first_imgThe Rajasthan government on Monday told the Supreme Court that it has written to online search engine Google to take down hate videos uploaded by a man accused of hacking and burning alive a Muslim labourer in the State in December 2017. In the videos, Shambhu Lal Raigar was purportedly seen ranting that he killed Afrazul Khan, a labourer from West Bengal, to stop interfaith marriages. The killing was recorded on camera by Raigar’s minor nephew in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district.The State government told the apex court that these videos were hosted by multiple websites and it would take some time to remove them.A Bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Ajay Rastogi asked the government to file an affidavit about the steps taken by it to remove the videos, including those uploaded by Raigar from inside Jodhpur jail, and adjourned the matter for further hearing. Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for Khan’s wife Gulbahar Bibi, said the State government may have taken action with regard to the video uploaded by Raigar before his arrest, but no action has been taken about the video uploaded from inside the prison.last_img read more

first_imgThere is no plan B for Pyeongchang Games, says Bach South Korea IOC president Thomas Bach sought personally to downplay security fears 10 days ago, and a day earlier a confident IOC spokesman insisted: “There is no plan B”. × COMMENT An ice sculpture of the Olympic rings is seen during the Pyeongchang Winter Festival, near the venue for the opening and closing ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. File Photo   –  Reuters SHARE Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea could send a delegation to South Korea Austria and Germany joined France in raising the spectre of staying away from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea amid security fears over nuclear-armed North Korea.Despite efforts by the International Olympic Committee to calm the jitters, winter Olympic powerhouse Austria said it was prepared to envisage staying away from the Pyeongchang Games next February if security concerns deepened.Karl Stoss, head of Austria’s national Olympic committee, said that “if the situation worsens and the security of our athletes is no longer guaranteed, we will not go to South Korea.” Stoss’ comments follow those by France’s Sports Minister Laura Flessel, who warned Thursday: “If this gets worse and we do not have our security assured, then our French team will stay here.”The absence of Austria and other leading winter sports powers would be a hammer blow to the Pyeongchang Games. Austria alone took home 17 medals from the previous Winter Olympics Sochi Games in 2014 and has been the dominant force in alpine skiing and ski jumping.A more muted response came from Germany, another winter sports heavyweight that tops the all-time Olympic medal table in biathlon, luge and bobsleigh, and whose team won 19 medals in Sochi including eight golds.The security question and the possibility of keeping the German team at home would be addressed “in good time” by the government, the National Olympic Committee and security authorities, the German interior ministry told AFP subsidiary SID.French sports minister Flessel, a five-time Olympic medallist in fencing, was the first leading politician to publicly cast doubt over a country’s participation at the Olympics which run from February 9-25 in Pyeongchang which is situated just 80km (50 miles) from the heavily-fortified frontier with North Korea.‘No Plan B’On Friday, the IOC issued a statement aimed at calming security fears amid escalating tensions over bellicose North Korea’s recent nuclear test and missile launches. “Athletes safety and security are of course a primary concern for the IOC,” the statement said.“We are in close contact with the heads of government concerned and the United Nations over the past months and there, in none of the discussions, has anybody expressed any doubt about the Olympic Winter Games 2018. We continue to monitor the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the region very closely. We are working with the Organising Committee on the preparations of these Games which continue to be on track.”IOC president Thomas Bach sought personally to downplay security fears 10 days ago, and a day earlier a confident IOC spokesman insisted: “There is no plan B”.However, the situation has since deteriorated, sparking concern among some countries while others say they are preparing for the event as normal.Sweden’s sports minister Annika Standhall, speaking to news agency TT, said it was “very worrying that some countries are imagining not to taking part…” while neighbour Norway said normal preparation were under way.Italy said they had been reassured by IOC chief Bach’s statement on security and were looking forward to a “safe and secure” Olympics while Dutch Olympic Committee spokesman Geert Slot said growing tension on the Korean peninsula was a factor but saw no reason “as things stand at the moment” to follow the French example.The United States Olympic Committee chief executive Scott Blackmun said moving forward as planned and have confidence in Pyeongchang’s organizing committee. “The United States Olympic Committee is very much looking forward to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and will participate in the upcoming lighting of the Olympic Flame in Olympia to celebrate the approaching Games,” Blackmun said in a news release. “Our preparations continue in earnest and, as with all Games, we will continue to work with our state department and local organisers to ensure that our athletes, and our entire delegation, are safe. “We are confident in the Pyeongchang organizing committee’s ability to deliver a great Games.”Canada, who won 10 gold medals at Sochi four years ago and have claimed 13 Olympic ice hockey titles, also played down the risks. “The safety of our entire Canadian Olympic team is always our main priority, no matter where the Games are held,” said Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) spokesman Photi Sotiropoulos.“The COC and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have representatives in South Korea and have routinely done site visits to the country. The government of Canada does not currently have travel advisories in place for South Korea and recommends that Canadians exercise normal security precautions, which is the lowest of four risk levels.” RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img September 23, 2017 An ice sculpture of the Olympic rings is seen during the Pyeongchang Winter Festival, near the venue for the opening and closing ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. File Photo   –  Reuters null North Korea likely to participate in Winter Games North Korea 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Paralympics will be safe: S Korea sport Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_img Twitter Twitter Share on LinkedIn Veni, Vidi, City. With the Premier League title retained and an FA Cup final to follow there is already something imperial about the climax to Pep Guardiola’s first three seasons in English football, a sense of nation-building zeal.This has always been a part of the grander plan, the intention not just to win but to win right, to embody a vision, a way of winning. There have been minor bumps in the road along the way, most notably some disorienting defeats in the first Pep-season, the what-is-tackles, let-them-eat-cake days at Leicester and Everton. But Guardiola has refused to bend and two years later English football has in effect been brought to heel, a stage for that relentless will-to-power.Victory in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Watford would make Guardiola’s City the first English men’s team to complete a domestic league and cup treble in 58 years since the League Cup was first called into being. Winning the FA Cup would make it five domestic trophies out of six for City over two seasons, a spell of dominance that is also unmatched in the Premier League era. Read more Manchester City need Champions League win to be the best, says Guardiola Pinterest There has never been a cross-border run quite like this, a spell of sustained domestic dominance that has, for the last eight years, been soundtracked by regular late-stage exits in the Champions League. Something is happening here. But what and why?It is worth noting that this was never really the plan for Guardiola. No matter what he might say, irrespective of the genuine pleasure at edging out Liverpool over 38 games, Guardiola’s obsession has always been with the Champions League. The Barça team of 2011 will remain his deepest pleasure, the furthest peak of achievements to date.And yet 2011 is also the last time Guardiola reached a Champions League final, a performance from the Messi-Xavi-Iniesta godhead, that appeared to have been beamed in from some distant future-world. At the time it seemed a given that Pep teams would continue to thrive in that most rarefied air. Successive ambitious Euro heavyweights have hired him with precisely this dream of global domination in mind. Lionel Messi celebrates scoring for Barcelona against Manchester United in Guardiola’s last Champions League success in 2011 Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images Pep Guardiola’s thirst is driving force in City’s quest for more titles Share via Email The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. FA Cup For Watford the task will be to disrupt that, to insert a note of tension in the works. They have power and craft in midfield in Abdoulaye Doucouré. Troy Deeney remains a vital influence. Gerard Deulofeu has the skill and incision to punish City’s high full-backs. For City Kevin De Bruyne could be back after his hamstring strain eased. And Raheem Sterling will be keen to extend his run of fine Wembley performances, taking in a hat-trick for England and the winning penalty against Chelsea in the other domestic cup final. There will still be suggestions, whatever happens on Saturday, that only European success, bans notwithstanding, will define this City project. But that span of domestic dominance is not to be undersold. One more City victory would crown what has been a remarkable two-year surge across the home stage. Read more And yet the facts do not bear out this sense of cards falling the right way. This domestic dominance did not have to happen. Guardiola is the constant when it does. As a simple control experiment: in the three years before Pep Barcelona won one cup and one league. In the four years before Pep came Bayern won two league titles. City in their own three pre-Pep years won one league and two league cups.This adds up to seven of 23 available domestic trophies for Pep’s pre-Pep clubs, or half as many as they would go on to win with him in charge.Saturday night at Wembley could skew the ratio even further but this is not a given. Not that you would know it looking at Watford’s record against Guardiola’s City in the Premier League, which reads, played six, lost six, aggregate score 21-3 to City. But then the league really has been the stage for this mature Pep-City team, a place where those rhythms can settle and where a superior team, coached and resourced to the highest possible level, will eventually win out. City’s dominance is a feat of coaching, rewards for perhaps the most incredibly well-drilled team English football has ever seen.Cup games, of course, can add that little edge of something beyond the system, a raggedness, a chance to hurl a grapple hook across the divide. Tension can do strange things, particularly to an entity defined in its better moments by its opposite. Guardiola’s entire schtick, his vision of how the game should be played, is about its tension, about finding those easy, frictionless patterns. Share on Twittercenter_img Share on Facebook Facebook Manchester City Facebook In the event his greatest triumphs have been closer to home, his methods better suited to domestic juggernaut status, his vision of how football can be played finding its highest expression in the more controlled home environment. Guardiola has had to be content instead with starting a revolution from his bed.There are various theories as to why this should be the case. The first is the most dismissive. Guardiola has simply managed the richest clubs in Germany and England. In Spain he had the best club footballer of all time to grease the wheels, his own scurrying magic bullet. Fast forward to the current potential treble season and the draw has been notably kind, twin cup runs throwing up games against Rotherham, Burnley, Newport, Swansea, Brighton, Oxford, Fulham, Burton, Leicester and Chelsea. The last two of these were won on penalties. Beating Watford on Saturday would be City’s biggest scalp of a double-cup season. Topics Share on Messenger Reuse this content For some there will still be reluctance to trumpet this too widely, a fear that such sustained dominance raises questions about the stratification of English football, the dizzying gap in resources even between the top and the slightly less than top, an increasingly centralised system of power.But there is more here than just the pounding fist of big football. Most notably there is something in the prospect of that treble that speaks directly to the manager’s methods. In the last decade Guardiola has become football’s domestic god, the depth of resources at his elbow, and more charitably the relentless systems-football of his teams, ideally suited to the business of winning domestic trophies.In Spain Guardiola won five out of eight available domestic trophies with Barcelona. In Germany it was five out of six with Bayern Munich. In England he has four out of eight so far. Another FA Cup final win would make it 15 of 23 domestic trophies in Guardiola’s 10 years as a manager across three separate leagues. Share on Pinterest Pinterest Pep Guardiola Share on WhatsApp features Guardiola and Raheem Sterling celebrate City’s League Cup final win over Chelsea Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardianlast_img read more

first_img Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, has underscored the importance of training to the island’s workforce. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, has underscored the importance of training to the island’s workforce.“Training and development of our workforce will only serve to elevate us. It will help to enhance productivity, it will help to improve work ethic, and in general, will give all of us a better quality of life,” the Minister said.Mrs. Robinson was speaking at the ‘Labour Department and You’ roadshow cocktail reception, held at the Sea Garden Resort in Montego Bay, St. James, on Wednesday (January 16).The Minister argued that when things are done to improve productivity and work ethic, good will come from such endeavours.Meanwhile, Mrs. Robinson is assuring stakeholders that the Government is committed to ensuring that the environment in Western Jamaica is conducive to economic growth and stability.“Good business is the engine of any economy, and this region, St. James in particular, continues to develop because of the many investments that have been taking place here. As a Government, we are cognisant of that and we are taking all the necessary steps to ensure that the environment is conducive to growth, development and stability for all our stakeholders,” she said.The event formed part of the ‘Labour Department and You’ roadshows being held in celebration the Department’s 80th anniversary in Jamaica.Mrs. Robinson said the Department continues to make strides despite the challenges, and assured that work is being done to overcome issues which may arise during their daily operations.“Our duty is to guarantee that we do our part in dealing with them. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has numerous programmes in place to address some of the challenges and you are encouraged to make full use of the opportunities available. The challenges are not insurmountable if we come together in a strong partnership,” the Minister said.Roadshows have already been held in the parishes of Manchester, St. Ann and Kingston.The initiative is aimed at bringing the services of the Department to citizens across the island, as well to heighten awareness of its programmes and policies. Story Highlights Mrs. Robinson was speaking at the ‘Labour Department and You’ roadshow cocktail reception, held at the Sea Garden Resort in Montego Bay, St. James, on Wednesday (January 16). “Training and development of our workforce will only serve to elevate us. It will help to enhance productivity, it will help to improve work ethic, and in general, will give all of us a better quality of life,” the Minister said.last_img read more

first_imgWhen Karen Green sends her two daughters, aged nine and 12, back to school in September, she knows she’ll have to contend with their school’s dress code.The rules prohibit tops with straps narrower than the width of three fingers; skirts, shorts or dresses shorter than the length of extended fingertips when a student’s arms are extended down the sides of their body; and abdomen, back and shoulder-baring tops, among other things.Green believes the dress code unfairly targets girls in a certain age group — those in Grades 6 through 9, who are likely going through puberty.“It’s not my child’s issue to make sure that nobody knows she’s wearing a bra. It’s everybody else’s issue to accept what a growing girl’s body looks like, and to not be distracted by it,” says Green, whose children attend a school in Chatham, Ont.The message such dress-code rules send, she argues, is that as soon as girls start to develop, their bodies must be policed.“It is something that they must be completely aware of covering at all times,” says Green, adding that girls who develop earlier are not allowed to wear the same clothes as their friends. “It instills a sense of shame.”Every year stories surface of girls being told to go home to change into clothing that adheres to local dress codes.In one expert’s view, telling girls how to dress implies that it’s their job to make sure that boys aren’t distracted by their bodies, which is insulting to both sexes.“Boys are basically represented as prisoners of their hormones. (They) just can’t help it and it’s not their fault. Girls, on the other hand, are seen as the gatekeepers of morality,” says Shauna Pomerantz, a Brock University child and youth studies associate professor and author of “Girls, Style and School Identities: Dressing the Part.”Schools have used dress codes to “control” students, she added.“In many people’s minds, how you look equates to how you act,” Pomerantz says.Mark Sherman, the superintendent for the Lambton-Kent District School Board, where Green’s children attend school, says dress codes help create a “modest, business-like” atmosphere.He notes that principals are the ones who establish dress codes, which reflect community standards, and that the process includes consultation with parents.“(Dress codes) are defined by the communities that the schools operate in. It’s a process designed to get input from parents through the school council,” Sherman says. “They want to have a safe, respectful learning environment.”The Toronto District School Board also said their dress code policy is developed through “a conversation with the whole school community.” Spokesperson Shari Schwartz-Maltz acknowledged, however, that some schools haven’t updated their dress code in many years.For some parents, dress codes help create an environment where everyone can be comfortable.Toronto parent Terry Perdue, a single mother of five, recalls a November 2016 incident when one of her daughters was told by a teacher that her V-neck sweater was too low-cut to be worn on its own. Perdue also received a phone call from the teacher during the school day.“It was awkward,” she says. “The teacher explained to me that (her cleavage) was distracting the male children in the classroom.”Perdue says her daughter was in Grade 9 at the time, at a school that’s part of the Toronto District School Board. The school’s dress code, among other things, states that it is unacceptable for cleavage and undergarments to be showing.Her daughter’s undergarments weren’t exposed, but the teacher suggested she wear a T-shirt underneath the sweater, Perdue says. He also mentioned that her daughter was one of three girls in the class.Despite the fact that her daughter was embarrassed and offended by the incident, Perdue says she understood where the teacher was coming from. She describes her daughter as a bigger girl who developed early.“I think you should be able to wear whatever you feel comfortable in as a (girl), but you got to think of other people too, especially teenagers and all their hormones,” Perdue says. “You can’t be judgmental.”But one former school board chair rejects an argument often made in support of dress codes — that certain clothing that girls wear might make boys uncomfortable.“We need to raise (and educate) our boys to respect and not sexualize the clothing that (girls) choose to wear,” says Patti Bacchus, a former Vancouver School Board chair and trustee, who believes it’s important to include students in discussions about dress codes.Schools should focus on supporting students and ensuring they have the best learning opportunities available instead of policing the width of a shoulder strap, she says, arguing that she doesn’t see how dress codes improve learning.“I question the need for them,” Bacchus says. “We need to teach students to respect other students’ bodies, their individual rights and diversity.”last_img read more

OTTAWA — A surge in full-time work fuelled a 10th-straight month of net job gains to match the economy’s longest monthly streak since the financial crisis nine years ago.Statistics Canada says September’s unemployment rate stayed at a nine-year low of 6.2 per cent after the country added 10,000 net new jobs, including 112,000 full-time positions.The rise in full-time work more than offset a drop of 102,000 part-time jobs, however, last month’s job gains were entirely driven by growth in public-sector employment.The September increase was also concentrated in factory work as the goods-producing sector added 10,500 jobs, compared to a loss of 500 positions in the services industry.Overall, the numbers show that year-over-year employment expanded 1.8 per cent with the addition of 319,700 net new jobs, of which more than 90 per cent were full-time positions.The September survey also found that, compared to the year before, average hourly wages grew 2.2 per cent for the biggest increase since April 2016. read more

Prior to that meeting, a separate meeting was held at Western Province Chief Minister Prassana Ranatunga’s residence with the participation of the UPFA General Secretary, where concerns were raised over moves by President Sirisena to reverse his earlier decision to give former President Mahinda Rajapaksa nominations to contest the Parliament election.Premajayantha however told reporters that a change is not expected on the decision to give Rajapaksa nominations to contest the election on the UPFA ticket. The UPFA had last week announced that the President had agreed to give nominations to Rajapaksa. However several Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members had opposed the move.Sources close to Rajapaksa said that he is prepared to contest from another party if the UPFA does not give him nominations. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Ashanthi Warunasuriya UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and former Parliamentarian S.B. Dissanayake were among those who attended the meeting. Earlier this afternoon a meeting took place between UPFA party leaders and Premajayantha where the UPFA nominations list for the August 17 election was discussed. A meeting was held a short while ago between President Maithripala Sirisena and members of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) nominations board, to decide on the UPFA candidates for the Parliament election.President Maithripala Sirisena was to decide on the final list of UPFA nominees at the meeting held at the President’s house. read more

“We talked about the situation in Darfur, and the need for us to work urgently with the Sudanese Government and other parties concerned to find a way out of the impasse which exists today with the deteriorating situation on the ground,” Mr. Annan told reporters following a working luncheon in New York with members of the Council.He pointed to a series of upcoming meetings, including of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, which currently has a force, known as AMIS, deployed in Darfur.“Everyone hopes that between now and the end of the month we will be able to come with a workable alternative so that we can move ahead with the implementation of Resolution 1706, and help the people concerned,” Mr. Annan said.By that text, adopted in late August, the Council voted to deploy a UN force of more than 17,000 peacekeepers across Darfur and said it “invites the consent” of the Sudanese Government. But Khartoum has so far opposed the measure.Responding to press questions, the Secretary-General said the focus now is “on getting into Darfur an effective force, strengthening the African Union force – that is, giving them all the support that they need, including finding ways of putting in additional resources that [Sudanese] President [Omar al-]Bashir, in his discussions with me, had already accepted – “African Union Plus.”A $22 million package approved by the Council will help by putting in communication and other experts to assist the Sudanese, Mr. Annan noted, adding: “hopefully we want to go beyond that and work with the African Union and the Sudanese to ensure that we do have an effective force on the ground, and we are looking beyond the end of the year.”He warned that the international community must take a long-range view “not get caught by the end of the year without any effective arrangements and force on the ground.”Meanwhile, Mr. Annan’s Deputy Special Representative in Sudan, Tayé Zerihoun, today discussed the UN support package to AMIS with the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Said Djinnit, according to a spokesman for the world body.Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reiterated its concerns about the deployment of additional government troops in Darfur. The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), which was set up to monitor a separate peace deal ending a 21-year conflict in the country’s south, said reports were received on a deployment of at least 30 military vehicles full of government soldiers in North Darfur.In West Darfur, a new build up of armed militia was reported by several sources in the Jebel Moon area, UNMIS said. read more

“Flogging is, in my view, at the very least, a form of cruel and inhuman punishment,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a press release issued earlier today. “Such punishment is prohibited under international human rights law, in particular the Convention against Torture, which Saudi Arabia has ratified,” he added. According to OHCHR, Mr. Badawi, an online blogger and activist, was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, 1,000 lashes and a fine of $266,000. He was publicly flogged 50 times last Friday and is reportedly due to be flogged again tomorrow and every Friday until his sentence of 1,000 lashes has been fully carried out, the agency said.Mr. Badawi’s case is one of a succession of prosecutions of civil society activists in the Gulf State. Just last Monday, an appeals court upheld the conviction of his lawyer and brother-in-law, Waleed Abu Al-Khair, who was arrested on 15 April 2014 in relation to his human rights advocacy activities. Charged with several offences, including inciting public opinion against the State and its people, undermining the judicial authorities, inciting international organisations against the Kingdom with the intent of ruining its reputation, establishing a non-registered organisation and with gathering and publishing information, under the 2011 Law for Combatting Cyber-crimes, Abu Al-Khair’s sentence was extended from 10 to 15 years following his appeal.“I appeal to the King of Saudi Arabia to exercise his power to halt the public flogging by pardoning Mr. Badawi, and to urgently review this type of extraordinarily harsh penalty,” continued Mr. Zeid. The UN Committee against Torture – which oversees the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment – and the Human Rights Committee have repeatedly voiced concerns about the use of flogging as punishment by Member States and have called for its abolition. Saudi Arabia’s report on its implementation of the Convention is up for review by the Committee against Torture next year. read more

Junior forward Peanut Johnson (right) fights for posession of the ball during a game against Ball State Sept. 14 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2 in overtime.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerFour Ohio State field hockey players are set to see their final career home games during Senior Day at Buckeye Varsity Field.Emotions are likely be running high as OSU (6-10, 1-6) faces its rival, No. 14 Michigan (11-6, 5-2) on Sunday with a spot in the Big Ten Tournament on the line.Eight teams make it to the Big Ten Tournament out of the nine conference members. OSU is currently in a three-way tie with Indiana and Rutgers for the last spot in the conference.It would mean the world for OSU to get a win for its seniors and continue on to the Big Ten Tournament, coach Anne Wilkinson said.“It’s not until you’re a senior that you realize how every day is so important,” Wilkinson said. “It’s amazing how many seniors say that to me. The freshmen, sophomores and juniors a lot of the time just go through practice and work hard, but suddenly the seniors are like, ‘This could be my last.’”The matchup with Michigan remains the most important for OSU and its coach. Wilkinson said she learned early in her career at OSU that Michigan was the most important game.She added that the games she remembers most are the victories against Michigan.OSU is poised to play its best against the Wolverines on Sunday, junior back Emma Royce said. Royce added the team is firing on all cylinders and it’s looking forward to coming out strong against its biggest rival.“I think all the younger players are going to want to play for their seniors,” Royce said. “So they’re gonna use that passion to harbor their talents and their skills. And for the seniors, they’re gonna go out knowing this is probably gonna be one of the last games of their career and use that as a way to go for it with nothing to lose.”The 14th-ranked Wolverines are coming off a Sunday non-conference victory against New Hampshire, 3-2, at Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan has defeated three ranked teams on the season and sits one game out of first place in the Big Ten entering the final day of the regular season.It was announced Wednesday that two Michigan seniors had been selected to compete in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Senior Game. Redshirt-senior midfielder Ainsley McCallister is second the Big Ten in assists with a career-high 17. Redshirt-senior back Leslie Smith was the second player selected for the game thanks to her 12 goals on the season, which leads the Michigan team.It will not be easy for OSU, but Wilkinson said the will of her team’s seniors could carry them to the finish line.“You really want to be able to take the pressure off of them on Senior Day and just let them go out and play the game,” Wilkinson said. “You can see it every day in practice, they’re coming out here and giving it everything they have because they don’t want it to end.”OSU and Michigan are set to finish out the regular season at noon Sunday in Columbus. read more

Shelby Lum / Photo editorRedshirt-freshman forward Morgan Wolcott (33) plays the ball forward during a game against Pittsburgh Aug. 28, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.After winning its first three games at home to open to the season, the Ohio State women’s soccer team hits the road with matches in Massachusetts against Boston College and Northeastern. The No. 21 Buckeyes are currently riding a school-record 15 match unbeaten streak after playing to a scoreless tie with Arizona Sept. 1.While the Buckeyes are looking to extend their streak, freshman midfielder Alexis Degler said losing a game is not a part of team’s mindset.“We don’t really think about losing. It’s just one step forward in the right direction for us and we are excited to continue it,” Degler said.The Buckeyes were able to keep the unbeaten streak going against Arizona thanks to goalkeepers senior Rachel Middleman and sophomore Jillian McVicker, who kept the Wildcats from scoring as they split time in goal. Coach Lori Walker said McVicker has grown so far this season.“She’s done a nice job, her feet are very good as well, so she’s giving us good distance and range on her kicks,” Walker said.The strong start helped OSU move up three spots in the latest NCAA poll, but Walker still has things for her team to improve on.“You know you’re always just trying to get a little bit better and what we’ve got to be able to do is settle a game down to play against a team that’s not playing in the same way that we like to play,” Walker said.OSU’s first opponent on the road trip is Boston College. The Eagles are currently 2-2-0 on the season after dropping their last match at Connecticut 1-0. Junior forward Stephanie McCaffrey is leading Boston College offensively this season with two goals and five assists through four games. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Thursday.McVicker’s shutout last Sunday was her third appearance in goal so far this year without allowing a goal, and it was Middleman’s first. McVicker said splitting time with Middleman has been beneficial to the team.“Playing with (Middleman) is great. In training, we push each other all the time and we complement each other very well and push each other to our limits and strive to make each other better for the betterment of the team,” McVicker said.The Buckeyes defense has only given up three goals through the first four matches and have not allowed a goal in their last 269 minutes on the field.“It’s something that we pride ourselves on, and if we aren’t playing our best soccer we have to hustle,” senior midfielder Kristin Niederhaus said. “I think at the end of the day (defense) is what wins games for us.”After playing Boston College Thursday, the Buckeyes take on Northeastern Sunday, who is 0-3-1 in 2013. These two teams met last year on Aug. 24 when Ohio State defeated the Huskies 3-0 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

first_imgA new portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh is to go on display in the UK and Denmark next year.Painted by artist Ralph Heimans, Philip is shown in the imposing setting of Windsor Castle wearing the sash of the Order of the Elephant, Denmark’s highest-ranking honour.The Duke has a close association with the Nordic country as he was born a Prince of Denmark, as well of Greece, before becoming a naturalised British subject in the 1940s.His grandfather, George I of Greece, was a Danish prince born in Copenhagen, while his great grandfather Christian IX was king of Denmark from 1863 to 1906.Mr Heimans, an Australian-born artist who painted an official portrait of the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee, said: “I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to paint Prince Philip and hope the portrait does justice to his unique character.” The painting will form part of a retrospective exhibition of the artist’s work which is being staged at the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark next year.Part of the attraction aims to explore the historical and cultural connections between the royal families of Britain and Denmark. The portrait will also go on display in the United Kingdom some time in 2018. 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.center_img The almost full length portrait of Philip has been set in the castle’s grand corridor and at the end of the walkway is the Tapestry Room where the royal’s mother, Princess Alice, and maternal grandmother Princess Victoria were born.The artist added: “Aesthetically, the natural light and heritage backdrop of the Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle provided a compelling mood. I hope people enjoy the work as much as I enjoyed producing it.”last_img read more

The head of Greater Manchester Police has accused the BBC of jeopardising the ongoing investigation into the Manchester Arena Attack by screening an “inaccurate” and “misleading” programme on the anniversary of the bombing. Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the broadcaster had also upset the families of the victims by screening “explicit” footage of the aftermath of the bombing which left 22 people dead and hundreds more injured.In a strongly worded open letter, Mr Hopkins said the decision to screen Manchester: The Night Of The Bomb risked undermining the ongoing police investigation into the attack and said the Corporation had ignored concern expressed by the Crown Prosecution Service and the coroner.He said the documentary had wrongly inferred that officers were held back from the arena on the night of bombing, describing the claim as an “unwarranted attack” on the bravery of his officers.”At no point were GMP officers and staff held back and they were immediately deployed to the Arena to save life and protect people,” he explained. Some families are left with the question – is this my loved one on the floor?Chief Constable Ian Hopkins “Whether families wish to view such footage is a private matter and is not something that should be publicly aired on national television taking away any choice. Some families are left with the question – is this my loved one on the floor?”But a spokesman for the BBC insisted the documentary makers had acted sensitively and had taken advice from Victim Support when planning the programme.The spokesman said: “This was a responsible, accurate and thoughtful documentary which was an important piece of public service broadcasting. Thousands gathered in Manchester yesterday to remember those who died a year ago Mr Hopkins was also scathing about the BBC’s decision show footage from the night of the attack.In the letter he said: “I fail to see any public interest in footage of such an explicit nature being aired with disregard to the feelings of those who matter most. “The programme team took considerable care to minimise offence whilst accurately portraying the severity of events.” Open letter from GMP Chief Constable, Ian Hopkins.— G M Police (@gmpolice) 23 May 2018 Prosecutors have applied to the Libyan authorities to extradite the younger brother of suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, and Mr Hopkins suggested the documentary could have an impact on the legal process. He wrote: “We asked repeatedly to view the footage so that we could work with the CPS, Coroner and our own family liaison officers to assess what legal implications it may have, but most importantly so that we could inform  and support families. We were not permitted to do this at any point before broadcast.”He explained that it was for these legal reasons that GMP had declined to take part in the documentary. Thousands gathered in Manchester yesterday to remember those who died a year agoCredit:Leon Neal/Getty Images Europe 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. read more

first_img GARDAÍ ARE SEEKING the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a 28-year-old woman.Thi Kim Anh Nguyen was last seen when she left her home in Dublin 12 last Friday.She is a Vietnamese national and is described as being 5’2″ in height, of thin build, with brown eyes and black hair.When last seen she was wearing blue denim jeans, a blue denim jacket, dark runners and she was carrying a backpack.Anyone with information is being asked to contact Crumlin Garda Station on 01 666 6200 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111. Image: Garda Press Office Thi Kim Anh Nguyen was last seen when she left her home in Dublin 12 last Friday. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 29 Jun 2018, 4:59 PM 19,223 Views Thi Kim Anh Nguyen was last seen when she left her home in Dublin 12 last Friday. Image: Garda Press Office Share4 Tweet Email1 center_img Jun 29th 2018, 4:59 PM Short URL Gardaí appeal for information on missing 28-year-old woman Thi Kim Anh Nguyen was last seen when she left her home in Dublin 12 last Friday. By Hayley Halpin 9 Comments last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — Another month of strong hiring drove the nation’s unemployment rate down to 3.8 percent — tantalizingly close to the level last seen in 1969, when Detroit still dominated the auto industry and the Vietnam War was raging.Employers added 233,000 jobs in May, up from 159,000 in April, the Labor Department reported Friday. And unemployment fell to an 18-year low.The report shows that the nearly 9-year-old economic expansion — the second-longest on record — remains on track and may even be gaining steam. Employers appear to be shrugging off recent concerns about global trade disputes.“The May jobs report revealed impressive strength and breadth in U.S. job creation that blew away most economists’ expectations,” said Scott Anderson, chief economist at Bank of the West.With the unemployment rate so low, businesses have complained for months that they are struggling to find enough qualified workers. But Friday’s jobs report suggests that they are taking chances with pockets of the unemployed and underemployed whom they had previously ignored.Roughly an hour before the employment data was released, President Donald Trump appeared to hint on Twitter that a strong jobs report was coming. “Looking forward to seeing the employment numbers at 8:30 this morning,” he tweeted.last_img read more

first_imgFaced with new obstacles to its plan for a casino in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs revealed a backup plan Thursday: The tribal council will close its existing casino, at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort in a remote corner of its Oregon reservation, and build a temporary gaming establishment at Warm Springs on heavily trafficked U.S. Highway 26, which runs through the reservation and connects Portland with Central Oregon.The tribe’s hopes for quick federal and state approval of a casino in Cascade Locks, Ore. were dashed in January when U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that he was putting off all decisions on acquiring land in trust for tribal casinos until at least this spring.Time ran out when Democratic former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber took office in January for a third term as governor. Kitzhaber, an avowed opponent of off-reservation Indian casinos, campaigned last year against a casino in the Gorge, telling a meeting of newspaper publishers in July, “I am opposed to it, period.”His predecessor, Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski, had signed a compact with the tribe in which tribal leaders agreed to share gaming revenue with the public, set up an $850 million scholarship fund, and preserve property it owns near Hood River for public use in exchange for Kulongoski’s approval of the Cascade Locks site.last_img read more

first_imgApproximately 439,000 employees were paid less than the hourly minimum wage in April 2018, according to research by independent body the Low Pay Commission (LPC).The Non-compliance and enforcement of the national minimum wage: April 2019 report used up to date stakeholder and government evidence, including research such as the Annual survey of hours and earnings (ASHE) and the Labour force survey (LFS). The report also found that, of those employees who were underpaid, 369,000 were aged 25 or over in April 2018 and were paid less than the national living wage rate; this was set at £7.83 an hour between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 and has now increased to £8.21 an hour as at 1 April 2019.Around 30,000 more employees were paid below the national living wage rate as at April 2018, compared to the previous year; 23% of eligible employees are paid either at or below this rate. Comparatively, 135,000 employees were paid below £7.20 an hour, the national living wage rate introduced in 2016.Bryan Sanderson, chair at the LPC, said: “We recently celebrated 20 years of the minimum wage; it has raised pay for millions of [employees], but it is essential that people receive what they are entitled to. It is also vital for businesses to be able to operate on a level playing field and not be illegally undercut on wages.“The government has made real progress with its enforcement of the minimum wage, but more needs to be done to ensure employers comply in the first place and [employees] know how to enforce their rights.”The LPC further found that women are more likely to be paid less than the minimum wage than men, and that the youngest and oldest staff are also more vulnerable to underpayment. The largest numbers of underpaid employees work in the hospitality, retail, cleaning and maintenance sectors, although childcare is the occupation with the highest proportion of underpaid individuals.The report notes that enforcement of the minimum wage, undertaken by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has benefited from improved funding; this has led to a record number of individuals being identified as underpaid, arrears being repaid and fines levied on non-compliant employers in 2017 to 2018. Despite this, the research believes that these overall figures were driven by a minority of cases, observing the challenge in targeting resources effectively.The LPC, which is comprised of employers, trade unions and experts, recommends that the government continue to invest in communications to both employers and employees regarding minimum wage compliance and enforcement. The report provides specific recommendations, guidance and information for employees and trade unions.The LPC has recommended that the government use all available opportunities to improve the measurement of underpayment and to investigate new methodologies for assessing the scale of non-compliance.Frances O’Grady, general secretary at the Trades Union Congress (TUC), said: “Every [employee] deserves fair pay for their work. There can be no exceptions to the minimum wage and there should be no hiding place for bad employers; that’s why the government must restart naming and shaming bad bosses who cheat their [staff] out of pay.”The figures quoted in the final report are subject to some caveats that have influenced the results, for example legitimate causes of underpayment, such as the accommodation offset, commission and bonuses, piece rates and incorrectly identifying apprentices. Plus, some salary sacrifice deductions will not be shown as part of the research.last_img read more

first_imgNellore: Former Nellore Urban Development Authority (NUDA) Chairman Kotamreddy Srinivasulu Reddy was taken into custody by Vedayapalem police and subsequently released on station bail for obstructing demolition process of a building owned by a TDP leader located in Venkateswarapuram on Tuesday. The incident crated tension for some time in Venkateswarapuram here when TDP leaders have staged protest against the house demolition. K Srinivasulu Reddy tried to thwart the demolition process and the cops shifted him to Vedayapalem police station. In fact, the officials of Nellore Municipal Corporation (NMC) identified the building of former corporator as an illegal construction and tried to demolish it some time ago. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us But, at that time TDP leaders obstructed the process and they resumed it freshly on Tuesday. Civic officials and police personnel went to the spot and started demolishing the building in the morning. Srinivasulu rushed to the spot along with party leaders and obstructed the process and the police warned him not to intervene in the issue which led to heated arguments between him and civic officials. Finally, police shifted him to Vedayapalem police station. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us The TDP leaders gathered in huge number at the police station and staged a protest demanding to release Srinivasulu Reddy and they released on the station bail in the afternoon. TDP senior leader Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy condemned the arrest of K Srinivasulu Reddy saying it as a very improper action when there are around 57 such houses in the survey number 2209 in Venkateswarapuram and the civic officials have only focused the house of the former Corporator Salma Jaheer. Advertise With Us Chandramohan Reddy alleged that the YSRCP government is only targeting structures of the TDP leaders due to political vendetta. He also stated that it is very unfortunate that police personnel are supporting the YSRCP leaders. Somireddy suggested YSRCP leaders to change their mindset and focus on welfare of people rather than targeting the TDP leaders.last_img read more

first_imgShahid KapoorInstagramEver since the release of the blockbuster hit Kabir Singh, Shahid Kapoor has been flying high and why not! The film, though received a lot of criticism, made a whopping Rs 270.43 crore at the box office in just a month. Shahid Kapoor’s performance is expected to sweep away many awards this year.Shahid Kapoor has reportedly hiked his fee to Rs 35-40 crores post the magnanimous success of Kabir Singh. However, Shahid has outrightly rejected the claims. Talking to an entertainment portal, Shahid said, “I have to sign a film to receive any money. I think the only people who are making money are Bhushan Kumar and Murad Khetani. I have exactly the same bank balance I had before Kabir Singh, I have to sign another project before I get paid.”In an interview with HT, talking about the backlash the film received for being misogynistic, Shahid said, “You can’t take a simplistic view of a very complex character like Kabir. There are many layers to him. Some layers are deplorable and terrible. And some layers are actually beautiful.””The layer of unconditional love, of love in which you are ready to destroy yourself was actually a very beautiful layer. The layer of violence and I never saw this as misogyny- because Kabir Singh’s violent streak was not towards any particular sex. His aggression was inherent in his personality, it was not gender-related. So I frankly felt that the criticism was a bit misplaced. There have been films in the recent past which had characters exhibiting similar traits but no one really picked on them this way,” added Shahid.Well, we might agree with what the character of Kabir Singh does in the movie but Shahid’s performance has made us believe that he truly deserves a much bigger amount.last_img read more

first_img With less than 100 days until Christmas, Whovians are getting a sneak peek at this year’s presents via a leaked holiday special story synopsis.Accidentally revealed by, the Yuletide episode will reportedly feature a darker hue than previously expected.(Spoilers!)Two Doctors stranded in a forbidding snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. And a British army captain seemingly destined to die in the First World War, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor’s story.This is the magical last chapter in the Twelfth Doctor’s epic adventure. He must face his past to decide his future. And the Doctor will realize the resilience of humanity, discovering hope in his darkest frozen moment.It’s the end of an era. But the Doctor’s journey is only just beginning.Posted alongside the pre-order listing of the episode’s DVD, the summary has since been removed from the site.What does remain, however, is a hilariously scathing critique titled “How to ruin the return of the First Doctor,” penned by “The Real Thirteen”:“Oh, where to begin? Yes, I know I haven’t seen this yet, but that hardly matters. We all know how it ends: with the destruction of 50-plus years of storytelling at the altar of political correctness and Social Justice Warriors.“If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go ahead. Buy this thing,” the reviewer wrote. “I’m torn, because I want to see David Bradley pay the First Doctor, but I know it will irritate me because of how it will, inevitably, end. Hopefully, there will be a moment where I can just shut it off and not have to experience the travesty to come.“Boo.”Written by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay, “Twice Upon a Time” marks the final chapter for much of the cast and crew, including showrunner Moffat, actor Peter Capaldi, and writer Mark Gatiss (who stars as said “British army captain”).Refusing to regenerate at the end of season 10 finale “The Doctor Falls,” the Twelfth Time Lord steps out of the TARDIS and into the snow, where he meets the First Doctor, portrayed by David Bradley.Together with some old friends—Ben Jackson (Jared Garfield), Polly Wright (Lily Travers), the deliciously daring Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), and maybe even former companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)—the pair must save the world (naturally) before each takes a new shape: Bradley (as the late William Hartnell) into Second Doctor Patrick Troughton, and Capaldi into Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker.Tune in to BBC or BBC America on Dec. 25 to see Team TARDIS in action. Also, stock up on tissues, and expect the unexpected, as teased by Moffat during last week’s London Screenwriters’ Festival.“If you are sane and rational, kindness is by far the best path. There isn’t anything rational about being vile and awful and evil. It’s not actually a good strategy,” he told the crowd, as reported by Digital Spy.“Prepare for that to be contradicted on Doctor Who on Christmas Day.”Eek!Fans can already pre-order a copy of the “Twice Upon a Time” Blu-ray or DVD, set for release on Feb. 20, 2018.Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Sept. 19 to correct the source of the leak, us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more