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What will the EU Employment Directive mean?

first_img Comments are closed. What will the EU Employment Directive mean?On 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The EU Employment Directive will bring in age discrimination legislation inthe UK in 2006 – The second stage of the consultation starts in January 2003 and lasts forthree months – Under the EU Employment Directive legislation on sexual orientation andrace discrimination will be introduced from 2004 – The Government has set up a working group, including the CIPD, Socpo, EFoAand the TUC to help draft the legislation Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Utah Men’s Basketball Hosts Northern Arizona Friday

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Friday, the Utah Runnin’ Utes welcome Northern Arizona to the Huntsman Center for only the second meeting between the programs in their respective histories.The Utes are 5-5 and continue in their three-game homestand Friday, which will conclude December 29 as they host the #6 Nevada Wolf Pack of the Mountain West Conference.Monday, Utah downed Florida A&M of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 93-64. In the win against the Rattlers, senior guard Parker Van Dyke scored a career-high 20 points and the Utes shot a season-best 58.8 percent (30 of 51) from the field. The Utes also out-rebounded the Rattlers 38-17, while the +21 margin was their highest margin on the season.The Lumberjacks represent the Big Sky Conference while the Utes are 156-61 (.719) all-time against teams from this league.The Utes have won their last seven games against Big Sky Conference schools with the last such loss coming against Sacramento State in 2012-13.The Utes are currently averaging 73.5 points per game and giving up 72.7 points per contest.Senior guard Sedrick Barefield continues to lead the Utes with 13.2 points per game.The 2-6 Lumberjacks are coming off a 79-74 loss to San Jose State and give up 81.8 points per game while scoring 74.8 points a game themselves.Sophomore forward Bernie Andre is highly effective for the Lumberjacks as he amasses 21 points and 8 rebounds per game.The Utes won their only prior game against Northern Arizona in history, as they routed the Lumberjacks 85-52 in 1994 at the Huntsman Center. Tags: Bernie Andre/Florida A&M/Huntsman Center/Northern Arizona/Sedrick Barefield/Utah Men’s Basketball December 18, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Men’s Basketball Hosts Northern Arizona Friday Brad Jameslast_img read more

Less parking, more space says developer

first_imgModernise parking, CIL and space standards to build more homes, says Moda Living.Moda Living, a developer and operator of homes for rent, with major schemes in six UK cities, has called for greater flexibility around stringent planning demands for car park spaces.In its response to the housing white paper consultation, the company said that overly restrictive car parking standards requiring inappropriate levels of car parking, exceed the requirements of the Build to Rent market as renters are increasingly “asset-light” choosing to use ride share companies like Uber or car hire brands like Zip Car.Moda Living has a pipeline of 5,000 homes across the UK’s biggest cities, it also wants reform of overly restrictive national residential space standards.Tony Brooks, Managing Director of Moda Living, said, “Huge investment is going in to considerable shared areas that residents will be free to access. It’s essential these things are considered when planners are totting up the amount of space a resident has access to. Given the choice between a tiny private balcony you can’t fit a table on to or having a slice of a much bigger, shared space, it makes sense that we consider how we can offer people a higher standard of living without a “computer says no” approach to space standards.”Select Committee reports on housebuildingDavid StapletonA new report from the Communities and Local Government Select Committee calls for the dominance of large volume homebuilders to be reduced to aid the housing market and build more homes. David Stapleton, CEO and founder of TenderSpace, an online platform that helps SME contractors manage, grow and protect their businesses, has welcomed the report and believes technology will play a big role in opening up the market.“We agree with the Select Committee that the Government should support small and medium sized builders and ensure local authorities have the tools they need to make an effective contribution to solving the housing crisis,” says David. “SMEs drive competition, innovation and value in the marketplace and supporting them is crucial to the future of the housebuilding industry.”SMEs drive competition, innovation and value, supporting them is crucial to the industry.The report notes that the eight largest firms build more than half of all new homes and calls for a more competitive market, with a large number of companies of different sizes. The Committee recommends improving access to land and finance for smaller builders and says Government should reduce the risk for builders and prepare sites for development by providing infrastructure and planning permissions.The report can be found at www.publications.parliament. uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/ cmcomloc/46/4611.htm Big deal in NottinghamA multi-million pound residential scheme earmarked for Nottingham has been given the go-ahead from councillors.Maryland Securities’ residential led scheme in Alfreton Road in the city will transform a three-acre former lace factory site to a major mixed-use scheme of housing and shops.Called Avitus, the scheme is expected to create around 650 jobs during construction and an additional 100-plus permanent jobs in various sectors while injecting £124 million during construction and £26 million from retail and other sectors to the economy.Nottingham City Council planners gave the scheme the seal of approval.Jacob Jebreel, head of Manchester-based Maryland, said, “We are delighted planning has now been secured and look forward to progressing the development which will breathe new life into one of the city’s major arterial routes.David Hargreaves of FHP and FHP Living, advising on the scheme, said: “What Jacob Jebreel of Maryland has achieved is a game changer for this part of Nottingham.“The development of a new high quality residential quarter here of this scale will totally change the area and significantly enhance the approach in to the city centre along the A610 which is one of the main arterial roads into Nottingham.”Period living in PaddingtonLondon property developer Linton Group has announced the launch of Parker House, located on Paddington’s Cuthbert Street, with 19 refurbished luxury units. The homes start at £570,000 and are due to be ready for occupation later this year.Designed by Clive Sall Architecture, the sleek modern interiors will bring the apartments into the 21st century, whilst retaining the building’s unique period charm with a brick façade, dormer roof and timber sash windows.The flats range in size from 436 to 1286 sq. ft with ceiling heights of up to 3.4m. Most have private access to outdoor space, from ground floor courtyards to balconies and terraces. New residents are also eligible for a 25 year Car Club subscription and secure cycle storage.Parker House, previously known as 5A Cuthbert Street, was named after the architect of the original building.Gary Linton, Founder & Managing Director of Linton Group said, “This is such an exciting time for Linton Group, we always strive to set the benchmark for quality in the area and we believe we have done so with Parker House. Paddington is a very exciting area to be working in at the moment and we are extremely proud of the scheme.”New build woes in LondonBattersea Power Station is re-examining its “delivery priorities with a view to easing the financial burden”. It has reportedly reached a “critical stage” and written down its projected investment returns (IRR) from 20 per cent to 8.29 per cent. It is also moving some of the proposed affordable homes to a later phase and is introducing a review mechanism to determine the amount of affordable housing that the scheme can viably deliver.Battersea isn’t alone. LCP’s latest analysis of Land Registry Data on new build sales highlights the picture in 2016 for Prime Central London and Inner London:In Prime Central London, 44 per cent of all the new flat sales in 2016 took place in Q1 as buyers rushed to beat the deadline for the new additional rate Stamp Duty. This was the highest number of new build sales recorded for any previous quarter.However, completed sales of new build flats were down 41.4 per cent by the end of 2016, compared to the previous year. Average prices for new builds also fell 8.7 per cent to £1.9m.Naomi Heaton, CEO says, “Whilst the story for new builds in PCL, particularly luxury property, looks grim, these represent a very small proportion of the PCL market due to the lack of development possibilities. There were only 867 new build sales in 2016, representing just 14.6 per cent of total property sales.”One rich picking left in The Fruit MarketNottingham’s first ever group custom build community – in which buyers can design the layout and look of their home with an architect – has proved extremely popular with buyers to date, with only one home remaining in phase one.The Fruit Market, located on Bath Street in Sneinton, will comprise 40 sustainable and architecturally unique homes. Nottingham-based property developers Blueprint, invites interested home buyers to find out more about the community at an event in the city centre.They will learn more how they can get involved in current and future phases and work alongside Nottingham architects Letts Wheeler to shape their dream home and collaborate with their neighbours to design shared spaces.The £8m project is just a few minutes’ walk from the city’s cultural hub of Hockley, on the doorstep of Victoria Park – one of Nottingham’s largest green spaces – and next door to the redeveloped Sneinton market.Development Manager Alec Hamlin said, “Group custom build is still a relatively new way of building houses in the UK, but is a proven r concept in Northern Europe. It offers homebuyers the chance to shape the spaces and community that they will live in, without the headache of starting from scratch.”Plans for new Garden VillagePlans to create a new Garden Village for the South have reached a key milestone, as Buckland Development Limited (BDL) submits its outline planning application for a 6,000 home new community north of Fareham.The application is the result of years of planning by BDL, a Hampshire-based development company that represents the vision and aspiration of Mark Thistlethwayte (Southwick Estate), who is the majority landowner of the Welborne area. Mark is Chairman of BDL working on the Welborne project with his team for nearly a decade. He is also involved in another major development scheme locally (Berewood, at Waterlooville) with Grainger plc.Welborne was included in the list of Government-backed Garden Village settlements announced by Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell MP in January 2017.Patrick Clarke, Director, AECOM, who has led the masterplanning on Welborne for BDL since 2008, said:“As one of the first 21st Century Garden Villages, Welborne represents a new generation of sustainable communities. Our masterplan combines the principles that inspired the UK’s original and ever popular Garden Cities with best practice design approaches appropriate for today’s context.”In addition to 6,000 new homes, Welborne will include a village and district centre with a variety of retail, commercial and employment uses plus primary and secondary schools, healthcare facilities, and extensive green infrastructure with sports pitches, public open spaces, parks and woodland.garden village housebuilding Moda Living Maryland Securities Paddington Battersea Power Station SMEs The Fruit Market July 13, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Less parking, more space says developer previous nextLand & New HomesLess parking, more space says developerThe Negotiator13th July 201701,156 Viewslast_img read more

COA Affirms Convictions Of Auto Theft, Resisting Law Enforcement

first_img COA Affirms Convictions Of Auto Theft, Resisting Law EnforcementOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comA man convicted of stealing a car and fleeing police will not have his convictions reversed after the Indiana Court of Appeals found Friday that there was enough evidence to infer he was guilty of the charges against him.After Kelly Poyck reported her silver 2002 Chevrolet Prizm stolen in April 2015, an acquaintance spotted the stolen vehicle in a bank parking lot six days later and called the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. When Officer Aaron Helton responded to the scene, two men were exiting the car. One of the men fled the scene, while the other, Mickel Thacker, walked toward the bank.Although Helton initially pursued Thacker’s companion, he spotted Thacker near the bank entrance and was able to arrest him. After a bench trial, the Marion Superior Court found Thacker guilty of Level 6 felony auto theft and Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed his convictions in Mickel Thacker v. State of Indiana, 49A02-1510-1563. Judge Melissa May wrote for the panel that Poyck had testified to her car being stolen and that Helton saw Thacker in the driver’s seat, which is enough evidence to permit a reasonable inference that Thacker was in possession of the stolen vehicle. However, May also wrote that the court agreed with Thacker’s argument that because six days passed between Poyck’s report and Thacker’s arrest, Thacker’s possession of the vehicle was not enough to prove auto theft.But Poyck testified that the only damage to her car before the theft was a small dent, while the damage after the fact included a “busted out” window, a damaged door and a ripped-off gas cap. The state showed evidence to the court of what appeared to be pry marks around the window that had been broken, and Poyck further testified that the gas cap had likely been ripped off because the thieves couldn’t find the lever.Those facts, together with the fact that Thacker and his accomplice had attempted to flee when police arrived, would be enough to permit a factfinder to infer that Thacker knew he was exerting unauthorized control over the vehicle and, thus, affirm his auto theft conviction, May wrote.In regard to his resisting law enforcement charge, Thacker argued he did not flee from Helton but instead did not hear the officer tell him to stop. May wrote that such a claim was a request for the appellate panel to reweigh evidence, which it cannot do.Further, May noted that when Helton approached Thacker, he was in a marked police car, had activated his emergency lights and had sounded the siren a couple of times. Additionally, Helton testified that he had jumped from the car with his gun drawn and had yelled, “Stop, police” within 15 to 20 feet of the two men. That evidence was also sufficient for a factfinder to conclude that Thacker knowingly fled from police, May wrote. Thus, his resisting law enforcement conviction was also affirmed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

AAK targets release agents market with Croda takeover

first_imgCroda International has sold its £17m-turnover Croda Food Services business to AAK UK, the UK division of global speciality oils company AAK AB.The business, based in Oldham, supplies release agents, divider oils and delivery systems to the baking industry.President of AAK UK, Ian McIntosh, said: “We are delighted to have concluded this deal, which fits so well with our strategy of offering specialty oil-based products and services. As a major player in the UK bakery fats sector, enhancing our product range in this way will offer our customers a more complete package to meet their needs.”The new business will trade as AAK Bakery Services from its Oldham base and AAK has plans to expand its focus to include export markets.AKK also operates one of the UK’s biggest vegetable oil refineries in Hull and also includes AAK Foods based in Runcorn, Cheshire, which offers sauces, dressings and marinades to retail and foodservice sectors.last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Hits L.A. With Talking Heads Cover, Badass “Bridgeless” Sandwich [Photos/Videos]

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee | The Wiltern | Los Angeles, CA | 3/24/18 | Photos: Brandon Weil Load remaining images Photo: Brandon Weil It’s been two decades since Brendan Bayliss, Ryan Stasik, Joel Cummins and Mike Mirro left their respective bands at the University of Notre Dame to form Umphrey’s McGee. Some twenty years later and 2,200 miles west of South Bend, Indiana, this progressive rock outfit—now featuring Kris Myers on drums, Andy Farag on percussion and guitarist Jake Cinninger—brought its devoted following to the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday. And, in supporting its new album it’s not us, Umphrey’s showed that 20 years on, the band is as strong as ever.In typically subtle cheeky fashion, the band opened the show with “Dark Brush”, the highly metallic final track on the 2018 LP, and closed the entire performance with an encore of the upbeat, pseudo-electro “The Silent Type”, the first song on it’s not us. In between, they pulled from an extensive catalog comprised of songs that are just as likely to have worked their way into the rotation from live recordings and compilations as they are to have originated from studio albums. The first set included two parts of “Bridgeless” which first appeared on 2009’s Mantis but had been a part of its live performances for a half-decade by then. In between those segments came “Example 1”, from the live album One Fat Sucka; “Rocker Part 2”, which appears on live albums Hall of Fame Class of 2010 (2011) and The London Session album recorded at Abbey Road (2015); and “Draconian”, which didn’t appear on an official Umphrey’s release until last year’s The Wilma live release.The second set showed plenty of love to 2011’s Death by Stereo (“The Floor”, “Booth Love”) and 2004’s Anchor Drops (“JaJunk”) as well as another nod to the Hall of Fame live releases (“Wappy Sprayberry”). The band also took the opportunity to throw a cover into the mix with just their second-ever take on Talking Heads‘ “Once In A Lifetime”.Below, you can see two galleries of photos from the performance via photographers Zack Blum and Brandon Weil, and watch a selection of fan-shot videos via YouTube user Paul Giza:“Wappy Sprayberry” > “The Floor”“JaJunk”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>“Once In A Lifetime” (Talking Heads cover, partial)“The Silent Type”Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Wiltern | Los Angeles, CA | 3/24/18Set 1: Dark Brush, Bad Friday, Bridgeless > Example 1, Rocker Part 2, Draconian > BridgelessSet 2: Wappy Sprayberry > The Floor, Booth Love[1], JaJunk, Once In a Lifetime, Maybe SomedayEncore: Hajimemashite, The Silent Type[1] with Jake on keys; with Baker Street (Gerry Rafterty) teaseSupport: Organ FreemanUmphrey’s McGee | The Wiltern | Los Angeles, CA | 3/24/18 | Photos: Zack Blumcenter_img Load remaining images Photo: Zack Blumlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Zachary Quinto May Get Naked for Girls & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Gillian Anderson Demonstrates That the Show Must Go On  Gillian Anderson, currently appearing in A Streetcar Named Desire in London, proved herself quite the showbiz trouper on August 26. The X-Files star was injured by a flying plate during a particularly dramatic scene in the acclaimed revival. According to the Evening Standard, despite suffering a nasty cut to her shin, the actress went on with the show, garnering a whole-hearted standing ovation from those typically more reserved Brits. David Schwimmer Makes More Theater Friends Friends alum David Schwimmer, currently represented off-Broadway with his direction of Sex with Strangers, will helm a developmental reading of Stephen Belber’s Shut Up When You Talk to Me. The workshop will take place as part of the 2014 PlayLabs reading series from MCC Theater, on September 15 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. B’way May Not Be Getting a New Theater After All Bigwig theater owners the Shuberts may not be adding a new marquee to the Broadway landscape after all. Rumor had it that they were in talks to build a 1,500 seat Great White Way theater from the ground up between West 45th and 46th Street, between the Imperial Theatre and Frankie & Johnnie’s Steakhouse. However, now Deadline reports that a luxury apartment tower is planned for the site by Extell Corp. Of course, that doesn’t stop a theater being built at the bottom of it… Zachary Quinto May Get Naked for Girls There’s every chance we’ll get to see Zachary Quinto nude in the near future. When asked if the Broadway alum would be stripping off during his previously reported guest stint on Girls, Lena Dunham told E! Online: “I also want to see him naked—that’s all you need to know for now.” Well, it’s not ideal, Lena, we want assurances, but at least you’ve given us hope. Josh Gad’s Trouble in Paradise Is there trouble in paradise for Josh Gad? Warner Bros., which is developing a Gilligan’s Island movie with the Frozen and Mormon star, has had a lawsuit filed against it by Travis Dunson. According to Deadline, Dunson is claiming that the studio’s version infringes on an adaptation he wrote of the 1960s TV show. Come back to Broadway and leave all these Hollywood arguments behind, Mr. Gad! There’s a part in Forum waiting just for you… View Commentslast_img read more

Terrorist Attack Hits Colombia

first_imgColombia continues in war against terrorism. Terrorism is a form of struggle of the left political groups with communist ideology. The terrorist groups FARC and ELN are allies, some work in the political area, some of them already members of the Congress of the Republic of Colombia, and others continue the armed struggle throughout the national territory. Its objective is the seizure of power by the Colombian State. It is not a secret, the FARC and ELN alliances with international drug trafficking groups for the maintenance of their terrorist projects and political strategies with the help of governments like Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Cuba, as well as others.The current reality is that terrorist groups enjoy privileges as a justice biased by themselves, exposing the impunity of crimes against humanity committed by the FARC and ELN against the Human Rights of the Colombian population.COLOMBIA SIN TERRORISMO ORG. Colombia continua en guerra contra el terrorismo. El terrorismo es una forma de lucha de los grupos políticos de izquierda con ideología comunista. Los grupos terroristas FARC y ELN estan aliados, unos trabajan en la parte política, siendo algunos ya miembros del Congreso de la República de Colombia, y los demás continúan la lucha armada en todo el territorio nacional. Su objetivo es la toma del poder del Estado Colombiano. No es un secreto, la alianza FARC y ELN con grupos narcotraficantes a nivel internacional para el mantenimiento de sus proyectos terroristas y estrategias políticas con la ayuda de gobiernos como Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Cuba, así como otros.La realidad actual es que los grupos terroristas gozan de privilegios como una justicia parcializada por ellos mismos, dejando al descubierto la impunidad de crímenes de lesa humanidad cometidos por la FARC y ELN contra los Derechos Humanos de la población de Colombia.COLOMBIA SIN TERRORISMO ORG. Terrorism escalated in Colombia, after a car bomb exploded at the General Santander National Police Academy in Bogotá, January 17, 2019. The attack left a death toll of 21, with 68 injured, as well as infrastructure damage in the area. The National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish) guerilla group claimed the attack. The group’s peace talk with the Colombian government, hosted by Cuba—base of the insurgent group’s leadership—was on hold. “I urge all governments to understand that last week’s attack has nothing to do with political position discrepancies,” said Colombian President Iván Duque in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2019. “Rather, it’s an international crime that killed many unarmed, helpless young people who were preparing to serve as Colombian police officers.” According to Colombian intelligence, Cuba and Venezuela shelter ELN’s members. ELN leaders Rafael Sierra, alias Ramiro Vargas; Eliécer Herlinto Chamorro, alias Antonio García; and Gustavo Aníbal Giraldo, alias Pablito, are believed to be in hiding in Venezuela. Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Holmes Trujillo urged Nicolás Maduro’s government to confirm the presence of these and other ELN members and act accordingly. “If their presence is confirmed, the Colombian government hopes that arrest warrants will be issued and that criminals will be turned over to Colombian authorities, as it should be,” said Trujillo in a press release. The Venezuelan government has yet to provide an answer. Need for international support Duque made the same request to Cuba. “I respectfully call on the Cuban government to issue extradition orders against the leaders of this organization, so that they can be turned over to Colombian authorities and pay for this attack against the General Santander National Police Academy. We urge the Cuban government to help Colombia deliver justice.” Interpol also issued a red notice against two members of the ELN’s peace delegation in Cuba: Israel Ramírez Pineda, alias Pablo Beltrán, current head of the guerrilla delegation and member of the Central Command; and Víctor Orlando Cubides, alias Aureliano Carbonell or Pablo Tejada, who took part in a 1998 massacre, in which ELN detonated pipelines crossing Machuca, a village in Segovia municipality, Antioquía. The attack killed 70 people, including adults and children, as they slept. Support from international organizations The United Nations (UN) expressed its condemnation. “The Secretary-General [Antonio Guterres] strongly condemns the car bombing at a police academy in Bogotá. The perpetrators must be brought to justice,” said spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric. “Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” said José Singer Weisinger, president of the UN Security Council. “Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever, and by whomsoever committed.” Continuation of armed conflict “In Colombia, we were able to put an end to an armed conflict that left thousands dead and millions of victims and displaced people,” said former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the UN General Assembly on September 19, 2017. Terrorist attacks, however, still occur in Colombia. The peace accords of 2017 were an agreement between the government and the leadership of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish), which left its troops behind in the jungle, and lost influence over them. The remnant terrorists who didn’t subscribe to the peace accords regrouped or created new armed groups fueled by money from narcotrafficking. “Colombia had two radical choices to make: We would either adopt a Castro-Chavista approach, hence becoming another Venezuela, or we would become another Switzerland by signing the agreement with FARC,” Néstor Rosania, head of the Center for Security and Peace Studies, an nongovernmental organization based in Bogotá, told Diálogo. “We are neither of these. We are in the transition of violence in Colombia. Now, we’re at a breaking point in which political violence has been left behind, so we can focus fully on countering violence derived from narcotrafficking and illegal mining, which generate considerable money for these groups.” The Colombian conflict near the borders is rampant. There are multiple criminal groups stationed on the borders with Venezuela, Ecuador, and Brazil, whose actions even involve Central America, due to their control over narcotrafficking routes. “The truth is that ELN took over FARC spaces in Colombia, and the spiral of violence won’t stop, because as long as drugs continue to be worth so much money, the conflict will continue and we will only change the names of gangs,” said Rosania. “If the peace talks with ELN continue, dissidents will trigger the conflict, because they don’t intend to let go of narcotrafficking and illegal mining. That’s the real problem with the current violence in Colombia,” he concluded. By Yolima Dussán/Diálogo February 05, 2019last_img read more

Incoming college athletes enter uncharted territory

first_imgPaske said he’s expecting more clarity on June 30, which is when preseason dates will be more concrete. For now, Paske is utilizing this time out of school to improve his game. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. Cappellett will attend Elon University in North Carolina, and after a team conference call today, she learned her move in date has been pushed back. “It’s just giving me more time to get ready, and to the point where I need to be,” said Paske. “I was going to go up in July, right around the fourth and start doing workouts with the team and stuff,” Paske said. For Paske, his next stop is playing football at Colgate University. As of right now, everything is as planned. In a worse-case scenario, they will have to wait to begin their collegiate-athletic careers until 2021. Chenango Forks senior Matt Paske and Vestal senior Emilia Cappellett are set to continue their athletic careers this fall. Similarly, Cappellett has workouts provided by Elon, which include running and lifting. Cappellett added she and her friends are looking forward to working out together in preparation, once Vestal’s turf field reopens. center_img Cappellett and Paske said they have not been informed of any changes that may be implemented to make playing amid the pandemic safer. Both added they would find it difficult to play their respective sports wearing masks, if that is enforced. In meantime, both are keeping a positive mindset. “It’s new to everyone and everyone has to go through this change at some point,” said Cappellett. “Especially going into the next season, not having my first season, kind of the transitional season getting used to everything, would be weird,” said Cappellett. Paske added that wouldn’t be ideal, and he hopes it doesn’t come to that. “It gives me more time to prepare for that level of play and the new speed of the game because it will be a little faster than high school.” “Move in day was supposed to be August 3 and it got pushed to August 18. It pretty much affects our season, because now we don’t have much time, maybe a week before our first game and our game schedule is shortened,” Cappellett says. (WBNG) — A number of high school athletes across the Southern Tier are taking their talents to college this fall, but their transition won’t be how they imagined amid the pandemic. last_img read more

More than 500 civilians die in Afghan violence in first quarter: UN

first_img“The report tracks a disturbing increase in violence during March at a time when it was hoped that the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban would commence peace negotiations, as well as seek ways to defuse the conflict and prioritize efforts to protect all Afghans from the impact of COVID-19,” UNAMA said.Despite that, the number of casualties in the first three months of this year was the lowest since 2012. The period included a reduction in violence leading up to the signing of the pact.Deborah Lyons, the UN secretary-general’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, reiterated calls for a ceasefire, which the Taliban have rejected in recent days.”To safeguard the lives of countless civilians in Afghanistan and to give the nation hope of a better future, it is imperative that violence is stopped,” she said. Efforts towards formal peace talks have been fraying as the Taliban attack government forces, despite warnings from the United States that they need to reduce violence, as well as disagreements over the release of prisoners.A political feud within the Afghan government, between the president and his main rival after a disputed election, has also distracted attention from the peace effort.The number of civilian deaths caused by anti-government forces, especially the Taliban, increased by more than 20% compared with the first quarter of 2019, UNAMA said.Targeted killings, summary executions and abductions of civilians were also on the rise, it said.A Taliban spokesman rejected the figures and said they had a commission for preventing civilian casualties which had brought them down to “near zero”.Afghan government forces and other pro-government forces, including foreign troops, were responsible for almost a third of the deaths, UNAMA said.Air strikes and clashes involving indirect fire by those forces were the reason for more child deaths, it said. More than 500 civilians were killed in Afghanistan in the first three months of the year as violence raged even after an agreement between the United States and the Taliban on withdrawing foreign forces, the United Nations said on Monday.In all, fighting in the first three months caused 1,293 civilian casualties, of which 760 were injuries and the rest deaths, including 152 children and 60 women, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a quarterly report.The violence increased after a Feb. 29 U.S.-Taliban pact on the withdrawal of U.S.-led foreign forces in exchange for Taliban security guarantees. It includes a commitment by the Taliban and the Afghan government to work towards peace.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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