This year, the H-1B visa will find fewer takers among India’s big IT companies

first_imgThe number of hoops companies have to jump through to bring foreign workers into the US is only growing under the Trump administration. And Indian IT firms are no longer up for the hassle.The pool of applicants for H-1B visas has been churned. Indian outsourcing companies are now scaling back while San Francisco Bay Area tech companies hire more foreign talent, according to a San Francisco Chronicle analysis of Department of Labour (DoL) data from 2015 to 2017.Read it at Quartz Related Itemslast_img read more

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Ind vs Pak– Highlights

first_imgHighlight106:Thats it for the day. As you have followed, India beat Pakistan by 29 runs and have booked a berth in the finals of the World Cup. This is India’s third World Cup final. India will meet Sri Lanka in Mumbai on Saturday.# Highlight105:Joke doing the rounds on the net: The Indian cricket team did what intelligence agencies could not – keep the Pakistanis out of Mumbai.# Highlight104:Fans across the country are celebrating India’s win over Pakistan. Crackers bursting all around, fireworks lighting the night sky everywhere.#Highlight103:Shahid Afridi says sorry to his nation for not winning the semi final against India.# Highlight102:Sachin Tendulkar has been named the man of the match for his 115-ball 85.# Highlight101:India beat Pakistan by 29 runs, will meet Sri  Lanka in the finals of World Cup 2011 on Saturday.#Highlight100:Amid a cheering crow that include a host of celebrities and politicians such as Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Pak PM Yousuf Raja Gilani, India romp home with a ball to spare.#Highlight99:India four balls away from going to Mumbai. Everyone in the stadium is on their feet.# Highlight98:Misbah and Ajmal intend to take the battle to the end. Frustrating the Indian bowlers.# Highlight97:Pakistani contingent silent as India lumbers towards a victory.# Highlight96:Nirupama Rao says “Cricket has a truly constructive spirit. Sporting contact epitomises many senses like people to people contact, cementing our friendship.”#Highlight95:Nirupama Rao says, “Both PMs spoke of importance of such exchanges between MPs. Our RS and LS chairmans have called Parliamentarians’ delegation from Pak. It could strengthen our dialogue.”#advertisementHighlight94:Nirupama Rao says, “No of issues flowing from Home Secretaries meeting that we hope to follow up on. Commerce secretaries to meet next month in Islamabad. Foreign secs to meet in middle of this year.”#Highlight93:Nirupama Rao says, “We’ve begun 2011 with a good augury for the future. It has reaffirmed our intention to take forward process of dialogue. Goal is to normalise relations.”#Highlight92:Nirupama Rao says, “PM reiterated need for atmosphere free of violence. Gilani shared this sentiment.”#Highlight91:Nirupama Rao says, “Positive and encouraging spirit generated today.”# Highlight90:Nirupama Rao says, “Just as we spoke of a Thimpu spirit last April, it would be appropriate to say today there is a Mohali spirit.”# Highlight89:Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao briefs media. Says both PMs have had a wide-ranging conversation of various issues relevant to both countries.# Highlight88:The last two recognised batsmen in the Pakistan team – Afridi amd Misbah – are at the crease.# Highlight87:Headlines Today’s Poulomi Saha says that Mrs Gilani has not travelled to India with the Pakistani Premier because it is reported that their son in London is ill.# Highlight86:PM, Gilani come out to watch the match after dinner.# Highlight85:Headlines Today’s Kartikeya Sharma says according to sources, between both sides, India and Pakistan, zabardast shero shayari huee.# Highlight84:Headlines Today’s Poulomi Saha says Mrs Gilani was not present at the “spouses’ dinner” hosted by Mrs Gursharan Kaur, who dined with mostly ladies from the Pakistani delegation.# Highlight83:Other participants at dinner – Sonia Gandhi, Haryana CM BS Hooda, MoS for IT Sachin Pilot, ICC president and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, former home minister Shivraj Patil, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, NSA Shiv Shankar Menon and Rahul Gandhi.#Highlight82:Participants at PM, Gilani dinner – Pak Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Pak State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mrs Hina Rabbani, Pak High Commissioner to India Shahid Malik, Chd Ahmed Mukthar and Asfander Wali Khan (both from Pak delegation).# Highlight81:India Today’s Arvind Chhabra says SP and SHO suspended for involvement in removal of turban of a sikh man during security check in Mohali this morning. Punjab govt orders magisterial probe too.# Highlight80:Headlines Today’s Kartikeya Sharma says dinner diplomacy begins. PM Manmohan Singh and Pakistan PM Yousuf Raja Gilani have left for the dinner venue for talks.# Highlight79:Shah Rukh Khan says “260 is a very good total.” Khan said Tendulkar, who scored 85, would compensate for his 15 runs in the next match. “I’m worried about the final in Mumbai,” he said.#Highlight78:Actor and IPL franchisee Kolkata Knight Riders’ co-owner Shah Rukh Khan said it is unfair to put so much pressure on Tendulkar by expecting a century every time he goes out to bat.# Highlight77:At the end of five overs, India were 47 for no loss. Pakistan are 28 for no loss.# Highlight76:Preity Zinta just came to meet Aamir Khan in green salwar, white shirt and orange dupatta with tri-colour bangles.# advertisementHighlight75:Rahul Gandhi walked out before the Indian innings got over! Guess he lost hope. Hope we win! Fat chance though.# Highlight74:Director Kunal Kohli is in the VIP enclosure at Mohali.#Highlight73:Peter Roebuck says intensity of dew will be a crucial factor in Pakistan innings.# Highlight72:Headlines Today’s Kartikeya Sharma says Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives back at the stadium. Pak PM Gilani still at Taj hotel. The two are to meet for dinner at 7.15 PM.# Highlight71:India set Pakistan 261-run to win. Raina scores some quick runs towards the end. Wahab ends with a five-wicket haul.#Highlight70:Headlines Today’s Saurabh Shukla says Pakistan official camp upbeat on its chances, Pak interior min Rehman Malik dressed in black tees leading the cheerparty waving the Pak flag. Indian officials sitting composed.# Highlight69:Wasim Akram just told me that defending anything less than 260 will be difficult for India, says a journalist covering the match.# Highlight68:Even security staff vying with each other to get clicked with Aamir Khan.# Highlight67:Mail Today’s Ajit Vijaykumar says Crowd tense. India 221 for six with five overs to go. They sense India might not post a big total.# Highlight66:India Today’s Arvind Chhabra says all eyes on local chap Bhajji and Raina of course to lend some respectability to India’s total.# Highlight65:Indian fans go silent in Mohali. Dhoni caught LBW off a Wahab delivery. MSD went for the review. But Simon Taufel’s decision stood.# Highlight64:Headlines Today’s Rahul Kanwal tweeted – Rock of Gibraltar falls. Pakistan finally take a catch. With respect, Sachin didn’t deserve to get 100 after being dropped 6 times.# Highlight63:Tendulkar departs after scoring 85 in 115 balls. Afridi took the catch off Hafeez.# Highlight62:Tendulkar dropped for the fourth time. This time by Umar off Hafeez at 81. India 182/4 after 35 overs.#Highlight61:Headlines Today’s Karthikeya  Sharma says Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has left for the Raj Bhawan for a break while Yousuf Raza Gilani has returned to Taj hotel. Both the PMs are expected to be back after 5.30 pm.#Highlight60:Rahul Kanwal tweeted – Pakistani fans rediscover their voices. Time for Indians to go silent. Punjab puttar got a strong ovation, but occasion got to him.# Highlight59:Rahul Kanwal tweeted – Pakistani politicians in Mohali fast losing hope. Saying India running away with match. Mushahid Hussain unhappy with missed chances.# Highlight58:Rahul Kanwal tweeted – Bumped into the Foreign Secretary. Seems happy with the way things are going so far. Says PMs sitting together and talking all through.# Highlight57:Koel Purie tweeted – Help! We can’t crumble now. No, no, no.# Highlight56:Hundreds of fans unable to get tickets have found giant screens outside the stadium and are enjoying the match over mugs of beer.# Highlight55:Nothing scandalous or juicy yet..other than a few mad women wearing juicy track pants in this heat! Sachin pilot here and looking quite thrilled with the game! Hopefully next update will be more interesting!, says a TV journalist.# Highlight54:Oops! Local boy Yuvraj comes and goes for a duck. Wahab dislodges his stumps.# advertisementHighlight53:Headlines Today’s Gaurav Sawant on Twitter – Careful Sachin! God comes to God’s rescue for the third time. Tension mounting. Not a match for the faint hearted.# Highlight52:Vivek Oberoi on Twitter: Heart attack! .. dropped again. Thank you Pakistan. Win Mohali.# Highlight51:Sachin brings up his 95th ODI fifty off a four from Afridi.#  Highlight50:See what I mean when I say Sachin is God? Back from the dead, twice. Jesus, only once. – Somebody on Twitter.# Highlight49:Now Younis drops Sachin off Afridi again. Is it the little master’s day today?# Highlight48:Headlines Today’s Rahul Kanwal tweeted – Sachin is playing like a cat with nine lives. Stadium now bursting at the seams. No space to place a toe.#Highlight47:Municipal Corporation of Delhi declares half day after India won the toss. It is not official, but no action will be taken if anybody wants to go home to see the match.# Highlight46:Twists of fate. India has never defeated Pakistan in Mohali and Pakistan has never defeated India in World Cup encounters.# Highlight45:Misbah drops Sachin on a sitter off Afridi. Sachin was on 28.# Highlight44:This World Cup’s highest wicket taker and Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi comes into the attack.# Highlight43:Sachin gets another life. Third umpire rules not out in stumping.#  Highlight42:Close call for Sachin. Crowd celebrates as umpire review denies LBW call off Ajmal.# Highlight41:Advani wishes Dhoni and his team and expresses hope that India will meet Sri Lanka in final.# Highlight40:Headlines Today’s Gaurav Sawant tweeted – SMS chatter: Pak wins toss. Elects to BET first.#Highlight39:No lunch meet between PM Manmohan Singh and Yusuf Raza Gilani. Premiers skip lunch.# Highlight38:The 50 comes up for India in the 7th over as Gambhir joins Sachin in the middle.# Highlight37:Mail Today’s Ajit Vijaykumar says Sehwag out leg before to Wahab Riaz after an explosive start. He smashed 38 off 25 balls, with nine hits to the fence. India 48 for 1 after 5.5 overs.# Highlight36:Headlines Today’s Saurabh Shukla says on and off field the great Indo-Pak bonhomie. Hope this stays as the two PMs cheer Sehwag’s fours.# Highlight35:We just landed in Chandigarh, security is crazy and excitement pulsating! They have added many flights in the middle of the night to bring people back so will come back late night after winning, says a Headlines Today journalist.# Highlight34:Headlines Today’s Saurabh Shukla says showmen diplomacy. Both PMs demonstrate great camaraderie in the middle of the field. Good body language.# Highlight33:Umar Gul goes expensive in 3rd over. Concedes five fours to Sehwag and a no ball.# Highlight32:Rahul Bose, Sunil Shetty, Raveena Tandon, Anil Thadani, Ritesh Sidhwani, Vivek Oberoi, Gautam Singhania and Subodh Gupta at stadium to watch match, says designer Manav Gangwani.# Highlight31:Daler Mehndi, Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Abhishek Bachchan, Siddharth Mallya, Vijay Mallya, Arbaaz Khan and Fardeen Khan at stadium to watch match, says designer Manav Gangwani.# Highlight30:Players of both teams wearing red ribbons on their shirt as a show of support for people suffering with AIDS.# Highlight29:Sachin, Sehwag start against Pakistan. Umar Gul opens bowling.#Highlight28:National anthems over. Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Aamir Khan sing along with Team India and spectators.# Highlight27:Here’s more for the cricket lovers. A specially minted coin was used during the toss that will be auctioned by the ICC post the match.# Highlight26:Mail Today’s Ajit Vijaykumar says India bring in Ashish Nehra for R Ashwin, after looking at the grass on the track. A big gamble? No Shoaib Akhtar.# Highlight25:India win toss and elect to bat against Pakistan.# Highlight24:Mail Today’s Ajit Vijaykumar says PCA Stadium at Mohali almost full. No surprises there. Still, 28,000 aren’t that many, considering the match.# Highlight23:According to team sources, Ashish Nehra may replace Munaf Patel in the playing 11.# Highlight22:Pak pacer Shoaib Akhtar will not play against India, the team management decides owing to his fitness concerns.# Highlight21:Mail Today’s Ajit Vijaykumar says Why is there so much grass, even if it is dead? Hopefully, toss won’t be a factor.#Highlight20:Mail Today’s Ajit Vijaykumar says Teams have arrived. All eyes on Akhtar. Will he play on a track that has a fair amount of grass?#Highlight19:Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leaves for Mohali along with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi from Delhi.#Highlight18:Indian and Pakistani teams leave for the stadium from their hotels.# Highlight17:Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raja Gilani has reached Chandigarh.#Highlight16:Sourav Ganguly, Sanjay Manjrekar, Rameez Raja entering via gate no 1. Arun Jaitley arrives with family.#Highlight15:Mail Today’s Ajit Vijaykumar says ICC playing conditions state that in case of a no-result even on the reserve day, Pakistan will go through to final as they topped their group and India had come in second in Group B.# Highlight14:Right now there are more cops than fans. Building up fast. Everyone is cursing PM’s presence.#Highlight13:Former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raza says even if Pakistan lose today, they will go back as heroes. Shahid Afridi needs to perform well with the bat.# Highlight12:MTV India tweeted – With both Veena Malik & Poonam Pandey at the India-Pakistan match, there are going to be lots of legs before wickets.#Highlight11:Mail Today’s Ajit Vijaykumar says from Mohali – Clear sky after heavy rain last night. Strangely, wicket has a fair amount of grass.# Highlight10:Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot to receive Pak delegation headed by PM Yusuf Raza Gilani at Chandigarh airport.# Highlight9:With the satta bazaar heating up, Delhi Police sources say the betting stakes could be as high as Rs 500-600 crore for this match.#Highlight8:A host of Airbuses, Bombardiers and Hawkers are expected top hover over the Mohali awaiting landing permission.#Highlight7:With at least six special flights operated by commercial airlines and about 50 private aircrafts expected to land during the day, Chandigarh airport might even match the busiest airports like Delhi and Mumbai by Wednesday afternoon.#Highlight6:All roads other than those leading to Mohali are empty. Roads to the stadium are clogged as India take on Pakistan in the World Cup semi-final clash at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday, March 30, 2011.#Highlight5:Taj hotel under 3tier security blanket as Pakistan PM Yusuf Raza Gilani and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are expected to check in here only. Pak team already staying here.#Highlight4:Mukesh and Anil Ambani, Sharad Pawar, Vijay Mallya, Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sunil Shetty, Anil Agarwal and the Hindujas are said to be watching the match.#Highlight3:Heavy rains and thunderstorm had lashed Mohali on Tuesday night on the eve of the blockbuster World Cup semifinal clash.#Highlight2:The ICC revokes the media ban for Mohali’s match. The move comes after the intervention of the Information and Broadcasting ministry.#Highlight1:Sources say Indian coach Gary Kirsten has ensured that the Men in Blue don’t get to read the morning newspapers and neither do they watch the 24×7 coverage of the upcoming encounter on news channels.#last_img read more

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India as the cynosure of all eyes

first_imgDesi mania, Hindustani furore, or desi fever, call it what you will but India is in fashion. Currently India is the biggest international trend. Once a far dream, the transition from “trendbots” to trend-setters is now a reality. Brand India is in vogue, it is the flavour of the season across platforms- whether it is fashion, music, celebrities or sports.The IT revolution, “India shining,” the call centre craze and luxury brands were phase one that positioned us as an important global face; but a new era ushers in a fresh focus. International designers, celebrities and musicians are all trying to make in-roads into our urban hubs. The latest wave of global names that have recently launched their stores in the country include brands like Hackett, Simon Carter, Roberto Cavalli, to name a few. Renowned musicians and DJs are booking gigs here as well. The prestigious lineup boasts of big names like Enrique Iglesias, Norah Jones, Pitbull and Sean Paul who will perform this year while Megadeath, Lady Gaga, Avici, David Guetta, and Shakira have already seen packed houses. 2011 saw the successful launch of Formula 1 and its second season has all eyes focused on us.Conversely, fashion weeks abroad boasted of designers who featured India inspired collections for Spring/Summer 2013. Haute couture fashion labels and celebrity favourites like Marchesa, Vera Wang, Jean Paul Gaultier, Mathew Williamson, Joseph Altuzarra and Etro all presented India inspired collections. The sexy sari, the slinky churidar and the humble kurti were introduced in a unique avatar. While it’s not the first time that India has inspired fashion what was first a one-off thing is now a mainstream rage. Desi celebrities like Sonam Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut are getting front row seats at London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks. Even footwear, and ethnic Indian jewellery like Polki necklaces and earrings are a favourite on the international red carpet.advertisementThe obsession with Frieda Pinto may very well be replaced by a fascination for actress Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood’s latest entrant on the international circuit. Piggy Chops launched her singing career with an international debut, being signed by an international record label.China may very well be eons ahead of us in the superpower race but we might just beat them when it comes to fashion and accessories. It’s designers of Indian origin like Prabal Gurung, Rachel Roy, Manish Arora and Bibhu Mohapatra that are dressing political heavyweights across the world and by the looks of it 2013 is all set to be an Indian summer.Ash has runway ablazeAishwarya Rai Bachchan unveils the new Longines Saint Imier Collection of watches  Bollywood’s leading celebrities are busy attending Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s wedding, however, tinsel town’s favourite bahu, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is busy at work. The leading actress was in the capital on Monday to unveil the new Longines Saint Imier Collection of watches and celebrate its 180th anniversary.The leading actress walked the runway looking absolutely glamorous in a body hugging black gown.Ash seems back in shape and well on her way to regaining a sexy and slim figure. Silencing her critics, Aishwarya showed off a toned fit figure and even flaunted enviable curves in this floor length number.PM’s dressing sets the tone for her visitAustralian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is on a three day visit to India  Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard arrived in the capital on Monday on a three-day official visit to the country. While the diplomatic talks being held between the two nations are aimed at improving bilateral ties, diplomatic fashion may well be the very first step.Dressed in a formal black skirt-suit, paired with a royal blue blouse, it was clearly evident that Gillard means business. It is a fact well known that power dressing ostensibly plays a big part when trying to project a certain image; this official deglamorised first look served that purpose to the T.Gillard is famous for her prim and proper attire and usually sticks to business suits. Even on day two, for a visit to a cricket camp for underprivileged kids at Asha project site, she stuck to her signature style, opting to wear a chic white jacket paired with navy blue trousers. She was spotted cheering on young girls while they played a game of cricket.Just when one thought that Ms Gillard would keep up the strong look and dress in monotones for the duration of her visit, later in the day she surprised everyone by wearing a bright orange blazer.advertisementA silly slanging matchLeading designers, Manish Malhotra and Ritu Kumar  Stolen designs and spiteful words are a regular feature in India’s fashion story. The latest scandal involves two leading designers, Manish Malhotra and Ritu Kumar; their sorry saga revolves around the Saifeena wedding. Both maintain they designed Kareena’s much talked about wedding ensemble.Kareena Kapoor.First it was Ritu Kumar who released a sketch of the ensemble to the press but Manish Malhotra countered her claim. “I am doing Kareena Kapoor’s wedding not Ritu Kumar… For the past two weeks, workers in my unit have been restoring Sharmila ji’s old wedding lehenga that Bebo will wear for her nikaah on the 16th,” he told a daily.While Ritu Kumar remains tight lipped, actress and Saif Ali Khan’s mother Sharmila Tagore came to her defence, stating, “I had given Ritu my mother-in-law’s wedding gharara to be restored and embellished and she has been working on it for a while now. Kareena is wearing that for the wedding ceremony. As for Manish Malhotra, he is a dear friend of hers (Kareena) and is doing the other wedding outfits, as well as some for different functions.”last_img read more

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Cricket: India stay alive in the series after they beat England by 203 runs

first_imgAdvertisement Also Read:Cricket: Hardik Pandya shoots down comparisons with legendary Indian captain Advertisement(Photo Courtesy: India Today)Virat Kohli starred in both innings as team India clinched their first win of the series, beating the host’s England by 203 runs in the 3rd test here at Nottingham.Coming into the game following a drubbing at Lord’s, India needed to prove themselves big time if they were looking to avoid further criticism. The first two matches saw them fall like nine pins, with their batsmen apart from the skipper Virat failing to contribute.To counter all the problems they had, India got in Shikhar Dhawan and debutant Rishabh Pant in place of Vijay and Karthik. Also the bowling department saw Kuldeep being replaced by Jasprit Bumrah.The changes seemed to pay of immediately as Dhawan along with his opening partner of Rahul got India to a solid start in day 1. This was then followed by a 159 run partnership from the pair of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane which put India in a commanding position. The duo came close to their centuries but both missed out falling for 97 and 81 respectively. The lower order did not last long and India ended the 1st innings at 329.After scoring their first total in excess of 300, India set out to defend it. They did it in style picking up wickets in regular intervals and dismissing England for a mere 161. Hardik Pandya picked up his first 5 wicket haul in tests in the process. Thus India got a lead of 168 runs going into the second innings.In the second outing, India made no mistakes and kept on adding to their lead. Kohli who had missed out on his hundred in the first innings put up a huge partnership with Pujara for the 3rd wicket and scored his 23rd test century in the process. A quick fifty from Hardik Pandya in the end of day 3 saw India declare at 352-7 setting a daunting target of 521 for England.The host’s who had to see off over 2 days of play lost wickets in quick succession to surrender the game. Buttler and Stokes tried reviving their innings by stitching a partnership. Buttler reached his maiden century and Stokes scored a gritty 62 but it just wasn’t enough for England. After the duo’s departure, the rest of the wickets fell quickly and England ended their innings at 317 losing by 203 runs. Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers this time around picking up 5 wickets.With this win, India now come right back into the series with two more matches left to play. They will look to take this form into the 4th test that starts on 30th August and put up a similar kind of display.last_img read more

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England will not walk off pitch for racist abuse, says Southgate

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has said his players will not walk off the pitch in protest if they are racially abused by supporters following discussions with his squad and staff.England’s 5-1 rout of Montenegro in Podgorica in March was soured by racist abuse from fans and the hosts were ordered to play their next European competition match behind closed doors as part of sanctions handed out by UEFA.Southgate said he discussed the matter with England internationals Raheem Sterling, Danny Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi and the players agreed that walking off would shift the focus to them rather than the issue of racism.They are clear they don’t want the story at the end to be about them as individuals, Southgate told reporters on Thursday as he announced his squad for next month’s UEFA Nations League semi-final against Netherlands. They want football to be the story.In terms of walking off the pitch, that isn’t something they’re all on board with. None of the current team has expressed that as a preference… But they have had an opportunity to speak (publicly) and have an impact that way.Sterling, who had also been allegedly racially abused when playing for Manchester City at Chelsea, had last month signed a manifesto that called for consistent punishment for racist and discriminatory behaviour, including automatic nine-point deductions.Southgate added that walking off the pitch would be nothing more than a symbolic statement which would not necessarily lead to reform.advertisementThe bit that isn’t clear to me if we did that apart from the question of whether we would be penalised is what would happen then? Southgate added. It would be a statement, but what would that lead to?There are lots of statements that have been made and haven’t led to change and reform. For me, the broader discussion around racism, education is key.A lot of our players and former players have spoken brilliantly about that in recent months. I don’t think we need any more symbolic statements that this is unacceptable.England play Netherlands on June 6 in Guimaraes and face either hosts Portugal or Switzerland in the Nations League final or go into a third place playoff on June 9.Also Read | Qatar brings first new World Cup stadium to life as FIFA mulls expansionAlso Read | Injured Harry Kane picked by England for Nations League finalsAlso Seelast_img read more

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COUNTRY AFFILIATE BREAKS THE DROUGHT

first_imgThe small farming community of Millmerran, located 210 kilometres South-west of Brisbane, has been doing it tough during the drought with little to cheer about with limited rainfall affecting the mixed farming operations in the district.The sport of Touch Football has given the close knit community a reason to cheer and made Monday night’s a little more exciting in the sleepy township with the formation of the first affiliated touch football competition in the area.Touch Football in Millmerran is a living, breathing example of the sport’s catch cry of Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime.Established in 1841, the Millmerran shire famous for sheep, cattle, dairy, cereal grains and cotton is an hour’s drive from the next closest touch affiliate in Queensland in Toowoomba.Millmerran is a Rugby League stronghold with the Millmerran Rams having a long and proud tenure in the Toowoomba Rugby league competition. The link between League and Touch Football is thus an easy leap to take.Recognising the need to engage the local community in sport, and the interest of the community in playing a football off-shoot, the Millmerran Shire Council through the Millmerran Sport and Recreation Centre, contacted the Queensland Touch Association late last year to start a competition and affiliate with the parent body.Nine teams comprising cattle, grain, and dairy farmers, cotton chippers, school children, power station workers, and assorted townsfolk congregate at the Millmerran Sports Centre every Monday night throwing their best long balls and conjuring their super steps in the Millmerran Sports Centre Mixed Touch Competition.Touch Football Queensland Development Officer Terry Mc Sweeney has been instumental in helping the town build their affiliate and is impressed with the enthusiasm of the locals who have embraced the competition with gusto.“It’s a 26 week competition.  It’s the first affiliated competition in the district ever. They play seven a side to get everyone involved and run two timeslots, 6.30pm and 7.30pm – it gets too cold otherwise! They began in February and will go through to July, they are just loving it. It’s certainly an eye opener to the uninitiated. It’s very laid back, but it’s a great start, and it certainly helps the farmers to take their minds of more pressing and serious issues around the drought.” Mc Sweeney said.An eye opener, you can say that again.Consider the following, then compare the conditions most people operate in the metropolitan areas.The state of Millmerran’s fields and the grass cover – well, you have to have grass to worry about that, and you have to have water to concern yourself about restrictions. No dramas here!The grounds are rock hard, “Hard, but level” the locals nod sagely.Harder fields mean there are more casualties than in a season’s worth of “ER” episodes. Lots of injuries, lots of  insurance claims then? Hardly, locals argue, rather sensibly, that by the time it takes to fill in the form required and for the associated processes to be followed, they’ll be better. Refereeing is the most interesting aspect of the Millmerran competition.The ninth team in the competition (who have the bye) referee the two games from the scoreline (lighting is at it’s best here) and “We trust you to keep your own five metres.”… Imagine how much players in the SEQTL or Vawdon Cup would love that rule, unkind critics would say it would be business as usual for the majority.The lighting is decidedly dodgy, there are no uniforms, and team availabilty for games sometimes hinges on getting through the daily chores on the farm.Oh, and did I mention it’s cold?How cold?Think Leo freezing in the Arctic waters in “Titanic” and you’re in the ball park.Then there’s the travel. Farmers travel up to 40 kilometres from nearby Southbrook, Brookstead, and the Yandilla district to play, but the popuation of 1400 have enthusiastically embraced the game and can’t get enough of it.“We ran this season just to see how it was received and we are overwhelmed by the response. There are players from ever walk of life involved, and it is a tremendous social release – it’s fun and it’s fitness, and it’s been fantastic for the town. We’d like to get a bit more professional with refereeing and uniforms and the like, but it’s just great to see the community have something to enjoy.” Roberta Richter, Manager of the Millmerran Sport and Recreation Complex said.The Millmerran Shire Council governs the Sport and Recreation Complex and the body will be looking to proceed next season with a Level One Referees Course and a possible AusTouch Centre program for the children in the township.“Some of the farmers who travel really look forward to it. It’s pretty heartbreaking at times and a tough lifestyle, so anything that takes your mind off the drought for a while is a welcome distraction. The fields are so hard, but these guys are out there diving around everywhere, they breed ’em tough out this way for sure. It’s great to see people playing touch, having a drink after the game, and catching up, it’s something common to the game right across the nation.” Touch Football Queensland’s Terry Mc Sweeney said.We’ll keep an eye on the Millmerran competition and keep you posted on its progress. Word is some high profile referees are keen to make the trek out to Millmerran to assist with the Grand finals, as long as they’re prepared to referee from the scoreline and let the players set the five metres, can’t imagine there’ll be too many problems…Now there’s a strategy for improved player/referee relations!If you live in the Millmerran Shire and are looking to play Touch Football, contact Roberta Richter or Kelly Grant on 07) 46951036 or e-mail ceo@millmerran.qld.gov.au for further details.last_img read more

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Questions raised about Nova Scotia preprimary staffing weeks ahead of launch

first_imgHALIFAX – Hundreds of Nova Scotia families have registered for the promised expansion of pre-primary classes for four-year-olds, but there are still no firm numbers of trained staff available just weeks before its scheduled end-of-September startup.The uncertainty leaves many parents unsure whether spots will be available, with one private industry spokesperson saying she doubts the province can meet its own deadline in many areas.First announced in April, pre-primary became a major Liberal promise during the spring election campaign: the program is to be introduced across the province over the next four years at a cost of $49.9 million a year.In mid-July, Education Minister Zach Churchill announced a list of 30 new classrooms that would be added to 20 existing classes at 43 locations across the province. But he warned then staffing would pose a “challenge,” and availability would be contingent on available staff.In an email, the Education Department said the province’s eight school boards — who will hire the early childhood professionals — are reporting “early interest” in job postings, but several competitions still haven’t closed.The department said it has received 820 completed online pre-registrations from interested families so far.“Registration for individual pre-primary locations will be confirmed by the boards once their hiring processes are complete,” the email stated.In an interview, Pamela Streeter of the Nova Scotia Child Care Association said she remained skeptical the province would be able to find enough trained professionals to staff all of the new classes, noting that staffing and retention problems have plagued the sector for decades.“Since the late 90s there have been retention and recruitment issues in the sector for multiple reasons,” said Streeter. “Wages and benefits and work environment have been at the top of the reason why.”Streeter, who runs several early education programs including pre-primary at Creative Kids Education Centre in Hammonds Plains, said the lack of information from the province is unsettling to parents — and also to non-profit providers who could end up losing staff to the public system.“If they do get all of their staff it’s going to create real challenges for licensed centres … and what do you do when you have a group of families all signed up for your programs and then all of a sudden you can’t staff them,” she said.The government plan requires one early childhood educator for every 10 children in a class, with a maximum of 24 children per class.Streeter said while it remains to be seen how many educators move from existing centres to the public program, she would still be surprised to see all of the new classes up-and-running because of the challenges involved in attracting what are relatively low-paid professionals to mainly rural areas of the province.She said her own operation has had its troubles getting qualified help because of issues that include a lack of public transit.“That really cuts down my pool of candidates and I don’t even live that far outside the city,” said Streeter.Meanwhile, hiring progress inquiries made to four of the eight school boards drew little or no response.The most detailed reply came from the Strait Regional School Board, which is slated to provide pre-primary at six new locations.In an email, the Strait board said it has interviewed for a regional level manager position and has posted vacancies for lead early childhood educators at its pre-primary sites.“We are now ready to proceed with screening and interviews for the lead early childhood educator positions,” the board said. “Once these interviews are complete, we will proceed with the screening and interviews for the early childhood educator positions.”It also said that a total of 95 children have been pre-registered at eight locations offering pre-primary.The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board said its deadline to apply for the positions closed on Wednesday.“These applications are being reviewed and the candidates selected for interviews will be notified soon,” the board said. “The plan remains to have the pre-primary program up and running for the last week of September. Some programs were already in existence and will start as previously scheduled.”last_img read more

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Shaking up Canadas buttoneddown fashion world

first_imgAdvertisement But while demand from shoppers for distinctive wardrobes is growing, designers — especially those inspired by diverse influences — still face an uphill battle. “The Canadian market isn’t very adventurous,” says Gail McInnes, owner of Magnet Creative Management and the editor-in-chief of Pull, a fashion magazine. “Bloggers wear colour during fashion week to get photographed, but the rest of the time we wear a lot of black and a lot of neutrals.”Lisa Tant, who spent nearly nine years as the editor of Flare magazine and is now a sales director at Nordstrom, agrees, saying that Canadian retail doesn’t stray too far from standard fashion. “There are boutiques here and there that are very innovative, and there are certain people who will wear anything, but in general, Canadians veer towards the conservative,” she says. “It has to be a global trend before it takes hold here.” That might be why Canada struggles to keep its home-grown fashion talent: many well-known designers make their names abroad — Erdem achieved success in the U.K., for example, and Tanya Taylor and Jason Wu, both of whom have dressed Michele Obama, are based in the U.S.Though her collections can increasingly be found on red carpets and in magazines, Jassal is still working to place her clothing in a major store.  “I’m a Canadian Indian, but I feel like the fashion industries in both countries don’t accept me completely,” she says. “When I take my designs to the Canadian industry, they’re too exotic, too Indian. But I applied to Bombay Fashion Week and was told, technically you’re not Indian, you’re Canadian now.”There are signs, however, that those distinctions are starting to matter less. “I find that because the world is such a small place now, thanks to social media, people are much more interested in other cultures,” Tant says. And Jassal has noticed that fans of her line will mix and match pieces with their existing wardrobes, pairing colourful, full-length, embroidered skirts with leather jackets, and cropped tops trimmed with feathers or tassels with trousers.And this past February, Uniqlo — a Japanese brand best known for its affordable, minimalistic basics — launched a collaboration with Hana Tajima, a British-Japanese Muslim fashion designer, that includes hijabs, abayas, and baju kurung, a traditional Malay form of dress. Fifteen countries have featured the collaboration, including Canada, which assistant PR manager Catherine Couturier says was specifically chosen because of its diverse population. In March, Nike, announced that its Pro Hijab would be available in three colours starting in spring 2018.As for Jassal, she’s now more focused on carving out a niche than fitting into one. “What I have found is that there are more girls who relate to what I am feeling, and that’s why my clothes resonate with another type of market,” she says. “It’s a market that isn’t completely Indian but not completely Canadian — or, better said, it is the perfect mix of both.”By Renée Sylvestre-WilliamsRenée Sylvestre-Williams is a writer living in Toronto. Her work has been published in The Globe and Mail, Canadian Living, and Quartz. Advertisement Mani Jassal does not make saris. “What I do is lenghas, which are separates, like a crop top with a ball-gown skirt,” says the 25-year-old Toronto-based designer. “But saris are the typical garment that people think of when they think of Indian clothes.”When Jassal began studying fashion at Ryerson University in 2009, her intention wasn’t to design lenghas. Instead, she planned to concentrate on red-carpet and evening wear. Jassal hadn’t grown up with much interest in South Asian clothing — most of her exposure to it came through Bollywood movies, which she says didn’t impress her. But then she picked up a copy of Vogue India and saw the skill and craftsmanship that went into the designs. Thanks to that magazine, Jassal decided in her final year to experiment with non-traditional bridal wear for Mass Exodus 2013, Ryerson’s student-run fashion show. “I incorporated laser-cut leather and unconventional colours like black, which is a faux pas when it comes to Indian weddings,” she says. The collection was a hit, and Jassal found a new path.Now she has showrooms in Toronto and Los Angeles and has produced five collections, including her Mass Exodus show. Jassal’s work continues to blend her two cultures, and it’s been featured in Vanity Fair and gained red-carpet notice at the BET Awards and Emmy Awards. Her spring/summer 2017 collection, alamārī, takes its name from the Punjabi word for “closet” and is a response to the demand from the South Asian market for variety in evening and formal wear. She’s not the only young designer drawing inspiration from non-Western fashion, which generally skews more modest: Sara Elemary, a Harlem-by-way-of Egypt fashion designer, has garnered attention for her highly covetable harem pants. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A design by Mani Jassal, whose clothes mix Indian and Canadian sensibilities. (manijassal.com)center_img Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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African Development Bank Loans Morocco USD 200 Million to Boost Industrial

Rabat – The African Development Bank (AfDB) just approved on July 14, a USD 200 million loan for Morocco to finance the first phase of the Support Program for the Acceleration of Industrialization in Morocco (PAAIM I). The AfDB also validated a USD 50 million risk-sharing agreement for the Central Popular Bank (BCP).The PAAIM I, which aims to promote the industrial acceleration of Morocco and consolidate the foundations for sustainable and shared growth, is aligned with two of the AfDB’s five strategic priorities, namely “Industrializing Africa” and “Improving the quality of life of populations in Africa.”This program is expected to increase the share of industry in Morocco’s GDP by 14 to 23 points and create half a million jobs by 2020. The AfDB’s Board of Directors has also approved a risk-sharing agreement (APA) amounting to USD  50 million for the benefit of the Central Popular Bank (BCP). In a statement published by the AFD, the bank stated that the program will be able to “hedge a portfolio of transactions of up to USD 100 million, supporting the equivalent of USD 700 million (cumulative value) of intra-African business operations over a three-year period.”According to the AfDB, the APA will meet the growing demand of African markets for trade finance in vital economic sectors such as agri-food, health, services, and industry. In addition, it will promote regional integration and financial sector development and help generate additional tax revenues for several African States. This agreement will support in particular Moroccan exporters as well as banks and SMEs on the continent.To date, 32 transactions amounting to USD 2.3 billion in commitments are registered under the partnership between Morocco and the African Development Bank Group. The projects concern the transport, energy, water, and sanitation and agricultural sectors.This partnership between the AfDP and the BCP takes place in a context where the majority of African banks have a small capitalization, limiting their ability to obtain lines from international banks. read more

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Whats at stake in Ukraines presidential election

Awash in corruption, plagued by a war with Russia-backed separatists, reliant on international institutions for billions of dollars in aid, Ukraine presents stern challenges for its next president.Sunday’s election, which will require a second round if none of the 39 candidates wins an absolute majority, comes five years after mass protests drove the pro-Russia president to flee the country. The upheaval led to Russia annexing the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, to a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 13,000 people and to economic decline.A look at some of the issues at stake as Ukraine chooses a new president:CORRUPTIONEndemic corruption was one of the key complaints against the president ousted in 2014 and persists under his successor, Petro Poroshenko. Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index shows Ukraine at 120 among 188 countries rated for clean government — a marginal improvement from recent years but still in the neighbourhood of notably dodgy countries such as Niger and Mali.Poroshenko initiated some anti-corruption measures that were demanded by the International Monetary Fund for the release of billions of dollars in loans. But the fledgling efforts suffered a considerable blow this month when the main anti-corruption law was declared unconstitutional. State defence enterprises, meanwhile, are embroiled in a military embezzlement scandal.Top candidates have vowed various severe measures against corruption, including mandatory life in prison for cheating the military, lifetime bans on holding public office and a onetime tax amnesty for hidden assets. But corruption is so pervasive that such measures could show little effect, while rising public anger demands more visible action.All the top candidates pledge they will pursue European Union membership for Ukraine, but the bloc appears reluctant to welcome a country that can’t or won’t tackle corruption.RUSSIAThe top candidates also favour Ukraine seeking NATO membership, a move that would be anathema to Russia and that could obstruct attempts to resolve other tensions such as the war in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s seizure of 24 Ukrainian sailors last year.The prospects of any resolution of the conflict in the east are dim, though the top candidates have different approaches of how to tackle the issue.Poroshenko, who is seeking a second term, favours the so-called Normandy Format talks of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany, although those negotiations have been all but dormant. Yulia Tymoshenko wants talks held among the signatories of the Budapest Memorandum, which calls observing the territorial integrity of former Soviet republics that gave up their nuclear weapons, even though Russia flouted that pact when it annexed Crimea.Upstart Volodymyr Zelenskiy says the matter can be solved only through direct talks with Russia. That idea has received some favourable news coverage in Russia, suggesting Moscow is looking for a way out of a conflict that has cost it heavily in international sanctions.QUALITY OF LIFEDaily life for many Ukrainians is poor and dismal — the average wage is just $350 a month. Thus, a 25-per cent hike in prices for natural gas last year was a severe blow to many households.Tymoshenko likened that to “genocide” and has vowed to cut gas prices by 50 per cent or more. But doing so would risk the disapproval of the international financial institutions giving Ukraine aid; the price hike met demands for the gas market to be rationalized.Ukraine’s medical care system, largely unchanged since the Soviet era, has been notoriously poor, especially outside major cities. Reforms are underway, but some candidates say the changes are insufficient and make access to general practitioners difficult. Tymoshenko and Zelenskiy both propose introducing medical insurance.ECONOMYUkraine’s economy is recovering from the severe decline it experienced after the 2014 upheaval, but gross domestic product is still substantially below its level in 2013. The willingness of the next president to undertake reforms — and the composition of the new parliament to be elected in September — will likely promote or discourage investors. Before the presidential vote, economists were predicting modest growth of about 2.5 per cent a year, marred by inflation expected at about 10 per cent.Poroshenko can point to the economic improvement during his tenure, including a rise in foreign direct investment. Zelenskiy calls for simplifying the tax code and for removing obstructions to new enterprises, so that “you can open a business in an hour.” Tymoshenko has promised to lower the tax on entrepreneurs by half and to redirect Ukraine’s economy from reliance on raw materials to producing finished goods.DEMOCRACYRegardless of who wins, the election will be a significant test of Ukraine’s commitment to orderly democracy, influencing both citizens’ trust in the authorities and international partners.The pre-election period has been increasingly messy. Poroshenko’s own interior minister has accused the president of using public money to try to buy votes.After Zelenskiy’s campaign found listening devices in its Kyiv building, an Interior Ministry official suggested the national security service was involved and the security service in turn opened a criminal case against the ministry on the grounds of undermining state security.Far-right groups have become increasingly unruly as the campaign period progressed.The Associated Press read more

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Russias central bank raises key rate to 17 pct from 105 pct

FILE – In this Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, file photo, teople walk past a sign advertising currency exchange rates in Moscow, Russia. The Bank of Russia has raised its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent in a desperate move to boost its currency and rescue its troubled economy. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File) Russia’s central bank raises key rate to 17 pct. from 10.5 pct. amid currency meltdown by Josh Boak And Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Dec 15, 2014 3:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Bank of Russia has raised its key interest rate to 17 per cent from 10.5 per cent in a desperate move to boost its currency and rescue its troubled economy.The action announced Tuesday in Moscow comes after the ruble’s value has sunk roughly 50 per cent since January, battered by Western sanctions imposed over the conflict in Ukraine and plunging worldwide oil prices. The falling ruble threatens to escalate Russia’s inflation to dangerous levels and paralyze the economy.The central bank’s aggressive move illustrated the magnitude of the perils confronting Russia. It reflected fears that the ruble’s decline could trigger consumer panic, incite a run on banks and deepen Russia’s economic problems.By raising interest rates, the bank hopes investors will find it more financially appealing to keep their money in Russia.“They did it as a lure to encourage people to keep their rubles at home rather than continue to flee the currency and the country,” said Barry Eichengreen, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley. “It’s a way of buying time. It doesn’t solve any of the underlying issues that the Russian economy has” — falling energy prices, Western sanctions and widespread corruption.Such challenges are especially difficult because Russia’s economy relies so heavily on petroleum revenue and lacks the diversification to withstand severe economic downturns.That tends to leave the economy at the mercy of global financial markets, where oil is priced in dollars. The average price of a barrel of oil has dropped below $56 from a summer high of $107. The Russian government recently downgraded its growth forecast for next year, predicting that the economy will sink into recession.Still, the Bank of Russia’s latest action carries dangers of its own. By jacking up rates to try to contain inflation, it risks inflicting further economic damage, Eichengreen noted. Though high interest rates can attract investor money, they can also stifle growth by making it harder for consumers and businesses to borrow and spend.The announcement in Moscow came after U.S. and European markets had closed Monday. Stocks have suffered in recent days amid the steady drop in global oil prices. The sell-off could continue if investors view the Bank of Russia’s move as ineffective.The central bank has gradually raised the rate from 5.5 per cent early this year. Last Thursday, it tried unsuccessfully to stem the ruble’s slide by boosting its key rate by 1 percentage point to 10.5 per cent. It cited a surge in consumer prices and a “significant inflation risk.”The Bank of Russia said then that it expected prices to rise 10 per cent for 2014 and climb further in the first quarter of 2015.But the ruble plunged further Monday, dropping from 55 rubles to the dollar Thursday to about 65 rubles to the dollar.A falling currency increases the cost of imports, thereby stoking inflationary pressures. At the same time, plummeting oil prices give the government less money to combat a downturn and can force it to borrow more.The sanctions imposed by the West have magnified Russia’s economic turmoil.In September, the United States and the European Union announced a new round of sanctions over Moscow’s involvement in Ukraine, which included blocking Western financial markets to key Russian companies and limiting imports of some technologies.The additional sanctions were expected to cause enough pain to put Russia into recession for one or two years, predicted economist Alexei Kudrin, who served as finance minister under President Vladimir Putin for 11 years until 2011.The potential for a prolonged downturn caused investors to pull their money from the country, causing the ruble to further lose value. read more

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Google adds graphing calculator to results

first_imgGoogle has always been handy for answering quick mathematical questions, unit conversions, or currency conversions typed into the search box. You can now stash that graphing calculator of yours forever, because the crew in Mountain View added graphing displays to Google calculator features as well.Type a function into the Google search box, such as cos(x), and at the top of the results page you’ll see that graph drawn out. There are Google Maps-like controls for panning and zooming around the graph. Multiple graphs can be drawn by separating the functions with commas. The screenshot above shows what you get when you put in four functions: the four graphs are drawn, overlapping each other, in Google’s trademark bright colors.The x- and y-coordinates in the top right corner of the graph follow your mouse but lock the point to one along the line. That feature is best explained by simply trying it out.A couple of computer science-y quirks remain. If you graph sin(x) and hold your mouse over the point that should be zero, such as pi, the y-coordinate displays as a really small number, such as 1.5364 x 10-5. If you ever need the exact value of a certain point in your function, you could always put that directly into the search box, such as sin(0), and just let the normal Calculator app work its magic.According to “Google engineer and math lover” Adi Avidor, the graphing calculator supports a variety of functions. Specifically, trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic functions and all their compositions are included. The feature is available now in modern browsers.via Google’s Inside Search bloglast_img read more

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Fresh harassment and bullying allegations have emerged at the National Museum

first_img By Ceimin Burke 13,331 Views Significant damage has been done to a large number of women who have worked in a building 100 yards from where we sit. These women were in the care of the State because the State had a role during that time as the Department was involved in those particular HR issues.He urged the Minister to take a hands-on approach to resolving the issue.Minister Madigan rejected his claim that no steps have been taken since the reports emerged. She added that she has the utmost sympathy for women and men who go through any bullying or harassment in the museum or any other cultural institution.READ: Employee suspended by National Museum obsessed with tall women with long legs, court told 23 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3878723 The National Museum. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie The National Museum. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Mar 1st 2018, 12:38 PM The minister said that a new board was appointed in July 2016 and it is implementing change at the museum. She added that the National Museum of Ireland is a statutory body and she has no responsibility for its day to day operations.Tóibín described Madigan’s response as “very unsatisfactory in a number of ways”.  He said that as she is as she is new to the Department she may not be aware of the “deep and ongoing crisis” that has engulfed the National Museum. Thursday 1 Mar 2018, 12:38 PM THE MINISTER FOR Culture Josepha Madigan has confirmed that there have been new allegations of harassment and bullying amongst staff at the National Museum in Dublin.Minister Madigan said she could not comment on individual cases in response a question from Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín in the Dáil yesterday.Tóibín said millions of euro had been spent on consultants, reports, sexual abuse experts and High Court payoffs due to the issues at the museum which has been “racked with allegations of bullying and sexual harassment”. Fresh harassment and bullying allegations have emerged at the National Museum Minister Josepha Madigan’s response to the allegations was labelled “very unsatisfactory” in the Dáil. Share19 Tweet Email This, of course, does not include the very real damage that has been done to the lives of a large number of people who simply wanted to work in the premier heritage location in Ireland. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Dealing with grief on Fathers Day We wont mourn the loss of

first_imgDealing with grief on Father’s Day: ‘We won’t mourn the loss of Adam, but we’ll celebrate everything he gave us’ Father’s Day can be a tough day for those who have lost a child or a father. http://jrnl.ie/4067050 Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 7:00 AM Jun 17th 2018, 7:01 AM Short URL 7 Comments Image: www.adamscloud.com Share321 Tweet Email IT’S FATHER’S DAY, and today is usually looked upon as a day of happiness, a day to appreciate your loved ones.However, that’s not always the case for everyone. Today can be a difficult milestone for thousands of fathers in Ireland who have lost a child or for people who have lost their fathers.Benji Bennett experienced the loss of his four-year-old son Adam in 2007, but he told TheJournal.ie that he has learned over the years to channel his grief into a positive energy and has been able to turn Father’s Day into a happy day.He told us: The Bennett family Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Adam Bennett Source: www.adamscloud.comDealing with Father’s DayThis is Bennett’s eleventh Father’s Day without Adam, and he has explained how he now deals with the day.“It’s a funny thing. I try not to get too sentimental about these things. I try not to dwell on [Adam] because we had Adam’s birthday last week and it’s his anniversary in August,” he said.Bennett said that he has made a decision through the years to turn Father’s Day into a happy day.He’s never out of my mind, of course, but I try not to get anyway melancholy or ‘I’m a dad and Adam’s not here’ because I have three other wonderful children.“We would all be thinking of Adam but we don’t make this day about us missing Adam, we make it about a family day and that’s how we do it.”Speaking of how he managed to turn his grief into a positive frame of mind, Bennet said:“For me, it’s like a switch in your brain. With grief, in my own experience, is that we made a decision to flick the positive switch on. Grief can be quite a spiritual, positive, beautiful, painful, wonderful journey that you will go on.When I say we flicked a switch in our brain, it’s that we’re not going to mourn the loss of Adam, but we’re going to celebrate everything he gave us. We’re going to celebrate those years and precious moments that we had.Of course, not all fathers who have lost a child will be in a like-minded positive mindset.Bennett shared some words of advice.“I’m going to remember him, I’m going to talk about him, I’m going to smile about him when I think of him. For me, the advice is to try to celebrate them,” he said.Bennett turned to Anam Cara, a parent bereavement organisation, in his time of need.“Anam Cara can help because you can either go and listen to somebody talking about their experiences or you can talk yourself,” Bennett said.“Talk and listen. Try to make it positive. Don’t brush it away or under the carpet. I want to tell the whole world about Adam, so if anybody will listen I’ll tell them. That’s the beauty of what Anam Cara does, you’re allowed to talk and you’re allowed to listen.”Rounding off his chat with TheJournal.ie, Bennett offered one final piece of advice.The pain eases, but the love for them never ends. You will always think about them and it’s always quite special, but it does get easier. You can live and operate as a human being, as a husband, as a family again. It just takes time and you have to work at it.Following Adam’s death, Benji Bennett wrote and published a series of children’s books, inspired by his child’s life – Adam’s Cloud.Anam Cara has again launched its #Daddyandme awareness campaign this week to offer a chance for those who have experienced a loss to share their special photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.People can text REMEMBER to 50300 to donate €2 to Anam Cara’s cause.  The Bennett family Image: www.adamscloud.com By Hayley Halpin 28,411 Views For me, it’s like a switch in your brain. It’s that we’re not going to mourn the loss of Adam, but we’re going to celebrate everything he gave us. We’re going to celebrate those years and precious moments that we had.Adam fell ill one Friday evening while the family were on holiday in Brittas Bay in Wicklow in 2007, and he began experiencing headaches. By the Monday morning, his condition had deteriorated and Bennett made the decision to take him to Tallaght Hospital.Within an hour of arriving at the hospital, Adam had gone into a spasm and collapsed. A subsequent brain scan revealed he had a brain tumour that had bled a few days previous.“They operated on him and a few hours later he was gone. From running around in a field to being gone over the weekend. It was pretty shocking and sudden,” Bennett said.The Bennett family had two other sons when Adam passed away. To help deal with the grieving process, they made the decision to try for another baby. They now have a four-year-old daughter named Molly.“After we lost Adam, we didn’t know what to do. We just felt we needed to try to take back something that was taken from us. It was never trying to replace Adam, but it was about helping our family and bringing our family back together again,” he said.We always say that Molly met him along the way. When he was going up, she was on her way down to mind us.last_img read more

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Le méthane de la marée noire digérée par des bactéries

first_imgLe méthane de la marée noire digérée par des bactériesLe méthane qui a envahi le Golfe du Mexique lors de l’explosion de la plateforme pétrolière BP en avril 2010 a été digéré par des bactéries en quatre mois seulement. Une preuve du rôle fondamental que jouent les micro-organismes dans le réchauffement climatique et les moyens de le ralentir.    La marée noire d’avril 2010 dans le Golfe du Mexique comprenait 30% de méthane parmi les différents hydrocarbures relâchés. Alors que la fuite du puits ne s’est arrêtée que le 15 juillet, dès septembre, l’ensemble du méthane libéré “avait été complètement consommé par [d]es bactéries, ce qui a été plus rapide que ce à quoi nous nous attendions”, a indiqué à l’AFP David Valentine, professeur de géochimie. En réalité, les mesures effectuées indiquent que moins d’un 100.000e du méthane dégagé l’a été dans l’atmosphère.À lire aussiUne incroyable vidéo montre une bactérie attraper au lasso un morceau d’ADNCette absorption est fondamentale car ces bactéries, en captant les énormes quantités de méthane qui s’échappent déjà naturellement des fonds marins, empêchent que ce gaz à effet de serre (le deuxième plus important qui soit) ne rejoigne l’atmosphère. David Valentine explique que “ces bactéries agissent comme un filtre”. De plus, d’autres recherches ont constaté l’absorption, elle aussi très rapide, de l’éthane et du propane relâchés au cours de la marée noire.  Toutefois, la digestion du méthane par ces micro-organismes produit naturellement du CO2, lui aussi gaz à effet de serre qui se retrouve libéré dans l’atmosphère.Le 7 janvier 2011 à 12:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Les ours polaires souffrent dun mystérieux mal en Alaska

first_imgLes ours polaires souffrent d’un mystérieux mal en AlaskaUne étude américaine révèle que les ours polaires d’Alaska perdent leur fourrure et souffrent actuellement de lésions cutanées. Pour l’heure, les scientifiques ne parviennent pas à expliquer cet étrange phénomène qui semble toucher également les phoques et les morses.Des ours, des phoques et des morses souffrent actuellement d’un étrange mal en Alaska. C’est ce qu’indique une étude scientifique américaine menée par le U.S. Geological Survey qui évoque notamment de sérieux problèmes de peau. En effet, sur les 33 ours examinés ces deux dernières semaines, neuf d’entre eux perdaient leur fourrure et présentaient des lésions cutanées, a indiqué Tony DeGange, responsable du bureau de biologie au Centre scientifique de l’USGS.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Comme le précise l’Anchorage Daily News, les scientifiques ne connaissent pour le moment ni la cause ni la signification de ces symptômes. Les échantillons de sang et de peau prélevés doivent encore être étudiés. Toutefois, “notre série de données porte à croire qu’il s’agit d’une situation inhabituelle, mais pas sans précédent”, a expliqué Tony DeGange qui souligne que dix des 48 ours examinés par l’équipe en 1998-1999 souffraient des mêmes problèmes. “Nous avons effectué des biopsies en 1999 et nous n’avons pas pu établir un agent déclencheur pour la perte de fourrure à l’époque”, a indiqué le responsable du bureau de biologie au Centre scientifique de l’USGS. “Mais nous avons désormais ces taux de mortalité inexpliqués chez les phoques. Et nous n’avons pas davantage été capables de déterminer ce qui a causé la mort de ces phoques. Est-ce seulement une coïncidence, ou les deux phénomènes sont-ils reliés? Nous ne le savons pas”, a encore ajouté le spécialiste cité par Francesoir.fr.Le 10 avril 2012 à 18:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Hanford cleanup project stalled

first_imgThe Energy Department’s most environmentally important and technically ambitious project to clean up Cold War nuclear weapons waste has stalled, putting at jeopardy an already long-delayed effort to protect the Columbia River in central Washington.In a terse letter last week, state officials said the environmental project is at risk of violating key federal court orders that established deadlines after past ones were repeatedly missed.Two multibillion-dollar industrial facilities intended to turn highly radioactive sludge into solid glass at the Hanford nuclear site have been essentially mothballed. Construction was halted in 2012 because of design flaws and Energy Department managers have foundered in finding alternatives, state officials said in the letter that threatens new litigation.The department has stored 56 million gallons of radioactive sludge left over from the production of plutonium in 177 leaky underground tanks on a desert plateau a few miles from the Columbia River, raising concerns that the material has migrated into groundwater and eventually will reach the largest river in the West.The original idea was to chemically treat the sludge, mix it with sand and then melt the combination in furnaces to create glass that would be stable for centuries, but the plan was harder than expected because the sludge is so chemically and radioactively toxic. The process required the construction of a massive industrial complex.last_img read more

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Wildish hailed as Top Student of the World with marvelous math scores

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Jan 2016 – More congratulations come in for the outstanding performance of Achsah Wildish of British West Indies Collegiate, who is named top student of the world for her score in mathematics. Achsah, was last week hailed as a great achiever by the Governor peter Beckingham who visited BWIC to personally congratulate Achsah for earning the top score in the math ‘A Level’ in the entire world; beating all others who took the test. The news came for Achsah just five days ago from the University of Cambridge International examination board. His Excellency said to young Miss Wildish: You have brought great credit to British West Indies Collegiate, and Turks and Caicos Islands, with this success.” There were congratulations for Achsah in the House of Assembly this week. Related Items:achsahwildish, governor peter beckinham, university of cambridgelast_img read more

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Fiorentina are not good at killing games off – Coach declares

first_imgFiorentina’s head coach Stefano Pioli has admonished his side to learn from their mistakes in an attempt to manage games better after their 1-1 draw with Frosinone last Friday.Frosinone’s Andrea Pinamonti fired in a late goal that equalized for his side prompting Pioli to declare that the Viola ‘aren’t good at killing games off’.“We’re not good at killing games off,” the Coach said after his side’s fourth straight 1-1 draw via Football Italia.“Either that or you have to know how to keep the ball. If you leave games open, one lapse is enough for the three points to slip away from you.”“We created a lot, even if Simeone didn’t have that many chances. The goals will come for him, but he must keep working. We must think about scoring more.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“We have to learn from our mistakes. Their goal came from a ball we lost, so we must work on improving these situations.”“We had to manage the tempo of the game better and we didn’t always succeed. Our growth also passes through these things.”“The front three must improve and find more of an understanding on the field.”last_img read more

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