Assam raises jobseekers’ age limit

first_imgThe BJP-led coalition government in the State has raised the job application age limit in the general category by six years to 44 years, the maximum in the Northeast.The new age limit literally goes one-up on the former Congress government’s decision in 2016 to raise the cap from 38 years to 43 years, but for two years. The upper age limit was back to 38 years after the two-year period ended in March this year. “We have increased the upper age limit to 44 years for Grade III and IV jobs, and it is for an indefinite period,” Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Finance and Health Minister, said on Monday.The Grade III and IV job applicants have also been exempted from paying the application fee. The fee for Grade I and II is ₹250.last_img read more

Dwyane Wade surprises graduates at Stoneman Douglas

first_img“I’m so proud to say the words ‘MSD Strong,’” Wade said. “Today, you will close a chapter in your lives and embark on new experiences and journeys and memories. And it’s a time to celebrate and be proud of everything you’ve done to make it to this moment. As you know, I, too, recently closed a pretty significant chapter in my life. So in a way I feel like I can relate to what’s going on in your minds right now.”Wade’s appearance was not publicly disclosed before it happened; such was the case when he visited the school the day it reopened following the shootings on Feb. 14, 2018. He relayed the story of what went into that visit, and how he was unsure if his remarks would have any real impact on a grieving student body.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“What started going through my mind was, ‘How do I dare come here and act like I know what you guys have been going through? How narcissistic of me to think I can come here and make a difference because I’m good at my sport?’” Wade said. “I remember walking slowly to the cafeteria. As I was walking in, students started seeing me, started seeing smiles, people running, pulling out their phones.“And I remember thinking, ‘Wow,’” Wade said. Wade has spoken of that day often and has remained an advocate of improved school safety. One of the shooting victims, Joaquin Oliver, was a huge fan of the three-time NBA champion and was buried in a Wade jersey.Wade closed his remarks by asking those in attendance to join him in a cheer that he used to spur on the Miami Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals, something he borrowed from one of his favorite films, “Red Tails,” which tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.He would lead the Heat in the cheer, punctuated by the words “to the last man, to the last minute, to the last second, we fight! We fight! We fight!” And once he led the graduates and their guests in the cheer Sunday, he wrapped up his speech by again saying “MSD Strong” — the school’s mantra since the tragedy. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Draw opening up for Stephens to reach French Open final FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2019, file photo, people gather around the “Temple of Time” in honor of the 17 that were killed during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018 in Coral Springs, Fla. The temple built as a memorial to the 17 victims of a Florida high school mass shooting is to be burned to the ground in a symbolic gesture of healing. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)SUNRISE, Fla. — Retired NBA star Dwyane Wade was a surprise guest speaker Sunday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s graduation ceremony, leading cheers and recalling how nervous he was to meet students following the on-campus shootings last year that claimed 17 lives.Wade called himself “part of this MSD family” and told graduates that it was understandable if they feel unsure about their futures — because in some ways, after 16 years in the NBA, he also is unsure exactly what his future entails.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Uruguay’s World Cup breakout star Lucas Torreira joins Arsenal

first_imgArsenal have signed Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira from Seria A side Sampdoria, the Premier League club announced on Twitter on Tuesday.”The wait is over…it’s #TimeForTorreira. Welcome to Arsenal,” the North London club tweeted.”In Lucas Torreira, we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game,” coach Unai Emery told the club’s website arsenal.com”A midfielder with great quality, I have enjoyed watching his performances for Sampdoria in the past two seasons, and we all saw him do very well for Uruguay in the World Cup.”The 22-year-old was one of Uruguay’s best players in this year’s World Cup. He started all of the South American team’s five matches before La Celeste crashed out in the quarter-finals following their 2-0 defeat to France.Torreira joined Sampdoria in 2015 and made 71 appearances for the Italian club.The wait is over it’s #TimeForTorreiraWelcome to Arsenal, @LTorreira34 pic.twitter.com/wnUDYuDMeSArsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 10, 2018″He is a young player already with good experience, but who wants to keep on growing. We welcome Lucas to Arsenal and look forward to him joining us soon for pre-season,” Emery added.Arsenal did not provide financial details of the deal but it was reported last month that the fee agreed would be around 30 million euros.Torreira will wear the number 11 shirt vacated by midfielder Mesut Ozil. The German recently switched to number 10.Say hello to our new No 11You can get your @LTorreira34 shirts now https://t.co/tcx9JnmtY3 pic.twitter.com/MkScILvye0advertisementArsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 10, 2018(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Former India hockey captain Sardar Singh retires

first_imgFormer India hockey captain Sardar Singh on Wednesday announced his retirement from the sport, saying he had played enough in the last 12 years and now it’s time for the youngsters to take over.Sardar decided to quit after a disappointing Asian Games campaign where India failed to defend its title and returned with a bronze medal.Sardar was on Wednesday dropped from the 25-member core group for the upcoming national camp, which will begin from September 16 in Bhubaneswar.With age and speed not on his side any more, Sardar’s performance in the Games came under the scanner.”I took the decision after consultation with my family in Chandigarh, Hockey India and my friends. I think it’s the right time to think about life beyond hockey,” he added.Interestingly, during the Asian Games in Jakarta, Sardar said he still has hockey left in him and desires to play one last Olympics in 2020 Tokyo.Also read – Hockey India contemplating big changes after men’s team falters at Asian GamesHowever, he had a change of heart amid speculation that he was forced to retire after his name was dropped from the 25-strong core group of national campers announced by the Hockey India Wednesday.Asked about the dropping from the camp, Sardar evaded the question and said he would formally announce his retirement during a press conference in the national capital on 14 September.Sardar made his senior debut for India against Pakistan in 2006 and since then he has been a vital cog in the Indian team’s midfield.advertisementThe 32-year-old made over 350 international appearances for India and captained the national team for eight long years from 2008 to 2016 before handing the responsibility to PR Sreejesh.Sardar was also the youngest player to captain the Indian team when he led the side at the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. He received the Arjuna award in 2012 and Padma Shri in 2015.Sardar has represented India in two Olympics. Sardar will leave behind a rich legacy in the sport. A fighter to the core, he came back strongly after being dropped from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games squad. He worked hard on his fitness to roar back into the national team for the Champions Trophy, where India won a silver medal.With age, he slowed down a bit but Sardar still is considered as one of the fittest players in the Indian team.”Fitness is not the reason behind my decision. I am fit enough to play hockey for some more years. But there is always a time for everything and I feel it’s time for me to move on in life,” he said.Sardar said he has conveyed his decision to chief coach Harendra Singh, adding he will continue to play hockey in the domestic circuit.Hailing from Sirsa in Haryana, Sardar’s career was not devoid of controversy either.Sardar was accused of rape by an Indian-origin British woman, a charge which he vehemently denied and was also given a clean chit by the special investigation team of Ludhiana Police.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL? Claims Ramsey has SIGNED Juventus pre-contract

first_imgDONE DEAL? Claims Ramsey has SIGNED Juventus pre-contractby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has AGREED to a pre-contract with Juventus, it has been claimed.Sportmediaset says he is preparing to head to Italy after penning a four-year deal with the Serie A giants.And Ramsey, 28, will pocket £145,000-a-week at Juventus.A host of Europe’s biggest clubs have been linked with a move for the popular ace.However, it now looks certain that Ramsey will be lining-up alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for the Old Lady next season.He has made over 300 appearances for the North London side. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Van Dijk predicts ‘fantastic future’ for Liverpool

first_imgVirgil van Dijk believes there is a “fantastic future coming up” at Liverpool, with there “so much quality” at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal.Impressive progress has been made by the Reds in recent years.They finally secured tangible reward in 2018-19, with a memorable campaign ending with a Champions League victory over domestic rivals Tottenham. Article continues below 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? Klopp’s side have narrowly missed out on the Premier League title, but made amends in European competition.With their trophy duck having been broken, the expectation now is that there will be more major silverware to follow.Van Dijk believes that will prove to be the case, with there too much talent at Anfield for Liverpool not to be in contention for honours at home and abroad.The Dutch defender told the club’s official website: “I think the future looks pretty bright.“We have a fantastic team with players that want to develop, that want to give everything for the team and for the club.“[There is] so much quality in the team; sometimes you don’t even realise how good of [a group of] players we have – and also on the bench that want to play and be part of the team. So we have a fantastic future coming up.”Virgil van Dijk Liverpool Champions League trophyVan Dijk has helped to raise the collective standard at Liverpool.He has been a revelation since completing a record-breaking £75 million ($95m) transfer in the winter window of 2018.The Netherlands international has seen those efforts recognised with the PFA Player of the Year award, while there is also talk of him challenging Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for the 2019 Ballon d’Or.Van Dijk is, however, not the only man to have impressed at Anfield, and the 27-year-old acknowledges as much.He added: “I have been consistent. I’ve been feeling great, with the help – obviously – of all my teammates. But everyone has been fantastic.“If you look around the team, Robbo [Andy Robertson] has had his best season ever. Trent [Alexander-Arnold] has been amazing for such a young guy, so mature. And all the centre-backs. And obviously the rest of the team have been performing at such a high level.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Game Times, TV Channels Set For College Football’s Biggest Week 1 Games

first_imgThe Ole Miss Rebels cheerleaders perform before the first quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Allstate Sugar Bowl.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: The Mississippi Rebels cheerleaders perform before the first quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)We’re still a ways away from the start of the 2018 college football season – it begins in about three months – but it’ll be here before you know it.The opening weekend is shaping up to be a good one. Several major contests are set to take place over the season’s first couple of days.TV channels and game times have yet to be set for every contest, but they have been made official for a couple of the big ones.West Virginia vs. TennesseeDate: Saturday, Sept. 1Game time: 3:30 p.m. E.T.Channel: CBSMichigan vs. Notre DameDate: Saturday, Sept. 1Game time: 7:30 p.m. E.T.Channel: NBCAlabama vs. LouisvilleDate: Saturday, Sept. 1Game time: 8 p.m. E.T.Channel: ABCMiami vs. LSUDate: Sunday, Sept. 2Game time: 7:30 p.m. E.T.Channel: ABCVirginia Tech vs. Florida StateDate: Monday, Sept. 3Game time: 8 p.m. E.T.Channel: ESPN***Week 1 can’t get here fast enough. Which game are you most looking forward to watching?last_img read more

They want to turn Bengal into Gujarat: Mamata Banerjee attacks BJP

first_imgThey want to turn Bengal into Gujarat: Mamata Banerjee attacks BJPAlleging that BJP is trying to create unrest in Bengal, Mamata Banerjee said, “Bengal is not Gujarat. In UP kids have been murdered. We will not let it happen. After BJP win, they are trying to create unrest in Bengal. BJP national leaders are focusing and creating problem as a conspiracy or game plan of BJP. We will not bow down to these forces.”advertisement Manogya Loiwal undefinedJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 15:56 IST West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. (Photo: PTI)A day after violent clashes between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) activists claimed the life of at least four party workers in Basirhat, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the BJP of spreading lies.”Bengal is not Gujarat. In UP, kids have been murdered. We will not let it happen. After BJP win, they are trying to create unrest in Bengal. BJP national leaders are creating problems [as part of] a conspiracy. We will not bow down to these forces,” Mamata Banerjee said.Mamata Banerjee’s strong reply came after several BJP minister slammed the TMC government in West Bengal.Supporters of BJP in Basirhat blocked roads to protest against the state’s ruling party and demanded punishment for people who killed at least three BJP party workers.After reports of failing law and order in the state, the home ministry also questioned the state government over the recent deterioration in law and order and expressed “deep concern”. In reply, the Mamata-led government said the situation was “well under control”.Speaking to India Today TV, BJP leader and West Bengal in-charge for the party, Kailash Vijarvargiya said, “I have apprised BJP President Amit Shah on phone on latest violence and our workers being targeted in West Bengal.”Mamata Banerjee also advised media to act responsibly.She said, “Media should play the role with responsibility. There are only two people dead but channels are running four dead. BJP is giving advertisements so you are running in their favour.”advertisementCommenting on the violence, West Bengal Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi told India Today TV that his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah was about the prevailing law and order situation in the state.”It was a courtesy call. It was a meeting to extend greetings. I also apprised them about the current position in West Bengal,” Tripathi said.On the possibility of President’s Rule in Bengal, Tripathi said the central government has to consider if demand arises.”I didn’t discuss anything on President’s Rule with PM or HM,” he said. “These are all political statements made by parties in West Bengal. I would request all the parties to maintain peace and law and order situation in the state,” he added.Meanwhile, the BJP observed a “Black Day” in West Bengal along with a 12-hour shutdown in North 24 Pargana’s Basirhat subdivision to protest against the atrocities against its workers.The BJP took out rallies in several parts of the state, with BJP workers sporting black badges.The situation remained tense in Basirhat. BJP and TMC workers had clashed in Sandeshkhali area of Basirhat on Saturday.The BJP took out protest rallies in the district subdivision, demanding immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the killings of its workers.A huge contingent of police personnel has been deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident, police said.The BJP has claimed that five of its workers were killed, whereas the ruling TMC claimed that one was killed.Also Read | Centre questions West Bengal’s law and order situation after violence, TMC calls it political controversyAlso Watch | Centre’s intervention needed in West Bengal?For 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 byManisha Pandey Tags :Follow Bengal violencelast_img read more

Review of Drain and Gully Systems

first_img The United States-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting five to nine hurricanes, with two to four of them Category 3, or stronger. The forecast calls for 11 to 17 tropical systems. A review of the country’s drain and gully systems is being undertaken by the technical staff at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, in collaboration with the National Works Agency (NWA).“We are serious about ensuring that flooding does not remain a part of our normal life experience,” Portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said, while addressing the launch of Disaster Preparedness Month and to observe the start of  the Atlantic Hurricane season on June 1, at Jamaica House.Minister McKenzie had indicated to Parliament in April the need for structural changes to the country’s waterway network, after recent heavy rains that led to flooding.He further mentioned that there will also be a review of the type and number of Shelters across the country.“There is no way that a country of our size needs 900 shelters, and I am glad that the Ministry of Labour and Social Security has examined a little over 700 (of the shelters) already,” the Minister said.Meanwhile, Mr. McKenzie said the Administration is determined to create and maintain a momentum of urgency in the public’s mind about hurricane preparedness.“We must understand and accept that we cannot continue to throw money at clean-up and other restoration efforts year after year, once heavy rains or hurricanes occur. We could be using this money for critical areas of Government,” he said.He is also encouraging every Jamaican to expect and prepare for an active hurricane season for 2017. Story Highlights Minister McKenzie had indicated to Parliament in April the need for structural changes to the country’s waterway network, after recent heavy rains that led to flooding.center_img A review of the country’s drain and gully systems is being undertaken by the technical staff at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, in collaboration with the National Works Agency (NWA). “It means checking our houses and workplaces, walls and roofs. It means that we should start now to gradually buy some items that won’t spoil and that can probably be used at a point, if the need arises,” he advised.The United States-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting five to nine hurricanes, with two to four of them Category 3, or stronger. The forecast calls for 11 to 17 tropical systems.last_img read more

Readers’ Picks of the Week (Jan 4 – Jan 8, 2016)

first_imgNew Wave of Bankruptcies for China’s Dry Bulk CompaniesThe overall business climate in China continues to deteriorate and dry bulk shipping companies, being hit the hardest, are likely to be swept by a new wave of bankruptcies … Read More Four Cruise Ships Joining Carnival’s Fleet in 2016Cruise shipping giant Carnival Corporation & plc said it will launch four new ships in 2016 across four of its global cruise brands … Read More ISIS Attacks Libya’s Largest Oil PortLibya’s largest oil port of Sidra was attacked early Monday by Islamic State militants who were trying to seize the port… Read More BIMCO: 2016 Another Challenging Year for ShippingAs the 2016 dawns upon us, the shipping industry should brace itself for yet another challenging year, according to BIMCO, as hope for a bounce-back in 2016 fades away… Read More Two More Bodies Confirmed as Thorco Cloud Crew MembersThe two lifeless bodies of the three found by local search and rescue teams near the sunken Thorco Cloud in the Singapore Strait have been confirmed as two of the initi… Read More World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Russian opposition to take to streets again defying crackdown

first_imgMoscow: The Russian opposition vowed to stage another mass rally Saturday despite increasing pressure from authorities, who arrested nearly 1,400 people at a protest last week and have launched a criminal probe into the movement. The march along Moscow’s leafy boulevards will be the latest in a series of demonstrations after officials refused to let popular opposition candidates run in next month’s city parliament elections. The local issue has boiled over into one of the worst political conflicts of recent years, with rallies of up to 22,000 people and police violence against demonstrators. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Over 6,000 people said on Facebook they would take part in the march along Moscow’s so-called Boulevard Ring on Saturday to “bring back the right to elections”. Officials say candidates were disqualified because they forged the necessary signatures. But candidates, including allies of top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, insist their signatures were thrown out arbitrarily, and the whole vetting process was skewed against them. Many Muscovites said their signatures in support of the opposition were declared invalid with no reason. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Some turned up at previous protests brandishing banners with slogans such as “I have a right to choose”. In the polls in September, the opposition hopes to end the monopoly of Kremlin loyalists in Moscow’s parliament. The body decides over the city’s multi-billion-dollar budget but lacks political independence from mayor Sergei Sobyanin, an ally of Putin. Putin has yet to comment on the political crisis in Moscow. Navalny and other protest leaders argue corruption is rife in the capital. Navalny is also currently in jail, but his team on Thursday released a report accusing Sobyanin’s deputy of selling prime Moscow property to her family members at rock-bottom prices. Authorities have launched investigations into last weekend’s “mass riots” and “violence against police”, echoing similar probes into protests against Vladimir Putin in 2012 which saw several people jailed. Four people were formally arrested pending trial Friday, though the opposition stressed that the protest was peaceful. “Their task is to paralyse the protest movement, to isolate its leaders and frighten participants,” one rejected candidate, Ilya Yashin, wrote on Facebook. He is currently being held for 10 days in a police cell for violating rules on legal protests. “There were no mass riots in Moscow, not by a long shot,” Yashin wrote. One of the men arrested is suspected of injuring a policeman by allegedly throwing a plastic bottle into the ranks of national guard wearing heavy protective gear. Several candidates have declared hunger strikes. Moscow police on Friday issued a warning for people not to attend the rally. “We repeat that the event is illegal,” it said on its website. “We suggest that residents and visitors refrain from participating.” Police “will take all necessary measures,” the Moscow prosecutors’ office said. Reports said that the head of Moscow police even petitioned the Russian Premier League to reschedule a match between the city’s two top teams, which may trigger fan violence and require a massive presence of the force in two places at once. The petition was rejected, a source told TASS news agency.last_img read more

Terry Pratchett Leading Evening Of Literature For Dignity In Dying

first_imgSir Terry Pratchett will lead an evening of literature, poetry and spoken word on Tuesday 30th April at the Union Chapel, Islington, UK in support of Dignity in Dying.Voices For ChoiceThe event features Sir Terry Pratchett & Rob Wilkins, Andrew Motion, Joe Dunthorne (Submarine), Luke Wright (Saturday Live), Deborah Moggach (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Janet Suzman DBE, John Osborne (Radio Head), Susan Hampshire OBE and is being hosted by Yanny Mac. The event will also include readings of poems by Carol Ann Duffy and George Szirtes (T.S Eliot Prize) and will finish with a Sir Terry Pratchett Q&A.All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards Dignity in Dying’s campaign to change the law on assisted dying.Dignity in dying campaigns to give people greater choice and control at the end of life. Through lobbying, informing and educating people on rights at the end of life, they encouage people to have what they consider to be a good death, including the option of an assisted death for terminally ill, mentally competent adults.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

NASCAR Legend Jimmie Johnson Builds House For Habitat For Humanity

first_imgSix-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson swapped out his racing helmet for a hard hat this past weekend and teamed up with longtime partner Lowe’s and Habitat For Humanity Las Vegas to raise the walls of a new home at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Nearly 100 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers joined Johnson and his pit crew to frame a four-bedroom Habitat home that will be transferred to Henderson, Nevada, and completed in partnership with a local family. Throughout the weekend, Lowe’s and Habitat gave race fans at the track the chance to sign up for a future Habitat build and encouraged them to enlist the help of a friend or family member to multiply their impact.Before stepping into his No. 48 Kobalt Chevrolet SS for the Kobalt 400 on Sunday, Johnson presented the family with the key to their new home.“I can’t think of a better way to have kicked off race weekend than raising the walls on Friday and celebrating with the family today,” Johnson said on Sunday. “It’s just amazing to see what happens when Lowe’s and Habitat team up.”“There’s a great need for affordable housing in Las Vegas, across the country and around the world,” said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, deputy director for Habitat for Humanity International. “We’re grateful to have the support of Lowe’s and Jimmie Johnson to help us build a home and raise awareness of the need for volunteers to help us in our mission. As we ramp up construction activity this spring, volunteers will be critical to our success in revitalizing communities and helping families obtain the dream of homeownership.”Lowe’s has partnered with Habitat for Humanity for more than a decade to build homes and revitalize communities around the country. Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped nearly 4,000 families improve their living conditions. Anyone interested in volunteering can learn more at Habitat.org/Lowes. 
”We’re proud to help Habitat Las Vegas continue its transformational work in Southern Nevada,” said Larry Edens, market director for Lowe’s Las Vegas stores. “We hope this extraordinary build inspires race fans to support Habitat projects in their own communities.”last_img read more

Body found in Thunder Bay is missing youth from Webequie chief

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe body found on a Thunder Bay golf course late Sunday morning is that of a missing 17-year-old youth, the chief of Webequie First Nation confirmed.Chief Cornelius Wabasse told APTN News the family met with police around 7:45 p.m. Sunday.“The forensic team came in first and then the coroner called to reaffirm that it was Braiden, the body that was found this morning,” said Wabasse.Braiden Jacob was reported missing Dec. 6.His family had last seen him on Wednesday night when he left the hotel they were staying in. They started searching for him when he didn’t return later that night.Community volunteers began an organized search for the missing teen on Thursday afternoon.The youth was in the city for ongoing counselling services for trauma and grief, according to Wabasse.“They’re very distraught, I mean it’s very emotional. Not just with the family but the extended family too,” he said.“Even the community is impacted by the loss of a young man.”Jacob was from Webequie, a fly-in community approximately 600 km north of Thunder Bay.On Saturday, Thunder Bay police released further details of Jacob’s disappearance including a description of what he was wearing.They said the youth was last seen in the early Thursday in the Limbrick area. His body was found on the golf course in Chapples Park less than 3 km away.In a media release Sunday afternoon, police said they were dispatched to the park area around 11:30 a.m when a passerby reported a possible body.It’s the same area where Tammy Keeash was found drowned in the floodway that runs through the park May 2017 – and the body of 32-year-old William Wapoose was discovered in September 2014.His homicide remains unsolved.Anna Betty Achneepineskum of Nishnawbe Aski Nation expressed frustration on Facebook over the of health services available on-reserve.“Why is it that we have to bring our children out to an urban centre to get counselling service?” said Achneepineskum.“It’s not right that we have a system that continues to jeopardize our children’s safety.”Community members from Thunder Bay and other First Nations gathered on Sunday to offer support to Jacob’s family and community.The body has been taken to Toronto for a post-mortem.wfiddler@aptn.ca@WillowBlasizzolast_img read more

Respect migrants rights reject xenophobia UN says on International Day

You are illegal!Do you know the difference between “illegal and irregular migration”? Irregular entries, stay and work are not criminal offences but administrative misdemeanours. Not distinguishing between the two terms reinforces the false and negative stereotype that migrants in irregular situations are criminals. © OHCHR/ILO Migrant doctors make a difference!Do you know that migrants often help fill the gap where there is a need for more skilled health workers? Many migrant women and men, especially those in irregular situations, however, do not have access to health services, often because of fear of xenophobia or legal barriers. © OHCHR/ILO ‹ › Migrants have a duty to pay taxes… Many do not recognize the contributions all migrants – including women and men in irregular situations – make to the economy and to social security schemes where they live. Do you know that everyone – migrant or not – has a right to social security benefits? © OHCHR/ILO There are always more migrants…Do you know that there are more migrants than ever because of the growing world population? The absolute number of people migrating has risen from 154 million in 1990 to 232 million in 2013, yet for many years migrants have made up about 3% of the world’s population. © OHCHR/ILO To mark International Migrants Day, the United Nations family is calling on people and Governments everywhere to reject xenophobia and embrace migration as a key enabler for equitable, inclusive and sustainable social and economic development. “Let us make migration work for the benefit of migrants and countries alike. We owe this to the millions of migrants who, through their courage, vitality and dreams, help make our societies more prosperous, resilient and diverse,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for the Day, observed annually on 18 December.Stressing that migration “is a reality” in the 21st century, Mr. Ban said there are now some 232 million international migrants bringing consistent benefits to countries of destination and origin through their essential labour and remittances.“Yet, this important population remains largely invisible and unheard in society,” he said, noting that almost half of migrants are women; one in ten is under the age of 15; and 40 per cent live in developing countries. Too many live and work in the worst conditions with the least access to basic services and fundamental rights, making them disproportionately vulnerable to extortion, violence, discrimination and marginalization. The UN is acting to safeguard the rights of migrants, lower the social and economic costs of migration, and promote policies that maximize the benefits of mobility. “Migrants should not be forced to risk lives and dignity,” the Secretary-General said, recalling that earlier this year, the Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers, many of whom are migrants, came into force. And in October, a special high-level dialogue of the General Assembly called for the post-2015 development agenda to take full account of the positive impact of international migration. “It is essential that we conduct an open debate on this important subject. Let us make migration work for the benefit of migrants and countries alike,” said Mr. Ban, urging the international community to embrace migration as an enabler of broader development. Also hailing the action taken at the high-level meeting, General Assembly President John Ashe said in his message that Member States committed to doing a better job of protecting the legal and human rights of migrants the world over. The Assembly had also reaffirmed that “migration can and should not be stopped, but that is requires better governance.” Yet, he underscored the challenges, noting that each year billions of dollars that could be put to good use by migrant families are being pocketed by recruiters and financial intermediaries. Moreover, the human costs of migration are “intolerably high,” as recent tragedies in the Mediterranean and elsewhere spotlighted the extreme vulnerability of migrants, many of whom flee poverty, persecution and conflict.With all this in mind, Mr. Ashe said the 2013 High-level Dialogue demonstrated that the international community could come together on migration. “Now is the time to translate our shared vision into action. It is time to deliver on our promise and make a difference in the lives of millions of migrants across this planet.”Adding their voices to those calls for action are Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau; the Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, Abdelhamid El Jamri; and the Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Felipe González.“We must keep in mind that migrants are first and foremost human beings with human rights, and cannot be perceived or portrayed only as agents for economic development,” they said in a joint statement, reminding States of their responsibility to fight racism and xenophobia, to charge perpetrators of violence or discrimination against migrants, and foster a public discourse encouraging tolerance, acceptance of social change and celebration of diversity. “On the occasion of the International Migrants Day, we wish to remind everyone that human rights must lie at the heart of all discussions about migrants and migration policies,” said the experts, urging States to ratify all the international and regional human rights treaties, including the treaty on protecting the rights of migrant workers and their families, and to implement them fully.“In the end, as has been the case with other categories of marginalized human beings, the objective should be to empower migrants to fight for their own rights,” the experts stressed, adding that migrants should be offered the normative, institutional and procedural tools that will protect against contractual or situational precariousness, as well as grant them effective access to justice and appropriate remedies.What are your perceptions of migrants?On 18 December the world celebrates International Migrants Day. This year, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have teamed up to challenge public perceptions about migrants. read more

43 of Gordonstoun School alumni say outdoor lessons didnt help their academic

“There was so much to do outside the classroom I rather neglected my academic studies and failed to get into university,” one alumni told the report. With its motto “broader experiences, broader minds”, Gordonstoun has long prided itself on fostering resilience by encouraging pupils to take part in hearty outdoor activities.  But a new report, commissioned by the £38,000-a-year Scottish boarding school which counts the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh among its alumni, found that this approach did not serve all students well. A survey of over 1,000 former students found that almost half (43 per cent) felt that the emphasis on extra-curricular activities did not help or even negatively impacted their academic studies.The poll of alumni – known as Old Gordonstounians – was part of research that the school commissioned Dr Simon Beames, a senior lecturer in outdoor learning at Edinburgh University’s school of education.  A report, titled “The nature and impact of Gordonstoun School’s out-of-classroom learning experiences”, was published in May last year.The majority (57 per cent) of the school’s alumni felt that activities such as sailing and outdoor expeditions “somewhat or definitely enhanced” their academic studies, the survey found.  But the report noted that this was “the most contested issue to emerge from the OGs survey findings and revealed very contrasting viewpoints”.It said that there were a “number of highly critical responses” which included some students blaming the school’s approach on their failure to get into university, or even advance their career. UPDATE: An earlier version of this article wrongly stated that Dr Simon Beames’ report was published earlier this month.  In fact it was published in May last year.  In addition, the original headline focussed on the effect of outdoor lessons on pupils’ ‘prospects’ when it should have said ‘academic prospects’.  Following representations by Gordonstoun School, for which we are grateful, we have updated the text accordingly. The report found that overall, extra-curricular activities at Gordonstoun “have a powerful and enduring influence on students’ personal growth”, with 94 per cent of alumni rating their effect “positive” and 81 per cent “very positive”. Meanwhile, the effect on careers was rated “positive” by 73.8 per cent of  alumni and “very positive” by 52 per cent.The report also concluded that students build confidence and resilience through participating in outdoor pursuits. They develop a “just get on with it” attitude and become accustomed to “giving it a go”, it said.The Principal of Gordonstoun, Lisa Kerr, said: “The research was published a year ago and the findings were overwhelmingly positive about the lifelong benefits of learning experiences outside the classroom. The research backs up what we have seen with our own eyes – that education is about more than just exams results and our students become resilient, confident and responsible young adults.”A report published last year found that parents should not stop children playing sport in the run up to exams because it has no impact on results.Taking part in competitive team games in the run up to GCSE and A-level exams will have no negative effects on a teenager’s grades, according to research commissioned by The Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference. Another said: “My overall problem with Gordonstoun’s extra-curricular activities was that (in the 1970s) these were at the cost of good academic standards. “I failed my A-levels – having entered 3rd Form with highest Common Entrance marks – and failed to get into university. This, in retrospect, has had a seriously negative impact on my career.”Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother had warned against sending Prince Charles to boarding school in Scotland because she thought he would be miserable.She petitioned the Queen not to send Prince Charles to Gordonstoun in Moray as he would feel “terribly cut off and lonely in the far north” and suggested that he instead attend the “staunchly protestant” Eton.  Despite the Queen Mother’s pleas, the Duke of Edinburgh ruled that his eldest son would attend his alma mater, located in rugged countryside near Elgin.But her concerns proved accurate after the young prince described the inter-denominational school as “Colditz in kilts”.  In a letter home in 1963, he wrote: “The people in my dormitory are foul. Goodness, they are horrid. I don’t know how anybody could be so foul.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A young Prince Charles arrives for his first term at Gordonstoun school A young Prince Charles arrives for his first term at Gordonstoun schoolCredit:William Vanderson read more

Coupe de France Montpellier wins in Chambery and progresses to semifinals

In the derby game of the quarter-finals of the French Cup, Chambery hosted Montpellier in what proved definitely the game of the night. Chambery led at half time with 17:14, but Montpellier proved that they’re indeed the second best in France behind PSG, and with a great comeback in the second half won in the end with 29:25. Accambray and Kavticnik led Montpellier with six goals each, while Paty was the top scorer of the game with seven goals.PSG Handball went easily past Mulhouse winning 40:25, while HBC Nantes beat US Creteil with 33:25. Dunkerque plays Cesson-Rennes tomorrow. cessonChamberycreteilDunkerqueHBC NantesMontpelliermulhouseNantesPSG Handball ← Previous Story Lars Walther resigns as Wisla Plock coach Next Story → 400.000 reasons to say that ASOBAL is dead read more

Guidelines issued on relationships between doctors and industry

first_imgIt is important for doctors to keep up-to-date on new product developments, but interactions with pharmaceutical and medical device companies must not affect their ability to provide treatment to patients that is both impartial and based on the best available evidence.He said that the public needs to be confident that their doctor’s professional opinion is not influenced by marketing or promotional activities.Read: Group wants increase in number of medicines available without prescription> GUIDANCE HAS BEEN issued by the Medical Council in order to clarify its position on the relationships between doctors and industry.It said the guidance provides a list of frequently asked questions clarifying the Council’s existing ethical guidance on doctors’ interactions with pharmaceutical and medical device companies, provided in its Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics.The document has been developed in consultation with doctors, patient representatives and relevant regulatory bodies and will be issued to all doctors registered to practise medicine in Ireland.The council said it also provides a resource for patients in “clarifying the standards they can expect from their doctor”.President of the Medical Council, Professor Kieran Murphy said:last_img read more

Heres how much a fire in your house could cost you

first_imgIF YOUR HOUSE is struck by a fire, it can cost thousands of euro in insurance claims.New figures from GetCover.ie say that water damage is the number one cause of loss in homes, with over 30 per cent of claims coming from this single area.But it’s the damage that a fire causes that can bring on the biggest strain to your finances. The average cost of an insurance claim for fire damage is just under €15,000.That’s six times more expensive than the average water damage claim.Here’s what the claims survey found: ClaimsDavid Hughes said that recent weather conditions have brought the issue of home insurance and claims to the forefront of the minds of the Irish public.Liability claims – where someone has an accident on your property – produce high average claims amounts, but these events are rare.Although about 48 per cent of people opt for accident damage cover, it still accounts for almost one in five claims.Meanwhile, break-ins only accounts for one-in-eight claims.Hughes said that the recent flooding and storms “are likely to change the landscape of home insurance claims for 2014″.It’s difficult to know what will happen with premiums this year. The weather has definitely lead to an increase in claims recently, but insurance pricing is cyclical and all insurers experience cycles of low to high claims volumes.  When claims volumes are low, insurers will tend to reduce their rates to remain competitive and this is the market we are currently operating in.Read: Insurance industry: Too early to estimate cost of damage caused by storms>Read: Huge spike in demand for insurance & claims specialists following storms>last_img read more