Leaders Treat the Disease

first_imgA leader looks past the symptoms to the root causes of the disease. A leader looks past the presenting problem to find the source of the problem. Treating the symptoms doesn’t cure the disease. Eliminating the presenting problem doesn’t address the source of the problem. Treating only the symptoms may actually allow the disease to worsen.In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to look at the symptoms as the problem. It is tempting to focus on eliminating the symptoms, believing that things will be better when the symptoms disappear. Dealing with the symptoms seems easier and more immediate.By dealing only with the symptoms, you don’t have to face the source of your problem. You don’t have to face the harsh reality of what is required. You don’t have to have the difficult conversations. You don’t have to face your constraints. You don’t have to face your limitations, including your personal limitations as a leader.Leaders look past the symptoms to find the root cause of their challenges. They know that unless the root cause is addressed, treating the symptoms is only a band-aid and that the symptoms will reappear, often at the most inopportune time. Leaders force the conversations, face their constraints, and breakthrough their limitations.Facing the source of problems instead of the symptoms is how leaders propel the organizations they lead forward to greater results. It’s also how leaders help the people they serve to grow.last_img read more

DoT’s Tarang Sanchar Portal to clear the air over mobile tower emissions

first_imgThe Tarang Sanchar Portal will help clear myths and misconceptions with regard to mobile towers the Department of Telecom (DoT), Ministry of Communications, said on Wednesday following the launch of the web portal in New Delhi. A senior official of the DoT said the portal for sharing information on mobile towers and electromagnetic field (EMF) emission compliances empowers the common man person to know at the click of a mouse the mobile towers in a particular locality and whether they are compliant to the EMF emission norms defined by the government.‘Superior standards’The launch of the portal assumes significance in Goa as people in many parts of the State have been opposing the setting up of towers owing to the risk of health hazards associated with it. A press release issued by the Press Information Bureau here said the DoT has prescribed standards for electromagnetic emissions from mobile towers that are 10 times stricter than the standards prescribed by International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection and those recommended by World Health Organization. The Union government has taken adequate steps to ensure that telecommunication service providers strictly adhere to these prescribed norms.Though there is no scientific evidence of any health concerns from low power mobile base transceiver stations, the DoT felt a need to educate citizens about EMF emissions from mobile towers and status of their compliances. DoT hopes the portal will generate confidence among the public about effectiveness of the EMF compliance process in India.The portal has a public interface with a map-based search feature which will help users view the mobile towers in any locality. Detailed information about any tower site will be sent to email to the users on request. Users can also seek information on the EMF emission at a location by paying an online fee of ₹4,000. The tests will be conducted by the local Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring (TERM) unit of DoT and the report will be submitted.The portal also comprises EMF Overview and Learn sections, which provide rticles, booklets and videos, to educate citizens about EMF and the coverage of telecom services. The public can also access the ‘DoT Initiatives’ section.Additional featuresIn addition to Government to Citizen services, the portal facilitates Government to Business service delivery in a transparent and eco-friendly manner. The portal enables a method of maintenance and retention of end-to- end records, including submission of compliance by Telecom Service Providers and paperless processing by TERM cells. The Tarang Sanchar portal is a unique initiative and is one of the largest and most complex inter-operator databases of its kind in the world. It has the complete collated technical details of over 14.5 lakh base stations spread across the country.last_img read more

Coming off bench ‘good experience’ for injured Valdez

first_imgSEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo But it was a necessary move for Creamline, as the three-time UAAP MVP got a chance to rest as she recovered from a minor right ankle sprain.“That was originally the plan, to come off the bench. The PTs said that what I needed was just rest and therapy, but I knew that when my number is called, I should be able to perform,” she said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingValdez, though, struggled mightily, contributing only two points in the Cool Smashers’ sorry five-set defeat to BaliPure, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-7, Tuesday in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.Still, the league’s leading scorer would rather look at Creamline’s defeat as a chance for the team to rectify its miscues going into the quarterfinals, where it will play as the fifth-seed. View comments Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time BaliPure pulls off comeback win vs Creamline, books semis seat Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPlaying as a starter all her life, Alyssa Valdez admitted that it took time for her to adjust to her role coming off the bench.“It’s very new to me. I’m not usually inserted for receive and defense, but it was a good experience for me,” she said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay MOST READcenter_img “More than the loss, we’re looking at the improvement for all of the players in our team,” she said. “Everyone is adjusting. Ceska (Racraquin) played as a libero today, so there were lots of adjustments we have going to the next round. But the coaches said that we’re showing good signs and what we need is just a small push.”And Valdez is hopeful that Creamline can apply its learnings from this match to its last game of the eliminations against Perlas Spikers on Thursday.“We need to play as a team there, correct all our mistakes, and click in the latter part of the game so that we can finish strong,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Antetokounmpo thrills in ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’

first_imgView comments Giannis Antetokounmpo in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGiannis Antetokounmpo may spend just a couple of days here, but he left a lasting imprint in the minds of those who witnessed his fun-loving, childish charisma. The 2017 Most Improved Player in in town for King Bally Entertainment Group’s “Greek Freak Invades Manila” as Antetokounmpo spearheaded a charity project with Makati Science High School as the main benefactor. ADVERTISEMENT Antetokounmpo thrills in ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’944 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet RELATED VIDEO Giannis didn’t hear trash talk from KG, just good advice Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Antetokounmpo, who’s set to leave the Philippines on Monday, held exhibition games on Sunday at Glorietta Activity Center. PBA players Gabe Norwood and Ranidel De Ocampo joined Antetokounmpo during the exhibition games where the NBA All-Star dunked, joked, and shot jumpers to the delight of the crowd. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAntetokoumpo told one of the students of Makati Science High School that he’ll try to visit them and their new basketball court before he leaves. The INQUIRER is one of “Greek Freak Invades Manila’s” media partners.  LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


first_imgDelhi Daredevils innings (target: 112 runs from 20 overs)Delhi Daredevils innings (target: 112 runs from 20 overs) Quinton de Kock not out 59 Shreyas Iyer c Saha b Sandeep 3 Sanju Samson b Patel 33 Pawan Negi not out 8 Extras: (B-4 LB-2 W-4) 10Total: (For 2 wkts in 13.3 overs) 113 Fall of wickets: 1/9 2/100Bowling: Sandeep Sharma 2-1-6-1, Mitchell Johnson 3-0-28-0, Mohit Sharma 2-0-10-0, Axar Patel 3-0-25-1, Pradeep Sahu2.3-0-27-0, Glenn Maxwell 1-0-11-0. PTI PDS PMlast_img

Hoop’s Tark The Shark Dead at 84

first_imgLAS VEGAS — He couldn’t stop fighting the NCAA any more than he could give up chewing towels courtside. Jerry Tarkanian built a basketball dynasty in the desert, but it was his decades-long battle with the NCAA that defined him far more than the wins and losses.The coach who won a national title at UNLV and made the school synonymous with basketball died Feb. 11 after several years of health issues. He was 84.Tarkanian battled an infection since he was hospitalized Feb. 9 in Las Vegas with breathing difficulty, said his son Danny Tarkanian, a point guard on his father’s teams in the 1980s.“He fought and fought and fought,” Danny Tarkanian told The Associated Press.Tarkanian put the run in the Runnin’ Rebels, taking them to four Final Fours and winning a national championship in 1990 with one of the most dominant college teams ever.His teams were as flamboyant as the city, with light shows and fireworks for pregame introductions and celebrities jockeying for position on the so-called Gucci Row courtside.He ended up beating the NCAA, too, collecting a $2.5 million settlement after suing the organization for trying to run him out of college basketball. But he was bitter to the end about the way the NCAA treated him while coaching.“They’ve been my tormentors my whole life,” Tarkanian said at his retirement news conference in 2002. “It will never stop.”The night before he died, fans attending UNLV’s game against Fresno State draped towels over the statue of Tarkanian outside the campus arena. Tarkanian is depicted in the statue chewing on a towel while sitting in a courtside chair urging his team on.Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a longtime family friend, said Tarkanian’s legacy was far more widespread than just in Las Vegas, where he made UNLV a national power and was a bigger star than anyone playing on the Las Vegas Strip.“Jerry’s mark on American athletics is significant not only because of his coaching ability, but also his fearlessness in taking on the brutal NCAA,” Reid said. “They controlled, bullied and tried to embarrass him, but he never stopped fighting until they cried uncle.”Tarkanian’s wife, Lois, said her husband fought health problems for the last six years with the same “courage and tenacity” he showed throughout his life. His death came just days after the death of another Hall of Fame coach, North Carolina’s Dean Smith.“Our hearts are broken but filled with incredible memories,” Lois Tarkanian said in a family statement. “You will be missed Tark.”Tarkanian was an innovator who preached defense yet loved to watch his teams run. And run they did, beginning with his first Final Four team in 1976-77, which scored more than 100 points in 23 games in an era before both the shot clock and the 3-point shot.He was a winner in a city built on losers, putting a small commuter school on the national sporting map and making UNLV sweatshirts a hot item around the country.His teams helped revolutionize the way the college game was played, with relentless defense forcing turnovers that were quickly converted into baskets at the other end.He recruited players other coaches often wouldn’t touch, building teams with junior college transfers and kids from checkered backgrounds.His teams at UNLV were national powerhouses almost every year, yet Tarkanian never seemed to get his due when the discussion turned to the all-time coaching greats.That changed in 2013 when Tarkanian was elected to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, an honor his fellow coaches argued for years was long overdue.Though hospitalized in the summer for heart problems and weakened by a variety of ills, he went on stage with a walker at the induction ceremony.“I knew right from day one I wanted to be a coach,” Tarkanian said. “Coaching has been my entire life.”Tarkanian’s career spanned 31 years with three Division I schools, beginning at Long Beach State and ending at Fresno State, where Tarkanian himself played in 1954 and 1955. Only twice did his teams fail to win at least 20 games in a season.But it was at UNLV where his reputation was made, both as a coach of teams that often scored in the triple digits and as an outlaw not afraid to stand up to the powerful NCAA.He went 509-105 in 19 seasons with the Runnin’ Rebels before finally being forced out by the university after a picture was published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal showing some of his players in a hot tub with a convicted game fixer.UNLV was already on probation at the time, just two years after winning the national title and a year after the Runnin’ Rebels went undefeated into the Final Four before being upset in the semifinals by the same Duke team they beat by 30 points for the championship the year before.Even after losing four of his starters off that team and being on probation, Tarkanian went 26-2 in his final year at UNLV.His overall record is listed several different ways because the NCAA took away wins from some of his teams, but the family preferred to go with his on court record of 784-202.Tarkanian’s style evolved as he was able to recruit better players, and the Rebels were all about running and shooting. But the core of his high flying offenses was great defense, and Tarkanian drilled them constantly in practice to commit to nonstop pressure and create turnovers.“Everything had to be full speed intense,” he once said. “A lot of coaches want guys to be loose for games. I never wanted them to be loose. I wanted their hands sweating, their knees shaking, their eyes bulging. I wanted them to act like we were going to war.”That was also the way Tarkanian approached his dealings with the NCAA. His program at Long Beach State was put on probation after he left for UNLV and it wasn’t long before UNLV was also on probation and the NCAA was demanding Tarkanian be suspended for two years.But he sued to overturn the penalty and remained as head coach, though NCAA investigators became a common sight in Las Vegas over the years.The sad-eyed Tarkanian was born to Armenian immigrants Aug. 8, 1930, in Euclid, Ohio, and attended Pasadena City College before transferring to Fresno State, where he graduated in 1955.He coached high school basketball in Southern California before being hired at Riverside City College, where he spent five years before moving on to Pasadena City College.He was hired at Long Beach State in 1968 and went 23-3 in his first year, then led the school to four straight NCAA tournament appearances, including the 1971 West Regional final, where Long Beach led UCLA by 12 points at halftime only to lose by two.While at Long Beach he got into his first dispute with the NCAA, writing a newspaper column that questioned why the organization investigated Western Kentucky and not a powerful university like Kentucky.Never shy about challenging the NCAA, Tarkanian once famously said: “The NCAA is so mad at Kentucky, it’s going to give Cleveland State two more years’ probation.”By the time he moved to Las Vegas in 1973, Tarkanian was considered one of the rising coaching stars in the country.He quickly built a name for what was then a small school and by his fourth season at UNLV he had the Runnin’ Rebels in the Final Four, where they lost 84-83 to North Carolina.It would be another decade before UNLV made the Final Four again, and the Runnin’ Rebels were in three in five years, including the national championship season of 1990.In the final that year, UNLV used its pressure defense to blow out Duke 103-73 in one of the most dominant performances in championship game history.It all happened with Tarkanian on his chair courtside, chewing on a moist towel that was always left carefully folded underneath his seat.The towel chewing, Tarkanian would later say, was something he started doing during long practices when he could not stop to go to a drinking fountain.After being forced out at UNLV, Tarkanian briefly coached in the NBA, going 9-11 with the San Antonio Spurs before being fired in a dispute with ownership.He would later return to Fresno State, where he had six straight 20-win seasons before finally retiring in 2002.Tarkanian was a fixture at UNLV games in his later years, watching from a sideline seat next to the court that was named after him. Tarkanian is survived by his wife and four children.___By Tim Dahlberg, AP Sports Writer. 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The normalisation of gambling in football

first_imgWorld Cup 2018 It is right for Simon Stevens of NHS England to highlight the worrying connection between gambling and sports (Report, 6 September). The World Cup revealed the extent to which the gambling industry has become embedded in professional sport. Viewers were presented with more than 60 live-odds betting adverts during the contest. These encouraged people to bet, including the 430,000 problem gamblers in the country.It’s not just grumpy parents who have had enough of these adverts. This year young people who watched live football complained of seeing too many, with the average 14- to 18-year-old watching 3.8 gambling adverts every day. No wonder many people are worried that this is creating a timebomb as young people are being conditioned to think betting is an integral part of football. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. letters Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Gambling Young people Read more Topics Sport betting Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Gambling addiction costs the UK between £260m and £1.2bn every year and it is totally unacceptable that so many foreign firms will not help the victims but expect the British taxpayer to pick up the bill. That’s why we need a compulsory levy for gambling companies that does not just help those who are addicted but also funds independent research.Alan SmithBishop of St Albans• Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters• Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers? Click here to upload it and we’ll publish the best submissions in the letters spread of our print edition Since you’re here… World Cup Get Society Weekly: our newsletter for public service professionals Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Anglicanism Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

‘Lewandowski can match my World Cup record’

first_imgWorld Cup ‘Lewandowski can match my World Cup record’ – former Russia striker Salenko Naim Beneddra 16:07 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Robert Lewandowski Poland World Cup 2018 home kit Nike World Cup England Russia Poland Uruguay Argentina Portugal Robert Lewandowski Harry Kane Luis Suárez Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo The 48-year-old scored five times against Cameroon in 1994 but feels few players are capable of repeating his feat Poland striker Robert Lewandowski has the ability to match Oleg Salenko’s World Cup record, according to the former Russia international.Salenko created history in 1994 when scoring the most goals in a single World Cup game, netting five for Russia in a group-stage fixture against Cameroon.The 48-year-old is proud of his place in football folklore, and he is also the only player to win the Golden Boot at both the U20 World Cup and the senior World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Ahead of this summer’s tournament in Russia, Salenko feels there are few players who have the potential to match his World Cup feat, with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo candidates to finish as top scorer.“Today, and this was the case at the time, there are very few,” Salenko told Goal when asked if there is a striker capable of scoring five goals in a single World Cup match.“Maybe Lewandowski. But, he doesn’t play for a strong team. Poland is not a very big team and that is why it will be very difficult to accomplish this feat.”Nowadays, the strikers who shine for their clubs benefit especially from the good work of their midfielders. This is particularly the case with Harry Kane and Luis Suarez.”For Suarez, when you look at the Uruguay squad, it’s hard to know what he’s going to do. With Barcelona, he can just stay in the box to exploit the good delivery. I’m not sure that’s the case with his national team.”But, otherwise, those who can score the most goals during this World Cup are mostly offensive midfielders like Messi or Ronaldo. In fact, these two are the most prolific today.” Oleg Salenko GFXSalenko, who played for the likes of Dynamo Kiev, Valencia and Rangers during his career, would not be disappointed if his record was broken.He added: “It will mean that there was this desire to offer something spectacular. Today, in football, many nations play cautiously, taking few risks.“At that time, in that famous game, if we did not have the desire to win by the highest possible score, we might have scored just three and the managed our lead quietly.”Despite Salenko’s five goals against Cameroon, Russia failed to progress past the group stage in the United States in 1994 and he admits he would have happily swapped his individual achievement for collective success.“I would exchange it immediately, without hesitation,” he said. “When we came back from the World Cup, it’s like I’m on a pedestal, and the rest of the team has been ignored. I would have preferred that the whole collective was put forward.”last_img read more

Mount Salem Recommended Itself – PM

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Mount Salem community in St. James “recommended itself” as a Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO).Addressing a press conference at Jamaica House on Friday (Sept. 1) to announce the first ZOSO, the Prime Minister said the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) requested the operations in Mount Salem based on the trend of criminal activity in the community and its environs.According to information provided by the police, some 12 gangs are operating in the area, which has recorded 54 murders since the start of the year, 16 in the Crawford Street district alone.In 2014, there were 46 murders in the area, with the figure increasing to 70 in 2015, and 85 in 2016.“Mount Salem recommends itself when you look at the murder statistics as one variable, ” Mr. Holness said.The operations in the area, which began on September 1, will last for 60 days.Major Godfrey Sterling of the JDF and Superintendent of Police, Kirk Ricketts are jointly in charge of operations in the Mount Salem special zone.Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeny has been named Deputy Chairman of the Social Intervention Committee, which is to be established within five working days.The Prime Minister said the operations will seek to dismantle all the gangs and create a safe community.He said that the success of the operations will be determined by the reduction in murders, the return of public order, entrenchment of the community-building exercise “and a general determination that the community is now in a state where it can manage its own peace.”He noted that if the objectives are not achieved, the law provides for the extension of operations following approval by Parliament.The Prime Minister said that other zones will be declared in short order.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures Act) provides for crime-fighting and community development initiatives in communities where a zone operates. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Mount Salem community in St. James “recommended itself” as a Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO). According to information provided by the police, some 12 gangs are operating in the area, which has recorded 54 murders since the start of the year, 16 in the Crawford Street district alone. Addressing a press conference at Jamaica House on Friday (Sept. 1) to announce the first ZOSO, the Prime Minister said the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) requested the operations in Mount Salem based on the trend of criminal activity in the community and its environs. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Mahinda calls for just and reasonable solution to SAITM issue

Rajapaksa says the Government should ensure that there is no further disruption of medical education with university students taking to the streets and medical officers forced into taking trade union action on account of the disputed medical degree course.He also said that the continuation of the dispute over standards and accreditation in medical education could also place the international status of all Sri Lankan medical degrees at risk.“The SAITM issue has already come to the attention of the medical authorities in countries like Britain and Australia with which the Sri Lankan medical profession interacts very closely. Therefore this issue should be resolved in a just and reasonable manner without further delay,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) Rajapaksa said that from the very beginning, the Sri Lanka Medical Council had been warning the public by way of newspaper advertisements that they do not recognise the medical degree offered by SAITM.“In February 2011, this institution changed its name to ‘South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine’. If any private educational establishment wishes to offer a course in medicine, it is entirely up to them to obtain the necessary approvals from the Sri Lanka Medical Council which is the body that oversees medical education and accredits and licences medical professionals in this country,” he said. “Even though members of the Government have been saying from time to time that the SAITM was started by my Government, this is a private enterprise started by its owners, not by any Government. At the initial stages in 2008, SAITM was called the ‘South Asian Institute of Technology and Management’ and was to offer courses in Information Technology, Management and Finance, Engineering, Vocational Studies, Nursing, Languages and Health Sciences. No mention had been made in the original Board of Investment application about a medical degree course. The BOI had granted approval for the enterprise on the condition that approval will be obtained from the Ministry of Health before providing training in Health Sciences. SAITM had commenced enrolling students for a medical degree course from September 2009 onwards,” he said. Now however, he says the GMOA and the student unions have expressed concern that the Government is preparing to renege on their pledge. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today called for a just and reasonable solution to the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) issue.Rajapaksa said that two years of continuous protests and agitation by the student unions and the Government Medical Officers’ Association against the medical degree course offered by SAITM ended last November due to the undertaking given by the Government that this medical course will be abolished. read more

Trees contribute to reducing carbon footprints even after being cut down –

“Forests are at the heart of the transition to low-carbon economies, not only because of their double role as sink and source of emissions, but also through the wider use of wood products to displace more fossil fuel intense products,” the Assistant Director-General for Forestry at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), René Castro-Salazar, said from Rome, where she is participating in the UN agency’s World Forest Week. According to FAO, the report – Forestry for a Low-carbon Future: Integrating forests and wood products in climate change strategies – is aimed at highlighting a “virtuous cycle” that exploits the life-cycle of wood products to boost the ability of forests to remove and store carbon from the atmosphere. Trees lock carbon in their leaves, branches and soils, while deforestation and forest degradation account for up to 12 per cent of worldwide gas emissions. Promoting wood as a renewable energy source may seem counter-intuitive, but 1.86 billion cubic metres of wood – more than half the world’s wood output – is already used for that purpose, according to the report.More directly, when wood is transformed into furniture, floors, doorways or beams to be used in construction, it does not instantly oxidize but continues to store the carbon it took in as a tree.So the framing in a house might store carbon for up to 100 years, a dining room table less than 30, and paper a few years. The carbon is only released back into the atmosphere when the wood product is burnt or decays. The report – the end result of collaboration among more than 100 experts – was designed primarily for policy-makers and experts, but is also tailored for architects and the energy industry. Its guiding message is that optimal engineering of the carbon life-cycle of trees and wood products allows over the long-term – through technological advances and cleaner, greener methods of processing, the industrial use of wood – for sustainably harvested forests to complement and even enhance the climate mitigation benefits provided by conserved forests. read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 25 September 2015

DOWNLOAD1.     EU and Japan continue working towards open trade2.     President Juncker addresses EU parliament on corporate tax avoidance3.     Tsiparas wins Greek election4.     Eurozone growth slows in September5.     New European Commission web tool helps SMEs to innovate6.     Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Le RoyaumeUni supprime la quarantaine pour les animaux de compagnie

first_imgLe Royaume-Uni supprime la quarantaine pour les animaux de compagnieDès le 1er janvier 2012, la Royaume-Uni laissera entrer sur son territoire les chiens, les chats et les furets de compagnie du moment qu’ils sont vaccinés contre la rage. La quarantaine de six mois qui était en vigueur depuis le XIXe siècle est donc supprimée.Pour entrer au Royaume-Uni, les propriétaires de chiens et chats devaient, depuis le XIXe siècle, placer leur animal en quarantaine pendant six mois à partir de la date d’un test sanguin obligatoire. A compter du 1er janvier 2012, et pour ce mettre en conformité avec les lois européennes, le Royaume-Uni allège cette règle.À lire aussiVus de loin, ces célèbres monuments sont moins merveilleux qu’on ne penseSelon un communiqué du ministère de l’Environnement britannique, “il n’est plus nécessaire d’imposer une quarantaine de six mois aux animaux de compagnie, une pratique datant des années 1800, du fait des progrès réalisés dans le domaine des vaccins contre la rage et des traitements”, rapporte TV5monde. Les animaux de compagnie devront donc simplement être vaccinés contre la rage. Un délai de 21 jours entre la vaccination et l’entrée au Royaume-Uni reste néanmoins obligatoire. Le test sanguin et la quarantaine disparaissent pour les animaux provenant de tous les pays de l’Union européenne ainsi qu’une liste de pays comprenant les Etats-Unis et l’Australie. En revanche, pour des pays tels que le Brésil, l’Inde et l’Afrique du sud, le test sanguin et une quarantaine réduite à trois mois restent obligatoires.Pour en savoir plus, n’hésitez pas à consulter le guide complet conçu par l’Office de Tourisme de Grande-Bretagne sur comment voyager au Royaume Uni avec son chien. Le 30 décembre 2011 à 20:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Apple trouve son nouveau directeur des Apple Store

first_imgApple trouve son nouveau directeur des Apple StoreC’est finalement John Browett qui succède à Ron Johnson à la lourde tâche de la direction des magasins physiques d’Apple en tant que Senior vice President.  Apple a trouvé son nouveau Senior Vice President en charge des points de distribution physiques de la marque. Il s’agit de John Browett, ancien PDG de Dixon, l’une des plus importantes chaines de distribution européenne de produits électroniques rappelle Génération NT. Pas étonnant donc qu’il ait été recruté par Tim Cook pour pérenniser la chaîne de points de vente d’appareils Apple, l’un des plus importants canaux de distribution et également la vitrine de la marque dans le monde.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?John Browett remplace Ron Johnson, ancien directeur de la division et créateur de celle-ci lorsque Steve Jobs eut l’idée de contrôler la distribution et la mise en valeur de ses produits dans des boutiques physiques. Une hérésie à l’époque tant la société était encore fragile, mais le fondateur de la marque a, selon son biographe Walter Isaacson, fait fi du conseil d’administration et confié la mise en place de ce nouveau projet à Ron Johnson.Aujourd’hui, Apple compte 361 points de vente répartis dans douze pays. Ron Johnson a quitté l’entreprise pour prendre la direction du groupe de distribution J. C. Penney, propriétaire de plus 1.000 centres commerciaux aux États-Unis. John Browett entrera chez Apple en avril prochain. La tache de diriger les Apple Store est assurée actuellement, de manière intérimaire, par Peter Oppenheimer, directeur financier d’Apple. Le 2 février 2012 à 09:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une empreinte géologique du débarquement de Normandie

first_imgUne empreinte géologique du débarquement de Normandie Publiant leur étude en septembre 2011 dans la revue The Sedimentary Record, des chercheurs américains ont découvert que 4% du sable d’Omaha Beach, en Normandie, est constitué de résidus des obus de la Seconde guerre mondiale.  Selon les analyses menées par deux géologues, Earle McBride, professeur à l’École de géosciences de l’Université d’Austin (Texas), et Dane Picard, de l’Université de l’Utah, 4% du sable de la tristement célèbre plage d’Omaha Beach, dans le Calvados, est constitué de débris d’obus d’une taille de 0,06 à 1 mm, et de microbilles de fer ou de verre. Des éléments tous issus des bombardements ayant frappé ce site le 6 juin 1944, lors du débarquement allié.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est en tout cas la conclusion dont font part les chercheurs dans la revue The Sedimentary Record après avoir réalisé une série d’analyses sur le sable de la fameuse plage. Une conclusion qui les a d’ailleurs grandement surpris. En effet, les scientifiques ne s’attendaient pas à trouver dans leurs prélèvements ces échantillons microscopiques, seuls témoins de cet épisode guerrier – les 5 plages du débarquement ayant été nettoyées depuis longtemps –, malgré 68 ans de brassage par les vents et les marées, et l’action oxydante de l’eau de mer. Mais les chercheurs n’en sont pas restés à l’identification des fameux débris et résidus. En utilisant un microscope à balayage électronique, ils ont également pu étudier la forme, la texture et la taille des trois types de structures produites par les explosions. Le 3 juin 2012 à 17:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Et si Terre finissait par ressembler à Venus

first_imgEt si Terre finissait par ressembler à Venus ?Une étude américaine indique que la planète n’est pas à l’abri d’un super réchauffement qui transformerait la Terre en désert, à l’instar de Vénus. Un évènement qui ne surviendrait toutefois pas avant des millions d’années.Et si la Terre n’était pas à l’abri de devenir une planète désertique, brûlée par le soleil, avec des températures atteignant plusieurs centaines de degrés ? Notre voisine Vénus, qu’on surnomme parfois la jumelle de la Terre, est elle-même une ancienne planète habitable devenue désert infernal. Elle doit son sort à un effet de serre extrêmement puissant, irrépressible auquel notre planète a échappé. Mais des chercheurs annoncent qu’un pareil événement n’est pas impossible sur Terre…Vapeur d’eau dans l’atmosphèreCet effet de serre intense, comme on l’a théorisé pour Vénus, est causé par une évaporation trop forte de l’eau dans l’atmosphère. La vapeur d’eau est, elle aussi, un gaz à effet de serre, car elle absorbe les radiations solaires. En quelques milliers d’années, la mécanique s’emballe, les températures atteignent des sommets et les océans bouillent jusqu’à l’évaporation totale.Ce modèle, créé dans les années 90, supposait que la Terre était trop loin du Soleil pour qu’un tel événement se produise, l’énergie des rayons solaires étant trop faible. Sauf qu’en 20 ans, les connaissances des propriétés physiques des molécules d’eau et de CO2 ont évolué. Des chercheurs américains ont donc créé un nouveau modèle informatique en prenant en compte ces ajustements. Leur étude, publiée dans la revue Nature Geosciences, indique qu’une atmosphère terrestre pleine de vapeur absorberait plus de chaleur qu’elle n’en rejetterait, déclenchant ainsi un effet de serre irréversible et une forte hausse des températures (sur Vénus elles avoisinent les 400°C). Sauvés par les nuagesPas besoin pour autant de paniquer, ce scénario n’arrivera pas de si tôt. En fait, les chercheurs suggèrent que c’est grâce aux nuages que notre planète possède des températures vivables, car ils reflètent dans l’espace une bonne partie de l’énergie solaire. Tant qu’ils sont là notre planète serait donc bien protégé. “Les nuages sauvent la mise”, relève Colin Goldbatt de l’Université Victoria en Colombie-Britannique. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembrePour arriver au seuil de ce super effet de serre, il faudrait augmenter la concentration de CO2 jusqu’à 30.000 parties par million, alors que le taux actuel est aux alentours de 400. Brûler toutes les réserves d’énergies fossiles de la planète ne suffirait même pas à atteindre ce taux. Mais il n’est pas impossible que le phénomène se déclenche dans quelques millions d’années.En effet, comme le souligne le scientifique cité par le New Scientist, certaines incertitudes demeurent car il est difficile d’être sûr de la façon dont les nuages agiront si le climat change drastiquement. Et les modèles climatiques tri-dimensionnels modernes ne peuvent pas simuler des climats aussi extrêmes. “Ce serait comme prendre une Ford Fiesta et tenter de la conduire en montagne”, a conclu Goldbatt. Le 3 août 2013 à 11:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Paul Heyman backstage at RAW Mick Foley and Direct Messages on Twitter

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ 2018.05.08 Tenacious D WhatsApp 4 COMMENTS Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Paul Heyman Facebook October 17, 2016 at 6:02 pm WrestleMania 36 Will Be In Tampa Rob Giles Paul Heyman backstage at RAWPaul Heyman is backstage at RAW tonight according to a report by PWInsider.com. Heyman is expected to be involved in a segment featuring the return of Bill Goldberg where Goldberg will answer his challenge from last week.Mick Foley and Direct Messages on TwitterRAW General Manager Mick Foley will no longer be communicating with fans by direct message on Twitter. What prompted this decision was a fan who publicly posted private messages of a conversation he had with Foley that were meant to stay private.Paige proposes to Alberto Del RioLast night in Puerto Rico, Paige asked Alberto Del Rio to marry her and he accepted. A clip of the proposal has hit YouTube that you can view below. inFAMOUS Paige has completely lost it… She’s gonna be future endeavored soon for sure b d Completely agree. Del Rio already has kids with his current wife. He will either leave Paige also, or (more likely) Paige will leave him since Del Rio is already much older. Let’s face it, Paige will still be hot 5-10 years from now, but Del Rio not so much when he starts to push closer to 50. Paige lost her mind and has made an unwise decision that she’ll regret. I expect WWE to release her in the foreseeable future. Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar Will Wrestle At SummerSlamcenter_img Twitter Adam Martin If Alberto Del Rio’s still married why the hell would he date Paige (especially since he’s way older than her)? Also,it’s kinda nice that tradition can be switched around here and there (usually it’s the man that proposes to the woman so seeing things switched around was cool). However,as good as this moment was I thinks it’s safe to say her career in WWE won’t last long or if it does she’ll get buried. Jack Black Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next October 17, 2016 at 7:12 pm Now Playing Up Next lately, paige seems to be totally whacked out of her mind on something, but congratulations on the engagement (which won’t last past the end of the year, guaranteed). Comments are closed. October 17, 2016 at 8:11 pm Pinterest October 18, 2016 at 12:39 pm Cameron Huff Recommended videosPowered by AnyClip2018.05.08 Tenacious DVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Which Wrestler Is Next To Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame? Videos Articleslast_img read more

Latest transfer talk

first_imgHere are some of the latest transfer news and rumours from around Europe.Andre Gomes Despite playing under the guidance of a different manager, the out-of-favour Portuguese midfielder has had a second underwhelming season at Barcelona. He was never a good buy as he doesn’t fit the style of play the team from Catalonia dictates. It’s safe to assume that Andre Gomes is on his way out and the latest club that has been attached to his name is Tottenham Hotspur.Rafinha Barcelona’s midfielder is on loan at Inter and the Italian side is reported to be interested in making the deal permanent. All that’s needed now is for a fee to be agreed upon.Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-GermainKylian Mbappe could return to PSG training next week Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Paris Saint-Germain confirmed that Kylian Mbappe could make a return to training to next week as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.Bernd Leno By acquiring Eintracht Frankfurt’s Lukas Hradecky, Bayer Leverkusen is preparing for life without its primary goalkeeper. A release clause of only €20 million will make the German one of the most popular targets on the market. Arsenal appears to be the most interested club at the moment, with Napoli (Pepe Reina is on his way to AC Milan) and Atletico Madrid (who might lose Oblak to PSG) are following suit.Edinson Cavani The Uruguayan might be nearing the end of his spell in France and Juventus is believed to be paying close attention. Higuain is aging, so The Old Lady is definitely in need of a world-class refreshment up front. What better than one of the most prolific strikers in Europe?Leander Dendoncker The 23-year-old Belgian is ripe for a bigger challenge than the Jupiler League. He is reportedly ready to move on and several clubs are interested in his services, starting with Atletico Madrid. Crystal Palace and West Ham are two other teams believed to be in on the holding midfielder who can also play center back. The “only” problem might be the over-the-top asking price of over €23 million.last_img read more

51 offer a car salary sacrifice scheme to boost staff morale

first_imgJust over half (51%) of employer respondents who offer a car salary sacrifice scheme to staff provide the benefit to raise employee morale, according to research by finance organisation Maxxia.Its HR views on salary sacrifice car schemes report, which surveyed 100 HR professionals in UK-based organisations with at least 250 employees, also found that 49% of respondents who include a car salary sacrifice scheme in their employee benefits package do so to attract new talent to the business.The research also found:56% of respondents introduce car salary sacrifice schemes to provide a valuable benefit to staff.47% of respondents believe car salary sacrifice schemes encourage the use of safer, greener cars.61% of respondents who have a car salary sacrifice scheme in place do so to offer safer cars to employees, and 53% do so to encourage the use of greener cars.67% of respondents who do not currently offer a car salary sacrifice scheme to employees are considering introducing one in the near future.96% of respondents are familiar with car salary sacrifice schemes, and 82% of respondents fully or partially understand them.37% of respondents think that early termination charges are incurred by the employer, and 35% believe these would be covered by an associated insurance policy.71% of respondents would like employees to keep their car if they leave before their scheme reaches its full term, and 29% believe this is possible.Gordon-Calder Jones, business development director at Maxxia, said: “What this report really shows us is that there is a problem of clarity in this sector. The majority of HR decision makers believe the schemes are a valuable benefit, yet not all are implementing them due to misconceptions about perceived risk and hassle.“By reviewing the latest schemes in the market, HR staff would be aware that it is possible to enjoy all of the benefits that salary sacrifice car schemes have to offer with none of the risks or hassles normally attached.”last_img read more