“We’ve come here four times and won four games, so we believe we can win here all the time now,” said Brown, afer Celtic ended a Rangers six-game winning run that had sparked suggestions of an unlikely title challenge.“They did a lot of talking beforehand – we stayed quiet. We usually do our talking on the park.”Rangers’ wait for a first league win over Celtic since 2012 continues, but they looked set to stretch their recent fine run when they twice went in front through Josh Windass and Daniel Candeias in the first-half.Rangers failed to hold either lead for long as first Tom Rogic and then Moussa Dembele equalised. The hosts failed to exploit Jozo Simunovic’s red card just before the hour mark before Edouard came off the bench to score the winner.“It’s incredibly tough,” said Rangers manager Graeme Murty. “We were punished by not doing the basics very well.”– ‘Immense performance’ –Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers were forced to hand a debut to goalkeeper Scott Bain due to a late injury picked up by Dorus de Vries, and the replacement played a big part in helping the champions seal a record fourth straight win at Ibrox.“It feels great,” Rodgers said after the victory. “It was an immense performance considering we went behind very early in the game.”“You can see the intensity in the stadium today. It was an incredible football match to be involved in.”Bain’s first involvement was to pick the ball out of his net after a terrible error by Dedryck Boyata, who gifted possession to Windass. The Rangers winger strode forward before blasting his 17th goal of the season.Rangers’ early joy lasted just eight minutes as Rogic replied in spectacular fashion, curling into the top corner from 25 yards.Rangers quickly reestablished their lead thanks to more poor Celtic defending.Declan John’s low cross evaded a host of bodies and fell for Candeias to fire home at the far post.Again Celtic responded brightly and Wes Fotheringham was forced into brilliant saves to deny Dembele and Callum McGregor.The visitor’s pressure paid off in first-half stoppage time when Dembele rounded off a frantic half by lobbing Fotheringham for his sixth goal in eight games against Rangers.After a brief lull after the break, Rangers seemed to have been handed the upper hand once more when Simunovic was shown a straight red card for what the referee’s assistant deemed to be an elbow on Morelos.However, despite their numerical advantage, Rangers were caught cold by a clinical Celtic counter-attack.Edouard had only been on the field two minutes before he collected Dembele’s layoff and then cut inside to curl high into the far corner.In contrast to their defending earlier in the game, Celtic’s 10 men largely soaked up Rangers’ pressure trouble free.But they were enjoyed a huge let off two minutes from time when Bain saved Windass’s low effort and Morelos somehow turned the rebound onto the post with the goal gaping from point-blank range.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Substitute Odsonne Edouard (R) came on to score the winner for 10-man Celtic 21 minutes from time to open up a nine-point lead over Rangers © AFP/File / Franck FIFEGLASGOW, United Kingdom, Mar 11 – Celtic captain Scott Brown dismissed talk of Rangers challenging for the Scottish title after his side twice trailed and played more than 30 minutes a man short yet won 3-2 at Ibrox on Sunday.Substitute Odsonne Edouard’s winner for the 10 men, 21 minutes from time opened up a nine-point lead over Rangers. Celtic also have a game in hand at the top of the table as they close in on a seventh straight Premiership title.
The warm weather is set to continue across Donegal today with a high of up to 25 degrees forecast by Met Eireann.The slightly bad news is that there will be a little more cloud than yesterday but it still promises to be very warm with some good prolonged spells of sunshine throughout. Gardai and the emergency services have warned member of the public to observe bathing signs.The ESB has also asked the public not to swim in their freshwater reservoir at Assaroe in Ballyshannon.The following is Met Eireann’s forecast for today for ULster including Co DOnegal.“Dry again tomorrow, Wednesday with mist and low cloud becoming confined to coastal parts in the morning. It will be sunny and warm generally with highest temperatures of 20 to 25 or 26 degrees, warmest in southern parts of the province, though values will be a few degrees lower in coastal parts. Winds will be light to moderate north to northwesterly.” ANOTHER HOT, HOT DAY FORECAST FOR ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: June 18th, 2014 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:donegalforecastMet Eireannsunshine
6 September 2007The top technocrat in the Department of Home Affairs, Director-General Mavuso Msimang, has his eye on transforming the beleaguered organisation within 12 months.Briefing the media on his first 100 days in office, Msimang said Home Affairs had the reputation of “being one of South Africa’s most dysfunctional departments”. The department has a backlog of some 600 000 identity document (ID) applications and over 144 000 refugee applications.The former CEO of the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) said he was on record as saying the department was “sick,” and pledged that it would be carrying out its job – as the country’s custodian of citizenship – efficiently in roughly 12 months.“The Department of Home Affairs’ objective is to transform the department into a modern, efficient, cost-effective service organisation responsive to the needs of South African citizens, residents and visitors to our country.”In line with this vision, the director-general had visited local and provincial offices, interacted with his counterparts in other departments, embarked on a technology fact-finding mission to Japan, and met with the United Nations Children’s Fund and UN High Commission for Refugees.“We have designed a comprehensive strategy for Home Affairs that analyses the root of our problems and identifies opportunites for immediate action,” Msimang said.This strategy will be rolled out over the next two years, with the first phase – running until December – involving understanding the problems facing the department, designing a vision for the future and implementing “quick wins”.These “quick wins” will include the launch of an ID track and trace system, streamlining the ID application process, dealing with refugee application backlogs, enhancing permit application processes and reviewing current IT systems and projects.“Our first major quick win will be to provide a streamlined, efficient, customer-centred ID process through a reliable new tracking system which will enable customers to query the status of their applications without having to queue at an office,” Msimang said.The system, launched in August, allows customers to trace the progress of their ID applications via their cellphones, laptops and PCs. Besides the obvious benefits, it cuts down on the opportunities for corruption.The system will be bolstered with staff and management training, the addition of new fingerprint scanning machines, and better use of existing image capturing machines.It currently takes over 100 days for an ID book to be processed, and by the time a customer receives it, it has been handled about 80 times, Msimang said. The department would be looking to remove a number of bottlenecks from this process.The director-general noted that while “a lot of people are supervisors, they do not quite know what that means”. Management training would instil a culture of accountability among Home Affairs’ staff.Before a recent operations management exercise, Msimang said, documents were “stored haphazardly and the environment was untidy … Today the environment has been cleaned up and basic document management processes have been put in place.”Regarding refugees in South Africa, he said the department had launched a project to clear the backlog of over 144 000 asylum applications.In tandem with this, the department had announced a two-month grace period for outstanding asylum applications, to run between September and October 2007.“Absolutely fundamental to the running of any organisation” was its IT services, Msimang said, noting that R700-million had been budgeted for a complete revamp of Home Affairs’ IT services.Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentWASHINGTON (DTN) — Be careful about that salad you might eat in the coming days and take some time to know what kind of lettuce is in it and where it was grown.A romaine lettuce outbreak has now spread to 19 states with 67 reported cases and 39 hospitalizations as the Centers for Disease Control continues warning consumers not to eat romaine lettuce from the Salinas Valley in California.The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control updated details initially late last week, telling consumers to avoid romaine lettuce from the Salinas Valley due to illnesses from E. coli O157. A map released Tuesday by the CDC shows Wisconsin, with 21 cases, and Ohio, with 12 cases, have been hit especially hard by the outbreak. No other state had no more than four reported cases. https://www.cdc.gov/…The CDC stated in a tweet, “Do not eat, sell, or serve romaine lettuce from the Salinas growing region. If you don’t know or can’t tell where the lettuce is from, don’t eat it.” https://www.cdc.gov/…All industry sectors are asked to withdraw romaine lettuce products off the shelves and coolers from the Salinas Valley area.The head of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) and Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., both said they were devastated by the news and would work with the FDA and the CDC to try to figure out the root cause of the outbreak.“No one is more frustrated than the producers of leafy greens that outbreaks continue to be associated with our products,” said Scott Horsfall, CEO of the LGMA, a food safety program created in 2007 to prevent foodborne illnesses caused by lettuce and leafy greens.“We are devastated as a leafy greens community when this happens,” said Dan Sutton, a farmer from Oceano, California. “Our thoughts go to those affected by this outbreak. But that’s why we want to continue to work with governmental agencies to learn why this is happening so that we can improve.”Right now, romaine is being harvested in Arizona and southern California growing areas that are not part of this outbreak, and harvest is nearly complete in the Salinas Valley, Horsfall said. The public health risk is only focused on product form the Salinas area.“Public health agencies have stated that only product from the Salinas area is included in the consumer advisory. Romaine producers will be working closely with their customers to make sure all product from Salinas is removed from marketing channels, but romaine from any other growing area is safe for consumption.”LGMA added, “This means that romaine from the following regions is safe: Yuma, Phoenix, southern Arizona, northern Arizona, northern California, Santa Maria, southern California, Imperial Valley, Coachella and Central Valley. Product from Mexico and other states is also cleared. Hydroponically and greenhouse grown romaine is also not implicated in the outbreak.”“For the past year, producers have been voluntarily labeling romaine lettuce with information on harvest date and growing region,” explained Horsfall. “Today, this information provides consumers, retailers and foodservice operators with assurances the products they are purchasing have been identified as safe for consumption. We are hopeful these actions by industry will minimize withdrawal of safe product from stores and restaurants and reduce food waste.”The Produce Marketing Association highlighted that the investigation has shown the outbreak is not limited to any one form of romaine lettuce and could be chopped, processed or romaine hearts. Further, all of the cases are linked to a strain of E. coli O157:H7 identified in both November 2017 and November 2018 romaine outbreaks, the PMA stated.Panetta, who represents what he calls the “salad bowl” of the country, said, “As the representative of the Salinas Valley, food safety is of the utmost importance to me and my constituents. I urged Deputy Commissioner [Frank] Yiannas to work collaboratively and communicatively with industry partners to minimize any health risks to consumers and reduce the loss of safe and healthy crops that are not connected to this outbreak. He promised to provide my office with daily updates throughout the investigation.“I will continue to work with the FDA, CDC, and our producers to ensure that the investigation is completed in a timely manner so that our consumers are safe and our industry is secure in its production of romaine.”The current outbreak is occurring at a time when the production of leafy greens in central California is transitioning to growing regions in southern California and Arizona. It appears that romaine lettuce involved in this outbreak was likely harvested in the Salinas Valley growing area in September and October.“As farmers, we never want outbreaks to happen,” stressed Sutton, who serves as the chairman of the LGMA. “We will continue to do everything we possibly can to improve our required practices, to improve the way we farm leafy greens and to make sure we can improve the safety of these products we are putting out to our consumers.”“The situation is heartbreaking,” continued Sutton. “I have a very young family and the products we grow go to my family’s dinner table. My children consume the very same products we are sending out to consumers across the nation. That’s something I think about every day.”Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce: https://www.cdc.gov/…Produce Marketing Association: https://www.pma.com/…DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton contributed to this report.Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @hagstromreport(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Bin of Trackables entered into The Great Geocaching Block Party Travel Bug RaceUnd so fängt alles an – Das Große Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug®–Rennen! Heute entlassen wir die bei der Block Party 2012 gesammelten Trackables in den Geocaching.com–HQ–Cache. Diese Trackables müssen mindestens 2013 Meilen reisen, um ihr Travel Bug–Ziel zu erreichen und eine große Geschenktüte voll mit Geocaching.com–Artikeln zu gewinnen. Außerdem müssen sie vor der Geocaching Block Party 2013 zum Geocaching.com–HQ in Seattle zurückkehren. Die Trackables treten außerdem in diesen Disziplinen gegeneinander an:Als Schnellster TB zurück zum HQ (nach zurücklegen der Mindestentfernung)TB mit den meisten MeilenTB mit den meisten bereisten LändernTB mit dem besten BildTB mit dem besten LogeintragTB, der von den meisten Geocachern transportiert wurdeTB mit dem kreativsten “Hitchhiker” (am TB befestigter Gegenstand)Lackeys [Geocaching.com–Mitarbeiter] nehmen auch am großen Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug®–Rennen teil, jedoch ohne Anspruch auf Preise. Verfolge diesen Blogbeitrag, um diese Power–Rennteilnehmer in Aktion zu sehen. Wir wünschen Deinem Travel Bug viel Erfolg und möge das Glück stets mit Dir sein.Die Gewinner werden bei der Block Party 2013 bekanntgegeben. Wenn Du nächstes Jahr am Wettbewerb teilnehmen willst, musst Du Deinen Trackable persönlich bei der Block Party am 17. August 2013 in Seattle, WA abgeben.Ein besonderes Lob geht an Narilka für ihren Beitrag zu diesem großartigen Trackable–Logbuch. SharePrint RelatedThe Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug RaceAugust 17, 2012In “Community”Coming Down the Homestretch: The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug RaceAugust 14, 2013In “Community”Announcing the Victors of The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug RaceAugust 27, 2013In “Community” Geocacher Division:Geocacher–Abteilung:Lackey Division:Lackey–Abteilung:ADDITIONAL TRACKABLE STORIES:Zusätzliche Trackable Geschichten:Shareyour Trackable stories for a chance to win a rare and covetedMoun10bike Trackable.Share your Trackable stories for a chance to win the rare and coveted Moun10bike coinTeile jetzt Deine Trackable-Geschichten mit anderen und habe die Chance auf diesem seltenen und begehrten Moun10Bike Trackable.Shop Now to Find Trackable Week Discounts of 10% or MoreFinde jetzt Rabatte von 10% oder mehr während der Trackable-Woche(Für Trackables von teilnehmenden Anbietern)Learn and share Trackable EtiquettePrüfe und schaue Dir die Trackable Etikette anCheck out the Travel Bug that’s traveled far enough to circle the globe 8 times… and is still moving (and moving, and moving…)Schau Dir den Travel Bug an, der so weit gereist ist, um den Globus 8 Mal zu umrunden… und er ist immer noch unterwegs (und bewegt sich und bewegt sich…)Watch the 4 videos that will show your everything-you-ever-needed-to-know-about-Trackables.Entdecke die Grundlagen der Trackables… von der Aktivierung bis zum auf die Reise schicken. Share with your Friends:More One of the Travel Bug RacersAnd so it begins – The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug® Race! Today we will release Trackables collected at the 2012 Geocaching Block Party into the Geocaching.com HQ cache. To fulfill their Travel Bug destiny and win a great grab bag of Geocaching.com swag and merchandise, these trackables must travel a minimum of 2013 miles and return to Geocaching.com HQ in Seattle prior to the 2013 Geocaching Block Party. Additionally, these TBs will compete in the following categories:Fastest TB back to HQ (after traveling the minimum mileage)TB with the most mileageTB to travel to the most countriesTB with the best pictureTB with the best log entryTB with the most geocachers who moved the TBTB with the most creative Hitchhiker (item the TB is attached to)Lackeys will be competing in the The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug® Race as well, but not eligible for prizes. Keep an eye on this blog post to check out these power racers in action. Best of luck to your Travel Bug and may the odds be ever in your favor.The winners will be announced at the 2013 Block Party. If you would like to enter next year’s competition, you must present your trackable in-person at the 2013 Block Party, which will be held in Seattle, WA on August 17, 2013.
Kolkata: The notification declaring a total additional dearness allowance (DA) of 25 percent has been issued on Thursday. There will also be an ad-hoc increase in the existing daily rate of wages by Rs 53 from January 1 in 2019.The memorandum stated that “state government employees drawing basic pay up to Rs 80,000 per month, shall draw with effect from January 1, 2019 DA at 125 percent by taking into account the existing DA at 100 percent…” It has also been stated that “there will be a further ad-hoc increase in the existing daily rate of wages by Rs 53, with effect from January 1, 2019, for the daily wage workers under the government, whose wages are not regulated by any statutory provision like the Minimum wages Act.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn connection with the DA, it has been stated that it will be applicable for teachers and non-teaching employees of government-aided educational institutions, employees of statutory bodies, government undertakings, Panchayats including Panchayat Karmee and Municipal Corporations, Municipalities and local bodies. It may be recalled that on June 19, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced the release of additional DA for the state government employees, with the merger of 10 percent interim relief and it was 90 percent more than that of the Left Front government. She had said: “We are now announcing additional DA, despite there being financial constraints. But the decision to release the DA has been taken as I had given my word to the employees.”
Kolkata: Tension spread at Pratapgarh area in Garfa after a decomposed body of an aged person was found inside a house on Mahalaya.The neighbours identified the deceased as Nantu Pal, alias Santu (52). No foul play could be detected as till the last report came in. According to locals, Pal’s wife and their only son left the home a few days ago over some family disputes. The neighbours often used to hear sounds of altercations from Pal’s house. A few days ago, the situation got heated up that made his wife and son leave the house. Since then, he used to leave alone in the house. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources informed that the neighbours did not see Pal for the last couple of days. As Pal was depressed after his wife and son left, the neighbours did not doubt anything. On Monday morning, some of the locals found foul smell coming out from Pal’s house. They went to his house and found the door locked from inside. Some of them called Pal but there was no response. Immediately, Garfa Police Station was informed. A team from Garfa Police Station went there and broke the main door to gain access inside the house. As police entered the house, they found Pal’s body lying on the floor. According to an assumption by the police, Pal might have died at least 4 days ago. The body was immediately recovered and sent for an autopsy. A case over Pal’s unnatural death has been initiated. No foul play could be suspected.