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Barauli MLA’s grandson alleges ragging at AMU

first_imgIn an alleged case of ragging, Vijay Kumar Singh, grandson of Barauli MLA Dalveer Singh, has complained of being verbally assaulted by seniors during introduction at Aligarh Muslim University. A student of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages, Mr. Vijay said on Wednesday when he went to attend the classes for the first time, a group of seniors asked him his name and forced him to stand up and move in and out of the class. When he refused, he was abused. He said a proctorial team reached the spot and addressed the matter. “However, when I went to attend another class in the afternoon, I was again stopped and a group of senior students misbehaved with me. It led to a heated argument,” said Mr. Vijay. He has given a written complaint to the proctor.He is the younger brother of Ajay Singh who contested the Students’ Union elections last year and was later suspended for indiscipline. University spokesperson Shafey Kidwai said, “The university administration has taken note of the charges and the complaint against 4-5 students has been forwarded to the anti-ragging committee of the department. Strict action will be taken against those found guilty.”last_img read more

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Alas, Road Warriors know they have a long way to go after opening win

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX had the kind of start it was looking for after a big victory over Alaska to open the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night.Import Aaron Fuller made quite a first impression in his PBA debut, but it wasn’t just him who delivered for the Road Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Alas stood out with 20 points and eight rebounds off the bench, acting as the spark plug for NLEX, which won only two games out of the possible 11 in the Commissioner’s Cup. “We’re happy we got the win but it’s just one game and we need to be consistent,” said Alas, who played inspired basketball.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Road Warriors also started the Philippine Cup with a victory but went on to drop 9 of their next 10 games.“We shouldn’t be confident that we won tonight. We need to continue to improve.” Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lady Maroons out to prove they can compete even sans Bersola, Tiamzon Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments NLEX was the first team to get eliminated from playoff contention and the Road Warriors used their early exit to their advantage as they were able to prepare early for the season-ending conference.“It’s important for us that we’re able to prepare as early as June 7. The other teams were going on vacation but we were already practicing and building our chemistry.”The locals were able to familiarize themselves with Fuller, who, at the same time, had an early grasp of his role and coach Yeng Guiao’s system.The result was a 112-104 win with Fuller dropping 30 points and 20 rebounds. “We just really need to be consistent. It’s okay to be happy with one win but we cannot enjoy ourselves too much. It’s just the start,” Alas stressed.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Harry’s magic sees Tottenham Hotspur win 3-0, equals Premier League record with hat-trick

first_imgHarry Kane was the hero for Tottenham Hotspur with his hat-trick as they won their first away match in three months against Burnley at Turf Moor.It was Kane’s seventh hat-trick saw the English striker equalling Premier League great, Alan Shearer’s record of most goals scored scored in a calendar year. His three goals took his tally to 36 goals in 2017, to match the same number Shearer had managed in 1995.Spurs’ win, their first on the road since their 4-0 victory at Huddersfield at the end of September, moved the London club up to fifth in the league, a point behind fourth-placed Liverpool.Kane, who oozed confidence and class throughout, put Spurs ahead from the penalty spot in the seventh minute after a controversial penalty award when Dele Alli went down under a challenge from Burnley defender Kevin Long.�??�️ @HKane on his fine hat-trick, a great win at Turf Moor and chasing a @PremierLeague record. #OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/ofxCShvzey- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 23, 2017Alli had already enraged the home support four minutes earlier when he lunged late into a challenge on Burnley fullback Charlie Taylor and received a yellow card.While Burnley’s supporters booed England forward Alli throughout the game, Spurs had several chances to extend their lead but Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min wasted good opportunities.Sissoko was clear through on goal but Burnley keeper Nick Pope produced a fine double save to keep the advantage to a single goal at the break.Son should have doubled the lead in the 56th minute but blasted over the bar after Serge Aurier had put him through with only Pope to beat.advertisementInjuries and suspensions may have caught up with Burnley, who have enjoyed an impressive season so far and are still in seventh place, and Sean Dyche’s side certainly missed suspended central defender James Tarkowski.It was left to Kane to finally confirm the difference in class between the two sides, making it 2-0 in the 69th minute with a trademark finish after being put through by Sissoko.The England forward wrapped up the win with another confident finish for his hat-trick goal after neat work from Ben Davies and Alli.Alli was jeered as he was substituted but, by then, the early controversy seemed irrelevant.Burnley substitute Sam Vokes had a late header disallowed for a foul on Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris but the game was already well beyond the home side who now face a trip to Manchester United on Boxing Day.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Dinesh Chandimal ruled out of Asia Cup due to finger injury

first_imgSri Lanka’s Dinesh Chandimal will take no part in the upcoming Asia Cup due to an injury.The Sri Lanka cricket board on Monday announced that Chandimal has been ruled out of Asia Cup after failing to overcome a finger injury.Test captain Chandimal, 28, fractured his right middle finger while playing for Colombo in a domestic Twenty20 league match and was withdrawn from their 16-member squad as he needed more time to recover, Sri Lanka Cricket added.Dinesh Chandimal will be out of the #AsiaCup 2018, after it was found that the player will need more recovery time to heal his injury in the finger, Niroshan Dickwella will be replacing Chandimal https://t.co/aOOdn9qQGKSri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) September 10, 2018He has been replaced by reserve wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella for the 50-over tournament scheduled to start in the United Arab Emirates this weekend.Sri Lanka play Bangladesh in their opener on September 15, before meeting Afghanistan two days later.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Four-star Safety Names Oklahoma State in Top Schools

first_imgMy TOP 10… Plus 2 #HumbledandBlessed pic.twitter.com/2cpgmyepLQ— Chaz (@chazahyou3) August 2, 2016On top of being a pretty sharp kid, Ah You can ball a little, too. The 6-2 safety stands at an even 200 lbs. and could be an early contributor wherever he chooses to play. On top of a commitment this weekend from Denton Guyer Thabo Mwaniki, OSU is still seeking top talent in 2017 who could contribute early in Stillwater, especially with the Pokes losing big experience following the 2016 season. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment. If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Timpview, Utah safety Chaz Ah You, a four-star prospect with 20+ scholarship offers, has narrowed his list to a top 10 (plus 2), which he released on twitter on Monday. Oklahoma State is in the mix for the 2017 standout, whom OSU has recruited steadily for several years.And unlike many recruits, Ah You released not only his top schools, but also his reasoning for why he chose the schools he did in a 12 question criteria — which clearly shows a unique thought process and in-depth behind the scenes rationale for why recruits choose who they do.Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 9.26.37 PMScreen Shot 2016-08-01 at 9.26.44 PMScreen Shot 2016-08-01 at 9.26.50 PMlast_img read more

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Look At What Ohio State Fans Did At Halftime Of Today’s Game

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)If the Ohio State Buckeyes have any aspirations to return to the College Football Playoff, then they’ll need to snap out of their recent struggles.The opening minutes of today’s game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers was downright brutal. From allowing a touchdown on the first drive to failing to convert on fourth down, the Buckeyes were anemic on both sides of the football.A minor surge on offense gave the fans something to cheer for in the first quarter, as Ohio State took the lead. However, the second quarter was a nightmare for Urban Meyer’s crew, as the Cornhuskers scored 14 unanswered points.With the first half over in Columbus, fans are clearly furious that Nebraska leads 21-16 over Ohio State.Ohio State leaves to boos at halftime.— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) November 3, 2018Even though the Buckeyes have time to mount a comeback, there is no sense of urgency for the home team.If Ohio State can’t stop Adrian Martinez on the ground, another loss could be on the horizon. The dual-threat quarterback currently has 54 rushing yards and two touchdowns.The second half will be on FOX.last_img read more

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John Cena And WWE Get In The Ring Against Breast Cancer

first_imgWWE has announced a partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure featuring WWE Superstar John Cena co-branded, pink and black ring gear, which will be debuted at this week’s Night of Champions pay-per-view event in Boston.WWE Superstar John Cena Supports Susan G. Komen for the CureCredit/Copyright: Business WireCena will wear the Special Edition gear through October in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Fans can purchase the merchandise, including co-branded hats, t-shirts, headbands and wristbands, at live events and online at WWEShop.com, and WWE will donate 100 percent of its profits (at least 30 percent of the retail purchase price) to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research and community outreach programs. To support Susan G. Komen’s mission, WWE will utilize all its assets, including TV broadcasts, live events, digital and social media to generate awareness and encourage fans to get involved by signing up for “Race for the Cure” events in their local communities.Approximately five million women — more female viewers than the top rated shows on women’s networks – watch WWE’s weekly programming.“This partnership will reach millions of women and families with breast cancer education and awareness messages, while raising funds for Komen research and health outreach programs in the communities we serve,” said Dorothy Jones, Vice President of Marketing for Susan G. Komen. “We’re ready to cheer on John Cena and the WWE Superstars and thank them for helping Komen fulfill our promise to end breast cancer.”“Breast cancer is a devastating disease, and we’re committed to using WWE’s global resources to support Komen’s fight to end breast cancer forever,” said WWE Superstar John Cena. “I’ll be proud to wear pink in the ring to support this great cause.”Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the United States. There are 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit komen.org/wwe or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.Source:Komen.orglast_img read more

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CM writes poem condemning vandalisation of legends statue

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party (without taking name) for their alleged involvement in ransacking the bust of Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar through a poem titled Lajja that she shared on her Facebook page.In an indirect reference to the act of vandalisation at Vidyasagar College on Tuesday evening by BJP supporters who had joined their president Amit Shah’s rally, Banerjee wrote that the saffron party has learnt to break and not to build. They have been instrumental in so many such acts of vandalism that they do not know where to stop and are shamelessly continuing with this tradition of breaking things (Bhangte sikecho, Gorte sekhoni, Bhangai tomader kaj, Bhangte gele thamte hobe, Chi chi naiko laj). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShe had blamed the party for toying with the heritage of Bengal by committing such an act and warned them against neglecting the state which had experienced the cultural Renaissance of the country. Banerjee, who had been vocal against the Prime Minister’s claims of rebuilding the statue and had said that Bengal has enough funds to do so, wrote that they (BJP) may have the money power which is no match to the heart-filled respect that Bengal has for its icons. At the end, she concluded by writing that Bengalis are ashamed and do not have the courage to seek pardon. (Bidyar sar, amra lajjito, Khama Chawar Ney Spardha). Condemning the incident, the Chief Minister had said: “We don’t need your alms. Can you restore the 200-year-old heritage?”last_img read more

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Fox affiliates exec says stations on board with plan to move to

by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Apr 9, 2013 4:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fox affiliates exec says stations ‘on board’ with plan to move to pay TV amid Aereo dispute LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Television stations that relay Fox programming are “on board” with a threat to transition the over-the-air network to cable and satellite TV if Internet startup Aereo keeps reselling Fox’s signal without paying for rights, the chairman of a Fox group said Tuesday.Fox’s parent company, News Corp., owns just 27 of the 205 stations that carry Fox shows such as “American Idol” and “Glee.” The rest are affiliates that are independently owned or are part of chains of station owners. Steve Pruett, the chairman of the Fox affiliate board of governors, spoke about the stations’ support in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday at the annual gathering of broadcasters, the NAB Show.Chase Carey, the chief operating officer of News Corp., raised the threat Monday amid a legal battle with Aereo. Carey said that if courts can’t stop Aereo from taking its signals for free and reselling them to customers, the company would have to make Fox a subscription-only network.Haim Saban, chairman of the Spanish-language Univision network, echoed Carey’s sentiment.“To serve our community, we need to protect our product and revenue streams, and therefore we too are considering all of our options — including converting to pay TV,” Saban said in a statement.Pruett said that Fox TV stations could send out two signals — one to cable and satellite providers and another out over the free airwaves. Premium Fox programs could be reserved for paying customers, while the free-to-air broadcasts could be of lesser quality. Pruett said it was too early to go into details.“We are completely on board with Chase’s statement,” Pruett said. “We are joined at the hip, so to speak.”There wasn’t an entirely united front.Bill Reyner, chief executive of Mission TV, which operates two Fox affiliate TV stations in Rapid City, S.D., said that while he understands Carey’s position and believes Aereo is infringing on Fox’s copyrights, he regretted that customers could be caught in the middle.“The real loser in all of this are those that can’t afford pay TV,” Reyner said. “Everyone forgets that over-the-air television is free and it serves a very important function. If you go to a cable model, then all those people get disenfranchised and that would be very sad.”National Assocation of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith said he believed the threat would not be acted upon, partly because the federal government regulates the public airwaves and free TV broadcasts are integral to that.“I think that was a marker that was laid down. I don’t think it will ever come to pass,” he said. “I don’t think Congress would ever get to a place where it’d be that callous that television would have to be paid for.”Currently, anyone with an antenna can pick up a TV station’s signals for free. But cable and satellite companies typically pay stations and networks for the right to distribute their programming to subscribers. And about 85 per cent of TV households get their broadcast signals this way. Industrywide, retransmission fees paid by distributors added up to $3 billion last year and are expected to double by 2018, according to research firm SNL Kagan.Last week, that fee business was shaken after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York issued a preliminary ruling siding with Aereo, which contends that it doesn’t have to pay the fees because it relies on thousands of tiny antennas personalized to each customer. It argues its service, starting at $8 a month, is similar to individuals using their own antennas and digital video recorders.In a separate case, broadcasters are suing a different Internet company called Aereokiller LLC. It also takes broadcast signals using mini antennas and transmits them to paying customers. That case is now before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Broadcasters hope that a different ruling there will result in the U.S. Supreme Court taking over the matter. read more

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Penn Is Historys Best No 16 Seed Can It Pull Off The

2015ManhattanMAAC164364-74 vs. Hampton* Penn is the best No. 16 seed ever (according to Elo)Highest Elo rating for No. 16 seeds going into the NCAA Tournament, 1985-2018 2008Portland StateBig Sky169861-85 vs. Kansas 2010Vermont1619Syracuse1986-366 There are only a few things left in sports that have never happened: five homers in a game, a sub-two-hour marathon, a quintuple double. Probably the most famous, though, is the knocking off of a No. 1 seed by a No. 16 seed in the men’s NCAA Tournament. (A 16 vs. 1 upset has happened once on the women’s side, when Harvard beat Stanford in 1998.) It’s actually kind of weird that it hasn’t happened yet; although No. 16 seeds are usually pretty bad, you’d think at least one would have broken through over the course of 33 years and 132 tries. The 133rd No. 16 to take a crack at it will be the Ivy Leaguers from the University of Pennsylvania, which faces Kansas on Thursday — and Penn’s chances of beating a No. 1 are among the best a No. 16 seed has ever had.For starters, Penn is a lot better than the usual No. 16 seed. According to our Elo ratings — which measure a team’s strength based on (among other factors) who it’s beaten and by how much — the Quakers rank 76th in the country, with an even 1700 rating. How good is that? By definition, the typical D-I team rates around 1500, and since they first became a thing in 1985 (excluding this season), No. 16 seeds have had an average Elo rating of 1483.1This number includes No. 16 seeds that lost their play-in games before the round of 64. By the way, if that number seems strangely close to average, remember that there are a ton of teams in Division I — 351, to be exact — so even lowly No. 16 seeds are around the mean for all D-I schools. Before Penn this year, the highest-rated No. 16 seed of all time was Portland State, which carried a 1698 rating heading into the 2008 tournament. (It ended up losing, to Kansas of all teams, by 24.) Penn is officially the first No. 16 seed ever to break the 1700 barrier in Elo: 1990Arkansas-Little Rock1607UNLV1990-382 1985SouthernSWAC163659-83 vs. St John’s (NY) 2018PennsylvaniaIvy1700— 2006Oral Roberts1629Memphis1931-302 2006Oral RobertsMidCont162978-94 vs. Memphis 2017South Dakota State1621Gonzaga2029-408 2011UNC-Asheville1594Pittsburgh2008-415 2012VermontAEC162958-77 vs. North Carolina YearTeamConf.Elotournament loss 2017S. Dakota StateSummit162146-66 vs. Gonzaga No. 16 seedNo. 1 SEED Is this the 16-vs-1 matchup we’ve been waiting for?Smallest differentials in pregame Elo ratings for No. 16 seeds against No. 1′s in the NCAA Tournament, 1985-2018 * Play-in gameSource: Sports-Reference.com 2010VermontAEC161956-79 vs. Syracuse There is one big catch, however. The game will be played in Wichita, Kansas, just two-and-a-half hours down the road from the Jayhawks’ campus in Lawrence. Because our full-blown tournament model — which contains many accuracy-boosting bells and whistles that pure Elo differential ignores — takes travel distance into account, it gives Penn only a 5 percent shot at the historic victory. That’s still really high by 16-seed standards — the best chance since the current iteration of our model rolled out in 2013 — but comparing that to the typical No. 16’s win probability is like saying the Cleveland Browns had a better winning percentage in 2016 than in 2017. Sure, it’s true, but neither number is especially good.In other words, the Quakers probably won’t win. Unlike practically every other 16-vs-1 matchup, though, this one should give you a millisecond of doubt when filling out your bracket. We always say that, eventually, a No. 16 seed will beat a No. 1 seed. For Penn, there might be no time like the present.Check out our latest March Madness predictions. 1985Southern1636St John’s (NY)1948-312 YearTeamEloTeamEloElo Diff. 1985North Carolina A&T1544Oklahoma1963-420 2012LamarSouthland163559-71 vs. Vermont* It’s also worth noting that Ivy League schools are usually not relegated to being first-round cannon fodder. According to the NCAA, the Ivy’s 43 all-time NCAA Tournament wins makes it the most successful conference outside of the six major conferences and the top mid-majors.2Specifically: the American Athletic, Atlantic 10, West Coast, Mountain West, Missouri Valley and Conference USA. Ivy teams have won three of their last five games in the round of 64 (and that doesn’t even include Cornell’s Sweet 16 bid in 2010). And the two first-round losses were by a combined 4 points. Some of that is a function of seeding, but that’s also the point. The last time an Ivy League team was seeded as low as 16th was 1989, when (coincidentally enough) Pete Carril’s Princeton squad came the closest to knocking off a No. 1 seed of any 16-seed ever, losing by only 1 point to Georgetown:Of course, even if Penn is the best No. 16 seed ever, the Quakers aren’t playing another No. 16 seed on Thursday; they’re playing Kansas, which just earned its 14th No. 1 seed in program history. KU has wiped the floor with No. 16 seeds by an average margin of 25 points per game, with only one (Western Kentucky in 2013) keeping the final score within single digits.One piece of good news for Penn, however, is that this year’s Jayhawks aren’t quite as strong as they’ve tended to be in their other top-seeded seasons. With an Elo of 1985, Kansas is well below the historical average (2071) for No. 1 seeds in the 64-team-bracket era. Only nine other No. 1 seeds have had a lower pre-tournament Elo in that span than KU has this season.So Penn-Kansas might be the perfect storm we obsessive 16-over-1 hopefuls have been waiting for: a combination of the best No. 16 seed in history and one of the weaker No. 1 seeds. According to Elo, the 285-point gap between the Quakers and Jayhawks is the smallest for any 1-vs-16 game in tournament history. 2013James Madison1574Indiana1986-412 2012UNC-AshevilleBig South161965-72 vs. Syracuse Source: Sports-Reference.com 2008Portland State1698Kansas2102-404 2018Pennsylvania1700Kansas1985-285 read more

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Grieving families are splitting up the ashes of their relatives and funeral

first_imgUndertakers are being forced to divide ashes, set up password systems and supervise visits to funeral homes because of warring families who can’t agree on funeral arrangements. According to the National Association of Funeral Directors, their members are increasingly having to mediate between conflicting family members. A survey found that 57 per cent of the association’s 4,000 members had seen a rise in conflict in the past year. Members reported clients “shouting and screaming” in front of other bereaved families, and clients threatening to go to the press over the choices made by their relatives. The main reason cited by members was the conflict caused by estranged families being forced together following the death of a relative.It warned that directors were being targeted by aggressive and threatening clients because of the difficulty of pleasing multiple family members with sometimes conflicting wishes. Alison Crake, president of the National Association of Funeral Directors, said that modern discomfort with talking about death meant people were dying without telling their families what they wanted at their funerals was one of the other main sources of conflict. “More and more people say they are willing to talk about the end of their life, but this isn’t necessarily translating into practical planning and it is leaving families with uncertainty that is increasingly exacerbating fault lines and turning into conflict.“As well has having a terrible impact on families this is also exposing funeral directors and their teams to aggressive behaviour and increasingly leaving them with unpaid debts too,” she said. Paul Cuthell, a Stirlingshire-based funeral director, said he thought complex families were behind some of the conflict. “There seems to be an increasing number of broken families within society nowadays and as a result the emotions seem to come to a head when the bereaved are forced together to arrange a funeral,” he said.According to the ONS, multi-family households, single-parent households and cohabiting couples have all grown in number in the past two decades. The fastest growing family type over the past 20 years was the cohabiting couple family, which doubled from 1.5 million families in 1996 to 3.3 million families in 2016.Figures show that unmarried couples are more likely to split than married ones. Mr Cuthell said that he has been instructed not to let a person into the funeral premises on the day of a funeral, and has watched a family become embroiled in an 18-month legal battle over a deceased person’s ashes. Abi Pattenden, who has been a funeral director for 10 years and works at Freeman Brothers in West Sussex, added that people were unwilling to talk about death. “We’re seeing an increase in these problems for a variety of reasons – families becoming more complicated is one of them. “I’ve had situations where you’ve got the children from the first marriage and the person’s second wife organising the funeral together.”People are also less willing to talk about their plans. There’s a general lack of concern with death as a concept,” she said. Ms Pattenden said she had also been forced to “sit in” as a deceased person’s half-sister visited a body because other family members said they did not trust her. “Something like that does stay with you because you want people to feel they have enough time to grieve in private. I felt I was intruding on her grief. “Sometimes people say ‘when a certain person comes to the chapel of rest, I want to know about it’. But how do you know when is a suitable time to phone someone and tell them something like that?” she said. Her staff had also been forced to draw up a list of approved relatives for another family to stop certain people from visiting. In another case two sisters failed to agree on what should happen to their father’s ashes, so they were split so that half could be buried and the other half scattered.  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.last_img read more

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Taxi test leaves drivers stumped

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Wannabe cabbies in Victoria who have sat the newly introduced driver knowledge test have come bottom of the class.With an almost 100 per cent failure rate for the exam, which became compulsory on June 30, the industry has been left scratching its head as to exactly how so many novices could fail.The test – part of the state government’s reforms for the industry – must be taken by drivers with less than five years’ experience and over a quarter of the 16,000 active cab drivers in Victoria need to sit the exam.Those who fail two opportunities to sit the test will be refused accreditation to drive a taxi for 12 months, and with the Christmas holiday period coming up, concerns have been raised as to whether there will be enough drivers in Melbourne to cope.The test comprises three modules; geographical knowledge, driver behaviour and a quiz on road rules and taxi regulations, and drivers must get 85 per cent of the answers correct in all three modules.Karen Downie, a driver-trainer at 13Cabs, is the only cabbie who has passed all the modules so far.“A lot of it was common sense but if you don’t read the question carefully it’s easy to get it wrong,” Ms Downie told reporters.Taxi Services Commission chairman Graeme Samuel said the results show applicants were falling down on the driver behaviour module in particular. “Some of the questions are so much common sense,” Mr Samuel said. “If you’re dealing with someone with an intellectual disability, what do you do? People have been answering, ‘speak loudly and in a slow manner’, when the right answer is to be courteous and understand their disability.”Mr Samuel added the test was similar to the nationally recognised Certificate II training course which drivers had to complete previously to gain accreditation, and the results prove taxi training schools were waving applicants through without proper assessment.Speaking to Neos Kosmos, a TSC spokesman added: “What all of this shows us is something that passengers have been saying for many years, that drivers aren’t being sufficiently trained before attempting the Knowledge and this needs to happen if we are ever going to see drivers pass the Knowledge and lift the standards within the industry.”Harry Katsiabanis, managing director of Taxi Link which runs 400 drivers in Melbourne and which has put its own driver training course on hold, believes a proper analysis of why so many new drivers are failing is crucial.“The important thing to ask is ‘why?’,” said Mr Katsiabanis. “The latest satisfaction rating commissioned by the TSC suggests that 70 per cent of customers are satisfied with our services. “I’m concerned we might be trying to train astronauts rather than taxi drivers.”Mr Katsiabanis said the industry required “a better understanding of the testing environment” and that a combined approach by the TSC with the training organisations was needed to better deliver outcomes.“We haven’t run our training courses since May because we’re unaware of what the training needs to look like.”“If you only have one person passing out of 250 people, the alarm bells should be ringing.”With 16 years under his belt, Melbourne owner-operator George Bobbopoulos doesn’t have to sit the test, but says new drivers must do more to ensure they meet the exam’s requirements.“Bottom line is if they don’t do their homework they’re not going to know what to do,” says George, who runs three cabs, and believes cultural differences play a part in driver behaviour to customers.“You’ve got to remember that there are people coming from Pakistan and India and they have their own culture.”Mr Bobbopoulos told Neos Kosmos that he was largely in favour of the state government’s reforms of the taxi industry though “some they’ve mucked up on”.“Generally they’re OK, I think the TSC can do a better job by better policing the bad guys. There are drivers who are still refusing short fares, and who continue to hassle women.”last_img read more

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Review Inter – Barcelona

first_imgTwo late goals by Malcom and Mauro Icardi cancelled each other out as Inter and Barcelona drew 1-1 in Italy.Inter starting lineup: Samir Handanovic, Sime Vrsaljko, Stefan de Vrij, Milan Skriniar, Kwadwo Asamoah, Matias Vecino, Marcelo Brozovic, Radja Nainggolan, Matteo Politano, Ivan Perisic, Mauro Icardi Barcelona starting lineup: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Jordi Alba, Clement Lenglet, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, Sergio Busquets, Arthur, Ivan Rakitic, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Luis SuarezThe first real attempt on goal came in the 12th minute through Luis Suarez. His shot from the edge of the box flew over the bar. Ten minutes later, he did it again, only this time, the ball whisked past the post. Croatian teammates Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic exchanged shots soon afterwards on what was a rainy night in Milan. Inter’s top form didn’t show in the first half, as the visiting Catalans were dominating possession and controlling the tempo of the game. Luis Suarez had his third chance of the half and the best one up to that point in the 42nd minute, when a rebound bounced straight to his feet. The Uruguayan’s quick strike was saved by Handanovic.With no additional time, Polish referee Szymon Marciniak blew the half-time whistle. Inter relied on counter attacks and were patiently waiting for their opportunity, while Barca were simply playing their regular, recognizable game.The opening to the second period was far more energetic. Inter were willing to throw more men forward, which left plenty of space for both teams to create. Perisic was twice left unmarked on the flank and threatened with dangerous crosses, whereas on the other side. Coutinho dribbled past a couple of defenders and fired a left-footed shot straight at the keeper. In the 60th minute, Barcelona had a 3-on-2 counter attack which ended with Rakitic having an excellent scoring chance. As was the case on previous occasions during the game, the Barcelona player hit Handanovic and the ball went out into a corner kick.After Handanovic blocked yet another Coutinho attempt, Spalleti made his first change, replacing Nainggolan with Borja Valero. Politano had Inter’s best chance in the 65th minute, when Pique missed on a risky sliding challenge, leaving a lot of space on the left side of the pitch. Perisic once again took the ball and fired a perfect cross. Politano came flying in from midfield, but his header was not on the required level and missed the net. The home side was coming on strongly. In the 73rd minute, Valverde took off Arthur and replaced him with Arturo Vidal, just as he did during the weekend.As the minutes ticked down, Valverde’s men were executing the game plan, holding onto the ball as much as they could. The next two subs came in the 82nd minute, when Malcom came on for Dembele and Antonio Candreva was introduced in place of Matteo Politano. Then, a moment of inspiration by Coutinho, whose fantastic dribble got him past Vecino, opened the door for Malcom. The Brazilian took the ball, made a couple of dummy moves and struck the ball towards goal. Handanovic’s view was obstructed by his defenders and reacted late. The ball went into the net, to the disbelief of everyone in attendance. 1-0 Barcelona.🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/PzSKSskYgDMauro Icardi, Inter MilanDi Canio: ‘Undisciplined’ Icardi & PSG perfect for each other Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Paolo Di Canio reckons Mauro Icardi and Paris Saint-Germain are a match made in heaven as the club are a perfect fit for “undisciplined players”.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 6, 2018The lead didn’t last long. Confusion in Barcelona’s defense allowed the ball to come to Inter’s most dangerous threat – Mauro Icardi. The Argentinian took this time next to Sergi Roberto and managed to push the ball between ter Stegen’s legs to tie the score.Mauro Icardi has scored in three of his four Champions League games:⚽⚽❌⚽#RushStats pic.twitter.com/55E8WvnG0l— Mr Dependable (@mightygeorgeng) November 6, 2018That was it. In an interesting game at Giuseppe Meazza, Inter and Barcelona shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.last_img read more

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Police Noxious substance thrown in womans face

first_imgA 28-year-old woman was blasted in the face Monday by acid or some other noxious substance after a brief conversation with an unknown female who approached her.The victim has been identified as Bethany Storro. She was attacked at West Eighth and Columbia streets, in the area of Esther Short Park, according to police. Vancouver police were called to the scene about 7:15 p.m. Monday. Storro told police it was a black female who threw the contents of a cup into her face that burned her skin. Storro was wearing sunglasses at the time and it did not appear the unknown liquid got into her eyes, police said. Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit planned to interview Storro today and hope to develop a more complete suspect description.Storro is in serious condition at Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, which operates a burn center.“Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers,” Storro said in a statement released through the hospital. “I appreciate all of the well wishes being sent my way. I do ask, if anyone should know the woman who assaulted me, please contact the Vancouver Police.”last_img read more

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The top 10 most read stories 4 April10 April 2019

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 4 April and 10 April 2019 were:Staff at three West Midlands colleges strike in dispute over payDiageo introduces 26 weeks of paid parental leave for UK staffStarbucks extends education benefit to 5,000 UK employeesVibrant Vegan Company seeks director of tasteThe Walt Disney Company faces equal pay lawsuit in CaliforniaGovernment approves phased implementation of pensions dashboardMore than four-fifths have witnessed presenteeism at their organisationAverage advertised UK salary rises to £35,058 per yearDLA Piper reports a 17.8% mean gender pay gap for 2018McAfee achieves global gender pay parity across 7,100 stafflast_img read more

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CNET Book Club Holiday 2018 gift guide special

first_imgSubscribe: CNET RSS | iTunes | FeedBurner | Google Play | TuneIn | Stitcher    Sarah Tew/CNET Dan’s picks: Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History by Sam Witwer, Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman and Jon Peterson See it at AmazonHouse of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski See it at AmazonShip of Theseus by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst See it at AmazonStranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down by Gina McIntyre See it at AmazonPaperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix See it at AmazonThe Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars: Creatures & Aliens by Mark Salisbury  See it at AmazonGiraffes on Horseback Salad by Josh Frank, Tim Heidecker and Manuela Pertega See it at Amazon71a3utwpajlA spread from Wonderbook.  Harry N. Abrams Scott’s picks Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer (listen to our CNET Book Club interview with Jeff here) See it at AmazonTheory of Fun for Game Design by Raph Koster See it at AmazonThe Electric State by Simon Stalenhag See it at AmazonCodex Seraphinianus by Luigi Serafini See it at Amazon About CNET Book Club The Book Club is hosted by a pair of self-proclaimed book experts: Dan Ackerman (author of the nonfiction video game history book The Tetris Effect), and Scott Stein, a playwright and screenwriter. We’ll be announcing our next Book Club selection soon, so send us your suggestions and keep an eye out for updates on Twitter at @danackerman and @jetscott. Previous episodes Episode 1: Borne by Jeff VanderMeer Episode 2: Walkaway by Cory Doctorow Episode 3: Artemis by Andy Weir Episode 4: Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter MosleyEpisode 5: Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron LanierSubscribe to CNET Book Club: CNET RSS | iTunes | FeedBurner | Google Play | TuneIn | Stitcher Your browser does not support the audio element. 0 Tags Culture For many readers, ourselves included, books are most often consumed via Kindle or another e-book platform. Sure, there’s something lost in the transition from paper to screen, but the convenience and storage capacity of Kindle readers, or phones and tablets using e-book software, far outweighs the compromises. Except when the opposite is true.  Some books work better, or only, in physical format. We’ve compiled some of our favorites for a special Holiday Gift Guide edition of CNET Book Club, where we talk about awesome art books, tabletop books and just plain strange books that will never translate well to a Kindle screen. On the plus side, they make excellent real-world holiday gifts, and look better wrapped up than an e-book gift code. Many brick-and-mortar book stores are open until the wee hours in the days before Christmas, so there’s still time to get someone an awesome nondigital gift. Disclaimer: CNET may earn commission from the products featured on this page.  CNET Book Club: Holiday 2018 Gift Guide Specialcenter_img Post a comment Share your voice Holiday Gift Guide 2018 CNET Book Club E-bookslast_img read more

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Jet Airways Pips Dubais Emirates as Indias Top Carrier on International Routes

first_imgLeading Indian carrier Jet Airways has surpassed Dubai-based Emirates to emerge as the top airline in the country in the international segment.While Emirates failure to expand its international flights from India due to inadequate flying rights is one the reasons behind Jet Airways’ better performance, the latter’s tie-up with another UAE-based carrier — Etihad Airways — also helped it in generating more international business.The airline promoted by Naresh Goyal saw 6,350,401 international passengers travelling on its flights during the 2014-15 financial year, becoming the largest carrier in terms of international traffic from India, according to aviation consulting firm Capa India.On the other hand, Emirates slipped to third position carrying a total of 5,085,213 passengers during the period. State-owned airline Air India stood at the second spot with 6,231,271 passengers in the segment.Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways occupied fourth and fifth places respectively with the numbers of international passengers of 2,030,918 and 1,694,455.During the last fiscal year, Emirates was unable to increase the number of international flights it operates from India as the authorities did not give it permit for additional flights.”I don’t expect any further bilateral rights to Emirates or any other Middle East carrier, at least, in the near term, till a structured bilateral policy is formulated by the government, and this means Emirates will remain at No. 3,” Kapil Kaul, chief executive officer (South Asia), Capa India, told Mint.In contrast, Jet Airways partnership with Etihad helped the airline improve its global footprint.”Jet Airways’ aggressive international expansion, largely driven by the Abu Dhabi hub over last 12-18 months, has logically pushed it to No. 1 airline status as the…airline accounted for close to 75% of the incremental international traffic carried by Indian airlines in financial year 2015,” said Kaul.Both Emirates and Jet Airways did not comment on their positions in the report.But a Jet Airways spokesperson said the company runs 128 international flights from India per day besides Eithad’s 45 flights daily.Capa estimates the domestic aviation industry will see a growth of 8-10% in the international segment and nearly 15% growth in domestic aviation market.Stock prices of Jet Airways rose sharply by about 7.5% on Tuesday, closing at Rs 332 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), following the report about its improved market position.last_img read more

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Man at Compound Accused of Training Kids for School Attack

first_imgBy The Associated PressA father arrested at a ramshackle New Mexico compound where 11 hungry children were found living in filth was training youngsters to commit school shootings, prosecutors said in court documents obtained August 8.The allegations against Siraj Ibn Wahhaj came to light as authorities awaited word on whether human remains discovered at the site were those of his missing son, who is severely disabled and went missing in December in Jonesboro, Georgia, near Atlanta.Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, left, sits next to public defense attorney Aleks Kostich at a first appearance in New Mexico state district court in Taos, N.M. on accusations of child abuse and abducting his son from the boy’s mother. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)The documents say Wahhaj was conducting weapons training with assault rifles at the compound on the outskirts of Amalia, a tiny town near the Colorado border marked by scattered homes and sagebrush.“He poses a great danger to the children found on the property as well as a threat to the community as a whole due to the presence of firearms and his intent to use these firearms in a violent and illegal manner,” Prosecutor Timothy Hasson wrote in the court documents Wednesday.Authorities raided the compound Friday in an investigation that has yielded a series of startling revelations — including the discovery of the 11 children in rags and word that Wahhaj wanted to perform an exorcism on his son because he thought the boy was possessed by the devil.Prosecutor Timothy Hasson filed the court documents while asking that Wahhaj be held without bail after he was arrested last week with four other adults at the compound facing child abuse charges.Prosecutors did not bring up the school shooting accusation during initial court hearings Wednesday for the abuse suspects. A judge ordered them all held without bond pending further proceedings.In the court documents, authorities said a foster parent of one of the children removed from the compound had told authorities the child had been trained to use an assault rifle in preparation for a school shooting.Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe previously said adults at the compound were “considered extremist of the Muslim belief.” He did not elaborate, saying it was part of the investigation.Aleks Kostich of the Taos County Public Defender’s Office questioned the accusation of a school shooting conspiracy, saying the claim was presented with little information beyond the explanation that it came from a foster parent.Kostich believes prosecutors are not certain about the credibility of the foster parent, whom he has no way of reaching to verify the claim, he said.The human remains were being analyzed by medical examiners to determine if they are those of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, the missing boy.Earlier this year, his grandfather, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, posted a plea on Facebook for help finding his grandson.The elder Wahhaj heads the Masjid At-Taqwa in Brooklyn, a mosque that has attracted radical speakers over the years. He met Mahmud Abouhalima when he came to the site to raise money for Muslims in Afghanistan. Abouhalima later helped bomb the World Trade Center in 1993.In a Georgia arrest warrant, authorities said 39-year-old Siraj Ibn Wahhaj had told his son’s mother that he wanted to perform an exorcism on the child. He later said he was taking the child to a park and didn’t return.He is accused in Georgia of kidnapping the boy.The arrest warrant issued there says the missing boy has a condition caused by lack of oxygen and blood flow around the time of birth. He cannot walk and requires constant attention, his mother told police.For months, neighbors worried about the squalid compound built along the remote New Mexico plain, saying they took their concerns to authorities long before sheriff’s officials raided the facility described as a small camping trailer in the ground.The search at the compound came amid a two-month investigation that included the FBI. Hogrefe said federal agents surveilled the area a few weeks ago but did not find probable cause to search the property.That changed when Georgia detectives forwarded a message to the sheriff that he said initially had been sent to a third party, saying: “We are starving and need food and water.”Authorities found what Hogrefe called “the saddest living conditions and poverty” he has seen in 30 years in law enforcement. He said Wahhaj was armed with multiple firearms, including an assault rifle. But he was taken into custody without incident.The group arrived in Amalia in December, with enough money to buy groceries and construction supplies, according to Tyler Anderson, a 41-year-old auto mechanic who lives nearby.He said he helped them install solar panels after they arrived but eventually stopped visiting.Anderson said he met both of the men in the group, but never the women, who authorities have said are the mothers of the 11 children, ages 1 to 15.“We just figured they were doing what we were doing, getting a piece of land and getting off the grid,” Anderson said.As the months passed, he said he stopped seeing the smaller children playing in the area and didn’t hear guns being fired at a shooting range on the property.Jason Badger, who owned the property where the compound was built, said he and his wife had pressed authorities to remove the group after becoming concerned about the children.The group had built the compound on their acreage instead of a neighboring tract owned by Lucas Morton, one of the men arrested during the raid.However, a judge dismissed an eviction notice filed by Badger against Morton in June, court records said. The records did not provide further details on the judge’s decision.After the raid, Anderson looked over the property for the first time in months.“I was flabbergasted from what it had turned into from the last time I saw it,” he said.last_img read more

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Google QR codes to appear in a store window near you w

first_imgIn the U.S. smart phone users will first have to download and install an appropriate QR code reader. When the QR code is scanned, they will then have to give a number of permissions before the information is displayed, and this slows the process down from a single-click in Japan to a 45-second procedure in the U.S.Google is also introducing the sharing of business coupons via QR codes. When the code is scanned the smart phone will display a coupon or voucher that can be redeemed in the store from the image on the screen.The QR code system allows Google to advertise to people who are not at their computers, and advertisers have the benefit of knowing that the people being reached are in a position to use their services.Google expects the QR code system to work effectively with the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android, but says it should work with many other smart phones as well.More information: Favorite Places on Google© 2009 PhysOrg.com Travel book goes mobile with scannable QR code (PhysOrg.com) — Google recently sent out 100,000 stickers to selected US businesses for use on their storefront windows. The stickers have the Google Maps logo and a QR code that can be scanned by smart phone cameras and display Google listings for the business on the phone screen. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Google QR codes to appear in a store window near you (w/ Video) (2009, December 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-12-google-qr-codes-window-video.html A QR (Quick Reference) code is a variation of a barcode, having a pixilated rectangular image rather than a series of stripes. QR codes first appeared in 1994.The businesses chosen by Google are designated “Favorite Places” and were selected on the basis of the number of searches made for the business on Google Maps. If the business chooses to stick the decal on their store window, smart phone users can scan the QR code using the phone’s camera, and Google listings about the place are displayed. The listings can include information such as reviews, details of opening times, contact information, prices, links to the website, and so on. QR codes have been widely used in Asia for some times, and in places such as Japan the QR code readers are built in to smart phones. In Japan QR codes appear on items such as food packaging, restaurants, bus stops, and real estate agents’ windows. When the codes are scanned, additional appropriate information is displayed on the smart phone, such as suggested recipes, calories and nutritional information, menus, bus timetables, and floor plans for real estate for sale.last_img read more

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Watch Community loot stationery from truck after crash in Ezakheni

first_imgCommunity members from Ezakheni looted a truck this morning (September 29) after it crashed.The truck was travelling away from Ezakheni, heading towards Ladysmith, when the crash took place.It is alleged that the driver lost control of the vehicle. The truck overturned, blocking the entire roadway.The truck was carrying stationery in the form of school books, which was looted by community members.Reports indicate that hundreds of people were grabbing what they could from the overturned truck.Three men were in the vehicle at the time of the crash and were treated on scene by paramedics for slight injuries sustained.Also read: Truck jackknifes on Van Reenen’s Pass, closing the road WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Bakkie and kudu collide on N3 up Van Reenen’s Pass, killing 1 personAlso read: Injuries in head-on collisionThey were taken to hospital for further medical attention.Public Safety and police also responded.The roadway was closed and traffic was diverted away from the scene.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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