Manipur PSC to recruit at 52 various posts

first_imgManipur Public Service Commission has notified for recruitment at various posts. The candidates eligible for the post may apply through prescribed format before August 25, 2014.Vacancies: 52Manipur Education Service Grade- III: 41 Inspector of Taxes: 8 Deputy Director (TRI): 1 Under Secretary (Law): 1 Assistant Draftsman (Law): 1Pay ScaleRs.9300-34800/- + GP Rs.4300/- for Manipur Education Service Grade- III.Rs.9300-34800/- + GP Rs.4200/- for Inspector of Taxes.Rs.9300-34800/- + GP Rs.5400/- for Deputy Director (TRI), Under Secretary (Law) and Assistant Draftsman (Law).Eligibility CriteriaEducational QualificationManipur Education Service Grade- III: Candidates should have a Master’s degree with B.Ed.Inspector of Taxes: Candidates should be at least a graduate with minimum 55 per cent marks & have done a certificate course in basic Computer Application.Deputy Director (TRI): Candidates should have a master degree in Sociology/History/Political Science/Anthropology/Geography.Under Secretary (Law): Candidates should have a bachelor or master degree in Law or equivalent.Assistant Draftsman (Law): candidates should have a degree in Law or equivalent and adequate proficiency in English and Manipuri.Age LimitCandidates should belong to the age group of 21 years to 38 years as on July 01, 2014 for Manipur Education Service Grade- III.Age limit of the candidates should not exceed 38 years as on July 01, 2014 for remaining posts.Selection ProcessEligible candidates will have to go through a  written examination and the short listed candidates will be called for an Interview. before final selection.How to ApplyApplication Form, duly complete in all respect along with attested copies of all required Certificates / Documents and mentioned as “Application for the Post of ________” on the envelope in which the form would be sent should be submitted to the Manipur Public Service Commission, North AOC/ D.M. Road, Imphal-795001 Manipur/ India  Candidates should mention “Application for the Post of ________” on the envelope in which the form would be sent.Application feeGeneral/OBC category applicants have to pay Rs.200/- and SC/ST category candidates have to pay Rs.50/- as application fees in cash payable to Secretary, Manipur Public Service Commission, Imphal.Physically Handicapped candidates are exempted from examination fee.Important DatesOpening Date of Application Forms: July 25, 2014Closing Date of Application Forms: August 25, 2014advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgHaving never lost an election in his public life, Pawar Having never lost an election in his public life, Pawar came back stronger and demolished Mahendras challenge with a 20-10 verdict. It was 2005 and when Dalmiyas slide started. There were court cases galore, he was summoned on charges of financial irregularities concerning 1996 World Cup and in 2006, he was ousted at an Extraordinary GB meeting in Jaipur. Subsequently, he had relinquish his CAB presidency to then Kolkata Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee. Interestingly, Dalmiya had defeated Mukherjee 61-56 at state cricket bodys election where the then Chief mInister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee had openly declared Mukherjee as his candidate. In fact once a sittting Police Commissioner with all his power and might lost against Dalmiya, it made CM Bhattacharjee make the now famous statement:”It was a victory of evil against good”. So even when Mukherjee took over from Dalmiya in early 2007, he had to relinquish the post very next year after the courts cleared him of any wrongdoing. He convingly defeated Mukherjee to get his presidency back and remained at the helm till he breathed his last. However people close to him in CAB believe that those three years where he faced ignominy of financial irregularities, was ousted from the board and fought legal cases all over the country took its toll on its health and he was never the same man post 2008. By 2011, the sharpness that world associated with Dalmiya was not there but even though someone who would be found difficult to ignore as his elevation to the post president completed a circle for the veteran Kolkatan. From Srinivasan to Modi, Pawar to Manohar, whether they liked or disliked Dalmiya, one thing they knew was his ability to bring votes to the table. Even during his final days as administrator, he enjoyed a lot of support from the eastern zone units. However his third term as the president that started from March 2 this year was mostly marred by his ill-health and talks of not being able to conduct meetings properly. Most of the meetings were held in Kolkata but it was basically secretary Anurag Thakur, who was calling the shots. Jagmohan Dalmiya might have passed away but he had certainly left an ever-lasting legacy in Indian and world cricket administration. PTI TAP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Roger Federer vs Sumit Nagal LIVE Streaming: How to Watch US Open 2019 Match Live Telecast, Online

first_img nagalRoger Federerroger federer vs sumit nagalSumit Nagal First Published: August 27, 2019, 7:36 AM IST New York: After earning a dream Grand Slam debut for himself, Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal has made a nerveless start against the legendary Roger Federer in the first round of US Open 2019, taking the first set 6-4 after the Swiss great made numerous unforced errors while Nagal was resolute in defence. The two athletes are facing-off against each other at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer is the favourite against Nagal, who is making Grand Slam debut. Nagal has received the backing of countryman and India cricket team captain Virat Kohli. In a post on social media Kohli said that he will cheering for Sumit Nagal as he battled Federer in a highly-anticipated 1st-round match. “Congratulations to @nagalsumit for qualifying for the #USOpen. A humongous task facing the great @rogerfederer, but we will be cheering for you. Best Wishes and good luck,” Kohli wrote on Twitter.How to Watch The US Open match between Roger Federer vs Sumit Nagal is being broadcast on Start Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 2 and Star Sports Select 1 HD and Star Sports Select 1. The live streaming of the US Open match between Roger Federer vs Sumit Nagal will be available on Hotstar.Nagal Qualifying JourneyWhen Nagal stepped on the court to take on Brazil’s Joao Menezes in the final qualifying round on Friday, he would not have thought a win would pit him against a global superstar, who has 20 Grand Slam titles to his name.Nagal lost the first set but regrouped for a 5-7 6-4 6-3 win over the Brazilian in two hours and 27 minutes. The 22-year-old Indian has become only the fifth Indian player to feature in a Grand Slam singles main draw in this decade.Somdev Devvarman, Yuki Bhambri, Saketh Myneni and Prajnesh Gunneswaran are the only ones who have played at Tennis Majors. Nagal had also become only the sixth Indian player to win a junior Grand Slam title in 2015 when he won Wimbledon boys doubles with Nam Hoang Ly of Vietnam.With Prajnesh also playing in this US Open, India now will have two players in the Grand Slam main draw for the first time since 1998 when legends Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi competed at the Wimbledon.Prajnesh is set to clash with Cincinnati Masters winner and world number five Daniil Medvedev, who conquered Novak Djokovic during his title triumph.Nagal came into the US Open qualifiers confident, backed by terrific results during the clay-court season. Consistent results on the Challenger Circuit meant that he broke into the top-200 for the first time in his career and has now earned himself a chance to play a match which every tennis player dreams of.He had started the year outside the 350 bracket and had to overcome a difficult period, encountering injuries but came back strong.India’s Davis Cup captain Bhupathi, who was the first to spot Nagal’s talent and took him under his wings to provide support, said it’s a career-defining moment for the 22-year-old from Jhajjar in Haryana.”Nagal has been unlucky with injuries and has worked very hard to get back to this level. Playing Roger at the US Open at night is every qualifier’s dream and nightmare and I think this experience will both be a confidence booster and a career-defining moment for him,” Bhupathi told PTI, reacting to Nagal’s impending Grand Slam debut.So what Nagal needs to do to not get overwhelmed when he finds Federer across the court?”He needs to enjoy the moment and go for his shots,” suggested Bhupathi. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

AC Milan Likely to Sack Coach Marco Giampaolo After Horrid Start to Serie A Season

first_imgMilan: AC Milan are set to sack coach Marco Giampaolo after a dreadful start to the season, according to multiple reports in Italy on Tuesday.The former European giants are 13th in Serie A — three points above the relegation zone. Giampaolo, 52, replaced Gennaro Gattuso during the summer, but the former Sampdoria boss has suffered four defeats in his first seven games, including a 2-0 loss to city rivals Inter.Milan went on to lose their next two matches against Torino and Fiorentina before last weekend’s 2-1 victory at Genoa.Former Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti is the 18-time Italian champions’ first choice to replace Giampaolo, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia.However, the 60-year-old has not been able to agree severance terms with Inter, who he guided back to the Champions League the past two seasons, and remains under contract until 2021, despite being replaced by Antonio Conte.Former Inter and Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli is now reported to be the favourite to take over the former seven-time European champions, who won their last title in Serie A in 2011.Pioli previously coached Inter during the 2016-17 campaign and has reportedly been in the running to take over at struggling Genoa.Former Roma and Marseille manager Rudi Garcia has also been touted among the possible candidates.AC Milan finished fifth last season but lost their Europa League berth after accepting a European ban for breaching financial fair play rules. AC MilanfootballMarco Giampaoloserie A First Published: October 8, 2019, 4:59 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Ramachandra Guha compares Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble fallout to Vinoo Mankad-CK Nayudu tussle of 1952

first_imgThe Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble fallout created quite a stir in the world of cricket in June.It was all a rumour and speculation till Anil Kumble stepped down as the coach of the Indian cricket team after ICC Champions Trophy final on June 18, 2017.India subsequently travelled to West Indies for a bilateral series without a coach after which Ravi Shastri was appointed as the head coach.According to reports, Virat Kohli talked to BCCI officials regarding the entire trouble with Kumble after which the coach stepped down.Former CoA member Ramachandra Guha is of the opinion that the fallout between former coach Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli was similar to what happened between erstwhile captain Vinoo Mankad and chief selector CK Nayudu in 1952.”I resigned from the Committee of Administrators six months ago and this is for the first time that I am commenting in public on cricket. (There is a) story about massive dispute between Col CK Nayudu and Vinoo Mankad,” Guha spoke during a function at the Bombay Gymkhana.”So essentially Nayudu was the chairman of selectors and Mankad was India’s great cricketer. India was touring England in 1952 and Mankad had been offered a contract with Lancashire League,” the eminent historian recollected.”So when Mankad told the BCCI that if you assure me that I will be on the England tour of 1952 I will not take this contract. (To which) Nayudu said we will not give you an assurance. India lost the first Test (and) Mankad played in Lord’s.”advertisementAlthough India lost the Lord’s Test, he scored 72 and 184 along with figures of 5/196 in the England first innings.”My one point on cricket today it struck me is that the relationship between Nayudu and Mankad in 1951-52 was akin between Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli.”On a cheeky note, Mankad said that in 50’s it were the administrators who had upper hand, while nowadays it’s the players, who rule roost.”With this difference, in 1952, the administrators, selectors and managers had an upper hand compared to the players. Abhi ulta hai (now it is opposite).”(Courtesy: PTI)last_img read more

There’s no utility of tour games if you are not provided quality opposition: Kohli

first_imgLondon, Sep 8 (PTI) India captain Virat Kohli has questioned the “utility” of pre-series tour games if the touring side is not provided with ideal conditions and opposition before a Test series starts. India have lost back-to-back Test series in South Africa and England with many former greats, including legendary Sunil Gavaskar questioning as to why the team did not play adequate number of warm-up games. During an interview with Michael Holding for ‘Sony Liv’, Kohli gave his point of view on the raging debate about team’s mode of preparation. “Lot of people talk about tour games but where are those tour games happening and against what quality of bowling are very important questions to be asked,” Kohli said. “Because if you don’t get the preparation you need before a Test series, then it is actually not utilised well. Time is not utilised well if you don’t get the quality of opposition that you will face in Test cricket,” he added. Asked where exactly India went wrong in the ongoing series against England, Kohli pointed out two crucial phases — the second innings chase at the Edgbaston (1st Test) and the first innings at Southampton (fourth Test). “Sitting right now, two things — the second innings at Birmingham and first innings at Southampton. Sitting here, I am not thinking of anything else. The key was to make the team win and twice I could have contributed more. “I know Trent Bridge was great but I remember second innings at Birmingham and first innings at Southampton and I am thinking about that. I am thinking so that if I am in the same position once again, I won’t let the team down,” the Indian captain said.advertisement The skipper said that as a leader, he is the first one to own up mistakes. “I am always focussed on where my mistakes are and how I can improve upon them. I am willing to accept mistakes even in the best of times so that I can keep on improving. “It’s important for the team that my mindset stays good so that I can lead from the front and if I am only thinking about my performances, then I am not doing justice to the responsibility that I am given.” But Kohli did admit that it “hurt” losing matches from position of dominance. “It was a competitive series and we have already understood and admitted the things that we haven’t done well. That’s something we are keen to improve on as to get into competitive positions, you understand that you have the ability. But ability only takes you to a certain extent and then your mental toughness comes into play when you have to win Test series in difficult conditions and difficult countries, something that we aspire to do,” he said. “When you don’t do that being in winning positions, obviously hurts more than anything. Probably, that’s frustrating, we have shown skill sets to get into winning positions and not capitalise on them. Try and get better as a team. Provided we are mentally tougher than opposition in difficult situations.” Having scored nearly 550 runs in four Tests, Kohli has stamped his authority as the best batsman of this generation. Questioned on how he handles the on and off-field pressures, Kohli, who is couple months shy of his 30th birthday said that he doesn’t care about perceptions. “I am more focussed on having a very solid life, being happy with life and doing the right things on a daily basis and then everything else seems to be an enjoyable journey as a part of the larger process,” he said. “For me, the larger picture is always going to be life. If I am solid and doing the right things, then I am much more confident on the field. I don’t play for perceptions, for people or for reputation, I only play to make the team win and that’s why I started playing the sport.” Kohli might have broken a plethora of records but numbers are inconsequential for him. “I didn’t start playing to have numbers and they are inconsequential. People remember your attitude and what you brought onto field,” he said. He then cited the example of Sir Vivian Richards. “When you talk about the great West Indies side (of 70’s and 80s), no one talks about Sir Viv’s average, they talk about his attitude and what the charisma he brought on to the field, how he inspired people. So I see this greater responsibility in the position that I am put by that power (Almighty) to inspire people. For that I need to do the right things,” Kohli said.advertisement While the batsmen might have let him down, Kohli showered accolades on his bowlers for their lion-hearted performances throughout the series. “It’s nothing but hardwork as these guys want to be the best bowlers in the world and I am proud to see that as captain. When you see these guys running and bowling in partnerships, its a beautiful feeling that you are not trying to outdo anyone else but you are trying to take 10 wickets for the team. That’s what these guys have shown,” he said. “They have bowled with heart on all five days of Test cricket. At 6:15 pm in the evening, (Mohammed) Shami is bowling 90 miles per hour, Ishant (Sharma) running all day, they have worked on their fitness and strength. They have been honest with their preparations,” he concluded. PTI KHS SSCSSClast_img read more

Man Utd team news & likely line-up vs Burnley

first_imgManchester United Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:25 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Anthony Martial Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Burnley v Manchester United Burnley Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Turf Moor on Saturday Manchester United might have gained three points on leaders Manchester City last week but they remain 12 points off the pace in the Premier League as they head to Burnley on Saturday.Jose Mourinho’s side have started 2018 well, with three wins out of three and a trio of clean sheets to boot, but with their title aspirations seemingly turned to dust it has been their transfer pursuit of Alexis Sanchez which has caught the greatest attention so far this year.They return to the field at Turf Moor looking to back up their good form against a Burnley team who are going through their worst run of the season. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player MAN UTD INJURIES Michael Carrick may well be back in consideration for this weekend’s fixture having returned to full training during the Red Devils’ week of warm-weather training in Dubai, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains unavialble due to the continuing effects of his ACL damage.Marouane Fellaini could make a first start in two months after making two substitute appearances, but Eric Bailly is out due to ankle surgery.MAN UTD SUSPENSIONS Ashley Young returns for United having served a three-man ban for his misdemeanour against Southampton over the holiday period, elbowing Dusan Tadic in an off-the-ball incident.MAN UTD POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPMourinho is unlikely to make too many changes to the side which beat Stoke City 3-0 at Old Trafford on Monday, although there should be a recall for first-choice left-back Ashley Young in place of Luke Shaw.Marcos Rojo could also be recalled, with Chris Smalling or Phil Jones stepping aside but otherwise the Portuguese boss will not alter too much. Jesse Lingard should continue in the number 10 role while Juan Mata has done nothing to suggest he deserves to be left out.Mourinho may try to make space for Marouane Fellaini to slot in but it won’t be at the expense of Nemanja Matic or Paul Pogba if the Belgian does start.Man Utd possible XIBURNLEY TEAM NEWS Sean Dyche’s Burnley have been one of the surprise outfits of the Premier League season so far, but despite clinging on still to seventh place they are currently experiencing a slump in form.The Clarets have failed to win any of their last seven games in league and cup competition since Ashley Barnes struck a late winner against Stoke City on December 12, with United’s late comeback for a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Boxing Day being the closest Burnley have come to collecting three points since then.Their solidity has been upset of late due to a string of injuries, with Tom Heaton, Matt Lowton, Stephen Ward, Robbie Brady, Chris Wood and Scott Arfield all spending time out with various ailments. But that only serves to underline the incredible endurance of midfield pair Steven Defour and Jack Cork, who have started every single Premier League together at the heart of the Clarets’ midfield. Cork, in fact, has played every single minute in an impressive campaign.Burnley’s games haven’t typically been free-flowing this term, with only 39 goals scored in their 23 matches so far (19 for, 20 against).Steven Defour BurnleyTV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match at Turf Moor kicks off at 15:00GMT on Saturday, with no live coverage available in the UK due to blackout restrictions.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Burnley have won one of their last 24 matches against Manchester United in all competitions (D10 L13), a 1-0 win in the Premier League in August 2009. Robbie Blake’s strike in that 1-0 win is the only goal the Red Devils have conceded in their last nine visits to Turf Moor in all competitions, keeping eight clean sheets. Burnley haven’t lost three consecutive home Premier League games since April 2010, when they lost four in a row under Brian Laws. 22 years ago today (20th Jan), Manchester United were 12 points behind league leaders Newcastle after both sides had played 23 games, before going on to win the league in May. They currently sit 12 points behind leaders Manchester City after 23 Premier League games. The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last five away Premier League games (W4 D1), scoring at least twice every time. It’s their longest run of scoring at least twice in consecutive Premier League away games since a run of six between October and December 2013. This will be Sean Dyche’s 100th Premier League game in charge – the last three managers whose 100th game in the competition came against Manchester United have all won (Mick McCarthy with Wolves in Feb 2011, Roy Hodgson with Fulham in March 2009 and Steve McClaren with Middlesbrough in Feb 2004). Paul Pogba has provided nine assists in just 13 Premier League games this season; no player has recorded more than the Frenchman, with four of these assists coming in his last two appearances. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Into the wild

first_imgWhat can I do to save a species like the tiger? Collect as much money as you can and give it to genuine groups who don’t waste it on advertising and giving t-shirts with slogans but those who keep jeeps, guns, pay for lawyers and work with the police in and around reserves to save not just tigers but also their prey – deer, monkeys etc. Plant as many trees as you can. One tree that saves a species locally goes a long way towards saving key species elsewhere on the planet. Don’t eat meat. Most tigers are killed by goatherds and buffalo owners who want the forest for their animal grazing. Less cattle and goats feeding in the forests so that their owners can sell them for your meat, means more tigers immediately. Fight with your e-mail, voice and whatever you have against any attempt by the government to divert forests for any reason. Do not go to resorts that are anywhere near tiger territory. These are usually illegal and many of them take tourists into the forests illegally. Also Read – Feel what you fear Why are so many whales getting washed on beaches? Can I help the situation? The frequency of whale beaching seems to have increased over the last few decades. Experts believe that man-made factors are the main reasons driving this phenomenon. There are many factors involved, the most common reasons are enlisted below: Pollution: Experts believe that chemical pollution causes whales to be born with deformities. It also affects live whales and can kill them. These dead whales are then brought in ashore by the tides. This pollution is mainly caused by humans releasing dangerous and toxic chemicals into water bodies. Also Read – HomecomingConfusion: Whales ascertain their location and navigate through a method known as echolocation, where they use sounds as a navigation tool. Many scientists believe that man-made sonar can interfere with a whale’s navigation system and leave them disoriented, causing them to go into shallow waters – eventually, these whales wash up on land. Global Warming: The heat from the earth’s surface can cause icebergs to melt which, in turn, causes a shift in the tides of water bodies which could lead schools of fish towards shallow waters. These groups of fishes serve as a food source for whales. Disoriented pack leader: Whales are highly social animals that travel in large pods. In some cases, if the pack leader is sick/confused, it could lead the entire group of whales to wash up ashore. As an individual, we can take small steps which would go long way into preventing whales beaching. The first thing you can do is stop using plastics, cosmetics with microbeads , bottled water, balloons that pollute the oceans. These plastics break down into micro plastics that infiltrate the food chain of all sea life, harming the health and well-being of whales. As humans, our contribution could also be in the form of controlling pollution and global warming. To not only provide a healthy environment for ourselves but also for other creatures who exists alongside. Start by planting hundreds of trees in your area. (Views expressed and information provided are personal. Send your questions to read more

Jaitleys politics with a personal touch earned him friends across political spectrum

first_imgNew Delhi: It was January 5, 2018, the last day of a raucous winter session of Parliament which witnessed a slugfest between the BJP and the Congress-led opposition on the triple talaq bill, when a cake was ushered into Arun Jaitley’s chamber that evening. It was Congress deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma’s birthday. It reflected how Jaitley pursued his politics with a personal touch. He would vociferously oppose the stands of rival parties, but would never forsake individual niceties, which helped him build bridges and make friends across the political spectrum. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh puts it succinctly: “Arun Jaitley was every non-BJP person’s favourite BJP-ite.” Jaitley, 66, died on Saturday at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), where he had been undergoing treatment for a few weeks. Jaitley, who many believed had more friends outside his party than within the BJP, was known to be an affable person. His rapport with opposition leaders was such that during the debate on demonetisation in 2016 in Rajya Sabha, then Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said he did not take even then Finance Minister Jaitley into confidence. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”If Arunji had known, he would have whispered about it in my ears. He knows me, Agarwal had said in the House. The son-in-law of a senior Congress leader from Jammu and Kashmir, Jaitley was among the sharpest legal and political brains with a great sense of humour and repartee. “I once referr ed to him as edi +Pras(anna)+Chandra+Venkat for his extraordinary spinning abilities and he enjoyed it hugely. The GST Council may be amongst his most enduring contributions,” Ramesh said. Shashi Tharoor, while condoling the demise of Jaitley, said he was his friend and Delhi University senior. “We first met when he was at DUSU and I was President of St Stephen’s College Union. Despite political differences we enjoyed a healthy mutual respect and debated his budget often in Lok Sabha,” Tharoor said. Another friend of Jaitley, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said Jaitley was an old friend and a dear colleague who will be remembered for his seminal contributions to the polity and as finance minister of India. “As Leader of the Opposition he was without match. He always stood steadfastly for his friends and for his party,” Sibal said of Jaitley. Sibal also posted a photograph with Jaitley from a cricket match the two played in together.last_img read more

Sandbagging efforts in high gear in Quebec New Brunswick flood zones

first_imgThe Canadian Press MONTREAL — More than 600 Canadian soldiers have fanned out across Quebec, filling and stacking sandbags as officials warn that flood waters are likely to keep rising this week due to warming temperatures that contribute to snowmelt and ice movement.Urgence Quebec said yesterday that five major floods were threatening thousands of Quebecers, that 1,280 residences across the province had been flooded and that more than 1,500 people had left their homes.As he toured a flood zone in the Laval area Sunday Premier Francois Legault noted that many home owners were still repairing damage caused by record flooding in 2017. He also suggested that Quebecers whose homes are repeatedly flooded may eventually be forced to move.Meanwhile, about 120 Canadian soldiers have been deployed across western New Brunswick where 15 communities remain on flood alert.Rising water has forced the closure of at least 35 roads in the province and Premier Blaine Higgs has urged residents to do what they can to protect their families and property.Officials said flooding is expected this week in an area between Fredericton and Saint John as the Saint John River breaches its banks.Residents have been warned to stay away from the river because the water is very cold, the current is strong and there is plenty of debris scattered among the ice chunks.last_img read more

New course to train physicians to reduce patient opioid use

first_imgALBERTA (660 NEWS) — A new online course developed by the University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta for physicians aims to reduce patients’ reliance on opioids.Titled Wise Prescribing and Deprescribing: Opioid Skills for the Frontline Clinician, the course will train family doctors and specialists how to safely prescribe and wean patients taking opioids. As the body adjusts to the initial dosage of opioids, additional medication is required to manage the pain.According to Jason Luan, Alberta’s associate minister of Mental Health and Addiction, creating new tools for health care professionals is crucial to preventing patients from developing substance use issues in the future.“Safe prescribing and tapering patients taking opioid medications is one of the key ways we can work to prevent future substance use issues,” he stated in a press release. “Our government is proud to support the development of new resources and tools to make sure health care professionals have the most up to date information on appropriate prescribing practices.”Short podcasts, interview clips with physicians, as well as patient testimonials are among the materials included in the course. It also requires attendance at two in-person workshops to bring physicians together to learn from each other.last_img read more

Greeks see little cause for joy as 8year bailout era ends

first_imgATHENS, Greece – There’ll be no dancing in the moonlit streets of Athens.For all the official pronouncements that Greece’s eight-year crisis will be over as its third and last bailout program ends Monday, few Greeks see cause for celebration.Undeniably, the economy is once again growing modestly, state finances are improving, exports are up and unemployment is down from a ghastly 28 per cent high.But one in five Greeks are still unemployed, with few receiving state benefits, and underpaid drudgery is the norm in new jobs. The average income has dropped by more than a third, and taxes have rocketed. Clinical depression is rife, suicides are up, and hundreds of thousands of skilled workers have flitted abroad.After the end of the bailout Monday, Greece will get no new loans and will not be asked for new reforms. But the government has agreed to a timetable of savings so strict as to plague a future generation and a half: For every year over the next four decades, governments must make more than they spend while ensuring that the economy — that shrank by a quarter since 2009 — also expands at a smart rate.“Personally, I can see no hope for me in the coming years,” says Paraskevi Kolliabi, 62, who lives on a widow’s pension and helps out in her son’s central Athens silver workshop. “Everything looks black to me.”Pensioners face pre-agreed new income cuts next year, while a further expansion of the tax base is due in 2020. But tax collection remains scrappy in a country where compliance was never strong, and the taxman’s increasingly extravagant demands, coupled with often slapdash policing, only strengthened the sense of injustice.“My pension has been cut about thirty per cent since the start of the crisis,” Kolliabi said. “I have never in my life gone through such (financial) hardship as during the past two years. There were entire days when not a single customer would enter” the shop in the Monastiraki district.Greece’s once cheerfully spendthrift middle class, whose rapid growth before the state finances imploded drove a consumption-fuelled economy, has been squeezed hard by intense taxation, mortgages from the bygone days of easy credit, and job losses.“What I see is that the rich are becoming richer and the poor poorer,” Kolliabi said. “We used to cater to the middle class, and the middle class is dead, they can’t make ends meet.”Following one of the latest rounds of cutbacks, her son, Panagiotis, now sees more than 60 per cent of his income gobbled up by taxes, pension and social security contributions. That kills any ambition for growing the business.“The prospects for after Aug. 20 are not good,” he said. “There’s no way I will be able to make an investment … to expand my business.”In the northern city of Thessaloniki, Christos Marmarinos, 55, had to close his clothes manufacturing unit after 25 years in business due to lack of customers. Instead, he plunged what funds he had into something altogether different, a cafeteria and grocery store.“We found this way out, and employ ten people,” he said. But Greece needs more than cafeterias if the economy is to pick up again and modernize, he says. “We need real investments in manufacturing.”Part of the sufferings of Greece’s private sector are due to disastrous government attempts in the panicky first months of the crisis to shield from cutbacks the bloated public sector, which has traditionally been the political fiefdom and key source of votes for any ruling party.But while considerably smaller and poorer than before the crisis, the public sector remains largely ineffective and disgruntled, providing ever shoddier services.The one area of the economy that’s undoubtedly flourishing is tourism, contributing some 20 per cent of GDP, with officials projecting a record-high 32 million arrivals this year. Greeks, however, are finding it increasingly expensive to go on holiday in their own country, while a boom in short-term rentals in residential districts of Athens has driven rents beyond the reach of many locals.Even the governing coalition, which swept to power in 2015 promising to instantly end austerity and cancel Greece’s debt — only to reverse course and sign a new tough bailout program — is low-key about the end of the bailout era.“We’re not planning any parties,” said Costas Zahariadis, an official in the dominant leftwing Syriza party. “We don’t believe we should start celebrating as if a large section of Greek society didn’t have serious financial problems. But of course we won’t be shedding tears over Greece leaving the bailout era.”Financial analyst Manos Chatzidakis, who is head of research at Beta Securities, says much has been done over the past eight years, although the tax and judiciary systems need further work. He said that if future governments stick to agreed reforms and fiscal policy then gradually returning confidence will allow Greece to sell its bonds at affordable rates — even if investors initially demand high returns — and attract investment.The ability to tap bond markets is vital, because after the bailout program, Greece will have to finance itself, albeit initially assisted by a substantial cash buffer.“I think it’s all a question of commitment to the bailout program, to the privatizations, to everything that has been agreed” with Greece’s creditors, he said. “I’m definitely more optimistic than in the past. Things had reached a point (in 2015) where they couldn’t get worse.”Hatzidakis stressed that many of the bailout reforms were “unprecedented” for Greece, which took a long time to understand and implement them.“So we should not be strict and expect everything to happen fast,” he said. “It took time to reach this point and a lot of effort, which I think is starting to bear fruit.”___Srdjan Nedeljkovic in Athens and Costas Kantouris in Thessaloniki contributed to this report.last_img read more

UNP urges Ravi to stop functioning as Assistant Leader

However he says the Commission of Inquiry has decided that the Attorney General and the Bribery Commission should determine whether action should be taken against Ravi Karunanayake, MP, under the Bribery Act or other appropriate legislation in respect of their findings that he had derived a substantial benefit from the lease payments made by Walt and Row Associates (Pvt) Ltd., which is an associate company of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd., which is owned and controlled by the same persons who owned and controlled Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. The United National Party (UNP) has called on former Minister Ravi Karunanayake to stop functioning as the Assistant Leader of the party.UNP General Secretary Kabir Hasheem said in a statement today that in the report of the Commission of Inquiry on the issuance of Treasury Bonds, there are no findings against any member of the United National Party including Ravi Karunanayake in regard to the issuance of Treasury Bonds. The Commission has also stated that the Attorney General or other appropriate authorities could also consider whether the evidence given by Ravi Karunanayake is shown to have been incorrect and in that case whether there are grounds for prosecution under Section 179 and or under Section 188 of the Penal Code or other relevant provisions of the law, read with Section 9 the Commission of Inquiry Act No. 17 of 1948. In view of this, the Committee appointed by the United National Party has recommended that until a finality is reached by the Attorney General and/or the Bribery Commission that no legal action is to be filed against Ravi Karunanayake or if such action is instituted, until the conclusion of such action, steps should be taken to ensure that Ravi Karunanayake should not exercise any duties as an Assistant Leader of the United National Party, Kabir Hasheem said.Hasheem said the report will be presented to the Working Committee to be held in mid February. (Colombo Gazette) read more

No liquor privatization Manitoba Opposition leader promises

No liquor privatization, Manitoba Opposition leader promises by Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 10, 2015 1:30 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 10, 2015 at 3:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WINNIPEG – Manitoba Opposition Leader Brian Pallister said he would not privatize liquor sales if he wins the provincial election April 19.The Progressive Conservative leader, whose party is well ahead in recent opinion polls, said he can rule out any further private involvement in liquor distribution because he has far more important priorities.“We just laid out 20 clear, well-annunciated ideas in our alternative throne speech that are the real priorities that Manitobans want us to address — in education and health care, in improved economic growth,” Pallister said Thursday in an interview, referring to a campaign-style platform he released last month.“If you go down that (liquor privatization) road, you haven’t got time to address these other issues.“Have you ever met anybody who had more than 10 priorities that could actually get anything done? It’s the same thing in government.”The Manitoba Liberal Party promised last summer that, if elected, it will find ways to lower booze prices and that could include privatization. The Liberals have been consulting stakeholders and are to announce the results Friday.“People have been very co-operative. They’ve passed on great information that we’ve taken into consideration,” leader Rana Bokhari said earlier this week.Pallister accused the Liberals of going for headlines instead of good public policy.“I get the strategy, politically, of throwing ideas around on things that people care about day-to-day. You know, cheaper beer tonight, happy guy. But that’s not who I’m going to elect to be the premier of the province of Manitoba.”The NDP government has loosened liquor laws in recent years, but retail stores are still predominantly government-owned and staffed. There are some private retailers, such as hotel beer vendors, a small number of boutique wine stores and liquor stores in some small rural communities.The NDP has accused Pallister of harbouring secret plans to privatize a wide range of government services — an attack which Pallister says is completely false.The Saskatchewan government recently announced plans to sell 40 of its 75 government liquor stores to private operators. It is also allowing 12 new private stores to open in various communities. read more

Rovi buying TiVo in 11B cashandstock deal

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2016 5:20 am MDT Last Updated Apr 29, 2016 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rovi buying TiVo in $1.1B cash-and-stock deal NEW YORK, N.Y. – Digital TV listing company Rovi is buying TiVo in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.1 billion.Rovi Corp. said Friday that it will pay $10.70 in cash and stock for each TiVo Inc. share. Rovi will pay $2.75 per share in cash, or about $277 million. The rest, $7.95 per share, will be paid in stock.Once the deal closes, the combined business will use the TiVo name. TiVo is a digital video recording company.Rovi CEO Tom Carson will serve as CEO of the new company. The executive said in a written statement on Friday that the buyout will help to extend services across platforms and expand its customer base. The transaction will add more than 10 million TiVo-served households to Rovi’s current customer base of about 18 million households using its guides globally.The companies anticipate at least $100 million in annual cost savings. The transaction is expected to add to Rovi’s adjusted earnings per share within the first year after closing.Both companies’ boards have approved the deal, which is targeted to close in the third quarter. It still needs approval from both companies’ shareholders.Shares of TiVo, based in San Jose, California, added 17 cents to $9.59 in premarket trading. Shares of Rovi, based in Santa Clara, California, surged $1.15, or 6.6 per cent, to $18.50. read more

Opinion Urban Meyer unseated Nick Saban as best college coach with 3rd

Above: Urban Meyer lifts the College Football Playoff Trophy after defeating Oregon in the national championship game Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. OSU won, 42-20. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor Below: Alabama coach Nick Saban addresses the media after the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl against Ohio State in Louisiana. OSU won, 42-35. Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorIn the wake of winning his third national championship, Urban Meyer has sent a statement to the world of college football: Not only is Ohio State the best team in the nation, but he is the best coach.For years, Nick Saban has owned this de facto title from his stronghold in Alabama. However, with Meyer’s triumphant return to college football glory — with a team on its third-string quarterback, no less — the flow of power is beginning to shift.Now what makes Meyer a better coach than Saban, excluding his head-to-head victory on New Year’s Day? I believe the best college football coach in the nation would have to excel in three distinct categories: success at multiple schools, winning at a consistent and high level, and recruiting and working around injuries.The first category is what separates these two historic coaches from the rest of the pack. Meyer and Saban are the only coaches in college football history to win the national championship at two different schools: Florida and OSU for Meyer, and LSU and Alabama for Saban. However, their overall career records differ significantly.Throughout Meyer’s career, he has been successful from the Mid-American Conference to the Mountain West Conference, Southeastern Conference to the Big Ten. His record was 17-6 at Bowling Green, 22-2 at Utah, 65-15 at Florida and now a stunning 38-3 at OSU: an overall winning percentage of about 85 percent.Saban, meanwhile, went 9-2 at Toledo, 34-24-1 at Michigan State, 48-16 at LSU, and is currently 91-17 at Alabama, for an overall winning percentage of 75.4 percent. That’s a difference of about 10 percentage points, giving Meyer the definite edge in this category.Now, the common counter to this is Saban’s four national championships compared with Meyer’s three, along with his immense amount of success since he began coaching in the SEC with LSU. However, Saban led a Michigan State team, which finished in the top five in back-to-back seasons, to multiple seasons of not exactly stellar finishes. Meanwhile, Meyer proved his mobility by going 24-0 in Big Ten play since arriving in Columbus, after dominating in the SEC with Florida as well.Meyer has three undisputable championships, along with an undefeated season at Utah in 2004, and an undefeated season at OSU in 2012. Meyer has also been a head coach for six fewer years than Saban, and has plenty of time to earn even more success.Both Saban and Meyer have proven time and again to be top-notch recruiters, but what Meyer did this season with an OSU team beset by key injuries is what cements him as the best coach in college football. Most teams struggle to find even one quarterback, while Meyer used his third-string signal caller to overcome three teams ranked in the top 13.So time to step off your mantle, Nick Saban: It’s Urban Meyer’s time to shine. read more

iOS 5 texting shortcut finally makes it easy to type swear words

first_imgA lengthy discussion started a couple of days ago on Reddit shows a screenshot from Apple’s not-yet-released iOS 5. The screenshot shows a special text shortcut that will finally make it easy to type naughty words that are usually autocorrected. iPhone users know that typing certain words that are not in Apple’s dictionary are automatically changed. A good example is typing the word “hell” which turns into “he’ll.” There’s also a word that keeps getting turned into “shot,” but we’ll let you figure that one out.A new feature, discovered by Reddit commenter Tayworm who got an early developer preview of iOS 5, lets you add shortcuts to words or phrases. You can also just add a phrase that your phone will recognize when typed and won’t autocorrect it, like “omw” for “on my way”. The word or phrase will be added to your personal dictionary so your texts don’t have to stay PG.AdChoices广告The feature really should have been in the first iOS release, and most other phones already have something like it, but iPhone users have been making do since then with apps like TextExpander, $1.99 in the iTunes App Store, which allows you to do the same thing.Many online forums suggest that it’s already possible to add words.  To do this, type the word, andwhen the phone suggests an alternative, click the little “x” button five or 10 times in a row. The phone will supposedly remember your word forever. However, many people in the forum said they tried that 20 to 30 times and the iPhone never remembered the word. It seems the SH-word was able to change for some people, but “hell” was never able to change.There are some pretty hilarious scenarios that could ensue if you were to grab your friend’s iPhone and set a shortcut without them knowing. Just imagine the possibilities that could come out of changing a simple word like “love” to something else.More at Redditlast_img read more

Medical aid for Greeks impacted by crisis

first_imgThe Greek financial crisis has had a detrimental impact on employment, household income, pensions and access to welfare and medical support and has given rise to unprecedented adversity within the social fabric of Greece. The Greek Ambassadors (Every Greek Is An Ambassadors for Greece Inc.) is a non-profit organisation which formed a few months ago and is based in Melbourne, Australia.Along with 2000 members globally, the organisation has transformed into a dynamic voluntary movement dedicated to the active participation in initiatives that unite Greeks and Philhellenes globally, for the purpose of driving positive outcomes for Greece.The organisation decided to organise a fundraiser to support charities in Greece. All of the charities they had dealings with were worthy, and the decision was difficult to make. However, the organisation has decided to focus this philanthropic effort on supporting medical access to medical services, health care and medicines. According to official statistics – which do not include foreign households – over 40 per cent of Greeks do not have the financial capacity to meet their necessary or urgent expenses, such as those relating to health. The National Health System is in one of the most alarming and critical stages in its existence. To combat this, the Greek Ambassadors have launched a medical and pharmaceutical aid campaign to help Greece’s most vulnerable citizens and have chosen to work with two charities as follows: “Doctors of the World”, and “Metropolitan Greek Social Practice”.These charities serve the uninsured, the destitute and unemployed citizens of Greece on a daily basis, and both operate almost exclusively through volunteer doctors, nurses and therapists. The services offered to patients focus on the provision of primary health care and medication but include other services such as preventive health education, social and psychological support. In the coming months, the Greek Ambassadors will organise multiple activities and events, not only for fundraising purposes but to also initiate a dialogue with Greeks and non-Greeks.This year, the Greek Ambassadors collaborated with DHL to send three parcels of aid containing donated items (including food, clothes, toys) to the value of $3000. Charity is not the only way the group will support Greece. Recently it responded to the negative and false portrayals of Greece and of Greeks in the media, by making formal complaints against media reporting in Australia. In the future, the organisation will announce more details about other charitable initiatives. For more information or to become a member, contact founder Evy Yannas at All Greeks are now invited to support the fundraiser and make their contribution, big or small to the Bank of Cyprus account as follows: Account Name: Every Greek Is An Ambassador For Greece Incorporated BSB: 941 300 Account Number: 2040 58 001 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Japan Opens Cocktail Bar in a Waste Dump to Promote Sustainability

first_imgStay on target San Diego to Build Charging Stations for 3,000 Electric Buses, TrucksHydrogen-Powered Plane Can Fly 20 Passengers Up to 500 Miles This is one way to get “wasted.” A town in Tokyo, Japan recently opened a cocktail bar in a waste disposal facility to raise awareness about waste management and to encourage people to recycle.The “Gomi Pit” (or Waste Pit) is a pop-up bar inside the Musashino Clean Centre waste disposal facility in Musashino in Tokyo. It features a glass window that lets customers view giant cranes digging through mountains of trash, piled for incineration, while enjoying their cocktail drinks and snacks.Local officials are hoping the experience will encourage people to minimize waste.Local officials are hoping the bar will attract visitors to the facility and prod local residents to think about the waste they produce. (Photo Credit: Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP / Getty Images)“Many visitors have expressed surprise. They say they had no idea how the waste they produce is being processed,” Ayana Seki, an official with the local environmental department, told the South China Morning Post. “Many people also say that they were shocked to see so much waste being piled up although each household puts out only a bag or two of trash.”As a pop-up, the Gomi Pit is at the location temporarily, but the Musashino Clean Centre facility is open to visitors year-round.  The Centre, which was built for $91 million and opened in 2017, was designed to attract visitors and features wooden slats along the facade to mask the concrete shell, and windows at eye level so visitors can watch the cranes.Visitors can also see the control room through the floor-to-ceiling windows and watch the technicians remotely handle trash and monitor the facility, according to the South China Morning Post.Visitors at the ‘Gomi Pit’ bar can enjoy their drinks while watching cranes dig through garbage. (Photo Credit: Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP / Getty Images)One of the windows even functions as touch screen, which visitors can use to browse information about the incinerator’s temperature and the amount of trash burned that day.So far, the bar — and facility — has received positive response from patrons.“This place is really neat and doesn’t smell at all,” a 49-year-old visitor told the Post. “We are imposing the burden on some other town,” she said upon learning that the items that can’t be burned are landfilled elsewhere in Japan. “We should try to reduce the amount of waste we produce.”More on to Ditch Oil-Based Plastic for Sustainable PackagingBoise Is Turning Sewage Into Tasty Beer and CiderResearchers Turn Lobsters Into Biodegradable Plasticlast_img read more