16 Dec

Forrester: Business Intelligence Careers Offer Hope for IT Workers

first_imgTags:#enterprise#news 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img klint finley As we’ve said, time’s are still tough for IT workers despite the relatively large demand for employees with technical skills. At the core of the problem seems to be a mismatch between the skill that unemployed workers have and the skills companies desire. Earlier today we explored some ideas about how IT workers can re-invent the resume to stand-out from other applicants. But what jobs should they be applying for? Data center jobs are an option. But, as reported by Integration Developer News, Forrester believes some IT workers’ future may be in business intelligence.Forrester’s research indicates an explosion of interest in BI and an increasing rate of executive buy-in for BI projects.Forrester suggests that developers, integrations professionals and database administrators are particularly well suited for careers in business intelligence. However, those workers will need to learn additional skills that can only be picked up by participating in BI projects. “Even those IT professionals who’ve worked with dashboards and databases could use an extra dose of BI-specific training,” IDN quotes Forrester vice president and principal analyst Boris Evelson saying.Evelson gave IDN four reasons that IT professionals should learn more about BI and business analytics:Organizations are increasing investment in this area.BI is not easily outsourced and requires quite a bit of face-to-face collaboration with management.BI projects need to be iterated on a frequent and ongoing basis.BI hiring is already up dramatically.So what should you do if you’re interested in learning some BI skills? It’s not enough to just learn tools, Evelson says. Professionals will need to leverage their existing technical and analytics skills while also boning up on the latest database and BI technologies.That’s the rub. It’s not easy to learn these sorts of technologies without being a part of a project. And it’s hard to get involved with a project if you don’t already have the necessary experience.Are you a BI professional? How did you get started? What advice would you offer to either IT workers looking to make a change, or to younger workers just starting a career?Image by GrapeCity Related Posts last_img read more

28 Nov

A nation in search of a Sultan of spin

first_imgFor some strange reason, Lalaji, the great Lala Amarnath, had taken a shine for me. The lion may have been in his winter, but he was a great raconteur. Equally knowing Jimmy Amarnath was a great asset.I am talking of the early 1990s and England was touring. I got talking to Lalaji while watching the game, one thing led to another and he invited me home to Jimmy’s apartment in Andheri West, and then imagine my luck, we went for a walk on the beach. The Poms meanwhile were getting bamboozled by Indian spin. Facing the new trinity of that time – Anil Kumble, Venkatapathy Raju and Rajesh Chauhan – Englishmen were behaving like cat on a hot tin roof; jumping, gyrating and leaping at the sight of the twirling ball from the sheikhs of tweak.India had just returned from a harrowing time against the South Africans, the pace and bounce proving discomfiting for our batsmen. Ajit Wadekar was the team manager and always a tactician. With the old adage of chickens abroad and tigers at home coming home to roost, Wadekar had to think of a new stratagem for his embattled party. By giving the call to prepare bunsens and including a troika of spinners in the team, he sallied forth. England walked into his waiting trap. The prey had been snared by the predator. At the Eden Gardens, a beleaguered captain Mohommed Azharuddin led the way as he blitzed the hapless Englishmen, smashing them to smithereens. Kumble and company did the rest.advertisementThe English, gladdened by the sight of a tinge of green on the Eden wicket, grossly miscalculated. Ajit Wadekar’s gameplan had worked. I was fortunate enough to do that tour for the Sunday Observer. No match reports but colour stories on the English and their merry band of assorted men. From John Snow to Henry Blofeld, from Geoff Boycott, whom I befriended, to David Gower, from Trevor Bailey to Steve Whiting, an extremely large contingent of Englishmen had arrived to either cover the tour or enjoy the Indian winter. There were delightful conversations with all these and more, it was a fun tour to be on – Kolkata, Chennai and finally Mumbai, though if I remember right they were called Calcutta, Madras and Bombay back then.Series where England got BrownwashedThe series ended with what can only be described as a Brownwash; India won 3-0. This was a very strong English team that was bested very easily. The hype and hoopla before the series was that England with Graham Gooch, vice-captain Alec Stewart, Mike Gatting, John Emburey, Graeme Hick, Michael Atherton, Robin Smith, Philip DeFreitas, Devon Malcolm, Chris Lewis and Phil Tufnell would prove worthy adversaries. Sadly, they were at sixes and sevens when faced with tweakers. The early onslaught by Azhar demoralised them, but equally the tough tour of the sub-continent came against the backdrop of the Babri Masjid demolition and the subsequent rioting and bloodletting in Mumbai on January 6. The first one-dayer in Ahmedabad was cancelled, the first first-class game against the Board President’s XI was played at Lucknow, barely a distance away from the epicentre Ayodhya. Top players were struck down by stomach ailments – the jumbo prawns they had consumed laid them low.By the time they reached Mumbai, they were a ragged rag-tag bobtail bunch. And Lalaji was laughing at the way they were playing our spinners. It was as if Kumble & Co were lobbing hand grenades. The Poms saw demons on the pitch as the ball on tailormade wickets even turned at right angles. Lalaji explained, “Aise thodi khelte hain spin ko (This is not the way to play spin). You have to get to the pitch of the ball, either way – if you are defending, then you smother the ball or get your front foot to the ball and drive or whip it away off your legs. You can’t play half cock, tentative, you have to meet the ball. It is only a leather ball being hurled by a spinner. I can’t understand what devil they find in it.” Words of wisdom from one of the greats.During the conversations that followed, he explained how he played Hedley Verity with twinkle toes getting to the pitch of the ball in his time. He argued, “You also should have the ability to pick the length, which in equal measure is one of the fundamentals of batting.” Drawing a crease with a stick on the sand, he even showed me how to meet the ball headlong. It is a memory that I will treasure forever. More than anything else, as a cricket junkie meeting a savant, it was an education.advertisement In the same series I saw demolition derby as well. Ironic that the same troika of spinners who ran circles around the Englishmen were treated with disdain in a masterclass by Graeme Hick. I realised that day in Chennai why Hick was one of the great players of his time who could not fulfil his true potential. His 178 in Mumbai was artistry of the highest order just as Chris Lewis’s defiant 117 in Chennai was a class act.When Kumble & co. spun a nasty webBut the big men – Gooch, Gatting, Robin Smith, Alec Stewart – all failed. They were unable to cope with the turning ball. Kumble & Co. took 46 wickets between them. Over the years, foreign teams have always found it difficult to adapt to the ‘dust bowls’ as one Englishmen described the wickets. Traps have been set, carcasses taken out, spin as they say is king in India.I remember a ball from Kumble that rose like a viper at 90 degrees to take Mark Waugh’s glove as he tried his level best to thwart it in one of those climactic tussles between India and Australia. What I liked about the recent T20 World Cup is the emergence of spinners from around the world – from the Windies to Sri Lanka, Pakistan to Bangladesh, it was nice to see that the art is alive and kicking. Unfortunately our own tactics left a lot to be desired. In the Super Eight match against the Aussies, Pakistan bowled 20 overs – 18 by spinners, and only two by Umar Gul. We called it wrong repeatedly, though we had the options in our armoury. Now England comes back to tour India and despite having coaches of all hues for every department of the game, their fatal collapse in the game against India in T20 exposed the same technical inadequacies. All at sea, playing blind man’s buff, they capitulated in a heap.Guess who was sitting in the dugout as the batting coach – Graham Gooch. Yes, the same Goochie who led England in 1992-93. Andy Flower, one of the finest players of good spin bowling, however, is the chief coach and one would like to believe that England holds out some hope due to that reason.In R. Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha, we have a decent spin duo, but what we need for a series against England and later this winter in Oz is a quality leg spinner. Bowlers who use flight and guile, bowlers who deceive the batsman in the air with their art and craft. It is unfortunate that India is unable to turn out a genuine leg-spinning option. Amit Mishra, Piyush Chawla and Rahul Sharma don’t fit the part. Many people have spoken very highly of the young Harmeet Singh, the boy who performed admirably in the Junior World Cup that India won. He could be one for the future, though he is a left-arm spinner. India needs to build on its competencies, it needs to prepare the same dust bowls for the English and Oz and give them a taste of their own medicine – play to your strength. Unfortunately the gene pool of spinning talent is contracting and this is worrisome. Since Kumble and Bhajji, the only talent of some note to have emerged, seems to be R. Ashwin. Wonder what the Bedi, Prasanna, Chandra and Venkat must be thinking of this sad predicament that Indian cricket finds itself in. Anyway I am relishing the prospect of what the English will face in the coming Tests. All tangled, two left feet, I am reminded of the commercial on telly – pyaas badao. To battle.advertisementlast_img read more

26 Nov

Serie A: Cagliari Snatch Shock Win at Napoli with Late Goal, Fiorentina Beat Sampdoria

first_img BolognaCagliaricarlo ancelottiFiorentina First Published: September 26, 2019, 7:59 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Naples: Cagliari secured a smash-and-grab 1-0 win at Napoli thanks to a late goal from substitute Lucas Castro and Fiorentina ended their long winless run against 10-man Sampdoria on Wednesday.Cagliari midfielder Castro headed home from a Nahitan Nandez cross with two minutes remaining to stun the dominant hosts. Napoli controlled large parts of the game but could not find a way past visiting goalkeeper Robin Olsen, and Dries Mertens was denied twice by the woodwork.Things got worse for Carlo Ancelotti’s side when substitute Kalidou Koulibaly was sent off for dissent after the goal.The result left both sides on nine points but Napoli occupy fourth, ahead of fifth-placed Cagliari on goal difference.Fiorentina climbed off the foot of the table with a 2-1 home win over Sampdoria, who consequently dropped to the bottom.German Pezzella put Fiorentina in front before Samp defender Jeison Murillo was sent off for two bookings after the break.Federico Chiesa doubled the hosts’ advantage and Federico Bonazzoli pulled one back for the visitors, but it didn’t stop Vincenzo Montella’s side from ending their 18-match winless run in the league.Struggling SPAL fell to a 3-1 defeat at home to promoted Lecce, who registered their second away win of the season.Bologna winger Nicola Sansone missed a penalty as they drew 0-0 away to Genoa, while Parma had two goals disallowed and a penalty saved before beating Sassuolo 1-0 thanks to a stoppage-time Mehdi Bourabia own goal. last_img read more

17 Nov

Karnataka makes it compulsory to install CCTV cameras in crowded areas

first_imgFrom now onwards, installing CCTV cameras is compulsory in the state as per the Karnataka Public Safety (Measures) Enforcement Act, 2017 enacted by the Karnataka government.A release from the office of the Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG&IGP) stated, ‘With immediate effect, all commercial establishments, industrial establishments, religious places, educational institutions, hospitals, sports complexes, railway and bus station and places of organised congregation wherein more than 100 people gather at a time or more than 500 people frequent per day are liable to provide and maintain public safety measures.’There are penal clauses for those that fail to comply with the provisions of the public safety act and rules.For the first offence, the defaulter will be penalised Rs. 5,000. For the second default, it will be Rs 10,000. Temporary sealing or closure for continued failure to comply with the provisions is the last step.The release also states that every establishment should provide information about their establishment in Form No 1 to the jurisdictional inspector of police. They will also have to submit periodical returns in Form No 15 once in 3 months.This order comes into force with immediate effect.last_img read more

17 Nov

Prakash Padukone reveals how he felt reading about Deepika’s link-ups in gossip columns

first_imgBeing a legend in the world of sports, Prakash Padukone is no stranger to the limelight. However, he admitted that he found it “difficult” when he first read about his daughter Deepika Padukone’s link-ups in gossip columns.On India Today India Tomorrow with Rajdeep Sardesai, Prakash said, “Initially, we found it difficult. But nowadays, we’re used to it. Some of it – what is being reported is true, but some of it is absolutely not correct. But it is a part and parcel of… you can’t have only good things. One has to accept it.”Deepika chimed in, “Like athletes, you can’t only have the trophies and not the injuries.” She said that it was not impossible to keep one’s personal life away from the media glare. “That’s not to say that the speculation will not continue. I think that’s a part and parcel of what we do,” she added.Currently, Deepika is gearing up for her dream wedding with longtime boyfriend Ranveer Singh. After keeping the media guessing for months, the couple recently announced that they will get married on November 14 and 15.Buzz is that Ranveer and Deepika will exchange garlands at the breathtaking Villa del Balbianello at Lake Como in Italy. It is being said that their wedding will be an intimate affair, with only Shah Rukh Khan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Farah Khan and Aditya Chopra in attendance from the film fraternity.ALSO READ | Marriage is something that I’ve always looked forward to, says Deepika PadukoneWATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW HEREadvertisementlast_img read more

25 Oct

Lionel Messi wins best FIFA player of the year award for record 6th time

first_img Reuters MilanSeptember 24, 2019UPDATED: September 24, 2019 08:33 IST Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe pose with their best FIFA player of the year awards (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMessi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo to bag the awardUSA’s Megan Rapinoe won the women’s top award after helping her country to the World Cup title this yearLiverpool’s Juergen Klopp was voted men’s coach of the yearArgentine Lionel Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo to win the best FIFA player of the year award for a record sixth time on Monday.Messi, who won the Spanish La Liga title with Barcelona last season as well as the European golden boot having scored 54 goals in 58 games in all competitions, last won the award in 2015.He did not, however, enjoy success with the national team, losing in the Copa America semi-finals to rivals Brazil.His win is somewhat of a surprise with Van Dijk, a centre back who transformed Liverpool’s defence on the way to the Champions League crown, having won the European best player award.Messi’s win at the La Scala Opera house in Milan also marks a return to the dominance of the Argentine and Ronaldo, who between them have won the award all but once since 2007.U.S. co-captain Megan Rapinoe won the women’s top award after helping her country to the World Cup title this year in a tournament considered to be a milestone in the development and expansion of women’s football internationally.”I’m at a loss for words,” she said. “This was an incredible year for women’s football, for those who just noticed you are a bit late to the party. It truly was incredible, to be part of the World Cup, the enthusiasm we had was amazing.”Rapinoe, a strong off-the-field activist who also refused a potential visit the White House when the U.S. were on track to retain their world title, said players should use their success to help others.advertisement”I ask everyone here, lend your platform to other people, share your success. We have a unique opportunity to use this game to actually change the world for better. I hope you take that to heart, do something, we have incredible power in this room.”She beat fellow co-captain Alex Morgan and England’s Lucy Bronze.Liverpool’s Juergen Klopp was voted men’s coach of the year while U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis took home the best women’s coach trophy.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Lionel MessiFollow Megan RapinoeFollow best FIFA player of the year Lionel Messi wins best FIFA player of the year award for record 6th timeLionel Messi’s win at the La Scala Opera house in Milan also marks a return to the dominance of the Argentine and Cristiano Ronaldo, who between them have won the award all but once since 2007.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

24 Oct

CAC Seeks More Central Offices

first_imgThe Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) will be relocating its head office from Seaview Avenue, Kingston to a more central location in the city.CAC Chairman, Lorna Green, who made the disclosure at a recent media briefing at the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce in New Kingston, said the move is part of efforts by the agency to improve the quality of service delivered to its clients.She said discussions have started with the owners of a property that has been identified and the Ministry has approved plans for the relocation. She expressed hope for a successful conclusion to the negotiation with the owners. Ms. Green said the decision to relocate arose out of discussions involving the Commissioners and employees, noting that “we feel we need to get more into the heart of what’s happening.”“We…will be improving our visibility so that consumers can more readily feel our presence (thereby) ensuring that consumers have better accessibility to us,” she added.Ms. Green said the agency will be making other improvements including: increasing the use of technology; addressing telecommunications matters and business practices deemed impediments to consumers; as well as enhancing collaboration with colleague agencies.She advised that several cost recovery initiatives have been implemented. These include going paperless in conducting surveys, which she said “has saved tremendously on paper and printing and courier service.”Ms. Green said the CAC is also exploring initiatives to offset operational expenses, particularly research-related activities.“The Commission will be doing all in its power to ensure that Jamaican consumers…are protected,” she assured.By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

23 Oct

Strike Looms Over Eimskip

first_imgzoom Icelandic shipping company Eimskip could see a portion of its employees working on the company’s containerships take industrial action after not reaching an agreement with one of the unions.Eimskip’s vessel crewmen who are members of the Iceland Seaman’s Union could go on strike on January 16 if the agreement is not reached by then, Eimskip said.Negotiations between the two parties have been ongoing during recent months Eimskip said without clarifying the source of dispute.Back in February 2016, Eimskip prevented industrial action after reaching an agreement over pay with senior officers aboard its vessels.Eimskip operates a fleet of 20 owned and chartered reefer vessels in the North Atlantic, comprised of a mix of container vessels, refrigerated bulk vessels, and multipurpose container/bulk vessels.last_img read more

20 Oct

21757 valid ILP holders in Mizoram says Minister

first_imgAizawl: Mizoram Home minister Lalchamliana Monday informed the state Assembly that there were 21,757 valid Inner Line Permit (ILP) holding non-tribals in the state which included 135 people having two-year ILP validity and registered under GST.Replying to a query from Lalduhoma of the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), Lalchamliana said that 1,893 people were arrested in the state during January to May this year for not having valid ILP and deported. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana”As of now, the state government does not have any knowledge of any people from outside the state residing in the state without possessing ILP,” he said. He said that efforts were being made to fully computerise registration of the ILP system. Temporary ILP centres at Mizoram border Vairengte and Bairabi towns were already using computers for registration of temporary ILPs at their respective centres while the deputy commissioners’ offices where official permits were made would also be computerised soon, he said. Anyone from outside the state requires ILP to enter Mizoram, Nagaland and other tribal areas under the provisions of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873.last_img read more

17 Oct

Mystery of missing NB teen haunts family eludes police for three decades

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – Forty-eight hours before her 16th birthday, Kimberly Ann Amero vanished without a trace. It was a September night in 1985, and the Saint John, N.B., teen was at a fair in the city’s east end.“Kim was a social butterfly, always bouncing, always energetic,” says her sister, Tammy Cormier Raynes, who was there the night Kimberly went missing but left early. “She told her friends ‘I’ll be right back,’ and we’ve never heard anything since.”Thirty-two years after the freckled girl with dark blond hair and blue eyes was last seen, her disappearance continues to haunt her family, baffle police and dishearten residents of this tight-knit New Brunswick city.Now, after a true-crime podcast renewed interest in the cold case, an amateur sleuth has dedicated himself to finding the teenager.“The mystery of what happened to Kimberly continues to wear the family down,” says Joseph Worden, who has spent countless hours combing through old newspapers, property records, aerial photographs and maps.“They’ve been missing a loved one for 32 years. They’ve never been able to grieve.”Family members say her disappearance was first treated as a runaway case, and that the decades-old investigation has been marred by misplaced evidence and limited police resources.Podcaster Jaymee Splude sums it up: “The Ameros aren’t from the right side of town. They aren’t an Irving or an Oland. No one was kicking up a stink.”While the fate of the 15-year-old continues to elude police, investigators have tracked down promising leads over the years. A notorious serial killer once confessed to her death but a thorough search of the Kingston Peninsula — a piece of land located between the St. John River and the Kennebecasis River where Michael Wayne McGray has said her body was buried — yielded nothing.More recently, a local man anonymously sent the Amero family a letter and audio recording with disturbing details about her alleged kidnapping, captivity and murder. It’s that recording that Worden, the self-styled sleuth, went to court recently to obtain.Court documents reveal alleged details on the tape, including “her abduction, horrid captivity, attempted escape, subsequent murder and the location of her buried remains,” Worden says in a letter to a local police chief filed in court.“He gives specific community and road names, describes structures and directions in the forest.”In a near cinematic twist, the family stumbled upon the identity of the man who recorded the cassette in 2009.In their attempt to search for her remains, they went knocking on doors in Upham, N.B — a rural area about 45 minutes from Saint John where the tipster said she was buried. “I knocked on this man’s door and he just says ‘I’ve been waiting for years for this,’” says Cormier Raynes, Kimberly’s sister.The man went out to his truck, reached into his glove compartment and pulled out a name scribbled on a piece of paper, she says.“He tells me that a few years back he was at the Irving having a coffee and chatting with some guys when he mentions hunting up near his home in Upham,” says Cormier Raynes.“All of a sudden this guy pipes up out of nowhere, ‘Isn’t that where that missing girl Kim Amero went in and never came out?’” The man was shaken up by his comment, and jotted his name down when he got back to his truck.Kimberly’s family recognized the name and — not surprising in a small town — knew the man’s daughter. They asked her to listen to the tape, and she identified his voice, says Cormier Raynes.The family realized that Kimberly had babysat for the man the summer before she went missing, and that he lived near the fair. “You could literally throw a tennis ball from his front lawn onto the exhibition grounds,” says Ed Amero, Kimberly’s brother. “I definitely think he had something to do with it.”It could also rule out the tip altogether, he admits, noting that he’s also reached out to the serial killer and is researching other leads. “I just want to make sure no stone has been left unturned,” Worden says. “That tape was the first real lead the family received since her disappearance.”But Justice William T. Grant of the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench ruled in his decision on Feb. 13 that although Worden may have the “noblest of motives,” his request could interfere with police work — a sentiment shared by the Saint John Police Force.“We have to be very careful with what information is released because it could harm the investigation,” says Staff Sgt. Tony Hayes. “We have to protect the integrity of the investigation.”Indeed, although three decades have passed since the five-foot-six and 115-pound girl disappeared, police are “always trying to advance this file,” Hayes says. “There is a team of three officers right now. It’s all about processing information, going back and seeing if you can shine a different perspective on that information.”He adds: “As a police officer and as a police agency, we struggle when we don’t get the bad guy. We’re always trying to find answers. This is a very difficult and sad case that’s been open and ongoing through the years.”Worden says he respects the judge’s decision not to release the tape. But he says if the recording is that valuable, the police should act on it.He said he’d like for police to take a closer look at the Upham property, where he said records and aerial maps show a cabin burned down a month after Kimberly went missing.“There are all kinds of places to easily hide a body.”Meanwhile, the Amero family continues to push for answers in the unsolved mystery.“It has at times destroyed us,” said Ed Amero. “We’ve got back up but we’ve all been down for the count quite a few times.”— By Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

17 Oct

Senate committee recommends Beyak suspension over letters on Indigenous people

first_imgOTTAWA — The Senate’s ethics committee is recommending that Sen. Lynn Beyak be suspended without pay for the duration of the current Parliament over letters about Indigenous people she has posted to her website.The committee’s recommendations include that Beyak attend educational programs at her own expense related to racism toward Indigenous people in Canada.The committee’s report also says the Senate administration should be directed to immediately remove five letters from her website if she won’t remove them herself.The Senate ethics committee was tasked with recommending appropriate remedial measures or sanctions for Beyak based on findings from the Senate’s ethics officer.The officer reported in March that the Ontario senator posted letters on her Senate website that contained racist content and therefore breached two sections of a code of conduct for senators.Beyak could not immediately be reached for comment in response to the Senate committee findings.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

14 Oct

Family files human rights complaint after authorities strip Yukon prisoner before video

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of a Yukon prisoner who appeared naked and shackled during a court hearing by video conference has filed a human rights complaint.During a video hearing in January, three guards in riot gear held Michael Nehass to the floor of a cell in Whitehorse. He was naked.APTN’s Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

13 Oct

Junior Dragons Den Submission Deadline March 15 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C.- The 2019 Junior Dragons Den’s (JDD) deadline for submissions is March 13th, 2019 to enter the competition for the Northeast B.C. Region.Students in grades 7 – 12 and post-secondary students are welcomed to submit their concept for a business or expansion of their current business with an expression of why they should be chosen to participate in the competition.Five applicants from each category will advance to the Regional Competitions in Dawson Creek and Fort St John. Each student will be assigned a Mentor from their local community and these Mentors will assist their assigned student with everything from start-up considerations and marketing, to coaching and presentation skills. These chosen competitors then work on refining their business concept into a comprehensive one-page business plan with detailed financial statements.The competitors will be assisted in creating a live business pitch to use at the live competition for an opportunity to compete for cash prizes at the Final Competition on April 29, 2019.To download an application; CLICK HERElast_img read more

12 Oct

Moroccans Spend 2 Hours Watching TV 2 Minutes Reading Exercising

Rabat – In 2012, Moroccans dedicated 6 hours and 40 minutes of their day to free time. Activities like surfing the internet and watching television took up the most time, according to a survey by Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP).The survey reveals how Moroccans spend their free time.The study, conducted between 2011 and 2012, shows that Moroccans spend 84 percent of their free time doing six principal practices: Watching television (2 hours 14 minutes), religious practices (59 minutes), napping (43 minutes), idleness (38 minutes), discussions (37 minutes), and hosting or visiting (26 minutes). Moroccans aged 15 and above spend on average 2 hours and 14 minutes watching television, or 33.6 percent of their free time. They only spend 2 minutes in practicing sports or reading.Read also: HCP: Moroccans’ Health Coverage Depends on Gender, Age and GeographyChildren devote 3 hours daily to watching television, an average of 43.6 percent of their free time. However, they only spend 2 minutes practicing sports and one minute reading.Social media networks are the main platforms children use on the internet, while they only devote 5 percent of their internet usage to educational research.Children spend more time browsing, an average of 12 minutes daily, surpassing adults whose daily average browsing is 4 minutes.Television, radio, and internet are the youth’s major means of opening up to the rest of the world. Sixty-eight percent of youth stated they watch television or listen to the radio on a regular basis.Internet use was moderate among youth in 2012. As many as 61.8 percent of men never used it, compared to 77.8 percent of women. read more

11 Oct

Economic crisis rolling back Asias development gains – UN official

The economic crisis is rolling back the significant progress made to date in Asia and the Pacific in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – according to a senior United Nations official.Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), said her organization has responded to the crisis by encouraging policies that include social programmes such as health coverage, pensions, education and agricultural extension services, as well as investment in small and medium scale enterprises. “The huge scale of government spending in the pipeline in many countries offers an unprecedented opportunity to design development policies that will bring about more inclusive and sustainable development,” Ms. Heyzer said during the course of the substantive session of the UN Economic and Social Council, which is currently taking place in Geneva. “Pro-poor policies aimed at strengthening social protection systems not only create the social foundations for more inclusive societies, they free up spending of consumers. In other words social protection systems also make good economic sense.”She added that financial stimulus packages and reforms could help create a more integrated and coordinated Asia and the Pacific that builds upon collective regional strengths and resources.In addition, she highlighted the need for appropriate investments in infrastructure to create economic corridors that link less developed countries to economic centres in the region, thereby increasing intra-regional trade. As a result, the recovery of larger economies like China, India and the Republic of Korea will have “greater reciprocal positive spin offs” for their smaller neighbours. Ms. Heyzer noted that ESCAP has sought to provide its member States with the necessary strategic analysis, policy options and technical assistance. “Our flagship publication, the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2009, provides a compelling analytical basis for the policy reforms that the region will need to collectively implement in response to the economic crisis,” she said.The report predicts that developing nations in the region will see their growth drop from 5.8 per cent last year to 3 per cent this year, with as many as 23 million people – particularly women in the manufacturing sector – potentially losing their jobs.For its part, the Asian Development Bank estimates that the number of poor people in Asia and the Pacific could climb by 60 million in 2009 and approach 100 million by 2010, thwarting the region’s achievement of the MDGs. 15 July 2009The economic crisis is rolling back the significant progress made to date in Asia and the Pacific in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – according to a senior United Nations official. read more

6 Oct

Political progress is made in the DR of Congo but human rights

Political and peace-building progress has been made in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but “establishing respect for human rights remains a major challenge,” as massacres and rapes continue, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report released today.The UN mission in the DRC (MONUC) has created an Electoral Assistance Unit to coordinate international support for elections to be held within the mandated two years after the transitional government was formed earlier this year, Mr. Annan’s 14th report on MONUC says.The unit has helped the DRC’s Independent Electoral Commission develop an electoral road map, but the absence of infrastructure in some places and the lack of definition of such electoral processes as establishing nationality and registering voters raise challenges to organizing the elections, it says.Two major political parties, the Union pour la démocratie et le progress social and the Parti Lumumbiste unifie, disagreed with other parties on how representatives should be named to the Transitional Government and declined to join the government, the report notes.Massive violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, meanwhile, “including massacres, summary executions, forced disappearances, abductions, arbitrary arrests, rape and other forms of sexual violence and torture, have continued unabated despite political progress at the national level,” the report says.As a result, MONUC’s human rights section, through its Kinshasa office and its 12 field offices, has been changing its emphasis from general fact-finding to systematized data gathering and analysis, it says.Despite the international arms embargo against the Kivu and Ituri provinces in the eastern region, rounds of mortar have recently been seized, one lot from an airplane and another in a mountain village, it says.Because of years of fierce fighting, the DRC has the second largest internally displaced population in the world at 3.4 million people, an increase of 22 per cent over last December, the report says. Sudan’s internally displaced population is estimated at 4 million.The DRC government has no national programme for integrating fighters from rebel militias, including child soldiers, into civilian life, the report says.MONUC has made ad hoc responses, therefore, to requests from increasing numbers of fighters from the eastern region’s Mayi-Mayi militias to be disarmed and integrated into the peace process. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is also helping MONUC to finalize an interim plan for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of children, it says. read more

28 Sep

Beside The Points For Friday April 13 2018

kyle:and champions leaguesurely counts more than mlsneil:MLS fans get in my inbox every time I’ve written about the Sports Equinoxtony:LA derby > Manchester Derbycwick:El Trafico is such a great name for a derbyPredictions NBA See more NBA predictions Things That Caught My EyePredators are the starless favoritesThe Nashville Predators are the betting favorites to win the Stanley Cup, with the team accumulating the most overall points this past season. What’s remarkable about the Predators is that they don’t have a single offensive star; seven forwards finished with at least 35 points but none of them had more than 64 points. That’s the fewest points for an NHL Presidents’ Cup winner’s top scorer in more than 30 years. [FiveThirtyEight]Ohtani is bona fideAngels phenomenon Shohei Ohtani is the superstar he was touted to be; he got three homers and two wins as a pitcher in his first 10 games, the first time a pitcher has pulled that off since about 1920 and the dead ball era. He’s got the fourth highest strikeout rate and the 17th lowest walk percentage this year. [FiveThirtyEight]LeBron is new StephThrough Monday, LeBron James has made 52.3 percent of his shots from 28 feet or further from the hoop. That is the best deep ball percentage since at least the 2000-01 season, when such play-by-play data is first available. That success is outpacing Steph Curry’s death-from-above three pointer season in 2015-16. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?FIFA officials offered money, gosh I wonder if they take it.A consortium of investors is offering FIFA $25 billion for the rights to FIFA’s club competitions and a potential global league for national teams. This eye-popping figure wasn’t enough to overcome a tabling of the matter ahead of additional research — European representatives worry that such a competition would compete with UEFA Champions League. But come on, money is offered to FIFA you think they can push that off forever? [The New York Times]Good luck seeing playoff hockey in CanadaThere are 18,201 total seats in the Toronto Maple Leafs arena. There were 672 of those seats available to an exclusive pre-sale for their first home game. After the pre-sale, there were a mere 96 available seats left to the general public. I’m beginning to get the idea that the biggest city in Canada may like hockey. [CBC]LGMAs of right now, FiveThirtyEight’s model gives the 10-1 New York Mets a 50 percent chance of making the playoffs. Eleven games ago, during the preseason, the odds were half that, with a 24 percent chance of making the playoffs. Heck of a start for the Mets. Meanwhile, a bit uptown, the 6-6 Yankees’ odds of making the postseason have fallen around 10 points in the same period to 65 percent. [FiveThirtyEight]Big Number(s)150/1Those were the Las Vegas preseason odds of the expansion team Vegas Golden Knights winning the Stanley Cup. As of March 18, those long odds had steadily dropped to 6/1, and now the William Hill sportsbook puts them at 13/2. [Darren Rovell]Leaks from Slackneil: Oh, and don’t forgetNew record We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe All newsletters read more

25 Sep

Poachers threaten Exmoors red deer with extinction

first_imgBut Richard Eales, one of the national park’s rangers who sits on a new Exmoor Rural Crime Initiative board, vowed the authorities would not surrender in the face of the poachers’ increasingly violent tactics.”As the criminals get more organised, so are we. We will eventually crack poaching,” he said. “Killing deer is not a victimless crime, there are firearms offences, threats to landowners and farmers, trespass, and illegal and possibly unsafe meat.” Part of a deer carcass discarded by poachers on the streets of Minehead, Somerset Credit:ALAMY Last week early morning dog walkers were confronted with the remains of a butchered deer in the town’s Beacon Road, a residential street close to St Michael’s Church.Jane Bates, a Minehead resident, posted a message on social media to warn others. “This is awful and I don’t feel safe walking there any more if there are people walking around with guns,” she said. 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. Police have launched a dedicated text number for tip-offs about suspicious sightings, a new mobile phone app called Project Poacher and put up posters.Sgt Andy Whysall, of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, said: “This is now organised crime and it will be met with a higher degree of organisation and cross border initiatives from us. We will wipe this poaching out.”A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Constabulary added: “In those cases where police are acting on intelligence they will have armed back-up.” Red deer stag and hinds on Exmoor The meat from one carcass is worth around £200 and a large set of antlers alone can fetch £500, fuelling the trade in poached venison.And while red deer are hunted legally on Exmoor to control numbers, the Devon and Somerset Staghounds only kill about 250 a year.While it is illegal to shoot deer at night, prosecutions for poaching are rare. Within the national park’s 267 square miles there are vast deep valleys, dense forests, the highest sea cliffs in mainland Britain, and wide desolate moors – where criminals are almost impossible to find in the pitch dark. Not since the court of Henry VIII perhaps, has its rich, gamey flesh been as popular with diners as it is now – for both its taste and its healthy properties.But such is the fashion for venison that the very existence of England’s largest population of red deer is under threat from gangs of armed poachers determined to cash in on rising demand.Poachers are travelling to Exmoor National Park in increasing numbers, armed with rifles and powerful lamps to stun the animals in the darkness.Police in the West Country have armed officers on standby in order to provide backup for patrols attempting to stop what they describe as “organised slaughter” by criminals.There are even reports of the deer being chased off the moors at night and butchered in the streets of the nearby Somerset town of Minehead by the poachers. A poster warning against the poaching of red deer and other wildlifeCredit:Crimestopperscenter_img An estimated 2,500 deer are thought to live on the moor, down from around 3,700 five years ago. But there is no official record of the population.Local farmers and wildlife experts now fear the red deer, the largest wild animals in the UK, could be wiped out.Johnny Kingdom, a wildlife TV documentary maker who has studied the deer for years said: “There are certain parts of the moor where I know I could once find 100 deer together, today it’s maybe 50. They are going, they are disappearing.”If the police are armed, it might help deter these poachers. What is Exmoor without its wild deer?”But Exmoor veterinary surgeon Peter Green says consumers should also start to take responsibility for the venison they eat.“Every diner eating a venison meal should ask the pub landlord or restaurant owner where the meat has come from,” he said. “The meat could be infected, and there are twits out there driven by the ridiculous notion they can prove their prowess by killing something that has got antlers. Yet at night, shooting stags is as easy as shooting cattle in a field.” Credit:ALAMY A red deer stag on a fern and bracken covered hillside in North Devon Part of a deer carcass discarded by poachers on the streets of Minehead, SomersetCredit:The Telegraph A spokesman for the National Wildlife Crime Unit said the influx of organised gangs is transforming poaching from a cottage criminal activity into an industrial scale operation.With sales of venison up by more than 400 per cent in 2016 from the previous year, the lone poacher has been pushed aside by criminal gangs. Red deer on Exmoor A red deer stag on a fern and bracken covered hillside in North Devon, likely to have wandered from the Exmoor areaCredit:ALAMY A poster warning against the poaching of red deer and other wildlifelast_img read more

22 Sep

The Department of Finance has lost letters connected to the bank guarantee

first_imgTHE ORIGINAL VERSIONS of two letters that were copied to Brian Lenihan, and relate to Bank of Ireland after the bank guarantee, have gone missing from the Department of Finance.It has been revealed this evening that following a major search, the documents now only exist in redacted and partial form in the Department’s records.The two letters are correspondence between Bank of Ireland governor Richard Burrows and a tax consultant, Noel M Corcoran, concerning possible outside investment in the bank at the end of January 2009, two weeks before the government pumped €3.5 billion into it.The Department was able to locate part of one of the letters from Burrows to Corcoran on 28 January 2009, discussing possible investment in Bank of Ireland by a third party, after checking the ministerial representation tracking system.Both original letters were copied to Lenihan but their content was entirely redacted when their release was sought under Freedom of Information in May 2009. A subsequent FOI request last year has uncovered that the original and unredacted versions of these documents are missing.‘Could not be located’A letter from BOI governor Richard Burrows to tax consultant Noel M Corcoran on 28 January 2009. Part of the content of this letter has been recovered. Click here if you are having troubling viewing this image.In a statement, the Department admitted that despite “a widespread search” the original documents could not be located and officials do not know how or why they went missing, adding:It is not clear why the original version of these records could not be located.The letters form part of a batch of just eight separate documents that were released in response to a request for all correspondence related to the banking crisis between the Minister for Finance and the heads of banks that were guaranteed from the period 1 August 2008 and 11 March 2009.The contents of the letters were entirely blacked-out when released to a journalist from the Irish News of the World in May 2009 and the disappearance of the original, unredacted versions in the Department’s records was revealed after the Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty sought their release last year.In the letter partly-released under the ministerial tracking system, Burrows indicated that Bank of Ireland – which would receive €3.5 billion from the government less than fortnight later – was not open to outside investment and wanted to remain independent.“We believe that Bank of Ireland has an independent future and that the best interests if our stockholders lie in the Bank remaining independent and being in a position to make a recovery when market conditions improve over time,” Burrows wrote.But there is no record of what Corcoran wrote back to Burrows on 30 January 2009 and the tax consultant could not be reached at his offices this week.Corcoran’s response to Burrows on 30 January 2009 is entirely redacted in records released by the Department of Finance and it has lost the original. Click here if you are having trouble viewing this image.‘Confidential information’In its original response in May 2009, the Department cited commercial sensitivity in refusing to release many documents. Those that were released were largely redacted on the grounds of containing “confidential information given to a public body in confidence and on the understanding that it would be treated by it as confidential”.But last year Doherty asked that a renewed assessment be carried out given the time that had elapsed. He obtained details of the original FOI request through logs of Freedom of Information requests to the Department.In a response on 5 December 2013, an official from fiscal policy division of the Department of Finance explained that “despite an extensive search across the Department, we have been unable to locate the originals of two documents”.“In the absence of the original documents we are unable to determine whether we can release or part release these documents,” the official wrote to Doherty.The disclosure that the Department of Finance has lost documents related to that period will be cause for concern ahead of the forthcoming banking inquiry.“The only reason we know these documents existed in the first place is because they happened to be FOIed in 2009 and released but with their contents completely redacted,” Doherty explained. “I FOIed the same in 2013 but they no longer existed in their original format or if they do they cannot be located in the Department.”Bank inquiry document reviewThe Department said that ahead of the planned banking inquiry, it has started to document all the records it possesses and to cross reference these with other documents in that period “with a view to ensuring the completeness and integrity of our records from the period”.“At present we have limited ourselves to the months immediately preceding and following the issuance of the guarantee, and are basing our exercise on the record set collected for the Nyberg inquiry,” a statement said. “We are not aware of any documents in the period relating to the bank guarantee that cannot be found.”The Department said it relies on staff complying with records-management procedures that are in place but insisted these procedures are regularly reviewed and updated. It added that it is examining the “feasibility of improving records management procedures and processes”.Doherty said that the missing documents “raise serious questions”, saying:How could the Department of Finance lose these sensitive documents that related to the bank guarantee of Bank of Ireland and the recapitalisation of the bank?30 Days in September: An Oral History of the Bank GuaranteeFianna Fáil: Claims of no bank guarantee documents are ‘a lie’, and this FOI proves itlast_img read more