Your Contact Leaves: Is there anything worse that developing an opportunity, getting it right up to the line, and then having your primary sponsor leave? Yes, there is. Your contact could be replaced by someone with different priorities or who is adamantly opposed to your initiative. The downside of a new contact is that often abandon initiatives that haven’t yet been started. The upside is that they are often change agents, and if you get to the them early enough you can present your initiative as that change. But if you only have one sponsor and you haven’t asked that sponsor to help you gain executive sponsorship, you have made a mistake.The Budget Disappears: Your contact has the money to make the change you have been working on, and then, without warning, your prospective client company makes dramatic cuts. The budget for your solution dissolves. Unless you have positioned your solution as something that is going to increase revenue, decrease costs, and improve profits, you’re in real trouble. The way to find the money for your solution is to ensure it pays for itself . . . and adds something to the kitty.New Leadership Takes Over: New leaders make changes. When new leaders enter the picture, they’re they to make change, to make an improvements. They kill a lot of unborn initiatives to make room for their own priorities. The earlier you reach new leaders, schedule time, and align your initiative with their new initiatives, the better your chances of keeping your solution from finding its way into the dustbin.Pushed to Next Quarter (Year): This is tough one to come back from. It’s not a “no.” But more time only puts your opportunity at greater risk. More time means more time without the results that your solution produces. That’s time without the additional revenue, reduced costs, increased revenue. It’s time without having their problem solved. Sometimes the best way to keep a deal from pushing is to show the cost of not changing now.
With only a few hours left for the campaigning to end in Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat, hectic political activity hit the picturesque hills on Monday. A ‘Gorkha Ekta Maharally’, organised in favour of BJP candidate Raju Bista, snaked its way through the meandering roads and alleys of the hill town.Activists of the Bimal Gurung faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Gorkha National Liberation Front and the Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists, who are supporting the BJP, participated in the rally. This comes days after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held several back-to-back rallies in the hills and in the plains of Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat that goes to polls on Thursday. For the Trinamool Congress, which has never won the Darjeeling seat, it’s a “prestige fight”. In her rallies, Ms. Banerjee highlighted that the sitting BJP MP S.S. Ahluwalia never showed up in the hills after getting elected. She maintained that BJP leaders like Amit Shah visit the hills only during elections. “Our call is Darjeeling to Delhi,” said Ms. Banerjee, adding that a victory in the hills will ensure that her party will play a leading role in forming the new government.Manifesto promise In Darjeeling, Ms. Banerjee faces an uphill task as the shadow of the 104-day-long strike in 2017, the longest ever in the four-decade-long agitation in the hills, still hangs over the picturesque hills and scenic tea gardens.To make things more difficult for the TMC, the BJP’s election manifesto mentions a “permanent” solution to the problems of Darjeeling hills and also promises to ensure that 11 Gorkha communities would get the Scheduled Tribe status.Mr. Bista, who is from Manipur, has been using the manifesto as an election tool at every public rally and campaign meeting since April 8, when it was announced.The Trinamool Congress, which has fielded a “bhumiputra (son of the soil)” — Darjeeling MLA Amar Singh Rai — has maintained a tactical silence in the hills on the demand for Gorkhaland, an issue that the party is opposed to. Mr. Rai is supported by the Benoy Tamang faction of the GJM. Mr. Tamang, once a close aide of Mr. Gurung, has taken over the party in the absence of its founder, with the support of the TMC government. Mr. Tamang has taken it upon himself to defeat the BJP which has been winning the Darjeeling constituency since 2009.“The people of the hills will ensure that they [BJP] are defeated because they have only made false promises to them,” Mr. Tamang said. ‘Revenge on mind’ Jan Andolan Party founder and former GJM MLA Harka Bahadur Chettri, who is himself in the fray, said that the election in the hills this time is being contested with the aim to defeat a particular party rather than to elect someone. He said he was trying to convince people to put aside their emotions while exercising their franchise.The GJM party headquarters at Singhmari, from where Mr. Gurung exerted his influence over the hills, has been taken over by the State government and now houses security personnel. Nearby is the house of Samir Gurung, one of the 13 persons who lost their lives during the agitation in 2017. His mother Mani Subba left her job as a nurse in north India and has been staying in the hills ever since. “I lost my only son and none of the political parties looked after us,” Ms. Subba said, her voice choking with bitter anguish.The TMC government and the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (regional autonomous body led by Mr. Tamang) provided ₹2.5 lakh as compensation to Gurung’s family. While Ms. Subba and her neighbours do not reveal which party they would vote for, they talk about the Gorkha identity, their sufferings due to lack of development in the region and the lack of jobs.
Eat your heart out, Usain Bolt! Based on body size, a sesame seed–sized mite native to Southern California runs faster than any other animal on Earth, new research suggests. In high-speed videos taken both in the lab and in the field, the predatory mite Paratarsotomus macropalpis, a little-studied desert species first described almost a century ago, scampered as many as 322 body lengths in 1 second. That peak speed, as well as an average speed of 192 body lengths per second, handily tops the previous speed champ (the Australian tiger beetle, clocking in at a mere 171 body lengths per second), the researchers report today at the Experimental Biology 2014 meeting in San Diego, California. For comparison, a cheetah running about 96 kilometers per hour moves about 16 body lengths per second—and humans covering ground as fast as this mite does could run more than 2000 km/hr. Future studies of these mites (which pick up and put down each foot about 135 times a second) could help engineers develop superfast, superagile robots.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
After landmark regulatory changes in the real estate sector in the country in the last few years, the tides are turning in favour of the market and there is marked buoyancy in both domestic investment and investment by the non-resident Indians (NRIs) in properties across all geographies in the country.Read it at Business Today Related Items
Indian cricket stars Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh have been approached to buy car racing teams, costing USD 5 million each, in the proposed i1 Super Series, scheduled to begin from December 18.Nine teams, with two cars each, will compete in seven Asian cities in a short calender, consisting of 14 races on seven weekends.”Cricket and Bollywood stars and a few top industrialists have already shown a keen interest to own the nine Indian city-based franchise teams. Cricketers Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh have been approached,” said the CEO of event promoters Machdar Motorsports, M Darshan at a media conference here on Friday.Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar is a huge Formula One fan and even owned a Ferrari car, gifted to him by the manufacturers, till recently. He had sold that car to a Surat-based businessman.Asked whether India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a motorcycle enthusiast, had also been approached for the purpose, Darshan said “No comments.””The cricketers, if they want, can also form a consortium and own a franchise team,” he said.The nine franchises are being sold at a base price of USD five million and it is available only by invitation and not auction. The list of owners along with the series’ broadcast partners would be announced in the coming weeks, the promoters said.Each team will have an Indian and a foreign driver and each franchise will race with two cars, thus forming a 18-car grid.The series will held in seven Asian cities? New Delhi and Chennai in India, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai in the Arabian Gulf, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Pattaya in Thailand.advertisementThe series, which Darshan said is to cost USD 15 million per year to run, will commence on December 18 at the Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi which is being readied for inaugural Indian Grahnd Prix later this year.It will conclude at the Madras Motor Sports Club track in Irungattukkottai, Chennai, on February 25, 2012.The five other races will be held at Yas Marina (Abu Dhabi), Losali International (Doha), Dubai Aerodrome (Dubai), Sepang International (KL), Bira (Pattaya) on January 8, 15, 22, February 5 and 12 respectively.The proposed calendar is subject to approval of world motor sports body FIA.Each weekend would consist of one qualifying session and two races in sprint format. A total of 14 races would make up the first season of the championship and the drivers would be competing for the title and total prize money of USD two million.”A pool of drivers has been resourced,” said Vicky Chandhok, who is the president of the Indian motor sports body FMSCI as well as vice president of MMSC.The racing cars, an open-top purpose-built vehicle, are among the best to race in the world, and can accelerate from zero to hundred in three seconds and touch speeds of 250kmph, the series promoters said.- With inputs from PTI
The Indian team poses for a photograph at the glorious Old Trafford football pitchThe Indian team, on Thursday, witnessed a horrendous start to their first innings as England seamers made full use of their pace and swing to bamboozle the tourists on the opening day of the 4th Test at Old Trafford.MS Dhoni’s men were reduced to a shambolic 8/4 within the first six overs of play. But, what turned out to be more embarrassing for the tourists was the fact that three out of top four Indian batsmen were dismissed for golden ducks.Team India finally succumbed to a horrific total of just 152 runs with Dhoni’s valiant knock of 71 runs the only silver lining in the innings. England speedster Stuart Broad turned out to be the tormentor with six wickets but James Anderson, claiming three scalps, was the real trouble-maker for the Indians.Virat Kohli departs after being dismissed by James Anderson for a golden duckThe dismal performance of the Men in Blue sparked an array of controversy theories on social media including Twitter. While some blamed Virat Kohli’s girlfriend Anushka Sharma’s lip-job for the Indian batsman’s poor show, the others targeted the comeback man Gautam Gambhir.But, one of the most interesting yet ridiculous causes for India’s debacle on the opening day seems to be their highly-publicized tour of the Premier League club Manchester United on Wednesday.Dhoni, an ardent Red Devils fan, led the Indian team on the tour of ‘Theatre of Dreams’, home of the Manchester United football club – who witnessed a disappointing run in the Premier League last season.advertisementThe EPL giants, who were also the reigning champions, crashed to a seventh-place finish with a mere 64 points – 22 adrift Premier League champions Manchester City – last season.Wayne Rooney & co. sent 67,000 adoring fans at Old Trafford into mourning with just 19 wins out of 38 league games – a new low according to the standards of the glorious club.The Indian players got themselves clicked in the club’s dugout and kicked a few balls into the nets on the glorious Old Trafford football pitch.And, it seems like Manchester United have successfully transferred their disheartening curse onto Dhoni’s men – currently matching the club’s performance last season.Atleast, the Man Utd fans shouldn’t worry about their club getting hammered this season, especially under the reigns of the new manager Louis van Gaal.
ADLINK Technology announced its support for the Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies’ (SGeT) specification for a Universal Internet-of-Things Connector (UIC). In addition, ADLINK also announced advanced embedded middleware support that complements the UIC, with a ‘plug-in’ for XRCE real-time data distribution. Together, these two open-source software enhancements for ADLINK’s embedded products portfolio bring embedded computing firmly into the IoT arena, by enabling device-to-device and device-to-Cloud data connectivity – with standards-based inter-operability and performance levels never before possible with commercial-off-the-shelf products.The UIC is SGeT’s first software-only standard. It supports the comprehensive roll-out of IoT applications by standardizing embedded hardware connectivity for Edge and Cloud Computing. Before UIC, all hardware I/O communication had to be done manually for each-and-every Edge and Cloud connection. This obviously created significant challenges for embedded hardware deployment, support and upgrade in distributed computing (e.g., IoT) systems.Through the UIC, the integration of distributed devices is made easier via three levels of abstraction/partitioning. The UIC makes a distinction between: 1/ the device configuration (hardware identification, device mapping, value-to-information matching), 2/ the sensor and actuator communications (hardware driver), and 3/ the device communications (data transfer and processing). With more than 500 Cloud service offerings, and an even greater number of possible hardware configurations, this provides a very open, practical and efficient approach to building, deploying, maintaining and evolving IoT systems (i.e., integrated device-Edge-Cloud Computing).The UIC will, out-of-the-box, support communications to hardware devices through the established Embedded API (EAPI) PICMG standard. This means that the whole ADLINK product portfolio of Computer-on-Modules and embedded boards will be able to leverage the UIC.In addition to UIC support for its portfolio of devices, ADLINK is also announcing support for a XRCE data-connectivity ‘plug-in’, which leverages the UIC to provide high-performance peer-to-peer data communications between devices. XRCE stands for ‘eXtremely Resource-Constrained Environments’ and is a derivative of the Object Management Group’s (OMG) open-standard Data Distribution Service (DDS) specification. XRCE complements other IT and OT data protocols (e.g., MQTT and OPC/UA) but provides the more advanced real-time data-connectivity required for performance-critical distributed systems (e.g., the deterministic data delivery required for distributed robotics, autonomous vehicles, defense systems, etc.).Furthermore, UIC and XRCE support the embedded computing industry’s requirement for dual-sourcing (with interoperability and exchangeability), that is, all modules and subsystems interoperating in a seamless way without vendor-specific knowledge. This supports important cost, time-to-market and risk-reduction initiatives by OEMs through, for example, reducing vendor lock-in and improving application code portability.ADLINK will showcase its UIC/XRCE capabilities in a device-Fog-Cloud Computing demonstration at embedded world.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Rohde & Schwarz: T&M tools to minimize multi-region drive tests for LTE modulesNext Red Pitaya: ‘Swiss Army PenKnife for engineers’ company to exhibit at embedded world
Solid Sands, supplier of SuperTest test and validation suite for C and C++ compilers and libraries, and AbsInt, the specialist for program analysis tools for safety-critical software, announce their collaboration to develop and integrate the SuperTest qualification suite into the CompCert C qualification support kit.The SuperTest qualification suite is derived from the established SuperTest compiler test and validation suite. It is tailored to the needs of AbsInt to fit the CompCert C qualification support kit. The close collaboration between AbsInt and Solid Sands allows customers to qualify their specific use case of the CompCert C compiler for qualification standards such as ISO 26262, IEC-61508, EN-50128, DO-333, and DO-330.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Rohde & Schwarz: new signal generators set standards in the class up to 6 GHzNext Maxim: EMI-compliant Himalaya solutions for industrial and general-purpose applications
Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming has acknowledged the need for rebuilding an “ageing squad” after a poor show with the bat which has been their Achilles heel throughout the season.CSK squad with an average of 34 for the core team, has proved that age is just a number by winning the IPL last year and finishing runners-up to Mumbai Indians here on Sunday night.But as pointed out by both Fleming and skipper M S Dhoni, they could have done a lot more in the batting department.”We will give some time for the dust to settle down. I think if you win one title and reach the final next time, you have had good two years. We do understand that we are an ageing team. So at some point, we just have to look at recreating the side, obviously, MS as well, said Fleming following the one-run loss to Mumbai.Fleming said that the planning for next season will start after Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back from the World Cup. The former New Zealand skipper said that just like other teams have created a new pool of talent, CSK will cautiously also enter into the rebuilding phase.”He (Dhoni) will be travelling to the World Cup. A lot of talent has been established in other teams. You need to do it carefully and get the balance right, when you try to go for players who you think can deliver for us.”While the bowlers were exceptional, the batsmen could have done better, felt Fleming.advertisement”This year in Chennai was tough (turning track), the conditions were tough to read, hard to play. A little bit of training as well, our batters weren’t big enough from the form point of view. If we look at the aggregate of numbers from our top order, we could have liked a bit more. Batting certainly was a weak part of our game this season, there is a lot of work to do.”But at the same time, how much more do you need? We got to the final, we went till the last ball. Of course, we didn’t have a good season with the bat. But there was never a lack of effort,” said Fleming.Dhoni run out big moment in the final: FlemingShane Waton kept CSK in the game with a fighting 80 in their chase of 150 but did not get the support from the other batsmen. Watson was run out in the final over bowled by Lasith Malinga who managed to defend nine runs.Earlier, Dhoni too was adjudged run out after due deliberation after a direct hit from Ishan Kishan, marking a massive moment in the game.”It was a big moment. Took a long time to give the decision. Always a big moment when MS goes. He was really consistent this year. It’s also the calmness with which he operates that’s different from the other players.”Dhoni’s dismissal was the boost that Mumbai Indians needed at that point of time.”So his dismissal does two things. Our job stops down a bit and it lifts the opposition. So yes it was a big moment.”He did not expect a last-ball finish after CSK reached 53 for one in the first six overs.”Your heart is pumping isn’t it? Lot of emotions. Nine of the last over was probably a position we thought we will never get to after the start we had in the first five overs. I think we were hoping to see one Shane Watson six, which didn’t come eventually.”Malinga bowled a good over. Shane was tired, he was batting that long. It was a great last over of a final, going till the last ball. A crafty old fox like Malinga bowling a great delivery. We can go back and look at different scenarios that could have taken place but the bottom line is it was a good hard-fought final,” said Fleming.Also Read | IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma only 5-time IPL champion after Mumbai Indians win 4th titleAlso Read | IPL 2019 final, MI vs CSK: Kieron Pollard fined for showing dissentAlso Read | IPL 2019: It was a funny final, we kept passing the trophy to each other, says MS Dhoni
zoom Russian oil and gas major Gazprom and a Dutch natural gas infrastructure and transportation company Gasunie have signed a framework agreement on cooperation in the area of small scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and distribution throughout Europe.The document focuses on joint projects for the construction of LNG receiving terminals, LNG filling stations and other infrastructure facilities in Europe.”LNG has a clear role to play as a cleaner fuel alternative for maritime vessels, ferries, trucks and industrial applications throughout Europe. It supports European Union environmental priorities. It will help ship and truck owners to follow stringent European emission regulations,” said Han Fennema, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Gasunie.Gazprom and Gasunie also looked into the possibility of initiating a joint pilot project for constructing a small LNG receiving terminal in Northwest Europe.The terminal will be used for storing, shipping and selling LNG as a bunker and vehicle fuel as well as an energy source for autonomous gasification. In addition, the possibility of building LNG filling stations is also being contemplated within the project.”Gazprom and Gasunie will be actively developing the small scale LNG business in Europe. Joint infrastructure projects will make it possible to diversify the supply routes as well as broaden the use of natural gas in European countries,” said Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee.Image: Gasunie
Le gouvernement fera en sorte que les services de garde d’enfants seront plus abordables pour les familles, tout en améliorant les salaires des éducatrices de la petite enfance. « Nous savons qu’un investissement dans l’éducation de la petite enfance maintenant assurera des avantages directs et immédiats pour les enfants de la Nouvelle-Écosse. C’est pourquoi nous avons prévu une somme de 6,6 millions de dollars pour la mise en oeuvre de ce plan », affirme Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Un rapport intitulé « Des services de garde d’enfants de qualité à un prix abordable : l’endroit idéal pour grandir! », publié aujourd’hui 1er juin, présente les changements qui seront effectués au cours des cinq prochaines années afin d’aborder les inquiétudes soulevées dans le cadre de l’examen des services agréés de garde d’enfants. La première phase du plan inclut des mesures pour rendre les services de garde d’enfants plus abordables pour les familles, par une augmentation de l’allocation et une augmentation des salaires traditionnellement bas des éducatrices de la petite enfance, soit un salaire médian de 12,84 $ l’heure. À partir d’octobre, les centres bénéficiant d’une subvention provinciale devront rémunérer les éducatrices de la petite enfance en fonction d’un plancher salarial variant de 15 $ à 19 $, selon le niveau de formation. À compter du 1er juillet, les familles admissibles à une allocation auront à payer un montant moins élevé. Les familles ayant un revenu de 25 000 $ ou moins seront admissibles à l’allocation maximale, alors que les familles ayant un revenu de plus de 25 000 $ jusqu’à concurrence de 70 000 $ seront admissibles à une allocation partielle. Le montant que les familles auront à payer dépendra du montant de l’allocation qu’elles reçoivent et des tarifs journaliers facturés par leur centre de garde d’enfants. L’augmentation des tarifs pour les parents par un centre de garde d’enfants sera plafonnée afin de réduire l’écart entre l’allocation et le coût des services de garde. Le rapport contient 27 mesures qui seront mises en œuvre au cours des cinq prochaines années dans les domaines suivants : caractère abordable de la garde d’enfants, structure et gouvernance du système, qualité des programmes et services, accessibilité, et perfectionnement professionnel. Le ministère travaillera avec le secteur pour créer un nouveau modèle de financement au cours des 18 prochains mois. Le modèle correspondra aux principes et aux mesures présentés dans le rapport. Un programme d’études provincial pour l’éducation de la petite enfance sera également élaboré à l’appui du développement sain et de la transition scolaire. « Nous ne pouvons plus nous permettre de nous contenter d’améliorations ponctuelles, souligne Mme Casey. Nous devons apporter des changements efficaces et viables qui appuient le développement de nos enfants. J’ai hâte de travailler avec le secteur de l’éducation de la petite enfance et de la garde d’enfants pour apporter des changements positifs aux services agréés de garde d’enfants. » Plus de 7 000 Néo-Écossais ont participé aux consultations sur l’examen du secteur des garderies par le truchement d’un sondage en ligne, de groupes de consultation, d’entretiens individuels et de présentations écrites. Le rapport intégral peut être consulté au novascotia.ca/education.
Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation, will host the 11th annual SeaChange Summer Party.This year’s party – emceed by Ted Danson – features a special performance by singer-songwriter-actress Katharine McPhee.Expected guests include Dennis Haysbert, Sally Pressman, Austin Nichols, Christina Ochoa, and Oscar Nunez.The event will include a world-class auction and cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet seated dinner and exciting live auction and program. The night will end with the SeaChange Post-Party Lounge, where guests can dance under the stars.To learn more, click here.WHEN: Saturday, July 21 (RSVP REQUIRED)5PM Media Check-in, 5:30PM CarpetWHERE: Private Estate, Laguna Beach, CA
Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera today denied claims his Personal Assistant (PA) was arrested for the possession of drugs.The Ministers media division said that the Personal Assistant had been arrested by the Special Task Force with three others following a night function over the weekend. The arrest was made after drugs were found in the vehicle Samaraweera’s Personal Assistant was travelling in.Samaraweera’s media division said that the Personal Assistant was arrested as he was in the vehicle in which drugs were found. Samaraweera’s Personal Assistant was later released on bail as the drugs were not his. (Colombo Gazette)
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Last Tuesday, I crunched some numbers on which NCAA men’s tournament coaches exceeded expectations the most since the tourney expanded to 64 teams in 1985, based on their teams’ seeds at the start of the tournament. Perhaps not surprisingly, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo ruled all, with his Spartans winning 14.6 more games than would be expected based on the way they were seeded. And after Izzo won two more games over the weekend to secure the Spartans’ seventh Final Four bid under his watch, we thought we’d update the numbers1With a slight tweak to the SRS adjustment that forces the sum of each tournament’s field-wide expected wins to equal 63. to reflect the latest results.Izzo is still No. 1 of course, with 16.2 wins above expectation now (after adding in his two wins over the weekend, plus Michigan State’s expected future wins according to the FiveThirtyEight tournament predictions), while the coach he beat in the East Regional final, Rick Pitino, ranks second since ’85.Two of Izzo’s fellow Final Four coaches also rank among the top 10. John Calipari of Kentucky (whom the Spartans could face for the national championship in a week) places third. And Mike Krzyzewski, whose Duke Blue Devils will play Michigan State on Saturday, ranks 10th. Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan may seem like the odd man out, but Ryan’s teams have still exceeded expectations — though only by 2.7 wins over his career, which ranks 31st since 1985.
Any appeal against the present provisional suspension shall not have any suspensive effect and shall be made by Thursday 19 October, 18:00hrs (UTC+1) at the latest. ← Previous Story FIRST WIN, THEN OVERTAKE: Macedonian RK Eurofarm Rabotnik appoint Ilija Temelkovski Next Story → Meshkov Brest win twice in one day! The panel finds in substance, in light of Article 6.4 of the EHF Legal Regulations, the EHF officials’ mistake obvious and therefore requiring necessary measures. Hence, the result of the extra time shall be cancelled and penalty throws shall take place in order to define the winner and the team qualifying. All costs and expenses arising out of the subsequent organisation shall be paid by the EHF. The Court of Handball has reached a decision on the protest filed by St. Petersburg HC following the Men’s EHF Cup 2017/18 Qualification Round 2 (2nd leg) match between St. Petersburg HC (RUS) and FH Hafnarfjordur (ISL) which took place on Sunday 15 October 2017. After both teams played exactly the same result (32:27) in both legs, extra time took place instead of the penalty shoot-out contrary to Article 4.2, Chapter II of the 2017/18 EHF Cup Regulations.
By Michelle Hennessy Image: Department of Foreign Affairs 17,146 Views Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 9:30 PM Row breaks out over delay in garda pay for Joe Biden visit Garda sources say payments were dealt with “on an ad-hoc basis in different regions”. Nov 29th 2016, 9:30 PM A ROW HAS broken out between garda representatives and management over payments members of the force were due to receive for working overtime in Co Mayo during the visit of US Vice President Joe Biden in June.Gardaí claim management has attempted to pay some officers less than others for the same work during the trip, and that a commitment given by a very senior officer in the days before the visit was reneged on.Biden visited his ancestral home near Ballina on 22 June and additional gardaí from the Western region were rostered on to cover the event. However, just four days before his planned arrival in Mayo, management decided to call in extra resources from other garda divisions to ensure full policing cover.GRA representative for Cavan/Monaghan, James Morrisroe, told TheJournal.ie that a senior officer informed him ahead of Biden’s Mayo visit that the members called in last-minute would be paid for any shifts worked, plus what is known within the force as ‘a tour on either side’.This essentially allows for travel time on both the 21 and 23 June, and for being on standby the day before the visit. In this case, members understood they would be paid, in total, for 30 hours of work.The senior garda also confirmed to the GRA that members from the Western region, who had been drafted in at an earlier stage, would be paid a mileage allowance for the use of their own cars, which would leave them with higher payments than those called in last-minute.Though he said he was unhappy that members from his division were “being treated differently to those from the Western region”, he accepted the assurance that they would be paid for a full 30 hours.However, when members from his division – and others who had been asked to work at short notice – tried to claim their overtime, they were told they were not entitled to payment for a ‘tour on either side’.The row has raged on for weeks, and has involved the finance department in garda headquarters, which also refused to honour the original commitment given by the senior officer.“It’s simply not good enough to get assurances at very short notice from senior management and then for these assurances to be reneged upon after the event,” Morrisroe said. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Department of Foreign Affairs 24 Comments Share31 Tweet Email The members completed this duty in good faith at very short notice and great inconvenience to themselves and indeed were complemented by none other than the US ambassador to Ireland, Mr Kevin O’Malley for their professionalism and diligence.“I wonder how the ambassador would feel if he knew that assurances given by senior management in relation to the payment of members of An Garda Síochána for policing the event are now being reneged on,” he added.With a visit to Ireland by Pope Francis planned in 2018, Morrisroe questioned, “How many will volunteer for that? Because my members say they won’t be doing that again.”Another GRA representative Ray Wims, whose Sligo/Leitrim members were also affected by the controversy, commented that some employees of the State “seem to be more equal than others”.“It was just dealt with on an ad-hoc basis in different regions.”Some of his members also worked in Donegal for the royal visit, again at short notice. It took 14 weeks for them to receive payment for this overtime.Many of those affected have given up the fight, accepting a lower payment than the one originally agreed upon. However a small number are determined to get what they believe they are owed and are now considering seeking legal advice.Aidan Whelan, who represents gardaí in the Wicklow division, said his members are “at their wits’ end, it’s getting so close to Christmas”.It’s around €1,000 they are waiting on. That’s double or triple some members’ weekly take-home pay and they gave up all their rest days that week to perform this duty, working 16 hours on the day of the visit.He said many members would have decided not to go at all if they knew they would not be “properly remunerated”.“And it would have been an embarrassment on the State to have Joe Biden coming and for us not to have enough police to police the event.”Garda management declined to comment on the row. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3107201
PORTLAND — A judge has reunited an Oregon family despite state concerns that the parents are intellectually incapable of caring for their children.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Deschutes County Judge Bethany Flint determined there wasn’t enough evidence to show Amy Fabbrini and Eric Ziegler couldn’t safely parent.Thursday’s decision about the couple’s 4-year-old son came three weeks after Flint ordered the Redmond couple’s 10-month-old son returned to them.Both boys have spent most of their lives in foster care. No abuse had been alleged, but Fabbrini’s family raised concerns to the Oregon Department of Human Services about the couple’s parenting abilities.Fabbrini’s IQ has tested at 72, Ziegler’s at 66. The average IQ falls between 90 and 110.Both have taken parenting, nutrition and CPR classes in attempts to prove their fitness.
FC Cologne are the team that has suffered the biggest decline this season in Europe’s top 5 leagues with a loss of 27 points compared to their last campaignAfter finishing in a respectable fifth place in the Bundesliga last term, Cologne was relegated to the second division in Germany this season and finished bottom of the league standings with just 22 points.Following them in a close second place is Malaga, who suffered a loss of 26 points compared to their last campaign and have been relegated to the Spanish second division after 10 consecutive years in La Liga.Meanwhile last seasons Premier League champions Chelsea dropped 23 points compared to last term and will miss out on Champions League football next season after their failure to finish in the top four.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Champions League finalists Real Madrid were unable to retain their La Liga crown and had to settle for a disappointing third place and 17 points off last year’s total.As for Arsene Wenger, he completed his final year at Arsenal in career-low of sixth place in the Premier League with 12 points dropped compared to last season’s total.FC Cologne – 27 points fewerMalaga – 26 pointsNice – 24 pointsChelsea – 23 pointsAthletic Bilbao – 20 pointsReal Madrid/Las Palmas/Metz – 17 pointsReal Sociedad/Monaco – 15 pointsWest Brom/Sevilla/RB Leipzig – 14 pointsArsenal/Everton/Atalanta/SC Freiburg – 12 pointsStoke City – 11 pointsSouthampton – 10 pointsAS Roma – 10 points(Obtained by Daily Mail)
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Education Minister tours schools this week Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Sept 2015 – The Minister of Sports, Hon Akierra Missick at the House of Assembly meeting congratulated two outstanding athletes who represented the TCI abroad in track and field.Ifeanyi Otuonye, broke his own TCI national record again in long jump and set a new record in the indoor triple jump breaking his last record. Otuonye was recently honored by the US Track and Field Cross-Country Coaches Association as the ‘Midwest Field Male Athlete of the Year. The Minister encouraged him to go for gold. Akia Guerrier was also hailed as an outstanding athlete and competed on behalf of TCI in Samoa where Akia smashed an over 20-year national record in the 200-meters with a time of 25.14 seconds; this record was held since 1993 by Rosalie Hall. Related Items:akia guerrier, akierra missick, Ifeanyi Otuonye, national record, Samoa, shattered