NDIA deployed to Linden for 1st time

first_imgTwenty-seven communities in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) will benefit from works to be done by the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA). This is the first time that the NDIA will be working in the area.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Flatts stated that a large excavator and two smaller ones have been deployed to the Region to assist with drainage and irrigation works.“We are seeking to do enough works in Linden to make it possible for people to plant and so people can be more self-sufficient,” Flatts said.The NDIA CEO, however, noted that residential areas, including Block 22 and Coomacka, have drainage problems that require long-term solutions. He said the NDIA was prepared to assist with those long-term solutions.Work by the NDIA, in collaboration with Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs), started in the second half of 2015. Residential and farming communities had suffered from silted waterways, which led to persistent flooding.Flatts said this was the first time that the NDIA has executed drainage and irrigation works in the Region. He further noted that significant improvements in the drainage systems have been recorded. However, there is still more to be done, taking into consideration the important roles that other key farming and agricultural stakeholders play in the process.“In terms of persons being able to plant more in Linden, it takes more than just drainage and irrigation. There are other areas that have to be addressed, but we are seeking to do our part from the NDIA in terms of drainage and irrigation. If they need to do more works, we have the ability to hire equipment and to get those works done,” the CEO said.last_img read more

Lessons of Petraeus Case Are Far From Clear

first_imgThere are some lessons that HR professionals can draw from the saga of Gen. David Petraeus, who resigned as head of the CIA after an FBI investigation found that he had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The importance of choosing leaders with integrity–and the realization that there is virtually no privacy when it comes to electronic communications–jump out as key takeaways for HR. However, how HR staffs can apply these principles in their day-to-day work isn’t cut and dried. And the scandal illuminates aspects of human nature that will challenge HR professionals for decades, researchers warn. Once being discussed as a potential presidential candidate, Petraeus managed military battles, his career and the news media astutely. Some have labeled him a narcissist, particularly in light of the Broadwell affair. Did Broadwell’s intense interest in Petraeus blind the general to his duties—his duties to his country, to his family, and even to his own best interests? Only he can answer. His departure from public service is unfortunate, given his talent. His damage to his family, and Broadwell’s damage to hers, are more significant and more lasting, I suspect. Had Petraeus worked for the private sector, and had the investigation begun with a tip to HR instead of a call to the FBI, how would the situation have played out? A lot differently, I believe. Broadwell wasn’t working for Petraeus or his organization, though she was an Army Reserve officer. All indications are that it was a consensual relationship free from harassment. When the affair was discovered, according to news reports, neither party denied it or tried to cover it up. This is not a Penn State or Catholic Church scandal. Reportedly, by leaving personal messages in the drafts folder of a Gmail account, the pair thought that their communications would remain anonymous. They didn’t. Even if Petraeus used a government computer to access the drafts folder, it’s not the most massive violation of HR rules—unless evidence shows that he revealed classified information. If you were the HR chief dealing with these discoveries in the private sector, what would you do? Fire Petraeus? For showing poor moral judgment? That might be a decision for the Board of Directors. For misusing e-mail? You’d probably give him a warning or make him take more training. The paramount takeaway for HR is that we need to understand a leader’s character before we hire him or her. Unfortunately, we often overlook character flaws because they can be embedded in otherwise desirable skill sets. Some of the most effective leaders in terms of business performance are narcissists—narcissists who often get themselves and their organizations into trouble, according to researchers Arijit Chatterjee and Donald Hambrick. They found that narcissism in CEOs is correlated with “strategic dynamism.” Two more researchers, Joris Lammers and Adam Galinsky, came up with another disturbing finding about power seekers: People with power break rules not just because they think that they can get away with doing so, but also because they believe that they are entitled to do so. Finally, researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia assessed more than 100 graduate students and concluded that the level of narcissism in the United States is increasing. Taken together, these studies suggest that preventing situations such as that of Petraeus and Broadwell won’t be easy. Men and women are going to cheat. They’re going to try to hide their affairs. The only “bright” side is that they’re going to find it ever more difficult to conceal the electronic evidence. How effectively HR manages situations such as the Petraeus affair will help demonstrate just how strategic the profession has become. Steve Bates is a freelance journalist and former writer and editor for SHRM. Any investigation of his e-mails would reveal many pages of discussion of baseball, gardening and troublesome editors. [Links to research noted above:]http://www.economist.com/node/15328544http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112461751/expensive-egos-narcissism/http://archive.sciencewatch.com/dr/fmf/2011/11julfmf/11julfmfChatET/last_img read more

Arkansas ~ Corporate, Personal Income Taxes: Apportionment of Partnership Income Passes

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Arkansas State Legislature has passed a bill that would, if enacted, require multistate partnerships to apportion their income to Alabama in the same manner as corporations, applicable for tax years beginning on and after January 1, 2018.HB1562passesH.B. 1562, as passed by the Arkansas Senate on March 6, 2017last_img

First fossil footprints of saber-toothed cats are bigger than Bengal tiger paws

first_imgA famous fossil trove in Argentina recently gave up a new treasure: the first fossil footprints ever reported of the saber-toothed cat Smilodon (above). The four tracks, discovered last year, are larger than those of today’s Bengal tiger, measuring—in one case—19.2 centimeters across. That’s approximately the span of an adult human hand with fingers spread wide. At the time the tracks were made—about 50,000 years ago in the middle of Earth’s most recent ice age—global sea levels were much lower and the site, now a wave-washed portion of the coast near Miramar, Argentina, would have been a few kilometers from the sea, the researchers reported at the 30th Argentine Meeting of Vertebrate Paleontology last month. The ancient footprints were probably made by S. populator, a species about 20% heftier than today’s Bengal tiger and known to live only in South America. (Its better-known relative, S. fatalis, is the saber-toothed cat of La Brea Tar Pits fame.) But because it’s so difficult to definitively link fossils such as footprints to the animals that made them, the newly discovered tracks will get their own species name, in accordance with longstanding scientific tradition. The team suggests that the name should be Smilodonichnum miramarensis, a Greek phrase that roughly but aptly translates as “Smilodon footprint from Miramar.”last_img read more

Miocic, Cormier set to defend titles at UFC 220

first_imgBeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Stipe Miocic (17-2) looks to set a UFC heavyweight division record with a third straight successful title defense when he fights Francis Ngannou (11-1). The 31-year-old Ngannou hasn’t needed to go beyond the first round in any of his last four bouts and has never gone past the second in his 12 pro fights. Ngannou fights just seven weeks after his stunning victory of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218.Daniel Cormier (19-1) defends the light heavyweight title against Switzerland’s Volkan Oezdemir (15-1).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingUFC held its fifth card at TD Garden, the first since 2016, and the company said the arena was sold out. Thunder thump Cavs, keep LeBron shy of 30,000 points LATEST STORIES UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, left, taunts Volkan Oezdemir, right, during their weigh-in the night before their Ultimate Fighting Championship bout Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Boston. UFC president Dana White stands between the fighters. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON — UFC is back in Boston.The top MMA promotion returned to TD Garden Saturday night with the heavyweight and light heavyweight belts on the line on the same card for the first time since 2003.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

10 months agoSNAPPED: Rooney searched before seeing Man Utd defeat Huddersfield

first_imgSNAPPED: Rooney searched before seeing Man Utd defeat Huddersfieldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDC United striker Wayne Rooney took in Manchester United’s win over Huddersfield Town.The forward, who played for United between 2004 and 2017, was pictured at Old Trafford before fans were allowed in, and captioned his post with a love heart.Rooney, who attended the game with the family of his wife Colleen, was a pundit for BT Sport for new caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge at Cardiff.Wayne Rooney for Manchester United: Games – 559 Goals – 253United steward be like…“Better safe than sorry.” #mufc [433] pic.twitter.com/ETzFlDGDcp— United Xtra (@utdxtra) December 26, 2018 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott Is Taking Time Out Of His Weekend Of Coaching And Fishing To Troll Michigan Fans

first_imgezekiel elliott runs the ball during the sugar bowl win over alabamaNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Update: Ohio State fans, I am sorry to report that Ezekiel Elliott is no longer undefeated.Zeke-0 . . . Sea Sickness-98473626256— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) May 16, 2015Earlier: Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is having himself a full weekend. He and Braxton Miller coached at an all-star camp in South Carolina, he caught a small shark during a fishing trip, and he took some time out of his day to troll Michigan fans on Twitter.Looks about right pic.twitter.com/BswrgQ9p84— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) May 16, 2015Of course, he got some responses from Wolverine fans, but he dealt with those pretty effectively as well.It have a national championship ring and two pair of gold pants ? https://t.co/3mG9P2Nsf9— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) May 16, 2015So, by my count, Elliott is up 3-0 on sharks (he has since tweeted about a few more catches during his fishing trip), 2-0 against Michigan on the field, and at least 1-0 against fans on Twitter? There are far too many scores to keep up with here.last_img read more

Video: Dabo Swinney Hit The Whip During Clemson’s Post-Game Dance Party

first_imgHead coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers is dunked with Gatorade during the fourth quarter of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers is dunked with Gatorade during the fourth quarter of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Clemson picked up a massive win, knocking off Notre Dame at home on Saturday night, so you know head coach Dabo Swinney was ready to dance. After the game, and a very awkward post-game interview that was accidentally cut off by ESPN, Swinney got down in the locker room, swinging a towel and hitting the Whip. We cannot confirm whether or not he added in the Nae Nae as well.With the win, Clemson danced its way to sixth in both the AP and Coaches Polls this week. The Tigers look to be in very good position to make a run at an ACC Championship, with Florida State struggling in recent weeks.last_img read more

Now accepting entries Canadian Journalism Foundations 2017 awards program

first_imgAdvertisement CJF-Globe and Mail Internship for Investigative Journalism *NEWThis new internship will bring an early-career journalist to The Globe and Mail to pursue a six-month long investigative journalism project—focussed on public accountability, corporate responsibility and government funding—under the guidance of editors and senior reporters.The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for the intern to stretch his or her investigative journalism skills with the help of some of the country’s best reporters and editors.Read the award details.CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in JournalismThis award honours a Canadian organization that embodies exemplary journalism with a resulting impact on the community it serves. There are two winners, one for large media and one for small. Read the award details.CJF Innovation AwardAt a time when news organizations face unprecedented challenges, this award recognizes innovations that have a demonstrated impact in advancing the quality and viability of journalism. The winner will receive $10,000, with thanks to sponsor Chevrolet. Read the award details.Lifetime Achievement AwardThe award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to journalism in Canada. The recipient will have demonstrated, throughout his/her career, a commitment to the highest journalistic standards and ideals. His/her work and contribution to the field and society should serve as a model that inspires excellence in others. We encourage nominations from all categories of journalism. Read the award details.CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism FellowshipsThese fellowships allow two Indigenous journalists early in their careers (one to 10 years of experience) to explore issues of interest while being hosted by CBC News for one month at its Indigenous Centre in Winnipeg. A stipend of $3,000, all associated travel and accommodation costs, and a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses will be covered by the CJF. Thank you to RBC Foundation and CN, and individual donors Rosemary Speirs, CJF honorary governor, and Isabel Bassett, former chair and CEO of TVO, for their generous support of these fellowships. Read the award details.The Landsberg AwardIn partnership with the Canadian Women’s Foundation, this award recognizes a working journalist doing exceptional research, analysis and writing through a gender lens about women’s equality issues. Journalists working in print, broadcast and online news reporting are eligible to apply. The award is named after Michele Landsberg—award-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist and feminist. The award recipient will receive a $5,000 prize from the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Read the award details.Greg Clark AwardThis award is unique in Canadian journalism, designed to offer early-career journalists (one to five years of experience) a chance to gain insight and meet key decision-makers on their beats. The successful applicant will get an opportunity to spend up to a week observing the inner workings of an organization not usually accessible to the working journalist. This award is generously supported by Shaw Communications and the Toronto Star. Read the award details.All recipients will be recognized at the annual CJF Awards (#CJFawards) at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 8. Early-bird rates for tickets and tables are available until March 31.About The Canadian Journalism FoundationEstablished in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend industry gala where Canada’s top newsmakers meet Canada’s top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speakers’ series, we facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also supports journalism websites J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca (French) and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment To celebrate and honour excellence in journalism across the country, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) welcomes submissions for its 2017 awards program. The awards recognize journalistic achievements of both individuals and news organizations, and provide unique opportunities for those early in their careers. The deadline for all awards is Feb. 24, 2017.“The CJF’s annual awards recognize the contributions and achievements of news organizations large and small—and both young and veteran journalists—in carrying on Canada’s tradition of great journalism that informs, engages and challenges audiences, helping to build a better democracy and country in the process,” says Christopher Waddell, chair of the CJF awards committee and associate professor with Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication.The awards now open for submissions are: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

CANADA MEDIA FUND AND SHAW ROCKET FUND ANNOUNCE 33M IN FUNDING TO

first_imgTotal$2,200,000$1,100,000 Ara’s ImaginariumOxus Films$233,333$116,667 Facebook The selected projects will provide entertainment, education, and new experiences for kids. They are original, animated series, in their first season, which meet the CMF’s definition of Children and Youth programming, created initially for digital distribution–including subscription video-on-demand services–on a platform that is meaningfully available to Canadian audiences.The CMF-SRF Kids Digital Animated Series Program encourages the production of innovative content in today’s media landscape. It gives priority to series that focus on creativity and originality, demonstrate an understanding of the audience through discoverability, have the potential to evolve into a subsequent season or a longer format, and that use technology to increase animation quality. Advertisement Login/Register With: Galapagos XBig Bad Boo Productions$300,000$150,000 Twitter Advertisement CHAOSCarpe Diem Film and TV$333,333$166,667 PROJECT NAMECOMPANYCMFSRF About the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content for all audiovisual platforms. In addition, it guides Canadian content towards a competitive global digital environment by supporting industry innovation, rewarding success, promoting diversity of voices, and encouraging access to content through public- and private-sector partnerships. The CMF receives funding from the Government of Canada and from cable, satellite and IP service distributors across the country. Please visit cmf-fmc.ca.About Shaw Rocket FundThe Shaw Rocket Fund (SRF) is a vital partner of the Canadian children’s media sector in offering children robust world-leading content on all platforms. The Rocket Fund invests in and supports Canadian-made media that reflects Canadian values and diversity, and most of all respects and speaks to children, while positively showcasing Canadian leadership on the world stage. By working with producers, regulators, and government, the Shaw Rocket Fund aims to make quality content for kids a global priority.  Since its inception, the Shaw Rocket Fund has invested over $220 million in 865 Canadian media content for children, family, and youth audiences worldwide.  Contributors to the Fund are Shaw Communications and Shaw Direct. Li’l SantaDi-O-Matic$350,000$175,000 Piper’s Pony TalesEpic Story Media$350,000$175,000 Toronto, June 10, 2019 — The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Shaw Rocket Fund (SRF) announced today that seven kids’ projects will receive $3.3M in funding as part of their partnership program to fund the production of Canadian digital-first animated series for children and youth. The CMF and the SRF were impressed by the quality of applications received for this new program and are eager to see the selected projects come to fruition. DouniaTobo$283,333$141,667 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jeremy Fisher Junior Presents Jeremy and TunebugVérité Films$350,000$175,000 Advertisementlast_img read more