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Trudeau campaigns with candidate in Quebec ahead of federal byelection

first_imgROBERVAL, Qc – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is campaigning in Quebec today ahead of a federal byelection in the Lac-Saint-Jean riding next week.Trudeau will also spend Friday in the riding supporting the party’s candidate, Richard Hebert, the outgoing mayor of Dolbeau-Mistassini.The prime minister’s visit comes after the three other federal leaders visited the riding last week ahead of Monday’s byelection.His office says Trudeau will travel to Roberval alone and visit a seniors’ residence and a restaurant before taking questions just before 1 p.m. as part of a packed day of events.Trudeau will also attend a meeting of farmers in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean in St-Felicien this afternoon and end his day in Dolbeau-Mistassini for a gathering of party faithful and the population at large.It’s Trudeau’s second visit to the riding in recent months.last_img read more


Canadian tourists stuck in Haiti as protests rock Caribbean country

first_imgMONTREAL — Dozens of Quebec tourists are stuck in a Haiti hotel, unable to make it to the Port-au-Prince airport because of violent street protests.The hotel on the Caribbean country’s Cote des Arcadins is about 75 kilometres north of the capital.The only highway linking the all-inclusive Royal Decameron Indigo Beach resort to the airport is considered extremely dangerous, and people are staying off it.Air Transat, which sold package tours to the resort, says its flights between Montreal and Haiti are continuing, but it is unable to provide safe ground transport from the resort to the airport.Some tourists have told Quebec media helicopter transport is available to the airport but at a very high cost.Protests demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise have claimed several lives over the past week. Protesters are angry about skyrocketing inflation and the government’s failure to prosecute embezzlement from a multi-billion Venezuelan program that sent discounted oil to Haiti.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Dry communities in NWT not ready for legalized pot says Elder

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN NewsAn Elder who has been researching the health implications of marijuana says dry communities in the Northwest Territories (NWT) are not ready for it to be legalized.Norman Yakeleya is from the dry community of Tulita, NWT, a fly-in community 2 hours northwest of Yellowknife.The territorial government has said that communities will have the power to decide for themselves whether to allow members to have pot.Yakeleya is also a former member of the legislative assembly.He said the research he has done shows the NWT isn’t ready for the legalization of cannabis that is expected next year.Contact Charlotte here: cmorrittjacobs@aptn.calast_img


Sri Lankan asylum boat reaches Australia

The arrivals, who included children and pregnant women, said they had been intending to travel to New Zealand and held up a flag pleading for assistance.Instead, customs officials towed the vessel to shore and set up a temporary screening centre on the portside, with a spokesman for home affairs minister Jason Clare confirming the 66 had arrived from Sri Lanka. WA Premier Colin Barnett said the arrival was shocking and unprecedented.“The state government is working co-operatively with the commonwealth on this issue and will ensure people’s welfare is being looked after,” the premier said.“Nevertheless, this is a serious, unprecedented and unacceptable breach of Australia’s border security. A ramshackle fishing boat carrying suspected asylum seekers from Sri Lanka has made an astonishing arrival at the busy West Australian port of Geraldton, just 400km north of Perth, the Australian media reported.SBS news reported that stunned locals enjoying a lunchtime coffee at a harbourside eatery spotted the blue and white fishing vessel floating near the shore around 12 noon today (Tuesday). “That a boat, laden with people, can sail into a busy regional port in broad daylight is shocking.”Federal opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said Australia’s border control situation had gone “from the bizarre to the ridiculous”.“(They) would be rightly shaking their heads at just where border protection in this country has come to,” he told reporters.“Just how bad does it have to get?”The Bureau of Meteorology said gale-force winds were recorded blowing in a southwesterly direction between Cocos Island and Christmas Island on Monday and Tuesday.Authorities are deciding where to house the asylum seekers on Tuesday night, with some suggesting a wing of nearby Greenough prison might be utilised.“They have picked a really nice part of the coast to come ashore, and you do have to wonder how they get this far down the coast without being detected,” Geraldton mayor Ian Carpenter said.“It will be an issue to find accommodation for that many people.” Scott Ranch, manager of the Dome cafe where patrons sat and watched in amazement, said at first he thought the boat was a prank.“People weren’t sure what was going on,” Mr Ranch told AAP.“We thought it was a hoax or a publicity stunt, but then we saw the customs towing it away.” Despite Geraldton Port being one of Australia’s busiest regional ports, the boat with 66 people aboard made it to within metres of the mainland – and was intercepted first by two local men in a dinghy. As the passengers were being screened, debate reignited over how a boat from Sri Lanka could get so far south, and so close to the mainland, without being spotted. Those on board told the men they had been at sea for at least six weeks, having travelled more than 5000km to reach Geraldton, a port more used to dealing with iron ore, grains, talc, garnet and fertilisers. read more


Veteran aid official named Director of UN Millennium Development Goals Campaign

UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Mark Malloch Brown recently announced the appointment of Salil Shetty of India as Director of the Millennium Development Goals Campaign. Mr. Shetty and his team will be working very closely with UNDP and the broader United Nations system to promote the Goals globally and secure increased participation not just from governments but civil society stakeholders.Mr. Shetty will also work closely with and report to Eveline Herfkens, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Executive Coordinator for the Campaign, who has been spearheading the Campaign’s efforts in the North to persuade donors to meet their commitments under Goal 8 in terms of aid, trade, debt relief and technology transfer to developing countries. Mr. Shetty is expected to focus in particular on helping the Campaign unit galvanize campaigns in the South by stimulating national political debate and harnessing existing national and regional networks and social movements in support of the Goals.Mr. Shetty joins the Millennium Campaign from Action Aid, an international development non-governmental organization firmly committed to working with poor and marginalized people to eradicate poverty, where he was most recently Chief Executive and played a leading role in more than 30 programmes in Africa, Asia and across other regions. read more


Ohio State mens soccer advances to the Big Ten tournament finals after

OSU junior forward Christian Soldat (13) dribbles the ball during a game against Rutgers on Nov. 13 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 4-0. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team proved why it was No.1 in the Big Ten conference as it defeated Rutgers 4-0 to advance to the Big Ten tournament final.Freshman midfielder Abdi Mohamed, junior forward Danny Jensen, junior forward Christian Soldat and freshman defender Alex Nichols all found the back of the net on Friday. OSU improved to 13-5-2 overall, while Rutgers fell to 12-6-1 on the season.The last time the two teams met, the Scarlet Knights defeated the Buckeyes to end their eight game win streak, but the confidence of the Scarlet and Gray was still at an all-time high as they sought out revenge against Rutgers heading into Friday’s match.“We told the guys to just play with confidence here,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “Your record here at home and the last 13 games is amazing, so be confident and go out and play hard.”The Buckeyes extended the program record for consecutive home wins to 10.With the wind blowing at about 30 mph, it seemed as if the conditions would not be conducive to scoring. But OSU quickly quelled those doubts in the game’s opening minute. Mohamed scored an early goal within the first minute of the half to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead less than a minute in.Jensen, who passed the ball to sophomore forward Marcus McCrary, originally set up the play. After the pass from Jensen, McCrary sent across a pass to junior Yaw Amankwa who unselfishly gave up a chance for a goal to give Mohamed the chance to finish it off for the Buckeyes. Following Mohamed’s goal, Jensen sent in a header to give the Scarlet and Gray a 2-0 advantage in the 20th minute. Sophomore defender Hunter Robertson was credited for the assist.“Getting those two goals so early kind of crushes the team you’re playing against,” Jensen said. “Even though they’re such a great team, it’s kind of hard to come back from that.”Rutgers could not manage to score in the first half and were down two goals heading into the locker rooms.Just like in the first frame, OSU came out firing early on.Soldat scored his fifth goal of the season within the first minute of the second half. Jensen was credited for the assist.“The early goals in each half really helped a lot. It calmed our nerves down a little bit,” Bluem said.Rutgers struggled finding its momentum, but managed to pick up the pace in the second half to try and put a little pressure on the Buckeyes. However, the Scarlet and Gray backline, as well as senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer, held up strong, not allowing the Scarlet Knights to get a point on the board.With the game already out of reach, Nichols extended it even 87th minute on a strike from beyond the 18-yard box to make the match 4-0. The goal was the first of his collegiate career in just his fifth appearance of the season.“We scored four brilliant goals today,” Froschauer said. “Nichols with the strike and then we had Abdi’s goal and the other two goals. All four goals were brilliant team goals and it was a big confidence builder and really got us going.”Overall, shots were only 11-10 in favor of the home team, while Rutgers held just a 5-4 lead in corners.Froschauer earned his 10th shutout of his lone season in Columbus, while accumulating a total of five saves on the afternoon and improving to 13-5-2 on the season.The Buckeyes are set to conclude the Big Ten season against No. 3 Maryland in the tournament finals after the Terrapins edged Indiana 3-2 in penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw.When the two teams met in Columbus on Halloween, OSU narrowly made it past Maryland 1-0. The rematch is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more


Former Ohio State basketball player LaQuinton Ross signs with Italian team

Then-junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) drives past an opposing player during a game against Northwestern Feb. 19 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 76-60.Lantern file photoAfter playing in the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League for the Los Angeles Lakers, former Ohio State basketball player LaQuinton Ross is set to play professionally in Italy.According to multiple reports, Ross signed on to play with Victoria Libertas in the Italian Serie A.Ross was passed on in the 2014 NBA Draft after deciding to pursue a professional career following his junior season with the Buckeyes. He was named to the 2014 Big Ten All-Tournament team as well as earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors after averaging 15.2 points per game for OSU. Ross averaged 8.3 points per game as a sophomore in 2012-13 and played in nine games as a true freshman the year before.Former OSU player Amedeo Della Valle, a native of Italy, also chose to leave the school following the 2013-14 season to pursue a professional career in Europe. He then signed with Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia, a club team that also plays in Serie A.Della Valle took to his Twitter account, @Ame_DV_33, to express his excitement at the chance to play against his former teammate in Italy.Can finally say I’m super happy for @qross2011 comin to play in Italy. Can’t wait to play against you. #DreamBig— Amedeo Della Valle (@Ame_DV_33) August 8, 2014Ross, a native of Jackson, Miss., attended Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J., before joining the Buckeyes. He played in three games for the Lakers this summer and averaged three points in 10.3 minute of action per game.Former Buckeye basketball player Scoonie Penn played for Victoria Libertas during the 2004-05 season. read more


PH and Immersive Technologies renews exclusive alliance and posts new record figures

first_imgImmersive Technologies has global exclusive technical and licensing agreements with the five leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). Through these OEM alliances Immersive gains exclusive access to confidential proprietary technical information which authenticates the simulators and its Conversion Kit machine modules providing the customer with confidence.Immersive Technologies’ Chief Executive Officer, Peter Salfinger said, “I am extremely proud of all the employees at Immersive for achieving this latest record. It is testament to our company’s continued vision to make every mining and heavy equipment operator in the world safer and their employer more profitable with our simulation technologies. A very positive sign for Immersive has been the high level of repeat purchases from existing customers. They are achieving real results from their AE Simulators, including increased operator safety and reduced costs.” Immersive Technologies and P&H Mining Equipment have renewed their exclusive alliance for advanced training simulators development. Equipment simulators are to be covered in detail in International Mining’s September issue. This formal Licensing and Technical Information Agreement was renewed to ensure the companies’ respective customers would continue to have access to training simulators that provide a realistic training experience. With this alliance and access to P&H’s confidential machine technical information, Immersive Technologies is committed to ongoing development of its advanced equipment simulators for P&H equipment.P&H MinePro chose to work exclusively with Immersive Technologies in order to focus its resources on one supplier to provide quality simulated training. Peter Salfinger, CEO of Immersive Technologies said, “Immersive Technologies is proud of its alliance with P&H. This renewal ensures the latest and most accurate training technology and features are engineered into our P&H type simulation products and training solutions for the benefit of our joint customers.”On July 22, Immersive Technologies announced it had attained a new 12-month record, producing 100 of its advanced simulator modules, or Conversion Kits, during the 2008/09 Financial Year. The 100th Conversion Kit module for the year simulates the operation of a dragline and was completed in June 2009 for customer Peabody Energy in the US. With simulation training providing a significant positive impact on safety, productivity and maintenance levels, all indicators point to the continued strong growth for Immersive Technologies.Immersive Technologies claims to be the world’s leading supplier of operator training simulators used in the mining and earthmoving industries. It has 450 advanced mining equipment simulator modules in 25 countries and says “our Advanced Equipment (AE) Simulators are considered vital to many of the world’s leading mining companies such as BHP Billiton, CVRD and Rio Tinto. From the Congo to northern Canada, mines are increasing safety and reducing their cost per tonne by using our simulators daily to train and test their operators.”Immersive Technologies has exclusive licensing and technical information alliances with the leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), including: Caterpillar, Hitachi, Komatsu, Liebherr and P&H. Customer support offices are located in Perth and Brisbane Australia, Salt Lake City USA, Calgary Canada, Santiago Chile and Johannesburg South Africa.center_img High levels of attendance at Immersive Technologies’ recent 2009 Americas User Group Forum in Park City Utah, demonstrate the industry’s growing acceptance and reliance on advanced equipment simulator technology, and the company’s ability to continually deliver industry leading training solutions. last_img read more


Strategic optimisation at Sierra Rutile – aiming to increase production

first_imgSnowden is currently working on a project with Sierra Rutile Limited (SRL), which operates the Sierra Rutile heavy mineral sand mining operation in Sierra Leone. The scope of the project is to prepare an optimised strategic life of mine plan for SRL’s world class rutile project near the Imperri Hills, located about six hours drive southeast of the capital, Freetown. The objective of the strategic plan is to consider the best way to tackle the many discrete resources identified at the mine. Mining methods, concentration methods and dry mineral separation methods are all options under consideration. Optimised expansion opportunities will be identified and built into the strategy where possible.The Sierra Rutile mine has had an interesting and colourful history. Mining started in the late 1960s, during the 1980s and 1990s the mine became a world class supplier of high quality rutile to the international TiO2 pigment and industrial applications industries. Production peaked in 1991 at 155,000 t of rutile. During the 1990s and early 2000s, Sierra Leone suffered political and social instability under an unstable government, due to a civil war which waged between 1991 and 2002. The mine did not operate from 1995 to 2005.Since mining resumed during 2006, the mine operated at modest rates and SRL has prepared a number of studies looking at ways to extract maximum value from the 17 deposits with reported resources. More recently in January 2011, SRL reported Measured and Indicated Resources of 441 Mt containing 1.29% recoverable rutile.SRL mines with a large bucket line dredge from the Lanti deposit at 1,000 t/h) to produce 60,000 to 70,000 t of rutile per year. SRL aims to produce 200,000 t of rutile per year.Snowden is joined on this project by Downer stable mates CPG-MT and CPG Australia. CPG-MT has experience in undertaking consulting studies, designing and constructing mineral processing plants and manufacturing processing equipment for mineral sands, coal and iron ore projects. CPG Australia specialises in analysing logistical requirements and designing systems for bulk materials movement.The Snowden project team recently visited the SRL site and has since developed a number of strategic options for evaluation. Alternatives being reviewed include different throughput rates, different extraction sequences, and different approaches for each operational unit which include: mining methods (dredging and dry mining), concentrators (floating and land based), mineral separation plant (expansion, recovery improvement and product suite) and logistics (haulage by road, pumping or conveyor and product handling, storage and shipping).Snowden’s unique strategic optimisation process uses the Mixed Integer Linear Program optimising platform, Evaluator, (developed in house) to identify the optimum combination of unit strategies to allow SRL to extract the maximum value from its project.When the project is completed at the end of September, SRL will have an optimal direction forward which has considered a number of possible alternatives to capacity, sequence and method, knowing that the future work of adding detail to produce the life-of-mine plan will be based on a sound starting point – the optimum strategy delivering the most value.last_img read more


NTMA launches State Savings products

first_img3-year Savings Bond (Issue 14) offering a 4 per cent fixed-rate total return (AER 1.32 per cent)4-year National Solidarity Bond (Issue 3) offering an 8 per cent fixed-rate total return (AER 1.94 per cent)5-year Savings Certificate (Issue 19) offering an 11 per cent fixed-rate total return (AER 2.11 per cent)6-year Instalment Savings (Issue 11) offering a 14 per cent fixed-rate total return (AER 2.41 per cent)10-year National Solidarity Bond (Issue 3) offering a 35 per cent fixed-rate total return (AER 3.05 per cent)The NTMA announced changes to variable rate products, which will have an affect on all existing Prize Bonds as well as the 30-day notice Deposit Account Plus.The rate reductions will only affect new purchases made from today and will have no affect on the existing holders of Savings Bonds, Saving Certificates, Instalment Savings or National Solidarity Bonds – all of which have fixed interest rates.ChangesThe top prize structure for Prize Bonds is changing, with the previous €1 million prize offered each month being scrapped in favour of a €1 million prize in the last weekly draw of each second month, ie February, April, June, August, October and December. The Prize Bonds fund rate will be changed to 1.75 per cent from today.Meanwhile, the variable interest rate on the 30-day notice Deposit Account Plus is also being altered, and will now pay a variable rate of 0.5 per cent AER subject to the prevailing rate of Deposit Interest Retention Tax (DIRT) (currently 33 per cent).There will be no change to the Ordinary Deposit Account.“The new rates reflect the reductions in interest rates in the savings market and in Sovereign bond yields generally,” an NTMA spokesperson said today.Read: NTMA and NAMA staff will lose exemption from new public pay cutsRead: €500m worth of T-Bills sold at auctionRead: Another €500m of T-Bills for sale this week THE NATIONAL TREASURY Management Agency (NTMA) has today announced new issues of fixed rate State Savings products and changes to the interest rates on its variable rate products.The new issues of the NTMA’s fixed rate products include:last_img read more


Apple to Discontinue XServe Sales January 31st

first_imgIf you didn’t know that Apple made servers and a server-class version of Mac OS X, no one could blame you; the XServe isn’t exactly on the front page of Apple’s Web site, and the company has always positioned itself as a consumer electronics brand first and a business brand second. Still, Apple’s XServe line of servers had a fairly large footprint in companies that rely on Apple hardware and software and wanted an easy way to manage an office full of Macs, and in the federal government where XServe clusters and supercomputers aren’t terribly uncommon. Even so, all good things must come to an end, and Apple announced today that they would stop selling the Apple XServe as of January 31, 2011, although the company is committed to supporting its customers and XServe owners for the foreseeable future. Apple did say they have no plans to stop selling or supporting Mac OS X Server however, and suggests that if anyone needs OS X Server, they suggest they consider installing it on a Mac Pro or pick up the highly rated Mac Mini with Snow Leopard Server bundle.last_img read more

Kane hasnt changed since becoming England captain – Cahill

first_imgLife as the new England captain has not changed Harry Kane at all and he can handle the burden that will be placed on him this summer, says Gary CahillThe dup scored for England as they began their preparations for the World Cup in Russia with a 2-1 friendly win against Nigeria at Wembley.Scoring for England marked the perfect start for Kane in his debut as the new captain of the national side with the Tottenham striker expected to continue finding the back of the net as well as leading the team.But Cahill, who himself captains Chelsea, believes that Kane has conducted himself well and sees no change in his approach.“There’ll be a lot on his shoulders, but he’s more than capable of handling that,” said Cahill, according to ESPN.“His goalscoring record’s been phenomenal in the last few seasons, so we’re delighted to see him get amongst the goals — not that he needs any confidence because his finishing is unbelievable. For a forward to be scoring goals going into a tournament is always a plus.“[I’ve seen] no difference in him in terms of the way he conducts himself. He’s had experience being captain at Tottenham at certain times. He’s more than capable in that role. The decision [to appoint him] didn’t surprise me. He’s vocal when he has to be, he speaks when he needs to, and he’s going to be here for a long time.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The 32-year-old was one of the leading candidates for the armband, but he insisted that he is happy to be with the squad and provide any guidance that any of his teammates may need.“The message has been clear from the manager that he wants a number of leaders, that’s why he passed the armband on,” he said.“Coming into the tournament you’ve got to select a captain, but he wanted that group of leaders to help share the workload.“And yeah, I’m there! I’m not there to preach to everyone, I’m there if I’m needed to be there. I feel I’ve got experience playing in big games, so if people want to speak to me or I want to speak to them, the group is tight-knit like that.“You should be approachable for advice in good or bad moments, but everyone prepares in their own way. Some people want it and some people don’t, so let them prepare in their own way, make sure we’re ready and focused.”England face Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday in their final warm-up game.last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 21 (Jamaica Information Service): A total of 225 cataract patients at the Mandeville Regional Hospital in Manchester have benefitted from well-needed surgeries, which were performed by a team of surgeons from the United States (US) and India.US-based Diaspora charity, Mind, Body and Soul Health Ministries, which has been working in Jamaica for several years, organised the medical mission, through sponsorship from internationally renowned Cardiologist and Philanthropist, Dr. Kiran Patel.The operations, which were carried out during the week of September 15 to 19, have cut by more than half, the number of patients awaiting cataract surgery and have also significantly reduced the waiting time for the procedure. The hospital had a list of some 418 cataract patients, and persons have had to wait several months to have their eye surgery done. With the assistance, the hospital will be able to more effectively manage eye surgeries.At a press conference held at the Mandeville-based hospital on Friday(September 19), Consultant and Head of the Ophthalmology Department, Dr. Gavin Henry, hailed the invaluable contribution of the team of surgeons and other medical professionals.“The quality of the surgeries has been tremendous, and we are happy to have them back in the future, because they have done excellent work,” he said.He had special commendation for the Dr. Kiran Patel Foundation, which donated an ophthalmology machine used during the surgeries.He said that “the good thing about it (machine) is, it not only measures oxygen saturation, but is able to measure your haemoglobin without having to take blood; that’s a significant advance.”Jamaican national Horace Morgan, who is director of Mind, Body and Soul Health Ministries, said the one week mission at the Mandeville Hospital is part of efforts by the organisation to widen its support to other parishes.He informed that the charity’s work has been focused on the parish of St. Ann, where his wife, Dr. Hillary Morgan, originated.Mr. Morgan said he and his wife are happy to give back to the island of their birth. “It was a great week, there were no mishaps, everyone seems to be happy, and it was our pleasure to give back in this way. We are from humble beginnings, and we still have family living here. We are Jamaicans and it gives us much satisfaction to do this,” he stated.Chief Executive Officer at the Hospital, Alwyn Miller, in lauding what he describes as “a significant milestone in a partnership for improved vision for Jamaicans,” said he is pleased that the team selected the hospital, “and we look forward to having them back to help the people of Central Jamaica.”The charity has organised health and medical missions to St. Ann for several years and in 2012, collaborated with the Government to improve the mental health, pharmacy, curative, dental, nutrition, family health, diagnostic and environmental health services facilities at the Alexandria Hospital. Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Related Items:gavin henry, jamaica, kiran patel, madeville regional hospitallast_img read more

82 view workplace pension as an important benefit

first_imgMore than three-fifths (82%) of respondents cite their workplace pension scheme as an important employee benefit, according to research by Jobsite.Its survey of 500 UK employees also found that 51% of respondents value private medical insurance (PMI) as an important employee benefit, however only 23% currently receive this as part of their reward package.The research also found:65% of respondents cite a performance-related bonus as an important benefit, yet only 30% of respondents receive this.23% of respondents have access to mental health and stress support through their employer, despite 55% believing this is an important employee benefit.68% of respondents would be more wary about accepting a new job if it did not offer a decent pension scheme as part of the role.26% of respondents define a season ticket loan as an important employee benefit, compared to time off to volunteer for good causes (28%), and having a day off for an employee’s birthday (33%).Nick Gold (pictured), chief executive officer at Jobsite, said: “Many employers often believe that offering higher salaries is the way to improve the quantity and quality of applicants they receive through the door for a vacancy. Nowadays professionals are not just looking for more money in their pockets right now, especially where many feel they are subject to pressures of increasing working hours. Some are thinking more long term, and how their employers can help them reach their retirement goals sooner.“The answer might lie instead in diversifying their attraction strategy by highlighting other elements of their [organisation] benefits packages, in particular their pension schemes. Despite the media attention pension funds are currently receiving as big businesses struggle financially, [employees] are still placing trust in their employers to help them grow their retirement investment funds.“Employers would be well advised to address this demand and advertise new vacancies accordingly. In doing this, potential employees looking to safeguard and maximise their finances in later life apply for jobs that offer them truly valued benefits.”last_img read more

A voucher with Love

first_imgThe Khadi and Village Industries Commission is all set to introduce gift vouchers for a range of denominations –  Rs 500, Rs 1,000, and Rs 5,000. You just need to buy the vouchers and gift them to your friends and family and they can then use them to buy Khadi products of their choice. This scheme would particularly be helpful for corporate houses and marketing agencies as they can gift their employees and clients with this new gifting trend and marketing strategy for alluring favoured patrons.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme gave a clarion call to all the countrymen to buy at least one product of Khadi and support the rural artisans. This scheme would give a major boost to that call. The gift voucher scheme is being introduced in KVIC’s all departmental sales outlets (DSO) across the country.Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister of MSME, Govt of India launched the Gift Voucher Scheme on Tuesday, July 19 at the iconic Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan in Regal Buildings, Connaught Place, in the national Capital. In the presence of Giriraj Singh, Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary, Ministers of State, Ministry of MSME. Vinai Kumar Saxena, Hon’ble Chairman KVIC, K.K. Jalan, Secretary, MSME and Arun Kumar Jha, CEO, KVIC also graced the occasion by his presence. Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan is KVIC’s largest and the oldest departmental sales outlet. Since it is the largest and oldest showroom, it is designed as a replica of the entire Khadi and Village Industries sector in the national Capital of the country.last_img read more

Hills shiver Sandakphu wears snow blanket

first_imgDarjeeling: Hill life was thrown out of gear with the mercury plummeting drastically. While most parts of the region experienced rainfall, there was snowfall in the higher reaches including Sandakphu, the highest point of West Bengal.It had started snowing in Sandakphu at an elevation of 3,636m, from 2am on Tuesday. “From Kalapokhari enroute to Sandakphu it started to snow but the snow did not accumulate here. From Bikeybhanjyang, 2km away from Sandakphu, snow was heavy. It snowed nearly throughout the day and there was around 4 inches of snow on the ground in Phalut (3,595 m), Sandakphu and Bikeybhanjyang area,” stated Anil Tamang of the Singhalila Land Rover Owners’ Association. Sandakphu recorded a temperature of minus 3 degree C. Land Rovers could travel till Bikeybhanjyang after the heavy snowfall. “There were around 100 tourists in the morning. Many decided to return after the heavy snowfall. They had to walk the 2km stretch till Bikeybhanjyang, after which the Land Rovers were made available. Ropes were provided so that the tourists could brace themselves while coming down the steep slippery road. They were helped by the guides and drivers,” stated Tamang. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAnother group of tourists also went up to Sandkphu from Maneybhanjyang. Many tourists enjoyed the snowfall, built snowmen, engaged in snow fights and returned from Kalapokhari. It also snowed heavily in the higher reaches of Sikkim and Bhutan. Meanwhile, Darjeeling town and its surrounding areas experienced steady drizzle throughout the day. Even Siliguri was no exception. Tiger Hill experienced rains accompanied by hailstones. Icy winds blew throughout the day, bringing down the temperature of Darjeeling town to 3.2 degree C at around 5pm. “We have extended our stay by two days. By the look of it, there is heavy chance of snowfall in the next few days. We are praying for snowfall in Darjeeling town. I have visited Darjeeling many times but never experienced it,” stated Joydeep Ganguli, a tourist from Kolkata.last_img read more


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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSands China Ltd the majority-held subsidiary of global integrated resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp, has announced that its elegant French-themed property, The Parisian Macao, will open its doors on Tuesday 13 September 2016.The launch of the newest addition to the Sands China Ltd portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip marks yet another major milestone in the company’s efforts to support Macao’s development as a world centre of tourism and leisure. The Parisian Macao brings Sands China’s total Macao investment to more than US $13 billion (MOP 104 billion) to date.Inspired by the magic and wonder of the famed City of Light, The Parisian Macao prominently features a half-scale authentic recreation of the Eiffel Tower. The property’s full array of integrated resort facilities includes 3000 guestrooms and suites, convention and meeting space, international restaurants, spa, kids’ club, health club, pool deck with themed water park, 1200-seat theatre, among other amenities. Its retail mall, Shoppes at Parisian, will offer the latest in fashion and couture in a setting reminiscent of the streets of Paris, with an eclectic mix of street artists and entertainers heightening the authentic experience.Set to become a skyline-redefining landmark on the Cotai Strip, The Parisian Macao fulfils the original vision of Sheldon G. Adelson, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands and Sands China Ltd.“Our goal to create a large-scale leisure and business destination in Macao, which started with the opening of The Venetian Macao nearly 10 years ago, will be fully realised when The Parisian opens its doors in a matter of weeks,” Adelson said. “It’s unlikely another tourism development with the size and scope of the Cotai Strip will ever be achieved again. I am grateful for the hard work and determination of the countless people involved in this amazing development and the unwavering support of the people and government of Macao. Together, we have truly made history.”Sands China President Dr. Wilfred Wong said: “The Parisian Macao is a property that will help cement Macao’s position as one of the region’s must-see business and leisure destinations. With the launch of The Parisian Macao, Sands China remains committed to providing unforgettable experiences for our many guests and visitors – from around the world and from right here in Macao. We thank the Macao government for their continued support of our company, and our team members for their dedication and professionalism which bring our properties to life, day in and day out.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more


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