I would strive to save traders suffering from ill effects of sealing

first_imgFormer Union minister and Congress party’s New Delhi candidate Ajay Maken said that had the alliance between AAP and Congress taken place, then it could have defeated BJP in all the seven seats in Delhi for sure. From the issue of traders to the AAP-Congress alliance, Maken talked exclusively to Sayantan Ghosh about the Lok Sabha election 2019.As the candidate from the New Delhi constituency, what are the key issues you are focusing on? If you look at the demography of this constituency, you will find two major group one is the trader community and the second one is the government employees. Therefore my first focus would be on the traders who are suffering from the ill effects of the sealing. When UPA government was in power, we brought a special act to stop sealing in Delhi and made nearly 170 amendments in the Delhi Master Plan 2021. The target was to save commercial establishments from the sealing which was directed by the Supreme Court of India and executed by the monitoring committee formed by the apex court. The government also notified 3,000 roads for the commercial land use and declared more than 70 per cent places as industrial areas. Secondly, I want to reach out to the government employees to tell them about the draconian provisions of the Seventh Pay Commission. There is a lot of anomaly in the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations by this government as this even observed there will be no more pay commission. We increased the salaries by 40 per cent in the Sixth Pay Commission but the Seventh Commission increased only 14 per cent hence when we come to power we will remove all such anomalies. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesYou were one of the most prominent voices behind the AAP-Congress alliance but it could not become a reality. What stopped the alliance and how difficult it would be to win in this triangular election? In this coming Lok Sabha election, I think that our key political rival is BJP and in Delhi, both AAP and Congress are against the BJP hence I wanted an alliance in Delhi between these two parties. But the alliance talks failed because the AAP wanted alliance in Haryana and Chandigarh too. This was a very peculiar condition for an alliance because in the history of India alliances always happen state wise and even constituency wise. We wanted in Delhi and by that, we both could have defeated BJP in huge margins but now also we will defeat BJP but we have to work harder. We have an alliance with NCP in Maharashtra but in other states, they are fighting against us and this happens. We could have easily made the alliance in Delhi and fight but it did not happen. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIn the last elections in Delhi Congress party did not perform satisfactorily and the voter base shifted to the AAP, how will you get back that voter base? If you look at the last Vidhan Sabha and the Lok Sabha election, the Congress party’s vote share has gone down which is true but in the 2017 municipal election the vote percentage of the party increased whereas the AAP’s vote share decreased. This shows that Congress is gaining its power in the Capital and this time we will perform even better. The 13 per cent Muslim vote and 4 per cent Sikh votes were with Congress earlier but now the minority vote has shifted to AAP, do you think this time you will get their support? Historically, Delhi never votes on the basis of religion or caste. Earlier, Congress won all the 7 seats then BJP won and in the last Vidhan Sabha AAP got 67 out of 70 seats, which means people from across the spectrum voted for these parties. So this year also in Delhi voting will not happen on the basis of religion or caste.last_img read more

Nov 28 event will be a discussion on blackfacing

The Brock community is invited to attend an event and discussion this Friday Nov 28 about why “blackfacing” is offensive. It is part of a discussion that has been taking place on campus following an incident last month at a Halloween costume party.Friday’s event starts at 5 pm and takes place in AS 201.Speakers will include Tamari Kitossa, an associate professor from the Sociology department, as well as a Skype conversation with Ismaël Traoré. There will also be an open discussion with students.The event is supported by a number of Brock units and organizations including the Roots: African Caribbean Society, Student Justice Centre, Brock Office of Human Rights and Equity Services, Brock OPIRG, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Labour Studies, the Social Justice Research Institute and CUPE 4207. read more

Feds innovation strategy inspired by economist who argues for bigger state role

Feds’ innovation strategy inspired by economist who argues for bigger state role by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 20, 2017 2:49 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 21, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – A U.K.-based economist known for advocating a prominent role for the state in fostering modern, high-tech growth is expected to leave her mark on Wednesday’s federal budget.Mariana Mazzucato’s 2013 book, “The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths,” is required reading in the office of Navdeep Bains, and offers a glimpse at some of the ideas behind Ottawa’s so-called innovation strategy.On Wednesday, the Trudeau government’s second budget will provide additional details of its plan to foster an innovation economy across all industries as a means of recharging Canada’s long-term economic growth.Bains, who as economic development minister has been overseeing Canada’s innovation agenda, has had discussions with Mazzucato. Her concepts have significantly influenced both him and his policy team, insiders say.Mazzucato, an economics professor at University College London, seeks to dispel the belief that innovation only happens in a free-market setting, with the public sector staying well out of the way.She says risk-wary private-sector investors are often ill at ease with unfamiliar new technology, and points to success stories like Apple’s iPhone as evidence of what can happen when governments make bold, early investments.Indeed, when it comes to Mazzucato’s book, Bains’s office has paid particular attention to Chapter 5: “The State Behind the iPhone.”In it, she writes that U.S. government support was at the root of many of the technologies found in Apple’s popular iPod, iPhone and iPad devices.The early development behind what eventually became known as Apple’s virtual personal assistant, Siri, was a direct result of support from government investment and research, she argues.Enabling companies to take risks with emerging technologies is “much easier in a country in which the state plays the pivotal serious role of taking on the development of high-risk investments” until the private sector gets involved, Mazzucato writes.“Thus, while ‘free market’ pundits continue to warn of the danger of government ‘picking winners,’ it can be said that various U.S. government policies laid the foundation that provided Apple with the tools to become a major industry player in one of the most dynamic high-tech industries of the 21st century so far.”Those who argue against “picking winners” often overlook an important fact, Mazzucato adds: States that are seen to “fail” are usually aiming at a goal far more difficult than those attempted by private firms — launching a new technology like the Internet, for instance.“While the role of the private sector has typically been hyped up,” she writes, “the public sector’s role has been hyped down.”When it comes to industrial policy, some of Ottawa’s most influential economic advisers have recommended it take more of a hands-on approach in order to boost growth.Last month, Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s economic advisory council called on the government to identify between six and eight key sectors “where Canada has a strong endowment, untapped potential, and significant global growth prospects.”From there, the report suggested Ottawa focus on carefully designed policy actions, such as deregulation and boosting skilled labour, for each industry to make the most of their opportunities.The report listed several industries: agriculture and food, energy and renewables, mining and metals, health care and life sciences, advanced manufacturing, financial services, tourism and education.It remains to seen if the government will specifically target policies and funding to what it considers as key sectors.The council, chaired by Dominic Barton, managing director of global consulting giant McKinsey & Co., has helped guide the Trudeau government’s policy direction in the past.The advisers also recommended Ottawa take on a bigger role by assembling “innovation marketplaces” that unite entrepreneurs and researchers with public and private customers. They said the marketplaces should be centres of technology and industrial activity that are driven by the private sector.The Liberal government is expected to hold a competition when it follows through on its $800-million commitment in last year’s budget to support “innovation networks and clusters.”The plan is part of Ottawa’s central goal to help budding firms scale up into global players. The funding will support researchers, post-secondary institutions and companies that can persuade Ottawa they’re best positioned to help young, high-potential firms prosper.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

John Lewis cancels backtoschool make up masterclass aimed at 12yearolds after backlash

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A John Lewis spokesperson said: “This was an isolated event organised at a local M·A·C counter.  As a brand M·A·C does not market to anyone under 16 so this event should not have been arranged.  It has been cancelled and we are very sorry for any upset caused. “We’re looking into how it happened to make sure that this type of event doesn’t take place again. ” John Lewis has cancelled a ‘back-to-school’ make-up masterclass aimed at 12-year-olds after charities and parents called it “wrong and worrying”.The event advertised itself as being aimed at girls aged 12 and up and said they could “learn how to make the best of [their] skin and brows before the new term.A parent, Clare Harvey, said the event was “encouraging girls to break school rules as most have no make-up policy”, and another customer, Hayley Webb, added that “12-year-olds shouldn’t be encouraged to wear make-up”.Charities were also concerned. Young Women’s Trust media manager Bex Bailey said: “At school and work young women and girls are too often judged on appearance not ability. “Young Women’s Trust research shows that 30 per cent of young women – nearly a third – say they have been treated differently at work or when looking for work because of their appearance. “If we are ever going to achieve gender equality we have to focus on the talents and skills young women can contribute, not on a prescriptive beauty ideal.”Ella Smilie,  Head of Policy and Campaigns at Fawcett Society added : “It’s what’s in girls’ heads that counts, not what’s on their faces. As our kids go back to school, John Lewis and MAC are sending a wrong and worrying message.  Like Fawcett, parents will be justifiably angry that companies are adding to the pressure their children are under to conform to gender-stereotypes around appearances, instead of focusing on their education.” read more

PSG Handball in Flensburg Veszprem in Brest Kielce to Celje

← Previous Story VIDEO: SEHA BEST 7 for September 2017 Next Story → “LOST IN ROAMING”: PGE Vive Kielce lose in Celje Round 2 of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2017/2018 will be concluded with the matches on Saturday and Sunday.  It will be very interesting to see what will happen in Brest, Flensburg, Celje…Saturday scheduleChekhovskie Mededi – Besiktas Mogaz 15.00Meskov Barest – Telekom Veszprem 16RK Metalurg – Sporting CP 17.30SG Flensburg Handewitt – Paris Saint Germain Handball 17.30RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko – PGE Vive Kielce 19BM Ademar Leon – Elverum Handball 19.30PHOTO: Slavko Kolar, RK CPL

Council says Garth Brooks decision cannot be amended or appealed

first_imgUpdated 22.50pmIN A STATEMENT this evening, Dublin City Council said that the decision to reduce Garth Brooks concerts “cannot be amended or appealed”.They said they did raise their concerns regarding the number of concerts with the promoters.Earlier today, the Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar has said he sees no reason why the three Garth Brooks concerts scheduled for Croke Park later this month shouldn’t go ahead as planned.It follows comments from Fianna Fáil’s tourism spokesperson Timmy Dooley earlier calling on Varadkar to intervene in the row involving Dublin City Council and local residents on one side — and promoters Aiken and the GAA on the other.In what’s being perceived as an act of brinkmanship (no doubt arranged in co-ordination with the promoters) Brooks himself last night put out a statement on the council’s decision to give permission for just three of the scheduled five gigs to go ahead.“To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another,” the statement said.For us, it’s five shows or none at all.Promoter Peter Aiken also said last night that he “doesn’t know” if the remaining nights will go ahead.‘Explore all options’Dooley said earlier that Varadkar and Environment Minister Phil Hogan should meet to discuss the issue, because of the risk to Ireland’s reputation as a tourist destination.Though he didn’t specifically say what steps should be taken, he urged the two ministers to immediately “explore all the options open to them”.However, in a statement this evening, Varadkar said:The decision on the licence was made by Dublin City Council and there is no provision in law for it to be appealed or overturned other than by the courts.Acknowledging that the way the situation had been handled was a blow to fans, he said “the way this happened at the very last minute is clearly unsatisfactory from everyone’s point of view and highlights the need to review the major events licencing laws”.“Nonetheless residents have legitimate concerns about five concerts in a row which the GAA has conceded was a mistake,” Varadkar said.He added:“There were only supposed to be three concerts when the tour was first advertised and I see no reason why these should not now proceed.The onus is on the promoters to ensure that two other concerts are rescheduled or relocated.Speaking this evening, the junior minister in Varadkar’s department, Alan Kelly, said it was an issue to be addressed by Dublin City Council.“From a planning point of view I don’t think it’s appropriate that politicians get involved in that from a history point of view. We’ve learned our lessons there. Politicians shouldn’t get involved in planning.”Other solutionsMeanwhile, Fianna Fáil have this evening published a new piece of legislation which would create an appeals process where local authorities have refused an event licence.Sinn Féin have also weighed in on the issue — with the party’s group leader on Dublin City Council, Seamus McGrattan, calling for the city manager to reverse the decision not to allow two of the gigs to go ahead.The party’s exploring whether Section 140 of the Local Government Act might offer a way forward.“If the manager does not reverse his decision Sinn Féin will explore the option of using section 140 of the Local Government Act to overturn the decision with the support of two thirds of the City Councillors,” McGrattan said in a statement.A party spokesperson said they weren’t sure as yet whether that might provide a possible solution, but that councillors were examining the possibility.Read: Some Croke Park residents are signing a petition to reinstate all five concerts>Read: Garth Brooks: ‘For us, it is five shows or none at all’>last_img read more

La fusée japonaise H2B devrait décoller samedi aprèsmidi

first_imgLa fusée japonaise H-2B devrait décoller samedi après-midiPrévu hier à l’origine, le tir de la fusée nippone H-2B devrait avoir lieu demain après-midi. Le lanceur doit envoyer vers la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) un nouveau vaisseau de ravitaillement.Reporté en raison de mauvaises conditions météorologiques (voir notre article), le lancement de la fusée H-2B est prévu demain à 14h38 (5h38 GMT) depuis la base de Tanegashima, a annoncé l’Agence d’exploration spatiale japonaise (Jaxa).À lire aussiContemplez une splendide aurore boréale filmée depuis l’espaceLa fusée doit envoyer dans l’espace le HTV2, le deuxième véhicule de transfert japonais qui transporte plus de cinq tonnes d’équipements aux astronautes à bord de la station. Selon la jaxa, ce vaisseau devrait se séparer de son lanceur environ quinze minutes après le décollage. Son arrimage à l’ISS, à laquelle il restera attaché un mois, est prévu une semaine plus tard. Le cargo récupèrera avant son départ les ordures accumulées sur la station.Ce type de mission doit avoir lieu au moins une fois par an. Le HTV2 étant un vaisseau à usage unique, d’autres cargos sont en construction.Le 21 janvier 2011 à 16:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Dont have to learn from others how to be patriotic Mamata

first_imgKolkata: In an indirect attack on the Central government, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that “we don’t have to learn from others how to be patriotic”. While talking about West Bengal culture at an event here ahead of the 73rd Independence Day, Banerjee said, “I believe we don’t have to learn from others how to be patriotic. We got freedom; today our country has progressed.” Banerjee said that independence for her means “to allow the people to speak”.last_img

Dhaka denounces AlAqsa Mosque closure Friday prayer banning

first_imgBangladesh has denounced the closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, banning the Friday prayer and imposition of other restrictions around Haram Al Sharif by the Israeli authorities.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, in a message to his Palestinian counterpart, has conveyed Bangladesh’s stand in this regard, said the ministry on Tuesday.The foreign minister also called upon the international community to revive the peace process in Middle East at the earliest and work towards a two-state solution.Minister Ali also expressed profound sympathy to the victims.In his message, the foreign minister reiterated Bangladesh’s commitment in realising the inalienable rights of the brotherly people of Palestine for an independent homeland.last_img

Cooperation controversies mark BangladeshIndia relations Seminar

first_imgIndia’s border forces have killed almost 1,000 Bangladeshis over the past 10 years — a figure that implies one shooting in every four days, according to Human Rights Watch.Civil society members say public outcry against the BSF’s shoot-to-kill policy in Bangladesh has been huge.Bangladesh’s politicians, they regret, may have played down such killings, but the public opinion against these border atrocities is rising sharply.The observations were made at a seminar on ‘Cross-Border Security: Challenges and Cooperation, Bangladesh Perspective’, organised by the Centre for Governance Studies (CGS) at the BIISS (Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies) in the capital city Dhaka on Sunday.Participants there highlighted issues of border killings, human trafficking, drug dealing, cattle trade and smuggling among the many challenges pertaining to border security between the two neighbors, Bangladesh and India, as well as between Bangladesh and Myanmar.They stressed the need for cooperation among all quarters concerned to tackle these challenges effectively.Associate Professor of International Relations at Jahangirnagar University, Shahab Enam Khan, presented the keynote on ‘Fixing the pins and needles in Bangladesh-India relations.’He said that cooperation has increased between the two neighbours, as reflected in the joint statement issued at the end of prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s April 2017 trip to India.The joint statement proclaimed their shared commitment to facilitate a “pragmatic, mature and practical approach” to Bangladesh-India relationship. Yet as cooperation has increased between these two neighbours, so has controversy.Much of the controversies between the two countries, Shahab said, revolved around border killings.Quoting various sources, the keynote said that between January 2000 and October 2014, approximately 1006 Bangladeshis were killed by BSF. And 21 people were killed at the border over the last eight months.Raising the economic aspects of border challenges, former chairman of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) Muhammed Abdul Mazid said economic disparity was a determining factor. The disparity needed to be addressed with a strong sense of nationalism. He termed the prevalent informal trade and informal revenue between the two countries as a ‘black hole’.Also pointing to the need for economic solutions to border problems, former member of parliament Akhteruzzaman said that a Free Economic Zone should be set up. Referring to the booming informal border trade, he said that such a zone already existed in reality, albeit unofficially.Senior journalist and editor of Manabjamin, Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, asked, “Who is to blame for the problems on the border? India looks after its own interests, we don’t. Barbed wire fencing doesn’t solve this problem. On our part, we need unity among our political leaders.”Chowdhury pointed to problems along the border with Myanmar due to the Rohingya issue. He said this was a humanitarian problem which called for political dialogue. He said it was unfortunate that even after the democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi assumed a position of power in Myanmar, the problem had exacerbated rather than reduced.Former minister Dilip Barua said only changes in mindset could bring about tangible changes in the cross-border situation. There was a need to change the political mindset in Bangladesh, he said, adding, “Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has a mindset of bilateral relations with India on an equal footing, but does India respect that? That is the crux of the problem and will remain a problem until this question is resolved.”“India has nothing more to ask from Bangladesh,” said Barua, “We have given all, but received nothing. We have ensured that there are no ULFA insurgents on our soil and ensured India’s security, but we are not receiving our rightful dues.”Barua highlighted the role of China, saying, “We desperately need a deep sea port and China was interested in constructing this for us. They were even willing to keep the US and India on board in the consortium for this deep sea port. China’s Belt and Road proposition, BCIM, would bring about an economic boom to our country, but we succumbed to outside pressure. We need national consensus on the deep sea port.”Senior journalist Rezwan Siddique castigated subservient attitudes towards neighbours, saying that even Nepal and Bhutan have stood up staunchly against India now.Former member of parliament, Awami League leader Prof Abdul Mannan, refuted that Bangladesh was subservient, saying that India was a tried and tested friend.Former ambassador M Shafiullah said that despite Bangladesh resolving many issues in favor of India, India failed to reciprocate. “India’s northeastern states were rife with unrest and we have effectively addressed that. But India still blames Bangladesh for any insecurity. They even castigate us for buying two submarines from China. On the other hand, they haven’t even given us our fair share of water. We simply give all without even negotiating.”Jatiya Party leader Kazi Firoz Rashid alleged that the weakness was in Bangladesh’s foreign ministry and foreign policy.“Have our people in Kolkata and Delhi missions bothered to go to the borders to see the phensidyl factories from where the drugs are being smuggled into our country?” he asked. Kazi Firoz said the drug yaba coming in from Myanmar was also as cross border challenge which needed resolution.Chairman of Kalyan Party Syed Muhammed Ibrahim said it is high time we protest about killing for beef, India snatching our jamdani rights and border killings.Human rights activist Shahjahan said that the border killings of India were a human rights issue, referring to the tragic death of the young girl Felani whose body was left for long, draped over the barbed wire fencing.Guests of honour at the seminar, former DG of the Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) retired major general Mohammed Mainul Islam said strong political will was essential to meet the border challenges of killing, smuggling, trafficking and more. “The border forces of Bangladesh were prepared. All they needed was an order from the higher authorities.”Also guest of honour, former election commissioner M Sakhawat Hussain said that the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) was manned with non-Bengalis who looked down on Bengalis with contempt. With Myanmar, the only real problem on the borders was the Rohingya issue, Sakhawat Hussain said.”We have to step up our relationship with China. We want good relations with all, but not at the cost of our own interests,” he concluded.Presiding over the seminar, Prof Ataur Rahman, president of Bangladesh Political Science Association and chairman of CGS, summarised the challenges along the 4000 km border with India, emphasing the need for public debate in this regard.The seminar was moderated by TV anchor and CGS executive director Zillur Rahman.last_img read more

Animal bones found at bottom of Hoyo Negro shed light on the

first_imgA team of researchers from the U.S. and Mexico has found bone skeletons at the bottom of the Hoyo Negro cave that show that some animals thought to have existed only in South America also existed in Mexico. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the group describes their recovery and study of multiple skeletons retrieved from the floor of the Hoyo Negro cave and what they learned from them. Diver collecting Arctotherium cranium. Credit: © Roberto Chavez-Arce Diver collecting Arctotherium cranium. Credit: © Roberto Chavez-Arce Diver with Arctotherium cranium. Credit: © Roberto Chavez-Arce This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The Hoyo Negro cave is located on the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. Back in 2007, researchers discovered that the cave was a treasure trove of bones from ancient animals dating back as far as 30,000 years ago—they also found two human skeletons. Thousands of years ago, the cave was completely dry, and it had an opening at the top through which unsuspecting animals fell 200 feet to their deaths. Since that time, melting glaciers filled part of the cave with water, which served to preserve the bones. Over the past 12 years, researchers have unearthed a host of skeletons. In this new effort, the researchers report on a trove of skeletons they recovered and studied.The researchers report that they found one human skeleton among the bones, which was dated to approximately 12,000 years ago, providing evidence that humans existed during the time of the ground sloths. The other human skeleton found in 2007 dated back to approximately 13,000 years ago, and is one of the oldest human skeletons ever found in the Western hemisphere.Also among the skeletons were the bones of a creature called Protocyon troglodytes, which resembled a wolf, and a short-faced bear. The bear skeleton was notable because it represents a species that is believed to be the largest ever to roam the Earth. The wolf and bear were also notable because both are believed never to have made it out of South America as part of the Great American Biotic Interchange–the time period after a land bridge joined North and South America (approximately 3 million years ago), allowing animals from both sides passage to the other. Diver recovering Arctotherium cranium. Credit: © Roberto Chavez-Arce More information: Blaine W. Schubert et al. Yucatán carnivorans shed light on the Great American Biotic Interchange, Biology Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2019.0148 Diver with Protocyon jaw and vertebra. Credit: © Roberto Chavez-Arce Diver with Arctotherium cranium. Credit: © Roberto Chavez-Arce Journal information: Biology Letters Explore further © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Animal bones found at bottom of Hoyo Negro shed light on the Great American Biotic Interchange (2019, May 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-animal-bones-bottom-hoyo-negro.html Scientists recreate virtual copy of Mexican underwater cavelast_img read more

MACq 01 awarded Australias Best Hotel

first_imgMACq 01, Australia’s First Storytelling Hotel MACq 01 awarded: Australia’s Best HotelFederal Group’s MACq 01 Hotel has been recognised as Australia’s Best Hotel overall; and Australia’s Best Hotel in the category of Superior Accommodation at the Australian Hospitality Awards held on the Gold Coast this afternoon.Greg Farrell, Federal Group Managing Director said, “this extraordinary recognition adds to an already impressive list of state and national awards for the storytelling hotel, including Australian Gourmet Traveller’s Best Large Hotel earlier this year.“It’s been an enormous journey for MACq 01 General Manager Jake Smith and his team, who opened their doors to the world just 15 months ago and ascended to #1 on Trip Advisor just five weeks later.“We’re a bit overwhelmed to be honest”, said MACq01 General Manager, Jake Smith. “We had high expectations for MACq 01 and have worked hard to bring our story to life, but nobody anticipated this level of recognition so soon”.“The storytelling hotel concept was an exciting innovation and feedback from our guests has been staggering. Each guest leaves our hotel understanding the Tasmanian culture, psyche and spirit just a little bit more and that has been enormously fulfilling,” he said.Mr Farrell said in closing, “We owe a great deal to our local community, from captivating stories and artefacts through to incredible Tasmanian food, beverage and various other industry partnerships.”With MACq 01’s Bar and Restaurant (The Story Bar and Old Wharf Restaurant) gearing up for an exciting summer season, the hotel is also preparing to launch a brand new high-end lounge bar called Evolve Spirits Bar in November. The MACq 01 team look forward to welcoming and celebrating these awards with the Hobart locals.Source = MACq 01last_img read more

Not many people envisioned the Cardinals only havi

first_imgNot many people envisioned the Cardinals only having four wins through the first 11 weeks of the season, but that’s where they currently stand. Arizona is currently three games behind the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West and is two games out of the Wild Card hunt with six games remaining. General manager Steve Keim talked about the disappointing season and what he saw against the Vikings when he joined Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Monday.When you look at the Arizona Cardinals vs. the Minnesota Vikings, what do you see?“Broken record. Another game where statistically you look at the sheet and it says one thing and the loss column tells you another. And it’s getting old and we’ve got to fix that and that comes down to making plays, minimizing mistakes, particularly mental mistakes, and stepping up when it’s time to make that play in the game from your playmakers, the guys who you’re counting on, and we haven’t done that and that’s no secret.”What has been the biggest issue for not being able to win games?“It’s hard for me to put my finger on it, but you get something going and again like yesterday, I felt like we just kept trying to play catch up. We got into a situation where we started to run the ball really well, I thought David (Johnson) got into a groove and then explosive plays hurt us. Being in the red zone and throwing an interception for a 100-yard touchdown and then obviously the start of the third quarter with the kickoff return for a touchdown. Again you keep getting put in a hole. We did a nice job in the third and fourth quarter taking away the run and then in passing situations we were down to our third guard and they started running a lot of games and stunts and we had a lot of trouble picking those up.” LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager Is there something wrong with John Brown?“Well he’s a guy who’s got all the ability in the world, I mean we know from the past that he’s been a playmaker for us. So hopefully John can step up and make the plays when they’re out there. Guys like John and Michael Floyd, guys who’ve been critical pieces to our offense in the past, you know unfortunately Michael was dealing with an illness yesterday. He got sick and he was trying to play through that, which showed a lot to me about his mental and physical toughness. But there’s no doubt, it comes down to making plays in this game and we just haven’t made enough of them.”Were there effort issues with Floyd on Sunday?“No I mean listen, when I got (to U.S. Bank Stadium) in the morning he was with our trainers and I know he’d been up most of the night. So I’ll give Michael a pass on how he was feeling yesterday, because he really did battle through it.” Cardinals GM Steve Keim watches training camp Aug. 2. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) What is the biggest issue with special teams?“You know I think it’s playing with cohesiveness, and when I watched the return yesterday it comes down to the guys running down field and having the will to make a play. Wolf knows this better than anybody, half the special teams is the mentality and the effort that you put forth. There were three or four guys that got caved on that play and they got to stay in their lanes and stay physical at the point of attack and they didn’t.”How did Carson Palmer play?“I think it takes 11 men for a quarterback to play well. There were times where guys weren’t getting open and separating in the passing game, there were times where the protection wasn’t good. So it was hard for him to get in a rhythm, but he did make some excellent throws as he always does, but again, he made some critical mistakes as well and we got to try and get that cleaned up. We got a huge game ahead of us with Atlanta who obviously has an explosive offense and it’s going to be a big test for us in a road game away.”What can a general manager do after the trade deadline to try and turn it around?“When you’re in a leadership position it’s several things. No. 1, it’s the motto I’ve had since the day I was hired here 19 years ago, and that’s be a part of the solution not part of the problem and you have to be a positive leader and you have to continue to try to instill that in your organization from owner to GM to head coach. And these are the tough times, this is when you face adversity, no one anticipated this start but we’ve got to continue to battle, nobody’s going to throw the white flag in. There are times when you got to bring in players and shuffle the back end of your roster and see if you can find some guys, particularly on special teams who can run down the field and make plays.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling What happened to Earl Watford?“He had some stingers, so he was dealing with those issues and so we had to bring in, again, a guy who came off the street a few weeks ago. And (he) didn’t play terrible, there was just things when they started running those games and stunts as you know Wolf, you got to be on the same page as the player beside you and that lack of experience showed up.”Will Watford miss any time?“No, I have no clue yet. We’ll find out the next couple days.”Is leadership on this team a strength or a weakness?“I think we have a core of leaders in the locker room. There are certain guys, you know like a Tyrann Mathieu who is a leader for us, who’s injured right now. It’s hard for him to be out on the field and be a leader, but I still think we have a core of guys that love it and care like Larry (Fitzgerald) and Carson (Palmer) and Calais (Campbell) and Frostee Rucker, so it hurts these guys and I know that. 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