We wanted to prove a point after disastrous last game: Rohit Sharma

first_imgMumbai Indians did well to spring back into contention after a shoddy outing in their last match by registering a convincing six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday.Both teams were coming into the match with playoffs aspirations and Mumbai at the end did well to come out victorious with an all-round performance. Opting to bowl, Mumbai bowlers did well to restrict Bangalore to 151 and then chasing down the total with eight balls to spare.Mumbai skipper Rohit said it was important for his team to shake off previous defeat and move on.Moving forward was important”Shaking off the previous defeat was important. This win sets us up nicely on the table,” Rohit said.’Getting Kohli early was good’ “Getting Kohli early was good and 150 odd was easy to chase here and we kept out nerves, and came out and expressed ourselves. I thought the surface was dry and slow, which is why we rotated our bowlers to not let them get used to it,” Rohit on Mumbai’s plan to contain RCB batsmen.MI wanted to prove a point”We have three games left and we will take it as it comes. The focus now is on the game against Punjab at Vizag. Last game was a disaster and we wanted to prove a point.”On the other hand, despite losing the match, Kohli is optimistic of RCB’s chances of making into the playoffs.Kohli relishing the situation”We are literally playing knockouts now. I love this situation (needing to win all the games). You have to go out there and make things happen.advertisement”We have to win all the games and it’s an exciting position to be in. Mumbai played that way last year and won it and we have the right kind of momentum to do that,” Kohli said.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli not taking “dangerous Bangladesh” lightly in semi-final

first_imgVirat Kohli has said India will not take Bangladesh lightly since they are a dangerous side and have made rapid strides in international cricket.India and Bangladesh will face each other at Edgbaston on Thursday in the second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy.Kohli, in his first ICC tournament as captain, led India to two victories out of three matches in the league stages and as group toppers face Bangladesh, erstwhile minnows of world cricket. However, the Tigers are now a much improved side and India are in no mood to take them for granted.”It’s no surprise anymore that Bangladesh are doing well. They have players who are taking responsibility. They are a dangerous side on their day and they have taken huge strides. You cannot take any opposition lightly.”If they are in the top eight sides in the world, they are doing a lot of things right. They are really keen to win a lot of games at this level and it shows in their attitude. They showed a lot of composure in chasing down that target against New Zealand.India reached the semi-finals by defeating arch-rivals Pakistan and world number one South Africa. Their only loss came against Sri Lanka, when the bowlers failed to fire on a flat pitch and allowed the islanders to gun down 322.Bangladesh on the other hand lost to England, escaped with a no-result against Australia and beat New Zealand to progress to the last-four of an ICC semi-final for the first time ever.advertisementIndia and Bangladesh had clashed against each other in the quarterfinals of the 2015 World Cup. Thanks to a stylish Rohit Sharma hundred and some terrific bowling by India’s seamers, the then reigning world champions triumphed by a whopping 109 runs.last_img read more

Applause greets PM; In trademark half-sleeved kurta, turban

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 15 (PTI) Thunderous applause greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his motorcade arrived at the Red Fort at 7.23 am today, with thousands of people who had assembled there rising to catch a glimpse of him.The prime minister, who unfurled the national flag at the historic Red Fort on the 70th anniversary of Indias independence, was dressed in his trademark half-sleeved kurta and sported a turban.Modi got down from his black Range Rover and waved to the crowd, which included hundreds of schoolchildren.He was received by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra.The secretary introduced the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Delhi area, to Modi.The prime minister, accompanied by the GOC, then proceeded towards the saluting base where a combined Inter- Services and Police Guard presented a general salute to Modi.He then inspected the guard of honour contingent which consisted of one officer and 24 personnel each from the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Delhi Police. The Army contingent for the Guard is drawn from the 8th Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (Siachen).The battalion was raised as the First Battalion Border Scouts by volunteers who took up arms in the aftermath of the partition to check raiders who intruded into Poonch on December 18, 1947.The PM then walked to the ramparts of the Red Fort and unfurled the tricolour at 7.30 am sharp.The protocol for the ceremony was changed a bit this time. The GOC, who escorted the PM to the ramparts, was given a seat near the platform this year. Earlier, the GOC used to stand.advertisementThe unfurling of the tricolour was synchronised with a 21-gun salute fired by the gunners of the elite 2281 Field Regiment (Ceremonial). The Air Force Band played the National Anthem when the National Guard presented a “Rashtriya Salute”.The Army Contingent for the National Flag Guard is drawn from 11th Battalion of the Jat Regiment, a 53-year-old battalion.When the guards dispersed to the tune of Sare jahan se achcha, Modi was seen tapping the lectern in rhythm, as the notes softly faded.The Prime Minister then addressed the nation in a 57- minute long speech, his shortest so far. For the fourth year in a row, he spoke from an open air podium and not a bullet- proof glass enclosure.Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and H D Deve Gowda, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, BJP National president Amit Shah and Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and J P Nadda, among others.Schoolchildren took positions to form the word Bharat in front of the ramparts of the iconic fort. PTI PLB/KND BDSlast_img read more

Germany: FSG Hands Over Rolldock Star

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My location FSG, December 18, 2013 zoom Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) today handed over the latest of four prototype newbuildings – the completed ROLLDOCK STAR for Dutch owners RollDock BV. The 151.50 metre long special ship is highly flexible in operation and also multi-functional. She is designed to carry demanding cargo and heavy project loads, for example in the offshore sector. A sister ship is due for completion and deli-very next spring.For FSG Managing Director Peter Sierk and his team today’s hand-over proved yet again “that we are capable of tackling new challenges successfully. Marketing, Design and Production teams have all pulled together to execute this order to the complete satisfaction of the customer”, he said. “The future of our shipyard clearly lies in specialised shipbuilding. If we remain as focused in our future activities as we have been in the past three years, I will have no need to worry about the FSG”, Sierk added.The ROLLDOCK STAR has a range of different loading possibilities. Two heavy-duty cranes move cargo weighing up to 700 tons. In addition ROLLDOCK STAR boasts a stern ramp on which height can be adjusted and also has hatch covers, making her adaptable to port piers of differing levels. As a result, individual loads weighing up to 3,000 tons can be taken on-board or offloaded in classical RoRo mode. The ship can also be submerged by more than 12 metres to permit cargo to be floated in or out. Trials of this system have been carried out successfully in the past weeks.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Cape Breton Regional Municipality

first_img Local Area Office: 902-563-2245 Fax: 902-563-0505 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 223 Closed Route 223, near Big Beach and Christmas Island, is closed for repairs until further notice. Local traffic can use the road up to that point but through traffic is required to detour on Route 216. -30-last_img

Kris Allen Performs At Scholarship Concert

first_imgAmerican Idol winner Kris Allen and 97 talented youth from around the US performed their hearts out during the Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert earlier this week.American Idol Kris Allen performs at the Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert.An annual event that showcases the accomplishments of Berklee City Music youth in the final week of Berklee College of Music’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program and awards students with 2012 City Music College Scholarships to attend Berklee College of Music.“My passion is music education and my work with Music Empowers Foundation introduced me to this amazing network connected by Berklee City Music. These kids are beyond talented, but it takes organizations like Berklee City Music to help them turn talent into a tool for success in life,” Kris Allen said.Berklee City Music is a nonprofit program that harnesses the energy of contemporary music to provide music education to 4th through 12th graders in underserved communities at 38 Network sites, educating more than 10,000 students across the country, and bringing as many as 100 of them to Boston each summer. Each year, Berklee City Music awards scholarships to attend Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program as well as four-year scholarships to attend Berklee College of Music.2012 City Music College Scholarship: Full four-year scholarships for study at Berklee College of Music, beginning fall 2012, were awarded to City Music Summer Scholarship recipients who have been accepted by the college and completed the Berklee College of Music Five-Week Summer Performance Program.With the ongoing struggle to provide access to music education in the United States, Berklee City Music Network is providing a pathway to higher education by engaging passionate, talented youth in underserved communities in a contemporary music education program.“Every year, for the last 20 years, I am blown away by the power of music. When these kids develop their talents and skills in music, you can see their confidence grow too and with that, the potential for success is just limitless,” J. Curtis Warner, Jr., Executive Director, Berklee City Music, said.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

KATHERINE MCNAMARA AND HARRY SHUM JR GIVE SHADOWHUNTERS FANS A NEW NAME

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement It’s a good day to be a Shadowhunters fan.When nominations for the E! People’s Choice Awards were announced this year, the show was nominated in just one category, as the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2018. Fans then rallied and through write-ins, they managed to get the show and its stars nominated in four other categories, including the Show of 2018, the Bingeworthy Show of 2018, Katherine McNamara as Female TV Star of 2018, and Harry Shum Jr. as Male TV Star of 2018.That’s somewhat insane, and both Shum and McNamara are fully aware of how dedicated their fandom has been. The stars hit the E! Red Carpet ahead of the show tonight and opened up to Giuliana Rancic about how it felt to get that recognition from the fans. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

SoftBank mobile unit begins trading on Tokyo Stock Exchange

first_imgTOKYO — SoftBank Group Corp.’s Japanese mobile subsidiary has begun trading in one of the world’s biggest share offerings rivaling that of China’s Alibaba Group.Wednesday’s IPO on the Tokyo Stock Exchange seeks to raise more than 2 trillion yen ($18 billion).Softbank fetched the initial price of 1,463 yen ($13.03), down 2 per cent from the IPO price of 1,500 yen announced earlier this month.Softbank is listing 1.6 shares, or about one third held by its parent company.The Associated Presslast_img

Three held with 62 passports 28 fake stamps at IGI Airport

first_imgNew Delhi: Three persons, including an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) coach and one businessman, have been nabbed with 62 passports and 28 fake stamps at Delhi’s IGI Airport, police said on Sunday.Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia said that the gang lured people on the pretext of arranging VISA and sending them abroad. “The gang members affix fake immigration stamps of various countries on the passports, to create a fake travel history as this assist in procuring VISA from the concerned embassy,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe city police also nabbed husband-wife duo who were trying to travel abroad on bogus documents from IGI Airport. Police identified the accused as Saurav, Sachin Kumar, Mukesh Goyal and Jatinder Singh ( herbal product businessman), all native of Haryana. “Saurav is an IELTS(International English Language Testing System) Coach. He imparts English lectures to IELTS aspirants,” police said. The city police also nabbed one Ravinder Singh and his wife Sunita Kumari. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe DCP further said that on the intervening night of March 1-2, a complaint was received about suspected fake and forged Indian immigration stamp in respect of two Indian nationals Sunita Kumari and Ravinder Singh who were seeking departure to Canada on the strength of Canadian visit Visa by Air Canada. “During scrutiny of their travel documents, it was found that there is no travel history of the passengers in the immigration pax log. There was no arrival and departure record against their passport in the system and Indian immigration stamps affixed on their passport were fake and forged,” said DCP Bhatia. Police said that husband-wife duo disclosed that they wanted to go and settle down in Canada. Hence, they approached their friend Shyam who further introduced them to an agent Vicky who runs a shop near Brahm Sarovar Kurukshetra. “Agent Vicky took Rs 6 lakhs from them on the pretext of arranging Canadian Visa and took both the pax to Chandigarh. The agent arranged fake immigration stamps to make both the pax look like frequent travellers,” police said adding that during investigations in the case they arrested all the other accused as well. Police found that Mukesh Goyal used to make fake rubber stamps through a software namely FLEXI.last_img read more

Lakhdar Brahimi Calls for Reopening MoroccoAlgerian Borders

Casablanca — Algerian UN diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has expressed a desire to see Morocco and Algeria opening their borders in favor of economic exchange.Speaking at the Algiers Châteauneuf Police School on December 11 in commemoration of the historic 1960 demonstrations, Brahimi stated he hoped the two countries would “leave the Sahara issue aside in an effort to build a communal economy based on exchange.”Brahimi shaped his arguments and his encouragement of fostering Morocco-Algerian relations within the context of improving “dynamics the Maghreb region.”  “A majority of important bilateral cooperation projects have been hampered between Algeria and Morocco,” he added.The controversial call made by the former Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, who maintains particularly close relations with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, made waves in Algerian media.The Algerian daily, “Le Temps d’Algérie,” (LTA) calls Brahimi’s encouragement of open borders “an official call directed at the Moroccan neighbors who, in recent years, multiplied their attacks against Algeria.”“We hoped, after the death of King Hassan II, under whom relations between the two countries were tense, that the succession to the throne of his heir King Mohamed VI would turn a new page. Starting, for example, with the revitalization of an Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), a stillborn project. Wishful thinking.” the journal continues.“While it is true that the question of the reopening of borders,” LTA adds, “strongly desired by both sides, must be part of a ‘progressive and global’ framework that should not, under any circumstances, as advocated by former Ambassador Abdelaziz Rahabi, be a precursor to normalization between the two countries, it remains that on must above all put aside the warlike tendencies.”Algeria’s border with Morocco was shut in 1994 after Morocco announced a new visa requirement for Algerian visitors following a Marrakech terrorist attack thought, at the time, to have been organized by Algiers. read more

Chinese authorities shut down site of deadly chemical blast

BEIJING — Authorities are shutting down an eastern China industrial park after 78 people were killed last month by a chemical explosion.The city government said Friday that local departments have met to discuss how to eliminate chemical plants with low safety standards and severe pollution issues.Authorities said the Xiangshui Chemical Industrial Park, the site of last month’s deadly blast, will be completely shut down.In 2017, an explosion that killed 10 at a nearby plant prompted the State Administration of Work Safety to dispatch inspectors. They discovered over 200 safety hazards at Yancheng chemical factories, including 13 at the Tianjiayi plant where the most recent explosion occurred.State broadcaster CCTV reported that the blast ultimately claimed 78 lives and left dozens with severe injuries.The Associated Press read more

Half of Roma children drop out of primary school UNbacked report finds

27 September 2010Despite efforts to expand and improve education for children in the Roma community, the largest ethnic minority in Europe, an estimated 50 per cent fail to complete primary education, according to a report on early childhood education unveiled today at a conference co-organized by the United Nations. The data on Roma children is contained in the Early Childhood Care and Education Regional Report – Europe and North America, presented at the first World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education, which got under way today in Moscow. The meeting will last until Wednesday.The report is one of five regional reports on Early Childhood Care and Education prepared for the conference, which is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Russia and the City of Moscow.“Children are our most precious resource, and education is a basic right,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova prior to the Moscow meeting.“The denial of this right leaves everybody much poorer. It creates exclusion. It creates unacceptable inequality. It nurtures social tensions. Let us seize the opportunity this conference offers to renew and expand our commitment to a healthy, happy start for all children – including and especially those who are currently being left behind. Everybody will reap the benefit,” she said.The regional report for Europe and North America states that “among all the European populations, the Roma are at greatest risk of being poor, uneducated and unemployed.”It points to European and national opinion surveys that show many European citizens have negative views about the Roma that are often based on stereotypes and prejudice dating back several centuries. There are an estimated 10 million members of the Roma community in Europe, according to the report.“To meet the challenge of Roma exclusion and continuing deprivation,” the report states, “governments need to employ upstream fiscal, social and labour policies to reduce family poverty and give young children a fair start in life.”UNESCO and the Council of Europe are finalizing guidelines for policy-makers towards ensuring the right to basic education for Roma children, with particular emphasis on improving access to early childhood educational opportunities and their transition to quality primary education, the agency said.These guidelines are expected to significantly contribute to making the rights of Roma and Travellers to successful early childhood education a reality, and to guarantee a seamless transition to primary school.UNESCO is also one of the co-signatories of the International Task Force for the Education of Roma (ITFER), whose mission is to develop and ensure close coordination of the international initiatives regarding education for Roma, Sinti and Travellers. The task force will hold its first meeting in Strasbourg, France, on 28 and 29 October. read more

Foam fight Saskatchewan brewer launches legal challenge on Alberta beer markup

Foam fight: Saskatchewan brewer launches legal challenge on Alberta beer mark-up by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 18, 2016 4:04 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 18, 2016 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SASKATOON – A Saskatchewan brewer is taking Alberta to court over its new beer mark-up policy.Saskatoon-based Great Western Brewing Company announced Tuesday it is filing a court challenge, arguing Alberta’s rules violate constitutional protections on trade freedoms among provinces.“The Alberta government has put in place a tax structure that clearly disadvantages any out-of-province breweries from doing business in Alberta,” Michael Micovcin, president of Great Western Brewing, said in an interview.“A significant portion of our total company sales are actually in Alberta, so it’s something we felt we had no choice but to pursue.”Micovcin declined to be specific, for competitiveness reasons, on the impact of the mark-up. But he said the company has seen a dramatic change in sale trends as a result of the policy.Great Western Brewing employs 100 staffers, including 15 in Alberta.Alberta Finance spokeswoman Leah Holoiday declined to comment on the issue, given that it’s now before the courts.But in an email, Holoiday said the mark-up is fair to all producers and that “Alberta has the most open liquor market in all of Canada, with more than 7,000 beer products available to Alberta consumers.”Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci implemented changes to the beer mark-up in August in a bid to help homegrown craft brewers flourish.Previously, Alberta brewers paid less on the mark-up, with a sliding scale starting as low as 10 cents a litre. Brewers in Saskatchewan and B.C. got the same deal under the free trade New West Partnership Agreement.The mark-up is now $1.25 a litre for all beer sold in Alberta, regardless of where it is made.Under the program, Alberta brewers who produce less than 30 million litres per year get rebates on a sliding scale based on their sales up to a maximum of $12 million.The Saskatchewan government has complained about the change, saying it violates the spirit of the New West Partnership deal.However, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has said brewery rules already have many exemptions and unfair provisions, and that she will do whatever is necessary to grow the industry her province.Alberta has the most open beer market in Canada, with sellers simply having to fill out a form to sell. Access to shelves in other provinces is controlled by liquor boards.— By Dean Bennett in Edmonton read more

Prince Charles welcomes the Irish President to Dumfries House

first_imgThe Prince welcomes the Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina to his Scottish estate to mark 10 years since the house was opened to the public. . 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.last_img

Let black and Asian actors play white historical figures to redress balance

Black and Asian actors should be allowed to play white historical figures in period dramas in order to redress the balance in the acting history, a leading actress has said.Gemma Chan, famous for her roles in Crazy Rich Asians and Channel 4’s Humans, said that casting should be more colourblind and that the musical Hamilton, in which a black man plays George Washington, has made the world more ready to see historical figures played by ethnic minority actors.“Why are actors of colour, who have fewer opportunities anyway, only allowed to play their own race? And sometimes they’re not even allowed to play their own race,” she told Allure magazine.The 36-year-old actress added: “I feel like Hamilton opened minds a lot. We have a black man playing George Washington. They describe it as ‘America then, told by America now.’ And I think our art should reflect life now”.There was some controversy over Chan, of Chinese descent, playing  Bess of Hardwick, a prominent white countess, in the 2018 film Mary Queen of Scots.She argued that she was entitled to play the role, explaining:  “John Wayne played Genghis Khan. If John Wayne can play Genghis Khan, I can play Bess of Hardwick. “If we portray a pure white past, people start to believe that’s how it was, and that’s not how it was. If people understood that, my parents might not have been told, ‘Go home, go back to where you came from’ multiple times.”The actress has previously spoken out about racial prejudice in Hollywood, and revealed in a recent interview with Glamour that she was told she sounded “too English” by casting producers.She said she used to be asked to audition for “specifically ethnic parts”, but was told: “Can you do more of an accent? You sound too English!”Chan is currently starring as Minn-Erva in superhero film Captain Marvel, which is in cinemas now. 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. read more

Caterpillar believes fullscale fleet replacements in mines are yet to come

first_imgIn its just announced Q2 2018 results, Caterpillar reports that its Resource Industries’ division total sales were $2.526 billion, an increase of $690 million from the second quarter of 2017. “The increase was primarily due to higher demand for equipment across all regions. Commodity prices remained strong in the second quarter of 2018, and the company saw mining customers invest in current fleets and mine expansions, resulting in higher equipment sales.” However, the company believes mining customers have not yet commenced full-scale fleet replacements. Increased mine production and higher machine utilisation resulted in improved aftermarket parts sales. In addition, global economic growth contributed to stronger sales for heavy construction equipment. Favourable price realisation also contributed to increased sales.Resource Industries’ profit was $411 million in the second quarter of 2018, compared with $99 million in the second quarter of 2017. The improvement was mostly due to higher sales volume and favorable price realisation. Manufacturing costs were favorable primarily due to lower warranty expense, partially offset by higher freight costs. The favorable warranty was mostly driven by the absence of a customer warranty program that occurred in the second quarter of 2017.“Caterpillar delivered record second-quarter profit per share,” said Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby. “Our team is doing a great job executing our strategy for profitable growth, focusing on operational excellence, expanded offerings and services. Based on outstanding results in the first half of the year and continued strength in many of our end markets, Caterpillar is again raising our profit outlook for 2018. We remain focused on operational excellence, cost discipline and investing for long-term profitable growth.”Caterpillar sells to mining through dealers and so dealers increasing stock is indicative of expected market performance. In the investor Q&A Caterpillar said across the whole company “dealer machine and engine inventories increased about $100 million in the second quarter of 2018, compared to a decrease of about $300 million in the second quarter of 2017. During the first six months of 2018, dealer machine and engine inventories increased about $1.3 billion, compared to a decrease of about $100 million in the first six months of 2017.last_img read more

Homophobia must not be tolerated in Europe any more EU votes to

first_imgTHE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT has voted to draw up a plan to ensure that the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are protected.The resolution was passed by 394 votes to 176 with 72 abstentions this morning, as MEPs call on the European Commission and EU member states to work together to draw up the roadmap.It is envisaged that the plan will seek to fight discrimination in areas such as employment, education, health, families and freedom of movement.“Homophobia must not be tolerated in Europe any more,” said MEP Ulrike Lunacek. “So many of us lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people have lived our lives in fear for too long. Fear of holding hands on the street, fear of being called names, fear of being thrown out of our houses, schools or jobs.”The resolution states that the laws of individual member states will be respected as part of the roadmap but will be designed to protect LGBTI rights in a manner similar to EU strategies against discrimination based on sex, disability or ethnicity.The MEPs called for the free movement of individuals and their families to “ensure respect for all forms of families legally recognised under member states’ national laws”.The rights of transgender persons should also be respected and MEPs have asked member states to “introduce or review legal gender recognition procedures so they fully respect transgender people’s right to dignity and bodily integrity”.Speaking to Karen Coleman from radioep.ie, Dublin MEP Emer Costello says the resolution passed today in Strasbourg has a clear intention.“The EU parliament vote sends outs a very strong and clear signal to member states that they have to ensure that their equality legislation is robust enough to ensure that those in the LGBTI community are protected,” she said.“I think that it is time to move the debate towards ensuring that the LBGT community have the right to marry, to have families and have the right to adoption,” she added in reference to Ireland.Read: 100,000 people watch Panti video on homophobia in less than two days >Read: RTÉ receive 847 complaints about Panti appearance and apology to Iona Institute >last_img read more

Five members of Washington family among 10 killed in fiery crash outside

first_imgFive members of a Tacoma family were among 10 people killed in a fiery crash on a coastal highway in southern Mexico, Mexican authorities and a relative of the family confirmed.Two other members of the same family were critically injured in the Friday night collision, on a two-lane highway between the coastal resort of Zihuatanejo and the city of Acapulco. They remained hospitalized in Acapulco on Sunday, according to a statement from Guerrero state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez Heredia and the relative, a cousin who is also in Mexico.The U.S. Consulate in Mexico City confirmed only that “several” U.S. citizens were killed in an accident. Calls Sunday to the embassy for additional details were not returned.The dead from Washington state were listed in a news release from the Ministry of Civil Protection and posted by a local news station as Gaspar G?mez G?mez, 46; his wife, Mar?a De Los ?ngel Gonz?lez G?mez, 45; their daughter, Denisse G?mez Gonz?lez, 26; and their grandchildren David Z??iga G?mez, 6, and Alexa Z??iga G?mez, 1.The injured were listed as Geovany G?mez Gonz?lez, 18, who is Gaspar and Maria’s son and Denisse’s brother; and Luis ?ngel Z??iga G?mez, 8, another grandchild.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Atos launches car salary sacrifice scheme

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Digital services provider Atos has introduced a car salary sacrifice scheme for its 10,000 employees.The scheme, which launched on 1 February and is provided by SG Fleet, was initially communicated to employees with a teaser campaign in the run-up to the launch using  a range of posters, flyers and emails.Throughout February, the organisation will also hold a series of roadshows at 12 Atos sites around the UK, and special offers will be available on a number of cars.Cassandra Gallott, head of reward and recognition, UK and Ireland at Atos, said: “I am delighted to offer our employees the car salary sacrifice offering. The Atos UK and Ireland reward and recognition team is continually looking to introduce new benefits that complement our existing employee arrangements and offer our employees greater benefit choices.“The feedback and engagement we have received from our employees so far has been astounding, so it is wonderful to introduce a benefit that has such a positive impact.”last_img read more

Diageo gains living wage accreditation

first_imgGlobal drinks organisation Diageo has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation and Scottish accreditation body Poverty Alliance.Diageo has committed to paying its 5,000 UK-based staff, as well as any third-party contractors, at least the voluntary living wage rate of £8.45 an hour. Diageo has also committed to ensure that its UK apprentices are paid above the living wage rate.Diageo’s accreditation confirms the organisation as Scotland’s 900th living wage employer. In addition, Diageo’s living wage accreditation also means that 33% of the UK’s FTSE 100 organisations are now living wage employers. Other FTSE 100 organisations that are living wage employers include banking organisations such as Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group and the Royal Bank of Scotland, utility providers such as British Gas and National Grid, as well as businesses such as Schroders, Unilever and ITV.The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic costs of living. Updated annually, it is paid on a voluntary basis by employers. The living wage rate is currently set at £8.45 an hour for employees across the UK, and £9.75 an hour for staff that work in London. The higher London living wage rate reflects the increased living costs associated with residing in the capital.The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national living wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national living wage rate is currently set at £7.50 an hour.David Cutter, president of global supply and procurement at Diageo, said: “Creating shared value for our employees, shareholders and communities is at the heart of everything Diageo does as a business. We value all our employees, working both directly and indirectly at our sites across the UK. For this reason, we are pleased to partner with the Living Wage Foundation to become a living wage employer and to support the Scottish government’s campaign to promote the living wage in Scotland.”last_img read more