With billions of dollars at stake all parties promise to fix defence

first_imgOTTAWA  — The seemingly endless effort to replace Canada’s CF-18s fighter jets passed a tiny milestone Friday: fighter-jet makers participating in the $19-billion competition were required to explain how they planned to make their aircraft compliant with U.S. intelligence systems.For nearly a decade, Canadians have been inundated with talk of fighter jets without Canada ever buying them, an ever-worsening symbol of the failures of Canada’s military procurement system.Every election, would-be prime ministers promise to cancel bad purchases or processes, hurry along good ones, fix the mess once and for all.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer this week promised to “de-politicize” military procurement with new oversight bodies in cabinet and the Privy Council Office while working toward multi-partisan consensus on procurement projects in Parliament.The Liberals promise to establish a new agency called Defence Procurement Canada, which suggests taking the entire function away from the four departments that now share responsibility for buying military kit.The New Democrats and Greens promise, without detail, that they will ensure Canada’s military gets the equipment it needs.The origins of what we face today can be traced back to the end of the Cold War when Canada and its allies began to cut defence spending after a decades-long arms race with the Soviet Union.“We deferred purchasing new fighter planes and did the same thing with our frigate fleet,” says David Perry, vice-president of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and one of Canada’s foremost experts on defence spending and procurement.“We just kicked the can down the road on fixed-wing search-and-rescue aircraft. There was a bunch of other projects that fit the same vein.”The military had to use equipment for years longer than it was supposed to and the Department of National Defence lost most of its procurement experts.But in the mid-2000s, the Forces’ equipment problems were revealed in Kandahar: the military lacked transport aircraft to resupply its Afghanistan mission, artillery and tanks to support troops on the ground and helicopters to move them around.Ottawa rushed into gear, purchasing transport planes, howitzers, helicopters and tanks in short order _ in most cases without competitions. New equipment flooded in but there were some big failures, starting with accusations defence officials rigged the requirements for a new search-and-rescue plane to select a specific U.S. plane.There was also a failed effort to buy new supply ships for the navy and, most explosively, a plan to buy new fighter jets, Lockheed Martin’s F-35s, without a competition.In 2012, auditor general Michael Ferguson blasted the Defence Department for failing to communicate the stealth fighter’s risks, including escalating costs and schedule delays, to Parliament and decision-makers.Dan Ross, who was the department’s head of military procurement at the time, would later say defence officials had all the information and were willing to share it _ the Harper government just wouldn’t let them.Either way, the public’s confidence in the system and the government’s ability to manage it were shaken. The F-35 purchase was scrapped. The Tories imposed new constraints to keep costs under control and ensure Canadian industry and communities benefit from defence contracts.“There were concerns about whether or not you’re getting the right kind of economic benefits, some significant concerns about whether or not process was being adhered to until you had this system recalibration where you had an injection of additional rules and governance,” Perry says.That recalibration imposed a fundamental tension on the system: the need to get the best equipment possible, with the most benefit to the economy or local industry, at the lowest cost. Every big procurement is partly about the military’s needs and partly about national industrial policy _ and, that means, partly about politics.Most procurements are still completed with minimal fuss. The problems largely lie with big, once-in-a-lifetime contracts like fighters and warships that are worth billions of dollars and are not only essential for the military to operate, but have the potential to benefit Canadian businesses and communities for years. The ones that involve billions of public dollars.“You’re trying to get the best bang for the buck for as little buck as possible,” says Queen’s University professor Kim Nossal, who wrote a book entitled “Charlie Foxtrot: Fixing Defence Procurement in Canada” in 2016.“The one comforting thing is that very few countries have got the balance right. All industrial countries, all of our allies, faces these kinds of pressures. They worry about jobs and costs and capability.”Efforts to combine the three competing priorities can lead to bickering among federal departments, lawsuits from companies and politicians sticking their fingers in things.Seconds after saying he would de-politicize the military procurement system this week, Scheer promised to negotiate the purchase of an interim naval supply ship from Quebec’s Chantier Davie shipyard, which lobbied the Liberal government for years to ink such a contract without success.Davie is one of Canada’s big players in shipbuilding _ and it’s in much-contested political territory just outside Quebec City.Alan Williams, who was the Defence Department’s head of procurement from 1999 to 2005 and now advises companies on procurement matters, compares Scheer’s promise on Davie to Justin Trudeau’s promise in 2015 not to buy the F-35.That’s because while a government can decide to purchase a piece of military equipment, procurement laws _ and Canada’s international trade obligations _ forbid it from choosing or excluding a specific product or supplier except under extreme circumstances.Upon taking office, the Liberals twisted themselves in pretzels to get around the legal implications of their promise.That twisting led to a plan to buy Super Hornets from a competing vendor, When that fell through, four years passed before an actual competition was launched _ with the F-35 now one of three planes still in contention. In the meantime, the CF-18s will fly until 2032, reinforced with second-hand Australian F-18s to buy time.There will likely be more problems before new aircraft arrive, but the sense is that there is little the government can do now to speed it along.While the shipbuilding strategy is still going through growing pains, with the next government having to choose a third shipyard to add to the massive program to replace Canada’s naval and coast guard fleets, many hard choices have been made _ and lessons learned. More procurement staff have been hired and trained and some red tape has been eliminated.Williams is a strong advocate for the Liberals’ proposal of creating one department or agency so there is a single point of accountability. Perry is more in favour of the Tories’ plan to create a secretariat and cabinet committee to provide better decision making.Military suppliers worry that another earthquake in the system could set everything back.“We’ve seen some positive momentum recently when it comes to signing contracts on new defence acquisitions and getting money out the door,” says Christyn Cianfarani, CEO of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries.“We’d caution that any major change within the public service at this point has the potential to slow things down.”The best thing any government can do is ensure the military has a predictable, funded investment plan to purchase promised new equipment, Cianfarani adds. That, says Perry, and set more realistic expectations for how fast the system can deliver.And maybe some bipartisanship, adds Nossal.“What really is needed is for the two main parties, the Liberals and the Conservatives, to truly do a bipartisan truce and approach defence the way they did in the 1970s, where something like the new (CF-18s), that process was not politicized at all.”last_img read more

Addiction support discussed at the Community Couch Conversation

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It was an evening full of emotion, compassion and understanding on Thursday at the Lido for the FSJ Community Couch Conversation.Collaboratively hosted by Healthy FSJ and the Fort  St. John Community Action Team, the Opioid Dialogues was co-hosted by Julianne Kucheran and Edwina Nearhood.Mayor Lori Ackerman gave an emotional dedication to the event in honour of those who are affected by drug addictions. Ackerman lost her brother to substance use. Afterwards, personal stories of addiction were shared by those who have been touched by drugs and addiction.Each guest stated that there is no shame in addictions and that it can happen to anyone no matter your background.In a statement from Healthy FSJ, the goal of Community Couch Conversation is to foster a supportive evening, where the community comes together to learn, listen and think about how we can be there for one another to build a healthy and resilient community in the face of the opioid crisis. Six health professionals, who specialize in drug use and addictions were part of the opioid panel.The main message conveyed by the panel is that community support is key when dealing with addictions.“Those who suffer from addictions within Fort St. John are a part of your family and that the community must come together and work as one”, said Amanda Trotter executive director for the Women’s Resource Society.The panel agreed that more resources need to be made available for substance users in Fort St. John.“There is a disparity for those who receive help and treatment. The poor suffer. You’re very lucky if you are able to afford it”, said Connie Greyeyes of the Nenan Dane zaa Deh Zona Family Services Society.The panel concluded that there is more work to be done and the discussions must continue.last_img read more

Khalistan Commando Force militant and associate of Bhinderwale arrested Delhi Police

first_imgNew Delhi: A member of the banned terrorist group and an associate of Jarnail Singh Bhinderwale, who was killed by the Indian Army in ‘Operation Blue Star’ in 1984 was nabbed by the Delhi police, officials said on Wednesday. The accused Gursewak Singh (53), is a member of Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) and was planning to re-constitute his organization on directions of KCF chief Paramjeet Singh Panjwad, who was based in Pakistan, police said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items Singh was also in touch with Jagtaar Singh Hawara and other terrorists lodged in various jails in India including Tihar jail, police said adding Gursewak was arrested by the crime branch from ISBT Delhi on March 12 where he had come to meet one of his contacts. Gursewak was previously involved in more than 50 cases of terrorist activities, murders of police officials and informers, robberies in banks and police station among others, said Ajit Kumar Singla, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder He remained in jail for more than 26 years in different cases and was in regular touch with some Pakistan based terrorists. Police said Singh was born in a farmer family residing in Raikot village in Punjab’s Ludhiana district. His elder brother Swaran Singh was a member of terrorist group led by Bhinderwale in Punjab in 1980s. Gursewak also joined the group in 1982, the police official said. In 1984, when Binderwale was killed, most of his associates fled to Pakistan where they were trained and supported by ISI. During that time, Gursewak joined the newly formed KCF constituted by terrorist Manveer Singh Chehdu and actively participated in anti national activities, he said. Gursewak along with his associates remained involved in dozens of murders of suspected informers of Indian security agencies and bank robberies in Punjab, Delhi and Rajasthan. In May 1984, the accused along with his associates, Labh Singh, Gurinder Singh and Swaranjit Singh had also killed group editor of Hind Samachar newspaper Ramesh Chander in Jallandhar, Singla said. In 1986, Singh along with his associates attacked the residence of Julio Riberio, Ex-DGP Punjab in Jallandhar. In the same year, the accused along with his associates killed eight police personnel of Punjab Police while freeing the KCF Chief Jarnal Labh Singh and terrorists Gurinder Pal Singh Bhola and Swaranjit Singh from police custody in court complex in Jallandhar after a shootout, the officer said. The accused persons had also attacked on a police station in Punjab and robbed 16 rifles, six carbines, cartridges, two revolvers, police jeep and a Fiat car. The accused along with his associates had also killed all nine members of a family in Punjab, he said. Singh remained in jail and most of the time in High Risk Ward of Tihar Jail till 2004 for period of about 18 years. While at Tihar Jail, he planned to smuggle arms including AK-47 and explosives from Pakistan in order to carry out an attack in Delhi. However, this conspiracy of the accused persons was foiled by Crime Branch of Delhi Police, which arrested two terrorists from the area of Punjabi Bagh on July 9, 1998, the officer said. After coming out of jail in 2010, he remained involved in several cases of robbery and was arrested thrice by Ludhiana Police in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively. During this period, he remained in contact with Paramjeet Singh Panjwad. He was again arrested by Delhi Police in 2017 under the Arms Act. He is facing trial in a case in Patiala House Court and was not attending the court following which the court had issued non-bailable warrants against him, police said.last_img read more

CPIM heavyweights keen to join BJP Partha Chatterjee

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said on Saturday that some heavyweight CPI(M) leaders are keen to join the BJP which has become clear with leaders like Khagen Murmu and Mahfuza Khatun joining the saffron party.”A number of ground-level and middle-level CPI(M) leaders have been constantly shifting to the BJP for the last few years. But now, we are witnessing that openly with some senior leaders of the party running after the BJP leaders. The cases of Khagen Murmu and Mahfuza Khatun shifting to the saffron party just before the elections is a clear pointer. The leadership lacks organisational strength and the CPI(M) should try to prevent this trend of their party people rubbing shoulders with the BJP,” Chatterjee said at ‘Meet the Press’ programme hosted by Calcutta Press Club. Chatterjee’s reactions came in reply to a poser when CPI(M) state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra alleging that TMC and BJP are having a tacit understanding. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”No other leader from the country has been fighting against the anti-people policies of the BJP government so strongly like our party supremo Mamata Banerjee. The people of the country are well aware of this,” he reiterated. It may be mentioned that Murmu, who was the former CPI(M) MLA from Habibpur in Malda, had already contested the Lok Sabha elections from Malda North with a BJP ticket. He had joined the BJP in March. Khatun, who was an elected CPI(M) MLA from Kumarganj Assembly constituency in 2001 and 2006, left the party to contest with a BJP ticket from Jangipur parliamentary constituency. Khatun had, however, lost to Trinamool Congress during the 2011 and 2016 Assembly elections. Chatterjee alleged that the BJP is trying to influence the functioning of the Election Commission to function in a partial manner. “I have never seen earlier in Bengal that seven officers at the Inspector level are being removed just before the polls. The BJP knows very well that they will not win a single seat and in frustration, they are trying to use the Commission to do such things,” he said.last_img read more

Kane the big threat for England – Courtois

first_imgBelgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is expecting Harry Kane to be England’s biggest threat in the World Cup in Russia ahead of their group stage clashThe Red Devils will face off against England in their final game of Group G.Kane, who was recently appointed the new England captain by Gareth Southgate, has scored 108 goals in his 139 Premier League games over the past five seasons after breaking into the Tottenham team.The 24-year-old had his most productive season in front of goal for Spurs this season with 30 league goals and Courtois is well aware that Kane cannot be taken lightly.“England have a team with a lot of individual talent, you’ll have to watch out for several players,” said Courtois, according to Goal.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“But the one who scores almost 30 goals every year is Harry Kane. He is the most dangerous.”The Chelsea goalkeeper is disappointed by Mohamed Salah’s expected absence in their friendly against Egypt on Wednesday, in what he hopes will provide Belgium with a similar test to what they faced with Tunisia.“It’s a shame we can’t play against the best team [of Egypt] because they will play without their best player,” he said.“I think Egypt has a good team. Obviously, with or without Salah, it’s different.“But it will be a good game and a good test, hopefully a match similar to that against Tunisia.”last_img read more

Klopp not available right now for Germany

first_imgBut the Liverpool coach would “think about it” one day if the Nationalmannschaft needs him one day and he’s availableFor Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp being concentrated and focused is something he’s proud of.And asked today if he would ever manage the Germany National Team, The Reds boss was quick to replay.“If I am asked one day and I am available then I would think about it,” he told Welt am Sonntag in his native country.Reported by Goal.com, the German manager is focused on only one thing right now.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“But am I thinking about it right now, in my current situation when I am tied to Liverpool for the next four years and because Germany has just played a bad World Cup? No,” he said.“I’m not available,” he promptly added.Germany had their worst FIFA World Cup participation this summer, having failed to qualify from the Group Stage into the Round of 16.But both Germany’s coach Joachim Löw and Klopp, have a four-year contract with their teams.last_img read more

Pogba believes United has rediscovered itself

first_imgManchester United footballer Paul Pogba believes that his team is back to the place they belong, thanks to interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.After Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager of Manchester United, the board of directors appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim coach.And with him, the Red Devils have won their six matches played so far.This is why footballer Paul Pogba believes his team is returning to the place they belong, thanks to Solskjaer.“The way we are playing we have more possession of the ball. We know more where to attack and where to go. We have more of a pattern of play and more of a structure,” Pogba told Sky Sports News.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“That makes it easier for everyone. So I would not say it is only myself. Yes, I have scored a few goals and had a few assists but it is all the team [that deserves credit].”“It was great for us. It was great to show we are coming back and getting closer to the top,” Pogba said. “We needed points and we showed that we could beat a big team,” he added.“I wouldn’t say [we had] luck because you create your own luck. David did his job and I thank him for that.”“I think the team performance was great. We played against a good team. You cannot say they are not a good team because they have top players,” Pogba commented.“It was a great game and it was a good victory for us.”last_img read more

Largest Promotion Exercise for Members of the Defence Force

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Haitian Migrants Apprehended Recovery Of Stolen Vessel From Atlantis Marina Related Items:coral house base, Dr. Bernard J. Nottage, promotion exercise, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base, 14 Dec. 14 (RBDF) – The Minister of National Security, The Honourable Dr. Bernard J. Nottage confirmed on 12 December 2014 that promotions and advancements for 371 men and women in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force were approved with effect from 1st October 2014.This recent exercise was the largest in Defence Force history with approximately a quarter of the Force being affected. Promotions and advancements comprised 57 Officers, 3 Warrant Officers, 112 Non-Commissioned Officers and 199 junior enlisted personnel.Senior Officer Promotions included the Force Medical Officer, Senior Commander Francis Saunders who was promoted from Senior Commander to the rank of Captain; Commanders Samuel Evans and Philip Clarke were also promoted to the rank of Captain. Officers promoted from the rank of Lieutenant Commander to Commander were Warren Bain, Michael Simmons, Cheryl Bethel, Gregory Brown, and Shonedel Pinder.Among Non-Commissioned Officers advanced from Chief Petty Officer to Force Chief Petty Officer were Lawrence Lloyd, Christopher Mackey and Kenneth Sands.The 112 persons who were advanced from Petty Officer to Chief Petty Officer or from Leading Rate to Petty Officer, along with the 199 Junior Enlisted personnel represented all departments of the Defence Force.This promotional and advancement exercise represents the second under the Command of Commodore Roderick Bowe. The last promotion advancement exercise for the Defence Force was on 21 Jan 2012 with effect from 1st October 2011.The Commander Defence Force extends heartfelt congratulations to the Officers and Marines for their continued hard work and dedication to the Force, and gratitude to the Minister of National Security for his support. Recommended for you Defence Force Makes History With Public Service Awardlast_img read more

FortisTCI Limited Secures US90 Million Private Placement Loans

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (December 18, 2014) – FortisTCI (the Company) announces today the closing of a US$90 million private placement consisting of US$80 million 4.75% Senior Notes, Series 2014-A, due December 18, 2029, and US$10 million 4.75% Senior Notes, Series 2014-B, due January 15, 2030.The debt offering was privately placed with institutional investors in the US Private Placement Market. Bank of America Merrill Lynch acted as sole placement agent for the Company. Proceeds will be used for repayment on short term debt and to finance ongoing capital expenditures. The process started in September and the FortisTCI team had to promote the Company and the Country to the high-quality institutional investment community. Prior to this, the Turks and Caicos Islands were not an approved investment jurisdiction for these blue chip institutional investors.President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “This is a historic achievement for the Company and the Country. Having achieved a BBB; Outlook Stable credit rating this year, we are pleased to be the first corporate entity in the Turks and Caicos Islands to secure financing in the US Private Placement Market. The electricity utility business is very capital intensive and the Company must have access to the international capital markets. Also, we would not have been able to achieve this without the full support and backing of our parent Company, Fortis Inc.”The debt issuance was led by the Company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ruth Gardiner-Forbes and the Company’s Director of Financial Services, Archie Gaviola. Mr. Powell added “while this is an enterprise-wide achievement, I would like to recognize the salutatory work done by Ruth and Archie in bringing this to fruition. In addition, we recognize the cooperation of our local banking partners. Indeed, there were four law firms in the United States and the Turks and Caicos Islands working concurrently on this debt issuance which speaks to the complexity of the exercise.”The Notes will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (The“Securities Act”) as amended, nor will they be registered under any state securities laws. Unless so registered, the Notes may not be sold except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.FortisTCI is the sole provider of electricity on the Islands of Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos and adjacent Cays, and South Caicos. TCU, a wholly owned subsidiary of FortisTCI, is the sole provider of electricity on the islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay. Together the two companies serve over 13,000 electricity customers in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:archie gaviola, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, East Caicos, eddinton powell, FORTIStci, middle caicos, North caicos, providenciales, Ruth Gardiner-Forbes, south caicos Editorial: Listen to your Mama Premier salutes FortisTCI on round the clock work to restore electricity and visits 14 resorts after June 4 black out FortisTCI ready for the building boom and consumer demand for electricity; plans in place and new ones coming says CEO Recommended for youlast_img read more

Nearly 1000 Participate in Immigration Bill Consultations

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Sept 2015 – Nearly one thousand people took part in the consultations on the Immigration and Turks and Caicos Islander Status Bills 2015; this according to the Ministry of Border Control and Employment in a press release.It was revealed that 550 individuals participated in the online survey through emails and written submissions, while 305 people attended the public meetings. Government officials called this the most recent comprehensive overhaul of TCI Immigration laws since 1992. Now that both bills have been passed in the House of Assembly, Minister of Border Control and Employment Don Hue Gardiner said: “These Bills will improve the lives of Turks and Caicos Islanders by ensuring greater opportunities for employment as well as upward mobility on the job for our people.”“In addition, the Bills contain provisions to ensure that new comers to our shores who comply with the rules are treated fairly.” The new laws will be implemented after a period of training, public education and resourcing of personnel and equipment. More than 75 amendments were made to the Turks and Caicos Islander status Bill and over 100 changes were applied to the Immigration Bill; both of which have been passed despite public objection. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:consultations, donhue gardiner, immigration bill, pnp Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more

Hon Dr Michael Darville Minister for Grand Bahama Press Remarks

first_img Grand Bahama Set to Return to Normal After Hurricane Irma Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppOn December 24th, 2015 Mr. Kevin Tomlinson, the Founder and Director of the Grand Bahama Youth Choir, while performing at Memories Resort, was abruptly asked to leave the resort property by the General Manager, Mr. Gabriel Varella.Memories Resort is on the island of Grand Bahama. The resort has a total work force of Four Hundred and Sixty-Five (465) employees, in addition to approximately One Hundred and Fifty (150) employees who are not directly employed by the resort, but provide Housekeeping and Services via an Outsource Contract.Following that incident, we received a number of reports via print and electronic media, alleging abusive and disrespectful treatment of employees by Mr. Gabriel Varela.As a result of these allegations, my Ministry issued a press statement advising that the Government of The Bahamas would initiate an investigation to ascertain merits of the allegations and take the appropriate action. A team from the Department of Labour flew to Freeport to lodge an investigation into these alleged matters. The labour report has been concluded, and we are in possession of it, and currently reviewing the contents.We are also in talks with executives in the Corporate Office of Memories Resort, and we will meet shortly after the New Year, and issue a statement on the way forward.In my initial statement, I underscored the fact that I, as Minister for Grand Bahama, and by extension this Government, take claims of this nature very seriously. We remain resolute in our commitment to fight for Bahamians. We are servants of the public, and our commitment to our people remains steadfast. Recommended for you Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island Reopens Grand Bahama International Airport Will Reopen Today Related Items:dr. michael darville, grand bahamalast_img read more

Riva Ganguly likely to replace Shringla

first_imgRiva Ganguly (R) is likely to replace Harsh Vardhan Shringla as India’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh.Riva Ganguly Das, currently in charge of India’s external affairs ministry’s cultural arm, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), is likely to be the next High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh.Current Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla is likely to become India’s next ambassador to the US, replacing Navtej Sarna, who is set to retire at the end of this year, reports UNB.The Indian government is planning a rash of changes in its envoys to a number of key world capitals, reports Times of India mentioning Shringla and Riva’s new likely postings.When approached, a diplomatic source in Dhaka said nothing is finalised. “It’ll take time.”Shringla was appointed Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka in November 2015.last_img read more

Cards Earn NFHCA National Academic Team Honors

first_imgThe Cards posted a 3.517 team GPA during the 2018 season. They posted a 13-6 overall record and finished the year ranked No. 14 in the NFHCA coaches’ poll after earning the No. 3 seed in the 2018 ACC Championship. The University of Louisville Field Hockey team was named to the 2018 ZAG Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Team Award list. This marks the eighth straight year Louisville has earned the honor.The Division I National Academic Team Award recognizes programs that earned a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher during the fall semester of the 2018-19 school year.  Print Friendly Version Fans can follow Louisville Field Hockey on Twitter (@ULFieldHockey) at  https://twitter.com/ULFieldHockey and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ULFieldHockey Story Linkslast_img read more

Mamata pulls up officials over delay in completion of Bhangar power grid

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while convening a district review meeting in Namkhana, expressed her dissatisfaction over non-completion of the power Grid project at Bhangar in South 24-Parganas.Banerjee sought explanations from the Power department officials on why the project has not been completed yet. She also pulled up Sunil Gupta, additional chief secretary of the Power department and demanded an explanation from him regarding the delay. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Why has there been a delay when the state government has resolved the issues related to the construction of the power grid?” questioned an irate Chief Minister at the meeting. The Power department officials in the district told the Chief Minister that the project has been delayed due to some technical problems, which will be resolved soon. Meanwhile, the local residents on Thursday morning staged a protest demonstration at the project site, stalling the construction of a tower within the compound. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSome local residents gathered outside the power grid site, raising their voice to fulfill certain demands. Some of them alleged on Thursday that other development projects which were promised by the government earlier have been stalled as well and hence they would not allow the power project to continue. A high-level meeting would be conducted in the area in this regard. Senior police officers in the district rushed to the spot following the agitation. Some of the villagers, who are members of the Jami Jibika Bastutantra O Paribesh Rakshya Committee (JJBPRC), alleged that the local administration had assured them that dredging of river would take place and a hospital would be set up, but nothing has happened. After a logjam in the power grid project in Bhangar for some time, the matter was finally resolved following intervention of the Power department and administrative officials in the district. JJBPRC members claimed that the government had agreed to meet certain demands of them, including the introduction of vocational training for the unemployed youths in the area and also setting up a cold storage for fishermen and farmers. They alleged that their demands were not properly met. The villagers also alleged that some miscreants have been threatening to resort to violence once the project gets completed. They threatened to stall the project if their demands are not met. A member of the JJBPRC said that they have allowed doing some work inside the sub-station and final decision would be taken on Friday. After a long process of dialogue and deliberations, the government was finally able to resolve the issue and the project was finally flagged off in August this year. The state government has agreed to increase the amount of compensation to people who will lose their land due to the project.last_img read more

Early age drinking linked to alcohol dependence

first_imgEarly onset of drinking and intoxication may lead to heavy drinking and alcohol dependence among people, warn researchers from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in the US. Researchers concluded this in a study on the correlation between early age (less than 15 years) and contexts of first intoxication such as one’s own home, friends’ homes or outdoor settings, and the problems that arise in these contexts. For research, team studied 405 adolescent (aged 15-18 years) drinkers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccording to the findings, published in the journal Substance Use & Misuse, about one-third of adolescent drinkers experienced their first intoxication by the age of 15, about one-third experienced it after 15, and about one-third had consumed alcohol but never to the stage of intoxication. In addition, drinkers reported drinking most frequently at homes, followed by outdoor settings, and then in restaurants, bars or nightclubs. The early age of first intoxication was found to be strongly linked to drinking in outdoor settings. The results of the study emphasise importance of contexts in early alcohol initiation and the resulting problems to inform development of preventive interventions specific to contexts, said Lipperman-Kreda, a researcher from the varsity. To prevent or delay early onset of drinking, more should be known about the modifiable circumstances that enable these behaviours, the study suggested.last_img read more

SAP Cloud Platform is now generally available on Microsoft Azure

first_imgMicrosoft stated that its recent addition, SAP Cloud Platform is now generally on its Azure Platform. The SAP cloud platform enables developers to build SAP applications and extensions using PaaS development platform along with integrated services. With the SAP platform becoming generally available, developers can now deploy Cloud Foundry-based SAP Cloud Platform on Azure. This is currently available in the West Europe region and Microsoft is working with SAP to enable more regions to use it in the months to come. With SAP HANA’s availability on Microsoft Azure, one can expect: Largest SAP HANA optimized VM size in the cloud Microsoft would be soon launching an Azure-M series, which will support large memory virtual machines with sizes up to 12 TB, which would be based on Intel Xeon Scalable (Skylake) processors and will offer the most memory available of any VM in the public cloud. The M series will help customers to push the limits of virtualization in the cloud for SAP HANA. Availability of a range of SAP HANA certified VMs For customers who wish to use small instances, Microsoft also offers smaller M-series VM sizes. These range from 192 GB – 4 TB with 10 different VM sizes and extend Azure’s SAP HANA certified M-series VM. These smaller M-series offer on-demand and SAP certified instances with a flexibility to spin-up or scale-up in less time. It also offers instances to spin-down to save costs within a pay-as-you-go model available worldwide. Such a flexibility and agility is not possible with a private cloud or on-premises SAP HANA deployment. 24 TB bare-metal instance and optimized price per TB For customers that need a higher performance dedicated offering for SAP HANA, Microsoft now offers additional SAP HANA TDIv5 options of 6 TB, 12 TB, 18 TB, and 24 TB configurations in addition to their current configurations from 0.7TB to 20 TB. For customers who require more memory but the same number of cores, these configurations enable them to get a better price per TB deployed. A lot more options for SAP HANA in the cloud SAP HANA has 26 distinct offerings from 192 GB to 24 TB, scale-up certification up to 20 TB and scale-out certification up to 60 TB. It offers global availability in 12 regions with plans to increase to 22 regions in the next 6 months, Azure now offers the most choice for SAP HANA workloads of any public cloud. Microsoft Azure also enables customers, To extract insights and analytics from SAP data with services such as Azure Data Factory SAP HANA connector to automate data pipelines Azure Data Lake Store for hyper-scale data storage and Power BI An industry leading self-service visualization tool, to create rich dashboards and reports from SAP ERP data. Read more about this news about SAP Cloud Platform on Azure, on Microsoft Azure blog. Read Next How to perform predictive forecasting in SAP Analytics Cloud Epicor partners with Microsoft Azure to adopt Cloud ERP New updates to Microsoft Azure services for SQL Server, MySQL, and PostgreSQLlast_img read more

Swoop selects Navitaire as its new reservation system

first_img Share Travelweek Group Posted by Swoop selects Navitaire as its new reservation system << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img CALGARY — When agents start booking Swoop in early 2018, they’ll be doing so using Navitaire, the go-to reservation and retailing system for ultra-low-cost carriers (ULCCs) around the world.WestJet’s new no-frills carrier announced that it has selected tech company as its new reservation platform, a partnership that Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President Strategy, says will help Swoop create the low-cost structure and ancillary capabilities needed to ensure its success.“Navitaire offers an easy-to-use reservation system, allowing the complete unbundling of products and services as well as enabling digital self-service,” he says. “We are giving the power to the customer to decide what they want to pay for and what they don’t –making the airline a truly affordable option for Canadians.”Navitaire offers industry-leading technology services to more than 50 airlines and rail companies worldwide, including many of the world’s most successful low-cost and hybrid airlines. It boasts a full suite of proven solutions focused on revenue generation and streamlining costs in the areas of reservations, ancillary sales, loyalty, revenue management, revenue accounting and business intelligence.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winter“We are delighted Swoop has selected Navitaire as its reservation platform,” says David P. Evans, Navitaire CEO. We are impressed with the team Swoop has assembled, its business model and market plans. Together, Navitaire and Swoop are a good fit, sharing DNA focused on combining advanced retailing with a digital-first, proven platform to help create and innovative, customer-centric business. We’re looking forward to watching Swoop’s success and future growth as they take the ULCC model to new heights.”Starting early 2018, Swoop will begin selling seats on its modern fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft. To stay up to date on job opportunities and launch plans, sign up at FlySwoop.com. Tags: Swoop Thursday, October 19, 2017 last_img read more

Winter storm blasts Europe with avalanches high winds

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Europe, Storm, Weather, Winter Tuesday, January 8, 2019 BERLIN — Hundreds of people were snowed-in in Alpine regions and warned of a high risk of avalanches, parts of Scandinavia were left without electricity, and high winds caused flight delays and cancellations in the Netherlands as deadly winter weather continued to blast Europe on Tuesday.Several people have already been killed in weather-related incidents over the last week, and in Norway attempts to find the bodies of four skiers were again put on hold due to poor visibility and heavy snowfall. A 29-year Swedish woman and three Finns, aged 29, 32 and 36, were presumed dead after a 300-meter-wide (990-foot-wide) avalanche hit the Tamok valley, near the northern city of Tromsoe, last week.In Austria, hundreds of residents were stuck in their homes due to blocked roads, and some regions experienced power outages after snow-laden trees took down power lines.Schools in some Austrian regions remained closed for a second day and homeowners were advised to remove snow from their roofs after several buildings collapsed. A 78-year-old man was severely injured when he fell of the roof of his home in Turrach while shovelling snow, Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported.On Monday night, 11 German hikers had to be rescued by mountaineers from a cabin near Salzburg, after having been snowed in without electricity and little food since Friday. Several people were killed by avalanches in recent days and authorities warned continuing snowfall is increasing the already high risk of more avalanches.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesIn southern and eastern Germany, people were also bracing for further snowfall, while in the northern coastal city of Hamburg residents were preparing for a storm flood caused by a winter gale, the German news agency dpa reported.In neighbouring Netherlands, Amsterdam’s busy Schiphol Airport warned of delays and cancellations. Dutch carrier KLM cancelled 159 flights to and from European destinations.In northwestern Dutch coastal regions expected to be hardest hit by strong winds and wild seas, local water authorities began checking dikes to make sure they were not damaged.The Noorderzijlvest water authority said it was monitoring dikes because of debris floating in the sea after nearly 300 containers tumbled off a cargo ship in a storm last week. Many of the containers are still at sea and some have broken open, spilling their contents.“A fridge or container that is rammed against a dike can cause damage,” the authority said on its website.Heavy snowfall and strong winds were reported Tuesday over central Scandinavia, hampering efforts to restore electricity after a hefty storm swept through northern Europe on Jan. 2.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Swedish media reported several fender-benders and stranded vehicles along roads but nothing unusual for the season in this part of Europe.Meanwhile in southeastern Europe, schools in the Greek capital and many surrounding areas remained shut due to weather conditions after snowfall blanketed Athens, with temperatures in some parts of the country plunging well below freezing.Courts in Athens were also to remain shut Tuesday, with only fast-track prosecutions being heard, the Justice Ministry said. Some rural roads, particularly those leading up to the mountains near the capital, were shut overnight and in the early morning.Greece has been experiencing a cold snap for the past few days, with heavy snowfall, particularly in the north of the country and in mountainous areas. Temperatures have reached minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of northern Greece, while many islands have also experienced snowfall. Share By: The Associated Press Winter storm blasts Europe, with avalanches, high windslast_img read more

Bill cosponsored by Bumstead honoring Trooper Butterfield signed into law by Gov

first_img10Feb Bill co-sponsored by Bumstead honoring Trooper Butterfield signed into law by Gov. Snyder State Rep. Jon Bumstead joined Rep. Ray Franz in honoring State Trooper Paul K. Butterfield at a recent bill signing with Gov. Rick Snyder that named a portion of M-116 in Mason County after the fallen trooper.House Bill 5257, now Public Act 441 of 2014, was introduced by Franz and co-sponsored by Bumstead to honor the fallen trooper, who was shot in the line of duty on Sept. 9, 2013. After serving in the Army, Butterfield joined the state police in 1999 and transferred in 2011 to Hart Post #66, located in Oceana County.“Paul was a kind-hearted man who bravely served our community by protecting us and upholding our state’s laws,” said Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “I am truly humbled to have the opportunity to take part in honoring this officer for giving the ultimate sacrifice while serving our state.“By memorializing him with this highway, we celebrate his life and his profound influence on the lives of all who knew him.”Trooper Butterfield’s fiancé, Jennifer Sielski, and his mother, Pat Butterfield, were also present at the bill-signing ceremony, along with members of the Mason County sheriff’s department and state police troopers.The Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II Memorial Highway is located on M-116 in Mason County, beginning at Lincoln River and stretching north to Big Sable River.### Categories: Newslast_img read more

Rep Cole to serve on two key House committees

first_img State Rep. Triston Cole has been appointed by Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve as vice chair of the House Government Operations Committee and as a member of the House Transportation Committee.The Government Operations Committee will be one of just four main committees with the authority to advance legislation to the House floor during the 2019-20 legislative session.Cole, who was previously selected by his colleagues to serve as majority floor leader for the next two years, said he is pleased to have an opportunity to continue working on a wide range of issues. As majority floor leader, Cole will help decide which proposals are considered by legislators and lead parliamentary procedure on the House floor, among other duties.“While the bulk of my time will be spent managing the day-to-day operations of the House floor activities, I am also looking forward to continuing work on issues important to Northern Michigan families,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “Michigan has come a long way in the last four years, but there’s more work to be done. I’m honored to play a leading role in our continued effort to make Michigan a better place to live, work and play.”Cole, in his third House term, has more than 20 years of leadership experience at the state and local level. He previously chaired the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during the 2017-18 term.### Categories: Cole News 17Jan Rep. Cole to serve on two key House committeeslast_img read more