SOUTHWEST IOWA DEVASTATED BY FLOODING

first_imgPhotos by Fremont County Emergency Management “Catastrophic devastation.” is how Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds describes the carnage from the second major flood along the Missouri River within a decade.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/REYNOLDS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….enough is enough. :17Reynolds toured flood-impacted southwest Iowa Monday with stops in Council Bluffs, Glenwood, Pacific Junction and Hamburg.Hamburg Mayor Cathy Crain told Reynolds citizens fought valiantly, but water swamped all but the northern portion of the community.Flooding knocked out the city’s water plant, but also Hamburg’s City Hall, fire station and almost all the businesses in the community.The mayor says virtually all the equipment the city owned is gone.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/REYNOLDS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..A skid loader. :13An elementary school is now serving as Hamburg’s temporary city hall.Reynolds also heard concerns about how this latest flooding incident will impact the local farming community.Fremont County Supervisor Dustin Sheldon says many residents were still recovering from the floods of 2011.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/REYNOLDS3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………what do we do?” :13(BARTLETT IOWA)Others expressed anger that federal officials forced the city to remove fortifications to a levee which helped protect Hamburg during the 2011 flooding.The governor says she intends to review that levee issue.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/REYNOLDS4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..and red tape.” :07Reynolds says the state will come up with a plan to rebuild and recover, but we’ve got a long road ahead.”Interstate 29 remains closed in southwest Iowa due to flooding.last_img read more

Smertin plays down chance of WC racism problems

first_imgWorld Cup ‘Don’t make opinions based on rumours’ – Smertin ‘convinced’ World Cup will have no racism problems Naim Beneddra 16:20 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexey Smertin Russia Getty Images World Cup Russia Russia v Saudi Arabia Russia v Egypt Uruguay v Russia Saudi Arabia Egypt Uruguay The former Chelsea midfielder has been working to decrease discriminatory incidents in the country since taking up his post in 2017 Former Russia star Alexey Smertin is certain that the 2018 World Cup will pass without incident in Russia despite fears the finals could be clouded by racist incidents. Concerns that black players could be targeted were heightened in March when France stars Paul Pogba and Ousmane Dembele were allegedly targeted by monkey noises during a friendly in St. Petersburg. Yaya Toure is among those who have expressed their misgivings about possible discrimination, while Moscow club Spartak have also been censured in the last 12 months for similar offences aimed towards Liverpool youngster Bobby Adekanye. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Smertin, however, believes that all visitors to Russia will be treated with “hospitality and respect” in June and July. “I’m sure this World Cup will be very high level, in all areas. And what makes me confident is the last Confederations Cup, where there was not a single incident of a discriminatory nature,” the ex-Chelsea midfielder, who played 55 times for his country and who in 2009 was elected MP for the Altai region, explained to Goal. “In Russia, people know what hospitality and respect are. So come on, I invite you to come. You will see with your own eyes. Don’t make opinions based on rumors.”I sometimes meet old team-mates or players that I faced and those who have been to Russia speak to me very warmly and say only good things. “And, of course, that makes me happy. Of all those who were in Russia, no one will tell you that there is not a good football atmosphere here. That’s why I’m very optimistic for the World Cup.”Smertin was appointed to the role of Discrimination Inspector for the World Cup in 2017, with the brief of cracking down on racist and other discriminatory incidents. He explained that a combination of surveillance and education has been utilised to try to erradicate the problem from Russia.”There is certainly progress and that is visible. First, we introduced a surveillance system for the Russian championship, where there are the most high-risk matches,” he added.”We also introduced a special course on anti-discrimination at Moscow State University. Then, we made sure that there were also lessons against discrimination in schools. Then, in cooperation with Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), banners and advertisements were put in the stadiums. We also organized a multi-ethnic tournament at the Sochi Youth Festival. We also animate interfaith events.”I am convinced that Russia will host this competition in the best conditions. Although it took place in four cities and not 11, the Confederations Cup was very revealing. I have no doubt that the World Cup will go perfectly well. That it is from the point of view material and the infrastructures: stadiums, hotels, airports. “Or from the non-material point of view: the memory that will remain, especially with the younger generation. I also remember my own experience when I was 11 years old. I watched the World Cup in Mexico and I saw Maradona and that’s when I wanted to look like him in the game. I also saw Marius Tresor and Patrick Battiston, whom I then met with great pleasure in Bordeaux. “For me it was very important. So I can imagine how important it is for today’s youth to see these great teams and their great players.”last_img read more

Epperson Mountaineering: Modern Packs with Retro Style

first_img Pilgrim Surf Supply and Birdwell Beach Britches Just Made the Best New Boardshorts for Summer How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) Editors’ Recommendations If you’re looking for a rock-solid backpack with all the charm of the 1980’s, but the technology and materials of the modern day, look no further than Epperson Mountaineering.The company was founded back in 1973, and while the materials Epperson uses to make its packs has evolved over the years, the brand’s unique retro styling hasn’t changed a bit. They’ve got a few newer models that are somewhat period-neutral, but the majority of the company’s collection wouldn’t look out of place next to a Walkman and a “Where’s The Beef” t-shirt.And don’t be fooled by the looks either – this isn’t a brand that’s all form and no function. Founder Mark Epperson has been striving to design the world’s best backpack for damn near five decades, and after all those years of experimentation and careful tweaking, he’s developed a line of packs that are as utilitarian as they are unique.Produced from start to finish in the company’s small Montana workshop, Epperson’s backpacks offer a masterclass in handcrafted construction. Materials like 1000 denier Cordura and mil-spec webbing make them ridiculously durable; and the high-grade tanned leather detailing, double sewn seams, beefy YKZ zippers, and reinforced stress points really set the company’s rucksacks apart from the competition.Check ’em out on the company’s website. They might not be as well known as Osprey or Arc’teryx, but if you try one out you definitely wont be disappointed. A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Dickies 1922 Collection Offers Some of the Best Menswear Made in Americalast_img read more

Minister Samuda Expresses Optimism for Sugar Industry

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF), Hon. Karl Samuda, is expressing optimism for the sugar industry.Addressing the 80th Annual Conference of the Jamaica Association of Sugar Technologists (JAST), at RIU Ocho Rios resort, in St. Ann on Thursday (November 2), Mr. Samuda implored the stakeholders to press ahead with their cultivation, as it has been a ‘tried, tested and proven’ agricultural commodity.He said the advantages of cultivating sugarcane outweighs any associated negatives, especially due to its resilience to various climatic conditions, which has enabled it to thrive for centuries.“What is better than to plant something that is almost impervious to praedial larceny? Even flooding (it) will affect the quality of the sugar, but it is very temporary; as soon as it gets dry, it just springs up back again,” Mr. Samuda argued.The Minister, in underscoring the importance of the sugar industry to Jamaica’s economy, said the sector is extraordinary, as it serves some 200,000 Jamaicans indirectly and another 50,000 directly, and most importantly, unlike some other crops, has a guaranteed market.Mr. Samuda encouraged the stakeholders to address areas for potential partnerships with the MICAF, and urged them to devise new methods of production which will increase the level of output.This, he said, will ensure greater efficiency and enhance strategies aimed at including non-agricultural investors, to become participants in the industry.“So my plea to you today is, don’t feel discouraged even for a moment. You will be faced with challenges…don’t for a moment, allow yourselves to entertain any negative thoughts about your industry. Let’s move forward in confidence that this industry is going to rise again… I think we can do it; I am sure we can do it,” Mr. Samuda said. The Minister, in underscoring the importance of the sugar industry to Jamaica’s economy, said the sector is extraordinary, as it serves some 200,000 Jamaicans indirectly and another 50,000 directly, and most importantly, unlike some other crops, has a guaranteed market. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF), Hon. Karl Samuda, is expressing optimism for the sugar industry. Addressing the 80th Annual Conference of the Jamaica Association of Sugar Technologists (JAST), at RIU Ocho Rios resort, in St. Ann on Thursday (November 2), Mr. Samuda implored the stakeholders to press ahead with their cultivation, as it has been a ‘tried, tested and proven’ agricultural commodity. last_img read more

Rigid Mega Boxships Causing Trickle-Down Effect

first_imgzoom As the “arms race” for Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) of 18,000 TEUs and above heats up, carriers must not overlook the value of having a smaller, but more flexible fleet in slowing market, according to the U.K.-based shipping consultant Drewry. There is no going back from this point Drewry says, as the industry has made it abundantly clear that they see these ULCVs as the future. But recent developments have exposed their inflexibility somewhat.The alarming drop in Asia to Europe traffic and a parallel crash in rates caused big carriers groups to take the unprecedented decision to suspend services in the supposed peak season, with some alliances also tinkering with missed sailings in order to try and support higher rate requests.The inflexibility of the ULCVs that can’t operate in any other trade besides the Asia-Europe lane makes it very hard for carriers to react to fluctuating demand and juggle ships accordingly, Drewry says.All of the 10,000 TEU+ newbuildings delivered this year to the end of August have been deployed in Asia-Europe, but it’s where carriers are putting the ships of between 8,000-10,000 TEU  that reveals how they are trying to spread the burden of the new capacity as thinly as possible to avoid contaminating too many other trades.The effect of this is that many of these trades are seeing significant upsizing of the largest vessels used. This is particularly evident in Asia to East Coast South America, which goes some way to explaining the rapid fall-off in spot rates in that corridor, according to Drewry.It is a delicate balancing act, and one that carriers cannot win all of the time, but by distributing the new ships widely they do at least give themselves the chance of maintaining some level of balance. Ultimately though, the equation is unsolvable as there is simply not enough cargo to fill all of the ships, Drewry says.last_img read more

Blizzard leaves people in Iqaluit without city services including water delivery

first_imgIQALUIT, Nunavut – City officials in Iqaluit suspended all municipal services this weekend until further notice due to extreme weather conditions.The services, which include water that’s trucked into homes and waste management, have been on hold since Saturday in Nunavut’s capital.Environment Canada issued a blizzard warning for the city due to northwesterly wind gusts up to 60 km/h that are causing blowing snow and reduced visibility, although that warning was ended later Sunday.Frank Reardon, a resident of Iqaluit, said the sky began to clear before sunset on Sunday at 2:08 p.m. But he said the truck that was supposed to deliver water to his home on Friday never made it due to the bad weather.Homes in the older part of the city where he lives aren’t served by water and sewer pipes, he explained.“We’re in conservation mode now. No showers. Just using the minimum water,” Reardon said.Reardon said the sewer truck hadn’t come either, although he wasn’t worried because his sewer tank is about twice the size of his water reservoir.City officials said fire, ambulance and police services will still be provided in spite of the service suspension, unless it’s deemed absolutely unsafe or impossible.But they said delays in emergency services should be expected.Temperatures in Iqaluit were sitting at about -21 C on Sunday morning, with a wind chill of -37 C.According to Reardon, the snow started on Friday afternoon but it was Friday night when it started to get really bad. He ventured outside to take some pictures Saturday, but said visibility was so poor his camera was useless.His house is on pylons and he said the wind was so strong, his walls and floor shook and vibrated all Saturday night. A jar of hand cream that was on a shelf rattled until it fell to the floor.“You’ve got to remember there’s not really much blocking wind, so when we get wind here it’s full-force coming right off the land down over the hill, so it’s pretty strong,” Reardon said.“It’s hard to get to sleep. I actually had to end up putting earplugs in because I just couldn’t deal with the noise from the wind.”Environment Canada predicted periods of light snow to continue through Sunday night. Monday’s forecast called for mostly clear skies, less wind and a high of -28 C.last_img read more

Anchorage airport may raise fees for pilots and businesses

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Rates and fees at Anchorage’s city-owned airport may increase soon.The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday that Merrill Field airport plans to request that the city raise the rates on leases, parking and airplane fuel paid by businesses and pilots.The airport’s new manager says the 90-year-old facility also plans to charge for services previously provided at no cost such as document preparation.Officials say the airport has spent more than it has made for about four years to complete federally-subsidized upgrade projects, while a savings account from a land exchange has been depleted.Some business owners and pilots say the city should provide more support for the airport instead of burdening leaseholders.Officials say Merrill Field is not subsidized by local or state taxes.___Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.comThe Associated Press read more

Enterprise Hosted PBX Systems in High Demand

5 Ways Cloud UCC Changed the Workforce Mark Roberts September 16, 2019 The UCC digital renaissance has come and stayed. Now, enterprises are fine tuning their networks to better engage employees and customers. A targeting factor for vendors is the ratio of communications-needy end users to employees. Whereas one industry may have a 1:6 ratio of hosted PBX seats to employees, others may have 3:6, or 5:6. Feature-rich systems in one vertical market can generate five to 10 times more revenue per employee than another. Premium-Priced FeaturesEvery vertical market has UC applications on which customers may rely to improve productivity; as such the features command a premium price. Here’s an example of three integrations we’ve seen in recruiting and staffing agencies: JobDiva, Jobscience, and PCRecruiter. Some hosted PBX vendors offer the three for $49/month. HostedPBX-UC.PNG cloud.png Log in or register to post comments A Lesson for IT managersThe critical factor in deciding which hosted PBX system to purchase could come down to price, but that’s a false choice. Value has little to do with street price and everything to do with productivity. Find a vendor with a sales force that sells solutions; these companies provide consultative selling. They probably don’t charge more than a competitor for any feature, but they sell end-user value. For my money, the difference in seat price is well worth it. Key Vertical MarketsThe Eastern Management Group studies hosted PBX usage in 22 vertical industries — which is how we define the universe. Five industries that consume a lot of hosted PBX are education, insurance, healthcare, real estate, and retail. These vertical markets are far from the only ones using a lot of hosted PBX today. Nor are they alone in the number and quantity of UC applications consumed. Each of these industries is dense with branches, large numbers of professionals, and significant volumes of communications. Vendors may target these markets because monthly recurring revenue far exceeds that of the enterprise market as a whole. Hyping Up Hybrid: Making the Case Ryan Daily September 05, 2019 With the race to the cloud heating up, some enterprises aren’t dashing to the finish line with the same intensity – opting instead for a “hybrid” pace. 5 Steps for A Seamless Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 09, 2019 Ensuring that IT and business teams are on the same page before, during, and after the process is key to a successful migration. Many UC applications are worth a premium price because of the customer productivity improvement created. How much of a premium? Using Eastern Management Group’s pricing database, we determined enterprise systems sold with a package of UC features cost 230% more than similar size systems having a basic calling feature package. Eastern Management Group has also studied the productivity improvement associated with UC features, which we have determined to be substantial. The Eastern Management Group recently completed surveys of 15,000 IT managers in which we examined three significant hosted PBX issues: First, which vertical markets comprise the most enterprise hosted PBX customers; second, what UC applications are in highest demand by enterprise IT managers; and third, by how much of a premium are vendors pricing — and IT managers paying for — fully featured hosted PBX systems demanded by larger customers. Data presented here is from our latest report, “Worldwide Hosted PBX Market 2018-2024.” For more information about the Eastern Management Group report, “Worldwide Hosted PBX Market 2018-2024,” or issues raised in this post, please ask our researchers or contact John Malone directly jmalone@easternmanagement.com.Tags:News & Viewshosted PBXEastern Management GroupUC FeaturesCloud CommunicationsDeployment ModelsHosted CommunicationsUCaaSUnified Communications Articles You Might Like Are We Heading for Cloud in a Box? Tom Nolle September 26, 2019 As the cloud craze continues, enterprises are looking for simplified “in a box” cloud solutions to address their communication and collaboration needs. Hosted PBX systems steadily grow at the expense of larger IP PBXs, forcing traditional premises PBX vendors to build up their cloud offers, where revenue opportunities are abundant. Hosted PBX popularity has overtaken the global PBX industry. Already in 2019 new hosted PBX sales are on track to generate $5 billion for providers, accounting for 18% of all PBX sales, worldwide. Hybrid cloud, a fast-growing slice of all hosted PBX systems, could push that number higher. UC features built-into the hosted PBX often cost more. Below is a chart of some UC features, and the percent of IT managers who think each is important to their business. These data points are essential to hosted PBX providers and customers. The vendors require this data to make decisions on applications to sell (e.g., presence) and customer willingness to pay for each feature. Enterprises need intelligence on productivity improvement applications that may be wise choices for their end users. See All in Cloud Communications » Dedicated vs. Shared Cloud Voice Services Darin Ward October 03, 2019 When moving voice to the cloud, many service providers tout their dedicated solutions. But is “dedicated” all that it’s cracked up to be? read more

UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalist in Ukraine

“I condemn the murder of Pavel Sheremet,” Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a statement. “I call on the authorities to spare no effort in investigating this crime. In the interest of freedom of expression and freedom of information, it is important that those responsible for the killing of Pavel Sheremet be brought to justice,” she added. Mr. Sheremet, who worked for popular news website Ukrayinska Pravda and hosted a news programme on Radio Vesti, was killed in a car bomb in the Ukranian capital, Kiev, on 20 July. He had won journalism awards from the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. UNESCO’s chief regularly issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States in 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” read more

Mens gymnastics Ohio State to compete against Michigan at Saturday home meet

OSU senior Logan Melander takes his turn on the pummel horse against Penn State on Feb. 13, 2016. OSU won, 444.500-433.250. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will face Michigan in a co-ed dual meet on Saturday at 4 p.m. in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes will enter the competition with the third-best pommel horse score average in the country (68.000) and a 107-97 all-time lead against Michigan. OSU knocked off the Wolverines at a 2016 dual meet, the first time they had beaten Michigan in a head-to-head matchup since 2007.Ohio State men’s gymnastics is currently ranked sixth in the Collegiate Gymnastics Association Coaches Poll, while Michigan is ranked No. 10. With an outstanding record going for them, Buckeyes coach Rustam Sharipov said his team will undertake the competition with full confidence.“We’re not worried about the Team Up North coming to us,” he said. “It’s our home court and advantage, it’s in our walls and we’re going to have a good crowd … I’m looking forward to having a good fan base. We’re hoping to have close to 3,000 people.”While the rivalry between OSU and Michigan might be evident as the competition approaches, Saturday’s meet will be focusing on the team’s senior athletes.“It’s senior night, so most of the focus will be on five guys,” Sharipov said. “[This is] going to be the last weekend for them to compete at St. John arena. We’re talking about (redshirt senior) Jake Martin, (redshirt junior) Jake Dastrup, (senior) Logan Melander, (redshirt junior) Ryan Lemezis and (senior) Andrew Rickly.”To the seniors, Saturday’s meet will be more than a competition as they focus on doing their best while overlooking the rivalry against Michigan. “It will mean a lot. This is my fourth year here now and this is my last meet in St. john’s. The energy is always great in there, it’s always a good time,” Melander said. “There is a rivalry with the schools, but since gymnastics is such a small community we know a lot of the guys on the team and we’re pretty good friends with all the guys. Obviously that school rivalry is there, so we want to win and we want to beat Michigan, but we all know each other and it’s always a good time to go out and see some friends.” Saturday’s meet will be the last meet of the season held in St. John Arena. However, the team will participate in the Arnold Challenge in downtown Columbus on March 4. read more

Significant developments in child safeguarding in Diocese of Ferns

first_imgThe reviewers spoke at length with the bishop and the diocesan secretary about the standard of proof that existed in the three cases that had arisen since 2011. The reviewers accept that the bishop had received sufficient evidence of concern to ask each priest to step aside while the complaints against them were being investigated by the statutory authorities, and subsequently, while the appropriate canonical procedures were being followed.The reviewers said they have a concern about the amount of sensitive information that is communicated by diocesan safeguarding personnel through email, which the reviewers would not consider sufficiently secure. The diocese provided advice from an IT consultant supporting their position that e-mails are secure.Excellent exampleThe diocese reports all allegations of abuse to the civil authorities without delay, as it is expected to do. Its Interagency Review Group that operates was described as “an excellent example of best practice in child safeguarding”.It includes Garda Chief Superintendent, a HSE Child Care Manager, a HSE Principal Social Worker, Bishop Brennan, and others.The reviewers were impressed by the focus maintained in the Diocese of Ferns on the dissemination of the safeguarding message at diocesan and at parish level.The report says it is clear that the diocese has developed channels for consultation and feed-back, and the next stage in this open approach could involve planned consultation with children and young people about their experiences of being involved in Church related activities and ideas about keeping themselves safe.The fieldwork team were provided with evidence of a commitment to maintaining and secure filing of all concerns, suspicions and allegations about the abuse of children and young people by priests.RecommendationsThe report makes a number of recommendations, including that Bishop Brennan request the safeguarding committee to further develop the Five Year Plan.Read:Catholic Church audits show progress in child protection>The report found It met 47 out of 48 criteria fully, and one partially. A REPORT INTO child protection practices in the Diocese of Ferns, which was the subject of the Ferns Report into allegations of clerical sexual abuse, was published today.The report was published by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI), as part of a review of safeguarding practice within all the Church authorities on the island of Ireland.CriteriaThe 2005 Ferns Inquiry Report was an official government inquiry into clerical sexual abuse allegations made against the Diocese of Ferns. One of the offenders was Fr Seán Fortune, who abused a large number of teenage boys. Fortune took his own life before his trial.Today’s report found Ferns met 47 out of its 48 criteria fully, and one partially.There are approximately 100,000 Catholic residents in the diocese, across 49 parishes. Its bishop, Bishop Denis Brennan, was installed on 1 March 2006There have been allegations made against 24 priests in the Diocese of Ferns since 1 January 1975, with 100 allegations overall, 99 of which were reported to the gardaí.There are no priests who are in ministry against whom an allegation was made, but there are three priests in the diocese against whom an allegation was made and who are out of ministry but remain in the priesthood. Three priests from Ferns have been convicted of having committed an offences or offences against a child or young person since 1975.The reviewers are satisfied that the diocese did everything possible to follow the leads that were given cases where a concern was raised but where there was not a complaint, and that the threshold for intervention was not reached in any of them.Management practicesThe Ferns Inquiry Report was very critical about how the diocese and the statutory agencies responded to concerns about clerical child sexual abuse.Today’s report says: It is obvious that historical case management practices in the Diocese of Ferns were poor and inadequate, but began to improve in 2002 when the Apostolic Administrator was appointed with the remit of implementing a robust case management approach.last_img read more

Estimated 80M savings through Bahamas Govt employee verification

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#80milliontobesavedinemployeeverification, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 4, 2017 – Nassau – The government’s public sector employee verification of workers which begins next Tuesday could lead to a cost saving of $80M per year in recurrent revenue on salaries; so says John Pinder, the President of the Bahamas Public Services Union.   Pinder is reporting that he supports the move by Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, explaining that the process will weed out phantom workers and end other unethical practices which are costing the Bahamian people.The figure of $80.1M comes from a belief, by John Pinder, that Government could save 3% of the $2.67B national budget .   Pinder said that dead, incarcerated and missing people are all still being paid by Government and in some cases families are collecting the money.   Pinder added that there is even more room to cut back by reviewing those who continue to be employed by Government despite being unfit or unsuitable for their jobs.The Union President recommended that more attention be given to what he called, ‘succession training’.    The verification programme, explained the Minister of Finance and DPM, Peter Turnquest is to clean up and see where there can be cuts to the over $650M government current pays per year in public workers salaries.#MagneticMediaNews#80milliontobesavedinemployeeverificationlast_img read more

Sevenhugs dumber cheaper Smart Remote U takes on Logitech

first_img Share your voice $299 Best Buy TVs Smart Home Mentioned Above Sevenhugs Smart Remote (Black) The Smart Remote U and X. Sevenhugs One could argue that remote controls are in the process of going away thanks to voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa. Logitech, the industry leader in universal remote controls, has noted this and even incorporates Alexa into its latest Harmony Express.For those who still hold affection for the venerable, no-voice clicker there are still some options out there. One of the wackiest is the Sevenhugs Smart Remote which uses “contextual awareness,” via a series of stick-on sensors, to tell what you’re pointing the remote at and then controlling it.A spokesperson for Sevenhugs has clarified that while the products don’t currently support Alexa or Google Assistant “the Sevenhugs remotes are voice enabled for future integrations with home systems”.I haven’t used the Smart Remote but it’s still unclear how the system would control components stacked on top of one another in an AV rack. If you a) don’t want to stick sensors on your walls or b) want to save a little bit of money, the newest version could be for you.The original Smart Remote is now the Smart Remote X ($299) and this makes way for the Smart Remote U ($199), which is more akin to the Logitech universal remotes. It doesn’t have the sensors, but the remote lets you swipe through your devices and control the one you want.The Smart Remote prototype my colleagues saw at CES 2016 only controlled three devices, but now the number of devices has grown to 650,000. Both devices have a touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and can learn new devices via infrared. Set up the Sevenhugs Smart Remotes via the Smart Remote app for iOS and Android. Preview • Sevenhugs’ Smart Remote aims to master all of your smart devices Tags Sevenhugs Smart Remotecenter_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Post a comment 0 $265 See it Logitechlast_img read more

Governor E S L Narasimhan calls for supply of quality seeds

first_imgHyderabad: Governor E S L Narasimhan on Friday stressed the need for providing quality seeds to farmers as it would ensure food security. Addressing as the Chief Guest at the valedictory session of the ISTA Congress here on Friday, Narasimhan said the agrarian distress had led to farmers migrating to urban areas. If the migration continued, he asked who would take care of agriculture and provide food to the growing population. It was against this backdrop, he stressed on the importance of supplying quality seeds. Also Read – Farmers stage rasta roko against urea shortage in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Agriculture Minister S Niranjan Reddy said the State government was making plans for the development of the seed sector in the State to make it as the seed bowl of the world. He said that the State was already supplying seeds to 10 States in the country. The State was the home for quality seed production with a support system of three lakh skilled human resources engaged in the production of the seeds. Telangana has a net yield of 65 lakh quintals of seed annually. The deliberations at the symposium had enabled Telangana to further reach out to the global markets to export its seeds, he added. Also Read – Ramagundam: Focus on company’s growth, community development Advertise With Us The Minister said the Congress had deliberated on several key issues like ‘seed traceability,” and stressed the need that the Indian seed industry to work closely with ISTA to prepare for future challenges in quality seed development. ISTA President Craig McGill said that the seed symposium had focussed on the theme of ‘Seed Technology and Quality in a changing world’ to take into the future the key issues of the high-quality seeds for food security. Advertise With Us Expressing happiness over the successful conduct of the Congress at Hyderabad, which was the seed capital of India. He said excellent discussions have taken place and hoped they would continue in the future and the new relations forged at the Congress would contribute to the production of the seed quality, he said. McGill said that the conduct of the ISTA in Telangana which is giving priority to the seed sector development should act as an example for others in the world to take forward the importance of quality seed development into the future. State Principal Secretary Agriculture C Partha Sarathi, Dr K Keshavulu, executive member, ISTA Governing Body and Director of TSSOCA were among those who spoke at the closing ceremony. Deliberations of on different issues relating to the seed development would continue till July 3, as part of the ISTA Congress.last_img read more

How Texas Troops Are Boosting FEMA Efforts In Puerto Rico

first_imgU.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr (Public domain)Texas has sent troops to assist FEMA with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.Texas has sent over 12,000 troops, in addition to medical units and cargo planes, to assist FEMA with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. The troops are being led by Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, the Commander of U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.San Antonio Express-News reporter Sig Christenson embedded with Buchanan’s troops in Puerto Rico to bring news about these efforts to the mainland. Christenson said people in Puerto Rico are searching for water, soft drinks, and basic foodstuff.One of the troops’ main objectives was to fortify a dam in San Juan. Christenson says a big problem is that the water is at a high level and stressing the dam, because it rains almost every day.“As one of the engineers told me, you know, it’s a race against time,” Christenson said. “They had no guarantees on being able to hold the dam.”Another part of Buchanan’s mission is delivering supplies. “I’m told that the supplies are getting to people in the 78 municipalities, but there are lots of villages and places in the interior and the very mountainous interior that are very difficult to reach,” Christenson said.Christenson said there’s a distinct lack of communication right now in Puerto Rico.“Most people that we found in our reporting had no idea of how to even get in touch with FEMA on how to file a claim,” he said. “All of those are basic things that, if you are in Houston and you had a flooding incident, that you are going to end up having to file a claim and you are basically told where you can do it.”He said, “If so many people in Puerto Rico are having such a difficult time doing even something as simple as filing a claim, you can bet that things are going to be very, very difficult for a long time.” Sharelast_img read more

Urdu Drama Festival comes to Delhi

first_imgGovernment of Delhi, Urdu Academy is organising the 30th Urdu Drama Festival at Sri Ram Centre from November 24 to 29 from 6:30 pm onward daily. The aim is to attract the audience towards different theatrical performances which will be featured during the six-day event in the Capital.The event will be inaugurated by Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi on November 24 with Imran Husain, Minister of Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Delhi, who will be the Guest of Honour. Dalip Pandey, a renowned writer and member, SKP is invited as the distinguished guest for the event.last_img

Bookings open for newest resort from Fiesta Americana

first_img Share Tags: La Coleccion, Openings & Renovations Friday, October 19, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img MEXICO CITY — The latest news – and pictures – from La Coleccion Resorts by Fiesta Americana’s 13 Mexico resorts includes multi-million-dollar renovations and a brand new resort.The newest addition to La Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana – Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende is set to open Nov. 1.“Boasting all the elements true to this luxury lifestyle brand,” says the company, the new Live Aqua property will offer guests 153 guestrooms, fine dining restaurants, a full-service spa and a variety of meeting and events spaces geared to incentive and group meetings, weddings and social events.The opening of Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende marks the fifth Live Aqua brand opening for Grupo Posadas in Mexico and will offer the largest guestroom property in the city of San Miguel de Allende.Reservations for Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende opened earlier this week.Live Aqua San Migudel de Allende – Roof Top PoolMeanwhile Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun is undergoing a much-anticipated renovation slated for completion by December 2019.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJGuests can already take advantage of its 371 fully-renovated premium rooms with everything from aromatherapy menu, to controlled surround music, to lighting intensity from new bedside smart consoles.Live Aqua Cancun – Updgraded Guest RoomThe property’s newly-remodelled outdoor restaurants offer traditional and fusion dishes from around the world. One of the most anticipated dining venues is Azul Restaurant, a semi-open Mayan palapa with modern décor that offers both indoor and outdoor seating.Live Aqua Cancun – Renovated RestaurantAnd in other reno news, Fiesta American Condesa Cancun All-Inclusive recently unveiled a multimillion-dollar refurbishment, which included extensive upgrades to over 500 premium rooms and suites in all three towers.The improvements include new décor, wooden furniture, new electronic lock doors with proximity key, redesigned bathrooms and new modern guestroom furniture.The Grand Ballroom got a makeover, along with five onsite dining venues. And the newly-upgraded Kid’s Club, now nearly triple the size, features new comfortable furniture, a large ball pit and all-new arcade-style table games such as air hockey and foosball. Bookings open for newest resort from Fiesta Americana Posted bylast_img read more

Putin signs Russian law to shut undesirable organizations

first_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law Saturday giving prosecutors the power to declare foreign and international organizations “undesirable” in Russia and shut them down.Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have condemned the measure as part of an “ongoing draconian crackdown which is squeezing the life out of civil society.”The law is part of a Kremlin campaign to stifle dissent that intensified after Putin began his third term in 2012. His return to the presidency had been accompanied by mass street protests that Putin accused the United States of fomenting. Russian suspicions of Western intentions have been further heightened because of tensions over Russia’s role in the conflict in Ukraine. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The new Russian law allows prosecutors to declare an organization undesirable if it presents a threat to Russia’s constitutional order, its defenses or its security.Laws passed in recent years already have led to increased pressure on Russian non-governmental organizations, particularly those that receive foreign funding. Rights activists fear the new law could be used to extend the crackdown to Russian branches of international groups and the Russian activists who work with them.In a statement, U.S. State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said the United States is “deeply troubled” by the new law, calling it “a further example of the Russian government’s growing crackdown on independent voices and intentional steps to isolate the Russian people from the world.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

9 Kyoto Station and Tower A train station may not

first_img9. Kyoto Station and TowerA train station may not sound like an exciting hangout, but Kyoto’s, designed by architect Hara Hiroshi, is a futuristic, ultra-modern homage to the historic city. While you’re at the station, cross the road and pay a visit to Kyoto Tower. Its 100m-high Observation Deck offers 360 degree views of the city and surrounding mountains – well worth the ¥770 (£4.30) admission fee whether by day or night.10. Gion, the Geisha DistrictGion, in eastern Kyoto, is known as the Geisha District, although they’re called ‘geiko’ in Kyoto dialect (apprentices are ‘maiko’). The exclusive tea-houses where these female performers, artists and conversationalists work are generally out of bounds to tourists. You’ll stil be able to spot them though, out and about during the day, or walking between evening appointments in their distinctive dress. A glimpse of a geiko is a reminder that the traditions of historic Kyoto thrive in a very modern Japan.Want more inspiration for Japanese jaunts? Check these out:Top 9 things to do in TokyoGiant robots? Mega towers? Ancient temples? Electronic sushi restaurants? Tokyo is like a peek in to the future with a foot in the past.5 cool things to experience in JapanLooking for more inspiration in the Land of the Rising Sun? Let us give you some top tips of what to see and do.8 best geek things to see and do in TokyoLove technology and gadgets? Take a tour of 8 of the best hi-tech attractions in Tokyo.Find flights to OsakaHotels in KyotoSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related5 of the most walkable cities in the worldForget confusing public transport and budget-busting taxis. The best way to experience a city like a local is on your own two feet. Not to mention it’s free, and eco-friendly too. We’ve picked five destinations where you can literally take exploring in your stride and suggested routes that join the…Gold Rush: world’s most golden destinationsGold Rush: world’s most golden destinationsBillionaire’s Paradise: where do the super rich hang out?Billionaire’s Paradise: where do the super rich hang out? 2. Fushimi Inari ShrineThis is another terrific temple to stick on your hitlist. Over 5,000 red torii, or shrine gates, ensure Fushimi Inari-Taisha sticks out from the crowd. Dedicated to Inari (the god of rice and business) the shrine lies at the foot of Mount Inari. The gates – each one a donation from a business enterprise hoping for success – mark out woodland paths leading up the mountain to smaller shrines and city views. 4. The Philosopher’s WalkThe Philosopher’s Walk – named after the 20th century philosopher Nishida Kitaro who liked a stroll down this pretty lane – runs between Ginkaku-ji (the Silver Temple – which is actually made of wood) and Nanzen-ji temple. The wander takes about half an hour, and is at its most glorious in cherry blossom season (late March/early April) when the surrounding trees throw a canopy of delicate pink flowers over the canal.5. KiyomizuderaThe star attraction of the Higashiyama district is Kiyomizudera, a large temple dedicated to the goddess of Mercy. The temple’s wooden terrace – constructed entirely without nails – is its most popular architectural feature, best enjoyed in spring and autumn when it gives you a spectacular view of the surrounding cherry blossom trees and vivid autumn landscape. 3. HigashiyamaBuilt into the lowest slopes of the mountains to the east of Kyoto, this historic district is (unsurprisingly) quite hilly, but it’s worth getting out there to see traditional wooden architecture, buy some local crafts and feast on food stall snacks. A special effort has been made to preserve Higashiyama’s old-world vibe; they’ve removed any signs of 21st century living, like telephone cables and poles. 6. Heian ShrineBuilt in 1895, Heian Jingu may be a more recent addition to Kyoto’s collection of shrines and temples, but its four gardens are nonetheless some of Kyoto’s best. It’s here that you’ll find those stepping stones from Sofia Coppola’s critically acclaimed film Lost in Translation.7. Nijo CastleLearn the ways of the shogun at Nijo Castle, where powerful warriors appointed by the emperor wielded power and influence throughout centuries of Japanese history. The castle occupies a large site in central Kyoto, with two rings of moats and fortifications built to protect the Ninomaru Palace, where you can wander through private rooms once reserved for only the most important of the shogun’s visitors.8. Nishiki MarketFondly regarded as ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’, this ancient market is where you’ll find great local produce, perfect for a penny-saving picnic if you’re visiting Kyoto on a budget. Even better, trawl the stalls for your fill of free samples and see if you can spot the matsutake, which, at £750 a pound, is one of the world’s priciest mushrooms. While Tokyo is all flashing neon, future tech and skyscrapers, Kyoto is quieter, quainter and the perfect place to experience authentic Japanese culture. So take the bullet train back in time…We’ve picked 10 of the best sights and attractions essential for getting to know Kyoto.1. Kinkaku-ji, the Golden PavilionKyoto is famous for its temples, their beauty as well as the sheer number of them, hence its nickname, the City of Ten Thousand Shrines. Avoid temple fatigue and choose the ones you visit carefully. A great place to start is Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion, arguably Kyoto’s most celebrated landmark. Admire its gold-leaf walls reflected in the tranquil pond surrounding it, amidst a peaceful park of cherry trees. Skip the swarms of tourists by arriving bang on 9am, when the site opens.last_img read more

Limassol reaching for the sky

first_imgLimassol’s move skywards with buildings over 30 storeys high has largely been welcomed as part of the city’s transformation into a modern business centre, but there are growing concerns that it is all too much, too soon and at too high an environmental cost.The city has bagged itself some huge projects. Buildings as tall as 37 floors – unprecedented for Cyprus – are already underway.In the next few years, eight major projects are expected to be completed with seven permits currently being evaluated.These include One Residence, set to be the tallest residential seafront tower in Europe at 170 metres high with 37 storeys. According to the developers Pafilia, the construction contract signed in December was worth €77million.Greens MP Charalambos Theopemptou told the Sunday Mail one of the major concerns was how this would affect residents living behind the projects which will range from relatively modest 15 floors to One Residence’s 37.Pafilia’s One Residence“The tall building will offer a stunning view of the beach but this immediately screams foul for the people living behind it. It demonstrates disrespect to those people,” he said.Additionally, the height of the towers will cast long shadows behind them and block the sun’s rays to all the residences behind.One Limassol resident, who did not want to share his name, said he was concerned how these projects would change the face of Limassol.“Development is great but at what cost?”A woman living close to where One Residence is being built told the Sunday Mail that her only problem was the mess the construction was creating outside their homes.“They clean it up sometimes but especially after it rains, it’s terrible.” However she had no qualms with issues concerning the sun or the view.“This might actually increase the value of my house,” she said.According to the town planning department, before a building permit is granted the application must be evaluated by the local authority, the environmental department, civil aviation, fire services, electricity board and if necessary the Cyprus Tourism Organisation.In a statement to the Sunday Mail, the department outlined some of the pre-requisites the application must include such as adequate parking and shading diagrams for the location which affect to “the smallest degree possible, the comfort of the area and nearby properties”.Additionally, the land area must be large, providing enough outdoor space which could include greenery, pavements or parks.  While public debates on large new projects are necessary, lecturer at the University of Cyprus Architecture Department Dr Aimilios Michael told the Sunday Mail that when these do occur, they are carried out in a way to “prepare public opinion for a decision already made rather than to promote a creative discussion”.“I do not think tall buildings should be perceived as negative developments in the urban centres of Cyprus, we just need to be careful to what extent this is done and in what way,” he said.“Compensatory measures, for instance, are important and necessary for such developments. Such measures could, for example, include public parks or parking places, or even an open access public library or a church – something that could positively contribute to the public’s daily life.”Limassol’s district secretary of the Scientific and Technical Chamber of Cyprus Yiannis Kakoullis said one of his major concerns is how drastically Limassol’s landscape is going to change.“It seems to me that permits are given out way too easily without enough discussion. I fear the number of tall buildings will only keep going up,” he said.“How are these tall buildings going to affect the people nearby? It’s going to cast a shadow on all the people living behind, meaning only a handful of people are going to enjoy the view and sun.”One resident however argued there’s nothing wrong with Limassol’s changing face. “Many countries have tall buildings why should we lag behind?”A frequent jogger on Limassol’s seafront told the Sunday Mail: “it’s a modern development. Someone wants to see the sea, it’s not far off.”Another concern is that these luxury residences will mostly be bought by those wanting to take advantage of Cyprus’ citizenship by investment scheme, introduced in the wake of the 2013 economic crisis.Limassol Del Mar, a 34,000m2project at Germasogeia being built by Leptos Developers, is an apartment and commercial unit development with facilities such as a gym, spa and swimming pools. A section on their website titled ‘EU Citizenship’ clearly states that “by purchasing a residence at Limassol Del Mar you will have the opportunity to obtain EU citizenship with a Cyprus passport.”Cyprus’ citizenship for sale scheme states that foreigners who invest €2 million in the property market or Cyprus-based companies, including a residence worth at least €500,000, can obtain citizenship.For Theopemptou the risk is that a lot of these properties will be purchased for the purpose of a citizenship and then remain empty.“What will the municipality do in a few years when the buildings are deserted?”Even the energy efficiency of these new projects is up for debate.For Michael these new tall buildings can be beneficial in terms of energy saving.“Compact units are like a small village in terms of energy – they are easier to manage in terms of their energy requirements,” he said.As the external surface of tall buildings is smaller compared to individual units of similar capacity, their thermal performance is usually higher.“Passive and active systems can also be integrated into their facade, offering higher energy efficiency.”There is the added advantage of the offices using energy during morning working hours while, energy demands in housing units will be higher during the night, “all from the same sources of energy, offering optimisation in their technical system installations”.But Theopemptou is concerned about the heat island effect where cities are warmer than rural areas largely due to concrete and asphalt absorbing energy in the form of heat and increasing surface temperature.“This is already happening but with these huge towers it’s going to drastically alter the city’s temperature, despite it being cooler because of the sea,” he said.Despite some well-placed reservations, there is a general sense of excitement over Limassol’s future as a taller city.“This is an opportunity to investigate new housing models that may offer new possibilities for a new way of life,” said Michael, before adding a caveat. “As long as this is done properly.”You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more