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first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes 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 PLYMPTON, Massachusetts — A Massachusetts farm is honoring Tom Brady with a corn maze designed in his image.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sauchuk’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in the town of Plympton said Sunday that its 10th corn maze will feature the New England Patriots’ star quarterback.The maze will open Sept. 16. The design has been unveiled on the farm’s Facebook page.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBoston.com reports the crops won’t be fashioned into the shape of Brady until closer to the farm’s opening day. Farm owner Scott Sauchuk plants and grows the corn, which he says is a 90- to 100-day process. A company will then spend one day chopping the corn into the desired shape.Sauchuk says the decision was based on the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons earlier this year. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH 5 scrapes past Taipei B Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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first_imgAlok NathAlok Nath, known for his role as Babuji and a sensation on social media for ‘sanskriti’ memes, is shown in this video as a new avatar – that of a rap musician.The video shows him wearing hip-hop attire with a cap turned backwards, a sweatshirt with a hoodie and heavy gold chains hanging, a la Bappi Lahiri.In this comic attire, he raps lyrics such as “you party all night, I do aarti all night” and “don’t need a sports car, I got sanskaar.” The chorus goes: “yo baby, yo honey, do you know who’s your bauji?” The video ends with him saying “Rapte raho beta”.The actor also joined Twitter on Thursday, with his first tweet being “I’m excited to join Twitter since people have popularised my character on it and I’m happy to now finally share the real Alok Nath with the world. It feels like there was a party thrown in my honour and I didn’t attend. So I’m attending now, fashionably later than never and I’m looking forward to engaging with my fans and friends in real-time.” Meanwhile, after becoming the butt of jokes on social networking platforms, the veteran actor Alok Nath will be back to playing ‘Babuji’ – this time for a new family comedy series, “Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai” on SAB TV, on July 7. He is gung-ho about the unique project, where the actors will get a chance to perform in front of a live audience. “I’m truly excited to be a part of ‘Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai’. This will be my first tryst with a comedy TV series on the small screen. The beauty of the show is that it is filmed in front of a live audience and has an amazing star cast,” Bollywood’s beloved ‘Babuji’ said in a statement.advertisement”The satisfaction that one gets from entertaining live audiences has a different feel. We all know humour is evolving and I am positive that the audiences will love our show,” added the actor, who has essayed a father’s role in umpteen films.last_img read more

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first_img COMMENT Bharat Arun appointed as bowling coach SHARE July 11, 2017 × ravi shastri   –  THE HINDU Administrators’ panel welcomes Shastri’s appointment as head coach null Published on Former all-rounder Ravi Shastri has been appointed India coach till the 2019 World Cup, the country’s cricket board (BCCI) said on Tuesday.The 55-year-old Shastri will replace former captain Anil Kumble, who stepped down as coach last month after falling out with captain Virat Kohli despite enjoying a successful run during his year in charge. ravi shastri   –  THE HINDU RELATED cricket COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 7 (PTI) While undertaking visits abroad organised by foreign organisations and individuals, MPs should ensure that “none of their activities” give an unintended impression that they are on an official visit on behalf of Parliament.Also, before accepting hospitality, the members should satisfy themselves about the “credentials” of the organisation or institution extending the hospitality.These are part of a fresh advisory issued to Parliamentarians by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat.It says that to avoid any delay, members should send their applications for acceptance of foreign hospitality to the Ministry of Home Affairs at least two weeks before the proposed date of journey.”Members should ensure that before proceeding abroad, the requisite permission of the Ministry of Home Affairs has been obtained; as mere sending of the application will not amount to grant of statutory permission,” reads the advisory issued by Rajya Sabha Secretary General Sumsher Sheriff.It says the MPs should also ensure receipt of political clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs before proceeding abroad.A similar advisory, based on a request made by the MHA, was also issued to members of the Lok Sabha recently.”All invitations from any foreign source, namely, government of any country, foreign organisations are expected to be routed through the Ministry of External Affairs.”However, even if any such invitation is received directly, members are advised to bring it to the notice of the Ministry of External Affairs and necessary political clearance of that Ministry should also be obtained for the purpose,” it reads.advertisementThe applicant has to submit a scanned copy of the invite from the host country or organisation and the administrative clearance from the ministry or government department concerned.Similar system is in place for judges, MLAs and government servants. PTI NAB RTlast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 17 (PTI) The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day as a mark of respect to departed sitting members – Forest and Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave and MP Palvai Govardhan Reddy.After the national anthem was played to mark the beginning of the monsoon session of Parliament today, Chairman Hamid Ansari mentioned the passing away of the two sitting members and six former members since the last session.”In passing away of Anil Madhav Dave, the country has lost a champion of environment protection, a distinguished parliamentarian and an able administrator,” he said.Ansari noted that Dave was a social worker who strove for conservation of the Narmada river.Dave, 60, passed away on May 18.He represented Madhya Pradesh in the upper house for three terms – from August 2009 to January 2010, June 2010 to June 2016 and from June 2016 till his demise.Ansari said Palvai Govardhan Reddy, who represented Andhra Pradesh in Rajya Sabha from April 2012 to June 2014 and Telangana from June 2014 till his demise on June 9 at the age of 79 years, was a distinguished parliamentarian and a dedicated social worker.Former member Akhilesh Das Gupta, an educationist, businessman and sports administrator, died on April 12 at the age of 56.Gupta represented Uttar Pradesh for three terms in Rajya Sabha and was a minister of state for steel in the UPA government from 2006 to 2008.”The country has lost a distinguished parliamentarian, an able administrator and a sport enthusiast,” Ansari said.Former minister and Telugu film personality Dasari Narayana Rao, who was Rajya Sabha member from April 2000 to April 2006 and then again from April 2006 to April 2012, passed away on May 30 at the age of 70.advertisementPN Sukul died on May 20 at the age of 85 while Era Sezhiyan on June 6 at the age of 94 years. Nominated member C Narayana Reddy died on June 12 at the age of 85 and U K Lakshmana Gowda, 97, on July 7.Ansari said the House deeply mourns the passing away of its sitting and past members. Members stood in silence as a mark of respect to the memory of the departed.The House also mourned the killing of Amarnath pilgrims in a “dastardly” terrorist attack on July 10.Ansari said no words are strong enough to condemn the barbaric, cowardly and senseless act of violence.He said the occasion calls for reiterating the resolve to fight terrorism.The House also mourned the death of several persons in torrential rains and floods in several parts of the country including Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand in June and July.The loss of innocent lives is indeed heart rending and unfortunate, he said.Members stood in silence as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives in these incidents.Thereafter, Ansari adjourned the house till tomorrow as a “as a mark of respect to Dave and Reddy”. PTI ANZ RTlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Indian batsmen cashed in on a flat track at the Galle International stadium and made the Sri Lankan bowlers toil hard throughout day 1 after winning the toss and opting to bat in the first Test on Wednesday.Centuries from opener Shikhar Dhawan (190) and Cheteshwar Pujara (144 not out) helped India reach 399/3 at stumps with Ajinkya Rahane also batting on 39.India rode on a 253-run second wicket effort between Dhawan and Pujara to surpass the highest ever first day’s total of 351 runs in Sri Lanka.Later, Pujara and Rahane added another 113 runs for the fourth-wicket to take the visitors to their second ever highest opening day’s total.Abhinav Mukund (12) and captain Virat Kohli (3) were the only two batsmen who failed to get going on a pitch which had no assistance whatsoever for the bowlers – pacers or spinners.As a result, India broke quite a few records during the day. Here’s a look at the numbers from the first day’s play.- 190 is the highest individual score for Shikhar Dhawan after the 187 he scored in his maiden Test innings against Australia in Mohali in March 2013.- 399/3 is India’s highest total on Day 1 of an away Test. Previous best was 375/9 vs New Zealand at Wellington in 2009.- This is also India’s third highest score on Day 1 of a Test match, home or away, and also the highest for any side vs Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.- This is only the third instance when India have opened the innings with two left-handers – Dhawan and Mukund after Gautam Gambhir-Irfan Pathan (2005) and Gambhir-Mukund (2011).advertisement- The unlikely pair of Abhinav Mukund & Shikhar Dhawan is India’s 152nd opening pair in their Test history.- Most runs in a session by an Indian batsmen – 133 by Virender Sehwag vs Sri Lanka (Mumbai, 2009), 126 by Shikhar Dhawan vs Sri Lanka (in this match) and 121 by VVS Laxman vs Australia (Sydney, 2000)- Two Indians scoring centuries on Day 1 of an away Test: Sadagoppan Ramesh & Rahul Dravid vs Sri Lanka in 1999, Sachin Tendulkar & Virender Sehwag vs South Africa in 2001, Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara vs Sri Lanka in this match.last_img read more

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first_imgOn the eve of Delhi’s opening match against Punjab in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament, the host team is in complete disarray.The controversial team selection for this tournament has drawn negative attention after the selection committee, comprising Atul Wassan, Hari Gidwani and Robin Singh Junior, made wholesome changes tothe squad.Despite the team performing well in the Ranji Trophy till the semi-finals, young Rishabh Pant was sacked as captain. In the final against Vidarbha, it was an insipid show which again brought into limelight the woes of Delhi cricket.Pradeep Sangwan, who was once banned for a dope offence, is the new captain. After the loss in Ranji final, disciplinary issues once again came back to haunt the team. Veteran Gautam Gambhir is again in the limelight for the wrong reasons though there are conflicting versions doing the rounds on what actually transpired.Sources told Mail Today that Gambhir was trying to be made the scapegoat over “disciplinary issues” but there is more to it than meets the eye.Sources also said there have been attempts to hide a few facts from the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) by the dressing room bosses. It includes coach KP Bhaskar, bowling coach Manoj Prabhakar and managerShankar Saini.The latest twist to the Delhi team selection is over the inclusion of Sarthak Ranjan, son of Bihar politician Pappu Yadav. He has suddenly emerged as a candidate without playing a single match this seasonwhile lesser-known Kshitij Sharma also made it to the squad.advertisementUnder-23 batsman Hiten Dalal, who top-scored in the CK Nayudu Trophy with 468 runs, was overlooked. Dalal, however, is kept as a standby.On the eve of the match, coaches and managers at the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) avoided speaking to the media.Speaking to Mail Today, CAC chairman Madan Lal suggested the selectors wanted to give youngsters a chance, adding that U-23 players have performed well this season.”The players who are not fit or are unwell are the only ones who have been dropped. I think in T20 cricket you need to try out new players and we selected players from U-23 because they had a good season. It’s important to give these youngsters the exposure as we are trying to create a team for the future,” he said on Monday.As far as captaincy is concerned, Lal pointed out that Sangwan was injured before but his presence now as a leader will work well for the team. Despite Pant guiding Delhi to the Ranji final in his maiden season as captain, Lal believes upcoming players like Pant and Nitish Rana should concentrate more on batting.With the Indian Premier League auctions set to take place on January 27 in Bengaluru, the players will look forward to showcase their skills in the shorter format. Punjab ace batsman Yuvraj Singh was spotted at the Ferozeshah Kotla Ground here on Monday and will be eager to impress the franchises after returning to full fitness.He missed the Ranji season as he was training at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.last_img read more

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first_imgAustralian rules football Read more Share on Facebook It was an unprecedented and unwarranted move that gave voice to the sport’s detractors at a time when there is, on the contrary, much to celebrate.The quality of the Fremantle v Collingwood game, for example, far outweighed that of the season opener in week one. Fremantle’s victory was all the more impressive given their poor previous form; beaten summarily by the Bulldogs in round one, they also finished 2017 seventh on the ladder after beginning premiership favourites. But, if there was any occasion to inspire them, this was it, and, with chants of “Fre-o” audible in the background, Dana Hooker delivered with 20 possessions and two goals, continuing an impressive run of form which saw her finish club best-and-fairest in season one after giving birth just three months before being drafted. Alongside her, Lisa Webb looked anything but a debutant with 17 possessions and seven marks, all the more impressive given the 33-year-old took up the game just last year after deciding to “try her hand” at football after a solitary training session. For Collingwood, not all was dire, even if after two losses and a season nearly done, plenty were in tears at siren’s sound. Second-gamer Chloe Molloy showed why many rated her a No1 draft-pick, demonstrating significant composure to come away with 15 disposals all the while being physically targeted by the Dockers. This was one of the most controversial talking points of the game, and while it was off-putting to see a second-gamer roughed up, all the more credit must go to Molloy for her resilience. Coach Wayne Siekman was less than impressed after game’s conclusion, telling reporters that Molloy had finished with “bruised jaw and ribs” after being “fairly well belted up”. But while the game at Perth Stadium was just the tonic the AFLW needed after such a negative week, Friday night played into the hands of detractors, and ended up a miserable occasion all round. Held at boutique Drummoyne Oval, the Giants v Blues clash promised an entertaining outing given Greater Western Sydney’s much-improved showing in round one. However, players, crowd and media alike were greeted with pelting rain and thunderstorms, the game becoming the second in two seasons to be suspended for dangerous weather. With the television broadcast cut due to flooding, the AFL’s online stream also failed and half an hour of Fox Footy ads followed, not an update in sight. Eventually, when coverage returned, Kelli Underwood and Anthony Hudson called the game from the bench, ponchos in hand, but with no cover to speak of, half the crowd had cleared out. Unsurprisingly, the end result was a low-scoring game that lurched from pack to pack, and resembled anything but the “entertaining” game demanded by the AFL memo. But, as Kate Sheahan and Brad Johnson were at pains to point out, congestion is the inevitable result of such conditions, nothing to do with the quality or otherwise of the competition itself.The cruellest twist of the night was that the conditions would contribute to the ACL injury to Carlton’s captain and 2017 best and fairest. Pending scans, she appears to have been joined by the Bulldogs’ No1 draft pick in Isabel Huntington, another cruel blow given Huntington has only just returned from an ACL, and a broken leg the year before. After a crushing week of off-field criticism, the AFLW can count itself victorious after fans showed their support for the code in droves, a record 41,975 turning out at Optus Stadium for the clash between Fremantle and Collingwood on Saturday.The crowd eclipsed all other stand-alone domestic women’s sporting events in Australian history – an incredible feat given AFLW this week came under fire by the AFL itself, with head office sending an extraordinary memo to clubs instructing them on how to avoid congestion and increase scoring. So outlandish was the memo it threatened that umpires would not bounce the ball unless sides lined up as the AFL requested – despite the fact the AFL admitted to being unable to determine new rules after just one round, and that the requests were made in the “spirit” of the game (albeit a “spirit” that would never be accepted in the men’s game). Share on LinkedIn Why does the league appear to be undermining its own AFLW competition? Read more Share on WhatsApp Neroli Meadows (@Neroli_M_FOX)This photo is telling. Every player in the comp respects @BriannaDavey. Tough as they come. pic.twitter.com/01udU5uWLwFebruary 9, 2018 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest AFLW Record crowd for women’s domestic sport game attend Perth AFLW match And so, while Carlton may now struggle to reach the grand final in a competition of such fine margins, Adelaide’s premiership defence may be over as quickly as it has begun. Sorely missing league best-and-fairest Erin Phillips, the Crows suffered their second loss in a row at the hands of an excellent Melbourne outfit. Between them, Melbourne’s indefatigable trio of Karen Paxman (21), Elise O’Dea (18) and Daisy Pearce (15) racked up an extraordinary 54 possession, with Pearce adding nine tackles and Paxman showing no sign of the back spasms that kept her out of most of game one. The Demons also showed plenty of the spark their opponents were lacking, with Aleisha Newman putting her hand up for an early goal of the year contender with a wonderful burst of pace on the wing, three bounces and a banana goal from a sharp angle 45m out. After such a miserable week for AFLW, it was moments like these that said far more than any column can about where the competition is headed. features Share via Email Share on Twitter Topics Before her untimely injury, Bri Davey’s footballing nous had been the difference between the two sides, pinpointing passes and kicking long to the boundary in the wet. Unlike the Giants, who failed to adapt, she played smart, wet-weather football, ignoring the threat of turning over the ball thanks to the “last touch out of bounds” rule. In this regard, the AFL’s tinkering began to look absurd – on the one hand persuading players to engage in “free flowing football” to score, when in the wet, they would have been better off scrapping it forward. But with the newfound rule in place, players are clearly avoiding hugging the line, and in insisting on the switch, are more prone to turning it over.Losing Davey is some blow for the Blues’ season, and by game’s end the club’s stars in Darcy Vescio and Tayla Harris struggled to sing the team song through tears for their fallen captain – or perhaps the culmination of an extraordinarily trying week. How Carlton rebounds will be testament to team spirits, given coach Damien Keeping also watched the match from hospital with a serious illness that will keep him out of coaching for an indefinite period. 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first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Throw an abrupt cancellation at a devoted fanbase these days and, instantly, a campaign is born to save the show. But when it’s the creators themselves who decide it’s time to fade to black, that decision is bittersweet.“We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning. It’s not lost on us what a rare privilege it is in this industry to get to decide when your show should take its final bow,” the Levys said in a statement.“We could never have dreamed that our fans would grow to love and care about these characters in the ways that you have.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img “Noooo!” “What!?” “Why?” Disbelief plus a GIF parade of both people and animated characters crying. These were the online reactions that met Dan and Eugene Levy’s announcement Thursday that they’ve decided to end their hit comedy Schitt’s Creek after next season. pic.twitter.com/WiiMKGbwnm— TheLoopyKnot (@Pbarb31) March 21, 2019 Twitter Annie Murphy, from left, Daniel Levy and Eugene Levy appear in hit CBC comedy Schitt’s Creek. The Levys, who created the show, announced Thursday that its upcoming sixth season would be the last. (CBC) Advertisementlast_img read more

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Experience Brock’s Alternative Reading Week programs through the eyes of the people who know them best. Students will share with the University community the rewarding and life-changing experiences they had this February while volunteering outside of Canada, during a panel discussion Thursday, March 29.The Alternative Reading Week student experience panel will discuss what they learned while participating in education and health campaigns in Lima, Peru as well as on a Habitat for Humanity build site in Sumter, S.C.The event, which takes place from noon to 1 p.m. in ST103, aims to encourage participation and support of future ARW initiatives while also reuniting those who took part in this year’s trips for a chance to reflect on their experiences.For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kristen Smith at Kristen.smith@brocku.ca or x3845. read more

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first_imgEducation Minister Anna Diamantopoulou last week drew a clear distinction between foreign colleges in Greece and regular universities, noting that the former would not be afforded the same status as the latter, despite the threat of huge fines from the European Commission if Greece fails to grant the same professional rights to graduates of foreign colleges and their counterparts at state universities.“The recognition of professional rights [for foreign colleges] will not be automatic,” Diamantopoulou said as she unveiled her ministry’s program for lifelong learning, aimed at increasing the number of young people pursuing postgraduate studies in Greece. “Professional organisations and the relevant state committee will have the right to ask [graduates] to pursue further studies or to gain some experience in our country before professional rights are granted,” the minister added.The ministry’s program for lifelong learning sets out eight levels of professional qualification and boosts the role of the National Accreditation Center for Continuing Vocational Training (EKEPIS) which will henceforth grant licenses to private colleges, most of which have been set up in Greece as franchises of foreign universities.Last November, Diamantopoulou upset the directors of private colleges with her decision to revoke 33 licenses, which would have permitted the operation of 40 private colleges, following doubts about the legality of the process by which they had been granted.Meanwhile, directors of private colleges in Greece remain in limbo as the government has yet to pass reforms with provisions for the operation of these institutions. According to college owner Manolis Amaryiannakis, “the ministry is taking a huge risk as it tries to satisfy state universities while violating basic principles of European law, such as the freedom of EU citizens to relocate and offer services in member states.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgRachel Friesen is at that age where it’s cool to be aloof about her accomplishments.So flying a plane solo at 16? No big deal to the iTech Preparatory School junior.“I was completely fine,” said Rachel, an independent teenager with a shock of bright green hair.Rachel is taking flying lessons at Aero Maintenance Flight Center and recently embarked on her first solo flight, a mark of achievement for learning pilots and a sign that the instructor is ready to let them take the controls entirely.But the simple silver pendent Rachel wears around her neck, bearing the lines “2/22/17” for the day of her first solo flight and “N19298” for the number of her plane, shows the day’s significance for the teenager.“During the solo, I was just like, ‘Yay,’ ” she said. “After, I was like, ‘Woo!’ ”It’s a subtle difference, but you’ll have to trust that the excitement is there.As a 16-year-old girl, Rachel’s a rarity among would-be pilots. Though not unheard of, it’s unusual to be a solo pilot at that age, and she’s one of three girls and women in her Aviation Explorers Post 1905 club, a team of more than 30 learning and amateur pilots.Rachel’s dream is to become a commercial pilot, following in the footsteps of her father, Conrad Friesen, who is a pilot for American Airlines. His father, Ernst Friesen, and Rachel’s mother, Erin Friesen, both have pilot’s licenses as well.“My family is full of pilots,” she said.Few women in industryIn the commercial field, Rachel would also be part of a slim minority. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, only 6,081 of the 96,081 commercial pilots in the United States are women. That’s about 6.5 percent.last_img read more

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first_imgSomething for the weekend: Although many employees are partial to a cheese-topped pizza feast as a takeaway treat, academic research has found that the moreish Italian classic is a better motivator for staff than a monetary bonus.Dan Ariely, a professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, found that offering a voucher for a free pizza motivates employees more than a £20 cash bonus.In his book, Payoff: the hidden logic that shapes our motivations, Airey uses the example of an experiment carried out on staff at an Intel factory in Israel to discuss what motivates staff.At the beginning of the working week, employees received a message detailing the reward they could gain if their workloads were completed. One group was offered a cash bonus equating to approximately £20, a second group was told they would receive a compliment from their boss by text message and a third group was offered a voucher for a free pizza. A further control group received no message and would not gain a reward.After the first day, results showed that those in line for a pizza prize had a productivity boost of 6.7%, while those who were due to receive a compliment increased their productivity by 6.6%. Employees in the cash bonus group only increased their productivity by 4.9%.By the end of the trial week, the promise of earning a compliment proved to be the best motivator, followed by the thought of free pizza. Those who would not receive any reward came in third with the monetary bonus falling into last place, performing 13.2% worse than the control group.Here at Employee Benefits, we’re rather partial to pizza ourselves, although a coffee and cake session would also get us ploughing through our workloads!last_img read more

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first_imgEmployee Benefits poll: More than two-fifths (46%) of respondents believe that having a good work-life balance is the top engagement driver at their organisation.A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 48 responses, also found that 29% of respondents feel that their organisational culture is the strongest engagement driver for their employees, compared to 10% who cited their business’ employee benefits package as the highest engagement driver for staff.A further 8% of respondents think that recognition by senior leaders is the top engagement driver for their employees, while 2% feel peer recognition is a higher driver of engagement. Around 4% define learning and development opportunities as the top engagement driver for their specific workforce.The 2018 Trends in Middle East and North Africa employee engagement report, published by global professional services firm Aon in August 2018, found that reward and recognition is the strongest engagement driver for employees based in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Following this, the second ranked engagement driver, according to the report, is career and development. Talent and staffing ranked third, ahead of employee value proposition in fourth and senior leadership in fifth.In total, 69% of the 258,662 employees surveyed for the report are engaged with their organisation.Do you think employers have a responsibility to raise employee awareness of pension scams? Cast your vote in our most recent poll…last_img read more

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first_imgHyderabad: The city police Commissioner Anjani Kumar has issued orders on the transfer and posting of 17 Inspectors in Hyderabad on Monday. The orders will be implemented with immediate effect on administrative grounds. Concerned officers are requested to relieve them with instructions to report at their new place of posting immediately. Bowenpally Inspector D Rajesh against whom allegations came is posted to main PCR. In his place P Chandrasekhar is posted as Bowenpally SHO, who is transferred from Special Branch, North Zone. Also Read – Ramagundam: Focus on company’s growth, community development Advertise With Us Habeeb Nagar Inspector T Amruth Reddy is also transferred to main PCR. Recently in an arrest of two rowdy sheeters controversy, the family members of them attacked the station and damaged the furniture and threatened the police due to which mild tension prevailed in the old city and additional forces deployed to brought the situation under control. In his place P Shiva chandra is posted as SHO, Habeebnagar.last_img read more

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first_img.The rail communication of Dhaka with the country’s northern region remained suspended due to the damage of a rail track near Goakhura Bangura station of Chatmohar upazila in Pabna on Sunday morning.Pakshi division railway manager Asim Kumar Talukdar said the soil under the rail track moved away for excessive rain in the area snapping the rail link. Fixing of the damaged rail track is underway, he added.last_img

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first_imgMoudud Ahmed. File PhotoThe BNP’s senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Saturday asked the government to reach an understating with the main opposition party for holding a participatory general election.He made the call two days after Awami League prime minister Sheikh Hasina had told her party leaders that the next general elections would be inclusive and that the BNP would contest there.”An inclusive election is not possible without BNP’s participation. So, the government must reach a compromise with BNP,” Moudud said.Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader added that their party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail will pave the way for holding the participatory polls, reports UNB.Bangladesh National Human Rights Parishad arranged the programme on people’s voting and human rights at the Jatiya Press Club.Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said they will ensure the fall of the government through forging an all-party unity if it does not come to negotiation.”We’ll have to create a national unity to face the challenges for the restoration of democracy. The government will be ousted through a mass upsurge.”He also said there is no alternative to garnering a national unity to restore ‘democracy and people’s voting and other rights. “We’ll give proper programmes at a suitable time to unseat the autocratic regime.”The BNP leader said the government is using the lower judiciary to prolong Khaleda’s stay in jail by denying her bail in different cases through resorting to various tricks.Moudud, also a former law minister, said their party needs to take to the streets alongside carrying out the legal battle for having Khaleda released from jail.He came down hard on the election commission for what he said it subservient role. “The commission was unmasked through the elections to Gazipur and Khulna city corporations.”The BNP leader renewed their party’s demand for reconstituting the election commission as the current one is not capable of holding a national election.last_img read more

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first_imgTeam LeBron accuses Nick Saban and Alabama of copyright infringement over barbershop social media series Legal representatives of the LeBron James digital company Uninterrupted drew headlines when they sent a cease and desist letter to the University of Alabama and Nick Saban, alleging copyright and intellectual property infringement from Alabama Football’s recently released social media series Shop Talk. James representatives alleged the casual barbershop conversation series, set in the ‘Bama Cuts’ football facility barbershop infringes on the copyright and intellectual property of Uninterrupted’s own barbershop talk feature called The Shop. In a press conference today, Saban said he wasn’t going to comment on the issue, then commented on the issue by saying he respects LeBron as a player, but he was aware of at least 20 barbershop type shows and Shop Talk is going to continue filming as scheduled, thank you very much.“I’m sorry someone can be offended by something we were having fun with. I enjoyed it, and we’re going to continue to do it.” Check out Saban telling team LeBron to go pound sand. He does have a point. LBJ’s legal claims look pretty weak.“I’m sorry someone can be offended by something we were having fun with.”Nick Saban responds to LeBron James 👀 pic.twitter.com/8yhS98RJGJ— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) April 3, 2018center_img Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgLeBron is starting the next phase of career with the Lakers, but in an upcoming episode of The Shop. James sits down with rapper (and former Canadian child TV star) Drake to discuss how they will know when to eventually call it quits.Drake says he would rather go out on top than hang on like many stars do, as for LeBron he says he’ll rely on his inner circle that’s been with him from the beginning to be honest with him when the time comes. Laker fans hope that conversation won’t happen for another 5 or so years and a couple of titles.Warning: LeBron drops some LeF-bombs:last_img read more

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first_img CALGARY — Good news for WestJetters! Members of WestJet Rewards can now redeem their WestJet dollars on Member Exclusive fares to destinations in the Qantas Airways network, including Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.“We are delighted to deepen our partnership with Qantas and bring even more global travel options to our WestJet Rewards members,” said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “Offering Qantas’ premium products, service and flight network to our members is a further example of WestJet Rewards taking our guests even more places they want to go.”Member Exclusive fares provide great value and access to more than 450 partner destinations around the world for places like Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Shanghai and Hong Kong.For more information on WestJet Rewards Member Exclusive fares go to westjet.com/here. Share WestJet frequent fliers can now redeem with Qantas Posted by Tags: Qantas, WestJetcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Travelweek Group last_img read more