a month agoAston Villa ace Jack Grealish: How Ireland link sparked

first_imgAston Villa ace Jack Grealish: How Ireland link sparkedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa star Jack Grealish has spoken how he sparked an international tug of war for his future.Grealish had trials for England at youth level when he was 15 but ended up hitting his head on a sink and had to be sent home.Before the next camp came around, Grealish ended up having trials for Ireland. Grealish told The Sun: “When I was young, I had trials for England. I think I was 15.”I got there and I was rooming with Diego Poyet, Gus Poyet’s son.”I woke up in the middle of the night.”I don’t know what it was, but I somehow collapsed in the bathroom and hit my head on the sink.”Grealish added that he wanted to stay at the training camp but wasn’t allowed to. After hitting his head on the sink, Grealish was sent home and ended up playing for Ireland at youth levelHe said: “Diego woke up and found me. I had to go and get checked out by the doctors.”The next morning I was completely fine, and I was like, ‘Please let me stay, let me stay’.”But they said, ‘No, you need to go home. You can come to the next camp’. “During that time I had trials for Ireland.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Port of Virginia Sets September Cargo Record

first_imgzoom The Virginia Port Authority (VPA), based in Norfolk, US, handled 215,520 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in September, an increase of 7.2 percent compared with the same month last year.With this, VPA marked the seventh consecutive month of TEU volumes exceeding 210,000 units.In the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, The Port of Virginia’s cargo volumes are 6 percent ahead of the results reported in the corresponding period from the last fiscal year. This growth was pushed ahead by a record-setting September which marked the best cargo performance for this month in the port’s history.John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority, said that the port’s capital reinvestment program is underway, adding: “In the coming decade, we will need to reinvest $2 billion in The Port of Virginia to increase its capacity and ensure its competitive position on the US East Coast. The overall performance and result of fiscal year 2015 has cleared the way for this process to begin.”In comparison with last year’s September, rail units were up 16 percent, Virginia Inland Port (VIP) volume up 43 percent, truck volume up 2 percent and vehicle units up 133 percent.The port said that its consolidated financial performance in the first two months of the fiscal year (July/August) is positive as well. Total operating revenues amounted to USD 80.5 million and the operating income is USD 3.5 million. The audited fiscal year 2015 results confirmed operating income of USD 13.6 million, which is an improvement of USD 30.1 million when compared with the results from the previous fiscal year. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My locationcenter_img Print  Closelast_img read more

Accept address alleviate

first_imgA number of Indian cities find their coveted place in the list of ‘most polluted cities in the world’. As per WHO’s 2019 report, 15 out of the 20 most polluted cities belong to India – Gurugram topping charts with average annual PM 2.5 at 135 g/m3, while Delhi sits at the 11th position, down from the last time. WHO advisory will tell you that fine particles, less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter, should not be exceeding 10 micrograms/m3. Such fine particles called particulate matter (PM) – microscopic solid or liquid matter suspended in the atmosphere – cause a wide array of health issues such as respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, pregnancy complications and can even be fatal. Numerous reports cite that 12 lakh Indians died in 2017 due to air pollution. Now, either that is a coincidence or the air we breathe is actually bad – with us just testing our bodies, and luck, to measure the extent of impact. Rapid industrialisation and expedited urbanisation have taken a toll on the air we breathe while counteractions have hardly matched the damage inflicted. Discounting the local issues of cities, vehicular and industrial emissions make up a big chunk of air pollution. Persistent air pollution has degraded the air quality of cities and the National Capital Territory of Delhi accounts as a prime example. NCT suffers from bad air syndrome. The soaring concentration of PM is the prime cause of this syndrome which has engulfed NCT like an invisible blanket. Earlier, the grievous impact of the soaring PM 2.5 was witnessed only in winters – especially the Great Smog of Delhi – where the ensuing smog trapped pollutants produced by vehicles, fires and industrial activities due to surface inversion. However, a spike in AQI, that too in summers, is not just a coincidence but the inference of a perennial ailment – poor air quality. While summers have not experienced anything even close to the great smog of Delhi, dust or smoke caused by stubble burning in neighbouring states can greatly impact Delhi’s air quality. Also Read – Drivers of the economySo, when we have credible organisations furnishing staggering reports which are enough to consider air pollution, especially in the most polluted cities, as a public health emergency, why hasn’t it been declared so? After being caught off-guard with degenerating air quality, authorities across various departments collaborated in 2017 to carry out an exigency plan – Graded Response Action Plan – to combat the hazardous AQI. Pioneered by CPCB and implemented by EPCA, GRAP is a set of immediate directives to curb the alarming levels of air pollution. However, GRAP remained an emergency plan, not a long-term solution. After another spell of GRAP in 2018, India realised the need for a long-term action plan and on January 10, 2019, the first ever national programme to address air pollution was released by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC). The goal of National Comprehensive Action Plan (NCAP) is “to meet the prescribed annual average ambient air quality standards at all locations in the country in a stipulated time frame”. NCAP envisions collaborative, cross-sectoral, multi-scale and multilayered coordination between relevant central ministries, state governments, and local bodies but unfortunately, remains in need of stringent provisions that are legally binding on both the authorities and the polluters to actually reduce pollution. Ambitious targets are relevant only when adequate timeline and implementation are in order. Otherwise, those targets are similar to poll sops – only that we can afford poll sops for as long but not failed targets vis-à-vis air pollution. Also Read – The water pictureAwareness is the first step to remedy. While air pollution has been widely witnessed, the severity of the same has not yet been appropriately understood by masses. Given the mandate that Prime Minister Modi received in the general election, him declaring air pollution as a public health emergency will at least help to acknowledge the adversity. Remedial actions will kickstart, thereby, projecting financial as well as logistical requirements to bring down PM level as envisaged in NCAP and ensure ambient air quality by an estimated deadline, say 2030. Delhi government has taken novel steps to cater to the dismal air quality in the national capital which needs to be backed by the central government and replicated in other cities. The odd-even scheme had successful runs and needs to be brought back while the target to plant 23 lakh trees and shrubs in the current fiscal year looks promising, yet minimalistic in approach when one looks at the rising number of vehicles spewing large amounts of pollutants in the air. Both, the introduction of 1,000 electric buses in Delhi and a comprehensive electric vehicle policy – part of Delhi government’s comprehensive green budget – are lively initiatives to tackle particulate emissions. These realise the need to shift to low and zero emission solutions because even the current rate of emissions will not be curtailed by remedial actions, given how damage control mechanisms are delayed, in the first place, and restricting damage not cleaning the air. Closing down the Badarpur Thermal Plant has been a remarkable decision especially since past efforts to clean up the environment have only struggled to clear the test of affordability. Being the dominant provider of cheap energy and the biggest source of air pollution, India’s fleet of thermal plants has resisted the implementation of emission standards due to cost factor. Hence, a gradual shift to clean and renewable energy sources will ensure low thermal plant activity and cement India’s position as a sustainable developing country – one of its kind. Policy changes are a must for effective urban-planning, green and affordable public transport system, energy-efficient power generation, better management of municipal and industrial waste, etc. PM Ujjwala Yojana has been a remarkable move to provide LPG connections to BPL households in a bid to eradicate bio-mass and firewood burning but they need to be affordable to promote greater adoption. Amid the existing corrective measures, new ideas through public competitions and technological research institutes can be invited in the fray to widen NCAP’s scope. Tackling air pollution involves six SDGs viz., Good Health and Well-being, Affordable and Clean energy, Sustainable cities and Communities, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate Action and Partnerships for Goals. It signifies how our efforts to control pollution catapult us towards other sustainable ambitions which will contribute immensely to the sustainable bedrock we want to lay for our future generations. It is important to understand that a multi-pronged outlook, constituting energy and transport alternatives, is headway for the National Capital Territory of Delhi and other urban centres choking with poor air quality. Unless we outline a comprehensive trajectory to alleviate the persistent adversity, sporadic efforts to clean air will be mere voices in widespread pandemonium! (The author is Sub-Editor, Millennium Post)last_img read more

Eddie the Eagle among Olympians cheering for a Calgary 2026 bid at

first_imgCALGARY – Mayor Naheed Nenshi says the naysayers have been winning the debate over whether Calgary should hold the Winter Olympics in 2026, but there’s still time to change the narrative before a non-binding vote on the bid next Tuesday.Nenshi’s remarks capped off a pro-bid rally which featured a parade of Olympians and a deluge of 1988 nostalgia from Calgary’s first turn at playing host.“We are, my friends, in the last week of an election campaign. It’s an election campaign that today we’re going to lose,” Nenshi told the crowd in a downtown convention centre Monday, a Team Canada scarf draped over his shoulders.“But we have the power to turn that around. And that power is within every one of our hands,”Last week, the bid appeared on the brink of death as the city, the province of Alberta and the federal government wrangled over cost sharing. Nenshi called the week the “grossest” of his political career, but said it led to a great deal.“What we have is undeniably an outstanding bid and an outstanding deal for Calgary and we’ve got to tell our friends and our neighbours.”He urged bid supporters to speak up online and in coffee shops and to text everyone they know before the plebiscite.“For better or worse, we’ve allowed the naysayers to control the narrative. If you look on social media, you probably think 100 per cent of Calgary is opposed to the Olympics. If you listen to the loudest voices, whether they’re politicians or people in line at the Tim Hortons, you’d think everybody hates the Olympics,” Nenshi said.“But that’s not true.”No Calgary Olympics, a three-member grassroots group with no advertising money, has been trying to push its anti-bid message without the same Olympian star power.The group’s concerns include the cost, the transparency and ethics of the International Olympic Committee and what it sees as shortcomings in the bid process.Opposing an Olympic bid isn’t a slight against Calgary, spokeswoman Erin Waite said.“We’re not doubters about Calgary’s initiative or capacity or enthusiasm for taking on big projects,” she said. “It’s a matter of if it’s the right project now and what won’t we be able to do because we’re choosing the Olympics.”The bid has an estimated price tag of $5.1 billion. The province has said it would kick in $700 million of that and Ottawa would cover $1.4 billion. The city was asked to contribute $390 million, which includes $20 million for a $200-million insurance policy against cost overruns.The remainder would be expected to come from ticket sales and other revenues.Monday’s rally featured British ski-jumper Michael Edwards — better known as Eddie the Eagle — and 1988 mascots Hidy and Howdy. Some came to the rally wearing vintage Olympic swag.“I think you did such a great job in 1988 and there was such a great buzz and there’s continued to be that buzz for the last 30 years,” Edwards said.Olympians, including gold-medal sprinter Donovan Bailey and multi-medal-winning hockey player Cassie Campbell-Pascall, spoke of the importance of refurbishing the city’s sports facilities.University of Alberta professor Stacy Lorenz, who studies the sociology and history of sports, said it’s not surprising bid boosters are tugging at heartstrings by invoking past Olympic glory.“They are going to have to make an argument for civic pride and national identity, because if you look hard at the economics of it, that is not going to convince people to support the bid.”last_img read more

Netherlands takes dispute with Russia over Greenpeace ship to UNbacked tribunal

The Netherlands today submitted a request to the United Nations-backed International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea for provisional measures in a dispute with Russia over the recent arrest and detention of a ship used by Greenpeace International to stage a protest over oil drilling. According to the Netherlands, the Arctic Sunrise – an icebreaker operated by the environmental group and which flies the flag of the Netherlands – was boarded by coastguard officials on 19 September, brought to the port of Murmansk Oblast and detained. In addition, 30 crew members of various nationalities were arrested and detained in Murmansk Oblast and judicial proceedings have been initiated against them.The vessel was being used by Greenpeace to stage a protest against the offshore ice-resistant fixed platform ‘Prirazlomnaya’ in the Barents Sea. On 4 October, the Netherlands instituted arbitral proceedings against Russia under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, claiming that that the arrest and detention of the vessel and its crew by Russia took place in violation of the provisions of the treaty. Pending those proceedings, the Netherlands is requesting the Tribunal to prescribe that Russia immediately enable the vessel to be re-supplied, to leave its place of detention and the maritime areas under Russian jurisdiction and to exercise the freedom of navigation.It is also asking the Tribunal to prescribe that Russia immediately release the crew members and allow them to leave Russian territory and maritime areas; suspend all judicial and administrative proceedings, and refrain from initiating any further proceedings, in connection with the incidents leading to the boarding and detention of the vessel, and refrain from taking or enforcing any judicial or administrative measures against the vessel, its crew members, its owners and its operators; and ensure that no other action is taken which might aggravate or extend the dispute. A hearing on the request submitted by the Netherlands will be held on a date to be announced.Based in the German city of Hamburg, the Tribunal deals with disputes arising from the application of the Convention on the Law of the Sea, which was adopted in 1992. Often called the “constitution for the oceans,” the Convention governs all aspects of ocean space, including the delimitation of maritime boundaries, environmental regulations, scientific research, commerce and the settlement of international disputes involving marine issues. read more

Ukraine UN urges central registration system amid rising internal displacement

“In the past seven days more than 6,200 people have been forced from their homes,” Vincent Cochetel, the Director for the European Bureau at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) told reporters in Geneva today.“The current lack of a systematic and uniform system hampers the coordination and implementation of relief efforts. This is also important as the Ukrainian authorities make their preparations for winter. Most of the current shelters in use are not suitable for the cold winter months,” he added.The call for a unified registration system for IDPs was repeated by John Ging, Director of Operations for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), who briefed the Security Council later in the day.Among other points, he also called for humanitarian assistance to be exempted from Ukrainian taxes, more efficient entry into Ukraine for humanitarian workers, as well as for easier transfer of WHO-certified medical supplied into the region.“Until the violence is ended, we will continue to see an increase in the numbers [of people] being killed and a deterioration in the overall humanitarian situation,” he warned.The inability to reach Ukrainians in need is impeded by badly affected humanitarian corridors, travel through which is regularly impeded.“We call on all sides to this conflict to enable free and safe movement of the population while at the same time ensuring full access by humanitarian organizations to affected populations remaining behind,” Mr. Ging told the 15-member Council.Meanwhile, the number of people displaced from the Luhansk and Donetsk eastern regions had risen sharply from 2,600 in early June to 102,600 at the start of this month. People from eastern Ukraine now make up 87 per cent of the country’s total displaced population while those from the Crimea region number some 15,200 people.UNHCR also reports that a larger number of Ukrainians are arriving and staying in Russia under the visa-free regime. The Russian authorities estimate that around 730,000 Ukrainians, including the 168,000 seen by the Federal Migration Service, have arrived since the beginning of the year under this programme.People fleeing eastern Ukraine face increasing difficulties, including access to banking services. Basic infrastructure has been heavily affected by the violence, with scarcity of drinking water becoming increasingly common. According to UNHCR, many houses and buildings have been partially or totally destroyed by conflict in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.Some people have also expressed fears of persecution for their political views or ethnicity, while others are worried about forced recruitment by either side. Some talked of incidents of abduction, extortion and harassment in their neighbourhoods. And most Ukrainians leaving their country are not applying for refugee status for fear that it would lead to complications.For its part, UNHCR has started a cash assistance programme to support more than 700 IDPs in the Lviv and Vinnytsia regions. It has also delivered hygiene items and cooking supplies to some 15,000 returnees in Slavyansk, Donetsk region.Last week, the agency signed an agreement with the Donetsk authorities to open a field office in Mariupol to distribute aid to the most vulnerable displaced people. The first delivery of aid, including food, took place last week in the town of Yalta and another shipment is planned in the coming days.Cochetel said UNHCR was seeing a mixed picture of displacement with a significant increase of people fleeing violence around Horlivka, Donetsk and Luhansk as well as a substantial number of returns to areas where the Ukrainian government has regained control. Some 4,000 people have returned from the Kharkiv region to Slavyansk and Kramatorsk during the last week while some 20,000 people have reportedly returned to Slavyansk since July 5. read more

FROM THE FIELD Liberia boosts efforts to guard against rising seas

It’s projected that a one-metre sea level rise could permanently inundate 95 square kilometres of land in Liberia’s coastal zone, which is already under threat of heavy seasonal rains and continuing erosion.What’s more, eroding infrastructure is causing massive repercussions for housing, education and livelihoods, with fishing chief among them.But the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has taken “28,000 steps in the right direction” during the second phase of its Coastal Defense Project to reduce vulnerabilities and build resilience. Here’s the full story. read more

Atlas Copco cuts the cord with Scooptram ST7 Battery LHD launch

first_imgThe 100% electric Scooptram ST7 Battery from Atlas Copco was unveiled on May 1. This new underground loader enables cleaner, safer and more flexible operations. Battery power also offers the potential for greater production, atreduced cost. The new Scooptram ST7 Battery is fully battery operated. Battery power minimises the need for mine ventilation, while offering same or better performance as diesel. That reduces cost for infrastructure as well as the long term operational costs.“Compared to a tethered machine the battery powered Scooptram has the flexibility of the diesel but without the limitation of the trailing cable. Cutting the cord means cutting costs and adding flexibility to your underground operations.” With zero emissions and up to an 80% reduction in heat generation compared to diesel power, the cost of installing ventilation is minimised and the expensive refrigeration of mines can potentially be eliminated in the long run.Each little detail matters when it comes to designing a powerful, 7 t loader. Besides the major change from diesel to battery Atlas Copco says it also focuses on small, but smart functions to create big savings. “For example, the Scooptram ST7 Battery is also equipped with the Atlas Copco unique traction control to increase tire life up to 30%. Together with the fact that battery vehicles enable longer service intervals, it increases overall up time and thus productivity,” says Erik Svedlund, Global Product Manager – Electric Vehicles – Underground MaterialHandling.Operator comfort and productivity is a big priority, which is why the Scooptram ST7 Battery has excellent visibility and intuitive, ergonomic controls in an ROPS/FOPS approved canopy for safe ergonomic operations. The telematics system provides production data and online trouble shooting. The Scooptram ST7 battery is Automation ready meaning it can be equipped with smart functions like the option teleremote control that allows control of multiple loaders from a safe remote location.“The new Scooptram ST7 Battery shares most parts with the successful diesel Scooptram of which hundreds have been sold-to-date around the globe. Service and repair are therefore no problem, even in the most remote locations.The Scooptram ST7 Battery will first be introduced in Canada and USA and will be gradually rolled out across the globe.”last_img read more

Couple tiedup at gunpoint and assaulted in east Belfast

first_imgTHREE MEN, ONE armed with a suspected handgun, tied up and assaulted a couple at a house in East Belfast last night.The couple were taken to hospital for medical treatment, although their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.The incident occurred just after 10.30pm last night when the three men forced their way into a house in the Upper Newtownards Road area.One was armed with a suspected handgun.They made off with what the PSNI say was a large quantity of jewellery.Detectives investigating the robbery have appealed to anyone who witnessed the incident or with any information to contact Detectives at Musgrave Police Station.last_img read more

Bank of Ireland says problems with debit cards being declined is now

first_img 76 Comments Source: MaCarton/Twitter We’re confirming all of our Visa debit cards are now working normally for all point of sale chip & pin transactions and for withdrawals at all ATMs. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Source: Belinda & Arda/Twitter Source: Bank of Ireland/Twitter Jun 21st 2018, 1:18 PM https://jrnl.ie/4083739 Share159 Tweet Email7 Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 1:18 PM @bankofireland is there a problem with debit cards ?? Trying to pay in 2 different cards in lidl glasnevin and declined?? Very embarrassed money in account ?— Belinda & Arda (@belindamcgann) June 21, 2018 BANK OF IRELAND has confirmed that its Visa debit cards are now working normally after customers experienced problems earlier today.Many customers of the bank were complaining of Visa debit cards being declined at ATMs and during in-store transactions this afternoon.Bank of Ireland has issued a statement saying that the issue has now been resolved. Source: Dara Shovlin/Twitter Bank of Ireland has confirmed that it is aware of the issue and that it is working to resolve it.A number of people have said their cards were being declined at ATMs, while others said their cards were declined in stores when they tried to purchase items. Some Irish customers abroad were also affected.One holidaymaker who spoke to TheJournal.ie said that two of their Bank of Ireland debit cards were declined in a supermarket in Italy this morning.“Bank of Ireland leaving customers high and dry again as ATM and point of sale transactions are failing for some,” Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty said in a tweet.“Reports of Irish abroad who can’t pay hotel bills and are now in danger of missing their flights. Sort it out. This is happening all too often.” Any idea of fix time? Abroad, need to pay hotel bill and catch flight.— Dara Shovlin (@ShoveDara) June 21, 2018 Bank of Ireland says problems with debit cards being declined is now resolved There were widespread complaints about transaction faults this afternoon. 57,245 Views By Hayley Halpin I am currently stuck abroad with no access to my account and failure at points of sale/atms has been consistent NOT intermittent.— Diamondlemurs (@Diamondlemurs) June 21, 2018 Short URL We’re confirming all of our Visa debit cards are now working normally for all point of sale chip & pin transactions and for withdrawals at all ATMs. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.— Bank of Ireland (@talktoBOI) June 21, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Recherche médicale la gérontocratie est compliquée à gérer selon Pécresse

first_imgRecherche médicale : la gérontocratie est “compliquée à gérer”, selon PécresseMinistre de la Recherche française, Valérie Pécresse se retrouve confrontée à un problème dans le domaine de la recherche médicale : la gérontocratie.Face à la “gérontocratie” qui prédomine dans le milieu de la recherche médicale, Valérie Pécresse aimerait laisser aussi une place aux jeunes chercheurs. Un souhait qu’elle admet difficile à réaliser. Ainsi, elle explique sur la chaîne Canal + : “Sur la gérontocratie, c’est compliqué à gérer, parce que quand vous voyez que le Pr Luc Montagnier, à 78 ans, se fait recruter par la Chine, nous perdons quand même un Prix Nobel (…). Donc il faut pouvoir faire de la place à la fois aux jeunes chercheurs et aux chercheurs plus expérimentés, dont le nom et le rayonnement sont mondiaux”.Ces déclarations font suite à la publication récente de l’ouvrage du Pr Even intitulé “La recherche biomédicale en danger”, et qui tire la sonnette d’alarme concernant le déclin de la recherche française, et cela à cause de la gérontocratie notamment. Concernant ce livre, Valérie Pécresse a expliqué que si quelques constats posés étaient bons, mais dataient un peu, l’ouvrage comportait surtout des “outrances”. Et d’ajouter sur le sujet : “Les jeunes chercheurs aujourd’hui, grâce au grand emprunt, grâce aux plans d’investissement d’avenir, vont pouvoir présenter des programmes beaucoup plus innovants et c’est vrai que c’est là que se trouve la grande créativité de la recherche française”.Le 16 décembre 2010 à 10:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Keynote speakers turn their attention to the future

first_imgThe focus will be on the future for the keynote sessions on the opening day of Employee Benefits Live 2015.Jane Marsh, group people director at Innocent Drinks, will open the conference on the morning of Monday 21 September to examine the most effective ways to engage the workforce of the future. She will look at the role of technological advancements and social media in enhancing staff motivation and engagement, as well as discuss how an employer can ensure that their approach to engagement remains relevant.Later that day, Dr Chris Brauer (pictured), director of innovation and senior management studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, will close Monday’s proceedings with a keynote session on wearable technology. Dr Brauer will debate whether such technology is the future of workplace health, touching on issues such as the use of real-time data, privacy concerns, and current offerings on the wearables market.Meanwhile, on Tuesday 22 September, Duncan Brown, head of HR consultancy at the Institute for Employment Studies, will deliver a keynote speech on unequal pay. Describing this as ‘opening Pandora’s box’, Brown will examine why so few organisations have conducted equal pay audits, before turning his attention to the new pay reporting requirements and what benefits these might bring.Finally, Karen Bowes, vice president international HR at Capital One, will present the event’s fourth and final keynote session, during which she will give an insight into how an organisation can become a destination employer.last_img read more

Donald Trump increases federal pay by 26 but leaves locality rates at

first_imgThe President of the United States of America, Donald Trump (pictured), has confirmed that federal employees will receive a 2.6% base-pay increase across the board. However, locality rates will remain at the current 2019 levels.Under law in the US, employees on the General Schedule, the predominant pay scale for federal staff, receive a two-part pay adjustment each year, including base pay and locality pay adjustments. Base pay is calculated using a specific formula set under statute and applicable across the board.Locality pay, meanwhile, differs depending on where employees work, and is defined by parameters set by the Federal Salary Council, rather than by law.In an announcement to the House of Representatives and the US Senate on Friday 30 August 2019, Trump confirmed pay adjustments for civilian federal employees covered by the General Schedule. The changes are effective from 1 January 2020.Trump has approved a 2.6% increase to federal employees’ base pay, but locality rates, which accommodate the costs of living in different states, will remain at the same levels as in 2019.Locality pay rates range from 15.77% in Birmingham, Alabama to 33.06% for New York City.In his address, Trump noted that under current law, January 2020 would see the implementation of locality pay increases averaging 24.01%, costing $24 billion (around £20 billion) a year to implement. He stated that this is not fiscally sustainable and therefore actioned his right to introduce an alternative plan for pay adjustments, under Title 5 of the United States Code.This allows Trump to amend scheduled pay changes if he believes that because of a national emergency or serious economic conditions that affect general welfare, pay adjustments would be inappropriate.Trump said: “We must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course; federal agency budgets cannot sustain such massive increases in locality pay.“Specifically, I have determined that for 2020, while across-the-board base pay will increase by 2.6%, the locality pay percentages shown in Schedule 9 of Executive Order 13866 of March, 28 2019, will remain at their 2019 levels. This alternative pay plan decision will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well-qualified federal workforce.“As noted in my budget for fiscal year 2020, our pay system must reform to align with mission-critical recruitment and retention goals, and to reward employees whose performance provides value for the American people. My administration will continue to support reforms that advance these aims.”last_img read more

Family is all that they want

first_imgWhenever calamity strikes — be it natural or man-made — children are the first ones to suffer. But then again, it doesn’t take a calamity to make children traumatic, a broken family has just the same effect.  Advocating children’s right to family is something Butterflies has been doing for ages now. For years, they have been campaigning against the need to eliminate unnecessary institutionalisation of vulnerable children. The family has been recognised as the natural setting for all children by the proposed National Policy for Children 2012, in spite of such legislations and policies we regularly come across institutions set up under the garb of hostels and educational institutions who offer their services to children from poor or low income groups, depriving them of a family life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ This was the focus of the Gerry Pinto Memorial Lecture Series — First Call for Children. This year, the lectures (held at the India International Centre on Wednesday) dealt with the issue of a child’s right to family. The lecture was chaired by Vasanti Rama of FORCES; Rajni Palriwal, Department of Sociology, Delhi University; Bino Thomas, Head of department, Social work, Christ University, Benguluru and Rita Panicker, Director of Butterflies. Palriwal delivered the key note address. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Panicker opened the lecture and spoke of a child’s right to a family and how the two key institutions — family and school — have undergone a change in the last three decades with poverty pushing children to work, forcing many to even migrate. The relationship between poverty and forced institutionalisation though is not very linear, researches conducted by Butterflies have shown children across socio-cultural backgrounds have considered families to be a safety net and prefer living with families. Thomas validated what Panicker said. He said that parenting is no longer just common sense and it was now becoming more of a science and art. Interactions with children in his pre-clinical practice he was told by the children that they want to be parent friendly and parents told him that they would not want to pass on the wounds of their childhood to their children. Children are found to be carriers of family dysfunction and most often behaviour changes are needed with parenting and not with the children. Lack of time, inability to prioritise, generation and communication gap along with a lot of other practical difficulties are some of the reasons he listed as some issues which eventually leads into problem families. Palriwala spoke of extremely dysfunctional families, families with abject poverty, families with illness, neglect, abusive. The state also does not give necessary support to children in this age group and does not figure in any rights, education or health discourse.last_img read more

Xi takes Chinas helm with many tough challenges

first_imgIf left unchecked, the trend will further stress already pressed social security funds.Scrapping the rule that limits many families to one child would help in the long run, and is being urged by experts. But the leadership for years has delayed change, in part because it sees smaller families and fewer births as having helped raise incomes overall.“China has wasted some time and opportunities partly because its growth over the last 10 years was so spectacular,” said Wang Feng, director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy and an expert on China’s demographics. “Now it no longer has that luxury.”___Associated Press writers Didi Tang, Gillian Wong, Alexa Olesen, Joe McDonald and Louise Watt and researchers Flora Ji and Zhao Liang contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The appointments give him broad authority, but not the luxury of time. After decades of juggernaut growth, China sits on the cusp of global pre-eminence as the second largest economy and newest power, but it also has urgent domestic troubles that could frustrate its rise.Problems that have long festered _ from the sputtering economy to friction with the U.S. and territorial spats with Japan and other neighbors _ have worsened in recent months as the leadership focused on the power transfer. Impatience has grown among entrepreneurs, others in the new middle class and migrant workers _ all wired by social media and conditioned by two decades of rising living standards to expect better government, if not democracy.All along, police have continued to harass and jail a lengthening list of political foes, dissidents, civil rights lawyers and labor activists.Two young Tibetans died Thursday after setting themselves ablaze in far west China, Radio Free Asia said, in the latest of dozens of suicide protests over Beijing’s handling of its Tibetan regions.In his first address to the nation, Xi, a 59-year-old son of a revolutionary hero, acknowledged the lengthy agenda for what should be the first of two five-year terms in office. He promised to deliver better social services while making sure China stands tall in the world and the party continues to rule. “Our responsibility now is to rally and lead the entire party and the people of all ethnic groups in China in taking over the historic baton and in making continued efforts to achieve the great renewal of the Chinese nation,” a confident Xi said in nationally televised remarks in the Great Hall of the People.He later said “we are not complacent, and we will never rest on our laurels” in confronting challenges _ corruption chief among them.By his side stood the six other newly appointed members of the Politburo Standing Committee: Li Keqiang, the presumptive premier and chief economic official; Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang; Shanghai party secretary Yu Zhengsheng; propaganda chief Liu Yunshan; Tianjin party secretary Zhang Gaoli; and Vice Premier Wang Qishan, once the leadership’s top troubleshooter who will head the party’s internal watchdog panel.Xi gave no hint of new thinking to address the problems. The lack of specifics and the new leadership heavy with conservative technocrats deflated expectations for change in some quarters.“We should be expecting more of the same, not some fundamental break from the past,” said Dali Yang of the University of Chicago. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Top Stories Sponsored Stories In foreign policy, the U.S. and other partners are looking for reassurance that China’s policy remains one of peaceful integration into the world community. Tensions have flared in recent months between China, Japan and the Philippines over contested islets in the East and South China Seas. Mistrust has also grown with the U.S. as it diverts more military and diplomatic resources to Asia in what Chinese leaders see as containment.Fresh in office, Xi can ill-afford to bow to foreigners, crossing a nationalistic public and a military that may still be uncertain about his leadership.“The leaders can’t look like they are being soft on the U.S. or foreign policy because they will lose power in terms of people,” said Robert Lawrence Kuhn, a business consultant and author of the book “How China’s Leaders Think.” Kuhn expects more tough rhetoric than action in the months ahead, but expects Xi’s leadership to develop a more nuanced foreign policy as it consolidates its authority at home.Of all the knotty long-term challenges, few threaten to derail China’s march to a more prosperous society more than its rapidly aging society. Baby boomers whose labor manned the factories and construction sites are starting to retire. Meanwhile fewer Chinese are entering the workforce after a generation of family planning limits and higher incomes led to smaller families. Patients with chronic pain give advice Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Fundamental for the leadership is to maintain the party’s rule, he said. “They are not interested in introducing China’s Gorbachev” _ the Soviet leader whose reforms hastened the end of the Soviet Union _ Yang said.Many of the challenges Xi confronts are legacies of his predecessor, Hu Jintao. In addition to relinquishing his role as party chief, having reached the two-term maximum, Hu also stepped down from the party commission that oversees the military. The move is a break from the past in which exiting party leaders kept hold of the military portfolio for several years.During Hu’s 10 years in office, policies to open up China to trade and foreign investment begun by his predecessors gathered momentum, turning China into a manufacturing powerhouse and drawing tens of millions of rural migrants into cities. Easy credit fueled a building boom, the Beijing Olympics and the world’s longest high-speed rail network. At the same time, Hu relied on an ever-larger security apparatus to suppress protests, even as demonstrations continued to rise.“More and more citizens are beginning to awaken to their rights and they are constantly asking for political reform,” said rights activist Hu Jia, who has previously been jailed for campaigning for AIDS patients and orphans. “The Communist Party does not have legitimacy. It is a party of dictatorship that uses violence to obtain political power. What we need now is for this country’s people to have the right to choose who they are governed by.” Associated PressBEIJING (AP) – Long-anointed successor Xi Jinping assumes the leadership of China at a time when the ruling Communist Party is confronting slower economic growth, a public clamor to end corruption and demands for change that threaten its hold on power.The country’s political elite named Xi to the top party post on Thursday, and unexpectedly put him in charge of the military too, after a weeklong party congress and months of divisive bargaining. Chief among the problems Xi and his team will have to tackle is the economy. Though Hu pledged more balanced development, inequality has risen and housing costs have soared. Over the past year, the economy has flagged, dragged down by anemic demand in Europe and the U.S. for Chinese products and an overhang from excessive lending for factories and infrastructure.With state banks preferring to lend to state-run companies or not at all, private entrepreneurs have had to turn to unofficial money-lenders.“The bank just asked me to wait,” said Deng Mingxin, who runs a zipper factory with 10 employees in Jiangsu province. “Maybe it’s because I didn’t offer enough `red envelopes’” _ a reference to bribes.The World Bank warns that without quick action, growth that fell to a three-year low of 7.4 percent in the latest quarter may fall to 5 percent by 2015 _ a low rate for generating the employment and funding the social programs Beijing holds as key to keeping a lid on unrest. Analysts and Beijing’s own advisers have said it needs to overhaul its strategy and nurture consumer spending and services to meet its pledge of doubling incomes by 2020.“China will need a very different economy in the next decade,” said Citigroup economist Minggao Shen.last_img

Netanyahu gives pope book by father on Inquisition

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories “To his Holiness Pope Franciscus, a great shepherd of our common heritage,” the Israeli leader wrote on the inside front page of the book.Later Monday, Netanyahu met with Italian Premier Enrico Letta.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement VATICAN CITY (AP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given Pope Francis a book about the Inquisition in Spain that was written by his late father.Netanyahu presented a Spanish translation of the 1995 book, “The Origins of the Inquisition,” to Francis during their 25-minute private audience Monday.Netanyahu’s father, Ben-Zion Netanyahu, was an Israeli historian who died last year. A Zionist activist who opposed partitioning Palestine between Arabs and Jews, he was best known in academic circles for his research into the Catholic Church’s medieval inquisition against the Jews of Spain.center_img Top Stories Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in society 5 treatments for adult scoliosis The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Colin Fassnidge to host gourmet getaway in the Blue Mountains

first_imgColin Fassnidge My Kitchen Rules (MKR) fans need not worry now that season seven is over, with judge Colin Fassnidge set to join the culinary team at Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains – MGallery by Sofitel on Saturday 9 July 2016 for two exceptional gastronomic events – a masterclass and four-course gala dinner.The cheeky Irish chef and MKR judge who is best known for his signature nose-to-tail cooking philosophy, will take guests on a spectacular culinary journey during a masterclass presentation from 1:30-3pm, sharing all his tips and tricks along the way.During the evening event, from 6:30-10:30pm, Fassnidge will share his passion for food and his journey to becoming one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs over an extraordinary four-course gala dinner, paired with a range of impressive regional NSW wines.Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains – MGallery by Sofitel“I look forward to partnering with the culinary team at Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains to present and celebrate the very best of the region’s fresh local produce in my nose-to-tail masterclass and gala dinner,” said Fassnidge.Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains General Manager Scott O’Neile, said “Winter is the perfect time to escape the city for a gourmet getaway in the Blue Mountains, with the occasional dusting of snow surprising our guests. We look forward to collaborating with Colin and delighting our guests with two exciting unique culinary events this July.”The nose-to-tail masterclass is priced at $80 per person, including canapés and beverages.The four-course gala dinner is priced at $160 per person, including paired wines.Bookings are essential as places are limited.Stay the weekend from AU$259* per room, per night at the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains – MGallery by Sofitel in a standard room or AU$299* per room, per night with full buffet breakfast included overlooking the Jamison Valley.*Terms and Conditions apply. Book hereSource = AccorHotelslast_img read more

10 Hot seat This one is decidedly grownup but s

first_img10. Hot seatThis one is decidedly grown-up, but still a lot of fun. Every person in the car takes a turn in the ‘hot seat’ – once you’re in it other passengers will ask you five questions that you must answer. Usually you can veto one of the questions, but you can see how wild this game could get. Try avoiding giving an answer that’s going to annoy fellow travellers and creating an awkward atmosphere for the next four hours.Banished boring car journeys? Now how about one of these epic road trips to get you started?10 epic road trip adventures: in picturesGet inspired for your next road trip with our pick of the world’s most epic driving routes, from Bavaria to icy Alaska.Top 5 scenic road trips in IrelandHit the road and explore Ireland with our selection of the country’s most scenic routes.10 most famous roads in the worldFrom Route 66 to the Champs-Élysées, here are 10 of the most iconic drives from around the world.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. RelatedHow to save money on driving abroad: Skyscanner guide to car hire chargesHere’s our handy guide to car hire charge costs, with some money-saving advice on getting a cheaper car hire deal that’s right for you. Skyscanner have checked the policies and prices of the big car hire companies so you can see clearly what the charges are if you’re driving in…Driving abroad: Top tips for 10 fly-drive destinationsSpeed limits, strange traffic signs, unique laws and handy driving tips: we bring you essential guides to driving abroad in 10 popular fly-drive holiday destinations.Flying with children: 25 top tips for keeping kids happy on boardIt’s summer, and time for the big annual summer holiday! If you’re flying with kids you might be worried about arriving in one piece. What if they act up, or spend the whole flight screaming? What if you land more frazzled than ready for fun? We could say “stuff ’em”… 4. 20 questionsThis is one of the best classic car games. Players simply pick a person and their fellow passengers have to guess who it is using only 20 questions. More ruthless players will opt for obscure personalities in order to prolong their turn but we recommend opting for well known figures to keep the game fresh. And to prevent Granny or Granddad losing interest and falling asleep.5. Hold your breathYou’re heading in to the Blackwall Tunnel, and your chattering, giggling little darlings have left you in dire need of some quiet time. So why not kill two birds with one stone by challenging them to hold their breath for the entire length of the next road tunnel, until the next roundabout or until they spot a car in a certain colour? Time them to see how long they can hold on and whoever lasts the longest wins. Of course, if you run in to traffic the game is suspended. And just to be clear (and to avoid potential legal action) the point isn’t actually to avoid taking a breath for the entire length of time, but just to see who can hold their breath for the longest period of time. 8. Quiet gameThis is a true trump card in attempting to restore order in a car full of squabbling siblings. You’ve ignored the incessant arguing over whose turn it is to play Candy Crush on the iPad for the past 80 miles, but no more. How about a game of “Let’s see who can stay quiet the longest?” Hey presto, an instant end of moaning. It’s a great way to shoehorn in some time to enjoy the open road in blissful silence.9. Would you rather?Would you rather put your hand in a bowl of electric eels or dance naked while cockroaches are poured over your head? Neither option is particularly pleasing, but you’ve got to pick one: that’s the premise of this travel game. Everyone takes a turn choosing between a rock and a hard place. This game works equally well for adults and children. 6. Guess the timeYou’ve bagged cheap tickets to Alton Towers, the cool-box is packed with sandwiches and fizzy pop, and you’re keen to jump on the latest stomach churning rollercoaster. How long is it until you’ll be scared senseless on Oblivion, or get your thrills on the log flume? Take turns guessing how long it’ll take to reach your destination. Just don’t let the driver use GPS before making their guess, and keep an eye out for impromptu toilet stops requested for the sheer purpose of adding minutes to the journey time.7. Memory gameThere are a few names for this one (including The Picnic Game and the Casserole Game) but they all start in a similar fashion. One passengers says “I’m going out on a picnic and I’m bringing…” followed by whatever item comes to mind. The next player has to remember that item and add something else to the story. Getting a part of the story wrong results in instant expulsion.center_img 2. I SpyIt doesn’t matter if you’re travelling with babies, toddlers or teenagers: the key thing is to keep your passengers entertained, and one of the most loved classic children’s games, I Spy, is a great way to get children interested in the scenery and the route. Items such as ‘road’ ‘clouds’ and ‘sky’ are all predictable choices, but the chances of success can be increased by opting for more unusual options, such as unique landscape characteristics, like “glacier,” “valley” and “pasture.” But be warned: nothing says spoil-sport like selecting a target that zoomed past a mile back so players should make sure that the object is visible throughout their turn.3. Punch buggyThought working out how to fit baby seats and what iPad games to download were the biggest obstacles when it comes to travelling with children? In reality, occupying their minds during long journeys can be the toughest challenge, and this next game keeps their brains occupied while honing their observational skills. The concept is simple: players give a little love tap to their fellow passenger whenever they spot a VW Beetle. Just don’t let them put too much power behind your punch; a little brother might put on brave face, but inside he’ll be seriously distraught that he just got taken down with a punch from his big sis. Interestingly, this game dates back to the 1960s and is believed to have its origins in a marketing campaign created by Volkswagen. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Search great deals on hire cars to go with the games1. The license plate gameA car full of kids, a few pads of paper, pens and the open road. That’s all you need to keep the little ones entertained as they search for license plates from different countries, or if you’re in the US, different states. Scribble down the plates you find on paper (no cheating!). The person that has the most wins. You can raise the stakes by giving double points for naming the capital city of the country or state spotted, and you get triple points for diplomatic plates. And if you spot a presidential convoy? That’s an automatic win.last_img read more

Counting down to International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama

first_imgThere is only a week left until the International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama opens its doors and welcomes theatre lovers, directors and actors from Cyprus and abroad. From Friday to July 27, eleven performances will take place at three different venues. Contemporary aesthetic and artistic approaches to ancient drama are the features of this year’s festival.In its 23rd edition, five theatre groups will present performances of ancient Greek drama at Paphos Ancient Odeon, Curium Ancient Theatre and Skali Amphitheatre in Aglantzia. The official opening will take place at Paphos Ancient Odeon on Friday with the first Slovenian production of Euripides’ tragedy Trojan Women, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica and directed by Jaša Koceli, while a performance of the production will follow on June 30 at Skali Amphitheatre.The festival’s programme continues with the Spanish production Hippolytus by Euripides directed by Emilio del Valle, a co-production of Maltravieso Teatro, La Almena Producciones and the Mérida International Classical Theatre Festival, which will be presented at Paphos Ancient Odeon on July 8 and at Skali Amphitheatre on July 10.Next, the National Institute of Ancient Drama (Fondazione INDA) of the Syracuse Greek Theatre Festival in Italy returns to the festival after five years presenting Aristophanes’ comedy Lysistrata directed by Tullio Solenghi, for two performances at Curium Ancient Theatre on July 12 and 13.Following that, the internationally award-winning Izumi Ashizawa will collaborate with Cypriot theatre company Belacqua Theatre to present Euripides’ Bacchae, the Cypriot production of this year’s festival which will be presented at Skali Amphitheatre on July 18, at Curium Ancient Theatre on July 20 and at Paphos Ancient Odeon on July 22. The intercultural production combining the techniques of Japanese Noh theatre and ancient Greek drama aims to create a new performance language.Next up will be a production from Greece, from the National Theatre of Northern Greece (NTNG) presenting Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides, directed by Yannis Kalavrianos. The production will also mark the closing of this year’s festival with performances at Curium Ancient Theatre on July 26 and 27. Ancient Greek Drama Festival23rd edition with performances from local and international groups. June 28-July 27. Paphos Ancient Odeon, Curium Ancient Theatre, Limassol and Skali Aglantzia, Nicosia. Tel: 7000-2414 You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more