Burnley 1-3 Chelsea: Debut goal for Costa as Blues secure comfortable comeback

first_img1 Premier League title favourites Chelsea got their campaign off to a flyer against top flight newcomers Burnley, coming back from a goal down and coasting to a 3-1 win at Turf Moor.The hosts took a surprise lead when Scott Arfield rifled home a volley early on, but the Blues were soon in front following two quickfire goals from debutant Diego Costa and World Cup winner Andre Schurrle.Chelsea then took control, with Branislav Ivanovic netting a third from a corner to seal all three points before half time.Many have installed the Blues as frontrunners for the crown this term, and while they may not have faced their toughest test in Sean Dyche’s men – who made their first Premier League appearance in five years – the comfortable nature of the victory is a clear indication of their class.Jose Mourinho named an impressively strong line-up against the promoted side, handing league debuts to new signings Costa and Cesc Fabregas.The London side suffered from their lack of firepower up front last season – with Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba managing only 19 goals between them – but Mourinho’s summer buys have already allayed fears of a repeat this time around.Costa’s brutish presence in around the box proved the cornerstone for their attacking moves, while Belgium star Eden Hazard was back to his best drifting in from wide and stunning defenders with quick feet and dazzling runs.But it was the playmaking genius of Cesc Fabregas that caught the eye most, with his gorgeous assist for Schurrle’s goal sure to make all Arsenal fans wonder why Arsene Wenger turned down the opportunity to re-sign the former Gunners hero.One of the early talking points was also a first appearance for Thibaut Courtois who started in goal, perhaps hinting that Petr Cech’s ten-year reign as number one at Chelsea could be at an end.But the attention soon returned to the pitch, however, as, after a scrappy start from both sides, the hosts silenced the visiting support with the opening goal after 13 minutes.Chelsea lacked cutting edge from the start and their failure to clear from a corner saw former West Ham man Matthew Taylor rush in behind the back-four.His chipped cross found the lurking Arfield – playing in his first ever Premier League match – who hit a swerving volley past an unsighted Courtois from the edge of the box to secure a dream start for the Clarets.But unfortunately for Dyche’s side, going behind only seemed to spark Chelsea into life. Their passing became slicker, their positioning more organised and it took little time for the title hopefuls to equalise.Ivanovic’s driven pass from the right wing was deflected across the face of Burnley’s goal, with the goalkeeper and a handful of defenders caught in two minds when the ball clattered the far post and fell nicely for £32million striker Costa, who made no mistake as he smashed in from close-range in the 17th minute.And moments later the hosts looked completely stunned as Schurrle reeled away in celebration of Chelsea’s second with 21 on the clock, the German forward finishing off an exquisite move that indicates the team’s attacking problems are now firmly behind them.After a scampering run from Hazard, Fabregas eventually found the ball on the edge of the area and the Spaniard didn’t even look up as he provided a perfect first-time through-ball to Schurrle, who lost his man to poke in from close-range.There was then a moment of controversy when Chelsea were denied what appeared to be a stonewall penalty.Costa, taking advantage of a poor backpass, went clear though on goal but was tripped by oncoming Clarets stopper Tom Heaton, though referee Michael Oliver had a different view as he booked the striker for diving.The Blues were rightfully incensed and Costa astounded, but their annoyance was soon forgotten when they notched a third shortly after.Again it was Fabregas with the assist, the former Barcelona midfielder’s corner finding Ivanovic in the box, with the Serb taking full advantage of some hesitant defending to wrap up the win with a neat volley.Having netted three in a rampant 17 minute spell, the second half was played out in stark contrast to the first.The hosts began well, showcasing a spirit that is sure to stand them in good stead this season, as striker Danny Ings fired narrowly wide from the off.Arfield was next to go close, with only a firm left hand from Courtois denying the midfielder his second from a fierce drive, but the game’s pace soon resembled a training fixture as Chelsea again began to dictate play.All that was left was a brief moment of joy for Blues fans when club hero Didier Drogba came off the bench with five minutes remaining.And the Ivorian almost made it four when his audacious long-range effort zipped just past the post in the closing stages. Chelsea striker Diego Costa celebrates scoring on his Premier League debut at Burnley last_img read more

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Benteke seals 2-1 win for Liverpool at Palace with controversial last gasp pen

first_imgLiverpool secured a win at Crystal Palace with the last kick of the game, despite going a goal and a man down at Selhurst Park, but their victory came courtesy of a highly debatable penalty.Joe Ledley opened the scoring early in the second half, netting his first goal of the season, before James Milner was sent off for the visitors.But Eagles goalkeeper Alex McCarthy gifted Roberto Firmino the simplest of equalisers on 71 minutes after slipping while attempting to clear.This was merely the hors d’oeuvre to the drama that followed, as just seconds before the referee was to blow for the final whistle, substitute Christian Benteke fell to the ground following a challenge by Damien Delaney and the referee pointed to the spot.Replays appeared to show that minimal contact had been made, but this didn’t matter to the Belgian, with the striker winning the game for the Reds by calmly dispatching the penalty.The result saw Liverpool climb up to seventh place, six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, while Palace remain without a Premier League win since December 19 and sit nine points above the relegation zone.While the ending was full of drama, the game was a lively affair from early in the first half.Adam Lallana, high on confidence after a number of recent impressive performances for Liverpool, was finding pockets of space with ease, aiming to dictate his side’s play in the final third.But it was Yannick Bolasie and Emmanuel Adebayor for Palace that posed the most intimidating attacking threat.Simon Mignolet was called into action with less than 10 minutes on the clock, as Adebayor played a ball into the path of the onrushing Bolasie, only for the alert Reds goalkeeper to pounce off his line and deny the Palace winger from close range.Only moments later, Adebayor created more problems for the Liverpool defence, first attempting to catch Mignolet out with a strike from wide, before heading an effort onto the crossbar just a few yards from goal seconds later.Jurgen Klopp’s side, while not struggling for possession, flattered to deceive in attack, overplaying and barely testing Alex McCarthy in between the Eagles’ posts.With the game goalless at the break, Joe Ledley – who hadn’t scored for Palace in 13 months – broke the deadlock just three minutes into the second period, hitting the back of the net from the edge of the box with a low, powerful shot after the Reds failed to clear from the corner.With Liverpool almost void of ideas in the final third, the clash was screaming out for Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho or Christian Benteke – all benched for the trip – to burst onto the scene.Klopp opted for Coutinho with little over an hour on the clock, with the Brazilian replacing defender Jon Flanagan, but the German manager may have been questioning the decision when seconds later James Milner was shown a second yellow card.The England international, who had been booked at the end of the first half, rashly felled Wilfried Zaha to halt a counter attack from the hosts – leaving the referee with no choice but to wield his red card.It should have spelled curtains for Liverpool’s chances, but Palace failed to capitalise and in the 72nd minute the Reds were gifted an equaliser following a howler from McCarthy.The Eagles goalkeeper slipped while attempting a clearance, and the ball rolled to the feet of Roberto Firmino who, calm and composed, slotted the ball past the hapless Englishman.The goal lifted Liverpool’s confidence tremendously, and despite being a man down they began to monopolise the ball and push for a winner.Benteke, who had replaced Divock Origi in the 80th minute, burst into the box in the third of the four added minutes and dramatically fell to the floor, claiming he’d been tripped by Delaney.The referee, to the astonishment of most onlookers, pointed to the spot and Benteke himself tidily sent the ball past McCarthy.Whether Benteke dived is open to contention, but Palace’s own plummeting fortunes are a very real fact that must be concerning everyone involved with the Eagles. 1 Liverpool players celebrate Benteke’s late winner last_img read more

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Limpopo’s new standards of success

first_img28 July 2011 Sustaining a successful business through diversification and creativity was the focus of the recent Brand South Africa stakeholder summit in Polokwane, Limpopo province. Initiated by the International Marketing Council (IMC) of South Africa and taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination. Each summit presents South Africans who, through their work and community initiatives, are already active ambassadors for the country. These individuals epitomise the unique characteristics, or pillars, of the South African brand – ubuntu, diversity, sustainability, possibility and innovation. Speaking at the recent summit, IMC CEO Miller Matola said that the branding of South Africa was not a matter of choice but a necessity in every province, requiring the joint efforts of local government, citizens, business, political parties, charities, the media, academia and sporting organisations. Endorsing Limpopo’s role in making South Africa a force to be reckoned with throughout the world, province Premier Cassel Mathale added: “It is the combined behaviour of a country’s people and its attributes that make up a brand or identity. A positive identity – or favourable reputation – promotes global competitiveness.” Mathale noted how the highly successful 2010 Fifa World Cup had, and still is, transforming South Africa’s image, locally and abroad. “The IMC is using that legacy of the World Cup to build a globally competitive brand. They are looking forwards, not backwards,” the premier said.Claiming his space At the forefront of helping breed a successful nation brand is Stanley Mufamadi, MD of Limpopo’s home-grown Vuwa group. Mufamadi said his journey, from working in human resource (HR) management to building a diversified portfolio of thriving business ventures, represents the aspirations of all budding entrepreneurs in the province. “When I came to Limpopo in 1997, there were a lot of opportunities I identified in Polokwane – in HR consulting, in transport and in the tourism and hospitality industry.” “Because it’s always wise to start with an area that you are comfortable with and have expertise in, I made inroads with HR.” Mufamadi set up a company called Vuwa Management Consulting, establishing Vuwa as a brand in itself representing quality, consistency and value. “We chose that name because it’s simple, easy to remember and unique to Limpopo, meaning ‘arise and claim your space’ in Tshivenda.” Second was Vuwa Transport Services, which began with just one bus, ferrying workers from Polokwane to a mine site some distance from the city. “The job was done very well – we went from a single bus to operating 12 buses in seven years with no fatalities or accidents. That happened because we had shown commitment to the promise of the Vuwa brand.” From here, Mufamadi branched into tourism with Vuwa Safari and Tours – which now offers a variety of tour packages, overnight accommodation and conference facilities – and a new chain of lodges. “We’ve invested a lot in promoting this branch on radio and in newspapers and we are competing very well at the moment. We’re proud of the space we’re taking in the tourism industry,” he added. Passion, teamwork and strategic investment in operational facilities are among Mufamadi’s secrets of success. “As an emerging operator, you have to invest in communications – you need to be seen, you need to be available and you need to be contactable. “You also need to learn as much as you can about your industry, benchmark against the best and comply with all statutory requirements, especially the South African Revenue Service.” In the Vuwa consulting business, “expert knowledge, competent staff, on-time delivery and quality” are key, Mufamadi said. “The success factors of Vuwa Safari and Tours include strict compliance with road transport regulations, a professional image, participation in international travel tradeshows and expert training.” Central to building the Vuwa brand has been gaining access to financing from the Department of Trade and Industry and the Industrial Development Corporation, among others. “In many instances entrepreneurs battle to access grants and loans because their affairs are not in order – but we can testify that we have received very good support from these institutions.” Next on the horizon for Mufamadi is property development in Limpopo and exploiting opportunities in the local agro-processing industry. “I want to encourage other entrepreneurs and organisations by telling them that the future looks very, very bright – although there is still a lot of support needed to foster sustainability. “What we need is to see more stock exchange-listed companies that originated in Limpopo – driven by the very people who live here,” he said. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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Sydney Snider: 2015 National Officer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio FFA just capped off an incredible year of success at the National FFA Convention with the announcement that Sydney Snider is the 2015-2016 Eastern Region Vice President on the 2015-2016 National FFA Officer Team.Listen to her comments about national office here:Sydney Snider full interview on National Officer 11-2-15Joel Penhorwood caught up with Sydney after she qualified in the top tier of candidates before the final announcement on Saturday. Here is the interview:last_img read more

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Alleged Leader Of Hacker Group LulzSec Arrested In Australia

first_imgInvestigators in Australia have arrested the self-proclaimed leader of LulzSec, the hacker group and Anonymous offshoot that previously claimed responsibility for a slew of major hacks in 2011 including attacks on Sony Pictures, the UK tabloid The Sun, and the CIA’s public website. All “just for the Lulz” — laughs, that is — of it.On Tuesday night, police in Sydney took into custody Matt Flannery, a 24-year-old Australian IT professional who goes by the online moniker Aush0k. The alleged hacker faces up to 12 years behind bars for two counts of unauthorized modification of data to cause impairment and one count of unauthorized access to a restricted computer system.  Australian Federal Police say their investigation began only two weeks ago when they discovered a government website had been compromised. Police apparently made the connection between Flannery and the recently targeted website because the multinational Tenable Network Security, where Flannery was allegedly employed, had access to specific Australian government information (a quick search on Google revealed a LinkedIn profile of Flannery claiming employment there).However, representatives from Tenable contacted ReadWrite and informed us that Flannery was instead employed by Content Security, a security firm that subcontracted for Tenable. Still, it could explain just how he had access to such sensitive material. Tenable’s Nessus software is used by clients such as the U.S. Department of Defense, Amazon and the American Red Cross for checking network security vulnerabilities. And determining weaknesses in networks is exactly what allowed LulzSec and similar hackers to pick their targets. Following the arrest, Content Security’s Phil Kurth described Flannery as a low-level support tech already on 3 month probation, although the reason behind the suspension, and any tie-into these charges, was not specified. Kurth further pointed out that Flannery had no access to any type of customer data apart from support tickets, and that most of the activities Flannery was accused of were conducted on his home PC, and seldom on his work-issued laptop. Flannery’s work computer has been seized by police.Authorities claim Flannery asserted his LulzSec leadership in online forums monitored by police and visited by LulzSec members. They also claim Flannery admitted his leading role in the group directly to police. Some discussions in the hacker material stored at the online locker Pastebin also seems to support authorities’ claims. “This man is known to international law enforcement and police will allege he was in a position of trust within the company with access to information from clients including government agencies,” explained Glen McEwen, the AFP’s federal police commander. Flannery isn’t the first alleged member of LulzSec to face the wraith of law enforcement. Another reputed leader, Sabu, aka Hector Xavier Monsegur, turned states evidence and became an FBI informant after his 2011 arrest. Sabu may have been the hacker who ratted out former Reuters social media editor Matthew Keys, who was indicted for his role in the Anonymous infiltration of the Los Angeles Times website. Just 2 weeks ago, another former LulzSec member, Ryan Ackroyd, pleaded guilty to several cyberattacks in the UK. The 26 year-old Ackroyd faces sentencing next month. Flannery has already been released on bail, and now faces a May 15 court date. Photo courtesy of Twitter   A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Anonymous#LulzSec#privacy#security adam popescucenter_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Without An Idea, You’re Just Complaining

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now If you go to people to share a problem without sharing an idea as to how the problem might be solved, you’re just complaining. Even if you don’t mean to be negative, you are. And the more you talk about the problem without also talking about what you intend to do about it, the more negative you become. It doesn’t matter if that’s not your intention; it’s a fact. You’re carrying the infection. And you’re spreading the infection to others.It’s easy enough not be negative.Follow up your sharing of a problem or challenge with three or four ideas of how things might be made better. That easily changes what’s officially called a “bitch session” into something more useful, like a brainstorming session. Or a planning meeting. Or a massive improvement project. Or a revolution. If you’re really good at it it might turn into something even better than that, like consensusbuilding around changing things for the better.Once you have ideas, there’s no longer any reason to sit around complaining. Now you can start taking action. You can sell your ideas to your peers and build consensus. You can sell your ideas to your management or leadership group. You can outline the initiative, develop a way to prove your concept, and you can develop an unsophisticated return on investment (even if that investment is only time).Without an idea, you’re just complaining. Without an idea, there’s no action. And there’s no improvement. Instead, you simply become another carrier of the only cancer that spreads by contact: negativity.Don’t complain. Generate ideas. Plan. Scheme. Take action.last_img read more

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Transact Me? Transact You!

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now I bought a new telephone. I liked it so much that I bought a new tablet from the same manufacturer. But the tablet didn’t work with my cellular provider, so I called them. Within minutes, my telecommunications company had me up and running. But the next day I made a change to my shared data plan, and the tablet quit working. So I called the telecom provider again. This time, no dice.Long story short, the telecommunications giant sent me to the manufacturer who sent me back to the telecommunications company. I now have a new tablet and a new SIM card, and I still can’t connect.The telecommunication company said the needed to escalate me to level 3 support. That sounded good. But level 3 support doesn’t take inbound calls, so they scheduled to call me the next morning at 9:00 AM. Perfect. Except they didn’t call. So I called them, and the nice customer support specialist offered to give me a $25 credit on bill for having missed my appointment, apologized, and told me that they would contact me in 3 to 5 days.I explained that as much as I appreciated the gesture, that money wasn’t really at issue. What I really needed was a confirmed appointment, since my schedule is really tight and I travel. I explained that it would be better for me to wait 10 days and have a confirmed appointment than to have a call come in when I am almost certain to be unable to take it.Patiently, I explained that I felt that I was being treated like a transaction. I told her that what is most important to me as their customer is to be able to get help at some point when I can actually be available, that the relationship is what really mattered. She insisted that I am not a transaction, that in fact, I am very important to her company. And then she again offered to give me a $25 credit on my bill.That was 6 days ago. This is the very same organization that wants to sell me their newest, most expensive offering, one I was prepared to purchase.Saying you care doesn’t mean that you care. Saying that your clients or customers are important to you doesn’t make it true. You have to walk the talk. Intentions matter. Sincerity matters. If you lead a large, bureaucratic, behemoth, the best thing you can do is empower your people to make a difference instead of transacting. You have to help them walk your talk.last_img read more

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Disgraced Platini Gives Up UEFA

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares GENEVA — Michel Platini will resign as UEFA President after failing to overturn his ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which cut his sanction from six to four years.Platini called the verdict a “deep injustice” and said he will now step down from the UEFA position he has held since 2007.CAS effectively removed Platini from world soccer by ensuring his ban “corresponds to the duration of a presidential term,” the court said in a statement.Platini’s current UEFA mandate expires in March 2019, and the next FIFA presidential election is due in May 2019.“This decision is inflicting me a suspension whose length will de facto prevent me — as if by chance — from bidding for the next FIFA presidential election,” Platini said in a statement.Leaving UEFA also frees him to pursue an appeal to Swiss courts and “establish my integrity in this case,” Platini said. Switzerland’s supreme court can overturn verdicts if legal process is abused but will not re-judge the evidence.The court ruled that Platini was guilty of conflict of interest for taking a $2 million payment from FIFA approved by Sepp Blatter in 2011. The money was uncontracted extra salary for working as Blatter’s presidential adviser from 1999-2002, and was largely unknown until it was revealed by Swiss federal prosecutors last September.The CAS panel “was not convinced by the legitimacy of the 2,000,000 Swiss francs payment, which was only recognized by Mr. Platini and Mr. Blatter,” the CAS statement said.Platini got the money “more than eight years after the end of his work relations, was not based on any document established at the time of the contractual relations and did not correlate with the alleged unpaid part of his salary,” the court said.In deciding the ban, the judges said Platini’s attitude in court was a factor in the verdict.The ruling cited “the absence of any repentance and the impact that this matter has had on FIFA’s reputation.”FIFA was also criticized by the court for knowing about the irregular payment for four years before the independent ethics committee opened an investigation. For that reason, CAS dismissed a FIFA ethics charge against Platini of disloyalty to FIFA.The case ended Platini’s hopes of replacing Blatter at FIFA.The UEFA executive committee will meet next week in Basel, Switzerland, on the sidelines of the Europa League final to discuss replacing Platini. An election is likely in mid-September at meetings of European soccer leaders in Athens, Greece.Blatter is awaiting a CAS hearing to challenge his six-year ban.Blatter and Platini were provisionally suspended by the FIFA ethics committee last October, then banned for eight years. FIFA’s appeal panel cut two years off their sanctions in February as reward for their long service to the sport.The verdict came on May 9, one month before a project close to Platini’s heart — the European Championship in his native France — kicks off. He captained France to the title when it last hosted the tournament in 1984.Platini said as he left his hearing at CAS 10 days ago that he will attend matches as a guest at Euro 2016, played in nine cities from June 10-July 10. However, his ban bars him from formal business contact with soccer officials.Platini put his faith in the independence of CAS throughout his case, and criticized the FIFA ethics court as biased. He often said there were forces inside soccer’s world body trying to block his presidential bid, though he did not identify who.The CAS panel judged the evidence afresh and had the power to impose a life ban on Platini if it believed bribery and corruption were factors.Platini received his money from FIFA in February 2011, when Blatter was preparing for what became a bitterly fought re-election contest against Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar. The Platini-led UEFA pledged support to Blatter before Bin Hammam’s candidacy was ended by allegations he bribed Caribbean voters.The timing of the payment in an election year was noted in the CAS statement on.Platini and Blatter, the Frenchman’s former mentor, deny wrongdoing, and claim they had a verbal contract for the additional money.“I had confidence in Mr. Blatter that he would pay me,” Platini said at CAS in Lausanne last month, when asked about the nine-year delay which breached Swiss law. “What is the problem?”Both men, whose friendship soured as Platini’s FIFA leadership ambitions grew, have effectively been a star witness in each other’s appeal case. They were heard on back-to-back days at the two earlier FIFA tribunals.An entirely different CAS panel will judge Blatter’s appeal and should take into account the Platini verdict, CAS Secretary General Matthieu Reeb said last month.In February, Blatter was replaced as FIFA President by Gianni Infantino, Platini’s long-time right-hand man at UEFA.UEFA publicly stood by Platini since details emerged last September, when Swiss Federal prosecutors opened criminal proceedings against Blatter for suspected mismanagement. Both men were quizzed at FIFA headquarters after an executive committee meeting.“Life has always given me beautiful surprises,” Platini said. “Now I’m available to live them.”(GRAHAM DUNBAR and SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writers)last_img read more

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UK says no to Constitutional change too risky House Speaker urges preparation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Aug 2015 – It was labeled a ‘slap in the face’ to the Turks and Caicos and its bi-partisan Constitutional Review process, which was wholly rejected by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Hon. Robert Hall, Speaker of the TCI House of Assembly: “The response received from the United Kingdom to the deliberations of this House embodied in the matter sent to the UK pertaining to the Constitutional Review Committee; I find it quite insulting and a slap in the face that in this day and time, a couple of gentlemen would sit in London and basically tell us what is good for us.”Peeing on his foot, calling it rain… just one of the sharp phrases the Hon Robert Hall, Speaker of the House of Assembly expressed after reading the letter from HE Peter Beckingham, the letter from the UK Foreign Office and his reply to them, also by letter. This news came during today’s session via the Governor from UK Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Rt. Hon. Grant Chaps, who said ‘no’ to changing elements of the 2011 document given to the TCI as its Constitution and which is believed in many quarters to be regressive and archaic. The UK government, in this July 20, 2015 correspondence, says it in essence believes there have been too many gains with the current constitution to turn back now. Robert Hall is the Speaker of the House, and he hotly rejected the rejection. From the FCO: “One of the key lessons was the need to put in place a series of robust checks and balances, to ensure that TCI meets international recognized standards of good governance, the rule of law and sound financial management. The present constitution and later legislation have been and continued to be important legislations to deliver positive change in TCI. The turn-around in TCIs economy over recent years has been remarkable; of course it was driven in part by increase in tourist numbers but it is also as a result of the hard work that was done in TCI to reframe its constitution and to put in place the measures highlighted above,” the letter goes on to say, “It is against this background that I have accessed the Committee’s report and have concluded that to amend the constitution in ways proposed, would risk the hard won progress that was made, I do not believe this is a risk we can afford to take.”The response to this process which toured each of the islands, in some cases twice and which provided not only a formal document but video and audio evidence of what the people of the Turks and Caicos want, has now ignited a fresh call for the country to step out of the shadow of the British and shine on its own as an independent nation. Hon. Robert Hall, Speaker of the TCI House of Assembly: “Turks and Caicos you better stand together otherwise, you gonna fall individually. Start planning now more than ever before to pull down that Union Jack and raise whatever you design Turks Island, you gatta move ahead.” Related Items:constitution change, hon. grant chaps, robert hall, UK, union jack Recommended for you SANDALS RESORTS FIRST HIGH STREET STORE OPENS PDM writes House Speaker in push to launch investigation of TOLCo Rows break out in House of Assembly; Speaker demands apologies and withdrawalslast_img read more

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3Ds of Prevention

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThere has been a significant amount of rainfall recently and residents are reminded to remember the 3 D’s to the prevention of vector borne illnesses like Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya. The TCI has no reported cases of Zika let us keep It that way by eliminating all mosquito breeding sites.Drain– Mosquito problems in your neighborhood or home are likely to come from water-filled containers that you can help to eliminate. All mosquitoes require water in which to breed. Be sure to drain any standing water around your house. • Dispose of any tires. Tires can breed thousands of mosquitoes. • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers. • Clear roof gutters of debris. • Clean pet water dishes regularly. • Check and empty children’s toys. • Repair leaky outdoor faucets.  • Canoes and other boats should be turned over. • Avoid water collecting on pool covers. • Empty water collected in tarps around the yard or on woodpiles. • Even the smallest of containers that can collect water can breed hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes. They don’t need much water to lay their eggs. (Bottles, barrels, buckets, overturned garbage can lids, etc.)Dress– Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing. Studies have shown that some of the 174 mosquito species in the United States are more attracted to dark clothing and most can readily bite through tight-fitting clothing of loose weave. When practical, wear long sleeves and pants.Defend– Choose a mosquito repellent that has been reviewed, approved, and pose minimal risk for human safety when used according to label directions.  Ensure that windows and doors have proper screening, use a mosquito net to cover beds when sleeping.For more information contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 3382772 Grand Turk or 3384942 Providenciales. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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