Morneau still committed to deficit reduction despite slower economy

first_imgLONDON, Ont. – Canada’s red-hot economy is indeed likely to slow down this year, making federal investments in boosting economic growth and job creation all the more important, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Friday.As the federal Liberal cabinet prepared for a second day of meetings at its retreat in London, Ont., Morneau stopped to sing the praises of his government’s economic agenda, which he credits for the economy’s super-charged performance over the last year.“The economy has performed exceptionally well in 2017,” he said. “The kinds of things we’ve done to help Canadian families has a had a real difference on our economy.”Among other things, unemployment fell to 5.7 per cent in December, the lowest figure since comparable data became available in January 1976.In his fall fiscal update in October, the minister predicted the economy would grow 3.1 per cent for 2017 as a whole.That strong growth rate won’t be matched this year, however, Morneau conceded.In its own latest forecast, Scotiabank is predicting growth of just 2.3 per cent this year, while TD Bank’s most recent prediction says Canada’s on pace for 2018 growth of around 2.4 per cent. Both also agree the rate will slow down even further in 2019.Morneau said the government recognizes the importance of being fiscally responsible and remains committed to reducing annual deficits over the long term.In his fall update, Morneau projected a deficit of $19.9 billion in the 2017-18 fiscal year — almost $9 billion less than predicted in his budget last spring.He also projected that the deficit would drop over the next five years, to $12.5 billion in 2022-23.This year’s deficit projection includes $1.5 billion for “risk adjustment” — a figure that might be increased going forward to account for additional risks to the economy, such as the potential demise of the North American Free Trade Agreement.“We’re continuing to work on our budget 2018 and one of the things we will consider is the appropriate consideration of risk, as we’ve done in previous times,” Morneau said Friday.However, he acknowledged economic growth will be “more modest” this year.“We’re always facing challenges. We face long-term demographic challenges, we face global risks that might impact global growth. So we need to be focused on how we can continue to encourage growth in our economy.”last_img read more

TFC president Manning adds Argos president to job title Copeland reassigned

first_imgBill Manning now has two championship teams to oversee.The Toronto FC president is adding Argonauts president to his title in the wake of the Canadian Football League board of governors approving the Argo purchase by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE).Manning is now in charge of the MLS Cup and Grey Cup winners.“Toronto football. I can’t go wrong either way,” Manning joked.MLSE, which also owns the NHL’s Maple Leafs, NBA’s Raptors, AHL’s Marlies and Toronto FC, announced last month that it had an agreement in place to buy the Argonauts.There had already been some cross-ownership. The Argos were currently owned by two-thirds of the MLSE triumvirate — chairman Larry Tanenbaum’s holding company, the Kilmer Group, and Bell Canada.In bringing the Argos fully into the MLSE fold, Rogers Communications officially join its two MLSE partners as part of the CFL team’s ownership.“Clearly on the football side I think they’re in good shape,” Manning said of the CFL team.“This was just about how can we synergize the Argos into the MLSE portfolio,” he added. “Over the last few years, I’m really grateful that our board of directors and Larry thought that I’d done a good job with TFC and they wanted to see a similar model on how we can integrate the team side, the business side, the stadium side all into one.“And then obviously sharing a stadium (BMO Field), I think we can find some synergies there. And scheduling we can make sure that both teams really get to maximize their schedule. So it was just, I think, a lot of areas that I can oversee and just make sure that we kind of have this be a rising tide that raises both boats.”Manning, who took over TFC in October 2015, has football experience on his resume.A former United Soccer League executive of the year with the Minnesota Thunder, he was 34 when he took over as president and GM of the Mutiny in 2000. After the MLS folded the franchise after the 2001 season, he worked for the NBA Houston Rockets (director of corporate partnerships) and then the NFL Philadelphia Eagles (vice-president sales and services) before Real Salt Lake brought him back to MLS in 2008.He spent four years with the Eagles in all. There he was close to Tom Heckert, now senior personnel adviser for the Denver Broncos but formerly director of pro personnel for the Eagles.“We used to share notes on how to be a GM,” Manning said.Michael Copeland, who spent two years as Argonauts president and CEO, has been tabbed to join the MLSE leadership team along with Sara Moore, the Argonauts’ senior vice-president of business operations.Manning said their immediate roles will be to help the Argos’ transition into the MLSE family.“The Toronto Argonauts are an important and historic part of the sporting landscape in Toronto and across the country, and we appreciate the support of the CFL board of governors as the team officially becomes part of the MLSE family,” MLSE president and CEO Michael Friisdahl said in a release.“As we begin the process of incorporating the Argos into the organization, we are very pleased to name Bill Manning as president of the club in addition to his current responsibilities as president of Toronto FC.“Bill’s vast experience and championship vision as a sports executive will continue to be a great asset for Toronto FC, and now, the Argos. We look forward to Michael Copeland and Sara Moore joining the MLSE leadership team, and as a first order of business, playing an important role in the transition of the Argos to MLSE.”In the release, MLSE said the process of incorporating the team into the company’s business operations would continue over the coming months.“We are proud to officially welcome MLSE to the CFL and look forward to working with Bill Manning and the entire organization to enhance the experience for fans in Toronto, but also CFL fans right across the country,” said CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie.Founded in 1873, the Argonauts are North America’s oldest continuously operated professional football club.———Follow @NeilMDavidson and @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.last_img read more

HRD to implement 10 quota for general category sans funds

first_imgNew Delhi: The government’s decision to implement 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections of the general category may cost dearer to the public institutions as the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has put on hold the fund allocation procedure to higher institutions for meeting the expenses to be incurred in implementing the quota.The HRD Ministry’s proposal to provide financial assistance of about Rs 4,000 crore has been stuck in the model code of conduct. As per official sources, the ministry in its communication with institutions has stated that the proposal would be approved only after the formation of the government and till then the institutions would have to bear the additional expenditure of their own. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Citing the enforcement of model code of conduct due to ongoing general elections in the country, sources in the HRD Ministry said, “Given the value of the amount, the Election Commission is reluctant in approving the proposal.” The sources further that the EC is reluctant in permitting the HRD ministry to provide funds to institutions as the proposal has not been passed by the Cabinet. The sources also said that institutions would have to implement the quota without any dedicated funds for it. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn January, the government had allowed a reservation of 10 per cent for poor people in educational institutions and government jobs. Soon after the decision, the HRD Ministry had announced that it would increase 25 per cent seats in all higher education institutions to accommodate the beneficiaries of 10 per cent quota to poor upper caste without disturbing seat share of other reserved categories. The HRD Ministry had also sought details from higher institutions about the financial burden on them for increasing 25 per cent seats. As per the HRD officials, all higher institutions, including IITs, IIMs, Central universities, NITs, IISER, had sought Rs 5,676 crore financial support for creating 2.15 lakh additional seats.last_img read more

The Ethics of Moroccos Argan Oil

Winter Park, Florida – When most people think of Argan oil, they imagine advertisements showing (usually) “exotic” women with lustrous hair holding rustic-looking bottles of what cosmetic companies call “liquid gold,” but do we understand the ethical and environmental implications of cultivating Argan oil? Due to deforestation, overuse, and the commercial interests of the famous nut, it is estimated that the Argan tree will nearly disappear by the year 2051.To understand how Argan oil has become such a sought-after ingredient for cosmetic companies, it is necessary to learn about the history of its use. The Argan tree is dated far back into antiquity, and while it once covered the entire Maghreb region of North Africa, it is now exclusively endemic to the Sousse valley of southwestern Morocco.It has been a vital part of Moroccan life for centuries, especially for the indigenous Amazigh—or Berber—communities as a nutritional, medicinal, and economic necessity. Blended with roasted almond and honey, Argan oil makes the vitamin-enriched Amlou paste that Moroccans dip bread in and is used in virtually all Moroccan dishes. You will seldom find a household in Morocco that does not have the oil stored in a pantry or medicine cabinet. Argan’s dermatological fame stems from its use for scars, acne, and even as cough medicine for young children. The tree’s deep-rooted system protects the land from degradation, soil erosion, and heat, while providing husks for livestock in rural areas. It is no wonder that Moroccans have named Argania Spinosa the Moroccan “tree of life.”However, the Argan tree’s importance to Moroccans has not been enough to incite proper preservation efforts on both a local and global scale. In the past two decades, deforestation rates rose dramatically in Morocco due partly to the extension of grazed land and the collection of firewood. Though projects like the Tamounte conservation project have taken the initiative to plant seeds and encourage the development of the tree as an economic resource, the results are often stilted by exploitation.In 1999, the United Nations educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the Argan forest a world biosphere. According to UNESCO, nearly 3 million of the biosphere’s population is Berber. UNESCO’s goal is to counteract the exploitative practices that the Argan tree has fallen victim to, while encouraging the economic development within the region—particularly for Berber women. The Tashelhit women who extract the oil are members of co-operatives that help the women build a steady income and a social status.As the demand for Argan grew, manufacturing became mechanized, leading to the creation of private oil presses from major European entrepreneurs. For them, paying Berber women to extract the oil by hand was not necessary. Costs of production were lowered; volumes of the oil increased, and the Argan craze spread like wildfire.Unfortunately, the intermediaries that work with these women still keep most of the profits from their hard work. This is particularly vexing because the image of Berber women is still used to help sell the product worldwide. It has even found its way into pop culture. In a recent article by The Daily Mail, the British tabloid newspaper asks its readers “is Kim Kardashian helping to change Berber women’s lives?”These kinds of celebrity endorsements certainly elevate the demand for Argan, but these kinds of careless statements only build to the global overuse of the oil. Rather than praising celebrities or individuals for helping indigenous North African women, let us make sure these women are getting their fair share of the deal. Let us work harder to maintain the endangered “tree of life,” because we simply cannot afford to lose it.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Continued border closings between Israel and Gaza threaten supplies – UN

The border crossings have been closed since last Wednesday, when only Jordanian trucks were allowed through the Sufa crossing, according to the Office of the UN Special Coordinator (UNSCO) in Jerusalem.The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) says it has about 200 trucks that need to get into Gaza to distribute supplies to some of the occupied territory’s estimated 1.4 million residents. The World Food Programme (WFP) has about 40 trucks of its own that also need to get through.UNRWA said that it will be out of canned meat by the end of this week unless further shipments are permitted, adding it is working with Israeli authorities to find alternative solutions to allow the goods into Gaza.At the same time, UNSCO noted that fuel imports into Gaza have resumed: 315,000 litres came in yesterday and more than 500,000 litres arrived today. Rolling electricity cuts continue nevertheless, especially in Gaza City.Israel has said its tight restrictions on border crossings aim to force an end to the daily rocket and mortar attacks launched against Israeli residential areas by militants in Gaza. 28 January 2008All border crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip remain closed, leaving hundreds of trucks carrying United Nations relief supplies waiting to enter Gaza while threatening the supply of canned meat to Palestinians living inside the territory, UN officials said today. read more

Dorel to make bikes in Brazil after buying countrys largest bike maker

MONTREAL — Dorel Industries Inc. plans to assemble some of its bikes in Brazil at a factory owned by Caloi, a major South American bicycle manufacturer that will be majority-owned by the Montreal-based consumer products company.A Caloi factory in northern Brazil will assemble Dorel’s Cannondale, Schwinn, Mongoose and GT bike brands for the Brazilian and export markets.Caloi’s manufacturing plant in Manaus produces more than 700,000 bikes a year and is the largest bicycle factor outside Southeast Asia.Caloi employs 900 people at various locations, including the Manaus plant, its head office in Sao Paulo and a technology and logistics centre in Atibaia.Dorel (TSX:DII.B) says its acquisition of a 70% ownership stake in Caloi will immediately boost its profits and push its annual bike revenues above US$1 billion.Caloi’s sales in 2012 were US$111.6 million, a 22% increase from the previous year.Dorel says Caloi is Latin America’s largest bicycle brand and has an estimated market share in Brazil of more than 40%.The acquisition increases Dorel’s presence in South America, a region it has targeted for growth. Dorel established a juvenile products division in Brazil in 2009 for its line of children’s car seats.It’s also partners in a line of retail stores in Peru and Chile that helped grow Dorel’s sales in Latin America by 35% last quarter.Dorel manufacturers a number of children’s products under the Safety 1st, Quinny, Cosco, Maxi-Cosi and Bebe Confort brands, while its bikes and related products include brands such as Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, IronHorse and Sugoi. It has annual sales of US$2.5 billion and employs 5,400 people in facilities located in 24 four countries. read more

Womens lacrosse Buckeyes drop second straight after 1110 loss to Holy Cross

The women’s lacrosse team huddles up before a game in Ohio Stadium. Credit: Rebecca Farage | For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team (5-3) lost back-to-back games on the road, this time to Holy Cross (5-3). Despite early struggles, OSU fought back into the game, but the Crusaders proved to be too much in the end, topping the Buckeyes 11-10.This was the first-ever meeting between the Buckeyes and the Crusaders in program history, and was originally scheduled for Saturday, but moved up due to poor weather in Worcester. The Crusaders began the season 4-3, their best all-time, with a win over a common opponent of OSU: Vermont.Junior attacker Molly Wood scored first for the Buckeyes just 1:27 into the game, but Holy Cross would respond with its first goal to tie it at one with 25:17 left.The Scarlet and Gray would trade goals with the Crusaders again when Holy Cross senior attacker Mary Patalita and freshman attacker Alex Vander Molen both scored, keeping the game tied.The Crusaders would stretch their lead out to two after scoring consecutive goals, one of which was senior midfielder Maddie Ward’s second of the game. Wood added her second of the day to get the Buckeyes to three goals, but Holy Cross responded quickly with one of their own to hold their two goal lead.Two freshman tied the game at five for OSU when freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez netted her first and Vander Molen found the back of the goal for the second time. Holy Cross, however, bested freshman goalie Jillian Rizzo again before the break, sending the Crusaders into the half with a 6-5 lead.Again, the two teams traded scores, keeping the Crusaders lead at one just four minutes into the final half. OSU then got back-to-back scores from Wood to take the lead for the first time since the team’s opening goal.With 20:27 left in the game, Buckeyes’ sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott would get her first goal of the game, pushing their lead to two before Holy Cross tying the game again at nine.In what was a fairly slow second half, the Crusaders scored off of Patalita’s hat trick giving them a brief lead, but OSU senior midfielder Paulina Constant tied the game yet again when she scored her fourth goal of the season.Then with 4:34 remaining in the game, the final score of the game went to Holy Cross’ junior midfielder Kerianne Moran. The Buckeyes would take a shot as time expired but it would not fall, giving the Crusaders the win.Next UpThe Buckeyes will look to break even on their road trip at Harvard University at 3 P.M. on Monday. read more

Stokes of a feather fly together at Ohio State

To play basketball at former Ohio State men’s basketball player Ron Stokes’ home in Gahanna, Ohio, you have to abide by four rules. “You got to play hard, and you got to play smart, and you got to be coachable … and you have to play defense,” said the former OSU guard and current radio color analyst for the Buckeyes men’s basketball team. Those rules not only shaped the way Stokes played the game at OSU, from 1981-1985, they’ve also molded another player with the same last name. His daughter, redshirt junior guard Amber Stokes, is carrying on the family legacy. “It’s a good advantage to have a dad that knows the game and been in my shoes,” said Amber Stokes, the second of Ron and Lavita Stokes’ four children. For 15 years, her father has commentated on the flagship station for OSU men’s basketball games, which has proven to be an invaluable tool for the younger Stokes. “It’s nice because some people don’t have dads who understand the game,” said Amber Stokes. “My dad understands the game, and he’s able to give me advice.” It might benefit Amber, but being a college basketball analyst who’s watching his daughter play can be a trying experience. “I find myself not even enjoying the game because I’m looking at every single thing because that’s what I do for a living,” Ron Stokes said. “It’s tough turning it off from being an analyst.” Along with announcing every OSU men’s game and attending Amber Stokes’ games when possible, Ron also owns one of the top 50 fastest growing privately held businesses in central Ohio, according to Business First Magazine. He serves as president and CEO of Three Leaf Productions, a media management company with customers including WOW, Kroger and SafeAuto Insurance. His schedule also includes a weekly radio show with OSU coach Thad Matta, maintaining a blog at ronstokesfastbreak.com, and trying to attend his two younger children’s basketball games. “It’s nuts,” Ron Stokes said. “I’m committed to basketball every night.” That commitment to hard work and basketball is mirrored in Amber Stokes, who has already completed her undergraduate degree in criminology. The younger Stokes was also elected co-captain her junior season, a feat her father accomplished as well. Even members of the OSU athletic community see the similarities in the way they play. Denny Hoobler, associate athletics director for development and ticketing at OSU, has watched both family members. He said he remembers seeing Ron Stokes while he was a guard at Canton Mckinley High School and at OSU. He said when he watches Amber Stokes play, he has a déjà vu-like experience. “It’s watching Ronnie Stokes all over again,” Hoobler said. “Just her intensity and defense.” Although her father has influenced her style of play, the same can’t be said for her decision to become a Buckeye. Before attending OSU, Amber Stokes had scholarship offers from a majority of Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference programs, but she said her father never told her to pick the Scarlet and Gray. “He told me wherever I choose to go to, he would support me,” said Amber Stokes, who believes her father wanted her to come to OSU but wouldn’t voice it. Based on the proximity and OSU’s program, Ron Stokes said he wanted his daughter to stay in Columbus, but he wouldn’t feel right if she picked a university because he played there. “Even if it was another school, if I told her to go to that school and she went there because mainly I wanted her to go, and she didn’t have a great experience, I wouldn’t feel right as a father,” Ron Stokes said. In the end, Amber Stokes chose OSU because of its tradition and the atmosphere, she said. Her decision has helped her team achieve the No. 8 spot in the nation this year, and a shot at the National Championship. Although she and her father have enjoyed success on the court, she said she doesn’t plan on following him into the broadcast booth. “No, I don’t think that’s me,” Amber Stokes said. “Let my dad do that job.” read more

Ohio State baseball swept in weekend series at Nebraska

Sophomore first baseman Zach Ratcliff (34) jumps to catch the ball during a game against Xavier March 19 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 10-3.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerAfter three games, three runs were all that separated the Ohio State baseball team from Big Ten foe Nebraska.Those three runs proved costly though, as the Buckeyes (18-13, 2-7) dropped each of three games of a weekend series in Lincoln, Neb., to the Cornhuskers (19-13, 4-2) by a one-run margin.The Buckeyes found themselves with a lead in each game, but just could not seal the deal down the stretch. Two losses were walk-offs while the other saw the Cornhuskers take the lead in the eighth inning.“We just have to finish games. We were right there,” redshirt-sophomore infielder Ryan Leffel said after Sunday’s 2-1 loss. “One play can make the difference … we know that we’re really, really close to being a really good team.”Sunday’s tilt saw the Buckeyes jump out to a quick lead as redshirt-junior first baseman Josh Dezse hit an RBI groundout in the first to score sophomore second baseman Troy Kuhn.That was all the Buckeyes could muster against the Cornhuskers’ junior pitcher Aaron Bummer, however, only picking up three more hits.The Cornhuskers got on the board in the fourth off OSU sophomore pitcher Jake Post. With two outs and men on first and third, Nebraska junior catcher Tanner Lubach hit an RBI single to tie the game.Bummer and Post controlled the game from there as both starters went all nine innings and things stayed tied at one until the ninth.Again with Lubach up to bat and men on first and second, Post gave up an RBI single to give the Cornhuskers the sweep.On Saturday, the Buckeyes held a 3-0 lead until the eighth behind an RBI single from Leffel and two runs scored in the fifth after two errors by Nebraska.Meanwhile, freshman pitcher Tanner Tully started on the bump for the Buckeyes and flirted with a no-hitter until Lubach lined a single to center to begin the seventh.After giving up another single to begin the eighth, redshirt-senior reliever Tyler Giannonatti came in for Tully and allowed one run in the inning off a sacrifice fly from Nebraska senior outfielder Michael Pritchard.Freshman relief pitcher Travis Lakins came on in the ninth with a two-run lead, but things quickly went south.With two outs and the bases loaded, Lakins walked sophomore infielder Jake Placzek to draw the Cornhuskers within one.Junior closer Trace Dempsey came on but allowed a single to Pritchard that scored two and gave the Cornhuskers the series clinching 4-3 win.Friday night saw both starting pitchers dominate the beginning of the game. The Buckeyes’ senior pitcher Greg Greve went six innings without allowing a run.Once again, the Buckeye offense scored first, but this time it was in the fifth when Kuhn singled off Cornhusker senior pitcher Chrsitian DeLeon to score the first run of the series.The Buckeyes scored another off DeLeon in the seventh on an RBI single to center from Wetzel.Lakins came in and pitched a scoreless seventh, but allowed RBI singles from Pritchard, junior infielder Pat Kelly and freshman pitcher/infielder Ben Miller in the eighth to give the Cornhuskers the 3-2 lead.Outside of a single from sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic, the Buckeyes couldn’t get anything in the ninth off DeLeon, preserving the Cornhuskers’ win.The line for the Buckeyes’ starting pitchers for the weekend was 22 innings pitched and only two runs, but it wasn’t good enough.Despite the rough road trip, Greve seemed confident that the Buckeyes would get it turned around.“We played tough, played well, competed well. There’s no need to be alarmed or concerned,” Greve said after Sunday’s game. “We were very close to beating a very good team. We easily could’ve won all three games this weekend. We just have to stick to what we’re doing and keep preparing the way we’ve been doing and learn from the mistakes.”The Buckeyes have a quick turnaround as they are scheduled for two mid-week games against Eastern Michigan on Tuesday and Dayton on Wednesday.Tuesday’s game against the Eagles is set for 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium at Nick Swisher Field. read more

Cementation opens new facility in North Bay as well as getting safety

first_imgCommunity leaders, guests and company employees last week participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour to officially open the newest addition to Cementation’s North Bay operations. This new facility significantly increases work and warehouse space as well as provides  enhanced lifting, electrical and compressed air capacity to further support the servicing of Cementation’s underground fleets, raise boring plants and shaft sinking equipment which is utilised on mining projects around the globe.Located adjacent to the company’s existing shop, the new facility and expanded staging area is situated within North Bay’s city limits. The shop has a dedicated and environmentally isolated electrical shop and is capable of operating and testing electrical motors up to 600 hp, along with a compressed air system to allow for the operation and testing of pneumatic equipment. In addition, new 50 and 20 t overhead cranes have been installed as well as embedded floor anchors to secure hoists and winches for testing. The increased capacity will allow for additional staff to be hired as the need for Cementation’s services continues to grow.Roy Slack, President of Cementation Canada said, “This new facility expands our capabilities to better service our projects and reinforces our commitment to continue to support our clients’ needs.” Cementation will continue to utilise its existing 10,000 sq ft shop, built in 2006, as heated warehousing space and for shipping/receiving.Cementation has also been recognised as one of Canada’s Safest Employers for 2017. The gold award in the Mining and Natural Resources category was presented to Cementation during the Canada’s Safest Employers Awards Gala, hosted by Canadian Occupational Safety and Thomson Reuters on October 24 in Toronto. The Canada’s Safest Employers Awards were launched in 2011 and acknowledge companies from across Canada with outstanding accomplishments in promoting the health and safety of their employees. Companies are evaluated on a broad range of initiatives including employee training, OHS management systems, incident investigation, emergency preparedness and innovative health and safety initiatives.“We are thrilled to be recognised as one of Canada’s Safest Employers,” says Slack. “Our company, management and our supervisors all care about the well-being of our employees and one of the ways we demonstrate that care is through our commitment to safety.”“This recognition is a true reflection of the sincere commitment to ensuring a safe and healthy workplace by Cementation and all our employees. We continue to work hard at improving our safety culture and structure as we never want to settle for the status quo,” states Steve Wrixon, General Manager Health and Safety of Cementation Canada.last_img read more

Slovenia and Vujovic together until 2020

Slovenian handball teamVeselin Vujović ← Previous Story PSG Handball want Dagur Sigurdsson for 600.000 per season? Next Story → Serbian stars decline comeback to NT Slovenia and Veselin Vujovic will stay together until Olympic Games in Rio! Management Board of Slovenian Handball Federation confirmed agreement between Federation’s president Franjo Bobinac and Montenegrian coach for extension of current contract which last until January 2018.Vujovic overtake Slovenia in June 2015, and after disasterous Men’s EHF EURO 2016 experience in Poland, where they left tournament after Preliminary Round, made a huge step forward with sixth place at Olympic Games in Rio.PHOTO: Slavko Kolar read more

MilinkovicSavic says he renewed his contract

MilinkovicSavic says he renewed his contract

first_imgThe Lazio footballer talked about the team’s plans to retreat for three or four days, while he also said he was happy at the clubAfter many rumors, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has signed a contract renewal with Italian Lega Serie A club Lazio.“We had a great season last year, maybe we did not start it the same way, but we try to do everything to give our best,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.“It is right to go because the club has decided this, we will be together for 3-4 days, we will talk more and we will work to win the match against Sampdoria”.“It’s not easy to live through the transfer market, I did not do well at the World Cup, but I knew I was staying at Lazio, I have also renewed my contract,” he added.2Now, let’s move forward. People give me a value, but I have to demonstrate it on the field: the rest does not interest me”.last_img read more

Nearly 200 Haitians intercepted two boats towed by Police

Nearly 200 Haitians intercepted two boats towed by Police

first_img#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 30, 2017 – Two more Haitian sloops were intercepted in Turks and Caicos waters overnight, brought in early this morning and the count is  178 to be returned to Haiti.  A report to Magnetic Media is that 125 were on the first boat which landed around midnight; 53 were on the second vessel which came into South Dock about 4:30am.  There were 98 males on the first, 46 males on the second and 27 females are recorded on the first intercepted boat with seven females on the second sloop.While residents are saddened by the situation in Haiti and the recent capsized boat which resulted in at least 15 deaths, there continues to be growing resentment for the financial and security burden rescuing, housing, feeding and repatriating the migrants creates for a small island state like the TCI.On Thursday, the United Kingdom agreed to carry out and pay for a security needs assessment; this came out of that National Security Council where the Premier, Deputy Premier, Attorney General, Commissioner of Police, Minister of Home Affairs, Deputy Governor and Governor were present.   During the session, which was a scheduled NSC meeting, there was talk about border security and the coastal radar and the dire situation with illegal entry by boat in particular; this is the fourth known Haitian vessel since the PDM took office.The issue creates concerns about human, narcotics and firearms trafficking.  That UK assessment will happen before April, which marks the beginning of a new fiscal year according to the release from His Excellency’s office.Also discussed at the NSC meeting, resource needs of the TCI Police Force, a need to firmly inform the Haitian government of their responsibility to prevent these illegal migrations, a renewed commitment to getting a list of undocumented illegals and the unacceptable levels of crime and how a whole of government approach must be taken to thwart increased instances of crime and violence.center_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Reserve Personnel Need Greater Support Army Enlisted Chief Testifies

Reserve Personnel Need Greater Support Army Enlisted Chief Testifies

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Army needs to improve its efforts to ensure soldiers in the National Guard and Reserve have access to quality-of-life services, particularly mental health care, Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey told lawmakers last week.The Army has expanded the availability of behavioral health teams to unprecedented levels, he said, and now there are 58 such teams embedded down to the unit level. But for reserve personnel, that’s not enough, Daily said during a hearing of the House Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee.“We can do more,” Daily said, reported the Army News Service. “And where you can help us is getting that help out to the National Guard and Reserves. They are dispersed throughout the U.S.”Dailey’s focus on mental health care followed “a tough year” for the Army, in which the number of suicides increased across the service.The Army’s enlisted chief also highlighted the service’s success in helping soldiers gain licenses and certifications that will make it easier to begin their civilian careers. The service has helped more than 30,000 soldiers earn civilian credentials in dozens of specialties.“This is something the Army has invested heavily in over the past several years,” Dailey told lawmakers. “We have made great strides. The Army has become 88 percent compliant with the VOW [Veterans Opportunity to Work] Act in the last three years, and we have had great help through Congress.”Daily urged lawmakers to do more, however. Tuition assistance potentially could be used to help soldiers earn credentials, increasing the market value of the skills they learned in the Army.“There is no reason we can’t invest in them,” he said. “We have proven that investing in them now is a great investment for us in the future.”last_img read more

Whats next for the legislature after narrowly avoiding a shutdown

first_imgThe Alaska Capitol. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)The Legislature avoided a state government shutdown by passing an operating budget on Thursday, eight days before the deadline. But they haven’t addressed the capital budget, or other important issues facing the state’s future.To discuss this, Alaska Public Media’s Lori Townsend spoke with Andrew Kitchenman of Alaska Public Media and KTOO.Listen nowTOWNSEND: What paved the way for the budget?KITCHENMAN: Well, throughout the year, pressure was growing on both the House and Senate majorities to avoid a shutdown. This is really getting pretty intense in the last couple of weeks. And that’s not just for the effect on government workers, but for the impact on private sector jobs like commercial fishing. So the House and the Senate showed a willingness to give ground. The Senate agreed to a budget including a smaller cut than what it had passed. This budget also includes a $9 million increase for school funding, rather than the $65 million cut that the Senate had passed. The House agreed to drop a nearly $2 billion payment to fund schools in the future. But no one wanted a shutdown. And workers could breath a sigh of relief today when the state officially rescinded their layoff notices.TOWNSEND: And what about the Permanent Fund Dividend?KITCHENMAN: PFDs are going to be $1,100 in October. That’s $100 more than last year. But they’re only half of what residents would receive under a formula set by state law. So it’s the first time the Legislature hasn’t fully funded PFDs since the reduction last year came from a veto from Gov. Walker. House Speaker Bryce Edgmon says more PFD could be added in the capital budget, but even if the Senate agreed to that, which is a big if, Gov. Bill Walker could veto the money like he did last year.TOWNSEND: Andrew, there’s some major items the legislature hasn’t passed.KITCHENMAN: That’s right Lori. This year has seen the fewest bills passed of any year since statehood. Gov. Walker didn’t include anything but the budget in his call for the second special session last week. So the Legislature hasn’t agreed on a plan to balance future state budgets. I spoke with longtime budget expert Gunnar Knapp about where things stand.KNAPP: “The good news is, the state government’s not going to shut down. The bad news is, it’s barely a dent in, you know, facing up to the continuing problem we have with our, you know, the imbalance between the spending and its revenues.”KITCHENMAN: The Senate majority insists the state doesn’t need new taxes. The House majority says they won’t draw from Permanent Fund earnings without taxes, such as more taxes on the oil and gas industry, or a broad-based tax like an income or payroll tax.TOWNSEND: What else did not happen?KITCHENMAN: Well, there’s no capital budget. The state faces an informal deadline of the end of September in order to benefit from federal funding.TOWNSEND: Okay. So what’s next for the Legislature, Andrew?KITCHENMAN: Walker added a bill making changes to oil and gas taxes to the special session agenda late last night. Lawmakers and aides say informal talks could ha[[en outside of Juneau in the coming days to decide how to handle the Governor’s request to consider the bill. But the two sides are far apart on the oil tax bill. And it’s also not clear if Walker will add the capital budget to the agenda. Here’s what House Speaker Bryce Edgmon has to say about where things stand.EDGMON: “At this point, I think the Legislature is going to stand down for some time, work with the governor, and we have more work to do on the capital budget. And I think the governor may at some point later on want the Legislature to address fiscal measures.”KITCHENMAN: We may know early next week about whether the Legislature plans to do anything more during the special session which ends on July 15th, or whether it will wait for Walker to call another special session later on this year.last_img read more

MANUUTA pays tribute to Prof Waseem Begum

MANUUTA pays tribute to Prof Waseem Begum

first_imgHyderabad: Maulana Azad National Urdu University Teachers Association (MANUUTA) today paid glowing tribute to their departed colleague Prof. Waseem Begum at a condolence meeting held at Library Auditorium. Prof. Waseem from Dept. of Urdu passed away two days ago after brief illness. Prof. Ayub Khan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dr. M. A. Sikandar, Registrar, Prof. Mohd. Zafaruddin and Prof. Farooq Bakshi spoke about the departed soul and asked teaching fraternity to emulate her academic excellence. Dr. Bonthu Kotaiah, General Secretary MANUUTA presented details about her distinguished career and conducted proceedings. Dr. Kahkasha Lateef, Publicity Secretary also addressed. Condolence meeting began with the recitation of verses from Holy Quran by Dr. Aman Ubed, Asst. Professor.last_img read more

Six envoys present credentials to president

Six envoys present credentials to president

first_imgDaniel Chuburu, non-resident ambassador of Argentina, presents his credential to president Abdul Hamid at a ceremony at Bangabhaban on Wednesday. Photo: PIDSix non-resident envoys to Bangladesh separately presented their credentials to president M Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban this afternoon.The envoys are: Gambia high commissioner Jainaba Jagne, and five ambassadors — Ariel Andrade Galindo of EI Salvador, Fatoumata Balde of Guinea Republic, Daniel Chuburu of Argentina, Julius Pranevicious of Lithuania and Muhamed Cengic of Bosnia & Herzegovina.Welcoming the envoys, president Hamid said Bangladesh is keen on expansion of bilateral as well as multilateral relations in the field of trade, commerce and investment, principal information officer (PIO) Md Joynal Abedin told BSS.Describing the existing relations with the six countries as excellent, the president hoped that Bangladesh’s bilateral ties with the countries would reach a new height during their assignments here.Terming Bangladesh a country of huge potentials, especially in tourism sector, Abdul Hamid put emphasis on availing all possibilities in the interest of their respective countries and Bangladesh to bolster businesses and trade ties.The envoys sought the president’s cooperation in discharging their duties in Bangladesh. Lauding the tremendous development in the country, especially in socio-economic sector, they assured that Bangladesh would be provided with necessary supports by their respective countries.Secretaries concerned to the president and high officials of foreign ministry were present.Earlier, on their arrival at Bangabhaban, a smartly turned-out contingent of the horse-mounted President Guard Regiment (PGR) gave the envoys guards of honour.last_img read more

Mayor Turner Targets Flooding Fiscal Crisis In First State Of The City

Mayor Turner Targets Flooding Fiscal Crisis In First State Of The City

first_img 00:00 /02:16 X Listen 2015 Richard Carson/City of HoustonHouston Mayor Sylvester TurnerMayor Sylvester Turner delivered his first State of the City message before a gathering of the Greater Houston Partnership. Turner focused on the need to reduce the risk of flooding and address the fiscal crisis.Mayor Turner was originally scheduled to deliver his address on Monday, April 18. He said the rainfall and rising bayous that day flooded thousands of homes and apartment buildings – some for the second, third, or fourth times.“Property owners throughout our area have become weary of flooding in the Bayou City, have become impatient with elected officials who offer platitudes, explanations with no practical solutions, and some have and others are close to packing up and leaving our city, unless we can convince them that we are doing to do exponentially more than what they currently see,” Turner said.The mayor announced the appointment of Stephen Costello as the city’s chief resilience officer or “flood czar.” Costello, a civil engineer and former city council member, will be responsible for developing and implementing plans to improve drainage and reduce the risk of future floods.Turner then turned his attention to the city’s fiscal problems. Next Tuesday, he said, he will formally propose his budget for the next fiscal year, cutting spending by $82 million. That will mean eliminating nearly 200 jobs, though the layoffs would not touch police or fire fighters.“And there will be five police cadet classes instead of the usual four,” he said. ”For the first time in many years, the number of police officers at HPD is starting to inch up. And with the added cadet class, we will have more police on the force.”Turner warned, though, that spending cuts alone aren’t enough to deal with the problem of the city’s unfunded pensions. He said he is working with representatives from the pension boards to lower the city’s obligations. But part of the solution will have to involve new taxes.“Assuming a resolution is reached and enacted by the legislature,” he said, “I shall ask each of you, the Partnership, and all Houstonians, in November of 2017 to remove the revenue cap imposed in 2004, which has been repeatedly criticized by all credit rating agencies.”Failing that, Turner said, Houston is looking at sharp cuts to city services come fiscal year 2018. That would include services needed to prevent or respond to future flooding.This is *our* City, let’s protect it. Let’s invest in it. And, in the process, may God bless us all. #StateofHOU pic.twitter.com/EqKy5WsEiy— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) May 4, 2016 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Learn how to stop workers from being lazy unproductive

first_imgIf you crib about your employees being dull, lazy and unproductive, stop blaming them. Start leading your professional life with a purpose instead.According to the researchers, when managers displayed purposeful behaviour, employees were less likely to quit, showed more satisfaction, were willing to go the extra mile, tend to be better performers and were less cynical.The study characterised purposeful leadership as having three core qualities: leaders must have a strong moral compass, a commitment to stakeholders as well as clear vision. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The study shows that the modern workplace is as much a battle for hearts and minds as it is one of rules and duties,” said Catherine Bailey, Professor at the University of Sussex in Britain.People tend to expect an organisation to go beyond short-termist, financial imperatives — blamed by many for causing the 2008 recession.”In turn, they respond to leaders who care not just about themselves but wider society, who have strong morals and ethics and who behave with purpose,” Bailey added, in the study conducted in concert with the non-profit organisation CIPD. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe researchers suggest that there is much that organisations can do to foster purposeful and ethical leadership, including the adoption of relevant policies, leader role-modelling, alignment around a core vision, training and development, and organisational culture.The traditional focus on leader behaviour only goes so far as to develop their ability to perform in a role. “Instead, what is required is a development of the whole person, while accepting that it is impossible to mould all individuals into a uniform model of morals and ethics,” explained Amanda Shantz from the University of Greenwich.last_img read more