A cure for the plague of frogs?

first_imgOne of the worst scourges of frogs and their kin is Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), a deadly fungus that infects nearly half of amphibian species, eats away their skin, and causes heart attacks. Now, a study shows that one kind of frog can learn to avoid the widespread fungus and that two species become resistant with repeated exposures. Although preliminary, the findings suggest that there may be a way to help protect more vulnerable amphibians.“If frogs exposed and cured are therefore ‘vaccinated’ against Bd, then this study has big implications for mitigation of Bd outbreaks in the future and restoration of frog populations that are in captive holding now,” writes biologist Kelly Zamudio of Cornell University, who was not involved in the study, in an e-mail.Amphibians suffer from many threats, including pollution and habitat destruction. 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After setting up a small chamber in their laboratory, they added the fungus to one side. When oak toads were first put into the chamber, they spent equal amount of time on either side. Then, Rohr and his colleagues removed the toads and killed the fungus with moderate heat. When the same toads were placed back into the chamber, they were less likely to spend time on the side with the fungus, suggesting that they can learn to avoid it. Rohr has additional experiments under way to determine how the toads detect the fungus, but he suspects that contact is painful as the fungus attacks. “It can’t feel good to have your skin digested by an enzyme.”Other trials with both species showed that with each exposure to the fungus, the toad’s and frog’s immune systems strengthened their response. The animals roughly doubled the number of immune cells by the fourth time they encountered the fungus. And a greater proportion of the amphibians survived: Although only 20% made it through the first exposure, more than half escaped their fourth bout with the fungus, the team reports in this week’s issue of Nature. This finding isn’t relevant to oak toads and Cuban tree frogs in the wild, because the weather is hot enough where they live to usually kill the fungus. But it could help explain how some species in colder environments, such as mountain lakes, have managed to survive.An intriguing finding is that exposure to dead Bd can also increase resistance, which raises the prospect of immunizing highly sensitive species. “That is exciting stuff,” says biologist Karen Lips of the University of Maryland, College Park, although she describes the level of protection as moderate. Rohr hopes to try adding large amounts of dead Bd to ponds to test whether it will help the survival of susceptible frogs.Several important questions remain. It’s not clear whether the resistance is permanent, whether tadpoles can become resistant, or whether it occurs in other species and would be strong enough to save them. And Erica Bree Rosenblum of the University of California, Berkeley, points to logistical challenges of trying to use the discovery, such as through widespread treatment of endangered populations. “I tend to be skeptical about whether it will be easy to translate results from lab studies into direct conservation application.”last_img read more

England vs India: Root is the glue of our batting lineup, says Morgan

first_imgJoe Root roared back to form for England in 50-over cricket as the hosts beat India by 86 runs in the 2nd ODI to level the three-match series 1-1 on Saturday.Root, who brought up the 12th century of his career, made 113 runs off 116 balls which included eight boundaries and a six to power England to 322 for 7 after they elected to bat first on a flat pitch at the Lord’s cricket ground.Although a disciplined Indian bowling attack jolted the hosts at regular intervals, the England Test captain kept the team sailing as he was involved in a couple of valuable partnerships with Eoin Morgan and David Willey, both of whom posted half-centuries.England captain Morgan later heaped praise on Root calling him the glue of the batting lineup.GET IN!!! We make it 1-1 and the series will be decided at Headingley on Tuesday!Scorecard/Clips: https://t.co/FQTvupHoGK#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/1oUn940ZxCEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) July 14, 2018″The way he accumulates an innings and sets up the backbone of our innings. He’s the glue of our batting,” Morgan said at the post-match presentation ceremony where Root was adjudged man-of-the-match.Also read – 2nd ODI: Root, Plunkett script England’s crushing win over India at Lord’sHaving posted a challenging total, England proceeded to dismiss the visitors for 236 runs.The Indian innings never really gathered any sustained momentum as they lost wickets at regular intervals.The incisive England bowling was completed by some poor shot selection by the Indian batsmen which saw the visitors struggling at 60/3 in the 11th over.advertisementThe bit of resistance by the visitors was produced by skipper Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, who came up with a fighting partnership of 80 runs off 97 deliveries.But once Moeen Ali had broken the stand by clinching the prized wicket of Kohli, it was all downhill for the Indians.Also read – MS Dhoni booed at Lord’s, Virat Kohli defends former captainSoon Adil Rashid bowled Raina, who top scored for India with 46 runs.Pacer Liam Plunkett, who was in superb form, was the most successful among the England bowlers with figures of 4/46.”I thought we bounced back really well, similar to the T20I series. Learned from the first game and improved. Challenges against spin on a similar surface, if not a tougher one. Joe was excellent and the boys upfront were good too.Also read – MS Dhoni 4th Indian after Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid to score 10000 ODI runs”The bowlers put on a clinical performance as well. Well, it worked out (the decision to bat). It’s my home ground and it’s good that it paid off,” Morgan added.The third and final match of the series will be played in Leeds on July 17.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK Prasad

first_imgChairman of the senior national selection committee, MSK Prasad heaped rich praise on Cheteshwar Pujara, calling him a “modern-day Buddha” after the India batsman played a key role in India’s historic Test series win in Australia.Prasad insisted that Pujara is turning into a role model for young cricketers in the country and that he is going to inspire a generation of traditional Test cricketers, who are considered endangered species in the T20 era.”Pujara is actually a living Buddha. That’s what I can say about his performances in Australia. The moment he gets to the crease, he goes into a trance, a meditation mode. The hours and hours of time he has spent in domestic cricket has fructified,” Prasad told India Today’s Boria Majumdar on Monday.”You can rate him as one of best in Test cricket. He is also being seen as one among the last generation of traditional Test cricketers. I am sure so many cricketers would have taken inspiration from Pujara. And credit should go the BCCI and Virat Kohli for giving importance to Test cricket. Pujara is also a role model today.” the former India wicketkeeper-batsman added.It’s been such a wonderful few weeks in Australia, something that has become historic! Every second the team put has paid off so well. Thank you all for the love and wishes pouring in. It’s been an overwhelming day, a day I’ll cherish for the rest of my life! #TeamIndia #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/oQAqTCVtHEcheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) January 7, 20192018 was a big learning curve for Indian cricket: PrasadadvertisementWhile expressing delight at India’s “historic” achievement, Prasad also said India, including the selection committee, support staff, and the players, learned from the mistakes that they had made during their 2-1 and 4-1 defeats in South Africa and England, respectively in 2018.”It’s a day to rejoice for Indian cricket. It’s a historical date. I am sure, it’s not just me, my entire team is absolutely happy. I am sure, in times, to come we will be reaching many more milestones,” Prasad added.”It’s a learning curve that we had this year. It’s wonderful that we had three top-class series in the year. What we missed in South Africa, In England, we have taken those lessons and we have implemented in this series.”With the combinations, we were spot on in this series. The players, the team management and the support staff stepped up and rose to the occasion. All those lessons we learnt in those two series have come to the fore in Australia and we were able to implement our strategies better.”Bumrah is phenomenal: PrasadPrasad also heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah, who had received his maiden Test call-up in South Africa last year. Bumrah has grown leaps and bounds ever since and hit top form in Australia as he finished on top of the bowling charts alongside Nathan Lyon with 21 wickets from four matches.”Absolutely, this kid [Bumrah] is phenomenal. Within a short span of one year, he has become very professional. When we picked him for South Africa, not many people accepted with us. They said many things ‘he is a white-ball specialist and he is prone to injuries’. But we went ahead with the selection. Having said that, we took that in the right spirit. We still took inducted him and he is now among the top of the ICC rankings.”India registered a historic series win in Australia after beating the hosts 2-1 in the four-match series as the final Test ended in a draw owing to bad weather conditions in Sydney on Monday.India needed 10 wickets to wrap up their third win of the series but were unable to do so as the rain came to Australia’s rescue after they were asked to follow-on by Virat Kohli on Day 4.Replying to India’s first innings score of 622 for 7 declared, Australia were bowled out for 300 on Sunday which gave India a 322-run cushion as they asked the hosts to bat again, becoming the first team in 31 years to enforce the follow-on against Australia in Australia since England, who did it in 1988.Kohli became the first Indian captain to win a series in Australia. He came very close to setting the Indian record of registering three Test wins in Australia but will have to be satisfied with two victories, a feat which Bishan Singh Bedi had managed as India skipper on the 1977-78 tour Down Under.The series win was largely set up by India’s fast bowlers who bagged a total of 51 wickets in the four matches with Australia getting bowled out 7 times out of 8 during the series.advertisementAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara keen on getting back to domestic cricket, to play county during IPL 2019Also Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara just can’t dance: Watch India stars celebrate historic winAlso Read | Australia series win proudest moment of my 10-year career: Virat KohliAlso See:last_img read more

4th unofficial ODI: Axar Patel’s 81 in vain as West Indies A beat India A by 5 runs

first_img4th unofficial ODI: Axar Patel’s 81 in vain as West Indies A beat India A by 5 runsRoston Chase hit 84 to set up West Indies A’s total of 298 for 9, which proved just enough as India A fell just 5 runs short despite a valiant unbeaten 81 from Axar Patel.advertisement Asian News International AntiguaJuly 20, 2019UPDATED: July 20, 2019 10:54 IST Roston Chase was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 84 (Twitter: @windiescricket)HIGHLIGHTSRoston Chase was ably supported by Devon Thomas who made 70 of his ownKhaleel Ahmed took 4 wickets for India AIndia are still leading the series 3-1 with one more match left to playWest Indies A registered their first win of the five-match unofficial ODI series on Friday (local time) as they defeat India A by five runs. Chasing 299, Indian team got off to a steady start as openers Anmolpreet Singh and Ruturaj Gaikwad provided a 32-run stand, but their resistance was cut short by Sherfane Rutherford’s brilliance in the field as he dismissed Singh (11).The Indian team kept on losing wickets in the middle and they were not able to stitch a solid partnership as the Indian side got reduced to 127/5 in the 26th over.vWI A 298/9 in (50 ov)IND A need 299 runs to win!#WIAvINDA #ItsOurGame pic.twitter.com/nLyOoUDI7iWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) July 19, 2019Axar Patel held the fort for the India side as he mixed caution and aggression and he went on to stay unbeaten at 81. Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar then took the honours upon themselves and they tried to rescue India. Both the players went on to play knocks of 45, but as soon as they got sent to the pavilion, India’s hopes of a win were dashed and the team lost the match by five runs.Earlier, India had won the toss and they opted to bowl first. Roston Chase’s knock of 84 runs enabled West Indies to post the score of 298/9 in the allotted fifty overs.Devon Thomas, Chase, and Jonathon Carter went on to register scores of fifty-plus to consolidate the Carribean’s side batting performance. Khaleel Ahmed scalped four wickets for India, but in the end, Romario Shephard scored 21 runs off just 8 balls to propel West Indies over the 295-run mark.advertisementBoth teams will now face each other in the fifth and final ODI on July 21 with India holding an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.Brief Scores: West Indies A 298/9 (Roston Chase 84, Devon Thomas 70, Khaleel Ahmed 4-67) beat India A 293/9 (Axar Patel 81*, Washington Sundar 45, Roman Powell 2-47) by five runs.Also Read | TNPL 2019: R Ashwin slams quickfire 37 after promoting himself to No. 3 for Dindigul DragonsAlso Read | Euro T20 Slam 2019 Draft: Full squads and players list of 6 teamsFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow west indies a vs india aFollow Shubman GillFollow Axar Patellast_img read more

Incident Involving Bridgewater Police Service Under Investigation

first_imgThe province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team is investigating an allegation of domestic violence involving a police officer from the Bridgewater Police Service. Bridgewater police responded to a 911 call near midnight on Tuesday, July 31. While investigating an impaired-driving complaint, Bridgewater police became aware of allegations of assault involving one of their officers. In accordance with the Police Act, the Bridgewater Police Service referred the incident to the Serious Incident Response Team, which assumed responsibility for the investigation. The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. This includes all allegations of domestic violence involving police. Its investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald. The Serious Incident Response Team can independently launch an investigation or begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public. The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the results of the investigation within three months after it is finished.last_img read more

RS passes Motor Vehicles Bill

first_imgNew Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed a bill to tighten road traffic regulations such as issuance of driving licence and imposed stricter penalties for violations in an attempt to improve road safety.The Upper House passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 with 108 votes in favour and 13 against it, with three amendments moved by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. The legislation was passed by the Lok Sabha on July 23 but the bill will be sent to Lok Sabha again because of a typo. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Replying to a debate on the bill, Gadkari allayed concerns of states, saying the Centre was not encroaching on any of their rights including the right to levy vehicle registration charge and permit fee, besides posting of officials. Not a single penny of state revenue would be taken by the Centre, he asserted. Also, the rights of the states to set up driving training institutes too will remain untinkered. The legislation provides for stricter punishment for various traffic related offences as well as higher penalties, including a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for death and Rs 2.5 lakh for grievous injury in a motor vehicle accident case. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KGadkari said the legislation will instil fear of law in people who violate traffic rules as an intelligent traffic system will monitor traffic offences. The minister said India was facing shortage of 22 to 25 lakh drivers and to fill this gap, driver training institutes were planned pan India and the Centre was ready to provide Rs 1 crore subsidy for each centre. He said such centres were not needed in metropolises like Delhi, Mumbai or Chennai but in remote rural areas to uplift tribals and poor and 1,000 such centres were planned. The minister also allayed fears of members regarding roping in of corporates, saying no rights were being given to companies and in fact a few firms had come forward with Rs 20-25 crore free-of-charge training centres under CSR. Gadkari said the process for obtaining driving licenses would now be computerised and anyone, whether a minister or MP, will get licenses only after passing online tests. He said the government has no intention to intervene with the power of states and state transport corporations were free to run their buses. He advocated the London transport model, stating that many state government undertakings had turned NPAs and the government was also exploring bringing in foreign funds. The minister made it clear that vehicle registration rights remained with the states and asserted that the Centre was not benefitting by even a rupee. He also stressed on the need to promote electric buses and having a transport policy. He said a 265-seat bus skybus was planned between Dhaula Kuan and Manesar. The bill proposes a National Transportation Policy for ushering in guidelines on the transportation of goods and passengers. The minister said it will be framed only after holding consultations with the states. Once the bill becomes a law, the new vehicles will be registered at the dealers level and it will eventually remove buyers’ interface with the registration authorities. The bill, which was pending for approval in the Rajya Sabha, had lapsed after the term of the 16th Lok Sabha ended. It proposes Rs 10,000 fine for not giving way to emergency vehicles and Rs 10,000 for driving despite disqualification. Aggregators violating driving licences will be fined up to Rs 1 lakh. The proposals are based on the recommendations of transport ministers from 18 states, which were vetted by a standing committee of Parliament. The bill includes penalties in the range of Rs 1,000- 2,000 for over-speeding. Driving without insurance will be punishable with Rs 2,000 fine, while driving without helmets will attract Rs 1,000 penalty and 3-month suspension of licence. Also, the guardian/owner will be deemed guilty in case of road offence by juveniles, while registration of the vehicle will be cancelled. As per the new provisions, “guardian/owner shall be deemed to be guilty and there will be a penalty of Rs 25,000 with three years imprisonment and cancellation of registration of the Motor Vehicle”. Traffic violations would now attract a penalty of Rs 500 in place of Rs 100 earlier, while disobedience of orders of authorities will attract a minimum penalty of Rs 2,000 in place of Rs 500 earlier. Penalty for unauthorised use of vehicles without licence has been proposed at Rs 5,000 while those driving without licence will have to shell out the same amount and those found driving despite disqualification would be fined Rs 10,000. Penalty for dangerous driving would be increased to Rs 5,000 from Rs 1,000, while drunken driving under the proposed new law would attract a fine of Rs 10,000. “If aggregators are found violating lincensing conditions, they will be charged a sum of up to Rs 1 lakh” while overloading of vehicles would attract a penalty of Rs 20,000.last_img read more

Gustos First Original Design Series THE SEARCH FOR CANADAS NEXT DESIGNER Premieres

first_img Twitter Grab your allen keys, Canada! Gusto debuts its first original design program with the premiere of THE SEARCH FOR CANADA’S NEXT DESIGNER. From Bell Media In-House Productions, the six-episode, 30-minute series airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET, beginning October 16 on Gusto.Hosted by THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW’s design expert Tommy Smythe, the series sees six competitors vie for a coveted design contract with IKEA Canada as they face weekly challenges and eliminations. THE SEARCH FOR CANADA’S NEXT DESIGNER encores on CTV Two, Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET, beginning Oct. 20.For a group of up-and-coming Canadian design experts, the opportunity of a lifetime is about to begin! THE SEARCH FOR CANADA’S NEXT DESIGNER pits six individuals against one another in a series of high-stakes décor challenges. The lucky grand prize winner nabs a coveted design contract with IKEA Canada and a dream trip to Sweden. Each week, designers work with IKEA Canada products to showcase their innovative design skills. From DIY-themed challenges to dealing with dated décor on a budget, the challenges reference both IKEA’s current line of products as well as the brand’s history. With the threat of elimination hiding behind every challenge, it’s up to each designer to put their skills to the test and show what they’ve got. Also in the blueprints are game-changing twists and fast time turnarounds! There’s a lot at stake in this competition, and only one designer can come out on top.“We are thrilled to be working on Bell Media’s first ever in-house produced design series for Gusto,” said Michelle Crespi, Executive Producer, Bell Media In-House Production. “We’ve executed successful design challenges on some of Bell Media’s daytime series, so to be given the opportuntity to take that concept, and turn it into a series with the engaging Tommy Smythe at the helm, is exciting. We know this series will resonate with Canadians.”In addition to Smythe, THE SEARCH FOR CANADA’S NEXT DESIGNER features IKEA Canada judge Alicia Caroll and a cast of top-tier guest judges, including celebrity chef Roger Mooking, THE SOCIAL co-host Lainey Lui, Canadian home renovation guru Sebastian Clovis, winner of THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW’s search for their next designer expert,  Andrew Pike, and more.The six competitors competing in THE SEARCH FOR CANADA’S NEXT DESIGNER are:Christopher, Interior DesignerJoey, Owner of Joey Vogel Interior DesignMarcy, Entrepreneur and YouTube personalityMartha, Engineer and Lead Designer at Hedgeford & BerkleyNatalie, Owner of Nest Design StudiosVictoria, Television Art DirectorIn the premiere episode of THE SEARCH FOR CANADA’S NEXT DESIGNER (Sunday, October 16 at 9 p.m. ET on Gusto) the competition is on! Host Tommy Smythe dishes out the first-ever challenge for six up-and-coming design experts: a dining space transformation. Working with a limited budget  and tight deadline, the designers soon find out that every little detail matters – and for one of them, the journey is about to come to an end. The episode features special guest judge, Roger Mooking.THE SEARCH FOR CANADA’S NEXT DESIGNER is executive produced by Michelle Crespi. John Simpson is co-executive producer. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President, Bell Media Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. Advertisement Login/Register With: Social Media links About Gusto:Gusto, Bell Media’s first food and lifestyle channel, features a delicious mix of creative cooking and food programming paired with exciting home renovation, travel, and lifestyle shows. Gusto features a menu of original Canadian series and specials produced in 4K including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH, as well as acquired series from stars such as Jamie Oliver and Martha Stewart. Gusto is distributed to more than five million households across Canada and is also available online at www.gustotv.com and on-demand via participating television service providers. Gusto is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. @bellmediapr @gustotv BellMediaInc GustoTV @gustotv Gustotv Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement About IKEAIKEA is a leading home furnishing retailer with 375 stores in more than 50 countries worldwide, which are visited by 884 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 12 stores, an eCommerce virtual store, 6 Pick-up and order points in Quebec City and southern Ontario and two Collection Points in Halifax and Saskatoon. The company also recently announced plans to open stores in Halifax and Quebec City. Last year, IKEA Canada welcomed 25 million visitors to its stores and 75 million visitors to the IKEA.ca website. Founded in 1943, IKEA’s business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so low, the majority of people can afford them. For more information on IKEA, please visit: www.IKEA.ca. Facebooklast_img read more

Prorogation forces shift in dates for UN Indigenous peoples rapporteur visit

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, will now visit Canada from Oct. 7 to 15.In a statement sent to some First Nations organizations, Anaya’s office said the dates were changed at Ottawa’s request.“The government of Canada informed the special rapporteur that it was changing the dates to accommodate the session of Parliament,” said the statement. “In order to avoid further delays or cancellation of the visit, the special rapporteur agreed to the new dates.”Foreign Affairs did not return phoned and emailed requests for comment on the changed dates.Parliament is set to resume Oct. 16 with a speech from the throne.Gov. Gen. David Johnston, at the request of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, officially prorogued Parliament on Sept. 13.Anaya was originally scheduled to begin his visit on Oct. 12 to 20.last_img read more

Bombay Dyeing scrip dips 98 on Ness Wadias Japan jailing

first_imgNew Delhi: Shares of Wadia Group firms tanked up to 10 per cent Tuesday amid media reports that Ness Wadia has been sentenced to a two-year jail term by a court in Japan over alleged possession of drugs. Bombay Dyeing shares plunged 9.78 per cent to close at Rs 112.60 on the BSE. During the day, it tumbled 17.42 per cent to Rs 103.05. Shares of Britannia Industries went down by 2.50 per cent to Rs 2,893.10 and Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation fell by 2.40 per cent to close at Rs 1,241.30. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraMeanwhile, the BSE Tuesday sought clarification from the three companies with respect to the news. “Wadia group shares such as Bombay Dyeing, Bombay Burmah, Britannia slipped today as the Wadia Group heir Ness Wadia was sentenced to two years jail in Japan due to possession of drugs,” said Umesh Mehta, head of research, Samco Securities Ltd. Wadia Group scion and co-owner of IPL team Kings XI Punjab, Ness Wadia has been sentenced to a two-year jail term by a court in Japan over alleged possession of drugs, a media report said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe Financial Times reported that Wadia, who was on a skiing holiday, was arrested in early March at New Chitose Airport in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido after customs officials found 25g of “what appeared to be cannabis resin in his trouser pocket”. Reacting to the report, a Wadia Group spokeperson said Ness Wadia is in India. “The judgement is clear. It is a suspended sentence. Hence, it will not impact Ness Wadia in the discharge of any of his responsibilities and he will continue to play the role that he has done hitherto, both within the Group and outside,” the spokesperson added. Ness Wadia is director in major firms of the Wadia Group, including Bombay Dyeing and Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation.last_img read more

UN civil service panel has crucial role in ensuring success of reform

“Executive Heads look to you for help in compensating staff at competitive rates, strengthening management, encouraging mobility around the UN system, and addressing problems such as the recruitment and retention of staff at difficult duty stations,” he told the 60th session of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) in Bangkok.”Executive Heads are also looking forward to the General Assembly’s forthcoming discussion on the report of the panel on strengthening the international civil service and the functioning of the Commission,” he said in a message delivered by the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), noting the recent decision granting paternity leave.”As you know, this is a crucial year for the United Nations. The General Assembly will hold a Summit meeting in September, at which it is hoped that world leaders will enact far-reaching reforms. The issues that fall within the Commission’s purview are of central importance to that effort,” he added.”Just as I have been urging Member States to rise to the occasion, so do I call on you to meet this challenge and do your utmost to create for the staff of the United Nations system, at the more than 500 duty stations at which they serve the world’s people, the conditions they need to succeed.”The 15-member ICSC is an independent expert body established by the General Assembly, charged with regulating and coordinating the conditions of service of staff in the UN common system, while promoting and maintaining high standards in the international civil service.Its mandate covers all facets of employment conditions, but the type of action it is empowered to take in a specific area is regulated under its statute. On some matters such as establishment of daily subsistence allowance, cost-of-living element and hardship entitlements, it may take decisions itself.In other areas, it makes recommendations to the General Assembly which then acts as the legislator for the rest of the common system. Such matters include professional salary scales, the level of dependency allowances and education grant.On still other matters, the Commission makes recommendations to the executive heads of the organizations, in particular concerning human resources policy issues. read more

28 children taken to Ireland from UK in parental abduction cases

first_imgBRITISH GOVERNMENT FIGURES show there were 28 cases in the past year involving children who were abducted from a parent or guardian in the UK and taken to Ireland.Total figures for parental child abduction and international custody cases have been revealed by authorities in Britain as they seek to raise awareness of the problem ahead of an expected spike in cases after Christmas.They relate to cases whereby a child was taken out of the UK against the stipulation of a court order or against the will of one parent.The number of cases involving the Foreign Office has more than doubled in the last decade, from 272 in 2003-2004 to 580 in the past year. Cases involving children taken to Ireland accounted for the fourth largest number of such incidents; Pakistan accounted for 35 cases, followed by the US (32) and Poland (29).Contrary to the belief that fathers are most often to blame, mothers are responsible for 70 percent of the abductions, the Foreign Office said. Charities involved in child abduction said there was a spike in cases just after Christmas last year, and again in September following the summer holidays.Figures from the Department of Justice here show there were 83 cases of suspected abduction in in 2012 relating to attempts to bring children out of the country. The Department also dealt with 64 cases involving children entering the state.Speaking earlier this year upon the release of the Irish figures, Justice Minister Alan Shatter said that parental-child abductions remained a “worrying problem”.The UK Foreign Office has produced this video aimed at encouraging parents to consider the consequences of taking a child out of the country without permission…(Youtube: Foreign & Commonwealth Office)Read: 147 new cases of suspected child abductions reported in 2012Read: What is it like being a child in Ireland today?last_img read more

State scheme to regulate migrant returns at risk

first_imgA state-backed scheme for the voluntary repatriation of immigrants to their homelands aims to return 7,000 people to their countries of origin over the next year, Kathimerini has learned, though the head of the organization leading the initiative has expressed concerns that an unprecedented police crackdown on migrants could discourage many people from participating in the scheme.Following the repatriation of around 3,500 immigrants in the first six months of this year, the Public Order Ministry and the Greek office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are planning to double this figure over the next 11 months, returning 7,000 migrants home.The returns between January and August were funded with 5 million euros in European Union subsidies while another 10 million euros has been set aside for the next phase of voluntary repatriations, Kathimerini understands.Daniel Esdras, the director of IOM’s Greek branch, told Kathimerini that there was strong interest in the ministry-backed repatriation program with around 50 migrants submitting applications daily. But he expressed the fear that the police sweeps launched over the past few days, and subsequent deportations, may make would-be participants think again about signing on. “The more they are arrested and detained, the less likely they will be to cooperate with us for inclusion in the program,” Esdras said.Police detained around 6,000 migrants in an unprecedented crackdown in Athens over the weekend. Most were released but some 1,400 are to be kept in custody pending deportation.Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias defended the operation in comments to Skai television, saying that failure to curb an influx of immigrants could lead Greece to collapse. “Our social fabric is at risk of unravelling,” he said, noting that “the immigration problem is perhaps even greater than the financial one.”Describing the immigration problem as “a bomb at the foundations of the state and society,” he said he would resign if he were stopped from doing his job. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Comedy Central says Jon Stewart leaving The Daily Show

first_imgJon Stewart, who pushed political comedy into a new realm with a show that relayed news by parodying the news, will leave “The Daily Show” later this year after 16 years at the helm, Comedy Central announced Tuesday night.To a younger generation of viewers who stopped watching network news, his late-night “fake” news show — which particularly delighted in skewering politicians and the media —made him a trusted messenger to millions.Since its launch with Stewart as host — he took over the program in 1999 from Craig Kilborn — “The Daily Show” has routinely racked up awards. It won the outstanding variety series Emmy for 10 years in a row.Stewart, 52, who often emphasized that he is a comedian rather than a news anchor, truly made his mark during the 2000 presidential election with his “Indecision 2000” coverage of the George W. Bush and Al Gore recount in Florida. Afterward, everything on the show clicked, and Stewart emerged as the star of the comedy network — especially during the Bush administration, when the stentorian and seemingly exasperated host would take on the policies of Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.Stewart broke the news of his departure to his audience during the show’s taping in New York. Almost immediately on social media, the tweets started from people who witnessed the announcement.last_img read more

Man Is Charged With Shooting Threat Made To Houston Community College On

first_imgPhoto: Wikimedia CommonsA Houston man has been charged with making a shooting threat for allegedly vowing on Facebook to unleash violence at the central campus of Houston Community College.A Houston man has been charged with making a shooting threat for allegedly vowing on Facebook to unleash violence at Houston Community College (HCC), the Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.According to a news release from the DA’s Office, Luis Antonio Rivera, 21, was charged with a third-degree felony following an investigation by HCC Police.Using the name Elijah Eli Saltibanez, he allegedly posted the following on Facebook: “I will attack and shoot everyone and kill everyone in hcc Central campus in May 7 2018 I will kill everyone including students and teachers are gonna die and also I will kill the hcc police department.”Additional threats were allegedly posted against President Donald Trump and students in local school districts.“We take threats to public safety seriously,” First Assistant Tom Berg said and added: “If the elements are met, you will be charged and prosecuted.”Rivera faces two to 10 years in prison if convicted. Sharelast_img read more

DuckTales Remastered is everything you wanted it to be

first_imgAs amusing side-scrolling games from our past goes, it’s hard to do much better than DuckTales. Capcom’s best selling NES title wasn’t as popular as it probably deserved to be when it was first released, but Capcom and Disney saw fit to re-release this classic game and make it available on all three consoles. We took an evening and joined the cane wielding Scrooge McDuck on an HD remastered trip down memory lane.From the moment the game loaded on our Wii U and the classic 8-bit style music started blasting through the tiny speakers on the GamePad, you’re immediately transported back to the first time you play this game. Everything about the game has been updated to look great on any television, and Wii U owners will have the ability to play exclusively on the gamepad if you choose. The gameplay, the cut scenes, and the secret areas are completely intact. Even the post-mission victory dive in the money pit has been updated to look great on every screen.Choosing to play the game with a joystick instead of the D-Pad bears a slight complication in some of the levels that require Scrooge to jump from vine to vine or catch a chain at just the right moment. This game required that you press the up arrow on the D-Pad in order to grab chains and vines, and on a joystick this motion has to be both fast and precise or Scrooge will fall. It’s much easier to play these parts of the game with the D-Pad… if you haven’t already decided to play Ducktales this way out of nostalgia. Everything else about the gameplay translates to modern controllers with no problems, since the game really only had two other buttons.If you’re on a PS3 or Wii U, DuckTales Remastered is available starting today. Steam users will have access to the game on August 20, while Xbox Live users will be able to grab the game from the XBLA on September 11.If you’re interested in a collectors edition of the game, which is separate from theNES collectors tin, there will be a PS3 version available on August 20 that includes the download code for the game and a DuckTales pin.last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews INCREDIBLES 2

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Is Incredibles 2 good?I was disappointed.Oh no!!!Yeah… this one hurts.So it’s bad??I didn’t say that. It’s nowhere near as good as the original, definitely wasn’t worth 15 years of waiting and belongs on the low end of Pixar movies, but “bad” would be pushing it. It’s below average, disposable. Ironically, after such a long wait, it mostly feels like something that would’ve been thrown together quickly to get a sequel out as soon as possible right after the first one.Damn. Well, what’s it about at least?Picking up (literally) moments after the end of the original, Incredibles 2 once again centers on the titular family headed by Bob and Helen Parr aka “Mr. Incredible” and “Elastigirl,” a pair of semi-retired costumed-crimefighters in hiding living in a world where superheroes have been declared illegal. With the government program dedicated to keeping their existence hidden facing budget cuts, they’re approached by a brother/sister pair of telecom billionaires with a plan to bring “supers” out of the shadows by putting their money and public-relations muscle behind one and making a play for getting the bans lifted permanently. The nominal sequel conceit being that they’ve decided it’s Elastigirl they want as the initial centerpiece of the campaign – meaning that its Mom who takes the action-hero center-stage in this one while Mr. Incredible does the “tough guy flails comedically attempting to manage as a stay-at-home-Dad” B-story.So wait – with 15 years to write a sequel, they settled on “Mr. Mom, but with superheroes?”If only! The biggest overarching problem here is that there isn’t really a singular story at play as much as a dozen or so half-formed sequel ideas that keep getting brought up, sort-of explored and then left to sit: Mr. Incredible’s nascent emasculation anxiety seems like it’s going to be THE central conflict and… then just kind of isn’t, he just “gets over it” at a certain point. There’s a “Violet is dating” subplot that causes problems and creates situations and then… doesn’t really lead anywhere. Dash doesn’t even really GET a storyline to himself this time around. Frozone feels like even more of an afterthought than last time. There’s a lot of business about a “new generation” of Supers who get a big introduction scene and feel like they MIGHT become characters but then it’s clear they’re really just here to be part of a big battle sequence at the end.Okay, that’s a lot…There’s more! The main villain-mystery involving a new bad guy who can hypnotize people through TV signals gets a big enigmatic build, but the “shocking reveal” of who he is and what he’s all about is more of a “…that’s IT!?” Even the big leftover plot-point from the original – baby Jack-Jack’s powers – only gets “advanced” to the point of the other characters finding out and… that’s about it, it doesn’t end up meaning anything or taking the story anywhere particularly interesting other than creating an excuse for Edna Mode to get a two-scene cameo.So the issue is too much going on?Too much going on that doesn’t fit together into a cohesive narrative whole – the film is lacking a central theme or through-line. Yes, a baby with randomly-activated powers makes for funny slapstick and the sequences that play out as a result are some of the funniest in the film… but that’s all they are: Fun bits of animation only vaguely necessitated by a story that doesn’t meaningfully advance all that far from the first one until the last few moments – the narrative and “world” haven’t changed all that much and the characters are mostly re-learning lessons and repeating arcs they went through last time. It’s all so much jogging in place.The whole thing just feels kind of airless and uninspired – which is just… shocking, considering the pedigree. The original Incredibles was a huge, huge deal back in 2004. It was a literal bolt out of the blue that managed the impressive feat of being a bar-raiser for Pixar at the studio’s most untouchable moment. And it was an especially rare treat for superhero fans to see an original take on the genre that wrung fun comedy out of familiar tropes but also offered an engaging story that used those tropes in a thoughtful allegory about individuality, society, power and identity. And in many ways felt like a family-friendly, non-nihilistic take on Watchmen that many fans felt represented one of the best takes on the genre ever – animated or otherwise.What do you think happened?Well, a lot can go wrong – movies are complicated, and it’s honestly a miracle that anything gets made at all let alone getting made well. What I will say is that despite the original ending on a sort-of cliffhanger gag, writer/director Brad Bird maintained for well over a decade that he’d told the story he set out to tell and was in no hurry to rush out a sequel. But then his big auteur live-action bet-the-farm project, Tomorrowland, was a giant disaster a few years back and NOW suddenly hear we are – so that could be part of it. I wouldn’t suggest that Brad Bird and Pixar were being “dishonest” about believing in this story and having waited until they had one worth telling – what I can say is that it doesn’t FEEL like that… it feels like something that exists out of obligation.But it’s not a total loss?Not at all! The animation is excellent, the retro-aesthetic works as well as ever, Michael Giacchino’s score is consistently good and the staging of the fights and action scenes is endlessly inventive. It’s just too bad that there’s not a strong story or any real character depth to connect to it beyond whatever attachment you may or may not have maintained with the heroes from the first movie.It’s far from a disaster, but considering the pedigree and what a lot of people’s expectations were this is a genuinely shocking disappointment from Disney/Pixar.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Nvidia virtual reality will take another 20 years to fix

first_imgVirtual reality is mostly a lot of hype in 2016. You can argue that people have Oculus Rift in their possession and are enjoying VR experiences, but it’s not exactly ideal and Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has delivered a reality check during a press conference just before Computex kicks off.The VR shortcomings Huang lists are hard to argue with:Virtual reality headsets are too big and cumbersomeThe wires need to goThe resolution simply isn’t good enoughThe environments we experience aren’t “beautiful enough”The worlds we enter do not behave according to the laws of physicsHe could have gone further, pointing out we have no obvious way to get the rest of your body into the experience, or that realistic movement in VR requires other, even more cumbersome devices that cost a small fortune. It’s expensive, it’s very limited, and anyone embracing the tech today is basically a tester willing to pay for the privilege.You’d expect a company such as Nvidia to point these shortcomings out right before announcing they are working on their own solutions and products, but that’s not the case for Nvidia. Huang was asked directly what Nvidia is doing to find solutions, a question he didn’t answer beyond stating, “we have hundreds of projects in the company… most of them get thrown away.”Clearly virtual reality is going to require a lot of investments over the next two decades, which the Oculus team must have realized when they decided to be acquired by Facebook. The social network easily has the funding, and Zuckerberg seems to be capable of seeing out a 20-year vision. As for Nvidia, I’m sure they’ll be focused on being there when it all comes good, because VR headsets between now and 2036 are all going to need GPUs to help create those immersive worlds.last_img read more

Neighbors star Matt Wilson on playing a gay exstripper getting hit on

first_imgHandsome Neighbors actor Matt Wilson was forced to apologize last year after he referred to Aaron, the gay man he plays on the long-running soap, as ‘specifically designed […] to act straight and act normal.’ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Neighbours actor who plays gay character: ‘He acts straight and acts normal’This film sums up the hidden meaning of Grindr messages everywhereNeighbours aired its first gay wedding and it was so beautifulRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/neighbors-star-matt-wilson-on-playing-a-gay-ex-stripper-getting-hit-on-by-guys-and-dealing-with-homophobes/ GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Now we have this other proposal coming up. Fingers crossed we get another wedding out of it! What I’m hoping for is we have the first same-sex marriage on Australian TV since it became legal. It would be very special.Is your gay fanbase visible to you? I’m picturing you getting mobbed at Mardi Gras…Yeah, you get the odd squeeze here and there when you go out at night… One of my mates, every other Saturday, tries to get me to go to one of the gay clubs here [in Melbourne]. I’ve been a couple of times, but you just can’t hang out with your friends when you go there! It’s full on! But it’s a positive sign that the character is well-portrayed.Do fans ever confuse you for your character?All the time. I’ve been asked out for drinks about 100 times. I’m actually straight! Ryan Moloney, who plays Toadie, one of his friends at the weekend – and he doesn’t really watch the show – he thought my character was straight and I was gay. He was like ‘That guy, has he come out yet?!’ And Ryan was like ‘No…’ His friend was like: ‘That guy right there, he’s gay!’ It’s the character!On the flip side, have you ever encountered homophobia from members of the public for playing a gay character?Yes, you do. A lot of it comes via social media. But in the same way, I have that many loyal followers out there that as soon as somebody brings something up like that, they get shot down, by everybody. I don’t know if it’s the right way to do it or not.What do they say? Is it nonsense?Yeah, yeah, yeah. People just say: ‘I wish you were written out of the show’ or ‘there are too many gay scenes, too many kissing scenes…’ You’re like: ‘Get real!’ It’s actually quite embarrassing for them. They’re coming out on a public platform saying these things and every single time they get shut down big.Obviously there’s a huge amount of Neighbors alumni who have gone on to star in blockbuster films. Have you met any of them?I met Ben Mendelson once, who just [appeared] in the Stephen Spielberg movie Ready Player One. He’s one of my favorite actors. Travis Burns, who played my younger brother and lives in LA at the moment, met up with Margot Robbie the other day, which would’ve been pretty exciting!Neighbours airs Monday-Friday 1.45pm and 5.30pm in the UK on Channel 5Now that Australia has same-sex marriage, will this soap have a gay wedding? After making the comments on The Wright Stuff, the 29-year-old star admitted: ‘My choice of words wasn’t right and apologies if it comes across as offensive.’Almost one year on, as Matt gears up for Aaron’s double engagement with on-screen boyfriend David (played by Takaya Honda), screened tonight, it seems he knows his way around his character a lot better.When we ask him to describe Aaron for newcomers to Neighbors, he doesn’t even focus on Aaron’s sexuality, but his personality.‘He’s a peacekeeper’‘Aaron’s an extrovert, a showman,’ he tells us with an affectionate laugh, in a sunny Aussie lilt.‘He’s also a peacekeeper,’ he adds. ‘In any altercation he’s the one to step in and make it better for everyone. He’s happiest when everybody else is happy.’Here, we speak with Matt about Australian marriage equality, people who confuse him for Aaron and the viewers who think he should be written out of the show…For our readers who haven’t seen Neighbors, tell us about Aaron…Aaron came onto the show as a male stripper. He hurt his ankle once and quit that. It might have something to do with the G-rating on the TV show!Were you nervous about that being his job when you first started?No, I took it head first. I kind of enjoyed it! I tried my best to dance, but I’m not very good at that.Is he politically-minded?He’s not really an activist. I think he enjoys the movement and what it stands for. But when you compare him to Paige on the show, who’s protested and been to rallies, Aaron hasn’t really done that. But he stands for [LGBTI rights], and what a time to in Australia as well!Had you ever played a gay character before?I had once in a little short film for a mate of mine. But it wasn’t anywhere near as big as this.With the introduction of marriage equality in Australia, do you hope to see a storyline along those lines in the future?Aaron and David have a proposal scene coming up. David previously proposed to Aaron – we filmed this last year. It aired the day before same-sex marriage became legal in Australia. The government, by fluke, decided that was the day it would happen, and it was the day after we went to air. That was really special. It was so relevant and everyone got behind it. Everyone got a glimpse into what was happening. Photos: Courtesy of Channel 5 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Newlook Costa Rica football team headed in right direction 3 thoughts from

first_imgA collective sigh of relief emanated from the stands of San José’s National Stadium when the Costa Rica national men’s team, known as “La Sele,” netted its first win in 11 months on Tuesday. Despite new head coachÓscar Ramírez’s mere three weeks on the job, the man they call “Macho” already has Costa Rica football trending upwards.The 1-0 win over Uruguay reaffirmed the optimism that was generated from a competitive, 0-1 loss to world power Brazil on Saturday. And though all of La Sele’s problems are not suddenly solved, Ramírez said he’s satisfied with how quickly his team has been able to adapt to his style of play.“Understanding that we faced two world champions in three days makes me much more content with where we’re at,” he said.Following two more warm-ups against South Africa and the United States next month, La Sele will begin World Cup qualifying play, starting with Haiti on Nov. 13. Besides the Haitians, Costa Rica’s regional qualifying group includes Jamaica and Panama.In light of Ramírez’s successful debut this past week, here are three thoughts as to why Costa Rica seems to be on the right path as it heads towards the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Óscar Ramírez has already put his footprint on a defense that looks to be vastly improved in a few weeks time. Jeff Zevelansky/AFPDefense and ball control are priorities againComing into his current job, Ramírez’s resume made it very clear that the coach stresses great defense everywhere he goes. Under former head coach Paulo Wanchope, Costa Rica was usually able to find rhythm on offense but never had consistent answers on defense and in the midfield.In his first two games, “Macho” implemented a five-man backline, anchored by Cristian Gamboa on the right-end and solidified by Giancarlo González in the middle. Against the Brazilians, early miscues were quickly corrected to shut down one of international football’s most feared attacks. Against Uruguay at home, Ramírez’s squad looked even more in control as it quickly put out any offensive sparks from the Uruguayans and was able to bottle up possession. With sharp passing and improved communication all over the field, Ramírez’s strategy emphasizing possession came alive in a beautiful way on Tuesday night.It’s not exactly as refined as the famous “Tiki-taka” style that recently guided Spain’s national team through its most decorated era, but it’s a dependable style that should lead Costa Rica to many more victories under Ramírez. Leading up to the friendlies, González told reporters that Ramírez has demanded more effort from the defense and the midfield, putting all the focus on ball control.“With him, even the tiniest of details are covered because he knows that’s how we’re going to win,” he said. “We’re all getting used to his style of play, which basically calls for a lot of ball possession.”Costa Rica’s defense may not yet be back at the level it was playing at in the 2014 World Cup, where it completely shut down some of the game’s best attackers, but the early returns from Ramírez’s first two games are promising.https://vine.co/v/etpZQ1JW9AKLa Sele’s stars are in position to make playsJust because more attention is being placed on the defense doesn’t mean Costa Rica is going to be boring to watch. When the team’s two most potent offensive threats – Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruíz – combined to score the lone-goal against Uruguay on Tuesday, it was clear that La Sele’s playmakers are still going to have plenty of opportunities to dazzle.Campbell, in particular, stuck out by proving that he remains Ramírez’s top option at striker. The 23-year-old Arsenal forward is often criticized for his streaky play, but when he’s at his best, Campbell is a master creator who requires total attention from opposing defenses. An expert dribbler and reliable passer, he has enough tools to swing a game’s outcome by himself.The other star who has shined early on in Ramírez’s new system is midfielder Celso Borges. Against Brazil and Uruguay, the veteran was again the engine that created a stable rhythm for Costa Rica’s offense. The 27-year-old Borges not only flashed his ability to facilitate, he also had a couple of goal-scoring opportunities in this week’s friendlies.Coupled with budding young talents like Johan Venegas and Ronald Matarrita, the skill level on this selection may be higher than ever. ¡Ganamos! #LaSele 1, Uruguay 0 #CRCURU #AhoraNosTocóEnCasa pic.twitter.com/xS7hiFWbL8— FEDEFUTBOL (@FEDEFUTBOL_CR) September 9, 2015 Related posts:Costa Rica’s La Sele throttles Jamaica 3-0 Costa Rica seeking revenge against the United States Costa Rica humiliates the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifier Costa Rican Men’s National Team hopes to make history again in Mexicocenter_img Full strength still to comeAs La Sele’s top names begin to stand out again, its worth noting that Costa Rica’s best player hasn’t suited up in the red and blue since June. Even without Keylor Navas, the goal remains in good gloves with capable replacements Esteban Alvarado and Patrick Pemberton. But the eventual reinsertion of the Real Madrid star into the starting goalkeeper spot will only better Ramírez’s defense, giving the backfield some room for error in front of one of the world’s best stoppers.On the defensive end, Costa Rica has also been without Bryan Oviedo as the Everton back continues to battle injuries. However, Oviedo’s latest setback was only supposed to keep him out for a matter of weeks, meaning he should be plugged into the starting lineup for the Oct. 8 home friendly against South Africa. His addition, at the very least, gives “Macho” another talented option on the backline and could make for a shutdown unit alongside Gamboa and González.On top of the two missing pieces on defense, coach Ramírez also plans to recover a nice tool for his offense when David Ramírez returns from his two-game suspension. The young Saprissa striker was the most consistent threat during the Wanchope era, and should provide even more firepower next to Campbell and Ruíz. 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THAI Holds Meeting with AEROTHAI and AOT

first_imgTHAI Holds Meeting with AEROTHAI and AOT Making Thailand One of the World’s Top Ten Punctual AirportsTHAI Holds Meeting with AEROTHAI and AOT Making Thailand One of the World’s Top Ten Punctual AirportsMrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo (eighth from left), Acting President, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), presided over a meeting between THAI, Aeronautical Radio of Thailand, and Airports of Thailand, which was attended by Mrs. Sarinee Sangprasit (seventh from left), AEROTHAI President, and Mr. Nitinai Sirismatthakarn (ninth from left), AOT President. Members of Management from respective organizations participated in the meeting in a joint effort to improve the quality and efficiency of Thailand’s aviation industry, sharing their visions and strategies for further improvements. Most recently, cooperative action was taken regarding on-time performance in accordance with government policy, which resulted in Thailand being ranked one of the World’s Top Ten Punctual Airports ranked by FlightStats.com, which ranks the world’s best on-time performance airlines. THAIbook flights hereSource = THAIlast_img read more