Need to Care for a Sick Parent in India? California Will Pay You to Do It

first_imgCalifornia residents can take up to six weeks of paid family leave per year to care for a seriously-ill relative, even those residing abroad, through the state’s Employment Development Department.California’s Paid Family Leave Act allows workers to receive 60 to 70 percent of their salaries – the highest in the nation – under the provisions of the law. Benefits range from a minimum of $50 to a maximum of $1,216 per week, based on wages.“You can use paid family leave even if you’re caring for a parent overseas as long as you have paid into the system. This is your money,” Kacie Finnicum, a representative for the Employment Development Department, told reporters at a Feb. 1 briefing organized by Ethnic Media Services.Read it at India West Related Itemslast_img

Falling Rupee Attracts Rising Number of UAE Tourists to India

first_imgThe deep slide in the rupee exchange value, making travel plans in India relatively cheaper for tourists, is driving up bookings by international tourists in India’s in-bound tourism in the approaching busy season.Buoyed by the early trend, tourism authorities and private industry are expecting 8 – 8.5 million international tourist arrivals in the 6-month period till March end 2019 – representing a 50 percent increase in visitorsRead it at Arabian Business Related Itemslast_img

Warriors, Spurs try to forget blown chances for 2-0 leads

first_imgLATEST STORIES No lenten break for PH teams with tough task ahead in Fiba 3×3 World Tour Masters Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan rips his jersey as he heads to the bench after drawing his second personal foul against the Denver Nuggets early in the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)The Golden State Warriors are trying to regain the lead in a series they probably still can’t believe is tied.Same with the San Antonio Spurs, who like the Warriors know they are facing an opponent who won’t stay down no matter how far they fall down.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles A look at Thursday’s games:76ERS AT NETSTied 1-1. Game 3, 8 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: After dropping the opener and leading by only one at halftime of Game 2, the 76ers finally looked like favorites by pouring in 51 points in the third quarter to roll to a 145-123 victory. Now they go to the home of the Nets, who have won Game 3 in their last three playoff series dating to the first round in 2014.KEEP AN EYE ON: Joel Embiid. Even limited by knee soreness, he has double-doubles in both games to give him nine in his first 10 postseason games. Only Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson had more.INJURY WATCH: The Nets are listing veteran forward Jared Dudley as probable. His defense played a key role in the opener but he missed Game 2 with right calf tightness.PRESSURE IS ON: Brooklyn’s starters. The bench helped carry the Nets after a slow start in Game 1, but the hole was too big to climb after the dismal beginning to the second half of Game 2.NUGGETS AT SPURSSeries tied at 1. Game 3, 9 p.m. EDT, NBATVNEED TO KNOW: With their Game 2 win, the Nuggets snapped a five-game skid to the Spurs in the playoffs that dated to 2007. They couldn’t afford to fall 2-0 given the Nuggets have dropped 13 straight in San Antonio. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img PRESSURE IS ON: Golden State’s defense. The Warriors allowed 85 points in the second half of Game 2, too much even for their potent offense to overcome.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated KEEP AN EYE ON: Gary Harris. Sure, Murray scored 21 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and big man Nikola Jokic just missed his second triple-double of the series, but Harris chipped in 23. He flies under the radar.PRESSURE IS ON: Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan. The tandem combined 55 points, but may need to take their game to an even higher level — if that’s possible. “We had control of the game. We just let the fourth quarter get away,” Aldridge said. “We didn’t execute defensively as well as we had the other three quarters and we let those guys get going a little bit.”WARRIORS AT CLIPPERSTied 1-1. Game 3, 10:30 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: Lou Williams, the favorite for Sixth Man of the Year, is averaging 30.5 points and 10 assists in the series. Fellow reserve Montrezl Harrell has scored 25.5 points on 20-of-24 shooting.KEEP AN EYE ON: Durant and Patrick Beverley. Beverley’s antics in defending the 6-foot-9 Durant are fun to watch, and having some success. Durant took only eight shots in Game 2 and coach Steve Kerr wants him to be more aggressive.“The guy is the most skilled basketball player on planet earth,” Kerr said. “There’s nobody who can do what he can do. It’s the playoffs. Defenses are more locked in, they’re playing everybody tougher. I don’t know how many shots he got the other night, seven, eight. Absolutely he needs to be more aggressive. It’s the playoffs. He can get any shot he wants any time. I want to see him get 20 shots, 30.”INJURY WATCH: With DeMarcus Cousins lost to a torn left quadriceps muscle, Andrew Bogut will step in to start for the two-time defending champions. He re-signed last month for a second stint with the franchise after playing for the 2015 champions and the ’16 team that won 73 games before losing to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Game 7 of the finals.“This is why we got him, just in case,” Kerr said.In addition, Kevon Looney will see increased minutes. He scored a career-high 19 points on 6-for-6 shooting in Game 1 filling in for Cousins, who won’t require surgery for the injury. The big man returned in January from a nearly yearlong absence recovering from surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon. The Clippers’ historic comeback against the Warriors, followed by Denver’s potential season-saving surge against the Spurs, made that clear.So things are all even in those two Western Conference first-round series, which resume with a pair of Game 3s on Thursday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPhiladelphia and Brooklyn play the other Game 3 of the night in an East series that also is tied at a game apiece.Golden State would be up 2-0 if not for the Clippers’ colossal comeback — or the Warriors’ colossal collapse — on Monday night in Game 2. The Warriors led by 31 in the third quarter before Los Angeles charged back to win 135-131 after the biggest rally in NBA postseason history. The Warriors won Game 1 by 17, appeared headed toward an even easier win in Game 2, and yet go into Game 3 basically starting from scratch.“If you were up 30 with a quarter and a half to go, you just lose out of nowhere, it’s like somebody ran up to you and punched you in the guy and ran away,” Kevin Durant said. “It’s shock. I don’t even know how to explain it.”The seventh-seeded Spurs took the series opener against a Denver team that was an NBA-best 34-7 at home during the regular season. San Antonio then was up 78-59 late in the third quarter of Game 2 before Jamal Murray’s 21-point fourth quarter carried the Nuggets to a 114-105 victory.At least the Spurs, unlike the Warriors, can regroup in their home building, where the Nuggets haven’t won since 2012.“It’s definitely not ideal to have a lead and then blow it like that,” Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge said. “We came in and definitely played a pretty good first half, but you know when you come on the road in the playoffs and you win one game on the road, that’s great. So we’ve got to go home and try to take care of business.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

Brendon McCullum out for 25 in final Test innings for New Zealand

first_imgBrendon McCullum was out for 25 on Monday in his last international innings as New Zealand slipped toward a series defeat on the third day of the second cricket Test against Australia.After making the fastest century in Test history, from 54 balls, to lift New Zealand from 32-3 to 370 in its first innings, McCullum was again called on to play a match-saving role in the 176th and last Test innings of his international career. (Vivian Richards lauds Brendon McCullum after fastest Test ton in swansong) He came to the crease with New Zealand at 72-3 in its second innings after Australia had gone out earlier in the day for 505, taking a first innings lead of 135. But McCullum was dismissed with New Zealand still trailing by 30 runs, and by stumps, the hosts were 121-4, 14 runs behind Australia with six wickets remaining.Kane Williamson, left to hold the New Zealand innings together, was 45 not out, while Corey Anderson was 9.Australia won the first Test at Wellington by an innings and 52 runs and needs only a draw at Hagley Oval to win the two-match series and to reclaim the top ranking from India among test-match nations.McCullum is retiring after 101 tests, 260 one-dayers and 71 Twenty20 internationals. His final innings lasted all of 36 minutes and was full of the excitement and drama that has been a feature of his long career.He was the subject of a series of vociferous appeals from the visitors for lbws and a bat-pad catch that television replays showed to be a bump ball. Most of those appeals came during the bowling of James Pattinson, who found dangerous reverse swing in overcast conditions late in the day and finished with 3-29.advertisementIt also reflected the importance Australia placed on McCullum’s wicket.McCullum needed a few balls to settle in and appraise the threat posed by Pattinson, who was able to get the ball to swing back late at right-handed batsmen. He hit three fours over or wide of the slip cordon and a six, pulled off the front foot, into the crowd beyond the square mid-wicket boundary.But McCullum was out on next ball, caught by David Warner at short mid-wicket from the bowling of Josh Hazlewood.New Zealand had previously lost Martin Guptill for 0, Tom Latham for 39 and Henry Nicholls for 2 as Australia’s bowlers dominated the hosts and edged closer to victory.Earlier, New Zealand paceman Neil Wagner returned career-best figures of 6-106 to try to prevent the visitors from running up a huge first innings lead. He also claimed to vital wicket of Adam Voges for 60, ending his run of three straight centuries in his last three test innings.Wagner had dismissed Steve Smith for 138 and Joe Burns for 170 late on the second day, which ended with Australia just seven runs behind New Zealand. He used a barrage of short-pitched balls through the first two sessions on Monday to remove Voges, Mitchell Marsh (18), Peter Nevill (13) and Hazlewood (13).”As a kid growing up you dream of taking a five wicket bag against Australia,” Wagner said. “Probably not the way I took it; you dream of bowling guys out and getting guys out more conventionally. But you do dream of it and it’s a dream that came true for me.”McCullum also had two catches to assist in Australia’s dismissal and bowled four overs, including two maidens, at a cost of three runs.last_img read more

Kanpur Test: Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner reduce India to 291/9 on Day 1

first_imgSpinner Mitchell Santner and paceman Trent Boult combined tolead New Zealand’s fightback and restrict India to 291 for nine on the openingday of the first Test on Thursday. (Scorecard)At 154 for one, India looked set for a big first inningstotal but after Santner claimed three top and middle order wickets, Boult(3-57) wreaked havoc with the second new ball to peg back the hosts at Kanpur’sGreen Park Stadium. Rather unsurprisingly, New Zealand’s three spinners bowledbulk of the overs to share five wickets among themselves on a typicalsub-continental track which had little for the pacemen. Ravindra Jadeja (16) and Umesh Yadav (eight) will return onFriday looking to take India, who went into the match with four bowlers toaccommodate an extra batsman, at least past the 300-run mark. Earlier, Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay gave the hosts adecent start after skipper Virat Kohli had opted to bat in India’s 500th Test. Rahul’s last four innings across formats had yielded twocenturies and a fifty and the right-hander, chosen ahead of Shikhar Dhawan,dominated his 42-run stand with fellow opener Vijay. The 24-year-old hit four boundaries, and a six off MitchellSantner, before getting a faint edge to wicketkeeper BJ Watling in the left-armspinner’s second over. Cheteshwar Pujara (62) then joined forces with Vijay (65) toprop up the innings, the duo adding 112 runs for the second wicket and rarelylooking in discomfort. They brought up their individual fifties in successive oversbefore Santner had Pujara popping a simple return catch. advertisementAfter 11 overs of toiling on an unresponsive pitch, NeilWagner struck a body blow when he banged it short and induced Kohli (nine) intoattempting a pull shot early in his innings, only for the right-hander to topedge a catch to Ish Sodhi. India-born Sodhi dismissed Vijay just before tea withWatling holding on to another faint edge as New Zealand claimed three importantwickets for 80 runs in the second session to halt India’s progress. Batting at six, Rohit Sharma made a fluent 35 but could notfully convince he can replicate his limited-overs success in the longestformat. Ravichandran Ashwin made 40 but his team will expect him tomake a greater impact with his off-spin bowling in conditions that should suithim.last_img read more

English boys the treat in Germany

first_imgWhen Jadon Sancho arrived in India for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the English teenager came with a reputation.A youth product of Manchester City – who departed to Borussia Dortmund to find first-team football – the left winger made his cameo for the England junior team memorable for the Indian fans.The 18-year-old didn’t stay long enough to lift the World Cup alongside his English teammates in Kolkata and expectedly so – Sancho was a star-in-making at the German Bundesliga the next year.At Manchester City, a chance to feature regularly on the first team sheet was unlikely for the South Londoner, certainly nothing like Marcus Rashford has with Manchester United or Kylian Mbappe with Monaco and then PSG.Sancho’s brilliant form was seen right from the start of the season, coming on as a late substitute and making an impact when the game was stretched and legs were tired.His intelligent run-ins behind the defenders and fighting spirit are already creating a towering image for him in the league.Reiss Nelson, another young English prodigy on loan at 1899 Hoffenheim from Arsenal, is also thriving in the league, having scored seven goals in his first six games.Young English footballers are the flavour in the German Bundesliga this season. Pinning on the success of Sancho and Nelson, many British teenagers are shifting their base to a country that offers a chance to play at the top level.Mail Today spoke with Bayern Munich legend Bixente Lizarazu, who spoke in length about the Bundesliga’s love with the Premier League boys and why the league’s top teams are splashing money to acquire their services.advertisement”Germans do smart business,” laughed Lizarazu, the 1998 World Cup winner with France.”In the Premier League, you see, the clubs buy many foreign players. The teams have big money to buy these big names and that restricts playing opportunity for the youngsters. The clubs in Bundesliga, like Dortmund, Schalke and even Bayern, they look at these players with a strategic mind.”They capitalise on the lack of playing time these players get to bring them here and make them first-team mainstays. It’s just a matter of time when these players showcase their talent. Sancho is a good player, he has played well for Dortmund and you can see where they are right now – at the top of the table,” added the 49-year-old. Lizarazu, who was in the Capital to inspire participants of the FC Bayern Youth Cup India at the Adidas Football Base on Saturday.Lizarazu also spoke about French superstar Mbappe, a leading figure in France’s 2018 World Cup glory.Whilst he resisted comparing the 20-year-old to any other big names in world football, the former Bordeaux left-back warned the youngster against being a one-season wonder.”You talk about Ronaldo or Messi, they have proved themselves for more than 15 seasons. I think Mbappe is a great talent but he has to keep performing well. Anyone can have two-three good seasons, it’s about quality but mentality. If he (Mbappe) can go on to play at this level for more seasons, nobody can stop him,” he concluded.last_img read more

YOUTH WORLD CUP PHOTO GALLERY

first_imgExamples of the photos taken by Sporting Images at the 2005 Youth World Cup can be viewed in the 2005 Youth World Cup photo gallery. Simply click on ‘gallery’ on the left hand side of the homepage and then scroll down to number 7: Youth World Cup. There are several pictures on display here. All photos will also be available for purchase and viewing at www.sportingimages.com.au from next Thursday onwards. Simply follow the links to Touch- Youth World Cup on their website.last_img

James Franklin Is Getting Crushed After Today’s Loss

first_imgA fired up James Franklin cheers on his team.EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 04: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts to a first half touchdown by Saeed Blacknall #13 while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on November 4, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Penn State head coach James Franklin was direct to the point after the Nittany Lions’ tough loss to Ohio State at Beaver Stadium a couple of weeks ago.The head coach said that Penn State’s football program was a great one, but it wasn’t “elite” yet.Franklin said he was determined to get Penn State to that “elite” level following his team’s loss to the Buckeyes.Well, it hasn’t happened – yet, anyway.Penn State, the No. 8 team in the country, just suffered one of its most-disappointing losses in recent years, falling to Michigan State at home in the final minute.The Spartans scored a touchdown with about 20 seconds left to win the game, handing Penn State its second loss of the season, basically eliminating PSU from any conference title or College Football Playoff contention.Fans aren’t happy.James Franklin is now 3-11 against Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State.— Chris Dokish (@ChrisDokish) October 13, 2018James Franklin just moved Penn State’s program from “great” to “good”— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) October 13, 2018Joe Moorhead left. James Franklin looks very September of 2016 again. #Science— Matt Zemek (@MattZemek) October 13, 2018Starting to think James Franklin is a cliche’ machine. Completely mismanaged a lead and lost to Ohio St at home and now they have lost to a horrible Mich St team at home as well. Tired of hearing about Good to Great…….I read that book too! Win games!— Jerry “Big O” Ostroski (@Ostroski_BigO) October 13, 2018Beaver Stadium stunned in back to back games. James Franklin walked back on the field to console CB Amani Oruwarye. D-line coach Sean Spencer was in disbelief. pic.twitter.com/K3pnDvKsVA— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) October 13, 2018Losses happen, of course, but it’s understandable for Penn State fans to be furious after back-to-back heartbreaking losses at home.last_img read more

Custom Knives by Middleton Made Knives

first_img 5 Survival Knives That Could Save Your Life If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you know how important it is to have a well made chef knife. Whether you’re chiffonading herbs, slicing vegetables for the grill, or cutting through a tough fall squash, a high quality knife will turn a chore into a pleasurable experience.Once you know how to choose your knife, it’s time to start shopping for one. And what better way to treat yourself, than with a custom chef knife made by South Carolina bladesmith Quintin Middleton? Middleton owns and operates his custom knife-making business Middleton Made Knives in Saint Stephen, South Carolina. He runs his business with one simple philosophy in mind: “Every great chef needs a great knife, at a great price.”Inspired in his early childhood by movies like Conan the Barbarian and Star Wars, Middleton began making swords out of any material he could get his hands on. He says, “I would want to go on my own adventure. So I tried make a sword out of anything like tubing off my swing set. I would hammer the tubing flat and that would be my sword. That is where the interest started.” Later in life, he realized that his true calling was crafting chef knives. Mentored by Jason Knight, a fellow South Carolina master bladesmith, he developed his own techniques and style and developed a line of stylish and impeccably balanced knives.Related: How to Use a KnifeEach knife is made from high carbon steel and Middleton is a perfectionist. He’s been known to discard blades if he finds even the tiniest imperfection in the blade. You have a few options when purchasing a kitchen knife from Middleton Made Knives. Middleton always stocks a variety of knives on his website. You can shop classics like a 10” Damascus Chef Knife, a 6” Santoku, or steak knife sets. He also crafts more unusual knives like the Brew Shucker for, obviously, shucking oysters and a Mini Huntsman with a leather case for the more adventurous types.If you’re really looking for the perfect knife, you can contact Middleton and he will craft you a knife that fits your needs – and your hands – perfectly. He says he’s “just a phone call or email away” and that anyone who contacts Middleton Made Knives will reach him personally. Just as he’s meticulous about the knives he crafts, he’s proud to be the person who responds to each query from his customers. If you happen to be a South Carolina local or passing through, you can find Middleton Made Knives available at Charleston Cooks in Charleston and Southern Season – Charleston in Mount Pleasant. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter. America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Editors’ Recommendations The Official Knives of Flavortown: Guy Fieri Unsheathes New Knuckle Sandwich Knives 11 Best Pocket Knives for Everyday Carry Know Your Knife: A Guide to the Best Steel for Knives last_img read more

Local Produce in School-Feeding Programme will Improve Children’s Health – Shaw

first_img “We will be doing two things – creating wealth in the brain through nutrition, and creating wealth in the farms, by growing more to feed our children,” Mr. Shaw told the audience. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says formalising a national school-feeding programme using local produce, will ensure improved health for children and a stable income for farmers.The Minister, who was addressing stakeholders in the agricultural sector at Dencon Foods and Farm in Spring Plain, Clarendon, on March 21, said the plan, which will be implemented soon, will be “money well spent”.“We will be doing two things – creating wealth in the brain through nutrition, and creating wealth in the farms, by growing more to feed our children,” Mr. Shaw told the audience.The Minister said the initiative can be implemented in “unity” between large operators and small farmers.Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, displays an onion grown at Dencon Foods and Farm in Spring Plain, Clarendon, during a tour on March 21. The Minister, who was addressing stakeholders in the agricultural sector at Dencon Foods and Farm in Spring Plain, Clarendon, on March 21, said the plan, which will be implemented soon, will be “money well spent”. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says formalising a national school-feeding programme using local produce, will ensure improved health for children and a stable income for farmers.center_img Story Highlights He lauded Dencon, whose parent company is in microlending, for its venture into agricultural production, and as a source of “inspiration” for businesses to expand and diversify.The company is currently in onion production with more than 92 acres of the crop, and the Minister said another 200 acres will be leased to the company as they move to grow other crops.According to Chief Executive Officer of the company, Hurshel Cyrus, Dencon Foods and Farm has in place the largest single production of onion since the 1980s, and its warehousing and post-harvesting facilities can dry and cure one million pounds of crop every three to four days.“This facility will give us the ability to store varying vegetables and fruits, such as tomatoes, cabbage and others, for relatively long periods of time,” Mr. Cyrus said.He told JIS News that the company sees a “big opportunity, where we can provide employment for people, with better wages and living conditions at our dormitories”.Mr. Cyrus said when Dencon is at full operation as a “mother farm”, smaller farmers will have access to their technology.He added that the company is in the community to stay, and they will perfect the growing and production of onion, and grow many other crops, such as peas, corn, and string beans.The CEO said the company will build more post-harvest facilities to support local farmers, “and as we get the knowledge, we will share it, so all can benefit”.last_img read more

Official Funeral for Former Mayor Cecil Charlton

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller will pay tribute to former Mayor of Mandeville, Cecil Charlton, CD, JP at the official funeral accorded him by the Government, and which will take place at the Northern Caribbean University Gymnatorium in Mandeville on Sunday, October 6, starting at 10 a.m.The Prime Minister said the former Mayor of Mandeville was “an outstanding Jamaican who dedicated his life to public service and served with distinction,” adding that Mr Charlton has left a rich legacy which includes 38 years of service to the Manchester Parish Council, 15 years as Mayor of Mandeville and years of Chairmanship of the National Water Commission, Hargreaves Memorial Hospital, Manchester High School and the Manchester Parish Library.“Mr. Charlton used his love of country and love for his parish to advance the town of Mandeville and the parish of Manchester. He was highly regarded throughout the parish and was appropriately honoured with the naming of the Cecil Charlton Hall and the Cecil Charlton Park. He was awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander for distinguished service in the field of Local Government in 1976, and has represented Jamaica on several overseas missions relating to water supply and local government administration.”In offering condolences to his widow, Veronica and four children and the host of relatives and friends, the Prime Minister said: “I pray that the beautiful memories you shared will comfort you in this difficult time of loss and grief.”Mr Charlton died on September 12 at the age of 88.Contact: Communications Unit-OPMTel: 926-0244Fax: 920-4684Email: opm.news@opm.gov.jm The Prime Minister said the former Mayor of Mandeville was The official funeral will take place at the Northern Caribbean University Gymnatorium in Mandeville on Sunday, October 6, starting at 10 a.m. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller will pay tribute to former Mayor of Mandeville, Cecil Charlton, CD, JP.last_img read more

Deadline for PLPU Essay and Poster Competitions Extended

first_img Students at the primary level are required to create posters depicting ways in which farmers can prevent the theft of their agricultural produce. Meanwhile, those at the secondary level are required to write an essay on the topic: Praedial Larceny is Everybody’s Business. What measures should be taken to combat the theft of agricultural produce in Jamaica?. The poster segment targets students between nine and 12 years old attending a primary school, while the essay is open to students 13 to 18 years old attending a secondary school and members of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs Story Highlights The Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit (PLPU) in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has extended the deadline for entries to its Essay and Poster Competitions. The Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit (PLPU) in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has extended the deadline for entries to its Essay and Poster Competitions.Students now have until midnight on Wednesday, February 28, to make their submissions. The extension is to allow more time for students who have expressed an interest to send in their entries.The essay competition is being hosted by the Unit for the second time, while a poster component was included this year. The poster segment targets students between nine and 12 years old attending a primary school, while the essay is open to students 13 to 18 years old attending a secondary school and members of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs. They form part of the Ministry’s Public Education Campaign to sensitise Jamaicans on the negative impact praedial larceny has on national development.Students at the primary level are required to create posters depicting ways in which farmers can prevent the theft of their agricultural produce. Meanwhile, those at the secondary level are required to write an essay on the topic: Praedial Larceny is Everybody’s Business. What measures should be taken to combat the theft of agricultural produce in Jamaica?. The criteria and application forms can be found on the Ministry’s website http://www.moa.gov.jm (under the praedial larceny tab). Essays and posters must be submitted via email to plpu@micaf.gov.jm or mailed to Miss Trudy-Ann Edwards, Praedial Larceny Prevention Coordinator, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hope Gardens, Kingston 6. The Unit will be working with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to distribute the application forms to students.last_img read more

Royal Caribbean Orders 5th Quantum-Class Ship

first_imgzoom Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has ordered a fifth Quantum-class ship from Meyer Werft in Germany, to be delivered in the fall of 2020. “It is such a pleasure to announce the order of another Quantum-class ship as we are welcoming Anthem of the Seas to North America,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “These ships have been received with excitement, and performed exceptionally well, across the globe. We fully expect that momentum to continue as we add to this innovative class of ships.” “At Royal Caribbean we are focused on continuously improving efficiency and sustainability, and the fifth Quantum class vessel will be clear evidence of this,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. Based upon current ship orders, Royal Caribbean’s projected capital expenditures for full year 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 are USD 1.6 billion, USD 2.4 billion, USD 0.5 billion, USD 2.5 billion and USD 1.4 billion, respectively. The company added that the expected capacity increases are 5.4%, 6.4%, 3.4%, 3.7% and 6.6%, respectively.As World Maritime News recently reported, the keel for Royal Caribbean’s fourth cruise ship of the class was laid at STX France shipyard on October 29. The cruise ship, ordered in May, is expected for delivery in 2019.The company already has two Quantum-class ships in service, Quantum of the Seas, delivered in fall 2014, and Anthem of the Seas, delivered in spring 2015. The third ship of the class, Ovation of the Seas, is currently under construction also at Meyer Werft and is scheduled to join the fleet in spring 2016.The Quantum-class ships have 168,000 gross tons and feature capacity of 4,200 passengers.last_img read more

Manipur CM Biren takes charge of Power Works and Finance department

first_imgImphal: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh Thursday took charge of key departments of Finance, Power and Public Works department, an official said.Earlier Deputy Chief Minister Joykumar Singh was in charge of the Finance department while the Power and Public Works department were with Th Biswajit Singh. A Cabinet meeting was held on Wednesday to discuss the financial crisis in the state as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a ban on all transaction of funds from the account of Manipur government with effect from June for having overdrawn in excess of arrangements agreed upon with the bank. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission: ShahThe Cabinet has authorised the chief minister to take all necessary disciplinary actions to imbibe a culture of financial prudence and propriety in key state government departments, a release issued by the Chief Minister’s secretariat said on Thursday. A thorough investigation of the sanction procedures and financial management would be conducted for all key departments. The government is committed to bringing a new phase wherein financial discipline will be the hallmark of governance. The government also assures its employees that timely disbursement of salaries and benefits will not be impact, the release said. Also Read – In last 5 yrs, never conspired to pull down govt: UddhavThe chief minister’s secretariat issued an order stating that it was noted that huge amounts were withdrawn by Public Works and Power department during the period of March to May, 2019 while the Model Code of Conduct was in force. The order said that a three-committee comprising Principal secretary V Vumlunmang, commissioner-cum-secretary Nidhi Kesarwani and deputy secretary W Ajit Singh would examine the large withdrawals by other departments.last_img read more

Loonie lower on declining inflation less volatility on financial markets

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Friday amid data showing tame inflationary pressures.The loonie lost 0.22 of a cent to 88.68 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that Canada’s cost of living was up 0.2 per cent in September on a seasonally adjusted basis after increasing 0.1 per cent in August.The country’s annual inflation rate was 2.0 per cent in September, following a 2.1 per cent increase the previous month. The data met economists’ expectations.The greenback gained strength on hopes for further stimulus from the U.S. Federal Reserve.St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank president James Bullard said Thursday that the Fed should consider delaying the end of its massive bond purchase program, given declining inflation expectations.That program of quantitative easing is set to end at the end of October, which has been one of the reasons for the volatility on markets over the last month that has slashed the value of equities across the board. The program has been credited with keeping long-term rates low and fuelling a strong rally on stock markets over the last few years.The volatility has also resulted in markets flocking to the perceived safe haven of the U.S. dollar, which has punished the loonie and helped drive down commodity prices, which are priced in the American currency.Beyond the end of QE, traders have also been unnerved over a recent run of data pointing to economic weakness practically everywhere except the United States.Oil prices closed little changed Friday with November crude up five cents to US$82.75 a barrel.December copper was up two cents at US$3 a pound and December gold bullion faded $2.20 to US$1,239 an ounce. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie lower on declining inflation, less volatility on financial markets by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 17, 2014 6:44 am MDT read more

2015 NFL Preview The Texans Jaguars And Titans Will Try To Rein

In preparation for the 2015 NFL season, FiveThirtyEight is running a series of eight division previews, each highlighting the numbers that may influence a team’s performance (including projections and rankings based on ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index). Today we turn to the AFC South — perhaps the most imbalanced division in football. Andrew Luck’s Colts are potentially the league’s best team; the Texans, Jaguars and Titans are just hoping to keep things competitive. Bruce Gradkowski20.14-934.42-5 FIRST 13 STARTSREST OF STARTING CAREER Indianapolis Colts2014 Record: 11-5 | 2015 Projected Wins: 10.5 | Playoff Odds: 84.0%Offensive Rank: 2nd | Defensive Rank: 20th | Special Teams Rank: 17thSteadily, the Indianapolis Colts are climbing toward the Super Bowl. In Andrew Luck’s first two seasons under center, the team went from out of the playoffs to the wild card game in 2012 and then to the divisional round in 2013. And in 2014, a third straight 11-win season yielded a trip to the AFC Championship game. Now, the Colts enter 2015 with the AFC’s best chance (25.6 percent) of making Super Bowl 50, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI).But as much as that probability attests to Indy’s progress as a team, it’s also an indictment of the rest of the AFC South. Luck is the division’s only top-tier quarterback, the Colts are its only top-15 preseason FPI team, and Indianapolis is projected to play one of the easiest schedules in the AFC. So while the Colts have the NFL’s best odds to win their division (73.4 percent) and make the playoffs (84 percent), merely getting to the postseason out of a weak division is no longer enough.And in order for the team to reach the next stage in its ascent, Luck needs help. Last season, he was asked to do more than any other quarterback in the NFL, as the Indianapolis offense passed on 67 percent of its snaps. Saddled with that workload, Luck ranked first in touchdown passes but also 32nd (out of 33 qualified quarterbacks) in turnovers, with many of those miscues resulting from Luck trying to do too much.To take the pressure off of Luck, the Colts need to improve their running game. Last season, Indianapolis ranked seventh1According to TruMedia’s proprietary data, which I accessed as an employee of ESPN. in passing expected points added (EPA) per game but 29th in rushing EPA per game — the biggest such rankings disparity of any team in the NFL. The addition of running back Frank Gore is an upgrade over Trent Richardson,2Really, just about any running back would have been an upgrade over Richardson. but the offensive line, patchy at best (with 11 starting combinations) a year ago, needs to open more holes after ranking 22nd in yards before contact per rush.3A stat that quantifies both O-line run-blocking effectiveness and RB vision by measuring how far, on average, the ball carriers behind them make it before making first contact with a defender.As long as the Colts have a quarterback and the rest of the AFC South does not, they’ll have a successful season. In fact, with 10 games against what FPI considers the two weakest divisions in football (the NFC South and the rest of the AFC South), don’t be surprised if Indy earns the AFC’s No. 1 overall playoff seed.4A feat that FPI gives them an NFL-best 29 percent chance of achieving. But if the Colts want to keep rising ever closer to the league’s summit, they can’t rely on Luck alone. Kellen Clemens24.24-943.14-4 FiveThirtyEight is previewing the 2015 NFL season ahead of the first game of the year. Check out our coverage of every division » QUARTERBACKTOTAL QBRW-LTOTAL QBRW-L Tennessee Titans2014 Record: 2-14 | 2015 Proj. W: 5.7 | Playoff Odds: 5.3%Off. Rank: 29th | Def. Rank: 32nd | S.T. Rank: 5thGood luck finding a 2015 Tennessee Titans preview that doesn’t focus on the No. 2 overall pick in this past spring’s draft, quarterback Marcus Mariota. After a disappointing 2-14 season in which the Titans started three different QBs,18Jake Locker, Charlie Whitehurst and Zach Mettenberger — all of whom posted a below-average Total QBR. the Titans and their fans are counting on Mariota to step in and revive the offense.At least one projection system (full disclosure: it’s the one developed by my colleagues in ESPN’s Stats & Information Group) expects Mariota to be the top quarterback in his class by 2018, but there are bound to be growing pains as he adapts to the NFL. And even if we pretend Mariota has no trouble transitioning from the spread offense he operated with Heisman-winning efficiency at Oregon to Ken Whisenhunt’s more vertical, pro-style scheme, who is he going to throw to? And how will Tennessee’s rushers help take pressure off Mariota and the passing game?Fantasy rankings have their flaws (for instance, a team might have two good players at the same position), but they can serve as a decent proxy for evaluating individual offensive talent. And they build a pretty convincing case that the Titans possess the least-talented group of non-quarterback skill-position players in the NFL.For starters, Tennessee’s top-rated fantasy player — running back Bishop Sankey — ranks 95th in ESPN’s Fantasy Rankings,19All rankings are as of Sept. 3. 27 spots lower than any other team’s highest-ranked player. The rankings also assign a dollar value to each player (with replacement-level players20In fantasy football terms. receiving no value), and Tennessee’s entire roster of fantasy-eligible players21Including defenses, kickers and offensive skill-position players. is worth a whopping nine bucks. That’s the lowest of any team in the league — and $46 less than the value of Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell, the most expensive player in ESPN’s rankings.After ranking 30th in offensive EPA per play22Again, including an adjustment that reduces the effects of blowouts. (and 29th defensively) last season, the Titans would truly need a “Super Mariota” performance to elevate this group into playoff contention. So though Mariota is getting all the headlines, the true determinant of Tennessee’s success may be whether any other player can step up to take some pressure off of its rookie QB. John Skelton28.98-511.00-4 There’s also no doubt that Bortles needs help. Last season, Jacksonville’s top pass catcher (Allen Hurns) ranked 67th in receiving yards, its top rusher (former quarterback Denard Robinson) ranked 30th in rushing yards and its offensive line ranked 29th in pass protection.16ESPN’s pass protection metric measures the percentage of pass plays in which the offensive line controls the line of scrimmage.Maybe the aforementioned Jaguars defense can come to Bortles’s aid. It ranked 17th in the NFL in EPA per play17This includes a weighting adjustment that downplays the effects of blowouts. and held opponents to the league’s 14th-lowest Total QBR last season. But even if the defense ascends into the NFL’s top 10, the offense will still likely be too much to overcome. That’s why FPI predicts that Jacksonville’s cycle of high draft picks will go unbroken, assigning the Jags a nearly 50 percent chance of picking in the top five for a fifth consecutive season. Jacksonville Jaguars2014 Record: 3-13 | 2015 Proj. W: 5.5 | Playoff Odds: 4.2%Off. Rank: 32nd | Def. Rank: 18th | S.T. Rank: 9thIt’s been four painful seasons since the Jacksonville Jaguars finished with a .500 record (they went 8-8 in 2010).10In fact, they haven’t had a .500 record at any point in a season since Week 2 of the 2011 season. During that span, the team has the worst record in the NFL (14-50) and hasn’t won more than five games in any season.Unfortunately for the Jaguars, that record cannot be attributed to bad luck — they also produced an NFL-low 15 pythagorean wins11A better measure of how many wins a team “deserves” after stripping away the luck of winning close games. — or a lack of draft picks. Despite Jacksonville picking in the top five of a record four consecutive NFL drafts, and having had at least one top-10 pick for eight years running, the talent gap between the Jaguars and the rest of the league continues to grow. And it isn’t likely to decrease in 2015: first-round pick Dante Fowler Jr. has already gone down with an ACL tear, while prized free-agent tight end Julius Thomas may be out until Week 4.Jacksonville’s defense isn’t awful (more on this later), which might offer hope. But as any football fan knows, today’s NFL is all about the quarterback, and in order for the Jaguars to take steps toward respectability, they need Blake Bortles to improve on the NFL-worst 25.2 Total QBR he put up in 2014.Based on an admittedly small sample, quarterbacks who start their careers as badly as Bortles has rarely get better. Going back to 2006,12The first year in which Total QBR can be calculated. there have been eight passers13Among the names on the list is Jacksonville’s previous first-round quarterback, Blaine Gabbert. (other than Bortles) who produced a Total QBR of 30.0 or worse through their first 13 starts.14Using data from only games in which the quarterback was his team’s starter. After such rough debuts, the octet combined for a winning percentage of 38.1 and an average Total QBR of 29.7 in their subsequent starts; only Mark Sanchez started more than 16 additional games.15In fairness, these guys’ careers aren’t uniformly over, so they may start again someday. But only Geno Smith and Bortles were projected to be starters going into training camp, and Smith’s status as starter was short-lived. Houston Texans2014 Record: 9-7 | 2015 Proj. W: 8.5 | Playoff Odds: 43.2%Off. Rank: 23rd | Def. Rank: 4th | S.T. Rank: 21stThe Houston Texans are so defined by their best player that the latest edition of “Hard Knocks” should have been renamed “The J.J. Watt Show.” Last season Watt, the NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, became the first player since 19825The season the NFL began to officially tally sacks. to post multiple 20-sack seasons in a career, and his impact goes beyond just pressuring the quarterback.Watt led the league in batted passes,6Based on ESPN’s video tracking. fumbles recovered and tackles for loss. Add in five total touchdowns (the most by a defensive lineman in a season since 1944), and it’s not surprising that Watt led the entire league in Approximate Value (AV), Pro-Football-Reference.com’s cross-positional player value metric. He’s also produced more AV through his first four seasons combined than any other defender since the common draft era began in 1967.In other words, Watt might be the best player in football today. And with the Texans adding Vince Wilfork and a healthy Jadeveon Clowney to line up alongside him, Houston’s defense could be even more dominant than it was last season, when it ranked second in defensive EPA.But will any of that matter if Houston’s quarterbacks can’t pass the ball?While developing FPI for the NFL, ESPN’s Stats & Information Group needed a way to estimate each team’s quarterback quality for the upcoming season in order to account for QB injuries when making predictions. The solution: for each starting quarterback (and his backup), FPI generates a per-game EPA projection based on his past performance.7Adjusted for age. In Houston’s case, starting quarterback Brian Hoyer ranks 27th out of 32 expected starters in projected EPA.8Only Josh McCown, Derek Carr, Blake Bortles and rookies Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are lower. Compared with an average starter, Hoyer is expected to cost the Texans about 2.9 points per game. To put that in perspective, if he were an average QB instead, the Texans would rise from 16th overall in preseason FPI to seventh (and fourth in the AFC).There is good news for Houston, though: FPI projects its schedule to be the AFC’s easiest, with interconference games against the historically awful NFC South. Last season, the AFC North drew that division and ended up placing three teams in the playoffs.9It went 12-3-1 versus the NFC South and 26-22 against other divisions. With that schedule and Watt spearheading the fourth-best projected defense in football (according to FPI), Houston might get back to the playoffs in spite of its poor quarterbacking. Mark Sanchez27.46-736.831-26 Read more: 2015 NFL Previews Blaine Gabbert21.03-1024.02-12 JaMarcus Russell23.33-1017.64-8 Blake Bortles24.73-10—— Brandon Weeden29.75-818.90-8 Geno Smith27.76-751.95-11 read more

The mystery of the 6500yearold skeleton found in a museum basement

first_imgAN ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM in the US made an unexpected a discovery when its staff found a 6,500-year-old human skeleton in its own basement.Researchers at Penn Museum discovered the skeleton, which had been missing for some 84 years, in a wooden box with no identifying documents.The researchers had begun to digitise records from an excavation which had taken place in what is now Iraq between 1922 and 1934, when they realised that one skeleton was unaccounted for.The skeleton, which dates from roughly 4,500 BC, has been nicknamed Noah by museum staff.It was unearthed at Ur, in modern-day Iraq, in 1929-1930 by British researcher Sir Leonard Woolley and his team of archaeologists from Penn Museum and the British Museum during a major excavation. Source: Kyle Cassidy/Penn MuseumThe team found some 48 graves on the site, but the skeleton was the only one that Woolley saved from the excavation and had shipped to Philadelphia because it was in better condition than all the others.Dr Janet Monge of Penn Museum says the skeleton is likely to have belonged to a muscular man aged 50 or older who was between 5 ’8″ and 5’10″ tall.Skeleteons from this period are extremely rare and researchers say they hope it may provide new information about diet, ancestral origins, trauma, stress, and diseases among people who lived during the period.Read: Neanderthal man cooked and ate pigeon > Read: The closer you live to Denmark, the happier you are… It’s science, apparently >last_img read more

Greece joins Bulgaria in fight against tax evasion

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece and Bulgaria have further cemented their relations in countering tax evasion, in a meeting between the heads of each country’s revenue agency on Monday. Greece’s Georgios Pitsilis and Bulgaria’s Galya Dimitrova met in the Bulgarian capital and discussed a range of matters, one of which was the double tax agreement and the resulting tax evasion. Both Mr Pitsilis and Ms Dimitrova agreed upon making any necessary amendments to the agreement, which would be drafted as soon as possible, and also agreed to speed up the exchange of information between the two offices with regards to data on tax evasion. The two heads also spoke about the customs system in place for the entry of goods into EU member states, with Mr Pitsilis committing to the idea of investigating the prospect of an automatic exchange of information about the individuals using this customs regime. This would see information sent directly to the agency in Bulgaria to verify the compliance with tax laws there.Meanwhile they also agreed to exchange data on acquired real estate by Bulgarian nationals in Greece and vice versa. “I am convinced that the bilateral agreement between our administrations will strengthen the cooperation and will contribute to the successful fight against tax fraud, respectively, and to increase the revenues of the budgets of the two countries,” Ms Dimitrova said.last_img read more

La goélette océanographique Tara est bloquée par la banquise

first_imgLa goélette océanographique Tara est bloquée par la banquiseDepuis 48 heures, la goélette océanographique Tara est bloquée par la banquise au beau milieu du passage du Nord-Est, à l’extrémité septentrionale de la Sibérie Orientale.Cela fait maintenant 48 heures que la goélette océanographique Tara, qui a quitté la France le 19 mai dernier, est bloquée par 78° Nord, au beau milieu du passage du Nord-Est, à l’entrée du détroit Vilkitski, entre le cap Tcheliouskine et l’île Bolchevik. En cette saison, ce passage obligé vers l’Est entre les mers de Kara et des Laptev est encore prisonnier de la banquise. Les 7 membres d’équipage et les 7 scientifiques du bord (océanographes, biologistes marins) doivent donc prendre leur mal en patience, indique 20minutesfr.”Plusieurs autres gros bateaux sont également immobilisés, ainsi qu’un brise-glace russe”, a précisé à l’AFP le capitaine de Tara, Loïc Valette. Pourtant, “l’année dernière à la même époque, le détroit était navigable, mais cette fois la débâcle de la banquise d’été permettant la navigation pendant trois mois dans le passage du Nord-Est a pris du retard”, indique-t-il. Cela s’explique par le printemps extrêmement froid qu’a connu l’Arctique cette année. Comme l’a souligné Christian de Marliave, scientifique spécialiste des pôles, “les grands fleuves sibériens comme l’Ienisseï et la Lena qui apportent dans l’océan glacial de l’eau plus chaude, ont fondu avec deux à trois semaines de retard. Ce décalage dans le temps s’est trouvé répercuté sur la débâcle de la banquise d’été le long des côtes de Sibérie”.Les scientifiques de Tara profite néanmoins de cet arrêt forcé  “pour réaliser de nouvelles stations de prélèvement de plancton en lisière de banquise, là où ces micro-organismes, objet de notre mission d’étude, sont foisonnants”, a indiqué Loïc Valette. D’autant qu’à l’extrémité septentrionale de la Sibérie Orientale, là où ils se trouvent, les explorateurs ont découvert “la perle de l’Arctique”, l’archipel François-Joseph et ses 191 îles inhabitées.”Nous avons navigué au radar, sur la chaussée des icebergs géants, dans un brouillard à couper à la hache”, a raconté M. Valette . “Pâle et improbable clarté du jour permanent… Écran radar constellé de taches vertes signalant les monstres de glace de toutes formes et sculptures… Navigation de l’extrême et extrême vigilance à très petite vitesse…”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Finalement, après que les 36 mètres de long et les 27 mètres de mâts du Tara se soient faufilés à travers ce champ de mines glacé le long de géants glacés dépassant la centaine de mètres de hauteur pour certains, des cris d’oiseaux se sont faits entendre. Ils sont en effet des milliers à trouver refuge sur le littoral de François-Joseph, au creux des corniches basaltiques. On y trouve des guillemots, des mouettes miroir, des goélands, des mergules nains et des pingouins. Les 14 membres d’équipage ont même pu voir un ours polaire à la pêche. Crédit Photo :  A. Deniaud Garcia / Tara Expéditions Le 16 août 2013 à 17:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more