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An election beyond individuals

first_imgSince May 12, Sachin Ghanmare, chief of Congress party’s Bhandara city unit, has had little sleep. He also claims to have shelled out ₹20,000 of his own money.The 32-year-old has been moving constantly from one part of Bhandara district to the other to canvass for the Nationalist Congress Party’s Madhukar Kukade, candidate for the May 28 Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha bypolls.Asked why is he working so hard when the candidate doesn’t even belong to his party, Mr. Ghanmare says, “Our senior leader Praful Gudadhe asked us to make all-out efforts for this election, which is why the entire Congress unit, workers, and supporters are working hard for the NCP here. We are even spending from our own pockets for this campaign to reach out to the people.”Mr. Gudadhe, a senior councillor in the Nagpur Municipal Corporation, has been camping in Bhandara since the election date was announced. “Every election has to be taken seriously, even if it is for your alliance partner. This election is important because Nana Patole resigned from this seat by standing up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi which no one has dared to do,” Mr. Gudadhe told The Hindu. Beyond individualsThe situation is similar in Gondia district where the Congress MLA from Nagpur district Sunil Kedar has been camping for over 20 days now, canvassing for the NCP candidate along with local Congress MLA Gopal Agrawal. “This is not an election of individual candidates. This is an election of people and ideologies which is why I am camping here,” said Mr. Kedar. The NCP leaders and workers, however, seem less active than the Congressmen in both the districts.Not enthusiastic“There is no feel of an election this time around. Even people are not interested and the high temperatures, with the mercury touching the 45 degree Celsius mark, is making people stay away from the campaign. Also, there is lack of resources and enthusiasm as compared to if Bhayiji (Praful Patel) had contested. Very few vehicles have been made available for canvassing this time. There was little money for election material and banners posters,” an NCP worker from Gondia told The Hindu.“Things are different when you contest, and your own party is in power. For the first, the NCP is contesting from this seat when we are not in power either in the state or at the Centre,” said Kalyani Bhure, the Bhandara district president of NCP’s women’s wing. Another reason for the indifference of NCP members is the candidate’s overall profile. The NCP has fielded 67-year-old former MLA Madhukar Kukde in a constituency which is perceived to be a traditional seat of senior NCP leader Praful Patel. Mr. Patel has been openly saying that he will contest next year’s Lok Sabha elections.Internal contradictionsThe BJP is already trying to cash upon these internal contradictions. “We are telling people that they are electing a permanent MP who will again contest next year unlike the NCP candidate who has been made a scapegoat for 10 months,” said BJP MLA from Tumsar, Charan Waghmare.The lack of resources and indifference of NCP has fuelled speculations of possible understanding between Mr. Patel and the BJP.“Mr. Patel has an understanding with Gadkari (union minister) which is why the NCP has fielded a weak candidate who won’t pose any challenge to Mr. Patel in his traditional seat. This is the reason why the Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh has fielded a candidate from this seat,” alleged Sandip Nandeshwar, the leader of Prakash Ambedkar’s Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh.Mr. Patel, however, denied the allegations and said the NCP was working very hard for this by-election. “I have been campaigning in all parts of the constituency. Ajit Pawar and Dhananjay Munde also came to address rallies here. Is it an election of resources or issues and principles? We have got a far superior and popular candidate. Both party workers are working enthusiastically. It’s a canard (lack of resources for NCP workers and their indifference) being spread by a few people and you are believing it. Nothing is lacking in terms of what needs to be done. The Bharipa BMS candidate has been put up by the BJP to try and divide secular votes,” Mr. Patel told The Hindu.Where the Congressmen can be seen trying to put up a fight by pooling all their resources, the BJP is confident of a win with its well-oiled election machinery.“We have doubled the booth workers. Now, almost 25 booth workers are working full time and with full dedication for one booth. Also, people feel that this election has been imposed on them and they will teach a lesson to those who betrayed them,” said BJP’s Bhandara unit chief Tarik Qureshi.The saffron party has also posted one outsider observer for every circle in the district who will monitor the working of booth workers on 18 booths and will report to the party high command.The only thing that could go against the BJP is the caste equation here.The NCP’s candidate is from Kunbi community, the most prominent community in this constituency with over three lakh voters whereas the BJP has fielded Hemant Patle from Powar community which has around two lakh votes here.However, the BJP candidate is not worried about caste calculations.“We are fighting on development plank. Had caste been the factor, Praful Patel would not have won a single election from here. We are focusing on polling booths and we are sure of a convincing win,” claimed Mr. Patle.The Congress-NCP combine is hoping for a Kunbi consolidation along with Dalits and Muslims but the Teli community, with around 2.5 lakh votes, could decide the outcome of this seat which is likely to witness low voter turnout on May 28.last_img read more

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7 People Get Jail Term for Trafficking Women to Gulf Countries from Kerala

first_imgSeven people, including three women, were given rigorous imprisonment by a CBI court in Kerala on Feb. 24 in a case of human trafficking. The convicted persons women from different parts of the state  to brothels located in Gulf countries from 2009 to 2012.CBI court judge S Santhosh Kumar noted that these victims were considered as “slaves” in the United Arab Emirates, on the basis of the evidence that was provided by them, PTI reported.The court handed four of the accused 10 years rigorous imprisonment and fines ranging from Rs 2.54 lakh to Rs 1.54 lakh. The other accused were awarded seven years rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 1.02 lakh each.The accused KV Suresh, 52, Lissy Sojan, 47, Sethulal, 51, and AP Maneesh, 36, were awarded 10 years rigorous imprisonment.  Suresh, Sethulal and Maneesh were fined a sum of Rs 2.54 lakh while Sojan was slapped with a fine of Rs 2.04 lakh.The other three accused — Anilkumar V, 45, Bindu PV, 31, and Santha, 46, were given seven years prison term and fine of Rs 1.02 lakh each, the Deccan Chronicle reported.The court acquitted six other accused in the case, who helped these traffickers. While one of the accused is untraceable, two of them turned approvers.“From the evidence of the victims, it is seen that they were treated as slaves in the UAE by the accused. It is unfortunate and shocking to see that some of the accused in the case are ladies,” the judgment stated.The case emerged when a woman based in Thiruvananthapuram was sent to Muscat in 2012 with a promise that she will be given a domestic help’s job with a salary of Rs 20,000-25,000 per month.She was sent to Muscat on a passport that was forged. The victim was later taken to the United Arab Emirates, and Suresh, Lissy Sojan and Sethulal forced her into flesh trade.She, however, fled from the country and reached Mumbai, where authorities arrested her for having an illegal passport. The victim was then handed over to the Kerala Police, to whom she narrated her story following which a case was filed at Kochi.The case was later taken over by the CBI, following which five more cases of human trafficking were filed.India’s Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh had said in the parliament last year that Indian missions take immediate steps to help women workers in distress and to redress their grievances with the foreign employers, labor department and local government authorities. The government has put in place various measures to safeguard and regulate emigration of Indian women workers holding Emigration Check Required (ECR) passports for overseas employment in ECR countries, including Gulf nations, he had  said. Related ItemsGulfTraffickingwomen’s rightslast_img read more

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Army chopper with Northern Army commander on board crash lands in JK, no casualties

first_imgAn Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) of the Army with Northern Army Commander Lt. Gen Ranbir Singh on board crash-landed in the Poonch Sector of Kashmir on Thursday. All personnel aboard escaped with minor injuries.“The Army Commander was visiting units in the Poonch Sector when the ALH developed a technical snag and crash-landed. All passengers and crew sustained injuries,” a defence spokesperson said.The injured were shifted to the Command Hospital, Udhampur. All have sustained blunt and superficial injuries but are stable, the spokesperson added.Local villagers who were the first to arrive at the spot provided assistance to the Army in the evacuation of the injured.last_img read more

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Shatabdi Express to entertain individuals with TV shows

first_imgAfter investing crores in the makeover of railway stations in the Capital, the railways is now busy arranging world class entertainment for its customers. By January next year, individual seats in the Shatabdi Express will be equipped with DTH TV service complete with TV console, and all that absolutely free of cost.The plan has been conceived and is being implemented by the Delhi division of the northern railways. Officials of the Delhi division say they plan to implement the on-board entertainment scheme in nine out of the total of 20 Shatabdi trains that have Delhi as their ‘primary maintenance centres’.Senior railway officials said the plan, to install television sets individually, was actualised after several successful trial runs were conducted in the Kalka bound Shatabdi train. “We’ll be providing DTH TV service in nine Shatabdi trains and hope to start the service in January next year. All general entertainment, news, sports, English and Hindi movie channels will be available,” divisional railway manager (Delhi) Ashwani Lohani said.Installation of the TV sets will generate revenue for the railways. “Without spending a penny, we’ll be earning Rs 1.5 crore annually from the ad revenue and passengers will get free televisions on the go,” a senior railway officer said.last_img read more

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Quintana, Rizzo Lead Cubs Past Pirates 7-1 at LLWS

first_imgWILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — José Quintana, Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs put on quite a show.The grinning Little Leaguers soaked in every moment.Quintana pitched seven crisp innings, Rizzo hit a two-run homer and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Sunday night in the MLB Little League Classic.Surrounded by smiling Little Leaguers wearing their uniforms in the stands at BB&T Ballpark, Quintana (11-7) allowed five hits, struck out seven and walked none. The left-hander improved to 7-0 in nine starts since his last loss June 22.“His stuff’s the same, but it’s being utilized more regular, one curveball, one changeup. His command was spectacular,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “(His) confidence could not be higher. He’s been magnificent.”Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said it was the best he had ever seen from Quintana.“Some really good stuff from him tonight,” he said. “Unfortunate for us.”Nicholas Castellanos and Jason Heyward also connected as Chicago earned its second straight win since consecutive heartbreaking losses to the Phillies and Pirates.The Cubs took two of three in the unusual weekend set and remain in a virtual tie with St. Louis for the top spot in the NL Central. It was the first road series win for Chicago since May 17-19 against Washington.“For our team, it was kind of a blessing in disguise to get out of our routine on the road, to win this road series,” Rizzo said.Starling Marté had three hits for Pittsburgh, including his 21st homer in the ninth against Craig Kimbrel.Castellanos went deep in the first inning against Mitch Keller (1-2), and Heyward added another solo shot in the third. It was Castellanos’ sixth homer since coming over in a July 31 trade with Detroit.The Cubs added two more in the fourth on Kyle Schwarber’s two-run single, and then put it away with three in the fifth.Kris Bryant chased Keller with a run-scoring double, and Rizzo made it 7-0 when he greeted Chris Stratton with a drive off the scoreboard in left-center for his 23rd homer.Last-place Pittsburgh dropped to 7-27 since the All-Star break. Keller was charged with six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.Kimbrel, who was activated from the 10-day injured list before the game, got the first two outs in the ninth in his first game since Aug. 3. He gave up Marté’s homer and hit Cole Tucker before striking out two.Rizzo said the whole day, including interactions with Little Leaguers prior to the game at the airport and at the Little League complex, was special.“It was fun,” he said. “The smiles on their faces. For me, I always wanted to come here but never got to come here. To be able to come and experience that … it was a really cool experience.”MEMORIESMaddon grew up in Hazelton, about 70 miles east of Williamsport.“I played Little League 1 hour, 12 minutes from here in Hazleton,” he said. “We always wanted to make it to Williamsport. It’s hard to do.”Pirates pitcher Chris Archer also enjoyed the experience.“Getting off the plane and seeing how excited the kids were was really special,” he said. “Even the team from Venezuela, they didn’t speak a whole lot of English, none really, but they wanted to engage.”TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: Kimbrel was sidelined with right knee inflammation.Pirates: Catcher Francisco Cervelli continues his rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis. He was placed on the injured list on May 26 with a concussion.UP NEXTCubs: Following an off day, LHP Cole Hamels (6-4, 3.69 ERA) starts Tuesday against San Francisco after allowing a season-high eight runs Aug. 14 at Philadelphia.Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (5-5, 5.25 ERA) looks for a win in a second straight start, against Washington on Monday.___By ANDY ELDER Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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The Write Stuff: Using Bookends

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Solutions Continue Reading Previous How long will the transition to autonomous vehicles take?Next The Write Stuff 1 thought on “The Write Stuff: Using Bookends” Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. MelBrandle says: Log in to Reply “This term is something new to me despite my love for books which has been built over the years. I guess the idea of this method is to add an element of surprise to an otherwise anticipated plot. It creates an interesting twist that sounds rather intriguin “Bookending” is a story-telling device that takes a main or central narrative, and “wraps” it (begins and ends it) with a separate short story. The short story is entirely different from the main narrative, yet supports the overall piece. Bookending is a particularly powerful technique that can lend a personal and affecting quality to your writing.(Source: Grey Flannel Graphics) Come with me for a minute… Mary, a 36-year-old expectant mom, was anxious about her pregnancy. Her physician, Dr. Michael Taylor, tells how early-on she developed a mild case of preeclampsia and low amniotic fluid. “It’s not uncommon with twins,” recalls the doctor. “I told Mary and her husband Mike — yeah, his name is ‘Mike’ too,” Doc Taylor says with a smile. “I told them this is one of the complications with twins, but it was nothing to worry about.” But Mary worried anyway. This was her third pregnancy, and she’d already miscarried twice. Learning that she was carrying twins filled her with new hope — but also with new fears.“It meant a lot to her,” the doctor recalls. “You could see it in her eyes. I told her everything would be fine if she just drank plenty of liquids and took it easy.” But the doctor took additional steps as well and acquired some new medical technology for his patient. “A colleague suggested we outfit Mary with a new fetal monitoring system called a ‘Guardian Angel’. It allowed us to remotely track her health and the progress of the babies. This way she could stay home and we could still keep a close eye on her.” What Dr. Taylor and many obstetricians are now recommending for high-risk pregnancies is the new Guardian Angel, a personal fetal monitoring system from MaxWell Medical Imaging, Inc. Representing the latest in fetal care, “the Guardian” can continuously monitor the mother and fetus (or fetuses), provide patient and doctor alerts, and upload information to any member of the family or medical team.The Guardian comes as a light slip-on garment worn over the tummy. The “sensor slip” is embedded with a series of specialized sensors that communicate via Bluetooth to the Guardian Angel cell phone app. The system is capable of monitoring multiple fetal heartbeats, fetal positions, fetal kick counts, cord position and blood flow, as well as tracking neurological activity. Information is automatically transmitted to members of the medical team including the primary care physicians, OB/GYN, birthing assistants — even local hospitals and EMT services. Compatible with all Electronic Medical Records systems (EMR), the Guardian develops a detailed medical record and uses sophisticated analysis to uncover trends early.“It turned out to be a good decision to set Mary up with a dynamic fetal monitor,” Dr. Taylor recalls. “In any case, it was definitely a night her husband Mike won’t forget.” And now a word from our sponsor You can see what’s going on here. The intent is to present the main topic, in this case, a description of a new product. But we started off with something different: a personal story that helps set the stage for our narrative. The story represents something of an excursion from the main topic, but we return to it when we close the piece and leverage the story for dramatic effect.“Bookending” (using bookends) is powerful because it accomplishes several things at once. First, the opening is designed to catch the interest of the audience and tends to draw more people in. Second, it instills the narrative with an emotional quality, so the reader becomes invested in the outcome.Bookending also lends symmetry to the overall piece, giving it a neat and well-formed structure. And, most importantly, bookends allow you to close with a strong and satisfying finish.If all this strikes you as a strategy with a very deliberate intent, that’s because it is. But this is not an attempt to “fool” or “trick” the reader. On the contrary, good storytelling is a time-honored craft designed to reward the reader with an interesting journey. The intent is not to cheat the readers, but to give them “their money’s worth.”An important part is closing with a strong finish. There’s an image I keep in mind for this: we’ve all seen pictures of Olympic gymnasts; hurtling themselves through the air, twisting and tumbling in impossible gyrations, only to make a landing that’s perfect in its precision and grace — what the athletes refer to as “sticking the landing.”The use of bookends allows you to achieve a similar effect in terms of writing: a strong finish invests your writing with power and resonance; “sticking the landing” leaves an impression that lasts.Let’s return to our story and see if bookending can deliver on this promise.There’s something about Mary Mary carried the twins for 34 weeks and was able to stay at home with only normal prenatal visits. However, coming up on her 35th week, she called the doctor one afternoon to report some spotting. “All right Mary,” the doc said on the phone. “Why don’t you and Mike come in first thing in the morning?” But the twins decided not to wait that long. Around 4 a.m., Mary woke up with severe cramps. “Mike!” she called, turning to reach for her husband, but Mike had fallen asleep in front of the TV downstairs. It was turned up quite loud, and her voice wasn’t strong enough to be heard over the din. “MIKE!” she fairly screamed.Just then the doorbell rang. It rang again. It was followed by a furious pounding on the door that was loud enough to wake Mike. He stumbled to the door.“Emergency Services,” a uniformed man announced. “We’ve received a call from Dr. Taylor. We’re to take your wife to the hospital right away.” “MIKE!” screamed Mary from upstairs. “Mike, come help me!” “We’ll take it from here sir,” the EMTs pronounced as they marched upstairs with a portable stretcher. They had Mary bundled in the ambulance and off to the hospital in less than three minutes.The good doctor fills in the rest of the story. “It was the Guardian Angel that alerted us to Mary’s condition,” he explained. “One of the babies developed a sudden decreased heart rate. I suspected something was putting pressure on the cord, perhaps an umbilical cord prolapse. This is a critical condition that requires immediate attention.” Mary and her babies were quite fortunate that day. An early warning from the MaxWell fetal monitoring system initiated a quick response that helped insure a good outcome. Mary was whisked off and underwent an emergency cesarean section in the wee hours of the morning. Things were tense for a while, but by the time the sun came up, Mary had delivered two beautiful baby boys: a perfectly matched set of rosy-faced cherubs with bright eyes and toothless smiles.In all the excitement, however, she hadn’t fully picked out names for her boys. One name she had decided on for a while, but she hadn’t been able to make up her mind about the other. A name suddenly came to her and she was happy. She named one of the boys Michael. She named the other one Max.Have you ever noticed the use of bookends in articles you’ve read? What do you think of this as a writing technique? Is there a place for this in your own work? January 26, 2019 at 7:18 am last_img read more

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Bernard Tomic critical of Australia’s Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt

first_imgBernard Tomic has continued his criticism of Australia’s Davis Cup captain, saying Lleyton Hewitt is causing division among the players and should be replaced.Tomic, who was beaten 6-2 6-4, 7-6 (3) by sixth-seeded Marin Cilic, said he would not play Davis Cup again with Hewitt as captain.”No one likes him anymore,” Tomic said of Hewitt. “We have a lot of issues that not a lot of players are happy about … he’s doing the wrong thing and everyone’s leaving.”Tomic played Davis Cup for 10 years but hasn’t played consistently since Hewitt has been in charge of the team.”Lleyton’s legacy and his tennis speaks for itself. He’s an unbelievable champion,” Tomic said. “But what he’s doing now is wrong.”Last year at the Australian Open, Hewitt countered Tomic’s claim that Australia couldn’t win without him by saying he doubted Tomic would play again under his captaincy.last_img read more

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Fifth Chemical Tanker Delivered to Ocean Yield

first_imgzoom The Oslo-listed Ocean Yield ASA has taken delivery of a 49,000 dwt IMO II chemical tanker Navig8 Turquoise from Korean shipbuilder STX.This is the fifth vessel delivered in a series of total eight chemical tankers that will be chartered to Navig8 Chemical Tankers under a 15-year “hell and high water” bareboat charter.Navig8 Turquoise will be entered into and operated in Navig8 Group’s Chronos8 commercial pool.“Year to date we have taken delivery of four vessels and will during the next twelve months take delivery of another nine vessels bringing the fleet to a total of 27 vessels,” Ocean Yield ASA’s Chief Executive Officer, Lars Solbakken, said.The delivery is part of a USD 306.8 million deal signed in April 2015 for eight newbuilding chemical tankers, four of which, built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Korea, joined the company’s fleet in Q2 and Q3 2015.The remaining four 49,000 dwt carriers, all built by STX, are scheduled for delivery in Q1-Q3 2016.For 2015 Ocean Yield saw its net profit after tax reach USD 105 million, compared to USD 100.8 million for 2014.Adjusted for non-recurring items, the net profit for the year 2015 was USD 108.5 million compared with USD 97.5 million in 2014.last_img read more

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Miles Teller marries girlfriend Keleigh Sperry

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Miles Teller has tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Keleigh Sperry. According to E! online the couple got married over the weekend in Hawaii. The duo started dating in 2013 and Teller proposed to Sperry in August 2017 after a sunrise safari in Africa. Last month, Miles celebrated his bachelor party with a “Top Gun”-themed party in Las Vegas.last_img

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Short seller sues Home Capital Group 3 former executives for 4M in

first_imgTORONTO – A short seller is suing Home Capital Group (TSX:HCG) and three former executives for $4 million, alleging the alternative mortgage lender’s false representations scandal cost him millions when he closed his position early.Marc Cohodes filed a statement of claim Monday with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice saying he took a substantial short position in Home Capital’s shares in 2014 after determining the company was overvalued.Between March and June 2015, the claim says based on positive information provided in Home Capital’s financial reporting, Cohodes repurchased 91,800 of those shares at more than $40 each, resulting in a purchase cost of more than $3.6 million.Cohodes alleges Home Capital, former CEO Gerald Soloway and former CFOs Robert Blowes and Robert Morton knowingly misled investors in the company’s annual and quarterly results by misrepresenting risk management controls.Home Capital did not immediately return a request for comment. None of the allegations have been proven in court.In 2017, the lender was accused by regulators of misleading investors, which caused depositors to swiftly withdraw their money and leaving the company in crisis mode.Home Capital eventually agreed to pay $29.5 million to settle with the Ontario Securities Commission and class-action lawsuit matters related to the allegations.Soloway and Morton faced $1 million and $500,000 penalties respectively. Soloway was barred from acting as director or officer of a public company for four years, while Morton faces a two-year ban.Blowes is the only executive named in the suit who remains on the company’s board of directors.last_img read more

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Dakhla to Host 1st African Forum on Vocational Training

Rabat – Morocco’s Dakhla in Western Sahara will house a two-day vocational training forum, the first of its kind in the region. The will take place on December 21-22.The Ministry of Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research will organize the forum, which will take place under the theme “the Governance of vocational training systems for employability and competitiveness in Africa.”The forum is in line with King Mohammed VI’s strategy to increase South-South cooperation. The event will serve as a platform for vocational training from various countries professionals to exchange expertise. It aims to create a model of partnership between African countries in order to promote access to vocational training for youth, according to the ministry. The forum will also be an opportunity to examine the issues and common challenges related to the governance of vocational training in Africa.Read Also: Official: 63% of Students with Vocational Training Find Jobs EasilyKing Mohammed VI believes  that vocational training will  help curb the unemployment crisis in Morocco. Throughout the year, the King called on Morocco’s government to set up measures to meet youths employment demands. This follows changes in Morocco due to direct investment from abroad, particularly in renewable energies, the automotive industry and many other opportunities offered in the labor market.In October, the monarch instructed the government to create a committee in charge of suggesting specific solutions to curb youth unemployment. He also called for the government to put in place new vocational training programs, new training centers, and to reinforce youth entrepreneurship programs.The unemployment rate remains high among young people aged 15-24, representing 27.5 percent. Earlier this month, the secretary of state for higher education, Khalid Samadi, said that people who have degrees from vocational training schools are most likely to find jobs.He said that a field study by the Ministry of Education found that 63 percent of students with vocational training find jobs within nine months of graduation. read more

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Climate change will have major impact on fishing industry says UN agency

10 July 2008Climate change is already impacting the world’s oceans and will have serious consequences for the hundreds of millions of people who depend on fishing for their livelihoods, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Climate change is already impacting the world’s oceans and will have serious consequences for the hundreds of millions of people who depend on fishing for their livelihoods, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Changes in sea temperatures alter the body temperature of aquatic species used for human consumption and therefore impact their metabolism, growth rate, reproduction and susceptibility to diseases and toxins, FAO said today, at the start of a four-day scientific seminar in Rome on climate change and marine fisheries.Impacts on fisheries that have already been observed include an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, such as the El Niño phenomenon in the South Pacific; the warming of the world’s oceans, with the Atlantic in particular showing signs of warming deep below the surface; and warmer-water species increasing toward the South and North Poles.There has also been an increase in salinity in near-surface waters in hotter regions, while the opposite is occurring in colder areas because of greater precipitation, melting ice and other processes. In addition, the oceans are becoming more acidic with probable negative consequences for coral-reef and calcium-bearing organisms.Fishing communities in the world’s high-latitudes, as well as those that rely on coral reef systems, will be most exposed to the impact of climate change. Fisheries located in deltas, coral atolls and ice-dominated coasts will be vulnerable to flooding and coastal erosion because of rises in sea level.FAO says that some 42 million people work directly in the fishing sector, the great majority in developing countries. Counting in those who work in processing, supply, marketing and distribution, the fishing industry supports several hundred million jobs.Aquatic foods have high nutritional quality, contributing 20 per cent or more of average per capita animal protein intake for more than 2.8 billion people, again mostly in developing countries.Fish is also the world’s most widely traded foodstuff and a key source of export earnings for many poorer countries. The sector has particular significance for small island States. read more

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Bauer to acquire New Yorks Cascade Helmets in US64M deal

TORONTO — Hockey equipment company Bauer Performance Sports Ltd. is buying Cascade Helmets Holdings Inc. for US$64-million in a bid to expand its lacrosse business and acquire the company’s patented helmet technology.“The acquisition of Cascade increases our presence in North America’s fastest growing team sport and allows us to expand our product offering in our core hockey business through the use of Cascade’s proprietary helmet technology and manufacturing capabilities,” Bauer chief executive Kevin Davis said.[np-related]New York-based Cascade makes lacrosse helmets and eyewear as well as hockey helmets.The deal builds on Bauer’s Maverik brand of lacrosse sticks, heads, shafts and protective gear.Bauer said it plans to use Cascade’s patented head-protection technologies and its partnership with former NHL star Mark Messier to improve its own products.The company also expects to expand Cascade’s custom manufacturing capabilities for lacrosse and hockey helmets to include Bauer hockey helmets.Bauer said it expects the acquisition to immediately add to its bottom line as Cascade’s profit margins are about twice as large as its own. Cascade earned US$22.1-million in revenue in 2011.Bauer says it will pay for the deal by issuing C$30-million in new stock and borrowing US$34-million.The company said it has signed a deal with a syndicate of underwriters to sell 3.21 million shares to the public at a price of $7.80 per share to raise $25 million.Bauer has also signed a deal with Kohlberg Management VI, LLC, for an additional 642,000 shares at the same price to raise an additional $5-million.Shares in the company closed up six cents at $8.06 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday.The deal is expected to close June 29.Bauer makes and sells ice hockey, roller hockey, and lacrosse equipment as well as related apparel marketed under the Bauer Hockey, Mission Roller Hockey and Maverik Lacrosse brands.— With files from Reuters read more

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Ex Minister Johnston Fernando arrested

The Former Minister was produced before a Magistrate and remanded. Former Minister Johnston Fernando was arrested today after he gave a statement to the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID).Fernando was questioned for several hours over alleged financial fraud at Sathosa when he was the Minister in charge.

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Football Wideout Terry McLaurin implies he will return to Ohio State for

Ohio State junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) celebrates after running the ball in for a touchdown in the first quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt junior Terry McLaurin indicated Monday evening that he will return to Ohio State for his fifth season in a scarlet and gray uniform with a post on Instagram with the caption, “Thank you Lord for another opportunity. #last1.” The first-time captain in 2017 finished the season as one of Ohio State’s top targets with 29 catches, 436 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He has received frequent praise from head coach Urban Meyer for his ability to block downfield.He will join H-backs Parris Campbell, C.J. Saunders, Demario McCall and K.J. Hill, as well as wide receivers Binjimen Victor, Austin Mack, Johnnie Dixon and Jaylen Harris among the returning receivers. That depth took a hit when sophomore Trevon Grimes opted to transfer to Florida due to family health issues. read more

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EYEWITNESS Bringing back…

…the good, ole Burnham stateRight after the PNC-led Government under Brigadier (rtd) David Granger took office, he announced he would continue the “legacy” of the Founder-Leader Burnham, whose shoes he’d slipped into as Leader of the PNC. Not long after, he announced the Disciplined Forces would be reloaded (no pun intended). This was not coincidental! The GDF would be enlarged, the GPF would be boosted by another 1,500 recruits, the People’s Militia would be re-launched, and ditto for the Cadet Corps. He didn’t say anything about the National Service…but maybe he’s just waiting to have the other units in place.Now, some may think that with Granger being a military man, and because to a hammer everything’s a nail, he was just doing what he knows best. But his action goes beyond that. The Military explosion under Burnham was a carefully-thought-out plan by Burnham; who, like the Haitian despot Dessalines, believed that the society was “too soft,” and needed to be “disciplined” — by any means necessary. And now you know they’re called “Guyana’s DISCIPLINED Forces”!With Guyana having the highest civilian- armed forces ratio in the world – 1:32, Burnham expected these forces would discipline the rest of society. Granger was the young officer who was placed in charge of ensuring the rest of the army – including the traditional officers the British had left – get with his programme. Of course, as the economy collapsed and PNC supporters fell on hard times — where PPP supporters had always been – Burnham turned the Disciplined Forces into a pacification force! Walter Rodney was a victim of that pacification.Now back to the present, where Gail Texeira tried to ask in Parliament: since the Government had been spending the people’s money to launch the People’s Militia, what was “the criteria and methodology of recruitment of persons into the People’s Militia; the number of persons who have been recruited into the People’s Militia in the last two years; the means by which those persons have been recruited, whether via public advertisement in the media, in social media, or by any other means.”The Speaker of course denied the request, since it wasn’t “important” enough, in his unbiased opinion, to be asked without the arcane formalities. But we hope Texeira isn’t holding her breath waiting to have the question answered. Did Burnham ever reveal what he was doing with HIS Disciplined Forces? Why should Granger? Your Eyewitness is sure Texeira saw reports in the newspapers about members of the People’s Militia in “march past” activities in Georgetown, New Amsterdam and Linden.Weren’t the optics – as presented in the pics – sufficient to give her the answers she was seeking??…teachers’ dignityOn Labour Day, President Granger dropped in at the Teachers’ Union Hall, and gave them his old campaign speech about how high he holds them in his esteem. Most teachers, being trained nowadays – obviously including “anger management” – didn’t tell him anything untoward. But it looks like they now feel a decent interval has passed to reveal what’s on their minds.They’ve just announced they’ll let the PNC Government know where they stand at the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE). That’s a good move; it hits the Government in the only place where it hurts: threatening their feeding at the public trough by withholding votes!! Teachers aren’t just an important constituency because of their huge numbers, but in the influence they wield in their communities. While this mightn’t be as extensive as back in the day, it’s still a potent threat.Teachers and other public servants should not succumb to the “sweet talk” that’ll be directed at them.Fool me once (last elections), shame on you; fool me twice (upcoming LGE), shame on me!!…Labour??The PPP kept their promise to move a motion for a free-standing Labour Ministry to be launched. But to show they’re serious, they have to simultaneously move a motion of no- confidence in Keith Scott.What’s that party he represents, again? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Commemorating…August 7, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Searching for…May 24, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Lost at sea…June 23, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

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Analysts believe Cisco may dump up to 4000 jobs

first_imgAt one time Cisco was the Hoover Dam of the technology sector. It was strong, majestic in size, and reliable. There were few cracks in the concrete and not a drop of water was coming through to indicate any kind of instability. Today the story for the company is much different. If the company is still the Hoover Dam than few would disagree that it’s leaking all over the place and people downstream of the dam should be evacuating. Unfortunately for Cisco, the evacuations are taking place in the form of shareholders dumping the stock.The company’s third quarter said it all. Net income is down 17.6% compared to the same period last year year. Earnings per share is also down 10.8%. In response to the bad news, Cisco announced on Wednesday that it plans to slash $1 billion in costs from the company’s annual budget. In reaction to the news, many analysts estimated that the company would layoff up to 4000 employees, with the average concensus from analysts being around 3000. A layoff of that size would be the largest in the company’s history.Some of the layoffs will come from Cisco shutting down operations in nonstrategic businesses the company is not the #1 or #2 player in. Cisco’s willingness to dump companies it believes to be dead weight was already demonstrated when the company announced that it was shutting down its Flip camcorder business. The move was a bit surprising since Cisco only acquired the company two years ago for $590 million. In the end, the company’s performance wasn’t impressive enough to save it resulting in the company’s 550 employees being giving pink slips.The call for Cisco to circle the wagons and focus on competitive, strategic businesses is being directed by John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, who has led the company for the past 17 years. Unfortunately, Chambers also led the charge for the company’s previous strategy of diversification into additional consumer markets which the company has now done a 180-degree turn on. That fact has resulted in harsh criticism of the CEO and in some cases even for his departure from the company.More at Reuterslast_img read more

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Danny Murphy Named 2014 Mississippi Farmer of the Year

first_imgCourtesy of Sunbelt Ag Expo news release.A national soybean leader, Danny Murphy of Canton, Miss., is a successful row crop farmer who gives back to the industry that has treated him so well. He has never been too busy to get involved in commodity and community organizations.Danny Murphy Photo Courtesy of: Sunbelt Ag ExpoA farmer for 41 years, Danny farms 1,600 acres, including 980 acres of rented land and 620 acres of owned land. Soybeans and corn are his major crops. His non-irrigated per acre yields last year were 42-bushel soybeans from 800 acres and 135-bushel corn from 800 acres.As a result of his success as a soybean and corn farmer, Danny has been selected as the Mississippi state winner of the 2014 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award. He joins nine other state winners from the Southeast as finalists for the award. The overall winner will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Sunbelt Ag Expo farm show in Moultrie, Ga.Through his volunteer work with the American Soybean Association, he has been a national leader in shaping the current farm bill. Though it was late in passing, Danny believes most farmers will be pleased with the farm bill. He says it requires more crop insurance than traditional safety net provisions, and says farmers will need to study their options under the new farm bill.Nationally, Danny has been especially active in the American Soybean Association. He first became involved with ASA when he applied for their DuPont Young Leader program. He has served as an ASA director since 2005, and served on the organization’s Farm Bill Task Force from 2010 through 2014. He served as ASA’s Public Affairs Committee chairman in 2012. Danny has also represented the group in dealings with trade policy and international affairs. He served as treasurer of ASA, vice president in 2010, first vice president in 2012, president in 2013, and chairman in 2014.He has been a director of the United States Soybean Export Council from 2008 through 2012, and served as the group’s treasurer from 2009 until 2011. He has also served on the USDA’s Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee from 2012 until 2014.Murphy forward contracts about half of his expected soybean production, and also uses futures or options contracts. He uses grain bins to store additional beans for marketing during the winter or spring. He sells corn to poultry feed mills within 40-60 miles of his farm. “These mills provide good markets,” he says. “I forward contract 50-60 percent of my expected corn production, with the balance stored for sale at a better basis during the spring.”He is a longtime no-till planter. And he has won National Corn Growers Association yield contests with first place in the 2006 state no-till class and first place in the state 2008 non-irrigated class.Danny was inspired by his grandfather who bought the home farm in 1944 and was told that a 60-acre field was only fit to “hold the world together.” Murphy says, “My grandfather didn’t accept that. Through cover crops, fertilization and conservation, that field is now one of our most productive.” His grandfather helped him with a 4-H cotton project, and was an early user of herbicides for cotton weed control.“When I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to farm,” says Murphy. He majored in agronomy at Mississippi State University and came back to farm in 1974. His brother Tommy joined the farm in 1977, and the brothers farmed with their father until his retirement in 1989.Tommy is a partner in the farm, and has managed the farm while Danny has been away at American Soybean Association (ASA) meetings.Danny has been fortunate to have two long-term farm employees. As these employees approach retirement, Danny anticipates that no-till planting will allow he and his brother to farm with little outside help.He adopted Roundup Ready varieties in 1996 and stopped cultivating cotton. He later adopted no-till planting to eliminate trips over the field and to reduce the equipment, labor and field time needed to grow his crops. He was inspired to use no-till from his work with ASA and the U.S. Soybean Export Council. This effort developed sustainability guidelines for U.S.-grown soybeans.By 2013, about 99 percent of his crops were grown with no-till planting. “We now plow just a few acres that have ruts,” he adds. He also conserved soil by building terraces and using contour farming. Eventually, he switched from cotton to emphasize corn and soybeans.Danny’s plans for the future include continuing to refine his no-till practices, and adopting yield maps and variable rates for seed and other inputs. He is also seeing shifts in weed populations, and is keeping a close eye on managing any herbicide-resistant weeds that appear on his land.At the state level, he has been a member of the Mississippi Soybean Association since 1984 and served as its president from 1990 through 1992. He has been a member of the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board from 1994 until 2005, and served as its chairman in 2001-2002. He has also been a member of the Mississippi Corn Promotion Board from 2006 through 2011, and served as its chairman from 2006 through 2008.Joe Street, associate director of the Mississippi State University Cooperative Extension Service, is state coordinator of the Farmer of the Year awards. Danny was nominated for the award by Ernie Flint, regional Extension agronomist. Flint admires Murphy’s farming efficiency. “There’s no wasted effort in his farming,” says Flint.As the Mississippi state winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo award, Murphy will now receive a $2,500 cash award and an expense paid trip to the Sunbelt Expo from Swisher International of Jacksonville, Fla., a $500 gift certificate from the Southern States cooperative, the choice of either $1,000 in PhytoGen cottonseed or a $500 donation to a designated charity from Dow AgroSciences, and a Columbia vest from Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm Supply.He is now eligible for the $15,000 cash award that will go to the overall winner. Other prizes for the overall winner include the use of a Massey Ferguson tractor for a year from Massey Ferguson North America, another $500 gift certificate and a Heritage gun safe from Southern States, the choice of another $1,000 in PhytoGen cottonseed or a second $500 donation to a designated charity from Dow AgroSciences, and a Columbia jacket from Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm Supply.Swisher International, through its Swisher Sweets cigar brand, and the Sunbelt Expo are sponsoring the Southeastern Farmer of the Year awards for the 25th consecutive year. Swisher has contributed some $964,000 in cash awards and other honors to southeastern farmers since the award was initiated in 1990.A distinguished panel of judges will visit the Murphy farm, along with the farms of the other nine state finalists, during the week of Aug. 4-8. The judges for this year include farmer Brian Kirksey of Amity, Ark., the overall winner in 2008; John Woodruff, retired University of Georgia Extension agronomist from Tifton, Ga., who specialized in soybeans for many years; and Clark Garland, longtime University of Tennessee Extension ag economist from Maryville, Tenn.last_img read more