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Did India underestimate Australia in Vizag? Here’s what Sunil Gavaskar has to say

first_imgIndia lost the first Twenty20 International to Australia by 3 wickets at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.The loss on Sunday was the first time that India lost two consecutive T20Is since June 2016 and also their first loss in eight T20Is at home.Umesh Yadav was tasked with defending 14 runs in the final over, after some splendid bowling from Jasprit Bumrah in the penultimate over, where he gave away just 2 runs.Team India captain Virat Kohli was forced to concede that “Australia deserved to win as they played better than us [India].”Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar though feels it was India who took Australia lightly in the first T20I and paid the price.”The first thing that every team must realise especially in the ultra-short format of the game is never to underestimate any opponent. India may have just done that at Vizag,” Gavaskar wrote in a recent column for a national daily.Gavaskar felt that going with just the likes of Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya ion the middle order and opting to go in with a new opening pai in the form of KL Rahul with Rohit Sharma.”Rahul batted well, but was not able to carry on after a half-century and that too with almost half the overs remaining. That meant the new boy Pant and the other two keeper-batsmen had to bulk up the innings. That didn’t quite happen,” Gavaskar wrote.Gavaskar went onto add that even though the Australians had a similar start to their chase through a Glenn Maxwell masterclass, Australia “sneaked to a last-ball win because Cummins and Richardson ran like hares between the wickets and Umesh Yadav was smashed for two boundaries.”advertisementGavaskar chose to comedown hard on the fast bowler, saying that Umesh is not a “white-ball bowler” and that India should look to replace him.”Umesh Yadav, despite being around for such a long time, is not convincing as a white-ball bowler, so India could well do with a replacement for him,” Gavaskar wrote.Gavaskar also feels that the last T20I in New Zealand, where Dinesh Karthik had refused a single to Krunal Pandya off the penultimate ball, had a toll on the batsman and is “short of confidence”.”India lost the T20 series in New Zealand with the batting letting them down and unless the top-order fires, they could lose this one too,” Gavaskar sounded off his warning to the Indian camp.Also Read | India vs Australia 2nd T20I: Chinnaswamy pitch expected to be batting-friendlyAlso Read | Bengaluru T20I: Kohli, Dhoni in focus vs Australia with series on the lineAlso Read | I am very much hopeful of finding a place in World Cup squad, says Ajinkya Rahanelast_img read more

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Guardiola signs Man City deal until 2021

first_imgGuardiola Guardiola extends Man City contract to 2021 Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 01:00 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Manchester City Getty Images Guardiola Manchester City Premier League Transfers The Catalan has signed a two-year contract extension after leading the Blues to a record-breaking Premier League title victory Pep Guardiola has signed a two-year contract extension at Manchester City, the Premier League champions have confirmed.Guardiola is two years into the three-year deal he penned in the summer of 2016, but has now pledged his future to City until the summer of 2021.”I am so happy and excited. It’s a pleasure to be able to work here,” Guardiola told City’s official website. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I enjoy working with our players every day and we will try to do our best together in the coming years. As a manager, you have to feel good to be with the players – and I feel good.”I will focus on the desire of my players to become a better team and every day that’s what I will try to do – to improve on the pitch and improve our players. We have a young squad with an average age of 23 and we want to keep taking steps forward and maintain the levels we’ve achieved this season.”The 47-year-old’s new deal marks a coup for the Blues, who are keen to keep hold of their coach for as long as possible.During his time at Barcelona Guardiola only signed one-year extensions, and even said at one point that if he could sign six-month deals he would do so. At Bayern Munich he honoured his three-year contract before moving to the Premier League.City have long wanted to tie Guardiola down to a longer deal and their resolve has only increased as the team’s impressive season progressed.Initial talks had taken place not long into last season, but the decision was made to push back formal negotiations until the summer as it had quickly become obvious that all parties were keen to renew.We’ve got Guardiola! #mancity pic.twitter.com/JIpTiZB5rc— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 17, 2018City had established a lead at the top of the Premier League table at that time and neither Guardiola nor the club wanted any distractions.However, by early spring it became clear that City would win the title and Guardiola’s agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, began ironing out the terms of an extension with the City hierarchy.“This season has been another step of our strategic plan and the continuous effort to improve the football we play,” said CEO Ferran Soriano. “We are very pleased with the progress. There is more work to do and having Pep committed to Manchester City for the next three seasons gives us the stability to be able to continue our journey to beautiful football and success for the club.”last_img read more

Jalen Hurts Issues Statement After Today’s Performance

first_imgalabama quarterback jalen hurts at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama junior quarterback Jalen Hurts issued a statement on Twitter following his performance in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia.Hurts, who had been relegated to backup duty with Tua Tagovailoa’s emergence, was thrust back onto the field today when the Heisman Trophy frontrunner went down with an injury.The dual-threat quarterback played like anything but a backup. Of course, this is unsurprising, as the only reason Hurts is a backup is because he’s playing behind the best quarterback in the country.Hurts took to Twitter with the following message after the win:“You Can’t Stop What’s Destined. THANK YOU LORD!” he tweeted.You Can’t Stop What’s Destined. THANK YOU LORD!#AllGlory2God #NeverLoseFaith #Blessed #Wow pic.twitter.com/RrcgdUFTQu— Jalen Hurts (@JalenHurts) December 2, 2018Good for Jalen.Alabama will learn its College Football Playoff fate on Sunday afternoon. The Crimson Tide will undoubtedly be ranked No. 1, but there are serious questions about the No. 4 spot.The College Football Playoff field will be unveiled on ESPN.last_img read more

Kyler Murray Has Officially Made A Decision On The NFL/MLB

first_imgkyler murray in the fourth quarter against alabamaMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Former star Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has officially made a decision on his future, announcing whether he’ll be pursuing a career in the MLB or the NFL. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback is choosing football.Murray, a top 10 pick in last year’s MLB Draft, has been flirting with both football and baseball over the past couple of months, refusing to reveal which way he was leaning.This afternoon, Murray took to Twitter to announce his decision. He is fully committed to pursuing a career as an NFL quarterback.“Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback,” Murray tweeted.“Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 percent of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships.”Here’s his full announcement:pic.twitter.com/kGePeWhrId— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) February 11, 2019This is tough news for the Oakland A’s, who took Murray in the first round of last year’s MLB Draft and allowed him to play one season of football at Oklahoma before heading to the minor leagues.However, it’s not too surprising, considering the success Murray had at Oklahoma. There are some who believe he could be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft.The NFL Combine begins at the end of February. Murray is expected to participate.last_img read more

Elections Canada suggests voter contact registry for bot users on social media

first_imgOTTAWA – A discussion paper prepared for Elections Canada suggests the use of “bots” on social media to spread disinformation, amplify political messages or disparage others could be monitored and regulated in the same way as automated phone messages during federal campaigns.Since the robocall vote suppression scandal in the 2011 campaign — in which thousands of voters complained they’d received live and automated phone calls purportedly from Elections Canada officials who directed them to the wrong polling stations — anyone using a call service provider to contact voters is required to register with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.Failure to comply is punishable by a fine of $1,500 up to $15,000.One junior Conservative staffer was eventually found guilty of violating the Canada Elections Act for his part in the use of misleading robocalls in Guelph, Ont., during the 2011 campaign.Since then, the potential to mislead voters has increased exponentially, thanks in part to the use of bots — software applications that spread automated messages like wildfire via the internet.The discussion paper, prepared for Elections Canada last August and obtained through the Access to Information Act, suggests that a voter contact registry, similar to that in place for robocalls, could be set up for any company that provides or creates bots for political entities or for use during election campaigns.last_img read more

Indigenous studies now mandatory in southern Ontario schools

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsStudents in southern Ontario will soon be studying the works of authors like Thomas King, Drew Hayden Taylor, and Thomson Highway.That’s because Indigenous voices are now mandatory in 13 high schools in southern Ontario.The move by the Ontario government is seen as an act of reconciliation.Métis teach Marilyn Robitaille has been teaching English for the past 15 years.Now she gets to include Métis culture in the curriculum.“Actually it’s a dream come true for me being able to share some of the personal aspects of my life with students in a way that is meaningful,” Robitaille said.“And lets them connect to me and connect to the texts and have the authentic voice I think that’s real.”It’s all part of the contemporary Indigenous voices course, now a mandatory English credit for all grade 11 high school students in the Kawartha Pine ridge District School Board.It’s only the fourth school board in Ontario to make the course mandatory.Teachers have been provided with new teaching resources and have received cultural competency training.The Indigenous education consultant says it’s an exciting time and a lot of work“The curriculum component is there and that’s all we’re asking our teachers to cover,” said Dean Smith, Indigenous education consultant.“They’re not being asked to bring in anything cultural and that’s where the community and the authentic voice has to come in.”Three weeks into the school year, 15 year old Emily Mrozowski said the change is good.“I really like history so we’re learning about treaties and I find that interesting,” she said.“But I also find it cool how everything like the medicine wheel for example it’s a cycle I don’t know I just find it interesting how it relates to everything.”The Kawartha board serves students from three First Nations.As an Indigenous education consultant with the school board, Marjolaine Lapointes supports teachers implementing Indigenous education.She says, it’s a significant move to reconciliation.“I think of all of the Indigenous students that we have here in the board are now going to be able to see themselves reflected in the curriculum and they’re going to be able to engage with their realities in the course that they’re taking,” she said.“And I think also of all of the all of our non indigenous students who are seeing these truths right, so we talk about truth and reconciliation where they’re going to be able to access all of these authentic voices for their own learning.”Lapointe said she would like to see Indigenous content included in all grades, starting in kindergarten“We’ve really talked about the culture that they’re going to be reading about and learning about and it’s giving them the background knowledge,” she said.“So when they read a novel and it talks about an animal as a symbol for example they understand importance of symbol and what that means in a culture they don’t necessarily already know.”afrancis@aptn.ca@aptnafrancislast_img read more

Alberta terminates deal with builder of Grande Prairie regional hospital

first_imgEDMONTON – The Alberta government is looking for a new builder for the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital.Infrastructure Minister Sandra Jansen says it has terminated the contract with the current builder, Calgary-based Graham Construction.Graham Construction and the province have been at odds over the timeline and costs of the $763-million project.In July, Jansen directed Graham submit a revised plan to get back on track, but says the new blueprint wasn’t good enough.Work on the project will now be stopped, with a new construction manager expected to be hired by late next month.Graham officials could not be immediately reached for comment but have previously accused the government of crippling the project with never-ending design changes, poor budgeting and bad faith negotiations.last_img read more

DR Congo UN rushes aid as violent clashes displace tens of thousands

24 April 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are rushing aid to mitigate the suffering of tens of thousands of people forced to flee their homes after an outbreak of fighting in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are rushing aid to mitigate the suffering of tens of thousands of people forced to flee their homes after an outbreak of fighting in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In North Kivu province alone, close to 65,000 people have been displaced in recent weeks due to intensified fighting between militias and government forces. Some of the internally displaced people (IDPs) are living in makeshift camps approximately 100 kilometres from the city of Goma in the country’s north-east, while thousands of others are living in the bush – hiding during the day and going to their fields at night. “The latest fighting underlines the need for a strong humanitarian presence in eastern Congo,” said Charles Vincent, WFP’s DRC Country Director, adding that humanitarian agencies play a key role in “assisting those caught up in fighting as well as providing for others who are able to settle down when peace prevails.” To date, WFP has provided over 1,000 metric tonnes of food to 68,000 IDPs in North Kivu. To identify human rights concerns and the needs of IDPs, UNHCR’s rapid monitoring teams have conducted 25 assessments at several hotspots in areas affected by renewed fighting. The agency is discussing reports it has received from victims regarding serious human rights abuses at the hands of armed groups with the DRC’s military and local authorities. As violence rages in the north-eastern portion of the country, which is trying to rebuild after decades of civil war and misrule, nearly 100,000 refugees, including some who fled eight years ago, have been able to return home thanks to stability in other regions. UNHCR is assisting the voluntary return of Congolese refugees from five neighbouring countries, including Tanzania and Burundi. Since the start of the year, a lower-than-expected 8,000 people have returned to their home country, as many refugees are concerned about the difficult living conditions in the DRC. Meanwhile, more than 1.1 million Congolese have been displaced within the DRC by conflict and persecution, and rely on the UN and its partner agencies for aid and protection. “Despite all the country’s troubles, the DRC is at the heart of solutions for long-standing refugee problems throughout Africa’s Great Lakes region,” said Eusebe Hounsokou, UNHCR Representative in the country’s capital, Kinshasa, adding that refugees from Sudan, Angola and Burundi have taken refuge in the DRC. The agency provides returning refugees with help in building mud-brick houses and assists in rebuilding health centres, while WFP distributes a three-month supply of food. read more

Hundreds of Congolese flee attacks by notorious rebels – UN refugee agency

1 October 2008About 1,200 Congolese have sought shelter in southern Sudan in recent days to escape brutal attacks by members of the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) that have included the abduction of children and the torching of homes, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. The Congolese arrived on foot in the Sudanese villages of Gangura and Sakure after a four-day journey, telling local authorities and aid agencies about savage attacks on six separate villages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The refugees said they fled to Sudan because the LRA, which has waged war against Ugandan Government forces for two decades, sometimes from bases in remote areas of the north-eastern DRC, had blocked all other routes out of the region. “From what we have learned in speaking to the refugees, the attacks were ferocious and unremitting,” said Geoff Wordley, the assistant representative for UNHCR operations in southern Sudan, adding there are unconfirmed reports of bodies seen floating in local rivers. “Many refugees being treated in the MSF [Médecins Sans Frontières] clinic showed wounds from machetes and bullets.” An emergency assessment team from UNHCR visited Gangura on Saturday, where MSF (Spain) runs a village clinic and has been treating some of the wounded refugees. Most of the arrivals are sleeping in the open at a derelict school, without bedding, cooking utensils or other basic household items, and subsisting on forest fruit. UNHCR, which is sending a team to the area to support relief efforts, said in a statement that it feared the humanitarian situation cold soon worsen, given the poor living conditions, the diminishing stocks of food and the proximity of the refugees to the volatile border. The agency said it was working closely with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to provide emergency aid to the beleaguered local population. UNICEF reported last month that LRA fighters had conducted a series of attacks on villages in DRC’s Orientale province and kidnapped an estimated 90 children from their schools. Today, in a joint statement with Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, UNICEF urged the immediate and unconditional release of the abducted pupils. “There are documented cases where children kidnapped by groups in this region have been forced to fight as child soldiers, and where young girls have been raped and used as sex slaves,” according to the statement. Since the mid-1980s, the LRA has waged war in northern Uganda against Government forces in that country and became notorious for its abduction and use of child soldiers during the conflict. Its fighters have often been based in neighbouring southern Sudan or in north-eastern DRC. The LRA and Uganda have signed several peace agreements, raising hopes of a comprehensive accord to formally end the entire conflict being signed eventually. read more

UN force takes part in rescue mission for survivors of plane crash

25 January 2010The United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon is taking part in a joint search-and-rescue operation for possible survivors from a plane crash off the coast of Beirut early this morning. According to media reports, an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane with about 80 travelers and 10 crew members went down into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after take off from Beirut airport en route for Addis Ababa in a strong storm. At the request of the Lebanese authorities, the maritime task force of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) dispatched two ships to the crash site as well as two helicopters.The maritime fleet has been deployed since 2006 in the wake of that year’s war between Israel and Hizbollah, and is tasked with helping the navy secure its territorial waters and prevent the unauthorized entry of arms or related material by sea into Lebanon. Last month the task force rescued at least 35 crew members from a cargo ship that capsized in rough seas about 10 nautical miles from the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, and the week before it saved another crew member from a merchant ship that had sunk off the southern Lebanese coast. In 2008 the force rescued 14 people from a disabled vessel. read more

DR of Congo Security Council welcomes withdrawal of Ugandan forces

Ambassador Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria, Council President for the month of September, said in a press statement that the members welcomed the signing of the Luanda Agreement on troop withdrawals and on the cooperation and normalization of relations between the DRC and Uganda. “They are pleased to see that the process of withdrawal of foreign troops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo is moving ahead,” he said. They were extremely concerned, however, by the gravity of the situation in the eastern part of the country and called for an immediate end to hostilities by all forces and armed groups in South Kivu, he added. The members further stressed that the cessation of fighting in that region was necessary in order for the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) to be able to move ahead with the disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, return or resettlement of armed groups, Ambassador Tafrov said, requesting the parties involved to create the conditions that will enable MONUC to carry out its mission. Council members also demanded the cessation of the massacres in Ituri, and particularly in Bunia, and recalled that as long as its troops were there, Uganda was duty-bound to ensure the protection of the population, according to the statement. “They call on all States in the region to bring their influence to bear so as to put a stop to the massacres in Ituri,” Ambassador Tafrov noted, and “appealed to all parties to work together to find an all-inclusive solution in respect of the results of the inter-Congolese Dialogue.” The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, updated the Council during closed door consultations earlier Friday on the overall situation in the DRC. read more

UN agency urges steps to prevent millions of deaths and injuries in

With road accidents worldwide causing one death, 43 injuries and a loss of nearly $500,000 every 30 seconds, the United Nations health agency today called for immediate action to improve road safety and prevent a projected 80 per cent increase in traffic fatalities in low- and middle-income countries alone by 2020. “We are not talking about random events or ‘accidents’. We are talking about road crashes. The risks can be understood and therefore can be prevented,” World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Lee Jong-wook said in a message on World Health Day, dedicated this year for the first time in the agency’s history to traffic safety. Events are being held worldwide to mark the Day, which coincides with the release of a report by WHO and the World Bank with concrete recommendations to governments, industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international agencies and individuals for improving safety and reducing the toll of deaths and injuries. Measures proposed in the “World report on road traffic injury prevention” range from setting up a lead agency in every country to coordinate road safety action plans and taking proven steps to prevent crashes and minimize injuries and their consequences. Road crashes are the second leading cause of death globally among young people aged 5 to 29 and the third leading cause of death among people aged 30 to 44 years. They kill 1.2 million people every year and injure or disable as many as 50 million more, with injuries costing countries between 1 and 2 per cent of gross national product (GNP), or $518 billion annually. Unlike high-income countries where those most at risk are car drivers and passengers, people most in danger in low- and middle-income countries are pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and users of informal modes of public transport. As a follow-up to the Day’s observances, Secretary-General Kofi Annan is slated to address a General Assembly session next week on the global road safety crisis. In a message today, he said achieving and sustaining safety on the roads required deliberate action from many sectors of society.”Road safety is a crucial concern for both public health and development,” Mr. Annan said, adding that successful accident prevention requires the commitment of all involved with health, transport, education and finance, as well as police, legislators, manufacturers, foundations and the media. read more

Optometrist with global vision awarded UNbacked refugeeassistance prize

The 2006 Nansen Refugee Award Committee found that Dr. Akio Kanai, chairman and chief executive officer of Fuji Optical, based in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, had “rendered exceptional service to the refugee cause” for his dedication to easing the plight of refugees in Nepal, Thailand, Azerbaijan and Armenia by testing their eyes and providing them with more than108,200 pairs of glasses, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.The award, created in 1954, is named after Fridtjof Nansen, a Norwegian polar explorer and the world’s first international refugee official. Previous recipients include Eleanor Roosevelt, Médecins sans Frontières, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and Graça Machel. Last year, the prize went to Margarita Barankitse, also known as the “Angel of Burundi,” in recognition of her work with separated children whose lives have been devastated by war and HIV/AIDS.The prize includes a $100,000 grant from Norway and Switzerland for a refugee-related project of the winner’s choice and is scheduled to be presented in October during the annual gathering in Geneva of UNHCR’s governing Executive Committee.“Tens of thousands of displaced people living in extremely difficult circumstances have been given a new outlook on life thanks to Dr. Kanai,” High Commissioner António Guterres said. “The gift of sight is precious. Restoring it makes a huge difference in individual lives, making learning possible for children and adults and pulling them back from the fringes of marginalization.”Dr. Kanai, himself forcibly displaced from the northern Pacific island of Sakhalin at the end of World War II, started his humanitarian work in 1983 in Thailand with Indochinese refugees, many of whom had lost or broken their glasses while fleeing. Many were undergoing courses ahead of being resettled and needed glasses to study. He began cooperating with UNHCR in 1984, and has since conducted more than 24 missions with dozens of his staff assisting, providing, beside the thousands of spectacles, optometry equipment, cash grants and training for local medical staff, UNHCR said. Dr. Kanai said the missions would not have been possible without the support of UNHCR. “In continuing partnership with the UNHCR, we look forward to a long and productive future – empowering refugees by serving their essential vision needs.” read more

Exforces join automotive front line to boost industry know how and plug

New Armed Forces initiative, Mission Automotive, helps ex-military talent into new careers and plugs vital skills gaps in manufacturing, infrastructure and logistics.Led by Mission Motorsport, the Forces’ Motorsport Charity, in partnership with The Royal Foundation, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and backed by the Ministry of Defence.1,700 veterans have already found new careers in the sector since first Invictus Games in 2014. Major players from across the automotive industry today joined forces with the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the Ministry of Defence, to launch Mission Automotive, a new charitable partnership that helps service leavers and veterans into jobs in the sector.Unveiled at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and delivered by Mission Motorsport, the Forces’ Motorsport Charity, Mission Automotive distils the charity’s seven years’ experience in placing veterans into employment across the UK automotive industry.Since the first Invictus Games in 2014, Mission Motorsport partners, including Jaguar Land Rover, DHL, Westway Nissan, Alcon and Bicester Heritage, have already helped 1,700 veterans, including over 150 ex-servicemen and women categorised as wounded, injured or sick, into work.Mission Automotive maps military skills to qualifications required by the sector, delivering sustainable and relevant employment opportunities for service leavers, veterans and their partners. It also lets the industry tap into a pool of unrealised talent to fill skills gaps in everything from components, infrastructure and software through to manufacturing, logistics, maintenance and repair.As the move to electrification and related technology gains pace, the initiative will also provide a welcome boost as ex-forces personnel across all three services already possess highly relevant skills in high-voltage technologies and systems.James Cameron, Mission Motorsport CEO, said,It can be difficult for service leavers to translate how their military experience allows them to fit into civilian careers. Mission Automotive helps organisations to recognise, foster and retain that talent through developing and implementing their own Armed Forces engagement strategies. By promoting these positive business behaviours, the Mission Automotive initiative gives member companies the tools to unlock not only human potential, but also brand and corporate opportunities through embracing the Armed Forces Covenant.Working as part of the MoD’s Defence Recovery Capability, our partner companies have helped over 1,700 veterans into employment since the first Invictus Games in 2014. Our service men and women are a national resource, and have much to offer to society beyond their military service. By helping them and their families we boost British industry, and by association the communities in which they resettle.Gavin Williamson CBE, Secretary of State for Defence, said,Engineering is one of the range of skills which personnel hone in our armed forces and can be transferred to civilian life. Mission Automotive will be instrumental in ensuring that these exceptional skills are harnessed, bolstering this vital sector of our economy and providing high skilled jobs for the ex-forces community.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,From electrification to digitization, autonomous driving to cyber security, the automotive industry is changing rapidly and we need talent to address some critical skills gaps. Ex-military personnel can provide some of these in-demand skills and the industry can provide them with a new career path. SMMT has supported Mission Motorsport for a number of years with ex-service people, including many with disabilities, joining the sector and rapidly becoming an asset to their respective companies. Mission Automotive expands these opportunities and will let us attack the future challenges with highly trained and targeted talent.Commentary from veterans (download high-res photos via Dropbox here)Stuart Olden, Williams Advanced Engineering, Ex-Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, said,My military experience has really helped my transition into the industry roles that I have held up to now, not only from a technical perspective, but the soft skills the Army taught me have really come in handy too”Colin Murphy, Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, Ex-Royal Navy, said,I have been on the most amazing journey with Mission Motorsport and it has culminated in a fantastic new job with an amazing company. I’ve worked really hard to make the most of everything that I have been offered – and it has paid off in the end.Mission Automotive is already working to place personnel with highly relevant skills in the UK automotive industry. Companies want to find out more can visit the website www.missionautomotive.org or contact info@missionautomotive.org for more information, and an induction pack.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Larry Page Facebook holding users hostage will be forced to share data

first_imgWith Facebook’s recent IPO it’s quite fitting that Google’s Larry Page has appeared on the PBS show Charlie Rose discussing the company. Google is, after all, one of Facebook’s major competitors and the two companies are increasingly stepping into each other’s markets.What’s interesting, if not totally surprising, is Page’s insistence that Facebook is the bad guy when it comes to data and sharing.There’s a very good reason Google classes contact export to Facebook as a trap. It’s not because Google doesn’t want you to export your contacts, it’s because Facebook refuses to reciprocate, meaning your Facebook contacts can’t be exported. Page has made it clear as soon as that is possible, Google will happily start letting you import data to Facebook much more freely.What’s also interesting it Page’s view on Facebook’s lack of data sharing. He states that Facebook cite privacy concerns as a reason not to share, but that they already share data with Yahoo! so that makes little sense. Page also believes Facebook will eventually be forced to share data, which I’m sure got a few Facebook execs angry if they were watching.Page is basically saying that eventually Google will get what they want regardless of Facebook’s desire to keep user data all to itself. How soon that will happen depends on who is taking an interest in the lack of data sharing and what, if any action is taken to open it up.With Facebook now a publicly-traded company it has a lot more people to answer to and a share price to worry about. With that in mind, Zuckerberg will want to stay away from any privacy-led action being taken against the social network, so may be more open to some form of data sharing in the near future.Update: The full interview is now available to view online.via VentureBeatlast_img read more

Italy PM promises unity after farright League party cut out of new

first_imgItaly PM promises unity after far-right League party cut out of new coalition Italy’s president has been trying to solve the political crisis in the country. Image: SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA Images Thursday 29 Aug 2019, 3:05 PM Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks to the media after the approval of the new government by the Italian president. Image: SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4787343 Matteo Salvini, who engaged in a beach-side campaign this summer, has now found himself out of government. Source: Stefano Cavicchi/Lapresse.Foto S/Zuma Press/PA ImagesM5S chief Luigi Di Maio has said the deal with the PD will have to be approved by his party’s members in an online vote, which could take place by this weekend.Conte said he would “immediately get to work on a budget that will counteract the increase in VAT, protect savers, and give a solid perspective of growth and social development”. He said the new coalition’s priorities would include improving infrastructure, boosting renewable energies and fighting tax evasion – but did not mention immigration, which has been Salvini’s political obsession.“The agreement means we won’t have an election in the autumn and any budget confrontation with Brussels later this year may be less fierce than last,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst.“The two parties still very much have their differences and it’s unlikely to be a harmonious relationship but it will likely be a better match than the last,” he said.Investors and markets have welcomed the likely return to political stability in the eurozone’s third largest economy, with Italy’s 10-year bond yield falling to a record low yesterday.But analysts have warned the deal between the M5S – which had sworn never to ally with traditional parties – and the centre-left, could quickly crumble.“Any new government formed by these unlikely bedfellows has the potential to be a fairly short-lived affair, given that the onus will now fall on a new administration to implement new EU mandated spending reductions of up to 23 billion euros this autumn,” said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets UK.“These are not expected to be popular and likely to feed into the populist narrative of Matteo Salvini,” he added.Salvini said yesterday his party was confident it would win eventual new elections next year, saying “we’re in no hurry”.© – AFP 2019 Aug 29th 2019, 3:05 PM Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks to the media after the approval of the new government by the Italian president. Share7 Tweet Email By AFP 4 Comments 8,155 Views ITALY’S CARETAKER PRIME minister Giuseppe Conte said that his new coalition would lead a “more united, inclusive” country after a deal was struck which cuts the anti-immigrant far-right out of power.The anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), once bitter foes, agreed yesterday to govern in coalition in order to stave off snap elections in one of the largest economies in the EU.“We must transform this crisis into an opportunity,” Conte said, insisting that Italy would once more become a key player in Europe after 14 months of a populist, anti-EU government.The new government would create “a fairer, more competitive, more united, more inclusive country”.The former academic, who was chosen as a compromise prime minister last year, was handed a fresh mandate by the president and said he would take a few days for political consultations to ensure a parliamentary majority.Conte said it was a “very delicate phase” for Italy, citing an economic slowdown in Europe and trade tensions between the US and China.“We have to make up for lost time so Italy can play the leading role (in Europe) that a founding country deserves,” Conte said.The crisis was triggered on 8 August when popular far-right leader Matteo Salvini pulled his far-right League party out of the governing coalition with M5S, calling for fresh elections he thought would make him premier.President Sergio Mattarella has been racing to find a solution to the political crisis, with Italy experiencing high debt levels and pressure to approve a budget in the coming months.Without a new government, it could face an automatic rise in value-added tax that would hit the poorest families the hardest and could plunge the country into recession. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

AHEPA fundraise for ebola

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Showing just how serious the outbreak of ebola is in West Africa, Father Themis Adamopoulos has had to postpone his trip back to Australia and won’t be appearing at the AHEPA fundraiser in September.The High Tea event on father’s day will still go ahead and AHEPA president, John Papaemmanouil tells Neos Kosmos they are in the process of booking Father Themis’ sister to take his place. The fundraiser will be supporting Paradise Kids 4 Africa, Father Themis’ main charity that helps with missions around Sierra Leone, Kenya and Papua New Guinea.Disappointed he won’t be able to make it, Father Themis will at least be appearing at the event in the form of a video link. Mary Adamopoulos, who has just returned from the Sierra Leone mission will be taking her brother’s place.All of the funds raised at the high tea will be donated to Father Themis to assist Paradise Kids 4 Africa in its relief projects including getting supplies to the medical clinic, canteen and educational facilities the charity looks after. Last year, AHEPA Youth raised $4,000 for the Greek charity, O Kivotos Tou Kosmou (Arch of the World).The high tea will be held on Sunday 7 September, and costs $35 for members and $40 for non-members. For further details and to book, visit www.trybooking.com/FMRSlast_img read more

Twitter 60000 amis en 24 heures pour le dalaïlama

first_imgTwitter : 60.000 amis en 24 heures pour le dalaï-lamaLe dalaï-lama a ouvert un compte Twitter en début de semaine, rejoignant la communauté des microblogueurs chaque jour plus nombreux à s’inscrire sur le réseau social. Vingt-quatre heures à peine après la création de son compte, le chef spirituel était déjà suivi par quelque 60.000 internautes.Evan Williams, le fondateur de Twitter, a révélé avoir rencontré le dalaï-lama à Los Angeles, et lui avoir proposé d’ouvrir un compte sur le site de microblogging. À lire aussiAbeille, Mark Zuckerberg et cancer, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 13 avrilSi le chef spirituel en exil s’est montré amusé par cette idée, il s’est laissé séduire et lundi, c’était chose faite, le dalaï-lama disposait de sa page, bientôt suivie par des dizaines de milliers d’internautes.Mardi le compte Twitter du dalaï-lama affichait sept tweets. Ces mini messages évoquent son voyage à Los Angeles et renvoient vers des photos de cette visite, des interviews, et son site officiel. Écrits à la troisième personne, les messages ne sont pas rédigés de la main du dalaï-lama.L’année dernière, un faux compte à son nom avait été ouvert sur Twitter, attirant des milliers de personnes. Cette fois, le compte du dalaï-lama comporte la mention “verified account”, preuve de son authenticité.Le 24 février 2010 à 16:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

SpaceX Completes Another Successful Launch

first_img On July 5, SpaceX completed the launch of its latest Falcon 9 rocket. It was carrying a communications satellite — the Intelsat 35e — to a geostationary orbit. As always, SpaceX live-tweeted and streamed the launch, and it was textbook.At this point reporting on SpaceX’s successes feels like a foregone conclusion. Of course they launched, of course it went awesome, move on, next thing. But it’s worth noting (again) that space flight is in a new, critical era. This could well determine how quickly we see broad commercial pushes for bigger spaceflight. Racking up wins like this makes Mars and other far-off, big-scale space projects much more likely — and much more likely to succeed.The launch had been delayed a couple times this weekend, due to apparent guidance system issues. That sounds bad, and yeah it’s a little troubling there’s something to fix at all, but having an agile private company leading the charge for safe, responsible space flight and employing enough checks and safe guards that these issues get caught before launch, is definitely good news.Successful deployment of @Intelsat 35e to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit confirmed. pic.twitter.com/f4ZzLNnQZF— SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 6, 2017Perhaps more impressive though, is that this marks the third such launch in the past couple weeks. That’s astonishing, and again, a testament to SpaceX organization, administration, and, of course, engineering.Unlike many other recent launches, though, this rocket from this launch will not be recovered. Geostationary orbits are far higher than the ones used for other craft and satellites like the International Space Station. After the rocket delivered the new communications hub, there just wasn’t enough fuel to get the ship back to earth so that it could be recycled.In any case, it’s good news for all of us, not to mention the future of spaceflight to keep seeing these wins — even if the road to get there was a bit rocky.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas last_img read more