Rajasthan govt. shelves civic poll changes

first_imgThe resolution of a rift over a new model for the upcoming municipal elections in Rajasthan, to which Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot took exception, has saved the ruling Congress from embarrassment. The State government has reversed its earlier decision to allow any citizen to contest the polls for mayor and chairperson of a civic body without first getting elected as a municipal councillor.The change not only attracted criticism from within the Congress, but the Opposition BJP also tried to make an issue out of it. BJP State president Satish Poonia said the Congress was bending the rules as per its convenience because it was not confident of winning the elections.The State government had recently decided to conduct indirect election for the post of mayor and chairperson in corporations and municipalities with the contention that the civic body heads directly elected by public often ignored the councillors and neglected the development works.In the “hybrid model” introduced through an amendment to Section 78 of the Rajasthan Municipalities (Election) Rules, 1994, a non-councillor candidate could contest for the post of mayor and chairperson. Such a candidate was still to be elected by the municipal councillors to the top posts.Notification opposedA section of the party leaders and Mr. Pilot, who is also the Pradesh Congress Committee president, opposed the gazette notification issued in this regard on October 16, while affirming that the decision would weaken democracy and encourage back door entry of candidates in the municipal bodies. The elections to 49 urban local bodies across the State will take place on November 16.Other senior party leaders who called for a review of the decision included Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ramesh Chand Meena and Transport Minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas. The Congress workers also gave a negative feedback with the plea that the decision was not discussed in the Cabinet meeting or the party organisation.The matter was resolved before the Diwali festival apparently following the intervention of senior party leaders from Delhi. AICC general secretary Avinash Pande, in charge of Rajasthan, was tasked with resolving the differences and evolving a compromise formula.Exceptional casesState Urban Development and Local Self Government Minister Shanti Dhariwal announced that the mayors and chairpersons would be elected only from among those already elected as councillors. “In exceptional cases, if there is no councillor in the party getting the majority belonging to a caste group or gender for which the mayor/chairperson post has been reserved, then only an outsider will be allowed to step in.”Welcoming the latest decision, Mr. Pilot said the move to have unelected people run for the post of mayor and chairman was “against the ethos of democracy”. He said the issue taken up by several party leaders had been recognised and the government had changed its earlier decision.Chief Minister Ashok told reporters at a function here that the BJP had tried to create an “unnecessary confusion” on the issue. “If an unelected outsider is appointed the chief of an urban body, the elected councillors are not going to accept this arrangement… They will revolt. This arrangement is in place only to meet special circumstances,” he said.BJP claimThe BJP has claimed that the Congress government was forced to take back its decision because of the pressure put by the Opposition, the people and its own Ministers. Mr. Poonia said since the BJP had announced a State-wide agitation, the Congress had come on the back foot.last_img read more

Photos – The Kiira Korpi Story

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementKiira Linda Katriina Korpi (born 26 September 1988) is a Finnish figure skater.She is a three-time European medalist (bronze in 2007 and 2011, silver in 2012).The 2010 Trophée Eric Bompard champion, the 2012 Rostelecom Cup champion, a two-time Cup of China medalist, and a five-time Finnish national champion (2009, 2011–2013, 2015).She retired from competitive skating in August 2015.Korpi was born in Tampere, Finland.Her father, Rauno Korpi, coached the Finnish women’s hockey team to a bronze medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics.In Finland her nickname is Jääprinsessa (Ice Princess) due to her resemblance to Grace Kelly, the former Princess of Monaco.In addition to her native Finnish, Korpi also speaks Swedish, English, and German.She has practiced pilates and Ashtanga yoga.She became engaged to Arthur Borges Seppälä in May 2017.Image Courtesy – Kiira Korpi (Instagram)last_img read more

Lionel Messi scores as Argentina storm into Copa America semis

first_imgLionel Messi had the ball along the sideline, closer to midfield than the goal, in what seemed to be a harmless position.One well-placed entry pass later, the ball was in the net and Argentina was on its way to a Copa America semifinal matchup with the United States.”He knows that he’s a game-changing player,” Argentina coach Geraldo Martino said Saturday night after Messi scored a goal and added two assists to beat Venezuela 4-1.”Everybody’s trying to cancel him. But he knows when to play one against one. He knows when to pass the ball to other players. There may be times when he lets some other player take advantage of this.”Messi’s goal in the 60th minute gave Argentina a 3-0 lead and was his 54th in international play, tying the national record set by Gabriel Batistuta, according to Argentina’s governing body. The Barcelona star also took over the Copa America scoring lead with his fourth goal despite making his first start of the tournament.Argentina has two days to rest before playing the US in Houston on Tuesday night. The Americans have been off since beating Ecuador on Thursday.”I don’t think we’re too worried about that. We’re very focused on our goal,” Martino said. “This is not a big deal, the rest time.”MESSI BRILLIANCEWith many in the Gillette Stadium wearing No. 10 from Messi’s national team and La Liga jerseys, the five-time FIFA Player of the Year started the game after playing a total of just 74 minutes in the three group stage matches. Just eight minutes in, he connected with Gonzalo Higuain on a long entry pass to make it 1-0.advertisementEight days after recording a hat-trick in just 29 minutes against Panama, Messi gathered the ball in at the sideline and lofted a long pass to Higuain, who split two defenders took the ball on a short hop and booted it in.”We tried to force them to play long balls,” Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel said. “They have that stroke of genius that changes all your schemes. They had an incredible pass from Messi, and they scored. When you lose so early in the game, it’s almost like a knockout.”Higuain scored again in the 28th to make it 2-0, picking up an errant backpass by Venezuela midfielder Arquimedes Figuera and sidestepping goalkeeper Dani Hernandez before left-footing it into the net.In the 42nd minute, Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero took out Josef Martinez’s legs with a headfirst dive. But on the resulting penalty kick, Luis Seijas tried to scooch it straight up the middle and Romero took a small stutter step to his left before catching it.Messi made it 3-0 when he took a pass from Nicolas Gaitan just outside the 6-yard box.Venezuela finally beat Romero in the 70th minute when Salomon Rondon headed the ball in, nicking the post on the way. But Messi assisted again on Erik Lamela’s goal a minute later to make it 4-1.Argentina is 6-2-2 against the US, with the teams playing to a 1-1 draw in a 2011 friendly in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The last American win was in a 1999 exhibition in Washington, DC.Recovering from a back injury, Messi sat out the group stage opener this year and played just 29 minutes against Panama but still managed to record a hat trick. He came on as a second-half substitute in the group stage finale against Bolivia on Tuesday.But Messi played the entire game on Saturday, giving a scare when he was taken down from behind in the penalty box in the first half and was slow to get up.”We’re very happy with the way that he has been evolved, the way that he recovered from his injury,” Martino said. “His reinsertion into the team, we really value that, and we’re happy to have him in good shape now that we’re facing the semifinals.”Martino said he was pleased to see Messi tie the national record, but he would wait to comment on it until the record was broken “and I would like that to happen in the Copa America.” With a semifinal and then either a championship or third-place game, that’s a good bet.”I tied it, still haven’t broken it,” Messi said. “But I’m happy to be next to Bati, with all that means.”Bautista also scored twice in an exhibition against Slovakia in 1995 that is included in FIFA’s records but not the national federation’s; that would give him 56 goals.For Venezuela, which finished fourth in the 2011 Copa America, it was a reminder of how far La Vinotinto have to go.advertisement”It’s not what we were hoping for, nor what we would imagine,” Dudamel said. “We found ourselves watching a very strong team, ranked No. 1, and they have been very unforgiving with our mistakes. When you play an adversary like this, any mistake you make they do not forgive. They just kill you.”last_img read more

Low: Messi comparison was a burden for Gotze

first_imgGermany ‘Messi comparison was a burden for Gotze’ – Low regrets famous World Cup quote Ronan Murphy 23:59 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mario Gotze World Cup final 12072014 Getty Germany Borussia Dortmund World Cup Bundesliga The Germany head coach feels his comments may have placed too big a burden on the young attacker after his winning goal at the last World Cup Joachim Low believes his quote comparing Mario Gotze to Lionel Messi hindered the Germany international’s progress following the 2014 World Cup.The attacking midfielder scored the winning goal over Argentina in the final to help Die Mannschaft lift the trophy, with Low telling Gotze to “show the world you can be better than Messi” when sending him on as a late substitute.Then 22, Gotze became the youngest player to score in a World Cup final for almost 50 years, and also was the first ever substitute to score the winner. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Despite being shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or in 2014, Gotze’s performances at club level declined, with numerous Bayern Munich luminaries criticising his impact at the club. A second successive poor campaign saw him leave Munich to return to Borussia Dortmund, where he missed most of the 2016-17 season due to illness.Low feels that his post-World Cup comments may have harmed Gotze’s development, putting too much pressure on the young attacker following their World Cup success.”I commited the mistake to talk about that sentence publicly afterwards,” Low said at the Bild100sport event in Berlin. “That did not help Mario during the next few months. He was always measured to it and scoring the decisive goal might have become a burden for him.”After recovering from his metabolic illness, Gotze started to regain some of his form with Dortmund in 2017-18, but has yet to return to the level he was at before the 2014 World Cup when he secured a €37 million move from BVB to Bayern.The level he has been playing at was not enough for him to make Low’s 27-man preliminary squad for the World Cup, with the Germany head coach explaining that he wants to see Gotze play even better before bringing him back into the national fold.”This season it was simply not that Mario Gotze who we all wish to see.”last_img read more

11 days ago​Ex-Chelsea boss Mourinho brands Diego Costa an ‘animal’

first_img​Ex-Chelsea boss Mourinho brands Diego Costa an ‘animal’by Ansser Sadiq11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho spoke about his former striker Diego Costa in a recent word association game.Costa was part of Mourinho’s Chelsea team during his second spell at the club, helping the Blues to the Premier League title.And during a word association game with LiveScore, Mourinho was asked to say a single word to describe events or people in the game.When he was asked about Costa, his response was “animal.”Costa has often been praised for his tenacity and intensity, which made him a nightmare for Premier League defenders.Other players Mourinho mentioned include John Terry (leader), Didier Drogba (legend), Michael Essien (son), Cristiano Ronaldo (goal), and Lionel Messi (magic). TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

US military apologises for New Year’s Eve tweet about bombs

first_imgUS military apologises for New Year’s Eve tweet about bombsUS Strategic Command, which oversees the country’s nuclear arsenal, apologised for a Twitter message saying it was ready if necessary to drop something ‘much, much bigger’ than the New Year’s Eve ball in New York .advertisement Reuters WashingtonJanuary 1, 2019UPDATED: January 1, 2019 13:15 IST The message was deleted from the US Strategic Command’s Twitter feed. (Photo: Twitter/@US_Stratcom)HIGHLIGHTSUS military showed a clip of an aircraft releasing bombs on TwitterThe video showed a B-2 bomber dropping bombs, followed by explosions on the groundThe message touched off many critical comments on social mediaUS Strategic Command, which oversees the country’s nuclear arsenal, apologised for a Twitter message saying it was ready if necessary to drop something “much, much bigger” than the New Year’s Eve ball in New York and showing a clip of an aircraft releasing bombs.”#TimesSquare tradition rings in the #NewYear by dropping the big ball…if ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger,” the tweet said, hours before the midnight descent of the illuminated ball in New York’s Times Square marking the arrival of the new year.The video showed a B-2 bomber dropping bombs, followed by explosions on the ground.The message touched off many critical comments on social media. Mary Fahner-Short, using the handle @maryfshort, wrote on Twitter: “Why is @US_Stratcom joking about nuclear war? #shameful.”Later on Monday, the message was deleted from the US Strategic Command’s Twitter feed. A new message said:Our previous NYE tweet was in poor taste & does not reflect our values. We apologize. We are dedicated to the security of America & allies. US Strategic Command (@US_Stratcom) December 31, 2018ALSO READ | Happy New Year 2019! From politics to sports, here’s what you should mark on your calendarALSO WATCH | Will Rahul Gandhi be the newsmaker of 2019?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 bySnigdha Choudhury Tags :Follow US ArmyFollow New Year 2019last_img read more

Glenfiddich launches limited edition menswear

first_img Bruichladdich Distillery Unveils its New Octomore Scotch Whisky Series Want to wear your whisky? Now you can in a way. Josh Peskowitz, fashion veteran and co-founder of men’s concept shop, MAGASIN, has hand-picked four of his favorite labels to create one-of-a-kind pieces for Glenfiddich’s Wardrobe XXI capsule collection. The creative minds behind E-Tautz, Camoshita, Hamilton and FEIT each created an element of one full menswear look: overcoat, suit, shirt and boots. Check out the short film of Josh in Scotland, it may cause you to drink at your desk.Glenfiddich’s Wardrobe XXI collection pays homage to tradition while simultaneously challenging convention: a steadfast part of Glenfiddich’s ethos. The collection provides the modern Glenfiddich drinker with a new way to tackle self-expression. Pushing boundaries of both design and heritage, Wardrobe XXI offers the ultimate sartorial complement to a dram of 21 Year Old. Inspired by the heritage of Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Reserva Rum Cask Finish, a rule-breaking, luxurious variant from the world’s most awarded whisky-maker – the garments all incorporate traditional elements of Scottish living from high-fashion spins on tartan in the suit and overcoat to an original use of cashmere blend on a band-collared shirt to a contemporary take on Chelsea Boots produced in chocolate suede.As the Creative Director of Glenfiddich’s Wardrobe XXI, Peskowitz worked closely with the designers to craft pieces rich with references to both heritage and innovation. “I chose the designers I did for this project because all of them show a commitment to quality, and traditional processes. All also are progressive: they experiment with shape and fabrication, they are willing to take risks. So, they all seemed a natural fit with not only the ideals we set out to portray with this project, but also the aesthetics we were trying to achieve. I also thought it important that the cast of collaborators be international, hailing from some of the places where fine whisky is most appreciated in the world,” Peskowitz says.About the brands and their pieces:Tautz created the “Geoff Overcoat.” In a traditional Scottish tweed but with a relaxed, unstructured fit, this piece adds a younger twist to the timelessness of a menswear classic. As a bespoke men’s tailoring namesake, designer Patrick Grant of E. Tautz has transcended the test of time, with a maverick spirit unyielding to market pressures or fleeting trends – much like Glenfiddich itself. ($2,025). Hamilton created the “Scottish-American” shirt, a premium take on a pop-over. Since 1883, the Hamilton brand has been inspiring generations of men to reinterpret classic wear. Glenfiddich’s Wardrobe XXI garment band collar and button-down side seams give it a fashion-forward feel when worn under a suit. The use of a cashmere blend pays homage to Scotland’s prodigious textile industry. ($450). Glenfiddich launches limited edition menswear Close 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Editors’ Recommendations Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion Camoshita United Arrows created the “Easy Suit,” artfully crafted to give off a casual yet sophisticated feel. Yasuto Kamoshita, one of the most significant names in fashion by virtue of his unconventional style, created the piece’s blackwatch motif and drawstring trousers by approaching Italian-inspired tailoring through a lens of Japanese “relaxed dressing.” ($1,800). Glenfiddich Grand Cru Makes a French Connection with 23-Year-Old Scotch FEIT created a handcrafted Chelsea boot outfitted with a rugged lug sole. Easy-yet-edgy, the boots’ warm brown tone suits the upcoming fall season perfectly, while its suede uppers add an element of refinement. Australian born, New York-based brothers Josh and Tull Price started FEIT in order to revitalize the world of hand-made footwear. ($740).Glenfiddich’s Wardrobe XXI was designed to emphasize that embracing new ideas doesn’t mean rejecting tradition, an understanding and deep belief that makes the partnership between Glenfiddich and Peskowitz a natural fit. Glenfiddich Senior Brand Manager, U.S., Michael Giardina, says, “People are discovering whisky at a younger age than what was historical for the category, and this ‘contemporary’ whisky drinker is generally at a point in their lives where they are beginning to grow their own set of tastes and identities – often challenging norms as they curate their cultural persona. This collection is meant to grow with its wearer, with versatile pieces for the contemporary man who uses fashion as a means of self-expression.”Glenfiddich Wardrobe XXI launched today! Twenty-one total pieces of each product will be made available for sale exclusively at select retailers across the country, including:MAGASIN(Los Angeles, CA)GENTRY(New York, NY)FortyFiveTen(Dallas, TX)Meyvn(Chicago, IL)Alchemist(Miami, FL)Each partner retailer’s display will feature a custom mannequin built from Glenfiddich whisky casks alongside a bar cart stocked with Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Reserva Rum Cask Finish for lucky shoppers. Additional retailers will be announced on a rolling basis. Dare we ask where are the kilts? The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection last_img read more

Premier Appoints new Minister of Environment

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil announced today, Jan. 12, the appointment of Hants East MLA Margaret Miller as Minister of Environment. “I am pleased to welcome Margaret into Executive Council,” said Premier McNeil. “She is extremely capable and I look forward to having her as part of the leadership team as we continue to focus on the things that matter to Nova Scotians, like health care and education, while creating the conditions for businesses to thrive and grow the economy.” Ms. Miller was first elected to the legislature in 2013. She has served as deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly. She has worked in agriculture, forestry and small business and served as national president of MADD Canada. A new deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly will be appointed in the near future.last_img read more

UN envoy urges end to Israeli flights over Lebanese airspace Hizbollah antiaircraft

Staffan de Mistura, the Personal Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Southern Lebanon, called on the Israeli authorities to stop the air violations of the so-called Blue Line and Hizbollah to end its “ensuing and dangerous” anti-aircraft fire.In a statement released in Beirut, he reminded all parties of their obligation “to refrain from all violations of the Blue Line in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions.”

On World Tuna Day UN cites importance of sustainably managed fish stocks

In a statement, General Assembly President Peter Thomson notes that nearly two-thirds of the tuna found in restaurants and supermarkets around the world comes from the Pacific Ocean, hence the Pacific small island development States, as well as the least developed countries (LDCs) playing an active role on the designation of the World Day.Today’s celebration comes one month ahead of The Ocean Conference, to be held from 5 to 9 June 2017 at UN Headquarters, “and is a good opportunity to highlight the importance of reversing the decline in the health of the Ocean to ensure sustainable management of marine life, such as tuna, that we are so dependent on.” In the latest publication of the The State World Fisheries and Aquaculture, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) notes there is a need for effective management to restore the overfished stocks including tuna. In the 2016 report, FAO registered new record catches for tuna. Total catches of tuna and tuna like species were almost 7.7 million metric tonnes. FAO notices that market demand for tuna is still high, and that the significant overcapacity of tuna fishing fleets remains. Addressing the decline in tuna stocks resulting from overfishing in the world’s oceans, the UN Legal Counsel emphasizes the critical importance of effectively implementing the international legal framework, as reflected in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, widely known as UNCLOS, which has been strengthened by the UN Fish Stocks Agreement, recommendations of its Review Conference, annual General Assembly resolutions on sustainable fisheries, as well as other efforts by the international community at the global, regional and national levels. Economic and social benefits of sustainably managed tuna stocksAbout 25 per cent of the world’s supply of tuna is controlled by the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), UNEP reports. The parties, eight States in Oceania, agreed to scheme to sell a limited number of fishing days. According to UNEP this has advanced the sustainable management of tuna and has also doubled their revenue.Additionally, UNEP reports, 14 Pacific island countries have improved monitoring, reporting and enforcement by putting in place a regional fishing register, and a vessel monitoring system that tracks fishing vessels around the clock.Fisheries sustainability and seafood guidelinesFAO Fisheries defines two approaches to define the sustainability of fisheries production. The first one measures the state of the system: Are fish abundant?Is nutrition good? and Are incomes from fishing allowing families to prosper?The second one looks at the management of the system:Does the management system change management actions as the state of the system changes?If stocks decline, can the management system reduce fishing pressure and allow recovery? andIf incomes are poor, can management actions increase incomes? FAO estimates that about one third of the world’s seven major tuna species are currently overexploited. Photo: FAO/A. Urcelayeta Marking the first World Tuna Day with a call protect precious tuna resources and their surrounding ecosystems, the UN Legal Counsel today strongly urges long-term conservation and sustainable use of those resources, important for global achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. According to the UN, more than 80 States currently have tuna fisheries while thousands of tuna fishing vessels operate in all the oceans. In the Indian and Pacific Oceans, tuna fishery capacity is still growing.Designation of the World Day underlines the importance of conservation management to ensure that systems are in place to prevent tuna stocks from crashing, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) says. Many countries depend heavily on tuna resources for food security and nutrition, economic development, employment, government revenue, livelihoods, culture and recreation. Two main products drive tuna production; traditional canned tuna and sashimi/sushi. read more

Planned teachers strike expected to begin today

Berbice teachers stood united during the meeting with the Guyana Teachers Union on FridayOutlining that Government has made “no genuine effort to bring relief to the teachers,” the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) in a statement on Sunday made the call for all, including civil society and the business community, to be in solidarity with the nation’s teachers as they seek improved working conditions.The teachers are likely to take part in a nationwide strike beginning Monday.“The struggle of the teachers for a living wage and the importance of sustaining themselves to perform require having their needs met and these can only be addressed at the negotiation table. Teachers are seeking an agreement with the employer, the Government of Guyana, after the last four-year agreement signed with the PPP/C Government expired in 2015,” the GTUC reminded.The Union expressed its dismay over Government’s non-implementation of the Task Force’s Report which recommended salary increases of 40 per cent.The GTUC said it is also perturbed by recent suggestions by Government that it would employ substitutes should teachers proceed on strike.The body feels Government should address the “lingering” grievances, having observed that strike action is consistent with the Collective Labour Agreement and Article 147 (2) of the Guyana Constitution. The body remarked that teachers should be able to function in an environment where learning will benefit the students.“Teachers are the backbone of a country’s development. Their role is multifaceted and not confined to solely teaching and marking papers. Teachers also act as parents, mentors, custodians, counsellors, providers (meals, school supplies, etc) and a shoulder to cry on, even as they have to meet their families’ psychosocial and economic needs,” GTUC outlined.The GTUC says failure to arrive at resolution could result in the nation’s children suffering.“We owe it to our children to enjoy a good environment of education. Where the teachers are happy, they will be more productive. It is our nation’s children that are at risk when the education system is adversely affected. When our children suffer, we suffer, the community suffers, and the nation suffers,” it noted.The Union body called on the Government to “come to the bargaining table in good faith and address the teachers’ grievance. Three years is a long time.”GTU President, Mark LyteMeanwhile, GTU President Mark Lyte recently noted that the Union has established measures in place to provide some relief for teachers who will be on strike on Monday; one week from the September 3 opening. However, he says it will not be full compensation as the Union was initially thinking of doing.Heads and other teachers are expected to be in school all week to prepare for the new school year.“The relief that we were going to give was not to give teachers a top up; we were going to pay them for the days they lost, so when teachers collected their salaries with the deductions, the Union was expected to pick up the difference and the Union hadn’t the capacity to do so. So I am declaring that the Union does not have the capacity to do so; so teachers have got to be prepared to make a sacrifice. However, I have gotten a commitment from some business entities that they will assist with food stuff and so on should the strike prolong,” Lyte told teachers in Berbice on Friday.Lyte had however noted that it is not written in stone that no monetary contribution will be made to the teachers who go in strike.One of the main activities slated to be happening during this week is orientation for new students at all schools. If the teachers go on strike, that process might have to be shelved at all schools.A second round of conciliation talks is scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday) at 14:00h between the GTU and the Education Ministry. This follows last Friday’s meeting which saw the absence of the union. The Education Ministry applied for conciliation to the Social Protection Ministry’s Department of Labour.The GTU outrightly rejected Government’s request for teachers to agree to a debunching payoff of $200 million for 2018/19 and the $700 million cap that was placed on salary increases which was for 2018 only. The Union is seeking 40 per cent salary increases for its 7000 members. School is scheduled to reopen on September 3. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGTUC says Minister should apologise for his actionsSeptember 27, 2018In “latest news”Specialist to be hired to determine GTU salary increasesAugust 14, 2018In “latest news”Teachers’ salary increase: Agreement between GTU, Education Ministry signedOctober 24, 2018In “latest news” read more

Cape Lambert iron ore upgrade recognised for engineering excellence

first_imgRio Tinto’s A$1.1 billion Cape Lambert Upgrade project has won a High Commendation from Engineers Australia, WA Division, at the 2010 Engineering Excellence Awards in the Resource Development Category. Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) was the EPCM contractor for the project, which involved the expansion of Rio Tinto’s Cape Lambert port facility to increase iron ore shipping capacity from 55 to 80 Mt/y.The project included a stockyard expansion, 256 m extension to the ore wharf and new shiploader to create four shipping berths. This upgrade took Rio Tinto’s iron ore shipping capacity from the Pilbara region to 220 Mt/y.SKM’s General Manager, Mining and Metals, Santo Rizzuto, said that, in delivering the project, SKM used innovative modularised designs for the stockyard and wharf construction. “The use of modularisation had a significant impact on scheduling, cost and safety,” Rizzuto said. “Not only was the project delivered three months ahead of schedule and under budget, it also had an outstanding safety record. Approximately four million man hours were worked on the project, during which time one million man hours LTI free was achieved in two separate periods.”The Cape Lambert Upgrade project was implemented whilst the port remained fully operational and continued to ship record tonnages of iron ore throughout the project duration. This achievement required significant upfront planning and sequencing of construction activities to support the operation of the port.The project established new benchmarks in engineering design and construction, which have since been adopted for new iron ore port facilities currently in planning phases.In recognising the completion of the project, David Joyce, Managing Director Rio Tinto Iron Ore Expansion Projects, said that the combined efforts of both the SKM and Rio Tinto personnel were the main factors behind the project’s great success.last_img read more

Drägers aim is to continuously improve safety equipment for miners

first_imgDräger’s is continuously improving safety standards by providing its customers with intelligent products and solutions. It says its “services and safety equipment unite many years of experience with visionary thinking.”The detection of invisible hazards is one key competency. Dräger’s portable gas detectors are reliable, robust and easy to use. The new personal protection device Dräger X-am 5600, with a dual infrared LEL and carbon dioxide sensor, can detect up to six gases and is therefore ideal for coal mining environments. The extremely large measurement spectrum of the CO-HC sensor, ranging from 0-10,000 ppm, offers ultimate reliability for the continuous monitoring of carbon monoxide levels.The pioneering DrägerSensor technology provides a new level of safety in terms of response times and long-term stability. The X-zone 5000 transforms the Dräger personal gas detection instrument X-am 5000/5600 into an innovative area monitoring device: a patented combination for increased safety. The zone 0-approved instruments can be positioned wherever gas hazards are expected. Up to 25 X-zone 5000 can be automatically interconnected to form a wireless fence line.This interconnection allows fast securing of larger areas such as those in mines. In the event of a gas alarm, the X-zone 5000 transmits the alarm signal to all connected units, which then trigger a subsidiary alarm, ensuring fast and easy recognition of the situation and making swift action possible.Even the best safety precautions cannot prevent situations in which air becomes unfit to breathe. Dräger oxygen self-rescuers are among the most commonly used escape apparatus in the mining industry. The brand-new Oxy 6000 features the innovative ‘Safety Eye’, “so far the only device of its kind on the market,” the company says, to provide the wearer with immediate confirmation of operational readiness. This clear status window permits daily checking for the presence of moisture and yellow KO2 particles within the device. Specially developed for emergency situations, the Oxy 6000 immediately supplies the wearer with oxygen for up to 60 minutes after it has been put on. This compact device is robust and reliable and tailored to the needs of mining.Maintenance-free for ten years in storage, it is also a cost-effective investment as a part of Dräger customers’ escape and rescue plans. Working together with wearers of breathing equipment, Dräger has adapted the tried and tested Dräger PSS BG 4 to reflect customers’ practical experience. Numerous optimisations have increased its durability and safety and further improved the serviceability of this closed-circuit breathing apparatus. The latest version is Dräger PSS BG 4 plus. This supplies breathable air for up to four hours.last_img read more

Diary of a First Time Dad Sleeping with one eye open

first_imgI ALWAYS RECALL my mother being a remarkably light sleeper. If you ever crept into her room with a question, request or complaint [to the management], she would respond to your whisper by opening her eyes and springing from the bed. “I’m up!”My mum has five children — all fully grown — but I am now experiencing that troposphere of uneasy sleep that comes with being a parent. Our one and only daughter, Caitlin, has just come through her first bout of the sniffles but the circus noises coming from her Moses basket had us on edge for a few fitful nights.Myself and Cat, my wife, have surged past the three-month mark and Caitlin is doing amazingly well. Friends, relatives and strangers remark on how good [hassle-free] a child she is but Caitlin must take most of the credit for that. We’re still learning as we go.Our daughter was born on a Wednesday evening and each and every that Wednesday that passed found us going for a stroll with the pram, reassuring each other ‘two weeks’, ‘four weeks’, etc. We’ve stopped counting time now, aware that we’re in for the long, crazy haul.I read the superb column from Andrea Mara — ‘Five things I swore I’d never do if I had kids…’ — this week and can identify with the stories on cloistering the first-born. With each passing day, however, we are becoming ourselves again, chilling out and taking time out to enjoy our rapidly growing child. Night-time feeds often consisted of the two of us springing up and going through a three-act production to get Caitlin fed. Sorbet, silver service and napkins. She is starting to sleep through the night now, probably wondering where the 4am costume changes and strolls around the kitchen have gone.The first six weeks were a blur as we set up Baby HQ in the sitting room. Once every few days we would get caught without a kettle-ful of boiled, sterilised water. Boiling water just to cool it down, all amid a tumult of yelps and tears. Insanity. Jiggling Caitlin on my knees for hours when all she wanted to do was sleep. The nappy changes that saw us go through three vests and four baby-grows after pukes, pee and poo. The sound of Cat laughing upstairs as I slumped on my knees, yelling ‘Noooooo. Not again! Why? Why?’Caitlin gets stuck into her new soother. Pic: Patrick McCarryIt is amazing how quickly you get used to have a child in your midst. We have evolved from high-fiving each other in the middle of the night because she pooed to raising a lazy eyebrow as she rolls from her back to her belly. It takes a lot to impress us now!The soother made an appearance after about seven weeks but, we assured each other, it was just to help her sleep at bed-time. Caitlin now owns four soothers and each one gets a fair crack.We both crashed, within 48 hours of each other, around the six-week mark. The change in lifestyle, sleeping habits, constant state of hyper-awareness and general fatigue caught up with us. We recovered in time for Christmas and Caitlin had her first visit from Santa, who must have assumed she liked toy bunnies.The best days for father-daughter bonding have been when Cat gets a few hours out of the house. She headed off to London on an overnight last week and I got to fully experience the sun-rise to sun-set job of caring for the little Miss. I’m taking responsibility, too, for her 1980s general knowledge and have her watching episodes of Magnum P.I and North and South [the Patrick Swayze tour-de-force] during feeds. YouTube credit: cmtecarvalhoCaitlin was christened a couple of weeks ago and we had a fantastic day and evening with friends and family. The church, in Sallins, was within walking distance and husband and wife headed over, arm-in-arm. We reflected that this was, by far, the most grown-up event of our lives. Neither of us spoke for several moments before Cat asked, “Where’s Caitlin?” “I dunno,” I replied. “With your grandparents, I think.”We are 107 days into parenthood and I already have a moment that will be hard to beat. A few days before Christmas, myself and Cat, with Caitlin lying in between us, lay back in the spare bedroom to watch A River Runs Through It on the projector screen. Cat would have readily swapped me for the fly-fishing Brad Pitt but I wouldn’t change the evening for anything in the world.@patmccarry is sports reporter and rugby correspondent for TheScore.ie. Playwright of shows that have appeared at Vicar Street, Electric Picnic, Bulmers Comedy Festival and New Zealand Comedy Festival. He is a Dubliner, living in Kildare. Happily married for 18 months and counting.Diary of a First Time Dad: We’ve got company!Column: Five things I swore I’d never do if I had kids…last_img read more

Basketball quand les mathématiques disent aux joueurs quand tirer

first_imgBasketball : quand les mathématiques disent aux joueurs quand tirerSelon des chercheurs américains, les joueurs de basketball hésiteraient bien trop souvent à lancer le ballon dans la panier. Ces scientifiques ont développé un modèle mathématique qui indiquerait aux joueurs le moment optimal pour tirer. Passer le ballon ou shooter ? Voilà un choix auquel sont perpétuellement confrontés les joueurs de basketball pendant les matchs. Mais, défenseurs sur le chemin ou coéquipiers mal placés, la décision est souvent loin d’être facile à prendre. Un problème qui a suscité toute l’attention de chercheurs de l’université du Minnesota aux Etats-Unis qui publient aujourd’hui leurs travaux dans la revue PLoS One. Au cours de ces recherches, le physicien Brian Skinner et ses collègues sont en effet parvenus à concevoir un modèle mathématique pour solutionner la question. Celui-ci indique ainsi que les joueurs de basket hésiteraient bien trop souvent à tirer, préférant attendre une opportunité de qualité. “Les décisions stratégiques en basketball sont depuis longtemps basées sur l’intuition de l’entraineur ou des joueurs, mais alors que le jeu fait de plus en plus l’objet d’analyses quantitatives avancées, il est devenu clair que beaucoup de ces idées intuitives et conventionnelles sont malavisées et peu optimales”, écrit le Dr Brian Skinner, lui même fan de l’équipe de NBA des Minnesota Timberwolves. Toutefois, le modèle développé par les chercheurs est loin d’être évident. Dans un email adressé à l’Huffington Post, Brian Skinner explique l’approche optimale : “Le principe est de dériver la fonction f(t) qui fournit une “limite inférieure optimale” pour la qualité du tir quand il reste exactement ‘t’ secondes au chronomètre. Donc, quand une opportunité de tir surgit à ‘t’ secondes restant à l’horloge, le joueur hypothétique dit évaluer dans sa tête si le tir va produire en moyenne plus de f(t) points. Si la réponse est oui, alors le joueur peut lancer le ballon. Sinon, ce joueur doit abandonner le tir et attendre que l’équipe ait une autre opportunité”. Plus concrètement, l’étude a montré que la qualité des tirs diminuait au fur et à mesure que s’écoulaient les 24 secondes dont disposent les joueurs pour attaquer le panier. Le sport, un “terrain de jeu” pour les mathématiquesÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais si cette approche semble déjà compliquée couchée sur le papier, elle parait encore plus difficile à appliquer pour les joueurs sur le terrain en plein match. Conscient du problème, Brian Skinner ajoute : “Les joueurs peuvent regarder les statistiques après le match, et en comparant les décisions de tir à celles théoriquement optimales, ils peuvent évaluer à quel point leur sélection de tir est juste”. A titre d’exemple, le chercheur évoque le cas d’Al Jefferson, joueur dans l’équipe de NBA des Utah Jazz : Jefferson “a la terrible habitude de toujours attendre la dernière minute avant de tirer”. Pourtant, d’après le chercheur, celui-ci pourrait éventuellement parvenir à réaliser le tir qu’il souhaite au moment optimal… “Plus généralement, la question du comportement optimal en sport continue de fournir un terrain de jeu intéressant, original et parfaitement applicable pour les mathématiques et la mécanique statistique”, précise encore le physicien. Le 29 janvier 2012 à 14:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

MTS to open red lanes for buses only

first_img December 21, 2018 MTS to open red lanes for buses only 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- You’ll soon see bright red lines on state route 15, letting you know those are “Bus Only” lanes. Officials from Caltrans and MTS are featuring the new red paint to educate the public that these specific lanes are not for everyday use.It is one of several safety features intended to keep passenger and commercial Posted: December 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Garage fire damages east Vancouver home

first_imgA garage fire caused by improperly discarded fireplace ashes did $50,000 damage to a home in east Vancouver early Saturday afternoon, according to the Vancouver Fire Department.The fire at 14107 S.E. 12th St. was reported by neighbors at 2:09 p.m. after they saw smoke coming from the eaves of the house, said firefighter-paramedic Kevin Stromberg.Fire crews found no one at home when they arrived but saw smoke and fire in the garage, made entry and were able to keep the fire from spreading, Stromberg said.The fire was brought under control at 2:25 p.m. A total of 13 firefighters were on scene, incuding an engine company from Camas, Stromberg said.Investigators said the fire originated in hot fireplace ashes that had been placed in a flammable container in the garage. Stronberg said ashes need ample time to cool and should be placed in a nonflammable metal container.The house is owned by Shirlene Capuchino of Fresno, Calif., according to county property records.last_img read more

The Fall Fashion Contenders WeighIn

first_imgSeptember has long been a big month for fashion and beauty magazines. And while times have changed, September still carries a lot of weight for fashion brands. We aren’t talking about what’s inside these books, just their physical attributes. And below are the stats on each magazine’s postage weight and spine thickness. You can draw further conclusions on your own. Because trim sizes and paper stock are not uniform, we combined weight and spine thickness measurements to create an overall score to even the playing field. Each magazine was weighed on two scales — one digital and one analogue — to confirm accuracy. Weights were then rounded to the nearest ounce. Additionally, each spine was measured in the middle of the book and rounded to the nearest millimeter. But how much weight exactly? Well, we decided to find out by putting 10 of the most notable fashion and beauty magazines on a scale. In fashion, bigger isn’t usually better, but for the September issue, size and weight matter. Together, they create a literal “thud factor.” Vogue takes this year’s crown with a weight of 64 ounces and 25 millimeters in thickness, for a total score of 89. Harper’s Bazaar is a reasonably close second with a total score of 75. After that, the middle of the pack becomes a close contest. Allure (18), at the bottom of the pack, is known as a beauty title. However, it promotes Fall fashion on its covers, so we included it in the weigh-in. The Methodology The Results Together, the 10 magazines weigh in at just over 20 pounds and the stack is 5.5 inches thick. So we don’t suggest stuffing them all in your tote bag on the way to the beach.last_img read more