Topics Sportblog Share on WhatsApp Although John Delaney retains support from certain loyal sections of the Irish football family, he has never been more unpopular in his native land. The long-time chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland until he stood down last month to take up a newly created role as the executive vice‑president is no stranger to controversy but now the 51-year-old finds himself clinging by his fingertips to a crumbling personal fiefdom that increasingly resembles an empire of dirt.The business of sports administration is, by its very nature, staggeringly dreary but the subject of football governance in the Republic of Ireland has recently been little short of box office. In March a Sunday Times exclusive revealed Delaney had mysteriously loaned his employer €100,000 in April 2017. That was soon repaid and no record of any such transaction appeared in the FAI’s accounts. Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Republic of Ireland Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share via Email comment FAI funding suspended by Sport Ireland amid concerns over Delaney loan Share on Messenger After Delaney failed to obtain a high court injunction to prevent this report of his largesse, it was promptly announced he would be stepping down to take up his new role. In Ireland, where his extremely generous annual salary of €360,000 had long been a talking point, it did not go unnoticed he would be taking a significant pay cut. He would now be forced to get by on an annual salary of €120,000, topped up by the €160,000 he earns each year from Uefa for his work on its executive committee (ExCo).When defending the size of his salary, Delaney has boasted he could walk into any number of private sector jobs and earn a lot more. Crucially, for as long as he remains with the FAI, albeit on significantly less money, he is eligible for re-election to ExCo in 2021. It is widely believed his new job was specifically created to maintain his eligibility to do so as it is with Uefa that his long-term career ambitions appear to lie.For well over a decade Delaney has occupied a very peculiar position in Irish public life. He has his admirers, most of them at grassroots level who appreciate his willingness to sanction grants and travel the length and breadth of the country to cut ribbons and glad-hand appreciative volunteers unused to seeing their efforts acknowledged from on high. Among the broader general public, however, he is a regular subject of derision and is largely despised by fans of the Republic, who regularly proclaim their contempt in banner form. He is also extremely unpopular with those who follow League of Ireland clubs in a domestic competition he once described as the FAI’s “difficult child”.Delaney revels in a weird kind of fame enjoyed by very few in his line of administrative work. He claims to have spent more than €30,000 buying drinks for supporters at away games, famously lost his shoes during some ribald post-match celebrations and once posed with models on the cover of a Sunday newspaper’s lifestyle magazine. For reasons that remain utterly baffling, he agreed to participate in a preposterous piece of accompanying self-promotion masquerading as a serious three-part documentary, in which he spoke at great length about how wonderful he is and prompted much public ridicule by name-dropping the Queen.Interest in his salary has increased during a time of austerity, when more lowly FAI staff were forced to take pay cuts of up to 15%. More recent Sunday Times revelations that the FAI has been paying his rent to the tune of €36,000 a year for the thick end of a decade while he was wielding the company credit card have done nothing to improve the national mood. A man of evidently expensive tastes, it was revealed he racked up €40,000 of credit in one six‑month period in 2016. Among the highlights: €6,000 in cash withdrawals, €4,474 on a hotel stay Dubai, €500 for two visits to what must be the world’s most overpriced dry cleaners and €563 on more than a dozen visits to his local pub.The FAI’s general lack of openness and accountability has been well documented but recently reached a farcical nadir. As recipients of government funding (which has in recent weeks been suspended and could cost grassroots football €1.4m), Delaney and his fellow blazers were hauled before a government select committee to answer questions about his famous “bridging loan” to an employer with an annual turnover of €45m. Citing “legal advice” that apparently precluded him from answering questions about anything he had done during 14 years as chief executive, Delaney spent most of the day in stubborn silence while assorted cronies apparently did all they could to obfuscate and evade. It did not appear to have crossed the mind of their former chief executive, the one man in the room with all the answers, that the legal advice he spoke of could easily have been ignored.Although he might have thought his stonewalling tactics clever, Delaney’s arrogant silence appears to have done him few favours. This week the FAI board, after its auditors revealed “proper accounting records” had not been kept, announced it would be stepping down en masse before a more forensic and independent examinations of the books. No longer on the board since his redeployment, Delaney agreed to “step aside” from – but pointedly not quit – his new role with “immediate effect”.It has been lost on no one that while others have fallen on their swords, this great survivor retains his title and will continue to receive his salary while on what is ostensibly gardening leave. Although his days with the FAI look increasingly numbered, the determination with which he is hanging in there borders on the commendably grim. Reuse this content
Clemson WR Tee Higgins was in a walking boot this afternoon at Dabo Swinney’s camp. Was told Higgins got his right ankle scoped/“cleaned up” last Friday. pic.twitter.com/hfSiedey81— Sanders Sullivan (@SandersSullivan) June 4, 2019Luckily, that is not a major procedure, so it shouldn’t cost Higgins any significant time come the fall. It would be surprising if Higgins isn’t good to go by the time summer camp breaks in a few months.Clemson will need him early on. September may be the Tigers’ most difficult month of the season, with a game against Texas A&M immediately followed by a trip to the Carrier Dome to face a pesky Syracuse team back-to-back in Weeks 2 and 3.Things start with the first ever game on the ACC Network against a new-look Georgia Tech squad on August 29. CLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 11: Teammates Tee Higgins #5 and Travis Etienne #9 of the Clemson Tigers react after a touchdown against the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson loses a lot on defense from the 2018 national championship team, but the team’s offensive firepower is going to be imposing. Trevor Lawrence returns for his sophomore year at quarterback, and will have a full compliment of weapons around him.Travis Etienne is probably the most notable skill position player for Clemson. The Tigers star is a potential Heisman candidate after an incredible sophomore year.The wide receivers are among the best in college football as well. Justyn Ross had 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns as a freshman, while Tee Higgins went for 936 and 12 scores.It doesn’t sound like a major concern, but Clemson star Tee Higgins was spotted in a walking boot at a recent Clemson football event.Dabo Swinney hosted a football camp on Tuesday, which Higgins helped out at. He told local reporters that he is coming off of a knee scope last Friday.
BARCELONA, Spain – In one of the most momentous days in recent Spanish history, Spain fired Catalonia’s regional government and dissolved its parliament Friday after a defiant Catalan declaration of independence that flouted the country’s constitution.Lawmakers in the Catalan parliament voted to unilaterally declare independence, prompting the swift crackdown by the Spanish government, which also called an early election in the region.Hours after Catalonia’s secession move, the Spanish Senate granted the government special constitutional powers to stop the wealthy region’s move toward independence.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government then called an urgent Cabinet meeting late Friday, after which Rajoy emerged to announce the emergency measures, including regional elections called for Dec. 21.In Barcelona, Catalonia’s regional capital, Rajoy’s announcement in a televised address was greeted with jeers and whistles of disapproval from crowds who had gathered at the gates of the government palace to celebrate their parliament’s moves toward independence.“It’s not about suspending or meddling in the self-government (of Catalonia), but to return it to normality and legality as soon as possible,” Rajoy said.The government and Spain’s constitutional Court have both said the secession bid was illegal, and after Friday’s independence vote, Rajoy said it was a move that “not only goes against the law but is a criminal act.”Rajoy also said he was firing the head of the Catalan regional police, shutting down the Catalan government’s overseas offices, and dismissing its representatives in Madrid and in Brussels, where the European Union has its headquarters.After the Catalan parliament independence vote, Rajoy said it was a move that “in the opinion of a large majority of people not only goes against the law but is a criminal act.”The Senate’s decision giving Rajoy special powers trumped the Catalan regional parliament’s vote to secede, which was doomed because the constitutional Court has already consistently ruled against any steps toward independence.The battle around Catalonia’s future is far from over, however.Madrid’s move to take away Catalonia’s regional powers was sure to be seen as a humiliation and a provocation by Catalans and a backlash was expected, with planned street protests and the possibility that regional government workers could follow a policy of disobedience or non-co-operation.On top of that, the Dec. 21 election could deliver a steadfastly pro-independence Catalan parliament, even if recent polls have suggested the region of 7.5 million people is roughly evenly split on secession.Many Catalans strongly oppose independence and a group of so-called unionists was organizing a large-scale protest in Barcelona on Sunday.A spokesman for Spain’s prosecutor’s office, meanwhile, said it would seek to bring rebellion charges against those responsible for the Catalan independence vote.The tense day, featuring emotional speeches and scenes of joy and despair, went to the heart of Spain’s political and cultural history.The 1978 constitution, drawn up after the end of Gen. Francisco Franco’s decades-long dictatorship, created a decentralized Spanish state that devolved power to 17 autonomous regions, including Catalonia. The regions have broad administrative and legal powers. The Spanish constitution, however, also describes Spain as “indivisible.”Catalonia has its own cultural traditions and its own language. Having long seen itself as different from the rest of Spain, the Catalan drive for independence began in 2010 when the constitutional Court struck down key parts of a groundbreaking charter that would have granted the region greater autonomy and recognized it as a nation within Spain.Catalonia represents a fifth of Spain’s gross domestic product and many want the tax revenues generated by the prosperous region to remain at home.The motion to secede was approved by the 135-member Catalan parliament, where secessionists hold a slim majority, with 70 votes in favour. Opposition lawmakers had walked out of the chamber in protest ahead of the vote.After the vote officials and lawmakers let loose cries of “Freedom!”In an emotional scene, regional leader Carles Puigdemont called on cheering fellow separatists to remain peaceful.“In the days ahead we must keep to our values of pacifism and dignity. It’s in our, in your hands, to build the republic,” Puigdemont said.Outside parliament, thousands who had gathered cheered the news, some dancing and raising a toast. In Barcelona, people crowded around TV sets to watch the historic events unfold. The famous Sant Jaume Square outside the regional government office was packed with thousands of people celebrating. Many were draped with the “Estelada” flag that adds a blue triangle to the red and yellow Catalan flag and has become a symbol of the separatist struggle.“I feel so emotional after the huge fight we went through, we finally got it … the independence of Catalonia!” said 74-year-old Rosalina Cordera Torelles.Nearby, 24-year-old Rita Carboneras could hardly contain her excitement.“I’m super, super, super happy. Super excited,” she said. “So relieved. Now we are Catalan at last. We can be ourselves. We are just happy, look everyone around. Everything is so exciting.”The exhilaration was short-lived. Some 500 kilometres (300 miles) to the southwest, the Senate in Madrid voted by an overwhelming margin of 214 to 47 in favour of granting the government exceptional powers.The main opposition Socialist and pro-business Citizens parties support Rajoy’s stance on Catalonia, and many Spaniards outside the region are scornful of Catalonia’s secession ambitions.Rajoy has also received support from outside Spain, with other European leaders, including Germany, France and Britain, rejecting Catalonia’s claims. The U.S. administration also backed Rajoy, after President Donald Trump last month branded the Catalan independence ballot as “foolish.”“Catalonia is an integral part of Spain, and the United States supports the Spanish government’s constitutional measures to keep Spain strong and united,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.Also supporting Rajoy’s warnings of trouble in Catalonia if it forges ahead with its secession bid, more than 1,500 businesses have moved their official headquarters out of Catalonia this month to ensure they can continue operating under European Union laws if Catalonia secedes.The EU says Catalonia will be tossed out of the bloc if it leaves Spain and would have to apply to become a member, a lengthy process.___Giles reported from Madrid. Elena Becatoros and Joseph Wilson in Barcelona contributed.
New Delhi: Noting that there was serious failure on part of the Uttar Pradesh government to control pollution in western UP rivers, the NGT has directed the state to pay Rs 5 crore as ‘performance guarantee’ to implement the action plan for rejuvenation of the rivers.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the UP chief secretary to personally look into the issue of availability of potable water to the affected inhabitants of Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Meerut, Bagpath and Ghaziabad districts. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”In view of serious failure of the state of Uttar Pradesh so far and alarming situation of pollution of the river affecting public health, we find it necessary to require furnishing of performance guarantee in the sum of Rs 5 crore to the satisfaction of the Central Pollution Control Board by Uttar Pradesh to the effect that action plan will be implemented within six months. On failure, the amount will be forfeited,” the bench said. The green panel also asked the chief secretory to provide requisite logistics to the committee, headed by Justice S U Khan (retd) with representatives of the CPCB and the Environment Ministry, so that the committee can oversee the implementation of the action plan to restore the rivers to their original condition. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliThe committee, which was formed by the tribunal to submit an action plan, told the NGT that discharge of untreated sewage and industrial effluents in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar is mainly responsible for the pollution of the river. “It found that prosecution was initiated against 118 non-complying industries. Orders for closure were passed against non-compliant industries out of which 28 orders were revoked or suspended. Show cause notices were also directed to be issued to some of the polluting industries,” it noted. The committee informed the tribunal that it could not perform its functions with regard to health check on account of noncooperation of authorities and could not undertake awareness programme in absence of assistance of authorities.
Kolkata: The city and various South Bengal districts may witness a thunderstorm on Wednesday evening, due to the impact of Nor’wester. Some of the South Bengal districts have witnessed light rainfall accompanied with a strong breeze on Tuesday.A MeT department official on Tuesday said that intermittent rains would start in several parts of South Bengal including Kolkata in the evening hours and the intensity of the rainfall may go up on Wednesday. However, during the day the humidity level in some districts may be on the higher side, giving a sense of discomfort to the people. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to the prediction of the weather office, city dwellers as well as those in the districts may also witness a gusty wind accompanied by rains. A heavy thunderstorm has been predicted in the Western districts like Birbhum, West Midnapore and Purulia. East Midnapore and South 24-Parganas may also receive heavy rainfall, the weather office predicted. The people may get some temporary comfort from the scorching summer heat as the temperature may slide down by a few notches following the rains. The weather condition may start improving in the city from Thursday. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be mentioned here that a thunderstorm had lashed various North Bengal districts on Tuesday morning, resulting in trees being uprooted. Due to the impact of the Nor’wester, thundershower took place in some parts of North Bengal, including Darjeeling and Kalimpong. The sky became overcast in several parts of South Bengal in the afternoon as well. The mercury has started soaring in the past couple of days. On March 22, the city witnessed a sudden turn in the weather due to the advent of first Nor’wester of the season. The weather office prediction says that the maximum and minimum temperature will hover around 35 degree and 23 degree Celsius respectively, in the next few days. The temperature may see a sudden fall during night hours following the evening showers.
Americans upset about the results of Tuesday’s presidential election will continue to voice their displeasure, Saturday, with more protests.Anti-Trump demonstrations are planned in Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and other cities, after another night of rallies across the U.S. throughout the day, Friday.In Portland, police threw tear gas and flash-bang grenades at protesters, who authorities say threw “burning projectiles” at officers.Previous demonstrations drew thousands of people in New York and other large urban centres.
The supposed “Dream Team” of last year’s Philadelphia Eagles didn’t even make the playoffs. A year later, Michael Vick surveyed his team’s roster and declared it worthy of not just one Super Bowl, but many.“When I look at our football team and what we have on paper, I think about when I was growing up and the great San Francisco 49er teams, the great Green Bay Packer teams, and the great Dallas Cowboy teams, how they just positioned themselves to compete and be one of the best teams out there,” Vick said.“I think we have a chance to be that. I think we have a chance to develop a dynasty,” he said on Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia.That’s big — outrageous? — talk for someone on a team that went 8-8 last year and has not even gotten into training camp for the upcoming season. But Vick said it is not just his feeling.“I think it’s just a mindset for my organization on down to the players,” he said in the interview. “We know we can do it. We know what we have, that’s the great thing about it. We know what we have as a team, as an organization and what better position to be in than to know that you have an opportunity?”They had an opportunity last season, adding quality free agents to the point where backup quarterback Vince Young dubbed the Eagles the “Dream Team.” It did not work out so well. The Eagles did not mesh as a unit until it was too late.This off-season the Eagles issued big-money extensions to players already on the roster, like wide receiver DeSean Jackson, running back LeSean McCory and defensive end Trent Cole. They added two-time Pro Bowl lineback DeMeco Ryans in a trade with the Houston Texans.Vick said the Eagles are in a “special place” now. And while the Super Bowl is the ultimate goal, having a strong regular season is the immediate goal.“I think just getting to the postseason right now is our focus,” he said. “The Super Bowl is going to come if it’s meant to happen. Some of the best teams have some of the best luck. Maybe we’ll have some of that. I think our focus needs to be one game at a time, just getting into the postseason.”
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a toddler who was crushed after a lorry rolled over him.The incident occurred on Saturday around 06:30h at Access Road, Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).Fifteen months old Terrence Wilson was rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.According to the Police, the lorry, GVV 363, which was selling cooking gas and kerosene was stopped by a grandparent of the infant to make a purchase and during that process the child unknowingly ventured out of the yard and went under the vehicle.The driver, 27, of North Zeelugt, Housing Scheme, EBE, is in custody assisting with the investigation.The toddler’s body is at the Ezekiel’s Funeral Home awaiting an autopsy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUpdate: Truck driver attempted to overtake cyclist in Parika fatal accidentSeptember 12, 2019In “Crime”Breaking!!! Body found in canal at Zeelugt, EBEJanuary 22, 2016In “Crime”Mahaicony resident crushed to death by truckMarch 14, 2015In “Crime”
Since launching an SKF cloud in November 2012, the global network of SKF Remote Diagnostic Centres has been connected, bringing together global IT solutions and making all application data accessible in a single cloud-based system. SKF said this collective data “reflects a huge breadth of knowledge and experience in diagnosing and solving customer machinery maintenance issues in applications across all major industries worldwide”, including mining. SKF Asset Diagnostic Services can now leverage and share this knowledge, and at any time of day, SKF service engineers – located in timezones around the world – can be available to provide support in response to any problems that their remote diagnostics systems have identified.“The new cloud-based solution allows us to monitor and diagnose not hundreds of thousands, but millions of machines. We already have half a million machines in the cloud. This shared knowledge helps us better serve our customers. In addition our cloud based software and services give our customers 24/7 access to an easy to understand diagnostics dashboard and regular reporting. And of course direct access to our knowledge network to collaborate with SKF machine health experts around the globe, day or night. In this way we can help our customer to increase machine availability while decreasing maintenance costs”, said Erwin Weis, Global Manager – SKF Asset Diagnostic Services. SKF Asset Diagnostic Services are described as being “particularly suitable” for applications in mining. Part of this offer includes “Software as a Service” (SaaS), which allows the customer to use the SKF cloud to host the data from their condition based maintenance program, reducing the cost of ownership and maintenance of expensive IT infrastructure. Additionally, diagnostic expertise can be requested on demand. Further extending the benefits is “Knowledge as a Service” (KaaS) where the SKF cloud and SKF Remote Diagnostic Centre network is used to establish or further improve a condition based maintenance program through partnering with SKF.
OFFICIALS FROM THE Irish Taxation Institute will address TDs and senators on the Oireachtas Finance Committee today to outline their concerns over plans to move the tax deadline for the self-employed to an earlier date.With Budgets now taking place in October rather than December, the Department of Finance has proposed moving the pay-and-file deadline to either the end of June or mid-September – so officials have all the data needed to put the Budget together on time.The ITA – which represents the country’s Chartered Tax Advisors – says it’s received an “enormous response” from its 5,000-strong membership regarding the planned change.One in seven of the Institute’s members said their clients would have problems providing “information of appropriate quality” in time for a June tax filing date.68 per cent of members said there would still be problems if the date was moved to September, because of the clash with the Corporation Tax filing date.The ITA’s Chief Executive Mark Redmond, who is set present the body’s submission to the Oireachtas panel today, will also make the point that taxes paid under the pay and file deadline make up only a small percentage of the overall tax yield.According to the submission document: “Time pressures arising from an advanced Pay & File date will undoubtedly result in increased inaccuracies in tax returns filed.“This will lead to revisions being required after the filing date, creating administrative cost for taxpayers and Revenue and compromising the certainty of the Exchequer returns.”Labour TD Ciarán Lynch will chair this afternoon’s session, which gets under way in Oireachtas Committee Room 4 at 3pm.Read: Government to open up new postcode database to businesses – at a cost
Monday 13 Feb 2017, 11:46 AM Share103 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/Syda Productions Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3237128 7 Comments By Cormac Fitzgerald Image: Shutterstock/Syda Productions Short URL CRIMINALS USE DRUGS, alcohol and the notion of status to entrap children as young as 11 into a life of crime, according to new research from the University of Limerick.The study – Lifting the Lid on Greentown – looks at a criminal network operating in an anonymous community outside of Dublin (with the codename Greentown).Through collecting data from the Garda Pulse system and interviewing local gardaí in the area, researchers were able to identify and study the characteristics of a criminal gang network operating there.The study four year was commissioned by the Department of Justice and found that people with more authority in this criminal network would draw children in by offering them drugs, alcohol and social status in the local community.The researchers also found that once a person had started to engage in criminal activity it was difficult for them to move out of it.The research found that certain families in the community had a higher status than others and would be treated better. Meanwhile, many of the children who got involved with crime came from families with a history of drug and alcohol abuse.In some cases acts of violence were used a punishment for offenders and the research found that a general sense of fear pervaded many of the communities.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Sean Redmond, Professor of Law at the University of Limerick, said that it had been commissioned with a view to a “practical outcome”.He said further research will be carried out on other communities to try to broaden the findings.He also said researchers would work with national and international experts to try to build a new programme based off the findings over the course of this year.Read: Here’s what the main players are saying about the Maurice McCabe scandalRead: Gardaí appeal for witnesses after man (30s) dies in single vehicle crash last night Feb 13th 2017, 11:46 AM 7,525 Views Drugs, alcohol and social status used to coerce young children into life of crime Lifting the Lid on Greentown looks at a criminal network operating in an anonymous community outside of Dublin.
Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic could have been an Arsenal player, according to former Serbian player Goran Milosavljevic.Milivojevic has become a firm fans’ favourite at Crystal Palace since joining the Eagles in January 2017 but Milosavljevic who is credited with discovering former Manchester United great Nemanja Vidic insists he could have become a gunner instead.In an interview with the Chester Chronicle, he has revealed how he worked closely with former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger during his time in charge, and made several recommendations to the Frenchman about players.But he said two players, in particular, got away for the Gunners are Milivojevic and former Serbia captain Nemanja Vidic.Milosavljevic said Arsenal did not trust his judgement on Vidic when he first told them about him one year before he signed for Manchester United.Luka Milivojevic targets a new Premier League record Andrew Smyth – August 15, 2019 Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic hopes to set the record for the most penalties scored in Premier League history this season.And he insists Milivojevic could have ended up at Arsenal, if they had acted upon his recommendation.“Luka Milivojevic is another player who I recommended,” he said.“I started working with him at a young age, around 12, and then seriously when he was about 15.“He has gone on to play for Crystal Palace and is doing well in the Premier League. He is one of their top players.”Milivojevic was a deadline day signing for Palace in January 2017, during Sam Allardyce’s time in charge.
Clark Public Utilities crews have restored power to 2,400 customers in the vicinity of Northeast Ward Road and 162nd Avenue.The outage was reported around 1 p.m. A crew was working in the area when a breaker lock opened, causing the power outage, said Erica Erland, a utility spokeswoman.All power was restored by about 2 p.m.
Scattered rain showers are in the Fairbanks area forecast, and any precipitation that falls will add to local totals that have Fairbanks on track to continue breaking wet weather records. Download AudioThe last rain event Monday, a thunderstorm that brought heavy downpours, boosted July precipitation even further above normal. The National Weather Service reports that Monday’s thunderstorm dropped 1.13 inches at Fairbanks International where the agency takes its official measurements. Meteorologist Ryan Metzger says the rain moved Fairbanks up the list of Fairbanks rainiest Julys.“So far for the month of July, we’ve had 4.49 inches, and that’s the fourth-highest amount on record for the month of July,” Metzger said. “The wettest, for reference, is 5.96 inches, and that was set in 2003.”Metzger says Fairbanks normally receives 2.16 inches of rain in July. Fairbanks just logged its rainiest June, and the combined months of June and July have already bested the previous 2-month high mark. Metzger says there is a chance of breaking the June, July, August record as well.“The record for summer season is 11.59 inches,” Metzger said. “So, right now, we’re sitting at 8.05 inches. So, we’d have to have a couple more big events for that to happen.”Metzger says nothing like that is currently in the forecast.
Share Courtesy – Neil deGrasse TysonAstrophysicist and television host Neil deGrasse Tyson.Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says none of us would be here without cosmic collisions. Without cosmic objects like asteroids colliding with other bodies like the earth, the dinosaurs would still be at the top of the food chain, and we wouldn’t have our moon, he says.The topic is the focus of a lecture Tyson’s giving on Monday (Jan. 15) at Jones Hall in an event hosted by Society for the Performing Arts.Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn spoke with him ahead of the event about the importance of such interstellar collisions, about Houston’s place in the space program, about how he delivers a lecture to a general audience, and about the challenges science faces these days.
The work of Morgan State University students and faculty was on display this weekend at Baltimore’s Artscape—the largest free arts festival in the United States.Instructor Brian Stansbury and students from Morgan’s School of Architecture and Planning designed and built the “Space Place” exhibit, which reflected the festival’s 2016 theme of “Space: Explore What’s Out There.”“With pop culture’s fascination with all things intergalactic, this theme provides attendees an exciting level of both entertainment and education,” the Artscape website said about this year’s theme. “Using the tagline of ‘Explore What’s Out There, festival-goers launch off into a truly out of this world experience as the space theme is incorporated throughout the festival’s visual and performing arts programming.”Space Place, located near the intersection of Charles and Preston streets, anchored a giant, 1.5-mile long model solar system with which festival attendees could interact. The Morgan students created inflatable planets, each ranging in size from 5 feet to 30 feet in diameter, and created environments that mimic conditions on those celestial bodies.Special lighting illuminated the large orbs from within, providing an especially visual feast at night, while a live DJ provided a soundtrack for the experience.Arrtscape attracts more than 350,000 attendees over three days to Baltimore’s midtown arts district. More than 150 fine artists, craftspeople, sculptors, fashion designers and performing artists exhibit their work at the annual extravaganza.
A bill that would punish U.S. companies for outsourcing their customer service call centers abroad should not concern local workers, the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) said in a news release.Chamber leaders said that the approval of the proposed bill would not have an impact on the local workforce in the short term, and asked the population “not to be alarmed.”Democratic and Republican Senators submitted the “US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act” on March 2. The bill’s main goal is to bring jobs back to the United States; groups such as the Communications Workers of America already voiced their public support for the initiative.AMCHAM says the bill would only regulate call centers focused on customer service.“These should not be mistaken for the value-added services centers that now predominate in Costa Rica, and which would not be regulated by this bill,” the chamber’s statement said.Chamber President Dennis Whitelaw asked that people to remain calm and continue doing their work in the most professional way possible.“We don’t think this bill would affect contact centers located in Costa Rica in the short term,” he said.The chamber’s statement also noted that relocating call center operations back to the United States would involve high costs in infrastructure and in hiring new staff.CautionJorge Sequeira, the General Director of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE), told The Tico Times in a written response that because the defense of local jobs is a major political issue in the United States right now, the approach of a new Senate election might lead politicans to use this issue in order to win votes.Sequeira said that CINDE will keep monitoring all similar proposals, but that “people should be aware that all these proposals must go through a series of steps before its final approval.”Companies from Costa Rica’s services sector currently employ some 60,000 people, according to CINDE, but call centers represent only fraction of that. The agency does not have a precise figure of how many people work at contact centers, but 23 foreign companies offering such services are registered with CINDE.Bill H.R. 4604In its curent wording Bill H.R. 4604 requires the Secretary of Labor to maintain a publicly available list of all employers that relocate a call center overseas, and to make such companies ineligible for federal grants or taxpayer-guaranteed loans.If approved, it would require call center agents to disclose their location at the beginning of the call, and would grant U.S. customers the right to request that their calls be transferred to a U.S.-based call center.The bill has been submitted for approval several times since 2011. This time, it is back for discussion by Congress with the support of Democratic Senators Bob Casey, Sherrod Brown and Claire McCaskill. In the House of Representatives, Republican David McKinley and Democrat Gene Green sponsored the bill. Facebook Comments Related posts:Gallito candy, chocolates won’t be ‘Made in Costa Rica’ anymore Costa Rica drops two spots in global competitiveness ranking Will Donald Trump’s victory affect Costa Rica’s economy? US company Suttle to relocate its Costa Rica operations to Minnesota
American Airlines’ new look American Airlines has rolled out its first rebranding since 1968 as the carrier works towards building a “more modern travel experience” for its customers. But reaction to the new logo and livery of it planes, whose major feature has been to do away with the ‘AA’ logo on its tail in favour of a red, white and blue American flag motif, has been mixed .According to Forbes, most design experts it had spoken to had regretted losing the unpainted, polished exterior of the jets, another major change. “Why would they ever want to get rid of the silver bird?” Pratt Institute Professor of Graduate Communications & Package Design, Kevin Gatta told the magazine.“Every time you saw that silver plane you knew it was American Airlines.”Another design expert, IIT Institute of Design Chicago Assistant Professor Kim Erwin, suggested the new “flight symbol”, an updated eagle, created an “unfortunate connection to the US Postal Service”.Others saw a resemblance to the old Greyhound Bus logo, with the red and blue background split by a white greyhound, Forbes reported.One group of self-professed airline “geeks” and aviation business professionals, has even gone so far as to launch their own Facebook page called, fix the tAAil, with the agenda of, you guessed it, forcing the carrier into making changes to the new design of the tail.“fix the tAAil is uniquely concerned about American Airlines’ new corporate branding and visual identity, specifically the modernized “American Flag” tail motif,” it says on its page.“While we applaud the new “Flight Symbol” (the evolution of the Eagle heritage), we take issue with the current tail emblem – the stylized version of the American Flag.”But despite the criticisms in some circles, many have praised the new look, which most agree needed to happen.“Overall, I really applaud the bold step forward for a corporation of that exposure and that tradition,” chair of the Graphic Design Department at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California Nik Hafermaas told Forbes.Though perhaps the last word should go to Massimo Vignelli, the creator of American Airlines’ old logo, who said the typeface on the redesign was “not as good or as powerful” as the old one.Vignelli told BusinessWeek that national colors have “tremendous equity”, but American’s redesign “has no sense of permanence”.And he should know. His iconic branding of AA lasted 45 years, by far the longest of any US airline.But only time will tell. Tell us your thoughts on the new branding. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H
Centara Hotels and Resorts more employee centricCentara Hotels and Resorts has long recognized that its greatest asset is its employees. They are seen as the heart, the power and drive for the organization’s success in its ongoing development. As an indication of Centara’s commitment to enabling its talent to achieve its full potential, on Monday, June 22, 2015 the company unveiled its newly renovated and outfitted “Inspiration Room” at Centara Grand at CentralWorld.The HR team along with Centara executives carried out extensive research to determine the desires and expectations of their employees. Based on this research the objective of the renovated space, the Inspiration Room, was to provide employees with a place to relax, engage, where they will feel inspired to learn and develop and where employees are encouraged to become their best in an empowering environment. The catalyst for the enhanced space was centred on understanding and meeting the motivations and interests of generation Y, which make up 50% of the Centara work force. A major factor in the decision-making process was a strong recognition that generation Y is looking to achieve a healthy work life balance.The executive team recognized that the concept that an employee is purely motivated by money clearly no longer exists. Employees are looking for opportunities to grow and learn, work in a creative environment and be challenged by meaningful work as well as being recognized and respected.“At present, with the emergence of Generation Y, we have started placing emphasis on enhancing our training and development programmes and the training facilities,” shares Khun Pattara Jongcharoenkulchai, Vice President of Human Resources at Centara Hotels and Resorts. “Learning is nowadays no longer solely restricted to the conventional classroom environment. We also have a mini-exhibition of Centara talents who have shown distinguished performance, who are set as role models to inspire our staff members.”Corporate and hotel employees have the opportunity to participate in a number of training exercises that are run regularly throughout the year. These training experiences can vary from learning new management skills to latte art classes, all designed to allow for professional as well as personal development.The Inspiration Room at Centara Grand at CentralWorld is intended to be a prototype for learning & recreation centres for other properties. The corporate HR team is encouraging other properties to follow their lead.As part of the larger human resources project, there will be continued opportunities for employees to participate in programs such as the Management Development Programme, where select employees from properties in Thailand and overseas will further nurture and develop their knowledge and skills so that they are ready to become young managers within Centara to support the company’s rapid expansion. Find out more about Centara Hotels and Resorts Source = Centara Hotels and Resorts
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