SEO Your LinkedIn Profile For Greater Exposure

first_imgWe’ve praised LinkedIn’s capabilities as a networking tool many times, and we’re not alone.It seems that almost every career-oriented website out there recognizes the value of a LinkedIn profile and a carefully built network can deliver when you’re hunting for your next job. It’s important that you’re maximizing the ways your profile can be found by recruiters and that means paying attention to SEO.SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is a technique that assists search engines (such as Google) in finding and ranking your website, blog or even LinkedIn profile. When you optimize your profile, you’re basically giving the search engines what they want – namely, relevant keywords. If a recruiter or hiring manager is searching for someone in your industry or with your qualifications to fill a position, these keywords increase the likelihood that your profile will appear in the search results.Sounds complicated, right? Fortunately, for this application anyway, it’s really not. You just need to determine what keywords you want to target and then place them appropriately within your LinkedIn profile. Start by looking at your career objective and employment history from a recruiter’s perspective. What industry does this person work within? What position are they trying to fill? What skills would their ideal candidate possess? It may be helpful to search current job postings for positions of interest to you. What skills do they mention? What job title do they use?Make a list of potential keywords. These will include your location, the industry or field you want to work within (for example, family medicine), the positions and job titles you would like to target, and skills you possess that are mentioned within similar job titles. Include variations on these keywords within your list as well, in case recruiters search by different yet related terms. For example, if you’ve held positions in sales and want to pursue another job as an account representative, you may want to include the keywords “sales representative,” “sales rep,” “account rep” and “account executive” somewhere within your profile as well.Fortunately, a LinkedIn profile provides a great deal of opportunity to use keywords. You can use them within the summary, professional experiences and goals sections. You can use them when describing your past positions. Use keywords within the specialty section. Select relevant skills on your keyword list for the skills section. Don’t “stuff” the keywords in awkwardly. Work them as naturally as possible into the text. In general, a density of two to three percent is recommended. This means within a paragraph of 100 words, you would include no more than three keywords.As you begin to network with other professionals in your industry, look for keywords within their profile text. Are there any you could benefit from using as well? Don’t hesitate to tweak your LinkedIn profile text periodically to test the results. Sometimes a little fine-tuning is all that’s needed to land your profile on a recruiter’s radar. – Originally posted on onTargetjobs by Angela Roselast_img read more

Max Verstappen draws comparisons with the F1 greats

first_imgMax Verstappen was compared to Formula One greats Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher on Sunday after the Dutch teenager’s sensational drive to third place in a wet and chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix.Even father and former racer Jos, the 19-year-old Red Bull driver’s biggest fan and fiercest critic, was astonished.”What Max showed here today was really special,” he said of a race likely to go down in the sport’s annals as one for the ages.In the last 15 laps, after a change to extreme wet tyres, Verstappen passed more than half the starting grid as he went from 16th place to the podium.Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, who caused a media commotion earlier in the week when he rang Jos in what was interpreted as a bid to warn Max off interfering in the title battle, was no less impressed. (Hamilton wins Brazilian GP to take title battle down to last race)”I didn’t call him but I met him,” Jos said when asked whether there had been another post-race phone conversation. “I tell you also what he said to me and it was ‘We are racing for the championship but today it was the Verstappen show.'”I think he was right.”Think Spain 1996, a race that earned Schumacher his ‘rainmaster’ tag after the German dominated in a downpour, or Senna’s astonishing drive to second place in a Toleman at a wet Monaco 1984.Offered both examples, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner accepted them.”I think it is right up there, you’ve got to compare it to those great moments. You don’t often witness a motor race like that. What we saw today was something very, very special,” he said.advertisementVerstappen, in his second full season but a winner already in Spain in May on his Red Bull debut, had qualified fourth.Once the first seven laps behind the safety car were done, and with the rain tipping down, the Dutchman dived past Ferrari’s 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen at turn one to take third place.With the race twice stopped and re-started, Verstappen then took second from Mercedes’s championship leader Nico Rosberg around the outside on lap 32.He saved a half-spin, and stayed ahead until pitting for intermediate tyres on lap 43 — an error that the team rectified 11 laps later. From then on, it was a full-on charge back to third.”If I had to choose between second (place) and no stop, and third and all this, I would choose third,” said Jos. “Because what he showed on track today was incredible.”last_img read more

A major brand now lets you instantly buy the clothes you see on the runway

first_imgSwedish clothing retail brand, H&M launched its Studio Collection at Paris Fashion Week spring/summer 2017 on Wednesday as part of theirfirst-ever ‘see now buy now’ range.The shoppable runwaycollection is everything a girl with glitter in her veins and a race inher step could ask for. Sporty-meets-femininity is the key phrase here,which urges you to “imagine the ballet dancer backstage, matching hertraditional costume with sportswear pieces.”The garments were showcased in Paris on Wednesday. Photo:Mail Today Speaking withLifestyle, Pernilla Wohlfahrt, Head of Design and Creative Director,H&M says, “The designs are about presenting statement pieces from alimited edition collection and are an addition to the main line.” Therange has been created by the in-house design team, and is working forthe first time with the ‘see now, buy now’ strategy for buyers to stayontrend in less than a day.The inspiration the message of love,and as Wohlfahrt explains, “There are a few pieces that carry the wordagain and again, kind of like a ticker tape as a constant reminder ofwhat is important. It feels like now, more than ever, we all needpositive feelings and * thoughts in our lives.”In Pics: Ramp report:Paris Fashion WeekThere is a sporty side too, in keeping with the international athleisuretrend. “We were also inspired by the grace, passion and strength ofballet, and wanted to put a fresh, modern twist on it. So weincorporated elements of sportswear -besides the feminine ruffles, laceand silks, we played with translucent layers and volume. We infusedsportiness with details such as crinkled nylon, drawstrings and elasticbands,” she states.advertisement Pernilla Wohlfahrt, Head of Design and Creative Director, H&M. Photo:Mail Today Monochrome is the dominant colour palette, as she explains, “We were working with a lot of contrasts in thecollection – between ballet and sport, formalwear and casual wear,natural fabrics and technical ones. So a predominantly black and whitecolour palette felt natural. We also liked the graphic expression ofmonochrome, which we punctuated with fuchsia and a touch of orange andgold.”As to how one should style these pieces, she suggests,”While you can wear the voluminous nylon racer-back dress on its own and look stunning, you could also layer one of the ruffled blousesunderneath for a very modern clash.”Black and white form the main colour story of the international collection.Photo:Mail Today The collection is priced at Rs 799 onwards, and is available only at the Saket store.last_img read more


first_imgThe decision to close all of Iowa’s court offices on Friday affects cases and court staff here in Woodbury County, as well as citizens.The courts will be closed Friday through Memorial Day Monday and reopen on Tuesday, May 30th because of mid-year budget cuts that forced the Judicial Branch to reduce expenses.Woodbury County Court Administrator Leesa McNeil says all court personnel, except judges and magistrates, will be required to take unpaid leave on Friday:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….no hearing. ;21McNeil says court offices received advance warning of the furlough day, so no hearings are set for Friday.The public may not realize offices are closed though for routine business:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..will not be able to. ;17This furlough day covers the fiscal year ending June 30th.McNeil is currently 13 positions short in Woodbury County and doubts she will be able to hire new people to fill those posts:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………all about. ;18The Legislature’s 2018 budget for the judiciary didn’t restore the $3-million dollar mid-year cuts.The Supreme Court will approve a budget for the upcoming fiscal year in late June.last_img read more

Vintage Wheels: A great way to blow an afternoon … and thousands of dollars

first_img Repurpose Your Baseball Glove Into a Wallet With the Pastime Custom Program Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One No, despite what the name might suggest, the Vintage Wheels website doesn’t sell sets of retro alloys and steelies. Instead, it’s a one-stop shop for all rare and extremely cool vintage cars and trucks.When I was first encouraged to check out the site, I was a bit skeptical, as at first glance I assumed the site was simply a hipster-centric vintage car-listing site. Delightfully, it’s not.Rather than taking on the juggernauts that are AutoTrader, eBay Motors, and Bring a Trailer, Vintage Wheels instead uses algorithms to populate lists of cars for sale from around the web.On the landing page, users are greeted with images of “Muscle Cars,” “Cruisers,” and “Hipster Classics,” in addition to “Classic Trucks,” and “Affordable Cool.” These sections are good for users who are a bit aimless. I, however, dug straight into the search function and went for my two brand passions: Volvo and Land Rover (I like boxy cars, alright?).And right away, thanks to the magic that is Vintage Wheels, I found some gems that I not have otherwise encountered – many here in Oregon, in fact.The first heart-stopper I found was this red-on-red 1978 Volvo 245 DL. With steel wheels, an automatic transmission, and a blocky front end carved from only the finest Swedish steel, it’s a car you could set your watch to.Then after nearly draining my drool ducts, I moved across the pond to Britain to investigate what Rovers I could spy. I was delighted with what I discovered. Then I found this very compelling 1964 Land Rover Series II wagon. With light blue paint, right-hand drive, and a motor you can hand-crank (seriously), there’s little reason not to fall head-over-heels for this aluminum-bodied 4×4.Lastly, I decided to see what Alfa Romeos Vintage Wheels had in its database. That’s when I found this burgundy beauty: a very clean 1972 GTV. My favorite bit of this Alfa, save the immaculate leather and wood steering wheel, is the yellow headlights. They might not be too distinctive, but – to me – they really pull the whole package together. Just looking at the sleek, glimmering form conjured images of cruising the coast with a blond, leggy co-pilot…just as the designers intended.So, if you’re looking for a vintage car, or simply to kill a few hours over this long Thanksgiving weekend, I highly suggest you spend some time over at Vintage Wheels. That’s where I’ll be between gorging sessions. What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Editors’ Recommendations How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts last_img read more

5 Best Headlamps for All Sorts of Adventures

first_imgOf all the moments that have stayed with me from my many trips into the wilderness, few are fixed as perfectly in my mind as a sight I beheld at 2 a.m. in the morning at about 11,100 feet up Mt. Rainier. As my climbing team and I groggily emerged from our tents prior to the coming summit push, I looked out across the Ingraham Flats glacier toward the distant peak looming dark gray against the black sky. Far away across the glacier and winding up the several routes leading to the crest, I could see the glistening headlamps of climbers who had set off before us. Where those twinkling lights ceased near a ridge line, the stars took over. For a fleeting moment, before it came time to strap on my crampons and helmet, top off water bottles, and check the ropes, it looked like a handful of stars had fallen from the sky and settled on Mt. Rainier.Less beautiful than that ethereal sight was the fact that I was using a $10 piece of junk headlamp that had no business whatsoever on a serious expedition. The damn thing’s latch broke halfway through the trek, causing the lamp to flop forward and beam light directly into my eyes, which was the diametric opposite of what I wanted. Fortunately, I had some duct tape with me and that solved the issue well enough, but I learned my lesson well on that climb: When it comes to headlamps, you don’t skimp on the price. The same goes for climbing ropes, it should be said. And base layers. And so forth.However, not everyone needs a headlamp they can rely on during a glacier crossing. Some people just need some convenient extra light for car camping. Some want a light they can use hands-free while jogging. Others use headlamps for hobbies or work around the house. Whatever your needs might be, they should be covered in today’s roundup. And if you have any question? Spend the extra cash.Best OverallBlack Diamond Storm Headlamp – $35Black Diamond headlamps are not all that expensive and are a tremendous value given that moderate price. I’ve used lighting products that cost nearly twice as much as the Black Diamond Storm Headlamp, yet I return to my Black Diamond every time I’m headed out into the woods for a hike or a camping trip. The Storm is fully waterproof, so you can use in a downpour or while paddling a kayak, and its 350 lumen LEDs throw a beam that will illuminate dozens of yards of trail. It also has a wide, bright indirect beam that’s great for cooking, reading, or hanging out by the fire. If you’re tired of red light being your only reduced brightness nighttime light choice, no problem: This headlamp features red, green, and blue light options.See ItBest Budget HeadlampVARTA Outdoor Sports Head Light – $50 The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Learn from my mistakes and don’t bring a cheap headlamp on a trek up a glaciated summit. But for car camping, dog walking, and other such lower impact, lower risk activities, there’s no reason not to save a few bucks. When you buy the VARTA Outdoor Sports Head Light, you’ll get a basic, easy-to-use, decently bright headlamp that’s a great unit to keep in the nightstand for power outages or by the door for when you need to take the trash out or walk Lassie (dude … you didn’t actually name the dog Lassie, did you?) after sunset. I also trust mine as a backup, because even pricier devices have been known to fail.See ItBest Running HeadlampKnog Bandicoot Headlamp – $45You know those Frog Lights that you can attach to your bike and use as headlights, taillights, or strobes? Yeah, the Bandicoot headlamp looks similar because it’s made by the same guys: Knog. I’ve had Frog Lights on my bike for the better part of a decade now and they have never once shifted position save for when I replaced the batteries. That’s much the same experience you’ll have with the Knog Bandicoot Headlamp on your head: This slender, sturdy band of silicone creates a snug but comfortable fit that will hold the LED bank in place even as you bounce up and down along the street or trail and even once the sweat is flowing. It has a decent 100-lumen output and features a built-in rechargeable battery that provides about two hours of light at full brightness. The headlamp technically still in development, but the Knog team received over 14 times its asking price during a successful Kickstarter campaign, which wraps up June 8. Product shipment is slated for November.See ItBest Climbing HeadlampUCO Air Lightweight Headlamp – $35When you’re hiking, every pound of gear weight matters. You’re going to feel that extra change of clothes or the bulky DSLR camera you chose to bring along with every uphill step. When you’re climbing, every ounce of gear weight matters. Pulling yourself up ropes and rock faces is one of the finest things you can do, so long as you planned your kit properly. If you included the UCO Air Lightweight Headlamp as your choice for lighting, you’re on the right track. This headlamp features an easy to operate LED that has a small red bulb and a large main white light that can shine as brightly as 150 lumens. But the real number to focus on here is 1.6. That’s how many ounces the thing weighs. Just note that it’s built-in rechargeable battery life isn’t great, so don’t rely on it lasting all throughout a night of climbing.See ItBest Headlamp for WorkCoast FL75R Focusing Headlamp – $60Coast is known, above all else, for the quality of the light their devices emit. I’ve owned and used a Coast headlamp for years, at times I get frustrated by the unclear button placement (you sort of push down on the top corner of the unit), and this headlamp is a bit heavier than I’d bring on a trek, but for work around the house or use during a power outage, I always reach for my Coast FL75R. And that’s for two reasons. The first is that, on the high setting, it puts out an amazing 530 lumens, which is enough light for basically any activity. The second is that, on the low setting, it beams out 65 lumens — which isn’t even that low, really— for an impressive 11 hours per battery change or charge.See It Editors’ Recommendations 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home center_img The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Expert Pitmaster Tips on How to Smoke a Brisket at Home The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

Economic downturn

first_imgCan’t believe it’s September already! Eight months have swiftly passed us by and before you knew it, we are staring at the last quarter of the calendar year. I have always quite liked September. It’s that slightly under-appreciated month of the year. Can’t complain too much about it like in the summer months but can’t rejoice too much either, with the end of the year merry-making months holding on to their throne of importance. But I have always liked the understated month of September. September brings with it a melange of religious festivals – Ganesh Chaturthi, Hartalika Teej, Onam, Muharram, etc. Also Read – A special kind of bondSeptember also signals the turn of the season. Along with the cough, cold and viral fevers come some thundershowers and some clear azure skies pitted with just the right amount of cotton candy clouds. Ask any Bengali and she/he’ll take one look at the blue sky and another at the sprouting perennial grass, saccharum spontaneum (popularly called ‘kaash’), and proclaim, Ma aaschen! Indeed, September is the precursor, and sometimes even host, to the famous Durga Puja. With September, it is safe to say that the festive spirit well and truly starts in India as we tease ourselves with little celebrations while prepping for the big ones such as Diwali and New Year’s Eve. But for the third time in a row, the festive mood is slated to be a damp squib. Also Read – Insider threat managementIndia has gone from the scare of an economic slowdown to being smack in the middle of it. The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) is at 5 per cent in the first quarter this fiscal; a staggering 6-year low. Compare that to an 8 per cent growth in the same period in the last financial year. The culprits of this situation? Low consumer spending and poor corporate investment. Consumer demand was so muted in the first quarter that if you look at the gross value added (GVA) i.e., GDP minus taxes, it paints an eerie picture of economic activity in the country. The GVA was 7.7 per cent in April-June 2018 while in the same period this year, it plunged to 4.9 per cent. The manufacturing sector, one of the strongest indicators of economic activity, grew only 0.6 per cent in April-June 2019 versus 12.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2018. No wonder then that auto inventory is piling up, auto majors are opting to stop production for a few days and have also been shutting down factories, laying off contractual workers. Apparently, 3.5 lakh people in the auto sector have lost jobs since April. It’s not just the auto sector that has been burnt by the economic downturn. India’s household biscuit brand, Parle G, is looking to fire over 10,000 workers. A high rate of GST on biscuits costing as low as Rs 5 did the company in. More job losses are sure to follow in other sectors. So, who indeed are the real culprits of this economic slowdown? Let’s start with Culprit No. 1: Demonetisation. As was predicted by economists, the demonetisation drive would make India lose 1-2 per cent of GDP. At the cost of turning the country corruption and tax evasion-free (there was really no other economic reason for demonetisation – political, yes but no economic reason), the currency ban almost wiped out the disorganised sector. Not surprising that there is a “demon” in demonetisation. Culprit No. 2: Goods and Services Tax (GST). The ad hoc implementation of GST has gravely harmed the industry. Take Parle G’s case for instance. And the confusion that ensued due to tedious GST compliances has created another mess for the government. Forget about accruing more tax, only 15 per cent of taxpayers have filed annual GST returns citing the complexity of forms. The state of the economy is serious but it’s not on life-support yet. Simplification of GST returns, lowering of GST tax rates, and additional sops to certain sectors can immediately help alleviate the crisis. The government must stop spooking foreign and domestic investors with higher surcharge as they pump blood into the economy. But only long-term policies with longevity will steer the economy towards the right course. Instead of witch-hunts such as ‘angel tax’, the government must simplify compliance as well as regulation. The economy must be urgently resuscitated. (The writer is an author and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Montrealborn yoga teacher planned breakup with alleged killer NS jury told

first_imgHALIFAX – A Montreal-born yoga instructor had told friends she wanted to break up with her boyfriend hours before he allegedly murdered her and tried to kill himself inside her Halifax-area home, a Crown lawyer said Wednesday.During her opening statement at Nicholas Butcher’s second-degree murder trial, prosecutor Tanya Carter alleged the 35-year-old man “couldn’t be without Kristin Johnston, and killed her.”“The evidence is not complicated. Kristin’s life ended in tragedy, and the evidence points to Mr. Butcher committing murder,” Carter told the Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury.Carter said the evidence will show that the pair were dating in March 2016 when Johnston, 32, decided to end the relationship.Butcher, a graduate of Dalhousie University’s law school, had been living with Johnston for a short time at her home in Purcells Cove, she said.Carter said on the evening of March 25, 2016, Johnston was spending time with friends at a trendy north end Halifax bar called Lion and Bright.“She talked about her plans for the future, her difficulty with finding the best way to break up with Mr. Butcher and her desire not to go home that night,” said Carter.Later that evening, Johnston went to a friend’s house nearby. However, Butcher found out where she was and went there, speaking with Johnston before leaving the house without her, the Crown lawyer said.“Mr. Butcher went to the same house again a couple of hours later, unhappy with Kristin’s continued presence,” she said.Johnston’s friend briefly left the house, and “that was the last time Kristin was seen alive,” Carter said.When the friend returned, Johnston and Butcher were gone.The next morning, Butcher called 911 and told the call taker he had killed his girlfriend and tried to kill himself, said Carter.She said the medical examiner will testify that Johnston had 10 wounds on her neck, and that her death was caused by sharp force.Butcher has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.Wearing a navy suit and glasses, Butcher sat quietly next to his lawyers Peter Planetta and Jonathan Hughes during the proceedings Wednesday, occasionally jotting down notes on a pad of paper.Johnston, who had opened a Bikram yoga studio in downtown Halifax, had a reputation as a kind and determined businesswoman with what friends described as a “magnetic” personality.Later Wednesday, the Crown called Cameron Dennison, Johnston’s brother-in-law, to the stand.Dennison told the jury that the months leading up to her death were challenging for Johnston, as her business was failing. She was in the process of shutting the studio down at the time of her death, he said.During a family trip to Florida in early March 2016, Johnston spoke to Dennison about her relationship with Butcher, he said.“She wasn’t happy,” Dennison told the jury, occasionally becoming emotional during his testimony. “Her intention was to break up with him, she just wasn’t exactly sure how to do it.”Dennison said he believed the pair had dated for about a year in total. He spoke about a previous time Johnston had ended her relationship with Butcher, but that he pleaded with her to take him back.“She was a very compassionate person so I think she felt bad,” he said.Dennison said the last time he saw Johnston alive was at a Florida airport, where the family was seeing her off to meet up with a friend in Costa Rica.He said Johnston’s plan once she returned from that trip was to leave Halifax and move to Tofino, B.C., to live with himself and her sister, who was pregnant at the time.Dennison told the jury that Butcher was struggling to find articling work and had briefly moved into Johnston’s house while she was away in Florida and Costa Rica because he was having trouble paying his rent.But under cross-examination, Planetta pointed out that Dennison had told police Butcher lost his lease of his apartment, not that he was having trouble paying his rent.Dennison agreed he provided more information on the stand Wednesday than what he told police via a Skype interview two years ago.He said he felt at the time that the cops would get more information from his wife, and was surprised they wanted to speak to him at all.The Crown has said it expects to call about 40 witnesses.The trial resumes Thursday.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

LA sues Weather Channel alleging it sold app users data

first_imgLos Angeles prosecutors say they’re suing The Weather Channel to stop it from tracking the whereabouts of app users and selling the data to third parties.City Attorney Michael Feuer said Friday that users of the popular app are misled to think their location data will only be used for personalized forecasts and alerts.Feuer says The Weather Channel intentionally obscured its motives in a lengthy privacy policy that got four-fifths of users to agree to share geolocation data.The lawsuit comes as companies such as Facebook and Google are under fire for sharing users’ information.Feuer says The Weather Channel sold data to at least a dozen websites for targeted ads.A spokeswoman for the company, which is a subsidiary of IBM, didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.Brian Melley, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Stalin in touch with us claims BJP TN chief

first_imgTuticorin/Chennai: The BJP’s Tamil Nadu President Tamilisai Soundararajan on Tuesday claimed DMK was in touch with her party for a possible post-poll tie-up, a statement that received sharp rebuke from M K Stalin, who asked her to prove her statement or quit politics.Soundararajan’s remarks in this connection were made before reporters at Tuticorin in the presence of AIADMK leader and Tamil Nadu Food Minister R Kamaraj. BJP and AIADMK had faced the April 18 Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu as allies. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe BJP’s claim comes a day after TRS supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekara Rao met DMK President Stalin here as part of his outreach to regional parties in his bid to stitch up a federal front, sans the BJP and Congress. Asked about reports of Stalin being in talks with BJP, Soundararajan said “that is true” and laughed. “Because on one side (Stalin allies with) Rahul (Gandhi), Chandrasekhar Rao on the other, and (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi on another side,” she said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”All know DMK changes colours,” she said in an apparent reference to the Dravidian party forging alliances. BJP ally AIADMK also claimed DMK was in talks with the saffron party. Senior party leader and Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said DMK “will talk with Congress, Rao and at the same time with BJP.” “DMK alone has the capability to sail in three boats at the same time,” he told reporters. He also wondered how a “courtesy meet” between Stalin and Rao lasted for one hour. Stalin hit back at the BJP leader with a strong statement, saying he was the one who proposed Congress President Rahul Gandhi as the Opposition’s Prime Ministerial candidate, besides taking forward a campaign against Modi to unseat the BJP government at the Centre. Soundararajan had uttered a “blatant lie”, he said and charged the BJP with “sowing confusion” as it was “on the verge of defeat.” Stalin pointed out at his vociferous opposition to Modi, recalling he has been describing the PM as “fascist”, “sadist” and “authoritarian”, whose government, he said, should be unseated for the “untold miseries inflicted on the people” in the last five years. The DMK leader noted he has been campaigning against Modi not only in Tamil Nadu, but had also spoken against him at the TMC-sponsored rally of opposition parties in Kolkata earlier. He recalled that Rao had met him last year too, and even on Monday, and that the DMK had made it clear their meeting was a “courtesy call.” Stalin said the DMK would not be involved in any “back door dealings”, vis-a-vis any alliance.last_img read more

Global economy strong enough for stimulus to be steadily withdrawn says Bank

OTTAWA — The governor of the Bank of Canada says after a decade of low-interest rates around the world the global economy has reached stronger footing where stimulus can be “steadily withdrawn.”Stephen Poloz’s remarks Monday came as the Bank of Canada signals it will gradually raise its benchmark interest rate from its current level of 1.75 per cent to a so-called neutral stance of somewhere between 2.5 per cent and 3.5 per cent. The big question is how quickly the rate will rise.Poloz recently introduced the central bank’s fifth interest rate hike in 15 months and warned Canadians, many of whom are carrying high levels of debt, to get used to the idea of three per cent interest rates as the new normal.Stephen Poloz’s dashboard: The charts that matter most to the Bank of CanadaCanada’s jobless rate at 40-year low — but big picture not so cheeryIt’s not just taxes: here is what’s really killing our competitivenessIn prepared remarks of Poloz’s speech Monday in the United Kingdom, he said the world economy has made considerable progress in shaking off the effects of the 2007-08 financial crisis. Interest rates around the world have remained very low over that period.“After a decade of extraordinary effort by central banks to flood markets with liquidity, the global economy has reached the stage where stimulus can be steadily withdrawn,” said Poloz’s speech to the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce.He also said the risks of international trade actions, both actual and threatened, have preoccupied investors. But he argued these risks are two-sided and resolutions to disputes can provide fresh economic lifts.“We have seen exactly this dynamic play out in Canada, as fears that (the North American Free Trade Agreement) would be torn up have been replaced with relief after agreement on the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement,” he said.“In general, it is not appropriate for a central bank to formulate policy based on only one side of a risk distribution. Rather, the Bank of Canada must attempt to weigh both the upside and downside risks and take a middle, risk-balanced path.”Poloz reiterated Monday that Canada’s projections for economic growth and inflation mean interest rates will continue to move higher. The central bank raises rates to keep inflation from climbing too high.The Bank of Canada, he added, will decide on the appropriate pace of the increases based on how well the economy adapts to higher interest rates established by earlier hikes, given the high levels of household debt.He also said the central bank will pay close attention to new developments in international trade. read more

Ohio State lacrosse senior set to face off against younger brother in

OSU senior midfielder David Planning (12) attempts to pass a defender during a game against Hofstra at Ohio Stadium on March 7. OSU won, 9-8.Credit: Molly Tavoletti / Lantern reporterThe “lax bro” reputation is a label typically defined by the sport’s laid-back style and attitude. But when the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team faces off against No. 3 Denver on Saturday, that trademark takes on an entirely new meaning for senior David Planning, who will take the field against Max Planning, his real-life little brother.“He’s my best friend,” David said. “I’ve been playing with him since we were as young as we could be … It’s weird growing up playing together in the backyard, and then you get out on that field and he’s wearing a different color.”The brothers wore the same colors for two years when they played together at Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C., before David committed to OSU. Sophomore Max Planning then joined the Denver roster in 2014, allowing the Planning brothers to rekindle that on-field relationship, but this time on opposite sides of the field.“We played against each other last year, too, so it’s really special,” Max said. “He’s my best friend. We’re brothers, but come game time we’re not gonna be, so it’s gonna be fun.”The Pioneers defeated OSU, 9-5, during the 2014 season, and are currently 4-1 returning to Columbus this weekend. David scored three goals against his brother’s team last season, but this year he said he strives to even the score, admitting he ignores the sibling rivalry on the field.“I kind of forget he’s out there,” David said. “When you’re in the game you’re just thinking about what your job is … We want to win. That’s really the only thing that matters.”The brothers each play midfield, and while David said his little brother is his own player, Max could not help comparing himself to his older brother.“A lot of people actually say we play alike, and I’ve picked up a lot of my lacrosse skills from watching him over the years,” Max said. “He’s been my role model my whole life.”On March 5, David was recognized for that leadership as one of the 20 NCAA Division I athletes nominated for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award, which honors athletes who display outstanding community, classroom, character and competition performances.To date, David has started in 38 games for the Buckeyes with 42 career goals, and was selected by the Ohio Machine in the 2015 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. But the decision to pick him up not only came from his success on the field, Machine coach and vice president Bear Davis said.“You can tell he’s very self-motivated, and that’s a big part of it,” Davis said. “I have been able to see him practice a few times and see his strengths and his skill sets. They fit in well with us.”David carries those skills off the field as an Academic All-Big Ten athlete and come fall, the business administration major intends to pursue a postgraduate career in politics, but for now he remains focused on lacrosse.“This sport is a part of who I am,” David said. “To play the sport I love for the Ohio Machine this summer would be a dream come true … but for now, I am focused on my senior season here … There is nothing I want more than to bring some shiny hardware back to Columbus at the end of this spring.”Achieving that goal could begin with a win over Denver on Saturday, and while he ultimately wants OSU to earn its spot in the Big Ten Championship, David said he and his team try not to look too far ahead.“We never look forward,” David said. “We just come in levelheaded and play our game … Playing a rival team like Denver, it’s going to be challenging, but we always want to play the best opponents. We believe that’s where we belong.”Both David and Max expressed determination to lead their respective teams to victory, leaving only one question unanswered: Who will the Planning parents be cheering for this weekend?“They’ll be on the 50,” David said. “We both play offense, so they cheer for offense.”The Planning brothers, along with the rest of the Buckeyes and Pioneers, are set to face off on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

PDM financial plan for upcoming fiscal year done

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, Febraury 16, 2017 – The country will soon learn what spending under a PDM Government will look like now that the new administration has finalized its spending plan for the country.  The Fiscal Strategic Policy Statement or FSPS is off to London now for approval by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office according to Cabinet minutes from the Governor’s Office released just before 2pm today.  This means the Cabinet has agreed to the spending for the government ministries and their departments, which had to be resubmitted after the Administration called for a more comprehensive plan from the Ministries.  The original budgets and fiscal requirements were reviewed and returned following agreement to do so in a January 25th Cabinet meeting, it was said then that:  “Cabinet called for all ministries, departments and agencies to resubmit more realistic budget bids including prioritising bids and identifying savings to help offset new funding requests.”The do over for those budgets was expected back to Cabinet for a February 1st meeting.   There is high, national expectation of the PDM’s Budget; the new fiscal year begins April 1, 2017.#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Aegon to acquire BlackRocks defined contribution platform

first_imgRetirement and workplace savings organisation Aegon has entered into an agreement to acquire BlackRock’s UK defined contribution (DC) platform and administration business.The transaction will see Aegon acquire around 350,000 customers and £12bn of assets, bringing its workplace savings business to approximately £30bn worth of assets under management.Paul Bucksey, head of DC at BlackRock, will serve as managing director of the combined business, which aims to bring together the expertise of both Aegon and BlackRock to offer DC services to a variety of schemes. This will include workplace savings vehicles such as individual savings accounts (Isas) and self-invested personal pensions (Sipps).Under the agreement, BlackRock will remain as the primary investment manager for clients that transfer to Aegon.Aegon will retain specialist employees and systems from BlackRock, and will continue to provide support from the existing Peterborough-based service centre.Adrian Grace (pictured), chief executive officer at Aegon UK, said: “With employers demanding additional solutions to meet employees’ needs to and through retirement, workplace savings are no longer just about traditional DC pensions. This makes it an exciting market and with an expectation it will triple in size over the next 10 years, we are well positioned to take advantage.”David Blumer, head of BlackRock, Europe, Middle East and Africa, added: “The pensions and investment landscape has changed significantly in the UK over the last few years. BlackRock believes Aegon’s broad retail product and digital capabilities will best serve the increased demand from employers for holistic retirement solutions in the future, and are a perfect partner to deliver on our DC platform and administration clients’ growing needs.”last_img read more

Mushers Anticipating Tough Run Up Bering Sea Coast

first_imgSome mushers are still trying to hold dog teams back despite the fast Yukon River miles ahead.The most experienced mushers know the river miles can be fast, but there’s still a tough run up the Bering Sea Coast ahead.Four-time Champion Jeff King has run the Iditarod 23 times. He knows exactly what it means when teams reach the Yukon River.Aliy Zirkle. Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks.“Well it will be a chance to really evaluate team speed,” he said.King’s competition is stiff; Robert Sorlie doesn’t start a race if he doesn’t plan to win. Aliy Zirkle’s team is primed from a winning Yukon Quest last month. Both Dallas and Mitch Seavey won the race the last two consecutive years. Nicolas Petit posted one of the fastest run times into Ruby. But he says the long, flat river miles may not benefit his larger dogs.“I want to preserve my dog team for getting to the coast and then we can start playing around a little bit,” Petit said.But the wind is forecast to pick up, transforming and drifting snow for more than 140 miles. A slower, sugary trail could help Petit who says he’s likely to continue holding his team back.“I don’t really let me dogs run,” he said. “I just make them trot and so we don’t have top end speed because it’s not sustainable.”Hans Gatt says there’s another great equalizer on the trail.“Well, the dogs need rest, that’s the bottom line,” he said.As the race picks up, mushers will start to cut rest. Jeff King says it’s tough to decide how best to do that.“We’re all trying to be as chintsy as we can to rob Peter and not pay Paul,” King said. “We want to get the very most from our dogs energy and our energy.”Lucky for mushers, they are required to take an eight hour rest somewhere on the Yukon. The key players in the race won’t shake out until after they’ve all completed that layover.last_img read more

Iraqi Kurdis vote yes in independence referendum

first_imgHandreen Mohammed Salih, head of the independent high electoral referendum commission speaks during a press conference on September 27, 2017 in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Photo: AFPIraq’s Kurds announced a massive “yes” vote for independence on Wednesday following a referendum that has incensed Baghdad and sparked international concern.Official results showed 92.73 per cent of voters backing statehood in Monday’s non-binding referendum, which Iraq’s central government rejected as illegal. Turnout was put at 72.61 per cent.Longtime Iraqi Kurd leader Massud Barzani said the vote would not lead to an immediate declaration of independence and should instead open the door to negotiations.But Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi told lawmakers on Wednesday there was no question of using its results as the basis for talks.“The referendum must be annulled and dialogue initiated in the framework of the constitution. We will never hold talks based on the results of the referendum,” Abadi said.“We will impose Iraqi law in the entire region of Kurdistan under the constitution,” he said.Pressure has been mounting on the Kurds since the vote, not just from Baghdad but also from Ankara, with Turkey threatening a range of measures including cutting off key export routes for the region.An overwhelming “yes” vote had been widely expected from the electorate of 4.58 million.Pursuing a long-cherished dream of statehood, the Kurds went ahead with the referendum in defiance of widespread objections, including from the United Nations and United States.It has raised fears of unrest and the possibility of a military confrontation involving the Kurds, who are key allies in internationally backed offensives against the jihadists of the Islamic State group.In a televised address late on Tuesday, Barzani had urged Abadi “not to close the door to dialogue because it is dialogue that will solve problems”.“We assure the international community of our willingness to engage in dialogue with Baghdad,” he said, insisting the referendum was not meant “to delimit the border (between Kurdistan and Iraq), nor to impose it de facto.”Airlines cancel flightsBaghdad has steadily pushed back against the vote.Lawmakers on Wednesday passed a resolution calling on Abadi to “take all necessary measures to maintain Iraq’s unity” including by deploying security forces to disputed areas.The resolution also called for the closure of border posts with Turkey and Iran that are outside central government control.Abadi said Tuesday he would ban all international flights to and from Kurdistan in three days unless airports in its main cities Arbil and Sulaimaniyah were placed under his government’s control.Airlines from Turkey as well as Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon said Wednesday they will halt flights to and from Iraqi Kurdistan this week until further notice at the request of Baghdad.Turkey fears the vote will stoke the separatist ambitions of its own sizeable Kurdish minority and on Tuesday President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that Iraq’s Kurds risked sparking an “ethnic war”.“If Barzani and the Kurdistan Regional Government do not go back on this mistake as soon as possible, they will go down in history with the shame of having dragged the region into an ethnic and sectarian war,” he said.Erdogan had earlier warned that Turkey would shut its border with Iraqi Kurdistan and threatened to block oil exports from the region through his country.Erdogan even suggested the possibility of a cross-border incursion similar to the one Turkey carried out against IS and Kurdish fighters in Syria.Monday’s vote took place across the three northern provinces of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan-Arbil, Sulaimaniyah and Dohuk-and in disputed border zones such as the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.Opponents have accused Barzani of seeking to empower himself through the vote, and said he should have accepted a UN-backed plan to postpone the referendum in favour of negotiations with Baghdad.Iran, which also has a large Kurdish minority, condemned the vote as well and on Sunday stopped all flights from its territory to and from Iraqi Kurdistan.Analysts say that despite their threats, Baghdad, Ankara and Tehran are proceeding cautiously in reacting to the vote, wary of sparking a serious confrontation with the Kurds that would further destabilise an already volatile region.Closing their borders with Iraqi Kurdistan would also hurt Turkey, which exports more than $8 billion worth of goods every year to the region, and Iran, which exports about $6 billion.Left without a state of their own when the borders of the Middle East were redrawn after World War I, the Kurds see themselves as the world’s largest stateless people.The non-Arab ethnic group of between 25 and 35 million is spread across Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria.last_img read more

Keep your heart healthy and happy

first_imgHeart disease is rising in younger generation with a significant risk in both males and females. The most common heart issues ailing at the young generation is suffering from coronary artery disease. Another severe condition is characterized by enlarged cardiac muscle cells which are abnormal and associated with further problems, including heart failure, irregular heart rhythms , and an increased risk of angina and heart attack. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThrowing light on the possible causes behind this sudden increase in heart attacks among youths, Dr Neeraj Bhalla, Senior Consultant and Director, Cardiology, BLK Super Specialty Hospital, says that biggest cause of young heart diseases is willful ignorance towards proper healthy lifestyle, leading to the risk of uninvited heart attacks. Lifestyle issues such as smoking and substance abuse, alcohol abuse, lack of exercise and sedentary lifestyle, and poor dietary choices such as a high percentage of fatty and fried or fast foods are the leading cause of the innumerable disorders. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThese ultimately lead to premature or early heart attacks or severe heart disease in both men and womenProviding certain tips to maintain a healthy heart, Neeraj Bhalla further says, “one should avoid tobacco, alcohol and keep an eye on BMI. Regular exercise should be in your routine for about 30 minutes on most days of the week and it should be supplemented with healthy food intake, quality of sleep and stress management. One needs to get regular health screenings (Blood pressure, Cholesterol level, Debates screening) also.”Understanding the seriousness of the issue, Manmeet Manchanda Fitness Trainer, Anytime Fitness, has also provided some point that needs to be taken into consideration so as to minimize the risk of heart attacks.To get the maximum heart health benefit from any aerobic exercise, aim to reach between 50 and 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. Climbing stairs is an easy way to get into that target range, whether you do it at home or at the gym on a stair machine. To find your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220.Avoid too many isometric exercises such as pushups and situps. Isometric exercises involve straining muscles against other muscles or an immovable object.Pace yourself. Don’t do too much, too soon. Give your body time to rest between workouts.Don’t exercise outdoors when it is too cold, hot, or humid. High humidity may make you tired more quickly. Extreme temperatures can interfere with circulation, make breathing difficult, and cause chest pain.Don’t exercise in hilly areas. If you must walk in steep areas, slow down going uphill to avoid working too hard. Monitor your heart rate closely, and talk to your doctor about what a safe heart rate is for you.Stop an exercise if you get too tired or short of breath. Tell your doctor about it, or schedule an appointment.last_img read more

Barbra Streisand has just revealed she has cloned her dog

first_imgBarbra Streisand writes a love letter to her gay fansIs Shangela playing Lady Gaga’s drag mother in A Star is Born?Lady Gaga soars in the first official trailer for A Star Is BornRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Barbra Streisand has cloned her dog For example, do you know she has a shopping mall underneath her house? What about making entire TV sets be switched around to fit her ‘good side’? Painting Oprah’s mic white?But now our Barbra has got a little bit more ridiculous.She’s revealed she has cloned her dog.Barbra told Variety that two of her dogs, Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett, are clones.Their genetic DNA were taken from cells of the mouth and stomach of her Coton du Tulear Samantha, who died in 2017.Why did Barbra Streisand clone her dog?‘They have different personalities,’ Barbra said. Barbra Streisand is a diva in many ways. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘I’m waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have [Samantha’s] brown eyes and seriousness’.Barbra also has a third dog, a distant cousin of Samantha’s.A breeder brought the dog, whose mother had been named Funny Girl, and Barbra was obsessed.She adopted the new dog and called her Miss Fanny. This is how Fanny Brice’s dresser refers to the character in the iconic movie.YesBarbra dresses the dogs in red and lavender to tell them apart.And if you thought this was just about the wacky ways of a person with way too much money, be relieved she has a sense of humor.When Variety photographed her and her three dogs at her Malibu estate, she had a caption suggestion:It was ‘Send in the Clones’.Read more reasons why we love Barbra Streisand here.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

3 vehicles involved in rearend collision in busy Ladysmith street

first_img3 vehicles were involved in a crash today (March 30) in Poort Road.The cause of the chain reaction rear-end collision is unknown at this stage.All three cars crashed at the Keate Street / Poort Road intersection (traffic lights).Public Safety and emergency personnel responded to the scene.Also read: Update: Woman killed in crash near Ladysmith KZNAlso read: Woman killed in crash near Ladysmith KZNAlso read: 7 people, including children, dead in crash Public Safety officers had to conduct traffic control due to the vehicles being in the lane.Traffic flow was backlogged until the vehicles were moved away from the scene.No injuries were sustained and all the vehicles were able to be driven.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more