No armed rallies during Durga Puja: Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday issued a strong message to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and other Hindutva organisations. “If there are any attempts to organise armed rallies during [Vijaya] Dashami, it will be dealt with strong measures,” Ms. Banerjee told journalists at the State Secretariat.West Bengal Director General of Police (DGP) Surajit Kar Purkayastha said that such rallies had never been organised in the past and no permission would be given by the police for them. The Chief Minister’s remarks come against the backdrop of reports that certain Hindutva organisations have plans to organise armed rallies on Vijay Dashami or Dussehra, which falls on September 30. “People cannot stay peacefully during the [Durga] Puja. Why this kind of politics?” the CM asked. She accused the RSS and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) of trying to arouse communal passions during the Puja to get political mileage for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Ms. Banerjee clarified that Durga Puja immersions would be allowed on Dashami, September 30, and would be prohibited only for a day, on October 1, on account of Muharram. Immersion would be allowed on October 3, 4 and 5. Ms. Banerjee said the State police had been maintaining law and order during Durga Puja successfully in the past.last_img read more

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Mary Kom fails to qualify for Rio Olympics

first_imgMARY_KOM   –  THE HINDU SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Loses in World Championship second round COMMENT × RELATED Published on sport Mary Kom sets sights on Rio Games Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom’s hopes of a second successive Olympic appearance ended today after she went down in the second round of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships here.Mary Kom (51kg), who was a bronze-medallist at the 2012 London Olympics, lost 0-2 to Germany’s Azize Nimani in the second round of an event from where only the semifinalists would make the cut for the upcoming Rio Games.Nimani will next be up against top seed Davide Marzia of Italy who got the better of Hungary’s Katalin Ancsin.In an exciting contest, Mary Kom took off aggressively but Nimani managed to keep her at bay by fighting from a distance.In fact, Nimani hardly attempted any attack on the Indian in the opening two minutes but managed to connect a few counter-jabs to take the initial edge.Mary Kom continued to be aggressive in the second round as well, connected much better but failed to get the judges’ nod, who again ruled in favour of Nimani on a split decision.Gaining in confidence, Nimani stuck to her gameplan and forced Mary Kom to let her guard down.The diminutive Manipuri threw herself aggressively at the German, whose punching was far from clean. Nimani’s defensive tactics frustrated Mary Kom, who quite literally threw herself at the German to connect.However, the determined attack failed to yield the desired results for her as Nimani was declared winner on a split vote.The tournament is the final qualifying event for women boxers in the three Olympic categories of 51kg, 60kg, and 75kg and has 12 Rio tickets on offer. SHARE India at Rio: Biggest contingent eyes richest medal haul May 21, 2016 Mary Kom settles for a bronze null MARY_KOM   –  THE HINDUlast_img read more

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How To Find A Job Using Instagram

first_imgIf you are on Instagram, say “cheese!”Even if you did not say cheese, quite a few others have based on a recent set of statistics released by Facebook.Instagram founder Kevin Systrom said that the service has:16 billion photos have been shared to date1 billion likes happen each day130 million users are now on the serviceHoly smokes! That’s a lot of activity. Let’s try zooming in on the metric that has caught my eye the most – 130 million users. Out of 130 million people on Instagram, could there be companies and recruiters there who may want to hire you? The answer of course, is yes! (Or, “si,” if you speak Spanish.) That being said, I could not help but ponder how one could leverage Instagram for finding work. About 20 minutes or so later, I had enough notes to write a blog post about it. If you care to read it, here it goes. (Insert musical introduction here. Maybe some Lenny Kravitz.)For this strategy to work, I HIGHLY suggest that you create a secondary Instagram account. In this way, you do not have to worry about embarrassing photos from a certain party or bathroom selfies you might not want a certain employer to see. And when setting up this new Instagram account, use your name  (if it is available) or your name and your profession. For example:JohnDoeJohn _DoeJohn_Doe_ProgrammerOnce you have decided on a username, the next thing I want you to do is create a very short bio about who you are and the type of work that you do. When you do this, make sure that it is compelling and something that would be attractive to the people you are targeting. Here are a few samples off the top of my head.Elementary education teacher with 5 years experience seeks an opportunity with a small independent school.I am a Clinical Practice Assistant for a health maintenance organization, utilizing writing, research, and leadership skills to serve patients and keep my employer happy.As a Quality Assurance Analyst I test, break and debug all day, every day. Sloppy coders fear me.Instagram lets you add a website link to your profile as well. I suggest that you add a link to your LinkedIn profile or online resume. I also suggest that you add a professional looking photo for your profile photo, one that projects a business image. (Ideally, not one where someone else is cropped out or other people are with you. A good neutral background is preferred.)Now once that is done, let’s consider the photos you will share on your (professional / gimme a job) Instagram account.Content StrategyPhotos of you working. (At your cubicle, on a client site, whatever is applicable to what you do) 15-Second videos of you demonstrating your skill. (Like a makeup artist showing her skills over time.)Photos of companies where you have worked. (Add comments about what you did at each company, especially as it pertains to the value you delivered.)Photos of attendance at conferences and/or industry-related events.Text images of industry related commentsUse notes app on iPhone for longer postsNetworking StrategyFind companies you want to work for and follow them.Find people who work at companies you would love to work for, network with them by liking their photos, leaving comments and sharing like interests by using some of the hashtags they use in your photos (but only as applicable).Research related hashtags:Research the companies you are following and use the hashtags they use. This will help you get discovered by the people who work there. (Make sense?)Research hashtags that are related to the industry you work in. Not only will this aid in your networking with others in your field, it also makes it easier for a recruiter to do a search on Instagram and find you.Create tags relevant to your career and tag your photos as appropriate. Not only will this aid in your networking with others in your field… you get the idea. So, do you like this idea? If so, set up your (professional / gimme a job) Instagram account, then link to it below. Why? It will make it that much easier for recruiters to find you. Provided of course that they discover this article. You never know.As we are on an Instagram tangent, here are a few cool tools you might want to check out.Recite This: No time to take a photo? Or, you have photo block? (“Photo block” is like writer’s block, but its for photographers.) Simply type in some text and “Recite This” will convert your text into a work of art worthy of being shared on Instagram.  Nifty!Nitrogram 50: Want to find the most popular brands on Instagram? Nitrogram 50 is the place to be. It features the top 50 companies on Instagram and goes all the way to 1,000+. You can also search it to zero in on the company you fancy as well.Statigr.am: Want stats to see how well your photos are doing? Look no further! I just discovered this tool, but so far I like what I see.Okay, I’ve ranted long enough. Time for a quick selfie, then back to work.  Catch you later on Instagram! Later…Jimlast_img read more

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How to Become a Leader at Work

first_imgMost of us strive to become leaders. We want to do something great, be respected by our peers, make more money and acquire more responsibility. Overall, we want to make a difference at our job. However, most of us simply don’t know the proper way to gain heightened respect, confidence and admiration from those whom we work with.In reality, there is no simple answer to leadership. It takes devotion, time and patience. Most importantly, it takes knowledge.A firm understanding of leadershipWithout a firm understanding of what makes someone more influential, you cannot begin to alter your beliefs and practices accordingly.Though, once aware of the traits that make someone more authoritative, you can formulate a plan to improve upon lacking areas and alter the behaviors preventing you from achieving management and executive status.Below, you’ll find a list of traits that our sales and marketing headhunters look for in leaders, along with some exercises to enhance your influence and responsibility at work.Defining the traits of leadership 1. Strength. Begin to carry yourself with poise and confidence. People are drawn to confidence and shy away from nervousness, lack of authenticity and insecurity.How you feel about yourself will dictate your ability to lead and command authority. Essentially, if you don’t feel you’re important and deserving, don’t expect your co-workers to.If you have come across as anxious and unassertive with your co-workers in the past, don’t focus on these shortcomings.Your co-workers, like anyone else will have a short memory and so should you. From now on, think of the prior experiences as a learning tool rather than a future forecaster.With that being said, here are some exercises on how to increase self-confidence and perceived strength:Challenge the negative beliefs you have about yourself. Instead of focusing all your energy on what you don’t like about you, give equal weight to all your positive qualities.Focus on past successes rather than failures. Don’t mull over what you’ve done incorrectly. It’s more productive to think about all the things you’ve done right in the past. Reinforce these thoughts repeatedly.Stop always needing to be right. Understand there is nothing shameful about past work mistakes.Stop looking to others for acceptance and happiness. Learn that you don’t need anyone’s approval for your own self-confidence.The recruiters at KAS Placement strongly suggest that you let go of any anger that you are holding on to. Anger and resentment will prove a significant barrier to you becoming a leader at work.2. Positive Energy. Leaders show positive energy and optimism, showering their people with a can-do attitude. This outlook draws co-workers to them and paves the way for influence, respect and admiration from others.In terms of leadership, positive energy has a multitude of benefits and is nothing short of a crucial component.When you’re positive, you think in terms of solutions, not problems, you inspire risk taking, tend to be more resilient and think more clearly.Moreover, you are more assertive and your candor allows for quicker, more open communication amongst the other employees.  This is the foundation of strong leadership.3. Passion. Being passionate about your job means possessing a heartfelt, deep and authentic excitement about work.  This excitement is infectious and naturally will draw others to your way of thinking.People follow positivity, effectiveness, intelligence and resiliency.  All of which are byproducts of loving what you do.Until you learn to love work, you can’t hope to display the necessary positive energy leadership requires.Either proactively search for the perfect employment or train yourself to become more passionate in your current job.  Regardless, make a firm decision to stay or leave and follow through with it.Here are a few ways how to increase your passion for work:Increase your performance. Leaders do everything possible to increase the effectiveness of their work.  They put in the extra time and sincerely enjoy what they do partly because others admire their efforts.Think about what is going right rather than obsessing about your problems. Understand that no job is going to be perfect and create a reality that is more upbeat and success focused.Stop focusing on what people “owe” you and begin focusing on what you can do to standout.4. Selflessness. Leaders are selfless. They are more interested in group achievements as opposed to chasing their own goals.By consistently pouring out encouragement, caring and recognition, your co-workers will become more drawn to you.  Regardless of whether or not you are management, take every opportunity to inject self-confidence into those who earned it.In the endMost significant things at work and in life require work, study and most important, practice. Leadership is no different.  Understand that no one is born a leader. Rather, they decide to mold themselves into one. –Originally posted on Personal Branding Blog by Ken Sundheimlast_img read more

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Ravi Shastri applies for India’s head coach job

first_imgFormer captain and team director Ravi Shastri has formally applied for the India coach’s job as the BCCI and Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) get ready to select the next coach for the team ahead of the Sri Lanka tour.Before Shastri had applied, Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody were the front-runners for the top job.The CAC – Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman – will be interviewing the candidates on July 10.WATCH FULL VIDEOShastri was team director from 2014 to 2016, up until the World T20. He soon made way for Anil Kumble, who was selected coach by the CAC in 2016. Shastri was also one of the applicants last year but he was overlooked despite a good run.Kumble’s one-year tenure came to a controversial end when he resigned following differences with skipper Virat Kohli. In a statement, hours after tendering his resignation, Kumble said he was told by the Indian board that Kohli was not satisfied with his ‘style of coaching’.Even before the Champions Trophy had started last month, reports of a rift between Kumble and Kohli had emerged in the media. Earlier, on May 25, the BCCI had invited applications for the position of the head coach – five candidates had been finalised – Tom Moody, Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh.However, the BCCI invited fresh applications and the deadline was extended to July 9.It was widely believed that Moody and Sehwag were the only credible candidates standing in the race but Shastri’s entry could queer the pitch for others.advertisementKohli, it is understood, wants Shastri to come back into the dressing room. The cricketer-turned-commentator enjoys a great rapport with the team and the players are eager to have him back on board.last_img read more

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Women cricketers hope sponsorship follows financial rewards

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma New Delhi, July 28 (PTI) Indians women cricketers have attained overnight stardom and are now hoping the handsome financial rewards for their stellar World Cup show will be followed by lucrative sponsorship deals, which their male counterparts attract. Ten of the 15 squad members have job security as they are employed with the Indian Railways but they feel it is time top corporates also open up to womens cricket. It has been almost a week since the World Cup final at Lords but most of the squad members are yet to be approached for sponsorship. Captain Mithali Raj is among the few who have tied up a sports management company to take care of her commercial interests. The cricketers may have become household names but they have not yet attracted much interest as far as sponsorship is concerned. Indias star all-rounder Deepti Sharma, all of 19, did not have much clue when inquired about a major corporate showing interest in her. For now, she is just happy that she has got a kit sponsor. “Vampire has been sponsoring my equipment for a while now. Thats about it,” Deepti, who hopes to get a Railways job just like the majority of her teammates. “My father also retired from the Railways so it will be nice if I get to work there too,” she added. The 21-year-old opener Smriti Mandhana, whose form deserted her after a scintillating 90 and 106 in the opening two World Cup games, says she has been approached by companies. “I have been talking to a few companies about sponsorship. Hopefully things will work out. It will be nice to have sponsors behind us after all the support we have got from the BCCI and Railways,” said the Mumbai-born southpaw. However, leg-spinner Poonam Yadav and left-arm spinners Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Ekta Bisht, have not heard from the sponsors yet. “I think it is too early to say whether big corporates will invest in us. We have just come back, may be in the coming months, they will show some interest. It is definitely the time women get attention from the sponsors,” said Poonam. “As of now, Railways is the only body which has been supporting me. Terms like sponsorships and deal with companies are new to me. But it is something that we would love to have to boost our financial security. “Having a womens IPL will also be a step in that direction,” said the Bijapur-based Gayakwad, who has her entire family to take care after the death of her father. PTI BS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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I wan to be the guy Root looks to, says Broad ahead of India series

first_imgLondon, July 21 (PTI) Stuart Broad wants to be the go-to “guy” for skipper Joe Root as the seamer gears up to prove his fitness and make a comeback in the big-ticket Test series against India, beginning August 1. The Nottinghamshire pace bowler doesn’t want to look too far ahead, but next year’s Ashes series is definitely on his radar. “I think it is quite dangerous to look as far ahead as that. It can take your mind off what is really important,” Broad told Sky Sports News. “I don’t want to look too far ahead, but a huge goal of mine is to regain the Ashes in 2019. That is number one, top of the list, but what is going to make me a better cricketer in the short term, is to be able to be in that team fit and firing and be the guy Rooty (Joe Root) looks to.” On a comeback trail, Broad will look to regain full fitness after suffering an ankle injury playing for his county against Worcestershire in the Specsavers County Championship last month. “I really need to shorten my mindset and get things that are really reachable now and get things to push towards, rather than look to ends of careers because once you do that you slow down as a person and I am not at the stage of wanting to do that.” PTI AH ATATlast_img read more

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ICC Women’s World T20: Clinical India thrash Ireland to reach semi-finals

first_imgIndia produced yet another dominant show to advance to the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Guyana on Thursday.After posting 145/6, India spinners spun a web around Ireland batting line-up to restrict them to 93 for eight in their 20 overs and guide India to a comprehensive 52-run win at the Providence Stadium.Ireland were off to a steady start but Deepti Sharma struck in her first over to put brakes on the scoring rate. Clare Shillington fell 3.4 overs later when she misread a Poonam Yadav flighted delivery to be stumped by Taniya Bhatia. Ireland never recovered from there on.Radha Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers finishing with 3/25 while Deepti Sharma got two wickets. Poonam Yadav and Harmanpreet Kaur bagged one wicket apiece.India Women vs Ireland Women: Match HighlightsEarlier, India rode on player-of-the-match Mithali Raj’s painstaking 17th half-century to post a below par total but that proved to be much for the Ireland women’s team.Promoted to open the batting, veteran Mithali (51 off 56 balls) added 67 runs in 10 overs with Smriti Mandhana (33, 29 balls) but the innings never gained required momentum on a track that remained a bit damp due to overnight showers.Here’s how Group B stands, with @SouthernStars and @BCCIWomen the two sides who will progress to the #WT20 semis! pic.twitter.com/ZSsgvgu1GPICC World Twenty20 (@WorldT20) November 15, 2018The decision to bring in Jemimah Rodrigues at No 3, didn’t quite work out well as Mithali never got going despite hitting four boundaries and a six.advertisementHaving effectively scored 22 off five deliveries, Mithali scored another 21 off 51 balls. Her failure to rotate the strike did affect the momentum once Mandhana was bowled by medium pacer Kim Garth, trying a wild slog. She hit four boundaries and a six.Young Rodrigues hit three fours in his 11-ball-18 but was stumped off Laura Delany’s wide delivery when she tried to give charge.Skipper Harmanpreet hit a six but was soon dismissed. As wickets fell at one end, Mithali couldn’t shift gears at the other end. She was finally out in the 19th over, deceived by a slower delivery from Garth but India’s chances of putting up a substantial total had gone up in smoke by then.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Premier League: Tottenham inaugurates new stadium with 2-0 win over Crystal Palace

first_imgTottenham Hotspur marked their long-awaited homecoming with a vital 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in the first Premier League game at their new stadium on Wednesday to revive their faltering top-four hopes.It was hardly a classic to mark the official opening of the spectacular 62,062-seat stadium, but second-half goals by Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen ensured the London club began a new era with a win to move back above Arsenal into third place.”It’s just amazing. What an unbelievable stadium. The noise was just so loud,” South Korean Son, whose 12th league goal of the season came in front of the stadium’s steepling 17,500-seat single tier South Stand, told Sky Sports.”To score the first goal at this stadium. White Hart Lane is our history but the new stadium… I can’t believe it.”That feeling when you write your name into Spurs folklore…#SpursAreHome #COYS pic.twitter.com/726JR1niAZTottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 3, 2019Having moved out of their historic old stadium in May 2017, Tottenham have lodged at Wembley for nearly two seasons after building issues caused a six-month delay to their new arena.After a couple of test events the official opening was marked by a pre-match ceremony involving a brass band, a school choir and fireworks illuminating the golden cockerel sitting proudly on top of the South Stand.Tottenham’s worst slump in Mauricio Pochettino’s five years in charge – one point from five games – had seen his side’s outside shot at the title replaced by the fear of being swallowed by the chasing pack in the race for a top-four spot.advertisementAfter failing to get an early breakthrough the anxiety began to show, with Eriksen and Danny Rose both failing to capitalise on chances while Harry Kane had a free kick deflected wide.It was left to Son, Tottenham’s often unsung hero, to break the deadlock and etch his name into the club’s history books.”I’m the happiest guy in the world!”Sonny on scoring the first ever Premier League goal at our new home.#SpursAreHome #COYS pic.twitter.com/RKyDf2MRKhTottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 3, 2019Eriksen did well to win back possession and play in Son on the right and the striker then cut in before firing goalwards – his shot diverting wickedly off Palace skipper Luka Milivojevic to wrong-foot keeper Vicente Guaita.With Tottenham’s fans finally creating the atmosphere the occasion merited, Kane blazed over before his stumbling run into the area ended with Eriksen sweeping home from close range.Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris made two superb late saves to spare the fans a nail-biting finale and send them inside to christen the stadium’s array of swanky new bars with a crucial win to celebrate.Victory lifted Spurs back into third spot having been overtaken by local rivals Arsenal at the weekend.They have 64 points from 32 games with neighbours Arsenal, having played a game less, on 63 along with Chelsea, who beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0, while Manchester United are on 61 in the race for Champions League spots.Also Read | Atletico Madrid defeat 2-0 with late goals from Godin and GriezmannAlso Read | AFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women sail past Indonesia with 2-0 winAlso Watch | Australia should pick David Warner for the 2019 ICC World Cup: VVS Laxmanlast_img read more

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SALMONELLA OUTBREAK IN WEST POINT NEBRASKA

first_imgNebraska health authorities are investigating an outbreak of salmonella cases in the town of West Point.Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health along with the Nebraska Department of Health confirms that there have been 15 confirmed cases and 6 probable cases as of Wednesday.The health groups are working to identify the source of the outbreak.Salmonella is usually spread to humans by eating contaminated food.Thorough cooking kills salmonella and thorough hand-washing with soap and warm water for 60 seconds before handling or eating food and after using the bathroom is always recommended to help prevent the spread of bacteria.last_img read more

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Liverpool confirm squad for Champions League final

first_imgJurgen Klopp has finalised his 23-man Liverpool squad that will travel to Madrid to face Tottenham in the Champions League final at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday evening.As expected, Naby Keita misses out through injury having failed to recover in time from a ‘very serious’ adductor issue picked up in the Reds’ semi-final first-leg clash with Barcelona.There is hope, however, that the diminutive midfielder will be fit to represent his country at the Africa cup of nations, with Guinea having included the 24-year-old in their provisional squad. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Doubts had also been raised over the fitness of Brazil forward Roberto Firmino, who had been struggling with a muscle injury picked up on April 21. Klopp, however, indicated on Tuesday that the former Hoffenheim man would play some part, stating: “Everything is fine. What we saw so far looked really good, I’m pretty sure he will be fine.”The German trainer’s assessment has rung true, with Firmino having been included in the travelling party that will be eager to end a long-term trophy drought at one of Europe’s most storied clubs.Full Liverpool squad:Goalkeepers – Alisson Becker, Caoimhin Kelleher, Simon MignoletDefenders – Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Alberto MorenoMidfielders – Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giorginio WijnaldumAttackers – Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Divock Origi, Daniel Sturridge, Xherdan Shaqiri, Rhian BrewsterWhile Liverpool travelled to Spain on Friday, Tottenham made the trip two days earlier, with both star striker Harry Kane and midfielder Harry Winks deemed fit enough to make the trip.Pochettino, however, has remained coy on whether England captain Kane will feature from the start – or at all.Full Tottenham squad:Goalkeepers – Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga, Alfie WhitemanDefenders – Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez, Kyle Walker-Peters, Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier, Ben DaviesMidfielders – Harry Winks, Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, George Marsh, Oliver SkippAttackers – Heung-min Son, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela, Fernando Llorente, Lucas MouraAfter a recent tweak in UEFA regulations, both Klopp and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will be able to name up to 12 substitutes for the big game.last_img read more

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BMT Completes Studies for Port of Liverpool’s New …

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location BMT, November 5, 2013 Print  Close zoom BMT has completed a series of studies for the Port of Liverpool’s new Seaforth ‘Liverpool 2’ (L2) Container Terminal Construction, which promises to bring 5000 new jobs to the area. The new facility will provide capability for a further half a million containers, taking its total annual capacity to approximately two million TEUs.BMT subsidiary companies, BMT ARGOSS and BMT Isis were commissioned by Peel Ports to carry out a number of specialist studies to identify and assess the associated impacts of introducing larger vessels of up to 13,500 TEU to the proposed L2 development. This included analysis of the associated traffic and safety management issues, as well as the operability of the new terminal and to provide a conceptual design of the required mooring system. Manoeuvring simulations and studies into the wave and water level conditions were also carried out. Hugh Addison, Head of Design Liverpool 2, states: “BMT expedited the study on a short lead time and programme, to provide information fundamental to the detailed design of the Terminal. Liverpool 2 is subject to 10m tides and a wide range of vessels need to be accommodated in a defined footprint, but BMT overcame the technical challenges with enthusiasm and flair. Although the work was carried out remotely, their understanding of our requirements was absolute and the deliverables met the high standards that I have come to expect from working with BMT in different corners of the world.”BMT applied not only their extensive knowledge of ship behaviour but also a full range of AIS traffic analysis techniques and coastal engineering expertise in this project – from statistical analysis of wave buoy data, through to modelling of wave propagation over shallow banks and computation of overtopping rates. BMT also simulated the movements of the ship at the quay using REMBRANDT DMA (Dynamic Mooring Analysis).This software delivered a more advanced simulation of the moored ship’s response to all of the weather affecting it (wind, waves, currents, passing ships), providing Peel Ports with more reliable results and avoided the need for over-design because of the uncertainties often involved with a less advanced approach.Jan Onassis, Senior Maritime and Port Consultant at BMT ARGOSS explains: “The high tidal variation at Liverpool (more than 10m in extreme cases), combined with the range of vessel sizes expected to call at the terminal, presents particular design challenges. As the Seaforth terminal is located near the river entrance it means that, unlike the older Liverpool berths which are located in docks or well upriver, it will be subject to some wave action from the Irish Sea. As such, careful consideration was needed when designing the quay. On the one hand, it is favourable to make the quay high to avoid wave overtopping at high water, but a high quay can lead to mooring problems for the smaller vessels, particularly at low water.” Bob Hockham, Business Development Manager at BMT Isis explains: “For such a significant project like this, it was vital for Peel Ports to ensure that the proposed development could accommodate the larger, container vessels. Our dedicated traffic management team were able to provide assurance that although the larger vessels would have an impact on other vessel traffic, it could be manageable with the introduction of additional traffic management measures.”last_img read more

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Go Fund Me raising money for deaf sixyearold halfway to goal of

first_imgThe processor fell off when 6-year-old Chloe Kalas was bumped while playing in the park. Chloe’s mom Elizabeth and her husband searched the park seven different times but came up empty-handed.Elizabeth Kalas explained that Chloe had just recovered from an infection where the magnet inside her head was killing her skin, making Chloe have to wear a weaker magnet. The weaker magnet caused the processor to fall off numerous times.Without the processor, Chloe is completely deaf and must rely on sign language. Kalas added that with her daughter going into grade one this year, a new cochlear implant is a must since it’s already difficult for someone who uses an implant to hear in a school environment.“Without this, she hears nothing, so she’s a bit further behind, speech-wise,” said Kalas.A new processor for the cochlear implant costs $11,130 while the cable and coil cost an additional $370. Kalas added that the family can handle the cost of the cable and coil, but the processor is currently beyond their means.The goal of the GoFundMe is to raise enough money to cover the cost of a new processor. For more information or to donate, visit the GoFundMe campaign’s website at www.gofundme.com/chloe039s-cochlear-processor. UPDATE: The campaign has successfully reached its $12,000 goal. Details to follow.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Go Fund Me Campaign raising money for a 6-year-old deaf girl who lost the processor for her cochlear implant is halfway to its goal of $12,000.The campaign started on Tuesday just after 11:30 a.m. and reached $6,581 early this morning.last_img read more

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Speculations About Dirham Devaluation Overblown BMI Research

Rabat – BMI Research is pinning the blame for the delay of the dirham liberalization reform on commercial banks. In its latest report, the Fitch Group company stresses that far from the devaluation speculations, the Moroccan dirham is set to sail on a “smooth and gradual transition towards a free float.”The Moroccan dirham has been the star of local news these past months. Amid talks about a currency liberalization reform, speculations about a sharp depreciation of the dirham have run wild. Despite the constant reassurance of Bank Al-Maghrib, which presented proof of a strong economic fundamentals able to sustain a flexible exchange rate, the mistrust of commercial banks resulted in a rush on currency, draining Morocco’s foreign reserves starting in April 2017.Also Read: All You Should Know About ‘Floating Dirham’In its economic analysis, entitled “Fears Of Disorderly Depreciation Overblown,” BMI Research stresses the risks of speculation facing the planned reform, and its dire consequences. Not only were the Moroccan authorities forced to delay the first phase of the dirham liberalization reform due to these unfounded fears,  the ensuing panic also sparked a “sharp fall in foreign reserves since April 2017.” Between April and June, “reserves fell by 12.4 percent, from USD 24.4 billion to USD 21.4 billion, before stabilising in late July,” notes the company, adding that fears that the perpetuation of this rush on currency would case a further drop in reserves pushed authorities to completely delay the reform for the time being.Sparked by fears of a similar scenario to that of Egypt, the speculations could have serious consequences, according to BMI Research, which states that “a significant loss of reserves would have impaired the central bank’s ability to manage the dirham after allowing greater [fluctuation bonds].”However, the delay of the reform and the drawdown in net international reserves “does not affect BMI’s confident outlook for Morocco to successfully undertake a gradual transition towards a more flexible exchange rate regime.”For BMI Research, the Moroccan central bank has been successful at managing the Dirham peg over the past few years, backed by “the robustness of the Moroccan economy and positive investor sentiment, sharply contrasting with other North African economies which have been forced to allow their currencies to depreciate against their respective baskets.”These factors, combined with a real effective exchange rate broadly in line with its 10-year average, suggest that the currency is not particularly overvalued, and BMI Research “maintains its view that Morocco is in a favourable position to gradually move towards a more flexible exchange rate.”The company stresses that with the Moroccan authorities set to allow only modest fluctuations over the coming months, it sees “limited risks stemming from the liberalisation of the exchange rate regime.”Not only are speculations about a possible sharp devaluation unfounded, according to BMI, on the contrary, the dirham liberalization reform is set to boost the Moroccan economy.“Greater exchange rate flexibility will enable the Moroccan government to further reduce capital controls, which will enhance Morocco’s status as the preferred investor destination in North Africa,” explains the report.The reform is “also consistent with Morocco’s ambitions to increase trade links with African economies, in an effort to become a manufacturing and exporting hub between Europe and Africa.”“A reduced dependence of the dirham to the euro’s fate will increase flexibility and reliance to external shocks,” concludes BMI. read more

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JVP insists Government has no mandate to sign CEPA

Ratnayake said that the CEPA agreement has not been backed by Sri Lankans in the past as it does not favour Sri Lanka. The Parliamentarian said that while the Indian Government, the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka and some Indian companies in Sri Lanka want the agreement, Sri Lankans are not for it. (Colombo Gazette) He says now the current government is also attempting to sign the agreement without having the mandate from the public. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today insisted that the Government has no mandate to sign the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India.JVP Parliamentarian Bimal Ratnayake said that past governments had attempted to sign the agreement with India but could not do so owing to several protests. read more

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Ranil to visit Indian temple for religious observances

On account of the visit of Wickremesinghe, there would be traffic restrictions on three roads for security reasons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.In a press release here on Thursday, Sanjeev M. Patil, Superintendent of Police, said that the three roads are Nittur-Kollur, Byndoor-Kollur and Vandse-Kollur. There would also be disruption of movement of vehicles entering or leaving Kollur during this period.There would also be changes in the timings of darshan for people at the temple on Saturday. People and devotees have been urged to extend cooperation to the police, he said. (Colombo Gazette) He will be given the traditional “purna kumbha” welcome at the entrance of the temple. He will then participate in the “mangalarti” ritual at the temple. Later, he will participate in a “chandika homa” and offer the “purnahuti” at the “homa kunda” at around noon. Tight security will be in place as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visits the Sri Mookambika Temple at Kollur in Udupi district in India tomorrow.The Hindu newspaper reported that Wickremesinghe will arrive by helicopter from Bengaluru at Areshiroor near Kollur at around 11 a.m. He will then go to the Mookambika Temple guesthouse. After lunch, he will leave by helicopter to Bengaluru at 1.30 p.m.The Prime Minister’s wife, Maithree Wickremesinghe, and Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, V. Krishnamoorthy, will accompany them. read more

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Live ammunition found from house of PC member

During a search operation, 100 live 9mm ammunition had been found from Rodrigo’s house.Rodrigo’s wife was also arrested following the incident. (Colombo Gazette) Live ammunition was found from the house of Western Provincial Council member Randeer Rodrigo.Rodrigo had been arrested following the shooting incident in Divulapitiya today.

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Annan welcomes highlevel dialogue between US and DPR of Korea

A spokesman for Mr. Annan issued a statement voicing hope that the discussions in Pyongyang helped both countries to better understand their respective positions and concerns.”The Secretary-General is hopeful that this important development is the beginning of more regular exchanges by both sides with a view to resolving their differences, however serious,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York. “It is the view of the Secretary-General that the international community should continue its efforts to facilitate the encouraging trends in the Korean peninsula.”Participating in the talks were the US Presidential Envoy, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs James Kelly, the President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, Kim Yong Nam, and other officials. read more

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UNESCO calls on US UK to protect Iraqs cultural heritage

Following the looting of the National Archaeological Museum of Baghdad, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has called on American and British authorities to take immediate measures to protect Iraq’s archaeological sites and cultural institutions. The agency has also asked regional and international police organizations to join forces with it to prevent trafficking in the stolen antiquities. In a letter of 11 April 2003 addressed to the American authorities, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura emphasized the urgent need to preserve collections and a heritage considered to be one of the richest in the world. He in particular insisted on the necessity of assuring military protection for the Archaeological Museum of Baghdad and the Mosul Museum. He made a similar request to the British authorities concerning the Basra region in the south. To prevent the illicit export of Iraqi cultural goods, Mr. Matsuura contacted the authorities of countries bordering Iraq and international police and customs officials to ensure respect of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. He asked INTERPOL, the World Customs Organization, the International Confederation of Art and Antiquities Dealer Associations (CINOA), the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and the principal actors of the art market to join forces with UNESCO in a “comprehensive mobilization so that stolen objects should not find their way to acquirers”. read more

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