Air India leaves Indian TT squad stranded at IGI airport

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 22 (PTI) India’s table tennis star Manika Batra and six other top paddlers en route to an international event were left stranded at the Indira Gandhi International Airport after being denied boarding on a Melbourne flight by national carrier Air India today.Air India, however, laid the blame on late arrival of players and the bookings done under different PNRs.The Indian contingent, comprising 17 players and officials, was scheduled to participate at the ITTF World Tour Australian Open starting tomorrow in Melbourne.But to their disbelief, only 10 members of the team were allowed boarding after Air India told them that the flight was overbooked.Besides Manika, veteran Mouma Das was among the seven players denied boarding. The national carrier drew social media ire after the incident. Commonwelath Games gold medallist Manika took to social media to share her ordeal and asked Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and the Prime Minister’s Office to look into the matter.”Our contingent of total 17 players & officials of Indian table tennis team including CWG medalist myself, Sharath Kamal, Mouma Das, Madhurika, Harmeet, Suthirta, Sathyan were supposed to fly today to Melbourne by AI 0308 to participate in ITTF World Tour Australian Open from tom,” she tweeted.”On reaching Air India counter we were told dat flight is overbooked & only 10 members of TT team can fly which left us in a shock. 7 of us are still unable to fly.All the tickets were booked by Balmer Lawrie,” Manika added.Facing criticism, the airline said it was not apprised beforehand about the travel plans as per practice and that it had the highest respect for sportspersons.advertisement”#airindia has a rich legacy in promoting sports and has always had the highest respect for sportspersons. The Indian #Tabletennisteam were booked for today’s melbourne flt under different PNRs & some of them may have reported after all other pax had checked in.”Contrary to the practice, #AirIndia was not apprised beforehand about the travel of team. The players were provided with hotel stay and offered flight for next day,” it tweeted. Alarmed by the situation, Director General of Sports India (erstwhile Sports Authority of India) Neelam Kapur swung into action and sorted out the matter.”The TT team have been booked on an alternate flight leaving later tonight,” Kapur confirmed on her official Twitter handle. PTI SSC SAN KHS IJTIJTlast_img read more

Falmouth Poised to Become a Model Regional Cruise Shipping Port

first_imgStory Highlights Mr. Bartlett indicated that in preparation for this, the Government has further ramped up the town’s anti-visitor harassment programme, resulting in significant safety improvements in Falmouth and surrounding areas. He also cited the continued presence of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class vessels- Harmony of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas- as proof of the cruise- line’s sustained commitment to Falmouth and, by extension, Jamaica as a preferred destination. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Port of Falmouth in Trelawny is poised to become a model regional cruise shipping destination, noting that this augurs well for Jamaica’s industry to exponentially record additional growth. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Port of Falmouth in Trelawny is poised to become a model regional cruise shipping destination, noting that this augurs well for Jamaica’s industry to exponentially record additional growth.Mr. Bartlett said, to date, the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has spent approximately $190 million to undertake projects in town, inclusive of renovation of the Falmouth Court House and the renowned Water Square business district.“We are also working in collaboration with local stakeholders and Government agencies (and) are relocating vendors to more strategic locations, paintingbuildings, taking the mentally ill and homeless off the streets, establishing visitor centres, and increasing the number of district constables in the town to help keep crime in check,” he added.Against this background, Mr. Bartlett contends that not only does the port have the potential to be one of the finest cruise shipping destinations globally, “but the town will also be a place where visitors will want to travel miles to see.”“When we are through with the development plans for Falmouth, it will be the undisputed pearl of the Caribbean. We have taken note of the concerns of visitors that when they exit the port there has not been much to see on the outside. All that will change when the $1.1 billion worth of (additional) projects start to kick in,” the Minister stated.He was speaking at the Falmouth Heritage Expo and launch of the Heritage Map of Jamaica on October 18.Meanwhile, Mr. Bartlett said the Falmouth Port continues to lead the way with cruise passenger arrivals, which totalled 48,910 in August, representing a 5.4 per cent increase.He also cited the continued presence of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class vessels- Harmony of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas- as proof of the cruise- line’s sustained commitment to Falmouth and, by extension, Jamaica as a preferred destination.“We can all recall earlier in the year when there were concerns raised as it relates to ships being…rerouted from the Falmouth Port. Well, not only are the ships still here, but we will also be seeing an additional 68 calls, representing almost 190,000 more passengers,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett indicated that in preparation for this, the Government has further ramped up the town’s anti-visitor harassment programme, resulting in significant safety improvements in Falmouth and surrounding areas.“We are all aware of the important role that cruise shipping plays and also the contribution Falmouth is making to the cruise sector. What we are doing is to build out the town and port infrastructure as well as the visitor experience so that when the cruise ships dock, there is good reason for visitors to disembark,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Bartlett said he was pleased to see that Falmouth has been well documented on the updated map of Heritage Sites of Jamaica.He pointed out that the map, which was produced by the Tourism Product Development Company, “is more comprehensive and interactive, showcasing cultural and natural heritage sites across the island.”“It caters to visitors and locals looking for adventure (and) those looking for nature, wellness, hiking and camping in the mountains as well as those interested in our plant and aquatic life.Additionally, it caters to those who are interested in historical forts, schools and churches,” Mr. Bartlett further stated.last_img read more

Young Professionals Interested in Housing Just Outside Corporate Area

first_img She noted that developers have started moving further westward, as far as Old Harbour, St. Catherine, in a bid to provide affordable starter homes. “We realise that young persons are definitely interested in lower housing costs, while still desiring to be in and around the Corporate Area because most young professional jobs are in the Corporate Area,” Assistant Environmental Planner at the HAJ, Zaneta Scott, told JIS News. The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) says more young professionals are showing interest in accessing housing solutions on the periphery of Kingston and St. Andrew. Story Highlights The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) says more young professionals are showing interest in accessing housing solutions on the periphery of Kingston and St. Andrew.“We realise that young persons are definitely interested in lower housing costs, while still desiring to be in and around the Corporate Area because most young professional jobs are in the Corporate Area,” Assistant Environmental Planner at the HAJ, Zaneta Scott, told JIS News.She noted that developers have started moving further westward, as far as Old Harbour, St. Catherine, in a bid to provide affordable starter homes.She noted that Portmore is one major area that is being targeted for new housing developments.“The interest in Portmore is high. A lot of the call-ins we received from young professionals, persons wanting to start a family and persons wanting to buy a first home, the demand is for Portmore,” Ms. Scott said.The Bernard Lodge development is one new low-income housing solution that the HAJ will be undertaking in 2019.Senior Public Relations and Marketing Manager at the HAJ, Richard Jones, argued that the increase in road improvement works, including construction of highways, will facilitate faster commute for persons who reside outside of the Corporate Area.last_img read more

Hyundai Glovis Refuses to Use US-Registered Vessels

first_imgzoom South Korean logistics company Hyundai Glovis, a unit of auto giant Hyundai Motor Group, has rejected the proposals offered by the US government to use US-registered vessels, The Korea Herald cited undisclosed company sources.Namely, US officials paid a visit to the country with an aim to discuss marine policies with South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF).The representatives of Hyundai Glovis were present at a meeting held between the officials, where they were asked to use US vessels.The reasons behind the request was that these vessels often set sail on a return trip empty after unloading their cargo in South Korea.However, the US officials were once again turned down, as Hyundai Glovis said that using US-registered vessels would mean paying extra costs, according to The Korea Herald.The company has been offered the same proposal a number of times from last year.Hyundai Glovis, which currently operates 66 ships to export vehicles globally, has shipped around 200,000 cars to the US last year, a 31 percent share of a total of 640,000 units exported to the nation.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

When should polls be ignored

first_imgAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Every day from now until Canada’s federal election, a new poll will be released somewhere. Some will be right, some wrong, but you won’t know which until October. Some will be biased, but maybe not intentionally so. Some will be good polls that get no coverage, and some will be bad ones that spawn giant headlines. If you ignore all of them, you won’t be an informed voter. If you pay attention to every new set of numbers, you’ll go crazy. So how can you tell a good poll from a bad one? When is it a party or leader’s jump a sign of a real shift and not an outlier? How can you tell which events are actually driving public opinion, and which ones will fade without a lasting impact on the race? Why do we like to talk about the polls being wrong when they’re right far more often than not? What do the reporters and analysts writing and talking about polls get wrong when new data lands? And how can you catch them in the act?THE BIG STORY PODCAST GUEST: David Coletto, CEO of Abacus DataToday’s Podcast – How to read (and when to ignore) the polls You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at read more

MP Bob Zimmer receives award for supporting recreational fishing and conservation

first_imgThe all-party Outdoor Caucus includes M.P.’s and Senators from all political parties who work together on legislation and policy which is essential to fishing, hunting, trapping and target shooting.“Whenever there is a program to encourage young people to enjoy fishing, Walter Oster and CNSS have been there to support it,” said Rhodes. He added, “When some M.P.s and others work against the best interests of anglers and our industry, Bob Zimmer and his Outdoor Caucus colleagues have our backs in Ottawa.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies M.P. Bob Zimmer has received Sportfishing Industry President’s Award.The award is handed out by Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association out to those who advocate for recreational fishing and conservation.  MP Zimmer is Co-Chair of the all-party Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus.  Walter Oster who recently retired as Chair, Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows was also honoured.“Bob and Walter are both excellent ambassadors for our outdoor heritage sports, and we appreciate all that each man has done, and continues to do on behalf of recreational fishing,” said Kim Rhodes president of the CISA.last_img read more

PRRD cancels Thursdays public meeting about the Caribou Recovery Plan

first_imgThis is the third public meeting that has been cancelled by the Regional District in regards to talks with the Province about Caribou.According to PRRD, the Province is aware that northern residents have a heightened focus on potential caribou recovery and conservation plans and has and continues to advise that public consultation and ‘robust engagement’ will occur before final decisions are made.Regional Chair, Brad Sperling, says he will continue to ensure that Caribou Recovery talks are open to the public for comment.“This is an important issue that will affect the entire region in many ways. we will continue to share concerns on behalf of northeast residents with the Province as they work toward formulating a caribou recovery and conservation plan that is open for public comment.” DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has cancelled Thursdays public Caribou Recovery Meeting.In a release, the Regional District says they continue to be “keenly interested” in hearing from the Province about the plan for caribou recovery and conservation.It has been agreed that the PRRD should instead meet with Provincial Ministers privately during meetings next week in Prince George.last_img read more

Moroccan DJ R3hab Ranked 21st Most Viewed DJ

Rabat – Fadil El Ghoul, a Dutch DJ of Moroccan origin better known as his stage name DJ R3hab, ranked 21st in the top most viewed 100 DJs in 2016 by British electronic music magazine DJ Mag.R3hab is one of the most prominent figures of the Dutch House genre, alongside Afrojack and Chunkie.He is best known for his releases of “Pump the Party”, The Bottle Song”, and “Prutataaa”. The DJ has collaborated with the likes of Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Rihanna and has participated in international festivals like Tomorrow Land, Coachella and Summerburst.His particular style, which fuses Electro House, Progressive House, Dutch House, Trap, and several other musical genres, earned him the IDMA Best Breakthrough Artist Award in Miami five years ago. read more

French State-Owned RTAP Takes Over Operation of Casablanca Tramway

Rabat – Casa Transport signed on Friday a long-term contract with the French state-owned RATP DEV, the world’s largest operator of urban transport, which will take over operation and maintenance of Casablanca’s tramway network for the 2017-2029 term.The new contract was signed by Youssef Draiss, Director General of Casa Transport, and Laurence Battle, Chairwoman of the Executive Committee of RATP DEV, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The total cost of the deal amounts to MAD 4.38 billion. RATP DEV was among other bidders which compete over the operation of Casablanca’s tramway network, including Transdev and National Express – Alsa – ONCF. In 2016, the Casa Transport launched an international call for tenders regarding the operation and maintenance of Casablanca’s tramway network and buses with high level of service (BHNS) for the period of 2017-2029.The contract is considered the most ambitious project in urban transport made in the African continent.In 2022, the overall transport network in Casablanca will consist of 76 kilometers of tramway track and 22 kilometers of BHNS lines. The future tramway lines will be put into place according to precise schedules, reported MAP. read more

Arab nations need to ensure sustainable transition to democracy – UN rights

30 May 2011The top United Nations human rights official today stressed the need to ensure that the “promising” first steps taken by some countries in the Middle East and North Africa in response to calls for reform are followed up with measures to ensure a sustainable transition to democracy. “Experience shows that democratic transition is incomplete if it fails to include appropriate institutional reforms,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in her opening statement to the 17th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. She said the necessary reforms include transitional justice processes, which are indispensable for the proper functioning of a democratic system, primarily an independent and impartial judiciary, effective national human rights institutions, and security forces which are subjected to civilian oversight, so that they act as guarantors of the rule of law. “Failure to adequately strengthen new institutions tends to lead not only to impunity for past human rights violations but to further violations, corruption and organized crime,” she warned.Ms. Pillay noted that when popular protests began erupting earlier this year in North Africa and the Middle East, it was quickly dubbed ‘the Arab Spring’ – a phrase which captured intense optimism and appeared to herald a new era of freedom and hope following “decades of denial” of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights, as well as the right to development.“The promising first steps taken by some countries in addressing the calls for change, including initiation of important reforms long-promised, are welcome and should be further encouraged,” said the High Commissioner, noting that the focus must remain on addressing the range of issues that first brought the people to the streets.At the same time, Ms. Pillay stated, “as spring turns to summer, we are feeling the heat of the terrible events in some parts of the region, as we continue to witness legitimate claims being met with repression and extreme violence by forces determined to extend the dark winter.” She said the brutality and magnitude of measures taken by the Governments in Libya and now Syria have been “particularly shocking” in their outright disregard for basic human rights, while also highlighting the “heavy-handed repression” of protests, including the use of lethal force, in Bahrain and Yemen. She urged the Syrian Government to respond to her request to dispatch a fact-finding mission. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is slated to visit Yemen in late June, and the Government of Bahrain has just responded last week to a request to send a mission to the country. “Resort to lethal or excessive force against peaceful demonstrators not only violates fundamental rights, including the right to life, but serves to exacerbate tensions and tends to breed a culture of violence,” stressed Ms. Pillay.“The appropriate response is for the authorities to engage in a national, inclusive dialogue to address protestors’ legitimate demands. “Repression will not put an end to the inexorable aspiration of people who are legitimately claiming their rights, and demanding the construction of a state that will seek to protect and serve them rather than the exclusive interests of those governing,” she said. She also highlighted the need to actively involve civil society and the media in the construction of new democracies, as well as put an end to impunity and ensure accountability read more

Rwandan ministers cancel visit to UN tribunal

The Rwandan Minister of Justice, Jean de Dieu Mucyo, and the Prosecutor General Gerald Gahmia, had been slated to arrive today for talks with Tribunal officials.ICTR President Judge Navanethem Pillay expressed regret over the cancellation, saying it was “unfortunate that since the establishment of the Tribunal, no member of the Rwandan Government has made an official visit to the institution.” “This year our relations with Rwanda have sadly deteriorated to the point where two Trial Chambers were obliged to remind the Government of its legal obligation of cooperation with the Tribunal,” Judge Pillay said.The visit had been designed to allow the Rwandan officials to observe trials in progress, and to “give the delegation the possibility to be briefed in detail on the organization and functioning of the Tribunal as well as providing the opportunity to discuss matters of mutual concern,” she noted.Judge Pillay voiced hope that the Rwandan authorities “will reconsider their position enabling such a visit to Arusha to be arranged in the New Year.” read more

UN receives support on Afghanistan abductions

In a related development Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in an address to the nation on Thursday, underscored the work that the UN staff have been doing on behalf of the Afghan people, saying “with the help of God, we will manage to get them safely released.”Shqipe Hebibi, Annetta Flanigan and Angelito Nayan were abducted by armed gunmen from their UN vehicle on 28 October in the Afghan capital of Kabul. They had been contracted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to work on the country’s first-ever presidential elections last month. read more

What Else Does LeBron Need To Do

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Friday’s show (June 1, 2018), Neil and Kyle discuss the controversial end to Game 1 of the NBA Finals, whether this series is more competitive than pundits thought it would be, and what more LeBron James has to do for his team to win.The Lab will be back with another episode next week. In the meantime, keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, which are updated after every game. By Neil Paine and Kyle Wagner read more

Judge bans man from taking daughter out of the country for the

first_imgThe man, who had a “black African Muslim heritage”, had travelled to the UK more than a decade ago to study.He had met the girl’s mother, who had a “white English Christian heritage”, through an “online introduction site”.They had married in Conakry in 2007. Ms Justice Russell said an FGM protection order would stay in force until the girl turned 17.Legislation providing for the making of FGM protection orders came into force more than two years ago.The youngster’s mother had been represented by barrister Zimran Samuel, who specialises in legal issues surrounding FGM.In 2015 Mr Samuel said FGM protection orders wound “make a very real difference”. They aimed to protect potential victims rather than punish offenders, could put barriers in front of people who posed a threat and give comfort and support to vulnerable females.  A judge has banned a man from taking his six-year-old daughter out of the country for the next 11 years over fears she may be forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM).High Court judge Ms Justice Russell was told that the girl’s father came from Guinea, West Africa, where the practice of FGM was “widespread”.Her mother is English and had raised fears about the girl being subjected to FGM The judge concluded that the man would come under pressure to have his daughter “mutilated” if he took her to Guinea and has imposed an FGM protection order.She had analysed the case at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London in November and has revealed detail in a written ruling.Ms Justice Russell said she had heard evidence from the girl’s mother and father, who were separated, plus other family members, and from an academic who had carried out research into the practice of FGM in Guinea and other West African countries.She said she had barred the man from taking the youngster out of the UK because there were no direct flights and all travel to Guinea took place via a third country.The judge said the girl could not be identified. The girl lived with her mother, who is in her 40s, in the south east of England. Her father, who is in his 30s, had been born in Conakry, Guinea. 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

Slew of stringent measures in Witness Protection Bill to deter info

By Jarryl BryanThe upcoming Witness Protection Bill 2017 will contain a slew of new measures designed to deter the leaking of information that could compromise those the bill is intended to protect. New measures include stiff penalties, such as 10 years in jail for disclosures and bribery.Part VI of the long awaited bill binds anyone, including participants or former participants, from disclosing information in relation to the programme upon the pain of a million-dollar fine and 10 years in prison.According to Section 20 (1), this law applies to anyone who, without lawful authority, reveals information about the identity or location of someone who participated in the witness protection programme, which disclosure can compromise those persons’ safety.Anyone who discloses information which compromises the integrity of the programme also commits an offence. In the case of participants, one does not even have to be part of the programme for the proviso to apply.Section 20 (2) stipulates that someone who underwent assessment to be considered for inclusion into the programme is barred from revealing their participation. They also cannot provide information as to the modus operandi of the programme.These participants are also barred from revealing information about any operatives working in the Administrative Centre that will coordinate many of these witness protection activities.Those subject to the stipulations cannot make unauthorized disclosures about the memorandum of understanding they have to sign to be admitted to the programme.Lastly, Section 20 (3) of the proposed bill prohibits persons from bribing or offering any inducements to persons employed with the programme in exchange for information which could put a participant in danger or compromise the programme’s integrity. Any employee who accepts such a bribe or inducement in exchange for information is also committing an offence.According to Section 20 (4) of the Act, “A person who commits an offence (listed) under subsection (1), (2) or (3) is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one million dollars and to imprisonment for ten years.”The Witness Protection Bill makes provision for an administrative centre which would handle identity changes. The bill also allows for the centre to withdraw this protection and restore the identity of the former participant, in which case he or she is allowed 28 days to apply to the President of Guyana for a review of the centre’s decision.The bill states that if protection is withdrawn, the former participant must return all documents which were provided for their new identity within seven days of being requested to do so. Failure to do so is also an offence.According to Section 20 (5) of the Act, “A person who, without reasonable doubt, fails to return the documents in accordance with (Section 17, 5), commits an offence, and is liable upon summary conviction to a fine of five hundred thousand dollars and imprisonment for five years.”For years, Police have complained about difficulties with certain crimes, owing to the lack of witnesses. Some have posited that crimes are recorded as unsolved, or remain a mystery possibly because witnesses are not brave enough to testify, or they are afraid to be held accountable for someone’s sentencing.At a recent seminar, Principal Parliamentary Counsel Joann Bond pointed out that the Witness Protection Programme is designed to protect persons involved in both civil and criminal matters.“Persons may request protection in cases of murder, manslaughter, money laundering, sexual offences, anti-terrorism, and domestic violence. Once the bill becomes a law, the programme will be administered, and an administrative centre, an investigative agency, and a protective agency (will be established),” Bond explained.The administrative centre, she continued, would then collaborate with the Head of State, the Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), and the Commissioner of Police.Furthermore, in an effort to promote transparency, that criteria would be placed as a gatekeeping function for application, so as to prevent abuse of the programme.“Persons may want to use the programme as an escape, as a way out, to finding a new life with a new identity. As such, the administrative centre will carefully review the importance of evidence and statements. If your evidence is not enough to lead to a conviction, there may be no need for you applying for the programme,” the Principal Parliamentary Counsel posited.The bill currently sits on the Order Paper of the National Assembly. It is expected to be laid in the House along with the Protected Disclosures Bill after proceedings resume. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident to address 71st sitting of National AssemblyNovember 1, 2017In “latest news”Three agencies to be involved in Witness Protection ProgrammeSeptember 26, 2016In “Crime”Metrology Bill proposes million-dollar fines, jail for sellers using false weightsJuly 10, 2017In “Business” read more

The first whitetailed eagle chicks of the year have been born

first_imgIN THE PAST month, the first white-tailed eagle chicks of the year were born.The chicks hatched in nests at Mountshannon in county Clare in the past two weeks and Glengarriff in west Cork at the end of April.The arrivals are the outcome of a reintroduction programme which has seen some successes since 100 young Norweigian eagles were released in 2007.Currently, there are 14 pairs of eagles holding territories across four counties. At least seven pairs are nesting and laying eggs.Other pairs in Kerry and Galway are expected to hatch shortly.The eagles in Clare made history last year when they reared the first chicks to fly from a nest in Ireland in more than 100 years.“This is a very promising development,” remarked Minister Jimmy Deenihan.“I, along with many others, was shocked at the killing earlier this year of one of the two white-tailed eagle chicks born last year.“That was a dark day for this ambitious project to reintroduce these magnificent birds of prey into Ireland. The news that at least seven pairs are now nesting and laying eggs is a great development for this project. The breeding pair at Mountshannon gives the general public an opportunity to see one of the most spectacular birds in this country at close quarters.“They have proven to be a benefit to the local economy and I am confident that the continued presence of the Eagles will lead to a growth in sustainable tourism in the area.While the parent eagles started their Irish lives in Killarney National Park, I believe  that now they belong to the people of the east Clare, who have already proven themselves to be worthy custodians and caretakers.“The amount of voluntary monitoring, observation and recording of the breeding pairs activities is to be commended for this has helped in broadening our knowledge of these birds and our understanding of their needs for future success.I am delighted that the first chicks of 2014 have hatched and I hope these young eagles will have a long life in our skies.Dr Allan Mee, project manager for the Golden Eagle Trust, says the viability of the project depends on these chicks going on to breed themselves in Ireland.“Each step brings us closer to that goal,” he added.He also warned people in the area that it is an offence to disturb the eagles in their nest. Such disturbance could result in the birds leaving small chicks unguarded.However, the birds can be watched from the pier at Mountshannon.Of the 100 birds released in 2007, 29 have been found dead – mostly through illegal poisoning. Gardaí are still investigating the shooting of one of the birds that fledged from its Clare nest last year.Read: One of the first white-tailed eagles bred in Ireland found dead after being shotRelated: White-tailed Eagles make Clare their new nest after 100-year waitlast_img read more

Fedup Asian companies are eyeing Irish relocation because of Brexit

first_img Share53 Tweet Email 13,603 Views Fed-up Asian companies are eyeing Irish relocation because of Brexit The latest Morgan McKinley employment monitor also suggests the city brain drain is coming to a halt. Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 6:15 AM 13 Comments Feb 15th 2017, 6:15 AM Short URL By Cianan Brennan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Shutterstock/baranqA NEW REPORT suggests that Brexit could provide an employment boom in financial services here.The Morgan McKinley employment monitor for February, released today, has found that “large Asian-headquartered investment banks with operations in the UK, unhappy with Brexit, are conducting contingency planning and considering the talent that Ireland has to offer for their operations should they decide to relocate”.The report also finds that things are definitely looking up when it comes to parity between rural and urban jobs in Ireland. Source: Morgan McKinleyRegarding the Brexit fallout  with respect to the Asian banks, their relocation or otherwise “remains to be seen” according to Morgan McKinley’s director of inward investment Trayc Keevans.“But Ireland’s financial services talent pool is well positioned to meet their requirements if they do decide to locate here,” Keevans said.Brain drain reversed?Regarding the rural-urban divide, Keevan says “the dynamic in the IT sector between Irish headquartered companies and US multinational companies has shifted”.In the past, it was difficult for indigenous Irish SMEs to compete with larger multinational companies who could offer better salaries, conditions and access to cutting edge technology. But now we are beginning to see a more level playing field.One in two professional positions that became available in January represented opportunities in the regions as opposed to in Irish cities suggesting a balance being reached as regards the city brain drain. This has mainly been due, according to the report, to the likes of finance professionals being “willing to relocate outside Dublin”.“The overseas technology expansion and hiring plans of US companies have also slowed down as companies wait to see what restrictions if any that the new President of the United States will place on companies holding intellectual property overseas,” said Keevans.Again this has allowed Irish companies well placed to compete for available talent to reap the benefits.Vacancies Number of jobs available in Ireland, January Source: Morgan McKinleyIrish job vacancies in general saw a massive 33% increase month-on-month in January to 11,850. This is actually a 10% decrease on the number of roles available in January 2016 however.The first month of the year is generally seen to be good time to move jobs, with the ‘new year, new start’ philosophy coming to the fore.That has most certainly been the case this year, with Morgan McKinley recording a 56% increase in professionals seeking new jobs here month-on-month.Research and development engineer is the most in-demand profession at present due to further investment in innovation hubs around the country.Read: ‘Time for Dublin to grow up’ – Irish rents are now rising at their fastest rate EVERRead: What on earth is Project Black? And why are Irish unions so worried about it?last_img read more

President Barrow Chairs First Economic Council Meeting

first_imgState House, 5th May 2019 –President Adama Barrow on Tuesday, May 07, 2019, presided over the maiden meeting of the National Economic Council at the State House.The meeting availed the opportunity for the different government players in the economy to give a status report on their respective sectors and exchange perspectives in a bid to foster effective communication and dialogue on pertinent issues around the economy. The meeting, according to the Secretary-General and Head of the Civil Service, Mr. Ebrima O. Camara, was meant to create a forum to give a rundown of the economic status of the country.  It brought together top officials from public financial institutions like the Central Bank; Ministry of Finance, Gambia Investment Promotions Agency, Accountant General’s Office, Gambia Public Procurement Authority, among others. “The first meeting suggests that the economy is getting on healthily and a lot of good things are happening in the economy. Over time, we hope through this medium, Gambians will come to understand that the government is making significant inroads in terms of economic management and performance impact,” Mr. Camara told the press corps after hours of deliberations.He added that the Council would provide a forum to enrich communication and avail timely accurate information to the president and his cabinet as well as the public about the state of the economy at all times. Henceforth, it will hold regular briefings just as other vital sectoral briefings. “We want to encourage dialogue around these [economic] issues, and the maiden meeting provides an opportunity for such. Moving forward, every sector will come to give an account of economic activities they are charged with,” he said. The Secretary General said it will provide insights into the state of the economy, the public debts, how sustainable are the gains and where the economy stands with inflation, investments, and the overall economic governance.last_img read more

East Washington Heights Baptist Church to Host Annual Gospel Concert

first_imgEast Washington Heights Baptist Church will present its 28th Annual Gospel Choir Concert on Feb. 15. (Facebook photo)In celebration of Black History Month, the East Washington Heights Baptist Church Gospel Choir will present its 28th Annual Gospel Choir Concert on Feb. 15 at 3:45 p.m. The theme for this year’s concert is “Achieving Unity Despite Our Struggles.” Special guest performers and instrumentalists will also appear. The East Washington Heights Baptist Church is located at 2220 Branch Ave., S.E. The program is free to the public. For additional information, please contact the church office at 202-582-4811.last_img read more

Amazon Prime Launches First Tamil Series Vella Raja

first_img Popular on Variety Amazon Prime Video’s first Tamil-language series “Vella Raja” will stream worldwide from Dec. 7.The company’s India’s director and head of content, Vijay Subramaniam, is one of the speakers at the Asia TV Forum & Market that takes place in Singapore Dec. 4-7.In addition to catering to the large Tamil speaking population in India, the series will be of particular interest to subscribers in Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, countries that have significant Tamil populations. Tamil is one of the official languages of Singapore.Set in Chennai, “Vella Raja” revolves around several characters that find themselves in a hostage situation after a drug heist. Produced by Dream Warrior Pictures (“Aruvi”,) the series is directed by Guhan Senniappan (“Sawaari”) and stars Bobby Simha (“Jigarthanda”) and Parvathy Nair (“Overtake”). S.R. Prabhu, co-founder of Dream Warrior Pictures, said: “We have delved deeper into each character, establishing their back-stories and building a complex, grim, dark drug world with undertones of humor.”Amazon Prime Video has also added “Four More Shots Please,” produced by Pritish Nandy Communications (“Mastizaade”,) to its India series slate. The drama-romance follows the friendship between four women and the ups and downs in their lives. Directed by Anu Menon (“Waiting”,) the series stars Sayani Gupta (“The Hungry”,) Kirti Kulhari (“Pink”,) Bani J (“Zorawar”,) and Maanvi Gagroo (“Guy In The Sky”) as the leads. Supporting cast include Prateik Babbar (“Mulk”,) Neil Bhoopalam (“Lust Stories”,) Lisa Ray (“Cooking With Stella”,) and Milind Soman (“Chef”). The series will stream worldwide from Jan. 25.“We have worked with a strong, female-led task force – right from the cast to the crew. ‘Four More Shots Please’ reflects the voices of the generation of Indian women who are independent in mind, body and thought,” said Subramaniam.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more