BLUES FALL TO GRYPHONS IN PRE-SEASON FINALE

first_img The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s basketball team dropped a narrow 81-75 decision to the Guelph Gryphons in exhibition action on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 20).The game was played at St. Mary’s High School in Woodstock, Ont.Sophomore guard Evan Shakami led the Blues with 19 points, while both Inaki Alvarez and Daniel Johansson had 10 each.UP NEXT: The Blues open their 2018-19 regular season campaign next Friday, October 26 as they travel across town to take on the Ryerson Rams. Tip off is set for 8 p.m. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.  Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Story Linkslast_img read more

Space station life back to normal Astronauts finish up tasks put on hold during repairs

first_imgHOUSTON – Restoration of a failed computer system returned life to a regular rhythm Sunday on the international space station as two astronauts completed the fourth spacewalk since space shuttle Atlantis docked with the outpost a week ago. “We’re slowly moving back into a normal mode of operations,” station commander Fyodor Yurchikhin radioed Mission Control in Moscow. The “normal mode” included the last spacewalk of the mission – a previously unscheduled fourth trip outside the space station to finish tasks originally scheduled for Friday. Astronauts on the Friday spacewalk had done the unplanned job of repairing a thermal blanket, which had peeled back near Atlantis’ tail during the June 8 launch. Astronauts Patrick Forrester and Steven Swanson completed almost all of their tasks in the nearly 6 -hour spacewalk Sunday. “We can report that things are still improving,” said flight director Holly Ridings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They activated a rotating joint – their top priority – on the outpost’s newest segment so a new pair of solar wings can track the sun and provide power to the station. The solar arrays were delivered to the space station by Atlantis. The astronauts also set up a new camera stanchion outside the station’s newest segment and a computer network cable between the United States and Russian sides of the space station. They were not able to bolt down a problematic debris shield and instead secured it in place with tethers. At the end of the day, flight controllers on the ground planned to give the rotating joint a small test by moving it 5 degrees. A more thorough test to see whether the solar arrays track the sun was in store for today. Today, flight controllers also planned to test the space station’s thrusters, which haven’t been used since the crash last week of the Russian computers, which control orientation and oxygen production. Yurchikhin and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov got four of the six computer processors operating again Friday. The remaining two were brought back online on Saturday but then flipped back off to be in “cold standby mode” so that they could be used if needed. last_img read more

Outrage at second tyre slashing attack at private house

first_imgGardai at Bunbeg are investigating an incident at Ranafast overnight where tyres on a car were slashed.The vehicle was parked outside a private dwelling and the vandalism was discovered this morning.It is understood Gardai are investigating whether there is any link to the tyre slashing incident on two cars at a private house at Keadue over the holiday period. On that occasion, a total of ten tyres were slashed on two cars and a trailer.Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai at Bunbeg or the Garda confidential line.Outrage at second tyre slashing attack at private house was last modified: January 3rd, 2019 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)last_img read more

Students: verify your institutions

first_imgHigher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has urged potential students to contact the department’s call centre to verify the existence of private educational institutions before enrolling. The minister said there were bogus institutions which were not registered with the Department of Education and were therefore not legitimate.Some institutions also offered certain subjects in order to get students to register but ended up teaching other subjects. This was in a bid to get more money from students.He said potential students should call 0800 87 22 22 to check if the institution was in fact registered with the department and what subjects they were registered to offer.The minister was speaking in Pretoria on Thursday at the launch of the Green Paper for Post-School Education and Training, which is aimed at aligning the post-school education and training system with South Africa’s overall development agenda.Earlier this week, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the police would be clamping down on bogus institutions.Operations will be carried out across the country targeting unregistered schools, colleges and universities, and the special investigative team which probes such institutions is to be beefed up.Source: SANews.co.zalast_img read more

Jetstar launches first low-cost Korea-Australia link

first_imgK-pop dancers celebrate the launch of the new Gold Coast-Seoul Jetstar flights. Photo: Queensland Airports Jetstar has opened up Australia’s first direct low-cost airline connection with Korea amid a flurry of K-Pop dancers and a hope that the Korean penchant to travel will lead them to Queensland’s Gold Coast.The timing of the December 8 launch of the Gold Coast-Seoul flights is not entirely auspicious; it comes as Jetstar grapples with industrial action on two fronts from pilots and ground staff demanding better pay and conditions.The Australian carrier is operating the three-times-weekly Boeing 787 service in a codeshare partnership with Korean budget counterpart Jeju Air.Supported by the Queensland Government in partnership with Queensland Airports and destination Gold Coast, the flights represent an additional 52,625 seats into the holiday destination annually.READ: Philippines Airlines expands to PerthQueensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Korean tourism market had grown steadily from 63,000 visitors in the year to June 2016 to 76,000 in the year to June 2019.JetstarJetstar’s inaugural Korea flight receives a water cannon salute. Photo: Queensland AirportsShe said research also showed visitor nights from younger Korean tourists to Queensland had grown by 12.5 percent in the 12 months to June 2019.“Over the next three years, this service will create nearly 2000 new tourism jobs, bring an extra 156,000 inbound airline seats to the Gold Coast and generate more than $176 million for the Queensland economy,” she said.Jetstar chief executive Gareth Evans said South Koreans traveled more per capita than any other country in the Asia Pacific and ranked Australia at the top country they want to visit.“The Gold Coast is the perfect gateway to explore Queensland and the rest of the country and we look forward to working with our partners to continue to promote the city and the region to make this service a success,” he said.Queensland Airports chief executive Chris Mills said the new flights created an important link between the Gold Coast and Korea and opened up another international destination for local travelers.“It means South Koreans will have a direct link to our stunning beaches and hinterland, delivering significant benefits to our economy,” he said.Seoul JetstarThe first Jetstar passengers from Seoul disembark on the return flight. Photo: Queensland Airports.Later welcoming the first passengers from Korea after the return flight landed December 9, Mills said cultural awareness training had been delivered for employees and terminal stakeholders and a Korean liaison officer had been employed as part of customer service preparations for the new Seoul service.“We are really focused on ensuring South Korean visitors receive a warm welcome and fond farewell when they travel through Gold Coast Airport,” he said.“Our Korean liaison officer is on hand to provide any assistance required, while many of our employees and key stakeholders in the terminal have undergone cultural awareness training to ensure we are doing our best to assist our customers.”last_img read more

Have Your Processes in Order Before Implementing HR Technology

first_imgOne of the recurring conversations I had during the first day of the HR Technology Conference revolved around using these tools to solve business problems. The issue with that, says Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer at Brandon Hall Group, is that “HR is a buffet of broken processes.” Applying technology to a misaligned strategy, poor tool selection, or inefficient process isn’t going to magically solve anyone’s problems—in fact, it’s just as likely to exacerbate the problem instead.When we recently did research on talent management systems, more than 1 in 4 companies was actively considering switching to a new system or provider. Consider for a moment how many of those companies might actually have the right solution, but they don’t have the right processes in place to support it. Or the opposite could very well be true: the company doesn’t have the right processes or technology in place and needs to make a change to one or both.So do I think HR technology is a worthwhile investment in terms of time and money? Certainly! But implementing a new tool can’t be done in a vacuum. The decisions we make as a business impact the decisions we have to make as HR leaders, and vice versa.HR needs to make sure it has its house in order process-wise before anything else. In the long run, that will lead to greater satisfaction, efficiency, and effectiveness with the selected tools. HR technology can’t fix HR, but we can. Here are a few questions to consider as you think through how this might affect your organization:·         What problems are we facing that can’t be solved by HR technology?·         What problems are we facing that can be solved by HR technology?·         What process issues are we aware of but haven’t yet fixed?·         What process issues impact our business that we haven’t yet identified?At the end of the day, this is bigger than what we can cover in a single blog post. The key takeaway is to see HR technology solutions for what they are—tools to make existing processes better. If your current process is broken, expect frustrations and dissatisfaction when it comes to your technology.What are your thoughts? Can HR technology solve some of the key problems HR faces? If so, how?last_img read more

Doctor sentenced to 40 to 175 years in jail for sexually assaulting gymnasts

first_imgRobredo: 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 SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Cliff Hodge return a shot in the arm for Meralco Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said Nassar’s “decision to assault was precise, calculated, manipulative, devious, despicable.”“It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again. You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable.”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 hostingNassar found competitive gymnastics to be a “perfect place” for his crimes because victims saw him as a “god” in the sport, a prosecutor said Wednesday, shortly before the former doctor was to be sentenced for years of molesting Olympic gymnasts and other young women.“It takes some kind of sick perversion to not only assault a child but to do so with her parent in the room,” prosecutor Angela Povilaitis said. “To do so while a lineup of eager young gymnasts waited.”center_img View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ She described the “breadth and ripple” of Nassar’s sexual abuse as “nearly infinite.”“What does it say about our society that victims of sexual abuse have to hide their pain for years when they did nothing wrong? What does it say about our society when victims do come forward … and are treated as liars until proven true?” Povilaitis said.Nassar turned to the courtroom gallery to make a brief statement, saying that the accounts of more than 150 victims had “shaken me to my core.” He said “no words” can describe how sorry he is for his crimes.“I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days” he said as many of his accusers wept.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Larry Nassar is brought into court Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. Nassar, 54, has admitted sexually assaulting athletes under the guise of medical treatment when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which as the sport’s national governing organization trains Olympians. He already has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography. Under a plea bargain, he faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years behind bars in the molestation case. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)LANSING, Mich. — The former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation’s top gymnasts for years was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison as the judge declared: “I just signed your death warrant.”The sentence capped a remarkable seven-day hearing in which scores of Larry Nassar’s victims were able to confront him face to face in a Michigan courtroom.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more