Naveen inaugurates drinking water project

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the much-awaited ₹431-crore Janibili drinking water project for Berhampur and rural areas of Ganjam district on Sunday.During the ceremony in Berhampur, he also launched the ‘Smart Park’ scheme for 114 urban centres in the State. As part of the ongoing ‘Unnati Yojana’ in the State, more than 200 parks with an array of amenities will be developed in these urban areas over the next six months at a cost of ₹200 crore.Mr. Patnaik said that the State government has decided to implement the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for all employees of urban local bodies in Odisha. Another project launched was renovation and development of crematoriums with toilets, changing rooms, drinking water facility and provision for devotional music in these urban centres. This project is being taken up at a cost of ₹200 crore.First phase of the Janibili project became operational from Sunday. The government has termed it the first ‘integrated mega water supply project’ of Odisha. Apart from Berhampur, this project will benefit Berhampur city and 53 villages in 16 panchayats. As per an estimate, it will supply 300 lakh litres of drinking water to over five lakh inhabitants of these areas through a 253-km-long network of pipeline.A large reservoir has been built at Janibili in Dharakote block of Ganjam district. Water would be brought to Jagdalpur on the outskirts of Berhampur for purification by a 55-km-long pipeline. The 53 villages on the pipeline’s path will also get water from it. Earlier Berhampur was getting 54 Million Litres per Day from the Dakhinpur reservoir and the Rushikulya drinking water supply system, while its requirement was 64 MLD or more. Drinking water was becoming too scarce during the summer months and had to be supplied through tankers to several areas of the city.last_img read more

Rising Stars: Samuel Salva stays unbeaten, gets shot at IBF minimumweight belt

first_imgMark Cuarto (L) vs Samuel Salva (R) in Rising Stars card at Resorts World Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Undefeated Filipino Samuel Salva earned a world title shot after outclassing compatriot Mark Cuarto in the Rising Stars fight card Saturday at Resorts World Manila.Salva won via unanimous decision with the judges scoring it, 116-112, 116-112, 117-111.ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other The 22-year-old Salva had Cuarto in trouble in the ninth round, rocking him with a solid right to the jaw.Cuarto had a hard time dealing with Salva’s counter right especially in the later rounds.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, logisticsSalva (17-0, 10 KOs) is now next in line to challenge current IBF minimumweight champion Deejay Kriel (15-1-1, 7 KOs) of South Africa.Meanwhile, Enrique Magsalin also won by unanimous decision over Justine Darap in a flyweight encounter. Rising stars: Filipino bet Cris Leon scores split decision over Singaporean foe Google Philippines names new country director Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View comments 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventlast_img read more

Sports Wrap: Sri Lankan legend backs Kohli to surpass Tendulkar, English pacer overtakes Kapil and more

first_imgVirat Kohli can get more runs than Sachin Tendulkar: Chaminda VaasFormer Sri Lanka pacer Chaminda Vaas heaped praise on Virat Kohli saying the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper had it in him to emulate batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.James Anderson breaks Kapil Dev’s Test recordEngland pacer James Anderson weaved magic with the ball under gloomy skies to decimate the Sri Lankan batting-line up on Day 2 of their first Test on Friday. Anderson’s five-for meant he surpassed India great Kapil Dev on the bowling charts.Supergiants, Kings XI aim to avoid ignominy of IPL last spotRising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab, who have had a torrid season in Indian Premier League 2016, will battle at Visakhapatnam to not finish last on the table.Defending champions Mumbai Indians face Gujarat Lions in must-win gamePlaced fifth, Mumbai Indians will face an up-hill task when they take on high-flying Gujarat Lions in their last league game at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur tonight.Carlos Tevez misses cut in Argentina’s Copa America squadCarlos Tevez’s name was missing from the star-studded Argetina squad for Copa America to held in United States next month.last_img read more

All India Football Federation congratulates Aizawl FC for I-League triumph

first_imgAll India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel congratulated Aizawl FC for creating history on Sunday by becoming the first club from the northeast to win the I-League.Aizawl rode on a second half strike from William Lalnunfela to hold Shillong Lajong FC to a 1-1 draw here. That saw them finish their full quota of 18 matches with 37 points, one ahead of eventual runners-up Mohun Bagan.”Aizawl FC’s triumph unfurls a new chapter in Indian football history. This victory will encourage the youth of the country and create a self-belief that on the football pitch, you can pull it off with teamwork. Congratulations,” Patel said in a statement.I-League CEO Sunando Dhar meanwhile, asserted that Aizawl’s historic run to the title will encourage other clubs from the region to dream big and emulate their success.”It is a historic day for Indian football. It’s great for a club from northeast to win the highest football award of the country,” Dhar told IANS.”Northeast and Mizoram in particular have been doing really well and this proves their supremacy. This will also give an opportunity for other clubs to learn,” he added.AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das also praised the Aizawl players, coaching staff and officials, crediting the title triumph to their determination and ability to conduct a successful campaign on a low budget.”Aizawl FC’s victory substantiates the fact that smart management in a football club can reap dividends. The manner in which the club with a shoe-string budget managed to overpower the bigwigs will be spoken about in Indian football history for ever,” he said.advertisement”They are the deserving champions. Congratulations!”Congratulations to @AizawlFC on winning the I-League — the first club from North East to do so. My best wishes to the stars & officials??????? Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) April 30, 2017History made???Congratulations to KhalidJamil & boys @AizawlFC for winning the @ILeagueOfficial 2016/17 ???End of a fairytale#ChampionOfIndia Nirmal Chettri (@nirmalchettri03) April 30, 2017last_img read more

Simeone fine with Griezmann travels

first_imgAtlético Madrid Simeone unconcerned by Griezmann’s jet-setting amid Barcelona and Liverpool links Ryan Benson 23:56 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antoine Griezmann cropped Getty Images Atlético Madrid Antoine Griezmann Eibar v Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid v Sevilla Eibar Sevilla Copa del Rey Primera División The France international striker was spotted in London and Paris this week, but his manager in Spain has no issue with a “responsible” performer Diego Simeone is unconcerned about Antoine Griezmann spending his spare time away from Spain as long as he continues to be “responsible” for Atletico Madrid.Griezmann was one of a host of big-name footballers spotted in London for the NBA game between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, with the Frenchman sat alongside Arsenal trio Alexandre Lacazette, Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin.The 26-year-old did not feature in Atletico’s 3-0 Copa del Rey defeat of Lleida on Tuesday, meaning he was able to spend some free time away from Madrid, which also included a stop in Paris to fulfil sponsorship commitments. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It was put to Simeone that perhaps Griezmann should have been looking to keep sharp on the training pitch rather than travelling around Europe – amid ongoing talk of a possible transfer to Barcelona or Liverpool – but the Argentine coach is not overly concerned as long as he is acting professionally. | #ATMFLASH @Simeone : “All of our matches against @SDEibar have been tough.” #AupaAtleti #EibarAtleti — Atletico de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 12, 2018 “I think he will be okay and rested,” Simeone told reporters at a news conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Eibar.”Tomorrow [Saturday] he will be full of energy and strength, ready to help his team-mates achieve the goals that the club expect, that’s the most important thing.”After that, they have their own things to deal with, but if they respect [the club] and are responsible with the team, I have nothing to say about what they do or don’t do.”Atletico discovered on Friday that Sevilla will be their opponents in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey and Simeone is looking forward to pitting himself against the Andalusians’ new coach, Vincenzo Montella.”They’re an important rival,” Simeone said. “They like the Copa del Rey, they have great players and just changed the coach for a new one [Montella] that has good experience managing the team after his past at Roma, Fiorentina and Milan, regardless the way he left his last club.”He has great players. It’s an important matchup for the quarter-finals the fans will enjoy it.”Atletico host Sevilla in the first leg on Wednesday.last_img read more

What is Yaya Toure’s net worth & salary?

first_imgYaya Toure has enjoyed an illustrious career on both club and international levels, most notably during his spell at Manchester City where he scored 79 career goals over the course of eight seasons.He was an important player for the Ivory Coast national team as well, winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 and netting 19 times in 101 appearances.He is a known philanthropist and is involved in giving back to the community as well, is outspoken about race issues in football and is a keen advocate for the preservation of animals (elephants especially) as well as a supporter of UNICEF. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? With the forward now having been released from Olympiakos as he searches for a new challenge, Goal has tallied up his estimated net worth and taken a look at his past charity pursuits and endorsements.What is Yaya Toure’s net worth? Toure has enjoyed an illustrious career that has seen him play for some of the biggest names in European football including Barcelona, Man City and Monaco, but it is with Man City that he hit his career best in form, scoring 79 career goals and winning three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two EFL Cups and one Community Shield.He is an Africa Cup of Nations champion with the Ivory Coast in 2015 and was named African Footballer of the Year on four occasions for four consecutive years (2011-2015) as well as Manchester City Player of the Year in 2013-14.Toure’s net worth has been estimated at £54m ($70m) by the website Celebrity Net Worth.How much does Yaya Toure earn? Yaya Toure - OlympiacosToure is currently a free agent after he re-joined the Greek club in September, though is now eager for a new challenge as he believes that modern-day footballers can play well into their 40s.He is believed to have taken a significant pay cut after joining the Greek side following the reported £220,000 ($285k) he was earning a week at Manchester City, with his assets during his Etihad days thought to be worth around £54 million ($70m).What sponsorships does Yaya Toure have? Toure’s primary sponsorship deal with Puma calls for part of his income to be used towards supplying shoes to underprivileged West Africans.In 2015, he was the face of Nissan’s advertising in Africa and became the brand’s global ambassador.How many social media followers does Yaya Toure have? Unlike the majority of his colleagues and compatriots, he is not on Instagram, though tweets semi-frequently on his Twitter account where, at the time of writing, he has amassed 731,000 followers.Looking forward to some Monday Night Football !!!! 💙💙💙Let’s do this 🙌🏾— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) January 14, 2019He boasts 1.3m followers on his official Facebook account, though his preferred social media platform of choice is likely his official website, with which he posts updates about his club activity, his sponsorship endorsements as well as his activities in charity work and giving back to the community.As per the introduction to the website: “In the Ivory Coast they call him ‘L’Ordinateur’ (‘the computer’) because he is a master of the game, a tactician of subtle brilliance. Roberto Mancini, his former manager at Manchester City, famously called him ‘coach’ because of his appetite for analysing video footage of games and writing down his observations in a notebook.”What charity work does Yaya Toure do? Yaya Toure Soccer Aid 2018In October 2013, Toure joined a campaign against elephant poaching, becoming a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.Let’s do all we can to protect the environment and the incredible animals on our planet.Great work @UNEnvironment 👍🏾— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) November 10, 2018In the summer of 2018, Toure gave his support to UNICEF by taking part in the Soccer Aid charity match alongside the likes of Usain Bolt, Gordon Ramsey and Kevin Pietersen. The match raised over £5.5m.He also leads the Yaya Toure Young Leaders Programme, an educational vehicle that seeks to expand the horizons of young people in Africa aged 15-25. The course covers HIV prevention, gender equality issues and the dangers of substance abuse, and is geared to developing the future leaders of Africa.Toure also joined forced with Idris Elba, former footballer Patrick Vieira and others in a groundbreaking campaign titled ‘Ebola Deeply – Africa United’ that broadcast to millions across Africa and the world, in an effort to de-stigmatise the healthcare workers fighting the Ebola epidemic.It was my pleasure to visit @farenet’s #DiversityHouse today!All my career I have stood against racism and discrimination. I wanted to thank the campaigners fighting this issue every day.We should all support them as much as possible.— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) June 24, 2018After signing a boot deal with Puma in 2011, Toure insisted on waiving his fee in exchange for large amounts of football equipment to be distributed among West African children living in poverty. Toure’s aim was to give more children in the region the chance to play football, therefore encouraging football development in Africa at grassroots level, as well as supporting child welfare.“In under-privileged areas of Africa, football is a way for children to enjoy themselves and be healthy, for some it is also a way to a better life as it was for me. I am very happy to be working with PUMA on this,” he said at the time.The Ivory Coast international has also been an active participant in the discourse surrounding racism and the bigotry received by black footballers, and is an ambassador for anti-racism group FARE and also advised FIFA on how to fight the issue.last_img read more

Midtjylland vs Rangers: TV, stream & preview

first_imgRangers’ Europa League qualification run continues on Thursday with a trip to Denmark, where they will face Midtjylland.Steven Gerrard’s men have been in fine form this season, despite a scoreless draw at Progres Niederkorn a week ago. Indeed, they won their Scottish Premiership opener 2-1 against Kilmarnock on Sunday, with Connor Goldson’s late winner sparking raucous scenes.Midtjylland are their toughest opponents to date, though. Although this is their first European game of the season, they are four matches into their league campaign and have won each one by a single goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Game Midtjylland vs Rangers Date Thursday, August 8 Time 7pm BST / 2pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be available for streaming on Rangers TV. US TV channel Online stream N/A Rangers TV In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast on television but can be streamed via Rangers TV. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Rangers TV Squads & Team News Position Midtjylland squad Goalkeepers Hansen, Ottesen, Andersen Defenders Dal Hende, Andersson, Reese, Scholz, Nicolaisen, Manjrekar, Sviatchenko, Da Silva Midfielders Sparv, Poulsen, Okosun, Evander, Mabil, Anderson, Ogochukwu, Cajuste, Madsen, Dyhr Forwards Kaba, Thychosen, Isaksen, Dovbyk, Junior Brumado, Wikheim Summer signing Paulinho is only ready now to begin training and is not currently in the club’s European squad.Crucially, Nigeria international striker Paul Onuachu, who was part of the side that finished third at the Africa Cup of Nations, has not featured after that competition. Midtjylland have not fielded the 6′ 7″ forward this season as he is liable to be sold.Former Celtic centre-back Erik Sviatchenko can play, despite being dismissed at the weekend.Possibile Midtjylland starting XI: Hansen; Scholz, Sviatchenko, Nicolaisen; Cajuste, Frank, Sparv, Evander, Andersson; Junior Brumado, Wikheim Position Rangers squad Goalkeepers McGregor, Foderingham, Firth Defenders Tavernier, Edmundson, Goldson, Katic, Polster, Barisic, Halliday, Helander, Flanagan Midfielders Jack, Davis, Ojo, Kamara, Docherty, Aribo, Arfield Forwards Stewart, Morelos, Defoe, Jones, Hastie Graham Dorrans and Jamie Murphy continue to miss out injured for Steven Gerrard’s men, who will be able to welcome back goalkeeper Allan McGregor, who was suspended for the weekend win at Kilmarnock.Jon Flanagan and Filip Helander are both doubts.Possible Rangers starting XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Barisic; Davis, Jack, Aribo; Ojo, Morelos, Arfield.Betting & Match Odds Rangers are 13/8 outsiders to win this match at bet365. Steven Gerrard’s men can be backed at 11/5 to get a draw, while a Midtjylland victory is on offer at 31/20.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Steven Davis Rangers 2019-20Rangers have made an almost flawless start to the season but on Thursday face their biggest test yet as they tackle Midtjylland at the MCH Arena.Steven Gerrard’s side are unbeaten both in friendly and competitive play this term and on Sunday received a major boost as they overcame Kilmarnock 2-1 thanks to a late Connor Goldson effort. Having only taken two points from a possible 12 against the Rugby Park side in the league last season, this was a very welcome success.Now thoughts turn back towards Europe, where the Gers are seeking to reach the group stage of the Europa League for the second season in succession. Two qualifying rounds have already been negotiated with ease, but there is little doubt that the challenge becomes harder this time around.Speaking after the draw against Progres last week, Gerrard admitted that his side would “have to play better” to overcome their seeded rivals.Midtjylland are seeking to reach the group stage for just the second time in their history, though when they did before they recorded a stunning two-legged victory over Southampton and even beat Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United 2-1 at home before succumbing 5-1 in the return leg.Since then, they have fallen in the play-off round three times, against Osmanlispor, Apollon Limassol and Malmo.“I think our chance of going through is 50-50, but it will be insanely difficult,” former Celtic man Erik Sviatchenko admitted. “It’s going to be two exciting ties – Rangers will come to Denmark with a lot of fans and they have a really strong team.“I had the pleasure of playing against them five times while at Celtic. Rangers are physical and fast.“But we are at home in the first leg and I think we have a chance if we can keep another clean sheet – something we have being doing a lot of recently.“We have one aim and that is to get into the Europa League group stage.”The two clubs share the same goal but only one can progress, with the winner set for a showdown against Legia Warsaw or Atromitos.last_img read more

MS Dhoni to retire? Kohli tweet sparks speculations

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 16:02 IST Social media is abuzz with speculations about MS Dhoni’s retirement (AP)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli shared the picture on Twitter and InstagramKohli called the game as one he can never forgetKohli also said that during the game, MS Dhoni made him run like in a fitness testVirat Kohli on Thursday shared a photo from India’s famous win over Australia in the 2016 World T20, in which he can be seen with then captain MS Dhoni. Kohli expressed his joy over the win captioning the picture: ‘A game I can never forget. Special night. This man, made me run like in a fitness test’.It’s apparent that Dhoni and Kohli were at the crease as India pulled off a difficult chase of 161 with a number of quick singles and doubles. Kohli’s remarks with respect to Dhoni in his social media post are referring to the same as the duo completed a remarkable victory for their side on a ‘special night’Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s tweet sparked rumours that MS Dhoni might announce his retirement soon. However, there has been no official confirmation of any such move.Ok , I am prepared.I won’t cry.I promise.Tears rolling down already. ??#DhoniNeel Patel (@NeelPatel189) September 12, 201917000+ Runs- As Batsman800+ Dismissals- As wicket Keeper3 ICC Trophies- As CaptainTruely a Legend #Dhoni Singh.???? (@singhtrilok7) September 12, 2019No! Really, No!#Dhoni AKSHAY (@God_Of_Pot) September 12, 2019#Dhoni will address a Press Conference at 7PM #DhoniInBillionHearts ?? (@Controversyy3) September 12, 2019.@msdhoni’s reaction after seeing his retirement rumour on social media!?? #TeamIndia #MSDhoni #Dhoni Dhoni Fans Official (@msdfansofficial) September 12, 2019Dhoni had retired from Tests in 2014 and had stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain in early 2017. He has since not had the best time with the bat but continues to be among the world’s best wicketkeepers. Dhoni’s use of the DRS and his sharp tactical acumen make him a huge asset to the Indian team.advertisementA game I can never forget. Special night. This man, made me run like in a fitness test @msdhoni Kohli (@imVkohli) September 12, 2019Kohli produced a sublime 82 not out off 51 balls to help India defeat Australia by six wickets and advance to the semifinals. Kohli took charge at a crucial time in what was a virtual quarterfinal, smashing 9 fours and 2 sixes as India reached 161-4 off 19.1 overs in reply to Australia’s 160-6.The No. 3 batsman added 67 off only 31 deliveries with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (18 not out) after a useful 45-run stand for the fourth wicket with Yuvraj Singh (21) as India scored 59 runs in the last 4.1 overs of the Group 2 game.Kohli, who had also guided India to a six-wicket win over Pakistan with 55 not out, remained calm during his 15th T20 half-century after Shikhar Dhawan (13), Rohit Sharma (12) and Suresh Raina (10) failed to get going with India struggling at 49-3 in the eighth over.Kohli batted himself in with Yuvraj and then took the initiative, smashing 19 off the 18th over bowled by James Faulkner and 16 off the 19th from Nathan Coulter-Nile to the delight of more than 25,000 fans.Dhoni hit Faulkner for a four down the ground to complete a memorable win that set up the 2007 champions against 2012 winners West Indies in the semifinals in Mumbai.Virat Kohli rated the innings among his top three. This is what he has to say at the post-match ceremony. No prizes for guessing the Man of the Match.”Thank you. Firstly, I would like to thank the crowd for coming out and supporting us; the support today was unbelievable. They (the crowd) push you through tough times. This is what you play cricket for. You don’t like these situations because they are tough. I don’t know what to say, because I am overwhelmed by the situation we were in and to win from there was quite an effort. MS kept me calm in the end; I could have got overexcited. Overall good team effort and very happy with my personal contribution.”Yuvraj wanted to see where he was going after he twisted his ankle. But he stuck in and a few boundaries helped, and then he decided to go for the team’s cause. He perished but he made a great call. He wasn’t able to push as you want him to push as a runner. He’s such an explosive player that you don’t want to have him at 60-70 percent. Dhoni and I have always run well between the wickets. We have a great understanding of where to hit the ball. You do that gym fitness for this. When I’m tired, I should be able to run as fast as when I’m on zero. All those trainings paid off today. This innings has to be in the Top 3. But I am a bit emotional, so I will put this on top.”advertisementAlso Read | Don Bradman, Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar and himself: All in danger of being beaten by Steve SmithAlso Read | Ashes: James Anderson has restarted the cycle of excuses, says Michael VaughanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow MS DhoniFollow world t20 MS Dhoni to retire? Kohli tweet sparks speculationsIndian captain Virat Kohli on Thursday took to social media to remind everyone of India’s famous victory over Australia in the World T20 2016 when MS Dhoni made him run hard for singles and doubles.advertisementlast_img read more

Japan-based Goldwin Ski Apparel Crafts Olympic-level Sportswear

first_imgTosaku Nishida, was the youngest of eight siblings. He lost two of his oldest brothers to World War II. After his oldest remaining brother left home, Tosaku was left with the responsibility of providing for his family. Despite the challenges, his experience working at a textile mill led him to found what would become Goldwin ski apparel, a world-leading sportswear brand based in Japan.Goldwin, established in 1950 as a small manufacturing company, was originally known as Tsuzawa Knit Fabric Factory and made high-quality wool hiking socks. The team eventually began creating its own products in 1958. However, it wasn’t until the early 1960s that the company would gain attention on the global stage.Drawing inspiration from ancient Greece and the origin of the Olympic Games, the company changed its name to Goldwin in 1963. Historically, the victors in those early games were awarded wreathes of laurel leaves and those champions were called “gold winners.” Harkening back to their roots as a knit fabric manufacturer, Goldwin eventually utilized their technology to perfect and improve the production of ski sweaters and set the standard for function, style, and sophistication on the slopes in the ’60s.The brand was well represented at 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Of the sixteen Japanese gold medalists that year, twelve of them were wearing Goldwin sportswear. The company maintained a steady presence in the 1968 Grenoble Winter Olympics and the Mexico City Summer Olympics, and again in 1972 at the Sapporo Winter Olympics and the Munich Summer Olympics. Over the next several decades, Goldwin would sign license agreements with (and become distributors of) other recognized brands, including Champion, The North Face, Ellesse, Danskin, and Helly Hansen.From its humble beginnings as sock maker to now, Goldwin remains committed to creating apparel with meticulous attention to detail, minimalism, and designs of the highest quality. The company currently creates one ski collection each season, as well as two lifestyle collections per year.Here are our three top picks from the current selection.Ski Jacket, $419While it may have an ’80s retro design, it has all of the technical features in a lightweight, breathable, and packable jacket. The Primaloft insulation provides warmth and comfort from post-consumer recycled materials.Coverall Shirt, $199This classic coverall shirt is designed for work and play, a perfect testament to style and function. Features include two hand pockets, lined chest panels, and an interior pocket.Hooded Spur Down Coat, $1,299Goldwin’s down coat is designed to be at home in the mountains or navigating the urban landscape. Available in both wool and Gore-Tex fabric, the down baffle construction insures superior warmth without the bulkiness.Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Manual’s larger Journey to Japan travel guide. Over the course of a month, our writers had the pleasure of experiencing Japan in all its forms, from high-rise bars in Tokyo to traditional tea ceremonies in Kyoto. We hope this series will not only inform, but inspire you to take your own trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! Tasc Performance Crafts Sustainable Fabrics Without Sacrificing Style The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather The 100% Biodegradable Vollebak T-Shirt Is Made From Plants and Algaelast_img read more

New Red Tape Reduction Targets Services to Help Nova Scotia Businesses Grow

first_img The annual report is available at . continue work on eliminating trade barriers in the region and throughout the country partner with municipalities in Cape Breton to further align regulation between levels of government remove outdated rules and regulations across government Government will reduce regulatory burden to business by an additional $10 million by end of 2020, start an inspection navigator service and expand its work by setting Canada’s first target to save people time. The Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness announced the new targets today, June 27. “Since we created the office, the team has worked hard to improve the business environment in our province and make Nova Scotia a national leader in regulatory efficiency,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “The office is getting results, and will build on that momentum over the next year to help even more businesses and expand its work to benefit the public and non-profit organizations.” The office was created to lead government’s efforts, in partnership with departments, to improve the regulatory environment to support business and economic growth. “The office has become a leading force in Canada, modernizing how government interacts with business,” said Jordi Morgan, vice-president Atlantic, Canadian Federation of Independent Business. “By driving the principles of efficiency, better customer service, measurement and accountability, the office has improved government’s regulatory system.” Government exceeded its goal of $25 million in annual savings for businesses, reaching $34 million by the end of 2018. The new $10 million target means, when achieved, government would have reduced overall regulatory burden on businesses by nearly $45 million annually between 2017 to 2020. Working with the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services, the office will also expand red tape reduction efforts beyond businesses to reduce the time citizens and non-profit organizations spend on government forms and processes by 50,000 hours by 2020. “As a first-time entrepreneur, the business navigator service was a great benefit,” said Joe Tinney, owner of Open Book Coffee in Halifax. “Knowing that I had someone to help me through each step of the regulation process allowed me to put my mind at ease and focus on other aspects of my business.” Inspired by the success of its business navigator service, the office will pilot an inspection navigator service, a first in Canada. The inspection navigator will work with small businesses and entrepreneurs during their startup period to guide them through the various inspections required for their businesses. Other priorities for the coming year include:last_img read more

Key takeaways from the new USMexicoCanada Agreement

first_imgOTTAWA – After more than a year of talks, Canada finalized a revamped free-trade deal with the United States and Mexico. The new deal, dubbed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Here are some key elements of the new deal:GETTING MILKED: Trump frequently railed against Canada’s dairy industry throughout the trade talks, calling it unfair to the United States. The new deal grants the U.S. access to 3.6 per cent of the Canadian dairy market, a move roundly criticized by domestic dairy farmers. The access given to the U.S. is slightly more than the 3.25 per cent conceded in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal with Pacific Rim countries. Aside from new quotas on American ice cream, there will also be increases in access for American poultry and eggs, in exchange for greater access south for Canadian peanuts and sugar.TARIFFS AND TAUNTS: Trump joked that the deal wouldn’t have been made without tariffs, specifically on Canadian-made steel and aluminum, which prompted tit-for-tat retaliatory tariffs from Canada on a number of U.S. goods. And as negotiations dragged on, Trump threatened to slap Canada’s auto industry with significant tariffs — a threat apparently now dodged. The deal says the first 2.6 million Canadian autos exported to the U.S. will be exempted from tariffs, a figure well above the current export rate of 1.8 million. But the steel tariffs remain in place and Trump has given no indication when he might lift them.ATTENTION SHOPPERS: The trade deal raises the threshold for duty-free purchases online from American retailers. When the deal takes effect, shoppers won’t pay duties until their online purchase is worth more than $150 — a significant bump from the current threshold of $20. But there’s more: Language in the agreement no longer requires companies — such as Google or Microsoft, for example — to put a data centre in Canada in order to do business here, meaning Canadians’ information could be housed south of the border and subject to American laws.INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: The rules around copyright and intellectual property are set to change. On copyright, the length of time after a creator’s death that they maintain rights will move to 70 years from 50. On pharmaceuticals, new biologics — drugs made from natural sources — will be copyright protected for 10 years, up from the current eight, an extension that analysts believe will benefit U.S. companies over Canadian firms and delay when Canadian patients can access cheaper, generic versions of drugs.RESOLVING QUARRELS: Two of Ottawa’s key sticking points throughout the talks involved holding on to dispute-resolution tools and decades-old cultural exemptions that leave Canada in control of its own media content, from broadcasting to publishing to music. The USMCA preserves what was known as Chapter 19, which allows independent panels to resolve disputes over tariffs and duties, as well as Chapter 20, the government-to-government dispute-settlement mechanism. Chapter 11, which allows companies to sue governments over perceived mistreatment, has been dumped.TURNOVER ON DOWNS: The National Football League and Bell Media lost their 2017 legal challenges to sack a CRTC decision that banned the long-time practice of Canadian advertisers inserting their ads into Super Bowl broadcasts over the more popular American ones. They now appear to have a win. The University of Ottawa’s Michael Geist points out on his blog that wording in the new trade deal would see Canada “rescind the CRTC policy with a requirement that all programs be treated equally.” Result? American ads could be punted from Canadian airwaves during the big game. It was one of many cultural issues in the deal, but the language around a decades-old cultural exemption remains in place, leaving Canada in control of its own media content, from broadcasting to publishing to music.INDIGENOUS RIGHTS: The Liberals pushed inclusion of a new chapter on Indigenous rights in the trade deal. In the end, the chapter turned into provisions sprinkled through the text, including one allowing governments to enact measures needed to meet their legal obligations to Indigenous Peoples. Similarly, a gender chapter didn’t materialize as originally envisioned.TRADING PLACES: There is also language in the deal that requires any of the three partners to notify the others when they start or finish trade agreement talks with a non-market economy — like China — and gives the other partners a say in the text of that deal. While this language is new, the list of professions that can more easily enter another partner country on a temporary basis hasn’t been updated to include, for instance, many tech jobs.last_img read more

NPSS seeking publics help in choosing new mascot

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North Peace Secondary School is having a contest for residents of the Peace Region region to find them a new school mascot.After many years of faithful service the Ookapik and Oscar are hang up their pompoms for a well deserved retirement. The mascots’ retirement leaves a hole in the position that NPSS hopes residents of the Peace Region can fill.NPSS is asking that residents fill out a survey giving their opinion on what or who the new school mascot should be. The survey can be found on the NPSS website at: for the contest are listed below:The name must be tasteful and appropriate for all audiencesThe name needs to work as a symbol from our Northern CommunityThe mascot and name needs to be a readily identifiable character and must also not overlap other local school mascots.Contest entries will be evaluated by NPSS’s three panel administration with the winner being awarded an authentic NPSS Spirit Wear hooded sweatshirt.All entries for the contest must be filled out by June 5th at 12:00 a.m.last_img read more

CongressAAP alliance is insult to Sikhs RP Singh

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP National Secretary RP Singh at a presser on Wednesday accused the Aam Aadmi Party of having double standards, saying that the party is betraying the Sikh community by choosing to ally with Congress. Singh said that whileon the one hand, AAP had promised justice for Sikhs by jailing people responsible for the 1984 massacre, it seems to hell-bent on going ahead with the Congress alliance on the other hand. Singh said that despite having over 90 per cent seats in the Delhi Assembly, the AAP wants to ally with Congress, which doesn’t have even have a single MLA. He added that Arvind Kejriwal’s party had in 2015 claimed in its “Delhi Dialogue” that senior Congress leader might have been involved in the 1984 riots. “Today, Kejriwal meets Sheila Dikshit and takes photographs with her. She is the person against whom he had claimed to have charges of corruption running 370 pages and also talked about sending her to jail,” he said. Singh claimed that despite promising action against Congress leaders involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in their manifesto, investigation in the cases has hit hurdles. He claimed that witnesses weren’t being deposed properly and that victims of the violent riots are still living in dilapidated buildings in colonies like Tilak Nagar with no access to education, healthcare, or employment. “Today we want to ask them where are those employment opportunities which were to be offered to the victims,” Singh, who was joined by Delhi BJP Vice-President Rajiv Babbar said. Singh further claimed that AAP MLAs had withdrawn a resolution to revoke Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna after pressure from Congress leaders. “At that moment the people of Delhi understood that there is connivance between Congress & Aam Aadmi Party,” he said. Singh said, “Aam Aadmi Party’s Head Arvind Kejriwal is adding insult to injury of the Sikhs by trying to form an alliance with the Congress.” In addition to this, Babbar said that Narendra Modi after becoming Prime Minister had formed a Special Investigation Team for an impartial probe into the cases related to the 1984 violence. He claimed that the probe has resulted in the life imprisonment of a former Congress MP and that another leader is absconding. But Babbar said this goes to show that the Modi-led government is determined about fulfilling its promises to the Sikh community.last_img read more

Two sisters die after consuming poison in North West Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday said that two sisters died after they consumed poison in North West Delhi’s Wazirpur Industrial area. The law enforcement agency claimed that before consuming the substance, both the sisters had a quarrel.According to police, both the sisters had a quarrel and younger sister was first to consume the poison. After the family members noticed her health was deteriorating, she was admitted to Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital on April 28 at 4.20pm. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesFew hours after the incident of her younger sister, the elder sister also consumed poison. This time, the family members again noticed bad condition of the elder sister and rushed her to the hospital. She was admitted to the same hospital at 7.37pm. “Both the deceased were married in the same house,” police said. On 28 April, a quarrel took place between both the sisters. After which they consumed the harmful substance. Later, the cops were informed about the incident. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarPolice further said that the marriage of younger sister was less than seven years hence SDM was informed and family did not allege any matrimonial dispute. “Younger sister died on April 29 and her postmortem was conducted on the same day. The elder one was expired on April 30. A slight dispute arises between the families which were amicably sorted out,” police said. The investigation in the case is going on to know the reason behind the dispute between the sister. This is not the first time that after the quarrel ended in taking the extreme step. Last year, a 34-year-old doctor allegedly died after jumping off from the fourth floor of his apartment in South Delhi’s Hauz Khas. On the day of the incident, the victim picked up a quarrel with his wife over some trivial issue. In another case, in March 2018 a 35-year-old man committed suicide with his wife and minor daughter at his residence in South East Delhi’s Govindpuri area. The husband committed suicide by consuming poison and administering poison to his wife and six-year-old daughter who also died.last_img read more

British motorists buy more car parts accessories and services online than cosmetics

UK automotive aftermarket increases turnover to £21.6 billion as more high tech vehicles hit the road.Growing demand for digital services as British motorists buy more car parts, accessories and services online than cosmetics or groceries, new research reveals.Tyres, lubricants and filters still most commonly replaced parts, but demand for digital devices, including telematics and tyre pressure sensors growing fastest.Latest performance figures highlight record £12.5 billion economic contribution as second Automechanika Birmingham aftermarket and supply chain trade show opens.The UK’s car servicing and repair sector grew again in 2016, with turnover rising 2.4% to £21.6 billion, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Growth was primarily driven by sustained record numbers of new car registrations,1 and greater reliability, leading to more vehicles remaining on British roads for longer but still requiring  regular servicing and maintenance. The increasing level of advanced technology in modern vehicles was also a major influencing factor.New research, commissioned by SMMT from independent consultancy Frost & Sullivan, shows that in 2016, UK motorists increased their annual spending on car maintenance by 1.7% to an average of £707. This was due, in part, to the replacement of more high tech components, which require new skills and equipment to fit. While tyres, lubricants and filters are still the most commonly replaced items, the  research shows that demand is rising fastest for telematics devices and tyre pressure monitoring sensors.2The performance figures highlight the sector’s significant contribution to the UK economy. In 2016, the UK automotive aftermarket, which includes parts makers, distributors, retailers and workshops, grew its contribution to the economy by 2.5% to £12.5 billion and created 1,400 new jobs. The total number of livelihoods supported by the sector now stands at some 347,000 – more than the population of Coventry.3The increasing digitalisation of cars and components presents challenges and opportunities to the sector as it strives to keep pace with advanced vehicle technology, data driven servicing and the changing needs of motorists. The research shows that British motorists are also leading the way in online car maintenance, with one of the fastest adoption rates in Europe. Last year, UK consumers bought a higher percentage of automotive parts, accessories and services online than they did cosmetics and groceries.1 Together they spent some £920 million on items such as tyres, brakes and batteries, and by 2022 this is forecast to rise by more than three quarters to £1.65 billion.There is also consumer appetite for connected services such as vehicle health reports, fault detection and recall alerts, all of which make it easier to maintain cars. The research identifies growing interest in emerging forms of mobility such as car sharing schemes, forecast to attract some 2.3 million members worldwide by 2025, and e-hailing. Consumers are also increasingly turning to other digital services for their maintenance needs and online comparison websites, common in the insurance and finance sectors, are now entering the aftermarket. An estimated 100,000 people in the UK are currently using these sites to compare workshop offerings and prices, and this is set to grow significantly. This all makes clear the need for aftermarket companies to continue adapting their business models, and increasing their investment in mobile platforms to remain competitive.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,“Today’s figures show just how vital the UK automotive aftermarket is to our economy and society, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and keeping vehicles safe – and the country moving. Our car maintenance sector is one of Europe’s most competitive, with vehicle owners enjoying more choice over where they have their cars serviced. The shift to digital vehicles and services will help drive this further, but the sector must continue to invest in the advanced skills, equipment and systems needed to stay abreast of evolving technology and changing mobility patterns.”As the number and age of vehicles on UK roads increases, thanks to a strong new car market, ever-improving reliability and more complex servicing techniques, by 2022 the UK automotive aftermarket is projected to be worth some £28 billion, with an employee base of 400,000.The news comes as the Automechanika Birmingham 2017 trade show opens its doors. Running from 6-8 June, the exhibition, which made its UK debut last year, will see tens of thousands of British and global investors and buyers visit more than 800 aftermarket and supply chain companies at the NEC.1 2016 was the UK new car market’s fifth consecutive year of growth, with a record 2,692,786 new car registrations2 Frost & Sullivan research shows telematics devices growing at 30-40% (CAGR) and tyre pressure monitoring systems growing at 20-30% (CAGR) 2015-20203 (June 2017)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State moves up to No 13 in AP Top

Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) drives the lane in the second half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Dakich made three of four three point attempts in the first half aiding Ohio State to a 91-69 win. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State continued to ascend up the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, moving from No. 22 to No. 13 Monday. The Buckeyes have not been ranked this high in the AP poll since Dec. 15, 2014, when they were the No. 12 team in the nation.Ohio State is one of four Big Ten teams ranked, joining No. 3 Purdue, No. 6 Michigan State and No. 25 Michigan.Head coach Chris Holtmann extended his unbeaten streak to start conference play to eight games, leading his team to wins versus Northwestern and Minnesota, the former on the road and the latter at a neutral site. Ohio State’s win against Minnesota was the team’s 17th victory this season, matching the total from all of last season. Overall, the Buckeyes are 17-4.With the 8-0 record in the conference, Holtmann has the longest undefeated start in a Big Ten coach’s first season since Sam Barry began his Iowa coaching career with an 11-0 start in 1923. The record is Wisconsin’s Walter Meanwell, who went 12-0 to begin Big Ten play in 1912.The Buckeyes will hope to begin Holtmann’s tenure 9-0 when they host Nebraska at 8 p.m. Monday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Football Tight end Kierre Hawkins departing from Ohio State

After two years in Ohio State’s program, redshirt freshman tight end Kierre Hawkins is leaving.An Ohio State spokesman confirmed Hawkins’ is “departing,” but said he did not know the tight end’s destination. Ryan Donnelly, a recruiting analyst for Rivals, tweeted a screenshot of a post from Hawkins’ Instagram in which he is wearing a Youngstown State jersey with the caption, “New beginnings. Everyone’s journey is different. In God’s hands.” Hawkins’ Instagram account is protected.Per his Instagram post, it looks like Ohio State tight end and former Maple Heights (Ohio) four-star Kierre Hawkins will be transferring to Youngstown State— Ryan Donnelly (@RivalsRyan) December 12, 2017A former four-star recruit, Hawkins has not taken a snap in his two years at Ohio State. He entered the program in a class with three tight ends, including Luke Farrell and Jake Hausmann. Hawkins fell behind both Farrell and Hausman on the depth chart, as well as redshirt senior Marcus Baugh and redshirt sophomore Rashod Berry. The Buckeyes hold a commitment from Jeremy Ruckert, the top-ranked tight end in the 2018 recruiting cycle. Also, redshirt sophomore tight end A.J. Alexander, who missed the 2017 season with a knee injury, will return next season.Hawkins, a Maple Heights, Ohio, native, was the 329th-best overall prospect and the 13th-ranked tight end in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports composite rankings. read more

Relative of wellknown Drogheda criminal fights for life after retail park shooting

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: LMFM The scene in the retail park yesterday. A MAN IS fighting for his life in hospital after he was shot five times, including once in the neck, in a planned gangland attack in Drogheda, Louth, yesterday. The victim of the attack, a man in his 30s, was walking out of a shop in the M1 Retail Park on the outskirts of the Louth town when a car drove by and discharged a number of shots in his direction. The victim was travelling with two other men at the time. They sustained no physical injuries. The man managed to make his way to Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital where his condition is described as being critical.The victim is related to Drogheda criminal Owen Maguire, who himself was shot four times at his home in July 2018 as part of this feud. Owen Maguire has a number of convictions including for threats to kill and affray. He is well-known to gardaí in the area. As a result of yesterday’s shooting, gardaí are putting in place an operation designed to quell any sporadic revenge attacks on the rival gang. This will include high-visibility patrols around the Moneymore and Cement Road areas of the town. Undercover armed gardaí will also be stationed around the town. The Armed Support Unit is also on standby. The feudThe two feuding gangs have been vying for the lucrative drug trade in the town with reports from local representatives that some children are being forced to work in criminality as a result. On 5 July, Owen Maguire was shot a number of times at his home on Cement Road in Drogheda. He somehow survived being shot at least four times at close range with a handgun.Since this shooting, the two gangs have been exchanging tit-for-tat attacks – mainly in the form of firing shots at people’s homes. But violence erupted laste last year between the two gangs – one predominantly comprising members of the Traveller community, the other settled men. In November of last year, a man in his 20s was found beaten and with stab wounds in a bathroom of a house. The man sustained serious wounds to his face and body. Gardaí understand the attackers targeted the man’s knees with a knife. Drugs crisisDrug use and dependency is a growing problem for many in the Louth town.Louise Mahony, manager of the Red Door Project addiction centre in Drogheda, said she has seen a huge increase in the number of people contacting its service. Drugs, she says, have always been a problem but now they’re getting more calls from concerned parents who say their child has racked up large debts. “We are an addiction service and community employment scheme – I suppose we’re not your average one. We take people in for recovery – we take everyone so long as you’re able to stand up. “From our point of view there’s a long history of things in Drogheda being under-resourced and we’re one of them. We’ve had a very low budget for a while now and it hasn’t changed. More people are coming in looking for help and we’re supposed to do it with the same level of funding. Year on year, everything is getting worse.”Regarding yesterday’s gun attack, gardaí said they are looking for information about a dark coloured Volkswagen Passat seen driving from the retail park in the aftermath of the attack. A spokesman said: “At about 2.45 pm a man in his 30s left a premises in the M1 Retail Park in Drogheda and got into a white Vauxhall Astra with two other men. A black Volkswagen Passat with the partial registration 132 D pulled up close to the Astra and a number of shots were fired into the Astra. The man in his 30s, a passenger in the car, was struck at least once. The other two occupants were not injured.“The driver of the white Astra managed to drive from the scene and went to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital where the injured man is being treated for serious injuries.“Anyone with information is asked to contact Drogheda Garda Station on 041 9874200. Feb 27th 2019, 12:05 AM Relative of well-known Drogheda criminal fights for life after retail park shooting The victim is related to Drogheda criminal Owen Maguire. 12 Comments center_img By Garreth MacNamee The scene in the retail park yesterday. Image: LMFM 34,280 Views Share11 Tweet Email1 Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 12:05 AM Short URLlast_img read more

Pickets to be placed at 34 branches of Lloyds Pharmacy tomorrow

first_img 22,672 Views Pickets to be placed at 34 branches of Lloyds Pharmacy tomorrow Over 200 pharmacy workers will hold a two-hour picket between 10am and midday. File photo of a Lloyds Pharmacy in England. Jun 21st 2018, 5:33 PM Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 5:32 PM 22 Comments A SECOND DAY of strike action is set to take place at 34 Lloyds Pharmacy outlets around the country tomorrow in a row over pay.Over 200 pharmacy workers will hold a two-hour picket between 10am and midday.Trade union Mandate has accused the company of utilising zero-hours contracts. Lloyds itself put out a statement earlier accusing the union of misleading the media saying “we do not have, and never had, zero-hour contracts”.All part-time workers were given notice of working hours six weeks in advance, the company said, and the contracts they were on were aligned to the needs of the business.A union spokesperson said, however, that the company was misleading the media.“We have members coming to us and showing us their contracts today, some of whom have been employed in recent weeks, and they are clearly zero hour contracts,” Gerry Light, Mandate Assistant General Secretary, said.A copy of a contract shared by Mandate states: “Your normal hours of work are flexible as agreed with your Manager, spread over up [sic] 5 days between Monday and Sunday and may include late night and weekend work.” By Daragh Brophy File photo of a Lloyds Pharmacy in England. Image: Shutterstock/Thinglass Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Thinglass Share15 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Mandate Light said the union represented a third of all workers at Lloyds, with over 220 members. The company said only 13% of employees had been balloted ahead of the strike action.Lloyds said progress had been made addressing the issues at the heart of the dispute at its employee negotiating body, the Colleague Representative Committee.Light, from the union, insisted however that the CRC had no mandate to address worker concerns, describing it as “a sophisticated anti-union tactic imported from the United States in order to ensure workers do not have the right to independent representation”.An initial day of action targeting the pharmacy chain was held earlier this month.The dispute arose after the retailer rejected a recommendation from the Labour Court that it negotiate with Mandate over pay conditions.Lloyds said in a statement:“We wish to assure patients once more that a full plan is in place to minimise its impact. With the hard work and professionalism of our team, disruption was curtailed last week, with only four stores closing for the one-hour period of the strike. We are confident that despite tomorrow’s action, stores will be open and patients’ needs will be met. We thank our patients for their support.”It added:“The next phase of CRC engagement is underway. We have indicated our commitment to speedily delivering further affordable improvements, including on pay scales.”last_img read more

Des Français plus à laise face au handicap mental

first_imgDes Français plus à l’aise face au handicap mentalFrance – Un sondage Ipsos révèle que les Français éprouvent de moins en moins de gêne lorsqu’ils sont confrontés à une personne handicapée. Les idées préconçues à ce sujet semblent toutefois encore bien présentes.Ce sondage réalisé entre le 5 et le 6 mars auprès de 1.009 personnes révèle que 85% d’entre elles affirment n’éprouver aucune gêne face au handicap mental. 80% déclarent connaître ce qu’est la maladie et 78% disent avoir déjà parlé avec une personne handicapée mentale. Pourtant, les préjugés concernant le handicap semblent encore perdurer : 36% des sondés pensent qu’une personne handicapée mentale n’est pas consciente de sa différence et 30% qu’elle ne peut pas être autonome. 84% d’entre eux pensent pourtant que les handicapés mentaux sont victimes de discriminations importantes dans la société.  Ce sondage a été l’occasion pour l’Union nationale des associations de parents, de personnes handicapées mentales et de leurs amis (Unapei) d’organiser une campagne de sensibilisation ce mardi 4 mai. Baptisée “Ensemble, c’est tout !”, elle permettra de confronter les citoyens aux 700.000 handicapés mentaux vivant en France, des “individus invisibles” selon Thierry Nouvel, le directeur général de la fédération.Le 5 mai 2010 à 10:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more