Maharashtra SSC results out, girls outscore boys, rise in pass percentage

first_imgGirls outscored boys yet again in the results to the Maharashtra Secondary School Certificate (SSC) or Class 10 announced by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) on Friday.As in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) or Class 12 results, girls came out on top of boys in the SSC results as well, notching an impressive pass percentage figure of 91.97 and leaving the boys’ group in the shade. The latter category posted a cumulative pass percentage figure of 87.27.This year, the cumulative SSC pass percentage figure of 89.41 was higher than the cumulative pass figure of 88. 47% recorded in 2017.As many as 17,51,353 students had appeared for the three-week long exam process this year, which commenced on March 1 and ended on March 24. It was conducted across nine divisions and 4,657 centers in the State.The Konkan division recorded the ‘highest’ pass percentage in the State among the nine SSC divisions, clocking 96%, while the Nagpur division made it to the last spot with 85.97% of the total number of students managing to pass.The two most populous divisions, Mumbai and Pune, recorded robust pass percentages with Mumbai chalking 90.41% and Pune registering a pass percentage figure of 92.08.The results this time were declared almost a week earlier than the 2017 SSC results, which were out on June 13 last year.Given below are the pass percentages for the nine divisions: Name of DivisionPass%Konkan96Kolhapur93.88Pune 92.08Mumbai90.41Aurangabad88.81Nashik87.42Amravati86.49Latur86.30Nagpur85.97Cumulative pass89.41last_img read more

Cabinet clears decks for National Surrogacy Board

first_imgTwo years after the proposed amendments to the Surrogacy Bill, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, paving way for the regulation of surrogacy by setting up National Surrogacy Board at the centre.The proposed legislation comes at a time when India has emerged as a surrogacy hub with reports of unethical practices, exploitation of surrogate mothers, abandonment of children born out of surrogacy and rackets of intermediaries importing human embryos and gametes.Read it at Indian Express Related Itemslast_img read more

Tim Cone gives vote to Justin Brownlee as Gilas’ naturalized player

first_imgBruins, Blues set to clash in bruising Stanley Cup Final Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Once that bill goes through both levels of Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate, and gets signed by President Rodrigo Duterte to become a Republic Act then, Brownlee can officially say he’s a Filipino.Brownlee, who won three titles with the Gin Kings, had said that he would love to play for the Philippines and that stance has not change one bit.“I’d definitely be honored to play and represent the country, that’s definitely been a dream of mine since I’ve been here in the Philippines. Connecting with the Philippine culture and the people, it’s been unbelievable,” said Brownlee.“Hopefully, the [legislative] process is still going forward and it’s not standing still or going backwards, I’m still excited for it,” added Brownlee who had 27 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, and four blocks against the Bolts.Cone said that Brownlee’s impact goes beyond basketball and that the prolific 31-year-old’s personality alone gives a team wonders.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone knows just how good Justin Brownlee is that he wants his trusted forward to one day don the Philippine national team colors.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Brownlee started playing in the PBA in 2016 as a replacement import for Paul Harris and has since become entrenched in the local basketball culture even playing hoops with fans he comes across while driving.“Justin can change a team, not just by his play, but by his personality,” said Cone. “He’s an amazing player and human being, he really is.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Cone didn’t discount the capabilities of current naturalized player Andray Blatche, but if it were him he’d vote for Brownlee to represent the Philippines as a naturalized Filipino in international competition.“Isn’t Justin amazing?” said Cone after Ginebra’s 110-95 win over Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I tell you, I know that Andray is a great player, and I know all these guys, I really don’t have any say in that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“But I tell you my vote goes for Justin, for the national team.”Mikee Romero, the 1-Pacman party-list representative and NorthPort governor, filed House Bill No. 8106 endorsing Brownlee’s naturalization in the lower house of the Philippine Congress back in August 2018. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

Ellsbury Dons The Pinstripes

first_imgNEW YORK – Joe Girardi is happy to see Jacoby Ellsbury in Yankees pinstripes instead of the uniform of the rival Boston Red Sox.“You are going to make my job a lot easier,” the New York Manager told his new outfielder. “You no longer are a thorn in my side. You are a flower in our clubhouse, and I’m happy to have you.”Ellsbury agreed to a $153 million, seven-year contract Dec. 3, and the deal was completed four days later. He was formally introduced at a Yankee Stadium news conference, part of an off-season transformation that has seen New York add Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran while watching Robinson Cano depart.Ellsbury will wear No. 22 with the Yankees, taking over the number of Roger Clemens, another Boston star who moved south to New York.No. 2, Ellsbury’s uniform with the Red Sox, belongs to Yankees captain Derek Jeter. Ellsbury was No. 23 in college, but that’s retired in honor of Don Mattingly. And Ellsbury started his big league career with No. 46, which was worn by Andy Pettitte and isn’t being given out any time soon, if at all.“Twenty-two, I’ve never worn that number, but 2 is my favorite number, so why not have two of them?” Ellsbury said.A lefty-hitting lead-off man, the 30-year-old led the majors with 52 steals despite a broken foot late this season. He finished with a .298 average, nine homers and 53 RBIs.Ellsbury spent 158 days on the disabled list in 2010 after breaking ribs in a collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre. He was on the DL for 90 days in 2012, when he dislocated his right shoulder when sliding into Rays shortstop Reid Brignac while trying to break up a double-play in Boston’s home opener.“I play the game hard. I play the game I feel like the right way,” Ellsbury said. “It was just two unfortunate things.”He didn’t go on the DL this year, when he was limited to 134 games by a broken bone in his right foot that he played on throughout the postseason before it completely healed.“‘I already made my mind up I would play in the postseason no matter how it felt,” he said. “There was a risk — a foul ball off my foot. … The reward was worth the risk.”New York General Manager Brian Cashman thinks the injuries were anomalies. “There’s risk always when you make those type of commitments, but we signed the player because of the projected reward,” Cashman said. “He’s a unique talent.”Ellsbury’s arrival was linked to the slow negotiations with All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano, who left for a $240 million, 10-year deal with Seattle.“We have to start moving now,” Cashman remembered telling his bosses. “And to move early, you have to step up and separate yourself from the pack.”Ellsbury’s deal calls for salaries of $21,142,857.15 per season and includes a $21 million team option for 2021 with a $5 million buyout. Ellsbury gets a full no-trade provision and the right to purchase six Legends Suite tickets per year.“I’ve seen him get base hits. I’ve seen him hit home runs. I’ve seen him steal second. I’ve seen him steal third,” Girardi said. “And I even had the pleasure of watching him steal home off of Andy Pettitte when I was standing right behind him and we were all screaming at Andy.“I’ve seen him make great catches that changed the complexion of the scores between the Red Sox and Yankees. And that’s why I’m so excited to have him in our lineup on a daily basis, because there’s so many different ways that he can beat you, whether it’s with his power, his speed or his glove.”After seven seasons with the Red Sox and two World Series titles, Ellsbury took out a full-page ad in the Dec. 13 editions of The Boston Globe. “To the fans of New England, teammates and the many friendships made. Thank you!” the ad stated.He wouldn’t be surprised if he receives a hostile reception when he returns to Fenway Park next season. “Fans like to boo. It’s just kind of fun to boo,” he said.But he cherishes his time in Boston. He had dinner Thursday night with former Red Sox teammates Dustin Pedroia and David Ross.“It was seven great years. The fans treated me great,” Ellsbury said. “The guys in the clubhouse, those are relationships that I’ll have for the rest of my life regardless of what uniform I’m in or the uniform they’re in.”NOTES: Wells wore 22 at the end of last season. With Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Beltran, Alfonso Soriano and Ichiro Suzuki, there appears no room for Wells on the roster unless there is a trade or injury.(Ronald Blum, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Two Major Hospitals to Expand Modernize

first_imgThe government is improving and expanding two major hospitals for thousands of patients and their families. Premier Stephen McNeil and Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine announced today, May 14, at the Dartmouth General Hospital, that the province has approved moving to the second stage of design for work on the Dartmouth General Hospital and the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Government is also moving ahead with renovations to the third and fourth floors of the Dartmouth General. “Investments in health care remain critical for people. Part of managing our budget wisely involves focusing on improving front-line resources like beds and operating rooms,” said Premier McNeil. “Today we are moving down a path that will ensure Nova Scotians can continue to receive quality care that will reduce waits and improve health outcomes. “We’re going to invest time in planning and renovations to make sure we’re using our health-care assets in the smartest, most efficient way possible, for the benefit of patients and families.” This second phase of design will create more specific plans for the renovation of the third, fourth and fifth floors of the Dartmouth General Hospital, including building a new tower for eight new operating rooms. It will also include renovations and an operating tower at the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII. Preliminary concepts were created in 2012. “When people don’t feel well, they want to know they can get care in a clean, modern facility that has all the services they need,” said Mr. Glavine. “After a lot of planning and consultation, we will move ahead to complete a design and begin renovations that will meet the needs of patients for years to come.” The improvements will allow patients to be treated more efficiently by having similar services closer together. It will allow Capital Health to move beds and services out of the Centennial Building to the Dartmouth General and other QEII sites, and will also lead to better spaces for dialysis services in Halifax and Dartmouth. The renovations of the third and fourth floors of the Dartmouth General will include new utility rooms for laundry and bedpans, and improve hand-washing stations, shower rooms and facilities for nurse charting. “We are very pleased the province is taking this critical next step in contributing to the design of flexible spaces that allow us to provide innovative, patient-centred care within our existing facilities,” said Chris Power, president and CEO of Capital Health. “Patients and families are at the heart of our work and we appreciate the efforts of the QEII and Dartmouth General foundations to help us deliver world-leading care.” This phase of the design work will cost $7 million and will be cost shared 75-25 with the QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation and the Dartmouth General Hospital Charitable Foundation. The province will contribute $5.25 million, with the foundations contributing the remaining $1.75 million. A request for proposals for design will be issued this fall. “We are fortunate that Nova Scotians share our vision for better health and continue to support advancing health care through generous donations,” said Nancy MacCready-Williams, chair of the QEII Foundation. The Dartmouth General site is more than 30 years old. In 2013, Capital Health conducted almost 40,000 operations and had almost 780,000 outpatient clinic visits. “Our foundations are able to help fund health-care advancements in our communities because of generous donors and partners,” said Bill MacMaster, chair of the Dartmouth General Hospital Charitable Foundation. To see the proposed concept for the renovated facilities, visit .last_img read more

Centre frames blueprint for jute industry to gallop to new high

first_imgNew Delhi: Center is implementing development schemes for the upliftment of the jute sector, the textile ministry mentioned in a written answer on the Floor of the House on Friday.Questions were raised in both the Houses over the growing numbers of job loss in the sector after more than 8 per cent increase was recorded from neighbouring Bangladesh. However, the ministry clarified that “no report of crisis in the jute industry, including the closure of the jute mills.” In fact, it stressed on the re-opening of 10 jute twine mills in Andhra Pradesh. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe ministry data shows that the last financial year scores the highest amount of exports of the jute goods of Rs. 2273.27 crore- increase of more than 5 per cent. For the meantime, 20 countries import jute goods from India, including, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Turkey, Spain and others, the data mentions. Besides, aiming the welfare of jute workers and the development of the industry, the textile ministry has specified the usage of Jute Packaging Materials under the Jute Packaging Materials (Compulsory Use in Packing Commodities) Act, 1987 for packing. At present, a minimum of 100 per cent of food grains and a minimum of 20 per cent of sugar is to be compulsorily packed in jute sacking. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe ministry further specified that whenever the market price of raw jute falls below a certain level, the Jute Corporation of India (JCI) procures raw jute at Minimum Support Price (MSP), fixed on the basis of the recommendation of the Commission for Agricultural Cost and Prices (CACP) from jute growers to safeguard their interest. The Export Market Development Assistance (EMDA) Scheme facilitates registered manufacturers and exporters of jute products to participate in international fairs and business delegation abroad for export promotion of lifestyle and other JDPs and boost exports. In the last five years, jute products of Rs. 17.21crores has been disbursed to registered jute exporters for participation in international fairs. Further, ensuring the health and hygiene at the mills, 1365 toilet units have been constructed in 46 Jute Mills from 2014 to 2019 under the ‘Swachhatta Abhiyan–Sulabh Sauchalaya Scheme’, ministry data mentioned. Also, NJB in association with Jute Corporation of India Ltd, CRIJAF and agricultural ministry is implementing a scheme for welfare of jute farmers- ‘Jute –ICARE’, covering 69 blocks of jute growing states for the last four years. It has encouraged farmers to grow jute by using certified seeds, adopting the scientific technique in jute cultivation to help in the production of quality jute. This helps the cost too. NJB’s incentive scheme for acquisition of plant and machinery gives 20 per cent of the cost of machineries to jute mills and 30 per cent to the MSME –JDP units. However, the scheme was launched in 2013. Jute Raw Material Bank scheme also to make jute raw materials available to the small and tiny artisans or entrepreneurs locally at mill gate price. Market Promotion support is provided to the jute artisans, entrepreneurs, weavers, NGOs, Women Self Help Groups (WSHGs) for selling, marketing and promotion of their products in India and abroad. A jute design cell has been set up at NID, Ahmedabad to design bags and accessories. The National Jute Board also provides scholarship support to the girl children of the workers of Jute Mills or JDP – MSME units on passing out secondary and Higher Secondary examinations. In the last five years Rs. 1133.05 lakh have been given to 17,722girl children.last_img read more

Solutions to financial crisis must have input of developing nations – UN

The upcoming high-level General Assembly Economic Crisis Summit, which will be held from 1-3 June in New York, will assess the crisis that has devastated the world economy and search for solutions that take into account the interests of all nations. “What we are trying to accomplish … is to ensure that the full impact of decisions that are made is analysed and understood,” Michael Clark, senior advisor to President Miguel D’Escoto, told a news conference. “So that countries which are most affected but have the least ability to influence the global policies and who also have the least ability to bail themselves out have a voice and a presence in these discussions,” added Mr. Clark.Solutions to tackle the crisis will not be found at the UN and “they won’t literally be in an outcome document or statement or communiqué,” but participants of the conference will have the “ability to have an impact on the global agenda.”Mr. Clark noted that some ideas, such as looking at the role of the international reserve currency in easing the strain on financial markets is now part of government dialogue thanks to a commission of experts convened by the UN and headed by Nobel Laureate for economics Joseph Stiglitz.“So we have an ability to exercise influence that isn’t limited to what is said, written or agreed here,” Mr. Clark said. “That said we’ve been working very hard to produce a statement that has some special characteristics.”The June conference will provide a stronger voice and greater participation for the emerging and developing world in the global decision making process, in particular in fixing the “deeper structural problems in the way we manage the global economy,” including restructuring the Bretton Woods institutions.“We had the emerging and developing world actually lending money to developed countries. We had unsustainable deficits and in some ways unsustainable surpluses accumulating and we need to get to the heart of those issues,” stressed Mr. Clark.“We’re not going to solve all these problems in year or even two but it’s time we took seriously the need to make this effort more inclusive and diverse.” 1 May 2009The global conversation aimed at finding solutions to alleviate the economic and financial turmoil enveloping markets around the world needs to widen participation to include poor and developing nations, a senior advisor to the President of the United Nations General Assembly said today. read more

Bombardier chief Beaudoins salary cut by 27

MONTREAL — Bombardier’s chief executive took a 27% pay cut last year, the transportation giant said Friday.Pierre Beaudoin’s total compensation in U.S. dollars was worth nearly US$6-million, compared with $8.2-million in 2011, according to a regulatory filing ahead of the company’s annual meeting next month.The company founder’s grandson earned $1.4-million in base salary in 2012, compared with $1.29-million a year earlier.The 2011 number was for 11 months because the company changed its fiscal year-end to Dec. 31.In 2012, Beaudoin also received $2.45-million in share-based awards, $1.2-million in options, $761,100 in incentives and a $22,000 pension value.A year earlier, he received $3.3 million in share-based awards, $1.5-million in options, $1.57-million in incentives and $362,400 in pension value.The total compensation for Bombardier’s top five executives fell 19% to $17.9-million.Railway division president Andre Navarri was second highest at $3.9-million, down from $4.7-million in 2011.Aerospace president Guy Hachey followed at $3.8-million, compared with $4.4-million a year earlier.Chief financial officer Pierre Alary’s compensation decreased to $2.3-million from $2.8-million in 2011.The other named executive was senior vice-president Richard Bradeen who earned $1.8-million in 2012.Bombardier’s profits plummeted 29.8% to $588-million on $16.8 billion of revenues last year.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares closed unchanged at C$3.93 in Friday trading.The Canadian Press read more

13 noises that never fail to wreck your head

first_imgEye Ubiquitous/Press Association ImagesIf you’ve ever worked in an office next to some kind of construction site or tried to sunbathe in the back garden while your neighbour does DIY you’ll know what we mean.Stop all that thudding and knocking around we’ve got work to do!2. Chalk on the blackboardJulien Behal/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesThe line we all know is “nails on chalkboard” but when you were younger, the sound of chalk making that weird squeaky noise off the school blackboard was enough to make your toes curl for days.In fact just thinking about it has made our skin crawl.3. People singing constantlyEven if you have the range of a young Mariah Carey we don’t want to hear you sing along to every song on the radio or at random intervals throughout the day.And if you’re a bad singer please stop before we record your awful singing and play it back to you.We’re like this hearing you sing:4. Dogs barkingbryd33 / YouTubeWe love dogs, we really do but once they get into a barking frenzy we’re too busy wanting to wedge our fingers into our ears forever to like them anymore.Why do you have to ruin your own good work dogs? Why?5. Loud musicIf you’ve ever had to try and sleep near a busy pub or nightclub then the weird way music sounds when thumping away nearby will drive you to distraction.The worst thing is you can kind of hear the song but all you’ll really get is a thud, thud noise as the bass threatens to invade your skull.FOREVER.6. Alarmsvia The TenderThe wail of a car alarm that some fool has yet to come out and turn off is the distant cousin to the blaring music problem.All you hear is a drone so persistent that you become slightly crazed and struggle to think of a time when you didn’t hear a car alarm non-stop.Then the alarm (finally) stops and you can go back to normal.7. Cutlery WE LIKE TO think that we’re reasonable types.But there are certain noises that turn us into easily irritated teeth gnashing monsters and we can’t hide it anymore.1. Hammers and general power-tool noises arti person / YouTubeThe sound of a knife scraping off a plate is enough to drive even the quietest individual into an intense rage.It’s like that dreaded school days noise of the chalk on the blackboard but when you least expect it, at meal time when you should be having a ball.Terrible.8. Chewing Disney for Life / TumblrAnother moment that interrupt the bliss of a good feed is hearing the sound of other people chewing.The weird half-wheeze, half-chomping noise that people make while chewing sounds like some kind of monster has taken over the person in question.Loud chewing ruins lives. Honestly.9.  Headphones noiseDakotiaskye / YouTubeIf you’re on public transport regularly you’ll be sick and tired of the noise of people’s music blaring from their headphones.It’s like there’s a voice in your head playing weirdly compressed Euro-dance or endless wailing guitar.Turn down your headphones and let us try and make it through our morning commute in peace, please.10.  Dentist related noisesAndrew Milligan/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesWhether it’s the sound of the thing they use to clean their teeth with or some kind of drill they are going to place INSIDE YOUR MOUTH there are just so many horrific noises when you go to visit the dentist.11. SlurpingWe’re just going to put this out there but people who slurp excessively while drinking a cup of tea or similar are really, really, really, really, really horrible.It’s such an unsettling, icky noise.Scarlet for all involved.12.  Babies cryingvia GifSoupWe understand that babies cry for a good reason 99% of the time but that doesn’t mean that the sounding of wailing child doesn’t make us want to roar “STOP CRYING IT’S GIVING ME AN UNSETTLING FEELING IN MY HEAD” when they carry on too long.Sorry.13. WhiningThe actual whining noise is horrific whether it’s a human being using it to be funny (you’re not funny) or a dog or cat doing the same.We can actually feel our ears begin to bleed just writing about it.Try getting through this video of a dog whining and see how long it takes before you want to break everything.jrsodajerk / YouTubeThings Taylor Swift doesn’t like>WATCH: Drag queen falls off the stage at The Dragon in Dublin>last_img read more

Vancouver womans DNA leads to arrest in 1979 Iowa killing

first_imgA Vancouver woman unknowingly provided critical DNA information that led police to arrest a distant relative in a 39-year-old homicide case in Iowa.Brandy Jennings said her parents divorced when she was young, and she barely knew her father. Years after his death in 2009, she decided to try to find out more about his side of the family.Jennings’ mother purchased a DNA kit for her through She spit into the collection tube and mailed her saliva sample in May 2018. Once she received her results, she uploaded them to a public database,, and promptly forgot about it — until last week.That’s when she started getting notifications through Facebook asking if she were related to a Manchester, Iowa, man police arrested in December on suspicion of first-degree murder.“I’m like, ‘No, not that I know of,’ ” Jennings said.Police arrested 65-year-old Jerry Lynn Burns after a DNA sample connected him to the December 1979 killing of Michelle Martinko outside a J.C. Penney’s store in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Martinko, an 18-year-old high school student, suffered 21 stab wounds, as well as defensive wounds to her hands consistent with a struggle inside her family’s car outside the store.Police worked with Parabon NanoLabs of Reston, Va., to connect a DNA profile from blood the killer presumably left on Martinko’s dress and inside her vehicle to people who have uploaded DNA information to the GEDmatch database. Police gradually created a family tree of the potential killer and eventually obtained a sample of Burns’ DNA after retrieving a straw he used to drink soda.last_img read more

ElHadji Diouf regrets playing for Liverpool

first_imgThe former Reds player wishes he would have joined Manchester United instead; he only scored six goals in 80 appearancesForward El-Hadji Diouf joined Liverpool in 2002 after he showed a great performance with Senegal in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.He had a chance to go either to Manchester United, Barcelona or Liverpool.And the footballer chose to play with the Reds, appearing in 80 matches but scoring only six goals.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…When asked about what is the biggest regret of his professional career.“I would say, Liverpool,” he was quoted by Sky Sports.“Because if I had the chance again I would go to Manchester United or Barcelona. At the time they wanted me also.”last_img read more

Fuel Card Services launches voluntary benefits programme

first_imgFuel Card Services has introduced a voluntary benefits scheme to reward and engage its 300 employees.Through the scheme, staff will have access to practical and recreational perks, such as free spa days, Tastecards, mobile phone insurance and discounted gym memberships, as well as savings on cinema tickets, groceries and travel. New benefits will also be added to the platform regularly.The fuel card provider’s staff will be able to redeem the benefits via an online platform and smartphone app.Employees will also receive an occasional gift box filled with treats, such as snacks, beers and stress balls.The voluntary benefits programme, provided by Perkbox, has been introduced to reflect the organisation’s commitment to enhance its work culture.Russ Kenyon (pictured), head of group sales at Fuel Card Services, said: “Rewarding our hard-working staff is hugely important to us. We believe it speaks volumes about the culture of an organisation and its dedication to keeping staff both motivated and happy.“Everyone likes to receive perks and treats that not only help us enjoy life outside of work, as well as in work, but also goes some way into making salaries go further.”last_img read more

Man wins 1 million lotto prize by using numbers from fortune cookie

first_imgTRENTON, N.J. (WSVN) — A Pennsylvania man is now a millionaire after winning the lottery — using numbers from a fortune cookie!Ronnie Martin drives to New Jersey every day for work, and often picks up lottery tickets during his commute.Martin has played the same numbers since he found them years ago on a slip of paper inside a fortune cookie, saying he liked the numbers and decided to stick with them. That dedication finally paid off in July.He bought tickets for the $543 million Mega Millions drawing on July 24th, and though he didn’t win the grand prize, he did get five numbers correct — which earned him a $1 million take.Martin and his wife Shirley say they plan to use the prize money to pay off their house and bills, then put the rest in savings.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Pains of Trooper Cuts Felt At Small Community Jails

first_imgKelly Swihart, Petersburg’s Chief of Police, stands in front of one of the cells in the community jail. (Joe Sykes)Budget cuts to state troopers are taking place all over Alaska. But in small Southeast communities, like Petersburg, it’s a double whammy. That’s because community jails are also taking a hit. And the two are inextricably linked.Download AudioWhen you think of doing time, most people imagine something on a grand scale like out of the film “The Shawshank Redemption.” But the community jails in Southeast are a little different from that.Kelly Swihart is Petersburg’s Chief of Police. He shows me a cell block made up of two rooms lodged at the back of the Petersburg police station.He takes me into one of the cells.“We have two steel bunks with some mattresses here and over in the corner is a combination unit of a sink and a toilet. It’s pretty sparse,” he says.The maximum stay here is 15 days at the moment. After that an inmate will be transferred to a larger facility in Juneau or Ketchikan. The state troopers are responsible for the transportation of people from community jails. But there are no law enforcement troopers in Petersburg, and Swihart thinks the swingeing cuts to the state troopers program will make it difficult for them to move prisoners in good time.“The chain of command at the DOC and the department of public safety need to connect,” he said. “Right now we are only supposed to hold people for 15 days based on our facility set up so they’ve only got a couple of weeks to get em out.”And he says what makes it extra hard is the Department of Corrections has slashed the budget for community jails. In Petersburg, state funding fell from 320,000 dollars to $185,000. He’s put in a proposal which would limit the length of stay in Petersburg’s jail to 9 days. That would make it even harder for the state troopers to get there on time.“Cuts to community jails has been a great concern to Alaska state troopers,” said Colonel James Cockrell, the Director of Alaska State Troopers. He says he’s already seeing a backlash from police departments in small communities as the troopers do not have the budget anymore to act as effectively in moving prisoners.“We are the face of state government and we’re the ones interacting with local police departments and we’re the ones who are going to have to pick up the back load when they start reducing their services,” he says. “We’re starting to get an adversarial relationship with the small police departments.”And much of the issue here is about maintaining relationships. The Department of Corrections controls the budget for the jails while the Department of Public Safety deals with the State troopers. Alaska State Troopers are being told to cut a further $2.6 million this year. With both agencies making severe cuts Cockrell says they will have to start to prioritize services.“There might be occasions where we are not going to have the manpower to make the transport but more likely we’ll make the transport and a trooper won’t be able to respond to a call for service,” he tells me.This is something that really concerns Kelly Swihart but he thinks whatever happens the community jails need to stay open.“The state needs to have a jail here. We need to have that type of facility here in Petersburg,” he said. “Without that facility we would have a negative impact on our quality of life and it would negatively impact our public safety.”For the time being the jail here is safe. But Swihart says it might not be long before further cuts spell closing time for community jails across the state.last_img read more

White tiger dies at Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad

first_imgA white male tiger aged about 21 years and six months died at Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad on Monday night. The royal bengal tiger which was suffering from lameness caused by old age was kept away from display for the last five years, said a statement from zoo. The tiger was under intensive care at the summer house for the last three days. A team from college of veterinary science, Rajendranagar, LaCONES, CCMB and zoo conducted the autopsy and confirmed that the death was due to ‘senility-induced asphyxia’.last_img read more

Gold Imports Fall to 39 Tonnes in Dec Exporters Seek Duty Drawbacks

first_imgIn a sign of relief to the government, gold imports came down drastically in December, 2014 after the rule mandating traders to re-export 20% of the gold import was scrapped.The trend continued in January as well, providing a boost to the government’s fight in maintaining the current account deficit (CAD) at a manageable level. ReutersTerming the import numbers for December and January ‘comfortable’, commerce secretary Rajeev Kher, on Wednesday, confirmed that the government was not looking at new import restrictions.Gold imports for December stood at 39 tonnes, against November’s 152 tonnes; continuing the trend, the first week of January saw gold imports at 7 tonnes.The months of September and October saw gold import touch 95.62 tonnes and 109 tonnes respectively, on the back of annual festival demand, threatening the CAD. However, the fall in oil prices cushioned the spike in imports.The 80:20 rule was introduced by the previous UPA government, mandating a compulsory re-export of gold, in a bid to control the CAD. However, the NDA government abolished the rule, rightfully so, diagnosing that the rule was distorting the market and increasing imports.On Wednesday, Kher met stakeholders to discuss issues pertaining to the industry and how the ‘Make in India’ drive could help. Financing and mining for the yellow metal was also discussed.With the scrapping of the 80:20 rule and with smuggling expected to come down, availability of gold for the domestic market would not be a problem, said Pankaj Parekh, vice-chairman, Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council.There is a need to bring people to stop investing in gold, he added, in a bid to help reduce the trade deficit. Rationalisation of duty drawback for gold jewellery exporters will be taken up by the government in the budgetary consultations with the ministry of finance, said Kher.Indians have traditionally seen the yellow metal as a bellwether investment and families hold gold mostly in jewellery form.last_img read more

YouTube coming back to Amazon Fire TV so does Prime Video on

first_imgClose Amazon Debuts Its New, Cute Autonomous Delivery Robot Named Scout The year 2019 has been a good omen particularly for the technology companies. It began with arch-rivals Apple and Samsung announcing collaboration to support the former’s Apple TV series and AirPlay support on latter’s smart TVs. Earlier this week, Apple and Qualcomm ended a bitter patent infringement battle and forged a new agreement for modem supply for iPhones.Now, old foes Amazon and Google too have announced truce after two years of spat. In late 2017, both the companies took down each other’s services—YouTube and Amazon Prime Video—on Fire TV and Chromecast, respectively. Amazon went on to remove products such as Chromecast and other Google hardware off its e-commerce site.However, the bitterness between the two technolgy giants is all gone now. “We are excited to work with Amazon to launch the official YouTube apps on Fire TV devices worldwide. Bringing our flagship YouTube experience to Amazon Fire TV gives our users even more ways to watch the videos and creators they love,” said Heather Rivera, Global Head of Product Partnerships at Google YouTube, said. Google YouTube app coming soon too Amazon Fire (screen-shot)”We’re excited to bring the Prime Video app to Chromecast and Android TV devices, and to give our customers convenient access to the shows and movies they love. Whether watching the latest season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, catching teams go head-to-head on Thursday Night Football or renting a new-release movie, customers will have even more ways to stream what they want, whenever they want, no matter where they are,” Andrew Bennett, Head of Worldwide Business Development for Amazon Prime Video said.There is no word on the timeline on when the Amazon services go live on Google Chromecast and Android TV, and Google service on Amazon devices, but it is said to be soon, most probably in a month or two. Google YouTube app for Amazon Fire TV is coming soon.ReutersUsers will be able to sign in to their existing YouTube account, access their full library of content, and play videos in 4K HDR at 60 fps on supported devices. In addition, standalone YouTube TV and YouTube Kids apps will also launch later this year on Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition smart TVs where available.On the other hand, Android TV and Chromecast owners can soon login to the Amazon Prime Video service to access Amazon Originals like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Hanna, Homecoming, Bosch, Catastrophe and The Grand Tour, several other hit TV shows such as Seinfeld, Two and Half Men, and scores of block buster Hollywood and other regional movies, as well.last_img read more

Quader says decision on pollstime cabinet 26 Oct

first_imgObaidul QuadeRoad, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said the decision on the size of the election-time cabinet will be taken at a meeting on 26 October, reports UNB.A joint meeting of Awami League central working committee and its advisory parliamentary committees will be held at 6:00pm on the day to take the decision, Quader, also the AL general secretary, said while briefing newsmen at his secretariat office in the city.According to the prime minister’s Monday’s speech, he said, there is little possibility to downsize the cabinet.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday preferred not to downsize the cabinet ahead of the election for the sake of completing the ongoing crucial development projects.Quader also said, “If the size is smaller, two or more ministers can be added.”The meeting will also decide the declaration of the party manifesto for the upcoming general election, he added.”The Election Commission will declare the schedule for the upcoming national election by the first week of November,” the AL general secretary said.The EC will work to create a level-playing field and conduct the election in a free and fair manner, he said.”Who will contest the election to be decided by the commission,” said the AL leader.The duties of the election-time cabinet will be limited, said the minister adding, “It’ll do only routine works. There’ll be no ECNEC meeting, no bills will be passed, and no project will be inaugurated either at that time.”Responding to a query whether there will be any cabinet meeting, the minister said if the prime minister wants, cabinet meetings could be held. “But no agenda will be implemented at that time.”In other democratic countries of the world, normally elections are held under the government that are in power. “The same will happen in our country, too,” he said.Mainul’s arrestResponding to another question whether former adviser of a caretaker government Mainul Hosein was arrested for joining Oikya Front, Quader said, “He was arrested for abusing a female journalist, not for his political identity, but in a case filed against him … there is no political reason.”He asked the journalists just to forget that Mainul was arrested for his political identity.Digital Security Act amendmentWhile replying to a query on the Digital Security Act, the minister said there is no chance of any amendment to the much-debated act before the next general election.”We’ll keep it under observation if there is any misuse of the Act. If anyone doesn’t commit any crime, then why he would be worried about it,” he added.”A local AL leader filed a case against a woman of Jhenaigati upazila in Sherpur under the Act for distorting my photo on Facebook. When I heard about it, I asked the police to discharge her from the case,” said the minister.Grand alliance sizeResponding to another question whether the size of the grand alliance will be extended further, he said the decision will be finalised after observing other political alliances.Mega projectsAsked about the government’s previous promises that the mega projects would be completed during its current tenure, Obaidul said, “Mega projects like Padma Bridge and Metro Rail are now visible.”BNP and Jatiya PartyReplying to another question whether BNP will join the election, he said there will be level-playing during the election. “So, there is no need to invite them.”He also denied that there was any international pressure to invite them to join the election.Referring to Jatiya Party chairman’s HM Ershad’s recent speech on the election, Quader said, “As he (Ershad) is admitted to the CMH, he may fear about the election.””The election will be held on time,” the AL leader insisted.last_img read more

Memorial Day Events at Arlington National Cemetery

first_imgPresident Barack Obama, center, with Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, left, Commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2012, in Arlington, Va. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)The Department of Defense’s Recognition and Commemoration of the Fallen Men and Women of the U.S. Armed Forces – 148th National Memorial Day Observance will occur on May 25 at 11 a.m. at the Arlington National Cemetery. Free parking is available in the welcome center’s parking garage. A presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns followed by an observance program hosted by DoD in Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater.last_img read more