a month agoChelsea midfielder Mount feared long-term injury

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Mount feared long-term injuryby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMason Mount has revealed he feared he had suffered a long-term injury against Valencia last week.The midfielder was substituted after 15 minutes during the 1-0 loss, but returned to start against Liverpool on Sunday.”As soon as I did it I thought it was going to be a long-term injury,” Mount said.”But then I iced it and it calmed down and I realised it was not as bad as I first thought. The next day I was jogging on it a little and from then I knew there was a chance of me being involved [against Liverpool yesterday].”There is still swelling there now but it is solid and I felt good and I trained the day before. I was pretty positive the day before the game that I would be involved.”He added: “You have to block the injury out of your mind and focus on the game.”When I had that chance which I felt I should have scored I rolled my ankle a little bit and it felt fine. It was fine throughout the whole game. It was solid.”Your Champions League debut, you don’t want it to end so soon, but that is football, it happened, and I try to stay positive. “I looked forward to the Liverpool game and set a goal that hopefully I could get ready for that. I feel like I am a quick recoverer and we worked on it hard and I was able to get back.” last_img read more

Pakistan Super League 2020: PCB, franchise owners come on board to conduct entire league in Pakistan

first_img India Today Web Desk KarachiAugust 6, 2019UPDATED: August 6, 2019 17:46 IST Pakistan Super League 2020 (Photo: @thePSLt20)HIGHLIGHTSPCB chairman recently Ehsan Mani held a meeting with the owners of PSLThe six franchise owners have agreed on hosting the entire PSL in PakistanThe owners have also expressed their concern over the foreign players’ availabilityOwners of six franchises of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) have come to an arrangement with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to stage the fifth edition of the tournament in 2020 entirely in Pakistan.PCB chairman Ehsan Mani had held a meeting with the owners of the six franchises and discussed the matter at length, Dawn.com reported.Pakistan Super League in the 2019 edition was held in UAE and only eight matches were held in Pakistan. With the matches taking place in Pakistan, many foreign players opted to not go to the country.So if the latest edition of the tournament takes place in Pakistan, the biggest hurdle would be the availability of overseas cricketers.The owners have also expressed their concern over the foreign player’s availability if the competition is completely scheduled in Pakistan. The PCB and team owners have agreed to move jointly in order to convince the most number of overseas players.PSL was organised for the first time in 2016 and till now the tournament has been played for four editions.Islamabad United is the only team to have won the tournament twice (2016 and 2018).Quetta Gladiators had won the PSL’s fourth edition in 2019.Read more | Ashes 2019: Lyon King tribute to Australia off-spinner is a viral meme nowAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow PCBFollow Pakistan Super LeagueFollow PSLFollow Pakistan league Pakistan Super League 2020: PCB, franchise owners come on board to conduct entire league in PakistanThe 2019 edition of Pakistan Super League saw only 8 matches played in Pakistan with the remainder of the T20 tournament in the UAE.advertisementlast_img read more

Royal Caribbean Launches Chinese JV

first_imgzoom Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Ctrip.com International Ltd. have agreed to form a strategic partnership through SkySea Cruises, a joint venture which is designed to serve the Chinese cruise market. Royal Caribbean and Ctrip will each own 35% of the new company, with the balance being owned by SkySea management and a private equity fund. The transaction is expected to close before the end of November.“We look forward to working with Ctrip, a Chinese travel leader, to build a national cruise line for China,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “SkySea Cruises represents an important strategic milestone in our expansion efforts in the Chinese market.”The new cruise line will begin service in the middle of 2015 and will operate with one ship. The venture anticipates the potential for additional vessels to be added over time. Sales and marketing activities have commenced.“Our partnership with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. will allow us to bring the very best cruise vacations tailor-made for Chinese travelers,” said Min Fan, chairman and chief executive officer of SkySea Cruises. “We expect SkySea cruises to be an integral part of China’s fast growing cruise market.”Ctrip.com is a travel service provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours, and corporate travel management in China.Press Releaselast_img read more

US China raise tariffs in new round of trade dispute

first_imgBEIJING, China – The United States and China went ahead with tariff hikes on billions of dollars of each other’s automobiles, factory machinery and other goods Thursday in an escalation of a battle over Beijing’s technology policy that companies worry will chill global economic growth.The increases came as envoys met in Washington for their first high-level talks in two months. They gave no sign of progress toward a settlement of U.S. complaints that Beijing steals technology and its industry development plans violate Chinese free-trade commitments.The 25 per cent duties, previously announced, apply to $16 billion of goods from each side including automobiles and metal scrap from the United States and Chinese-made factory machinery and electronic components.In the first round of tariff hikes, U.S. President Donald Trump imposed 25 per cent duties on $34 billion of Chinese imports on July 6. Beijing responded with similar penalties on the same amount of American goods.The Chinese government criticized Thursday’s U.S. increase as a violation of World Trade Organization rules and said it would file a legal challenge.A foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, declined to give details of the Washington talks.“We hope the U.S. side will get along with us to strive for a good result from the talks with a reasonable and practical attitude,” Lu said.Beijing has rejected U.S. demands to scale back plans for state-led technology development that its trading partners say violate its market-opening commitments. American officials worry they might erode the United States’ industrial leadership.With no settlement in sight, economists warn the conflict could spread and knock up to 0.5 percentage points off global economic growth through 2020.The pressure on Chinese export industries that support millions of jobs adds to challenges for Communist leaders who are trying to shore up slowing economic growth.Factory output, consumer spending and other indicators were weaker than expected in July. Beijing has responded by pumping money into financial markets and announcing plans for higher spending on public works construction.Chinese leaders have promised to help struggling exporters and ordered banks to lend more freely to them. But they have avoided full-scale economic stimulus that would set back efforts to rein in surging debt and nurture self-sustaining growth supported by consumer spending.Forecasters say the impact of U.S. tariffs on China’s economy is small and manageable for now. Credit Suisse said this month that if Trump goes ahead with all threatened U.S. increases, the “worst case” outlook would cut China’s economic growth by 0.2 percentage points this year and 1.3 per cent in 2019.The International Monetary Fund’s growth forecast for China this year is 6.5 per cent, down from last year’s 6.8 per cent and more than double the U.S. forecast of 2.9 per cent.Ahead of the Washington talks, Chinese state TV mocked Trump with a sarcastic video posted on the YouTube and other social media pages of its international arm, China Global Television Network.“You are great,” says a presenter on the nearly three-minute English-language clip, reading a letter that pays a satirical tribute to Trump.“On behalf of doctors, thank you for pointing out the need to wean off American goods like bourbon and bacon,” the presenter says, referring to products on which China imposed retaliatory tariffs.The video appeared to have been removed Thursday from CGTN’s social media accounts.Trump has proposed another possible round of tariff hikes involving 25 per cent increases on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods. Beijing issued a $60 billion list of American products for retaliation if Washington goes ahead with that.That smaller target list reflects the fact that Beijing is running out of American goods for retaliation due to their lopsided trade balance.China’s imports from the United States last year totalled about $130 billion. That leaves about $20 billion for penalties after tariffs already imposed or planned on a total of $110 billion.Chinese authorities have said they will take “comprehensive measures,” which companies worry could mean targeting operations of American businesses in China for disruption.last_img read more

Rahul Dravid cant vote in April 18 Lok Sabha polls

first_imgBengaluru: Former cricketer Rahul Dravid, who was part of the Election Commission’s campaign to boost voting, will miss out on voting in the current Lok Sabha polls as he did take steps to get his name included in the voters’ list after a change of residence here.Dravid and his family had moved from their ancestral house in Indiranagar to Ashwathnagar and subsequently names of him and his wife were removed from the Electral Rolls. This was based on Form 7 for deletions submitted by his brother, Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said here Monday. “…but after shifting to new residence Rahul Dravid did not take steps to get his name included in the electoral roll although registration officials visited there several times,” Kumar said. The electoral authorities came to know about Dravid’s name not being in the list after finalisation of the electoral rolls.last_img read more

CEOs office launches twin trams to educate voters in city about EVMs

first_imgKolkata: In a unique bid to create awareness among voters to exercise their franchise, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state introduced two trams with facilities to educate voters about the use of EVMs and VVPAT.One of the trams will move around South Kolkata with another in North Kolkata till Saturday. The two constituencies of Kolkata North and Kolkata South in the city, along with Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Joynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour and Jadavpur will go to polls on May 19, in the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Tram is one of the modes that we are using for greater participation of common people in the electoral process. These will move around different parts of the city and create awareness about EVMs and VVPAT. Our icons for physically challenged voters will also motivate them,” CEO Bengal Ariz Aftab said on Tuesday, while flagging off a tram from Ballygunge tram depot. The trams have been decked up nicely with hoardings, banners and leaflets that speak about the importance of elections and at the same time, educate voters about the process. As per figures available with the Election Commission in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the two Kolkata parliamentary constituencies saw poor turnout of voters. Although the state average was a whopping 82.22 percent, Kolkata South recorded only 67.95 percent voting with North Kolkata at 65.99 percent. Some Assembly constituencies located within the city also witnessed poor percentage. Tollygunge, which falls under Jadavpur constituency, recorded a voting of 74.01 percent, while Metiabruz under Diamond Harbour constituency and Bidhannagar Assembly segment under Barasat constituency recorded 72.26 percent and 71.81 percent respectively.last_img read more

UN unveils new multimedia product to showcase its work

The interactive online presentation entitled “60 Ways the UN Makes a Difference” was presented today in New York to students at the UN International School, several of whom had participated in its production. The UN, commonly known for its “blue helmets” and activities in the area of peace and security, has achieved a myriad of other less-well-known successes, from eradicating smallpox and ending apartheid to promoting the rights of persons with disabilities.The animated presentation follows the popular release of the printed publication by the same title. The original book was produced to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the UN’s founding of the United Nations. Both the CD and the book were produced by the Department of Public Information and are available for sale online. read more

New UN bullying report calls for safe inclusive schools for all children

Evidence-based programmes and interventions. UNESCO’s report, Behind the numbers: ending school violence and bullying, released on Tuesday at the 2019 Education World Forum in London, reveals that nearly one-in-three boys and girls have been bullied at least once at school over the last month, and a similar proportion have been affected by physical violence.Overall, says the report, physical bullying is the biggest problem in most regions, but in North America and Europe, psychological bullying is the most common, followed by sexually-related bullying.Online and smartphone bullying on the risePhysical bullying is more common among boys, while psychological bullying is more prevalent among girls. Meanwhile, online and mobile phone bullying is on the rise. Children perceived as different in any way from the norm, are the most likely to be bullied, with physical appearance being the most common cause followed by race, nationality or skin colour.Bullying must be addressed because it significantly effects children’s mental health, quality of life and academic achievement, the report states.Frequently bullied children are nearly three times more likely to feel shunned and more than twice as likely to miss school. Their educational-outcomes decline, and they are more likely to leave after finishing secondary school.,Not all bad, some progress made Despite the gravity of the problem, some countries have made significant progress towards reducing, or containing, school violence and bullying.”We are greatly encouraged that nearly half of countries with available data have decreased rates of school violence and bullying” said Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education. “This proves that through a combination of strong political leadership and other factors such as training, collaboration, reporting and monitoring, we can alleviate the climate of fear created by school bullying and violence.”,UNESCO-recommended measures to lower school violence and reduce bullying: Robust legal and policy frameworks.,The UNESCO report is one of the UN educational agency’s contributions to the ‘Safe to Learn’ campaign, an initiative focused on ending violence in schools, so children can learn, thrive and pursue their dreams.It brings together data from a range of global and regional surveys, covering 144 countries and territories in all regions, yielding the most up-to-date and comprehensive evidence on school violence and bullying.“All children and young people have the right to safe, inclusive and effective learning environments”, concluded Ms. Giannini. Effective reporting and monitoring systems. Better political leadership. Student empowerment and participation. Support and referral for affected students. A commitment to a safe, positive school and classroom environment. Teacher training and support. read more

Tajh Boyd Leads No 3 Clemson over NC State

Quarterback Tajh Boyd and the Clemson Tigers football squad was victorious over N.C. State Thursday night.In his first Atlantic Coast Conference game of the year, the star QB threw three touchdowns for 244 yards to help his team beat the Wolfpack 26-14.Clemson’s offense has been on fire since the beginning of the football season. The Tigers came in averaging 45 points and 490 yards a game, but didn’t manage to score a TD until the end of the second quarter.“We had two or three scoring opportunities that we didn’t convert on and just missed them. Just that simple,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “I thought we had a good game plan. I was pleased with how we were able to run the ball but disappointed with some execution in the first half. … But we cleaned it up, we battled hard and got it to the second half and we ended up coming alive.”Boyd praised his teammates for overcoming earlier struggles to still win the game.“I think for the offense we always go and find a way to make a play when it’s needed,” Boyd said. “When we really need it, we go get it done. … It was huge. We had to make sure we got something out of it.” read more

Police officer shot in Northern Ireland in terrorist attack

first_imgThe PSNI stopping and searching a man in Ardoyne after a police officer was shot in the arm at a petrol station Credit:PA There are reports that 1 of our Officer’s has been injured in a terrorist shooting in Belfast.Thoughts are with him & his family #WeAreYou— PFNI (@PoliceFedforNI) January 22, 2017 He said it underlined the fragility of the peace.”It’s one reason why the threat level here remains classed ‘severe’ which means a terrorist attack is highly likely.”Officers already exercise great vigilance and I would appeal to them to remain at high alert.”The Crumlin Road has been closed while police investigate.The attack comes as Northern Ireland prepares for fresh elections after the collapse of powersharing.Former deputy first minister Martin McGuinness resigned in protest over a botched green energy scheme which is predicted to leave taxpayers millions out of pocket. The PSNI stopping and searching a man in Ardoyne after a police officer was shot in the arm at a petrol station  Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) assistant chief constable Mark Hamilton said: “This was a very concerted attack on our officers – a very concerted attempt to murder them.”Our main line of enquiry at the minute is violent dissident republicans.”One arrest has already been made.”Several shots were fired. The injured officer has been taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where he is undergoing surgery. Mr Hamilton said he was conscious and was doing as well as could be expected.”We are hopeful that he will make a full recovery but this is a deeply shocking event, something that will take him some time to recover from.”Mark Lindsay, chairman of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland, said it was an appalling act.”This attack on the life of an officer is a stark reminder of the determination on the part of terrorists to murder and maim police officers.”They believe that by causing great grief to a family they are somehow advancing their warped and outdated plan. The wider community will be outraged by this attack on one of their police officers.”The police serve the entire community and wounding one individual is an attack on the entire community.” A police officer has been shot in north Belfast in what was described as a “terrorist” attack.He suffered injuries to the arm, which were said not to be life-threatening, in the drive-by attack near a petrol station.  Police said on Sunday night that a man aged 36 had been arrested. Dissident republicans have attempted to kill members of the security forces in Northern Ireland in recent years.The Police Federation which represents rank and file officers said the shooting, which took place at around 7.30pm on the Crumlin Road, was a terrorist attack.center_img Dissident republicans opposed to peace have killed police, prison officers and soldiers in the past.Democratic Unionist MP Nigel Dodds said it was a despicable act.Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire tweeted: “I am shocked and appalled at this evening’s cowardly shooting.”To attack officers who are going about their daily duty protecting the entire community is sickening.”Mr Dodds said it was a deeply disturbing incident which echoes back to the kind of terrorism people used to face on a daily basis.”These are scenes that we should all want to move away from in Northern Ireland. We must be mindful how a threat to the future of the political institutions can create a vacuum, which terrorists such as these will seek to fill.”We must all stand against those who wish to use threats, intimidation and violence to further their political ends.”It is vital we all stand against such activity and work to move Northern Ireland forward.” This attack on the life of an officer is a stark reminder of the determination on the part of terrorists to murder and maim police officersMark Lindsay, Police Federation for Northern Ireland Nationalist SDLP assembly member Nichola Mallon said those responsible were calculating criminals, intent on destabilising a community which continues to make strides toward reconciliation, who will be rejected by local people.She said: “This community has rejected the men of violence before and it will do so again. There will be no cover given to those who seek to destabilise our progress and bring mayhem back to our streets.”Senior Sinn Fein assembly member Gerry Kelly said those responsible were the same people who are attacking the local community.”They have absolutely nothing to offer society and need to call a halt to these activities immediately.”Democratic Unionist Nelson McCausland, who scrutinises the police as part of his role on the Policing Board, said it was a terrible reminder of the darkest days when such attacks were a regular occurrence.”This is reminiscent of what happened back in the 1970s and 1980s and sadly there are those around who want to drag us back to a violent past.”Within recent years there have been other attempts by republican terrorists to murder police officers on the Crumlin Road but fortunately they were unsuccessful.”It is also a stark reminder that those who threaten our political institutions can create a vacuum, which these extremists and terrorists will try to fill.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Mining company gun loaned to unauthorized worker 2 in custody

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHeavily armed bandits rob mining camps, wreaking havoc in Region 7July 18, 2017In “Crime”Miner drowns after mining pit collapses in Region 8January 24, 2018In “Crime”Fourth mining fatality recorded for 2019April 15, 2019In “latest news” Police have also detained another staff member who is authorized to use the company’s firearm. He reportedly told investigators that he had given the weapon to his co-worker, a resident of Coconut Walk, Albouystown, to keep for a short while. Police ranks of ‘F’ Division about 08:45hrs this morning arrested a maintenance worker of a mining company, at the Bartica Stelling. According to the police, a 9mm pistol with six live rounds which is the property of the mining company was found in his possession and he was not authorized to carry same. read more

Joy Mining Machinery creating growth in Indian coal

first_imgThe Jhanjra project, owned by Eastern Coalfields Ltd, a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd (CIL), concluded its first annual production period in January 2009, achieving a record raw coal output of 631,770 t. The previous record of 463,297 t was achieved in May 2004 by Anjan Hill mine, in the Chirimiri Area of South Eastern Coalfields Ltd. In each case, the equipment consisted of a continuous miner, shuttle cars, quad bolter, feeder-breaker and load centre supplied by Joy Mining Machinery.Safety and maintenance are key areas of focus, with Joy providing experts at the mine site who can undertake and advise upon safe systems of working, equipment operation, equipment maintenance and training of customer personnel. Joy India co-ordinates the supply of spare parts and operates a component exchange program to help ensure high machine availability. The goal of this intensive care model is to transfer modern techniques for room and pillar mining to the mine owner over a span of five years.The Jhanjra Continuous Miner project was jointly commissioned and established as a project of excellence by P&H Joy Mining Equipment India Ltd and Joy Mining Machinery – UK in September 2007, with the active support of ECL and Jhanjra Area. Joy says “this project is setting the pace for the Indian underground coal mining industry, which is intensely seeking modern technology to meet the ambitious growth targets of coal production for the power plants. Jhanjra is now considered to be a project of reference and has spurred the Indian mining industry to look at large scale introduction of continuous miner technology in the coming years.”last_img read more

Diego Simeone weighs in on Lopeteguis sacking

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, gave his two cents after the news of Lopetegui’s sacking from Real Madrid became public.Following up on Julen Lopetegui getting fired from Real Madrid this Monday, there are many football figures who gave their opinion on the matter but none was as poignant as Diego Simeone’s.The Atletico Madrid manager offered a press conference this Monday ahead of the Colchoneros’ Copa del Rey match against Sant Andreu on Tuesday, the Argentine manager didn’t want to talk about it at first, but the constant questioning eventually made him break protocol and did leave a headline worth mentioning.“All we think right now is about ourselves, whatever happens around us is not very good for us to talk about, that’s the way we understand it,” said Simeone quoted by La Sexta.“What is important right now for us is only to improve, we need to keep the same line we are having right now despite our defeat against Borussia which was very painful.”“The squad played very well during the first half and the second against Real Sociedad, which was the most difficult squad we could face as visitors right now,” he added.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“That is life, it gives your responsibilities and it always demands the best from you, depending on where you are,” said ‘Cholo’ about Lopetegui’s situation.“Sometimes you get more demanded from life or sometimes less, and this is a game that puts together many situations in which the people around us cannot take for granted, that’s obvious.”#Atleti 🔴⚪ | Simeone: “¿Lopetegui? La vida es así” https://t.co/bjbpoe1WyE pic.twitter.com/2mMXDttHZp— Sport TV (@diariosporTV) October 29, 2018last_img read more

MLA Bethi Subhas inaugurates gym

first_imgBoduppal: MLA Bethi Subhash Reddy inaugurated Iron House Gym at Hema Nagar on Tuesday. He explained the importance of physical exercise and asked people to work out regularly. He congratulated the gym management on the occasion. Gym organiser Santosh Reddy, leaders Palle Narsing Rao, Ambati Jagadish, Cheryala Srinivas, Satyaraj Goud, Sudhakar Reddy and others were present.last_img

Chetan Bhagats New Book Making India Awesome Available on Amazon for PreOrder

first_imgAmazon, India’s major online store will start exclusive pre-orders -starting today- for best selling Indian author Chetan Bhagat’s latest non-fiction book Making India Awesome.Following the phenomenal success of his first non-fiction book, What Young India Wants, Chetan Bhagat returns with another book of essays in which he analyses and provides inspired solutions to the country’s most intractable problems—poverty, unemployment, corruption, violence against women, communal violence, religious fundamentalism, illiteracy and more.Using simple language and concepts, this book will enable readers to understand the most complex of problems facing the nation today and present practical solutions on how every citizen can play his / her part in solving them.Some ExtractsTransforming society’s values is especially important. Let’s take an example. If we want to eradicate the menace of corruption, every dishonest act must create deep revulsion within us. Fighting corruption is not restricted to naming and shaming a few corrupt officials. If we think it is okay to cheat in exams, lie to a ticket collector in the train about our kids’ ages and pay a bit of money to avoid a big traffic fine, then at some level we clearly don’t care about eliminating corruption all that much. At best, we hate the politician who gets to steal (while we don’t).The average Indian anywhere in the country is looking for a better quality of life, a certain amount of hope and security and the freedom to make personal choices. The issues that really matter to us are the same. Differences exist, but they don’t run as deep as our politicians would have us believe. A Maharashtrian father wants a good college for his son and doesn’t care whether his MP is a Maharashtrian. An Assamese girl wants the freedom to marry her boyfriend, as does a woman in Karnataka.This similarity of aspirations, at a fundamental level, is what gives me hope. It offers me—and others like me on a national platform—an opportunity to connect everyone. While fiction is fun and entertaining, writers like me also need to share common concerns with the population and propose a few deliverables.The book will be released online and offline on 19 August, 2015.last_img read more

Infosys appoints Michael Pesch as CEO of its consulting business

first_imgInfosys, India’s second largest IT firm, has appointed Michael Pesch as the new chief executive of its consulting arm Infosys Consulting Holding, which was formerly known as Infosys Lodestone. The appointment is effective from April 1, 2016.Pesch’s appointment comes at a time when the company is stepping up its efforts to increase revenues from new areas such as cloud computing and digital technologies. Pesch will be responsible for Infosys’ consulting practice in Europe, Latin America and the Asia Pacific region and will report to Sanjay Purohit, global head of Infosys consulting business, the company said in a statement.The brand said Pesch will focus on expanding the reach of Infosys consultants and experts in digital transformation and design-led innovation, as well as on increasing Infosys’ expertise in large-scale SAP programs.He will also serve as the regional head of Germany, Austria, Switzerland (DACH) countries, bringing an integrated approach to IT transformation to every client engagement in the region, it added.”Over the last several months, we have reinvigorated our global consulting business, strengthening our team and capabilities. Michael’s appointment as CEO of Infosys Consulting Holding AG adds to our strong leadership in Europe and will bring new vigor in our global consulting business,” said Purohit. The appointments are part of Infosys’ CEO Vishal Sikka’s strategy to put the company back on track to generate industry’s leading growth rates in the coming quarters. Sikka aims to boost its revenues to $20 billion by 2020 from the current $8.7 billion recorded last fiscal year.last_img read more

Homophobic parents force school to cancel Pride march

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A planned march by a South-London school to celebrate the end of LGBTI Pride month was cancelled after a backlash by angry parents.Heavers Farm School in Croydon, South-East London had organised the march to celebrate the culmination of lessons they’d laid on to mark June’s Pride Month. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Violent protesters disrupt LGBTI festival in South KoreaPride in London responds to criticism of ‘misjudged’ postersA third of LGBT teachers stay in the closetRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/homophobic-parents-force-school-to-cancel-pride-march/ Educators need to embrace LGBTI inclusionDr Elly Barnes of the LGBTI education charity, Educate and Celebrate, told Gay Star News that LGBTI issues must form an intrinsic part of the education system.Educate & Celebrate: Dr Elly Barnes says schools are bound by The Equality Act‘Our kids are not born racist, sexist, homophobic, biphobic, transphobic, they are born without prejudice,’ she said.‘However, along their journey they can be exposed to negative barriers, which is why as educators we need to embrace LGBT+ inclusion from the get go in the education system. So it just becomes part of the fabric of your school.She said, that despite the protests from parents, students are never too young to learn about different people. ‘Try telling a student with same gender parents or LGBTI family members that they are too young to know about LGBTI people!’Barnes added that, as well as Ofsted criteria, schools must adhere to The Equality Act 2010, where all are treated equally and fairly.‘We advocate for all teachers, students, parents and families to implement this, she said.See also:Updated regulation in Delaware schools would bar students from self-identifying their gender without parental permissioncenter_img Revolting parents: Heaver Farm School in Croydon forced to cancel LGBTI eventHowever, after having initially justified the LGBTI lessons as part of the statutory school curriculum, the Daily Mail reported that head teacher, Susan Papas, bowed-down to parental pressure.‘We have used National Pride Month as a vehicle,’ the newspaper quoted Papas as saying. ‘All we have taught is that different families are made in different ways, and we accept and love everyone. That is it.Surprise at parents’ strong ‘homophobic views’‘I was surprised at how unembarrassed some parents were about coming into school and expressing quite strong homophobic views.’The march was cancelled and the school held a scaled-down assembly instead. Even so, 20 children didn’t attend the school and another 90 failed to turn up that day.While some parents had objected, others though, who were in favour of the march, expressed outraged that the school had backed down, branding those who had objected as bigots.The Mail said some parents believed it was not the school’s job to explain sexual diversity to their children.‘Of course we realise families different to our own exist,’ said Ruth Anderson, whose son attends the Croydon school.‘But it’s up to us as parents when to explain this to our son — not to his school, whose head teacher is pushing an agenda that is entirely irrelevant to children this young.’ GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

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first_imgIt’s growing in popularity so now seems the perfect time for six personal travel managers (PTMs) to experience the unique holiday that is barge cruising – where better to start? – through the fabulous Bourgogne region of France.Setting out on a six day Back-Roads Touring Barge Cruise, with host Karen Nelson, BDM NSW & ACT, for Back-Roads Touring, aboard MS Jeanine on Le Canal De Bourgogne, from Dijon to Besancon, were NSW-based PTMs Kristina Acevski representative for Merewether Heights, Jason Smith representative for Newtown, Peter Carmichael representative for Merewether, Michelle Michael-Pecora representative for Tennyson Point, Janice Lee representative for Surry Hills and Maria Miller representative for Parkes. Exploring the Citadel of Besancon a 17th Century fortress and UNESCO world heritage site (from left) Peter Carmichael, Karen Nelson, Marie Miller, Kristina Acevski, Jason Smith, Michelle Michael-Pecora and Janice LeeCarmichael has sold a few French barge cruises but hadn’t personally experienced one before.“I now understand why my clients come back raving about their barge cruise, the hype certainly lived up to my high expectations,” he said.“The guaranteed small group experience creates an intimate experience and by the end of the cruise you have made some great new friends. A barge cruise is such an easy way to see many destinations without the hassle of moving from hotel to hotel on a daily basis or the sorting of plans for driving and self-touring in each village. We also saw the small villages and towns that are outside of the touristy areas.”Michael-Pecora said the famil gave her the opportunity to see the destination from a different perspective.“We were so fortunate to experience the product in its entirety, getting to know staff and the ship in such detail. It is often the little things that make a product unique and the highlight for me was definitely the staff and the food. The staff’s impeccable attention to detail and eagerness to assist made a good holiday, great.” All the PTMs agreed they were spoilt for culinary choice both onboard MS Jeanine and at the local French villages.“Food is an important part of any cruise and we felt we were on a floating French restaurant. There were so many good meals aboard our barge, whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner but it was also nice that we could get off the barge each day to experience local life and dine in some spectacular restaurants. The highlight for me was dining in a cave in Dole – not only was it an incredibly unique venue, the food was delicious,” said Carmichael.For Lee, the town of Dijon was a foodie favourite.Janice Lee“The best souvenir of the trip had to be the Dijon mustard, from the source at Dijon, but I can highly recommend the mustard and local ginger cake, it’s divine! The Burgundy wine also goes without saying as a highlight!”Miller even had a chance to put her first-hand barge experience to good use once she returned home, closing the sale on her recommendation of a barge cruise to a client who wanted a stress-free, all-inclusive small group holiday.“Since returning home my client was looking for a stress-free, all-inclusive small group holiday with personal experience on all levels. I knew a barge cruise would suit perfectly. Being able to talk knowledgeably about visiting the Besacon Citadel, the famous Hospice in Beaune, wine and cheese tasting at local vineyards and even being able to suggest a great local restaurant in Dole that’s located in a cave, was invaluable. Talking about the cruise with such passion and excitement with knowledge gained from my own experiences and sharing my own photos, without doubt closed the sale.” TOP IMAGE: In the frame L-R Karen Nelson – Back-Roads Touring and PTMs Janice Lee, Kristina Acevski, Michelle Michael-Pecora and Maria Miller. L-R back row passengers Linda, Pam and Wendy with PTMs Peter Carmichael, and Jason Smith and passenger Mark barge cruisingFamilsFranceTravelManagerslast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories RB: Andre Ellington, David Johnson, Stepfan Taylor, Kerwynn Williams, Marion Grice, Paul Lasike, Robert HughesGrade: 3 starsThe Cardinals have had less-talented running back groups in their history. They’ve also had groups that were more proven. Entering this season, Arizona’s group has combined to rush for 1,938 yards — in their careers — with Andre Ellington’s 1,312 leading the way by a large margin. As of now, the expectation is for Ellington to once again assume his role as the number one option. He had a down 2014 after playing most of the season hurt, finishing with just 660 yards and three touchdowns on the ground and 371 yards with one score as a receiver. He’s healthy now and figures to look more like he did as a rookie, when he was a dynamic playmaker, than he did as a sophomore, where he appeared rather limited. The depth behind Ellington is unproven. Many believe Johnson, a third-round pick from Northern Iowa, will emerge as the team’s second running back — and maybe even challenge Ellington for the No. 1 role. Noted as a three-down back by the team’s coaching staff, it should not be long before he starts receiving carries. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It helps that there is little else of note on the roster. Williams was the only Cardinal to rush for 100 yards in a game last season, Grice ran for a touchdown in the playoff game and Taylor has proven to be reliable. Yet, none have given any indication that they could be a team’s featured back, and that leaves the Cardinals somewhat thin at the position. Playing behind a revamped offensive line, there’s a better-than-good chance Arizona’s running backs will find more success in 2015 than they did in 2014. And who knows, perhaps better blocking will allow each of the team’s runners to look better than they have in the past. But until proven otherwise, there are some very understandable question marks about this group’s ability to stay healthy and produce. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact As training camp nears, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the team on a position-by-position basis, grading each group on a five-star scale. So, how does the team look? Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals won 11 games in 2014, and if not for an incredible amount of injuries very well could have had an even more successful season.Look around, though, and you’ll see varied opinions on how they will fare in 2015. Some view them as a contender, a team that will compete for a Super Bowl if it can have a little luck in the health department. Others believe last year was a bit of a fluke, that they are destined to take a step back.last_img read more