Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said that revoking the special status of Kashmir was the demand of time for the unity and integrity of the country. “Dilution of Article 370 would strengthen the security, safety and integrity of India and should not be viewed through any other narrow prism,” he said at the first Balramji Dass Tandon Memorial Lecture at Panjab University. “A section of the western media was indulging in false propaganda on the situation in Kashmir post dilution of Article 370,” he said. Mr. Naidu referring to a news article published by national dailies in 1964, said that MPs cutting across party lines including those from ruling party almost unanimously supported a non official resolution seeking abrogation of Article 370.Mr. Naidu said the Parliament took the decision that this transitory provision needs to go and Jammu & Kashmir must be fully integrated with the rest of India. “People across the country are rejoicing over the abrogation of Article 370. It is expected that this will pave the way for faster development of the State in the years to come,” he added.Calling for a need to tone up administration, speed up judicial reforms and promoteing healthy and meaningful debates in legislatures and Parliament, Mr. Naidu said, “‘Discuss, debate, decide, decentralise and deliver’ should become the agenda and the way forward for public representatives.”He also asked political parties to adopt a code of conduct for people’s representatives including MPs and MLAs for effective functioning of Parliament and legislatures. “Parties should incorporate such code of conduct in their election manifestos,” he said. Mr. Naidu stressed the need for taking immediate steps to reduce heavy pendency of cases in courts. “In order to streamline and make justice delivery more effective, there should be time-bound decisions on election petitions and criminal cases against sitting MPs and MLAs, including disqualification under the anti-defection law,” he said.He also suggested revisiting the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, containing anti-defection provisions, to ensure a time bound disposal of such cases and make it more effective by plugging loopholes.He added that expanding the Supreme Court bench and having separate benches in different regions on trial basis as suggested by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice would help address the problem of pendency in judiciary and would save huge amount of money and energy of litigants who travel miles to reach Delhi.
Mumbai, Mar 16 (PTI) Scoreboard in the World Twenty20 Mumbai, Mar 16 (PTI) Scoreboard in the World Twenty20 Super 10 Group 1 match between England and the West Indies here today.England innings (20 overs maximum) Jason Royc Badree b Russell 15 Alex Hales b Benn 28 Joe Root c Taylor b Russell 48 Jos Buttler c Brathwaite b Bravo 30 Eoin Morgan not out 27 Ben Stokes lbw b Bravo 15 Moeen Ali run out 7 Extras: (b 1, lb 1, w 10) 12Total: (For 6 wkts in 20 overs) 182 Fall of wickets: 1/37 2/92 3/114 4/152 5/175 6/182Bowling: Jerome Taylor 3-0-30-0, Samuel Badree 4-0-34-0, Andre Russell 4-0-36-2, Dwayne Bravo 4-0-41-2, Sulieman Benn 3-0-23-1, Carlos Brathwaite 2-0-16-0. More PTI PDS PM
While we have been a little busy with the India launch of Oppo F9 Pro, the company is simultaneously gearing up to launch the Oppo R17. The R-series has typically offered upper mid-range, premium affordable range of phones that have also served as inspiration for OnePlus phones as well. The R17 will be announced soon, but we won’t have to wait until then to know what the device will bring as it has already been listed on the company’s official Chinese website.The listing confirms the design of the Oppo R17 as well as some of the specs. The phone will indeed bring an edge-to-edge display with a unique water droplet-like notch that will also be seen on the Oppo F9 Pro. The notch indeed looks different to the kinds we have seen so far and is more close to what the Essential Phone brings. The R17 will brings a tall 6.4-inch FHD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 6 protection and a 91.5 per cent screen-to-body ratio.The Oppo R17 will sport a glass back with a gradient colour design in Streamer Blue and Neon Purple options. There’s also no physical fingerprint sensor, which means the phone will offer an in-display sensor that will unlock the device in 0.41 seconds. A cheaper variant is expected with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The R17 will be power an octa-core Snapdragon chipset, but it’s still unknown whether this will be a Snapdragon 670 or Snapdragon 710 chipset. The phone will also be offered with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.advertisementThe dual cameras on the back will include a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with LED flash. Housed in the notch on the front will be a 25-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The front camera will also support AI portrait mode and other selfie-centric features. A 3,500mAh battery will be housed inside the Oppo R17 and the device will support VOOC fast charging. The phone will run Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.1 out-of-the-box and will include connectivity options like Bluetooth 5.0, dual 4G VoLTE and dual SIM support, among other things.The Oppo R17 is up for pre-orders in China and the device is expected to go on sale starting August 18 which is when Oppo will also announce its pricing. We also expect an Oppo R17 Pro in the offing, but there has been no listing or mention of it on the website as yet. Separately, Oppo will also be launching the F9 Pro in India on August 21. The device bears similar design elements as the R17 including a waterdrop screen and gradient colour design. The company has also confirmed a 25MP front facing camera and VOOC fast charging support. We will know more in the days to come and on the launch date.ALSO READ: Oppo F9 Pro with Waterdrop screen set to launch in India on August 21
The Indian men’s and women’s teams suffered heartbreaking defeats in their respective T20I matches on Sunday and will have to now head home in disappointment.Rohit Sharma’s side lost the series-deciding third T20I in Hamilton just hours after Harmanpreet Kaur’s team suffered its third successive loss against the White Ferns at the same venue.The men’s team fell short by 4 runs as they failed to chase down a mammoth 213-run target against Kane Williamson’s side, who clinched the series 2-1 as a result.India made a valiant attempt at chasing down the total but were stopped at 208 for 6 by the Black Caps.This was India’s first ever loss in a 3-match T20I bilateral series decider in the shortest format. India though, had won the ODI series 4-1, the second time in 10 years.India needed 16 runs off the final over in their run chase but they could manage to score 11 runs with Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya making a fist of the total despite the loss of wickets early on.Congratulations to New Zealand on winning the series 2-1 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/x829ObFkBNBCCI (@BCCI) February 10, 2019″Pretty disappointing to not get to the finishing line. 210-odd was always going to be tough, and we were in the game right till the end, but New Zealand held their nerve well and they deserved to win. We started off well in the ODIs, and the boys will be disappointed not getting to the finishing line in the T20s,” Rohit Sharma said at the post match presentation ceremony.advertisementThe women’s team on the other hand, was chasing a much lower target of 162 but they fell agonisingly short of it, losing by just 2 runs in the end.Nothing beats getting your hands on the trophy! 3-0 series victory, well done WHITE FERNS! #NZvIND #culturescombined #whitewash pic.twitter.com/u8FSHzpQYTWHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) February 10, 2019They also needed 16 runs off the final over out of which they managed to score 13 runs.Smriti Mandhana hit 86 off 62 deliveries but that was not enough as India managed 159 for 4 from their 20 overs. India had earlier won the five-match ODI series 4-1.Also Read | Lots of positives and a few mistakes, says Rohit Sharma after T20I series defeatAlso Read | Women’s T20I: Smriti Mandhana fifty in vain as New Zealand sweep series 3-0Also Read | India vs New Zealand Highlights, 3rd T20I: New Zealand beat India by 4 runs to clinch series
Australia captain Aaron Finch has said his team cannot afford to make mistakes if they are to do well in the upcoming limited-overs tour of India. Finch and his teammates head to India on Monday, well ahead of the two-match T20I series, starting February 24 in Visakhapatnam.Buoyed by the Big Bash League win, the Melbourne Renegades captain said Australia’s focus will be on having a clear game plan during the T20I and ODI series, which will be their second-last international assignment ahead of the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.While insisting that India are the best white-ball side in their home conditions, Finch pointed out that Australia can’t even afford to be slightly off the mark in their upcoming assignment.”I don’t think you need anything to put a pep in your step when you’re going on an Aussie tour, particularly to India,” Finch said.”If you’re slightly off the mark you’re going to get hurt. They’re the best side in one-day cricket in their own conditions, I think. So you’ve got to go there full of confidence and have a real clear game plan.”Notably, Australia lost their first-ever bilateral ODI series at home to India only earlier this year. Finch’s men squandered an opportunity to clinch the series after winning the first ODI in Sydney. MS Dhoni led India’s charge with the bat, scoring three successive half-centuries and helping the team come back from behind to create history.Australia will be without their premier fast bowlers, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood but the visitors have a lot of firepower with the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins being part of the 15-member squad.advertisementKohli returns to lead India vs AustraliaIndia have announced a full-strength squad for the series, which will be their last limited-over assignment ahead of the World Cup. Virat Kohli returns to lead the side after having missed a part of the New Zealand tour while Jasprit Bumrah also joins the squad after after resting through the ODIs in Australia and the entire New Zealand tour.Meanwhile, KL Rahul has also been included in the T20I and the ODI squads as India are looking at the Karnataka batsman as a reserve opener for the World Cup. Rahul struggled during the four-Test series in Australia and was subsequently suspended from the senior national team over the Koffee With Karan controversy. Rahul though has won back his place in the side with some consistent performances for India A against the England Lions earlier this month.Australia T20I squad for India tour: Aaron Finch(c), Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, D Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.Australia ODI Squad: Aaron Finch(c), Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, D Arcy Short, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam ZampaAlso Read | Hardik Pandya and I are seen as competitors but we share very good rapport: Vijay ShankarAlso Read | Chris Gayle hopes for fairy-tale finish at ICC 2019 Cricket World CupAlso See:
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Former Clemson starting quarterback Kelly Bryant has already visited two major college football programs in North Carolina in Arkansas.The former Tigers’ quarterback has taken another visit today.Bryant, who is set to graduate and play elsewhere in 2019, is checking out another SEC program in Missouri.Kelly Bryant here watching #Mizzou go through pregame warmups. pic.twitter.com/eXQnDzwd0h— Anne Rogers (@anne__rogers) October 27, 2018Bryant, who raved about his visit to Arkansas, has also said he’s considering Baylor and Louisville.He told ESPN’s Maria Taylor that he wants to prove to people that he can still be a top quarterback at a high level.“A lot of people say I that can’t play at the next level, that I’m not good enough, I don’t have a strong enough arm,” he said. “That I’m not knowledgeable. I’m still working towards what I want to be. That’s why I want to make sure I make the right choice and get this right.”It’s unclear what kind of timeline Bryant is working on when it comes to a decision. Stay tuned.
Bruichladdich Distillery Unveils its New Octomore Scotch Whisky Series Thirsty? Here Are Some of the Best Accounts of Wine Instagram Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region There’s never really a bad time for a red wine, but what happens when you’ve exhausted yourself on the usual suspects—the merlots and the cabernet sauvignons and even the pinot noirs?Answer: Head to Europe. Specifically, head to Northern Spain—the Rioja region—and check out Marques de Riscal, one of the oldest wineries (founded in 1858) in the region.Before we get into which Marques de Riscal wines you need to try (easy answer: all of them, immediately), it’s important to know that there are four classifications of rioja wines. First, the youngest (less than a year in oak) are labeled, simply, Rioja. Next comes the Crianza class, where the wines are aged at least two years (one of which is in oak). The third class is Rioja Reserva, which is aged at least three years, with one in oak. Finally, Gran Reserva wines are aged at least two years in oak and three years in the bottle.With all that in mind, here are three Marques de Riscal wines that you need to track down ASAP.Marqués de Riscal Barón de Chirel Reserva 2010 ($75)This Reserva is made with 30% native Spanish grapes and 70% Tempranillo and that are sourced from low-yielding vines that range in age between 80 and 110 years old. Cask-aged for twenty-four months in French oak, the Reserva is deep cherry red in color with a toasty and spicy nose that blends with notes of ripe berries. Smooth on the palate, it has a long, balanced finish.Marqués de Riscal Rioja Gran Reserva 2005 ($55.99) This Gran Reserva is sourced from vines over 80 years old and is cask-aged for 32 months in American oak. Made from 90% Tempranillo, 8% Graciano, and 3% Mazuelo, this wine (which has been aged for a minimum of three years) is a dark red-black in color with black fruit and tons of spice on the nose. Silky and sweet on the palate, the tannins work through to the end for a balanced, elegant wine.Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2009 ($19.99) This Reserva is cask-aged for twenty-five months in American oak and made from 90% Tempranillo, 7% Graciano, and 3% Mazuelo. The Tempranillo vines used for this wine, in addition, were planted pre-1970s. Bright cherry red to the eye, there are ripe dark berry notes combined with balsamic aromas. Full-bodied, the tannins give off a very nice mouthfeel that leads to a finish that reverberates with oak. All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall Editors’ Recommendations 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down
MONTREAL – The president of Quebec-based retailer La Maison Simons said he “sincerely regrets” naming his women’s lingerie line after famous Canadian women, including former Supreme Court justice Beverley McLachlin.Peter Simons said in a call with The Canadian Press that the line was meant to honour women who made historic contributions to Canada, but instead caught the ire of McLachlin, who called Simons recently because she was “quite upset” with the company’s “Beverley bralette” and wanted an apology.“The way it was structured was in poor taste…It was not acceptable the way we went about it,” he said, of the line of lingerie that also sought to commemorate suffragette Nellie McClung and author Gabrielle Roy.“It was a lack of judgment on our part, on my part.”Simons said he decided to discontinue and destroy all the materials related the line following his call with McLachlin, who retired in December after spending 28 years at the Supreme Court, including almost 18 as chief justice.He also agreed to two demands from her: a public apology and a request to get involved with a fundraising campaign for the Cornerstone Housing for Women emergency shelter organization in Ottawa.Simons said McLachlin was not the only person to complain about the line. By the time he spoke with McLachlin, his company received complaints on their social media accounts and saw some letters that were critical of the line in local newspapers.“The process of realization had already started when Ms. McLachlin called me,” he admitted.The naming misstep, he said, arose when the Simons team was looking for inspiration for their new lingerie line and the team thought “why don’t we look towards inspiring Canadian women that we respect and admire?”To ensure its products don’t generate anger again, Simons said he has been meeting with staff and stressing the importance of privacy and naming rights.He also emphasized “the right to dissent” because McLachlin was neither informed or asked for approval on the products bearing her name.Simons said that he has told staff that despite everyone having a job to do, staff should feel comfortable standing up and expressing concerns.And he’s not assigning blame.“I take full responsibility,” he said.He has yet to reach out to McLachlin to see if she finds his conciliatory efforts satisfactory, but said he hopes to eventually express his apologies in person.“I made a mistake and I sincerely do regret it,” he said.“I am just trying to make it right because in my heart I really wanted to celebrate (the women). These are inspiring women that have changed the history of our country.”
Vientiane (Laos) – Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, signed, Tuesday in Vientiane, the instruments of Morocco’s accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This came on the sidelines of the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits, which is being held in Vientiane, Laos (Sept 6-8).On this occasion, Bourita met Monday with Laos’ Foreign Minister, Saleumxay Kommasith. The talks focused on bilateral and Morocco-ASEAN relations. The ASEAN is a regional bloc of ten countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Burma and Laos.
Former police spokesman SS Priyashantha Jayakody has been removed from service after he failed to return from Australia.Police headquarters said that Jayakody had not informed the police about his absence from work and so has been considered as having vacated his post. Jayakody, who was the SSP in-charge of the Ratnapura Division and often stood in as the acting police spokesperson in the absence of the current spokesman, had gone to Australia on training but had not returned to Sri Lanka after he completed his training program. Earlier this year Jayakody had received death threats after he ordered a raid on a club allegedly operating with political backing in Ratnapura. (Colombo Gazette)
(Updated) Two people are in custody after police say they found what they’re calling an incendiary device in the trunk of a car in downtown Toronto early this morning.The police bomb squad and the emergency task force were called in after police pulled over a vehicle at King and Peter Streets around 3:30 this morning, and found a suspicious package in the vehicle’s truck. A robot was used to examine the suspicious package, which appeared to be a small blue duffel bag. The device was removed by a bomb squad robot and detonated nearby. Police said the incident is believed to be connected to an arson investigation they’ve been conducting over the past two weeks. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09
TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index posted a triple-digit advance in late-morning trading at the end of a roller-coaster of a week for stock markets that has seen investors taken for a wild ride.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 125.67 points at 16,138.20.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 280.49 points at 25,859.88. The S&P 500 index was up 39.13 points at 2,886.73, while the Nasdaq composite was up 126.89 points at 7,893.51.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.19 cents US, compared with an average of 75.05 cents US on Thursday.The October crude contract was up 20 cents at US$54.62 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was down 5.7 cents at US$2.17 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$13.90 at US$1,517.30 an ounce and the September copper contract was down 0.55 of a cent at US$2.59 a pound. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)
US economy shrank 0.2 pct. in 1st quarter; rebound expected in spring by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2015 6:31 am MDT Last Updated Jun 24, 2015 at 7:10 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, photo, carpenter Joe Tominc cuts wood for a post on a new construction home in Pepper Pike, Ohio. The Commerce Department issues its last of three estimates of how the U.S. economy performed in the January-March quarter on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy contracted in the first three months of the year, just not as much as previously estimated. More recent data show that the weakness was largely temporary, with a rebound in the works for the April-June quarter.The Commerce Department says the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, shrank at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.2 per cent from January through March. That’s better than last month’s estimate of a 0.7 per cent decrease.Harsh winter weather slowed spending by keeping consumers away from shopping malls and auto dealerships. The trade deficit ballooned, slicing growth by the most since 1985 as exports fell and imports rose.Yet consumers stepped up their spending in May, and home sales climbed — signs that the economy is back on track.
Jules and Steven, an airport technician, were accepted onto the NHS donor egg list in 2010 and got to the top of the list after a year and a half wait. Jules Furness, husband Steven and their toddler son. Credit:Jessa Line / SWNS.com A blogger who shared her heartbreak at failed IVF attempts has had new eggs donated to her by a stranger who reached out via Facebook. Jules Furness, 35, posted a vlog after her second try at fertility treatment with husband Steven, 34, was unsuccessful. The emotional clip was seen by mum-of-four Amber Wilde, 28, who immediately contacted Jules via Facebook messenger and offered to donate her eggs – despite never having met her or spoken on the phone.The message said: “This might be wildly inappropriate and please accept my apologies if so, but if altruistic egg donation would make IVF more affordable to you and you’re not horrified by my weirdo genetics I’d donate in a heartbeat.”A year on, Amber’s eggs were artificially combined with Steven’s sperm at a clinic, producing two healthy embryos in November. Jules, from Ipswich, Suffolk, has premature ovarian failure which means her ovaries don’t release eggs.She effectively began experiencing the menopause aged 15 and was prescribed HRT and always knew she wouldn’t be able to conceive naturally. “I wanted people to see the real face of what IVF can look like and show what it’s really like,” said Jules.”It was a hard decision to make but we felt it was important for people to see that it doesn’t always work and that if that happens to them they aren’t the only ones.” Jules said: “It was just an incredible thing for someone to offer.”We wondered if it was really real, because it was just such a fairytale.”It’s hard to sum up but we are just so grateful she has given us the chance of another child – and our son the chance of a brother or sister.” Amber, a fellow video blogger for Channel Mum, was one if those who spotted the post. The mum has twin girls, aged one and twin boys aged three, with partner Kirsty, a full-time mum, thanks to the help from a single sperm donor.Amber said: “While I was pretty spontaneous with my offer we definitely both gave it much more thought over the coming months.”Overwhelmed Jules said: “At first I couldn’t really take it in but then we started messaging back and forth about that ‘what ifs’ and the ‘are you sures’.”The pair exchanged messages and phone calls before the met up for the first time at Amber’s home for a picnic in London in May. Jules and Steven Furness meets donor Amber Wilde( left)Credit:Channel Mum / SWNS.com Amber Wilde (left), partner Kirsty Wilde (right) and their four children – boys Balthazar and Lysander, 3, and girls Embla and Olympia, 1. Credit: Channel Mum / SWNS.com It was the first time the ‘other halves’ had spoken and the family hit it off straight away, recording a video that was posted to Channel Mum.After six months of appointments and counselling, ten of Amber’s eggs were retrieved, seven were fertilised and two healthy “perfect” embryos were produced.They will be tested further over the coming weeks and the plan is for at least one to be transferred to Jules in January.The process is being funded by the Furness family and costs £13,000 for up to three attempts – which is refunded if none are successful. An anonymous donor gave two eggs which were transferred to Jules in 2012, but were not successful.”Sadly the eggs were not high quality but you just have to take what you are given,” said Jules, a blogger for Channel Mum.”We didn’t get pregnant. We felt like that was the end of the road for us.”The determined couple turned to adoption and were matched with their son, now a toddler, who joined the family as a baby.A year ago the “broody” couple started thinking about increasing their family but couldn’t have NHS-funded IVF due to already having a child.Faced with a £10,000 bill to go private in the UK, they paid £3,500 to try IVF in Prague in October last year.Sadly two implanted eggs failed and Jules recorded a video documenting the negative test weeks later, which was watched by more than 9,000 people. 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.
IN IRELAND, the government has an embargo on public sector recruitment; those who have a public sector job are feeling the pinch of austerity, while their pensions aren’t looking like the nest egg they once were. Corporations now expect individuals to manage their own career path, and although they provide greater internal visibility, the large majority still expect employees to be able to navigate their own way to the top.The recent economic crisis has made the jobs marketplace extremely competitive. And with so many young people relocating to places like Canada and Australia each year, mass emigration is well and truly back on the agenda.So how is Generation Y (Ireland’s 14–27-year-olds) tackling this situation? How are they equipped to deal with challenges in their own career?What is a Generation Y?Let’s first look at a brief overview of Gen Y and some of the characteristics that define them in the workplace. Gen Y has been tagged as self-entitled, overly-ambitious dreamers who don’t want to pay their dues and are only concerned about higher pay and more time off.On a more positive note, however, they are also described as future-oriented, ready to contribute now and opportunity-driven. They remain admirably optimistic in the midst of the current economic turmoil and they are highly restless. They seek to earn greater opportunities for rapid advancement and more responsibilities at a younger age.These attributes, positive and negative, can be seen in the increasing amount of young graduates creating their own startups straight out of college, as well as excelling in established companies. It can also be seen in the numbers of young people emigrating from Ireland every year. The characteristics of both of these groups – those who stay in Ireland and those who don’t – are perhaps perceived differently.The young entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who stay are celebrated for their bravery and independence, while the ones who choose to independently pursue their careers in a foreign land are mourned in the national press.Massive personal action to achieve career successThis opinion might seem logical to some but, to me, what these two groups of people are doing is actually very similar. They are both taking massive personal action to achieve the career that they desire for themselves. And if we revert to the career management trends of corporations over the last few decades, we can see that this is exactly the ideal that has been encouraged: personal career management.The focus of the modern career is now on opportunities to advance towards ambitious goals, with value put on meaningful development. It is this search of meaning in work that is often confused for arrogance by older generations.In times gone by, people were privileged if they had a career at all, and it was disrespectful to leave one behind because you didn’t feel like your work had enough ‘meaning’. That is, however, exactly what we are seeing today. Where previously a CV with more than three jobs over a ten-year period looked suspicious, it would now be quite normal, perhaps even expected.Gen Y embraces mentoring from more senior staff members and prefers to work in teams. As such, they are very suited to take personal responsibility for their own careers. Companies are therefore under pressure to supply the tools that allow their Gen Y staffers to do just that, while also satisfying their constant desire for feedback and rewards.Using technology to benefit career developmentAs Gen Y is always on the look-out for more opportunities to advance their careers, there is a rapid embrace of new technology that lets them do so easily. While their predecessors, Gen X, are firmly situated on career websites like LinkedIn, which profile themselves and their achievements, more Gen Y-suited services like Branchout and Silp are now springing up on Facebook and attracting large numbers.These tools allow people to discover career opportunities through their friends and facilitate introductions into organisations that they want to work in. They are perfect examples of how Gen Y is leveraging its own technology to benefit career development. However, they still fall short of personal career management as an ideal.Personal career management is defined as the degree to which one regularly gathers information and plans for career problem-solving and decision-making. It involves two main behaviours: one related to continuous improvement in one’s current job (ie, developmental feedback-seeking) and the other related to movement (ie, job mobility preparedness).While services and support pertaining to such behaviours can often be found at a basic level in schools or colleges, there is a sudden halt when people enter the workforce. One growing trend in Ireland, however, does provide such information: the international job fairs that are increasingly held throughout the country.Ireland on the international stageI would encourage people not to see emigration as a negative thing or a path-of-no-return for the people who choose it. Ireland Inc has benefited greatly from the Irish diaspora that extends around the world. Many people who left Ireland in the past now hold powerful and influential positions in successful companies from San Francisco to Shanghai.Not only are they now in a much better position to leverage Ireland on an international stage, but they can also provide amazing insights and mentoring for the young people of GenY.This extract is from the book New Thinking = New Ireland, published by Gill & Macmillan, which features essays by 21 young Irish thinkers who present their vision for a new Ireland.Padraig Mannion is the founder of recruitment startup Superbly.co, which he describes as ‘a virtual career matchmaker’. Both a founding member of Sandbox and a wef global shaper, he has spanned the realms of creativity and business since he graduated from the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology in 2006 with a ba in Design Communication. He is a seasoned entrepreneur: he set up Studio Rua, a digital media agency, straight out of college and led it successfully for five years before this latest venture eventually took up all of his time. He is now focused on the future of careers and empowering Generation Y.
IT COMES AS no great shock that Israel’s ambassador to Ireland responded hysterically to Irish MEP Emer Costello’s criticisms of Israeli policy.Boaz Modai gives attention to this matter in a peculiar attempt to offset the reality that Israel’s refusal to facilitate passage for an EU delegation to the tiny Palestinian enclave places a spotlight on the siege of Gaza, and a brings fresh opportunity for scrutinising policies, actions and facts on the ground that adversely affect the Palestinian people under Israel’s occupation.Facts are always our friend when it comes to sifting the often polarised, highly controversial and overly politicised debates on Israel – Palestine.Discussing an ambassador’s interpretation of his own countries policy, in this and many other instances mustn’t give rise to the notion that we can just ignore Israel’s obligations as an occupying power under both Oslo and crucially international law.Mr Modai, in suggesting that Israeli policy is to “forbid entry to Gaza”, altogether avoids the fact that Israel’s obligation is to not impose restrictions on foreign nationals with a stated interest in visiting Israel, the West Bank, East Jerusalem or Gaza unless it can be categorically proven they are a security threat.Costello condemned Israel’s decisionNow, in a press statement, Dublin MEP Emer Costello, condemned Israel’s decision relaying that she was “shocked and dismayed”. She also challenged official Israeli claims that such delegations manifestly ‘strengthens Hamas’, adding that the trip itself fell under the auspices of UNRWA, focusing upon engagements with “vital public services such as schools, health centres and food distribution centres”.A copy of the draft schedule, which I saw last week, confirmed there were no meetings with Hamas.Let’s throw in some context, I always find it useful, especially when studying the heightened tensions’ between Israel and the European Union is apposite in this discussion. Tension came about as a result of a Commission Notice (published in July) apparently adding restrictions on EU grants, prizes and programmes available to Israeli entities if they operate across the 1967 green line – in other words, within the occupied Palestinian territories.Since July, EU officials and aid staff have struggled to gain permits to enter Gaza. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon even reportedly planned to make it more difficult for EU officials (such as the DPLC) to be granted passage through the Erez Crossing.Wait a minute – isn’t Modai’s position that Israel is to “forbid entry to Gaza”? Why then has Moshe Ya’alon tried to make gaining permits more difficult if they can’t be gotten to start with?Israel’s policies hermetically seal the Gaza Strip, it clearly doesn’t matter that there are human beings living in Gaza; all we need to know is that Gaza is under the control of Hamas, and so synonymous with terrorism.The closure of GazaIf we accept Modai’s cause-and-effect justification for the closure of Gaza, then we must also accept the Israeli government line on when the Gaza blockade began and the premise that said blockade fulfils a function in weakening Hamas. However, Israeli journalist Mya Guarnieri lifted the lid on this in 2011 writing that the blockade on Gaza began long before Hamas came to power. In another article Mya succinctly highlights that presently accepted discourse offer Israeli officials and those who do hasbara (Boaz Modai case-in-point) an easy opening to talk about Hamas and Gilad Shalit.But Gilad Shalit is home now. Oh and the blockade, as opposed to EU delegations, has actually made Hamas stronger.It certainly is sexy to talk about terrorist infiltration and the smuggling of weapons which is undoubtedly why Modai uses those topics in desperation to avoid the fact Israel (recognised as the occupying power), not Egypt, has again demonstrated its continued multifaceted control over Gaza.This inevitably brings us back to a topic which Israel has quietly tried taking out of the frame while we do a song and dance to US-led ‘peace talks’; Gaza’s increasing isolation as a result of the blockade.By suggesting that Costello could have travelled to Gaza through Egypt, Ambassador Modai is obviously trying to absolve Israel of any and all responsibility.One thing note is that 43% of the population in Gaza are under the age of 15 and, according to Gisha, 70% of the people living there (being food insecure) require some form of humanitarian aid to survive – just some of the many impacts of the blockade.Israel’s policy on Hamas can be deciphered and scrutinised by reviewing the recent example of a Hamas tunnel. Immediately after the IDF announced it had discovered said tunnel, antagonists used it as an opportunity to attack ‘UN and NGO pressure’ that had seen Israel ease restrictions in recent months.As Noam Sheizaf wrote recently;Facts, point to a massive hole in the entire Israeli Gaza siege concept. Because, until recently Hamas had no trouble getting anything it wanted: cement, steel, explosives. Gaza residents got used to relying on the tunnel economy. The sector that got screwed by the Israeli siege was the third sector (non-profits).Modai’s arguments in relation to Gaza demonstrate his indifference to Palestinian rights as protected peoples and more worryingly his deliberate attempts to absolve his government of any obligations.Surely there is a more progressive discourse out there, more factual and conducive to a just peace?Gary Spedding founded the Queen’s University Belfast Palestine Solidarity society in 2010 and is a writer, blogger and activist covering Israel- Palestine, Middle East conflict dynamics, and conflict resolution. Follow him on Twitter @GarySpeddingRead: Dublin MEP forbidden from travelling to GazaColumn: ‘Facts invalidate Emer Costello’s anecdotes about Gaza’
THIRD LEVEL STUDENTS studying in Dublin have been warned that they may have to stay in hostels as they hunt for accommodation.The Accommodation Office of Trinity College Dublin emailed students on a waiting list for campus accommodation this week with a list of more than 20 hostels in the city centre, advising them that the hostels may prove vital as they search for somewhere to live.Students were also given details of property websites and halls of residence around the city.The University Times reports that hundreds of students are on the waiting list for rooms on campus in TCD but fewer than fifteen places are available.A squeeze on supply coupled with dramatically increased rents in the capital mean pressure will be even more intense than usual between now and September as students hunt for home for the college year.TCD Students’ Union president Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne said the email was “telling” for two reasons.“First of all, anybody who received this email by definition is currently in a very uncertain and anxious frame of mind, given that they are on a waiting list for somewhere to live next year; and secondly, it is indicative broadly of a serious dearth of resources in place to deal with a long-standing problem that should have been addressed before this,” he told TheJournal.ie. He said there was growing distress among current and incoming students at TCD as the extent of the accommodation crisis became apparent.“The demand for housing has increased while inactivity has allowed supply to continue to diminish,” he said. “As it stands, there will be students sleeping on couches, seeking refuge in hostels or potentially dropping out altogether”.“If a crisis is to be averted, it needs to be averted now”.UCD has seen a similar scramble for accommodation among students for the upcoming academic year.Read: 11 reasons renting in Ireland is the absolute worst > Read: Taoiseach on Dublin house prices: “I don’t accept there’s a bubble” >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s three-party coalition government faces its toughest challenge since coming to power in June after leaders were unable to agree Tuesday on some of the structural reforms demanded by the troika, a development which has complicated the process of Athens receiving its next bailout tranche. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left chief Fotis Kouvelis met Tuesday with the aim of tying up the loose ends in Greek negotiations with the troika. While the 13.5 billion euros of austerity measures have been virtually agreed, differences remained over some of the structural reforms. Following the meeting, it quickly became apparent that these gaps had not been bridged. Kouvelis said that his party would not vote for the labor reforms being demanded by the troika, which include a cap being set on compensation for sacked workers. “If the unacceptable demands of the troika are met, they will increase sackings, unemployment and the recession,” said Kouvelis, adding that he felt the troika was aiming to “flatten” any working rights that remain. After Kouvelis, Venizelos also expressed reluctance to back the measures. As Samaras wants to pass all the fiscal measures as one bill and all the structural reforms as another, the only way PASOK or Democratic Left could display their opposition to changes in labor legislation would be to reject the whole package. “It is unjustified and provocative that the issue of labor reforms should be brought up now,” stated Venizelos, who said the changes would not contribute toward Greece meetings its fiscal targets. Two-and-half hours after the meeting, Samaras emerged to give a short statement in which he essentially called on his coalition partners to rethink their stance. “I am well aware of what is at stake for the country today,” he said. “We have already changed a lot of the troika’s initial suggestions, including those relating to the labor market. Negotiations are continuing. “I do not even want to think about what could happen if I do not keep a steady hand on the wheel. I am looking ahead, asking for the broadest possible unity. Those of us who dare will save Greece.” Another issue that cropped up during the talks was objections from PASOK to an apparent proposal by the German Finance Ministry for the creation of an escrow account into which Greece’s loan tranches and tax revenues would be deposited and for which there would be some level of outside control. There is also a suggestion that the Germans would like there to be an automatic mechanism to limit public spending if the deficit is not within agreed targets. “We are not a protectorate,” said Venizelos. “Our partners and the troika have to understand that.” Earlier in the day, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble had referred to “mechanisms” and “automatic stabilizers” without being specific. “It will be politically difficult for Greece to accept,” he admitted. Source Kathimerini
A Senate motion put forward by Australian Greens Deputy Leader Scott Ludlam calling for Treasurer Joe Hockey to “express concern at the continued support by IMF officials for the austerity program in Greece” has been blocked by Labor and the Coalition.The motion, put forward on Thursday, was addressed to Mr Hockey in his role as a member of the IMF’s Financial Committee and as a governor of the IMF and World Bank.Senator Ludlam appealed to Mr Hockey to seek the support of other IMF member states to introduce “alternative measures that will better address social and humanitarian challenges in Greece”, and to “insist the IMF refrain from imposing policy conditions upon Greece which will potentially lead to a default of more than AUD$40 billion debt towards the IMF”.Speaking in support of the motion, that was also moved by NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, Senator Ludlam said that he raised the matter in relation to “Australia’s ability to alleviate the extraordinary suffering that has been levied against the people of Greece”. The Greens deputy leader said that the collapse of Greek GDP by more than 25 per cent over the past five years had produced “a humanitarian disaster”, and that “the collapse of the Greek economy has been almost intentional”. Senator Ludluam added that Greece’s economic collapse had gone “hand in hand with the implementation of the most extreme form of austerity politics that has been prescribed by the troika of lenders: the ECB, the EU and the IMF.”“Our Treasurer, Joe Hockey, is a member of the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee. “We are asking that the Senate call Mr Hockey and the governors of the IMF and the World Bank Group to ensure that further misery is not visited on the people of Greece.”Put to a voice vote by Senate deputy president Glenn Serle, the motion was rejected overwhelmingly, with Labor and Coalition senators uniting to ensure its defeat. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
A Carson man was seriously injured Sunday when a homemade cannon he was working on exploded.Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said the 1:30 p.m. explosion injured Raymond Lueders, 42. He was flown to Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition Monday morning.By Monday night, Lueders condition had improved to satisfactory, a nursing supervisor said.Cox said it will be several days before Lueders can be interviewed, so details are unknown, including whether the cannon was to be fired to celebrate the Fourth of July.The Portland Police Bureau’s bomb disposal unit assisted Skamania County deputies in disposing of the homemade explosive device found at the scene.