Sharad named interim CVC

first_imgNew Delhi: Vigilance Commissioner Sharad Kumar has been named interim CVC until a new incumbent is chosen by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-headed selection panel.Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) K V Chowdary and Vigilance Commissioner T M Bhasin completed their tenure at the anti-graft body on Sunday and Monday respectively. Kumar, who is the other Vigilance Commissioner, has been authorised to act as the CVC “until the appointment of the Central Vigilance Commissioner”, an order issued by Personnel Ministry said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCKumar, a former chief of anti-terror probe agency National Investigation Agency (NIA), took over as Vigilance Commissioner on June 12 last year. His tenure at the Central Vigilance Commission will end in October next year, when he completes 65 years of age. Chowdary and Bhasin were credited for bringing in certain systemic changes at the CVC to tackle corruption. Chowdary, who had been chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) — the policy-making body of the Income Tax department — ensured that time taken in resolving graft complaints by the Commission is reduced and started a monthly-lecture series for Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs). Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe CVOs act as distant arm of the Commission to check corruption in government departments. Bhasin, a former CMD of Indian Bank, brought in several measures to ensure corruption-free working of banks. During his tenure, the CVC came out with a report after analysis of top 100 banks frauds in the country. However, the Commission was embroiled in the controversy involving two former top officers of the CBI. The CVC exercises superintendence over CBI in corruption cases. The CVC took measures to probe allegation and counter-allegation of corruption levelled by former CBI chief Alok Kumar Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana against each other. Meanwhile, the Personnel Ministry has started the process of shortlisting the candidates for the posts of CVC and Vigilance Commissioner. It has recently for the third consecutive time extended the last date for applying for the top posts in the anti-corruption watchdog. The Personnel Ministry had in March-end initiated the process of filling up the posts of Central Vigilance Commissioner and Vigilance Commissioner. The last date for sending application to the ministry was May 1, which was first extended to May 22 and then till June 6. The date has now been further extended to June 17.last_img read more

Take a break from cell phones during pregnancy

first_imgWe often forget that pregnancy is wellness and not an illness. Though it comes as a blessing to all expecting couples, it brings along a set of concerns and problems.Talking about one such issue during that time, Dr N S Kanimozhi, Gynecologist and Obstetrician, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Chennai reveals that radiations from mobile phones, computers, and wireless routers are likely to have an impact on the growing fetus. “In today’s technology-driven world, you rely on your cell phone to stay in touch with friends and family, get your work done and keep track of what’s going on around you. Wireless Internet connections, laptops and tablets are as ubiquitous as phones. While technology comes as a boon it is important to note that cell phones and other wireless devices emit radio waves,” Kanimozhi clarifies. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThat is why expecting mothers are recommended to have limited exposure to radiation during this phase. With so much of technology available around, expecting mothers need to understand that “radiation is a kind of energy”. Most of the expecting mothers are encouraged to not be exposed to radiation during this important phase. Lesser the exposure to radiation lower will be the risk of birth defects in the newborn, the Gynecologist and Obstetrician reveals. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”A birth defect is a health condition that a baby has at birth. Birth defects change the shape or function of one or more parts of the body. They can cause problems in overall health, in how the body develops, or in how the body works. It is important to note that fetuses are particularly sensitive to radiation during their early development, between weeks 2 and 18 of pregnancy,” she adds. Globally, researchers have found that mobile phones emit radio waves a type of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation which is not likely to affect the health of the mother or of the growing fetus. The possibility of severe health effects depends on the gestational age of the fetus at the time of exposure and the amount of radiation it is exposed to. Unborn babies are less sensitive during some stages of pregnancy than others. Agreeing to her views, Dr Nupur Gupta, Director, Obstetrics, and Gynaecology, Fortis Gurugram states, the use of electronic gadgets like a cellular phone or laptop is inevitable today. We cannot completely abandon the devices, but spreading information about the harmful effects of these radiation on children and pregnant women is necessary. Effects of mobile phones on pregnant women Excessive and increased use of mobiles for a long term can trigger insomnia which leads to reduced bone density and brain activity as well. This is detrimental to fetal brain development and may result in behavioral issues like hyperactivity. Besides, mothers spending a lot of time on the mobile phone might result in neglection, leading to behavioural problem in the kid. Higher rate of exposure to radiation during pregnancy can also change brain activity of the pregnant women causing fatigue, anxiety, reduced memory and sleep disturbance. Constant and continued exposure to radio waves during pregnancy can influence and interfere with cellular receptors of the human body and may initiate cancer. Pregnant women should consult their physicians if they have any concern about radiation exposure to their fetus. Smart phones are truly an addiction these days. It might be difficult to stay away from it, but is extremely necessary to ensure that the baby as well mother are healthy. So, if you are an expecting mother, take a break from your cell phones and enjoy every moment of this beautiful phase.last_img read more

Canadas broadcast regulators to review educational aspect of Oprah Winfrey Network

GATINEAU, Que. — The federal broadcast regulators will take a look at the educational aspect of the Oprah Winfrey Network Canada to determine if it is meeting its licence requirements of broadcasting educational content.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications says it will hold a hearing next Tuesday looking into whether the network’s shows are educational enough to meet its mandate.Media company Corus Entertainment Inc. has the licence for the Oprah Winfrey Network Canada channel.That channel used to be the Canadian Learning Television channel until it was rebranded as VIVA, a women’s entertainment channel and then rebranded as Oprah Winfrey Network in March 2011.The CRTC says OWN was originally approved as the Canadian Learning Television channel and is required to provide formal and informal educational programs that generally focus on adult education.The CRTC recently killed the $3.4-billion friendly take-over deal by Bell to acquire Astral Media, saying it wasn’t in the best interests of Canadians.The Canadian Press read more

Brock community mourns the loss of Paul Hansell

Brock is saddened by the loss of Paul Hansell, who was a first-year Bachelor of Accounting student. The university extends it sincere sympathy to his family and friends at this difficult time.He was the son of Brian and Joanne Hansell and brother of Jolene. A graduate of both St. Patrick’s and Assumption Catholic schools in Burlington, the 18-year-old’s talents included competitive dance, guitar and piano, as well as composing and publishing his own music.Visitations are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at Smith Funeral Home, 485 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.The funeral will take place Saturday, Dec. 11, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 197 Kenwood Dr., Burlington, Ont.The family asks that donations be sent to The Paul Hansell Memorial Fund.• Obituary at Smith’s Funeral Homes read more

Salmonella outbreak linked to Harvest Creek nuggets

Canada’s Public Health Agency has linked a recent salmonella outbreak to frozen chicken products.Harvest Creek chicken nuggets with a best before date of Oct. 11, 2018 are being recalled.The nuggets are sold in Ontario and eastern Canada.The outbreak was first reported in September with 13 people sick in four provinces.According to the federal agency 30 people, including 17 in Ontario, reported eating the nuggets before getting sick.People are being reminded to use safe practices when handling, preparing and cooking poultry. read more

Envoys from UN and African Union condemn fresh round of clashes in

In their statement, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Jan Pronk and the AU Commission Chairperson’s Special Representative Baba Gana Kingibe said they were especially worried about the fate of civilians in the Jebel Moon area of West Darfur, where the fighting is reported to be taking place.Mr. Pronk and Mr. Kingibe warned that an attack on any party to the conflict in Darfur violates either the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA), which was signed in May, or an earlier accord known as the N’Djamena Ceasefire Agreement.The statement noted that, according to reports received by the African Union’s mission in Sudan (AMIS), Sudanese Government forces and Janjaweed militias were involved in a combined operation against in Jebel Moon against a rebel group which has not signed the DPA.Scores of thousands of people have been killed in Darfur and more than two million others have been displaced since 2003 because of fighting between Government forces, Janjaweed militias and rebels that has led to claims of civilian massacres, rapes and other atrocities. read more

UNbacked disaster risk reduction guidelines to help tackle hunger in Latin America

“This transition cannot be achieved without the development of sectoral measures for disaster risk management involving technologies, productive practices and sustainable use of natural resources, as well as considerable changes in terms of governance, legislation, policies and public and private investment,” said Jorge Meza, chief forestry officer of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Entitled Guidelines and Recommendations for the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Agricultural and Food and Nutrition Security Sector: Latin America and the Caribbean, the document is a guide for such a transition, which was envisioned by the 15-year Framework – the most risk-focused international plan ever on curbing the impact of natural and human-induced hazards – adopted in March 2015. The guidelines, crafted by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), FAO and the Organization of American States, also aim to support the implementation of a roadmap set down by the 33-nation Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, the ‘CELAC Plan for Food Security, Nutrition and Hunger Eradication 2025.’ More than 34 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean still suffer from hunger, with the majority of them concentrated in the countryside. Millions of producers in the region’s poorest rural areas are family subsistence farmers and at very high risk, given that the impact of disasters goes beyond the momentary loss of income or opportunities and directly impacts food security and survival. Therefore, the effect of disasters on the sector and the consequences of climate change not only endanger development gains in rural territories of Latin America and the Caribbean, but also the very food and nutritional security of its entire population. They also undermine the ability of the region to cope in a context where global population growth is driving an expected 60-per cent increase in food demand by 2050. Momentum on the issue has also been built thanks to last year’s 34th FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, hosted by Mexico, which focused attention on the need to boost disaster risk reduction efforts in the sector. This May, Mexico is also set to host the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. read more

UN chief welcomes possibility of resumed talks between US and DPR Korea

The UN chief “welcomes the meetings in Panmunjom involving the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea and the United States”, his spokesperson said in a statement, adding “particularly the announcement that the DPRK and the United States will resume working-level dialogue”. For the first time since their last summit in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, broke down in February, both countries agreed to resume stalled nuclear talks.Before crossing over, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, posed for photographers in the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone.“The Secretary-General fully supports the continued efforts of the parties to establish new relations towards sustainable peace, security and complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”, according to the statement. Nuclear negotiations between the US and North Korea have proceeded in fits and starts for decades, with no sustaining success in halting the North’s atomic weapons programme.In 2017, Pyongyang launched its sixth and largest nuclear test since it began its programme in 2006, straining further US-North Korean relations during President Trump’s first year in office.The following year, Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim met in Singapore, signing a joint statement vowing to pursue peace and complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, albeit with few details. The two met again in February 2018, but disagreements over sanction and denuclearization collapse the summit early, yielding no agreement. read more

Henderson returning to role as Senate Chair

After wrapping up a one-year sabbatical, Scott Henderson is back as chair of the Brock University Senate.The Associate Professor of Communications, Popular Culture and Film had served two years as chair from 2015-17 before handing the reins over to David Whitehead, Associate Professor in the Goodman School of Business, last fall.Whitehead’s term wrapped up at the conclusion of Spring Convocation, at which time Henderson’s third term began after he was elected as chair by Senate.Henderson said he enjoys being involved in University governance.“I’ve been at Brock since 1991 in various roles and have gotten to know the inner workings of the University,” he said. “It’s partly about giving back, it’s partly about finding new challenges, and it’s great to work with people across the University. I’m fascinated learning about other programs, other people’s research and the community engagement that comes with that.”Henderson credited Whitehead and the rest of Senate with making sure they were involved in the ongoing strategic planning process.“That will be the most significant aspect during the first half of the year,” he said.Looking further down the road, Henderson hopes Senate can play a role in informing the public about the benefits of Brock University as a community member, educational institution and research hub.“Universities are at a transformative point. We’re adapting to new realities and new expectations for universities and I think Senates are important in terms of identifying what our strengths are. It’s about aligning what we’re already doing with the priorities that the public expects,” he said.During his sabbatical, Henderson said he got caught up on work and spent two months on a visiting professorship in Germany.“That gave me a base in Europe to follow up on some of my research,” he said.Henderson has also been working on a research project with fellow CPCF Professor Barry Grant examining the history of comic book adaptations to film — from Felix the Cat in the 1920s to Black Panther released in 2018. read more

Opinion Guyana now firmly on path for an illegal government

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLETTER: 6 days away from constitutional deadline and still no date for electionsMarch 15, 2019In “latest news”Int’l organisation urges Govt to comply with the ConstitutionJuly 16, 2019In “latest news”Jagdeo sets conditions for extending elections date beyond March 21March 5, 2019In “latest news” By Dr. Leslie RamsammyIn just about two weeks, Guyana becomes a dictatorship. The President and APNU+AFC are sinisterly eager to be a dictator President and an illegal government. The passage of the No-Confidence Motion on December 21st, 2018 set Guyana on a path to new General and Regional Elections. The date of the elections had to be chosen by the President, as long as it was within 90 days from December 21st. Beyond the 90 days, which means beyond March 21st, the decision on a date belongs jointly to the President and the Leader of the Opposition. Having squandered the first option, the President now depends on the Leader of the Opposition for legitimacy, even though he has adopted a position of an emperor.Bharrat Jagdeo took an Olive Branch, a genuine offer for compromise, to the President this morning. He offered the full support of the PPP for Parliament, under Article 106(7) of the Constitution and with the required two-thirds majority, to extend the life of the government for a reasonable period, beyond the deadline of March 21st, 2019. All Bharrat Jagdeo, the Leader of the Opposition, wanted was for a good-faith agreement on a date for election. In keeping with the law and the constitution and representing a large section of the Guyanese people, the Leader of the Opposition presented the President with a face-saving way forward, so that come March 21st, 2019, Guyana would not have an illegal government and a dictator President.The President, not surprisingly, was unwilling to discuss a date for election. The President abrogated his responsibility under the constitution to be the person who must decide on the date for an election. The law provides for two possibilities for the election date. The first was established on December 21st, 2018 when the passage of the No-Confidence motion started a timeline requiring election within 90 days. That meant the President had to choose a date before or on March 21st, the 90th day from December 21st. He and his Government deliberately ran the time down and now are faced with the daunting challenge of being an illegal government. There is a second option, provided for by the Constitution. This second option is a reasonable date after March 21st, if the Leader of the Opposition guarantees a two-thirds majority in Parliament for the extension of the timeline under Article 106(7) of the Constitution.While the President has absolute choice in the first option, that choice is absolute only for a date anytime before or on March 21st. It is now impossible for him to exercise this first option. We are now left only with the second option and, for that, he needs the acquiescence of the Leader of the Opposition. In refusing to exercise the first option, President Granger arbitrarily wants to delegate the second option to GECOM which has become another creature of APNU+AFC. But he conveniently ignores the law that states he cannot now act alone. The President gave up that option when he did not exercise his mandate to set the date before March 21st. He needs the Leader of the Opposition to exercise the second option. The President cannot arbitrarily delegate the authority to GECOM. The law that now governs the choice of a date for election is one that must be made only by a compromise between the President and the Leader of the Opposition.The President, APNU+AFC and GECOM are involved in a wicked, reckless conspiracy to violate the Constitution and the laws of Guyana. GECOM clearly has transitioned from it being a creature of the constitution to being a creature of the President and APNU+AFC.There are too many people and organizations who are silent. The trade unions, the Guyana Human Rights Organization, etc. are adding complicity to the recklessness of the government. This silence is permitting President Granger and APNU+AFC to formalize a dictatorship. The silence of CARICOM and the ABC countries are troubling. They need to know that they are aiding and abetting a dictatorship in Guyana. read more

Green light for AustralianCanadian uranium search

first_imgAustralian company, Crossland Uranium Mines will accelerate development of its international uranium exploration programme following the final activation of a joint venture agreement with Canadian explorer, Centram Exploration. Centram – which graduated to Toronto’s TSX Venture Exchange on June 29 – has successfully raised C$5 million, sufficient to support the Vancouver-based company’s minimum A$4 million funding of Crossland’s exploration program in the Northern Territory and South Australia. Centram must spend a total of A$8 million on the Crossland projects before it earns a 50% interest in them. Crossland’s Executive Director, Geoff Eupene, welcomed the green light for the joint venture and said two Crossland directors would join the Centram board and attend the company’s annual general meeting and planning meetings in Canada this week. “Under the terms of the joint venture agreement, Crossland and Centram will also both initially contribute $2 million to fund future uranium acquisitions and exploration outside Australia,” he said. “The meetings in Canada are aimed at planning future exploration programmes and acquisitions, both in Australia and overseas.”Uranium activities are being undertaken by Crossland and Centram outside of Australia through their newly-established Canadian-based jointly owned entity, Crosscontinental Uranium, which last month announced its maiden international foray – into West Africa. That project sees Crosscontinental currently set to acquire over 6,000 km2 of prospective uranium permits and permit applications in Burkina Faso. In Australia, the three uranium targets under exploration by Crossland and Centram are:Chilling in the uranium-rich Pine Creek Orogen of NT Charley Creek in the Arunta region of central Australia, northwest of Alice Springs Kalabity in SA’s Curnamona Province, which hosts several uranium prospects.Eupene said Crossland had just completed its first detailed exploration on the Australian uranium prospects in South Australia and the Northern Territory with an airborne geophysical survey on the promising Kalabity Exploration Licence. “The Kalabity work is the first of several detailed airborne geophysical surveys planned on Crossland’s titles during the current dry season, he said. “The high quality survey results are being used to plan the next exploration phase at Kalabity. This will involve geochemical sampling of prospective areas revealed by the survey, and by earlier work undertaken on the project by PlatSearch and previous exploration.” Crossland and Centram are earning an initial 60% interest from the owners, PlatSearch and Eaglehawk Geological Consulting, by exploration expenditure of A$500,000. Under the terms of the joint venture, Centram will provide funds for this work.Eupene said Charley Creek would be the next project to be flown, with that survey expected to commence within the next week and involve almost 10,000 line km of detailed survey. “The survey of the Chilling project in the Pine Creek Orogen, involving over 25,000 line km, will commence later into the dry season, to enable the area to dry out from the Top End wet season,” he said. “The presence of surface water is undesirable for radiometric surveys as it can mask the radiometric response of soils.”Crossland’s Board and management team includes Eupene and Chairman, Bob Cleary – two experienced Australian uranium experts who have both been closely involved with the definition, development and operation of the Ranger mine in the NT, Australia’s largest uranium producing mine. David Mosher, a Director of Centram, led the exploration team that discovered the Jabiluka deposit, Australia’s largest uranium orebody, lying about 20 km north of Ranger.last_img read more

Three G4S guards charged with manslaughter of man being deported

first_imgTHREE EMPLOYEES OF security company G4S have been charged with the manslaughter of a man who died as he was being deported from Britain in October 2010.The English prosecution service today rolled back on a previous decision not to bring charges in relation to the death of Jimmy Mubenga after it examined new evidence in the case.Jimmy Mubenga died as he was being deported from Britain to his native Angola after being restrained by the three accused on board a plane at Heathrow airport.Mubenga had been granted leave to stay in England after moving to the country in 1994.  However, in 2006 he was convicted of actual bodily harm and sentenced to two years in prison following a brawl in a nightclub. Upon his release, he was transferred to an immigration detention centre and the process of his deportation began.An inquest into his death found that he had died of cardio-respiratory collapse.The Crown Prosecution Service said today the the three G4S employees – Colin Kaler, Terrence Hughes and Stuart Tribelnig – are to be prosecuted for manslaughter, following an inquest which returned a verdict of unlawful killing.“We have completed a fresh review of all of the evidence relating to the death of Jimmy Mubenga, including the new evidence arising from the inquest, and decided that three men should be prosecuted for manslaughter,” said Malcolm Mchaffie, the deputy head of special crime at the Crown Prosectuion Service.He said that there was “sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction” and that it was “in the public interest” to prosecute.The Guardian reports that a solicitor for the three men said they would be vigorously denying the charges.The Crown Prosecution Service said it had decided not to prosecute G4S for corporate manslaughter, noting that such a prosecution would have required evidence that a senior executive in the company was personally guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence.The three men will appear in court on 7 April.Read: Gerry Adams says Hyde Park bomb accused should never have been arrested >last_img read more

Half of the population believes drivers shouldnt be banned for having alcohol

first_img Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire 61 Comments PROPOSALS TO CHANGE Ireland’s drink-driving laws have stirred much debate in Leinster House – and across the country – in recent weeks.Transport Minister Shane Ross wants to introduce legislation which would see drink drivers automatically disqualified from driving when caught over the alcohol limit.Under an exception in current laws, people caught breaching the alcohol limit in certain circumstances can avoid disqualification by paying a fixed charge and incurring penalty points.“A lot of people were availing of it,” Ross says.His plan would not lower the alcohol limit (which is 50mg) but to gauge what people think about drink driving in 2017, a recent Claire Byrne Live/Amárach poll for asked:Should people be banned from driving if they’re caught driving with any alcohol in their system?Fifty percent of people said they should not be, while 35% said they should be taken off the road. Fifteen percent responded ‘I don’t know’.Writing in on Saturday, the Independent Alliance minister said he is taking the opportunity presented to him to save lives.“The fact that my Bill will save lives is not a truth some vested interests want to hear – and they are going to great lengths to ensure you don’t hear it either,” he writes.“There can be no such thing as ‘collateral damage’ where alcohol and road safety is concerned. We have the power to save lives. In all honesty – how can anyone argue with that?”The poll was carried out on Monday, surveying more than 1,000 people. Shane Ross: ‘If you could save one person’s life, would you?’‘I can have one joint, right?’ Everything you need to know about roadside drug testingFactFind: Have people been killed in road crashes where drivers were just over the limit? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Half of the population believes drivers shouldn’t be banned for having alcohol in their system There is little appetite for stricter rules around driving and alcohol among the Irish population. By Sinead O’Carroll Apr 16th 2017, 6:35 AM 16,307 Views Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 6:35 AM Share Tweet Email Short URLlast_img read more

Updated card for WWE Night of Champions PPV this Sunday

first_img Twitter Videos Articles WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Pinterest Google+ Facebook Shawn Michaels Videos Articles Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rouseycenter_img WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 Videos Articles Following RAW on Monday night, here is the updated card for this Sunday’s WWE Night of Champions PPV live from Houston, Texas airing on the WWE Network.WWE World Heavyweight Championship MatchSeth Rollins (c) vs. StingWWE United States Championship MatchSeth Rollins (c) vs. John CenaWWE Intercontinental Championship MatchRyback (c) vs. Kevin OwensWWE Tag Team Championships MatchThe New Day (c’s) vs. The Dudley BoyzRoman Reigns, Dean Ambrose & ? vs. The Wyatt FamilyDolph Ziggler vs. RusevWWE Divas Championship MatchNikki Bella (c) vs. CharlotteKickoff Show:Neville & The Lucha Dragons vs. Stardust & The will have live coverage of WWE Night of Champions 2015 this Sunday.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Intercontinental and Smackdown Tag Team Championship matches added to Clash of Champions 8/17 WWE Live Results: Houston and Grand Forks (Kingston vs. Orton, Rollins vs. Corbin)last_img read more

Minister Ferreira Attends Renewable Energy Assembly in UAE

first_imgPhoto caption: Bahamas Minister of the Environment and Housing, the Hon. Romauld S. Ferreira attended the Eighth Session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly, January 13-14, 2018 at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.(BIS Photo) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#United Arab Emirates, January 20, 2018 – Abu Dhabi – Joining some 1100 delegates from over 150 countries, the Hon. Romauld S. Ferreira, Minister of the Environment & Housing, attended the Eighth Session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly on January 13-14, 2018 which was held at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).  The international body met to discuss private sector and civil society issues for global energy transition, and charting the way forward on deployment.Minister Ferreira noted in addition, “IRENA hosted a special high-level event, outside of the Eighth Session of the IRENA Assembly, which focused on improving the capacity of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to develop and secure financing for renewable energy projects.”He added, “IRENA is the global platform for cooperation on renewable energy and possesses a unique position to draw countries together.  The forum is designed to develop strategies and ultimately global solutions in accord to address climate and sustainable development challenges.  The side event also provided an ideal opportunity for each Member State to share in diversity — their individual cultural experiences, needs, and the best practices to meet these challenges with opportunity.”Minister Ferreira reflected on his impression of IRENA’s high-level Ministerial Roundtable, which was held to share ideas on “the connection between an increasingly electrified transport sector and accelerated renewable energy deployment.”  He said the general idea of the meeting “was to explore different perspectives on scaling up the use of renewables, especially in e-mobility.”IRENA, the international organization, was formed in 2009 on January 26, as a treaty organization to promote renewable energy and source funding for its 154 strong member countries, and 26 pending ascension to the assembly.  In addition to IRENA many UN organizations work in the field of renewable energy, however IRENA is the only one dedicated to the promotion of 100 percent renewable energy worldwide.   Nevertheless, IRENA and the UN will join forces to speed up the transformation of the global energy sector.By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)center_img Related Items:last_img read more

BBC awarded 10 pay rise to more than 1700 staff in 2016

first_imgThe BBC awarded a pay increase worth more than 10% of salary to 1,763 employees in 2016.The rises, which were given to just over 9% of the broadcaster’s total workforce, were awarded to reflect workforce promotions and employees taking on greater responsibilities.Details of the salary increases were released following a Freedom of Information request submitted by The Sun.A BBC spokesperson said: “BBC staff received a 1% pay rise last year but in any large organisation, especially when making significant back office savings like the BBC, there will be people who are promoted or take on significant extra responsibilities which will be reflected in their salary.”A report published in April 2017 by the National Audit Office, Managing the BBC’s workforce, stated: “The BBC has adhered to a consistent set of strategic objectives that have shaped its approach to workforce management. These have included: reducing payroll staff costs and numbers; investing in new areas of activity to enhance and grow the BBC’s range of services; reducing the cost and number of senior managers; moving more staff posts outside London; increasing diversity; and simplifying and standardising the corporation’s organisational design.”last_img read more

31 of employees want a more flexible approach to work

first_imgJust under one-third (31%) of employees would like to have a more flexible working environment, according to research by Investors In People (IIP).Its Exodus Survey 2018, which surveyed 1,000 UK employees, found that respondents considered it more important to have flexibility in their employment, such as working remotely, than having a 3% pay rise.The survey found that almost half (47%) of employees were intending to find a new job in 2018, a lower figure than last year which saw 59% of respondents actively seeking new employment.The research also found that:34% of respondents cite enjoying their job and 33% cite working within a good team, as reasons to stay with an organisation.44% of employees would be happy with a small pay rise, and a further 27% of respondents believe a good pay package is the best way to attract and retain employees.48% feel they can get more job satisfaction with another organisation, and 57% cite competitive pay as a reason to find a new job, 28% for good benefits and 22% for job security.Paul Devoy, CEO, IIP, (pictured) said: “In a year where unemployment has reached its lowest level since 1975, but wages have stagnated, the improvements to the labour market have failed to translate to the pockets of UK workers. With research suggesting that employee disengagement costs the UK economy £340 billion annually, bad leadership is eroding UK productivity.“With 49% of workers citing poor management as the main reason they’re considering looking for a new job next year, management strategies must evolve to meet the demands of employees if organisations are to retain staff.”last_img read more

Collector Anitha Ramachandran calls for protecting saplings

first_imgYadadri-Bhongir: District Collector Anitha Ramachandran stated that each and every village in the district must flourish with greenery as per the newly-enacted Panchayat Raj Act.On Thursday, she attended as chief guest to an awareness meeting on implementation of Haritha Haram programme in villages held at a private functional hall in Bhongir. Addressing the gathering, the Collector said nurseries in every village must be developed in such a way that as many as 40,000 saplings must be planted in every village every year. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Precautionary measures must be taken to protect 85 percentage planted saplings and added to provide six plants to each household under Haritha Haram programme. Apart from planting saplings along the roads under rural employment scheme, she urged people to plant saplings on office premises, forest lands and other vacant places to improve forest cover in the district. District Rural Development Agency Upender Reddy, in-charge District Panchayat Officer Venkat Reddy, Irrigation Engineer Ramchandar, SC development and welfare officers Krishna Murthy, Sajjan and others attended the meeting.last_img read more

Indian Oil Corp writes new shale tale fetches first consignment from US

first_imgA private security guard wearing a jacket of Indian Oil stands outside a fuel station in New Delhi, India August 29, 2016. REUTERS/Adnan AbidiReutersState-owned Indian Oil (IOC) has bought the country’s first shale oil from the United States and is now planning to step up imports from America as part of its crude diversification strategy, the Economic Times reported.IOC bought 1.9 million barrels of US crude oil in its second import tender seeking oil from the Americas, company Director (Finance) A K Sharma told ET.India is the world’s third-largest oil importer, now joins other Asian countries like South Korea, Japan and China to buy US crude after production cuts by Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) drove up prices of Middle East heavy-sour crude, or grades with a high sulphur content.In a first, IOC had last month sealed a deal to import 1.6 million barrels of Mars crude from the US and 400,000 barrels of Western Canadian Select oil for delivery at its Paradip refinery in Odisha. “In the second tender, we have bought 950,000 barrels of light sweet Eagle Ford shale oil and 950,000 barrels of heavy sour Mars crude. This is for delivery in end-October,” Sharma told ET.Sharma said IOC has received government nod for buying one cargo (or shipload) of US oil every month till March 2018.Transportation of US crude needs very large crude carriers (VLCCs) and can be done only by foreign shipping lines. And to do that, oil companies have to obtain permission from the shipping ministry. Shipping Ministry has given permission to import one cargo from the US on DES (Delivered Ex Ship) basis,” he said.Sharma said buying US crude has become attractive for Indian refiners after the differential between Brent (the benchmark crude or marker crude that serves as a reference price for buyers in western world) and Dubai has narrowed. He further added that even after including the shipping cost, buying US crude is cost competitive to Indian refiners.”We are not looking at any term (or fixed quantity) deal from US as of now. We will tender to buy crude and if the US crude is competitive as compared to others, we will buy it,” he said.last_img read more

Six Athletes Named to the 2019 AllACC Academic Outdoor Track Field Teams

first_imgFive athletes earned All-ACC honors at the 2019 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships while two of the six athletes advanced to the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships.   Nichols, Ash and Leon earned first team All-ACC honors while Gibbons and Zacharias earned second team All-ACC honors.  Forrest and Leon all advanced to the NCAA Championships. Story Links The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September of 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their careers, as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Six Cardinals were named to the All-ACC Academic Team, as announced on Friday by the ACC, Luke Nichols, Alivia Ash, Makenli Forrest,  Alexis Gibbons,  Gabriela Leon,  and  Morgan Zacharias represent the Cardinals on the All-ACC Outdoor Track and Field Academic Teams. Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July. 2019 All-ACC Academic Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field TeamsLuke Nichols, Fr., Louisville, Exercise ScienceAlivia Ash, Jr., Louisville, Exercise ScienceMakenli Forrest, So., Louisville, Exercise ScienceAlexis Gibbons, Jr., Louisville, Exercise ScienceGabriela Leon, So., Louisville, Exercise ScienceMorgan Zacharias, Sr., Louisville. Exercise Science  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more