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Magic finally get a playoff game at home; Thunder, Pacers on ropes

first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ “We know anything can happen in the playoffs,” Boston guard Kyrie Irving said.The Thunder have shot the ball horribly from the outside, but more than anything else have been doomed by one bad quarter in each of their first two games against the Trail Blazers. In Game 1 (a five-point loss), they lost the first quarter by 14. In Game 2 (a 20-point loss), they lost the third quarter by 16.Oklahoma City is 2-14 this season when shooting 41 percent or less, which includes both of the two games. Despite that, Thunder star Paul George said he has a simple message for teammates.“Keep shooting,” George said. “We’re going to make shots. Keep shooting. We missed shots, so what? Keep shooting.”A look at Friday night’s games:ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated The Orlando Magic bench celebrates during an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)Orlando returned to Florida with home-court advantage.Indiana and Oklahoma City are seeking some home-court magic.ADVERTISEMENT RAPTORS AT MAGICSeries tied, 1-1. Game 3, 7 p.m. EDT, ESPN.NEED TO KNOW: Orlando is playing its first home playoff game since May 5, 2012 and will seek its first home playoff win since April 26, 2011.KEEP AN EYE ON: Magic center Nikola Vucevic has not been much of a factor so far, going a combined 6 for 21 in the first two games. Expect Orlando to run a lot for him early in an effort to get him in rhythm.INJURY WATCH: Toronto may be getting Patrick McCaw (right thumb sprain) back for Game 3, which will bolster the bench. McCaw — who played in 21 playoff games with Golden State over the last two seasons — last played March 28.PRESSURE IS ON: Still Toronto. All the Raptors did in Game 2 — a blowout, no less — was escape a bigger hole. Magic fans have waited nearly a decade for a playoff game. The atmosphere will be intense and Orlando is 13-1 in its last 14 games at home.CELTICS AT PACERSCeltics lead, 2-0. Game 3, 8:30 p.m. EDT, ABC.NEED TO KNOW: Boston is 36-1 all-time in best-of-seven series when it holds a 2-0 lead. The loss? Against Cleveland, in last season’s Eastern Conference finals.KEEP AN EYE ON: The Pacers’ rebounding. They’ve been completely outplayed in that department, one of the reasons why they’re in this 0-2 hole. Boston shot only 58 percent from the line in the first two games, though obviously that didn’t hurt the Celtics. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img STAT QUIRK: Through all teams’ first two games of this year’s playoffs, Boston ranked 15th out of the 16 clubs in points per game. Luckily for the Celtics, Indiana was 16th.PRESSURE IS ON: Myles Turner. The Pacers’ center has 13 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks — not averages, totals — in the first two games, and he’s taken more 3-point tries than 2-point tries. He’s got to come up big in Game 3.TRAIL BLAZERS AT THUNDERTrail Blazers lead, 2-0. Game 3, 9:30 p.m., ESPN.NEED TO KNOW: Since losing in Oklahoma City on Feb. 11, Portland has gone 11-5 on the road. The Thunder didn’t reach the 100-point mark in either of the first two games; the last time they didn’t reach triple digits in consecutive games was back in mid-November.KEEP AN EYE ON: The 3-point line. Oklahoma City is shooting 16.4 percent from beyond the arc in this series; the last time a team shot worse than that in a first-round matchup was 1991, when San Antonio was 3 for 26 (.115) in its 3-1 series loss to Golden State.HEAD TO HEAD: Thunder star Russell Westbrook and Portland star Damian Lillard have gone head-to-head 25 times. Lillard’s team leads, 13-12.PRESSURE IS ON: Westbrook. He took the blame after the Game 2 loss. It will be extremely interesting to see what Westbrook’s floor plan is for Game 3. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew A trio of Game 3s in the NBA on Friday night — Toronto at Orlando, Boston at Indiana and Portland at Oklahoma City — have three very different story lines. The Magic got a split of their first two games with the Raptors, the Pacers are reeling after a late-game collapse in Game 2 left them trailing the Celtics 2-0, and the Thunder have seemed completely out of sorts as they’ve gotten into a 2-0 hole against the Trail Blazers.“I still don’t think we understand how good a team we can be when we play well,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIndiana had a great chance at getting a split slip away late in Game 2 at Boston. The Pacers have now lost 16 of their last 24 games overall, are looking at a fourth consecutive first-round ouster and have never won a series after losing the first two games.Having said all that, the Celtics are leery of a letup. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipino bets Carlo Biado, Johann Chua enter WPA Players Championship semis View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

Anil Kumble’s demand from BCCI: Coach should earn 60 per cent captain’s earnings

first_imgRemunerations dominated former India coach Anil Kumble’s 19-page proposal on restructuring of contracts to the BCCI in which he had demanded that the “chief coach should earn 60 percent of the captains’ estimated earnings”.The document also supported national coaches “earning from IPL” to “augment their income” without specifying whether it amounts to ‘Conflict of Interest’.He had also suggested that 20 percent of the players’ Central Contracts should be variable pay based on their “fitness standards”.The PTI has access to Kumble’s presentation, which he submitted on Committee Of Administrators’ (COA) behest during the final of the IPL on May 21.Titled ‘Restructuring of Remuneration And Contracts of Personnel Of The Indian Cricket Team’, Kumble, on Page 12 of the document, proposed a hike for the support staff.Under Point No 10 ‘The Suggested Change: Enablers’, the former skipper had given a four-column tabulation chart.’Enablers’ is a terminology Kumble used for the team’s support staff.While suggesting a hike of Rs 7.5 crore from the ‘current’ Rs 6.5 crore, Kumble in the ‘Remarks’ column wrote: “At 60 percent of Captains’ estimated earnings’. Eligible for 30 percent of his salary as variable bonus on team performance”.Kumble’s proposal is an indicator that whenever Virat Kohli would have earned more from the BCCI, his own earnings would have gone up proportionately.The chart also suggested that Sanjay Bangar’s salary be hiked from current Rs 1 crore to Rs 2.25 crore while R Sridhar should get Rs 1.75 crore instead of the current Rs 1 crore with “retrospective effect” from June 1, 2016.However, something that has caught the attention of BCCI mandarins is his suggestion of national coaches “earning from IPL”.advertisementInterestingly, former COA member Ramachandra Guha, in his parting shot, had written about national coaches “moonlighting” for IPL teams which he termed as a clear case of Conflict of Interest.Many had perceived it as Guha’s veiled dig at Rahul Dravid, who doubled up as India A and U-19 as well Delhi Daredevils franchise.However, Kumble in Page 11, Point No 9 stated: “Guidelines for Enablers” stated: “The Players are kept out of the contracts during two months IPL window. Similarly, the Coaches too need to be kept put of contract allowing them to be a part of the IPL — this will enable them to augment their earnings and gain more experience particularly for the T20 games.”A BCCI official, who has studied Kumble’s proposal document, told PTI: “While a lot of issues are pertinent but even his proposal on IPL is contrary to what Guha had written in his letter. If we go by what Guha had written, what Anil had demanded is a clear case of ‘Conflict of Interest’.”While he had suggested separate ‘Red and White Ball’ retainership contracts, which had earlier been reported, there was one interesting point about a portion of Players’ ‘retainership Fees’ or central contract money being linked as a “variable pay” subject to maintaining “fitness and Other Team Standards”.As per Page 6 under Point No.5 ‘Suggested Changes: Players’, Kumble had given another four-column tabulation chart.Under the remarks Column for the ‘Annual Retainership Fees’ for both Tests, ODIs and T20s, Kumble wrote: “20 percent of the Retainer money can be given subject to a player managing his fitness levels and other team fitness standards during the year.”Among other demands where “defined amounts” instead of “ad-hoc payments” for various wins like Rs 2 crore per player for 50-over World Cup while Champions Trophy and World T20 should carry a prize money of Rs 1 crore per player, each.He had demanded “Superannuation fund from a part of Retainer Fee-access to post retirement” — a ‘Benefit Package’ with compound interest.This is like companies deducting a portion of an employee’s salary for Provident Fund and Gratuity.last_img read more

Report: West Brom 0 West Ham 0

first_imgWest Brom 0 West Ham 0: Fortune favours Pulis in Premier League stalemate Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 23:53 16/9/2017 javier hernandez - cropped Getty Images Ben Foster was perhaps fortunate to escape a red card as West Ham earned a 0-0 draw at West Brom. West Brom benefited from a slice of luck and refereeing leniency in their 0-0 Premier League draw with West Ham on Saturday.Slaven Bilic’s side were the better team at The Hawthorns and came closest to scoring through a spectacular long-range effort from Pedro Obiang which smacked the crossbar.The visitors were also left aggrieved that goalkeeper Ben Foster was only given a booking for a lunging challenge on Javier Hernandez midway through the second half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Tony Pulis’ side suffered their first defeat of the season to Brighton and Hove Albion last week and seemed to be lacking the confidence they displayed in their opening two games.West Ham, who ended a run of three losses in a row with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town last time out, were the more adventurous of the teams but struggled to create chances against a compact defence shielded by Gareth Barry, who made a record 600th Premier League start and equalled Ryan Giggs’ appearance record of 632.The result puts the Hammers level on points with Everton, who travel to Manchester United on Sunday, while West Brom move on to eight points from five games.632 – Gareth Barry will today equal Ryan Giggs’ @premierleague record of 632 appearances in the competition. Longevity. pic.twitter.com/m3xKUHH3by— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 16, 2017Chris Brunt tested Joe Hart in the early exchanges but Obiang came closest to a goal in the first half, rattling the top of the crossbar with an extraordinary curling shot from 45 yards out that had Foster completely beaten.The attempt seemed to galvanise West Ham, who began to peg back the home side and twice created half-chances for Andy Carroll, who failed to hit the target.The Baggies’ best chance of the half came for James Morrison, who failed to connect properly with a dangerous Matt Phillips cross from the left.West Ham remained the better side after the break but suffered a blow 10 minutes into the half when James Collins appeared to injure a hamstring and was replaced by Marko Arnautovic, on for his first appearance since returning from suspension.The Austrian was straight into the action, taking a hit to the shin from Ahmed Hegazi, with Bilic left furious on the sidelines after West Brom did not put the ball out of play for the forward to be treated.West Ham’s frustrations were even greater just three minutes later as Foster escaped with a yellow card after racing from his goal and bringing down Hernandez with a thigh-high challenge that mercifully made little contact with the striker.The visitors kept up their attacking efforts in the closing stages but West Brom held firm to take a point, although they have now won only two of their last 14 top-flight meetings with the Londoners. KEY OPTA STATS- West Ham kept just their second clean sheet in their last 19 away matches in the Premier League. – Only Southampton (13) and Man Utd (12) have recorded more nil-nil draws in the Premier League than West Brom (10) since Tony Pulis’ took over in January 2015.- West Brom have won just two of their last 14 matches versus West Ham in the Premier League (D9 L3).- West Ham have won just once in their last 11 Premier League away games (W1 D4 L6). read morelast_img read more

a month agoNabil Fekir Q&A: Real Betis star on season start, Rubi & Europe

first_imgTagsOpinionAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Nabil Fekir Q&A: Real Betis star on season start, Rubi & Europeby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWhile Real Betis have stumbled in the first weeks of the season, Nabil Fekir is happy with how he’s settled. We caught up with the midfielder to discuss his first impressions… Question: Well… to begin with, thank you very much for welcoming LaLiga to your new home, here at Real Betis. First of all, welcome to LaLiga, Nabil, it’s a pleasure that you are here. What attracted you to LaLiga?Answer: Well, everyone knows this championship, it’s one of the best championships in the world and coming here to play was something I was really looking forward to from the very beginning and well, now I have been able to make that challenge come true.Q: What did you see in Real Betis’ project that brought you here?A: I had a meeting with the directing board and it went well, they explained me the project they had and that they wanted to be on the top of the table, and also take a ticket to Europe next season, I liked that and I did not hesitate one second. Q: How do you see the team now, not having had a perfect start?A: Frankly, we have a great team. It is true that in the two first games, the results were not the expected but there are new players and a new coach and a new technical staff. We need to let time go by so that everyone learns to get to know each other and learn to work together and I hope that we do that very soon. Q: Before the interview we spoke about Sevilla, a very sunny, hot city, very attractive to live in. What do you think about your new home?A: I like it very much, frankly, it’s very, very good. It is true that it is a bit hotter than in France but it’s a pleasure to be here. It makes me happy. This is a calm city, there are many fans and it is a pleasure to see that so many people are involved with the club. Q: Have you had the time to visit around the city a bit?A: Yes, I have, and as I said, it’s a nice city, very calm, small and very comfortable to live in. Q: How did you adapt to the club and how did they welcome you here?A: To be honest, the welcome to the club was really, really good. They all welcomed me very well: the players, the board and the technical staff. They all did their best so that everything worked out well and it’s great they put so much effort in making a player feel good. Q: We have already talked about the first two games of the season, that left a bitter taste, but you all showed a good level. What’s there to improve in the team?A: We can improve it all, as I have said, this is the beginning of the season and I hope that the team is able to play together, finding the automatisms needed and that we are on a good mood. I don’t have any doubts on the way we train and I know that there’s great quality so I hope that we start winning from Saturday on and that the machine starts working perfectly.Q: Back there we can see the Benito Villamarín, how do you feel the support of Real Betis fans?A: As I said previously, they are amazing fans. We need them and we will need them all throughout the season. It’s now our turn to do everything we have to do so that they are happy and everyone is satisfied. Q: You have played under Rubi and you have completed the pre-season with him, you know him a bit better now. What have you learnt from him? What is he asking from you?A: He asks for me to play with freedom. We are working on the tactics and the positions. He is a new coach and that is brand-new for us. But, so far, everything’s going well and we home that we continue working in the same way we are doing now. We are working well and that’s the important thing. Q: Individually, you have shown a great level and you have marveled the world of Spanish football with your good game against Real Valladolid and your superb goal at Camp Nou. How are you feeling?A: I am feeling very well, I am happy here. Furthermore, the most important thing is the team, not me as an individual. We are a team and the most important thing is that the team wins and that things go well, but anyway, I am going to do everything possible to give my best for this club. Q: Can you tell us more about the goal you scored at Camp Nou?A: We recovered the ball upfront, after, Sergio gave it on to Loren and then Loren gave me a through pass and I put the ball where I had to put it to’ be able to score.Q: When you scored, you seemed relieved, is that a correct feeling?A:No, I was not stressed out, but obviously I like to score goals, especially being an offensive player as I am. It’s always nice to score to gain confidence but as I said, I am not the most important thing. The team is the most important thin and if the team is going well, I will be fine. Q: What do you think is the team’s goal for the season?A: The goal for the season is that we do well on the pitch, that we are focused and on a good mood, and that we can have the chance to fight for the upper spots of the table and to return to Europe, because we have a group with great quality and that is the goal we have set at the beginning of the season. Q: We have talked about Europe, I imagine that’s a dream for the team, playing in Europe and, if possible in the Champions League, right?A: Well, that will be complicated, but we are going to give our best. We have to be ambitious and I believe all players here are ambitious and that we are all eager to play at the highest level, and the highest level is in Europe and we are going to give our all to achieve it. Q: We all know that Real Betis have an astonishing midfield: Canales, Guardado, William Carvalho, Tello and yourself… How do you connect with each other and how do you play together?A: We understand each other well, as you said, it’s a high-level midfield, with great players and in a great club and now, I will have been here for a month already, we are starting to get to know each other well and everything is going better and better. Q: Joaquin is probably the most charismatic player at Real Betis and he is a club legend. How is he personally and as a player?A: He is very good, I have no complaints. He gives us his good humor and it is important to have someone like him on the team that gives his support to everyone. He has a good spirit and the mood you always have to have and in spite of being a 38-year-old he still has great quality and you can see that on the pitch. Q: Let’s go back to talking about your way of playing. We can see that it has maybe varied a bit from Lyon to Betis, because it seems as though here you have more freedom to do whatever you want and to move around freely. Is that so?A: Well, in Lyon I had a lot of freedom too, but I had been a long time there and I needed new challenges. I came here with great ambition and they paid a high amount for me and so I will give my all to show the level that they are expecting from me.Q: How do you explain the fans of Real Betis the that the team will have on the pitch under Rubi and after the great signings of Borja Iglesias and yourself?A: Well the is based on the possession. We try to hurt the opponents and we use the spaces in the best way possible with Borja upfront, intriguing them with the attackers. I hope that we can already express everything we have on the pitch.Q: Now, in LaLiga you have met many teammates from Les Bleus: Griezmann, Dembélé, Varane. Lemar, Umtiti… it seems as though LaLiga is in vogue in France. A: Yes, that’s good. As I said, this is a very attractive championship that attracts the greatest players and I hope that it continues being as it5 is and that we always have great players in this championship. Q: I imagine that the people in the club have told you about the great rivalry there is between Sevilla FC and Real Betis, how do you see Sevilla FC?A: It is true that it is the derby, but we have to take it game after game and I try to think about the present moment. This is game after game and we will already think about preparing the game against them in the week of ther derby. We will do our best to win that game. Q: Have they already explained you that the city is divided between the red and the green colours in the derby days?A: Yes, they have told me something about it, but there is nothing better than just seeing things by yourself and as I said, I am at ease, there are many games before the derby and we are preparing them, when we get to the derby week, we will focus on that game. Q: What would be the dreamt result for you in both derbies? A: The most important thing is to win. As we say in France, you don’t play a derby, you win a derby, so the most important thing is that we play a good game and that we bring it home. Q: To finish, What’s the coolest or funniest thing that happened to you ever since you arrived at Real Betis?A: Ever since I arrived at Betis… I think it was the hazing in the stage in Mexico, when they made me sing. last_img read more

Work On Cornwall Regional Hospital to Be Completed in 2018/19 Fiscal Year

first_img Phase II of the Cornwall Regional Hospital Rehabilitation project, which includes significant work on the ventilation system, is expected to be completed in the 2018/19 fiscal year. Story Highlights Phase II of the Cornwall Regional Hospital Rehabilitation project, which includes significant work on the ventilation system, is expected to be completed in the 2018/19 fiscal year.This was disclosed by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, while delivering the 2018/19 Throne Speech in Parliament on February 15.Citing other programmes that will be undertaken by the Administration in the health sector, he said priority will continue to be placed on the promotion of a healthy and active lifestyle as a means of countering the ongoing epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), through the Jamaica Moves campaign.The Jamaica Moves campaign is the Government’s signature health promotion intervention, which places emphasis on increased physical activity, healthy eating and regular health checks.The Governor-General said the completion of the pre-investment works and breaking of ground for the construction of a Child and Adolescent Hospital in Western Jamaica will also be undertaken.He said the focus remains on creating a healthier Jamaica, and programmes to rehabilitate and make new investments in critical health infrastructure will continue.“Productivity of all sectors hinges on the health and well-being of our people, and while focusing on prevention, we must also continue to expand access and improve the quality of care to optimise the quality of life of all Jamaicans,” the Governor-General said.The Throne Speech was delivered under the theme ‘Continuing on the Path to Prosperity’. The Governor-General said the completion of the pre-investment works and breaking of ground for the construction of a Child and Adolescent Hospital in Western Jamaica will also be undertaken. Citing other programmes that will be undertaken by the Administration in the health sector, he said priority will continue to be placed on the promotion of a healthy and active lifestyle as a means of countering the ongoing epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), through the Jamaica Moves campaign.last_img read more

JDU to oppose Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha

first_imgPatna; Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s party and BJP ally Janata Dal-United on Thursday said it will not support the BJP-led NDA government at the centre on the issue of Triple Talaq in the Rajya Sabha. Senior JD-U leader and Bihar minister Shayam Razak said: “JD-U is opposed to it and we will continue to stand against it.” The JD-U leader said Triple Talaq is a social issue and it should be resolved by the society at the social level. Razak said it was the JD-U that voted against the Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha. Also Read – Over 62.71 lakh pilgrims have visited Vaishno Devi this year Earlier, Nitish Kumar had publicly opposed the Triple Talaq Bill. Early this week, the Bihar Chief Minister reiterated his stand that the proposals to remove Article 370, impose a Uniform Civil Code and construct a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya either be settled through dialogue or court ruling. “It has been our view that Article 370 should not be removed. Similarly, Uniform Civil Code should not be imposed on anyone and the issue of Ram temple in Ayodhya be either resolved through dialogue or court order,” Nitish Kumar said.last_img read more

Accepted How to decipher your college aid

With college acceptances in hand, now comes the hard part: understanding your financial aid offers.These letters are notorious for being laden with jargon that differs from offer to offer, making comparison difficult. But you can learn how to interpret award letters to understand the costs and choose an affordable option.WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AID OFFERSFinancial aid offers should include all of the federal, state and school aid you can access. That could mean free aid, such as grants, scholarships and work-study opportunities, that doesn’t need to be repaid, and unsubsidized and subsidized federal loans, which do. If these aid types are grouped together without explanation, they can be hard to distinguish.Your offer also might include a parent PLUS loan as part of the award, but avoid using it if possible. These loans have higher interest rates than loans made directly to students. And unlike typical student loans, only parents can take them on, and they require credit history to qualify.Schools also must provide the cost of attendance, but that’s not the amount you owe. It bundles indirect costs like books, supplies and transportation, with direct costs such as tuition, fees, housing and food.The cost of attendance is usually an average, says Brenda Hicks, director of financial aid at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. Things like room and board could be pricier if you opt for a more expensive package, like a single room.WHY OFFERS ARE DIFFICULT FOR STUDENTS TO READSchools use different names to refer to the same type of loan.For instance, one college’s aid offer might list a “Federal Unsub Stafford Loan,” and another school’s might say “DL Unsubsidized Loan.” But they’re the same thing.Unsubsidized federal student loans are the only type of federal loan every student can access, regardless of financial need. They’re different from subsidized loans, which don’t accrue interest while the student is in school. Subsidized loans ease costs for students, which is why they’re given to those who demonstrate need.But among 455 college aid award letters, there were 136 different names used to describe the federal unsubsidized loan, according to a 2018 study by New America, a nonpartisan think-tank , and uAspire, a Boston-based college affordability non-profit .“How can we expect families and students to navigate this process if even the aid that everyone qualifies for is called something different?” says Rachel Fishman, deputy director for research with the education policy program at New America.There are two main obstacles for colleges in standardizing offers, according to Fishman: There’s no legal standard for language in award letters, and schools use different software to manage aid.In a push for more consistency, the U.S. Department of Education recently issued guidance on what schools should avoid, such as presenting the cost of attendance without a breakdown. There’s also bipartisan support in Congress to make aid offers more uniform, including two current bills.Some colleges have tried to address the problem, but others continue to use the same format they’ve used for years, says Brendan Williams, director of knowledge at uAspire.The financial aid office at the University of Nebraska Kearney overhauled its award letter last year, including colour coding each aid type and providing an estimated net cost. Net cost is the cost of attendance minus free aid. It represents the amount that borrowers will have to cover.Despite the changes, families still often want a walk-through, says Mary Sommers, the school’s financial aid director. “That’s OK, that’s our job,” she adds.HOW TO COMPARE FINANCIAL AID AWARD OFFERSTo compare financial aid award offers , experts recommend these steps:—Create a spreadsheet with separate columns for each school.—Under each column, start with the total cost of attending each school.—List each award type and amount.—Add all free aid together first and subtract from the total cost to attend.Since you want to take all free aid first, what you have left is the amount you would need to cover with savings, income or loans. Compare this bottom-line amount with other schools on the list.You can also use tools like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Compare Schools tool or the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators’ Award Notification Comparison Worksheet .“Bottom line: I would encourage people to take a long look at that letter, read it all, make sure they understand it and reach out when they don’t,” says Hicks.If it’s unclear how to accept one type of aid or reject another, contact the school’s financial aid office.______________________________________________This article was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Anna Helhoski is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: anna@nerdwallet.com. Twitter @annahelhoski.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: How to read a financial aid award letter http://bit.ly/nerdwallet-college-financial-award-letterConsumer Financial Protection Bureau: Compare Schools tool https://www.consumerfinance.gov/paying-for-college/compare-financial-aid-and-college-cost/National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators: Award Notification Comparison Worksheethttps://www.nasfaa.org/award_notification_comparison_worksheetAnna Helhoski Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press read more

Court issues restrictions

The Fort Magistrate today refused to ban a protest organized by the opposition to be staged in Fort but ordered that it be confined to the pavement near the Fort railway station.The police had sought the court order against the opposition protest as it may severely disrupt traffic with many people visiting the expanded Colombo port. The joint opposition protest was organized against the incident in Weliweriya.

Western Sahara as conflict nears fortieth year UN chief reiterates call for

“As the conflict over the future of Western Sahara and the human suffering it has occasioned near their fortieth year, the situation in north-west Africa is becoming increasingly alarming,” said Mr. Ban in a statement issued this evening by his spokesperson in New York.Emphasizing that the conflict must be brought to an end if the people of the region are to meet their shared challenges and achieve their full potential, the Secretary-General in the statement recalled that the definitive status of this territory is the object of a negotiating process being conducted under his auspices in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.“I note with regret that the April 2007 proposals of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front have not opened the way to the genuine negotiations for which the Council and I have repeatedly called,” the statement said.Mr. Ban notes that at his direction, his Personal Envoy, Christopher Ross, has intensified his efforts to facilitate the entry of the parties into negotiations without preconditions and in good faith to achieve a mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.“They have yet to do so,” said the UN chief, adding: “I urge all concerned within the region and within the broader international community to take advantage of my Personal Envoy’s intensified efforts to facilitate the launching of true negotiations in the coming months.”Spain’s colonial administration of Western Sahara ended in 1976. Fighting subsequently broke out between Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO. A ceasefire was reached in September 1991. The UN mission, known as MINURSO, is tasked with monitoring this ceasefire and organizing a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara.Morocco has presented a plan for autonomy, while the Frente Polisario’s position is that the Territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum on self-determination that includes independence as an option. read more

Service and sacrifice of African peacekeepers at the forefront of our minds

Mr. Guterres was speaking the day after three Ethiopian peacekeepers serving in the United Mission in Abyei (UNISFA) were killed, when a military helicopter carrying troops crashed in the Mission compound whilst on a routine operation. Ten passengers were injured, and three are reportedly in critical condition. Addressing the fact that African countries provide almost half of all UN peacekeeping troops – including some two-thirds of all women peacekeepers and the majority of UN police – the UN chief went on to acknowledge the sacrifice of African soldiers in AMISOM (the African Union Mission in Somalia); the G5 joint force, which counters violent extremism and terrorism in the Sahel region of North Africa; and the Multinational Joint Task Force in the Lake Chad Basin, set up to restore security in areas of the Lake Chad Basin affected by the Boko Haram terror group. “To be fully effective,” he said, “these African peace operations require robust mandates from the Security Council and predictable, sustainable financing, including assessed contributions.”United Nations peacekeeping operations, the UN chief added, are “increasingly being called into areas where there is no peace to keep,” explaining that this is why he has repeatedly expressed support for peace enforcement and counter-terrorism operations, and launched the Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative in 2018, which aims to provide UN missions with the means to be more effective, better equipped, safer and more robust.Mr. Guterres went on to impress upon his audience the “critical” role that women’s “equality, meaningful participation and leadership” have to play in ensuring lasting peace, citing the invaluable contributions made by FewWise – the African Women’s Network on Mediation – and the African Women Leaders Network, describing both groups as important initiatives for joint UN-AU collaboration.The Secretary-General said that he had been determined from his first day in office to been determined to forge ever closer ties between the United Nations and Africa, noting a significant improvement in strategic cooperation between the UN and the African Union. The two sides have recently signed frameworks on peace, security and sustainable development, a Joint Declaration on cooperation for peace support operations and the first Human Rights Dialogue, which he called an “encouraging step on a critical issue.” read more

Mens gymnastics No 3 Buckeyes hungry for a win at last meet

Ohio State senior Andrew Rickly competes on the parallel bars against Michigan on Feb. 4 at St. John Arena. Credit: Walt Middleton, Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter recovering from a loss against the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners, the Buckeyes are ready to take on the floor once again at their last meet of the season on Friday against No. 4 Illinois. The Buckeyes will enter the competition ranked No. 3 in the nation with a score average of 417.333 and a No. 2 ranking on pommel horse with an average score of 70.350.The Buckeyes took last meet’s loss against Oklahoma, their toughest competitor yet, as a way to build up their confidence and prepare for the challenges to come with the rest of the season.“Oklahoma is the No. 1 team, so even comparing ourselves to who was number one gave us a bit of confidence going into this week. Oklahoma was our biggest competition in the Big Ten, so we’re looking to take a lot of confidence from this meet (against Illinois) going into Big Ten,” said sophomore Joey Bonnano. “We’re looking for a successful performance that will drive us for the rest of the season.” Illinois is ranked No. 4 in the nation with a score average of 415.233 and No. 3 on the high bar (70.517) and floor (70.817). Illinois is the only Big Ten opponent to register a win against Ohio State this season. The Fighting Illini and the Buckeyes met at the Windy City Invitational on Jan. 14, their first meet of the season. Illinois won with a score of 412.150 and OSU placed second with a tally of 403.450.The Buckeyes take on their last meet of the season with four athletes ranked in the top 10 nationally. Sophomore Alec Yoder has the best pommel horse individual routine in the nation, scoring a personal best of 15.400 at the meet against No.1 Oklahoma. Redshirt senior Jake Martin is ranked No. 4 in the all-around and high bar and redshirt junior Jake Dastrup is ranked No. 4 on the parallel bars. Redshirt junior Sean Melton has a season-best score of 15.050 on floor from the Winter Cup on Feb. 18, ranked as the second-best in the NCAA. Melton was also named a member of the 2017 U.S. National Team after his performance at the Winter Cup, placing in the top six spots of each of the four events he competed in. The Buckeyes are prepared to take on their final meet of the season and are striving for the win.“The past couple weeks have been really good for us as a team in terms of practice, getting our minds ready and recovering a bit from Oklahoma … but I think we are ready, I think we’re hungry, I think we’re motivated, and we’re energetic,” said junior David Szarvas. The meet will be televised on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. read more

Couple who sacked housekeeper who let boyfriend stay at £10m mansion and

first_imgI wasn’t expecting my job to be on the line and to be suddenly homeless and have to leave the propertyRobin Pyke However, Mr Pyke denied it was a formal disciplinary meeting and described it as just a “chat in the kitchen”.In June 2016 the issues came to a head again after Mr Pyke was asked to take Mrs Gottschalk’s mother to the airport.Mr Pyke said he had plans for a Father’s Day lunch so could not do the airport trip.Mrs Gottschalk said: “She’s quite independent, my mum, she lives three minutes away. I had said ‘if there’s anything she needs please go and help her out’. I found it very rude and was embarrassed by it.”However Mr Pyke retorted: “I’m not contracted to work weekends and I had been told I wouldn’t be needed until the following Monday.”Eventually Mrs Gottschalk sent him a text stating “f–k off and get out my house”. At the tribunal, she said: “I’m not proud of it.”Mr Pyke said he was shocked as he thought the issue was “sorted”.He said: “I said in the text message ‘I’ve left you a voicemail’. I have great respect for her and there’s no reason I would speak to her in the manner that’s being portrayed. Millionaire banker Maximilian Gottschalk and his company director wife Jane outside the tribunalCredit:Vagner Vidal/INS He told the judge that towards the end of his employment he could not keep up with the work the millionaire couple, who spent time in England with their five children at Christmas and in the summer, demanded of him.He lived-in at the property and told the tribunal that the had dismissal made him homeless.”I think I have been loyal and given everything for 13 years”, he said. “At no point had I ever been questioned about my trustworthiness and I think I did the job absolutely to my full ability.”When things went wrong I tried to contact them to resolve it. Some of the issues were resolved, most weren’t. There was never any threat my job was going to be affected or on the line.” However, the Gottschalks said Mr Pyke had “breached their trust”. Mrs Gottschalk told the judge: “There were a number of emails that the house wasn’t ready in terms of basic cleanliness and issues with the garden, despite having other employees to help.”I don’t think that the role we presented was very difficult, looking after an empty house with occupants abroad.”Mrs Gottschalk said there were issues with “cleanliness in the house and his over familiarity”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. I don’t think that the role we presented was very difficult – looking after an empty house with occupants abroadJane Gottschalk The Gottschalks also disliked Mr Pyke’s boyfriend staying at the property without their knowledge or consent, the panel heard.Mrs Gottschalk described one morning when she awoke at 6.30am to see a man on the property she did not know.”It would be nice to know who’s on the property when we’re there with the children, it’s just a courteous thing,” she said. Addressing Mr Pyke at the tribunal she said: “I had asked you to introduce him to me because I was uncomfortable with the situation.”The judge also heard the couple were unhappy that Mr Pyke had used their cars, including a Porsche, while they were away – although he claimed he had an arrangement with them.An email sent by Mr Gottschalk in January 2016 said he was “surprised” the cars were taken out for personal use.Mr Pyke said: “I never used their cars for personal use. I agreed with them I would use the cars to get them running.”There was an agreement to use them to get them running but other than that I would cycle everywhere.”The Gottschalks told the tribunal they had given Mr Pyke a “final warning” in March this year after a formal meeting following Mrs Gottschalk finding out about his financial arrangement to keep the dog.center_img “A reasonable employer would have asked ‘why have you refused?’ or something like that before dismissing the claimant. I am satisfied the claimant was unfairly dismissed.”The reason for the claimant’s dismissal was because Mrs Gottschalk believed the claimant had been curt and had flatly refused to take her mother to the airport. I have attempted to determine whether this was the case.”The brevity of the text, in my view, does not signify a curt response. It is the nature of the text message that it is succinct, however the text message does not make reference to the voicemail.”I am satisfied the claimant left a voicemail in which he gave an explanation for his inability to take Mrs Gottschalk’s mother to the airport.” “I would have been as helpful as possible. I heard nothing for three hours so thought that was job done and dusted. The next I heard was from the PA asking if I’d seen the email. A housekeeper who drove his millionaire bosses’ Porsche and had his boyfriend to stay at their home was unfairly sacked because his employers did not follow the correct procedures, a tribunal has ruled.Robin Pyke fell out with Jane Gottschalk, who runs a successful coconut water company, after she discovered his boyfriend was staying at her £10 million mansion in Henley-on-Thames, without her knowledge.She is also alleged to have been annoyed that he was looking after someone else’s dog at the property and charging the owner £500 a week.Mrs Gottschalk and her husband, financier Maximilian Gottschalk, eventually sacked him after he refused to drive the banker’s mother-in-law to London Heathrow airport on his day off. “I wasn’t expecting my job to be on the line and to be suddenly homeless and have to leave the property.”To suddenly receive this message, I had no idea what was going on.”Mrs Gottschalk said: “It was very clear your job was at risk. You had abused your situation as house manager. You had used vehicles, you let people onto the property without our knowledge, you made money off us on our property.”In his judgement, Judge Gumbiti-Zimuto said he was satisfied Mrs Gottschalk’s account of the disputes were “more likely” to be the accurate version of events.Referring to the incident with Mrs Gottschalk he said: “Mrs Gottschalk believed the claimant has been curt, rude, had refused to take her mother to the airport, and failed to offer any other assistance to her.”I am satisfied that it was the claimant’s conduct which caused the dismissal, it was a potentially fair reason for dismissal.”However, he added: “I am not satisfied that in this case there was any investigation. What happened was that Mrs Gottschalk had formed the genuine belief that the claimant had refused to take her mother to the airport and she dismissed.”What she did not do was carry out any sort of investigation whatsoever. A reasonable investigation would have involved, at the very least, the claimant being asked why he acted as he did. Millionaire banker Maximilian Gottschalk and his company director wife Jane outside the tribunal On Tuesday, in a reserved judgement following the Nov 7 tribunal, Judge Andrew Gumbiti-Zimuto found Mr and Mrs Gottschalk had unfairly dismissed Mr Pyke and the couple will now have to pay him £8,131.The tribunal had heard that Mr Pyke had worked at the house for 13 years. He was a former gardener at the luxury home before being appointed house manager in September 2014 when the couple moved to Hong Kong to live.He claimed he was unfairly dismissed by the family after they placed him under so much stress he was forced to seek professional help before he eventually received a text stating “f–k off and leave my house”.last_img read more

David Davis and Michel Barnier kick off Brexit talks with an exchange of

first_img“You have to learn to put one foot in front of the other, because sometimes you are on a steep and rocky path. You also have to look at what accidents might befall you – falling rocks.”You have to be very careful to keep your breath, you have to have stamina because it could be a lengthy path. And you have to keep looking at the summit, the outcome. That’s what I learnt when mountain-walking.” First formal meeting between @EU_Commission and @DExEUgov. #Brexit #hiking pic.twitter.com/qDRF3OLTSu— European Commission (@EU_Commission) June 19, 2017 Our manifesto: Real political insight, free for 30 days.Rely on unrivalled insight and sharp analysis from our stellar team of Westminster insiders.Join the most trusted voice in politics. Follow Election 2017 with Telegraph Premium.Start your no obligation, 30 day free trial today. David Davis and Michel Barnier have kicked off the Brexit talks with an exchange of hiking-related gifts.The Brexit Secretary gave Brussels’ chief negotiator a rare book on mountaineering- a French language version of Regards vers l’Annapurna, signed by one of the two authors.Mr Barnier presented Mr Davis with a hiking stick a traditional carved wood walking stick from his home region of Savoie.  A UK source said: “Both gifts reflected their shared love of climbing and mountaineering.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Speaking after meeting the Prime Minister in May, Mr Barnier said it had been an opportunity for them to discuss their “shared passion” of rambling and hiking in the mountains.And in a barely-veiled warning to Theresa May, he drew a parallel between the perils of mountain-walking and the negotiations ahead of her.”If you like walking in the mountains, you have to learn a certain number of rules,” he said.last_img read more

Optimised underground loading with new tool from Atlas Copco

first_imgAtlas Copco has developed an innovative digital tool that takes the task of choosing the right loading solution for tunnels and mines easier than ever. Called Loading Optimizer, the tool will find solutions that perfectly match conditions at the worksite. “Mucking out is often a case of trial and error in which different solutions are tried and tested at the worksite until the most suitable one is found. This can be a costly and time-consuming process – but not anymore. A new digital tool from Atlas Copco allows various methods and types of equipment to be evaluated in relation to key parameters from the worksite and then identifies the most favourable option.”Called Loading Optimizer, the tool is able to process a large number of variables that can be altered and fine-tuned multiple times, explains Johannes Hansson, Global Projects Manager at Atlas Copco. “This means that key factors such as methods, equipment specifications, the type of ventilation system, and other factors can be combined evaluated in variety of ways,” he says. “This is a huge advantage because it enables you to clearly see the impact of these variations on efficiency, productivity and costs.” In this context, one of the most crucial parameters is the ventilation arrangement. The dimensions of a tunnel or drift, the space required in the roof for ducting and the area that is left for equipment is not an easy equation.“Loading Optimizer takes care of all that by synchronising the data with our Serpent ventilation system to get just the right balance,” says Hansson. “The tool also simulates alternative solutions on screen and shows how these will impact on efficiency and productivity.” A typical case in point involves the location of loading bays. By reducing the number of bays, the distance between each bay increases, meaning less rock needs to be excavated. However, the program demonstrates how the loading capacity can be maintained by changing the loading method, for example from front end loading to side-dumping or continuous loading. Hansson concludes: “It’s all about making it easier to find the right setup that will result in high loading capacity and cost efficiency.”Other benefits of the Loading Optimizer include the possibility to evaluate selected method/equipment options and produce complete overviews of costs as well as customised spread sheets of the selected solution. The full version of Loading Optimizer is currently offered only in conjunction with consultations with Atlas Copco specialists, but starting in May 2015 planners will be able to obtain preliminary proposals for loading solutions on the web at loadingoptimizer.comlast_img read more

Greek American candidates reelected in US

first_imgGreek Americans’ John Sarbanes, a Maryland Democrat and Gus Bilirakis, a Florida Republican and Co-Chairman of the parliamentary group for Greek issues, have been re-elected in the House of Representatives. Massachusetts Republican Niki Tsongas, wife of the late Greek-American Senator and candidate for U.S. President, Paul Tsongas has also been re-elected. The winner of yesterday’s election, is a longtime friend of the Greek community and supporter of Greek interests Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, who won his second six-year term in the U.S. Senate. One of the most bitter races playing out in 2012, has been the race for the Nevada Senate claimed by Democrat Shelly Berkley, a Greek Jew from Thessaloniki, who seems will be defeated by incumbent Republican Sen. Dean Heller. If Berkley is not elected, there will no longer be a Greek Senator in the Parliament, after Republican Senator Olympia Snowe’s decision not to seek re-election. Former U.S. Rep. Dina Titus is returning to Congress, this time from Nevada’s 1st District, while John Arvanitis, a New Jersey Democrat and James Kargas, a Texas Democrat did not make it. In New York, Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney has won the 12th congressional seat. At state level four more Greek immigrants have been re-elected in New York: Democrat State Sen. Michael Giannaris, incumbent Republican Dean Skelos, Democrat Aravella Simotas and Republican Nicole Malliotakis. Barack Obama was re-elected as president of the US for another four years, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Libs promise 100000 grant if reelected

first_imgIt was announced that the Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh and Districts will receive a funding boost of $100,000 if the Napthine government is re-elected in the impending elections. Announced by the state member for the Southern Metropolitan Region, Georgie Crozier, and Liberal candidate for Oakleigh Theo Zographos, the money will assist the parish in upgrading their church hall, used by thousands of parishioners. “The Napthine government has a proud record of fighting for the Greek community and will continue to do so,” said Ms Crozier. The funding will be an addition to the recently announced $200,000 upgrade for the community’s main hall. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

A call for grassroots activism to raise awareness for the reunification of

first_imgOn the 22nd June 2018 I did a live protest from inside the British Museum seeking the return of the Parthenon Marbles and SculpturesThe return of the Parthenon Marbles and Sculptures is an important issue and therefore I would appreciate it if you could all like and share the post! Also Like my Facebook page “JIMMELLAS – RETURN THE PARTHENON MARBLES” Στις 22 Ιουνίου 2018 έκανα μια ζωντανή διαμαρτυρία από μέσα του Βρετανικού Μουσείου που ζητο την επιστροφή τa γλυπτα και αγάλματα του Παρθενώνα στην Αθήνα.Η επιστροφή των γλυπτών και αγάλματα του Παρθενώνα είναι ένα σημαντικό ζήτημα και, επομένως, θα εκτιμούσα εάν θα μπορούσατε να κάνετε LIKE AND SHARE αυτή τη θέση!ReturntheMarbles #parthenonmarbles #Athens #parthenonsculptures #ReturntheMarbles #AcropolisMuseum #BritishMuseum #γληπτατουπαρθενονα #Παρθενονας #Greece #Ελλάδα #caryatidPosted by Jim Mellas – Return the Parthenon Marbles on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For most of the Greek people visiting the British Museum, the first moment they step into the Greek antiquity gallery and face the Parthenon Sculptures for the first time, is a highly emotional and confronting experience. For Jim Mellas, this happened on Friday 22 June. “I’ve been to Athens many many times, I’ve been to the Parthenon and the Acropolis museum, but this was my first time in London and the British Museum,” the Melbourne-based barrister tells Neos Kosmos.“I didn’t know what to expect, and it was raw and original. On a personal level, it was a very emotional moment. They don’t belong there, they belong in Athens.”Despite not knowing what to expect, Mr Mellas went to the museum determined. “I have been passionate about the Parthenon Marbles and what the British did for many many years and I had decided that if I ever went to London, I was going to the British Museum first to see them and second to make some sort of protest,” he explains.“I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do.” What he did was have a T-shirt made, sporting the slogans ‘Return the marbles’ and ‘I am Greek and I want to go home’ on the front and back. “I had seen that slogan in another campaign a few years ago,” he explains.“I thought I’m going to get the T-shirt made and I’m going to walk around London and go to the museum and see what happens.”What happened far exceeded his expectations. The actual protest was rather uneventful. The guards were unfazed, only a tour guide showing some concern – but was quickly reassured when the barrister explained that he was not someone going around to cause trouble – while many people came and expressed their support, praising Mr Mellas for his silent protest.The real impact of this silent protest started showing in social media. “I had decided from the beginning that if I’m going to do a protest, I would videotape it and post it on Facebook and Twitter,” he explains, “for my friends and other people to see it, but I didn’t expect the response that I got.Within three weeks, his video was seen by more than 73,000 people, then Facebook took it down for some reason. Then in August, Mr Mellas reposted it, asking his friends to share; it quickly gathered 142,000 views. At the moment, the viral video has “got close to a quarter of a million views around the world,” according to Mr Mellas.“And I’ve been getting about 100-200 messages away from people around the world,” he says. “Most of them come from people in Greece, also Greeks from the UK, the US and Australia, but there are a lot of non-Greeks as well sending their support.”The video has also received some negative feedback, mostly from people in Greece saying that the country is facing other problems and has other priorities, at the moment. “It’s true, it is not the most important issue,” Mr Mellas agrees.“But it is an issue, and the more messages I get, I feel that I’m making a small contribution to raising awareness about it. Having been to Greece a lot of times, I found that the attitude amongst the Greek people is kind of defeatist; they say ‘it would be good, but we are never getting them back’.That is why, If we can get a grass-roots movement happening at the same time, I think it can only add to what is being done on a political level,” he says, praising the work of the groups and committees in Australia, the UK, the US and all around the world that campaign for the return of the Parthenon Scuptures.“They are doing a great job on a political and diplomatic level,” he says, stressing the need for them to convince not only the British government, but also the Greek one, because “the Greek side is not that straightforward either,” he says.This is where a grass-roots movement comes into. “There are hundreds of thousands of Greeks in Australia and all around the world,” he says. “If there are enough people going to the British museum with a t-shirt or making another sort of protest, maybe there will be some effect.”Watch the Facebook video below:last_img read more

80 do not take time off for stressrelated illnesses

first_imgMore than three quarters (80%) of respondents would not take time off work for a stress-related illness, according to research by Canada Life Group Insurance.Its survey of 1,006 full and time-part UK employees, also found that 90% of respondents have gone into work when feeling ill.The research also found:28% of respondents feel their workload is too great to call in sick, and 21% cite financial concerns as the reason for attending work when ill.17% come into work when feeling ill because they feel guilty for taking time off.16% of respondents think they will be viewed as lazy if they take time off for illness, 14% worry about being viewed as weak, and 14% fear they will be seen as inconsiderate.69% of respondents believe they perform worse at work when they are ill.73% of respondents have become ill as a result of another colleague’s illness.54% of respondents would come into work with the flu, and 42% would attend work with a stomach virus.23% of respondents would only call in sick if they were hospitalised or had no other choice.32% of respondents who feel less secure as a result of the EU referendum vote are more likely to come to work when ill, and 23% willing to work later or carry out unpaid overtime.Paul Avis (pictured), marketing director at Canada Life Group, said: “Presenteeism is going nowhere, with nine in 10 UK employees still coming in to work when unwell. With financial pressures and excessive workloads cited as the main causes, it is clear employers need to do more to reassure their staff that health and wellbeing is a top priority.“The vote to leave the EU has thrown everything into a state of flux, so it is of little surprise that people are now more concerned about job security and more likely to come into the office even if they are unwell. Now more than ever, it is crucial for employers to demonstrate they have a clear sickness absence policy in place that will not unfairly penalise anyone who takes time off for being ill.“It is concerning that stress and mental health issues remain so overlooked. As with physical illness, failing to tackle mental health problems can be hugely damaging not only to the individual, but to the wider business as well.”last_img read more

Man hospitalized after being found shot in Miami highrise

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A man is fighting for his life after, police said, he was found shot in a high-rise near Downtown Miami, Friday night.City of Miami Police responded to the scene just before 10 p.m. after receiving a 911 call about a disturbance on the 21st floor of the Opera Tower, located at 1750 North Bayshore Drive.Responding officers found shell casings in one of the upper floors and followed a trail of blood to find the victim with gunshot wounds on the 16th floor.“Right now, we do not know what we’re looking for, we do not have any suspect information, we don’t know who’s behind this act,” said Miami Police Officer Kiara Delva. “All we know is that we have an adult male victim that had been shot located on the 16th floor, and transported in critical condition.”Miami Fire Rescue transported the victim, who is between 30 and 40 years old, to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.Some residents of the hi-rise were unable to return to their units. “All the building was shut down, not able to get into my apartment with my car or by foot,” said resident Mary Jacques-Lopez. “They told us it was a shooting and a crime scene, and that there was no way we could get in.”Police are currently searching for a shooter. They have not been able to provide a description of the subject, and a motive remains unclear. If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more