Tigers close in on Jelavic

first_imgHull City were completing formalities for the record signing of Nikica Jelavic from Everton on Tuesday night – hours after owner Assem Allam threatened to quit the club over his controversial application to change its name. Press Association Despite his evident willingness to boost his club’s Barclays Premier League survival bid, Allam chose Tuesday to once again reiterate his hard-line stance over his bid to change the club’s name to Hull Tigers. Allam warned he will be gone “within 24 hours” if his move does not receive widespread backing, telling Sky Sports News: “No-one on earth is allowed to question my business decisions. “I won’t allow it. I can give you my CV to give you comfort, for what I do in business, what I have achieved, but for someone to come and question me is not allowed. “I’m here to save the club and manage the club for the benefit of the community. It will never, never be the other way round – that the community manage it for me. “But if the community say go away, I promise to go away within 24 hours.” Allam added that the same applied should his move to have the club’s name changed be rejected by the FA. He said: “Still the same thing. It’s a free country. No two ways about it. Have I ever said something and went back on it? No.” Allam has clashed with supporters over the plans and caused controversy in November when he reacted angrily to lobbying from campaign group City Till We Die by retorting: “They can die as soon as they want.” But Hull fans will have been placated by the imminent deal for Jelavic, who was allowed to leave Goodison Park by Toffees boss Roberto Martinez in order to pursue his World Cup ambitions with Croatia. ”He (Jelavic) will sign today – our biggest ever signing,” Allam said. “The club is moving forward. We are paying a lot of money for first-class players.” Jelavic had fallen out of the first-team picture following the summer loan signing of Romelu Lukaku but still proved he has an eye for goal when he scored two goals in the 4-0 FA Cup win over QPR earlier this month. Jelavic made a stunning start to his Everton career after joining for £5.5million from Rangers in January 2012, scoring the winner on his full debut against Tottenham and going on to hit 11 goals in 16 games before the end of the season. But he struggled to maintain his momentum during the following campaign and has found his first-team chances increasingly restricted. Meanwhile, Hull’s move for Long appeared harder to finalise with the Baggies clearly unwilling to let the Republic of Ireland international leave unless it is for the right price. Long had been on the verge of joining the Tigers in September before a last-minute hitch in negotiations kept him at The Hawthorns, and the player reiterated this week that he is in no hurry to leave. Long told the Birmingham Mail: “I have always said I’m happy and settled here and I’ve got family who like living in the area. “I suppose if a club doesn’t want you, what’s the point in staying? “It’s business at the end of the day and we’ve got a lot of options up front. If they do want me to go we’ll deal with that hurdle when it comes, or if it comes. But at the moment I’m a West Brom player and that’s all I’m concentrating on.” The deal for Jelavic is believed to be worth £6.5million with a further £1million due if the Tigers avoid relegation, eclipsing the club’s previous biggest outlay of £5.25million for Tottenham’s Tom Huddlestone last year. And there could be more to follow with the Tigers also pursuing long-term transfer target Shane Long – although Press Association Sport understands West Brom have rejected the latest bid to lure him from The Hawthorns. last_img read more

Leaf embark on tough six-game road swing

first_imgAfter spending most of the first two months of the season at home, the Nelson Leafs embark on a six-game Kootenay International Junior Hockey League road swing that takes the Green and White in the Okanagan and East Kootenay.The early season home games, however, has allowed the Leafs to maintain the early lead in Neil Murdoch standings.Currently Nelson is 12-4-0-1 and holds a three-point margin over second-place Beaver Valley.The Leafs have primarily achieved this mark with a 7-3-0-1 record at home. But a little known stat has Nelson 5-1 on the road.Nelson opens its road swing in Creston Friday against the Thunder Cats. The Leafs defeated the Cats 6-5 in the only meeting this season between the two teams.Saturday, the Leafs travel to Beaver Valley to face the high-flying Hawks in Murdoch Division four-pointer. The teams have split the season series at 1-1. However, both games were played in Nelson.The two games pushes Nelson’s total games to 19 in the first two months of the season.No other KIJHL team will have played that many games.The abundance of games has also hurt the Leaf roster injury-wise as no less than five starters were out of the lineup during Sunday’s loss to Summerland.Next home game is November 12 against Grand Forks.ICE CHIPS: Nelson’s Patrick Martens maintained a two-point lead over Ryan Edwards of Beaver Valley. Martens accumulated four points during the weekend to continue his game streak to 12. The Maritime native has registered multiple points in nine of the 12 games. Teammate Colton Schell and Nik Newman are eighth and ninth, [email protected]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

Calvin Abueva faces fines, ban

first_imgCalvin Abueva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix Pulse forward Calvin Abueva stands to be fined heavily and suspended lengthily by the Office of the PBA Commissioner for several incidents on and off the court in the past few games of the Fuel Masters.Commissioner Willie Marcial has summoned the temperamental veteran for a 1 p.m. meeting on Tuesday to explain his actions ranging from supposed disrespectful acts toward Blackwater rookie Bobby Ray Parks’ girlfriend, Maika Rivera, last week to a blatant hit on TNT import Terrence Jones on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcial and his staff have remained mum on the subject, but an Inquirer source said that Abueva is in hot water for the past few games now.Abueva allegedly called Parks’ girlfriend a “bitch” at ringside during a 103-98 win by the Fuel Masters on May 31 at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsReplays of the league’s game tape also showed Abueva doing lewd acts toward the direction of Rivera. Another tour of duty for Schrock Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Maple Leaf Foods buying poultry plants in Ontario and Quebec from Cericola

first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Maple Leaf Foods Inc. has signed an agreement to buy two poultry plants and associated supply from Cericola Farms, a privately held company.The plants are in Bradford, Ont., and Drummondville, Que., and together process a total of about 32 million kilograms of chicken per year.Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.Cericola specializes in air-chilled processing of antibiotic free and animal by-product free and organic poultry products.Maple Leaf said it has also signed a deal for 100 per cent of the processed chicken from Cericola’s primary plant in Schomberg, Ont., and an option to acquire the plant and associated supply in three years.The deal is expected to close in August, subject to normal closing requirements including Competition Bureau review.Companies in this story: (TSX:MFI)last_img read more

SD 60 facing teacher shortage using AHCOTE strategy to attract teachers

first_imgSD 60 and 59 are currently facing a teacher crunch after the decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that introduced hundreds of new jobs across the province, resulting in the districts competing with other regions of the province in regards to teacher prospects.“How do we enhance growing the strategy of growing teachers locally?” added Sloan. “AHCOTE is a great strategy and is a high yield strategy in that regard because it takes in people who are already familiar with the area that want to teach here. It’s the best way to try to produce more teachers in the immediate future to help deal with the shortages.”Even though the school year is nearly 75 percent complete, the district still has teacher vacancies, Sloan stated he is very confident with the support from everyone involved that more people will be drawn to northeast B.C. to help deal with the shortage. In the meantime, the district is signing off on a lot of letters of permission for people who have the necessary college degrees in the required fields, as a temporarily fill. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 is teaming up with other schools and their representatives in northeastern B.C., in order to come up with better ways of recruiting more teachers to the area.The Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education is comprised of the Northern Lights College along with area School Districts including 59 and 60. Its training program is run out of NLC in association with Simon Fraser University.“The Consortium has always had representatives from Fort Nelson, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John,” said Superintendent Dave Sloan. “In the past few years the cohorts have gotten smaller and there are fewer teacher candidates. Cohorts have gone to 18 months of intake every other year instead of every year as both districts north and south of the river are facing a teacher shortage.”last_img read more

A boost to Sanders

first_imgChicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot’s overwhelming victory was a message by the city’s voters Tuesday that they want an overhaul and makeover of City Hall and that they want to trash the entrenched political machine that has ruled the city for so long. The nation’s third largest city is now the largest American city ever to elect a black woman mayor. Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, never held elective office until now. She won the election by besting Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle who, herself, served many years on the City Council. More than any candidate in recent times, Lightfoot racked up support in every single section of the city. She won in each of the city’s 50 wards. She had the support of Revolution Now, the progressive group founded by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders. She will be sworn in on May 20 and on that day joins a group of seven other black women serving as mayors in large U.S. cities including Atlanta and New Orleans. After Jane Byrne, she becomes the second woman to serve as mayor of Chicago. Lightfoot and Preckwinkle, also an African American, say they are working to heal some of the differences between them and some of the divisions in the progressive community which saw unions and other organisations divided in whom they supported. Preckwinkle was perceived by many voters as having too close a connection to the old political machine and Lightfoot was criticised for not being strong enough in her prosecution of police misconduct. The other historical aspect of the elections is that avowed socialists won four additional seats on the City Council by the time polls closed. Many of the socialist aldermen are women of colour. Three aldermanic hopefuls backed by the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America won seats in the runoffs. In the 20th Ward Jeanette Taylor, with 60 per cent of the vote, grabbed the seat held by indicted Willie Cochran. In the 25th Ward, Byron Sigcho-Lopez, with 54 per cent of the vote, took the seat long held by Danny Solis. Solis was the powerful chair of the city’s Zoning Commission. In the 40th Ward, Andre Vasquez defeated the nine-term incumbent Pat O’Connor with 54 per cent of the vote. A fourth Democratic Socialists of America candidate, Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez, was leading by 64 votes with all precincts reporting. The winner will be determined when all the absentee ballots are counted and a recount is conducted. All of the new socialist aldermen will join Carlos-Ramirez-Rosa, a socialist incumbent in the 35th ward and newcomer Daniel LaSpata, another socialist incumbent. Both of them had won in the first-round elections in February. The results mean that in a 50-seat city council at least 10 per cent are members of the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America. “As democratic socialists, we’re ready to build a Chicago for all of us, not just a wealthy few,” said Lucie Macias, one of two Chicago DSA co-chairs. “Our Chicago for All platform is based on three main planks: housing for all, sanctuary for all, and education for all. We’re excited to build a socialist caucus in city hall to carry out this agenda and fight for Chicago’s working class.” The Chicago victories in the aldermanic races reflect a national trend of victories by DSA candidates. The most well-known, of course, was the victory in New York of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. DSA has already endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. Sanders carried the 1st, 25th, 33rd, 35th, and 40th wards in the 2016 Democratic primary in Chicago.(Courtesy: People’s World Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Two men get 10 years jail for robbing man of Rs 500

first_imgGurugram: The district court in Gurugram has sentenced two men to rigorous imprisonment of 10 years and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 each for allegedly attacking a man with sticks and robbing him of Rs 500 in 2017. The convicts, Anoop Sharma alias Ramphal, 28, and Kuldeep, 22, both residents of IMT Manesar, were held guilty for the offence under sections 379-B, 420, 205 of the IPC.The victim, Rajesh Kumar, a native of Rohtas, Bihar, was returning from duty to his rented room in Sector 3, Manesar around 1:15 am on July 23, 2017, and had reached Bas Village Chowk when two men, armed with sticks, intercepted and beat him up. The accused men took the victim’s voter ID card and snatched Rs 500 from his trouser pocket. Two policemen, who were on patrol, heard the commotion and arrested the accused men. After a rise in incidents of snatching in Haryana, the state government had added two clauses (379 A and 379 B), defining snatching as a non-bailable offence, which will attract rigorous imprisonment for 10 to 14 years and a fine of Rs 25,000. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderEven though there are claims by Gurugram police that incidents of snatchings have reduced, two incidents on an average are reported daily from the city. The incident occurred despite the fact that snatching is a non-bailable offence in Haryana in which conviction can lead to five to 10 years of imprisonment. One of the biggest impediments is the lack of filing the FIR in most of the cases to pursue the case further. There are also problems in identifying the victims who normally target their victims in groups. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsRecently, a person who was accused of stealing the phone from the women was let off by the court due to lack of evidence. What seems to be a worrying factor in these cases is that most of the criminals who start of criminal activities like snatchings are not deterred even when they are held by the police. “Most of the culprits continue to indulge in these activities and progress toward becoming more sinister criminals who then commit burglaries, kidnappings and murder. Snatching is a stepping stone for them to enter into big crime,” said a police official from Gurugram police.last_img read more

The Rams Wont Get As Much From LA As The Lakers And

The source of an NFL team’s fortune looks a lot different than what fills the coffers for MLB, NBA and NHL teams. While 83 percent of the average team’s revenue in those sports comes from sources other than national TV deals — sources largely tied up in local earnings such as gate receipts and regional sports networks (more on those later) — that figure is only 46 percent for the average NFL club. Thus, financially, it matters less where an NFL team is located, because the team is going to get billions anyway from national revenue-sharing arrangements.1The NFL’s total revenue from national TV rights is a sum of deals with five networks: CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and the NFL Network, plus a contract with DirecTV. Disclosure: FiveThirtyEight is owned by ESPN.This flattening of large-market revenue happens in other ways across all pro sports, such as the shared revenue brought in by licensing and merchandise (hats, jerseys, pagan blood contracts with FanKings), which insidery estimates put at approximately $3 billion annually — another $87 million or so per year per team after the league takes its 10 percent cut — and which is shared equally among 31 NFL teams. (The Cowboys are the only team that has an individual licensing and merchandising deal, because of course they are.)Comparing the Rams’ situation to those of teams in the NBA, NHL and MLB, all of which have lucrative regional TV deals that the NFL can’t tap into, reveals how little the Rams gain in television money by moving to Los Angeles. Specifically, we can zoom in to the revenue from Los Angeles teams’ TV contracts to see how much money the Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, Clippers, Kings and Ducks are pulling in from regional contracts: After years of speculation over which NFL team would be the first to surrender to Hollywood’s siren call, the inevitable finally happened: The league’s owners voted this week to allow the Rams to move from St. Louis to Los Angeles. In his attempt to justify the move, Rams owner Stan Kroenke made a lot of claims about the St. Louis area. He believed, or at least said, his team would be “on the road to financial ruin” if it stayed in the Gateway City because of what he alleged were poor economic prospects for the metro area, a declining population and various other local factors. The kabuki was unconvincing.Kroenke’s arguments rang hollow for a number of reasons, but his silly obsession with the drawbacks of the St. Louis area holds a major logical flaw: The Rams play in the only major pro league where local revenue takes a backseat to the revenue generated by shared, national television contracts. Regional sports networks (RSNs) have been all the rage for a while now, and the profits teams haul in by selling their cable rights — or, better yet, starting their own team-operated channels — have fueled the ballooning revenues in other leagues. In LA alone, the Lakers inked an RSN deal worth an average of $200 million a year,2Hence the figure we list above, a 20-year average from their contract with Time Warner Cable. and the Dodgers dropped jaws when it was announced their RSN contract would net $334 million per year in revenue. Even the Clippers, who come in well behind the Lakers, recently turned down a $60 million per year local deal, presumably because they’re holding out for something more lucrative.If you’re keeping score at home, that’s 60 percent more TV dollars than the average NFL team rakes in annually. And since the NFL does its television business on a strictly national basis, the Rams can’t unleash the power of an RSN on the eyeballs of the nation’s second-biggest media market.Kroenke would of course argue that the financial benefit comes from attendance — St. Louis was dead last in the NFL this season, and has floated around the bottom three during this decade. But even then, it’s not as though the Rams were always a draw in LA, as the Los Angeles Times noted in a 1994 game story titled “Attendance Is Not Exactly Peachy,” as just 32,969 fans turned out for a 14-12 snoozer against the Cardinals. (This was the “announced” attendance, which is definitionally lower than the actual attendance. Anaheim Stadium’s football capacity was 69,008.) The Rams were last in the league in attendance in 1994, their last year in Los Angeles.So Kroenke gains little in the way of media money by uprooting the Rams, and the benefits to the gate are far from certain once we look to LA’s not-that-distant history as a football town. What then does he gain by fistfighting St. Louis and burning every bridge on his way out of Missouri? One way to make sense of this is to look away from league revenue or fan interest and shift our attention downward, to Stan Kroenke’s pockets. Holy Cross economics professor Victor Matheson told the International Business Times that economists generally expect the Rams’ valuation to rise by at least $500 million with the move to LA. read more

After being relegated to the sidelines Etienne Sabino is making noise on

Redshirt junior linebacker Etienne Sabino had an interesting road to a starting job for the Ohio State defense. After Sabino lost the job to current senior Andrew Sweat last spring, he and the coaches decided a redshirt might be in the his best interest. The decision was difficult for Sabino to cope with. “I would say it was probably one of the hardest years of my life,” Sabino said. “The toughest part was sitting on the sideline on Saturday and not being able to play.” Injuries to OSU’s defense and special teams units almost forced Sabino to give up his redshirt and play, but the team held out, giving him more time to grow. Despite his yearlong hiatus being difficult, Sabino said it helped him develop as a player. “I think I really got a better grasp of the defense as a whole,” he said. “As far as with me redshirting last year, I really think that helped me in that sense.” With another year in the system, Sabino is projected to be a starter at middle linebacker this season, replacing last year’s leading tackler, Brian Rolle, who recorded 76 tackles. Sabino said learning the defensive schemes has helped him progress as a linebacker. “It actually slows the game down for you when you’re out there and not thinking, and you can just react and know what you have,” he said. “It just helps your game and your overall football knowledge.” As a junior, Sabino is expected to take on a leadership role for the Buckeye defense, and junior defensive back Orhian Johnson said he thinks Sabino has blossomed into someone the defense can rely on. “He’s definitely stepped up into that leadership role,” Johnson said. “He’s been showing his dedication a lot, and I just really feel like he’s ready to let it all go and go out and perform.” Junior defensive lineman John Simon said Sabino’s presence on the defense makes the group better. “He’s a physical player and he gets the whole defense riled up,” Simon said. “We love having him out there when he’s making plays for us.” Spring practice has proven Sabino is ready to contribute to the defense, Simon said. “Right now is probably the best I’ve felt,” Sabino said, “and I feel very comfortable out there.” Johnson said he thinks Sabino has always had the talent but that he has become even better this spring. “We saw bright spots for him in his future,” Johnson said, “but he’s definitely stepped up a lot.” Even with the progress he has made in the system and the talent he has, Sabino said there is room to improve. “I’m really just trying to work on my little techniques and really just trying to get better in that sense,” he said. “I’m just focused on every day — I’m trying to get better every day.” With a young defense and the departure of starting linebackers Rolle and Ross Homan, Sabino said he is working to be a force on this year’s version of the Silver Bullets. “I’m just trying to be a playmaker,” he said, “and just help this team win in any way that I can.” read more

Gerontopoulos welcomes St Spyridon students

first_imgDeputy Foreign Minister of Greece responsible for the Hellenic diaspora, Akis Gerontopoulos, last Sunday met, in the heart of Athens at Syntagma Square, students and teachers of Sydney’s St Spyridon College who are currently visiting Greece on holidays.The students and Minister laid a wreath at the Shrine of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square as agreed earlier in the year during the Greek Minister’s visit at St Spyridon’s College in Sydney in March. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Clough insists Burton got their pride back

first_imgBurton Albion manager Brian Clough has credited his team for restoring their pride after limiting Manchester City to just a goal in their second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final tie.With City already securing a place in next month’s final after their 9-0 victory in the first leg two weeks ago, it was damage limitation for Burton as they looked to avoid the biggest losing margin in League Cup history.But an impressive display limited Pep Guardiola’s men to few chances, while Burton caused the Premier League champions problems in the other direction.“We were close two or three times but I’m very pleased with how we played,” Clough told Sky Sports.“We got our pride back. We did everything we could. Being at home, the pressure was off as the tie was over but we put in a good performance against top players.”“We were brave on the ball, played it when we could and we caused them problems.”Nottingham Forest v Leeds United - Sky Bet ChampionshipRemembering Brian Clough and his most memorable quotes Boro Tanchev – March 10, 2019 “Rome wasn’t built in a day. But I wasn’t on that particular job.”  – a quote from one of the most controversial and self-confident managers in English football, Brian Clough.“I watched the last few Premier League games and we caused them as many problems as Wolves and Huddersfield did.”“The youngsters will learn so much from being on the same pitch as these magnificent players. Their attitude, everything.”“Hopefully we have made a few quid from the run but it’s more about the experience.”last_img read more

Youth Day Message from the Leader of the Opposition

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Sept 2014 – A demand for greater investment in our Youth was a part of the Youth Day message from the Official Opposition Leader of the Turks and Caicos, Hon Sharlene Robinson… She said: I am a firm believer that it is to our country’s detriment if we do not invest more monies and time in our youth. I therefore celebrate those corporate citizens and civic groups whose mandate in helping our future is being fulfilled and evidenced through their donations in so many forms.” High grades for companies stepping up over the past few weeks and years to impact the education system. The People’s Democratic Movement leader explained: No entity can do it alone. We are all stakeholders in the future of the TCI. Whether we positively engage and invest in our youth determines what type of leaders we will have.” Premier attends town hall meetings Related Items:national youth day, sharlene cartwright-robinson TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Attorney calls on UWI to honor TCI leaderslast_img read more

Indian employees to see 108 salary hike in 2015

first_imgAccording to Towers Watson 2014-15 Asia-Pacific Salary Budget Planning Report, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Vietnam are set to lead the way with over 11 per cent overall salary increases while India is placed at the fourth position with an increase of 10.8 per cent. The report added that though salary across the regions are set to rise, a corresponding rise in inflation would mean that pay increases in ‘real terms’ would be eroded significantly in the coming year. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashChina is expected to see the highest salary increase — 5.2 per cent in real terms in the region, followed by Pakistan (4.5 per cent), Bangladesh (4.3 per cent), Vietnam (4.1 per cent) and Sri Lanka (3.8 per cent). India was ranked sixth with a corresponding real increase of 3.5 per cent. ‘We foresee an increased economic growth in Asia Pacific in 2015 in light of a declining unemployment rate and rising GDP in the region,’ Towers Watson Data Services practice leader, Asia Pacific Sambhav Rakyan said. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian tourists‘This, in turn, will lead to inflationary pressures that affect real salary increases. Indians will only see an effective salary increase that is one-third of the overall salary increase due to such pressures,’ Rakyan added.The report further noted that in 8 out of the 10 sectors surveyed, the pay raises for Executive Directors and Senior Management in India are expected to be higher than or equal to 2014 with the professional services sector particularly standing out at 4.5 per cent. In India all employees — from production workers to executive directors — are set to have higher pay raises than last year.last_img read more

Smartphone addiction may create personal social problems

first_imgPeople who use smartphones in excess may experience personal, social and workplace problems warn new research.In the study, participants who identified themselves as “addicts” and “fanatics” exhibited signs that could indicate depression, social isolation, social anxiety, shyness, impulsivity and low self-esteem. “Our smartphones have turned into a tool that provides short, quick, immediate satisfaction, which is very triggering,” said Isaac Vaghefi, Assistant Professor at the Binghamton University-State University of New York. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Our neurones get fired and dopamine is being released, and over time this makes us acquire a desire for quick feedback and immediate satisfaction. This process also has contributed to developing shorter attention spans and being more and more prone to boredom,” Vaghefi said.The umbrella term “technology addiction” refers to addictive behaviour related to social media, excessive texting, information overload, online shopping, gambling, video gaming, online pornography and overall smartphone usage. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAccording to the study, seven per cent were identified as “addicts” and 12 per cent as “fanatics.” Both groups experience personal, social and workplace problems due to a compulsive need to be on their smartphones, according to the study published in the Information Systems Journal.Females were most likely to exhibit susceptibility to addiction.”While self-identified ‘addict’ users were in the minority, I predict technology addiction will increase as technology continues to advance and application, game and gadget developers find new ways to ensure users’ long-term engagement with technology,” Vaghefi said. The researchers said that if you constantly check your smartphone, even when it does not ring or vibrate, or you get paranoid when the smartphone is not with you, seeking professional help might be a good idea. Moreover, if you use technology as a way of escaping problems or relieving feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety or depression, or you ignore what is happening in real time in favour of what is happening virtually, you might then be a right candidate to seek professional help, the researchers said.last_img read more

Massive fire erupts at multistoreyed building near Exide Crossing

first_imgKolkata: A major fire broke out at a multi-storeyed building near Exide crossing on Friday morning. Twelve fire tenders were pressed into action and the flames was doused after almost three hours. None was hurt or trapped in the building.On Friday morning, around 9:30 am, fire broke out at an office of an interior decoration company on the 4th floor of a multi-storied building located on 60, Chowringhee Road, popularly known as Mukherjee Building. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWithin a few minutes thick black smoke covered the entire Exide crossing and Bishop Lefroy Road. Occupants of the building ran out of the apartment in panic and people residing in adjacent buildings also got frightened seeing the thick black smoke and they too rushed out of their homes. Police and fire brigade were immediately informed. Primarily three fire tenders were sent to douse the flames but fire fighters realised that the intensity of the fire is quite high and therefore fire brigade control room was asked to send more fire tenders. Later, in two phases eight more fire tenders were sent at the incident site. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAt the first, fire fighters evacuated all the apartments adjacent to Mukherjee building. While a section of firefighters sprayed water from the ground floor, other firefighters divided into two groups sprayed water from other buildings. The Disaster Management Group (DMG), Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) also joined the fire fighters to bring the flames under control. The situation turned serious when a major vertical crack developed on the building due to the heat. Soon, a huge portion of the building collapsed. According to firefighters, the building was weak and therefore it collapsed but necessary safety precautions were taken in this regard. Fire minister Sujit Bose and Director General of Fire Jag Mohan arrived at the spot to take stock of the situation. After an elaborate discussion with the fire officials, Bose said: “Senior officials have visited the spot. The flames were brought under controlled after two hours. Though a part of the building collapsed, no one is trapped or injured. Some parts of the apartment need to be demolished. KMC will take a decision on that. An inquiry will be conducted to find out whether the building authorities have mandatory fire license and no objection certificates. Stringent action will be taken if negligence is found on anybody’s part. Some residents told me that they were alerted by the fire alarm.” According to CESC, engineers reached the site within 20 minutes and found that the fire erupted on the 4th floor of the multi-storied building. After consulting the fire brigade officials, power supply to the affected building was re-energised within 5 minutes. CESC engineers and workers kept a minute-to-minute watch till the fire was completely doused. Later, after the clearance given by the fire brigade, power supply was restored.last_img read more

The Welsh governments decision to close its indep

first_imgThe Welsh government’s decision to close its independent living grant scheme and pass the funding to local authorities could see cuts to the support packages of hundreds of disabled people, new research suggests.Disabled campaigners say that information released by local authorities in Wales has created “extreme cause for concern” about the transition process, which is seeing funding from the interim Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG) passed to the 22 councils.WILG was set up by the Welsh government – with UK government funding – as a short-term measure to support former recipients of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) when ILF was closed in June 2015.But the Welsh government is now closing WILG and by April next year the 22 councils will be solely responsible for meeting the support needs of all former ILF-recipients in Wales.The Welsh government’s own estimates, released to Disability News Service (DNS) last night (Wednesday), suggest that about 200 former WILG-recipients will see their support packages cut by next April.Members of the Save WILG campaign, led by former ILF-recipient Nathan Lee Davies (pictured), submitted freedom of information requests to all 22 Welsh councils earlier this year, and they say the responses proved they were right to be concerned that the transition process would lead to many former ILF-users seeing their support packages cut.Few of the councils were willing to provide detailed information about how the process of re-assessing the needs of the former ILF-recipients in their areas would affect their support packages.But some of the local authorities admitted that a significant proportion of those currently receiving support through the WILG have already had their support packages cut.In Wrexham, Davies’ home local authority, the council said it had re-assessed less than a third of former ILF-users but had already cut the support of 18 of them, increasing support for just seven, and leaving one package unchanged.Monmouthshire council had cut four of 19 packages, Conwy had reduced two of 12 – although the vast majority had still to be assessed – while Caerphilly had reduced four of 29, Merthyr Tydfil had reduced 15 per cent, and both Carmarthenshire and Rhondda councils had cut 10 per cent of support packages.About a third of the councils – including Pembrokeshire, Gwynedd, Anglesey, Cardiff and Blaenau Gwent – failed to say how many support packages had been cut.But some local authorities did produce more encouraging answers, with Powys council saying the reassessment process had seen it increase the support packages of 59 of 62 former ILF-users.Although Port Talbot council had reviewed less than a third of service-users, half had had their packages increased, and the other half had seen them stay at the same level, while Bridgend decided that all but one former ILF-recipient would continue to receive the same support package.There were also repeated warnings from the local authorities that they could not promise that support packages would not be cut in the future, with Cardiff council warning that “no guarantees as to the future are possible with any funding arrangement”.Asked if it could guarantee that WILF recipients would have their care packages ring-fenced from all future austerity cuts forced onto local authorities, both Merthyr Tydfil and Port Talbot replied with just one word: “No.”Huw Irranca-Davies, the Welsh government’s minister for social care, has previously pledged that no former ILF-users would lose out in the transition process.But a Welsh government spokesman said that its most recent monitoring of the transition had found about 100 of 580 WILG-recipients were having their support “provided in a different manner than previously”*, while 130 were receiving more support.As about 1,300 people are due to go through the transition, this suggests that about 200 former WILG-users will eventually see their packages cut.He insisted that the government was committed to ensuring that all disabled people are “fully supported to live independently in their communities”.And he said that Irranca-Davies had visited both Powys and Wrexham councils this week to “see at first hand the work they have been undertaking” and “will be speaking to other authorities about this over the next few weeks”.The government spokesman said: “He will also be asking authorities to undertake a deep dive of a sample of cases where there have been significant changes in the type of support people are receiving, to establish the reasons for this and ensure they are receiving the appropriate support they require to live independently.“This is in addition to the ongoing monitoring of the programme, and an additional independent evaluation which has been commissioned by the minister.”The spokesman claimed that the “feedback from disabled people” on the transition programme had been “positive”.He said: “Together with our partners in local government and the third sector, we will continue to closely monitor the process and the individual outcomes of the transition from the ILF to the person-centred and co-produced approach to independent living in Wales.”But Miranda Evans, policy and programmes manager for Disability Wales, said her organisation was “extremely concerned that disabled people with high support requirements are having their hours of care reduced when transferring over to direct payments”. She said: “In a number of cases people are losing their ‘socialising’ hours, which is of great concern. “This vital support enables people to play a part in their community, volunteer with a local group and get involved in political life. “Without this necessary support disabled people will become isolated, disengaged and unable to leave their home.”Disability Wales has called for an “urgent review” of the Welsh government’s policy and investigations into the differences between how local authorities are applying it, which she said showed “the further development of a postcode lottery”.She added: “We remain concerned that funding will be absorbed by social services budgets and not be directed to those who need it: disabled people with high support requirements.”Davies said the Welsh government’s comments showed that “they simply refuse to see the evidence that is staring them in the face”.He said: “Yet again the Welsh government seems to think of former ILF recipients as a privileged bunch.“This is not the case at all, as we are disabled people with high care and support needs who were guaranteed a lifetime of adequate support under the old ILF system.“They do not deserve to be made to feel like a hindrance by the Welsh government.”He said the conclusions that can be drawn from the freedom of information responses were “very worrying indeed” and show “a shocking lack of consistency between local authorities, the development of a ‘postcode lottery’, the lack of an adequate complaints procedure for former ILF recipients and an alarming lack of security, or guarantees, for the future”. Davies is determined to persuade the Welsh government to keep the current system, which allows former ILF-recipients some security by receiving funding from three different “pots”: WILG, local authorities and their own personal contributions.He said: “The responses reflect why we started the campaign three years ago and give weight to our belief that the tripartite system of care needs to be maintained.“Disabled people with high care and support needs simply cannot rely on cash-strapped local authorities to provide the levels of care that they need. “One of my biggest concerns is that even the local authorities who have increased a majority of care packages cannot guarantee that these packages will remain at the same levels in future years.“It is a concern that these generous increases may only be put in place for a year, while the local authorities sharpen their axes for further cuts once the campaign is over.” He added: “The Welsh government now need to listen to the voices that have supported our campaign – assembly members, MPs, Disability Labour, Jeremy Corbyn, shadow chancellor John McDonnell, celebrities such as Ken Loach and most importantly their own members who passed a motion calling on them to #SaveWILG at the Welsh Labour conference in April 2018.” *The Welsh government press office was unable to confirm by 1pm today that this means that their support hours have been reduced A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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