Horwill: We will beat Lions

first_img “It’s right up there, a once-in-a-career opportunity and we’re certainly aware of how big it is. A World Cup is the pinnacle of the game because you’re coming up against the best, but this would have to be a close second. “The build-up of the traditional tour where you are playing games against provinces is something that is unique to the Lions these days.” Australia have spoken all week about the storm they are expecting in the opening exchanges at the Suncorp Stadium and Horwill took up the theme at the eve-of-match press conference. “The early collisions are going to be very critical. We understand the Lions play a very physical brand of rugby,” the 28-year-old said. “We’ve seen throughout the games leading up to this one that they’ve been very confrontational. It’s up to us to match that up front and take the ascendancy there. “You have to make sure you work hard because in games of this magnitude there’s not a lot in it. “Everyone across both teams is incredibly skilful so it will come down to work rate. In a fixture like this the margins are going to be very small so you have to take your opportunities when they come because there won’t be many.” Australia captain James Horwill believes the Wallabies will make the most of a career highlight by taming the British and Irish Lions. Press Associationcenter_img The hosts have been installed as underdogs for the three-Test series that begins at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Saturday morning and concludes in Sydney on July 6. It has been 12 years since Australia last faced the Lions, winning the series 2-1, and Horwill has stressed the importance of making the most of an event that is unique in modern rugby. “I think we’re going to win, I don’t know what the bookies say but I believe we’ll win,” the Reds second row said. last_img read more


BRAZILIANS BACK Officers made to let them go

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:5 Brazilian women detained at south dock center, brazilian women to be released tonight from detention center in TCI, officers forced to release detainees Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 8, 2016 – Magnetic Media is TONIGHT told that five Brazilian women who are currently at the Detention Center will be released to allegedly go and work in a local bar.Reports to us are that the five arrived today and were detained when they admitted to Immigration Officers that they have no money and came to go to the bar and are due to leave tomorrow.The Border Control workers found the explanation of the women suspect and ordered that they be detained.That discretionary move is overturned though and the women will be allowed to leave the South Dock road facility in minutes.  Currently there is a Integrity Commission investigation ongoing into matters of suspected support or allowance of prostitution and sex trafficking.Brazilians are not required to have a TCI visa for legal entry.last_img read more


JAMAICA More Young People Seeing Opportunities in BPO

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, February 07, 2018 – Kingston – Business process outsourcing (BPO) once viewed is a stop-gap job option, has become a career of choice for many bright, young Jamaicans.  In fact, many of them are moving to Montego Bay, which has become the centre of the country’s BPO operations, to take up positions in the sector.Among them is Junior Rogers, who tells JIS News that “I came specifically from Ocho Rios to Montego Bay to be a part of this rapidly growing industry.”  He boasts that within three years, he was able to rise to a supervisory role at the business in the Montego Bay Free Zone, where he is employed.“The BPO sector is an important outlet for a lot of school leavers, who can chart a course for their future by becoming employed to one of these companies here in the Montego Bay Free Zone,” he says.Information Technology Manager, Tamara Smith, tells JIS News that numerous opportunities abound at all levels for the sector and is encouraging Jamaicans, especially young people, to seize the moment.  Ms. Smith, who has been working in the BPO sector for five years, says the experience is very rewarding and that every day there is an opportunity to learn something new.“I love the fact that it is a fast-paced environment.  I love the fact that this is a sector with prospects for growth and which is filled with great young minds and brilliant ideas,” she notes.Ms. Smith, who has seven employees under her wings, says the industry is more than just call-centre operations, noting that it is a great career move that will lead to economic stability and a rewarding future.  She fully supports the Government’s focus on growing the BPO industry, noting that it is important that the investments, including human capital, continue to pour into the sector.“Like other Jamaicans, I am very optimistic about the future and really like what I am seeing here with our young people,” she adds.Young mother Simone Phillips credits the sector with providing her with a second chance after she had to leave school prematurely when she became pregnant.“I was a single mother at home and very unsure about my future.  I had a chance meeting with someone who is employed to a prominent company in the free zone and the link was made for me to do an interview,” she tells JIS News.She says she was pleasantly surprised at the opportunity for growth and the fact that it is not just a call centre as many persons are led to believe.  “I am not making millions, but my life has changed for the better,” she adds.Curtley-Ann Palmer joined the staff of Sutherland Global Services as a customer service representative in 2014, and four years later she would become one of the entity’s top-performing managers.  She told JIS News in an interview in March 2017, that she worked hard and took advantage of all the training programmes, completing an undergraduate degree at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).She was promoted to acting supervisor and then into her current position as an acting account manager.  In this role, she oversees the account she has been assigned and ensures all client relations are smooth. She also works with her team to address work-related challenges.  Ms. Palmer supports the push by the Government to use the BPO industry as one of the key sources of employment of young Jamaicans as part of the national growth strategy.  She also strongly dispels the myth that the industry only employs persons to work in call centres.“There is something for everybody within this industry. If you studied finance or human resources; there is a place for you,” she notes.The Government is targeting BPO as a key part of its economic growth and job creation thrust.  A total of 26,000 persons are employed in the sector and the Administration is looking to increase the number to 50,000 in short order.  BPO has the highest employment growth rate of any sector over the last decade, with several new players and rapid expansion in operations.  It has become the number-one source of employment next to tourism in western Jamaica.  Revenues from the industry grew from approximately US$230 million in 2012 to US$400 million in 2015.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says greater focus is being placed on the training of persons, particularly for higher-end activities and high-value positions.  He informs that the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), through its free zones, will be working closely with the HEART Trust/NTA and the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) to develop an incubator geared towards knowledge services and technology-type work.  Additionally, he notes that programmes have been developed by the HEART Trust/NTA for BPO-related courses, on-the-job management training, international accreditation of courses and apprenticeship programmes.JAMPRO, through collaboration with private- and public-sector partners, hosted a job fair in Kingston last November to educate Jamaicans about the sector, and recruit people for jobs.  At the event, the HEART Trust/NTA recruited persons for its three-week contact centre/BPO training programme, while a number of BPO companies conducted interviews for jobs in the industry.  Minister Vaz says the next steps for the BPO sector include areas such as shared services, legal process outsourcing (LPO), and medical process outsourcing (MPO).The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) says there is high demand for LPO, with law firms utilising outside support services for legal research and other routine work.“We have actively engaged several international shared-services operators and LPO operators in an effort to get them to expand to Jamaica,” Minister Vaz says.He informed that JAMPRO has engaged local universities and key stakeholders in a bid to provide details on higher-level jobs available to graduates in the new areas.“The sky is the limit for the BPO sector, and we intend to capitalise on every aspect of this lucrative industry for the benefit of Jamaica and Jamaicans,” Minister Vaz declares.By: Garwin Davis (JIS) Related Items:last_img read more


NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time QA Supervisor at Spectra Medical DevicesFull-Time IT Manager at Spectra Medical DevicesPart-Time Receptionist at CareOneFull-Time/Part-Time Crew at McDonald’sFull-Time/Part-Time Department Manager at McDonald’sFull-Time/Part-Time Maintenance Person at McDonald’sPart-Time Nanny For 1 Wilmington ChildFull-Time CNC Machinist at TecometFull-Time Customer Service Coordinator at DSM Full-Time Shipping & Receiving Associate at Locus Robotics(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at [email protected])Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email [email protected] this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more


George RR Martin says books wont end like Game of Thrones

first_img TV and Movies Share your voice Will Arya and Jon have the same ending in George R. R. Martin’s book series as they did on the HBO show? Probably not. Helen Sloan/HBO HBO’s Game of Thrones battled its way to a controversial finale Sunday, but life in Westeros isn’t over. In addition to the various successor shows being planned, author George R.R. Martin is still working on two more books in the Song of Ice and Fire series that inspired the hit fantasy show. And on Monday night, Martin assured fans the books won’t march in lockstep with the show.”How will it all end?” Martin wrote on his site, Not A Blog. “The same ending as the show? Different? Well … yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes.”Martin reminded readers that where the HBO series’ final season was limited to eight hours of screen time, he expects to have at least 3,000 manuscript pages in his final two books, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. 3 Originally published May 20. 57 Photos “There are characters who never made it onto the screen at all, and others who died in the show but still live in the books,” Martin wrote. “So if nothing else, the readers will learn what happened to Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny and her pig, Skahaz Shavepate, Arianne Martell, Darkstar, Victarion Greyjoy, Ser Garlan the Gallant, Aegon VI, and a myriad of other characters both great and small that viewers of the show never had the chance to meet. And yes, there will be unicorns… of a sort.”But don’t argue with the man about whether the show or print ending is the real one. As he points out, Scarlett O’Hara of Gone With the Wind fame had three children in Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel, and only one in the famed 1939 movie, and neither is the “right” number.”I’ll write it. You read it,” Martin wrote. “Then everyone can make up their own mind, and argue about it on the internet.” Martin wouldn’t give a date when he might finish The Winds of Winter.”I’ve tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself,” he wrote. “But I will finish it, and then will come A Dream of Spring.” Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today 187 Photos Review • MSI Wind See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos More on Game of Thrones MSI Wind Comments Tags Dragons fired up season 8: How Drogon and friends were made Finale reunites Jon Snow and Ghost for one pawfect scene Honoring Cersei Lannister, the best female TV villain in history The finale was so disappointing I actually miss the books Game of Throneslast_img read more


Hundreds Of Houston Police Officers Have Handguns That Could Malfunction

first_imgListen 00:00 /01:02 WikimediaTests conducted last week by the Houston Police Department found the Sig Sauer P-320 model can accidentally fire if it is dropped.Hundreds of Houston police officers are using handguns that could malfunction.The guns are the P-320 model made by the company Sig Sauer.After learning about a potential malfunction reported on social media, the Houston Police Department (HPD) tested the firearm last week, according to Captain Gregory Fremin, who is in charge of training at the Department’s academy.According to HPD’s tests, the gun accidentally fired more than 10 percent of the times when it was dropped:“We dropped the weapon 30 times and, out of the 30 times, it discharged four times. So, we can’t have a discharging at all like that. That is a severe safety issue for all of our officers out on the street,” Fremin tells Houston Public Media.Fremin adds the company will replace HPD’s guns. “We are still inventorying, but our numbers are going to be between 700 and 800 officers. And that’s active duty officers, but there’s still a number of retired officers that have that weaponry too.”A press release from Sig Sauer says the company has developed “enhancements” of the P-320, including how the gun performs if it is dropped.Ray Hunt, president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, says he feels relieved because “if an officer is struggling with someone and somehow his gun gets knocked out of his hand and falls down, it could strike the officer, it could strike the suspect or it could strike an innocent bystander.”The Harris County Sheriff’s Office also uses the P-320 and has already informed its deputies about the malfunction. Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more


Winds of Change

first_imgWhen the new government is picking pace, the sakes of investment and economy raise on the cards a sense for the art investments is running in all minds. Focusing this Creativity Art Gallery is showcasing their best refined artists with the show Winds of Change for the correct investment for modern enthusiast collectors. The separation of modern and contemporary in an in vain topic to discuss but all we require is exact direction to stream the investment in exact direction. The exhibition will include best and fresh collection of popular artists like, Binoy Verghse, Geroge Martin PJ, Farhad Hussain, Jagdish Chinthala, Chandra Bhattacharya and Tejinder kanda. The show is confined to promote high end paintings in affordable price ranges. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Discussing this aspect gallery is launching this marvellous show with plenty of collections by these discussed artists. ‘The gallery earned fantabulous response in last India Art Fair and following that this was the most awaited concept’ says curator Debabrota Das.  The gallery also mentions that the wind of buying only modern artists work was well in form till last month but with these new political changes the economy and scopes of every sector is well expected, and following this only the show is entitled as Winds of Change. The participating artists are – Binoy Verghse, Chandra Bhattacharya, Farhad Hussain, Jagdish Chinthala, Tejinder Kanda.Where:  Creativity Art Gallery, 29, GF, Hauz Khas Village Where: 18 to 30 May Timings: 10:30 am – 7:30Pmlast_img read more


Govt agencies working on war footing to rid city roads of potholes

first_imgKolkata: Various agencies of the state government have started doing patchwork along the stretches of all the important roads in the city, where potholes have been created due to heavy showers for the past few days.Incessant rain in the city and its adjoining areas have bared the skeletons of major roads, causing difficulties to the commuters, the bikers especially. Agencies like PWD, KMDA, KMC and others are taking all possible measures to repair the damaged portions of roads. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDiamond Harbour Road has also developed countless pockmarks as the rain has damaged the bituminous surface. The worst stretch of DH Road is near Behala Chowrasta, where craters are wide and deep. It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed Mayor Sovan Chatterjee to take necessary steps to repair the potholes on Diamond Harbour Road. Repair work has been started on DH Road on a war footing.People commuting along the EM Bypass have been in precarious condition, particularly where the Metro Railway constructions have been going on. Areas where Metro construction is in progress have become a nightmare for the commuters. It may be mentioned here that the temporary patchworks do not last more than a few months. The state agencies are unable to re-lay the road due to the on-going construction of Metro Railways. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAround a 17 km stretch between Garia and Ultadanga, many potholes have been created due to heavy rain this season so far. People are witnessing a bumpy ride due to the bad condition of EM Bypass. It has become difficult for the agencies like PWD, KMDA to repair the potholes as the heavy rainfall is washing away the patchwork in various stretches.In some stretches of Jessore Road, big craters have been created with the advent of monsoon in the state. Patchwork has begun to tackle the situation. According to the experts, many heavy duty trucks plying through Jessore Road everyday has been causing uneven pressure on the road. The situation is common for other roads as well. The incessant rain has further complicated the situation as water percolates down to the bottom of the road and damages it. Patchworks do not always necessarily provide the permanent solution, felt the experts.State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said that in most of the parts of the city and its adjoining areas the soil is soft, as a result of which it gets washed away during heavy rain. Due to such incidents, roads often cave in.last_img read more


Saying no to human trafficking

first_imgEach year thousands of men, women, and children fall victim to human trafficking and end up trapped unable to escape or find a way out. They are often tricked and mislead into believing that they are being taken for job opportunities, education, a better life, or through force, abduction. The outcomes in all these cases are the same – the children and adults trafficked lose their rights, their identity and are abused for labour and sexual exploitation. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSince 2013, the UN-initiated ‘World Day Against Trafficking in Persons’ is observed on July 30 every year. It aims to raise awareness to combat cross-border and in-country human trafficking.To commemorate this global day, the British High Commission participated in a rally organised by Kolkata Mary Ward Social Centre (KMWSC) at Canning, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal.Talking about the ‘World Day Against Trafficking, the Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission in Kolkata, Bruce Bucknell said: “I’m pleased to be here today to support efforts in raising awareness to tackle the issue of human trafficking. We should use days such as this to highlight the dangers of trafficking across communities. We need everyone to come together to tackle the dangers that trafficking poses and protect the human rights of all concerned.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSince 2015, KMWSC – the social development wing of the Loreto Sisters has worked in the area of anti-human trafficking. “Tackling human trafficking, bonded and forced labour and exploitation is an important priority and one that my country, the UK, is committed to eradicate,” said Bucknell.Bucknell thanked Ananya Chakraborti, Chairperson, West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Govt. of West Bengal and other senior administrative and police officials of the district, for attending and showing their support. Speaking on the occasion, Ananya Chakraborti, Chairperson, West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights said: “We need to empower our daughters to tackle the problem of human trafficking. You should counsel your daughters that there are laws against domestic violence and if your married daughters are facing it in their in-laws’ house, you should be able to take legal steps.” Bucknell, Chakraborti and other senior administrative and police officials of the district also participated in a mass rally in Canning that saw active participation from women and children, civic volunteers and youth from the community.last_img read more


Why mobile VR sucks

first_imgIf you’re following the news, chances are you’ve heard about Virtual Reality or VR headsets like Oculus, Samsung Gear, HTC Vive etc. Trending terms and buzzwords are all good for a business or tech that’s novel and yet to be adopted by the majority of consumers. But the proof of the pudding is when people have started using the tech. And the first reactions to mobile VR are not at all good. This has even made the founder of Oculus Rift, John Carmack to give a statement, “We are coasting on novelty, and the initial wonder of being something people have never seen before”. The jury is out on present day Mobile VR technologies and headsets –  ‘It Sucks’ in its present form. If you want to know why and what can make it better then read ahead. Hardware are expensive Mobile headsets are costly, mostly in the $399- $799 range. The most successful VR headset till date is Google Cardboard. The reason – it’s dirt cheap and it doesn’t need too much set up and customization. Such a high price at the initial launching phase of any tech is going to make the users worried. Not many people would want to buy an expensive new toy without knowing exactly how it’s going to be. VR games don’t match up to video game quality The initial VR games for mobile were very poor. There are 13 billion mobile gamers across the world, undeniably a huge market to tap into. But we have to keep in mind that these gamers have already access to high quality games which they can play just by tapping their mobile screen. For them to strap on that headset and get immersed in VR games, the incentive needs to be too alluring to resist. The current crop of VR games lack complexity, their UI design is not intuitive enough to hold the attention of a user for longer duration of time, especially when playing a VR game means strapping up that head gear. These VR games also take too much time to load which is a huge negative for VR games. The hype vs reality gap is improving, but it’s painfully slow The current phase of VR is the initial breakthrough stage where there are lot of expectations from it. But the games and apps are not upto the mark and hence those who have used it are giving it a thumbs down. The word of mouth publicity is mostly negative and this is creating a negative impact on mobile VR as a whole. The chart below shows the gap between initial expectation and the reality of VR and how it might shape up in the near future according to Unity’s CEO John Riccitiello. AR vs VR vs MR: A concoction for confusion The popularity of Augmented Reality ( AR) and the emergence of Mixed Reality – an amalgamation of both AR and VR have distracted the developers as per which platform and what methodology to adapt. The UX and UI design are quite different for both AR and VR and MR and hence all of these three disciplines would need dedicated development resources. For this to happen, these disciplines would have to be formalized first and until that time, the quality of the apps will not improve drastically. No unified VR development platform Mobile VR is dependant on SDKs and primarily on the two game engines Unity and Unreal Engine that have come up with support for VR game development. While Unity is one of the biggest names in game development industry, a dedicated and unified VR development platform is still missing in action. As for Unity and Unreal Engine their priority will not be VR any time soon. Things can change if and when some tech giant like Google, Microsoft, Facebook etc. will dedicate their resources to create VR apps and Games for mobile. Although Google has cardboard, Facebook unveiled React VR and support for AR development, Microsoft has their own game going on with Hololens AR and MR development, the trend that started it all still seems to be lost among its newer cousins. I think, VR will be big, but it will have to wait till its implementation by some major business or company. Till then, we will have to wear our ghastly headsets and imagine that we are living in the future. Read Next Game developers say Virtual Reality is here to stay Microsoft introduces SharePoint Spaces, adds virtual reality support to SharePoint Build a Virtual Reality Solar System in Unity for Google Cardboardlast_img read more