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first_imgJennifer Lopez is known to make style statements that are quirky and classy.And recently too, the Ain’t Your Mama singer left us confused and at the same time gasping for breath, when she stepped out on the streets wearing just a shirt and over-the-knee denim boots. Jennifer Lopez wearing thigh-high denim bootsThe singer sported just an oversized white shirt with a pair of denim thigh-high boots for the outing.The boots that the diva wore were from luxury brand Versace, and a part of the brand’s 2019 Resort Collection. Jennifer LopezEven the fashion brand tweeted the singer’s next-level classy look.#JenniferLopez wearing a pair of denim boots from the #VersaceResort19 collection. #VersaceCelebrities (@Versace) July 31, 2018The boots came adorned with belts and small pockets, which is probably why the singer skipped her pants entirely for the day-out.Jennifer accessorised her look with diamond hoop earrings from Le Vian, a necklace with her name on it (because, why not?), diamond bracelets, oversized gold sunnies and Hermes handbag.Despite the fact that the entire look was very unusual, JLo carried it pretty incredibly and made it into a statement. Although we are still not quite convinced with it.ALSO WATCH: 3 things Jennifer Lopez stays away from to stay in shapeALSO READ: JLo gets wet and wild!last_img read more

first_imgPrithvi Shaw became the fourth youngest batsman in history to score a hundred on Test debut during the first match against West Indies in Rajkot. The 18-year-old is now the youngest Indian to achieve the feat. Before him, only 14 players had scored a hundred on debut.Shaw has continued his journey as a boy wonder. He announced his arrival with a record-shattering 546 off 330 balls in school cricket as a 14-year-old. By 2017, he was setting more records.In January 2017, he scored a hundred on Ranji Trophy debut. Later that year, he broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the youngest debut centurion in Duleep Trophy.A few months later, Prithvi Shaw led India to glory in the under-19 World Cup. By then, the cricket world was enamoured by him and he went on to bag a Rs 1.20 crore contract with Delhi Daredevils in the 2018 IPL Auction.WATCH PRITHVI SHAW AT INDIA TODAY CONCLAVE 2018In August 2018, Shaw was named in the Indian squad for the last two Tests in England. However, he did not get a game there.And when Shikhar Dhawan was left out of the Test squad for the series against West Indies, it was obvious Shaw would get his first cap at home. On October 3, the Indian team management announced Prithvi Shaw, at 18 years and 329 days, would become India’s 293rd Test cricketer.Shaw grabbed the opportunity with both hands and struck a hundred on debut, eventually getting out at 134 off 154 deliveries.Also read – Prithvi Shaw slams debut Test hundred: A look at all 15 debut centurions for IndiaadvertisementMonths before his debut, Prithvi Shaw had shown how matured and level headed he was at the India Today Conclave 2018. When asked if he had ever imagined sitting with the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Ajinkya Rahane and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri as a 14-year-old, Shaw had replied: “Not really… not when I was 14 years old.. but I really wanted to be in the Indian side. I was looking to get into the under-19, the state side and then the Indian side. I was not thinking directly for the Indian team.India vs West Indies: Live Blog | Live Cricket Score | Scorecard”Obviously there were lots of steps ahead.. there’s the under-16 stage and you have to score there. I am feeling very proud sitting with all seniors over here. After the (U-19 Word Cup), a lot has changed but there’s a lot more to come in my career. And I have to really work hard for it,” Shaw had said.Also read – Prithvi Shaw’s majestic debut Test hundred floors India cricket legendsAsked if he was okay handling the burden of expectations after his success at the Under-19 World Cup, Shaw said he would rather enjoy the process than get bogged down by pressure.”I think there’s no pressure. It’s all about how much you enjoy the game and when you score runs. Some players take time.. Virat sir reached there. He was picked for the Indian team after the U-19 World Cup.Also read – 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw youngest Indian to score half-century on Test debut”Cricket is a funny game… there are ups and down. It’s all about handling pressure. When the time comes, you will get in,” Shaw said.And Prithvi Shaw right. When the time came, he did get in. There were no nerves. There was no pressure, at least to those of watching him play those glorious shots. Instead, there were plenty of runs and there was plenty of applause.For over a session on Thursday, young Prithvi Shaw loomed large even over Cheteshwar Pujara, who preferred to play in the teenager’s shadows.last_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli has promised to be flexible in the ODI series against New Zealand but he was clear the focus would still be on winning matches as India head towards the World Cup. These are the final stages of preparations for the showpiece event and India will be confident after beating Australia in the ODI series last week.MS Dhoni returned to form with three consecutive half-centuries against Australia which has to an extent solved India’s middle-order woes. However, there are still some holes that need to be plugged and Virat Kohli said India will look to do that along the way – they have 10 more ODIs left from hereon before the World Cup and each one of them will be critical.”Winning is going to be a very important factor. When you are playing for your country, you want to win every game you play but the main thing is not to be desperate at this stage,” Kohli told the media on the eve of the first India-New Zealand ODI to be played on January 23.”There needs to be a good atmosphere in the change room and there needs to be a collective effort towards just refining ourselves as a team approaching the World Cup. And if we need to try a few players here and there just to see how they react in different situations or different positions, we are open to doing that as well.”We don’t want to be too rigid because you have to be flexible in your mind and your preparation in order to be prepared for a big tournament like the World Cup. I think we need a good balance of both even if we back a few players to play at some stage, the idea is still to win games and not just think of it as an experiment. It’s an honour to play for your country,” He said.advertisementNew Zealand will present a far stiffer challenge than Australia. India failed to win a single ODI the last time they toured New Zealand and Kane Williamson’s men have been extremely dominant at home.Needless to say, Kohli is not taking the hosts lightly despite the highs of the last year when they historic bilateral ODI series in South Africa and Austalia”We played NZ in India as well. They have a good balance in their team. The bowling attack is experienced but not that old. They have that energy and buzz about the same time. They play their cricket in the right way and that’s something we appreciate about the New Zealand cricket team,” Kohli said.India tried Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj and Vijay Shankar in the ODIs against Australia. Kedar Jadhav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who did not play the first two matches, starred with a fifty and a six-wicket haul in the series decider.It now remains to be seen whether Shubman Gill, who joined the team in New Zealand, will get a game.Also Read | MS Dhoni eyes Sachin Tendulkar’s record in New Zealand after hitting form in AustraliaAlso Read | Amazing feeling: Virat Kohli thrilled after sweeping ICC awards to create historyAlso Read | Virat Kohli not New Zealand’s only concern: Ross Taylor wary of Rohit and DhawanAlso Read | New Zealand tough side but it will be advantage India: Madan LalAlso Read | Virat Kohli first cricketer to win all 3 ICC Awards after sensational year in Tests and ODIslast_img read more

first_imgA look at the sky during a Miami-Syracuse game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 21: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium during a game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Syracuse Orange on October 21, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Earlier this week, the college football weekend kicked off with an ACC matchup between North Carolina and Miami. The Hurricanes dominated in every phase of the game, scoring three defensive touchdowns en route to a 47-10 win.After the game, Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora and Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt met for a contentious postgame handshake. But that wasn’t the only suspect behavior going on.Following Miami’s win, North Carolina players were accosted with insults and harsh language as they ran off the field. The actions of the fan were caught on video.Very NSFW.Pussy ass school!!!!! You muthafuckas this what happens when you come to my city!!!!! #ItsAllAboutTheU— Negrito Lindo® (@RickyDaPrince1) September 28, 2018An alum of the school took to Twitter to shun this kind of behavior at his own program.As a former student athlete, graduate & Alum of UM, I find this to be one of the most disgusting and embarrassing displays of “fan” behavior I’ve ever seen. If U think this is how we want OUR school & City represented, then unfollow me now. This is not what sports is about.— Tim O’Brien (@HerCane86) September 28, 2018No fanbase should be okay with hurling insults at the opposing team as they run off the field. And yet, it happens every season.last_img read more

first_img Jamaica will be the first English speaking Caribbean country to hold the position of Chairman Jamaica’s election marks a historic first for the country which currently serves as first Vice-Chairman of the Executive Council (EC) Jamaica was elected during the UNWTO’s 20th Session of the General Assembly Story Highlights Jamaica, represented by Tourism and Entertainment Minister the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has been elected Chairman of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Executive Council, for the year 2014-2015.Jamaica’s election marks a historic first for the country which currently serves as first Vice-Chairman of the Executive Council (EC) for 2013, after previously serving as second Vice-Chair.Jamaica will assume its position as Chairman in October 2014, and will preside over several important meetings including the next UNWTO General Assembly.Jamaica was elected during the UNWTO’s 20th Session of the General Assembly which was held from August 24 to 29, 2013 in Victoria Falls, at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Jamaica is one of three English speaking Caribbean countries that are members of the UNWTO, with the others being the Bahamas and Trinidad & Tobago. Jamaica will be the first English speaking Caribbean country to hold the position of Chairman.Minister McNeill and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, Mrs. Jennifer Griffith, represented Jamaica at the meeting. The Minister said, “this is yet another proud moment for Jamaica, and represents a monumental achievement given the fact that we are a small island state.” He added, “this further concretizes our position as a leader in tourism on the international stage and speaks volumes of the far reaching impact Jamaica continues to have on the other nations of the world.”The island was also re-elected to serve as first Vice-Chairman of the EC for 2013-2014. The other countries rounding off the chairmanship of the UNWTO Executive Council for 2013-2014 are Indonesia – which was successful in its bid for Chairmanship and Mozambique as 2nd Vice-Chair.The UNWTO EC deliberates on policies and strategies that affect tourism worldwide before making recommendations to the General Assembly for action. As a member of the EC, Jamaica represents the interests of the Americas region.This was the largest ever General Assembly of the UNWTO with over 700 delegates representing 121 countries. There were 47 Ministers with responsibility for Tourism as well as over 200 journalists from across the globe. It was co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe and the leaders of both countries; President Michael Sata and President Robert Mugabe, respectively, attended both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The event also saw Taleb Rifai being re-elected for a second term as UNWTO Secretary-General from 2014-2017.Minister McNeill returned to the island on Sunday, September 1, 2013.last_img read more

first_img This Standard focuses on the safety of children and states that, “Early childhood institutions should provide safe indoor and outdoor environments for children, staff, stakeholders and visitors to the institution”. Speaking with JIS News at the Horizon Park Primary and Infant School’s Retirees Appreciation Banquet, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel on Teachers’ Day, May 8, Mrs. Williams-Singh noted that the theme for Labour Day 2019 – ‘Child safety… It’s you, it’s me, it’s all ah we!’ – is in keeping with Standard 8 of the 12 Standards for Early Childhood Institutions outlined by the ECC. As Jamaicans gear up to give their time, effort and financial contributions towards projects on Labour Day, May 23, Chairperson, Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Trisha Williams-Singh, is calling on persons to support basic schools across the island on the day.Speaking with JIS News at the Horizon Park Primary and Infant School’s Retirees Appreciation Banquet, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel on Teachers’ Day, May 8, Mrs. Williams-Singh noted that the theme for Labour Day 2019 – ‘Child safety… It’s you, it’s me, it’s all ah we!’ – is in keeping with Standard 8 of the 12 Standards for Early Childhood Institutions outlined by the ECC.This Standard focuses on the safety of children and states that, “Early childhood institutions should provide safe indoor and outdoor environments for children, staff, stakeholders and visitors to the institution”.Mrs. Williams-Singh said this is a standard that some basic schools across the island have not yet achieved, and with the assistance of the public on Labour Day, the schools can be upgraded, be re-marked by the ECC and improve their scores towards full certification.“The schools need help with perimeter fencing, acquiring fire extinguishers and so much more for the safety of students,” Mrs. Williams-Singh said.She also noted that achieving the goals of Standard 8 will assist basic schools in achieving the goals of Standard 9, which addresses “child rights, child protection and equality”. It states that, “Early childhood institutions should uphold the rights of children, protect them from harm and ensure that all children have equal access to services”.For their part, the ECC will be activating one project in each parish across the island to help needy basic schools fulfil the requirements of all 12 Standards of the ECC.The various projects the ECC will be activating will take place in Kingston at Galilee Basic School; St. Andrew, End Time Basic School; St. Thomas, Rowlandsfield Primary and Infant School;Portland, Rural Hill Basic School; St. Mary, Devon Pen Infant School; St. Ann, Mount Zion Infant Department; Trelawny, Wakefield Infant Department; St. James, Content Basic School; Hanover, Cave Valley Infant School; Westmoreland, Cornwall Mountain Infant Department; Manchester, Mitchell Town Infant Department; St. Catherine, St. Johns Road Basic Early Childhood Institution; Clarendon, Mitchell Town Infant Department, and St. Elizabeth, Knoxwood Basic School. As Jamaicans gear up to give their time, effort and financial contributions towards projects on Labour Day, May 23, Chairperson, Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Trisha Williams-Singh, is calling on persons to support basic schools across the island on the day. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_img —————————————————————Post secondary education will be more affordable for Nova Scotia students after measures introduced in the provincial budget today, April 5. A total of $42.5 million is being invested this year to improve student assistance. “This budget makes life better for students and provides even more financial support for post-secondary education this year than in the past,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More. Tuition levels will be held below the national average through an ongoing, $30-million investment in student bursaries. This new, provincially funded commitment will provide a tuition reduction of $1,283 for all Nova Scotia students studying in the province and $261 for out-of-province students. Other benefits to students are provided through a $12.5-million investment in the province’s student assistance program. For the first time in the province’s history, a debt cap will place a ceiling on the amount of debt a student can carry. The debt cap is $28,560, a reduction of 36 per cent, or $16,320 in the amount of debt a student can accumulate. The amount of available grants has also increased. Students can now receive up to $612 in additional grants for a typical, 34 week program, through an increase in the grant-to-loan ratio, from 20 to 30 per cent. Other measures to make post-secondary education more affordable include: An average student graduating from a four year undergrad program in 2015 will receive increased grants of $2,448 and increased loan assistance of $1,360 over four years. “Post secondary education provides a tremendous advantage to the individual, their families and the economy and we’re committed to making it accessible,” said Ms. More. “We wanted to improve assistance to as many students as possible and I’m pleased to say that we’ve made considerable progress.” “All of the student assistance measures in this budget are good news for Nova Scotia students,” said Mark Coffin, Executive Director of the Alliance of Nova Scotia Student Associations. “It’s clear that the students with the highest need will be helped the most with this plan.” Premier Darrell Dexter announced that significant improvement in student assistance was a major goal for the province this year, after Tim O’Neil’s report and student representatives highlighted the fact that Nova Scotian students had the largest debt load in Canada. an increase of weekly maximum assistance rates from $150 to $160 per week double the in-study earnings exemption on student loads from $50 to $100 per week a 50 per cent increase in the book allowance, from $1,000 to $1,500 continuation of the Graduate Retention Program, which provides a tax credit of up to $15,000 to university graduates, and $7,500 for community college graduates, over six years LABOUR/ADVANCED EDUCATION–Budget Makes Historic Investment in Student Assistancelast_img read more

first_imgPeople can see a 200 million-year-old tooth of a mammal-like reptile this weekend at Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro. This is a sneak peak of a new exhibit opening in June featuring the tooth that was discovered on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. “The tiny tooth is from an animal called Oligokyphus, an ancient ancestor of mammals,” said Tim Fedak, museum director and curator. “It is the first time a fossil like this has been discovered in Nova Scotia, although similar finds have been made in Jurassic-aged rocks in Arizona, China and the United Kingdom.” Summer hours at Fundy Geological Museum start this weekend. The museum will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, go to .last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The company that operates Canada’s civil air navigation service says flooding from a severe thunderstorm in Ottawa brought down its automated flight planning system early Saturday.Nav Canada says there were delays, mainly affecting international flights, but the safety of the travelling public was not compromised.CEO Neil Wilson said in a statement Saturday night that when water affected Nav Canada’s network that handles flight plans, staff were quickly moved to a facility where backup systems are located.Wilson says there was no impact on air traffic control or communications with aircraft during the outage.Wilson says the system was restored on Saturday afternoon, but there could be some delays as staff process backlogs. It’s not known how many flights were affected.He says Nav Canada worked closely with its counterparts — the FAA in the U.S. and NATS in the United Kingdom — to adjust traffic flows during the outage.“Delays occurred due to problems reinstating connectivity of the system with neighbouring air navigation service providers,” Wilson said in the statement.“Nav Canada apologizes to customers and all members of the travelling public for any inconvenience arising from this unforeseen incident,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgParamount Pictures, Bad Robot and Charitybuzz have partnered to offer Star Trek fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet director J.J. Abrams and the cast of “Star Trek Into Darkness” at the film’s Los Angeles premiere.Proceeds will benefit the Mission Continues, a community service organization that helps post-9/11 veterans transition from the military to leadership roles at home.Charitybuzz, the leading destination for online charity auctions, will host the bidding for a four-pack of VIP tickets to attend the “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” premiere in Los Angeles. The winners will walk the red carpet, meet director J.J. Abrams and the cast, and attend the premiere after-party. Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot will match the winning bid, up to $25,000.The Mission Continues benefits veterans and communities in equal measure. The organization sponsors veterans’ enrollment in a 6-month service and leadership program. These veterans dedicate themselves to serving in their community, volunteering for at least 20 hours a week in community organizations to address issues like homelessness, illiteracy and unemployment. The Mission Continues provides the tools, the direction, and a living stipend to these veterans, while the veterans deploy their experience, their skills, and their desire against our communities’ most pressing problems. Since its inception, The Mission Continues has awarded more than 600 fellowships and engaged thousands of volunteers at more than 350 community organizations.Bidding is open now through Thursday, May 9th at www.Charitybuzz.Com/StarTrek.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A study by the Ontario Securities Commission suggests five per cent of Ontarians own what the regulator calls “cryptoassets” such as Bitcoin or Ether and awareness is increasing, but knowledge is lacking.The online survey conducted in March also showed that 1.5 per cent of respondents say they have participated in an initial coin offering, in which investors usually buy digital tokens that can be kept, sold or traded.However, when the 2,500 Ontarians surveyed were asked to identify true statements about these digital assets, just 34 per cent were able to do so, according to the OSC.“We did find there is a lot of awareness of the sector, and people are increasingly participating or being approached, but that understanding and knowledge and comprehension of the sector is lagging,” said Tyler Fleming, the director of the regulator’s investor office.The survey comes about a month after the provincial regulator joined forces with its peers in the U.S. and Canada to warn investors about cryptocurrency-related investment schemes.Dubbed Operation Cryptosweep, the project has resulted in dozens of inquiries and investigations, and pending or completed enforcement actions related to initial coin offerings or cryptocurrencies since the beginning of May, according to the North American Securities Administrators Association.The OSC also said in April it was gathering information on several cryptocurrency trading platforms after it received a number of complaints.The B.C. Securities Commission and the Bank of Canada have also issued warnings about investing in cryptocurrencies. In December, central bank governor Stephen Poloz sounded the alarm on Bitcoin, calling the purchase of the cryptocurrency “closer to gambling than investing.”Some of Canada’s biggest banks earlier this year halted the purchase of cryptocurrencies using their credit cards as well.Meanwhile, the price of Bitcoin has plummeted since the beginning of the year, from roughly US$13,440 on Jan. 1 to US$6,100 on Thursday, according to OSC’s survey suggests that on top of the five per cent who currently own a cryptoasset, an additional four per cent of Ontarians say they used to own one.Men aged 18 to 34 were more likely to report owning a cryptoasset, at 14 per cent.Most people aren’t spending huge amounts of money on cryptocurrencies and other digital assets, with just over half saying they spent less than $1,000 or no money at all to acquire them.The survey suggested that roughly five per cent of cryptoasset owners did spend between $10,000 and $19,999, and another four per cent spent more than $20,000.Most cryptoasset owners made their purchases using cash savings, at 55 per cent, but 26 per cent said they used their credit card. Fourteen per cent received them for free.Of the purchases, 37 per cent were made within the past year, but nearly as many were made during the past three months, at 35 per cent.As well, the study showed that 12 per cent of Ontarians had been approached about or sought information themselves about an ICO. Most were approached via social media, at 39 per cent, followed by friends or family at 33 per cent.“It’s clear that interest in this sector is not going to disappear any time soon,” said Fleming.“So as time goes by, as people become more familiar with the product, we would certainly expect people to be doing more research, understanding the different types of products and risks out there.”The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.last_img read more

Agricultural work accounts for some 70 per cent of child labour worldwide, forcing children to work long hours, operate dangerous machinery, and carry loads that are too heavy for their growing bodies, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.“Most working children in the world are found on farms and plantations, not in factories, sweatshops or urban areas,” said Jennie Dey DePryck, Chief of FAO’s Rural Institutions and Participation Service, in a statement issued in Rome.The FAO noted that agriculture is one of the world’s three most hazardous work sectors, along with mining and construction.“Some agricultural activities – mixing and applying pesticides, using certain types of machinery – are so dangerous that children should be clearly prohibited from engaging in them,” said Parviz Koohafkan, Director of FAO’s Rural Development Division.He cautioned, however, that the issue is a complex one since not all of the agricultural work that children perform is harmful to their development and well-being.“When it comes to subsistence and family agriculture, children’s participation in family farm activities helps them learn valuable skills, build self-esteem and contribute to the generation of household income, which has a positive impact on their own livelihoods,” Mr. Koohafkan said. read more

OSU freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles past James Madison junior guard Angela Mickens (32) during a NCAA Tournament first-round game on March 21 in Chapel Hill, N.C.. OSU won, 90-80.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsOhio State women’s basketball guard Kelsey Mitchell become just the fourth freshman to be named a first team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers of America on Tuesday after leading the nation with 24.9 points per game.Mitchell, the Big Ten co-Player of the Year, was also named an Associated Press second team All-American.Her 873 total points this season set a new program and conference record, helping her become one of just five Buckeyes to make the AP first or second team. Mitchell’s debut collegiate campaign also saw her set an NCAA record with 127 3-pointers.The Cincinnati native led OSU in both points and assists this season.According to an OSU release, the USBWA All-American team consists of 10 players regardless of position. Being named among those 10 players makes you a finalist for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, given by the USBWA to the nation’s best player. That award is set to be handed out on Sunday.Mitchell led the Buckeyes to a 24-11 record and a 13-5 mark in conference play. OSU won its first two Big Ten Tournament games before earning a five-seed in the NCAA Tournament.The Buckeyes knocked James Madison out of the tournament in the first round with a 90-80 victory before losing to North Carolina on a last-second shot on March 23. Mitchell scored 25 points in the season-ending loss and tied the game at the free throw line with five seconds to play, completing a 21-point OSU comeback. The Tar Heels went on to score with less than a second on the clock to win the game.Along with leading the team in points and helpers, Mitchell averaged 4.2 rebounds per game and shot 83.5 percent from the free throw line.Mitchell’s honor comes a day after Ohio State men’s basketball freshman guard D’Angelo Russell was named a first team AP All-American after leading the Buckeyes in scoring in his first collegiate season as well. read more

first_imgGen Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the General Staff The lateral entry scheme would end the Army tradition of growing all its leaders up through the ranksCredit: Michael Smith, MoD He said: “As an institution we are bottom fed. In other words we recruit people who are youngsters and then grow them through a career. I think that the modern way of working suggests that as we embrace a lot of the specialisms that we have got to embrace, we are going to have to offer different career structures.“I suspect that nearly as much as 30 per cent of the Army will be specialists in the future.“How we supply those specialist career streams, often probably with lateral entry and maybe sharing people with industry because all of us are struggling with the so-called science, technology, engineering and maths skills, is something we will have to think about in the future.” Army leaders will be recruited direct from the civilian world rather than rising up through the ranks, under a proposed overhaul to bring in specialist skills for 21st century warfare.The plan to hire straight into the regular Army’s middle and possibly even higher ranks will overturn generations of tradition and a career structure that has seen leaders work their way up from the bottom.The British Army is considering hiring direct from industry and the boardroom to get civilians who have already had established careers in areas like cyber technology, aviation technology and logistics. Gen Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the General StaffCredit:Jon Bond The lateral entry scheme would end the Army tradition of growing all its leaders up through the ranks But the latest plan is believed to be the first time since the Second World War that non-soldiers have been boosted up the ranks in the regular Army. But he predicted the Army’s combat arms would remain unchanged in his lifetime.He said: “I think we will still deliver that effect through a bottom-fed delivery system in the way that we understand it, but I think that the cursor will move in other areas.”The move would mirror changes in the police. Three years ago the police announced a break with 180 years of tradition by allowing officers to enter at senior rank rather than working their way up from constable.center_img The Army is particularly keen to recruit civilians who have had careers in high-tech disciplinesCredit: Sgt Wes Calder RLC/MoD/Crown copyright Pictured is a REME Corporal repairing a Dragon Runner EOD (Explosive Ordinance Device) variant which is a man portable, remote operated united used for interrogating IED's (Improvised Explosive device's) Army sources suggested the first recruitment was likely to be to ranks such as captain, major or non-commissioned officers, but in future it could extend to positions as senior as brigadier.A similar proposal in the US Army already suggests direct hire as high up as colonel.The positions would skip basic training and weapons drills and not be held accountable to basic fitness standards.Sir Nick said the Army was “probably a year or two away” from the the move, which would need profound changes to careers structures and the way the Army recognises status. The Army may need to bring in new senior non-commissioned officer ranks he suggested. He said: “We may need to adopt a more American-style approach. They have these people called chief warrant officers. A chief warrant officer is typically a pilot or avionics officer who moves up through this different system of status and I think that the British Army is going to  have to think about doing that sort of thing as well.” The scheme for so-called lateral entry is being drawn up by Gen Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the General Staff, with the first hires still “a year or two away”.Such recruitment is designed to make up for shortfalls in high-tech skills, but may clash with the military’s tradition of growing its own leaders.Sir Nick stressed his scheme would not apply to the Army’s frontline fighting combat arms.Reservists are already being recruited in a similar way, and the military insists the strategy is paying off, with high calibre recruits being attracted from the worlds of industry, government, academia and the public sector. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgGE says the deal strengthens its “position in $30 billion power conversion and automation  sector. The Converteam technological expertise will enhance GE’s ability to bring localised solutions to fast growth regions.” Furthermore, it broadens GE offerings for energy intensive industries like mining. Converteam is a leading provider of power conversion and automation systems and high-efficiency power electronics, motors and generators. Its solutions enable customers in a variety of industries to replace or improve mechanical processes with high-efficiency electric alternatives that deliver better reliability, less maintenance and lower emissions. The acquisition furthers GE Energy’s commitment to create a centre of excellence for power conversion technology, which is designed to fuel strong growth opportunities for many of its businesses. Converteam’s addition also complements GE Energy’s existing capabilities in energy conversion, industrial automation and process efficiency.Converteam’s portfolio includes variable frequency drives and other power electronics, advanced motors and generators, as well as industrial automation and controls. Converteam offers a broad range of automation and control systems that allow customers to optimise their production processes in the metals, mining and other industries.The Converteam purchase completes $11 billion in recent acquisitions by GE Energy that have significantly broadened the company’s reach across the energy landscape. GE’s acquisition strategy targets deals in infrastructure segments which are complementary to the company’s core technologies and where there are clear operating synergies. In the last nine months, GE Energy has completed the acquisition of Dresser, Wellstream Holdings, Lineage Power, Well Support (from John Wood Group) and Converteam.Approximately 25% of the world’s electricity is used to power motors in a wide range of industries and applications. Converteam’s high-efficiency products and systems are designed to materially reduce the electricity consumption of these industrial motors, leading to savings in energy consumption of up to one-third and bringing customers significant savings in terms of cost, energy intensity and greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s expertise and geographical reach also will enhance GE’s ability to bring localised solutions to fast growth regions, including Brazil, Russia, China, India and the Middle East.“GE is thrilled by the growth opportunities that this acquisition brings. GE will heavily invest  in new product developments to further expand our offerings in core segments such as metals and marine, while addressing increasing demand for high energy efficiency in oil and gas, thermal power generation and renewables,” said John Krenicki, GE Vice Chairman and President and CEO of GE Energy. “We are fortunate to have GE veteran Joe Mastrangelo to run the Converteam business.”“The complementary capabilities of GE and Converteam will create a winning platform for success,” said Pierre Bastid, President and CEO, Converteam. “GE’s brand and reputation as an engineering and technology provider are unmatched. Converteam brings a team of experts with deep domain knowledge in power conversion, equipped with a strong entrepreneurial mindset and unique technological expertise aligned to customers’ needs.”Headquartered in Massy, France, Converteam’s 5,500 employees operate across 80 countries with expertise in six key vertical sectors: renewables, power generation, oil and gas and offshore, marine, industry and services.last_img read more

first_imgAshford Borough Council, E.On (pictured), Hilton Worldwide and Sky are among the employers shortlisted for the Best benefits communications award at the Employee Benefits Awards 2016.This award celebrates the most effective benefits communication strategies implemented by organisations, with a small employer award available for organisations with less than 5,000 staff and a large employer award for organisations with more than 5,000 staff.The full category shortlist for small employers is:Ashford Borough Council, My Ashford Rewards (Entered by Reward Gateway)Bibby Financial Services, 2016 Your RewardsCallcredit, Benefits for people like you (Entered by Like Minds)Dentsu Aegis Network, Digital BenefitsHome Group, Reward Scene (Entered by Edenred)MUFG (Entered by Xerox HR Services)University of Lincoln, Financial Fairytales Financial Education ProgrammeThe full category shortlist for large employers is:E.On, My Choice – Bringing the fun back into benefits (Entered by Benefex)Hilton Worldwide, UK benefits review communications campaign (Entered by Mercer)Royal Mencap Society, Mencap Extras (Entered by P&MM Employee Benefits)Sky, My Sky Rewards (Entered by Capita Employee Benefits)Surrey County Council, MyBenefits (Entered by P&MM Employee Benefits)Telefonica O2, MyReward (Entered by Xerox HR Services)The winners will be announced during a lunch time award ceremony and summer party at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London, on 3 June 2016.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is the latest news from the offices of Congressman Seth Moulton, Senator Ed Markey, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.Congressman Seth MoultonRecent Press Releases and Statements from Congressman Moulton’s Office:Statement on Trump’s Decision To Withdraw From The Iran Nuclear DealSenator Ed MarkeyRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Markey’s Office:Senator Markey Urges FTC To Require Additional Privacy Safeguards At FacebookSenator Markey Statement On President Trump’s Decision To Withdraw From Iran Nuclear DealSenate Democrats Take Final Step Necessary To Force A Vote To Reinstate Net NeutralitySenator Elizabeth WarrenRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Warren’s Office:Warren and Perdue Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Improve Military Sexual Assault Treatment Warren Statement On President Trump Withdrawing From The Iran DealWarren, Daines, Shea-Porter Kelly Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Streamline National Guard Promotion ProcessLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”last_img read more

first_imgClose David Cameron secured a minor pre-general election victory and shocked Ed Miliband when he promised a future Tory government would not raise the rate of VAT.The promise came during the final Prime Ministers Questions of this Parliament and with just weeks to go before the vote in May.Ed Balls had promised a Labour government would not raise the 20% VAT rate, which is typically levied on goods and services, earlier in March. The shadow chancellor also attacked the Tories over the tax, claiming Cameron would raise the levy if he gained office after the general election.Ed Miliband sustained Labours attack on the issue at Prime Ministers Questions when he asked Cameron if he would rule out a VAT rise.On Monday the prime minister announced his retirement plans and he said it was because he believed in giving straight answers to straight questions, Miliband said, in reference to the revelation Cameron would only stay on for two terms.Now, after five years of Prime Ministers Questions, that was music to my ears. So heres a straight question: Will he not rule out a rise in VAT?Cameron replied: In 45 days time I plan to arrange his retirement. But hes right, straight questions do deserve straight answers. And the answer is yes.The pledge caused the Tory benches to erupt into cheers and the Conservative MPs began to heckle Miliband. But the Labour leader claimed nobody would believe Cameron over his VAT promise.Nobody is going to believe it because of his extreme spending plans, because his numbers dont add up and because he promised it last time and he broke his promise, Miliband said. The exchange comes after Chancellor George Osborne raised VAT from 17.5% in 2010 to its current rate as part of his emergency budget.Labour and the Tories are neck-and-neck in the opinion polls as the general election looms. The latest survey from YouGov, which questioned more than 2,000 voters between 23 and 24 March, put both of the parties on 35%, with Ukip on 12%, the Liberal Democrats on 8% and the Greens on 6%.last_img read more

first_img Share Mark Lennihan/APThis Aug. 29, 2018 photo shows an arrangement of prescription Oxycodone pills in New York.The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has received $2.6 million in federal funds to expand the state’s public health response to opioids over the next year.The funds come through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will help local health departments and health care providers prevent overdose deaths and enhance the available data on opioid use in Texas, as well as expand the prescriber network for medication assisted treatment.According to DSHS, the funds will also improve the department’s ability to track opioid related illnesses and other conditions being seen in emergency rooms around Texas.Additionally, they will provide researchers and the public with more information on opioid use and its consequences via the DSHS Texas Health Data website. The website will allow access to more data and more quickly, down to county and ZIP code levels.“Having more information on where opioids are being used and their effects on communities will let state agencies and our partners in cities and counties focus their efforts where the needs are most pressing,” said DSHS Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt.Additional funds will be used to train public health personnel at the community level on when and how to properly administer naloxone, a drug that can help prevent someone from dying from an opioid overdose, so they can then train first responders and others in their communities.DSHS also expects the grant will increase the number of doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners permitted to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication to treat opioid use in an office setting.Drug deaths in Texas and nationwide have been increasing and nearly half of all drug deaths in the state are attributed to opioids.last_img read more

first_imgDream Hotel GroupDream Hotel Group to triple existing portfolio by 2022Renowned hotel brand and management company Dream Hotel Group, home to its Dream Hotels, Time Hotels, The Chatwal and soon-to-launch Unscripted Hotels brands, today announced another year of unprecedented international growth with nine new hotels expected to open in new destinations by the end of 2020.“We signed more new hotel deals in the last six months than any other year in the company’s history,” said Dream Hotel Group chairman Sant Singh Chatwal. “After significant investment and repositioning from ownership to hotel brand and management, Dream Hotel Group now boasts its strongest portfolio ever, and we look forward to continuing to build on our success and expand our brands at a rapid rate.”Dream Hotel Group has 16 hotels open today and a robust pipeline of 26 additional properties, including these nine new locations, which, when open, are expected to bring the company’s total property and room count to 42 and 10,034, respectively. With the largest and most active pipeline in the company’s history, Dream Hotel Group is on track to increase its global footprint by 230 percent over the next four years, tripling its existing portfolio by 2022.“These nine new developments are a testament to the strength of our brands, and I am proud to announce another record year of strategic growth momentum for the group,” remarked Jay Stein, CEO, Dream Hotel Group. “We are finding that our lifestyle brands resonate well in both established and emerging destinations, and every step into a new market demonstrates our unwavering commitment to forging new and enriching partnerships with potential owners and developers across the globe.”Newly signed locations include primary and secondary markets around the world—from Dallas to Delhi, Upstate New York to Vietnam, the Maldives to the Dominican Republic—and represent $750 million in new hotel development, all with independent development partners.The news follows that of the highly anticipated summer launch of Dream Hotel Group’s newest lifestyle brand, Unscripted, which is on track become the fastest-growing new brand in the company’s history. A new hospitality concept for the progressive creative traveler, Unscripted will open its first location in Durham, North Carolina in July 2017.Dream Hotel Group signed nine new hotel deals in the last six months, including:Dream Oceanami Villas & Spa (Vietnam) – Fall 2017Unscripted Cocobay Da Nang – Fall 2017The Chatwal Lodge – Late 2018The Chatwal Maaga Maldives – 2019Unscripted Dallas-Fort Worth – 2019Dream Delhi – 2019The Time Dominican Republic – 2019Unscripted Dominican Republic – 2019Dream Gasveli Maldives – 2020Dream Hotel Group also signed letters of intent to open hotels in the following markets: Austin, Phoenix, Orlando, Monterey and Long Island City, as well as the United Kingdom, Central America and Vietnam.The company plans to sign more than 150 hotels and resorts across all its brands – Dream, Time, The Chatwal and Unscripted – in the next four years, continuing to solidify its burgeoning global portfolio.Source = Dream Hotel Grouplast_img read more