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Pant ideal replacement for Dhoni after 2019 World Cup, feels Virender Sehwag

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni, who will be 38 by next year’s Cricket World Cup final, is former India opener Virender Sehwag’s pick to go to the 50-over World Cup in England next year.Even tough Dhoni has had an incredibly successful ODI career for India, he has endured a relatively lean spell in the ODI team of late.Dhoni lead India to the World Cup glory in 2011 but the former captain recently came under criticism in India’s recent ODI series in England for not accelerating early enough in his team’s ultimately unsuccessful run chase at Lord’s.Whilst there is no indication from anyone within India’s management that Dhoni’s place is under threat, Rishabh Pant’s brisk maiden Test century in India’s final Test of their tour to England has put a degree of pressure on Dhoni.Read – MS Dhoni led India in 199 ODIs, 72 T20Is: StatsHowever, Dhoni’s former teammate Virender Sehwag thinks that Dhoni should definitely remain in the team until the end of next year’s World Cup.”In my personal opinion, MS Dhoni should continue till the 2019 World Cup,” Sehwag told India TV.READ – MS Dhoni reveals why he stepped down as India captain”Even if you play Pant in ODIs from now, he won’t be able to play more than 15-16 ODIs till the World Cup which is far less compared to Dhoni, who has played over 300 ODIs. I would want Dhoni to continue till the World Cup.READ – Rishabh Pant announces his arrival with maiden Test hundredadvertisement”Pant is someone who can hit sixes at his will, but when you talk about Dhoni, he has won matches single-handedly for the country. So Pant has the right kind of the temperament to be a perfect heir for him. I want Dhoni to hand the baton to Pant when he hangs his boots,” he added.Dhoni will have the opportunity to silence his doubters in this month’s Asia Cup which starts on 15 September.last_img read more

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‘Do or die’: Eddie Jones channels his samurai spirit for England quarter-final

first_imgnews Read more Owen Farrell Eddie Jones has urged England to channel the samurai spirit for their World Cup quarter-final against Australia on Saturday after springing a huge surprise by dropping George Ford and restoring the out-of-sorts Owen Farrell to fly-half.Jones said Farrell’s form has suffered at the World Cup because of the England captaincy but backed his leader to rediscover his best form against the Wallabies. He revealed he has had to pull Farrell to one side to discuss how focusing too much on the captaincy has affected his performance but in the biggest selection call of his England tenure, Ford has been relegated to the bench. Eddie Jones Rugby World Cup 2019 Share via Email Since you’re here… Rugby World Cup’s Battle of the Big Mouths: Eddie Jones v Michael Cheika Rugby union Topics Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Read more Share on Facebook Rugby World Cup Australia rugby union team Support The Guardian England go into the match on a six-game winning streak against Australia but this will be their first World Cup knockout match for eight years and of the XV Jones has chosen, only two players have experience of starting a World Cup quarter-final with Ben Youngs and Manu Tuilagi the only survivors from the last-eight defeat by France in 2011. “It’s do-or-die time,” said Jones. “Every time the samurais fought, one lived and one died. It will be the same on Saturday: someone is going to live and someone is going to die. That’s what the game is about and that’s the excitement of the game. You get the best eight teams, all playing for their lives.“The great thing about the World Cup is that every game is a knockout. No one has won a World Cup after losing a game and there’s a reason for that. That’s what I enjoy so much about a World Cup.”After England’s last match – the 39‑10 victory over Argentina 12 days ago – the attack coach, Scott Wisemantel, revealed Farrell had described his own performance as clunky, having missed four consecutive kicks at goal in the first half. Ford, on the other hand, has been among the standout players of the World Cup and has outshone Farrell since Jones rekindled their 10-12 partnership over the summer. But in a move that echoes England’s disastrous 2015 campaign, when Stuart Lancaster in effect made the same call for the defeat by Wales, Ford has been relegated to the bench with Farrell getting the nod for the No 10 jersey. As a result, Tuilagi switches to inside-centre with Henry Slade coming in for his first start of the tournament in the No 13 jersey. England lurch back to the future as Eddie Jones gambles on Owen Farrell … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. England rugby union team Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter “[Owen’s] ability to delegate, to know what to say to players is a challenging experience for a young guy like him,” said Jones. “He’s coping with it really well. I feel like sometimes, maybe earlier in the tournament, he spent too much time in the captaincy area and not enough on his own individual prep but I’ve seen a real change in that this week.“You get all the family issues. You go to the dinner table, one brother is happy, one brother is unhappy. Someone doesn’t know if they are happy or not. He’s the father of that group, so to speak.”Farrell has been picked at fly-half once in England’s past six matches – the World Cup warm-up victory over Italy last month. The last time Tuilagi and Slade started outside him was the 38-38 draw with Scotland during this year’s Six Nations, when England let a 31-7 lead slip. Farrell was replaced in the latter stages – by Ford, who scored the levelling try and conversion – a performance that raised questions over whether he was overburdened with too much responsibility.“He’s got quite a big job for us,” said Jones. “He’s captain and he’s goal-kicker. The responsibility of being captain at the World Cup is much larger than normal Test matches, because you’re bringing a group of 31 players together for eight or nine weeks.”Asked about Jones telling him he needed to focus more on his own performances, Farrell said: “It’s just checking on me, making sure I am doing that, making sure that you’re not getting caught up in other things and making sure it is about doing all you can to play your best at the weekend.”Australia have also made unexpected changes to their starting XV with the 19-year-old Jordan Petaia preferred at outside-centre to James O’Connor. Petaia has won two caps, both on the wing, having made his debut against Uruguay less than two weeks ago, and Jones questioned how well the teenager will handle the occasion. He has previous for questioning opponents’ ability to cope with pressure after claiming Wales would have doubts over Rhys Patchell before England’s narrow Six Nations victory in 2018.“[Petaia is] a handy player,” Jones said. “I’ve seen enough of him to know he can play a bit, but it’s going to be a big occasion for the boy. He’s playing a quarter-final in front of 40,000 people in Oita where you know that you don’t get another day. This is the day and for a young player you can either rise to the occasion or you can find it difficult, and I don’t know his mindset but if Michael [Cheika] picks him then we’d anticipate that he’s ready to play.” Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Kentucky’s AD Calls Coach Cal The “Best Coach In The Game” In Official Pre-Final Four Statement

first_imgKentucky is still two wins away from claiming a national championship, but there’s still no doubt that what the Wildcats have accomplished in 2015 is special. Saturday, ahead of UK’s Final Four matchup with Wisconsin, AD Mitch Barnhart issued a statement on Twitter about the team’s undefeated record, calling head coach John Calipari the “best coach in the game.” Check it out:Tonight @KentuckyMBB takes the floor in the #FinalFour. Before they do, I have some thoughts to share with the #BBN. pic.twitter.com/RtOoT7BSY5— Mitch Barnhart (@UKMitchBarnhart) April 4, 2015BarnhartKentucky’s 38-0 record is beyond impressive, but it’s likely that the team needs to finish the job to be remembered as one of the all-time greats. The Wildcats and the Badgers tip off Saturday night at 8:49 ET.last_img read more

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Lockheed Martin’s First LNG Tank Ready for Integration

first_imgzoom Lockheed Martin’s first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tank has transitioned from the assembly line to the shipyard for integration with the Wärtsilä LNG propulsion system.Weighing in at 250,000 pounds, this LNG tank built with U.S. steel is the first of its kind for Lockheed Martin and will soon be used for marine applications under contract to Wärtsilä, a Finnish power solution provider for Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC, a marine transportation company based in New Orleans.The LNG tank will be installed in Harvey Gulf’s LNG powered offshore support vessel currently under construction at Gulf Coast Shipyard Group in Gulfport, Miss.This is the first in a series of cryogenic tanks Lockheed Martin will produce in support of expanding use of LNG tanks for marine applications and land-based storage.Lockheed Martin manufactures scalable tanks for all marine vessels and land-based applications inside the 43-acre NASA Michoud Assembly Facility Main Manufacturing Building in New Orleans, La. Its waterfront location and deep water port allow for efficient shipping of the tanks to customer locations around the globe. lockheedmartin, April 16, 2014last_img read more

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Industrial Inquiry Commission to Help End Labour Dispute

first_imgAn Industrial Inquiry Commission will start in August to help end a prolonged labour dispute between the Halifax Herald and the Halifax Typographical Union. “After 18 months with no resolution, it is clear this is an exceptional circumstance that needs action,” said Derek Mombourquette, acting Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “I am hopeful this will help put an end to the dispute and allow both parties to begin the process of rebuilding their relationship.” The Industrial Inquiry Commission process will begin with mediation between the parties. If a voluntary agreement is not reached, the commissioner will investigate the causes of the dispute. The commissioner will then report his findings and potential recommendations to the minister. Experienced mediator and arbitrator William Kaplan, who was most recently appointed by the Government of Canada to mediate the Canada Post dispute, has been appointed commissioner. For more information on the appointment of the Industrial Inquiry Commission go to https://novascotia.ca/lae/unionworkplaces/docs/Appointment-Industrial-Inquiry-Commission.pdf.last_img read more

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MD of Pathway Education Services five others held for rigging BITSAT

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday arrested the Managing Director of Delhi-based Pathway Education Services, on charges of rigging the entrance examination of BITS Pilani, in exchange for large sums of cash money.The central probe agency nabbed five other accused in the case including owners of examination centres in Ahmedabad and Vadodara, which were compromised as part of the racket and two cyber technical experts who had designed the system to manipulate the entrance test of BITS Pilani known as BITSAT. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe agency said it also carried out raids in Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Vadodara and recovered several incriminating documents along with Rs 33 lakh in cash and several signed blank cheques. The CBI has alleged that Bhaskar Choudhary, MD of Pathway Education conspired with the other accused and came up with a premium service to offer parents of students aspiring to get into the esteemed institution a service, where applicants would not have to answer the questions of the test themselves. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe test-manipulation racket came to light when the father of a student in Gandhinagar was approached by someone claiming to call from Pathway Education Services in Delhi. After repeated calls to the complainant, he decided to report the matter to the CBI in Gujarat, which took up the investigation in the case after registering an FIR on May 22. After repeated calls, the complainant decided to visit the partner, one Ketan Barot of Disha Education in Ahmedabad, where Barot revealed incriminating details of the racket he was part of. According to the verification report, part of the CBI FIR, Barot had boasted to the complainant that rigging examinations of institutes like BITS Pilani and Vellore Institute of Technology were a small matter for them. Barot allegedly also claimed that their “real work” lies in the manipulation of exams like NEET UG, NEET PG, and JEE Advanced. He further allegedly claimed that they would charge around Rs80-90 lakh for NEET UG and as much as Rs2-2.5 crore for rigging the NEET PG exams. The agency’s FIR alleges that Barot had explained the system of rigging the BITSAT exam to the complainant saying that their operation had a covert understanding with the company that provided them access to the BITS Pilani servers and demanded Rs 10 lakh from the complainant to get the job done for his daughter. Cyber experts Sheth Mohammed Usama and Virag Harendra Kumar Shah had allegedly designed a system to manipulate the entrance test of the coveted private college, and other institutes like the Vellore Institute of Technology. The system was designed in a manner where students would be sitting in front of their computer at the designated exam centres in Vadodara and Ahmedabad, while “expert scholars” would answer test questions on their behalf by taking over the test-takers’ computer through a remote desktop technology. All arrested were produced in a Delhi court on Saturday and were remanded to a 12-day police custody.last_img read more

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Investors hail Lyft shares in IPO see profits down the road

SAN FRANCISCO — Lyft’s shares soared as the company went public Friday, giving investors their first chance to bet on the future of the ride-hailing industry.The stock opened at $87.24, up 21 per cent from its offering price of $72. It closed at $78.29, up 8.7 per cent, giving the company a $27 billion valuation.Investors embraced Lyft despite an uninterrupted history of losses totalling nearly $3 billion since its 2012 inception on the premise that its growing popularity will pay off in the long run. The company has lured new riders and taken market share from Uber — and now it’s beaten its larger rival in the race to sell shares to the public.Still, Lyft’s path to profitability is uncertain, and it’s under pressure to keep prices low as it competes for customers with Uber and traditional taxi companies. Both Uber and Lyft are relying on the eventual deployment of autonomous vehicles to help them reduce the cost of paying drivers, although deployment on a large scale could be many years away.The IPO represents a watershed moment for ride hailing, an industry hatched from the rise of smartphones. Now that both Lyft and Uber have made it easy to summon a ride on a mobile app, more people are already starting to wonder if owning their own cars will make sense in the future.“This is a pat on the back for ride hailing as a category,” said Rohit Kulkarni, senior vice-president of research at Forge.Lyft’s debut is the first of several high-profile IPOs expected to emerge this year from the technology industry, a sector that has helped propel the stock market in recent years. Others already in the pipeline include Lyft’s bigger rival, Uber, digital scrapbook Pinterest and video conferencing service Zoom, with room rental service Airbnb looming as a possibility, too.Co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer talked about their early vision of the company and their commitment to providing alternatives to individual car ownership, at an event in Los Angeles, where executives celebrated Lyft’s market debut.“In those early days we were told we were crazy to think people would ride in each others’ personal vehicles,” said Green, who is also the CEO.Based in San Francisco, Lyft had 1.9 million drivers and 30.7 million riders in 2018, operating in 300 markets in the U.S. and Canada. Lyft doubled its revenue last year to nearly $2.2 billion — another feat that likely lured investors to the IPO.Uber was first out of the gate when it launched a black car taxi service in 2009. Lyft launched later in 2012, and was the first of the two to set up peer-to-peer ride hailing, where riders use the app to connect with drivers who pick them up in their own personal vehicles. Uber later added peer-to-peer ride haling to its app.Lyft’s U.S. market share has expanded from 22 per cent in 2016 to 39 per cent last year as Uber slogged through revelations about rampant internal sexual harassment claims , allegations that it stole self-driving technology and other mortifying issues, prompting a consumer backlash.Meanwhile, Lyft parlayed a warm and fuzzy image that it used to cultivate by adorning drivers’ cars with a fluffy pink moustache to position its brand as the more socially responsible of the two ride-hailing rivals.Lyft has focused on its mission of getting people to give up their personal cars in favour of ride-hailing, shared bikes and scooters, and has remained in North America. By contrast, Uber has expanded overseas and recently bought Careem, a major rival in the Middle East, while experimenting with food delivery, boats and freight operations.Lyft’s IPO raised more than $2 billion for it to use in its heated rivalry with Uber to woo riders. Uber is expected to go public later this spring and aim for a market value of $120 billion.“Lyft is popping the Dom Perignon today but how the stock trades over the coming months and especially once Uber comes out and goes public will be the real test,” said Wedbush Securities analysts Daniel Ives.Co-founder Zimmer sounded upbeat. “We know the road ahead comes with both massive opportunities and genuine challenges,” he said.Lyft’s early stock market success could also bode well for Uber, because it shows investors are less worried about near-term losses and more focused on the potential for ride-hailing to create long-term value, Kulkarni said. Last quarter, Uber lost $865 million while Lyft lost $249 million.Despite Lyft’s recent inroads, there is still no guarantee the company will become profitable — a risk flagged in its own regulatory filings leading up to the IPO. Developing autonomous vehicles is key to reducing driver costs, and Lyft is behind competitors such as Google spin-off Waymo, which has begun testing a ride-hailing service using its robotic minivans in the Phoenix area.Experts say it could be many years before autonomous vehicles are deployed on a large scale. And cutting costs by reducing pay to drivers also could prove difficult.Even so, Lyft’s revenue per ride has been increasing, so some analysts see the company as headed in the right direction.Green and Zimmer have structured the shares so that together they will hold 49 per cent of the voting power, enough to substantially influence major decisions. They also hit the biggest jackpots in the IPO. Green, 35, owns a stake now worth $656 million and Zimmer, 34, owns a stake worth $452 million.Other big winners include some of the company’s early investors, including General Motors with a stake worth $1.5 billion, and Alphabet, the owner of Google and Waymo, with a stake worth $1 billion.Lyft also said it would pay cash bonuses of $1,000 and $10,000 to drivers who meet certain criteria, and that drivers could use those bonuses to buy the company’s shares.The number of drivers who qualified was probably low, because they would have had to drive full-time for several years in a major market, but it’s a nice way to reward the drivers who helped build the company, said Harry Campbell, founder of The Rideshare Guy website.Lyft said Friday it will invest $50 million annually, or 1 per cent of profits — whichever is greater — in transportation initiatives in cities. The investments will include free or discounted rides for medical patients and low-income seniors and developing infrastructure for bikes, scooters and transit.___Bussewitz reported from New York.Cathy Bussewitz And Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press read more

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Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders discuss comprehensive settlement – UN

According to a press statement issued by the world body’s peacekeeping mission in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Mr. Papadopoulos and Mr. Talat held their discussion “in a constructive atmosphere” at the official residence of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Cyprus in the UN Protected Area in Nicosia.They also agreed on the need for the “earliest start of the process,” as well as on continuing their contact through the UN and meeting again when appropriate.The decision to hold today’s meeting was reached by Rasit Pertev and Tasos Tzionis, the principal aides to the two leaders, who held a 45-minute meeting last month at UNFICYP headquarters in the presence of Wlodek Cibor, the Mission’s Senior Adviser. 5 September 2007Greek Cypriot leader H.E. Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader H.E. Mehmet Ali Talat discussed issues leading to a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem during a United Nations-sponsored meeting today. read more

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Steelmaking coal business helps boost thirdquarter profit at Teck Resources

VANCOUVER — Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TECK.B) saw its third-quarter profit more than double compared with a year ago, boosted by its steelmaking coal business.The mining company says it earned $600 million attributable to shareholders or $1.02 per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30.That compared with a profit of $234 million or 40 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Revenue grew to $3.13 billion, up from $2.31 billion a year ago.Teck says its steelmaking coal business was helped by strong operational performance and substantially higher prices and increased sales volumes, partly offset by higher costs.It also says it benefited from higher copper, zinc and lead prices, partly offset by the strengthening loonie and copper sales volumes lagging production levels due to timing of vessel loadings. read more

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Deminer killed in explosion

This work was focussed on over 500 mainly high density minefields and former battlefields. Our Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams working alongside the Sri Lanka Army Engineers have completed over 7,139 emergency ‘call-out’ tasks (including over 5,000 during the height of the IDP returns process). (Colombo Gazette) The victim was identified as K. Muragesu, a resident of Kilinochchi. Between 2002 and October 2012, HALO Sri Lanka has cleared over 650 hectares (1,607 acres) of minefields and systematic Battle Area Clearance of over 1,640 hectares (4,052 acres) whilst destroying over 143,000 landmines, 51,500 items of large calibre ammunition and 440,000 bullets. A local de-miner was killed following a mine explosion in Jaffna today, police sources in Jaffna said.The de-miner, who works for the HALO Trust non-governmental organization, was clearing mines in Muhamalai when the explosion took place. read more

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Sri Lankas mine action plan draws praise

V. Sivagnanasothy, Secretary to the Ministry of National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Northern Development and Youth Affairs, Ambassador Hans Brattskar, Permanent Representative of Norway to the UN in Geneva and the President of the forthcoming 4th Review Conference of the APMBC, Ms. Asa Massleberg, Advisor – Strategic Management of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining and Ms. S. Jaladeepan, Director and National Focal Point coordinating the National Mine Action Programme, made presentations at the discussion, sharing their views and perspectives on Sri Lanka’s achievements as well as challenges faced.      The well-attended panel discussion ‘Towards a mine-free Sri Lanka in 2020: Challenges and Prospects for Partnerships’, drew in representatives of international organisations, implementing partners and the donor community, in addition to several mine action experts, academics and diplomats. Sri Lanka’s sustained focus on mine risk education and awareness creation makes it an exemplary model for the rest of the world, international experts participating in an interactive panel discussion, chaired by Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva, reiterated.Deliberating on the sidelines of the Intersessional Meeting of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC) held from 22 to 24 May 2019, experts in mine action, humanitarian disarmament and human rights appreciated the remarkable progress achieved by Sri Lanka in mine clearance, mine risk education and victim assistance, paving the way for the return of, and housing and livelihoods for, thousands of affected people. Sri Lanka’s success in establishing an effective national ownership of its mine action program, integrating gender diversity into it, collaborating effectively with international stakeholders, and contributing to the development of communities, received special commendation at the event. read more

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IKEA plans to eliminate singleuse plastics by 2020

IKEA is jumping on board the no plastic train, promising to eliminate all single-use plastic products from by 2020.The retail giant says that will include straws, plates, cups, freezer bags, garbage bags and plastic-coated paper plates and cups.The company says the move is part of a global commitment to the environment, which includes looking for new ways to work with renewable and recycled materials.It will also phase out single-use plastics used in customer and co-worker restaurants, bistros, and cafes by the end of 2019.IKEA has 13 stores in Canada, and has plans to open new stores in Quebec City and London. read more

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John Bolton welcomed as US ambassador during UN reform – Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that he looked forward to working with John Bolton, appointed today by President Bush as United States Ambassador to the United Nations. “We will welcome him at a time when we are in the midst of major reform,” he told reporters.”I do know Ambassador Bolton and I’ve had dealings with him in the past. He’s very able and he’s very bright,” Mr. Annan added in response to questions, recalling Mr. Bolton’s work assisting James Baker, the Secretary-General’s former Special Envoy for Western Sahara.Stressing that the coming months were important for the process of UN reform and for relations between the organization and the United States, he said “I’ve always maintained that the US needs the UN and the UN needs the US. And we have to work together.”In response to press queries about the controversial choice, the Secretary-General said the appointment had been the President’s prerogative. If an ambassador comes to the UN with a spirit of give and take, and of listening to others, then that ambassador will succeed, he added read more

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Absolute madness CRC pays Mater Hospital €660k to administer phantom pension fund

first_imgKiely, who resigned from the CRC last year and said today he has resigned from the board in recent weeks, added that he was told it was a “legal agreement that went back 30-odd years ago”.Ross said the arrangement would have meant that the CRC would have paid the Mater “millions” down through the years.Kiely tried to explain how the money would circulate as the Mater would receive money which “becomes part of their income for the year, so it lessens the amount the HSE have to give them” and would therefore increase the amount the HSE owed to the CRC.But he said “it was just daft” adding that he tried to get the clinic registered so as that it could administer the VHSS pension scheme itself, but he was unable to do so.He also alleged that in correspondence from the Mater he learned that the CRC is not the only organisation the hospital does this for.“I do know in correspondence with the Mater I was told that we aren’t the only organisation we were doing this for,” he claimed.The HSE’s head of human resources, Barry O’Brien, said he had no idea about the arrangement Kiely spoke of and said the Executive “does the work on the administering of the funds centrally”.He said that as the revelations have “only come to light in the last five minutes” he would need time to assess the issue and promised a report on the VHSS scheme for the committee by next week.Committee chairman John McGuinness described the revelations as an “absolute farce”.He said it is an issue that the committee will return to at the beginning of hearings next week, where someone from the Mater hospital will be asked to appear before TDs.- additional reporting from Michelle HennessyOriginally published 16:24Read: Mater Hospital ‘refutes’ suggestions of operating a CRC ‘phantom fund’ >Video: Former CRC chief got €200k lump-sum payment from charity fundMore: CRC ‘contractually bound’ to top up salaries Updated 20:14THE CENTRAL REMEDIAL Clinic (CRC) pays the Mater Hospital around €660,000 to administer a pension fund that does not exist, the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee has heard.Towards the end of an extraordinary nearly six hours of hearings on the recent scandal surrounding the CRC, its former chief executive Paul Kiely claimed that the Mater Hospital charges the clinic for administering a non-existent pension fund.He explained that the CRC pays the Mater a premium between 10 and 13 per cent of employees’ gross salaries every year for the public hospital to administer a Voluntary Hospitals Superannuated Scheme or VHSS pension scheme.Kiely also claimed that he has been told in correspondence that the CRC is not the only organisation that the Mater does this for.“They [the Mater] charge us that for administering the fund on behalf of the members,” he said, but added “there’s no fund that I know of” to the astonishment of members.Ross, who initially raised the issue of the CRC’s relationship with the Mater, said the public hospital was essentially “charging €660,000 for administering a phantom fund”.Kiely told the PAC that he raised the issue with the CRC board, saying “It was kicked out of the water. I was told it is what it is and that’s the way it’s to stay.”Ross (below) described the claims as “outrageous” and said it was “absolute madness”.‘Not the only organisation’The independent TD for Dublin South said: “So they get €660,000 for administering a fund that doesn’t exist?” to which Kiely responded “Yes”.“I tried to break it on numerous occasions and no one wanted to know. The Department of Health didn’t want to know,” Kiely claimed.last_img read more

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Twitter creates incredible maps using billions of geotagged tweets

first_imgEvery tweet that hits Twitter has the option of including location data with it. These coordinates, which are of varying accuracy given the device and circumstances under which they were sent, can be used to add flavor to a tweet, or give its readers important context about the information contained in those 140 characters. If you are an engineer at Twitter though, you can round up all that location data and create something awesome with it.Using the longitude and latitude information attached to billions of tweets the Visual Insights team at Twitter was able to create maps of where tweets were sent. And due to the sheer number of data points — again, billions of them — the result was a series of awesomely accurate maps of the population centers and thoroughfares of the tweeting world.As seen in the gallery above, enough geotagged tweets are sent that we can get a really good idea of where people tweet from in certain countries, including all of Europe and the United States, and then the in major cities of Brazil, South Korea, Australia, Japan, Turkey, and Russia.Where people tweet from seems to be roughly representative of where they live, work, and play (especially once you drop in a few million dots and zoom way out). That in turns gives us a good idea of tweet density and the popularity of Twitter usage. This means when looking at large map we see the Twitter centers, such as Paris, as well as the spiderweb of arteries (suburbs, highways, and railways) emerging from those places. The method of creation might seem roundabout, about the end result couldn’t be more simple.Interestingly, there are a large number of seemingly randomly placed data points in the middle of the world’s bodies of waters. These don’t form the patterns you’d expect, but the points do give us some idea of people’s travel from one land mass to the next. This can best be seen in the map of New York City; lower Manhattan has no bridges going to its south west side, but it does have tunnels and boats. By looking closely at the full-size image you can clearly see downtown’s tunnels, piers, and boat lanes.The full city list, as well as original images, is available on Flickr. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY NYCNYCTokyoIstanbulEuropeSao PauloSeattleSydneylast_img read more

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Press Talk Who got the most parking tickets

first_img When I was editor of The Columbian and Tim Leavitt was Vancouver’s mayor, we had coffee quite a bit. We’d talk about national politics, his rarely cooking dinner and all other things local. And on more than one occasion — for reasons I can’t recall — we’d also talk about parking.When the parking topic came up, the mayor would remind me he was not immune from (dramatic pause required here) the parking ticket.“I get a lot of them,” he told me.“I’d estimate 75 percent of those tickets were incurred while doing business on behalf of the citizens of Vancouver!”My skepticism of all things political allowed me only to meekly shake my head in agreement. But come on, I was thinking, was he just blowing smoke?So when I decided to write about parking in my Press Talk column Saturday, my mind kept drifting back to the mayor’s comment. So I asked the city to get me Leavitt’s parking ticket history. And mine as well.I really couldn’t find a spot to fit the answers into my column but I had the info and, hey, I found it marginally more interesting then a cat video. So here it is:Chad Eiken, the city’s director of community and economic development, produced the numbers for me. Let’s start with our former mayor:“A total of 63 infractions,” Eiken reported, adding that the records looked like three of those were warnings.“That makes a total of 60 citations with fines as far as I can tell.”I was a choirboy compared to that. Just six parking tickets. Lou Brancaccio is The Columbian’s editor emeritus. His column of personal opinion appears the first Saturday of every month. Reach him at lounews1@gmail.com.last_img read more

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Girona boss denies targeting institution Marcelo

first_imgEusebio Sacristan insists he didn’t deliberately target Marcelo in Girona’s shock 2-1 win at Real Madrid in La Liga.The Catalan side bounced back from six consecutive defeats by claiming a spectacular victory at the Santiago Bernabeu today.At one point, however, it appeared that Girona would be heading for another loss when Casemiro put Real in front after heading in Toni Kroos’ cross down the right wing in the first-half.But Girona took control of the game into the second-half after Eusebio made some key changes during the break, which saw Portu switch from the left wing to the right to directly face Marcelo.The Brazilian left-back was making only his 12th start in La Liga this season amid struggles to insert himself into manager Santiago Solari’s plans.And things didn’t improve for Marcelo today after Portu escaped his marker and headed in the decisive goal in the 75th-minute to hand Girona a 2-1 win after Cristhian Stuani had equalised 10 minutes earlier through a penalty.Speaking after Girona’s memorable triumph, Eusebio denied targeting a struggling Marcelo in the game.“I respect the rival players a lot and someone like Marcelo is an institution,” said Eusebio, according to FourFourTwo.“Portu plays on the right and generates a lot of problems, but this time he did on the left.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Pere Pons was forced [to come off], he was dizzy and it was a big risk to continue in the field after the blow he suffered.“We were subdued and with [Anthony] Lozano we gained more depth, we thought we could create more problems.”Girona have now climbed up to 15th-place in La Liga and, critically, six points above the drop zone.And Eusebio is convinced that his side’s strong showing in the second-half proved they were the deserving victors over the European champions.He added: “They could have made us more goals in the first half, but in the second half we had more control.“We made them less comfortable and the match was indicating that we were better. Their advantage was minimal and in the second half we were superior, we scored two goals and that’s why we deserved to win.“They dominated in the first half, but being 1-0 only made us believe and we tried to take the initiative away from them, we wanted to make them run with the ball, they are three very important points, and achieving the goal depends on us.“It’s a very happy day, we have won the prize for the work that is done every day. The prize did not arrive and it has arrived today.“Very happy because they are three important points, we must continue working with that spirit.”MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 17: Girona FC players celebrate victory following the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Girona FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 17, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)last_img read more

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Officer Who Used Stun Gun on Sitting Man Wont be Suspended

first_imgBy The Associated PressLANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania mayor says a police officer seen on video using a stun gun on a man as he was sitting on a curb will not be suspended or fired.Lancaster Mayor Diane Sorace has said Friday that the officer has not violated current use of force policies, but those policies are being updated.(Screengrab/Facebook)Sorace says the new policy allows stun gun use only when an officer is “faced with direct physical confrontation.” She says she was sorry for “the hurt, pain and turmoil this incident has caused for all involved.”Twenty-seven-year-old Sean Williams, who is Black, has filed suit against the officer and city police department alleging excessive force and racial profiling.His attorney, Brian Mildenberg, says it’s “outrageous” that the officer wasn’t suspended during the investigation.last_img read more

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Vigilantes strike again in Aceh rounding up a trans woman and man

first_imgIndonesia’s most conservative province, Aceh, has been the epicentre of vigilante justice against the LGBTI community. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Trans women have been targeted multiple times, simply for existing in the province.Aceh is the only province that has special rights to practice Sharia Law.The latest incident involved a trans woman working in a hair salon, identified as N. A man known as M visited her at the salon, but then the angry mob invaded the shop accusing them of engaging in sex work on Monday night (12 March).Locals in the capital, Banda Aceh, accused M of paying IDR100,000 (US$7.28) for N’s sexual services.Vigilantes handed them over to local police who said they would investigate the pair. They face charges of homosexuality because Aceh does not recognize transgenderism. The could also face charges as an unmarried couple spending time alone together in a private space.The head of the Islamic Sharia Enforcement Department said police turned the pair over to them.‘They were handed to the police at first and then they were taken to us,’ Evendi A. Latif told Detik.‘If by qanun (religious law) they are proven guilty then they will be punished, in accordance to Article 26 Verse 1 regarding khalwat (an unwed couple spending time alone together), with 100 lashes.’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img One of the gay men being caned in Aceh. Photo: (Rakyat Aceh/Jawapos.com) Arrested LGBTI people face public caning next month in IndonesiaAceh has just banned trans women working in hair salonsThe 12 trans women ‘tortured’ in Aceh speak out about their ordeal for the first timeRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/vigilantes-strike-again-in-aceh-rounding-up-a-trans-woman-and-man/ About AcehAceh is the only province in the mainly Muslim Indonesia that has special permission to rule with Sharia Law.Only in Aceh are things like alcohol, homosexuality and premarital sex illegal.Aceh has been a leader in the crackdown on the LGBTI community happening in Indonesia.Last year it became the first place in Indonesia to enforce a conviction and caning homosexuality after vigilantes raided the home of two men.In December last year, vigilantes followed a group of trans women after they left a birthday party and police detained them overnight.Earlier this year the shocking case of 12 trans women who were rounded up from five different hair salons on a Saturday night. Police paraded them in a public area, forcibly shaved their heads and forced to ‘act like men’.Police then detained them and forced them to undergo training to live ‘like men again’.In Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta the government has made it policy to round up trans women for being ‘social misfits’. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

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Missing Caribbean passengers are found

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Four benefits of having a wireless security system Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique (AP) – It turns out that a motorboat reported missing in the eastern Caribbean wasn’t missing after all, officials said Monday.All six passengers of a boat traveling from the island of Dominica are safe and accounted for. They turned up Monday at a police station in the French island of Martinique to say they were fine.A police statement says the four men and two women left Dominica a day later then they originally planned because of the rough weather. They were originally due back Sunday and a coast guard search was launched when they didn’t turn up. Parents, stop beating yourself upcenter_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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