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first_imgWordPress for Enterprise – How This Open-… Tags:#Trending How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… Related Posts Keith Krach is chairman and former CEO of DocuSign. A Silicon Valley veteran, Krach has led the creation of several new categories, including DTM at DocuSign, Mechanical Design Synthesis at Rasna and B2B ecommerce during his role as chairman, CEO and co-founder of Ariba. He once was the youngest vice president at General Motors, where he was an early pioneer in robotics and oversaw a joint venture with Japanese-based Fujitsu Fanuc. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Keith Krach Kickstarting a Stagnant Company What Matters Most is Luck. Not!During my battle-tested career, I have always heard, “Krach, you are just so lucky.” I look down at the ground and shrug my shoulders and say, “Yah, I guess I’m just lucky” or, “I was just at right place, right time.”I am certainly blessed. Born into a loving family, growing up in the heartland of this great country in a simpler time and humble manner. I learned to appreciate the value of hard work and I grew up with an earnest desire to make a difference in the world.  I’ve spent a lot of time in my life thinking about the concept of luck and what that word really means. Is it flipping a coin at a fork in the road or being dealt the right card at the right moment? Whether you choose to believe it’s karma or a blessing, there are divine moments that protect and shape us. But most of the time, I believe that we make our own luck.  Luck is self-propelling and a magic that we can generate and magnify. I believe the definition of luck is when preparation meets opportunity. The harder you work, the luckier you get.  I call it the Frank Wilson Theory.When Frank Wilson joined our basketball team in 7th grade, I thought he was the luckiest guy I had ever met. He immediately emerged as the star of our squad, scoring on average a sparkling 18 points a game. I was baffled though. He could barely jump, let alone dribble, and his jump shot was extremely ugly (sorry, Frank). He was a lefty and he would awkwardly short-arm the ball toward the hoop. I just couldn’t understand how this guy could score so many points. I figured he was just lucky.Then one day, the father of one of our teammates brought a 16-millimeter video camera to shoot one of our games. We played well and won the game, thanks to another game-winning shot from Frank. The next day at practice, the coach invited us all to watch the tape of the game. While everyone else followed the action of the game, I kept my eyes focused on Frank the entire time. As the tape played, it hit me like lightning. What Frank could do better than all of us was what he did when he didn’t have the ball. The act of getting in the right position at the right time was what mattered most. He would use his smallish frame to duck around picks and slide into open positions just under the hoop and in the corners where, when someone passed the ball, he could hit his little duck-shot with perfect accuracy.I began to see Frank in a new light. I also began to watch him at practice. While the rest of the team was lobbing up half-court trick shots and goofing around, there was Frank running drills, by himself. What I realized, it wasn’t that Frank wasn’t lucky when it came to playing basketball—he was prepared. When the opportunity presented itself, Frank was right there, ready to make his own “luck.” That was how Frank taught me a profound lesson:What matters most in life is what you do when nobody is looking.Thanks to Frank, I now have a deep conviction of the importance of preparation and constantly sharpening the saw. One of the most tangible examples I can share relates to how I approach public speaking. Whether it’s for a commencement address or a quick TV appearance that will generate a mere sound bite, I will spend hours preparing for a delivery that will take just a few minutes. There have been times when my team has witnessed me spend an entire 90-minute car ride getting ready for a short 3-minute after-dinner speech. I prepare for any question that could come my way. People might applaud me for my great improvisational speaking skills without realizing how much work actually went into making it look casual and spontaneous. So if it looks like I put my foot in my mouth, there is a chance that I meant to put it there.Similarly, anytime I go to a conference or attend an event, I take the time to memorize the LinkedIn profile of the attendees. There is no better way to meaningfully connect than jumping to the heart of finding something in common with people you “just happened” to meet. I’m fairly confident that if Dale Carnegie were still around to write an update to his classic book How To Win Friends And Influence People, he would have certainly included a chapter on memorizing not just names, but LinkedIn profiles as well (you’re welcome, LinkedIn.)As Thomas Edison so aptly put it: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.” So, Frank, if you are reading this, I’m sorry I ever thought you were lucky. Your example taught me one of the greatest lessons in life—what matters most is what you do when nobody is looking—and that is a wisdom that I have shared with many.  So Frank, wherever you are in this world, I thank you. And I wish you all the luck in the world, knowing full well you don’t need it.last_img read more


first_imgFinding three ready-mix concrete (RMC) plants at Mukundpur Chowk in violation of dust-control norms, Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Tuesday ordered their closure.Mr. Hussain had recently carried out a surprise inspection of the RMC plants at Mukundpur Chowk, accompanied by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Model Town, area police officials and officers of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, a government statement said. “During the inspection, the Minister found gross violations of air pollution control norms. There were no sprinkling arrangements at the site. RMC material and cement were not covered, as required; and the approach road was covered with dust,” the statement read. “The Minister directed the SDM to arrest the owner of the plants for causing air pollution and jeopardising public health. He also told the SDM and power authorities to disconnect the electric connection immediately and ensure the plant is shut,” the statement read.last_img read more


first_imgThe Shiromani Akali Dal has accused the Congress government in Punjab of trying to “regularise unconstitutional” appointments by deciding to amend a law under which advisers to the Chief Minister for planning and political matters will not be disqualified for holding offices of profit.Offices of profitThe Punjab Cabinet on Friday decided to amend the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952. After this amendment, members of the Assembly appointed as advisers in the rank of Ministers under this category will not be disqualified for holding offices of profit. In a statement, former Minister and Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia said that Congress MLAs Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, Kuljit Singh Nagra, Sangat Singh Gilzian, Inderbir Singh Bolaria, Kushaldeep Dhillon and Tarsem Singh DC had already invited disqualification by accepting an office of profit in the form of advisers in the rank of Cabinet/Minister of State rank. The appointments violate the 91st Amendment of the Constitution which stated that the total number of Ministers shall not exceed 15% of the total strength of the State Assembly, he said. Asserting that these appointments could not be regularised retrospectively, Mr. Majithia said that the Congress government trying to “regularise” the appointments by moving a Bill to amend Section 2 of the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act proves that the appointments were not made as per law. “The government should not compound its mistake by going in for desperate measures to save these appointments, and should scrap them immediately,” he said. Mr. Majithia said the SAD would also ask the Congress government to explain the rationale behind appointing MLAs as advisers at a time when the State was unable to give midday meals, scheduled caste scholarships and old age pension. The State government has appointed six Minister-rank advisers to CM Amarinder Singh. Five Congress MLAs were given the status of Cabinet Ministers and the sixth that of a Minister of State. Four MLAs were designated as advisers (political) while one was designated as adviser (planning) with the cabinet rank and status.last_img read more


first_imgHaving lost four games on the trot in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Pune Warriors will have to pull up their socks and perform when they take on a confident Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Friday.The eight-wicket defeat to Chennai Super Kings in Navi Mumbai in their previous game has put the Warriors in a tricky position. With just two wins from six matches, the Yuvraj Singh-led Warriors are languishing at the ninth position with only four points and they can’t afford to lose any more matches.On paper, they have a well-rounded team with a sprinkling of stars, but performance is something they have been sorely lacking. Except for Yuvraj Singh and Robin Uthappa, the rest of the batsmen haven’t really got going. The top order has been an absolute failure with Mohnish Mishra, Jesse Ryder and Manish Pandey doing precious little in the last two games against the Super Kings.Their bowling has come good in the last three games. They made Mumbai Indians huff and puff to a last- ball win while defending 122.Unfancied names like Alfonso Thomas, Jerome Taylor, Murali Kartik and Rahul Sharma did well to keep the Super Kings on tight leash too, but their effort needs to be complemented by their batsmen.On the other hand, Royal Challengers, who struggled at the start of the championship, have gained confidence from their victories over Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils.With the likes of Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli and Saurabh Tiwary in their ranks, Bangalore have a power-packed batting line up, which can ring alarm bells in any opposition camp.advertisementBut with pace spearhead Zaheer Khan looking out of sorts for most part, the team’s bowling continues to remain the weakest link. Captain Daniel Vettori has been a stand-out performer while domestic recruits Syed Mohammad and Sreenath Aravind have done reasonably well. Yet, they lack a genuine wicket-taking bowler.With seven points from seven games, Vettori’s boys would be looking to score their third successive win.- With PTI inputslast_img read more


first_imgATHENS – A 16-year-old Greek pole vaulter – son of a Greek father who was a decathlete and a Ugandan mother who was a long jumper – has broken the world youth record and seems set to be a star in the sport.With his leap of 5.53 metres at the national indoor championships in Piraeus, Karalis finished third behind Greek champion Kostas Filippidis, eclipsing the 2004 record of 5.51 set by Argentine German Chiaraviglio.“For a kid my age what I’ve achieved is huge, but to be honest I feel like now my career is starting; this is the platform I can use to train harder and improve,” he told Reuters.Many of Greece’s athletes, especially at youth level, are suffering from funding cuts made by the government due to the austerity measures prompted by the financial crisis, the news agency noted.The state’s budget for the Greek athletics federation (SEGAS) has been slashed from 8.2 million euros in 2010 to 2.8 million in 2016, and athletes going to this year’s Olympics in Rio will rely on the IOC’s solidarity fund for support, just as they did in 2012.“Look there’s no hiding how difficult it is,” said Karalis. “The facilities at OAKA (Olympic Stadium) are not the best and many athletes struggle to get by, but I’m not here to complain,” he said. “I decided to be philosophical about it. I’ll work with whatever I have; if I had to train on the street then I’d do it without complaint.”His parents have a lot to do with his success.”My parents took me to OAKA in the baby stroller while they trained so from the moment I was born athletics has been part of my life,” said Karalis.“I tried lots of sports when I was a kid, from swimming to basketball and taekwondo, but when I tried the decathlon and the first event I did was the pole vault, I just seemed to have a knack for it and loved it from the first moment — I haven’t looked back since.”Now favourite for the European Junior Outdoor Championships this summer in Tbilisi, Karalis, who cites Ukrainian pole vault great Sergey Bubka as his role model, is also targeting the 2020 Olympics.“When we were at the world championships in Colombia last summer, he (Bubka) told me what a positive attitude I had and that I’ll go very farIt’s an amazing feeling to hear that from someone you idolise. “I think for every athlete it’s a dream to go the Olympics and it’s definitely one of mine. I don’t know if I’ll make it for 2020 but the Olympics is in my sights for sure.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgAgent of AC Milan midfielder Locatelli says he’s happy at Sassuoloby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of AC Milan midfielder Manuel Locatelli says he’s happy at Sassuolo.Locatelli joined Sassuolo on loan last summer with an obligatory purchase option.“He had the courage to leave Milan,” Stefano Castelnovo told Gazzetta dello Sport.“It wasn’t a choice for everyone, but in my opinion it was a winning one. He’s grateful to his former team, but it was right to look forward.“Sassuolo will buy him for €12m. After that we’ll see, but I really believe he’ll stay for at least another season.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img


first_imgMiami Open: Roger Federer, Kevin Anderson advance to fourth roundRoger Federer, who needed three sets to beat Albot on Sunday, came up with a clinical performance against Filip Krajinovic in his third round match at the Masters 1000 tournament on Monday. advertisement Reuters MiamiMarch 26, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 10:17 IST Roger Federer has been in fine form in the Sunshine tournaments (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer defeated Filip Krajinovic 7-5, 6-3 in the third round matchFederer will face Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round of Miami OpenKevin Anderson outclassed Joao Sousa with his booming serves in their 3rd round match on MondayRoger Federer overcame a sluggish start to defeat Filip Krajinovic 7-5 6-3 and Kevin Anderson’s booming serve proved too much for Joao Sousa as they advanced to the fourth round of the Miami Open on Monday.Serb Krajinovic broke Federer to jump to an early 2-1 lead and it looked like an upset could be in the works against the 20-times Grand Slam champion.But fourth seed Federer broke back in the next game and seized the momentum when he blasted a cross-court forehand winner to break Krajinovic again and take the first set.The Swiss coasted after that, thanks to an overpowering serve that Krajinovic struggled to read.Federer puts behind Indian Wells disappointmentFederer, 37, said he had already put his loss to Dominic Thiem in the BNP Paribas Open final at Indian Wells last week behind him.”Nowadays I am able to flush it out quickly. I was the worst at it when I was a teenager… right after it was all over I would cry and be so sad and disappointed,” he said.”I wasn’t an angry person really, it just broke my heart.”Nowadays I feel like ‘look, I gave it all I had’. Thiem came up with the goods, I maybe didn’t. That’s it, it’s over.”Next up for Federer is Russian Daniil Medvedev after the 13th seed defeated American qualifier Reilly Opelka 7-6(5) 6-7(5) 7-6(0) in a match that included 41 total aces.Another big server, Anderson had 13 aces of his own with just one double-fault to seal a 6-4 7-6(6) victory over Portuguese Sousa earlier in the day.advertisementThe towering South African sixth seed, showing no ill-effects from the arm injury that hampered him earlier this year, will be a heavy favourite when he faces unseeded Australian Jordan Thompson, who beat Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 7-5.Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov dispatched 21-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev 6-3 7-6(5) in the pair’s first career meeting as the sun set on a warm Florida evening.Next up for Shapovalov is a mouthwatering clash with another fellow young gun, 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas.The Greek world number 10 was never broken on his way to a 6-4 6-4 win over Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer in the night session.American Frances Tiafoe battled back to defeat Spain’s David Ferrer 5-7 6-3 6-3 to earn his spot in the fourth round, where he will face another defensive specialist, Belgian David Goffin.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Roger FedererFollow Miami Open 2019Follow Kevin Andersonlast_img read more


first_imgRCB v DC IPL 2019: Need to execute plans better on the field, says Delhi Capitals’ Prithvi ShawDelhi Capitals will play their sixth match of IPL 2019 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru on Sunday. This will be the 23rd time they are facing each other in IPL history.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 6, 2019UPDATED: April 6, 2019 19:21 IST Ahead of the RCB v DC IPL 2019 match tomorrow, Prithvi Shaw feels that the team hasn’t been able to execute on the ground properly (Photo by Delhi Capitals)HIGHLIGHTSDelhi Capitals’ Prithvi Shaw said the past two IPL match results were ‘tough to take’Prithvi feels that the team hasn’t been able to execute on the ground properlyPrithvi said he wants to go match by match and isn’t focusing on the World Cup nowTwo successive defeats in their last two matches may have put the Delhi Capitals in an uncomfortable position in the IPL points table, but batsman Prithvi Shaw believes that DC will need to improve their execution of plans on the field in order to accumulate more wins.When asked what has gone wrong for his team in the past two matches, Prithvi said, “I think we had a fine start to the tournament, winning two out of our first three matches. But the past two results have been tough to take.””We have been practicing hard in the nets, and the team is also gelling well. But I feel we haven’t been able to execute ourselves on the ground properly,” Prithvi told the media ahead of Delhi Capitals’ match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday .”Personally, I feel that there will be times when you will go through tough phases in this tournament. But the best way to bounce back from it is to perform in the next match, and that is what we are all looking to do tomorrow (Sunday),” Shaw said.Prithvi was also asked to access the Bengaluru pitch and he had this to say, “I think it’s a good wicket, I have played a lot here in the past. It is going to be a crucial match and I hope we put up good runs on the board if we get the chance to bat first.””We usually don’t talk about the opposition, and we believe that it up to us to make plans according to our strengths and execute those plans. So far, the wicket has looked good on TV and has played well, so we will be looking to put up a strong total if we bat first, or chase down the target as we saw KKR doing it last night,” said Shaw.advertisement’Not focused on the World Cup right now’With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 also not too far, questions about Prithvi fighting for a place in the Indian team were asked, but the youngster said he is fully focused on the Delhi Capitals at the moment.”I’m not focused on the World Cup right now. I am fully focused on the Delhi Capitals doing well in IPL 2019 and I want to contribute in the team’s success. There is quite some time in the World Cup at the moment, and I like to go match by match. I don’t want to look too far ahead, I just want to do the job for the Delhi Capitals in the next match,” he said.Asked if batting second will be an advantage on the Chinnaswamy pitch, Shaw said that the wicket remains the same throughout the match.”On this wicket, I don’t think it matters too much if you are batting or bowling first. The wicket remains the same throughout the 40 overs. There is only the dew factor that probably comes in the second innings,” Prithvi said.”As for our choice, it obviously depends on the coach and the support staff as to how they want to go about it if we win the toss,” Prithvi said.Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers BangaloreThe last time Delhi played RCB in Bengaluru in IPL 2018, the match ended up in a 6-wicket win for the home side as they chased down Delhi’s total of 174/5 with two overs to spare.Rishabh Pant (85 off 48) and Shreyas Iyer (52 off 31) helped Delhi to a respectable total, but AB de Villiers’ fantastic innings of 90 off only 39 balls saw RCB chase down the total in 18 overs.The two teams have faced each other on 22 occasions in IPL history, with Royal Challengers Bangalore having won 15 matches while Delhi only have six wins, with one match having ended in a no-result.Also Read | CSK vs KXIP, IPL 2019: Umpire talks to MS Dhoni after Ambati Rayudu backs up too farAlso Read | IPL 2019: Aggression makes David Warner a dangerous batsman, says Yusuf PathanAlso Watch | Great to have someone like Chris Gayle in KXIP: KL RahulFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Delhi CapitalsFollow Royal Challangers BangaloreFollow IPL 2019Follow CricketFollow IPLFollow DC vs RCB IPL 5 livelast_img read more


first_imgSpot rates from Asia to the US East Coast are now typically 2.1 times higher than to the US West Coast, prompting three new weekly services from Asia to USEC, according to Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.First up, the CKYHE Alliance started a new Asia-USEC via Panama service with a maiden departure by the 4,211 TEU Ever Delight on March 27 from Ningbo. The mixed-branded service (AWES by Cosco, NUE3 by Evergreen, and AWS by Hanjin and Yang Ming) will use nine ships averaging 4,380 TEU with Evergreen providing five vessels, Hanjin two and one each from Cosco and Yang Ming.The port rotation of the NUE3 will be Ningbo, Shanghai, Qingdao, Busan, Colon (Panama), Savannah, Charleston, Colon (Panama), Busan, and back to Ningbo.In May, the G6 Alliance will re-split is SCE/NYE combo that it paired in October last year to counter the slack demand season, says Drewry. The newly independent services are expected to deploy 10 ships of up to 5,000 TEU on the NYE and nine slightly smaller units on the SCE, three of which will be operated by non-G6 carrier Zim.In the same month, CMA CGM is partnering with Hamburg Sud and UASC on a new Asia-US East Coast-North Europe pendulum service. UASC is only joining the Transatlantic trade.The as yet unnamed loop service is expected to run with 15 ships (CMA CGM x 9, Hamburg Sud x 5 and UASC x 1) of 4,500 TEU on a rotation of Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan, Cartagena, Savannah, Charleston, Norfolk, New York, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Le Havre, Southampton, New York, Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, Cartagena, and Qingdao.Between them these three services will add 34 ships to the Asia-USEC trade and increase the headhaul capacity by as much as 580,000 TEU pa, representing approximately 12% of the current slots.That figure might require some downwards adjustment as the two calls at Colon on the NUE3 suggest that a sizeable portion of the cargo is destined for other markets via transhipment.Drewry says it will be interesting to see what effect these new services have on rates to the USEC, but the longer it takes the USWC ports to get back to normal there is every chance prices will maintain their premium.When the USWC backlog is resolved Drewry expects to see most of the diverted cargo return, which in turn will lower USEC rates and once again re-shape the market dynamics.How much, it’s difficult to say, but if the USEC rate differential is reduced significantly some shippers might prefer to maintain that routing option, especially as more slots become available through greater use of the Suez Canal routing and the wider Panama Canal.On the flipside, the USEC labour contract is due to expire in September 2018 so a repeat of the recent situation would inevitably swing things back in the USWC favour temporarily, Drewry says.Source: Drewry Supply Chain Advisorslast_img read more


first_imgGrenoble (France): Canada beat New Zealand 2-0 in a women’s World Cup Group E game in Grenoble on Saturday to cement a place in the second round and leave the Kiwis on the brink of elimination.Earlier in Valenciennes, the Netherlands saw off a spirited Cameroon 3-1 to also move to six points in the group and secure their place in the last 16.Canada had beaten Cameroon 1-0 in their opening game while New Zealand had battled hard before losing to an injury-time Dutch goal. On Saturday, Canada again dominated and bombarded the New Zealand goal with 22 total strikes, 11 of them on target. The Canadians took the lead after 48 minutes. Nichelle Prince raced down the left wing, where the New Zealand defence had struggled even before right back C.J. Bott went off injured in the 17th minute. Prince cut in along the goal line and then pulled a precise pass back to Jessie Fleming who side-footed the ball inside the far post. Prince added a second after 78 minutes, poking home a rebound from close range after Christine Sinclair’s powerful downward header hit the inside of the post. Despite the assist, it was another frustrating evening for 36-year-old Sinclair who is chasing retired American Abby Wambach’s record of 184 international goals. Sinclair remained on 181 goals for Canada after nodding the ball against the bar in the first half, skying a shot from a precise low cross by the outstanding Janine Beckie early in the second and hitting the post before Prince’s goal. Canada and the Netherlands meet in Reims on June 20 to decide who will top the group. At the same time, New Zealand will play Cameroon in Montpellier. As things stand, a win could be enough to take either team through to the second round as one of the four best third-place teams, although that could change by kick off.last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives vowed to address the province’s ballooning debt and deficit without slashing jobs after a review of government finances revealed spending had grown dramatically under the previous Liberal regime.The government insisted the findings were not a precursor to cuts but critics said the review released Tuesday presented spending figures out of context and marked the third announcement on the province’s finances in less than a week.Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy said the review, combined with an independent commission that recently found the province was facing a $15-billion deficit, will help the government chart a course back to balanced budgets.“Faced with this challenge it would be irresponsible not to act,” he said. “With each passing day the shadow of these Liberal deficits will only grow.”The review looking at 15 years of Liberal spending was commissioned this summer and conducted by accounting firm EY Canada. It had previously been called a line-by-line “audit” but Bethlenfalvy said that type of exercise would have taken far longer.It found Ontario’s operating expenses grew by 55 per cent over 15 years and highlighted that the province’s debt stands at $331 billion — a jump from the $158 billion in 2003. The province now spends $12.6 billion a year on interest payments.The report suggested finding savings through moves that included monetizing some assets and creating a “digital first” approach to government.“In light of the evidence around expenditures and their disconnect from results and outcomes, it is clear that taking decisive action is the only way forward to put Ontario on a sustainable fiscal footing,” it said.Bethlenfalvy said the government will find savings by modernizing services and re-training some civil servants to avoid job loss.“This is not a blueprint for cuts,” he said of the review. “We will return Ontario to balance on a timetable that is modest, reasonable, responsible and pragmatic.”Sheila Block, senior economist for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, said the review presents spending and debt figures out of context and doesn’t take into account events like the global recession that occurred during the Liberals’ time in office.“This was an ideological document and it set the stage for reducing the role and scope of government,” she said. “It left a big option to deal with Ontario government debt and deficits off the table, which is to increase tax revenues.”Block said the review buries the fact that Ontario’s debt-to-gross domestic product ratio has remained relatively stable in recent years, a key measure when it comes to the province’s ability to carry and potentially repay the balance.“A debt number on its own doesn’t mean anything,” she said. “If it was PEI that had Ontario’s debt level, that would be a lot more serious than if it’s Ontario.”Block said she will be watching the government’s upcoming Fall Economic Statement to see what it does with the report recommendations.“To claim you can cut taxes, that you can maintain services and maintain employment while at the same time cutting government expenditures, that arithmetic doesn’t work,” she said.NDP deputy leader Sara Singh said the review suggests the government is preparing to cut and privatize public assets.“What the report is telling us … is this government is committed to making deep cuts,” she said. “We’re not sure where those cuts are going to be, whether they’re going to be to health care or education but I think they’re really setting the stage to make those cuts.”The Liberal caucus said in a statement Tuesday that the report confirms their government kept public sector costs down while increasing transfer payments to hospitals, schools and municipalities.“Doug Ford should be focused on governing, not campaigning,” it said. “Doug Ford inherited a government that kept internal spending to effectively zero.”Ontario Public Service Employee Union President Warren “Smokey” Thomas said the review is a sign of a “political tsunami” ahead for the 155,000 workers his group represents.“At OPSEU we don’t pick fights, but when it comes to protecting our vital public services, the communities that rely on them, and those on the frontlines, we’ll never back down from one either,” he said.The results of the review were announced a day after Ford revealed plans for a special committee to dig further into the province’s fiscal situation, while slamming his predecessor’s handling of Ontario’s books.last_img read more


The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has sent medicines and 1,000 blankets to one of the major congregation points, many of which are in churches. The agency said it is also working with Egyptian banks on a shelter assistance programme for homeless refugees which would allow them to receive a one-time monetary grant for housing. Immediately after last week’s violence that caused about twenty deaths,Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the UNHCR both expressed deep shock and sadness over the confrontation. Both also voiced regret that the situation was not resolved peacefully and through dialogue, as UNHCR had strongly urged. Up to 2,500 Sudanese migrants had been demonstrating in Cairo’s Mostafa Mahmoud Park since 29 September, demanding resettlement to third countries and better living conditions, according to UNHCR. read more


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Brock University is reminding its students to be smart and responsible over the coming days as they celebrate Halloween.To help ensure safe behaviour during a busy week of festivities, the University is taking the proactive measure of hiring 14 extra Niagara Regional Police officers between Oct. 26-31 to patrol on-campus residences as well as off-campus student neighbourhoods. Brock’s Campus Security Services will also have 10 extra special constables working over the weekend and on Halloween, in addition to its regular staffing.Anna Lathrop, Vice-Provost, Teaching, Learning and Student Success, said it is the responsibility of all students, on and off campus, to abide by municipal bylaws and the University’s Student Code of Conduct.“Brock University, the Brock University Students’ Union, our local municipal community partners and the Niagara Regional Police are united in their efforts to ensure the message of safe drinking, consent, bylaw adherence and responsible partying is promoted and enforced,” said LathropPresident Gervan Fearon said students are expected to be good neighbours who respect the rights and safety of others. He said the University will be mindful of student activities on and off campus, and serious misconduct violating the Code of Conduct could lead to action under the Code.Niagara Regional Police Chief Bryan MacCulloch said officers will keep a close eye on student behaviour.“Officers will be vigilant in ensuring students are not participating in underage drinking, unlawful possession or consumption of alcohol and that any noise complaints are addressed,” MacCulloch said. “We have been working in co-operation with Brock University, the City of St. Catharines and the City of Thorold to ensure the safety and lawful enjoyment of property of both students and the community.”Isaac’s Bar and Grill, the pub run by the Brock University Students’ Union, will have its Halloween party on Thursday, Oct. 26, and staff will be on hand making sure students comply with the Halloween Costume Protocol. Launched in 2016, the BUSU Student Justice Centre’s “Appreciate Don’t Appropriate” campaign is committed to support people of marginalized, racial, gender, sexual and differently abled identities. The protocol bans students from wearing costumes that, among other things, “reduce cultural differences to jokes, stereotypes or historical and cultural inaccuracies.”President of BUSU Faisal Hejazi said there’s nothing wrong with Halloween parties and celebrations, as long as they don’t cross the line.“While taking part in these events please enjoy responsibly and respectfully, ensuring that you are looking out for yourselves and friends,” he said. “Keep in mind that many children will also be out trick or treating on Halloween and to be mindful of our community members while on the road.”This week, the Brock Student Life and Community Experience office is launching its Don’t Put the Bad in Badger campaign, which includes posters and information booths on campus, as well as visiting neighbourhoods in Thorold and St. Catharines known to have a high number of students living in them. Joining Student Life staff on the visits will be bylaw enforcement staff from the two cities.“We want to ensure that students are safe,” said Bradley Clarke, Director, Student Life and Community Experience. “By providing resources and key messages throughout the Don’t Put the Bad in Badger campaign, we are educating students about their responsibilities when partying off campus and providing reminders related to being a good neighbour in our community.”The Student Life and Community Experience team is also running its Trick or Eat campaign, where staff and city bylaw officers will deliver empty bags to neighbourhoods around Brock this week, and then Brock students — dressed in costume — will pick the bags up filled with food for Community Care on Halloween Day. read more


Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRussell anti-doping hearing pushed to September 28September 20, 2016In “latest news”Anti-doping tribunal’s verdict on Russell expected on January 31January 24, 2017In “latest news”Russell’s disciplinary hearing resumesOctober 6, 2016In “latest news” West Indies allrounder Andre Russell has been banned for one year from cricket for a whereabouts clause violation by an independent anti-doping panel in Kingston. The ban is effective from January 31, 2017 and will last until January 30, 2018.A three-member tribunal comprising Hugh Faulkner, Dr Marjorie Vassell and Dixeth Palmer, a former Jamaica cricketer, found Russell guilty of being negligent in filing his whereabouts on three separate occasions within a 12-month period in 2015. That – under the World Anti-Doping Agency rules – amounted to a failed dope test.Patrick Foster, Russell’s lawyer, confirmed the verdict and said he would discuss all options with his client including appealing the ban.In March 2016, the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission pressed charges of negligence against Russell for not filing his whereabouts on January 1, July 1 and July 25 in 2015 despite several reminders through calls, e-mails and written letters.In his defense, Russell had told the tribunal that he had not been negligent. Considering his cricketing commitments around the world, and his own lack of training in filing the required paperwork, he said he had authorised his agent Will Quinn and Tajae Smith, one of the JADCO officials, to take care of the process.However, JADCO legal counsel Lackston Robinson disagreed saying the players had been offered education programmes on anti-doping which also involved filing procedure. Robinson accused Russell of “gross negligence” during the hearings.On November 17 last year, while summing up his arguments during the final hearing before the tribunal retired to decide on the verdict, Foster told the tribunal that if firm evidence of negligence was indeed established and Russell was found guilty then, keeping in mind his history of complying with testing protocols in the past, he ought to be banned for not more than one year.At the moment, it is unclear whether Russell will appeal against the verdict, but even if he were to do so, a quick solution to his problem does not seem possible. Depending on where he files his claim and how long it takes to examine the evidence, he might have to deal with another long and difficult legal battle.That means it is highly likely that Russell will miss his next assignment, the Pakistan Super League which starts on February 9. In any case, his team, Islamabad United, have already named England fast bowler Steven Finn as a replacement. Kolkata Knight Riders, the franchise Russell plays for in the IPL, might also think of investing in a replacement at the player auction in February.Later in 2017, if the ban stays, Russell will miss out on playing for Nottinghamshire in the NatWest T20 Blast and for defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League. (ESPNCricinfo) Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo read more


first_imgNORCAT, a global leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training and innovation services, is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement with Santiago-based mining technology and innovation centre Centro Nacional de Pilotaje Chile (CNP), to work together to enhance and accelerate innovation and technology adoption in the global mining industry.As defined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) the primary objective is to establish and build a long-term relationship and work together on a variety of initiatives related to developing and delivering mine worker education and training programs, enhancing innovation and technology adoption, and improving the commercialisation of academic applied research serving the mining industry.“We are very excited to collaborate with CNP as it allows both organisations to engage a broader network of mining companies, mine workers, tech ventures, capital markets, and academic research to creatively address both the opportunities and challenges facing the global mining industry,” cites Don Duval, NORCAT CEO. “Ultimately, this partnership demonstrates the importance and value of collaborating across borders to make a meaningful and sustainable impact in the mining industry.”In the near-term, CNP and NORCAT will work together to offer mine worker training and development programs to Chilean mining companies and contractors and develop an operating model to enable mining tech companies to develop, test, and demonstrate emerging technologies both in Chile and in Sudbury at NORCAT’s Underground Centre.On January 23rd, 2019 CNP will host industry leaders to present the Primer Encuentro de ValidaciÓn TecnolÓgica para la MinerÍa and NORCAT will discuss its role as the global “one-stop shop” for all that is the future of mining technology and how it has created a vibrant tech ecosystem at the NORCAT Underground Centre.last_img read more


first_imgCONMEBOL decided today that it will emulate what they do in the UEFA competitions; the organism already decided the 2019 hostsTrying to emulate the success of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League, CONMEBOL announced today changes in its competitions.Just like in Europe, the next champions of the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana will be decided in only one match, and not two like it currently is.In a report by Argentinean newspaper Clarin, the two host cities have been chosen for the 2019 season.Top 10 legendary football clubs in the history of the game Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – August 19, 2019 Let’s talk about the Top 10 legendary football clubs in the history of the game, the squads that left a massive mark in this…The 2019 Copa Libertadores final will be played in Santiago de Chile, while the 2019 Copa Sudamericana final will be played in Lima, Peru.Three cities wanted to host the finals, with both winners and Montevideo, Uruguay, taking part in the bid process.“These finals will inspire all South Americans to believe in big things,” CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez said.last_img read more


first_imgKiersten Ware What: Volunteer training for ElderFriends. Registration required.When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 7 and 17 and June 6.Where: CDM Services, 2409 Broadway.Cost: Free.Info: 360-816-0927 or CDM Services.A program to relieve isolation and loneliness among seniors who live alone will kick off in May in Clark County.ElderFriends Inc., based out of the CDM Services office at 2409 Broadway, matches volunteers with isolated seniors 65 and older for weekly visits.“These are seniors who are living alone and not in an institution,” said Kiersten Ware, the program’s founder. “They’re shut in or frail. The volunteer is paired with them much like a Big Brothers Big Sisters program. It’s just socialization. There are no chores or errands. It’s playing games or sewing together, cooking, maybe going for a walk.”Ware worked with Vancouver’s CDM Services last summer to try to bring the program to Clark County but hadn’t been able to secure money to pay for an executive director to coordinate the program until now.Instead of hiring an executive director, the program qualified for an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer who will serve as coordinator of the program.AmeriCorps volunteer Paige Costigan was placed in the position April 23. Costigan, who worked as a home care worker before earning a bachelor’s degree in community health from New Mexico State University, will serve as coordinator for at least a year. AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service organization that serves Americans in poverty.Operating costs for the program will be paid forwith grants from the Harvest Foundation ($10,000), Vancouver Rotary Foundation ($3,000), and Northwest Healthcare Inc. ($700), as well as other smaller contributions, Ware said.The program matches people 65 and older who live alone with a volunteer who commits to visit the senior for an hour or two every week for at least a year. Volunteers also are required to participate in a two- to three-hour training and have a background check.There are no income limitations for seniors to participate in the program. The only requirement for eligibility is to be 65 and living alone. Nearly 9 percent of Washington households are occupied by a senior who lives alone, according to the Census Bureau.last_img read more


first_imgMIAMI SHORES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for one of three men who, they said, robbed three victims at gunpoint in a parking lot at Barry University.According to Miami Shores Police, the victims were outside their vehicles at the parking lot when a driver in an Acura SUV parked a few spaces away from them.Investigators said the subject pulled out a handgun from his waist and pointed it at the victims while a second subject grabbed a necklace, wallet and cellphone from two of the victims, Feb. 25.About 15 minutes after the robbery, police said, the armed subject was later captured on surveillance video at a Shell gas station.Police are searching for a 2017 or 2018 silver Acura MDX.If you have any information about this robbery or the armed subject’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more