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first_imgHimachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat has accepted the resignation of Anil Sharma as Power Minister, a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said on Saturday.The Governor accepted Mr. Sharma’s resignation on the recommendation of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, he added. The Chief Minister will take care of Mr. Sharma’s portfolio of Multi-Purpose Projects and Power, Nonconventional Energy Sources, the spokesperson said. Mr. Sharma resigned from the BJP government on Friday, days after the Congress fielded his son Aashray as its candidate from the Mandi Lok Sabha constituency. After resignation from the State Cabinet, Mr. Sharma said, “I will not resign as an MLA and from the party. I will remain a BJP MLA.” Meanwhile, party’s State president Satpal Singh Satti has asked him to resign as an MLA and from the BJP as well. In a statement issued here on Saturday, Mr. Satti said that Mr. Sharma had crossed all the limits of “indiscipline” by issuing statements against party candidate Ram Swaroop Sharma. “Anil Sharma has no right to remain in the BJP and he should resign from its membership on moral grounds,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli walked out to boos from the Australian fans at the Adelaide Oval on day 3 of the first Test. The Indian captain though put his head down and batted with conviction.The negative reaction from the home crowd comes after Kohli was criticised by Australian coach Justin Langer for his wicket celebrations, particularly that of Aaron Finch on Friday.Langer said that if Australian players were to celebrate wickets like Kohli did, they would be seen as “the worst blokes in the world”.Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting was not impressed with the way Kohli was welcomed to the crease.”I don’t like seeing it at all,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.”It didn’t worry me as a player when it happened in England a couple times. You’ve almost got to accept it as acknowledgement for what you’ve done in the game. But I’d rather not see that happen at all.”It’ll be water off a duck’s back (for Kohli), I’m sure. He’s probably had worse things happen to him on a cricket field, I would have thought, than getting booed by a couple of spectators as he walks on.”If anything, it might have steeled him a little bit more.”He (was) hardly playing a shot (early in his innings) and he looked like he wanted to really ground the Aussies into the deck.”Kohli, along with Cheteshwar Pujara, thawarted Australia in their 71-run partnership, to push India to a position of strength and a 166-run lead at the close of of play on Saturday.advertisement Kohli was dismissed late in the final session as the Indian skipper lunged forward to defend off Nathan Lyon but was caught at short leg for an uncharacteristic knock of 34 from 104 balls. But Pujara carried on and made 40 before the close of play with India reaching 151 for 3 at stumps.Kohli became the fastest Indian to score 1000 Test runs for India in Australia during his knock. He reached the landmark in nine Test matches, faster than batting great Don Bradman, who reached the four-figure mark in his 10th Test at home.Kohli also became the only Indian skipper to score 2000 Test runs in away matches. He is also the first Indian captain to score 2000 Test runs both in India and overseas.Apart from Kohli, three other Indians have scored 1000 runs for the country. Sachin Tendulkar scored 1809 runs off 38 innings in Australia at an average of 53.21. VVS Laxman scored 1236 runs in 29 innings while Rahul Dravid scored 1143 in 30 innings.Virender Sehwag has also scored 1000 runs in Australia but 83 of them came for ICC World XI. For India, Sehwag scored 948 runs in 20 innings at an average of 47.40.Earlier, India bowled out Australia for 235 with a lead of 15 runs in the first innings early in the first session on the third day. Travis Head top-scored for the hosts with 72 runs while Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin picked three wickets each for the visitors.Also Read | Rishabh Pant matches MS Dhoni’s feat in Adelaide TestAlso Read | Virat Kohli shows off his dancing skills in tense Adelaide Test vs Australialast_img read more

first_img Oggy! Photograph: John Robertson/The Guardian Ivan Rakitic: ‘We saw Football’s Coming Home and thought: yeah, but you still have to play us’ Share via Email Twitter Boys will be boys but it did, at least, ensure the current in Nations League group A4 continued to run in various directions and, in Gareth Southgate’s words, ensure somebody in Geneva must be “proudly patting himself on the back” at the way Uefa’s new baby has developed. He meant Uefa suits, rather than Ramos, would be disposed towards touchy-feeliness: on the pitch and off it the new format has brought far more storylines, moments of drama and instances of aggro than your standard pile of Wayne Rooney-less friendlies. Lovren v Ramos does not make anyone look particularly good, objectively, but it adds to the sense of box office that the Nations League needed and thoughts now turn to who the Liverpool defender might seek to rile in Monday’s winner-takes-all meeting at Wembley.Rooney would have been a good bet, actually, but he’s already said his teary farewells and will presumably be watching the real action from the USA! USA!! USA!!!. Perhaps the imperturbable Harry Kane, who comfortably had Lovren’s number until that July night in Moscow, is due a social media smackdown. Either way, emotions are hardly going to be in neutral after matters are resolved at Wembley; those waiting in the mixed zone will hold out hope that he can be coaxed out for that pint after all.LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Jacob Steinberg for hot clockwatch coverage of the Netherlands 1-2 France and Wales 1-1 Denmark, from 7.45pm GMT.QUOTE OF THE DAY“What I wasn’t too big for was to go into the police force, so I signed up. They loved it. Because I was 6ft 4in, I was put straight into the middle of Nottingham city centre because that’s where the trouble was. I had a fantastic time, really enjoyed the job, it was very exciting. I was good at the physical aspect of things, clearing bars, clubs, lots of incidents regarding alcohol and aggression” – in the first piece of a new series on 90s throwbacks, Steve Ogrizovic gets his chat on with Michael Butler about how he became a top, top member of the fuzz. Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Share on Messenger Topics Read more The glamour! Photograph: Pablo Garcia Football Cambridge, earlier. Looks like there’s loads of room for wider pitches. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Share on Twitter Facebook Why Bristol’s Tanya Oxtoby has a unique coaching perspective.Eni Aluko feels sympathy towards Slavisa Jokanovic.Barney Ronay on Wayne Rooney’s farewell.And here’s Jacob Steinberg on why Jadon Sancho and Callum Wilson showed that England’s future looks rosy.Ben Fisher speaks to Abingdon United defender and student Jayce Olivero, on what it’s like raising his game to compete against Eden Hazard on international duty with Gibraltar.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!WEEKEND READING Share on Facebook Pinterest SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism [the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – Fiver Ed] is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us. In return we can hopefully arm you with the kind of knowledge that makes you sound slightly less uninformed during those hot reactive gegenpress chats you so enjoy. And if you think what we do is enjoyable [again, etc and so on – Fiver Ed], please help us keep coming back here to give you more of the same.VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!Football Weekly, Barney Ronay, Suzanne Wrack, David Squires and Big Paper are all up for gongs at the FSF Awards. You can vote for them here.FIVER LETTERS“Why wasn’t Richard Scudamore given a five-minute run-out against the USA! USA!! USA!!! at Wembley alongside his £5m? It would seem the least a grateful nation could have done” – Alex Folkes.“Re: the original Ronaldo flouting Madrid bylaws by using an electric scooter on a pavement to reach a restaurant specialising in ham (yesterday’s Bits and Bobs). In his big-boned defence: there’s often a jambon the capital city’s roads” – Mike Kilner.Send your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com. And you can tweet The Fiver for a very short time, as that account is shutting down. You’ll always be able to get in touch by tweeting @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Mike Kilner. But from Monday: a week of prizes!NEWS, BITS AND BOBSRoma will donate €150,000 towards the medical care and rehabilitation costs of Sean Cox, the Liverpool fan attacked by Roma supporters and seriously injured in April.Olivier Giroud says he “understands the pain and difficulty” that stops players coming out. “There is a lot of testosterone, rooming together, collective showers … It’s tricky but it’s like that,” he said.Cambridge City’s 2-1 Women’s FA Cup win over Cambridge United must be replayed because the pitch appears to have been fun-sized. “The pitch measured 94 metres long and 58.7 metres wide. It was almost 14% below the minimum requirement and in our opinion, this is a major irregularity,” roared a Cambridge United suit. Pinterest DEJAN VU ALL OVER AGAINDuring the Ethics World Cup, Dejan Lovren was the darling among those grubbing for a sentence, a word, a mere arching of the eyebrow from footballers as they traipsed past hacks taking urgent phone calls or struggling with a particularly troublesome earbud. Lovren would stand in front of the massed quote-seekers, shooting from the hip and giving the impression that he’d happily come along for a post-match loosener if there wasn’t a bus to catch.So it was to Lovren that we all turned our hopes after Croatia’s barnstorming late win over Spain and the great man failed to disappoint. This time he was considerate enough to make his views accessible to sofa-dwelling lummoxes like The Fiver, saving his deepest and darkest thoughts for an obscure social media disgrace called Instachat. “Haha! 3-2! Go ahead and talk now buddy. Buddy! They are a bunch of pussies,” appears to have been the gist of the video he posted, with Sergio Ramos and his ever-angular elbows the particular subjects of his attention. He followed that with a photo of himself beating Ramos in the air, captioned: “Good morning Croatia.” Ramos, who wrote the book on inflammatory niggliness and added an epilogue in bold when he casually tapped Mohamed Salah on the shoulder during the Big Cup groups draw, cooled things down by, erm, definitely staying cool. “Cold as ice,” he wrote in a response of his own, leaving nobody in any doubt about his conversion to a beacon of Buddha-style forbearance. Facebook features The Fiver Share on WhatsApp Twitter Next stop: Wembley on Sunday.Manchester United’s wage bill has jumped 10% thanks largely to luxury squad player Alexis Sánchez wheelbarrowing away around £300,000 a week.Gordon Taylor potentially faces the most serious challenge in his 474-year tenure as PFA chief suit after the union’s chairman, Ben Purkiss, called for an independent review.And Ryan Giggs wants Wales to be “among the big boys” by beating Denmark and earning promotion to Group A of a tournament nobody understands or cares about. “You get a second bite of the cherry with regards to qualifying for the Euros if you don’t qualify automatically,” he wibbled.STILL WANT MORE?Richard Scudamore’s golden trousering sits awkwardly next to fudged pledges to help football’s grassroots, writes Proper Journalism’s David Conn.Quiz of the week!Sid Lowe chews the fat with Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic, who tells him: “We saw Football’s Coming Home and thought: yeah, but you still have to play us.” Oof. 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first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Stepping into the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood is like taking a page from the book of rock and roll history. Led Zeppelin used to rent out multiple floors at a time for their crew and entourage, where drummer John Bonham famously drove a motorcycle through the hallways. It’s the site where Robert Plant supposedly cried out, “ I am a Golden God!” while overlooking the Sunset Strip, inspiring that scene in Almost Famous (scenes from that movie along with This is Spinal Tap were also filmed on site). Keith Richards reportedly dropped a TV out of a window in room 1015, and Jim Morrison lived there until management gave him the boot for dangling over the pavement by this fingertips.The hotel’s rich history, of course, is only a small part of what makes the property so amazing. Like we’ve come to expect with our experience at Andaz properties, walking into the West Hollywood location feels like home. The atmosphere is vibrant and bustling but also is just as relaxed as if you were staying with a friend. You’re greeted with a welcome glass of wine upon check-in, so no precious downtime is wasted without a buzz. While you’re waiting for your room – or later when you’re waiting for a cab – check out the second-floor gallery. We were lucky enough to experience some never-before-seen photos of legends like John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix.Related: The World’s Most Over-The-Hop Hotel PoolsMax SchwartzThe rooms are everything you could want from a sleek hotel on Sunset Boulevard. In addition to excellent amenities you would expect like a super comfy bed and beautiful marble bathroom with 360 rotating shower head that offers four different settings (this may have been our favorite feature, by the way), Andaz always goes the extra mile to make your stay extra special. The mini bar is stocked with free snacks and non-alcoholic beverages (and booze, of course, if you want it) and all the tech necessities like flat screen TVs, iHome stereos and Wi-Fi. Try to snag yourself a view room, designed with a separate sitting area with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Sunset Strip and LA skyline.Riot House takes care of your eating and drinking needs if you don’t feel like venturing out, serving local farm-to-table cuisine in the restaurant, room service and on the hotel’s rooftop sundeck. Up there, you’ll also find a gorgeous swimming pool where you can relax and soak up the California sun. The gym is open 24-hours so you can get your blood pumping whenever the mood strikes.To learn more about the Andaz and to book your stay, check out their website. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed. 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn center_img If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) 1. Credit: John Russo 2. Credit: Max Schwartz 3. Credit: Eric Curtislast_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: MOL The new Haiphong International Container Terminal (HICT), the first terminal in Northern Vietnam with a capability to handle 14,000 TEU ships, was opened on May 13 at Lach Huyen Port.The terminal is operated by a joint venture company Haiphong International Container Terminal Co, owned by Japanese  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (17.5 pct ), Vietnam-based Saigon Newport Company (51 pct), Wan Hai Lines from Taiwan (16.5 pct) and ITOCHU Corporation (15 pct).The opening of the terminal marks the opening of Lach Huyen Port itself. The Lach Huyen Port construction project is the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the government of Japan and Vietnam.“With the newly opened terminal, MOL group has further expanded its presence in Northern Vietnam, which is expected to show significant development and growth in the future,” MOL said.The terminal has two berths of 16 meters depth and its maximum annual trade volume stands at about 1.1. million TEU.The company added that the terminal will offer shorter transit times and lower transport costs, while contributing to economic growth in Northern Vietnam, since large-size container vessels, which offer direct links to Asia and North America/Europe, can call at the port.MOL also plans to support HITC via its tugboat business at Lach Huyen Port by providing services to the large containerships.The MOL Group opened Tan Cang – Cai Mep International Terminal (MOL’s contribution: 21.33%) at Cai Mep Port in Southern Vietnam in 2011.last_img read more

first_imgManchester: It has been a dream World Cup campaign for Virat Kohli’s men and now everything boils down to having two perfect days. The quest starts with the semifinal clash against New Zealand here on Tuesday. And though the formidable Indian top-order, led by tournament top-scorer Rohit Sharma, is expected to deliver, New Zealand’s seam attack will also be ready and waiting to knock at the corridor of uncertainty. It has been a campaign in which Kohli and his men have been successfully able to hide their chinks even without a suitable ‘Plan B’ but they don’t have an option of letting the script go awry anymore. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe sub-plots promise to be fascinating — Rohit trying to hook a Lockie Ferguson bouncer, KL Rahul negotiating one from Trent Boult that could tail in, Kohli smashing Matt Henry all around. Or it could be Kane Williamson’s near perfect technique against spinners or Ross Taylor trying to get a grip of Jasprit Bumrah. Last but not the least is whether Mahendra Singh Dhoni is able to get a hang of Mitchell Santner’s slow left-arm orthodox bowling having watched him closely at the Chennai Super Kings nets. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenA near flawless campaign could come to a naught against a gutsy Black Caps side which has always asked probing questions in ICC tournaments. To India’s comfort, New Zealand’s tournament has gone on a downward spiral during their last three games but their initial good work helped them beat Pakistan to a last four spot. But it couldn’t have been more enticing that Rohit (647), KL Rahul (360) and Virat Kohli (442) with a cumulative contribution of 1347 runs will meet their match in Ferguson (17 wickets), Boult (15 wickets) and Matt Henry (10 wickets), who have shared 42 wickets between them. Not to forget that all-rounder Jimmy Neesham (11 wickets) and Colin de Grandhomme (5 wickets) take the seamers’ tally to 58 wickets. ‘Law of averages’ can be a worry for India simply because the top-order hasn’t had a failure as such, even the loss against England saw Rohit and Kohli score runs. The midde-order hasn’t yet faced a ’30 for 3 day’ in the competition and Boult’s first spell under a cloudy Manchester sky could unsettle the best in the business. Also save Hardik Pandya, the other middle-order batsmen haven’t inspired the highest confidence and that includes Dhoni despite his 293 runs and a 90 plus strike-rate. He has scored runs on some tricky wickets but he would be certainly hoping for a lot more against the Black Caps. What could go in his favour is the pace at which Henry and Ferguson would bowl. If his horizontal bat shots get going, Dhoni will be a different player to deal with. New Zealand’s ‘achilles heel’ has been their batting as none from their top-order, save Williamson (481 runs), have been able to stamp their authority. Bumrah didn’t play the last bilateral series in New Zealand and he could prove to be more than a handful for the horribly out of form Martin Guptill (166) and Coin Munro (125). New Zealand’s poor batting is reflected from the fact that save Williamson, the only other top-order player to have crossed an aggregate of 250 runs is Ross Taylor (261). In terms of batting, they are no match for India where a much criticised Dhoni has also scored near 300 runs. India will fancy bowling first considering Bumrah and Mohammed Shami’s good form. However, there could be some changes in the line-up as number of right-handers in the New Zealand line-up may prompt India to drop one of the two wrist spinners.last_img read more

Rabat – Less than three years after the inauguration of the first line of the Casablanca Tramway, plans are said to be underway for a second line and an extension to the first line (T1).Line 1 services initially linked Sidi Moumen in the east with Ain Diab and the Facultés district in the west. Works are now underway on a 2-kilometer extension of the first line.A 15-kilometers second line (T2) will run from Ain Diab to Ain Sebaa railway station, via the El Fida and Derb Sultan districts. Construction work will include diversion of underground water networks, electricity, sanitation, telecommunications and transplanting trees. The complete network is estimated to cost MAD16 billion, of which MAD3.7 billion accounted for the second phase. This will be funded by the Casablanca urban commune, the Grand-Casablanca region, in addition to funding from France.As of 2014, the Casablanca Tramway consists of one line, 31-kilometre long with 48 stations. Authorities in Casablanca are foreseeing a final network of four tramway lines, which will increase the overall length of the tram network to 80 kilometers by 2020. read more

The review, conducted yesterday in Abuja, Nigeria, where the ceasefire agreement had been signed on 10 November 2000, was attended by the chief of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), Oluyemi Adeniji, and representatives from the country’s Government, the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Among other concerns, the Abuja meeting touched on the violence in Sierra Leone’s Kono district and Tongo, which UNAMSIL investigations determined had been provoked by forward movements of the Government’s Civil Defence Force (CDF). The meeting urged the Government to exert control over the Force to avert all future attacks that, if unchecked, would pose a serious threat to the ceasefire and could lead to increased hostilities.Both parties renewed their pledges to remove all roadblocks in their zones of influence to ensure free movement of persons and goods, while the RUF pledged to fully return the weapons and equipment seized from international peacekeepers by 30 May. The meeting reaffirmed the need to restart the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme, saying that CDF and RUF combatants should be disarmed simultaneously. It also agreed that ex-combatants would be reintegrated into all identifiable activities in Sierra Leone — not only into the army. After extensive deliberations, decisions were also taken on cross-border attacks in Kambia, the release of RUF detainees, the transformation of the RUF into a political party, the presence of foreign troops, and the return of refugees/abductees. Those matters are considered additional elements to the peace process that are outside the framework of the Abuja Agreement. read more

Briefing reporters in New York, Christopher Burnham said a just-completed report of the UN’s internal watchdog – the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) – raised “a number of serious allegations and concerns” about UN procurement.The report prompted the UN to place eight staff members – four from the Department of Management and four from the Department of Peacekeeping Operations – on special leave with full pay. The names of the staff members concerned were not disclosed.“These measures are administrative, not disciplinary, and they fully the respect the due process rights of the staff members concerned and do not presume any wrongdoing,” Mr. Burnham stressed. Ongoing UN procurement activities have not been affected, he added.Seeking to place today’s announcement in the broader context of UN efforts to strengthen management, he outlined steps the Organization has taken to improve its procurement practices, including providing more resources to OIOS so that it can undertake a wider investigation of the UN’s spending on supplies and services.The UN is also fully cooperating with the United States law enforcement authorities. “The United Nations is being proactive,” Mr. Burnham declared, noting that OIOS turned over evidence it had gathered on procurement to the US Attorney for the Southern District which ultimately issued an indictment and obtained a guilty plea. Former procurement officer Alexander Yakovlev was arrested last August after Secretary-General Kofi Annan waived his immunity.Other measures include a strengthened whistleblower protection policy, more demanding financial disclosure requirements for a broader range of senior officials, and the creation of an Ethics Office, the Under-Secretary-General said.He repeatedly thanked “the courageous men and women of the United Nations who have continued to come forward to report fraud.” Asked whether this was the result of the new policies, he said there was anecdotal evidence that more staff are blowing the whistle but said it is too soon to have any valid statistics.“We are doing all the right things to ensure that the global taxpayer’s money will be protected going forward, and we are ferreting out corruption and fraud where it existed and where it exists,” he stated.While the UN is not making public the recent audit, Mr. Burnham quoted excerpts that pointed to “substantial evidence of abuse in procurement for peacekeeping operations leading to financial losses and significant inaccuracies in planning assumptions.”Other excerpts described systemic failures. “The design and maintenance of controls needed to ensure that UN procurement complied with financial rules and regulations were insufficient,” Mr. Burnham quoted the report as saying. “Important controls were lacking while existing ones were often bypassed.”Asked about the sums involved, Mr. Burnham, a former Undersecretary for Management in the US State Department, said, “Clearly, I think the potential abuse could go into the tens of millions of dollars. It could go higher than that, but we’re in the middle of looking at 200 different reports of abuse, and if the men and women of the United Nations continue to show the courage they have in the last six months, (then) in the next six months I expect that figure to go up.”Deloitte Consulting recently undertook a review of UN procurement, and that effort would be followed by a more detailed forensic audit of recent procurement activities to identify specific instances of fraud and abuse, he said. Separately, OIOS is conducting its own work through its Procurement Fraud Task Force, which is conducting the 200 investigations. OIOS was also mandated by the General Assembly to conduct a wider probe of UN peacekeeping.In addition to the eight staffers placed on special leave, an additional four others from the peacekeeping department were last week recalled from their missions in the field to provide information on the issue. They have since returned to their posts.The Under-Secretary-General emphasized that most staff are completely innocent. “The vast majority of men and women working in the procurement area are hardworking, honest and sincere,” he said, adding that “a good number of them have come forward with reports of fraud and abuse.”Although the audit report is not a public document, it will be distributed to UN Member States that request copies. read more

FiveThirtyEight Embed Code The official start of NBA free agency caused quite a stir. Most notably, big-name free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving committed to the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the New York Knicks without a star. We unpack this missed opportunity for the Knicks and what might define “the new NBA.”In honor of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, Geoff and Neil have a heated debate on the merits of competitive eating. Is it a sport? Is it the antithesis of sports? Has someone on the pod participated in a hot dog eating contest in the past?!For our Rabbit Hole, we’re joined by FiveThirtyEight copy desk intern Santul Nerkar, who dug into oddities in tournament point allocation in the World Cup and beyond.What we’re looking at this week:Neil Greenberg for The Washington Post breaks down the financial implications of the Knicks’ actions during free agency.Kawhi Leonard’s monumental decision from The Ringer.Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest.Research behind “excitingness” and awarding 3 points for a win in soccer. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

As of Monday, Government approved salary increases across a number of pay ranges for public servants; inclusive of retroactive payments from January 2018, one week ahead of the reading of next year’s budget.This is according to a circular dated November 19, 2018, that was sent out by the Finance Ministry to the heads of all budget agencies and seen by <<<>>>>. According to the document, persons earning less than $100,000 a month will receive a seven per cent increase.The document dated Monday, November 19, 2018Those earning between $100,000 and $299,999 will get an increase of 6.5 per cent, while those in the $300,000 to $499,999 range will get a five per cent increase. Those with a paycheque of between $500,000 and $699,999 a month will have their salaries increased by three per cent.Meanwhile, those in the $700,000 to $799,999 range will be eligible for an increase of two per cent, while those earning $800,000 to $999,999 will get one per cent in increases and those with a $1 million salary and above will get a 0.5 per cent increase.The circular makes it clear that the increases do not apply for teachers, University of Guyana employees, Government Ministers and Members of Parliament.It does, however, apply to the Disciplined Services, including the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force.Besides the Disciplined Services, it applies to “all traditional public servants, defined to mean those employed in Ministries, departments not under ministerial control, regional administrators and public service related agencies, commission secretariats and those who are engaged on contract positions reflected on the inventory of authorised positions of the traditional public services and persons on contract outside on the inventoried positions.”………………………Salary increases………………………The Ministry indicated that teachers received a separate circular regarding their increases. Teachers have for some time been agitating for increases since the end of their previous multi-year agreement. This agitation included strike action early in September of this year.In October, more than one month after a nationwide teachers’ strike was called off, Government finally agreed to increase the salaries of teachers by 12 per cent for 2016 and eight per cent for 2018.When it comes to UG staff, the University’s administration had announced a few days ago that the Finance and General Purposes Committee had approved salary increases for staff, at a rate ranging from three to four per cent.It has been reported that the increases were sought by UG’s Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith. And like the Finance Ministry curricular, the increases would have been retroactive to January 1, 2018.In a joint statement afterwards, however, the University of Guyana Senior Staff Association and the University’s Workers Union poured cold water on this proposed increase. According to the unions, the increases were “a violation of good labour relations practises.”While Griffith has been quoted saying that he acted because of stalled negotiations with the unions; the unions claimed in their statement that the administration has not been acting in good faith during the negotiations.Ministers and MPs are not being included in the salary increases because in 2015, months after the Government entered office, they received an increase of their own. Cabinet Ministers had their salaries increased by 50 per cent, while junior Ministers and other parliamentarians received smaller increases. Government has said that this was a one off event. (Jarryl Bryan) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinimum basic salary for public servants now $64,200November 26, 2018In “latest news”‘Meat for the boys, bone for the workers’ – Rohee on proposed 10% salary increase for public servantsAugust 30, 2016In “Local News”Govt announces pay increase, new minimum wage for public servantsOctober 19, 2017In “latest news” read more

City leaders want to expand homeless storage centers

first_img Posted: January 30, 2019 Updated: 7:13 PM Dan Plante 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)- City leaders are talking about doubling the size and opening new homeless storage centers.KUSI’s Dan Plante has more on these homeless storage centers. January 30, 2019center_img Dan Plante, City leaders want to expand homeless storage centers Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_img6:53 2019 Lexus GS F review: A PG-13 flick in an R-rated segment Lexus Post a comment Share your voice 2019 Lexus LC 500h: Slow and steady wins the race 2019 Lexus RC 350 review: Style and substance, but short on sport Review • 2019 Lexus LC 500h review: Take ‘er easy 2019 Lexus LC 500h is a gorgeous luxury coupe More From Roadshow 0 Enlarge ImageOf course, the systems don’t actually project those neat images on the road, but hey, that’s why you have an imagination. Lexus Toyota and its luxury counterpart Lexus have always been keen on safety systems. Since introducing basic versions of safety systems like forward collision warning years ago, Toyota has led the charge in offering these systems as standard equipment in their vehicles. Now, Lexus has a big announcement that will give many buyers a little extra peace of mind.Lexus announced on Wednesday that it will offer its Lexus Safety System+ suite of active and passive driver aids as standard equipment on all 2020 model year vehicles. There’s no time like the present: According to NHTSA data, there were about 6.5 million reported crashes in 2017, many of which could have been avoided.”We are working toward preventing crashes before they happen,” said David Christ, general manager of Lexus, in a statement. “That’s why we have developed some of the most advanced safety features on the road today, and now those systems will be standard equipment on every model we sell.”Lexus Safety System+ consists of four separate technologies. Its forward collision warning system is able to detect pedestrians, and if a driver ignores the warning, the vehicle is capable of braking on its own. Lane-departure warning uses a camera, audible warnings and haptic feedback to alert a driver when the vehicle is too far from the center of the lane. Adaptive cruise control uses both radar and cameras to match speeds with the vehicle ahead, while automatic high beams use a sensor to keep the high beams on until oncoming traffic is detected.The news comes hot on the heels of Lexus’ latest debut, the 2020 GX 460 SUV. With a V8 under the hood and new tech designed to make off-roading even easier, this ute was one of the last Lexus models to not include Lexus Safety System+, but that changed with the introduction of the refreshed 2020 model. 54 Photos Auto Tech Car Industry Now playing: Watch this: Tags Lexus More about 2019 Lexus LC 500h 2020 Lexus RX first drive: Sharper imagelast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Book Your Botanicals Free Room, Board at London Plant HotelChina Sprouts First-Ever Plants on the Moon’s Surface Plants don’t communicate well—at least not with humans. Scientists at MIT have figured out how to bridge the human-plant gap in an interesting way. Researchers have developed a plant that can signal to humans when it detects explosives.The key to this new era in human-plant relations is the carbon nanotube. By embedding carbon nanotubes in the leaves of spinach plants, researchers essentially gave the plant a way to signal when it detects certain compounds. In the test, published in the journal Nature Materials, the experimental setup was designed to detect nitroaromatics. These compounds are usually indicative of explosives like those used in landmines.When nitroaromatics are introduced into the soil, the plant draws them up naturally, and this triggers the embedded nanotubes. They produce a fluorescent signal that can be detected with an infrared camera. Researchers also succeeded in tuning the leaves of the plant differently. One leave might emit a constant signal as a control to ensure the detection system is working, then another only lights up in infrared when nitroaromatics are detected. The detection rig then sends an email to the user.AdChoices广告Plants are very responsive to their environment but of course, they have to be. Most plants can’t move from place to place in search of food. Bomb detection is a cool proof of concept, but the same technique could be used to monitor all sorts of environmental signals on the cheap. The detection rig is composed of a cheap IR camera and a Raspberry Pi. You could conceivably also design plants that signal when the soil gets too dry or a particular agricultural plant pathogen is detected.last_img read more

first_imgHoards of people stared up toward the sky on Monday near London’s Parliament Square.But unlike millions in America, they weren’t wearing paper glasses or carrying cardboard boxes to protect their retinas from burning.Instead, they were mourning the temporary lull of Big Ben, which fell silent as work on a $37 million bell tower restoration project begins.A final set of bongs (that seems to be the popular media’s onomatopoeia of choice) rang out at noon, and won’t be heard again during the four-year construction process. (Except, of course, during special events like New Year’s Eve and Remembrance Sunday.)The 1.5-ounce bell (and the clock that goes with it)—a British cultural icon and one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom—has made numerous appearances in another British cultural icon: Doctor Who.“The Sensorites” (1964)And you thought a muted Big Ben was bad: In this First Doctor serial, the original Team TARDIS (with companions Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright) travel more than a century into the future, where they learn the Great Bell no longer exists.IAN: Barbara and I, we come from London. Tell me, is Big Ben still on time?CAPTAIN MAITLAND: What century do you come from? The 21st, perhaps?BARBARA: No, the 20th.MAITLAND: I see.CAROL RICHMOND: What’s Big Ben?BARBARA: Well, it’s a clock. Near Westminster Abbey.MAITLAND: Yes, you see, the whole lower half of England is called Central City now. There hasn’t been a London for 400 years. We come from the 28th century.“The Dalek Invasion of Earth” (1964)Exterminate! (via BBC)The Doctor’s first real interaction with the clock tower occurs in 2164, when the Daleks, well, invade Earth. Among other distinguished landmarks, the robots cross Westminster Bridge—a moment recreated for Mark Gatiss’s 2013 TV movie An Adventure in Space and Time.“Rose” (2005)Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) (via BBC)The show’s new-millennium reboot similarly snuck in a reference to the famous foes as the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler, having only just met, race across Westminster Bridge in pursuit of the Nestene Consciousness, which has possessed shop-window dummies.“Aliens of London” (2005)Rose is still trying to understand her new alien friend when a spaceship tears through Big Ben and crashes into the Thames, causing a worldwide crisis.“The Empty Child” (2005)Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) (via BBC)It’s 1941, and a dashing Time Agent has just tended to Rose’s wounds and invited her for a drink on the “balcony.” Stepping out onto the invisible hull of Captain Jack’s ship, the pair dance cheek to cheek to Glenn Miller’s ultimate romantic lullaby—to the backdrop of Big Ben’s clock face.“The Christmas Invasion” (2005)Total eclipse of the Parliament (via BBC)Construction support beams around the Clock Tower of Big Ben (below a hovering Sycorax ship) suggest continued repair work following the Space Pig crash in “Aliens of London.”“Rise of the Cybermen” (2006)The Tenth Doctor, Rose, and Mickey crash land in a parallel London, where Zeppelins fly overhead, Pete Tyler is still alive, and Big Ben continues to chime.“Army of Ghosts” (2006)Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) (via BBC)The Tenth Doctor watches a local news broadcast about “ghosts” regularly gathering around Westminster Bridge, with the Clock Tower in the background.“The Eleventh Hour” (2010)Look out below (via BBC)Each new Doctor comes with a new flying style. In this case, though, an out-of-control TARDIS is the one doing the piloting. Luckily for the Eleventh Doctor (and any hopes he may have had of fathering children), his sonic screwdriver manages to divert the ship just enough to miss the tower’s sharp spire.“Victory of the Daleks” (2010)Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) (via BBC)At the request of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the Eleventh Doctor, and Amy Pond travel back to 1941’s war-torn London, where they watch as a squadron of Stukas come into view over the burning city, Big Ben still proudly standing as the centerpiece.“The Snowmen” (2012)Winter, 1892, Victorian England: Governess Clara spins yarns for the children for whom she cares.FRANCESCA: Is it one of your stories? Your definitely true ones?CLARA: Ha! All my stories are true.DIGBY: Like how you were born behind the clock face of Big Ben?CLARA: Accounting for my acute sense of time.FRANCESCA: And you invented fish.CLARA: Because I dislike swimming alone.“The Day of the Doctor” (2013)Don’t blink: Big Ben makes a brief appearance in the 50th Anniversary Special trailer (about 28 seconds in), and again as the Eleventh Doctor, and Clara fly the TARDIS over London during the opening scene of the episode.“Deep Breath” (2014)(via BBC)Grappling with a fresh face and a confused companion, the Twelfth Doctor makes his grand entrance with Big Ben as the backdrop. The London-based episode is one of Doctor Who‘s most Clock Tower-heavy; the iconic landmark bookends to the hour-long story, which ends with the Half-Face Man impaled on its spire.“In the Forest of the Night” (2014)(via BBC)The Doctor returns to London, only to find the city (and the world) overrun with vegetation. A swooping shot of the capital shows Big Ben in the distance.“Last Christmas” (2014)Ho ho ho (via BBC)Who let this guy drive? The Doctor takes the reigns of Santa’s sleigh, navigating high above the London skyline, and nearly sideswiping Big Ben.“The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith” (2008)I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore (via CBBC)England’s famed Clock Tower even made an appearance in DW spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures: Sarah finds herself in an alternate timeline, where a ruined Big Ben brings to mind the final scene of Planet of the Apes. Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Paphos pushes for yearround tourism

first_imgTOURISM stakeholders in Paphos are pushing forward with plans to promote the district abroad as al year-round tourist destination.Head of the Paphos regional board of tourism, Nasos Hadjigeorgiou, told the Sunday Mail that concerted efforts are underway to ease seasonality and include the promotion of Paphos abroad.“We are preparing to participate in one of the largest tourism fairs in Europe, the WTM (World travel market) a London exhibition from 6-8 November. We will get to see the planning of various companies and airlines to get a better idea of next summer season,” he said.Dozens of hoteliers from Paphos will participate, and during the exhibition meetings will be held with tourist agents and promotional material relating to Paphos as a destination will be distributed to tour operators and thousands of visitors to the exhibition, he added.The following week, November 13-16, the tourism board will participate in workshops and presentations held by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation- CTO- in four cities in Poland; Krakow, Katowice, Poznan and Warsaw, and more than one hundred and fifty travel agents are expected to participate.The Paphos regional board of tourism is also planning a series of specialised workshops and presentations in the Baltic area from 12-15 December. These will get underway in the cities of Riga-Latvia and Tallinn-Estonia.“These workshops are part of the supportive efforts that we are giving to Ryanair’s new flights to the area which will get underway from Paphos on April 1st, 2018,” he said.Although there are already air connections in place to the Baltic area from Larnaca, direct flights from Paphos will commence next year and will include: Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Dublin, Riga, Sofia and Tallinn, he said.Last week, the tourism board hosted a Ryanair film crew that were in Paphos to shoot a promotional video of the area. “We provided accommodation, transfers and guides,” he said.Next month, further efforts by the hoteliers, local authorities and the tourism board will get underway and will include participation in other workshops and exhibitions, in addition visiting journalists and travel agents will be accommodated, he said.“This is all part of our strategic aim to make Paphos fully operational all year round,” he noted, adding that there are indications that hotels remaining open during the winter period this year will experience increased occupancy, and that more will remain open next year. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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