IPL 2019 first month will be crucial for World Cup selection: BCCI officialA senior BCCI official has said the first month of IPL 2019 starting March 23 will be keenly followed by the selectors as they are expected to announce the squad for the World Cup around April 20.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 19, 2019UPDATED: March 19, 2019 10:24 IST Ajinkya Rahane will be hoping to seal a spot in the World Cup squad with good performances in IPL 2019 (@ajinkyarahane88 Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli had earlier said IPL 2019 performances won’t influence selection for World CupConsidering the doubts around a few spots in the Indian team, the selectors are willing to consider IPL performancesIPL 2019 will kickstart with Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 23Going into the last ODI series before the upcoming World Cup — against Australia — India skipper Virat Kohli had said that Indian players’ performance in the IPL wouldn’t have any bearing with selection in the squad for the showpiece event. But with none of the batsmen managing to secure the No.4 slot post the five ODIs against the Aussies, the players’ performance in the IPL will have a bearing on the minds of the selectors when they pick the squad for the World Cup mid-April.The four primary contenders for the No.4 slot are Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul. And it all now boils down to a consistent showing in the first half of the cash-rich T20 league. A good run here and one of these four will be rewarded with a ticket to England.Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that recent performances have meant that the first month of the 12th edition of the IPL will have to be looked into when MSK Prasad and his team sit down to pick the squad for the World Cup.”With all the chopping and changing and experimentation and recent performances of the team, the No.4 slot is not yet sealed and if you ask me, a couple of other positions are also open since some players have not developed as well as one hoped over the last year. With the team selection slated for around April 20, the first month of the IPL will be crucial for the team selection for the World Cup,” the official said.advertisementTeam management looking at four batsmen for one slotEchoing the sentiments, a source in the team management said that there are technically four batsmen who will be fighting it out for the slot and a good IPL for one of them will definitely make that player a favourite to seal the position.”It was thought that the Australia series would help cement all spots for the World Cup. But that hasn’t happened and technically you now have four batsmen fighting for the No.4 slot. In fact, coach Ravi Shastri has even spoken of the option of having Kohli at 4, but that then depends on conditions and match situation. He won’t go into the tournament as India’s no.4,” the source told IANS.Rahane and Iyer confident of strong show in IPL 2019Interestingly, both Rahane and Iyer are ready for the challenge and feel that a good show in the IPL will definitely make them contenders for that No.4 spot that has had players coming in and going out without consistent success.”The approach won’t be any different with the World Cup spot looming because at the end you are playing cricket, be it the IPL or any other tournament. You have to score runs and do well for the team. The most important thing will be to think about the Rajasthan Royals rather than thinking too much about the road ahead. If I do well in the IPL, the World Cup (slot) will automatically come. I feel it is important to express yourself and not take any undue pressure thinking about things which aren’t in your control. The focus is the IPL,” Rahane told IANS.Iyer said that he too was confident of the selectors noticing a good show in the IPL.”In IPL, if I get a great start then it could really impact the selections. Selectors will be thinking twice about me. That’s what I am really looking forward to. But I have been doing well in all formats, not just IPL. So definitely this IPL they will be looking. Gagan Khoda spoke to me and said that I have been doing well and asked me to keep up the consistency,” he added.Also Read | IPL 2019: Virat not a shrewd captain, can’t compare him with Dhoni and Rohit, says GambhirAlso Read | Virat Kohli begins IPL 2019 preparations with Royal Challengers BangaloreAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow India national cricket teamFollow 2019 World CupFollow Ajinkya RahaneFollow KL RahulFollow shreyas iyer
Children with chronic illnesses will soon have a place to play, learn and grow, thanks to a $1.65-million investment from the province. The not-for-profit Brigadoon Children’s Camp Society will receive the funds to help build Brigadoon Village, a camp for chronically ill children at Aylesford Lake, Kings Co. The cost of the project is $5 million. Premier Rodney MacDonald made the announcement today, April 25, in Berwick. “This will be an invaluable resource for children and their families facing chronic illness,” said Premier MacDonald. “Creating a safe haven where children can learn, develop and engage in recreation will enhance their lives.” Children will experience a wide range of outdoor camping activities and meet others experiencing similar health challenges. Health-care professionals will also use the facility to research ways to improve the children’s quality of life. “Brigadoon, with its partners, is poised to address a significant need within pediatrics, giving some remarkable young people the chance to explore Nova Scotia’s beauty, outdoor recreation and, most importantly, the potential within themselves,” said Roger Sinclair, chair of Building Brigadoon Capital Campaign Cabinet. “Today’s commitment takes us a huge step closer to giving the children better care, better opportunities and better lives.” Brigadoon is the first facility of its kind in Atlantic Canada. When complete, it will host about 1,000 youth and students each summer. The province’s latest investment comes from its Building Facilities and Infrastructure Together (B-FIT) program. Under B-FIT, the province has committed more than $55 million to 31 major infrastructure projects, generating $165 million in construction. The announcement is part of Nova Scotia’s Building for Growth infrastructure strategy. The program will stimulate the economy by creating a demand for goods and services and creating jobs.
Enjoy the best of both worlds. Korma and Biryani, put together bring a unique blend of Korma Biryani. The menu offers six varieties of authentic biryanis such as Kacche Gosht ki Biryani, Awadhi Murgh Biryani, Malabar Prawn Biryani, Aloo Gobhi ki Tehri, Ambur Biryani and Soya Chaap Matar ki Biryani. Come, indulge in the authentic flavours and heavenly aromas of these flavourful biryanis served with Korma. When: Until July 31 Where: Singh Sahib Restaurant, Eros Hotel, Nehru Place Price: Starting from 1145 + taxes Timings: 12 pm – 3 pm (Lunch) and 7 pm – 11:30 pm (Dinner)
Casablanca — Canada’s immigration website became inaccessible to visitors during the U.S. election due to higher than normal traffic, reports the BBC. While American voters and people all around the world nervously awaited the results of the November 8 election, Canada’s immigration website experienced extremely high traffic, resulting in the server’s crash. Throughout the election, many who were opposing a Trump presidency publicly contemplated the idea of moving to Canada as a possible way out. And as the idea of a President Trump became more and more possible, Canada’s immigration site got more and more visitors. “Shared Services Canada worked through the night and continues to work to resolve the issue to ensure that the website is available for users as soon as possible,” a spokesperson told the BBC. The site has since been restored.
22 March 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council and the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have condemned today’s outbreak of fighting in the centre of the capital, Kinshasa, between Government forces and the guards of former Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba. Calling for an immediate halt to the armed clashes, Mr. Ban warned that they posed grave consequences for the country’s chances of obtaining a durable peace after the civil war and threatened the live of innocent civilians in Kinshasa.“The UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) stands ready to assist the Government in bringing about an end to the current fighting, to re-establish security in the area, and to work with the Congolese Government in addressing the underlying issue of appropriate security for Mr. Bemba,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.MONUC issued its own statement demanding a return to calm and urging the Government and Mr. Bemba to resolve any differences peacefully. The head of the mission, William Lacy Swing, who is also the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to the DRC, has contacted the two sides to try to find a solution to the crisis.Mr. Bemba was defeated last October by Joseph Kabila in the run-off round of landmark presidential elections in the DRC, the first such polls in more than four decades.MONUC added that it has already deployed extra military resources to Kinshasa and is ready to take the necessary steps to protect civilians in the event of further violence.Ambassador Dumisani S. Kumalo of South Africa, which holds the rotating Security Council presidency this month, read out a press statement in which the 15-member panel deplored the violence and called for an immediate ceasefire from both sides.“The members of the Security Council are particularly concerned about the spill-over of the violence on the civilian population, including children,” Mr. Kumalo said.The DRC is still trying to recover from the effects of a six-year civil war, widely considered the most lethal conflict in the world since World War II, which cost 4 million lives.
Libya is a food deficit country heavily reliant on imports, according to the Rome-based agency. To feed a population of over 6.6 million, an estimated 110,000 tons of food monthly are required, of which at least 75 per cent is imported. “The public food distribution system in Libya is under stress as food stocks in the country are being consumed without replenishment,” WFP stated in an update, adding that there are reports of some food commodities doubling in price. “The longer the conflict lasts, the more it becomes likely that the number of those in need of food assistance will increase dramatically.” WFP has boosted the provision of food inside Libya with distribution in eight different locations in the Beidan area north of Ajdabiya and south of Benghazi in the northeast of the country. Its food distributions inside Libya started on 9 March, and the agency has pre-positioned and mobilized more than 16,500 tons of food for the hungry inside the country and in the wider region as part of a $42 million emergency operation designed to provide food assistance to more than one million people in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia over a three-month period. The ongoing conflict between pro- and anti-Government supporters in Libya uprooted over 400,000 people, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), with the majority of them fleeing to neighbouring Egypt and Tunisia. The fighting has made access to those in need more difficult for humanitarian agencies. In addition to working with local partners to deliver food to hungry people in Libya, WFP is also providing logistics and telecommunications support to the humanitarian community working there. It reported that a convoy of three trucks, carrying food assistance as well as 5,000 blankets and 5,000 sleeping mattresses on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees arrived in Benghazi on 27 March – the first since the implementation of the no-fly zone imposed on Libya by the Security Council two weeks ago. The no-fly zone was part of an effort by the Council to protect civilians from the fierce military crackdown waged by Colonel Muammar Al-Qadhafi in response to the protests that erupted in Libya last month as part of a wider movement calling for reform across North Africa and the Middle East. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported today that it is working with its partners to buy urgent medical supplies – including equipment for blood transfusions, tents for mobile clinics, and water and sanitation equipment – and transport them to Libya as soon as access is provided. The $160 million humanitarian flash appeal for Libya is currently 70 per cent funded at $111.8 million, according to OCHA. The Office added that the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Rashid Khalikov, has begun a three-day assessment visit to Tunisia to review the humanitarian conditions and interact with Government and humanitarian actors. Meanwhile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s diplomatic efforts to seek a solution to the crisis in Libya continue. His Special Envoy, Abdul Elah al-Khatib, has just concluded two days of talks in Libya, meeting with the opposition in Benghazi today after talks with authorities in Tripoli on Thursday. While in Benghazi, Mr. Khatib met with members of the Transitional National Council, including its leader, Mustafa Abdel Jalil. In Tripoli, he met with Libyan Government officials, including Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi. “He emphasized the urgent need to immediately stop military action, cease all hostilities against the Libyan civilian population and end the assaults on cities and towns,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Nairobi, where he is on an official visit. Mr. Khatib also stressed the need to respect the legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people and secure safe access for humanitarian assistance, in addition to allowing for the safe return of migrant workers. He called for the release of all foreign journalists, including the four members of an Al-Jazeera television crew who have been detained, and highlighted the need for all sides to abide by international conventions regarding the treatment of civilians and prisoners of war. 1 April 2011The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it has stepped up assistance to Libya, while voicing concern about access to food inside the country, especially in areas heavily affected by the fighting.
Since 29 December, forces sent by France to Côte d’Ivoire have found 35 bodies in villages surrounding Bangolo, some 600 kilometres northwest of the country’s economic hub in Abidjan, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The town has recently been a flashpoint for violence against people perceived to be non-native to the region. Early this month, six persons, including three children, were killed in one incident alone.Citing this “alarming” spike in bloodshed, Carolyn McAskie, the UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator said, “The Government must do more to stop the violence.””I call on all parties to actively bring an end to violence directed against civilians,” she added.Hundreds of people of Burkinabé origin have been displaced from villages in Gagnoa District, OCHA reported. More than 180 persons have arrived at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Guiglo, 550 kilometres from Abidjan, since the beginning of the month.Many have reported that they had been forced to flee a nearby village, Troya 2, by armed persons from neighbouring villages, OCHA said. According to the IDPs at Guiglo, there have been no ethnic conflicts within their community, but “armed young people from surrounding villages” have harassed and driven them out.They also reported that there were scores of displaced persons who had not yet reached the IDP site at Guiglo. The great majority of the displaced are long-term residents of Côte d’Ivoire, 300 of whom had been living in Troya 2 for years. There are now only 22 persons of Burkinabé origin in Troya 2.The local administration, including the police and judiciary, has not been able to resume the full range of their activities in this crime-prone area since services lapsed at the peak of fighting between government forces and rebels roughly a year ago, OCHA said. Complicated property issues in cocoa-producing regions and the proliferation of small arms contribute to the tension in western Côte d’Ivoire. The Office warned the harvest season might give rise to increased tensions and insecurity over the next three months.
CSA Global and Whittle Consulting are pleased to announce a partnership agreement to collaborate efforts to offer Integrated Strategic Planning services in and around the United Kingdom, Europe, and West Africa.This builds on the existing strong relationship the companies have developed over many years working alongside each other on development projects and mining operations.Managing Director, Jeff Elliott stated, “Our aim with formalising a partnership agreement is to provide greater integration and better analysis of the data inputs and assumptions that go into the optimisation of a mining project or operation, and use our combined capabilities and experience, along with that of our clients, to achieve superior technical and economic outcomes”.Gerald Whittle, CEO of Whittle Consulting welcomed the partnership agreement; “With a shared vision for creating value for our clients, we are delighted to further our cooperation with CSA Global. Whittle Consulting’s structure and capability will enable us to operate efficiently in these regions and their technical skills will add to the accuracy, depth and relevance of the optimisation analysis.”CSA Global Director for Europe and Africa, Galen White, added “Our teams are excited to collaborate with Whittle Consulting and apply our extensive experience across geology, geometallurgy, mining and strategic planning to assist our clients to realise their growth potential.”Whittle Consulting’s approach to Integrated Strategic Planning involves applying Activity Based Costing and Theory of Constraints to build a complete Enterprise Optimisation model of a mining business, from ore body, through mining and processing, to the market and financial model.
THE FIRST SELF-DRIVING car has yet to be released commercially, but a new patent could see Google turn some of them into ad-powered taxis.The patent would allow advertisers to offer customers a free or discounted trip to their stores if they use its self-driving cars.It would use an algorithm to help decide which stores would be advertised to people.The algorithm would take into account factors such as the person’s location, the route they are most likely to take and type of transportation used, the price competing advertisers are willing to pay for the consumer to be delivered to other locations when displaying the ads, and the potential profit it will make.Ordering one would be done either through your smartphone – which can detect the person’s location – or through a special kiosk. The user may enter identifying information at the kiosk and select whether an self-driving car would pick them up and bring them to an advertised location.A person’s buying history would be taken into consideration as well. If you take up advertisers on their offer a number of times, but don’t purchase anything, advertisers mightn’t offer you a journey the next time.The patent also mentions people could tell the service who they’re travelling with so they will see more appropriate offers. For example, if you’re bringing your family out for dinner, the service will highlight suitable business locations for you.If the service is created, it could help services such as cinemas and restaurants bring more people to their place of business.Read: Google developing smart contact lens that will aid diabetics >Read: Google teams up with automakers to bring Android to cars >
EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie casts its eye over events inside and outside Leinster House that have got people talking.As the saying goes: ‘You win some, you lose some.’So here are our political winners and losers from the past seven days:The 5 winners of the week are…1. Lucinda CreightonThe former minister has been kicking up a right fuss about political parties taking funding ‘in her name’. At the moment parties claim allowances for TDs and Senators who have left or been expelled from the parliamentary team, leaving the likes of Creighton and former government colleague Roisin Shortall at a siginficant disadvantage to those TDs who were elected as independents. Creighton described the money as “top-ups” funded by the taxpayer to the tune of €600,000. It’s a smart way of characterising it to bring it to the public’s attention, but the government is not proposing to do anything about it.2. Michael NoonanThe Finance Minister took a tough line on the suggestion that AIB could reintroduce bonuses for senior bankers in the coming months. Though the idea was floated in a news report this week it was given short shrift by the Minister in an interview with Bloomberg. His message was clear: “The answer is sorry guys, much better performance required before we’ll even consider bonuses.”3. Aspiring TDsStudents doing their leaving cert in the coming years will be able to choose ‘Politics and Society’ as a subject in what the government hopes will be a way of informing them about how politics works in this country. Fine Gael TD Jim Daly reckons there is a big appetite among second level students for information on how the country is run. Now we’ll find out in the coming years if our schools are full of budding parliamentarians.4. Seán BarrettHe’s probably bluffing but the Ceann Comhairle’s resignation threat this week did briefly silence rowdy TDs during Leaders’ Questions as he emphasised the need to keep within the time limits. The showpiece event of the Dáil week frequently runs over and it’s time that stopped, primarily because the quality of the contributions tends to diminish the longer the Taoiseach and opposition leaders tend to ramble on.5. The Public Accounts CommitteeThough divisions were apparent throughout the week, the PAC’s decision to hear evidence from the garda whistleblower, Maurice McCabe, was a victory for the independence of the legislature from the executive. Justice Minister Alan Shatter’s decision to refer the penalty points controversy to the Garda Ombudsman was clearly aimed at halting the PAC probe, but it continues. … and the 5 losers of the week are…1. Brian HayesThe junior minister is more than likely off to Europe as he will seek the Fine Gael nomination to run in Dublin. The decision is effectively Hayes tacitly acknowledging that he has no prospects of entering Cabinet in the immediate future, most likely because of the stance he took in the 2010 attempted heave against Enda Kenny. Hayes will do well in Europe, but some will feel he would have done better in Cabinet.2. Alan ShatterThe Justice Minister turned out to be wrong if he had hoped his decision to refer the penalty points matter to the Garda Ombudsman and criticise some members of the PAC would result in the powerful Dáil committee stopping its inquiry into the matter. The Ombudsman’s investigation is welcome, the Minister’s potshots at the PAC are not. 3. Mick WallaceNo one is saying deputies should wear a suit and tie at all times in the Dáil chamber (except the Ceann Comhairle who failed to introduce a dress code two years ago) but Wallace would have more people focussing on what he was actually contributing to debates in the chambers if he wasn’t wearing loud Torino soccer shirts as he did this week. It gets publicity, but not for the right reasons.4. Enda Kenny As one commentator noted this week there was an element of Bertie-ness in the Taoiseach offering private assurances about the pylon review committee’s remit to backbenchers who then went on to throw the review process into chaos. That left Enda facing accusations of pulling an election stunt. There’s no doubt the independent commission to review the possible undergrounding of high-voltage cables is welcome, but not if it’s going to be handled like this.5. The government What does it say about the coalition that the public’s trust in this government is as low as trust in the last government? Undoubtedly Fine Gael and Labour have done many things different to Fianna Fáil, but breaking the salary cap for advisors, the lack of real Dáil reform, and the closed-shop of State board appointments are just a few examples of where all the promised reforms and change we anticipated as a result of the ‘democratic revolution’ haven’t really happened.Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?WATCH: “I’m not going to sit here and get upset every day.” – Ceann Comhairle threatens to resignRead: ‘He kept saying he loved the guards’: No specifics but garda whistleblower a ‘credible witness’
Microsoft CEOs and CES keynote speeches have gone hand-in-hand for years now, with Bill Gates handing off duties to the always-intense Steve Ballmer back in 2009. Typically, Microsoft makes some pretty big revelations at CES, like the original Xbox. Last year’s speech might have left you wanting. While strong sales of the Kinect were trumpted and praises sung for Windows Phone 7 and the Xbox 360, there were no splashy unveilings. This year, however, should prove to be a bit more exciting.While you won’t find anyone at Microsoft offering up any tips as to what topics will be mentioned in the opening address, you can bet Ballmer will devote plenty of time to Windows 8. With a developer preview slated for the BUILD conference this fall, the operating system itself is due to RTM later in 2012, and a convention floor that will no doubt be full of manufacturers chomping at the bit to show off their upcoming Windows 8 hardware, the OS is simply begging to be front and center.Microsoft is actually rumored to be releasing a preview build of Windows 8 to an expanded group of OEM partners at its Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles in just a few days. Key Microsoft allies, of course, have already been receiving early builds of Windows 8 — that’s where all the delicious leaked downloads came from, though they’ve been less quick to surface in the wake of a pair of firings back in May.Start your anticipatory countdown timers now: Ballmer’s CES 2012 keynote will take place January 9 at 6:30PM at the Venetian in Las Vegas.More at Softpedia
Différents types de cancer bientôt détectés par test d’haleineGrande-Bretagne – Une étude publiée dans The British Journal of Cancer révèle qu’il sera peut-être bientôt possible de détecter un cancer du sein, de la prostate, des intestins ou encore du poumon par le biais d’un test d’haleine, aussi simple qu’un alcootest ou qu’un test de grossesse.D’après une récente étude menée auprès de 177 volontaires, tous atteints de différents cancers à des stades de développement eux-aussi différents, un test d’haleine pourrait être mis en place afin de détecter ces différents maladies. Son principe : réagir au contact de composants chimiques spécifiquement émis par les cellules cancéreuses. Une annonce qui rappelle les recherches menées à l’Institut technologique Technion d’Israël, où des scientifiques avaient déjà évoqué la possibilité de pratiquer un test d’haleine il y a un an, explique l’AFP.Pour le professeur Abraham Kuten : “Cette étude montre qu’un ‘nez électronique’ peut distinguer une haleine saine d’une haleine maligne et également les différentes haleines en fonction des types de cancer”. Et d’ajouter : “Si nous pouvons confirmer ces résultats préliminaires par des études plus approfondies, cette nouvelle technologie pourrait devenir un outil simple pour un diagnostic précoce”.Le 11 août 2010 à 17:26 • Emmanuel Perrin
Updated: 11/9Orcs. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they are a mainstay of the fantasy genre that now dominates today’s pop culture. From heroes of Warcraft to Tolkien’s defilers, orcs are all around us. Everywhere you look there’s an orc to hold onto. But not all orcs are created equally. That’s why the orc historians here at Geek.com have decided to celebrate famed orcs, the orcs most deserving of recognition. It wasn’t easy. Some very worthwhile orcs were lost along the way. But now we’re ready to share what are, in our humble opinion, the best orcs to have ever graced fiction. Enjoy! Come with on a journey of orcs throughout the ages.<><> Did we miss one? Share your opinion on famed orcs in the comments below!
EATONVILLE — The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department says a Kent man drowned in Alder Lake near Eatonville, Washington.The News Tribune reports that the 33-year-old man was on an inflatable chair east of the swimming area, outside the buoys, when he slipped off the chair and fell into the water about 5 p.m. Saturday.Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer says the man, who was not wearing a life jacket, attempted to swim to shore, but did not make it.Sheriff’s divers responded and attempted to find the man, but they could not locate him.Divers were back at the lake Sunday in an attempt to locate the man’s body, which is in about 30 feet of water that’s filled with stumps and debris.
Deputies investigating the murder of a Kelso man say he was beaten to death, and that they have yet to make an arrest.Serhiy A. Ishchenko, 48, was found dead at his sister’s home between Kelso and Kalama on Monday morning.An autopsy Tuesday showed he died of “homicide, caused by multiple blunt force traumatic injuries” according to a sheriff’s news release.Ishchenko is the brother of Yelena Fedoruk, who resides at 140 Home Town Drive, where the body was found about 10 a.m. by family members, who searched for him after they noticed he was missing.
More than a fifth (22%) of HR manager respondents report an increase in the use of employee assistance programmes (EAPs) by employees, according to research by Lancaster University’s The Work Foundation and the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association (UK EAPA).The evolution of employee assistance: investigating the use, impact and reach of EAPs in today’s organisations report, which surveyed HR managers at 88 organisations, also found that 9% of respondents have attempted to evaluate their EAP in terms of a cost utility benefit or return on investment via the impact on sickness absence, productivity, performance or engagement.The research also found:57% of respondents report that EAP services are being used by employees seeking support for depression, and 56% for family events.A fifth (20%) of respondents say that EAPs are being used for support around difficulties with line managers, 15% for workplace restructures, and 6% for bullying.68% of respondents say EAP services are being accessed by managers looking for support on how to manage workplace issues, for management consultation (49%), and management information on employee and organisational interventions (44%).6% of respondents believe that EAP usage levels have decreased, and 72% feel they have remained unchanged.31% of respondents have not attempted to evaluate the quality or impact of the EAP in place at their organisation, and 9% do not know whether any evaluations have been carried out. Dr Zofia Bajorek (pictured), researcher at The Work Foundation, said: “Creating the right conditions for employees to work in and promoting ‘good work’ in organisations, is important when considering the health and wellbeing of the working age population. EAPs are one way through which employers can be seen to promote positive employee health and wellbeing, however the research indicates that HR can be doing more to promote this service.“Amidst this turbulent economic environment where budgets are increasingly tightened, it is now more important than ever to promote these services and determine what the cost benefits of EAPs are for both employee wellbeing and organisational outcomes.”Andrew Kinder, chair at the UK EAPA, added: “Our digital working lives are ever-faster, more mobile and flexible. They are also more demanding, pressurised and dependent on resilience. The issue for HR is whether the workplace culture, management and its support services have kept pace with all the changes?”
As lawmakers finish off their spending plan for state operations, a wide variety of programs are considering the impacts of budget cuts. One is the state public health center system, where reductions could leave communities without some types of care.Download AudioThe Southeast Alaska community of Wrangell has been without a full-time public health nurse since the previous staffer left in March.Fill-ins from other centers are spending a few days there every other week. One is Susan Bergmann, a nurse manager who supervises that center from Ketchikan.“I’m not recruiting at this point. I have not received permission to do so,” said Bergmann. “They are still waiting for final decisions to be made in the House and Senate with their budget.”The nursing program faces a 15 to 20 percent reduction in its annual budget of about $30 million.Chief of Public Health Nursing Linda Worman said that will affect the level of service provided to low-income Alaskans and those without insurance.“There will mostly be closures this year … what the final dollar figure is,” Worman said.A smaller budget cut, made last year, caused the 10-nurse Seward Public Health Center to close.Worman said her agency is working on plans for further reductions, but isn’t ready to identify locations or positions.She said such decisions are based in part on need, such as communities with high tuberculosis rates.Bergmann said that’s not much of a problem in Southeast, but it is in parts of Western Alaska.“They also look at are the community providers able to provide the services that public health provides,” said Bergmann. “In Wrangell, the answer is yes, we have other providers.”Worman said the main focus of the public health program is on younger Alaskans, though others can still find some help.“We’re still going to do immunizations,” Worman said. “We’re still going to do reproductive health through the life span. … if we cannot be their safety-net provider.”The state has around 190 nursing positions at 22 public health centers. Worman says those jobs make up about 80 percent of her agency’s budget.“This is an unprecedented reduction,” said Worman. “However, we still believe that … what the state budget looks like … targeted in any way.”Wrangell, Haines, Cordova and Valdez are one-nurse sites with open positions at this time. Worman says that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll close.
The walk will trace the origin of Sufism, it’s advent in India, the several orders of Sufism and the characteristic differences as well as the Pir and Murid (master and disciple) relationship. The walk will be covering the following monuments and ruins in the same sequence – Hauze-e-Samsi (water tank), Jahaz Mahal (water boat palace from 15th century), Jharna (water fall from 18th century), Khawaja Syed Ghaznavi’s darga (a sufi saint from the Qadri order), Kala Mahal (an old khanaqha which is now a Madarassa), Zafar Mahal (Bahadhur Shah Zafar’s summer palace) and Khawaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar. The walk will end with a theatre performance of Bahadur Shah Zafar II inside the Zafar Mahal. The booking will be closed after 20 participants, so sign up quick!When: 14 September Meeting Point: Chattarpur Metro Station Timing: 9.30 am to 12.00 pm Charges: Rs 1000/person, a group book of 3 or more: Rs 900/person
Set in an environment of casual sophistication and easy plenitude, The China Kitchen offers a traditional and authentic Chinese dining experience. Sharing the premises of Hyatt Regency, the restaurant has launched its new menu in August 2016.Last changed in 2014, the new mouth-watering menu comprises of dumpling selection such as glutinous rice chicken roll, spinach mushroom dumpling etc and an array of meat and poultry dishes such as braised spicy pork, twice cooked crispy duck with five spices with Beijing sesame pancake etc. The new menu aims to bring novel things with freshness and focuses on variety by offering dishes from mapo tofu puff, crispy crab claws to hot & sour truffle mushroom soup.Some of the signature dishes the new menu will serve are chilly jumbo crabs served with freshly baked baguette, twice cooked crispy lamb shank and the legendary signature peking duck. It is not just the food; there have been new additions to the desserts as well. The cognac chocolate cigar and chinese egg tarts are definitely not to miss out on.As Executive Chef at Park Hyatt Beijing, Aw Yong Khing Leong embarked upon his amazing journey with Hyatt International Hotels in Singapore, where he assumed office as Executive Sous Chef, overseeing hotel kitchen operations including the renowned six-star restaurant, Nutmegs. In recent years, Chef Aw Yong has illustrated experience, and gathered much knowledge on Chinese cuisines from various regions through opening projects. Since 2007, Chef Aw Yong actively involved in the opening of China’s first Park Hyatt hotel and is the culinary expert to formulate the cuisines and positioning of all the restaurants in the hotel.Aside from his broad culinary experience in different countries, Aw Yong won his reputation through his achievements in many global events such as Bocuse d’Or Cooking Competition in Lyon, France (Top in Asia) and Sapporo International Culinary Art Contest in Japan. As Captain of the Singapore National Culinary Team, Aw Yong led his team to the 3rd Runner-up position at The Culinary Olympics / IKA Hago in Frankfurt, Germany; 10th Annual Food and Hotel Asia Salon Culinaire, 3rd Salon Culinaire Mondial in Basle, Switzerland; American Culinary Classic in Chicago, USA and Would Culinary Art Festival in Vancouver, Canada, to name just a few.
Art Exhibit: Povda-Alfonso-RomeroCosta Rican artists Carlos Poveda, who lives and works in Paris; Jairo Alfonso, who lives and works in New York; and rising talent Pablo Romero collaborate on an exhibit including photography, drawings, videos, collages and more.“Exhibición de arte: Poveda-Alfonso-Romero” takes place Nov. 11 – Dec. 11 at Artflow Gallery. Tues.-Fri.:10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sat.: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sun.: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Free. For more information call 2519-9051. Talamanca Fundraiser at Feria VerdeDuring the Feria Verde organic markets in Barrio Aranjuez (Saturday) and Ciudad Colón (Tuesday), high-school students the indigenous region of Talamanca will collect donations to help them study abroad in the United States. At their stand, a teacher will offer a lesson about medicinal plants, and the students will be telling Bribrí stories for children.“Stand estudiantes de Talamanca en Feria Verde” takes place Nov. 14 at Feria Verde in Aranjuez, (6 a.m. – 1 p.m.), and Nov. 17 at Feria Verde Ciudad Colón ( 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.). For more information visit the donation page.Little Theatre Group: “Nature Acts”The region’s most venerable English-language theater troupe presents a special set of monologues and short plays inspired by the upcoming United Nations Convention on Climate Change 21st Conference of Parties in Paris. Be prepared to think, but also to laugh – and check out our story on the Little Theatre Group’s new home.“Nature Acts” will be performed Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 14-15 at 2:30 p.m. ₡5,000 (about $10). At the Little Theatre Group’s new location on Calle Rolex, San Rafael de Escazú; detailed directions are here. For more information, visit the Little Theatre Group’s website or Facebook page.Storytelling FestAlajuela’s cuentacuentos fest wraps up today, so don’t miss the final activities: International tales, a “crafts with twine” workshop, Cimarrona “Los Fabulosos de Mama,” Musical group Ecológico Recicladamente, and “Abuelos que cuentan.”“Fiesta Internacional de Cuenteros” takes place Nov. 13 at different locations of Alajuela. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Find more info at the Fest Website.Music: Sasha CampbellAlta Las Palomas Hotel is offering weekly concerts on Saturday nights. This week, the special guest is singer Sasha Campbell, who will perform as guests enjoy delicious organic food prepared by Chef Luis.“Música Sasha Campbell” will be performed Nov. 14 at Alta Las Palomas Hotel. Free. 7 p.m. For more information visit Alta Hotel Website.San Ramón RaceTo celebrate the 100th anniversary of scouting in Costa Rica, the Grupo Guía y Scout San Ramón will hold a 5K and 10K race with an expected 600 runners from around the country. Proceeds from race registrations will be used to build the first Scouting Center in the greater San Ramon area.“Siempre Listos” race takes place Nov. 15, starting at 8 am in front of the San Ramón Central Park and Church. Register online or at the following locations: San Ramón at Restaurant Los Bocaditos, Sabor Frutal, Los Nopales, or Barahona Sports; Palmares at Tienda Blanco; Alajuela at Tienda Endurance; Pavas at Tienda Runners; and in San Josó at the Scout’s Association store. For more information call 8828-8054 or 8816-6484, or email email@example.com.India FestCelebrate India with a fair, workshops, shows, performances, a conference with Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar (Ayurveda-Chopra Center), and more activities.“India Fest” takes place Nov. 15 at Wyndham Herradura Hotel, Heredia. ₡5,900 – 72,900 ($12 -146). 9 a.m. More info at ETicket Website.Danzay Fest 2015The Danzay Company and School will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary with a performance at the Eugene O’Neill Theater, directed by Maria Amalia Pendones De Pedro.“Festival Danzay 2015” will be performed Nov. 15 at Eugene O’Neill Theater, Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, San Pedro. ₡13,000 ($26). 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information call 2253-4069.Animal-Protection BingoProceeds will benefit the National Association for Animal Protection.“Bingo” takes place Nov. 14 at Humboldt High School, San José. 5 p.m. ₡1,500 ($3) per bingo. For more information call 7018-8854.Music: Piano ConcertsSeth Montfort, pianist and founder of the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, will perform four sunset jungle concerts at the Casa Margarita treehouse in La Pura Jungle eco-preserve in Paraiso, Guanacaste.Seth Montfort will perform Nov. 13-14-15 at La Pura Jungle eco-preserve, Guanacaste. 5 p.m. $20 for adults, $10 for kids and free for six and under. More info at the Event Facebook page.Costa Rican Culture Workshop for ExpatsExpat Housing is organizing two workshops where expats can receive practical information, learn strategies to recognize and reconcile cultural characteristics of daily life in Costa Rica, develop skills for more effective inter-cultural communication, and successfully integrate. Including an amazing tasting of traditional Costa Rican foods, and a great opportunity to meet more international residents.“Costa Rican Culture Workshop for Expats” will take place Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., and January 26, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. $25. Find more info at the Expat Housing Website.Upcoming concerts:Face to Face: Club Pepper features bands Face to Face, Solocarne, Endemia, and Alterk2. Nov. 13 at Club Pepper. 7:30 p.m. ₡15,000. More info at the Punk Rock Nights Website.Gondwana: Reggae band Gondwana visits Costa Rica, and will offer a concert at Club Pepper. Nov. 15 at Club Pepper. 8 p.m. ₡10,000 ($20). For more information call 2224-1472.Alice in Chains: Tribute concert to metal and grunge band Alice in Chains. Nov. 13 at El Cuartel de la Boca del Monte, La California, San José. 9 p.m. ₡3,000 ($6). For more information call 2221-0327.Porcupine Tree: Tribute concert to alternative rock band Porcupine Tree. Nov. 14 at MundoLoco El Chante, San Pedro. 9 p.m. ₡4,000 ($8). 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