Indian VIPs’ fascination for lavish abroad treatments

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who left for treatment to a US hospital from Mumbai, is reportedly suffering from an advanced stage of pancreatic cancer. Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital and Goa Medical College and Hospital — are both the health facilities in which he was frequently admitted and discharged. There were many speculations, but finally it was quite an advanced stage of cancer and he went abroad in hope of buying some time.Read it at Afternoon Voice Related Itemslast_img

Castro says Texters must play as a team against Beermen

first_imgView comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ross contributed heavily in practically all departments.“Everyone needs to contribute,” Castro said. “To beat San Miguel, that’s what we need. From Ranidel (De Ocampo), our team captain, down to our 14th guy. Everyone who plays must contribute. That’s our only chance.”Castro came out with all guns firing against the Gin Kings, shooting his first nine points inside the first four minutes of Game 4 before finishing off Ginebra with 10 of his total in the fourth.To be fair, the Texters churned out a well-balanced attack, with three other locals tossing in twin digits—RR Garcia firing 16; Kelly Williams, the 2008 Most Valuable Player, shooting 14; and rookie RR Pogoy chipping in 13.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jason Castro. PHOTO/TRISTAN TAMAYOJason Castro came up with a performance that towed TNT KaTropa past Barangay Ginebra on Saturday night and into a titanic best-of-seven clash with powerhouse San Miguel Beer for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup crown.After shooting 38 points and destroying all defenses thrown at him at the crunch in a series-clinching Game 4, it now looks like the Texters do have a chance against the Beermen, the consensus team-to-beat bannered by the champion all-Filipino core and a no-nonsense import in Charles Rhodes.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide The 5-foot-11 Castro, though, was quick to dispel any notion that TNT can beat San Miguel riding him again, like what the Texters did against the Gin Kings on Saturday.“It will not be Jason Castro versus Chris Ross or (which ever guard),” Castro said in Filipino as Game 1 is played Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We need to play as a team, and once we play as a team, things can happen.”Ross’ name was mentioned by scribes after the similarly cat-quick guard also played big in the last two games of the Beermen’s semifinal series against Star, a confrontation that ended with the same 3-1 score. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Championship may open PBA door for Racal Motors What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

ONE: Jeremy Miado confident he can conquer Dejdamrong anew

first_imgSteph Curry joins Barack Obama at ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ event US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Jeremy Miado sets the tone for Filipinos in ONE: Conquest of Champions card Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino strawweight Jeremy Miado expects the same result when he fights Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in a rematch on Friday in ONE: Call to Greatness in Singapore.Miado sees himself beating Amnuaysirichoke again after knocking the Thai warrior just 84 seconds into their first fight last year.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It’s going to be an explosive contest and I expect to emerge the victor once again,” Miado said.“I have the greatest respect for Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, but I am coming for the win and I am confident I can do it again in this rematch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAmnuaysirichoke, meanwhile, vows to be a better fighter the second time around.“Jeremy Miado is a tough warrior and I can’t underestimate him. I will give a better performance in this rematch and make my fans in Singapore and Thailand proud,” the former strawweight champion said. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

Kyrie Irving’s 30 propel Celtics past Lakers

first_img1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end “Under no circumstances is it fun to lose,” Wagner said. “I told Luke after the game, it hurts to fight like that and to come away with another loss.”FRESH STARTJohnathan Williams added career bests of 18 points and 10 rebounds in the undrafted rookie from Gonzaga’s ninth appearance for the Lakers, who will get plenty of chances to show off the franchise’s impressive acumen in scouting and personnel development down the stretch of another lost season.UP NEXTCeltics: At Clippers on Monday night.Lakers: At Chicago on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rajon Rondo, whose buzzer-beating jumper beat his former team in Boston last month, had four points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Lakers.TIP-INSCeltics: Boston shot 51.6 percent and his 14 3-pointers. … Al Horford and Terry Rozier added 10 points apiece.Lakers: LA was 5-for-27 on 3-pointers, including 1-for-5 by James. … Lance Stephenson also sat out for the fourth time in five games to rest his sprained toe. … James, Ingram and Ball have played together in only 23 games this season, and the Lakers went 15-8.COMPOUNDED INJURIESThe Lakers played without Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma after receiving another round of discouraging injury news before the game. Ingram was ruled out for the season with a blood clot in his upper body , a potentially serious problem.Kuzma also wasn’t ready to return from the sprained ankle that sidelined him for a second straight game, and Ball will miss at least two more weeks with a sprained ankle that hasn’t improved enough since he was injured Jan. 19. Ball has missed big chunks of his first two NBA seasons due to injuries.Combined with coach Luke Walton’s decision to closely monitor James’ minutes over the final month, the 10th-place Lakers are already looking toward the summer and LeBron’s second season in Hollywood.AUF GEHTSMoe Wagner scored a career-high 22 points in his first start for Los Angeles, which has lost nine of 11 overall. The German rookie went 7 for 13 and grabbed six rebounds. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES SPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIrving didn’t make the playoffs with the Cleveland Cavaliers until James returned for the 2014-15 season, so he can do more than imagine. But playoff qualification won’t be a problem for his Celtics, whose up-and-down regular season has hit a high on the West Coast during a strong trip that concludes Monday against the Clippers.“The stuff that happens in the regular season, you can barely remember it in the playoffs,” Irving said with a shrug. Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, and Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving chat with their mouths covered during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — LeBron James put up a triple-double in less than 28 minutes, and it still wasn’t enough to keep his patchwork Los Angeles Lakers competitive against Kyrie Irving and the surging Boston Celtics.Irving was the biggest reason for that disappointment during a fairly predictable chapter of this storied rivalry between two franchises heading in opposite directions.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Irving scored 30 points and Marcus Smart had 16 in the Celtics’ 120-107 victory over the short-handed Lakers on Saturday night, propelling Boston to its third consecutive win on its California trip.“I feel for him,” Irving said, citing the Lakers’ injuries around James. “LeBron has always been a championship contender. Not to qualify for the playoffs is hard. I can only imagine.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boston was challenged while James racked up his 80th career triple-double in a makeshift Lakers lineup missing three injured starters, but Irving hit a series of big shots down the stretch to seal it. After missing Wednesday’s win at Sacramento with a bruised thigh, Irving added seven rebounds and seven assists.Marcus Morris had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Celtics, and Gordon Hayward added 15 points.“I feel like we’re on the right track,” Hayward said. “Certainly winning three in a row helps that. Certainly we can improve, too. We just want to be playing our best basketball come playoff time.”James had 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in his seventh triple-double for the Lakers, who have lost five straight in a playoff chase that looks futile at this point.“I did like the way we played,” James said. “I thought we shared the ball. I thought we defended them for the majority of the game. That’s a very good team over there. Their hopes are very, very high in the Eastern Conference.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Robert Lewandowski becomes Bundesliga’s top-scoring foreign player View commentslast_img read more

On a high in China’s Hawaii

first_imgAgainst the backdrop of a clear blue sky and the dramatic shades of green unveiled by the tropical rain forest down below, a much-inlove pair is posing for their pre-wedding shoot in the sylvan surroundings of the Yalong Bay Forest Park in Sanya, also referred to as the Hawaii of China. Despite trying hard not to disturb them, we, upon catching their eye, do give them a cheerful wave. The two blush, and smile back, and with the ice now broken, do a special pose for us as well.But our guide George Jin, who has brought us to this southernmost Chinese city that nestles on Hainan Island, has more pressing matters at hand. Hope you have no palpitation problems? Or fear of heights? He is happy when we shake our heads and, overcoming our apprehensions, step onto the long wooden bridge that stretches from one mountain-top to the other. After the first few hesitant steps, clutching onto the thick ropes that support the bridge, we are confident enough to move ahead savouring the bounties of nature and laughing loudly when the bridge moves and shakes to the diktats of the tropical breeze.Another fun-filled experience lies in wait on the 400-metre long glassor the sky walk. And it’s mandatoryto go over it with special shoecovers on to avoid any mishapslest your footwear be slippery.Watching a group of youngsters break into an impromptu dance, we can’t help but agree that Sanya packs in quite a punch with offerings that are diverse and eclectic.advertisementGLAM & GLITZTaking us back in time, George mentions that hundreds of years ago, this little fishing village was referred to as the End of the Earth’. And those committing grave crimes were banished to Sanya by the emperors in Mainland China. That was then, however, even till recently nobody wanted to come here, he adds. But now, with judicious planning, Sanya has become the go-to place not just for vacationers but also for business people and this is evident as we zip past a skyline that boasts many artistic corporate buildings and luxury hotel chains from MGM to Phoenix, they are all here.Events such as Miss World have also put Saiyaan (that’s how the locals pronounce the name of their city) on the world map, bringing this beach resort to the attention of well-heeled international travellers. We are quick to inform George that it was here that our Femina Miss India Manushi Chillar had won the coveted crown in 2017.SEEKING BLESSINGSAll set to check out Sanya’s myriad delights, we visit the sprawling Nanshan Temple complex that is believed to have been built on an artificially created island. As devotees carry on with their evening prayers inside the temple that was built in 1988 to commemorate 2,000 years of Buddhism in China, our attention goes to a tall white statue that seems to emerge out of the South China Sea waters.This is the 108-metre high statue of Bodhisattva Guanyin that was completed in 2005. Its three faces, one facing inland and the other two looking out towards the sea, are believed to be showering blessings not just upon China, but also on the world outside.GAME OF STONESReady for some water-sports, we’re seated in a ferry that takes us towards the Wuzhizhou Island in the Haitang Bay that lies towards the north of Sanya. How about a ride around the island? suggests George. And soon we’re seated in battery-operated carts and treated to spectacular views as the serpentine road goes past rocky mountainous terrain.What makes Wuzhizhou particularly attractive are the number of activities such as parasailing, jetskiing, snorkelling and bananaboat rides on offer. Sitting in the balcony of a restaurant and sipping a drink aptly named to go with the place Bikini Juice’ together with some Arctic orangeflavoured Soda, we watch selfietakers clicking snaps against the backdrop of what seems to us to be a grass installation of a hand mudra, but for the local people is a sign for the three magical words, I love you’. Since when has language been a barrier in love? laughs George as we wonder about watching a stage show in the Mandarin language. But we allow him to shepherd us towards the Sanya Romance Park for what is touted to be an amazing production that stages tales of love from Chinese history. No sooner than we’re seated, epic sets, acrobatics, flying trapezes, water shows with even some flyboarding thrown in and mermaids’ who, to the sounds of the magical song Scarborough Fair’ wave out to you from their water base overhead, have us enthralled.advertisementBOLLYWOOD CONNECTA short walk down the pier at Sanya Bay, we step into a cruise liner. We are treated to a show that traces the journey of the silk route that also touched parts of Malaysia, India, and South Africa. And much to the delight of us Indian visitors, our country’s connection gets highlighted when the dancers put up a graceful rendition to the Bollywood number Tu ban jaa meraLater, enjoying the cool tropical breeze, we sail over the South China Sea waters, watching the beautifully-lit high rises in the Sanya Bay area.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma: The King of T20 Internationals

first_img Ajay Tiwari LauderhillAugust 5, 2019UPDATED: August 5, 2019 15:24 IST Rohit Sharma had a great World Cup 2019 campaign (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma now has the most runs in T2OIsRohit also has the most number of boundaries in the formatRohit had also impressed in the World Cup 2019 with 5 centuriesAfter winning the world over with an unprecedented 5 centuries in the World Cup 2019, Indian opener Rohit Sharma, on Sunday claimed a slew of T20I records placing him at the summit of the shortest format statistics pile. On his way to a match-winning 67 off 51 balls against West Indies in the 2nd T20I in Florida, Rohit Sharma claimed the one major T20I record which he didn’t own till then – maximum career sixes in the format.Rohit surpassed Chris Gayle as the batsman with the highest number of sixes in T20Is (107 in total). He already held the record for the most runs, centuries, boundaries and 50+ scores in T20Is. The latest achievement surely means that Rohit Sharma can now claim to be the undisputed King as far as T20Is are concerned.In 96 T20Is, Rohit leads the way with 2,422 runs with Indian captain Virat Kohli following him close on 2,310 runs. New Zealand’s Martin Guptill rounds up the top-3 with 2,272 runs to his name.On the list of cricketers with most centuries in T20Is, Rohit tops the charts with 4 100s followed by Glenn Maxwell and Colin Munro, who have hit 3 centuries each for Australia and New Zealand respectively.Rohit’s knock of 67 on Sunday also helped him topple Kohli as the batsman with most fifty-plus scores in T20Is. Rohit now has 21 such scores as compared to Kohli’s 20, who is yet to score a century in the shortest format of the game for India.Even though Kohli has hit the most number of 4s (225) in T20I history, Rohit sits at the top once you consider the total number of boundaries (4s + 6s). With 215 fours and 107 sixes, Rohit’s boundary tally of 322 is miles ahead of the rest with only Guptill (303) coming close to the maverick opener.advertisementRohit will have another chance on Tuesday to boost his numbers even further when India and West Indies face off in the 3rd and final match of the series in Guyana.Also Read | India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma breaks Chris Gayle record for most sixes in T20IsAlso Read | 2nd T20I: Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya star as India beat West Indies to take unbeatable series leadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Virat KohliFollow West Indies vs India Rohit Sharma: The King of T20 InternationalsAfter helping India clinch a series victory over West Indies on Sunday, Rohit Sharma now holds almost all the major T20I batting records, making him the undisputed leader in the format.advertisementlast_img read more

CMA CGM Alibaba Ink MOU on Digital Cooperation

first_imgzoom French container shipping major CMA CGM and Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Hangzhou, China, to seek cooperation in the digital area.The duo intends to provide digitized services via the One Touch platform.The two firms said they propose “an alternative for direct booking platform for customers and to have on line booking for shipments ex China to Mediterranean and Adriatic area through the CMA CGM MEX1 and CMA CGM BEX services.”The CMA CGM MEX 1 service, connecting Asia to the Mediterrean area, will offer ports of loading including Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian and ports of discharge in the West Mediterranean base ports of Barcelona and Valencia.The CMA CGM BEX service, connecting Asia to Adriatic ports, will have ports of loading including Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan and ports of discharge in the Adriatic ports of Rijeka, Koper, Trieste and Venice.Earlier, Danish shipping giant Maersk partnered up with Alibaba to allow users to book ship places online. The shipping company launched a pilot program on Alibaba One Touch portal on December 22, 2016, moving a step forward to “providing fully digitized customer solutions.”last_img read more

Dawson Creek RCMP looking for Madelyn Whyte

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP are once again looking for Madelyn Whyte.Whyte was reported missing on Monday, March 19 and the RCMP have searched areas of Dawson Creek she has been known to frequent with no success.  The RCMP say multiple people have said they haven’t heard from Whyte since Sunday afternoon.The RCMP also said she has been known to leave town on short notice and may no longer be in Dawson Creek. Madelyn Whyte is described as aboriginal, five foot two, weighing 130 pounds with brown eyes.On December 26, 2017, the RCMP in Dawson Creek put out a similar request looking for help to locate Whyte.  She was found the next day.last_img

Ban calls on Pakistans leaders to resolve differences through dialogue

13 March 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, concerned about the current political crisis in Pakistan, has called on the country’s leaders to engage in dialogue to resolve their differences. There is reportedly growing tension in the South Asian nation amid a dispute between President Asif Ali Zardari and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif concerning the restoration of fired judges and other issues. This has been accompanied by increasing demonstrations around the country. “The Secretary-General is concerned about the current political and security situation in Pakistan,” UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters in New York.“Pakistan’s leaders, whether in power or in the opposition, have the responsibility first and foremost to ensure the safety and security of the Pakistani people,” Mr. Haq said. “Any action that they undertake should bear this in mind. “The Secretary-General calls upon Pakistan’s leaders to solve all their differences through an honest dialogue to be able to deal with the multitude of challenges the country and the region face,” the spokesperson added. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,776.30, up 55.30 points):Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up 21 cents, 7.24 per cent, to $3.11 on 8.3 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up 80 cents, or 6.74 per cent, to $12.67 on 5.9 million shares.Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Up 10 cents, or 0.27 per cent, to $37.00 on 4.6 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up nine cents, or 0.36 per cent, to $25.43 on 4.5 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Down 72 cents, or 1.01 per cent, to $70.68 on 3.9 million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TECK.B). Miner. Up $1.18, or 4.26 per cent, to $28.91 on 3.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP). E-Commerce. Down $2.76, or 2.14 per cent, to $126.19 on 1.9 million shares. Stock prices fell for a second day, following a prominent short-seller’s claim that it’s running an overvalued get-rich-quick scheme. The Canadian technology company issued a defence of its business early Thursday but didn’t specifically refer to allegations published by Andrew Left of Citron Research.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP). Oil and gas. Up 66 cents, or 1.08 per cent, to $61.55 on 1.3 million shares. TransCanada has cancelled its $15.7-billion proposed Energy East pipeline, cutting off a potential conduit to bring more western Canadian oil to eastern refineries and overseas export markets. CEO Russ Girling cited non-specific “changed circumstances” for the decision in a brief news release Thursday morning. The Calgary-based company refused to give further explanation. TransCanada said it will record a non-cash charge of about $1 billion in its fourth-quarter financial results, reflecting the reduced carrying value of the projects. It said there would be no costs recovered from third parties. read more

Low wages small workforce leaves booming BC restaurants without chefs

VANCOUVER — The restaurant industry may be booming in British Columbia, but a combination of the high cost of living, tight profit margins and a shrinking workforce has made it difficult for kitchens to find enough staff.Eric Pateman, president of Edible Canada, said the company’s restaurant at Vancouver’s popular tourist destination Granville Island has been short anywhere from two to five chefs at a time for more than two years. That’s meant scaling back the restaurant’s hours or turning down special events, which has been a financial blow, Pateman said.While the cost of living in Vancouver is a contributing problem, Pateman said a range of issues including long hours, low wages, the gratuity system and rising business costs are factors as well.“The millennial generation … even the older chefs I’m seeing and the older cooks I’m seeing, are just saying ‘We don’t want to do this anymore. That’s not the career we want. That’s not how hard we want to work.’ It’s certainly not an easy industry,” he said. “I think there needs to be some levelling in the playing field … to get that wage up to a living wage, which at the end of the day entices more people to be in the industry.”Mark von Schellwitz, vice-president Western Canada with Restaurants Canada, said B.C. may be experiencing a “perfect storm” of challenges in finding chefs but communities across the country are having similar problems.The number of young people getting into the restaurant business is shrinking while the demand is growing, he said.A regional “mismatch” of skills and needs exist that leaves some rural communities without enough young people to hire and people aren’t willing to move to fill the vacancies, he said.“People want to be employed near where they live and these jobs are not high executive paying jobs, it just doesn’t make economic sense to move somebody,” he said.The cost of running a restaurant has also increased significantly — notably with rising food costs — but menu prices have remained stagnant, leaving little room to raise workers’ wages, he said.Jamil Mawani of Jambo Grill in Vancouver said the family run business has turned to non-traditional labour markets and temporary foreign workers to fill the gaps in the kitchen.While the restaurant business tends to attract younger staff, he said they’ve looked to older workers with experience cooking Indian and African inspired cuisine to work as chefs in their kitchen.They do hire plenty of younger staff too, Mawani added, to create a balance of energy and skill.In an industry with a high turnover, Mawani said they’ve managed to hang on to a few long-term employees by improving wages and offering flexible hours.A perk of having the family involved in the business is the owners can “thrown on an apron” when there have been prolonged vacancies, he said.Many are advocating for the federal government to step in and issue more visas for foreign workers to help fill the gaps.Darren Clay, executive culinary chef instructor at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, said international students typically seek visas to stay and work after completing their program, but in the past year those visas don’t appear to be getting approved.“(It’s) a little bit boggling for me because we have such a shortage of workers and these are all well-trained people who work and want to stay here to help out this industry and they are being sent home after their studies,” Clay said.Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said in a statement all international students can apply for the post-graduation work permit program and can even qualify for permanent residency through an express program. The programs do not address specific labour shortages and industry-based or occupational data is not collected, it said.The department said businesses can apply to hire workers through the temporary foreign workers program if they can demonstrate they’ve been unable to hire Canadians or permanent residents.But Pateman said the process of requesting a foreign worker for every vacant position is onerous and the government could make it easier for small businesses to meet their labour demands.— Follow @Givetash on Twitter read more

Nisha for South Asia bureau

Desai Biswal, who is a graduate of the University of Virginia, began her professional career in Washington DC with the American Red Cross in the mid-90s before she joined USAID in her first stint. As a Hill staffer with the US House of Representatives International Relations Committee from 1999 to 2002, she worked extensively with diplomats from the region before doing another stint with the NGO InterAction. From 2005 to 2010, she was the Majority Clerk for the State Department and Foreign Operations Subcommittee on the Committee on Appropriations in the US, a crucial position close to the purse strings of American foreign aid.Her appointment was met with much delight in the Indian-American community with great approval voiced over social media. Although there have been several other Indian-Americans at the assistant secretary level ( Bobby Jindal, Richard Varma, Karan Bhatia, Suresh Kumar among them), this is the first time an Indian-American is heading the South Asia bureau, a new milestone for the community. The White House announcement said the President intended to nominate Nisha Desai Biswal as assistant secretary of state for “South Asian Affairs,” although in the State Department it is formally known as “Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs” dealing also with the five Central Asian “stans” – Kazakhstan, Kirghiztan, Tajkistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistans. The South Asia bureau itself was originally carved out from what was the Nearest Eastern and South Asian Affairs bureau, with the Central Asian countries added to it some years back. In a striking development, US President Barack Obama nominated Nisha Desai Biswal, an accomplished Indian-American administrator, to head the South Asia bureau in the US state department.When confirmed by the Senate, Desai will become the first person of Indian or even South Asian origin to head the bureau, which oversees US foreign policy and relations with India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan. She is currently the assistant administrator with USAID, which is also headed by an Indian-American, Rajiv Shah, the Times of India reported. Desai Biswal’s nomination is unprecedented in the sense that the South Asia bureau has always been headed by “all-American” diplomats, although there have been many mid-level staffers who are US-born but are of sub-continental origin. Previous assistant secretaries of the South Asia bureau from the time it was formed in 1991 are Robin Raphel, Karl Inderfurth, Christina Rocca, Richard Boucher, and Robert Blake – in that order. read more

UN chief condemns deadly terrorist attack in Kabul

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General reiterated that the deliberate targeting of civilians is a “clear violation of international humanitarian law.”He said “every effort” should be made to bring the perpetrators to justice.In the statement, Mr. Guterres also extended his deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.The attack is said to be one of the deadliest in recent months.According to media reports, at least 43 people have been killed and over 80 wounded in the suicide attack that targeted a gathering of about 1,000 people, celebrating a day of special religious significance.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has deployed human rights investigation teams to establish facts and gather more information. read more

Pigs can be pessimists scientists find

first_imgPro-active pigs were willing to see whether there was a positive outcome in the mystery bowl.Dr Lisa Collins, from the University of Lincoln, and colleagues wrote: “Reactive pigs in the less enriched environment were more pessimistic and those in the more enriched environment more optimistic.”These results suggest that judgment in non-human animals is similar to humans, incorporating aspects of stable personality traits and more transient mood states”.The researchers wrote in the abstract of the paper that it is the first time cognitive bias has been investigated in non-human animals. Their nature was tested by offering two food bowls at opposite sides of the room, one filled with sugar-coated chocolate sweets and the other filled with disappointing coffee beans.Optimistic pigs were likely to check a third bowl, which was either filled with coffee beans or sweets.Pessimistic pigs would not even bother checking whether it was full of sweets or not.Pigs with less space and straw were more likely to be moody and pessimistic, and less likely to snuffle about for sweets.A bad mood in a pig would mean the animal was more inclined to expect a negative outcome from the bowl; coffee beans instead of sweets. Scientists have found that pigs can be optimists or pessimists, just like humans.In a new study by the University of Lincoln, published in Biology Letters, it was found that some pigs are go-getters, whereas others are moody and see the glass as half-empty.Researchers tested 36 domestic pigs, some of which were given roomy, comfortable living space with extra layers of deep straw. These results suggest that judgment in non-human animals is similar to humans, incorporating aspects of stable personality traits and more transient mood statesDr Lisa Collins 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

Matevž Skok from Gorenje to Celje PL

One of the best Slovenian goalkeepers, part of Gorenje Velenje duo with Serbian, Ivan Gajić, Matevž Skok (25) decided to accept an offer from the biggest opponent – Celje Pivovarna Laško.  The contract is signed for the next two seasons and Skok, child of Gorenje, will have a opportunity to put his performance on some higher level, but probably, not in the EHF Champions League next year, because, Gorenje has 10 points more than Celje PL in the beggining of second phase of the national Championship. Celje PLGorenje VelenjeMatevž SkokSlovenian handball ← Previous Story Laszlo Nagy finally said “NO” to Hungary! Next Story → Albert Rocas: “With 10% of Cesc’s transfer, solve all handball problems”

Anglo board usually met 810 times a year but they met 33

first_imgTHE BOARD OF Anglo Irish Bank met 33 times in one year as the directors faced a series of problems at the now-defunct bank.The court at the trial of three former senior executives of the bank heard today that the board would usually have met between eight and ten times in one year, but met four or five times alone in the days following the collapse of Bear Sterns investment bank on 17 March 2008.Counsel for the defence described the collapse of the US bank as the “St Patrick’s Day massacre”.Natasha Mercer, who was the company secretary of Anglo in 2008 said that the board was made up of thirteen people: four executive directors who were involved with the day-to-day running of the bank – David Drumm, Willie McAteer, Pat Whelan and Declan Quilligan – and nine non-executive directors who would come to board meetings, including Sean FitzPatrick.Mercer said that she had taken hand-written notes of board meetings and typed them up afterwards. She told the court that she does not have her hand-written notes but may be able to get them for when she gives evidence again.The court also heard details about the collapse of the share price of the bank. Graphs using figures from the Irish Stock Exchange were put up on three large television screens around the court.A witness from the Irish Stock Exchange confirmed that shares in the bank were trading at €10.72 on 2 January 2008 but had fallen down to just €0.17 by  31 December. Between 2007 and 2008, the share price had peaked at €17.53 at the start of June 2007.Counsel for the prosecution Úna Ní Raifeartaigh said there was a “very clear decline” in the share price of Anglo Irish Bank throughout 2008.The share price hovered around €8 and €10 euro for the first three months of the year before dropping to €6.95 on 17 March. It fell below five euro for the first time on 10 July when it dropped to €4.85. The price gradually increased over the following two months before falling again in September. It ended the year at just 17 cent.Counsel for Seán Fitzpatrick Michael O’Higgins SC asked witness Aisling McArdle of the Irish Stock Exchange if the share price could be seen as a barometer of the health of an institution, and she agreed that it could.He asked the witness if she knew anything about CFDs, but she said she didn’t.O’Higgins said investor Warren Buffet had described CFDs as “weapons of mass destruction” in terms of how they can affect the price of shares in an institution.It is the second day of the trial of Seán FitzPatrick of Greystones in Wicklow, Pat Whelan of Coast Road, Malahide in Dublin, and William McAteer of Auburn Villas in Rathmines in Dublin,  who have all pleaded not guilty to charges under section 60 of the Companies Act of counts of providing unlawful financial assistance to people – including the so-called Maple 10 – in 2008 to buy shares in the bank.last_img read more

iPhone 4 liOS4 pas si parfait que ça

first_imgiPhone 4 : l’iOS4 pas si parfait que çaFrance – Disponible depuis hier sur Internet, iOS4 connaît des critiques mitigées. Si pour certains, la mise à jour s’est déroulée comme prévu, pour d’autres, ce fut un vrai cauchemar.Les témoignages relatifs au téléchargement d’iOS4 fleurissent sur le Net. Disponible depuis hier, le nouveau système d’exploitation d’Apple pour smartphones ne fait pas que des heureux. Pour les plus chanceux, le téléchargement s’est déroulé en une vingtaine de minutes mais pour d’autres, l’affaire se complique : “iTunes a refusé la sauvegarde et a supprimé toutes mes applications et mes numéros”, explique un internaute. Autre galère : “Le téléchargement a duré 3 heures et l’iOS4 mange toute ma batterie” affirme un autre utilisateur. Près d’un tiers des internautes estiment avoir réussi une mise à jour sans encombre, selon un sondage publié sur Gizmodo. Est-ce une part suffisante pour Apple ?Le 23 juin 2010 à 11:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Un séisme de magnitude 64 crée la panique à Sumatra

first_imgUn séisme de magnitude 6,4 crée la panique à SumatraMercredi, à 7H27 heure locale, un séisme de magnitude 6,4 s’est déclenché à l’ouest de l’île indonésienne de Sumatra. Bien qu’aucune alerte au tsunami n’ait été déclenchée, la secousse a créé la panique parmi les habitants. La terre a tremblé tôt ce matin à Sumatra. En effet, aujourd’hui, aux alentours de 7h30 heure locale, un séisme de magnitude évaluée à 6,4 est survenu au large de cette île située dans le nord-ouest de l’archipel indonésien. D’après les informations communiquées par l’Institut de géophysique américain (USGS), l’hypocentre ou foyer du séisme sous-marin était située à 34 kilomètres de la ville de Sinabang, capitale de la petite île de Simeulue et à une profondeur de 22 kilomètres.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Malgré la forte magnitude du séisme, les autorités indonésiennes et australiennes ont précisé qu’aucune alerte au tsunami n’avait été émise. “Le séisme n’a pas le potentiel pour provoquer un tsunami”, a ainsi estimé Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, porte-parole de l’Agence nationale indonésienne des catastrophes cité par l’AFP. Néanmoins, la secousse sismique a tout de même créé une véritable panique sur l’île de Simeulue qui compte quelque 80.000 habitants. “Le sol a tremblé violemment pendant environ une minute à Simeulue”, a témoigné l’un d’entre eux. “Les gens pleuraient et fuyaient hors de leur maison”, a confirmé pour sa part un journaliste de l’AFP. Un mouvement de panique qui a d’ailleurs causé la mort d’une personne, décédée des suites d’une chute alors qu’elle se ruait hors de chez elle, selon les services de secours indonésiens. Toutefois, pour l’heure, aucun dégât majeur ne serait à recenser, excepté quelques fissures sur les immeubles et maisons qui ont tremblé. “L’électricité a été coupée à certains endroits. Je peux apercevoir des fissures sur certains murs”, a ainsi ajouté le journaliste. Quelques heures après le séisme et en l’absence d’alerte, les autorités ont ainsi prié la population de rentrer chez elle, comme l’a expliqué Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, porte-parole de l’Agence nationale indonésienne des catastrophes. Bien que nombre d’entre eux aient ainsi regagné leur foyer, “certains restent dehors par peur des répliques”, a précisé le journaliste de l’AFP.Si le séisme a créé une telle panique, c’est que les habitants de la région sont toujours hantés par la catastrophe survenue en décembre 2004 dans les environs de l’île de Sumatra : un très fort tremblement de terre, de magnitude supérieure à 9, avait provoqué un tsunami sur les côtes d’une dizaine de pays d’Asie du Sud-Est faisant plus de 220.000 morts, dont 170.000 à Aceh.Le 25 juillet 2012 à 10:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more