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Trudeau Scheer May fight for votes in Toronto while Singh stick with

first_imgConservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he believes it is more important to help out Canadians at home than to seek a seat on the United Nations Security Council.Canada is campaigning for one of two seats for a two-year term that would begin in 2021, but it faces a tough fight from Norway and Ireland.The Conservatives are pledging to decrease foreign-aid spending by 25 per cent. The plan includes cutting out funding for countries they consider to be hostile regimes, or as having too much money to need the help.Asked whether that would hurt Canada’s bid for the UN seat it is seeking, Scheer said he was confident allies would recognize the country’s contributions, including through its military efforts, around the world.At the same time, he suggested securing the spot at the UN table would not be a priority for a Conservative government.“It’s more important to me that I help Canadians get ahead than curry favour at the United Nations,” Scheer said Tuesday in Toronto.The UN vote is next June.Scheer noted his foreign policy announcement came the day when the party leaders would have been participating in an event the Munk Debates organized around the topic. The organizers said they cancelled the event because Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau decided not to take part.Trudeau, who was meeting with mayors from the Greater Toronto Area about his gun-control policy on Tuesday, linked the proposed Conservative cuts to foreign assistance to their climate-change policy.“Andrew Scheer’s climate plan relies almost entirely on action overseas and now he’s proposing to stop supporting countries who are taking action overseas on fighting emissions,” Trudeau said in Richmond Hill, Ont.Trudeau also defended Liberal investments in foreign aid, although would not commit to increasing spending to reach 0.7 per cent of GDP, which is a target the United Nations set in 1970.“We are continuing to invest in foreign aid, because we know that helping people around the world, particularly vulnerable women and girls, is a meaningful way of promoting prosperity and indeed security and stability that impacts Canadians as well,” Trudeau said.Trudeau also confirmed U.S. President Donald Trump has never asked Canada to do him a favour involving his political interests.“No. Never,” Trudeau said. “We have not and I would not.”Trump faces an impeachment probe in Congress related to his efforts to get the Ukrainian government to investigate former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden, now a candidate in the Democratic presidential primaries.New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh, meanwhile, said his party would commit to increasing foreign aid spending to reach the UN target.Singh also said that if Scheer is trying to find ways to pay for his promises, then cutting foreign aid is going about it the wrong way.“It is shameful that he is talking about cutting foreign aid when there are massive inequalities in our country,” Singh said Tuesday in Vancouver.“The fact that he is talking about cutting foreign aid is a distraction,” he said. “He is missing the point. He is missing the whole plot here. We’ve got massive inequality in our country and we have to ask those at the very top, the ultra rich, to pay their fair share.”Green Leader Elizabeth May is in Toronto to talk about her party’s policy on post-secondary education at Ryerson University before heading to Montreal for an evening rally. People’s Party leader Maxime Bernier is planning several small-scale appearances with candidates in southwestern Ontario.last_img read more

John Mayers First Tour In Three Years Helps Veterans

first_imgGrammy Award-winning artist John Mayer will launch his first major tour in three years with a performance at Milwaukee’s Summerfest on July 6.This marks John’s first tour in support of Born and Raised, his latest studio album, and will run through the fall, with one dollar from each ticket sold benefitting NCIRE’s work supporting returning Veterans. American Idol winner Phillip Phillips will open for John along the tour route (with the exception of Tuscaloosa, New Orleans, Kansas City and Atlantic City). Tickets will be on sale beginning March 29th on LiveNation.com.In advance of his tour, John will perform at an already-sold-out show at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Thursday, April 25 and will make a highly-anticipated appearance at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. A true heritage festival, “Jazz Fest” stands alone in presenting the highest caliber artists in such varied genres as gospel, blues, traditional and contemporary jazz, rock, R&B, Cajun, country, zydeco and much more. This year’s Jazz Fest has performances scheduled for April 26 – 28 and May 2 – 5. Special ticket packages on John’s tour will be available through Tickets-for-Charity.com to benefit NCIRE’s work supporting returning Veterans. For more information, go to www.ticketsforcharity.com.John’s appearances in Tuscaloosa and Jazz Fest will be his first full-length concerts in three years and first public performances since his set, on January 16 of this year, at “The Livingston Town Proper: A Concert to Benefit the Fighters of the Pine Creek Fire.” A special musical event organized and hosted by Mayer, the benefit occasioned his first in-concert performance as a singer since April 1, 2011. (In March 2012, the return of a throat granuloma had forced him to cancel his first tour in two years and take an indefinite hiatus now coming to a close.)last_img read more

Federal Court Human Rights Tribunal not fair in dismissing First Nations child

first_img(Image: Human Rights Tribunal chair Shirish Chotalia. APTN/ file photo)APTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Federal Court issued a stinging rebuke to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Wednesday in a ruling overturning a decision to dismiss a discrimination complaint against the federal Aboriginal Affairs department over its funding to First Nations child and welfare services.Federal Court Judge Anne Mactavish ordered the tribunal to again hear the complaint, but with a different panel.Mactavish found that Conservative-appointed tribunal chair Shirish Chotalia committed a litany of errors when she decided to dismiss the complaint which was launched by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations.Mactavish found that the tribunal erred when it failed to provide its reasons for deciding the complaint could not proceed under the Canadian Human Rights Act. The judge also found that the tribunal erred when it found there was nothing to compare Aboriginal Affairs department’s handling of child and welfare services, despite the federal government’s own internal use of provincial standards as a benchmark.“The process that (the tribunal) followed in this case was not fair,” wrote Mactavish.The society and the AFN have argued that Aboriginal Affairs discriminates against First Nations children by failing to fund First Nations child welfare services at the same level as the provinces.Chotalia ruled on March 14, 2011, that First Nations on-reserve child welfare services could not be compared to provincial child welfare services. Her ruling handed a victory to the federal government which had been vigorously fighting the complaint.Amnesty International and the Chiefs of Ontario are also backing the complaint.Chotalia has been beset by troubles of her own. An internal investigation upheld claims of harassment leveled by tribunal employees against Chotalia.Aboriginal Affairs was also forced to launch its only internal probe after it emerged department officials were spying on Cindy Blackstock, the head of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.last_img read more

Vodafone launched 16 billion agreed bid for Cable Wireless Worldwide

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Vodafone launched $1.6 billion agreed bid for Cable & Wireless Worldwide by News Staff Posted Apr 23, 2012 4:20 am MDT LONDON – Telecoms operator Vodafone on Monday launched an agreed takeover bid for Cable & Wireless Worldwide PLC which values the company at 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion).Vodafone Europe said it is offering 38 pence per share, a 92 per cent premium over the closing price on Feb. 10, the day before Vodafone signalled its interest.The board of Cable & Wireless Worldwide, which supplies cable network services, is backing the offer as “fair and reasonable.”Vodafone shares were down 0.6 per cent at 170.5 pence in early trading. Cable & Wireless Worldwide shares were up 16 per cent at 37.2 pence.“The offer from Vodafone announced today will enable shareholders to crystallize a value, in cash, that represents a significant premium to recent trading levels and avoid exposure to the risks inevitably presented by executing a medium-term improvement strategy,” said John Barton, CWW’s chairman.Last year, CWW reported a net profit of 211 million pounds on revenue of 2.26 billion pounds.Revenue from traditional voice communication has been declining, and CWW has been working to build up its data business.Vittorio Colao, CEO of Vodafone Group, said the takeover offered cost savings in his company’s U.K. and international operations.CWW, created in 2010 following a demerger, operates a cable network serving 150 countries directly or through local partners, supplying telecoms services to businesses and public sector bodies.Vodafone’s offer came after Tata Communications dropped out last week as a potential bidder. Now that Vodafone has bid, Tata could come back with an offer. read more

Ukraine the road ahead will be difficult UN political chief tells Security

“The road ahead will be difficult but it is critical that all concerned strictly adhere to and commence good-faith implementation of this agreement,” said Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Mr. Feltman, who was joined in the Council by Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonoviæ, who briefed on the rights situation in the country, and John Ging, the Operations Director for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), who briefed on the humanitarian crisis, said a number of significant developments had occurred since his last briefing.He pointed to the signing on 12 February by the Trilateral Contact Group and rebel representatives of the “Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements” and the adoption by the Council on 17 February of resolution 2202, which he said provided a “binding international framework” for efforts to reach a lasting solution. He noted, however, that despite the agreements, fighting continued in Debaltseve, with innocent civilians caught in the cross-fire.“The rebels’ unabated attacks for control over this strategic area were in clear violation of the agreement they had signed only five days prior,” said Mr. Feltman, who went on to note that the situation had since calmed, though the ceasefire remained fragile and was not firmly in place throughout the region. “Sporadic violations are reported frequently, including south, near Mariupol, and once again near Donetsk airport,” he added.The Under-Secretary-General also pointed to monitoring of troop withdrawals conducted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Monitoring Mission but noted that lack of access and freedom of movement of its monitors left the Mission unable to verify the true extent of the process. Adding that Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko, had said he would request a UN-mandated peacekeeping force for eastern Ukraine, he said discussions had been held but that the decision was one for Council members.“The Secretariat would be guided by its decision,” he said. “To date, no formal request has been received from Ukraine.”Briefing on human rights in eastern Ukraine, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonoviæ said the situation “remained alarming” and “grave” despite the ceasefire. A “stark escalation” of hostilities in January and the first half of February led to “increased violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, with a sharp spike in casualties and devastating consequences for the local population.”He noted that full reports on casualties, especially near Donestsk airport and in the Debaltseve area, were still pending but said the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) estimated the total number of people killed was now passed the 6,000 mark.He drew attention to several “disturbing trends,” including the increased use of sophisticated and heavy weaponry and continued indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas by both sides. Such attacks were taking an escalating toll on civilians, he said, adding that deliberate targeting of civilians may constitute a war crime, and could amount to a crime against humanity if widespread or systematic.“Hospitals, schools and kindergartens have been shelled, in both Government and armed groups controlled areas, limiting access to healthcare and education,” he said. “The situation is aggravated by the alleged continued inflow of heavy weaponry and foreign fighters from the Russian Federation.”Other trends included the fact that civilians have remained trapped in the conflict zone, with ongoing and severe restrictions on freedom of movement, and a clear deepening of the “divide in Ukrainian society,” which was illustrated most clearly by the terrorist attack in Kharkiv that killed four people, and 14 attacks in Odessa since December that targeted pro-Maidan offices and supporters.“Against this backdrop, it remains absolutely crucial that the Government shows resolve and commitment to fight corruption and to render impartial justice and accountability for all human rights violations, regardless of the perpetrators or the victims,” said Mr. Šimonoviæ. “Impartial accountability can help deter future human rights violations, preserve the confidence of the people in their Government, and contribute towards the healing of psychological wounds.”That point was taken up by John Ging, OCHA Operations Director. He said five million people across the country are now in need of humanitarian assistance – two million in Government-controlled areas and three million in non-Government-controlled areas.“One year ago Ukraine had no displaced people,” said Mr. Ging. “Now, as a result of the conflict, there are almost 1.1 million people registered as internally displaced, more than 100,000 of them in the last month. And more than 670,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries.”With the pause in fighting, people who were previously trapped had fled, adding to the total numbers. While the ceasefire remained fragile, it allowed some humanitarian access to get through.“Most recently, 62 tons of humanitarian aid was delivered to Donetsk city by UN convoy on 19 February,” he said. “Supplies included essential hygiene items, warm clothes, blankets, condensed milk powder, drinking water, and medicines.”He stressed the importance of allowing aid and aid workers safe and unimpeded passage and access to those in need of life-saving assistance and he underlined the fact that needs still far outweighed the combined capacity of the humanitarian community and Government of Ukraine to respond. “Additional funding to address the immediate humanitarian needs of those affected by this conflict is urgently needed,” he said. “Ukraine’s Humanitarian Response Plan, launched on 24 February, calls for $316 million to reach 3.2 million people in the most dire humanitarian need. To date, only 13 per cent of this appeal – $42.2 million – has so far been either received or pledged.” read more

West Africa cannot recover from Ebola epidemic on its own – senior

“The response to Ebola – the national leadership, community engagement, so many people working so hard for such a long period of time with such dedication – if that can be translated into efforts beyond Ebola, then actually all there countries have a bright future ahead of them,” Peter Graaff, the UN Regional Inter-Agency Coordinator on Ebola, told the UN News Centre.“But they cannot do it alone,” Mr. Graaff said of efforts to end transmission of the virus that has killed more than 11,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.The interview comes just days after the World Health Organization (WHO) said that a cluster of three confirmed cases of Ebola were reported last week in Liberia, which had been declared free disease transmission on 3 September.Stressing that the regional epidemic is not over, Mr. Graaff said that the “first reported case in 77 days shows that even when you are able to break the chain of transmission, there is a chance of the disease coming back,” which he noted is “largely due to a persistence of the virus in survivors.”The recent cases in Liberia underscore the importance of robust surveillance measures to ensure the rapid detection of any reintroduction or re-emergence of the disease in unaffected areas, he said. Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone have each put surveillance systems in place to enable health workers and members of the public to report any case of illness or death that they suspect may be related to Ebola to the relevant authorities, according to WHO. Going forward, the UN coordinator drew attention to the need to make sure that the most-affected countries stay at zero, that survivors can live up to their full potential in society as soon as possible, and ensure that investments take place and are directed not only to the health care sector of the three West African countries but also in other sectors, like education and infrastructure.Earlier this month, the UN Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, underscored that his top priority is to make sure the more than 15,000 survivors and their families across West Africa have access to the support they need. Saying “they have a tough time” because “they’re distressed” and “not trusted,” as well as being “a subject of a lot of stigma,” Dr. Nabarro emphasized that he wants to be sure that every person who survived Ebola can access a comprehensive package of care that helps them, and that help their communities. read more

UN envoy and Pope Francis meet on enhancing cooperation to protect children

Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General chats with Pope Francis in her private audience at the Apostolic Palace. Photo: L’Osservatore Romano “Accelerating progress in children’s protection from violence needs to be at the heart of the actions of every nation, every faith and every person,” said Marta Santos Pais, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children, during a private meeting with the Pope this past weekend in Vatican City. The also meeting provided an opportunity to enhance collaboration on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and she noted that in a world free from fear and from violence, “everyone counts and everybody is needed.”The meeting was meant to strengthen cooperation between the office of Ms. Santos Pais and the Holy See, which has permanent observer status at the UN, alongside 193 Member States.The Pontiff reiterated his call for a ‘zero tolerance’ policy and reaffirmed the high priority given by the Holy See to protecting the rights of all girls and boys who are victims of violence, neglect, maltreatment, abuse and exploitation. “This is a plague, a hidden scream that should be heard by all of us,” highlighted Pope Francis, further recognizing the need to “take all necessary measures to protect in every way the lives of our children, so that such crimes may never be repeated.” RELATED: With more than half of all children in danger, UN envoy Santos Pais highlights how to keep them safeMs. Santos and the Pontiff also discussed the perils endured by children on the move who are exposed to constant incidents of violence especially when traveling unaccompanied or separated from their families, and who often lack the support of a nurturing and protective environment and in many cases end-up locked behind bars. Pope Francis and Ms. Santos Pais also discussed the growing risk of the criminalization of children living in socially excluded and poor communities, who lack support to develop to their full potential and who often become an easy target for armed gangs and organized crime networks. Victims of marginalization and exploitation, these children are at high risk of deprivation of liberty, where they may be exposed to incidents of neglect, abuse and ill treatment.The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include a target, 16.2, that calls for an end to “abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.” As this is a top UN priority, this meeting provided a significant opportunity to identify ways of enhancing collaboration and supporting implementation of the 2030 Agenda targets on violence against children. Pope Francis and Ms. Santos Pais reaffirmed the importance of continuing to foster the cooperation between the UN and the Holy See in the promotion of children’s rights and protection from violence, and in process of implementation of the 2030 Agenda. read more

Shoppers should only be given new pound coins in their change says

first_imgTreasury minister Andrew Jones has urged businesses to do their part to make sure shoppers are not given more of the old coins.He said: “Businesses must remain vigilant when returning coins and ensure old and new coins are organised in separate packaging to make the sorting process quicker and easier.”Shopkeepers must “play their part  to ensure only new pound coins are given to shoppers in their change”, he said. Old pound coin The old pound coin will cease to be legal tender on October 15Credit:Alamy  Mr Jones, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, also warned about companies accidentally returning the new version of the coin rather than the old one, saying “businesses must remain vigilant”.He said: “There has been a fantastic effort from both the public and businesses in returning more than one billion old round pounds, and I thank everybody involved in this process so far. The new coin was brought in to tackle the problem of fakes. Approximately one in thirty of the old round £1 coins in circulation are counterfeit.The 12-sided coin, with a gold coloured nickel-brass outer ring and silver-coloured nickel-plated alloy inner ring has been described as “the most secure in the world”.It also has a hologram-style image that appears as a £ symbol and a number 1 depending on the angle it is viewed from.center_img Cashiers should make sure consumers are only given new pound coins in their change as part of efforts to phase out the old version, a minister has said.The new 12-sided £1 coin was brought into circulation in March, and the old round coin will cease to be legal tender from October 15.The Royal Mint has encouraged consumers to “spend, bank or donate” their old coins before that date. “But there is still more to do before the 15 October deadline.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Power restored for 26000 ESB customers in Dublin

first_img Friday 23 Feb 2018, 9:35 AM Power restored for 26,000 ESB customers in Dublin The fault also caused significant delays to train services. Short URL Some traffic lights in Dublin city were not working due to the outage Source: Cianan Brennan/TheJournal.ieUpdated 9.35am POWER HAS BEEN restored for about 26,000 ESB customers in Dublin who were without electricity due to a “very large fault”.The fault mainly affected people in Clonshaugh and surrounding areas in west Dublin, and the north of the city.ESB apologised for any inconvenience caused to the customers affected. The fault occurred at around 7.20am and its cause is not yet known.Power was expected to be restored to affected homes and businesses by 10am, but was restored around 8.25am.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, an ESB spokesperson said: “Many areas of the northside of the city were impacted. Crews were immediately mobilised, and power was restored to all customers at 8:25 am.“We are investigating the cause of the fault and apologise to all customers for this loss of supply.”Traffic lights and trains Traffic lights had been out of action at a number of junctions throughout the city centre and in parts of Palmerstown, Liffey Valley, Chapelizod, Blanchardstown and Clontarf, according to AA Roadwatch.Motorists had been urged to take extreme care on approach to all junctions.Meanwhile, there were “significant delays” to Irish Rail’s northbound Dart and northern commuter services.Services between Malahide/Howth and Clontarf Road were suspended for a period this morning but have since resumed. Dublin Bus is accepting rail tickets to and from Greystones.After services resumed, northside Darts were delayed by up to 20 minutes and northern commuter services were delayed by up to 30 minutes.Thousands of customers in Dublin city were without power for a period on Monday due to a fault.Read: Over 100 people have now died from flu this seasonRead: Man ‘extremely lucky’ to be alive after falling on rocks in Cork Feb 23rd 2018, 8:11 AM http://jrnl.ie/3867383 Share51 Tweet Email 34 Comments 29,221 Views By Órla Ryan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Rodgers not too disappointed after draw

first_imgCeltic Football Club manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he wasn’t too despondent at his team’s inability to record a win against Livingston in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.The first draw in six league games for the champions was still enough for them to reclaim top spot in the Premiership for the first time this season.“I thought it was a good game and credit to both teams.” Rodgers said, according to Daily Mail.“We did the basics very, very well. Livingston test you with how they play with throw-ins, deep free-kicks and I thought we stood up that really well.”Generous in his praise for the performance of Livingston keeper Liam Kelly, the former Liverpool manager continued:“We had chances and their goalkeeper was man of the match.”Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“He made three fantastic saves and I have no complaints. My team has given everything over the last seven weeks and we have to give credit to Livingston. They are a tough team to break down and they have been up at the top.”“The season started slowly for us. But I’ve been so pleased with the last seven weeks or so – the performance level.”“We were never going to reach top level today in terms of goals and creativity as the surface is really difficult for that.”“You add to that a team which defends really well and it was always going to be difficult for us. It’s a good point here on the back of all the games we’ve had.”“So we’ll take the positive from it of which there were a lot.”“Our form and our rhythm has been really positive. We hope they all come back from international duty fresh and fit and we’ll look forward to a busy but exciting period between now and the mid-season break. So it’s looking really good for us.”last_img read more

Bayerns performance satisfies Niko Kovac

first_imgThe German Bundesliga giants defeated Nurnberg 3-0 today, just four days before their last UEFA Champions League group matchTwo goals by Robert Lewandoski and one by Franck Ribery let Bayern Munich win 3-0 against Nurnberg today in the German Bundesliga.And for Bavarian coach Niko Kovac, today’s performance is very satisfying.“We allowed them hardly anything over 90 minutes today. We created a lot of chances,” Kovac told the club’s official website.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It was important to keep a clean sheet, not to squander the lead and hurt our confidence by conceding goals.”“Positive results are always important. We’ve won our last three matches, and I’m satisfied with the way we did,” the Croatian added.“I haven’t seen a season like this before. We were lagging a bit last season but the gap is bigger this term. Dortmund won again today,” youngster Joshua Kimmich added.“So the season is really exciting because we aren’t on an upward trend all the time. We’re in a different situation now, and we’ll see if we have the right character in the team.”last_img read more

Julianna Musgrove Graduates SRI Management Trainees

first_img Related Items:25 trainees graduate after a two course in sandals resort international management trainee programme, Julianna Musgrove graduates from sandals resort programme, Sandals Resorts International’s (SRI) Management Trainee Programme Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 30, 2016 – After a two-year journey which saw them working the ranks in every department in various resorts all across the region, TCI native Julianna Musgrove along with 24 other participants in Sandals Resorts International’s (SRI) Management Trainee Programme have officially shed the trainee title and will now move into management roles, following a graduation ceremony held last weekend.“I am so proud to be the first Turks & Caicos Islanders to be inducted and complete this prestige Management Trainee Program”  Said Julianna Musgrove.  “Being a part of such a change-included programme has been the highlight of the last two years of my life. I can definitely say that the experience has been wonderful having worked in the Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, and St. Lucia.”The new managers were selected from a pool of 1500 applicants two years ago and include a number of Jamaicans as well as nationals from St. Lucia, the Bahamas, Grenada, Barbados, Antigua, the Turks and Caicos Islands and both previous employees of the Sandals/ATL Group and new recruits.“My passion is helping people especially my fellow Turks & Caicos Youth and I hope my preference my determination will serve as in inspiration to those who choose to follow in the similar foot step.  Beaches Turks and Caicos is the best platform to make my dreams come true in touching the lives of its almost 2000 Talents every day. ”   Musgrove concluded.The Management Trainee Programme (MTP) identifies and grooms outstanding young recruits to become managers in the company through a two-year programme of hands-on learning and training at resorts across the region.  All participants experience rotations through various positions and departments across the group before selecting an area of specialization.  The MTP is the centerpiece of SRI’s Management Succession Planning Strategy and is one component of the company’s ongoing efforts to invest in capacity-building throughout its operations.Speaking at the graduation ceremony held at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, Wayne Cummings, director of business processes and administration, himself a product of the MTP, reaffirmed the company’s commitment to investing in young leaders.  “This Group is on the move”, he said, “ this Group is growing and for us to grow and evolve we need to invest in people. We need to invest in the new leaders of the Group.”As the graduates move into their new roles within the company, Cummings urged them to always remember their journey and treat their colleagues with respect. He said, “Remember the things you went through, remember your subordinates. They are your colleagues and they are even more important than you. Have a very healthy respect for them as you seek to lead them.”He also reminded the new managers of the limitless potential within each of them as well as within the company.  “You are competent, you are able and you are at the right place, at the right time and with the right company. The journey has just begun. We are a company on the move”, he emphasized.In delivering his address as valedictorian, Kent D’Hayle expressed pride in both himself and his colleagues for successfully completing the rigorous programme. He said, “As I look into the eyes of my fellow graduates I see and feel  the sense of personal pride and satisfaction knowing that we have completed a programme which sets the stage for us to continue our careers, as leaders, managing a range of diverse departments.”In a similar breath, Andre Cleghorn and Danielle Daley, who both delivered the vote of thanks, expressed gratitude to the company for providing an opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.  They encouraged their fellow graduates to move forward with confidence and to continue making their families and the company proud.last_img read more

Clackamas County supporting antilight rail measure

first_imgOREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — Voters in Clackamas County, Ore., south of Portland appear to be approving a ballot measure that’s considered to be anti-light rail.The Oregonian reported (http://is.gd/ZOPk1a) that early returns Tuesday night showed 60 percent of voters approving Measure 3-401.The measure would require countywide voter approval before officials could spend money to finance, design, construct or operate any rail lines in the county. Generally, opponents of the Portland-Milwaukie light rail extension have supported the measure, and light rail supporters have opposed it.It’s unclear whether the measure would affect the Orange Line, the Portland-to-Milwaukie project that’s already under construction.The newspaper says county commissioners have obtained a private loan from Bank of America to pay TriMet a $19.9 million tab for the $1.5 billion project.last_img read more

Tumblr Director Coatney Talks Social Strategy and Platform Monetization

first_imgA sponsored post that is re-Tumbled will be branded across the space and not just within a magazine’s Tumblr account—as more content is shared, the more exposure a publication’s brand and its advertisers receive.“It can take something you’ve done and take it throughout the network and expand it throughout the world very quickly,” Coatney said. “It speaks to the core of Tumblr—it’s people sharing things they love. I think of magazines in that way too and you hear that from readers all the time—they love what you do. Tumblr is a way to cement those bonds with the people who love what you do and talk to them as equals and peers in that space.” Magazine publishers and editors are bombarded with social networking platforms and are constantly cultivating ideas as to how to take advantage of them to reach readers, monetize and refer traffic. During the 2011 FOLIO: Show at New York’s Marriott Marquis, keynote speaker Mark Coatney, director and media evangelist of Tumblr, provided the audience with insights into what the platform can do for publications. “In a nutshell, Tumblr is the most efficient way to tell your story the way you want it to be told: complete freedom of content combined with an excellent distribution network,” he told the audience in summary. “It’s the simplest way to share information and connect.”Coatney urged magazine publishers and editors to take advantage of the platform not only because of its usability, but also because of its growing popularity. There are 34 million Tumblr users worldwide and everyday there are about 40 million posts. Around 100,000 new individuals join every day and the platform has 100 million monthly unique visitors, with the average visit being about 23 minutes long. “If you have something really unique and interesting, this is a great way to expose it to a huge audience of people,” Coatney said. “It’s an effective sharing tool to quickly distribute content across an entire network.”center_img The format of the social site is similar to Twitter—if a magazine is being followed by a reader, content posted by the publication shows up in a consumer’s feed. When an individual chooses to follow a media brand, Coatney said, content is delivered directly to them which can then be re-Tumbled or posted on a user’s own Tumblr blog, which is then pushed to that user’s followers.“With this format, you can talk as a peer to your readers,” he said. “That is a really core value that publishers don’t pay enough attention to—you need to be really engaged with your readers in a way that it’s a conversation among equals.”While Tumblr can open up a dialogue between businesses and consumers, Coatney also told the FOLIO: Show audience that publishers can use Tumblr as a free CMS—he estimates that there are currently over 260 media outlets on Tumblr, with a large percentage being magazines. Publications generate followers that re-post content, which can drive traffic and expand brand awareness. In addition to using Tumblr to interact and develop audiences and refer traffic, Coatney says the platform can be monetized to a publication’s advantage.“The conventional way to monetize on Tumblr is to put ads on the front of your blog,” he said. “You can start to think of Tumblr posts as things your magazine can sell and circulate throughout Tumblr.”last_img read more

Sumalatha is the only wife of Ambareesh Did Yash take dig at

first_imgHD Kumaraswamy and Yash.PR HandoutThe battle for the Mandya Lok Sabha seat is heating up with Sumalatha’s supporters and the JD(S) leaders engaging in a war-of-words. People from both sides are using every opportunity to score points over each other. After Nikhil Kumaraswamy mocked Yash’s house-rent issue which recently created a controversy, the latter has now apparently taken digs at the Chief Minister’s two marriages.During his campaign at Ambarahalli, Yash told a TV channel that people should not mistake people’s innocence to ignorance. “If we assume that people are fools, they will give a befitting reply,” he said while stating that the people of Mandya know who is the wife of late actor-turned-politician Ambareesh.”Sumalatha is the only wife of Ambareesh and there is no confusion in it,” Yash pointed out, an oblique reference to HD Kumaraswamy’s two marriages.Anitha Kumaraswamy, the MLA from the Ramanagara constituency, is the wife of HD Kumaraswamy. He is allegedly also married to actress Radhika Shetty. There have enough photos of the Karnataka Chief Minister with the actress that indicate their relationship. However, they have never admitted it in open. Kumaraswamy with his wife Radhika.Radhika Kumaraswamy Facebook PageIn 2011, a public interest litigation was filed for his disqualification from the Ramanagara MP seat for violating the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. But the High Court had dismissed the plea for failing to produce necessary documents in support of the allegations.Apart from Sumalatha Ambareesh, there are two others with the name ‘Sumalatha’ who are contesting in the Mandya Lok Sabha election. Sumalatha and BJP have alleged the JD(S) is using such a trick to confuse the people in a bid to ensure Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s victory.last_img read more

Shocking Imran Khans weak and frail look goes viral fans left worried

first_imgVarinder ChawlaA few days after the news of troubles in his marital life broke out, Imran Khan was spotted outside his gym. While Imran smiled for the paparazzi, netizens have been left worried with the actor’s ‘weak’ and ‘frail’ look.Almost unrecognisable in the picture, Imran Khan seems to have lost a lot of weight and looking much, much leaner than earlier. Dressed in a white t-shirt, shorts and a cap, Imran’s look has left his fans worried. There were reports of the actor and his wife, Avantika Malik, having decided to call-off their wedding owing to some irreconcilable differences.While Imran and Avantika chose to stay silent on the matter, Avantika’s mother Vandana Malik had opened up on the separation news. “We all (Vandana, Avantika and Imran) read the news and let me tell you that there’s no such thing. There are some differences (between the husband and wife), which will be sorted anyway.” On being asked whether these differences would lead to divorce, her mother said, “Absolutely not.”A source told DNA, “Avantika left 24, Pali Hill, Imran’s residence, a while ago with Imara (daughter). It is being said that she is currently staying with her family.”What sparked the rumours of their separation further was the fact that while on one hand, Imran Khan had stopped posting pictures of him with his wife and daughter after July, 2017. Avantika too has not shared any picture of herself with Imran Khan like earlier.Imran Khan, who is the nephew of superstar Aamir Khan, had made his successful Bollywood debut with – Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na – opposite Genelia Dsouza. However, post the massive success of the film, Imran’s career lost track. A few insignificant roles here and there and soon Imran disappeared from the big screen and also the minds of his people.last_img read more

Minor schoolgirl killed in road accident

first_imgRoad Accident logoA schoolgirl was killed as a power tiller hit her at Bhabanipur village of Mujibnagar upazila in Meherpur district on Monday afternoon.The deceased is Snigdha Khatun, 9, a student of Class-III and daughter of a certain Aslam Ali, a resident of the village.The Mujibnagar police station officer-in-charge said the power tiller hit Snigdha while she was playing there, reports BSS.Snigdha was sent to Meherpur general hospital where on duty doctor declared her dead on arrival.last_img read more

Met office forecasts heavy rainfall

first_imgDhaka recorded 94mm of rainfall on Friday. Photo: Prothom AloHeavy to very heavy rainfall has been forecast for parts of Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Chattogram divisions for the next 24 hours, reports UNB.In its Heavy Rainfall Warning, the Met office said the forecast will be valid from 10:00am Saturday to 10:00am Sunday.Rain was battering the capital in the afternoon when the report was being filed. The sky was cloudy.Dhaka recorded 94mm of rainfall on Friday.The Met office said heavy to very heavy rainfall was likely to occur at places over some parts of the country as the monsoon is active over Bangladesh.Heavy rainfall often triggers landslides in the hilly regions of Chattogram division. In the morning, a landslide killed two commuters in Rangamati’s Kaptai upazila.last_img read more

AFRO Symposium on Presidential News Coverage at MSU

first_imgAs part of the AFRO’s 125th anniversary celebrations and Morgan State University 150th celebration, there will be a journalism symposium on how the AFRO has covered presidents throughout history from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the School of Global Journalism and Communication’s Ruth T. Sheffey Auditorium Communication Center at Morgan State University. Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper, AFRO board member, will moderate a panel made up of Dr. Jason Johnson, Lauren Victoria Burke and Tony Harris. John Jake Oliver, publisher and CEO of the AFRO, will also offer his perspective. This is a free event and all are welcome. Call 443-885-3330 for more information.last_img read more

Researchers devise a means to control chemical reactions in individual atoms

first_img Journal information: Nature Physics Citation: Researchers devise a means to control chemical reactions in individual atoms (2012, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-chemical-reactions-individual-atoms.html © 2012 Phys.org Explore further More information: Controlling chemical reactions of a single particle, Nature Physics (2012) doi:10.1038/nphys2373AbstractTraditionally, chemical reactions have been investigated by tuning thermodynamic parameters, such as temperature or pressure. More recently, laser or magnetic field control methods have emerged to provide new experimental possibilities, in particular in the realm of cold collisions. The control of reaction pathways is also a critical component to implement molecular quantum information processing. For these studies, single particles provide a clean and well-controlled experimental system. Here, we report on the experimental tuning of the exchange reaction rates of a single trapped ion with ultracold neutral atoms by exerting control over both their quantum states. We observe the influence of the hyperfine interaction on chemical reaction rates and branching ratios, and monitor the kinematics of the reaction products. These investigations advance chemistry with single trapped particles towards achieving quantum-limited control of chemical reactions and indicate limits for buffer-gas cooling of single-ion clocks.via Arstechnica (Phys.org) — In the early days of chemistry, finding out what happened when two or more chemicals were mixed together led to the development of all manner of new materials and to deriving useful events, such as the production of heat or light, or things exploding. As the science progressed however, researchers found they wanted to know more about what really goes on when chemicals react, but were unable to find out due to the massive number of interactions that occur during even the most ordinary chemical reactions. Nowadays, researchers want to delve even deeper, to discover what goes on at the quantum level. To that end, a team working at the Cavendish laboratory in Cambridge, UK has developed a way to monitor and control one of the most basic chemical reactions, the meeting of two dissimilar individual atoms. In their paper published in Nature Physics they describe how they were able to do so by setting up special experiments in a cold environment using a laser. Discovery could pave the way for quantum computing Under normal conditions, when two atoms meet, usually nothing happens. There is no attraction force between the two thus no reason for them to interact. When one or both are ions, things are different of course as the ions have either more or less electrons than stable atoms, causing them to have an electric charge. It was this property that the team used when setting up their experiments, which were meant to serve as an observational study, not to create something new, to see what happens at the quantum level.In their experiments, the team used a magnetic field to isolate two different types of atoms, a ytterbium ion and a neutral rubidium, in a very cold environment to slow things down. But prior to pushing them together with a laser, they first excited the ytterbium ion by shooting it with laser light to inject it, so to speak with kinetic energy. That energy they noted, could result in movement due to heat ejection or in the production of photons.Next, they ran two different types of experiments. In the first, they turned off the lights and watched as the two atoms eventually came near one another, to see if the interaction between the two would result in the release of photons, i.e. light. It did not, instead, it resulted in both atoms moving around in the trap at higher speeds.In the second experiment they used a laser to push the energized ion towards the neutral atom and found that in some, but not all cases, an ion was exchanged, causing the ytterbium atom to become neutral and the rubidium to become ionized; a clear example of a controlled chemical reaction between just two atoms. The researchers noted that the spin state of the atoms made a difference in the outcome of the reaction, meaning that the atomic nucleus of the atom had an impact, which goes counter to conventional thinking.The experiments and results the researchers achieved show that chemical reactions can not only be studied at the quantum level, but controlled as well, a finding that will likely have a major impact on both chemistry and physics research going forward. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more