Manchester City F.C. goalkeeper Claudio Bravo could miss last five games

first_imgManchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo could miss the remaining five games of the season after sustaining an injury in Thursday’s 0-0 Premier League draw with rivals Manchester United.Chilean Bravo was carried off on a stretcher in the 79th minute and replaced by Willy Caballero.”Of course he has an injury, probably [out] for some weeks,” manager Pep Guardiola said after the game. “I don’t know if he will be available again this season.”Fourth-placed City, a point and a place above United, travel to relegation-threatened Middlesbrough on Sunday.last_img read more

Indian boxers aim for bigger medal haul at World Cship

first_imgBy Poonam Mehra Hamburg, Aug 24 (PTI) Shiva Thapa and Vikas Krishan will be among Indias best bets to better both the colour and number of medals at the 19th World Boxing Championships, starting here tomorrow. Placed joint 49th in the all-time medal count, India have a bronze each to show for from the 2009, 2011 and the 2015 World Championships. Shiva (2015), Vikas (2011) and the now-professional Vijender Singh (2009) are the only ones to have been on the podium of the prestigious event, which doubles up as an Olympic qualifier in alternate editions. For this edition, an eight-strong team has made the cut through the Asian Championships held in Tashkent earlier this year. “Our build-up has been fantastic. We had a good Asian Championship where the boys won two silver and two bronze medals and finished third overall,” the teams Swedish coach Santiago Nieva told PTI. “Then we went to France and Czech Republic for training- cum-competition trips and the results were excellent there. So, I am hopeful of a strong performance but I dont want to make any predictions about the medals,” he added. To be tied with Australia, Tajikistan and Czech Republic in the all-time medal tally isnt exactly a true reflection of how far Indian boxing has come since Vijender won the breakthrough bronze in 2009 in Milan. “This World Championship is going to be slightly different from the previous one because the draws will be opened up. There have been changes in weight categories, some of those who went to Rio Olympics last year have quit. So there is going to be a lot of churning,” Nieva pointed out. “So, yes, we can hope for more than just one bronze medal,” he added. The boxers, on their part, also spoke confidently about their chances. “It has been a long journey and we have seen a lot in all these years. World Championships is the premier tournament for us after the Olympics. I am as prepared as I could ever be for a big tournament,” said Shiva, all of 24 but a two-time Olympian with three back-to-back Asian Championship medals. The Assam boxer, who won a bantamweight 56kg bronze in the 2015 world championship, will be competing in the lightweight 60kg category this time. He had caught the eye of none other than Manny Pacquiao by clinching a rare knockout win for an Indian boxer at the big event. The transition to the new weight category has gone rather well for him, the biggest proof of it being a silver at the Asian Championships just three months ago. Another bright medal prospect for India is without doubt Vikas. The 25-year-old would be eager to make a mark especially after getting a disciplinary warning for forfeiting his Asian Championship semifinal bout due to “confused” travel plans. The middleweight (75kg) boxer, a former Asian Games gold medallist, has chosen to stay aloof since the Asian meet and even trained alone in Pune at the Army Sports Institute, away from the national camp in Patiala. Not to be counted out is veteran Manoj Kumar (69kg), forever the dark horse who manages to surprise with tenacious performances. The 31-year-old former Commonwealth Games gold- medallist is perseverance personified and is yet to find a strong challenger on the national scene. Another medal hope is Sumit Sangwan (91kg), who made a fine comeback from injury breakdowns to claim a silver medal at the Asian Championships earlier this year. “It is a strong squad, very dedicated and I am sure they will not let anyone down in performance,” said Nieva summing up the hopes. The 10-day championship will feature 280 boxers from 85 countries. Squad: Amit Phangal (49kg), Kavinder Bisht (52kg), Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg), Shiva Thapa (60kg), Manoj Kumar (69kg), Vikas Krishan (75kg), Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg). PTI PM AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Delhi govt starts work to bring sewer cleaning robots

first_imgNEW DELHI: In a bid to eliminate manual scavenging from Delhi, the AAP-led government has started its work toward bringing sewer cleaning robots. In this project, the government is taking help from the Kerala Government thereafter, Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam on Friday visited Kerala to learn about the robots which could be used to clean the sewer in Kerala instead of manual scavengers. The idea was first discussed in February during a meeting with experts from IIT Delhi and the Delhi Jal Board, an official of the government’s social welfare department said. Since then, the minister has held two meetings in this regard. But due to the code of conduct during elections, the idea could not be taken forward, he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderGautam along with DJB vice-chairman Dinesh Mohania, in Kerala, witnessed live demonstrations of a robot named Bandicoot, developed by Kerala-based start-up Genrobotics which has been commissioned by municipal bodies in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. “Afterwards, the minister visited the R&D Lab of Gen Robotics, where the team gave the presentation of another robotic machine mounted on a vehicle. After visiting the Genrobotic Innovations and going through all of the research works and up-coming projects which are being developed to completely eliminate the practice of manual scavenging and seeing the live demonstration of the Bandicoot robot, the Delhi government is planning to bring such robots in Delhi which will also work with the machines to clean sewers, by both these technologies the government would look to eliminate manual scavenging,” noted an official. Gautam also visited Kerala Chief Minister and discussed the problems of manual scavenging and its eradication. “Government of Delhi and Kerala invest a lot in social welfare and do the needful once & for all to eradicate the inhuman practice of manual scavenging,” said the official.last_img read more

Canada hard to define but easy to celebrate poll suggests

first_imgTORONTO – What defines Canada? A new survey suggests the answers are as diverse as the country itself.The poll, commissioned by Historica Canada and conducted by Ipsos, asked a number of questions about various aspects of Canadiana ranging from inquiries about the preferred Canadian dinner companion to most effective single word to describe the country.Almost across the board, the online poll found little consensus on any of the questions but instead elicited a wide variety of answers.When asked what single word would describe Canada, the most popular answer was freedom or liberty, a choice made by just a quarter of respondents.Participants were asked to choose which living or dead Canadian they’d most like to have dinner with, and the top choice — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — earned just eight per cent of votes.The survey even found dissent on some of the country’s most stereotypical national symbols, with one third of respondents admitting to a hatred of hockey and 37 per cent disputing the tastiness of ketchup chips.Canadians did display more loyalty to animals that have come to be seen as national symbols, with 85 per cent of respondents standing by the beaver and 82 per cent expressing fondness for the Canada Goose.Canadian beer also earned the support of 72 per cent of participants, who proclaimed it among the best in the world.Historica Canada President Anthony Wilson-Smith said the sheer diversity of survey responses speaks to the makeup of the country itself.“I think it’s very reflective of Canada that there’s one or two core values that jump up … and then it’s kind of cool that there’s no great consensus on any other thing,” Wilson-Smith said in a telephone interview. “We’re a country where people come from everywhere, have different views, and I think increasingly what defines Canada is you don’t have to fit a national stereotype.”The survey results hinted at what some of those core values might be, Wilson-Smith said, pointing to the only two findings to garner any kind of widespread support.A quarter of respondents used the words freedom or liberty to describe Canada, while 20 per cent identified the word home as their descriptor of choice.Wilson-Smith speculated that those words are particularly appealing to a diverse population, many of whom have routes in countries where freedom could not be taken for granted.The variety of other responses on words to describe Canada, which included best, opportunity, equality, multicultural, and inclusive, attest to a diversity of national priorities, he said.Consensus was even harder to attain when discussing famous Canadians that might make for good company over dinner.Trudeau’s eight per cent support from respondents was followed by Quebecois singer Celine Dion, who secured five per cent of respondents’ support. Former Prime Ministers Sir John A. MacDonald and Pierre Trudeau and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky rounded out the top five, the survey found,The poll also explored Canadians’ favourite home-grown inventions, finding a greatest appreciation for the electric oven (44 per cent of respondents), IMAX films (32 per cent), and the snowmobile (25 per cent).One thing Canadians do seem to agree on is a desire to celebrate the country’s upcoming 150th birthday.About 80 per cent of the survey’s 1,003 respondents said they planned to acknowledge Saturday’s sesquicentennial in some way.The Ipsos poll was completed using an online panel between June 7 and 8. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the populationlast_img read more

Yusuf Joins Chorus Of Support To Transfer Mali The Elephant To Sanctuary

first_imgYusuf Islam, the acclaimed British-born musician and humanitarian formerly known as Cat Stevens, has issued a statement to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia in support of Mali the elephant’s transfer from the Manila Zoo to a sanctuary.Mali is kept in solitary confinement – which experts say is extremely cruel to elephants, who are highly social – and is in constant pain from her foot ailments, as seen in this new video.“It was saddening to learn about the poor fate of Mali the Elephant”, writes Yusuf in a communiqué from Dubai. “I hope the Zoo in Manila will do the right thing and let Mali free to enjoy her last years on Earth in the company of other elephants.” He adds, “Keeping humans in solitary confinement is a form of torture because we all require contact with our own kind: mankind. This explains why people congregate so easily in communities, cities and towns; social interaction leads to healthy mental and emotional states. The same is obviously true of animals”.Despite a congressional resolution supporting Mali’s transfer that passed in the first reading as well as the backing of religious leaders, international celebrities and thousands of school students, the Manila Zoo is delaying her transfer. A lush sanctuary in Thailand has agreed to accept her.In addition, more than a dozen renowned veterinarians and elephant experts –including Dr Jane Goodall, Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick and Dr Henry Richardson, who has more than 40 years of experience working with elephants – have called for Mali’s transfer. Dr Richardson has stated, “To put it simply: Mali may die from the lack of care she is receiving if left at the zoo”. Experts point out that transferring elephants is safe and routine.Yusuf joins French film legend Brigitte Bardot, music sensation Morrissey and Nobel Prize–winning author JM Coetzee and other high-profile figures in speaking out about Mali’s suffering.last_img read more

BJP Yuva Morcha leader held with firearms

first_imgKolkata: Swarup Tarafdar, a leader of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) from Alipurduar, was arrested here on Monday for possession of firearms.However, the district BJYM leaders claimed he has been framed by the ruling party in the state as he was instrumental in strengthening the party base in the district. It was learnt that the district police on Monday raided his house and recovered firearms and cartridges from a place close to his house. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe district police came to know that the accused allegedly had firearms and raided his house acting on the specific information. The police officers from the district have started a detailed probe into the incident to ascertain from where the accused had received the firearms and some bullets. The police are also probing to find out if the firearms were to be used in the upcoming elections. The district administrative officials are also keeping tabs on the issue ahead of the Lok Sabha election. Alipurduar will go to poll in the first phase on 12 April. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayOn the other hand, the expelled Trinamool Congress MP Soumitra Khan, who joined the BJP few months ago, has been summoned by officers of Bankura Sadar police station on Monday in connection with a case in which he allegedly made false promises to provide jobs to youth. Khan was produced before the investigating officers in this connection. It may also be mentioned here that Khan is contesting the Lok Sabha election for BJP from Bishnupur constituency. A many as three complaints were lodged by three separate persons in Bankura district — two by local youths and the third by a Trinamool Congress leader in the district. It was alleged that during his tenure as the Bankura MP, Khan had received money from the youths by promising them jobs.last_img read more

Securities commission warns of scheme that targets moneylosing investors

CALGARY — The Alberta Securities Commission is warning investors to steer clear of an organization that offers to help recover funds lost in high-profile failed investments but appears to be more focused on pocketing victims’ enrolment fees.The provincial regulator says Global Advocacy Association or Global Advocates has been targeting Canadian investors in troubled Alberta-based CBI Group and real estate developer Walton Group of Companies, as well as Ontario-based Canyon Acquisition.It says the Global entities appear to be operating as a “recovery room scheme,” where investors who may have lost money in an investment are contacted and offered a means to recover their funds.Once investors agree to the deal, they are typically asked to pay upfront fees for the service or transaction. The operators then keep the funds without providing the service.The ASC says red flags were raised in the case of Global Advocacy Association because of inaccurate or mismatched phone numbers and addresses on its website concerning offices it claims to have in Sweden and Panama.It urges investors to take care when advancing funds prior to receiving a service and to be even more cautious when sending money offshore because that compounds the risk of being able to recoup those funds.The Canadian Press read more

At UN Tonga calls on rich countries to be flexible on seasonal

Wealthy countries facing seasonal labour shortages need to be more flexible when crafting their policies towards workers from poorer States if they want to fill those gaps, Tonga’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today. Sonatane T. Taumoepeau-Tupou said his country continued to “advocate for ‘labour mobility’ as a vehicle for achieving its pro-poor strategies” and overcoming the lack of economic development and employment opportunities in many island States. “Earlier this year the New Zealand Government instituted a ‘seasonal labour programme’ for agricultural workers from ‘five kick-start countries’ in the Pacific, including Tonga,” he said. The other four nations involved in the programme are Kiribati, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. “We view this as an important and positive first step towards wider acceptance of this type of model by developed countries as an option to resolving seasonal labour shortage.” The Foreign Minister also noted that his country’s Legislative Assembly this year passed laws allowing dual citizenship, in recognition of the large numbers of Tongans who live outside their country but still contribute to the economy and want to have links to their homeland. 2 October 2007Wealthy countries facing seasonal labour shortages need to be more flexible when crafting their policies towards workers from poorer States if they want to fill those gaps, Tonga’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today. read more

Haiti UN mission welcomes graduation of hundreds of new prison guards

23 July 2008Human rights officers with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti have welcomed the graduation from training of more than 200 new prison guards to help improve conditions in the country’s overcrowded jail system. Some 227 new agents graduated last Friday from training at the Haitian police academy and are expected to begin working as corrections officers on 29 July, according to a statement released by the mission – known as MINUSTAH – yesterday. The graduates received training in law, ethics, anti-corruption values, human rights and first aid, as well as the more usual areas of police studies. This is part of a rule of law campaign by the Haitian National Police (HNP), and backed by MINUSTAH, to improve the training of corrections officers. There are now nearly 750 prison guards in Haiti following this course, or about one guard for every 10 inmates in the country, which is the most impoverished in the Western Hemisphere. Haiti has 17 correctional centres, and most are highly overcrowded and marked by poor conditions. Thierry Fagart, head of the human rights section at MINUSTAH, noted that the new corrections officers are supposed to be caretakers as well as guards. “It is [their task] to not only guard the detainees but also to protect them,” he said, adding that while prison inmates are locked up, they still retained many rights. read more

General Assembly suspends Libya from rights body Ban says regional change must

The General Assembly today suspended Libya from the United Nations Human Rights Council for “gross and systematic” human rights violations because of President Muammar Al-Qadhafi’s violent repression of peaceful protesters demanding his ouster.The vote by the 192-member Assembly, for which a two-thirds majority was required, followed a request last Friday from the Geneva-based Council itself that it suspend the North African country – one of the top UN right’s body’s 47 elected members – and was passed by acclamation.It was the latest measure taken against Mr. Qadhafi’s regime by the UN, where the Security Council has already imposed sanctions and requested that the International Criminal Court investigate it for possible crimes against humanity. Only Venezuela expressed reservations about Tuesday’s suspension on the grounds that an investigation was needed first – but it did not stand in the way of the vote.Terming the Qadhafi regime’s actions “flagrant human rights violations,” the President of the General Assembly, Joseph Deiss, warned that there can be no security or development without respect for rights.“The credibility of the international community, the United Nations General Assembly, the Security Council and the Human Rights Council is at stake in ensuring that these rights are respected and that human rights violations are punished,” he told the representatives gathered in the hall before the vote.“Today it is up to us, the General Assembly, to do our part. We must show unity and resolve in our determination to promote the fundamental values of the [UN] Charter,” Mr. Deiss added. “This is our duty to all the men and women who are hoping and struggling to have their rights respected and who, today, are running the greatest risks. Their hopes must not be dashed.”Also addressing the Assembly before the vote, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced grave concern at the continued loss of life, “the ongoing repression of the population and the clear incitement to violence against the civilian population by Colonel Qadhafi and his supporters.”Mr. Ban said the actions taken by the various UN bodies send a strong and important message – “a message of great consequence within the region and beyond: that there is no impunity, that those who commit crimes against humanity will be punished, that fundamental principles of justice and accountability shall prevail.”The Human Rights Council was established in 2006 to replace the UN Commission on Human Rights, which had been considered ineffective. The 47 countries that make up the Council’s membership are elected by secret majority vote of the General Assembly based on geographical distribution, and serve for three years, with no more than two consecutive terms. Libya was elected last year with its term scheduled to end in 2013.Mr. Ban warned of a crisis marked by on-going violence, a growing humanitarian emergency and a political situation that could quickly deteriorate further. He cited reports that government had opened arms depots and arsenals “to gangs who terrorize communities” and that its forces had fired indiscriminately on peaceful protesters.The Secretary-General stated that the international community must recognize that any changes to societies in the region “must come from within.” “Above all, this means local ownership and local leadership, consistent with popular aspirations for dignity and justice,” Mr. Ban said. “In this great and noble quest, the United Nations stands ready to assist in every way possible, should the people of the region and their governments request our help.”He noted that while the death toll from nearly two weeks of violence in Libya is unknown, it is likely to exceed 1,000, with thousands injured. “Credible and consistent reports include allegations of extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests, detention and torture,” the Secretary-General said. Citing a growing crisis of refugees and displaced persons, with nearly 150,000 people already fleeing to Tunisia and Egypt, he warned that the violence could disrupt distribution networks and lead to food shortages.“In these difficult and unpredictable circumstances, it is critical that the international community remain united,” he said, citing his meeting yesterday in Washington, D.C., with United States President Barack Obama, and talks he plans to hold with other world and regional leaders in the coming days. “Our collective challenge will be to provide real protection for the people of Libya – first, to halt the violence and, second, to deal with the growing humanitarian emergency,” Mr. Ban said. “The arms embargo, travel ban and assets freeze imposed by Security Council resolution 1970 [on Saturday] must be swiftly and effectively enforced. We need concrete action on the ground to provide humanitarian and medical assistance. Time is of the essence. Thousands of lives are at risk.”In the coming days, UN assessment teams will deploy to organize the humanitarian response, working on the ground where they can in the eastern and western regions of Libya, Mr. ban said, adding that he would bring together the heads of UN humanitarian agencies and international and regional groups including the Arab League, the African Union and the Organization of Islamic Conference to consolidate the response, for which he plans to appoint a Special Envoy. 1 March 2011The General Assembly today suspended Libya from the United Nations Human Rights Council for “gross and systematic” human rights violations because of President Muammar Al-Qadhafi’s violent repression of peaceful protesters demanding his ouster. read more

Rwanda UN tribunal suspends defence investigators implicated in genocide

In a statement released from the ICTR’s Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania, the court’s Registrar, Adama Dieng, said three of the defence investigators, whose contracts had already expired, were on the list of suspects for genocide maintained by the authorities in Rwanda, and their cases were pending before the Prosecutors of Kigali and Gikongoro.The fourth, whose contract expires next month, is currently under investigation by UN chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte for crimes allegedly committed during the 1994 genocide.”It is of utmost importance to stress that, in making these decisions, the Registry of the International Tribunal makes no presumption of the guilt of these individuals for the crimes of which they are suspected or accused,” Mr. Dieng said.The Tribunal would reconsider the four for clearance for employment by any defence counsel should the Rwandan justice system or the ICTR clear them of all charges, Mr. Dieng added. read more

Heavy floods after drought jeopardize food security in Sudan UN agency warns

Heavy rains falling in the Blue Nile catchment areas of the Ethiopian highlands have left many villages and settlements submerged, while water levels in the Nile are reportedly higher than 1988, when the river burst its banks and caused massive destruction, the agency said in a special alert issued at its Rome headquarters. The worst affected areas are northern and eastern parts along the Nile, including areas around the capital city Khartoum. South Darfur State has also suffered from flash floods due to torrential rains, causing the evacuation of large numbers of inhabited islands on the Nile. However, several villages and towns remain isolated by the floods, with access to those populations limited by damage to main roads and bridges, the agency said. “The humanitarian situation in the affected areas is reported to be critical and there is an urgent need for international assistance to rescue stranded people and provide them with food, drinking water, medicines and other assistance,” FAO said, noting that airlift operations were needed to reach isolated populations. According to the UN agency, preliminary indications also point to significant crop and livestock losses. “Over the last two years, lower harvests coupled with virtual depletion of stocks have led to a sharp rise in cereal prices, reducing access to food for the poorer segments of the population,” the alert warned. “The purchasing power of large numbers of people, particularly pastoralists, has been seriously eroded. With coping mechanisms stretched to the limit, farmers and other vulnerable groups have migrated in search of work and food. The number of people joining WFP’s ‘Food for Work’ programmes has increased dramatically.”FAO and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) are planning to field a joint mission to the country in October to assess the outcome of this year’s harvest and food supply outlook for 2001-02 including an estimation of the country’s food import requirements and food aid needs of the affected population. read more

Head of Ontario Teachers Fund calls for immediate pension reform in new

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Romina Maurino, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 29, 2013 5:07 am MDT TORONTO – The head of one of the country’s biggest pension plans is urging Canadians to repair a strained system that he says will cost taxpayers and retirees dearly if changes aren’t made.In a new book out Tuesday, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan chief executive Jim Leech calls for politicians and other leaders to take advantage of currently high levels of awareness and debate about pension shortfalls to address the issue before it’s too late.“Generally speaking in Canada, we’re not looking into the abyss, we’re a kilometre back,” Leech said during an interview with The Canadian Press.“But that’s where we’re going. So why not take action today, which won’t be as painful?”Longer life expectancies, high debt levels, volatile markets and low interest rates that translate into lower returns on investments have all contributed to pension shortfalls and raised concerns about how the current system will handle the influx of baby boomers set to retire over the coming years.In “The Third Rail,” co-authored with Globe and Mail journalist Jacquie McNish, Leech cites Rhode Island and New Brunswick as examples of jurisdictions that took drastic measures to address their shortfalls including deep cost cutting to municipal jobs and services.Leech proposes three solutions to overhaul Canada’s pension system.The first focuses on individuals in the wage level of $30,000 to $100,000 a year, a group Leech considers the “ground zero of the whole problem,” because so many people in that demographic are retiring in the next decade without enough savings.The easiest and most efficient way to address that issue, according to Leech and McNish, is to enhance the Canada Pension Plan, so that people in the $30,000 to $50,000 wage group see their benefit doubled, and those in the $50,000 to $100,000 range see it extended at the current benefit level.That would mean someone in the $50,000 wage group would see their pension contribution go up from about $2,600 to $2,900 a year, in exchange for reaching up to a 50 per cent income replacement in retirement, Leech said.“The alternative if we don’t do something is that payments under Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement are going to expand dramatically, and every dollar of that is on the shoulder of the taxpayer,” he said.Leech would also like to see some action taken to stem the decline of defined benefit plans, which he calls the least expensive way to provide a pension to workers, while amending them to provide more flexibility and include risk-sharing between employers and employees.Defined benefit pension plans are ones through which an employer promises a specified, predetermined monthly benefit. They differ from defined contribution pension plans, where the formula to come up with the employer’s and employee’s contributions is defined and known in advance, but not the benefit to be paid out.For the self-employed or those in small businesses — individuals who typically don’t have retirement savings — Leech believes the most appropriate route would be a defined contribution plan, but one that is mandatory to invest into and can include a more diverse asset mix and lower management fees.Given that most politicians are reluctant to review pension reform, often considered the “third rail” — an issue too controversial to touch without getting hurt — Leech applauded efforts by the Ontario government to bring the issue of pension reform to the forefront.The Liberal government in that province is considering creating its own pension plan if adequate changes aren’t made to CPP, a move that was criticized last week by former Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, who said the provinces would be better off coming up with an agreement on increasing CPP payouts.The P.E.I. government also said earlier this month that it was planning to introduce a number of reforms to its public sector pension plans because of the strain changing demographics and the global economic downturn have placed on those plans.Whatever shape possible reforms take, Leech, who will himself be retiring from the pension fund at the end of this year, said the key message he wants readers to take away from the book is to stop avoiding the subject.It’s a message he also hopes will resonate with a younger generation, which will face the fallout of the current pension crisis not only in retirement but also as the taxpayers who will have to bear the brunt of the shortfall for years beforehand.“You can make small incremental changes to your lifestyle, to these plans, and they have huge, compounding effects over time that will solve the problems,” he said.“The ideas are there, it really just takes people to sit down in a non-political way and put it together.The time is now that we have to take action.” Head of Ontario Teachers’ Fund calls for immediate pension reform in new book read more

Carleton Scott lead No 23 Cyclone women by Arkansas 9182

AMES, Iowa — Bridget Carleton scored 24 points to move into Iowa State’s top 10, Kristin Scott added a career-high 21 and the No. 23 Cyclones turned back Arkansas 91-82 on Sunday in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.Iowa State (6-1) led by 14 points late in the third quarter but a 7-0 run by the Razorbacks (5-2) cut the lead to 85-82 with 3:02 to play. Chelsea Dungee, who had a career-high 27 points, made a layup at the 3:10 mark then had a steal and was fouled. Dungee, who was 13 of 15 from the line, only made one free throw and Arkansas didn’t score again.Scott’s 3-pointer at 2:11 ended a 0-for-5, almost 4-minute field-goal drought and Arkansas missed its final three shots with two turnovers.Carleton, who also had 11 rebounds, moved past Stacy Frese (1,494) on the Cyclone scoring list. Alexa Middleton added 15 points and Ashley Joens 14.Malica Monk added 22 points for Arkansas.The Associated Press read more

Apple Plans to Ruin the iPhone SE Too

first_img We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Mobile phones have advanced to a point where there just aren’t that many meaningful new features to add to them. That sounds like a good thing, but it’s leading to bad decisions. In order to make phones seem new each year, manufacturers keep introducing changes that actually make the products worse.The prime example of this is the iPhone 7. Yes, aspects of it are objectively better, like the camera and processors. But is the phone better enough than its immediate predecessor to make the pricey upgrade worth it, especially when it shares the same body shape? Even worse, are these improvements worth the damning design flaw that is the lack of a headphone jack? Unfortunately, it seems consumers were satisfied enough by these compromises that future iPhones will be similarly ruined, including the rumored iPhone SE2.The original 2016 iPhone SE was positioned as the “budget iPhone.” It mixed and matched pieces from older iPhones like the body of the iPhone 5S and the guts of an iPhone 6S. But regardless of price, the iPhone SE’s manageable 4-inch screen size and, yes, headphone jack made it far and away the best iPhone on the market. It’s my personal smartphone.If rumors Macotakara are to be believed, rumors gathered from iPhone casemakers, the upcoming iPhone SE2 will maintain some of the upsides of the original. The LCD screen will remain four inches. It won’t receive every recent iPhone gimmick like Face ID, 3D Touch, dual cameras, and maybe not wireless charging. However, it will have a vastly improved A10 Fusion chip as well as Touch ID and NFC for Apple Pay. So far so good. Too bad then that this report suggests the iPhone SE2 will also remove the headphone jack.That last part is a real shame because this phone could launch as early as May, around the time early iPhone SE adopters might be looking for an upgrade. But frankly removing functionality as fundamental as plugging in universal headphones is still a complete dealbreaker to me. It’s Apple at its most grossly anti-consumer and its tragic seeing the rest of the industry follow its lead. Oh well. I guess the iPhone SE really was the Last Good iPhone.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Stay on targetlast_img read more

The Undertaker on creating characters in wrestling, Young wrestlers focusing just on moves

first_img WhatsApp Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Ed Young of Fellowship Church in North Texas had the opportunity to sit down with WWE star The Undertaker for an exclusive interview recently.Undertaker spends time talking about the origins of his Deadman character, including how Vince McMahon had the idea based off an old Western movie.He also went into detail about how “less is more” when it comes to character presentation in pro wrestling and how young talent can learn from that.Athletes today are off the chart. They are just ridiculous how athletically talented the men and women are. But they rely…see, wrestling and sports entertainment, it’s not about the moves. It really isn’t. It’s being able to evoke emotion in once facet or another. You either have to make people love you or make’em hate you. Either way and it doesn’t really matter which one. If you can’t bring that emotion out of your audience, you’re not going to have them for long.Undertaker also addressed young talent focusing more on moves.They’ll do some kind of crazy double back flip off the top rope and land on somebody on the floor and that’s what the audience takes away from it. ‘This guy does crazy stuff.’ Well, you can only see that so many times before you are like, I’ve seen that. I need something new. Now how do I up that? That’s the position they some times back themselves into. When they up the ante like that, then you increase your potential for injuries. Twittercenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

San Diegos effort to cleanup the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

first_img Ed Lenderman SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – As scientists world-wide try to come up with solutions to clean up the huge ocean plastics pollution known as “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” we have a story on a San Diego effort.  It includes a local non-profit, a local company and an internship program at the University of San Diego.The story involves today’s demonstration of FRED in Mission Bay.  It’s not every day that one gets to see a water borne prototype robot scooping up floating ping pong balls.FRED stands for Floating Robot for Eliminating Debris.  And the non-profit, called Clear Blue Sea, is working on several prototypes. Clear Blue is hoping to one day have 100 FREDs in the form of 100 foot long catamarans working from Mother Ships, or ports, scooping up vast amounts of plastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean.The so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch, three-times the size of France, is actually one huge patch and four lesser patches.Clear Blue’s chief engineer is Tim Perry.  He told me, “With all these robots, a fleet of them, it’s like mowing the grass.  Going back and forth across a square, we can cover a lot more ground.”Which brings to an internship involving students at the University of San Diego’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.  Clear Blue Sea has a partner, Clarity Design. Clarity is funding the program.The Mission Bay demonstration was actually a celebration of the end of the summer interns’ involvementin this particular Fred.Cameryn Seymour is one of the interns.  She told me, “The prototype was actually a senior design project last year.  They developed the frame and the solar panels and the drone software. We developed the debris collection system:  The conveyor belt, the guardrails and the booms in the front to guide the trash up the conveyor belt.”The four students also added a camera for what FRED is seeing.Perry also, however, that if we don’t stop polluting the oceans with single-use plastics, all the solutions to the “Great Pacific Patch” are going to be moot. August 9, 2019 San Diego’s effort to clean-up the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ FRED the robot prototype, goal: cleaning up the oceans. This one developed by internship involving engineering students at USD. Story on our news starting this afternoon pic.twitter.com/yhh0yHrnXK— Ed Lenderman (@EdLendermanKUSI) August 9, 2019 Posted: August 9, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ed Lenderman, The Garbage Patch, three times the size of France. USD students have developed a prototype robot to help in it’s removal, demo at 10 am, we re live in Mission Bay w preview pic.twitter.com/w5zfESb5tD— Ed Lenderman (@EdLendermanKUSI) August 9, 2019last_img read more

WassermanSchultz Giffords hold Cooper City news conference

first_imgCOOPER CITY, FLA. (WSVN) – Souh Florida Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and former representative Gabrielle Giffords held a news conference, Thursday night, regarding gun violence in the U.S.The event took place in Cooper City where Giffords spoke passionately about reasonable gun control. Giffords was shot during an event in 2011. “I’ve seen great courage when my life was on the line,” said Giffords. “Now is the time to come together, be responsible. Democrats, Republicans — everyone.”After the conference, a community meeting was also held. Broward County Sheriff Scott Isreal and senator Rich Nan joined the discussion panel.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Chuck Ds HipHop History Book Could Have Been 3000 Pages Long

first_img Twitter Email Facebook Chuck D’s Hip-Hop History Book “Could Have Been 3,000 Pages Long” News Hot Take: Chuck D On The Current State Of Hip-Hop chuck-ds-hip-hop-history-book-could-have-been-3000-pages-long Learn what the iconic rapper has to say about his latest written overview of hip-hop’s storied rootsBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 8, 2017 – 12:04 pm Rapper, activist and Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D has made cataloguing the ins and outs of hip-hop’s 40-plus year history a pet project since first falling in love with the genre.”The first hint I got of the music itself was as a teenager in New York,” Chuck D told Billboard of his first encounter with rap in the mid-’70s, “I was like ‘What is this Muhammad Ali-type stuff on top of music?’ The technology aspect of it bit me.”Chuck previously wrote at length about his thoughts on the state of rap in his 1997 book, Fight The Power, but the idea of distilling the collected history of the musical form and its associated subgenres into a definitive play-by-play of its progression and development — and making it approachable and accessible even to the uninitiated or casual fan — has remained on his bucket list. Chuck D Presents This Day In Rap And Hip-Hop History seeks to do just that.”It could have been a series,” he said regarding the breadth of ground he had to cover. “But the thing you learn when doing something like this is the gift of truncating and balance.””The book could have been 1,500 to 3,000 pages,” he adds.With so much history condensed into just 352 pages, Chuck D confessed that part of the difficulty was remaining neutral and not allowing personal nostalgia to shift too much focus to the early years of rap history, when so much change and development has taken place in the past decade.”You can’t have any biases,” he said. “You’ve got to be astute enough and have respect for all periods of the music in order to make great parables and comparisons to the classic stuff that’s already revered.”Chuck D Presents This Day In Rap And Hip-Hop History is out now, and is available in print or digital version wherever books are sold.BET’s “The Bobby Brown Story” Coming Fall 2018Read morelast_img read more

TCS to Trim Employee Duration on Projects to Fight High Attrition Levels

first_imgIn a bid to fight high attrition levels, India’s largest software firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is looking to trim the time its employees spend on projects.The move is also aimed at motivating its “young workforce” to stay with the organization, as they account for nearly 80% of the company’s total employee base.”Mobility is important and time factor needs to be reviewed,”Ajoy Mukherjee, global HR head of TCS, told The Economic Times.”Rotation (between) roles probably needs to happen a bit faster because this generation wants everything fast. Although nothing is defined, depending on the ability of roles, it needs to be faster than 1.5-2 years,” Mukherjee said.During the April-June quarter, the attrition rate of TCS went up to 15.9%, a level not seen in the past eight quarters.”Work has to be challenging and you have to keep them motivated. TCS allows rotation and faster ones are in the pipeline,” added Mukherjee.By curtailing the duration an employee works on a project to around a year, TCS can find a place among “the most flexible companies to work” in the Indian IT sector.Rotating the personnel among projects swiftly, those working onshore and offshore, can help lower attrition rate in big IT companies like TCS as it is difficult for them to modify benefits or salary composition frequently.”It could help lower attrition since being unable to get off a project does cause people to leave,” said an analyst with a Mumbai-based brokerage firm.”But if they bring down minimum time spent on a project too much, it could upset clients, who typically prefer the people on their projects to stay for a while,” the analyst added.The Mumbai-based TCS said that it would offer training to more than 1 lakh employees this year in the fast growing digital technologies. It aims to increase its revenue from digital segment to $5 billion over the next five years.Total eIn July, “Baahubali – the Beginning” released in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalammployee count of TCS stood at 3,24,935 at the end of the June quarter.last_img read more