Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer not ageing, just proving his greatness in tennis, says Tomas Berdych

first_imgTomas Berdych believes that unlike other players of the age of 35, 36; Roger Federer is not getting affected by his advancing age and is just proving his greatness in tennis.Berdych, who fell to Federer 7-6(4), 7-6(4), 6-4 in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Friday, said, “I don’t see anything that would indicate Roger is getting older or anything like that. I think he’s just proving his greatness in our sport.””If you look at the other guys who are 35, 36, I think you can very clearly see that the age and the years on tour are affecting them. But not with him,” the ATP website quoted him as saying.35-year-old Federer will play in his 11th Wimbledon final on Sunday when he faces Croatian Marin Cilic.The 18-time Grand Slam champion had won his past seven matches against Berdych, and 18 of 24 in all, but the Czech made him work for number 19.Federer is now the second oldest finalist after Ken Rosewall who finished runner-up in 1974 at the age of 39.last_img read more

Shahid Afridi thanks Virat Kohli for donating signed bat to his Foundation

first_imgPakistan captain Shahid Afridi today expressed gratitude to India skipper Virat Kohli for donating his bat for the Shahid Afridi Foundation.”Thank you @imVkohli for your kind gesture in support of @SAFoundationN. Friends & supporters like you ensure #HopeNotOut for everyone,” Afridi wrote on his twitter handle, attaching a picture of the bat.Thank you @imVkohli for your kind gesture in support of @SAFoundationN. Friends & supporters like you ensure #HopeNotOut for everyone pic.twitter.com/T6z7F2OYLb- Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 1, 2017The Indian team had earlier presented a Kohli shirt, signed by all the players, to Afridi when he retired from the international cricket last April.You’re most welcome Shahid Bhai.. Wishing you and the @SAFoundationN all the luck for the upcoming events. ?º? #HopeNotOut https://t.co/Rv1NNPJGC5- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 1, 2017The shirt, which fetched Rs 3 lakhs at an auction in London, had a message from the Team India captain, saying, “To Shahid Bhai, best wishes, always a pleasure playing against you.The jersey had the signatures of Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah, Suresh Raina, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, R Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, and coach Ravi Shashtri.Virat Kohli’s shirt, signed by Indian team, for Shahid Afridi, with a message “always a pleasure playing against you.” pic.twitter.com/KexlCjTNeZ- Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) April 15, 2017Shahid Afridi announced his retirement from international cricket in February, bringing to an end his sometimes controversial 21-year career.The 36-year-old all-rounder was active only in the International Twenty20 format, having already quit Test cricket back in 2010 and One-Day Internationals in 2015.advertisementThe last time both countries faced each other was in the ICCChampions Trophy final in July this year with the Men in Green emergingvictorious at The Oval.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola criticises Manchester City sloppiness in wake-up call

first_imgTopics Manchester City “We knew this game after the international break would be dangerous because Fulham ask a lot of opponents. They didn’t come here to defend and play long balls, just to wait for set pieces, they came to play their own game.”Liverpool won 2-1 at Tottenham to maintain their perfect start. Guardiola, having watched the opening 45 minutes of that game, believes Jürgen Klopp’s team are contenders for City’s title and welcomed the challenge. “Liverpool is a really strong side,” he said. “It’s nice to have contenders – to try to beat them.” Pep Guardiola has admitted being angry with his Manchester City players despite their convincing 3-0 victory against Fulham at the Etihad Stadium.City were sloppy at times and Guardiola was unhappy at what he perceived as a slip from his side’s usual high standards. He pointed to a second-half Bernardo Silva miss to highlight the point. news Share on WhatsApp “Pass the ball two or three metres, don’t miss that ball, and it happened a few times, especially in the first half,” Guardiola said. “And the teams at the top level they punish you a lot. But normally after international breaks this kind of thing happens. It can happen, with the travel, [only] one training session. Now we start. Until the Liverpool game [7 October] we will be here for one month with a game every three days, so everyone is going to settle.”After five Premier League games City are joint-top scorers – alongside Chelsea – with 14 goals. On Saturday they took control inside two minutes through Leroy Sané’s opener before David Silva and, early in the second half, Raheem Sterling secured the win.“Last season we scored 106 goals, the best ever, so there are no doubts about our ability to score goals,” said Guardiola, who believed City could have scored more against Fulham. “The important thing is to create chances. So how many times in the second half we shoot and always [hit] the post or the keeper or the central defender. The important thing is to create, to be in there. Share on Twitter Fulham Share on Messenger Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Share on Facebook Pep Guardiola Share via Email Premier League Read more The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Pinterest Read more “The ball got passed to Bernardo and I said: ‘It is impossible that he is going to miss it because of his quality,’” the manager said. “But he missed it and I said: ‘Wow.’“My reaction and extra expression is when they miss the simple things. That, I cannot handle in myself. So one guy has the ball and they miss the ball and an extra simple pass, an extra touch, an extra touch and after miss the pass, that is why I am still angry. I am upset with my players and they know that.“We spoke about that many times, about goals or assists or dribbling. [A mistake] doesn’t matter, but control the ball and pass the ball simple. If they miss that – and there was many of that – that’s why [in training] I am going to show them we can improve.”Guardiola said the players shared his emotions. “They are maybe angrier than me,” he said and, although he insisted he had no fear that the team might be complacent after achieving 100 points last season, he hopes this will act as a wake-up callwith City’s Champions League campaign starting at home against Lyon on Wednesday. Reuse this content Champions League is back with Manchester City unlikely favourites Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Poonam files nomination from Lucknow to contest against Rajnath Singh

first_imgLucknow: Samajwadi Party (SP) nominee Poonam Sinha, wife of actor-turned politician Shatrughan Sinha who had rebelled against the BJP leadership, on Thursday filed her nomination papers for the Lucknow parliamentary seat from where Union Minister Rajnath Singh is seeking re-election. Accompanied by SP MP Dimple Yadav and Shatrughan Sinha, Poonam filed her papers at the Collectorate as the candidate for the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in the seat, which goes to polls on May 6. Clad in a green saree, the SP nominee, who had joined the party two days ago, arrived at the Collectorate in the afternoon after a road show. Thursday is the last date for filing of nominations for the seat. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Her husband, Shatrughan Sinha, was present during the filing of the nomination as well as the road show, which was taken out from the party office. The road show up till the Collectorate passed through the main market of the state capital where Dimple Yadav was seen waving at the crowd carrying flags of the SP and the BSP. Sinha, who had recently quit the BJP, has joined the Congress and is contesting from the Patna Sahib seat in Bihar. The SP had Wednesday announced the candidature of Poonam Sinha from the prestigious seat. Earlier in the day, accompanied by SP leaders, Poonam Sinha had filed another set of papers at the Collectorate.last_img read more

Morocco Dismantles Criminal Network follower of Extremist Ideas Interior Ministry

Rabat – Moroccan security services dismantled a criminal network follower of extremist ideas whose members perpetrate attacks against citizens. The four members of this network have been involved in several criminal acts using knives, sticks and hoods, said a statement of the Interior ministry.The statement notes that the defendants will be brought to justice after the completion of the ongoing investigations under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor.

Security Council mission arrives in Afghanistan to gauge progress in turbulent country

24 November 2008A Security Council team landed in the Afghan capital, Kabul, today to assess the war-torn country’s progress towards peace and rebuilding, as well as to underscore the importance of regional cooperation for governance, security and development. Among its tasks the delegation will review the status of international pledges made at the Paris Conference in June, at which dozens of countries and organizations committed resources to help rebuild Afghanistan’s infrastructure and advance peace, security and development. The mission, led by Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata of Italy, will also evaluate the humanitarian situation in the country and highlight the cooperation between the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), including collaboration on humanitarian and human rights issues, and in supporting the electoral process.The team – made up of ambassadors and representatives from the Council’s 15 member countries – is slated to meet with President Hamid Karzai, Government leaders, as well as civil society and other representatives over the next three days. read more

Biswal holds talks with Tamil diaspora on reconciliation

US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal had talks with the Tamil diaspora on the reconciliation process in Sri LankaAssistant Secretary for Human Rights Tom Malinowski also attended the discussion. The discussion was held with the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a leading Tamil diaspora group. Biswal tweeted saying they had a good discussion on diaspora efforts to support reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.Father Emmanuel expressed the appreciation of the Tamil community for the continuous engagement of the US Government.Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Manpreet Singh Anand, DRL Office Director for South and Central Asia, Carmela Conroy and Senior Desk Officer for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, McKenzie Millar were also present. (Colombo Gazette) GTF President , Father S.J. Emmanuel and other leading GTF members including Suren Surendiran attended the talks. Discussions included ground realities today in Sri Lanka, particularly in relation to the North and East. The steps Tamil Diaspora can take to promote justice, peace, reconciliation and economic development were also discussed.The GTF said it was pleased with the understanding and encouragement shown by the US Government representatives. The GTF said that its delegates representing the US, UK, Canada, Australia and Germany met the US officials at the State Department in Washington. read more

WHO announces business sector partnership to fight SARS in Asia

“Despite the rapid and effective response from partners around the world, SARS exposes fundamental weaknesses in global health infrastructure,” WHO Director-General Elect Jong-Wook Lee said. “The epidemic highlights the need for local and national surveillance and response mechanisms. This new fund and other innovative initiatives like it will help prepare the world to respond to future emerging diseases.”Recognizing both the social and economic impacts of SARS, the international business community has pledged support to mobilize the initial $100 million by September, according to WHO. Companies with operations or markets in Asia will be targeted.The UN agency will collaborate with the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Health Initiative to assemble a coalition of business leaders and committed individuals who will in turn design the fund and mobilize the resources to fill it.”The money will be disbursed rapidly, to get it to the areas that need it most as quickly as possible,” David Heymann, WHO Executive Director for communicable diseases programmes, said. “Our sense of urgency comes from the belief that there remains a window in which we can control SARS and eliminate the global threat it poses – forever.” read more

Flaherty says US likely to avoid fiscal cliff problem Europe remains big

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 3, 2012 6:47 pm MDT Flaherty says U.S. likely to avoid fiscal cliff problem, Europe remains big risk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is optimistic the United States will avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that many believe could trigger another recession in the world’s largest economy.Flaherty said Wednesday he believes the congressional budget committee will arrive at a compromise on the US$600 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts set to automatically kick in January.“There are enough members of the budget committee in the current Congress who totally understand the situation (and) I think they appreciate the urgency of the situation,” he said.“This must be dealt with because if it is not dealt with, the effect on U.S. GDP (gross domestic product) will be very significant and that of course directly effects Canada.”Economists estimate the hit to the U.S. economy from political deadlock on all measures could shave up to five percentage points from the country’s already weak output. Such a shock would impact not just the U.S., but also Canada through a loss of confidence and demand for exports.Flaherty said the new president-elect, whether it is Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, will need to show leadership to avoid catastrophe.Meanwhile, the minister says he is not as convinced that Europe has the wherewithal and the political structure to extricate itself from a long period of economic difficulty.Flaherty, who will be meeting with his colleagues at the International Monetary Fund-World Bank fall meetings in Tokyo next week, called Europe “the clear and present danger” to the global economy.But he has not changed his mind about joining the IMF’s emergency bailout fund, despite being under pressure from colleagues to ante up.Europe is rich enough to deal with its debt problems without the help of outsiders, he said.Part of the problem is that Europe lacks a single finance minister to represent the entity, which makes speedy action difficult, he said.“I know my colleagues in Europe are trying to work on it. But the problem is they don’t have a central finance ministry so it’s taking time, but you know, time is finite.”Speaking to reporters, Flaherty said he would table the second part of his budget implementation bill upon his return from Tokyo, likely during the week of Oct. 15.As for Canada’s economy, the minister said he remains concerned it could be sideswiped by a European crisis. He said at the moment, the economy continues to expand, but modestly. read more

UKs May signals EU clean break no halfin halfout

LONDON – Britain will make a clean break from the European Union and not seek to remain “half-in, half-out,” Prime Minister Theresa May will say Tuesday, disappointing businesses and voters who want the country to stay in the bloc’s single market.In her most detailed speech on the U.K.’s exit strategy, May will promise to forge “a new and equal partnership” with the EU.“Not partial membership of the European Union, associate membership of the European Union, or anything that leaves us half-in, half-out,” she plans to say, according to excerpts released by her office.“We do not seek to adopt a model already enjoyed by other countries. We do not seek to hold on to bits of membership as we leave.”May’s speech appears to rule out the sort of close ties adopted by non-EU members Switzerland or Norway. It’s likely to be another shock for the beleaguered pound, which hit a three-month low below $1.20 Monday amid hints that May would signal an economy-roiling “hard Brexit.”Sterling has lost about a fifth of its value since Britain voted in June to leave the EU.May has said she rejects both the “hard Brexit” label and its opposite, a compromise “soft Brexit” — but wants a new relationship in the interests of both Britain and the EU.“We want to buy your goods, sell you ours, trade with you as freely as possible, and work with one another to make sure we are all safer, more secure and more prosperous through continued friendship,” she’ll say.In a bid to alleviate fears that Brexit will mean a more insular Britain, May will say she wants the country to be “stronger, fairer, more united and more outward-looking than ever before.”In an attempt to symbolize the U.K.’s outward-facing aspirations, May will deliver her speech to an audience of British civil servants and international diplomats at London’s Lancaster House, a Georgian mansion that has hosted international summits over the decades.May’s speech signals that Britain will quit the EU’s single market in goods and services in order to gain control over immigration — a key issue for many voters who backed Brexit. EU leaders say Britain can’t stay in the single market without allowing free movement of people from the bloc.The prospect of losing single-market access alarms many in Britain’s huge financial services sector, which relies on an ability to do business seamlessly across the 28-nation bloc.It also worries the many foreign firms that use London not only as a financial hub but as an entry point into the EU.“We now have to assume May will prioritize immigration controls, and the price to pay will be to exit the single market,” said Neil Wilson, senior market analyst at ETX Capital. “That could send the pound a lot lower still, perhaps towards $1.10 in the coming weeks.”The pound recovered to above $1.20 Monday after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s comment in an interview with The Times of London that a U.S.-U.K. trade deal could be done “very quickly” once he takes office this week.May says she will invoke Article 50 of the EU’s key treat by March 31, to formally begin a two-year process of negotiating Britain’s departure.But she has until now refused to reveal details about the government’s goals or negotiating strategy, arguing that to do so would weaken Britain’s hand.Some details have now begun to emerge.British Treasury chief Philip Hammond fueled speculation that Britain will play hardball in Brexit negotiations, telling the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag that the U.K. hoped to retain single-market access but would be willing to “change our economic model to regain competitiveness” if that was cut off.Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accused Hammond of threatening a “trade war with Europe” and seeking to turn Britain into a tax haven.May spokeswoman Helen Bower said the prime minister and Hammond both want Britain “to remain in the mainstream of a recognizable European-style taxation system.”“But if we are forced to do something different because we can’t get the right deal, then we stand ready to do so,” she said.Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary, University of London, said that May was well advised to use her speech to bring clarity about Britain’s intentions — even if many people won’t like the message.“I think ruling out membership of the single market … is in some ways the clarity people are looking for,” Bale said. “Yet were she to do that, it would be a massive blow to many sectors of the economy. But if that’s really what she’s going to do, and it’s not simply a negotiating stance on her part, it might be better to do it sooner rather than later.”May will also use her speech to appeal for reconciliation between the 48 per cent of British voters who wanted to stay in the EU and the pro-Brexit 52 per cent. But the gap between “remainers” and “leavers” appears as wide as ever.In London’s financial district, the City, many worry about the future of their global businesses and international workforce once Britain is out of the EU fold.“I feel like we should be heading towards more world co-operation generally speaking and this feels like a very retrograde step,” recruitment firm employee Christopher Devine said.A few miles to the east in working-class Romford, where a large majority voted to leave, many say Brexit can’t come soon enough.“I think it could happen a little bit quicker,” said Tony Geary, who sells clothes in Romford market. “Theresa May now needs to sort of get her finger on the button and make sure everything is in place so by the end of this financial year she is in a position to make things happen.”___Associated Press writers Raf Casert in Brussels and Jo Kearney in London contributed to this report. UK’s May signals EU clean break: no ‘half-in, half-out’ by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2017 5:27 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A pedestrian passes a board showing the exchange rates at a money exchange bureau in London, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. The British pound fell to a three-month low amid reports Prime Minister Theresa May will signal her willingness to make a clean break with the European Union. Sterling fell below 1.20 US Dollars before recovering slightly Monday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) read more

Ohio State football set to take on Cincinnati in 4th scheduled night

Junior quarterback, Braxton Miller (5), avoids a defender while running the ball during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorFor the first time in program history, the Ohio State football team is scheduled to play four regular season night games.According to an OSU press release, the Buckeyes’ game against Cincinnati Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium is set to kick off at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.The game is slated to be the third night game played in Columbus during the 2014 season, as the Buckeyes will also host Virginia Tech Sept. 6 and Illinois Nov. 1. Those two games are scheduled to start at 8 p.m. The three scheduled night games in Columbus are also a program first.OSU is officially 39-22 in night games — those kicking off after 5 p.m. local time. The Buckeyes are 10-3 at home in night games, 20-10 on the road and 9-9 in games at a neutral site, according to the release.2014 OSU football schedule (as of Tuesday)Aug. 30 — Navy (at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium), NoonSept. 6 — Virginia Tech, 8 p.m.Sept. 13 — Kent StateSept. 20 — ByeSept. 27 — Cincinnati, 6 p.m.Oct. 4 — at MarylandOct. 11 — ByeOct. 18 — RutgersOct. 25 — at Penn State, 8 p.m.Nov. 1 — Illinois, 8 p.m.Nov. 8 — at Michigan StateNov. 15 — at MinnesotaNov. 22 — IndianaNov. 29 — MichiganDec. 6 — Big Ten Championship Game read more

Kadetten Schaffhausen with test win over Japan

← Previous Story VIDEO: PSG Handball finished “Qatar Handball Tour” Next Story → CLUB NOT GIVEN LICENCE: Veselin Vujovic won’t be coaching Qatar Foundation friendliesjapanKadetten Schaffhausentest games Japanese national team is training in Mulhouse and has arranged a test game against Kadetten Schaffhausen, which also used this opportunity to prepare for the upcoming season. The Japanese even though were physically inferior, still made up with good technical play in the first half, and had the lead with 20:13. However, Markus Baur’s guys were able to give a good fight in the second half, and turn the game in their favor, winning 30:29.Kadetten Schaffhausen – Japan 30:29 (13:20). – BBC-Arena. – Kadetten: Portner (22 Paraden); Mamic (3), Liniger (5/2), Pendic, Geisser, Cvijetic (8), Jurca (1), Muggli (2), Mansson (6), Graubner (2), Starczan (1), Stojanovic (2) read more

Watch Dramatic moment five fishermen rescued from sinking trawler this morning

first_img Share316 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 30th 2017, 1:46 PM Monday 30 Jan 2017, 1:46 PM 24,760 Views Short URL By Cianan Brennan Watch: Dramatic moment five fishermen rescued from sinking trawler this morning The vessel ran aground off the coast at Balbriggan early this morning. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeUpdated 1.43pmTHE RNLI HAS released dramatic footage showing the moment five fishermen were rescued from their sinking trawler off the Dublin coast this morning.The fishermen’s vessel got into difficulty after running aground shortly after 5am.The trawler is understood to have been carrying approximately 400 litres of diesel and 30 litres of lube oil when it sank.Fingal County Council now says it is “monitoring” an area south of Balbriggan harbour for signs of possible pollution.The subsequent rescue operation involved the Dublin-based Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116, together with units from the RNLI in Clogherhead, Co Louth, Skerries, and Howth, and Skerries Coast Guard unit.The Skerries unit was first on the scene and set up a tow line but attempts to move the vessel failed.“The result of the operation was five fishermen being rescued from the vessel that had gotten into difficulty,” a Coast Guard spokesman said.No hospitalisation of the fishermen was necessary, and the five are “believed to be in good spirits” according to the spokesman. The stricken trawler, pictured during the rescue operation this morning Source: RNLI“The risk to life that was reported has been averted which is the most important thing.”The vessel has since sunk, despite extensive attempts to pump the water overboard.“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of all crews involved this morning, the vessel did sink but thankfully all five fishermen have been returned safely to shore and we would like to wish them well following their ordeal,” Howth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Colm Newport said.They did the right thing this morning and raised the alarm once they began to encounter difficulties and we were happy to be able to help.Read: Man in his 40s dies after being struck by machinery on barge in GalwayRead: Man dies in vehicle collision with roadside fencing 15 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3212212 last_img read more

Dan Sharman Taking employee share plans to a global workforce needs careful

first_imgAs part of a global benefits strategy, international organisations often want to expand their share plans to cover employees who are based overseas. Often, this is crucial to attract and retain key talent internationally and to achieve parity in remuneration packages across the global workforce.However, granting employees equity is a complex area, giving rise to a number of local legal issues. Each must be carefully considered as early as possible in order to avoid problems leading to costly errors for the employer and disappointment for the employee.Tax can make or break an employee share plan and its ability to provide a meaningful incentive for employees. In each jurisdiction, an organisation should take professional advice as to the tax implications of making equity awards, including whether there are any tax-planning opportunities available in that country.Other important considerations are whether the organisation or local employer has tax and/or social security withholding obligations, and whether there are any particular filing or reporting obligations.Employment and securities laws will vary from country to country, and should be investigated prior to expansion. The former includes issues such as whether works council or union consent is required, or whether the terms of the plan are likely to breach any discrimination laws; a common issue being how the treatment of retirees interacts with age discrimination laws.Securities laws can make operation of the plan difficult if not dealt with properly, and breach can lead to fines and even criminal sanctions. Key considerations include whether any consents are required to launch the plan, what communications can be made to employees, and whether any filings with the local securities authorities are necessary.The issues above are by no means an exhaustive list, so it is vital employers liaise with their professional advisors as early as possible in the proposed expansion process. Establishing a budget at the outset of the project, with a suitable buffer to deal with unexpected expenditure, can help control costs. Expanding into one country at a time may help keep things manageable, although it might increase costs overall if the project has multiple stops and starts.Dan Sharman is an associate at international law firm Bird and Birdlast_img read more

As Education Bill Nears Vote Lawmakers Brace For Funding Fight

first_imgOn Friday, state representatives will vote on a sprawling education bill that deals with everything from school budges to teacher tenure to the establishment of charter schools. Some lawmakers, like Anchorage Democrat Chris Tuck, are already preparing for a marathon session.TUCK: It’s going to be a long one. I think it’s probably going to be one of the longest bills that we probably take up on the floor this year.APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports that some of the biggest fights are expected to center around the education funding formula.On Wednesday, it took the House Finance Committee about six hours to work through more than 20 amendments that members wanted to make to the legislation. There were split votes, a good bit of sniping, and multiple apologies before the group finally moved the bill out of committee that evening.The process is not expected to be any easier once the bill hits the floor.At a press conference on Thursday, the Democratic Minority explained that their major concern is that an increase to the base student allocation — the amount of money a school gets per student enrolled — does not go far enough.“We’ve faced three years of cuts in the past, this extends three more years of cuts — cuts this coming year, and then bigger cuts the following two years when the base student allocation gets smaller,” said Rep. Les Gara, of Anchorage.The House Finance version of the bill spends an extra $225 million on per-pupil funding over the course of three years, but some of that could cancel out because of a loss of $25 million in one-time funds. Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposal adds just over $100 million to that pot of money over the same period of time.Rep. David Guttenberg, of Fairbanks, said neither of those figures are enough to prevent layoffs in the state’s biggest school districts.“I think if you ask them if they’d take a poke in the eye or a kick in the backside, they’ll take whatever they can get over nothing,” said Guttenberg.The Democrats’ proposal costs about $450 million over three years.But Republicans in the majority are concerned that a bigger increase than what they are offering could put serious pressure on future budgets.Rep. Mia Costello, an Anchorage Republican, told reporters on Thursday that education is being treated as an exception as other state agencies are being told to keep their budgets flat.“We are still prioritizing education while the rest of state government we are cutting,” said Costello. “We’ve been cutting operating budget of state government so that we can continue to fund education increases.”Costello also argued that their proposal also gives an extra boost to urban schools, where 80 percent of Alaska’s students are enrolled. The House Finance Committee did this by adjusting the education funding formula to weigh the state’s larger schools more generously. The existing funding formula gives rural schools extra funds because costs in remote areas are higher, and rural legislators have expressed concern that changing it could result in a disparity between small and large schools.The House is expected to debate the education bill at the same time a citizens group made up of parents will be rallying on the capitol steps for more education funding.last_img read more

71 earthquake hits southern California no immediate reports of

first_imgCalifornia: A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 was recorded in Southern California, the US Geological Survey and a European quake monitor said, a day after the strongest quake in the region in 25 years. There were no immediate reports of damage. The quake hit 202 km (125 miles) north of Los Angeles and was later revised down to a magnitude of 6.9 by the European Mediterranean Seismological Agency. Strong aftershocks have jolted the desert region since a 6.4 quake on Thursday. Only a few injuries were reported in Thursday’s quake, but two houses caught fire from broken gas pipes, officials said.last_img read more

Tennis gave me a life in Genoa Edoardo Santonocito

first_imgEdoardo SantonocitoPR HandoutEdoardo Santonocito is a 26-year-old boy, who lives trying to pursue his life goals without ever giving himself respite.He is divided between sports and social media working, both as a tennis coach, managing two tennis clubs in the city of Genoa, and as an Influencer through his structured activity on Instagram. Edoardo is a sports addict, and he loves to travel and enhance himself with new experiences, without which he could not learn and improve himself.Talking about his sports journey, he said, “As for my sport career, my passion for Tennis has blossomed at the age of 13, when my mother during a summer where the football activity had been suspended (I played soccer from 5 years to 13), led me to a Tennis lesson and there the spark was triggered and I realized that this was my way, initially as a player and then as a teacher. I tried very hard to become a professional player despite having started very late but unfortunately I had to strand halfway through the B series, because unfortunately at the age of 20, due to various family problems, I had to interrupt this competitive path. I enrolled at the university and simultaneously I started working as a teacher because I did not want to abandon my passion. But since I could no longer walk the professional player’s path, I got on the other side of the fence, becoming a coach.”Edoardo, who is a model and an Instagram influencer too, added, “As for my model and influencer career, I have always been very attentive to the beauty, to the attention to details and to my personality but I would never have had the courage to approach the world of fashion if not for fun. Two friends, who were already navigated in that sector, asked me to accompany them or to replace them for shooting, fashion shows or commercials. At the beginning I took it only as a time-pass work and a way to have fun with them but when I started receiving numerous requests no longer from my two friends but directly from agencies, brands and advertising companies, I realized that maybe it could become a real job.””I started to publish more beautiful and quality pictures on my Instagram page inspired by the strongest exponents of that moment (it was the year 2013), trying to gather some followers every day. One morning I woke up and my phone seemed crazy. I kept getting notifications, likes and followers; one of my pictures was published on a page with more than 400K followers and I went from having about 2K followers to 15K,” Edoardo concluded.last_img read more

With Houstons Hispanic Population Growing So Does Its Economic And Political Clout

first_img X 00:00 /03:35 Davis LandLaura Murillo has been president of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for the past 10 years.The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has been around for 40 years.Its president and CEO, Laura Murillo, has been leading it for the past 10.Over time, it has grown to Houston’s largest business chamber, with more members than the Greater Houston Partnership.For this week’s Bauer Business Focus, we sat down with Murillo to talk about the organization’s business mission and its political advocacy. Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

Mamata to meet ViceChancellors college principals at Nabanna

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday will hold a meeting with the Vice-Chancellors and college principals at the state Secretariat — Nabanna.A senior official of Nabanna said Banerjee wants to discuss about the decision of increasing the retirement age of teachers and professors in colleges and universities and deliver a clear message regarding admissions in colleges being strictly online from this academic year without any physical verification during Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash Bengalthe process. Banerjee said at the convocation of Calcutta University on Monday that the government has decided to increase the retirement age of teachers and professors in colleges and universities of the state to 65 and that of Vice-Chancellors to 70. “I believe that teachers and professors attain the level of maturity through their experience and it is after 60 when they are able to deliver best for their respective institutions. Hence, we have decided to raise the age bar for retirement,” Banerjee had said. The state government is forming an expert committee to work out the modalities regarding the increase of the retirement age cap. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be further mentioned that there were incidents where money was demanded against secured admissions in a few colleges in the city and districts last year. Banerjee had to personally interfere to bring the situation under control and admissions were made online henceforth. “Chief Minister will communicate to the Vice-Chancellors and principals that there would be no physical verification and admission will be strictly online from this academic session,” a senior official of state Education department said. State Education minister Partha Chatterjee had previously held a meeting with the Vice-Chancellors and briefed them about the decision on admission and maintained that document verification and fees for admission will be through online portals. It may be mentioned that emphasis on higher education has been one of the priorities of the Mamata Banerjee government after it came to power in 2011. Apart from developing infrastructure in the form of setting up new universities and colleges, Banerjee in 2017 had raised the retirement age of college and varsity teachers to 62. Government-approved-part-time teachers, Contractual Whole Time teachers and casual non-teaching staff have been brought under Swasthya Sathi Scheme. Leave travel concession (LTC) has been granted to university and college teachers and they have been brought under West Bengal Health Scheme.last_img read more

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