Congress appoints Kumari Selja as Haryana unit chief

first_imgCongress leader Kumari Selja has been appointed as the new State party president of Haryana. She said that it’s a huge responsibility and seeks everybody’s support. “It is a huge responsibility on my shoulders; all of us will have to work together. We are committed to the Party’s ideology,” said Ms. Selja. Former Haryana Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda shared his views on being appointed as Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader and Chairman of the State Election Committee. He thanked Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and said that Party has taken a decision and he respects it.last_img read more

Pelicans’ Cousins ejected for swinging elbow at Westbrook

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ It wasn’t clear from replays whether Cousins caught Westbrook in the head or shoulder, or if the contact was significant.Officials did not eject Cousins from the game until after viewing replays on a TV at the scorers’ table, after which they called a flagrant two.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHard contact is not required for such a foul. Only contact deemed “unnecessary and excessive,” according to the NBA rule book. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:46Duterte has only scratches on elbow, knee after motorcycle accident — Go01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins (0) elbows Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) in the head, drawing an ejection from the game, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)NEW ORLEANS — Pelicans center Demarcus Cousins has been ejected from a game against Oklahoma City after swinging his elbow near the head of Thunder star Russell Westbrook.The play occurred Monday night under the Pelicans’ basket in the third quarter after Cousins had secured a rebound. When Cousins raised his elbows near Westbrook’s face, the Thunder guard dropped to the floor holding his head.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP suspends referees in La Salle-Adamson Final Four clash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 is spunkier, more aggressive

first_imgThe new 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 , launched with a price tag of Rs 4,99,834 (ex-showroom Delhi), epitomises a modern day street bike like none other. Introduced in 2006 as the Ninja 650R, the new avatar is a lot spunkier and aggressive than ever before. According to reports, the welcome change is from its previous generation Kawasaki racing green to the companys new snazzier metallic green paint scheme introduced with the latest Ninja 650 upgrade. The motorcycle now looks a lot smarter and suave with the revised bodywork raising its oomph by a large margin. The new green is in line with the Ninja legacy and takes no time in reminding us about the madness and beastial nature associated with the Kawasaki brand, said the report on the Kawasaki Ninja 250R and the KTM 200 Duke, the new 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650R is the third premium sports motorcycle model introduced in India by Bajaj Auto Limited.Bajaj Auto, which has a tie-up with Japanese power bikes major Kawasaki, has sold over 3000 Ninja bikes since its launch in the year 2009. The earlier version of Kawasaki Ninja 650R was introduced in June 2011.New Ninja 650 has a 649cc engine that puts out 71.07 bhp of power. The new sports bike comes with an adjustable windshield, revised suspension and a split seat.The Ninja 650 will compete with Duke 200 and Korean Hyosung 650 N in superbike segment.With Agency inputslast_img read more

Compartment syndrome

first_imgDefinitionCompartment syndrome is a serious condition that involves increased pressure in a muscle compartment. It can lead to muscle and nerve damage and problems with blood flow.Causes, incidence, and risk factorsThick layers of tissue, called fascia, separate groups of muscles in the arms and legs from each other. Inside each layer of fascia is a confined space, called a compartment. The compartment includes the muscle tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. Fascia surrounds these structures, similar to the way in which insulation covers wires.Fascia do not expand. Any swelling in a compartment will lead to increased pressure in that area, which will press on the muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. If this pressure is high enough, blood flow to the compartment will be blocked. This can lead to permanent injury to the muscle and nerves. If the pressure lasts long enough, the muscles may die and the arm or leg will not work any more. It may need to be amputated.Swelling that leads to compartment syndrome occurs from trauma such as a car accident or crush injury, or surgery. Swelling can also be caused by complex fractures or soft tissue injuries due to trauma.Long-term (chronic) compartment syndrome can be caused by repetitive activities, such as running. The pressure in a compartment only increases during that activity.Compartment syndrome is most common in the lower leg and forearm, although it can also occur in the hand, foot, thigh, and upper arm.SymptomsCompartment syndrome causessevere pain that does not go away when you take pain medicine or raise the affected area. In more severe cases, symptoms may include:advertisementDecreased sensationNumbness and tinglingPaleness of skinSevere pain that gets worseWeaknessSigns and testsA physical exam will reveal:Pain when the area is squeezedExtreme pain when you move the affected area (for example, a person with compartment syndrome in the foot or lower leg will have severe pain when moving the toes up and down)Swelling in the areaTo confirm the diagosis, the doctor or nurse may need to directly measure the pressure in the compartment. This is done using a needle attached to a pressure meter, which is placed into the body area. The test must be done during and after an activity that causes pain.TreatmentSurgery is needed immediately. Delaying surgery can lead to permanent damage.Long surgical cuts are made through the muscle tissue to relieve the pressure. The wounds can be left open (covered with a sterile dressing) and closed during a second surgery, usually 48 – 72 hours later.Skin grafts may be needed to close the wound.If a cast or bandage is causing the problem, the dressing should be loosened or cut down to relieve the pressure.Expectations (prognosis)With prompt diagnosis and treatment, the outlook is excellent for recovery of the muscles and nerves inside the compartment. However, the overall prognosis will be determined by the injury leading to the syndrome.Permanent nerve injury and loss of muscle function can result if the diagnosis is delayed. This is more common when the injured person is unconscious or heavily sedated and cannot complain of pain. Permanent nerve injury can occur after 12 – 24 hours of compression.ComplicationsComplications include permanent injury to nerves and muscles that can dramatically impair function. (See: Volkmanns ischemia)In more severe cases, amputation may be required.Calling your health care providerCall your health care provider if you have had an injury and have severe swelling or pain that does not improve with pain medications.PreventionThere is probably no way to prevent this condition; however, early diagnosis and treatment will help prevent many of the complications.Persons with casts need to be made aware of the risk of swelling. They should see their health care provider or go to the emergency room if pain under the cast increases despite pain medicines and raising the area.ReferencesTwaddle BC, Amendola A. Compartment syndrome. In: Browner BD, Jupiter JB, Levine AM, Trafton PG, Krettek C, eds. Skeletal Trauma. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2008:chap 13.Geiderman JM, Katz D. General principles of orthopedic injuries. In: Marx J, ed. Rosen??s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 46.Marshall ST, Browner BD. Emergency care of musculoskeletal injuries. In: Townsend CM Jr, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL,eds.Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2012:chap 20.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.advertisementlast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton hopes ‘dark cloud’ over his F1 season passes soon

first_imgDefending F1 champion Lewis Hamilton feels he has a “dark cloud” over him after his early-season struggles continued with a disappointing seventh-place finish at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, but the Mercedes driver is trying to stay positive with a long season ahead of him.After dominating Formula One for much of the past two seasons, Hamilton has now failed to win in six straight races – his longest drought since 2013. His seventh-place finish in Shanghai is also his worst performance in a race that he’s completed since the Brazilian Grand Prix at the end of 2013.Hamilton’s troubles have come as his teammate, Nico Rosberg, has surged to the top, winning the past six races to take a 36-point lead over Hamilton in the drivers’ standings this season – 75 to 39. (Hamilton laments Mercedes handling after disastrous Chinese GP)It’s a large deficit to make up, but not as daunting as Hamilton initially thought.”I thought it was 50 points,” he said with a laugh after the race.Hamilton also trailed Rosberg by 29 points midway through the 2014 season and was able to win six of the final seven races to capture the championship. He said it might be harder to do the same this year, but hopefully not impossible.”It doesn’t feel any nicer than it did back then. If anything, it feels worse perhaps now because it’s obviously just gone one negative after the other,” Hamilton said. “But, of course, there’s a long, long way to go. A lot’s going to happen. It’s just that I have no more jokers available, really.”advertisementHamilton’s season hasn’t lacked for drama. At the Australian Grand Prix, he got off to a poor start and finished runner-up to Rosberg. Then, at the Bahrain Grand Prix, there was another poor start and a collision with Valtteri Bottas at the first corner that left him with a damaged gearbox and a third-place finish.This week in Shanghai, Hamilton picked up a five-place grid penalty for making an early gearbox change, then failed to set a time in qualifying after a separate problem with his power unit, relegating him to the last row for the race.Another collision in the first lap Sunday damaged the front wing of his car and led to the first of five pit stops for the British driver.”Definitely never felt the dark cloud I’ve had over me right now,” Hamilton said. “Of course, it’s a trying time. For sure, lots of different emotions and thoughts are going through my mind. As you see the season start the wrong way, you see a championship which your goals and your eyes are focused on move further away from you as you’re approaching it.”But this is a part of motor racing. … If we fail this weekend, we’ll get up and try harder the next time.”last_img read more

DD and Chinas public broadcaster to exchange programmes

first_imgNew Delhi, May 23 (PTI) On the occassion of President Pranab Mukherjees visit to China, Doordarshan and CCTV, the public broadcaster of China, will telecast a series of programmes fostering better people-to-people understanding between the two countries.A statement released by Doordarshan said that Mukherjees visit to China, from May 24 to 27, will lead to an interesting exchange of programmes between the two public broadcasters.”This exchange of programmes comes under the ambit of an MOU signed in May 2015 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese premier Li Keqiang expanded the cooperation between the two countries from films to television co-productions,” the statement said.Prasar Bharati CEO, Jawahar Sircar, played an instrumental role in the signing of the agreement with CCTV president Nie Chen Xi, back then, it added.The future telecast of the selected programmes on the two platforms will be on gratis basis and genres will range from art, culture, education, science, wildlife, entertainment, tourism, adventure sports, news and current affairs along with human interest, development and success stories.The statement said that DD Bharati channel will telecast documentaries including one titled Laughing Meat Balls based on a theatre group. The documentary highlights the essence of traditional Chinese opera, the release said.Another documentary Wildlife Photographer highlights wildlife photography in China. PTI ADS PALlast_img read more

Rugby World Cup goes with experienced referees for quarter-finals after criticism

first_imgEngland’s Wayne Barnes will take charge of Japan’s quarter-final against South Africa on Sunday on a weekend when the organisers have opted for experience following widespread criticism of the standard of officiating here.World Rugby said at a media briefing that it was happy with the way games had been controlled after the opening round when officials and television match officials were criticised for being too lenient over high challenges. Since you’re here… Read more Share on Messenger Ireland’s Bundee Aki ruled out of World Cup by three-match ban … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Australia sport Share on Twitter Rugby union Topics news Rugby World Cup Share on Facebook Rugby World Cup 2019 Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp A record number of players have been sent off and only six of the 20 teams escaped without a red or yellow card during the group stage.The most experienced referee in the tournament, Nigel Owens, will control the match between New Zealand and Ireland on Saturday while the first quarter-final in Oita between England and Australia will have a Frenchman in charge, Jérôme Garcès.He refereed England’s defeat to Wales in the 2015 World Cup at Twickenham, upsetting the hosts by regularly penalising them at the scrum in the second half. His compatriot Romain Poite had the whistle in their next match against Australia, so angering England’s coaching team than Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree were disciplined for rounding on assistant referees during the interval.South Africa’s Jack Peyper, in his 50th Test, will referee Wales’ match against France in Oita. The last time he was in charge of them they beat England in Cardiff in this year’s Six Nations on their way to the grand slam. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Labour Force to Be Trained For Logistics Hub

first_img By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter Efforts are being made to provide adequate training for the local labour force, to ensure that persons can take up a significant number of the over 10,000 jobs expected to be generated by the global transshipment and logistics hub development. In this regard, Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said the Logistics Task Force has secured broad-scale representation on its Human Resource Working Group, from stakeholders in the Ministry of Education as well as secondary, tertiary and vocational institutions, for consultations. That group is headed by the Caribbean Maritime Institute Executive Director, Dr. Fritz Pinnock.   Speaking at a recent stakeholders’ consultation at the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ), Newport West, Kingston, Mr. Hylton said the Ministry understands the “magnitude of the human resource element,” in the context of the multi-billion dollar logistics hub development, and assured that they will seek to recruit as many locals as possible to fill available positions. Noting that 70 per cent of the employees at the Dubai logistics hub in the United Arab Emirates are foreigners, the Minister asserted that “we want to train our people to fill the jobs and vacancies that are here.” “Having a skilled labour force is critical, if we are to achieve what we need to. Other countries have to rely on importing most of the skilled labour that they need for their logistics hub. We want to ensure that we have as much as 100 per cent employment (for) our people,” Mr. Hylton said. Development of the hub is being spearheaded by the government in an effort to position Jamaica to take advantage of the increased maritime activities, anticipated from the expansion of the Panama Canal, slated for completion in 2015.                                                                                                           Central to the development of the transshipment and global logistics hub are: dredging of the Kingston Harbour; expansion of the Port of Kingston; development of the Caymanas Economic Zone, a transshipment commodity port, and Vernamfield in Clarendon, as an air-cargo and passenger facility; and establishment of a dry dock facility.  On completion, the hub would be the fourth such facility globally, along with those in Singapore; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Rotterdam,  Netherlands. Jamaica is deemed ideally positioned for the facility’s establishment, based on the country’s location, midway between North and South America, and in relatively close proximity to the Panama canal.last_img read more

Deepening drought in central Somalia alarms UN aid agencies

29 February 2008United Nations humanitarian agencies and their partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are stepping up their support in central Somalia, where the drought has worsened, leaving many rural families destitute as water shortages become severe and grazing for livestock becomes increasingly limited. Most traditional water catchments are either dry or drying up, which is placing extra pressure on the few functioning boreholes, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.Mudug and Galguduud administrative regions are the hardest hit by the ongoing long dry season, and OCHA said relief assistance will be needed at least until the next harvest, expected in July-August.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its NGO partners are providing water tankers, constructing shallow wells and installing water pipes in Galguduud, as well as supporting 12 maternal health centres and four other health posts serving more than 20,000 young children.The security and humanitarian situation inside the town of Dhuusamarreeb, the capital of Galguduud, is worrying UN staff following the arrival of Ethiopian troops last Friday. Field reports indicate that two-thirds of the town’s residents have fled, fearing a confrontation between the Ethiopian troops and anti-government groups.In the Bay administrative region, the World Food Programme (WFP) has had to suspend an ongoing food distribution scheme because of the heavy fighting taking place in Dinsor town.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) also reported that another 700 people inside the national capital, Mogadishu, were displaced by fighting this week, bringing the total this year to 51,000. read more

US consumer spending rose 05 per cent in Nov best showing since

US consumer spending rose 0.5 per cent in Nov., best showing since June; income up 0.2 per cent WASHINGTON – Americans increased their spending in November by the most in five months, and their income edged up modestly.Consumer spending rose 0.5 per cent from October, when spending had risen 0.4 per cent, the Commerce Department said Monday. It was the best showing since June. The gain was driven by a jump in spending on long-lasting durable goods such as autos.Consumers’ income rose 0.2 per cent, an improvement from a 0.1 per cent decline in October. Wages and salaries, the most important component of income, rose a solid 0.4 per cent. That gain reflected strength in the private sector and a modest gain in government pay.Consumer spending is closely followed because it accounts for about 70 per cent of economic activity. The strong November showing suggests solid economic growth this quarter.Steady hiring and modest wage gains have boosted consumer confidence and given Americans more money to spend. At the same time, higher stock and home prices have driven up household wealth and made some people more comfortable about spending.The big rise in spending and smaller income gain meant that the personal saving rate slipped a bit to 4.2 per cent of after-tax income in November. That was down from 4.5 per cent in October.An inflation gauge tied to consumer spending that is closely followed by the Federal Reserve showed that inflation is still running well below the Fed’s target. Prices were unchanged in November and have risen just 0.9 per cent over the past 12 months. The Fed’s target for annual inflation is 2 per cent.The economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at an annual rate of 4.1 per cent in the July-September quarter, the government said Friday in its third and final estimate. The government’s figure was up from its previous estimate of a 3.6 per cent annual growth rate for the third quarter. Nearly all of the upward revision reflected faster spending for consumers, a possible sign of momentum entering the final three months of the year.The 4.1 per cent growth rate in the third quarter was the best performance in nearly two years. It was only the second time since the economic recovery began in mid-2009 that annual growth in any quarter has topped 4 per cent.Economists caution that growth will likely slow in the October-December period. That’s because two-fifths of last quarter’s gain came from an unusually large buildup in business stockpiles — something not likely to be repeated this quarter.But analysts were encouraged by the recent acceleration in spending and say rising job growth could fuel more spending in coming months. Many analysts believe the economy’s annual growth rate will slow to between 2 per cent and 2.5 per cent this quarter because of the expected drag from slower stockpiling. But some said the better-than-expected spending could mean more strength than expected and a stronger start to 2014.“Consumers are spending at the fastest rate this quarter than any time since 2010,” said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. “With numbers like these, tomorrow is shaping up to be the better tomorrow we have wanted to see ever since the recession ended almost five years ago.”President Barack Obama took note last week of the encouraging reports, including four straight months of solid job gains. That spurt of hiring has helped lower the unemployment rate to 7 per cent, a five-year low.The drag from higher taxes and across-the-board spending cuts has shaved an estimated 1.5 percentage points from economic growth this year, which analysts think will be around 1.8 per cent. But the effects will lessen next year, something economists note in their forecasts for around 2.5 per cent growth or better in 2014.A stronger outlook for the economy and job market led the Fed last week to begin winding down its bond-buying program. The Fed’s bond purchases have been intended to lower long-term interest rates and encourage more borrowing and spending.The Fed said that it would begin reducing its $85 billion-a-month in bond purchases by $10 billion in January. Chairman Ben Bernanke said that if the economy keeps improving, the bond purchases could be trimmed by similar amounts at coming meetings.Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said the stronger spending in October and November validates the Fed’s decision to pare its bond purchases and should boost growth this quarter. At the same time, tepid inflation allows the Fed to make only modest reductions in its bond purchases without fear of igniting price increases. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Dec 23, 2013 8:34 am MDT read more

Oregons minimum wage to go up Sunday

first_imgPORTLAND — Oregon workers earning the minimum wage get a raise Sunday.The minimum wage in the Portland area will jump 6.7 percent, or 75 cents, to $12 an hour. For a full-time employee, that works out to more than $1,500 extra a year — and nearly $4,700 additional since spring 2017.Sunday’s increase is the second in a series of annual hikes approved in 2016 that will raise the minimum wage in the Portland area to $14.75 an hour in 2022. The minimum wage in the Portland area jumped more than 15 percent last year, the first year of the new pay schedule.Oregon lawmakers approved the more aggressive set of minimum wage hikes in hopes of reducing the income disparities between the state’s wealthiest residents and those at the bottom of the pay scale.The minimum wage applies differently across the state, accounting for varying costs of living. In most of the state, outside the Portland area, the hourly minimum wage will climb 50 cents to $10.75 beginning Sunday. It will be $10.50 in 18 largely rural counties.Oregon has one of the highest minimum hourly wages in the nation. For comparison, it’s $13.25 in the District of Columbia, $11.50 in Washington, $11 in Massachusetts and California.Like Oregon, though, some cities and other jurisdictions have higher minimum wages.last_img read more

The future of the Mission Valley site

first_img Steve Bosh, March 6, 2018 The future of the Mission Valley site 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Because of the uncertainties of the SDSU West initiative, will the city not sell the Mission Valley land even if voters approve the measure?The SDSU Initiative is about one thing: Purchasing the property.Related Link: KUSI Special Report: What does the SDSU West memo mean?The initiative includes a provision to amend the city charter to purchase 132 acres of the site outside the normal charter amending process if the price and terms are fair and equitable as determined by the mayor and city council.An SDSU spokesman said the initiative follows existing charter provisions saying the council determines the fair market value and SoccerCity alters that to give that power to the mayor.Either way, a sale would become binding if a purchase and sale agreement gets approval from council and approval from the State University Board of Trustees.An appraisal of the property last May came in at $110 million and was not intended to include any increases in value caused by the passage of the initiative.If a majority of voters decide they want SDSU West rather than SoccerCity, their initiative creates a new legislative policy that automatically becomes part of the City Charter.The mayor and council then have to decide if the property is to be sold to SDSU. Keep in mind the mayor supports the SoccerCity plan.Upon a favorable vote, SDSU would purchase the land and develop a master plan for implementation.If the university gets control of the land, it will become state property governed by state law, not the city’s development regulations.These initiatives are set in stone and cannot be changed. Despite the city attorney’s uncertainties about both, they are going to the ballot in November with these uncertainties unresolved. Updated: 9:56 AMcenter_img Steve Bosh Posted: March 6, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Infosys Using Uberlike App to Fight Attrition Improve Utilisation Rates

first_imgInfosys has developed a new internal application to enable its employees to apply for various projects that match their skill set, a model similar to that of a mobile app used by Uber cab drivers to pick up passengers.The new programme named ‘Zero Bench’ is aimed at better utilisation of resources, as India’s second largest IT firm tries to keep its structure “leaner and more disciplined.””The idea is to use existing resources better and eliminating the need to hire in thousands, like in the past. It is similar to the Uber concept — which is all about utilising resources to the maximum and effectively,” a source familiar with the development told The Economic Times.The initiative will help the company to hire people based on the need and keep a check on attrition rates by allowing employees to work on projects they opt.The Bengaluru-based firm’s step could lead to a “new trend” in the country’s $150 billion IT sector where top companies have kept a robust bench strength and lower utilisation rates for years.”Zero Bench is a next-generation people initiative that aims to maximise the potential of our talent who are currently trained and in between projects or on bench. We want to ensure that every individual is actively contributing towards organisation goals by opening up opportunities for short-duration projects,” said Ravi Kumar S, the company’s global head of delivery.When the demand for outsourcing projects was at peak, India’s top companies kept a “strong bench” in order to acquire projects.However, with the emergence of automation technologies and slowing growth rates, the country’s top IT firms such as Infosys, TCS and Wipro are not recruiting people in large numbers as they used to do in the boom period. The companies are now focusing on keeping their bench size leaner.”The zero bench programme would create opportunities for employees that did not exist in abundance in the past,” Infosys’s global head of talent Binod Hampapur Rangadore had said earlier this month.Infosys aims to improve employee productivity by 50% in the next five years. The software major estimates employee productivity to increase to $80,000 by 2020, compared to the current $52,500.Infosys reported a sharp decline in attrition rate to 14.2% in the June quarter against 23.4% in the same period a year ago, indicating that the employee-friendly measures initiated by its CEO Vishal Sikka are paying off.last_img read more

In pictures NotreDame cathedral engulfed in flames

first_imgBefore and after fire: Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.Notre-Dame Cathedral went up in flames on Monday (April 15) in a roaring blaze that devastated the Parisian landmark, a searing loss for the city and for France. The flames that began in the early evening burst through the roof of the centuries-old cathedral and engulfed the spire, which collapsed, quickly followed by the entire roof.Taking to Twitter French President Emmanuel Macron said, “Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of all of us burn.” The fire at the historic landmark could be seen from across Paris. Smoke rises in front of the altar cross inside the Notre Dame cathedral in France.Twitter The roof of the cathedral is consumed by the fire. The fire destroys the 850-year-old building. People gather outside the cathedral on the bank of the Seine to watch the fire. The spire of the landmark Notre Dame cathedral collapses. The fire has partially destroyed the Notre Dame cathedral. Smoke billows during the fire. A huge plume of smoke wafted across the city and ash fell over a large area. Parisians watched on, many of them lost for words.last_img read more

Is nudetotable the new farmtotable Paris opens its first naked restaurant

first_img Share PARIS — A nude restaurant has opened its doors in Paris, giving new meaning to the term Strip Loin.According to The Mirror, O’naturel is open for dinner only and reservations are required. To prevent unwanted advances, diners are warned ahead of time that the restaurant is not meant to be a meat market – owners Mike and Stephane Saada want it to be known as a restaurant and a restaurant only.Upon arrival, guests are asked to shed their clothes and are provided with slippers. Ladies, who make up 40% of the clientele, have the option to keep their high heels on.Click here to see more photosAnd if you’re worried about curious passersby, a large curtain is draped over windows to ensure complete privacy.Shockingly, O’naturel is not the first naked restaurant in the world. Bunyadi opened its doors in central London in 2016, and earlier this year, another in-the-buff eatery made its debut in Tenerife.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalAre three restaurants enough to label nude dining as a new trend? Just in case one comes to our hometown, we’ll be doing our sit-ups and lunges in the meantime.Bon appétit! Tags: Paris Posted by Friday, December 8, 2017 center_img Is nude-to-table the new farm-to-table? Paris opens its first naked restaurant Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Marshals Service under scrutiny losing chief to retirement

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States Marshals Service, which has come under criticism in some congressional quarters, is losing its director to retirement, federal officials said Tuesday.Stacia Hylton has served since January 2011 as director of the agency, whose responsibilities include protecting federal courthouses, transporting prisoners and capturing fugitives.The Marshals Service announced her departure on Tuesday, saying she expects to work on community policing and law enforcement safety and spend time at her retirement property in South Carolina. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober “Stacia Hylton is a dedicated public servant, a devoted law enforcement officer, and a champion of fair and effective criminal justice,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement. The Marshals Service is a component of the Justice Department.The announcement comes as the Marshals Service has attracted the scrutiny in recent months of lawmakers concerned about its hiring and spending practices. The Marshals Service said she had already been planning to retire since the winter and had recently notified the Justice Department of her intention.Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, gave a floor statement last month citing “serious questions” about the agency’s leadership, including allegations of nepotism, punishment of whistleblowers and potential mishandling of money from its asset forfeiture fund.The Justice Department has referred allegations of misconduct to its inspector general, and said in a letter to Grassley last month that it took seriously the “extensive and important concerns” that had been raised.“As the Marshals Service moves forward, the next director must be committed to bringing real, positive change to what appears to be a culture corroded by unethical hiring practices, misuse of funds and retaliation against whistleblowers,” Grassley said in a statement Tuesday. Top Stories ___Follow Eric Tucker on Twitter at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Quick workouts for men New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   This has to be a bad dream right? A nightmare? The Arizona Cardinals, the team going for a “Supa Bowl Ring” is 1-3 and resembles nothing like a playoff team, let alone a Super Bowl contender. How could this happen? How can the Cardinals’ season be on the brink — hanging in the balance of a likely Drew Stanton start in San Francisco on Thursday? I mean, 1-4 and they are done, right? With trips to Carolina, Seattle and Minnesota on the horizon, 1-4 might be too big of a hole to come back from. Top Stories Homefield swagger has been lost. The Cardinals have lost at home to Jimmy Garoppolo and Case Keenum. Arizona blew a fourth-quarter lead at home Sunday. Inexcusable. Special teams was at it again, giving up a long punt return that set up the Rams’ wining score.Jeff Fisher tried to give that game to the Cardinals with two of the worst challenges and loss of timeouts you will ever see. The Cardinals shut down Todd Gurley and the running game, but allowed Gurley to catch a career-high five passes.But the Cardinals couldn’t get out of their own way Sunday.Second drive of the game in field goal position, Chris Johnson misses a block and Palmer gets sacked for a 9-yard loss, taking them out of field goal range.Keenum throws a 65-yard touchdown pass to Quick because Marcus Cooper went for the ball and Tony Jefferson overran the play.Kenny Britt converted a 3rd and 12 for 34 yards when Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu both stayed up, letting him get behind the coverage setting up a field goal.The Cardinals force a punt from deep in Rams territory and get the ball at the LA 45 and Palmer throws a pick.Chandler Jones forces a fumble giving Arizona the ball at their own 48, and Palmer fumbles it right back. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona has it first and goal at the 4-yard line and can’t get in the end zone.David Johnson fumbles, special teams gives up a huge return.The Rams convert a 3rd and 8 to set up the winning touchdown. Palmer throws a pick, Drew Stanton throws another two picks and there you have it, 1-3.UGH. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) walks to the bench after throwing an interception against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But how did they get here? How did the Cardinals go from Super Bowl favorites to this?There is not one reason. So many things are going wrong for the Cardinals you will lose count if you try. Let’s start with pass protection. The offensive line is supposed to better after the unit had the greatest turnover in the offseason, but it’s not. Sure they can run block, but they can’t protect Carson Palmer, he looks like a Rock ’em Sock ’em Robot getting his block knocked off. Palmer is also not the same quarterback he was last year and that was expected. Last season was a career year — it wasn’t the norm for Palmer. The Cardinals have 10 turnovers in the last two games. Palmer resembles more of the quarterback he was in Cincinnati than he has been the last two years in Arizona. Teams are taking away the deep ball and Palmer’s strength is not in making quick decisions with short passes.The secondary revamped with the forced departures of Rashad Johnson and Jerraud Powers has not been good. Michael Floyd has the drops and should be moved to the No. 4 receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and Jaron Brown. Floyd seems more concerned with his upcoming contract than with actually holding onto the football.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Worldwide Events glob

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWorldwide Events, global market leader in 1:1 events for the B2B travel industry recently announced its partnership with Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) for Amour Asia Pacific taking place in Bangkok, Thailand from 14-17 February next year.Setting the trend in romance travel networking, Amour is designed specifically for the elite romance travel market, creating a community of destination wedding planners, honeymoon curators and romance travel designers, fitting perfectly with Tourism Authority of Thailand’s strategic push to position Thailand as a destination for romantic experiences.“Wedding and honeymoon travel is one of the top drivers of tourism in Thailand and we have been working on a number of initiatives to position ourselves as the ‘romance hub’ of Asia Pacific”, said TAT governor, Yuthasak Supasorn. “We are excited to showcase our beautiful scenery, Thai hospitality and world-renowned luxury wedding venues to the top global buyers of romance travel”.With the inaugural Amour Asia Pacific being held in Thailand, international romance travel designers and wedding planners will have the chance to learn more about Thailand’s products and services for romance travel as well as meet and discuss business prospects, especially with Thai tourism and wedding counterparts. They will also have the opportunity to experience firsthand the wide variety of romance products and services available in major Thai destinations including Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Ko Samui andChiang Mai.Richard Barnes, CEO of Worldwide Events said: “We are bringing the world’s most influential travel buyers to Asia for a ground-breaking trade event that celebrates the romance travel sector. We specialise in creating the ante-dote to traditional exhibitions and Amour will be a vibrant, dynamic platform that will enable the most in-demand romance destinations, hotels and experiences in Asia to forge relationships with key travel buyers and influencers from around the world. We are thrilled that Thailand will be hosting Amour as it’s the beating heart of the romance travel sector in Asia and has been unanimously cited by our buyers as one of their essential destinations.”Feedback from the inaugural Amour – Europe Edition, held in Venice 2017 found 87 per cent of buyers chose Thailand for weddings and romance trips and 79 per cent listed Thailand in their top 10 destinations for 2018.“With the high-end luxury romance travel sector predicted to continue to outpace the growth of mainstream travel, Amour will give suppliers throughout Asia Pacific the opportunity to tap into this lucrative market,” added Richard Barnes.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Moodys upgrades Cyprus ratings changing outlook to stable from positive

first_imgMoody`s Investors Service, has upgraded the government of Cyprus` long-term issuer rating to Ba2 from Ba3. All senior unsecured bond and programme ratings have also been upgraded to Ba2 and (P)Ba2, respectively. Cyprus`s short-term ratings have been affirmed at Not Prime (NP) and (P)NP. The outlook on Cyprus`s ratings has been changed to stable from positive.According to Moody’s the upgrade of Cyprus` ratings to Ba2 from Ba3 is driven by a number of factors, such us  the ongoing recovery of the banking system, in the context of which the liquidation of Cyprus Cooperative Bank Ltd via the sale of its healthy assets and liabilities has materially reduced systemic risks emanating from the banking sector. Also, from the positive fundamental trend with respect to the government`s balance sheet, based on robust nominal growth and a primary surplus, irrespective of the one-off related to the recent CCB transaction.The stable outlook on Cyprus`s Ba2 ratings, balances Cyprus` strong fiscal dynamics against pressures for higher public expenditure. It also reflects uncertainty around the extent to which new legal tools will enable a material decline in the banking system`s non-performing loan (NPL) ratio, it says.Moody`s would consider changing the outlook on the Ba2 ratings to positive and eventually upgrading Cyprus` Ba2 ratings if Moody`s were to conclude that macroeconomic conditions and policy actions were to result in a sustained and significant decline in the government debt stock and in the stock of non-performing loans in the banking sector, it adds.Downward pressure that could lead to a negative outlook and eventually a downgrade of the rating could develop if growth or fiscal policy decisions were to cause a reversal of the supportive fundamental debt trend. A failure to translate recent legislative actions and interventions in the banking sector into a significant decline in the non-performing loan ratio would also be credit negative, Moody’s said.You May LikeHealth & Human Research11 Most Powerful Natural AntibioticsHealth & Human ResearchUndoFigLeaf Beta AppThe Internet Knows You Better Than Anyone And Here’s Proof… Keep your identity in check before it’s too lateFigLeaf Beta AppUndo24/7Mirror30+ Things You Can Only See In Japan24/7MirrorUndo Clear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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