Probe into T20 crowd fiasco begins

first_imgBhubaneswar, Oct 8 (PTI) Odishas Home Secretary Asit Tripathy today began investigation into the water bottle throwing incident at Barabati Stadium during the T20 match between India and South Africa on Monday even as Cuttack Police registered a case in this connection. “I have started investigation into how the indiscipline took place in the stadium. I will suggest the government about how to avoid repeat of such incidents at Barabati Stadium,” Tripathy told reporters. Sports secretary Saswat Mishra said action will be taken on the basis of the report of the Home Secretary. “We will cooperate with the home secretary if he requires anything during the investigation,” Mishra said. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on October 6 had ordered the home secretary to probe the matter and submit a report within a month. Patnaik asked Tripathy to investigate the incident as police and Odisha Cricket Association blamed each other. While the police claimed that they had opposed OCAs action of allowing water bottles into the stadium, the state cricket body said the incident could have been avoided had the police been alert. Meanwhile, police took suo motu cognisance and registered a case at Cantonment police station in the wake of nationwide uproar over crowd violence, which disrupted the match for several minutes on Monday. DCP (Cuttack) Sanjeev Arora said efforts are on to identify the persons, who threw water bottles into the stadium. “We have asked the OCA for CCTV footages to identify the hooligans. Stringent action will be taken against them,” Arora said. Police registered the case under sections of 143 (unlawful assembly), 294 (use of obscene words) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty) of IPC. PTI AAM NN CM AH PSadvertisementlast_img read more

‘Chelsea need another striker in January’

first_imgTransfers Despite spending £70m on Morata, Chelsea need another striker – Lampard Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 18:21 11/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Alvaro Morata Chelsea Manchester United Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Premier League The former Blues stars also believes that midfield reinforcements will be required at Stamford Bridge, but feels those deals can wait until the summer Chelsea need to add another striker in January to complement £70 million man Alvaro Morata, says Frank Lampard.Having taken the decision to freeze two-time Premier League title winner Diego Costa out of the fold, Antonio Conte was forced into the transfer market over the summer.Chelsea 5/2 to draw at Anfield Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Morata was acquired from Real Madrid, and the Spain international has settled quickly at Stamford Bridge to net nine times in 17 appearances.Chelsea are, however, lacking depth in the striking department and Lampard believes that will force them to spend again when the next window opens, before then addressing their midfield needs in the summer of 2018.The former Blues star told BT Sport: “I think they need to add [in January].“If you’re looking at Morata there, Michy Batshuayi has come in and had moments where he’s scored but seemingly Conte doesn’t trust him. Michy Batshuayi Chelsea 2017“Then you have to play [Eden] Hazard there and change a lot of things. So I think maybe a backup striker. “I think they are going to have to strengthen in midfield at some point but that may be next year.“But I think you have to keep strengthening because everybody else is. “Manchester City are, Manchester United are, so to stay in the game you have to keep strengthening.”As well as landing Morata over the summer, Chelsea also brought in Antonio Rudiger, Willy Caballero, Tiemoue Bakyaoko, Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta.The reigning Premier League champions have, however, slipped nine points off the pace in the 2017-18 title race and may need to bolster their ranks further in January if they are to remain in contention to defend their English top-flight crown.last_img read more

The unstoppable Simone Biles shows again her only competition is herself

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Simone Biles Share via Email In possibly the final performance of her world championships career, Simone Biles stepped up to the floor on Sunday and prepared to open her routine with the skill that has become one of the most memorable sights in sport.Showcasing her triple twisting-double, the Biles II, she flew high into the sky, her legs tightly tucked as she twisted in the air. When she landed with her chest upright and just a small hop, her face burst into a wide smile that illuminated the rest of her gold-medal floor routine.Biles’ 25th world championship gold medal extended her lead as the most decorated gymnast of all time. She finished with five gold medals in the all-around, team, vault, balance beam and floor competitions. It was the most successful world championships of her career. She continues to compete only against herself in a league of her own, and the quality of that one woman league is only increasing. Her 2.1 points buffer in the all-around final was the largest victory margin of her career, and she won her gold medal on the floor exercise by a point – meaning she could have fallen and still won. Read more Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Topics Why Simone Biles is even better than her scores tell US sportscenter_img features Share on Pinterest Biles has always won competitions by full points in a sport of tenths, but the gap only continues to widen as she improves at a faster rate than her rivals. At the Rio Olympics she grabbed the beam and last year in Doha she fell, but on Sunday she produced possibly the greatest beam routine of her career to win gold. Nowhere is Biles more prone to rolling her eyes than on the uneven bars, but as gymnasts flatlined around her in both the team and all-around finals, Biles was a rock. “This is probably my best worlds performance I’ve ever put out,” she said.The ease of Biles’s gymnastics only tells part of the story. Entering every competition with the understanding that she can only lose if she makes a mistake is a brutal burden in a sport where mistakes are always a millimetre away. Only a disaster stood between Biles and gold at the 2016 Games in Rio, so she and her then-coach, Aimee Boorman, tackled the pressure of her first Olympic cycle by being conservative and valuing consistency. Although she has always thrived under pressure, Biles wasn’t always comfortable with it.“Everyone was like, ‘Oh, you have to three-peat, you have to do this,’” she said after her third straight all-around gold at the 2015 world championships. “After every event, everyone was just like, ‘Is she going to do it?’ So after I finished floor and I saw my [winning] score, I was like, ‘OK, you guys have this stupid three-peat. There!’ It stressed me out so much.”After achieving everything she dreamed of in the sport over the past two years, Biles has had to find new motivation. It was her new coaches, Laurent and Cecile Landi, who nudged her out of her comfort zone and in the direction of performing her ballistic new skills. She was weary at first, but now there appears to be no greater thrill for Biles than pushing herself and gymnastics to unimaginable heights, ensuring that when the shine of her trophies fade, her name will be indelibly written into the fabric of the sport.When Biles was asked before the competition if breaking records, winning medals or having skills named after her was more exciting, she was clear: “For me, getting the skills named after me is really exciting. Just to go out there and prove to myself that I can do them, especially under all of the pressure that will be there.”One of the joys of sport is witnessing an athlete’s journey as they mature on and off the podium, becoming more savvy with their skills and more expressive with their words. This is still a rare sight in gymnastics, where the careers of most top all-around female gymnasts are fleeting. Biles has been the exception. Her extended time at the top has allowed her to slowly come to understand the potency of her voice. She now speaks out frequently and loudly, from poignantly addressing her trauma over the Larry Nassar scandal to unabashedly asserting her greatness.“It’s important to teach our female youth that it’s OK to say, ‘Yes, I am good at this,’ and you don’t hold back,” Biles said recently to USA Today. “You only see the men doing it. And they’re praised for it and the women are looked down upon for it.”Biles left Stuttgart having proved plenty to herself by winning medals and securing her eponymous skills with relative ease. But some of Biles’ most memorable moments were simply her reactions – from opening her floor routines with her triple double and then beaming through the rest, to the way she applauded herself and then flitted from the podium in glee upon landing her double double dismount off the beam.“I really don’t know how I do it sometimes,” Biles said after her all-around victory. “Sometimes I wonder how I do it. I feel like it’s just like not me. I wish I could have an out-of-body experience to witness it because sometimes I think I’m going crazy.”At some point, Biles learnt how to truly enjoy competing against herself, and now she too can marvel at her greatness as it unfolds. Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Gymnastics … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

Ross Brawn suggests London Grand Prix could still be a possibility

first_img Next Reuters LondonMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 09:52 IST Silverstone circuit is yet to sign a contract extension with Formula One beyond 2019 season (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFormula One could look to London if Silverstone fails to secure a deal for the British GP after this yearRoss Brawn said that F1 was determined to race in Britain and Silverstone was the preferred optionSilverstone hosted the first championship Grand Prix in 1950Formula One could look to London if Silverstone fails to secure a deal for the British Grand Prix after this year, according to the sport’s managing director Ross Brawn.Brawn told reporters that Formula One was determined to race in Britain and Silverstone, which hosted the first championship Grand Prix in 1950, was the preferred option.”We’re differing in our views of what’s reasonable and what’s not,” the Briton said of negotiations.”Not a massive amount apart but it’s frustrating that we can’t find a solution.”Asked about London, which will host a Formula E race next year in the city’s Docklands, Brawn said a race nearby might be possible.”I don’t think its feasible to have a race in the middle of London, unfortunately, because the chaos and impact it would have would be too severe,” he said.”But on the peripheries of London there’s a number of areas that could work. So I think the question’s open. I don’t see that London would necessarily replace the British Grand Prix, it would be the London Grand Prix.”Brands Hatch, south of London, hosted 12 British Grands Prix between 1964 and 1986 as well as the European Grand Prix in 1983 and 1985.”It didn’t seem that strange (then) that we had a race at Brands Hatch one year and Silverstone the next,” said Brawn.He also played down fears that Britain’s impending departure from the European Union could be a threat to the sport.Seven of the 10 teams are based in Britain and Toto Wolff, boss of champions Mercedes, recently said a no-deal Brexit would be “the mother of all messes”.advertisementBrawn was less concerned about the impact.”There will be some bureaucracy that will come with Brexit that will be a bit painful, but apart from that I’m sure we can make lots of arguments for the negatives and positives as well,” he said.”Formula One teams are pretty resourceful and capable and this is not going to stop them racing.”The season starts in Australia on March 17 with following races in Bahrain, China and Azerbaijan in late April before returning to Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix in May.Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, although Prime Minister Theresa May has opened up the possibility of a delay.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Ross BrawnFollow Formula One Ross Brawn suggests London Grand Prix could still be a possibilityRoss Brawn said that Formula One was determined to race in Britain and Silverstone, which hosted the first championship Grand Prix in 1950, was the preferred option.advertisementlast_img read more

Jamaica Receiving Pledges of Support

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most. Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says that Jamaica has been receiving pledges of support and assistance from Governments and international agencies following the passage of Hurricane Sandy. “So far, we have had pledges of support from USAID (United States Agency for International Development), the Governments of Japan, Germany and France, as well as the Caribbean Development Bank and the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA),”she said in a statement on Tuesday in the House of Representatives. The Government of Japan has offered to assist with repairs to the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland, which suffered extensive damage, and the Annotto Bay Hospital in St. Mary, which sustained severe roof damage, the Prime Minister said. “I also wish to specially thank my sister Prime Minister, Kamla Persad Bissessar (of Trinidad and Tobago) for calling immediately after the hurricane and pledging support,” the Prime Minister said. “We thank all our partners for their concern and assistance,” she added. Preliminary estimates put the damage to the country from the passage of Hurricane Sandy at approximately $5 billion. Agriculture was the worst affected sector, with losses and damage estimated at $1.5 billion.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_imgNew Work HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102/103 – Bicentennial Highway Starting Thursday, Sept. 20, blasting will take place on Highway 102 between Exit 2A and Exit 1D and Highway 103 between Exit 2A and Exit 1B. Work is for the new 102/103 interchange. Blasting will take place twice a day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for ten-minute intervals. Work is expected to continue until Saturday, Dec. 1. -30-last_img

London Fire: King Mohammed VI Gives His Instructions to Provide Assistance…

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has given  instructions to the Moroccan Embassy and Consulate General in London to monitor the situation and provide assistance to the Moroccan nationals who are among the victims in the London tower block fire.At this stage, no Moroccan national has been confirmed as victim of the block fire, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement.Some Moroccan nationals are among the people wounded in the fire, the statement added.

Astronaut posts image from space showing tip of Sri Lanka

Kelly is one of the most followed personalities on social media platforms. Kelly’s photos have rekindled the interest of many people about the beautiful oceanic border between India and Sri Lanka, India Today reported.. US astronaut Scott Joseph Kelly, who is currently posted at the International Space Station, posted breathtaking images of the southern tip of India with a prominent bridge between the country and Sri Lanka. The border is defined by the Gulf of Mannar that is 53 to 80 kilometres wide. There is a series of low islands and reef shoals between the Pamban Island in Tamil Nadu and the Mannar Island in Sri Lanka.The series of islands is called the Adam’s Bridge. The Adam’s Bridge is also known as the Rama Setu in India. The mythological epic Ramayana depicts Rama building a bridge to the land of Lanka to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana. The border between India and Sri Lanka is one of the oldest territorial boundaries. History of political milieu and disputes between the two nations dates back to around 2,500 years. The Pamban Island, also known as the Rameswaram Island, is India’s southern most landmass. It is connected to the mainland via Pamban Bridge, used by the Indian Railways. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Canadas main stock index down slightly US indexes more volatile

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was down marginally in a broad decline that included one of Canada’s cannabis producers.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 11.51 points at 16,561. CannTrust Holdings was down 22 per cent at $2.67 at 11 a.m. following a media report that company heads were aware of pot cultivation in rooms without government approval months before Health Canada discovered the illicit activity. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 134.79 points at 27,214.40. The S&P 500 index was down 0.42 points at 3005.05, while the Nasdaq composite was up 7.67 points at 8,259.07.The Canadian dollar traded at 76.16 cents US, up from an average of 76.09 cents US on Tuesday.The September crude contract was up 57 cents at US$57.34 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was down 5.8 cents at US$2.22 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up $2.70 at US$1,424.40 an ounce and the September copper contract rose 1.2 cents at US$2.71 a pound.Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD, TSX:TRST)The Canadian Press read more

UN envoy deplores attacks against national security forces in Côte dIvoire

Two people were injured in the first attack, which was against a post of the Forces républicaines de Côte d‘Ivoire (FRCI) in Agbaou, east of Abidjan, according to a news release issued by the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).In the second attack, which targeted the Gendarmerie Brigade in Yopougon, an area in north Abidjan, one prisoner died, the offices of the Brigade were destroyed and several vehicles burnt.The Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNOCI, Bert Koenders, deplored the attacks and stated that they will not deter the willingness of Ivorians to advance the national reconciliation process. The attacks were carried out at a time when “the political situation was becoming more hopeful and less tense following an announcement about the imminent release on bail of eight officials of the former regime, who had been arrested and detained after the Ivorian post-electoral crisis,” UNOCI noted. The peacekeeping mission added that it dispatched reinforcements to support the Ivorian security forces as soon as it was informed of the attacks, and increased its patrols in the affected areas. In addition, UNOCI medical teams helped to evacuate injured FRCI soldiers to Abidjan.UNOCI was established in 2004 by the Security Council to facilitate the peace process in the West African nation, which was split by civil war in 2002 into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south.In the aftermath of the post-election violence that followed the 2010 presidential polls, the peacekeeping mission is assisting the country with a number of key tasks, including the restoration of law and order, national reconciliation, the holding of legislative elections, and economic recovery. read more

Tolis the full bean when it comes to coffee

first_imgFrom inception up until the setting up process, how did you start your business?I first got into the coffee business in 1991, at a cafe at the Prahran Market, and this led to an intense interest in coffee. I realised that there was a lack of diversity in available coffees at the time and I started blending my own recipes, buying beans from various coffee roasters. I began teaching proper preparing of espresso coffee making, such as milk texturing and extraction, which was not a common practise back then. In 1999, I was able to pursue my passion, in coffee, in a direct and specific way by actually been involved in sourcing green beans, roasting and blending in my new business Atomica Coffee, a process and journey which I still continue today.What would you say stands out as the comparative advantage of your business over the competition?Our focus has always genuinely been about the coffee quality and the training, feed back and monitoring of our customers to ensure as much as possible the quality of the coffee being served.Did your Greek Australian background help you or impede you during your early days?Having been born in South Africa, and having a strong Greek influence, I found Australia, offered me the opportunity for a positive future. How is business currently?Having previously owned a business in the recession of early 90’s, and experiencing growth of no less than 15 percent, during that time we focused on quality and value for money.We are being even more diligent now on the quality facets of our business, from roasting, testing each coffee batch right through to the retraining of customers.We are finding that in the last five months, that not only our retail store Atomica Cafe, but also our wholesale customers coffee orders have all increased by five to 12 percent across the board.What is your vision for the future of your business?The vision of the future of our business is to focus on steady growth, driven by the ideals and strengths, and not forgetting the values that have given us our reputation and growth.Do you have any tips for young entrepreneurs?For young entrepreneurs, travel and experience life, talk and listen as much as you can, follow your own passions. Try to innovate and not emulate, and remember to always respect and remember people that helped you along the way. Business is not only about being successful, happiness comes from following and fulfilling your passions. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Two migrant traffickers arrested smuggling Syrians to Thessaloniki

first_imgGreek police have arrested two people smugglers caught illegally transporting 13 Syrians, seven of which were children, through Greece.According to reports, the traffickers picked up the migrants after crossing into Greece from Turkey when they loaded them into the cargo space of an SUV, and took the back roads in a bid to go undetected. Spotted near the Greek-Turkish border, police say the driver tried to speed away after being sighted. As a result the vehicle ended up in a ditch, with three of the passengers taken to hospital for the treatment of minor injuries. Arrested on Saturday and announced on Sunday, according to police they were headed to Thessaloniki, however their final destination remains unknown, reports Kathimerini. Having since been released from hospital, police are continuing the questioning of both the traffickers and migrants. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Apple une iTV sur le marché au printemps 2012

first_imgApple : une iTV sur le marché au printemps 2012 ? Selon des sources industrielles, la TV d’Apple pourrait entrer en phase de production début 2012 pour une commercialisation au cours du printemps suivant. Depuis l’annonce du projet d’Apple, les rumeurs vont également bon train concernant la future TV de la firme à la pomme. Depuis quelques temps, elles se font même de plus en plus concrètes se basant notamment sur des fuites au sein des fabricants. Ainsi, la dernière en date issue de sources industrielles annonce que l’iTV pourrait bien être commercialisée dès le printemps 2012.À lire aussiCe reportage télé de 1947 décrit le monde actuel avec une précision incroyableComme le rapporte le site Digitimes, le futur produit d’Apple pourrait en effet entrer en phase de production dès le premier quart de 2012. Plusieurs pièces détachées seraient ainsi produites avant mars. Selon des médias coréens, Samsung aurait même commencé depuis novembre la production des puces de l’iTV, tandis que Sharp se chargerait des dalles LCD. Les rumeurs évoquent de même deux tailles d’écran : 32 et 37 pouces.  Bien entendu, tout ceci ne sont comme d’habitude que bruits qui circulent sur le net et Apple s’est bien gardé de se prononcer de quelque manière sur la question. Ne reste donc plus qu’à attendre pour avoir ou non confirmation… Le 28 décembre 2011 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Long Murray listen to concerns about health care

first_imgAmid the final days of election season, Democrat Carolyn Long was joined by Sen. Patty Murray to talk health care with providers and patients impacted by the Affordable Care Act.Although the event was related to campaigning — and specifically Long’s bid for the 3rd Congressional District — the concerns that were shared echoed those shared daily by Clark County residents.Mostly, the nine members of the roundtable were concerned they would lose access to health care, or the patients they serve would suffer if efforts to dismantle the ACA continue.“My opponent has a bill to protect people with pre-existing conditions, but we have a law,” Long said. “It’s called the Affordable Care Act.”Long and Murray, D-Wash., heard from organ transfer recipients, cancer survivors and doctors alike Tuesday during the roundtable held in a boardroom at DiscoverOrg.last_img read more

Employee Complaints Tests Flag Air Quality In StateLeased Office Building

first_imgThe Bill Ray Center houses up to 160 state employees from the Department of Fish and Game and the Department of Corrections.Air quality test results show high levels of carbon dioxide and dust in Juneau’s Bill Ray Center, an office building the state is leasing for about 160 employees.For more than a month, the state has fielded complaints from employees about headaches and diesel fumes.Download AudioJulie Bednarski’s desk is at the Bill Ray Center, but she hasn’t been there for more than a week. Her supervisor gave her permission to work from home due to the air quality at the office.Bednarski is a research biologist for the Department of Fish and Game. In mid-October, she says she started smelling diesel exhaust fumes in the office.“One day it was pretty heavy and I was starting to feel sick,” Bednarski says.First National Bank Alaska bought the Bill Ray Center from University of Alaska Southeast in September 2013. Since March, the state has been leasing it for $49,500 a month while the Douglas Island state office building is being renovated. Employees of Fish and Game and the Department of Corrections started moving into the Bill Ray Center last April.Sunny Haight, administrative director of Fish and Game, started hearing about air quality issues in September.“Our employees were complaining for quite a while about headaches and other physical symptoms and difficulty in their work environment,” Haight says.Complaints varied.“Sometimes they’d say it was fumes and sometimes it smelled like there was something burnt. Sometimes they’d say it was a chemical smell,” Haight says.She reached out to the State Department of Administration, which handles leasing and facilities. The state first contacted First National Bank Sept. 15 about potential problems with the Bill Ray Center’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. It asked the bank to conduct an air quality test, which the bank didn’t do.Cheri Gillian, the bank’s communications senior vice president, says the bank has responded in good faith.“When we started getting the complaints, we engaged with various contractors to ensure that all the equipment in the building was operating at peak efficiency to ensure that all equipment was working and those contractors reported they did not recognize any smells inside the building. Conducting an air quality survey was not off the table; we just hadn’t arrived at that point,” Gillian says.The state hired environmental engineering firm NORTECH to perform an air quality test in the building in mid-October. Haight says it cost around $8,000. Results came back Nov. 5.The NORTECH report shows higher than normal levels of carbon dioxide associated with “headaches, sleepiness and stagnant, stale, stuffy air.” Those levels could also lead to increased heart rate, slight nausea, poor concentration and loss of attention. But, they fall below what islegally acceptable.“What has people concerned is the level that it’s at is very close to unacceptable,” Haight says.Results also show elevated levels of dust in a part of the Bill Ray Center. First National Bank is constructing a new branch in an adjacent lot. Forklifts, cranes and other heavy machinery have been operating near the building’s fresh air intake.The NORTECH report indicates inadequate ventilation for the 160 employees. It recommends improving the old HVAC system.Department of Administration spokesman Andy Mills says the air quality test was done as quickly as possible.“Unfortunately that was delayed by the owner of the building not acting faster, but the state does not want employees working in areas where they don’t feel that they’re most productive or that there may be any associated health concerns on the employees’ part,” Mills says.He adds, to speed things up, the state requested NORTECH skip its normal routine of interviewing employees in the building.On Nov. 10, the state sent a letter to First National Bank stating it was out of compliance with the lease. The state requested a written plan of action by Nov. 14. The bank’s reply reached the state on the 17th.Gillian says the bank has hired its own consultant, Modern Mechanical, to evaluate the Bill Ray Center this week and doesn’t plan to act until reviewing the consultant’s work.In the meantime, the state has offered space at the downtown State Office Building to Bill Ray Center employees affected by the air quality.The state plans to move employees back into the Douglas Island Building this summer.Full disclosure: The reporter’s husband works in the Bill Ray Center.last_img read more

Multi Agency Operation Nets Arrest Of 164 Parolees In Harris And Surrounding

first_imgHouston Police DepartmentHouston Police Chief Art Acevedo briefs local media about a multi-agency regional operation conducted fron November 5 to November 18, 2018, that focused on arresting people who had violated the terms of their paroles.Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo announced Tuesday that a recent multi-agency regional operation resulted in the arrest of 164 individuals who had open parole violation warrants.The operation went from November 5 until November 18. Besides the Houston Police Department, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office participated in it, as well as Sheriff’s Offices from surrounding counties such as Chambers, Galveston, Montgomery and Waller.Deputies with the Constable’s Offices for Harris County’s Precincts 3, 4 and 8, also participated in the operation.Acevedo explained representatives from the law enforcement agencies involved in the operation met in mid-September to plan a regional approach to handling parolees who have violated their terms.He added the plan is to conduct similar operations on a quarterly basis. “This is a beginning,” noted Acevedo, “this is the first of a collective regional effort to hold parolees accountable.”The Police Chief also highlighted the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is now sending immediate warnings about high risk parolees who are violating the terms of their parole to HPD’s Real Time Crime Center, which is located at the department’s headquarters in downtown Houston.You can see booking photos of the arrested parolees here.You can watch Chief Acevedo’s press conference here:Chief @ArtAcevedo, Area Agencies News Briefing on Dozens of Arrests of Parole Violators https://t.co/V5zInbXNLE— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) November 27, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Agri dept set to aid farmers affected by hailstorms

first_imgKolkata: The state Agriculture department has decided to provide financial assistance to the farmers whose crops have been damaged due to recent hailstorms in various districts.The department has already started a survey to determine the quantum of loss for each farmer and how much compensation he is eligible for. The farmers who have seen damage of 33 percent of the total crops or more, are entitled to get the compensation from the state government. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAsish Banerjee, state Agriculture minister, said: “We are chalking out an elaborate plan on how to extend financial assistance to the farmers in the hailstorm affected districts. We have instructed our officials in the district and the block level to carry out a detailed survey in order to ascertain the loss and also identify the beneficiaries who are entitled to get the compensation.”It has been learnt that various mouzas in the districts of East and West Burdwan, Birbhum, Midnapore, Murshidabad and some others Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedwere badly affected in the repeated incidents of hailstorm recently. In many villages, heavy damage has been inflicted upon the crops. To protect the farmers from incurring any loss caused by such incidents, the state government is all set to provide monetary assistance to the eligible farmers.Senior officials of the Agriculture department from the districts will conduct the survey at the block level, where the damages had taken place. On the basis of their observation, a detailed report will be prepared by these officials and then it will be submitted to the department. It may be mentioned that Bengal is the first state in the country to introduce crop insurance scheme, where the beneficiaries will not have to pay any amount as insurance premium in case of any natural disaster. Generally, the farmers have to bear 50 percent of the total cost of the insurance premium.Fasal Bima Yojana, the crop insurance scheme, a brain child of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was introduced in the state to ensure that the farmers are not over-burdened with any debt. Earlier, the farmers had to bear a portion of the premium amount if their crops were damaged due to any natural disaster. The farmers need to register their names with the office of assistant director of agriculture at the block level, to avail the benefits extended by the state government. The Agriculture department has been conducting camps in various blocks to spread awareness about the insurance scheme.It is the Mamata Banerjee government that had conceived a plan in this regard, so that the farmers, more particularly the marginalised ones, do not need to bear the extra burden of insurance. After coming to power, Banerjee had laid great stress on the upliftment of the socio-economic condition of the farmers and thus introduced various developmental schemes.last_img read more

Top industry speakers take the stand at WTM Londons Europe Inspiration Zone

first_imgTop industry speakers take the stand at WTM London’s Europe Inspiration Zone LONDON — The First Lady of Iceland, two top easyJet bosses, TUI Group executives and South Africa’s Tourism Minister will be among the speakers at the Europe Inspiration Zone at WTM London, taking place Nov. 5 – 7.Day one of WTM London, on Nov. 5, will see the event mark 100 years since British women were given the right to vote with a special travel-focused debate in the Europe Inspiration Zone (EU80). The panel will draw parallels between the Suffragette movement and what’s happening globally in the gender arena both inside and outside travel and tourism.Among speakers will be Eliza Reid, The First Lady of Iceland, who has seen at first hand the transformation of her adopted country’s tourism industry.Also on Nov. 5, a panel of industry leaders and experts will look back over 2018 and forecast the coming year. Key topics will include consumer confidence in the UK and across the world, which destinations are flourishing or struggling, Brexit, terrorism and currency issues.Caroline Bremner, Head of Travel at leading research company Euromonitor will give a presentation, followed by a panel discussion including Chris Browne OBE, easyJet chief operating officer and Andrew Flintham, Managing Director TUI UK and Ireland.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamWrapping up the program for Nov. 5 will be an in-depth interview with easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren, who will outline the challenges the carrier faced this year and what’s to come with Brexit looming in 2019.The keynote speaker for Nov. 6 will be David Burling, TUI Group’s CEO, Markets and Airlines, a 25+ year veteran with the operator. He will talk about TUI, the markets it is in and could be in, and how they will develop in future.Two other Nov. 6 sessions will discuss social media. The first is Which Influencer Platform is Right For Me and Why I Shouldn’t Put All My Eggs in One Basket? This session will look at the virtues of blogs, YouTube, Instagram and other platforms as well as the disadvantages. Immediately after this will be The Next Two Years of Influencer Platforms, which looks at where social media is heading.The final Nov. 6 slot continues on a similar theme. The session, The Intersection of Data and Personalisation, will be debate style and feature industry leaders from the Americas and Europe competing for the MMGY Global Tourism Cup. The event, now in its fourth year, will start with a keynote from Vic Walia, Expedia.com’s Global Vice President of Marketing.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?On the last day, Nov. 7, WTM World Responsible Tourism Day takes the spotlight with a discussion of how much progress has been made in this area, chaired by the BBC’s Tanya Beckett. A panel of women leaders will consider whether the emergence of females at the top has made a difference to the responsible tourism agenda.This will be followed by the WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards, which this year features five categories: Wildlife, Employment, Local Economic Benefit, Communicating Responsible Tourism and Coping With Success, Meeting the Challenge of Overtourism. A networking lunch concludes the event.“This year’s WTM London sees the launch of our Inspiration Zones, which will host focused content for participants to take the lessons learnt and implement in their businesses,” says WTM London, Conference and Seminar Manager, Charlotte Alderslade. Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Friday, September 28, 2018 Tags: WTM << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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