Sri Lanka vs Pakistan: Mahela Jayawardene keen to remain afloat

first_imgSri Lanka will on Thursday realise how tough it is in a short tournament like the ongoing Asia Cup to stage a comeback if a team slips early on. But captain Mahela Jayawardene put up a brave face ahead of the crucial game against Pakistan, against whom a defeat could mean curtains for his team.”We are quite used to that [situation]. We had quite a few of those situations during the recent Commonwealth Bank Series] in Australia. I think it’s good to have in our control where we don’t have to depend on somebody else,” he told reporters at a practice session. “We know how important the match is going to be tomorrow, so looking forward to that.”Jayawardene said that he would not like to commit the mistakes that his team made against India.”The amount of cricket we’ve played, we have trained ourselves to switch from one tournament to the other pretty quickly. We know how important the Asia Cup is and you can’t make mistakes.Going into the game tomorrow, we need to control those mistakes. We want to make sure we are alive in this tournament,” he said.The Sri Lanka captain is aware that he would not have the services of all-rounder Angelo Mathews, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a calf injury. He’s going to fly back home,” he said. “He will try to get ready for the Test matches against England that start in about 10 days’ time.”Mathews had missed the finals of the Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia this month due to the same injury.advertisementHowever, fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who wasn’t played in the game against India on Tuesday, bowled at the nets on Wednesday and Jayawardene said that a decision on him would be taken before the day-night encounter.New Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore pointed out that if his team wins it would effectively enter the final.”We need to win and we are more or less through [to the finals]. The preparations have been okay. We got an opportunity to look at the opposition [Sri Lanka] yesterday. We would try and put our best foot forward,” he told reporters.On his own association with the players, he said: “The interaction has been great. The boys have been wonderful and have responded very well.”last_img read more

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Report: Central Coast 0 Adelaide 3

first_imgCraig Goodwin continued his impressive form to lead Adelaide United to a 3-0 win over the Central Coast Mariners for their first victory of the A-League season.Goodwin scored a brace and provided an assist for Apostolos Stamatelopoulos to help Marco Kurz’s men to their win in Gosford on Sunday.The performance came just five days after Goodwin led Adelaide to FFA Cup glory with a spectacular brace in a final win over Sydney FC. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! His latest double marked Goodwin’s seventh and eighth goals in seven competitive games since his return to Adelaide.With their win, Adelaide moved into third in the table on five points, while the Mariners are second-bottom.Adelaide made a dream start thanks to Goodwin, who headed in a Stamatelopoulos cross at the near post in the ninth minute.Craig Goodwin just can’t stop scoring!#CCMvADL #ALeague @FOXFOOTBALL pic.twitter.com/N1jkLOHH31— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) November 4, 2018 That duo combined again just six minutes later, Stamatelopoulos tapping in a cutback from Goodwin, who was released by Scott Galloway.While the Mariners built into the contest, Goodwin was gifted a second goal in the 56th minute.Goodwin’s curling free-kick from 25 yards appeared relatively harmless, but Mariners goalkeeper Ben Kennedy allowed the strike to slip through his hands and into the top corner.Central Coast were perhaps unlucky not to have a penalty on the hour mark, but Adelaide were largely comfortable in seeing out their maiden win of the league campaign, with Ryan Kitto also squandering two good chances late on.last_img read more

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The art of the cover letter

first_imgEveryone knows a resume is important — it’s supposed to be the perfect snapshot of your work history, positioning you as an ideal candidate for that next gig.But what about a cover letter?It can be tempting to just write up a generic cover letter for all the jobs you’re applying for, especially if they’re for similar positions. Change a few details here, change a few company names there, and voila — perfect, right?Not so fast!There’s an art to writing a cover letter. Here’s how to write one that works.Be directNo more dithering your way into an introduction! “I saw your post on LinkedIn, blah blah blah…” Of course you saw the job posting somewhere. Who cares? Get right to the point by letting HR know who you are, what you’re good at, and why you’re a great fit.If you:• Have a contact at the organization• Have some kind of special referral• Or can otherwise namedrop,Mention it right away! Your cover letter is a selling point, but it’s also what gets you in the door — so cut to the chase when it comes to who you know. Most companies, especially smaller ones, tend to hire from internal references. If you haven’t already, make the most of your connections — and don’t hesitate to expand your network to find the perfect gig.Be specificYou might just want a job, any job, but hiring managers are looking to find a perfect fit for their organization — and they’re very invested in that perfect fit. Which means that a less-than-great, generic cover letter will quickly get passed over.When you’re writing a cover letter, don’t just copy paste at your convenience. Sure, you can keep the skeleton structure of your letters the same, but take the time to do a little research and write a letter specifically geared toward the place you’re applying. Familiarize yourself with the company’s language and brand — for example, if you’re interested in working at a hip young startup, don’t write them a stodgy, boring letter. And do they have particular initiatives that you’re interested in, or a recent campaign you admired? Mention it in your cover letter!However, don’t get carried away lauding the company you’d like to work at without any context for what you’d bring to the table. If you go on and on about how great it is and how much you’d like to work there, that doesn’t tell HR much about you — except that you want a new job.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberSell yourselfSell yourself without shame! Let HR know why you’re great and why you’d be a perfect fit. Demonstrate that you’ve done your background research and that you have the chops for the gig. A good way to get the attention of hiring managers is to describe a problem you solved in the past or a tricky project that you nailed, and how you’ll use those skills at your next position. Letting them know you’ll bring that know-how to your next gig will make you an attractive candidate.Convey your enthusiasm and your practical knowledge. Don’t just speak generally — sure, you’re a great marketing manager, but what can you do for their organization? And it’s fine to mention your past experience, but keep it to accomplishments that are relevant to the job at hand — if a hiring manager wants more information, they can always check out your resume or CV.Close strongAs you finish your cover letter — which should be crisp, succinct, and readable at a glance — don’t forget to include a quick thank-you for the consideration. And end with a call to action, like a phone call or other conversation to advance you in the hiring process. It may sound like common sense, but ending with a CTA is a great way to be proactive about your interest.Got any other tips for writing the perfect cover letter? Let us know, and good luck, freelancers!Larissa Pham is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She regrets to say she has read a lot of bad cover letters in her short life.last_img read more

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VANDALS DESTROY THOUSANDS OF BEES FROM LOCAL BUSINESS

first_imgA Sioux City beekeeper’s business has been devastated by vandals who have destroyed 50 of their bee hives on the city’s westside.Justin and Tori Engelhardt operate Wild Hill Honey.A facebook post by the business says when they went to clean snow from their hives near Woodbury Heights, they found them completely destroyed along with thousands of bees and the couple’s supply shed.The Englehardt’s say in their post that with this kind of loss, the future of Wild Hill Honey is uncertain.Police are investigating the crime and have collected shoe prints and fingerprints as evidence.Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call crimestoppers at 258-tips.Photo courtesy Wild Hill Honeylast_img read more

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Exmar Renegotiating Funds for Caribbean FLNG

first_imgzoom Belgian LNG and LPG carrier owner and operator Exmar has entered negotiations on a change to its existing financing deal with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) for the Caribbean FLNG, a floating LNG liquefaction and storage unit.The change to the agreed USD 198.4 million financing deal comes as a consequence of the termination of the tolling agreement with a Canada-based oil and gas company Pacific Exploration and Production (PEP) over the FLNG project.Exmar said that the contract was terminated because liquefaction of LNG in Colombia is no longer profitable due to a change in domestic natural gas market in the country and in international LNG market.Under the deal, signed by PEP and Exmar in March 2012, Exmar was supposed to provide an FLNG unit for a project in Colombia during a period of 15 years.Exmar will now have to pay the remaining balance of USD 202 million, the company said in its annual report, adding that it believes “to be able to successfully close these negotiations”.Caribbean FLNG is currently under construction at China’s Wison shipyard in Nantong and is expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2016.The company said that it is actively negotiating employment of the unit with several counterparts in various locations.last_img read more

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HSH Gets Bids from Investors Final Sale Talks Starting

first_imgzoom Owners of the German-based provider of shipping finance HSH Nordbank have received several binding bids for the entire bank.Following the indicative bids made in March and June of this year, a crucial milestone on the way to privatization has thus been reached, HSH Nordbank said in a statement.Although the bidders have not been disclosed, Reuters reported that binding offers were received from private equity groups Apollo, Cerberus and J.C. Flowers by October 27.The final sale negotiations are now starting for the federal states Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.“These binding bids take us a big step closer to a successful privatisation solution. In the future, we will support our federal state owners to the best of our ability because we regard this firm investor interest as both an affirmation and an incentive… We will also be reducing our legacy assets dating back to the years before 2009 to an entirely acceptable degree, thereby keeping our capital ratios at a solid level,”  Stefan Ermisch, Chief Executive Officer of HSH Nordbank, said.The federal states will study the bids and engage in the final negotiations as the EU Commission’s decision requires the sale agreements to be signed by February 28, 2018.In January this year, HSH Beteiligungs Management started the bidding process to sell the majority of the shares in HSH Nordbank. The company, owned by the aforementioned federal states, put up for sale up to 94.9% of HSH Nordbank’s shares.HSH Nordbank encountered financial problems in 2008 as the financial crisis disrupted a number of maritime loans, worth billions of euros.Following an increase in group profit to EUR 173 million (USD 201.3 million) before taxes as at June 30, 2017, initial calculations put pre-tax profit slightly higher as at September 30.HSH Nordbank said it made progress with its accelerated reduction of non-performing legacy exposures dating back to the years before 2009 – at the end of 2016, the Non-Core Bank held EUR 13.6 billion of such exposures. Based on the forecast as updated in August, the amount of non-performing loans in the Non-Core Bank will have been reduced to less than EUR 8 billion at the end of 2017.According to initial calculations, the reduction targeted for the full year was already nearly achieved on September 30. The target for this portfolio next year is a figure below EUR 4 billion. Based on existing loan loss provisions, around 50 percent of this amount is expected to be furthermore covered.“From today’s perspective, we shall even be able to beat our stepped-up reduction targets for 2017 thanks to the significant achievements after nine months,” Ermisch concluded.last_img read more

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A superstar extravaganza

first_imgThe most defining fact about the 2019 World Cup is that even one of the lowest-ranked teams, Afghanistan, has got two players who are superstars in the world of cricket. As a team, Afghanistan is expected, if at all, to provide a scare to one or two of the biggies, or even stage an upset to add some spice to what should otherwise be a four-team race to the title. The way cricket and its different formats have evolved – especially T20 with a plethora of leagues around the year – has given rise to a good number of superstars across nations. Barring the Indian ones, these A-listers ply their trade across countries and have managed to not only continuously hone their skills against the best but also create a global following of fans. Also Read – A staunch allyWhile their exploits will underline the dominance of their teams in England, these superstars could also prove to be the proverbial Achilles’ heel for many during this World Cup. Starting with the top four teams expected to reach the semi-finals – England, India, Australia, South Africa – we are talking over 20 players who dominate the game when they take the field. If it is Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and MS Dhoni for India, the hosts have an enviable top line consisting of Joe Root, Jason Roy, Jos Butler, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes. Also Read – Cuban pathosAdd to these Steven Smith, David Warner, Glen Maxwell, Mitchell Starc from Australia, and South Africans Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Cock, Imran Tahir, and Kagiso Rabada. Do not forget that ABD would be ruling this list if he had not opted to stay away. With this kind of star power at play, these four teams would, in most cases, run through their opposition. But it is here that the reverse could also be equally true. Taking into consideration the kind of pressure on them to perform, not just for the country but also with an eye on their future clubs, chances of them cracking are higher. Their performances in the T20 format might have pushed up their value, but in a totally different format, much more is required of them, and a combination of these factors could prove detrimental to the fortunes of the team. The emphasis on superstardom was very evident when Rishab Pant was not picked for the squad to England. There is still a large section of cricket lovers who believe that Pant should have been the obvious choice over the veteran, Dinesh Karthik. This mass perception is fostered by Pant’s heroics in the Indian Premier League (IPL), though Karthik was definitely more suited for the role and was rightly chosen for it. While these superstars will rely on their immense skill and experience to rule the arena, the fact that it is a team game will require stellar performances from the next rung of stars too. Here we are talking about the likes of Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Pat Cummins, Moeen Ali, Shikhar Dhawan, or even a David Miller, Hashim Amla, and a Dale Steyn. How leaders of these stars manage to elicit maximum out of their talent will separate winners and losers. On that front, Kohli is blessed with MSD, while Finch can draw on Smith. Eoin Morgan for England and Faf for the Proteas come with their own confidence levels and cool demeanour which should prove handy during tough situations. Just like Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi for Afghanistan, do not ignore superstars from the remaining teams. Leading the pack is Chris Gayle and Andre Russell for the West Indies, Lasith Malinga for Sri Lanka, Shakib Al Hasan from Bangladesh, and a Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik for Pakistan. Include the Kiwi captain Kane Williamson along with his key bowlers, Trent Boult and Tim Southee. These teams, especially the West Indies and New Zealand, could actually be a nightmare for many, including the top four, as their superstars, without too much burden of expectation on their bat and ball, could turn a game on its head. These two teams with a small sprinkling of superstardom combined with workhorses equipped to play their role to perfection under calm leaders are the dark horses for this World Cup. On the other hand, the top four teams will need their superstars to come down to earth and work in a focused and cohesive manner to reach their potential, or each of the A-listers in these teams will be left looking at each other to bail them out. (The author is a co-founder of SportzPower and The Fan Garage. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Harin to contest Parliament polls

Fernando told reporters today that he only wanted to be the Chief Minister for 100 days but he received an extra few days since Parliament elections have not yet been held. However he said once Parliament is dissolved he hopes to contest the next Parliament election and return to Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) Uva Province Chief Minister Harin Fernando says he hopes to contest the next Parliament elections and re-enter Parliament.Fernando resigned from his UNP Parliament seat in August 2014 to contest the Uva Provincial Council elections but he lost the top spot to UPFA candidate Shasheendra Rajapaksa who was eventually made Chief Minister. However this year, after the new Government came to power, Fernando obtained majority support to be made the Chief Minister. read more

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The US trade deficit dropped to the lowest point in 9 months

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2016 6:33 am MDT Last Updated Jan 6, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The US trade deficit dropped to the lowest point in 9 months in November as exports hit a nearly four-year low WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit dropped to the lowest level in nine months in November as exports fell to a nearly four-year low.The November deficit fell 5 per cent to $42.4 billion, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.Exports contracted 1.6 per cent to $182.2 billion, the smallest monthly total since January 2012. Imports were also down, shrinking 1.7 per cent to $224.6 billion. The import declines this year reflect the big drop in global oil prices.American manufacturers have been hurt by a strong dollar, which makes their products more expensive on overseas markets. They are also contending with economic weakness in some of their biggest export markets including Europe and China.With just one month left in 2015, the deficit totalled $488 billion for the year, 5 per cent higher than the same period in 2014. A wider trade deficit is a drag on economic growth because it means fewer overseas sales by American producers and larger imports of foreign goods.The smaller November deficit should give a boost to fourth quarter growth. But economists are forecasting higher deficits going forward and that trade will subtract from growth in 2016.The deficit with China totalled $31.3 billion in November, down 5.2 per cent from October. Through the first 11 months of 2015, the deficit with China totalled $337.8 billion, putting the country on track to record another annual record trade deficit with China. read more

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Root causes of Boko Haram threat in Lake Chad Basin must be

Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, briefs the Security Council at its meeting meeting on the humanitarian, protection and security situation in the Lake Chad Basin in Africa. UN Photo/Evan Schneider On the human rights front, Mr. Feltman said the UN has received reports of increased incidents of sexual and gender-based violence among the displaced. States must adopt measures to protect civilians and respect due process when dealing with persons arrested for Boko Haram-related charges. Children used by Boko Haram should be treated as victims and dealt with in accordance with international standards for juvenile justice. The Boko Haram crisis has devastated the region’s economy, he went on. Economic growth dropped sharply with the decline of oil prices and other commodities. Decreasing resources affects the states’ ability to deliver basic social services and to pay the salaries of security forces and civil servants. Insecurity has disrupted trade routes between Chad and Nigeria, interrupting the supply of basic goods and producing price hikes. Youth unemployment is at a worrisome high, providing recruitment ground for Boko Haram, Mr. Feltman noted. Also briefing the Council was Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, who stressed the need to urgently strengthen international attention on the “neglected” situation in the Lake Chad Basin, which hosts Africa’s fastest growing displacement crisis. Across the Lake Chad Basin, the UN estimates that over nine million people need humanitarian assistance, he said. About 2.8 million of these people have been displaced, fleeing violent attacks in their towns and villages. Children are particularly vulnerable, especially the 1.7 million children who have been displaced across the Lake Chad Basin. Nigeria is bearing the brunt of the crisis, he noted. Nigeria accounts for seven million of the nine million people in need across the Lake Chad Basin. Last month, the Nigerian authorities rightly declared a nutrition emergency for Borno state. Direct reports from the field indicate that affected communities are rapidly running out of food. “We have no time to lose: the lean season, which puts millions in this region at real risk of hunger and malnutrition each year across the Lake Chad Basin, has already started,” Mr. O’Brien said. “If we do not act now, the human suffering will only get more extreme.” In Niger, one single attack by Boko Haram left over 70,000 people displaced in Bosso town in June this year, bringing the total number of displaced people in the Diffa region to over 160,000. Niger is the poorest country in the world; yet despite living on virtually nothing, families there have welcomed the displaced into their homes, and shared their meagre supplies of food and water with the newcomers. The UN humanitarian chief also said that needs are also dire in Chad’s Lac region, where there are over 60,000 registered displaced persons, and tens of thousands who have not yet been registered. In the Far North region of Cameroon, which has been under a state of emergency and lock-down for security reasons, the number of people in need of immediate food assistance has quadrupled since June 2015, to over 200,000 today, and the total number of internally displaced persons has increased in the same period to around 190,000. Humanitarian actors have been scaling up their assistance, despite a dangerous operating environment. It is urgent to complement their efforts with increased development assistance. “We all know that the humanitarian response in itself is insufficient to re-establish people’s lives and livelihoods,” he said, stressing the need to move from delivering aid to ‘ending need,’ a crucial outcome for the World Humanitarian Summit. That means that, in parallel to providing life-saving assistance and protection, political actors must address the root causes of the violence, and development partners must address the drivers of vulnerability across this region. The means to support the humanitarian response in northeast Nigeria, and throughout the Lake Chad Basin, does not match the staggering scale of need, he said, noting that the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan for Nigeria is only 28 per cent funded, while those of Niger, Cameroon and Chad are similarly under-funded. He appealed again to Member States to increase their contributions to the ongoing humanitarian operation “rapidly, now.” To bring an end to the Boko Haram threat in the Lake Chad Basin region, affected countries must address the root causes that contributed to the emergence of the group, including the social, economic and political grievances of marginalized communities, the top United Nations political affairs official said today. “A military approach, while essential, will not bring end to the Boko Haram threat,” Jeffrey Feltman, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told the Security Council in his briefing on peace and security in Africa. He said the Boko Haram crisis must be addressed holistically and beyond “an exclusively security lens” and that Lake Chad Basin countries – Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria – need international support so that military operations are followed by stabilization measures and restoration of state authority. Attacks by Boko Haram continue, mainly in north-eastern Nigeria and southern Niger, and to a lesser extent, in northern Cameroon and the Lac region of Chad, he said. Terrorists persist in targeting innocent civilians, including through suicide attacks, often using young children. Despite commendable regional efforts, the group continues to threaten regional stability, as illustrated by the 3 June attack on a military base in Bosso town, south-eastern Niger. The regional offensive involving Chadian, Cameroonian, Nigerian and Nigerien troops operating under the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), has recaptured 80 per cent of areas once under Boko Haram control, freed thousands of captives and prevented terrorist attacks. Mr. Feltman said, however, that Lake Chad Basin countries have expressed their growing impatience over delays by international partners to support the MNJTF financially, as the Force’s success depends on timely and actionable intelligence as well as specialized counter-terrorism skills and equipment, given the evolving tactics of Boko Haram. The UN and the five countries from the Sahel – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – will together produce the outline of a capacity building framework for counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism, including concrete regional projects, he said. The Second Regional Security Summit for the Lake Chad Basin held on 14 May in Abuja, reaffirmed the need to address the root causes. Among the noteworthy recommendations was the need to utilize the services of community and religious leaders to discourage impressionable youth from being radicalized and to lead de-radicalization programmes. read more

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Policy Officer – 9 Month Fixed Term Contract

To support all aspects of SMMT’s UK and EU political communication and engagement programmeTo deliver on SMMT Business Plan objectives and work programme in delegated PPVL team responsibilitiesQualifications/Skills/Attributes required:Graduate level with previous experience in a public affairs or policy rolesStrong analytical, presentation and written skillsExperienced in compiling accurate and reliable briefings and reports as well as delivery of presentationsEvidence of good time management, job prioritising skills and ability to meet deadlinesHighly motivated team player, self-starter, eager to learn and contribute to policy development and relationship management in a small team contextKnowledge (and ideally experience) of UK and/or European parliamentary and legislative processesMain duties include:Policy development and coordinationTo monitor, analyse and provide regular briefings on all relevant political and industry issues for members and across the SMMTTo write regular policy newsletters and manage their internal and external disseminationTo support the development of SMMT policy positions, consultation responses and lobbying materials in liaison with members, key SMMT departments and other stakeholders (e.g. CBI, ACEA)To attend and support all relevant SMMT committees/sections on policy developments as requiredTo assist and support the work and organisation of the Policy Co-ordination CommitteeTo support ad hoc research projects and eventsGovernment relationsTo support all aspects of the planning and delivery of SMMT’s UK and EU political communications programmeTo develop, manage and update SMMT’s political contact databaseTo assist in delivering the SMMT party conference programme, All Party Parliamentary Motor Group secretariat and other projects, events and meetings as requiredTo liaise with key SMMT political contacts, officials and stakeholders as required  Cross-departmental supportTo support the work of other teams in the department and across SMMT as and when policy input is requiredSalary and benefits package:The package includes private medical insurance, company pension scheme, flexi time, 25 days annual leave, childcare vouchers, interest free season ticket loan (after six months).Deadline for Applications:24 March 2016Method of Application:Prospective candidates should e-mail jobsweb@smmt.co.uk with a CV and covering letter quoting your salary expectations.Early applications are encouraged as interviews will take place and the position offered before this date if a suitable candidate is found.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) To monitor, analyse, report and identify suggestions on all policy issues relevant to the automotive industry. To research and draft reports and consultation responses on current issues in support of SMMT policy development. SMMT is recruiting for a Policy Officer for a 9 Month fixed term contract.Purpose of the Post: read more

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Prue Leith Inedible NHS food is slowing patients recovery

first_img“All the staff do is reheat frozen meals and lay trays with difficult-to-undo packs of cutlery, sweaty squares of cheese, cheap biscuits and dabs of marge.”She criticised a budget of £1.49 per meal as “ludicrous”, adding: “But that’s not an excuse for inedible meals.”The Masterchef Australia judge also quoted a report from The Patients Association, which she said found patients complained about “tasteless food” and “not being offered anything to eat if they have to miss meals”.She added: “We need to face the fact that a major overhaul is due, driven by two things – money and convictions.”Health ministers, doctors and administrators need to be convinced that good food is medicine.”If they believed that healthy food would lead to faster healing, that the pleasure of a good meal would cheer their patients up, that the Holy Grail of fewer bed nights (and therefore reduced cost) was attainable, I bet they’d find the money for better quality ingredients, better training, closer kitchens.” Health ministers, doctors and administrators need to be convinced that good food is medicinePrue Leith Last month, Leith told the Press Association that replacing Berry would be a dream come true and that she had already had two auditions and lots of meetings about joining the hit show which is moving from the BBC to Channel 4. The Oldie magazine is out now. What do you think? Join the debate by leaving a comment below.center_img Prue Leith, the television cook, has claimed “inedible” NHS food is preventing patients from recovering from illnesses.The 77-year-old, who is expected to replace Mary Berry on The Great British Bake Off, hit out at the “foul-smelling sludge” served in hospitals.In a column for The Oldie magazine, she said: “I once watched my mother lift a cloche from her plate. A grey lake slowly flowed to the edge.”Next to this foul-smelling sludge was a pool of watery mash and some khaki peas. 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

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Plumber accused of shooting at Police with unlicenced gun ammo remanded

A plumber and father of a four months old baby was on Monday placed before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he allegedly discharged gunshots at a Police constable who was pursuing him.Accused: Keiron HindsTwenty five-year-old Keiron Hinds of  Smyth Street, Georgetown denied that he committed the offence and two other offences put to him by City Magistrate, Judy Latchman.The first charge against him alleged that he on April 16, at Fifth Street, Alberttown, had one Taurus pistol in his possession without being a licence holder.He was also charged for having five rounds of ammunition in his possession on the same day at the same location.It is also being alleged that on the same day at the same location, he discharged rounds in a public place.According to Police Prosecutor, Arvin Moore, those rounds were discharged in the direction of a Police Constable who was pursuing Hinds.The Police reportedly received a 911 call informing them that someone matching Hinds’ description was firing shots on the seawall.However, while at Alberttown on patrol duties, ranks saw Hinds who started to run. He was pursued by Police Constable Holder, who he allegedly fired shots at. Other ranks joined the chase when they reportedly noticed the defendant throwing something under a car.After they managed to catch him, Hinds was taken back to the said location where the gun was discovered under a car.His Attorney however, denied that the gun belonged to his client. He noted that his client ran from the ranks when he noticed them because his father was allegedly killed by Police Officers some time ago.In his bail application, he told the Court that it was the Police who discharged rounds at Hinds as he was running, which hit a motorcar.He further revealed that his client was reportedly beaten by the Police and was not able to get medical attention.However, Magistrate Latchman remanded Hinds to prison to return on May 14, 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFisherman remanded for shooting city ConstableAugust 20, 2019In “Court”Teenager remanded for robbery under arms, possession of firearm/ammoMay 2, 2014In “Crime”Trio charged for discharging loaded firearm at Cops further remandedSeptember 10, 2018In “Court” read more

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate Goes Full Infinity War

first_img Just when you thought Super Smash Bros. Ultimate couldn’t get more gigantic, Masahiro Sakurai spent 40 minutes revealing an almost incomprehensible amount of new details about the mascot fighting game/gaming history lesson before its launch on December 7. I’m not going to lie folks. This literally has everything I could want from a Smash Bros. game. Again, like someone listed out bullet point by bullet point what would soothe my loss aversion and then addressed it. Every character from the series has returned along with the final set of newcomers. Ken from Street Fighter is an echo of Ryu, and while it isn’t Zangief or Mike Haggar the fire cat Pokemon Incineroar (69) brings an intriguing looking wrestling-based moveset to the series. That’s the base, 74-character roster. But for $25 players can also purchase a Fighter Pass granting access to five more DLC fighters along with stages and music throughout the next year. Plus, early adopters can get Piranha Plant, yes that good pipe boi Mario enemy, as a free DLC fighter.But that’s just characters. Well playable characters anyway. Folks like Isaac, Guile, Black Knight, the girl from Fatal Frame, and Spring Man are joining as Assist Trophies. This Direct also told us more about the sheer amount of content players can chew through in the various modes. Although online battles are still tethered to the pointless Switch mobile app, players will have more options for customizing the types of battles they’d like to have, from casual items-fests to competitive tests of skill. Quality of life improvements include separate video settings for TV vs handheld play and a simplified handicap system to make battles more fair across players.The big new mode though (well one of the big new modes) is “Spirits.” Blending previous Smash ideas like trophies, stickers, customizing characters, and Event matches, Spirits are representations of non-playable characters. Whether it’s Kaz from Metal Gear or Dixie Kong or one of the infinite Fire Emblem characters, this greatly expands the crossover potential without working Sakurai to the point of death. So it’s a good thing.Spirits can be a lot to take in, but by and large they are a way to power up your fighter. They provide different kinds of buffs and status changes. There’s an almost mobile game RPG element to them too as common spirits can be combined into more powerful, rarer variants. You can even send Spirits off to earn rewards on your behalf when you aren’t playing.Most exciting to me though is how you acquire Spirits. Like Event Mode, you play special fights that vaguely approximate the Spirit you’re searching for. So a big, grabby Mega Man equals Guts Man, while a black King K. Rool with a Ghirahim assist becomes the Imprisoned from Skyward Sword. It’s just a really clever, economical way to represent even more characters.Forget all that though. The reason I’m shaking while typing this is because the Direct ended with a tease for “World of Light,” the game’s Adventure Mode. And it’s everything I ever wanted. A big dumb cutscene killing characters more savagely than Avengers: Infinity War! A huge game map with boss fights against something called Galeem! An absurd and epic anime vocal theme song! COLORS WEAVE INTO A SPIRE OF FLAME! We’ll have to wait until launch to learn more apparently, but my god I’m so hyped.That’s more than enough news to chew on until Super Smash Bros. Ultimate comes to Nintendo Switch on December 7. But in the meantime check out our ongoing guide of the game’s characters. Light will guide you on your way to the Ultimate fight!View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guide Stay on targetcenter_img ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… last_img read more

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Geek Deals Play Freddi Fish Pajama Sam and more with Humble Bundle

first_imgIf you grew up learning with Putt-Putt, Fatty Bear, and the whole cast of characters from Humongous Entertainment, here’s your chance to fully engage your 90s nostalgia with this new Humble Bundle. • Humble Humongous Entertainment BundleNeed a small taste of the Humongous Entertainment back catalog? Paying just $1 nets you 11 great games for ages three through ten.Spend at least $1Big Thinkers 1st GradeBig Thinkers KindergartenFatty Bear’s Birthday SurpriseLet’s Explore the Airport (Junior Field Trips)Let’s Explore the Farm (Junior Field Trips)Let’s Explore the Jungle (Junior Field Trips)Putt-Putt® and Pep’s Balloon-o-RamaPutt-Putt® and Pep’s Dog on a StickPutt-Putt® and Fatty Bear’s Activity PackPutt-Putt®: Pep’s Birthday SurpriseSpy Fox In: Cheese ChaseSurpass the average bundle price, and you’ll snag nine more games. From Spy Fox 2 to Pajama Sam 4, Humongous fans will get a lot out of these additions.Beat the averageSpy Fox 2 “Some Assembly Required”Putt-Putt® Travels Through TimeFreddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted SchoolhousePajama Sam 4: Life Is Rough When You Lose Your StuffPajama Sam’s Lost & FoundPajama Sam’s Sock WorksPajama Sam: Games to Play on Any DaySpy Fox In: Hold the MustardSpy Fox in “Dry Cereal”Go all the way up to the $14 tier, and you’ll get the full $224 worth of Steam codes. And since most of these titles have been re-packaged to run on Windows, macOS, and Linux, you’ll be able to run them on just about any computer you have.Spend at least $14Pajama Sam 3: You Are What You Eat From Your Head To Your FeetFreddi Fish 5: The Case of the Creature of Coral CoveFreddi Fish 4: The Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny GulchSpy Fox 3 “Operation Ozone”Putt-Putt® Joins the CircusPutt-Putt® Enters the RacePajama Sam 2: Thunder And Lightning Aren’t So FrighteningFreddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch ShellFreddi Fish and Luther’s Maze MadnessPutt-Putt® Goes to the MoonPutt-Putt® Joins the ParadeFreddi Fish and Luther’s Water WorriesFreddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp SeedsPutt-Putt® Saves The ZooPajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It’s Dark OutsideBest of all, buying this bundle will also benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Long Beach Council, BSA; and your choice of a participating non-profit organization.Sale Ends: April 23rd, 2019 at 11:00AM PTNote: Terms and conditions apply. See the Humble site for more information.For more great Humble deals, go to TechBargains.last_img read more

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Imran Khan avoids question on Uyghur Muslim crisis in China Frankly I

first_imgPakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.ReutersPakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has angered a lot of Muslims after a recent interview where he said that he is not aware of the situation of Uyghur Muslims in China.In an interview with Financial Times, when PM Khan was asked about his stance on China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims, he replied saying, “Frankly, I don’t know much about that.”Question: what’s your stance on China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims?PM Khan: frankly, I don’t know much about that.. pic.twitter.com/lNoNDdN6NX— Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) March 27, 2019China, an important aide of Pakistan, has received global criticism for sending the region’s Muslims to mass detention centres. It is said that Chinese authorities have sanctioned the major crackdown of Uyghur Muslims in order to eradicate the religion and its cultural practices.Khan is known for his voicing his concerns regarding the treatment of Muslims. This prompted many to ask why he did not give a valid comment for the question. Instead, he skirted away saying that he was not aware of the situation.In the video which has gone viral on social media, when the interviewer pressed him saying that Turkey has always been vocal on its criticism of China, PM Khan again said that while Muslims across the world are going through the ‘worst phase’, when it comes to China and the Uyghur Muslims, he said, “If I had enough knowledge I would speak about it. It is not so much in the papers.” Pakistan has often been described as an ‘all-weather friend’ by China. Turkey was the first Muslim majority country to publicly call out China in its treatment to the Muslims in the country. However, other countries, especially Pakistan, have remained silent, states CNN.Widespread reports stated that the detention centres brainwashed the Muslims into denouncing their religion. The Quint reported that China organised a PR team to talk up the “training centres”. The country even organised trips for dignitaries and media to visit the camps. However, EU officials who visited the camps said that the members seem to be giving a dictated and memorised speech.According to a report by Business Insider, Pakistan foreign ministry’s spokesperson Mohammad Faisal spoke in support of the camps and said that many of the members attended them on a voluntary basis. This was reported in January.The report also states that while Prime Minister Khan was talking to Turkey’s TRT World news channel, when he was asked about the Uyghur situation, his response was similar to the answers given in this interview. He had said that he was not aware of the situation.Instead, he said, “In this doom and gloom which we inherited, the Chinese have been a breath of fresh air for us. They have been extremely helpful to us … we have these plans of reviving our economy, [and] China is going to play a huge part,” reports Business Insider.last_img read more

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Skype to launch selfdriven home delivery robots in 2016

first_imgSkype has launched “Starship Technologies”, a company that plans to employ small, wheeled robots to deliver items to the homes of consumers.Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, the co-founders of Skype, launched the company in 2014 with the concept that the deliveries will be sent to a central hub before the six-wheeled, electric-powered autonomous robots make deliveries to homes in 5 to 30 minutes. The robots are installed with a hollow centre and a lockable carrying case.Starship Technologies said that the robot will be able to carry “the equivalent of two grocery bags.”Heinla explained that the robots have sensors and cameras that help it find its way on the streets. It identifies obstacles and stops moving at any sign of hurdle.”It drives only 99% autonomously, having had its designated local area mapped and re-mapped to know the exact local layout, and is then supervised the entire time by a human operator who overseas its journey,” he added.He also explained that if for any reason the robot is meddled with, “the human operator will be able to see at all times through the robot’s eyes and can even have two-way conversations with those around it.”The robot is always connected to the Internet and can be tracked by GPS, which gives the operator its exact location. Heinla said that the initial testing process of the robots involved it driving at 100 km speed and meeting nearly 5,000 pedestrians.”On average, 80% to 90% of passers-by showed no reaction to the robot whatsoever, while 10% to 20% expressed a positive reaction,” he added.Starship Technologies has planned to launch the robots in the UK and an unnamed city in the U.S. However, these two countries are already struggling to make road rules in order to control the constantly expanding category of autonomous automobiles, Mashable India reported.Heinla said that it depends on the discretion of local councils to permit vehicles on pavements, and they have planned a real world trial of the robot service for the UK’s Royal Borough of Greenwich in 2016. Austria has already allowed Starship Technologies to operate on their streets, he added.Starship Technologies plans to collaborate with distribution partners in the UK and US to start their services there in 2016.last_img read more

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Tk 32millionbridge collapses in an hour

first_imgTk 3.2-million-bridge collapses in an hour. Photo: UNBIt cost Tk 3.2 million to build and less than an hour after the casting of the under construction bridge over Chhatian Paruli lake in Mirpur upazila of Kushtia to collapse on Wednesday, reports UNB.Locals alleged that the bridge collapsed due to irregularities in the construction process overlooked by the authority.The convener of Kushtia conscious citizen committee, Rafikul Alam Tuku, said, exemplary steps should be taken against those responsible for the collapse.Local Union Parishad chairman, Jasim Uddin Biswas, said they received allocation for the much needed bridge after a long time of applying. A company called Dolphin was subsequently contracted to build it some months ago.The owner of Dolphin, Jahidul Islam Ranju, denied the charge of any irregularity and said labourers didn’t do the shuttering properly and so the bridge collapsed. There was no irregularity behind it, he maintained.last_img read more

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