Dream of working as doctors or engineers, PM Narendra Modi tells students

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday advised students to remain focused on their goals and not to judge life through the prism of success or failure.Interacting with school students at Education City in the naxal hub, Modi told them that he saw 125 crore Indians as his family members and working for them never tires him, PTI reported.While answering a student’s question on how he dealt with stress after working for 18 hours a day, he said he never counts the number of hours he works.”I never calculate how many hours I work because the moment one does that it is not so enjoyable. One can never get tired while working, what tires a person is not being able to work. The more one works the better it is. When you finish your homework, don’t you feel happy and satisfied?” Modi asked.”When we live for our own people one cannot get tired. The people of India are my own. Won’t I feel happy to work for them,” he told them while taking their questions.Asking them not to judge their life through the prism of success and failure, he said, “What is most important how much you learn from your failures. If you are focused on your goal and working to achieve it, these things do not matter.”On a visit to Chhattisgarh, Modi asked students to take interest in sports even if they want to be IAS officers or doctors and gave them example of tribal girls from Jharkhand who have done well in sports at the international level.advertisementAsked what he would be if not a politician, he said he would like to be a child.last_img read more

Jwala-Ashwini set eyes on World Championships

first_imgHaving ended their title drought with a win at the Canada Open Grand Prix, doubles exponent Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta have set their eyes on the upcoming World Championships in Jakarta next month (August 10-16). The pair already has a bronze medal to show from the 2011 World Championships, a historic feat for a doubles team in India.”The title has come at the right time for us just before the World Championships. It will definitely lift our morale and motivate us to do well,” Ashwini told Mail Today on her return to India.”We know the challenge in front of us. It (World Championships) is a big event but we have won a medal before and we will go all out to repeat our show. This year, being an Olympic qualification year, all the tournaments are important and we want to be consistent in our results,” she said.They have risen to World No. 13 in the rankings and would be looking to crack the top-10 for the first time in their career.Ashwini also hoped that the sports ministry has taken note of their steady performances and include them in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme, a programme is meant to help athletes towards their preparation for 2016 Rio Olympics. “I don’t know why we were left out of the TOP scheme. I hope we are included now.”last_img read more

Lionel Messi’s late penalty helps Argentina hold Uruguay 2-2

first_imgTelaviv: Lionel Messi scored a late penalty as Argentina drew 2-2 with Uruguay in a friendly held in Israel Monday, with the Jewish state considering the match a victory. The game pitted Messi against his Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez, and it looked as though the Uruguayan had gotten the better of him as he scored one goal and set up another to give his team a 2-1 lead going into injury time. But a ball into the box was handled by a Uruguayan defender, and Messi calmly slotted the resulting penalty home to ensure an engaging friendly ended all square. The 32-year-old had earlier teed up Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero to make it 1-1, after Edinson Cavani had opened the scoring. Suarez scored a free-kick from outside the box to give his side the lead before Messi’s late intervention. The game had been dubbed by organisers as an important moment for Israel, following the cancellation of another Argentina match a year earlier after pressure from pro-Palestinian campaigners. Organisers dubbed it as a game about peace, but boycott campaigners called for it to be cancelled over Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. It was not immune from politics — halfway through the first half the United States announced it no longer considered Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal, a move condemned by the Palestinian leadership. In the build-up to the game Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said he had been “very worried” about the game after a flare up between Israel and militant groups in neighbouring Gaza last week. The Israeli military said around 450 rockets were fired at its territory during the fighting and air defences intercepted dozens of them in mid-flight. A ceasefire was declared on Thursday but remains fragile. Sylvan Adams, an Israeli-Canadian businessman whose financial backing ensured the match was held in Israel, said he hoped to show another side of the Jewish state. “In bringing perhaps the world’s most famous athlete, Lionel Messi, to Israel, we are providing excitement for the entire country — for Muslim, Christian and Jewish citizens of Israel,” he said in a statement to AFP. “This is the ‘normal’ Israel that I know and love.” On the pitch at times it felt like the Messi show, with the crowd chanting his name and every mazy run greeted by vociferous cheering. While not at his electric best, he showed moments of quality — slaloming past defenders and forcing Uruguay goalkeeper Martin Campana into a number of smart saves. The match comes after the cancellation of a pre-World Cup friendly fixture between Argentina and Israel in June 2018 after boycott calls. That match had been due to be played in Jerusalem, sparking Palestinian anger and criticism of Argentina online. Israel considers Jerusalem its “indivisible” capital, while Palestinians claim the eastern part of the city — occupied by Israel in 1967 and later annexed — as the capital of their future state. Monday’s game was held in the Israeli commercial capital Tel Aviv. Messi has now scored in both games since a three-month international suspension for comments he made after Argentina were eliminated from the Copa America in July. He accused CONMEBOL, the governing body of South American football, of corruption and fixing the tournament for hosts and eventual winners Brazil. He returned to the national team on Friday, scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Brazil. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

3 ways to cope with freelance growing pains

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Over the past 6 years, my freelancing consulting business has seen steady growth. It has not always been easy but my taxes are in order, the mortgage is paid, Ramen Noodles are not the core of my diet, and I have health insurance.I remember well the window of time when things blew up. I was taking on more clients by referral and I was very busy, making more money. At one point, I was juggling up to 8 clients!That’s supposed to be a good thing — right? Yet I was clearly over-extended. I was working crazy hours and doing the client deferral dance – I even saw the quality of my work drop. During that time I was miserable.While I never lost a contract, I know I lost at least one client and created a couple of marginal references. From a business development standpoint, I took a step backwards even as my business was growing. I decided it was time to manage my growing pains.Here are the steps I took:Raised My Rates:As scary as it was at first, I raised my hourly rate by 20%. I gave up my “competitive” rate advantage in my local market.Like many new freelancers or consultants, I was using a lower hourly rate to attract clients. It did help me tap into the market and establish myself but as my practice grew, my low-cost rates became a serious disadvantage. By raising my rates, I now compete based on my experience and my skills.Established A Minimum Scope of Work:Along with raising my rates, I established a minimum scope of work for client service categories. Each client comes with administration and it is time consuming to manage multiple small contracts. It is often more profitable to pass on smaller contracts to create time to find a larger one.Bid for Quality Assurance:As the a solo entrepreneur, quality control rests entirely on me. There are times when I need a note-taker or a document editor.In those early days, when I focused on being the low-cost provider I would, at times, skimp on a bid by not including a document editor even when my spider-sense was saying that I needed one.Today, I am no longer afraid to ensure that every bid I submit includes additional time and expense for quality assurance.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberIt scared me when I first conceived of this plan. I was writing off a segment of clients who would not be able to afford my new minimums and that meant referring lower revenue work to other colleagues.Saying “no” to money when I am razor-thin on operating revenues and cash flow projections felt like I was cutting one of my safety ropes. It took several coffee shop conversations with more experienced colleagues to give me confidence to take the leap of faith.And yet, raising the stakes on my billing rate, project size, and project requirements were essential steps in continuing to deliver quality services to clients and to grow my business. Far from a leap of faith, it was a leap of reason.So far, this new approach has been effective. My revenues are up. My stress is starting to come down as I shift my client base. I have seen enough of a difference to give me confidence in my evolving business model.There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to scaling your business, but we’re all likely to come to it at some point in our careers. Got tips of your own? Share them in the comments!Want to connect with others moving out of the start-up phase? Join the Growing Pains Hive to trade tips on work flow management, quality, cashflow and finances, and customer relationships for growing businesses!Mark manages a solo consulting practice, Facilitation & Process, LLC. His firm partners with nonprofit, government, and philanthropic organizations on strategy and organizational development projects. He can be found at http://facilitationprocess.comlast_img read more

Tyler Adams, C.J. Sapong headline MLS Underpaid XI

first_imgMLS Tyler Adams, C.J. Sapong headline MLS Underpaid XI Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives 13:51 11/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tyler Adams CJ Sapong MLS 09172017 Vincent Carchietta MLS The two recent U.S. national team call-ups lead the list of players who were the best bargains in MLS in 2017 Everybody loves a bargain, especially teams in a salary cap league.Major League Soccer is known for the big names and multi-million dollar stars, but any recipe for success in the league includes the ability to find players who can offer big production at a small salary.The 2017 season saw several breakout campaigns by young players who made the most of their first seasons as starters in the league, from the New York Red Bulls tandem of Tyler Adams and Aaron Long, to Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player When deciding on the league’s best bargains, we will exclude two groups of players: rookies and those on loan. Generally speaking, rookies who have good seasons are bargains given the relative scarcity of big-money rookie contracts. The top 2017 rookies, be it rookie of the year Julian Gressel ($93,750), Jack Elliott ($53,004), Abu Danladi ($176,000) or Jake Nerwinski ($65,004), were all great values at their positions.As for players on loan, it is always difficult to know for sure just how much a player is costing a team given the various elements that can go into a loan deal from the international market. As much as a loaned player’s listed salary might be low, those figures don’t necessarily reflect the actual price he commands.So who were the league’s best bargains? Here are Goal’s selections for the MLS Underpaid XI for 2017. All salaries are in guaranteed compensation as per numbers provided by the MLS Players Union. ZACK STEFFEN, Columbus Crew – $105,000Zack Steffen MLS Columbus Crew 03252017You could make a strong argument for MLS goalkeeper of the year Tim Melia being the biggest steal in the league at the position, but the 22-year-old Steffen was one of the league’s lowest-paid starters and was outstanding in goal for the Crew. His ability to make acrobatic saves and command the penalty area improved as the year went on, as did his touch and distribution.Young Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono deserved serious consideration as well, giving the league’s top team a steady starter for a $90,200 price tag.TYLER ADAMS, New York Red Bulls – $91,041Tyler Adams MLS New York Red Bulls 03252017After a standout 2016 in USL with Red Bulls II, Adams made a smooth transition to MLS in 2017, emerging as one of the league’s best young players. Initially a defensive midfielder before shifting over into a right wingback role, the U.S. Under-20 national team standout played well enough to earn a call-up with the full national team in November.Chicago’s Matt Polster ($114,900) made a smooth transition to right back this season, helping fill a key void for the Fire and emerging as one of the league’s best fullbacks.IKE OPARA, Sporting Kansas City – $150,000Ike Opara MLS Sporting KC 06102017After years of battling serious injuries that kept him from reaching his considerable potential, Opara put it all together in 2017, becoming the dominating defensive force he was expected to be when he first arrived in the league in 2010. The Sporting KC center back anchored the league’s stingiest defense, while tying his career high with three goals.The Columbus Crew’s Josh Williams ($110,000) was a reclamation project for the team and rewarded their faith by taking over as a regular starter. He not only played well, but also helped Jonathan Mensah settle down after a rough start to his time in Columbus.AARON LONG, New York Red Bulls – $65,000Aaron Long MLS New York Red Bulls 09022017After bouncing around early in his career with Portland and then Seattle, Long found a home with the Red Bulls, first starring as a USL defender of the year in 2016 for Red Bulls II before making the step up to the Red Bulls in 2017. He blossomed under Jesse Marsch, turning into his team’s best center back and an absolute steal at a salary that is sure to go up in 2018.Vancouver’s Tim Parker ($99,900) is still playing on his rookie contract, and will be due for a big raise if he chooses to re-sign with the Whitecaps.JOEVIN JONES, Seattle Sounders, $96,166Joevin Jones MLS Seattle Sounders 06282017The Sounders left back is heading to Germany after the 2017 season and he has put together a heck of an MLS farewell campaign by recording 11 assists, the most of any defender in the league. More of an attacking threat than a pure defender, the Trinidad & Tobago international has continued to be a key figure well into the playoffs.New York City FC’s Ben Sweat ($65,000) stepped in and helped Patrick Vieira’s side overcome the injury absence of Ronald Matarrita, showing himself to be a very solid left back.CRISTIAN ROLDAN, Seattle Sounders, $137,000Cristian Roldan Seattle SoundersThe Sounders midfielder followed up an impressive 2016 season with an MLS Best XI caliber campaign this year, establishing himself as one of the league’s best central midfielders. The 23-year-old produced six goals and three assists, earning a spot on the U.S. Gold Cup team, and will be a driving force behind Seattle’s quest for a second MLS Cup.Minnesota United’s Ibson ($210,337) was outstanding for the Loons, delivering six assists and a valuable presence in central midfield.ALEX, Houston Dynamo – $170,000Alex MLS Houston Dynamo 08192017After six seasons in MLS, Alex enjoyed a true breakout season in 2017 under Wilmer Cabrera, delivering more assists (11) this year than in all his previous seasons combined. The Brazilian thrived as the best value at playmaker in the league by a wide margin.Columbus Crew winger Justin Meram ($328,750) isn’t exactly underpaid as a midfielder, but his production (13 goals) made him a steal at that price.MICHAEL BARRIOS, FC Dallas – $200,000Michael Barrios FC DallasIt isn’t often that a player who signs a new contract still finds his way into a list of top bargains, but Barrios was still an excellent value even after doubling his salary with a new deal. His 14 assists were tied for fourth-most in MLS, and he was one of the few reliable bright spots during a disappointing season by FC Dallas.OLA KAMARA, Columbus Crew – $482,500Ola Kamara, Columbus Crew, MLSAnyone who might have thought Kamara’s big 2016 season was a fluke learned this year that he is that good and that reliable as a goal-scorer. His 18 goals were fifth most in MLS, on a contact that paid him a fraction of what the rest of the league’s top 10 goal scorers earned (excluding Sapong). His success in MLS has helped garner attention from European clubs, and also earned him a return to the Norwegian national team.Montreal’s Anthony Jackson-Hamel ($66,150) delivered nine goals and four assists for the Impact, making him a player that Montreal will want to keep around as one of the best values on the team.C.J. SAPONG, Philadelphia Union – $300,000CJ Sapong MLS Philadelphia Union 05062017The best goal-scoring bargain in the league, Sapong finished the season with a Union-record 16 goals, most of any American and tied for eighth in the league. The 28-year-old earned a USMNT call-up after his career year, and with just one more year left on his current contract, Sapong should be in line for a new deal.Seattle’s Will Bruin ($327,000) was a revelation for the Sounders, delivering 11 goals to help his new team offset a myriad of injuries.CHRISTIAN RAMIREZ, Minnesota United – $392,504Christian Ramirez MLS 05272017When Minnesota United signed Ramirez to a new deal before the club’s arrival in MLS, there were some questions about whether he was really worth the salary the Loons paid him. Those questions faded quickly though as he emerged as one of the better goal-scorers in the league. He finished the season with 14 goals, third most of any American player.Colorado Rapids forward Dominique Badji ($65,000) deserves a strong honorable mention after producing nine goals and six assists as one of the lone bright spots in a terrible year for the Rapids.GOAL’S MLS BARGAIN XIGFX MLS Underpaid XI 11092017last_img read more

Report: Ole Miss Football Fires Assistant Coach

first_imgA football game between LSU and Ole Miss.OXFORD, MS – NOVEMBER 17: General view of fans watching the game between the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field November 17, 2007 in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 41-24. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)A major college football assistant coach was reportedly relieved of his duties on Monday night, with an SEC football program making a sizable change to its defensive staff.Ole Miss has reportedly made a change to its defensive staff, as head coach Matt Luke has reportedly fired defensive backs coach Jason Jones. The move reportedly happened late on Monday night.Rivals.com first reported the news.“Ole Miss defensive backs coach Jason Jones was relieved of his duties today,” he reported.#OleMiss defensive backs coach Jason Jones was relieved of his duties today.— Chase Parham (@RivalsChase) February 12, 2019Ole Miss had one of the country’s worst defenses in 2018, so it’s not too surprising that a major coaching move was made – though it’s a little surprising it happened weeks after the end of the season.The Rebels allowed 483.4 yards per game, including 261.7 yards per game through the air.Jones had been with the Rebels’ program since 2013. He came to Ole Miss after coaching at Oklahoma State.Ole Miss has made a couple of big moves on the defensive side of the ball this offseason. The Rebels hired former Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre to help on defense.The Rebels are coming off a 5-7 season in 2018.last_img read more

Nubia Red Magic 3 gaming smartphone will come with 90Hz display

first_imgNubia Red Magic 3 gaming smartphone will come with 90Hz displayThe Red Magic 3 will come with a 90Hz display. Users will be able to switch between the standard 60Hz and 90 Hz refresh rate according to requirements.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 25, 2019 09:32 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe display will support a refresh rate of 90Hz while playing games.The phone will automatically switch to 60Hz when the user isn’t gaming.Red Magic 3 will launch in China on April 28.Nubia’s upcoming gaming smartphone is currently one of the most hyped devices in the gaming industry. The leaks and rumours have so far suggested that Nubia is going ahead with an air cooling system a first for any smartphone. Other leaks and rumours have so far suggested the presence of a highly tuned Snapdragon 855 chip that is supposed to leak benchmarks. Nubia will launch the Red Magic 3 on April 28 in China and soon after in India. However, new information about the Red Magic 3 keeps on coming out every now and then and we have managed to get something new again.India Today Tech has learnt the Red Magic 3 will come with a 90Hz display. The screen will support a refresh rate of 90Hz, which could translate into smoother visuals. The phone will also come with a 60Hz mode when the user doesn’t require ultra smooth visuals. By default, the phone will automatically manage the refresh rate, i.e. it will switch to 90Hz when it detects the user is playing games and will keep it to 60Hz while in normal usage. Of course, the user can manually select one mode for all occasions.A display with 90Hz refresh rate isn’t new to the world of smartphones. Last year, Asus’ ROG Phone introduced a 90Hz AMOLED display while the Razer Phone went ahead with a 120Hz display. Higher refresh rates translate into a smoother gaming experience. Games such as PUBG MOBILE and Asphalt 9 can benefit with higher refresh rates, aiding a smoother experience. Gaming laptops usually use higher refresh rate displays for delivering smoother visual experience.advertisement The leaked screenshot from Nubia Red Magic 3The Red Magic 3 is shaping up to be an exciting smartphone for mobile gamers and the 90Hz display only adds to the value of the device. So far, we know that the Red Magic 3 will sport a Snapdragon 855 chipset with segment-leading performance. A recently leaked photo suggests that Nubia is indeed going for a rugged design and an aero cooling system. The phone will also retain the capacitive shoulder buttons from the Red Magic Mars.Nubia is expected to launch the Red Magic 3 in India soon after its launch in China. Along with the phone, the company will also launch the Alpha smartwatch with a flexible display. Prices are unknown at the moment but expect Nubia to aim for a OnePlus-rivaling price for the Red Magic 3 and an Apple Watch-rivaling price for the Alpha.ALSO READ | Exclusive: Nubia Alpha wearable smartphone, Nubia Pods to launch in May 2019 along with Red Magic 3ALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic review: A phone fast at running games but that is allALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 will be more powerful than iPhone XS, claims AnTuTu benchmark scoreGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow nubiaFollow androidFollow smartphoneslast_img read more

Russia beat Cyprus 5-0 to become 3rd team to reach Euro 2020 main draw

first_imgRussia beat Cyprus 5-0 to become 3rd team to reach Euro 2020 main drawWith this victory, Russia have become the third team to book their place in the Euro 2020 after Belgium and Italy.advertisement Next Asian News International StrovolosOctober 14, 2019UPDATED: October 14, 2019 09:03 IST Reuters PhotoRussia thrashed Cyprus by 5-0 in the ongoing Euro 2020 qualifiers at the GSP Stadium here on Saturday.With this victory, Russia have become the third team to book their place in the Euro 2020 after Belgium and Italy.Russia played aggressively against Cyprus throughout the match and did not take much time to take a one-goal lead. Denis Cheryshev scored the opening goal of the match in the ninth minute.Magomed Ozdoyev then netted a goal in the 22nd minute and Russia had a 2-0 lead after the conclusion of the first half.In the second half as well, Russia maintained their aggressive form and netted three goals. Artem Dzyuba, Aleksandr Golovin and Cheryshev scored one goal each in the second half. Cyprus failed to open their account and faced a massive defeat.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Euro 2020Follow Cyprus vs Russialast_img read more

NSLC Releases Third Quarter Results

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) today, March 16,reported earnings of $49.2 million on net sales of $124.4 millionfor the third quarter of 2004 (Oct. 1 to Dec. 31). That marked anincrease of 1.6 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2003. A detailed news release on third quarter and nine-month resultscan be found by following the corporate information and newsrelease links on the NSLC website at www.nsliquor.ca . -30-last_img

Province and Federal Government Sign First Memorandum on Aboriginal Consultation

first_imgAboriginal consultations will continue to improve through a stronger joint effort as Nova Scotia becomes the first province to sign a new agreement with the federal government. Premier Darrell Dexter, who is also and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, and John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development signed the first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on aboriginal consultation this month. The memorandum is a commitment between both governments to co-ordinate, share information, strengthen collaborative efforts and improve the efficiency of aboriginal consultation processes in the province. Similar agreements are in development with other provinces and territories. “This MOU is the first of its kind in Canada, further demonstrating Nova Scotia’s continued leadership and commitment on aboriginal consultation,” said Premier Dexter. “This agreement formalizes and strengthens our co-operative working relationship with the Mi’kmaq that has developed over the past several years of consultation.” “Our government is committed to creating the conditions for healthier, more self-sufficient First Nation communities,” said Mr. Duncan. “This unique MOU will help reduce overlap and duplication in federal and provincial efforts to consult with Aboriginal people in Nova Scotia, making consultations with the Mi’kmaq stronger and more effective.” The memorandum follows the landmark tripartite Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Consultation Terms of Reference, finalized on Aug. 31, 2010. This agreement is used by Canada and Nova Scotia to consult, in a more efficient and effective manner, with the Mi’kmaq on proposed activities or projects that affect them. The memorandum and terms of reference, along with the government of Canada’s March, 2011 Updated Guidelines for Federal Officials to Fulfill the Legal Duty to Consult, are tools to assist the Crown in fulfilling the legal duty to consult.last_img read more

School Site Selection Process Reduces Time to Open New Schools

first_imgFrom start to finish, opening a new school in Nova Scotia will take less time, now that a new site selection process is in place. “Getting a new school is very exciting for communities, but often, under the old process, lengthy delays meant some schools took up to six years to complete,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “The new, simplified process can significantly reduce this time so families don’t have to wait longer than necessary to benefit from a new school.” As part of the new site selection process the school community will continue to have input on school design. The process also requires the following: in the case of a replacement school, the existing school site will be considered first, before looking for a new site engineers will conduct a technical site review to first ensure the site is appropriate, considering things like access to power, water, sewage, transportation, proximity to the community it will serve and other criteria if two or more viable sites meet the technical criteria, the community will be consulted on the preferred option in a situation where there is only one suitable site option, government may choose to proceed with building a school in the location and will provide information to the public on the site Government is also introducing a revised long-term school capital plan process. Under the new capital plan process, Regional Centres for Education, the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial and staff from the Departments of Education and Early Childhood Development and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, will form a committee to review and prioritize proposed capital projects. A complete list of projects, assigned a priority rank of high, medium or low, will be provided to government for final decisions based on budget and regional fairness considerations.last_img read more

17th Lok Sabha session begins PM takes oath

first_imgNew Delhi: The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha commenced on Monday with jubilant BJP members raising ‘Jai Shri Ram and Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogans as several members, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi took oath.As the Leader of the House, Modi was the first to take oath as member of the lower house Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah, Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari were among the promiment members who took oath. Addressing the media outside parliament before the commencement of Parliament session, Modi reached out to the opposition saying they need not “bother about their numbers” as their every word is “valuable” to the government. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaHe urged all MPs to be impartial in the House and address issues related to the larger interest of the nation. “When we come to Parliament, we should forget ‘paksh’ (treasury) and ‘vipaksh’ (opposition). We should think about issues with a ‘nishpaksh’ (impartial) spirit and work in the larger interest of the nation,” he said, Besides the Union ministers who were elected to the Lok Sabha, members from 23 states and union territories, including Andra Pradesh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir and Bihar took oath. The remaining members will take oath on Tuesday. The Lok Sabha at present has 542 elected members. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahElections to Vellore seat in Tamil Nadu was cancelled as the Election Commission felt excessive money power was being used to lure voters in that constituency. A fresh date is yet to be announced. BJP MP from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur created a controversy when she suffixed the name of her spiritual guru with hers while taking oath, drawing objections from the Opposition. Amid protests and shoutings, Thakur said that it was her full name and she had mentioned in the form she had filled for oath taking. The mention of Swami Purna Chetnanand Avdheshanand Giri as suffix to her name Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur evoked sharp reaction from the Opposition members who said that such a thing was not permitted. Amid noise and objections, pro-tem Speaker Virendra Kumar ruled that only the name written in her election certificate issued by the returning officer would go on record. Thakur, the Malegaon blast accused, took oath in Sanskrit and ended it with ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogan. Thakur routed Congress stalwart Digvijay Singh to enter the Lok Sabha for the first time. Later, BJP members continued to raise ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogans, teasing the Opposition. They started raising slogan after oath taking by every member. When Modi’s name was called out by the Secretary General for taking oath, members from the ruling NDA thumped the desk greeting the Prime Minister with slogans such as ‘Modi Modi’ and “Bharat Mata ki Jai”. While the Prime Minister and most of Union Ministers took oath in Hindi, Union Ministers Harsh Vardhan, Sripad Naik, Ashwini Chaubey and Pratap Chandra Sarangi did so in Sanskrit. While D V Sadananda Gowda and Prahlad Joshi took oath in Kannada, Harsimrat Kaur Badal took oath in Punjabi. Union Ministers Arvind Ganpat Sawant, Raosaheb Patil Danbe took oath in Marathi, Jitendra Singh in Dogri, Babul Supriyo in English, Rameshwar Teli in Assamese and Debashree Choudhury in Bangla. UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, and DMK leaders Kanizmohi and A Raja were present in the House on the occasion. Before the House met, Virendra Kumar was sworn in as Pro-Tem Speaker by President Ramnath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Several members took oath in their mother tongue, like most of the YSR Congress Party MPs in Telegu. Many members from Assam took oath in Assamese. BJP members from Bihar Gopal jee Thakur and Ashok Kumar Yadav took oath in Maithili. BJP member from Bihar Jarnardhan Singh Sigriwal expressed desire to take oath in Bhojpuri, but the Lok Sabha Secretary General said the language was not in the eight schedule of the Constitution. Union Ministers Babul Supriyo and Debashree Choudhury, who are from West Bengal, were greeted by fellow BJP MPs with “Jai Shri Ram” slogans when they were called to take oath as Lok Sabha Members. The cheer was apparently to take a dig at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who had allegedly objected to uttering the slogan during some incidents. When Union minister of state for environment and forest Supriyo was called to take oath, BJP members loudly cheered with “Jai Shri Ram”. The slogan was repeatedly chanted when Choudhury, Union minister of state for women and child development, was called to take oath. At least seven persons were detained on March 31 for chanting “Jai Shri Ram” slogan when Banerjee’s motorcade passed through North 24 Parganas district of the state. In a video, which went viral on the social media, some men are seen shouting “Jai Shri Ram” when the West Bengal Chief Minister’s motorcade passed through an area of the district. An infuriated Banerjee came out of her car and allegedly asked her security officials to note down the name of the persons involved in it.last_img read more

NCLAT extends Jaypee Infra insolvency period by 90 days

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal on Tuesday extended the resolution period of Jaypee Infratech for another 90 days, which includes a 45-day window for the resolution professional and lenders of the debt-ridden firm to invite fresh bids. The Committee of Creditors and the resolution professional would have 45 days to consider the resolution plans and select a final bidder to complete the process.A two-member bench headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya said that as Corporate Insolvency Resolution was pending for a long time, it would give only 45 days to Resolution Professional (RP) and the Committee of Creditors (CoC) of the Jaypee Infratech to complete the process of inviting new bids. It also granted another 45 days to the RP and the CoC to finish the entire process of selecting a final bidder. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”In view of aforesaid extraordinary situation, we are of the view that the period from 17th September 2018 i.e the date of application filed by the Association of the allottees for clarification for the order and till the final decision i.e. 4th June 2019 can be excluded for the purpose of counting the 270 days,” the NCLAT said. However it also said that as the matter is pending since long, it was “not inclined to exclude the total period of 260 days and instead in the interest of the Allottees, we exclude 90 days for the purpose of counting the period of 270 days of Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process’, which should be counted from the date of receipt of the copy of this order.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe said period is to enable the RP and the CoC to call for “fresh resolution plans’ and to consider them” within a “period of 45 days,” the NCLAT said. The appellate tribunal further added: “Rest of the period of 45 days margin is given to remove any difficulty and appropriate order as may be passed by the Adjudicating Authority (NCLT).” The appellate tribunal has also rejected the plea of Jaiprakash Associates Ltd, the promoters of Jaypee Infratech, to be eligible to submit a bid.last_img read more

Liberals dig up video of Scheer speaking against samesex marriage

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal Liberals are urging Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to attend the Ottawa Pride parade after circulating a video of him speaking out against same-sex marriage during a debate in the House of Commons 15 years ago.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tweeted a video of Scheer’s April 2005 speech opposing the Civil Marriage Act, which legalized same-sex marriage in Canada later that year.To be a leader for all Canadians, the Conservative Party leader should now end his lifelong boycott of Pride events and explain whether he would still deny same-sex couples the right to marry, as he said in Parliament. pic.twitter.com/5WEyja6Ov5— Ralph Goodale (@RalphGoodale) August 22, 2019In the speech, Scheer says that while same-sex partners can live together and love each other in lifelong, monogamous relationships, they could not really be considered married because they cannot have children in a “natural” way.The majority of Conservative MPs voted against the bill, as did a number of Liberal MPs.Scheer has softened his stance on same-sex marriage since then, supporting a move to erase the traditional definition of marriage from the Conservative Party of Canada’s policy book at its 2016 convention.But the Conservative leader, whose office did not immediately respond to a request for comment, has declined to march in Pride parades.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

AIM will intervene unless Valcourt acts on Buffalo Point Nelson

first_imgAPTN National NewsA First Nation man is on his way to Ottawa to begin a hunger strike outside the U.S. embassy.He is getting support from a Manitoba leader who is threatening to call in the American Indian Movement if Aboriginal Affairs Minister Valcourt doesn’t meet with the band member from Buffalo Point.APTN’s Tim Fontaine has this story.last_img

Senior UN officials highlight diversity and challenges of peacekeeping

21 February 2012The head of the United Nations peacekeeping operations today underlined the challenging diversity of work undertaken by the department’s various field missions, stressing that peacekeepers are a valuable tool in global efforts to respond to threats to international peace and to prevent the recurrence of conflicts. “While some of our missions are charged with a traditional role, such as monitoring a ceasefire, we also have multi-dimensional integrated missions whose mandates have evolved over the past two decades to include – implementation of peace accords; protection of civilians, facilitation of humanitarian assistance; support to electoral processes; and strengthening national capacities in the areas of rule of law and security,” said Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.He told the General Assembly’s Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations that the global membership of the UN provided peacekeeping with a universal legitimacy and a global reach, adding that it remains a highly-cost effective policy tool for the international community, relative to the costs of conflict.Mr. Ladsous pointed out that the total expenditure on peacekeeping from 1948 to 2010 is estimated at $69 billion. In comparison, some estimates indicate that the defence expenditure for 2010 of the 15 highest-spending countries amounted to about $1.6 trillion.However, the Under-Secretary-General stressed that he remains mindful of the difficult financial situation confronting many UN Member States and assured them that the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is committed to ensuring the optimum use of resources.“For this reason, the consolidated peacekeeping budget submissions for the 2012-2013 financial period proposes a 7.8 per cent reduction, amounting to $600 million lower than the current financial period,” he said.Mr. Ladsous stressed the need for global partnership, which he said, sustains UN peacekeeping. “Unified political support of the Member States has always been and remains a critical factor in the success of UN peacekeeping,” he said.To address some of the challenges facing peacekeeping missions, such as the shortages of the military helicopters that are crucial for the fulfilment of the civilian protection mandate, Mr. Ladsous said DPKO is exploring the use of modern technology to fill some of the gaps.“We are currently conducting a feasibility study for the use of simple unmanned aerial vehicles in UNMISS, with the consent of the host authorities, for area surveillance and reconnaissance.“The use of such drones during the recent crisis in Jonglei [South Sudan] in order to map the movements of armed militias would have enhanced the capability of the Government of South Sudan and of UNMISS [UN Mission in South Sudan] to protect civilians by preventing violence and displacements,” he added.Susana Malcorra, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, told the Committee that her office is dedicated to sustained efforts to “deliver proactive, effective and responsive support to all field operations.”“At the same time, we maintain our focus on the long-term strategic goal of moving toward a global enterprise that delivers high-quality, integrated and cost-effective mission support without compromising the missions’ ability to deliver on their mandates,” she said.The UN Department of Field Support (DFS) currently provides support to 16 DPKO-led missions and one political mission. It also supports 15 special political missions of the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA). The department also leads support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS). read more

UN warns Pacific islands of extreme weather risks during upcoming wet season

A joint press release issued today by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) notes that global forecasts indicate the onset of an abnormal warming of surface ocean waters, known as the El Niño effect, as the Pacific region experiences its wet season during the next six months. The resulting changes in climate, which will see both increased and decreased rainfall, depending on the exact location, will threaten vulnerable sectors such as agriculture, freshwater resources, reef ecosystems, fisheries, public health and infrastructure. “Even a weak El Niño event could put Pacific Island countries at high risk,” said Shamika Sirimanne, Director of ESCAP’s Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division. “Their location means they are often described as disaster hotspots and their remoteness and economic fragility add to their vulnerability to shocks from even mild deviations in climate,” she added.The advisory for Pacific island countries explains that El Niño will be associated with irregular rainfall in the Pacific region, although effects vary across different regions within each country. The northern parts of many countries, especially those with wide geographical coverage, will experience increased rainfall during an El Niño year, while the southern parts receive less. A reduced wet season rainfall could impact subsistence agriculture the most, causing a loss of cash income and reducing people’s ability to support themselves – particularly in Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Fiji. Countries that normally have very low dry season rainfall, such as Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea, are put at particular risk of drought-like conditions, ESCAP said. Meanwhile, the likelihood of cyclones and severe storms for the Marshall Islands, the Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Samoa, Niue and Fiji is predicted to increase by 30 per cent as ocean temperatures temporarily increase, the forum said. To monitor these risks, ESCAP recommends establishing a regional mechanism that helps make proactive climate information available to support better preparedness and resilient development planning. Strengthening early warning systems and multi-stakeholder platforms for risk communication in this way would facilitate understanding of the long-term risks and harmonization of risk management strategies and development plans of countries in the region, the agency said. read more

Guide avoids serious injury after being buried by avalanche

ASPEN, Colo. — A tour guide in the Aspen Mountain Powder Tours permit area on Richmond Ridge was unharmed after being buried by an avalanche.The Aspen Daily News reports the Aspen Skiing Company employee was rescued Saturday by his skiing partner. The company says the staff members were scouting terrain prior to Sunday’s season opening.Company Vice-President of Communications Jeff Hanle says neither employee was seriously injured, and both staff members have returned to work.Colorado Avalanche Information Center Deputy Director Brian Lazar says the incident was reported to the centre around 3 p.m. Saturday.A report from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center says the first skier, whose name has not been released, was carried at least 20 yards (about 18 metres) and buried at the base of a tree.___Information from: Aspen Daily News, http://www.aspendailynews.comThe Associated Press read more

LKAB Wassara celebrating 30 years

first_imgFrom Japan in the east to the USA in the west, Wassara’s water-powered hammers are today a well-known brand and technology in the drilling industry. A little more than half of the company’s sales goes to the external market while the rest goes to the mother company LKAB. At the very heart of the Wassara technology is a hammer driven by water power as opposed to conventional compressed air technology. The water driven technology offers a number of advantages, such as a virtually dust-free environment, the ability to drill long straight holes, a high energy efficiency and a small impact on the environment.Wassara’s technique was invented in the early 1980s. In 1988 the company was formed as “G-drill” but later changed its name to LKAB Wassara. In recent years, the hammer has been used at several well-known projects, not least at Slussen (a water lock and traffic intersection) and in Gamla Stan (Old town) in Stockholm, Sweden as well as some important mining operations.“The introduction of Wassara’s technology has been an important historical landmark for LKAB. It has enabled our mother company to break the iron ore significantly more efficiently. Now they are looking at getting even further down and here the next technological innovations will be very important for the future mining operations, “says Peter Söderman, CEO of LKAB Wassara.The next big step for LKAB Wassara is the development of steered drilling with coil-tubing; a seamless drilling technique where the drill string is wound on a drum instead of by separate drill rods. With this technique, it is possible to drill longer holes as well as drilling steered “curved” holes instead of straight ones, resulting in a higher ore yield. Coil technology already exists in the oil and gas industry, but LKAB Wassara has great hopes that water driven coil drilling will be an important piece of the puzzle to break iron ore more cost-effectively in the future.With the company now 30 years old, one might think that sales are driven by themselves. No, it is not that easy, according to Peter Söderman, CEO of LKAB Wassara. “We have good products that are very well-suited in a variety of drilling applications, but competition in the market, both with conventional technology and new manufacturers of water driven hammers, forces us to constantly improve,” says Peter Söderman, and he continues: “In order to increase our sales, we must have high quality, absolute cutting edge products, a high delivery reliability and competitive prices. We are well-equipped in some areas and can be better at others, it’s always about being on our toes.”last_img read more

Angry Balic to Goluza Why you took me out VIDEO

← Previous Story France – Croatia (statistics details): “Omeyer made advantage” Next Story → Dalibor Doder out of the final against France, Zakrisson in! angrycroatiahandballIvano BalicSlavko Goluza France was clear better from Croatia 25:22 in the semi-finals clash in London. Ivano Balic was the best player in attack, but in his opinion, he didn’t played enough. Cameras saved the moment when Balic speaks to headcoach Slavko Goluza after another missed shoot in attack – “Why you took me out? Goluža reacted quickly and sent Ivano to the court, but it was to late. France was better last night…[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfqnO3f_oRs[/youtube]