November 30 is the deadline for members of the Chamber of Commerce to vote for who they would like to represent them on their board of directors.Duties of a Chamber Board Director include:Attending monthly meetingcontribute to the organization by sitting on at least one committeesupporting the Chamber by attending chamber functions including mixers, luncheons, and special events.Th nominees who already sit on the board and are running for re-election are:Mindy Bing – current 1st Vice President – Driving ForceNelson Stowe – current 2nd Vice President – Ideal Office SolutionsRuss Beerling – current past President – Big IdeasKathy Miller – Director – Re/MaxMary Ann Parcells – Director – Pomeroy Lodging – Holiday Inn ExpressKarin Carlson – Director – River’s End Ventures- Advertisement -Additional nominees that have agreed to let their name stand for election include:Christopher Flury – WorleyParsonsKaren Otway – Employment ConnectionsDale Merwin – Century 21Rae Evans – Investor’s GroupChamber members were sent out the reminder, with a list of the candidates, and the ballot to be returned to the Chamber by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by midnight of the 30th.Results of the ballots will be announced at the first Chamber/board meeting in December.Advertisement
BJP national general secretary Bhupender Yadav said on Sunday that the saffron party would form the government on its own in Odisha as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies had gained wide acceptance.“The people of the State this time will reject the Biju Janata Dal and install a BJP government,” Mr. Yadav told reporters here. Claiming that the BJD government in Odisha had failed to provide benefits of various Central schemes to the people at grassroot level, Mr. Yadav said: “We are determined to form our government in Odisha and ensure that Central schemes really reach the people here.”Mr. Yadav, however, avoided questions Mr. Modi’s alleged soft stand on the BJD chief and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during his last three public rallies in the State. “This may be your personal observation,” Mr. Yadav said.Spreading the wordThe BJP leader said he would visit different States carrying the message of resolutions of the BJP’s national meet held in New Delhi. “I am travelling to different States to inform people about the hike in MSP (minimum support price), work done by PM and the pro-people initiatives taken by the Central government,” he said. Asked about Saturday’s Opposition rally, Mr. Yadav said: “They are not united and lack leadership. Many of the leaders have past cases of corruption against them. They have joined the Mahagathbandhan as they are feeling the heat from the NDA government.”
A day after intense showers ravaged several parts of Pune district, Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil faced the ire of citizens on Friday, even as the death toll across the district rose to 18.Speaking here after surveying the worst-hit spots in the city and the district, Mr. Patil blamed illegal constructions and encroachments for the flash deluge that resulted in massive damage to property and loss of life.“Illegal constructions and encroachments on various canals have diverted the natural flow of streams, which led to water entering residential societies and wrecking property. The causes for these constructions have to be investigated. Moreover, why weren’t basic security measures followed at the time of these constructions?” Mr. Patil asked. Team to probe disasterHe said a team comprising senior IAS officials would be constituted to investigate the disaster. He also said all relief measures for the rain-affected in Pune would be applicable under the government resolution (GR) issued at the time of the Kolhapur and Sangli floods.On Thursday, when the city was coping with the rain damage, the Guardian Minister was in Delhi to iron out the seat-sharing issues between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena for the elections.Earlier, irate protesters blocked Mr. Patil’s convoy near Tangewala Society in Aranyeshwar area, prompting him and his entourage to leave the spot after barely 15 minutes. Five people died after the society’s compound wall collapsed owing to the relentless downpour. Protesters demanded to know what Mr. Patil was doing in Delhi when the city was being battered by flash floods.Urging him to go back, they said the Guardian Minister’s belated visit was merely a photo opportunity.Mr. Patil said those heckling him were mere “troublemakers” hired by the opposition parties. “There were no problems whatsoever. I was [at Tangewala Society] for 20-25 minutes. Genuine citizens told me about their problems. The rest were troublemakers hired by opposition parties.” He said because the model code of conduct is in place for the Assembly elections, he was compelled to put things before the aggrieved citizens in a restrained manner.Toll up to 18Meanwhile, the death toll across the district rose to 18 with at least four people still missing. There were unconfirmed reports of two more bodies being recovered, indicating a likely rise in the number of the deaths.More than 3,000 people in the city are lodged in transit camps, while teams of the fire department and nearly 2,000 municipal workers carried out cleanliness drives and relief operations.Despite the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) warnings of likely heavy rain on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, the weather remained calm throughout the better part of Friday. Schools and colleges across the city and four other tehsils of the district remained shut following a precautionary directive of the Pune District Collector.According to a release issued on Friday afternoon, the IMD has forecast light to moderate rain on Friday night to be followed by light rain over the weekend.
Be it the brain or brawn or the smile, children tend to fall for that one teacher in their school at least once in a lifetime. TV actors like Divyanka Tripathi, Mrunal Jain and Mohammad Nazim go down memory lane and recall their crushes.On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, which falls on September 5, IANS gets TV actors to reveal their crushes on their teachers:Mrunal Jain, Ankit Gera, Divyanka TripathiDivyanka Tripathi: I had a crush on my WWF trekking instructor. My then best friend and me used to fancy him together during our wildlife and nature trips with no cat fights between us. We loved his brains and brawn. We were bookworms then, so we loved talking about brainy guys. This crush saga lasted for a year. Even now, when my friend and me meet, we laugh over our madness.Mohammad Nazim: I had a crush on my history teacher in the sixth grade. She was tall and sexy. She used to teach the subject well. The crush lasted for seven months. After that, she quit the job. The memories still stay with me. I got a group photo with her at one of the school functions and I still treasure it.Mrunal Jain: My geography teacher. Her hair was always shampooed. She used to motivate me to study hard. I was in Class 9. She used to even encourage me to participate in extra-curricular activities. She was my class teacher too and had made me the monitor as well. The crush lasted for six months as she was transferred to another branch of the school.Samiksha Bhatnagar: I was in the seventh grade when I developed a crush on my PT teacher. He encouraged me to play sports. The crush was for only four months as he got replaced. I couldn’t meet him again. I still remember he was tall, dark and good-looking and had a good smile.Ssharad Malhotraa: I was in Class 4 and I had a crush on her for two years. I always used to ask her for help in making me draw. Her smile was like (actress) Madhuri Dixit’s. She was my drawing teacher for two years. She even used to get chocolates for me. I felt very happy when she told my mother at parents-teachers meet that I am a sincere boy.Ankit Gera: I had crush on my English teacher when I was in the 11th standard. She was the most beautiful teacher. I was like Shah Rukh Khan of “Main Hoon Na”. She used to wear saris and her height was 5 feet 8 inches. She wore a distinctive perfume and had long hair. I used to carry perfume and before she would enter my class, I used to apply it. I was a backbencher, but during her period, I used move to the front bench. On one of the Teacher’s Days, I wrote her a love letter without mentioning my name on it. I kept that in the staff room. My crush lasted for one year, but I will never forget her.Sahil Mehta: I was 11 years old when I first had a crush on a teacher. She taught me civics and was also my class teacher. I was never a good student. She was pretty for sure, but I also liked the fact that she never shouted at me for not doing well in studies. I was madly in love with her for a year. When I completed my schooling, I told her that I wanted to move to Mumbai and pursue acting. She was very happy for me.advertisement
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Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum: Klopp can be hard on youby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum insists manager Jurgen Klopp is no soft touch.The Dutchman says Klopp can be a hard taskmaster.He told the Liverpool Echo: “I can’t speak for every player but I have a good relationship with him. He has helped me a lot. He can be hard because he’s always on your case and saying what he thinks. But he’s honest and I like that. It’s always in the right way, always for the right reason. It’s not to make you feel bad or anything like that.”He’s really hard but on the other side he keeps your confidence high. He says that mistakes are just part of football. I remember against Leicester City I made a mistake and it led to a goal. He wasn’t angry about the mistake, he was more angry about my reaction afterwards. He thought I was too busy thinking it, rather than just putting it behind me.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Could Tennessee win the national title in 2016? One college football analyst believes so.The Tennessee Volunteers are a popular pick to win the SEC East and represent the division in the league’s title game this coming fall, but one college football analyst is taking it a step further. CBS Sports’ Brian Jones is picking the Vols to win the national title over Florida State.Jones has Tennessee, Florida, Michigan and Stanford in his College Football Playoff. Obviously, he has the Seminoles and the Vols advancing to play for it all.@gmannVOLS pic.twitter.com/6mNEAcUgra— Frank Abby (@FRANKtheTAU) August 27, 2016Butch Jones has certainly done a nice job rebuilding Tennessee, but many are hesitant to mention the Vols as a national title favorite until they prove they can beat rival Alabama. If that happens this year, expect everyone to jump aboard the bandwagon.[Saturday Down South]
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Jamaica, Dr. Arun Kashyap, is suggesting an analysis of the potential ecomonic benfits to be derived from the country’s forests.Dr. Kashyap, who is also the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator to Jamaica, notes that the economic potential of forests are often not recognized by countries blessed with these resources. In noting Jamaica’s fairly extensive forest coverage, he contends that sustainable management strategies could yield practical solutions to minimize the frequency with which the country is impacted by adverse weather conditions, such as drought.Dr. Kashyap says Jamaica could also potentially benefit from significant revenue inflows totalling as much as US$30 billion through its forests, under the UN’s programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD).“It is now timely and an imperative that Jamaica gradually begins the process of accrediting economic values to as many forestry goods and services as possible,” he contended, while addressing a Forestry Department forum at the Terra Nova Hotel, Kingston, on March 21, to mark the UN’s International Day of Forests.Meanwhile, Director General in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Sharon Crooks, who represented Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, praised the Forestry Department’s work, in its effort to preserve the island’s forests during the agency’s 75 years of existence.She highlighted the Department’s Private Planting Programme initiative that promotes sustainable use of the forest, as well as its instrumentality in establishing some 13 Local Forest Management Committees (LFMCs).“It is noteworthy that you are partnering with communities to demonstrate how they can actively pursue income-generating activities and increase their economic benefits without harming our critical forest reserves,” the Director General said.She pointed out that several communities have successfully implemented projects, focusing on nature and eco-tourism; agro forestry; woodcraft and furniture production; and bee keeping and honey production, “all of which have contributed to the improvement of their livelihood.”Conservator of Forests and the Forestry Department’s Chief Executive Officer, Marilyn Headly, underscored the imperativeness of a designated day to recognise and acknowledge the importance of trees to countries’ ecosystems.In this regard, she said the forum was indicative of the Department’s cognizance of the need to heighten national awareness through public education initiatives. “We still have a long way to go (in effiorts to heighten awareness). We really would like the public, the decision makers, the political representatives, (and) more so the private sector, to take a serious look at forests, to see their importance,” she said.Ms. Headley said the results of forum’s deliberations will serve, among other things, chart effective responses to new and evolving forestry related challenges and opportunities.In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that March 21 be observed annually as the International Day of Forests. This milestone decision marked the culmination of a 42-year process to gain formal recognition of the invaluable benefits of forests. By Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporter
Kolkata: Calcutta High Court judge Samapti Chattopadhyay, who is hearing the Bongaon Municipality trust vote and other local body cases, on Wednesday barred journalists from entering her court room till further orders. At the commencement of the hearing on the Bongaon matter, Justice Chattopadhyay orally directed that reporters would not be allowed to be present in her court room, during hearing of cases, till further orders. Eleven BJP councillors had moved the high court claiming they had not been allowed to enter the municipal body office for participating in a ‘no trust’ vote against the chairman and that Justice Chattopadhyay’s earlier order on moving a no-confidence motion was not followed by the administration. The high court judge has recently pulled up the West Bengal government over several issues, including the manner of holding trust votes in municipal bodies and illegal filling up of water bodies. State-empanelled lawyers had on July 22 decided to not attend the court of Justice Chattopadhyay protesting her remarks against the West Bengal government, only to rescind the decision a day later.
APTN National NewsThere was no hockey lockout in Whitehorse this week.NHL hockey players took the ice in the Yukon capital for a friendly game to raise money for First Nation youth and local charities.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story.