Lankan issue at Lok Sabha

He said his party chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking his immediate intervention as these fishermen were residents of Kanyakumari, Ramanathapuram and Nagapattinam districts. India’s AIADMK, led by J. Jayalalithaa today demanded urgent steps by the Indian government to secure the release of Indian fishermen from Iran and Sri Lanka.Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha during the ‘Zero Hour’, AIADMK leader M Thambidurai asked the government to take steps to secure the release and repatriation of 16 Tamil Nadu fishermen languishing in a jail in Iran. Thambidurai also said that Sri Lankan navy had last month entered into Indian territorial waters and arrested 26 fishermen and sought steps to secure their release too, the Press Trust of India reported. read more

BBCs highestpaid Sri Lankan born presenter fights cancer again

Alagiah joined the BBC in 1989 and spent many years as one of the corporation’s leading foreign correspondents before moving to presenting the News at Six in 2007. Sri-Lanka-born newsreader George Alagiah, the BBC’s highest-paid star from a minority ethnic background, is to undergo further treatment for cancer after the disease returned, The Guardian reported.The 62-year-old presenter of the BBC News at Six was previously diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014, which later spread to his liver and lymph nodes. Alagiah spoke of his determination to fight the disease for a second time. “My brilliant doctors are determined to get me back to a disease-free state and I know they have the skill to do just that,” he said. He returned to work in November 2015 after being cleared of the disease following extensive treatment. But in a statement Alagiah’s agent, Mary Greenham, said the disease had recurred. She said Alagiah, a father of two, was in discussions with doctors about options for treatment. MRI scans later detected eight tumours in his liver. He had several rounds of chemotherapy and three major operations, one of which included the removal of most of his liver.He has spoken frankly about the chances of the disease recurring. In 2016 he told the Telegraph: “I get anxious and then there is a huge relief when the doctor tells me it is clear again. But I am under no illusions.“The doctor warned me last year: ‘Your cancer knows the road, the pathway out of the gut.’ It can happen again.” “I learned last time around how important the support of family and friends is and I am blessed in that department. I genuinely feel positive as I prepare for this new challenge.”The Sri-Lanka-born presenter first informed his doctors of a problem in 2014. After a colonoscopy, a tumour was discovered on his bowel. Last year the publication of a list of the best-paid on-screen staff at the corporation revealed he was paid between £250,000 and £299,999, putting him 25th in the table and making him the highest earner from a black or minority ethnic background.A BBC spokesman said: “Everyone at the BBC sends George and his family their best wishes as he undergoes treatment and we will be thinking of them.” read more

Survey US manufacturing activity contracted in August

WASHINGTON — Factory activity in the U.S. shrank in August for the first time since August 2016, a sign that the trade war with China is weighing down a crucial sector of the economy.The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, says that its manufacturing index slid to 49.1 last month, from 51.2 in July. Any reading below 50 signals a contraction.A global softening in demand, worsened by an increasingly high-risk war between the U.S. and China, appears to be hurting American manufacturers. More than half of the public comments from companies surveyed by ISM pointed to economic uncertainty as a drag on their businesses.Production declined by 1.3 percentage points, while employment fell by 4.3 points. New orders fell by 3.6 points.Bani Sapra, The Associated Press read more

IBM to add 250 jobs in three New Brunswick centres over the

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 24, 2016 7:55 am MDT Last Updated Mar 24, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Just a day after announcing 100 new jobs in Fredericton, IBM says it plans to add 110 jobs in Saint John and another 40 in Florenceville-Bristol.David Drury, general manager of global technology services at IBM Canada, says the new jobs will create a hub of IT and security technology expertise in New Brunswick.The jobs, which pay roughly $50,000 to $75,000 each, will be created over the next three years.The province is paying 12-thousand dollars per job as a payroll rebate, for a total of $3 million.Premier Brian Gallant says the expansion of IBM’s operations in New Brunswick means valuable information technology jobs and a strong foundation for continued growth in the cybersecurity sector in the province. IBM to add 250 jobs in three New Brunswick centres over the next three years read more

Ebola UN envoy warns against letting guard down even for a second

Anthony Banbury, head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), spoke to reporters at Spriggs Payne Airport in Monrovia after meeting with Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and visiting a logistics hub run by the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Mr. Banbury said that a large part of the explanation for the improvement in some situations is when communities, supported by national and local governments with the backing of international partners are engaging together on Ebola Treatment Units, safe burials, contact identification and tracing, community mobilization as central elements of the strategy. But the UN envoy cautioned that “is going to be extremely difficult to getting it down to zero” and emphasized the need to stay vigilant.“We just now need to stay vigilant – not for a moment let our guard down. We can’t even for a second think that everything is okay,” he said. “As long as there is one case of Ebola in any country, it is a threat not only to that country, it is a threat to the region and to the world,” Mr. Banbury said, pledging that UNMEER is working hard to bring more capabilities to support the response effort.Mr. Banbury, on the third leg of his mission that has taken him to the two other countries hardest hit by Ebola in West Africa – Guinea and Sierra Leone, is expected to brief the Security Council as well as the General Assembly when he returns to UN Headquarters in New York next week.Meanwhile, in Geneva today, the World Health Organization (WHO) said two vaccines being tested showed promising possibilities. For the “ChAd3” vaccine, that concerned Mali, volunteers had been recruited by the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and for the Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (“VSV”), that vaccine was still waiting for Swiss medical approval before volunteers could be recruited and clinical trials commence at Geneva University Hospital. WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib also told reporters that the international community’s aim continued to be to reach the 70-70-60 target established by UNMEER and WHO, which entailed isolating and treating 70 per cent of suspected Ebola cases in West Africa and safely burying 70 per cent of the dead within 60 days (by 1 December).Answering a question about estimates of 5,000 foreign medical personnel being needed on the ground, Ms. Chaib said while the new injection of World Bank funding – an additional $100 million pledged last week by Bank chief Jim Kim – would fuel the Ebola response team’s sprint to reach the 70-70-60 target, more foreign medical teams were needed, as well as beds and laboratories. Providing the most recent statistics, Ms. Chaib said up to 4,388 beds are required for 50 Ebola Treatment Units across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. There were currently 1,126 beds – only 25 per cent of what was needed. Ms. Chaib said the United Kingdom and the United States are currently building new laboratories in Guinea and Sierra Leone, which would be a huge help in confirming Ebola cases. She also confirmed that as of today no new Ebola cases had been notified to WHO in Mali, where 108 contacts identified in two areas were being followed-up. The outbreak in Mali could not be declared to be over until the last contact had been through two incubation periods. The Ebola Virus Outbreak Overview of Needs and Requirements of $988 million has received $572 million, which is just under 58 per cent of the total needed. The Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund has $60.6 million in commitments. read more

Honouring Holocaust victims UN chief Guterres pledges to battle antiSemitism all forms

The world has a duty to remember that the Holocaust was a systematic attempt to eliminate the Jewish people and so many others, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, noting that building a future of dignity and equality for all will honour the victims of this “incomparable tragedy in human history […] who we will never allow to be forgotten.” Marking the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, Mr. Guterres said in video message that it would be a dangerous error to think of the Holocaust as simply the result of the insanity of a group of criminal Nazis. “On the contrary, the Holocaust was the culmination of millennia of hatred, scapegoating and discrimination targeting the Jews, what we now call anti-Semitism,” he emphasized, adding that tragically and contrary to the international community’s resolve, anti-Semitism continues to thrive. Moreover, the world is also witnessing a “deeply troubling” rise in extremism, xenophobia, racism and anti-Muslim hatred. “Irrationality and intolerance are back,” said the UN chief. Stressing that this is in complete contrast to the universal values enshrined in the UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he said: “We can never remain silent or indifferent when human beings are suffering. We must always defend the vulnerable and bring tormentors to justice. And as the theme of this year’s observance highlights, a better future depends on education.” “After the horrors of the 20th century, there should be no room for intolerance in the 21st. I guarantee you that as Secretary-General of the United Nations, I will be in the frontline of the battle against anti-Semitism and all other forms of hatred,” said Mr. Guterres. VIDEO: Message by Secretary- General António Guterres on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. Also today, in his remarks, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the day of remembrance for the victims of the Nazi Holocaust forces the world to contemplate the horrors to which bigotry, racism and discrimination ultimately lead. “The sadistic brutality of the atrocities inflicted by the Nazi regime on Jews, Roma, Slavs, persons with disabilities, political dissidents, homosexuals and others was nourished by layer upon layer of propaganda, falsifications and incitement to hatred,” he said, adding that they were denigrated and smeared; one after another, their rights were refused, and finally, even their humanity was denied. “’It happened, therefore it can happen again,’ wrote Primo Levi, who endured and survived the concentration camp at Auschwitz Birkenau. As we honour the victims of the Holocaust, we must also acknowledge the need to prevent the recurrence of anti-Semitism and all forms of racial and religious hatred and discrimination today,” the UN rights chief stated. It is therefore essential to uphold independent rule of law institutions and a free press, which can hold leaders to account and establish a truthful record of the facts. It is crucial to maintain respect for human rights, especially in respect of the right to life and wellbeing of all people regardless of their origin or ethnicity. “Above all, education must be at the core of all efforts to combat anti-Semitism, racism, and all forms of discrimination. Although an important part of that work must be centred on schools and other academic fora, education in this sense must extend far more broadly, so that we can undo the stereotypes which generate so much injustice and prejudice throughout society,” stressed Mr. Zeid. A Holocaust Memorial Ceremony is taking place today at UN Headquarters in New York, hosted by the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Cristina Gallach. Speakers are expected to include Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly; Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN; and Michele J. Sison, United States Deputy Representative to the UN. Noah Klieger, a 90-year old Holocaust survivor, will be keynote speaker. Cantor Israel Singer, of Congregation Temple Emanu-El of Closter, New Jersey, will recite the memorial prayers and be accompanied by violinist Artur Kaganovskiy. The ceremony will include music by guitarist Gary Lucas and vocalist Rachel Joselson, Doctor of Music Arts and Associate Professor at the University of Iowa. read more

Cagliari draws Torino 00 to step toward Serie A safety

CAGLIARI, Italy — Relegation-threatened Cagliari gained a precious point by holding Torino to 0-0 on Monday in Serie A.Goalkeeper Alessio Cragno had a solid performance to deny Torino forwards Andrea Belotti and Simone Zaza on numerous chances.Torino was without coach Walter Mazzarri, who has left the squad temporarily due to health issues.Torino won the previous four meetings, outscoring Cagliari 14-4.Cagliari moved up to 13th, four points above the drop zone.Torino is 11th.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Former Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Former Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay has been voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.Halladay, who died in a plane crash on Nov. 7, 2017 at age 40, will be inducted into the national baseball shrine in Cooperstown, N.Y., this July along with Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina.Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, received 85.4 per cent of the vote by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced Tuesday night. Eligible players need at least 75 per cent to be inducted.Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker, a former National League MVP for the Colorado Rockies, received 54.6 per cent.Rivera become baseball’s first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, receiving all 425 votes in balloting. The quartet will be enshrined in Cooperstown along with Today’s Game Era Committee selections Harold Baines and Lee Smith on July 21.Ken Griffey Jr. held the mark for top percentage at 99.32 when he was on 437 of 440 ballots two years ago.Halladay spent 12 seasons with the Blue Jays from 1998-2009, pitching more than 2,000 innings and winning the American League Cy Young in 2003.He represented Toronto at six all-star games _ he appeared in eight overall _ had three 20-win seasons and five with 200 or more strikeouts, and earned the NL Cy Young award with the Phillies in 2010 in his first season in Philadelphia.The towering right-hander signed a one-day contract with Toronto in December 2013 to retire as a Blue Jay.Toronto retired Halladay’s No. 32 on opening day of the 2018 season, four months after he died when the small sport plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.“Of the countless players that have worn the Blue Jays uniform, few have done so with the determination and elegance of Roy Halladay,” Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro said in a release. “Today is a bittersweet day for our community and organization, as we remember a beloved pitcher, teammate, and family man, but we can take comfort in the boundless impact Roy had on Canadian fans nationwide and the game of baseball.“On behalf of the Toronto Blue Jays organization and all of our fans, we congratulate Brandy, Braden, Ryan, and the entire Halladay family on this monumental honour.”Halladay amassed a 203-105 record and a 3.38 earned-run average and 2,117 strikeouts over 416 regular-season major league games and was 2-3 with a 2.37 ERA through five post-season starts, all with Philadelphia.He became just the second pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter in the post-season, opening the 2010 National League Division Series with one against the Cincinnati Reds in the first playoff start of his career.Halladay also threw a perfect game for Philadelphia earlier that season against the Miami Marlins.Halladay led his league in complete games seven times, strikeout-to-walk ratio five times, shutouts four times, innings pitched four times and victories twice.Toronto selected Halladay 17th overall in the 1995 draft. The Denver native remained in the Blue Jays organization until he was traded to Philadelphia ahead of the 2010 season.Halladay stayed involved in baseball following his retirement, helping coach his son Braden’s former high school team in Clearwater, Fla., to a state championship in the final year of his life. Braden, now a freshman at Penn State, is also a pitcher.Halladay also spent time working with young pitchers in the Blue Jays and Phillies organizations during spring trainings, which Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez called “something I’ll be forever grateful for.”“There’s no doubt he should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer,” the 26-year-old right-hander said last weekend in Toronto. “His resume speaks for itself, I don’t think I really need to touch on that. As a person I think he’s way beyond Hall of Fame.”Canadian right-hander Scott Mathieson, who spent some time with Halladay in Philadelphia, recalled Halladay’s unmatched work ethic and preparedness.“I’ve never met someone who worked as hard as he did. There’s nobody that even came close,” the Vancouver native said in a phone interview this week. “They had to give him a key to the facility because he was beating the grounds crew and the maintenance people to the field.“I remember sitting through some of the pitchers’ meetings and talking to him one on one about different hitters. He was such a student of the game. I felt embarrassed sometimes because he was so much more prepared than everyone and when I talked to him it felt I really had to do my homework because it was like going up to a professor.” read more

400M still owed to NICIL by Guyana Stores

… workers, shareholders never received a penny in dividends… as interest mounts to over US$200MThe Government-owned National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) is still owed hundreds of millions of dollars by Guyana Stores Limited; owned primarily by Tony Yassin and Glenn Lall, publisher of the Kaieteur News.Kaieteur News publisher Glenn LallNICIL currently has several court actions against Guyana Stores Ltd for millions in outstanding monies owed to the Government. Lall and Yassin, now Directors of Guyana Stores, owe US$2 million of the US$6 million the property was sold for back in 2000 by the Government via NICIL. In the meantime, the property has been allowed to deteriorate into an eyesore in downtown Georgetown.Past due interest on the outstanding balance would amount almost to another US$2 million or even more. The matter is sub judice, as the Government owned corporation moved to the courts to recover its monies. In the meantime, the profits of the company are collected by the two owners and shareholders have complained of never receiving any dividends since the company was privatised back in 2000.When contacted, Chairman of the Board of Directors of NICIL, Dr Maurice Odle, declined to comment on the matter and advised that contact be made to the entity’s Officer in Charge, Horace James.All efforts to contact NICIL’s Officer in Charge proved futile as all calls to his number went unanswered.Several years ago, one shareholder had expressed concerns regarding whether GSL was being used as a source of funding for the various business interests of some shareholders. The shareholder added that the lack of disclosure of the true state of affairs of GSL raises considerable concerns about what will be left to the minority shareholders and the chances of dividends. The shareholder also raised questions on whether the company’s affairs are being managed in the interest of all shareholders or for the benefit of a few directors.“Governance is totally out of the window and no one seems to care about it,” a minority shareholder who asked to remain anonymous had stated. Another concern was whether GSL had paid its taxes.Interestingly, with the change in Government in 2015, NICIL had paid over some $40 million in taxes to the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) on behalf of the Glenn Lall-owned entity.Meanwhile, the legal proceeding which is before Justice Roxanne George at the High Court in Georgetown is as a result of a lawsuit filed by NICIL.NICIL is suing Royal Investments, the entity which owns and operates Guyana Stores Limited, for failing to pay the balance of US$2 million for the 70 million shares in the company which was acquired for US$6 million.GSL is a public company with over 1000 shareholders. Shareholders have lamented the fact that GSL has failed to have a shareholders meeting since privatisation. Shareholders have also not seen the audited accounts for the company since 1999. (Reprinted: Guyana Times) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related,… workers, shareholders never received a penny in dividends… as interest mounts to over US$200MThe Government-owned National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) is still owed hundreds of millions of dollars by Guyana Stores Limited; owned primarily by Tony Yassin and Glenn Lall, publisher of the Kaieteur News.Kaieteur News publisher Glenn LallNICIL currently has several court actions against Guyana Stores Ltd for millions in outstanding monies owed to the Government. Lall and Yassin, now Directors of Guyana Stores, owe US$2 million of the US$6 million the property was sold for back in 2000 by the Government via NICIL. In the meantime, the property has been allowed to deteriorate into an eyesore in downtown Georgetown.Past due interest on the outstanding balance would amount almost to another US$2 million or even more. The matter is sub judice, as the Government owned corporation moved to the courts to recover its monies. In the meantime, the profits of the company are collected by the two owners and shareholders have complained of never receiving any dividends since the company was privatised back in 2000.When contacted, Chairman of the Board of Directors of NICIL, Dr Maurice Odle, declined to comment on the matter and advised that contact be made to the entity’s Officer in Charge, Horace James.All efforts to contact NICIL’s Officer in Charge proved futile as all calls to his number went unanswered.Several years ago, one shareholder had expressed concerns regarding whether GSL was being used as a source of funding for the various business interests of some shareholders. The shareholder added that the lack of disclosure of the true state of affairs of GSL raises considerable concerns about what will be left to the minority shareholders and the chances of dividends. The shareholder also raised questions on whether the company’s affairs are being managed in the interest of all shareholders or for the benefit of a few directors.“Governance is totally out of the window and no one seems to care about it,” a minority shareholder who asked to remain anonymous had stated. Another concern was whether GSL had paid its taxes.Interestingly, with the change in Government in 2015, NICIL had paid over some $40 million in taxes to the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) on behalf of the Glenn Lall-owned entity.Meanwhile, the legal proceeding which is before Justice Roxanne George at the High Court in Georgetown is as a result of a lawsuit filed by NICIL.NICIL is suing Royal Investments, the entity which owns and operates Guyana Stores Limited, for failing to pay the balance of US$2 million for the 70 million shares in the company which was acquired for US$6 million.GSL is a public company with over 1000 shareholders. Shareholders have lamented the fact that GSL has failed to have a shareholders meeting since privatisation. Shareholders have also not seen the audited accounts for the company since 1999. (Reprinted: Guyana Times) read more

Canada Northwest power line preliminary findings released

first_imgThe Northwest Power Line Coalition has released preliminary findings today of a study on the potential benefits of a power line along Highway 37 in northwest British Columbia. According to preliminary findings provided by Macquarie North America, providing electric power along Highway 37 has the potential to achieve $3.5 billion in capital investments to bring eight mining projects to production. The estimate does not include the Galore Creek project.The investments have the potential to create 2,000 jobs, generate over C$300 million in annual revenues, and provide more than C$75 million in annual taxes to government. “Even without the Galore Creek project, the benefits of a power line along Highway 37 are significant,” said Pierre Lebel, spokesperson for the Northwest Power Line Coalition. “There is a potential to realize C$3.5 billion in capital investment in northwest B.C., but this is unlikely to happen without the power line.”The preliminary findings of the study also highlight the economic challenges facing the northwest region of the province. The unemployment rate for the northwest is much higher than the B.C. average. And between 2001 and 2006, population in the northwest declined by 7%, compared to a 5% increase across the province.“Northern communities believe that construction of the power line would provide an economic benefit to the region,” said Janine North, Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Development Initiative Trust. “The preliminary findings of the Macquarie study suggest that electrification of Highway 37 will attract needed investment and jobs for the region, including additional opportunities for joint ventures with First Nations.”“We have concerns around the cumulative social, cultural and environmental impacts from the collective proposed industrial activity which may be created by the proposed Northwest Transmission Line, but we have a process for assessment by the Tahltan Nation with BC Hydro for addressing these concerns,” said Chair Curtis Rattray of the Tahltan Central Council. “The Tahltan Central Council looks forward to the province of British Columbia signing the agreement so that the Tahltan Nation can begin the process for assessment – including social, cultural and heritage studies described in the agreement – so we can make informed decisions about the proposed activities.”Macquarie Group is an international financial institution with considerable expertise in major capital infrastructure project financing. Macquarie North America was retained in March 2008 to examine the economic aspects of the Northwest Power Line along Highway 37. The preliminary findings are subject to review and finalisation. The final report is expected to be completed in the spring of 2008. The Northwest Power Line Coalition includes the Northern Development Initiative Trust with its 40 member communities, the Mining Association of British Columbia, the Association of Mineral Exploration of British Columbia, and a number of First Nations, mining companies, independent power producers and local businesses. More information is available online at http://www.highway37.com/.last_img read more

Goalkeepers Elite again in Makarska from 16th to 28th June

The great experience brought by the 1st International Uniqa camp of handball goalkeepers last summer in Makarska, will have its continuation in June, when the organizers have in mind to bring again the world’s best goalkeepers and introduce them to young talents from all around Europe, only this time – the organizers intend to make it much more massive event. The only new thing is that there will be two sessions, on 7 days period, the first period – for boys, the the second period – for girls. The accent will be put on educating the coaches, which will have the opportunity to attend the whole course of the camp, and will also have open meetings organized for them, in which they will be able to speak with the goalkeepers and the lecturers.Last year, the seaside of the Adriatic was visited by Thierry Omeyer, Daniel Saric, Mirko Alilovic, Nikola Blazicko, Dragan Jerkovic, Abas Arslanagic, Mirko Basic and many other well-known coaches and goalkeepers. This was accompanied with a humanitarian game in which Cavar, Saracevic, Metlicic, Vukovic and many others took part. The event was justifiably called “the handball event of the summer 2011”.The organizers are still not “disclosing” the names of the coaches the promoters, but it’s certain that the participants will have the chance to meet again with the world’s handball and coaching legends. The point is to learn from the best, and having in mind last-year’s experience, the participants will surely get that:– Last year we had to stop certain number of applications, in order to preserve quality over quantity, and work could be prompty done. That’s why I call on all interested to apply this year as soon as possible so they can assure themself a handball summer in Makarska – said one of the organizers, Dragan Vukovic, and added:– We kept the promise and this year we introduced girl’s working camp. Considering last-year’s interest, we expect a big responce to this type of camp this year.All information on the camp can be found on the re-designed official website, and the feedback from last year on a separate  presentation at the website.  http://www.handball-goalkeeper.com/ Goalkeepers campsGoalkeepers Handball Camp in MakarskaHandball Goalkeepers EliteMakarska handball ← Previous Story Bundesliga: HSV with victory against the “Foxes”! Next Story → Lino Cervar about EHF EURO 2012: Croatia was ready for Gold! read more

Column Should I intervene if a child is having a tantrum

first_imgSinéad Fox lives in Wexford with her three young and (often) well behaved children.She spends her time commuting, cooking, wiping noses, mopping up spills and ‘adventuring’. Then, when they’re all asleep she writes about it on her blog Bumbles of Rice.Find Sinéad on twitter @Bumblesofrice and on Facebook.Column: Yes, I leave work on time – that doesn’t mean I don’t work hardColumn: Five things I swore I’d never do if I had kids… “IT’S HARD HAVING tantrums” a wise two-year-old consoled my three-year-old lately, when he was mid tantrum. “Yeah” he sobbed and nodded in agreement, tears rolling down his cheeks. And I realised that she was speaking more sense than most adults when confronted with a tantrumming child.Tantrums are hard.They’re hard on the child, on the parents, on the other siblings.It’s even harder when it’s in public. And everyone is watching. And some are judging. And then others decide to intervene.I’ve heard a soundbite of coverage on the Liveline programme on RTE in the past few weeks, of a well spoken lady complaining about seeing a child tantrumming and saying that she just had to intervene. She didn’t – trust me on this one.A few weeks ago my emotional three-year-old had a massive tantrum in a local supermarket. He wanted me to buy him a specific pair of trousers that were three sizes too small. I quite reasonably refused, he stamped and screamed. I bent down to talk to him at eye level. I asked what I could do to help. I explained why he couldn’t have them. I used my calm voice. I offered a hug, or to carry him. Nothing would please him.So I kept going to the Customer Service desk to go about my business and he followed me whinging and moaning. He needed to get the upset out of his system. We both knew this. Something would eventually distract him and we could all move on. Until then he would whinge.He has big brown eyes, they’re his trademark, conveying his every emotion, giving away his torment. Other shoppers looked sympathetically at him, and then at me, pushing a buggy with a small baby, and trying to get a five-year-old and sobbing three-year-old to follow me. Some looked disapprovingly, others, with their own small children in tow gave me supportive, sympathetic glances. I trudged on.I know how to handle my childBecause I know my child. I know that this will pass. It upsets me to see him this way but I know how stubborn he is, how neither scolding nor hugs will fix this, how changing the subject won’t work. We will wait it out, wail it out and he will be fine. Noisy, but fine. In the meantime, I’ll try not to get stressed by the scene we are inevitably causing.I reached my destination with my troupe. The lady on the customer service desk took one look at the sad boy and held out a sweet, asking – in front of him, while waving the shiny colourful wrapper – if he could have it. If I’d said no the tantrum would have reached a new level. I felt my parenting tested to the max, so I let him have the stupid sweet. He continued to sob and whine, as I knew he would. The tantrum needed to run its course. The interference had possibly only served to prolong it and to make him sticky. I was annoyed, I felt judged, but I let it slide. I wished that I hadn’t.Fast forward to a few weeks later and I was in the same store, with the same child tantrumming. I needed to keep him close so I sat him on the counter as I paid. He whinged. As I paid the checkout lady tutted, looked at the very sad boy and said “OH FOR GOODNESS SAKE” crossly. He looked at her, looked at me and increased his volume. This one I couldn’t let lie. I looked her straight in the eye and said calmly “that was most unhelpful”. She seemed startled and apologised immediately. She knew by my tone and his reaction that she had done wrong. He most likely wasn’t the first (nor the fifth) tantrumming child that she had met that day, her patience may have been tested too, but she had interfered.I probably should stop shopping in that store, as it clearly brings out the worst in my child, and possibly in me.Some unsolicited advice to onlookersLet me give some unsolicited advice to onlookers on how to act when you see a parent struggling with their tantrumming child. It’s pretty simple really.If you see a tantrumming child please don’t scold the child.Please don’t scold the parent or give disapproving looks.Please don’t offer the child bribes or treats.It would be nice if you’d consult with the parents before making any offers/bribes/treats.Perhaps offer to carry their shopping or to watch another child while they deal with/wrestle with the upset child.But most of all: Put yourself in their shoes, in my shoes, and leave them alone, they’ll work it out. They know their child. If they need your help they’ll ask.last_img read more

Will Google Music go to eleven on November 16

first_imgWhile iTunes may have The Beatles, it looks like Google has another legendary rock band lined up to promote its music service. An invitation was sent out for an Android-related event on November 16, which refers to the 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.The invite gives little in the way of official details for the event, but a classic quote and a teaser image suggest the Google Music connection. The title, “These Go to Eleven,” is a reference to the famous line spoken by Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) in the Rob Reiner-directed cult classic. The accompanying visual also has some music and Android elements in it:The event will most likely mark the arrival of the ability to purchase songs and albums via Google Music, including in the Android Market. Previous leaks have shown that Google is planning an entire music section in the Market, and the company may have been hammering out deals with the major record labels to make this possible.There is also said to be a heavy Google+ social element to the Google Music update. Leaks have suggested that it won’t offer subscription streaming–as social music services Spotify, Rdio, Mog, and Rhapsody do–but it would incorporate some form of sharing nonetheless.Google Music is still in Beta, and currently only serves as a cloud player for users’ existing music collections. The ability to purchase songs and albums would make the service more like rivals iTunes Match (which has also yet to launch) and Amazon MP3.It’s possible that there will also be additional announcements at this event. The teaser image shows a T-Mobile logo, which wouldn’t logically tie in to Google Music. Some have interpreted this as tipping a T-Mobile version of the Galaxy Nexus, but we wouldn’t bet on that. As there is also an image of The Beatles in the picture, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that the Fab Four’s exclusive digital deal with Apple is set to end, and that their catalog will be available in Google Music. We wouldn’t, however, bet on that either.The event will take place next Wednesday at 2PM PST in Los Angeles. You can follow Geek for the event’s news, and follow along yourself at YouTube.com/Android.via Engadgetlast_img read more

Nigerian business buys US soybeans for food oil poultry feed

first_imgWISHH staff recently confirmed the purchase of 31,000 MT of U.S. soybeans by the Nigerian agribusiness Agboola Farms Ltd.The product will be utilized as meal for the poultry industry and oil for the local food industry. Tola Johnson, of Agboola Farms Ltd., indicated that the product has been well received by her customers and she looks forward to building relationships with U.S. industry and would like to purchase additional products to help fill local supply gaps. News of the sale was especially positive as it indicates that Nigeria is continuing to move past its recent economic recession, and is benefiting from measures taken to improve access to foreign exchange as well as other government initiatives.For the year, Nigerian businesses have imported 42,383 MT of U.S. soybeans, which is a great improvement from the 0 MT imported in 2016 and 2017 during peak recession.last_img read more

Holmberg drops bid for Ridgefield city manager job

first_imgPort of Woodland Executive Director Nelson Holmberg, one of three finalists for the Ridgefield city manager job, said Monday that he has accepted a job with BergerABAM.That leaves Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart and Chris Sutter, assistant chief with the Vancouver Police Department, as finalists for the Ridgefield position.The finalists for the Ridgefield job were interviewed Feb. 28 by panels consisting of community members, elected officials, and city and regional managers. Holmberg, 47, said Monday his decision was based on BergerABAM’s offer “and the position being a more perfect fit for what I want to do, career-wise.” His title with the consulting firm will be senior public involvement project manager. BergerABAM is a consulting firm offering services in the areas of planning, civil and structural engineering, environmental services and more. The Federal Way-based company acquired the JD White Co. in Vancouver in 2006. The Ridgefield City Council will likely hold a special executive session to discuss results of background checks on the candidates before its next regularly scheduled meeting on March 13.The new city manager will replace Phil Messina, an Oregon transplant who held the job less than a year before announcing his resignation.The city created the position in 2000. It has a salary range of $105,000 to $125,000. The first city manager was George Fox, who was fired by the city council a little more than a year into his four-year contract. Because of how Fox’s contract was written, he could be fired only if he were convicted of a felony or gross misdemeanor, which he was not. Fox received a $247,500 settlement.last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories 1723 May 2018

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 17 and 23 May 2018 were:Sainsbury’s amends pay proposal for 130,000 store employeesBuckingham Palace seeks private secretary for the Princess RoyalMarks and Spencer completes £1.4bn pensioner buy-inUpper Tribunal rules against ITV in pensions anti-avoidance caseGovernment committee publishes report on support for working carers43% do not know if they can take sick leave for mental health reasonsUK has a 31% pension gender gapCivil Service and Deloitte shortlisted for best diversity and inclusion benefits28% value additional holiday and flexible working over a pay riseHoliday Extras and Superdry shortlisted for Best benefits communicationlast_img read more

Officer Tasers motorcyclist who tried to flee in NW MiamiDade

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after an officer used a Taser on a motorcyclist who tried to flee in Northwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene in the area of Northwest 72nd Avenue and Seventh Street, just after 9 a.m. Tuesday, after reports were made about a motorcyclist down with a City of Miami officer possibly involved.City of Miami Police officials said a motor officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop for a possibly stolen motorcycle when the driver fled the scene on foot.A Taser was said to have been discharged at the scene.At least one victim was transported from the scene in unknown condition.A firearm was recovered from the man once he was in custody.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

FIU holds moment of silence on anniversary of fatal pedestrian bridge collapse

first_imgIn just seconds, families were destroyed when the pedestrian bridge came crashing down.Parents like Gina Duran continue to hold on to the memories their children left behind.“She knew a lot of people. A lot of people loved her because she was very friendly,” said Duran.As agonizing as it is to come back, loved ones pushed through the pain to remember the victims.“Very sad. Very sad to come back. She came all the way from Long Island. I’m here from Tampa Bay, so it brings back a lot of memories,” said a relative of Alexa.Federal investigators determined there were cracks in the bridge’s foundation following the incident.Now, local leaders want to make sure it never happens again. Join us this Friday to honor the victims of the Southwest 8th Street pedestrian bridge accident. We will be live-streaming at https://t.co/V6RUACHpAS and on facebook for those who cannot attend in person. https://t.co/oMMZCmpmgA— FIU (@FIU) March 12, 2019“It’s tough reliving this nightmare, watching her get crushed alive in front of us,” said Rob Smitha, the cousin of victim Alexa Duran. SWEETWATER, FLA. (WSVN) – Friday marks one year since the Southwest Eighth Street pedestrian bridge collapsed near Florida International University.The school held a moment of silence at 1:47 p.m. to remember and honor the six lives lost that day.“To remind us of the lives lost and the families shattered,” said President Mark Rosenberg in a video.The FIU flags were flown at half-staff as the Graham Center bells rang out six times, once for each of the victims.center_img “From every tragedy, one of the things that happens is we learn from that tragedy so that people in the future won’t suffer the same consequences,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.For the families who lost everything, future safeguards don’t do much to ease the pain.“Not any easier than it was a year ago than when we stood here many hours waiting for our loved one to come back to us, and he didn’t,” said Debbie Brownfield, the mother of victim Brandon Brownfield.Families said they still demand to know more about the incident.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Need to protect small traders from MNCs stressed MLA Bhumana

first_imgTirupati: YSR Congress Party local MLA Bhumana Karunakar Reddy said that the MNCs like Wall Mart entering retail market in India adversely affecting the small traders in the country. Karunakar Reddy inaugurated the annual general body meeting of Tirupati Chamber of Commerce (TCC) here on Sunday and addressed the meeting. He stressed on the need to take adequate measures by the government to safeguard the interests of small traders. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He lauded the TCC for its initiatives for the welfare of traders in the pilgrim city and also for taking various social service programmes.. Marking the occasion, TCC organised a blood donation camp which was inaugurated by Chief Whip and YSRCP Chandragiri MLA Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy. TCC president A Manjunath said that efforts are on to construct a building for housing the TCC to take up more and more programmes for its members. Stating that TCC would take up many social service programmes in the city, he recalled the TCC proactive role in the campaign against plastic and also tree plantation in the city. TCC secretary P Madhusudhana Rao, treasurer K Chowdary and others also spoke.last_img read more

10 Things To Know For Tuesday

first_img Share AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, FileFILE – In this Monday, March 13, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington.1. TRUMP TAKES AIM AT CLIMATE CHANGEThe U.S. president will sign an executive order that will suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures that were part of Obama’s plan to curb global warming.2. TRUMP HAS TRADEMARKS IN JORDANTo keep them active — including a controversial one for a casino with gambling illegal in the kingdom — he would need to reapply for them during his four-year term, raising potential ethical concerns, AP learns.3. RED BULL HEIR AVOIDING PROSECUTORSVorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya went back to enjoying a jet-set life within weeks after he was accused of killing a Thai police officer in a hit-and-run nearly five years ago, AP finds.4. VIOLENT CLASHES RATTLE PARISThree police officers have been injured and 35 protesters arrested as an Asian community expresses outrage at the police killing of a Chinese man in his home.5. INSPECTORS VISITED OAKLAND BUILDING BEFORE DEADLY BLAZEOfficials found it lacked fire extinguishers, smoke detectors in each apartment and a working fire sprinkler system, among other violations.6. HOW STATES ARE ADDRESSING REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTSSome state Democratic lawmakers are pressing ahead with efforts to protect Planned Parenthood funding, birth control access and abortion coverage.7. PARTS OF AFRICA ON BRINK OF FAMINETrump’s proposed foreign aid cuts mean the fallout could include a new wave of migration toward Europe, experts warn.8. WHY TRUMP’S BUDGET CONCERNS HOMELESS ADVOCATESThe push to end homelessness among veterans would suffer without the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, an agency Trump wants to eliminate, officials say.9. WHAT STATE IS FRIENDLY TO SELF-DRIVING CAR INDUSTRYUnlike California, companies operating autonomous vehicles in Arizona don’t need to carry extra insurance or report accidents to the state.10. RAIDER NATION NEED SIN CITY ITINERARYThe NFL team will be moving to Las Vegas sometime in the not distant future, but the iconic franchise is likely to belong to Oakland until 2020.last_img read more