A bit of hot water can prevent the spread of invasive species

first_imgWhen it comes to invasive species in the United Kingdom, a few ounces of hot water may be worth nearly £2 billion in annual management costs, according to a new study. Hardy enough on their own, invasive, aquatic species like the killer shrimp and zebra mussel have also had help spreading into various watersheds from the country’s anglers and canoeists, hitchhiking along on their nets, waders, and other water equipment. Now, new research, published in Biological Invasions, has found that dunking that equipment after use in hot water for 15 minutes could help prevent the invaders from catching a lift. Researchers placed four species of nonnative plants—curly water thyme, New Zealand pigmyweed, floating pennywort, and parrot’s feather—and three species of nonnative animals—zebra mussels, killer shrimp, and bloody red mysid—in angling nets. They then tested the effectiveness of four treatments on mortality rates: hot water (about 45°C) only, hot water and drying, drying only, and a control group. Hot water baths, they found, were extremely effective in dealing with the unwanted species. In fact, all plant and animal species were dead within 1 hour of treatment, except for the New Zealand pigmyweed, which had 90% mortality for the same conditions. The hot water and drying method showed similar results. It took about 7 days, however, for the air-dried nets to reach comparable mortality rates, and in the control group, where the nets remained damp, all the species except for the bloody red mysid survived for a little more than 2 weeks. Previous research has shown that about 64% of anglers and nearly 80% of canoeists visit more than one watershed in a 2-week period. Only a fraction of them clean their equipment in between, leaving plenty of opportunity for accidental transfers, scientists say.last_img read more

Asian Games: Jitu Rai leads India to team bronze

first_imgBronze medallists Samaresh Jung, Jitu Rai and Prakash Nanjappa at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon. Photo: PTI.Indian men settled for a bronze medal after narrowly missing the silver in the 10m air pistol event at the Ongnyeon shooting range, continuing their good run in the 17th Asian Games, on Sunday.Their latest shooting star Jitu Rai entered the eight-man final as the second best qualifier but could not stand on the podium after finishing fifth, a day after clinching the 50m gold.Rai’s precise shooting, that helped him garner 585 points and qualify with a point behind Kazakhstan’s Rashid Yunusmetov, backed up by Samaresh Jung’s 580 (who finished 9th) and Prakash Nanjappa’s 578 (14th), albeit with an injured leg, helped India garner 1743 points, the same as second placed China, for the bronze.India and China were level on points and the silver was decided by the number of Xs (bullseye) in the tens in which the latter tallied one more – 65 to India’s 64.The gold was won by hosts South Korea with a combined tally of 1744, leading Samaresh to later say that “why only silver, we narrowly missed the gold too”.Rai had provided India with their first gold in these Games on day one of competitions on Saturday.Rai’s sequence of hits at the target were 97, 99, 95, 98, 97 and 99 and he even expressed his disappointment despite scoring tens at times.Burly Samaresh, the 2006 Commonwealth Games ‘Gold Finger’, came up with 97, 97, 97, 96, 96 and 98 to finish one slot outside the finals qualification.He later said, “I am pretty happy to finish with a medal and not exactly disappointed (at not making the finals).”advertisement”Why only silver, we missed out on the gold too by one point. But that’s how it goes,” he said.Like all other shooting contingent members, he too had to return to India after the World Championships in Spain to get Korean visas in the absence of their accreditations with them but, unlike a few of the rest, said he was quite happy to spend a day at home after spending several days overseas.Asked about his immediate future, he said, “I am not even looking at the Rio qualifications now. If I get a quota I will go and shoot there. It’s two years away. I will be taking part in the nationals.”last_img read more

Johanna Konta to break into top 10 after reaching China final

first_imgBritain’s Johanna Konta will become the first British woman to reach the top 10 of the WTA rankings for 32 years on Monday after reaching the China Open final on Saturday.Konta beat American world number nine Madison Keys 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-4 and will face Poland’s third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in Sunday’s final.Irrespective of the result Konta is guaranteed a top-10 spot when the new rankings are released – the first British woman to rise so high since Jo Durie in 1984. “I know I’ve achieved something good whenever I’m mentioned in the same sentence as her,” Konta told reporters. (Johanna Konta collapses on court but reaches US Open third round)The 25-year-old’s rise has been meteoric.Seventeen months ago she was ranked 146th in the world and not on anyone’s radar as a potential top-10 player.She moved to train with coach Esteban Carril in northern Spain and her form surged. (China Open: Andy Murray sets up quarterfinal vs British teammate Kyle Edmund)A run to the fourth round of the US Open meant she ended last year inside the top 50 and her progress has continued apace, reaching the Australian Open semi-finals and earning her first WTA title at Stanford.Consistency has been the key and her win over Keys was her seventh over a top-10 player this year.Her progress has impressed compatriot Andy Murray, who is in the men’s singles final. (Radwanska beats Wozniacki to reach China Open quarters)”She’s obviously made huge improvements from the beginning of last year,” he said. “Because everything is still new to her, she’s going to be learning at quite a fast pace, too.advertisement”It’s exciting to see how far she’s going to be able to go.”Konta is on course to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore so Sunday’s showdown with Radwanska would be the perfect test of her credentials.Radwanska, the 2011 China champion, secured a 7-6(3), 6-3 victory over Elina Svitolina, who upset world number one Angelique Kerber earlier in the tournament. (Grigor Dimitrov upsets Rafael Nadal to join Andy Murray in China Open semis)The Pole, poised to qualify for the season-ender for a sixth year in a row, was 3-5 down in the opener before recovering.”I was just very glad I could come back in that first set. I think it was very important. I just played a great tiebreaker, so that helped me a lot for sure in that match,” she said.last_img read more

Rangers Put Out Lightning, 3-2

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The New York Rangers are finding ways to win without captain Ryan McDonagh, and it starts with Henrik LundqvistDerek Stepan scored twice and set up Chris Kreider’s winner and Lundqvist made 39 saves in leading the Rangers to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the playoff-bound Tampa Bay Lightning on April 5.“He was our best player tonight without a doubt,” Stepan said of Lundqvist. “We came out of the first only down 2-0 because of him and he made some big-time saves the rest of the game.”Lundqvist was phenomenal in the first period, stopping 19 shots in a period where the team took too many penalties and seemed to be sleep walking after learning that McDonagh would miss the final three games of the regular season with an upper-body injury (hand) that makes his status for the playoffs uncertain.“He’s done that for his whole career,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of Lundqvist. “He kept them close enough to get back in it and that’s what good goalies do. We had ample opportunity to score tonight and they just weren’t going in.”Lundqvist had a lot to do with that, with his best save being a glove stop on Tyler Johnson in the second period while lying on his stomach in the crease.“Hank kept us in it,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We were able to buckle down and put our work boots on.”Andrej Sustr and Brian Boyle staked the Lightning to an early 2-0 lead, but they could not hold off the Rangers in the final two periods. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves for Tampa Bay, which earned its third straight playoff berth when Boston lost in a shootout to Carolina.“We been under fire a little bit here and there throughout the season,” Cooper said. “We really didn’t find ourselves until after Christmas but these guys really bailed themselves out of a hole, because I’m not sure we were in the playoffs at Christmas time. Now here we are with a couple of games left and we have punched our ticket.”The Rangers, who lost to the Lightning in seven games in the Eastern Conference final last year, clinched their sixth straight playoff berth on Monday night with a win over Columbus.They were a no-show for the first period, but they had the better of the play in the final 40 minutes, especially after killing off a 5-minute major penalty for interference on Tanner Glass.Stepan got the Rangers back in the game with a power-play goal with 3:05 left in the second period. Kreider screened Vasilevskiy in front and Stepan beat the goaltender with a shot from the left faceoff circle.Stepan tied the game 2:33 into the third period with a shot from the right circle that appeared to deflect off the stick of Tampa Bay defenseman Jason Garrison.Kreider’s winner came on a breakaway after taking a pass from Stepan. The speedy winger came in on goal and scored his 21st of the season on a backhander, his fifth goal in six games.The game had an ugly ending when Boyle shoved Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi into the boards, picking up a major penalty. Girardi needed a couple of minutes to get back up.The Lightning started the game on a mission to nail down their playoff berth, and they nearly ran the Rangers out of Madison Square Garden in the opening period, outshooting New York 21-6.Sustr put Tampa Bay ahead just 2:42 after the opening faceoff with a shot from between the circles. Vladislav Namestnokov set it up, retrieving his own rebound behind the goal line and throwing the puck in front.Boyle stretched the margin to two goals less than 4 minutes later with his 13th of the season. It came on the sixth shot of a power play with Dylan McIlrath off for hooking.“Our start was brutal,” Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said. “I mean we were still on the plane from the night before. We weren’t very good.”Lundqvist said his focus was to survive the period.“As long as you keep it a two-goal game, you know you can turn it around,” he said. “You just want that goal on the board and get some momentum.”The Rangers are 4-1-1 with McDonagh out of the lineup, with Lundqvist going 4-1-0.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

Photo: El Paso Newspaper Mistakenly Calls Washington State “Huskies”

first_imgWashington State mistakenly called the Huskies in newspaper article.Wazzu HuskiesWashington State capped off a bounce-back season with a 20-14 win over Miami in the Sun Bowl on Saturday. Apparently, however, the win wasn’t enough to earn respect from the local media. This morning’s El Paso Times headline about the game featured a colossal error: it referred to Wazzu as the “Huskies” instead of the Cougars.Take a step forward if you can report the correct team names in your local bowl. Not so fast @elpasotimes #gocougs pic.twitter.com/YLZ6LalYZM— Jeff (@saomonella) December 27, 2015Of course, the Huskies are Washington, Wazzu’s top rival. So not only did Washington win the Apple Cup over the Cougars by 35 points, they stole a newspaper headline from them.Ouch.[ CougCenter.com ]last_img

Rahul turns 49 PM Modi other leaders wish him good health long

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi turned 49 on Wednesday and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of the first political leaders to greet him on his birthday.In his response, Gandhi thanked Modi and said he appreciated the prime minister’s greetings. A host of Congress leaders and workers also wished Gandhi, as he met many of them at the party headquarters here on Akbar Road. Some leaders also wished Gandhi in Parliament. Modi took to Twitter to convey his birthday wishes to Gandhi. “Best wishes to Shri Rahul Gandhi on his birthday. May he be blessed with good health and a long life,” he tweeted. Gandhi replied on Twitter, saying, “Thank you for your greetings narendramodi ji. I appreciate them.” Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaThe two leaders were locked in a bitter war of words in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, in which the BJP-led NDA returned to power with a massive majority. Gandhi earlier met his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her residence and later arrived at around 10 AM at the Congress headquarters where party leaders and workers gathered in large numbers to wish him. Gandhi received flowers from his partymen and offered them sweets. Among those who wished him at the AICC office were former prime minister Manmohan Singh, his sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. “Thank you all for your best wishes and greetings on my birthday. I’m overwhelmed and grateful for your love and affection,” he later tweeted and posted some pictures on the micro-blogging site of him meeting the party leaders and workers. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahCalling Gandhi his “good friend”, DMK chief M K Stalin took to Twitter to extend his birthday wishes. Stalin also shared a photo of him shaking hands with Gandhi at a meeting in the past. “I wish my good friend @RahulGandhi a very happy birthday. I wish you many more years of public service. #HappyBirthdayRahulGandhi,” the DMK chief tweeted. The DMK and the Congress joined hands in February this year to contest the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as allies. Stalin had even proposed Gandhi’s name as the Opposition’s Prime Ministerial candidate ahead of the polls, but the idea did not cut much ice with Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav. Gandhi, who was in a joyous mood, shared some light moments with the workers and media persons at the party headquarters. He also offered sweets to those wishing him on his birthday. Party leaders said no cake was cut and the celebrations were low key in view of the death of over 100 children due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Bihar. However, youth Congress workers had put up many hoardings of Gandhi at the party office and elsewhere in the capital. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wished Gandhi good health and a long life. “Wish you a very happy birthday, dear @RahulGandhi. Proud of who you have become over the years; I see my dear friend (late) Rajiv (Gandhi) in you,” Singh tweeted. “May God bless you with a long, healthy and prosperous life,” the chief minister added.last_img read more

Crowdfunding making the world a little smaller for Nunavut

first_imgAPTN National NewsEverything costs more in Nunavut and fundraising isn’t always easy.Especially considering Nunavut’s remote communities don’t have a lot of money in the first place.APTN’s Kent Driscoll reports crowdfunding on the Internet is changing that.last_img

Brock to host Heritage Fair Wednesday

Brock will open its doors to more than 100 young history enthusiasts this week.The University will host the annual Niagara Catholic Regional Heritage Fair on Wednesday, April 18, welcoming more than 100 elementary students to present their projects.Also known as the Historica Fairs Program, the educational fair encourages Niagara Catholic District School Board students in Grades 4 to 8 to develop awareness and interest in Canadian history. Students spend several weeks creating their history projects, which are then presented in class and showcased in their respective school’s gymnasium. The most promising projects then advance to the regional event, held at Brock.Students participating in Wednesday’s fair engage in a full day of learning, with morning workshops on Indigenous culture and an afternoon excursion to the Niagara Falls History Museum.When mulling over options for his project, Giovann Contini knew there was a building in downtown St. Catharines he was eager to feature — the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA).Grade 6 student Giovann Contini chose to do his Heritage Fair project on the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.The Grade 6 student from St. Michael Catholic Elementary School in Niagara-on-the-Lake was drawn to the school because of his love for the arts.“At first, I was going to choose the topic of Canadian military weapons through the ages, but I realized I wasn’t as interested in that topic as I thought,” he said. “As I started to look into other topics, I got really excited about what the MIWSFPA was. Since it’s so new, I figured it would be a great opportunity to do something that no one else has done.”When Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts Joe Norris got news that Contini was presenting his project on the MIWSFPA, he invited him to the downtown campus for a private tour and interview session.“After the tour, I really felt like I would love to go to this school when I’m older. It just has so much to offer,” Contini said.Included in the project, to be showcased on Wednesday, are paintings created by Contini.He drew inspiration “from the sketches in the painting studio that the Brock students were working on,” he said. As his paintings progressed, he added colours to the black, grey and white background, “symbolizing how art brings colours into our lives and makes it more interesting.”The Heritage Fair runs from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Pond Inlet. This event is open to the public between 4:15 and 4:45 p.m.Five winners from regionals will advance to the Provincial Fair in Toronto in June. read more

Cocainesoaked Colombia jerseys intercepted

In this handout photo provided by the Colombian National Police, shows replica World Cup soccer jerseys for Colombia’s national soccer team soaked with cocaine in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, June 21, 2018.MOSCOW, Russia (AP) — Authorities at Bogota’s international airport have found 14 replica World Cup jerseys of Colombia’s national team soaked with a total of 11 pounds (5 kilograms) of cocaine.Investigators say an anti-narcotics agent grew suspicious when he saw the box of jerseys being sent to a small city in the Netherlands.Officials said Thursday that the agent “observed with sadness that the shirt that has brought so much happiness to the country” was saturated with cocaine hydrochloride. Traffickers sometimes use clothes soaked in the drug and then dried to transport narcotics.Coca production in Colombia has surged in recent years. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedColombia seizes more than 17,500 pounds of cocaine from drug gangMay 16, 2016In “Crime”CANU seeking woman who attempted to export ‘cocaine soaked hammocks’September 25, 2017In “Crime”FIFA WORLD CUP 2018: Colombia keeps World Cup hopes alive by defeating PolandJune 24, 2018In “latest news” read more

The Bahamas Ranks High as a WellRegulated Jurisdiction

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 05, 2018 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest said that in respect to regulations and compliance, The Bahamas continues to be a very well regulated jurisdiction and continues to be highly ranked in this regard.In its efforts to keep up with international best practices, the country has signed onto the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters and the Framework on Base Erosion Profit Shifting (BEPS), DPM Turnquest said at the International Business Finance Summit presented by the Bahamas Financial Services Board  and held at Baha Mar, March 1, 2018.“We have received significant positive feedback from these moves.  We look to further leveraging that and expanding our opportunities and attracting additional business to the destination.”He did note however, that The Bahamas has to do even better with the ease of doing business and it is a significant focus for the government from both a domestic and international perspective.“We are simplifying the ease of getting into business and into the jurisdiction; we are making the work permitting process easy and we are making the investment process easy.”The DPM said, “We are keying in on the ease of doing business.  We have a committee of independent private sector individuals who are tasked with identifying the bottlenecks in our system and coming up with the required administrative and legislative changes that are necessary to ensure that we are living up to our desire to be first world in terms of the services that we provide and responsive to our customers going forward.”He also told business leaders during the summit that the government is “deliberately intent” on utilising available technology to improve the services the government offers and the efficiency in which it serves its clients.“One of the things we are looking at is block chain technology and seeing how we can leverage that in the financial services industry in particular to make the whole process of on-boarding clients easy.“For instance, we are looking at the possibility of setting up a digital record block chain such that persons can do their Know Your Customers (KYC) documentation in their own countries; get it authenticated digitally and when they come to The Bahamas, it is just a matter of giving somebody a key in which they can log in and receive authenticated verification of all of the KYC and all of the due diligence requirements in seconds.  A process that can take six to eight months can be done in 15 minutes.”DPM Turnquest explained that the government has put together a task force to determine what is needed to make that idea a reality.  “We have had discussions with several providers of this kind of technology and we continue to make this a priority so we can get this kind of technology in place in the shortest period of time possible.”“The more efficient and responsive we are, the better our chances in this very competitive global world we are now faced with all of its complexities and challenges. We want to be market leaders; we do not want to be followers.”The DPM said feedback and input from financial services leaders and providers on the potential applications of the technology is necessary so that the government can make adjustments or amendments to make it easier for them to complete their transactions with clients or make their work easier in general.By: Llonella Gilbert (BIS)Photo Caption: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest brings remarks at the International Business Finance Summit presented by the Bahamas Financial Services Board and held at Baha Mar, March 1, 2018.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Affordable Care Act experiences sought

first_imgThe Columbian wants to hear your experiences as the rollout of the Affordable Care Act continues.In Washington, the Affordable Care Act — also called Obamacare and health care reform — expanded the Medicaid program for low-income residents and created a new state-based health exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder, where uninsured residents purchase insurance plans for themselves and their families.The Columbian wants to hear the stories of Clark County residents who have been affected by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.Has your individual insurance plan been canceled? Do federal tax subsidies lower your cost for health insurance? Does the expanded Medicaid program mean you’ll receive free insurance coverage? Have your monthly premiums for health coverage gone up? Can you now find insurance coverage, even though you have pre-existing conditions? Are you opting to pay the annual fine rather than purchase insurance coverage?If you’re interested in sharing your story, contact Columbian reporter Marissa Harshman at 360-735-4546 or marissa.harshman@columbian.com.Stories will appear as part of The Columbian’s occasional series, Examining Health Reform.last_img read more

Children receive swim lessons to prevent summer tragedies

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Swim safety is on the minds of many South Florida leaders and parents as summer approaches.Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Dem.-Fla., joined members of several agencies at the Driftwood Community Pool in Hollywood.Kids were given free swimming lessons at the event to stop any preventable tragedies at the pool.A mother who attended passed on some emotional words of warning. “Always have in the back of your mind that accidents can happen around water, even if they are great swimmers,” said Viviane St. Onge, whose son drowned. “Always, always take precaution.”That mother’s 3-year-old son drowned in the family’s pool back in 2014.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Long tailback on DhakaTangail highway

first_imgVehicles are moving slowly on Dhaka-Tangail highway. There is a huge tailback. Kamonashis Shekhor takes this photo from Elenga bus stand area of Kalihati in Tangail.Thousands of home-bound people have been stuck on both ends of Bangabandhu Bridge on Dhaka-Tangail highway due to a 10-kilometre tailback in the district.The tailback began forming on the highway on Monday night for excessive pressure of northern-region-bound vehicles.The toll collection was disrupted sometimes as the traffic congestion reached close to the toll plaza office of the bridge, officials said.Tangail traffic inspector Eshraj Hossain said the tailback from Hatikumrul intersection in Sirajganj in the west of the bridge reached to the east of the bridge on Tuesday. And so, the bridge authorities suspended collection of toll at times, he added. Rangpur-bound bus passenger Abul Hossain said that he reached Bangabandhu bridge from Dhaka in 10 hours, and is stuck in the congestion near the bridge.last_img read more

3500 troops on standby as UK mulls nodeal Brexit

first_imgDemonstrators hold EU and Union flags during an anti-Brexit protest opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain on 17 December. Photo: ReutersThe British government on Tuesday said it was allocating two billion pounds ($2.5 billion) to fund Brexit and putting 3,500 troops on stand-by after ministers agreed to make no-deal planning “an operational priority”.The news came amid continued opposition to prime minister Theresa’s May draft divorce deal, just 14 weeks before the country leaves the EU.Following a meeting of her cabinet — the last before parliament breaks for Christmas and New Year — defence secretary Gavin Williamson said around 3,500 troops would be on stand-by to help deal with the “any contingencies” from a no-deal outcome.But Brexit secretary Steve Barclay said ministers still hoped to secure backing for May’s agreement in a House of Commons vote delayed until next month.He added that any responsible government would intensify preparations for the “default option” of leaving the European Union without a deal on 29 March next year.”We agreed that preparing for no deal will be an operational priority within government,” Barclay said. “But our overall priority remains to secure a deal.”He said departments would step up their advice to businesses on how best to prepare for the scenario, which many fear could be catastrophic for the British economy.Businesses will be provided with a 100-plus page online preparation pack and emails will be sent to 80,000 of those most likely to be impacted over the next few days, according to Downing Street.DivisionsFinance minister Philip Hammond insisted in a statement Tuesday that “the PM’s deal is the only way to deliver on the referendum while protecting jobs, businesses and prosperity”.The same government statement said that Hammond was making arrangements to ensure that government departments “can fund measures to address civil contingencies in a no deal scenario”.The Home Office, which will get the biggest share of the Brexit funding, will use it, among other things, “to increase Border Force capability with hundreds of new officers,” it said.May’s cabinet is divided between ministers who want the government to embrace a no-deal outcome and those who favour parliament having a final say in a series of votes on potential scenarios for Brexit.One option is the prime minister’s own Brexit deal, but that is hanging by a thread after she was forced to pull a vote on it last week in the face of huge opposition from within her own Conservative Party.Earlier Tuesday, Downing Street reportedly blocked opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn’s request Monday for a non-binding no-confidence motion in May.That had followed her telling MPs they will not get to vote on her deal this week, but would have to wait until the week beginning January 14.The delay prompted accusations that the prime minister is stalling to increase pressure on MPs to back her plan — and fresh calls for Labour to initiate a binding no-confidence vote against the whole government.However, such a move faces likely defeat after Conservative Brexit hardliners and the Democratic Unionist Party, which props up her government, both said they would back May.Running down the clockMay insisted Monday that she was continuing to seek “assurances” from the EU over elements of her plan, although EU officials said no meetings were planned.The postponed vote has left members of her own party and Labour opposition politicians infuriated.”The prime minister has cynically run down the clock, trying to manoeuvre parliament into a choice between two unacceptable outcomes” — her deal or no deal, Corbyn said.May is also facing calls for a second referendum to resolve the impasse, with dozens of MPs from all sides now supporting another plebiscite and reports that May’s officials are also considering the possibility.But the prime minister argued that this would betray the 2016 Brexit referendum result and undermine public confidence in politics.”Let us not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another referendum,” she told parliament on Monday.”Another vote… would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics,” May said, adding that it would also “likely leave us no further forward”.last_img read more

Skill development access to technology to help vulnerable adolescents WB Minister

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal minister Sashi Panja has said skill development, greater exposure to technology and better coordination with education and health systems will help address the vulnerability of adolescents. Speaking at a workshop here Tuesday, the Women and Child Development and Social Welfare minister, said that nutritional needs of adolescents were being taken care of by the existing government schemes. But areas of self-reliance could be strengthened by linking them with ‘Kanyashree’ and ‘Utkorsho Bangla’, a skill development programme for youth, Panja said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life A group of adolescents at the workshop described how a pilot programme at a Kolkata Municipal Corporation ward, under the aegis of the department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, has brought positive changes in their lives. The pilot programme had been undertaken at Ward no. 26 to meet the need to create safe spaces for the adolescents. The pilot programme in ward 26 by UNICEFs technical partner, Action for Childrens Environment Trust (ACE), with the support of CRY, identified the risks and vulnerabilities faced by adolescents. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The programme has now been extended to another five KMC wards through an NGO. Speaking on the occasion, the adolescents sought the support of the authorities in making the environment friendlier and safer for the youngsters. The need for providing counselling services to address the issue of violence and abuse against adolescents was also discussed at the workshop. The event was organised by UNICEF in partnership with CRY (Child Rights and You), where a report A Safe and Inclusive City for Adolescents in Kolkata was released, a CRY statement said Tuesday.last_img read more

VA pins success to staff focuses on profitability

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Staff support is key to Virgin Australia’s success, according to the airline’s chief operating officer Sean Donohue, who said the company was focused on employee maintenance and engagement as well as profitability over market share. Speaking at the 2012 Aviation Outlook and Airports World Australia Pacific Summit in Sydney, Mr Donohue told delegates that the company’s success has never been concerned with gaining market share but rather its employee satisfaction.“Providing the proper tools and training for our employees is a very important part of our culture and we will continue to focus and engage with our staff into the future,” Mr Donohue explained.  “We are not focused on market share. We are focused on profitability. We’re not focused on load factor, we’re focused on yield.”Profitability has been achieved through offering consumers variety and a range of travel options.  “For the first time since Ansett collapsed back in 2000, customers in Australia flying domestically now have a choice when it comes to business class,” Mr Donohue said.Virgin Australia has a new E190 business class cabin due to be operational by FY 2013.“It’s not just the on-board product; it’s the whole customer experience. From the airport, to the lounge to the airplane, we’re investing in all three.”According to Mr Donohue, Virgin Australia chose to undertake a bi-lateral strategy in regards to airline alliances, instead of joining a worldwide network.“We’ve been successful in partnering with Air New Zealand, from an alliance perspective for the Trans-Tasman routes… we have a partnership with Etihad where we fly into Abu-Dhabi and continue the flow of traffic to Europe… Our US partner is Delta and our beyond traffic through LA has grown by 60 percent… and finally Singapore Airlines, which provides the feed and traffic to our customers in Asia.” Mr Donohue also emphasised Virgin Australia’s commitment to developing services and bases in Australia.“We continue to want to grow our employee base in Australia. We have a hanger in Brisbane, a hanger in Melbourne and will be building a hanger in Sydney,” he added.  “You’ll continue to see us grow Australian jobs; that’s a focus of ours and we think it’s a great opportunity.”When considering profitability, Mr Donohue was confident in Virgin Australia’s direction and attitude to business development.“We’re very confident in the strength of our strategy. When you look at the measurement of how we are doing, our revenue performance is well ahead of our plan,” he said. The guest feedback we’re getting is positive and our customer ratings are better. From an operational perspective we continue to improve our performance, from both an on-time perspective and a reliability perspective and we will continue to make progress in this area.” last_img read more

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first_imgNo one would assume the Arizona Cardinals are about to wrap up an easy season.With a loss this Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers, a team that started the season with four straight wins would finish the year losers of 11 of its last 12. The team’s collapse has left disappointment and frustration in its wake, so it would be understandable if there is some relief that the season is coming to a close and that everyone will be able to move on. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling No, Fitzgerald is out there to lead an offense that has struggled all season.On a personal level, the Pro Bowl alternate is in the midst of one of the worst seasons of his professional career, with just 69 receptions for 785 yards and four touchdowns, and he and the Cardinals are about to use their fourth different starting quarterback of the season. It’s a high number, but when asked how difficult it is to play with four different passers in one season, the receiver said it could be worse.“It’s probably not as difficult as it would be to play with six,” he said. “It’s part of the game.”Fitzgerald has long been known for his professionalism, and this season only appears to have reaffirmed that idea. In a season where it would have been easy to throw teammates under the bus or lash out to the media about the struggles of those around him, he’s maintained a calm demeanor and positive-ish outlook. And to hear him say it, it really makes sense.“I keep everything in perspective,” he said. “At the end of the day, for me, I’m living my dream.“I’ve got an NFL jersey on, Arizona Cardinals on my jersey; I’m one of 1,500 men around the world that can actually say that they are playing in this league, and that’s an exclusive group and I’m fortunate to be able to do that.” Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, for one, is not looking forward to the season coming to a close.“Not from my point of view,” he said, noting others might feel differently. “I enjoy playing, I like the competition, I like being around my teammates.”Fitzgerald said work is fun for him, and while the team’s struggles are certainly frustrating, he understands he’s not the only person in the world to have troubles at work.“I’m not different than them,” he said.Well, Fitzgerald is a little different. His “work” will go on hiatus for a bit, as the offseason will bring with it a chance to get away from a lost 2012 and remake a roster that has fallen well short of preseason goals. Fitzgerald understands there will be roster turnover — “it’s just part of our game,” he said — but added if it was up to him everyone would be back next season. Then again, he also said roster decisions are not for him to make.“I have personal relationships with all the guys,” he said. “The guys have families, they love doing what they’re doing. I don’t like to play that game, play the GM game. That’s not my role.”last_img read more

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first_img Danica Patrick walks down pit lane during qualifications for the IndyCar Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) by The Associated Press Posted May 23, 2018 10:22 am PDT Last Updated May 23, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Danica Patrick has lined up her first post-retirement gig: hosting The ESPYS.She will preside over the show honouring the past year’s top athletes and moments in sports on July 18. The show airs live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.Patrick is set to retire from auto racing after competing in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, where her fourth-place finish in 2005 is the highest by a woman.She will be the first woman to host the show. Previous hosts include LeBron James, Peyton Manning, Seth Meyers, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Kimmel and Justin Timberlake.Patrick first attended the show in 2005, and ESPN says she holds the record for most consecutive years attending (13) by any athlete. She has said she met boyfriend, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, at the show.The Arthur Ashe Award for Courage will be presented to the sexual abuse victims who spoke out against former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor Larry Nasser.center_img Danica Patrick to host 25th annual ESPYS in Julylast_img read more

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