Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgFor example, the tax reductions implemented by the Conservative Government since 2006 mean that individual Canadians and businesses will pay $31-billion less in taxes in 2009-10 … the equivalent of nearly 2% of our gross domestic product (GDP).  Plus, our $33-billion Building Canada Fund is the single largest infrastructure investment since the Second World War.Advertisement Emergency initiatives are being undertaken by governments of nations throughout the world.   Fortunately, pre-emptive, prudent choices that our Government has already made – paying down debt, reducing taxes, investing in infrastructure, and working to enhance credit availability – has placed Canada in a much better position than other G7 countries to get through this global economic crisis.  Furthermore, the measures our government has implemented are mainly permanent and more substantial than those actions taken by other major industrialized countries. Once again, our Government is also asking individual Canadians for their views on these priorities, as well as any other idea you may wish to submit through the online pre-budget consultations website found at www.fin.gc.ca.  You will also find on that site important background information on current economic indicators in Canada. MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P. Canada:  A Nation United To Boost the Economy   It might be the spirit of the holiday season.  It might be that a crisis, in the economy or otherwise, tends to pull people together.  Or, it might be that the recent turmoil in Parliament has inspired better communication among politicians and more engagement from Canadians.  I believe it is a combination of ‘all of the above’.  Whatever the reason, there currently exists a healthy level of cooperation among elected officials of all political stripes at all levels of government, along with business, industry, academics and average Canadians.  And what has bound all of these groups together is their common goal of strengthening Canada’s economy through the global economic storm.- Advertisement – As the Government of Canada prepares to table Budget 2009 in late January, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, along with other cabinet ministers in key economic portfolios, is actively seeking input on additional measures to stimulate economic activity. In addition to cross country pre-budget meetings and roundtable consultations by Minister Flaherty, Transport Minister John Baird has been travelling across Canada to meet with leaders of the provinces, territories and municipalities to find solutions to fast-track funding for key infrastructure projects that will help stimulate the economy. These meetings are taking place in advance of the upcoming First Ministers meeting on January 16, 2009.   Here in Prince George-Peace River, constituents have already seen those funds materializing into new bridges, improved highways, and sewer and water systems among other vital infrastructure projects. center_img The focus of discussions for potential stimulus measures in Budget 2009 includes:  investing in housing; expediting infrastructure spending; building strong and sustainable labour markets and training incentives; supporting traditional and emerging industrial sectors; and, improving access to credit.Advertisement Above all, there is a predominant tone of sincerity in these pre-budget discussions, reflecting the reality that “we’re all in this together”. Many groups, associations, businesspeople and individuals have already publicly put forward their fiscal ideas. With some exceptions, these proposals have been mainly reasonable and realistic. Yet we must continue to work to boost the economy, building upon these initiatives.last_img read more

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Honda’s new engines for IRL on track

first_img“So we made the change, the biggest change really was to the induction system, which was a much simpler system than we used in the past,” Griffiths said. “So with the mechanical design changes to the engine, we obviously had to do a lot of durability testing to confirm that the engine would be good for our target mileage of 1,400 miles, and then to ensure that with the new electronics package that we introduced for this coming year, that the calibrations and the strategies were suited to both oval and road course racing.” The IRL tested the new engines last week on the road course at Daytona International Speedway and Mactaggart said it was “boringly routine.” “There were no issues with the cars at all,” Mactaggart said. “I think we had one minor transmission problem with one car. But it wasn’t even worth mentioning. It was just what you would consider to be a normal, routine racing failure. There were no issues with the cars’ origins at all.” The new engines are perhaps too good. Griffiths said they are more powerful than originally planned and could produce speeds 4 percent or 5 percent better than last year. “We were quite pleased with the job we had done. Unfortunately, the Indy Racing League wasn’t so impressed with it,” Griffiths said. “Indianapolis is the one racetrack that I get beaten up regular over about how fast we’re going. So we have made some hardware changes to bring the performance of the engine back to where we were on the 2006 engine.” Griffiths said that he has regular discussions with IRL officials about how to control the speeds of the cars, especially on oval tracks. “I’m sure if we turned up last year’s 2006 engine, gave it to Sam Hornish, he’d probably go 2 miles an hour faster just based on car development alone,” Griffiths said. Drivers have said to Griffiths that the new engines create more torque and thus perform better in the corners of racetracks. “And hence it pulls more cleanly out of the corners, which ultimately leads to a faster speed down the end of the straight,” Griffiths said. “So I think we could be a mile and a half an hour potentially faster at these tracks, but if this becomes an issue then we can work with the Indy Racing League and look at what we can do to control those speeds.” Drivers have also told Griffiths that the cars with the new engines are “raceable.” Griffiths said he wants the cars to be more than raceable. “We could go and race tomorrow if we wanted to,” Griffiths said. “But we set ourselves some extremely high standards, and we’re going to keep working at it and keep improving on things to the point where people don’t go, `Well, it’s just raceable.’ It’s now, `This is a great package.”‘ timothy.haddock@dailynews.com (818) 713-3715160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Griffiths said once HPD was notified the IRL was going to use ethanol as fuel, it ran some tests on the existing 3.0-liter engines. Initial tests showed that the performance of the engines was a little down compared with running a fuel with a 90-10 methanol/ethanol blend. “We were concerned with the general transition to more oval courses that perhaps the cars would be a little bit slow,” Griffiths said. As a result, HPD suggested to the IRL that using a 3.5-liter engine with the ethanol fuel would narrow the gap in performance and remain cost-effective for the teams. “This had other benefits, which we weren’t initially looking at, one of them being that the midrange performance of the engine was significantly increased over where we were for the 3.0-liter engine,” Griffiths said. “That has given us a much more drivable engine on the road course. The initial design of the 3.0-liter engine was very much geared toward ovals as it was conceived back in 2004, when we were predominantly an oval series.” The 3.5-liter engine also has an increased durability. Griffiths said HPD was able to simplify many of the components and produce an engine that could be used over the course of two or three races. Honda Performance Development supplies every Indy Racing League team in the IndyCar series with engines. Ever since Toyota and Chevrolet left the series a year ago, Honda has been the sole provider of power to the IRL. Without competition, Honda has looked to developing technology to make its engines more durable, efficient and high-performing. One of the changes in the IRL this year is the introduction of 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol for use in races. The use of ethanol led to another change: an increased engine size for all the teams in the IRL. Roger Griffiths, the race team technical leader for Honda Performance Development, which is based in Santa Clarita, and Les Mactaggart, the IRL’s senior technical director, talked about the impending changes and what teams and drivers can expect with the new engines they will be using. last_img
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Newcastle defeat ‘story of our season’, says Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Newcastle United midfielder Matt Ritchie (R) ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run of seven games in all competitions with the hosts’ winner at St James’ Park © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYNewcastle, United Kingdom, Apr 15 – Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle was “the story of our season” after the Gunners crashed to a fifth consecutive away defeat in the Premier League.Wenger’s side took an early lead through Alexandre Lacazette, but Ayoze Perez equalised before Matt Ritchie bagged the second half winner at St James’ Park on Sunday. Newcastle’s fourth successive win ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run of seven games in all competitions.“It’s been the story of our season, 70 percent possession, 1-0, lots of chances and then you wonder how you lose the game,” Wenger said.“We didn’t put our chances to bed and made unbelievable mistakes. These players are quality and we need to forget about today and focus on next game”Asked about Arsenal’s wretched away form, Wenger said: “It’s a lot about the head and sometimes there is no rationality in it. It doesn’t make sense.“We have to be realistic. We came out of it with no points and overall we thought we should have got three points.”The sixth-placed Gunners are 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with only five games remaining in the race to qualify for the Champions League.Realistically, Arsenal already had no chance of making the top four and Wenger had been prioritising their Europa League campaign for several weeks.Arsenal saw off CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday.They face Atletico Madrid in the last four and will qualify for the Champions League if they win the competition.With little to play for in the league, Arsenal were unable to find enough momentum to maintain their recent revival, even though Lacazette opened the scoring in the 14th minute.Just moments after he was left writhing on the turf following a crunching challenge from Kenedy, Lacazette exacted revenge.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ran onto a long ball into the Newcastle area and picked out Lacazette, who stretched to volley home at the far post for his 13th goal of a difficult first season following his move from Lyon.Alex Iwobi almost doubled Arsenal’s lead moments later with a stinging strike that forced a good save from Martin Dubravka.Jonjo Shelvey’s long pass picked out Dwight Gayle in the Arsenal area and, with Gunners defender Shkodran Mustafi out of position, he was able to lay off to DeAndre Yedlin.Perez made a perfectly-timed run to meet Yedlin’s cross with a fine finish that flashed by Petr Cech at his near post.The Spanish forward’s third goal in his last three appearances was a clinical effort, but Wenger would have been furious with how easily Newcastle carved open his defence.Calum Chambers could have restored Arsenal’s lead before the interval, but the defender shot wide from Mustafi’s knock down.Ritchie tested Cech before 18-year-old Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock’s poor finish wasted an opportunity to mark his Premier League debut with a goal.Iwobi lashed narrowly wide from long-range as Arsenal chased their first away point of 2018.But it was Newcastle who landed the knockout blow in the 68th minute.More sloppy Arsenal defending let in Islam Slimani and his header was flicked on by Perez to Ritchie, who beat Cech from close-range.Ritchie clearly saves his goals for the big occasion, having scored the winner against Manchester United in February.Kenedy, on loan from Chelsea, came close to putting the result beyond doubt with a looping effort that hit the crossbar with Cech beaten.Lacazette should have equalised in the closing stages, but he shot into the side-netting.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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If Mourinho loses this record on Saturday, his Chelsea days may be well and truly numbered…

first_imgJose Mourinho faces possibly one of the most defining games of his managerial career on Saturday, with his Chelsea side welcoming Liverpool to Stamford Bridge.After a wholly uninspiring start to their Premier League title defence, which has seen them lose half of their 10 league games and eight of their 16 in all competitions, the Portuguese’s future is reportedly hanging in the balance.Mourinho has never truly experienced a malaise like it during his many years of dominance at the top of the European game – and the pressure appears to be taking its toll. While the FA charges are racking up, rumours of internal mutiny won’t go away.So, if history has anything to go by, a showdown with the Reds at the weekend could be the perfect tonic.Since Mourinho first graced English football in 2004, the two sides have clashed an amazing 41 times in all competitions.They’re often titanic occasions too, ranging from their ding dong Champions League nights in the Rafael Benitez era to last season’s intense League Cup semi-final affair.And Mourinho appears to have a stranglehold over the Merseysiders in Premier League matches – as indicated below: Jose Mourinho 1 11821177center_img PlayedWonDrawnLostGoals scoredGoals conceded Mourinho’s second era in west London maintained a similar dominance over Liverpool too, with the Reds currently on an eight game winless run against the Blues. In fact, the only occasion the Reds have triumphed over a Mourinho side in league matches came back in January 2007, when Dirk Kuyt and Jermaine Pennant earned a 2-0 win at Anfield.The most famous of those recent meetings came when the 52-year-old masterfully orchestrated the collapse of the Reds’ title chances in May 2014. Steven Gerrard’s slip may be the most resonating incident from the game, but Mourinho’s defensive tactics blunted an Anfield frontline which had previously been scoring goals for fun.If Saturday’s mouthwatering showdown with Jurgen Klopp’s men proves fruitful again for Mourinho, it will go some way to answering his critics. The ramifications if it doesn’t, however, could be critical for the ‘Special One’.last_img read more

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Neymar could be sold, Man United want super striker and Rafa to stay with Toon?

first_img1 Take a look at the top rumours and gossip in Saturday’s newspapers…Barcelona are seriously considering selling Neymar, and Manchester United are monitoring the situation. (Sun)Man United are also interested in signing Lyon’s prolific striker Alexandre Lacazette. (L’Equipe)Ahead of United’s FA Cup semi against Everton, Louis van Gaal believes winning the cup could pave the way for a new, post-Alex Ferguson era of Red Devils success. (Daily Star)Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been offered to West Brom. (Daily Mirror)Rafael Benitez isn’t ruling out staying on as Newcastle manager if the club are relegated to the Championship. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham players have been banned from attending the PFA awards dinner on Sunday, by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. (Daily Telegraph)Caretaker manager Eric Black does not want the Aston Villa manager’s job beyond this season. (Birmingham Mail)Here are the top stories from talkSPORT:Exclusive – Sir Dave Brailsford warns Team GB won’t repeat cycling success at Rio OlympicsArsenal great Paul Merson: Arsene Wenger is a SQUATTER who won’t leave your house!Ex-striker slams Arsenal’s dressing room ‘culture’ – ‘They’re not pushed enough, there’s no confrontation, they’re too COMFORTABLE’Transfer RumoursTottenham rivalling West Ham for £30m Marseille star Michy BatshuayiChelsea FC news: Blues join Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Nice playmaker Hatem Ben ArfaReal Madrid defender Sergio Ramos turned down ‘firm offer’ from Manchester United last summerJuventus in ‘advanced’ discussions to sign Pescara striker Gianluca Lapadula, amid interest from Leicester City and TottenhamLiverpool transfer news: Udinese director of sport confirms Reds’ ‘concrete interest’ in Poland ace Piotr ZielinskiTottenham defensive target Bernardo Espinosa available for free this summerChelsea transfer report: Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic on Blues’ radarSHOCK SWOOP! West Brom plotting summer move for Liverpool and Belgium forward Christian BentekeChelsea transfer report: Blues still keen on Everton star John Stones despite defender’s dwindling form Scroll down to see today’s top stories last_img read more

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Steven Gerrard ready to welcome Rangers outcast back into the fold

first_img Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos scrap Lee Wallace could still have a future at Rangers Wallace and Miller, who has since left the club, have appealed against their punishments with the backing of PFA Scotland.But, despite his dispute with the Ibrox hierarchy, Gerrard is willing to welcome Wallace back into the fold if the left-back can patch things up with club bosses.Gerrard told STV Sport: “Lee’s got a year left on his contract and he’s a fantastic player. There’s a situation that I’ve got nothing to do with, and I’m not trying to back out of the situation, but Lee’s got an issue with the club that needs resolving.“I’ll leave them to it to resolve it. My focus is on when can I get Lee Wallace back fit and available for selection. When we do, we’ve got a good player.“I need a fit Lee Wallace. At the moment he’s injured and he’s also got an off-the-field situation that needs resolving. When those two issues are resolved and I’ve got him fit then I’m a happy man.” 1center_img Scottish Premiership News Steven Gerrard has opened the door for Lee Walace to play for Rangers again.Captain Wallace and striker Kenny Miller were suspended and subsequently fined over a dressing-room bust-up with former boss Graeme Murty following a 4-0 hammering by Celtic in last season’s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final. Gerrard was speaking as his squad made their return to pre-season training on the day the Scottish Premiership fixtures were released.Rangers fly out for a 10-day training camp in Spain on Sunday but Wallace may be left out.Gerrard said: “A decision hasn’t been made yet (on whether Wallace will travel) but I’ll speak to the medical staff and see what’s best for Lee and Lee’s body, whether it’s best to stay behind and use the facilities here or whether it’s better for him to come.”last_img read more

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El Rancho still favorite for title

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Meanwhile, Santa Fe (11-4, 4-1) rolled over Pioneer, and coach Gay Castaneda proclaimed the race for the league crown isn’t over yet. The Chiefs dropped a five-game match to El Rancho last week, and although Castaneda was not happy with her team’s performance, she found a positive in it. “If we played badly and still took (the match) to five games, I guess it’s OK,” she said. As for the second round of play, she remains more than just optimistic. She cited the consistent play of junior outside hitter Ivana Mendez and senior middle blocker Whitney Casillas and added that “some other players have been stepping up here and there.” El Rancho High School’s 3-0 sweep of California High on Tuesday night gave the Dons a 5-0 record after the first round of home-and-home play and solidified the belief they are the favorites to capture the Del Rio League girls volleyball championship. This should not come as a surprise for preseason contenders Santa Fe and California, but the manner in which the Dons handled California certainly sends a message. “My players still believe they can pull it off (win the league title),” she said. “El Rancho has been the most consistent team in league, and California can be a factor, but we have the capability of competing with both of them. We haven’t been that far away in any of our matches.” El Rancho faces host Whittier, and Santa Fe takes on visiting La Serna as second round play begins today. Horwath, who has been starting three sophomores and a freshman much of the season and says he plays all 12 of his players in every game, called attention to the absence of junior Barbara Sierra as he assessed the Condors’ play to date. “We’ve been without our top middle blocker (Sierra was sidelined after twisting her knee) for the past three and a half weeks,” Horwath said. “And she’ll probably be out at least another week.” Picking up much of the load has been versatile sophomore Marissa Rangel, sophomore setter Lauren Newcomb and steady senior middle blocker Natalie Barajas. Horwath added the Condors also have received a boost from the play of 5-foot-9 ninth-grader Chanell Puou, who was called up from the freshman team to fill in for Sierra. “Chanell has been a pleasant surprise,” Horwath said. “She has played very well.” California travels to play Pioneer in their second-half opener. La Serna coach Kathy Abell may have the sleeper in the league chase, or if nothing else, the team that could spoil somebody’s season. La Serna has the tallest team in the league, with two players more than 6-feet tall, and three others standing at least 5-7. The Lancers are 5-9 overall and 2-3 in league, and Abell thinks the best is yet to come. “I think we’re just now coming together,” said Abell before the Lancers defeated Pioneer in four games Tuesday. “We’ve been losing some close games to good teams, 29-27 to California and 27-25 to El Rancho. We’ve been right there a lot of the time. It’s just a matter of turning this thing around.” Abell mentioned the play of senior setter Clarissa Morales, who “is always doing things above and beyond the norm, whatever is necessary.” She also cited the consistent play of junior outside hitter Nicole Holmes. Abell had expressed concern early about her team’s inability to maintain focus, and she says that still is a problem. “We’ve been missing some serves, and we lose our focus at times that cost us,” she said. “If we can correct those problems, we can turn this season around.” Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at roger.murray 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img El Rancho (14-4 overall) used a power game behind middle blockers Sherise Musquiz and Megan Barr. The effective setting of Aidee Marquez coupled with a hard-working defense was impressive in keeping the ball alive in extended rallies. In short, the Condors (8-5, 3-2) did not have an answer for the 6-foot Musquiz and Barr, and although coach John Horwath cited a seemingly complacent attitude among his players, it merely appeared they were overmatched. last_img read more

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South Africa, Australia to share SKA?

first_img5 April 2012 A decision on the site of the Square Kilometre Array has been delayed to allow a scientific working group to explore ways of maximising investments already made by rival bidders South Africa and Australia-New Zealand – raising the possibility that the hosting of the world’s biggest radio telescope could be shared. South Africa, allied with eight other African countries, is competing against Australia (allied with New Zealand) to host the €1.5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an instrument 50-100 times more sensitive and 10 000 times faster than any radio imaging telescope yet built. The international SKA organisation members met in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on Tuesday to discuss a report and recommendation by an advisory committee on which site was thought to be technically superior, along with commentary made by the SKA board of directors at a meeting in Manchester, England last month.SA site tipped as technically superior Unconfirmed media reports have tipped South Africa as the site technically favoured, but the members made no comment on this. Instead, the SKA board, after a follow-up meeting on Thursday, said in a statement that the members “wished to move ahead with the site selection process, and recognised that it is desirable to maintain an inclusive approach to SKA. “They noted that it is important to maximise the value from the investments made by both candidate host regions. They therefore agreed to set up a small scientific working group to explore possible implementation options that would achieve this. “This working group will report back to the members at a meeting in mid-May; its report will provide additional information to facilitate the site decision for SKA.” South Africa’s science and technology minister, Naledi Pandor, expressed disappointment at the delay, saying in a statement: “I hope that the SKA organisation will make a decision in the first half of 2012 and that the decision will reflect the best scientific outcome. “We believe we have an excellent site at which exciting science will be done,” Pandor said. “We in Africa are ready to host the SKA.”Massive impact on skills development in science More than 70 institutes in 20 countries, together with industry partners, are participating in the scientific and technical design of the SKA telescope, which will be located either in Australia and New Zealand or in southern Africa extending to the Indian Ocean Islands. Construction is likely to start in 2016 and take place in phases over several years, with completion by about 2022. The design, construction and operation of the telescope will have a potentially massive impact on skills development in science, engineering and associated industries, not only in the host countries but in all project partner countries. The SKA project will drive technology development in antennas, fibre networks, signal processing, and software and computing, with spin-off innovations in these areas set to benefit other systems that process large volumes of data.MeerKAT: world-class in its own right South Africa is currently building a 64-dish precursor instrument for the SKA, the Karoo Array Telescope (also known as the MeerKAT) which, regardless of whether South Africa wins the SKA bid, will be a powerful scientific instrument in its own right – as will Australia’s SKA precursor, the 36-dish Pathfinder, which is currently under construction. The MeerKAT is being built adjacent to the site proposed for the SKA, in a radio astronomy reserve near the small town of Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, where it is due to be commissioned in 2014/15. An engineering test bed of seven dishes, called the KAT-7, is already complete. In the process of building the MeerKAT, South African engineers are already working on some of the SKA’s technological building blocks – such as a prototype dish antenna that combines new materials with innovative design processes to meet the SKA’s exacting precision, durability and cost criteria. The MeerKAT will be the most sensitive centimetre-wavelength radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere, and astronomers from around the world are already queuing up to use it.KAT-7: proof of SA’s abilities The MeerKAT scientists are fully embedded in the international SKA project, participating in technical committees and working groups set up by the SKA project development office. In South Africa, the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory and the South African Astronomical Observatory are participating in the MeerKAT project, while researchers and students at many universities in South Africa and the rest of Africa are also actively participating. Last month, the SKA South Africa project office announced that the KAT-7, a seven-dish precursor to the MeerKAT, had produced the first atomic hydrogen spectral line images of a nearby galaxy. SKA South Africa director Dr Bernie Fanaroff said the KAT-7’s latest results “have given us confidence that we know how to build a cutting-edge radio telescope in Africa to answer some of the fundamental questions in radio astronomy”. According the Fanaroff, a large proportion of the science planned for the SKA – and the MeerKAT – involves mapping the universe using neutral hydrogen. “Our team in the SKA South Africa project and universities has again shown that they can deliver cutting-edge technology and do excellent science on a very tight schedule,” Fanaroff said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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UK firm to open call centres in SA

first_img22 October 2013UK-based call centre operator Webhelp UK is to open two call centres in South Africa and plans to recruit 1 000 people in the country over the next 12 months, the company announced on Monday.The company said that it would open a 7 500 square metre state-of-the art facility in Cape Town and a 4 500 square metre site in Johannesburg.“While still confident of continuing UK growth, this South African venture will give the company the ability to service international contracts, operating a blended onshore, offshore and near shore model,” the company said in a statement.The Paris-headquartered Webhelp Group, one of Europe’s largest customer experience providers, took over the former HEROtsc business earlier this year. The re-branded Webhelp UK has already won new contracts and boosted staff numbers at many of its UK sites. It employs 6 000 people across 10 sites and works for brands such as Sky and Vodafone, and reported revenue growth of 36 percent in the 12 months to 31 March 2013 to £111-million.“This represents a significant milestone in the continued development of our business, by giving us the ability to support our customers across multiple geographies, and is complementary to our existing English language, eastern European, nearshore locations,” Webhelp UK CEO David Turner said.“We have seen a trend over the last 12-18 months of organisations repatriating work from other offshore locations such as India and the Philippines as a result of poor customer experience,” Turner added.“All of our research tells us that South Africa can deliver an equivalent customer experience to the UK for certain processes. We firmly believe that our UK, Romanian and South Africa capability gives us the best possible blend of off, near and onshore capabilities.”Peter Ryan of London-based consultancy Ovum commented: “The similarity of the professional qualifications and the compatibility of the data protection laws make South Africa an excellent partner location for Webhelp UK. The country is particularly attractive because, alongside a stable regulatory environment, there is a talented workforce with high standards of customer experience knowledge.”Craig Gibson, who has done work for a range of blue-chip financial institutions in South Africa, will join the local operation, which will be known as Webhelp South Africa, as CEO.“The arrival of the Webhelp Group in South Africa is another great development for the BPO [business process outsourcing] industry in the country,” Gibson said. “In recent years we have seen some big brands choose South Africa, and the country is establishing itself as a BPO destination of choice.“South Africa successfully delivers BPO services to the domestic markets of Australia and the UK,” Gibson added. “The language and culture is closely matched, enabling us to offer a far higher standard of customer service than some traditional BPO markets such as India and the Philippines.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Services of 5,178 teachers regularised in Punjab

first_imgThe Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday approved regularisation of services of 5,178 contractual teachers with full pay scales to be implemented from October 1, 2019.The Cabinet also regularised 650 nurses of the health department as per the department’s probation rules, said an official statement. The Cabinet meeting was held here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.The statement said of the 5,178 teachers, 5,078 were recruited in the master’s cadre and 100 as classical and vernacular teachers by the Education Department in 2014, 2015 and 2016.These teachers are currently paid ₹7,500 per month and their salary would be now fixed at minimum of grade pay, which is ₹15,300 per month, till the time they are given full scale, the release said. Reacting to the decision of regularising the jobs of teachers, SAD senior leader and former Minister Bikram Singh Majithia described it as an “election ploy” of the Congress.“The government does not have money in the budget. They cannot give Dearness Allowance of employees and winter uniform of students. It is a just a ploy to fool the teachers’ union so as to try to get them on board for the elections. But teachers are sensible people and they will not fall for this election gimmick of the Congress,” said Mr.Majithia. The teachers, protesting under the banner of Adhyapak Sangharsh Committee, said they were upset that the Cabinet approved giving full pay scale to 5,178 teachers from October instead of February.“We were promised that the full pay scale will be given with effect from February this year. But the government is now saying that the full pay scale will be given from October,” Bikramjit Singh Kaddon, a member of the committee, said.Committee formed The teachers said that during their meeting with four Ministers – Education Minister O.P. Soni, Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, Health Minister Brahm Mohindra and Cooperation and Jails Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa – they were assured that the issue of pay protection of 8,886 teachers of Adarsh schools, SSA and RMSA would also be addressed in the Cabinet meeting. “But this issue will now be looked into by a committee, along with other issues,” said Mr. Kaddon.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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