Australian Open badminton: Praneeth, Sameer advance to second round

first_imgIndia made a strong start at the Australian Open with second seed B Sai Praneeth and fourth seed Sameer Verma progressing to the second round of the men’s singles event on Wednesday.While Praneeth beat Israel’s Misha Zilberman in straight games 21-17, 21-14, Sameer had to toil hard to get the better of New Zealand’s Abhinav Manota 13-21, 21-17, 21-12 in the opening round of the HSBC BWF World Tour Super 300 event.Sameer’s brother, Sourabh Verma, however, suffered a hard-fought 19-21, 21-17, 21-12 defeat at the hands of Japan’s Takuma Ueda.It was curtains for unseeded Ajay Jayaram too despite offering a valiant fight before going down 20-22, 22-20, 21-17 to Japan’s Riichi Takeshita in a pulsating contest that lasted for one hour and 12 minutes.Teenage sensation Lakshya Sen, who gave double Olympic champion Lin Dan a scare last week in Auckland, also ended his campaign losing to seventh seed Cheuk Yiu Lee of Hong Kong 20-22, 21-13, 19-21 in a match that went down to the wire.Praneeth will next play Panji Ahmad Maulana of Indonesia, while Sameer will be up against Takuma, who defeated his elder brother in the opening round.Other lesser-known Indians, who fell by the wayside in men’singles first round, were Karan Rajan Rajarajan, losing 15-21, 8-21 against Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia, and Rahul Yadav Chittaboina.In the absence of big names like Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, JakkaVaishnavi Reddy was the lone Indian shuttler to progress to the women’s singles second round after she defeated England’s Georgina Bland 19-21, 21-15, 21-15 in a tough opening contest.advertisementIt turned out to be a good day for the Indians in the men’s doubles competition as the pairs of third-seeded Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy and seventh seeds Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok advanced to the next round with easy wins over their Australian rivals.While Manu and Sumeeth defeated Lukas Defolky and Michael Fariman 21-11, 21-10, Arjun and Ramachandran scored a comfortable 21-7, 21-15 win over Raymond Tam and Eric Vuong in their respective tournament-openers.Manu and Sumeeth will next face Korean combination of Hyuk Gyun Choi and Kyung Hoon Park.However, another Indian pair of Francis Alwin and K Nandgopal, seeded eighth, trailed 28-30, 8-7 before conceding their first round match midway.It was also end of the road for men’s doubles pair of Rohan Kapoor and Shivam Sharma after losing 15-21, 21-15, 7-21 against Malaysia’ Tang Jie Chen and Soon Huat Goh.The only Indian pair to feature in the women’s doubles, Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram entered the second round with a comfortable 21-10, 21-16 win over Australia’s Maggie Chan and Jodee Vega.They will now play Japanese duo of Miki Kashihara and Miyuki Kato.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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National Quality Policy Will Require Conformity Assessment Bodies to be Accredited

first_img Mrs. Shirley was addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank on Wednesday (September 5). The National Quality Policy is expected to lead to a more structured accreditation environment, requiring conformity assessment bodies (CABs) to become accredited by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC). Story Highlights Chief Executive Officer of JANAAC, Sharonmae Shirley, said the policy, which is being finalised for gazetting by end of the fiscal year, will include requirements for CABs to implement management systems that conform to international standards. The National Quality Policy is expected to lead to a more structured accreditation environment, requiring conformity assessment bodies (CABs) to become accredited by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC).Chief Executive Officer of JANAAC, Sharonmae Shirley, said the policy, which is being finalised for gazetting by end of the fiscal year, will include requirements for CABs to implement management systems that conform to international standards.Mrs. Shirley was addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank on Wednesday (September 5).CABs are testing and medical laboratories and inspection bodies, and individuals who perform services typical of inspection bodies, such as loss adjusters or valuators.“They provide a service, but how do you know that this service meets the requisite scrutiny? If they are accredited, then you know there is a layer of trust that is established,” Mrs. Shirley pointed out.The JANAAC CEO said it is important that Jamaica adopt the policy measures, which are similar to those already implemented in developed countries.“Some countries have established some amount of legislation and policy that require some labs to be accredited. We don’t have that in Jamaica yet, and it is something we [must work to establish],” the JANAAC CEO said.Mrs. Shirley noted that case studies presented at the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) 23rd Annual General Assembly held recently in Montego Bay, St. James, showed that even without legislation, requiring certain manufacturers to use accredited labs can have a positive impact on the economy.“A paradigm shift may be required, but it is something that is necessary for growth and development,” Mrs. Shirley pointed out.The National Quality Policy is guided by current global standards and quality requirements in keeping with the World Trade Organization-Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO-TBT).It provides the framework that will support the pillars of the National Quality Infrastructure. These are standards development; conformity assessment, which involves testing, inspection and certification; metrology, the science of measurement; and accreditation.“The National Quality Policy will require all manufacturing and exporting entities to embrace a quality ethos and to have quality as a core in all operations. It’s for all Jamaicans, as it enables us to understand why quality is important and how it impacts us as individuals and how it impacts Jamaica. It can be the game changer for Jamaica as a small developing state,” Mrs. Shirley said.last_img read more

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Spring 2013 Report Released

first_imgIneffective operation and management of the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal mechanical branch amounts to a failure to protect public property and resources, Auditor General Jacques Lapointe said in his spring report released today, May 22. The auditor general said his review of the mechanical branch locations at Miller Lake, in Halifax Regional Municipality, and at Truro uncovered a large number of operational weaknesses and control breakdowns. 0ver the years, management has not corrected problems despite being aware of them. “Controls and processes to safeguard inventory – parts and other equipment – and to ensure the equipment is well maintained and properly repaired either do not exist or are ignored,” Mr. Lapointe said. He added there was no documentation to indicate whether inventory variances had been investigated at Miller Lake, and in Truro variances were not investigated. Poor inventory controls risk loss of expensive equipment through error or theft. Senior management of the department says it is now in the process of reviewing operations and implementing new controls. An audit of aspects of the child welfare program at the Department of Community Services found processes to investigate allegations of abuse or neglect were adequate, but investigations were not always started or completed in a timely manner. One quarter of the investigations examined had gaps in activity of three weeks or more. “Lapses in this work impair the department’s ability to protect children’s interests,” Mr. Lapointe said. Children placed in care may be placed with regular foster families, and the audit found regular foster family screening adequate but slow. The auditor general said there is little guidance available to Community Services staff when screening kinship families – relatives or close acquaintances of the child. The audit also found contact between Community Services and children and foster families did not always occur as frequently as it should. The Children and Family Services Act has an outdated definition of neglect and does not cover all children to age 18; the department will not commit to legislative changes. The auditor general examined eight agencies, boards and commissions and found expense claim issues at all of them. Controls over expense claims were weak, supporting receipts were missing, and approval processes were inappropriate. Mr. Lapointe recommended Treasury Board ensure all agencies, boards and commissions tighten their procedures with regard to expense claims. The auditor general said the government’s performance in implementing recommendations made in his past reports remains poor and indicated that “senior managers in government are failing to correct known deficiencies in their programs.” He said the government’s public update on its implementation performance once again contains numerous errors, rendering the update unreliable. “While I commend the government for reporting on its performance, the credibility of that reporting is compromised by inaccurate information.” Only 41 per cent of recommendations made by the auditor general in 2010 have been implemented. The 102-page spring report contains 76 recommendations and is available at www.oag-ns.ca.last_img read more

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Maharaja Ranjit Singhs statue vandalised in Pak

first_imgLahore: A statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who ruled over Punjab for close to 40 years in the early 19th century, was vandalised by two men in this Pakistani city on Saturday. The nine-feet statue, made of cold bronze, was unveiled at the Lahore Fort in June on the 180th death anniversary of Maharaja. Singh, the first Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, died in 1839. Police have arrested two men and registered a case against them under the country’s blasphemy laws. The two men were angry after India revoked the special status to Jammu and Kashmir last week. The suspects belonged to Tehreek-Labbaik Pakistan of radical cleric Maulana Khadim Rizvi.last_img

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This day that year When Tendulkar scored his first Test ton

first_imgNew Delhi: It was on August 14, 1990, when legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar announced himself on the international stage by scoring his first Test hundred — the first of his 100 overall centuries which he struck during his stellar 24-year-long career. Tendulkar, who was just 17 at that time, played a brilliant knock of 119 against England at the Old Trafford in Manchester and saved the match for India. In that game, England skipper Graham Gooch and his opening partner Mike Atherton had each scored a century as they posted a mammoth first inning total of 519. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The Kapil Dev-led side gave a strong reply as they managed to score 432 runs in the first innings, conceding a 87-run lead. Tendulkar contributed with 68 during the course of this inning. In the second innings, England declared their second innings at 320/4, putting up a target of 408 for India. India started their chase on a poor note, losing their top order inside 110 runs. At one stage, India were 127/5 and with almost two sessions remaining, it looked unlikely that India could sustain much resistance. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later However, Tendulkar had other plans as he struck 17 boundaries in his 189-ball knock to help India reach 343/6 at the end of day’s play. Although it ended in a draw, the match provided the cricket world with a glimpse of what they were about to witness from this great prodigy in the years to come. Tendulkar, in his international career that extended for more than two decades, scored 100 centuries (51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs) — a record that remains unbroken till date.last_img read more

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Asian stocks mixed after listless Wall Street day

BEIJING — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday after a mixed Wall Street close on listless trading.Benchmarks in Tokyo, Sydney and Seoul rose. Shanghai and Hong Kong declined as investors watched for Chinese trade data.Traders were hoping for a “good set of figures” from Beijing following unexpectedly strong March manufacturing and inflation data, said Jingyi Pan of IG in a report.Major U.S. stock indexes closed unevenly Thursday after losses in health care stocks mostly offset gains in industrial companies and banks. Major European indexes closed mostly higher.Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.6% to 21,847.66 while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.4% to 3,175.84. Seoul’s Kospi advanced 0.2% to 2,228.94 and Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 added 0.2% to 6,240.70.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 0.4% to 29,732.20 and India’s Sensex gained 0.2% to 38,683.33. New Zealand advanced while Taiwan and Southeast Asian markets declined.On Wall Street, the Standard & Poor’s 500 added less than 0.1% to 2,888.32. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.1%, to 26,143.05. The Nasdaq composite slid 0.2%, to 7,947.36.The U.S. market gave back some of the previous day’s gains after minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting showed the majority of officials want to keep interest rates unchanged. Investors want the central bank to take a more laid-back approach to avoid triggering a market slump.Traders are focused on company earnings reports the next few weeks in hopes of gleaning fresh clues about the trajectory of the economy.Analysts expect companies in the S&P 500 to report a 3.3% drop in earnings per share from a year earlier, which would be the first decline since the spring of 2016. The expected drop in profits is due almost entirely to weaker profit margins.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude gained 28 cents to $63.86 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract dropped $1.03 on Thursday to close at $63.58. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 26 cents to $71.09 per barrel in London. It fell 90 cents the previous session to $70.83.CURRENCY: The dollar gained to 111.76 yen from Thursday’s 111.66 yen. The euro rose to $1.1290 from $1.1257.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press read more

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Alleged drug dealer arrested at Hamilton laundromat

A 25-year-old Hamilton man was arrested for drug related charges after a concerned citizen called police about a couple acting suspicious.The citizen believed the couple was using illegal drugs in a laundromat located in the area of Barton Street East and Wentworth Street North shortly after 8:00 p.m. on Monday.Police found the man sitting in a corner with a methamphetamine in his possession. The man was searched and found to be in possession of additional illicit drugs, drug paraphernalia, and Canadian currency believed to have been obtained by criminal means.The woman he was with was not charged. The man was arrested without incident.His bail hearing is scheduled for today.

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Key players offer views on sustainable development in special issue of UN

In his article, Mr. Powell describes sustainable development as a “compelling moral and humanitarian issue” and says that delivering environmentally friendly development is vital for delivering a more stable world. He also calls sustainable development a security imperative.”Poverty, environmental degradation and despair are destroyers of people, of societies, of nations. This unholy trinity can destabilize countries, even entire regions,” Mr. Powell says.”Despite the stories and images of trouble we read in our newspapers and view on our television screens, this is a time of great opportunities to expand peace, prosperity and freedom,” Mr. Powell writes. “The spread of democracy and market economies, combined with breakthroughs in technology, permits us to dream of a day when, for the first time in history, most of humanity will be free of the ravages of tyranny and poverty.”For his part, UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer argues that failure at the Summit cannot be contemplated as the risks are too great. “Unless a new course is chartered for planet Earth we risk a new ‘Iron Curtain,’ dividing not East and West, but the haves and the have-nots – with all the ramifications of increased tensions, jealousies and hatreds between and within countries,” he says.Besides Mr. Powell, other authors of articles for the magazine include Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa, which is hosting the Summit from 26 August to 4 September in Johannesburg, Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom and Prime Minister Goran Persson of Sweden.The World Summit for Sustainable Development opens in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 26 August. read more

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Charged with genocide former Rwandan mayor pleads innocent at UN tribunal

Appearing before the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), a former Rwandan mayor pleaded innocent today to all 10 counts charging him with involvement in the genocide that swept through the country in 1994.Jean-Baptiste Gatete, the former Mayor of Murambi Commune in Byumba prefecture, is charged with genocide, or in the alternative, complicity in genocide; direct and public incitement to commit genocide; crimes against humanity for extermination, murder, persecution and rape; and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions.The 49-year old suspect is alleged to have led a campaign of terror against Tutsi civilians resulting in thousands of deaths in Byumba and Kibungo prefectures. “[The accused] killed persons by his own hand, specifically ordered killings by subordinates, and led attacks,” the court was told today. Under his command and direction, the Interahamwe militias are alleged to have massacred several thousand Tutsi civilians who had taken refuge in Mukaranga, Rukara and Kiziguro churches.Meanwhile in another genocide trial, the chamber hearing the case against three defendants accused of using the media to incite people to commit genocide denied their motion for acquittal.While rejecting the motions filed by the defence teams for Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, Ferdinand Nahimana and Hassan Ngeze, the trial chamber did acquit Mr. Nahimana on one count and Mr. Barayagwiza on three counts.Both defendants were acquitted on counts of crimes against humanity for murder, and Mr. Barayagwiza was also acquitted of two counts of serious violations of the Geneva Conventions for outrages against personal dignity and pillage. read more

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Calgary councillor applauding Edmontons Uber legislation

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email KAITLIN LEE/660 NEWS Uber is now officially legal in the city of Edmonton, thanks to a vote by city councillors there on Wednesday.The service will officially be legalized on March 1st, as long as the California-based company follows certain conditions, including ensuring all of its drivers have provincially-approved commercial insurance, and paying the city $70,000 a year. Now, a Calgary councillor is applauding Alberta’s capital for taking steps to legislate Uber, but he says there is no “one size fits all” solution. Ward 8 councillor Evan Woolley said Calgary city council needs to recognize what transportation options for our citizens are in high demand. “Calgary is working towards addressing our own regulatory framework,” he said. “It’s good to see Edmonton take some steps towards theirs. Obviously the province has a role to play in this in regards to insurance, as well as the licensing system.” Woolley added, council also needs to make sure Uber is a safe and viable option for Calgarians.“Uber is not like a taxi company,” he added. “We know that the average Uber driver only drives Uber for about six months. It’s generally meant to supplement income; it’s very short-term. So we need to provide an opportunity for easy entrance for those people that are desiring to do this.” It’s still unclear what type of license Calgary will require for Uber drivers before the ride-sharing company can hit city streets. As it stands now, the City still has an injunction preventing the company from operating here. Council will be looking at the regulatory framework on February 22nd. by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Jan 28, 2016 3:32 pm MDT Calgary councillor applauding Edmonton’s Uber legislation read more

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Mind the chocolate gap Britons grumble as Toblerone shrinks

Mind the chocolate gap: Britons grumble as Toblerone shrinks In this photo illustration two bars of the Toblerone Swiss chocolate are shown, at front is the new style 150 gram bar showing the reduction in triangular pieces, in the background is the older style 360 gram bar, pictured in London, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. More valleys, fewer chocolate peaks: The maker of Toblerone Swiss chocolate says it’s widened the spaces in its iconic, triangle-array bars for some discount shops in Britain to keep prices down. Mondelez International says the move aims to meet pricing targets by customer Poundland and other discount retailers, and has nothing to do with Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) GENEVA – More valleys, fewer peaks: The maker of Toblerone Swiss chocolate has widened the spaces in some of its iconic, triangle-array bars, offering about 10 per cent less product for the same price. Fans are outraged.The multinational says the move — which affects products globally, though mainly in Britain — was necessary to cope with higher prices for ingredients. But many consumers are livid at the perceived sleight of hand and the change to the traditional look of the treat, first created in 1908 in Switzerland.“The shape of the bar may have looked like the Swiss Alps before, now it’s a bit more Holland,” said British consumer Tony Mathews.For many, the Toblerone is linked to travel — a gift purchased at the airport before boarding a plane home — though it is increasingly available in supermarkets and shops.Mondelez International, based in Deerfield, Illinois, said that pricing targets by U.K. discount customer Poundland prompted the change in Britain. It said the retailer, which sells goods for one pound ($1.22), resisted a price increase, leading to the solution of offering less chocolate instead.Poundland declined to comment.Mondelez said that Britain’s vote to leave the European Union was not to blame. But it comes as British food retailers have faced rising prices for imported goods due to the drop in the value of the pound since the June vote.In a shift akin to widening a donut’s hole, the tweak in Britain involves shrinking a 170-gram Toblerone sold by British discounters like Poundland to 150 grams, said Mondelez spokeswoman Heide Hauer. The price remains the same.Some British consumers likened the new shape to a toothless comb, others to the mouth of a crocodile. Some joked about how the issue was grabbing headlines on the same day as Americans were electing a new president.The signature 100-gram Toblerone bar and other vendors are not affected, Hauer said. But Toblerone also has trimmed its super-sized 400 gram product — often sold in airports — to 360 grams globally, for the same recommended retail price, said Hauer.Michael Payne, executive director of the International Association of Airport Duty Free Stores, noted that duty free stores sell Toblerone in a variety of sizes, so he’s not sure how this change would affect sales.Hauer from Mondelez cited “a multitude” of factors like rising commodity prices, a regular review of pricing and the fallout from a weakening of the Swiss franc in early 2015 that caused a spike in production costs.The switcheroo in Britain, which began in September, was weeks in the making: Toblerone’s official Facebook page featured a post on Oct. 15 explaining that the company was facing higher costs for “numerous ingredients.”“We carry these costs for as long as possible, but to ensure Toblerone remains on-shelf, is affordable and retains the triangular shape, we have had to reduce the weight of just two of our bars in the U.K., from the wider range of available Toblerone products,” it said.Economist Pippa Malmgren, who has studied what she calls the corporate practice of “shrinkflation,” believes the company was using the recent political situation in Britain to test to see if people would notice.“Whole divisions of major companies” are devoted to shrinking a product while keeping the price stable, she noted. She estimated that about 10 per cent of the Toblerone candy bar was dropped.“This is an art form,” she said. “This is not random.”Another analyst warned of a possible consumer backlash more broadly.Robert Haigh, director at consultancy Brand Finance, said the move by Mondelez was “quite risky” and could be seen as “deceptive.”“They don’t seem to have the reverence for traditional confectionery that the previous owner did,” said Haigh said, comparing the chocolate bars to a well-known British savory spread made from yeast extract. “Like Marmite, Toblerone has an impact on the cultural consciousness that far outweighs its actual popularity.”___Danica Kirka in London and Scott Mayerowitz in New York contributed to this report. by Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press Posted Nov 8, 2016 6:35 am MDT Last Updated Nov 8, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Fivehour days vacation cash among work perks at BC tech companies

by Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 23, 2017 11:56 am MDT Last Updated Aug 23, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – From vacation cash to luxury cars, some technology companies in British Columbia are offering big perks to woo prospective employees.Multinationals like Amazon and Microsoft have opened offices in Vancouver, while homegrown startups like Hootsuite have gained international acclaim in recent years.The growth has left companies competing to recruit workers, said Bill Tam, CEO of the B.C. Tech Association.Last year the group issued a report estimating that 35,000 jobs in the industry will need to be filled in B.C. alone by 2021.“The demand for talent is outstripping the supply,” Tam said in an interview.In order to stand out, many brands are advertising their culture and mission statements in job postings so employees can choose the post that best fits their lifestyle and personality, he said.They’re also offering benefits that go above and beyond standard medical and dental coverage. Tam said he’s heard of companies that offer unlimited vacation, flexible work hours, and even one that paid for downpayments on new Tesla cars.“Tech companies by design are trying to be innovative in all aspects of what they’re doing. So the way in which they structure their businesses and the culture they try to adopt is very much consistent with that philosophy,” Tam said.RingPartner, a digital marketing firm in Victoria, slashed work days to five hours in a bid to find employees.“We were at a crossroads where we’re living on an island in the north Pacific, which sometimes makes it tricky to attract the kind of talent that we want to retain here,” said Sarah Gulbrandsen, the company’s vice-president of client operations.RingPartner’s 30 employees are required to be in the office between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Monday through Friday, but where and when they do the rest of their work is up to them.That means some people take off for the beach in the afternoon, then log in to their computers at home in the evening, Gulbrandsen said.Many parents have found that they now have more time to spend with their kids, she added.Others prefer a more traditional schedule.“Some people still feel like they do their best work in a traditional eight-hour workday in the office, and that’s OK — they can totally do that,” Gulbrandsen said.Since the company implemented the five-hour workday earlier this year, the number of sick days taken has fallen 10 per cent, and RingPartner’s revenue and profitability have jumped, Gulbrandsen said.While benefits can be used as a recruiting tool, they’re also a reflection of a company’s culture, said Leslie Collin, director of people and culture at Unbounce.“We definitely believe in work-life integration here,” she said.The Vancouver-based tech company gives each of its 190 employees four weeks of vacation a year, plus $1,000 for taking time off.The vacation bonus allows workers to “to go on a new adventure and support their life goals as well as their career goals,” Collin said.Perks like vacation bonuses and flexible hours have helped draw new talent to Unbounce, but they also help employees do their best work, she added.“Without rest you’re really not able to be fresh with ideas or collaboration or creativity, which is really what we believe makes us successful as a company,” Collin said. Five-hour days, vacation cash among work perks at B.C. tech companies Hootsuite’s owl mascots are shown in the company’s cabin-themed office in Vancouver in a handout photo. From vacation cash to luxury cars, some technology companies in British Columbia are offering big perks to woo prospective employees. Multinationals like Amazon and Microsoft have opened offices in Vancouver, while homegrown startups like Hootsuite have gained international acclaim in recent years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Hootsuite MANDATORY CREDIT read more

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WomenFriendly Spaces for Rohingya refugees A place for protection and care

UNFPA Bangladesh/Allison JoyceTwo women exit a Women-Friendly Space at a Rohingya refugee settlement in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.It is also identifying at-risk groups to they can be transferred to safety, forming community watch groups from among refugee and host community women, to locate those who are pregnant – often as a result of rape. Vulnerable women and girls, are taken to more secure settlements or places with facilities designed to help them cope with trauma and loss.Midwives and case workers, supported by UNFPA are also traveling along waterlogged roads to reach those in need. However, it is feared that full brunt of the monsoon season will discourage women from seeking vital maternal health care and other services. The safety of the Rohingya refugees during this monsoon season is priority one – Secretary-General GuterresDuring the recent first heavy rains, UNFPA health facilities and women-friendly spaces saw their use decline by around 60 per cent.As a precaution, the UN agency has been distributing sterile delivery kits – which include a plastic sheet, razor blade, gloves and towels – to pregnant women to minimize infection risks during childbirth, in case they are unable to reach a health facility when it is time to deliver. More than 12,000 such kits have been distributed in the past nine months.UN Secretary-General Guterres, who visited the refugee settlement and the UNFPA facilities on Monday, reiterated the need to protect those in most need.“The safety of the Rohingya refugees during this monsoon season is priority one,” he said, standing amid a monsoon downpour. They are offering persecuted Rohingya who fled the brutal violence in Myanmar a safe haven where they can find sanctuary and support, care of UN workers and partner agencies.Some 19 Women-Friendly Spaces (WFS), also known as women’s centres or women’s safe spaces, set up by the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) cater to hundreds-of-thousands of women and girls, providing healthcare and counselling, as well as professional case management for survivors of violence.However, with the start of the monsoon season, torrential rains and risk of flash floods and landslides, are jeopardizing this vital element of humanitarian response and protection. In June, some 10 such Spaces were damaged by rains and landslides.“The heavy rains and their impact are already compounding the suffering of these refugees, even as they try to rebuild their lives,” Natalia Kanem, the Executive Director of UNFPA, said on Monday when she was in Cox’s Bazar, as part of Secretary-General António Guterres’ delegation.Many of the women and girls in need of most care, are survivors of brutal crimes of sexual violence, carried out allegedly by Myanmar government forces, who began torching the villages of Rohingya in Rakhine state last August, forcing them to flee across the border.UNFPA has already stepped up efforts and is working with partners, including other agencies, including the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – together with refugees themselves and host communities – to repair and reinforce these spaces as well and the health centres operated by the agency. read more

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Cheechoos address will help culminate White Privilege Symposium

Brock University Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo will draw on her own childhood ordeal at residential schools when she gives the closing keynote address at the White Privilege Symposium this weekend at Brock.Cheechoo, an award-winning artist and filmmaker, uses her own experiences to raise awareness of First Nations issues, which she’ll do this Saturday Oct. 1 at 4:45 p.m. when she goes to the podium for her presentation, My Road to Healing as a Residential School Warrior.A member of the Cree nation, Cheechoo grew up in Moose Factory, Ont., where in the 1960s she was separated from her family and sent off to several residential schools in northern and southern Ontario.Cheechoo says her artistic outputs provide her with a way to deal with and draw from her own past experiences in-and-out of the residential school system, and to share them with a wide variety of audiences.“Healing from these experiences has been a personal lifelong journey,” she said recently, “but it is artistic expression which has had the most significance and influence of who and where I am today.”Cheechoo will be the last of eight diverse keynote speakers to address the White Privilege Symposium, an annual event which this year is being held outside the United States for the first time. read more

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Apple Retail Store revamp adds iPad 2 information points

first_imgMay 19th marked the 10th anniversary of Apple opening its first retail store. We expected some form of celebration, and initially it looked like a product launch may happen, but it turned out to be a revamp of the stores. Staff were told they couldn’t take holiday, night shifts were planned for this weekend, and stores received stock deliveries that couldn’t be opened until Saturday. So what was the big overhaul of Apple Stores all about?The first refurbished stores to open were those in Australia as they reached Sunday before anyone else. Rather than a complete store overhaul, Apple has just decided to increase the amount of information accessible to customers without the need of a staff member giving them that information.AdChoices广告Apple has achieved this by introducing iPad 2 information points. Around the store iPad 2s have been installed in a plexiglass casing and running custom software. Each iPad offers up information on the products covered in that area of the store. This includes an introduction to the product, the features on offer, and the ability to compare different models. There’s even a support feature so you can look up related information. Finally, there’s the ability to ask for a specialist to come over and help you in person.The iPad 2 information points do not work like a normal iPad. The Home button is disabled, and there’s no access to other apps. All you can do is use the touchscreen to access the product information app. It’s still powered through the dock connector, but Apple has managed to hide this in the casing.By introducing these information points Apple has made it possible for customers to help themselves rather than waiting for a store employee to be available. It also means that updating pricing or product specs for a line refresh can be done with a simple software update.More at Mac Prices Australia, via AppleInsiderlast_img read more

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39 people died in workplace incidents last year with 17 deaths caused

first_img39 people died in workplace incidents last year, with 17 deaths caused by vehicles The HSA launched it annual report for 2018 today. A TOTAL OF 39 people died from workplace accidents last year, with 17 of those as a result of vehicles.Last year saw a drop of almost 20% in terms of workplace deaths when compared to 2017, when 48 people died, according to the annual report of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). The farming sector had the biggest share of deaths, with 15 people dying in work-related incidents last year. Five people died while working in construction. Tractors were involved in the deaths of six people, while cars, refuse trucks and forklifts were also involved in fatalities.The HSA also finished 15 prosecutions last year, resulting in total fines of €705,972.Junior Minister for Trade Pat Breen welcomed the reduction in deaths, but said that each life lost caused great trauma and personal suffering for families every year“We should remember that any improvement in numbers provides little comfort to the family, friends and colleagues of the dozens of Irish people whose lives were cut short this year while doing their job,” he said. HSA CEO Dr Sharon McGuinness warned that vehicles were the greatest threat to people in the Irish workplace. “Whether it’s a farmer driving a tractor in a yard, or a truck driver delivering a load, across all sectors, incidents involving vehicles accounted for almost half – or 44% – of all deaths last year,” she said. Friday 30 Aug 2019, 1:09 PM Aug 30th 2019, 1:09 PM Tractors were involved in six workplace deaths last year. Image: Shutterstock/Aleksandar Malivuk The worrying trend is continuing with six deaths provisionally recorded so far this year in the transportation sector. 11 Comments Share5 Tweet Email2 8,438 Views https://jrnl.ie/4788966 Image: Shutterstock/Aleksandar Malivuk By Cormac Fitzgerald Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tractors were involved in six workplace deaths last year. last_img read more

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Crews extinguish NW MiamiDade house fire

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire broke out inside a home in Northwest Miami-Dade, Sunday afternoon.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the blaze near Northwest 63rd Street and 29th Avenue. Crews used chainsaws to take down the charred roof.Firefighters were able to put out the flames.There is no word on what caused the fire.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Children with autism hit waves for surf camp

first_imgThe young surfer then leaned into 7News’ mic. “Happy!” he said.“‘Happy.’ Isn’t that amazing?” said Paskowitz.This was Surfers Healing’s fifth year at Sunny Isles Beach, and the event is expected to return in 2018.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. surf’s up… also, woof!…@SurfersHealing #miami @SoleHotels pic.twitter.com/MV7akRJfTo— Daniel Paisner (@DanielPaisner) April 29, 2017Surfers Healing’s Adam Paskowitz held a young participant in his arms as he described how the camp brings joy into their lives. “It’s a fantastic experience for everybody. So proud,” he said.He then turned to the boy in his arms. “How does it make you feel?” SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Hundreds of children with autism hit the waves on Sunny Isles Beach for some special surf lessons this weekend.“Surfers Healing” pairs professional surfers with children on the autism spectrum. More than 300 families took part in the event.Each child paddled out and demonstrated their skills. “A lot of kids come out fighting to get on that surfboard, and they come back smiling,” said Surfers Healing’s Moshe Banin. “I think they feel accomplished. The water gives them a sense of calm.”last_img read more

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Hamid Hassan is back Afghanistan to unleash fiery weapon on opponents in

first_imgAfghanistan’s fast bowler Hamid Hassan is back in the national team for the World CupTwitter/ICCAfghanistan have made rapid strides in international cricket which culminated in them registering their first Test win earlier this year. They have also produced a genuine international star in Rashid Khan. But the World Cup squad that has been picked by the country’s selectors contains another notable name – Hamid Hassan.Who is he?For those of you who remember the 2010 World T20 event in the Caribbean, it was there that Afghanistan made their entry into cricket’s big league. Their very first match was against India where the men-in-blue strolled to an easy win. The Afghans played one more game in the tournament, against South Africa.The cricketer who impressed most in these two matches was a skiddy fast bowler – the same Hamid Hassan. In fact, the match against South Africa saw the pacer getting figures of 3/21 in his four overs. What impressed everyone was his speed, which even hurried some of the Proteas batters.As we saw more of Hassan, it became clear that he was someone special. The right-arm pacer didn’t just generate speeds of over 140 kmph but also had the demeanour of a fast bowler. He used to don a bandana with the colours of the Afghan flag on it, something that added to his unique appeal. Afghanistan cricket team has become increasingly reliant on spinners like Rashid and NabiRANDY BROOKS/AFP/GettyWhile he was trying his best for his nation, he expressed a desire very early on in his international career that is yet to be fulfilled – playing in the IPL. And frankly, if you would have had to bet on anyone from Afghanistan playing in the world’s biggest T20 league, in the first part of this decade, it would have been him. For one thing, unlike other seamers that the country produced – the likes of Dawlat Zadran – he was the only one capable of generating genuine pace.Getting sidelinedBut then things took an unexpected turn for the emerging cricket nation. Contrary to what was expected, that his country would produce quality fast bowlers since the Pathans across the Durand line in Pakistan also excelled in this art, it became a hotbed of spinners specializing in T20 cricket.Rashid Khan emerged as the first genuine superstar of Afghan cricket and took the leagues of the shortest format across the world by storm. Hassan himself lost his place in the national team and has been out of international cricket since 2016.But, the tall pacer has got another opportunity to make a name for himself and that too in the biggest ODI tournament in the world. If he delivers genuine pace again and rattles a few batsmen, not only would he help his team immensely, but may even realise his dream of playing in the IPL.last_img read more

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