Stoke City out to upset Arsenal’s Champions League hopes

first_imgMark Hughes believes Stoke City can upset Arsenal’s Champions League qualification hopes on Saturday, the manager saying his side is ready to fulfil their own ambitions of finishing in the top eight of the Premier League.Ahead of the weekend’s clash at the bet365 Stadium, Stoke have collected 12 points and have been unbeaten at home in their last six league games against the North London side.”We certainly aren’t fazed by Arsenal, despite them coming into the game on the back of a really strong run of results,” Hughes told a news conference on Friday.”I’ve always liked going up against them. They have pace, power and very good technical abilities, so we have to be on the top of our game.”We like to upset teams who come here and expect to win. Our record stands up with anybody against Arsenal, so we will use that to our advantage.”With two games to play, 13th-placed Stoke could still finish as high as eighth in the standings, which would be their highest finish in English football since 1975.”We still feel we could finish eighth, but we know everything has to go for us,” Hughes added. “It shows how close we all are and it has been a strange season.”We need to be more potent, we are aware of that, and we would love to address that over the final two games.Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal are fifth in the standings and have an outside chance of finishing in the top four for the 21st consecutive season.advertisementThey trail fourth-placed Manchester City by three points and third-placed Liverpool by four, with a game in hand over the Merseyside club.Also Watch:last_img read more

Harry Kane first Englishman to score World Cup hat-trick since 1986

first_imgHarry Kane and England’s impressive show in the World Cup continued on Sunday. Riding on Kane’s hat-trick, England hammered Panama 6-1 in their second Group G fixture of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.John Stones scored a brace and Jesse Lingard got one too to complete England’s rout of Panama.This was the first time the Three Lions had scored five plus goals in a World Cup fixture ever. Previous top scoring matches were the 1966 final against Germany that England won 4-2 and against Belgium in 1954 when they match ended in a 4-4 tie.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThis is only the fifth time in World Cup history that a team has scored five plus goals in the first half of a match. The last time it happened was in Brazil, when Germany hammered the hosts 7-1 in the 2014 semi-final at the Mineirao.The former champions had a 5-0 lead going into the first half. Kane scored two goals from the spot while Stones scored his brace from two headers. Lingard’s goal was one of the most sweetly struck goals in this World Cup so far. This was England’s biggest-ever victory in a World Cup match (Reuters Photo)With five goals down already, the second half started slowly as expected until Kane got a hat-trick in the most unusual way possible in the 62nd minute of the match before being replaced by Jamie Vardy. Ruben Loftus-Cheek unleashed a low shot from the edge of the box and the ball looped inside the goal over the goalkeeper to give the Tottenham striker his third goal of the match and the last goal overall.advertisementWith the 6-1 win, England are now on top of Group G with six points and a goal difference of seven. Gareth Southgate’s men will join Belgium from the group in the last 16 and the winner of their match will top the group.This was also England’s biggest-ever World Cup victory and the second most number of goals scored in a World Cup. The Three Lions had scored 11 goals in the 1966 World Cup.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEHowever, more than England, Kane had some personal reasons to be happy about. After a brace in the last game against Tunisia, which included a last-minute winner, he has scored three in his second World Cup game and is on top of the list of most goals scored in this World Cup so far with five to his name. Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku have four each to his name.Leading goalscorers at the 2018 FIFA #WorldCup5 – @HKane4 – @Cristiano, @RomeluLukaku9 #ENGPAN pic.twitter.com/K6FVHiog8gFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018He is also now the third England player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup. Geoff Hurst was the first in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker was the second, when he put three past Poland in 1986.Also, Kane’s first spot kick was the first penalty converted by an England player at the World Cup since 2002. David Beckham scored the last time from the spot against Argentina. He is also the third player now behind Hunt (1966) and Lineker (1986) to score three or more goals in a group stages of a World Cup match.The 24-year-old, who now has five goals in World Cups now, is only behind Lineker (10) in terms of goals scored in a World Cup. He is level with Hurst, who also has five to his name. Bobby Charlton and Michael Owen have four each.last_img read more

Start-Up Station | Best Engineering Colleges in India

first_imgThe primary focus at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- Delhi is to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship and research, right from the BTech to the PhD level. “IIT-Delhi probably has the country’s best developed ecosystem for entrepreneurship,” says V. Ramgopal Rao, the institute’s director. “Of the 21 unicorns built,The primary focus at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- Delhi is to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship and research, right from the BTech to the PhD level. “IIT-Delhi probably has the country’s best developed ecosystem for entrepreneurship,” says V. Ramgopal Rao, the institute’s director. “Of the 21 unicorns built by IITians, 11 are by Delhi IITians. In the past two years, we have also invested close to Rs 100 crore in revamping the experimental facilities for research at the campus.” To encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship among the faculty as well, India’s top-ranked engineering college has started a weekly initiative called Faculty Innovation and Research Entrepreneurship (FIRE), where faculty members who wish to turn their research work into a start-up can work on their projects, which would be funded by the institute. Be it faculty or students, IIT-Delhi attracts the best. Declared an Institute of Eminence by the Union human resource development ministry, it has set new goals for the future. The institute aims to develop a strong global outlook and aspires to be among the top 50 in the World University Rankings within the next decade. “We are pushing for internationalisation by recruiting more foreign faculty,” says Rao. “We want to recruit 100 foreign faculty members in the coming five years and have announced 500 PhD fellowships for foreign students.” For the first time in IIT-Delhi’s history, the institute is offering a joint PhD programme in collaboration with foreign universities. The international partners are the University of Queensland, Australia, and Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University. advertisementIIT-Delhi has emerged as the country’s strongest provider of highly employable graduates, as per the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2018. To add to the new initiatives taken in the past couple of years, IIT-Delhi, traditionally known for offering only degree programmes, has now been approved to offer diploma courses to working professionals in areas such as artificial intelligence and blockchain technology, keeping in tune with industry needs. Jashan Singh Suri, who is pursuing a dual degree in the department of biochemical engineering and biotechnology, says, “The campus is often visited by multinational companies from fields such as finance, business and consulting, giving students who wish to switch their careers from engineering an array of opportunities.” Another step has been the establishment of a new Centre for Automotive and Research Tribology (CART), with the institute spending up to Rs 20 crore initially. “We want to develop resources for industries in terms of vehicle technologies and components focused on electric vehicles,” says Rao. One thing that both the students and the institute’s director vouch for is the overall personal development that one goes through at IIT-Delhi. “There is a competitive environment, freedom to pursue one’s chosen career path, well-established clubs as well as facilities for extracurricular and recreational activities, such as sports, music and dance,” says Suri. Rao adds, “There are students’ clubs that let them opt for diverse activities and nurture different aspects of their development. We have a strong alumni network (about 50,000) and many of them are connected with the students on campus.” Rao, however, rues land constraint at the institute. “IIT-Delhi is spread across 300 acres. Being situated in south Delhi, we are a land-locked campus. We have grown by 50 per cent in terms of students and faculty in the past seven years, so we have written to the housing and urban affairs ministry to grant us land in Delhi to come up with an extension campus,” informs Rao. Last year, IIT-Delhi set up its extension campus in Sonipat, housing three science and technology parks. Way to go! IIT-Delhi has collaborated with the University of Queensland, Australia, and National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, to offer joint PhD programmes Human touch: IIT -Bombay students at a workshop. (Photo: Danesh Jassawala)Rs 8.5 lakh is the tuition fee for the entire BTech/BE course; all special category students (SC+ST +PH ) and those having annual income less than Rs 1 lakh are fully exempted from this payment V. Ramgopal Rao Director, IIT-DelhiWhat sets IIT-Delhi apart?IIT-Delhi probably has the best ecosystem for entrepreneurship. Of the 21 unicorns by IITians, 11 are from IIT-Delhi.In the past two years, the institute has invested close to Rs 100 crore on revamping the experimental facilities for research.What new initiatives have been taken in the past three years?We have started the Faculty Interdisciplinary Research Project (FIRP) through which our faculty can work with the faculties of institutions in India or abroad. We have signed MoUs with the AIIMS, All India Institute of Ayurveda and the Indian Council for Agricultural Research even as discussions are on with some US universities.advertisementWe have also started the ‘Discover and Learn (1-2-3-4) Project’ in which students, in groups of four, work on research projects under the supervision of a faculty member. The projects are funded by the institute. Fifty such groups have already been formed.There’s the Platform for Harnessing Deep Technologies under which PhD students can turn their ideas into start-ups.On the curriculum front, IIT-Delhi has started offering diploma programmes to working professionals in areas such as artificial intelligence and blockchain technology.A new Centre for Automotive and Research Tribology (CART) has been established, with an initial expense of Rs 20 crore. We want to develop resources for industries in terms of vehicle technologies and components focused on electric vehiclesOne thing I want to improve in my instituteIIT-Delhi is spread across 300 acres, and being situated in south Delhi, we are a land-locked campus. The institute has grown by 50 per cent in terms of student and faculty strength in the past seven years. So we have written to the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs to grant us land elsewhere in Delhi to be come up with an extension campus. Jashan Singh Suri, Dual Degree (BTech+MTech) in Department of Biochemical Engineering and BiotechnologyWhy I chose IIT-DelhiIIT-Delhi is the top engineering college in the country. Multinational companies from across fields, such as finance, business and consulting, visit the campus, offering an array of opportunities to students who wish to switch their career from engineering.What’s unique about campus life at IIT-Delhi?Being located in the heart of south Delhi, the campus is extremely accessible in terms of lodging and transportation. There are no restrictions for men and women. The students council and administration have ensured this independence to all students. The highly qualified and motivated faculty members mentor the students in a competitive environment.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Expectations nothing new for us, says Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli said the expectations of crowds is nothing new for India who began their World Cup 2019 campaign with a game against South Africa at Southampton on Wednesday. India, who are the last team to play a match in this tournament, are one of the favourites to win the World Cup.India have enjoyed a superb record in World Cups this century. They reached the final in 2003 and won the World Cup in 2011 after being knocked out of the group stages in 2007. In 2015, India steamrolled every opposition before losing the semifinal to eventual champions Australia.In England, India start as favourites alongside the hosts and Australia. India will also ride high on the back of huge support wherever they play. South Africa have lost both their matches so far against England and Bangladesh and India had defeated the Proteas 5-1 in a 6-match ODI series in their own backyard a little over year ago.The expectations to win therefore, will be huge. But Virat Kohli was unperturbed and said the crowd support would be a big boon for his team.The crowd support is going to be massive for us,Virat Kohli said after the toss. We’re pretty used to the crowds wanting us to win. It’s about keeping our composure and being professional about what we do. We’ve seen a few games happen in the tournament, the pattern of play, and how teams are playing.There’s a lot to learn from that. It’s a very balanced bowling attack that we have. The reason we have both spinners playing comes from the series we played against South Africa and the way those two dominated the middle overs. There’s no bigger motivation than representing your country, let alone captaining your country at a World Cup, Kohli said.advertisementIndia decided to play both their wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzevndra Chahal. They had destroyed South Africa in India’s 5-1 series win in 2018 and will be crucial on two-paced pitch. Besides the big size of the ground meant spinners would certainly come into play.Mohammed Shami was also left out of the side in favour of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.India and South Africa playing XIs:India: 1.Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (Captain), 4 KL Rahul, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 MS Dhoni (Wicketkeeper), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit BumrahSouth Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (Wicketkeeper), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Faf du Plessis (Captain), 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 David Miller, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Chris Morris, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Tabraiz Shamsi, 11 Imran TahirAlso Read | World Cup 2019 gears up for Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and IndiaAlso See:last_img read more

Mason Rudolph Throws for 400, Nearly Breaks Passing Record

first_imgIt wasn’t the most pretty or convincing showing, but the Cowboys improved to 2-0 on the season in a 32-8 victory over Central Arkansas on Saturday night.Mason Rudolph was good, but as he and Mike Gundy both acknowledged, needs to continue his development. In the postgame, Gundy said that he didn’t count but assumed Rudolph missed on about six throws that should have been converted.Yet looking at the stat sheet, those six seem high. He finished the night just 10 yards shy of the OSU passing record by a sophomore. 401 yards on 23 of 35 passing.Not bad.It was just the 12th 400+ yard passing game in OSU history. Brandon Weeden had seven of them. Mike Gundy, Bobby Reid, Wes Lunt and Zac Robinson had the other four.The best part was the development of his deep ball, which was virtually non-existent last week due mostly to a conservative game plan. Although the game was called conservatively again, the Cowboys opened up the passing game and Rudolph’s arm was on full display.Rudolph’s connection with David Glidden was money all night, and his first touchdown strike put the Pokes up 17-0 early.Mason Rudolph’s first TD pass in Boone Pickens Stadium (of very many). pic.twitter.com/rHLD2YmazP— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 13, 2015Then Rudolph delivered a beauty downfield, which James Washington so graciously turned into a #SCTop10 catch for us. I could sense his level of comfort gaining as the game progressed. This one was pretty.James Washington with the circus catch on a pass interference call. pic.twitter.com/u5jDt5R7J1— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 13, 2015Rudolph left early in the fourth to avoid injury, but not before delivering a 31-yard bomb to Glidden – his second of the night.Rudolph proved that, despite an imperfect game, the offense that they put on the field Saturday is more like what we’ll continue to see throughout the season. The air-raid was definitely on display, and Rudolph proved that this offense is tailor-made to cater to his strengths.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!last_img read more

Fall guy Richard Johnson is still searching for a Grand National mount

first_imgHereford 1.40 Mick The Poser 2.10 Llantara (nb) 2.40 Run Don’t Hide 3.10 Surtee Du Berlais (nap) 3.45 Mr Washington  4.15 Cloudy Bob 4.45 Little Rory MacSouthwell Abandoned Hexham AbandonedWolverhampton 5.45 Appenzeller 6.15 Macaque 6.45 Faadhel 7.15 Majrooh 7.45 Fuel Injection 8.15 Count OctaveTips by Greg Wood. Quick guide Horse racing tips for Tuesday 10 April Share on Twitter Hide Share via Email Share on Pinterest Topics Aintree Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook news Horse racing Thank you for your feedback. Show … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Horse racing tips Was this helpful? Richard Johnson, the champion jockey over jumps, is expected to be back in the saddle on Tuesday despite being stood down after a fall in the paddock at Kempton Park on Monday afternoon. His search for a mount in the Grand National on Saturday, however, could yet end in disappointment, as the list of possible partners in a race Johnson has yet to win continues to dwindle.“I’m still looking, and he’s still available,” Dave Roberts, Johnson’s agent, said on Monday, having confirmed that the champion was “fine” after a nasty fall at Kempton.Johnson was thrown from Elixir De Nutz in the paddock before the second race on the card and his intended mount then lived up to his name by throwing Tom O’Brien, who stepped in to replace Johnson, shortly after he had climbed into the saddle. Johnson fell on his face and hip but was later reported by Sarah Hobbs, wife of Elixir De Nutz’s trainer, Philip, to be “all right and in the weighing room, telling the other lads how to ride the rest of his rides”.Johnson has had 20 rides in the Grand National over his long career and has twice ridden the runner-up. He sat out last year’s race without a ride, however, and has few remaining options this time round. Andrew Lynch was booked to ride Lord Windermere, the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, on Monday while Fergal O’Brien has booked Paddy Brennan and Alain Cawley respectively for his two runners, Chase The Spud and Perfect Candidate.Most of JP McManus’s five-strong team for the race on Saturday now have confirmed jockeys too, with Barry Geraghty, the owner’s retained rider, confirmed for Anibale Fly and Noel Fehily coming in for the ride on Minella Rocco, runner-up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last season. Mark Walsh rides the veteran Carlingford Lough, with Richie McLernon aboard Regal Encore and Aidan Coleman expected to take the mount on Charlie Longsdon’s Pendra. Double Ross, from the Nigel Twiston-Davies stable, is the last horse guaranteed a run at Aintree on Saturday after 63 runners were left in at the five-day stage on Monday.Road To Riches and Thunder And Roses, both of whom run in the colours of Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud, are 41st and 42nd in the list and in need of absentees further up the handicap to get a start. There will also be four reserve runners declared at the final stage on Thursday, to allow scratchings before 1pm on Friday afternoon to be replaced.The first afternoon of the Grand National meeting has lost one of its major stars following news that Buveur D’Air, the dual Champion Hurdle winner, will miss the Grade One Aintree Hurdle.Nicky Henderson’s seven-year-old took the feature race on Thursday’s card last year but has been ruled out after an unsatisfactory trachea wash. “His trachea wash was just not very clever,” Henderson said on Monday evening. “He’s got a bit of mucus and it’s messy in there. It’s not right, so it’s not fair to run him.” Since you’re here… Grand National 2018 Support The Guardian Grand National Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

13 days agoBirkenhead-born Lewis Warrington inks Everton deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Birkenhead-born Lewis Warrington inks Everton dealby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBirkenhead-born Lewis Warrington has signed his first professional contract with Everton.The youngster has put pen-to-paper on a deal which will keep him with the Blues until June 2022.The 17-year-old has been at Everton for 11 years.”I’ve put in a lot of hard work and sacrifices, so to make this next step and sign a pro deal means everything,” Warrington, a season-ticket holder in the Gwladys Street, told evertonfc.com.”I’ve been at Everton for 11 years and the support has been immense from the start.”The coaching I’ve had here has been incredible. Every coach I have had has added something to my game.”They’ve helped make me the player I am, and I’ve got to keep going.” last_img read more

2012/2013 Budget Reduced by $9.89 Billion

first_imgThe first Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure for fiscal year 2012/2013 was tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, February 5, by Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips.It reveals that the budget has been revised downwards from $612.4 billion to $602 billion, a reduction of $9.89 billion.The Estimates show a decrease in the recurrent, or housekeeping, expenditure from $374.7 billion to $367.7 billion, with savings of $7.03 billion, and reduction in both Capital A and Capital B from a total of $237.6 billion to $234.8 billion, reflecting $2.85 billion in savings.In the 2012/2013 Estimates of Expenditure tabled in the House on May 10, 2012, it was outlined that $374 billion was allocated for recurrent expenses and $237.6 billion for capital, or development, expenses. The first Supplementary Estimates will be discussed by the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) on Wednesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 7.The report will be considered by the Standing Finance Committee of the House, which will deliberate on February 12, before the House is asked to approve the revised budget in the afternoon.last_img read more

Fincantieri Hosts Coin Ceremony for Seabourn Encore

first_imgzoom Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, held a coin ceremony on Monday for Seabourn Encore cruise ship, being built for small ship cruise line Seabourn.During a coin ceremony two commemorative gold coins are welded to the ship’s mast.“The coin ceremony represents not only another momentous milestone in the construction of our beautiful new ship, but also an important step in the evolution of our fleet and our leadership in the ultra-luxury cruise category,” said Seabourn President Richard Meadows.“With less than a year until the launch of Seabourn Encore, we look forward to more exciting milestones in the coming months.”The keel for the ship was laid in September 2015.The ship will expand and build on the Odyssey-class ships. The 40,350-GRT ship will be configured with one additional deck and new expanded public areas, and is expected to carry just 600 guests, based on double occupancy. In addition, every suite will feature a private veranda.Seabourn Encore is set to begin sailing in December 2016.A sister ship, Seabourn Ovation, will join the fleet in 2018, and, with the addition of the two new ships, Seabourn claims it would have the youngest ultra-luxury fleet in the industry.Fincantieri has built 70 cruise ships since 1990 and other 14 ships are currently being designed or built in the group’s yards.last_img read more

More Affordable Housing Announced for Cape Breton Residents

first_imgCape Breton residents will soon have access to more affordable housing in Sydney, North Sydney and Sydney Mines. Through the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement, 130 units of affordable housing for families, singles, seniors and people with disabilities are being built or renovated. Judy Streatch, Minister of Community Services and Gerald Keddy, MP for South Shore – St. Margaret’s, on behalf of Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, announced today, Oct. 5, two new projects and confirmed construction has started on a third previously announced project. “We are committed to investing in affordable housing in Cape Breton,” said Ms. Streatch. “With the help of our federal partners and business partners, we are creating and preserving affordable housing across the island.” “Canada’s government is committed to making affordable housing available in Nova Scotia and across Canada for those who need it most,” said Mr. Keddy. “The creation of these new units will allow families, seniors and low-income individuals to live in safe, quality housing at an affordable cost and start a new page in their lives.” Through the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement, the federal government contributed $1.9 million in capital funding for the three projects and the Department of Community Services is providing $285,000 to subsidize rents for some of the units. Northside Property Holdings is converting a former commercial building at 177 Queen St., in North Sydney into six family apartments, including one wheelchair-accessible unit. The project cost is estimated at $282,000. The project received $108,000 from the government of Canada under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement. In Sydney, Donovan Rentals renovated 104 affordable family rowhouses at MacAulay’s Lane, Rockcliff Crescent and Sidella Drive. The $1.3-million project received $1.2 million in federal funding under the agreement. The third project, by New Deal Developments, is a 20-unit affordable-housing project for singles and seniors on Pitt Street in Sydney Mines. The $1.3-million project is under construction and will receive $500,000 in federal funding and $285,000 in rent subsidies from the province of Nova Scotia. By March 2009, the federal government, the province and its partners will commit $56.2 million through the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement for the construction or renovation of affordable housing in the province. Information on the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement is available at local housing services offices or on the Department of Community Services website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms.last_img read more

Census 2016 skipgeneration families press grandparents into service

first_imgTORONTO – With their only child grown up with a family of her own, Louise Hutchison and Dave Sharp were enjoying the freedom of being empty-nesters: travelling, getting together with friends and, of course, visiting with their grandchildren.But three years ago, the Alberta couple’s lives changed dramatically when they went from being grandparents to full-time caregivers of their three young granddaughters after their mother was charged with impaired driving and disappeared from her children’s lives.“It wasn’t what we were planning, because we had been through it,” Hutchison conceded in an interview from her home in Airdrie, near Calgary. “We went from an empty nest to a full house again.“It was actually fun being the grandparents because we could take them and we could have a lot of fun with them,” Hutchison, who works as a company manager, said of her granddaughters Coralynn, 9, Riley, 6, and Hayleigh, almost 4.“And we now have to be more the parents. It’s just not the same, right?”The couple and the girls are what’s known as a skip-generation family, a phenomenon that’s on the rise in Canada as households depart from the traditional two-parent configuration in favour of other caregivers, such as grandparents, step-parents or other siblings.In new 2016 census figures released Wednesday, Statistics Canada said three in 10 Canadian children — 30.3 per cent — were living in either a lone-parent family, a stepfamily or without both of their parents.Of those, some 32,520 children aged 14 and under across Canada were living exclusively with grandparents in 2016, up from about 25,245 in 2001, the census found — an increase of about 29 per cent.“A skip-generation family is where a grandparent is the primary adult in a child’s life, when no parent is present,” explained Nora Spinks, CEO of the Vanier Institute of the Family.“And that parent may be absent because they’ve passed away, they may be somewhere else in the world or they may be incapable of parenting. So they might be experiencing mental illness or they might be incarcerated.”Children living in a private household without their parents were most prevalent in the territories, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Statistics Canada reported. Between three and six per cent of children 14 and younger were either living with grandparents, other relatives or as foster children in those regions in 2016, the numbers show.In every other province, the proportion was two per cent or less.Hutchinson and Sharp, both 45, are keenly aware of their disconnect with typically older grandparents, as well as with parents of children who are their granddaughters’ friends.But the biggest challenge is ensuring the girls are happy and emotionally stable, said Hutchinson, describing how she learned through their counselling sessions that her alcoholic daughter would leave them hungry and alone in the car while “she had sex with her boyfriend.”Still, despite the obvious challenges of raising a second family, there are also many rewards.“There’s a lot of joy and there’s also a lot of peace of mind because I don’t have sleepless nights worrying about where they are or what condition they’re in.“And it is great joy. I know my husband feels very much the same way. We’re getting an opportunity to be a strong part of their lives, even though it’s in a different capacity.”Skip-generation families come in many different shapes and sizes and cross all socioeconomic and ethnocultural boundaries, said Spinks.Grandparents may have a deep, vibrant relationship with their grandchildren or a weak and tenuous one, she said. The age of both the adult and the grandchild can colour the nature of that relationship and how a newly configured family melds together — or not.“When a grandparent steps in and it’s an infant or a toddler or a pre-schooler, that can be a very different experience than when a grandparent steps in with a teenager or a tween,” she said.“Where a relationship does exist between the child and the grandparent, it may require renegotiation or restructuring,” said Spinks, pointing out that a change in their family makeup and where they live — as well as parental loss — can spark emotional, behavioural and psychological reactions in children, who may also have experienced trauma.“It’s one thing to go over to Grandma’s for a Sunday afternoon or to be there for a couple of weeks in the summer. It’s another when that grandparent assumes the responsibility of raising a child.”Colleen Longhouse and husband Michael Dawson have been rearing her four-year-old grandson Landon since he was almost two. After a lengthy and expensive court battle, she was granted full guardianship in April 2016 because Landon had been living in hellish conditions with her daughter, a heroin addict with multiple mental health issues, and his father, a violent repeat offender who has been incarcerated dozens of times.“I raised my children and now is supposed to be the time in your life you can sit back and relax and enjoy your grandchildren. But you also have a bit more freedom to do the things and interests that you had earlier in your life that you couldn’t do because you had your own children,” said Longhouse, an elementary school teacher from New Lowell, Ont., west of Barrie, who admitted she can get angry and frustrated over the unexpected turn her life has taken.“My husband and I rarely go out because Landon suffers from attachment disorder … There’s been a lot of struggle for us as a couple.”Even so, Longhouse, 54, said she wouldn’t change anything given the choice again.Landon, who had been “very traumatized,” has made tremendous progress and “has surpassed what anyone thought he would be able to do,” said his grandmother.“He is such a joy, he’s got such a great personality. We do lots of things and he does make us laugh,” said Longhouse, adding that she and her husband want to formally adopt him, and they have the financial resources to make sure his future is secure.“So the joy is knowing that he’s safe, the joy is knowing that he’s going to have a chance.”At 72, Sharon Green is the sole parent in a “skip-skip” generation family: she has legal custody of her three-year-old great-granddaughter Avery, whose mother tried to give her away as an infant to a distant relative on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve, where she lives. Neither Green’s son — the little girl’s grandfather — nor either of her grandmothers was able to care for the child.“One of the problems is Ontario Works only gives me $263 a month (for a dependent child) and I’m a pensioner, of course,” she said by phone from her home in Cloyne, Ont., northeast of Toronto. “It can be difficult. I rely on my daughters quite a bit to help me.”Keeping up with a three-year-old can be taxing even for twenty-something mothers, but Green said she’s in “pretty good shape” for her age and she and her great-granddaughter “do quite a bit together.”“Every day, she’s full of energy. She loves to dance to music,” Green confided as Avery squealed with laughter in the background while banging away on a pot. “She’s just bright and happy and smiles and gives me hugs all the time and tells me she loves me.“There’s just so much joy with this child.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitterlast_img read more

BCwide state of emergency declared as province battles nearly 600 wildfires

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s public safety minister says he hopes the province’s wildfire situation is not the new normal but the issue of climate change and its impact on forests must be taken into account.“Obviously we know that climate is changing, we know that the fire season is starting earlier … we have been doing planning earlier, getting aircraft earlier, but it is a situation that we have to take seriously, the issue of climate change,” Mike Farnworth said Wednesday shortly after the government declared a provincewide state of emergency in response to hundreds of wildfires.It’s the second time in as many years that a state of emergency has been declared during the wildfire season and the fourth time in just over two decades. Provincial states of emergency were also declared in 1996 and 2003.The BC Wildfire Service said 559 fires were burning Wednesday in all corners of the province, with 31 new starts since Tuesday. Just over 1,800 blazes have been recorded since the wildfire season began April 1.The latest state of emergency will remain in effect for 14 days but can be extended or rescinded as necessary, Farnworth said, adding it ensures federal, provincial and local resources can be delivered in a co-ordinated manner.In northwestern B.C., a 333-square kilometre fire has destroyed more than 40 homes and properties in and around Telegraph Creek, said Forests Minister Doug Donaldson. Nearly a dozen agencies including firefighters from local First Nations and crews from outside the province were working to save homes in the community, he said.“This state of emergency improves our ability to increase that co-ordination as we see risk increasing in other communities,” he said.Farnworth, who is also the province’s solicitor general, said the emergency was declared based on recommendations from the BC Wildfire Service and emergency management officials.“As wildfire activity is expected to increase, this is a progressive step in our wildfire response to make sure British Columbia has access to any and all resources necessary,” he added.Kevin Skrepnek of the Wildfire Service said more than 1,500 properties were on evacuation order at midday Wednesday and at least 10,000 were on an alert, with residents advised to be ready to leave on short notice.“Certainly, given the number of fires we have going on right now, given the fire activity we are seeing out there, and given the fact that we really see no relief from the weather, there’s definitely the potential this season is going to get worse before it gets better,” he said.The province is waiting for the arrival of 200 Armed Forces’ members. Skrepnek said most of them would likely be sent to the Okanagan to help with wildfire mop-up.The RCMP said Wednesday it would send officers and equipment to assist detachments in central, northern and southern B.C. that have been most affected by fires, which could include vehicles, supplies and additional officers to help at check points or provide relief to local detachments.By this time last year, hundreds of homes been lost to wildfires and tens of thousands of people had been displaced. The human cost has not been as high this year, but the total number of fires is greater, said Skrepnek.The most severe losses this year have been in the Telegraph Creek area, which Donaldson visited on Tuesday.“In the town site we saw the random nature of forest fires … there’d be a house standing and three doors down there’d be a house totally destroyed, all that was left was the foundation and some twisted and melted metal,” he said.Crews were protecting heritage buildings in the old part of town and setting up sprinklers on the roofs of other homes, he said.Donaldson described the situation as volatile, adding “a change in wind direction could change everything.”Environment Canada issued air quality advisories for much of B.C., all of Alberta, and parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as smoke from the fires drifts east. It advised children, the elderly and those with heart and lung conditions to limit their exposure.The dense smoke also made it more difficult to find fires that were sparked by lightning last weekend, said Skrepnek.“We can almost guarantee that there are fires out there that haven’t been detected yet,” he said, adding that rain is the only solution to the increasing risk but that isn’t in the forecast.“Rain is going to be absolutely critical. That is what we need to see and not just a small, quick event. We need to see a widespread rain across the entire province to alleviate the situation.”— By Beth Leighton in Vancouverlast_img read more

Angelique Kidjo Meets Syrian And Lebanese Youth In Refugee Settlements

first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and three time Grammy Award winner, Angelique Kidjo, met with Syrian and Lebanese youth in refugee settlements in Lebanon to mark World Youth Skills Day on Saturday 15 July.Angelique Kidjo engages with children in the Housh el Refka informal settlement, Bekaa ValleyCredit/Copyright: UNICEF//Ibarra Sanchez“Supporting the hopes of children and young people has never been more important – Their future is our future” said Angelique Kidjo after speaking to Syrian and Lebanese children and young people in the Bekaa Valley.To mark World Youth Skills Day, Kidjo visited projects implemented by a UNICEF youth partner, the Lebanese NGO LOST (Lebanese Organisation for Studies and Training) in and around Zahle in the Bekaa valley. Kidjo spoke to the children and young people about the challenges they face in pursuing an education, finding opportunities, living in refugee settlements and breaking down barriers between the two communities.Kidjo took part in a Life Skills Training and attended focus group discussions with young women whose lives have been improved thanks to a practical skills training, preparing them for the job market.“Meeting with the girls and boys, the young men and women, you sense how hard they need to fight to hold on to a hope of a dignified future in their circumstances, At the same time, you know that what they need is within reach. Today I’ve actually seen how the training provided is bearing fruit, improving the lives of these inspiring young men and women,” Kidjo said.Lebanon, a country which already faces a number of challenges, has been heavily affected by the conflict in neighbouring Syria. More than one in four people in the country are now refugees; the highest proportion per capita of any country in the world.The sheer number of refugees is putting an enormous strain on the labour market and the education sector, with general poverty on the rise.“Some of the most pressing issues facing Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian youth are deprivation, discrimination and even a fear of the other. That’s why UNICEF is bringing together youth from all communities, particularly girls and young women, equipping them with skills and knowledge that enable them to participate in the labor market, as well as overcome persistent social and cultural divides,” said Tanya Chapuisat, Representative of UNICEF Lebanon.On a regional level, more than six years into an unprecedented turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, the optimism among young Arabs is waning, they feel overlooked by policymakers, and see unemployment and extremisms as the biggest problems in the region. Youth in Lebanon, be they Lebanese, Syrian or Palestinian, are no exception from the rule and often don’t have the opportunity of playing an active, positive role in the society they live in.There are one million people aged between 15 and 24 in Lebanon, or one in six. Among Lebanese youth, the unemployment rate is 35%. The picture of opportunities facing Syrian youth is even bleaker. Only a small minority is able to generate an income, and more than nine in ten Syrians aged 15-24 are not enrolled in any formal education. Building skills and capacity, and empowering youth is therefore a driving principle of UNICEF’s work in Lebanon.“If you want to build a durable foundation for stability in the future in the Middle East, what do you do? You work with youth and you make sure they get an education and the means of securing what’s needed for them to live a decent life,” said Kidjo, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2002.last_img read more

CAT stays suspension of IAS officer who checked PMs copter

first_imgBengaluru: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) here Thursday stayed the order of the Election Commission suspending IAS officer Mohammed Mohsin for checking prime minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter in Odisha.The officer from Karnataka cadre, deployed in Odisha as a general observer, was suspended on April 17 for checking Modi’s helicopter in Odisha’s Sambalpur in violation of norms for dealing with SPG protectees and sent back to the state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The CAT maintained that during an election process while reasonable assurances of protection and security must be made available to SPG protectees, it cannot be said “they are eligible for anything and everything.” Mohsin had tried to check some luggage in the convoy of the Prime Minister and the EC order had said he had acted in violation of existing instructions of the commission. In its order, the CAT, which adjudicates disputes involving central government employees, noted that there was a circular regarding the SPG protectees that they are exempted from certain examinations on certain grounds. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIt also said:”We will not go into the SPG protectees guidelines as per the bluebook right now but the rule of law must prevail.” The tribunal also took note of the submission of the applicant’s counsel who pointed out that there were news about heavy packages unloaded from prime minister’s cavalcade being taken away in other vehicle. “It has been laid down that SPG protectees are exempted from checking. He should have known the instruction being an observer. The reason for suspension is dereliction of duty,” a source in the EC had said following suspension.last_img read more

UN Assembly to look at using space technology to reach development targets

Speaking at a press briefing on this week’s meetings, Ambassador Walter Lichem, head of Austria’s delegation to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, noted that “space is moving to development.” In the past, security policies and technological power had been expressed in terms of space capacities, he said. “Today, we’re moving to a new space age,” one in which space technology “can be key in relation to whole number of core items on our global agenda,” from natural resource management to disaster reduction to the environment. As part of the Assembly’s debate, the Vienna-based UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) has organized a panel discussion Tuesday on “Outer Space and the Global Agenda.” The meeting will seek to highlight space technology’s contribution towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight time-bound targets that seek to slash extreme poverty and hunger, curb infant mortality rates and major diseases, and improve access to education and health care for all – all by 2015. read more

Spanish military aircraft intrudes in Gibraltars air space

first_imgThe incident delayed a British Airways flight bound for Heathrow as air traffic controllers tracked the aircraft.He said: “It is no secret that Spain has been deliberately causing problems for Gibraltar at our border and through its incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.“Today’s incursion into Gibraltar’s airspace, in the middle of a busy day when several civilian flights were scheduled to arrive and depart from the Gibraltar International Airport, takes the Spanish harassment of Gibraltar to new heights.” Spanish fishermen wave Spanish flags dur...Spanish fishermen wave Spanish flags during a protest in the bay of Algeciras on August 18, 2013. 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. Gibraltar says it has been the victim of a campaign of Spanish harrasmentCredit: MARCOS MORENO/AFPcenter_img Gibraltar’s government has accused Spain of “completely unacceptable” interference after a Spanish military aircraft strayed inside its air space.A passenger jet using the territory’s airport was delayed after the Spanish military P3 Orion flew to within two miles of Gibraltar’s coastline, a statement said.Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister, said the incursion on Friday was the latest in a deliberate campaign of harassment. Gibraltar’s government said the Spanish maritime patrol plane was being directed by air traffic controllers in in Seville.He went on: “It is completely unacceptable that the Spanish military have interfered with the movement of civilian aircraft in this dangerous manner. Gibraltar International Airport is an extremely busy base for civilian passengers who are significant contributors to the tourism economy of the campo area.“Delays caused by the politically-motivated manoeuvres of the Spanish military are intolerable but thanks to the swift action of Gibraltar’s Air Traffic Control, delays were the only consequence. Today’s incident could have ended much worse.’last_img read more

Missing George Fox University student found dead

first_imgPORTLAND — Police in Oregon say the body of a missing university student has been found, and his death is believed to be a suicide.The Newberg-Dundee Police Department says detectives found Daniel Mellers’ body in the trunk of his car. It was parked in Sherwood, roughly 10 miles from where the 21-year-old student attended George Fox University.Mellers was last seen Saturday night. He never returned after telling roommates he was walking to a convenience store to buy soda.last_img

San Diego Sheriffs Department agrees to revisit investigation of Rebecca Zahau death

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Rebecca Zahau, Zahau FacebookTwitter San Diego Sheriff’s Department agrees to revisit investigation of Rebecca Zahau death KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 16, 2018center_img Updated: 8:20 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Sheriff’s Department announced Monday they will review their investigation of the death of Rebecca Zahau.“The Sheriff’s Department has continually indicated its willingness to reevaluate the Rebecca Zahau case if new evidence was presented. After a productive conversation with the family’s attorney, Keith Greer, Sheriff Bill Gore determined that, while no new evidence was presented, new analysis of existing evidence was presented in the recently concluded civil trial. In the spirit of transparency and open-mindedness, we have agreed to undertake a fresh review of the case, by investigators who have had no prior involvement with the case, to evaluate the new information. Without having the materials and reports from the civil attorney in front of us at this time, it is difficult to say how long this review will take; however, we expect it will take at least 90 days.When our investigation is complete, we will meet with the family’s attorney to discuss our findings. Ultimately, the cause and manner of death, in any case, is determined by the Medical Examiner. In San Diego County, the Medical Examiner’s Office is an independent entity and separate from the Sheriff’s Department.”Zahau was found hanged, naked, bound and gagged on July 13, 2011 at the historic Speckles Mansion in Coronado, owned by her boyfriend, pharmaceutical CEO Jonah Shacknai.Although her death was ruled a suicide by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the County Medical Examiner, the Zahau family disputed that finding and in a wrongful death suit, alleged that 54-year-old Adam Shacknai, the brother of Zahau’s boyfriend, murdered her after a sexual assault and then staged the killing to look like a suicide.In early April, a California civil jury found Adam Shacknai guilty and he was ordered to pay Zahau’s family $5 million for the loss of Zahau’s love and companionship.The panel has not yet determined whether they will order punitive damages.Adam Shacknai released a statement Monday following the announcement from the Sheriff’s Department.“I welcome a fresh review by the San Diego Sheriff’s Office. As I have maintained from the beginning, I was in no way involved with Rebecca’s death, which was part of a tragic sequence of events, that also involved the loss of my six year nephew Max. I will be pleased to assist the investigation in any way requested, as I have all along.” April 16, 2018last_img read more

California bans state employees from traveling to South Carolina

first_img Updated: 3:47 PM Today California politicians banned travel to South Carolina for its “anti-gay” laws. Same idiots also applaud Gov. Gavin Newsom for traveling to El Salvador to stand in solidarity with that country. Guess they don’t care about the anti-gay laws in El Salvador. *sigh*— Carl DeMaio (@carldemaio) April 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 2, 2019 April 2, 2019 California’s State employees cannot travel on state business to South Carolina.Attorney General Xavier Beccerra imposed the rule of law because South Carolina now allows Christian based foster homes to deny placement of children, if the potential guardians are not of that faith.It is California law that the state can sanction travel to states that restrict access to gays, transgender people, or in this case, faiths from the rights of the general population.The South Carolina law is likely to be challenged in court, and is judged by many to be patently unconstitutional.The Office of the Attorney General in the State of California Department of Justice released the following information regarding the decision to ban state funded travel to South Carolina:SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced that, effective April 15, 2019, California will prohibit state-funded and state-sponsored travel to South Carolina as a result of a discriminatory provision buried deep within a general budget bill enacted on July 5, 2018 in South Carolina. The law, H-4950 Paragraph 38.29, enables private faith-based child-placing agencies to discriminate against those who do not conform to their religious beliefs or moral convictions, including members of the LGBTQ community. Although H-4950 does not mention sexual orientation explicitly, it is written broadly enough to authorize such discrimination, subjecting it to the provisions of California’s Assembly Bill 1887 (AB 1887).“The State of South Carolina recently enacted a measure that sanctions discrimination against families in the placement of children in need of homes. The State of California stands strongly against any form of discrimination. AB 1887 authorizes my office to make that promise real,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Pursuant to AB 1887, California will now bar state-funded or sponsored travel to South Carolina.”South Carolina’s discriminatory measure comes on the heels of other actions taken in the state prior to the enactment of H-4950. Earlier in 2018, South Carolina’s Governor Henry McMaster requested that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services waive all applicable anti-discrimination regulations to permit the faith-based foster care agency Miracle Hill, as well as other such agencies receiving public funds, to discriminate on any basis consistent with their religious beliefs. As a result of these discriminatory laws, Miracle Hill is able to collect information on the faith of those applying to be foster parents and use it to reject families who want to provide foster care solely on the basis of those beliefs. In one instance, these policies led to the exclusion of a Jewish woman who simply sought to mentor foster youth. This is particularly egregious in light of the fact that Miracle Hill accounted for 15% of all South Carolina foster placements and is reportedly the largest provider of foster families for children who do not have significant special needs in the state. Shortly after requesting an exemption from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Governor McMaster then issued an executive order propping up this discriminatory practice. In January 2019, the Trump Administration granted the waiver requested by Governor McMaster, sanctioning this form of discrimination in South Carolina’s foster care system.AB 1887, which took effect in 2017, prohibits state-funded and state-sponsored travel to states with laws that authorize or require discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. AB 1887’s restriction on using state funds for travel applies to California state agencies, departments, boards, authorities, and commissions, including an agency, department, board, authority, or commission of the University of California, the Board of Regents of the University of California, and the California State University.For additional information on AB 1887, including the list of states subject to its provisions, visit: www.oag.ca.gov/ab1887.center_img California bans state employees from traveling to South Carolina KUSI Newsroom South Carolina recently enacted a law allowing child-placing agencies to discriminate against prospective parents. We stand strongly against any form of discrimination, so, effective April 15, California will restrict state-funded travel to South Carolina. https://t.co/yUhXt8y3gS pic.twitter.com/eodf91atly— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) April 2, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more