GRASSLEY & JUDGE TRADE DEBATE ACCUSATIONS

first_imgThere’s a heated debate — about debates — in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race.Last Friday, Senator Chuck Grassley announced he will participate in just one televised debate with his Democratic opponent Patty Judge.That debate on K-T-I-V in Sioux City will be simulcast on T-V stations in Waterloo, Rochester, Minnesota and Quincy, Illinois.Monday, Grassley’s campaign blamed Judge for the cancellation of a second debate which would have aired statewide, on Iowa Public Television, on October 20th.Judge offered this blunt response to Grassley:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/PJUDGE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……a downright lie.” :08Grassley announced in early August that he would debate Judge on Iowa Public Television.Judge says after initially asking for a different broadcast location in Davenport, she agreed with the format Grassley wanted and “even did a walk-through” of the studio in Johnston.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/PJUDGE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..the straight truth.”:09The Grassley campaign is now challenging Judge to agree to debate on W-H-O Radio.Judge says if that debate can also be televised, she’ll be there.She says it is “an embarrassment to democracy” that voters in central Iowa, southwest Iowa and Davenport won’t be able to watch.Grassley’s campaign says those voters will be able to view the debate online.RADIO IOWAlast_img read more

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India vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja likely to play at Leeds

first_img India Today Web Desk LeedsJuly 5, 2019UPDATED: July 5, 2019 18:57 IST Ravindra Jadeja has not yet played for India in the World Cup 2019. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRavindra Jadeja could be included in the playing XI for the game vs Sri Lanka at Leeds on SaturdayJadeja, who has played 151 ODIs, is yet to get a game in the 2019 Cricket World CupRecently, Jadeja slammed Sanjay Manjrekar after he called the former a bits-and-pieces cricketerRavindra Jadeja is likely to get a game against Sri Lanka in India’s final group match in the 2019 Cricket World Cup at Leeds on Saturday. India have already qualified for the semi-finals and are assured of a top-2 finish in the points table.Ravindra Jadeja, an ace all-rounder with 2035 runs and 174 wickets from 151 ODIs, is yet to play in the 2019 World Cup. But he has made plenty of impact as a substitute fielder.Jadeja was out of the reckoning in the shorter formats after the 2017 Champions Trophy but he made a strong comeback last year. Selected for the World Cup, Jadeja was recently in the news for a controversial tweet targeting former India cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar.Manjrekar had called Jadeja a bits-and-pieces cricketer: “I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner.”Furious with this assessment, Ravindra Jadeja had slammed Manjrekar on Twitter: “Still i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea.@sanjaymanjrekar.”Still i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea.@sanjaymanjrekarRavindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 3, 2019advertisementSachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, speaking to India, have batted for Ravindra Jadeja to be included in the playing XI.”We need to look at options before we go to the big game (semi-final). Dinesh Karthik had to drop down the order the way the game panned out. His experience would come into play.”This could be on the table for discussion – if DK is going to bat at No,7, it would not be a bad idea for Jadeja to be considered so he can come and bowl a few overs. DK has done that in the past… he has won a few games. I am not saying this is what the team needs to do..,” Tendulkar had said after India defeated Bangladesh.Meanwhile Harbhajan Singh said India could use Jadeja’s all-round skills for the game against Sri Lanka and possibly further in the semi-finals.”I would like to see Ravindra Jadeja get a game against Sri Lanka or from there onwards. He gives you options – he can bowl 6, 7 or 8 overs.”Imagine if anyone has a bad day with the ball, Jadeja will not just give you 6 or 7 overs but he is a very, very handy batsman in the later part of the game,” Harbhajan Singh told India Today.Also Read | Enough of your verbal diarrhoea: Ravindra Jadeja slams Sanjay Manjrekar on TwitterAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Harbhajan Singh bats for Ravindra Jadeja’s inclusion in India playing XIAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Next India vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja likely to play at LeedsIndia vs Sri Lanka: Ravindra Jadeja might get a game when India take on Sri Lanka in their final group match of World Cup 2019 at Leeds on Saturday.advertisementlast_img read more

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Labour Ministry Preparing Youth for Workforce

first_imgThe Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s monthly Employability Skills Workshops are helping to prepare prospective employees for the workforce, says portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson. The workshops are being conducted under the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE) Programme.“This is one way of empowering our youths in particular. As our rate of employment continues to improve, we will continue to have more people seeking jobs,” she said.The Minister was speaking at the ‘Labour Department and You’ road show reception held recently at the Sea Garden Resort in Montego Bay, St. James.The ELE, which started in 2002, is one of three components of the Labour Market Information System (LMIS), a job-matching facility that offers free online and offline services to employers and jobseekers.These include résumé writing, interview preparation, entrepreneurial workshops and access to a database of skilled workers.Prospective employees who utilise the facility benefit from employability skills sessions, which are preparatory training workshops where employers and partners of the ELE make presentations and provide feedback.Meanwhile, Minister Robinson noted that social dialogue, involving employers and trade unions, is “alive and well in western Jamaica”.“It (social dialogue) is the cement that binds us together, and it is what will determine our goals for the future. Let us strive to continue on this trajectory as we build a harmonious industrial relations climate,” she urged.Let us continue this synergy through which we continue to create opportunities for partnerships and collaborations that will foster the type of Jamaica that we want to see – the place to live, work and raise families, do business and even retire,” the Labour Minister said.The road shows are aimed at bringing the services of the Ministry’s Labour Department to citizens across the island as well as to heighten awareness of its programmes and policies.Events have already been held in the parishes of Manchester, St. Ann and Kingston.last_img read more

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Education Ministry Continues Project to Improve Reading

first_img The project provided support to the Education Transformation Programme in 250 primary schools in its first two years. The initiative is consistent with the Government’s 2013/14 priority focus on human capital development. Story Highlights The Ministry of Education remains steadfast in its efforts to achieve quality education through the transformation of the sector, using a number of non-traditional tools and measures.To this end, the Ministry recently took over the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Jamaica Basic Education Project (JBEP), which was previously implemented and managed by United States (US) Contractor, Juarez and Associates, Inc.The project, which began in 2010, provided support to the Education Transformation Programme in 250 primary schools in its first two years, and in its third year, aided the Ministry with improving the reading skills at Grades 1-3 in 172 schools across Regions 1, 4 and 6.Steered by a team headed by Project Director, Dr. Jean Beaumont, the JBEP expands on the previous Expanding Educational Horizons and New Horizons for Primary School projects, as well as best practices from the Caribbean Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training.The initiative is consistent with the Government’s 2013/14 priority focus on human capital development in the area of education.Addressing the recent symbolic handing over ceremony, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, said there is a “new wave” of effort and understanding regarding how education must be imparted.The first three years of the project was to help schools to manage responsibilities of accountability; introduce practices and materials which enhance reading progress; and contribute to an increase in early grade reading fluency from Grades 1 to 3.The USAID/GOJ project empowers principals and teachers with the necessary strategies and resources; establishes and reinforces standards for teacher and principal accountability; support personnel in the education regions to pass down transformation practices in non-project schools in those regions; and work with the Jamaica Teaching Council, to train and provide technical assistance.The resources created from the project were accessible to all schools, not just those involved in the JBEP.These include: reading assessment checklist for Grades 1-3; reading standards and benchmark for Grades 1-3; checklist for principals to monitor the use of these standards; procedures for successfully managing and supervising the reading programme; strategies for effective teaching of reading comprehension; and tools for continuous reading assessment and a manual.Technology resources for the 172-project schools include: desktop computers (in some schools), laptops, multi-media projectors, digital cameras, and the Jamaica School Administrative System (JSAS), which are available to all schools.Dr. Beaumont explains that the project was mandated to develop remedial instruction for Grade Three teachers, which resulted in Camp Summer Plus workshops  over the past three years.Using their JSAS portals, administrators and teachers were able to tell how many classes were at each site, how many students were enrolled, and the number of staff involved. Some 900 students were tracked and reports provided for seven camps in 2012.For 2013, Camp Summer Plus participants were trained in data analysis and interpretation with emphasis on the implications of their findings for instruction, based on the outcomes of the 2012 camp. The participants were also introduced to areas that needed special attention.Thirteen Reading Coaches were engaged in 33 project schools, across three regions, and were working with the students in the specified grades to help improve instructional practices in reading.Meanwhile, Principals were assisted with improving supervisory and management skills in teaching how to read. These practical interventions saw coaches hosting school-based reading workshops, co-teaching, demonstrating reading strategies; monitoring schools reading programmes; and interpreting information to guide instruction.The reading coaches also helped schools to make better use of the reading standards developed by the project. Reading modules and handbooks were distributed to guide early grade reading.Additionally, teachers and principals were trained in the use of the Ministry of Education/USAID’s electronic database (JSAS). The system helps to minimize the time teachers allocate to administrative duties, to enable more time for teaching. It stores and generates reports involving school personnel (board, staff, students), school plant  attendance and grade. More than 170 educators were trained to use the system.Rev. Thwaites says with the continued use of reading coaches and peer trainers, the reading progamme is being extended into more schools.He urges principals to ask for the assistance they need. “It is not a shame to say that you need help; that your students require more than you can give,” the Minister adds.Dr. Beaumont describes the project as having been “an extraordinary learning experience,” noting that, “the consistent improvement in students’ performance levels has proven that we must persevere.” The USAID/GOJ project empowers principals and teachers with the necessary strategies and resources.last_img read more

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Film Industry Effort to Lead Growth Receives Government Support

first_imgScreen Nova Scotia is taking the lead on growing the film industry, and government is supporting their efforts to attract more productions to the province. Business Minister Mark Furey announced today, Nov. 6, government would provide up to $475,000 for infrastructure that will help the industry take a leading role in its own success. “We have listened, and we are receptive to industry’s plan,” said Mr. Furey. “Our response addresses some of the gaps they have identified, and this support will provide industry with some of the tools they need to be successful during this transition. “Together with Screen Nova Scotia, we will move forward and restore confidence by showing producers from around the world that we have talented people, and Nova Scotia is open for business.” The two-year agreement supports Screen Nova Scotia’s efforts to address location services, including a web portal and hiring additional support. It will also provide marketing support, and help develop a long-term strategic plan. “This agreement will help us better promote Nova Scotia as a place where talented crews make top quality productions,” said Marc Almon, Chair of Screen Nova Scotia. “It will give producers a single place to turn to for support and information. Screen Nova Scotia is looking forward to further dialogue with government in the weeks ahead to address the remaining issues facing our industry.” Government will continue to work with the film industry, and discuss ways to create sustainable, long-term success. Regular reporting will be required to continue to ensure fairness, transparency and affordability for taxpayers. Since July 2nd, NSBI has received 11 applications to the new Film and Television Production Incentive Fund. Five projects have been approved for more than $1.1 million in government support representing a total production value of almost $6 million. For more information visit http://www.novascotiabusiness.com/en/home/newsevents/newsreleases/film-productions-announced.aspxlast_img read more

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After World T20 controversy Harmanpreet wanted to take a break from international

first_imgNew Delhi: India captain Harmanpreet Kaur has revealed that she wanted to take an indefinite break from the game because of the controversy that followed the World T20 in the West Indies. The team management and Harmanpreet took a collective call to drop senior player Mithali Raj for the semifinal against eventual runners-up England, triggering a massive controversy that led to divisions in the team and ouster of coach Ramesh Powar. Harmanpreet played the Women’s Big Bash League right after the World T20 in November but back home the talk of unrest in the team and her strained relationship with ODI captain Mithali gathered more steam. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun She was fed up with it before the New Zealand tour began under new coach W V Raman. And then came the ankle injury that gave her a “much needed” break from the Indian dressing room. “It (the injury) gave me a much needed break from international cricket and the Indian dressing room. I had almost made up my mind to let my parents know that I wanted to take a break. I don’t want to hold on to a spot in the Indian team just because I am a senior player,” she told ESPNCricinfo. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up “I wanted to get away from cricket. Whatever happened around the team before that was immensely draining for me. Some of the things said were so far from reality that I felt, ‘I need to step away from this madness for a while’. I’m here to play cricket. If people want to drag me into unnecessary things, drag the team into unnecessary things, I have to stop trying to reason with them,” said the 30-year-old. She twisted her ankle ahead of the first T20 International in New Zealand, following the team’s triumph in the preceding ODI series. “I twisted my left foot while playing football during a warm-up ahead of the first T20I in New Zealand (in early February). I somehow managed to play all three T20Is despite being in some discomfort because to call up a replacement at such short notice may not have been possible. Besides, all through my career, I’ve played with fevers, shoulder, ankle and wrist injuries, so I didn’t feel like this was going to be anything significant. “The taping and painkillers had been working fine in the warm-ups, so I thought I could deal with it. But during the matches, my movement was severely affected. Scans later revealed that there were some Level 1 and 2 ligament tears near the back of my ankle. I was at the National Cricket Academy from February 22 to April 9, and that break was a blessing in disguise for me,” she said. Harmanpreet said the negative talk around the team after the World T20 affected her mindset adversely. “Look, I was to play in the WBBL after the World T20, and for a while, after coming from the West Indies, I was even considering only playing in the overseas leagues and then making my way back into the Indian team. I spent hours alone, asking myself, ‘Why do I play sport?’ Because I enjoy it, because playing cricket is the only thing I’ve ever done in life. “Agar khelke mazaa nahi aa raha hai (If I’m not enjoying the game) then I don’t want to block a place in the side, because money is not everything. Yes, we’ve only just started making some money from playing cricket, but if cricket is not giving me joy, I am happy to walk away rather than hold on to that spot just because I have a Grade A contract. “So all of these thoughts were bothering me a lot. Mentally I was unwell, unfit, but that injury bailed me out of that terrible head space,” she added.last_img read more

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DRAKE TOPS SPOTIFYS 2018 LIST WITH 82 BILLION STREAMS

first_imgPhoto by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Following Drake on the 2018 list of top artists are Post Malone, XXXTentacion, J Balvin and Ed Sheeran, who was Spotify’s most-streamed artist last year.No women made the Top 5, but Ariana Grande ranks first among female artists globally on Spotify. She’s followed by Dua Lipa, Cardi B, Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello.Drake not only has the year’s top song, his hit “In My Feelings” came in fifth on the list. “Sad!” by XXXTentacion, who died in June, came in second. Malone has the third and fourth most-streamed songs with “Rockstar” and “Psycho.”Malone’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys” is the second most-streamed album behind Drake’s “Scorpion.” XXXTentacion, Lipa and Sheeran round out the Top 5.____Online:https://www.spotify.com/ Twitter NEW YORK (AP) — It’s no surprise, but Drake is the king of Spotify: He is the platform’s most-streamed artist of the year globally.Spotify announced Tuesday that the rapper earned 8.2 billion streams in 2018. He also has the year’s most-streamed album and song with “Scorpion” and “God’s Plan.”Drake is also Spotify’s most-streamed artist of all-time. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ticket service data breach disrupts music venues

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. – Concert ticketing service Ticketfly says it’s working to get its system back online after a data breach leaked users’ personal information and disrupted services at live music venues.The San Francisco firm’s parent company, Eventbrite, said Sunday it’s working with outside experts to investigate the hack.It hasn’t disclosed the details to customers, but a website that tracks data breaches says the leak affected more than 26 million user accounts.The “Have I Been Pwned?” (POHNED) website also said Sunday that stolen data included email addresses, names, phone numbers and physical addresses.The breach left nightclubs and other venues from Santa Cruz, California, to Providence, Rhode Island, scrambling for alternatives to sell tickets for weekend shows.Eventbrite bought rival Ticketfly for $200 million last year from music service Pandora.last_img read more

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UN winds up repatriation scheme from Central African Republic to southern Sudan

13 April 2007The United Nations refugee agency has wrapped up its voluntary repatriation programme for southern Sudanese who had been living in the Central African Republic (CAR), with almost 10,000 people having returned home since early last year to try to rebuild their lives. The CAR is the first of six nations neighbouring southern Sudan to complete the voluntary repatriation of refugees following the January 2005 end to the 21-year north-south civil war in Sudan. UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told reporters today in Geneva that the last official repatriation flight from the CAR, which transported 31 returnees from the Bangi refugee camp to the town of Nzara in southern Sudan’s Western Equatoria state, took place on Wednesday. About 8,400 southern Sudanese have returned from the CAR since February last year on flights arranged by either UNHCR or the International Organization for Migration (IOM), while another 1,319 people have returned on their own. The number of refugees to have been repatriated to southern Sudan with the assistance of UNHCR has now topped 50,000, with returnees arriving from Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda, Ethiopia, Egypt and Libya, as well as the CAR. At a peak in the early 1990s, as many as 36,000 southern Sudanese were living in the CAR, and many returned before the official UN-supported repatriation programme began in 2005. About 2,000 refugees are expected to stay permanently in the CAR because they have established local businesses or bonds. The first voluntary airlift from Ethiopia is expected to start tomorrow, with a plane carrying 50 refugees scheduled to travel from Gambella to the southern Sudanese town of Juba. Over the next 10 days, more than 1,000 refugees – mostly ethnic Dinka and Shuluk – will take part in the airlift, which has been arranged because of the lack of roads in much of southern Sudan. UNHCR provides returnees with basic items before and after departure, including blankets, sleeping mats, water filters, mosquito nets, sanitary kits, soap and cooking sets. The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) gives out three months of food rations as well as tools and seeds. read more

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Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 23 January 2015

DOWNLOAD1. Government announces Automotive Industrial Partnership2. Car manufacturing figures up 1.2% in 20143. Manufacturers press ahead with further growth in orders4. UK employment figures5. Cross-party manufacturing MPs launch manifesto for industrial policy change6. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Ohio State womens volleyball set for beginning of home schedule

Then-freshman outside hitter Kylie Randall (1) delivers a spike against Michigan on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. OSU won 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFollowing its season-opening weekend in Oregon, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is set to begin its home schedule later today with three matches over the weekend in the 9th Annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic.The Buckeyes (1-2) are scheduled to play Auburn (2-1) at 12:30 p.m., followed by Florida Gulf Coast (1-2) at 7:30 p.m.  The Buckeyes are then set to take on Southern Illinois (1-3) on Sunday at 2 p.m.After starting the season 1-2, coach Geoff Carlston said he believes the team has had a good week of practice and has corrected some mistakes from the trip to the University of Oregon Invitational last weekend.“We made a few changes on the defensive end that will be really helpful,” Carlston said. “So I’m excited to see the fruits of that labor.”Carlston added that he expects to see more of a crowd Friday evening against FGCU than the early-afternoon matchup with Auburn. He added that when the crowd arrives later in the evening, they will give an advantage to his team.With the Buckeyes playing on their home court, finding consistency, managing unforced errors and a defensive attitude lead Carlston’s three keys to victory.After starting in her first collegiate game against Oregon on Aug. 29, freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer is set to play in her first home game at St. John Arena.“I’m super excited to just be in this atmosphere, obviously never having played here before,” Schirmer said.Against Oregon, Schirmer started in all three sets for the Buckeyes.Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe received all-tournament recognition in Oregon and hopes to follow that successful weekend with more success this time around.“I hope to get similar accolades, that would be nice,” Sandbothe said. “But just carrying over intensity and making sure I can be a big leader for the team (will result in) some W’s this weekend,”After the tournament, the Buckeyes are scheduled to play their next three games in Cincinnati at the Millennium Hotel Invitational hosted by Xavier University on Sept. 12 and 13. OSU is set to play Syracuse, Ohio University and Xavier in the tournament. read more

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EHF EURO 2014 Draw in Copenhagen

Denmark EHF EURO 2014EHF EURO 2014handballTOP Handball ← Previous Story TOP 10 “BEST BUYS” for 2011/2012: Stanic, Sigurdsson, Markussen… Next Story → HP Fans prediction: AG wins up to +3 Draw for EHF EURO 2014 qualification Groups will take place in Copenhagen.28 teams will play in seven groups of four with the top two teams and the best ranked third team qualifying for the final tournament. 15 places are available, with Denmark already qualified as host.They will be completed by the four winners and the two best ranked second places of the four qualification tournaments (phase 1).The teams are divided into four pots according to the EHF Men’s National Team Ranking:Pot 1: CRO, FRA, ESP, ISL, POL, SRB, GERPot 2: HUN, NOR, SWE, SLO, MKD, CZE, AUTPot 3: RUS, SVK, POR, LTU, MNE, NED, BLRPot 4: BIH, winner of qualification 1 – group A, winner of qualification 1 – group B, winner of qualification 1 – group C, winner of qualification 1 – group D, best 2nd ranked place and 2nd best ranked 2nd place qualification 1 read more

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Title match and tournament on Smackdown Live, Videos after Smackdown in Chicago

first_img WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Videos Articles Facebook Now Playing Up Next Jamal Khashoggi John Oliver Wrestler Brie Bella Wants Another Baby WhatsApp FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Google+ Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Oliver Takes On The WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:33 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 Title match and tournament on Smackdown LiveDuring last night’s Smackdown Live in Chicago, a title match was setup for next week’s show along with a tournament involving a now vacant championship.Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin def. The New Day and Rusev and Aiden English in a triple threat match to earn a shot at The Usos and the Smackdown Tag Team Championships on next week’s show from Orlando.Bobby Roode and Jinder Mahal also won matches as part of the first round of a tournament to crown a new WWE United States Champion. This is a result of previous champion Dolph Ziggler laying down the title last week and appearing to walk out of WWE.Daniel Bryan addressed the tournament during a segment last night.Videos after Smackdown in ChicagoWWE posted these videos after last night’s Smackdown Live in Chicago. WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Now Playing Up Next Twittercenter_img Guarantee you it’s gonna be a rerun of when CM Punk won the WWE title & walked out. The winner of the tournament will end up losing a title vs title match to Ziggler. Pinterest WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Videos Articles John Oliver Takes On The WWE Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Now Playing Up Next 1 COMMENT Austen Allen WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Comments are closed. December 27, 2017 at 1:02 pmlast_img read more

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Total Community Involvement Essential to Fighting the Aedes aegypti Mosquito

first_img CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to region Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#caribbeanmosquitoweek, carpha Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTrinidad and Tobago, May 5, 2017 – Port of Spain –   “Community participation is critical to the success of any programme designed to eliminate breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.   Efforts are doomed to failure if even one household is negligent.”  So said Dr C James Hospedales, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), as he commented on the importance of Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week, which is being observed from May 8-12.  In his assessment of the mosquito prevention efforts in the Region thus far, Dr Hospedales noted that strategies for the control of the mosquito, which causes Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika are failing, and stated that what is needed is an “all hands onboard approach.”  Dr Karen Polson Edwards, CARPHA Assistant Director of Surveillance, Disease Prevention Control, supports this “all hands onboard approach perspective” as she said, “mosquitoes are social creatures and we are their preferred host.   Their breeding sites are mostly man-made water containers.  This being the case, we all have the power to eliminate them by destroying their breeding sites.  The message of taking ten minutes a week to check surroundings for and destroying any breeding sites is always relevant and should become part of our routine.” For Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week 2017, strengthening household and community participation are key.  Everyone feels the effects of mosquito-borne illnesses.  It affects our economy and has the potential to negatively affect the tourism sector, the major revenue earner for many Caribbean islands.  It also contributes to loss of productivity, ill health and death. The possibility of babies being born with microcephaly and men, in particular, contracting Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), as a result of being bitten by an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito, are also of concern. The purpose of Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week, which is in its second year, is to bring greater awareness to the mosquito vector, through education and social engagement in CARPHA member states.  It is hoped that greater awareness and engagement would bring about behavioural change leading to the elimination of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and greater personal protection, especially as the rainy season approaches. Everyone has a part to play in the elimination of breeding sites and taking the necessary steps to ensure that he or she is not bitten.  We need to therefore: • Avoid mosquito bites  • Destroy mosquito-breeding sites by: o Securely covering domestic water storage containers such as barrels, drums and buckets o Properly discarding tyres and containers that collect water o Covering and sealing tanks, soak-aways and cisterns.Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week is observed annually during the second week of May.  Its theme is Small bite, big threat: fight the bite destroy mosquito breeding sites.  More information is available on Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week website http://caribbeanmosquitoweek.carpha.org/ #caribbeanmosquitoweek#CARPHA Recommended for you Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM Regional Experts Lay Groundwork for Unified Response to Vector-Borne Diseaseslast_img read more

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Spintec inks ETG partnership with Germanys Merkur Gaming

first_imgElectronic table game manufacturer Spintec Gaming Technology has announced a new partnership with German slot machine, systems and video lottery developer Merkur that includes a new line of products called Merkur ETG.The partnership, revealed at ICE London on Wednesday, sees the new electronic table games (ETGs) presented under Merkur trademark and powered by Spintec’s signature. The product portfolio, aside from automated roulette, includes a wide range of ETGs from stand-alone playing stations to amphitheatre set-ups. Spintec celebrates first installation in Australia Ainsworth-Novomatic partnership showing benefits in Asia: Ainsworth CEO “We are very honoured that Mr Gauselmann (Merkur’s CEO and majority owner) confirmed the deal and visited Spintec’s booth,” said Spintec CEO Goran Miskulin.“We celebrated the deal that Spintec’s and Merkur’s teams worked so hard to achieve and after meeting him in person I am more than ever convinced that Spintec made the right choice.“He is the embodiment of what Gauselmann Group and Merkur Gaming stand for, which is uncompromised quality and great services. This is also what Spintec is all about.” Load More RelatedPosts Aruze setting its sights on Europelast_img read more

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Roadchef launches flexible income benefit for 600 staff

first_imgMotorway and trunk road service operator Roadchef, which employs more than 3,300 staff in the UK across 30 locations, has launched a new flexible income benefit for the 600 employees based at its Chester, Clacket Lane and Northampton operating sites.The Get Paid As You Go platform, provided by Wagestream, was implemented on 18 March 2019. The benefit aims to empower staff to better cope with unexpected expenses, such as parking fines or boiler replacements, without resorting to overdrafts, credit or high-interest payday loans.The benefit enables employees to access and withdraw 30% of their earned income throughout the course of the month, rather than having to wait for a single monthly payday.Mark Fox, chief executive officer at Roadchef, said: “We truly believe it is our team that makes the brand at Roadchef, so it is key for us to be able to provide our employees with any support they need, be that financial or otherwise.“We’re really looking forward to entering into a partnership with Wagestream and hope that by alleviating some of the stress a monthly pay cycle can induce, we’ll be able to offer all of our employees, longstanding or new, a rewarding career with Roadchef.”The Get Paid As You Go platform was communicated to employees using letters, posters, leaflets, how-to guides and merchandise, such as keyrings and notepads. On-site training and demonstrations on how to use the benefit were also provided, while managers participated in training webinars.The flexible income benefit will operate alongside financial education, as well as Roadchef’s existing benefits offering, which includes discounts that help staff save money on everyday purchases.Laura Bunn, director of HR and development at Roadchef, added: “We are proud to be partnering with Wagestream to support our employees. We truly believe that our business is made up of incredible people and we are constantly looking at ways to fully support them.“This is one of a number of initiatives within our ongoing people plan to support engagement and retention within the business.”last_img read more

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Learning to Sew With Seal Guts

first_imgRecently, about a dozen students gathered at the Cultural Center in Bethel to learn the traditional art of ‘gut sewing’. Seal intestines were prized throughout Yup’ik history for their waterproof performance before modern materials took hold. And now culture bearers are trying to bring back the skill.Download AudioFor most students, today is the first time they have ever worked with guts.Their 71-year-old instructor however, Mary Tunuchuk, has a lifetime of experience with the traditional material. She says imarnitet or “gut parkas” were critical for survival in her youth.“The waterproof gut parkas were very important for men while hunting in the ocean. The way it reacts to moisture makes it a more effective insulated raincoat than most modern raincoats. In my first memories, women would learn to make raincoats, and other waterproof items before they get married, to ensure a better chance at survival. These days I never see anyone practice the art anymore,” said Tunuchuk.Mary Tunuchuk applying wax to thread. (Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK)Revitalizing the practice is part of the goal of the workshop, hosted by Bethel’s Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center and sponsored by the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center and the Anchorage Museum. Besides parkas, seal intestines were used to make all kinds of waterproof items like bags, mittens, boot-linings and even windows. Curator Sarah Owens explains students will be using two kinds of material.“There’s going to be a mixture of Native students who will be using seal intestine that Mary’s providing, but there’s also going to be non-Native students like myself and we will be using a substitute. We’ll be using hog intestine to sew with because it’s actually illegal for us to be sewing the seal intestine,” said Owens.Tunuchak explains the process starts with the raw seal intestines, which are washed. She uses a dull scraper to remove the soft fleshy material from a membrane, which later is painstakingly cleaned of any flesh or blood. It’s washed in brine or freshwater before being inflated like a long balloon and hung to dry.Tunuchuk taught the class the basics of sewing and the use of taperrnaq or grass as spacers between seams.“It’s not just any grass, it’s beach grass, they are flexible and we use them around the seams so we could tighten the thread without breaking the membrane. You have a tighter more reinforced waterproof seam, without tearing the intestine,” said Tunuchuk.The students bent the edges of the material with their mouths, using their saliva to make the material more flexible and hold its shape while sewing.Students end up having made an amber colored translucent window. In ancient times, the window would have served as more of a skylight, called tanqin, Yup’ik for ‘something that brightens’.Bethel resident, Annie Roach says she’s at the class because she wanted to connect with her culture.“I’ve heard about some of the traditional skills and practices. I’ve always wanted to learn and now I understand a small part of it,” said Roach.Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center staff say there are plans for more workshops exploring traditional skills, like a doll making class in the last week of March, and a fish skin crafting class later in April. The seal intestines for the class were provided by Mary Tunuchuk, who processed the intestine from seals caught by her children ad grandchildren.last_img read more

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8K Miles betting big on cloud services life sciences market shares up

first_imgStock price of 8K Miles Software Services soared more than 200% in the past one year even as the benchmark indices dropped by about 10%. The sharp rally in the company’s share price comes on the back of its robust earnings.The cloud services provider’s shares closed at Rs 2,362 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday, up 210% as compared to a year ago.8K Miles posted a 109% increase in its net profit to Rs 11.27 crore in the December quarter on an annual basis amid growing demand for its cloud services. However, on a sequential basis, its profit increased 29% in the October-December period.”Our growth is on enterprise accounts where we are growing on the complete cloud transformation,” 8K Miles Chairman and Chief Executive Suresh Venkatachari told NDTV.Venkatachari said that that three Fortune 500 companies chose the company’s services during the quarter.8K Milesis optimistic about its growth prospects in the coming years as big companies have not yet fully switched to cloud platform due to some data validation issues.”Our recent acquisitions and cloud transformation business focused structuring will help us to position for higher growth and scaling in the coming year,” Venkatachari added.Following the acquisition of data validation specialist NexAge Technologies in September last year, 8K Miles now bets big on the life sciences market.”We see significant growth using NexAge expertise in probably 9-12 months period from now, which will clearly set ourselves as a very different player in the cloud market,” Venkatachari told NDTV.8K Miles Software Services is a global Cloud, SaaS & Security Solutions company based in the San Francisco Bay area and its shares are also traded on the Indian bourses.last_img read more

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Fair polls impossible without neutral govt role Shujan

first_imgShujan secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar at a roundtable on fair elections at National Press Club on Saturday. Photo: Hasan RajaCivil society members at a roundtable said a fair election would be impossible if the government did not play a neutral role during the elections. Citizens for Good Governance (Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik, Shujan), the civil society platform for good governance, organised the roundtable titled on ‘Specific Steps for Fair Polls’ at the National Press Club on Saturday.The participants said the country will fall into serious crisis if the national election is not held in a free and fair manner.President of Shujan M Hafizuddin Khan said according to the constitution, the election has to be arranged within 90 days of the tenure of present government ending. As the parliament will remain in force, it would be very difficult to ensure equal rights for all, if the election is held under the current system, he said.Former election commissioner M Sakhawat Hossain said fair, neutral and credible election is impossible until changes are brought in the election culture, the administration and the election commission.Shujan secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar said the election commission has to ensure a fair and acceptable election. A fair election is not possible until a correct voter list is prepared and constituencies are demarcated properly, he said.Researcher and columnist Syed Abul Maksud said the election commission has to understand the challenges for arranging a participatory election.He suggested the election commission hold dialogues with the deputy commissioners and the superintendents of police.Why does the election commission receive returns of election expenses if it does not verify it? asked former cabinet secretary Ali Imam Majumder.Central coordinator of Shujan Dilip Kumar Sarker presented the keynote paper.Dilip said it is impossible for the election commission to hold a fair election if the government does not play neutral role during the period of election.last_img read more

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Billionaire Pinera to return as Chiles president

first_imgChilean presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera celebrates his victory with his family and supporters outside a hotel in Santiago after the runoff election on Sunday. Photo: AFPBillionaire Sebastian Pinera will return to power as Chile’s president next year, according to virtually complete results from a runoff election held Sunday.Electoral authorities said the 68-year-old conservative, who previously led the South American nation from 2010-2014, had 55 percent of the vote, with 98 percent of ballots counted.His leftist rival Alejandro Guillier, a 64-year-old TV presenter turned senator who ran as an independent backed by outgoing center-left President Michelle Bachelet, conceded after receiving 45 percent.“We have suffered a tough defeat,” Guillier said. He called for the opposition to “defend” reforms started under Bachelet.He said Pinera walked away with “a solid and impeccable triumph.”Pinera will lead the country-the world’s top copper producer-for four years starting in March 2018.He will once again take over from Bachelet, who was barred by the constitution from running for re-election.Bachelet and Pinera have tag-teamed the presidency since Bachelet first took office in 2006. Since then, they have alternated in power, switching Chile’s politics between center-left and center-right each time.Pinera supporters were gathered outside his election headquarters in anticipation of his victory speech.Uncertain raceThe outcome of the runoff had been far from certain after Pinera scored a much lower than expected 37 percent in the first round of the election held November 19.Analysts had speculated that Guillier could bolster his 22 percent from that round by getting votes from other leftist candidates who were defeated.But in the end, most voters appeared to come down in favor of the experience of Pinera, who is worth some $2.7 billion and painted himself as a safe pair of hands for Latin America’s fifth-biggest economy.Voting had taken place under a somber cloud Sunday, following the deaths of five people and the disappearance of 18 more in a mudslide in the country’s south.Both candidates had projected confidence, with Pinera stating as he cast his ballot: “I have the firm conviction that we are going to win these elections and that better times are going to come for all Chilean households.”With no recent reliable voter surveys in the weeks before Sunday’s runoff, however, the outcome had been seen as wide open.Marco Moreno, of Central University, had called it “the most uncertain election since the return of democracy” after the end of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in 1990.Lower growthAlthough copper exports, which contribute greatly to Chile’s wealth, are increasing thanks to demand from China and from the burgeoning manufacture of electric cars, the country is struggling relative to previous years.Its GDP is forecast to expand a modest 1.4 percent this year, the slowest pace in eight years. Forecasts suggest it will grow 2.8 per cent next year.Pinera and Guillier also promised to expand free university tuition brought in under Bachelet-a measure with historical resonance in Chile because paid tuition was introduced under Pinochet’s 1973-1990 rule.For Pinera, the vow was a U-turn, contradicting an earlier statement he had made that “free things mean less commitment.”The president-elect was often accompanied by his wife Cecilia Morel while campaigning, and also by their four children and several of their nine grandchildren.Their presence softened his public character, according to a member of his entourage who requested anonymity.As much as he is known as a demanding businessman-who had to divest investments including an airline and a football team for his first mandate-he also has a reputation for being cultivated, humorous and full of ideas.He hasn’t hidden his wealth, even wearing an ostentatious watch in the red of his campaign color. But he has also sought to project an image of someone concerned about injustice and ordinary people.last_img read more

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