PANAJI: The National Institute of Technology (NIT), Goa, will soon introduce a special programme to teach Konkani to non-Goan students and faculty members.NIT director Gopal Mugeraya announced this at the third convocation ceremony of the institute held in Margao on Saturday, in the presence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. Mr. Mugeraya said the 35-hour course would be for one semester.He also announced that the institute has initiated a programme to support schoolchildren in the State. Students/volunteers from the institute will visit and brief schoolchildren about the preparations required to get into reputed technology institutes likes IITs and NITs. Mr. Parrikar urged students to take the path less travelled. He said the aim of engineers is to look for sustainable development, for which first they should bridge the gap between the rural and urban sectors.“Engineers must make technology available and easily accessible to all,” said the Chief Minister, an IIT graduate himself.Mr. Parrikar said engineers should also take time off to work for society in the areas of primary education, pollution, water, afforestation and garbage cleaning.
Sarthak Ranjan, son of Pappu Yadav, Bihar’s MP from Madhepura, has been included in Delhi’s side for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. And that too at the expense of under-23 top-scorer Hiten Dalal, who has been put in the reserves.Pappu Yadav, whose official name is Rajesh Ranjan, is a former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)and has now floated his own party Jan Adhikar Party while his wife Ranjeet Ranjan is a Congress MP from Supaul.The three-member selection committee, comprising Atul Wassan, Hari Gidwani and Robin Singh Junior, has drawn flak from all corners for ignoring some of the performers and selecting an influential person’s son, who at the start of the season, had almost given up on the game.Here’s our 15 men squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy starting from 9th January, @pradeepsangy will be leading our #DelhiBoys #DDCA pic.twitter.com/1e15oXxPL0- DDCA (@DDCA_Cricket) January 6, 2018Sarthak was also a controversial pick for Delhi during the last Mushtaq Ali campaign during which he scored 5, 3 and 2 aggregating 10 runs in three games.At the start of the season, Sarthak withdrew himself after being named in the Ranji Trophy probables list.There were conflicting reports that he had lost interest in the sport and was pursuing body-building (to prepare for Mr India contest).Suddenly, during the end of the season, Sarthak’s mother Ranjeet Ranjan wrote an e-mail to DDCA administrator Justice (Retd) Vikramajit Sen that her son was earlier suffering from depression and but was now fit to play.advertisementAs per protocol, Justice Sen forwarded the letter to the selectors as it was their domain.Suddenly, without playing a single match, Sarthak was put into the standby list of the Delhi U-23 team playing the CK Nayudu Trophy.When Wassan was asked about this, he said: “Sarthak had some mental issues. Once he was deemed fit, I personally monitored him and kept him in the standbys as Delhi U-23 was playing really well.”However, what has raised a lot of eyebrows is the fact that after Delhi emerged U-23 national champions, their top scorer Hiten Dalal was ignored and kept on standbys after a stupendous season.Dalal scored 468 runs in the CK Nayudu Trophy, including one century, three half-centuries at an average of 52 and a strike rate of 91.58. He, in fact, hit 17 sixes in the longer format.”The selection committee has been entrusted with the job and we believe they have done their duty without any pressure.The boy in question (Sarthak), I feel, is attracting some attention because of who his father is.”But I have no information that selectors were under any kind of pressure,” Justice Sen told PTI when asked about Ranjan’s controversial selection.There is a school of thought in the DDCA that with IPL auctions due on January 27-28, a lot of players, who don’t deserve to be in the state team, have made it only to ensure that they are somehow picked by franchises in the lowest bracket.”Where do you leave a boy like Hiten, whose parents are not heavyweight politicians? He scores runs and someone’s parent just writes a letter that he is fit, doesn’t play a match and is in the team,” a senior DDCA official, who keenly followed the victorious U-23 team coached by Rajkumar Sharma (Virat Kohli’s coach), said on condition of anonymity.”And what exactly about monitoring is Wassan talking about. He just came for one U-23 session, wanted to watch Sarthak bat and put him in the standbys.”Agar inka bas chalta toh usko team daal dete without performance. Just because the team was doing well, they couldn’t tinker with it,” the official alleged.Another questionable selection is Kshitij Sharma, who was picked on the basis of good performances in the Lala Raghubir Trophy — a tournament that is played at the Modern School Barakhamba ground with a 30-yard boundary on either sides.Sharma is believed to be a candidate of a DDCA veteran, who always had a say in selection matter of state’s senior as well as age-group teams.(With inputs from PTI)
For the first time ever, George Clooney has teamed up with leading charity auction site Charitybuzz to auction an intimate lunch date at the SoHo House in West Hollywood to benefit GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.Two lucky fans will join George Clooney and writer Dave Karger for a lunch they’ll never forget. The once-in-a-lifetime experience, valued at over $20,000, is up for auction through Thursday, October 11th here.The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits around the globe through incredible online auctions with the world’s top celebrities, giving bidders exclusive opportunities to live their dreams and make a difference.Other experiences on the auction block to benefit GLSEN include: A Walk On Role in HBO’s True Blood Audition to be on FX’s American Horror Story Meet Casting Director Jeff Greenberg and visit the set of Modern Family Audition to be on NCIS & NCIS: LA Own Neil Patrick Harris’ Signed Paul Smith Suit from How I Met Your MotherYou can browse the full GLSEN auction at www.charitybuzz.com/GLSEN.
The stars have come out in force to support the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s TigerTime campaign to save the tiger in the wild by creating some fabulous original art.The postcard sized masterpieces will form part of the Foundation’s week of Wildlife Art at the Mall Galleries in London which opens to the public from 4 – 8 June.The exciting collection includes work by Joanna Lumley, Hugh Bonneville, Sir Michael Parkinson, David Gower, Elizabeth Emanuel, Alan Titchmarsh, Sandi Toksvig, Nigel Barker, Peter Egan, Jody Craddock, Deborah Meaden, Sarah-Jane Honeywell, Jane Fallon, Lucy Pinder, Jon Richardson, Sir Stirling Moss, Emre Erturk, Slash, Brian May, Simon King, Nick Hendrie, Francis Rossi and Samantha Fox.You can bid for any of the celebrity tigers by emailing your celebrity choice along with your best offer and contact details including phone number to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading ‘Stars & Stripes’. All offers must be received by Sunday 9th June.Alternatively, visit the Week of Wildlife Art at the Mall Galleries, London SW1 4-8 June to see all the original celebrity artwork on display and bid for them in the Gallery. Stars & Stripes forms part of a wonderful week of Wildlife Art featuring:Wildlife Artist of the Year in the Main Gallery The 2013 shortlist for this coveted annual £10,000 prize – with stunning original artwork and sculpture from around the world. All pieces are for sale with profit supporting endangered wildlife.Three Generations of the Shepherd Family in the North Gallery Original works and limited editions from David Shepherd CBE, original watercolours from Mandy Shepherd and fabulous mixed media originals from Emily Lamb.‘Urban Safari’ by Jeremy Houghton in the Threadneedle Space Stunning contemporary original work by Jeremy Houghton – one of the official 2012 BT Olympic artists.Opening times and events:Monday 3rd June – Private View and Prize Giving Evening with David Shepherd CBE and special guests – call 01483 272323 for details Public Opening Times FREE entry Tues- Sat 10-5pm (4pm Sat) FREE painting demos Wed 5, 12-3pm with Hazel Soan Sat 8, 10-2pm with Mandy Shepherd and Emily LambView the full catalogue online here.
HAWTHORNE, Calif. — SpaceX says it will build its Mars spaceship in south Texas instead of the Port of Los Angeles, dealing another blow to the local economy only days after the company announced massive layoffs.The Southern California-based company announced Wednesday that test versions of its Starship and Super Heavy rocket will be assembled at its Texas launch facility in a move to streamline operations.Development of the spaceship will continue at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne.SpaceX won permission last year to build a giant new facility on leased land at the port, which could potentially have added hundreds of jobs to the region.Last week, SpaceX announced that it will lay off about 10 per cent of its roughly 6,000 workers, mostly from its Hawthorne headquarters.The Associated Press
The funds will be distributed through the Agricultural and Agroforestry Technological Innovation Programme, known by its French acronym PITAG, extending its reach to eight additional municipalities in Haiti’s South Department, and spreading sustainable agricultural practices and technologies.”Haiti’s rural population suffers from a vicious circle of low agricultural productivity, high environmental degradation and poor nutrition,” said Lars Anwandter, who leads IFAD’s programme in Haiti.Weak agricultural practices in Haiti have been compounded by a series of natural disasters. The most recent, Hurricane Matthew, which struck the south-western part of the tiny island nation on 4 October 2016, left 2.1 million people severely affected, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).As of February 2018, some 622,100 are reportedly still in need of food security assistance.While the situation in Haiti has improved since the hurricane hit, deep-seated vulnerabilities persist. Over the past few decades, Haiti has seen its soils, water reservoirs and woods severely degraded. World Bank data shows that 59 per cent of the total population lives below the poverty line and the figure rises to 75 per cent in rural areas.Today, Haiti produces only 45 per cent of the food that Haitians need.“[PITAG] aims to break this cycle and help small farm families improve their productivity, food security and income levels,” said Mr. Anwandter. For example, the programme proposes the combinations of fruit trees and vegetable cultivations as a means to achieve larger harvests and feed more people, all in an environmentally-sustainable manner.The new technologies and practices endorsed by PITAG will be put in place through farmer field schools, a method of learning which involves community-based and peer-to-peer teaching programmes. After the training, small farmers will get tools, seeds and other inputs to practice the innovations they will have learned.Currently, PITAG – a $76.8 million programme – is already under way in many areas of Haiti thanks to financial support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP).With 65,000 small farming households targeted, the project focuses particularly on women, youth and other vulnerable groups.
ATHENS, Ga. — As soon as Tua Tagovailoa let go of the pass, the one that ended the national championship game in the blink of an eye, Georgia has wanted another shot at Alabama.Oh sure, the Bulldogs tried to play it cool. They insisted that it didn’t do any good to dwell on such a bitter disappointment. Learn from it and move on.Even after both teams clinched their spots in the Southeastern Conference championship game with a month to spare, Georgia’s players wouldn’t get drawn into any discussion about the Crimson Tide.Well, now they can talk about it.The rematch is here.“I didn’t come back this year to not be here,” said senior defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter, who passed on a chance to enter the NFL draft. “We had unfinished business. We intend to go ahead and handle that.”In what amounts to a play-in game for a spot in the College Football Playoff, No. 4 Georgia (11-1) gets another shot at top-ranked Alabama (12-0) in Saturday’s SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta — the very same place where the Tide won its national title last January, overcoming a 13-point deficit to beat the Bulldogs 26-23 in overtime .A do-over has seemingly been in the cards ever since that dramatic night.With Nick Saban guiding Alabama and protege Kirby Smart running things at Georgia, these talent-rich programs were heavily favoured to win their respective divisions and largely lived up to expectations.In fact, the Crimson Tide could go down as one of the greatest teams in college football history by winning out. No one has come close to beating ‘Bama, its average margin of victory a staggering 35 points a game.Tagovailoa is heavily favoured to claim the Heisman Trophy, guiding what can only be viewed as a nightmare scenario for Saban’s opponents: a team that has always been among the best in the nation defensively running up and down the field with a fun-and-gun offence. Alabama is averaging 49 points a game, twice dropping more than 60 and putting up at least 50 six other times.“They’ve got a great team. I don’t think anybody would argue that,” Smart said. “They’ve got very few deficiencies in any area, a talented quarterback, explosive offence, and the first thing you notice when they turn the tape on is how fast and how much they score. They play some good teams in our conference, and they still score a lot of points.”Georgia slipped up once, losing 36-16 at LSU in mid-October, but romped past everyone else. The Bulldogs have scored at least 40 points in seven games, with an average margin of nearly 27 points in those 11 victories.“They’ve got an extremely talented team. We respect that,” Smart said. “But we also have a good football team. Our kids take a lot of pride in their performance.”The Bulldogs certainly gave Alabama all it could handle in the last meeting.Georgia dominated the first half, going to the locker room with a 13-0 lead that prompted Saban to make a decision that would go down as one of the best in his long, celebrated career. The coach benched Jalen Hurts, the quarterback who led the Tide to a pair of national championship games, and brought in Tagovailoa, a touted freshman whose college experience to that point was limited largely to mop-up roles.The left-handed Hawaiian threw three touchdown passes, including a 41-yarder to Devonta Smith that ended the game after Georgia started overtime with a field goal. Making that play even more galling for the Bulldogs, they sacked Tagovailoa on Alabama’s first offensive play to leave the Tide in a second-and-26 hole. Then, a busted coverage allowed Smith to break free behind the secondary . The touchdown looked downright easy.“That game came down to more than just that,” Smart insisted. “I mean, that’s just what people remember the most. When we teach that coverage, we teach it the same way we taught it before. We just hope that we do a better job of executing it.”Saban knew if his team reached the SEC championship game — remember, the Tide missed out a year ago after losing to Auburn in its regular-season finale — there was a very good chance that Georgia would be the opponent. The Bulldogs are actually the reigning conference champions, but Alabama has the title that really matters.“They have been a pretty dominant team all season long,” Saban said. “I really thought that, in playing Georgia last year and knowing the kind of players they had coming back and the job they do there and the job that Kirby does with his entire staff, that they would have an excellent chance to come back to this game.”Alabama remains the team everyone is chasing.Saban has set an almost impossibly high template during his dozen seasons in Tuscaloosa, claiming five national titles and becoming the only team to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff during each of its first four seasons.“Everybody in this business is striving for greatness,” Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm said. “They’re a great example. Everybody is kind of striving for that.”___Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paul%20newberry___For more AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Paul Newberry, The Associated Press
For the first time since late November, the Ohio State football team is scheduled to play in front of the public since beating Michigan on Nov. 24. The Buckeyes will make the approximately two-hour trip to Cincinnati and Paul Brown Stadium Saturday for the 2013 LiFESports Spring Game. Here are things to keep an eye on during the 2013 edition of OSU’s Scarlet and Gray scrimmage. Cincinnati Buckeyes returning to their hometown Coach Urban Meyer called playing in Cincinnati a “great idea” and hopes fans fill the stadium even though the game will not be on campus. He said he knows that the players from Cincinnati are looking forward to playing in their hometown. Starting left guard Andrew Norwell is one of those players, and he said he “couldn’t help to be excited for Saturday.” “I love playing in the ‘Shoe, but playing in Cincinnati hits home to me,” the senior from Anderson High School said. “Playing in Cincinnati is going to be great.” Defensive end Adolphus Washington said he is looking forward to playing in an NFL stadium and hopes to play well in front of the 15 friends and family members that are coming to watch. “I got a lot of people coming to the game, and everybody keeps saying they can’t wait to see me play,” Washington said. “If they make it down there, they’ll get to see me.” Both Washington and Norwell said their respective lines are improving each day. Norwell is one of four returning starters on the offensive line, with right tackle being the only vacant position. Sophomores Taylor Decker and Chase Farris are looking to fill the void, and Norwell said the starting job has yet to be decided, but currently Decker is running with the first-string offense. “(Taylor) had one of his best practices on Monday and is improving a lot, the same with Chase,” Norwell said. “They’re still battling out, it’s not in stone yet, and it really could be either one of them.” Meyer said not having that position filled is something that is “very bothersome” to him and the coaching staff. “The offensive line kind of set a nice little standard last year. I thought we were the best offensive line in the Big Ten,” Meyer said. “As of practice 13, we are not the best offensive line in the Big Ten.” Washington said the defensive line is looking the best it has all spring. “At the beginning, we were kind of unsure about what we were going to do, but we came out those first couple practices and we went at it with the offensive line,” the sophomore from Taft High School said. “It just built up confidence and now we are doing pretty good.” Kerry Coombs: Cincinnati is “my town” Defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs, a former 50-year native of the Queen City and former coach of football powerhouse Colerain High School, said he could not wait to show the public what the Buckeyes have been working on this spring. “I am just thrilled to be able to go down there with these kids, to share that experience with them and to be in that stadium with them,” Coombs said. “That’s my town. I love that place, so I am excited to be going home Saturday.” Coombs said no matter where OSU plays football, it will help in recruiting, and the people of Cincinnati are looking forward to the chance to watch the Spring Game. “Anytime we can put our product in front of people, that’s going to be a plus for us,” Coombs said. “For the entire city of Cincinnati, I think the people that come to the Spring Game are going to be really excited about that, and I think that any young player that saw that is going to want to be a part of it.” Plenty of passing will be done Meyer said he and the other coaches will spend a lot of time evaluating the team Saturday and will expect the offense to try and move the ball a lot through the air. “There will be a lot of passes in the game, especially with the (first team),” Meyer said. “I thought about sitting some of our offensive lineman but then if you do, you won’t learn how they can control the line of scrimmage. It’s really important to play in that environment.” Junior quarterback Braxton Miller will wear a black jersey in the game, as will senior Kenny Guiton, to signify no contact on the Buckeye quarterbacks. Meyer said he will have a close eye on Miller in order to keep a hit like the one Miller took on Saturday from sophomore defensive end Noah Spence from happening again. Meyer also said that he “is going to carry a baseball bat” with him in order to make sure. Curtis Grant: starting middle linebacker Meyer said he is very pleased with how junior Curtis Grant has developed this spring. Grant, the much maligned top-rated middle linebacker coming out of Virginia in 2011, is widely expected to make an impact next season alongside fellow junior linebacker Ryan Shazier. Meyer named him the starter at the position for now, and said Grant has a totally different mindset than last year. “He’s the starting middle linebacker of Ohio State right now,” Meyer said. “He wasn’t fully engaged (last year). He is a fully engaged guy right now, and that’s very settling.” Bradley Roby will not play Saturday Redshirt junior defensive back Bradley Roby’s shoulder injury has kept him out of practice, and will prevent him from playing Saturday. Meyer called keeping him out of the game a precaution. The 2013 Spring Game is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets will cost $18 for club seats, $12 for general reserved season and $5 for children ages 2-6. OSU student tickets will be free and be general admission.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and University of Southern California head coach Clay Helton take a photo with the Cotton Bowl trophy on Dec. 28 in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDALLAS — College football players sitting out bowl games in order to prepare for the NFL has become a trend in recent years. Last year, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey sat out the Sun Bowl and LSU running back Leonard Fournette did not play in the Citrus Bowl.The trend has not reached this year’s Cotton Bowl.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and USC head coach Clay Helton said they both anticipate all their athletes to play in the game.“We anticipate we’ll be full, ready to go play,” Meyer said. “Everybody’s playing.”Ohio State has multiple players who will enter the NFL draft after their senior seasons, including defensive ends Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes, center Billy Price and left tackle Jamarco Jones. Others will forgo their final season or two to leave for the NFL. Defensive end Sam Hubbard and cornerback Denzel Ward are likely candidates to become NFL draft early entrants.The Trojans also have a selection of players who will enter April’s NFL draft. Quarterback and potential No. 1 overall pick Sam Darnold and running back Ronald Jones might decide to enter the draft, but opted to play in the Cotton Bowl.“I think each case is in its own individual nature,” Helton said. “But I’m so thankful in this realm of having made decisions whether to play or not play, we’re going into the second year of this and being able to say, ‘You know what? Every guy that has the ability to play is going to be out there playing.’”No player on either Ohio State or USC has sat out a bowl game to prepare for the NFL draft in recent years.Though the trend of players skipping bowl games has not extended to the Cotton Bowl, other games this year were affected. Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams and cornerback Holton Hill sat out the Longhorns’ victory against Missouri in Wednesday’s Texas Bowl. Florida State safety and likely top-10 NFL draft pick Derwin James did not play in the Seminoles’ Independence Bowl, and Oregon running back Royce Freeman opted not to suit up for the Las Vegas Bowl.
But the RAC said ‘demonising’ diesel was the wrong approach to tackling pollution. RAC roads policy spokesman Nick Lyes said: “The chief medical officer’s comment about needing to steadily phase out diesel cars is not helpful in that it is very much a ‘sledgehammer to crack a nut’ approach to tackling poor air quality caused by harmful nitrogen dioxide and particulate emissions.“Demonising diesel cars as a whole is extremely short-sighted and simply phasing them out is not the answer. We should instead be looking to ‘phase out’ the most polluting diesel vehicles on our roads.“Some of the newest diesel vehicles on the road are also some of the cleanest, and diesels will also play a role in helping to reduce CO2 emissions, which contribute to man-made climate change.” Demonising diesel cars as a whole is extremely short-sighted and simply phasing them out is not the answer.Nick Lyes, RAC roads policy spokesman Earlier this month the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) issued draft guidance for cutting air pollution, but it did not include recommendations for diesel cars.Dame Sally also said people needed to take greater responsibility for their own health although admitted she would not be participating in Dry January, despite previously urging women to think about cancer whenever they had a glass of wine.Addressing her controversial comments she said: “I could have framed that better, couldn’t I, when I was in front of the Select Committee. And everyone knows, who knows me well, that I enjoy a glass of wine too.”Dame Sally said she will be enjoying a glass of champagne on New Year’s Eve like many others, but insisted there is a “straight line” in the relationship between drinking and breast cancer.She also criticised those who have dubbed her “nanny-in-chief” saying previous male chief medical officers had not been given the nickname.“I think it’s very sexist, I’m the first female CMO,” she added. “But you can’t do things overnight. I am pleased to say when we replaced our car a few years ago we did buy petrol.“But all of these things are open to both regulation and individual behaviour. The big issue for us is how do we change behaviors, not just the public’s but our own.”Air pollution plays a contributing factor in at least 25,000 deaths in England each year, triggering heart attacks and exacerbating respiratory conditions.But road usage in Britain is at record levels, with an estimated 320 billion vehicle miles travelled in the year ending September 2016, contributing to about a third of air pollution in urban sites.The government is facing huge pressure to phase out diesel cars, or tax their owners, after missing European emissions targets for cutting pollution.Limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) were introduced by EU law in 1999, and were to be achieved by 2010 but the Government has consistently missed targets and is facing millions in fines. In November the High Court ordered the Department for the Environment to come up with a new strategy for cutting fumes by the summer. The AA also warned that diesel car drivers were unfairly targeted when haulage was the biggest problem. Many bought their cars during Gordon Brown’s “dash for diesel” when ownership was encouraged to tackle climate change by cutting carbon dioxide emissions.“Diesel car drivers are seen as an easy target but that is really missing the point, and barking up the wrong tree,” said Luke Bosdet, AA spokesman.“If you are going to have ever increasing numbers of people living in urban areas then they need to be serviced with goods, and their waste taken away. It is the big delivery and refuse trucks that are largely to blame for diesel emissions, so until there is a strategy to replace them, penalising car drivers won’t do much good. Diesel cars should be phased out to cut the tens of thousands of deaths caused each year from air pollution, the government’s chief medical officer has said.Dame Sally Davies, said that she drove a car with a petrol engine because of the polluting effects of diesel.Dame Sally, who was guest editing Radio 4’s Today programme, was asked by BBC presenter Mishal Husain if diesels should be banned to save lives.“I think we do need to steadily phase them out, there is good evidence of that pollution,” said Dame Sally. “The fact is, diesel is 15-20 per cent more efficient, and until there is a new technology which can take over from it, I can’t see how it can be phased out.” Motoring groups believe that diesel car and truck owners will be incentivised to scrap their vehiclesor face heavy taxes, because they emit the largest amount of nitrogen dioxide and particulates. Dame Sally Davies said there was a clear link between diesel cars and air pollutionCredit:Gary Lee 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.
Ranks of the Guyana Police Force yesterday arrested a twenty-four-year-old male of Port Kaituma, North West District, for rape which occurred on February 08, 2017, and during which a firearm was allegedly used to threaten the victim. According to a statement issued by the Guyana Police Force, during interrogation, the suspect who is a miner, took the police to a location, at Arakaka, Barima, North West District, where the offence allegedly occurred and handed over an unlicensed .32 Beretta Pistol, without ammunition. Police say a Case File is being compiled for legal advice. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan stabs 20 – year – old brother to death during argumentDecember 12, 2013In “Crime”Port Kaituma man stabbed to death, suspect arrestedNovember 15, 2014In “Crime”Miner killed during argumentJuly 26, 2013In “Crime”
Share Tweet Email1 Writer Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 8:45 AM Get Out recently made history as the highest grossing debut for a film ever, and for good reason. While the blockbuster is a satirical thriller, for many, the story is eerily familiar.Though the United States has a unique and sordid racial history and Get Out is a commentary on white American liberalism, you don’t have to be American to understand its message.It’s told through the eyes of Chris, an African American man who spends a few days away with his white girlfriend and her liberal, well-to-do family. Soon, he confronts the same racist tropes and stereotypical remarks he expects, but hopes he won’t encounter, from some of the friendliest white people he’s ever met.Interracial loveFrom classics like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner to A Bronx Tale, most interracial love stories depict the obvious and covert experiences of bigotry.Aside from a horrifying plot twist, Get Out differs because it highlights microaggressions, revealing how seemingly innocuous behaviours stem from insidious, deep-rooted biases that black people and other groups of colour know all too well.But there’s a catch: racism doesn’t always function in the way one would think.Dark periods of historyEven though Get Out is a fictional story, it evokes darker periods in history, in particular, when European doctors attempted to prove black people and other groups of colour were inferior through pseudoscientific practices like eugenics and craniology.One of the most well-known examples is of Sarah Baartman, the South African woman who was paraded in circuses and subjected to crude medical studies by European doctors who were fascinated with her African features and large backside, in the early 1800s.Those days are long gone, but the subtle racism in Get Out illustrates how the white liberal idealism of a post-racial society is just that, an ideal. In reality, it does not exist, even though many Americans wanted to believe so after the election of President Barack Obama.Racism isn’t always maliciousWhether it’s the fear of asking your white partner if their family knows you’re black, because you know the pain of rejection due to your ethnic background, or being questioned by police or hearing comments about your skin colour and body shape, racism is not always malicious.Even those with the best intentions can alienate, humiliate, and “other” a person.While a white person may express genuine interest in my curly-kinky hair and attempt to touch it, or assume that asking me to “twerk like Beyoncé” is meant to be an olive branch of sorts, it’s isolating precisely because of the racial overtones.Racism is embedded in the human psycheAs Get Out so accurately depicts, racism is embedded into the human psyche – a disease of sorts that’s always festering beneath the surface. And the danger lies in the gradual shift toward objectifying black people, in seeing only their shell and forgetting their humanity. Racism does not have to be violent or obvious, and that’s what’s horrifying.Whether it’s a hate crime or an off-handed remark, Get Out highlights the nuances of racism and what that looks like from a person of colour’s perspective. It reveals how something invisible to one person, can cause a great deal of harm and distress to others.So, what’s the solution? As director Jordan Peele says, “be woke”.Be aware of how you practice unconscious racism through harmful words, attitudes, and interactions. And more importantly, do what the characters in the film could not – be willing to self-correct, be informed, and have those difficult, but necessary conversations so society can continue to progress and not bury, but kill the monster that is racism, before it’s too late.Angela Fichter is a writer from San Francisco covering race, culture, and identity. Opinion: ‘What standard of living do people want? What is required to deliver this?’>Zero-hour contracts: ‘Clare has to live with her parents and can’t afford to go to the doctor’> 4,360 Views 115 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3351797 Apr 23rd 2017, 8:45 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘Racism isn’t always malicious. It can be a white person asking me to “twerk like Beyoncé”’ Be aware of how you practice unconscious racism through harmful words, attitudes, and interactions, writes Angela Fichter. Short URL By Angela Fichter Angela Fichter
Hotmail fait peau neuveÉtats-Unis – Hotmail revient et a changé d’apparence. Plusieurs nouvelles fonctionnalités sont également présentes, des changements obligatoires afin de pouvoir rivaliser avec Gmail ou encore Yahoo! Mail.Hotmail était l’une des messageries les plus prisées peu de temps après son apparition. L’évolution de la concurrence a cependant obligé Microsoft à revoir sa copie et à améliorer son offre. Ainsi, l’interface a changé avec un filtrage automatique des e-mails selon qu’ils proviennent de contacts, de réseaux sociaux ou tout simplement des spams. La grande amélioration est la capacité de la messagerie d’envoyer jusqu’à 10 Go de documents par courrier électronique, sans encombrer la messagerie de son correspondant. Enfin, Hotmail supporte aussi les documents Office en mode cloud et intègre les vidéos de plateformes comme YouTube et Dailymotion. Bref, un nouvel outil convivial prêt à affronter ses rivaux sur le marché du courrier électronique.Le 19 octobre 2010 à 12:39 • Emmanuel Perrin
Watch: Marvel and Square Enix’s ‘Avengers’ Gameplay Still Creeps Us OutPlay These E3 2019 Video Games Right Now E3 isn’t just about the lucky few people who descend on Los Angeles to be the first to play the latest and greatest upcoming video games. It’s about all of us together online seeing those video games for the time and raising hype, collectively. And nothing raises hype more for a game than a great E3 trailer. Well, a good leak might, be still.Even if you aren’t at E3 2019 you can still join in on the fun by watching the snazzy new trailers publishers cook up to get you to buy their games no questions asked. And instead of searching through different YouTube channels or sitting through entire press conferences, we’ve got the most exciting E3 2019 trailers right here conveniently gathered in one spot. You’re welcome. Make sure to keep coming back to this post as we update it throughout the week. How many predictions will we get wrong?The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2It’s happening!. Who knows when, but it’s happening!Luigi’s Mansion 3The green little bro teams up with his own weird green double.The Legend of Zelda: Link’s AwakeningThe Game Boy Zelda game (and secret best 2D Zelda game) gets a gorgeous remake.Animal Crossing New HorizonsEven on a deserted island Tom Nook will get his money.Fire Emblem: Three HousesFire Emblem is too anime these days but the strategy RPG core is rock solid.Dragon Quest XI SThe PS4 and 3DS versions smash together into one glorious package.Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020A weird retro mode actually has us intrigued about this latest mascot crossover.Daemon X MachinaHere’s hoping they incorporated the feedback from the shaky demo.Astral ChainIt’s not Bayonetta 3 but Platinum is still delivering some stylish Switch action this year.Panzer Dragoon: RemakeGeek freelancer Tony Polanco is losing his mind over this one.No More Heroes 3Return to Santa Destroy with Travis Touchdown.Marvel’s AvengersSquare Enix’s long-awaited Marvel game certainly looks expensive, but the lack of MCU actors sticks out like a sore Infinity Gauntlet thumb.Watch Dogs LegionIs the third time the charm for Ubisoft’s open world cyber thriller?Code VeinNamco’s vampiric action RPG is coming this September.Cyberpunk 2077We thought we couldn’t be more excited, and then Keanu Reeves showed up.Final Fantasy VII RemakeHere’s a real game, now with a real March 2020 release date.Halo InfiniteMaster Chief’s next journey takes him to the next Xbox.Gears of War 5A new sad song cover for a new Gears game.Elden RingGeorge R.R. Martin delayed his next book to write this so it better be good.Doom EternalThe new Doom game looks like a religious experience.Devolver BootlegThe weirdo indie publisher is selling real knock-off versions of its own games.Fallout 76 WastelandersCan this dead game live again?DeathloopThe makers of Dishonored bring us a new breed of assassins.GhostWire: TokyoPeople are vanishing in Japan and something spooky is afoot from the dude behind Resident Evil 4.Commander KeenSorry to burst your bubble but this is a F2P mobile game.Wolfenstein: YoungbloodIt’s the 1980s and all Nazis must die.Lego Star Wars The Skywalker SagaGet angry about The Last Jedi all over again you dumb nerds.Phantasy Star Online 2Enter a fantasy world where the Dreamcast survived.Borderlands 3Try not to think about Randy Pitchford.Dragon Ball Z: KakarotFinally, a game about Goku.Dying Light 2Are you sick to death of zombies yet?Gears Pop!I would also like to take a chainsaw to Funko Pop figures.Psychonauts 2Let’s see what Tim Schafer can do with Microsoft’s money at his disposal.BattletoadsFor a game no one actually needs this looks pretty cool.SpiritfarerThis game about gives souls a boat ride to the afterlife is going to destroy us.Persona 5 RoyalAs bummed as we are that Persona 5 isn’t on Nintendo Switch, this PS4 update does look pretty slick.Blair WitchThe witch is back. Stand in the corner.Bleeding EdgeAfter the dour psychosis of Hellblade, Ninja Theory’s latest melee looks much more upbeat.Minecraft DungeonsTry not to think about Notch.Ori and the Will of the WispsPlease bring this to Nintendo Switch.Microsoft Flight SimulatorPlanes never looked so good.The Outer WorldsLet’s see what Obsidian does with Microsoft’s money at its disposal.12 MinutesRussian Doll the video game?Way to the WoodsI’ve only know this dear for fifteen minutes but if anything happens to it I’ll kill all of you and then myself.Star Wars Jedi: Fallen OrderRespawn’s upcoming third-person Star Wars action-adventure game gives us serious Star Wars 1313 vibes.Apex Legends: Season 2EA’s surprise hit battle royale gets new modes, new weapons, and even a new character, Wattson.Darksiders GenesisThe Darksiders franchise has always borrowed from the best, and this new spin-off looks very “inspired” by Diablo.Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible LairYooka-Laylee goes from 3D to 2D in a new platformer that’s more Donkey Kong Country than Donkey Kong 64.Pokemon Sword and ShieldPokemon Sword and Shield look like the baby step closer to the full-on AAA open-world console Pokemon game of our dreams.SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom Re-HydratedPeople are really excited for the return of this SpongeBob game. We’re not here to judge.Baldur’s Gate 3The legendary dark fantasy RPG comes back from the dead, this time on Google’s ambitious new Stadia streaming platform.Destiny 2: ShadowkeepDestiny begins its brand new post-Activision life with a new expansion featuring those beloved Moon wizards. Thanks to the new free-to-play model, there’s never been a better time to jump in.FIFA 2020EA’s latest soccer game adds some much-appreciated throwback street flavor with Volta Football.The Sims 4: Island LifeManaging fake people on a deserted island is basically a survival game, just with a cheery Sims skin.Destroy All Humans!All we want from this remake of the cult classic open-world alien invasion simulator is for the main character to still have a Jack Nicholson voice. Stay on target
Recommended for you Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Related Items:government revenue, washington misick Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Jan 2015 – For the first time in three years, the Turks and Caicos is poised to hear the Budget Communication from the Government on time. Earlier this week, the Ministry of Finance revealed that the preliminary FSPS or Financial and Strategic Policy Statement is being prepared for presentation to the House of Assembly. But that is not what the PNP Administration is touting as the biggest success here; the government explains that strong negotiation from their side has caused the UK ministers to acquiesce to a push to have unspent monies rolled over into this new financial year projected to start on time in April. Finance Minister Washington Misick said: “We are able to do this because of this country’s prudent economic path. Since we were elected in 2012, the TCI has experienced above average Caribbean growth, and improved government revenues. This agreement will ensure that (we)rollover approximately $6m to support our policy commitments, rather than otherwise reallocating these monies to debt reduction.” And there is insight into what the new FSPS will contain including: “the proposed pay and grading review, to address pay anomalies in the public service and (we will) assist in the recruitment and retention of critical front line staff.” There are said to be as many as nine other stand out and priority areas of the Rufus Ewing led government, these falling in line explained Minister Washy with the party’s platform. Those areas were named as: Environmental protection, Environmental cleanliness, Strengthening of Local Governance in the family islands, Marketing and promotion of the family islands as tourist destinations, Cultural and heritage celebration, Youth development, Government information service, Tertiary education – scholarship allocation, increased funding for TCI Community College and Civil Servants training and the monitoring of the existing PPP with Inter-Health Canada to improve value for money.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 6, 2016 – Food Safety & Handling training for the Turks and Caicos Collection properties of Blue Haven Resort, Alexandra Resort & The Beach House launched today.With morning and afternoon sessions all week, 150 staff of the Food & Beverage Departments are being trained by 47 year chef, Jefferey Rotz of Chefs Helping Chefs. “You’re absolutely right, it is very practical, most of it is common sense on what we need to do to keep our food safe, and to keep our guest and our tourist that come to our beautiful island so they go back nice and healthy. Well we’re gonna go through ways of keeping the flow of food right, danger zone, keeping hot food hot, cold food cold, proper cooking temperatures, what temperature you need to cook each type of food, or actually each type of meat, vegetables, beef, port, fish, chicken, poultries, wild game, to make sure its safe from any food borne disease.” This group will be the first certified in compliance with new 2016 Food and Drug Ordinance says Wayne Garland, the new Training & Development Manager of Waterloo Investments Holdings Ltd, owners of the resorts. “Food and beverage is a big part of what we do, so we want to make sure that all our staff have the important tools, have the skills that are necessary to deliver the service that we go out there and market.”Executive and Sous Chefs from the properties will sit an exam for Serve Safe Certification by end of the month. Related Items:
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a consultation into how best to improve The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) powers and increase protections for defined benefit (DB) pensions scheme members.The consultation, which closes on 21 August 2018, follows the publication of the government’s white paper, Protecting defined benefit pension schemes, in March 2018. The white paper detailed potential improvements aimed at further safeguarding DB pension schemes and their members; this follow-up consultation explains suggested changes in more detail, and seeks evidence on how best to deliver these proposals.The consultation is looking to gather views around enhancing TPR’s enforcement powers. This includes enabling TPR to be more proactive in ensuring the needs of a scheme are properly considered when employers make changes which could affect DB pension schemes, allowing TPR to obtain the right information about a scheme and its sponsoring employer when it needs it, and new powers to strengthen existing safeguards which enable TPR to deter and punish wrongdoing.The consultation additionally explains new clearer funding standards for all pension schemes, as well as detailing new options that help employers, trustees and TPR work together to better manage schemes’ pension promises, such as the introduction of a chair of trustees and a new chairs’ statement.The DWP is looking for views from pension scheme trustees and managers, pension scheme members and beneficiaries, DB scheme sponsoring employers, industry bodies and professionals and any other interested stakeholders.A spokesperson at The Pensions Regulator said: “We welcome the package of measures outlined in the consultation which supports the actions we are already taking to protect pension savers by being clearer, quicker and tougher.“The proposal to enable us to apply a range of sanctions, from administrative penalties to high level fines and criminal charges, for different types of breaches, will provide TPR with a more flexible enforcement framework. It will also help act as a strong deterrent against risky and reckless behaviour which threatens the retirement incomes of [employees].“These measures, together with greater transparency for trustees and TPR over the potential detrimental impact of corporate transactions on pension schemes, and improvements to our anti-avoidance powers, are a major step forward in the protection of members.“We will continue to work closely with the DWP to ensure the new powers work in practice and, in conjunction with our existing powers, are effective and proportionate.”Alistair Russell-Smith, head of corporate DB at Hymans Robertson, added: “It is vital that stronger powers for The Pensions Regulator are not held up as a cure all for the industry. Some of the changes proposed may be easy to implement, such as stronger rules and powers, but we have to be careful this doesn’t give false comfort that it’s ‘job done’. Real success hinges on the softer things, such as behaviours, confidence and ultimately the appetite for TPR to act. These will almost certainly prove harder to change but we cannot risk diverting focus away from the issues before there is sustainable change in behaviours.“We have long been of the view that TPR already has the necessary powers to hold sponsoring employers to account over the health of their pension scheme and to ensure that members are always prioritised before shareholders. However, we now need to see evidence that it is willing to put those powers into practice. A tougher code of practice as a result of this consultation will help, but we shouldn’t forget that TPR has existing strong powers, and make them easier for it to access and execute. The work of toughening up TPR has already begun. Assertive intervention, directive funding guidance and recent prosecutions have shown that it is willing to pursue failing employers.“The government also needs to reflect on TPR’s irreconcilable objectives to promote sustainable economic growth and protect pension schemes and the [Pension Protection Fund]. Carillion, BHS and Tata Steel have swung the legislative pendulum heavily towards protecting members. However, any sluggish economic performance in the future would swing this pendulum back to protecting business growth and tax revenues. Both the industry and regulators need consistency across economic cycles, especially when dealing with multi-decade pension issues.“Frankly, it’s simply impossible to say if current powers are sufficient, because they just haven’t been used enough. There’s no point in having sharper teeth if you’re reluctant to bite.”Kate Smith, head of pensions at Aegon, said: “We welcome [this] consultation, which looks to strengthen The Pension Regulator’s powers and enable it to intervene much earlier to protect members’ pensions. In recent years, we’ve seen a number of high profile cases, including the now notorious BHS pension scheme failure, where the TPR was either powerless to act, or acted too late, causing a lot of heartache for members.“The DWP is proposing that in future TPR will have to be notified of certain planned transactions or events, such as the sale of a business where there is a defined benefit scheme involved which could weaken the sponsoring employer covenant.“Introducing an ‘early warning system’ alerting TPR to corporate transactions which could weaken the ability of a sponsoring employer to support the pension scheme has to be a good thing and should give members and trustees some comfort. But realistically TPR cannot and should not regulate or prevent corporate transactions.”
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two victims were transported after a crash with an entrapment in Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the area of Southwest 136th Street and 149th Avenue at approximately 2 p.m., Wednesday.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where a yellow Toyota with heavy front-end damage and a gray SUV could be seen.The victims were airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s South Trauma Center in unknown condition.Drivers are advised to avoid the area due to traffic delays.The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Sealaska will distribute $17.5 million in dividends to its 22,000 shareholders on Dec. 3.More than 60 percent will receive $1,050. Most of the rest will get around $130.Sealaska’s December distribution to its 22,000 shareholders ranges from $1,182 to $131 each. (Graphic from Sealaska)The difference is a payout from a statewide pool of other regional Native corporations’ resource earnings. Urban shareholders get it directly, but village and new shareholders don’t.The dividends are mostly funded by other regional Native corporations’ resource earnings, though officials at the Juneau-based corporation said that will change. Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott said the pool, known as 7(i), is expected to shrink.Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott, right, discusses the regional Native corporation’s earnings and losses during a Friday press conference as Chief Financial Officer Doug Morris looks on. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)“The 7(i) income we receive is very tied to commodity pricing. And the two main commodity prices that affect the 7(i) we see is oil prices and zinc prices. And both of them have been pretty significantly hit in this recent commodity price decline,” Mallott saidAbout 8 percent of the larger dividends come from Sealaska’s permanent fund. Around 5 percent comes from operations, which sounds like the corporation’s own earnings. But at this point, Mallott said most of that money also comes from the resource earnings pool.Sealaska has been trying to bounce back from a $57 million operational loss since 2013.The recovery plan is to buy a controlling interest in one or several seafood, government services or other businesses with growth potential.“Putting our investment capital to work is going to be one of the only significant solutions to deal with any decline in 7(i). We understand that pressure, but we still want to keep to a process where we are comfortable that we’re making the right decision,” he said.Mallott said Sealaska continues researching potential purchases. He said it’s negotiating with about a half-dozen companies, though he didn’t say what they are.
The Juneau Empire on Channel Drive. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)There’s been more turnover at the top of Juneau’s daily newspaper. Publisher Rustan Burton has left the Juneau Empire after nearly four years at the helm, according to a brief article posted Wednesday afternoon on the newspaper’s website.Listen nowHis departure follows the managing editor and two reporters in recent weeks. Top editor Charles Westmoreland left at the end of December after five years at the paper. And reporters Lisa Phu and Sam DeGrave also left at the end of last month.The Juneau Empire article gave no reason for the publisher’s departure. The article said he’d left to take an unspecified job in the Midwest. Burton said he was on a family vacation and declined further comment.Deputy editor Emily Russo Miller has been serving as interim managing editor since Christmas Eve. A new cops reporter started work this week.The article quoted Burton as saying he was “grateful” for the opportunity at the Empire. The Juneau Empire is owned by Georgia-based Morris Communications. The article said Kenai-based group publisher Deedie McKenzie will serve as publisher in the interim.