India Leads In Providing Skilled Tech Workers to UK: Report

first_imgAs many as 12 per cent of skilled tech workers migrating to the United Kingdom in 2016 were from India, according to recent data. Following India is the United States, with 10 per cent people, while European neighbors Spain and France provided 6 per cent each.Italy and Ireland, with 5 per cent each, and Germany (3%) came next, a LinkedIn report shows. The United Kingdom is not as reliant on the European Union as it is believed, according to the data, a Tech City UK study said on Dec. 15.Technology founders and investors in the United Kingdom were alarmed and concerned about the possible state of their businesses when a report from policy group Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec) came out in February, suggesting Brexit will leave the country short of 800,000 digital workers by 2020, Business Insider reported. The LinkedIn data, however, seems to suggest otherwise.According to the study, although tech workers are most highly concentrated in London, just over half of those who arrived in the country last year settled outside the capital.Allaying the fears of the technology sector, the UK government last month boosted the number of special visas made available to non-EU tech workers, the Telegraph reported. The report said Prime Minister Theresa May will increase to 2,000 the annual allowance of “exceptional talent” visas granted to various industries, including computer programmers and IT experts.Leaders of Tech City UK, a publicly-funded organization that drives the growth the UK tech sector, were in favor of remaining in the European Union. In a statement about the data, Gerard Grech, the Tech City UK CEO, said: “There is a skills crisis looming in the digital tech sector and competition for talent is fierce and global. By understanding exactly where skilled tech workers come from we can plan for the future and invest where it is necessary. The insights that LinkedIn have shared with us also allow us to build up a bigger picture than ever before of the skills each UK region has.”With the country moving towards Brexit, the government wants Tech City UK rebranded as Tech Nation to expand the organization nation-wide and set up regional hubs, the Telegraph report added. Related ItemsBrexitEmploymentUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Knee joint replacement

first_imgDefinitionKnee joint replacement is surgery to replace a knee joint with a man-made joint. The artificial joint is called a prosthesis.Alternative NamesTotal knee replacement; Knee arthroplasty; Knee replacement – total; Tricompartmental knee replacement; Subvastus knee replacement; Knee replacement – minimally invasive; Knee arthroplasty – minimally invasiveDescriptionDamaged cartilage and bone are removed from the knee joint. Man-made pieces are then placed in the knee.These pieces may be placed in the following places in the knee joint:Lower end of the thigh bone. This bone is called the femur. The replacement part is usually made of metal.Upper end of the shin bone, which is the large bone in your lower leg. This bone is called the tibia. The replacement part is usually made from metal and a strong plastic.Back side of your kneecap. Your kneecap is called the patella. The replacement part is usually made from a strong plastic.You will not feel any pain during the surgery. You will have one of these two types of anesthesia:General anesthesia. This means you will be asleep and unable to feel pain.Regional (spinal or epidural) anesthesia. Medicine is put into your back to make you numb below your waist. You will also get medicine to make you sleepy. And you may get medicine that will make you forget about the procedure, even though you are not fully asleep.After you receive anesthesia, your surgeon will make a cut over your knee to open it up. This cut is often 8 to 10 inches long. Then your surgeon will:advertisementMove your kneecap (patella) out of the way, then cut the ends of your thigh bone and shin (lower leg) bone to fit the replacement part.Cut the underside of your kneecap to prepare it for the new pieces that will be attached there.Fasten the two parts of the prosthesis to your bones. One part will be attached to the end of your thigh bone and the other part will be attached to your shin bone.Attach both parts to the underside of your kneecap. A special bone cement is used to attach these parts.Repair your muscles and tendons around the new joint and close the surgical cut.The surgery takes about 2 hours.Most artificial knees have both metal and plastic parts. Some surgeons now use different materials, including metal on metal, ceramic on ceramic, or ceramic on plastic.Why the Procedure Is PerformedThe most common reason to have a knee joint replaced is to relieve severe arthritis pain. Your doctor may recommend knee joint replacement if:Youre having pain for knee arthritis that keeps you from sleeping or doing normal activities.You cant walk and take care of yourself.Your knee pain has not improved with other treatment.You understand what surgery and recovery will be like.Most of the time, knee joint replacement is done in people ages 60 and older. Younger people who have a knee joint replaced may put extra stress on the artificial knee and cause it to wear out early.Before the ProcedureAlways tell your doctor or nurse what drugs you are taking, even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the 2 weeks before your surgery:Prepare your home.Two weeks before surgery you may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin), and other drugs.You may also need to stop taking medicines that can make your body more likely to get an infection. These include methotrexate, Enbrel, or other medicines that suppress your immune system.Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical conditions, your surgeon will ask you to see the doctor who treats you for these conditions.Tell your doctor if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol, more than 1 or 2 drinks a day.If you smoke, you need to stop. Ask your doctor or nurse for help. Smoking will slow down wound and bone healing. Your recovery may not be as good if you keep smoking.Always let your doctor know about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illness you have before your surgery.You may want to visit a physical therapist to learn some exercises to do before surgery.Set up your home to make everyday tasks easier.Practice using a cane, walker, crutches, or a wheelchair correctly.On the day of your surgery:advertisementYou will usually be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.Take the drugs your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.After the ProcedureYou will stay in the hospital for 3 to 4 days. During that time you will recover from your anesthesia and from the surgery itself. You will be asked to start moving and walking as soon as the first day after surgery.Full recovery will take4 months to a year.Some people need a short stay in a rehabilitation center after they leave the hospital and before they go home. At a rehab center, you will learn how to safely do your daily activities on your own.Outlook (Prognosis)The results of a total knee replacement are often excellent. The operation relieves pain for most people. Most people do not need help walking after they fully recover.Most artificial knee joints last 10 to 15 years. Some last as long as 20 years before they loosen and need to be replaced again.ReferencesMihalk WM. Arthroplasty of the knee. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier; 2012:chap 7.Jones CA, Beaupre LA, Johnston DW, Suarez-Almazor ME. Total joint arthroplasties: current concepts of patient outcomes after surgery. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2007; 33(1):71-86.Leopold SS. Minimally invasive total knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis. N Engl J Med. 2009;360:1749-1758.Review Date:8/12/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

Tim Cone to decide on SEA Games coaching after Ginebra debut in Govs’ Cup

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Cone, in a statement, said he has heard out SBP president Al Panlilio reveal that the SBP is also in talks with San Miguel Corp sports director Alfrancis Chua regarding the position.READ: Tim Cone on top of SBP wish list for SEA Games coachFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“At this time, however, my total focus is on our Ginebra game vs Alaska [on Sunday] to open the Governors’ Cup,” Cone said.“On Monday, and after talking to my family, Mr. Panlilio and I will continue our conversation regarding the appointment, at which time we will come to a resolution. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Olympic judo champion Rafaela Silva tests positive for doping View comments On Thursday, SBP chair emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan said that Cone headed the shortlist of names the national basketball federation wanted to head the SEA Games campaign.READ: Tab Baldwin out as next Gilas head coach, eyed as program director for national teamCone has already served as national coach during the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, where he steered the Philippine five, then known as the Centennial Team, to the bronze medal.After the clinching bronze medal, Cone held an emotional post-game chat with Filipino journalists, where he said, among others, “I’d like to have a shot. I really love that and I love coaching the international game.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Coach Tim Cone thanks the fans. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has offered Barangay Ginebra tactician Tim Cone the head coaching position of the national team that will shoot for the gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games that the country will host.And although Cone, the two-time Grand Slam coach and owner of the most titles in the PBA, hasn’t made any commitment yet, he isn’t turning down the job and will continue talks with the SBP after Ginebra’s debut in the ongoing Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetanolast_img read more

Dubai to host Premier Futsal season 2 semifinals and final

first_imgNew Delhi, May 28 (PTI) Premier Futsal will host the two semifinals and the grand finale of the events second season in Dubai, making it the second Indian sporting event to go global after IPL. In order to host the three marquee matches, Premier Futsal has collaborated with Dubai Sports Council. Dubai Sports channel will be the official broadcasting partners of the event scheduled in August. The event witnessed the coming together of football legends, Luis Figo, Premier Futsal president, and Alessandro Rosa Vieira, also known as Falco, and widely regarded as the Pele of futsal. Figo said, “With season two, Premier Futsal continues its quest to not only be instrumental in providing the sport with the much-deserved recognition in India but also set the benchmark for privately organised sporting tournaments in the global futsal ecosystem. “We are assertive of the potential the sport holds in the long run and its impact in the Indian market. Our alliance with Dubai Sports Council will only serve as a great platform to establish the league globally.” H E Saeed Mohammad Harib, general secretariat, Dubai Sports Council, said, “We are extremely happy to host a tournament of the stature of Premier Futsal in Dubai. Excellence and creativity are two of our key pillars to foster the sporting ecosystem here and Premier Futsal embodies the same in its approach.” Dinesh Raj, managing director, Premier Futsal, said, “The long-term partnership between Premier Futsal and Dubai Sports Council will ensure the growth of this unique format of futsal. “Premier Futsal in its inception year recorded over 25 million global viewers and we envision over 100 million viewers to tune into season two, thus making it the biggest sports export from India.” PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Waqar Younis dubs Eoin Morgan’s pitch criticism as ‘lame excuse’

first_imgEoin Morgan’s comment on Cardiff pitch, post England’s defeat in the Champions Trophy semi-finals, seems to have not gone down well with Pakistan legendary bowler Waqar Younis as he slammed the England skipper for making a “lame excuse”.In the post match presentation, Morgan insisted that the pitch used for his side’s eight-wicket defeat at Sophia Gardens cancelled out the home advantage as the same pitch was used for Pakistan-Sri Lanka clash last Monday.Slamming Morgan, Younis took to his Twitter account to criticise him.”Stop giving that lame excuse Eoin Morgan regarding the used pitch. You guys have been thrashed fair and square by Pakistan,” he said.Stop giving that lame excuse Eoin Morgan regarding the used pitch,,,,You guys been thrashed fair n square by Pakistan #CT2017 #PakvsEng- waqar younis (@waqyounis99) June 14, 2017However, Morgan did give credit to the Pakistan bowlers for restricting England to 211 in 49.5 overs.”I don’t think there was any home advantage. We knew that we were going to play on a used wicket at some stage in this tournament, and we found out the other day that today was going to be on a used wicket,” Morgan had said.”I think going into today’s game knowing that we were going to play on a used wicket potentially brought Pakistan’s game closer to their home. So it was a big challenge and one that was too far for us,” he added.When he was asked as to how Pakistan managed to score on the same surface that England had managed just 211, Morgan said, “I think the explanation is they played two days ago on it.”advertisementSophia Gardens is one of the three venues that was agreed to use by the ICC and Galmorgans for the 15 matches at this tournament, along with Edgbaston and The Oval.Though England played three of its Group A matches on new pitches, the pitches allocated to Sophia Gardens had all been used once each during the group stage meaning their semi-final had to be played on a used surface.Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed had no qualms about the pitch and was more than happy at his team’s progression towards their first final at a major ODI event since 1999 World Cup.”I think the pitch was very good. It was good for both teams,” he said.”I think we played very good. That’s why we won today,” he added.Pakistan will be closely watching today’s second semi-final as India is going to clash with Bangladesh at Birmingham.last_img read more

IIT Roorkee students bagged 680 placement offers in the first week

first_imgIndian Institute of Technology – Roorkee’s (IITR) students bagged over 680 offers in the first week of placement season, including 13 from international, a statement from the institute said on Friday.Over 50 per cent students have already got offers within the first week and the institution expects the same pace in the coming week as well. The placements this year, so far, are increased by 21 per cent from last year’s, when in the first week 562 offers were made.A total of 681 offers, 286 in core sector and 395 in non-core came from 168 participating companies during the recruiting exercise which began on December 2, 2017.Top international recruiters in IIT-R 2017:MicrosoftWebstaff Co. Ltd.MercariHere are the statistics based on the placement report of 2016: Batch Size: 83Number of Opt Outs: 1PPO/PPI: 5Number of offers (Phase 1): 81Number of students placed (Phase 1): 78Number of recruiters (Phase 1): 26Average CTC: 9.17 lakhsTop 50 per cent average: 10.92 lakhsHighest Package: 18.5 lakhsAbout IIT Roorkee:Indian Institute of Technology – Roorkee is among the foremost of institutes of national importance in higher technological education and in engineering, basic and applied researchSince its establishment, the Institute has played a vital role in providing the technical manpower and know-how to the country and in pursuit of researchThe Institute ranks amongst the best technological institutions in the world and has contributed to all sectors of technological developmentIt has also been considered a trend-setter in the area of education and research in the field of science, technology and engineeringRead: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenadvertisementRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Hamilton Sets Pole Record With Dramatic Last Lap in the Rain

first_imgMONZA, Italy (AP) — Full throttle at more than 300 kph (nearly 200 mph), his vision impaired by heavy rain pounding down on his shiny golden helmet, Lewis Hamilton pulled out a clutch performance to enter the F1 record books on Saturday.Hamilton kept his focus through a 2 1/2-hour rain delay. Then he drew on all of his talent, ability and experience to overcome a late challenge from rising rival Max Verstappen, claim his 69th career pole position and break the Formula One record previously held by his childhood idol, Michael Schumacher.Verstappen had taken the top spot just before Hamilton’s final lap, so when Hamilton reclaimed P1 with time expired he rapidly pumped his fist multiple times. It was the type of celebration normally reserved for race victories.“After such a long time waiting in the rain, I think the racing fans got their money’s worth from the dominant lap Lewis produced right at the end — even if they were probably cheering a bit more for the cars in red than for us,” said Toto Wolff, the head of motorsport at Hamilton’s Mercedes team.“It was a brilliant lap, after a session where he was the quickest man throughout, and it was undoubtedly a performance worthy of claiming the all-time pole position record,” Wolff added.Indeed, it may not have been exactly what the red-clad Ferrari fans came to see at the Italian Grand Prix.After all, Schumacher won five of his record seven world championships with Ferrari from 2000-04 and the automaker is celebrating its 70th anniversary this weekend.But Hamilton certainly earned it.“Honestly I came across the line and I didn’t know if I had it but it felt like a good lap,” he said. “I can’t believe it — 69 — I just can’t believe it. I’m so grateful.”Hamilton finished more than a second ahead of Verstappen while Daniel Ricciardo in the other Red Bull qualified third, although both Red Bulls are taking grid penalties for engine changes.“There was a lot of pressure for that last lap so there was a lot to risk but I gave it everything,” Hamilton said.Lance Stroll steered his Williams to fourth, Esteban Ocon of Force India placed fifth and Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas came sixth.With the Red Bull penalties, the 18-year-old Canadian rookie Stroll will start on the front row in Sunday’s race alongside Hamilton — making him the youngest F1 driver to achieve that feat.The 20-year-old Ocon will be third on the grid and Bottas fourth.“These young kids coming through are keeping me on my toes,” Hamilton said.Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel qualified seventh and eighth, respectively, meaning they will start fifth and sixth.Verstappen and Ricciardo will start 15th and 18th, respectively.Hamilton is looking to erase his seven-point deficit behind championship leader Vettel.“The key point to take away from this afternoon is that we will start the race with both cars ahead of our direct competition, and we will be aiming to keep it that way to the flag,” Wolff said.Hamilton established the pole record in just 201 races, far fewer than Schumacher’s 308. Still, the Briton has a long way to go to match Schumacher’s record of 91 race wins, standing second with 58.“I wish I was better with words to be honest,” Hamilton said when asked what it meant to break Schumacher’s mark in this setting. “I wish I had something iconic to say.“Growing up watching the sport as we all have, and witnessing greatness in other individuals such as Michael and just dreaming one day of doing what he’s doing or they’re doing and then to actually be there years later, I am proof that dreams are something that can come true,” Hamilton added. “So I think it’s really cool for young kids to be watching today.”It’s also the fourth straight year that Hamilton will start first in Monza and it was his sixth pole overall on the track, breaking another record held by Senna and Juan Manuel Fangio.Minutes before qualifying ended on the darkened circuit, Hamilton asked his team via radio, “Do I have time to slow down? I can’t see anything.” Cars ahead of him were throwing up a long trail of wet spray.Somehow, though, Hamilton completed one more fast lap.“Today was a real challenge with the break,” Hamilton said. “It was a real challenge not to get your mind drained with energy. And racing in the rain is a real challenge.”Qualifying started on time but then was suspended after Romain Grosjean aquaplaned 6 1/2 minutes into the session.Grosjean hit the barriers then drifted across the main straightaway without harm, just seconds after the Frenchman told his Haas team via radio: “I can’t see where I’m going. It’s too dangerous.”“We shouldn’t have gone out at all,” Grosjean said later.During the delay, Hamilton and Bottas played a video game, while Verstappen and Ricciardo took over a live TV camera from the official broadcaster.With the camera on his shoulder, Ricciardo walked into the Mercedes garage and zoomed in on Hamilton’s car before being escorted away.“I was just playing around, trying to entertain the fans,” Ricciardo said. “It was very nice of them to stick around today in the rain.”Hamilton, above all, made it worth the wait.ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jonna Andersson sets seal as Chelsea wrap up double with win at Bristol City

first_img Subbuteo’s first all-female teams left playing behind closed doors Chelsea celebrated being crowned Women’s Super League One champions with a game to spare after racking up their fourth successive win. The jubilant scenes on the pitch at full‑time made particularly splendid viewing for Emma Hayes, with the Chelsea manager, who is 35 weeks pregnant with twins, watching the victory over Bristol City from the comfort of her own home.Between popping the champagne corks and holding aloft the trophy – their second in 11 days after victory in the FA Cup – Chelsea made sure Hayes was part of it. Read more In truth Chelsea never looked like losing, with the quality of Ramona Bachmann, the Swiss winger, and Fran Kirby, the PFA player of the year, shining through. A sloppy backpass by Millie Bright afforded Farrow, the former Chelsea striker, a great chance inside five minutes but she poked wide.That jolted Chelsea out of cruise control. Bachmann combined with Spence early on, the latter heading wide before a similar move resulted in the opening goal after 11 minutes. Ji So-yun swept a ball into the box from the right and found Spence, who glanced her header into the net, beyond Sophie Baggaley, the City goalkeeper, who will have been disappointed not to keep it out. After a slow start, that goal settled any nerves, with Chelsea finding their stride.After the break Gemma Davison, another Chelsea substitute, added further guile in search of a second, which came two minutes from time through Andersson, at the end of a low-key second half. Maren Mjelde, the Chelsea defender, made a bruising but fair challenge on Lauren Hemp, while Hedwig Lindahl was forced into a smart stop to deny Liv Fergusson, The City head coach Willie Kirk’s first roll of the dice, a leveller. “We made it difficult for them tonight and we actually had chances to take the lead,” Kirk said. “It was fine margins and we didn’t take our chances.”But when Kirby danced along the right flank, it spelled danger. She picked out the on-running Sweden defender Andersson and, with a rasping shot from distance, Chelsea had wrapped up the title. “Her spirit was here, we Facetimed her as soon as we could and she was in bed, very excited,” Eni Aluko, the Chelsea forward, a late substitute in the 2-0 win, said. “For Emma to have led this team to a double pregnant I think says everything about her character and who she is. It’s a great message to all women around the world, in whatever they are doing, that women can do it.”Drew Spence’s first-half header and a Jonna Andersson strike were enough to seal the title in a game from which they required only a point; simply avoiding defeat was always going to be enough on a balmy evening in Bristol. Chelsea were never really required to turn on the style and, an early Millie Farrow effort aside, they never looked like ceding the chance to seal the crown.Chelsea had stormed to a 6-0 win on the opening weekend of the season in the reverse fixture but the Vixens were determined to prove they are a totally different animal these days – they had won their past two league matches, against Everton and Yeovil Town. In the end Chelsea’s class shone through, with the retiring captain, Katie Chapman, particularly influential.For Chelsea, who also reached the Champions League semi-finals, this sealed another double to go with the one from 2015, and they in turn ousted Manchester City from the throne this time around. “It’s an amazing achievement, we’ve done it again,” Aluko said. “Two doubles in three years is amazing. I am filled with pride; this team has gone up another level this season. I’m just so proud of my team-mates, the club. This team expects silverware and we’ve delivered it.”In Hayes’s absence her assistant Paul Green led the team alongside the first-team coach, TJ O’Leary, and he revealed they were in contact with the 41-year-old throughout. “She was glued in watching at home, occasionally on the phone to give her opinion on things, through one of the coaching staff,” Green said. “She was heavily involved as normal and I’m delighted we have delivered the double for her, given all her hard work. It’s special circumstances, medical teams wouldn’t allow her to travel to our last two away games but I think she’s done brilliantly well to get to this point. The players took care of themselves really.”After the final whistle Hayes tweeted: “Get in. A pleasure to watch that from home. Champions of England, we know who we are.”The trip to Prenton Park to face Liverpool on Sunday will provide her team with a chance to toast a brilliant double-winning campaign and to finish the 18-game WSL 1 season unbeaten. Victory here ensured a fifth trophy under Hayes – and a second in quick succession after sealing the FA Cup against Arsenal at Wembley. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Women’s football Women’s Super League Share on Pinterest Reuse this content match reports Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Topics Read more Katie Chapman the heartbeat of Chelsea’s FA Cup final winlast_img read more

Son Of Former NFL Star Kris Jenkins Announces Commitment

first_img Ironically, Jenkins’ high school teammate, three-star linebacker Mitchell Melton, committed to Ohio State earlier today. Melton welcomed his buddy to the rivalry in a congratulatory message on Twitter.Congrats brother, been on the same team since like 6th grade now we are going to be rivals! 😂😂 much love always.❤️— Mitchell Melton. (@m17m__) July 3, 2019Jenkins is the 18th-ranked senior in Maryland and the No. 28 strong-side defensive end in the country, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He joins four-star Braiden McGregor and three-star Aaron Lewis as defensive end commits for the Wolverines in the 2020 class.Michigan’s 2020 recruiting class currently ranks second in the Big Ten behind Ohio State and sixth overall nationally. A general view of Michigan Stadium during a football game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 27: A general view of Michigan Stadium during the first quarter of the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Michigan Wolverines on September 27, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Golden Gophers defeated the Wolverines 30-14. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel three-star defensive end Kris Jenkins Jr. is Big Ten-bound. The son of former NFL star Kris Jenkins and nephew of former NFL standout Cullen Jenkins has committed to Michigan.Jenkins Jr. officially visited Ann Arbor in June, one week after visiting Northwestern. He announced his decision moments ago.“I am beyond blessed. I wouldn’t be here without support from God, my family, my coaches, and my teammates. 100% Committed to The University of Michigan,” Jenkins wrote on Twitter.I am beyond blessed. I wouldn’t be here without support from God, my family, my coaches, and my teammates.100% Committed to The University of Michigan #GoBlue— 18 (@KrisJenkinsJr1) July 3, 2019last_img read more

Video: Travis Etienne Races For 90-yard TD Run

first_img Arguably the most-talented running back in college football, Etienne’s athleticism was on full display tonight.He took a handoff late in the first quarter and took it all the way to the house for a 90-yard touchdown run.Check it out.There goes that man Etienne— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) August 30, 2019He evaded a few defenders before outrunning the competition to give Clemson a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.The 90-yard touchdown run tied the longest touchdown run in program history.Banks McFadden (1939 vs. Presbyterian) and Buck George (1951 at Furman) both accomplished the feat before Etienne.The long touchdown run is nothing new for the electric tailback. He averaged over eight yards per tote during the 2018 season.Trevor Lawrence might be the favorite for the Heisman Trophy, but Etienne doesn’t want to be counted out just yet.The rest of the game can be seen on ACC Network. Travis Etienne carries the ball against Alabama in the national title game.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Travis Etienne #9 of the Clemson Tigers carries the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide n the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)On Thursday night, the reigning national champs were in action against a conference opponent.The Clemson Tigers opened their 2019 college football season against Georgia Tech. The Tigers entered the contest as a heavy favorite, and despite an early three-and-out, Clemson is handling business.Star quarterback Trevor Lawrence scampered in for a short touchdown run early in the first quarter.However, the biggest fireworks came from star running back Travis Etienne.last_img read more

1st Heritage Class Shuttle Tanker Joins Teekay Offshore

first_imgImage Courtesy: TeekayTeekay Offshore has taken delivery of Beothuk Spirit, the first of its three Heritage Class shuttle tankers, from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in South Korea. Currently, the 147,000 dwt Beothuk Spirit, which flies the flag of Canada, has a market value of USD 104.61 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Named in August this year, the three newbuildings will provide crude transportation services in East Coast Canada.Beothuk Spirit’s sister vessels, Norse Spirit and Dorset Spirit, are scheduled for delivery in November 2017 and in early 2018, respectively.The 75,000 gross ton vessels will operate at Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose and Hebron offshore oil fields located in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.The tankers will replace two in-charters and one owned vessel currently servicing a 15-year, plus extension options, contract with a group of companies that includes Chevron Canada, Exxon Mobil, Husky Energy, Mosbacher Operating, Murphy Oil, Nalcor Energy, Statoil and Suncor Energy.last_img read more

No rest for the retired Opioid crisis fills empty nests as grandparents

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – She is a Newfoundland woman who worked hard all her adult life to raise a family. Her struggles had just started to ease up with her children grown and she had hoped her 50s might be a time to slow down, take a trip each year and, every once in awhile, buy herself something nice.But the opioid epidemic that has moved across Canada, tearing families apart in its wake, did not spare hers.She is among a growing number of grandparents who are stepping up as their adult children are consumed by addiction.“It started with OxyContin,” said the woman, whose identity is protected to safeguard the names of the two young grandchildren she is now raising in St. John’s. “Then it was Ritalin, Percocet. I can name off a lot of drugs.”Her son is the children’s father. His former girlfriend is their mother. Both parents have abused various opioids and other pills over the last several years, she said.She took in the kids, both under the age of 13, when she discovered her youngest grandchild hadn’t been to school for several weeks. Neither parent objected, she said.Casual drug use that started when her son was still a teen and making good money in construction had escalated out of control. He no longer has a fixed address.“He’s there when he’s straight,” she said of his involvement with the children at her place. “As soon as he gets money, I don’t see him for a few days.”His ex-girlfriend contacts her children sporadically and rarely visits.The grandmother receives about $1,700 a month from provincial child services to help cover expenses. She is applying for legal custody so she can make any school and health decisions. Like other grandparents in the same situation, she described being caught in a grey area at times — including when one child needed medical care — and not being able to reach either parent for required consent.“They’re not functional enough.”Raising youngsters well into middle age is a major challenge but also a joy, she said. Still, it’s painful to be in the middle, trying to explain to the children why their parents aren’t around at Christmas or for school events. She wonders about what sort of chaos they endured before living with her. Neither child has ever asked to go home, she said.“They’ve never said it yet.”She also thinks there should be more accountability for addicts who receive social assistance, but don’t commit to getting better.“I know you can’t make a person do whatever they should do, but if it’s caught early … and they were made to do these rehabilitation things, some of it might change around,” she says.Provinces are not consistently tracking, if at all, how often children are being raised by grandparents because of opioid addiction. The most recent census statistics indicate about 32,520 children age 14 and under across Canada were living exclusively with grandparents in 2016 — an increase of almost 30 per cent since 2001.In B.C. — the centre of the opioid crisis — it would appear there’s at least some connection, said Bernard Richard, the province’s representative for children and youth.“We don’t have hard data,” he said from Victoria. “Clearly we’re seeing parents die as a result of overdoses. Children are coming into care from issues relating to neglect when parents are dealing with addictions.“It happens all the time.”Grandparents on fixed incomes who suddenly take on full-time child care need more financial support, Richard said. They may also find themselves in decision-making limbo, he added, unless they apply to become legal guardians.“That takes time. It takes money,” he said. “I think for now it’s a gap.“We’re obviously very focused on trying to respond to an emergency and we’re not thinking as much as we should about the long-term impacts of that crisis.”The social stigma of addiction, along with wait-lists for treatment and lack of mental health supports, are major issues, say children’s advocates across the country. They also flag the need for more family-friendly services that don’t force addicted parents to place their children in care during treatment.Rural areas especially lack supports, said Isabel Khalaf, director of service for intake at the Durham Children’s Aid Society outside Toronto.“People have a lot of difficulty addressing the issue because part of it is: how acceptable is it in society to talk about your opioid problem?”Grandparents are in a particularly tough place, Khalaf said in an interview.“They’re kind of sandwiched between caring for their grandchild, but also being very worried about their own child,” she said.Many live in fear of the dreaded phone call “that’s going to tell them a tragedy happened.”In St. John’s, the grandmother raising her son’s children worries about what might happen to them if she ever got sick.“All I know is I’m supposed to look after these two kids. I’ll never see them in the system,” she said of foster care. “Hopefully I’ll stay well enough to look after them.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

Newly discovered cave in BC park might be the largest in Canada

first_imgVANCOUVER — A newly discovered cave in a remote valley in British Columbia’s Wells Gray Provincial Park might just be the country’s largest.The feature was spotted by a helicopter crew from the province’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in March, when they were conducting a caribou census through the northeastern part of the park.Geologist Catherine Hickson, who first went to the cave in September, said the discovery promises a dramatic new chapter in the story of Canadian cave exploration.“It was absolutely amazing,” she said. “I immediately recognized that this was very significant.”Before making the trip, Hickson and fellow researchers including John Pollack, a cave expert, spent months studying satellite imagery and rocks in the area, she said.The entrance pit to the cave is about 100 metres long and 60 metres wide, and while its depth is hard to measure because of the mist from a waterfall, initial examinations show it is at least 135 metres deep.“It’s about the size of a soccer field,” Hickson said. “So, if you think of a soccer field and you put that soccer field on its end so you have this pit going down. Think about this giant circular or oval hole that just goes down and down and down. It is truly amazing.” The cave is the largest known of its type, a variety of “striped karst,” which is marble interspersed with other types of ancient ocean rock, she said.“It’s in an area where this size of a cave is unusual,” she said. “It’s an important landmark — an important feature for Canadians to be proud about.”The people who first spotted the cave from the helicopter named it Sarlacc’s Pit, because of its similarity to the lair of Sarlacc, a creature from “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.”But a formal naming of the cave will happen after consultations with First Nations, she said.The feature was formed underneath glaciers for potentially tens of thousands of years, so there is no way of knowing the real age of the cave right away, Hickson said.“Right now, because of the recession of the glaciers, it is open to the sky,” she said, adding that as ice retreats from the landscape due to climate change, more such features might be discovered.Caves support a very unique ecosystem because they are dark so the flora and fauna living in such areas are acclimatized to those conditions, Hickson said.With this cave, the flowing water is at such a rapid rate that it may not allow many creatures to call the area home but further research is needed, she said.Although the cave is in a remote, rugged valley covered with snow and ice for a greater part of the year, Hickson said researchers are keeping the exact location a secret so as to preserve the unique area.Hickson said further investigations and research of the cave and its unique geography will likely be carried out in 2020, depending on funding.“We think everything is known and everything has been discovered, but here’s a major discovery that is made in today’s world and likely has never been seen before and certainly not explored before,” she said.“It’s just a message that there is still stuff out there yet to do and yet to be discovered.”Hina Alam, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Casey Affleck Exposes Cruelty In Circuses

first_imgFresh from his Golden Globe and BAFTA wins for Manchester by the Sea, Casey Affleck has teamed up with PETA for a new video calling on families to avoid circuses that use live animals.Video: Casey Affleck Exposes How Big Cats Are Dragged and Hit With Sticks in the CircusRevealing that tigers and other big cats used for entertainment are confined to tiny barren cages and whipped in order to make them perform tricks, the Oscar nominee says, “I choose to work in the entertainment industry, but animals in circuses and other traveling shows are never given a choice.”Although Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus recently announced its impending closure, there are still multiple traveling circuses in the U.S. that use live animals. nd as a parent, Affleck says that he was particularly horrified to learn that terrified cubs are typically taken away from their mothers at a young age, in order to make them easier to control and to accustom them to human handling.“This industry tears families apart and subjects individuals to a life of torment and deprivation,” says Affleck. “[Trainers] drag the big cats around by heavy chains or ropes around their necks and hit them with sticks, poles, and whips. They beat them mercilessly and bully them into jumping through hoops.”The video also shows examples of the cramped, barren cages that big cats are confined to when they’re not performing, where they’re forced to eat, drink, sleep, urinate, and defecate all in the same place — as well as behind-the-scenes footage of handlers whipping and beating big cats and forcing them to perform meaningless tricks.last_img read more

Bill Clinton Mario Batali Michael J Fox Attend Food Bank For New

first_imgPresident Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance at this week’s Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards with his friend and the evening’s emcee Mario Batali to emphasize the need now, more than ever, to help end hunger in New York City.Bill Clinton and Mario Batali at Food Bank for New York City Can Do AwardsCredit/Copyright: Getty Images for Food Bank For New York CityThe star-studded evening, held at Cipriani Wall Street, honored FEED Founder and CEO Lauren Bush Lauren, The BLK Projek Executive Director Tanya Fields and the Muslim Women’s Institute for Research and Development for their commitment to hunger relief.Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan at Food Bank for New York City Can Do AwardsCredit/Copyright: Getty Images for Food Bank For New York CityThe Can Do Awards help provide support for the 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on Food Bank’s programs and services. Additional supporters included Batali’s co-emcee Michael Symon, along with Michael J. Fox & Tracy Pollan, Joy Bryant, David Burtka, Amy Hargreaves, Billy Crudup, Zak DeOssie, Christine Evangelista, Dominic Fumusa, Adam Gettis, Carla Hall, Ubah Hassan, Katie Lee, Al Roker and many more.Since its inception, the Can Do Awards have raised more than $16 million dollars, helping to provide 80 million free meals for New Yorkers in need. Every dollar donated to Food Bank helps provide five meals.last_img read more

Saskatchewan premier going to Washington DC after steel tariffs announced

first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is heading to Washington, D.C., next week to meet with officials about the United States imposing tariffs on Canadian-made steel and aluminum.Moe says the tariffs, which he calls troubling, will hurt the Evraz steel plant in Regina, which employs about 1,000 people. He adds that he doesn’t think any trade war is productive.“We’ve always been supportive of free and open trade and we continue to be, so we’ll be engaging next week in Washington on this file as well as the broader NAFTA file,” Moe said Thursday.The Saskatchewan government is to meet with senators, members of Congress and three senior members of the White House.Within hours of the U.S. announcement on Thursday, the federal government retaliated by imposing dollar-for-dollar tariff “countermeasures” on up to $16.6 billion worth of U.S. imports into Canada.The tariffs, which apply to a long list of U.S. products that includes everything from flat-rolled steel to playing cards and felt-tipped pens, are to go into effect July 1, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told a news conference.Moe said he’s also spoken with Conrad Winkler, the CEO and president of Evraz North America. The two plan to talk further over the phone in the coming days, he said.“Challenging time I’m sure for a company like Evraz that has plants on both sides of the border, and they’ll be assessing how that impacts them as well, I’m certain,” Moe said.Canada, Mexico and Europe had been exempted from import duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum when they were first imposed in March.Moe, who will be visiting Washington for the first time, talked to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday prior to the U.S. move to lift the exemption and praised the federal government for its work on North American Free Trade Agreement talks.The premier said that 55 per cent of the province’s exports go south of the border and 85 per cent of its imports come from the U.S.One in five Saskatchewan jobs are dependent on trade with other nations, including the U.S., he added.Moe said he’ll be making all those points during his visit.“I’ll be impressing the impact on our province, on the jobs of the province and on the strength that we have globally when we have strong arrangements across the border,” he said.— Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitterlast_img read more

Tariq Ramadan Denies Rape Accusation Files Complaint Against Accuser

Rabat – Tariq Ramadan lodged a complaint “for slander and defamation” on Monday against author Henda Ayari, who sued him for rape and sexual assault two days earlier.The Oxford professor issued a statement through his lawyer, Yassin Bouzrou, saying that he “categorically rejects all these false allegations.”Bouzrou added that Ramadan had filed  a complaint “for slander and defamation” with the public prosecutor in Rouen. According to Ayari, Ramadan raped the former Salafi writer after inviting her to his hotel room following a conference on Islam in Paris in 2012.Ayari told the Telegraph on Saturday that she was surprised that he asked her to meet him in his room rather than the lobby, and she said that, once in his room, he put his arms around her and began kissing her.The author previously wrote about the alleged assault in her book, “I Choose to Be Free,” without providing the identity of the attacker.“When I fought back and shouted at him to stop, he insulted me and humiliated me,” she wrote, describing the assailant by a Muslim intellectual and speaker under the pseudonym Zoubeyr in a hotel room in Paris.“I will not give precise details of the acts he did to me. It is enough to know that he benefited greatly from my weakness,” she wrote.The author first revealed the alleged rape incident on her Facebook page, following the Harvey Weinstein scandal.“I have been silent for several years for fear that he might take vengeance,” Ayari said, explaining that he had threatened to “take it to my children. I was afraid and I kept silent all this time.”The author also filed allegations against Ramadan “for rape, sexual assault, violence, harassment and intimidation” with the prosecutor’s office in Rouen.Ayari continued to say that though she “may not have the same financial means as him to pay for lawyers and experts,” she “will go to the end of this fight whatever it costs.” read more

Moroccan Public Personalities Sign A Petition For Womens Inheritance Rights

Rabat – The struggle for women’s right is still a contentious topic in many predominantly Muslim societies, with a prevailing patriarchal culture that gives more rights and social recognition to its male members.It is in a bid to challenge some remnants of patriarchy in Morocco’s family law that a group of Moroccan public personalities, including university professors, lawyers, theologians, doctors, journalists, writers, and many other professions, has initiated a petition in order to challenge the ta’sib rule, an inheritance law that favors men over women. The group of signatories is demanding that women be put on an equal legal footing as men when it comes to inheritance rights.Fifteen of the undersigned are the authors L’héritage des femmes (Women’s inheritance), a recent joint academic publication that explains the authors’ pro-women’s rights stance, and where they argued that the ta’sib tradition should no longer be applicable to a changing Moroccan society. The tradition that says that males should prevail when it comes to inheritance is no longer a valid reflection of Morocco as a society, they said. “Ta’sib does not correspond to the functioning of Moroccan families in the current social context,” the group wrote in their petition, further explaining that the tradition is simply the result of patriarchal interpretations of the Holy Scriptures, rather than a divine precept.In Moroccan families, women play a crucial role, with some taking full responsibility of children’s education and others providing considerable financial and other kinds of supports to their husbands, they further said in the text that accompanied the petition.Citing official figures of recent studies, the text said that one out of five Moroccan families are at the full charge of women who are not helped in any way by their ‘distant male relatives.’“Why maintain a law that has no social justification and no Quaranic foundations?” the text asked, adding that, as things now stand in Moroccan families, “it is unfair” to continue endorsing women’s suffering and exploitation for the benefit of their male siblings or ‘distant relations’“For all these reasons,” concludes the text,  alluding to all the figures the signatories provided in favor of their undertaking, “we, the undersigned, are calling for the abrogation of the ta’sib inheritance law, just as has recently been done by some other Muslim societies.” read more

WatchCashstrapped Liberal budget likely more policy document than spending plan

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government will unveil a federal budget today that’s expected to be heavy on policy and light on spending.The second budget of the Liberal mandate is poised to focus more on the social policies central to its agenda — from skills to job training, from child care to affordable housing.In particular, the government plans to take steps they hope will help — and reassure — those who fear being left behind by a coming sea change in how economic engines function around the world.The budget comes at a time when Ottawa has very little room to introduce new spending. The country has struggled with disappointing growth, and the Liberals have already made billions and billions of dollars worth of commitments in last year’s budget.But even without big-ticket spending, a government source sought Tuesday to counter lowered expectations for the budget, insisting instead that the document would contain “transformative” and “bold” policy direction.“Not everything is spending, not everything is money,” said one Finance Department source, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details in advance of the budget’s release.“The budget’s a public policy document and I think the story will be much more into where the country needs to go as opposed to dollar amounts… If you’re just looking at tables, that’s not where this story is going to be.”A key budget theme will be the government’s focus on easing concerns about the future of Canada’s labour market.Finance Minister Bill Morneau dropped some major hints in a speech last week in Germany, where he argued that “anti-globalization, protectionism and even anti-immigration sentiments” are stoked when people feel nervous about their future.“They look at the pace of technological change, and the seemingly never-ending need for new skills, and are understandably stressed about the future. It’s hard to feel confident, and to face every day with optimism, when you can’t see what’s around the corner.”One way to respond to that challenge, Morneau said, would be “a culture of lifelong learning, helping people develop the skills they need at every stage of their life to succeed in the new economy,” which he said he would be taking steps to create.And while the annual tradition of the finance minister buying a new pair of shoes often brings clues about the budget narrative, the symbolism this year seemed heavier than most.The dress shoes, black with laces, were designed by the two Canadian sisters behind Poppy Barley, an Edmonton company that says its shoes are hand-crafted by fairly paid artisans in Mexico. Morneau donned the shoes in a Toronto classroom, surrounded by children of diverse backgrounds, including girls wearing the Muslim hijab.Watch out for these Top 5 spins when the Liberals deliver the budget on WednesdayHere’s why investors are worried about the capital gains inclusion rateThe Opposition, meanwhile, wants to see more than just bold ideas.“Justin Trudeau has racked up the credit card and now he needs money to pay the bill,” said interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, who said she expects to see tax increases in Wednesday’s document.New Democrat MP Alexandre Boulerice said the time has come for the government to close tax loopholes that benefit the rich, and use the proceeds to help more people.“We can bring back billions of dollars for our social programs and public services,” Boulerice said.Here are five things to look for in the budget:1. Will the government provide a timeline to bring the country’s books to balance? The Liberals won the 2015 election on a platform that vowed to invest billions in measures like infrastructure and child benefits as a way to re-energize Canadian growth. They planned to run deficits to finance the investments, but promised annual shortfalls would not surpass $10 billion during the first couple years of their mandate. The Liberals also vowed to return to balance by 2019-20. Since taking office, however, the government abandoned those promises, citing a weaker-than-expected economy.Last fall, Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s fiscal statement projected a string of double-digit deficits until at least 2021-22, starting with a $25.1-billion shortfall in 2016-17. Many economists have been urging the government to map out a timetable to eliminate the deficit. Morneau has instead focused on another so-called fiscal anchor, promising to lower the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio — a measure of the public debt burden — by the end of the Liberal mandate.2. If Canada’s staying in deficit mode, how big will the shortfalls be? Morneau has projected annual shortfalls across his outlook, but it remains to be seen how those predictions have evolved since his last update in November. Much has changed since then. The Canadian economy delivered a surprise in the final months of 2016 with growth that easily surpassed forecasts.The economic momentum has continued through the first months of 2017, with unexpectedly strong performances in key areas like trade, labour and housing. Economists have translated these promising indicators into more robust growth projections. Some experts are now predicting smaller deficits for the next couple of years; indeed, some believe the economy has improved so much since January that the forecast in Morneau’s budget could be needlessly pessimistic, making it easier to beat those lower fiscal expectations down the road.Another key consideration is the potential impact of U.S. economic proposals, many of which could have major consequences for Canada. Those factors, however, have largely been left out of economic projections because the Trump agenda remains uncertain.3. Will Ottawa re-introduce a contingency reserve? Federal governments have long used accounting actions to set aside funds for emergencies. In recent years, the so-called contingency reserves have ranged from $1 billion to $6 billion per year. Last fall, the Liberal government removed the $6-billion annual risk adjustment that it introduced earlier in 2016 to cover unexpected problems.A government can also give the public a fresh look at its fiscal trajectory by tweaking the accounting buffers; Ottawa’s deficit figures appeared slimmer last fall after it was eliminated. With so many unknowns tied to potential policy moves in the U.S. on taxes and trade, some economists predict the government will re-introduce a contingency reserve to provide a cushion for Canada’s books.4. What will be the scope of the feds’ tax-expenditure review? Morneau launched a comprehensive review of the tax system last June that enlisted seven experts to advise him on how he should proceed. During the election campaign, the Liberals vowed to undertake a broad review of existing tax expenditures as a way to find $3 billion per year in new revenue by 2019-20. The Liberals said their aim was to reduce tax benefits for the rich.But since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, Ottawa is expected to proceed with caution. The Trump administration has indicated it wants to slash personal and corporate taxes in the U.S., which many fear would put Canada at a significant competitive disadvantage with its top trading partner. Experts have called on Ottawa to wait to see what Washington does before introducing major tax changes of its own in Canada. Sources say the review process is ongoing, meaning the budget will not include the full range of tax changes. However, the budget is expected to contain at least a few smaller tax adjustments.5. How will the budget address gender gaps? Morneau has promised to run his budget through a gender-based analysis and to publish the results. Such a tool would be expected to explore how a given budget measure might have different impacts on men and women as well as boys and girls. These studies also consider age, income, culture, ethnicity and other factors.This year’s analysis is expected to examine how some of the big budget themes will affect genders. It’s also expected to lay the foundation for a more in-depth process next year. Morneau’s department plays a special role in gender-based analysis. Not only does it look at its own policies through this lens, it also reviews how other departments examine budget proposals before they are sent to Morneau’s office.The Canadian Press read more

Fast track UK visa in Sri Lanka

For further information about Fast Track including terms and conditions and guaranteed processing time, log on to: From 24 June, customers in Sri Lanka who apply for a UK visitor visa can request for a brand new ‘Fast Track’ visa service. For an additional fee of LKR 10,000 (including taxes), the Home Office will expedite the visa application and return the documents in 5 working days.Customers may request this service if they are applying for a visitor visa (excluding student visas) and have travelled without difficulty in the last five years to UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or a Schengen country.Customers can book an appointment online by visiting Using the Fast Track service does not guarantee that the visa application will be successful. All applicants must meet the requirements of the UK’s Immigration Rules.If a customer has been refused a visa for any one of the countries mentioned above or overstayed their visa to the UK or been removed or otherwise been required to leave the UK, the processing of the application is likely to take longer than 5 working days. (Colombo Gazette) Customers are advised to schedule an appointment in advance as there is a limited allocation of Fast Track slots each day. Customers with a normal online appointment may avail a Fast Track service without a separate appointment only if there are unallocated slots available. read more