first_imgNORTHWOOD — Two Mason City women charged with embezzling money from a fast food restaurant in Worth County have pleaded not guilty.  The Worth County Sheriff’s Department says they took a call in mid-January from the director of operations for Burger King who wanted to report two employees who had embezzled about $15,000 from the Burger King restaurant inside the Diamond Jo Casino as well as at the Burger King located in the convenience store complex near the casino. The Sheriff’s Department says a deputy interviewed both suspects, with both allegedly admitting to taking an undisclosed amount of money over a time frame of several months. 54-year-old Kristine Morrow was charged with first-degree theft while 41-year-old Angelina Hamilton was charged with second-degree theft. Both were due in court for their arraignment hearings on Monday but each filed written pleas of not guilty last week. Morrow is scheduled to stand trial on April 29th, while Hamilton’s trial is scheduled to start on June 10th.last_img read more

first_imgAlexis Trujillo, coordinator of the Betis technical secretariat, believes that not having played the derby against Sevilla due to the stoppage of the coronavirus has hurt the Verdiblanco team. “After having achieved an important victory against the one who was the leader of the championship, which reinforces a lot, At Sánchez Pizjuán there were conditions that could be favorable for us: the losses of Fernando and Gudelj and that it was behind closed doors. That was a great advantage, it was a good time to have been able to play it. But health is above all and this nightmare, unfortunately, has made us confined and we must continue working so that when it can be disputed it is in the best possible state. ““I have been fortunate to be able to play many derbies, what am I going to tell. It is special, different, you put your soul into the field. Our team had that spirit of revenge because in our stadium we could not give the fans a joy. Against Real Madrid we won and you saw the atmosphere in the city and everyone was excited to be able to face this match. Unfortunately this virus has paralyzed everything. I am positive and I believe that the championship will be resumed and finished, for that strict daily controlled guidelines have been set. The players train like this, they send their temperature controls every day and in that aspect the medical services, the technical staff and the nutrition team are working very well and hopefully when we return it will be in the best possible state, “added Alexis. The person in charge of the green and white technical secretariat considers that the work of the players during the confinement will be essential: “You have to see there the good work done by the body and the physical trainers and the order and discipline of the players. When the championship is delayed, the games will surely be played more closely and with the temperatures it will be a greater handicap. The professionalism of the group, the good work of the technical staff and the nutritionists will be very noticeable. Obviously, playing every three days which is one of the options and with a high temperature requires an extra effort for the players ”.The canary praises the behavior of the footballers in this break: “Our players are doing their job very well. They are being controlled very well. We have a group that has shown humanly to be good and supportive and Professionally, there are players who perfectly know the demands of Betis. Now we are in a position in the table that none of us like. “Alexis considers that the green and white objective in this final stretch is to climb positions: “There are many games left. With the teams that are in the positions that we would like we have an important difference. In football anything can happen. In this abnormal situation, the teams that make the most sacrifice and are prepared can take more advantage. Hopefully we are one of them, we can cut the distance and reach the last days being able to have options to fight for something positive and leave the name of Betis as high as possible ”. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 6, 2020last_img read more

first_imgPublic Health Minister Volda LawrenceWith the need for adequate and quality healthcare becoming more crucial, the need for more skilled human resources to deliver these much-needed services to individuals increases.It was since revealed that the country’s Public Health Sector currently lacks some 550 trained nurses to better distribute medical care at health facilities throughout the country. This disclosure was made by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence who presented the feature address at the opening ceremony of the second Nurses’ Training Annex located at the Critchlow Labour College, Woolford Avenue, Georgetown.Minister Lawrence underscored that the statistics were revealed to her by Chief Nursing Officer Linda Johnson; nevertheless, Lawrence noted that the second annex will fill the gaps.“We envisage that this Annex II will certainly boost our capacity to provide more training and enable the development of a competent workforce to fill the gaps and eliminate our deficiencies,” she explained.This new facility falls directly under the Public Health Ministry’s Health Science Education Division, as it now complements the existing Georgetown School of Nursing situated at Kingston and contributes to the outputs from the New Amsterdam and Charles Rosa School of Nursing.Furthermore, it presently has 90 students enrolled: 88 females and two males, 30 of whom are on the Registered Nursing (RN) Programme and 60 on the Nursing Assistant Programme.Only in 2018, Minister Lawrence announced plans to increase student intake as Guyana, at the time, needed approximately 1000 nurses— an issue which has reached the level of the World Health Organisation (WHO).“We have to do that in order to ensure we can fulfil our requirement. Right now, we need about 1000 nurses in the system. We’re also inviting persons to come into the Ministry. If you’re a retiree, you have a skill to offer and so on, and we can put you at a different level to work within the system,” she told media operatives at a Medex[KM1] programme launch in 2018.last_img read more

first_img– Police investigatingRegion Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Councillor Naithram (only name)AFC Councillor Naithramwas on Friday slapped some four times by an employee of the Region Two Administration. The incident reportedly occurred at around 09:15h Friday.According to Naithram, who spoke with Guyana Times, he was disrespected by the newly appointed employee. Unveiling his side of the story he related that he was having a conversation with two rangers at the RDC Drainage and Irrigation (D&I) building concerning the cleaning and maintenance of trenches. He said that during that conversation, the employee interrupted and dealt him four slaps to his face. The employee, who is a well-known A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) activist in Region Two, is responsible for clearing and cleaning of trenches from Anna Regina to Charity.Naithram, currently the coordinator for Agriculture in the Region, said he is deeply concerned about the trenches and the way they are cleaned, citing that in some instances they are only sprayed. He said it is also alleged that the said ranger is approving trenches that are sprayed instead of being cleaned – cleared.“What I did was simply speak out; things aren’t going the way I speak out, I am the one overlooking, I have every right to speak out,” Naithram said.Following the misunderstanding Naithram said he made a report to the Anna Regina Police Station then visited the Suddie Public Hospital and was examined by doctors and given a medical.Head of the Region Two RDC, Devanand Ramdatt said he is saddened over the disrespectful act by the employee who was handpicked by the REO. Ramdatt said as such the RDC condemns and call on the Minister of Communities to immediately launch an investigation.Ramdatt further noted that on numerous occasions the REO would breach the employment practices by hiring people that are not under the Public Service Commission.“Recently he hired someone who went and broke another person office; he has like five retirees walking around the compound doing nothing. These persons were appointed without anyone’s knowledge,” Ramdatt noted.last_img read more

first_imgOn Thursday, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada announced that its Educational Fund program will be offering new scholarships to five schools that offer petroleum-related training programs. One of the five schools eligible for the new scholarship is Northern Lights College, which has campuses across northeast B.C., including in Fort St. John. A new scholarship opportunity has become available to five schools in Western Canada. Other eligible schools include Alberta`s Keyano College, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. Each institute will receive four scholarships worth $1,500 each for a three-year period. President and CEO of PSAC Mark Salkeld says “the fund provides great opportunites for deserving students to acquire the knowledge and tools to thrive, and is just one example of the petroleum service sector supporting the Canadian communities in which we work. Encouraging students at a time when they are making crucial career decisions to consider the exciting prospects available in the service sector, and helping them capitalize on opportunities by providing further training and financial support is the central aim of the PSAC Educational Fund. For more information on the PSAC Educational Fund and the available scholarships, please visit the PSAC official website.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgDouble-digit raises for presidents of the state university system? Something’s wrong here. But it’s complicated. The real problem is that misguided federal government policies are pricing California’s public universities out of the market when it comes to salaries for university presidents, deans, faculty members and others. Almost nobody notices what’s going on until California State University trustees try to put the system on a more competitive level. That’s what happened last week, when the board gave 26 top CSU executives pay raises averaging 11.8percent. CSU Dominguez Hills President Mildred Garcia will not receive a pay hike, however, because she is a new hire. In this case, you might say that some universities have figured out how to game the system. For example, when a state government cuts its support, the state university just jacks up tuition and then looks to the federal government to match the increase with grants and guaranteed student loans. When that works, then comes even higher tuition that pays for higher and higher salaries for faculty, deans and presidents. The costs simply get passed along to students, often in the form of financially crippling loans. Universities that struggle to keep tuition low soon find they can’t compete for many of the best qualified candidates for jobs on the faculty or in management, including presidents. California’s state universities, and to a lesser extent the UC system, are among those trying to keep tuition low. At Cal State Dominguez Hills, tuition and fees amount to about $3,400, which is far under the national average. Of the costs of educating a student, only 20 percent comes from tuition and fees, compared to the national average of 35 percent. When that formula isn’t rich enough, the high-tuition campuses pull in out-of-state students, who pay even more. Also, at a university with very high tuition, such as Harvard, grants and loans are based on a “sticker price” of $44,000, when the average is only $28,000. A parent paying $44,000 must feel like it’s the sucker price, and so should the feds. Campuses with the high sticker prices win two ways. Not only does the revenue pour in, but some parents believe the high prices must mean high quality, and they line up to pay more. Some of that growing gusher goes to recruit faculty, deans and presidents with salaries that go as high as a million dollars a year. California can’t play in that league. This system needs fixing. As it happens, Cal State Long Beach’s president, F. King Alexander, has become a leader in a national effort to bring more fairness to the system. If he can help pull that off, he will be worth far more to California than those recent pay increases.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgMark Hughes, part of the Manchester United team famously thrashed 4-1 by QPR 20 years ago, has told his players that they too can cause a massive upset at Old Trafford.Dennis Bailey’s hat-trick gave Rangers an unforgettable victory in front of a live television audience and stunned a United side that were chasing the title.R’s boss Hughes remembers that day all too well and insists the current team must believe that history can repeat itself.Top scorer Heidar Helguson is back in the QPR squad for Sunday’s game.“You can’t legislate for it and you never know when those type of results will happen,” Hughes declared ahead of Sunday’s encounter.“I was in the United team that day. It was New Year’s Day and everyone thought we’d been out all night. In fairness we probably would have played better if we had been.“We didn’t see that result coming, but it can happen and this year as with any other year results will pop up that people don’t expect.“I’ve taken Blackburn there and got positive results. It can be done, but we need to catch them on an off-day and play exceptionally well.“Teams can go there and cause an upset and we certainly have enough talent to do that.”And Hughes has pledged that Rangers will look to attack United rather than try to get men behind the ball.“Old Trafford isn’t a place you can go to and be timid,” he said.“You have to front up and say ‘Listen, this is what we’re about and we’re going to come here, give a good account of ourselves and see where it takes us’.”Click here for our Man Utd v QPR quizSee also: Mixed news for QPR ahead of Man Utd clashFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgQANTAS’ will continue to concentrate on Asia and North America while it waits for new ultra long-range “hub-buster” aircraft to give it the ability to offer unique non-stop services between Australia and markets in Europe.That is the message from the airline’s group chief executive Alan Joyce who is looking to new technology aircraft such as the Boeing 787s it has on order plus either Boeing new 777X or the Airbus A350 to deliver the airline unprecedented non-stop capability.Those non-stops will likely be London to Perth with the 787 followed later by routes such as Paris to Sydney and Rome to Melbourne. The airline looked some years ago at using Jetstar to service destinations in Southern Europe Mr Joyce says the low-cost offshoot won’t be joining Scoot and AirAsia X on the “kangaroo route” to Europe any time soon.“I think Jetstar’s got so many growth opportunities in Asia,’’ Joyce says, pointing to recent announcements that the brand’s Japanese joint venture will grow from 20 to 28 aircraft and Veitnam’s Jetstar Pacific would be adding 10.  “I think we have enough growth in this region and … we have a solution to Europe, which is the Emirates partnership.’’The Emirates partnership gives Qantas 40 destinations in Europe without the need to invest the capital to operate its own services and, says Joyce, gives the Australian carrier a reach it could never have achieved on its own.But that doesn’t mean the flying kangaroo, famed for its ability to convince aircraft manufacturers to help it conquer long distances, doesn’t see opportunities further down the track.Joyce says technology is the airline’s friend and he’s keen to see what opportunities Qantas International’s new fleet of Boeing 787-9s can open up.  The airline is preparing for the arrival of the first of eight B787s at the end of the next year and plans to start selling Dreamliner flights on its existing network before Christmas.The planes will replace five older Boeing 747s and will be fitted with luxury business class seats, roomier economy seats and what the carrier describes as “a revolutionary premium economy that is streets ahead of anything out there’’.Possible new routes include a non-stop service between Perth and London made possible by the 787-9’s 7,635 nm (14,140 km) nominal range.London remains a destination for Qantas because of the size of the market and the traditionally strong links between Australia and the UK.  But with 32 competitors on routes to Europe, Joyce argues the airline currently cannot make other ports on the continent pay, particularly with the one-stop flights that would be required from Australia’s East Coast. “The dilemma you always have with the Qantas Group is that it is out of an Australian cost base, it is a long distance from your home and the costs are a lot higher as a consequence of that,’’ says Joyce“So I think our future is the direct flights.’’The long-term potential is for non-stop premium services to European ports other airlines would struggle to match, including Sydney-London, using planes such as ultra-long range Boeing 777-8X due to enter service at the end of the decade. The 777-8X, which builds on the technological advances made by the 787 program with enhancements such as carbon fibre high-span wings, will be able to carry 350 to 375 passengers up to 8,700 nm (16,110 km) in a wider cabin. “We’re never going to fly to the 40 destinations Emirates has but you could be flying to a few of those top destinations,’’ Joyce says, noting that the combination of direct and indirect services “gives you a very feasible and economic operation in Europe that works very well”.For now, however, China and the US are the main game.“We talk about Europe a lot but people forget how big the US is for Qantas,’’ Joyce says, adding that the airline’s Airbus A380 services to partner American Airlines’ hub in Dallas, Texas, are “booming’’. “We’d love to be able to fly more destinations into the states.’’The 787-9s open up Melbourne-Dallas and Brisbane-Dallas as potential destinations with daily services to cities such as Vancouver also a possibility.“And then eventually with the aircraft in the next decade, you’ll have New York direct and that means Chicago direct,’’ Joyce says. “That means a lot of destinations in the US that have the viability to have direct services start coming on to the radar screen.’’The alliance with American Airlines remains the biggest for Qantas, despite the higher profile of its marriage with Emirates, but that may be set to change.Australia’s competition regulator recently gave an alliance with China Eastern a green light and Joyce believes that rapid tourism growth out of China will ultimately make this the flying kangaroo’s biggest partnership. The airline is also set to benefit from Chinese tourism growth through partnerships with China Southern and Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific.“The stats just blow you away,” Joyce says. “I think we have 1.2 million visitors from China and we get 1 per cent of the worldwide visitor rate of over 100 million that go overseas.“Some estimates have that growing to over 500 million in the next decades. Even if we stay at just 1 per cent, the total of the Chinese visitors (coming) here nearly gets to the 7 million total visitors that we have now.“And when they come to Australia, they typically take an average two domestic sectors when they’re travelling, so the benefits to the domestic network, not only the international one, are quite huge.’’ “So the potential to tap into a hugely different market that benefits the whole tourism economy is massive in the Chinese market and that’s quite exciting.’’While Joyce can see growth in all parts of the business from China, including a Qantas service to Shanghai that now operates from China Eastern’s terminal, he is particularly excited about the price-sensitive end of the market.He sees a big potential in charter services such as the one recently operated by Jetstar between Australia’s Gold Coast and the Chinese city of Wuhan with the Dalian Wanda Group. The year-long Gold Coast deal to sell combined flight and holiday packages ends on October 1 and the parties are working on new services to Australia to begin in time for the Chinese New Year.Working in conjunction with travel groups such as Wanda means Qantas or its Jetstar affiliates do not have to incur the expense of setting up a distribution network in China.“They sell the seats and they actually package it,’’ he says. “So Jetstar Vietnam, Jetstar Singapore and Jetstar Japan all will be participating in that growth as well and they’re all doing various forms of charter activity.’’Another plus out of China for Qantas is, surprisingly, freight. The group has unique freight traffic rights which allow it to fly a triangular Australia-China-US-Australia route using wet leased freighters (aircraft leased with crew) from Atlas Air.  The route has given Qantas Freight about 5 per cent of the China-Us freight market and Joyce says it has been participating well in growth over time.Australia-China has always been its weakest leg but Joyce says a free trade agreement between the two countries is starting to see this improve with a range of new products.Of course, Qantas isn’t the only airline with Chinese aspirations.Virgin Australia’s John Borghetti also sees a big growth potential from the world’s most populous nation and now has two major Chinese groups, Nanshan and Hainan, as major shareholders.Joyce is unfazed by Virgin’s new shareholders and says he’s happy with Qantas’s position and its partnership with two carriers enjoying strong growth and support.“I think it’s such a huge market that there’s plenty for everybody on it,’’ he says “ And you know I’d say with the China market I’d rather have the big players as well. I think China Southern for example just reached 700 aircraft, which makes it the fourth largest airline in the world.’’Another point Joyce makes is that Qantas is a different organisation from the one it was a few years ago.The airline made a net profit of more than $1 billion in the year ended June 30, 2016, with a 60 per cent rise in underlying pre-tax profit, the best result in the airline’s 95-year history.It declared its first shareholder dividend since 2009 and saw record earnings from all business units – except freight.The result was partly driven by a $664 million benefit from lower global fuel prices but also by a transformation program that has unlocked $1.66 billion in permanent cost and revenue benefits since 2014 and expects to see that rise to $2.1 billion by next June.One result of the changes, according to Joyce, is that airline group well-placed to cope with the often quickly changing aviation environment.“What’s great, I think, about where you see Qantas today compared to where it was when it had its previous record earnings back in 2007 is they are coming from a bigger variety of things,’’ he says.“We have a lot bigger frequent flyer program than we had back then, which is making over $300 million. Jetstar made over $400 million, a record profit for Jetstar, but what’s great in the results is that Qantas International and Qantas Domestic also had a record profit.Joyce is particularly pleased with a billion-dollar turnaround in the international business that prompted the airline to invest in the long-awaited B787s.“Every business has earned the right to grow and we are now in an enviable position of figuring out what’s the growth opportunities for the businesses going forward — where do we invest the capital, how do we grow to take advantage of the really solid position each of the businesses are in?’’ he says“And that’s very different from where we were in the past, where usually it’s one component of the business that contributes all the profits and some of the others were underperforming.’’However, he also acknowledges that low fuel prices have been accompanied by international fares at historic lows in some markets and a global economy that is at best mixed.He observes that the Australian economy is also going through a transition which saw Qantas drop more than $250m in resource sector revenue, although it managed to redeploy aircraft to the East Coast to take advantage of the property boom and leisure routes have been going well..“So you’ve definitely got a mixed environment and what I think we’ve changed in our culture here is the ability to be agile and to move things around to take advantage of that,’’ he says.With the 787s and Airbus A320 neos on the way for Jetstar, the group has a sizeable commitment to new planes but Joyce says it will continue to take a cautious view on capital management.Investments such as new lounges, new seats on existing aircraft and, increasingly, information technology all clamour for a slice of what will be a $4.5 billion capital expenditure pie over the next three years.“It’s a lot of money but there are lot demands for growth, there are a lot of demands for new businesses, there are a lot of demands for new seats,’’ he says. “And we have a prioritisation within the organisation for that capital demand and that it’s allocated to the right things.“I think Qantas is a lot better at doing that than it did before so everything gets done. The pace at which it gets done has to fit into our capital program and the ability, like any business would have, of the business to be able to pay for it.’’The airline has 15 options and 30 purchase orders for the Dreamliner and Joyce says he wants to see how they perform before ordering more.  Even if that happens, further orders are likely to be incremental and Joyce says it could be as little as one at a time under the agreement the airline has with Boeing.Qantas has yet to determine whether it will order the new Boeing 777-8X as a replacement for its 12 still relatively young A380 superjumbos.  When the time comes, it will run a competition between the new Boeing widebody and Airbus’s A350-1000.“We always run a competition on every aircraft type and there are no certainties on these things,’’ says Joyce. “But what I think is always the case in the airline industry is that you’re always continuously monitoring what’s your potential replacement. So the minute you get a new aircraft you’re thinking about what’s going to be in the future the aircraft that has to replace it.’’Qantas will not exercise options to take an eight additional A380s but Joyce says the existing fleet has worked well for Qantas on Los Angeles,  Dallas, London and, on occasion,  Hong Kong.Asked how the 380s stack up against the new planes, Joyce says they work well on high volume, long distance routes to hub cities.Qantas has five services that depart Los Angeles within a small window and Joyce says flying smaller aircraft would not be as cost-effective and would mean too many frequencies.“So you’ve got the A380 which is a very, big efficient vehicle – and it depends on oil prices as well.,’’ he says. “Today the 380s look a lot better than they did with oil prices over $US100 .’’ He adds that oil prices also determine the roll-over or replacement case for aircraft but declines to predict what will happen in that arena, describing picking fuel trends as a “fool’s game’’.“We always hedge and we are hedging and we’ve communicated our hedging for financial year 17 and we’re hedging into 18,’’ he says. “And the idea is to give you time to cope with whatever the fuel price is and not try to put a bet on where fuel’s going to be.’’last_img read more

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first_imgRashtriya Janata Dal leaders on Saturday authorised party chief Lalu Prasad to select party candidates in Bihar for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and the Assembly by-elections thereafter. He has also been authorised to stitch an alliance with like-minded parties for the upcoming LS polls.“The party’s central parliamentary board has unanimously authorised Lalu Prasad to select the candidates for the Lok Sabha elections and Assembly bypolls thereafter… besides, the party chief has also been authorised to hold parleys with like-minded parties to find out the possibilities and give a final shape to the alliance for the Lok Sabha polls,” RJD Rajya Sabha MP and national spokesperson Manoj Jha told media persons.The party’s central parliamentary board meeting was preceded by another meeting of the State units of Bihar and Jharkhand held at the official residence of former Chief Minister Rabri Devi at 10, Circular Road, in Patna.‘No Holi this year’ The party has also decided to stay away from Holi celebrations this year to show solidarity with the families of those killed in the Pulwama terror attack last month, said Mr. Jha.Lalu Prasad is currently serving prison sentences in Ranchi in several fodder scam cases and taking medical treatment at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences. RJD and its alliance leaders visit him regularly. Meanwhile, on seat-sharing among the Magathbandhan (Grand Alliance) constituents, Mr. Jha said, “All is well and everything is on the right track.”last_img read more