first_imgVirat Kohli and Anushka Sharma left for Switzerland in the intervening night of Thursday-Friday, as speculation about a possible ‘Virushka’ wedding in Italy reached fever pitch.Anushka boarded her Swiss Airways flight in Mumbai, and her beau Virat left from Delhi. The India captain reached Delhi airport at around 11.30 pm, and his flight took off at 2.45 am.India Today has learned that Virat was wearing a jacket, and had covered half his face with a hood. So that made it difficult for people at the airport to recognise him.Virat refused to let security personnel take pictures with him.#WATCH: Anushka Sharma and her family spotted at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, last night, amid speculations of wedding in Italy pic.twitter.com/fLA1SM2NDz- ANI (@ANI) December 8, 2017There’s no official confirmation from the couple yet – but if reports are to be believed, the Virat-Anushka wedding is all set to happen this weekend in Italy.The presence of Anushka’s family at Mumbai airport on Thursday further fueled speculation of an impending shaadi. Her father Ajay Kumar, mother Ashima and elder brother Karnesh all left from the airport.Photo: Yogen Shah They didn’t answer any questions.#WATCH: Anushka Sharma and her family spotted at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, last night, amid speculations of wedding in Italy pic.twitter.com/fLA1SM2NDz- ANI (@ANI) December 8, 2017Meanwhile, sources say Virat Kohli’s family and close friends have already booked their tickets to the Italian city of Milan. What’s more, his former coach Rajkumar Sharma excused himself from a crucial match on December 7advertisementThe reason? A wedding.Whose wedding? His ‘nephew’s’, he said.A spokesperson for Anushka has refuted reports about a possible wedding, and said the speculation is baseless.ALSO READ | Exclusive: Virat and Anushka’s wedding details revealed WATCH | Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma to get married soon?last_img read more

first_imgThree Greek swimmers won silver in the 5-kilometer open-water team event of the 32nd LEN European Swimming Championships in Berlin on Aug. 16, joining gold winners Netherlands and bronze winners Germany on the awards podium.The Greek team consisted of Spyros Gianniotis, Antonis Fokaidis and Kelly Araouzou, and they collected Greece’s first medal in this year’s European championship.In the event’s history, the Greek teams have achieved 4 golds, 8 silvers and 17 bronze medals; in open swimming, in particular, Greek swimmers have received 2 golds, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals, including this medal.Gianniotis won the 2011 World Championship 10K Open Water Swim at Shanghai and gold at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, but cried after narrowly missing a medal at the 2012 Olympics in London.The winning teams had the following times, with split timings (2.5 km) in the race given in parentheses:1. Netherlands, 55:47.8 (27:59.9)2. Greece, 56:05.5 (28:01.8)3. Germany, 56:14.8 (28:03.3)The rest of the top ten teams include, in finishing order, Hungary, Italy, France, Great Britain, Russia and Poland.The games run from August 13 to 24 and include the categories of Swimming, Diving, Open Water and Synchro (synchronized swimming).Prime Minister Antonis Samaras sent a message of congratulations to three Greek athletes, saying, “You proved that hard work and team work wins in the end. All Greeks feel proud of you; thank you.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIndia will aim to display another dominant performance to seal the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series when they face New Zealand in the third match on Monday.After registering big victories in the first two ODI matches, the Indian team is high on confidence and is likely to dominate the proceedings on the spin-assisting pitch at Bay Oval.India beat the hosts all ends up in the first rubber thanks to spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. In the second match, Yadav again shone with the ball, scalping four wickets.Virat Kohli will be rested for the final two ODIs and the subsequent T20I series against the hosts. Opener Rohit Sharma, who led India to the Asia Cup triumph a few months ago, will captain the Men-in-Blue in Kohli’s absence.All rounder Hardik Pandya, who was recalled to the Indian side after his ban was lifted, could make the cut at the expense of Vijay Shankar.What time does the 3rd ODI between India vs New Zealand start?3rd ODI starts at 7.30AM IST on January 28, Monday at the Bay Oval is a sports ground in Mount Maunganui.What TV channel and live stream is the 3rd ODI between India and New Zealand Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs New Zealand match.Where will the 3rd ODI between India and New Zealand be played?advertisementThe 3rd ODI between India and New Zealand will be played at the Bay Oval, which is a cricket ground in Mount Maunganui, from 7.30AM IST.Where can I watch the India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs New Zealand from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 3rd ODI between India and New Zealand?India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Khaleel Ahmed, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult, Henry Nicholls, Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Micthell Santner, Tim Southee.last_img read more

first_imgFinance Minister Michael Baker brought Nova Scotia’s case for strengthening equalization and protecting the Offshore Accord to Ottawa today, Nov. 7, to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance. Mr. Baker pointed out that the fiscal inequities that exist between and among the provinces and territories, if left unchecked, could affect the future prosperity of the nation. “If equalization is not adequately funded, or worse still, watered down, regional disparities will simply widen,” said Mr. Baker. “If Canada is to be a true country, Canadians must receive a relatively equal level of services no matter where they live. That is the minimum all Canadians have a right to expect.” Mr. Baker also clarified the facts surrounding Nova Scotia’s Offshore Accord, and addressed the myth that the accord undermines the principles of equalization. “Nova Scotia’s offshore resource revenues are fully accounted for in the equalization formula,” said Mr. Baker. “They increase the benefits available to equalization-receiving provinces.” Further, the minister reminded the committee that the accord honours agreements, dating back to the early 80s, with the federal government linked to constitutional commitments supporting economic prosperity. The accords state the province would be the principle beneficiary of offshore revenues until it achieved an agreed upon fiscal capacity. Mr. Baker said more money for equalization should not come at the expense of other essential federal transfer programs. Twenty-two federal-provincial agreements are set to expire in Nova Scotia inn 2006-07, valued at almost $32 million. Mr. Baker’s remarks are available on the province’s fiscal imbalance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance/fiscal . This website was launched earlier this fall to help Nova Scotians understand the implications of proposed changes and to be more actively involved in bringing about decisions that are not just fair to Nova Scotians, but that benefit the country as a whole. A federal decision to address the fiscal imbalance issue within Canada is expected in this winter.last_img read more

first_imgThe Department of Labour and Advanced Education has completed its investigation into the sudden closure of ServiCom, a call centre in Sydney, and found that former employees are owed pay. Affected employees are being sent correspondence this week, explaining the outcome of the investigation and the specific pay owing to them. The provincial government, through the director of Labour Standards and a former employee co-applicant, will make a court application for a bankruptcy order against ServiCom in Canada. If a bankruptcy order is made by the court, it will enable former employees to apply to the federal Wage Earner Protection Program. “We continue to do everything we can to recover wages owed, outstanding vacation pay and pay in lieu of notice of termination for former ServiCom employees,” said Business Minister Geoff MacLellan, on behalf of Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. “Initiating a Canadian bankruptcy proceeding is the best course of action.” Under the federal program, each employee may be eligible to recover up to a maximum of $6,600. If a bankruptcy order is made by the court, a trustee will be appointed and will assist employees in accessing the Wage Earner Protection Program. The federal government will determine what pay claims qualify for the program and how much each claimant may receive. Initiating this bankruptcy process will not affect current operations for the new owner. “Thank you to MCI for helping facilitate communication with former ServiCom employees as we try to update them on what we’re doing to recover their unpaid wages,” said Mr. MacLellan. If former employees have not received correspondence by Tuesday, March 12, they can email labourstandards.servicom@novascotia.ca or call 902-424-8127 with the following information by Friday, March 15: full name current mailing address phone number the dates worked for ServiCom ServiCom employee ID # (if available)last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard said Wednesday he’ll consider going to court to block or delay the adoption of a new NAFTA if the deal is unsatisfactory to Quebec farmers.Speaking in Montreal, Couillard said the province won’t accept an agreement that doesn’t meet the approval of dairy producers, who are against dismantling of the supply management system that regulates the price of dairy, eggs and poultry.He added he won’t present any deal to the legislature that the agricultural sector opposes.“I will not, not accept something that they would not accept,” he said at an election campaign event where he unveiled his party’s financial framework.“I would fight it, I would not submit the text to the national assembly if that happens.”Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland returned to Washington on Tuesday to resume negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement after two weeks of intense negotiations ended last week without a deal.Freeland said following the meeting that the talks were progressing in good faith and had reached a point where discussing them face to face with the prime minister was “absolutely essential.”On Wednesday, Couillard said he has so far received no indications the Trudeau government is planning to bend to American demands.But he said he wants all of Canada to know he’s ready to fight if that position changes.“Am I ready to postpone, or even be a negative factor? Yes, because I want to work and speak for our dairy producers and our farms,” he said.Nearly half of Canada’s dairy farms are located in Quebec and all of the major political party leaders have promised to stand up for supply management if elected.Earlier this week, former prime minister Brian Mulroney said he didn’t see how Canada can reach a deal without some flexibility on the issue.last_img read more

Rabat – The Medical Assistance Plan (RAMED) is becoming a victim of its own success. While at the time of its launch the plan covered 8.5 million beneficiaries, it now must assist 11.5 million people in need. With a lack of resources and problems of governance, this ambitious goal is farfetched, says the Minister of Health, Houcine El Ouardi.Constraints on infrastructure, medical equipment, and financial and human resources have resulted in critical constraints limiting the efficiency of the RAMED plan, said El Ouardi during a meeting of the Social Sector Committee in the House of Representatives on Thursday.The ministry explained that RAMED health coverage has lowered the spending of families it benefits by 6 percent, but that these measures are not enough. Moroccans still spend more that 50.7 percent of their income on health care. The lack of effectiveness of the RAMED plan is also affected by poor governance. Beneficiaries of of the National Social Security Fund (CNSS) and RAMED sometimes overlap, and one person can hold more than one RAMED card,said the minister of health.To tackle this problem, El Ouardi said the ministry is working setting up an integrated and decentralized information system, in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior and the National Agency for Health Insurance (ANAM).The plan will also seethe creation of a regulatory body,which would be under public control,independent of RAMED.Despite its dysfunctions, El Ouardi asserted that RAMED has contributed to improvements in health care, in both the prevention and treatment of patients, including cancer treatments and heart and blood transplantation operations, said the minister.Aside from the RAMED plan, he admitted, the health sector in the country is suffering from dire threats.The health minister revealed that Morocco is suffering from a shortage of 32,000 doctors and 64,000 nurses.Each nurse in public hospitals is responsible for four patients, which, according to El Ouardi, puts a “heavy responsibility” on physician assistants.The distribution of healthcare workers between rural and urban Morocco is far from being fair, explained the minister. Fifty-two percent of Morocco’s medical staff is centered in the Rabat-Salé-Kenitra and Casablanca-Settat regions, whose populations do not exceed 34 percent of the overall Moroccan population.According to El Ouardi, rural areas in Morocco are the most likely to suffer from medical staff shortage. Only 6,000 out of the 55,000 nurses in Morocco working in villages. read more

Alberta regulator says Nexen Energy can resume more oilsands pipeline operations by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 17, 2015 11:08 am MDT Last Updated Sep 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Alberta’s energy regulator says Nexen Energy can resume more oilsands operations after it was forced to shutdown pipelines for not complying with maintenance and monitoring rules.Last month the company, a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned CNOOC Ltd., was ordered to cease operating 95 pipelines.The suspensions came as the regulator was investigating a July 15 pipeline spill at Nexen’s Long Lake operation that leaked about five million litres of bitumen, produced water and sand into muskeg.The regulator says on Sept. 6 it lifted most of the suspension order and on Wednesday lifted the order on another 10 production pipelines.But it says some pipeline operations remain suspended and will not be allowed to return to service until Nexen can show they can be operated safely.Nexen says it is committed to managing its operations in a safe, environmentally and socially responsible manner.The regulator says Nexen could still face penalties including prosecution depending on the results of an ongoing investigation. read more

Then-OSU-sophomore guard Jordan Sibert (2) drives to the basket during a game against Illinois Feb. 21, 2012, at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 83-67.Lantern file photoIn sports, teams are often seen as a second family to players and coaches.Players are like siblings, with the coaches serving as the parents — or in many cases the crazy uncles — of this unlikely family.But when one of your own leaves, how do you face them in battle?That is a question the Ohio State men’s basketball team has to ponder as it takes on 11th-seed Dayton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday. The Flyers are led by redshirt-junior guard Jordan Sibert, who averages 12.5 points per game this year.Sibert is also a former Buckeye, but after spending two seasons in Columbus — where he only averaged 2.1 points per game in 2010-11 and 3.0 in 2011-12 — the Cincinnati native made the decision to travel across the state and join the Dayton Flyers.Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said Sunday he imagines getting a shot at his old school will fire Sibert up.“(I’m) trying to put myself in his shoes, absolutely,” Smith Jr. said when asked if Sibert will be looking for a big game against OSU. “But at the same time we’re both in the same boat, you lose, you go home. So I think we’re both going to be jacked up for the same purposes.”Sibert said Wednesday he is ready for the challenges that will come with facing his former team.“Definitely excited when I heard that we were playing them,” Sibert said. “You know, every transfer would love to get a chance to go against their old school.”Smith Jr. and senior guard Aaron Craft were a part of the recruiting class that included Sibert — as well as former OSU standouts Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas, and Toledo forward J.D. Weatherspoon.Even though Sibert left, Smith Jr. said he was as much a part of the team as any other player at OSU.“Just like with any other of these guys up here, we were brothers, we were teammates,” Smith Jr. said. “We had one another in hard times. I don’t know, I guess things didn’t pan out as well for him (here) as they did for me. I guess I was just the fortunate one to get that starting position and remain here and play on this Buckeye team with these guys that I love so much. Then again, I’m pretty sure with whatever he did, his decision, he’s prepared.”Coach Thad Matta, who had a hand in recruiting Sibert, said watching him succeed with Dayton puts a smile on his face.“When he left he said, ‘Look, I want to play a lot,’” Matta said on Sunday. “And he’s definitely getting to do that, and he’s honestly having a great career there. I’m one of those guys that says, ‘Hey, as long as everybody’s happy in terms of where they are and what they’re doing, I’m happy for them.’”Sibert said he holds no resentment for the school after leaving, and thought Matta was helpful throughout the process.“No hard feelings at all,” Sibert said. “Leaving the program, Thad did a great job helping me find a new place. My choice for Dayton was pretty easy … Me being from Cincinnati, making that trip to Dayton was definitely an easy choice for me.”Junior forward Sam Thompson, who was a freshman during Sibert’s final season with the Buckeyes, was on the receiving end of Sibert’s loss of playing time. As Sibert’s minutes got cut, OSU began to rely more on Thompson off the bench.Thompson said he didn’t feel there was anything different in the competition between himself and Sibert.“It was tough,” Thompson said on Sunday. “I don’t think there was anything special between Jordan and me. Our practices are the toughest practices I’ve ever been a part of. There’s competition all across the board between all 12 guys or however many guys we had that year. So there’s definitely some competition between the two of us, but I don’t think it was anything out of the ordinary.”On top of leading his team in points per game, Sibert is also Dayton’s second best 3-point marksman, hitting 43.9 percent of his attempts from outside of the arc.Matta said he has seen an improvement in Sibert’s outside shooting since he joined the Flyers.“I’ve watched Dayton play this year. I think percentage-wise, Jordan’s much higher than he was here,” Matta said Sunday.But Matta was quick to add that despite none of his players shooting higher than 36.2 percent this year from long range, he doesn’t think about what could have been with Sibert.“No, because he’s doing his thing, and he’s doing it well,” Matta said. “Those kind of things don’t cross my mind very often.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to tip off against Dayton Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in Buffalo, N.Y. read more

Victims often did not initially realise they had been burgled The raids are thought to have netted kapaj £10 million over a decade The charge relating to the alleged Becker burglary was not put to Kapaj at yesterday’s hearing. Laurie Porter, the chairman of the Wimbledon Village neighbourhood police patrol, added: “I’m just thrilled we don’t have to worry about this man terrorising Wimbledon Village for the foreseeable future.“People have always been aware that he has been creeping around our gardens and our streets. I think I can speak for most of us when I say we will be sleeping more easily now he’s been caught.”He was remanded in custody for sentencing which will take place at the same court on June 21. Judge Peter Lodder QC described Kapaj as having “identified a particular area and conducted a sustained campaign”. To avoid triggering alarms, he would shimmy up drainpipes, as well as cutting cables to disable CCTV and closing windows behind to obscure the fact that anyone had been inside.He would focus on stealing cash and jewelry, rather than large electronic items and would sometimes only take a portion of what he found, so as to further cover his tracks.Such was the delicacy of his work that victims often did not initially realise they had been burgled and in some cases, au pairs and other domestic staff were sacked after being falsely accused of pilfering.After Mr Becker’s home was targeted in 2014, the tennis star’s wife, Lilly, said she could no longer enjoy her living there. One of Britain’s most elusive burglars – dubbed the Wimbledon Prowler – has admitted a string of raids on well-heeled residents which netted him an estimated £10 million over a decade-long crime spree.Asdrit Kapaj, 42, who ran a fish and chip shop in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, regularly made the 400-mile round journey to steal from affluent homes in south-west London district famous for the annual tennis tournament.Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker and former Premier League footballer Nicolas Anelka were among the residents who were allegedly targeted by the prowler.Despite a significant police operation to foil his raids, the married father of two repeatedly slipped the net and is feared to have committed an estimated 400 burglaries between 2008 and 2019.All the while, Kapaj, who arrived from Kosovo as a teenager in the late 1990s, led a seemingly normal life in the north of England, where he ran his take away food business.The daring, decade-long campaign of burglaries, only came to an end when his car was repeatedly spotted on Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras travelling back and forward between Manchester and London.Yesterday, the man who had tormented the wealthy residents of Wimbledon for more than a decade, finally admitted his role, pleading guilty to 24 offences. At an earlier hearing Prosecutor Angela Mahadeot told Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court “AlthoughKapaj has no offences on his record, the Crown say that he has been successful in hiding his criminal behaviour over the years.”He has contacts in his home country of Kosovo and in Albania, he is likely to leave the country and the Crown say it is reasonable to assume he may not have been acting on his own.”He was finally linked to the spate of burglaries when he was arrested with his face covered by a snood and carrying a pocket knife, torch and gloves.Tahir Ali, defending, told a previous hearing he had struggled with a “gambling addiction”, but questioned prosecutors’ claim the offences were worth £10 million.Speaking after his conviction yesterday, one victim, Philippa Beck, 81, said she was struck by “blank amazement” upon learning the culprit’s identity.She added: “It really is (a relief). He was using our garden as a passage. Our burglary was June 2018, we were on holiday at the time.“He didn’t get very far with us because the alarm went. He crashed through a window – through £650 worth of window.” Kapaj was convicted at Kingston Crown Court of burglary, attempted burglary and being found equipped for burglary.His crimes were almost exclusively committed in the SW19 and SW20 postcodes.Prosecutors said the value of his haul – which was chiefly jewellery, designer clothes and cash – was £632,000, but a previous hearing was told it could be as high as £10 million.His methods were skillfully honed to avoid detection as he crept into the homes in the dead of night, often wearing a fisherman’s hat and hiding his face. The raids are thought to have netted kapaj £10 million over a decade Victims often did not initially realise they had been burgled Kapaj would cover his face and often wore a fishing hat on the raids Kapaj would cover his face and often wore a fishing hat on the raidsCredit:PA 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

first_imgRenewable energy is all the rage these days, but one California town is done beating around the bush. Lancaster, California is a town of about 150,000 people about an hour north of Los Angeles. It has now officially earned the distinction of being the first US city to mandate the inclusion of solar panels on all new homes built within the city limits.Lancaster’s Republican mayor, one R. Rex Parris began pushing for the change back in March, and the City Council unanimously approved the measure. Lancaster’s zoning code will require 1.0 kilowatts be generated by each home on a lot larger than 7,000 square feet. Rural homes on 100,000 square foot or larger lots will need to generate at least 1.5 kilowatts from solar energy. The ordinance will go into effect January, 1 2014, but it’s not completely ironclad.Even after the city begins officially requiring solar panels on houses, builders will have the option of foregoing the green tech. In that case the builder will be required to buy solar energy credits which will fund other green energy projects in the city. The solar panels can also be spread over a subdivision such that each block meets its total solar power requirements, allowing some individual structures to have no panels at all.This is all part of Mayor Parris’ drive to make Lancaster the first city to produce more solar power than it consumes. It’s actually in a very good position to accomplish this lofty goal. Lancaster is nestled in California’s Antelope Valley at the edge of the Mojave Desert. It almost goes without saying there is plenty of sunshine to go around in Lancaster.The city is already producing 39 megawatts of solar power, with another 50 megawatts under construction. If Lancaster can become a self-sustaining solar island in the desert, it might be able to turn a profit by sending the excess power back to the grid.last_img read more

first_img April 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Calvary Christian Orchestra performs St. Paul’s Senior Living Center KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsA short time ago, in a place not too far away, the Calvary Christian Academy Orchestra put on a show for Saint Paul’s Senior Living Center in Chula Vista.They played various songs, however, there was a surprising ending for the audience.But it was more than just a homage to “Star Wars,” it was a tribute to the late brother of one of the orchestra members who left this lasting impact on the group. Posted: April 19, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgMexican food retailer Chipotle has improved its employee benefits offering to award 71,000 US-based employees cash and stock bonuses, as well as enhancing its paid parental leave policy.The changes, which the organisation is rolling out to employees, have been designed to help support and advance employees’ professional and personal lives.Its hourly paid and salaried restaurant staff will receive a one-off cash bonus of up to $1,000 (£710.71), and employees based in other functions will receive a one-off stock grant.The organisation’s parental leave benefit has also been expanded to apply to hourly paid managers, who were not previously eligible for the benefit. Chipotle has also extended the amount of paid parental leave that salaried staff can take off.Chipotle will also implement more training programmes for employees, including a formalised classroom programme that will focus on topics related to operational excellence and leadership, as well as introduce life insurance and short-term disability insurance for hourly paid restaurant managers.The new employee benefits will sit alongside Chipotle’s existing benefits package. This includes bi-annual merit increases for hourly paid employees, paid holiday days and sick time, stock awards for restaurant managers, up to $5,250 (£3731.23) for tuition reimbursement and discounted educational courses and degrees.Steve Ells, founder, chairman and chief executive officer at Chipotle, said: “We have always been proud of our ability to attract and retain top talent who share our passion for cooking delicious food by hand and creating an extraordinary guest experience. We’re giving back to these committed, motivated, and hardworking team members who have made Chipotle what it is today.“We have always been committed to making Chipotle a great place to work with excellent compensation and benefits. With these expanded offerings, we’re thanking our employees for their hard work and dedication to our [organisation].”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are TEN things that happened at the Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting on Wednesday, August 7, 2019:#1) SIDEWALK WEEDS: Selectman Kevin Caira noted he received several calls about the weeds in the sidewalks in the area of the Route 38 and Route 62 intersection, near the Miceli bridge. Caira noted that the DPW does a great job, and wondered if workers could address the area.“Quite frankly, there’s a number of stretches along Route 62 and Route 38 that aren’t in the conditions we’d normally keep our roads [and sidewalks] in,” responded Town Manager Jeff Hull. “Those are state roads, but I can talk to Mike Woods and see if we can hit that area at the bridge.”#2) TOWN COMMON TO GO GOLD: Selectmen unanimously approved a resident’s request to illuminate the Town Common in GOLD during the month of September in observance of Childhood Cancer Awareness. An anonymous resident will donate the filters to turn the lights gold.#3) VERIZON AGREEMENT: Verizon’s 15-year agreement with the Town of Wilmington expires on February 25, 2022. Verizon has officially notified the town to begin the negotiation process.“We have the next 30-36 months to go through an ascertainment process to determine the town’s needs and ultimately negotiate a new license with Verizon,” Hull told the Selectmen.#4) RED HEAT TAVERN MANAGER: The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Red Heat Tavern to change the manager on its liquor license from Denise Herrara to Dennis Martin.#5) WHS VOLLEYBALL CAR WASH FUNDRAISER: The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Tara Hancox, representing Wilmington High School Volleyball, to hold a Car Wash Fundraiser on Saturday, August 24, 2019, from 11am to 2pm, in the Fourth of July Building’s parking lot.#6) NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY: The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Sheri Palmisano, on behalf of residents of Lucaya Circle, to hold a Neighborhood Block Party on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from noon to 10pm.#7) RMLD LAWN SIGNS: The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the request of the Reading Municipal Light Department to place signage on the Town Common to promote two upcoming events, including the Electric Car Show on Sunday, September 15, 2019, from 10am to 2pm, on the Swain Green, as part of the Wilmington Farmers Market.#8) NEW POLES: The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the request to locate one new pole on Anthony Avenue and one new pole on Salem Street. MSR Utility Corporation, National Grid, and the Town Engineer Paul Alunni were able to successfully address concerns from some of the abutters.#9) EASEMENT: The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the signing of a right of way and utility easement for Shady Lane Drive. The easement was a result of the construction of sidewalks on Lawrence Street and Shady Lane. The second phase of the project, which will be funded next fiscal year, will provide more sidewalks to fully connect Glen Road and Middlesex Avenue.#10) ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE: The Wilmington Rotary Club is holding its Fifth Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge this Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 9am at Rotary Park. Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony challenged her colleagues to participate. Selectman Greg Bendel has accepted, while Selectman (and Rotarian) Jonathan Eaton will be volunteering at the event.“If you ever felt the need to dump some water on one of your Selectmen, this will be your opportunity,” joked Bendel. Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Need For Fire Substation At Wednesday, August 7 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 MORE Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi : Faced with stiff competition from roadways and low-cost airlines, railways is set to offer up to 25 per cent discount in trains like Shatabdi Express, Tejas and Gatiman Express which have low occupancy to bump up ticket sales, according to a senior official. The discount will be given on the base fare of trains with AC chair car and executive chair car seats and charges like GST, reservation fee, superfast tariff and others will be levied separately, the official said on Tuesday. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “Trains with monthly occupancy of less than 50 per cent in the previous year are eligible for the discount,” the official said. The railway ministry has decided to delegate powers to the Principal Commercial Managers of the zones to introduce the discounted fare scheme in the identified trains. However, it has laid down certain guidelines. Competitive fare should be a criterion while deciding discounted prices, the ministry has said and has given permission to offer discounted fares on all parts of the journey, be it the first leg, intermediate sections or the last part, the official said. The discount, the ministry has said, can be offered yearly, half-yearly, seasonally or during weekends. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us Once the scheme is in place, no other discounts such as the graded discount in Shatabdi Express trains or flexi-fare will be applicable, the official said. The zones have been asked to identify such trains with low occupancy by September 30, the ministry has said, adding that efforts should be made by the zones to ramp up occupancy. The zones have also been asked to file a report after four months of implementing the scheme, the official said. The railways had introduced a similar scheme while removing dynamic pricing from certain trains with low occupancy. It had discontinued the flexi-fare scheme in 15 trains in which average unidirectional monthly occupancy was less than 50 per cent.last_img read more

first_imgReliance Communications chairman Anil Ambani (right) at the Aero India 2017 at Yelahanka Air Force Station, Bengaluru on February 14, 2017.IANSAnil Ambani, chairman of Reliance Communications, won’t be drawing salary or commission from the loss-making entity that is facing stiff competition from other telecom service providers, including the recent-entrant Reliance Jio owned by his brother Mukesh Ambani.The news comes amid a persisting crisis Reliance Communications is facing in the wake of piling debt, downgrade by rating agencies and mounting losses.  Anil Ambani’s net worth was estimated at $2.7 billion by Forbes this April; his brother Mukesh’s net worth was a whopping $29.9 billion.For the fourth quarter (Q4) ended March 2017, Reliance Communications posted net loss of Rs 966 crore as against a profit of Rs 90 crore in the corresponding period last year. Income fell sharply to Rs 4,524 crore for Q4 from Rs 5980 crore for the year-ago period.The company’s debt was around Rs 45,000 crore as of March 31, 2017. Reliance Communications (RCom) is about to sell its towers business to Canada’s Brookfield Infrastructure Group for Rs. 11,000 crore and wireless business to rival Aircel. The two deals will cut its debt by Rs 25,000 crore, according to the company and has secured time till December 2017 to repay the amount.Post merger with Aircel, RCom will own 50 percent stake in the new venture Aircom.The share price of RCom has been falling sharply over the past months, from Rs 38.9 as of April 3 to Rs 18.30 on June 14, both due to the losses and downgrading of its debt by rating agencies CARE, ICRA and Moody’s, citing the company’s financials.”The reasons for these revisions include RCOM’s weak operating performance, high leverage, the weak internal cash flow generation against sizeable debt servicing obligations and delays in debt servicing by the company,” Reliance Communications said in a regulatory filing to the BSE on Tuesday, May 30.Other companies in the Anil Ambani fold, referred to as ADAG, include Reliance Capital that has interests in mutual fund, insurance and financing, and Reliance Defence and Engineering.last_img read more

first_imgMy School DC is scheduled to hold EdFEST 2016 on Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St SE. The event is free and will allow parents to explore the city’s many public school options (PK3-12) for their child. Representatives from D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and D.C. public charter schools will showcase their programs. With the launch of the My School DC common lottery application on Dec. 12, EdFEST is a timely event to help make informed school selections for the 2017-18 school year common lottery.  EdFEST will also feature free services and fun activities, including Flu shots for adults, health services for kids and teens, sports activities, information about DPR Fun Days, Winter and Spring Break Camps and more. Free parking is also available.last_img

first_imgAstronomers working on the SETI project have reported a peculiar signal, one that could potentially indicate the existence of alien life in a solar system 95 light years away. It is also possible this is yet another false alarm caused by a terrestrial radio signal. We don’t know the true origin yet, but the solar system the signal appears to be coming from is a good candidate for extraterrestrial life. The observation was made with the RATAN-600 radio telescope (above) in Zelenchukskaya, Russia on May 15, 2015, but has only recently been analyzed. The star in question is HD 164595 about the same mass and temperature as our own. It is known to have one exoplanet, a gas giant similar in size to Neptune. There could, however, be habitable moons or smaller planets in the system that we are not able to detect at this time. The signal an extremely high power isotropic beacon in the 11GHz range. For an alien to have sent that from 95 light years away, we’d be talking about a very advanced civilization. Paul Gilster of SETI speculates it would have to be a Kardashev Type II civilization. That means they would have harnessed the full energy output of HD 164595.That all sounds very fanciful and cool, but there’s another, much more mundane possibility. According to Astronomer Nick Suntzeff from Texas A&M University, it’s more plausible that the signal has terrestrial origins. A signal much closer to Earth (i.e. a satellite) that was merely coming from the same direction as HD 164595 would have had much lower initial power. It might simply be a military signal from a satellite pinging a ground station. Astronomers will have to keep an eye on HD 164595 to see if it happens again.last_img read more

first_imgFICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) in a recent event in the national Capital on Wednesday felicitated eminent fashion designers Asma Hussain, for reviving traditional hand woven fabrics of Varanasi and Awadh,  and Anavila Misra for innovative designs and Choti Tekam for reviving traditional art of Gond paintings. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, along with FICCI ladies organisation president ,Vinita Bimbhet and renowned fashion designer Sabayasachi Mukherji presented the ‘National Women Achievers award’ to these fashion designers and artists . From time immemorial, Indian handwoven fabrics have made their mark worldwide.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Gradually with the coming up of factory products, the usage of such fabrics somewhere is fading.  However, through the efforts of these designers the usage of these fabrics has been kept alive.Asma Hussain has been awarded for reviving the traditional hand woven fabrics of Varanasi like Jamdani, Kimkhwaab, Mashru and famous traditional Banarasi saree. Apart from this she strengthened the innovative use of Awadhi traditions of Chikan, Zardozi,Muqaish and Tukdi work of Lucknow. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixState award winner from Madhya Pradesh Choti Tekam has been awarded for reviving the traditional tribal art of painting known as Gond art which has its distinct and elaborate illustrations.  A distinct feature of Gond paintings is that nature in the form of trees, birds, comes alive on canvases, while tribal life is also a subject that is commonly used in Gond paintings.Anavila Misra has been awarded for innovative linen cloth product development designs and for the introduction of jari, playing with different weaves and techniques. Speaking on the occasion, Amitabh Kant said, “Start-ups and textiles are going to be the next big economic force in the country.  “India is the world’s youngest and women driven start-up nation with  most of the founders women and young below 35 years of age.” “With Government’s initiative close to 4500 start ups in various fields exist, the government is committed to make start-up India initiative a scalable reality and to provide an environment for our start-ups to thrive in. The new textile policy announced by the government generate employment, especially for women”, he further added. “Indian traditional handicrafts and handmade textiles represent the country’s unique cultural mosaic and identity to the world.  Our rich heritage supported by the right policies could provide  economic potential for women and fashion designers at all levels and across all sectors. “India has every thing it can give to the world” said renowned designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee was also present at the occasssion.last_img read more