New cabinet ministers in the Manmohan team

first_imgThe recent Cabinet reshuffle, which the Prime Minister said was “hopefully, probably the last” before next Lok Sabha polls, was confined to Congress party barring the inclusion of Tariq Anwar of NCP as a Minister of State.22 ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Cabinet Ministers and Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj.The new Cabinet ministers who took oath are: K. Rahman Khan (Minority Affairs), Dinsha J Patel (Mines), Ajay Maken (Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation), MM Pallam Raju (Human Resource Development), Ashwani Kumar (Law & Justice), Harish Rawat (Water Resources) and Chandresh Kumari Katoch (Culture).Following is the complete list of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s council of minister after Sunday’s reshuffle.Cabinet Ministers:Manmohan Singh – Prime Minister (Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Planning, Atomic Energy, Space)Pawan Kumar Bansal – RailwaysPalaniappan Chidambaram – FinanceSharadchandra Govindrao Pawar – Agriculture, Food Processing IndustriesA.K. Antony – DefenceSushilkumar Sambhajirao Shinde – Home AffairsSalman Khurshid – External AffairsSudini Jaipal Reddy – Science and Technology, Earth SciencesGhulam Nabi Azad – Health and Family WelfareFarooq Abdullah – New and Renewable EnergyM. Veerappa Moily – Petroleum and Natural GasVayalar Ravi – Overseas Indian AffairsAjit Singh – Civil AviationMallikarjun Kharge – Labour and EmploymentM. Mangapati Pallam Raju – Human Resource DevelopmentKapil Sibal – Communications and Information TechnologyAnand Sharma – Commerce and Industry, TextilesC.P. Joshi – Road Transport and HighwaysAjay Maken – Housing and Urban Poverty AlleviationChandresh Kumari Katoch – CultureG.K. Vasan – ShippingKamal Nath – Urban Development, Parliamentary AffairsHarish Rawat – Water ResourcesKumari Selja – Social Justice and EmpowermentM.K. Alagiri – Chemicals and FertilizersPraful Manoharbhai Patel – Heavy Industries and Public EnterprisesSriprakash Jaiswal – CoalAshwani Kumar – Law and JusticeK. Rahman Khan – Minority AffairsDinsha J. Patel – MinesRaj V. Kishore Chandra Deo – Tribal Affairs, Panchayati RajBeni Prasad Verma – SteelJairam Ramesh – Rural DevelopmentMinisters of State with Independent Charge:Krishna Tirath – Women and Child DevelopmentJitendra Singh – Youth Affairs and Sports (also minister of state for defence)Kuruppassery Varkey Thomas – Consumer Affairs, Food and Public DistributionSrikant Kumar Jena – Statistics and Programme ImplementationJayanthi Natarajan – Environment and ForestsManish Tewari – Information and BroadcastingPaban Singh Ghatowar – Development of North Eastern RegionK. Chiranjeevi – TourismBharatsingh Madhavsinh Solanki – Drinking Water and SanitationJyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia – PowerK.H. Muniyappa – Micro, Small and Medium EnterprisesSachin Pilot – Corporate AffairsMinisters of State:E. Ahamed – External AffairsJitin Prasada – Human Resource DevelopmentShashi Tharoor – Human Resource DevelopmentRamachandran Mullappally – Home AffairsV. Narayanaswamy – Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Prime Minister OfficeDaggubati Purandeswari – Commerce and IndustryAdhir Ranjan Chowdhury – RailwaysKotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy – RailwaysLakshmi Panabaka – TextilesNamo Narain Meena – FinanceS.S. Palanimanickam – FinanceSathyanarayana Sarvey – Road Transport and HighwaysPreneet Kaur – External AffairsCharan Das Mahant – Agriculture, Food Processing IndustriesTariq Anwar – Agriculture, Food Processing IndustriesRanee Narah – Tribal AffairsPorika Balram Naik – Social Justice and EmpowermentAbu Hasem Khan Choudhury – Health and Family WelfareTushar Amarsinh Chaudhary – Road Transport and HighwaysMilind Murli Deora – Communications and Information TechnologyKruparani Killi – Communications and Information TechnologyPratik Prakashbapu Patil – CoalRatanjit Pratap Narain Singh – Petroleum and Natural Gas, Home AffairsVincent H. Pala – Water ResourcesNinong Ering – Minority AffairsPradeep Kumar Jain Aditya – Rural Development, PlanningRajeev Shukla – Parliamentary AffairsSrikant Kumar Jena – Chemicals and FertilizersDeepa Dasmunsi – Urban DevelopmentSuresh Kodikunnil – Labour and EmploymentS. Jagathrakshakan – New and Renewable EnergyK.C. Venugopal – Civil AviationPaban Singh Ghatowar – Parliamentary AffairsLalchand Kataria – DefenceWith IANS inputsadvertisementlast_img read more


first_img“He was very close to my father (Jagmohan Dalmiya) who “He was very close to my father (Jagmohan Dalmiya) who loved him a lot. They formed a close team and worked in tandem. He had also offered his serviceS in Dhaka (in 1998). Its a sad day for Bengal cricket,” Avishek added. No cricket curator has been in the news like Mukherjee who stood firm on his principles, be it against the most successful Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni or former English captain-turned-commentator Michael Atherton. Mukherjee had turned down Dhonis request for a square turner against England in December 2012 and instead prepared a good cricket pitch which had bounce from day one. England went on to win the Test by seven wickets en route to a 2-1 series win. He did not stop there as he spoke at length to the media and went on sick leave in protest. During the same series, he once again made headlines when he shooed away English broadcaster Atherton from taking a close look at the pitch and in a firm voice had said, “Please go”, a move which was supported by the CAB. Mukherjee had lost his daughter a few years back and within months his wife passed away but such was his unflinching commitment towards his state association that within days he was back to prepare pitches for the CAB knockout matches. A fast bowler, who was also a football goalkeeper in the 1940s, Mukherjee became involved with cricket in 1952 after his playing days ended following a road accident. He started out from the Suburban Club before being elected the secretary of Bengal National Railways Club in 1964, CAB veteran and stadium committee chairman Chitrak Mitra recollected. Kartik Bose, the then chief coach of the CAB, had introduced him to pitch-making as he was in-charge of the 1987 World Cup final wicket. He returned to the Eden after Jagmohan Dalmiya brought him back after the infamous World Cup semifinal in 1996. PTI TAP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Hold up, world. Justin Trudeau’s assistant MIGHT just be cuter than him

first_imgEvery political leader, no matter how charismatic, has that one man or woman to depend on for everything. For Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, it’s Tommy Desfosses. And while the PM himself is quite the globally popular dapper, it’s his assistant who’s getting some love on the internet these days.Of course Desfosses supports every move Trudeau makes, but there’s more. Not only does Desfosses travel around with his leader, he also carries stuff for him! Now that’s real support.Also Read: Justin Trudeau manspreading on the cover of an in-flight magazine is the best thing you’ll see today Kevin Doyle, a political editor, recently shared a photo on Twitter of Desfosses carrying all of Trudeau’s gifts–while the PM himself went around hobnobbing with people like he’s supposed to be doing.This poor guys has to carry all Trudeau’s gifts. So far: rugby and GAA jerseys, socks, bodhrn, hurley, framed Yeates poem… Kevin Doyle (@KevDoyle_Indo) July 4, 2017Clearly visible in the photo are two bags, a variety of funky socks that Trudeau loves to sport, and other articles of clothing. Doyle called Desfosses a ‘poor guy’, and the latter agreed wholeheartedly with an amazing rejoinder: “Poor guy indeed, but handsome.”Picture courtesy: Twitter/KevDoyle_IndoAlso Read: Rihanna asked Justin Trudeau to increase education funding, and here’s how the PM replied And that’s how this unsung hero from Trudeau’s team stole the limelight. What’s more, a closer look at him, and we discovered that not only is this guy a true Trudeau-supporter, but also cute and amazing himself.advertisementPicture courtesy: Twitter/TDesfossesPicture courtesy: Twitter/TDesfossesFrom posting Beatles-inspired photos of Team Trudeau, to posing with his nephew, Desfosses just stole our hearts by being the person he is. Time to move over, Trudeau?last_img read more

Henry ‘not surprised’ by Nketiah heroics

first_imgArsenal Thierry Henry ‘not surprised’ by Nketiah heroics for Arsenal Goal Last updated 2 years ago 14:56 10/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eddie Nketiah Arsenal 2017 Getty Images Arsenal League Cup Arsenal v Norwich City Norwich City The 18-year-old striker came off the bench to rescue the Gunners against Norwich City, sending them through to the fifth round of the Carabao Cup Thierry Henry has hailed Arsenal’s newest star Eddie Nketiah after his match-winning display against Norwich City.The youngster came off the bench in the Carabao Cup tie to rescue the Gunners from a morale-sapping defeat, scoring twice and sending Arsenal through in the process.Arsenal 6/1 to beat Swansea 3-0 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 Nketiah, who has scored nine goals in 20 appearances for the club’s Under-23 team, and 15 goals in 16 outings for the Under-18s, subsequently became the first player born after Arsene Wenger’s appointment to score for Arsenal.Henry immediately took to Twitter to praise the 18-year-old, though he was not shocked to see him settling into life in the first-team so quickly. What a night for @EddieNketiah9 . So happy for him and not surprised at all!— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) October 24, 2017 Nketiah has played for England at both Under-18 and Under-19 level, scoring seven goals in total for his country across both age groups.Good to be in the hat for the next round. Well done to @EddieNketiah9 different class mate. Thanks to the fans also, kept us going #AFC — Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) October 24, 2017 Jack Wilshere was another to express his delight at seeing the youngster take centre stage at the Emirates Stadium.He posted on Twitter: “Good to be in the hat for the next round. Well done to Eddie Nketiah different class mate. Thanks to the fans also, kept us going.”last_img read more

Lozano released from hospital

first_imgPSV Eindhoven have confirmed that striker Hirving Lozano has been released from hospital after suffering a head injury in Saturday’s Eredivisie win against Groningen.The 23-year-old was involved in a clash of heads with Tim Handwerker and was unable to finish the game.There were concerns after the match as the extent of the problem with Mark van Bommel himself stating ‘it does not look good’. Therefore Sunday’s news came as a welcomed relief for the club’s fans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? An official statement from PSV said: “Hirving Lozano has left the St. Anna Hospital and is now at home.”His workload will be examined from day-to-day on the basis of the applicable FIFA protocols.”El Chucky = home 🙂Lozanodischarged from the hospital#PSVGRO— PSV (@PSV) January 27, 2019That could mean the Mexican is ruled out for several weeks and might miss upcoming games against Fortuna Sittard, Utrecht and Hereenveen.Despite being withdrawn just before half-time in the 2-1 win against Groningen, Lozano did score the decisive goals in the match, by netting a first-half brace.The result helped increase their gap over second-place Ajax, who now trail PSV by five points following Sunday’s 6-2 defeat to Feyenoord.Lozano is enjoying a superb season for the reigning Dutch champions and has scored 13 times in 19 league games.His tally this campaign is just short of his overall goal haul from the 2017/18 season, when he bagged 17 Eredivisie goals.He has also enjoyed success in the Champions League this campaign and was on target and against Tottenham and Inter.Unsurprisingly his impressive showings have seen him be linked with some of Europe’s top clubs. However, this injury looks to have put to bed any hope of him leaving this month.He hasn’t exactly squashed any rumours and in November claimed: “I hope that God, some day, gives me a shot at playing in the Premier League.”“I think the Premier League is great. I think that it would be fabulous to play with any of the clubs, but I would love to play for one of the big clubs,” he added.Lozano was also one of Mexico’s top performers at the World Cup, not least when he netted the winner in his country’s opening game against the reigning world champions Germany.last_img read more

Twoday state mourning in Delhi for Dikshit

first_imgNEW DELHI: AAP-led- the Delhi government announced two-day state mourning for former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who passed away on Saturday evening. The announcement was made by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. Dikshit, who was Delhi Chief Minister for three consecutive terms (1998-2013) and a senior Congress leader, died on Saturday from cardiac arrest. She was 81. At Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee office, the Indian flag was lowered to half-mast after her sudden demise.last_img

Neil Young confirms hes married to Daryl Hannah

first_img Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: It’s the first time Young has addressed months of speculation that he and Hannah tied the knot over the summer.Rumours began circulating in August when Hannah’s Instagram page filled with comments congratulating her on the ceremony.Young was previously married to singer-songwriter Pegi Young but the two divorced in 2014.Once he began dating Hannah the two spent ample time working on projects together.Young played the Man in the Black Hat in the film “Paradox,” which was directed by Hannah and released earlier this year on Netflix.She also worked on his short films and oversaw stage design for Young’s intimate concert last December in Omemee, Ont.Young’s website post also reflected on how “Ohio,” which he wrote as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, was inspired by the Kent State shootings in which Ohio National Guardsmen shot and killed four students in 1970.“It was a pivotal moment for me,” he wrote.The message urged his U.S. fans to vote in the midterm elections, particularly in support of gun reform. He praised students who are “brave, demanding change in violent times.”“Support our children. They want protection. Not more guns,” he said.“Give us common sense gun laws that protect our people, in schools, in places of worship, in the workplace and on the streets.” Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — Neil Young has confirmed he’s most definitely married to actress Daryl Hannah.The Toronto-born musician addressed the rumours Wednesday in a message on his website, the Neil Young Archives.Young refers to Hannah as “my wife Daryl” in an introduction to a live clip of him playing “Ohio.”last_img read more

Morocco to Host African Games in August and September

The 12th African Games will take place from August 23 to September 3, 2019, in Morocco. Morocco is succeeding Congo, which hosted the 11th tournament in 2015, said Portail 242 on Tuesday.The president of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), Mustapha Berraf, revealed the dates in December, according to RFI. Last July, Morocco’s Ministry of Sports and Youth announced that Morocco will host the African Games in October 2019. After hosting the African Nations Championship, Morocco will celebrate the 12th Annual African Games, following the withdrawal of Equatorial Guinea.The decision came at the request of the African Union and the National Olympic Committees as they consider Morocco to be a country that meets all the conditions and has the expertise to host a major international sports event, according to the Ministry of Youth and Sports.More than 5,000 athletes will take part in the event. Officials from 54 ANOCA member countries will also be present. The event will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The ANOCA and the Union of African Sports Confederations (UCSA) organize the African Games every four years. The first African Games were held in 1965 in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. read more

Stick to speed limit warns police

The police have warned the public to stick to the maximum speed limit on the Southern Expressway.A statement by the police said that most accidents reported on the highway have been as a result of drivers going above the speed limit and being unable to control the vehicle. The police said that since 2011 there have been 6 accidents on the expressway with seven people being killed. So far cases have been filed against 5174 drivers for speeding since the expressway was declared open in November 2011. The police said that the maximum speed limit of 100 kmh is being strictly enforced on the expressway. read more

Trial begins for father of Alison Lundergan Grimes

A prosecutor says the father of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes funneled corporate money into her failed U.S. Senate campaign in violation of federal law.Jerry Lundergan’s attorney told a federal jury on Tuesday that mistakes were made in reporting the contributions, but no laws were broken.The opening arguments raised the curtain on a trial expected to last about four weeks. The charges stem from Grimes’ unsuccessful 2014 campaign against Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.Related Article: Jerry Lundergan convicted of making illegal campaign contributionsProsecutors allege that Jerry Lundergan paid for campaign consultants and vendors through his business account without seeking reimbursement. Federal authorities say that amounted to an improper campaign contribution.___8:44 a.m.The father of Kentucky’s secretary of state is going to trial on charges that he made illegal contributions to his daughter’s unsuccessful campaign to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell.Prosecutors allege that Jerry Lundergan hired consultants and vendors to work for his daughter’s 2014 campaign, paying for them out of his business account without seeking reimbursement. Federal authorities say that amounted to an improper campaign contribution.Lundergan’s daughter is Alison Lundergan Grimes, who lost to the Republican majority leader. Grimes has called the charges politically motivated and predicted her father will be vindicated.Lundergan has been a fixture in Kentucky Democratic politics for decades. He’s a former state lawmaker and formerly served as chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party. FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Latest on the federal trial of the father of Kentucky’s secretary of state (all times local):1 p.m.- Advertisement – read more

Papandreou to accept end of PASOK tenure

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram PASOK president George Papandreou will respect the decision of the party’s national council, which is due to meet next weekend, regarding the process to elect the next Socialist leader, sources close to the former prime minister said on Thursday. During a meeting of PASOK’s political council on Wednesday, Papandreou proposed that he remain as president for the time being but that someone else stand as the party’s candidate for prime minister in the general elections that could take place in April. The ex-premier said that he would launch the process to elected a new president after the parliamentary elections. His proposal has to be put to the party’s national council, which is due to meet on January 14 and 15. Sources close to Papandreou said that if the council rejects the idea and calls for an immediate leadership contest then the former prime minister would accept the decision. Such a position would appear to reflect an acceptance of the negative mood in the party and particularly among PASOK’s hierarchy regarding the proposal made by Papandreou and the prospect of him remaining in his current post. Development Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis, the only PASOK official to publicly declare an interest in the party leadership, launched a devastating attack on Papandreou’s scheme, calling it “tantamount to a pact of silence while standing on ruins.” He said that Papandreou’s decision to accept that he would eventually have to stand aside was an “indirect acknowledgement of his responsibilities while in government.” Another Socialist lawmaker, Sofia Giannaka, said that Papandreou’s decision to announce he would lead was “brave” but that the method he proposed to do so was “chaotic” and would not work. Former Economy Minister Louka Katseli said that she is considering taking part in the leadership race. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Versace abandonne le sablage toxique de ses jeans

first_imgVersace abandonne le sablage toxique de ses jeansLa marque Versace ne pratiquera plus désormais les opérations de sablage, potentiellement mortelles pour ses employés, utilisées pour user les jeans dans ses usines. Une campagne menée par Clean Clothes Campaign a semble-t-il beaucoup contribué à l’abandon de cette pratique. L’enseigne de luxe Versace a décidé de mettre un terme au sablage, employé pour vieillir très rapidement les jeans, révèle-t-elle dans un communiqué. Une pratique que Versace a d’abord dit ne pas exercer, puis correctement encadrer pour éviter les problèmes de santé. À lire aussiUne nouvelle lignée de revêtements anti-tâches extrêmement efficacesVersace semble avoir pris en compte l’étude menée par la Clean Clothes Campaign qui a mis en évidence le caractère mortel de l’opération de sablage. La poussière de silice produite dans cette opération facilite l’apparition de la silicose, une infection pulmonaire qui peut s’avérer mortelle. Au Bangladesh et en Turquie, la Clean Clothes Campaign a mis en lumière des cas de décès causés par des opérations de sablage répétées. DeborahLucchetti, coordinatrice de la campagne Clean Clothes Campaign en Italie, a approuvé l’initiative de Versace. CCC rappelle qu’Armani ou Dolce & Gabbana n’en ont pas fait autant… Par la projection de grains de sables à haute pression sur ses pantalons, ces derniers donnaient un aspect usé très apprécié des nombreux acquéreurs de jeans. Le 24 juillet 2011 à 09:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Comment créer une musique parfaite grâce à la théorie de Darwin

first_imgComment créer une musique parfaite grâce à la théorie de DarwinSelon des chercheurs britanniques, il serait possible, grâce à un programme informatique inspiré de la théorie de la sélection naturelle de Darwin, de créer le morceau musical parfait. Il suffirait pour cela de coupler la fameuse théorie aux goûts musicaux d’utilisateurs d’un site internet.Des scientifiques de l’Imperial College de Londres pensent avoir découvert comment créer de la musique en utilisant des sons musicaux piochés au hasard. Tout est possible, du carillon à de simples “bips” sonores. Baptisé DarwinTunes, ce programme diffuse des morceaux d’une durée de 8 secondes chacun. L’expérience qui a été menée a en fait consisté à faire écouter ces suites de sons à 7.000 volontaires (via un site internet). Les participants ont simplement noté sur une échelle allant “d’insupportable” à “j’adore” chaque enchaînement. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?DarwinTunes a ensuite marié les dix groupes de sons les plus populaires puis mélangé des éléments musicaux entre eux pour créer vingt nouveaux morceaux. Le résultat obtenu est particulièrement intéressant dans la mesure où les scientifiques se sont aperçus que les musiques ainsi obtenues étaient formées d’un grand nombre d’accords et de rythmes présents dans les chansons modernes. C’est ce qui pourrait expliquer pourquoi la musique populaire évolue constamment et pourquoi les productions traditionnelles peuvent persister pendant des siècles voire des millénaires, selon les auteurs de cette étude publiée dans les Annales de l’académie américaine des sciences (Pnas).Cité par l’AFP, Armand Leroi, professeur de biologie à l’Imperial College de Londres, et co-auteur de ces travaux explique : “Tout le monde pense que la musique est le produit de traditions musicales créées par des compositeurs de génie”. Mais “ce qui paraît être le vrai moteur de l’évolution de la musique populaire pourrait être le choix de l’auditeur”, ajoute t-il. Ainsi, selon lui, “chaque fois que quelqu’un télécharge un morceau de musique plutôt qu’un autre, il fait un choix” ce qui est en soi “un acte créatif”. “Après tout, c’est ainsi que la sélection naturelle crée toutes formes de vie sur Terre et si la sélection peut être créatrice de vie, ce processus devrait pouvoir sélectionner des airs de musique pop”, conclut-il.Le 19 juin 2012 à 15:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Chelatchie Prairie train rides set for Memorial Day weekend

first_imgThe Chelatchie Prairie Railroad will run its diesel engine to the Heisson area, through the tunnel, across the East Fork of the Lewis River for its Memorial Day rides scheduled May 25 and 26, with a stop at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls.The train will depart each day at noon and 2:30 p.m. from the station in Yacolt. Passengers are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before the trip and make reservations, as space is limited.Tickets are $18 per rider, $17 with a military or senior discount, and $12 for children 3 to 12 years old. Children younger than 3 ride free.Visit to get tickets, and call 360-686-3559 for questions.last_img read more

Christie Administration accused of cronyism in health care contract awards

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 16, 2017 – Nassau – More millions promised within the final weeks of the ousted PLP Administration and the bills are left with the Bahamian public to pay.  When the Health Minister spoke, he talked about how the previous government left$25M in unpaid bills for medical equipment, rent, drugs and salaries at the Ministry of Health and the Public Hospital’s Authority.Minister, Dr Duane Sands claimed that even more surprisingly, despite the Christie Administration knowing of their IOUs, the PLP still entered into over $9.7M worth of security contracts, janitorial contracts, generator purchases and other miscellaneous items … Minister Sands said the contracts were with, and I quote, “people who may be considered the party faithful.”Shockingly, the Princess Margaret Hospital had a shortfall of $16.5M, critical work was stopped at the PMH he says, 67 beds were taken out of service at the PMH, and for an Abaco clinic not yet opened, the PLP was found, says Sands to have awarded contracts – $500,000 per month to clean the unopened clinic and $26,000 per month to landscape the grounds at that unopened clinic.#MagneticMediaNews#cronyisminhealthcarecontractawards Related Items:#cronyisminhealthcarecontractawards, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

AK Juneau beach yields gold to dedicated dredgers

first_img“No,” Wright says. “I think I’ll just stick with mine. Mine’s much more peaceful.” “How much time do you think you spend out here, and is there a season,” Wright asked. Brooks has been out here all afternoon. He won’t know if he’s had a good day until the end. Eventually, Brooks shuts off his pumps and wraps up for the day. There are a lot of different rules around recreational mining. Some kinds require state permits, some don’t. Brooks says this spot is special, because if you follow the rules, you don’t need a permit, and unlike other spots, you’re not jumping on anyone else’s claim. The sand is special, too: It’s the pulverized tailings of a nearby mine that closed long ago, so there’s leftover gold. We can’t see through the slurry, but the bottom of the box is lined with special mats with a bunch of little ridges. They’re supposed to trap tiny bits of gold and let the less-dense sand and pebbles run off. “They’ve been pretty busy,” Wright said. They’re dredging — for gold. On this day, we count seven different rafts on the beach with motors, pumps, hoses, ropes, wheeled sluice boxes and plastic tubs. It’s weekend warriors’ gear for recreational gold dredging. Nathan Brooks sprays seawater into a small pit on the beach near Sheep Creek in Juneau on May 15, 2019. It’s part of his gold dredging rig. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO) Brooks’ raft is about 50 feet away in the water. One hose is running seawater up the beach to the pit. Another hose in the pit is sucking the slurry out and up to the top of his sluice box. He’s got it propped up on a float and some buckets. John Wright had a good day, too. He caught two Dolly Varden trout. But he doesn’t think he’ll be switching hobbies. “I’ve been fly fishing in Alaska — Juneau specifically — for seven years. I’ve been fly fishing for 20 years. I’m 32, so that’s a good chunk of my life,” Wright said. “This is probably one of the first places I fished when I moved here, and the first place I broke a rod, here as well.” “If I recall correctly, my first years here, there were no dredgers here,” Wright said. “And then one day, there was maybe one? And it just seems like, within a couple years there were many. And you know, I’ve just always been curious.” Nathan Brooks tidies up his gold-dredging gear at the beach near Sheep Creek on May 15, 2019. He and other recreational gold dredgers leave their gear out there on makeshift rafts. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO) A pitbull named King is keeping watch around a fresh pit in the sand. His owner is in hip waders, spraying seawater from a hose into the pit. His name is Nathan Brooks, and he’s game to answer Wright’s questions over King’s protest. A few years back, he says he started noticing someone showing up on the beach with a different hobby. “Depends on the tides, really,” Brooks said. “The season is more when it’s warm, not so much the frozen ground. Other than that, it’s when the tides let us. You know, the best times is when the tide’s going out.” The rafts themselves are made of pallets, wood and big foam blocks lashed together, about the size of a big mattress. The combination of improvised, DIY stuff and special gold-sifting gear probably ordered off the internet looks real janky, like something out of “Mad Max” or “Waterworld.” It isn’t very shiny. The beach itself is pockmarked with unnatural pits about as deep as a bathtub. He points out some sand spotted with yellow flecks in his mats. Spot gold prices have spiked above $1,300 an ounce a few times this year. When the math catches up with our brains, all that comes out of our mouths is “Whoa!” and “Wow!” and some goofy chuckles. It’s after work, and the summer sun and the tide are out at John Wright’s go-to fishing spot in Juneau: the wide, sandy beach where Sheep Creek meets Gastineau Channel. For a profile of an especially colorful gold dredger, check out filmmaker Beau Sylte’s short film about Ray Rusaw from a few years ago. “What if they don’t want to share their secrets?” Wright wondered aloud. He got into this hobby with his dad three or four years ago. King helps out too, pulling gear up the beach. “Nope, that’s a mistake,” Brooks said. “People always think it’s real shiny, and that’s that pyrite. Which, there is pyrite in there, also.” “When I see this, I just see this big, kind fan of sand,” Wright said, looking across the beach. “What do you see when you look at this landscape?” Nathan Brooks sprays seawater into the sand at the beach near Sheep Creek in Juneau on May 15, 2019, while his pitbull King watches. The slurry gets pumped to the top of his sluice box. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO) He caught something too big. “On a good shift, we can run an ounce a day, you know, if we catch both tides. We can pull an ounce out of the ground,” Brooks said. “I’ve pulled over 40 ounces out of here.” “I see money! That’s what I see when I look around,” Brooks said. “There is a payout, but it’s nice just being able to let my dog run out on the beach, and hang out here and just kind of do my own thing.” “Yeah, the chum salmon. Ferocious,” Wright said. “He really does, actually,” Brooks said. “I hook him up to the end of it, he helps me pull the heavy thing back up, in and out.” The rafts are tied up to old pilings and big rocks that’ll be underwater when the tide comes in. They’re unattended, except for one. We head over so Wright can ask one of these DIY dredgers about what they’re doing. “Not too bad,” Brooks said. “There’s some of it. It’s in that real fine area, you can see it up in that corner.”last_img read more

Is a HighTech Customer Loyalty System Right For You

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read June 2, 2015 This story appears in the June 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Q: Are the new high-tech customer loyalty systems worth it?A: The short answer is yes, if only for the customer analytics they provide. With such systems, customers sign up online; after that, you’ll know exactly when they’re in your store, what they bought and how quickly they redeemed the promotional offer that brought them there. For a more detailed discussion, we turned to Flora Delaney, president of Delaney Consulting in Edina, Minn., who works with retailers such as PetSmart on business development. How do I implement a tech-powered loyalty platform?Let’s back up. Before someone becomes a loyal customer, they have to be aware of your business. That means traditional awareness efforts, like advertising, are already in place, and your promotional offers are bringing in new customers. These need to be activated, especially for new retailers, before you can even think of investing in loyalty systems. OK, I’ve got awareness and promotional offers in place. What’s next?Ramp up your customer service. Nothing beats outstanding customer experience for generating loyalty. If you and your staff aren’t consistently anticipating and providing friendly, helpful, competent service, you’re wasting your money thinking that a loyalty system is going to fix things.So I might not even need a loyalty system?Depends. Once the customer service experience is in place and supported by everyone from managers to part-timers, a loyalty system might work to drive more sales. There is no program that will tell you if a 20 percent discount on the next purchase is more effective than a “buy four, get one free” promotion. Through testing, you’ll determine whether your loyalty promotions change behaviors for customers or just reward them for behavior they would do already.Fortunately, the loyalty program’s analytics will quickly help you see if the reward you’re offering is positive for the business. And you can speed up this learning process by making your offers substantial and desirable.Assuming I go the tech route, how do I choose a vendor? When considering vendors, find out how well their system integrates with your POS and CRM systems. Your CRM system could be as simple as MailChimp, Constant Contact or Robly, or more robust, along the lines of or Whatever you choose, you want the loyalty program to work with systems you already use.Beyond that, make sure the platform offers and tracks loyalty points and status and lets you print promotional messages on your receipts. Next, work on your marketing plan to determine how you want your loyalty program to interact with your customers. Will you use email or some other message outreach? Last tip: You have to be able to afford the program in the first place, and you should expect to see a positive ROI from a successful system within a year.  Register Now »last_img read more

Consumer Spending Index Inches Up in May

first_imgConsumer Spending Index Inches Up in May Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer spending Deloitte Home Prices Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2013-06-18 Tory Barringer Improvements in housing and labor lifted “”Deloitte’s””: Consumer Spending Index for May, the company reported.[IMAGE]The index, which comprises four components–tax burden, initial unemployment claims, real wages, and real home prices–rose to a reading of 4.27 from April’s 4.12. The index tracks consumer cash flow as an indicator of future spending.[COLUMN_BREAK]””Three out of the four components of the Index contributed to an uptick in May and have stayed on a moderate and steady track of improvement over the past several months,”” said Daniel Bachman, senior U.S. economist for Deloitte. “”The labor market has stabilized, and initial unemployment claims fell nearly six percent since this time last year, while real home prices continued to climb and real wages crept up.””According to Deloitte’s report, real new home prices climbed to $117,329 in May, an increase of 8.5 percent from the same time last year.Meanwhile, initial unemployment claims moved down to 343,000, nearly a 6 percentage point decrease from last year. At the same time, hourly real wages moved up 0.4 percent from the same period in 2012, reaching $8.81.The only component not contributing to May’s increase was the tax burden, which remained flat compared to April but was up 2.26 percent over last year.center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing June 18, 2013 412 Views last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter In a natural extension

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterIn a natural extension of Anantara’s unique Balance wellness concept, the luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers announces the launch of a range of wellness retreats powered by Lifestyle Health Retreats (LHR).  The transformational retreats, ranging from three to seven night programmes, promise to deliver long-term health benefits and a positive lifestyle impact, as well as the inspiration found in extraordinary destinations including Thailand and the Maldives.Designed around LHR’s philosophy that wellness retreats should be more than a ‘healthy holiday’ and effect long-term lifestyle change, the exclusive range of results-oriented programmes offer professional guidance by experienced fitness, nutrition and wellness experts and ‘mindset re-programming’, along with a realistic, motivational action plan and post-retreat coaching support.Fitness & Weight Loss Retreats enable guests to benefit from personalised coaching and workouts, to learn about fitness and weight loss myths, as well as scientifically proven methods. Participants develop a thorough understanding of food and nutrition, and receive the tools to establish healthy habits. Each guest receives detailed, personal information about their body and how to most efficiently maximize health, while burning fat and losing weight.Fitness & Weight Loss Retreats are available at Anantara Si Kao Resort along an untouched stretch of Andaman coastline in southern Thailand from 20 – 27 May 2016 and from 17 – 24 June 2016 with prices starting from THB 18,200 and at the tropical Thai island hideaway of Anantara Layan Phuket Resort from 22 – 29 April and 3 – 10 June 2016 with prices starting from THB 24,700, as well as in the Maldives from 20 – 27 May 2016 with prices starting from USD 1,329.Yoga Retreats strengthen and revitalise the body, refresh and empower the mind, while balancing and uplifting the spirit. Each day starts with a dynamic two-hour yoga flow practice to invigorate and cleanse the body. Afternoon seminars provide guidance on yoga poses, so that guests can develop a deeper and more beneficial routine to put into practice back home. In the evenings, yin yoga stretching or meditation sessions offer a wealth of holistic benefits.Yoga Retreats are available at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort on the Thai island of Phuket from 1 – 8 July 2016 with prices starting from THB 24,700, as well as at Anantara’s Maldivian paradise from 15 – 22 April 2016 with prices starting from USD 1,329.Each retreat includes return airport transfers, luxury Anantara accommodation and healthy meals on a full board basis, a complimentary Anantara Spa treatment, one-to-one coaching, at least four hours a day of workouts, seminars and classes, as well as 30 days of follow-up coaching.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more