Bajaj Allianz General Insurance launches `Bharat Bhraman plan

first_imgMumbai, Apr 24 (PTI) Private sector non-life insurer Bajaj Allianz General Insurance has launched domestic travel insurance plan, Bharat Bhraman, for travels outside as well as within a city. The policy offers mandatory personal accident (PA) cover for all public as well as private modes of transport such as bus, train, flight, taxi, cab service by e-commerce aggregators, personal car, two-wheeler or even bicycle. The sum insured ranges from Rs 50,000 to Rs 10 lakh. Minimum premium for an annual plan with mandatory PA cover of Rs 50,000 and all add-ons including adventure sports cover will cost Rs 2,078 while the maximum premium in case the customer opts for PA cover of Rs 10 lakh with all add-ons except adventure sports will be Rs 3,365. The premium for a per trip plan will cost less than Rs 5 while for a 1-2 day travel the premium will be in the range of Rs 20-Rs 50 depending on the add-on covers opted by customers. “Bharat Brahman offers customers a wide range of customisable covers at an extremely affordable price and covers every possible mode of transport,” Tapan Singhel, managing director and chief executive, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance said. An individual can take cover for a particular mode of transport or multiple modes of transport and can also choose the tenure which could be for a trip, for a single day or multiple number of days depending upon the length of travel. Alternatively frequent travellers can opt for an annual cover. Apart from the mandatory personal accident cover, the policy also offers 17 optional covers which includes adventure sports cover, home burglary cover, trip cancellation or curtailment cover. Besides, the policy also includes features like missed connection or loss of baggage. PTI KD KRK BASadvertisementlast_img read more

NFL, NFLPA Freeze Anthem Rules Amid Backlash to Miami Policy

first_imgThe NFL’s two-month old national anthem policy is on hold.Hours after The Associated Press reported that Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week, the league and the players union issued a joint statement late Thursday night saying the two sides are talking things out.“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing,” the statement read.“The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness and justice. Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation.”The issue has dominated headlines over the past two seasons, caused division and alienated some fans.The NFL rule that was passed in May forbid players from sitting or taking a knee if they are on the field or sidelines during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but allowed them to stay in the locker room if they wish. The policy said teams would be fined if players didn’t stand during the anthem while on the field. The league left it up to teams on how to punish players.None of the team policies had been made public until the AP obtained a copy of Miami’s nine-page discipline document. It included a one-sentence section on “Proper Anthem Conduct” and was provided to the AP by a person familiar with the policy who insisted on anonymity because the document is not public. It classifies anthem protests under a large list of “conduct detrimental to the club,” all of which could lead to a paid or unpaid suspension, a fine or both.The Dolphins said in a statement: “The NFL required each team to submit their rules regarding the anthem before their players reported to training camp. We will address this issue once the season starts. All options are still open.”Miami can choose not to issue any suspension nor fine any player guilty of “conduct detrimental to the club.” Other violations under that label include drug use or possession, gambling, breaking curfew and riding motorcycles as a driver or passenger from the start of camp until the last game of the season.Jets acting owner Christopher Johnson said shortly after the league announced its policy that he will not punish his players for any peaceful protests — and would pay any potential fines incurred by the team as a result of his players’ actions.The new league rules were challenged this month in a grievance by the players union. The NFLPA said the NFL policy, which the league imposed without consultation with the players union, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights. Now, the two sides are hoping to reach a solution without litigation.Dolphins veteran receiver Kenny Stills took a knee with a hand on his heart during the anthem throughout last season. Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips put his arm around Stills before one game. Two other players who knelt — safety Michael Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas — are no longer with the team.Defensive end Robert Quinn, who raised his fist during the anthem while with the Rams, is now with the Dolphins.“Players who are on the field during the Anthem performance must stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem,” says the 16th and final bullet point on Miami’s list of conduct considered detrimental, below disparaging teammates, coaches or officials including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.The NFL started requiring players to be on the field for the anthem in 2009 — the year it signed a marketing deal with the military.In 2016, then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began protesting police brutality, social injustice and racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem, and the demonstration spread to other players and teams.Critics led by President Donald Trump called the players unpatriotic and even said NFL owners should fire any player who refused to stand during the anthem. Some players countered that their actions were being misconstrued and that they are seeking social change rather than protesting the anthem itself.Trump’s criticism led more than 200 players to protest during one weekend, and some kept it up throughout the season.The league and a coalition of players have been working in tandem to support player initiatives for a variety of social issues. The NFL is committing $90 million over the next seven years to social justice causes in a three-segment plan that involves league players.Kaepernick didn’t play at all last season and still hasn’t been picked up by another team. He threw 16 touchdown passes and four interceptions in his final season in 2016. Safety Eric Reid, one of Kaepernick’s former teammates and another protest leader, is also out of work.Both have filed collusion grievances against the NFL.___By ROB MAADDI , AP Pro Football WriterAP Sports Writer Steven Wine in Miami, AP Sports Writer Dennis Waszak in New York and AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner in New York contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: India hope for winning start vs struggling South Africa

first_imgIndia will look to add to South Africa’s agony when they face beleaguered Faf du Plessis’ men in their first World Cup encounter at the Ageas Bowl, here on Wednesday.The Proteas are hurting after two defeats against England and Bangladesh, while India are fresh and raring to go, and that only makes them more dangerous.India, after their second warm-up match against Bangladesh, had more than a week’s time to tune off and get themselves prepared for their first World Cup match.It will be interesting to see whether Virat Kohli will go in with both the spinners — Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal — or will go in with an extra pacer in the form of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar to strengthen their pace attack — led by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami.However, given the inability of the South African batsmen to play against spinners, Kohli might be tempted to play ‘Kul-cha’. Both Chahal and Kuldeep were extremely successful against the Proteas batsmen in the ODI series in South Africa last year which India had won. Kuldeep had scalped 17 wickets from six games while Chahal had one less from equal number of matches.Another dilemma which Kohli would be having is whom to play — Kedar Jadhav or Vijay Shankar. While Jadhav provides him with those four-five overs of spin in the middle, Shankar can prove to be handy in the overcast conditions. Also, Jadhav’s batting and power-hitting ability makes him a much valuable player as compared to the Tamil Nadu all-rounder.advertisementThe Indian top-order failed to perform in both their warm-up games and that can be a cause of concern for the team management. Both Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan didn’t manage to score runs against New Zealand and Bangladesh. However, Kohli doesn’t see that as a major issue and feels that his star openers are big-match players who will perform in the tournament proper.However, the big plus for the No. 2 ranked ODI side is the form of K.L. Rahul and M.S. Dhoni who scored hundreds against Bangladesh.South Africa’s not so great start to the World CupOn the other hand, Proteas did not have a great start to their World Cup campaign. They conceded totals in excess of 300 against both England and Bangladesh. The bowling seems to lack the killer instinct and the absence of young pacer Lungi Ngidi for the crucial game only adds to their worries. Also, Dale Steyn is recovering from the shoulder injury and it is still not sure whether he will be returning back to the playing XI.When it comes to their batting, Proteas batsmen fell well short against England and, despite a much-improved performance against Bangladesh, didn’t manage to take the team home. Against the quality of India’s attack, the Proteas batsmen will have to come out with their A-game to pose a challenge to the Men in Blue.However, it would still not be easy for India to go past South Africa considering their record in World Cups. In the four World Cup games these two teams have played, India have won just one and lost three. And even in overall ODIs, South Africa hold a 46-34 edge.SquadsIndia: Virat Kohli (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, K.L. Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep YadavSouth Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz ShamsiAlso Read | World Cup 2019: German football star Thomas Muller cheers for Team IndiaAlso Read | Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019 Match 7: When and Where to watch live streamingAlso Seelast_img read more

The Harvest of Delikatessen FW14

first_imgDuring the three years I’ve been writing collection reviews for The Manual I’ve come across all kinds of sources of inspiration: Films, intrepid Grandfathers, even mountain folk. But when it comes to Delikatessen’s kale-inspired collection for Fall/Winter 2014, I’m genuinely surprised, not to mention totally intrigued. So kale then. Once you’re over the initial weirdness, the Dutch brands reasoning actually makes a whole lot of sense. The leafy vegetable is a super rich source of calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K. It’s also known to provide extreme doses of minerals including copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. It’s this honest goodness, along with its simple beauty and awe-inspiring colour, which captured the imaginations of designers Andre Lisowski and Stephen Hartog, who grow the vegetable in their own garden in Burgundy. The honesty, braveness and subtle sophistication of the vegetable are what they have reinterpreted into a practical and stylish set of garments, perfectly ripe for FW14. In terms of fabrics, the collection features a combination of rich and tactile materials such as vintage chambrays, thick denims with interesting waffle structures – which were found in Japan -cottons mixed with wool and silk and Italian ‘Lana cotta’. FYI, the super soft slow vintage Wagayama knits are just the thing you’d want to reach for on an icy-cold day. The collection is particularly hot on shirting, offering a plethora of options that would segue from work to play effortlessly. Subtle microprints, grainy chambrays and washed-out plaid appear in steel grey, rich burgundy and deep petrol. Pants are spacious, slightly low on the crotch and occasionally patterned, creating a fresh take smart-casual dressing. The various shades of kale appear in the form of sumptuous sweat tops, casual double-breasted jackets and, at its most literal, in a super sharp overcoat featuring white contrasting buttons…gotta love that vegetable. The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About The Best Black Jeans to Have You Stepping Out in Style Idris Elba Debuts New 2HR SET Fashion Line Inspired By DJ Culture Dickies 1922 Collection Offers Some of the Best Menswear Made in America Editors’ Recommendations Huckberry’s New Clothing Line, Wellen, Is All About Sustainable Style last_img read more

Ampelmann Expands in Arabian Gulf through Acquisition …

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 zoom Ampelmann, the Dutch-based leading supplier of Motion Compensated Gangway (MCG) systems to the offshore energy sector has expanded its global footprint through the acquisition of Dutch Offshore Solutions. Financial details for the transaction were not disclosed.Ampelmann provides systems to safely transfer people and cargo from ships to offshore oil rigs or wind turbines, even in high wave conditions. The company has a fleet of over 25 systems which it leases to its clients globally. With the acquisition of Offshore Solutions, Ampelmann adds 7 Offshore Access Systems (OASs) to its fleet, including the personnel to operate, maintain and continue development of these systems.OASs are able to provide a continuous connection between a ship and platform for a long period of time, a capability that is particularly well-suited for application in the Arabian Gulf. CEO Jan van der Tempel of Ampelmann: “We are quadrupling our presence in the Gulf with this acquisition and are broadening our current product portfolio which includes the A-type and the larger E-type, with the OASs. Moreover, the Offshore Solutions employees bring along a welcome expansion of knowledge and experience to our fast-growing organization.”The acquisition follows on the recent acquisition of a majority stake by IK Investment Partners (IK) in Ampelmann. Ampelmann and IK aim to continue to grow the Delft-based firm internationally through organic growth based on innovation and acquisitions. With the acquisition of Offshore Solutions, Ampelmann acquires an office in Qatar. This will be followed by opening an office in Singapore in December and an office in Houston in early 2014 following a recent first project win in the region.Advisors to Offshore Solutions were Holland Corporate Finance and Ploum Lodder Princen. Advisors to Ampelmann were Kempen & Co Corporate Finance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Ampelmann, November 26, 2013last_img read more

Baloney Meter A little baloney in claim feds couldnt stop Khadr lawsuit

first_imgOTTAWA – “Further protracted proceedings in the civil suit would add millions more in costs beyond the $5 million already accumulated and not including the damage claim itself of another $20 million in a case with virtually no chance of success.”— Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, outside the House of Commons on July 7, 2017.The Trudeau government formally apologized last week to Omar Khadr after federal officials breached his Charter rights while he was a U.S. prisoner at Guantanamo Bay in 2003.The apology was prompted by a $20-million lawsuit that Khadr had launched against the government for the Charter violation, and included an out-of-court settlement reportedly worth $10.5 million.Goodale on Friday defended the settlement by stating during a news conference that the government had no real chance of stopping Khadr’s lawsuit.That was why it was cutting its losses now to avoid having to pay even more in legal fees and damages.Is it true, as Goodale said, that the government had virtually no chance of defending itself from Khadr’s $20-million lawsuit?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below)This one earns a rating of “a little baloney” — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is required.Here’s why:THE FACTSCanadians are sharply divided over Khadr and his story, which is extremely complicated and stretches over 15 years. But the facts relating to his $20-million lawsuit are largely straightforward.Khadr was sent to the Guantanamo Bay when he was 16 years old after being captured during a firefight with U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2002.He would spend 10 years at the notorious U.S. military prison, during which time he was interrogated by American and — in two instances in 2003 and 2004 — Canadian intelligence officials.The Supreme Court later ruled in 2010 that those Canadian officials had violated Khadr’s rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms during their interrogations.Among the reasons was that he was questioned without a lawyer, despite being a minor, and officials knew during his second interrogation that Khadr had been intentionally deprived of sleep for three weeks.“Canada actively participated in a process contrary to Canada’s international human rights obligations and contributed to Mr. Khadr’s ongoing detention so as to deprive him of his right to liberty and security of the person guaranteed by (Section) 7 of the Charter,” the court ruled.Khadr’s lawsuit included allegations that Canadian officials were negligent and conspired with American counterparts to keep him detained, neither of which were tested by the Supreme Court.But the main focus, which Goodale repeatedly cited as the reason for the settlement, was on whether the government owed him compensation for having violated his Charter rights.One other thing to note: The Supreme Court officially ruled in 2010 that governments could be sued for violating an individual’s Charter rights.THE EXPERTSLegal experts were generally in agreement that the government had little chance of defending against Khadr’s lawsuit.“The Supreme Court of Canada has already ruled that the government breached Khadr’s Charter rights,” said University of Ottawa law professor Bruce Feldthusen.“This cannot be re-litigated. It is a given. So there is no possibility of ‘winning’ the case on the grounds the government did not violate his rights.”Lorne Sossin, dean of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, was a little more circumspect, noting that there are always unknowns when it comes to how lawsuits play out.However, he said, “in this case, the government certainly faced an uphill battle.”The government may have been able to defend against the charges of negligence and conspiracy, which weren’t tested by the Supreme Court, said criminal lawyer Michael Spratt of Abergel, Goldstein and Partners LLP.“But (Goodale is) right in terms of the Charter action: That issue has already been decided by the court,” Spratt said.“So in terms of litigation with respect to the Charter breaches, that issue has already been decided and there is no chance of success with respect to that.”The federal Conservatives have blasted the Liberals for settling the lawsuit, saying the Supreme Court’s ruling does not automatically mean Khadr would have been entitled to financial compensation.“The Supreme Court decision in 2010 did not mention monetary compensation for Mr. Khadr,” said Conservative spokesman Jake Enwright.“What was remedy enough for Mr. Khadr given the circumstances was that he was repatriated, and now he is living his life as a free man in Canada. That is compensation.”But the legal experts said the chances of such a result were extremely unlikely given historical precedence and the facts of Khadr’s case.“It is possible that the court would say ‘We’re not going to grant you any compensation for that,’” Spratt said.“But it is much more likely that damages would be higher, that millions of dollars would be spent in litigation, and that things would come out worse.”THE VERDICTCould the government have saved some money by negotiating a lower settlement or even fighting Khadr’s lawsuit to the end? That question will no doubt be debated for years.But it seems that Goodale’s comment was close to right that the government’s chances of fighting off the lawsuit and avoiding having to pay any compensation to Khadr were practically nil.Still, some experts noted that not every part of the lawsuit was tested by the Supreme Court, and no court outcome is ever entirely predictable.For those reasons, Goodale’s statement ranks “a little baloney”.METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurateA little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney — the statement is completely inaccuratelast_img read more

Roger Daltrey Performs At 19th Annual Collaborating For A Cure Benefit Dinner

first_imgThe Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) hosted its 19th Annual Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction, posthumously honoring footwear industry icon Vince Camuto and featuring a musical performance by the legendary Roger Daltrey of The Who on Thursday, November 10th, 2016, at Cipriani Wall Street.Roger Daltrey Performs At Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation DinnerCredit/Copyright: Patrick McMullanThe event marked the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) by noted oncologist Samuel Waxman, M.D. and introduced the SWCRF Vince Camuto Memorial Cancer Research Program in honor of Mr. Camuto, founder of Camuto Group, who passed away of prostate cancer in 2015. Louise Camuto, Chief Creative Officer of Camuto Group, accepted the honor in memory of her late husband. The evening was hosted by Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning, as master of ceremonies, and raised approximately $2.5 million for SWCRF cancer research programs.This year’s event was attended by more than 750 corporate executives, board members and their guests. The money raised will support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer by reprogramming cancer cells and to deliver tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. The scientists funded by the SWCRF have made significant breakthroughs in cancer research, including identifying pathways to deliver novel therapies to treat cancer.SWCRF Collaborating for a Cure host Michael Nierenberg gave opening remarks welcoming attendees to the Dinner & Auction and thanked the SWCRF’s many supporters for their continued efforts to raise funds for cancer research. He then surprised Master of Ceremonies Chris Wragge with the SWCRF Collaborator for a Cure Award in recognition of his contributions to the SWCRF mission as host of many of the Foundation’s fundraisers over the years. After dinner, Wragge introduced a touching video tribute to Vince Camuto in which fashion and retail luminaries, including Macy’s Inc. CEO Terry Lundgren and designer Tory Burch, recalled what made him special as an industry leader. Wragge then welcomed to the stage Dr. Waxman who provided the guests with an overview of the Foundation’s new SWCRF Aging and Cancer Research Initiative, which will investigate the genetic and environmental factors that drive increased incidence of mortality among cancer patients over the age of 50. Dr. Waxman commented on how the SWCRF Vince Camuto Memorial Cancer Research Program would in part support the Aging and Cancer program and introduced Louise Camuto to accept the honor. Mrs. Camuto conveyed how she supports the research SWCRF funds to develop less toxic treatments for cancer patients and recalled the pain of witnessing her beloved husband lose his battle against prostate cancer a year and a half ago. She ended her speech by thanking Dr. Waxman for founding the SWCRF Vince Camuto Memorial Cancer Research Program in honor of her late husband, which will support the work of SWCRF grantees with $300,000 over three years.The evening’s exciting live auction was led by Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Sotheby’s Auction House. Guests bid on exclusive items such as: a $10,000 shopping spree and lunch with John Varvatos which sold for $15,000; an America’s Cup Yacht Race experience captained by former America’s Cup team members, sold for $8,000; a Private Wine Tasting at Italy’s most popular wineries for $16,000; an exclusive opportunity to meet Roger Daltrey and receive a guitar autographed by the famous singer, which sold to the highest bidder for $15,000. The highest bid of the night, $48,000, went to a Private Jet Experience for eight people which includes 10 hours of air travel on the state-of-the-art, luxurious Hawker 4000. Other travel packages included a CMH five-day Heli-skiing trip for two in Canada, which sold for $16,000, and a Milwaukee Bucks Experience including a G4 flight to a game and team memorabilia that sold for $16,000.Online auction items, which will be available for bidding at until November 22, include: a behind-the-scenes visit to the set of The Today Show with a chance to meet hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, a one-week stay in a gorgeous two-bedroom apartment in Paris, four Coaches Club tickets to watch the New York Jets play against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on December 17, a Maroon 5 autographed Fender Squier Bullet Guitar, two tickets & cocktails to a taping of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live! Hosted by Andy Cohen in New York City, and two Tickets to the John Varvatos Fall/Winter Runway Show on February 2, 2017 in New York plus a leather duffle bag.After the auction, guests were treated to an exclusive concert by Roger Daltrey, who performed hits from his solo career and his legendary run as lead singer of The Who. Daltrey was joined on stage for a set by surprise guest performer Willie Nile to the audience’s delight.Known affectionately by New Yorkers as “The Waxman,” this yearly fête is considered to be among the top fundraising events in New York City, attended by more than 750 corporate executives, board members, and their guests. In recent years, “The Waxman” has raised millions of dollars to support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer. Past celebrity performers have included Ziggy Marley, Train, Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Kid Rock, Steely Dan, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, and Counting Crows.last_img read more

Moroccan Contractual Teachers to Keep Striking Until April 25

Rabat – Although the Moroccan Ministry of Education had said it would not take legal measures against striking contractual teachers if they returned to work on Monday, April 15, the teachers are continuing their strike until April 25.The contractual teachers’ five most representative unions held a first round of negotiations with the Ministry of Education on April 13. The unions stated that the government failed to meet contractual teachers’ primary demand, which is to be integrated into the public sector and for the government to end employment under fixed-term contracts. On March 9, the government proposed ending contracts, and permanently employing the teachers within regional academies, and guaranteeing them all the rights and labor protection permanent teachers have. Teachers refused the proposal.Read also: Education Ministry Reaches Agreement with Contractual Teachers to End ProtestsThe next round of negotiations is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23. But the dialogue will likely not result in any agreement between the government and the representatives of “the forcibly contracted teachers,” as they call themselves. In a statement, the National Coordination of the Forcibly Contracted Teachers (CNPCC) said it believes that the government will not act in favor of the contractual teachers to integrate them into the public sector. The coordination stated that the strike, in this case, will continue beyond April 25. On Sunday, Morocco’s Ministry of Education announced it had reached an agreement with the contractual teachers following a meeting with the five most representative education unions and human rights representatives.All parties agreed that contractual teachers would resume work starting Monday. However, some teachers are still protesting, but others resumed work.The protests started February 18-20, when hundreds of contractors took to the streets to denounce the government’s “disregard” for their needs, “poor” social dialogue negotiations, problems in education and healthcare, and the deterioration of their situation. read more

SAP among 3 companies competing to replace Phoenix

SAP Canada’s Bob Conlin is well aware that the word “Phoenix” connotes disaster, but the company is confident it has a solution for the federal government’s failing payroll and HR systems that have made headlines since 2016.“We have a tremendous amount of reputational risk at play here,” SAP Canada’s vice-president of public services Canada told IT World Canada shortly after government officials explained the next steps of the plan to replace Phoenix at a press conference. Alongside SAP, Ceridian, and Workday – international companies with Canadian offices – will compete to install what the government calls the “Next Generation HR and Pay Solution”. Related Articles Auditor general calls Phoenix pay system rollout an ‘incomprehensible failure’ Michael Ferguson didn’t mince words this morning when he cited a new report that slammed the federal government’s Phoenix pay… May 29th, 2018 Alex Coop @ItsJustAlexCoop Phoenix payroll system: Timeline of the government’s problems It was one of the biggest IT boondoggles in Canadian government history, and it’s still going. The Phoenix payroll system… September 11th, 2017 Danny Bradbury @dannybradbury “We know what could happen, and we know what’s happened to the players on the other side that delivered the Phoenix program,” said Conlin.Those players, specifically IBM, was awarded the contract to update the government’s 40-year-old payment system in 2011. IBM had proposed a PeopleSoft-based system to replace the old one, but after countless issues and thousands of unpaid – or overpaid – government employees, the feds changed their tune, noting in its updated tender that “The Phoenix issues have shown that HR and pay are mutually dependent and don’t exist in isolation.”That means amalgamating human resource and payroll systems in a consistent manner, something the government opted not to do nearly a decade ago. It’s an “amazing technical challenge” according to Conlin.“Today you have the government with a litany of aged and almost out of service HR systems that are from many different companies that do things very different, like spreadsheets to something sophisticated like PeopleSoft. And they all manage employee records across departments differently. With a centralized payroll, you have to have all departments consolidate the information and normalize it in a way that the payroll system can consume it. That’s a huge task.“And as we saw, one of the world’s largest system integrators had to struggle with that, and with the other things that plagued the program.”Canada’s Treasury Board president Joyce Murray indicated a huge shift in terms of how the government is approaching this project.“We’ve learned the lessons of the past and have radically changed the way we are pursuing a modern, user-friendly and mobile HR and pay solution,” she said in a press release.For the past year, the government has been asking vendors to prove their worth and demonstrate the ability to navigate the complicated waters created by the disjointed HR and payroll systems. Insights were collected from thousands of employees on potential features of a new system, according to the treasury board, between January and April.“The next step will be to establish partnerships with one or more of the vendors for the co-design and the delivery of pilot projects, to test solutions against the real complexity of federal government HR and pay needs,” concluded the release.Conlin is confident that SAP, which has a significant presence in the Ottawa region with a wide-variety of clients, has the answers.“I know we can get this right.” read more

Preparations for InterCongolese Dialogue set to begin in July Security Council mission

Ambassador Jean-David Levitte of France also said that Sir Ketumile Masire, Facilitator of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue, would be sending his representatives throughout the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) during the month of June as part of the process of selecting representatives to the Dialogue.Ambassador Levitte’s comments followed an hour-long meeting this morning between the 12 members of the Security Council delegation and Mr. Masire. The group then met with Zambian President Frederick Chiluba.In the afternoon, the Council delegation was scheduled to meet with members of the Political Committee overseeing the Lusaka Agreement. According to Ambassador Levitte, the Council and the Political Committee are to examine the next steps in the process “as partners,” covering the major facets of the Congolese peace process – the disengagement of forces, the disarmament and demobilization of so-called “negative forces” and the withdrawal of all foreign armies from the DRC. read more

Football Gene Smith steps down from College Football Playoff committee

Urban Meyer and Gene Smith listen as President Drake speaks at a press conference on on Aug. 22, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe College Football Playoff committee announced Friday that Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has stepped down from his post on the College Football Playoff selection committee after two years. Smith said that his focus is now on first-year Ohio State head coach Ryan Day. “Serving on this committee has been an honor,” Smith said in the release. “Contributing to this great sport is always a privilege, and I will miss the time with my colleagues. It is imperative for me to have 100% focus in helping our new coach with his transition at The Ohio State University this fall.”According to Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff, Smith was an “invaluable member” of the committee given his experience as both a former student-athlete, coach and collegiate administrator. “This is a significant time commitment, and we understand Gene’s need to focus on his primary responsibility on campus,” Hancock said.Iowa athletic director Gary Barta will replace Smith on the committee. read more

One in three people claiming sickness benefits have conditions which are fuelled

first_imgOne in three people claiming benefits because they are too sick to work have conditions which are fuelled by obesity, a government review has found.The report for the Department of Work and Pensions says obese people on benefits should be forced to attend sessions with a health advisor, in order to get more claimants back into work.Job centres should refer those with a weight problem to slimming classes, according to the review by Prof Dame Carol Black, former national director for work and health.The independent review calls for an investigation into the extent to which long-term sickness and absence from work is being driven by Britain’s obesity crisis.“We believe there is a long-term risk that obesity becomes an ill-defined, but widely accepted, reason for absence from work or receipt of benefits,” the report states. Every Job Centre Plus should be able to refer the obese to slimming classes, the new report says  We believe there is a long-term risk that obesity becomes an ill-defined, but widely accepted, reason for absence from work or receipt of benefitsAn Independent Review into the impact on employment outcomes of drug or alcohol addition, and obesity Obese woman  Our goal has been to find ways of overcoming the employment problems that people face when they are addicted to alcohol or drugs, or are obeseDame Carol Black More than one in three of the 2.3 million people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) – the key benefit for illness and disability – have conditions which can be driven by weight problems, the report found.“As obesity is clearly a risk factor for a host of health conditions that can lead to worklessness, and as the problem is growing, we believe that the Government should prioritise a thorough investigation of this issue,” it states.“We therefore recommend that the Government commission research to investigate the extent to which obesity plays a role in health-related benefit claims, in particular long-term ones.”The review calls for trials of schemes which force obese people claiming benefits to attend discussions with a healthcare professional before their claims are accepted. “We … recommend the Government trials a requirement for each claimant, early in their claim to benefit, to attend a discussion with a healthcare professional on the impact of their health condition on their ability to work to test the value of this approach and identify delivery issues,” it says.The report says similar approaches have worked for other health conditions and should now be extended to include obesity, as well as alcohol and drug dependency.The report also says that every Job Centre Plus should train advisors in addressing weight problems, referring cases to weight management services if obesity is identified as a barrier to work.The study says around 1,600 claimants with a health condition do so because their main disabling condition of obesity. Around one third spent three to five years on the DWP’s main benefits, the report says.But it says a far larger number had conditions which could be fuelled or exacerbated by obesity.center_img About 11 per cent of those with a body mass index over 40 – severely obese – have taken long-term sickness and disability, along with around 6 per cent of those with a BMI over 30.Below the threshold for obesity the figure is less than 3 per cent.  One quarter of all adults are obese, a figure which rises in areas of deprivation .Severely obese adults were 10 percentage points less likely to be in work than those who are not obese, the study found.While 15 per cent of claimants with diabetes had a BMI of 40 and over, and 8.8 per cent of those with the condition had a BMI between 30 and 40, just 0.3 per cent of those with the condition were of healthy weight, the research shows.One quarter of all adults are obese, a figure which rises in areas of deprivation .Severely obese adults were 14 per cent less likely to be in work than those who are not obese, the study shows.Professor Dame Carol Black said: “Our goal has been to find ways of overcoming the employment problems that people face when they are addicted to alcohol or drugs, or are obese.“After a searching inquiry we are clear that a fresh approach is needed, one that brings together health, social, and employment agencies in new collaborative ways, personalised to the circumstances of each individual.”The DWP said it would now consider the report.Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, said job centre advisors should not be able to decide who was referred to weightloss classes.“This is a job for a GP,” he said. “I don’t want someone from a job centre without medical qualifications sending people on weightloss courses, they will have no idea whether the obesity is self-inflicted or the result of a metabolic disorder, or other medical complaint,” he said.Last year the Conservative manifesto said benefits might be reduced for those who refused help to treat health problems, including obesity and drug and alcohol addiction. The manifesto said: “We will make sure the hardest to help receive the support they need for a fulfilling life. We will review how best to support those suffering from long-term yet treatable conditions, such as drug or alcohol addiction, or obesity, back into work. People who might benefit from treatment should get the medical help they need so they can return to work. If they refuse a recommended treatment, we will review whether their benefits should be reduced.But on Monday the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman said: “We want to support those suffering from long term treatable conditions back into work.”We are not looking to withdraw benefits from people because they are obese. Withdrawing benefits from obese people is not under consideration. “”During this review process it became clear that there was a consensus that mandating treatment could potentially lead to more people hiding their addictions rather than disclosing it. There were other legal and ethical concerns,” the spokesman said.  Job Centre Plus The report for the DWP estimates that 35 per cent of people receiving Employment and Support Allowance have conditions that may arise due to obesity Credit:PA  “We think it likely that obese people are claiming benefits for a different health condition.“We looked at the health conditions given for ESA and selected a wider set of conditions where obesity could be a risk factor. From this analysis, we estimate that up to 807,000 cases (35 per cent of the ESA caseload) have conditions that may arise due to obesity.”The study says the strength of variations between the different conditions and obesity varies.While the 28,000 cases claiming for diabetes had close links with obesity, the association between obesity and other conditions for which benefits were claimed was less clear-cut, it suggests.The research shows that those who are obese were far more likely to suffer from a host of related health conditions – including diabetes, high blood pressure, musculo-skeletal disorders, respiratory conditions, heart conditions, and mental health disorders. 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 read more

Germans win thriller in front of 10400 fans in Zurich

European champions were in danger until the last second of their second clash in Zurich at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 qualifications. Exactly 10.400 fans supported young Swiss team against strong German squad, but at the end, Luka Maros didn’t score for a point – 22:23 (11:12). Silvio Heinevetter was in the right angle.Switzerland – Germany 22:23 (11:12)Switzerland: Wick, Portner; Schmid (5), Meister (1), Liniger (2), Tynowski (2), Vernier (2), Svajlen, Lier, Alili, Sidorowicz (1), Delhees (1), von Deschwanden (2), Röthlisberger (1), Küttel (1), Maros (4)Germany: Heinevetter, Wolff; Gensheimer (3), Lemke, Wiencek (2), Reichmann (2), Weinhold (4), Fäth, Groetzki, Häfner (1), Weiß, Musche, Ernst (3), Pieczkowski (2), Kohlbacher (3), Drux (3)TEXT: Djordje Pevcevic ← Previous Story Best European Beach Handball clubs compete for crowns! Join them via live stream! Next Story → SENSATION IN JORDAN: Al Noor new champion of Asia! EHF EURO 2018German handballhandballSwiss handball team read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_img Short URL Mar 1st 2017, 4:46 PM Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 4:46 PM By Órla Ryan Image: Shutterstock/stockcreations The 5 at 5: Wednesday 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock… EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #MAYO: A man in his 60s died after two cars collided in Co Mayo.2. #BUS ÉIREANN: Minister for Transport Shane Ross appeared before an Oireachtas committee to discuss the impending Bus Éireann strike, rejecting claims he and his department aren’t doing enough on the issue.3. #COURTS: A man who beat his girlfriend and bit her face has been given a three-year suspended sentence.4. #ABUSE: Abuse survivor and campaigner Marie Collins has resigned from her position on the Vatican’s commission for the protection of minors, criticising the lack of resources and powers granted to it.5. #SHOW ME THE MONEY: Ireland gained almost 5,000 dollar millionaires last year, according to research by a wealth analysis and property firm. No Comments Image: Shutterstock/stockcreations Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 6,423 Views last_img read more

Zytiga un nouvel espoir pour le cancer de la prostate

first_imgZytiga : un nouvel espoir pour le cancer de la prostate ?Un médicament commercialisé sous le nom de Zytiga permettrait de prolonger la vie des patients atteint de cancer de la prostate.  Lors de la 48ème conférence annuelle de l’American Society of Clinical Oncology, un des plus grand colloque sur le cancer, un nouveau traitement concernant le cancer de la prostate a été présenté.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La molécule d’acétate d’abiratéron, commercialisé sous le nom de Zytiga par les laboratoires Johnson & Johnson, permettrait en effet de ralentir la propagation de cancers métastasés de la prostate chez près de 60 % des hommes ne répondant plus aux thérapies hormonales « Ce médicament prolonge des vies et donne aux malades plus de temps durant lequel ils ne ressentent pas de douleur résultant de la progression ducancer, » explique le Dr Charles Ryan, professeur de médecine clinique à l’Université de Californie à San Francisco.Pour cette molécule, un essai clinique a été menée avec 1.088 hommes, diagnostiqués de leur cancer de la prostate cinq ans auparavant en moyenne, dans 151 centres de traitement du cancer. Ce test s’est déroulé en double aveugle : la moitié des participants a pris un placebo avec du prédnisone, un stéroïde, tandis que l’autre partie a été traitée avec du Zytiga et également du prédnisone. “Dans le groupe du Zytiga, les malades ont eu un répit de près de 16 mois avant que leur cancer métastasé de la prostate n’empire de nouveau, comparé à 8,3 mois dans l’autre groupe” ajoute le Dr Ryan.Ce n’est pas tout, selon une étude clinique publiée le 16 mai par l’ASCO, le Zytiga a permis d’éliminer totalement ou en grande partie la tumeur aux premiers stades de développement chez certains hommes atteints d’une forme de cancer de la prostate à haut risque de s’étendre.Le Zytiga est donc un traitement très prometteur dans la lutte contre le cancer de la prostate, qui touche près de 70.000 personnes en France et notamment chez des malades ayant achevé sans succès de la chimiothérapie et se trouvant à un stade plus avancé de ce cancer.Le 4 juin 2012 à 17:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Klopp defends Karius following latest error

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has risen to goalkeeper Loris Karius’ defence following his latest error in their 3-2 friendly win against Tranmere RoversThe German was playing in his first match since that disastrous Champions League final back in May and accidentally dropped Oliver Norburn’s free-kick into the path of Jonny Smith, who then scored the first of Tranmere’s two goals.Karius has been under a lot of pressure of late and Klopp defended his compatriot.“No one likes that goal but, if we talk about that, then the second goal is Milly’s (James Milner’s) fault,” Klopp said on the club website.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…“Two brilliant footballers make mistakes but we only talk about one. We can’t make a story after each mistake. Let’s carry on and make the best of the situation and learn from it.“Until he has a few fantastic games you cannot change [the criticism]. Our job is to support Loris. That’s our part of the deal. I saw this situation 500 times in my life: the ball hits his chest but what can you do?”Liverpool had been linked with a move for AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson, but are believed to have pulled out now due to the asking price.last_img read more

Nathaniel Chalobah wants to beat former teammate Nathan Aké

first_imgBoth footballers used to play for Chelsea and will meet for dinner after today’s match between Watford and BournemouthEnglish Premier League clubs Watford and Bournemouth will face off today at Vicarage Road.And for Hornets’ Nathaniel Chalobah, this is the perfect time to beat former Chelsea defender Nathan Aké who plays for the Cherries.“I think they are a very good team,” the midfielder told the club’s official website.“I’ve always rated Bournemouth – obviously Nathan [Aké] is over there, who was with me at Chelsea, and he says very good things about the squad.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“When he speaks that highly of his teammates I know they are going to be a top side. Of course, playing against them last season was a difficult game, but we managed to get a result at their place and then get a draw at ours,” he added.“It’s a tough game – whoever you play in this league – but teams like Bournemouth and Fulham are good sides, and we have to compete in every game we play in. They are a good side and I like the way they play football.”“They played Palace and I watched that game because I knew we had them this week, and I wanted to watch Nathan because I’m meeting him this weekend for dinner,” he commented.“I think it will be a tough game. I’m meeting him after the game so I’m hoping we’ve got three points so I can rub it in his face a little!”last_img read more

Banana Production To Be Increased

first_img Related Items:banana, Derrick Kellier, Hague Agricultural and Livestock Show Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, Feb. 19 (JIS): Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says major developments are to take place shortly in the Jamaica banana industry, with an emphasis on production for the export market.Addressing the opening of the Hague Agricultural and Livestock Show in Falmouth, Trelawny, on February 18, Mr. Kellier said the developments would include putting more lands into banana cultivation, in order to take advantage of a thriving market in the United Kingdom.Mr. Kellier said while on a recent visit to the United Kingdom, discussions were held with major stakeholders with a view of getting more Jamaican produce, mainly ripe and green bananas, into that market. “I can report very good news. Coming out of our trip to England, there are expressions of interest from three major importers of bananas, ripe and green, to which we have started to respond,” the Minister said.He added that emphasis will be placed on getting more idle lands into banana production, with over 381 hectares of land being targeted. “We will provide input assistance through the All Island Banana Growers Association (AIBGA) from a special credit scheme. The Banana Board will be intensifying its programme geared towards training farmers to increase their traceability and certification standards in the 2015/16 fiscal year,” the Minister said.He noted that St. Mary is currently Jamaica’s leading banana-producing parish, and that efforts will be made to bring sections of western Jamaica back into banana production.“We urge farmers to be a part of this development and to work with us to ensure that we have the productive capacity and the output to serve these markets that are emerging,” he told the gathering.last_img read more

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