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Australian University Opens up Scholarships For Indians

first_imgIndian students who are aspiring for foreign undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Australia can avail of the chance to get scholarships at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Kensington.The university has announced 60 different scholarships called The Future of Change, exclusively for Indians students, that range from a complete fee waiver to those ranging from 10,000 to 5,000 Australian dollars.Read it at New Indian Express Related Itemslast_img

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Blatche ‘apologized’ to Gilas for subpar showing, says Reyes

first_imgPhoto by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERNational team coach Chot Reyes isn’t losing sleep with Andray Blatche playing his worst game as a member of Gilas Pilipinas on Monday.The naturalized player only mustered six points on a 2-of-9 shooting from the field, while also committing six turnovers in the Philippines’ 90-83 victory over Chinese Taipei in the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ “It’s really hard that he’s not in sync with our little counters, the little things that we do. We can’t teach everything in five days. You might be able to teach everything but to actually practice it, run it, make it instinct, you can’t get that in five days.”Blatche arrived in the country on November 19, giving him only less than a week to acclimate and blend in with his teammates before Gilas flew to Tokyo and faced Japan.Reyes knows crucial Blatche is to Gilas especially against the big teams like Australia.“We’re not too worried. We’d still rather have Andray than not have him, especially when we play the big teams. We’d still rather have Andray at this point,” he said.The Philippines plays Australia, which is also undefeated at 2-0, next in February. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES “With all the attention Andray is getting, it allows June Mar to operate in the post by himself,” Reyes said.Still, Reyes made it clear that he’s far from satisfied with Blatche’s performance and he is keeping his fingers crossed that the 31-year-old big man will have better conditioning come February for the second leg of the qualifiers.“Hopefully, in the next window, he’s gonna be in better basketball shape. He would have been playing for a couple of months in China, so that should be able to help,” he said.Reyes is also pining for Blatche to have more time with the national team pool.“The key is to get him practicing with us for more than five days, like what happened today.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort But the seasoned mentor added the former NBA veteran was the first to reach out to his teammates after his lackluster showing.“He apologized personally to the team after the game at the dugout tonight. I think we’ve seen the worst of Andray’s games,” said Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlatche had a forgetful offensive night but he more than made up for his shooting woes on the defensive end, hauling down 15 rebounds and blocking five shots in 28 minutes on the floor.His mere presence alone was also key in helping June Mar Fajardo churn out his best game to date in national team duty, with the four-time PBA MVP posting 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Victor Oladipo scores 26, leads Pacers past Magic Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Read Next MOST READlast_img read more

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The hottest sets of wheels and hi-tech gizmos

first_imgAs television sets get ‘smart’, phones double up as personal organisers and music systems turn the living room into acoustic ensembles, there’s ample variety for the gadgetloving guy today. Be it convertible sports cars that satisfy your need for speed or a designer phone for gizmo lovers, choose your indulgence,As television sets get ‘smart’, phones double up as personal organisers and music systems turn the living room into acoustic ensembles, there’s ample variety for the gadgetloving guy today. Be it convertible sports cars that satisfy your need for speed or a designer phone for gizmo lovers, choose your indulgence from our top picks.Speed thrillsRemember that breathtaking cruiser bike Arnold Schwarzenegger rode in Terminator 2? Well, that’s just one of the many reasons Harley Davidson’s Fat Boy is often considered a cult bike. Perhaps one of the smoothest, steadiest rides from Harley, the Fat Boy is rumoured to have been inspired from a WWII B-29 Bomber. A part of the Softail family, the Fat Boy is big, dark and strong, with a mammoth frame mounted on two bulky wheels. Equipped with a smooth twin cam 1584 cc engine with a torque of 120 nm @ 3300 rpm, this bike is a classic. Beautifully cased in satin chrome and matte-denim black, the bike comes with a low, contoured seat and mini-beach handlebars. It stands out with its wide footboards, chrome coated air boxes and brilliantly textured metal. Its powerful torque and smooth transmission ensure efficient maneuvering on busy complex roads.Where: N0.15 Wallace Garden 2nd Street Nungambakkam.Cost: Rs19,79,578.Tel: 9551444439.Big pictureQuite literally a gadget of epic proportions, Philips’ Cinema 21:9 is the world’s first cinematic proportion TV. At 58 inches wide and 1080p LCD display with LED Pro Technology, the 21:9 aspect ratio enhances your movie viewing experience to look and feel larger than life.Added to this, Philips’ previously introduced Ambilight technology and 3D options make this television a wonder gadget. It is compatible with almost every video format that there is-from MPEG and AVI to H264 and MKV. Like most other TVs in the market today, this too has a Wi-Fi Connect, Net TV services and much more. The 3-sided Ambilight with modes like ‘Lounge’ and ‘Sunset’ is created to adapt to the colour of your wall. Excellent colour reproduction and sharpness is ensured with a 400Hz Perfect Motion Rate and its Perfect Pixel HD engine helps in showing pictures scaling a 2560 x 1080p resolution. So you can experience spectacular theatre style viewing of your favourite 3D Blu-Ray movies. Just grab those 3D glasses and a bowl of popcorn!Where: Philips Arena, Electronic Service, Agurchand Mansion, Mount Road.Cost: Rs. 4,49,000 (to be booked two weeks in advance).Tel: 28460643. advertisementHot wheelsThe all new Audi RS5 Coupe sports a swanky look and is packed with some serious goods too. A 4.2 litre V8 FSI engine powers this sports car so well that it can whiz from 0-100 kmph in just 4.6 seconds. With a top speed of 250 kmph and a newly styled bumper with integral diffuser insert, large oval tailpipes and the sporty new spoiler that extends out of the tailgate at speeds higher than 120 kmph, this coupe makes for an incredible driving experience. The well designed seats come in several options like Alacantra/leather or silk Nappa leather, ensuring a drive that’s not just high on energy but on comfort too.The perfect finish carbon inlays lay the stage for impressive sporty controls such as the multifunction leather steering wheel, RS5 selector knob and aluminium look pedals. The latest from Audi, the RS5 has a more aggressive front end, wider wheel arches and brushed aluminium mirror covers while the interior is filled with plenty of carbon fibre. Its engine is coupled with a 7 speed S-Tronic gearbox.Where: Audi showroom, No.535, Anna Salai, Nandanam.Cost: Rs 1.7 Crore.Virtual wondersHere’s a console that’s changing the way we perceived virtual gaming. Xbox 360 Kinect gives you what defines a great gaming experience-realism. And that it does that with its unique Full Body Gaming and Voice Control technologies-which means that a controller is the last thing you need for this game. It comes with an impressive 250 GB of storage space and a whole range of specialized features.So you can race cars, fight monsters and shoot the bad guys-all with a swipe of the hand and a few air-kicks! With Xbox Live’s advanced entertainment technology that responds to the sound of your voice, you can control HD movies and play, pause and rewind your favourite television shows. What’s more, you can even play your favourite Kinect and controller games with online friends. Choose from an exciting range of games like Transformers-Fall of Cybertron, Rock band Blitz and Sleeping Dogs, and Kinect games including Star Wars, Dance Central 3 and Serious Games.Where: Games The Shop, No. S-312, 3rd floor, Express Avenue Mall, No.49.50L, Whites Road, Royapettah.Cost: Rs 34,990.Tel: 28464080.advertisementPicture perfectWith this versatile and fullyloaded camera, professional photography has been made simpler and better. The Canon DSLR EOS 1DX has a host of intelligent features that keeps it miles ahead of its counterparts.With this much improved model, you can enjoy not just continuous shooting speed, but also fine image quality. Among the latest additions is the 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor that can read colour information and apply corrections immediately even while you are clicking a photograph. Other features like EOS Intelligent Subject Analysis System and EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition in the auto-focus sensor enable you to track the subject on the basis of colours and face recognition. At just 36 micro-seconds, the camera has the world’s fastest response speed among mirrordriven systems, which is particularly useful for sports, wildlife or outdoor shots.The dual high-powered DIGIC 5+ processors have the power to process as many as 14 frames per second while performing more operations simultaneously. The new processors, in fact, are 17 times faster than its predecessors and the twin processors help real-time correction of chromatic aberrations. Even in extremely low-light conditions, the camera can scale up to ISO 51,200 for that perfect image.Introducing dual CF card slots for the first time, the camera supports UDMA 7 mode for quicker transfer rates. The redesigned graphical user interface is also more user-friendly and intuitive, with customisable menus for various shooting requirements. So, go ahead and start clicking. WHERENo. 769, Shop F-203, 1st Floor, 3rd Phase, Spencer Plaza, Anna SalaiCost: Rs. 4,29,995.Tel: 9445812345.Talk smartWhen Porsche’s matchless class and Blackberry’s impeccable performance come together, this is what you get. Canadian company Research In Motion has joined hands with Porsche design to develop the BlackBerry Porsche P 9981, which hit the Indian market a few months ago. The phone definitely scores on elegance of design with a frame forged in stainless steel, a wide QWERTY keyboard that is backlit, a high resolution touch screen and a hand-wrapped leather back cover. The model is technically power packed, with a 1.2GHz processor, 768 MB of RAM and 8GB of storage space that can be expanded to 32GB using a micro SD card. With a 5 Mega Pixel camera, HD Video recording (720p), 4X Digital Zoom, high resolution graphics and advanced censors, there’s little you can’t do with this phone.Where: Studio Cell, No 7, Venkata Narayana Road, T Nagar.Cost: Rs 1,40,000.Tel: 9840030201.Smart viewingWith this invention from audio wizard Bose, you can feel and hear the excellence of sound, but you’ll never guess where it’s coming from. This hide-and-seek of sound from the Bose Video Wave TV System is the least of its thrills. With a 46″ 1080p LCD display and signature sound quality, (thanks to Bose’s award-winning new waveguide technology), there is nothing left to ask for. The remote control is another innovation from Bose-a ClickPad control that will run all your playback devices, right from your DVD player to Blu-Ray and iPod. The ADAPTIQ Audio Calibration system senses the size and shape of your room and delivers the best possible sound for the setting. The Bose Video Wave entertainment system delivers home theatre sound and highdefinition picture together in one simple, elegant system. An advanced Bose sound system has been built into a 117cms, 1080p HD display, for cinematic performance from invisible speakers, and a 46-inch LCD Panel that has in-built speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers.Where: The Bose Store, 204 Second Floor Ampa Skywalk Mall, Nelson Manickam Road, Aminjikarai.Cost: Rs 4,78,000.Tel: 43582935.advertisementGame planThere’s a reason why Dell’s Alienware M17X has earned a reputation for being the best gaming laptop in the market today. It is powered by Intel Core i7 3rd Generation Processor and houses a massive 8GB DDR3 RAM and a storage space of 1TB. Dell’s Alienware has become a rage for the remarkable software that it comes with-namely the Adrenaline, Fusion, Touch and FX. With this laptop, seamless video graphics are assured, thanks to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M 2GB graphic card. And making your gaming experience even more realistic is its impeccable sound, the credit for which goes to the Creative Sound Blaster with THX TruStudio and 7.1 Audio Powered by Klipsch-a leader in the industry. The great backup offered by the 9 cell battery makes mobility and non-stop gaming a serious pleasure. Another highlight is the Alienware M17X’s display-with vibrant colours and the full HD resolution that is ideal for sharp 3D graphics and Blu-Ray films. You can also opt for a 43.9cm (17.3) 1080p full HD WLED display or select the 120Hz 3D LCD for smooth visuals and stereoscopic NVIDIA 3D Vision capabilities.Where: HP Dell Showroom, 130/165, Valluvar Kottam High Road, Nungambakkam.Cost: Rs 1,79,000.Tel: 28257879.High livingJust when you think that Apple has come up with the mother of all technological inventions, it follows it up with a better one. While the MacBook Pro was a trendsetter itself, the incredible technology of retina display has now made it the most sought after laptop in the country.The technology has been a huge hit ever since it was incorporated on the new iPad. The MacBook Pro has a retina display of 5.1 million pixels packed in one screen. With a supported resolution of up to 2880×1800 pixels, experience sharpness of graphics and images like never before. What’s more, it comes with a 2.6 GHz 3rd Generation i7 processor and a 512GB ‘Flash’ storage! With its new HDMI Port, connecting to HD TVs is quicker and more efficient; this along with two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports. The laptop is 8.1 cm thin, weighs about 2.02 kg and has an 8GB RAM and 1GB NVIDIA GT 650M with automatic switching. You can enjoy other standard built-in features like FaceTime HD camera, glass multi-touch trackpad, backlit keyboard, enhanced speakers and 3-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi.Where: Apple Store, No. 101A, First Floor, Ampa Skywalk, No. 1 Nelson Manickam Road, Aminjikarai.Cost: Rs. 1,92,000 (to be booked a month in advance).Tel: 23742626. Game onIf some serious gaming fun is what you’e looking for, then the PS VITA should be at the top of your list of must-buy gadgets. A successor of the PlayStation Portable, this is a competitor to the Nintendo 3DS. PS stands for PlayStation and ‘vita’ means ‘life’ in Latin. It’s a fun-sized gizmo in a ‘super oval’ shape with a fiveinch OLED touch screen and supports Bluetooth and WiFi. 3G services are available only in the higher-end model. Internally, the Vita has a four-core ARM Cortex-A9MP Core processor and a fourcore SGX543MP4+ graphics processing unit. Compared to the touch screen gadgets like the iPhone, PS Vita combines touch features and buttons. You can play games like FI 2011 and FIFA Football on it. And if you want to stay connected with your friends while gaming, the good news is that you can browse Facebook, Twitter, Four Square and Skype. It even has two 0.3 MP cameras but standard memory cards cannot be used with the PS VITA. Instead, you will need to invest in a specific memory card.Where: Games The Shop, 3rd floor, Express Avenue Mall.Cost: Rs 24,990.Tel: 28464080.last_img read more

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Weiss Watches First Ever Limited Edition Timepieces

first_img 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable The Best Casio Watches For Every Occasion The Best Watches Under $1,000, From Classic to Sporty Limited editions watches don’t normally start rolling out just two years after a company’s first year in business, but Weiss Watches pulls off the feat like a pro. This month, they dropped their first ever limited run two Field Watches, featuring new dial color combinations and Horween Shell Cordovan straps. Not only are they fine looking timepieces, but with quality, good ol’ made in the U.S.A. craftsmanship behind them, they’re a solid investment.The Limited Issue Dark Blue Dial Field Watch features a dark blue dial, latte numerals, silver hands with latte lume, and brown handmade Horween Shell Cordovan strap. Only 100 pieces will be produced. The Limited Issue Black Dial Field watch features a black dial, latte numerals, silver hands with latte lume, on a black tonal handmade Horween Shell Cordovan strap. Only 200 pieces will be produced. New Shell Cordovan strap options will also be available.As to why Weiss is going limited run before their junior year? Cameron Weiss, Weiss Watch Company founder and master watchmaker stated, “We are asked all the time for special versions of our watches. We felt it was time to release a set of limited issue timepieces to mark our two year anniversary.”Current Weiss timepieces feature a Swiss made mechanical movement that is hand finished and assembled in Los Angeles. All stainless steel cases, case parts, case-back screws, dials, crowns, gaskets, sapphire crystal, spring bar tools and white pine packaging are designed, engineered and manufactured in California. Weiss is, as of now, the only watchmaker in the United States designing, engineering, and manufacturing their own cases and dials, as well as finishing each movement by hand.The Limited Edition Field Watches will be available only on the Weiss website, and soon through select Barney’s New York locations.Both editions retail for $1500, featuring individual serial numbers and Certificates ofAuthenticity. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Agriculture Damage Estimated at $2 Billion

first_imgState Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Ian Hayles, has said Hurricane Sandy has dealt a devastating blow to the country’s agricultural sector, with the latest estimates putting the cost of the damage at close to $2 billion. Mr. Hayles, who spoke to JIS News following a tour of several farms in Portland yesterday (October 29), said that close to 31,000 farmers across the island have been affected. “Some 3,000 hectares of property… across the country, $15 million in livestock losses, and we have some problem with coffee in areas of upper St. Andrew and in the valley of Portland also,” he said. He said that in Portland alone, damage to farms and livestock is estimated at approximately $200 million, affecting over 6,000 farmers and more than 500 hectares of property. “We have a lot of work to do, the Ministry is being proactive in terms of what we will do over the next couple of weeks,” he said. While in Portland, the State Minister, along with Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) officials, saw firsthand, the extent of damage to crops and livestock, including banana, coconut, papaya, and poultry. Papaya farmer, Bryon Henry, informed that he suffered some $8 million in damages. He informed that as a result of the storm, several workers had to be laid-off, “as right now the cash flow has been completely wiped out.” Mr. Henry, who farms on some 12 acres of land, said resuscitation of the crop is estimated to take some six months.last_img read more

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CSIC Scrutinized by Anti-Corruption Team

first_imgzoom China’s central government’s anti-corruption team has launched an investigation into the operation of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC).The probe, set to last for the next couple of months, forms part of a state-backed anti-corruption campaign that has swept through major companies in China, including China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and China Shipping Group.Li Changyin, president of CSIC, and Ma Zehua, president of Cosco Group voiced their willingness to coordinate with investigation team and provide full assistance.At the beginning of February, the investigation team found that the state-run shipbuilding giant CSSC had been involved in corruption activities.The corruption activities have been uncovered in the procurement department of CSSC, involving the shipbuilding company’s senior officials.Most of the illegal activities related to bribery and illegal means of obtaining favors, as informed by the team’s leader Liu Zu in a working brief.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Enseignants reconnus durant la Semaine de léducation

first_imgEn plus d’apprendre à lire et à écrire, les élèves de Lori Sigfridson apprennent une chose ou deux sur la façon d’être de bons citoyens. Chaque mois durant l’année scolaire, l’enseignante à l’école Carleton Consolidated Elementary organise des expositions et des repas communautaires ayant comme thème une culture différente ou un autre pays. Ses élèves ont appris des mots en allemand, célébré Hannoucah, mangé des mets égyptiens pendant le Ramadan, célébré le Nouvel an chinois et assisté à des exposés sur des cultures bien différentes de la leur. Madame Sigfridson encourage aussi les élèves à participer aux activités physiques et parascolaires offertes dans leur collectivité de Carleton, dans le comté de Yarmouth. En participant à ces activités, les élèves apprécient le fait d’avoir une relation positive avec la communauté et prennent davantage d’intérêt dans les questions citoyennes. Madame Sigfridson était parmi les 25 enseignants, directeurs d’école, conseillers en orientation et membres de la collectivité qui ont été reconnus, lors d’une cérémonie durant la Semaine de l’Éducation, pour promouvoir la paix et la compréhension dans les écoles et inculquer aux élèves de bonnes valeurs citoyennes. Au nom de la province, le premier ministre Rodney MacDonald a félicité tous les récipiendaires de leur engagement envers les élèves pour que ces derniers aient une idée de la façon d’avoir des collectivités paisibles et de leur conserver ce statut. Ainsi, les élèves seront de meilleurs citoyens du monde plus tard. « Éduquer pour concurrencer est l’une des cinq priorités principales du gouvernement », a-t-il déclaré. « Nous partageons le but de donner aux jeunes les outils dont ils ont besoin et qu’ils méritent pour réussir leur avenir. » Le thème de la Semaine de l’éducation 2008, qui prend fin le 19 avril, est « Partenaires pour la paix : de la salle de classe à la collectivité ». La ministre de l’Éducation, Karen Casey, a déclaré que les enseignants jouaient un rôle important pour l’avenir de leurs élèves. « La Semaine de l’éducation est l’occasion pour nous de reconnaître ceux et celles qui, avec un vif intérêt, ont montré aux élèves la valeur d’enseigner la paix et la façon d’être de bons citoyens. « Félicitations à toutes les personnes qui ont reçu un prix pour leur travail inspirant, à la fois dans la salle de classe et dans leurs collectivités respectives. » Le Semaine de l’éducation est le fruit de la collaboration de cinq partenaires en éducation : le Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse, l’Association des conseils scolaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse, la Fédération des associations foyer-école de la Nouvelle-Écosse, la Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse et le ministère de l’Éducation. La Semaine de l’éducation est célébrée en Nouvelle-Écosse depuis 1935.last_img read more

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Mumbai coach Samant wants to focus on regaining Ranji title

first_imgMumbai: Aware that 41-time champions Mumbai did not do well in the Ranji Trophy last season, reappointed coach Vinayak Samant has decided to focus on the longer format and rectify the past mistakes. In Samant’s first stint as the coach last season, Mumbai won the Vijay Hazare ODI tournament after several years, but failed to recreate the magic in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament and Ranji Trophy. “I’m only focusing on what mistakes we did (last season) and we have to rectify them. We have to focus more on the Ranji Trophy, (and at the same time) on ODIs and T20s,” Samant told PTI on Wednesday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”We did well in the ODI tournament and T20 tournament, but we were not able to do a good job in the Ranji Trophy (last season). So, my main focus (this time) is the Ranji Trophy,” he explained. Samant, 46, was given a second straight term after former Mumbai wicket-keeper Sulakshan Kulkarni refused to sign the contract offered to him. “We have to nurture talent for Mumbai and if the process is right, the outcome will be good,” Samant said. Young prodigy Prithvi Shaw, who made his India debut last year, has been suspended for eight months by the BCCI for anti-doping violation. After the suspension, Shaw would again be playing in the Samant-coached outfit if he is picked in the Mumbai squad for any of the tournaments. Asked what advice he would give Shaw, Samant said, “I will keep it simple. You have to be very disciplined and if you are not disciplined, it will go haywire. I will tell him (Shaw) to be disciplined.”last_img read more

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Prince Charles Steps Up To Serve

first_imgThe Prince of Wales stood side-by-side with the three main political party leaders as he helped launch a campaign to bolster youth volunteering yesterday.The Prince of Wales stands for a photograph with guests and political party leaders (left to right) Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Leader Ed Miliband during the Step Up to Serve launchCredit/Copyright: Step Up to Serve at Buckingham Palace, The Prince, Prime Minister David Cameron, Liberal leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and Labour leader Ed Miliband called on more youngsters aged 10 to 20 to get involved so participation levels are doubled to more than 50 per cent by 2020.His Royal Highness described it as “a huge but exciting challenge”, but admitted “that it may look as though we have bitten off more than we can chew”.He told nearly 200 invited guests and supporters including business leaders, education and community workers – plus Barry and Margaret Mizen, the parents of murdered schoolboy Jimmy Mizen – that youth organisations can help transform lives.This must be a “giant, unique and collaborative effort”, according to The Prince, and it will provide “many more structured, constructive and challenging and adventurous opportunities for young people”.The Mizens met The Prince the year after their 16-year-old son Jimmy was killed in Lee, south-east London, in 2008.Jimmy died in his brother’s arms after Jake Fahri hurled a glass dish at him in a bakery following a trivial row. A shard cut his throat and he bled to death.Since Fahri’s conviction in 2009, Mr and Mrs Mizen have been campaigning to end the violence in London through the Jimmy Mizen Foundation.“I think that what today is about is not giving up on our young people,” Mrs Mizen said. “There is no politics in this. It is about our young people.”Mr Mizen said: “We have always said since the early days after Jimmy’s death that the changes that we need to certain areas of our society will only come when we all take responsibility for our own actions.“There is a part for everybody to play and for everybody to be part of improving society.”It is hoped that 1.7 million more young people aged 10 to 20 will be spurred on to make social action – defined as “practical action in the service of others” – a habit for life.This target would add almost 90 million hours of voluntary work per year, worth almost £700 million to the UK economy. In Canada an estimated 58 per cent of young people participate, over half of them giving more than four hours each per month.It is hoped that a life-long culture of volunteering will be created through the campaign.Businesses, education institutions, faith groups, youth organisations and voluntary groups across the UK are all backing the campaign.Step Up to Serve calls for people across the UK to sign-up and volunteer at the website They can also pledge a personal #iwill commitment and share it on read more

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UN relief official heads to quakehit Iran to launch special bid for

The top United Nations relief official is on his way to the quake-devastated Bam area of Iran to help launch a Flash Appeal for humanitarian assistance, a UN spokesman said today.Jan Egeland, who heads the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), will join with Iranian authorities and the Iranian Red Crescent Society on Thursday in asking for the special funds, spokesman Fred Eckhard said.The money will cover urgent needs over the next three months, including temporary shelter, food, water and sanitation as well as health care and schooling.The earthquake, registering 6.3 on the Richter scale, hit the area around Bam on 26 December. Shaken repeatedly by strong aftershocks, the town’s mud-based architecture, including the celebrated 2,000-year-old citadel, then the world’s largest mud brick structure, quickly crumbled.To date, more than $74 million has been pledged for continuing relief efforts in Bam. UN and other humanitarian officials are already in the area to assess the most immediate needs, Mr. Eckhard said.In a related development, the spokesman reported that enough phone and radio equipment to accommodate some 5,000 users was installed in Bam within 24 hours of the earthquake by the telecommunications companies Ericsson and Turkcell. They also provided a radio base station, three mobile base stations, 10 generators and satellite equipment.This assistance came under an initiative launched by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who in 2000 appealed to the private sector to get more deeply involved in humanitarian relief operations. Answering this call, Ericsson, a Swedish-based international mobile phone company, launched a major disaster response programme called “First on the Ground.” read more

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General Assembly approves chiefs for development and internal oversight

The United Nations General Assembly today approved a Turkish economist as the next Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and a Swedish auditor as the new Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services, both recommended by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.Kemal Dervis was confirmed for a four-year term as the new UNDP Administrator starting 15 August. He is a former World Bank executive who was responsible for developing new poverty reduction strategies. He will also chair the UN Development Group (UNDG), which coordinates the international assistance and reconstruction work of the UN agencies.”I relish the opportunity to work for an organization which has always stood at the front lines of the battle against poverty and has been a leader in fighting for the right of all people to live with freedom and dignity,” he said after his unanimous confirmation.The new head of the Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), with a five-year non-renewable contract, will be Inga-Britt Ahlenius, now the Auditor-General of Kosovo and previously the Auditor-General of Sweden.Ms. Ahlenius was also a member of the Committee of Independent Experts established by the European Parliament with a mandate to examine the ways in which the 20-member Commission detected and dealt with fraud, mismanagement and nepotism. Its report in 1999 led to the resignation of the entire Commission and its later reform.OIOS submits reports to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly on protecting the organizations’ assets. It also does worldwide audits of UN operations and provides consulting services to UN funds, programmes and tribunals. read more

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Political impasse adds new layer of complications to Iraqs complex challenges –

Civilians in Fallujah, Iraq, are at extreme risk and need urgent help. Photo: OCHA Iraq “A business as usual approach simply will not be enough for the people,” Ján Kubiš, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, said in his periodic briefing to the Security Council. “They want genuine change that will improve their lives.”Failure of Iraq’s Government and political class to agree on genuine reforms prompted demonstrators to request reform of the whole government and political process, abandoning of the ethnic and sectarian quota approach that is in the fundament of the Iraq political system since 2003, the envoy explained.In April, demonstrators breached the entry checkpoints of the Green Zone and stormed Parliament building, bringing paralysis and deadlock in the work of the Government and the Council of Representatives.Acts of vandalism and attacks on some members of Parliament sadly broke with the practice of many months of peaceful protests, he said.“At this stage, the situation remains unpredictable and could unfold in many different directions,” he warned, noting that protests are set to continue as solutions discussed among the political class may not be enough for the people of Iraq.Failing to promote genuine reforms and resume the work of the Council of Representatives will only serve the interest of Iraq’s real enemies – a terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), he said.Expressing concern about reports of ISIL’s use of weaponized chemicals in its attacks on civilians and security force personnel in Bashir, he called on the international community to support the ongoing investigation into these incidents and to ensure accountability of anyone found to be involved in the use of weaponised chemicals. He also condemned the continued killings, kidnapping, rape and torture of Iraqis by ISIL, which may constitute crimes against humanity, war crimes and even genocide.Iraq’s political groups must find together a solution based on the Constitution, law and principles of democracy that will respond to the needs of the people, put an end to the split and paralysis in Parliament, and enable the rapid enactment of the necessary reforms and anti-corruption measures, and the smooth functioning of State institutions without threat or intimidation, Mr. Kubiš said.The recent resumption of contacts and dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, should be turned into a genuine partnership of mutually-beneficial cooperation, he said. Reconciling differences and working together on the necessary reforms will create conditions for enhanced financial and technical support by the international community to Iraq, including the Kurdistan region.It is imperative that both Baghdad and Erbil remain committed to reaching an understanding on oil exports and revenue-sharing, on Peshmerga salaries and on other outstanding issues, including those that concerns situation in the liberated and disputed areas.Iraq’s humanitarian crisis remains one of the world’s worstOn the humanitarian situation, he said Iraq faces one of the world’s worst crises. In the last year, the number of Iraqis in need has doubled to nearly a third of the population – over ten million people.Military campaigns, depending on scope and intensity, will almost certainly lead to mass displacement in the months ahead. In a worst case scenario, more than 2 million more Iraqis may be newly displaced by the end of the year, he said.The 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan requests $861 million to provide life-saving assistance to seven million Iraqis. Disappointingly, only a quarter of this amount has been secured thus far. Unless $300 million is received by June, key front-line life-saving programmes will be cut-back or closed.Turning to the issue of missing Kuwaiti people and property, he said that the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) will be reaching out to different stakeholders to seek their assistance in various aspects that will push the process forward.However, the main responsibility in ensuring advancement lies with the Government of Iraq. “While we remain cognisant of the sheer volume of challenges that Iraq is currently facing, its international obligations have to be fulfilled and this issue cannot fall by the wayside,” he said. read more

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Conflict casts shadow on fight to end hunger in some regions –

“When countries in the region are suffering from an escalation of conflicts, the aim to tackle the region’s deepest concerns of malnutrition, water scarcity and climate change becomes more challenging but at the same time more urgent,” said Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), at the report’s launch in Cairo, Egypt.The 2017 edition of the Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) highlights in particular how an ongoing intensification of violence is opening a wide “hunger gap” between countries being affected by conflicts and those that are not. Mr. Ould Ahmed pointed to “the growing need to implement long-term and comprehensive policies and practices to achieve zero hunger by 2030,” adding that that “only through improved cooperation and solidarity will the region be able to end conflicts and violence and get back to development.”NENA countries include, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. In the region’s countries directly impacted by conflict, 27.2 per cent of all people were chronically hungry, or undernourished, during the 2014-16 period. That’s six times higher than the share of the population that was undernourished in countries not affected by strife – 4.6 per cent.Meanwhile, “severe food insecurity,” another metric used by FAO to measure hunger, in conflict-affected countries is now double that in non-conflict countries.In Syria, violence has provoked a 67 per cent reduction in the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and severely undermined food security. About 70 to 80 per cent of Syrians now need humanitarian assistance, while 50 per cent require food assistance.In Iraq, where violence has led to for 58 per cent decline in GDP, 30 per cent of the population needs humanitarian assistance while nine per cent requires food assistance. Yemen is also being wracked by conflict, leading to a situation in which 70 to 80 per cent of the population are in need humanitarian assistance and 50 per cent require food assistance. Libya is another hot spot where conflict is undermining food security; there, six per cent of the population are in need of food assistance, according to the report. read more

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Digitally monitor crushing and screening with Powerscreen Pulse

first_imgTechnology is driving improvements in all aspects of our lives. With Powerscreen® Pulse™, the company says it is continuing this revolution by bringing customers new digital tools to help them improve their crushing and screening operations. “Powerscreen Pulse will transform the way you work with your Powerscreen machines.” The technology will be on display at the Hillhead show near Buxton, UK, from 28-30 June.David Gunn, Commercial Service Manager at John Gunn and Sons Ltd, said: “Powerscreen Pulse is extremely user friendly, easy to access and a very valuable management tool for the quarrying industry. With the Pulse system I can monitor the location of machines and check the hours on the machines. The system also always me to see live information and monitor urea levels, CSS, tramps, feeder starts, fault codes and any warnings.”“No matter where you are in the world, Pulse lets you stay on top of production by giving you accurate up to date information direct to your PC, tablet or smartphone. We’ve taken a lot of time to get the system to perform exactly as customers want; so that this robust platform will generate massive cost and time savings for equipment owners and operators alike” according to Powerscreen Product Line Director, Colin Clements.Powerscreen Pulse allows the customer to:View accurate information on production tonnages, fuel usage and fuel costs per tonneReceive alerts for alarms, for rapid response to production issuesCheck at a glance the status and key information of all machines in the fleetIdentify cost savings using in depth stats and analyticsOptimise fleet planning based on idle/working time informationTrack engine hours to plan servicing to minimise downtimeMonitor wear rates to anticipate replacement partsTrack machine locations anywhere in the worldReceive alerts when the machine is operated outside of set hours or locationslast_img read more

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Solskjaer talks about his United season so far

first_imgThe Manchester United caretaker has lead the team to four victories in four matches, and today they will play against Reading in the FA Cup Third Round.After Manchester United sacked manager Jose Mourinho, interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took care of the English Premier League giants.And he has led the Red Devils to four victories in four matches so far.“It depends on how you look at it but the first three maybe was the honeymoon if you like and it was three games you expect to win – you’re at home for two of them,” he spoke to the team’s official website about their run so far.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Then you go up there, it’s a difficult place to go. I thought in the second half we played some fantastic stuff.”“All in all, it was a first clean sheet and to come away from there with three points [was] brilliant but I must say I’ve enjoyed the home games more,” he commented.“Yes, definitely. That was one of the things I was thinking about before the game – this might be a tough one or it will be a tough one and you’ll get to learn how they react if we make the first mistake or they score the first goal.”“I felt we were a bit safer in the way we played, maybe because we were away from home. But in the second half, I thought you could see the pace, the power, the counter-attacking, the forward-thinking again and we were solid at the back,” he explained after United won its fourth consecutive match against Newcastle United.last_img read more

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Finance Minister Describes Fiscal Situation Dynamics in Budget Communication

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 31, 2017 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest said that with this Government Administration’s recent coming to Office that it is not for him to attempt to justify the actions of its predecessors, nor the fiscal impacts of those actions. “However, for the sake of transparency and understanding on the part of the Bahamian public, I do want to describe the facts of the fiscal situation objectively and as they present themselves,” DPM Turnquest said as he presented the Budget Communication 2017/2018 in the House of Assembly, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. He said: “The stark facts are as follows.   The Deficit outturn in the current fiscal year features a significant deterioration as compared to the fiscal projections contained in the previous Government’s final Budget. “While they had forecast a Government Finance Statistics Deficit (GFS) of $100 million, the actual outturn is now expected to be on the order of $500 million.   That is an astonishing five times the Budget forecast of only 12 months ago.   The sharp deterioration in the state of the public finances in 2016/17 did admittedly flow, to some extent, from the multi-faceted impacts of Hurricane Matthew in early October 2016.” He explained that the hurricane severely dampened economic activity in October, with the impact extended through to the fourth quarter of the year. As a result, it is estimated that real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2016 posted a zero rate of growth for the year as a whole, as compared to the Budget forecast of 0.5 per cent growth. DPM Turnquest explained that this directly weakened revenue collections.   “Recurrent Revenues were also reduced through the effects of the exigency order implemented by our predecessors, as a means of providing relief to those impacted by the hurricane.   In combination, these factors resulted in a shortfall in Recurrent Revenue collections to the tune of $216 million, to a level of $1,960 million vs. the $2,176 million budgeted.” He said weaker revenues therefore account for a significant portion of the $400 million slippage in the GFS Deficit in the current fiscal year. The DPM said Hurricane Matthew also affected the expenditure side of the Budget, through the actions implemented by the Government to assist in the rebuilding efforts and the repair of public infrastructure.   For example, the capital expenditures of the Ministry of Public Works were bolstered by over $55 million above and beyond its Budget allocation.   Total Capital Expenditures thus amounted to $310 million versus the $242 million budgeted. He said that in addition, Recurrent Expenditures during the year amounted to some $137 million more than had been forecast, i.e., $2,458 million versus $2,321 million. DPM Turnquest said key contributors to this increase were a higher level of Debt Redemption, at $21 million, as well as higher interest payments on Government debt, at $27 million. He added that the total Government Direct Debt at the end of the 2016/17 fiscal year is estimated to amount to $6.5 billion, or 71.5 per cent of GDP.   “However, that is not the end of the story in the current fiscal year.   It is also important to note that the combination of revenue shortfalls and accelerated spending has contributed to a greater than usual backlog of payments and commitments as we approach the end of the fiscal year. “The latest information has this backlog in excess of $300 million and it is possible that this number could increase before the end of the year as we get a greater understanding of the many deals of the former Administration.” He said this high level of outstanding payables is directly responsible for the Government seeking emergency funding to meet the obligations of the 2016/2017 budget, as vendors are clamouring for payments.   “It is our intention to fully pay all of this backlog of payments and commitments this fiscal year and minimize, to the greatest extent possible, any carryovers into the 2017/18 fiscal year.   “I would also stress that this funding does not indicate insolvency but rather gross imprudence in the management of the fiscal affairs by our predecessors, as demonstrated by the large amount of financial commitments made in the run-up to the General Election,” DPM Turnquest said.Release by: Llonella Gilbert (BIS)last_img read more

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Woodland council weighs use of EVerify

first_imgThe Woodland City Council might soon require companies seeking city contracts to verify their employees are legal U.S. workers.The city’s finance committee proposed at a meeting late last month a resolution to require the use of E-Verify for contracts worth $1,000 or more. E-Verify is a federal database operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that allows employers to check the citizenship of their workers. City staff, however, is recommending against council adoption of the resolution. The committee — on which council members Benjamin Fredricks, J.J. Burke and Al Swindell serve — is now working to address staff concerns before bringing the resolution back to the city council next month.Fredricks, who is the committee chairman, said the city has a responsibility to ensure the employers who receive city contracts are complying with federal immigration laws. “Lots of people are hurting, and everything should be done to be sure we have legal citizens getting those jobs,” Fredricks said. “No citizen or legal resident should have to compete with someone here illegally.”The proposed resolution calls on Clerk/Treasurer Mari Ripp to draft and implement policies. The policies would require certification from vendors and subcontractors that they use E-Verify and prohibit vendors from entering into contracts with the city if they knowingly employ ineligible workers.last_img read more

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Univista Insurance holds job fair in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Univista Insurance is searching for certified insurance agents in Miami.The company is hosting a job fair on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their office located at 7330 Northwest Eighth Street.Applicants interested in attending are advised to bring copies of their resume.This is the insurance company’s first job fair.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Make summers trendy with prints

first_imgIn this fashion savvy world, most trends keep changing with time, but there are a few items in your wardrobe that can never be replaced – including denims, LBDs, prints. And, if we particularly talk about ‘prints’, they always stay with fashion and never fail to make a statement.No doubt, print individually is the safest style to opt for, but when styling it with other print (print on print trend), one really needs to be careful. According to style experts, pairing different patterns require an artistic vision, as it involves a lot of risk. That is why a lot of people are scared to experiment with such outfits. Though there are no listed rules to explore this trend, just make sure that they compliment one another. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Also, summer is definitely the best season to flaunt fun print-on-print outfits. So, let’s see what all we can try to make our outfits stand out: Play safe and go for the most basic and universal print patterns like animal prints, stripes, geometrical patterns, polka dots, floral, checkered, etc. The most essential thing while experimenting with prints is to stay in the same colour family. As long as the prints have at least one colour in common, you can use contrasting colours. Match colours, not prints! Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive If you want to make a bold choice of mixed pattern outfits, you have to be very careful with what you choose. To start with, keep in mind that some patterns don’t look good with one another. And, the simplest trick is to mix stripes with floral print. If you want to flaunt a mixed print outfit in a softer version you can add printed shoes, bags, and accessories to your regular outfit. One more way to don print this season is to pick pieces in vibrant colours. Eye-catching patterns in vivid colours will make the boldest outfits. These outfits are hard to miss and will surely catch eyeballs wherever you show up. Try the same print but in different sizes. One thing you can note is that graphic prints always match with each other. In this regard, you can also play with florals while matching your outfits; just go with bigger, more prominent ones. Though there is nothing wrong with combining prints from various categories, try to be subtle and make sure you don’t go over two prints at a time. Else, it will end up in a messy look and surely, that is not what we want, right? Speaking of the rules, the most important point is to be confident and comfortable in what you wear. So this Summer, pick the best prints, revamp your wardrobe and give major fashion goals to people around you.last_img read more

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WATCH Jackie Robinson dominates overmatched competition in incredible UCLA football highlight package

first_img Advertisement Jackie Robinson is best known for breaking the Major League color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers, but he was also a four sport star at UCLA, including starring on the football team at running back.As superior as Robinson was athletically against most of his all-white competition in baseball, he was also on another level on the gridiron. His highlights are sparse, but an awesomely edited 2 plus minute video of Robinson as a Bruin was recently posted on Twitter shows how dominate he would have been had the timing been right in the NFL. Robinson runs wild, gets some picks at defensive back and even catches a bomb at the end.Watch Robinson doing work in 1939:Watched thousands of hours of old football film past 5 yrs. Here’s video I slapped together of the Reggie Bush of the leather helmet era. His name? Jackie Robinson. Yep, same guy. Last TD is vs. Chicago Bears. Unreal.— Sports by Brooks (@SportsbyBrooks) October 5, 2018last_img read more

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