Budget 2019 Liberals promise tax credit EI benefit to help workers

first_imgOTTAWA — Canadians could soon be putting $250 a year towards better skills, while getting federal help to pay the bills.One of the showpieces in Tuesday’s federal Liberal budget, part of more than $1.7 billion in planned new spending over five years, aims to help workers prepare for tectonic digital shifts in Canada’s labour market — although it appears to fall short of what experts have told the government would be needed to help workers chart a new career path.The Liberal proposal would provide a $250 refundable tax credit, accumulating over time, to allow workers to offset the costs of learning new job skills. The plan, to cost $710 million over the next five years, would be available to Canadian workers earning between $10,000 and about $150,000 a year.The budget document says the credit is expected to launch in late 2020 — a year after this fall’s federal election — and will apply against the cost of programs at eligible universities, colleges and institutions.“We will be able to make an enormous difference for people in terms of the worry that they have that they have the skills for tomorrow,” Finance Minister Bill Morneau told a news conference Tuesday prior to the tabling of the budget, the Liberal government’s last before voters head to the polls in October.“The Canada Training Benefit will allow people to have more time, have the ability in that more time to continue to provide for their family and also to pay for training courses.”The government also plans to create a new employment insurance benefit for those who take time off from work to attend a training program, up to a maximum of 55 per cent of earnings. That program carries a price tag of $1.04 billion over five years.Only those who qualify for employment insurance would be eligible for the four weeks of leave, redeemable within a four-year period. It would also require the federal government to negotiate labour code changes with provinces whose jurisdictions cover approximately 90 per cent of Canadian workers.The measure means workers have a right to training before they lose their job, but several details still need to be worked out, said Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.“The federal government is going to have to really listen to what people are going to have to tell them about how they envision impediments in terms of a good program that could prevent them from even getting access to it,” said Yussuff.In particular, he said, it could be a hard sell to convince those living paycheque to paycheque of the importance of paying up front for future job training.There is a chance the benefit could result in higher EI premiums — the Liberals are promising a break to some small businesses to offset the “upward pressure” on premiums as a result — but the actual costs won’t be known until EI rates are set later this year.Since Morneau’s first budget three years ago, job creation has outpaced expectations and the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in nearly four decades.Still, there appears to be a disconnect between the jobs that need to be filled, and the skills of workers looking for employment, which is where the new training benefit could act as an incentive to re-skill, said Mathieu Laberge, an expert with Deloitte.“We have a very low unemployment rate, we have job vacancies and that all points towards maybe a mis-alignment between current skills offered and current skills needed,” said Laberge, a former policy adviser to Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. The 2019 budget measure could “at least start something in terms of re-skilling (and) upskilling.”Past Liberal budgets have put billions into job-training programs that are largely the domain of provincial governments, hoping to cut poverty rates and get more people into the labour force. The new spending unveiled Tuesday is part of a group of measures that include lower interest rates for student loans, a revamped youth employment strategy and new parental leave options for student researchers and postdoctoral fellows who receive money from a granting council.Government officials have worked behind the scenes for years on ways to help Canadians prepare for shifts in the so-called “gig” economy, marked by fewer lifelong careers and more short-term jobs. There are also concerns that automation will eliminate between 42 per cent to nine per cent of workers in the next two decades, and federal officials aren’t sure the disruption will create enough jobs to offset losses.A new federally backed centre to test new training programs and help workers navigate career choices opened earlier this year, and is expected to work in tandem with the additional spending the Liberals unveiled in the 2019 budget.“The knowledge economy requires us to think about talent and I’m glad that the federal government is focusing on the tools and ways to help Canadians really overcome challenges,” said Mohamed Lachemi, president of Ryerson University where the Future Skills Centre is housed.“We have to adapt to new realities.”Jordan Press, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Group exploring what true selfgovernment would look like in Nunavut

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsA group in Nunavut is exploring what self-government should look like in the territory.Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) represents the interests of Inuit in Nunavut and was established to oversee, on the Inuit side, the execution of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement reached between Nunavut and Canada 25 years ago.Many of the provisions in that agreement have not been implemented or fulfilled.At their recent annual general meeting the group committed to a year-long exploration of the kind of self-government Inuit in Nunavut want and need, saying the Government of Nunavut is not doing enough for their people.NTI President Aluki Kotierk says when advocating for Inuit specific programs the group is told by the Nunavut government that it can’t develop such programs because it’s a public government, and not all people living in Nunavut are Inuit.Inuit make up 85 percent of Nunavut’s population.NTI won a $1 billion lawsuit against Canada over the feds’ failure to fund education.Aluki says NTI wants to see more Inuit employed with the Nunavut government, and will also look at health services and education as part of its review of self-government.“We want to look at different models in Canada and elsewhere to see what things we can learn and what things have been working well,” she said.For self-government to become a reality in Nunavut both the territorial and federal governments would have to give up power, and the Nunavut Agreement would have to be reopened.“I think part of the discussion we’re having in terms of self-government is a result of not fully and fairly implementing all 42 articles of the Nunavut Agreement,” Aluki says.The organization hopes to pitch its plan for self-government to the federal and territorial governments by October of next year.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@KentDriscolllast_img read more

Warner Shankar lead Sunrisers to competitive 1813 against KKR

first_imgKolkata: Invited to bat, Sunrisers Hyderabad scored a competitive 181 for three against Kings XI Punjab in their IPL clash at Eden Gardens, here Sunday. Comeback-man David Warner struck 85 off 53 balls and shared a 118-run stand for the first wicket with wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow (39). Vijay Shankar contributed unbeaten 40 in Sunrisers’ total. Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad: 181 for 3 in 20 overs. (D Warner 85, V Shankar 40 not out, J Bairstow 39; A Russell 2/32, P Chawla 1/23).last_img read more

AlAsala band represents Morocco at Samaa International Festival in Cairo

Cairo – Al-Asala band for prophet praising represents Morocco at the 7th round of “Sama’a” international festival for Sufi Chanting and Spiritual music, taking place this week in Cairo.From the Atlantic to the Gulf, Sufi Chanters from all the Arab Countries gathered at one of Cairo’s most significant historic landmarks, the Citadel, on Tuesday to perform a united spiritual symphony in praise of God.Inspired by the Moroccan heritage and particularly the Sufi music, Morocco’s Al-Asala formed a group of 35 chanters, musicians and Quran reciters to present Moroccan spiritual music to the world. “We’re very glad to take part in this prestigious event for the first time” Said Mohsen Nourach the band leader. He also added that spiritual arts do not distinguish between languages or nations, and the “cultural diversity” encountered at the workshop was a point of strength to the band’s performance.Al-Asala band already took part in several local and international events- chiefly, the first National Forum for Praising and Sufi-hearing in Rabat, 2009. The band also produced 5 albums of the same genre.However, Nourach said, “the best part about joining Sama’a is showcasing the Moroccan heritage to the world and especially to the audience of Eastern Arab countries.”High turnout was seen during the workshop, among the attendees was Moroccan ambassador in Egypt Mohamed Alami.Alami told MWN that Sama’a festival has multiple distinctions, one of them is the music genre which aims at reserving an original kind of heritage. More importantly, the diversity between the contributing bands, gives the festival a global edge.Sama’a is an international annual festival organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture under the slogan “a message for peace” that aims to unite an international array of spiritual musicians.  Syria, Kuwait and the United States took part in this year’s round for the first time, while the guest of honour for 2014 is the “Arab Nation.” Rhoum Bakkali band for El Hadra Chefchaounia and Sufi art represented Morocco on the previous round.Maestro Intissar Abdelfattah said, “the increasing number of attendees encouraged us to add new venues to this year’s round including the Light and Sound theatre at the Pyramids.”Contributing bands are distributed among the following places: Citadel, Moez street, Al-Ghoury dome and Al-Hanager theatre in Cairo, to perform every night during this week until Thursday, while the closing ceremony is scheduled on Friday at the Pyramids with the participation of all bands.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Pope Francis Starts 2Day Visit in Morocco to Boost Interfaith Dialogue

Rabat – Under the cover of surrounding buildings, dozens of people lined the streets of Rabat to welcome Pope Francis to Morocco, whose two-day visit will focus on interfaith dialogue and issues of migration.Rain showered the waving flags of the Vatican City and Morocco during the pope’s drive from the Rabat-Sale Airport to Hassan Tower. The overcast weather led to the cancellation of the pontiff’s parade down Mohammed V Avenue, his official welcome and greeting by King Mohammed VI at the Royal Palace.Instead, King Mohammed VI received the pope at the airport and escorted him to Hassan Tower — a long awaited meeting that was first officially announced in March. The last papal visit was 34 years ago in 1985, when Pope John Paul II was invited to Morocco by the late-King Hassan II with a similar hope of building a bridge between Muslims and Christians.In line with their commitment to interfaith dialogue, Pope Francis and King Mohammed VI signed the “Al-Quds Call.” The aim of the document is to promote the holy city of Jerusalem as a shared heritage of humankind. Amid news of political and religious divisiveness surrounding the historic city, the king and the pope said they hope to contribute to its safeguarding as a place for peaceful coexistence.Meeting religious extremism with inter-religious solidarityKing Mohammed VI introduced the pope by giving an opening speech at Hassan Tower.“Today’s visit falls within the framework of the long-standing relations between Morocco and the Vatican. I was keen to make sure the place and the date of the visit reflect the symbolic depth, the historic significance and the civilizational importance of this meeting,” said King Mohammed VI.Following the pontiff’s departure from the Hassan Tower complex, the rain stopped and the sun shined on the dozens of Vatican City and Morocco flags raised in honor of Pope Francis’ visit. Photo taken by Stephen Higgins/Morocco World News.After the king’s welcome, the pontiff gave his address to Moroccan authorities gathered at the Hassan Tower complex as hundreds of people in the neighborhood watched the historic event from the streets.Peaceful collaboration between Muslims and Christians is a central element of Pope Francis’ visit and speech. The pontiff has continuously advocated for greater interfaith dialogue throughout his six-year tenure.“I would like to affirm once more our need for cooperation in giving new impetus to the building of a world of greater solidarity, marked by honest, courageous, and indispensable efforts to promote a dialogue respectful of the richness and distinctiveness of each people and every individual,” said Pope Francis during the speech.Read Also: Papal Visit: Symbolism Vs. Reality in Morocco’s Embrace of DiversityHe also said it was “essential” for all religious believers to respond to religious fanaticism and extremism with solidarity. The pope called religious extremism “an offense against religion and against God himself.”These statements come 15 days after a terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which left 50 people dead and at dozens more injured.After his address, the pope paid his respects at the Mausoleum of King Mohammed V before leaving the center of Rabat to visit the Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams, where he met with Islamic scholars and students.The pope’s day ended at the headquarters of the Caritas migrant center, where he conveyed messages celebrating hope and shared humanity to a group of sub-Saharan migrants.“The church is aware of the sufferings that accompany your journey, and she suffers with you,” Pope Francis said to the migrants. “Every human being has the right to life. Every person has the right to dream and find his or her rightful place in our common home.”Dozens of people braved the rain to listen to Pope Francis’ speech, which was broadcasted on screens in the surrounding avenues of the Hassan Tower complex. Photo taken by Stephen Higgins/Morocco World News.Catholic sub-Saharan migrants made up the majority of the people who, waiting outside the Caritas migrant center or packing the vicinity of the Hassan Tower Complex, came in flocks to watch the pope speech.Veronique, a migrant from Cameroon, who declined to give her last name to Morocco World News, hopes the pope’s visit will lead to a brighter future for Christians in Morocco. The 32-year-old is a Roman Catholic and a member of the Christian community in Morocco, which is approximately 2,000 to 5,000 people.Read Also: Papal Visit: Majority of Christians in Morocco Come From Sub-Saharan Africa“It is a very big moment that the pope is here because we have a lot of difficulty being accepted as Christian immigrants,” Veronique said. “It is important we have the right to pray and practice our religion.”Days before his visit, the pontiff thanked King Mohammed VI for allowing him to use Morocco as a platform to share his “profound convictions” of forgiveness, tolerance, interfaith dialogue, and peace.“As Muslims and Christians, we all believe in one God, the creator and most merciful who created men and established them in a shared world so that they live together as brothers and sisters and help each other in times of need,” said the pope in a video message published by Vatican News.During his address at Hassan Tower the pope again brought up his gratitude to Moroccan society and his hopes for the Christian community in Morocco.“Christians are deeply appreciative of the place accorded them in Moroccan society,” he said. “They wish to do their part in building a fraternal and prosperous nation, out of concern for the common good of its people.”As the pope spoke to the group, fellow Catholics, some of whom had come from Spain to support the pope, waited along with the many sub-Saharan migrants outside the Caritas center.“The pope is the representative of God on Earth and he always increases and strengthens people’s faith,” said Marissa Lobato, a Spanish Catholic who had so far attended all of the pontiff’s events. “A visit is good because it is a bridge of unity.”Lobato, along with five companions, traveled from Spain to Morocco by ferry to see the pope and show their support for his positive platform on interfaith dialogue and migration.“I don’t know if it will change the lives of Christians in Morocco, but it will help a lot,” said Luis Filio, one of Lobato’s companions. “It will pave the way for understanding between religions.”The six Spanish travelers said they are looking forward to attending Pope Francis’ events tomorrow before taking the ferry home.Following his meeting at the Caritas migrants center, Pope Francis retires for the night as supporters cheer across the road. Photo taken by Stephen Higgins/Morocco World News.Day two of the pontiff’s visit The pope will begin his second and last day in Morocco in the city of Temara, just southwest of Rabat. There, the pontiff will visit the Rural Center for Social Services. He will then proceed to meet with priests and the Council of Churches in St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rabat, before traveling to the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, where he will host a mass. The pope will then expect to leave for the Rabat-Sale Airport, where he will have a farewell ceremony before his flight back to Rome.Morocco is the second Arab country the pope has visited in 2019. The pontiff spent three days in the United Arab Emirates from February 3-5. During his UAE stay, Pope Francis reiterated his commitment to themes of inter-religious dialogue and solidarity among different faiths. According to Vatican News, Pope Francis’s next international visit will be to Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia from May 5-7.Read Also: Full Hundreds Gather to Attend Pope Francis’ Mass in Morocco read more

Vulnerable House Dems amass cash adding to GOP challenge

WASHINGTON — The Republican pathway for recapturing House control in next year’s election charges straight through the districts of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents, especially freshmen. Judging from early but formidable cash advantages those lawmakers have amassed, ousting them won’t be easy.Each of the 62 freshmen House Democrats has raised more money than their top opponent. The same is true for all 31 Democrats from districts President Donald Trump had won in 2016, and all 39 Democrats who snatched Republican-held seats last November.In nearly all cases it’s not even close. While there’s overlap among the categories, most of these Democrats’ war chests are multiples of what their leading challengers have garnered. That’s testament to the historic ability of both parties’ incumbents to attract contributions and Democrats’ strategy of aggressively collecting money quickly to seize on the anti-Trump enthusiasm that fueled their House takeover last year .“The more you can raise early on, the more you’re going to be able to solidify your seat and show that it’s not worth investments on behalf of Republicans” by GOP donors, said freshman Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif.Hill has raised $1.3 million so far this year, more than triple the combined contributions reported by her four would-be Republican challengers. She was elected last year in a Southern California district Republicans had held since 1993.Democrats control the House 235-197, with one independent and two vacancies. Republicans will need 218 seats for a majority.Democrats’ money advantages reflect reports filed with the Federal Election Commission covering the first half of 2019, so plenty can change by Election Day. Many serious challengers haven’t commenced their campaigns yet or have only recently started raising money, and many Republicans will eventually overtake their Democratic rivals.In addition, by November 2020 many GOP candidates will be bolstered by the Republican Party’s allied super PACs, political action committees that can spend unlimited funds. The Congressional Leadership Fund, the GOP super PAC that helps House candidates, unleashed $159 million in 2018 races, well above the $96 million by Democrats’ House Majority Fund.“We haven’t seen anything yet. Wait till the super PACs start dropping their bombs later in the cycle,” warned former New York Rep. Steve Israel, who once led the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, House Democrats’ election organization.Republicans downplay the early money discrepancies but concede the numbers merit attention.“It’s a wake-up call to every Republican that you’ve got to be out there doing the work, making sure we beat the trend of money coming in” to Democrats, said Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill. Davis is a top Democratic target who was re-elected by less than 1 percentage point last November and faces a 2020 rematch against the well-financed Betsy Londrigan.Even so, warning signs for the GOP are scattered around the country.Democratic freshman Rep. Joe Cunningham, who squeaked into office in South Carolina’s Trump-leaning Lowcountry coastal district, has raised nearly $1.3 million. That’s more than quadruple his best-funded GOP opponent and double the top three Republicans’ contributions combined.Also outstripping their top money-raising GOP challengers are five freshmen from districts Trump carried by a comfortable 10 percentage points or more: Reps. Jared Golden of Maine, Kendra Horn of Oklahoma, Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico and Anthony Brindisi and Max Rose of New York.Freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., who defeated a GOP incumbent in November, has doubled the fundraising of Tom Kean Jr., a prized GOP recruit and son of a popular former governor by the same name. Sixteen freshmen Democrats ousted Republicans last year by a narrow 4 percentage points or less, and all but two of them have raised at least twice as much as their nearest GOP rival: Reps. Gil Cisneros of Southern California and Oklahoma’s Horn.Underscoring Democrats’ efforts to shore up vulnerable incumbents, 26 of the 62 Democratic freshmen have already raised $1 million or more. They’re led by the nearly $2 million accumulated by the party’s highest-profile newcomer, progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez , who has a safe New York City seat but seems likely to use some money to help others.Also exceeding $1 million in receipts are 13 of the 31 Democrats who captured Trump-won districts, and 23 of the 39 Democrats who grabbed GOP seats.One of those flush Democrats is freshman Rep. Josh Harder of California’s Central Valley. He’s raised more than $1.6 million, tripling his best-financed GOP challenger, Ted Howze, a large-animal veterinarian who ran unsuccessfully last year.“We don’t have to raise as much as him, but just enough to get our message out,” said Howze. He said he could need up to $6 million for his campaign. Harder spent more than $8 million to win in 2018.The DCCC should further shore up Democrats. It disbursed $297 million helping candidates for 2018, exceeding the $201 million spent by its counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee. It’s ahead in this year’s money race as well.In some areas, Republicans are already exhibiting fundraising chops.Don Sedgwick, mayor of Laguna Hills, California, has raised an impressive $621,000, but that’s a fraction of the $1.4 million collected by his intended target, freshman Democratic Rep. Katie Porter. Republican Young Kim, whom Cisneros narrowly defeated in 2018, is not far behind the $579,000 Cisneros has raised.And while freshman Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., has raised nearly $1.2 million, the top four GOP contenders have raised $1.5 million combined. That suggests plenty of money may be available for the eventual Republican nominee.Alan Fram, The Associated Press read more

Markets Right Now Energy stocks give back some gains

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:45 a.m.Stocks are treading water early Tuesday as energy companies give back some of Monday’s gains.Oil prices are down more than 4% after surging over 14% Monday following a weekend attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. Marathon Oil fell 6.3%.Bank stocks are dropping for a second straight day. Bank of America slipped 1%.Household product makers were among the early gainers. Colgate-Palmolive rose 1.5%.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 72 points, or 0.3%, to 27,004.The S&P 500 is down 2 points at 2,995. The Nasdaq rose 4 points to 8,157.The yield on the 10-year Treasury held steady at 1.84% after dropping Monday.The Associated Press read more

UN preparing to withdraw peace operation from TimorLeste in 2005 envoy says

Briefing the Council in an open meeting, Sukehiro Hasegawa said UN civilian advisors “are not only actively training and mentoring their East Timorese counterparts but also formulating exit strategies with their counterparts so as to ensure a smooth transition at the end of UNMISET.”He added that while the country’s exact needs are not yet known, “it is clear that some form of continued international assistance will be indispensable in the finance and justice sectors beyond May.”The envoy’s comments echoed a report issued earlier this month by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who said East Timor’s public administration and justice system “are still weak and fragile” and that outside support should continue after UNMISET is withdrawn.The Security Council has set a target of completing by May all trials related to the violence which engulfed East Timor in the wake of the popular consultation on independence conducted in 1999.In his briefing today, Mr. Hasegawa said the process “will not be able to respond fully to the desire for justice of all victims” before the Mission departs. But he added that several proposals are under consideration to address the matter, including by establishing an international tribunal or an international truth and reconciliation commission to function beyond May, 2005.Looking ahead the envoy said UNMISET must increasingly focus in the coming six months on preparing to leave. Towards this end, experts are now identifying “specific measures required for a smooth transition from peacekeeping operations to more traditional nation-building and sustainable development assistance,” he said.This process, bolstered by talks involving the authorities and other officials, aims to determine how the Mission “can be taken over by East Timorese as well as development partners when the mandate of UNMISET is completed in May, 2005.” Video of Council meeting [2hrs 42mins] read more

Survey US businesses add just 147000 jobs in October

WASHINGTON – U.S. companies added the fewest jobs in four months in October, as construction and manufacturing firms continued to shed workers, a private survey says.Payroll provider ADP said Wednesday that businesses added 147,000 jobs, down from 202,000 in September, a figure that was revised strongly higher.October’s hiring, while below last year’s healthy pace, is enough to lower the unemployment rate over time. With the U.S. population aging, not as many jobs are required as in the past to keep up with population growth.The data adds to signs that the economy is growing at a slow but sustained pace. Growth accelerated to a 2.9 per cent annual rate in the July-September quarter, up from just 1.1 per cent in the first half of the year. Americans are spending more, spurring healthy auto sales in September and last month.Job gains have declined from last year’s average of 230,000 a month. But monthly hiring of about 150,000 “is still a good, solid number,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, which compiles the ADP data, said. “The labour market continues to close in on full employment.”The hiring was led by hotels, restaurants and entertainment firms, which added 38,000 positions, followed by health care, which gained 34,000.Manufacturers shed 1,000 jobs and construction companies cut 15,000. Factories have been slowly recovering from the impact of a stronger U.S. dollar, which makes their goods more expensive overseas. A report Monday showed that factory output and employment rose last month, but that may not translate into official job gains in Friday’s report.The ADP data cover only private businesses and often diverge from the official figures. Economists forecast that the government’s jobs report, to be released Friday, will show a gain of 170,000 jobs, according to data provider FactSet. The unemployment rate is expected to decline to 4.9 per cent, from 5 per cent. FILE – In this Oct. 1, 2015, file photo, a shopper walks past a store with a “Help Wanted” sign in the window, in New York. On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, payroll processor ADP reports on the number of jobs private employers added in October. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Survey: US businesses add just 147,000 jobs in October by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Nov 2, 2016 6:37 am MDT Last Updated Nov 2, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Changes coming to designated smoking areas

Smoking on campus is only permitted in the Designated Smoking Areas (DSA) and some of those spaces will be changing over the next few days. The DSA locations can be found on the Brock University Health, Safety & Wellness webpage under Environmental Safety.More information about smoking on campus can be found in the Tobacco and Smoking Policy.If you are interested in smoking cessation, members of the Brock community may be eligible to use the following programs, services and resources aimed at preventing smoking, coping with tobacco addictions and reducing or quitting smoking:Services for Students:Leave The Pack BehindServices for EmployeesEmployee Family Assistance ProgramEmployee BenefitsServices available to everyoneSmokers’ Helpline read more

Buckeyes offense aims to improve in red zone

Redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett carries the ball into the end zone during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith all the success the Ohio State offense has had in recent weeks, there is one spot where the Buckeyes aren’t up to par: the red zone.Coach Urban Meyer said his team’s play inside the opponent’s 20-yard line simply isn’t on track with the expectations at OSU.“It’s not very good at all,” Meyer said Monday. “For what we expect, it’s not good.”Overall this season, the Buckeyes have put points on the scoreboard 23 times in 28 trips to the red zone, coming out to a conversion rate of just 82 percent. Of those 23 scores, just 19 have been touchdowns. Those numbers compare to a 92 percent success rate for opponents, who have scored 10 touchdowns and added one field goal in 12 red zone tries against OSU this season.In 2013, the Buckeyes scored 60 times in 63 attempts — a 95 percent success rate — including 53 touchdowns in the red zone. That means the 2014 Buckeyes are putting points on the board in the red zone less often than last year’s counterparts were able to come away with touchdowns alone. Their opponents, meanwhile, were held to a 79 percent rate of success inside the 20 last season.OSU’s success rate was just over 71 percent in its most recent game — a 52-24 win against Maryland on Oct. 4 — as it went just five for seven in the red zone.Meyer said the success — or lack thereof — near the goal line comes down to coaching and not the ability of the players on the field.“It’s not the players’ fault, it’s our fault,” Meyer said. “It’s coaching errors, whether it be tempo, we just have to do a better job.”OSU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said he agreed the team’s red zone offense isn’t rolling at the necessary level, but noted the expectations are high when it comes to putting the ball in the end zone in Columbus, especially considering the success the Buckeyes have had since he and Meyer arrived in 2012.“I think our red zone, goal line or scoring touchdowns in the red zone is certainly not where we want it to be,” Herman said Monday. “Now we’ve set the bar pretty high finishing first in the country, I think second in our first year, first last year in touchdown percentage in the red zone.”The Buckeyes’ struggles in the red zone have them ranked all the way down at No. 72 in the country for red zone scoring percentage and No. 42 in the nation in red zone touchdown percentage. OSU was ranked in the top five for both scoring and touchdown percentage last year and 16th and second, respectively, in 2012.Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer said he has noticed the Buckeyes’ less-than-expected success in the red zone so far this season.“On offense, we’ve got to try to make sure that we’re capitalizing in the red zone,” Spencer said Monday. “We had a few times — last week I’m not sure, but I know the week before — we had a few times we got stalled in the end zone. Granted we’re putting up a lot of points at the same time, but there’s little small things that we can do personally and as a team.”Herman said one of the problems OSU has had near the goal line this season is making sure it takes advantage of soft spots in the opposing defense.“We don’t care what those weaknesses are,” Herman said. “We just need (to do) a better job of exploiting those weaknesses and not trying to beat our head against the wall into their strengths.”As players and the coaching staff have taken notice of the need to convert more often inside the 20, there has been more of an emphasis on it in practice — especially during OSU’s recent bye week.Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman said the coaching staff focused on red zone offense more often than normal last week after the less-than-stellar showing against the Terrapins.“We obviously had three days of practice, I think we did red zone two of the three,” Heuerman said Monday. “We usually only do red zone once a week.”He said the Buckeyes also practiced “some live short yardage situations” that they wouldn’t normally.Herman said improvement on that part of OSU’s game will be key going forward, and added he believes it can happen if the Buckeyes continue to work toward executing every play throughout the game.“I think we’re capable now and moving in the direction of, ‘Hey, you need to play with great technique for 80 plays in a row,’” Herman said. “And I think that’s a fair expectation given the point in the season that we’re at.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field Saturday against Rutgers at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

How you can get 24 days off in a row in 2018

first_imgThe final Monday of August offers one last chance to soak-up the sun – or rain – over a long weekend, with a Met Office forecast predicting warm dry weather for many in the South and rainfall in the North. Three days of garden parties, outdoor escapes and seaside frolics can be had, on what many consider to be the last weekend of summer.    Here is our guide to British bank holidays, from when they are to where they came from. Plus, if memories of holidays and the heatwave are beginning to fade and you wish you could have spent more time in the sun this summer, we have a handy guide on how to get 24 days off in a row using only 14 days of annual leave. Public holidays,… Bank holidays explainedlast_img read more

Britains first pet rabbits were kept by the Romans new Historic England

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. New research also showed the bone had no butchery marks, and so the animal had not been eaten. It also had bone morphology suggesting it wasn’t wild, and so may have been kept in confinement as a pet.Dr Worley said: “I was excited to find a rabbit bone from a Roman deposit, and thrilled when the radiocarbon date confirmed that it isn’t from a modern rabbit that had burrowed in. Britain’s earliest rabbit which has been found at at Fishbourne Roman Palace in SussexCredit:PA Britain’s first pet rabbits were kept by the Romans, archaeologists have discovered. Excavations at Fishbourne Roman Palace, West Sussex, in the 1960s uncovered a leg bone belonging to a rabbit but it has only now been radiocarbon dated to around 1AD.The Roman scholar Marcus Terrentius Varro (116-27BC) wrote that the legions brought rabbits from Spain, where they were reared in walled enclosures and then served up as a gourmet dish, but there has never been any evidence to back up the claim Although rabbit bones have been found in Roman remains before it was thought they could have burrowed down at a later date. The 1.6in (4cm) segment of a tibia bone was found during excavations in 1964 but it remained in a box, unrecognised, until 2017, when Historic England zooarchaeologist Dr Fay Worley realised the bone was from a rabbit, and genetic analyses have proved she was right. “This find will change how we interpret Roman remains and highlights that new information awaits discovery in museum collections.”Professor Naomi Sykes, from the University of Exeter, who also helped with the research, said: “The bone fragment was very small, meaning it was overlooked for decades, and modern research techniques mean we can learn about its date and genetic background as well.” Britain's earliest rabbit which has been found at at Fishbourne Roman Palace in Sussex read more

Martin Insensitive Quinn should lay off schools over religion

first_imgPoll: Should religion be taught at home and not in schools?> Updated 8pmEDUCATION MINISTER RUAIRÍ Quinn should ‘lay off’ schools when it comes to religion, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has indicated today.He said that he was “amazed” at the suggestion from Quinn earlier this week that religious teaching time could be used for core curriculum teaching, describing it as “a very simplistic idea”.The minister said he thinks Quinn “doesn’t have a broader compass in relation to schools with a religious ethos and I think he should lay off somewhat”.He made the comments while speaking on RTÉ Radio One’s This Week show today.Martin said that it seems that Quinn “has a particular problem with religion and a problem with religion in our schools”.He said that he thinks Quinn “has to accept that parental choice is key here and should be respected” and that he thinks the Education Minister “is insensitive to people of particular religions”.Martin said that “many people of the Catholic religion, for example, feel [Quinn] is anti-Catholic education”.The Deputy also described Quinn’s attitude to small rural schools as “insensitive” and “oblivious” to the impact the policy can have on Presbyterian or Protestant schools in border areas.- First published 4pmRead:  4.5 days: The amount of training English teachers will get for junior cycle reform>last_img read more

The dirty hidden meanings of these Irish place names may surprise you

first_img Source: WikimediaThe Paps of Anu are a pair of hills near Killarney, Co Kerry, which happen to resemble a pair of breasts. They’re named after Anu, who is believed to have been an ancient mother goddess.On top of each hill is a cairn (passage tomb), which basically appear to be stone nipples on top of each mountain-breast. Source: WordPressBod an Fhir Mhairbh (Dead Man’s Penis) Source: WikimediaBod an Fhir Mhairbh is a high point on Inis Tuascairt, the northernmost of the Blasket Islands in Co Kerry.The island is also known as An Fhear Marbh (the dead man) because of how it looks from the east, as in the above picture.The first hill from the left is Bod an Fhir Mhairbh, or “Dead Man’s Penis”. Can you see why? Source: PersephonemagazineBudadoon (Demon’s Penis)Budadoon is a townland in the parish of Templecrone in Co Donegal, so small it doesn’t show up on Google Maps. Here it is on a list of townlands in Donegal, just in case you don’t believe us.In Irish, Budadoon is “Bod an Deamhain”, meaning “the demon’s penis”. How lovely. Source: ThedailytouchDevilsmother (Demon’s Testicles) Source: WikimediaDevilsmother is one of the mountains in the Partry mountain range in Connemara. Though the name is bleak enough in English, in our native tongue it becomes something far dirtier.The folks who translated it into English must have lost heart when they discovered “Magairlí an Deamhain” means “the demon’s testicles”, and called it Devilsmother instead. Source: PhotoBucketRead: The 17 absolute rudest place names in Ireland> SURE, WE’VE GOT Muff and Effin and Doodys Bottoms.But there are a couple of Irish places that are hiding their crude meanings behind the English translations of their originally Irish names.And those meanings are extremely, extremely crude.The Irish translations are thanks to logainm.ie.Tonroe (Red Bottom) Source: Google MapsThere are a two places in Ireland called Tonroe: a townland in Mayo and a village in Galway. Tonroe as Gaeilge is “An Tóin Rua” which translates literally to “red bottom”.Of course, the bottom they’re referring to probably is the bottom of the land, but still. Red bottom. Source: TumblrTonlegee (Bottom With Wind) The lovely Tonlegee in Co Roscommon. Source: Google MapsOK, so Tonlegee is already pretty funny in English.There are Tonlegees all over the place – including Tonlegee Road in Dublin, Tonlegee Court in Athy, and the townland of Tonlegee in Roscommon.Directly translated from Irish, Tonlegee becomes “Tóin le Ghaoth”, or “bottom with wind”. Windy bottom. Source: TumblrPaps of Anu (The Breasts of Anu)last_img read more

Les Britanniques sont accros aux smarphones

first_imgLes Britanniques sont accros aux smarphonesSelon une étude menée par l’organisme de régulation des télécoms OFCOM, les Britanniques seraient accros à leurs smartphones. Près de 60% des adolescents se diraient même “très dépendants”.  Alors que les smartphones se répandent aujourd’hui de plus en plus parmi les utilisateurs, une étude menée par l’organisme de régulation des télécoms OFCOM sur près de 2.000 adultes et 500 adolescents, révèle que bon nombre de Britanniques confessent être accros à leurs smartphones. Une addiction dont ils plaisantent eux-mêmes en rebaptisant leurs appareils “Crackberry”.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Plus précisément, près de 37% des adultes et 60% des adolescents se considèrent même “très dépendants” à leurs mobiles multifonctions. Qu’il s’agisse alors de surfer sur le web, faire des photos, recevoir ses emails, ou encore écouter de la musique, leurs possesseurs seraient ainsi de plus en plus enclin à rester connectés 24 heures sur 24 et donc à ne pas éteindre leur appareil quand cela est demandé. Près de 18% des adultes et 27% des adolescents ont ainsi reconnu utiliser leur smartphone dans les lieux où ils doivent normalement être mis hors tension. Pire encore : ils ont également beaucoup de mal à s’en séparer quand ils sont en société, prennent leurs repas, qu’ils sont dans leur salle de bain ou même dans les toilettes, explique l’AFP.Autre conséquence notable, la frontière entre la sphère professionnelle et privée tend à disparaître. En effet, de nombreux usagers de smartphones consultent des e-mails privés au bureau et vice-versa. Il en est de même pour les coups de téléphones professionnels passés en dehors des horaires de travail ou en vacances qui concerne presque un tiers d’entre eux. Inversement, 30% des Britanniques en possession d’un smartphone passent régulièrement des coups de fil privés au bureau.Aujourd’hui, plus d’un quart des britanniques adultes (27%) et près d’un jeune sur deux (47% des 12-15 ans) sont équipés d’un smartphone selon l’OFCOM.Le 6 août 2011 à 10:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Matt Beard admits side couldnt have defeated Manchester United

first_imgWest Ham coach Matt Beard says his team’s performance wouldn’t have given room for defeating Manchester United in the Continental Tyres Cup quarter-finals.Manchester United progressed into the last four of the competition having beaten West Ham United at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium on Wednesday.“Over the course of the game, we didn’t deserve to win,” Beard told West Ham TV.  “Manchester United deserved to go through. I felt that they were the better team tonight. They created the better chances and they were quicker to the second balls, and for me that is frustrating.“We know we are struggling numbers-wise. We’ve been training with about 12 players for around three months. We had a three-week break and now we’re playing three games in seven days. We’ve lost Simic and Kiernan, and that’s not ideal for these big games.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“None of that is an excuse though, because we didn’t really deserve it. They deserved it and we’ve got to take that on the chin.”He continued: “I feel frustrated. I felt we did okay in the first half, but it was a frustrating first goal to concede because we worked on this in training after what happened against Arsenal.“I think we grew into the game. We did better in the last 20 minutes of the first half, and had a great chance to equalise, although Siobhan Chamberlain has made a great save.“The second goal changed the course of the game. I looked at the incident and I think it should be a free-kick on Kate Longhurst, but it’s gone against us. After that the game is gone, and for me that’s frustrating.”last_img read more

What a Blue Chip Advertiser Wants From You Hint More Community

first_img1. User generated content. “The customer is in control. We need to find ways to facilitate that. User dialogue is crucial to online success and as publishers, that’s scary. Ceding control is scary.”2. Trust in ability of the audience to be self-policing. “They will bring us back to center if we let them.” 3. Peer-to-Peer Interaction. “It’s where we’re going.”4. Transparency and openness. “They can smell BS a mile away and they call you on a problem.”5. Low barriers to entry. “Offer enough choices that customers can participate and be comfortable.” 6. Collaboration. “Are we allowing customers to share ideas? We need to work with each other to solve problems.”7. Connecting. “Connect people to information. We have everything the marketplace is looking for. We have to make sure people have access to information.”8. Investment. “We have to understand we will attract people first and make money later. We don’t make a penny on Facebook but we could make a lot of money down the road. Business-to-business buyers are people and people are community-driven.” Brands are interested in becoming part of the conversation both online and in print, according to IBM vice president of marketing Edward Abrams (who stressed that doesn’t mean violating editorial autonomy but didn’t offer an example). “Magazines are important from that independent, authoritative perspective,” said Abrams, who spoke at the recent ABM Spring Meeting. “How do I get embedded in a way that’s less an advertising approach? I’m not talking about crossing the church-state line but how do we participate?” That means publishers need to approach information channels differently and in some cases, give up control. “We need to understand the customer mindset,” says Abrams. “You’ve all heard a lot about social media but what does it mean? IBM is the largest community on LinkedIn. It’s a community on Facebook. These are the types of things we are looking for you to help with. IBM great at manufacturing but not communicating. Publishers more capable. That’s the magic bullet that will differentiate the b-to-b market.”Below, Abrams highlights eight key points publishers should focus on:last_img read more

HER Opens Up On Mystery Musicianship Essence Fest

first_img H.E.R. Opens Up On Mystery, Musicianship & Essence Fest H.E.R. Talks Mystery & Musicianship her-opens-mystery-musicianship-essence-fest Twitter Email Find out what’s behind the mystique of one of R&B’s most talented new artistsGRAMMYs Jul 9, 2018 – 10:19 am Meet the mysterious R&B singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist H.E.R., whose identity at one point didn’t go beyond a shadow and silhouette. Now, she is fully stepping into the spotlight—albeit with her face still slightly concealed by oversized sunglasses. News Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 9, 2018 – 10:08 am H.E.R. Talks Mystery & Musicianship After her soul-stirring performance at the 2018 BET Awards went viral, H.E.R. (an acronym for “Having Everything Revealed”) hit the Essence Fest Superlounge to a massive crowd. We chatted with H.E.R. backstage in an exclusive interview about performing at Essence, her mysterious image and the value of musicianship.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

UNSC to press Myanmar for quick Rohingya solution

first_imgUnited Nations Security Council member Mansour Ayyad Al Otaibi (C) talks as delegation members Karen Piece (L) and Gustavo Adolfo Meza Cuadra Velasquez look on during a press conference at the Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on 30 April 2018. AFPThe UN Security Council will press Myanmar to ensure that Rohingya who fled the country can return home in safety and freedom, an envoy said Monday after UN diplomats ended a tour of Bangladesh’s refugee camps.“This is a humanitarian crisis and a human rights issue,” Kuwait’s ambassador to the UN, Mansour al-Otaibi, told reporters after the delegation ended a three-day visit to Bangladesh and headed for Myanmar.Envoys from the 15 council members on Sunday visited camps around Cox’s Bazar where about 700,000 Rohingya have sought refuge since Myanmar’s military launched a crackdown on their community in Rakhine state last August. The United Nations has called the military action “ethnic cleansing”.Some of the Muslim refugees broke down in tears as they told harrowing stories of murder and rape in mainly Buddhist Myanmar. Hundreds staged demonstrations demanding justice for atrocities.The envoys met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday morning before leaving for Myanmar, where they will hold talks with de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. They will also take a helicopter flight over Rakhine to see the remains of villages torched during the violence.“The situation cannot remain without a solution and the message that we are conveying to Myanmar, to refugees themselves, to the rest of the world, (is) that we are determined to find a solution to this crisis,” al-Otaibi said.“All parties should show commitment to solve it as soon as possible. We cannot remain silent about it,” said al-Otaibi, whose country helped organised the tour with fellow council members Britain and Peru.The Kuwaiti diplomat said the Security Council would “try to explore ways and means to speed up implementation of the (repatriation accord) signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar for safe, free, voluntary and dignified return of the refugees.”Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the accord last November but no refugee has yet been sent back from Bangladesh. While Bangladeshi officials express frustration, many diplomats say repatriation is unlikely to happen.Refugees themselves want guarantees of safety and-crucially-citizenship if they return to a country which regards them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.“We don’t want to raise the expectations of what the Security Council can do. We want to help all parties concerned to speed up the process and the implementation of the agreement,” said al-Otaibi.Myanmar has faced intense international pressure over its clampdown on the Rohingya.The Security Council has called for the safe return of the Rohingya and an end to the discrimination against them.However, deputy Russian ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy, whose country has supported Myanmar, warned on Sunday that the council did not have a “magic stick” to resolve one of the world’s worst refugee crises.“We are not looking away from this crisis, we are not closing our eyes,” the Russian diplomat said at the Kutupalong refugee camp.Myanmar has said the military operation in Rakhine was mounted to root out extremists and has rejected nearly all allegations that its security forces committed atrocities.last_img read more