first_imgCognizant Technology Solutions Corp. has said that the civil rights lawsuit filed against the company by American workers who accuse it of bias against employees who aren’t Indian, is wrong. The laid-off employees allege that they were fired and replaced by “less qualified” South Asian employees.At least three former American employees — Christy Palmer, Edward Cox, Vartan Piroumian — accused the firm of forcing them out of their jobs. They said they were treated poorly by Indian supervisors and colleagues, denied promotions and were given low-performance ratings. according to Bloomberg. The case was filed in September 2017 and the information technology giant could face a class action.The plaintiffs have accused the company of using fraudulent H-1B visa applications to secure South Asian workers from overseas, giving them preference to over American workers. Even when making local hires, the company favors South Asians, the complaint said. South Asians are also given more promotions than their non-South Asian counterparts and it the company non-South Asians at disproportionately high rates. At least 75 per cent (if not more) of Cognizant’s employees are South Asian, despite South Asians making up about 12 per cent of the American IT Industry, the complaint said.Cognizant contends that the accusations against the firm are not covered by federal civil rights law. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 “prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, but plaintiffs’ factual allegations, on their face, plainly pertain to a claim of discrimination based on national origin — not race,” Cognizant said in a court filing. It also said that the complaint is clearly targeted at “visa holders, but visa-status allegations have nothing to do with race.”U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee said on March 15 in Los Angeles that she would rule on Cognizant’s request to dismiss the claims without a hearing.Cognizant is the biggest United States-based sponsor of H-1B visas, and received received 29,000 H-1B visas in 2017. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) received the second most number of H-1B visas, according to the Department of Homeland Services.Cognizant isn’t the only IT firm that has been accused of preferring Indian employees.TCS faced a similar lawsuit in 2017. The California judge rejected a request from TCS to dismiss a 2015 lawsuit accusing it of violating anti-discrimination laws by favoring South Asians. The case was expanded into a class action lawsuit.The law firm representing disgruntled TCS and Cognizant employees is also accusing Infosys Ltd. and Wipro Ltd., two other IT outsourcing firms, of similar practices.While TCS, Infosys and Wipro are headquartered in India, Cognizant is based out of Teaneck, New Jersey. Related ItemsCognizantInfosystata consultancy serviceslast_img read more

first_imgBrazil’s Neymar with teammate Dani Alves at a training session at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, on June 16. (AP PhotoNeymar and his Brazilian teammates will be back in action for their second match at the World Cup, before Russia and South Korea have even kicked off their campaigns.Brazil won the tournament’s opening game last week against Croatia and on Tuesday will meet Mexico, which beat Cameroon 1-0 in its first Group A game. A win for either team would go a long way toward securing a spot in the next stage.Russia against South Korea is the second of two Group H matches on day six, which gets underway with Belgium against Algeria.High StakesBrazil striker Hulk is a doubtful starter after missing training for two days due to a left leg injury, meaning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari may have to change a winning formula.Scolari planned to leave the decision until game day, saying, “If he can’t play we lose something because this team has been playing together for a long time with this same system.”Five-time World Cup champion Brazil has won 16 of its last 17 matches, including the Confederations Cup on home soil last year, and Scolari attributes that to sticking with a formula.If Hulk is ruled out, Chelsea midfielder Ramires and 21-year-old Bernard could come into contention for a starting spot.The Brazilians got the benefit of a questionable penalty call in their 3-1 comeback win over Croatia, while Mexico had two contentious decisions go against them before Giovani Dos Santos found the back of the net against Cameroon.advertisementCoincidentally, Brazil and Mexico met at Fortaleza in the Confederations Cup last year, with Neymar scoring to help the home team to a 2-0 win. Neymar, who lived up to expectations last week with two goals in the win over Croatia, has had a change of hairstyles in between.The Mexicans have won seven of the last 15 matches against Brazil. And Mexico won the 2012 Olympic gold medal, beating Brazil in the final.Mexico “has always created difficulties for Brazil and I’m sure it won’t be any different this time,” said Oscar, who was on the Brazil team that lost the Olympic final.The winner of Tuesday’s match would be guaranteed a spot in the next round if Cameroon and Croatia draw their match on Wednesday in Manaus.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 5 (PTI) The World Health Organisation (WHO) today urged governments to focus on creating green public spaces such as parks and wetlands, saying they offer numerous health benefits.Emphasising on the connection between human health and natural and man-made environments on World Environment Day, WHO Regional Director for South East Asia, Poonam Khetrapal Singh said rapid urbanisation was challenging the ecosystem, severely affecting physical and mental health being.With more than a third of all people in the South East Asia Region living in towns, the poorly managed urbanisation was resulting in increased levels of ambient air pollution, contaminated food and drinking water, poor sanitation, noise pollution from traffic and cramped living conditions, Singh said.Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)–many of them environment-related–account for around 8.5 million deaths in the region every year while consumption of food containing traces of heavy metals and other detritus was causing health issues including neurological and kidney damage, she said.Contaminated water sources were contributing to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) among other effects, while a lack of space was creating a sense of physical and mental confinement. Globally, these and other environmental risks cause an estimated 12.6 million deaths a year, she said.”By creating and promoting green public spaces in urban settings, governments across the region can mitigate these outcomes and advance public health and sustainable development,” she said.She outlined WHOs Healthy Cities Initiative which states that green public spaces such as parks and sports fields, woods and natural meadows and wetlands have multiple benefits.advertisementReferring to research, Singh said people who used open spaces were more likely to get the physical activity needed to keep NCDs at bay throughout the life-course.This would prove pivotal to achieving the regions 2030 goal of reducing premature NCD-related deaths by a third.Singh said green public spaces would help tackle air pollution as trees not only produce oxygen, they also filter out harmful air pollution, including airborne particulate matter.Well-managed natural water sources would help make clean and safe water accessible to all, while improved wastewater management will enhance the aquatic environment.This in turn would aid the battle against AMR by keeping antibiotic residues out of the ecosystem, she said.More generally, better management of open spaces would help protect against e-waste dumping and other forms of toxic pollution that can contaminate soil and enter the food chain.Besides, the creation of green public spaces should be considered essential, especially when countries were looking to address mental health issues as analysis suggested that physical activity in a natural environment could help remedy mild depression and reduce physiological stress indicators, she said. PTI PLB AARlast_img read more

first_imgMumbai City FC have retained central defender Lucian Goian to strengthen the team’s defence for the next two seasons of the Indian Super League, including the fourth season.Goian was considered as one of the top three defenders due to his wealth of experience and strong performance in the last season.Mumbai’s Wall #BoleToh Lucian Goian is back. #WelcomeLucian #BoleTohMCFC pic.twitter.com/CqkLC0wMNB- Mumbai City FC (@MumbaiCityFC) July 26, 2017He will join Amrinder Singh and Sehnaj Singh, who were also retained by Mumbai City FC for the upcoming season.In addition, the team has picked some of India’s finest domestic football talent, at the recently concluded Player Draft, making up for yet another formidable season, a media release issued said today.The 34-year-old represented the Romania U21 national team and has spent the majority of his career playing in the top division of the Romanian League. He emerged a two-time Romanian Cup winner.He has represented top clubs such as Dinamo Bucuresti in the UEFA Champions League.Goian has played under coach Alexandre Guimaraes in the Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda. He joined the A-League side Perth Glory FC after the conclusion of ISL 2016.Mumbai City FC’s head coach Alexandre Guimaraes said, “I didn’t have to think twice about asking Goian to return. He was a leader on and off the field, and was an integral part of our campaign last season.”Goian said, “It’s great to be back in Mumbai. I have a great working relationship with coach Alex, and my experience in the ISL was top notch.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd winger Daniel James admits drawing inspiration from Eden Hazardby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United winger Daniel James admits he draws inspiration from Eden Hazard.Hazard established himself as one of the best players in the world during his time at Chelsea before leaving for Real Madrid in the summer.And United forward James has admitted he’s tried to learn from the Belgium international.“The way Hazard was at Chelsea – his movement in behind, when to go and when to stay – he’s so quick, but the way he stops people and goes, and little one-twos, getting shots off quickly is something he’s done his whole career,” he said.”Getting in the box for tap-ins is something I need to improve on.“When Hazard does a one-two you can’t get anywhere near him.”When I was younger, people said to me you won’t always be able to rely on speed. I used to just kick it past players and run – but nowadays that won’t happen, especially when people bank up on me.” last_img read more

first_imgzoom Search and rescue operation for the 16 missing crew of the ill-fated MV Jupiter that sank off the coast of Vietnam on 2 January has been terminated with the withdrawal of the remaining vessels of Vietnam’s Maritime Rescue Coordinating Committee.The termination of the search renders the missing crew lost, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said on Thursday.As informed, Gearbulk, owner of the vessel,  had settled all of the Filipino seafarer-victims’ contractual benefits.The ill-fated vessel, according to a report of POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, had a full complement of 19 Filipino seafarers when it capsized. One of the 19 Filipino seamen, Chief Cook Rojas, has been rescued and is undergoing physical therapy for injuries.Bulk carrier MV Jupiter sank on January 2 about 150 nautical miles off the coast of Vung Tau, Vietnam, killing two crew members, with 16 still missing, and only one survivor.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgNova Scotia’s world-class wind resource now comes with its own map. “By 2013, nearly 20 per cent of all Nova Scotia’s electricity will come from green sources like wind,” said Energy Minister Bill Dooks to government, business and environmental representatives at the Power of Green conference in Halifax, today, Sept. 18. “Our wind resource is a tremendous opportunity for clean power, and now we have a map to show us that opportunity in detail.” Supported by a $78,000 grant from the province, researchers from Université de Moncton and the Applied Geomatics Research Group at the Nova Scotia Community College have created a wind atlas that illustrates how much wind is available, and where to find it. The atlas will serve as a valuable tool for future wind policy and planning. It will also assist smaller-scale wind developers without resources for mapping to assess the viability of potential projects. “The wind atlas identifies the best locations for wind development,” said project lead Yves Gagnon of the Université de Moncton. “It also provides a motivation for local entrepreneurs, small businesses, community groups, co-operatives and individuals to look at wind as a potential source to generate their electricity. “The atlas clearly shows that Nova Scotia has an important wind resource.” David Colville, NSCC’s lead researcher on the project, said the accompanying website will be useful to a wide range of people. “It will allow website visitors to interactively explore wind data, along with other mapped information such as the location of towns, roads and transmission lines,” said Mr. Colville. “People will be able to locate their own backyards and assess their wind potential.” Maps were created to show wind speeds at three different heights: 30, 50 and 80 meters above ground. Nova Scotia’s wind potential is greater at higher altitudes, but there are also excellent sites for smaller-scale turbines. These maps are available free on-line at www.nswindatlas.ca . Interactive features will be added soon. Nova Scotia’s Renewable Energy Standard will nearly double the province’s green electricity supply by 2013. During this period, the number of wind turbines in Nova Scotia is expected to grow by more than 600 per cent, from 40 to more than 250. Wind turbine locations are largely up to municipalities. To assist with wind development, the Department of Energy is working in partnership with the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations to provide options for zoning and siting policies. Today, the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities issued a call for proposals to develop best-practices guidelines and model wind turbine by-laws. Each municipality may have unique circumstances for wind-power generation, and one-size may not fit all. Model bylaws can serve as starting points for responsible local wind policy. The call for proposals can be found at www.unsm.ca.last_img read more

first_imgLong Point and South West Margaree day-use provincial parks are closed for the season because of damage from flooding. After heavy rain last weekend caused flooding in many areas, provincial parks were assessed for damage. Potentially hazardous damage to roadways, timber and structures was found at Long Point and South West Margaree parks. “The damage casued by the recent heavy rains is not able to be repaired before the scheduled closing date of Oct. 13,” said Natural Resource provincial parks director Harold Carroll. “In the best interest of our visitors, we have decided to close these parks due to safety concerns.” Park-goers are also advised of an extended season at Whycocomagh Provincial Park in Inverness County. People attending the Celtic Colours International Festival, Oct. 10 to 18, can take advantage of the extended camping season. The park will close for the season Monday, Oct. 20. All other day parks close on Oct. 13, while camping parks have varied closing dates. For more information on the closing dates of provincial parks, visit www.novascotiaparks.ca .last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – Everyone in Nova Scotia’s theatre and film industry has a John Dunsworth story.For actor Jeremy Webb, it was being compelled to spout Shakespearean monologues in Dunsworth’s downtown Halifax casting office in the late ’90s.“He started to get all excited and he wanted another one and another one,” said Webb, who credits Dunsworth with getting him his first television gig after moving to the city from the United Kingdom in 1998.“There I am, essentially on Barrington Street, in a shopfront casting office doing Shakespeare at full tilt wondering what the hell I was getting into. But that was just so typical. He had this energy and drive and passion for everyone in the community … Every single person in the theatre, TV and film industry has a John Dunsworth story. The man was a legend.”Dunsworth’s death was announced Monday evening on his Twitter feed. The statement said he died “peacefully after a short and unexpected illness.” He was 71.His colleagues say Dunsworth had a profound impact on the local arts community, and his death changes its landscape.“His legacy is being a mentor and a guiding light for so many of us all for the last 30 years,” said Webb, who will soon take over as artistic director of Halifax’s Neptune Theatre, where Dunsworth had performed in at least 26 productions since 1970.“And it wasn’t just about the work, although he loved the work. He literally did everything for everyone. He would drive past you in the street in his beat-up old car and if you didn’t know him you’d be terrified because he’d honk his horn, wind his window down and yell at you to see if you wanted a ride somewhere.“I think everyone is in shock because you can’t imagine the Nova Scotia arts community without him.”Dunsworth is best known for his portrayal of Jim Lahey on the “Trailer Park Boys,” but his acting credits extend far beyond the popular comedy series. He has performed in countless local productions over the last four decades and at one point ran a Halifax theatre company. He also had a recurring role as reporter Dave Teagues on the television series “Haven.”Actor Lucy DeCoutere, a fellow “Trailer Park Boys” co-star, said Dunsworth was one of the first people she met when she got her start in the film industry decades ago.“For a lot of people, he was the gateway into the acting world,” said DeCoutere of Dunsworth’s time as a casting director.“He would continuously be immersed and he practised what he preached. He did everything. He was involved with as many productions as a human can be.”A champion of the arts community in Halifax and beyond, Dunsworth was one of many industry pundits to voice his disapproval of the provincial Liberal government’s decision to slash a film tax credit more than two years ago.“How do we explain the decision that these people are making?” Dunsworth told a crowd during a rally outside the provincial legislature in April 2015. “It doesn’t make any sense. It can’t be just bad advice by the stupid Finance Department.”It wasn’t the first time Dunsworth wore a political hat — he ran as a candidate for the NDP in the then-riding of Halifax Bedford Basin during the 1988 provincial election. Dunsworth placed third, receiving 19 per cent of the vote. The NDP only won two of 52 seats in the legislature as Progressive Conservative John Buchanan was re-elected premier.“We’ve always been part of an authoritarian kind of society, and in a way that’s true because people in this community, they think something that is has virtue because it is. They will vote for someone because that someone has been the premier and he’s important… They’re a little bit afraid of doing something new,” Dunsworth, sporting a brown moustache, said at the time in a film about his campaign by Neal Livingston titled “John Dunsworth: The Candidate.”Jesse Albiston, who described himself as a family friend who has known Dunsworth since he was a child, said he radiated love to everyone around him and always took time to help family and friends.“John was a man who moved his soul to ensure others felt at home,” said Albiston, 25, adding that Dunsworth spent a great deal of time with his father David Albiston after he lost his wife in June 2016. “I have never seen patience, intelligence and kindness in such a raw way than how John spoke and held himself for the benefit of other human beings.”Dunsworth also had another lifelong passion besides acting: Masonry.In a video posted on his YouTube channel in January 2013, Dunsworth is shown at his coastal home in Southwest Cove, N.S., showcasing his hobby.“I like to play with cement and rocks. I have no idea why. I think it might have something to do with the fact that I’d like to leave a legacy. Maybe a little after I’m gone people will say, ‘Hey, who made that?’ There I am. Still alive,” said Dunsworth, wearing a winter hat with ear flaps and a red scarf wrapped around his midriff.“Maybe it’s because I’d like to make some kind of order out of chaos. But not really, because most of my life I create chaos.”He recalled being a two-year-old boy and telling his mom he has eaten some rocks, as he pushed a wheelbarrow down rows of walkways and retaining walls he created on his property to ward off the punishing waves of the Atlantic Ocean.Dunsworth points to a sea glass mosaic he made for his daughter Molly Dunsworth to celebrate her starring role in the movie “Hobo with a Shotgun.” He also shows off a stone fire pit, salt water pool and theatre.“Fill your boots. Be as imaginative as you like,” he declares.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: State-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) has disposed of 2.97 lakh tonne of pulses, nearly the entire stock it procured in last two years, to various states and to bulk consumers, according to an official data. FCI had a stock of 2.98 lakh tonne of pulses procured at the minimum support price (MSP) during 2015-16 and 2016-17 marketing years (July-June). As per the latest data, the agency has cleared 2.97 lakh tonne of pulses comprising ‘tur’, ‘masoor’, ‘moong’ and ‘urad’ till February 2019. Of this, 2.36 lakh tonne was sold through electronic auction mode to bulk users, while the rest through states. Less than 800 tonne is left with FCI, which will also be disposed of, the data added. FCI is the central nodal agency that undertakes mainly the procurement and distribution of wheat and rice at the MSP. It started procuring pulses in the last two years to ensure farmers get the support price.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Shreyas Talpade says there have been times when he was written of as an actor but he always managed to prove his talent. In his 19-year-old career, Shreyas has had a mix bag of hits and flops but every film has been a learning for him, says the actor. “Coming from a non-film background, all you need is an opportunity to show your work, show your versatility. And I am grateful for all the work that I have done and reached this far and still doing work I think it is great. Every film has taught me something. The journey is not over yet,” he told PTI in an interview. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger Best known for his critically-acclaimed turns in “Dor” and “Iqbal”, the actor says he has learnt to balance praise and brickbats that are a part of being a performer. “If everything is going in your favour or is good, then you will become complacent. I like challenges thrown at me… I don’t mind when I am not called a star, or when people say I am finished or think I am a non-actor. I know what I am capable of. I believe in myself.” Shreyas says it is tough to sustain in this industry and he is aware that everyone goes through highs and lows. “Even the biggest of stars including Amitabh Bachchan sir had to go through a weak phase, he had to struggle. It is part of your professional journey. One who has the hunger and passion for cinema will do whatever it takes to do good work. “One thing that the industry has taught me is that it is never too late to start or restart at any point. Like how Bachchan sir reinvented himself,” he says.last_img read more

Rabat- The mandatory military service will significantly increase Morocco’s spending over the medium term, according to the latest Fitch Group report.The report by Fitch Solutions Macro Research, a unit of Fitch Group, forecasts that Morocco’s budget deficit is expected to be 3.4 percent of GDP for 2018, compared to 3.6 percent in 2017.However, the report anticipates that “the recent re-imposition of mandatory military service poses the greatest upside risk to spending over the medium term,” which will disrupt the country’s fiscal consolidation. Article 6 of Bill 44.18 on mandatory military service says that conscripts will receive MAD 2,000 each month. Individuals in the military would also be prevented from obtaining work during their service and thus contributing to the economy.The bill, which has not yet been passed in Parliament, emphasizes that citizens—both men and women (aged 19 to 25)—should contribute to the defense of the country and its territorial integrity.Morocco reduced the length of mandatory service to 12 months in 1999 and abolished the military service completely in 2006.The cost of the program has not yet been estimated. However, Fitch noted a drop in government wage spending in 2006, coinciding with the abolition of mandatory service. Fitch explains that the drop “offers clues” that government wage spending would significantly increase with reimplementation, negatively affecting the medium-term fiscal deficit.A previous BMI research report warned that increased spending will hinder fiscal consolidation and offset wage spending gains. Government spending on wages increased from 18.7 percent of its total spending in 2013 to 24.5 percent in 2017 and will continue at that rate in future years.Morocco’s spending is expected to increase rapidly with the 2019 Finance Bill which budgeted for increased hiring and boosts to capital expenditures.Morocco’s fiscal deficit, however, may gradually slim to 3.2 percent of GDP in 2019, owing to external financing, new taxes, and the strong growth of real GDP.Read Also: Morocco’s 2019 Finance Bill Increases Subsidy Fund by 35%Morocco’s fuel prices cap scheme fizzles outThe report no longer expects the government to cap fuel prices, as mentioned in its previous report, in which it argued that the “political pressure brought about by rising inflation on the back of higher oil prices, would push the government to cap fuel prices.”The study believes that in the last three months, pressure has “fizzled out,” since inflation is on the back foot again. “Given that we expected subsidies to account for nearly a third of new spending in 2018, the avoidance of this measure will be positive for consolidation efforts,” it states.The Moroccan government had reportedly finalized a plan to cap fuel prices in July and was awaiting approval by Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani.The fuel price cap plan came amid growing anger and demonstrations against rising living costs that have fueled a boycott against three companies: Sidi Ali, Afriquia gas, and Centrale Danone.Morocco lifted fuel subsidies in 2015, deregulating the fuel distribution market. Now prices have reached a five year high as oil prices worldwide have increased.The public became angrier when a parliamentary report was leaked revealing fuel distributors had increased their profits. As prices increased, distributors’ profit margins widened, but they did not expand Morocco’s storage capacity to the extent they pledged.Read Also: 2019 Finance Bill Increases Taxes on Vehicle Tax HorsepowerGrowing capital expenditureIncreased calls for employment and Morocco’s major regional infrastructure and energy projects, such as the LNG terminal in Jorf Lasfar to import up to 7 billion cubic metres of gas by 2025, will enlarge capital expenditure (CapEx).CapEX is expected to continue growing rapidly over the next several years.For the report, the 2019 Finance Bill is “strongly expansionary” with some 15,000 contract positions in education to be hired for 2019 and some 4,000 additional hires to take place in the military. Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Benchaaboun asserted that he hopes to spend the 2019 budget on education, health, employment, and social dialogue. read more

Benjamin Mkapa stressed during a meeting in Juba with Southern Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar and other government officials that the way in which the referendum results are released and communicated to the public will be critical to determining the overall credibility of the referendum process.The vote is due to begin on 9 January and run until 15 January, with counting to begin immediately after. Preliminary results are expected to be released before referendum authorities confirm their accuracy and then issue final results.Mr. Mkapa, the former President of Tanzania and chair of the three-member panel, urged all parties involved in the referendum to play their part to ensure that the results are released responsibly and fairly.He also called on the governments in Khartoum and Juba to make sure that referendum staff and security personnel are paid so that they can carry out their work during the polling phase.Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mr. Mkapa credited the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) and the Southern Sudan Referendum Bureau (SSRB) “for a job well done” in organizing the referendum so far.“We are confident that all other things being equal – and there are quite a number of things that are not equal – but all other things being equal, we should have a very successful referendum in the south,” he said. “Among the things that should be more equal are the issuance of enough funding for the payment of staff and for other costs of ensuring that the referendum takes place. I know we have had the promises that it will be forthcoming, but we want that forthcoming to be realized in practice, because we don’t want any hitches that are unnecessary. When all the technical arrangements are so good, you don’t want the human hand to interfere with the outcome that is credible.”The 9 January vote on whether the south should secede from the rest of the country is in accordance with the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended two decades of war between the north and the south.The panel, which also includes former Portuguese Foreign Minister António Monteiro and Bhojraj Pokharel, the former Chairman of the Election Commission of Nepal, is due to wrap up its current visit to Sudan on Wednesday. 20 December 2010With less than three weeks before the holding of the referendum on the status of Southern Sudan, the head of the United Nations panel tasked with monitoring the vote today urged all parties to ensure the credibility of the process. read more

In a statement issued late on Wednesday, Mr. Roed-Larsen expressed “great concern for Hizbollah’s totally unacceptable attack on an Israeli position across the Blue Line” on 21 January. “This attack is part of an unacceptable pattern of serious Blue Line violations,” he said, noting also that Israel’s response to the unprovoked attack constituted a violation of the Blue Line resulting in one Lebanese civilian fatality and injury to another.Mr. Roed-Larsen called on the Lebanese Government to make every effort to take more steps for the return of its effective authority throughout southern Lebanon, as called for in Security Council resolutions.The Special Coordinator urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint “in order to avoid a dangerous cycle of attacks and counter-attacks, particularly at this difficult and unpredictable time in the region.” read more

MADRID — Espanyol needed a second-half goal against second-division club Cadiz to avoid becoming the first top-tier team to be eliminated in the Copa del Rey this season.Hernan Perez scored the winner with a shot from inside the area in the 76th minute on Tuesday, giving Espanyol a 1-0 victory and a spot in the competition’s round of 16.The hosts advanced on away goals following a 2-1 first-leg loss in Cadiz last month.Cadiz came close to pulling off an upset when Karim Azamoum scored in stoppage time at RCDE Stadium in Barcelona, but the goal was disallowed for offside.Cadiz upset first-division club Real Betis at this stage last season before being eliminated by Sevilla in the following round.Perez entered the match three minutes before scoring the winning goal for Espanyol, which was coming off three straight losses in the Spanish league.The Catalan club made it to the quarterfinals last season, when it lost to eventual champion Barcelona.VALENCIA ADVANCESWith a winner by Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, Valencia defeated third-division club Ebro 1-0 to advance 3-1 on aggregate.Batshuayi scored with a close-range header after a well-placed cross by Toni Lato in the 59th minute at Mestalla Stadium.It was the third goal for Batshuayi since joining Valencia on a loan from Chelsea in the summer.Valencia was coming off losses to Juventus in the Champions League and Real Madrid in the Spanish league. It had won three straight before that.TOP-TIER CLASHIn a match between first-division clubs, Leganes defeated Rayo Vallecano 1-0 to advance 3-2 on aggregate.Leganes goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, playing on a loan from Real Madrid, saved a first-half penalty kick taken by Bebe with the hosts already down a goal.The Ukrainian goalkeeper made several other key saves during the rest of the match to keep his team ahead at Vallecas Stadium in Madrid.It was the third straight win for Leganes, which remains unbeaten in six consecutive matches in all competitions.Rayo Vallecano had ended an 11-match winless streak with a victory over Eibar in the Spanish league last weekend.GETAFE CRUISESAngel Rodriguez scored a hat trick as Getafe trounced second-tier club Cordoba 5-1 to reached the next round 7-2 on aggregate.Robert Ibanez and Francisco Portillo also found the net for Getafe, which was coming off a 3-0 rout of Espanyol in the Spanish league.Aythami Artiles scored Cordoba’s goal midway through the second half, with his team down 3-0.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoniTales Azzoni, The Associated Press read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A primary school headteacher has accused a parent of defamation after she shared a photo of her daughter’s incoherent homework sheet on Facebook.Danielle Rowland, a parent at Moorgate Primary Academy in Tamworth posted the photo of a crossword strewn with grammatical and spelling errors which had been handed to her seven-year-old daughter with the caption “For literacy homework, the mistakes are shocking.”Headmaster Jonathan Williams confronted Ms Rowland on the phone and told her the post was defamatory towards the school and that it breached data protection guidelines.The crossword instructions said: “Complete the crossword by interesting one of the words below into the sentences.”The crossword itself was hard to decipher as the only place where ‘on the contrary’ would fit was in a sentence that contained no contradictions. The word ‘although’ would seemingly not fit where it should have been, because the sentence would read: ‘Although they had are prone to earthquakes, they do not have tremor proof houses.’Speaking to the Telegraph, Rowland, who has three children at the school said: “I posted the picture on Facebook to see if any other parents were having difficulty with the homework. It got picked up by a few people and I spoke to the headmaster about it on the phone. “He asked me to take it down because it is defamatory towards the school and that he would have to speak to the data protection officer if she refused.“I was disappointed, because you’d think a teacher would have a sense of pride in what they are doing. Things like this actually damage a child’s education.”It was unclear who had set the crossword, but it is understood that they have been spoken to by senior staff at the school.Last night, Mr Williams told the Telegraph: “The academy accepts that the homework provided did include some errors.  “Whilst this is an unfortunate and regrettable incident, it has been appropriately addressed and the school shall continue to support learning at home.” read more

first_imgThe Minerals Council of Australia has released a new public policy monograph on rebooting Australia’s mining boom by Henry Ergas, Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong, and Senior Economic Adviser, Deloitte Access Economics; and Joe Owen, Research Fellow at the SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong. It is available at www.minerals.org.auKey points include:Supply-side reforms to labour market institutions, approvals processes, economic infrastructure regulation and fiscal federalism arrangements are critical to rebooting the mining boom. Inefficiencies which developed or were sustained over the high price phase of the boom can no longer be sustained.The challenge of rebooting the boom has two elements: 1) securing new investment projects beyond 2013; and 2) delivering on projected export volume growth out to 2025 in a much tougher global supply environment. This places a premium on cost control, timeliness, flexibility and adaptability along the full length of the minerals supply chain.With changed market conditions, there is a danger that policy makers will underestimate the sensitivity of industry performance to government responses.Workforce strategies based on fly-in, fly-out and Enterprise Migration Agreements are fundamental to securing workforce needs in project construction. And only an evidence-based Productivity Commission inquiry into the Fair Work Act can make Australia’s labour market institutions fit for purpose for the next phase of mining industry growth.Approvals processes can make the difference between a project that is viable and one that is not. The failure on environmental approvals at COAG has put the next wave of resource investment at even greater risk.On infrastructure regulation, there remains scope to improve both the directly regulated “open access” facilities and vertically integrated production systems under the scope of Part IIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act. In both cases, better processes for reviewing the need for regulation, and for doing so on a basis genuinely independent of the regulators themselves, are called for.Current fiscal federalism arrangements, including the treatment of mining revenues, impede the capacity of resource States to meet the infrastructure requirements of resource development. The Commonwealth and the States need to enter a long-term agreement on the division of the revenue base, and to address issues surrounding the interaction of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax and royalties.The question for Australia is not whether the mining boom is over: clearly, the opportunities remain substantial, but securing them involves a far greater challenge than we have faced to date.  Rather, the question is whether we are prepared to do what is required to reboot the boom by achieving and retaining the global cost competitiveness that more demanding environment requires.last_img read more

first_imgIf you are a gamer and haven’t watched the documentary King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters, I highly recommend you go out and rent or buy it. Here’s the description taken from the DVD release which should give you a taste of what to expect:In the cut-throat world of Donkey Kong only one man can rule! In this hilarious, critically-acclaimed arcade showdown, an unprecedented rivalry rocks the electronic world to its core! Join novice gamer Steve Wiebe on his quest to destroy the top score of gaming legend Billy Mitchell, the uncontested champion of the Donkey Kong world for over 20 years and find out which of them can truly claim the title King of Kong! Four years on from its release and that same Billy Mitchell has now opened his own King of Kong arcade in the bizarre location of Orlando airport. But what’s even more bizarre is the fact it does not have a Donkey Kong machine you can play on.We’ll let you make up your own mind why that decision was made. Our guess is Billy never wants the embarrassment of someone beating his score on the machine in his own arcade. As for the location, it makes sense from a foot fall perspective as there’s thousands of potential gamers passing through the airport everyday.If you happen to be passing through Orlando aiport be sure to take a look inside, and if there’s a suggestion card you know what arcade game to request.Read more at Joystiqlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 23, 2018 – Nassau – Multitudes of persons turned up at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium on Saturday, January 20, 2018 for the second installment of the Ministry of Labour’s Public Employment Services Initiative, “Labour on the Blocks.”Facilitated by the Department of Labour, the purpose of this weekend’s initiative was to register job seekers interested in employment in the construction field.  Between the hours of 12 noon to 4 pm, job seekers turned up with relevant requested information, which was entered into the Department of Labour’s database.Present were Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes, Minister of Labour; Robert Farquharson, Director of Labour; and other officials from the ministry.  Also there were businesses and institutions such as the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), which registered job seekers onsite for potential employment and skills training.The Ministry of Labour launched its Public Employment Services (PES) initiative, “Labour on the Blocks” on January 13, 2018 in Bain and Grants Town, and will host monthly “Labour on the Blocks” events in communities in New Providence.  The initiative will be extended to Grand Bahama and to the Family Islands, including: Abaco, Eleuthera, Andros and Exuma. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Photo Caption: Photos show Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes, Minister of Labour, shaking hands with job seeker; persons being interviewed, and those lined up outside the Gym seeking to be registered for employment.(BIS Photos/Derek Smith)last_img read more

first_imgThe Air Force last month established a program management office to lead both the near-term effort to resume operations at Tyndall AFB and the long-term redevelopment of the installation devastated by Hurricane Michael in October. Reconstruction of Tyndall, located on the Florida Panhandle, is expected to take upwards of five years and cost an estimated $3 billion, according to an Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center news release. Short-term objectives of the new office include completing detailed assessments of damaged facilities, quickly repairing facilities and constructing temporary facilities needed to meet near-term mission requirements. The office intends to rely on cutting-edge construction standards and incorporate “smart city” functionality connecting base facilities with utility infrastructure as a way to enhance installation resiliency.“We are really excited about being able to implement a 21st century installation,” said Amy Vandeveer, an installation planner for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center. “We have multiple opportunities that will make this installation good for the next 70 to 80 years. Tyndall will be leading the way,” she said.Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more