first_imgTrainingOn 16 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. This week’s training newsTaster success Taster courses could be the key to attracting the disadvantaged intotraining, according to research. The report, conducted by the Learning andSkills Development Agency, found that courses lasting three to six hours weresuccessful in attracting adults who were new to education. IT courses were themost popular. merger talks Two national training authorities have begun merger talks ahead of agovernment announcement on the future of NTOs. The Engineering and Marine TrainingAuthority expects to complete its discussions with the Science Technical andMathematics Council by the end of November. adds 12 topics The Construction Industry Training Board has added 12 topics to its healthand safety training. The Tool Box Talks and Tool Box Talks Presenter’s Coursenow have a total of 69 themes, including site transport and personal hygiene.The course can be delivered by an A6 binder, or by the presenter’s course whichis accompanied by lecture notes and slides. NVQ’s milestone The construction craft NVQ has awarded its 200,000th assessment to ColinHead, of Edmund Nuttall. The milestone reflects the increase of on-siteassessment centres, which by May had reached 127, with 5,754 and follows lastyear’s record of 51,500 NVQ registrations. The on-site training gives staff thechance to obtain a recognised NVQ and hold a CSCS card. shows way A course to help staff deal with the Financial Services and Market Act hasbeen launched via a programme of e-learning solutions. N2 Briefing for AllStaff, has been developed by Wide Learning in association with KPMG, a globalnetwork of professional service firms. The release is designed to meet the needfor greater N2 awareness and training solutions. for optometrists High street optician Dollond & Aitchison is running a new trainingscheme for graduate optometrists. The company wants its recruits to build ontheir clinical skills with better customer care. Designed by training firmInteraction, the course will help graduates listen to and empathise with theirpatients. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Police and Military Personnel Rescued in Operation JaqueSpeak about Their “Rebirth”

first_imgBy Dialogo June 23, 2009 Bogotá, 20 June (EFE).- The eleven Colombian police and military personnel rescued almost a year ago in Operation Jaque spoke today about their “rebirth” and about how they struggle daily to rebuild their lives after having been kidnapped by the FARC, in some cases for more than a decade. The commander of the Colombian armed forces, Gen. Freddy Padilla, brought them all together today in Bogotá for a small recognition ceremony, and each one spoke about his life in freedom. Major Juan Carlos Bermeo got married recently, Sgt. Amaón Flórez is studying French, and Police Sgt. Julio César Buitrago says that he is catching up on new technology. They share many things, but one above all: the desire to make up for the time that the FARC took away from them prior to 2 July 2008, the day they were rescued by the army, together with former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. contractors. “Sometimes you want to do more than you can, trying to make up for lost time,” EFE was told by Major Bermeo, who has finished a semester of university studies and has taken various courses during the last year, besides getting married. For Sergeant Flórez, who admits being “filled with happiness,” has been most important to reunite with his loved ones in the last year, because, he comments, in the case of a kidnapping lasting over ten years like his, “the family falls apart; some go in one direction and others in another.” Flórez told EFE that the experiences of captivity cannot be forgotten in a year, but he believes that things are going “very well” for him, and he is concentrating on his studies and on moving forward “helping” the country. “What is most important is being reborn, starting over,” emphasized Sergeant Buitrago, who upon recovering his freedom was faced with the fact that his daughters were already almost teenagers and who therefore acknowledged that “it’s not easy to get close to them; they didn’t grow up with their dad.” Buitrago, amazed at the “technological advances” that have taken place since he was kidnapped, explains that he has an email account and an account on the social-networking site Facebook. In addition, he thinks that Bogotá, his home, “appears more organized. You don’t see as much poverty, as much garbage” as before. “On the social level it has changed a lot, the same as with security,” in his opinion. Sgt. José Miguel Arteaga’s plans are to study veterinary medicine and have “about three” children with Nancy Torres, his wife, whom he met a few days after Jaque Operation in the bank where she works. At the moment he is studying systems management and French, and he says that both Nancy and his family have been his great supports in overcoming the difficulties of returning to freedom. Sgt. William Pérez, a friend and nurse of Betancourt during her captivity, knows those difficulties very well, given that for him adjusting to life outside the jungle continues to be a “long” and “difficult” process. “You can’t find things to talk about with your family. We didn’t talk about the kidnapping,” he commented to EFE. He also indicated that he has been able to eat very little for a month, that he has been unable to watch television because it gave him a headache, and that he woke up in the middle of night when he heard the sound of an airplane. According to Pérez, who still has occasional nightmares, “more aftereffects” of the kidnapping will probably appear with the upcoming first anniversary of Jaque Operation. “I talk to Ingrid (Betancourt) every week,” Pérez revealed, adding that he maintains a friendship with her and is pained by the criticism that the former presidential candidate has received from other fellow captives. With regard to the hostages still held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Major Bermeo is optimistic and believes that they will recover their freedom soon. Along the same lines, Sergeant Flórez expressed the opinion that it is indeed possible to put an end to the FARC and to other groups “on the fringes of the law” that have done a great deal of damage to Colombia, for which reason he appealed to all his fellow citizens for unity and “greater efforts” to obtain peace. “The guerrillas have no arguments any more for not freeing those who are there.” With the rescue of Betancourt, who was “their trophy,” the FARC “have nothing with which to pressure or blackmail the state,” Buitrago reflected. “There’s only going to be one Jaque Operation, but there are lots of people working every day to bring back home those who are left,” Sergeant Pérez stated.last_img read more

Arsenal vs Man Utd team news: Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang start, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba return

first_img About Connatix V67539 / 1/1 SPONSORED by Metro Top articles Read More Skip Coming Next Skip Ad Sean KearnsSunday 10 Mar 2019 3:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link582Shares Read More Alexandre Lacazette starts ahead with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has named an ultra-attacking starting line-up to face Manchester United with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey picked together in attack.The Gunners were humbled 3-1 by Rennes in midweek, leaving their Europa League hopes hanging by a thread.Ozil was recalled for that match and was expected to make way against the Red Devils but he starts, as well as Ramsey in midfield.Aubameyang, similarly, had been expected to make way but he starts alongside Lacazette in attack while Ainsley Maitland Niles slots in at right-back.ADVERTISEMENT Read More Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made three changes to his side that stunned Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.AdvertisementAdvertisementPaul Pogba returns from suspension, while Nemanja Matic returns from injury.Diogo Dalot came on for the injured Eric Bailly in Paris and he starts today in what could be a more advanced position.center_img Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Advertisement 1 min. story Read More Video Settings Comment Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More PLAY Full Screen Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Arsenal vs Man Utd team news: Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang start, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba return Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgProtestors outside County House this morning. Pics by North West Newspix.Up to 100 protestors have gathered outside County House in Lifford to protest at a meeting of councillors and Irish Water.The protestors are from both the Can’t Pay Won’t Pay and Right2Water groups.Gardai are at the scene in an overseeing capacity. There have been no reports of any incidents. MORE THAN 100 PROTESTORS AT IRISH WATER MEETING AT COUNCIL OFFICES was last modified: January 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:county councildonegalIrish Waterprotestorslast_img read more

Southampton v Chelsea line-ups: Trio start, Saints star returns

first_imgFilipe Luis, John Mikel Obi and Andre Schurrle have been included in the Chelsea starting line-up at Southampton, whose captain Jose Fonte returns from suspension.Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand cannot play against the Blues under the terms of his loan deal so he has been replaced at left-back by youngster Matthew Targett. Southampton: Forster, Yoshida, Fonte, Alderweireld, Targett, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Tadić, Mané, Pellè.Subs: K. Davis, Gardos, Long, Ward-Prowse, Isgrove, Reed, McCarthy. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Mikel; Schurrle, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Willian, Remy, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Football Fridays fever mounts

first_imgSouth Africa’s 2010 mascot Zakumiinteracted with government employees atthe Football Fridays launch. Diski Dancers teaching governmentofficials the dance. Deputy health minister Molefi Sefularoblows on his vuvuzela. (Images: BonganiNkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Terrence Manase The Presidency+12 300 5436 or +27 82 338 6707RELATED ARTICLES• Peace football tournament for SA • Stadiums ‘on track’ for 2010• Get kitted for Football FridaysBongani NkosiThe South African government has thrown its full weight behind Football Fridays – a campaign to drum up support for national football squad Bafana Bafana ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Football Fridays was officially launched at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 30 October 2009 and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe was there to give his seal of approval.“We would like to make the call to all South Africans, especially public servants, to wear football jerseys every Friday in anticipation of this great celebration coming our way next year … the Football Friday concept is one such initiative that government fully supports,” he said.The drive was introduced in September by the International Marketing Council (IMC) and has since been encouraging the public to don shirts of their favourite team, be it Kaizer Chiefs or Manchester United, at the end of every working week.As the custodian of Brand South Africa, the IMC’s primary task is to promote the country as a destination “Alive with Possibility”.“Fly the Flag for Football”, of which Football Fridays is a part, and “Feel the Diski Rhythm: it’s time to celebrate 2010!” are further IMC initiatives designed to ignite football spirit in South Africa before the World Cup kicks off here in June next year.At Friday’s launch government officials and Union Buildings employees turned out in their droves to be introduced to Football Fridays in style. “We must ensure that every public servant wears their jersey every Friday,” said the Presidency’s chief operations officer Jesse Duarte.The intention is to get every working South African in his or her football jersey every Friday, including those in the private sector, where the initiative is already taking shape, said Irvin Khoza, chairperson of the 2010 Local Organising Committee.Besides getting the nation in the desired mood for an exciting tournament, Football Fridays will also inspire national unity that is “required to host a successful World Cup”.“Football Fridays is a brilliant concept. We encourage everybody to support it,” Irvin said.“We believe that [Football Fridays] will help us define our South Africanness,” said IMC CEO Paul Bannister.Bafana Bafana gears upFootball Fridays, said Sports and Recreation Minister Makhenkesi Stofile, is all about “laying a solid foundation to build a movement around Bafana Bafana”.The minister added that the initiative will go a long way in reigniting the spirit shown to the national team during the Fifa Confederations Cup in June 2009.Bafana, which had struggled during the eight matches in the run-up to the tournament, put in a sterling performance at the Confed Cup. It collected four points in the group stages and went on to lose 1-0 to Brazil in the semi-finals. Many a local football critic commended the team for their accomplishment.Just recently the South African Football Association reinstated Bafana’s former coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, which will undoubtedly boost the squad’s morale.The Brazilian coach, who is famed for bringing brought World Cup victory to his country, is replacing fellow Brazilian Joel Santana who had a difficult time during his South African tenure.At the launch world football icon and former Bafana captain Lucas Radebe said South Africa’s recent below-par performance is not likely to continue into 2010. “I believe that this is a blessing in disguise … the team will really perform well at the right time. The players must know that they have the support of the nation.”But Bafana Bafana isn’t the only team South Africans are expected to support during next year’s spectacle: all African teams participating need the backing of the nation.To date Ghana and Ivory Coast have secured their places, alongside South Africa, which qualified automatically as the host nation. The last African nation to be represented at the World Cup has yet to qualify.Motlanthe was quick to congratulate the placing of the two West African teams, which look set to deliver a promising performance.“Bafana will not lack support, but we must ensure that the other African teams are largely backed … we call on all South Africans and Africans to come together as a one team,” Khoza said.“[It is] an event that will send a message to the world that Africa’s time has come,” he added.Welcoming the worldFootball Fridays also aims to inspire South Africans to give a warm welcome to international football fans and become top-notch hosts during the World Cup.“We must also ensure that those who come to our shores want to come back again. We must make them love South Africa,” said Stofile.To ensure a smooth and safe World Cup, government has invested R1.3-billion (US$164.9-million) to boost security in the country. As part of this, 41 000 police officers, including 10 000 reservists, will be deployed to monitor the month-long event. The officers will be supported by 10 000 staffers from various government departments to form the Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure.During next year’s World Cup dedicated investigation teams and special courts will be set up to deal with all football-related crimes on a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week basis, Motlanthe pointed out.The special courts and police stations will be set up close to host venues, “making processing and prosecutions much quicker, especially if or when a foreigner is affected”.“We have every confidence in our security establishment to secure this event,” he said.World Cup visitors will also be treated to a much-improved public transport system, made possible by government’s R11.7-billion ($1.48-billion) investment.The world-class Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system, already operational in Johannesburg, will be extended to the host cities of Cape Town, Pretoria/Tshwane and Port Elizabeth, while other modes of public transport are also being beefed up around the country.“I have no doubt that when the last whistle blows, our country and continent will never be the same again,” Motlanthe said.Time to Diski!With South Africa being a country of rhythm, there has to be a dance style to rouse excitement ahead of the 2010 spectacle – and the Diski Dance is there just for that. It will be the official theme dance for the nation during the tournament.All South Africans are encouraged to learn the dance, created by choreographer Wendy Ramokgadi.“I urge all of you to learn the Diski Dance as part of being a good host and welcoming the world in a celebratory style,” said Motlanthe.Groups of young dancers have been deployed across the country to teach the public the moves, said senior dancer Cassius Tlhotlhalamaja. “People are interested in Diski Dance. It is becoming a trademark,” he added.The dance, which imitates “diski” moves, is easy to learn, with the full version just five steps long. The entire piece can be performed in less than three minutes, experts say. “Diski” is a South African township slang word for football.The dance is also being promoted through commercial media, with a Diski Dance advertisement having already hit local television stations.“It’s our South African Macarena and our R Kelly step in the name of love,” Tlhotlhalamaja said.last_img read more

Former Indian hockey legend Mohammed Shahid battling for life

first_imgHe’s won many battles in life but this one will count the most. Mohammed Shahid, considered as one of India’s best to have played the game, is battling for his life in the ICU of a Gurgaon hospital after being diagnosed with severe liver malfunction.Flown in from Varanasi on Wednesday, 56-year-old Shahid was unwell since the start of this year but his condition worsened a few days ago.”There’s a huge problem with his liver and kidneys. We can’t say much at this stage. He wasn’t keeping well for last four or five months but we never thought it will be so serious. He complained of severe stomach ache and things went from bad to worse. There were rumours that he has dengue too but this is not true. I make an appeal to all of his fans to please pray for him,” a worried Mohammad Saif, the only son of hockey Olympian, told INDIA TODAY.The last time Indian hockey team struck gold at summer Olympics in Moscow 36 years ago, Shahid, one of the best players India has ever produced, played a huge role. For years, he was to Indian hockey what Kapil was to his ‘Devils’ in the 80s.  “I am really pained to see him in this state. To see such an iconic player suffering so much is extremely unfortunate,” says Zafar Iqbal, former captain of the Indian hockey team.”He is one of the greatest players this country has produced. We (Indian team) became famous because of him. Both of us played together for seven years – at the Olympics, Asian Games and World Cups. He was a star. It seems unbelievable that he is now fighting for his life, can’t speak and is almost unrecognizable due to severe swelling in his stomach and shrunk face. Can’t believe he is the same player. It’s really unfortunate,” Iqbal, who met Shahid’s family at the hospital on Thursday afternoon, added.advertisementGet-well-soon wishes are pouring from all corners of the country but Saif knows that the next 72 hours will be very crucial for his father.”His jaundice is getting worse. The doctors have told us that they can’t think of a liver transplant till next three or four days. Many fans have come forward to support us. I am just praying he recovers soon. So far, nobody from the Sports Ministry or hockey federation have contacted us,” he said.Iqbal, however, promised full support from the hockey fraternity.”If need be, we are all ready to support him. He has tremendous fan-following and we have no doubt that government will also come forward for help if any such situation arises. He is a very senior officer working with the Indian Railways so I don’t think there will be any issue as of now,” said the former captain and chief coach of the Indian hockey team.GOVERNMENT FINALLY OFFERS HELPAs  Shahid continues to battle for his life in a Gurgaon hospital, the government has finally acted and offered help to ailing star’s family. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports tweeted Friday afternoon that he has “issued instructions to his ministry to offer all possible assistance” to Shahid’s family. PILLAY APPEALS  Another legend of the sport, Dhanraj Pillay, had on Friday morning appealed to the Prime Minister to intervene. “Shahid bhai is a legend, an icon, someone who made India proud internationally. Indian hockey was known across the world because of players like him. As a person and as a player, he lifted the tricolour high with pride in being an Indian. It is a pity that today not even a single senior political leader has bothered to even enquire about his condition even though he has been in the ICU for two days now. I appeal to our honourable Prime Minister, sports minister, all sports associations and everyone else to please take note of the Shahid bhai’s condition and provide all help possible. We are also trying to mobilise all support from our end,” Pillay said.last_img read more

US authorities targeting TorontoNew York City Chinese human smuggling network using Akwesasne

first_img(Screen grab of search warrant affidavit to examining cell phones seized during Aug. 11 arrest of 3 Chinese nationals)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsU.S. federal authorities are trying to dismantle a smuggling network moving Chinese nationals from Toronto to New York City through the Mohawk community of Akwesasne which straddles the Canada-U.S. border, court documents show.The smuggling network advertises its services by publishing ads in Chinese-language newspapers sold in the Toronto-area. The ads include the phone number of a broker who sets up the smuggling run, according to court documents filed with the U.S. Federal Court Northern New York District.Akwesasne, a Mohawk community straddling the Ontario, Quebec and New York State borders, is often used by networks trying to smuggle people from Canada into the U.S.The geographic location of Akwesasne, with a portion of the St. Lawrence River running through it, makes it an attractive area to attempt runs across the border. It is possible to take a boat from the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River to the southern shore of the St. Regis Village or Snye areas of Akwesasne and then walk across unguarded portions of the international boundary into the U.S.U.S. authorities have recently turned their attention to a network smuggling Chinese nationals from Toronto to New York City.The U.S. Border Patrol filed three search warrant affidavits last Thursday with the Federal Court to conduct forensic examinations of cell phones and a GPS device seized during the Aug. 11 arrest of three Chinese nationals who were on U.S. soil illegally. The three individuals were in a 2013 white Honda Pilot SUV with New York State plates that was stopped by the U.S. Border Patrol shortly after it left the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino.Court documents show U.S. Border Patrol investigators are trying to dismantle the Chinese smuggling network through leads unearthed by examining the seized cells phones and GPS device.Investigators are currently focusing on a Chinese national named Wanxiang Chen, the driver of the SUV, who admitted to authorities he had successfully transported seven people in three previous trips from Akwesasne to New York City, according to court documents.Chen, who lives between the Brooklyn and Queens boroughs of the city, was also found by authorities to be residing in the U.S. illegally.A U.S. Federal Court judge has ordered Chen’s two passengers, Lili Cai and Kang Shen Shi, to appear as material witnesses against Chen during trial.Cai and Shi’s immigration status in Canada remains unclear.U.S. Border Patrol investigators turned their sights on Chen after obtaining information following a raid of a home in Akwesasne in July and from the cooperation of an individual facing alien smuggling charges. Investigators were tipped off to a smuggling operation involving Chinese nationals set for July 27.  This eventually led them to Chen’s Honda SUV, according to court documents.When Chen returned on Aug. 11, Border Patrol agents were ready.Court documents reviewed by APTN formed a partial snapshot of how the smuggling operation worked and it began with the newspaper ad.Cai told investigators that she phoned the number in the newspaper ad. The man who answered the phone set up the operation and arranged transport from the Toronto area to a marina on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. The trip would cost Cai $8,000.Cai told investigators she was transported across the river, but the documents provided no details on how she ended up at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, which sits on the U.S. side of the community, where she was eventually picked-up by Chen.Previous human smuggling cases, however, revealed that smuggled individuals are usually hidden in a home in the community after they are taken by boat across the river. They are then spirited to a spot on the outskirts of the reserve for the final leg of the trip to New York City or other points. In one case last year, an Akwesasne resident bought bus tickets for two Chinese nationals for the trip to New York City.After Cai phoned the number in the newspaper, a man from a “travel agency” in New York City contacted Chen to travel to the casino for the pick-up. It would be his fourth trip. Chen told authorities he was paid $900 cash for each trip by a man who handed the money over on a street corner in the city.This time, however, Border Patrol agents were watching as he drove his SUV into the parking lot of the casino and through the valet parking area near the entrance to pick up Cai and Shi. The SUV left the casino at 12:56 p.m. It was tracked and pulled-over at 1:06 p.m. on State Route 37 as Chen and his occupants travelled through Fort Covington, NY.Chen, who is in custody, is scheduled for trial which is scheduled to begin Nov. 9 in Syracuse, NY.None of the allegations contained in the court documents have been proven in [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Giants Fan Throws Banana Near Orioles Adam Jones Apologizes

Photo by Giants fan, 48-year-old Alexander Poulides, insists he did not intend to throw a banana at the Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones after doing just that.Jones, who is black, did not take kindly to the act—which had strong racial tones.Poulides told the San Jose Mercury News that he grabbed a banana off a catering cart at AT&T Park and threw it toward the field in frustration near the end of the Orioles’ 10-2 victory over the struggling Giants. That says a lot about a grown man right there.The banana landed  in the vicinity of Jones, who angrily tweeted about the incident following the game, criticizing people who apparently defended the incident and hinting that he may no longer participate in social media.Poulides said he had no idea of the controversy until he got home and watched the local news.“Oh, my god,” Poulides told the newspaper he thought when he watched the broadcast. “I threw a banana on my way out. . . I’m embarrassed and shocked by the outcome. In hindsight, I wish I didn’t do it and I apologize. I’m very sorry.”“It’s unfortunate that things happen like that,” Jones said ,”but it ain’t going stop me, myself and the Orioles, We have games to win. It’s mid-August. I’ve got a bigger concern in my head than someone’s ignorance or act of whatever. You know what I mean?”The Giants released a public statement earlier Monday, saying:“We were extremely disappointed to learn about the incident involving Adam Jones at AT&T Park yesterday. The Giants have a zero tolerance policy against this type of behavior, which results in immediate ejection from the ballpark. While we have been investigating the matter since we learned of the situation, unfortunately we have been unable to identify the person responsible.“We would like to extend our sincerest apologies to Adam and the entire Orioles organization for this unfortunate incident. The inappropriate actions of this individual in no way reflect the values of our organization and our fans.”Jones, who scored a home run and had four RBIs in the game, tweeted to his more than 129,000 followers: “I want to thank whatever slapd— threw that banana towards my direction in CF in the last inning. Way to show ur class u jacka–.” read more