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Not playing PlayStation with you: Smriti Mandhana to Harmanpreet Kaur

first_imgMay 22, 2018 was a momentous day for the women cricketers in India and around the world as they all came together for the Women’s T20 challenge ahead of the Indian Premier League Qualifier 1 on Tuesday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.It was a happy occasion for all the 22 players involved including the 10 foreigners and they cherished their time on a hot day in Mumbai. But it looks like there is a bit of a problem between IPL Trailblazers captain Smriti Mandhana and the IPL Supernovas skipper Harmanpreet Kaur. The duo are good friends and have played some brilliant innings for India but on Tuesday, Harman did something that Smriti didn’t like at all.Harmanpreet took a brilliant catch to dismiss her opposite number and that didn’t go down too well with Smriti it seems. After the match, the Mumbaikar said that she told Harmanpreet that she won’t play PlayStation with her because of holding on to the catch.”I told Harman 5 minutes back that I am not playing PlayStation with you for 7 days because you picked up the catch,” she joked.(MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS)To which, Harman said: “I think she’s already a little angry with me for taking that catch (laughs), but she’s a really good batsman and I’m glad I managed to grab that catch.””Smriti is a little weak against the off-spinners so I brought her on and thankfully it came off,” she added.Supernovas rode on a disciplined all-round effort to edge past Trailblazers by three wickets in a last-ball thriller.advertisementAfter restricting the Mandhana-led Trailblazers to a modest 129/6, Supernovas rode on a collective batting effort from the top order to overhaul the target on the last ball of the innings.Needing four runs in the last over, Pooja Vastrakar (2 not out) and Ellyse Perry (13 not out) held their nerves to take Supernovas over the line to win the match by three wickets.The very first one-off Women’s T20 challenge went down to the last over. What an experience this has been at Wankhede. Supernovas beat Trailblazers by 3 wickets. Smiles all around #IPLWomen pic.twitter.com/7WwnxEhAtu IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 22, 2018Speaking about the match, Mandhana said that she didn’t expect the match to go that long but Suzie Bates (New Zealand captain) helped her take decisions and it helped her.”I did not expect to take the match to the last ball but girls did well to take it to the final ball. We were about 10 runs short. Wicket was really slow but 145-150 would have been a good total to defend but in T20 cricket anything can be defended. Suzie helped me a lot in taking the decisions. We were discussing which bowler to bring on,” said the 21-year-old.The winning captain felt that the pitch was not an easy one to bat on, so she asked her batswoman to take less pressure and chase it down with caution.”Surprisingly, this surface was not that easy to bat on. Told the batsmen to not take too much pressure, no need to go for your shots, and go ball by ball. We are focused on our fielding and I think we are improving quite well day by day,” said Harmanpreet.last_img read more

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Giroud makes final Puskas Award shortlist

first_imgOlivier Giroud Giroud makes final Puskas Award shortlist Goal Last updated 2 years ago 21:27 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Olivier Giroud, Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, scorpion kick Getty Olivier Giroud Arsenal Premier League The France international’s ‘scorpion kick’ against Crystal Palace has seen him make the three-man shortlist ahead of the Best FIFA Awards Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been named in the final three-person shortlist for the FIFA Puskas Award for the best goal of the past 12 months.Giroud 10/3 to score last v WatfordThe France international’s ‘scorpion kick’ against Crystal Palace in January has been voted by fans as one of their favourites having orginally made a 10-person longlist. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Ironically, Giroud’s goal did not gain the same acclaim in England, with his strike not deemed worthy enough to even win the Goal of the Month award for January 2017 as West Ham’s Andy Carroll took the prize.OFFICIAL: Here are your #Puskas Award finalists!Congrats @deynac18, @_OlivierGiroud_ & Oscarine MasulukeVOTE: https://t.co/zd4g8Fe4uB pic.twitter.com/Is6D7ww95R— #FIFAU17WC (@FIFAcom) October 9, 2017The other nominees are Venezuela’s Deyna Castellanos, whose stoppage time strike from the halfway line was voted the best goal of the U-17 Women’s World Cup, and a last-minute bicycle kick from South African side Baroka’s goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke.Voting for the winner concludes on October 23, with the prize awarded that evening during The Best FIFA Football Awards in London.Previous winners of the award include Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, James Rodriguez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.last_img read more

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10 months agoHudson-Odoi brushes off Bayern Munich talk: I’m fully focused on Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hudson-Odoi brushes off Bayern Munich talk: I’m fully focused on Chelseaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi has said he is “fully focused” on Chelsea despite Bayern Munich’s continued interest in his services.The 18-year-old has been the subject of a fourth bid from the Bundesliga giants, which Chelsea are believed to be considering.He started in last night’s loss to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg, and speaking after the game, played down suggestions he was distracted by the off-field drama.The winger told Sky Sports: “Yeah, 100 per cent, I’m fully focused on the game and just gotta see how the result goes.”I think we’re all ready and all determined to work our hardest out there, so I’m fully focused on the game.” last_img read more

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One dead one still missing as family swept away in Vancouver Island

first_imgCAMPBELL RIVER, – Searchers on Vancouver Island are hopeful but admit they are bracing for the worst after three people on a family outing on an all-terrain vehicle were swept away while crossing a creek near Campbell River.Area residents heard screams and pulled one female from Woods Creek on Sunday, and Paul Berry with Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue said a search was launched for two others, a male and female.Berry said the body of one person was found just before search efforts were called off Sunday night and there was extreme concern for the person who was still missing.“We always remain hopeful that we can find someone alive but because of the high flows of water and the cooler temperatures, we prepare our teams that it could potentially be a recovery,” Berry said Monday.The accident happened at what is normally a “pretty benign” section of Woods Creek where the trio had frequently crossed before, he said.“Because of the amount of rain and snow the previous night, the creek was raging.”About 35 search and rescue members, along with RCMP and crews from the Campbell River and Oyster River fire departments took part in Sunday’s search and Berry said swift water rescue teams from Comox and Campbell River were resuming the search Monday.Saturday’s downpours were also blamed for causing a landslide that severely damaged one home in Campbell River and briefly trapped two people in the house.They were rescued unharmed and a news release posted by the City of Campbell River says the home and three other nearby properties have been ordered evacuated until experts can confirm the stability of the bank.The city said it could be several days before an assessment of the slope is complete and emergency social services was helping those residents find shelter and relocate livestock.last_img read more

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Vancouver artists cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement A Vancouver illustrator said she’s overwhelmed by the social media response to her cartoon depicting a victim of the recent school shooting in Florida.Pia Guerra’s “Hero’s Welcome” shows a young girl leading the school’s football coach Aaron Feis by the hand to meet a crowd of other people killed in school shootings.Feis was one of 17 victims who died when a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday. Twitter Advertisementcenter_img The assistant football coach and school security specialist was trying to shield students from bullets when he was fatally shot.“It gave me a little lump in my throat when the idea (for the cartoon) first kind of popped up,” Guerra said.Aaron Feis was a football coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (MS Douglas Football/Twitter)“I thought, I think that might be strong enough. But I had no idea it was going to hit people this hard. Everyone’s telling me that it broke them or they’re devastated or they got all punched in the gut with it or they’re in tears. And that was surprising.”“Hero’s Welcome” had been liked on Twitter more than 32,000 times by Saturday morning.Growing attentionGuerra launched her career illustrating graphic novels, including DC/Vertigo’s Y — The Last Man with writer Brian K. Vaughan.But her editorial cartoons are gaining attention too. Last year, her cartoon of a child-like U.S. president Donald Trump sitting on former White House strategist Steve Bannon’s lap and saying, “I’m a big boy,” also went viral.“I’d just started getting into doing (editorial cartoons) out of a sense of needing to do something after the election,” Guerra said.Former student Nikolas Cruz has been charged with 17 murders in the Florida shooting.From the time he entered the building until the time he left, only six minutes passed, authorities said. During that brief time, he shot more than two dozen people.Feis, 37, graduated from the school in 1999 and worked mainly with the junior varsity football team, the school’s website said. It said he lived in nearby Coral Springs with his wife and daughter.‘Everyone loved him’Feis spent his entire coaching career at Marjory Stoneman after playing there as a student.The Sun Sentinel reported that Feis, acting as a school security guard, responded to the original call on a school walkie-talkie. Someone on the radio asked if loud sounds they heard were firecrackers, said football coach Willis May, who also carries a radio.“I heard Aaron say, ‘No, that is not firecrackers.’ That’s the last I heard of him,” May said.Feis’s grandfather, Raymond Feis of New York, said his grandson “was wonderful.”“Everyone loved him and he was a jolly person,” Raymond Feis said.“What takes away some of the pain is that he was a hero.”A tweet from the school football program ended: “He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories.”THE CANADIAN PRESSWith files from the Associated Press Login/Register With: Advertisement Vancouver illustrator Pia Guerra says she’s overwhelmed by the social media response to her cartoon depicting the victim of the recent school shooting in Florida. (Pia Guerra / The Canadian Press)last_img read more

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Dakota Nation fights Manitoba over tobacco rights in court

first_imgAPTN National NewsMembers of the Dakota Nation in western Manitoba have appeared in provincial court answering charges for selling untaxed tobacco products to the public.But the First Nation says it’s their right to buy and sell tobacco.As APTN’s Shaneen Robinson reports, they argue, the Manitoba Government can’t stop what Indigenous People have been doing for thousands of years.last_img

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Bombardier forecasts 10 revenue boost in 2019 after plans for 5000 layoffs

first_imgMONTREAL — Bombardier Inc. says its largest jetliner, a massive rail backlog and aftermarket services will propel the plane-and-train maker to 10 per cent revenue growth in 2019, roughly in line with analyst expectations.The 2019 guidance comes in the wake of a 60 per cent stock dive over the past five months and recent restructuring plans that will see 5,000 employees — including 3,000 in Canada — lose their jobs over the next five years.The Montreal-based company, which reports in U.S. dollars, forecasts total revenues of about $18 billion next year, as the freshly certified Global 7500 — its longest-range business jet — enters into service. The jetliner, sold out through 2021, will contribute to an expected $6.5 billion in business aircraft revenues. Both figures align roughly with analyst expectations, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.A $34-billion rail backlog will furnish more than 80 per cent of the railway division’s projected income of $9.5 billion for 2019. The company forecasts a 30 per cent surge to between $1.15 billion and $1.25 billion in total earnings before interest, tax and special items.Bombardier estimates aftermarket revenues will grow to about $4 billion in 2019 from about $3.5 billion in 2018 as repairs and other services play out across its base of more than 100,000 rail cars, 4,700 business jets and 1,250 regional jets.Chief executive Alain Bellemare left the door open last month to more cuts down the line, following mass layoffs over the past three years that knocked off 14,500 positions around the world in the aerospace and railway divisions.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Delta forecasts 2019 profit below expectations

first_imgDelta Air Lines says its profit will rise next year though possibly not as much as was thought, and that is sending shares are down in early trading.Meeting with investors in New York, the airline said Thursday that it will earn adjusted profit of $6 to $7 per share next year. The midpoint, $6.50, is below the $6.70 consensus of industry analysts, according to a survey by FactSet.Shares of the Atlanta carrier fell 2.6 per cent to $54.80 at the opening bell.Delta is spending $2 billion more on fuel this year than last, but oil prices began to drop again in early October. Delta expects its fuel bill to drop by $300 million next year compared with 2018.CEO Ed Bastian says travel demand remains solid.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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At UN Arab nations call on Israel to seize opportunity for peace

Through its measures, including settlement building, Israel “challenges the will of the overwhelming majority of the international community,” Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moualem of Syria said at United Nations Headquarters.“Peace and occupation cannot coexist,” he stressed, calling for a “genuine political will” to end the long-running conflict.Mr. Al-Moualem appealed for an end to the “lip service” being paid to the need for peace, which, he said, is “categorically different from working for peace.”He welcomed the engagement by the new United States administration, the UN Security Council, the European Union, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Non-Aligned Movement, but lamented that the momentum has been dampened by Israeli positions and actions.For its part, Oman said that it calls “upon Israel to seize the historical opportunity to establish a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East that would achieve security and peaceful coexistence between the States and peoples of the region,” Yousef Bin Al-Alawi Bin Abdulla, the country’s Foreign Minister, said today.“Squandering this opportunity by Israel will constitute a grave loss for the Israeli people,” he added.The establishment of an independent Palestinian State on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, among other measures, will help ensure a peaceful coexistence between Arab states and Israel and promote development in the region, Mr. Abdulla told the heads of State and government gathered in New York.“Peace, based on these principles, will be one of the most important gains of the people of the regions which would lead towards ending regional crises and eradicating the root causes of terrorism,” he underscored.The conflict is still continuing because of the “lack of a methodology based on a just and balanced peace,” as well as the “conspicuous absence of a binding mechanism for implementation,” Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister, said in his address to the Assembly.The Arab side, he pointed out, has gone to great lengths to delineate its position that peace is both strategic and irreversible. The international community must, therefore, do its part by exerting pressure on Israel to freeze and ultimately dismantle its settlements.Last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his strong support for Palestinian efforts to complete the building of state institutions in two years, and pledged the full assistance of the UN towards this goal.The plans to build up Palestinian institutions were announced last month by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, and reportedly include disentangling the Palestinian economy’s dependence on Israel and foreign aid, trimming the size of the government, increasing the use of technology and unifying the legal system.“I strongly support the Palestinian Authority’s plan to complete the building of the state apparatus for Palestine in two years, and pledge the UN’s full assistance,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee.“The significance of this goal should not be lost on any of us. Nor can we underestimate the urgency of the moment,” he told the gathering, which was attended by Mr. Fayyad and other officials.“Either we move forward, towards two States living side-by-side in peace, or backwards towards renewed conflict, deeper despair and long-term insecurity and suffering for Israelis and Palestinians alike. The status quo is untenable.” 28 September 2009The moment has come for Israel to take action to achieve a lasting peace in the Middle East, Arab nations told the General Assembly’s high-level debate today, calling for an immediate end to settlement activity. read more

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British researchers say they have solved the global chocolate crisis with an

first_imgHave Bangor University researchers helped to solve the #chocolate crisis?https://t.co/2ICZbkKh1X pic.twitter.com/8pkiS8C1Xe— Bangor University (@BangorUni) September 2, 2016 Study author Sayma Akhter with wild mango fruitCredit:Bangor University  British researchers believe they have found a potential solution to the world’s chocolate crisis by discovering wild mango butter could be used as an alternative.Production of cocoa worldwide is on the decline because of crop failure and diseased and ageing plants, but demand for cocoa is predicted to rise 30 percent by 2020. Now scientists at Bangor University think they have the answer in the form of wild mango butter, which is similar to cocoa butter in its chemical, physical and thermal properties. Cocoa butter is extracted from cocoa beans, and has one of the highest prices of all tropical fats and oils. The price of cocoa butter more than doubled between 2005 and 2015, according to the International Cocoa Organisation. Cocoa butter is extracted from cocoa beansCredit:Clara Molden for the Daily Telegraph  Study author Sayma Akhter with wild mango fruitcenter_img Akhter, a postgraduate student at Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, added: “With the support of government and non-governmental organisations, small scale industries could be set up to create a new income source for local people.”There are many other new products that can come from underutilised fruits which are still waiting for proper attention.”Another of the report’s authors, Professor Morag McDonald, Head of the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography,  added: “Going beyond the use to industry, wild fruits like the mango are an important source of food, medicine and income for rural dwellers, but are in decline due to drivers such as deforestation.”Adding value to underutilised products through processing for products that have market value can generate a valuable incentive for the conservation of such species, and help to generate alternative income sources and reduce household poverty”. Sayma Akhter, senior author of the study published in Scientific Reports, said: “Wild mango is one of the so-called ‘Cinderella’ species whose real potential is unrealised.”The identification of real added value as we have shown in this study, could pluck it from obscurity into mainstream production.”Mango butter even has some advantages over cocoa butter, with a higher moisture content than cocoa butter,  which could help create low fat chocolate.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Cocoa pods in the Dominican Republiclast_img read more

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Civil partnerships could open to all after Supreme Court rules they are

A Government Equalities Office spokesperson said: “The Government is very aware of its legal obligations, and we will obviously be considering this judgment of the Supreme Court with great care. “We recognise the sensitive and personal issues involved in this case and acknowledge, as the Supreme Court does, the genuine convictions of the couple involved. “We will study the Court’s judgment carefully and respond in due course.” Civil partnerships were introduced in 2004, ten years before the law was changed to allow same-sex couples to get married. In court lawyers for the Government argued that it needed to collect four whole years of data showing the demand for civil partnerships before it could decide what to do.  These are important issues… they are serious for my clients because they cannot marry conformable with their conscienceKaron Monaghan QC Figures show that the number of partnerships registered fell to 890 in 2016, down from the 6,305 which were registered on average each year between 2007 and 2013.A document published last month set out plans for a consultation to assess whether there was still enough demand among same-sex couples since the law was changed to allow them to get married in March 2014. The judgment, given by Lord Kerr, criticised the Government, saying that it had created a “situation of inequality” and then asked “for the indulgence of time”. In the judgment the justices made clear that the decision did not oblige the Government or Parliament to act. But experts suggested a decision may have to be made more quickly. Scott Halliday, family law solicitor at Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth said: “The court was clear that the government’s position is not legitimate and the court cannot allow the government a further period of time and to endorse a toleration of discrimination.” The appeal was brought by London academics Rebecca Steinfeld, 37, and Charles Keidan, 41, who said they had  “deep-rooted and genuine ideological objections to marriage” because it was “historically heteronormative and patriarchal”. Following the judgment the couple embraced in court as they were applauded by their supporters. In a statement outside court they said they were “elated” by the ruling and Mr Keidan said there was now only one option – “to extend civil partnerships to all”.He said they hoped the Government will “act with urgency” for the sake of thousands of couples across the country.Speaking in the House of Commons Conservative former minister Tim Loughton, who has brought a private members’ bill which would broaden the availability of the partnerships, also urged the Government to “resolve this illegal inequality and extend civil partnerships to everyone”.  Civil partnerships could be opened up to all after the Supreme Court ruled that they are unlawful because they exclude heterosexual couples. In a unanimous judgment five Supreme Court judges ruled that the current law was incompatible with human rights legislation. The Government Equalities Office, now overseen by International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt, had previously said it would not resolve the question until 2020. But the Supreme Court said its slowness to deal with the issue was not appropriate. The Daily Telegraph understands that the minister’s personal view is that they should be extended to all couples, rather than scrapped entirely. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Pokemon Go players in Bosnia are risking their lives to find Pokemon

first_img Guarantee 1000+ CP1/17For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter.<><> Pokemon Go installations are thought to have reached 30 million as of today, demonstrating just how popular this augmented-reality game is. And more countries are set to gain official access to the app in the coming days and weeks, with Japan next on the list.We’ve seen some very stupid Pokemon Go players falling off cliffs and being shot at, but in Bosnia there’s a more serious situation. During 1992-1995 Bosnia was at war, and during that time thousands of landmines were laid. When the war ended the landmines remained and there have been 600 deaths between 1995-2016 related to them.Work is ongoing to find and remove all the remaining landmines, but that project won’t be completed until 2019. Now for the problem: Pokemon Go players are ignoring warning signs in Bosnia about landmines in their bid to find new Pokemon. Nobody has been injured or killed so far, but the Bosnian de-mining charity Posavina bez mina has put out a warning about it through its Facebook page.This is crazy behavior on the part of players and I hope it’s more a case of they are so engrossed in their phone that they miss the signs. If they’re taking the risk because they think it’s worth it to find Pokemon, then the worst could and eventually will happen.It seems likely Pokemon Go is going to spawn a number of copycat games, and each will pose the same problem for players in terms of wandering into areas that are unsafe. Maybe this is something the developers need to take into account and start adding dead zones into the games, or even trigger their own warnings when it detects you’re entering an area classed as dangerous.last_img read more

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Lendlease UK reports a 192 gender pay gap

first_imgConstruction organisation Lendlease UK has reported a 19.2% mean gender pay gap, excluding non-executive directors, for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2017.The organisation has reported its gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018. Although Lendlease UK is only legally required to publish gender pay gap data for its construction entity, the business has also voluntarily published its gender pay gap figures across the entire organisation.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.The median gender pay gap at Lendlease UK for fixed hourly pay is 26.5% as at 5 April 2017, excluding non-executive directors.For Lendlease Construction, its mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay is 30.4% as at 5 April 2017, and its median gender pay gap is 33%.The mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the year to 5 April 2017 is 46.2% at Lendlease UK, and the median gender pay gap for bonus pay is 39.3%. At Lendlease Construction, the mean gender pay gap for bonuses is 65.4%, and the median gender pay gap for bonus pay, in the year to 5 April 2017, is 51.4%. In the 2016 financial year, 78.8% of female employees at Lendlease UK received a bonus payment, compared to 78.4% of male employees. Over the same period, 78.2% of female employees at Lendlease Construction received a bonus, compared to 78.5% of male employees.One-fifth (20%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at Lendlease UK are women, compared to 19% in the second quartile, 35% in the third quartile, and 41% in the lowest pay quartile. In comparison, 6% of employees in the highest pay quartile at Lendlease Construction are women, compared to 9% in the second quartile, 29% in the third quartile, and 33% in the lowest pay quartile.Currently, Lendlease UK’s workforce comprises of 29% women and 71% men. At executive level, female employees have increased from 24% to 29% over the last 18 months. At Lendlease Construction, 19% of the workforce are women, and 7% hold senior management roles.To address its gender pay gap, Lendlease UK has introduced a range of measures. This includes asking its supply chain to include diversity targets in its tenders, having a 50:50 graduate mix and broadening the criteria for its graduate intake, rolling out unconscious bias training and diverse assessment panels across the business, and ensuring that recruitment shortlists include women. Furthermore, the organisation is also piloting a female development programme, which will include mentoring and networking events.In addition, gender representation targets will now form part of Lendlease UK’s senior leadership’s performance targets, with a target of having 33% of female employees in senior roles by 2020. The organisation will also continue to promote its flexible working practices, which currently has 71% take-up, and its enhanced parental leave offering, which provides equal entitlement to both men and women.Lendlease UK will continue operating its career and job framework, which was introduced five years ago. This classifies jobs by level and type to enable the organisation to recruit gender neutrally as pay is benchmarked by role rather than person.Dan Labbad, chief executive officer, international operations, at Lendlease UK, said: “It is no secret that like many industries, the property and construction sectors suffer from female underrepresentation, which is particularly pronounced at senior levels. This is something Lendlease is determined to address by attracting more women to the industry and supporting the development of more women into senior roles.“If we fail to take proactive action, both as [an organisation] and as an industry, then we will all suffer as a whole. By attracting more women to the industry and supporting their development into senior roles, we can all realise the benefits greater diversity brings. Empowering new ways of thinking from a wider talent pool will help tackle the skills crisis and enable modern day businesses to rise to today’s challenges.“Although the industry is working hard to break down many barriers and perceptions which have held the sector back, we need to fast-track this change. At Lendlease, we have already achieved equal pay for equal work and by applying the same focus to gender representation I’m confident we can make a positive impact.“Benchmarking is one way to help drive positive change, which is why we welcome the government’s requirement for [organisations] to publish their gender pay gap. As part of our plan to address the gender pay gap we have introduced a number of pro-active measures; from prioritising flexible working to supporting and developing female leaders. While we recognise that closing the gender pay gap will take time and like so many have much more to do, we are committed to building a more diverse workforce.”last_img read more

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AIDEA Holds Off On FNG Decision

first_imgThe Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority has delayed action on the state agency’s proposed purchase of Fairbanks Natural Gas parent company Pentex. The AIDEA Board announced the delay, following an executive session in Anchorage Wednesday, siting technical engineering issues related to the $54 million deal. The session followed numerous public comments critical of the deal.Listen now:The Pentex/Fairbanks Natural Gas utility purchase is aimed at forwarding the state lead Interior Energy Project to bring low cost natural gas to Fairbanks. The overall project has general public support, but its viability and timeline drew questions at the AIDEA meeting. Most of the public commenters urged the agency to re-focus on the alternate option of shipping in low cost propane from Canada. Commercial property owner Pamela Troop emphasized the fuels portability.Another commenter, Delta Junction wind energy producer Mike Craft, pointed to the lack of a sufficient natural gas supply, and FNG’s currently limited local gas distribution system.AIDEA is helping finance FNG and North Star Borough’s Interior Gas Utility expansion of local gas distribution piping, but broader use of the clean burning fuel is expected to still be years out, too slow for residents like Jimmy Fox, who also voiced support for propane as an alternative to wood heating, that fouls wintertime air.The AIDEA Board did not respond to public comments, but is considering propane as part of an RFP process. A statement from AIDEA spokesman Karsten Rodvik says the corporation remains positive about progress, and continues to work to bring affordable energy to Fairbanks. The AIDEA Board can take up resolutions related to the Pentex purchase with 5 days public notice, or at its next scheduled meeting in Fairbanks June 25.last_img read more

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Shell reports 6B in Q3 losses

first_imgShell’s Fennica vessel. Photo: John Ryan/KUCB.Royal Dutch Shell has announced its quarterly financial results and they’re not good.“Shell’s current supply earnings for the quarter were a loss of $6 billion,” company CFO Simon Henry said.Adjusted for changes and one-time tems, earnings fell 70 percent.The company wrote off $7.9 billion for operations, which include its canceled exploration project off Alaska’s Arctic shores.last_img

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How Rekha could overshadow Deepika Padukone Priyanka Chopra at Met Gala spectacle

first_imgHow Rekha could overshadow Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra at Met Gala showInstagramMet Gala 2019 witnessed Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone along with other international celebrities flaunting their style sense in the quirkiest manner possible. However, Rekha is one such actress who surprised all with her unusual fashion sense many decades ago.Met Gala is one event where celebs from across the globe appear in their craziest of avatars. It is all about how quirky you can be with your looks and at the same pull it off like a boss. This year, Deepika and Priyanka are the two Indian celebs who flaunted their unconventional style sense at Met Gala 2019.However, it is Priyanka who hogged the maximum limelight for her absolutely surprising outfit and makeup. PeeCee’s appearance at the event created a massive uproar on social media, as scores of memes on her flooded the internet. Nonetheless, it was what she intended to do – grab the maximum attention.But a glance at veteran actress Rekha’s style sense back during her era, will make you feel she was always way ahead of her time. She has always been considered as the biggest style icon of her time. She had pulled off such quirky attires during those days, which many divas of current generation even would not dare to try.One celebrity photographer shared some of the most iconic looks that Rekha had sported during her young days. The photographer posted those images on Instagram with a caption that read, “Our #rekha can destroy #metgala The ultimate Queen of style and fashion [sic]”.The post received scores of comments, in which most of the people agree with the thought that Rekha was the ultimate Met Gala kind of Indian diva. Even today at the age of 64, Rekha’s grace and style sense is still talked about and appreciated.Check Rekha’s quirkiest avatars below:last_img read more

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6 Apps to Help You Be a Better Leader

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens When looking for tools to become a better leader, look no further than the app store. From simplifying teamwork and processes to relieving stress, there’s an app for that.These apps take care of the little things, so business leaders can be the best leaders they can be:1. DapulseDapulse allows leaders to quickly know the status of projects and collaborate with team members. Within the app, users create boards that show projects, the team member leading the project, and the status of the project at each stage. Boards are customizable to create the columns and categories that make sense for each initiative.Related: 21 Apps to Boost Productivity, Accountability and SuccessBoards serve as an overview of what’s going on, but the platform also allows users to get a more detailed view and to communicate on each task. Each project has its own page, called a pulse, that acts like a Facebook wall. Team members can post updates, information, questions, documents, photos and anything they need to share about the project.The app allows leaders to paint a big picture for the team to see of all that is to be accomplished. The transparent platform also builds better communication and teamwork, and keeps managers in touch with what their team members actually do on a day-to-day basis.2. Bill.comIn the digital age, paper is a waste, especially when it comes to bills and invoices. Papers need to be processed and filed by multiple employees and are easily lost. Move payments to the cloud to simplify and expedite the process.With Bill.com, a digital payments platform for businesses, leaders can receive, view and manage bills in one place. The app manages both payables and receivables to keep expenses clear and payments on time.3. WunWunRunning a business is a lot of responsibility. Between big-picture management duties and smaller administrative tasks, to-do lists run wild, overwhelming leaders. Reduce errands with WunWun.The delivery app allows users to place orders from stores and restaurants and have their purchases delivered within an hour. Like Uber, delivery prices fluctuate depending on time of day, traffic and weather.Outsourcing administrative errands can help leaders feel less stressed and give them more time focus on clients and employees. A lighter workload can also give leaders some much needed downtime to relax and spend time with family.Related: Download These 5 Apps Now to Make Your Life Easier4. MapMyFitnessWith the pressures of running a business, personal health and fitness are often low on the priority list. In addition to the health benefits, regular exercise can relieve stress, clear the mind and release endorphins for an energy boost. Use MapMyFitness to simplify workouts.The app finds exercise routes in cities around the world, tracks progress and can track overall activity by uploading data from fitness trackers. The platform also allows users to log their eating habits along with their workouts to get a better sense their overall health.5. LinkedIn ConnectedLinkedIn Connected uses information from the professional network to improve connections and build stronger relationships. The app sends notifications about job changes, birthdays, work anniversaries and more so users know when to reach out to their contacts.Meeting with a new connection? The pre-meeting intelligence feature shows what the connection has in common and summarizes their information into the important points to remember.6. MoovitNothing is worse than running to the subway and getting to the platform just as the train is pulling away from the station. Being on time is always the goal, but in a busy city, public transportation can throw off the most punctual of plans. Moovit takes the guesswork out of public transportation and shows the fastest and most convenient routes to take at any given time.The app offers schedules, maps, live updates and navigation for more than 500 cities around the world. Avoid the stress of being late and spend more time focused on what’s important.What apps keep you running as an effective leader? Which ones couldn’t you live without? Let us know in the comments section below.Related: 8 Crucial Apps for Hacking Everything From Lunch to Project Management April 16, 2015 Listen Nowlast_img read more

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Work to return railway line to Leek may start next month

first_imgThe first track will be laid down north of Leekbrook Railway Station (Image: StokeonTrentLive/Tom Burnett) “The full cost for construction of the line is circa £810,000. There is an 18-month construction period that would only commence once funding is confirmed. There is an option to physically start constructing 200 metres of track in April 2019.” The former railway track bed and former Leek Station, on the now Morrisons site, was opened by North Staffordshire Railway in 1849. The Leek station and railway line to Stoke-on-Trent was in use until 1956 – with passenger services to continuing Uttoxeter until 1965. The line was finally closed in the 1970s and the station and track were dismantled in 1973. The land has since been used by walkers and cyclists and the proposed Leek terminus is approximately half a mile south of the historical station site. The Churnet Valley Railway already has railway stations at Cheddleton, Leekbrook, Froghall and Consall – with also travels as far as the former Ipstones station on the Cauldon Lowe Branch Line. The Moorlands Partnership Board will discuss the project at their meeting on Wednesday March 13. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive 200 metres of new track could be built from Leekbrook towards Leek (existing track near Cheddleton) (Image: StokeonTrentLive/Tom Burnett) “There are insufficient funds within the remaining MPB [Moorlands Partnership Board] budget to offer a grant. However, at the time of writing the report there have been no grant applications submitted from the various owners of the Victoria Buildings. “The ‘in principle’ allocation of £20,000 against the Victoria Buildings could be reallocated from next year’s budget and the funds redirected to a project that will start imminently.” Read MoreWoman taken to hospital after accident at busy crossroads   The entire Leek rail link project is expected to cost around £810,000 from Leekbrook to Leek – with the Moorlands Partnership Board previously offering a £22,000 grant towards fees and services for the heritage rail link in 2017/18. Many people hope to eventually see Leek reconnected to Stoke-on-Trent and the main railway network. In a separate report on the current status of projects the Moorlands Partnership Board have provided grants for, officers said construction of the entire route was set to take 18 months once all the funding had been found. The report said:  “To date, £28,626 has been spent on project development including planning permission, legal advice & fees associated with the cost of land transfer (the balance of funds coming from the regeneration revenue budget). “The planning application has been approved, an expression of interest to co-fund the construction has been invited to full application (EAFRD – European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development). “The signing of the Lease agreements is expected to take place by end of February 2019 (following approval by SMDC cabinet in December 2018). Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes center_img Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailLong-awaited work to return the railway to Leek could start next month – if funding is approved. Construction of the first 200 metres (656 feet) of track for the new heritage railway link from Leekbrook towards Leek may begin as soon as April, according to a council document to be discussed next week. The track would be the first stage in the plan to return a railway link to Leek, with the town getting a new railway station in the Cornhill area to allow trains to run to the existing Churnet Valley Railway. This first stretch of track for the new rail link would cost around £40,000 – with Churnet Valley Railway providing £21,000 of funding for the work. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s Moorlands Partnership Board is now set to consider whether to defer a £20,000 ‘in principle’ allocation for work at Leek’s Victoria Buildings until the 2019/20 financial year – and instead offer a £19,000 grant to the railway to make up the shortfall. In a report to the board, council officers recommended members approve the plan at their meeting on Wednesday. Read MoreStaffordshire firefighter, 31, dies in motorbike accident   The report states:  “There is an option to physically start on site and construct 200m of rail track from Leekbrook Station northwards. “This land is within operational railway control and, subject to funding, can be delivered immediately. “The advantage of undertaking these preliminary works are as follows: It sends a strong message to the wider community that works are commencing, it will encourage greater take-up/commitment to Share Issue (which will be used to match fund second stage works) [and] the majority of costs regarding more complex engineering will be north of this point “The cost of the works would be £40,000 for materials plus volunteer labour. Churnet Valley Railway can fund £21,000 towards the cost of the works but would require an additional £19,000. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowlast_img read more

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Korean Air ups frequency of Toronto route as part of 2018 summer

first_img Travelweek Group SEOUL — Several changes have been made to Korean Air’s 2018 summer season, including its Toronto frequency.Commencing March 25, increased service frequency has been announced for key long-haul routes between Korean Air’s hub at Incheon International Airport, Seoul and Europe and North America. Toronto will see a boost in service, going up from five times a week to daily.In the U.S., flights between Incheon and Dallas, Texas will increase on March 25 from four times a week to five times a week (Mon/Wed/Thu/Sat/Sun), while Incheon-Seattle will increase from five times a week to daily as of May 1.In addition, the airline will boost frequency of some European routes, including Incheon-Rome, which will go daily, as well as Incheon-Prague, increasing to four times a week (Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat). The Incheon to Madrid service will be operated four days a week (Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun), while flights between Incheon and Istanbul will also be increased to four times a week (Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun).Meanwhile, starting April 19, Korean Air will resume operating its direct flight to St. Petersburg, and from April 23 to Irkutsk. These Russian routes do not operate in the winter season due to low demand.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesKorean Air will deploy recently introduced aircraft such as B787-9 and B747-8i on the main American and European long-haul routes, where the demand is expected to grow during the summer season.The summer schedule will begin on the last Sunday of March, with the winter schedule commencing on the last Sunday of October. The official summer schedule for 2018 will therefore run from March 25 until Oct. 27. Tags: Korean Air, New Routes Monday, March 26, 2018 Korean Air ups frequency of Toronto route as part of 2018 summer revampcenter_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Honduran seizures raise fear of wider conflicts

first_imgAssociated PressLA CONFIANZA, Honduras (AP) – As La Confianza stirs to life at daybreak, farmers ride bicycles or buses to lush green fields of African palm trees, where they harvest high-hanging fruit using poles tipped with hooked knives.On the way, they cross paths with neighbors carrying automatic rifles to an entrance checkpoint set up under a red banner emblazoned with the face of communist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, and the words “Land Liberated by the Unified Farmworkers Movement.” The movement is a rich source of potential support for Zelaya, who returned to his country last year and has launched his own political party, appealing to a coalition ranging from public school teachers to nurses to farmworkers.Zelaya’s wife, Xiomara Castro, is set to be the party’s presidential candidate in the 2013 elections, while he wants to become a member of Congress.Meanwhile, at La Confianza, the farmers are building “a socialist model without mentioning the word socialism,” Flores said.Residents helped build the community’s nine dirt streets and 10 avenues, along with the health center and other facilities. They live in simple homes on equal-sized lots.Jonny Rivas, another movement leader, said all residents of La Confianza are equal partners in cooperatives that sell palm oil. Movement leaders say they earned about $3 million from the business last year.“The waiting list to be part of the movement is endless,” Rivas said. “We can’t take them because we don’t have enough land.”Alvarez noted that the situation remains dangerous. Any eviction, he said, “could lead to a conflict that no one wants because it could be impossible to stop.” Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system The farmworkers, meanwhile, have seized more land, and are inspiring takeovers by other poor Hondurans, who have occupied thousands of acres (hectares) elsewhere.“We will comply with the agreement to avoid more violence,” Alvarez said. “We will pay the government for the land, but our struggle continues and we will occupy more land.”The conflicts already have led international banks to cancel large loans while businesspeople worry the strife could further damage an economy that relies heavily on agricultural exports.“Sugar and the African palm are the backbone of the Honduran productive system, so those attacks against them involve a political and symbolic confrontation,” said Guillermo Matamoros, president of the Honduran College of Economists, a professional association.He said the government, still scarred by international condemnation of the coup, is too timid to halt the takeovers “for fear of unleashing an armed confrontation. President Lobo does not want the international community jumping on him, accusing him of being an oppressor.”But he said restraint could lead to bloodshed as well: “If the farmers keep taking lands, applying the law of the strongest, and the government does not defend private property, the resulting scenario foments violence.” Guns have often come into play in the struggle over the land owned by billionaire Miguel Facusse. More than 60 people, most of them farmers, some of them Facusse employees, have been killed over the past three years in the conflict over the Bajo Aguan Valley, according to activists, police and Facusse’s company.Zelaya, the son of a wealthy timber and ranching family, alarmed powerful Hondurans by veering left after becoming president in 2006 and allying himself with Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. He was deposed by armed soldiers on June 28, 2009, after ignoring a Supreme Court order to cancel a referendum seeking approval to change the constitution.The coup was widely seen as an attempt to protect the interests of Honduras’ political and business elite and outraged domestic leftists, including the long-established farmworkers movements, while isolating the country internationally.Amid the turmoil after Zelaya’s ouster, thousands of farmworkers seized about 27,000 acres (11,000 hectares) owned by Facusse’s Corporacion Dinant, and demanded ownership of the property, which holds lucrative plantations of African palm trees.In fact, the land itself once was owned by many of the families now trying to take it back. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in society This collection of tin-and-wood shacks boasts a health center, a school, a meeting hall and a store for 380 poor families, who are among thousands of once-landless workers now holding about 12,000 acres (5,000 hectares) of plantations they seized from one of Honduras’ richest men.The settlement, whose name translates as “trust,” has no electricity, running water or indoor plumbing, but residents call it a model settlement of complete equality, and they want to replicate it throughout a country where almost half the population lives on less than $1.25 a day.The land seizures have inspired similar takeovers elsewhere in Honduras, alarming the nation’s business class and raising fears of spreading political violence. They also have become a rallying point for a broad leftist coalition that has grown around ex-President Manuel Zelaya since he was ousted in a coup that bitterly divided the country three years ago.“This is a project about land for farmworkers, a political project in which we have invested everything, a life project which must triumph not only here but in all of Honduras,” said Angel Flores, a 54-year-old former bricklayer who is now a leader of the occupation, as a pair of young men nearby practiced their marksmanship with semiautomatic pistols.center_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The government gave the land to farmers who cleared and settled it in the 1970s, but did not let them sell the property. They formed cooperatives that raised food and other crops, but went bankrupt after Honduras opened its economy to freer trade.A 1992 law erased the ban on selling the land and Facusse joined other wealthy Hondurans in buying up large tracts. Pro-farmworker activists complain about the way the land was sold and say the change aggravated inequality in a nation where 72 percent of the poorest landowners hold just 11.6 percent of cultivated land.Facusse, a Notre Dame graduate in his 80s who has long been part of the country’s business elite, ordered the planting of the palms, which take more than a decade to reach full production, and promoted them as an environmentally friendly development that could fight global warming and produce biofuels. A World Bank agency provided loans to back the project.After the initial seizures, Facusse won court orders to evict the farmers. Hundreds of soldiers and police raided the territory and wrested back more than half of it, frequently after violent confrontations.“Facusse’s guards have been hunting us like rabbits. That’s why we decided to defend ourselves,” said Vitalino Alvarez, spokesman for the farmworkers movement near the Caribbean coast. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Dinant spokesman Roger Pineda blamed the deaths on clashes between farmworkers themselves competing for seized land.When five soldiers were wounded in an April ambush, armed forces chief Rene Osorio blamed “armed peasants trained by Venezuela and Nicaragua.”Alvarez, who wears a licensed pistol when out in public, denied any role in the ambush or any backing from those leftist governments.But he said his supporters were armed for self-protection, and added, “We’ll defend this land with all the means at our disposal.”The government eventually backed off the evictions, saying it would be too difficult to dislodge the 5,000 farmers in the Aguan Valley. Instead it offered last year to buy the land and sell it back to the workers.That deal seemed complete last month when leaders of Alvarez’s Unified Farmworkers Movement of Aguan signed an agreement with Honduran President Porfirio Lobo, with the farmers due to receive most of the land they still hold and repay the government $16 million through a long-term, low-interest loan.But the eviction orders remain in force because the government failed to pay Dinant for the property by the Feb. 8 deadline set in last year’s offer, said Pineda, the company’s spokesman. He said the occupied territory represents about a quarter of all the company’s Honduran farmland, and “if we don’t collect the money that we’re owed, we’ll go out of business.”last_img read more