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Teen shot by Edmonton police mourned by family friends

first_imgAPTN National NewsFriends and family of shooting victim Cyrus Green are mourning their loss on the Cold Lake First Nation, Alta., today.The 17 year-old was fatally shot by Edmonton police over the weekend.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

Quebec chief says independent investigation bureau will not address policing crisis in

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsCan police forces be trusted to properly investigate other police?Many of Quebec’s First Nations say no.The province agrees and is working on a solution.But will it be enough to get to the bottom of what many see as a deep rooted problem?tfennario@aptn.caFollow @tfennariolast_img

Belgian rights defender Pakistani philanthropist win UN prize for nonviolence

20 October 2009A Belgian human rights defender and a Pakistani philanthropist were today awarded a prestigious United Nations prize that draws its inspiration from the life of Mahatma Gandhi for their work in promoting tolerance and non-violence. François Houtart of Belgium and Abdul Sattar Edhi of Pakistan were awarded the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-Madanjeet Singh Prize on the unanimous recommendation of an international jury to UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. They will share the $100,000 prizemoney and receive the award on 16 November, the International Day for Tolerance.Dedicated to advancing tolerance in the arts, education, culture, science and communications, the prize was created in 1995 on the 125th anniversary of the birth of the great Indian apostle of non-violence thanks to the generosity of Indian writer and diplomat Madanjeet Singh, who is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. It is awarded every two years to individuals or institutions for outstanding contributions towards its goals. Previous laureates include Myanmar Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen.Mr. Houtart, an ardent promoter of North-South cooperation and founder of the Tri-Continental Centre (CETRI), a non-governmental organization (NGO) renowned for its work on development issues, was honoured for his life-long devotion to world peace, intercultural dialogue, human rights and promotion of tolerance. A life-long human rights defender, he has contributed significantly to advancing inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue. Mr. Edhi, one of the most active philanthropists in Pakistan through his Edhi Foundation, a non-profit social welfare programme with over 300 centres, received the accolade for life-long efforts to improve the conditions of the most disadvantaged groups in Pakistan and South Asia, and promote human dignity, human rights, mutual respect and tolerance.His foundation provides the needy with medical aid, family planning, emergency assistance and education, and sets up maternity homes, mental asylums, homes for the physically handicapped, blood banks and orphanages, among other services. Mr. Matsuura also decided to award two honorary mentions: to the Saint Petersburg Government Programme on Tolerance in Russia for its efforts to inculcate mutual respect and tolerance in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society, and eradicate all forms of discrimination; and to the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, United Kingdom, for commemorating millions of enslaved Africans and fighting against legacies of slavery such as racism, discrimination, inequalities, injustice and exploitation. read more

PODCAST Biking from India to Sweden for love – a tale of

AUDIO: The Lid is On – Dianne Penn talks with Pradyumna, Charlotte and Per at UN Headquarters in New York, on a wide-ranging conversation about love, life and happiness.The UN has celebrated the International Day since 2013 as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people everywhere.At the book signing, PK wore a pin promoting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which seek to end poverty, reduce inequality and protect the planet.The UN believes these are three key aspects that contribute to well-being and happiness. “We love to share our love, but the story has its own life and energy,” PK told UN News, adding that the UN is the ideal platform as it brings the world’s people together. Pradyumna Kumar Mahanandia, known as ‘PK,’ made this incredible journey some 40 years ago. Born to a poor family in a village in eastern India, PK met Charlotte von Schedvin, a Swedish girl who had heard of him and had come to India to get her portrait drawn.They fell in love and were married, but in 1975, Charlotte had to return to school in Sweden. PK wanted to finish his studies as well, and could not accompany her. For some time after, he tried to figure out a way to get to her until finally, in 1978, he decided to sell all his belongings and set out on an impossible overland journey. He biked for four months, through Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, (former) Yugoslavia, Germany, Austria and Denmark to be reunited with the love of his life in Sweden. He and Charlotte, known as ‘Lotte,’ have been together ever since.Their story is told in the book The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love by Swedish journalist and travel writer, Per J. Andersson. All three sat down with UN News and United Nations Headquarters in New York, to record a truly heart-warming episode of our podcast series The Lid is On.UN staff and visitors got to meet PK, Lotte and Per during a book signing held at UN Headquarters to mark the International Day of Happiness, observed annually on 20 March. read more

Ohio State athletics selfreports 22 minor NCAA violations in first half of

FootballImpermissible Phone Call Reported April 4An assistant football coach accidentally “pocket dialed” a prospect on Feb. 4 before they were eligible to be contacted. OSU sent an educational letter to the football coaching staff regarding phone rules in relation to contacting recruits. The letter specifically acted to remind the staff to make sure they lock their phones to avoid pocket dials in the future. OSU also had the coaches wait until May 1 to make their single allowed phone call to the recruit.Impermissible Publicity Reported April 7A picture of an assistant coach with a recruit was accidentally posted to Twitter by the coach. OSU sent the entire coaching staff a letter of education about recruiting and social media focused on Twitter. Warinner and director of player personnel Mark Pantoni were each sent a letter of reprimand by the university because they did not immediately report the violation. Further response from the NCAA is pending.Impermissible Publicity Reported April 9Warinner unintentionally posted what was intended to be a private message to a prospect on his Twitter feed. As a result, OSU had Warinner participate in a social media training session with the school’s information and technology office.Impermissible Publicity Reported April 22Meyer accidentally posted a message visible to the public on the Twitter account of a recruit’s mother. The Compliance Office went over the recruiting rules specifically related to Twitter messages with the coaching staff on top of sending them a letter of education. Any further response from the NCAA is pending. Women’s RowingMultiple Violations Reported June 12The women’s rowing team reported two separate violations June 12, one involving two recruits taking official visits and the other involving impermissible contact by a graduate assistant coach.One of the recruits was not put on the official visit request list before she arrived for the visit, while the other’s visit lasted longer than the 48 hours allowed by the NCAA for an official visit. The rowing staff was sent a letter of education by OSU and the Compliance Office provided the staff with a reminder of which hotels are technically on campus, and which are off campus.The other violation was reported after a graduate assistant coach with the program sent a direct Facebook message to a prospect. The university decided to disallow the coaching staff from contacting that prospect until Sept 15, which comes two weeks after they would typically be allowed to contact the athlete. Women’s GolfPrivate Lessons to Male ProspectOSU women’s golf coach Therese Hession gave a private lesson to a men’s golf recruit. Women’s golf coaches at OSU will now have to fill out “private lesson request forms” and be approved for the lesson by the Compliance Office before giving the lesson. OSU football coach Urban Meyer addresses the media at the 2014 Big Ten Media Days July 28 in Chicago. Meyer was involved with one of 22 self-reported NCAA violations by OSU in the first half of 2014.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer and co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner were each involved with at least one self-reported NCAA violation in the first half of 2014.In all, OSU athletics self-reported 22 different NCAA violations, including six within the football program, from January through June.One of the violations related to the recruiting of then-recruit Trevor Thompson, who has since joined the men’s basketball program at OSU.Outside of football, the only OSU programs to self-report multiple violations this year through June are the men’s gymnastics program and women’s rowing. The men’s basketball program self reported one violation during the same time period.In total, the violations spanned across 15 sports plus one violation committed by the institution, with football having the most violations. Men’s gymnastics and women’s rowing had two violations each. 14 of the violations related to prospective student athletes.This information is the result of an open records request submitted by The Lantern July 8 which was released Monday morning by the OSU public records office.Violations were self reported by the university every month from January through June except for March, with the most reports coming in June when there were eight.Of the 22 violations, the NCAA deemed 10 of them needed no additional action after the University’s response. Eight of the violations are pending response from the NCAA and three from the Big Ten. Only one of the 22 violations has led to direct NCAA sanctions.That violation stemmed from a football recruit’s visit to the university from Dec. 13 to 15, 2013. The prospect and his parents, who are separated, were each reserved their own hotel room during the visit. The OSU football staff was unaware of the fact that the player’s mother chose not to attend the visit, and so the prospect’s brother checked into the room instead. The NCAA ruled the recruit ineligible until he repays the cost of the room, if that cost is less than or equal to $100. If the cost of the room was greater, the recruit will be ineligible until he is reinstated by the NCAA.Responses from the university included letters of education sent to coaching staffs, staff meetings with the assistant athletics director for compliance, a position currently held by Doug Archie, letters of reprimand and other assorted sanctions.A March 5 report by The Lantern details all self-reported violations from the beginning of the year through February, which totaled nine self-reports, including two by the football team. The last violation report in that article was dated Feb. 20. Since then, the university’s self-reported violations have spanned from April 4 to June 25. Men’s BasketballImpermissible Text Attachment Reported May 30A text-message attachment which was intended for recruiting purposes was sent to prospects Thompson and Esa Ahmad. The coaching staff was prohibited from sending electronic messages to either prospect for two weeks on top of receiving a letter of education. Thompson has since joined the basketball program while Ahmad is entering his senior year at Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. RifleryNumber of ContestsThe OSU riflery team initially scheduled 14 competitions during the 2013-14 season, while only 13 are allowed. The school had to cancel one previously scheduled match in order to fall back within the scheduling limits. read more

AfriSam cement meets challenges at Tharisa mine

first_imgAfriSam, a leading supplier of advanced composite cement, secured a contract in November 2011 to supply up to 22,000 m³ of readymix by road to Tharisa mine’s ZAR1 billlion chromite and platinum expansion project near Marikana in North West Province, South Africa. Work on the Tharisa expansion project started in May 2011 and the new facility will process an estimated 3.6 Mt/y of ROM ore with plant commissioning on schedule for August 2012. The Tharisa mine has the largest known single chrome resource deposit in the world.During the project peak in recent months an estimated 220 m³ of readymix was poured each day, with Cem2A-M (V42) High Strength Cement used in the readymix, which has a 35 MPa specification required for the primary crusher and 45 m diameter circular thickener, and 30 MPa for other structures. “Our challenge was to ensure a smooth supply of readymix during three big pours: 725 m³ for the SAG mill one base, followed by two pours of 687 m³ and 715 m³ for the SAG mill two bases.”The company said that the extent of the large pours as well as the need to ensure smooth supply to the project site and to AfriSam’s other customers motivated a strategic decision to supplement the existing fleet of AfriSam readymix trucks in the Rustenburg area with additional vehicles from Johannesburg. “We had two concrete pumps on site with a third concrete pump on standby for the big pours, and thereafter a concrete pump was on site from 0700 to 1800 daily for 37 consecutive days. In addition to this, AfriSam had concrete pumps on site on 42 other occasions,” AfriSam states.Civcontract Civils (Pty) Ltd is the civils contractor on the project. Among the elements that Civcon constructed using readymix supplied by AfriSam are the foundations and 21 m-high wall for the high primary crusher; a 47 m diameter by 11.3 m high circular thickener chamber, three flotation lines ranging in height from 6 m to 18 m; foundations and bases for two SAG mills as well as a bore mill – the biggest readymix pours on the project with 85 t of reinforced steel; two stockpile tunnels each 72 m long by 8 m high from the bottom of the foundation to the top of exterior walls; and a 16 m high concrete trestle to support the stockpile conveyor. Further deliveries of readymix were required for the construction of concrete bases and columns for the secondary and tertiary crushers; the foundations, columns and floor slabs for the primary and secondary spiral; the construction of a process water area comprising circular tanks ranging from 3 m to 30 m in diameter; bases and columns for steelwork for the 20 m by 20 m mill screening building, and bases and columns for structural steel work for the PGM plant. All these structures required 150 mm concrete surface beds with bund walls and sumps. A total of 2,100 t of reinforced steel was used on the project.The scope of work was increased over the duration of the project with concrete required for the construction of a 15 m diameter thickener, the secondary and tertiary crushers, the platform of the Eskom incoming 88 kVA feed substation, outgoing 11 kVA feed, and six mini sub stations throughout the plant yard, chrome dewatering pads comprising a 80 by 60 m surface of 150 mm reinforced with 30 MPa concrete.last_img read more

The Big Idea Ireland was the land of 1000 welcomes but only

first_imgIT’S SEVENTEEN YEARS since Cathal O’Connell set up Paddywagon tours in a bid to change the face of Irish tourism.The industry, and bus tours in particular, were in a moribund state, he says, when the first bright green bus came on the scene.“When I started 20 years ago, a lot of the (tourist) sites in Ireland were run down and not minded.”He started with a vision of changing the facing of tourism in Ireland, and “refreshing” it.“The big idea was to change the face of bus operation in Ireland from being the local fella in the village with a bus to being a branded system of tourism in Ireland, where young people could come.”However, the garish colours and unorthodox tours weren’t given a warm welcome by the powers that be.“The tourist board didn’t want to know us. No bus drivers from any other companies would talk to us. We were seen as upstarts, problematic – but a new broom sweeps clean and this was a very dusty mat we were going along.”He now rates the Irish tourist experience as world-class, and is happy to be in the market.“We’re a serious operation now in Ireland. We’ve top class hotels, great tourism facilities, and professionalism has come on so much.”Standing outO’Connell’s company reflects his personality – brash, aggressive, unapologetic. His formula has proved effective, with the company growing consistently since being founded.It’s a simple enough model in a lot of ways – as he describes it himself, it’s “stay in a decent hostel or a decent B&B, have a decent meal for a tenner, and go out and have a lash of pints and enjoy yourself.” Source: Paddywagon Tours FacebookBut within that simple model, the message and experience is consistent. Simple it may be, but not easy going, especially in the context of the industry it was born into.“We took it (tourism) by the scruff of the neck. We painted a bus green and stuck a leprechaun on the side of it. We played up the Irish charm-roguery.”He trains all his drivers himself, encouraging them to sing songs and tell stories, to give Paddywagon tours a unique feel. Source: PaddywagonTV/YouTube“It’s not about 1689 and King Billy and King James had a barney – it’s more than that, it’s a bit of the Fields of Athenry going around the country and having a bit of craic.”O’Connell is keen to put pay to the idea that his tours are booze-fuelled jaunts around the country.“We don’t allow drinking on our bus. Absolutely not. This is not a yeeha around Ireland. The last thing we get involved in is stag parties and hen parties and anything like that.”“I bring a lot of religious groups, that you never think would come with us.”As a businessman, O’Connell has shown an agility that has allowed him to adapt the Paddywagon brand on the fly. His CV – from commerce graduate to chef to safari guide – shows that he’s not dogmatic about what a career, or a company, should look like.Concerned that his company was getting overly associated with backpackers, he arranged tours that booked accommodation in hotels and B&Bs, not just the traditional hostel market.The next stepsNot content with becoming one of the dominant players in the coach tourism sector in Ireland, O’Connell is already planning a move into retail.The company has already established its first shop on O’Connell Street in Dublin, and  has established operators firmly in its sights. Source: Paddywagon Facebook“In Ireland our intention is to go into retail. We want to build a big retail brand in the Carroll’s mould, but more colourful and with more razmatazz.”An expansion into the UK is also on the cards, with a London tour and route already in the advanced stages of planning. More work on the concept is slated for this winter.He dismisses talk of taking an investor on board, with the company largely financing expansion out of existing revenues.“Finance companies give 90% on buses and you pay them back over four or five years. You don’t need an equity investor for that.”He’s weathered the recession remarkably well, a fact that he unsurprisingly puts down to the Paddywagon brand.“We grew every year. When you’ve a good product, it doesn’t affect you.”Read: What I learned: making a business work in the Wild West (of Ireland)>Read: The Big Idea: High end training that pays for itself>last_img read more

Ping débarque sur liPad

first_imgPing débarque sur l’iPadLe tour de l’iPad est arrivé. Après avoir installé Ping sur plusieurs de ses terminaux, Apple vient d’activer le réseau social axé sur la musique sur sa tablette tactile.Apple a harmonisé Ping sur l’ensemble de ses produits. Dernier en date, l’iPad. Une icône du réseau social est apparu récemment. Celui-ci possède les mêmes caractéristiques sur tous ses terminaux. Pour pouvoir l’utiliser, il faut d’abord activer l’accès sur son compte iTunes.Les onglets “Activités”, “Entourage” et “Mon profil” permettent de suivre les nouveautés des artistes, commenter et partager des informations les concernant avec d’autres utilisateurs de Ping. Néanmoins, pour modifier le profil, il est nécessaire de se connecter à un ordinateur pour le faire directement sur iTunes.Le 15 novembre 2010 à 11:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Cooling off at the Clark County Fair

first_imgThe heat was on Tuesday at the Clark County Fair, with temperatures in the low 90s. In addition to plenty of Clark Public Utilities’ free ice water, there were other ways to cool humans and animals.Some fairgoers played in misting stations. The pool was one place for canine visitors to cool off during the Dock Dogs event.More hot weather is forecast through Thursday, with an excess-heat warning in effect for the entire metro area.last_img

Dr Oz The Good Life Cuts Frequency Guts Staff

first_imgHearst Magazines is pulling back on wellness title Dr. Oz The Good Life, reducing its print frequency from 10 issues per year to four and laying off several staffers, multiple sources close to the situation tell Folio:. “Dr. Oz THE GOOD LIFE has been among the top ten best-selling brands on the newsstand since it launched in 2014. We’re always looking at new business models for our products, so we’re leaning into the magazine’s strong consumer franchise and pivoting to a quarterly frequency of high-quality bookazines. Dr. Oz THE GOOD LIFE content will also run in a variety of brands across our portfolio.” In response to an inquiry, a Hearst Magazines spokesperson provided the following statement: The news comes as a bit of a surprise, given Hearst’s own recent claims that ad sales for the three-year-old magazine rose 17 percent year-over-year in 2016, coupled with a 16 percent hike to the book’s rate base — to 925,000 — to start this year. That’s up from the 450,000 rate base at which Dr. Oz The Good Life debuted in 2014.center_img The spokesperson did not confirm just how many staffers are being let go as a result of said pivot, nor whether editor-in-chief Jill Herzig or VP and publisher Kristine Welker are among them. This is a developing story.last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR If You Want Change Vote Fasulo Sullivan For Selectmen

first_imgDear Editor,The upcoming selectman’s election on Saturday April 27th may be the most critical election in the history of our town. With 3 seats on the line the outcome of this election will determine the future direction of Wilmington. The choice is simple. If you like the direction the town is heading then vote for the incumbents. That will perpetuate the status quo. If you are dissatisfied with the direction the town has taken, meaningful change must begin with a change in leadership.After considering the track records and qualifications of all of the contenders, I enthusiastically support the candidacies of Suzanne Sullivan and Rob Fasulo. While both of these people are quite different in some respects. However, their track records demonstrate courage and integrity. They are involved in local government and can be seen at the various town board meetings year round. Both Suzanne and Rob have walked-the-walk as citizen activists and fierce defenders of the wellbeing of the residents of Wilmington. These 2 candidates see the critical importance of our town needing to adopt a policy of responsible growth.Suzanne Sullivan has a wealth of experience and a record of solid leadership in the town of Wilmington. She was a member of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen and knows the workings of government inside and out. Her efforts to help the residents of Wilmington include volunteering to serve on multiple town committees, citizen neighborhood groups, charitable causes and as a youth soccer coach. Last but not least, Suzan is an environmentalist and passionate protector of Mother Nature. She put the spotlight on the Olin Chemical spill. While many in Wilmington believe that crisis is over and done, Suzanne knows the problem is worsening every day. She does her level-best to keep this catastrophe on the front-burner and on the minds of residents, elected and appointed officials.Rob Fasulo is a family man and lifelong resident of Wilmington. As such he deeply cares for his home town and its future. Like Suzanne, Rob is an environmental advocate. As a beekeeper he is well aware of the delicate balance of nature and the fragility of the environment. He is a fiscal conservative. In my opinion this is a great attribute. Rob will provide a much needed balance to the board with his conservative views. Doubtless this will provoke many spirited discussions on taxation and spending ensuring a well thought-out decision making process.In closing I respectfully ask you to consider casting your votes for Rob Fasulo and Suzanne Sullivan on Saturday April 27th.Sincerely,Gerry BrunoLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: It’s Time For A Change In Wilmington Government — Vote For Fasulo & SullivanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Resident, Concerned Over Taxes & Town Debt, Is Voting For Fasulo & SullivanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fasulo Will Give Residents A Voice On The Board Of SelectmenIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

OBITUARY Leo P Theriault 99 Eleanor T Theriault 89

first_imgWOBURN, MA — Leo P. and Eleanor T. (Trainor) Theriault, of Florida, formerly of Wilmington and Woburn.Eleanor was a loving mother and wife and Leo, a retired conductor with the B&M Railroad. Eleanor died on December 24, 2012 at the age of 89 and Leo died on October 20, 2018 at the age of 99. Both passed away in Palm Harbor, FL where they had enjoyed their retirement years, after raising their family in Wilmington for most of their lives.They are survived and will be deeply missed by their children, Paul, Bob and Jane Theriault, and their grandchildren, Ashley, Scott, Virigina and West.At the family’s request, there are no calling hours.Relatives and friends were invited to their graveside prayer service of Saturday, April 27th at 11 a.m. at the Calvary Cemetery 686 Washington St, Winchester, MA 01890.Leo P. Theriault & Eleanor T. Theriault(NOTE: The above obituary is from Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of April 21, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of April 14, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Deborah J. (Theriault) Barnaby, 62In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Anchorage DA to decide whether to charges House spokesman

first_imgThe Anchorage district attorney will soon decide whether to file assault charges against the spokesman for the majority caucus of the Alaska House of Representatives.Download AudioKTUU reports Will Vandergriff was arrested for felony assault after police say he was involved in an altercation with a woman at an Anchorage apartment late in the evening on June 12.District Attorney Clint Campion tells The Associated Press that he needs more information on the case, but expects to decide on charges within a week or so. An arraignment was scheduled July 22.The 37-year-old Vandergriff was released on bail June 13. Attempts by the AP to reach him and House Speaker Mike Chenault on Tuesday weren’t immediately successful.But Chenault told KTUU that he placed Vandergriff on administrative leave and will let the court process play out.last_img read more

Indian companies likely to give 106 salary hike in 2016 says Towers

first_imgDomestic companies are expected to hand out an average salary hike of 10.8% to their employees in 2016 even as they become less optimistic over growth prospects, according to a consulting firm.However, a spike in inflation will eat into a significant part of the salary hike, said the firm.”India is expected to see an overall projected salary increase of 10.8%. Factoring inflation at 6.1%, the net salary increase in 2016 is expected to be marginally higher at 4.7% as against 4.5% last year, when inflation was at 5.9%,” said Nasdaq-listed professional services firm Towers Watson.The expected salary hike would come about despite a bearish mood among nearly 58% of the Indian companies about their business growth, Towers Watson said in its report titled “2015-16 Asia-Pacific Salary Budget Planning Report.””Employers may be bearish in thinking there is a weak business outlook given the current poor market data, but the case is the opposite for employees, who hold bullish expectations for salary rises. Employers will need to carefully manage employees’ longer term expectations, if they are to achieve a content workforce,” Business Standard quoted Sambhav Rakyan, Data Services practice leader Asia Pacific at Towers Watson, as saying.The “top performers” are likely to see an average hike of 12.5%, while “above average” and “average” performers could receive 11% and 9.7%, respectively.Employees in the energy sector are expected to get the highest salary hike in 2016 at 11.5%. Pay hike in high tech and financial services sectors is likely to 10.7% and 10.4%, respectively.last_img read more

Eoin Morgan confirms participation of David Willey and Liam Plunkett in 2019

first_imgMorgan has backed two bowlers already in the 15-men squadReutersThe biggest question doing the rounds of English cricket circles at the moment is: which seamer from the provisional 15-men squad for the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup would be dropped to make space for Jofra Archer?The 22-year old fast bowler has been attracting attention due to his exploits in T20 leagues around the world and was selected for the ongoing series against Pakistan. With the last date for making changes to the original squad being May 23, the decision of the selectors to bring Archer into the team was seen as an act of giving the young fast bowler an audition for the mega event.His performance in the first ODI of the 5-match series left everyone convinced that the bowler belongs to the big stage and should be brought into the side as quickly as possible. The likes of Michael Vaughan have been arguing in support of this view for a long time and now, it has been endorsed by even Andrew Flintoff.Archer’s performanceWhile the first game of the series was washed out due to rain, there was enough time for Archer to make a big impact by bowling a highly impressive spell of pace bowling. This set the cat among the pigeons as the inclusion of the right-arm bowler in the World Cup-bound team will require dropping one of the bowlers already in it. Who will that bowler be?The five seamers in the squad at the moment are: David Willey, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood. For some time, Willey was being seen as the weakest link in the attack and most likely to fall prey to Archer’s rise. Willey seems to have secured his place with a brilliant performance vs PakistanGetty ImagesBut on May 11, the left-armer proved his worth by being England’ best bowler on show in second ODI of the series. Not only did he manage to keep his economy rate below 6/over in a game where both teams scored more than 350, but also bowled crucial overs towards the end of the innings when the visitors seemed close to victory.Morgan speaks outSo, who gets dropped now? Certainly not Willey. Well, Eoin Morgan, the skipper has a big say in the matter and after the second match against Pakistan, mentioned Willey along with Plunkett as two bowlers who have ‘delivered’ for the team in crucial situations.”For the last four years, David Willey and Liam Plunkett in particular have reacted really well to being put under pressure. You ask them to do more and they respond really well. They probably don’t get the praise that they should or that other guys get. But the more responsibility we’ve given them, they’ve reacted really well,” the England skipper stated.The fact that Morgan chose to name these two bowlers out of the five in the provisional squad can be seen as a vote of confidence by him for the pair. It would be extremely hard for the selectors to ignore the skipper’s words and drop either of them. Essentially, Morgan has given a very strong hint to the selectors that he wants both Willey and Plunkett in the World Cup and feels confident in their ability.This leaves Curran, Woakes and Wood in the danger zone. The next three matches are extremely crucial. All three along with Archer will go all out to prove themselves. As Rob Key said while commentating, one wouldn’t like to be in England selectors’ shoes at the moment.last_img read more

Surveillance on social media likely to be increased Secretary

first_imgAbdul Malek.The government may intensify its surveillance on social media in the next three months, said information secretary Abdul Malek.He was speaking in a view-exchange meeting in Patuakhali’s Kuakata on Friday.The secretary said, “We’re now monitoring social networking sites very closely as a group of people spread rumours, objectionable photographs and others intentionally.””Our surveillance on social networks may be intensified further in the next three months, he added.The secretary also said that those who spread rumours on social media will be suppressed with an iron hand.last_img

Suicide bomber kills 13 at wrestling match in Afghanistan

first_imgMap of Afghanistan, locating Lashkar Gah, where an explosion has caused multiple casualties, officials said. Photo: AFPA car packed with explosives blew up outside a sports stadium in Afghanistan’s restive south on Friday, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens more, officials said, capping a bloody week in the war-torn country.The suicide attack happened in Lashkar Gah, the capital of opium poppy-rich Helmand province, as spectators were leaving a wrestling match at the stadium, provincial governor spokesman Omar Zwak told AFP.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which Zwak said killed at least 13 people and wounded 45 others, including children.Helmand police spokesman Salam Afghan had earlier given a lower toll of 10 dead and 35 wounded.Afghan officials often give conflicting figures in the wake of attacks.”The suicide bomber detonated his car bomb as spectators were leaving the stadium,” Zwak said.”The bomber wanted to go inside the stadium but he was identified by the police and he detonated himself.”Local officials were at the match, which witnesses said had been held as part of celebrations for Nawrooz, the Persian new year holiday that some fundamentalist Muslims consider un-Islamic.Agha Mohammad, a 25-year-old shopkeeper from Lashkar Gah, was among the spectators leaving the stadium when the blast happened.”Four of my family members were martyred and three others were wounded,” a sobbing Mohammad told AFP at the hospital run by the Italian NGO Emergency.Photos posted on Twitter purportedly of the explosion showed a huge fire and a thick plume of black smoke rising into the sky.”We heard a loud explosion from our surgical centre in the city, Emergency tweeted.”35 wounded already taken to our hospital, another 4 were dead on arrival.”- Bloody few days -President Ashraf Ghani, whose government has been lambasted for its inability to protect ordinary Afghans, condemned the attack against “innocent people”, according to a statement.Helmand is largely controlled by the Taliban, which is under growing pressure to take up Ghani’s offer of peace talks to end the 16-year war.So far the Taliban, Afghanistan’s largest militant group, has given only a muted response.The attack caps a bloody few days in Afghanistan as Taliban and Islamic State militants ramp up attacks even before the official start of the spring fighting season.In Kabul on Wednesday a suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of people celebrating Nawrooz, killing dozens of people, many of them teenagers.IS’s local franchise in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the assault in the heavily Shiite neighbourhood — the fifth suicide bombing in the Afghan capital in recent weeks — via the messaging app Telegram.The blast killed 33 and wounded 65, the health ministry said, up from an earlier toll given by the interior ministry of 26 dead and 18 hurt.All the injured were civilians, said interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.Despite calls for the Taliban to sit down with the Afghan government, the group — which has been resurgent since the withdrawal of US-led NATO combat troops at the end of 2014 — appears to have few reasons to negotiate.In October, insurgents controlled or influenced nearly half of Afghanistan’s districts — double the percentage in 2015, the US government’s office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in January.Over the same period, the watchdog said, the number of districts under Afghan government control or influence fell to its lowest level since December 2015.last_img read more

Australia rejects UN migration pact

first_imgPrime minister of Australia Scott Morrison speaks during the APEC CEO Summit 2018 at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on 17 November 2018. Reuters File PhotoAustralia will not sign up to a United Nations migration agreement because it would compromise its hardline immigration policy and endanger national security, prime minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday.Australia joins the United States, Israel and several Eastern European countries in rejecting the UN Global Compact for Migration, which asks signatories not to detain would-be migrants arbitrarily and to use detention only as a last resort.Morrison said that would jeopardise national security.”The global compact on migration would compromise Australia’s interest,” Morrison told 2GB Radio. “It doesn’t distinguish between those who illegally enter Australia and those who come the right way.”Under Canberra’s tough immigration policy, which has bipartisan support, asylum seekers arriving by boat are told they will never be allowed to settle in Australia.They are then detained in two detention centres on remote South Pacific islands until they are accepted by another nation or agree to return home. The camps have been widely criticised by the United Nations and human rights groups.”Australia is a textbook case of how not to treat boat arrivals, by sending them offshore to endure abysmal conditions for years and trying to shirk its international responsibilities onto less-developed countries,” said Elaine Pearson, Human Rights Watch’s Australia director.Australia’s rejection of the UN pact is the latest move to tighten migration through a series of policies that are likely to form a central element of Morrison’s bid for re-election at a national ballot that must be held by May 2019.Opinion polls indicate his conservative government is on course for a landslide defeat.Australia has an annual immigration cap of 190,000 places. Morrison said this week his government would likely reduce that threshold, a policy that is popular with voters.A Fairfax-Ipsos poll published on Monday found 45 per cent of voters wanted immigration reduced, while a little more than 20 per cent wanted an increase.Morrison’s government said in October it would restrict new immigrants from living in Australia’s largest cities – Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – for up to five years.Although likely to win favour with voters, critics argued such a policy could lead to labour shortages.Australia’s central bank governor said in August an influx of new residents had helped to underpin strong economic growth.last_img read more

Dancing In The Streets Celebration at Joes

first_imgOn Oct. 17th Joe’s Movement Emporium Nonprofit will celebrates its 20th anniversary with a free block party, music, vendors, dance, food and more. This ‘Dancing In the Streets’ block party is a free event, that will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the area outside Joe’s on Bunker Hill Road between 33rd and 34th Streets in Mount Rainier, MD. It will feature live music, activities for children, local vendors, dance class demos, delicious food, drink and LOTS of dancing. For information about being a vendor or sponsor at the event, please contact Melissa Rosenberg at melissa@joesmovement.org or visit joesmovement.org.last_img