Wolves goalscorer Matt Doherty happy beating Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Matt Doherty felt they deserved their first victory of the Premier League season for the 2-0 win against Watford at Molineux.The wing-back broke the deadlock with 18 minutes on the clock.Doherty said, “It was a good win. I felt they had a lot of possession at times but didn’t really penetrate us that much, we defended really well and then went ahead.“The back three were immense today, all of them, especially Boly aside me, he just wins absolutely everything and takes it off people one-v-ones, nobody can get round him. It’s good that we were able to keep the clean sheet.“It was great to get the first league win, especially at home in front of another packed out crowd. It’s nice to get the first win on the board, even though it’s taken a bit longer than we would have expected.“This result has brought us a bit of relief, obviously we would’ve wanted it to come earlier than it has, because the longer that it doesn’t happen you start to get itchy. But I felt we played well today and thoroughly deserved to win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Tom Herman Haters Gonna HateTom Herman may now the head coach at Houston, but he certainly hasn’t forgotten his roots with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Friday night, Herman, who coached at OSU under Urban Meyer from 2012 to 2014, came to the defense of his former colleague Zach Smith, who was portrayed negatively in a recent Michigan recruiting pamphlet. He wasn’t messing around either.In the pamphlet, which you can check out here, Michigan lists a number of statistics meant to prove that its assistant coach, Jedd Fisch, is a better alternative to Smith when it comes to player development. Smith responded on Twitter with a number of tweets, trashing the Wolverines program. Herman chimed in with some tweets trashing Fisch. Check this out:Gloves are off. I’d be proud to have @CoachZachSmith coach TD or Maverick. How many Gold Pants does that guy have? https://t.co/5cnV2mLV9H— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015.@CoachZachSmith #TheChampIsHere pic.twitter.com/YbIRjQHfKN— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015.@CoachZachSmith pic.twitter.com/hlrLQyGHOl— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015.@CoachZachSmith, 5 yrs full-time=52-14. TTUN guy, 6 yrs=41-60. I want my son to play 4 a winner & Nat. Champ #Facts pic.twitter.com/o8n2YrJamA— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015If you’re wondering, Fisch’s 41-60 record is a combination of the years he’s put in with the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Hurricanes and Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s an odd stat.Forget Ohio State vs. Michigan. Can we get a Houston vs. Michigan game sometime soon?
Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A special air quality statement that was issued by Environment Canada because of a large amount of smoke in the air remains in effect for all of Northeast B.C. today.The smoke is not emanating from any local wildfires, and could be coming from wildfires that erupted elsewhere in the province over the long weekend.People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects.
“Are we going home, or are we planning to exodus the place? That’s really the million-dollar question,” said Pardy.He said that the message he’d gotten from the geologists is that the situation is improving, meaning residents could be able to return to their homes in the near future.In contrast, he said that many residents became angry on Sunday upon learning that the Regional District had contracted R&R Rentals to help organize giving residents temporary access to their homes to retrieve belongings.“It really upset people when they started talking about coming in, organizing this evacuation, a bunch of strangers coming into our houses and packing up our stuff.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though some residents of Old Fort are once again allowed to temporarily return to their homes to winterize structures and retrieve valuables, many residents are frustrated with the uncertainty that has been caused by the landslide that cut off road access to the community over two weeks ago.Old Fort resident Gord Pardy said that while residents did hear some good news at Sunday’s meeting hosted by the Peace River Regional District, she said that many residents have taken issue with the way the PRRD has dealt with the situation.He explained that the Regional District has not made it clear to residents of Old Fort whether they will eventually be allowed to return to their homes or if the landslide will make the community too dangerous for human habitation in the future.
NEW DELHI: In first such action in India’s electoral history, the Election Commission on Wednesday ordered campaigning in nine West Bengal constituencies to end at 10 pm on Thursday, a day before its scheduled deadline, in the wake of violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata.In a hurriedly-convened press conference, Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan Kumar said it was for the first time that such an action has been taken using constitutional powers of the poll panel. The Election Commission (EC) also ordered the removal of Principal Secretary (Home) Atri Bhattacharya and Additional Director General, CID, Rajeev Kumar from their postings in West Bengal. Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, who is in charge of West Bengal, said Bhattacharya “stands relieved” from his current charge immediately, “for having interfered in the process of conducting elections” by directing the state chief electoral officer, which he was not supposed to. The state chief secretary will look after the charge of the home secretary. He said Rajeev Kumar has been attached to the Ministry of Home Affairs here and should report to his new assignment by 10.00 am Thursday. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Commission’s decision is “undemocratic” and it has “insulted the people of Bengal”. Calling the decision “unethical, unconstitutional, undemocratic and biased”, Mamata said, “On Thursday, Modi has two meetings in Bengal. When he finishes, the campaigning also ends… Instead of punishing Amit Shah, the Election Commission has given a gift to the BJP”. The decision came as the political fight between the BJP and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee escalated over the vandalizing of a statue of iconic 19th-century reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. Both parties accused each other of inciting the violence and desecrating the statue. There was a barrage of claims and counter-claims where video clips are flying from both sides, the BJP and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. Amit Shah said Trinamool activists attacked his roadshow and it was Mamata Banerjee who had the Vidyasagar bust broken as part of a “conspiracy” to blame the BJP ahead of the last round of voting for the national election. Trinamool leader Derek O’Brien lobbed the allegation right back and called the BJP chief “Dhokabaaz”.He also complained to the Election Commission, submitted what he called video proof that the BJP was behind the vandalism. The bust was broken at the Vidyasagar College, which was on the route of the BJP president’s rally. “The gates were shut, our roadshow was outside, our workers were outside, the bust was inside a room, which would have presumably been locked. The keys must have been with the college management. How can we break the statue,” Amit Shah questioned at a press conference in Delhi, displaying three photographs. The BJP chief also claimed his party workers were far from the gate of the Vidyasagar College. The Trinamool, however, put out a video that shows workers – it says they were BJP supporters – climbing over the college railing and then rushing inside the campus. The video shows the group armed with stones and sticks. Students of the college said the gate was broken, unlike the BJP’s claim that it was intact. An emotional Derek O’Brien of Trinamool, speaking at what he called the “saddest press conference we have held”, said: “Amit Shah is a liar. We expect the media to make an assessment based on authentic videos.” The BJP chief in turn also accused the Election Commission of “double standards” for remaining a “mute spectator” to rigging and violation of the poll code in the state. Hitting back at TMC’s charge that the BJP was behind the violence, Shah said his party has been contesting elections in every state and is in power in 16, but it is only in West Bengal that violence is being seen.
Ohio State self-defense instructor Mark Karman (right) and Ohio State Navy ROTC member Scott Wostiac (left) aboard the USS Enterprise. Credit: Courtesy of Mark Karman.Imagine being an Ohio State fan thousands of miles away from Columbus while deployed and stationed on a military base. Now imagine your deployment is during the biggest college football rivalry game of the year. What do you do? How do you manage to watch the game? Who do you watch it with?For some military members affiliated with Ohio State, this scenario is all too real. Yet, those members of the armed forces are resilient in their effort to watch their beloved Buckeyes take on Michigan. From watch parties to finding Ohio State sports bars in foreign cities, the strategies of finding a way to watch the biggest game in college football seemingly never end while overseas.Ohio State self-defense instructor and lieutenant colonel Mark Karman’s experience watching the game differed depending where he was located, but the process of finding Buckeye and Wolverine fans was always the same.“You knew who was from Michigan because it would come out naturally,” Karman said.During his deployment in Africa and Iraq, Karman said he needed people to pick up his watch shifts in order to see the game. He also said watch parties often formed among Ohio State and Michigan military members. There was always some sort of food set-up, like chips and dip or other leftovers scrounged up from dinner before the game started. Each team’s fans would watch in a separate room, just close enough where they could hear the other group cheering and yelling. When Karman was stationed in South Korea, the experience vastly differed. On the night of the game, he and other Buckeye fans in his squadron were led into town to watch the game at a local bar. As they entered the bar, it didn’t take long to realize this bar was unlike any other in South Korea. Hundreds of Ohio State fans packed the small sports bar, anxiously waiting for kickoff at 2 a.m. Korea Standard Time. Karman said it was unlike anything he had seen before overseas, and the atmosphere was “electric.” When asked if the time zone difference played a factor, Karman shrugged it off and said that those determined to watch the game found a way no matter the time zone. The game was always watchable via the Armed Forces Network (AFN), a service network that offers ESPN and other channels streamed to troops anywhere. Ohio State strength and conditioning instructor and retired staff sergeant Jason Sturgill remembered dedicating the entire month of November to the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry during his time stationed at Guantanamo Bay for the military police. Sturgill said his military unit was from Ohio and there were always a few units from Michigan that made their presence known. From flying flags outside tents to repping school colors while off-duty, everyone on base knew who was from Ohio and who was from Michigan. Though he was not able to watch the game, Sturgill said his unit would usually watch the game from inside this huge tent on base that would fit between 500 and 1,000 people. On the day of the game, the tent was filled with both Ohio State and Michigan fans. Sometimes the rowdiness of the fans forced the game to be viewed in separate tents. Sturgill said his time at Guantanamo Bay was filled with small pranks and bets between the schools’ followers. He recalled how the flags of each school often flew over their respective tents leading up to the game.“We would steal [Michigan’s] flag the night before, and give it back the next day,” Sturgill said. One popular bet among the two groups was that the losing school’s unit would fly the winning school’s flag after the game.Sturgill also said another bet from the Michigan units was a push-up wager. The unit supporting the losing team would have to do the same amount of push-ups the winning team scored during the game.“So if Michigan scored 48 points on us and won, the Ohio guys had to do 48 push-ups,” Sturgill said.Karman and Sturgill said the overall tone of the rivalry overseas between the two schools was a friendly rivalry. They stressed how, even though there was animosity between the schools, everyone stationed overseas was there for the same reason: to serve and protect the United States and the rest of the world. Of course the rivalry can get intense at times, but sometimes fans have to take a step back from the feud in order to accomplish something greater. Ohio State fans usually don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, but they sure do give a damn about the whole military and its time and sacrifice.
Former PSG winger Lucas Moura says he took the right decision in leaving Neymar behind at Paris Saint-Germain as he hopes to “make history” with Tottenham.The winger saw his game time at PSG reduce after Neymar’s arrival last season, which made him opt for Spurs in a £25 million ($32.8m) in January.Neymar is like my brother,’ he told the Mail on Sunday. “I love him and we have a very good close relationship. It was a little bit sad to leave him and Paris because I like the life there. But I had been there for five years and it was time to have a new challenge.“I wanted to play in another championship and coming here was a big opportunity for me to play in the best league in the world.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Tottenham are a big club. They are probably bigger in structure than PSG. I am impressed by this and I was happy to come here.“Now I am ready to give my best because I will do the whole pre-season with the team. That is important because here is very different – the Premier League is very hard – so I will be more ready to show my talent.”Lucas is enjoying his shine as he scored twice in Spurs’ International Champions Cup opener against Roma before impressing again against Barcelona and says he has a good relationship with Spurs boss.“The relationship with him is very good. I believe we can have a big season, win a trophy,” he added.“That’s why I am here, to win a trophy because I believe in the team, the project. We have the capacity to make history here.”
Former Everton striker Wayne Rooney has revealed the club’s major shareholder Fahad Moshiri rather than former manager Sam Allardyce wanted him out of the club.The ex-England captain returned to Everton in the summer of 2017 after 13 successful seasons with Manchester United, where he became the club’s all-time leading top scorer.Rooney who moved to MLS side DC United earlier this year insists Allardyce wanted him to stay at the club without guarantee of regular game time but Moshiri wasn’t keen on it.“[Leaving] was the owner’s decision. He knew he was going to bring a lot of players in and wanted to free money up. That’s his decision but I’m disappointed how it happened,” Rooney told The Sunday Times.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I started to think: ‘Is there something being said?’ So I went to see Sam [Allardyce]. I said ‘listen, I’m not a kid, what’s going on – do you want me or not?”“Sam was the honest one. He said, ‘If I’m still here next season you might not play as much but I still want you’. But then he said: ‘I’m not sure the owner has the same opinion’. And trying to get an honest answer out of the owner took three months.“I kept trying and trying. All I wanted was clarity. Even [current Everton boss] Marco Silva was surprised because before he came in he was told I was leaving – but that was before I was told I could leave.”
Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari is proud of striker Karim Benzema who has been playing through the pain barrier in recent games.Madrid are currently playing with a thin squad after their squad was decimated via injuries to key players like Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale.Benzema, however, delayed a surgical repair after suffering a broken finger in the win over Real Betis on January 13th.The French international went on to feature in the La Liga win against Sevilla and the Copa del Rey victory over Girona where he scored the fourth goal and played the entire 90 minutes in both matches.And Los Blancos boss Solari singled him out for praise in his Saturday morning press conference and cited via Football Espana.“I am very pleased with Benzema. He is a very generous player, who is having a great season so far.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He is showing that generosity at the moment, as he is helping the team by playing with a broken finger and playing with the pain.”A decision is likely to be made on whether or not he will undergo surgery later this week, with key returns to the squad likely to allow Benzema the time to recuperate.‘Generous’ Benzema playing through the pain – Solari https://t.co/mj3eQiOJPH pic.twitter.com/ERR3QoC7IQ— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) January 26, 2019
Posted: June 27, 2018 Updated: 12:48 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 27, 2018 Andrea Tobias 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A Bay Park house fire today caused an estimated $500,000 damage to the structure and $150,000 to contents, but nobody was hurt. No one was in the single-story residence on Dakota Drive, off Clairemont Drive, when San Diego Fire Department units arrived around 2:45 a.m. and began to tackle flames in the attic, SDFD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.The fire was extinguished at 3:04 a.m. The blaze was confined to the attic, with smoke damage throughout the property, she said. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Fire crews spoke to the owner of the house, which was being remodeled, and determined that the residents were staying elsewhere and did not require assistance from the American Red Cross, Munoz said. Bay Park house fire causes half a million dollars in damage Andrea Tobias,
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享AK Coffee Company is an Alaskan coffee roasting company passionate about sharing their love for the delightful state of Alaska through a working hard, playing hard and resting well mentality. Through that passion they have made a pledge to offer all firefighters and fire support personnel and their families 50% off our coffee beans, 10% of all other proceeds will be donated to support the firefighters and assist residents who have been displaced by the fire on the Kenai Peninsula. Their love for every corner of the state encourages them to serve their communities and support the local efforts that are happening in Alaska, especially today on the Kenai Peninsula. In a statement from the company, one of AKC’s Chief Coffee Drinkers (co-owner), Sawyer Rickman, is originally from the Kenai Peninsula. After meeting his wife, Emily, in Anchorage, Sawyer and Emily as well as their friend, Pascual Reig, brewed up and created AK Coffee Company.Emily Rickman, Chief Coffee Drinker: “A special thank you and shout out to the men and women from the Alaska National Guard for their efforts in fighting the fires. Thank you to all ALL men and women who serve in our military, including Sawyer, one of AKC’s owner’s, who is currently on deployment.” Connect with AK Coffee Company on Facebook, Instagram and at akcoffeecompany.com to get some organic, fair trade, Honduras honey, whole bean coffee into your hands or those of a local firefighter.
Firefighters mopped up and held fire line from Sterling Highway to Skilak Loop Road and Hidden Lake to the Kenai River. Mop up operations continued around Trout, Juneau and Romig cabins. A Wildfire Use Module (specialized firefighting crew) worked on improvements in the vicinity of the Russian Lake area. Due to the holiday weekend drivers saw some delays along the Seward Highway. Pilot car operations were in place on both sides of the highway and will remain in place on Tuesday. Expect delays from 45 minutes up to several hours. The structure group in the Cooper Landing area continues to prep structures on the south end; and reduce fuel loading around structures by using chippers and a masticator. Firefighters are installing hose lays and sprinklers along the Fuller Lake trail to cool down heat. Firefighters cut out blown down trees and built fire line in the Surprise Creek area along the southern edge. Helicopter bucket work was accomplished northeast of Hidden Lake campground and south of the Trout Lake area. A return to normal temperatures over the next few days and relative humidity may increase fire activity, according to the Incident Command Team. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Original Post: 6am: The strongest winds in two weeks occurred Saturday. All containment lines held and no wind-related injuries occurred. Sustained ten mile-per-hour south to southwest winds and gusts over 20 miles per hour were clocked.Despite those strong and erratic winds with no moisture the firefighters made good progress throughout Monday. The Swan Lake Fire currently sits at 162,179 acres with 729 personnel and at 29% containment. If you must go on the road it is recommended that you have a full tank of gas, extra water and food and something to do while you wait.
An accused in a case filed over the ‘gun attack’ on a senior police officer was killed in a reported gunfight between detectives and criminals in Jurain graveyard area of the city early Tuesday, reports UNB. The detectives recovered two pistols, two magazines and, a bullet from the spot after the ‘gun battle’ that also left three members of the Detective Branch of police injured.The deceased, aged around 30, could not be identified yet.Senior assistant commissioner (DB, West Zonal Team) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Md Shahadat Hossain said his team arrested Delwar Hossain Shanta, an accused in the case filed with Shyampur police station over the gun attack on DB AC Rahul Patwari, from Jatrabari area on Monday night.According to his statement, the DB team conducted a drive near Gate-2 of Jurain graveyard around 1:40am today to arrest his cohorts, he said.Sensing the presence of the detectives, the criminals, numbering four, opened fire on them which forced the law enforcers to retaliate, Shahadat said.During the exchange of fire, one of the criminals sustained bullet injuries while others fled the scene, he said, adding that three DB men were also injured in the incident.Later, the bullet-hit criminal was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead around 4:00am, said Mahbubul Haque, sub-inspector of Shyampur police station.Senior AC Rahul sustained bullet injuries as criminals fired gunshots when he along with his team members was conducting an operation against illegal firearms in Shyampur area on 12 August.
.The head of the UN mission in Yemen launched talks between the government and Huthi rebels aboard a boat in the Red Sea on Sunday aimed at shoring up a ceasefire, a government official said.Retired Dutch General Patrick Cammaert chaired the meeting aboard a UN vessel docked off the coast of the flashpoint city of Hodeida after the rebels refused to hold talks in government-held areas, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.The official said the meeting would address the implementation of an agreement reached in Sweden in December that calls for a ceasefire in rebel-held Hodeida, a pullback of forces from the port city and the opening of humanitarian corridors.The Red Sea port is the entry point for the bulk of Yemen’s imported goods and humanitarian aid, providing a lifeline to millions in the Arab world’s poorest country.The UN said in a statement that the parties would resume discussions on the Sweden agreement on Sunday.It is the third meeting of a joint committee on implementing the deal, which has been hailed as a major step toward ending Yemen’s devastating four-year war.The Saudi-backed government and Iran-aligned Huthi rebels have accused each other of violating the ceasefire, while deadlines for the pullback of forces and a prisoner swap have slipped.Yemen’s rebels have been locked in a war with government forces backed since 2015 by a Saudi-led coalition.The conflict has triggered what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with millions of people at risk of starvation.Some 10,000 people have been killed since 2015, according to the World Health Organization, although rights groups say the death toll could be five times higher.
Texas will receive $55.5 million in Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) funding to support state and local efforts to prevent terror attacks and crack down on terroristic activity in the state.Governor Greg Abbott announced the funding Wednesday. The grants will help fund local anti-terrorism efforts across the state, including 227 different State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) projects and 134 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) projects designed to combat terrorist activity in Texas.“Texas is confronted with a wide range of threats that pose a risk to our safety and security each day, and as Governor, my first priority is to ensure the safety and security of all Texans,” Abbott said. “These grants will enhance state and local officials’ efforts to not only confront, but also prepare for and prevent, attacks before they happen.”The grants will invest in the core capabilities outlined in FEMA’s National Preparedness Goal including $19.9 million to provide equipment, training, and exercise support for local, regional, and state level response teams such as SWAT, Bomb, HAZMAT, Search and Rescue (SAR), and for other law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services personnel that serve communities across the state.Additionally, $12.1 million will support state-wide planning and preparedness efforts and $8.1 million will help sustain and enhance operational communications capabilities to facilitate information sharing and effective coordination essential for the successful response to all types of threats and hazards. Share
Makenli Forrest will compete in weight throw tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. to wrap up the indoor season for Louisville. Print Friendly Version Live Results ” Dorcas lined up against the best women in the country today and gave a tremendous effort,” said head coach Dale Cowper. “While it’s not the result she was hoping for, we are proud of the way she represents our program and the university. I don’t know many college students that can be competitive at an All-American level for 10 months out of the year while pursuing a nursing degree, but that’s what she has been able to do.” Wasike clocked a time of 15:55.84 to finish ninth, wrapping up her second career indoor season. Wisconsin’s Alicia Monson won the race with a time of 15:31.26. Story Links Wasike started off the indoor season by breaking the school record in the 5,000 meters at the BU Season Opener in December with a time of 15:14.78. She finished as the ACC runner-up in a closely contested race. Wasike won the 3,000 meters the next night at the ACC Championships with a time of 9:24.05. She earned first team All-ACC honors in the 5,000 meters and 3,000 meters. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – In her first appearance at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, University of Louisville’s Dorcas Wasike earned second team All-American honors in the 5,000 meters. The redshirt sophomore is now a two-time Cross Country All-American, an Outdoor Track All-American, and now an Indoor Track All-American.
Kolkata: Bengal government has set a target of providing employment to around 6 lakh youths within the current financial year.Purnendu Bose, the minister of Technical Education, Training & Skill Development in the state, said that altogether 6 lakh youths would be undertaking various skill development training, before they secure employment. The state government would ensure that the unemployed youths become economically independent through the training programmes. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTraining has already been provided to 2.5 lakh unemployed youths, while the remaining number of candidates would complete the courses within March 31 next year. After completion of the various training programmes, the youths can also start up their own business, Bose said. After being instructed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Technical Education department has started various vocational training programmes for youths, free of cost. A large number of youths have been undergoing training at various centres. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that after coming to power, the Chief Minister had laid great stress on the generation of employment in the state, through technical training. The Utkarsh Bangla scheme, which was launched by the Bengal government, has also been providing vocational training among unemployed youths. The beneficiaries of the scheme are being imparted knowledge on skill development. There are various government departments that are rendering assistance on skill development, thereby helping village youths secure employment. After successfully completing the training, the youths can step into the IT sector, work in various service centres, or even start a new venture, Basu said. He also added that the state government will extend all possible assistance to the youths so that they can start small units after going through the training. Setting up new units will generate employment for others as well. “We will train as many as 6 lakh youths within this financial year, some of whom have already completed the training course,” he said. Basu had earlier stressed on the importance of training among local youths in various sectors like soil testing labs, soil diagnosis, seed production, production of bio fertilisers, etc. If the unemployed youths are trained in these sectors, they will be able to contribute towards the growth of agri-economy in the state.
Q: Does my company need an IT audit? Will it improve our bottom line?What about it? Nicole McMackin of Irvine Technology.Photo© Jeff ClarkA: Business owners looking for practical recommendations to improve or leverage their information technology (IT) and gain critical efficiencies should consider conducting an IT audit. “An IT audit is an in-depth analysis of a company’s technical environment, including its existing computer applications, hardware infrastructure, IT plan and IT-related personnel,” says Nicole McMackin, managing partner at Irvine Technology, a Santa Ana, Calif.-based company that conducts such audits for businesses around the world. “The audit usually results in a detailed written report and guide that recommend a strategic business initiative pertaining to rightsizing internal and external IT practices and systems.”We asked McMackin for the how, the why and the bottom-line benefits.When should business owners consider conducting an IT audit?When IT budgets are out of line with current economic conditions–notwithstanding timely strategic initiatives–and when IT isn’t meeting the basic reporting requirements necessary to make tactical decisions in a rapidly changing or competitive marketplace. Another time to consider an audit is when human resource issues cause factions of competing interests that aren’t consistent with strategic direction. And also when IT projects consistently overrun budgets or consistently don’t meet expectations.How can business owners figure out when their IT budgets are out of line with economic conditions?Unfortunately, there isn’t a formula. It’s more the ability of key executives to evaluate their current situation and adjust their strategic and tactical plans to match. What’s needed is a close look at IT expenditures to determine if they are justified. Warning signs are when sales remain moribund, cuts are imminent in other departments or there are overall reductions in the workplace.How can an IT audit help a company’s bottom line?A company that is well-positioned in its marketplace will often increase its IT budget in a recession to increase its competitiveness when the economy improves. But companies that are not so well-positioned–either because they have little or no expectation for an immediate turnaround in sales, or are unable to secure financing for day-to-day operations–will find that an audit will accurately determine if IT expenditures are sustainable and what should be considered for reduction in spending, mothballing or elimination.Can a business without an IT department benefit from an audit?When IT is an unknown entity, that’s perhaps the best time for a new or emerging business to conduct an audit. IT audits help answer many questions, including, “Do I need my own IT team?” This story appears in the February 2012 issue of . Subscribe » February 6, 2012 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free