England Women’s World Cup-winning coach Mark Robinson steps down

first_img Reuters LondonAugust 20, 2019UPDATED: August 20, 2019 23:38 IST England women’s cricket team won the 2017 World Cup under head coach Mark Robinson. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMark Robinson has resigned as England women’s national team coachRobinson had led England team to 2017 World Cup gloryThe resignation comes after England’s 12 point to four Ashes defeat against AustraliaMark Robinson has resigned as England women’s national team coach two years after taking the side to World Cup glory with a victory over India in the final at Lords.Robinson departs after four years in the role and following a 12 points to four Women’s Ashes series defeat to Australia earlier in the year with England victorious in only one of the seven matches played across all formats.Assistant coach Alastair Maiden has taken temporary charge of the side as they build towards the ICC Women’s Championship series against Pakistan in December.”It’s been exciting to watch so many players grow and to watch so many records broken, but it feels the right time for me to take on a new challenge and to allow a different voice to come in before the next T20 World Cup in Australia,” Robinson said in a statement.Having won two men’s County Championship titles with Sussex, the 52-year-old has previously suggested he could return to the men’s game.England and Wales Cricket Board managing director of women’s cricket Clare Connor said she agreed with the timing of his departure.”It is important that we give Mark’s successor time to shape the team’s future direction and to begin to develop strong relationships with the players as we plan for the next phase of our international calendar,” she said.Also Read | Women’s Ashes: Meg Lanning sets T20I record with ton as Australia beat EnglandAlso Read | Women’s Ashes: Sarah Taylor withdraws from England T20I squadAlso SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Women AshesFollow Mark RobinsonFollow Alastair Maiden England Women’s World Cup-winning coach Mark Robinson steps downMark Robinson, who guided England eves to their Women’s World Cup win over India at Lord’s two years ago, stepped down following the team’s Ashes defeat to Australia earlier this summer.advertisementlast_img read more

Angelina Jolie Salma Hayek Richard Madden to star in The Eternals

first_imgLos Angeles: Marvel Studios has finally put to rest the speculations of Angelina Jolie’s casting in “The Eternals” by confirming that the Hollywood star is leading the film with Salma Hayek and Richard Madden joining her as 35,000-year-old aliens.Brian Tyree Henry, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff and Don Lee are also part of the cast. The revelation was made at the Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con presentation, reported Comicbook.com.”This movie will allow those who have never felt represented in movies, in this case superheroes, to be represented. I love my diverse family,” Hayek said on stage.The film is scheduled to be released on November 6, 2020.last_img

With free admission visits to national parks and historic sites jump this

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government will consider what to do with admission fees for national parks beyond Canada’s 150th birthday after this year’s free parks program has proven to be exceptionally popular.After Ottawa decided to eliminate fees for national parks and historic sites for all of 2017, Parks Canada says preliminary estimates show more than 14 million visits between January 1 and July 31.That’s an increase of 1.5 million over the same period in 2016, or a 12 per cent jump.The numbers are for 39 national parks and 82 national historic sites which report attendance numbers. Some parks and sites are currently closed, are brand new or do not report visitor statistics.While parks attendance has been rising over recent years, the spike this year was double what was seen during the same period the year before and business owners near some of the parks say the free admission is behind it.“When I talk to a lot of the customers they’re down here for the Canada 150 celebrations,” said Mike Makhlouf, co-owner of Freddy’s restaurant near Point Pelee National Park in southwestern Ontario.Point Pelee, billed as the southernmost point of Canada and a bird watcher’s paradise, saw the biggest absolute increase in visitors this year, with 130,000 more people passing through the gates. To the end of July, visitors to the park were up 66 per cent and in July alone visitor numbers were up 90 per cent.Makhlouf said the people started coming in May and haven’t stopped.“This is the first time I’ve heard of the park closing the gates because there were too many people inside,” he said. “I know it’s happened more than once (this year.)Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said she is thrilled with the visitor numbers so far, and believes when the year is over the government needs to take a look at what the impact was on the local communities and what should be done with the admission fees going forward.“I think it’s a good time to take a step back and actually look at the broader economic case for national parks and historic sites but certainly no decision has been made to extend it,” she told The Canadian Press in an interview.The government already planned to eliminate admission fees for anyone under 18 after this year.The 2016 federal budget set aside $65.4 million to replace lost revenues from the gate fees in 2017. Another $4.7 million was invested to meet anticipated increases in visitors and $5.7 million to produce, order and distribute the free Discovery Pass given to people so they can get into the parks for free.Joel Reardon, Parks Canada’s Canada 150 spokesman, said 3.7 million discovery passes were ordered online thus far. About 150,000 people have downloaded the Parks Canada app.Reardon said the parks and historic sites are seeing “record visitation” but it has been manageable with the additional planning and staff hired to keep things on track.Kathleen Yetman, owner of Birdie’s Perch restaurant and the Point Pelee Trading Post said business this year has just been “fantastic.”“It’s surpassed my expectations,” said Yetman, who has owned the seasonal restaurant since 2012.Both Yetman and Makhlouf would be thrilled if Ottawa extended the free passes beyond 2017.So would Heath MacDonald, P.E.I.’s minister of economic development and tourism. Prince Edward Island National Park saw attendance jump by 37 per cent, or more than 101,000 people so far this year and the park saw an increase of 54 per cent in July alone.“We’re seeing a tremendous amount of traffic inside the national park,” said MacDonald. “I would love to see the federal government extend this at least for another year.”The increase in visitors has not been uniform. The top 10 busiest national parks account for 75 per cent of visitors to all parks and were responsible for 66 per cent of the increase in traffic. Seven parks, most of them in remote locations in the North, saw a drop in visitors.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Psychiatric association warns against stigmatizing mentally ill after Toronto shooting

first_imgTORONTO – The body representing Canada’s psychiatrists is cautioning the public not to draw connections between mental illness and the risk of violence in the wake of a deadly shooting spree in Toronto.The Canadian Psychiatric Association says it’s concerned that Sunday night’s violence in Toronto’s Greektown may deepen stigma against people contending with mental illness after the gunman’s parents said their son struggled with psychosis and depression for most of his life.Faisal Hussain killed two people and injured 13 others as he fired bullets down Danforth Avenue. He was eventually found dead in the area. His family has said his mental-health conditions did not respond to treatment.The psychiatric association says it condemns Hussain’s actions, but believes discussing them in the context of his depression risks stigmatizing people with psychiatric disorders.It says mental illness does not equate to a higher risk of violent behaviour, adding that people living with such conditions are more likely to experience violence than perpetrate it.The association says the best predictor for violent conduct is previous incidents of violence, regardless of whether or not someone has a mental illness.last_img read more

Lets clear our heads and govern ourselves says AFN candidate Erasmus

first_img(Photo courtesy Ben Powless)APTN National NewsTORONTO–An emotional Bill Erasmus, a candidate for Assembly of First Nations national chief, says he’s seen much anger in his campaign trail travels and warned “it will not work.”Erasmus, who paused for several seconds in the midst of his speech to gather his composure and wipe his eyes, said Indigenous people had to control and contain their anger.“It is really hard to smile, it’s not because I don’t want to,” said Erasmus. “Travelling across the country, you know what I have seen more than anything? Anger. We have angry people. I was a teenager once and I had that anger…when I found out what others did to us. I got angry, I wanted to hurt others. I wanted to lash out, but I quickly realized that this is not the way, it’s not going to work, because I think that’s what they want, and we all know who they are.”Erasmus, a Dene Nation National Chief in the Northwest Territories, is one of eight candidates vying for the position of national chief of the AFN. He was speaking during the candidates’ forum during the AFN gathering in Toronto where chiefs will vote for national chief on Wednesday.Erasmus then read from handwritten notes which he had written on Saturday, telling chiefs to choose the candidate that would “take care” of them.“I think about what we own, what was bestowed upon us, in the beginning of time…Somebody wants to take that away from you and they are using every means available,” said Erasmus. “Think about it, what was given to you by the creator, think about how to keep it as intended, no one can take that away from you, no one. They will use big words, they will treat you nice, they will wine and dine you; we have seen it for many years. Sometimes, we are not sure why they act like that. We ask, how did they become that way?”Erasmus called on First Nations to “get organized as never before” and to mend divisions between Indigenous people.“Let’s work together, let’s clear our heads and govern ourselves, on one else can govern us or ever will,” said Erasmus.last_img read more

Exsoldier killed himself and wife as he did not want friends to

first_imgDo not show this to the police. I am not leaving a note. Just could not stand the humiliation any moreletter George McCartney received from father A former soldier killed himself and his wife because he could not bear the thought of friends and family knowing that she was leaving him, an inquest heard.Graham McCartney, 63, attacked his wife Jane, 59, stabbing her twice in the torso with a kitchen knife, before poisoning them both with carbon monoxide.Their bodies were discovered when a man came to view the property, which had recently been put up for sale.Mrs McCartney died from a combination of stab wounds, which she could not have inflicted upon herself, and carbon monoxide poisoning, Exeter and Greater Devon Coroner’s Court heard. Her husband died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Angela Pitt, Mrs McCartney’s sister, said Mr McCartney had suffered from bouts of depression over the years but, to her knowledge, had not seen a doctor about it.She added: “In my view Graham was not an aggressive monster. The Graham I knew would have utterly condemned what has happened. I think he has lost contact with reality.”Assistant Coroner Luisa Nicholson recorded conclusions of unlawful killing for Mrs McCartney and suicide for Mr McCartney.”I am satisfied the McCartneys were experiencing marital difficulties, were living apart and were in the throes of separation, which Mr McCartney, who appears to have been a proud man where outward appearances mattered very much, at best could not accept,” she said. His image of how the outside world perceived him was extreme and ultimately of fatal importanceAssistant Coroner Luisa Nicholson Jane McCartney 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. The couple had split the previous year and Mrs McCartney, a University of Exeter accountant, had left the marital home in Honiton and moved into her late parents’ bungalow in the village of Dalwood, near Axminster.They had both attended the wedding of their daughter, Nicole, just a week before the incident, with Mr McCartney giving her away.Mr McCartney, who had previously run an automobile garage, was described as a private man and did not like to think other’s knew his personal affairs and had become increasingly worried that people knew about the marriage split.His son, George, had visited his father’s GP in August 2014 expressing concern about his father, saying he had been suffering from depression for a few years.”He was really upset at Mum moving out and I told him he was depressed and should speak to somebody. He said he didn’t want anybody knowing Mum was moving out, including family and friends,” he told the hearing.Following their deaths, Mr McCartney received a letter in the post from his father, which detailed various financial matters.The letter ended: “Do not show this to the police. I am not leaving a note. Just could not stand the humiliation any more. Look after your sister, sorry Dad.” “It seems Mrs McCartney was taking all possible steps to start a new life for herself and was looking forward to her impending retirement.”We have heard from the police that financial papers were found, possibly indicating that financial matters were being discussed. An altercation or disturbance appears to have taken place in the lounge during which certain items were damaged.”As we have heard from family and friends there is no good reason at all why she would want to take her own life in some form of suicide pact”We will never know for certain what precipitated the vicious attack on Mrs McCartney.”It appears he simply could not deal with his wife wanting to start a new life without him. He was also a very proud man and his image of how the outside world perceived him was extreme and ultimately of fatal importance.”This is a double tragedy and no doubt heartbreaking and utterly incomprehensible for all parties involved. We will never know the full story of what happened that day.” Jane McCartney had left the marital home and moved into her late parents’ bungalowCredit:IRVING OF EXETERlast_img read more

The end of signing on the dotted line Esignatures are as valid

In one case, the Commission said, a large organisation has its documents signed manually before scanning them and then shredding the originals, a practice it described as “inefficient”. Electronic signatures can take forms including a typed name, clicking on “I accept” on a website, using a finger or stylus to sign on a touchscreen and using a password or PIN. The decision raises the prospect that an email with a name typed at the bottom of it or even an email header could be treated as a signed document. The Commission has opened a consultation on whether a new law is required to legally enshrine the validity of e-signatures, but said it is “not persuaded at present” that this is necessary in England and Wales, because the law is already in force. “Our provisional view is that the combination of EU law, statute and case law means that, under the current law, an electronic signature is capable of meeting a statutory requirement for a signature if an authenticating intention can be demonstrated,” it said.  It should be possible for a witness to observe an electronic signature by video link and then attest the document by affixing their own electronic signature to itLaw Commission 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. Signing on the dotted line has been the seal on deals and contracts for hundreds of years.  But the supremacy of the traditional written signature could be nearing its end as the Law Commission has ruled that it can be replaced with a typed name or even the click of a button.The Government’s independent legal adviser has issued guidance stating that e-signatures can be treated as equivalent to written ones.The legal precedent could have implications for documents including Lasting Powers of Attorney, which must currently be signed manually, as well as credit agreements and land sales. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––Currently many businesses are afraid to use e-signatures because they are concerned they could be challenged in court.  It said recent rulings made in the High Court and Court of Appeal set enough of a precedent for there to be no need for a new law, and European law also says that e-signatures should not be treated as less effective than physical ones. It also suggested that in future signing could be witnessed via webcam or Skype, something which the law does not currently allow for. “We provisionally propose that it should be possible for a witness to observe an electronic signature by video link and then attest the document by affixing their own electronic signature to it,” the Commission said. In the future, it said, the law could even allow a second person to virtually witness an e-signature by signing into an online platform so they can see it appear in real time. Law Commissioner Stephen Lewis said: “Contract law in the UK is flexible, but some businesses are still unsure if electronic signatures would satisfy legal requirements.“We can confirm that they do, potentially paving the way for much quicker transactions for businesses and consumers. “And not only that, there’s scope, with our proposals for webcam witnesses, to do even more to make signing formal documents more convenient, speed up transactions and get business booming.” read more

Foxconn is already assembling the new Xbox for Microsoft

first_imgLater today Microsoft is set to reveal the next generation of Xbox, and hopefully tell us the final name of the new machine. We also expect that the new Xbox will launch before the end of 2013 and go into direct competition with the PS4 at retail. But who will launch first?According to DigiTimes, it may be Microsoft that gets to market first as the supply chain is already providing Microsoft with the parts required for the console. And in fact, Foxconn is already assembling the machine, albeit in very small quantities.Here’s the list of manufacturing companies and the Xbox 720 parts they are currently fulfilling orders for:Asia Optical – sensing lensesDelat Electronics – power supplyFoxconn Electronics – assemblyFoxlink – connectorsJentech Precision Industrial – cooling modulesLite-On Technology – optical disc driveNewmax – sensing lensesFor now, shipments of the new Xbox remain small. The reason for that is Microsoft will still be carrying out tests and finalizing some of the components. Others, like the optical drive and power supply probably won’t change now, so it makes sense to ramp up production. Microsoft will also want to get final hardware to developers producing launch games as soon as possible, and it’s likely Foxconn is also assembling machines for that purpose.Mass production of the new Xbox is expected to ramp up at some point in the third quarter, allowing the console to be stockpiled before a launch in the fourth quarter. As Microsoft is going head-to-head with Sony at retail, the one thing they can’t afford is to run out of stock. So expect plenty of consoles at launch from both parties.last_img read more

7 held with 14kg gold at Shahjalal airport

first_img.In separate incidents, customs officials on Monday detained seven people along with 12 gold bars weighing around 1.4kg at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, reports UNB.The detainees came from Saudi Arabia and landed at the around 3:45pm, said customs intelligence and investigation directorate (CIID) DG Moinul Khan.They are-Mosharraf Hossain, 49, from Munshiganj; Babul Miah, 29, from Brahmanbaria; Farman Ali, 29, from Tangail; Fazlul Haque, 46, from Meherpur; Rabiul Islam, 39, from Kushtia; Alam Miah, 37, from Narsingdi, and Abdullah Al Mahfuz, 48, from Feni district.The presence of gold worth about Tk 6.96 million was detected while they were crossing the green channel, said Moinul.last_img

Jana Sanghati Samity activist shot dead

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationAn activist of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti (PCJSS) was shot to death by some miscreants at no. 3 rubber garden in Kibukchhara of Bandarban sadar upazila on Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased is Joymoni Tongchongya, 52, a resident of the area.A group of five-six armed miscreants went to the area in search of PCJSS leader Ripon Tongchingya, son of Joymoni, around 7:00pm, sadar police station officer-in-charge Shahidul Islam said.Failing to find Ripon in the area, the miscreants opened fire on Joymoni, leaving him dead on the spot.On information, police and army went to the spot and recovered the body.last_img

Eigth blast hits Sri Lanka capital as death toll nears 160

first_imgSri Lankan security personnel walk past dead bodies covered with blankets amid blast debris at St. Anthony`s Shrine following an explosion in the church in Kochchikade in Colombo on 21 April 2019. Photo: AFPA new blast hit the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo on Sunday, police said, the eighth explosion in the country in a single day.Police said the blast hit the suburb of Orugodawatta in the north of the capital, but there were no further details on what was targeted.Nearly 160 people have been confirmed dead so far in the string of attacks targeting hotels and churches.Sri Lankan security personnel walk past dead bodies covered with blankets amid blast debris at St. Anthony`s Shrine following an explosion in the church in Kochchikade in Colombo on 21 April 2019. Photo: AFPlast_img

7Eleven Probe Opens New Front On Immigration

first_img Share Photo via Twitter @G_GarciaMarquezAgents said they targeted about 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers.U.S. immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven stores before dawn Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers in what officials described as the largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump’s presidency.Agents targeted about 100 stores nationwide, broadening an investigation that began with a 4-year-old case against a franchisee on New York’s Long Island. The audits could lead to criminal charges or fines over the stores’ hiring practices.The action appears to open a new front in Trump’s sharp expansion of immigration enforcement, which has already brought a 40 percent increase in deportation arrests and plans to spend billions of dollars on a border wall with Mexico. Hardliners have been pressing for a tougher stance on employers.Derek Benner, a top official at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told The Associated Press that Wednesday’s operation was “the first of many” and “a harbinger of what’s to come” for employers. He said there would be more employment audits and investigations, though there is no numerical goal.“This is what we’re gearing up for this year and what you’re going to see more and more of is these large-scale compliance inspections, just for starters. From there, we will look at whether these cases warrant an administrative posture or criminal investigation,” said Benner, acting head of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, which oversees cases against employers.“It’s not going to be limited to large companies or any particular industry, big medium and small,” he said. “It’s going to be inclusive of everything that we see out there.”Photo via Twitter @AmazingJDMAgents said they targeted about 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers.7-Eleven Stores Inc., based in Irving, Texas, with more than 8,600 stores in the U.S., didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.Though agents arrested 21 people suspected of being in the country illegally during Wednesday’s sweep, the action was aimed squarely at management.Illegal hiring is rarely prosecuted, partly because investigations are time-consuming and convictions are difficult to achieve because employers can claim they were duped by fraudulent documents or intermediaries. Administrative fines are discounted by some as a business cost.George W. Bush’s administration aggressively pursued criminal investigations against employers in its final years with dramatic pre-dawn shows of force and large numbers of worker arrests. In 2008, agents arrived by helicopter at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, and detained nearly 400 workers. Last month, Trump commuted the 27-year prison sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, former chief executive of what was the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking operation.Barack Obama’s administration more than doubled employer audits to more than 3,100 a year in 2013, shunning Bush’s flashier approach. John Sandweg, an acting ICE director under Obama, said significant fines instilled fear in employers and draining resources from other enforcement priorities.Trump is pursuing “its own kind of unique strategy” tied to its broader emphasis on fighting illegal immigration, including enforcement on the border, Benner said. Some workers may get arrested in the operations but authorities are targeting employers because they are job magnets for people to come to the country illegally.“We need to make sure that employers are on notice that we are going to come out and ensure that they’re being compliant,” Benner said “For those that don’t, we’re going to take some very aggressive steps in terms of criminal investigations to make sure that we address them and hold them accountable.”Wednesday’s operation resulted from a 2013 investigation that resulted in charges against nine 7-Eleven franchisees and managers in New York and Virginia. Eight have pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay more than $2.6 million in back wages, and the ninth was arrested in November.Photo via Twitter @LaurenWFTSAgents said they targeted about 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers.In the 2013 investigations, managers used more than 25 stolen identities to employ at least 115 people in the country illegally, knowing they could pay below minimum wage, according to court documents. The documents say 7-Eleven corporate office does automated payroll, requiring franchisees provide employee names and Social Security numbers to pay workers through direct deposit or check.The 7-Eleven stores served on Wednesday will be required to produce documents showing they required work authorization, which Benner said will become more common. Audits may lead to criminal charges or administrative penalties.In Los Angeles’ Koreatown, seven agents arriving in three unmarked cars closed a store for 20 minutes to explain the audit to the only employee there, a clerk with a valid green card. Agents, wearing blue jackets marked ICE, told arriving customers that the store was closed briefly for a federal inspection. A driver delivering cases of beer was told to wait in the parking lot.The manager was in Bangladesh and the owner, reached by phone, told the clerk to accept whatever documents were served. Agents said they would return Tuesday for employment records they requested.Neither 7-Eleven nor was its parent company, Seven & i Holding Co. based in Tokyo, was charged in that case.“Just as the IRS performs audits of people all the time of their tax returns, the same purpose here is to ensure a culture of compliance in this area,” he said.last_img read more

Baltimore Voter Registration Effort Targets ExOffenders

first_imgWith Election Day quickly approaching, advocates for the ex-offender community in Baltimore are ramping up to get the city’s share of more than 40,000 newly enfranchised citizens registered to vote.“There is an intense effort from re-entry organizations, Maryland Justice Project, Out for Justice, Communities United, Marion House and others. I don’t think the numbers (of registered ex-offenders) has caught up with registration efforts on the ground,” said Monica Cooper, Co-founder of the Maryland Justice Project.Image:AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, FileNeither the Baltimore City Board of Elections nor the Maryland State Board of Elections maintains data on ex-offender voter registration. Therefore, local grassroots organizations are left with the task of trying to keep tabs on the number of newly registered ex-offenders.Cooper said that she is looking for support from the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee, the official voice of the Democratic Party in Baltimore City. Out for Justice and the Maryland Justice Project have reached out to the Committee with no response, lamented Cooper. “The effort should be to have high voter registration and voting turnout from everyone,” she said, hoping that the city’s Democratic Party would recognize the political power of the ex-offender community.A town hall meeting to discuss voter registration efforts on behalf of the ex-offender community is scheduled for Oct. 10. at 7 p.m. at the Maryland ACLU’s Baltimore office.  “We are working with Communities United, Out for Justice, The League of Women Voters, Common Cause Maryland and Maryland Working Families to sponsor a night of voter awareness, education and registration,” said Toni Holness, Interim Public Policy Director for the Maryland ACLU.Kimberly Haven, executive director of Justice Maryland, is familiar with the lukewarm response of persons outside of the ex-offender community.  “Nobody loses their citizenship as a result of incarceration,” Haven said.“The effort should really be on making sure that the person who is not incarcerated has the right to vote.” Haven, a former felon, was part of the coalition of grassroots organizations and that fought for passage of SB 340/HB 980, the legislation that restored voting rights to roughly 40,000 Maryland ex-offenders.State offices serving the ex-offender population are required to post notice of the legislation so returning citizens will be aware of their new eligibility.  But Cooper and others said that there are still many that she serves who do not know their rights or the implication of their new found political power.“A segment of our population is struggling, just trying to keep their lights on. We’re trying to reach them and tell them your vote. We want the returning community to see themselves as a viable voting bloc,” Cooper said.The Prison Policy Initiative reports that more than two-thirds of Maryland’s Prison Population is from the City of Baltimore. Currently the District of Columbia and 13 states provide voting rights for citizens after their imprisonment has ended. Vermont and Maine permit current inmates to vote.last_img read more

Despite Efforts Wage Gap Persists

first_imgI have plowed and reaped and husked and chopped and mowed, and can any man do more than that? -Sojourner Truth, 1851Sojourner Truth’s question still resonates in the persistent wage gap between Black women and White males in Maryland.Black women still earn a little more than 69 cents for every dollar earned by White male workers, according to the National Women’s Law Center.  Even with a 30 cent per dollar wage gap between Black women and White men, Maryland ranks fifth in the nation in term of pay equity based on the organization’s state-by-state ranking. Idaho currently leads the nation in coming the closet to closing the wage gap paying Black women 89.1 cents for every dollar earned by a White man.“We’re not looking at anything new,” said Linda Loubert a political economist and interim chair of the Behavioral and Social Science Center at Morgan State University.Working for the state doesn’t help black women close the wage gap in Maryland. The average salary for Black women in state jobs is still $10,000 below the average salary for White men, according to the Maryland Office of Budget and Management’s (DBM) 2017 annual report.“Maryland was a slave state and even though we now have a large number of Black legislators who can develop laws for us, it’s just not enough.  Closing the wage gap is unfortunately not at the top of the list of the many needs blacks have in this state. We have had to pick our battles,” said Loubert.DBM Director David Brinkley said his organization is working on closing the pay gap in state government. The DBM report acknowledged that Blacks and particularly Black women, continue to be disproportionately represented in lower pay grade jobs, contributing to the wage gap.In written testimony submitted to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and House Appropriations Committee late last month, Brinkley detailed efforts being made by the state to close the wage gap.“The Department of Budget and Management and the rest of the Hogan-Rutherford Administration take the issue of salary gaps very seriously,” said Brinkley“To address the disparity issues, the state has expanded its current relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and professional organizations and its participation in job fairs that may be sources for African-American, Latino and other diversity recruitment,” Brinkley added.Officials at Bowie State University’s Career Development Center confirmed that the state has reached out to their school to connect with more students of color. “Yes, the department has conducted a career fair and has done career workshops to help prepare students for state jobs,” said April Johnson, director of Bowie’s Career Development Center.“Both Black men and Black women are over represented in the hourly wages categories and in lower pay grades,” said Loubert.   While career fairs may help broaden exposure and outreach to Black women for entry level positions, Loubert said state government leaders must adopt a mindset that propels the state to move toward salary equity – at all levels.“It’s really hard for Whites to decide it’s ok for Blacks to make the same amount of money. That mentality still persists,” Loubert said.“Just to have a state job means that you have all these other benefits, that to some extent increase the wealth of Black folks, even though at a lower level.” She said that those in power may unconsciously convince themselves with the rationale that, “It’s ok, at least they have good jobs,” Loubert added.“You’ve got to get the state to recognize this and admit it.”Brinkley’s testimony at least signals that DBM is working on the kind of analysis that will help the state move beyond pooling women of color in entry level positions.“DBM will work with state agencies following a thorough analysis of this information to ensure that more women and minorities are hired into professional positions,” he said.last_img read more

PlayStation Now will only stream PS3 games for now

first_imgWhen Sony unveiled PlayStation Now — a game streaming service similar to Netflix streaming — at CES 2014, the gaming world knew that Sony was onto something big, but that the company likely wouldn’t be able to get it working perfectly right off the bat. We saw The Last of Us running just fine on a PS Vita, as well as on Bravia televisions without a connected game console; the service only requires a DualShock 3 or 4 controller. Unlike the name suggests, PlayStation Now is likely the future of video games, but the service won’t be perfect on release. Case in point, it has been revealed that Sony’s service will only stream PS3 games upon release.This news doesn’t mean that you won’t ever be able to play PS1 or PS2 games on your current-gen consoles. In fact, a Eurogamer report suggests that the PS4 will eventually be able to run those older libraries through software emulation. The report also suggests that Sony is working on a method to get those games running without any kind of blurry upscaling, which is prevalent when running themg on the PS3. In turn, this means that native HD resolutions are the goal.Considering these games can run on the PS3, and PlayStation Now runs PS3 games, nothing is really stopping PS1 and PS2 games from being streamed over the upcoming service. If anything is in the way, it’s Sony attempting to run everything with an HD resolution. If the company didn’t care about the blurry upscaling, then the limitation of only streaming PS3 games would be arbitrary.The report does not say that PlayStation Now will stick solely to PS3 games forever, so the PS3 library may just be phase one. A service like PlayStation Now certainly seems like the future of video games — however far off that future is — but despite the name, that doesn’t mean the future is soon. Streaming PS3 games from a Netflix-like service is certainly something that seemed out of the question as recent as just a few months ago, and now that’s the library Sony is most confident in pursuing, so that future could be sooner rather than later.last_img read more

Geek deals roundup Back to school sales on laptops apparel and more

first_imgAs the summer months slip by, our minds turn to school. Not only are new text books needed, but many of us need new laptops, software, and even clothes before the new semester begins. If you or your loved ones are starting school soon, there’s no doubt that you’re on the lookout for ways to save money. And even if you’re not a student, there’s no reason why you should pay retail with so many back to school sales happening. Check out today’s deals, and you’re bound to find a bargain that sparks your interest.Mystery Kohl’s coupons from Offers.comThe cost of clothes and accessories for the new school year can really add up, so today’s Kohl’s mystery deal is too good to pass up. With today’s code, you can save 20%, 30%, or 40% when you’re ordering on the Kohl’s website. And since they have a selection of awesome Pokémon shirts on offer for kids and adults, we can all join in on the fun.30% off all ThinkPads and other Lenovo laptops (Coupon code: SAV30THINKPAD)For the back to school season, Lenovo is offering up a massive discount on many of their best laptops. With today’s coupon code in play, you can grab a ThinkPad T460p 1080p laptop for just $727.30 or the sleek X1 Carbon Ultrabook for about $958. If you want to see more great Lenovo deals like those, check out our sister site TechBargains.Rosetta Stone levels 1-5 for $199Looking to get a leg up on learning a second language? You can grab Rosetta Stone right now for just $199 — $50 off the regular price. You can choose to learn Spanish, Mandarin, French, Arabic, and more. And considering that this software suite is PCMag’s editors’ choice, this deal is hard to pass up.Up to $300 trade-in event plus $100 off select smartphones (Coupon code: VZWDEAL)If you trade in your current smartphone to Verizon, you can get up to $300 toward a new phone. You could apply it to a new Galaxy Note 7, a Moto Z Force, or even an iPhone 6s. Better yet, you can also save an extra hundred bucks on select smartphones.25% off HP laptops starting at $599 (Coupon code: HPBTS2016NB)HP is discounting loads of different laptop configurations, and it’s worthwhile to take a look to see if any of them fit your needs. However, one model stands out in particular: the HP Pavilion 15 quad-core laptop with a discrete GTX 950m graphics card is only $589 when you use coupon code “EMRY9599” at checkout.Kohl’s: Up to 70% off cyber deals with a bonus 20% off (Coupon code: SCOREBIG)Clothes, accessories, and home items are getting some substantial discounts over at Kohl’s right now. For example, Nike shoes are being sold at up to a 25% discount, and Adidas shoes and benefit from the site-wide 20% off. Futons, sheets, backpacks, and more are all on sale, so this is a perfect opportunity to save big for the new school year.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great back to school deals go to TechBargains.last_img read more

2 women held for assaulting woman inside train at Sonarpur

first_imgKOLKATA: A woman was allegedly beaten up by two co-passengers in a local train at Sonarpur. Later, Government Railway Police (GRP) arrested the duo. The complainant alleged that on Monday morning, she was taking her daughter to school. Around 10:30 am, when the train was about to enter Sonarpur station, the complainant tried to move forward as she had to get down. Two women were standing near the gate. As her way was blocked, the complainant asked them to provide space for them to pass. Hearing this, both the women used abusive language and asked her to make space for herself. When she tried to move forward, the complainant came in contact with one of the women standing there, which made the duo furious. They started beating up the complainant and pulled her hair. Though none of the co-passengers came to her rescue, some of them screamed as the train had already entered the station. Hearing their screams, some GRP personnel went to the compartment and were informed about the incident. Immediately, both the accused were detained. The complainant was taken to a local hospital and was treated and discharged. Later, she lodged a complaint with the Sonarpur GRP, following which the women were arrested.last_img read more

Heisman Watch Christian McCaffrey torches KState

first_img I think we all know what “Stanford Bro” thinks. McCaffrey added two impressive touchdown runs that actually did count, including a 31-yard fourth quarter dash to put the game out of reach for Stanford.Christian McCaffrey is back at it! This time it counts. @StanfordFball leads @KStateFB, 17-0. https://t.co/IFH6ThLZ0b— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 3, 2016 This is how you finish in the 4th quarter. Christian McCaffrey does it again. https://t.co/iSyuIpDefc— FS1 (@FS1) September 3, 2016 After Christian McCaffrey singlehandedly destroyed Iowa in last year’s Rose Bowl, the nation was introduced to “Heisman Bro“. He was face-punchably obnoxious, but he wasn’t entirely wrong.McCaffrey rushed for over 2,000 yards, and added 600 yards receiving. He also handled punt and kickoff returns for the Cardinal in 2015. His stats screamed “Heisman!!!!!”, the voters screamed “Runner Up”.Last night against Kansas State, McCaffrey kicked off his 2016 sprint for the Heisman right where he left off. He flashed regularly during the Cardinal’s 26-13 win over the Wildcats with 126 yards on 26 carries and 201 all-purpose yardsThe highlight of the night was a McCaffrey punt return that was called back for an illegal block in the back. Can a play that didn’t count be the play of the year?Christian McCaffrey with an unbelievable 90+ yard punt-return for the touchdown with Gus Johnson play-by-play pic.twitter.com/xzfEPGOWzH— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 3, 2016 Advertisementlast_img read more

Hilton Surfers Paradise Celebrates First Birthday With A Major Award A

first_imgHilton Surfers Paradise’sfirst birthday celebration has coincided with a major award win for the $700 million propertylocated on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The hotel was awarded the prestigious title of 2012 Hotel Management Awards ‘New Hotel’of the year at a gala dinner held in Sydney on Friday 7 September. The accolade comes just as the hotel is commencing a month long calendar of specialbirthday activities and events from 10 September – 10 October 2012 including an eveninghosted by celebrity Chef Luke Mangan. According to Hilton Surfers Paradise General Manager David Kelly the hotel’s BirthdayMonth program will provide locals and visitors with the opportunity to be part of thecelebrations and festivities to mark the occasion, and now it will also give them a chance toshare in the glory of the hotel’s first major award.”We are extremely proud to be voted the best new hotel property in Australia and believe thisis a real achievement for both Hilton Hotels and Resorts and the Gold Coast as adestination.”As we celebrate our first birthday month, this award shines the spotlight on everything thehotel has achieved over its first 12 months of operation.”We have successfully created a product that reflects the energy of Surfers and the style ofHilton, and would like to thank our customers for embracing the vision and team culture wehave at the hotel.”Since welcoming its first guests to the hotel in September 2011, Hilton Surfers Paradise hasprovided employment for over 300 team members, attracted over 130,000 visitors to SurfersParadise, and made a significant contribution to the local economy utilising local productsand suppliers throughout Salt grill, FIX bar, The Food Store and other areas of the hotel. The hotel was a finalist in 10 categories at the 2012 Hotel Management Awards including‘Australian General Manager.’ Marketing and Communications Manager, Chelsea Steberwas acknowledged as the ‘Communications Associate/Manager’ of the year, and the hotelwas also Highly Commended in the ‘Marketing Campaign’ category. A full program of activities and events for Birthday Month is available atwww.hiltonsurfersparadise.com.au/birthday. Book your accommodation prior to 26September to save 20% on rooms and dining at Hilton Surfers Paradise including Salt grillby Luke Mangan. Source = Hilton Surfers Paradiselast_img read more