NRS nurses demand salary hike recruitment to fill up vacant posts

first_imgKolkata: Tension sparked of at the NRS Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday when nursing staff members of various government-run hospitals and medical colleges staged demonstrations on the hospital campus to press for various demands.The nursing staff members refused to withdraw their agitation despite repeated appeals from senior police officers deployed outside the hospital. The demands include a hike in the salary of the nurses and filling up the vacant posts in nursing. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to the agitating nursing members, the number of nursing staffers is pitifully low in some hospitals as a result the patients-nurses ration is hampered. It becomes extremely difficult for the nurses to provide desired treatment to the patients due to a shortage in the staff strength, said the agitating nurses. They also demanded that their salary should be hiked at par with the Centre. They also took out a rally with an intention to submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister. The police stopped the rally. A representative of the agitating nursing staff members later decided to visit the Chief Minister’s office to submit the memorandum. Police officer conducted a campaign by using microphones in the NRS Hospital not to stage demonstration as they had no prior permission.last_img read more

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Alberta buying its own rail cars to move oil without feds Notley

first_imgOTTAWA — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her government will buy its own rail cars to transport more oil to market.She says her province wanted co-operation from the federal government to buy them, but with Alberta oil prices just about at record lows, it can’t wait any longer.While plans for pipelines are stalled, Notley wants other means to get the product from Alberta’s oilpatch to buyers.The deal should be done within weeks and Alberta expects the two new train sets will mean an extra 120,000 barrels of oil can be moved every day.Notley says the world price of oil is low but Alberta is suffering even more because the oil it produces is stuck far away from refineries.Notley is in Ottawa Wednesday to try to push the federal government to move faster, because Alberta’s problems are damaging the whole Canadian economy.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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TorontoMontreal in 39 minutes Hyperloop judges say this route is a winner

first_imgThe Toronto-Montreal corridor has taken the prize as one of the strongest candidates in the world for a hyperloop system that could cut travel time between the cities from five hours to just 39 minutes.But transportation expert Martin Collier says there’s no way he’s going to be the first to buy a ticket to ride in a bullet-shaped craft that would travel through a tube at speeds of around 1,000 kilometres per hour, four times faster than high-speed rail.“I think I’ll be watching — if I’m still alive when it hits the ground and is ready to go,” said the founder of Transport Futures, which promotes education about transportation issues, on Friday.“I’ll probably wait and see whether other people like it first. I’m not an early adopter.”The Toronto-Montreal route was the only Canadian winner among 10 entries chosen from hundreds in an international competition sponsored by Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One, which has a working hyperloop test system in the Nevada desert.“The results of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge far exceeded our expectations,” said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One, in a statement posted on its website on Thursday.“These 10 teams each had their unique strengths in showcasing how they will alleviate serious transportation issues in their regions… Studies like this bring us closer to our goal of implementing three full-scale systems operating by 2021.”Hyperloop is a technology promoted by Tesla founder Elon Musk which would place passengers and cargo in a cylindrical vehicle which accelerates via electric propulsion through a low-air-pressure tube, suspended above the track using magnetic levitation. The vehicles are expected to glide at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag.Hyperloop One’s nine other winning entries included four in the United States, two in each of the United Kingdom and India, and one in Mexico. All are now be studied to determine commercial viability.Sebastien Gendron, CEO of Toronto startup TransPod, says his company aims to have an operating hyperloop system in Canada as early as 2025 and he’s confident the public will embrace the technology.“We already travel at that speed with an aircraft and the main difference with our system is we are on the ground,” he said. “And it’s safer to be on the ground than in the air.”He added TransPod is talking with the federal transportation department to ensure safety regulations are in place for when the technology is ready to be implemented.Gendron said he agrees with Hyperloop One that the Toronto-Montreal corridor is suitable for a system because traffic is heavy and there is no existing high-speed ground travel alternative for travellers.But he said TransPod is also interested in the Calgary-Edmonton corridor in Alberta — he is bidding for provincial and city support for a four- to 10-kilometre-long test track on public land near Calgary to test his company’s technology.If granted and sufficient funds are raised, he says the track could be operational by 2020, the technology could be finalized by 2022 and the first commercial system could be in place between 2025 and 2030.Gendron said a hyperloop ticket from Edmonton to Calgary would cost $60 to $80, one way. He estimates it would cost $25 million to $29 million to build a kilometre of TransPod track, about half of the cost of a high-speed rail line.The winning Hyperloop One contest route as proposed by the Canadian arm of U.S. engineering firm AECOM would include a stop in Ottawa. The proposal suggests a trip from Toronto to Ottawa would take 27 minutes and the Ottawa-Montreal leg would take another 12 minutes.It says the next logical step would be to extend the hyperloop system into the U.S., west to Detroit from Windsor, Ont., and east from Quebec to Niagara Falls and Buffalo and on toward Chicago, New York and Boston.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

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The Kohinoor of Indian cricket

first_imgThe Kohinoor, the famous Indian diamond in Persian means, the ‘Mountain of Light’. Presently, it is set in the crown of Queen Elizabeth and exhibited in the Tower of London. India has been vociferously asking for it to be returned, unfortunately, without much success. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the Kohinoor of Indian and World cricket and truly a mountain of light for any young aspiring cricketer. Indian cricket needs to ensure that this gem does not lose its shine and glitter for years to come. The International Cricket Council (ICC), one gathers from some of their recent press reports, seems to be wanting to control and monitor the IPL and the other T20 leagues that have mushroomed in other parts of the cricketing world. The Indian board needs to be firm in keeping this gemstone away from any possible raiders. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe franchise-based tournament, that had its inception in 2008, has proven to be a phenomenal success, not only for the cricketers but also for the millions of cricket fans. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) with IMG brought about a sparkling gem, the IPL, that revolutionised Indian cricket. The commercially viable league has attracted innovative marketers and corporate honchos. This should, in the next decade of the IPL, from the way it’s blossoming, bring forth technological brilliance for followers and viewers of the game. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe IPL has been a blessing for the present as well as for the past cricketers. Cricket-related jobs that once were non-existent have now become lucrative options for cricketers from all around the globe. The money that is being poured into the league has brought in professionalism into every aspect of the game. The buzz that the 2019 IPL has already created is phenomenal for Indian cricket. The popular cricket platform has cricket legends past and present dissecting performances and analysing it to the hilt. Cricket has touched the masses like never before. The T20 format was looked upon as a cricket circus, entertainment to enjoy and thereafter to forget. One never ever imagined that the 3+ hours cricket tournament would be considered in the same vein as Bollywood movie entertainment. The suspense that emerges from a make belief story of the cinema world would give way to a real-life tale on the cricket field. The performers, in this case, are not actors but real life heroes. The script, in this case, was not written on paper but made in heaven. The actors were cricket players with none of them being portrayed in the leading role. The 2008 IPL was the blockbuster that created a classic which India had never experienced before, especially in the world of sport. T20 Cricket became simple to follow and it soon became a family drama enjoyed by everyone. The shorter format made the game more uncertain and the cricket critics, who revelled in their knowledge of cricket and records, were no more seen as somebody special. The mathematics of cricket was made simple through the number of overs that a team played. Runs scored was all that mattered and in whatsoever manner, a player and team could. Cricket was shortened timewise and there was a definite outcome at the end. The IPL 2008 was, what one can term, as blessed in many ways. The phenomenal century in the first match by Brendon McCullum for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), owned by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, truly established the IPL as a thriller. Rajasthan Royals (RR), the final winners, brought additional spice to the league after their nail-biting victory against Chennai. The team was never ever thought of as one of the favourites to win and therefore, the result was ideal for popularising the tournament. Shane Warne, the master spinner, captained the side in the John Wayne style of a leading actor. His star performer from India was Yousuf Pathan, whom he communicated with more by body language than words. However, the icing on the cake was an unknown Indian cricketer from Goa, S. Asnodkar, who at that time became a household name. The young cricketer brought in the Indian family warmth and hospitality when he had Shane Warne and the RR team in Goa for a meal at his house. This was just the script the IPL required to showcase friendship, camaraderie and a feeling of oneness amongst the players themselves. Since then, Indian cricket has had many unknown faces becoming stars overnight. Jasprit Bumrah, considered the best-limited overs bowler in the world at present, is one of them. The IPL highlighted the performance of many young batsmen especially the likes of Paul Valthaty, Manish Pandey, Rahul Tripathi, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Mandeep Singh and Naman Ojha. Some of them did make it to the Indian side, but most remained as a one-off success. However, unknowingly, the maximum benefit that Indian cricket has derived is from the bowlers. Jasprit Bumrah, Yazvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Mohit Sharma, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Dhaval Kulkarni, Kunal and Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manpreet Gony, Jaydev Unadkat, Siddarth Kaul have all played for the country. The IPL has been instrumental in bringing these talented Indian cricketers to the fore. The established Indian cricketers, as Virat Kohli has rightly stated, should play to enjoy the IPL. However, there are still two batting slots to be filled up for the World Cup. The IPL fever cannot be underestimated, the field is open for an Indian batter to become the darling of this crowd. An unknown superstar being catapulted onto the world stage would be just what dreams are made of for an aspiring cricketer. (The writer is a former Test cricketer. Views are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Nepalese police officers boost UN missions presence across Darfur

The officers arrived yesterday to start a year-long tour of duty, UNAMID reported from Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state. Nearly 40 more officers will also join UNAMID tomorrow to form a 147-stong Nepalese formed police unit (FPU). FPUs are specialized, self-sufficient and fully mobile rapid reaction police units that are entirely composed of police officers from a single contingent, with expertise in crowd management and other police tactical operations.The Nepalese officers may be required to engage in high-risk assignments and the protection of people in imminent danger, preventing attacks and curbing threats against civilians.Some 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed across the impoverished, arid region in Darfur since fighting erupted between rebels, Government forces and allied militiamen in 2003. Another 2.7 million people have been displaced from their homes.The FPUs will monitor and provide security and protection to Darfur internally displaced person (IDP) camps, threatened villages, and migration routes.Besides providing security, the FPUs will also assist national authorities and UN agencies in delivering humanitarian assistance in times of need and conducting escort duties in order to build the confidence of the local population in the rule of law.Members of the FPU will work with a team of police advisers to carry out the patrols in line with the mandate of UNAMID, which is trying to quell violence and humanitarian suffering across the conflict torn region.The Nepalese FPU is the third country-based unit to be deployed – following in the footsteps of Bangladesh and Indonesia – out of 19 such units mandated by the Security Council resolution creating UNAMID. 20 October 2008Over 100 Nepalese police officers have arrived to serve with the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), the operation has announced, as it continues to deploy uniformed personnel across the war-wracked Sudanese region. read more

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UN official welcomes USBrazilian cooperation to promote labour issues

21 March 2011The head of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has welcomed an agreement between Brazil and the United States to promote the cooperation of all States in the global efforts to ensure that people have decent employment and that the rights of workers are respected. “I am extremely pleased to see that cooperation between two great nations is addressing serious employment and social challenges, including the recovery from the jobs crisis, food and fuel price volatility, and rising social tensions,” said Juan Somavia, the ILO Director-General, in a statement issued over the weekend.The memorandum of understanding signed by US Ambassador Thomas Shannon to Brazil and Brazil’s Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota at the start of US President Barack Obama’s visit to Brazil sets out a series of guidelines under which both governments will promote activities in areas of the ILO’s mandate in countries selected by mutual agreements.The guidelines include skills development for decent work opportunities; fundamental principles and rights at work; equality of opportunity and treatment at work; occupational safety and health; and social protection.“I am a firm believer that the more countries share lessons about what works, the more they can adapt home-grown solutions. Brazil and the US, each with their own wealth of experiences, can provide invaluable assistance to countries seeking to move forward in the path of Decent Work and social justice. The ILO will always be there with a helping hand,” said Mr. Somavia.“From an ILO perspective, South-South and Trilateral Cooperation harness and multiply the impact of our work. By building on the expertise and experience found in countries at various levels of development, we can exchange key policy practices and improve the outcomes for people and the real economy,” he added. read more

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UK insists Lanka will be invited

The British Prime Minister’s office at No 10 Downing Street said normal protocol should be followed for the event with Commonwealth heads of state in Glasgow. However, the Coalition Government has insisted the Prime Minister will attend.Downing Street said the UK Government would use the event to put pressure on the Sri Lankan Government over its human-rights record. There are signs of growing pressure on that position within the Coalition.Earlier this week, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he supported Mr Cameron’s stance, but warned Sri Lanka it would face the consequences if it did not address human-rights abuses. The commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 will be held just after the final day of next year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games.It will include a special service in Glasgow Cathedral, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial. The event is designed to be a focal point of Commonwealth activities to mark the centenary and is expected to be attended by leaders from across the globe.Glasgow’s Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, will lead the ceremony, remembering Britain’s role. Asked about Sri Lanka, which is due to take over the chairmanship of the Commonwealth later this year, No 10 said: “The usual approach on invitations to members of the Commonwealth should be followed”. LibDem deputy leader Simon Hughes is among those who have appealed to the Prime Minister to boycott the event. But campaigners including Amnesty International Scotland have called on the Coalition to prevent the Sri Lankan Government from attending amid allegations of appalling abuse. The Sri Lankan Government has been accused of creating a climate of fear as well as sanctioning attacks on the media, judges, activists and political opponents.David Cameron is already facing calls not to travel to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo in November. She has said: “I know this is something Glaswegians will want to be part of. They value their hard-won freedoms and are extremely proud of their city’s contribution.”The possible inclusion of Sri Lanka, however, has triggered outrage from campaigners.Amnesty International Scotland has urged the UK Government to consider whether it is appropriate to invite Sri Lanka to this event “in light of the level of recorded human-rights abuses”.The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice warned the country was preventing many of its people from commemorating their dead. The British government has refused to rule out inviting Sri Lanka to a First World War commemoration service despite an outcry from human-rights organisations, the Herald Scotland reported. read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State mounts secondhalf comeback to beat Michigan 7162

Ohio State redshirt senior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) looks to drive in the first half in the game against Michigan. Ohio State won the game 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFor the first time all season, Ohio State (7-3, 2-0 Big Ten) came back from a daunting double-digit second-half deficit, defeating Michigan (7-3, 1-1 Big Ten) 71-62 at the Schottenstein Center on Monday.Ohio State lost to both Butler and Clemson after miserable second halfs that ruined first-half leads, but outscored the Wolverines 41-19 in the second half after falling behind 43-30 at the end of the first half to come away with the win. The Buckeyes finished the game on a 15-2 run. Michigan went 5-for-29 in the second half, including just 1-for-12 from beyond the arc.The Buckeyes trailed by as much as 43-23, but carried a 7-0 run at the end of the first half into a 17-3 run to open the second half, then took the lead with 12:29 left in the game.Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate capped off the first-half run with a thundering, one-handed slam over Michigan forward Moritz Wagner to send the 12,546 fans in the Schott to their feet for the first time the entire game. Tate finished with 14 points and four rebounds in the game.“It was pretty loud in there. I haven’t really heard the Schott that loud. [Tate’s] dunk set it off,” redshirt senior guard Kam Williams said. “Head coach Chris Holtmann said cutting into the lead and making it just a 13-point game going into halftime helped Ohio State gain some momentum when it needed it most, and proved to be important in sparking the team’s second-half comeback.“It’s just so much more manageable than when you’re saying 20 up there,” Holtmann said. We actually had a chance to cut it to 11. I had used my timeout and didn’t want to use it again. We didn’t get a great shot late, but that was very important to just get a little bit of momentum in that last minute-and-a-half.”Bates-Diop was fouled on his way up with 12:29 remaining in the second half and tied the game with his first free throw, then dropped in the second one to give Ohio State its first lead of the game at 47-46. Bates-Diop ended the game with 18 points and nine rebounds. Michigan later retook a 57-56 lead with 5:48 left on a free throw by Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and extended it to two points with the second make. The game was tied again on a baseline jumper from Williams at 60-60 with 3:38 left in the game. Guard C.J. Jackson made the first free-throw try with 2:59 remaining to give Ohio State a 61-60 lead. The Buckeyes pulled away to a 67-60 advantage with four more free throws by Jackson and two from Bates-Diop.It was clear early that the Michigan offense was able to spread the Ohio State defense out with passes from baseline to baseline and screens to shake pursuing defenders, opening up lanes for easy points in the paint and finding chances for its guards to shoot from beyond the arc. By halftime, Michigan had run up a 43-30 lead and led in both 3-pointers (7-5) and points in the paint (20-10). With 14:18 left in the first half, the Buckeye defense switched to a 2-3 zone, but found little success against the Michigan offense that continued to exploit the zone. The Wolverines went on a 22-11 run to push their lead out to 36-17.Holtmann said coming out of the half, his team had a determination to be totally different than it played in the first half when things were not going right for his team.“Defensively, we had to change some things at half time because you watch a ton of tape and you put a scouting report together and you think it’s going to work like it worked against Wisconsin, and your guys execute,” Holtmann said. “When they come out and they attack it in a way that really exposes us, so we had to make some changes, so that I think combined with just our guys’ effort was critical.”Wagner led Michigan players with 14 points and nine rebounds. Guards Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Zavier Simpson were tied for the second-most points with 11 points each.Bates-Diop said between the 83-59 road win against Wisconsin and the second-half comeback against Michigan, the Buckeyes are starting to get an idea of what the ceiling could be if they continue their success. “If we play like we did in the second half all game, the game’s really not even that close and Michigan’s a good team,” Bates-Diop said. “It’s hard to win in Wisconsin no matter what year it is. So if we carry these things as the rest of non-conference and into the regular season Big Ten, I think sky’s the limit for us. We can be really good.”Ohio State stays home for a matchup at noon Saturday against William and Mary. read more

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Taking new orders

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melburnians are all too familiar with the Greek cuisine, in particular the souvlaki, with small corner stores and tavern-style restaurants plating up the popular dish for decades. So why did sergeant major Thomas Deliopoulos think that leaving his post of 16 years as a cook in the Greek army, and venturing to Melbourne to open up a souvlaki restaurant, would be a worthwhile decision?“He knew things would be good in Australia,” Deliopoulos’ wife Sylvia told Neos Kosmos. “We knew that no matter what, if it’s cheap, very good quality, and if we have a beautiful setting, people will appreciate it.”But it’s not that formula alone that has made Kalimera Souvlaki Art the best in town.Done Greek style, this is no ordinary souvlaki. Made not with lamb but pork, and traditionally accompanied by tomato, chips, tzatziki and parsley in a soft yet crisp pita, owners Thomas and Sylvia knew they had something different to offer Australians. “I used to tell him, because I was here [in Melbourne] before, one thing that I missed was a Greek souvlaki – the pork souvlaki,” she says. “We thought we’ll do the souvlaki exactly like it is in Greece – but even better, because in Greece now, the gyros are all frozen and this, what he does, it’s all handmade.”Handmade fresh every day and using only the finest ingredients – quality meat and olive oil, with oregano straight from Greece – it’s no surprise the venue is going through 1,500 skewers a day, making it near impossible to find an empty seat any night of the week.“We thought that it would be successful. Well, we were hoping – it was a risk, but we took the risk,” said Ms Gabriel. And the risk sure did pay off. When the shopfront opened for business three years ago, Sylvia still remembers their amazement at the overwhelming response. “We were in shock,” she recalls with a laugh. “When we opened and we saw people lining up, we were in shock, to tell you the truth.”For the couple, it’s hard to believe that not all too long ago they left a crisis-stricken Greece with what were only hopes and dreams for a brighter future. But with the positive response to the business, the couple are now embarking on a new food venture, adding to the authenticity of the Greek experience in Oakleigh. In a few months time, the duo will open the doors to Mykonos, a crêperie situated on Portman Street. While they have savoury covered at Kalimera Souvlaki Art, the next instalment will take care of those sweet cravings. “We changed everything so that when you walk into the place it’s like you’re in Mykonos,” Sylvia says. “We’ll have crêpes Greek-style, the big ones.” But they won’t just be serving up crêpes. Imported from Italy, with Illy coffee on hand, patrons will be able to enjoy an authentic tasting freddo coffee Greek-style. Those looking for a healthier option are also covered with a fully-equipped salad and sandwich bar, where you can pick your own ingredients, in addition to fresh smoothies and juices.last_img read more

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IN THE NIA 9 TRIAL No Interpreter No Proceedings Prosecution

first_imgBy Yankuba Jallow The head of prosecution in the trial involving former intelligence chief of the NIA, Lawyer Antouman AB Gaye, has told the Banjul High Court that without an interpreter, there will be no proceedings.Lawyer Gaye made this remark when the trial Judge Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara, told him that there was an Assistant Registrar of the High Court who was going to be sworn in as an interpreter.In his intervention, Lawyer Gaye said since there was no interpreter available for the trial, the matter should be adjourned for the interest of both the prosecution and the defence. He said for the interest of justice in the trial, the Assistant Registrar cannot assume the role of an interpreter; that even if there was an interpreter, the case could not have proceeded due to the absence of Counsels for the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th accused persons.For his part, the lead defense Counsel CE Mene for the first accused person, made similar remarks; that a Registrar cannot be an interpreter.In her ruling, the trial Judge relied on the issue of the absence of the defense Lawyers and adjourned the case. She said the case cannot proceed in the absence of the Lawyers of the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th accused persons; that the accused persons face charges of capital offence and that they have the right to be represented. She held that the Lawyers have the duty to represent their clients in every court sitting and called on them to endeavour to appear on Monday the 12th March 2018.Before the ruling, the Court went on a fifteen minutes recess. The trial Judge said it is not the duty for the Court to wait for Counsels; that instead it is the responsibility of Counsels to wait for the Court. She said for the interest of justice and fair hearing, the Court will stand down for fifteen minutes. She called on all Lawyers to be in Court on time and represent their clients because they face capital offence charges and registered her disappointment on the act of the Lawyers.At the time she made these statements, the Lawyers present were Lawyer Antouman A.B. Gaye, Combeh Gaye, Yassin Senghore and Rachel Y. Mendy for the State whilst Lawyer CE Mene and Lawyer Ibrahim Jallow appeared for the first and the third accused persons respectively. The case was adjourned to Monday, 12th March 2018 for continuation of proceedings.last_img read more

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Celtic would struggle in the Championship McNamara

first_imgAccording to former Scottish Premier League footballer Jackie McNamara, the Scottish giants would have a hard time in the second level of English football.Scottish Premier League club Celtic is currently all over the news.The team lost manager Brendan Rodgers to English Premier League side Leicester City.And for many in Scotland, Celtic is bigger than the Foxes, but not so much for a former footballer.“The fallout of Rodgers’ departure has been quite severe with the fans. It’s quite raw at the moment. There’s a lot to play for with the Treble-Treble,” former midfielder Jackie McNamara told Sky Sports.“I think Celtic fans are aware of that [not competing with the Premier League]. It’s difficult with Celtic to compete with clubs from the English Championship. Never mind the Premier League.”“It’s been like that for a while. Martin [O’Neill] came from Leicester in 2000. And now they have taken a manager back this time with the lure of the Premier League,” he added.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“He loves the club. He enjoys the pressures that go with it. Like anyone else, he’d love to still be playing but managing is the next best thing.”“In the circumstances of Brendan’s departure, it’s a great fit with Lennon coming back in to steady things until the end of the season and then see what happens,” he commented.“He’s got experience. He [Lennon] did well in Europe too. Something Brendan didn’t quite do. Long-term the board will look at it but I think it’s just about the short-term to make sure they cover for Brendan’s departure.”Celtic is currently in first place of the Scottish Premier League with 63 points. The team has won 20 matches, drawn three and only lost four.🤝 The new #CelticFC management team 🍀⚪️ pic.twitter.com/OuhFKczLuF— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 27, 2019last_img read more

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ASA Hails Senate Passage of Comprehensive Energy Bill

first_imgApril 25, 2002… Saint Louis, Missouri… The American Soybean Association (ASA) applauds the U.S. Senate for approving the Comprehensive Energy Bill. The measure, approved today by a vote of 88-11, contains several provisions that would benefit U.S. soybean growers by increasing the production of biodiesel. Biodiesel is a clean-burning alternative to petroleum-based diesel fuel that is produced primarily from soybean oil.”ASA would like to extend its sincere thanks to the Senate for a job well done,” stated ASA President Bart Ruth from his farm in Rising City, Nebraska. “With today’s vote, we’re one step closer to getting a Comprehensive Energy Bill signed into law that contains strong biodiesel provisions. This is good news for Americans and good news for U.S. soybean farmers.”Included in the Senate Energy Bill are a number of provisions that are designed to encourage the use of biodiesel. They are:Biodiesel Tax Incentive – The Senate Energy Bill creates a tax incentive for biodiesel. Under its terms, blenders of biodiesel would receive a 1-cent reduction in the diesel excise tax for every percentage of biodiesel blended with conventional diesel up to 20 percent. This provision provides for the reimbursement of the Highway Trust Fund by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). The tax provision was authored by U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and is similar to legislation introduced by Senators Tim Hutchison (R-AR) and Mark Dayton (D-MN), S. 1058.Renewable Fuels Standard – Senate Energy Bill contains a 5 billion gallon renewable fuels standard, of which biodiesel would be an eligible fuel. The renewable fuels standard is similar to legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Tim Johnson (D-SD).EPACT – Senate Energy Bill was amended to encourage government fleets to use more biodiesel to meet current energy requirements. The Energy Policy Act (EPACT) of 1992 requires most federal, state and public utility companies to have a certain amount of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in their fleets. The EPACT was amended in 1998 to allow covered fleets to receive credit for using biodiesel, although they could only get 50 percent of their credit for doing so. This amendment, offered by Senators Kit Bond (R-MO) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), removes the 50 percent limit for government fleets.Federal Fleet Use – The legislation also requires federal government fleets to use biodiesel and ethanol when they are cost competitive. Senators Dayton and Grassley supported this provision.Due to the large surplus of soybean oil in the world market, soybean prices are nearing historic lows. U.S. soy oil stocks are currently at a record high of 2.5 billion pounds, which helps explain why soybean oil prices are at their lowest point since 1997.Biodiesel offers the greatest potential for removing this surplus from the market, which will help raise the price farmers are paid for their soybeans. According to a USDA study, an increase of 100 million gallons of biodiesel or other soy-based byproducts per year would boost total crop cash receipts by $5.2 billion by 2010, resulting in an average net farm income increase of $300 million per year. The price of soybeans during this period would rise by as much as $.17 per bushel per year.In addition to the lift it would give to the struggling farm economy, there are many other benefits of increased biodiesel production. For starters, as biodiesel is made primarily from soybean oil grown here in the U.S., it lessens our country’s dependence on foreign oil. There are environmental benefits of biodiesel production as well. Emissions of greenhouse gases and particulate matter would be significantly reduced by increased biodiesel use. An increased demand for biodiesel could also create 13,000 jobs across the U.S. economy.”By including strong biodiesel provisions in their bill, the Senate has demonstrated their commitment to U.S. soybean producers. I want our friends in the Senate who helped secure these provisions to know that ASA greatly appreciates their efforts,” added Ruth.The U.S. House of Representatives approved their Energy Bill last summer. The differences between the House and Senate Energy Bills will soon be reconciled in a joint House/Senate Conference Committee.”Biodiesel is good for our country, good for the environment and good for our farmers,” concluded Ruth. “I now call on the House to show their support for soybean producers by agreeing to accept these critically important provisions in Conference.” Legislation contains provisions designed to boost production of biodiesel.last_img read more

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Press Talk Why did the charter win

first_imgLou Brancaccio is The Columbian’s editor. Election results in state and Clark County races can be found at www.columbian.com/election.In the last few days before the election, County Commissioner David Madore — desperate for the defeat of the proposed county charter that would greatly reduce his command – looked to a higher power for help.“I pray that enough of our neighbors will vote ‘no,’” he wrote in his favorite newspaper, the weekly Reflector.His prayers went unanswered.On Tuesday, the charter was well on its way to passing. The charter was winning 55 percent to 44 percent with more votes to count in the coming days. Only a miracle, a divine intervention of sorts, could change the outcome.So now it’s time for Madore to finally do what he has always claimed he will do. Listen to the people. Quit doing stupid stuff.It’s also time for the winners and losers to come together. We will always have our differences. That’s the way a democracy should work. But we must be willing to give on some issues to accomplish other issues. It’s the art of the deal. There’s no other way.last_img read more

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IDG Launches Social Media Marketing Service in CommunityWorks

first_imgIDG Enterprise and IDG Marketing Services have introduced a new social media marketing program called CommunityWorks.According to Charles Lee, senior vice president of strategic programs & custom solutions, the program offers two primary deliverables: Community and Content Platform & Management and Social Web Integration services. Community and Content Platform Management includes development of an online community with a full-time community manager/community curator, according to Lee. “This individual works with the client and an assigned IDG Enterprise Custom Solutions Group editor to craft the overall content mission and plans for both fluid community and structured content development,” he adds. Social Web Integration is about “social Web activation” or “community evangelism,” according to Lee. The four key components of Social Web Integration include: 1. Community Threading: Identifying the most active and relevant online communities for the community manager and bloggers to “thread” content and dialogue from the client’s program into relevant threads.2. Influential Blogger Outreach: IDG will leverage its bench of subject matter expert bloggers to extend the client’s program content and dialogue through their own social networks (their own site, Twitter followers, LinkedIn contacts, etc.). 3. Social Presence Services: Setting up “satellite” versions of the client’s community on primary social networks (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook). “We actively manage these social presence sites for daily posting/tweeting new content and discussions via micro-programming,” says Lee. 4. Amplify: Tying back to IDG properties. “Our social media online advertising campaign services focus on driving social web awareness and engagement hooks via targeted distribution on our established editorial websites,” says Lee. IDG Enterprise offers content, editorial and platform services from its Custom Solutions and Online Groups, while IDG SMS supplies social web integration, audience activation, program optimization, analytics and reporting. A similar existing program is the Enterprise CIO forum developed for the HP Global Enterprise Business group. “We are in the process of launching another similar program for another top 3 customer in the next 45-60 days,” says Lee. While he wouldn’t reveal specifics, Lee says programs are billed quarterly and require a six-month investment. “The program can be scaled based on the goals of the client, which make the program investment vary,” he adds.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Thursday May 30 2019

first_imgKoyukuk man detained on suspicion of first-degree murder As sea ice melts, fish are showing up farther north off Alaska. A federal fishing trip will investigate if they’re sticking around. Prosecutors believe it’s only the second time a case has been charged under a little-known law meant to curb illegal traffic in natural artifacts and historical relics. Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage Interior: Arctic Refuge lease sale still on track for 2019 Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau Juneau struggles to keep up as junk cars continue piling up Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage The Trump administration remains on track to hold an oil lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this year, a top Interior Department official today confirmed. A man from the Yukon River village of Koyukuk has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Two summers ago, federal scientists discovered something shocking: The Northern Bering Sea was teeming with cod and pollock. Those two commercially valuable species had never been found in such large huge numbers that far north. The May smelt run on the Kuskokwim river heralds the arrival of king salmon and other traditional subsistence food. There had been almost no studies on the small fish until Donlin Gold proposed building one of the biggest gold mines in the world in the river delta. The company says the data they’re collecting will help determine how future barge traffic from the mine will impact the smelts. But residents who oppose the mine say the study isn’t enough. It’s the first time in years that private industry in the state has pitched in money to move the gasline project forward.  Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbankscenter_img There’s a card game played all over Alaska. It’s chaotic, competitive, and lightning fast. It goes by many names — but on the North Slope it’s known as: Snerts! BP and ExxonMobil commit up to $20 million to Alaska LNG Remove your rings and get out your card-blanket: a table-side view of one of Utqiaġvik’s most animated card games Donlin studying how proposed gold mine could impact smelt in the Kuskokwim River 33-month sentence in theft of ancient mammoth tusk Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Summer research is ramping up at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Toolik Field station north of the Brooks Range. Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel Associated Press Like many communities in Alaska, Juneau has no roads leading in or out. That presents a problem when it comes to getting rid of vehicles no one wants anymore. Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau UAF’s Toolik Field begins summer researchlast_img read more

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Karnataka crisis Kumaraswami govt loses trust vote

first_imgBengaluru: JDS-Congress coalition government has collapsed in Karnataka. Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has declared that the government failed to prove its strength in the trust vote. With the resignation of 15 MLAs and due to the lack of support of majority of the members, the ruling coalition lost the trust vote. Divisional voting was conducted in the House at the behest of the Speaker. In the trust vote, the ruling coalition secured only 99 seats, as opposed to the magic figure of 103 seats. The BJP secured 105 seats.last_img read more

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Shah Rukh Khan breaks all ties with Aanand L Rai after Zero

first_imgShah Rukh Khan reportedly breaks ties with Aanand L Rai.Varinder ChawlaShah Rukh Khan has reportedly broken all ties with Aanand L Rai as he blames the director for the failure of Zero. A report stated that SRK has stopped answering Rai’s phone calls, and has no plans to work with him again.”Shah Rukh blames Rai entirely for the fiasco that was Zero. What was Aanand Rai thinking? This is what Shah Rukh now wonders, like everybody else,” Bollywood Hungama quoted a source as saying.While Shah Rukh and Rai were seen bonding together big time before the failure of Zero, the report claimed that he would not be invited to any of SRK’s parties.”They had mutually agreed to share a creative partnership. But after the release of Zero, I don’t think Shah Rukh even wants to see Aanand Rai’s face,” the report quoted a friend of the superstar as saying. Katrina SRK and RaiInstagramMany felt that the disastrous result of Zero has had a big impact on Shah Rukh as he took a break from acting after this. He has not even made any announcement about his upcoming projects. However, the report of him being so annoyed with the veteran director is a shocker.Recently, there were rumours that SRK’s next project will be a remake of the movie Satte Pe Satta. It was rumoured that Farah Khan will be directing the film. However, there has not been any official confirmation.last_img read more

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NEET 2019 results declared Heres how to check Rajasthans Nalin Khandelwal tops

first_imgReutersThe long-awaited eagerness for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) 2019 results came to an end on Wednesday. The National Testing Agency (NTA) has released the results and Nalin Khandelwal from Rajasthan has obtained the All India Rank (AIR) 1. He has 99.9999291 percentile and 701 marks.The results have been released on ntaneet.nic.in and mcc.nic.in.Candidates waiting for their scores and rank can follow these steps and get their online overall result-Step 1- Visit these websites ntaneet.nic.in or mcc.nic.inStep 2- Search for a tab saying download NEET Result 2019Step 3- Click it and on the new window enter the required detailsStep 4- The NEET Result 2019 or NTA NEET Result 2019 will be displayed. Download and take a printout.The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test was held by the NTA on May 5. But in Odisha, the medical entrance exam was postponed to May 20 in view of the disruption caused by Cyclone Fani.NEET 2019 merit list will be prepared as per the directives of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Medical Council of India (MC) and Dental Council of India (DCI). The admission procedure will be done in accordance with NEET Medical merit list 2019, NEET Dental merit list 2019.The general category candidates will be considered for the NEET 2019 merit list on scoring minimum 50 per cent. For those belonging to reserved including SC and ST category, the minimum marks are 40 percentile and for PwD candidates it is 45 percentile.The schedule for NEET counselling will be uploaded on the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) homepage. Last year, the first phase of NEET 2018 counselling was held from August 31 to September 3.last_img read more

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BNP unlikely to hold rally Friday

first_img.As the party was denied permission to hold its scheduled rally, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is unlikely to arrange any programme in the capital on Friday to mark what the party calls ‘Democracy Killing Day’ to avoid confrontations, reports UNB.However, the party’s all other metropolitan, district and upazila units will observe the day by bringing out black flag processions.Talking to UNB, a number of BNP senior leaders said they are not going to hold any indoor or outdoor programmes in the capital as they do not want to involve in any confrontation now over political programmes.They said their party’s decision about the programme will be formally announced at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office at 11:00am on Friday.Earlier in the day, BNP chairperson’s advisers Abdus Salam, Abul Khaier Bhuiyan and party publicity affairs secretary Shaheed Uddin Chowdhury Anee had a meeting with the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner.The DMP authorities urged the BNP delegation to arrange an indoor programme on Friday instead of going for outdoor one.On Monday, BNP announced to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city and bring out black flag processions across the country on 5 January to observe the day as ‘Democracy Killing Day’ to register its protest against 10th parliamentary polls held on that day in 2014.However, the party sought a fresh permission from the police and South City Corporation authorities on Wednesday for holding the programme at Nayapaltan as an Islamic party was allowed to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan the same day.Awami League is going to mark the day as ‘Victory Day for Democracy’ holding two separate rallies at Banani field and Bangabandhu Avenue in the city.Speaking at a programme at the National Press Club in the evening, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir criticised the government for denying their party the permission to arrange the rally while the ruling party is given permission to hold two rallies in the capital.He said the government once again exposed its ‘dual policy’ over the permission to hold rallies in the city.”Tomorrow (Friday) is the democracy killing day. Democracy was annihilated on 5 January, 2014 by holding a lopsided election to restore one-party rule,” the BNP leader told the programme arranged by pro-BNP Sammilita Peshajibi Parishad.Describing 5 January as a black chapter in the nation’s history, he also said the country’s election system has been destroyed through the 10th parliamentary ‘voter-less’ elections.Fakhrul said they will announce their next course of action after discussions with the senior leaders.Contacted, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said they will wait until 11:00am for the permission to hold a rally at Naya Paltan.”We’ll announce our party’s next course of action through a press conference at 11:00am, if we’re not given permission by the time to hold the programme,” he added.A BNP standing committee member, wishing anonymity, said the government made a mistake in the year of national election by denying their party permission to hold the rally.”We don’t want to make a mistake by indulging in fight with police and ruling party men over the programme. Instead, we’ll present the government’s undemocratic attitude before people and the foreign friends to justify our demand for holding the next polls under a neutral government,” he added.last_img read more

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