The Calcutta Rowing Club is going to conduct the Asian School Indoor Rowing Championship at the Calcutta Rowing Club in Kolkata from September 4.The interesting fact is that there will be a separate competition for the specially-abled children.Participants of the championship: About two lakh students from across India and neighbouring Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan are expected to take part in the championship.”Apart from 75,000 students from 100 schools of West Bengal, more than one lakh and fifty thousand students from other states of the country including Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab will compete,” veteran oarsman and founder of Bengal Water Sports, Shakeel Ahmed, told PTI.He added, “Our aim is to reach the grass roots level by conducting the preliminary rounds in different districts.”About the sports meet: The event is for both boys and girls first at district and then at state level. The meet would be held in three age groups-Group 1: under-12 yearsGroup 2: under-15 yearsGroup 3: under- 18 yearsNote: All the state level winners along with competitors from other countries will join the grand finale on December 2.”Indoor rowing is now quite popular and regularly practiced in the western countries though it is comparatively a new entrant in India,” said the chairman of the event and Associate Vice President of Rowing Federation of India Chandan Roy Chowdhury.Read: Atal Tinkering Labs to be set up in 500 schools in Tamil Nadu: Education MinisterAlso read: SC puts SSC CGL, SSC CHSL Results 2017 on hold: All you need to knowadvertisement
Rajasthan Royals leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal became only the second bowler in the Indian Premier League this season to take a hat-trick but still couldn’t end up on the winning side as the five-overs-a-side game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday had to be abandoned due to rain.Shreyas Gopal got rid of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis in successive deliveries to claim his maiden IPL hat-trick and became the 16th bowler in the tournament’s history to achieve the feat.Sam Curran of Kings XI Punjab was the first to bag a hat-trick this season in the game against Delhi Capitals earlier this month.But while Curran’s hat-trick came in a winning cause, Gopal was left with mixed emotions as the Royals had to share a point with the Royal Challengers after rain interrupted play for the final time during the second innings.The match started just in time for the organisers to sneak in a five-overs-a-side game. RCB batted first and posted 62 for 7. The Royals were in a strong position at 41 for 1 in 3.2 overs in the chase when rain stopped play for the final time at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.The result keeps Rajasthan Royals’ campaign alive in IPL 2019 but the equation has become even tougher for them to make it to the playoffs. RCB on the other hand, now have no chance of advancing any further.”I had a lot more nerves than what they would have had against me. Feels good to be getting them out.advertisementAn ecstatic Shreyas Gopal after picking up a hat-trick at his home turf pic.twitter.com/UG1hufYFiQIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2019″Unfortunately for us, we didn’t cross the line and didn’t fall on the winning side. We still don’t know how things are in the table. But it feels good to take those wickets in whatever overs that we had,” Gopal said at the post-match press conference.Shreyas Gopal, who plays for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, is a Bangalore local boy. Born in 1992, Gopal has played 56 first-class matches and has picked 184 wickets. In 29 List A matches, Gopal has 46 wickets.On Tuesday, Gopal became only the third Indian bowler after Amit Mishra and Yuvraj Singh to pick up multiple hat-tricks in the Twenty20 format. Gopal had bagged a hat-trick in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018-19 for Karnataka against Haryana.Putting the brakes on #RCB’s start, Shreyas Gopal is our game changer for the first innings for his hat-trick pic.twitter.com/CjIRWJ4OSiIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2019In the IPL there have been a total of 19 hat-tricks with Amit Mishra leading the list with three hat-tricks in the tournament followed by Yuvraj Singh (2).L Balaji, Makhaya Ntini, Rohit Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Ajit Chandila, Sunil Narine, Pravin Tambe, Shane Watson, Axar Patel, Samuel Badree, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Sam Curran and Shreyas Gopal are the others who have taken a hat-trick in the IPL so far.Also Read | RCB vs RR Highlights Score, IPL 2019: Match abandoned due to rain, Bangalore knocked out
Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksWomen’s opens game two By BEN HARRISFour touchdowns – three in the final two minutes of the first half and one inside the first 30 seconds of the second – helped New South Wales to keep the Women’s Open series alive in the 2012 State of Origin.Going down 5-3 to Queensland in game one on Friday night, New South Wales had to win to send the series into a deciding third match, which will be played later this afternoon.New South Wales scored the first touchdown but Queensland hit back with five minutes remaining to level the scores at 1-1.However, the Blues jumped to fifth gear and scored three touchdowns – Ashleigh Dind, Kristin Boss and Louise Winchester – in quick succession to stun Queensland and lead 4-1 at half-time.It didn’t stop there, New South Wales captain Winchester scored her team’s fifth after 27 seconds of the second half. NSW coach Peter Forrester said that scoring spree was the difference between the two teams.“I thought our first half was magnificent, we were full of running,” he said.“Getting the try just after half-time to go 5-1 just gave us that security blanket.”However, as they did in game one, New South Wales dropped off and let Queensland back into the game.The Maroons scored three touchdowns through Savannah Pratten, Kelly Woods and Lauren Potter to get within one of their opponents.Forrester said that was a concern.“Probably the last 10 minutes we just lost our structure in particular on the line and on the ball, so that is probably disappointing.“The first half was just so good that it laid the platform.”Game three will be played at 4.15pm today.
The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation and Empire Theatres will host a free screening of Amnon Buchbinder’s film Whole New Thing on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Oxford Theatre. Whole New Thing tells the story of Emmerson Thorsen (Aaron Webber), a precocious youth who has spent his life being home schooled by his hippie parents in rural Nova Scotia. At age 13, when he is sent to the local school for the first time, he confounds his classmates and captures the attention of his English teacher (Daniel MacIvor). The experience is a whole new thing, for everyone. Co-written by Mr. Buchbinder and Mr. MacIvor and produced by Palpable Productions and Acuity Pictures Productions, Whole New Thing was shot in Nova Scotia. The film won multiple awards at the 2006 Atlantic Film Festival and received the Chum award for Best Canadian Film at the Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival. Screening Nights are presentated by the film development corporation and Empire Theatres. They are held four times a year, and allow local audiences to see homegrown film productions and enable local filmmakers to promote their work.
Kolkata: Police recovered an elderly women, who was locked up inside an apartment by her daughter-in-law, on Krishna Chatterjee Lane in Bali police station limits on Tuesday.The police said Jyotsna Das Gupta (80) lived with her daughter-in law Sujata in the four-storeyed apartment. Her son had died two years ago. Because of ailment she could not walk without taking support. While leaving her alone at home, Sujata had made arrangments for her medical care. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe police did not arrest any one in the case as Sujata and her daughter Indrani Dasgupta tendered an apology and assured the cops that they would never lock up the elderly woman at home. On Saturday, Sujata left for her daughter’s house in Bhadreshwar and she locked up the elderly woman at home. On Sunday, occupants of other apartment saw newspaper were piled outside the gate of the house. They tried to reachout to the elderly woman but they failed and informed the police. Officers from Bally police station arrived on Tuesday morning and they broke open the gate. Cops called up Indrani Dasgupta, the granddaughter of the woman, who was a schoolteacher. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIndrani told the police that often went out leaving her grandmother alone and locking up the apartment from outside. Sujata arrived almost one-and-a-half-hours after the cops informed her about the situation. She opened the room and police found that the elderly woman was sleeping on a cot. The woman is stone deaf and cannot walk without taking support. Both the mother and the daughter admitted their mistake and tendered unconditional apology. The police arranged for doctors who treated the elderly woman.
HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia law firm is investigating the potential for a class action lawsuit following a breach of the province’s freedom-of-information Internet portal affecting thousands of sensitive documents.Between March 3 and March 5, approximately 7,000 documents — containing birth dates, social insurance numbers, addresses and government services’ client information — were inappropriately accessed.Lawyer Ray Wagner says it’s concerning that such information was compromised and accessed so readily, and that government delayed informing the public.The government waited nearly a week to inform the public, while police began their investigation.A Halifax man was charged last week.Wagner says anyone who lives in Nova Scotia and is concerned that their information was inappropriately accessed, should contact his law firm.
WINNIPEG – The federal government has reached a financial settlement with two of four Indigenous men from northern Manitoba who were switched at birth and only found out about the mixup 40 years later.Neither Ottawa or the lawyer who represents Luke Monias and Norman Barkman would reveal how much money the men are receiving.A federal spokeswoman would only say the men are also being offered support services.“Indigenous Services Canada continues to offer support to the individuals and families who have been affected by these regrettable events,” the department’s Edith Pedneault said in an email.“Settlements of this type are confidential between the parties involved. It would be inappropriate for the Department of Indigenous Services to provide further comment.”Bill Gange, the lawyer for the two men, declined to comment Wednesday pending instructions from his clients.Monias and Barkman of Garden Hill First Nation, a fly-in community 400 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, revealed in November 2015 that DNA tests proved they were switched at birth at the Norway House Indian Hospital in 1975.Later DNA tests showed two men from Norway House Cree Nation, Leon Swanson and David Tait Jr., were also switched at birth at the hospital earlier that year.The men expressed anger and sorrow at having lived much of their lives under the wrong identities and not with their birth parents.In 2016, Monias said that he and Barkman were often told they looked more like the other boy’s family.“I thought it was like a joke or rumours,” he said at the time.Eric Robinson, a former Manitoba cabinet minister who has acted as a liaison for the men, said the hospital’s treatment of Indigenous people was wrong.“Indian people, as we were known then … received second-rate treatment,” he said Wednesday.Robinson no longer acts as a liaison for Monias and Barkman, but continues to help the two men who have not agreed to a settlement — Swanson and Tait Jr.“I think that there is still some unfinished business, particularly for the two that haven’t agreed to a settlement, and that includes a formal apology from the government of Canada.”The settlement includes an undisclosed amount of compensation for the parents and siblings of all four men.An investigation by Health Canada last year said the switches were accidental and a result of standard identification procedures not being followed. Identity bands were not routinely placed on infants immediately after birth.Manitoba RCMP also investigated, and said no charges would be laid because there is no evidence that what happened was a criminal offence.
CALAHOO – The Stanley Cup has arrived in small-town Alberta.Craig Berube, head coach of the St. Louis Blues, hoisted the trophy over his head as he carried it into the arena in Calahoo, northwest of Edmonton.Berube was born and raised in the hamlet of about 80 people, where his parents Roger and Ramona Berube still live.Craig Berube walking into our hometown with the Stanley Cup this morning ! @CraigBerube @StanleyCup @StLouisBlues #calahoo pic.twitter.com/xBOdZIwb45— Amber Von Grat (@AmberLVonGrat) July 2, 2019Hundreds of hockey fans lined up to meet the coach and get a photo with the Cup.Berube, 53, played with several teams in the National Hockey League before taking over as coach of the Blues last year.The Blues beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the championship to win their first Stanley Cup title.READ MORE: Blues win first Stanley Cup, beating Boston 4-1
29 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the recently announced measures by Saudi Arabian King Abdullah granting women the right to vote and stand in municipal elections as well as to become members of the Shura Council. “The Secretary-General believes that these represent an important step in the realization by women in Saudi Arabia of their fundamental civil and political rights,” a statement issued by his spokesperson said.According to the Saudi Government website, the Shura (consultative) Council, made up of 60 members appointed by the country’s king, enjoys the same powers as Western parliaments – it is entitled to enact laws, oversee the functions of government agencies and investigate public cases.
In September the then-editor, Frederica Jansz, said he had sacked her for not toeing his political line. She then fled abroad citing fresh death threats. The investigative, anti-establishment newspaper had riled the authorities and continued to do so after his death. But in July the near-bankrupt Leader was bought by a well-connected businessman. You cannot miss the building, a large cream edifice with bright pink and blue stripes. Inside you realise that this is no ordinary newspaper.There is a small garlanded picture of Lasantha above the lift and a huge portrait in the office. Framed cuttings are a reminder that the paper has been attacked many times: In November 2007 (with T56 guns, cricket bats and petrol), in 2005 (before the presidential election), in 1995 and 1998 (physical attacks on Lasantha and his home).In 1998 he was interrogated by CID police and in 2003 and 2006 he received death threats, reportedly from people high in the political hierarchy. No one was brought to justice for any of the assaults. The paper has just had a “relaunch”, which simply means a more sophisticated look, says the new editor, Shakuntala Perera. New editor Shakuntala Perera insists the Leader is still critical of government“It didn’t mean a huge change in policy or editorial stand,” she says, fresh from the main weekly meeting.The new owner, with a 72% stake, is a businessman, Asanga Seneviratne, who is president of the national rugby union and appointed the president’s son as captain of the national team. The other share remains in the hands of Lasantha’s brother, Lal.Ms Perera says Mr Seneviratne has no editorial input and the paper has lost none of its radicalism despite the buyout. Almost four years after its editor was killed in mysterious circumstances, there are fears that Sri Lanka’s most outspokenly anti-government newspaper is losing its critical edge.On 8 January 2009, the editor of the Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunge, was assassinated by a group of masked men on motorbikes. The case sent shockwaves around the world, highlighting the dismal state of press freedom in the country. The murder has never been solved. Under a new editor the paper has issued retractions of past articles and has lost some of its most outspoken columnists. So, has the Sunday Leader lost its edge?Today, as since its founding in 1994 by the man always known simply as Lasantha, the Leader offices sit in the same somewhat bleak suburban location, adjoining an industrial area. “On the judiciary, we’ve been critical of the government stand,” she says, referring to a government campaign to impeach the chief justice.“On the prisons [the death of 27 prisoners amid a riot last month], no paper has taken the strong stance we took… Any issue affecting the people will get a voice.”Indeed, recent issues have contained some rigorous articles on the jail violence, quoting prisoners’ relatives as saying some of the deaths were summary executions; a detailed report on the mood in the northern town of Jaffna, a subject most papers ignore; and investigative articles about official bodies.Set against these have been apologies for past articles which have raised the suspicions of critics.Most striking was an apology to Sri Lanka’s defence secretary, the president’s controversial and powerful brother.Angered at a phone call from Frederica Jansz in July, when she implied the national airline made a decision as a personal favour to him, he allegedly used obscenities and told her: “People will kill you!”Last month the paper retracted the article and apologised to Mr Rajapaksa. It also rescinded and apologised for a series of articles from 2006 that linked the governor of the central bank to illegal financial schemes.Frederica Jansz, in an emailed interview, said the retractions were “shameful” and the editorial team had “prostituted journalistic principle… merely to satisfy political masters” and “grovel”.Previous editor Frederica Jansz said she was forced from the job by a new owner“The legacy that Lasantha Wickrematunge left has been destroyed – buried forever,” she said.Sonali Samarasinghe, the widow of Lasantha and also now in exile, and the author of the pieces on the bank governor, said she stood by the articles which were backed by facts.The retractions gave “little cause for optimism” and would “raise questions about the independence of the new editorial team”, she said. In the past, she said, the paper thrived on getting into deep water and did not fear legal action.In response, the new editor said the apology to Mr Rajapaksa was not decided on under her auspices, while declining to comment on the other retraction.The Leader’s associate editor, Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema, who has been at the paper for 15 years, said there had been problems with the tone of some of the journalism.“There were a lot of personal feelings getting in the way of the writing after Lasantha died… Things had slipped,” she says.“Lasantha would always tell us: Always have your facts right and keep your personal emotions away from what you write. This was not being fully followed.”There is, nonetheless, unhappiness among some of the newspaper’s radical columnists.One, Tisaranee Gunasekara, regularly accuses the country’s rulers of nepotism and megalomania. Last month she abruptly quit the paper after her column was clumsily edited with each reference to the Rajapaksas excised.She told the BBC it was “not sensible to expect that I will be allowed to say nasty things about our royal family… in the new Leader”.“I also regret it. I feel bad,” said Ms Perera bluntly on this episode, saying she was under time pressure when editing and this would not happen again. She wants Ms Gunasekara to return and insists that the column did not spook her.Yet recent remarks by the new owner, Asanga Seneviratne, in the magazine “Echelon” suggest the Leader may find it difficult to continue targeting the higher authorities so fiercely.“To me, the president is our president, and whether you like it or not, he gave our country back to us,” Mr Seneviratne said. “Whatever anyone says, I will respect him for the rest of my life because of that.”He denied asking Frederica Jansz to leave but admitted taking an exception to a caption she wrote and saying he was having difficulty trusting her actions and that therefore “I have to see what is going in the paper”.Assessing the new order, it is impossible to avoid economics. The Sunday Leader had been doing badly and the government had pressurised advertisers to withdraw from it.Gotabhaya Rajapaksa recently won a case against it and has two more pending. Fifteen lawsuits against the paper remain. So what future for the Sunday Leader?“It’s not just any other paper, it’s really something people believe in and that needs to carry on,” says Shakuntala Perera.Mrs Samarasinghe, however, believes the new management team will chart a new course.She says she and her husband saw it as their duty to “speak truth to power in Sri Lanka’s largely self-censored media environment”. Will the paper continue to do this? The jury is still out.Meanwhile, no progress has been made in bringing Lasantha Wickrematunge’s killers to justice.One man held for the killing, an impoverished Tamil motor mechanic, died mysteriously in prison 14 months ago. His family called him an innocent man who would not even kill an ant. (BBC)
A key measure of home prices shows increase in 20 major US cities, steady gains nationally by News Staff Posted Sep 25, 2012 9:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Home prices kept rising in July across the United States, buoyed by greater sales and fewer foreclosures.National home prices increased 1.2 per cent in July, compared to the same month last year, according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case Shiller index released Tuesday. That’s the second straight year-over-year gain after two years without one.The report also says prices rose in July from June in all 20 cities tracked by the index. That’s the third straight month in which prices rose in every city.Steady price increases and record-low mortgage rates are helping drive a housing recovery.Prices in the Phoenix, one of the cities hardest hit by the housing bust, have increased 16.6 per cent in the 12 months ending in July. Prices in Minneapolis and Detroit have risen more than 6 per cent.“We are more optimistic about housing,” David Blitzer, chairman of the S&P’s index committee. “Stronger housing numbers are a positive factor for other measures, including consumer confidence.”The S&P/Case-Shiller index covers roughly half of U.S. homes. It measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and creates a three-month moving average. The July figures are the latest available.Other measures of home prices are showing steady gains. CoreLogic, a private real estate data provider, said earlier this month that prices rose in July from a year earlier by the most in six years. And a federal government housing agency has also reported annual increases.Rising home prices are one of many signs that the housing market is slowly recovering.Sales of previously occupied homes jumped in August to the highest level since May 2010. Builder confidence is at a six-year high and construction of single-family homes rose last month to the fastest annual rate in more than two years. Even with the gains, home sales and construction remain well below healthy levels.Still, the broader economy is likely to benefit from rising home prices. When home prices rise, people typically feel wealthier and spend more. And more Americans are likely to put their houses up for sale, which could further energize the market.Home sales have been bolstered by the lowest mortgage rates on record. The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage touched a record low of 3.49 per cent last week and has been below 4 per cent all year. A limited supply of homes has also helped drive prices higher.Home prices are still 30 per cent below their peak in June 2006, according to Case-Shiller. That was the height of the housing boom.
Three people were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a car chase ended with shots being fired at police officers in east London.Witnesses described hearing gunshots as police cars raced through the streets of Forest Gate.Scotland Yard said armed police returned fire, but no one was injured.The incident began when police were called to reports of suspects seen in possession of a firearm in Lascelles Close.”A short time later a vehicle was seen nearby which failed to stop for police and a pursuit was authorised,” said a spokesman.”During the pursuit, a number of sots were fired towards officers. Police firearms were discharged. There are no reported injuries.” Heard a crash sound, saw the police chase a car and then heard what sounded like gunshots. Now there’s a helicopter going around #ForestGate not sure what’s happening but it’s sounds serious! #E7 #E11— Hannah Lane (@hellohannahlane) July 26, 2018 Earlier, residents described scenes of high drama as helicopters flew overhead and officers went door to door. Some said they heard five or six gunshots.Images shared on social media showed armed police with a suspect on the ground and a black BMW with broken windows nearby. Gun shots. Police helicopters. 20+ armed police running up our road. Crazy times in Forest Gate.— Karl Newson (@Karlwheel) July 26, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. He added that the incident had been referred to the Directorate of Professional Standards, which is routine when officers discharge their weapons.The suspects have been taken to an east London police station.
Dear Editor,Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan during his press conference on (Friday) April 13, 2018 announced that the economy expanded by only 2.1 per cent, the lowest growth rate in recent times. Incidentally it was Black Friday, was it coincidence?The Minister, among other things, charged that sugar production of 137,307 tonnes in 2017 was responsible for the poor economic showing. The GAWU will not rehash the reasons for the poor production which we shared publicly on more than one occasion. Though the Minister seeks to use sugar as one of his punching bags in seeking to explain what is clearly a worrying situation, at the same time, the admission by Minister Jordan serves to demonstrate the importance of the sugar industry to the wider economy.As GAWU has been saying consistently, the sugar industry cannot be seen solely and only from the financial/profitability argument the Government, like a horse with blinkers, is focused on. Important as that is, the GAWU strongly believes, and must reiterate, that sugar has to be seen from its wider economic impact in terms of direct and indirect employment, taxes whether be income or consumption, foreign exchange receipts, among other things. The four (4) closed estates aggregately paid its workers $11.9B in 2014, using data available from the Sugar CoI report. To illustrate the significance of what the economy has really lost we contrasted what obtains in the private sector. Using most recently available data concerning employment costs at Banks DIH Limited, Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI), and Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited – four (4) publicly listed companies in Guyana and among the country’s largest enterprises – we learnt they spent aggregately G$9.6B.Also, it is estimated that the now jobless workers of Skeldon, Rose Hall, East Demerara and Wales, conservatively, utilized about 85 per cent of their earnings on the purchase of goods and services. In other words, directly shop keepers, market vendors, fisherfolk, transportation providers, etc have lost $10.15B. Indirectly, using the income multiplier formula, a further $70B has been removed from the economy. This is a massive and substantial hit and one which many, especially in rural Guyana, may not be able to recover from. With now four closed estates, some resuming operations in a minimalistic way at this time, it would be interesting to know what the 2018 figures would reveal. Clearly, from all appearances, the wiser economic decision was to keep the industry going while working to make it profitable and viable as the SPU is now seeking to do at Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt. What is clear, as the Minister Jordan is reported in April 14, 2018 to have said, sugar is too big to fail.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGAWU General Secretary Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLETTER: Response to Ramjattan’s false claims on sugarFebruary 27, 2019In “latest news”Dismal sugar production no fault of workers, Union- GAWUDecember 22, 2017In “Business”GAWU to Govt: Cut down on unnecessary spending and give public servants a bonusNovember 22, 2017In “latest news”
BOTH PILOTS ON a British based airline fell asleep on the flight deck during a flight last month according to a report from the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).The incident occurred on 13 August with the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) saying that it comes ”no surprise” to them after repeated warnings to the CAA.The events came to light as a result of a freedom of information request to the CAA which was reported in several media outlets. The captain and co-pilot are believed to have agreed to alternate sleeping while the plane was on autopilot before one of them awoke to find the other asleep. It is not known how long the plane had been flying unsupervised.The CAA say they have chosen not to identify the airline involved.BALPA say they have repeatedly warned the CAA about the risk of pilots falling asleep due to long shifts and a lack of sleep. The pilots’ group say they have even written to the UK’s aviation minister Simon Burns MP about the risks who they say replied that “this is not a reported flight safety issue.”BALPA’s general secretary Jim McAuslan said that tiredness is the biggest challenge faced by British pilots:“As the regulator responsible for UK flight safety the CAA has been far too complacent about the levels of tiredness among British pilots and failing to acknowledge the scale of the underreported problem.”The group point to a vote in the EU parliament next week which they say includes rules that permit a pilot to land an aircraft having been awake for 22 hours or more.Read: Airlines not required to carry defibrillators >
Source: Sober LaneSo why use Snapchat instead of a CV? Speaking to TheJournal.ie, the owner Ernest Cantillon said it’s all about making a good first impression. A NEW DUBLIN pub, which will be opening up next month, is asking applicants to send in Snapchat photos and videos instead of CVs.The messaging app, which lets users send photos and videos that disappear after a set amount of time, is the only way for people to apply for the 20 positions on offer at Sober Lane D4. Snapchat lets you make a first impression, there’s no back and forth, people are only able to send photos or 15-second videos and it either catches our imagination or not.Since it’s a new pub, that first impression is vital in turning visitors to become regulars with Cantillon saying “all they see is that first impression and they do judge a book by its cover.”So far, the pub has received a number of applications from Snapchat, some telling jokes while one person has sent a video of them juggling. Cantillon recommends that people just get creative when they’re applying and will make them think “this is a person I would like to meet.”That good first impression also extends to the bar itself. While it’s well established in Cork, it needs to make a good first impression for its opening to be a success.We’re new in Dublin, we wouldn’t be well known so first impressions is everything… [but] social media is a great level playing field and if you’re first and you’re clever, then you’ll get the real coverage.The bar plans to open its Dublin branch on 16 July.Read: Now Facebook is letting anyone download its Snapchat-inspired app >Read: DIY: Google wants you to create a VR headset using cardboard >
SFR s’apprêterait à augmenter ses tarifs ADSLFrance – SFR s’apprêterait à augmenter ses tarifs ADSL. Une nouvelle offre “Premium” comprenant de nouvelles options serait ainsi prochainement proposée à 34,90 euros par mois. Selon le site ElectronLibre, elle sera lancée pendant les prochaines grandes vacances.Bien sûr, les clients bénéficiant actuellement d’une offre triple play à 29,90 euros par mois pourront continuer à en profiter, contrat oblige. Mais SFR compte bien sur les nouvelles options de l’offre pour faire migrer les adeptes du net à moins de 30 euros vers cette nouvelle formule.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Elle devrait comprendre une box améliorée haut-de-gamme, que le client pourra connecter à son téléviseur afin de bénéficier de jeux, de vidéos à la demande, d’une fonction magnétoscope à distance, d’un réseau CPL (Courants porteurs en ligne) ainsi que de chaînes inédites et d’un accès multi-pièces à la télévision.Les nouveaux postulants à une connexion Internet risquent donc de se tourner vers Free, qui propose la même offre pour 5 euros de moins. Toutefois, cet avantage ne devrait durer que quelques mois, Xavier Niel, patron de Free, ayant annoncé l’augmentation prochaine des tarifs de la filiale d’Iliad.Le 2 avril 2010 à 15:44 • Emmanuel Perrin
Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin believes that Antoine Griezmann has not yet come to a final decision in regards to his future at the clubThe France international has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer transfer window and has previously announced that he would like his future to be sorted before the beginning of the World Cup in June, where Griezmann will be hoping to fire Les Bleus to glory for the first time since 1998.However, his Atletico teammate Godin believes that the 27-year-old is still far from making any kind of final decision ahead of their second leg against Arsenal in the Europa League.“Nobody knows, we don’t think even he knows,” said the defender, as reported on Football-Espana.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We want him to remain for us and stay here for many years. Right now he is under contract and we want him to keep improving here with us.“We love him and he brings an extra dimension to our team, so of course we want to continue like this.“He tells us he is Uruguayan and maybe that there are so many (Uruguayans) here is a factor, because he eats and drinks likes us, and listens to Uruguayan music.”
This new addition follows RD’s recent hire of Matthew Goldenberg as the GM of Readersdigest.com, which marked the company’s third digital exec hire since 2008.The Reader’s Digest Association also announced a series of new hires within recent months: coinciding with the departures of former RDA president/CEO Mary Berner and ex-president of North American Affinities Suzanne Grimes, RDA tapped Dan Lagani in the new role of president of North America and Paul Tomkins as CFO, succeeding Tom Williams, Berner’s replacement as RDA president. During his stint as consulting director, Newman designed the cover for the book Life: The Reader’s Digest version, and also directed the Reader’s Digest staff in the completion of RD’s iPad app.Newman is a former design director of Fortune, Real Simple, Entertainment Weekly and New York magazines; he led TV Guide’s recent redesign as well. Newman also serves as a consulting director for JCK Magazine, and currently resides on the board of the Society of Publication Designers. Robert Newman is now creative director with Reader’s Digest; he served as a consulting creative director with RD since December.
Migrants on a boat. File PhotoTunisian authorities were on Saturday stopping 75 migrants saved at sea from coming ashore, according to a rights group and the captain of the ship which rescued them.The migrants were adrift in international waters in a boat with a broken engine when an Egyptian tug boat brought them aboard, the captain said on condition of anonymity.After notifying authorities in Italy and Malta, the crew headed for the southern Tunisian port of Zarzis where authorities refused to allow the ship to dock.”We’re in a critical situation, we’re nearly 100 on board and we don’t have more than two days of supplies of water and food,” the captain told AFP by phone.Tunisian rights organisation FTDES said the regional governor demanded government support before accepting the migrants, following an increase in new arrivals from neighbouring Libya in recent months.Tunisian authorities did not respond to AFP’s requests for comment.The crew of the tug boat rescued 64 Bangladeshis, nine Egyptians, one Moroccan and one Sudanese, who had departed from Zuwara in western Libya, according to FTDES.Last month, around 60 migrants, most from Bangladesh, drowned off the coast of Tunisia after leaving Libya on a boat bound for Europe.There has been a significant reduction in rescue vessels operating in the Mediterranean Sea in recent months, with humanitarian boats facing legal woes as countries such as Italy impose a hard-line migration policy.