Dhoni may hang up his boots after Indias last World Cup match

first_imgBirmingham: The writing was on the wall for a while, but India’s last match in the ongoing World Cup, in all likelihood, will also be Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s last game in India colours.If India qualifies for the finals and goes on to win the World Cup on July 14 at the Lord’s, it would be the perfect send-off for one of the legends of Indian cricket. “You never know with MS Dhoni. But it is unlikely that he will continue to play for India after this World Cup. But since his decisions to quit captaincy from the three formats have been taken so suddenly, it is very difficult to predict at the moment,” a senior BCCI official said on condition of anonymity. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefThe current selection committee, which is likely to stay till the October AGM, will obviously start the changeover process looking at the ICC World T20 in Australia next year. When the new selection committee takes over from the incumbents, the possible replacements for the shorter formats will be identified with reasonable time left for the World T20s. However, with India qualifying for the semi-finals at the World Cup here, neither the team management nor the BCCI wants to talk about an emotive issue. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoCDhoni has scored 223 runs in seven games at a decent strike rate of 93 plus, if one goes by the scorecards but what they don’t reflect is his inability to rotate the strike and strike big. The champion cricketer has faced flak for his perceived lack of intent and some have pointed out his diminishing capabilities as a finisher, something that had once made him a top short format player in the world. With the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly also questioning his approach, the team management understands that they can’t carry their “beloved captain” beyond the marquee tournament. His on-field contribution is still immense as every player who has appeared for media interactions has pointed out. “The team management had to take a call in 2017 after the Champions Trophy. They decided that they will invest another two years in Dhoni till the 2019 World Cup. India has made the semi-finals despite his lukewarm performances so he has been carefully shielded,” a former India player said. “No one can ask him to retire but obviously he has got the drift that post World Cup, things won’t be the same,” he said. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Vinesh suffers defeat in final of Medved event in Belarus

first_imgNew Delhi: Top Indian woman wrestler Vinesh Phogat lost to N Malisheva of Russia in the 53kg final of the Medved event in Minsk, Belarus, on Sunday. The 24-year-old Vinesh, the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, suffered a 0-10 (technical superiority) defeat against her Russian opponent in the summit clash. The loss meant that Vinesh failed to win her fourth consecutive gold. The top Indian woman wrestler had stood atop the podium at Grand Prix of Spain and at the Yasar Dogu International at Istanbul, Turkey last month.last_img

Trudeau urged to press G7 leaders for 13 billion for girls education

first_imgOTTAWA – A coalition of 30 non-governmental organizations has asked Justin Trudeau to persuade his fellow G7 leaders to commit $1.3 billion over three years to help send millions of the world’s poorest girls to school.The Canadian Press has learned that the coalition of groups — which included the United Nations Children’s Fund, World Vision, Save The Children and Plan Canada — presented its plan to the prime minister and Liberal government officials three weeks ago.They presented a detailed analysis that showed the spending commitment would help 3.7 million children in poor countries — the majority girls — get access to education.Trudeau said Thursday he would push for more funding for girls’ education when he hosts the G7 leaders in Quebec in June, but he has yet to make a commitment.The heads of major aid agencies say Trudeau must have a plan with money attached because vague G7 declarations of intent simply won’t be enough to back his pro-feminist aspirations and rhetoric.The anti-poverty group, One Campaign, headed by U2 singer Bono, criticized Trudeau earlier this week for moving too slowly on his G7 gender promises after it presented Trudeau with its own five-year, US$6-billion plan late last year.last_img read more

House demolished after falling into Nova Scotia sinkhole as family slept

first_imgFALMOUTH, N.S. – Four months after it lurched into a sinkhole with a terrifying clamour in the middle of the night, a Nova Scotia house has been demolished.Heather Strickey stood outside her Falmouth, N.S., home Tuesday as an excavator ripped apart the dream home she’d moved her family into more than a decade ago.“We thought that this was the house that we would watch our kids graduate from high school, get married, all those wonderful landmark moments, retire here, head to the golf course from here,” she said.“But obviously that’s not going to happen.”Strickey was home with one of her teenaged daughters on Sept. 3 when they heard a terrifying sound. They escaped to discover their two-storey home had sagged into the ground and a large sinkhole had opened up.“We knew it would have to be taken down due to the structural damage to the house. So this was the day that it was decided they would take it down. And uh, there it goes,” Strickey said, the excavator ripping into the home behind her.After the collapse, Strickey and her family stayed with friends until they recently rented a home in nearby Windsor. They’re still waiting for their insurance provider to make a decision on whether the collapse will be covered.“We’re renting that but we’re still taking care of the mortgage here in hopes that at some point, we will have the ability to move on and own another home in the local area,” she said.“It’s a very complicated, difficult situation. Our lawyers are still speaking to our insurance provider trying to figure out how all of this is going to be taken care of.”In the days and weeks after the incident, residents in her neighbourhood held meetings to voice concerns about their own homes. At the time, a geologist with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources told Global News that the area is mapped as “high risk” for naturally occurring sinkholes.“It makes it a high risk because of the rock type that’s underneath the gypsum,” said Bob Ryan at the time.The Municipality of West Hants, however, said it had never been advised that the region was at a high risk and called the incident an “isolated natural event.”Meanwhile, Strickey said she remains hopeful and is trying to move on.(Global News)last_img read more

Pompeo says Canadian claim to Northwest Passage is illegitimate

first_imgOTTAWA — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling Canada’s claim over the Northwest Passage “illegitimate” in a major speech that is being criticized for being provocative and inaccurate.   A leading international-security expert says Pompeo’s branding of a longtime disagreement on Arctic policy between the Canada and the U.S. is a “stunning rebuke” of the 1988 Arctic Co-operation agreement between the two countries.Fen Hampson of Carleton University in Ottawa says Pompeo’s remark upends a gentleman’s agreement between Brian Mulroney and Ronald Reagan that allows the U.S. to designate the Northwest Passage an international waterway while Canada claims it as sovereign territory.Pompeo offered that characterization during a wide-ranging speech in Finland today in which he also warned against China’s increased Arctic presence, saying it threatens North American security and could be harmful to the environment.Michael Byers, an Arctic expert at the University of British Columbia, says Pompeo is not only off-base about the threat posed by China, his argument is based on a false statement that the People’s Republic is trying to build infrastructure in the Canadian Far North.Byers says the federal government should be worried that the top diplomat from one of its key Arctic allies got his facts so wrong.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jennifer Hudson Features In Window Display For Cancer Research

first_imgA window display at Rockefeller Plaza this month featuring GRAMMY-winning singer, Oscar-winning actress, and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) Ambassador Jennifer Hudson together with Shiva Malek, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at Genentech, will reach almost 250,000 people per day with a message about the importance of supporting innovative research.The display is adapted from a collaborative public service campaign highlighting the incredible work of today’s leading cancer researchers, created by Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501c3 nonprofit, and Genentech, one of the world’s leading biotech companies. The window space at 10 Rockefeller Plaza, donated by EHE International, will house the display throughout March.Juxtaposing Hudson and Malek, the display notes the similarities between the worlds of art and science—reinforcing how much can be accomplished by working together. The “Two Worlds. One Dream.” campaign, launched in 2014, charges everyone — from doctors and scientists, to artists with powerful public voices, to individual patients and survivors — to unite in the fight against the collection of diseases known as cancer, which is expected to take the lives of over 1,600 Americans every day this year.“EHE international is delighted to make this gift to the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Stand Up To Cancer initiative, which will offer a potent reminder that each and every one of us can play a part in the fight against cancer,” says Deborah McKeever, President of EHE International.“We are so grateful to Jennifer Hudson and Genentech for their invaluable support, and to EHE International for this incredible opportunity to get our message out to millions of people,” said Lisa Paulsen, co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer. “This campaign champions collaboration, which is a cornerstone of SU2C. We hope to continue inspiring the public to realize their role in supporting research that has the ability to transform lives.”For more information on the campaign, visit standup2cancer.org.last_img read more

Indigenous groups in Botswana still lacking services opportunities – UN expert

S. James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, welcomed government initiatives to eradicate discrimination and build a society of inclusion in Botswana.“During his consultations, the Special Rapporteur heard that despite these efforts, the design and implementation of these development initiatives did not adequately take into account the language, culture, and heritage of those most affected, perhaps hindering their ultimate success,” stated a news release issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).The official trip was intended to shed light on the challenges faced by many of the diverse indigenous peoples of Botswana and promote talks aimed at solving their problems, especially in the areas of recognition and discrimination, land rights, poverty, education and language, and political participation.Mr. Anaya visited the Kaudwane and New Xade settlements, where various communities reported difficulties with relocating from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, and the communities of Gugamma and Metsiamanong, which have remained in the Reserve despite a lack of access to services including water. Community members in West Hanahai, Mababe, and Shaikarawe reported that government and NGO-led development initiatives underway in their areas were deficient, and indigenous people relocated to the remote Tsodilo Hills, a renowned heritage site, expressed concern over the scant opportunities for making a living.The Special Rapporteur, who serves the UN in an independent unpaid capacity, will present his findings and key recommendations in a report to a forthcoming session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. 27 March 2009Botswana’s indigenous peoples still struggle to gain access to health services, education and employment opportunities, despite efforts to improve their situation, according to a United Nations human rights expert who conducted a nine-day visit to the Southern African country. read more

Annan Security Council offer condolences after fatal helicopter crash in Sierra Leone

The Ukrainian MI-8 helicopter had plunged into the sea about 500 metres north of Man of War Bay, Aberdeen Peninsula, after it left the Mammy Yoko helipad of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) and headed for Lungi airport. On board were four Ukrainian crew members, one Bulgarian civilian and two Zambian military staff.In a statement released by his spokesman, the Secretary-General extended heartfelt condolences to the Governments of Ukraine and Zambia and to the bereaved families. Mr. Annan also expressed deep appreciation for “the services rendered by these UNAMSIL staff members in the pursuit of peace in Sierra Leone.” According to Mr. Annan’s spokesman, initial indications are that the cause of the accident is mechanical and “no foul play or sabotage is suspected.”For her part, the President of the Security Council, Ambassador Patricia Durrant of Jamaica, expressed condolences, on behalf of Council members, to the Governments and families of the deceased. “Members of the Council also expressed their deep appreciation of the services rendered by these UNAMSIL staff members, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of peace in Sierra Leone,” she told reporters following closed-door consultations.Three bodies were recovered from the wreckage, UNAMSIL said. With four people still missing, search efforts, which had been suspended last night at midnight, continued in the area today.The three bodies, recovered after an extensive search late Wednesday, were taken to Connaught Hospital. The search was carried out using helicopters belonging to the UN mission and three fast patrol boats and crew provided by the Sierra Leone Army. The United States Embassy and the British Forces Liaison Office also supported the effort. read more

Week in Westminster – Week ending Friday 24 January 2014

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Whats open and closed during the holidays

Most University buildings throughout Brock’s main campus, east campus and satellite locations will be locked and closed during the holidays beginning Monday, Dec. 24. All campus buildings will re-open for regular business hours on Wednesday, Jan. 2.The Walker Sports Complex will operate on restricted holiday hours during this time. Please see below for details.Call Campus Security when entering and leaving a buildingDuring the holiday closure, individuals who have card access to a building’s exterior doors may enter if authorized to do so. For safety reasons, those entering buildings are asked to contact Campus Security Services at x3200 when entering and exiting the building. Those entering buildings must have their Brock identification with them and be able to produce it if asked.Entering a building without card accessEmployees who do not have card access must enter the University through the doors at Scotiabank Hall near the Thistle Tim Hortons (see attached map). Campus Security Services will be stationed inside the Scotiabank Hall doors from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Anyone entering the building will be asked for identification, the reason for their visit and length of their stay.  Employees are asked to call Campus Security Services at x3200 when they leave. If the doors are locked, press emergency phone #67 or call 905-688-5550 x3200 to ask an officer to open the doors.Please note that heating setbacks and ventilation reductions will be in effect during the holiday closure.Entering a building with card accessAuto alarm systems are still in effect during the closure, and a code will be required to access select buildings. If employees have not been given an access code, their building/area may be armed.Buildings with card access include:573 Glenridge Ave.Brock Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC)Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research ComplexCentral Utilities BuildingGoodman School of BusinessInniskillin Hall (proxy entrance)International CentreMackenzie Chown Block ‘B’, ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘H’ and ‘J’ entrancesMarilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing ArtsPlaza BuildingTheal HouseWelch HallBuilding or grounds-related emergencyIf a building or grounds-related emergency, such as broken glass, loss of power or flooding occurs from Monday Dec. 24 to Tuesday Jan. 1, call Campus Security Services at x3200.Facilities Management contractorsIf contract work is expected during the holiday closure, email Campus Security Services before Wednesday, Dec. 19 with specified times and dates. Brock University identification or contractor identification must be produced.ParkingFree parking will be available in Zone 1 at the main campus from Monday, Dec. 24 to Tuesday, Jan. 1. Parking regulations still apply:No parking in a fire route or in bus stops.Accessible permits must be displayed while parking in accessible spaces.Obstructing roads, laneways or loading/unloading areas is prohibited.Parking on landscaped areas or walkways is prohibited.Regular parking operations will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Should there be a snow event, Visitor Lot D will be cleared first and available for parking.Food serviceNo food service will be available on campus between 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Jan. 1 (other than vending machines). Several private food outlets will be open on the east side of Glenridge Ave. immediately opposite the main campus.Guernsey Market, Hungry Badger and the Tim Hortons in Schmon Tower will re-open on Wednesday, Jan. 2:Guernsey Market: Wednesday, Jan. 2 to Friday, Jan. 4 — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Hungry Badger: Wednesday, Jan. 2 to Friday, Jan. 4 — 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.Tim Hortons, Schmon Tower: Wednesday, Jan. 2 to Friday, Jan. 4 — 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.Regular hours of operation return Sunday, Jan. 6, with Guernsey Market open from noon to 9:30 p.m.The Brock Research and Innovation Centre Saturday, Dec. 22 — 9 a.m. to noonSunday, Dec. 23 to Wednesday, Dec. 26 — CLOSEDThursday, Dec. 27 to Friday, Dec. 28 — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 29 — 9 a.m. to noonSunday, Dec. 30 — CLOSEDMonday, Dec. 31 — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 — CLOSEDWednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 — Open for regular hours — 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.The Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research ComplexAccess is available to those who have the authority and legitimate reason to enter during the holidays. Auto alarm systems are still in effect during this time, and a code will be required for access. For safety and security reasons, employees must contact Campus Security Services at x3200 to inform them that they are in the building. Personal safety is paramount — Lab activities cannot be conducted alone. Employees must make sure someone knows where they are.The Cairns complex will require card access at all times. Temporary access cards will not be issued for the holidays.James A. Gibson Library / Matheson Learning Commons Monday, Dec. 17 to Wednesday, Dec. 19 — 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.Thursday, Dec. 20 — 7:30 a.m. to  9 p.m.Friday, Dec. 21 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 22 to Tuesday, Jan. 1 — CLOSEDWednesday, Jan. 2 to Friday, Jan. 4 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 5 to Sunday, Jan. 6 — CLOSEDRegular hours resume Monday, Jan. 7 — 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.Map, Data and GIS LibraryFriday, Dec. 21 — 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 22 to Tuesday, Jan. 1 — CLOSED Wednesday, Jan. 2 to Friday, Jan. 4 — 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Regular hours will resume Monday, Jan. 7.Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing ArtsAccess to the Marilyn I. Walker School (MIWSFPA) is available to those who are authorized to enter the building during the holidays. All doors to the MIWSFPA will be locked with access to the building via card. Employees are asked to sign in and out with Campus Security Services at the office located in the main lobby. If employees require access to a particular room/area in the building and do not have access, they are asked to call Campus Security Services at x6300 or x3200 for access. For safety and security reasons, employees may be asked to show their Brock ID. If employees require access to the building over the holidays, but do not yet have proxy access to the exterior doors, please contact Campus Security Services at x6300 or x3200.ResidencesAll Residences (except Brock Suites) will be closed for the Winter Break from Friday, Dec. 21 at noon until Sunday, Jan. 6 at noon.For further information and details regarding this closure please refer to the End of Term Notice on the Department of Residences website.Walker Sports ComplexSaturday, Dec. 22 and Sunday, Dec. 23 — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Monday, Dec. 24 to Wednesday, Dec. 26 — CLOSEDThursday, Dec. 27 to Monday, Dec. 31 — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 — CLOSEDWednesday, Jan. 2 — Opening at 6:30 a.m.From Thursday, Dec. 27 to Monday, Dec. 31. visitors are asked to enter the Walker Sports Complex through the west doors by the tennis courts. Please check pool hours at on the Brock website.Custodial ServicesCustodial Services will be provided at the Walker Sports Complex during hours of operation throughout the holiday season.Rodman HallMonday, Dec. 24 to Wednesday, Dec. 26 — CLOSEDThursday, Dec. 27 to Sunday, Dec. 30 – noon to 5 p.m.Monday, Dec. 31 to Tuesday, Jan. 1 – CLOSEDBrock Safety app  Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to download the Brock Safety app from their respective app store. Brock Safety gives all persons at Brock access to campus and local resources 24-7. In addition, the Brock Safety app allows users to:Report emergencies quickly and easily, and receive push notifications for their safety on campus.Access local transit schedules and engage with the University on social media.Contact Campus Security Services via phone or email, as well as report a location, report a problem, and if needed, schedule a Campus Security Services escort, 24-7.If employees have further questions regarding this notice after Saturday, Dec. 22, contact Campus Security Services at x3200. read more

Getzlaf scores in OT Ducks beat Carolina 21

RALEIGH, N.C. — Ryan Getzlaf scored 1:15 into overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks rallied to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Friday night.Pontus Aberg scored the tying goal with 3:50 left in regulation. The Ducks won their third straight and fifth of six games.Andrei Svechnikov scored an early goal for Carolina, which has earned points in five of six but went 0 for 6 on the power play.John Gibson stopped 33 shots — including breakaways by Dougie Hamilton and Phil Di Giuseppe — for the Ducks, whose scoring average of 2.22 goals ranks ahead of only Los Angeles. Their average of 26.4 shots ranks last in the league.But they made the most of them. Aberg tied it late in the third by tapping an airborne puck past Curtis McElhinney. A review confirmed the puck was not struck by a high stick.Getzlaf then won it by slipping past the Carolina defenders at the blue line, taking a long pass from Hampus Lindholm and faking McElhinney left before beating him high.McElhinney finished with 27 saves for the Hurricanes.Svechnikov scored the game’s first goal with 1:03 left in the first period. The Russian rookie took a feed from Hamilton and beat Gibson with a blast from behind the left circle.NOTES: The Hurricanes fell to 7-0-2 when Svechnikov earns a point. … Lindholm was back for Anaheim after missing six games with a lower-body injury. … Carolina was without LW Micheal Ferland (concussion), who has a team-best 11 goals.UP NEXTDucks: Wrap up a five-game eastern swing Sunday at Washington.Hurricanes: Begin a western swing Sunday night at Los Angeles.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJoedy McCreary, The Associated Press read more

Opinion 5 offensive players who will make an impact for Ohio State

3. Junior offensive lineman Taylor DeckerAnytime a team loses its best player, it hurts. But other than losing Miller in the OSU offense, the offensive line poses the next biggest question.Decker, the only returning starter from last year’s offensive line, will now be the anchor and leader in the offensive huddle.The 6-foot-7, 315-pound Decker started all 14 games for the Buckeyes last season and played more snaps from scrimmage than any other offensive player for OSU in 2013.He’s not the only offensive lineman with significant game experience, however, as redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein played in place of Marcus Hall last season following Hall’s ejection against Michigan and subsequent suspension against Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game.With Miller out and a young offensive line, Decker will need to remain healthy and become a leader for the 2014 Buckeye offense. 5. Senior wide receiver Devin SmithBest known for his game-winning catch against Wisconsin in 2011, Smith has always been a big-play threat for OSU.The senior speedster has a knack for making those noteworthy moves as he scored on plays of 47, 90 and 53 yards last season as a junior. The 90-yard strike from former OSU quarterback Kenny Guiton against the California Golden Bears is the longest play from scrimmage in school history.But the problem that Smith in his career at OSU has been consistency.He recorded 38 catches in OSU’s first nine games last season, including six touchdowns. In the Buckeyes’ last five games? Six catches and two scores. 2. Sophomore running back Ezekiel ElliotBetween losing Miller and former Buckeye and current San Francisco 49er Carlos Hyde, OSU will lose 2,589 rushing yards, and it needs someone to pick up the load.Enter Elliot, who has been tabbed as the favorite to take Hyde’s place in the OSU backfield.Elliot is the returning leading rusher to the Buckeye offense, besides Miller, as he carried the ball 30 times for 262 yards and two touchdowns in 2013.Elliot is not the only back in the running to replace Hyde, as redshirt-sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt-senior Rod Smith have also earned praise from coach Urban Meyer during fall camp.If Elliot can overcome minor wrist surgery and take up the carries left by Hyde and Miller, the OSU offense should remain consistent. OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett scans the field during practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Aug. 9.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor1. Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. BarrettBarrett might not be the biggest playmaker in this group, but he’s definitely the most important. Really, Barrett has become arguably the most important name in Columbus.As just a redshirt-freshman, he must take the reins of the record-setting Buckeye offense in order to keep the national title hopes of the Buckeye team alive.As if that kind of pressure wasn’t enough, Barrett has yet to take a snap in an actual game since his senior year of high school when he tore his ACL.Barrett, like former Buckeye backup Kenny Guiton who stole the hearts of the Buckeye faithful last season, is a Texas native.The talent around him is there, but will he be able to distribute the football around and help lead the Buckeyes to a championship season?Only time will tell, and the time is quickly approaching as the Buckeyes are set to play Navy Saturday at noon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. If the Buckeye offense is to be productive, it will need consistency, especially with Miller out. OSU senior wide receiver Devin Smith. Credit: Courtesy of OSUWith kickoff less than a week away, Ohio State is preparing for its 125th season of football in Columbus.The Buckeyes are looking to replace four starting offensive linemen, their leading rusher and leading receiver — not to mention injured senior and Heisman hopeful quarterback Braxton Miller, who accounted for 44 percent of the Buckeyes total offense last year.The Big Ten’s leading offense from last season will need many young players, as well as returnees, to step up. Here are five impact players to watch on the Buckeyes’ offense this year: Then-freshman running back Dontre Wilson runs the ball in a game agains Purdue Nov. 2. OSU won, 56-0.Lantern file photo4. Sophomore H-back Dontre WilsonWith last year’s leading receiver Corey “Philly” Brown gone to the NFL, Wilson will probably be touching the ball a lot in 2014.Wilson, who will likely be seen in the Percy Harvin role in coach Urban Meyer’s offense, showed glimpses of his electric play last season as he totaled 460 offensive yards to go along with three scores as a true freshman.Not only is Wilson a playmaker on offense, the 5-foot-10, 188-pounder led the team with 523 kickoff return yards in 2013, making him the returning leader in all-purpose yards (983) with Carlos Hyde and Brown off to the NFL and Miller out with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.Wilson, who changed his number from No. 1 to No. 2 this offseason, could double his touches this season with Hyde, Brown and Miller gone, and could be OSU’s best skill player on offense. read more

Mother claims Sainsburys cashier gendershamed her son for choosing pink Kinder egg

first_img 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. Sainsbury’s is caught up in a gender-shaming row as the supermarket investigates allegations that a cashier asked a boy why he had chosen a chocolate snack in pink wrapping rather than blue.Mason Houghton, three, was allowed to choose a Kinder Surprise egg from the store as a reward for doing well in his potty training.He took one with characters from the film Frozen rather than one with Marvel superheroes at the Sainsbury’s Local store in Anlaby near Hull.His mother Charlotte Houghton said she was left embarrassed when the cashier told the youngster: “You’ve got a girls one.” Mrs Houghton said: “I’ve heard of comments being made to parents before but this was the first time I’ve personally experienced gender shaming.”I was really taken aback by it. I then found myself explaining to her – while she was beeping the other items through – that he likes the Frozen one and he always chooses it because of the figures, so that is what he is getting.”I was mumbling on because I felt guilty, like I was doing something wrong, then I thought, ‘What am I doing? Why am I trying to explain? It’s got nothing to do with her’.”She added: “I’m sure she meant no harm by her comments but I can’t understand this divide of boys and girls toys.”Personally I think we should encourage our children to play with any toys that they want, as long as they’re safe.”The pink Frozen Kinder Surprise Egg contains the characters from the popular film, Anna, Elsa and Olaf.Mrs Houghton, a location agent from Hull, said she always encourages children Oliver, 10, and Mason to play with toys of their choice.She said: “If he had wanted a pram I would have let him have one, it wouldn’t make him any less of a boy. We’ve got a kitchen at home and they like playing with the trolleys.”I just found it really bizarre that she thought it was OK to comment and say that to my son – it has nothing to do with her.”If it had been a new mum who was upset by it, it could have really knocked their confidence and made them question themselves.”Mrs Houghton posted the incident in the Hull Mummy Friends group on Facebook.Ferrero, the Italian company that produces the Kinder eggs, said they were not meant to be gender-specific.A spokeswoman said: “The Frozen Kinder Surprise egg is part of the Pink and Blue range, which offers different branded toy ranges in pink or blue-coloured eggs.”The Frozen egg is pink. However, Ferrero doesn’t advocate or promote Kinder Pink and Blue as a gender-specific product and they are not labelled for girls or boys.”Kinder Surprise pink and blue eggs help parents navigate the toy ranges on offer and make purchasing decisions based on what is most relevant for their child, as an individual. Feedback from parents shows that they welcome this approach.”Sainsbury’s said it was investigating the incident but needed more information before it could comment properly.A spokeswoman said: “We would encourage Charlotte to contact us directly so we can get to the bottom of what happened.”center_img I was mumbling on because I felt guilty, like I was doing something wrong, then I thought, ‘What am I doing? Why am I trying to explain? It’s got nothing to do with her’Charlotte Houghtonlast_img read more

Knife wands to be handed to every school in London

first_imgMayor of London Sadiq Khan and Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick More than 500 knives, 11 firearms and 50 offensive weapons that have been recovered during an Operation Sceptre week of action It came as Scotland Yard launched three separate murder investigations after fatal stabbings across the capital.Italian national Pietro Sanna, 23, was found with multiple stab wounds after a “brutal and vicious attack” in his own home in Canning Town at 11.40pm on Monday, police said.A man in his 30s also died after officers were called to reports of a stabbing in East Ham shortly after 8pm.Meanwhile, a 29-year-old man died after reports of a stabbing at a property in Islington at around 2am.Since the start of the year until June 18, 24 people under the age of 25 have been fatally stabbed in the capital. There have been nine murders in London in the last month. “The only way we can truly beat the scourge of knife crime on our streets is by properly funding youth services – the Government needs to step up, reverse these cuts and help provide the services we need to tackle knife crime.”Part of the mayor’s new plan would involve “naming and shaming” retailers who continue to illegally sell knives to underage customers.The police and Trading Standards will also do more “test purchasing”, to check online retailers are also abiding by knife sale rules.Pastor Lorraine Jones, whose son Dwayne Simpson was stabbed to death three years ago, joined Mr Khan at the initiative’s launch at the Dwaynamics boxing club in Brixton, south London.The club was started by her son Dwayne in 2013 as a boxing and fitness project to serve residents in the local Angell Town estate.She welcomed the mayor’s new measures, saying: “I know first hand the devastating impact knife crime has on a community and a family.”It is incredibly important that everyone works together to stamp knife crime out of our city once and for all.”Mr Khan said he backed the Met’s use of a “targeted, intelligence-led” version of the controversial stop and search policy. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a major crackdown on the “scourge” after three fatal stabbings were reported  in the capital within hours of each other.New measures will see schools given metal detecting “knife wands” and a new community sentence for those convicted of knife possession.He has also pledged an extra £625,000 to fund knife and gang crime projects in the city after the number of offences in London involving knives rose by 24 percent in 2016. Nationally, the figure was 11 per cent.  “We need to send a strong signal that carrying and using knives is totally and utterly unacceptable. Mr Khan said: “Every death on the streets of London is an utter tragedy, and I am deeply concerned about the rise in knife crime on London’s streets. Dozens of families have been bereaved; many more have seen their loved ones severely injured. 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 More than 500 knives, 11 firearms and 50 offensive weapons that have been recovered during an Operation Sceptre week of actionCredit:METROPOLITAN POLICE He told the Press Association: “What I’m not in favour of is an indiscriminate use of stop and search, or stop and search being used on industrial scales.” He said the practice would be used to “get rid of the dangerous weapons” and “dangerous people” from the streets of London.The latest bid to tackle knife crime in London comes just a week after the Met said they would arm hundreds more officers with Tasers, bringing the total carrying the weapon to more than 6,400 in the capital.As well as gang-related knife crime, a number of recent high profile attacks, including the murder of Jo Cox, and the Westminster and London Bridge terrorist attacks, have all involved knives.The Met said they had recovered more than 500 knives from the streets of London during an intense “week of action” to tackle knife crime between June 19 and June 27.Officers working on the Met’s Operation Sceptre also seized 11 firearms, and made 622 arrests, including 180 for possession of a knife or offensive weapon.In Hackney, a member of the public alerted police to a suspicious vehicle which was later found to contain a samurai sword, machete, a “Rambo-style” knife, as well as cash and cannabis.Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Sean Yates said: “We are starting to see a mobilisation from the community against knife crime and we need this to continue. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Met Police Commissioner Cressida DickCredit:Lauren Hurley/PA Wire “It is those individuals who will have the biggest impact on getting the message out there to young people that it is not acceptable to carry a knife.” “We need to change attitudes to carrying knives and are encouraging key people in positions of influence to drive this messaging forward.last_img read more

Guyana signs US36M loan agreement with China to enhance national broadband

Finance Minister Winston Jordan signs the agreement as Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes, His Excellency Cui Jianchun, Chinese Ambassador to Guyana and members of his delegation look on at Ministry of Finance – Guyana.(DPI photo)The Government of Guyana, earlier today (Friday), signed a US$36M concessional loan agreement with the People’s Republic of China, an agreement expected to go towards technological advancement in Guyana.The loan agreement, which will finance Guyana’s National Broadband Project, has to be repaid in 20 years, with a 5-year grace period. The interest on the loan, finance Minister Winston Jordan explained, is 2 per cent.The areas the loan will go towards include: improving the technological capacity of the police force by outfitting police stations and police cars with Internet connectivity, education and e-medical services.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes described it as a game changer for Guyana, with the project having an 18 month implementation period. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt borrowing $4.2B from IsDB to plug into GPLSeptember 19, 2018In “Business”Opposition questions Govt’s ability to manage expanding debtOctober 1, 2018In “Business”2017 a year of loans: Govt intends to borrow billions to finance developmentDecember 23, 2016In “Business” read more

Column Our lack of willingness to promote transparency is damaging developing countries

first_imgAS THE EUROPEAN Council prepares to meet in Brussels later this week, a Europe-wide group of civil society organisations from 13 countries, including Ireland, are urging EU leaders to take action against tax dodging. Our report, published this week, ‘Giving with one hand and taking with the other: Europe’s role in tax-related capital flight from developing countries 2013‘, reviews the policies of governments across 13 European states on tax-related capital flight, and their impact on developing countries.Capital flight costs Europe €1 trillion per year, and is estimated to cost developing countries between €660 and €870 billion, much of which is as a result of tax evasion and avoidance by multinational corporations. The amount of money given in aid to developing countries is therefore less than the revenue they lose through tax dodging. This unfairly lost finance could be used to provide vital services such as healthcare and education, the lack of which millions of people feel keenly around the world every day.Tax dodgingTax evasion and tax avoidance involve practices where taxable profit is shifted around different tax jurisdictions or offshore centres around the world, to places that provide a veil of secrecy or facilitate tax avoidance.Unfortunately, we do not have to look far for an example of such practices. In 2013 Ireland’s tax regime came under intense scrutiny when a US Senate Subcommittee pointed to global company Apple’s arrangement with the Irish government, under which it stated that Apple paid the Irish tax authorities a nominal rate far below Ireland’s statutory rate of 12.5 per cent.In the 2014 budget, Minister Noonan indicated that from 2015 Ireland will no longer allow registered companies to be stateless in terms of their place of tax residency (as happened in the Apple case). However, this will not prevent companies engaging in tax dodging through schemes such as the so-called ‘Double Irish’ in order to minimise their corporate tax contributions.More transparencyOf the 13 EU governments surveyed in the report, none are demanding sufficient levels of tax transparency from global corporations. Not one government surveyed has demanded full country-by-country financial reporting from multinational companies.Country-by-country reporting is essential to achieving transparency: it would require multinational corporations to provide a global overview of their companies along with a range of information for each country where they operate, including the names of all subsidiary companies and full tax information for each.The report also finds that the majority of the governments reviewed are reluctant to establish publicly-accessible registers of the beneficial owners of companies, trusts and foundations that operate in each jurisdiction, that is, the actual, ‘flesh and blood’ owners. This simple move would make ownership transparent, and thus make it less easy for owners of businesses engaging in tax dodging to hide behind company names.The report also points out that the information governments are exchanging with each other internationally on tax matters is rarely publicly accessible, which if rectified could increase transparency and public confidence.Most worryingly for people living in developing countries, the report shows that all the governments surveyed support the rich-country-dominated-OECD over the UN as the leading decision-making body on international tax matters. This essentially excludes developing countries from equal participation in an area of international policy making that is robbing them of billions of euro each year.Tax justice policiesIn order to challenge this reality, the coalition of European organisations, including Debt and Development Coalition Ireland, recommend a number of steps. Among these is that all European governments should adopt full country-by-country reporting for all large companies; and EU-wide legislation for publicly accessible registries of the beneficial owners of companies, trusts or foundations. Governments, including Ireland, should also conduct analyses of the impact of their national tax policies on developing countries.Critically for developing countries, we demand the establishment of an intergovernmental tax forum under the auspices of the UN to deal with this contested area of international policy. This forum should become the primary decision-making body on tax policy and ensure that developing countries can participate equally in the global reform of existing international tax rules.Ireland: stepping up?Where does Ireland stand on this international debate? The report shows that Ireland has indicated support for multilateral action on country-by-country financial reporting by companies and automatic information exchange, but does not advocate vocally enough in Europe in this regard. More damningly, Ireland does not support the idea of a public register of the beneficial owners of companies.This lack of willingness to promote transparency is directly damaging to the domestic revenues of developing countries.Ireland has a positive reputation internationally in the area of international development cooperation. Acting for tax justice is an issue of coherence in policy for Ireland: the government cannot give with one hand to developing countries while facilitating tax avoidance at the same time.If Ireland is serious about identifying and preventing tax avoidance and evasion it should act now and show clear leadership on this range of issues and, in the Minister of Finance’s own words, become ‘part of the solution to th[e] global tax challenge, not part of the problem’. This week’s meeting in Brussels is a chance to put those fine words into action.Morina O’Neill is policy officer with Debt and Development Coalition Ireland (DDCI). DDCI and Christian Aid Ireland are part of the European coalition which published the report ‘Giving with one hand and taking with the other: Europe’s role in tax-related capital flight from developing countries 2013’. The full report is available to here and a summary here. Follow DDCI on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DebtIreland or on Twitter @Debt_Ireland. Read: European Commission to publish proposal on closing more corporate tax loopholesRead: UK officials face questions over multinational tax affairsWe’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? Email opinions@thejournal.ielast_img read more

Government to extend enforcement of Rent Pressure Zones until 2021

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 11,619 Views Short URL Image: RollingNews.ie 44 Comments Share66 Tweet Email1 Government to extend enforcement of Rent Pressure Zones until 2021 RPZ laws were first introduced in December 2016 to address spiraling rents. THE GOVERNMENT HAS announced that it plans to increase the time that Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs) are in place until the end of 2021.Tánaiste Simon Coveney announced the move in the Dáil today, when he revealed that the Government had agreed to a number of changes to the law regulating RPZs.“The Government has made a decision today to extend Rent Pressure Zones until the end of 2021, but also to change how the qualification criteria for Rent Pressure Zones are actually calculated,” he said.RPZ laws were first introduced in December 2016, when Coveney was then Minister for Housing, as a way to address spiraling rents, but were set to begin expiring later this year.Under the laws, annual rent rises can not increase by more than 4% in areas considered RPZs.The zones are located in parts of the country where rents are highest and where households have the greatest difficulty finding affordable accommodation. This afternoon, Coveney implied that the Government would seek to separate the criteria from Dublin from the rest of the country, due to the higher cost of renting in the capital.“One of the qualification criteria of [rents] having to be over the national average is a criteria that needs to change for outside of Dublin,” he said, adding that Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy would outline the agreed changes in coming days.Short-term solutionThe announcement comes a week after two more parts of the country – Limerick City East and Navan – were deemed to have met the criteria to become RPZs.Green Party TD Catherine Martin said, who questioned Coveney about the legislation before his announcement, welcomed the news in a statement this afternoon.But she also cautioned that while the move would provide some with a “significant relief”, RPZs were still a short-term solution that showed no ambition for rental communities.“With growing numbers in long-term rental situations we need long-term solutions to affordability and security,” she said. “Ad hoc approaches simply won’t suffice.”The laws surrounding RPZs have also come in for criticism in recent months. In November, Sinn Féin’s housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD said the zones were not working for new entrants to the rental market or people who had to move home.“The Rent Pressure Zone legislation is failing new entrants to the rental market,” he said.“Asking for new lets are very clearly circumventing the 4% cap and this is adding to the housing affordability crisis.”With additional reporting from Hayley Halpin.center_img Apr 2nd 2019, 4:30 PM Capital Dock on Dublin’s Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, the tallest apartment block in Ireland By Stephen McDermott Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 4:30 PM https://jrnl.ie/4573419 Capital Dock on Dublin’s Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, the tallest apartment block in Ireland Image: RollingNews.ielast_img read more

Bullish July car sales data fails to drive share prices of Maruti

first_imgShares of car makers such as Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL), Tata Motors and Mahindra were trading in the red despite data from industry body Siam showing an almost 10 percent increase in sales during July on a year-on-year (YoY) basis.MSIL shares were trading with loss of 1.28 percent at Rs. 4,904.50 apiece on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) at around 11.55 a.m. Tata Motors and Mahindra shares were also down 1.60 percent and 0.51 percent, respectively, at Rs. 505.50 and Rs.1,473.Data released by the industry body, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam), on Wednesday showed that domestic car sales stood at 1.77 lakh units for last month, up 9.62 percent from 1.62 lakh units sold in July last year.Tata Motors global sales for July rose 20 percent to 88,159 units for July 2016. JLR sales stood at 43,932 vehicles, the company said in a statement.Two-wheeler sales grew 13.5 percent YoY to 14.76 lakh units from 13 lakh vehicles sold last July.Overall vehicle sales rose 13.2 percent to 18.33 lakh units, YoY.Hero Motocorp shares were trading 1.43 percent lower at Rs. 3,407.30 apiece while the TVS Motor Co. stock was marginally down at Rs. 269.40.The BSE Sensex was down 222 points, or 0.79 percent, at 27,863. Top index losers included Lupin, ICICI Bank and Reliance Industries. The biggest Sensex gainer was Adani Ports, up almost 8 percent at Rs. 259.70.Earlier in the day, the Sensex opened with a gain of about 50 points but quickly slipped into the red.The biggest gainers from the BSE500 universe included Tata Chemicals, Sundaram Fasteners, Zee Entertainment and Gruh Finance.Most of the bank stocks were trading with losses, though RBI governor Raghuram Rajan’s decision to keep repo rates unchanged at 6.50 percent was on expected lines. SBI was down 0.72 percent while PNB was trading 2.94 percent lower at Rs. 120.45.”While a good monsoon had led to some expectations of lowering of interest rates by RBI, increasing trend of CPI inflation which still remains a concern and hence RBI left the key policy rates unchanged,” Angel Broking said in its Wednesday note.last_img read more

Tesla shares recover to close with 436 gain on Nasdaq company upbeat

first_imgA Tesla car charges at a charging station in Beijing, China, April 18, 2017.Reuters fileShares of electric car-maker Tesla closed 4.36 percent higher at $308.35 on Friday, two days after the company declared its first quarter (Q1) results. The share price had dropped 5 percent on Thursday after the company announced its financial performance on Wednesday.Revenues hit a record $2.7 billion on the back of sale of 25,051 vehicles, though the loss per share shot up to $1.33, far higher than 81 cents estimated by analysts. Cash on hand was $4 billion. The company said that it is on course that its six-month (January-June) sales would be in the range of 47,000 to 50,000 units. Tesla is on schedule to launch its Model 3 in July. “We have made a solid start to what should be an exciting 2017. Vehicle production in Q1 increased by 64% compared to a yearago, which enabled us to set new quarterly records of 25,051 deliveries and $2.7 billion in GAAP revenue. Model 3 activities related to vehicle development, manufacturing equipment installation and supplier readiness remain on plan to start production in July.”Over the past several months, we have been deploying our internally-developed software into the vehicle fleet, to providea dditional safety and convenience features for vehicles with the newest generation of Autopilot hardware. Finally, we have started expanding the number of stores displaying our comprehensive product portfolio of energy generation and storage products forhome use,” Tesla said in a letter to shareholders.On the launch of its much-awaited product Model 3, the letter said, “Preparations at our production facilities are on track to support the ramp of Model 3 production to 5,000 vehiclesper week at some point in 2017, and to 10,000 vehicles per week at some point in 2018.”Based on the Friday closing price, the market capitalisation of Tesla was $50.62 billion. In comparison, Ford’s market capitalisation was $44.35 billion.Tesla designs, develops, manufactures and sells high-performance fully electric vehicles, and energy storage systems, in addition to installing, operating solar and energy storage products, says its profile on Nasdaq.Elon Musk, who co-founded Tesla, is the chairman, product architect and CEO of the company. Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks about new Autopilot features during a Tesla event in Palo Alto, California October 14, 2015.Reuters filelast_img read more