is punishable by a fine or up to five years in prison.But the defence lawyers association and the Center for Democracy and Technology, a civil-liberties group, have declared that Fourth Amendment privacy protections would be undermined by a section of the bill that would expand the Justice Department’s power to investigate possible violations of the law.And an alliance of nongovernmental organizations called InterAction has urged lawmakers to repair vague and outdated provisions in the current law before passing a new one that strengthens the government’s hand. These groups fear that the law, if not repaired, could leave nonprofits open “to possible politicized enforcement actions and attack,” according to an open letter more than 40 members and partners of InterAction wrote earlier this year.The House version of the bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., seemed to be on the fast track to passage in the GOP-led House after a committee approved it in January by a comfortable margin. Yet eight months later, it hasn’t moved any further.Johnson described the objections as “overblown” and said he’s hopeful the full House will vote on his bill before the end of the year. The House is in recess and won’t return until after the Nov. 6 elections.“People in Washington are resistant to change,” Johnson said. “The longer we wait to enact these reforms the more critical they become.”An identical Senate bill, by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is bottled up in the Foreign Relations Committee. Grassley charged last year that there has been “rampant disregard” of the law by foreign agents and “lacklustre enforcement by federal authorities.”President Donald Trump invoked the law in a Sept. 13 tweet that attacked former Secretary of State John Kerry for meeting with Iran’s foreign minister, who was his main interlocutor during the Iran nuclear deal negotiations. Trump called the meetings illegal and questioned whether Kerry, now a private citizen, had registered as a foreign agent.But Trump’s broadside appeared to be off base. Meetings between a private U.S. citizen and foreign official are not against the law and not necessarily inappropriate or a violation of federal regulations. Further, FARA provisions don’t extend to activities conducted entirely overseas.“What we are currently seeing is a lot of confusion over the vagueness of FARA and concern that the breadth of the law can lead to its politicized use,” said Nick Robinson, legal adviser at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law.Lobbyists that register under FARA must report specific meetings, phone calls and other details of contacts with members of Congress or federal officials to the Justice Department, which then posts the material online .The loophole targeted for elimination permits lobbyists representing foreign commercial interests to get an exemption provided that they register under the less-demanding Lobbying Disclosure Act. The quarterly reports filed with the House and Senate under the 1995 Lobbying Disclosure Act also are made public but require much less information.U.S.-based subsidiaries of international companies say the change may lead officials to avoid meeting with companies bound by FARA, putting them at a disadvantage with their domestic competitors.The legislation is supposed to target foreign governments or political parties but may “catch these companies in the crosshairs,” said Nancy McLernon, president of the Organization for International Investment, a lobbying group that represents the U.S. operations of global businesses including BP America, Honda North America, Nestle USA and Samsung.“No one wants to be labeled a foreign agent,” she said. “It sounds like a spy for a foreign government.”The legislation also would allow the Justice Department to demand that individuals and businesses turn over material relevant to federal investigations into alleged violations of FARA. Backers of the bill say the department’s FARA registration unit has long sought the use of administrative subpoenas to better enforce the law. The bill, they added, includes safeguards to ensure this authority isn’t abused.But the National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers, in a sharply worded letter to the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee, said the investigative procedures proposed in the bill amount to an “expansion of unchecked law-enforcement authority.” The department would be able “to compel the production of documents and force the testimony of the targets of criminal investigations, without any prior showing of probable cause or court approval,” the association’s letter said.The letter was written in January. Spokesman Ivan Dominguez said the association’s position has not changed.___Contact Richard Lardner on Twitter at http://twitter.com/rplardnerlast_img read more

Steelworkers accuse Alcoa of bargaining in bad faith during Quebec negotiations

first_imgTROIS-RIVIERES, Que. — With a negotiation deadline looming, the United Steelworkers union has filed a complaint with Quebec’s Administrative Labour Tribunal alleging bad faith bargaining by Alcoa Corp. at its aluminum smelter near Trois-Rivieres, where unionized workers have been locked out since January.Local union president Clement Masse says Alcoa is “not taking the negotiation process seriously,” claiming the company has reneged on previous commitments at the bargaining table.Alcoa is calling the union complaint “false and unfounded,” and says the mine’s management has been negotiating in good faith.In November, the Quebec government appointed a special mediation council, chaired by former premier Lucien Bouchard, with a settlement deadline set for Friday.Alcoa announced Wednesday it would cut output in half at its ABI smelter in Becancour, Que., due to the impact of an ongoing lockout.The Pittsburgh-based company curtailed two of the facility’s three pot lines in January after unionized workers rejected a company contract proposal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP search for missing two yearold

first_imgUPDATE as of 11:30 p.m. July 7 – RCMP continue to assist in the search for a two year old boy who went missing near the Wapiti River at the Canfor Bridge during the evening of July 6, 2018. The search continued throughout the day on July 7, 2018 and included boats, all-terrain vehicles and a helicopter in addition to people searching on foot. The search was concluded for the night at approximately 11:00 PM and will resume at 07:00 AM on July 8, 2018. RCMP and a number of search and rescue members will remain on scene for the duration of the night.   Police are asking the general public to stay away from the area to allow emergency services to focus on the search.UPDATE as of 7:00 a.m. July 7 – Search crews continue to search the are near the Canfor Bridge on the Wapiti River.  The search was suspended at 11 p.m. Friday, but search and rescue crews remained on scene overnight until the search resumed this morning.  The RCMP say all available resources have been deployed to help with the search.Police are asking the general public to stay away from the area to allow emergency services to focus on the search.ORIGINAL STORY:GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The RCMP and STARS Air Ambulance along with the Grande Prairie Technical Search and Rescue are searching in the MD of Greenview for a missing two year old child.The two year-old boy was with his family at the Wapiti River, near the Canfor Bridge, when he disappeared.https://twitter.com/williamvavrek/status/1015407726690615296The RCMP are asking for the general public to stay away from the area while emergency crews focus on the search.https://twitter.com/STARSambulance/status/1015417841347153920When more information is released, we will post further updates.last_img read more

Swagatalakshmi pays her tribute to Tagore

first_imgAs a gift to lovers of Rabindra sangeet, Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta – a noted Randindra Sangeet exponent – will be presenting a solo programme at Rabindra Sadan, on May 2 (the eve of Kabipaksha).The programme will start with the last song composed by Rabindra Nath and end with the poet’s first song ‘Nirab Rajani Dekho’. Also at the event, Bhavna Cassettes and Records will bring out an experimental CD titled ‘Ogo Bideshini’ by Dasgupta. Tagore had come in contact with Western music from his early life. That is why, in many of his compositions, the influence of Western music is evident. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainTherefore, the CD will have the singer’s compilation of original Western songs and the songs composed by Tagore. The compilation will also have some English, Scottish and Irish original songs, from which Tagore has taken the tunes and later composed his songs. Some of these songs are ‘Drink to me’, ‘Auld lang sune’, ‘Nancy lee’, ‘British Grenadiers’, ‘In good King Charles’, to name a few. The Bengal compositions include ‘Kotobaro bhebechinu’, ‘Purano sei diner kotha’, ‘Kali kali bolore aj’, ‘O dekhbi re bhai’, ‘Sokoli Phuralo’, etc. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSwagatalakshmi got her initial training from her father Pabitra Dasgupta, who used to sing various types of songs when she was a kid. And, even her mother Subrata was a student of great Rabindrasangeet exponent Debabrata Biswas. After her mother’s demise, Swagatalakshmi translated 53 of Tagore songs which were later published in a book titled ‘Galaxy’. The singer also had the honour to sing in Parliament in 1995 and took part in functions all over the globe. Dasgupta was the playback singer in Rituporno Ghosh’s Chokher Bali. She got an award for singing ‘Eki labonye purno pran’ in the playback in a film directed by Gautam Ghosh. During her career, she came in contact with stalwarts like Kanika Bandyopadhyay, Supriyo Thakur, Suchitra Mitra, William Radice, Amartya Sen, among others. Dasgupta has given music to 75 songs from ‘Gitabitan’ which have not been given the musical form.last_img read more

Moriyasu says Japan wont change tactics against next rival

first_imgThe Samurai Blue defeated Vietnam 1-0 in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinals and will now play against Iran in the Semifinals.A penalty kick goal by Ritsu Doan in the 57th minute was enough to give Japan the 1-0 win over Vietnam in the Quarterfinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.The Japanese are looking for a fifth Asian Cup, as they take on Iran in the Semifinals.And for coach Hajime Moriyasu the team won’t change tactics against their next rivals.“It was very important that we won. Our players were able to keep the clean sheet. It was another experience for us in terms of development as a team,” said Moriyasu to The Khaleej Times.“Vietnam has a very tight defense and they never give up.”“So it was very difficult to create chances. But today Japan moved the ball well. Yes, at times we did lose the ball, but we managed to create chances,” he added.Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“It would have been better if we had scored more. Vietnam played with patience. But we need to improve our accuracy in the final third.”“Overall the players did well. They did what they needed to do,” he explained.“It doesn’t matter who we will play. We will prepare for the game well in the next three days.”“Our approach would be same. Of course, your strategy changes depending on your opponent. We have had different experiences in different matches,” the coach added.“We had defended deep against Saudi Arabia. So we have learned from all these experiences.”Iran will meet Japan in the Semifinals on January 28th at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.last_img read more

Private Members Motion will call for Freedom of Information Law

first_img TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:2011 constitution, freedom of information, Pdm, private members motion, sharlene cartwright-robinson TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPprovdienciales, 16 Jul 2015 – When the House of Assembly convenes in August, the Opposition PDM will demand that the PNP Administration stop dancing around enacting a constitutional provision for a Freedom of Information law. PDM Leader, Sharlene Robinson said in a media statement yesterday “the Government has on several occasions presented bits of its proposed Legislative Agenda and has failed to include this important Legislation and to make good on its promise.” Hon Robinson and her party go on the record to say, “there is a serious need for the introduction of this Ordinance to allow for greater access to information which ought to be accessible in the furtherance of good governance.” Freedom of Information is defined in the Turks and Caicos 2011 Constitution, which in part outlines in Section 129 that an Ordinance shall provide for a right of access to information held by public authorities…” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

Taking to the streets

first_imgPromoting, professionalising and branding street foods in its own master style, the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) has announced a grand Street Food Festival at the sprawling Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium complex. The theme slogan of this culinary carnival would be ‘Swad hai, Romanch hai, Street Foods ki Baat hi kuchh aur hai’.This winter delight set to attract thousands of foodies across India over three days will have master street food vendors of different regions of India and other countries with their signature dishes  having age old stamps of culinary tradition and culture. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”Not just a unique battle of tastes, the carnival will be an advocacy event with a difference wherein the executives and functionaries of tourism, food processing, health, labour and employment departments and boards, and representatives of culinary institutes, development agencies, media and academic institutions would join together to share, acknowledge and celebrate the potentials and the possibilities of street food vending sector,’ said Arbind Singh, NASVI national coordinator while announcing the dates and venue of the festival. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’It will be an occasion to reassert that the grassroots street food entrepreneurs play a wonderful role in poverty reduction, employment generation and enterprise building, and they make cities charming for all,’ Singh added.NASVI feels that the street food vendors are disadvantaged because there is usually no support from formal institutions to improve their businesses or protect them from external influences. The usual response at policy level towards street food vendors is poor.They often have no legal status, resulting in victimisation by the police, public health institutions and local government authorities.So head over and show these guys some of your support and also – tuck in!WHEN: 20, 21 and 22 Dec, 12 noon-10 pmWHERE: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Gate No: 14Entry by ticket: Rs 30 per Personlast_img read more

Debunking Three Myths About Women in Tech

first_imgJuly 16, 2019 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Women entrepreneurs face more obstacles than men who raise money for high technology startups from venture capitalists. In a recent report by All Raise and Pitchbook, data revealed that split across 482 teams, female founders raised a total of $2.88 billion last year. That’s 2.2 percent of the $130 billion total in venture capital money invested over the year. Unfortunately, the percentage has not increased from the previous year. As a result, there are fewer female founders. And there are even fewer female technical founders.Tracked over the past 28 years, the Digest of Education Statistics report on the percentage of women versus men in computer and information science degree enrollment, found that computer science majors have gone through boom and bust cycles among undergraduates. The report noted that the number of male and female students who were awarded degrees in the field went up and down at the same, and that general views of computer science are not gender-specific. In 1984, 37 percent of computer science majors were women, but by 2014 that number fell to 18 percent, according to the study. The researchers argued that one insight to gain from the data is that many women choose to not pursue computer science degrees because they believe stereotypes about the kinds of people who work in the field and don’t see themselves fitting in that framework.The more those stereotypes continue to spread, the fewer women are likely to enroll in computer science degrees. This, in turn, leads to fewer female founders in the space. and the perpetuation of myths about gender differences in the tech sector. But there are some accomplished technical female founders whose work is debunking those misconceptions. Medha Parlikar, the co-founder and CEO of venture-backed blockchain technology company CasperLabs, is one of those leaders.Parlikar began working in the tech industry in the early 1980s and has worked delivering production software at companies like Adobe, Omniture, Avalara, MP3.com and DivX. Her first formal involvement with Blockchain came in 2017 with the RChain project where she served as the tech manager, before co-founding CasperLabs in the fall of 2018. She has served as the CEO of CasperLabs since its inception.Parlikar shared what she has learned over the course of her career and debunked three myths that she believes hold women back from pursuing jobs in computer science. 1. Women are too risk-averse to build large scalable businesses.“This is definitely a myth,” said Parlikar. “Building a scalable business is a matter of acquiring and developing customers, finding a niche in the market, and failing and learning as a business. The qualities that a leader needs for this knows no gender.”  Unfortunately, in the entrepreneurship space, one extremely powerful and pervasive stereotype is that women are too risk-averse. This myth is predicated on the assumption that risk-taking is essential for a successful entrepreneur. The great business stories of our times are filled with examples of leadership risk-taking, yes. However, research across academia has coined the term “survivorship bias” to denote that too often in storytelling, we have a bias to tell the stories about gambles that paid off rather than tell the slow and steady story of the incremental approach to successful software products. Therefore, risk-taking may be considerably overvalued.2. The work environment is hostile to women.“There are startups that are tough on women, and this is unfortunate,” said Parlikar, who leads a tech team of over twenty developers and researchers. “Clearly, there is a level of professionalism and decency that is expected in a work environment.  When you have to take a stand and vigorously debate technical details with a room full of men, you have to dig deep and follow your truth. I had to learn to do that — to follow my truth — and it has made all the difference in the world for me. It wasn’t something that I was taught. It was something that I learned. I had the answers all along, I just needed to trust in myself.”3. Computer science isn’t feminine.There’s a common misconception in tech that women are expected to act and dress like men do to get ahead. A typical engineer outfit can consist of a startup branded T-shirt they got as free swag, jeans, sandals and a hoodie. Then there are the “bro-grammers,” a subtype of male programmers who embrace the bro culture by hanging out and drinking a cold beer after a coding sprint.And while representation of the women in science in the media still remains largely lacking, Parlikar cited computer science pioneer Margaret Hamilton, who coined the term software engineer and wrote code that was integral to NASA’s Apollo missions, as someone who greatly inspired her.”It was the advent of the personal computer that tipped the scales away from young girls entering computer science. I was very fortunate, my father made sure I was exposed to personal computers at a young age,” she recalled. “Computer Science has given me a wonderful career, that has given me the flexibility to work from home and be present for my kids. It’s a great career for women.”Personally, as a three-time venture-backed technical female founder of software companies with one exit under my belt, I’d like to add that, in my experience, being a woman can allow you to stand out from a group of men and help your voice to be heard when you speak up. I embrace wearing dresses, heels, lipstick and perfumes, and like to have fun with my feminine side. I’m a girl’s girl and I always have been. But when I’m in the coding den, finishing out on developer sprint, I’m not focused on the differences between myself and the men I work with. I show up as I am. I get work done. And I occasionally will enjoy a beer with the team after work. Computer science is a field that opens doors and provides great opportunities for women entrepreneurs. Don’t be afraid to take your seat at the table.  Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

FireEye reports North Korean state sponsored hacking group APT38 is targeting financial

first_imgYesterday, FireEye revealed a new group of hackers named APT38, a financially motivated North Korean regime-backed group responsible for conducting destructive attacks against financial institutions, as well as for some of the world’s largest cyber heists. FireEye Inc. is a cybersecurity firm that provides products and services to protect against advanced persistent threats and spear phishing. Earlier this year, FireEye helped Facebook find suspicious accounts linked to Russia and Iran on its platform and also alerted Google of election influence operations linked to Iranian groups. Now FireEye cybersecurity researchers released a special report titled APT38: Un-usual Suspects, to expose the methods used by the APT38 group. In the report, they said,“Based on observed activity, we judge that APT38’s primary mission is targeting financial institutions and manipulating inter-bank financial systems to raise large sums of money for the North Korean regime.” The researchers also state that the group has attempted to steal more than $1.1 billion and were also responsible for some of the more high-profile attacks on financial institutions in the last few years.  Some of the publicly reported attempted heists attributable to APT38 include: Vietnam TP Bank in December 2015 Bangladesh Bank in February 2016 Far Eastern International Bank in Taiwan in October 2017 Bancomext in January 2018 Banco de Chile in May 2018 Sandra Joyce, FireEye’s vice president of global intelligence says, “The hallmark of this group is that it deploys destructive malware after stealing money from an organization, not only to cover its tracks, but [also]  in order to distract defenders, complicate the incident response process, and gain time to get out the door.” Some details of the APT38 targeting Since at least 2014, APT38 has conducted operations in more than 16 organizations in at least 11 countries. The total number of organizations targeted by APT38 may be even higher when considering the probable low incident reporting rate from affected organizations. The group is careful, calculated, and has demonstrated a desire to maintain access to a victim environment for as long as necessary to understand the network layout, required permissions, and system technologies to achieve its goals. On average, they have observed that APT38 remain within a victim network for approximately 155 days, with the longest time within a compromised environment believed to be almost two years. In just the publicly reported heists alone, APT38 has attempted to steal over $1.1 billion dollars from financial institutions. APT38 Attack Lifecycle FireEye researchers believe that APT38’s financial motivation, unique toolset, tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) observed during their carefully executed operations are distinct enough to be tracked separately from other North Korean cyber activity. The APT38 group overlaps characteristics with other operations, known as ‘Lazarus’ and the actor they call as TEMP.Hermit. On Tuesday, the U.S. government released details on malware it alleges Pyongyang’s computer operatives have used to fraudulently withdraw money from ATMs in various countries. The unmasking of APT38 comes weeks after the Justice Department announced charges against Park Jin Hyok, a North Korean computer programmer, in connection with the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures and the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack. According to Jacqueline O’Leary, a senior threat intelligence analyst at FireEye, Park has likely contributed to both APT38 and TEMP.Hermit operations. However, the North Korean government has denied allegations that it sponsors such hacking. Read Next Reddit posts an update to the FireEye’s report on suspected Iranian influence operation Facebook COO, Sandberg’s Senate testimony Google’s Protect your Election programlast_img read more

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