Duterte hands out cash incentives to 2017 SEA Games medalists

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul President Rodrigo Duterte awarded Wednesday medals and cash incentives to the Filipino medalists in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino Olympian and Sea Games gold medalist Mary Joy Tabal shows her medal to #PresidentDuterte. pic.twitter.com/1Gh9yNoxcP— Nestor Corrales (@NCorralesINQ) September 13, 2017 The incentives for the medal-winning athletes and the coaches were based on Republic Act 10699 or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act.For team sports with less than five participants per team, the law said the team shall receive the same cash incentives for individual medal winners.For competitions with five or more participants per team, the law said each team member shall receive twenty-five percent (25%) of the cash incentives for individual medal winners.P18,037,500 was given to the athletes while a P7,181,250 were awarded to the coaches.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ UAAP Season 80: Ateneo asserts might over UP MOST READ The Philippines bagged 121 medals, including 29 golds, to finish sixth overall in the 11-country regional sporting meet.The gold medalists received P300,000, silver winners got P150,000 and bronze medalists took home P60,000.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Presidential Adviser for Sports Dennis Uy also gave an additional P50,000 for the gold medalists, P30,000 for the silver medalists, and P10,000 for the bronze medalists.Aside from cash incentives, the medal-winning athletes received presidential citations.Philippine Sports Commission President Butch Ramirez and Philippine Olympic Committee President Peping Cojuangco were present during the event.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

WOODBURY COUNTY FAIR HAS SIX NIGHTS OF GRANDSTAND EVENTS

first_imgTHE 90TH ANNUAL WOODBURY COUNTY FAIR IS UNDERWAY IN MOVILLE.FAIR BOARD MEMBER BOB ROUNDS SAYS THIS YEAR’S GRANDSTAND SHOWS ARE OUTSTANDING:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/WFAIR2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….RODEO COMING UP. :17ROUNDS SAYS THE WEEKEND HAS EVEN MORE GREAT EVENTS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/WFAIR3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..ON SUNDAY NIGHT. :15ALL OF THE GRANDSTAND EVENTS BEGIN AT 7PM.THE WOODBURY COUNTY FAIR EXHIBITS AND MIDWAY OPENS TO THE PUBLIC ON WEDNESDAY WITH OLD TOWN OPENING AT 11:30AM.THE FAIR IS LOCATED JUST OFF HIGHWAY 20 IN MOVILLE.last_img read more

Kevin Henry out for the Season; Edison-McGruder Day-To-Day

first_imgthrough the ups and down, rain, sleet, snow or sunshine Give God All The Glory & never question the path that he puts you on ? pic.twitter.com/2FpaW8mtnJ— ⚜ (@kevinhenryy_) September 9, 2017 Praying and playing for you brudda ?? https://t.co/Vbj1Y74pGc— 国王 (@_TBJXIII) September 9, 2017 Will miss you in so many ways https://t.co/HXf21X2ZZU— Glenn Spencer (@Glenn_Spencer) September 9, 2017 ??? he got you bro ?? https://t.co/fxlgoLIfnR— BIGHAM? (@CallMePopsss) September 9, 2017center_img They prayed on my down fall: setback for a major comeback— ???? ?????? ? (@TreyCarter99) September 9, 2017Immediate Losses to LB CorpsStarting Star linebacker Kenneth Edison-McGruder also stayed in Stillwater Friday after sustaining his own undisclosed injury during practice earlier in the week. His status moving forward is day-t0-day, and he could return for the game next week at Pitt.To add insult to injury, Glenn Spencers’ “1B” at Star Calvin Bundage will have to sit the first half against Pitt after getting flagged for targeting early in the third quarter.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State’s linebackers, a group that looked to be one of the deepest on the roster, has taken a couple hits both for the immediate future and long-term.Weaks-side linebacker Kevin Henry was lost for the season after sustaining a knee injury during practice and did not make the trip to Mobile.Cowboys LB Kevin Henry out for the year. Wow.— John Helsley (@jjhelsley) September 9, 2017The redshirt sophomore was listed as Justin Phillips’ backup at the Will linebacker spot.Henry relayed his feelings via his Twitter account, and received an outpouring of support from the Cowboy faithful.last_img read more

IPL 2019: From name to fortune, Delhi Capitals script stunning turnaround

first_img Reuters New DelhiMay 1, 2019UPDATED: May 1, 2019 16:15 IST Delhi retained Rishabh Pant, skipper Sheras Iyer and Kagiso Rabada while adding opener Shikhar Dhawan (Courtesy BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSThe underperforming side underwent a major rebranding late last year – becoming the Delhi CapitalsThey appointed Ricky Ponting as the head coach, but still ended the 2018 season at the bottom of the tableThe team effort this year contrasts with the sporadic individual brilliance of last seasonFor a franchise used to spending the business end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) wondering what went wrong, the Delhi Capitals have surprised themselves by making the playoff with two matches to spare in a remarkable turnaround.If their long-suffering fans found it difficult to be upbeat about the team at the start of this season, they could hardly be faulted.The underperforming side underwent a major rebranding late last year – becoming the Delhi Capitals with a new jersey, a new logo and a new anthem – after JSW Sport, part of a $13 billion business conglomerate, acquired a 50 percent stake.Turn up your sound and hear our Head Coach Ricky Ponting and Co-owner Kiran Grandhi talk about our season so far!Team performances, DC fans and everything else that’s helped shape our journey into the playoffs. Watch now!#ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/CxCRDMw0U1 Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 30, 2019They appointed Australian Ricky Ponting as the head coach, but still ended the season bottom of the standings, their fourth such finish in 11 seasons.To their fans, who had not seen the side make the playoffs since 2012, all of the changes looked cosmetic as they prepared for another season of underperformance.”Everybody down to the last man is performing in this team.”Mr. @sajjanjindal and @SGanguly99 are ecstatic after our qualification to the playoffs #DCvRCB #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/RoI94rYIYu Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 30, 2019Ponting, however, knew they just needed to be patient.”Success doesn’t happen overnight,” Ponting said in a team video. “Even last year, we felt we were very close to playing great cricket … but all the big moments popped up.”advertisement”This year we’re winning those moments.”That’s largely because of the balance in the side.Delhi retained wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, skipper Sheras Iyer, who was elevated into the role during the middle of last season, and South African speedster Kagiso Rabada while adding opener Shikhar Dhawan – smart investments that paid off.The team effort this year contrasts with the sporadic individual brilliance of last season.”These did not add up to anything,” Ponting said. “We had outstanding individual performances but not much in the middle.”This year (opener) Prithvi (Shaw) played well when we needed him to, Shikhar played well on a number of occasions, Rishabh won two games of his own and Rabada is the leading wicket-taker by a long way.”Delhi have IPL’s youngest skipper in Iyer, who was just 23 when he was appointed, but his relatively youthful side have been guided by Ponting and former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who came on board as an advisor earlier this year.Ganguly’s presence has been particularly helpful to fellow left-handers like Pant and Dhawan and the improved performances have brought the fans back to Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.”It helps when you win,” Ganguly said. “It helps when you play well, that’s what brings people back. If you can do that, this would be a big brand.”Sajjan Jindal, Chairman and Managing Director of the JSW Group, which also owns teams in India’s franchise-based soccer and kabaddi leagues, agreed.”The world wants to be with the winners, nobody likes the loser, right?” he said.”After seven years, coming into playoff, it’s a big deal for Delhi Capitals. I’m sure they will go a long way. And I won’t be surprised if they win this championship.”Also Read | IPL 2019: CSK players get a ‘Rish-hug’ from Pant ahead of high-profile clash vs DCAlso Read | IPL 2019: Ponting, Ganguly know how to make match winners, says Shikhar DhawanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari IPL 2019: From name to fortune, Delhi Capitals script stunning turnaroundTo Delhi Capitals’ fans, who had not seen the side make the playoffs since 2012, all of the changes looked cosmetic as they prepared for another season of underperformanceadvertisementlast_img read more

245 Criminal Records Expunged Between April and June

first_img The expungement process helps individuals who committed minor offences and who have sincerely and successfully attempted to abide by the law to reintegrate into society. Clearing past convictions from persons who are committed to being law-abiding citizens will assist them in their efforts to improve their quality of life and help build a justice system that focuses on rehabilitation. Story Highlights The Ministry of Justice has recorded 245 persons who have had their criminal records expunged for the period of April to June 2017 with a total of 570 records expunged so far since 2017. Press Release- The Ministry of Justice has recorded 245 persons who have had their criminal records expunged for the period of April to June 2017 with a total of 570 records expunged so far since 2017.The expungement process, done under the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act 1988, has seen a steady flow of applications from persons looking to have their criminal records cleared.The expungement process helps individuals who committed minor offences and who have sincerely and successfully attempted to abide by the law to reintegrate into society.Having convictions removed from their records can increase an individual’s earning capacity, as employment in certain industries such as education, tourism, security and transportation, require a copy of a clean police record for their employees. The process is also beneficial for persons interested in migrating or working overseas.Under the Act, certain minor offences such as simple larceny, malicious destruction of property, possession or dealing in ganja, bribery and forging of documents, among others can be cleared from a person’s record after a specified period of rehabilitation.The rehabilitation period is the time a person must wait before their application can be considered for expungement. An amendment to the Act in 2014, reduced the rehabilitation period from between 5 and 20 years from the date of the termination of imprisonment or the payment of a fine, to between 3 and 10 years based, on the seriousness of the offence and the sentence imposed.For individuals under the age of 18 years old, the rehabilitation period is half the time applicable to adults.Clearing past convictions from persons who are committed to being law-abiding citizens will assist them in their efforts to improve their quality of life and help build a justice system that focuses on rehabilitation.To have a record expunged, interested persons must make an application in writing.This can be done by visiting the customer service section of the Ministry to collect the application form or by downloading the application form from the Ministry of Justice’s website.The applicant should complete two copies of the application form and submit them along with two letters of recommendation, fingerprint impressions and the payment of $3,000.00 for the expungement service (this can also be done at any tax office island wide) to the Customer Service desk at the Ministry.last_img read more

Congress leaders flay Swamys statement on Kartarpur corridor

first_imgChandigarh: Several Punjab Congress leaders, including two state cabinet ministers, on Sunday hit out at BJP MP Subramanian Swamy for his remarks that the work on the Kartarpur corridor should be stopped in the interest of the nation. The senior Congress leaders, including eight party MLAs, castigated Swamy and said his comments on the Kartarpur corridor had hurt sentiments of the Sikhs. In a joint press statement, Punjab ministers Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Bharat Bhushan Ashu besides MLAs Harpratap Singh Ajnala, Kuljit Singh Nagra, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, Fatehjung Singh Bajwa, Barindermeet Singh Pahra, Kulbir Singh Zira, Balwinder Singh Laddi and Santokh Singh Bhalaipur said the BJP-ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) must clear their stand on the issue.last_img read more

BC drug users question exceptional availability of medicine

first_imgVANCOUVER – Drug users who didn’t respond well to a reformulated methadone treatment introduced in British Columbia four years ago now have access to a medication that may work as well as the original version for some people but advocates worry it’s available only on an “exceptional basis.”Nearly 18,000 people were switched from methadone to Methadose in 2014. However, drug users say they weren’t consulted before the change to a medication that failed to keep painful withdrawal symptoms at bay for 24 hours.The new option, called Metadol-D, has recently been offered to Methadose patients, though advocates are questioning why the drug that’s been around for years wasn’t made available sooner.Dr. Christy Sutherland, who treats substance users in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, said Methadose caused substance users to become “dope sick” in about 14 hours, instead of 24 hours, leading to withdrawal symptoms that had many people seeking intravenous drugs such as heroin on the streets during a crisis fuelled by the deadly opioid fentanyl.“Methadone and Methadose are supposed to be the same but the entire population said they felt incredibly different with that change,” Sutherland said.“Patients would always say to me, ‘It doesn’t have legs.’ And what they meant was that it didn’t last the 24 hours,” she said of Methadose. “They would wake up each morning in withdrawal, with cravings, with sweats, sometimes with diarrhea, with pain. So they would be quite desperate for their dose that day. That led to a lot of instability for people.”Sutherland said she has now switched many of her patients from Methadose to Metadol-D, adding it seems to work well.She said Metadol-D is the old formulation of methadone for diabetics because it doesn’t contain sugar.The B.C. Centre on Substance Use has been providing information about Metadol-D to doctors, but they must apply for the medication on an exceptional basis for each patient.Laura Shaver, who heads the British Columbia Association of People on Methadone, said the former provincial government discontinued the original methadone treatment without consultation, which caused misery for drug users and marginalized people like herself because of withdrawal symptoms.“For some of us who had been clean off doing any opioids other than the medication, turning back into full-blown needle-using junkies because of a decision that was not ours is absolutely wrong and irresponsible. And many people have died because of it,” she said.The province has said the switch to Methadose was believed to be a better option because it has a longer shelf life, and was less prone to dispensing errors because pharmacists don’t have to compound it.A University of British Columbia study of 405 patients published in 2016 in the journal Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy, says the switch to Methadose affected a vulnerable population that experienced pronounced negative impacts.“Over half of participants reported supplementing with other drugs following the transition to Methadose,” the study says, adding that any instability in methadone treatment “leading to a rebound in illicit drug use may result in possible decline in social function and worse health outcomes in B.C.”Garth Mullins, an advocate with the B.C. Association of People on Methadone, said he has lobbied the government for years to regain access to the original methadone because of its success among thousands of people who didn’t do as well on Methadose.Mullins, who used heroin for a decade starting in his teens and is on Methadose, said he knows several people who were forced back to street drugs in an effort to cope with withdrawal symptoms.He said the Metadol-D option came about after a provincial official at a meeting he attended happened to mention it as a possible treatment, even though the medication had existed for years.“No one around the table had ever heard of it including all these officials and doctors. I said, ‘We’ll try anything.’ ““I have been working on this since 2014 and I am incredulous that this has not been proposed before, that we’ve lost people because this hasn’t been proposed before. It makes my jaw drop.”Mullins said Methadose seemed to work for only about half the people who were formerly using methadone and a lack of that stable treatment led to the near-disintegration of Canada’s largest association of methadone users.“The whole group almost stopped existing in 2014, 2015, because it threw the whole board and most of the membership into a lot of chaos.”Cheyenne Johnson, a nurse and clinical director at the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, said the information about Metadol-D provided to physicians is also available to patients, whose needs must be respected.“We’re hoping, through this, that doctors can really have an open dialogue with their patients about the concerns that they are facing in an overdose crisis and the real dangers around fatal overdose for individuals who may return to non-medical opioid use.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Company can be ordered to drill to end 14yearold oil leak

first_imgARLINGTON, Va. — A federal regulatory board has ruled that a New Orleans company can be required to perform more underwater drilling and excavation work to end a 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.The Interior Board of Land Appeals refused to excuse Taylor Energy Company from requirements to permanently plug wells that could be leaking oil and gas. The board publicly released its Oct. 30 decision on Tuesday.One week before the board ruled, the Coast Guard ordered the company to install a new containment system to capture and remove leaking oil until a permanent solution can be developed.Government lawyers recently disclosed a new estimate that 10,500 to 29,400 gallons (39,747 to 111,291 litres) is leaking daily from the site where slicks often stretch for miles off Louisiana’s coast.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Bourita to Lead Moroccan Delegation to UN Western Sahara Talks in

Rabat – In the lead up to next week’s talks, the four parties are mobilizing their delegations to take part in the meeting, an initial step toward an agreed upon solution to the conflict.The pan-African magazine Jeune Afrique reported that Morocco’s delegation will include the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region President Khattat Yanja and and the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region President Hamdi Ould Errachid.The UN Secretary-General’s personal envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, invited Morocco, Algeria, the Polisario and Mauritania to a UN roundtable of talks in Geneva. The UN wants the meeting to serve as an initial step toward a more robust move in preparation to re-launch negotiations to find a mutually acceptable political solution to the conflict.Algeria, which claims itself an observer to the conflict, will be represented by Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel, his adviser Abdallah Baali, and Algeria’s ambassador to the UN Sabri Boukadoum.While Algeria denies its responsibility in the conflict, UN Resolution 2440 called on it as well as the other parties to “work constructively with the  Personal Envoy, in the spirit of compromise, throughout the duration of this process to ensure a successful outcome.”Analysts say the resolution represented a diplomatic gain for Morocco because it included Algeria, calling it a neighboring country to the conflict.Algeria still calls itself an observer despite the UN’s clear message in Resolution 2440, adopted on October 31.Mauritania’s delegation, which will take part in the Geneva roundtable of talks, will include Minister of Foreign Affairs Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. The separatist group will be represented by the self-proclaimed president of Parliament Khatri Addouh, and M’Hammad Khaddad, former chief of military security.Read Also: UK: UN Talks in Geneva Important for Moroccan-Algerian DialogueThe meeting, the first of its kind since 2012, will oversee the determination of the parties to engage in future negotiations.In October, Bourita said that Morocco would  attend the roundtable to remind the participants of Morocco’s firm conditions.Morocco is firm that it will accept no solution other than its autonomy plan.The Moroccan official also said that Algeria needs to contribute to finding a solution to the conflict, saying it is the “one which created the problem.”Read Also: Western Sahara: Kohler Invites Morocco, Polisario, Algeria and Mauritania for Talks in GenevaKing Mohammed VI called for more dialogue between Morocco and Algeria to break tension and the stalemate resulting from frozen diplomatic ties.The King’s offer was echoed by Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs during a meeting between Bourita and Algeria’s ambassador to Rabat on MondayIn the meeting, Bourita told the Algerian diplomat that Morocco wants to know the official response of Algeria regarding Morocco’s dialogue offer. read more

Most people who caught Ebola got it from superspreaders

first_img Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 2:28 PM A volunteer of the German forces Bundeswehr gets sprayed a bleach mixture on his protective suit during a training for the Ebola virus in Appen. A volunteer of the German forces Bundeswehr gets sprayed a bleach mixture on his protective suit during a training for the Ebola virus in Appen. Image: Markus Schreiber/AP 14,452 Views Feb 14th 2017, 2:28 PM Image: Markus Schreiber/AP Share3 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Most people who caught Ebola got it from ‘superspreaders’ If superspreading had been completely under control about two-thirds of Ebola cases could have been avoided. http://jrnl.ie/3239297 Short URL MOST OF THE people infected with Ebola in the West Africa epidemic that began in 2014 got sick through contact with a small number of “superspreaders” with the disease, researchers say.The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows such “superspreaders” can be extremely dangerous when it comes to infectious disease outbreaks.The West African Ebola epidemic was the largest in history and killed more than 11,300 people, with many of the cases involving people infected while caring for a sick person or burying a body.“We now see the role of superspreaders as larger than initially suspected,” said co-author Benjamin Dalziel, an assistant professor of population biology in the College of Science at Oregon State University.It was the cases you didn’t see that really drove the epidemic, particularly people who died at home, without making it to a care center.At the time, researchers counted cases according to those seen in medical centers, but they later realised these were a small fraction of the total.“There wasn’t a lot of transmission once people reached hospitals and care centers,” said Dalziel.“In our analysis we were able to see a web of transmission that would often track back to a community-based superspreader.”In fact, 61 percent of those infected with the disease caught it from people accounting for just three percent of those who got sick, the researchers said.The study included researchers from Princeton University, Oregon State University, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Imperial College London, and the US National Institutes of Health.If superspreading had been completely under control about two-thirds of Ebola cases could have been avoided, the report said.- © AFP, 2017 Read: One dead and several hurt after trains collide in Luxembourg 15 Comments By AFPlast_img read more

Family escapes harm as chimney fire damages Hazel Dell home

first_imgA chimney fire caused a northeast Hazel Dell family to abandon their house Sunday night.Firefighters responded at 8:12 to 3512 N.E. 109th St. to find smoke and flames coming from the back of the house. The fire was in the chimney and spread from the first to the second floor, said Dawn Johnson with Fire District 6.The family escaped and called 911, Johnson said. No one was hurt.It took about 20 minutes for 16 firefighters from District 6 and Vancouver Fire Department to control the blaze.It appears there is damage to the chimney area and attic and there is smoke damage throughout the house, Johnson said.A fire marshal was on the scene Sunday night but a damage estimate had not been determined.County property records indicate the house is owned by James and Janet Mannello. The house is north of Gaiser Middle School.Johnson said the family could not stay the night at the damaged house.last_img read more

O2 extends paid paternity leave to 14 weeks for 6500 staff members

first_imgTelecommunications organisation O2 has extended its paid paternity leave to 14 weeks for all 6,500 of its permanent employees.The new policy, effective from 1 April 2019, enables all permanent employees at O2 to take 14 weeks of leave at full pay, applicable for both heterosexual and same-sex couples, as well as adoptive and surrogate partners.Permanent staff working in O2’s retail stores are also able to utilise the fully paid paternity leave provision.O2 enhanced its paternity leave to support its flexible working culture and to ensure that all permanent staff have the support and flexibility to spend time with their new families, providing the opportunity for male employees to take a greater share of caring responsibilities, if they wish.Ann Pickering (pictured), chief HR officer and chief of staff at O2, said: “Giving new parents the flexibility to spend more time at home when having a child is part and parcel of modern-day parenting.“We know that families come in all shapes and sizes and understand the importance of ensuring that we give all new parents the opportunity to spend valuable time supporting their new family. We don’t want our people to feel as though they have to choose between their career and bringing up a family.”Previously, O2 provided a maximum of two weeks’ paternity leave at full pay. The organisation’s maternity leave remains unchanged; new mothers are able to take up to 39 weeks of fully paid leave, whether they are birth or adoptive parents.To support its family-friendly leave arrangements, O2 operates a career returners programme, now in its third year. This helps to boost the confidence of individuals returning to the workplace after a career break, most commonly taken to care for family.All (100%) of the latest intake of the career returners programme have accepted roles within O2; most of these are full-time positions, with employees utilising the organisation’s flexible working programme in order to balance home and work life.Pickering added: “We are committed champions on flexible working, which is key for promoting a more diverse, balanced and inclusive culture. We’ve seen that encouraging flexible working has a direct impact on motivating and retaining the best people, as well as attracting top talent to our business.”last_img read more

Empty villages Rohingyas on the run in Rakhine

first_imgRohingya refugees walk through a paddy field after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: ReutersA military campaign to wipe out Rohingya insurgents has rained violence down on Myanmar’s Rakhine state, sending nearly 390,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees fleeing for sanctuary in Bangladesh.Around 30,000 Rakhine Buddhists and Hindus have also been displaced, as ethnic and religious hatreds carve through the western state.Access to the epicentre of unrest — the northern wedge of Rakhine — has been blocked by the government as the crisis unfolds.But the weary and wounded Rohingya arriving in Bangladesh have told consistent but unverifiable accounts of village massacres, with soldiers and vigilante mobs teaming up to empty out communities and burn them to the ground.The UN has accused Myanmar of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya, a stateless group that the Buddhist-majority country refuses to recognise as citizens.The government refutes the accusations, instead saying the army has carried out targeted operations to snuff out the militant group, whose attacks on police posts in late August unleashed the massive military response.Here is what we know about who is left in violence-ravaged Rakhine, where tens of thousands of people are believed to still be on the move.- Empty villages -A census published in 2015 said three million people lived in Rakhine, including an estimated 1.1 million Rohingya.Rakhine’s northernmost Maungdaw district was home to around three quarters of that population, according to government figures.But nearly forty percent of its Rohingya villages have been completely abandoned in the past three weeks, said government spokesman Zaw Htay.”There are 176 villages where the whole village fled,” he told reporters Wednesday night, out of 471 Rohingya communities in total.The recent refugee arrivals in Bangladesh amount to more than a third of the total number of Rohingya once based in Myanmar.Tens of thousands of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Hindus have also been driven from their homes since late August, saying they were targeted by the Rohingya militants.On Thursday Myanmar’s government said some 4,000 people had started trickling back to their villages in Maungdaw as clashes between the army and militants ebbed, without specifying their ethnicity.- Raging fires -Myanmar’s Information Committee has said over 7,000 homes have been destroyed by fire across at least 59 villages — the vast majority belonging to “Bengalis” as the government pejoratively calls the Rohingya.New satellite images released by Amnesty International on Friday showed that more than two dozen villages in the Rohingya-majority area had been set alight since 25 August, with patches of grey ash marking the area where structures had stood.AFP reporters on government-steered press trips have seen abandoned villages and homes reduced to ashes.Columns of smoke from the gutted villages have also been visible almost daily from across the Naf river in Bangladesh, where the Rohingya refugees are massing in ramshackle camps.Rohingya refugees say Myanmar officers and Buddhist vigilantes started the fires after driving them out of their homes with gunshots and other threats, a tactic that Amnesty has described as an “orchestrated campaign” of ethnic cleansing.Myanmar authorities deny that, saying the militants have torched the villages in a bid to attract global sympathy.- People on the move -Tens of thousands of Rohingya are believed to still be trekking through the monsoon-soaked area.For those fleeing fire-hit areas further south, it may take weeks to cross over difficult terrain, blanketed by security forces, to reach the Bangladesh border.Aid groups have been unable to access northern Rakhine since the violence erupted in late August, compounding the humanitarian crisis.”Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, may be trapped in remote areas far from the border with limited food and medical supplies and are unable to reach safety,” said Pierre Peron, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.Rohingya who have stayed in their villages are living in fear and struggling to survive without the food deliveries that have supported their impoverished communities for years, said Laura Haigh from Amnesty International.”They are essentially locked in and markets are not functioning,” she told AFP.Myanmar has said it will establish camps in Rohingya-majority areas of Maungdaw to provide relief, but details of the project are scant.On Thursday the Information Committee said shelters will be set up for Muslims “who can guarantee they are no way connected to the terrorists”.Government spokesman Zaw Htay has also said the country would not allow all of those who crossed into Bangladesh to return — comments likely to fuel allegations Myanmaris intentionally ejecting the Rohingya, whose presence in Myanmar has incensed powerful Buddhist nationalists for years.”Some reached the other side of border. If they come back, we cannot accept all of them,” Zaw Htay said, adding that returnees would need to be “scrutinised”.last_img

FEMA Continues Disaster Recovery Operations In Houston

first_img Share X Habitat for Humanity To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img 00:00 /01:10 Nearly 894,000 people have applied for aid. Those affected by flooding have been dealing with a maze of inspections by FEMA, as well as by homeowners and flood insurance. FEMA’s Kevin Hannes says inspectors have a specific goal in mind.“They’re looking at the habitability of the home. And so we determine what we call a FEMA-verified loss, and that is no where near the total loss of the home. We’re looking at ‘do we have two bedrooms, kitchen, and a living area and one bathroom? What is it going to take to get the home back to that level of a standard?’”Grant money is distributed for specific purposes.“It’s a tax-free grant — does not have to be repaid. If they receive grants for repair money, we really want them to concentrate on the repair of their home. Their rental assistance, they’re using that for rent.”Hotel stays for Harvey survivors have been extended to January 16th. About 3,500 people are needing assistance with direct housing.“We have been in close coordination with the City of Houston as they have completed their agreements with the General Land Office, and we will start seeing their program take off here in the next few days to weeks.”FEMA’s website lists the locations of disaster recovery centers. Listenlast_img read more

DC Black Lobbyists Honor Cummings Booker

first_imgU.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings speaks at the Sixth Annual Tin Cup Awards held on July 15. (Photo by Rob Roberts )The Washington Government Relations Group (WGRG), whose membership consists of Blacks who work for firms that lobby Capitol Hill and federal government agencies, in conjunction with the embassy of Canada, held its Sixth Annual Tin Cup Awards on July 15. The event at the Canadian embassy honored U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.); U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.); Federal Housing Agency Finance Director Melvin L. Watt; Jackie Ellis, chief of staff to Rep. Al Green (D-Texas); MSNBC’s Joy Reid; and lobbyists Tiffany M. Moore and Linda Banton. They each received a trophy and recognition for their works.“It is an honor and a privilege to be here,” Cummings said. “I really appreciate this Tin Cup Award because this is God’s way of reminding you that you are on the right track.”The organization was formally founded in 1997 as a means to promote career opportunities and advancement for Blacks working in government relations, lobbying, and public affairs. Its forerunner, the Second Wednesday Group, was a professional networking group of Blacks formed in the 1960s for former staffers with members of the Congressional Black Caucus who either were interested in lobbying careers or were lobbyists.Presently, Blacks lobby for corporations, non-profits, civil and human rights groups, foreign countries, and work on K Street N.W., which is known internationally as where government relations firms are headquartered.“The Congressional Black Caucus is the conscience of the Congress and the WGRG is the conscience of K Street,” Angela Rye, a co-chair of the event, said.Cummings said that the award made him think of his father. He talked about how his father moved his family from South Carolina to Baltimore in the 1940s for a better life. The representative recalled his father’s advice when he dropped off him off at Howard University’s Carver Hall in 1969.“He told me ‘Boy, you are here to get an education,’” Cummings said. “He told me not to get a girl pregnant, fall in love, and take over any buildings. He said that he was turning me over to those ‘Negro professors over there’ and he said to me, ‘Go in those walls and get blessed so you can bless’.”U.S. Sen. Cory BookerBooker, elected to the Senate in 2013, said he appreciated the award given to him by the organization but that his generation has a lot of work to do when it comes to economic empowerment.“African Americans, Latinos, and women need to have a seat at the table of power,” the senator said. “We need to create a community of folks that can expand opportunities for people further.”A sustained standing-ovation took place when Jacqueline Ellis, a Hill staffer for the late Sen. Howell Heflin (D-Ala.), Major Owens (D-N.Y.), and chief of staff for Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), stood at the podium to speak. In addition to her duties for members of Congress, Ellis has mentored scores of Black aides on Capitol Hill and is the founding member of the Organization of African American Administrative Assistants for Chiefs of Staff in the House.Ellis is battling an undisclosed illness and asked the audience for their prayers.Watt, who Cummings referred to as a “role model,” was praised as a boss and a mentor by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. He said his work as a North Carolina representative in the House and at his agency “is about cultivating those who are following you.”“We want those of you in this organization to think bigger and perform better than those of us before you,” Watt said.Reid was cited by the lobbyist group for her work in trying to tell unbiased, accurate stories of African Americans at MSNBC while Moore, who works for female-owned lobbying firm TwinLogic Strategies, and Banton, an executive at Lockheed Martin Corporation, were recognized for being trailblazing Black female lobbyists.Anthony Collier of Texas Southern University and Khaleeq Everett of Marymount University were recognized as recipients of the Terri Grier Memorial Scholarship Fund.The organization’s President Marcus Sebastian Mason said that his organization will never forget its true purpose. “You can keep doing good, while doing well,” Mason said.last_img read more

Postgame Quotes Louisville at Florida State

first_imgOn Trent Forrest’s performance”He’s very consistent with his effort and his focus. There’s no doubt that he’s a leader on our team. I don’t think he made a basket in the first half, but I thought that he came out in the second half and he just tried to help us find a way to win. That shows that we’re a team that’s fighting. They’re dialed in, they’re communicating with each other, their body language is excellent. Phil Cofer wasn’t having one of his best games so we took him out, put RaiQuan [Gray] in. I thought that his effort there down the stretch and his leadership, he was being so verbal and calling out our defensive systems, that really made a difference down the stretch.” Louisville Head Coach Chris Mack Quotes On the difference in overtime”I thought it was our defense. We made adjustments because we were not shooting the ball very well from the perimeter. We spread the floor and started to take the ball to the basket, and we got some fouls and made our free throws down the stretch. In the first half, I was a little concerned, I think we shot 57 percent from the free throw line and in the second half it was 91. That’s a big difference. We were able to get the attempts. In the second half, with about 12-13 minutes to go, we were in the bonus, but we didn’t take advantage of it until the latter part of the game. We didn’t get the ball inside, we weren’t taking it to the basket very strongly, but because their defense was so solid, we changed our attack and started just driving the ball to the basket. I think that gave us a lot of opportunities to get to the foul line and also get a couple jumpers as well.” Mack’s Assessment of the Overtime Period”They just wore us down; we have guys playing a lot of minutes. Our offense the last six minutes of regulation and overtime, we got a shot, it was an earned shot. We shot a high enough percentage to win, but we gave up way too many possessions. When I say gave up, I mean Florida State has a lot to do with that. We have to do a better job of taking care of the ball and being stronger with it and getting open for our teammates.”  Print Friendly Version On the difficulty dealing with Florida State’s pressure”The cumulative effect, I thought we did a pretty good job. A lot of our turnovers early on were dead balls, then it became live ball turnovers and them picking you up and wearing you down. Having said that, with 1:40 left in the game, I thought we had the game in our hands. Not that it was a layup to win, we still had to do what we needed to do to come away with the win and we weren’t able to. Hats off to them for the way they finished and took the game.” Opening Statement”It’s one of those ball games that could’ve gone either way. I thought the second half we became a lot more aggressive on the defensive end and were able to force some turnovers that led to some opportunities that we just were not getting in the first half. I thought they [Louisville] did a very good job of executing in the first half and we had a hard time making shots in the first half. We shot the ball poorly from the three and I didn’t think that defensively we were dialed in. The second half I thought we came out a lot more locked into our defensive schemes, forced some turnovers, but then midway in the half Ryan [McMahon] came in and hit three three’s in a row and kind of put us back on our heels once again. We called time out and I thought our guys regrouped mentally from it. From then on, I thought that we showed a lot of character. Louisville is a very good basketball team. They’re hard to prepare for, they execute very well, they’re extremely patient. They move the ball and in the first half they really made it hard for us to force any turnovers. In the second half, I thought we just turned it up a notch, forced some turnovers and got some easy baskets and that really probably made the biggest difference in the game.”center_img Story Links Opening StatementThat one’s tough to swallow, I felt like for the better part of the game we did what we needed to do. We put ourselves in a position to win, have to give Florida State a lot of credit for their pressure, their relentlessness on the glass, that I thought we handled up until the last 6-7 minutes of the game and then overtime. If you’re going to beat the Seminoles, I think you need to do three things and we did one of the three. We kept them out of the lane, for the most part best we could. The ability to keep them off the glass and the ability to handle their pressure were our undoing. That thirty second stretch where we we’re up four about 1:40 left, tough to overcome. I have to give our guys credit, they never quit. I already knew that was going to happen, but we should’ve done a better job down the stretch to come out of here with a win. Very good team. On Mfiondu Kabengele’s performance the last few weeks”He’s growing and improving and I think he’s only scratched the surface of his potential. He’s really doing a nice job of being more and more confident. We’re putting him in a position where he has a chance to have some success. He’s really growing up and maturing and making good decisions with the ball and realizing the input he has on the team. He’s patient, he’s extremely aggressive, he’s not losing his aggressiveness, I just thing that the game is slowing down for him and he’s producing a lot better.” On preparing to face Mfiondu Kabengele “As a guy who would catch the ball and shoot, yes. Florida State has several really good players, he’s the guy that catches the ball on film, prior to this point, he’s just trying to get a shot off. We wanted to force him to dribble and I thought we did that. Have to give him credit, he got our bigs up in the air, we were undisciplined on shot fakes. Up and unders became two points and in the second half we did a better job on staying down on him. He’s a really good player, he might be their best offensive player, I don’t know Leonard would have a better idea. He’s very tough to guard.” On being a first time ACC coach and the challenges”The teams we play. The crowd didn’t turn the ball over, we did it to ourselves. It’s just basketball. I was a part of this league a long time ago when there were just nine teams in it and now there’s 412 teams in the league now. It’s a good league, with great coaches. You have to have amnesia when you play in this league, not worry about what happened and focus on the next game ahead. The challenges can become great. I have no doubt that my group will come back to work and ready to go. We’re going to need to, because we have to play the best team in the country.”Florida State Head Coach Leonard Hamilton Quoteslast_img read more

Dance fiesta

first_imgTo celebrate the occasion of World Dance Day, Ministry of Culture and the India International Centre in association with Oil India, NTPC and IndianOil, is coming up with a two-day programme in the national Capital.Beginning from April 30, the programme will be held in the main auditorium, India International Centre. Day one of the programme will have public demonstration of Bharatanatyam at a class conducted by Geeta Chandran. In the evening, there will be discussion where dancer Geeta Chandran will exchange dialogues with Padma Vibhushan Dr Yamini Krishnamurthi. It will be followed by an interactive presentation of Bharatanatyam by Dr Swarnamalya Ganesh. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Day two will have a movement workshop titled- ‘Muscle Memory’ by Dr Anita Ratnam, which will be open to all dance styles. In the evening, a tribute to Padma Bhushan (the late) Kalanidhi Narayanan, will be held where speakers/performers such as Dr Kapila Vatsyayan, Guru Jamuna Krishnan, Rasika Khanna and (Padma Shri) Pratibha Prahlad will participate. It will be followed by Bharatanatyam performance by Dr Vasudevan Iyengar and Kathak performance by Sanjukta Sinha. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor over a decade, Geeta Chandran’s Natya Vriksha celebrates this occasion every year. Each year’s celebrations are planned differently and this year too, a heady mix awaits audiences. April 29 is International Dance Day also known as World Dance Day, it was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute. The date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, a French dancer and ballet master and a great reformer of dance.last_img read more

Israel alert for attacks abroad eyeing Olympics

first_img Sponsored Stories While Israeli officials are tight-lipped about security procedures for their athletes, they are on high alert on the 40th anniversary of a Palestinian attack at the 1972 Olympics in Munich that killed 11 Israeli athletes and coaches.“We are vigilant about the possibility that they (Iran and its agents) would attack elsewhere, but I can’t give specific details,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told CBS television’s Face the Nation program on Sunday.He pointedly kept mum when asked to comment on media reports that Israel feared the Bulgaria attack was a precursor to an assault on Israel’s Olympic team.“I’m not confirming any information that we have on the Olympics,” he said. Concerning media reports to that effect, he added: “I can’t give you any substantiation.”The heads of the Mossad and Shin Bet intelligence agencies briefed the Cabinet on attempts by Iran and Hezbollah to carry out attacks in more than 20 countries over the last two years, the prime minister’s office said in a statement.Protecting Israeli athletes at the Olympics has been a particular concern since Palestinian gunmen took 11 Israeli athletes and coaches hostage at the Munich games. They were later killed. The Israeli team will be kept away from the others in a secluded, heavily secured area, a senior Israeli intelligence official told The Associated Press. Defense Minister Ehud Barak told reporters that intelligence agencies around the world were working with the British “to minimize the chances that there will be any sort of incident during the Olympics.”“(This vigilance) is first and primarily an outgrowth of things that happened in the past, things that we all remember at the Munich Olympics,” Barak said Sunday. “We must remain alert.”Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is traveling to Brussels Monday to meet his British counterpart and nine other European foreign ministers to request that they beef up security at their airports and at sites in their countries where Israelis and Jews frequent, according to a statement from Lieberman’s office.Defense Ministry policy planner Amos Gilad dismissed a report in The Sunday Times in the U.K. that Israel rushed spies to European capitals after the Bulgaria attack to look for an alleged Iranian terror squad dispatched to kill Israeli athletes.“Intelligence doesn’t work that way. You don’t send dozens of agents to look for ghosts,” Gilad told Army Radio.A British security official said the threat level to Israeli athletes and officials had been high even before the Bulgaria attack. He said security arrangements were assessed again following the attack, but he would not say whether they had been changed. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters. Top Stories Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologycenter_img Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) – Israel’s prime minister said Sunday that his country is on alert for plots to kill more of its citizens overseas, after speculation that last week’s suicide bombing of a tour bus in Bulgaria was a rehearsal for a spectacular attack on Israel’s Olympics team.Israel blames Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah for last week’s bombing at an airport in the Bulgarian resort town of Burgas, just a little more than a week before the opening of the London Games. Five Israelis and a bus driver were killed. Iran called the accusation “baseless.” New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Although penetrating formidable Olympic security would be no small challenge, Israeli counter-terrorism expert Boaz Ganor said the event remained one of the most attractive targets for terrorists because of its high profile. Potential Israeli targets include not just athletes, but Israeli tourists and fans as well, Ganor said.“There are more groups that want to harm Israeli targets than others,” he said.Tens of thousands of police officers and security staff will be on hand to guard the games, including thousands of troops on standby. A no-fly zone will also be established over Olympic venues from July 14 to August 15.Efraim Zinger, director of the Israeli Olympic Committee, told the AP in London that “unfortunately we are part of a very distinguished list of countries” whose teams are susceptible to attack.“Our people work and continue to work very closely with local authorities,” he said. “We have the confidence the local authorities will do their utmost to protect all the Olympic athletes.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Dassault Aviation seeks industrial partnership opportunities in India

first_imgParis based aircraft manufacturing company, Dassault Aviation, in a top-level meeting in India last month signalled the importance of building an industrial partnership in India.The gathering of the committee illustrates the company’s commitment to pave the way towards building up an Indian aero-defence manufacturing ecosystem, matching the highest standards in this field and positioning India as an industrial supplier reference in the global aerospace market.In the four-day tour of India, organised by French aerospace trade body, Gifas, 60 French companies interacted with local firms in Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune and Pune in search of industrial partners. Dassault seemed to meet the requirements of the country’s policies Make in India and Skill India.In 2015, Dassault had come under a joint venture with Reliance Industries and set-up Dassault Reliance Aerospace. In 2016 Dassault won an Indian order worth some EUR 7.89 billion (USD 9.7 billion) for 36 Rafale fighters. The deal requires 30% of the total order invested in India’s research programs related to military aeronautics and 20% in local production of Rafale components to meet mandatory offset requirements.last_img read more