Denied ticket from Nawada Giriraj goes into a sulk

first_imgPatna: Firebrand BJP leader and union minister Giriraj Singh was on Monday apparently left sulking after the Nawada Lok Sabha seat, which he represents, went to NDA ally LJP.”Compulsions of seat-sharing may be there. But I wish to underscore that no other union minister from Bihar may have to give up his sitting seat,” the veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader told media persons here. “This is despite the fact that I have worked so much to nurture my constituency,” Singh added. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had on Sunday announced the list of candidates and their respective seats to be contested by its three constituents– the BJP, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) and Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP. As per the announcement the BJP and the JD(U) will contest 17 seats each and six seats were allotted to the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP). Asked whether he had expressed his wish to seek re-election from Nawada to state BJP president Nityanand Rai, Singh said: “I must have done so 200 times”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Five years is a long time and I have become attached to Nawada and its people. Rai had assured me that I would get a ticket from wherever I wanted. Why this (denial of ticket) happened is for him to answer,” Singh told reporters here. On reports that he might be asked to contest from Begusarai, the seat which he had wanted to fight in 2014, Singh replied with a hint of bitterness, “I was a party worker, am a party worker and shall always remain a party worker.” Besides Giriraj Singh, the other union ministers from Bihar are Ashwini Kumar Choubey (Buxar), R K Singh (Ara), Ram Kripal Yadav (Pataliputra) and Radha Mohan Singh (Motihari). All these seats have been retained by the BJP and it is believed that the sitting MPs may be fielded again from their respective seats. Interestingly, in the last general election Giriraj Singh had initially expressed his wish to contest from Begusarai, which is dominated by the Bhumihar caste to which he belongs. But the seat then went to Bhola Singh, a party-hopper who had been previously associated with the Communist Party of India (CPI), Congress and the Janata Dal. Giriraj Singh was then given the ticket from Nawada, a less safe seat given its social profile which he won riding the Modi wave.last_img read more

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Spain rejects Catalonias independence

first_imgMADRID – Spanish parliament agreed on a motion against the Catalan parliament’s independence.The Spanish Parliament has rejected plans for the northeastern Catalonia region to hold a referendum to declare its independence.The motion rejected the Barcelona-based regional government of Catalonia to hold the referendum in November. The rejection was approved on Thursday by 272 deputies from the country’s mainstream parties, against 43 votes from Catalonian nationalist and leftist groups.Three Spanish national parties, the Union, Progress and Democracy Party (UPyD), the Popular Party (PP), and the Socialist Party (PSOE) passed the motion. The UPyD party said that “in no case, any part of the citizenship can decide on the State’s territorial organization or on any other aspect or provision of the Constitution, excluding the others from this eventual decision”. Polls indicate that Catalans are roughly evenly split on independence.last_img read more

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Producers still cautious despite higher Q2 expectations on stronger oil prices

CALGARY — Higher oil prices are expected to boost cash flow for Canadian crude producers as they roll out second-quarter results beginning next week, but analysts say the extra money is unlikely to be added to growth budgets.Canadian oil prices steadied in comparison with U.S. benchmarks in the three months ended June 30 following six months of volatility blamed on the failure of pipeline capacity to match growing oilsands output and Alberta’s decision to impose production limits starting in January.Analyst Nick Lupick of AltaCorp Capital says despite current higher prices and expectations of strong prices going forward, producers remain cautious and are more likely to buy back their own shares or raise dividends than increase spending to grow output.Greg Pardy of RBC Dominion Securities says oilsands bitumen producers such as MEG Energy Corp. and Cenovus Energy Inc. are likely to post “standout” results given a 16 per cent increase in average Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend prices from the first to the second quarter.Natural gas producers, however, are expected to see more dismal results as Alberta spot gas prices averaged 60 per cent less than in the previous quarter.The earnings parade starts July 24 with Suncor Energy Inc., followed by Cenovus and Husky Energy Inc. the next day. Companies in this article include: (TSX:SU, TSX:MEG, TSX:HSE, TSX:CVE) The Canadian Press read more

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Four people arrested after OPP execute search warrant

The OPP arrested four people on Tuesday after executing a search warrant at a Main Street, Delhi, address.Investigators seized a large amount of illicit drugs along with Canadian currency.Two men and two women, all of Norfolk County, have been charged with various offences.A 62-year-old man was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl, possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking hydromorphone, possession of hash oil, possession of prohibited device or ammunition and possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000. He is also charged with failing to comply with a recognizance, and three counts of fail to comply with probation order.A 28-year-old man was charged with possession of firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order.A 32-year-old woman was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl, possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking hydromorphone, possession of hash oil, and possession prohibited device of ammunition.A 35-year-old  woman is facing charges for possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl, possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking hydromorphone, and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.All are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Simcoe at a later date.“Our Community Street Crimes Unit has been very effective with proactive illicit drug investigations. This is yet another example that highlights the need for the police and the community to work in partnership to resolve crime,” Inspector Joseph Varga, Norfolk OPP detachment commander, said in a press release. read more

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Dramatic progress in fighting Ebola must be followed by longterm recovery efforts

“The goal is to help people and their communities to return to a normal life again,” said Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). “It means that children are going back to school, women can once again shop in their local markets, and livelihoods are restored.”She placed particular importance on rebuilding health systems and services to reduce risks that were inherent within weak systems. Such rebuilt systems should cover basic, essential, primary healthcare with sensitive surveillance to give early warnings of any dangerous outbreaks. “The health systems in the three countries were fragile to begin with,” Dr. Chan acknowledged. “They collapsed during the Ebola outbreak.”She said trust and confidence must be restored to ensure that parents immunize their children, pregnant women have confidence in giving birth safely and so malaria and other infectious diseases can be prevented.Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director-General of the WHO provided some impressions of the outbreak response from the front-lines. He underlined the importance of building resilient systems and helping the most-affected States – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – to recover. Yet, he stressed that it would be impossible to fully recover if the main task – eradicating Ebola – was not completed. “Success is not assured,” he said. “There is a terrible, terrible and growing sense that this is done. This is not done. It started with one case. There were 37 cases last week. It is not done.”While pointing to “stunning” progress in reining in the outbreak and meeting ambitious targets on reducing prevalence of Ebola, including the effort to limit new cases to coastal areas that would be easier to control as the rainy season looms, Dr. Aylward stressed the difficulty associated with those efforts.“It’s been 12 grinding months to get here but that’s where we’ve arrived right now,” he said. “It’s a bumpy road but it is going in the right direction.”David Nabarro, the UN’s Special Envoy on Ebola, stressed how tough the global response to the “frightening devastation” wrought by Ebola has been throughout the process so far. “It’s a cause of insecurity that needs to be taken as seriously as terrorism,” he said. “It needs defences as well financed and organised as terrorism.” read more

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African leaders say UN Security Council must be reformed to include voice

“Climate change is arguably the greatest environmental challenge the world continues to face, with potentially catastrophic consequences for our planet and future generations, if left unchecked,” he said. “We continue to witness a dangerous rise in sea levels, melting glaciers, severe decline in agricultural output, changing weather patterns and health challenges caused by the change in climatic conditions,” adding that developing countries were the hardest hit. Mr. Masisi also spoke about recent developments in migration and refugee flows. “Conflict, political instability and poverty are the main push factors of migrants from the developing to developed countries, as evidenced by the thousands that continue to cross the Mediterranean into Europe in search of economic opportunities,” he said. “The grave conditions that the migrants are exposed to, including what they contribute to the unprecedented levels of humanitarian crises, is a cause of great concern,” he continued, noting that the situation warranted urgent attention from the international community.He also said that Botswana believed that the “the imposition of quotas to make it mandatory for countries to accept migrants or refugees is not the best solution,” positing instead that “consideration should be given rather to reward and support the countries accepting these migrants or refugees by setting up a Special Fund under UNHCR [UN High Commissioner for Refugees].” In his remarks, Raymond Tshibanda N’Tungamulongo, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Democratic Republic of Congo, said the United Nations remains relevant in its timely objectives and principles. However, without peace, development “is just a hypothesis.” Where underdevelopment and poverty reign, social demands frequently lead to violence. Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, Vice-President of Botswana, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Loey Felipe Turning his attention to the problem of terrorism, Mr. Mosisili noted that it had become “more brazen and lethal than before.”“Terrorist networks are expanding across Africa, the Middle East and Asia,” he continued. “Even as we remain vigilant against the threat of terrorism, we must move beyond a mindset that this menace can be defeated by force of arms alone. We may strike blows against terrorist networks, but if we ignore the fact that political instability and religious and other forms of intolerance fuel extremism, our efforts to root out this menace will be futile.”He also raised the issue of UN Security Council reform, saying that the call for the Council to be more transparent, inclusive and democratic needs to be echoed with even more vigour and clarity. “A Security Council, that has the voice of Africa and other marginalized regions in the Permanent Category, will increasingly acquire legitimacy and unconditional acceptance of its decisions.” In his remarks, Ramtane Lemamra, the Minister of State and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Algeria, said that the current session coincides with the seventieth anniversary of the Organization and is taking place at a time when the international community is facing many challenges.“While many peoples have broken free from colonialism and the world has seen a qualitative improvement in development,” huge challenges remained, with ongoing foreign occupation in some regions, worsening hunger and poverty, terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime, he said. Prime Minister Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili of Lesotho addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak Referring to Cabo Verde regarding its status as a small island developing State (SIDS), he noted with concern threats to the survival of SIDS including climate change, their vulnerability to natural disasters, the risks of loss of biodiversity, the high costs of transport and energy, and other issues, noting that for these reasons they deserve special attention from the UN system in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Speaking on the subject of terrorism, Mr. Pereira Neves urged the international community to increase its efforts to combat extremism in all forms and expressions. “We firmly condemn all forms of terrorism and, in particular, the barbaric actions of extremist groups in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa,” he underscored.In his remarks, the Prime Minister of Lesotho, Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili, spoke of the ongoing violence in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and parts of Africa from the Sahel to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “Sadly, the human origin of many of these problems cannot be doubted,” he said. “The refugee problem facing Europe today, will test the limits of the continent’s resolve and generosity.” Foreign Minister Raymond Tshibanda N’tungamulongo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra of Algeria addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak The massive flow of refugees due to war represents a collective failure to deal with the conflict in the Middle East. Algeria, the Prime Minister said, underscored the need to continue reforming the Organization, adapting its mechanism to the current moment.He went on to say that it is necessary to reaffirm the role of the General Assembly as the main forum for international cooperation, while also reforming the Security Council which no longer reflected the composition of the international community, particularly the African continent.Also speaking today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Chad, Moussa Faki Mahamat, told the Assembly that success in Africa depended on the security situation there, as well as the ability to finance development plans and strategies.Mr. Mahamat also noted that that success also depended on “the solidarity of developed countries with developing countries in terms of effective financing,” and because of the conclusions of the Addis Ababa summit on development financing, his expectations remained high. He also spoke about the challenges that the United Nations faced in terms of armed conflicts, terrorism and migration. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Minister for Foreign Affairs and African Integration of the Republic of Chad, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak Speaking of the Central African Republic, he said that “bloody clashes in recent days have called into question the few hard won gains,” noting that the international community must offer support to countries in transition.Turning his attention to the Lake Chad Basin, he noted that Boko Haram had not ceased its terrorist activities in the region, and said that a multinational joint task force had been assembled “to put an end to the evil acts of this sect.”He said that, while Africa was grappling with the threat of terrorism, it was using up finances on security rather than economic and social development.He also noted the “transnational capacity of terrorists to act across borders,” telling the General Assembly that nations should pool their response strategies into regional and international cooperation. Botswana’s Vice-President, Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, said his country is “proud of the tremendous strides we have made in the implementation of the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals]” and looked forward to implementing the new development agenda.Speaking of the challenges of climate change, Mr. Masisi noted that the importance of the agreement set to be decided upon in Paris could not be over-emphasized. Prime Minister José Maria Pereira Neves of Cabo Verde addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak “There are no borders anymore,” he said, stressing that the “synergy of efforts” is not an option but an absolute necessity. Similarly, reform of the Security Council to include his continent is urgently required. In that regard, he reaffirmed his country’s unreserved support for the Ezulwini Consensus, which was the only way to ensure the appropriate representation of his continent on the Council.Recalling his country’s history of conflict, he said the Democratic Republic of Congo might have vanished had it not been for the United Nations. He saluted the international solidarity that had supported it, especially the troop contributing countries of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Peace, security and the authority of the State had been restored in most of the country, which had fostered large-scale economic growth. Finally, in light of today’s situation in his country, it was time to rethink the United Nations presence there and to begin a decrease in MONUSCO troop levels. Noting that this year’s General Debate comes as the Organization marks its 70th anniversary of the UN, Mr. Vicente said the occasion should provide an additional incentive to accelerate reforms aimed at revitalizing the United Nations system.Such efforts could aim to reform the Security Council by extending the number of its permanent and non-permanent members, “thus making the body more representative and better equipped to address the challenges and opportunities that the world faces.” He added that Angola reaffirms the right of the African continent to be represented among the Council’s permanent members.Turning to the rise of terrorist activities perpetrated by extremist groups in Africa and elsewhere in the world, he called the scourge a serious security issue that required a global coalition to combat. He also referred to the creation of the Task Force of the Lake Chad Basin Countries and Benin to combat terrorism in Africa, noting it that the coalition deserved the support of the international community. As for the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), Mr. Vicente said that Angola supported the efforts of the transitional government to “restore public order and restructure State institutions.” He said that he welcomed the recent compromise reached between the Government of South Sudan and the armed opposition, and said of Guinea-Bissau that, with its institutional crisis over, political developments indicate economic growth and political stabilization. Turning his attention to climate change, he said the upcoming agreement in Paris “should include a commitment to limit the increase in average global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.”Meanwhile, in his remarks, the Prime Minister of Cabo Verde, José Maria Pereira Neves, also noted the need to come to an understanding on enlargement of the Security Council’s membership, “which in our view should reflect the changes that have occurred in the world, with a more equitable and appropriate representation.” read more

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UN health agency convenes emergency meeting to address dramatic spread of Zika

“The level of alarm is extremely high,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told her Executive Board in Geneva, noting that for decades the disease, transmitted by the Aedes genus of mosquito, “slumbered,” affecting mainly monkeys and occasionally causing a mild disease of low concern in humans.“The situation today is dramatically different. Last year, the virus was detected in the Americas, where it is now spreading explosively. As of today, cases have been reported in 23 countries and territories in the region,” she added in convening an Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations on the epidemic.The virus, first reported by Brazil in May, is expected to spread to other parts of the world where dengue, spread by the same mosquito, is also present, said Marcos Espinal, Director of the Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), WHO’s regional branch.He told the Board he expects the outbreak, already linked to some 4,000 births of babies with abnormally small heads, a condition known as microcephaly, to grow from current estimates of one million cases to possibly three million to four million before it can be brought under control.“We should not panic,” he stressed. “We should not be afraid, but we need to try and have aggressive vector control in the affected countries,” he stressed.Dr. Chan noted that there is a high level of uncertainty. “Questions abound,” she said. “We need to get some answers quickly. I am asking the Committee for advice on the appropriate level of international concern and for recommended measures that should be undertaken in affected countries and elsewhere. I will also ask the Committee to prioritize areas where research is most urgently needed.”In some places the virus has been associated with a steep increase in microcephaly and with the sometimes fatal Guillain-Barre syndrome, but a causal relationship with Zika has not yet been established although it is strongly suspected, she added.“The possible links, only recently suspected, have rapidly changed the risk profile of Zika, from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions. The increased incidence of microcephaly is particularly alarming, as it places a heart-breaking burden on families and communities. WHO is deeply concerned about this rapidly evolving situation.”She also warned of the potential for Zika to spread even further internationally given the wide geographical distribution of the mosquito vector, and cited the lack of population immunity in newly affected areas and the absence of vaccines, specific treatments, and rapid diagnostic tests.Moreover, conditions associated with this year’s El Niño weather pattern, which causes droughts in parts of the world and floods in others, are expected to increase mosquito populations greatly in many areas. read more

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Opinion 1loss Big Ten champion deserves a spot in inaugural College Football

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio holds the trophy above his head after the game. OSU lost to Michigan State, 34-24, in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Dec. 7. Credit: Lantern file photoThe new College Football Playoff system revealed its first ever rankings Oct. 28 with an emphasis on who team’s have played and who they’ve beaten.Three teams from the Southeastern Conference were included the top four of the rankings, which will ultimately be where every team aspires to be in the end.Despite posting four consecutive games of 500 or more yards of offense and defeating Penn State in a tough road environment, Ohio State debuted at No. 16 in the rankings, which is relatively low for one of the best teams in the Big Ten and a team ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press top 25.OSU and the Big Ten took huge hits to their reputations during the latter years of the Bowl Championship Series. After the Buckeyes lost convincingly to SEC teams Florida and Louisiana State University in consecutive national championship games between the 2006 and 2007 seasons, it has been an uphill battle for the conference to regain its credibility.But the new playoff system should be designed to place conference champions in the “Power 5” against each other. With two teams likely making the final four from the SEC and defending national champions Florida State looking poised to stay undefeated, that leaves just one spot open.And that spot should be reserved for the Big Ten champion, as long as it has just one loss.Michigan State — the Big Ten’s highest ranked team (No. 8) in the College Football Playoff standings — lost an early season matchup against then-No. 3 Oregon on the road in Eugene, Ore., but it’s been impressive ever since.The Spartans’ defense has long been the strength of the team under coach Mark Dantonio, but the offense has been explosive this season as well.Michigan State is fifth in the country in scoring with 45.5 points per game and its running game has accumulated about 254.9 yards per game.When OSU and Michigan State meet in East Lansing, Mich., on Saturday, it will be a matchup of two of the top five scoring offenses in the nation. Both teams are hitting on all cylinders and the winner should have an inside track to making the College Football Playoff bracket.There are two one-loss teams remaining in the Pac-12 and three one-loss or undefeated teams in the Big 12 that could challenge for a playoff spot, but the Big Ten’s best have continued to look dominant in the face of pundits that claim they cannot compete with the nation’s best.The Big 12 has lost a lot of steam since serious contender Baylor took a road loss to No. 24 West Virginia and Oklahoma took losses to No. 6 Texas Christian University and No. 9 Kansas State.Oregon appears to be on a crash course to face Arizona State in the Pac-12 Championship Game. If the Ducks can win their conference, they are perhaps the only team that can stand up to the Big Ten’s elite because they defeated Michigan State head-to-head.But the College Football Playoff committee ultimately needs to put an emphasis on conference championships in its inaugural season. The committee needs to set a precedent that going through an entire season and finishing at the top of your respective conference should give you a chance to play for it all.The winner of the Big Ten will have to at least defeat the smash mouth defense of Michigan State, the elite offensive firepower of OSU, or Nebraska’s senior running back Ameer Abdullah, a top Heisman candidate.If given the chance to compete for it all, the Big Ten will have a lot more to show in 2014. read more

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Autopsy confirms Kairuni teen was killed in accident

A post mortem examination (PME) conducted on the body of 19-year-old, Mark Jerome of Kairunia, a community off the highway, has confirmed that he was killed in a vehicular accident.Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh gave the cause of death as multiple crush injuries which may be caused by more than one vehicles.Jerome’s mangled body was discovered on Wednesday last lying on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, near Loo Creek.According to reports, the teen and siblings were imbibing earlier that day but subsequently went home in a drunken state.However, unknown to his siblings, Jerome wandered out of his home sometime around 01:00h that day when he must have been struck. His body reportedly bore tyre marks.An investigation is in progress. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice teen killed in East Coast accidentOctober 8, 2017In “Crime”Essequibo Coast fatal accident… Teen provided for family – motherJanuary 20, 2019In “Crime”Highway hit-and-run fatal accident file to be sent to DPP- Traffic ChiefFebruary 2, 2019In “Crime” read more

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Where will all the construction workers come from to build the Ireland

first_img Share612 Tweet Email3 Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 7:00 AM By Rónán Duffy Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3856487 ON FRIDAY, THE Project 2040 plan made €116 billion worth of pledges and industry groups are warning that it must be matched with adequate training if the promises are to be kept.The plan makes a commitment to providing “capital supports” for new apprenticeship courses but the scale of the work that needs to be implemented is huge.The Construction Industry Federation estimates that apprenticeships have fallen from a peak of about 27,000 during the previous decade’s housing boom to a current level of 3,000.“We need to be signing up maybe 5,000 per year to be really meeting the demands of the industry and probably more into the future,” CIF spokesperson Shane Dempsey said following the publication of the government’s planning framework.While the numbers themselves show that apprenticeships have taken a major hit in recent years, there’s also an image problem that must be reversed.About 60% of school-leavers head for university or the IT system and Dempsey says part of the challenge is developing a culture that will see students and guidance counsellors viewing apprenticeships as a viable option.There’s reputational damage over the last few years so we really need to show there’s a career there, there’s 10 years if not 25 years of work. Part of that is also about investing in modern technology and demonstrating that there are careers in construction beyond the work that’s done on site.The commitment to support apprenticeships has also been welcomed by unions with ICTU’s Construction Industry Committee  saying they are currently “way below” what is required.ICTU’s Billy Wall outlined how the issue of apprentices leaving Ireland for work in Australia and Canada who would benefit from a more direct route into employment here.“Without these systems in place, the sector will struggle to attract the necessary workers which will impact negatively on the capacity of this plan to deliver critical infrastructure across the economy,” Wall said.Working groupThe also plan makes reference to the establishment of a working group that’s tasked with ensuring the construction sector is adequately supported throughout the period it covers.It’s envisaged the Construction Sector Working Group will consist of government departments as well as the relevant agencies with representatives of the construction sector al represented.Dempsey says this return to engagement is welcome and that the lack of it the past few years has been down to a lack of activity.In the short-term, however, there’s concern that a gap may exist between the development of new apprenticeships and the more immediate need for labour.CIF had estimated that construction activity could require 112,000 jobs up to 2020 under the government’s €43 billion capital programme.Now that has significantly increased, with a commitment for 25,000-35,000 houses per year, Dempsey says this figure may have to grow and could lead to construction workers coming from abroad:“The education sector will find it very difficult to deliver those kind of figures within three to four years.”So you will get an influx of skilled labour, from Europe in particular. You may get a ‘Brexit effect’ of construction workers who may have focused on going to the UK instead coming to Ireland.Read: ‘Mixed messages’ ‘Thumbs up’ ‘A cock-up’: Here’s some of the reactions to the government’s grand plan for Ireland >Read: ‘They’d have announced a new hinge on a door’: Not everyone is impressed with the €11 billion plan for health > 29,067 Views Where will all the construction workers come from to build the Ireland 2040 plan? In the long-term apprenticeships will help, but what about in the next few years? center_img Short URL Construction of social homes in Clongriffin. 80 Comments Feb 18th 2018, 7:01 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Construction of social homes in Clongriffin. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ielast_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_img Feb 4th 2017, 8:00 PM Saturday 4 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRISH  Mourners at the funeral of Pat O Malley this morning. Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieThe sixth case of bird flu was found in a whooper swan in Tipperary.A man was arrested after gardaí seized cocaine and cannabis worth an estimated €80,000 from a house in Tallaght.A man died after his car collided with a bin lorry and then crashed into a wall in Offaly.The Citizens’ Assembly reconvened today to hear arguments around the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution.WORLD By Cormac Fitzgerald Share Tweet Email 3 Comments A demonstrator takes part in a protest against US President Donald Trump’s recent travel ban to the US in Paris. Source: AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu#UNITED STATES: The US State Department has cancelled a ban on travel visas from seven predominantly Muslim countries after a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional.#UKRAINE: 35 people have died in the last week in renewed fighting with pro-Russian separatists.#FRANCE: The Louvre in Paris reopened this morning 24 hours after a soldier patrolling the museum shot a machete-wielding attacker.PARTING SHOTHow far can you throw an American football in a space station? 564,664 yards, it turns out. Source: The Guardian/YouTube 11,454 Views Get our daily news round up: http://jrnl.ie/3223293 Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday Trump’s travel ban lifted, drugs seizure in Dublin and the Citizen’s Assembly reconvened – It’s the Fix Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Land trust acquires Columbia River habitat

first_imgThe Columbia Land Trust on Wednesday announced the acquisition of a 109-acre parcel just off the Columbia River, securing vital habitat to numerous wildlife species, the organization said.The Vancouver-based nonprofit purchased Kerry Island from the Jenks family, which had owned it since 1946. The island sits along Westport Slough, an 11-mile channel on the Oregon side of the river. The property is about eight miles from Clatskanie, Ore.The land had been run as a cattle and hay farm for decades, until Chester and Cleo Jenks retired in the early 2000s, according to the land trust. The trust now hopes to restore the property to perpetual habitat for salmon, steelhead and other endangered wildlife.The trust completed the $320,000 purchase with ratepayer funds from the Bonneville Power Administration. The organization will develop a management plan for the property in the coming year with input from the public.last_img read more

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Crown Agents Bank to implement new benefits platform for 150 employees

first_imgCrown Agents Bank (CAB) will implement a new benefits platform in June 2019 for its 150 employees.The platform, provided by Zest Technology, has been designed to offer employees easy and flexible access to both existing and new benefits at times that are relevant to them. The platform will help CAB move away from a manual, paper-based benefits system to one that will be managed and administered completely through the Zest platform.Marcia Jones, group head of HR at CAB, said: “We did have an existing system in place but, to be honest, it was limited in functionality. It really only managed voluntary benefits, such as childcare vouchers, cycle-to-work, smart parking, give-as-you-earn and so on.“Contractual benefits, such as group pension, group life assurance and group income protection, had to be managed outside of the [previous] platform and, crucially, it didn’t allow our employees to flex their benefits to suit their own [lifestyles].”CAB plans to introduce new benefits in line with the platform launch, for example a new health cash plan and an additional private medical insurance (PMI) benefit for the organisation’s executive team. The business is also changing provider for its group income protection benefit and its savings and discounts portal; this is to better align with the new benefits platform.The new platform is being communicated to staff via pre-launch emails; these will be followed by internal employee training sessions in the week prior to the launch. There will also be teaser emails highlighting both the platform and the opening of the benefits window.Jones added: “We wanted a fully flexible benefits platform that could manage all of our benefits and, most importantly, enable our employees to decide for themselves which benefits are most important to them at a particular point in their working lives.”last_img read more

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Alaska Natives protesting Dakota Access pipeline share mixed views on oil

first_imgDemonstrators in downtown Anchorage protest the Dakota Access pipeline (photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska Public Media)About 60 demonstrators, including many Alaska Native people, gathered in downtown Anchorage Saturday afternoon to sing, dance and carry signs. They were there to support North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux tribe in their fight against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.Listen nowThe Standing Rock Sioux tribe is afraid the pipeline could contaminate their water; the developer claims the pipeline is the safest way to carry the oil. The tribe’s protests have gained national attention.Late last week, the Obama administration paused the development of the pipeline following the tribe’s protests.The demonstrators in Anchorage said the pipeline developer isn’t listening to the Standing Rock Sioux’s voices. But because oil is such a big part of Alaska’s economy, some demonstrators also said protesting the North Dakota pipeline wasn’t as simple as being for or against oil.Kelli Reed organized the demonstration.“This demonstration is not opposed to oil,” said Reed. “Oil production on the North Slope has been very beneficial for Native Alaskans who live up there. However, what we are objecting to is a silencing of the voice of a people called the Lakota Sioux.”Gregory Nothstine, a member of the Native Village of Wales, said he supports the Standing Rock Sioux because he feels Native rights are often ignored. But he’s okay with oil development if its done responsibly.“Being for or against the oil pipelines here in Alaska? They’ve been providing revenues for our state for years,” Nothstine said.Ada Coyle and her daughter Ashley Doctolero were at the demonstration wearing traditional regalia of the Kodiak Island’s Sugpiaq people. Coyle said protecting water should be the number one priority.“You can’t drink or eat money, but the water is there,” said Coyle. “We need it to drink, we need it to cook with, shower with, to cleanse us, you know?”last_img read more

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Flight service to continue Air India

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Independent Director of Air India Limited D. Purandeswari, vice-president of Andhra Pradesh Air Travellers Association (APATA) O. Naresh Kumar and its member Suresh met CEO of Alliance Air C S Subbiah and Chairman and Managing Director of Air India Ltd Ashwani Lohana on Tuesday in New Delhi and requested them to continue Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada-Tirupati-Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam flight. APATA members appealed to the operators not to withdraw the flight from July 16 as was proposed. Also Read – Producing films, serials my ambition, says Nani Advertise With Us On their request, the CMD agreed to continue the service of the evening flight (around 6 p.m.), Hyderabad-Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada-Hyderabad flight this month itself, without any interruption. However, he agreed to consider a connecting flight to Tirupati at a later date. According to Subbiah, Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada-Tirupati flight was incurring a loss to the tune of Rs.20 crore even with 75% occupancy.last_img read more

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Dear Softball

first_imgThank you for the journey of a lifetime. Upon the conclusion of her softball career at the University of Louisville, 2019 senior Megan Hensley reflects on life lessons taught by the game of softball.Dear Softball, You taught me the importance of a team. Each member plays an important role to be successful. However, the biggest piece of a team is how each player relies on and trusts one another. After a tough loss, when everyone was down, we always found a way to pick each other up and move on to get better. It forms a true bond and friendship unlike any other.   You are a game where anything could happen on any given day and the outcome is never certain. With your guidance, I learned how to adapt to situations as they came about. Everything is not always going to go your way and you have to know how to handle each situation.   Just when I thought I had it all figured out, a slump would come to keep me humble. You are a game of failure and one has to be able to learn from each mistake in order to maximize success. You gave me the opportunity to travel around the country to play the sport I love with a team that I will cherish forever.  I would not be the person I am today without your life lessons. You taught me the value of hard work and that it pays off. You showed me that I was capable of anything I wanted to do, despite what everyone else said. These lessons translated directly to life. Story Links Those are just a few of the many opportunities that you have given to me. I am proud to be a Louisville Cardinal and I could not have asked for a better four years of my life. Sincerely,Megan Hensley #L1C4  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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VIDEO Jerry Jones grandson lit up Jerrys World with a record setting

first_img Advertisement Jerry Jones watched his Cowboys get eliminated from the playoffs with a disappointing home-loss against Seattle, yesterday, but it wasn’t all disappointment for Jones at Jerry’s World over the weekend.Jones’ grandson John Stephen Jones played in his grand dad’s stadium on Friday night for Highland Park High School in the Texas Class 5A State Championship game, and lit it up with title game records in completions  (37), attempts (58), and passing yards (564) in a thrilling come from behind win against Manvel High School, 53-49.Jerry Jones’ grandson, or no Jerry Jones’ grandson, this is one of the most insane high school football games you’ll ever see. Jones’ Highland Park team trailed all night, and by 10 with just under three minutes to play, but scored and recovered an onside kick, which led to the game winning score.Incredibly, Manvel was stopped a yard short of the goal line on a last second pass, preserving the win for Highland Park, and their second straight state title. Jones is listed as a 2-star prospect and currently has offers from SMU and Texas Tech, and Jerry’s alma mater, Arkansas. It will be interesting to see if he does anything at the next level.Watch Jerry’s grand kid light up Jerry’s World under the Friday night lights.Grandson of Cowboys’ Jerry Jones.. John Stephen led an incredible comeback, set championship game passing record as Highland Park beat Manvel in the the 5AD1 state. This game was one for the ages in #TXHSFB via @FOXSportsSW pic.twitter.com/z745D1rkba— RJ Marquez (@KSATRJ) December 23, 2017last_img read more

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New Trends of Blood Gas and Electrolyte Analyzers Market with Worldwide

first_imgBlood Gas and Electrolyte Analyzers The Global Blood Gas and Electrolyte Analyzers Market research report offers an in-depth evaluation of all happenings in the Blood Gas and Electrolyte Analyzers Market sector.A blood gas test measures the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood. It is also used to determine the pH and acidic content of the blood. The test is commonly known as a blood gas analysis or arterial blood gas (ABG) test. Imbalances in the oxygen, carbon dioxide, and pH levels of your blood indicate the presence of certain medical conditions. These products are used in emergency departments for the diagnosis of various diseases including kidney failure, heart failure, uncontrolled diabetes, hemorrhage, chemical poisoning, a drug overdose, shock, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/1180750?utm_source=Anil&utm_medium=HTNThe global blood gas and electrolyte analyzers market was valued at $1,427 million in 2016, and is estimated to garner $2,104 million by 2023, registering a CAGR of 5.7% from 2017 to 2023. The major factors that enhance the market growth are growth in number of patients being treated in ICUs, NICUs, and emergency departments; rise in patients suffering from chronic diseases; and increase in number of product approvals. However, complexity involved in interpretation of data acts as a restraining factor for the market growth.LIST OF KEY PLAYERS PROFILED IN THE REPORT : Radiometer Medical Aps (A Subsidiary of Danaher Corporation), Instrumentation Laboratory (A Werfen Company), Siemens AG, Roche Diagnostics Limited, Abbott Laboratories, Inc., Nova Biomedical, OPTI Medical Systems, Inc. (A Subsidiary of Idexx Laboratories, Inc.), ERBA Diagnostics Mannheim GmbH, Medica Corporation, Alere, Inc.The global blood gas and electrolyte analyzers market is segmented by type, product/brand, end user, and geography. Based on type, it is classified into analyzers/instruments and consumables. Analyzers/instruments is further sub segmented into product type and modality. Based on product type, it is categorized into blood gas analyzers, electrolyte analyzers, and combined analyzers. Based on modality, it is divided into laboratory, benchtop, and portable.By product/brand, it is classified into i-Stat, ePOC, GEM Premier, ABL Flex, Cobas, RAPID Series, and other blood gas analyzer. Based on end user, it is categorized into hospitals, clinics, ambulatory surgical centers(ASC), and others. Geographically, it is analyzed on the basis of four regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. The North America market accounted for significant share in the global market in 2016, owing to growth in number of patients admitted in the ICUs, NICUs, and emergency department.KEY BENEFITS FOR STAKEHOLDERSThe study provides an in-depth analysis of the global blood gas and electrolyte analyzers market and the current trends and future estimations to elucidate the imminent investment pockets.The report provides quantitative analysis of the industry from 2016 to 2023 to enable stakeholders to capitalize on the prevailing opportunities.Extensive analysis of the market based on the type, product/brand, and end user elucidate the prevailing opportunities in these segments.Comprehensive analysis of geographical regions is provided to determine the latent regional opportunities.The key players operating and their strategies in the market are profiled to determine the competitive outlook of the market.Get a discount on this research report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/1180750?utm_source=Anil&utm_medium=HTNAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.com,About Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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Google moves Instant Search to the retirement home

first_imgGoogle moves Instant Search to the retirement home by Martin Brinkmann on July 27, 2017 in Companies, Google – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 35 commentsWhen Google launched Google Instant Search back in 2010, the company called it a fundamental shift in search that would save searchers time when running searches on Google.Instant Search displayed search results page to the user during the process of typing the actual search phrase the user was interested in.In best case, it would display the desired results earlier. In worst case, it would throw a number of unrelated search results page at you while you tried to focus on typing your search query.While the feature may have helped slow typing users, it did not really help fast typing users that much.That’s one reason why I disabled Instant Search as soon as it came out. Google tried to make things more comfortable with the introduction of keyboard shortcuts, but that did not change the fact that this was terribly annoying if you typed long queries quickly.The feature could also jack up bandwidth as more results pages may have had to be loaded during your typing of the search phrase you were interested in.Google Instant Search retiredStarting today, Google Instant Search is no more. The company has put the feature to rest, all thanks to the rise of mobile and the fact that Instant Search does not really work that well on mobile devices for a number of reasons.A Google spokesperson told Search Engine Land that many searches happen on mobile, and that mobile devices have “very different input and interaction and screen constraints”, and that that’s the reason why Google decided to retire it.If you run a search right now on Google on the desktop you get search suggestions, but you will notice that the search results don’t appear anymore as you type. This means that you will stay longer on the main Google homepage, or on a search results page that you opened previously in your browser of choice.If you have disabled the feature, or moved on to using a different search engine — Startpage is my search engine of choice for instance — you may not have noticed the change at all.Tip: check out 10 Startpage tips to make the most out of the search engine.Closing WordsGoogle continues its shift towards mobile, and unifying the experience for mobile and the desktop users.Now You: Does the removal of Instant Search affect you?SummaryArticle NameGoogle moves Instant Search to the retirement homeDescriptionGoogle has shut down Instant Search on Google Search for the desktop; a feature that displayed the results page as you typed.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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