13 days agoCiaran Clark pondered quitting Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ciaran Clark pondered quitting Newcastleby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Ciaran Clark sought talks with manager Steve Bruce over his future in the summer.The Evening Chronicle says the centre-back spoke to Bruce after interest was shown in the Ireland defender. Crystal Palace were among the sides who looked at Clark, who made his first start of the season on Sunday against Manchester United. But Bruce told he that he wanted to “assess” his options, and utilised Clark – who has been “waiting for his chance”. last_img

Xavier Dolan brings Cannes prize winner Its Only the End of the

first_imgXavier Dolan is just settling in for a Riviera beachfront interview with several Toronto movie critics at the Cannes Film Festival when he’s suddenly interrupted by noisy laughter from another group.“They’re having a lot of fun,” the Montreal filmmaker says without skipping a beat. “Should we laugh?”That’s a good question, not only regarding the nearby chortlers but also for the oft-combative director/actor/screenwriter himself, who at this very moment is unsure about whether he should even smile. This group interview in Cannes last May is happening the day after the world premiere of It’s Only the End of the World, a dysfunctional family drama Dolan calls “my best film” — his others include Mommy and I Killed My Mother — but which many critics called the worst among the 21 competing for the Palme d’Or. Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Canadian employers content to avoid costs and headaches of providing childcare

first_imgCALGARY – One of the keys to Jenna Pickering’s return to work at the Suncor Energy Inc. head office in downtown Calgary was making sure her son Luke had a place at the affiliated daycare in the same office tower — even before he was born.“I think I was about six months along and I put ‘Baby Pickering’ on the wait list,” the 33-year-old recalled with a laugh.When her husband Shea, 34, got a job at the Suncor building two years ago and their 18-month-old daughter, Hannah, started going to daycare last year, the daily grind truly became a family affair.Each day, they drop Luke, now 4, and Hannah off at the daycare on the third floor before mom and dad head up to their respective floors.The Pickerings know they are among the lucky few in Canada to have childcare at the office.Despite the rising number of women in the workforce and a federal government push to help even more join — an effort it says will add billions of dollars to the country’s economy — few Canadian employers offer childcare in the workplace.In 2000, a federal government study found 338 work-related childcare centres operating in the country. The survey counted on- and off-site daycares supported by an employer, a group of employers, a union or an employee group, that sought to meet the needs of employees.Employment and Social Development Canada said it could not find more recent figures, while the Childcare Resource and Research Unit, whose 1992 study identified fewer than 200 employer-related daycares, stopped collecting data on employer centres years ago because of their rarity.Even when offered financial incentives by government, employer apathy persisted.In last year’s otherwise childcare-friendly budget, the Liberals quietly axed a Harper government initiative that provided employers a 25 per cent tax credit to a maximum of $10,000 per space on costs incurred to build or expand licensed childcare facilities.The goal of the program implemented in 2006 was to create 5,000 new workplace daycare spaces annually, but fewer than 100 individuals and 20 corporations were claiming the credit each year, according to Finance Canada.Employers’ lack of interest in childcare in Canada is disappointing, said Tanya van Biesen, executive director for Catalyst Canada, whose mission is advancing women’s progress in the workplace.Many parents have no choice but stay home to watch their children because they would be “breaking even or falling behind” financially if they had to pay full fare for daycare, she said.“For many years, people didn’t really think about or care about the fact that women were exiting stage right because they didn’t have any other options,” she said.Employers recognize childcare is a major factor in attracting and retaining female employees, but balancing the costs and matching needs with resources is difficult, said Peter Dugandzic, CEO of Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Alberta.“I think that’s the issue for most companies. One, there’s the cost, and secondly, the physical layout,” he said.While some employers advertise daycare access to attract staff, most — if not all — refer to third-party services. Some subsidize certain costs or provide the space to daycare operators for free in return for preferred access.For example, when Mediacorp named BASF Canada as one of its Top Family-Friendly Employers for 2018, it cited the chemical company’s programs including salary top-ups and extended leave for new mothers and fathers — and mentioned the private onsite daycare at its Mississauga, Ont., head office.But the company has no formal relationship and doesn’t financially support the daycare on the ground floor, said Terri Howard, director of human resources.Among the few employers that do provide childcare services, many of them are public institutions, such as universities and even Parliament Hill.At Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby, B.C., campus, a daycare centre that has operated for at least 50 years is run by a non-profit operator with preference for its 315 spaces given to employees and students.The university provides space on its grounds rent-free and subsidizes the salaries of two employees, at an annual cost of about $500,000, said Sandi de Domenico, associate vice-president of human resources.The benefits in recruiting and retention of staff justifies the cost, she said. However, the university’s two other campuses in the area don’t offer childcare and de Domenico couldn’t say why.Canada could add $150 billion to its economy by 2026 by employing more women in technology and taking steps like providing better access to childcare to boost women’s participation in the workforce, McKinsey Global Institute estimated last year.In the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields — areas that Canada is focused on strengthening due their potential contributions to economic growth — women represent just 20 per cent of jobs in the field.“Tech doesn’t traditionally support parents,” said Amanda Munday, an advocate for women-identified rights who works at technology startup HiMama in Toronto.“When you think about evening workshops, beer and ping-pong night-time activities, long hours, those things are not conducive to the parent lifestyle.”Munday estimates it costs $3,400 per month for good-quality daycare for her two kids, a bill she recognizes is unaffordable for her startup employer.Her return to work after having her daughter four years ago, therefore, involved compromises. She negotiated a flexible schedule, including sometimes working from home, and unlimited sick days for her and her children. Her daughter attends preschool three days a week and Munday’s mother watches her son to save on daycare costs.Daycare at work is a major perk of working at Suncor for the Pickerings. The company doesn’t subsidize their daycare costs, but the fees are competitive.Jenna Pickering said the children thrive there, excited by fire drills and enjoying regular walks through downtown.“I went into having children knowing I wanted to go back to work,” she said.“It’s still a hard choice, but I like having them close by and this is the best of both worlds.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version did not include the full name of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit.last_img read more

Swallowing 16B purchase of Flipkart Walmart cuts outlook

first_imgBENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart trimmed its profit outlook citing this year’s $16 billion acquisition of the Indian online retailer Flipkart, its biggest deal ever.The company also said on Tuesday that U.S. online sales growth would slow to 35 per cent, from last quarter’s 40 per cent growth.Since buying Jet.com for more than $3 billion two years ago, Walmart has been bulking up online, buying companies such as Bonobos and ModCloth. It’s also tried to speed up deliveries while expanding same-day grocery delivery.The company says its online grocery pickup service is attracting new customers and shoppers are adding more items to their cart because of it.Walmart also announced a partnership with Advance Auto Parts, which will create an automotive specialty store on Walmart.com. The online store is expected to be rolled out in the first half of next year. In a joint release, the companies said they plan to work together to explore such services as home delivery and same-day pickup in a Walmart or Advance store. The Roanoke, Virginia-based Advance Auto Parts operates nearly 6,400 stores.Walmart Inc. now expects 2019 adjusted earnings of between $4.65 and $4.80 per share, down from $4.90 to $5.05.Shares rose more than 2 per cent, or $1.93, to $95.75 in afternoon trading.last_img read more

No joint raid with Turkey on Kurd rebels Iran

first_imgTehran: Iran has denied a claim by the Turkish interior minister that it took part in a joint operation on Monday targeting Kurdish rebels in the border area. In recent weeks, Ankara has talked up the prospects of joint military action with Tehran against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its allies but Monday marked the first time it had spoken of a joint operation being carried out. “Iran’s armed forces have no role in this operation,” the official IRNA news agency quoted an “informed source” in the general staff as saying on Monday evening. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever Iran “will forcefully confront any group that seeks to create unrest on our country’s soil,” the source added. Earlier on Monday, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said: “We started staging a joint operation with Iran against the PKK on our eastern border as of 8 am (0500 GMT)”. Soylu did not specify where the joint operation was taking place but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said previously that joint military action would focus on PKK rear bases in Iraq near where the three countries’ borders meet. The Turkish military has carried out repeated bombing campaigns against PKK targets in Iraq’s northern mountains during its more than three-decade campaign to crush the rebels’ campaign for Kurdish self-rule in southeastern Turkey. In recent years, Tehran too has carried out operations in northern Iraq against suspected rear bases of the PKK’s Iran-focused ally, the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK).last_img read more

IndiGo flight makes midair turn back

first_imgNew Delhi: Budget carrier IndiGo’s Delhi-Mumbai flight had to perform mid-air “turn back” manoeuvre due to excessive vibration from the aircraft’s engine number two, industry insiders privy to the development said on Friday.However, an airline official said that the aircraft had suffered a bird hit en-route from Delhi to Mumbai on Wednesday. The A320 NEO aircraft operated by IndiGo has faced a series of problems earlier with engine vibration being one of them. Industry sources said that at least 15 cases of mid-air engine problems had been reported in the A320 NEOs operated by IndiGo and GoAir since January. The country’s aviation regulator is said to be examining the incident.last_img

Youth held for rape attempt

first_imgKolkata: A youth was arrested by the officers of Magrahat police station for allegedly trying to rape a minor girl.The accused also attacked the girl with a sharp object. The victim has been admitted at the Diamond Harbour Hospital. On Saturday night when the girl was alone in her house, the accused tried to rape her. Hearing her scream, some local residents ran to the house and caught the accused and later handed over to police.last_img

Killing of MLA in Arunachal an attempt to disturb peace in Northeast

first_imgNew Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday expressed anguish over the killing of an MLA, his son and nine others in Arunachal Pradesh by suspected NSCN rebels and termed it as an “outrageous attempt” to disturb peace in the Northeast. His deputy Kiren Rijiju also demanded strongest possible action against those responsible for the dastardly attack. “Shocked and anguished by the killing of MLA Tirong Aboh ji, his family and others in Arunachal Pradesh. It is an outrageous attempt to disturb peace and normalcy in the North East. The perpetrators of this heinous crime will not be spared. My condolences to the bereaved families,” Singh said in a tweet. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Rijiju said he was shocked and saddened by the brutal attack and tragic killing of Aboh, his family members and others. “Strongest possible action will be taken against those responsible for such dastardly attack,” he tweeted. Suspected Naga militants on Tuesday gunned down Aboh, a sitting MLA from Khonsa West constituency, and 10 others, including his son and security personnel, in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh. The MLA was also seeking re-election from the same constituency on a ticket of the National People’s Party, headed by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma. Aboh was on his way from Assam to his constituency, along with his family members, three police personnel and a poll agent, when suspected NSCN-IM rebels opened fire at their vehicles around 11.30am.last_img read more

Tressel aims to continue his mastery of Michigan

For many Ohio State football coaches, success isn’t measured in wins per year or bowl victories. Instead, success is measured by a coach’s record against Michigan.The storied rivalry has become so important in part due to the outcome’s national implications year to year. Since 1935, the game has determined the Big Ten champion 22 times and had an effect in determining the eventual conference champion an additional 24 times.Theses statistics have become even more pronounced recently, as either Ohio State or Michigan has claimed at least a share of the Big Ten title every year since 2001.Consequently, many coaches’ careers have been validated or ruined based on their ability to beat that school up north.John Cooper was one such coach who suffered mightily for his lack of success in the rivalry. In Cooper’s 13 seasons as Ohio State’s coach he had a career record of 111-43-4. But he was only 2-10-1 against Michigan and failed to ever win a game in Ann Arbor. Cooper was fired following the 2000 season.Where Cooper failed, his successor, Jim Tressel has excelled. While Cooper downplayed the rivalry, Tressel has embraced it since his first year at the helm.“I can assure you that you’ll be proud of our young people, in the classroom, in the community and especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan,” Tressel announced, shortly after being hired in 2001. That year, Tressel led the Buckeyes to a 26-20 victory. The win in Ann Arbor served as the Buckeyes’ first in 14 years.Tressel has dominated Michigan during his tenure, posting a 7-1 record against the Wolverines. He is one of only three Ohio State coaches to maintain a winning record in the rivalry, among those who coached at least eight games. The other two coaches are Woody Hayes (16-11-1) and Earle Bruce (5-4).“I’ve known before I was even part of the series of the significance of the game, and the excitement of the game,” Tressel said. “It’s part of you if you like football and you’re from Ohio State or you’re from Michigan, if you’re in the Big Ten. You just grow up knowing that we’re fortunate to be a part of this game.”Tressel went on to say that memories of past Ohio State-Michigan games are in the forefront of past players’ and coaches’ minds. Those memories are even more predominant than bowl games and national rankings, and that’s what is at stake every time the teams play.As for this year’s game, Tressel explained the Buckeyes will not be overlooking a struggling Michigan team. “There’s a reality in life that if you’re taking anything for granted, you’re probably not thinking right,” Tressel said. “I’d like to think our guys don’t take anything for granted, although I’m sure we all do take things for granted, but this wouldn’t be one of them.”Tressel downplayed the possibility of the team being overconfident, having already secured a Rose Bowl berth.“I’m not worried about overconfidence because we’ve got enough guys that have played in this game that they know better than that, so if there is and overconfidence, it will get knocked out of their throwback uniforms on the first play.”Tressel’s ability to keep his players from being overconfident has helped lead the Buckeyes to five straight victories over Michigan. The five-game win streak is the Buckeyes’ longest in the history of the rivalry, which they will look to continue Saturday. read more

Ohio State volleyball sweeps weekend competition

Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger (12) winds up to serve in a match against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-1 Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For the LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team swept through a trio of matches over the weekendOSU went into Oxford, Ohio, and won the Miami (Ohio) University Invitational. The Buckeyes (9-3) have now won nine of their last 10 games.In four non-conference tournaments this season, the Buckeyes swept competition in two and won three. All three tournament victories came within Ohio.In their third and final match of the tournament against Miami (Ohio) (7-5), the Buckeyes lost their only set of the entire tournament, but still took down the Redhawks with an attack percentage of .234 in four sets (20-25, 28-26, 25-16, 25-17).Junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell led all players in kills with 25, followed by sophomore outside hitter Kylie Randall and freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer, who each had 12. Senior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner led all players in digs with 25, while Schirmer contributed 10. Senior setter Taylor Sherwin led all players in assists with 46, while sophomore setter Maggie Heim added 10.In their second match of the tournament, and first on Saturday against Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (5-9), the Buckeyes completed a clean sweep against the Jaguars in just under 90 minutes (25-18, 29-27, 25-20).Four Buckeyes had double-digit digs against the Jaguars. Sophomore defensive specialist Valeria León led all players with 17, followed by Schirmer with 14, Sherwin with 12 and senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger with 11. Sekinger also led all players in kills with 22, while Schirmer followed with 12 of her own. Sherwin had double-digit assists with 39.Against the University of Alabama-Birmingham (3-9), the Buckeyes completed a clean sweep in just 77 minutes (25-17, 25-22, 25-16).Two players totaled double-digit points against the Blazers for OSU, as Sekinger led all players with 11 kills, followed by Mitchell with 10. Sherwin had double-digit assists with 31.The team also combined for an attack percentage of .286 against the Blazers.Sherwin was named tournament MVP, while Sekinger and Mitchell were also named to the all-tournament team.Sherwin led all players in assists with 116 over the two-day event.The Buckeyes are scheduled to open Big Ten competition on Wednesday as they’re scheduled to take on Minnesota (10-1) at 8 p.m., followed by a trip to Wisconsin (9-1) on Sunday to take on the Badgers. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. read more