Happy mice at Microsoft SA

first_img29 September, 2004It may be a case of when the cat’s around, the mice still have whale of a time, if a ‘best company to work for’ survey for 2004 is anything to go by.The survey, conducted by Deloitte & Touche and the Financial Mail, has found that Microsoft SA rules the roost as far as employment satisfaction goes.The wide-ranging survey placed a major emphasis on employees’ perspectives. It measured their views of change management, communication, diversity, job satisfaction, leadership, management information, policies, recognition and performance and training and development, amongst them.Employee surveys counted for 75% of the companies’ score, employers 15% and 10% for the wider market, Moneyweb reports.The publication reports that employers were judged on criteria such as employee welfare, pay ranges and special recognition awards. The wider market weight came from market questionnaires that were completed by executives, tertiary institutions and trade institutions.According to Deloitte & Touche, by participating in the survey companies are able to benchmark themselves against competitors. They also get an opportunity to reassess their working environment, and set goals for improvement.The top ten companies that are guaranteed to keep you happy are:1. Microsoft2. Pretoria Portland Cement3. SA Breweries4. Flight Centre5. Absa6. Rand Merchant Bank7. Wesbank8. Sabinet Online9. Hollard10. Network BDBOThe best companies to work for by sector are:Advertising and media: Network BDBOBanks: AbsaConsumer goods: SA BreweriesGeneral finance: Rand Merchant BankIT: MicrosoftInsurance: HollardLeisure, entertainment, tourism: Flight CentreManufacturing: Pretoria Portland CementMining: KumbaProfessional services: Emmanuels StaffingRetail: EdconMost improved: SA TourismSouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Forget Trends, Is Yahoo’s Workplace Policy Right For Yahoo?

first_imgTags:#home office#Yahoo brian proffitt Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts center_img Yahoo’s plan to bring all work-at-home employees back to the office starting in June was not meant to be a statement on the viability of telecommuting, but that’s what happened. Now a company that’s trying to pick itself up off of the ground is smack dab in the media spotlight, even though company insiders say that this move was something Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer telegraphed almost from Day One of her taking the helm at Yahoo. But is this the right move for Yahoo?Let’s get this out of the way up front: this is a story because a lot of people in the technology industry, which has a higher-than-average share of work-at-home bodies, are freaking out. The idea that a long-held industry practice enabling them to work outside the workplace and gain some measure of flexibility in their professional-personal balance is about to regress back to the 1980s is pretty damn alarming.That was certainly my initial reaction. Having worked from my Indiana-based home office for almost 15 years for various employers and clients in the media and technology sectors, I can unequivocally say that there would be no way I could do what I do and still live in my native state without the Internet and telecommuting policies. I have turned down job offers from companies that would not budge on office workplace requirements. I have kids in college, high school, and middle school. Relocating, and uprooting my younger kids, is not something I want to do unless there’s no other option.Watching the reaction to Yahoo’s leaked HR memo that was initially reported by AllThingsD, I can tell I am not alone.Probably caught off-guard by the visceral reaction, Yahoo declined to make any statements about the new policy until just yesterday afternoon, telling the media, “This isn’t a broad industry view on working from home. This is about what is right for Yahoo right now.”Fair enough. Mayer and her team are trying to pull Yahoo together and get the company back on track. I would imagine, given the revolving door of CEOs at the company, that she doesn’t feel like there’s a lot of time, so worrying about the broader impact on telecommuting is the last thing on their minds.But even if Yahoo is not trying to start an industry trend, the question still remains, if their plan isn’t meant to be a plan for everyone, is it still the right plan for Yahoo?A Long Time ComingSources within Yahoo have told me that the new policy was actually not that new at all. The possibility of curtailing or even halting work-at-home policies was discussed last fall.“She’s made it clear right from the get-go that this is something she wanted to do,” one staffer said, referring to Mayer’s plan to reduce telecommuting practices within Yahoo.Sources close to the situation spoke anonymously, as they are not allowed to discuss internal Yahoo matters. Indeed, soon after Mayer came on board as president and CEO of Yahoo in July 2012, work from home on Fridays was strongly discouraged, with some teams required to implement mandatory meetings within Yahoo’s office late in the day on Fridays.So, if this change was a long time coming, was the reaction within Yahoo more sanguine as some media reports seemed to indicate?“People are pissed off about it,” one source related. “But, they know you have to go along if you want to work at Yahoo.”There’s been a lot of speculation that Mayer may be revisiting her Google roots, implementing policies that encourage working from the office, just as Google does. But sources I spoke with didn’t care to speculate about this.A Step Too Far?Even as Yahoo employees are struggling with this change in policy, some are wondering if such a drastic move was even warranted. Some internal sources commented that Yahoo might have tried to better manage remote workers.While nearly everyone in the company relies on the Yahoo Messenger client for text-based chats and messaging, one source confided that they observe little to no use of the software’s video chat functionality within the halls of Yahoo’s offices. Nor are outside videoconferencing tools like Skype or GoToMeeting actively employed.While videoconferencing is not an exact substitute for in-person meetings, it would seem to be an effective interim step to try when concerns about productivity arise. Especially when Yahoo already has the tool to perform such meetings in place.This could have been a question of time. It is possible videoconferencing and other managerial procedures to handle a mobile workforce were considered, and rejected because of the pressures of delivering a better bottom line fast.There is also the very tangible benefit of pulling together in a crisis. By physically coming closer, the human social connections will kick in even further and (hopefully) deliver the innovation and productivity Mayer and her team are seeking.If anything, Mayer’s decision is not so much a comment on telecommuting as a clear signal that Yahoo sees the months ahead as put-up-or-shut-up time. The leaked memo may have created a meta-discussion right now, but the bigger pain in the butt for Yahoo has to be that all of this media attention will have investors and partners alike watching the company even more intensely to see if Mayer and the work-in-office plan will work.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Ravena gets Paras on board for 3×3

first_img‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF “His presence is very important for us. He explained to us how the game is played and how we can mesh,” he said. “He just told us to enjoy this because this is a rare chance for us to be together. It’s not everyday that we can be in one team so we have to make the most out of it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Star turns back Meralco Turning into some sort of an agent for the 3×3 crew, Ravena hoped to also get Raymar Jose onboard to infuse some hustle and energy, but the team eventually settled for JR Quiñahan after the former’s obligations with Cignal in the PBA D-League.READ: Against bigger foes, PH team to bank on teamwork in Fiba 3×3 World CupRavena, though, was still satisfied, saying that the NLEX big man can provide the same and more, particularly veteran smarts, for the young team.“Kuya JR, fortunately, will bring us the same thing,” he said.Seeing how talented the team is, Ravena knows that the one of the biggest concerns for the team is forming a strong bond which he believes shouldn’t be a problem under the guidance of coach Eric Altamirano.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img “He was in our house and on our way to the gym when Anton (Altamirano) were discussing who has already committed,” shared Kiefer Ravena.READ: Quiñahan joins Paras, Teng, Ravena in PH 3×3 squadFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe two-time UAAP MVP broached the idea to the 19-year-old prodigy, who was vacationing in the country after transferring from Creighton to Cal State Northridge.“It was only Jeron (Teng) and I who have stated our commitment and I told him, ‘Kobes, you’ll redshirt, right? Maybe you want to play for us?’ He said he’ll look at it and eventually got the green light,” he said. Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Kiefer Ravena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Joaqui FloresFunny how a simple conversation between gym buddies escalated to a partnership for flag and country.That was how Kobe Paras came to be part of Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 squad which will compete in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in June.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

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Ind vs Eng: Strauss slams Indian bowling, tips hosts to win 4th Test

first_imgAndrew Strauss believes that India can never win matches with just four bowlersTaking a dig at the Indian approach ahead of the Old Trafford Test, former England skipper Andrew Strauss has said that the visitors not only need more aggression but will also find it extremely difficult to win a Test match with four bowlers in their XI.Anderson Abused Jadeja “I think India have a big problem if they are playing with only four bowlers. That is a mistake. I don`t think they can win matches with just four bowlers,” opined Strauss.”I understand they want to select a team based on conditions and pitch. But considering those factors, they got it completely wrong at the Ageas Bowl. The pitch at Southampton has a reputation of turning towards the end of the match. So I was very surprised to see them not play R Ashwin there,” said Strauss.Having a win under their belt at Lord`s, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and company decided to go with an extra batsman in the third Test at Rose Bowl. The hosts drew level the five-match series and Strauss was surprised by the moves of the Indian think tank.”I was even more surprised that they decided to play an extra batsman and leave out Stuart Binny. It showed that they were negative and had a defensive mindset. They were trying not to lose the match and when you play with that outlook, more often than not, you will get beaten,” he added.advertisementIndia lost by 266 runs at Southampton after earning a 95-run victory in the second Test and Strauss lauded the English effort.”It was a good comeback from that Lord`s defeat. That was a bitter pill for England to swallow because everything was in their favour and they squandered that chance. So there was real pressure on them at Southampton and they put on a near-perfect performance.”From the moment they won the toss and elected to bat, they put India under pressure. Their captain is back in form, Ian Bell is getting runs, James Anderson and Stuart Broad bowled better as well. It you have a perfect template of how to win a Test match, that was it,” said Strauss.”With this new team that England have, it is evolving Test by Test and it is important for senior players to show junior players the way. Until this third Test, it was the other way round and that`s not ideal.”It was the reason why England haven`t won more Test matches off-late and Lord`s was the final coffin. The senior players did their job in this third Test and I can tell you there will be a lot of confidence in their dressing room now,” he added.Perhaps one of the pivotal moments of the Test, and indeed the series, was when Ravindra Jadeja dropped the beleaguered Cook on 15 and the opener went on to get 95 runs in the first innings.He followed it up with a more fluent half-century in the second innings, signalling the end to his woeful form as well as a danger sign for India.”Cook was under enormous pressure and it is hard to think of any England captain in recent times who was under more pressure. It was a combination of the team completely misfiring, his own poor form, and then his captaincy, because there was so much on his plate. But in Southampton, he was finally able to show why he is such a good cricketer. I am delighted to see him come through that ordeal,” said the former England opener and Cook`s one-time partner at the top of the order.If Cook is England`s most important batsman, then the same can be said of Virat Kohli. In his six innings on tour, the Delhi batsman has disappointed with scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39 and 28, averaging a paltry 16.83 so far.”Kohli has the ability to take the game away from the opposition and he came into this series with a lot of expectations. People expected him to be the stand-out player but he has had some good deliveries and a bit of bad luck. It really hasn`t happened for him so far,” said Strauss.”But at the same time, in certain instances like in Southampton, he should have played Moeen Ali a lot better. There are just not enough sizable contributions from Kohli and other batsmen to support Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane at the moment,” Strauss pointed out.advertisementThe momentum seems to be with England and they are certainly buoyed by the fact that James Anderson escaped a ban for his alleged push against Jadeja as well and Strauss said its a positive sign.”A lot of it rode on Anderson`s hearing. India would have been happy if he was banned no doubt, because England have relied so heavily on him. If he had been banned then it would have been 50-50 going into this fourth Test,” said Strauss.”But with him playing on, and considering the Southampton win where England ticked so many boxes for things that went right for them, they will have a big spring in their step and will be tough to beat. England are favourites to win at Old Trafford,” he signed off.last_img
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Roger Federer ready for John Isner shoot-out for Miami crown

first_imgWintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Roger Federer, of Switzerland, prepares to return the ball to Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, during the semifinals of the Miami Open tennis tournament, Friday, March 29, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Jim Rassol)Roger Federer is gearing up for a Miami Open final shootout with John Isner on Sunday after blowing away young-gun Denis Shapovalov in straight sets.Federer produced a 6-2, 6-4 masterclass at Hard Rock Stadium to leave up-and-coming star Shapovalov, who grew up idolizing the Swiss, chasing shadows during a difficult first set.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Shapovalov, who will jump to a career best 20th in the world thanks to this impressive run, enjoyed some much better moments in the second set and looked more relaxed, although the match was never in his hands.He hit just eight winners in response to Federer’s 30 but will learn from this.“It’s kind of surreal, being on the court against Roger,”admitted the Canadian who joked the only enjoyable moment for him was the warm up.“Obviously I wasn’t trying to focus on the fact that it’s him on the other side.“I was just trying to play as good as I can, but he played an excellent match. I wasn’t able stay at his level. I’m just going to try to learn from this and move forward.”Federer, assessing his own performance, said he played “very well”.“I had to because when you let Denis play, he’s got some serious power and he gets rhythm going. He can really put you in uncomfortable situations.”This was the first time since 2007 that two teenagers have reached an ATP Masters semi-finals and although both suffered disappointing defeats, they leave South Florida with their heads held high.Auger-Aliassime’s dream run finished with the youngster from Montreal competing confidently in the biggest match of his career even if he will rue the chances that escaped him after being broken while serving for the first and second set.“Unusual,” Isner called it. “It could have been a little bit of inexperience and maybe a little bit of fatigue, also.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite the disappointment etched all over Auger-Aliassime’s face at the end, his run here will give him great confidence moving forward as he, and Shapovalov, aim to prove their Grand Slam credentials.The 18-year-old is the youngest-ever male semi-finalist in Miami and only the second qualifier to reach the last four after Guillermo Canas reached the same stage in 2007 before losing to Novak Djokovic in the final.Auger-Aliassime will also see his ranking jump from 55 to 33 in the world.“I think I did the best that I could,” he said. “It’s a chance you can’t miss, serving two times for the set, and just — I don’t know. It’s just terrible. The biggest lesson I learned was to stay in the present and believe in yourself.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Swiss was superb in dismantling the 19 year-old’s game, but knows with huge serving Isner lying in wait in what will be the former world number one’s 50th ATP Masters final, the key will be to defuse the reigning Miami Open champion’s monster service game.Isner used it to great effect in his 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4) win over Shapovalov’s friend and compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime earlier in the day, smashing down 21 aces. He’ll be looking for more of the same against 20 time Grand Slam champion Federer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Playing a big server like John is like being in a penalty shootout in soccer, but I enjoy it,” said number four seed Federer who coped brilliantly with Kevin Anderson’s dangerous serve in the quarter-finals, winning the first set to love.“Sometimes you go with momentum. Sometimes you go with feel. Sometimes you guess maybe a little bit and sometimes you see it. It’s a combination of all sort of things. 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Even though the Swiss was standing in his way of a first final, the 19 year-old stressed beforehand that it was a “dream” to take on Federer.It quickly, however, turned into a nightmare.The Canadian displayed understandable nerves early on, a struggle with his first serve proving as much in a 10 minute opening game which he eventually won.Yet it didn’t settle him down and when another horribly loose backhand flew long, Federer pocketed a vital early break and stayed in the driver’s seat.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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9 months agoWolves boss Nuno: We’ll learn from Man City defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves boss Nuno: We’ll learn from Man City defeatby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno insists there’s no reason for concern after their 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.The visitors were outclassed – especially after the dismissal of Willy Boly in the 19th minute.But Nuno reasoned, “We showed character, we were brave to stay in the game, always working hard, but we can’t stop all the chances for Man City.“We tried to have speed and to maintain the organisation, then play clearly on the counter attack.“You have to stay compact, knowing the result is going to be difficult. You have to work yourself until the end and my boys did it, so we must look ahead to the next challenge at home.”He continued: “We are learning every day, since last season. What we try is to concentrate on ourselves. We know that we must do better to compete against such a big and fantastic team.“There’s always a challenge for us. We can’t erase the game from our memories, but we’ll try because what is important is the next one.” last_img read more

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Uber reveals coverup of hack affecting 57M riders drivers

first_imgUber is coming clean about its coverup of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing service’s customers and drivers.So far, there’s no evidence that the data taken has been misused, according to a Tuesday blog post by Uber’s recently hired CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi. Part of the reason nothing malicious has happened is because Uber acknowledges paying the hackers $100,000 to destroy the stolen information.The revelation marks the latest stain on Uber’s reputation.The San Francisco company ousted Travis Kalanick as CEO in June after an internal investigation concluded he had built a culture that allowed female workers to be sexually harassed and encouraged employees to push legal limits.It’s also the latest major breach involving a prominent company that didn’t notify the people that could be potentially harmed for months or even years after the break-in occurred.Yahoo didn’t make its first disclosure about hacks that hit 3 billion user accounts during 2013 and 2014 until September 2016. Credit reporting service Equifax waited several months before revealing this past September that hackers had carted off the Social Security numbers of 145 million Americans.Khosrowshahi criticized Uber’s handling of its data theft in his blog post.“While I can’t erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes,” Khosrowshahi wrote. “We are changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make and working hard to earn the trust of our customers.”That pledge shouldn’t excuse Uber’s previous regime for its egregious behaviour, said Sam Curry, chief security officer for the computer security firm Cybereason.“The truly scary thing here is that Uber paid a bribe, essentially a ransom to make this breach go away, and they acted as if they were above the law,” Curry said. “Those people responsible for the integrity and confidentiality of the data in-fact covered it up.”The heist took the names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of 57 million riders around the world. The thieves also nabbed the driver’s license numbers of 600,000 Uber drivers in the U.S.Uber waited until Tuesday to begin notifying the drivers with compromised driver’s licenses, which can be particularly useful for perpetrating identify theft. For that reason, Uber will now pay for free credit-report monitoring and identity theft protection services for the affected drivers.Kalanick, who still sits on Uber’s board of directors, declined to comment on the data breach that took place in October 2016. Uber says the response to the hack was handled by its chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, a former federal prosecutor whom Kalanick lured away from Facebook in 2015.As part of his effort to set things right, Khosrowshahi extracted Sullivan’s resignation from Uber and also jettisoned Craig Clark, a lawyer who reported to Sullivan.Clark didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment sent through his LinkedIn profile. Efforts to reach Sullivan were unsuccessful.Uber’s silence about its breach came while it was negotiating with the Federal Trade Commission about its handling of its riders’ information.Earlier in 2016, the company reached a settlement with the New York attorney general requiring it to take steps to be more vigilant about protecting the information that its app stores about its riders. As part of that settlement, Uber also paid a $20,000 fine for waiting to notify five months about another data breach that it discovered in September 2014.last_img read more

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New details emerge about proposed payment to Manitoba Metis Federation

first_imgWINNIPEG – The former board chairman of Manitoba Hydro criticized Premier Brian Pallister on Thursday and defended a planned $67-million payment to the Manitoba Metis Federation.“What we need is a strong board, and we need a premier who’s prepared to take leadership in addressing some very significant issues that Hydro faces,” Sanford Riley told The Canadian Press.Riley and eight of the other nine board members at the Crown corporation quit en masse Wednesday. They said they had been unable to secure a meeting with Pallister for more than a year to discuss key issues.Pallister said the dispute stems from a proposal submitted by the board last fall to pay the Metis federation $67 million over 20 years in relation to new Hydro developments.The planned payment was unusual, Pallister said, because it did not appear to compensate anyone for lost land or displacement. Instead, the money would have been in exchange for a federation promise not to oppose several projects, including a new transmission line to the United States, the premier said.The government halted the deal, partly to protect taxpayers from having to pay “persuasion money” and partly to protect the rights of future generations of Metis to seek regulatory reviews or question future projects.“I don’t think … that signing off on your rights, at the expense of your children, is the right thing to do,” Pallister said.A copy of the proposed deal, obtained by The Canadian Press, said the Metis federation would not oppose projects currently underway as well as future domestic transmission lines, less than 250 kilometres in length, for up to 50 years.The proposal said the federation would have to support Manitoba Hydro licence applications and “agree not to appeal or contest any approvals or licences issued.”Riley said the proposal made sense in light of recent court rulings that have supported Metis rights. In 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the country’s 600,000 Metis have many of the same rights as First Nations individuals, including the right to be consulted.Riley said the payment could be lower than the cost of legal challenges and compensation for upcoming Manitoba Hydro projects.“This made more sense from a financial and from a social perspective.”He called Pallister’s criticism “deeply cynical, offensive to the board … and wrong.”While there is no mention of lost land in the proposed deal, Metis federation president David Chartrand said the money was partly to compensate for land cleared for hydro poles.“There was clear-cutting that was done in traditional areas that were used for cultural events or berry-picking,” Chartrand said earlier this week.“We have some very famous areas where we pick our blueberries … and so it (would have) helped to develop new blueberry areas.”Riley and some other board members have Progressive Conservative connections and were appointed by the Tory government less than two years ago.Riley has served in advisory and support roles over the years for former Tory leaders. He is also a successful business executive. He said this dispute is not about partisan politics.“I’m not interested in the partisan stuff that goes on around this. I’m interested in doing the right thing for Manitoba.”Pallister said a new board would be appointed Friday.last_img read more

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City staff help rescue ducklings caught down storm drain

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Staff from the City of Fort St. John’s Bylaw Enforcement and Public Works department stepped out of their usual duties this week to help the North Peace SPCA rescue a brood of ducklings that had gotten stuck down a storm drain.North Peace SPCA branch manager Candace Buchamer said the SPCA got a report at around noon on Wednesday of a number of ducklings that had fallen down a storm drain near the Fort St. John Hospital. Buchamer said that with the SPCA being short-staffed that day, one of the city’s bylaw officers responded to the situation, and managed to rescue all but one of what was believe to be a group of five baby ducks.The fifth was reportedly too scared of the officer and managed to scurry out of reach, and the SPCA resolved to get the duckling rescued the next day.On Thursday, staff with the City’s Public Works Department went back out to the storm drain and were able to rescue not one, but two more ducklings from the drain. Sadly, though the area is known as prime duck territory, a search was unable to find the mother duck and her remaining brood. Buchamer said that though the ducklings fell directly onto the cement at the bottom of the storm drain, the ducklings are all in excellent health. She said that the group of infants have left the SPCA, having been sent to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Smithers to give them a chance at being released into the wild.last_img read more

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State focuses of alternative electronics hubs

first_imgKolkata: The state government is laying emphasis on developing alternative hubs for the manufacture of electronic equipment, ranging from mobiles, drones, solar and other components.”We have developed three Electronic Manufacturing Clusters (EMCs) at Naihati, Falta and Sonarpur. The lands for all these EMCs are ready for allotment. Apart from mobile manufacturing, we are welcoming solar, drones, robotics and LCD TVs in these clusters as well,” a senior official of the state Information Technology & Electronics department said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAdditional Chief Secretary of IT&E Debashis Sen recently visited the EMC at Naihati situated on 70 acres of land and took stock of the services on offer. “The facilities in this park have been developed by WEBEL. A site office will come up soon. We are expecting a lot of electronic units here as the place has its locational advantage. It is an hour-long drive from the city and is very close to the industrial park of West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation,” the official added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to a senior official from WEBEL, the EMC at Falta has 70 acres of land while the one at Sonarpur has 10 acres. The state government has already invited applications from investors across India for setting up electronic manufacturing units on developed land parcels in these parks. The land allotment will be processed on first-come first-serve basis. It may be mentioned that the rise of mobiles in India has been phenomenal, driven by the cheapest data in the world. In 2011, there was only one mobile manufacturing unit in the country, whereas now there are more than 400 with most of them located around Noida. The move on the part of the state government assumes significance with a top US based advocacy group recently claiming that about 200 US companies are seeking to move their manufacturing from China to India after the general elections.last_img read more

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