Oakland’s Maxwell first MLB player to kneel during anthem

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “Everybody watches sports and so everybody loves sports, so I felt this was the right thing for me to do personally,” Maxwell said.Maxwell’s protest comes after Trump blasted American football players and rescinded a White House invitation for NBA champion Stephen Curry in a two-day rant that targeted top professional athletes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” Trump said of kneeling through the anthem. He added, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired’.”Maxwell informed A’s manager Bob Melvin and general manager David Forst of his intention to kneel before Saturday’s game. He also held a team meeting in which he addressed questions from teammates. Maxwell did not play in Oakland’s 1-0 win. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canha approached Maxwell after the meeting to offer his support.“I could tell he was getting kind of choked up and emotional about his beliefs and how he feels about the racial discrimination that’s going on in this country right now,” Canha said. “I felt like every fiber in my being was telling me that he needed a brother today.”The Athletics released a statement on Twitter shortly after the anthem, saying they “respect and support all of our players’ constitutional rights and freedom of expression” and “pride ourselves on being inclusive.”The league also issued a statement: “Major League Baseball has a longstanding tradition of honoring our nation prior to the start of our games. We also respect that each of our players is an individual with his own background, perspectives and opinions. We believe that our game will continue to bring our fans, their communities and our players together.”Maxwell was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, while his father was stationed there in the Army, but he grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, which is where Trump made his statements at a rally on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell kneels during the national anthem before the start of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Oakland, California. Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics has become the first major league baseball player to kneel during the national anthem. (Photo by ERIC RISBERG / AP)OAKLAND, California — Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics became the first Major League Baseball player to kneel during the US anthem on Saturday, pulling the league into a polarizing protest movement that has been criticized harshly by President Donald Trump.Before a home game against the Texas Rangers, Maxwell dropped to a knee just outside Oakland’s dugout, adopting a protest started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in response to police treatment of blacks. The rookie catcher pressed his right hand against his heart, and teammates stood in a line next to him. Teammate Mark Canha, who is white, put his right hand on one of Maxwell’s shoulders, and the two hugged after the anthem finished.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight NFL owners speak out in support of players, against Trump LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES “The racism in the South is disgusting,” Maxwell said. “It bothers me, and it hits home for me because that’s where I’m from. The racism in the South is pretty aggressive, and I dealt with it all the way through my childhood, and my sister went through it. I feel that that’s something that needs to be addressed and that needs to be changed.”League executives and star players alike condemned Trump’s words on Saturday, and Maxwell predicted on Twitter that athletes would begin kneeling in other sports following “comments like that coming from our president.”A few hours later, he followed through.“This now has gone from just a BlackLives Matter topic to just complete inequality of any man or woman that wants to stand for Their rights!” Maxwell wrote.Maxwell is decidedly patriotic and comes from a military family. His agent, Matt Sosnick, told The Associated Press that “the Maxwells’ love and appreciation for our country is indisputable.” Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

No security compromise at Wankhede: Shetty

first_imgSeeking to allay fears expressed by the city’s fire department about the safety norms at the Wankhede Stadium, World Cup tournament director Ratnakar Shetty on Sunday said security and safety of people would not be compromised while staging matches at the venue. “When we build a stadium, we take care of each and every person who will come to the stadium. And there would be no compromises in anything required by the government or any agencies,” Shetty told reporters who were taken around the renovated stadium. “Every permission that is required will be obtained and without that you can not have a stadium. You can not organise a match. But getting a permission is a procedure. It does not happen that you go to a counter and say now give me a NOC. There is a procedure which is followed and permissions are taken in a sequence. “Rest assured, all permissions will be in hand, all things required from the fire department and the NOC (no objection certificate). What is required is the compliance at the new areas like the basement at the north stand which will house the control room for the television and the media conference room,” he said. Expressing displeasure at the non-compliance of fire safety norms at the revamped Wankhede stadium, city’s Fire Brigade department had last week said that it would seek a reply from the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) in this regard.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Hijack feared as Malaysian ship with Indian crew goes missing

first_imgKuala Lumpur, Sep 10 (PTI) A cargo ship missing for a week with 14 crew members, including Indians, is feared to have been hijacked in the piracy-prone South China Sea, prompting Malaysian maritime authorities to launch a search today. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said a commercial vessel had reportedly spotted the missing ship about 23 nautical miles west of Miri yesterday evening and had notified the owners of the vessel MV Sah Lian. “The ship was reported to have a damaged gearbox and propeller crankshaft,” MMEA officials said. “This morning the owner informed us and we quickly deployed our vessel,” they said. The owners of the Malaysian-registered vessel lost contact with it on September 3 while it travelled along the Malaysian state of Sarawak with a crew of 14, including Indians. “We believe this ship has been hijacked and taken out of Malaysian waters. We believe it could be in Indonesian waters near the Natuna islands,” said First Admiral Ismaili Bujang Pit, the states coast guard chief. TheMV Sah Lianwas said to be carrying a mixed cargo including iron products, piping and food from Kuching to the town of Limbang. Southeast Asian waters are the worlds most piracy-prone, according to London-based International Maritime Bureau (IMB). In June, a Malaysian tanker was hijacked in the South China Sea. A week after the hijacking, eight suspected Indonesian pirates were arrested on a Vietnamese island after apparently fleeing the tanker in a lifeboat. PTI JB ABH AKJ ABHlast_img read more

Faf du Plessis ruled out with broken finger, further blow for Rising Pune Supergiants

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni’s Rising Pune Supergiants have had a horrible time in the ninth season of the Indian Premier League. The tournament newbie are languishing at the bottom of the table after losing four off their six games so far.In a fresh jolt to the franchise, their opening batsman Faf du Plessis has been ruled out of the ongoing tournament with a broken finger. Dhoni’s team had already lost England star Kevin Pietersen to a calf injury earlier this week. (Also read: Pietersen’s injury a blessing in disguise for Pune, says Dhoni) Du Plessis took to Twitter to confirm the news.And so my Ipl tournament unfortunately comes to and end.Broken finger and out for 6 weeks.Thanx India and @RPSupergiants it’s been fun.????? Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) April 28, 2016The South African T20 skipper scored 206 runs at an average of 34.33 in six matches. He was one of the most consistent batsmen in the team scoring consecutive half-centuries against Gujarat Lions and Kings XI Punjab.Khawaja to replace Pietersen Pune franchise had also indicated that Australian opener Usman Khawaja, who has been in splendid T20 form, was in-line to replace Pietersen. He (Khawaja) is a guy we are surely looking at, Supergiants coach Fleming said on Sunday.last_img read more

Vice-Prez optimistic about future of hockey in India

first_imgRourkela, Dec 10 (PTI) Vice-President Hamid Ansari today expressed optimism about a very bright future for the game in the country at the inauguration of Biju Patnaik Rural Hockey Championship here.”The game of hockey has certainly a very bright future. Never ever I had seen such overwhelming response to a tournament and massive gathering of players at a venue of a championship,” Ansari said at the inaugural ceremony at Dilip Tirky Sports Foundation.Noting that hockey is ingrained deep in the life of the people in this region, the Vice-President said “I am really impressed with the kind of response this tournament has received. The game is not only the soul but has presence in the pani and hawa (surroundings) here.””I have met Olympians from time to time but never got the opportunity to meet so many at one place and I am thankful,” he said.Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik said hockey has always brought pride to Odisha and the tournament is a new addition.MP and Olympian Dilip Tirkey spoke about the objective of the tournament.It will not only find talents but will also help in generating interest amongst the youth to follow the game. And above all it will persuade the youth to pick up hockey and not gun,” he said.Union Tribal Affairs Minister and Odishas Minister for Sports Sudam Marandi also spoke on the occasion.Five Olympians – Michel Kindo, Ashok Kumar, K Subbayah-manager Kalinga Lancers, Ignace Tirky and Birendra Lakra – were present.advertisementBenedict Tirky a former player and organiser said, “such events will definitely help the game.”Peter Tirky, Coach SAIL Hockey Academy said, “there will be far reaching impact of the tournament on the game.”The long-winded tournament, to end in next March, has participation of 1458 teams from three states with Odisha having maximum participation followed by Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.The matches will be played at separate venues in their respective states and finally 32 teams will come for the final round at Rourkela. PTI COR SKN SUS ATK ATKlast_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur’s Mousa Dembele eyes start against Arsenal

first_imgTottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele is confident he can make hisfirst Premier League start for the club in two months in the weekend’sclash at Arsenal after fully recovering from a foot injury.Dembele, whose progress has also been stalled by a hip issue, has featured justsix times in the Premier League this season and played the full 45minutes after coming on at half time in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palaceearlier this month.The Belgian international is targeting a full time return to first team action.”My injury is much better,” Dembele told Sky Sports. “I played 45 minutesin the last game so it is good. Of course, I want to be playing for theteam and adding my value but right now I am very optimistic and feelgood.”For us every game is important but we know there is some extra vibe the for this kind of game, it’s important for us.”Tottenham are third in the table, eight points behind runaway leaders ManchesterCity, and Dembele stressed the importance of a win on Saturday.”Also, like the fans, we have the same goal, we want to achieve something as a club and any team that we play we want to beat, we want to win,” hesaid.”That is the same with this game, we are aware of the importance of this derby.”Arsenal, who were beaten 3-1 at City in their last league outing, are sixth in the standings with 19 points from 11 games.advertisementlast_img read more

Sound of Music: Asiad theme song hit with athletes

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma Palembang, Aug 22 (PTI) Indonesia is receiving constant criticism for its traffic woes in Jakarta and Palembang in the ongoing Asian Games but it has also done a lot of things right, including the immensely popular theme song which is also available in Hindi. The song, which has been released in six different languages Bahasa, Hindi, Arabic, Korean, Japanese and Thai is a huge hit among the athletes. The original version called ‘Meraih Bintang (reach for the stars), sung by Indonesia’s rising dangdung music star Vi Vallen, has expectedly garnered the most hits on Youtube — 31 million — since it was released 50 days ago ahead of the August 18-September 2 Asian Games. Dangdung is a form of Indonesian pop inspired from Hindustani, Malay and Arabic. The Hindi version, sung by Siddharth Slathia, had close to two million hits at the time of writing. The organisers have actually launched a full-fledged Games album, featuring 13 songs. On the streets of Jakrata and Palembang, at Games Village and the sporting venues, ‘Meraih Bintang’ is being played on the loop. “It is really catchy even though I don’t understand the language (Bahasa). It keeps me going during competition,” 15-year-old Thai shooter Natsara Champalat told PTI. When told there was also a Thai version of the song, Champalat was quick to point that “it is mostly in English with very little Thai in it”. The song has been created to celebrate the unifying spirit of the Games and motivate the 11,000 plus athletes from 45 countries competing at the quadrennial event. It also promotes dangdung.advertisement Another song has that has been pepping up the athletes is called ‘Non Political’. “Love is our language, peace is our weapon. W don’t need no politician, we all just want to dance,” these are the opening two lines of the high-energy song featuring Slank, the biggest Indonesian rock band. “I have been to other Games but the theme songs there did not create a buzz. What they have done is great. The songs have a very global appeal to it,” said Bahraini athlete Ali Hussain. Waka Waka, the anthem of 2010 World Cup in South Africa, is easily the most popular song to have come out of major sporting events in recent times. India too had a song for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi but it did not catch the attention of the athletes and general public despite being an A R Rahman composition. India’s young trap shooter, Lakshay Sheoran, relies heavily on music to relax himself. Lakshay shot his way to a silver medal on Monday as the theme song played in the background. He was even seen grooving to it. “Mein music mein kho jaata hoon (I get lost in the music to focus). It was the case today also,” Lakshay had told PTI after his memorable feat. PTI BS PM PM PMlast_img read more

Ashes Test: Sophie Molineux shines on debut as Australia women dominate England

first_imgAustralia’s Left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux had a dream debut as she hurt England’s chances of saving the Ashes by picking up 3 crucial wickets on Day 3 of the only Test in Taunton on Saturday.Sophie Molineux got the big wickets of Heather Knight, Amy Jones and Sarah Taylor as England huffed and puffed to 199 for 6 at Stumps on Day 3 of the only Ashes Test. Australia had declared on 420 for 8 earlier in the day after Beth Mooney became the 5th Australian batter to score 50-plus in their first innings.England lost Tammy Beaumont to Ellyse Perry as early as the third over as the Australian star’s dream Test continued. However, Amy Jones and Heather Knight had a 79-run stand for the 2nd wicket before Sophie Molineux picked up her maiden Test wicket to send Knight walking back.Amy Jones fell to Molinuex in the 44th over but Natalie Sciver saved the blushes for the hosts on Day 3 with a hard-fought 62. Sciver remained unbeaten at close of play even as England lost Sarah Taylor and Katherine Brunt in quick succession.If the proceedings of the 1st 3 days are anything to go by, England’s chances of saving the Ashes Test looks bleak. They need nothing less than a win to avoid Australia retaining the Ashes.Rain had washed away play on Day 2 after Lunch on Friday in the Test but Ellyse Perry stole the show with her hundred. The Australia No. 4 hit 116 from 281 balls before England’s Laura Marsh got her wicket.Women’s Ashes is a point-based series and the team that earns the most points at the end of the series will clinch the trophy. Australia are the current holders of the Ashes as they won it in the backyard of England in 2015 and then retained the trophy in Australia in 2017.advertisementA team will be entitled to earn two points on winning an ODI or T20I. If the match is tied or abandoned, both teams will receive a point each. The only Test consists of four points to grab, however, in case there is a draw, the teams will get two points each.Also Read | Women’s Ashes Test: Ellyse Perry finally gets dismissed before rain plays spoilsport on Day 2Also See:last_img read more

Ramos fit for Club World Cup final

first_imgFIFA Club World Cup Ramos ‘feeling much better’ and ready for Club World Cup final Iain Strachan 01:58 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Ramos - cropped Getty Images FIFA Club World Cup Real Madrid Sergio Ramos Real Madrid v Grêmio Grêmio Los Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane should be able to call on the defender if required against Brazilian side Gremio Sergio Ramos has declared himself fit after missing Real Madrid’s first match of the FIFA Club World Cup, which he claimed “is like going on a camping trip”.Madrid have won the competition in two of the last three seasons and can retain their crown by beating Gremio in the final on Saturday.Ramos did not play as the Liga and Champions League holders came from behind to defeat Al Jazira 2-1 on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But the Spain international defender could be involved from kick-off this weekend.”I am feeling much better after a calf problem and then [the] back issue that I had,” he told a news conference.”But today I trained with no problem.”Hola @NYUAbuDhabi!#RMCWC | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/9iq6hL3xiH— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) December 15, 2017Of being with his team-mates in the United Arab Emirates for the mid-season event, Ramos added: “It is like going on a camping trip, a bit more professional, but with your mates spending lots of time together. “We are eating together, in our free time together, and this union is one of the keys to success.”And Ramos claimed Madrid will not be taking their opponents, led by former Brazil international Renato Portaluppi, lightly. “Gremio will not make it easy for us,” he said.”They have a coach who was also a player, so he can communicate what he wants from his team.”last_img read more

Very proud of India’s best-ever performance at Boxing World Championships: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

first_imgVery proud of India’s best-ever performance at Boxing World Championships: Sports Minister Kiren RijijuSpeaking at the felicitation ceremony held for World Boxing Championships medalists Manish Kaushik and Amit Panghal, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said he is confident of a bright future for Indian boxing.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 23, 2019UPDATED: September 23, 2019 19:56 IST Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju felicitates boxers Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik (Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKiren Rijiju handed cash rewards to Amit Panghal and Manish KaushikAmit won the silver medal at World Boxing ChampionshipsManish Kaushik won a bronze on his World Boxing Championships debutUnion Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju felicitated India’s boxing stars Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik who won a medal each at the Men’s World Boxing Championships. The two medals won by Amit and Manish were the most by India at any single men’s boxing championship. Amit was honoured by Kiren Rijiju with a cheque of Rs. 14 lakh while Manish was given a cheque of Rs 8 lakh.Amit, who was the second seed in 52 kg, created history as he became the first Indian to reach the final of the Men’s World Boxing Championship before winning silver. It has been a glorious past couple of years for the 24 year-old from Haryana, who in recent times has won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games and 2019 Asian Championships along with winning the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games.Speaking about the World Boxing Championships win, Amit said, “I am very happy about winning silver and I would like to send my regards to people from across the country who supported me through this journey. Of course I would have wanted to win gold, and I will work on my weaknesses to convert this silver into gold in my upcoming challenges.”23 year-old Manish Kaushik had a glorious run in the tournament in the 63 kg event as he knocked off 4th seed and Asian Games silver medalist Baatarsukhin Chinzorig in the round of 16, before seeing his tournament end in the semifinals to the top seed Andy Cruz Gomez and winning a bronze. Manish and Amit won India’s 5th and 6th medals at the Men’s World Championships.advertisementThe previous winners were Vijender Singh (75 kg) in 2009, Vikas Krishan (69 kg) in 2011, Shiva Thapa (56 kg) in 2015 and Gaurav Bidhuri (56 kg) in 2017.”I am very happy about winning a bronze medal in my very first World Championship and seeing my name alongside some of the finest men’s boxers from India as a world medalist. I played well during this tournament and beat an Asian Games medalist along the way which is something that satisfied me,” Manish said.Kiren Rijiju, who was all praise for the Indian side, said, “I am very proud of India’s best-ever performance at the Men’s Boxing World Championship. I feel India has a great future in boxing.”In fact, even those boxers who reached the quarter final stage need to be congratulated for their performance. This is the Olympic year and these medals are a sign that India is indeed prepared to put up a good show at Tokyo 2020. I want to assure all athletes, across all sporting disciplines preparing for Tokyo that we will extend all support.”Also Read | World champion Sindhu resumes quest for season’s first BWF World Tour title in KoreaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Amit PanghalFollow Manish KaushikFollow Kiren RijijuFollow World Boxing Championshipslast_img read more

2.95 Million Tourists Between January and August

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says this represents a 4.7 per cent increase when compared to the corresponding period last year. Providing an official update on the performance of the sector at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on September 5, Mr. Bartlett said the sector continues to perform well amidst national, regional and global challenges. Provisional figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) show that between January and August 2018, a total of 2.95 million tourists visited Jamaica.Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says this represents a 4.7 per cent increase when compared to the corresponding period last year.Providing an official update on the performance of the sector at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on September 5, Mr. Bartlett said the sector continues to perform well amidst national, regional and global challenges.He said the figures indicate that the sector is on target to outperform the benchmark target of five per cent growth in five years.“Last year broke all of that, because we got 12 per cent. To grow on last year is a phenomenal achievement and to be growing at the five per cent that we project is even more phenomenal,” the Minister said.He noted that preliminary gross foreign exchange earnings for the first eight months of 2018 were approximately US$2.2 billion.“That means you are trending well ahead of the US$3-billion mark for the end of this calendar year. If we continue with these robust arrival figures to year end, then for the third consecutive year, the growth of Jamaica’s tourism sector would have exceeded the projected five per cent annual growth,” he said.Meanwhile, the Minister pointed out that the figures indicate the country experienced the “best summer” performance for the period May to August 2018.Mr. Bartlett informed that the provisional estimates showed stopover arrivals up by six per cent, when compared to the corresponding period last year.“That is 884,324 visitors compared to the 834,292 in 2017. These figures contributed to total visitor arrivals of 1,312,494, which was a 4.4 per cent increase over the same period last year,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett emphasised that this augurs well for the country’s high season, which begins in December. Provisional figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) show that between January and August 2018, a total of 2.95 million tourists visited Jamaica.last_img read more

Employers and Students Go Back to School

first_imgEmployers are joining students this fall as they go back to school. It is all part of a new program called Options and Opportunities. The program was officially launched in a press conference today, Sept. 14. Norm Kemp, an employer from the Department of National Defence and student Amy McKay from Auburn Drive High School were on hand to share their experience in last year’s pilot program. “This is an opportunity for those students who may not be meeting their academic potential because they are not fully engaged in our public school program,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “We need to ensure these students are prepared to take advantage of the opportunities Nova Scotia has to offer. By taking this program, students not only earn their high school diploma, they also graduate with work-ready skills and a plan for the future.” The province is investing more than $2 million in the program which is designed to better prepare students for the labour market and help them make more informed career choices. It focuses on career development and matches students with qualified employers to give them opportunities to gain real experience in a real workplace. Schools can offer students experience in arts, culture, and recreation; business; health and human services; hospitality and tourism; information technology; and, trades and technologies. Ms. McKay said the program helped her go from a frustrated student to a high-achiever who now loves school and boasts a perfect attendance record. “Last year everything improved. School is a lot less stressful,” said Ms. McKay, who is starting her second year in the Options and Opportunities program. She also said the program helped keep her engaged in her school work and her marks rose by 20 per cent. The program was piloted by Auburn Drive High School during the 2005-06 school year. This year, it will be expanded to 26 more schools across the province. Mr. Kemp said programs like this are beneficial and that all employers should consider getting involved. “More than half of our civilian workforce is going to retire by 2014 and we need to retain that skill and knowledge base,” said Mr. Kemp, Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) civilian workforce renewal analyst. “Youth are our future and as an employer it’s our responsibility to support students by exposing them to the many diverse careers that exist in MARLANT, as well as the education and training they need to seize those opportunities. We believe it’s critical to participate in programs like Options and Opportunities. It’s part of our succession planning and it’s the right thing to do.” The Department of Education is also working with the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)on a framework for admitting Option and Opportunities graduates to NSCC programs. As part of this process, teachers in the program will work with NSCC to introduce students to NSCC programs. This school year, nine graduates of the pilot program at Auburn Drive High School are entering the college. Recognizing the importance of working with all of its partners to better prepare students, the department is encouraging employers across the province to work with schools to help young people connect with the workplace. An initiative called Invest in Youth, will raise awareness of the many ways employers can get involved, from taking on a student for an Options and Opportunities work placement to hosting a workplace tour. It will also include the creation of a secure database of employer profiles for use by select school, school board and Department of Education staff. The Options and Opportunities program was first announced in June 2005 as part of Learning for Life II: Brighter Futures Together.last_img read more

Foster Families Open Hearts Homes

first_imgNearly 650 foster families in Nova Scotia open their hearts and homes to children in need of a loving, stable home. Foster Family Appreciation Week runs to Sunday, Oct. 26, and provides an opportunity to thank foster parents for providing safe, loving homes for young Nova Scotians. “Every young person deserves stability and support in a welcoming home where they can achieve their potential,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister of Community Services. “That’s why we are interested in recruiting and supporting foster parents from a wide variety of backgrounds.” The number of foster parents in the province has declined by 24 per cent since 2008, while the need for homes for children in care remains steady. This trend is not unique to Nova Scotia, it is an ongoing concern throughout North America. “You’ve just got to love kids, that’s all,” said Joanne Mutton, who has been a foster parent for 10 years in Yarmouth. “The benefits far outweigh anything else that might happen along the way.” The influence of a foster parent can last for a lifetime. Foster parents can be married or common-law, in a same-sex partnership or single. They may work full-time or part-time, outside or at home. Nova Scotians are encouraged to join the team working to help children safely reunite with a parent, live with extended family or transition to an adoptive family. Those interested in becoming foster parents can call 1-800-565-1884 or visit http://gov.ns.ca/fostercare .last_img read more

UN health agency welcomes Facebook pledge to stop vaccine misinformation from going

Following months of discussions between WHO and Facebook on the spread of inaccuracies when it comes to immunization, the social media giant has vowed to direct millions of users to “WHO’s accurate and reliable vaccine information in several languages, to ensure that vital health messages reach people who need them most”, WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebryesus said in a statement.“Vaccine misinformation is a major threat to global health that could reverse decades of progress made in tackling preventable diseases”, WHO warned. Deadly and debilitating diseases such as diphtheria, hepatitis, polio and measles can be effectively prevented through vaccination.WHO ranks vaccine reluctance, or hesitancy, among the top ten threats to global health in 2019, citing the recent resurgence in Measles this year, which saw a 30 per cent increases in cases worldwide.Major digital organizations have a responsibility to their users—to ensure that they can access facts about vaccines and health -WHO Director-GeneralWith the anti-vaccination movement gaining momentum online, immunization rates have plummeted globally as much in wealthy areas as in developing countries—media reports have cited vaccination numbers in California’s Los Angeles as low as those in Chad and South Sudan.WHO estimates that Immunization prevents 2-3 million deaths per year, and additional illnesses and disabilities from 26 vaccine-preventable diseases.Mr. Ghebreyesus made it clear that “major digital organizations have a responsibility to their users—to ensure that they can access facts about vaccines and health.”“It would be great to see social and search platforms come together to leverage their combined reach,” he maintained.Just last month, the social media platform Pinterest announced it would restrict vaccine search results only to major health groups, including WHO, and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).“Digital actors,” should do more to ensure the world knows “that #VaccinesWork,” WHO said, highlighting the theme of this year’s World Immunization Week, celebrated in April.The aim is to support innovation that backs healthy behaviours, the Director-General said, “to save lives and protect the vulnerable,” adding that many children have parents who fully support vaccination as a key health measure, but “currently lack access to these life-saving tools.”The move by Facebook “must be matched by tangible steps by governments and the health sector to promote trust in vaccination and respond to the needs and concerns of parents”, Mr. Ghebryesus stressed. read more

ThinkPad update New T L and W series models announced

first_imgSandy Bridge has been official for some time, so it’s time for some new business notebooks. Today Lenovo is announcing six updated ThinkPads: three new T series models, two L series models, and a single W series mobile workstation. The change is looking like a standard refresh for all models involved, with shiny new graphics and processors, but Lenovo made sure to put some other changes in as well. The highlights include:720p HD webcam, with HD full duplex microphones for improved VoIP and video conferencing. Microphone has a 360-degree conference call mode.Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for fast boot up/shutdown“Vastly” improved battery life that includes adaptive technologies designed to provide power when its needed and scale back when it’s not. Up to 15 hours on the T420 and 10 hours on the T420s (with 6-cell and optional bay battery).T and W series computers have Nvidia Optimus graphics switchingSecond-gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors (20% performance boost) and Intel HD Graphics (2x performance over previous generation)The six new “ThinkPad classic” models include the ThinkPad T420s, T420, T520, L420, L520, and the W520. The first three will refresh the ThinkPad’s best-selling enterprise notebook with a lightweight 14-inch model, a standard 14-inch model, and a 15-incher. The L series is for mainstream business notebooks and gets new 14- and 15-inch models, while the W520 is a 15-inch ISV-certified mobile workstation.They will be priced as follows: T420s: $1,329; T420: $779; T520: $909; L420: $719; L520: $719; and W520: $1329. Products will be available on March 29th.See them all here:thinkpad_x20_37thinkpad_x20_37thinkpad_x20_36thinkpad_x20_35thinkpad_x20_34thinkpad_x20_33thinkpad_x20_32thinkpad_x20_31thinkpad_x20_30thinkpad_x20_29thinkpad_x20_28thinkpad_x20_27thinkpad_x20_26thinkpad_x20_25thinkpad_x20_24thinkpad_x20_23thinkpad_x20_22thinkpad_x20_21thinkpad_x20_20thinkpad_x20_19thinkpad_x20_18thinkpad_x20_17thinkpad_x20_16thinkpad_x20_15thinkpad_x20_14thinkpad_x20_13thinkpad_x20_12thinkpad_x20_11thinkpad_x20_10thinkpad_x20_09thinkpad_x20_08thinkpad_x20_07thinkpad_x20_06thinkpad_x20_05thinkpad_x20_04thinkpad_x20_03thinkpad_x20_02thinkpad_x20_01last_img read more

Poll 56 think employers in the gig economy should provide minimum benefits

first_imgEmployee Benefits poll: More than half (56%) of respondents think that employers which operate in the gig economy should be required to provide a minimum level of benefits for those working for them.A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 25 responses, also found that 36% of respondents feel that employers in the gig economy should not be required to provide a minimum level of benefits just yet, as more clarification around working statuses is needed first.A minority (8%) of respondents do not think employers in the gig economy should be required to implement a minimum level of benefits.Employment tribunal cases in both the UK and US over the past year have raised the profile of how individuals who work in the gig economy are treated in terms of benefits and working conditions. More specifically, legal cases involving employers such as taxi organisation Uber and courier firm Addison Lee have questioned the employment status of individuals working for the organisations, in order to determine the employment rights of claimants.For example, the organisations have been hiring individuals on an independent contractor basis. This means that the drivers or couriers are defined as self-employed for tax purposes, and also do not have access to employment rights such as holiday pay and the national minimum wage. However, claimants in the employment tribunal cases have argued that their working conditions, routines and contracts instead demonstrate an employer-employee relationship, meaning that they should be classified as workers. Workers are entitled to employment rights and would receive both the national minimum wage and holiday pay.A report commissioned by prime minister Theresa May, The Good Work: The Taylor review of modern working practices, explored worker status as part of its remit to analyse current working practices and models to ensure they were fit for purpose within the modern workplace.Published in July 2017, the report recommended retaining the three-tier approach to employment status, which currently includes employees, workers, and self-employed individuals, but renaming those who are eligible for workers’ rights but who are not employees as dependent contractors. The new definition is designed to reflect more casual employment relationships, such as those featured in the gig economy, while supporting those who are not genuinely self-employed.When determining dependent contractor status, the review suggested placing greater focus on the principle of control and less on whether there is a requirement to perform work personally.In May 2017, Uber agreed to contribute to a range of benefits for its UK drivers. Provided in partnership with the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), the benefits are available to active drivers using the Uber app in the UK who have completed at least 500 trips. Drivers can access the benefits by paying a £2 weekly membership fee to the IPSE, with Uber making a significant contribution towards the cost of joining the scheme. Overall, the package is worth £8 a week.The range of benefits includes sickness and injury cover up to £2,000 if drivers are unable to drive for two weeks or more, jury service cover up to £2,000, occupational accident cover of £300 a week for up to 52 weeks if an accident takes place during a trip or while the driver is logged in to the Uber app, and accidental death or permanent total disablement cover of £50,000 if an accident takes place during a trip or while logged in to the Uber app. Drivers can also access free advice and support on issues such as paying tax, mortgages, pensions, and saving for the future.last_img read more

Huge Gun Show Returns To Wilmington On March 23

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) will host a firearm and knife show, featuring 500 tables, on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9am-5pm, and Sunday, March 3, 2019, 9am-3pm.Participants can buy, sell and trade sporting, antique, and collectible firearms; custom and high quality knives; and various militaria.The general admission fee for adults is $12. Children 12 and under, with an adult, are free. Parking is also free. Learn more HERE. A $1-off coupon can be found HERE.The event is hosted by New Mart Promotions of Massachusetts and promoted by the NRA-affiliated Westchester Collectors Club.(DISCLAIMER: All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed.  New Massachusetts requirement for firearm purchases – a “pin” number is needed to purchase a firearm. Pin numbers can be obtained from the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services by calling 617-660-4722, Monday through Friday, 8am to 6pm.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHuge Gun Show Returns To Wilmington On March 3-4In “Business”Huge Gun Show Returns To WilmingtonIn “Business”Huge Gun Show Returns To Wilmington On November 12-13In “Business”last_img read more

Gurugram police arrests gym owner for thrashing woman toll

first_imgGurugram: Gurugram Police arrested the man, who thrashed woman toll collector at Kherki Daula Toll Plaza on Friday morning. The arrested accused has been identified as Manjeet, a native of Shikopur village in Gurugram and a gym owner by profession. According to police, Manjeet was booked in a 2011 murder case and in 2018 and was arrested in possession with an illegal weapon. The police have also recovered the black SUV which he had borrowed from one of his friends. This development came a day after a Kherki Daula Toll Plaza employee was hit by a car driver in Haryana’s Gurugram area Friday morning. The female toll plaza employee was sitting in booth number 27 when at around 9 am a black SUV approached the toll gate. Refusing to pay the toll, the driver broke the toll barrier and assaulted the employee. The entire incident was recorded on the CCTV camera installed at the facility.last_img read more

Khulna workers continue protest for 3rd day

first_imgJute mill workers put barricade on the rail tracks of Khulna for the second consecutive day of their strike. UNB file photoFor the third consecutive day on Thursday, workers of the state owned jute mills in Khulna are continuing the 72-hour strike to press home their nine-point demand including implementation of the wage commission, reports UNB.The agitating workers took positions on several places including Natun Rasta, Shonadanga Bus Stand and Atra industrial area around 6:00am, halting traffic movement on Khulna-Jashore road.Productions in nine state-owned jute mills remained suspended following the strike since Tuesday morning.However, they also put up barricade on the rail tracks, halting train services of Khulna with other part of the country creating immense suffering to commuters.Manik Chandra Sarkar, station master of Khulna Railway Station, said, “No train left the city or arrived here since 6:00am Thursday.”No long route buses left from the district.Earlier on Tuesday, the jute mill workers started their 72-hour strike by blocking roads and rail routes from 8:00am-12:00pm to press home their nine-point demand.Production at nine jute mills in the region remain suspended from Tuesday following the strike.The workers resumed protests from 31 March as their demands were not fulfilled by the government within their stipulated time.last_img read more

Facebook Offers Hope for Team Deandre

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comWhen I entered the gates of the massive Montgomery Park complex on Monroe Street a couple of weeks ago I didn’t know what to expect.I hadn’t been there since a visit to what was then Montgomery Ward (or Monkey Wards as we called it) with my Grandmother in the 1970’s. The 21st century iteration of the white behemoth is an ironic symbol of Baltimore’s evolution over the last 40 years, but I digress.I was at Montgomery Park on Nov. 29 at the invitation of Yvette Bourcicot, policy and communications manager at Facebook. After a conversation with Bourcicot the night before (and a gentle nudge from AFRO Publisher Frances “Toni” Draper), I agreed to participate in the six hour (!) “structured brainstorming session” or “the Baltimore safety jam.”Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)The ubiquitous social media conglomerate was in Baltimore to facilitate results oriented conversations about the violence that continues to ravage our city. So, I’ve been on Facebook for 10 years and what I know about the pioneering social media titan is pretty much what everybody knows; billions of users worldwide and because of that the founder Mark Zuckerberg is a rather wealthy man and in recent years his company has found itself in a bit of hot water politically because of Trump, Russian bots, yada, yada, yada.But, what I also know about Facebook is the company is in the midst of giving away billions (with a B) of dollars and implementing strategies globally to do good. So, I suspect that’s why they decided to launch their national “public safety challenge” in Baltimore one of the most violent cities on earth.Once I entered the space where we worked for most of the day and recognized some of the faces in the room much of my apprehension began to melt away.I saw Shantay Jackson Guy of the Baltimore Police Department’s consent decree monitoring team and Ray Kelly of the No Boundaries Coalition sitting together. I also saw Dr. Andrey Bundley, perhaps the last warrior principal of Walbrook High School my beloved alma mater, who is currently Mayor Pugh’s director of African American Male Engagement. There were also several Baltimore City agency heads in the room and we were all charged to identify challenges for (imagined, but oh so real) individual prototypical city residents and come up with solutions to help make their lives better.My group (which was probably the most raucous, not sure why) was made up of: Alli Smith (Pugh’s director of community engagement), Inez Robb (community leader in Sandtown-Winchester), Sarah Vieweg (Facebook), Tavon Claggett (Baltimore Fire Department), Freddie Allen (a colleague with the Black Press), Tlee Cooper (a young entrepreneur) Deidre Webb (Pugh’s Office of Employment Development) and Col. Rick Worley (Baltimore Police Department, chief of patrol).Our job was to help a young man named “D’andre.”D’andre is a 24-year old Black male who lives in Gilmor Homes in West Baltimore, the same community where Freddie Gray lived and ultimately was mortally injured. D’andre is unemployed. He is a high school graduate, but reads on a third grade level. He is responsible for two younger siblings (feeding them, getting them ready for school), he has two young children of his own, he hustles (drugs, illegal transportation), has a criminal record and is active on social media.D’andre wants stable employment, he wants safety for him and his family, he’s fearful, he’s paranoid and he has a lack of role models. Yet, he perseveres the best way he can.His story is a familiar one.At the end of a long work day all the groups identified five top challenges facing Baltimore residents including D’andre. And a formal partnership between Facebook and the City of Baltimore will endeavor to come up with cogent, plausible solutions over the next several months.Baltimore residents feel unsafe sharing information about violent crime with law enforcement.City school students are being robbed at bus stops.Despite the most job openings in the state, Baltimore City has the highest unemployment rate.The pervasive peril of vacant and abandoned houses.Getting helpful information to residents about vacant buildings.If the partnership between the City and Facebook helps eradicate just one of these challenges facing our communities, my trip to Montgomery Park (after a 40-plus year absence) will be one of the best days of 2018.Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img read more