Gunfire injures four at Raptors parade in Toronto

first_imgJune 18, 2019 /Sports News – National Gunfire injures four at Raptors parade in Toronto Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailYu Ruidong/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images(TORONTO) — Four people were injured in Toronto Monday after gunfire erupted during a celebration for the NBA champion Toronto Raptors.Footage from the scene shows thousands of fans running after the gunshots began. More than one million people were said to have crowded the streets of downtown Toronto Monday as the city hosted a parade for the team, which defeated the Golden State Warriors last week to win their first NBA championship. Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said none of the injuries were life threatening.Three people have been arrested so far and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

London house prices linked to foreign politics

An Oxford University study conducted by two academics at the Saïd Business School has found that property values in the capital have benefitted for over 20 years as wealthy foreign buyers use property as a means to protect their money.The study showed that the impact of the foreign buyers was separable from other factors that affect house prices, such as the government’s Help to Buy scheme. The two academics who conducted the study, Tarun Ramadorai and Cristian Badarinza, said, “This goes a long way towards explaining why London house prices have continued to rise at a disproportionate rate compared with those in the rest of the country, and can also shed light on the well-known fat that capital flows appear to flow ‘uphill’ from relatively poor to relatively rich countries.”London has a status as a ‘safe haven’ due to the apparent tendency for properties there to retain or increase in value regardless of events in other parts of this world, making it an attractive city in which to invest in property. The research showed evidence for this effect in the countries studied, including southern Europe, Chine and the Middle East. Some students in Oxford are skeptical of the safety of investing in property in the UK. One PPE student from Oriel commented: “I think it ironic for the British housing market ever to be considered a safe haven. “The fact that the London market is dominated by foreign buyers is hardly new information. However it is interesting for such a link between political upheaval and economic trends, even between countries at opposite sides of the world, to be affirmed.” The methods used in the study to calculate the effects of ‘safe haven’ demand on house prices could also be applied to other assets, such as gold, and to other major cities. Millions of house price transactions spanning a 15 year period were analysed in the study.The Halifax and Nationwide say that house prices rose around 8% last year, much of which can be attributed to rises in the south-east. The house prices in areas with a high proportion of residents from a particular country were almost 0.5% higher in the months following an increase in that country’s political uncertainty. read more

Unilever Indonesia books slight decrease in net profit

first_imgThe sales growth is in line with an indicative figure provided by the publicly listed company last week.“The second quarter was a challenging period particularly for the Unilever Foods Solution (UFS) unit, whose consumers are hotel, restaurant and café (Horeca),” the company wrote in a statement on July 24.The company recorded a 1.6 percent drop in net sales in the second quarter after a 4.58 percent annual increase booked in the first quarter, it said in the statement.The COVID-19 pandemic has forced customers to stay at home to help curb the coronavirus spread, resulting in drops in visits to hotels, restaurants and cafés. Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) data show that around 2,000 hotels and 8,000 restaurants closed during the first three months of the outbreak in Indonesia, which started in March. As a result, the hotel and restaurant industry lost nearly Rp 70 trillion in revenue as leisure travel came to a complete halt.“Given the challenging conditions in the second quarter, we still consider this achievement to be in line [with expectations], as we expect the economic condition to get better in the next quarters,” Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia analyst Mimi Halimin wrote in a research note on Unilever’s performance on Thursday.She expected consumer companies, including Unilever, to record further efficiencies at operating level to support their bottom line in the event the economic situation remained sluggish.Indonesia’s economic growth cooled to 2.97 percent in the first half, the slowest since 2001, as the expansion of household spending slowed to 2.84 percent from around 5 percent in the last few quarters.The government expects the economy to contract 0.4 percent at worst or grow 1 percent at best this year as it slowly reopens the economy despite the continued rise of COVID-19 cases.“As economic activities have gradually resumed since June, we still believe that there will be improvement in the third and fourth quarters,” Mimi said.The stocks of Unilever, traded at the IDX with the code UNVR, jumped 1.82 percent on Thursday as the main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), gained 0.75 percent. (prm)Topics : Consumer goods giant PT Unilever Indonesia booked a slight decrease in its net profit during this year’s first half as the coronavirus pandemic hit demand.The local arm of Anglo-Dutch company Unilever pocketed Rp 3.62 trillion (US$246.46 million) in net profit during the period, a 2.2 percent decline compared to the corresponding period last year.Its net sales, meanwhile, climbed 1.4 percent annually to Rp 21.77 trillion while costs increased 0.8 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 10.59 trillion, according to its financial report filed with the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on Thursday.last_img read more

House Rules stars flip latest Gold Coast renovation project

first_imgInside the Broadbeach Waters home that House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have renovated. Picture: Nigel Hallett. One of the bedrooms in the Broadbeach Waters home that House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have renovated. Picture: Nigel Hallett.There is a “huge” master suite with a double shower, gorgeous stone bathrooms and black fixtures including the window frames, to add a contemporary edge.“We have floating stairs and Aaron built a feature wall to hold the stairs up, and there’s also a big bay window seat in the master bedroom,” Mrs Winter said of her favourite features. One of the bathrooms in the Broadbeach Waters house that House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have renovated. Picture: Nigel Hallett.The now rendered residence is resplendent in timeless grey and white, with matching muted tones inside, accentuated by timber floorboards and Caesarstone throughout.“It’s a two-storey modern coastal home, we raised the ceilings up to three metres high, and put a rake on them as well as a feature panel,” Inside the Broadbeach Waters home that House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have renovated. Picture: Nigel Hallett.“A build never runs smoothly, even if you’re working in a kitchen space you are dealing with the stone supplier, stone masonry, the cabinet-maker and then installing mirror splashbacks so it’s a lot of people,” Mrs Winter said.The couple has now set its sights on another project. The Broadbeach Waters home that House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have renovated. Picture: Nigel Hallett.It took the couple just three months to complete their project, while juggling family life with their two young sons at their nearby home.“Some of the work had already been pre-done and had council approval which is what we wanted, but we discovered the whole house was pretty much riddled with termites,” Mrs Winter said.“It took three days to demolish the house and another eight days to rebuild it again. We pretty much rebuilt a house in three months.” PERFECT HOME FOR BOOKWORMS BRISBANE ‘GHOST HOUSES’ ON THE RISE FAMILY SNAPS UP A WATERSLIDE WONDER More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago Last year’s House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have finished their first solo house flip in Broadbeach Waters. Picture: Nigel Hallett.HOUSE Rules stars Aaron and Daniella Winter’s latest renovation Gold Coast project has hit the market.The pair snapped up a two-storey Broadbeach Waters renovator for $1.015 million in September, 2017 just a few months after collecting $200,000 prize money on House Rules, with the intention to “flip and sell”. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Inside the Broadbeach Waters home that House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have renovated. Picture: Nigel Hallett.“I think we’ve got one of the biggest pools on the Gold Coast, it’s really deep with blue mosaic tiles and a retro feel, plus a big entertainment area.”Despite weather delaying the finishing touches to the exterior, the couple were happy with the end result. last_img read more

WHS Lauryn Snipes, Carlie McComb make 1st team All-AV-CTL basketball list

first_imgHonorable MentionTayland French – Fresh.- WellingtonKatelyn Bennett – Sr.- ClearwaterIvy Sizemore – Sr.- ClearwaterMieria Salvador – Jr. WellingtonJordan Hull – Sr.- CollegiateHayley Reibenspies – Soph.- ClearwaterTalia Highbarger – Sr.- Circle Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down just someone · 335 weeks ago good job to all the girls and to their coach.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down DenverConnection · 335 weeks ago Lauryn, Congratulations, we are so proud of you! Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down We Are Family · 335 weeks ago Congratulations Lauryn, words cannot express how proud we are of you in the “show me state”. Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down whsfan · 335 weeks ago Congratulations to each of these individuals, and to the team as a whole. Wellington is proud! Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Co-Coaches: Eric Adams-Wellington and Mark Kerschan-Andale League MVP: Bryna Vogelcenter_img Second TeamKate Wilson – Jr. CircleAddison Root – Soph.- CollegiateJewell Bolden – Fresh. – CollegiateKylee Ebert – Jr.- AndaleKatie Frankenberry – Jr.- CircleCaylie Kifer – Soph. – Circle Lauryn SnipesCarlie McCombby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Two Wellington girls were named to the first team All Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV basketball list, voted on by coaches on Monday.Wellington ‘s Lauryn Snipes, a freshman; and Carlie McComb, a senior, was named to the first team.Tayland French, a freshman and Mireia Salvador, a junior were named to the honorable mention list.Eric AdamsWellington head girls coach Eric Adams was named co-coach of the year , sharing the honor with Mark Kerschan of Andale.Bryna Vogel was named all league Most Valuable Player.The full all-league list is as follows: First TeamBryna Vogel – Sr.- ClearwaterLauryn Snipes – Fresh.- WellingtonBrittany Meyer – Jr.- AndaleCarlie McComb – Sr.- WellingtonCasady Marlnee – Sr.- AugustaLauren Rowland – Jr. – Andalelast_img read more

Federer credits wife for keeping him going

first_img“But we had a very open conversation, if she was happy to do this or not, years ago. I’m happy that she’s super supportive, and she’s willing to take on a massive workload with the kiddies.“Same for me, because I wouldn’t want to be away from my kids for more than two weeks. This life wouldn’t work if she said no.”Federer also takes pleasure in seeing his parents, Lynette and Robert, enjoying watching him play and travelling to tournaments.“At the end it’s seeing that my parents are incredibly proud and happy that I’m still doing it,” he said.“They enjoy coming to tournaments. That makes me happy and play better.“Many puzzles need to fit together for me to be able to sit here tonight,” he added.Share on: WhatsApp Mirka FedererMelbourne, Australia | AFP | Roger Federer has credited his wife Mirka with keeping him motivated and still going strong at 36, although his longevity has “many pieces to the puzzle”.The Swiss master won his 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Sunday when he defeated Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. The latest triumph — his sixth at Melbourne Park — came 15 years after he won his first major at Wimbledon in 2003, yet he continues to defy time when many of his contemporaries have fallen by the wayside.He said having a supportive partner was key to him still being able to do what he loves, with wife Mirka courtside for most of his big games, despite now having four children to look after.This, coupled with a careful schedule, has allowed him to remain at the top, with no thoughts of calling it quits any time soon.“I think by not overplaying, not playing every tournament possible,” he said on what keeps him going.“I enjoy practice, don’t mind the travel. Having a great team around me, they make it possible.”“Then, of course, my wife who makes it all possible. Without her support, I wouldn’t be playing tennis no more since many years.last_img read more

Chelsea capable of the ‘incredible’ to spring Barca surprise – Conte

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes the English champions can do “something incredible” by knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League at the Camp Nou on March 14, despite blowing a lead to draw the first leg of their last-16 tie 1-1.Willian gave reason to a bold team selection from Conte on Tuesday by putting the English champions ahead just after the hour mark, having also hit the woodwork twice before half-time.However, Barca pounced on a very rare Chelsea mistake on the night as Andres Iniesta intercepted a slack pass by Andreas Christensen and squared for Lionel Messi to slot home his first goal in nine appearances against Chelsea. “We’re talking about a player he’s only 21. It’s great that he can play this game with this maturity. I am very happy. For me he was one of the best players tonight.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 “We must be realistic. We are talking about Barcelona. They show tonight to be a strong, fantastic team,” said Conte.center_img “We have showed that if we are ready to work very hard together defensively, but continue to have the right feeling when you win the ball when you have the chance to score, we can try to do something incredible at the Nou Camp.”Conte named a front three without a recognised centre-forward with Willian and Pedro Rodriguez either side of Eden Hazard, while the 21-year-old Christensen started in place of club captain Gary Cahill.And Conte refused to pin the blame on the inexperienced Dane for conceding.“I think it was a great performance, an incredible performance,” added Conte.last_img read more

For These Summer Campers, It’s More Than Riding a Bike

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnLINCROFT – Their faces told the story.Volunteers help one of the 40 campers participating in the Lose the Wheels Training Camp at Brookdale Community College.Wide smiles, grins, and the looks of sheer determination, concentration, and pride were everywhere as youngsters rode specially adapted bikes at Brookdale Com­munity College during the Lose the Training Wheels Bicycle Camp for children with challenges.“It’s a childhood rite of passage,” said Jane Kleiman. Bike riding “is something most of us take for granted … Now these kids can learn to ride, too.”The camp, held on the college campus Monday, Aug. 20 through Friday, Aug. 24, offered 40 people, ages 8 to 20, the chance to learn to ride a bike. It’s a skill some parents have found difficult to teach but, with the use of the special bicycles, the nonprofit Lose the Training Wheels organization says its weeklong camps have an 80 percent success rate.Kleiman, a Red Bank resident who coordinated the effort at Brookdale, has an 11-year-old son, Jackson Miller, who participated in the camp last year in Hoboken. Though he didn’t progress to a two-wheeler by the end of the session, Kleiman is hopeful he will this year.The program, Kleiman said, often leads to a boost in self-confidence that helps the young riders to believe they can learn other skills. “They try other things,” she said. “They say, ‘If I can do that, I can try this.’ ” The bike camp also gives students a chance to socialize, improve their physical fitness, gain some independence, and interact with volunteers who quickly become their cheerleaders.Those who attend the camp have a variety of disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome, and ADHD. The participants need to be able to walk and step to the side to take part.An important part of the camp is the bikes that are used by Lose the Training Wheels. Developed by Dr. Richard E. Klein and his students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the bikes have a regular front wheel but use a roller in the rear. The roller is cylindrical at the start. As the child’s skill and confidence improve, the rollers are progressively tapered, fatter in the middle and thinner at the ends, offering a more unstable ride that requires a certain amount of balance. There is also a handle at the back of the bike for volunteers to grab when riders begin to wobble too much. The roller bikes are used until the rider is comfortable enough to ride a two-wheeler – without training wheels. A tandem bike is also used for some of the young students.The children spend 75 minutes a day for five days learning the new skill. There were five sessions a day with eight students each and many volunteers assisting the riders.As one young man pedaled past a group of moms waiting on the bleachers and yelled “Hi, Mom!” it was hard to tell which mother was his because they were all smiling.“They love it,” said Michelle DePasquale of Edison whose sons Emilio, 9, and Anthony, 12, were learning to ride in the 8:30 a.m. class.For her boys, the class offered a confidence boost, an opportunity to focus on a fun task, and a chance to socialize. “It allows me to give them an avenue to go out and play like typical kids,” DePasquale said.She also liked the idea that bike riding is a three-season sport and that the skill is being taught by volunteers who were instructed how to help by the Lose the Training Wheels program.“To have others working with them is great. It allows the volunteers to tell them things that I can but that they won’t listen to because I’m the mom. [The volunteers] tell them things and they listen to them,’’ she said.Lynda Mazzella of Howell said having her 14-year-old daughter Courtney learn to ride a bike was on her list of things for Courtney to accomplish. “I was sad when kids in the neighborhood were out riding bikes and she wasn’t,” Mazzella said.Courtney, whose fine-motor skills are poor, was gaining strength during her camp sessions and was happily pedaling around the gym.“This is a confidence and self-esteem builder,” said Mazzella, who has made sure her daughter has been introduced to many skills, sports, and experiences. “I don’t want her to fear things.”Volunteers at the Lose the Training Wheels Camp at Brookdale Community College assist a youngster learn how to ride a bike.Linda Argiro of Belford was pleased with the progress her son, Vincent, 19, was making. She hopes bike riding will be added to his set of activities to help him stay fit and avoid the heart problems which have been part of their family’s history.Lose the Training Wheels was begun in 1991 in Canada, according to Andrea Patrick, floor supervisor for the nonprofit organization. Last summer, 86 camps were held in the United States and Canada.Patrick, who has been with the program the past three summers, has seen exciting results. “It affects the riders, their families, everyone,” she said. “Last week we heard of a rider who asked his father to teach him how to cast a line and fish because he had learned to ride a bike and wanted to try something else.”During the first day of the Brookdale camp, Kleiman said she saw what the program can mean to young riders and their families. As one camper was riding around the gym, she heard one of his siblings, a 7-year-old, say, “Hey, Mom, he looks like a different kid out there!”Kleiman’s wish for her son Jackson at the end of the week is that he develops the skill to ride with his family, including 4-year-old sister Mina, on the bike paths of Sandy Hook to visit his favorite lighthouse.last_img read more

Natural Gas Regulator Station Proposal Raises Real Estate Concerns

first_imgBy Vincent Ferrer |HOMDEL – The Zoning Board met Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Holmdel’s Town Hall to hear from experts and residents on a controversial utilities development project.Following a failed application nearly two years ago, New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) has applied to the Zoning Board for 12 variances to permit a natural gas regulator station at 960 Holmdel Road in the southern part of the township. The station – a 16.51-acre site owned by Holmdel Venture LLC – is currently zoned for office/laboratory use, but more concerning to Holmdel residents is the proximity to residential homes, offices, preserved farmland and the nearby Village School.The greatest point of contention came after a real estate valuation expert for NJNG testified that the station would have no impact on local real estate values. The expert drew this conclusion from a study that observed the impact of similar stations built in Colts Neck, Lincroft, Wall Township, Aberdeen, and Morris County.Residents took issue with the real estate study, which excluded any quantitative effect on more than 400 acres of nearby farmland. The study was limited to “dominant land uses” – specifically residential uses, building lots and office space – and disregarded land encumbered by use restrictions.Anthony Sposaro, Esq., who appeared on behalf of the Casola family and Fox Hollow Vineyards in Holmdel, along with a dozen other residents, voiced their concerns over the study’s accuracy. NJNG was represented by Nancy Skidmore of Connell Foley LLP.Board member Chris Briamonte called attention to the fact the highest valued homes sold in the study were neither in close proximity to a station nor over $1 million. A recently constructed housing development in Holmdel containing several homes valued in excess of $1 million is located near where the station will potentially exist.Briamonte cited a correlation in the study between pricing and proximity to a station. “In most cases, as I get closer to your station, my price gets significantly lower,” he said. Board chairperson Valerie Avrin-Marchiano asked for NJNG to supply the data used in creating the study.Richard Reading, a Princeton-based economic consultant who also appeared on behalf of NJNG, testified that the new station would only cost the town an additional $5 per year.Opponents of the construction say the proposed regulator station is unnecessary given Holmdel’s population and a lack of substantial power outages. Yet NJNG argues the current and future needs of the utilities network, to which Holmdel is just one part, call for an upgraded station.The Holmdel Zoning Board will be voting next month on whether or not to grant the variances.This article was first published in the Oct. 18-24, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Miller shoots down Hawks in overtime sparking Nelson to 5-4 victory

first_imgJust when fans are ready to write the eulogy for the Nelson Leafs the hockey club finds a way to come off life support.Rayce Miller scored an unassisted marker in overtime to lift the Leafs to a 5-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over Beaver Valley Saturday night at the Hawks’ Nest.The win evens the Murdoch Division Semi Final a 1-1.Game three of the best-of-seven series is scheduled back in Nelson at the NDCC Arena Monday.Game four of the series goes Tuesday in Nelson.Both games have a 7 p.m. puck drop.The series shifts back to Fruitvale for Game five Thursday.After failing to solve Hawks’ netminder Drake Poirier in a 5-0 loss Friday during the opening game of the series, Nelson scored three times in the first period Saturday to take a 3-2 advantage into intermission.Tyler Fyfe and Michael Crawford with a pair put the visitors into the lead.Crawford then scored his third goal of the game in the second period to increase Nelson’s lead to 4-2.However, in the third Beaver Valley turned up the heat on the Leafs, out shooting the Green and White 22-15 in the frame.Reid Anderson cut the advantage to 4-3 with a goal four minutes into the period before Spencer McLean tied the game with 1:26 remaining in the third period. But the Hawks could not put any more pucks behind surprise goalie starter Jason Mailhoit.The Kootenay Ice backstopper faced 58 shots and was named the Leafs’ game star.Kyle Hope, Hawks’ game star, and Spencer McLean also scored for Beaver Valley, which out shot the Leafs 58-45.Both teams played without key players Saturday.Nelson’s Darnel St. Pierre was suspended for two games for an accumulation of checking-to-the-head penalties.Meanwhile, Jace Weegar was ticketed for three games after receiving a major penalty — checking-to-the-head — and game miscondut in last 10 minutes of game Friday’s game.Braves steal game two against Rebels, series tied 1-1In Castlegar, a second period goal by Paxton Malone, proved to be the winner as Spokane Braves posted a 6-3 road upset win over the Rebels to even the Murdoch Division Semi Final at 1-1.Castlegar won the opener Friday 4-3.Tyler Wilkerson, Tanner Stolz, Keith Anderson, Lance Nooman and Kyle Davis also scored for Spokane, which led 4-3 after 40 minutes.Yanis Wilkie, Cal Owens and Jeremy McNeil replied for Castlegar.Spokane out shot the Rebels 33-31 to make a winner out of netminder Trevor Dilauro.Patrick Zubick took the loss in goal for Castlegar.Game three and four are schedule for Monday and Tuesday in Spokane.The series shifts back to the Sunflower City for Game five Thursday.last_img read more

DOWNHILL SPECIALIST VELVET MESQUITE HEADS A FIELD OF 14 IN SATURDAY’S $150,000 SUNSHINE MILLIONS FILLY & MARE TURF AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN CAMINO REAL TURF COURSE

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2015) – Stakes winner Velvet Mesquite returns once again to the surface she has clearly excelled over on Saturday. Velvet Mesquite will take on 13 rivals in the Sunshine Millions Cal Cup Day’s edition of the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course.Owned and bred by Harris Farms and trained by Blake Heap, the 5 year-old mare was a strong third in the Gr. II Monrovia down the hillside in her last out Jan. 4. A staggering five for seven when running over the course, Velvet Mesquite will seek her second stakes win Saturday. By In Excess out of the Huddle Up mare Mesquite, Velvet Mesquite is 11-5-2-1 overall with earnings of $284,606.A hillside professional in her own right, Carla Gaines’ Heat Trap comes off a second place finish in the Gr. II Monrovia. Owned and bred by Mark Devereaux and Scott Gross, the 6- year-old will break from the far outside with regular rider Victor Espinoza in an attempt to win her first-ever stakes race.By Unusual Heat, Heat Trap has two wins, two seconds and a third from five tries down the hill. She is 12-4-5-1- overall with earnings of $291,956.Current leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will send out Doinghardtimeagain in only her second-ever attempt down the hill. Owned and bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC, the 5-year-old has run in 15 straight stakes races.In her latest turf try, the mare by Ministers Wild Cat was pulled up and vanned off in the one mile Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar Aug. 17. Jockey Mike Smith said it was purely precautionary and that “I knew she had a foot issue before and I felt her feet were stinging her so I didn’t want to take any chances.”Third in the 6 ½ furlong Kalookan Queen Dec. 28, Doinghardtimeagain will again be reunited with Elvis Trujillo, who when paired with Hollendorfer has been in the money 55% of the time this meet.The complete field for Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint Stakes, to be run as the seventh race on a ten-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: More Complexity, Mario Gutierrez, 123; Air of Royalty, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Home Journey, Tyler Baze, 120; Velvet Mesquite, Mike Smith, 123; Tribal Gal, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Heavens Stairway, Corey Nakatani, 120; Go West Marie, Gary Stevens, 123; Doinghardtimeagain, Elvis Trujillo, 123; Kathleen Rose, Kent Desormeaux, 118; Shakeitupbetty, Alex Solis, 118; My Monet, Martin Garcia, 120; Marks Mine, Frank Alvarado, 118; Magic Spot, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Heat Trap, Victor Espinoza, 120.                 There is a specialfirst post time on Saturday of 12:00 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:00 a.m.last_img read more

HEAVILY FAVORED PACIFIC HEAT TAKES $200,000 XPRESSBET CALIFORNIA OAKS BY 5 ¼ LENGTHS; PRAT & EURTON TEAM TO WIN AT ONE MILE TURF 1:35.75

first_img– ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2016)–In her first-ever try on turf, heavily favored Pacific Heat responded with a resounding 5 ¼ length win in Saturday’s $200,000 California Cup Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Peter Eurton, the California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat got one mile in 1:35.75.Attentive to the pace throughout, Pacific Heat took command going to the quarter pole and the Oaks was, for all intents and purposes, over.“She was relaxed going down the backside,” said Prat. “But when a horse came up on her outside (Run Like the Boss, with Joe Talamo), she grabbed the bit and was a little bit aggressive after that. I think it was just because she is a ton of horse and she doesn’t know much yet. She’s pretty impressive.”Off at 4-5 in a field of eight, she paid $3.80, $2.80 and $2.20.“The way she was training, it (a dominating performance) wasn’t surprising,” said Eurton. “The biggest question to me was not the turf, but whether she could get two turns and there was no question about that today.”Owned by Alesia, Burns and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Pacific Heat got her third win from four starts and with the winner’s share of $110,000, increased her earnings to $250,250.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Patriotic Diamond put in a good bid around the far turn, but was second best. Off at 4-1, she paid $3.60 and $2.40 while finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Eurton’s second entrant, Cheekaboo.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Cheekaboo was off at 7-1 and paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.48, 46.77, 1:11.13 and 1:22.28.Pacific Heat was bred in California by Harris Farms and Donald Valpredo.last_img read more

DONEGAL STARS KEEP CARDS CLOSE TO THEIR CHEST AHEAD OF BIG GAME!

first_imgDonegal boss Jim McGuinness is unlikely to be showing his hand before next Sunday’s All-Ireland final.And he’s also unlikely to shuffle the pack!But that didn’t stop his players from putting on their poker faces last night. The picture was taken as the players complete a training trip which included a stay at the Carlton Hotel in Dublin.Mark McHugh tweeted “It’s hard to beat relaxing on a Saturday afternoon with probably the best week of our lives to look forward to.”It’s obvious from the picture who the winners and losers are!Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy seems to be happy but the same can’t be said for Colm McFadden who looks like he might just fold. And the good news I that there’s not a drink in sight – not even a diet coke!Let’s just hope that come next Sunday, Donegal are the ones calling Mayo’s bluff as Michael Murphy climbs the steps of the Hogan Stand to lift the Sam Maguire cup.  DONEGAL STARS KEEP CARDS CLOSE TO THEIR CHEST AHEAD OF BIG GAME! was last modified: September 16th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bikers do it for Nelson Mandela

first_imgBikers for Nelson Mandela is a group of bikers who work in community service to honour and continue the benevolence of Madiba, doing good in the smallest villages and the biggest cities, and bringing much-needed help to out-of-the-way rural places.(Image: Bikers for Nelson Mandela)• Brand South Africa+27 11 483 [email protected] Jane CookBikers for Nelson Mandela is a group of bikers who work in community service to honour and continue the benevolence of Madiba, doing good in the smallest villages and the biggest cities, and bringing much-needed help to out-of-the-way rural places.Each year, when they put on their helmets and set off with the team, local and international actors, adventurers, media people, sportsmen and women, singers and supporters give their time to promote Nelson Mandela International Day and get involved in community initiatives.It is marked on 18 July, Madiba’s birthday, but the bikers spend days travelling around the country stopping off to help where they are needed. Nelson Mandela International Day was declared by the UN General Assembly in 2009 in recognition of Mandela’s birthday. It was inspired by a call he had made a year earlier for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said: “It is in your hands now.”Mandela Day is a global call to action for citizens of the world to take up the challenge and follow in his footsteps. Its objective is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better and in so doing, to build a global movement for good. Originally, it began with asking people to devote 67 minutes of their day doing something for the good of others – in recognition of the 67 years Mandela devoted to the world. But it has grown to be much more than that.The bikers, for example, travel far and wide with their initiatives to help and empower others. And they are a typical charity group; they just love their hogs and love riding to help others.“Take action; inspire change; make every day a Mandela Day,” is the motto of the day, which encourages people to extend their humanitarian actions throughout their lives. This way, individuals will help to change the world for the better and build a global movement for good. The message behind Mandela Day is simple – each individual has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better.And this year is particularly symbolic: it is the first Mandela Day after his death, and it marks South Africa’s 20 years of freedom.One of Mandela’s core values that he reinforced was standing together in unity; this is an idea the bikers perpetuate, with people from different walks of life riding in solidarity.Biker chickIt was started by Zelda la Grange, Mandela’s personal assistant. La Grange is a formidable human – a woman, a biker chick, a philanthropist, a person on a mission. Her interests and career have merged into this initiative, which takes her across South Africa every July. Every year since 2010, La Grange and her group have ridden across the country to find a way to spend their 67 minutes – each day for a few days – to celebrate the Mandela legacy.La Grange has said that after working with him for almost two decades, there is nothing she takes more seriously than the day named after him. Even after four years of the Bikers, she is not losing any energy as she gathers celebrities and major corporations to join. “But I want people to do their own things for Mandela Day, not be dependent on celebs to push for change.”Joining the biking community five years ago, La Grange says the moment she puts on her helmet the world disappears and only the road exists. It becomes a sort of meditation for a woman whose phone rarely stops ringing. When she’s on her motorbike, it’s the only time she cannot answer. “There’s nowhere else in the world where you can be by yourself,” she says. And following her example, she adds that anyone can use their own lifestyles to help others – you just need a little inspiration.Watch the Bikers for Mandela Day here:The biker crusadeEach year, the bikers focus on different social issues. Among many actions, collectively these bikers have travelled to crisis centres to help stop rape and gender-based violence, helped victims of abuse, educated communities about animal care, painted houses, set up jungle gyms for children, planted vegetable gardens for communities, and donated generous amounts of money.At times, they find it difficult to hold back the tears when they see the difficult circumstances in which so many South Africans live.The Nelson Mandela Foundation appeals to the biking community to support the Mandela Day tour by performing a good service of some kind in their own home town and local communities, to work for 67 minutes on various community projects in each region.This year’s rideOn Friday, 11 July, La Grange, DJ Fresh, Saint Seseli, Angie Khumalo, Anele Mdoda, Alex Caige, Clint Cunningham and Johrne van Huyssteen will put on their helmets and set off on another Bikers for Mandela Day tour. First for Women Insurance, via its charitable trust the First for Women Foundation, will again be supporting the bikers on their journey.They will leave from the First for Women head office in Fourways, in Joburg, and head for Diepsloot. There, they will partner with the founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, Carolyn Steyn, and Afrika Tikkun, an organisation that is dedicated to investing in education, health and social services for children, youth and their families through its community centres of excellence and strategic partnerships.At Afrika Tikkun, the team will distribute handmade blankets to 67 beneficiaries. From Diepsloot, the bikers will head to the Caritas Gemeenskap Focus organisation in Vryburg, the Grace Divine Outreach Centre in Kimberley, and the Bloem Shelter in Bloemfontein where they will, for 67 minutes, spend time doing various outreach activities.For the foundation, Mandela Day actions, no matter how big or small, should consistently focus on the realisation or restoration of dignity and empowerment through contributions. Several focus areas have particular significance:• Food security: feeding activities, whether food parcels, food gardens or feeding schemes, that provide long-term access to food security can transform world hunger.• Education and literacy: literacy and learning give people the chance to fulfil their dreams; let’s lead through education.• Shelter and infrastructure: this action brings people together to build homes, communities, cities, continents and a future.• Service and volunteerism: people everywhere are encouraged to contribute their actions to making the world a better place by each becoming a public servant in the service to humanity.last_img read more

Gov’t Receives Major Boost to Assist in Recovery Efforts

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness today (May 23) received 3000 bags of cement from Caribbean Cement Company Limited, to assist in recovery efforts following the heavy rains last week.Prime Minister Holness thanked Carib Cement for the kind contribution to help those affected.“I am heartened by the response of Carib Cement to assist Jamaicans who have been adversely affected by the rains. Jamaica is privileged to have a private sector that continues to make significant contributions to the development of the country. The Government is committed to strengthening the partnership, with the private sector, in building Jamaica,” says the prime minister.In expressing his thanks to the company the prime minister encouraged other members of the private sector to assist in the recovery efforts.“On behalf of the people of Jamaica, I want to thank the management of Carib Cement, for their benevolence. This contribution will allow the government to assist more individuals. I am encouraging other members of the private sector to assist in the recovery efforts”, continued Prime Minister Holness.The Government, through the various agencies, has already started recovery works across the affected parishes as well as the distribution of relief supplies.Officials from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, ODPEM were also on hand to receive the donation.last_img read more

Tertiary Students Encouraged to Apply For EU-Funded Scholarships

first_imgJamaican tertiary students are being encouraged to apply for European-funded scholarships under the Erasmus Mundus programme.Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation, Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, said it is an opportunity for students to get a better understanding of the diversity and richness of Europe.She was speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, at the agency’s head office in Kingston.Each year, EU-funded scholarships are awarded to the best student candidates applying under annual selection rounds to study in Europe. Since 2007, there have been over 38 Jamaican Erasmus scholars. In 2017, two Jamaicans were successful in gaining scholarships in the following fields – Sports Ethics and Journalism.“When I arrived here, within the first week I met one of the scholars, who spent six months in my hometown in the north of Poland… so it was quite amazing,” Ambassador Wasilewska said.The EU’s Political Counsellor, Gavin Tench, said that students at The Mico University College, University of the West Indies, the University of Technology and others “can have a look at where they want to go next. Maybe after their first degrees they can look about doing a master’s programme in Europe”.“What we allow Jamaican students to do is not just base themselves in one country or in one university. They have the opportunity to do two universities, possibly three and get exposed to not only the education system in both universities, but the culture,” he added.Prospective students can learn more about the programme via the EU’s website at https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/library/scholarships-catalogue_en;the Facebook page, which can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/EUErasmusPlusProgramme or the Twitter handle, @EUErasmusPlus.last_img read more

Noida gets 1st pink toilet

first_imgNoida: The Noida Authority, on Thursday, inaugurated Noida’s first pink toilet in sector 50 market and a biometric attendance system for sanitation workers. Noida authority’s Chairman Alok Tandon and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ritu Maheshwari inaugurated the new facility.Speaking on the occasion, Maheshwari said that the new facility will help women visiting the area or passing by and has been built keeping in mind their needs. “We have considered the convenience of women and have constructed city’s first pink toilet which will cater their needs. Around nine pink toilets are already under-construction and will be shortly ready,” said Maheshwari. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe new facility will have five toilets, a sanitary pad vending machine, a separate room for breastfeeding for lactating mothers and a waiting bench to sit if the toilets are occupied. Officials said that these toilets will operate from 8 am to 8 pm daily. Apart from this, the authority also started a biometric attendance system for sanitation workers across Noida. Initially the new system will be for those sanitation workers who are working in sector 1 to sector 10 and will be implemented in others sectors soon. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to officials, a biometric attendance system is already in place for other employees of the Authority. However, there was no system in place for the sanitation staff, who remain in the field to clean the city, said a senior officer of Noida authority. “The biometric attendance system will increase efficiency in managing the mobile workforce while the contractor will be responsible for ensuring that the sanitation staff record their attendance. In order to boost them, the authority will announce sanitation ambassadors every month to motivate the workers towards better performance. A red jacket and Rs 2100 cash prize will be given to 10 sanitation workers and two supervisors,” added Maheshwari. The authority also organised a gathering of sanitation staff from all over the city at noida stadium in sector 21A of Noida in which the new directions were given to the staff while the Safety gear like gloves and mask were also distributed to them.last_img read more

Celina CaesarChavannes says black civil servants passed over for promotions

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Independent MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says qualified black Canadians are being passed over for promotions to senior positions in the federal government due what she says are systemic racial barriers.Caesar-Chavannes, who is not running for re-election in October, used her final act in the House of Commons last week to shine a light on what she says is discrimination in the civil service.She says in all of Canada’s history, no black person has been appointed as a federal deputy minister, the bureaucratic head of a department.Caesar-Chavannes says there has also been a “thinning out” of visible minorities at the assistant-deputy-minister level.She has heard from current and former civil servants who say they have the qualifications to be promoted to managerial positions, but report being passed over for more senior jobs in favour of candidates they say were sometimes less qualified.Though it stands almost no chance of becoming law now, Caesar-Chavannes tabled a private member’s bill that would require the Canadian Human Rights Commission to annually report on the progress — or lack thereof — of government’s efforts to promote black Canadians and other visible minorities to more senior positions within the federal ranks.last_img read more

US women shut out Japan in preWorld Cup friendly at Crew Stadium

The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup won’t begin until June 26, but the U.S. women’s national team looks ready. Preparations for this summer’s tournament continued for the American women Saturday with a 2-0 international friendly match win against Japan at Crew Stadium. The U.S. took a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute, thanks to veteran forward Abby Wambach’s goal — the 118th of her international career. Just eight minutes later, Wambach assisted on a goal that forward Amy Rodriguez hit off the post to give America a 2-0 lead. The U.S. went on to win by the same score. Japan began the match with offensive pressure and threatened American goalkeeper Hope Solo as the U.S. sat back early. “If you look at the first 25 minutes, I don’t think it’s good soccer,” U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said. “(Japan) played good. They kept possession and so forth.” Momentum swung in America’s favor when defender Ali Krieger provided the free-kick service for Wambach’s goal from about 35 yards away from Japan’s net. Wambach met Krieger’s lofted ball in stride and headed it passed Japanese goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori to give the Americans a 1-0 lead. “We struggled big time until we scored the first goal,” Sundhage said. “Abby was great today. Just look at that goal; it (was) fantastic.” Wambach contributed to the American attack again just moments later. In the 37th minute, Wambach assisted on Rodriguez’s goal with a simple pass into Japan’s penalty area. Rodriguez hit the pass in stride, and the ball eventually trickled over the goal line after hitting off Kaihori’s near post. Despite contributing to both goals, Wambach credited the win to the U.S.’s defenders, saying they had a “strong” performance. “We have such a great defense,” Wambach said. “Our back four (defenders) are so solid. I like our chances when we score one goal.” Solo, who collected the 51st shutout of her international career, agreed. “It’s pretty easy playing with this back line,” Solo said. “My work is half as much as it usually is playing in the (Women’s Professional Soccer league).” The U.S.’s momentum continued immediately after play resumed in the second half, as the team fired three shots in the first seven minutes. By game’s end, the Americans took nine on-target shots at Kaihori, but none found the back of the net. Though her team did not score in the final 53 minutes of the game, Sundhage said the U.S.’s performance improved after the team’s early hiccups. “The second half was so much better than the first half,” Sundhage said. “We can do better.” Discipline in every facet of the U.S.’s game helped limit Japan’s offense in the final minutes — America went 21 minutes without committing a foul, from the 62nd minute until the 83rd minute. The 2-0 lead was all the Americans needed. Sundhage said she was happy with the outcome of the match. “This is a great team, and the team put it together,” Sundhage said. “We stayed composed and we came back. You don’t have to play beautiful soccer for 90 minutes, but you need to be smart enough to find a way. We did it.” The U.S. women’s national team will continue its FIFA World Cup preparation with another game against Japan on Wednesday. The match is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. in Cary, N.C. read more

Mens Basketball No 17 Ohio State fights through slow start and slow

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) takes a three-pointer in the second half of the game against Penn State on Jan. 25 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 17 Ohio State men’s basketball team could not get out of its own way against Illinois. Whether it was foul trouble or turnovers, the Buckeyes did all they could to keep the Fighting Illini in the game. Even with a 19-0 run to close out the first half, Ohio State could not pull away from Illinois and found itself trailing for 16:23 of the game. However, Ohio State (20-5, 11-1 Big Ten) made a late push to retake the lead and come away with the 75-67 win against Illinois (12-12, 2-9 Big Ten), narrowly avoiding what would have been its biggest upset loss of the season.“To respond like we did being down was really important for us and we knew it was going to be a game of some runs and a game of imperfection,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said. “Having a resilient approach was really important and the guys did that. They deserve a lot of credit.”Trailing 63-60 with 4:31 remaining in the game, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop drilled a 3 to tie both the game and his career high in points at 32. With 3:39 left in the game, freshman center Kaleb Wesson made a layup to give Ohio State the 65-63 lead. Ohio State finished the game on a 15-4 run to create separation from Illinois in the end.The Buckeyes were carried once again by Bates-Diop, who set a new career high with 35 points. His 13 rebounds, which also led the game, gave him his 10th double-double of the season.With 8:50 left in the second half, Illinois redshirt senior guard Mark Alstork was fouled on a made layup to tie the game at 52. He made the and-1 to give the Illini the 53-52 lead. He stole the ball on the Buckeyes’ next possession and passed it to freshman guard Mark Smith, who took a foul and made his two free throws to put Illinois up three.Ohio State got off to an abysmal start against the Illini, falling into an early 28-13 hole. The Buckeyes quickly regained traction however, fighting back to a 34-30 lead with a 19-0 run over 9:50 to close out the first half. During that stretch, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop scored 11 points. Ohio State held Illinois scoreless during the final 10:11 of the half.Starting in place of the suspended redshirt senior guard Kam Williams, sophomore forward Andre Wesson started the scoring off for Ohio State with a resounding one-handed dunk for the first basket of the game.Just under four minutes into the game, however, Illinois went on a 17-2 run to pull ahead to a commanding 28-13 advantage. Ohio State battled back, continuing to show this season that even when it allows big runs, it has what it takes to come back from those deficits.“I’m not the most confident guy at that point,” Holtmann said. “When you’ve watched Illinois there has been runs that they do a great job making on teams and then the way they play, it can lead to runs on both ends. I just didn’t think we had enough life to us defensively, but give Illinois credit. But having said that, we do have a pretty poised, confident group.”The Buckeyes did what they needed to do to win. Though they never were able to create much separation from themselves and their opponents, they never gave up and pushed ahead to the eight-point lead late when it needed to ensure it avoided the same devastating loss to Penn State.Ohio State turned the ball over 15 times and was called for 18 fouls during the game, compared to 11 and 23, respectively, by Illinois. The Fighting Illini converted those Buckeye turnovers into 16 points, whereas Ohio State managed 10 points off the Illinois turnovers.Ohio State outrebounded Illinois 45-22 and held a 38-16 advantage in paint points. Ohio State also made 26-of-33 free throws in the win.Up NextOhio State hits the road for its biggest matchup of the year, traveling to West Lafayette, Indiana, to face No. 3 Purdue at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in a clash between the top two teams in the Big Ten. read more

Neville understands Kanes battle with fatigue

first_imgFormer Manchester United defender Gary Neville insists he understands Harry Kane’s battle with fatigue after playing at the World Cup this summer.The England captain has had his physical and mental fitness questioned recently after featuring in a lot of games last season and Neville has revealed he understands what the striker is going through.“It’s not one tournament, it’s the accumulation of the physical demands where you haven’t had any breaks. It usually hits you at three years without a real break and I did struggle in the 2000/01 season at the age of around 25.” Neville told Sky Sports.“I hit a wall after I’d played in Euro 1996, the Tournoi in 1997, World Cup 1998, won the 1999 treble and then we went on a summer tour and all of that took it out of me.”Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…“I think with Harry and other players who play week in week out, Saturday-Wednesday and all summer, what you would say is they continue to soldier on and maybe do dip in sharpness, but their level is still high enough to play.”“There’s no doubt that they need that month or two break. However, they will naturally pick up injuries which will give them that break and allow their whole body to recover.”“So it is very difficult for a manager to give them a break because they look tired. Harry is playing at a high level, perhaps not at his peak, but there’s no way you can rest your captain for a competitive fixture.”last_img read more

NIB announces higher payments payouts

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Mar 2015 – Higher income earners in the country about to pay more taxes on their salaries, employers are also expected to pay more on those salaries with the changes taking effect at National Insurance come April 1. Increases coming with the new fiscal year for payments to and payouts by the National Insurance Board; the list released yesterday by NIB which now puts into force proposals and approvals from Cabinet and the House of Assembly. Maternity benefits extended now by two weeks to 14 weeks and the wage ceiling will be lifted from $2,600 per month to $4,000 per month being taxable. That new wage ceiling though, will be a gradual change according to the notice; graduated to the eventual $4,000 over three years. In other words, this first year or 30 days from now, the new wage ceiling will be $3,000. The contribution in the private sector is currently 8% with 4.6% payable by the employer and 3.4% payable by the employee… in the public sector it means TCIG will now have to pay 4.025% on all salaries up to $3,000 with the civil service employee paying the other 2.825%; a cumulative 6.85% on higher wages in Government. It will also be easier to pay NIB as the Board is promising that “provisions will be introduced this year for the payment of contributions at places other than an office of the National Insurance Board and payment via credit and debit cards.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:house of assembly, national insurance board, TCIG Editorial: Listen to your Mama Seriously, Sixth Form registration begins at Clement Howell High Aug 15 TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure Recommended for youlast_img read more

Means to what end

first_imgRemember that time in Delhi when over a good few days Anna Hazare held sway over Jantar Mantar? Slogans flew thick and fast, voices were raised, the aam aadmi wanted their rights and how. Then there was another side of the ‘I am Anna’ movement, the crazy bikers who roamed city streets, driving at break-neck speeds, scaring pedestrians and other drivers. I remember the latter more clearly and thus Hazare and his team, his antics or his ideology, never really fascinated me. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While Satyagraha is a movie based on current times, basing the entire movie on what we have seen at India Gate and Jantar Mantar over the last two years kills it somewhat. Based in Ambikapur, the story of Satyagraha revolves around Dwarka Anand (Bachchan), whose honest-engineer son Akhilesh gets murdered (perhaps a reference to the slain NHAI project director Satyendra Dubey); as is the fate of whistleblowers. The government offers compensation to his wife Sumitra (Amrita Rao) which she just cannot get her hands on. Then there is the slimy neta Balram Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) who plays all the cards to his advantage. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnand slaps a government official and gets jailed. His son’s friend Maanav (Ajay Devgn) joins hands with local leader Arjun Singh (Arjun Rampal) along with feisty journalist Yasmin (Kareena Kapoor) to get him out. And the battle begins. While Jha plays it safe by picking actors he has worked with before, we have to give it to the director – he knows how to make them work to his advantage. While Rampal comes across a tad bit flimsy in his role, Kareena flits in and out of her role of a journalist. Devgn and Bachchan steal the show. The ravaged, tired face of Dwarka Anand stays in your mind. Devgn’s character, which doesn’t seem to be modeled on Arvind Kejriwal’s, is one character that holds promise but unfortunately Jha does not flesh him out.The movie works because it takes a relevant argument, thought and action plan to the silver screen. It leaves you disappointed as you are constantly reminded of the Anna Hazare-Kejriwal split and the broom wielding Aam Aadmi Party, the impending 2014 polls and just want to walk out. Satyagraha doesn’t work because Jha should know better than to make it all so black and white.last_img read more

A New Wave of HR Technology Is Disrupting the Market

first_img 4 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global There’s a pattern in the lifespan of human resources (HR) technology companies of the past two decades: they get gobbled up. The pioneering firms in HR technology from the late 1990’s to early 2000’s were mostly acquired by bigger enterprise companies in need of a few product parts. IBM acquired Kenexa, Oracle bought Taleo and SuccessFactors was acquired by SAP.With those acquisitions, founders and early employees left and innovation died. Then came the Great Recession and all investment ended. Today, industry experts like Sheeroy Desai, CEO at recruiting and HR management platform Gild, think job growth is finally hitting stride. Though some bigger players appear stagnant and still, HR tech companies are growing quickly, as hot, agile startup technologies enter the field.Related: Why You Need to Embrace the Big Data Trend in HR“In the past decade this stagnation has allowed Workday to emerge as a new disrupter,” Desai remarks, “but with almost no real competition even Workday has not brought the level of innovation that is truly needed.”“Almost every current HR function operates under 20th century principles of past practices, efficiency, risk avoidance, legal compliance, and hunch-based people management decisions,” remarks HR thought leader, Dr. John Sullivan. But, today, there is a new set of entrants who are challenging the status quo.These companies are different from their predecessors in HR technology, in that they are founded by fresh-eyed engineers and non-HR practitioners approaching technologies and processes from a consumer perspective. HR tech companies like Zenefits (now valued at $4.5 billion in just two years) in the HR benefits space, Expensify in employee reimbursements, ZenPayroll changing payroll, and Gild in the area of recruiting.Bigger, faster, better.According to the Industry Trends in Human Resources Technology and Service Delivery Survey by Information Services Group (ISG), those HR technologies succeeding are the ones where:They’ve built user interfaces that deliver a consumer-like experience and include mobile and social capabilities.Cloud technology is creating massive economies of scale for HR customers at the same time, reducing IT resource involvement.Real-time workforce visibility and flexibility allow for organizations to respond to changing market conditions.New technologies can be integrated into surrounding business processes.Related: 4 Technologies That Free HR to Work With People Instead of Just Their PaperworkHR tech is,  out of necessity, playing catch-up to marketing and operations technology advancements. Data-driven marketing predictions and decisions are made more quickly from today’s advanced big data collection and interpretation. But old-school, limited HR practitioners don’t have these same decision-making tools. It’s costing companies in employee engagement.“Instant feedback mechanisms can significantly improve engagement and motivation by consistently guiding employees in the right direction,” warns Matt Straz, founder and CEO of Namely.Meanwhile, some are suggesting that advanced predictive analytics may be the future of HR and talent management. That’s where the engineers and data crunchers come in. Better HR technology directly affects them. Think spotty expense reports or desktop-only benefit form completion. Today’s HTML5, social authentication and flat, optimized UI design is an entire toolkit of material to work with to improve legacy systems.Data shows organizations are upgrading to these new capabilities, too. While incumbent companies appear to be missing this wave, and have lost sight of the needs and pressures of their customers, fresh, new customer-engineered technologies are advancing the human resources industry.Related: 5 Ways HR Technology Can Improve Performance Reviews Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. May 21, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

center_img — Executive Order #0001 Forget the Mexican wall… Or a repeal of Obamacare. Trump’s first executive order could send a tiny $1 stock soaring. • At this point, you might be thinking that junk bonds are a safe place to park your money… But you have to understand that junk bonds behave more like stocks than bonds. That’s because they’re risky like stocks. You can see in the chart below that HYG has basically moved in lockstep with the S&P 500 since the start of 2016. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida January 19, 2017 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to [email protected] We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.last_img read more