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first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Premier League clubs should face a windfall tax unless they tackle the “obscene situation” of players earning fortunes during the coronavirus crisis while other employees take pay cuts. Julian Knight, a member for the ruling Conservative party who chairs the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said this on Thursday. Talks between the Premier League and the PFA players union over potential wage cuts or deferrals were continuing after no agreement was reached on Wednesday. Player wages, with some paid many times more per week than the average Briton takes home in a year, have become a hot topic as club staff are furloughed under a government job retention scheme. Knight said he had written to finance minister Rishi Sunak urging action. He said: “We are facing an obscene situation where top players who aren’t working are continuing to see hundreds of thousands of pounds roll in each week while the staff who keep the clubs going are losing wages. “If the Premier League isn’t going to act to resolve this crisis then the government must step in by imposing a significant financial penalty on clubs to reimburse those hit hardest in the pocket.” Professional football in England has been suspended until April 30, at the earliest, due to the pandemic with some top flight clubs putting non-playing staff on leave. Norwich City said on Thursday their players and management had agreed to donate a percentage of their salaries, amounting to more than 200,000 pounds ($247,280) to help those affected by the virus. Captain Grant Hanley told the club website (www.canaries.co.uk): “As a group of players, we wanted to stand up and do our bit. “The lads have heard at first-hand stories and challenges that some of our supporters are currently facing. “We need to make sure we’re reaching out and helping those who have been hit hard and are struggling at this time.” Senior management at Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove Albion have taken voluntary three months pay cuts to help protect staff jobs. Others such as Tottenham Hotspur who imposed a 20 per cent pay cut on 550 non-playing staff on Tuesday, have said they hoped players would end up “doing their bit for the football eco-system.” In a separate letter to Premier League chief executive Richard Masters, Knight expressed his “strong dismay” and set a Tuesday deadline for the clubs to “do the right thing…or face the consequences”. A windfall tax would help fund payments to non-playing staff or help the grassroots game, added Knight. The DCMS committee chair said the Premier League should be “role modelling a responsible approach” along the lines of European rivals. Players at a number of top continental clubs, including Italian and Spanish heavyweights Juventus and Barcelona, have agreed temporary pay cuts. Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19Julian KnightPremier Leaguelast_img read more

first_imgTHE Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has given its backing to the continuation of five-day Test matches, amid debate over whether cricket’s longest format could be shortened.The International Cricket Council (ICC) has raised the possibility that Tests after 2023 could be cut to four days.The MCC’s cricket committee and world cricket committee have discussed the issue.A statement said: “Both committees believe that Test cricket should continue to be played over five days.”However, the statement did acknowledge the “benefits that four-day Test cricket could bring”.MCC remains the guardian of the laws and spirit of cricket, while its world cricket committee is an influential independent panel of former and current players and umpires, which meets twice a year to discuss cricketing issues.Test cricket has been standardised at five days since 1979, though in 2017 the ICC did permit for certain matches to be played over four days, such as England’s Test against Ireland at Lord’s last summer.Since the prospect of all matches becoming four days was raised, a number of international players, including England Test captain Joe Root, have spoken out in support of the five-day game – although the England and Wales Cricket Board said it “cautiously” supported a switch to four days as a possible way of easing the strain on players and the international schedule. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Wesley College Athletic Director and head coach Mike Drass scheduled a Football Championship Subdivision opponent for Oct. 1 simply out of necessity. But with the success that Drass and his Wolverines had on the field this past weekend, it makes sense why he says ‘we’d do it again.’Division-III Wesley defeated FCS opponent Charleston Southern, 32-20, last Saturday, during CSU’s homecoming weekend. In the first two drives of the game, the Wesley offense was pinned at its own 2- and 5-yard line, but took the ball down field for scoring drives both times. This gave the Wolverines momentum for the rest of the game.Wesley, located in Dover, Del., isn’t in a football league, and each game is scheduled individually, Drass said. In early February, Drass noticed the squad still had an open date Oct. 1, so he sent an email out to schools on the East Coast. Charleston Southern took the team up on its offer.‘We want to play 10 games, and we knew it would be a major step up from a competition standpoint,’ Drass said. ‘Our kids were excited about it, but I wasn’t looking for a I-AA team or a scholarship team. For me, we were in a position that we were going to play people who wanted to play us.’Drass wasn’t surprised by his team’s win. Some players on the team had experience playing against a team of this caliber — Wesley beat Iona in 2007, when the school still had a football program — but he knew he had to prepare his team tactfully to avoid anxiousness once they hit the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGoing into the game, the coaching staff tried to keep the excitement down to a minimum. Drass said they ‘weren’t trying to make this the Super Bowl.’ But the preparation proved difficult for the coaches, said offensive coordinator and associate head coach Chip Knapp.The film used to prepare for the game was from a game against Atlantic Coast Conference team Florida State, who demolished CSU 62-10.‘It was a bit of uncharted waters, it was hard to tell the talent level,’ he said. ‘Since there was some unbalanced play there, you prepare as you do for any other team.’Although the preparation was atypical, the typical pregame energy was evident once the team got to campus. After a 10-hour bus ride, the Wolverines pulled up to streets lined with palm trees and thousands of alumni tailgating for the Buccaneers’ homecoming weekend. As the pregame announcements began, Knapp said, the team didn’t have to get motivated for the game — because of the atmosphere, they couldn’t help but be excited.But once the team hit the field, Knapp said, it was business as usual.And that business resulted in a decisive victory for a team two divisions lower than its opponent.After the game, the 10-hour bus ride back to Dover allowed the team to soak in the victory. The feeling of satisfaction was apparent. Not to mention, the response from friends, family and other coaches who were watching along. The text messages and congratulatory phone calls were much appreciated, Knapp said.‘Normally, you hear from your family. But we were hearing from people we hadn’t heard from in a while,’ he said. ‘It made it a little bit better to win that game.’But perhaps more importantly, the game gave the players an opportunity to show they could play at a higher level — something many of them aspired to do, Knapp said. He hopes the win can help Division III shed the stigma of being the lowest level of college football.‘High school kids don’t aspire to play Division-III football,’ he said. ‘But maybe they’ll look at D-III a little bit different than they used to.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Published on October 5, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

first_imgBy Tedi Pascarella |MIDDLETOWN – Remembering the past is often the only way to ensure a better present and future. In its 38th year – and fifth as a nonprofit organization – the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights, & Genocide Education (Chhange) on the Brookdale Community College campus takes a necessary approach to remembering the past in order to forge a connection for visitors and local students.“Anne Frank: A History for Today,” an international exhibit created by the Anne Frank House and Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect can be seen through June 1. Anne Frank’s famous diary, which documented her life in hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II, is the basis of several plays and films.Alongside the exhibit, an art installation, “Through Their Eyes,” displays works from local schools around Monmouth County. Dale Daniels of Holmdel, executive director of Chhange, acknowledges the importance of working with local students, as she explained, “We teach the human story – what happens to individuals. This helps the kids see, ‘Well, what does that mean for all of us, and what can I do now?’ ”“Through Their Eyes” will be on display until June 29.Chhange develops 50 to 75 programs a year for the community. Each event targets a specific subject and thematic focus. Groups of educators attend a workshop in January and their students go on to complete the art ready for installation by the first week of March. “Through Their Eyes” works seamlessly with “Anne Frank: A History for Today,” as both draw parallels to the experiences of refugees then and now. “For spring, we wanted to emphasize what is happening in our world,” said Daniels, “because today’s refugee crisis is the largest since World War II.”Student artist Madison Miller, artist and Holocaust survivor Claire Boren, and artist and teacher Arlene Smelson. Photos courtesy ChhangeCreative programs are developed for all ages, as the center not only educates about the Holocaust, human rights, and genocide, but actively engages with the community. Walking through the doors of Chhange, visitors first get the opportunity to see the students’ work, many of whom visually linked similarities facing refugees during the Holocaust to those involved in today’s crisis. Visitors can then experience “Anne Frank: A History for Today.”The exhibit begins with a 20-minute film on the background of Anne Frank within the context of history during her short life. The tours are both self-guided and docent-guided Monday through Thursday by reservation as well as 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 21. Each exhibit panel offers a timeline of Anne’s life, including quotes from her diary. The second part of the story focuses on the theme of hiding – specifically hiding in plain sight – escape, and life as a refugee.Suzi Bloom, retired special education teacher in Rumson, is one of several members of the community who generously provided artifacts featured in the exhibit. Bloom’s mother, Ruth Halpern, originally from Vienna, Austria, traveled with her family to the same neighborhood of Amsterdam as Anne Frank’s family to seek a safe place. “Living in Amsterdam, things were getting bad like everywhere else,” said Bloom. “In order to get a visa, my family had to be seen by a doctor for a vision test. The Nazis wrote letters to doctors demanding they not pass Jews, but the doctor passed them anyway.”The Halpern family traveled from Europe to Hoboken on the Pennland, a Dutch ship that carried refugees to the United States, then settled in Red Bank. Halpern, in an essay written during her time at Red Bank High School, “In the Mirror of Remembrance,” recalls her experience immigrating to the United States.Through this powerful exhibit, Chhange aims to make connections between the immigrants then and now and their importance in the community. Chhange, a trailblazer in advocacy and a collaborator with the Association of Holocaust Organizations, will be unveiling a permanent exhibit, “Journeys Beyond Genocide” on Oct. 22, featuring four phases: life before, build up to tensions, genocide, and afterwards, as survivors create successful lives for themselves despite adversity. Redefining the term survivor is another facet of this exhibit, as it is not just limited to concentration camp survivors but extends to those in hiding and those seeking asylum as refugees. “These are people who moved to our community,” said Daniels, “Their stories are here. We see them as people before they become victims.”This article was first published in the May 18-25, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_img Juventus right-back Dani Alves has been linked with a move to Tottenham Dani Alves to Tottenham in the summer?That’s what Spurs fans have been discussing after news of a possible deal emerged.Alves, 34, has proven age is just a number at Juventus, who he joined from Barcelona in 2016. He scored in the Champions League semi-final as Juve secured a place in the 2017 final and also scored in the Coppa Italia final win against Lazio. 1center_img Here’s what a selection of Tottenham fans have said on Twitter.last_img

first_imgThe Centre has not yet cleared the proposal of the West Bengal government to change the name of the State to ‘Bangla’, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in a written response in the Rajya Sabha to a question from MP Ritabrata Banerjee on Wednesday.“No, sir,” he said adding that changing a State’s name requires constitutional amendment and it is done after taking into consideration all relevant factors.On July 26 last year, the West Bengal Assembly had passed a resolution unanimously to change the name in the three most-spoken languages — Bengali, Hindi and English — and had sent the proposal to the Home Ministry. It suggested ‘Paschimbanga’ in 2011 but it was turned down by the Central government.In 2016, it proposed ‘Bengal’ in English, ‘Bangla’ in Bengali and ‘Bangal’ in Hindi, which was also turned down. Finally, it proposed ‘Bangla’ last year.The Ministry of External Affairs objected to the proposals suggesting ‘Bangla’ had similarity to Bangladesh and it would be difficult to differentiate the two at international forums. Describing the re-naming to be in consonance with the history, culture and identity of the State, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to bring an amendment for the same in the current session of Parliament. She said the Chief Secretary of the State had communicated this position to the Union Home Secretary on August 21, 2018. (With inputs from Kolkata)last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos: A fascinating 2019by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos says they have a lot to look forward to in 2019.The trophies kept on coming for Los Blancos as they picked up a third successive Champions League win and added the Club World Cup to it before the end of the year.Real Madrid held an open training session for fans at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, and Ramos reflected on the year afterwards.”Hopefully in 2019 we can continue to maintain our streak of recent years but we will remember this year as an historic year,” he said.”I hope that we can celebrate many more titles with our fans. Let all fans enjoy their team and have a fascinating 2019.” last_img read more

The US Air Force will this summer begin testing a laser that will be mounted on an F-15 warplane, an official said Monday. © 2018 AFP Laser weapons edge toward use in US military Explore further Citation: US Air Force to begin fighter-mounted laser testing this summer (2018, March 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-air-fighter-mounted-laser-summer.html The Pentagon last year awarded a $26 million contract to Lockheed Martin for a laser program called SHiELD (Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator.)The idea is to put a laser system on aircraft with an output of about 50 kilowatts to test their ability to zap drones or cruise missiles.”We have got tests starting this summer and the flight tests next summer,” Jeff Stanley, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for science, technology and engineering, told reporters.”There are still some technical challenges that we have to overcome, mainly size, weight, power.”Military laser beams are invisible to the naked eye.By focusing a beam on a target, the technology rapidly heats it up inside, causing it to crash or explode. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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