Cincinnati Masters: Maria Sharapova beats Alison Riske to set up Round 2 clash vs Ashleigh Barty

first_img Next Cincinnati Masters: Maria Sharapova beats Alison Riske to set up Round 2 clash vs Ashleigh BartyMaria Sharapova struggled at times with her accuracy but unleashed some massive serves and played stout defence at key moments on her return to the tournament after a five year absence.advertisement Reuters CincinnatiAugust 13, 2019UPDATED: August 13, 2019 10:24 IST Maria Sharapova prevailed on her fourth match point (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMaria Sharapova defeated Alison Riske 6-3 7-6 in the first roundIn other results, Caroline Wozniacki fell to rising Ukrainian teenager Dayana YastremskaSeven times Grand Slam champion Venus Williams defeated compatriot Lauren DavisMaria Sharapova overpowered Alison Riske 6-3 7-6(4) at the Cincinnati Masters on Monday to set up a tantalising second-round battle with world number two Ash Barty, who defeated the Russian at this year’s Australian Open.Sharapova struggled at times with her accuracy but unleashed some massive serves and played stout defence at key moments on her return to the tournament after a five year absence.Fellow tournament wild card Riske looked poised to send the match to a third set when she was serving on 5-3 and 15-0 in the second set but Sharapova upped her game to force a tiebreaker.Former world number one and five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova prevailed on her fourth match point to set up the meeting with top seeded Barty.Barty defeated Sharapova in the fourth round of the Australian Open in January and both will be looking to sharpen their games ahead of the U.S. Open later this month.Another former world number one, Caroline Wozniacki, fell to rising Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska 6-4 6-4 under the lights to close out the day’s action.The unseeded Dane had her opportunities but converted just four of her 15 break point chances against Yastremska, who was making her Cincinnati debut.Johanna Konta suffered her second straight first-round exit at a tournament as she fell 6-3 3-6 7-5 to qualifier Rebecca Peterson in a marathon first-round match.The 14th-seeded Konta’s biggest weakness was her second serve as the Swede won 62% of those points against the error-prone Briton.advertisementSvetlana Kuznetsova upset 11th seeded Anastasija Sevastova 7-6(3) 6-7(4) 6-4 in their first-round battle to set up a second round clash with Yastremska.Seven times Grand Slam champion Venus Williams moved through the first round when she defeated compatriot Lauren Davis in straight sets earlier in the day.Wild card Williams won 7-5 6-2 on centre court as she maintained her streak of never having lost a set to Davis, having beaten her four times.Williams fended off seven of the eight break points she faced, and won 61% of points when returning the Davis second serve.Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva and Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich earlier won three set matches.Putintseva defeated Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-2 7-6(3) 6-3 and Sasnovich beat Astra Sharma of Australia 6-1 4-6 6-1.Also Read | Not going to play US Open singles: Andy Murray after crashing out of Cincinnati MastersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Maria SharapovaFollow Cincinnati MastersFollow Alison RiskeFollow Ashleigh Bartylast_img read more

EU Approves HSH Nordbank Sale

first_imgzoom The European Commission has adopted a resolution on state aid proceedings for Germany’s HSH Nordbank, provided by the two German states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein that own the bank, adding that the bank’s privatisation has to be completed by the end of February 2018.HSH Nordbank, which is one of the world’s biggest providers of shipping finance, plunged into financial woes in 2008 as the financial crisis disrupted a number of maritime loans, worth billions of euros.According to the bank, the privatisation deadline may be extended by six months, should implementation be delayed for reasons that are outside the federal states’ scope. Following the change in ownership, Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein may retain a combined stake of 25 percent for up to four years.As the bank would be split up into a holding and an operating company during the process, the commission’s resolution stated that the operational part of the bank will have to make a one-off payment totalling EUR 260 million to the holding company in which the owner’s shares are pooled. The holding company will receive around EUR 50 million to cover its operating costs and EUR 210 million for the premium obligations it will assume in the course of the selling process.“The formal decision offers us final clarity. The timing is ambitious and the commission had another very close look when working out the details. This has not made the change in ownership any easier. We will nevertheless do all we can to enter the selling process swiftly with a Bank that is well-positioned,” said Constantin von Oesterreich, Chairman of the Management Board of HSH Nordbank.The commission’s resolution approved the replenishment of the guarantee from EUR 7 billion to EUR 10 billion and the sale of non-performing loans totalling EUR 8.2 billion at market price.HSH Nordbank said that a major proportion of the premiums payable for the guarantee will in the future be borne by the holding company that is to be established, and no longer by the operating unit.The final decision follows on from the agreement reached between the commission and the Federal Republic of Germany in March 2016 and forms the basis for a successful restructuring of HSH Nordbank, which will also provide for a change in ownership.last_img read more

More Support for Agriculture Attracting New Farmers

first_imgNova Scotia will be an even more attractive choice for new and beginning farmers with the expansion of the province’s FarmNEXT program. The program will receive an additional $400,000 in 2014-15 to help revitalize the sector and ease the financial burden for farmers just starting out. Premier Darrell Dexter made the announcement today, Aug. 23, as part of the Meet Your Farmer at the Mall event in Dartmouth. “Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada to see an increase in the number of farms since 2009,” said Premier Dexter. “That means farmers are recognizing that Nova Scotia is a great place to build their career and a life for their families. “This additional support will help ensure even more new and beginning farmers choose Nova Scotia, which is key to the long-term prosperity of the agriculture industry in this province.” The FarmNEXT program supports new farms and beginning farmers by reducing borrowing costs. Farmers starting a new farm can receive up to $30,000 in benefits, while those taking over an existing operation can receive up to $20,000 in benefits. Those benefits are assigned to the farmer’s loan through the Farm Loan Board. “The province deserves credit for recognizing the need to help new farmers access land and capital,” said Owen Roberts, owner of Four Seasons Farm, a small, organic vegetable farm in Maitland. “FarmNEXT gave us a significant boost to be able to buy our farm.” “Every opportunity to encourage new entrants and successful transition in our industry is welcome,” said Dennis Boudreau, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. “Availability of such funding will make it easier to have a successful farm operation and achieve financial stability and a better chance of success in the future.” This additional support brings the total investment in the FarmNEXT program to $1 million next year. “This program not only makes things more affordable for farmers, it also ensures they get access to the business advice they need to be successful,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “Participants receive coaching in business planning and ongoing financial advice from department staff and private sector specialists to help them run a strong and sustainable business.” Meet Your Farmer at the Mall is an initiative of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture and the provincial and federal governments, to create and improve relationships with Nova Scotia farmers and consumers. For more information, visit . Details on the province’s FarmNEXT program are available at .last_img read more

Not looking for regime change in Iran Trump

first_imgTokyo: President Donald Trump said Monday the United States was not seeking “regime change” in Iran despite mounting tensions, in dovish comments also praising North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un as a “very smart guy.” Speaking after summit talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump seemed at pains to dial down tensions in the world’s two most pressing flashpoints as the US faces increasingly bellicose regimes in Tehran and Pyongyang. “We’re not looking for regime change, I just want to make that clear, we’re looking for no nuclear weapons,” Trump said in relation to Iran, adding that he was “not looking to hurt” Tehran and believes the two sides could come to a deal. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’He had earlier opened the door to negotiations with the regime in Tehran, saying: “if they’d like to talk, we’d like to talk also.” Washington has decided to deploy 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East amid growing friction with Tehran after Trump pulled out of a landmark nuclear deal and later re-instated tough sanctions. But Trump appeared to give backing to his host Abe to mediate, amid reports the Japanese prime minister is considering a trip to Tehran to negotiate. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China”I know for a fact that the prime minister (Abe) is very close with the leadership of Iran… nobody wants to see terrible things happen, especially me,” Trump said before the summit with Abe. Addressing the other hot-button issue in international diplomacy, Trump doubled down on his backing for Kim despite two short-range missile tests that sparked renewed concern in the region after a period of relative calm. Asked about the missile tests, Trump said: “My people think it could have been a violation… I view it as a man who perhaps wants to get attention.” This appeared to be a reference to his hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton, who said on Saturday that the launches contravened UN Security Council resolutions. Kim “is looking to create a nation that has great strength economically,” said Trump, reiterating his view there was “tremendous economic potential” in North Korea. “He knows that with nuclear… only bad can happen. He is a very smart man, he gets it well,” said the president, who even sided with the North Korean leader in criticising Joe Biden, who could be his main rival in next year’s presidential election. “Kim Jong Un made a statement that Joe Biden is a low IQ individual. He probably is, based on his record, I think I agree with him on that,” said the president. Trump was in Japan as the first foreign leader to visit the country’s newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito, which he described as a “great honour.” In the morning, Trump, dressed in a dark suit and red tie, reviewed the Japanese honour guard and greeted dozens of Japanese and visiting US officials as a military band played.last_img read more

BC restaurant manager fired for refusing to serve man in proTrump hat

VANCOUVER – A Vancouver restaurant manager has been fired for refusing to serve a customer who was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.The slogan popularized by U.S. President Donald Trump in his 2016 campaign has been embroidered on bright red baseball caps that have become an emblem of his supporters.Eva Gates, vice president of operations and human resources for the Sequoia Company of Restaurants, says the capped patron was sitting on the patio at Vancouver’s Teahouse in Stanley Park on Tuesday when the floor manager approached him.Gates says the manager told the man he had to take off his hat in order to dine at the Teahouse. The patron opted to leave the restaurant instead.The Teahouse’s website identifies the manager as Darin Hodge.In a statement, Hodge says he hasn’t changed his mind about his decision.“I stand by my decision to ask the patron to remove his hat. The MAGA hat has come to symbolize racism, bigotry, Islamophobia, misogyny, white supremacy, homophobia. As a person with a strong moral backbone, I had to take a stand against this guest’s choice of headwear while in my former place of work,” he wrote.Gates said that while that’s one interpretation of the “Make America Great Again” phrase, there are other ways to look at it.“That’s somebody’s interpretation, we don’t see it that way. Everyone’s got a different interpretation of what that means,” she said.Gates said Hodge was fired with cause on Thursday because the incident violated the company’s anti-discrimination policy and also because Hodge posted about it on social media before having a planned conversation with upper management about it.“Our company policy and values are that we don’t (allow) discrimination of any kind,” Gates said, noting that includes discrimination based on political ideology.Employment lawyer Lia Moody said it’s an interesting case.If Sequoia had a policy in place that spoke to inclusivity and the grounds on which service could be denied, then the company would be within its rights to fire the manager with cause, she said.If not, she said Hodge would not be in breach of any company policy — although it could still fire him without cause and pay him severance.“In situations like this, determining whether or not the employee has committed a ‘fireable offence,’ which could give the company the right to terminate without paying severance, comes down to whether the employee did something illegal or did something contrary to company policy,” Moody said.It’s not illegal to refuse service on the basis of political beliefs, she added.She warned that in the age of social media, employees should consider how what they post to social media could affect their employment, since employers can always terminate their employees so long as it’s not discriminatory.“An employer can always terminate you. And employers these days, with the age of social media and everything being out there in public, they’re so quick to run away from anything that even smells like controversy. So that’s where, as an employee you need to be careful what you do both on the job and off the job,” she said. read more

Eabametoong First Nation man pleads guilty to killing 3 vulnerable people in

first_img(John Paul Ostamas in an undated photo has pleaded guilty to three counts of second degree murder in Winnipeg)APTN National NewsWINNIPEG — A man who preyed on some of Winnipeg’s most vulnerable has pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree murder on Tuesday.John Paul Ostamas, 40, is from the Eabametoong First Nation in northern Ontario. He was arrested last April after a killing spree that left Winnipeg’s homeless population on edge.Two of the murders were captured on surveillance video, including one behind APTN National News in Winnipeg.Police warned people on the streets and shelter workers to be careful on the street.The bodies of Donald Collins, 65, and Stony Bushie, 48, were discovered in downtown back alleys one block apart. Miles Monias, 37, died after he was found beaten inside a downtown-area bus shelter that was set on fire.Collins’ family said he was homeless and spent time between Winnipeg and Kenora, Ont. Bushie was from Little Grand Rapids First Nation, in northern Manitoba, and Monias – a father of four daughters – was from Garden Hill First Nation, also in northern Manitoba.Ostamas was a drifter who spent time living in Thunder Bay, Kenora and Winnipeg.He will be sentenced on June 27th.More to come..last_img read more

Aquaman still rules and others see a postChristmas bump

first_imgLindsey Bahr, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — “Aquaman” is still leading the pack at the box office, but other films like “Mary Poppins Returns” and “The Mule” are enjoying post-Christmas bumps too.Warner Bros. on Sunday says “Aquaman” has added an estimated $51.6 million in North American ticket sales over the weekend to take first place again. Down just 24 per cent from its domestic debut, the DC Comics pic has grossed nearly $748.8 million worldwide.Up 19 per cent, “Mary Poppins Returns” took second place with $28 million, while “Bumblebee” settled in third with $20.5 million.“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” got fourth with $18.3 million. And “The Mule,” up 24 per cent, took fifth with $11.8 million.The Dick Cheney movie “Vice” grossed $7.8 million from the weekend and $17.7 million since its Christmas opening.RELATED: Thor’s Hammers: Vicelast_img read more

Ivorian ambassador to UN welcomes Moroccos strong commitment to reconstruction of

first_imgNew York – The Ivorian ambassador to the United Nations, Youssoufou Bamba, welcomed on Wednesday the “strong commitment” of Morocco to the reconstruction of Côte d’Ivoire, while expressing the “gratitude” of the Ivorian people and government to King Mohammed VI for his visit to the African country.“Morocco is firmly committed to supporting Côte d’Ivoire in its reconstruction effort so that it finds its place in the sub-region of West Africa, one that Côte d’Ivoire has always occupied before the crisis in the country,” said Bamba in a statement to MAP at the UN headquarters in New York.The Ivorian ambassador expressed “the gratitude of the Ivorian people to Morocco, and particularly to His Majesty the King who wanted to come in person to Côte d’Ivoire at the head of a large delegation including government officials and businessmen. “It is a visit that brought us joy on so many levels, and Côte d’Ivoire is honored to receive His Majesty the King who wanted to come to provide support to Côte d’Ivoire in this period of crisis when the country is starting its reconstruction process,” he said, adding that the strength of relations between the two countries stems from the exceptional friendship between the late King Hassan II and the late President Felix Houphouet-Boigny, a relationship based on brotherhood, solidarity and mutual respect, and which extends today to relations between King Mohammed VI and President Alassane Ouattara.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral lauds peaceful conduct of Pakistan polls

19 February 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the people of Pakistan for the largely peaceful conduct of yesterday’s parliamentary elections. Mr. Ban, who has been closely following developments in Pakistan, “is encouraged by the commitment of all concerned to respect the democratic process,” his spokesperson said in a statement. According to media reports, the Pakistan People’s Party of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has emerged as the largest party in the country’s 342-seat National Assembly but it does not have a majority and will need to seek coalition partners. Ms. Bhutto was killed during an election rally in the northern city of Rawalpindi on 27 December 2007. read more

Bank of Canada daily avg for the Cdn dollar 8012 cents US

The average value for the Canadian dollar on Monday was 80.12 cents US, up 0.07 of a cent from Friday.The U.S. dollar was at C$1.2482, down 0.10 of a cent.Pound sterling was at C$1.6135, up 0.63 of a cent, and US$1.2927, up 0.61 of a cent.The Euro was at C$1.4929, up 1.08 cents.Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada.

Five cops arrested over death of suspect further remanded

Five policemen arrested last month over the death of a suspect in the custody of the Peliyagoda police, have been further remanded till March 13.Among those arrested was a Sub Inspector (SI). The police arrested the 41-year-old suspect in Nawagamuwa for having in his possession an illegal weapon, and had detained him at the Peliyagoda Police station. A father of two, the suspect, a resident of Biyagama, had died after being admitted to the Colombo National Hospital after falling ill while he was being escorted to locate a hidden weapon. The man was charged with illegal possession of a firearm. A post-mortem examination determined that the suspect died from dehydration or internal bleeding. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Chinese police accuse British executive of drug maker GSK of ordering staff

FILE – In this July 24, 2013 file photo, a Chinese flag is hoisted in front of a GlaxoSmithKline building in Shanghai, China. Police accused a British executive of drug maker GlaxoSmithKline on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, of leading a sprawling scheme to bribe doctors and hospitals to use its products. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File) Chinese police accuse British executive of drug maker GSK of ordering staff to bribe doctors by Didi Tang, The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2014 9:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – Chinese police Wednesday accused a British executive of GlaxoSmithKline of leading a sprawling scheme to bribe doctors and hospitals to use its drugs.The announcement was the first time a foreign employee in China of British-based GSK was accused in the investigation announced last July. It highlighted the widespread use of payments to doctors and hospitals by sellers of drugs and medical equipment in a poorly funded health system that Chinese leaders have promised to improve.The executive, Mark Reilly, is accused of operating a “massive bribery network,” said a police official, Gao Feng, at a news conference. He said the case had been handed over to prosecutors for formal indictment.Beginning in January 2009, Reilly is accused of ordering his sales team to pay doctors, hospital officials and health institutions to use GSK’s products, said Gao, deputy director of the Ministry of Public Security’s economic crimes unit. He said that resulted in “illegal revenue” of billions of yuan (hundreds of millions of dollars).“GSK’s bribery activities ran through its entire operations in China,” Gao said.Gao said Reilly is in China but gave no other details of his status. He said dozens of other people also were implicated but gave no names or other details.The British Embassy in Beijing said diplomats were in regular contact with Reilly and were providing “consular assistance.” The embassy declined to comment further while the case was under way.Reilly was GSK’s senior vice-president of pharmaceuticals for China and Hong Kong and former general manager for China.“We take the allegations that have been raised very seriously. They are deeply concerning to us and contrary to the values of GSK,” the company said in a statement. “We want to reach a resolution that will enable the company to continue to make an important contribution to the health and welfare of China and its citizens.”Police previously identified four Chinese employees of GSK who they said confessed to bribery.A second foreign drugmaker, AstraZeneca, said in July that police in Shanghai were investigating one of its salespeople. The company has given no information since then.Chinese state media have publicized the bribery investigations of GSK and AstraZeneca. But economists who study Chinese health care say such payments are more widely used by China’s domestic drug manufacturers.Doctors and hospitals routinely accept informal payments from patients and suppliers of medical goods to top up low salaries and cover gaps in budgets.Hospitals also raise money by adding surcharges to drug prices and assigning employees sales quotas. That can also distort treatment by encouraging overuse of expensive drugs or procedures.Gao said Reilly used bribery to meet sales targets set by GSK’s head office.The company charged prices up to seven times the level charged in other countries, Gao said. He said that before a patent on one of its drugs was due to expire in 2012, GSK paid bribes to discourage hospitals from switching to cheaper generic versions.“The more it bribed, the more drugs it could sell,” he said.GSK employees obstructed previous inquiries by bribing investigators and other government officials, Gao said.In a separate statement, police in the central city of Changsha, where the investigation began, said Reilly and two Chinese executives also are accused of bribing government officials in Beijing and Shanghai.On Wednesday, Chinese employees of GSK were shown on state television accusing Reilly of organizing bribery.“Mark Reilly wanted to maximize the company’s profits,” said one of the employees, Cheng Hongbo. “A lot of money was invested in influencing doctors that have power to prescribe for patients.”Another employee, Zhang Guowei, said the drug maker “mobilized our connections and bribed officials” to influence the latest investigation. He said Reilly told subordinates to “go ahead” when he was told bribes were needed.“Mark Reilly proposed to hide or destroy evidence of commercial bribery,” said Zhao.Police in Changsha said last July that employees appeared to be trying to evade GSK’s internal anti-bribery controls by making payments totalling as much as 3 billion yuan ($490 million) to a travel agency that gave back at least part of that money.GSK gave its “full assistance and co-operation” to the investigation, Gao said.___AP Writer Gillian Wong in Beijing contributed. read more

Perpetrators of reprehensible terrorist attacks in France Kuwait and Tunisia must be

In a statement released by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France, and stressed, “those responsible for these appalling acts of violence must be swiftly brought to justice.”In a separate statement, the UN Security Council condemned the incidents equally strongly, laying out the specific circumstances of the attacks: against a chemical products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, France, triggering an explosion and killing at least one through a gruesome beheading while injuring others; a bomb attack in a Shiite mosque in Kuwait City, Kuwait, killing at least 24 and injuring many more; and gunmen attacking a tourist hotel near Sousse, Tunisia, killing at least 37 and injuring many others.The Secretary-General in his statement affirmed that, far from weakening the international community’s resolve to fight the scourge of terrorism, such heinous attacks would only strengthen the commitment of the United Nations to help defeat those bent on murder, destruction and the annihilation of human development and culture.Mr. Ban, as well as the Security Council extended condolences to the families of those killed and injured in today’s attacks and expressed his solidarity with the peoples and Governments of Tunisia, Kuwait and France.Also condemning the attacks, President of the UN General Assembly Sam Kutesa said the unrelenting wave of terrorist attacks across the world today, across three continents, once again attest to the need for continued resolve and engagement by Member States to find combat violent extremism and intolerance.”Later in the day, the UN High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser also strongly condemned the series of attacks.In a statement, he stressed that such heinous acts and all other attacks targeting innocent people are criminal and unjustifiable and their perpetrators must be brought to justice. “Crimes as such, will only lead to more hatred and violence, posing a serious threat to international peace and security,” joining other UN officials in extending heartfelt sympathy to the victims’ families and loved ones. He also expressed support to the peoples and Governments of Tunisia, Kuwait and France. read more

Oxford University spends £12000 on making College menus more diverse

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Last month Baroness Royall, a Labour peer, said she wants to “change the culture” of her college to make sure it is “welcoming for all”.She told how after receiving a complaint from a first-year student about an octopus terrine dish, she instructed Somerville’s catering staff to replace it with a less adventurous alternative.Baroness Royall, the former Labour leader in the House of Lords, revealed the move in a blog post last month, titled “I am determined to move fast on widening access to Somerville”, which was published on the College’s website.“One of our students told me of her bemusement at being served an octopus terrine at the Freshers’ Dinner,” she wrote. “I’m sure the cephalopod dish was delicious, but it might not be quite right for everyone. I have asked our catering colleagues to ensure that the first dinner at the beginning of term features dishes everyone is comfortable with.”Some Oxford colleges have removed formal hall altogether in recent years in a bid to become more inclusive, in 2014 Wadham College made the decision to replace it with a termly “guest night”.An Oxford University spokesman said: “Eating together in college has always been a really important part of the Oxford experience for students and we want everyone to be fully involved. “Personal history and culture can be big factors in the kind of food and dining that individuals most enjoy.“That’s why college chefs, food service staff and bursars are working with experts and students on this exciting project, which will help us understand how better to support our communities so everyone can enjoy dining here.” Baroness Jan Royall, head of Somerville, demanded that octopus is removed from the menu  Baroness Jan Royall, head of Somerville, demanded that octopus is removed from the menu  Oxford University has spent £12,000 on making College menus more diverse, it has emerged.Catering staff will be given training and a suite of resources to help them ensure their menus are sufficiently “inclusive” for students.The move comes after Baroness Jan Royall, head of Somerville, demanded that octopus is removed from the menu as part of a drive to make disadvantaged students feel more “comfortable”. The inclusive catering project will be spearheaded by domestic bursars from across Oxford’s colleges. They have formed a new working group to oversee the project, which has been awarded £12,000 from the university’s Diversity Fund.The money will be spent on developing resources and a training programme for kitchen staff, and a series of student focus groups have been arranged with the assistance of a consultancy firm. It is hoped that re-designing College menus will better cater to the tastes of students and staff from black or minority ethnic (BME) or international backgrounds, religious groups, or those who have dietary requirements based on ethical or health grounds.Ellie Macdonald, vice president for welfare and equal opportunities at Oxford’s student union, welcomed the initiative, saying: “It is great to see this happening.It’s vital that catering options reflect the diverse nature of the student body here at Oxford.” However, Mohamed Iman, a third year History student at Oxford said that it is a “wasteful” use of £12,000.“Colleges differ so much that this scheme, whilst well meaning, is most likely to lead to the simple conclusion that halal, kosher and other dietary requirements aren’t being met in some places and are in others,” he said.  Oxford’s Diversity Fund spends £70,000 each year on initiatives aimed at “fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected”. read more

Poll Would you welcome a refund scheme for empty bottles and cans

first_img Poll Results: I don’t know (182) Yes (2741) YesNoI don’t knowVotecenter_img TO HELP CURB illegal dumping a Labour Party councillor has called for an introduction of  a refund deposit scheme for alcohol containers.Thomas Redmond from Athy told that he was inspired by similar schemes in place like Germany where people can return their bottles or cans to a specific centre or location and receive a small amount of cash in return, between 10c and 25c.A study on a deposit and return system for bottles in Ireland was published by Repak in 2008 showed that it would be costly and and would mean higher retail prices. It also showed it would be expensive to set up because Ireland would have to do so from scratch, rather than building on an existing system.So today we want to know what do you think? Would you welcome a refund deposit scheme for your empty bottles and cans? No (2355)last_img read more

It was rugbys Wild West The difficult early years of professionalism

first_img Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 9:30 PM Brian Ashton with Keith Wood in 1997.With Pat Whelan acting as manager, the team stumbled, drawing criticism and even a bizarre incident involving English.Ireland finished bottom of the Five Nations again in 1997 and 1998, with Ashton walking away from the job during the latter tournament. Warren Gatland was his successor.BF: In 1997, we sent a development tour to New Zealand and Samoa. Brian Ashton was the new national team coach and he took the tour.I had a story in the Sunday Independent about two of the four provincial coaches pulling out. Brian was in bits because the IRFU had promised him provincial coaches.TE: That tour was a shambles from start to finish. It was great craic but it was a shambles.Then there was my incident with Pa Whelan [in 1998]. That almost embodied the 90s. Loads of players were briefing me off the record. I had four or five players and a coach briefing me off the record about his divisive influence in the squad.I had written a couple of very critical pieces. It was awkward because he lived 20 metres up the road from my parents and still does. One night after an All-Ireland league match, I was in Limerick in a pub with my pals. Pa was in there too.I went into the toilet and he came in after me and threw a couple of digs. That’s why it was like rugby’s Wild West. There was weird stuff going on all over the place.As the game in Ireland was struggling desperately to come to terms with professionalism, that’s the kind of stuff that happened on the way.All the while, the Irish players based in England – including Wallace and Woods – were learning and improving.Nonetheless, the IRFU were beginning to put the squeeze on players to return home if they wanted to play Test rugby for Ireland.NW: I was a better player for going away. I loved it. It was difficult at times, but I played my best rugby over there.I had opportunities to come back but I was enjoying it so much. It did mean that it was making it harder for me to play for Ireland. Paul Wallace in Saracens colours in 2000. Source: Allsport/INPHOPW: The fact that you had Michael Lynagh and Phillipe Sella at Saracens showed what they were about and where they were going. It was fully professional.But I ended up breaking my leg on a frozen pitch in a European Cup match with Saracens against Ulster in 2001. It was a bad break, back-to-front-itis. With a broken leg, I wasn’t sure what my recovery was going to be like. I had an offer to go to Sale.I went back to the IRFU and had a meeting. I wasn’t being selected in the Irish squad at that stage and I had thought it was around 60/40 in terms of players at home being favoured.They said, ‘It’s 90/10, Wally.’ I had to make a call between playing for Ireland and making more money in the UK, so I came back to play international rugby.In the meantime, the IRFU had finally begun to catch up with the rest of the rugby world and positive strides were being made on home soil.Ulster won the 1999 Heineken Cup, while the emergence of a crop of hungry players in Munster kick-started the southern province’s European odyssey, one which captured the imagination of new rugby supporters.Still, Ireland had their struggles. They were fourth in the 1998 Five Nations, before a humiliating defeat to Argentina at the 1999 World Cup meant they missed out on the quarter-finals. Warren Gatland was making an impact, however, as Ireland rose to third and then second in the 2000 and 2001 Six Nations. Eddie O’Sullivan was next into the hot seat and by 2004, Ireland had won their first Triple Crown since 1985.TE: I think it started with Munster really. In 1998, they made the quarter-finals, when they lost in Colomiers. When they started to make strides, that’s when it all started to turn.I remember Mick Galwey bawling his eyes out on the pitch after the first time they had won in France. There was a bit of hope and, of course, Munster went on to bigger things. Munster’s Peter Clohessy and Mick Galwey. Source: Patrick Bolger/INPHOPW: I think Munster’s run really lifted everything. I know Ulster had won in 1999, but it was Munster that really drove Irish rugby forward, bringing the confidence into the national side.BF: With Ireland, it had kept limping along until Argentina in Lens at the 1999 World Cup. Things had to change.Gatty certainly got more resources in the wake of 1999. Eddie came in and that helped, he was able to drive things in after that. Eddie was the right man in the right place. He was a good guy to get in because he knew where it was going. Lens was embarrassing.TE: The O’Garas and the Hayes and all these guys started to come through, O’Driscoll obviously.Gatland had come in in 1998 and brought a bit of stability to it, he settled things down with a consistency of selection. Then Eddie comes in and all the players start to emerge.By 2001/02, it was different. You had people going to Munster matches who had never watched rugby before. People who didn’t give a shit about rugby were going to watch Munster because everyone was going to watch Munster. It was quite obvious that those players were special and that was always going to feed into the national team.NW: You’d hear stories of Brian O’Driscoll pushing the standards and not accepting dropped balls. It was different to the old days.Dick Best used to take the water bottles from us in London Irish when we dropped balls in training, which is crazy because you’re making the body more dehydrated. Or you might have to do laps as punishment!Keith Wood would have been one of the higher standard bearers initially in Ireland and O’Driscoll took it on. Guys wanted to get to his level and match that.Further Triple Crowns followed for Ireland in 2006 and 2007, before Declan Kidney took on the head coaching role and secured the Grand Slam in 2009, Ireland’s first championship since 1985. Ireland finally won silverware with a Triple Crown in 2004. Source: ©INPHOMunster had near misses in the Heineken Cup before eventually reaching their holy grail in 2006 and 2008, with Leinster taking on the mantle thereafter.Irish rugby is now at the forefront of the professional game, with Joe Schmidt’s side heading into this year’s Six Nations looking for a third title in three years, buoyed by a first-ever win over New Zealand last November.Irish rugby has been altered forever, although not all the changes have been for the better.BF: By a distance, the worst element now is that because so many players come through academies, it’s so much harder to come across somebody interesting. Even if you did, you wouldn’t be given the time to talk to them.The proliferation of the media has made it much harder to do your job properly. There’s so many of us knocking on the same door now, that the door doesn’t get opened. Back in the day, there was a handful of people covering it.You could talk to whoever you wanted, whenever you wanted. Now, you have media-prevention officers.TE: The passion of the club game and the AIL was fantastic and I do miss that. The intensity of the rivalry between the Limerick clubs was just brilliant. The social side of it, a pint, the slagging after games, you’d miss that.I did an interview with Paul O’Connell when he first started to break into the Munster team and I asked him that kind of question. He said he missed playing for Young Munster U19s, when you’d go out to Co. Limerick and play a game of rugby, but 80% of the game would be fighting.Loads of shoe, loads of punching, carnage, then you get on the bus with a couple of cans of beer down the back and have great craic. He’d been in the Ireland team and had caps at this stage, but he said he missed that aspect – the social rugby.I’ve written about Irish rugby for more than 20 years but that was some of the best of it. The social side of club rugby was brilliant. Paul O’Connell missed the social side of rugby in his early years. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHOPW: We were in an era where camera phones and social media weren’t around. There’s nothing wrong with a guy going for a couple of pints or a couple of glasses of wine. There’s a difference between that and going off the rails.Nowadays, if you were seen like that, having a pint, and someone takes a photo and puts it on social media, everyone is going to think the worst. It’s different for guys nowadays.NW: Rugby is a young professional sport but it’s way ahead of soccer. They would have followed stuff we did in rugby.I remember talking to Paul McGrath in 1996 about his pre-season training and it was basically meet in the park and go for a jog, with Ron Atkinson smoking fags and watching you.Rugby had image rights before soccer did. For whatever reason, rugby suddenly moved quite quickly. The IRFU might have been slow and reluctant to do things at times, but they got their act together.BF: The quality of rugby is way, way better. Rugby back then was a slog-fest played on terrible pitches under terrible laws. It’s a different sport. We knew no different so we thought it was great back then.For all the problems of the game currently with safety and everything, it’s a far better game and far better spectacle than it was back then.TE: The rugby is a million times better now. The fitness, the sophistication, the mindset, and all of that is so professional.Ireland have beaten New Zealand. I remember being at Lansdowne Road when they put 50 points on us. I know there is so much chat about concussion, but this is a better game.Still, I do wonder if it has lost something.Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: Share9 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Weights, nutrition and psychology: What makes the modern rugby player?From Auckland to Athy: Carbery was Ireland’s first 1995-born international iTunes Feb 1st 2017, 9:30 PM ‘It was rugby’s Wild West!’ – The difficult early years of professionalism Irish rugby stumbled into the new era back in 1995, but gradually got to grips with professionalism. Android 11 Comments By Murray Kinsella This is part of The42′s Class of 95 series, a week-long examination of professional rugby in Ireland. Ireland celebrate a win over Wales at the 1995 World Cup. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHORUGBY WAS OFFICIALLY declared ‘open’ by the International Rugby Board on 26 August 1995, just over two months after South Africa had won the third World Cup on home soil.So began the professional era, although some adapted more comfortably than others.There had been many signs of the game going professional for years before the official confirmation in 1995, with so-called ‘shamateurism’ an accepted part of the sport at the top levels, but Irish rugby was far from being ahead of the curve.Ireland did eventually catch up with the rest of the world, of course, with significant achievements at provincial and international level following.The journey to that point was a difficult one, with the IRFU often dragging their heels. We spoke to four people involved in the sport in those early professional years to hear about their memories of a whirlwind time in Irish rugby.Brendan Fanning has been rugby correspondent for the Sunday Independent since 1996, but has been reporting on the sport since the mid-1980s. His book, From There to Here, provides an outstanding account of Ireland’s transition from amateur to professional rugby.Paul Wallace played in the front row for Ireland 45 times from 1995 until 2002, and also helped the Lions to their 1997 success in South Africa. He played with UCC, Munster, Blackrock and Leinster, before moving to Saracens in 1996. His brothers, Richard and David, also played for Ireland.Tom English is BBC Scotland’s chief sports writer, having previously worked as rugby correspondent for the Sunday Times Ireland between 1996 and 2004. His book, No Borders: Playing Rugby for Ireland, is the ultimate history of Irish rugby – told by the men who have been there and done it. Paul Wallace [right] with his brother, Richard. Source: Patrick Bolger/INPHONiall Woods played on the wing for Ireland nine times from 1994 and 1999, as well as for Blackrock and Leinster, before a move to London Irish after the game went pro. Having also played for Harlequins, he subsequently headed the Irish Rugby Union Players Association for eight years and now runs sports management agency Navy Blue.As early as the 1980s there were signs of the professionalism of the Southern Hemisphere nations, while Australia showed their quality in winning the 1991 World Cup.With pool wins over Zimbabwe and Japan, Ireland qualified for the quarter-finals of that tournament under Ciaran Fitzgerald, agonisingly losing out to the Wallabies on a 19-18 scoreline in Dublin.Despite that near miss, it was clear that nations like Australia and New Zealand were taking big strides towards the inevitability of professionalism.Brendan Fanning [BF]: I remember going on the tour to New Zealand in 1992, when Ciaran Fitzgerald was talking about the need for us to train properly.He wasn’t saying Ireland needed to go semi-pro or anything, but he was saying we needed to keep up to speed with the Kiwis.Paul Wallace[PW]: We’d have been aware what was going on in the Southern Hemisphere.Guys were getting paid and we also would have seen a lot of the Welsh rugby, with rumours that some guys were earning boot money of £300 or £400 a game, and we were amazed.BF: The Aussies saw what was coming down the line. They were getting milled by rugby league and Aussie Rules taking their players because they could give them money. So, the Aussies started giving their lads jobs and creating trust funds for them.Ourselves and Scotland were shutting our eyes to all of this, saying it was dreadful and insisting amateurism was the way ahead. Niall Woods was a place-kicking wing. Source: Patrick Bolger/INPHONiall Woods [NW]: The union weren’t ready, they didn’t want it to be pro. I remember having a discussion with a union official in 2004/05 and even then he was telling me that most of the people he was reporting to didn’t want players to be paid for playing for Ireland.That’s 10 years on and Ireland were winning things by then. There were still fellas on committees who couldn’t get their heads around it. But then it’s hard for people to change from what they know.The IRB’s announcement came in August 1995 and the IRFU were very much on the back foot as they stumbled into a new era.Wins for Ireland over Japan and Wales in the pool stages of the 1995 World Cup had seen them qualify for another quarter-final, this time under Gerry Murphy, but they were defeated by France.Murray Kidd took over as national team head coach after that tournament.PW: We got a small payment just after the World Cup, but it was Mickey Mouse money. Under £10,000 to have have you on a contract, but you weren’t a full-time professional because people still had jobs.Halfway through the 1995/96 season it happened where guys went fully professional.Tom English [TE]: It had happened in other countries, but not really in Ireland. We were professional in name only. The game was a shambles in Ireland. The Garry Ringrose generation, what they have at Leinster and Munster, there was none of that back then.BF: I remember ringing the late Bobby Deacy, who was honourary treasurer of the IRFU at the time. The IRFU had decided we were lucky we had the four provinces, so we didn’t have to go creating any new franchises in Ireland. Gary Halpin gives the All Blacks the finger after scoring a try at the 1995 World Cup. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOThere was a brief flurry of pressure coming from the clubs to say they would take on the professional game, some in the AIL had designs on the clubs being the model.The IRFU insisted it was the four provinces, but then didn’t resource the provinces as they might have.TE: In 1996, the provinces were an also ran. Nobody cared about the provinces. It was all about the clubs.While some signed on to contracts with the IRFU, the lure of England proved irresistible to many Ireland internationals at the dawn of professionalism, with a raft of Irish players moving across the water.Having spoken to Bristol and Newcastle, Wallace eventually agreed to join Saracens, while Woods signed for Clive Woodward’s London Irish after spending the first year of professionalism in Ireland.PW: My first year at Saracens, as part of my contract I was allowed to play for Leinster.NW: It was bizarre. When I signed with London Irish, we were able to go home and play with Leinster. It’s completely alien to what it’s like now obviously.I had had a number of conversations with Clive Woodward at London Irish. I was frustrated playing in Ireland, playing on poor pitches in the pouring rain. I felt I needed a change. I was offered another IRFU contract, just for a year, but I left.BF: David Corkery was in Bristol, and so was Paul Burke. Bristol basically got pro cricket contracts, tip-exed out some of the cricket details and used them as rugby contracts. There was some crazy money and lads were all being given cars too.PW: There were people in Ireland who were very professional, but most of those went to England in the early years.The Irish set-up and provincial set-up, from what I could see, was a bit of a joke really.Indeed, the provinces generally performed poorly in the early years of the Heineken Cup, as they took their time to adapt to the new competition. Murray Kidd at Ireland training in 1997.With Kidd’s Ireland having also struggled, finishing rock bottom of the 1996 Five Nations, he was then sacked in memorable circumstances in 1997. TE: I remember being in France and it was when Munster got a pasting by Toulouse in the Heineken Cup. We were saying, ‘If this continues, we’re going to be out of a job.’We didn’t think our newspapers would see value in having a rugby correspondent because everything was so bad. That would have been in 1997. We were genuinely in fear for our jobs.PW: The IRFU didn’t buy in. It was sometimes embarrassing because you’d be in the showers after a game maybe and you’d look at the condition some of the Irish players were in…Over in the UK, you had all the top players playing there and the standard was outstanding. Saracens would have been stronger than Ireland in those early days. We would have hockeyed Ireland, to be honest.NW: I remember training in June 1996 in Kildare and it was one where we went hiking up the mountains.The players all engaged Proactive Sports Management, which is Kevin Moran’s company, and they basically advised us not to train because there was no insurance if we got injured. There was a stand-off between us and the management.We didn’t do the camp, just headed home that Friday afternoon, much to some people’s delight.TE: I remember the night Ireland lost to Italy under Murray Kidd and I was in the Barclay Court Hotel after the match. The players were all there for the team banquet and there was a rumour going around that Murray was about to be fired. It was true.He found out he was fired the next day by reading Ned van Esbeck’s article in the Irish Times. That was the first official confirmation. That was what it was like, it was the Wild West. It was rugby’s Wild West!The full details of his severance package, everything was in that piece. Ned had been totally briefed by the IRFU before Murray had his meeting with the union.Brian Ashton came in as Ireland’s head coach before the 1997 Five Nations. But still, Ireland’s rugby structures were in a dire state. 24,231 Views Short URL last_img read more

Most people dont have confidence in Nóirín OSullivan and think the government

first_img SOME 65% OF people do not have confidence in Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, while 62% think the government is wrong to continue to expressing confidence in her.That’s according to the latest Amárach Research for Claire Byrne Live.When asked if they had confidence in Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to continue to lead An Garda Síochána, some 65% said no, 21% were unsure and just 14% said yes.And when asked if Enda Kenny’s government is correct to continue to express confidence in O’Sullivan, some 62% said no, 21% were unsure and 17% said yes.Over 1,000 adults were asked about the commissioner earlier today.Read: Nóirín O’Sullivan announces major restructuring of some garda sections – but she’s not going anywhere> Most people don’t have confidence in Nóirín O’Sullivan and think the government shouldn’t either Some 62% of people think Enda Kenny’s government should not continue to express confidence in O’Sullivan. Monday 27 Mar 2017, 11:35 PM Share131 Tweet Email1 27 Comments Mar 27th 2017, 11:35 PM Short URL By Cliodhna Russell 8,840 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Might we really be terrible drivers?

first_imgAfternoon traffic heads north on I-5 at Jantzen Beach in 2014. (The Columbian files) LONGVIEW — “People here can’t drive in half an inch of snow.”“Washingtonians can’t figure out how the passing lane works.”“Oh, why is this guy driving like such an idiot?”Washington drivers often criticize each other for passive, inattentive or distracted driving. But just how bad are they?According to a December study by, Washington drivers’ safety record ranked near the bottom: 5th-worst in the nation.But, which also put out a study last month, gave the state a more positive score: It ranked 36th-worst. That means Washington drivers are among the nation’s safest.Both reports cite federal data but come to wildly different conclusions. Law enforcement has a different take, too. So who’s right?“I don’t agree with it,” said Washington State Patrol trooper Will Finn, laughing about the QuoteWizard ranking. “I do think we are good drivers.”Finn said that in his experience, Washington drivers are generally safe and hold high expectations of each other. When they do mess up, he said, it’s often because they’re impatient.“Someone (drives) down the shoulder with their lights flashing, (and) they say ‘Well, I’ve got a doctor’s appointment,’ ” Finn said. “Well, so do five other people in traffic, but they’re not driving down the shoulder.”The two studies differ in how they calculate the “worst” drivers: only used data related to traffic fatalities caused by drunken driving, speeding, careless driving, driving with an invalid license and failure to use safety equipment.last_img read more

Nominations open for 2019 First Citizen

first_imgThe 2019 First Citizen Award will be open for nominations beginning Nov. 1, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington announced Thursday.The award is the “county’s highest distinction of citizenship” and honors somebody chosen for a variety of reasons “including effectiveness in leadership roles, raising community standards and expectations, strengthening community identity and civic pride, and exemplary giving of time, self and resources,” said a news release from the foundation. A community event in the spring will honor the award winner.There was no First Citizen award for 2018. Community volunteer and former city councilor Larry Smith was the 2017 First Citizen.Visit for more information.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday May 13

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: review of some of the top news stories of the week, directly from the pages of the AFRO, with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, The Mod Squad, Stephen Janis and Taya Graham of The Real News Network, continue their exclusive reporting on 21st century Jim Crow in Pocomoke City, Maryland. These stories and much more, coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img