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first_imgOver-run would be a weak word to describe the massive increases in the projected costs of completing CWG projects. Here are 10 grossly fattened reasons why all is far from well. Dr Karni Singh Shooting RangeWhat it cost: Rs 149 crSwell factor: 800%What was constructed was a compromise, and is,Over-run would be a weak word to describe the massive increases in the projected costs of completing CWG projects. Here are 10 grossly fattened reasons why all is far from well.Dr Karni Singh Shooting RangeWhat it cost: Rs 149 crSwell factor: 800%What was constructed was a compromise, and is the facility hit hardest by the rains. Repairs may not hold it together.Talkatora Indoor StadiumWhat it cost: Rs 150 crSwell factor: 250%Just upgraded, the main boxing venue has been knocked down by the rains, with its floors and ceiling damaged.Jawaharlal Nehru StadiumWhat it cost: Rs 961 crSwell factor: 220%The main sporting venue, completed after a year’s delay; but the cable work and main scoreboard are yet to be installed as the cost meter is ticking higher and higher.Yamuna Sports ComplexWhat it cost: Rs 25 crSwell factor: 100%The main venue for archery and table tennis. Work started late due to recall of tender. Damaged by rains with a large part of the soft overlays washed away, needs major repairs pushing up the cost.Jamia Millia IslamiaWhat it cost: Rs 42 crSwell factor: 200%The training venue for rugby and table tennis. Work started without DDA clearance and as a result Indian grass had later to be replaced by American and is now ready. Has survived the rains.Dr SPM Aquatics ComplexWhat it cost: Rs 377 crSwell factor: 210%Was at high risk due to delay in start of the work. Use of substandard material and siphoning away of money was apparent when a false ceiling fell. Safety of athletes is a concern. Repairs in progress.advertisementThis article appeared in the India Today magazine dated August 16, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy or read it on Kindle and Zinio.Delhi UniversityWhat it cost: Rs 222.3 crSwell factor: 250%First of its kind in India had to wait for approval of revised budget and funds, so started late. The third party quality assurance was not appointed till late last year. Has not suffered any damage. Yet.Indira Gandhi StadiumWhat it cost: Rs 669 crSwell factor: 230%The new velodrome, a fully air-conditioned indoor timber track built at a cost of Rs 150 crore, was damaged due to water logging and seepage in the ceiling. The extent of damage is yet to be ascertained.Games VillageWhat it cost: Rs 950 crSwell factor: 100%DDA had a pact with private builder MGR, which could be why there hasn’t been any damage like other government projects. Controversy: DDA bailed out MGR by buying 333 flats for Rs 766 crore.Shivaji StadiumWhat it cost: Rs 185 crSwell factor: 100%Was renovated and is the training venue for hockey. A new five-storey multipurpose block and a two-level basement parking for 1,200 cars will come up. Falling behind; will be ready by end-August.This article appeared in the India Today magazine dated August 16, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy or read it on Kindle and Zinio.last_img read more

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Press Note: The categories for the second edition of the Indian Sports Honours have…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementIndian Sports Honours (ISH), an initiative by RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group and Virat Kohli Foundation, today announced the 17 categories for their second edition which will be held in Mumbai on 16th February 2019.  ISH aims to recognise and honour Indian sportspersons for their exceptional performances, sportsmanship and spirit of sport through a grand felicitation ceremony.Last month, the ISH Jury, which comprised of eminent leaders and sporting champions including the likes of Mr. Sanjiv Goenka, Pullela Gopichand, Abhinav Bindra, Sardar Singh, Mahesh Bhupathi, PT Usha and Anjali Bhagwat met and finalized the winners from 11 categories. The nominations in each category were shortlisted by 200 journalists from Sport Journalists Federation of India and the process was overseen and validated by Ernst & Young. Apart from the 11 Jury Honours, there are ‘Six Popular Choice Honours’ and winners will be decided through online voting process on Twitter.The voting will open on 9th February 2019 and will close on the morning of 16th February 2019.  Fans can go online and vote for their respective categories on Twitter on this handle @SportsHonourslast_img read more

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AS-LD SONOWAL HIMA

first_imgHima to be sports ambassador of Assam : Sonowal(Adding information)Kandulimari (Assam), Jul 17 (PTI) Assam Chief MinisterSarbananda Sonowal today met the parents of ace sprinter HimaDas and said that she would be appointed the sports ambassadorof Assam.Hima, who created history by winning gold at IAAFWorld Under-20 Championships at Tampere in Finland recently,would be the first sports ambassador of the state, officialssaid.The state government, he said, would felicitate thesprint queen at a state-level programme after her return toAssam, Sonowal told Hima’s parents Ranjit and Junali Das attheir home.He visited Hima’s home at No 3 Kandulimari village inDhing area of Nagaon district and interacted with her parentsas well as other members of her family.Sonowal congratulated Hima’s parents on the success oftheir daughter in the world of sports. He lavishly praised her”stunning success” saying that her achievement has “raised thestature of the people of the state globally”.Hima would be made the sports ambassador of the stateand a reward of Rs 50 lakh would be given to her as per thegovernment’s earlier announcement, he said.Sonowal also felicitated Hima’s parents with thetraditional ‘gamosa’ (Assamese scarf of honour), ‘sarai'(brass metal offering tray with a stand) and a citation.”Hima’s feat inspires Indians and the gold won by herproves that hard work, commitment and sincerity are thecornerstones of success”, he said adding that her feat wouldinspire the young generation.Hima’s victory has given renewed momentum to womenempowerment in the country, he added.advertisementThe chief minister also told Hima’s parents that PrimeMinister Narendra Modi was very elated with her success andhas expressed his sentiments at a public programme recently.During the interaction Ranjit Das requested the chiefminister for steps to improve the condition of the playground,library and Naamghar (prayer hall) of their village.Sonowal assured him that necessary support would beextended by the government in this regard and directed theNagaon district deputy commissioner to immediately submit aproposal.The chief minister also directed the Nagaonsuperintendent of police to take necessary steps to reopen theerstwhile police outpost at Sologuri as asked for by Hima’sfather. PTI ESB KKKK KK KKlast_img read more

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Q&A: World Bank Plan to Value Ecosystems

first_imgConventional measurements of national economic performance, such as Gross Domestic Product and Standard National Accounts, do a poor job of tracking stocks and flows of ecosystems and their services. A country can cut down its forests, drain its wetlands and pollute its water sources and none of this shows up in the national accounting system. There is therefore little incentive for better management of precious natural resources.By giving these assets a value and including them in the national accounts, the hope is that what gets measured will get managed. Current macroeconomic decisions largely fail to account for natural assets, leading to decisions that degrade ecosystems.Properly accounting for natural capital stocks and ecosystem service flows is one of the lynchpins of sustainable development. All economic activity depends on the quantity and quality of underlying capital. Capital takes four basic forms: built, social, human, and natural. By maintaining our capital stocks in good condition we insure that future generations will be at least as well off as we are today. Ecosystem service accounts help advance this goal with respect to natural capital.These new accounts will also raise awareness about the value of a country’s natural assets and increase public support for decisions that are better for people and nature.What is the connection between ecosystem services and economic development?Economic development and ecosystem services are intertwined. We can’t really deal with one without dealing with the other. Unfortunately, the current mindset of society is to put economic development and nature in separate boxes, overseen by separate government agencies and separate academic disciplines. We think that protecting the environment is an impediment to development. We view it as a cost. Thinking about the environment in terms of ecosystem services can transform that mindset and help us see and value the environment as a series of assets or benefits that development in fact depends upon. By including ecosystems as assets alongside capital, labor and other commonly measured units in national accounts, governments will hopefully spur economic growth while sustaining or even growing natural assets. What are some of the challenges of creating national ecosystem service accounts?Architects of green accounts must grapple with three measurement challenges: how to define standardized units, how to measure physical quantities and how to assign values. None of these tasks are easy. Unlike conventional accounts that track the value of goods sold (such as houses, cars, and food) many ecosystem services are not traded so the unit of measurement is not always obvious. Consider the ecosystem service of pollination. Should economists assume it is already captured in agriculture products sold or should they use a proxy, such as the number of pollinators or pollinations?If the accounts are to be integrated into existing national income accounts, then double counting must be avoided. The chosen measurement units must also be quantifiable at the national level.Fortunately, economists have at their disposal a wide range of peer reviewed methods for doing so. While the field of ecosystem service valuation is quite new and still evolving, it nevertheless has progressed to the point where it can be demonstrated at a larger scale as indicated by the UNEP recent report on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity. The pros and cons of various valuation approaches will need to be carefully weighed to avoid under or over valuing services and risking the credibility of the entire effort.Will this solve the ecosystem degradation problem?National ecosystem accounts are a good start. But putting a value on ecosystem services at the national level will not guarantee changes in the way ecosystems are managed in the myriad of sub-national decisions that determine their fate. For example, creating aquacultures versus conserving mangroves; building levies and dams versus sustaining wetlands; creating palm oil plantations in place of tropical rainforest. This will require stronger governance systems, policies that protect ecosystems, reforming subsidy programs, eliminating perverse incentives and the use of other incentives to sustain rather than degrade ecosystems.A recent WRI report, Banking on Nature’s Assets guides policymakers on how to determine priority ecosystem services and then select the most effective policies for sustaining them depending on a country’s capacity and existing laws and policies.Are any countries already doing this?A number of efforts are underway to create national indicators of ecosystem health. The UK is conducting a National Ecosystem Assessment of the country’s natural environment in terms of the benefits it provides to society. The results of this could be integrated into national accounts. Emerging initiatives at the global, regional, and national scale are road testing ways to incorporate valuation of natural, built, human, and social capital into measures of national well being and economic sustainability that can be reported side by side with traditional measures such as GDP. Most of these initiatives address natural capital and ecosystem service flows. For example, the U.S. Genuine Progress Indicator includes costs of depleting old growth forests, wetlands, and farmlands in its sustainable economic welfare calculations. The European Commission, United Nations and others are exploring ways to define complementary indicators for GDP that address sustainable development.What should the World Bank do in its own operations to take into account ecosystems?In addition to helping countries account for the value of natural assets, the World Bank itself is well positioned to systematically integrate ecosystem risks and opportunities into its own operations. Banking on Nature’s Assets identifies entry points for mainstreaming ecosystem services into the World Bank’s core operations. These range from country assistance strategies and environmental analysis to sector work and development policy loans. The report also presents a range of tools and policy options that the Bank can use to help country partners sustain their precious capital. It concludes with recommendations for scaling up the use of an ecosystem service approach in the World Bank and other MDB’s operations. Eventually, valuation of ecosystem services should become a routine practice in formal benefit-cost analysis of all MDB policies, program, and projects. A country can cut down its forests, drain its wetlands and pollute its water sources and none of this shows up in the national accounting system. There is therefore little incentive for better management of precious natural resources. More InformationMeasuring What Matters: GDP, Ecosystems, and the EnvironmentShattering Glass Walls at the Multilateral Development BanksPromoting Development, Protecting EnvironmentBanking on Nature’s Assets: How Multilateral Development Banks Can Strengthen Development by Using Ecosystem Services Last week at the UN Convention on Biodiversity, the World Bank launched a new program that aims to put a value on a country’s ecosystems in the same way a country measures its national income and product accounts, or GNP and GDP. [!!]Note:[/!!] This post was updated on November 4, 2010 to provide additional information.In this Q&A, WRI’s Janet Ranganathan and John Talberth discuss why countries need to start measuring the value of nature and the benefits and challenges of setting up these so-called national ecosystem service accounts.What are ecosystem services?Ecosystem services are the benefits that nature provides to people. Food, freshwater, timber and cotton for clothes are some of the most familiar and visible services. But there are other types of unseen services that we often take for granted, for example the ability of forests to sequester carbon and mitigate climate change and the way in which wetlands filter and purify water.What are national ecosystem service accounts and why are they needed?last_img read more

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Aleksandr Golovin: Just how good is ‘Russia’s Iniesta’?

first_imgAleksandr Golovin Who is Aleksandr Golovin? ‘Russia’s Iniesta’ who lit up World Cup opener Vasily Legeydo Goal Russia Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Aleksandr Golovin Russia Getty Russia CSKA Moskva Juventus Monaco World Cup Premier League Transfers Opinion Goal Russia provides some insight into the talented youngster who has grabbed the attention of Juventus and Monaco following a brilliant MD1 display After the success of Euro 2008, Russian footballers became fashionable on the continent. Andrey Arshavin, Yuri Zhirkov and Roman Pavlyuchenko all moved to English clubs, closely followed by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.It seemed that Russia was on the cusp of a great leap forward which would allow its clubs to compete in Europe, and its players to stand amongst the continent’s brightest stars.But since then, no such leap has been taken, and Russian football has regressed. Before the World Cup, Russians became bitter and sarcastic, and reminisced about the days when their players’ ambitions went beyond a big salary at a domestic club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Even Fedor Smolov, who has long been linked with a move abroad, is in no hurry to leave Krasnodar; he seems quite content to fight for a Champions League place via the Russian Premier League.But things are not completely hopeless. Two players shone during Russia’s World Cup opener – the 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia – standing out against the dull, lifeless backdrop of the domestic game. First was Dmitry Cheryshev, who plays in Spain and was previously on the books at Real Madrid. The second was CSKA Moscow’s Aleksandr Golovin.A creative midfielder, Golovin was first brought into the CSKA first team by Leonid Slutsky in 2016 as a relative unknown. Even then, Golovin stood out thanks to his vision, intelligence and quick thinking. His rise was quiet and gradual; he is not a flamboyant person and is not prone to announcing his ambitions publicly. But he worked hard, and a short time later he was a regular in the first team, replacing the experienced Roman Shirokov.That year, Slutsky, having taken over the Russian national side, included Golovin in his squad for the European Championship. The playmaker featured in all of Russia’s group games, but was unable to influence the result: Russia crashed out of what was far from the toughest group including Wales and Slovakia.What has changed since then? Golovin has matured, and his actions on the pitch have taken on a new level of class and confidence, although his playing style remains unchanged. Football agent Sandor Varga believes Slutsky is responsible for the midfielder’s progress.Aleksandr Golovin CSKA“I think the main contributor to his development has been Leonid Slutsky. He gradually brought Sasha into the fold, and in 2016 began to use him as a starter, despite the competition in CSKA’s midfield,” Varga says. “Then Slutsky took the kid to Euro 2016, where he took in the big game atmosphere.”Over two seasons as a starter for one of Russia’s top clubs, Golovin has improved his best qualities: the ability to play across the whole width of the pitch, and to organise the transition from defence to attack, either with a pass, or with the ball at his feet. Golovin is one of the Russian league’s most technically-gifted players, and is also good at shooting from distance.Arsenal fans had the chance to see this for themselves when Golovin converted a gorgeous free kick against their team in the Europa League quarter-final. Immediately afterwards, rumours began to surface that the Gunners were interested in buying him, with Arsene Wenger himself saying: “Golovin is a very interesting player and had a fantastic game tonight.”Golovin vs ArsenalSince then, Juventus, Milan, Monaco and even Barcelona have been linked with Golovin. The man himself only increased this interest with his performances late in the season, when CSKA leapfrogged Spartak to take second place despite a lack of squad depth and an ageing defence.“Golovin? I have watched several videos of him, he is a good player,” Juventus coach Max Allegri confessed. Meanwhile, Juve CEO Giuseppe Marotta not only praised Golovin, but openly spoke about a possible transfer: “Buy Golovin? It is more than likely.”However, it is not that simple. CSKA are understood to be holding out for more money in talks with Juventus. The Moscow club does not want to let its top star go cheap. Of course, they have every right to take this approach, and Golovin showed in the World Cup opener why he is worth the money.Yes, Russia were only playing Saudi Arabia, but this does not diminish the midfielder’s exploits. Golovin provided two excellent assists, launched endless counterattacks, and capped off the performance with yet another beautiful free-kick goal.Whichever club buys Golovin will get an intelligent and creative player who does not conform to the primitive style often employed by Russian clubs. He reads the game at the level of Europe’s top maestros. In a way, he is reminiscent of Iniesta, such is the ease with which he beats his man before delivering a perfect through ball to put his teammate clean through on goal.Aleksandr Golovin RussiaOf course, Golovin is still young and lacks experience in Europe, so his transfer carries certain risks. However, for Russian fans, the praise heaped on Golovin from football’s big names is a point of national pride, allowing them to hope for a better future for Russian football despite all of its problems.It is rare for Russian fans to feel this way about a player. Usually, footballers are seen as arrogant and conceited. But Golovin is different; after the game with Saudi Arabia, he appeared via satellite on a Russian TV talk show and, faced with a tirade of flattery, took off his microphone and retreated to the team bus.Golovin’s humility could work against him. Aleksandr is quiet and does not speak any English. However, this could also help his development; wherever he ends up playing, he will get his head down and do his job without falling victim to fans’ adoration, as so many would-be superstars do.last_img read more

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K-State Fan Who Bumped Jamari Traylor Comes Forward, Pens Apology

first_imgKansas State fan bumps Kansas's Jamari TraylorTwitter/K-State Twitter/K-StateTwitter/K-StateTuesday, Kansas State police asked for the public’s help in identifying which student had purposely bumped Kansas forward Jamari Traylor following the Wildcats’ upset victory over the Jayhawks. Just a few hours later, the student himself decided to come forward, penning an open letter to the editor on the school’s student newspaper The Collegian. Nathan Power issued a formal apology for his role in the melee that followed the contest.K-State friends, I was the individual identified as the fan who bumped Jamari Traylor during the court storm following K-State’s victory over KU. I want to take this moment to share a sincere apology in breaking from the Wildcat way and stepping outside what is acceptable in the spirit of the game. Following the basketball game I simply let my emotions get the best of me in all of the chaos. In my excitement I was not careful of the people I was around. I am sorry that I made the KU basketball team—Jamari Traylor in particular—feel disrespected. By no means can I change what took place but in the future I will be aware of how emotions can impact good judgment. Nathan PowerPower also deleted his Twitter account after the contest. There is no word on potential consequences for the student. You can view video of the incident here.last_img read more

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Emiliano Sala’s body arrives in Argentina ahead of wake and burial in Progreso

first_img Next Reuters Buenos AiresFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 23:45 IST Emiliano Sala had died from injuries to his head and torso when his plane crashed in the English Channel (AP Photo)The body of footballer Emiliano Sala arrived in Argentina on Friday, ahead of this weekend’s wake and burial in his home town.TV pictures showed a van carrying the body being slowly escorted out of the Buenos Aires airport by police vehicles.The body is being driven to Progreso, around 538km (334 miles) northwest of the capital Buenos Aires, for a vigil and wake.Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock and chief executive Ken Choo are among those who will attend the funeral.Sala, 28, had been flying from his previous club Nantes in western France to Wales on Jan. 21 to join up with Cardiff City when the single-engined Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared over the English Channel.A post-mortem found Sala had died from injuries to his head and torso when his plane crashed in the English Channel.The evidence was heard at a coroner’s hearing in the English city of Dorset, three weeks to the day since the crash.The single-engine aircraft was flying from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff where Sala was due to start a new career playing for the Welsh capital’s Premier League club.Home Office pathologist Dr Basil Purdue has given the cause of Sala’s death as “head and trunk injuries.”Sala’s body was recovered from the seabed wreckage last week but pilot David Ibbotson is still missing.Acting senior Dorset coroner Brendan Allen said during Monday’s hearing the Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigation could take up to 12 months.A pre-inquest review hearing was set for November 6.advertisementAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Emiliano SalaFollow NantesFollow Cardiff CityFollow Emiliano Sala plane crashFollow Emiliano Sala missing plane Emiliano Sala’s body arrives in Argentina ahead of wake and burial in ProgresoEmiliano Sala had been flying from his previous club Nantes in western France to Wales on Jan. 21 to join up with Cardiff City when the single-engined Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared over the English Channel.advertisementlast_img read more

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Old Fashioned Christmas A Success

first_imgAlmost 6,400 visitors to Sherbrooke Village participated in 2005 Old Fashioned Christmas events — an increase from last year. The activities, which traditionally were held over two weekends, took place over one weekend, Nov. 25 to Nov. 27. “Opening night was attended by more than 3,300 people and a number of our musical and craft-related events exceeded our expectations,” said Craig MacDonald, chair of the Old Fashioned Christmas committee. “We were not sure how people would react to having just the one weekend of activities, but the overall response was extremely positive.” Attendance increased at the craft sale closing concert, Ceilidh and dinner dance which was held at Liscombe Lodge. “The business community really came onside this year,” said George Brothers, manager of program development at Sherbrooke Village. “The accommodations sector enjoyed a marked increase over previous years. The number of room nights sold for this year’s event more than quadrupled. Local hoteliers are obviously recognizing the potential that Old Fashioned Christmas brings for off-season growth.” Next year will mark the 11th anniversary of Old Fashioned Christmas and opening night activities are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 24, 2006.last_img read more

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Moroccan Immigrant Killed and Burned in Germany

Rabat – The charred body of a French national of Moroccan origin was found Tuesday night in Offenburg in Germany.An autopsy performed Wednesday in Freiburg Brigsau confirmed that the victim, who was identified as Ajaoun Brahim, 31, from Strasbourg and of Moroccan origin, had been shot dead and his body burned.After he went missing, his wife informed the Strasbourg police that “he had not returned home from work, and that he had given no sign of life.” The family posted search notices on social media networks.According to DNA.fr, a passerby found the missing man’s charred body in a forest in Offenburg in Germany and informed the police who were dispatched to the scene immediately.Michael Wacquez, the lawyer of the family of the victim, said that the victim had no “police record” and lived a normal, peaceful life with his wife. Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Princes estate will operate studio complex Paisley Park

CHANHASSEN, Minn. — Prince’s estate will take over management of the late rock star’s studio complex near Minneapolis.Graceland Holdings, which runs Elvis Presley’s tourist attraction in Memphis, Tennessee, had been operating Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen as a museum since October 2016.Prince’s oldest sibling, Sharon Nelson, says the family will manage Paisley Park because the contract expires at the end of September. She says the family is not unhappy with Graceland Holdings or making the decision because of economic reasons.The Star Tribune reports Nelson says there are differences of opinions among the heirs, so the estate’s administrator, Comerica, will be making the final decisions on how to operate the landmark.Prince died at age 57 of an accidental overdose of fentanyl at Paisley Park April 21, 2016.The Associated Press read more

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From Brock to Vegas resort manager to be honoured at Homecoming

It seems as though Lilian Tomovich (BA ’89) hit the jackpot — though luck had little to do with her big win.It was a long track record of hard work and success that helped to catapult the Brock University alumna into the role of Chief Experience and Marketing Officer at MGM Resorts International, based out of Las Vegas, Nev.Tomovich, the Brock University Alumni Association 2017 Distinguished Alumna, is an accomplished and passionate marketing executive who operates a portfolio of more than 15 destination resort brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay.In her role, she is responsible for all marketing functions of the brands, with a special focus on perfecting the guest experience through innovation, marketing technology and exceptional service.Her focus on delivering the best guest experience possible led her to be a respected business leader who takes pride in being recognized as a top manager in the industry.Reflecting on her time at Brock, Tomovich recalled the strong sense of community, diversity and inclusion she felt as a student — all of which she continues to cherish today.“I am incredibly thankful for the wonderful experiences and lifelong friends I made,” she said.Tomovich was thrilled to learn she is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumna award, to be presented during the Alumni Recognition Reception on Saturday, Sept. 16, as part of Homecoming weekend celebrations.“It is an acknowledgement of what is possible for any Brock University graduate,” she said.“For me, it is an extra special acknowledgement as my father (Victor) was a Sociology professor at Brock for 29-plus years, and I know he would be proud.”Tomovich plans to return to campus in September to accept the award and participate in the popular Homecoming celebration.She will be joined by a number of other outstanding alumni also being recognized for their achievements and ongoing connection to Brock University.The Alumni Recognition Reception takes place on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. in Lowenberger Dining Hall.Save the date — Homecoming weekendSept. 15 to 17, 2017The Brock University Alumni Association invites you back to campus.The weekend is filled with class and Faculty reunions, awards, varsity sporting events, receptions and parties to help you remember and relive the best years of your life.Visit brocku.ca/alumni to register now.Friday, Sept. 15:Steel Blade Tailgate PartySteel Blade Classic hockey gameAlumni Pub NightSaturday, Sept. 16:Alumni Recognition ReceptionVarsity athletic games and reunion activities — Alumni FieldSunday, Sept. 17:Terry Fox Run hosted by Brock University2017 Faculty Distinguished Graduate Award winners:Faculty of Applied Health Sciences: Jeff Dykeman (BSM ’05)Goodman School of Business: Martin Philp (BAdmin ’80, MA ’86)Faculty of Education: Steffanie Bjorgan (BA ’90, BEd ’90)Faculty of Humanities: Sarah Argue (BA ’06)Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences: Tony Abou-Asseleh (BSc ’01)Faculty of Social Sciences: Marcia Trudeau-Bomberry (BA ’00) read more

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Jim Foster will not return as Ohio State womens basketball head coach

Ohio State coach Jim Foster will not return to the women’s basketball program after coaching at OSU for 11 years. OSU athletic director Gene Smith announced Foster’s departure Tuesday, one day after the team found out they would not be participating in postseason play for the first time since Foster became head coach in 2002. The Buckeyes went 18-13 and 7-10 in the Big Ten this season. The team did not make it into the NCAA tournament this year and will also be passing on a bid to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). Foster leaves as the winningest coach in the program’s history with a 279-82 record since his arrival at OSU. In his time at OSU, Foster led the Buckeyes to six consecutive Big Ten regular season championships – a record in the conference – four tournament championships and an OSU-record 10 consecutive NCAA tournaments. Foster is also a four-time Big Ten coach of the year. Foster has been a collegiate basketball head coach for 35 years. Before coming to coach the Buckeyes, Foster coached for 11 seasons at Vanderbilt and 13 years before that at St. Joseph’s. His overall winning percentage is 72 percent. He is one of two coaches for basketball at any level, men’s or women’s, to win at least 200 games at three different schools. OSU athletic director Gene Smith emphasized Foster’s importance to the program in a university press release statement. “Jim Foster has meant so much to so many over his career,” Smith said. “His work in mentoring young people on and off the court has been exceptional. The Ohio State women’s basketball program was made better under Jim’s leadership over the last 11 years. He and (wife) Donna have been wonderful representatives of our university and we wish them the best.” A national search will begin immediately for a replacement to Foster, according to the press release. read more

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Sleaford and North Hykeham byelection Dr Caroline Johnson holds seat for Tories

first_imgA senior Labour MP has warned his party is heading for “electoral disaster” after the Conservatives stormed to victory in the Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election. Ukip emerged as the runner-up to the Tory candidate Caroline Johnson, who will be the new MP after winning a landslide 17,570 votes. Ukip’s Victoria Ayling secured just 4,426.Labour fell from second place at the 2015 general election to fourth with only 3,300 votes, behind the Liberal Democrats who pulled in 3,600. “The challenge for us was because of Brexit. Everything was about Brexit. The messages about the A&E, the NHS, the messages about infrastructure, all of that got lost to an extent in the swirl around Brexit.”But we’re proud of what we did. We kept our deposit which some people said we were going to lose. Some people said we were going to come fifth, we didn’t come fifth.”Above all, we had a local candidate which we were proud of and we fought for the things we believed in.” The disintegration of the Labour Party is not good for democracy. Oppositions are meant to try to win by-elections, not slip from 2nd to 4th— George Osborne (@George_Osborne) December 9, 2016 Conservative candidate Dr Caroline Johnson is ushered away from One NK in North Hykeham, Lincolnshire, as the media try to speak to her after winning the by-election 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. Her husband Nik is a local farmer in the area and small businessman and she has highlighted her interest in helping small businesses during her campaign. She said: “I care passionately about this area because it is my home too. I am looking forward to campaigning right across the constituency and hearing your views on the important local issues.“Our local area and communities across Sleaford and North Hykeham deserve a strong voice in Parliament and a true local champion.” Dr Caroline Johnson and her husband Nik leave Ancaster Parish Hall after casting their vote Conservative candidate Dr Caroline Johnson is ushered away from One NK in North Hykeham, Lincolnshire, as the media try to speak to her after winning the by-electionCredit:Joe Giddens/PA Wire Ukip leader Paul Nuttall with candidate Victoria Ayling at One NK in North HykehamCredit:PA The Lib Dems had the best performance compared to 2015, almost doubling their vote share to 11 per cent. Of the four main parties participating, they were the only one to actually gain votes despite turnout of almost half of 2015’s level. They gained 106 more votes than the 3,500 they won in the General Election.The only other parties to gain votes were smaller third party or independent candidates, profiting from the unpopularity of the mainstream parties.Jess Phillips, a Labour MP, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “When people are putting a cross in a box, clarity is everything.“Labour needs to have a very clear position and for everybody to be saying the same thing, and at the moment that is not the case.” Labour party leader Jeremy CorbynCredit:PA “The sort of bunker mentality that seems to exist at the moment at the highest levels of the party needs to recognise what is happening in the outside world.”He added that he was concerned Jeremy Corbyn and his team were not in touch with the “real world”.“There are those who don’t seem to grasp that if you have rallies of the faithful, loyalists, activists and the rest of it, that’s fine, but you can lose touch with the real world. “And my fear is we’re not in touch with ordinary people anywhere to the extent that is necessary to make a real impact in the country,” he told the BBC’s Daily Politics.Labour was the party to suffer the most in the by-election, with its vote share dropping 7.1 percentage points compared to the 2015 General Election.But the Conservatives and Ukip also saw their vote share decrease, by 2.7 and 2.2 points respectively.  Dr Caroline Johnson and her husband Nik leave Ancaster Parish Hall after casting their voteCredit:PA Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn Labour’s David Winnick pointed the finger of blame at the party’s leadership for the “appalling” showing in the Lincolnshire seat.”Even if one takes into account that the by-election turnout was considerably lower than in the general election, it was an appalling result for Labour,” the Walsall North MP told the Press Association.”If we were to continue in this way then the indications are 2020 will be an electoral disaster and the possibility of a Labour government very remote indeed. Ballot boxes for the Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election arrive at One NK in North Hykeham Ukip leader Paul Nuttall with candidate Victoria Ayling at One NK in North Hykeham Ukip leader: Good way to get my leadership off the groundIn her acceptance speech Dr Johnson said: “I look forward to strengthening the Government’s majority in Parliament so Theresa May, our Prime Minister, can get on with the job of triggering Article 50, leaving the European Union and building a country and economy that works for everyone.”Ukip leader Paul Nuttall, who was at the count, said it was a “great result” for the party following the turmoil of recent months.He said: “If someone would have offered me second place at the beginning of the campaign, considering we were in the middle of a leadership election and the party resembled a bit of a shambles over the summer, I would have bitten their hand off.”I think it’s a really good way to get my leadership off the ground. This is a small step on a long road.” Ballot boxes for the Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election arrive at One NK in North HykehamCredit:PA Who is Caroline Johnson?Dr Johnson is a consultant paediatrician who lives just outside Sleaford, in Sudbrook, with her husband and their three children. She has campaigned for the Lincolnshire seat on a promise to improve local congestion and introduce high-speed broadband to the area. The 38-year-old also stood unsuccessfully for election in Scunthorpe in 2010. Conservative MP Stephen Phillips stood down Labour MP Vernon Coaker said: “It was a difficult seat. Let’s remember this is a safe Tory seat, Ukip came here expecting to do much better than they did so it’s a bad result for them. But clearly for us, this was not the result we might have hoped for.”What we wanted to do was, first of all, come to an area that was a safe Tory area, never been an area where Labour has expected to do well and say we are going to stand up in this area for what Labour believes. In her acceptance speech, Dr Johnson said: “I look forward to strengthening the Government’s majority in Parliament so Theresa May, our Prime Minister, can get on with the job of triggering Article 50, leaving the European Union and building a country and economy that works for everyone.”The contest was triggered by the resignation of Tory MP Stephen Phillips over “irreconcilable policy differences” with the Government on issues including the handling of Brexit.Full results: Caroline Johnson, Conservatives – 17,570Victoria Ayling, UKIP – 4,426Ross Pepper, Liberal Democrats – 3,606Jim Clarke, Labour – 3,363Marianne Overton, Lincolnshire Independent – 2,892Sarah Stock, Independent – 462The Iconic Arty-Pole, Monster Raving Loony Party – 200Paul Coyne, Independent – 186Mark Suffield, Independent – 74David Bishop, Bus Pass Elvis Party – 55 Conservative MP Stephen Phillipslast_img read more

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Queen to host reception to celebrate Prince Charless 50th anniversary as Prince

The Royal Family is to unite to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the investiture of the Prince of Wales, as the Queen hosts a reception at Buckingham Palace.The Queen and her eldest son will be joined by  the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Princess Royal for the special daytime reception on Tuesday, March 5.The gathering will be a rare opportunity to see the Prince with his two sons and their wives together, with each household generally undertaking their public work separately to shine a light on as many different causes as possible.The reception will be the cornerstone of anniversary celebrations this year, as Clarence House emphasises the significance of the role.Prince Charles was created the Prince of Wales when he was only nine years old on July 26 1958.He was formally invested with the title by the Queen 11 years later on July 1 1969 at Caernarfon Castle when he was 20.Leading figures in Welsh and UK public life will be present, as well as representatives from the future king’s many Welsh charities and patronages.The Archbishop of Canterbury will also give a speech to mark the occasion. Buckingham Palace said the special reception in London would mark the prince’s 50 years of service to Wales, the UK and the Commonwealth, and will be an opportunity to celebrate a range of Welsh charities, organisations and businesses.The investiture regalia worn by Charles in 1969 will be on show at the event, including the Investiture Coronet, Sword, Ring and Rod, as well as the Letters Patent for the creation of Charles, Duke of Cornwall as Prince of Wales in 1958.Among the charities present will be the Prince’s Trust Cymru, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and the BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales.The reception will finish with a musical performance in the Ballroom by students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, of which Charles is patron.The performance will include a new piece written for the anniversary by Welsh composer Paul Mealor, inspired by the legend of the Lady of Llyn y Fan, a mountain lake near Charles’ Welsh home, Llwynywermod in Carmarthenshire. read more

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Optimising mine ventilation systems for DPM

first_imgHecla has been investigating the potential benefits of using a Spendrup/Compact Filter Technic (CFT) diesel filtration system to remove diesel particulate matter (DPM) from the mine atmosphere to optimise use of the available air. America’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has evaluated the scrubber efficiency for dust and DPM. A new mining application of a carbon particulate sensor’s ability to continuously monitor long-term mine DPM levels in conjunction with the scrubber has been evaluated.Magee Scientific is the manufacturer of the Aethalometer®, a continuous black carbon monitor which has been used extensively in worldwide ambient air quality monitoring networks. Two Aethalometers were used at the mine to assess their potential to continuously track underground DPM levels. In this first underground mine application, the Aethalometers were used to continually monitor black carbon (BC) in the intake and exhaust of the CFT scrubber system.Results showed that an off-the-shelf Model AE33 Aethalometer could continually track underground BC levels for extended periods of time over the course of the six-week trial. Data at the scrubber intake over 14 days of testing showed that DPM filtration would be required less than half of the time to maintain BC levels below 50 µg/m3. If the Aethalometer BC data output were ‘smart coupled’ to control a 200-hp in-mine scrubber, significant electrical cost savings would be realised.C.  Volkwein, Science Consultant, D. A. Hansen, Magee Scientific and J. Hill, Hecla Ltd presented the paper New sensor for continuous tracking of diesel particulate matter in mines to optimize mine ventilation systems at the SME Annual Conference in Phoenix this week.last_img read more

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Les inondations continuent de dévaster lAustralie

first_imgLes inondations continuent de dévaster l’AustralieAlors que les eaux continuent de dévaster les villes de l’Etat de Victoria, les habitants de Brisbane (Queensland) redoutent de nouvelles inondations meurtrières. La situation ne semble pas s’améliorer en Australie, et notamment à cause des tempêtes et pluies battantes qui viennent frapper le pays depuis plusieurs jours. Selon les autorités australiennes, d’autres zones de Brisbane pourraient encore être inondées dans les jours à venir. Pendant ce temps, les habitants de l’Etat de Victoria ont été alertés que la montée des eaux dans certaines villes risquait de les couper du reste du pays, rapporte BBC News.A l’heure actuelle, environ un quart de cet Etat est affecté par les inondations et des milliers de personnes ont dû évacuer leurs maisons. Certains ont déjà tout perdu et ne savent pas encore quand ils pourront tout reconstruire.Ce qui inquiète le plus les autorités, ce sont les barrages, qui retiennent une bonne partie des eaux jusqu’à présent. Mais pour combien de temps encore ? Les services d’urgence estiment que cette catastrophe est loin d’être terminée. Le 20 janvier 2011 à 13:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Le GPS RoadMate 5190T chez Magellan

first_imgLe GPS RoadMate 5190T chez MagellanSpécialiste du GPS, Magellan présentera bientôt son dernier né, le RoadMate 5190T.Celui-ci, qui ne révolutionne pas pour autant le monde des GPS, sera peut-être plus adapté aux professionnels du transport routier, aux compagnies d’autobus, de taxis ou encore de transporteurs. À lire aussiBroadcom : une puce GPS pour la géolocalisation extérieure et intérieureEn effet, le GPS offrira plusieurs options intéressantes permettant le routage personnalisé (profil véhicule qui calcule les itinéraires selon le poids, la hauteur, la largeur et des restrictions sur les matières dangereuses) et de rentrer plusieurs trajets en même temps, idéal pour les livraisons notamment. Le RoadMate 5190t bénéficiera des services Lane Assist Highway (indiquant la voie dans laquelle vous devez vous trouver pour sortir de l’autoroute) et l’interface Magellan OneTouch (un tableau de bord des informations utiles qui informe les conducteurs de la direction, l’altitude et des limitations de vitesse). Ajoutez les contournements intelligents et les déviations instantanées du trafic (en option), la connectivité Bluetooth permettant l’utilisation en main-libre de l’appareil et vous obtiendrez le GPS RoadMate 5190T de Magellan. Le tout pour 379,99 dollars, soit un peu moins de 300 euros, tout de même… Le 6 janvier 2012 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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WWE recaps the 126 episode of Total Divas on E

first_imgFacebook Felicity Huffman To Be Sentenced In College Admission Scandal “Total Bellas” renewed for a fifth season, New episodes to premiere in early 2020 Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey Launching ‘Office’ Podcast WhatsApp WWE.com has a recap of last night’s 1/26 episode of Total Divas on E! on WWE.com that you can read by clicking here.You can also view video highlights of the show by clicking here.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipKim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing MakeupVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Kanye West Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Bruce Prichard was already working in consultant role with WWE back in January Now Playing Up Next Impact Wrestling leaving Pop TV, New television deal with Pursuit Channel announcedcenter_img Alex Trebek Returns To ‘Jeopardy!’ Twitter Now Playing Up Next Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup Pinterest Exclusive Interviews – Oscars buzz is rising at the Toronto Film Fest Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Google+last_img read more

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Amazons cloud outage was due to human error

first_imgSEATTLE — Amazon.com’s cloud computing unit said that the outage that shook up a sizable part of the internet Tuesday was caused by human error.The Amazon Web Services division said in a post-mortem published on its website Thursday that its team was working to fix a problem that slowed down the billing system for S3, a widely-used AWS service.Through S3, companies and individuals can store their data on Amazon’s server farms. S3 also houses the data that underpins a wide array of other AWS services, including some computing processing functions. It works as a basic building block of Amazon’s cloud, which in turn is a major pillar of the modern internet.To fix the slow-down issue, engineers in AWS’ Virginia operation — one of the largest cluster of data centers run by the company — needed to take down a small number of servers.“Unfortunately,” as AWS put it in its lengthy mea culpa, a technician made a mistake when entering a command, taking out more servers than needed — some of which were critical to the functioning of S3 in the entire region. Thousands of users relying on AWS data and computing processes were affected.last_img read more

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