BUENOS AIRES—Facing the No. 1 player in the world in a crucial meeting certainly has its downside for Jann Mari Nayre.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Oliva, a bronze medalist in the KL SEA Games, is due to compete in the heats of the 800m freestyle while golfers Yuka Saso, Carl Jano Corpus and fencer Lawrence Everett Tan will also debut today.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Next step for NBA is hiring women in positions of power Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The 18-year-old table tennis ace saw his chances vanish after that crushing defeat at the hands of Kolodziejczyk the other day.“That was a crucial match that slipped away,’’ said Nayre, who reached the quarterfinals of the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games and the round of 32 in the Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia.Credited for Nayre’s campaign in the YOG is Korean coach Kwon Mi Sook, who spent her own money to help Nayre in training. It was also Mi Sook who plotted the journey of the late Ian Lariba in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Over at the Olympic Park, swimmer Nicole Oliva missed her chance to move forward to the finals of the women’s 100-meter freestyle following a sixth-place finish in the qualifying heats.Filipino-Norwegian Christian Tio, meanwhile, entered the top six after the first round of action in kiteboarding.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Kanak Jha of the United States shut the door on Nayre in the round of 16 after posting a narrow 13-11, 11-8, 15-13, 11-8, straight-set victory on Monday in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games at the Table Tennis Arena of the Technopolis here.“I have kept the game close and even had the chance to win one or two sets, but his (Jha) experience really proved beneficial for him in the end,’’ said Nayre, the first Filipino paddler to qualify in the Youth Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWhile Nayre bowed out of contention, Jha, ranked No. 1 worldwide in the under-18 category, topped the Group B men’s preliminary round and will keep Nicolas Burgos of Chile company in the next stage.Burgos, despite dropping his opening match against Nayre and losing to Jha, still made it to the round of 16 after sending Austria’s Maciej Kolodziejczyk to his knees. View comments
Wismar Hill Primary School topped in the primary category, and the Pine Street Nursery School took the lead in the nursery category of the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Department of Education-staged 2018 Children’s Costume Road Parade in Linden on Wednesday.Students from the various primary and nursery schools in Region 10 lit up the streets of Wismar as they displayed their flamboyant cultural costumes, created to mark the 2018 children’s Mashramani observances.Wismar Hill Primary during the paradeParents, teachers and onlookers cheered as the grand procession made its way along the One Mile Public Road — soca music booming as the little ones gyrated and waved their replicas of the Golden Arrowhead — before culminating at the Bayroc Community Centre Ground.While the carefully designed costumes all depicted the spirit of Mashramani, the majority of the schools opted to showcase ancestral cultural clothing designs. For the winning designs, the Pine Street Nursery revellers wore a historic Amerindian design while their banner displayed the slogan “We coming together, let’s cooperate and celebrate Republic 48”.The Wismar Hill Primary put on a colourful display of the “Guyana Amazon”, which was carried by a banner with the slogan “Cooperate and celebrate Republic 48”.Placing second in the primary category was the Coomacka Primary, while the Mackenzie Primary (“Celebrating Guyana’s flora and fauna” display) copped third. In the nursery category, the Burnham Drive Nursery (“Nourishing our tradition, showcasing our culture” themed display) placed second, while the Republic Avenue Nursery (“Chinese Spring Festival”) placed third.
BY EMMET RUSHE: I was honoured to have been asked to talk at the ‘Fight Back Conference’ at Relay For Life 2015. My talk was on ‘The Positive Impact Of Physical Activity On A Cancer Diagnosis’.The following article is a breakdown of my talk. If you’re becoming more active during or after cancer treatment, you’ll need to consider how much activity is appropriate for you.This will depend on different things, for example any side effects or symptoms you may have and your level of fitness before treatment.It is important to set yourself realistic goals and to listen to your body and you should start with gentle and low intensity activities.You’ll be able to build up progressively as you become stronger and fitter.There are a number of tips that can help you to get started.They’ll also help you stay motivated; Join an activity group or association.Walk or cycle to the shops.Keep a record of how active you’ve been.Set goals you can achieve.Take up activities you enjoy. Make sure they are fun.Tell your friends about it. They may want to join you.The activities you do will depend on different factors. Make sure you keep to the level of activity that is appropriate for you and choose activities you enjoy and, if possible, do a mix of activities:Aerobic exercises – walking, dancing, running, cycling or swimming – are good for heart health.Resistance exercises – lifting small weights or ‘sit to stand’ exercises that you can do at home – help strengthen muscle.Flexibility exercises – stretches, yoga, Tai Chi/ Qi Gong – improve suppleness. These are also great for balance.If you are living with advanced cancer, being physically active can benefit you. It can help improve symptoms such as tiredness, poor appetite and constipation.It reduces stress and helps you sleep better.Start slowly and gradually build up the amount you do.To begin with try to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting or lying down. Just moving around the house and doing simple day to day things will help.You may be able to manage short walks or gentle stretching exercises.See if you can get your family and friends to join in with you.Resistance exercises can help strengthen your muscles and bones.This helps with getting in and out of chairs or baths, going up and down stairs, and going shopping.It also helps reduce the risk of accidentally falling. There are chair-based exercises that can help improve your muscle strength and flexibility. Example from the evidence;An RCT in Glasgow offered a 12 week group exercise sessions for women with early stage breast cancer as an addition to standard care.8The study found significant improvements in physical functioning, active daily living, shoulder range of movement, cardio-vascular fitness, positive mood, and breast cancer-specific quality of life. There were no adverse events reported. There was also evidence that the intervention group spent fewer nights in hospital and made fewer visits to their GP than the control group. It’s important to get advice before you start becoming more active.Your cancer doctor, GP or specialist nurse can tell you what type of exercise is most appropriate for you.You can also get support from a physiotherapist or an occupational therapist.Your physiotherapist can show you exercises that will help improve your fitness and an occupational therapist can show you ways to help you to save your energy so that you can take some gentle physical activity.Good evidence exists to support the promotion of physical activity throughout the cancer care pathway.Activity should be promoted to patients at all stages of cancer from initial diagnosis through to the later stages, where being active can continue to benefit physical function and quality of life. The evidence shows that if an activity recommendation is carefully tailored to the individual, and takes account of potential side effects, it is likely to have a positive impact.#TrainSmartIf you are unsure how to start or would like to join a friendly and supportive team, contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE: THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ON A CANCER DIAGNOSIS was last modified: May 31st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnRelay for Life
1 Nemanja Matic had surgery on an abdominal injury in the summer Manchester United are poised to welcome four stars back against Tottenham.Alexis Sanchez, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia and Nemanja Matic have all been included in the squad for Monday’s Premier League clash. Herrera, Valencia and Matic have yet to feature this season but are now fully fit and pushing to start at Old Trafford.Sanchez, meanwhile, returns after he missed the shock defeat at Brighton due to a groin problem.United won their opening match of the season 2-1 at home against Leicester, before going down 3-2 at the Amex on August 19.They will now look to bounce back to winning ways against a Spurs side which has collected maximum points from their opening two matches.Mauricio Pochettino’s side won 2-1 at Newcastle on the opening day and beat London rivals Fulham 3-1 at Wembley, their temporary home, last time out.
This week, the team at Castle Grove Country House Hotel, Letterkenny, share an insight into their love of local food and look ahead to a summer of foodie celebrations. Food-Culture is the new buzz word used by “Foodies” when describing the love of good, natural food, combined with how it is produced and the people involved. ‘However, here in Donegal, this is not a new concept! Donegal has always been the home of natural food producers, taking food from its natural state and offering a near natural product. This is also true at Castle Grove Country House Hotel. We understand the value of locally produced natural ingredients, including meat from local butchers, fish from Killybegs, Greencastle and Mulroy Bay, and fruits and vegetables from our own heritage walled garden, using traditional cooking techniques such as curing and smoking to bring you the standard of food you know and love.Local Food Hero Nomination: Alan Sweeney and Chef Paul Brady in the Castle Grove Walled GardenSelection of Fruits and Vegetables from the Castle Grove Walled GardenFresh SeafoodFillet of Donegal Beef from the Castle Grove KitchenCastle Grove, as part of Donegal Food Coast Initiative, are always promoting the use of local suppliers and home-grown vegetables including the open days and festivals held during the summer. This year we are expanding on this idea, with local school children visiting to learn more about these values, see how vegetables are grown. Exploring the joys of gardening and growing their own to take home and enjoy.Our Strawberry Festival last year was a tremendous success and this year, we have learned from last year to improve on the day and make it better, with an open invitation to all. “If you see how it’s grown, learn how to care for it, and the process that it goes through to reach your table, you will understand our love and passion for local good food. That’s the future of Food Culture in Donegal“, according to Irene Sweeney from Castle Grove who regularly participates in food festivals and local open days.Castle Grove invites readers, friends and family to join them this summer on their open days to learn more about the food they use and where it comes from. Stay tuned for more information on future open days here and on FB.Contact Castle Grove Country House by calling 074 91 51118 or by messaging us on Facebook or Instagram or by emailing on firstname.lastname@example.orgHow Castle Grove celebrate the best of Donegal’s food culture was last modified: April 13th, 2018 by Castle GroveShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:castle Grove country housedonegal food coastfoodhotel
A popular priest in having his beloved locks cut in a bid to raise much-needed funds for the youth of his local parish.Fr Brian Ó’Fearraigh is renowned across West Donegal for his mane of generous hair.But now the cleric has decided he’s for the chop in a bid to raise some much-needed cash. The money raised will go towards providing a dedicated Youth Drop-In Centre, Ionad Óige Ghaoth Dobhair.It is hoped that this multi-purpose Youth Resource Centre will meet the social, recreational, educational and personal needs of the community’s young people.Fr Brian’s sponsored cut and shave will take in no less than three locations on September 15th next.The first cut begins in Leo’s Tavern at 9.30pm, moving to Sean Óg’s for 10.30pm and finishing the shave in Teach Mhici at 11.30pm. Fr Brian said “So please, come along and join us on the night! Ooops the most important part, dig deep my friends: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE donate what you can to this cause.“I look forward to seeing you on the night, when all this hair is clipped back from my eyes!”So far a total of more than €600 has been raised from a target of €5,000.https://www.gofundme.com/5veeiog?member=502578 Fr Brian hoping for a close shave, trim and plenty of funds! was last modified: July 29th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Fr Brian Ó’FearraighfundsGaoth Dobhairshave
Guest author Josh Fox helped create FiveYearItch, which aims to help developers find better jobs.Like gnats at a picnic, recruiters are swarming around the miserable software developer. Irrelevant spam-offers are buzzing in your face, each aimed at some commodity developer, who’s not you.You can chomp and chew those annoying recruiters the way you would pesky gnats that blithely fly into your mouth, but don’t bother. Flame-mail won’t do any good. You might try spray yourself with recruiter-repellent by taking yourself off the Internet—like that’s gonna happen. There has to be a better way.But First, Sympathy For The RecruiterThose poor recruiters, they aren’t to blame. They just want to help. Think what’s happened to them in the last fourteen years. Way back in 1999, a recruiter’s job was to dig up résumés—paper résumés!—and blast them out to employers.Nowadays, there’s a treasure trove of developers on the Web—on LinkedIn, GitHub, etc. Yes, recruiters could dedicate themselves to unearthing those old-fashioned hold-outs from modern Web overexposure, the grizzled oldsters who need to be brought out of their hidey-holes. But in general, recruiters don’t know what to do with themselves.And, hey, recruiters, no: LinkedIn-spam is not your new job. Your new job is bringing together employers and employees in the best possible pairing to make both sides happy.Pity the poor recruiter. He has no clue about whether a given developer even wants job offers, and just as important, he can’t tell what the developer is looking for in her next job. In a world where stable careers are passé, and gathering interesting and different experiences is de rigeur, a recruiter just cannot know what wild and adventurous life-directions the pro is looking for.The job market’s splitting. Those who have top tech skills win, and everyone else loses. Hot-shot techies are getting kid-glove treatment once reserved for execs. Competition for those chosen few is getting ever fiercer.We need a new way to get software developers their next dream job.Recruiters Out, Matchmakers InIt’s time for a new generation—really, a new profession—of recruiter types who use tech, tact, and good taste to bring employees together with employers. Let’s call them matchmakers. Here’s how they’ll make us a match.1. They help active-passives come out of the woodwork.Good developers already have good jobs. They’re not scouring the job boards. Though many of them would consider an offer if it was a real improvement, they’re too cozy and comfortable in their jobs to bother to look around. A new breed of talent search engines like Entelo, TalentBin, and Gild is uncovering some of these passive candidates, mining the Web for signs of skilled professionals who might be willing to move.Even better than passives are active-passives, the ones who know they’d like to step up to a better job, are willing to say so (as long as their boss doesn’t find out), but who know that asking for a job for no good reason looks desperate.A new type of “reverse job board” has arisen to serve these developers. Sites like JobDreaming, Poachee and my own FiveYearItch let the professionals sign up quickly and anonymously and get a stream of good offers, vetted by automated algorithms along with the human matchmakers.2. They help employees lay out their real requirements, not the ones she thinks potential employers want to hear.Everyone’s different: One developer wants better salary or equity, another wants new tech, and a third wants his colleagues to be smarter than he is (smart guy!).Until now, employees kept their deepest dreams secret, afraid of pitching too high or too low. But why not make those secret dreams real? The trick is for the pro to stay anonymous while the matchmaker, potentially with the aid of a reverse job board, makes the arrangements.And if the employer can’t give the developer what it takes to budge her, well, tough luck for the employer.3. They work to bring in the best developers, not just to fill a slot.Today, employers are retaining fixed-fee contract recruiters or even hiring them in-house. That way, the recruiter is focused on making the right match, even if it takes a little longer. Just filling requisitions was good enough back when jobs were narrowly defined, but a developer today need the flexibility to take on a variety of tasks as needed, and finding people like that takes time.Such a matchmaker can do what it takes close the deal. He advocates for the professional, while the pro herself stays out of the line of fire. A good developer wants both to minimize noise and to learn whether employers can meet her special requests—but without coming off as needy. So the developer stays well-protected from any but the most useful communications, while the recruiter helps make the deal happen.Once a developer and an employer have caught each other’s eye, the matchmaker gently nudges the two toward each other while making sure that everyone’s happy.4. They grab the grey-hairs who aren’t puffing up their LinkedIn profiles, just crankin’ out kick-ass work.These Ancient Wise Ones need a matchmaker to help bring out their hidden talent.Employers should be on their knees begging the wizened wizards to come on board. But for some reason, newbies with a quickie code-camp course are more in demand than hardcore long-time devs. Sure, some of the oldsters are burned out, but there are a lot of good ones out there, too. Some of them have navigated their way through several generations of technology—they’ll pick up the next one quickly enough.Making The Best Pairings The RuleHere’s the sad situation today: A recruiter searches LinkedIn by keywords, sends a whole bunch of spammy emails. Maybe he finds one diamond in the dirtpile, while absorbing heaps of scorn as he sees how widely recruiters are despised.Here’s a vision of a better future: A new class of matchmaking sites arises, building on today’s talent search engines and reverse job boards. They transform the recruiting industry, just as a variety of dating sites remade a fragmented industry of personals ads and marriage brokers. These recruiting sites highlight developers with the right skills and the right requirements. Then semi-automated systems, consisting of modern software algorithms and a few empathetic matchmakers, help make the best pairings happen.Today, information efficiencies make hiring and job-changing a headache. In an open future, we’ll move towards an optimal world in which developers will find the best possible job and employers will find the best possible developer to fill it.Image courtesy of Shutterstock Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting josh fox Tags:#developers#Jobs Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Technology has become both a blessing and a burden. Our devices allow us to work from anywhere, be flexible, and, in theory, strike work-life balance. But the double edge to that connectivity is that people are increasingly working late into the evening, responding to texts at 10 p.m. or checking reports during family events.In fact, Inc. reported that we touch our phones 2,617 times per day, which studies show can increase our susceptibility to mental health issues like stress, depression, and sleep disorders. Many lauded France last year after the country passed a labor law that allowed employees to disconnect and ignore work-related communications after the workday ended — and required employers of more than 50 workers to come up with new communications protocols to prevent “email spillage.”To outsiders, it looked like a smart move: Overwork costs the U.S. healthcare system $48 billion per year. While some jobs used to carry the expectation of being on-call 24 hours a day — such as medicine — every job now has the capability to become a 24/7 role, thanks to technology. Burnout seems to loom on the horizon for every tech-savvy employee, but that doesn’t have to be the case.The Building Phase Leads to the Scaling PhaseWhen entrepreneurs are building their businesses, long-term impacts on productivity and morale may not be their main focus. In their efforts to build something durable and successful, long hours can be expected. But those long hours come at a cost: Safety becomes an issue, and employees call in sick more often and experience declines in their productivity levels as burnout sets in. (And bless the entrepreneur who thinks he himself is immune to these diminishing returns.)Teams can only run so long on Dunkin Donuts coffee and energy drinks. What began as a sprint eventually has to transition into a marathon if a budding company — and its team — is expected to last. The effects of burnout are particularly acute for startups. With smaller teams expected to wear many hats and maintain high productivity, the loss of a single employee’s efforts can collapse the whole. Multiply that if the CEO himself is the burnout victim — which isn’t unlikely in an environment where a whopping 72 percent of entrepreneurs suffer from mental health issues.Many argue, however, that in an entrepreneurial climate that promotes hustling harder, not getting sleep, and outworking the competition to sheer exhaustion, companies can’t survive if they take a day off. Not only can they survive, but they can thrive — and outlast many of their competitors because they have endurance. Every growing company should institute policies to build in real vacations for this very reason.Polishing Policies Till They ShineWhy target vacations rather than day-to-day schedules? Vacations, or long-term chances to recharge, have the biggest impact. People who take 11 or more of their vacation days are 30 percent more likely to earn a promotion, according to Harvard Business Review. These people see a boost in their creativity, problem-solving abilities, and big-picture perspectives because they get out of their daily setting and put more gas in their tank.Bandwidth, a publicly traded technology company based in Raleigh, N.C., is valued at more than $630 million, and its stock is up 60 percent. It’s also an organization with a vacation embargo policy. In an interview with NASDAQ, Bandwidth CEO David Morken discussed his company’s vacation embargo program: “You are required to take all of your vacation time each year so there’s no pressure about not taking vacation. And when you go on holiday you are not allowed to contact anybody related to work, at the office, a vendor, a customer, no one. Additionally everyone is prohibited from contacting you.”Morken’s goal with this policy is twofold. First, employees leave and get a chance to refresh, unplug, and recharge. In a tech business focused on creating voice and messaging API services, people can burn out easily. Second, he can build a resilient team capable of making decisions without him because his team members are forced to take action. On his last vacation, Morken and his family visited the Wind River Mountains, 18 miles away from the nearest road. He couldn’t contact anyone — and didn’t want to — and the company moved along just fine without him.Likewise, Denver-based FullContact awards $7,500 in vacation stipends to each employee each year. The catch? Employees only get the money if they actually go on vacation and completely unplug from their work. The organization developed the policy after its CEO, Bart Lorang, saw a photo of himself on “vacation” riding a camel by pyramids — and checking his email on his phone.McCarty said of the policy, “We have a company that takes our employees seriously, almost as much as what we produce,” McCarty says. “We focus on the best ways to keep employees happy and healthy. If they’re not getting away and disconnecting periodically, we’re not getting their best work.”With Americans wasting 658 million vacation days in a single year, the only way some employers will get their always-on employees offline is by making them go off the grid. By instituting policies that start at the very top, entrepreneurs can cut employees off from their work periodically — ensuring the work they actually do is the very best it can be. Tags:#Entrepreneur#startup#technology#vacation AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair
The Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) on Tuesday issued shoot-at-sight orders against poachers. But the orders were to be carried out only for “self-protection against poachers carrying arms,” CTR director Parag Madhukar Dhakate said.A five-day anti-poaching operation was initiated on Tuesday following information about suspected movement of poachers.According to the tiger census data released in 2015, Uttarakhand, with 340 tigers, has the second highest tiger population in the country after Karnataka. According to wildlife experts, the tiger population has gone up in the past two years.Also Read Corbett Tiger Reserve Director removed after his shoot-at-sight order “We received some inputs from the intelligence agencies following which we began an anti-poaching operation. We have sealed the entry points on the northern and southern borders. Forest workers have been ordered to instantly shoot any poacher or hunter seen with arms in the core critical tiger habitat zone,” Mr. Dhakate said.Such orders were given by the State Chief Secretary in the past too for the protection of forest department workers.Sharp shooters have been placed at vantage points and 388 camera traps set up across the reserve. Two drones, night vision equipment and 150 forest department workers would be used in the operation, he said.According to the data provided by the Uttarakhand forest department, 112 tigers have died between November 2000 and November 2016. This includes 56 natural deaths, 19 due to fights between the animals, 17 in accidents and six deaths in poaching incidents.
Activists of the Bijuli Karmachari Milita Manch (BKMM) have started an indefinite dharna in front of the Southco headquarters in Berhampur to protest against the alleged anti-labour policies of the power distribution company involved in electricity distribution in south Odisha districts.The BKMM comprises both serving and retired employees of the power sector. Acting president of the organisation, Panchanan Jena, who is leading the protesters, said it was high time that the Odisha government realised that privatisation of the power sector had been a failure leading to exploitation of both consumers and workers.“During the time of privatisation in 1999, Southco had 2,69,000 electricity consumers, 73 sub-stations of 33/11 kV capacity and 4,400 employees. Now the number of electricity consumers has risen to 15 lakh in south Odisha with more than 150 sub-stations of 33/11 kV capacity. But the number of employees in the power distribution sector in the region has remained almost the same,” said Mr. Jena. Number of consumersWith the increase in the number of consumers, the total number of employees with Southco should have been around 20,000 for proper service, he added.At present, Southco is managing through outsourcing which is leading to exploitation of the work force, said CITU leader Yudhisthir Behera, who also took part in the protest demonstration. In stead of using more trained field staff, Southco is only appointing managerial executives. Most of the field staffs are temporary employees who do not get basic labour rights prescribed by law. The majority of these temporary workers serve under outsourced firms and are ill paid. Although the government has decided to regularise temporary employees after six years of service, this is not being done by Southco, said Mr. Jena.Protesters demanded equal pay for workers serving Southco directly or under outsourced companies. They want all temporary workers to be regularised and provided all facilities recommended by labour laws. These temporary workers face injury and death during repair and maintenance of the power distribution system but are allegedly not compensated properly. The BKMM has demanded ₹20 lakh compensation for the families of workers who die in the line of duty and ₹5 lakh for workers who become invalid due to serious injury.No power distribution company can provide proper service unless it has trained manpower and Southco should realise that, said Mr. Jena. According to him, by neglecting the workforce, Southco was also exploiting its power consumers, mostly those in the rural areas.