President Barack Obama today announced that he intends to appoint oceanographer Richard “Rick” Spinrad to become the next chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Spinrad would be the agency’s first chief scientist since former astronaut and earth scientist Kathryn Sullivan—now NOAA’s Administrator—held the job in the mid-1990s.The move marks the administration’s second effort to fill the post, which it reestablished in 2009 as a presidential appointment requiring confirmation by the U.S. Senate. (Previous administrations downgraded, eliminated, or refused to fill the position.) But the White House’s initial nominee, geochemist Scott Doney, ultimately withdrew his name in 2012 after a 2-year battle with Republicans in the U.S. Senate. 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He served as NOAA’s assistant administrator for research from 2005 to 2010 and led its oceans and coastal zone programs from 2003 to 2005. From 1987 to 2003, he worked for the U.S. Navy, including as technical director for the oceanographer of the Navy. He earned his doctorate at OSU.“Rick will do a terrific job,” predicts marine biologist Jane Lubchenco, a former NOAA administrator who returned to OSU in 2013 after 4 years in Washington. “He understands science and politics, has an extensive network of key players and he knows the agency well. I’m delighted this essential position will finally be filled.”“He’s got a lot challenges waiting at NOAA, but having that history [at the agency] makes him a great choice,” says Doney of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. Spinrad, he adds, has “a great combination” of science and management experience.
The Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) or minimum income guarantee scheme, a key promise in the Congress manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, is set to make its first appearance in Chhattisgarh.Under directions of the party high command, the Chhattisgarh government is likely to launch a pilot project for the scheme. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel last week met Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi. K. Raju, who headed the office of former party president Rahul Gandhi, was in Raipur to brief Mr. Baghel about the scheme.NYAY was the corner stone of the Congress campaign with the slogan — Ab Hoga Nyay (now there will be justice). The manifesto had a image of an old woman hugging Mr. Gandhi with the tag line – Garibi par waar (strike on poverty) while guaranteeing ₹72,000 per annum to the poor.Push to rural economyIn the run up to the election Mr. Gandhi had variously referred to NYAY as a “surgical strike” on poverty, a “diesel for the engine of Indian economy” and “remonetising the economy” through the scheme. He often pitted this against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim in 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign of depositing ₹15 lakh in every Indian’s account by bringing back the black money stashed abroad. However, the party was unable to create a buzz about the scheme.The Chhattisgarh pilot promises to ₹72000 per annum to 20% of the poorest families of the State. The Congress has been repeatedly claiming that this kind of fund input is essential to keep the economy afloat. Launching the scheme in Chattisgarh, an insider said, is a way to keep it alive.“We are discussing it within the party and it is under consideration. It will begin as a pilot project in a small area at first just the way we started a pilot project against malnutrition in Bastar to begin with and will expand it to the rest of the State on October 2,” Mr. Baghel told The Hindu.Mr. Baghel said after final discussions with the party high command and State leaders, the modalities will be charted out.The scheme was a result of closed door meetings with many economists, Rajeev Gowda, convenor of the Congress manifesto committee said. NYAY was distilled down from the idea to provide Universal Basic Income which was seen as fiscally impractical.Mr. Gowda stressed that in the current economic scenario NYAY becomes even more relevant to inject financial fluidity. “Rural income has been stagnant if not negative over last few years. This provides them basic level of support that will free them up from worrying about mere survival and to be able to think about other things like health, education and whole bunch of other things,” Mr Gowda said.
NICOSIA (AP) — Eden Hazard scored in his 100th international game for Belgium on Sunday, helping his team to a 2-0 win over Cyprus in European Championship qualifying.Hazard curled the ball into the top corner in the 10th minute after receiving a pass from Michy Batshuayi, who held off three Cypriot defenders as he played in Hazard. It was the 30th international goal for Hazard, with five against Cyprus.Batshuayi made it 2-0 eight minutes later, controlling a ball over the top from Hazard’s brother Thorgan and knocking it past goalkeeper Urko Pardo.Belgium is top of Group I with six points, three ahead of Russia, Kazakhstan, Cyprus and Scotland.Belgium player Michy Batshuayi, left, celebrates a goal against Cyprus during the Euro 2020 group I qualifying soccer match between Cyprus and Belgium at the GSP stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus, Sunday, March 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)Russia bounced back from defeat to Belgium on Thursday by beating Kazakhstan 4-0 in the newly renamed Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan.Valencia winger Denis Cheryshev scored Russia’s first two goals with tap-ins from crosses, and set up Artyom Dzyuba with a cross of his own for 3-0. A Kazakh own-goal capped the win for the visitors.Russia may face UEFA charges over a large banner held up by its fans marking the 20th anniversary of NATO airstrikes on Yugoslavia in 1999.Three days after losing to Kazakhstan, Scotland was far from convincing in a 2-0 win over San Marino, the lowest-ranked team in the world.Despite their poor start, the Scots are one of the 16 teams assured of a playoff spot if they don’t qualify automatically, thanks to results in the Nations League last year.Cyprus’ Fotis Papoulis, left, right, fights for the ball with , Belgium’s Thorgan Hazard,right, during the Euro 2020 group I qualifying soccer match between Cyprus and Belgium at the GSP stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus, Sunday, March 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)Belgium players celebrate a goal against Cyprus during the Euro 2020 group I qualifying soccer match between Cyprus and Belgium at the GSP stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus, Sunday, March 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Chelsea Conte: Chelsea will ignore Mourinho, Matic will ignore me Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 06:36 11/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty/Goal Chelsea Antonio Conte Manchester United Premier League The Blues boss thinks that players on both sides will be able to focus despite seeing their former managers on the touchline in the Premier League Antonio Conte thinks that facing a former manager will not be a distraction for Chelsea’s players or Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic ahead of a fiercely competitive showdown between the clubs on Sunday. Jose Mourinho is now the manager of the Manchester outfit but led Chelsea to their first league title in 50 years as well as three of their six league titles across two spells with the London club. He added four cups and provocatively said last season that “Judas is still number one” as he was booed by his old fans after he lost in FA Cup quarter-final.But Conte doesn’t expect his players to be worried about Mourinho in the away dugout, much as he doesn’t expect Matic, who was sold by Chelsea to Man United for £40 million this summer, to be thinking about his time with the Blues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I think in this time, you see only opponents. An opponent. I think this is the right way,” Conte said at a news conference at Cobham Training Centre. “It will be the same for Matic in the other side. I think he doesn’t care.”The most important is to play for your page, to play for your club, to play for your fans. This is the most important thing now. I don’t want to answer this question [about Mourinho] otherwise you are ready to prepare your [Conte wants to be] number one [story about me]. “No, every coach has to put himself in his club and to try to become a really important coach for his club. I think every coach has the time, no, to spend at a club and the most important thing is to try and put all of yourself into the job in this time.“That the club can be happy, the fans can be happy, and the players can be happy with your work. This must be our task. Then, if you are number four, number five, number six, this is not important. The most important thing is to have respect from your club, your fans and your players.”Chelsea can go just one point behind Man United with a win on Sunday but a defeat might make it very difficult for the club to retain their title, with Manchester City already holding a nine-point lead over Conte’s side at the top of the table. Both Chelsea and Manchester United played in the Champions League on Tuesday and had mixed fortunes. Man United closed on qualification to the knockout round with a 2-0 win over Benfica but Chelsea were well beaten as they lost 3-0 at the Stadio Olympico to Roma, with Conte admitting he made mistakes during the midweek match. “We always have meetings,” he said. “After a win, after a defeat. Then we try to watch positive situations, negative situations, and then to try together to try and solve the situation. I think it happened the same yesterday during the meeting.”Sometimes it’s important to watch again the game. Sometimes it’s important to speak. But this is my task. To try to understand why we lost. And then to find the right solution to try and improve, to avoid other situations like this.“I think I like to speak with the press and tell you when I make a mistake. If you remember after the first game against Roma, it was my fault. That wasn’t the first time, either. A lot of times I’ve put my face in front. But I’m ready to do this if the players put always great commitment. This is the case.”For sure, I’m a coach who doesn’t like to find excuses or alibis. Sometimes I prefer to put all the mistakes in my face. Also even if the mistake is not mine, I prefer to put my face in front.””I think after a defeat it’s normal that we are not happy. We are not happy but it must be in this way. Otherwise it means we have a bad mentality. If we are happy after a defeat, it means we are not so clear to understand and to suffer. It’s right to suffer.”After a defeat like that, you have to suffer. If you have a good mentality. You understand?”If you have a good attitude. Because the defeat is not a good thing. But it can happen, this. The most important thing then is to find quickly the best way to try to find a solution, to find the right strength to be prepared for another game.”Manchester United is a really important game, a big game, a tough game. I think it’s okay in this moment. The way I suffer after a defeat is not for everyone, because I suffer. I suffer. Who knows me very well, yeah, they know I don’t like to lose. That I need a bit of time to digest this loss.“Yes. But, then, those who know me know that, after this, I start stronger with more hunger, more desire because I don’t like to lose. I don’t like the defeats. I try, also, to transfer my suffering to my players. Sometimes I am able to do this. To have a good answer. Sometimes it’s a bit… You have to work with me to understand.”Conte will face Mourinho for the fourth time since joining Chelsea on Sunday. His relationship with his opposite number has faced scrutiny ahead of each match but Conte insists that he doesn’t really have any close friendships with his fellow Premier League managers. Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri was Conte’s closest friend before he was sacked earlier this year. “Before, I had a really good relationship with Claudio Ranieri, and also now after the awards for the best coach and the best player at Fifa, we went for a dinner with our wives,” Conte said.”But I think it’s very difficult to speak about friendship with other coaches because then they become an opponent. You can have respect, respect for the job and the work, but to speak about friendship is very difficult.”
NxGn Where Kluivert, Donnarumma and the world’s best teenagers will be playing in 10 years – according to Football Manager 2018 Ronan Murphy & Paul Rayment 16:00 3/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal composite NxGn eSports Ajax Milan Real Madrid Manchester City Eredivisie Premier League Serie A Primera División The football management simulation predicts how the best young players in the world will develop and where they will end up in the future Justin Kluivert has topped the 2018 NxGn list as the best teenager in world football, with Ajax team-mate Matthijs de Ligt coming in two places behind him and last year’s winner Gianluigi Donnarumma finishing as runner-up, but where will this year’s top talents end up in a decade’s time? At least, according to Football Manager 2018!Ajax may have had two of the most talented young players in the world, but on our simulated game they failed to build around them and saw both Kluivert and De Ligt leave within the next two seasons. Neither player picked up any major silverware at the club, and moved abroad in order to have a better chance of club and individual honours.Kluivert had a false start at Inter, scoring just twice in 14 games in 2019-20 before being loaned out to Sassuolo in the hope of gaining more first-team experience. A Serie A winners’ medal accompanied him when he left Inter to join West Brom, becoming the club’s record signing for £22 million. The Netherlands international became a hugely popular player among Baggies fans, playing over 240 times for the Premier League outfit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Defender De Ligt also broke club records when he left Ajax, becoming their most expensive sale and Bayern Munich’s biggest ever signing at £59m. Like Kluivert, he spent some time on loan from his parent club, joining Hamburg during his first season in Germany to get accustomed to the Bundesliga.De Ligt’s trophy cabinet began to fill up at Bayern, helping them to six domestic titles. His international career also flourished, being named Netherlands captain in 2022 and going on to play 110 times for his country.Despite regular interest from Juventus, Donnarumma stayed faithful to AC Milan, where he continued to be first choice between the posts. The goalkeeper kept an impressive 193 clean sheets in 455 appearances for the Rossoneri, which saw him set the consecutive clean sheet record and then break it four times more over a 10-year spell.Despite helping Milan to the Europa League final in 2026 and winning two Serie A titles, Donnarumma’s greatest success came at international level. He was Italy’s hero at the Mexico World Cup in 2026, denying Ukraine on penalties to lift the biggest trophy in football.Vinicius Junior, who finished third in the 2018 NxGn, finally joined Real Madrid from Flamengo in 2018-19. However, his stay at Santiago Bernabeu was just a short one, as Zinedine Zidane decided his development would be better served away from the club for another year. The winger moved to Schalke, where he set the record for the club’s fastest ever goal and was chosen as the fans’ player of the year and Bundesliga newcomer of the year.The early 2020s were hugely successful for Vinicius, winning four Liga titles in a row with Real before Manchester City decided to splash the cash to sign him for £109m in 2024. Despite the outlay from the Citizens, he never added the Premier League to his list of achievements, with a Carabao Cup win in 2028 the sole trophy Dele Alli, Isaac Success and Vinicius brought back to Manchester.Phil Foden, who placed fifth in this year’s NxGn, had a similarly uneventful career at City, failing to play a minute in the Premier League in 2017-18. As a result, he joined Brighton and Hove Albion. Injury and indifference blighted his Brighton career, with Chris Hughton deeming him surplus to requirements and sending him back to City.He got a chance to impress in the Championship with Fulham and then in Ligue 1 with Lyon, but eventually left Manchester permanently having never broken through. Southampton came calling where he finally began to kick on, earning a move to PSG in 2026. He won the Coupe de France the following year, but that is his only trophy to date.
Editors’ Recommendations To find the perfect, destination-worthy beach, it’s easy to assume you need to head to some brand-name international tourist destination like Fiji, Bora Bora, and the Maldives. Sure, you can’t go wrong with any of these, but some of the best beaches in the world are right here in the United States, no passport required. There’s still plenty of time left this summer to add a visit to these underrated beaches to your to-do list.Montaña de Oro State ParkSan Luis Obispo, CaliforniaPraveen P.N/Getty ImagesCalifornia’s Central Coast offers some of the most pristine coastline in the entire state. For tourists, it’s an often overlooked area which, for those in the know, is a very, very good thing. Head to Montaña de Oro State Park in San Luis Obispo — seven breathtaking miles of Pacific coastline dotted with dramatic coves, panoramic bluff views, and a neverending surf. Don’t miss the opportunity to head to the southern edge of the park where a lesser-known path leads to beautiful Coon Creek Beach.Sandbridge BeachVirginiaCommons/WikimediaVirginia Beach is no doubt the most preeminent beach destination for visitors to the state, but there’s nothing secluded or “off the beaten path” about it — it’s a straight-up tourist town. Luckily, travelers will find the antidote just 15 miles south at Sandbridge Beach. The sand and surf here are pristine and, surprisingly, most of the crowds know nothing of it. The adjacent Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a lovely place to explore, and nearby False Cape State Park is perfect for hiking or kayaking.Sombrero BeachMarathon, Floridacdwheatley/Getty ImagesWhen most travelers think of the Florida Keys, they think of a picturesque island paradise where the daiquiris never stop flowing and every hotel alarm clock is preprogrammed to wake you up to “Margaritaville.” That’s all (mostly) true. But, it surprises first-timers to learn that the Florida Keys are, let’s say, “lacking” in amazing beaches. Because of the currents and general geography around the archipelago, most beaches here tend to be rocky and bland. Sombrero Beach is the rare exception. Among the Keys, it’s the closest thing you’ll find to a traditional Caribbean beach — soft white sand, mangroves and swaying palm trees, and the brilliant turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean. This is a true, rarely crowded locals beach where it’s not uncommon, particularly in low season, to have most of the sand to yourself.Mohegan BluffsBlock Island, Rhode IslandCommons/WikimediaThey don’t call Rhode Island “The Ocean State” for nothing. Don’t let its diminutive size fool you. It boasts a staggering amount of coastline. But some of the best beaches are actually offshore. Head to Block Island (Little Rhody’s answer to Martha’s Vineyard), where much of the island is officially preserved, guaranteeing a pristine feeling to it all. Take the steep 141 wooden steps down to Mohegan Bluffs — arguably the most beautiful beach in New England and one of the most beautiful in the country. It’s raw, rugged, and rarely too crowded. It’s ideal for everything from sunbathing to hiking to surfing.Ocracoke IslandOuter Banks, North CarolinaNorth Carolina, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, boardwalk to beach with sand dunes. Jeff Greenberg/Getty ImagesVirtually everything south of Kill Devil Hills in the Outer Banks is situated along a stunning beach. But, Ocracoke Island — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, in particular — tops them all. The best part about this area is that it’s difficult to get to. In fact, no matter which way you’re coming from, it requires a long car ride or a ferry ride plus a long car ride. That’s a very good thing because it’s easy to find a large swath of sand all to yourself. In peak season, you might spot a few tourists; while in the off-season, you may not see another human being in either direction.Bahia SuciaCabo Rojo, Puerto RicoDavid Shankbone/FlickrPuerto Rico boasts no shortage of stunning beaches, but Bahia Sucia tops them all. The inaccurately named “Dirty Bay” (so named for the mountains of seaweed that occasionally wash ashore during severe storms) is anything but. In just about any season and any weather, you’ll find locals here enjoying the picturesque horseshoe bay. Situated at the end of coastal Highway 301, the landscape quickly opens up to reveal soft, beige sands and clear blue water. It’s among the most perfect postcard-worthy beaches you’ll find in the Caribbean without traveling internationally.Windansea BeachSan Diego, CaliforniaTom Grubbe/Getty ImagesThere’s hardly a “bad” stretch of coastline in California, and that’s even truer in San Diego. Among the city’s 70 miles of beaches, La Jolla’s Windansea Beach is the most underrated. It’s not that it’s the most picturesque, although it does have its charms. No, the big win here is the location. It’s far enough from the Mission Bay tourist hustle to feel plenty secluded, but close enough to town for a quick day trip. The underwater reefs here are also well-known for creating consistently excellent surf breaks.Lumahai BeachKauai, HawaiiLee Scott/Getty ImagesThere’s no shortage of stunning, world-class beaches on every island in Hawaii, but finding a patch of sand away from the maddening crowds is a daunting task anywhere in The Aloha State. One answer can be found at the end of a secluded path along the North Shore of Kauai. Just outside of Hanalei Bay, you’ll spot a bend in the road. Park here, and take the brief, steep hike through the trees to the shoreline. The trail terminates at Lumahai Beach, a picture-perfect curve of sand and brilliant azure ocean bookended by dramatic volcanic rock outcroppings.Second BeachOlympic Coast, WashingtonKelsi Kalland/Getty ImagesWhen most people think of “world-class beaches,” Washington State doesn’t readily come to mind, but that’s precisely what makes it so easy to find a beach all to yourself here. Situated along the breathtaking Olympic Coast in between First and Third Beach is aptly named Second Beach. What makes this beach special is that visitors have to earn it. It’s only accessible via a winding, scenic, and relatively easy hiking trail. The scenery here is unlike almost any other beach on this list: a mix of classic Pacific Coast forest and rugged, rocky shoreline. Sea stacks are visible from shore, and seal and bald eagle sightings are almost guaranteed. In March/April and October, whales on their annual migrations can often be seen from land.Bound Brook IslandCape Cod, Massachusettscatherinecronin/FlickrFor New England beach lovers, it doesn’t get much better than Cape Cod National Seashore. The miles upon miles of dunes, soft, billowing scrub grass, and panoramic Atlantic Ocean views look much as they have for thousands of years. Most visitors head to Provincetown, Massachusetts’ “end of the line” destination that’s overrun with tourists for at least three months out of every year. The beaches here are beautiful but can be crowded. Sidestep all that noise at Bound Brook Island. About a mile past the iconic Atwood-Higgins House is a small parking lot — blink and you’ll miss it. Park here and walk a ways to the shoreline. Time your visit right and you’re likely to be the only one there.Indian BeachEcola State Park, OregonSergio Canobbio/Getty ImagesCannon Beach is among Oregon’s most popular, heavily trafficked coastal getaways, especially in summer. Those in the know drive straight past, through Ecola State Park, and continue through a stunning forest of Sitka spruce trees. Just around the corner is Indian Beach, a quiet, crescent of sand where the crowds rarely venture and the Pacific Ocean quietly laps the shoreline. It’s a relaxed spot for a sunset stroll, investigating the many tidal pools, and beachcombing for shells and driftwood.Folly BeachSouth CarolinaFolly BeachWhen it comes to coastal attractions, South Carolina has long sat in the shadow of North Carolina’s iconic Outer Banks. However, the former boasts plenty of beautiful and underrated beaches. Just 10 miles from downtown Charleston, Folly Beach might feel a bit too touristy for some travelers, but it’s not without its charms. It’s a fantastic spot for all manner of watersports. Thanks to Hurricane Hugo, the area known simply as The Washout is ground zero for surfers and foolhardy swimmers. Visitors in search of more relaxed pursuits can people- and wildlife-watch from the beach’s pier, while the town of Folly Beach is home to a string of excellent restaurants with ocean views and plenty of Lowcountry-inspired seafood fare.St. Joseph Peninsula State ParkFlorida PanhandlePurestock/Getty ImagesAmong beach aficionados, South Florida’s beaches get all the love. However, the state’s panhandle offers beautiful and — most importantly — secluded beaches that rival any of its southern siblings. To dodge the booze-fueled, hard-partying atmosphere of nearby Destin and Panama City, head to lesser-known Port St. Joe situated on the Gulf of Mexico. An hour southeast of Panama City, St. Joseph Peninsula State Park boasts soft, sugar white dunes that feel a thousand miles from anywhere. 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Forty-five Nova Scotia child care centres are getting about $1.3-million in funding from the Department of Community Services to help them repair or renovate facilities. Non-profit and commercial centres will use the loans for improvements, including new windows, installing accessibility ramps and adding energy-efficient furnaces. “We’re helping child-care centres make their facilities safer and more comfortable,” said Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Minister of Community Services. “Improving the places where many Nova Scotia children learn and play benefits families, children and child-care professionals.” Provided under the Nova Scotia Early Learning and Child Care Plan, the funding gives child-care centres financial assistance to improve their properties. “Wolfville Children’s Centre is so excited to receive this funding,” said Laurie St. Amour, the centre’s executive director. “Our building needs updating to make it more energy efficient and comfortable for children and staff. We’ll be using this funding to replace windows and insulate the roof.” Non-profit centres are eligible for a 75 per cent forgivable loan and can either pay the remaining 25 per cent or apply for a low-interest repayable loan from the department. Commercial centres are eligible for a 25 per cent forgivable loan. They can pay the remaining 75 per cent, use third-party funding, or apply for a low-interest repayable loan from the department. A list of child-care centres receiving repair and renovation loans is available online at www.gov.ns.ca/coms . The Department of Community Services has provided almost $3.2 million to 129 day cares throughout the province over the last three years to help with repairs and renovations. The Early Learning and Child Care Plan has added more child-care spaces, increased the number of available child-care subsidies, and provided support for the child-care sector.
TD Insurance will be expanding in Halifax, creating up to 140 new full-time jobs over the next six years. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), is supporting this growth with a $1,855,125 payroll rebate. The rebate will support employee training, allowing the company to hire new graduates as it grows to meet business demand. Premier Darrell Dexter made the announcement today, May 4, at the company’s office on Bayers Road in Halifax. “This demonstrates how the province’s jobsHere plan, through strategic investment in business, is creating good jobs and growing the economy,” said Premier Dexter. “TD Insurance is an excellent example of a business committed to growth in Nova Scotia and creating high-value jobs for Nova Scotians.” Employees at TD Insurance’s Halifax office provide sales and service support for the Atlantic provinces, as well as claims support, HR and administrative functions for the company. “As TD Insurance continues to grow and expand, it’s important for us to draw from the best talent to meet the needs of our customers,” said Jane Duchscher, senior vice-president, client services, TD Insurance. “We already have a strong presence in Halifax and this is a great opportunity for us to partner with the province through NSBI to help support our future growth.” The insurance industry in Nova Scotia employs 4,500 people at wages 38 per cent higher than the provincial average. According to InsurEconomy, a study released in March 2010, the industry will experience a 25 per cent growth in employment over three years. “The business development world is highly competitive, and this announcement proves that our continued work is pivotal in helping companies like TD Insurance choose Nova Scotia as their location for growth,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. TD Bank Group’s insurance companies and operations carry on business under the TD Insurance brand. TD Insurance offers a wide range of products to help protect clients from the “accidents of life”, including credit protection, life, health, travel, home and auto insurance. TD insurance has had a presence in Nova Scotia since 1996. For more information, visit www.tdinsurance.com . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia.
New York: China’s 18th-seeded Wang Qiang advanced to the US Open quarter-finals on Sunday with a 6-2, 6-4 upset of Australian second seed Ashleigh Barty, the reigning French Open champion. Wang will face the winner of a later fourth-round match between Croatian 22nd seed Petra Martic and US eighth seed Serena Williams, who is seeking a 24th career Grand Slam title to match Margaret Court’s all-time record. Wang was unsure if she would watch the Williams-Martic match, leaving that duty to her coach, Thomas Drouet. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I think that’s my coach’s homework,” Wang said. “I just want to enjoy now and my coach will tell me how to play next.” Wang’s previous coach had been Peter McNamara, who died in July of prostate cancer. Barty, who beat Wang twice last year in their only prior meetings, was undone by 39 unforced errors while Wang made only 14. Wang, who had squandered four match points in a semi-final loss last week at the WTA Bronx tournament, enjoyed solid support at Louis Armstrong Stadium. “I love New York,” Wang said.
Kolkata: There is good news for those who have been apprehensive about rain in city during Durga Puja.The Regional Meteorological Centre presumes that there would be no heavy rainfall in the city and its adjoining areas during the puja days. However, some places may witness scattered rainfall in the first week of October. The MeT office apprehends that the scattered rainfall in some pockets may not dampen the spirit of the puja revellers. The city’s sky will mostly remain clear and the people will experience a pleasant weather during the puja days. The temperature may remain just below the normal during that time, the weather office said. “There may be light showers during the Puja days in some places but the city is expected to remain dry. The weather in North Bengal and South Bengal districts during puja will be the same. The temperature will remain normal in North Bengal as well. The weather is expected to remain pleasant,” a senior weather official said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, it may continue to rain in South Bengal districts in the next couple of days as the monsoon axis has become active in the state. Various South Bengal districts, including the city have been receiving rainfall for the past few days. There may be light to moderate rainfall in the city and some other districts till Saturday. The situation may improve from Sunday. The weather office said a low pressure trough has formed over the state intensifying the monsoon axis further. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThere has been an incursion of moisture from the sea as a result of which there is a possibility formation of cloud bringing more rain the coastal districts in the next two days. There may be thundershower and lightning in some South Bengal in the evening hours of Friday. The districts which are expected to receive maximum rainfall are North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, East and West Midnapore and Jhargram. There is a heavy rainfall prediction in all the five districts of North Bengal. The city’s sky mostly remained cloudy in various parts from Thursday morning. It received light rainfall in some parts later in the day. A moderate to heavy rainfall lashed the districts such as North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, East Midnapore and Jhargram.
DETROIT — Sales of new vehicles in the U.S. rose slightly in 2018, defying predictions and highlighting a strong economy.Automakers reported an increase of 0.3 per cent over a year ago to 17.27 million vehicles.The increase came despite rising interest rates, a volatile stock market, and rising car and truck prices that pushed some buyers out of the new-vehicle market.Industry analysts and automakers said strong economic fundamentals pushed up the sales and should keep them near historic highs in 2019.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press
OTTAWA — Growing uncertainty over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement means companies need to brace themselves, including for the possibility that President Donald Trump walks away from a deal, a trade lawyer is warning the business community.“The first step is for companies to understand this is very real and that they need to start contingency planning,” said Dan Ujczo, an international trade lawyer specializing in Canada-U.S. matters.On the campaign trail last year, candidate Trump vowed to rip up NAFTA — the 23-year-old trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico — if he could not renegotiate a better deal.His recent reiterations of that threat, along with demands Canada and Mexico consider impossible, have forced everyone to take it more seriously.It remains to be seen whether Trump will in fact attempt to withdraw, how U.S. Congress would react, whether Mexico and Canada would still keep talking and what that would end up meaning, in real terms, for cross-border trade between the three countries.The U.S. business and agriculture community has been ramping up its efforts to convince Congress, which could use its legislative powers to make it harder for Trump to exit the agreement, that they are not on board with abandoning the deal.That outreach is important, Ujczo told businesses during an online presentation Friday, but it is also not too early to get ready for any outcome.There are some practical matters to consider, such as taking a look at the supply chain to determine how exposed a business would become if some of the tougher proposals, such as stricter rules of origin for the materials used in auto manufacturing, come to pass.That should include examining checking certificates of origin and maintaining scrupulous records, because both client companies and customs officials are likely to start applying greater scrutiny as they also get ready for the new way of doing things.“It’s time to really buckle down and take a look at that, because these proposals are going to heighten awareness throughout the supply chain and at the borders,” Ujczo, who is with the cross-border firm Dickinson Wright, in Columbus, Ohio, said during the presentation.The lawyer also had advice for companies thinking about outsourcing to Asia as a way to minimize the fallout from the NAFTA renegotiations.“Keep in mind NAFTA is not the only thing the Trump administration is doing. It’s targeting Asia,” said Ujczo, who noted the U.S. has been ramping up its trade enforcement activities all around the world. “The only way the Trump trade strategy works is as a one-two punch: tightening up North America, while also targeting goods coming in from overseas.”That raises the question of whether Canadian companies should think about packing up and moving south.Ujczo said that would not be the case for everyone, but if they have U.S. customers, it makes financial sense and the company was already thinking about moving there someday, it might not be a bad idea to speed up those plans.“It has to have some business rationale,” he said in an interview. “I would never recommend just setting up shop in the U.S. if you don’t have any other business going on there,” he said, but if it was already on the horizon: “It would accelerate that life cycle.”Brenda Swick, a Toronto-based international trade lawyer with Dickinson Wright who joined the presentation, was more cautious.“I think they should stay put where they are right now, but they should be looking at plan B,” she said in an interview.Swick said those back-up plans should include figuring out how a company would be effected if there was a new NAFTA, a bilateral agreement between Canada and the U.S., or no free trade agreement between the two countries at all.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter
The General Amnesty will end on 13th of July (2016) and service personnel who had been absent without official leave (AWOL) can obtain their legal discharge by producing themselves together with the required details. According to Military Spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera, as of today (11th Monday, July 2016) 12347 Army, 756 Navy and 544 Air Force deserters have produced themselves to their respective service offices and obtained clearance and legal discharge. Over 14000 military deserters have made use of the general amnesty declared by the Ministry of Defence which ends on 13th July.The Ministry of Defence said that so far 14000 deserters have sought legal clearance during the general amnesty period. Accordingly Army, Navy and Air Force personnel can produce themselves to respective regiments or their last service station, Naval Complex in Welisara and Air Force Headquarters respectively.At the end of the general amnesty period legal actions will be taken against all those who fail to seek legal discharge. (Colombo Gazette)
Jose Manuel Salazar, Executive Director Employment Sector, ILO, addresses the thematic debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Martin Bruncko, Senior Director, World Economic Forum, addresses the thematic debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Emmanuel Hategeka, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Rwanda, addresses the thematic debate. Photo/Rick Bajornas Fred Hu, Founder, Primavera Capital Group, addresses the thematic debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Salvador Paiz, Special Envoy of the National Competitiveness Program of Guatemala, addresses the thematic debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Professor Dan Shechtman, Nobel Prize Laureate, Professor at Technion Institute of Technology, Israel, addresses the thematic debate. Photo/Rick Bajornas Inderjit Singh, Member of Parliament of Singapore, addresses the thematic debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Ron Prosor, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, addresses the thematic debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Rita Cosby, Moderator of the thematic debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Sherry Tross, Executive Secretary for Integral Development, OAS, addresses the thematic debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Supporting young entrepreneurs is essential to tackling the world’s most pressing challenges and launching a new era of global engagement, senior United Nations officials said today, urging Governments to foster enabling business environments to help achieve sustainable development. “[Entrepreneurs] must be encouraged to stand at the frontline of socio-economic change, in the service of sustainable development,” the President of the General Assembly, Vuk Jeremić, said at the Thematic Debate on Entrepreneurship for Development in New York. “They are the ones who are often best placed to take the first crucial steps towards breaking the cycle of poverty in their surroundings.” Mr. Jeremić pointed that at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held last year in Brazil, countries recognized that Governments alone would not be able to achieve all commitments on sustainable development, and that the contribution of civil society and the private sector was crucial to innovation. “I believe Governments should see the promotion of socially-conscious entrepreneurial spirit as a basic duty,” he said, adding that entrepreneurs must be given the means to leverage new technologies that will help move away from an economy that depends on carbon-based energy systems. Entrepreneurs will also be able to contribute to the post-2015 development agenda, Mr. Jeremić said, through public-private partnerships that focus on improving the lives of the world’s most disadvantaged people. “I believe the post-2015 agenda will largely stand or fall on whether Governments will be able to work together with individuals who embody the spirit of socially-responsible entrepreneurship,” he said. “Our goal must be to establish a new form of global engagement.” ‹ › In his remarks, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the importance of supporting young entrepreneurs, many of whom are currently facing an economic crisis in their countries. “This year, some 73 million young people will be unemployed. Between 2016 and 2030, an estimated 425 million young women and men will join the labour force between 2016 and 2030. That means the world will need about half a billion jobs by then,” Mr. Ban told participants. “To help meet this challenge, we should encourage, educate and empower young entrepreneurs.” Countries should focus not just on creating better conditions for entrepreneurship but also invest in education and nurture young people, Mr. Ban said, adding that they will be the ones creating jobs and innovative solutions in the future. “I call on all partners to support youth entrepreneurship, self-employment and youth-led businesses. The United Nations system will do its part. Our Global Compact initiative will continue mobilizing and supporting young entrepreneurs in advancing a more sustainable future,” he said, adding that the World Bank, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Capital Development fund are also working to foster youth entrepreneurship.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice Constable arraigned for Brazilian miner’s murderAugust 17, 2018In “Court”CoI to be launched into alleged murder of Brazilian minerAugust 17, 2018In “Crime”GGDMA calls for CoI into miner’s deathAugust 15, 2018In “Business” The body of the dead Brazilian National being transported to BarticaTwo Police Officers are were taken into custody after they allegedly murdered a Brazilian miner in Puruni Backdam, Region Seven and tried to dispose of the body on Saturday.The dead miner was identified as 37-year-old Estevao Marques Costa. However, the two Officers, a Subordinate and Constable who are attached to the in Kurupung Police Station abandoned their post sometime on Friday.The men reportedly left on an ATV to patrol the area but subsequently left the area via a boat and went to a Landing in Puruni. Upon their arrival there, the Police Constable reportedly exited the boat and went to a shop.The Subordinate Officer remained at the landing on the Constable’s return but upon hearing a loud explosion, he rushed to scene only to be told that the miner fired at the Police Constable and he returned fire thus mortally wounding him.The Brazilian’s body was left lying on the ground but it was subsequently picked up and taken to the main Landing.Other Police ranks who were in the area investigating another matter proceeded to the scene and took possession of the .30 carbine rifle which was used by the Constable.The matter was reported to the Divisional Commander who ordered the arrest of the two ranks. A team of Officers have since been dispatched to Puruni to further investigate the matter. The man’s body is being transported to Georgetown.
Daytona USA, Sega’s classic 1993 arcade racer, is headed to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this month with refreshed features for modern consoles.While the game’s original polygonal graphics will remain the same as before, the game will now support 16:9 widescreen. Also included will be online multiplayer via Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network. Moreover, steering wheel support is in place (how could it not be?) on both systems. PS3 owners can use only the Gran Turismo-branded Logitech GT Driving Force wheel, while Xbox 360 owners can use any system-supported wheel.Gameplay-wise, things are mostly the same with the exception of the new online multiplayer. Arcade, Survival, and Time Trial modes will be available, keeping in line with previous home releases of the game in the 90s on the Saturn and Dreamcast.The price for the game will generally be around $10. The Xbox Live Arcade version can be had for 800 Microsoft Points (equivalent to $10) or $9.99 on the PlayStation Store. PlayStation Plus members get a discount down to $6.99. For those looking for a dose of Daytonaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa nostalgia, a trailer for the new release is included below.Daytona USA hits the PlayStation Store on October 25 and Xbox Live Arcade on October 26 for the US. It arrives in Europe in November.Read more at Shacknews
Colombie : l’état de catastrophe naturelle décrété dans 28 départementsInondations et glissements de terrain s’abattent depuis des semaines sur la Colombie, qui subit les conséquences du phénomène climatique La Niña. Face à cette situation dévastatrice et meurtrière, le président colombien Juan Manuel Santos a décrété l’état de catastrophe naturelle dans 28 des 32 départements que compte le pays. Juan Manuel Santos, le président colombien, a fait part de cette décision via un communiqué dans lequel il annonce : “J’ai demandé au ministre de l’Intérieur de déclarer l’état de catastrophe naturelle dans 28 des 32 départements du pays”. Et d’expliquer que cette déclaration permettra de débloquer plus rapidement des fonds et de l’aide pour les sinistrés. La moitié des municipalités sont à ce jour touchées, et le gouvernement colombien manque cruellement de moyens pour porter secours aux victimes. Le ministère de l’Intérieur estime avoir besoin de quelque 325 millions de dollars (237 millions d’euros) pour faire face à la situation.À lire aussiCes effrayantes images démontrent l’impressionnant pouvoir de la natureAlors que les conditions météorologiques devraient encore s’aggraver, d’après le président, la seconde saison des pluies qui a démarré en septembre en Colombie se montre particulièrement intense en raison du phénomène climatique La Niña. Celui-ci entraîne une baisse de la température dans les secteurs central et oriental du Pacifique.Depuis le début de l’année, 136 personnes ont été tuées dans des inondations, ou dans les glissements de terrain qu’elles ont entraînés, a indiqué le ministère de l’Intérieur dans son dernier bilan publié mercredi. Celui-ci précise par ailleurs que ce sont au total 1,2 million de personnes qui sont touchées par cette catastrophique situation.Le 19 novembre 2010 à 16:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday warned so-called sanctuary cities they could lose federal money for refusing to cooperate with immigration authorities and suggested the government would come after grant money that has already been awarded if they don’t comply.Sessions said the Justice Department would require cities seeking some of $4.1 billion available in grant money to verify that they are in compliance with a section of federal law that allows information sharing with immigration officials.His statements in the White House briefing room brought to mind tough talk from President Donald Trump’s campaign and came just three days after the administration’s crushing health care defeat. Sessions also acknowledged he was clarifying a similar policy adopted by the Obama administration last year.“I urge the nation’s states and cities to carefully consider the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws,” Sessions said.Trump had said during the campaign that he would “defund” sanctuary cities by taking away their federal funding. But legal precedent suggests that would be difficult.
Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews Toast to the men… who also deserve to have a Happy Valentine’s Day!#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 14, 2017 – It is Valentine’s Day – the day of love expressed with the purchase of candies including chocolates, marked with elaborate dinners and spa treatments and adorned in bouquets of fragrant fantastical roses. Here is an interesting tidbit from the society of American Florists; In 2010 an estimated 198 million roses were produced for the Valentine’s Day holiday and men purchase about 75 percent of the 110 million roses sold in the U.S. at this time every year. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo
KUSI Newsroom December 31, 2018 Posted: December 31, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve in San Diego, you can be assured the San Diego Police will be working hard to keep everybody safe.But of course, it’s up to each of us to make the right choices to ensure our safety too. San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit joined us on Good Morning San Diego to explain what they have been doing to prepare for the celebratory night. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 12:13 PM Chief David Nisleit on New Year’s Eve safety in San Diego Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter