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HC stays order that ACs cant be ground to raise school feesHC stays order that ACs cant be ground to raise school fees

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 21 (PTI) The Delhi High Court today stayed its single judge order which has held that installation of air conditioners (AC) in schools of the national capital cannot be a ground to hike tuition fees to pay electricity charges.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gital Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra, however, was of the view that 15 per cent hike in tuition fees by school towards power charges and running of the AC system they had installed, was not appropriate.”There may be many parents who cannot afford to even pay one per cent of the enhanced fees by the schools,” the bench orally observed.It asked two city-based schools, challenging the single judge order declining their decision to hike tuition fees to pay electricity charges, whether they wanted to force the parents out of the schools.It, however, said that till the next date, it will stay the verdict of the single judge who had said that providing AC facilities in the school cannot be connected with the curricular or co-curricular activities.The division bench also directed the schools that it will not insist on parents to pay any enhanced fees till pending of the appeal before it.To this, the counsel for the two schools submitted that they have not enhanced any fees since 2015-16 academic year.The bench issued notice to the Delhi government on the schools appeal and sought their stand in this regard.The single judge ruling had come while dismissing the plea of the schools against a June 16, 2016, order of the Delhi governments Directorate of Education (DoE) holding that the 15 per cent hike in tuition fees was illegal.advertisementThe schools had challenged the order before the single judge saying, they hiked the tuition fee to meet the expenses incurred in maintaining and running the AC system and in paying electricity bills for the same, which are all recurring expenses in the nature of revenue expenses.The schools had also claimed that AC have been installed for an academic purpose, the running cost for the same is thus a revenue expense for improvement of curricular facilities.Disagreeing with the schools, the court said the DoEs order “rightly held” that the charges for the electricity bill cannot be included in tuition fees and overheads, nor it is expenses on play-ground, sports equipment, cultural activities etc. and also on co-curricular activities.The electricity bills can only be claimed under the head annual charges.The schools had also contended that if the charges can be claimed under annual charges and not tuition fees, then they have not done anything illegal.Rejecting the argument, the single judge had said, “The same does not appeal to this court, more so when there is a finding in the impugned order (of DoE) that the schools have already increased annual charges in the session 2015-2016. The school could not have further claimed the electricity charges under the head annual charges.” PTI PPS HMP ARClast_img read more

Women’s World Cup: Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight tons lead England to crushing win over PakistanWomen’s World Cup: Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight tons lead England to crushing win over Pakistan

first_imgEngland crushed Pakistan by 107 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method on Tuesday to register their first win in the Women’s Cricket World Cup at Leicester.Put into bat England rode on magnificent hundreds from Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight to register a mammoth 337 for 7 in 50 overs, which is their highest ever score in World Cup history.The duo shared a 213-run stand for the third wicket with emerging as the top-scorer with 137 runs while Knight was dismissed on 106.Pakistan’s run chase began on a disastrous note as they were reduced to 67 for 3 by the 18th over thanks to some superb bowling from Katherine Brunt (2/21) and Alex Hartley (1/13).Pakistan were 107 for 3 in 29.2 overs when rain stopped play and no further play was possible after that. Pakistan were exactly 107 runs behind the DLS par score at that stage.Brief Scores: England 377/7 in 50 overs (Sciver 137, Knight 106; Iqbal 3/62) beat Pakistan 107/3 in 29.2 overs (Zafar 56*, Abidi 23*, Brunt 2/21).last_img read more

Penguins Peck Rangers, 3-2Penguins Peck Rangers, 3-2

first_imgNEW YORK — Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are playing their best hockey of the season with the playoffs just a couple of weeks away.Crosby scored on a deflection at 4:30 of overtime and the surging Penguins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 March 27 in a potential first-round preview.“It was a good play by Tanger (Kris Letang) to throw it into an area where I could tip it,” said Crosby, who has 32 goals.The star center has at least one point in 14 of his past 15 games (seven goals, 15 assists) and is third in the NHL with 78 points.Matt Cullen and Phil Kessel also scored for the Penguins, who have won eight of nine. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves.“I think that we worked hard for it,” Crosby said. “It was a pretty even hockey game. That’s what we’re playing for, to get these two points, especially after a pretty emotional game yesterday, knowing what that meant.“To come back and have a good effort and find a way to get two points in a back-to-back against a good team is nice.”Pittsburgh, third in the Metropolitan Division, moved within three points of the second-place Rangers and two ahead of the idle Islanders. The Penguins, who have beaten New York three times in March, have a game in hand on the Rangers.“It’s big for the standings,” Fleury said. “It’s so close with a division game. You definitely need those points. They’ve had our number in the playoffs the past few seasons.”Eric Staal scored twice for New York, which had won three straight. Kevin Hayes and Jesper Fast assisted on both of Staal’s goals. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots.“It would have been nice to have those (goals) to help with a win,” Staal said. “(We) could have had a few more. But good things as a line and obviously we have to keep building on that.”Derick Brassard was called for high-sticking with 1.4 seconds left in regulation to give Pittsburgh a power play in the extra period. But the Rangers killed it off before Letang’s wrist shot from the point ricocheted in off Crosby in front.“The last three overtimes, that’s the way we’ve been beat,” Lundqvist said. “It’s tough to defend sometimes when they throw it around top and you get a deflection like that, but overall it was a good hockey game.“It’s just disappointing to lose, especially killing off their power play in overtime. I don’t know what to say, it was a tough bounce there.”Staal entered with one goal in 13 games with the Rangers since joining the team at the trade deadline in a deal with Carolina. It was his second multigoal game of the season.The Rangers took advantage of a Penguins turnover to take a 2-1 lead early in the second period. Staal took a pass from Fast and sent a loose puck past Fleury at the right faceoff circle at 2:07.The Penguins tied it again when Carl Hagelin used his speed to chase down a loose puck and put a shot on Lundqvist. Kessel backhanded in the rebound for his 23rd goal of the season at 8:36.Kessel, who had a goal and four assists in a March 26 win over Detroit, sent a shot off the crossbar a couple of minutes later.The Rangers opened the scoring in the first period.Hayes took the puck up the left side and sent a pass in front to Staal, who fended off defenseman Trevor Daley and deflected the puck past Fleury at 4:19.The Penguins tied it late in the period.Derrick Pouliot took a pass from Daley at the left faceoff circle and shot from the point. Cullen tipped the rebound past Lundqvist at 15:49. It was Cullen’s 13th goal of the season.“I thought we played hard,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “I thought it was a fairly even game. We had to fight for every inch of ice out there. Those types of games, where you have to fight to get your offense, you don’t get any freebies. I thought our guys played really hard and stayed with it.”(SIMMI BUTTAR, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

3 Schools Named The Favorites For Clemson QB Transfer Kelly Bryant3 Schools Named The Favorites For Clemson QB Transfer Kelly Bryant

first_imgKelly Bryant throwing the football in warmups.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Three schools have been named the favorites for Clemson quarterback transfer Kelly Bryant, who announced earlier this season his decision to leave the Tigers’ program.Bryant, who’s received interest from several major programs, has already taken a bunch of transfer visits.Three schools appear to be standing out, though.From 247Sports:With one official left, Miami is out. Auburn is back in.According to a source close to Bryant, he will officially visit the Tigers sometime next week (the date is to be determine). He then plans to announce his transfer plans Dec. 4.Why the change? We can’t answer that, but it certaily signals that Auburn is a top contender. According to our intel, Auburn, Missouri and North Carolina might be the three teams to watch but Mississippi State, which Bryant officially visited over the weekend should not be counted out. “He had a great visit to Mississippi State,” a source told 247Sports.Multiple insiders believe that Mississippi State could be the real favorite here, but Arkansas has also been highly thought of, as Bryant has a good relationship with the coaching staff.Stay tuned.last_img read more

27 Million Will Increase OnCampus Living at Acadia27 Million Will Increase OnCampus Living at Acadia

first_imgWolfville’s Acadia University will have up to 300 more students living on campus, thanks to a $2.7-million repayable loan from the province, announced today, May 24. Cutten House residence is being renovated to upgrade the layout, plumbing and ventilation, including new washrooms, showers and change facilities, carpets and paint. “Government knows that universities play a vital role in the economy and cultural fabric of Nova Scotia,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex, on behalf of Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More. “This investment is about ensuring more students, the province’s next generation of young leaders, have a comfortable and safe place to live and study, to achieve their full potential and improve their social and educational experience at this university.” Residences provide operating revenue for the buildings and other on-campus services. “Our growing student population has put pressure on our residence capacity, so re-opening Cutten House has been a priority,” said Ray Ivany, president and vice-chancellor of Acadia. “Our first-year student numbers have increased by 30 per cent in the last three years and we simply could not handle the demand for on-campus housing with Cutten off-line. “The province has been very supportive of our need to expand our campus housing capacity as one means of accommodating increased enrolment and a significantly larger on-campus student population.” About half of Acadia’s students are from out of province and more than 10 per cent are from outside of Canada. First-year students often want to live on campus. “We are extremely excited to be reopening Cutten House as it will only further contribute to the already strong Acadia residence community,” said Matt Rios, president of the Acadia Students’ Union. “Cutten is a residence with a great tradition of spirit and community, values that embody Acadia’s campus as a whole. We here at the ASU look forward to seeing students moving into Cutten and the contributions they will make to the greater Acadia community.” The Cutten House investment is one example of provincial financial support available to universities, over and above their annual operating grants. The funding also provided work for Nova Scotians. Another example is the $25-million Innovation and Excellence Fund, part of a three-year agreement between the province and universities. It helps universities find permanent reductions in operating costs while maintaining high quality educational programs. Acadia received $125,000 from the fund for energy efficiency upgrades and to study converting to natural gas. It will also benefit from three university system studies into operating efficiencies.last_img read more

Spring Legislature Sitting BeginsSpring Legislature Sitting Begins

first_imgThe government will continue its work to be transparent and accountable to Nova Scotians during the second session of the 62nd general assembly, which resumed today, March 26. Key priorities will include simplifying regulations, fostering business growth in Nova Scotia, and getting the province’s finances back on track. “We listened to Nova Scotians and we will be making the changes necessary to get our fiscal house in order and protect the programs and services that are most important to our citizens,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “The days and weeks ahead will be challenging, but we are committed to working towards a better future for everyone in our province.” The provincial budget for 2015-16 will be tabled Thursday, April 9. Finance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen consulted with Nova Scotians across the province as she was preparing the budget and it will give a clear picture of government’s efforts to control spending. During the spring sitting, government will introduce amendments to allow four councils of unions to negotiate on behalf of health-care workers. This will ensure a clear process for negotiating essential services agreements and will clear the way for the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK to find new and better ways of delivering health care. Government will also introduce an amendment to allow victims of sexual assault to sue in civil court, regardless of when the assault occurred. The government’s legislative agenda, subject to change, for the sitting is as follows: Boat Harbour Effluent Treatment Facility Closure Act, which will establish date to cease flow of effluent into Boat Harbour Children and Family Services Act, which will address a gap in protection framework for people age 16 to 19 Maintenance and Custody Act, which will make many amendments, most notably providing enforcement remedies for failure to comply with court orders Elections Act and House of Assembly Act amendments, to extend voting opportunities Vital Statistics Act amendments to eliminate the requirement for proof and notification of a surgery to change gender classification Tobacco Access Act and Smoke Free Places Act University Act amendments for greater accountabilitylast_img read more

TIFF 2017 How Torontos RitzCarlton readies for an influx of AlistersTIFF 2017 How Torontos RitzCarlton readies for an influx of Alisters

first_imgIt’s the Tuesday before TIFF. A policeman is leaning on his bike while writing up a yellow ticket for a flatbed truck heaped with metal crowd-control barriers. It stands in a no-parking, no-stopping zone, in front of a driveway and beside a fire hydrant. But there isn’t a single spot available today. Roy Thomson Hall, David Pecaut Square and the TIFF Bell Lightbox are all within metres of each other, and Wellington Street is a cyclone of activity. Workers are unpacking outsized tents, window washers are wiping down glass and men in cherry pickers are changing light bulbs at the entrance of the Ritz-Carlton. It’s T minus two days to the Toronto International Film Festival.Franck Arnold, the charismatic European general manager of the Ritz-Carlton Toronto, wants me to experience an A-lister entrance. He signals for a prearranged limo to collect us from the front semi-circle, freshly planted with fall’s mums. “A guest’s arrival is a crucial time for us,” he explains, as I slide my ripped jeans and Converse into the modified Audi A8 stretch. “We don’t make a big fuss, pretty much on the contrary. One of our most critical services is confidentiality.”I’m whisked to the lower depths of the underground garage, relaxing into the leather as classical music tinkles away. We arrive 27 seconds later. My door is opened and I step out onto the welcoming blue carpet at the undisclosed underground entrance (normally there’d be security, too). I step inside. There’s a sign painted on the whitewashed cinder block that says, Entrée des Artistes. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter “This is the time of year Toronto is transformed. It’s a metamorphosis,” Arnold says. We’re now on the 20th-floor club lounge, sipping Pilot Coffee cappuccinos. “There’s a certain atmosphere, a certain vibe,” he explains. “It draws the attention of something that isn’t necessarily about finances. You see it in Paris and London, too. The restaurants and bars are full, and traffic is blocked in certain areas during festivals. It’s about art.”center_img View from the Ritz-Carlton – Photo by MOE DOIRON/THE GLOBE AND MAIL Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

Saugeen First Nation concerned about nuclear waste storage next to Lake HuronSaugeen First Nation concerned about nuclear waste storage next to Lake Huron

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe chief and members of Saugeen First Nation are concerned about a possible nuclear waste storage facility beside about a 1 km away from Lake Huron.The plan is to store radioactive waste from the facility deep underground.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has the story.last_img

King Mohammed VIs Visit to Turkey Has Deep Political Connotation SpanishKing Mohammed VIs Visit to Turkey Has Deep Political Connotation Spanish

Rabat – Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo published an article Tuesday explaining what they described as the real reasons behind Mohammed VI’s choice of Turkey instead of France to spend the holidays.According to the Spanish daily, King Mohammed VI’ decision to spend the end of the year holidays along with family members in Turkey instead of his Paris castle where he has spent long periods in previous years, is not at all coincidental as it is believed in Rabat’s diplomatic circles.The daily went on to say that the Moroccan Monarch wanted to express his discontent with France and its president François Hollande, adding that ‘one must go back a quarter of a century with the publication of Gilles Perrault’s “Our Friend the King” in order to realize the long crisis between Morocco and its former colonial power.’ El Mundo added that the Moroccan anger began last February when half a dozen agents of the French judicial police went to the residence of the Ambassador of Morocco driven by three complaints raised against Abdellatif Hammouchi, head of the Moroccan secret services (DGST), accusing him of torture.The Moroccan authorities reacted by suspending the judicial cooperation with France, complicating in the process the lives of thousands of citizens whose interests depended on the said cooperation such as the validation of a divorce or partition of inheritance.The same source also mentioned the incident in which Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Salaheddine Mezouar went through a body search dubbed by Morocco as ‘humiliating’ by French authorities in a Paris airport, adding that Moroccan officials are accusing President François Hollande of “rebalancing France’s North African policy in order to benefit Algeria at the expense of Morocco.Besides the tension with France, El Mundo said, Morocco’s relations with its neighbor to the East Algeria remain historically bad and to a lesser extent, Mauritania.The Rabat relations with the General Secretariat of the United Nations and the US State Department are also strained because of the Sahara issue, added the Spanish daily.Mohammed VI arrived Sunday night in Istanbul in a Boeing 747, from Abu Dhabi where he had spent three weeks. His wife, Princess Lalla Salma along with crown prince Moulay Hassan and Princess Lalla Khadija flew in a Boeing 737 from the capital Rabat.The Royal family was preceded by three Moroccan military planes carrying goods and everything they may need during their stay in Turkey. read more

Fonseka says more must be done to address Geneva concernsFonseka says more must be done to address Geneva concerns

He said that some concerns and allegations related to the war which are raised in Geneva are part of propaganda led by some Tamil diaspora groups. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka says more needs to be done by the Government to address concerns raised in Geneva.Speaking to journalists today, Fonseka said that while not all concerns raised at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva can be accepted. read more

Kashmir UN refutes groundless press reports about role of its IndiaPakistan missionKashmir UN refutes groundless press reports about role of its IndiaPakistan mission

Citing a recent article in the local press in Kashmir which carried “a number of groundless and potentially inflammatory accusations” about the role of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), a UN spokesman recalled the mission’s functions and the basis for its activities. According to the Security Council mandate set in 1971, UNMOGIP observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control and the working boundary between Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir, as well as on developments that could lead to ceasefire violations. “The observers report only to UNMOGIP Headquarters, which forwards reports to Headquarters here in New York,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said in a statement. “They do not provide information to any third party.” The 45 military observers in UNMOGIP, drawn from nine countries, serve unarmed and the host authorities have full responsibility for ensuring their safety, he emphasized. “We trust that the authorities will ensure that the difficulty and risks faced by these dedicated officers are not exacerbated by such irresponsible and misinformed reports.” read more

US construction spending up just 02 per cent in March residential spendingUS construction spending up just 02 per cent in March residential spending

WASHINGTON – U.S. construction spending rose slightly in March, fueled by increases for apartments, single-family homes, factories, health care centres and office projects.The Commerce Department said Thursday that construction spending increased just 0.2 per cent in March after having fallen 0.2 per cent in February. The March gains put construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $942.5 billion, an 8.4 per cent increase year-over-year.Construction spending dipped in January with the harsh winter weather and continues to run below its December 2013 levels.Apartment construction spending increased 4.3 per cent in March, while single-family home spending inched up 0.2 per cent. Residential construction spending is at its strongest pace since May 2008, nearly five years ago.Spending on government projects fell 0.6 per cent, including a 2.3 per cent drop for schools and educational buildings.Despite the gains in residential construction, warmer weather has yet to produce much of a rebound for residential real estate.Builders started work on 946,000 homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in March, up 2.8 per cent from 920,000 in February, the Commerce Department said last month.Applications for permits, a gauge of future activity, fell 2.4 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 990,000.Sales of new homes declined 14.5 per cent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000. That was the second straight monthly decline and the lowest rate since July 2013. Sales have declined 13.3 per cent over the past 12 months.New-home buying plunged in the Midwest, South and West in March. But they picked up in the Northeast, where snowstorms in previous months curtailed purchases.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index was 47 in April. Readings below 50 indicate that more builders view sales conditions as poor rather than good.Sales have also been modest because of affordability issues.Rising prices over the past year and higher mortgage rates have made it harder for many Americans to afford a home. Real estate data provider CoreLogic says home prices rose 12.2 per cent in the past year. Wage growth last year failed to keep pace with the higher buying costs.The average rate on a 30-year mortgage was 4.33 per cent last week. Rates surged about 1.25 percentage points from May through September, peaking at 4.6 per cent. Those increases began after the Federal Reserve signalled that it would begin to pull back from its bond-buying program.Those Fed bond purchases were designed to keep long-term interest rates low to spur more borrowing and boost economic growth. Since December, the Fed has reduced the size of its monthly purchases to $45 billion from $85 billion. In this Tuesday, April 29. 2014 photo, workers position iron girders at a building construction site, in Boston. The Commerce Department reports on U.S. construction spending in March on Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2014 8:06 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US construction spending up just 0.2 per cent in March; residential spending best in 5 years read more

As Colombian voters reject peace deal Ban pledges UN support as countryAs Colombian voters reject peace deal Ban pledges UN support as country

“Following the result of the plebiscite, the Secretary-General welcomes the public commitment from the Government of Colombia, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) and all of the country’s political forces to continue working to end the armed conflict and build a lasting peace, said a statement issued today by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.It added: “After more than five decades of war, the Colombian people deserve no less.”Exactly one week ago, the Secretary-General and a host of senior UN officials travelled to Cartagena to witness the signing of the peace agreement that was the culmination of a historic four-year negotiation between the Government and the FARC-EP to end the longest running conflict in the Western Hemisphere. Those talks, hosted in Havana, Cuba, led to agreements on key issues such as political participation, land rights, illicit drugs and victims’ rights and transitional justice. Among other developments, the Government and the FARC-EP announced in May an agreement to release and reintegrate child soldiers from the opposition force. The parties also announced the establishment of a gender sub-commission to bolster the voice of women in the peace process.UN chief expresses continued support to peace process in ColombiaWhen the ceasefire between the parties was agreed, at their request, the Security Council established and subsequently unanimously endorsed the mandate of the UN Mission in Colombia. It is tasked with the verification of the ceasefire and the laying down of arms and has already begun its work. Yet, the accord was put to a referendum this past Sunday and rejected by the public. According to today’s statement: “While political efforts are undertaken to assess the way forward, the Secretary-General believes all must be done to maintain calm and prevent a return to violence. He commends the parties for their commitment, as expressed by President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC-EP Commander Timoleón Jiménez, to maintain the bilateral ceasefire declared on 29 August.” Further to the statement, the UN chief has instructed his Special Representative, Jean Arnault, to travel to Havana today to continue his consultations with the parties.“The Secretary-General acknowledges the tremendous efforts undertaken to overcome the conflict and calls on all concerned to build on that foundation. He believes strongly that peace can still be achieved, and that the many Colombians who have committed themselves to this goal should not be discouraged,” said the statement, adding that the United Nations reiterates its firm support to peace efforts in Colombia. read more

Mens Lacrosse Ohio State puts streaks on the line in Friday clashMens Lacrosse Ohio State puts streaks on the line in Friday clash

Ohio State then-freshman Tre Leclaire maintains possession of the ball in the first quarter against Loyola Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will play under the bright lights of Ohio Stadium Friday night against No. 20 Michigan in a matchup that players and coaches described as the most important game of the year for reasons beyond even the rivalry.The Buckeyes (5-6, 0-2 Big Ten), originally kicking off the Spring Game at 11 a.m. Saturday, are now playing a day ahead of schedule due to the possibility of inclement weather.Ohio State is the proud owner of a 6-0 all-time record against the Wolverines (7-4, 0-2 Big Ten), but Friday will be the first time the Maize and Blue enter the event ranked within the top 20. The Buckeyes, on the other hand, come into the matchup as losers of their last five games.“I think the rivalry is really hard to put into words. As a Buckeye you learn right away that it’s more than just you. It’s so much bigger than you,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said.The 2018 season has been good to Michigan.This week marked the team’s longest ranked stretch in school history — and for good reason.Junior midfielder Brent Noseworthy paced the team’s offense this year, averaging just over three goals per game, a statistic that puts him in the top two in the Big Ten conference. Noseworthy, along with freshman attack Kevin Mack will keep the Buckeyes’ hands full and will prove to be critical to try and shut down Friday. Defensively, Wolverines junior midfielder Nick DeCaprio leads the Big Ten in caused turnovers and is one defenseman the Buckeyes shouldn’t overlook.Regardless of rankings, statistics and playoff chances, the Ohio State-Michigan game marks the most important game of the year for the team.“There’s no doubt, and I think that’s been entrenched in our culture for years. We have a countdown clock that runs year-round, it’s something that our men appreciate and understand,” Myers said. “There’s a delicate balance, certainly, in preparing your team, but this one, everything you do you’re putting in just a little more in everything that you do with the understanding of what’s on the line. It’s a full year before you may get that opportunity again. “Myers said tempering the excitement and emotions from the players has been crucial to keeping focused on the task at hand: beating Michigan.“It’s a night game for us under the lights in Ohio Stadium against our arch-rival, and I think that’s something our men are really looking forward to and excited about,” he said.The Buckeyes look to keep their perfect record against the Wolverines at 7 p.m. Friday inside Ohio Stadium. read more

Duchess of Sussexs mother hails power of women as she is surpriseDuchess of Sussexs mother hails power of women as she is surprise

“Everyone’s just hungry”, said the Duchess, laughing, as she added fresh dill and sunflower oil to the dish, flipped chapatis and turned koftas on a grill.After a short speech, the Royal couple and Ms Ragland sat down to enjoy a spread of dishes including coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala and caramelised plum upside-down cake.Then then posed for a group photo with the ladies of the kitchen and their children before staying to chat. Ms Ragland embraced each of the women in turn, telling them: “It’s amazing. I’m just as excited as you are.” The book, called Together, was launched at a lunch in Perk’s Field at Kensington Palace, in a marquee decorated with flowers in rustic vases and keep-sake menus.Arriving by car, Ms Ragland surprised guests after stepping out of the front seat, greeting a welcoming party with the words: “Hi, I’m Meg’s mom.”Baroness Gail Rebuck, chair of publisher Penguin Random House, told Ms Ragland she must feel “very proud” of the Duchess and her work on the cookbook.“Head over heels,” she replied. The Duchess of Sussex sits among locals at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage CentreCredit:JENNY ZARINS /AFP In a three-minute speech to guests without notes, the Duchess spoke of the “tremendous labour of love” required to produce the cook book, which has been kept secret for months, as well as how the multicultural centre made her feel welcome. Intlak Al Saiegh, one of the cooks, sat with the Duke, Duchess and Ms Ragland during lunch and said she was pleased to see them filling their plates.Asked about the Hubb kitchen and its impact, she said that the entire community had known many people affected by Grenfell Tower fire and were finding solace in coming together.”It’s healing. We are people coming together to cook, healing ourselves and we will move forward. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Doria Ragland pose for a group picture during the cookbook launchCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP 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. The Duchess of Sussex in animated conversation at the cookbook launch Of her pleasure at meeting contributors, she added: “I’m so glad I can put the face with the recipes. I’m going to tell everyone, I met her! I’m going to make everything, I’m serious.”Standing with a small group of Hubb kitchen cooks as she said goodbye, she also gave an insight into where the Duchess’ own beliefs have come from.  “The power of women,” she told them. “We make things happen. We’re curious, we say yes, we show up. “I’m inspired.” The Duchess embraced her friends at the kitchen warmly with three kisses, visibly excited at the success of the project so far.The trio, who at one point stood with their arms around one another in a line, made their way around four food stations, with the Duchess helping with food preparation while her mother and husband quizzed cooks on their ingredients. “Meghan pushed us to go forward. We had the skills but we didn’t know how to use them and she encouraged us.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Doria Ragland in the Kensington Palace tentCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP The idea for the Hubb cookbook came from the Duchess herself, after she asked coordinator Zahira Ghaswala how often the kitchen was open and was surprised to learn it could only stretch to two days, due to limitations on funding. At the first stop, Ahlam Saeid showed off an enormous bowl of green rice.“Oh I love that,” said Doria. “That was the first thing I asked about.” I could be wrong but I reckon we’ve caught Prince Harry red handed stealing some samosas from the Meghan’s ‘Together’ cookbook event they were at today!! Have a watch… #HubbCommunityKitchen @KensingtonRoyal— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) September 20, 2018 Published by Ebury Press, Together: Our Community Cookbook costs £9.99. The Duchess of Sussex talks to women taking part in the projectCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP The Hubb Community Kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre The Duchess of Sussex The Duchess of Sussex in animated conversation at the cookbook launchCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP She added:  “They loved the food. I said, ‘I’m ready any time you’re stuck with the recipes, give me a ring and I will give you tips’.”There may be no need. After happily taking a backseat for the afternoon, the Duke finished the day with a wry grin, after being caught on camera pinching leftover samosas for the short car journey home. The Duchess of Sussex talks to women taking part in the project The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Doria Ragland pose for a group picture during the cookbook launch The Duchess of Sussex cooking with women in the Hubb Community KitchenCredit:Jenny Zarins /PA The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are accompanied by Doria Ragland in a tent at Kensington Palace “I’m so excited to see the projects you’re going to continue to do in your own community, the community at large, and also how you’re going to inspire people globally by sharing your stories and your recipes.” — The Duchess of Sussex #CookTogether— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 20, 2018 Duchess reveals her secret visits to Grenfell kitchenThe Hubb Community Kitchen, named for the word “love” in Arabic, was founded shortly after the Grenfell disaster, after displaced women sought a place to cook fresh, warm food for their families.Since then, it has become a home-from-home which, in the words of the Duchess, allowed them to “to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together” as well as tasting “the memory of home, albeit homes some had recently lost”.At least two of the book’s contributors, Hiwot Dagnachew and Munira Mahmud, escaped the Grenfell fire, while others live and work nearby.  Video: Duchess of Sussex cooks with Grenfell community  Ms Ragland’s appearance at an official royal engagement will raise questions about a potential future move to Britain, and provides visible support after a difficult summer in which the Duchess’ father, Thomas Markle, has conducted a series of indiscreet interviews.  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Doria Ragland in the Kensington Palace tent The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents have previously attended occasional social events with the Royal family, including Ascot and a Royal Variety performance. She told guests from the Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre: “I had just recently moved to London and I felt so immediately embraced by the women in the kitchen; your warmth, and your kindness, and also to be able to be in this city and to see how in this one small room how multicultural it was.“On a personal level I feel so proud to live in a city that can have so much diversity. There are 12 countries represented in this one group of women, which is pretty outstanding.” “We can do a cookbook,” the Duchess replied.Describing how it takes visitors 15 minutes to enter the Hubb kitchen “joyfully greeted by kisses by each of the incredible women there”, the Duchess said of her visits:  “The kitchen buzzes with women of all ages; women who have lived and seen life; laughing, chatting, sharing a cup of tea and a story, while children play on the floor or are rocked to sleep in their strollers. Doria introduced herself as “Meg’s mom” and said she was “head over heels” with pride— Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) September 20, 2018 The Duchess of Sussex helped make chapatis and turned koftas on a grill as she launched a cookbook in a tent at Kensington PalaceCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP She added: “You should undoubtedly arrive on an empty stomach because upon departure you will have been stuffed to the gills with samosas flecked with cinnamon, chapatis flavoured with carrots and onion, Russian Semolina cake and my very favourite avocado dip that I now make at home.”Book profits will go towards keeping kitchen openThe book, which is out today, September 20, also sees the Duchess write of her own evocative food memories, praising “the power of a meal to take you to places you’ve never been, or transport you right back to where you came from”.Before meeting Prince Harry, the Duchess ran a lifestyle blog in which she recorded her favourite recipes, and is known to have volunteered in a soup kitchen as a young woman. Zahira Ghaswala, Hubb coordinator, said afterwards that she was feeling “very emotional” at the success of the day, saying the refurbished kitchen will open for seven days as of next week, with future plans to bring in sessions for fathers and children, and cookery courses.One woman at the launch said she was now finding help through counselling after the Duke of Sussex encouraged her to talk about what had happened and rid herself of her misplaced feeling of guilt for surviving. The Royal Foundation is administering the transfer of funds from the sale’ to the Hubb Community Kitchen and related projects.A spokesman said profits will help keep the kitchen open for up to seven days a week and to widen its reach to others in the community. She has been her rock since childhood, by her side at Windsor Castle to watch her marry into the Royal family in May and making quiet visits to support her ever since.So when the Duchess of Sussex launched her first solo project to the world yesterday, there was only one place Doria Ragland could be: right by her side.Ms Ragland, who has flown from Los Angeles to stay for a short break at Kensington Palace, was the unexpected guest at a lunch celebrating her daughter’s new cookbook, as she spoke movingly to the cooks of the Grenfell Tower community about the power of women.Embracing each of them with a warm hug, she told of her “head over heels” pride in her daughter’s work, and promised the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen she would make every one of their recipes.The Duchess was also supported by her husband, who deliberately hung back to make small talk with guests to allow her and the Hubb women to celebrate their work in the spotlight. The Duchess of Sussex The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are accompanied by Doria Ragland in a tent at Kensington PalaceCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP read more

Irish people need to stop expecting to pay €5 for a steakIrish people need to stop expecting to pay €5 for a steak

first_imgIRISH CONSUMERS HAVE been ‘brainwashed’ into paying €5 or less for steak, despite the costs involved.That’s the view of some farmers, who say that the current price of beef isn’t reflective of the amount of work that goes into producing it.“Fast-food outlets like McDonald’s can charge over €6 for a burger meal,” said Patrick Kent of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association. “How can we be expected to believe that discerning consumers won’t pay more for premium Irish steak?”Kent said that supermarkets have told farmers they can’t get any more than €5 for a steak “yet they have no problem charging more than that for certain brands of mouthwash, which you essentially spit down the sink,” he said.The price of steak varies wildly, depending on the cut, as can be seen in a brief comparison of prices across SuperValu, Tesco, and Aldi:SuperValu:  Source: SuperValu Tesco:  Source: Tesco Aldi:  Source: AldiKent said that it was a major “marketing failure” that supermarkets can charge €15 for razor blades “and yet they have convinced shoppers that they should pay less than €5 per person for steak”.He said that producing “top quality beef” involves between two and three years of farming activity and this should be reflected in the price.What do you think? Would you pay more for good quality meat? Or do you prefer the cheaper the better? Over to you in the comments… Farmers: We’ll keep haystacks piled at the Minister’s door until we get answers > Read: ‘There’s much more to Macra than farming’ > Opinion: Irish farmers must stand up for change – or else sleep with one eye open >last_img read more

Gardaí fail to notify GSOC about more than half of taser dischargesGardaí fail to notify GSOC about more than half of taser discharges

first_img Share11 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Stephen McDermott Gardaí fail to notify GSOC about more than half of taser discharges within required 48-hour period The requirement was introduced by gardaí in 2010 to help GSOC gather evidence. Image: Shutterstock/devonx Short URL 12,425 Views 13 Comments Image: Shutterstock/devonx Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 8:30 AM GARDAÍ FAILED TO report more than half of incidents where a taser was discharged within the required timeframe, figures seen by show.Records released by the Garda Ombudsman (GSOC) under Freedom of Information reveal that 37 out of a total of 77 such incidents between 2016 and 2018 were reported to its office within 48 hours.The office must be notified by Gardaí within 48 hours any time a firearm, taser or incapacitant – such as pepper spray – is discharged.The requirement was introduced in 2010 to ensure that GSOC can gather any evidence about potential wrongdoing while it was still fresh.However, last year was the first in three years that GSOC was notified about taser discharges on time more often than not, with 19 out of 29 reports received within the required timeframe.This figure was up from 13 out of 25 taser discharges in 2017, and from five out of 13 taser discharges in 2016.In some instances, gardaí were not notified until weeks after a taser was discharged.Last year, a discharge by the Special Detective Unit on 14 September was not reported to GSOC until 2 October.In 2017, a taser discharged by gardaí in Waterford on 13 February was not reported to GSOC until 9 March, while another discharge by the Armed Support Unit in the east of the country on 17 April was not reported until 13 June – nearly two months later.Figures released by GSOC also showed that the overwhelming majority of instances where pepper spray was discharged by a garda were not reported within 48 hours.Between 2016 and 2018, 323 out of 1,607 – or roughly one in five – instances where pepper spray was discharged was reported within the required timeframe.Although the figure rose significantly last year, just 243 out of 646 pepper spray discharges were reported in 2018.In dozens of instances, it was months before GSOC was notified.One discharge by gardaí in Cork’s Anglesea Street station on 2 February, 2017 was not reported until 22 August, while another instance on 10 September involving gardaí in Fethard, Tipperary was not reported to GSOC until 2 October, 2018 – over a year later.A spokeswoman for GSOC said there was still “much to be done” to improve figures, but said figures had improved last year due to a closer working relationship between the ombudsman and gardaí.She added that the ombudsman also provided regular training to all newly trained firearms officers, including specialist units such as the Emergency Reponse Unit, which had also helped to improve figures last year. Mar 10th 2019, 8:30 AM last_img read more

Greek restaurants not exempt from Brunswick Street crisisGreek restaurants not exempt from Brunswick Street crisis

first_imgFor more than thirty years, Brunswick Street has been the bustling backdrop of Melbourne’s café and bar scene. However, with changes in the industry, such as licensing fees and higher rental prices, venues are being forced to shut their doors. Since 2010, at least thirteen venues on Brunswick Street have closed, including Cherry Lounge, St Jude’s Cellars and the Cue Club, with at least six more currently on the market for sale, as reported in The Age. One of the main issues affecting Brunswick Street, according to chief executive of Restaurant and Catering Australia, John Hart, is that there are rent premiums, which make it difficult for business owners to make the profit needed to stay open. Co-owner of Greek restaurant Piraeus Blues on Brunswick Street, Lazaros Thomaidis agrees that rent prices have become an issue for business owners. “Rentals are out of whack with reality,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “The first step will be a sort of reality check for landlords. We fully understand and respect they have a lot of money invested, but to make operators want to stay there they’ve got to make it a little more reasonable for everybody to be able to conduct their business,” he says. Customer confidence has also plummeted over the years, with fewer people frequenting the area, particularly during the week. “People would always come to the area, so when you see that even Brunswick Street is quiet you start to think ‘what’s going on?’,” owner of Alpha Ouzeri, Vasilios Zografos tells Neos Kosmos. “We’ve seen a drop in numbers this winter. We had regular customers that would come twice a week. That’s not as common anymore. And they’re looking to not spend as much,” says Mr Zografos. According to national hospitality booking agency Dimmi, Victoria is the only state in Australia to have seen a decrease in bookings, the average person spending $54 – a reduction of $7 compared to last year. Mr Zografos has noticed the change. “People are looking to cut their expenses – instead of eating out, people will eat at home.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Dybala eyeing SuperCoppa recordDybala eyeing SuperCoppa record

first_imgPaulo Dybala is fired up to enter the record books as the all-time top scorer in the history of the Supercoppa when Juventus confront AC Milan today.La Joya as he is fondly called has a knack of scoring in this occasion having found the net three times in Super Cup clashes.That puts him on a par with Samuel Eto’o of Inter, Alessandro Del Piero and Carlos Tevez of Juventus, as well as Milan hero Andriy Shevchenko.Dybala’s strike helped Juve to a 2-0 victory over Lazio in August 2015, and then netted a double in another meeting with Lazio in August 2017, despite losing the tie 3-2.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….However, the Argentine forward would be looking to go one better when they take on Gattuso’s Milan in Jeddah.Other players who have already found the net twice in the Supercoppa and may likely increase their tally are Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini and Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain.last_img read more