Dead crows trigger bird flu scare in Bihar

first_imgCarcasses of about 12 crows were found in an orchard in Muzaffarpur district on Sunday morning, triggering fear of suspected bird flu. District Animal Husbandry Officer Dr Manoj Kumar said prima facie it did not appear to be a case of bird flu. The crows were found dead in a mango orchard at Chandanpatti village under Sakra block. An Animal Husbandry Department team reached the mango orchard after the villagers informed the district administration about the death of the crows. An officer of the team examined the dead birds and said that prima facie, no symptoms of bird flu have been found in the dead crows.Detailed analysis Samples of the dead crows would be sent to a laboratory for an in-depth analysis, he said. Carcasses of eight crows had been found in College of Arts and Crafts at Patna following which it was closed till January 5. Around 400 chickens were found dead at a poultry farm at a village in Bikram block of Patna district in the past 48 hours.Patna zoo has been closed since December 25 following death of six peafowls due to H5N1 virus.last_img read more

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New course to promote digital enterprise management

first_imgTaking an initiative to promote digital enterprise management, the Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur, has launched the first-ever master’s programme in the field to equip professionals with working knowledge of emerging technologies and acclaimed practices. Advisory boardThe institute has also set up an Academic Advisory Board for developing the new course.The curriculum for the 12-month residential course has been prepared in consultation with industry experts. IIM-Udaipur director Janat Shah told The Hindu on Sunday that the curriculum would enable professionals to work efficiently in the emerging digital business enterprises where conventional management concepts and leadership styles were no longer relevant.The IIM-Udaipur has signed memorandums of understanding with some leading companies for collaboration in educating its students in digital knowledge. Prof. Shah said this approach would help bridge the gap between academia and industry and give an opportunity to the students to get a jump-start and enter the workforce with the relevant experience.“Since the industries are ahead of us, an association with them will train our students — who will be professionals with three years’ experience — in the organisational behaviour and strategies across disciplines as well in the analytics-related subjects and new technologies related to digital transformation,” Prof. Shah said.More MoUs are in the pipeline for collaborations focused on strategic and practical challenges of managing digital enterprises. “For instance, IBM will give students relevant exposure to leading-edge technologies, including artificial intelligence and advanced analytics, and provide a platform for short-term projects in the digital space,” said the IIM-Udaipur director.The IIM-Udaipur, established in 2011, is currently ranked fifth in India for research in the field of management, according to the methodology used by the University of Texas at Dallas. The institute has established a Centre for Digital Enterprise to create an environment for thought leadership in digital transformation and expand research opportunities in the field.Begins in April, 2020Prof. Shah said the IIM-Udaipur’s Board of Governors had formally approved setting up of the Academic Advisory Board at its meeting held over the weekend. The new master’s programme, for which admissions have started based on GMAT/GRE score, will begin in April 2020.last_img read more

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FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch India vs Afghanistan Live Telecast

first_img 2022 fifa world cupAfghanistanFIFAFIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier First Published: November 14, 2019, 4:19 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. India will be desperate to end their winless run when they take on Afghanistan in FIFA World Cup 2022 Group E qualifier on Thursday, November 14. The FIFA World Cup Qualifier India vs Afghanistan will be played at Central Republican Stadium in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. With two points from three encounters, India are currently on the fourth spot in the group table. They played back-to-back draws with Qatar and Bangladesh, after going down against Oman.Meanwhile, Afghanistan are sitting on the third spot with three points. The FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier between India and Afghanistan is scheduled to start at 7:30PM. Team India head coach Igor Stimac has said ahead of the match that the Indian outfit need to overcome “tough challenges” that will be imposed by Afghanistan.”We know how difficult this game is going to be for us. We both (India and Afghanistan) have already faced Qatar and Bangladesh in the qualifiers. We see Afghanistan as a physical side with good composure. They have some players who also have the experience of playing in Europe. They are not in the top division, but playing in Europe always gives you an extra bit of confidence. They have stamina and they’ll pose a tough challenge for us,” Stimac said in the pre-match press conference.On the other hand, Afghanistan head coach, Anoush Dastagiv said, “Yes, geographically it’s far from own country and we would have been happier if we could have gotten the chance to play in our own country. But, playing in Tajikistan has always given us much-needed confidence. We have beaten Cambodia, Bangladesh here and settled with a draw against Tajikistan, Jordan. Those results will surely give us a psychological boost tomorrow.”Here is India’s probable starting XI vs Afghanistan: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu; Mandar Rai Dessai, Adil Khan, Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke; Anirudh Thapa, Pranoy Halder, Sahal Abdul Samad; Ashique Kuruniyan, Udanta Singh; Sunil Chhetri.A Flourish data visualisationWhat time will FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier India vs Afghanistan will start?Afghanistan will welcome India in their fourth 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign qualifier on Thursday. The FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier will be held at Central Republican Stadium in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The India vs Afghanistan World Cup qualifier match will start at 7:30PM.Where to watch FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier India vs Afghanistan on TV?Football fans can watch FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifier between India and Afghanistan on Star Sports Network. (TO BE CONFIRMED)Where to watch FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier India vs Afghanistan on live streaming?The 2022 FIFA World Cup India vs Afghanistan qualifier will be live streamed on Hotstar and Jio Tv. (TO BE CONFIRMED) last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo gets support from coach to continue taking penalties

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo will continue to take penalties for Portugal despite losing his touch from the spot for both club and country, coach Fernando Santos said on Sunday.Ronaldo, Portugal’s all-time leading scorer, missed a penalty in the 0-0 draw with Austria in Group F on Saturday and has failed to hit the target in four of his last five penalties for Portugal and Real Madrid. (ALSO READ: Frustration for Cristiano Ronaldo as Portugal, Austria play out goalless draw)”If there is a penalty in the next game, Cristiano Ronaldo will take it and he will score,” Santos told reporters. “He is used to scoring goals, he is a winner and he also reacts well when he makes a mistake. That is what we expect from him.”Ronaldo, who won a record 128th cap on Saturday, has had a disappointing Euro 2016 so far, failing to convert any of several good chances as Portugal have drawn both of their games.Left-back Raphael Guerreiro has increased the pressure on Ronaldo’s place as the free kick specialist after scoring with a superbly-taken effort in a 3-0 friendly win over Norway before the tournament when Ronaldo was not playing.”Cristiano always wants to take the free kicks and it has always been him who has taken them,” said Santos. “If Raphael had not scored that goal, nobody would be talking about this.””We played really well against Austria without scoring and we have to continue with this attitude. We made Austria, who are ranked 10th in the world, look like a small team.”advertisementSantos said Portugal should not be ashamed of “being ugly” and that he had told his family that he would not be coming home until the day after the Euro 2016 final when he expected a party. “Sometimes, I get the feeling that we are ashamed about being ugly, or not being pretty,” he said. “If we have to be ugly and that brings us efficiency, we have to be ugly. I’m ugly by nature and I don’t mind being even uglier.”Portugal need to beat Hungary on Wednesday to make sure of qualifying for the knockout stages but Santos said he would be staying in France until the final on July 10. (FULL EURO 2016 COVERAGE)”I am only going back to Portugal on July 11 and I am going to be welcomed with a party,” he said.last_img read more

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AFC Asian Cup 2019: India open campaign against Thailand in Abu Dhabi

first_imgUnderdogs India will look at their impressive results in recent months for inspiration when they open their AFC Asian Cup football campaign against Thailand in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.With the continental showpiece event being expanded to 24 teams for the first time from the earlier 16, the Indian side have a real chance to make it to the knockout rounds, which will be a first after their runners-up finish in 1964.Both in 1984 and 2011, India were knocked out of the tournament at the group stage.The two top sides from each of the six groups made up of four countries as well as four third-place teams will advance to the Round of 16.India head into the continental tournament after goalless stalematesIndia, playing in their fourth Asian Cup, are entering the tournament on the back of a goal-less stalemate against World Cup-winning Italian coach Marcello Lippi’s China and Oman in the lead-up to the tournament. They lost narrowly (1-2) to Jordan in their third big match ahead of the Asian Cup.Fixtures, full schedule, date, time and venuesThese results were preceded by a 13-match unbeaten run in international friendly matches and the Intercontinental Cup at home last summer.Constantine’s players will also be keen to improve upon the disastrous performance of the country in 2011 edition when it badly lost all its group matches.Sunday’s Group A match against Thailand at the Al Nahyan Stadium will be crucial for India as a positive result will boost the Stephen Constantine-coached team’s chances of making it to the Round of 16.advertisementIf India beat Thailand on Sunday, then a draw in the remaining two matches — against hosts UAE (January 10) and Bahrain (January 14) — could be enough for them to qualify for the knockout round.Defensive discipline key for India at AFC Asian Cup Defensive discipline will be one of the key factors for India against a Thailand team that scored a lot of goals at the ASEAN Football Federation Championship.India are placed 97th in the FIFA charts compared to Thailand’s 118, but rankings will hardly matter in the continental showpiece. In fact, India are the second highest-ranked team in the group after the UAE.Historically, India and Thailand have played against each other 24 times with the South East Asian nation winning on 12 occasions. India have won five times while the remaining seven were drawn.India’s head-to-head record against ThailandBut the two sides are more or less unknown quantities as they have played very few matches against each other in recent times. The last time the two sides played against each other was in 2010. Thailand won both matches — 2-1 and 1-0.The last time India beat Thailand was way back in the 1986 Merdeka Cup in Kuala Lumpur.On the eve of match, Constantine said that he “can’t wait for the match to begin”.Asked about Thailand losing to Oman a few days ago while India drew with the West Asian country, Constantine said, “They are different teams with a different set of players. Oman were trying out different players, and so were Thailand.”India will look to their talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri to get them the goals, but the recent form of his strike partner Jeje Lalpekhlua could be a cause for concern. The Mizo, though, has it in him to produce impressive performance.He has evolved his game according to the needs and is one of the most important players we have in the team – @chetrisunil11Name @jejefanaiSquad Number 12Position Striker#BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianDream #BlueTigers pic.twitter.com/VJpJAISxXvIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 5, 2019Sandesh Jhingan has spearheaded the defence well and he will pair up with Anas Anas Edathodika at the heart of the backline. Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has been in top form as the last defensive bulwark.Constantine will look forward to his first-choice wingers, Udanta Singh and Halicharan Narzary, to supply enough deliveries upfront for Chhetri and Lalpekhlua.President @praful_patel is in Abu Dhabi to support the #BlueTigers for their first @afcasiancup match tomorrow! #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianDream pic.twitter.com/M4iS59exEUIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 5, 2019For Chhetri, this will be his second appearance in the Asian Cup after the 2011 edition. He is the only player in this team to have played in the 2011 tournament. Goalkeeper Gurpreet was in the 2011 squad but did not play a single match.On the other hand, Thailand’s best result in the continental championship came in 1972 when they finished third. Since then, they have failed to overcome the group stage hurdle in all the five occasions they qualified for the final round.advertisementThailand have come into the tournament after failing to defend their AFF Championships title, losing to Malaysia in the semifinals but that team did not have four key players who were based abroad.But head coach Milovan Rajevac, who guided Ghana to quarterfinals in 2010 World Cup, named all the foreign-based players for the Asian Cup to strengthen the Thailand team though Belgium based goalkepeer Kawin Thamsatchanan was ruled out last week due to injury, which may turn out to be a boon for India.The South East Asian side still have captain and striker Teerasil Dangda, Theerathon Bunmathan and Chanathip Songkrasin — all plying trade in Japan’s top-tier J League.The 30-year-old Dangda, who currently plays for Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J-League, is the only surviving member from Thailand’s last Asian Cup appearance in 2007 when the country played host to the tournament.Midfielder Songkrasin is currently a Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo player in the J League while full-back Bunmathan plays for Vissel Kobe on loan.A lot of travelling fans — the Blue Pilgrims — have already landed here to cheer for India. A lot of expatriate Indians are also expected to throng the Al Nahyan Stadium to support their team.Also Read | India will not take any team lightly, says Sandesh JhinganAlso Read | Bhaichung Bhutia wants Sunil Chhetri, Gurpreet Sandhu to lead from frontAlso Read | Gurpreet Singh says India will take one match at a timelast_img read more

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Former India cricketer GS Laxmi becomes 1st ever female ICC match-referee

first_imgFormer India women cricketer GS Lakshmi on Tuesday became the first female to be appointed to the ICC International Panel of Match Referees. The 51-year-old, who first officiated as a match referee in domestic women’s cricket in 2008-09, has overseen three women’s ODI matches and as many women’s T20I games.”To be selected in the international panel by the ICC is a huge honour for me as it opens up new avenues. I have had a long career as a cricketer in India and also as a Match Referee. I hope to put my experience both as a player and as a match official to good use on the international circuit,” Lakshmi said.ICC welcomes first female match referee and boosts numbers on development panel – https://t.co/LELHYPqmUI via @ICC ICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) May 14, 2019″I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ICC, officials at the BCCI, my seniors in the cricketing circuit, my family and colleagues who have supported me over the years. I hope to live up to their expectations by doing my job to the best of my ability,” she added.Following close on the heels of Claire Polosak, who earlier this month became the first ever woman umpire to stand in a men’s ODI, Lakshmi will be eligible to referee international games with immediate effect. Australia’s Eloise Sheridan has joined compatriot Polosak on the ICC Development Panel of Umpires, taking the number of women on that panel to an unprecedented eight. Sheridan was the reserve umpire for two matches in the Men’s Big Bash League 2018-19 and umpired four matches in the Women’s Big Bash League the same year. In October 2018, she became the first woman in Australia to umpire a men’s first-grade Premier Cricket final.advertisement”As a player, cricket allowed me to travel, meet wonderful people and share a mutual love for the game. It is great now to be able to continue my involvement in cricket in a different role and give something back to the game that has been such a big part of my life. I couldn’t take up opportunities like this without the continued support of the South Australian Cricket Association and Cricket Australia, as well as my very understanding partner,” Sheridan said.Lauren Agenbag, Kim Cotton, Shivani Mishra, Sue Redfern, Mary Waldron, and Jacqueline Williams are the other women officials on the panel. The first woman on the ICC Development Panel of Umpires was Kathy Cross, who retired last year.Meanwhile, Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager – Umpires and Referees said, “We welcome Lakshmi and Eloise to our panels, which is an important step forward in our commitment to encouraging women officials. It is heartening to see their progress and I am sure many more women will be inspired to follow their example. I wish them all the best for a long and enjoyable career.””We are committed to ensuring greater gender parity among our officials, but all appointments are made purely on merit. The elevation is as a result of a thorough evaluation process that identifies the most talented match officials breaking through to an international level. It is pleasing that through consistently high performance we are able to add more women to our panels,” Griffith added.Also Read | There is still time before women cricketers get equal pay, says Mithali RajAlso Read | First in Indian Cricket: Women state captains to have voice at BCCI Conclavelast_img read more

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West Bromwich Albion v Watford: match preview

first_imgMatch previews Share on Twitter The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Share on Facebook news West Bromwich Albion Read more Premier League Topics Venue The HawthornsLast season West Bromwich Albion 3 Watford 1Referee Michael OliverThis season G5, Y18, R2, 4.40 cards per gameOdds H 5-4 A 5-2 D 2-1West Bromwich AlbionSubs from Myhill, McManaman, Yacob, Chadli, Burke, Nyom, Field, McAuley, McClean, Livermore, Rondón, Robson-KanuDoubtful Burke (match fitness), Chadli (match fitness)Injured NoneSuspended NoneForm WWDLDLDiscipline Y11 R1Leading scorers Hegazi, Morrison, Robson-Kanu, Rodriguez 1WatfordSubs from Bachmann, Okaka, Deeney, Success, Sinclair, Dja Djédjé, Hughes, Watson, Capoue, Janmaat, Pereyra, Kamezis, Wagué, ZeegelaarDoubtful NoneInjured Prödl (hamstring, 14 Oct), Cathcart (knee), Chalobah (knee), Hoban (knee), Kaboul (hamstring), Zárate (match fitness, all unknown)Suspended NoneForm DWDWLWDiscipline Y8 R1Leading scorers Doucouré, Richarlison 2center_img Watford After a strong start to the season Tony Pulis’s predictable score and shut-up-shop tactics are failing West Bromwich Albion. In all competitions they have scored more than one goal once in eight attempts and that was against Accrington Stanley. Pulis was adamant his side deserved more at Arsenal but the Welshman’s protestations mask his side’s lack of creativity. Watford have no such problem and will be confident they can maintain their impeccable away form, that has yielded nine points from nine, despite missing Nathaniel Chalobah, who requires knee surgery after fracturing a patella. Graham SearlesKick-off Saturday 3pm Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Jamie George leads from the front for Saracens in Owen Farrell’s absence

first_imgRugby union Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share via Email Put simply, George was magnificent, covering every blade of artificial turf. He had a hand in three of Saracens’ first four tries as well as running a flawless lineout before coming up with a close-range score of his own. And do not doubt the impact he had on his side in terms of leadership after Saracens were shorn of Owen Farrell so soon before kick-off with his wife in labour.At 28 George is a senior member of this side and one of the loudest voices. Watch him during a break in play and he is constantly giving out instructions, demanding more of his side. Without doing him a disservice, he does not quite perform that role for England yet, perhaps a knock-on effect of spending so long in Hartley’s shadow. He was, however, one of England’s most consistent performers during the Six Nations and Jones, in attendance here, must learn to trust him as one of his key on-field lieutenants before the World Cup. For Jones has a leadership void to fill but here was living proof that another of his players can rise to the task when Farrell is not performing well or indeed at all.When he finally made way, with seven minutes to go, Saracens had hit 50 points, Glasgow had been ruthlessly dismantled, yet still George was barking orders, getting his message across. If the double tackle by Alex Lozowski and Max Malins on Stuart Hogg typified Saracens’ victory, so too did George’s performance – ruddy-cheeked and relentless in equal measure.It was not a perfect start for Saracens, far from it, with Glasgow moving ahead with a delightful try, swiftly moving the ball from a lineout on the right, crucially through Hogg’s hands, before Ali Price went over.The Saracens huddle formed immediately and George was at the centre of things. There was an inevitability about the outcome when Saracens hit back as quickly as they did and credit must go to Alex Goode, stepping in so seamlessly with Farrell absent. He often fills in at fly-half and here he was regularly putting boot to ball, along with Ben Spencer, to cause the Warriors all manner of problems in the air. /sport/2016/aug/18/sign-up-to-the-breakdown It gave Saracens a way back into the match, Goode chipping cleverly with advantage for Liam Williams’ first try, and it gave the home side the platform to establish their commanding lead with two more tries before the interval, with George heavily involved in both. First, he zipped a miss-pass to David Strettle to go over in the right corner and then freed Lozowski, who in turn released Brad Barritt.If it was a shock that there were no afters between these two sides until just before half-time, it was certainly no surprise that George was in the thick of it for Saracens. He had been everywhere else in the opening 40 minutes. He picked up from where he left off in the second, thundering into his side’s first tackle of the half and just a few minutes later came up with a key turnover. He got the try his performance deserved before finally making way to rapturous applause.George is a consistent performer for Saracens but what set him apart here was his ability to pop up in midfield, throwing dummies and fizzing accurate passes, or find himself out on the wing, as he did to tee up Williams’s second early in the second half. When hookers wearing a different shade of black do this kind of thing they are often lauded as the second coming. The hope must be that it continues to be seen in white. Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook On afternoons like this it is easy to forget just how long Jamie George had to wait for his first England start – that he was named as a replacement 19 times before getting hold of the England No 2 jersey, more than two years after his debut, and that he made three starts for the Lions before he did so once for his country. For here was further evidence that, if Dylan Hartley ends up being part of Eddie Jones’s World Cup squad, he will not do so as England’s first-choice hooker. Saracens Glasgow Rugby Reuse this content Champions Cup … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Read more Sportblog Liam Williams bags two tries as Saracens storm to semi-final Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

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Operators of MSMEs Encouraged to Utilise Technology

first_imgStory Highlights The three-day event is being held under the theme ‘Improving Sustainability through Resource Development’.Mrs. Williams said the use of social media as “business engagement” tools, and with a vast amount of people transacting business online, e-commerce is expected to become the largest retail channel in the world by 2021.“As much as you are able to incorporate technology in your business process, you will be amazed at the number of persons that you can reach with the use of social media platforms – a website, and even your own e-commerce platform,” she told the audience.The Minister argued that businesses, communication, and many aspects of everyday life will be revolutionised by technology, and the necessary steps must be taken to retool and prepare for the next “frontier of business”.Mrs. Williams said the Government fully recognises that digital data is a crucial source of innovation and value to businesses, and the Data Protection Bill that will soon be debated in the Parliament is a proactive action to manage the system.She encouraged the business operators to provide ongoing training of their managers and staff to navigate the web responsibly, and to equip their systems and networks with state-of-the-art protection mechanisms, to mitigate cyberattack as best as possible. The Minister said that with the World Economic Forum pointing to the technology revolution connecting billions of people via mobile devices with “unprecedented processing power,” this holds “tremendous growth opportunities” for the sector. She was delivering the keynote address at the opening of the Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ) 2019 Caribbean MSME Conference, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on April 16.center_img Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, is encouraging operators of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to utilise technology for efficiency and profit-making.She was delivering the keynote address at the opening of the Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ) 2019 Caribbean MSME Conference, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on April 16.The Minister said that with the World Economic Forum pointing to the technology revolution connecting billions of people via mobile devices with “unprecedented processing power,” this holds “tremendous growth opportunities” for the sector.“It has become crucial that businesses, whether small or large, leverage technology as a means of increasing efficiency and productivity to drive growth,” the Minister said.Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams (left), in discussion with (from left) Executive Director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, Marlene Street-Forrest; Assistant General Manager/Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer at the JN Group, Dr. Dana Dixon, and President of the Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ), Hugh Johnson. Occasion was the opening ceremony for the SBAJ 2019 Caribbean MSME Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on April 16. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, is encouraging operators of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to utilise technology for efficiency and profit-making.last_img read more

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EUCAP Nestor Strengthens Foothold in Somaliland

first_imgzoom The Somaliland Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Behi Yonis, and EUCAP Nestor Head of Mission, Etienne de Poncins, signed an agreement to set out the basis for further development of cooperative relations and activities between Somaliland and EUCAP Nestor.EUCAP Nestor Head of Mission, Etienne de Poncins with the Somaliland Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Behi YonisEUCAP Nestor is the European Union’s maritime security capacity building mission, and has been actively engaged with Somaliland since autumn 2013.In March 2014, the EUCAP Nestor mission opened a Field Office in Hargeisa that allows for an operational presence in Somaliland.Since then, EUCAP Nestor legal, maritime and police experts based in Nairobi and supported by the Headquarters in Djibouti, together with the leadership of Somaliland Counter Piracy Coordination (CPC) Office, Coast Guard and members of the Judiciary, have been reviewing the legal framework for the Somaliland Coast Guard, and have carried out several workshops in the past months.Minister Yonis said: “To the Somaliland people, this Agreement represents the acknowledgement of the responsible and effective role Somaliland has played, and will continue to play, in combating the conditions of impunity which contribute to the recurrence of piracy in the region. By enhancing maritime security, Somaliland will be better able to cultivate the vast maritime resources along its 860 kilometer coast, so as to develop local livelihoods for our people and intensify economic growth throughout the region.”The CPC Office and Ministry of Interior have been instrumental in cooperating with the EUCAP Nestor Focal Point for Somaliland to develop the Agreement and ensure the inclusive engagement of all stakeholders.These institutions will continue to lead efforts to harmonise EUCAP Nestor’s expertise and support broader efforts to address major issues facing Somaliland’s waters, including illegal fishing, waste dumping and human trafficking, and ultimately guarantee the safe passage of global trade and transport through the Gulf of Aden.“The Agreement signed today will enable EUCAP Nestor to support Somaliland authorities on a more permanent basis and will help in realising the tasks of rebuilding the Coast Guard and Judiciary. EUCAP Nestor experts will be present in Somaliland on a rotating basis and will work together with their counterparts from the Coast Guard, Police and Judiciary to increase maritime security capacities,” said EUCAP Nestor Head of Mission, Etienne de Poncins.To operationalize the cooperation, a Joint Action Plan has been developed with the Somaliland CPC Office and the United Nations’ Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC).The newly appointed EUCAP Nestor Head of Field Office has been designated as coordinator of this Joint Action Plan.June 20, 2014last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_imgHALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fairview Overpass Starting today, April 16, traffic patterns on the Fairview Overpass in HRM will be adjusted as the new structure returns to service and clean up is completed. Motorists should drive with caution and pay extra attention to traffic control signs during the next few days. Weather permitting, the overpass should be fully open by Monday, April 19. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 -30-last_img

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Shashi launches programmes for welfare of pregnant women malnourished children

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to reduce malnutrition among children, the minister of state for Women and Child Development Shashi Panja launched community based programmes on Friday, to be conducted for the welfare of pregnant women.Based on different issues related to pregnant women, these events will be conducted on the fourth Friday of every month. Spreading awareness among pregnant women about breastfeeding and other issues, Supusti Dibas will be conducted every month with their husband and mother in-law as invitee members at Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) centres. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile Annaparasan Dibas, ensuring complementary feeding in children between the age group of six and nine months, will be conducted quarterly. “Supsuti Dibas and Annaparasan Dibas will provide a big platform to the functionaries of the centre and the parents/community, in which activities are organised in a bigger form of advocacy, awareness generation for their involvement as well as for establishing partnership for optimum development of children,” said Panja on the sidelines of a programme on the theme of ‘Optimal and Exclusive Breastfeeding’ held at Aikatan Community Hall in Bagbazar Street. She informed that ‘Pushti’ (a blend of ground wheat, groundnut, Bengal gram and sugar) a readymade meal for breakfast, will be distributed free of cost among girls (between the age group of 11 and 14 years) from the ICDS centres. The malnourished children will be allowed to carry this ready-to-eat food home.last_img read more

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MMIWG national inquiry in Yellowknife this week

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN NewsSandra Faye Lockhart is testifying this week in Yellowknife at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.But Lockhart is concerned that the increased focus on the commissioners from critics is coming at the expense of families.“They are putting the focus on taking the commissioners down,” said Lockhart. “You should be upholding the women.”She hopes despite the criticism families and survivors come forward and speak in Yellowknife.cmorritjacobs@aptn.calast_img read more

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Torstar CEO Costcutting has preserved cash needed for business transformation

first_imgTORONTO – Torstar Corp.’s national and local print advertising continued to fall in the third quarter but cost-cutting efforts have been successful in maintaining the company’s cash balances and dividend at an acceptable level, executives said Wednesday.But they also said cost reduction will remain a important area of focus with no end in sight for a years-long decline in print advertising revenue at Torstar’s flagship Toronto Star newspaper and its Metroland Media Group.Torstar chief executive John Boynton told analysts on a conference call that he sees cost-cutting as essential to preserving cash flow that’s required to fuel a transformation of the company’s core business.“In the balance of 2017, we expect to benefit from $3 million in cost-savings related to restructuring and outsourcing initiatives, already undertaken to date, and we expect these cost reductions to offset print ad revenue trends which we expect (will) continue to be challenging,” Boynton said.However, Torstar’s unrestricted cash and cash equivalents was down to $51.4 million at Sept. 30, from $75.4 million at the end of December, leading analysts to ask whether Torstar’s dividend was under review.“We’ll keep looking at the dividend and everything’s on the table, but we don’t have any changes so far that are required at this time,” Boynton said.“We’re still comfortable with our cash position, the amount of cash we need to fuel our transformation.”Chief financial officer Lorenz DeMarchi added that the drain on cash flow is expected to be lighter than in the first half of 2017, when severance and pension expenses were heavy.As of Sept. 30, Torstar had cut about 220 positions. It expects $12.1 million of savings from the cuts in calendar 2017 and $5 million in 2018.Executives also noted that Torstar (TSX:TS.B) has no bank debt and its unrestricted cash doesn’t include its share of cash at VerticalScope or $9.1 million of restricted cash pledged as collateral to standby letters of credit.Torstar’s total segmented revenue, which includes its core Star and Metroland newspaper groups plus a share of revenues from joint ventures and its 56 per cent stake in VerticalScope, fell to $164.6 million compared with $181.7 million a year ago.The quarter had a net loss of $6.6 million or eight cents per share, compared with a profit of $1.4 million or two cents per share a year ago when Torstar benefited from the sale of its printing plant in Vaughan, Ont., and the sale of a property in Guelph, Ont.On an adjusted basis, Torstar says it lost eight cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30, the same as the third quarter of 2016.Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.last_img read more

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Savannah State A Record 70 12Point Underdog vs Florida

Savannah State, the small black college on Georgia’s southeastern shore, has made the NCAA record books, albeit dubiously.The betting line in Las Vegas has Savannah State a 70 ½-point underdog for Saturday game against No. 6 Florida State. No one can recall seeing a number like that.“Without a doubt,” said Mike Colbert, vice president of risk management for Las Vegas-based Cantor Gaming, “this is the biggest line I’ve put up in 10 years doing this.”No surprise there. In fact, all indications, this is largest point spread ever for a Division I game.Think you’d take those odds? Well, you might want to think again.The Tigers were nearly as big an underdog last week — in the 65½-point range — and they didn’t come close to covering. No. 18 Oklahoma State romped to an 84-0 rout, handing Savannah State its eighth straight defeat going back to last season.“We had to make an even bigger line for Florida State,” Colbert said, “because we think Florida State is better than Oklahoma State.”For Savannah State, this is called taking a whipping for the money. The school is collecting paychecks totaling $860,000, which will go a long way toward helping the financially strapped athletic program meet its total budget of $5.1 million.“You preach the same message. We’re going to get on the bus to Tallahassee with the thought of winning the game,” Tigers coach Steve Davenport told the Savannah Morning News without a smile. “The reality is the reality and we’ll see how we pan out. The charge is to play as hard as you can for 60 minutes, no different than it was for Oklahoma State.”Colbert said most of the early money from Vegas betters was on the underdog.“I think people just saw the big number and instantly put their bets on Savannah State,” he said. “I don’t think they put much thought into it.”Of course, the bookies are more careful with their money. Colbert had several factors to consider before setting the historic spread in favor of Florida State (1-0).“It was an interesting line to make,” he said. “If Florida State wanted to play its top guys the entire game, they could probably win by a hundred. But some guesswork comes in with a number like this. It’s not purely about statistics and numbers. How long will they play their top guys? Will they run the score up? Quite frankly, I expect Florida State to play (the starters) for at least the first half.”The main goal for the Seminoles, Colbert figured, is to get through the game without injuries to any key players before they open their Atlantic Coast Conference schedule the following week. There is absolutely no possibility of losing this game.“You know they’ll want to be healthy for their conference games,” the oddsmaker pointed out. “That said, Florida State’s backups are better than Savannah State’s starters. I don’t expect them to stop scoring.” read more

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The World Chess Championship Is Deadlocked After Game 2

The chess computer engine that keeps me warm during the games suggested a rather dramatic sacrifice: taking black’s pawn on f7 with the white knight. Black’s king would take the white knight, but white would gain exciting but complex attacking chances. Carlsen opted against the gambit — instead developing a bishop to f3 — perhaps because his clock was loudly ticking in his ear.Caruana started scratching his own head at this point — but the tension soon slackened. By move 26, the queens and remaining bishops had been traded off the board, leaving the two in another endgame involving only rooks and pawns, just like they had on Friday. This version, however, ended much more quickly than the marathon that came before. read more

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Detective attacked lover in row over salty meal

Asweina Gutty has been placed on restricted duties “I look at our photographs together and they remind me of great times, but there is a dark shadow.”Asweina screamed at me because I couldn’t put stuff in a bag at the supermarket and because I left a used tissue near the bed. “She did not want me to see my friends because of her jealousy.”Her reactions were like a volcano, shouting at me and I’d apologise just to keep her calm.”There were also insults like: ‘Whore, slag’ and: ‘You white people.'”Asweina became angry because I put salt in the dinner, like I was a small child that had done something dangerous. I felt belittled.”She followed this with anger and a rage in her eyes. Asweina became someone else and I feared for my safety.”I saw then that this surely could not be love.”I loved her so much, but the monster within her is more dominant than the loving woman I fell in love with.”Gutty admitted assault assaulting her former lover but blamed the attack on post-traumatic stress disorder as the result of her job.She is currently on restricted duties.District Judge Nina Tempia adjourned sentencing until September 21. Asweina Gutty has been placed on restricted duties A Metropolitan Police officer flew into a rage and attacked her detective lover after spotting her putting salt on a meal she had prepared, a court has heard.Detective Constable Asweina Gutty, 34, grabbed Detective Constable Sharon Etheridge around the throat, pushed her against a wall and screamed at her for seasoning the food she had cooked.The victim, who had left her husband to begin a relationship with Gutty, admitted it had broken her heart to report her for domestic violence but said she had been terrified by the “rage in her eyes”.Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how Ms Etheridge, who was married with children, began an intense relationship with Gutty after they met while working together at the Community Safety Unit in Bethnal Green, east London.The court heard that Gutty had cooked a meal for the pair at her flat in Stoke Newington, north London, but had become angry when Ms Etheridge added salt to her dish. Asweina Gutty will be sentenced next month Gutty, screamed: “Are you for real? I’ve spent hours making ******* dinner and you’ve put ******* salt in it.”The couple then ate in silence before Gutty attacked her partner as she got up to go home.Prosecutor Edward Cohen said: “The defendant then grabbed her around the throat and pushed her back, causing Ms Etheridge to bang her head against the wall. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Asweina Gutty will be sentenced next month “She tried to grab the defendant’s wrist and pull it away and was in a state of shock and her head banged against the wall for a second time.”After the incident Gutty began bombarding her with text messages and phone callsMs Etheridge told officers that Gutty was prone to angry outbursts which were like a “volcano erupting”.She reported Gutty to the police and made a statement. “She said during the relationship the defendant was very volatile and would go off over trivial things.”Afterwards Ms Etheridge said: “I cannot tell you how difficult this is. It is breaking my heart, but Asweina needs to know how much she hurt me.”We had an extreme connection, we became inseparable, being with her was amazing. I loved her so much.”When my family found out I lost them, but if being with Asweina meant losing my family then so be it.”We were going to live together, have a family, have adventures, travel and live life to the full. read more

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Mumbai top order destroys Kings XI in highest successful chase

Nikhil Kalro is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPL 2017: Kings XI barely defend 230 to stay aliveMay 11, 2017In “Sports”IPL 2017 Qualifier 1 : Advantage Mumbai as Rising Pune miss key playersMay 15, 2017In “Sports”MI out of IPL 2018 after falling short in thrilling run chase against DDMay 20, 2018In “Local News” Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2017, IndoreMumbai Indians 199 for 2 (Buttler 77, Rana 62*, Parthiv 37) beat Kings XI Punjab 198 for 4 (Amla 104*, Maxwell 40) by eight wicketsBy: Nikhil KalroIn the best batting conditions of the IPL, Mumbai Indians coasted to their highest successful IPL chase to reclaim their spot atop the points table. A target of 199 should have been more daunting but such was their dominance that by the 15th over of the innings, the required rate was 1.6. All of that meant Hashim Amla’s maiden T20 hundred, 60-ball 104 stocked with elegance and grace, was in vain. It was also the highest successful chase this season.Jos Buttler and Nitish Rana struck authoritative fifties in Mumbai’s chase after Parthiv Patel’s 18-ball 37. Buttler found form with a brutish display of power hitting, hammering seven fours and five sixes. Rana saw no need to keep the ball along the ground, striking seven sixes in his unbeaten 62, taking his top spot back at the top of this season’s run-making charts.T20 batting, a pleasant sight againOccasionally, T20s are stripped of some of the simple joys of cricket, such as timing or technically-equipped batsmen building an innings. Kings XI have not lacked either. Manan Vohra’s replacement, Shaun Marsh, and Amla are arguably the most pleasant opening pair in this IPL. They immediately showed why.Marsh’s delectable cuts, drives and pulls were matched by Amla’s beautiful wrists and timing. They raced to 46 before Marsh played his worst stroke – a flick he tried to muscle, instead of relying on his timing.Saha’s sacrificeWriddhiman Saha had laboured to 11 off 14 balls, struggling for fluency. Although his strike rate was lofty, Amla was set on anchoring the innings. Kings XI’s run rate was approaching seven. With plenty of batting resources to come and the chance of a middle-overs collapse relatively low, Saha decided to attack. It didn’t come off – he was bowled off Krunal Pandya, but he allowed more able hitters to use a strong platform. Glenn Maxwell did, thwacking an 18-ball 40, making full use of the second half of the innings.Malinga v AmlaLasith Malinga is Mumbai’s slog-overs specialist. Amla is Kings XI’s most equipped batsman to handle Malinga’s variations. Both teams needed their gun overseas players to break the game open. Malinga, though, missed his length too often; his slower balls landed on a full length and skidded onto the bat. Amla wasn’t funky, he stuck to his strengths.When Malinga bowled at the stumps, Amla hit straight and met the ball at different angles to pick different gaps. When the line was wayward, Amla could use the cross bat without risk. Malinga went for 58 – his most expensive IPL returns. Amla alone took him for 51 of those, the second-most against a bowler in the IPL.Using the best conditionsThe reason M Chinnaswamy Stadium was a favourable chasing ground last season wasn’t just the small boundary dimensions, but also the nature of the surface – even pace and bounce without much turn. Batsmen can hit through the line, and mis-hits take the ball over the boundary. The Holkar Cricket Stadium is the closest resemblance to those characteristics this season.Despite Kings XI putting up 198, all Mumbai needed was a strong start to keep the asking rate in check. Their openers – Buttler and Parthiv – took it a step further, plundering 82 in the Powerplay. There were 14 boundaries and just six balls not scored off, the second-lowest in IPL history. (ESPNcricinfo) read more

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