Madrasa para-teachers withdraw stir

first_imgMadrasa para-teachers in Rajasthan, who were staging protests for the last 10 days demanding an increase in remuneration and regularisation of posts, withdrew their agitation on Wednesday following an assurance by Energy Minister B.D. Kalla to look into the matter. However, the State government has refused to absorb them in regular service.The ruling Congress had promised to regularise the services of para-teachers and increase their salaries in its 2018 Assembly election manifesto. About 6,500 para-teachers working in 3,500 registered madrasas across the State get a remuneration of ₹7,000 to ₹9,000 a month for teaching school subjects other than the religious text in seminaries.Since July 21, most of the madrasas have been closed and para-teachers have held demonstrations, begged on the roads and swept the streets with brooms as protest at the district headquarters. Earlier this week, the para-teachers laid siege to the Madrasa Board’s office here in an attempt to exert pressure on the State government to accede to their demands.Madrasa Para-teachers’ Association president Masood Akhtar told The Hindu that the para-teachers were working for remunerations which were almost equivalent to the minimum wages for unskilled labourers, while Shiksha Karmis of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and other contractual employees were being paid much higher salaries. ‘A qualified lot’“Para-teachers were a qualified lot with degrees in the education stream and some of them had a research experience as well,” he said.“Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who announced a hike in the remuneration of Anganwadi workers from ₹6,000 to ₹7,000 in his Budget speech, did not pay attention to the plight of para-teachers who are struggling to survive,” Mr. Akhtar said. Despite its promise in the election manifesto, the Congress government had no plans to form a cadre of para-teachers with the benefits of leave, provident fund and medical insurance.The Association agreed to withdraw the agitation after some ruling party MLAs intervened and took a delegation to Mr. Kalla, who assured the para-teachers of looking into their demands after some time. Mr. Kalla heads a committee appointed for considering regularisation of contractual employees working in different government departments.last_img read more

46 NCP MLAs in Mumbai hotel stick with Sharad Pawar

first_imgEven as Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) rebel and new Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar claimed that a new and stable BJP-NCP government would be formed, 46 MLAs out of the 54 newly elected lawmakers remained with the party till Sunday night. The MLAs were lodged at the Hotel Renaissance in Powai, a Mumbai suburb. However, the party has begun preparations to move them to another hotel in the city.Throughout Sunday, both the BJP and Mr. Ajit Pawar made an attempt to convey that entire NCP legislative party stood with them in formation of the government. The NCP simultaneously was busy keeping its flock together and sending out messages that it would never join hands with the BJP.Also Read  After meeting the Governor, Mr. Patil said, “All our MLAs have come back. We do not want Ajit Pawar to be left out. We want him also to be with us. I am going to meet him to convince him to come back to us.” Though his meeting with Mr Pawar did not yield desired result.Meanwhile, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan alleged that the BJP has been snooping on the party MLAs and BJP leaders have begun attempts to poach the MLAs.“The dirty game for which the BJP is delaying floor test has begun. BJP men have started approaching Congress MLAs and they are being snooped and followed. We want to reiterate that all three parties stand together and no attempt to poach any of the Congress MLAs will succeed,” he said. Maharashtra politics live updates | Rival camps hold series of meetings in Mumbai  Out of the remaining eight, NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said Babsaheb Patil, MLA from Ahmedpur in Latur had informed the party that he was with Sharad Pawar.The Shahapur MLA Daulat Daroda released a video from an undisclosed location saying he stood with Mr. Sharad Pawar and Mr. Ajit Pawar. Dilip Bankar, an MLA from Nifad also tweeted that he was with the senior Pawar. Mr Bankar said he had attended the swearing in ceremony because he had been called by Mr. Ajit Pawar himself. Another MLA, Anil Patil from Amalner, in a Facebook post, announced allegiance to Mr. Sharad Pawar. NCP MLA Dharmarao Atram is not in Mumbai as he has fallen sick and is in contact with NCP leaders.Also Read Maharashtra government formation | Supreme Court tells Centre to submit on November 25 Devendra Fadnavis’ letter to Governor staking claim  Ajit Pawar, Narhari Zirwal (Dindori) and Nitin Pawar (Kalvan) are the only three MLAs who are not in touch with the NCP leadership. “All our MLAs stand with us. There is no question of anyone joining the rebellion. We are 100% sure that Devendra Fadnavis will not survive the floor test in assembly,” said a senior NCP leader tasked with the security of all the MLAs.On Sunday afternoon, NCP president Sharad Pawar along with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray held a joint meeting with NCP MLAs at the hotel. “The meeting was to assure all the MLAs that the next government will be of Congress, NCP and Sena. We all are together and together we will win the floor test,” said NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik. Both the leaders later met Congress MLAs lodged at Hotel JW Marriot.Earlier on Sunday morning, NCP state president Jayant Patil who was given the charge as the legislative party leader on Saturday met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari informing him about the development with a letter signed by 41 party MLAs who were present at the meeting a day ago. The NCP sacked Ajit Pawar from the post of legisaltive party leader and elected Mr. Patil in that meeting.Also Read Maharashtra government formation | Pawars spar over ‘BJP-NCP’ governmentlast_img read more

Fernandez has high praise for Cignal big man Jose

first_imgLATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games The Hawkeyes return to action on Thursday against Marinerong Pilipino.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The numbers speak for themselves.Jose is averaging 14.7 points and 12.7 rebounds through three games for the Hawkeyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn their recent conquest against the Jawbreakers, the former FEU bruiser tallied 12 markers and 17 rebounds to carry his team to a 2-1 slate early in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.But as gaudy as his stats are, Jose made it clear that he’s simply doing what Fernandez is asking from him. Raymar Jose. PBA IMAGESIt took three games for Cignal HD coach Boyet Fernandez to prove his assumptions correct, and after the team’s 107-69 win over Zark’s Burger on Monday, he can dare say that his hardworking forward is one of the best young prospects in the country today.“I can’t say anything about him. He’s one of the best in the amateur leagues right now,” he said. “He’s hardworking and he always makes it a point that he knows the system. He has a good chance of making to the PBA and I’m happy with the way he’s playing.”ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “I’m only doing what I can for the team, which is hard work and hustle. I always give my all whenever I’m on the floor,” he said in Filipino.Jose, though, wouldn’t deny that his goal is to make a good account of himself this conference as he seeks to make some noise in the upcoming 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.“Of course, I want to make it to the pros. That’s why I’m this focused. This is my last conference in the D-League going to the draft, so I have to step up for me to make it to the goal that I want to achieve,” he said.Before he could get too ahead of himself, Jose still maintained that his focus is on Cignal as the team seeks to complete a season sweep this year.“Cignal is known as a top team, so we have to be up there. Our goal is to win a championship, so we can’t relax and we have to sustain the way we are playing,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Valdez, Reyes headline Ateneo-La Salle charity game Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Skipper MS Dhoni not invited to Laxman’s late night party

first_imgIndian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday added more fuel to the intense speculation about his strained relationship with V.V.S. Laxman, saying he was not invited for a late night party thrown by the retired cricketer at his residence.Laxman, who retired from the game in controversial fashion just ahead of the series against New Zealand even though he was selected for the two Tests, threw a party on Tuesday for senior members Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan at his residence in Manikonda in the suburbs of the city. He, however, chose to ignore Dhoni for the bash.When Dhoni was asked at the pre-match press conference if he was invited by Laxman, he replied in a clear “No”.The skipper also chose to pay little attention to the fact that Laxman could not get through to him to inform him about his immediate retirement plans ahead of the series.”You think it’s a controversy but people who know me always complained that I’m someone who is quite difficult to get hold of. That was one of the reasons why Laxmanbhai could not get hold of me,” Dhoni told reporters ahead of the first cricket Test against New Zealand starting here tomorrow.”That’s not something new. I have tried to improve but it seems I have not really improved,” he said.Asked about Laxman’s sudden retirement, pat came Dhoni’s reply: “You need to ask Laxman about it.”Laxman, who trained hard at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for about four months and also played in two local matches keeping in mind the fresh season ahead, suddenly announced his retirement last week, fuelling speculation that all was not well in the Indian camp.advertisementAccording to unconfirmed reports, Laxman was handed a two-match ultimatum by one of the selectors.The elegant middle-order batsman, known for his second innings heroics including an epic 281 against Australia in Kolkata, was unhappy about the ultimatum which is believed to be the reason behind his sudden retirement.Laxman’s retirement came after Dravid bid adieu to the game in March in the aftermath of India’s 0-8 rout in England and Australia.Dhoni said the team would miss the duo but felt that their absence would provide opportunity to youngsters to prove their mettle.”Definitely these are our two great players and we will miss them on the field. But that’s how it is,” he said on the eve of series opener.”It’s an opportunity for the youngsters to take up the responsibility in the longer format. We are hoping that the youngsters would grab the opportunity and do well,” he added.The duo’s absence would mean that India would have to fill in the void at the slip cordon, of which Laxman and Dravid were integral part. But Dhoni hoped that Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli would take up the responsibility.”We are hoping that we won’t miss them in the slip cordon. When it comes to scoring runs and the experience they had, it would be quite difficult. That’s one area where we will definitely miss them,” the skipper said.”But we don’t think we will be short of fielders. We have players like Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Virender Sehwag who are already fielding at the slips. We have seen the youngsters catch the ball really well. Sehwag most likely will stand at the first slip.”With the spinners, there might be a bit of issue. It’s challenging when there’s bounce. We will miss Rahul over there. But let’s look ahead and hope one of the youngsters take this opportunity and take a few good catches there,” he added.last_img read more

Kevin Pietersen tears into Keaton Jennings, Stuart Broad ahead of Sri Lanka tour

first_imgFormer England captain Kevin Pietersen isn’t too impressed with Keaton Jennings and feels that he shouldn’t be a part of the Sri Lanka tour later this year.Not only that, Pietersen also feels that Stuart Broad shouldn’t be a part of the squad as well because he hasn’t done much away from home, especially in the sub-continent.Pietersen was especially critical of Jennings and said that Alastair Cook’s retirement will hurt England badly. Jennings has only scored 486 runs in 12 Tests and had a forgetful series against India, where he only scored 163 runs at 18.11. Pietersen feels that England’s dearth of openers is a real issue.According to him, Jason Roy and Rory Burns could be looked at in the upcoming Tests as there are no other players coming up from county cricket as well.”Jennings can’t bat, I’m sorry. They are going to have to find somebody else. Cook is a big loss. I know he has been wishy-washy over the last couple of months but he finished on a fairy tale ending, which is brilliant for him but to replace that kind of guy at the top of the order, it is going to be difficult.Also read – Alastair Cook elated after fairytale farewell from Test cricket”I just don’t see county cricket producing Test cricketers at the moment. The issue is deep-rooted. All the best players in the world now are not playing county cricket. They are earning their cash in franchise cricket. Therefore, the standard of county cricket isn’t great, the standard of county batsmen is poor, and it is causing a massive issue in cabs on the rank for batting places.advertisement”I’m not a massive fan of Vince, if I’m honest. He had his chances. I watched him play down under last year. He played nicely, but I just didn’t like the way he went about his business on a couple of occasions when the ball started to bounce. For the tour of South Africa next year, the ball will bounce,” Pietersen told talkSPORT.”I like Jason Roy. He has got oomph, he has got guts, he has got runs at the top of the order in Australia. He scored that brilliant 180 at the MCG. It is about how guys score their runs and what their personalities are like. I would be all for Roy at the top of the order with Rory Burns,” he added.Also read – Joe Root pays tribute to Cook and Anderson after series win over IndiaPietersen also said that Moeen Ali shouldn’t be England’s permanent No.3 because he is more suited down the order, where he can play his attacking brand of cricket.”I don’t think Moeen Ali is a number three. He wasn’t playing his natural game [against India], he is more free-flowing down the order,” he pointed out. Stuart Broad has only picked 20 wickets from 10 Tests in the sub-continent (Reuters Photo)Also read – Root kept asking Cook whether he’s sure about retiring throughout Oval TestIn his assessment of Broad, Pietersen said that he would drop Broad from the touring party because he has a very poor record in the sub-continent. Broad has only picked up 20 wickets in 10 Tests in the subcontinent at an average of 48.10.”I would have dropped him last winter. He doesn’t perform that well away from home. He had one good Ashes series and what he delivered for England in the big Ashes series last year was hopeless. I’ve been on tours of the sub-continent, he doesn’t like touring the sub-continent so it wouldn’t surprise me and it would be a very good move if they dropped him,” said Pietersen.When asked about James Anderson being England’s best ever cricketer, Pietersen said: “I wouldn’t say he is the very best just because he has bowled most of his overs in England with the Duke ball and if you want to be a fast bowler anywhere it is with the Duke ball in England.Also read – Virat Kohli praises ‘relentless’ James Anderson for landmark achievement”I talked about Alastair Cook the other day saying he deserves the fairy-tale ending. He has played 160 Test matches and has had to face a brand new Duke cricket ball against some of the best bowlers in the world for 12 years. He deserves that fairy-tale ending. Jimmy Anderson, on the flipside, a wonderful bowler, he is one of the best and facing him in the nets was an absolute nightmare. His wrist position, the way he swung the ball, he is wonderful. Is he the best? I don’t know.advertisement”Best are the guys that did well in the sub-continent, did well in Australia. I think that is the mark of the best. But he is right up there, his numbers prove that.”England will play five ODIs, a one-off T20I and three Tests against Sri Lanka in October-November before travelling to West Indies for a nearly two-month long tour. Following that, they are scheduled to play Ireland and Pakistan ahead of the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.last_img read more

JUNIOR TOUCH CONTINUES TO BOOM

first_imgIt’s all happening in Junior Touch around Australia, whether it be the AusTouch program, new Junior competitions or the NSW Junior State Cup, it’s certainly looking promising for the future of Touch. SWQ- AUSTOUCH KICKS OFF AT CHINCHILLA: From South West Queensland Terry McSweeney and his team have kicked off the Aus Touch Program in Chinchilla… “As you would be aware the AusTouch program has been developed to increase participation in the sport of Touch and increase the skill level of the participants and to promote a healthy, safe after school activity for children. Yesterday, Wednesday the 16th of February saw the initial AusTouch program in SWQ with 106 children signing up to participate in the affiliate of Chinchilla 180 km west of Toowoomba. The number could well increase as a number of children were unable to attend the sign on day. The sign on was held from 3.30 to 4.30pm with the association President Brenda Rackemann and members of her executive including Lisa and Jo as well as a number of volunteers busily signing up eager children who flooded in straight after school. It was good to see so many parents looking to be involved in some capacity. The program will have 15 volunteer leaders to guide the children over the next 7 weeks and I think some of the leaders are as excited about the program as the kids. The first session of the program commences next week under the guidance of myself and Phil Gyemore with the leaders then taking the reins for a few weeks before our return mid program to provide assistance if require. If your association or school in South West Queensland is interested in running the AusTouch program just contact our office for further details, as going on the Chinchilla response it is going to be a much sort after activity. AusTouch can be run after school once a week over 6 to 8 weeks or as an intensive 2 day program. I’ll keep you up to date over the coming weeks as the Chinchilla program progresses!” Any enquiries on SWQ Touch contact Terry at: SWQ Touch Assoc PO Box 550 Darling Heights Qld 0746311464 0407130703 Any enquiries on AusTouch, contact Marianne Maguire on (08) 8373 3222 SQBD- BEENLEIGH TOUCH JUNIOR COMPETITION BEGINS: For Karley Banks the last few weeks have been more than a little hectic as she helped a Junior Touch competition kick off at Beenleigh… “We had 40 kids start last week, after a great response at the initial sign on days and really good coverage in the local media. The short lightning season (six weeks in total) will include skill development each week for 30 minutes before the teams take part in matches. There are two divisions, Under 10’s and Under 15’s – it’s a Mixed competition for this first season with the emphasis on coming along and trying the sport. Strudwick’s Sportsworld has sponsored playing shirts for the children and Beenleigh are keeping costs to a minimum to ensure their first foray into the sport is affordable, safe and fun. We’re hoping to expand the competition after this initial lightning season and Beenleigh are keen to develop the competition to a level where they can send representative teams away to this year’s Qlueensland Junior State Cup at the Glasshouse Mountains from the July 1-3.” Any enquiries on Beenleigh Touch, give Karley Banks a call at South Queensland & Border Districts Touch Association on (07) 34230887 or sqsdo@qldtouch.com.au NSW TOUCH CONTINUE TO BREAK RECORDS WITH JUNIOR STATE CUP: For New South Wales Touch this weekend is set to be their busiest of the year. Right now around 7000 kids state wide are packing their bags for a trip to Wollongong for the 2005 NSW Junior State Cup. Here’s a report on the event from NSW Touch: The NSW Touch Association’s (NSWTA) Junior State Cup will once again raise the benchmark for the largest representative Touch Football carnival in the world when it takes place this weekend in Wollongong. The event has continued its run of increases in participant growth and popularity. Since 2002 when 182 teams competed, the Cup has increased to set a world record of 274 teams at the 2005 event. The continual rise of the event reflects the current growth patterns in the sport; however with this being a junior event, it is particular pleasing for the organisers. “The popularity of this event far out weighs anything else in the touch world and that is a real positive for the sport,” NSWTA General Manager Dean Russell says. “However we are now really going to review our delivery as the event is nearly at a point where we have too many teams for the current format. It is a problem we enjoy having though. Its much better to have too many kids playing than not enough.” “This event continues to be a positive feature of our game that we must continue to capitalise on” Russell added. Overall 2004 State Champions Manly will once again be strong contenders filling teams in every division, however it is expected that they will not have it all their own way with home to town favourites, Wollongong, having planned a concerted effort this year to take the title. Strong junior competitions such as Wagga, Parramatta, Penrith, Cronulla and Newcastle are all favoured to do well and could very well hold the converted tag of overall State Champions come Sunday afternoon. However while the focus will be on Touch, the local community will be set for a big weekend with up 12500 visitors to the area over the two day carnival. Russell expects the financial boost to the community to be significant. “For these tournaments to be successful we need to have successful partnerships with the local community and with the likelihood of such a large number coming to town, the 2 day event will certainly provide an enormous economic boost to the whole Illawarra area.” The event will take place this weekend, February 19/20, at Thomas Dalton Park, Charters Lane, Fairy Meadow and is played in both boys and girls divisions from U/10’s through to U/18’s involving teams form all over NSW. Draws and times can be found at www.nswtouch.com.au Any requests for interviews can be made by contacting the General Manager on 0417 242 989 Event Statistics ,,X 275 teams over 10 divisions, 5 boys and 5 girls. ,,X Five age groups U/10, U/12, U/14, U/16 and U/18 ,,X Over 7000 players and officials with a further 5000 family members expected to attend ,,X Teams from as far north as Murwillumbah, South as Wagga and Griffith and West as Dubbo and Parkes as well as all the strong Sydney clubs will all participate. ,,X Some 767 games over two days in 20 hours of actual playing time ,,X Finals commence at with the U/10’s Girls at 2.30pm and conclude with the U/18’s Boys at 4.30pm Sunday afternoon. ,,X 25 fields running concurrently ,,X the Worlds largest Touch Tournament So things are happening for Junior Touch around Australia, that’s plain to see! It’s great for the direction and future of our status as the World’s leading Touch nation, as well as for the health and development of our kids. If your local, regional or State organisation has a story to share on the development of our future Touch Champions, send it to Rachel Moyle at media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

New Zealand know they have a fight on their hands vs India: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgNew Zealand know they have a fight on their hands vs India: Sunil GavaskarIndia vs New Zealand: India will look to inflict more misery on New Zealand when the two sides meet for the second one day international at Mount Maunganui on Saturday. India lead the five-match series 1-0.advertisement India Today Web Desk Mount MaunganuiJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 00:10 IST Sunil Gavaskar said India were unlikely to change the playing XI in the second ODI (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia take on New Zealand in the second ODI of the 5-match series at Mount Maunganui on SaturdayIndia won the first ODI in Napier to take a 1-0 lead in the series”I think New Zealand now know they have a fight on their hands,” Gavaskar saidAfter their dominant performance in the first one day international against New Zealand in Napier earlier this week, India start favourites one again when the two sides face-off in the second match of the series at Mount Maunganui on Saturday. India, who won the first ODI by 8 wickets on Wednesday, currently lead the five-match series 1-0.New Zealand will look to bounce back after their dismal performance in the opening ODI. Electing to bat, the hosts were bundled out for 157 in 38 overs as India returned to overhaul the target in 34.5 overs.India’s last win against New Zealand in New Zealand had come in Hamilton way back in 2009 under MS Dhoni’s captaincy. Between Hamilton 2009 and Napier 2019, India played New Zealand in New Zealand in six ODIs and lost five of those. One was tied.”I think New Zealand now know they have a fight on their hands. They have to contend with two top-class spinners and a very good fielding unit. They might be a little concerned but it was just one game,” Sunil Gavaskar tol India Today.Talking about the playing XI for the second ODI, Gavaskar said India may field with the same side that played in Napier.”I would imagine India would want to go in with the same combination. In case one of the regular bowlers gets hammered, there’s Kedar Jadhav who can chip in with four or five overs,” Gavaskar said.Gavaskar also said India still have a few places up for grabs for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales.advertisement”These matches over here and then the five ODIs [vs Australia] will give the Indian management a much better idea. I think there are two or three places you have to look at in the squad of 15 but by the time the Australia tour of India ends, the team management would have a good enough idea,” he said.India and New Zealand will play three more ODIs and a three-match Twenty20 International series.Also Read | Now that Hardik going to New Zealand, what happens to Vijay Shankar: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | I hit a 1000 balls in Australia when they suspended me: Hardik Pandya told mentor Kiran MoreAlso Read | Need to dismiss Indian top-order early, says Trent BoultAlso Read | Youngsters like Prithvi Shaw creating healthy competition in the team: Shikhar DhawanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

G-G Pins 37 ‘I Believe’ Ambassadors

first_imgStory Highlights Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, on Thursday (November 23) pinned the 37 new ‘I Believe Initiative’ (IBI) Ambassadors who will serve for 2018. Since the launch, nearly 250 Ambassadors from various backgrounds have been inducted to serve their fellowmen and to participate in the development of Jamaica. He charged the new Ambassadors to focus on strengthening the family pillar of the programme. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, on Thursday (November 23) pinned the 37 new ‘I Believe Initiative’ (IBI) Ambassadors who will serve for 2018.At the ceremony held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, the Governor-General commended the youth representatives and reminded them of their mission to promote programmes that restore hope, belief, and sound values in Jamaica’s families, youth and education.“You are the ones who will make the difference and bridge the gap. You, our Ambassadors, you’re going to learn the language of another generation and build bridges to connect and help each other to appreciate and understand the language and the circumstances of others,” he said.He charged the new Ambassadors to focus on strengthening the family pillar of the programme.“As we seek to strengthen all the pillars of the I Believe Initiative, we’re seized with the urgent need to restore wholesome family values. Therefore, our parenting programme has to be revamped and rebranded and placed back on stream. We will do that with a new name, ‘Parenting Now’, he said.“We realise there are many struggles being faced by families, and we see this as our response to that urgent call for help, to build healthy families, because the state of the family is the state of the nation. I’m making a special call to all our Ambassadors to assist in resuscitating and strengthening the family pillar,” he added.The Governor-General said he was pleased with the activities undertaken by the previous Ambassadors, and is looking forward to the “great initiatives” that will be implemented by the newly installed youth representatives.“I implore you to see this recognition not as an award but as a noble call to even greater service. There’s so much to be done in our country for our children, our youth to combat abuse, trafficking and crime and violence,” he said.Resident of Grants Pen in St. Andrew and a recording artist, Adiel Thomas, who was one of the persons pinned by the Governor-General, said he is grateful to have been appointed an I Believe Ambassador. He said he intends to reach other youth through music programmes and other initiatives.“It’s an amazing opportunity. It’s special for me, because they don’t have any other music ambassadors, so I want to continue to use my music in trying to inspire people and help to change people’s lives,” he told JIS News, noting that music is a powerful tool.Executive Director, Jamaican Youth Empowerment through Culture Arts and Nationalism (JAYECAN), Alex Sterling, who was also installed, said, “I feel honoured to be working with the Governor-General’s programme. I’ve been working with them for a few years now through my organisation, JAYECAN, and I am really honoured now to be a part of the (I Believe Initiative), and I look forward to working with the other ambassadors for this year.”IBI is an arm of the Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence. The values-based programme, launched in 2011, serves to motivate and inspire youth to believe in themselves, achieve their God-given potential and to give service to their country.Since the launch, nearly 250 Ambassadors from various backgrounds have been inducted to serve their fellowmen and to participate in the development of Jamaica.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by summer 2013. -30- GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Fitch Road Fitch Road will be closed for bridge repairs until Sunday, April 28. Motorists are advised to take an alternate route. NEW WORK HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, about four kilometres north of Exit 10, at Shubenacadie Bridge, is reduced to one lane to build a temporary detour until June 2015. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Joseph Howe Drive Overpass Repairs are being made on the Joseph Howe overpass on Highway 102, Exit 0 until Saturday, Nov. 30. Expect alternate travel lanes. Please reduce speed to 50 km/h and drive with extra caution in the area or use an alternate route. CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Tatamagouche-Cooper BridgeCooper Bridge on Cooper Road is closed for repairs until Friday, May 3.Motorists are advised to take an alternate route. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road.last_img read more

Grant Supports Seniors in Lunenburg County

first_imgFunding was announced today, Jan. 30, to support safety and security of seniors and help them remain independent in their community. Business Minister Mark Furey, on behalf of Leo Glavine, Minister of Seniors, announced a Senior Safety Grant for Lunenburg County. “Seniors are an asset to our communities,” said Mr. Furey. “We will all thrive if community members can participate fully and contribute their ideas, skills and knowledge in a safe environment.” South Shore Safe Communities is receiving a $20,000 grant for the Lunenburg County Seniors Safety Program. This investment goes toward education sessions and home visits that encourage independence, address personal safety issues and promote crime prevention. “This funding supports programs demonstrated to provide support and education to our seniors in a respectful and professional manner,” said David Walker, chair, South Shore Safe Communities. Support from government helps improve accessibility for seniors to inclusive programs and services.last_img read more

PCs CBI custody extended till Sept 2

first_imgNew Delhi: The former Finance Minister, P Chidambaram’s CBI custody was yet again extended till September 2 by a Delhi court here, till when the probe agency can question him in connection with the INX Media case.The Assistant Solicitor-General, KN Natraj on Friday appeared for the CBI and sought five days of CBI remand on grounds of voluminous material and Chidambaram’s slow response time. The ex-FM was represented by Sr. Advocate Dayan Krishnan, with whom Chidambaram had disagreed during the hearing, about what their position was. Earlier on Thursday, Chidambaram’s lawyers, had in an unprecedented plea to the Supreme Court of India, offered to stay in CBI custody till September 2, when his plea challenging the trial court’s decision to send him to CBI remand, will be heard by the Apex Court. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’While Krishnan reiterated this point before Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar on Friday, it was misunderstood as Chidambaram not wanting to oppose the CBI’s plea seeking an additional five-day-remand. Chidambaram asked the court to let him be heard and said, “We are opposing the CBI’s application for five-day extension but we did make a joint suggestion if the court thinks it fit, let the custody continue till the SLP is heard by the Supreme Cort on Monday.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KKrishnan had argued that Chidambaram had been put through nearly 55 hours of questioning and been asked more than 400 questions, while Chidambaram pled that he was consistently being shown three files over and over again. However, ASG Natraj argued for the custody extension by citing the sheer volume of material that the accused needed to be confronted with as being monumental. He added that Chidambaram needed to go through the voluminous documents and then answer specific questions, which required more time. The court ultimately ordered the senior Congress leader to be remanded to CBI custody till September 2, noting that “despite best efforts” of the investigators, more time is needed for further investigation, as it could not be completed. At an earlier custody remand proceedings, Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta had argued for the CBI, saying that Chidambaram needed to be confronted with some fresh material unearthed by sister agencies, including the Enforcement Directorate. Sources in the know had earlier said that the CBI was questioning Chidambaram with regards to these materials, which purportedly included evidence of a transaction showing an alleged Rs 33.05 lakh being paid by INX Media to a charity where Chidambaram is listed as a trustee, by using an intermediary company. The CBI has so far confronted him with the ex-Niti Aayog CEO, Sindhushree Khullar, who was then Additional Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) and just recently with Prabodh Saxena, then Director of the DEA. The agency had earlier in court, expressed that more co-accused needed to be confronted with Chidambaram to complete the investigation.last_img read more

Oil and Gas Commission ordering industry to suspend water diversion from Northeast

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Oil and Gas Commission has issued an industry directive requiring industry to immediately suspend all previously-approved water diversions under Section 10 of the Water Sustainability Act, due to drought conditions.The directive, which was issued on Monday, includes rivers, streams and lakes in the following basins within the Peace and Liard River watersheds:Aitken CreekBeatton RiverBlueberry RiverCache CreekCameron RiverChinchaga RiverJohnson CreekDoig RiverFarrell CreekLynx CreekMilligan CreekKotcho RiverShekilie RiverFontas RiverKantah RiverPetitot RiverThe OGC said that the diversion and use of water stored in dugouts or dams is not suspended, nor does the suspension apply to the main channel of the Peace River or Dinosaur Lake. Last week, the provincial government declared a Level 3 drought rating for the Peace, Upper Fraser East and Upper Fraser West areas.Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Mackenzie, and Fort Nelson are included in the Level 3 drought area, while East Peace Basin that includes Fort St. John, Taylor, Hudson’s Hope, and Dawson Creek currently lie outside the region.last_img read more

Etihad Airways loses 128 bn in 2018 in 3rd year of losses

first_imgDubai: Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways said Thursday it lost $1.28 billion in 2018, the third-straight year the government-owned long-haul carrier has lost over a billion dollars. Since 2016, Etihad has lost a total of 4.75 billion as its strategy of aggressively buying stakes in airlines from Europe to Australia to compete against Emirates and fellow rival Qatar Airways exposed the company to major losses. In the time since, it has embarked on a cost-cutting initiative and recently announced it would restructure planned aircraft purchases from Airbus and Boeing. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”Our transformation is instilling a renewed sense of confidence in our customers, our partners and our people,” Etihad Aviation Group CEO Tony Douglas said in a statement announcing the results. The airline reported revenues of $5.86 billion in 2018, down from 6 billion in 2017. It flew 17.8 million passengers last year, down from 18.6 million the year prior. Previously, Etihad reported losses of $1.52 billion for 2017 and $1.95 billion in 2016. It blamed “challenging market conditions and effects of an increase in fuel prices” in part for the loss in 2018. Abu Dhabi’s rulers launched Etihad in 2003, competing with the established Dubai government-owned carrier Emirates that flies out of Dubai International Airport only 115 kilometers (70 miles) away. Last year, Etihad began loaning pilots to Emirates under a new program.last_img read more

With Constituent Assembly extended Ban calls on Nepal to advance peace process

Nepal has been trying to work out the remaining aspects of the peace process that in 2007 ended the decade-long civil war between Government forces and Maoists that claimed 13,000 lives.“The Secretary-General is encouraged by the growing consensus amongst the political parties in Nepal to take the peace process forward,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “He notes the decision taken today to extend the Constituent Assembly by six more months and calls on all concerned to fulfil their commitments.”Earlier this month Mr. Ban welcomed the agreement reached among Nepal’s political parties on resolving the outstanding issues related to the integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants.The South Asian nation has been plagued by political disputes since the conflict ended and the monarchy was abolished. Several deadlines to draft a new constitution have been missed. 29 November 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today noted the decision to extend Nepal’s Constituent Assembly, which is tasked with drafting the new constitution, and called on all parties to fulfil their commitments to take the peace process forward. read more

Malaysia reviews security following Sri Lanka envoy assault

Zulkifli was representing the Inspector-General of Police at the annual assembly of police’s civilian officers.He said the review, however, is not a mere reaction as police always conduct reviews on security procedures from time to time. Federal police Management Department director Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah said any changes on security procedures at the KLIA will be determined from an assessment by the Selangor police chief. “I believe that the Selangor police chief is looking into this matter, and we (Management Department) are open to suggestions. If there is a need to increase the number of personnel at KLIA, we will increase, or (improve) the way duties are carried out. Because sometimes, adding more people might not be the answer, but it is about the way we do the job, how we utilise the technology we have and so forth,” he told reporters at the Royal Malaysian Police College in Cheras. At the press conference, Zulkifli said police are also hopeful that the government would hire more civilian officers, especially professionals, to assist the force in their management. He said police now have around 14,000 civilian officers, with less than 10 per cent from professional backgrounds. The force need an additional of 1,000 more. Police are reviewing the security procedures at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) following Sunday’s assault on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia Ibrahim Sahib Ansar, the New Straits Times reported.This is to being done to establish if there is a need to deploy more personnel there, or for changes to be made on security duty procedures. read more

UN transfers final government responsibilities to Kosovo institutions

Harri Holkeri, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Kosovo, sent a letter today to Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Bajram Rexhepi, stating that 25 remaining “competencies” would now be carried out by Kosovo’s major provisional institutions – the presidency, the government and the Kosovo assembly – bringing the total to 44.The competencies transferred include specific powers over agriculture, the media, culture and the environment. They are the final batch of government responsibilities to be transferred according to Kosovo’s Constitutional Framework. UNMIK, which has been in place since June 1999, is trying to establish progressively greater autonomy and more effective self-government in Kosovo.In a statement issued today, UNMIK said “a small number of specific responsibilities,” such as the work of an independent media commission, would not become functional until relevant laws are passed or the relevant administering body is established. But every competency is now the formal responsibility of Kosovo’s provisional institutions.UNMIK retains certain reserved powers in Kosovo, including control over security, foreign relations, minority rights protection and energy, until the province’s final status is determined. read more

Accelerate implementation of security sector reforms – President to GPF

President David GrangerPresident David Granger on Thursday underscored the need for the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to accelerate the implementation of security sector reforms, which he said will, among other things, restore public trust in the Force as well as correct any mismanagement of the country’s premiere law enforcement agency.The Head of State was at the time delivering the feature address at the opening of the Force’s Annual Officers’ Conference at State House.This year’s conference is being held under the theme: “Security Sector Reform Implementation – Enhancing Capacity Through Training, Infrastructure and Human Resource Management.”According to President Granger, these reforms will provide rounded enhancement of the Police Force especially its crime fighting and law enforcement capabilities.“Security sector is aimed to improving public trust and confidence. It means having a strong organization and boosting the forces intelligence, investigative capabilities and producing more versatile Police Officers. The security sector therefore must be accelerated in 2019” the Head of State said.Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Leslie James in brief remarks recognized that the implementation of these reforms for the Force.“We have engaged with our counterparts in the United Kingdom and to this end, three main pillars have already begun implementation that is to say training, human resources management and Infrastructure” James revealed.President Granger upon assuming office in 2015 had approached the UK to revive the Security Sector Reform programme that was scrapped in 2009.After months of ground works, a report was compiled and handed over to the Guyana Government by British security expert Russell Combe in January last year.The Head of State told reporters today that this report will be made public when it is laid in the National Assembly.“It’s no secret, you know, if it was secret, we wouldn’t be saying anything and I would like to confirm that it was sent to the leader of the opposition. It’s a public document, public security is a public responsibility” Granger said.The Police Officers’ Annual Conference, which will conclude on Saturday, will see presentations made on various aspects of law enforcement. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo place for corruption, lawlessness in the Force, says PresidentFebruary 15, 2018In “Crime”Top Cop assures public security will be maintainedJanuary 11, 2019In “latest news””Granger is using security sector as a political football” – Home Affairs MinistryMarch 16, 2015In “Politics” read more

Money Talks Shop till you drop with Debenhams and SuperDry

first_imgClose We as a nation spent £26.5bn (€36bn, $39bn) in the shops during February, ie £6.6bn per week. The latest retail sales data reveals we bought 5.7% more stuff from shops in the second month of the year than in 2014, an impressive growth rate.Clearly the combination of increasing employment, rising wages and lower petrol prices are driving greater consumer optimism and are all leading us to open up our wallets and spend with abandon…A schizophrenic retail sector: Supermarkets pressured, non-food fliesLooking under the hood of retail sales statistics reveals two very different trends at work: firstly, supermarkets continue to have a tough time, with sales flat and prices under pressure (food prices on average 2% lower now than this time in 2014).Secondly, in sharp contrast, the non-food retail sector is enjoying a boom (Figure 1), with a 5.3% increase in retail sales value over a year ago.Digging deeper, the sectors producing the best growth at the moment are clothing, electrical appliances and household goods (furniture, lighting, Figure 2), all growing at over 6% per year.In the UK retail space, the obvious names come to mind such as the veritable Marks and Spencer, Next and even Whitbread (the owner of Costa Coffee, Beefeater Grill and Brewers Fayre).So which companies should be making hay? Debenhams and SuperGroupBut I would focus right now on two other retail names: department store chain Debenhams and the owners of the popular Superdry fashion brand, SuperGroup.I like Debenhams (code: DEB) for a number of reasons:It sits in the current sweet spot of retailing, offering clothing, footwear and household goods in its department stores.Current trading is strong, following the strong key Christmas period with 4.9% like-for-like sales growth. Online was strong too with its website growing sales by 29% over the four-week period, helped by the success of its click-and-collect service.Gross profit margins continue to improve, highlighting the better cost control and fewer discounted items sold.Valuation remains cheap at only 10x P/E (thus far cheaper than Next, Marks and Spencer or Associated British Foods – owner of Primark; Figure 3), while income lovers will like the 4.6% dividend yield paid out. The stock has been on a strong run of late, rising from under 60p in October 2014 to touch a peak at the end of February of over 80p, before settling back to 76p now. I think there could be plenty more upside left in Debenhams, given the following winds from the UK economy.SuperGroup: Buying into the new strategySuperGroup (code SGP), the retailer behind Superdry, has decided to buy back the distribution rights for its fashion brand in the US, so as to sell Superdry clothing Stateside rather than through a partner. At the moment, Superdry is not making money in the US, but this strategic move highlights the new managements confidence in its US growth potential.Secondly, it has recruited actor Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther, Prometheus, Pacific Rim, Thor) for a collaboration on a new premium range of Superdry clothing, which should deliver a boost to UK sales.Thirdly, it is initiating a dividend for the first time, which will allow part of the £66m of cash on its balance sheet to be progressively returned to shareholders.Top-line growth for Superdry is still estimated to beat 10% per year going forwards, generating 12-14% earnings growth. For this, an investor is paying just over 13x P/E on an ex-cash basis, which seems a remarkably good deal for this recovering branded goods growth story. So shop till you drop with Debenhams and SuperGroup.Edmund Shing is the author of The Idle Investor (Harriman House), an expert columnist and a global equity fund manager at BCS AM. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.last_img read more

Video Remembering Rendezvous Houston Thirty Years Later

first_img Share Rendez-vous Houston: A City in Concert took place thirty years ago today. It was a live performance by musician Jean Michel Jarre. Downtown Houston became the concert’s backdrop. Rendez-vous Houston celebrated the 150th anniversary of the city of Houston and the 25th anniversary of NASA, but also the astronauts of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, which had happened only two and a half months earlier. For a period of time, it held a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest outdoor rock concert in history, with millions in attendance. The event was broadcast on TV all over the world, according to Jarre’s website. last_img

First Screenshot of the new Windows Explorer app

first_imgFirst Screenshot of the new Windows Explorer app by Martin Brinkmann on September 30, 2016 in Windows – 44 commentsIt is no secret that Microsoft is porting traditional native desktop programs of Windows to the company’s new Universal Windows Platform (UWP).Rumors were floating around on the Internet for some time now that Microsoft was working on a Windows Explorer / File Explorer UWP version.Windows 10, just like Windows 8, ships with File Explorer, a rebranded version of Windows Explorer that is a traditional desktop program.If you have worked with Windows Explorer before, you will feel right at home when you start using File Explorer. While there are some changes, most features remained part of File Explorer.Creating an Explorer UWP application on the other hand does not guarantee that. Eagle-eyed users of Windows 10 may have noticed that Microsoft pushed a new system application in the latest Insider build.The app is named Explorer, and does not start when you try to launch it. Tom Hounsell however managed to launch the application on Windows 10, and posted a screenshot of it on Twitter.File Explorer, that is the working title of the app, is a rather bare bones looking affair currently. One explanation for this is that it is not a finished product yet. The availability in Insider builds, and the fact that you cannot just start it at this point without tricks, suggests as much.However, since we don’t have confirmation, it can very well be that this is more or less what you get when the app is released.The app displays quick access, the device’s file structure, and optical drives connected to the system in a sidebar. It seems likely that this is also the place for network drives.The main area lists the path at the top in a breadcrumb structure, and below that the files.The bottom bar finally lists options to change display options, run searches and probably more when you click on the menu icon on the far right.This could lead to the file menu, as there is neither a toolbar nor a menu bar at the top of the window currently.If you compare the functionality to File Explorer, you will notice that other elements appear to be missing. There is no back and forward button for instance, and also no history option visible.It is also unclear if there is a right-click context menu, and if there is, how it looks like and if it will replicate the functionality of File Explorer, or if it will be limited.It seems likely that Microsoft will publish the Explorer application without removing File Explorer initially. Again, there is no guarantee for that but File Explorer is probably one of the must used native programs on Windows 10, and replacing it with an alternative app would certainly cause uproar and confusion. (via Deskmodder)Now You: What’s your take on Microsoft’s plan?SummaryArticle NameFirst Screenshot of the new Windows Explorer appDescriptionA first screenshot of a new Explorer Universal Windows Platform application was posted after Microsoft added Explorer as a system app on Windows 10.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more