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Rahul questions Nitish over tragedy

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first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi questioned his one time ally and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the death of nine school children who were crushed by a speeding Bolero vehicle that was allegedly being driven by a drunk BJP functionary. Tweeting in Hindi, Mr. Gandhi said, “In alcohol- free Bihar, a drunk BJP leader killed nine school children. Nitishji, what happened to the voice of your inner conscience? Is this the truth of your ban on alcoholism? Is your conscience protecting the BJP leader or the reality of the alcohol free Bihar?”last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 19

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first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementFormer Argentine winger Claudio Caniggia.Greetings readers! We are back again with today’s edition of FIFA’s “Stats of the Day” feature. Read about all the interesting trivia associated with your favourite footballers and teams right here.Here is an excerpt of FIFA’s “Stats of the Day”: 1954 – The third-place play-off match between Austria and Uruguay becomes the 100th FIFA World Cup match.1990 – Argentinian Claudio Caniggia’s 67th-minute header against Italy in the semi-finals finally puts an end to goalkeeper Walter Zenga’s record-breaking run of 517 minutes without conceding – a FIFA World Cup record which is still intact.2010- Thomas Mueller’s opener against Argentina becomes Germany’s 200th World Cup goal, with the Germans the second team to reach this landmark.2010 – Iker Casillas saves a penalty from Paraguay’s Oscar Cardozo and becomes the third goalkeeper to save two penalties in the World Cup but the first to do so in two different editions, having also saved Ian Harte’s penalty in 2002. Poland’s Jan Tomaszewski (1974) and American Brad Friedel (2002) are the other two keepers to have saved two spot kicks.To read more click here: FIFA Stats of the Day: July 3 Read also: Football: Former Goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel shows pride in his son for an exceptional performance in the tie-breakerFIFA World Cup 2018: Belgians shock with an injury-time comeback and sees of Blue SamuraisFootball: Former Dortmund man and Greek International, Sokratis Papastathopoulos joins Arsenallast_img read more

Prez to undertake 4-day visit to China next week

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first_imgNew Delhi, May 19 (PTI) Chinas stand on Indias membership of the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and its action in blocking the UN move put JeM chief Masood Azhar on the list of global terrorist may come up for discussions when President Pranab Mukherjee makes a four-day visit to China from May 24.”It is an important relationship, it is an important visit. And as it happens in all these visits, we discuss all issues of interest,” Pradeep Kumar Rawat, Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs told reporters.At a media briefing ahead of the visit, journalists asked officials whether the issue of Chinas opposition to Indias membership of the NSG, whose meeting is being held in June, will be raised during Mukherjees meetings with top Chinese leaders.Asked whether the issue of Masood Azhar will also be raised, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said both sides are in communication with each other.To a question about the reported remarks of a Chinese Embassy official here today that China gets concerned when Indian ships enter the South China Sea, Rawat said Indian ships entering that area is normal and when it happens, there is nothing unusual about it.The question was asked against the backdrop of Indian navy ships participating in Malabar naval exercise with the US and Japan in South China sea. MORE PTI MPB VSClast_img read more

Zim tour ideal opportunity for young players: Bangar

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first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 8 (PTI) Appointed coach of the national team for the tour of Zimbabwe, Sanjay Bangar says the upcoming limited overs fixtures against the minnows will be a good opportunity for Indias young cricketers to prove their mettle in international cricket. Former India and Railways all-rounder Bangar was last month named India coach for the tour that will have three ODIs and three T20 Internationals starting June 11. The selectors named a largely inexperienced squad for the tour, which will be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. “I am very excited and I would like to thank the BCCI for this huge honour. This is a very important tour for the young players. It provides them an ideal opportunity to test themselves in international waters. It is the start of a new season and it gives them an opportunity to make a mark and keep knocking at the doors of the Indian team,” Bangar was quoted as saying by bcci.tv. During their last two tours to Zimbabwe in 2013 and 2015, India whitewashed the hosts. With a squad that has many young players, Bangars task will be cut out. “Among the few things that are important when we land in Zimbabwe is being aware of the individual strengths, the position that they play in, what we expect from them and then fit them in the scheme of things as far as the team composition is concerned,” Bangar said. “We have a fair idea of what they are capable of and how we can optimise their strengths into the composition of the team. Not many of them would have played in Zimbabwe and getting used to the conditions in such a short period would be a major challenge. “The conditions too are a bit challenging as compared to the other parts of the world. We dont really have a lot of time there and we play our (first) match straightaway. Passing on the information and experiences that we have had from the previous tour would be vital. We have to make sure that the players are very well prepared and equipped to counter the challenges.” Asked about the pitch conditions in Zimbabwe, Bangar said, “It is not really a high scoring venue (All the matches will be played at Harare Sports Club). At the moment, it is sort of winter there and this year we are going to be playing with Kookaburra balls. We played with Duke balls last year. The Duke ball tends to do a bit more than the Kookaburra ball. “We will have to go there and find out what is the behaviour of a Kookaburra ball vis–vis a Duke ball. Zimbabwe is also at a higher altitude. So fielding wise, the ball tends to travel slightly quicker. Those are the small adjustments you need to make to make sure that you are on top of the game.” PTI AH PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

IISER IAT 2019 entrance exam to be conducted in June: Here is all you need to know

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first_imgThe Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER IAT 2019) has announced to conduct the entrance exam 2019 in the month of June for admission to seven Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) at Berhampur, Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram and Tirupati. The exam will be conducted in June while the admission process will begin in April. The institute has decided to conduct the entrance examination in online mode from this year.The interested candidates can apply directly through the official website, iiseradmission.in.Take a look at the degree programmes: BS-MS (Dual Degree)1. A five-year degree program for bright and motivated science students who have passed class 10+2 or equivalent which consists of core courses in basic sciences and specialization in chosen subjects along with an MS research project.2. The candidates are also given the opportunity of training during the program which enables students to pursue careers in academia, R&D institutes, and industries.Apart from this, IISER Bhopal offers four year BS programmes in Economics and Engineering Sciences.Important months to remember: Cut-off criteria of 10+2 board marks: MarchIAT 2019 practice/ mock test: AprilCommencement of admission process: AprilIAT entrance test: JuneThe announcement of results: June to JulyThe beginning of academic session: August 2019Key features:Highly competent and motivated faculty in various disciplines with a passion for scienceIntegrated undergraduate teaching with cutting-edge research across disciplinesUpcoming eco-friendly green campuses with appropriate infrastructureLibrary with online resources, books, and research journalsState of the art teaching and research facilitiesadvertisementSports and recreational facilitiesHostel facility for all studentsRead: Karnataka CET 2019 schedule released @kea.kar.nic.in: Registration to begin in FebruaryAlso read: Gujarat University declares UG, PG semester exam results 2018: Here is how to checklast_img read more

Ben Woodburn’s debut scorcher gives Wales vital victory against Austria

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first_imgShare via Email Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest “I think it’s one of those nights you’ll remember,” said Coleman. “We’ve had one or two of those the last few years. In the first half, to be fair to Austria, they would be disappointed it was 0-0. We weren’t at our best, that’s for sure. But the second half was different; we were more aggressive, more offensive. That said, it needed something special to win the game and, of course, we got that from young Ben.“I think we need three wins still. If the Republic beat Serbia and we win our games it drags Serbia back into it. It’s been hard this campaign, it’s always felt like we’ve been playing catch-up, trying to claw our way back into it. We’re still chasing both of them. But now we need to take care of business. Tuesday will be just as tough for different reasons and we’ve got to be a lot better than we were in the first half tonight.”Five consecutive qualifying draws had led some to suggest that the Welsh were suffering a hangover from last year’s heroics at the European Championship. The truth is that Group D is a highly competitive one, with each of the four sides at the top of the group slugging it out from a relatively equal standing. Coleman was correct in his assessment that Austria dominated the opening half at the Cardiff City Stadium; a midfield with David Alaba at its heart can cause most nations serious difficulties. Wales 1-0 Austria: World Cup 2018 qualifier – as it happened Supported by two defensive midfielders, including the deft playmaking skills of the captain, Julian Baumgartlinger, Alaba was offered licence to dictate play and in the opening 45 minutes the Bayern Munich star was happy to oblige. His relationship with Marko Arnautovic was particularly fruitful, the West Ham man offering a constant option on the left and beating Chris Gunter on the outside at will.Wales’s back three were often forced into a five as they tried to plug the holes Alaba was finding. But desperate as it sometimes seemed, it was also just about effective and only once in the first half did the Austrians get behind the Welsh defence. A superlative through-ball from Baumgartlinger found Arnautovic but he blazed over with time and space to do much better. Wales, for their part, might have scored on the counter had Ben Davies’s touch not let him down after a Gareth Bale backheel set him free in the box.Coleman had seen enough at half-time and brought on Andy King for Jazz Richards, to mirror the Austrian formation. Aaron Ramsey was granted the Alaba role and embraced it with similar relish, forcing the play and seeing two well-struck efforts – one close up and one from range – turned away from goal as much by luck as judgment.While their performances have been consistent in this group, Wales’s results – losing the lead twice in Austria and doing the same with a late concession away to Serbia – have not always matched up and the effect on confidence was uncertain as the stalemate dragged on. But with 20 minutes to go Coleman made another aggressive move, taking off Sam Vokes and the lively Tom Lawrence for Hal Robson-Kanu and Woodburn. Topics Reuse this content It was the right call once again. Less than five minutes later a Bale cross was driven across the edge of the Austrian box. Both centre-backs had a go at clearing it, neither managing to, and the ball came to Woodburn, who last December became Liverpool’s youngest ever scorer in a League Cup tie against Leeds. With an obvious clarity of purpose he took a touch infield, turned square on goal and hammered the ball to Heinz Lindner’s right and into the corner of the net.The Cardiff crowd, which had maintained a boisterous atmosphere throughout the match, duly exploded. Coleman danced a jig down the line. Austria threatened to equalise only once, the Alaba-Arnautovic axis fashioning one more opportunity for the winger, but the West Ham man was denied by Ashley Williams, the captain turning the shot over the bar with his head. The dragon was roaring just as it did last summer and Moldova face a tricky proposition on Tuesday. Read more World Cup World Cup 2018 qualifiers The Observer Wales Ben Woodburn’s rise no surprise despite Klopp’s kid-gloves approach at Liverpool Share on Facebook Shane Duffy header not enough for Republic of Ireland to see off Georgia Austria Share on WhatsApp match reports Share on LinkedIn Read more Read more Share on Messenger It was one of those pure strikes, the ball slicing through the air as if aided by aerodynamic enhancement, the keeper diving merely to keep up appearances. There was no stopping Ben Woodburn’s first international goal, scored just five minutes after the 17-year-old had made his international debut. It was a timeless moment, a goal that makes you stand up in your seat and shake the person next to you to check what you saw definitely happened.That it also provided Wales with three crucial World Cup qualifying points only added to the enjoyment. Chris Coleman’s side face Moldova on Tuesday just two points behind the Republic of Ireland, knowing if they win their final three matches they will earn second place in Group D, at least.last_img read more

Families of missing murdered Indigenous women must be part of roundtable AFN

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first_imgClarification – After publishing this story representative from the AFN wrote to APTN to clarify their position.They said they understand the resolution to be a step toward a public inquiry and noted the following:  “AFN resolutions 02-2011, 01-2012 and 04-2013 specifically call for a national inquiry and it is a focus of the AFN’s National Action Plan to End Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls. Further, the resolution that mandated to work towards the roundtable (04-2014) specifically states it is a step towards an inquiry. These resolutions and the Action Plan are all publicly available and on the AFN website as are many public statements calling for a national inquiry. The AFN has been and will continue to be very vocal in its calls and action towards a national public commission of inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, as reiterated in the AFN’s Opening Remarks at this Special Chiefs Assembly.”APTN National NewsWINNIPEG – Rinelle Harper stood on the podium before the chiefs pleading to them to call for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women on the first day of the Assembly of First Nations special assembly earlier this week.It was one of the first public statements by the 16-year-old since she was sexually assaulted, viciously beaten and left for dead by a Winnipeg river last month.“I ask that everyone here remembers a few simple words – love, kindness, respect and forgiveness,” Rinelle told the crowd as her parents and older sister stood by her. “As a survivor, I respectfully challenge you all to call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.”Chiefs from across Canada backed a roundtable voting unanimously in favour of two resolutions aimed at including women and families in the debate.One called for the inclusion of relatives of missing and murdered Indigenouswomen while the other wants the federal government to formally announce its participation in the roundtable and provide resources for Native women’s councils to take part.Chief Cathy Merrick of Manitoba’s Cross Lake First Nation burst into tears when her resolution on families of missing and murdered Indigenous women was passed Thursday. There are no resources to support mourning families or help them participate in the roundtable expected in February, she said.“Families should be given that support. When they go out looking for their loved ones, they have no support,” she said. “It’s 2014. We should be able to support them. We have to do something.”An RCMP report released earlier this year put the total of missing and murdered women at 1,181. Indigenous women make up 4.3 per cent of the Canadian population, but they account for 16 per cent of female homicides.Although the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women has been a key focus of the three-day assembly meeting, no one moved a formal resolution demanding the federal government call a national inquiry. Instead, the focus was aimed at empowering and including those on the front lines of the issue.Ghislain Picard, the assembly’s interim leader who lost his bid to become national chief Wednesday, raised the possibility of First Nations holding their own inquiry given Ottawa’s steadfast refusal to call one.“Every other day, there is a case being reported … about a missing person in this country,” Picard told the chiefs. “We need to act on it quickly rather than having a government remaining indifferent on the issue.”Chief Fawn Wapioke, of Iskatewizaagegan First Nation in Ontario, said an inquiry isn’t the only way to explore the issue. Wapioke brought forward the resolution calling for adequate support allowing women’s councils to drive the discussion at the roundtable.Women need to lead the discussion into missing and murdered Indigenous women, she said. That conversation can happen at a gathering of neighbours or a national roundtable meeting, Wapioke said.“We can’t have that paternalistic approach where somebody else tells us what’s good to us,” Wapioke said. “It needs to be facilitated and led by the women.“We’re all impacted. We’re all affected by what has happened and what’s been happening. That’s our future.”The Conservative government has repeatedly rejected calls for an inquiry, while the NDP and Liberals have promised to call one if either forms government after the next election.Perry Bellegarde, who was elected national chief, said Tuesday he would continue to fight for a national inquiry to examine all the factors that contribute to missing and murdered Indigneous women.“It’s homelessness. It’s poverty. It’s all those things we need to address,” he told delegates. “I’m going to push hard for that.”It’s not immediately clear if he was one of the chiefs who voted for a roundtable.Grand Chief David Harper, who represents Manitoba northern First Nations and is related to Rinelle, said Tuesday the teen is coming to grips with what she now represents to so many. At first, Harper said, the teen was reluctant to speak, but “now she is starting to understand why she has to speak out.”Elders have told Rinelle that she has been given “a gift,” he said.“A gift for those who cannot speak for themselves, those who have passed on,” Harper said. “You’re the voice for them.“This is why she is doing what she has to do now. Even though she didn’t want it, it is given to her.”– with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Egypt takes aim at Brotherhoods foreign backers

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first_imgCAIRO- Locked in a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood since president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster, Egypt has launched a diplomatic offensive against the movement’s foreign backers armed with funds from its old foes.In their first salvo soon after Morsi was toppled, the military-installed rulers took aim at Qatar — the only Gulf monarchy that openly supported the Brotherhood — by closing the Egyptian channel of Al-Jazeera television.The authorities also detained some journalists working in Cairo for the Doha-based network. In addition, officials said Cairo was willing to return to Qatar funds given to Egypt during the Morsi presidency.But the main confrontation for the new authorities is a diplomatic one that has developed with Turkey.On Sunday, Cairo expelled Ankara’s ambassador after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the repression of Morsi’s supporters.The tussle began soon after Egyptian security forces broke up two camps of Morsi supporters on August 14 in Cairo, in what was the bloodiest episode in Egypt’s modern history.A day later both Cairo and Ankara recalled their respective ambassadors, but while Ankara later sent its envoy back to Egypt, Cairo’s ambassador to Turkey stayed at home.On Sunday, the two countries went a step further by reducing their diplomatic ties to the level of charges d’affaires.Karim Bitar, a Paris-based analyst, said the row stems from “increasing Egyptian nationalism and bitter regional setbacks for Turkey, including in Syria, which has seen it lose influence” in the region.‘Coup accepted in name of realism’For Shadi Hamid, research director at the Brookings Doha Center, “Egypt’s ruling military leaders are clearly not tolerating any backing to the Muslim Brotherhood, either inside the country or outside.”“Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE have provided billions in aid to Egypt which is giving it the degree of latitude” in its diplomatic tactics which has even seen Cairo returning part of Qatari funds, he said.Saudi Arabia and Kuwait announced they would give $9 billion to Egypt just days after Morsi’s ouster on July 3.They even promised to make up for any shortage of military assistance Cairo normally gets from the United States.In October, Washington suspended its annual $1.3 billion military aid to Cairo amid repeated criticisms of Egypt’s deadly crackdown on Islamists.US officials, however, have refused to term Morsi’s ouster as a “coup.”The United Arab Emirates, which strongly backs Egypt’s new rulers, also announced it would provide Cairo with $4.9 billion.Hamid, the Brookings analyst, said Cairo’s public position on the United States or Europe was purely “rhetoric”, with both Washington and Brussels “unwilling to push for any confrontation with Egypt.”“They don’t have that political will,” he said.Bitar said many countries had already accepted what has happened in Egypt.“Most other countries, apart from traditional supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood like Turkey and Qatar, have taken note of the new Egyptian situation and acknowledged the coup in the name of realism and due to their basic hostility towards political Islam,” he said.Washington too is slowly stepping back from its earlier stance, with US Secretary of State John Kerry recently accusing the Brotherhood of “stealing the revolution” of 2011 that ousted long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak.For Bitar the real challenge to Egypt is not any diplomatic isolation but the gradual loss of funds from abroad as “some Gulf countries have warned that the economic aid given to Egypt was emergency assistance and not intended to be a steady financial backing.”“Going forward, the challenges for Egypt will probably be more economic rather than making the legitimacy of the new authorities acceptable internationally.”Cairo University professor Mustafa Kamel al-Sayyed said it was this that made him feel diplomatic tensions with Ankara were only “temporary.”Sayyed said Cairo was unlikely to aggravate ties with Qatar “where hundreds of thousands of Egyptians are working as expatriates because ultimately it could be those employees who pay the price.”last_img read more

Referee Bamlak Tessema Forgives Moroccos FRMF President Fouzi Lekjaa

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Rabat – Ethiopian journalist Omna Taddele reported that international referee Bamlak Tessema has forgiven the President of Morocco’s Football Federation, Fouzi Lekjaa, after a complaint made by the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFE). The EFE claimed that Lekjaa had physically assaulted Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema after the CAF Cup final between the Egyptian team Al Zamalek and Moroccan football club RS Berkane in May.Taddele quoted the referee on his Twitter as saying: “I want to focus on my refereeing career. I don’t want to consume much of my time in going between offices in search of disciplinary action. So without any third-party influence, I forgive him (Fouzi Lekjaa),” Tessema said. Earlier this month, rumors went viral that the African Confederation of Football (CAF) had suspended Lekjaa in response to the complaints from EFE.On July 9, Morocco’s Football Federation issued a statement to refute the rumors.FRMF described rumors of Lekjaa’s suspension as “false information,” adding that “the CAF discipline commission will be holding a meeting on the matter with M. Lekjaa in the upcoming days.”The EFE accused Lekjaa of beating Tessema with a head butt in an “aggressive and forceful manner.”The statement also accused the RS Berkane players of harassing the referee. read more

WatchKathleen Wynne to Tim Hortons franchisees Stop using employees as pawns in

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A spokeswoman for the Great White North Franchisee Association, which represents some Tim Hortons shop owners, said the group had no comment on the latest incident.Meanwhile, Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn said he was struggling to understand why some Tim Hortons franchisees would court “reputational risk” by taking actions that hurt employees.The minimum wage policy is popular with the majority of Ontario residents and most businesses are implementing it without complaint, he said.“This whole rearguard action by some individuals seems to be contrary to the wishes of the people of Ontario and contrary to the spirit of the changes in the first place,” he said. “Even the harshest business critic hasn’t said to me that ‘I believe people should work or live in poverty.”‘Flynn said he would still welcome further discussions with small business owners about the policy but said Wynne was right to criticize the franchisees for such actions.“If they wanted to come in and have a chat as to how they might get through this, we would have been happy to sit down with them,” he said. “They didn’t have to take it out on a group of people that are making less than $15 an hour. That just seems cruel.”Rallies were planned in cities across the country Friday against Tim Hortons franchisees who slash workers’ benefits and breaks in light of Ontario’s minimum wage increase.Organizers behind the protest campaign, dubbed Fight for $15 and Fairness, have said the demonstrations were not about the franchise owners themselves, but rather to pressure their parent company.Tim Hortons has said individual franchisees are responsible for setting employee wages and benefits, while complying with applicable laws. But some franchisees argue the corporation, which controls prices, should help owners grappling with the mandated wage hike by allowing them to raise prices.— with files from Peter Cameron TORONTO — Ontario’s premier is double-doubling down on her criticism of Tim Hortons franchisees who cut worker benefits amid the province’s minimum wage hike, saying a couple that own a trio of coffee shops east of Toronto shouldn’t use employees as pawns to push back against her government’s actions.Kathleen Wynne posted a statement on social media Friday that linked to a report about apparent benefits cuts at certain Tim Hortons locations in Whitby, Ont., and Ajax, Ont.In a letter to employees being circulated on social media, franchisees Jason and Susan Holman tell workers that changes must be made as a result of the new “substantial, mandatory raise” they will be receiving. If the employees take issue with those changes, they should call Wynne, the letter says.Tim Hortons protests expand beyond Ontario, with 50 rallies planned across Canada FridayMost Ontarians back minimum wage hike, say it will benefit the economyTim Hortons getting ‘dragged through the mud’ and iconic brand isn’t doing anything to stop it“I encourage you to let her know how your workplace will change as a result of her new law and that you will not vote Liberal in the coming Ontario election in June 2018,” the note says.Wynne said the situation was “not acceptable.”“When I said franchise owners should take their fight to me, I didn’t mean they should use their employees as pawns,” Wynne wrote in a post on Twitter. “I’m happy to talk to any business owner about the minimum wage but taking it out on employees is not fair and not acceptable.”Jason Holman said he had “absolutely no comment” when reached by phone Friday afternoon at a Whitby Tim Hortons.Earlier this month, Wynne accused the children of Tim Hortons’ founders, who own a pair of franchises in Cobourg, Ont., of “bullying” their employees by cutting paid breaks and benefits in response to the wage hike. She said if Ron Joyce Jr., whose father co-founded the coffee shop chain, was opposed to the Liberal government’s decision to raise the minimum wage, he should have picked a fight with her, not the workers.Ontario’s minimum wage rose on Jan. 1 to $14 an hour from $11.60. It will jump to $15 in Jan. 1, 2019.Taking it out on employees is not fair and not acceptableWynne read more

Ohio State mens tennis win 2 weekend matches beats Minnesota and Wisconsin

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Redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan serves the ball during a match against Texas A&M Feb. 9 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-3.Credit: Alice Bacani / BuckeyeTV news directorThe Ohio State men’s tennis team has come out of the month of March looking like a lion. After identifying themselves as kings of the Big Ten, the Buckeyes are now ranked number one in the nation for the second time this season.Playing on the road Friday and Sunday against Minnesota and Wisconsin, respectively, the Buckeyes (23-2, 8-0) solidified their spot atop the ITA rankings.Against the Badgers (9-11, 1-6) Sunday, the second and third doubles teams got off to fast starts to earn the point for the Buckeyes.Redshirt-junior Kevin Metka and freshman Herkko Pollanen defeated junior Michael Sinha and sophomore Jakhongir Jalalov, 8-4, while redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan and redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz crushed sophomore Frederik Strabo and freshman Elliott Sprecher, 8-2.Moving to singles play, Callahan and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach were off first after dominating the back end of the Badgers’ lineup.Callahan defeated Strabo 6-1, 6-0 and Steinbach beat Sinha 6-3, 6-3.Senior Peter Kobelt clinched the match for the Buckeyes off with a 7-5, 6-1 win over sophomore Alexander Kokorev. Kobelt, ranked No. 8 in the country for singles, had lost his previous two matches, but came out strong on Sunday.“A whole lot of tennis is just forgetting about the past and that was my goal (Sunday),” Kobelt said Sunday. “Just try to play good tennis and I was able to do that (Sunday). The results come after that. I was able to get a win … hopefully the wins keep coming. You can only prepare to play good tennis, not win or lose.”Metka, Pollanen and Diaz all won in straight sets as well to sweep all matches and give the Buckeyes the 7-0 win.Friday against the Gophers (9-9, 3-3) the number one doubles team of Kobelt and Steinbach got in on the action along with Callahan and Diaz to give the Buckeyes the doubles point.Kobelt and Steinbach defeated juniors Leandro Toledo and Eric Frueh 8-7 (7-2) while Callahan and Diaz beat junior Mathieu Froment and sophomore Ruben Weber 8-5.In singles, Steinbach and Callahan were off first this time after winning their respective matches.Steinbach took down freshman Jeremy Lynn 6-1, 6-1 and Callahan beat senior Juan Pablo Ramirez 6-3, 6-1.Kobelt was upset by Toledo 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), but shortly after, Metka defeated Frueh 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) to give the Buckeyes the match.A win by Pollanen and loss by Diaz made the final score 5-2.Next the Buckeyes are scheduled for a big non-conference road test at No. 14 Kentucky Wednesday. The two teams played each other Feb. 7, with the Buckeyes winning 4-0.The match against the Wildcats in Lexington, Ky., is set to begin at 2 p.m. read more

Groupon Google in Acquisition Talks

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first_imgDaily deal Website Groupon is reportedly in talks with Google about a site wide acquisition. According to sources close to the site, Groupon is seriously considering the acquisition, but may well hold out until the end of the year before finalizing its decision.The SF Gate suspects that the site is merely holding out to entertain offers from the competition–companies like eBay and Microsoft are mentioned as possibilities. How much would such an acquisition cost one of those software giants? The Gate is guessing somewhere in the ballpark of $4 billion.So much for getting a great deal…last_img read more

Is everything ok with the governments proposed regeneration of Dublins north inner

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first_img Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 12:01 AM The Taoiseach and Paschal Donohoe, visiting the north inner city to meet with local community leaders last July Source: RollingNews.ieA REPORT DISCUSSING ways and means of regenerating Dublin’s north inner city is to be launched today.The Mulvey report, compiled by former head of the Workplace Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey, was first commissioned last July in the wake of a run of gangland killings in the city centre as the Hutch-Kinahan gangland feud caught fire.Taoiseach Enda Kenny made a number of public appearances in the north inner city at that time and made a commitment towards a full regeneration of the area.However, in the run up to the report’s publication rumours that all is not well as regards its recommendations have come to the fore.Gossip has spread that problems have been forecasted ahead of the launch, which is due to take place at Sheriff Youth Club this evening at 6.15pm.Local community group the North Inner City Community Coalition only heard tell of where the launch was to take place at about 4pm yesterday.Tough weekSources within the Taoiseach’s department have indicated that the delay in inviting community groups and the media has less to do with government nerves regarding the report’s context and more to do with “the week that’s in it” concerning the Taoiseach’s trials and tribulations with regard to the ongoing Maurice McCabe situation.That is as may be, but such a defence inadvertently gives lie to the fears that had long been held in the community since the report’s announcement – that it was more to do with positive exposure for the Taoiseach than with any true concern on his part for an urban community that has been through the mill.The lack of advance notice as to when and where the launch would be happening has, understandably, left community groups unsure of where they stand, although government sources moved to allay such fears saying that “full engagement” with all groups will be the order of the day at the launch itself.Mystery surrounds whether or not the Rutland Street National School building is to be refurbished – a key commitment on the part of the Taoiseach.Just two weeks ago Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald, local representative for the area, accused the government of performing “a u-turn” regarding Rutland Street, and suggested that locals were worried that the site had been earmarked for private development.While the Taoiseach earlier this week said that the school would be developed, and that Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station would likewise be reopened (another key promise), he acknowledged that the estimated cost of the school refurbishment had jumped from €2 million to €12 million. Kenny and Kieran Mulvey (second right) addressing the media last July Source: RollingNews.ieMulvey himself had informally presented some of his proposals to the public two weeks ago. At that time, a rebranding or renaming of the area was mooted, but locals were more concerned about the fact housing did not appear to be on the agenda, given the ongoing homeless crisis currently being seen, the worst in the history of the state.“The biggest gap was housing,” says local councillor Éilis Ryan regarding that presentation. “Unless there’s a radical shift in approach I don’t see how that can be taken seriously.”This report would be very, very misguided if it didn’t mention housing.‘Damp squib’“The report has taken twice the length of time to prepare as intended,” says Labour councillor Joe Costello, adding that Mulvey’s recent presentation “gave only the broad generalities and was devoid of specifics”.(It) will be a damp squib unless it contains a structured plan, a detailed budget and strict timelines for delivery.  The local community must be included as stakeholders in the decision-making process.“We’ve heard contradictory reports, first that everything was greater than expected, then that it was totally in line with projections,” says Ryan, who says she will “reserve judgement” on the report until she sees it.“The Taoiseach made a commitment to Rutland Street, the council has said that it won’t be developed. No-one else has stumped up the money so it’s anyone’s guess,” she said, adding that a clear promise had been made to locals that a follow-up draft of the report would be distributed to the community ahead of any launch, something that did not happen.There was a sense from the community that Mr Mulvey had chosen to ignore the core issues driving inequality in the area – lack of decent public housing and jobs, and gentrification of working class communities – and had instead focussed on business-friendly window dressing initiatives, such as rebranding the north inner city.She added that until yesterday evening it had seemed that no formal invitation for community leaders or elected representatives would be forthcoming, adding that if that had happened it would have brought “into question the credibility of the entire initiative”.Read: ‘Admin error’ that led to McCabe allegations was not reported as HSE data protection breachRead: Ireland is being taken to court over waste water by the European Commission http://jrnl.ie/3241496 Is everything ok with the government’s proposed regeneration of Dublin’s north inner city? The Mulvey Report concerning that regeneration is to be launched this evening. 15,627 Views Feb 16th 2017, 12:01 AM Short URL Share Tweet Email1 29 Comments By Cianan Brennan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Kazantzis remembered

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first_imgA public lecture on the novels of Nikos Kazantzakis will be held next week to commemorate 55 years since the death of Kazantzakis. The lecture titled “The superman and human transcendence in the novels of Nikos Kazantzakis”, held by the The Society of Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis (Melbourne Branch) will be delivered by Dimitris Gonis. Mr Gonis is a student of Kazantzakis’ work and is currently a PhD student at La Trobe University. The lecture will be in Greek with a summary in English. Extracts of Kazantzakis’ work will be read in English and Greek. Mr Gonis will answer questions in both languages. The public lecture will be held at the Cretan House, 150 Nicholson Street, East Brunswick. Melway 30, (Plenty of free parking at the back of the building) on Monday 14 May at 6:30 pm. Everybody is welcome. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Street Fighter V Arcade Edition We Should Have Gotten This Years Ago

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first_img ‘Street Fighter V’ and ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Get Ne…‘Teppen’ Is Capcom vs. Card Games Street Fighter V had a troubled launch back in 2016, to say the least. While the game’s core mechanics were exceptional, its lack of significant content drove away all but the most hardcore fighting game players. Over the past two years, Capcom has slowly added new characters and modes in an attempt to revitalize the title. Now with Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, we finally have an entry that’s truly worth playing.This update’s biggest feature is the titular Arcade Mode. Capcom could have easily just included a standard arcade mode where players face down a series of opponents before taking on a final boss. Instead of a single arcade mode, the game has six different branches, with each one representing a different Street Fighter game.Each branch only has characters from a specific title. You can’t play as Guile in the Street Fighter 1 branch, for example. The characters also look appropriate for each era. This means Ryu has red hair in Street Fighter 1 and Street Fighter Alpha. The branches also have each of the game’s music, albeit remixed. There are even classic bonus stages where players must destroy dropping barrels. This mode is bursting with nostalgia.AdChoices广告What’s interesting about Arcade Mode is that it has divergent paths for each branch. Players are given the option of choosing what opponents they’ll face next. Some foes are more challenging and reward additional points. However, going up against weaker fighters potentially opens up paths which offer alternate endings. There are over 200 endings to unlock. They’re nothing more than still images with some text. However, given the relative brevity of each arcade path (roughly 10-20 minutes), players will feel incentivized to unlock them all.One of Street Fighter V’s most lauded features was V-triggers. V-triggers were different for each character, which meant that some were better than others. Now, every character has access to a second V-trigger. Some of these, like Ken’s fiery Shoryuken or Chun-Li’s energy attack, are rather stylish and devastating. Players who’ve mastered the roster will no doubt appreciate having a new tool to incorporate into their repertoire. It certainly livens up the already excellent gameplay.Team Battle Mode lets players pit two teams of five characters against one another in a tournament-like setting. This is a perfect mode for local multiplayer. Extra Battle Mode gives players a set of unique challenges to overcome. The trick here is that one must spend Fight Money in order to participate. Some challenges are insanely hard and players could potentially lose a good deal of precious FM trying to complete them. Those with sufficient enough skill can earn more FM than they originally put in. This mode feels like gambling in some respects, but it’s not as egregious as loot boxes.I’ve been a Street Fighter fan since 1991 so it brings me great joy to see the fifth installment finally live up to the legacy of the franchise. Even smaller details like an updated UI and new character galleries make the entire package that much more appealing. Additional characters are coming by way of the game’s third season. It’s good to know Capcom will continue to bring additions to a game that is now a complete package. With Arcade Edition, Street Fighter V is officially one of this generation’s best fighting games. This is how it should have been all along.Check out sister site PC Mag for their full review of Street Fight V (for PC). Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Rolls Royce Group named UKs most attractive large employer

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first_imgRolls Royce Group has been named the large organisation UK employees would most like to work for in the Global Randstad Award 2016.The employer branding survey, which had 200,000 global respondents across 25 countries, ranked British Airways as the second most attractive large employer, with Marks and Spencer coming in third.Respondents were asked to rate the attractiveness of their country’s largest employers to create the list, with 8,100 respondents from the UK contributing their answers.The research also found that Google is the employer brand that respondents would most like to work for in India and Switzerland, BMW was named winner of the Global Randstad Award 2016 in Germany, Ikea in Sweden, and IBM in Spain, with the Walt Disney Company claiming top place in the United States.The organisations named in the top 20 most attractive large employers in the UK are:Rolls Royce GroupBritish AirwaysMarks and SpencerBMWJaguar Land RoverBootsBAE SystemsMondelez InternationalVirgin MediaPricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC)DiageoSainsbury’sPhilipsAlstomAstraZenecaCarnival UKNextGlaxoSmithKlineFordDebenhamsJacques van den Broek, chief executive officer at Randstad, said: “In the UK, it’s clear that the winner of the Randstad Award, the Rolls Royce Group, has an almost timeless appeal and a brand that is rooted in the country’s heritage and national identity.“Much the same could be said of British Airways and Marks and Spencer. But the largest companies need to beware the potential disconnect between what prospective employees look for in an employer and what they perceive the biggest employers to offer.”last_img read more

Senators demand Googles 120000 temps and contractors get fulltime status

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first_imgSenators have a list of demands for Google.  Future Publishing/Getty Images Ten Democratic senators, including presidential hopefuls Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have sent a letter to Google urging the tech giant to stop its “anti-worker practices.” The letter, dated July 25 and addressed to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, said the company’s 121,000 contract and temporary workers should be promoted to full-time status. Google’s business model relies heavily on contract and temporary workers, so much so that the population is larger than its full-time employees, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio said in the letter obtained by The New York Times on Monday. Google’s temps and contractors outnumber full-time employees by 19,000 people.The senators’ demands for the workers also include prohibiting financial disincentives, wage and benefit parity, limit on the use of independent contractors and temporary workers to temporary or non-core work, prohibition of mandatory nondisclosure agreements, elimination of all noncompete clauses in contracts, and Google’s acceptance of liability for any workplace violations that occur with independent contractors or temp workers. The senators requested that Google respond before Aug. 9. The company responded Monday. “We are proud to create economic opportunities for both the people we employ directly and our extended workforce of vendors, temporary staff and independent contractors, and believe that our practices in this regard accord with the highest industry standards,” says a letter sent by Eileen Naughton, vice president of people operations, to the senators. “Respectfully, we strongly disagree with any suggestion that Google misuses independent contractors or temporary workers.” In the letter, Google said it engages “only a handful” of independent contractors when it wants to bring in highly specialized expertise. The company also said its temporary worker population makes up 3% of its total workforce. Along the same lines, vendors, which Google says accounts for the majority of its extended workforce, are hired for specialized uses too. “Being a temporary worker is not intended to be a path to employment at Google, and because we want to be clear and upfront, this is a part of our written policies and the training that all Google employees managing temporary staff must take,” Naughton said in the letter.In May, a group of temps who work on Google Assistant alleged wage theft against the tech giant. The group said Google pressured its contractors to work overtime without extra pay. After an internal complaint, Google fired the executive in charge of the project. In April, Google said it’d require the companies that supply the search giant with temporary and contract workers to provide them full benefits. The benefits would include health care, a $15 minimum wage and paid parental leave. The change came the same day 900 Google workers signed a letter demanding better treatment of the company’s temps, vendors and contractors. In its Aug. 5 letter, Google said these policies will go into effect at the beginning of 2020. The company said it expects the majority of its temporary staff and vendors to be covered under the standard by mid-2020. Originally published Aug. 5, 12:27 p.m. PT.Update, at 12:56 p.m. PT: Adds response from Google.  Mobile Internet Internet Services Comments Tags Share your voice 14 Googlelast_img read more

Alaska Study Predicts Stronger Storms Flooding for YK Delta

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first_imgA new study theorizes that there could be more frequent and more violent storms accompanied by increased flooding and erosion in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta over the next 50 to 100 years due to climate change. The study by researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Alaska used remote sensing technology along with traditional knowledge and observations from local Native people.Download AudioAlaska scientists used satellite images to look through clouds during storms and for the first time could see how far tidal flooding on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta extended inland. It was much farther than they imagined.A new study by Alaska researchers says more, big, fall storms like one tracking across the Bering Sea toward Western Alaska are in the future for the Y-K Delta. (Courtesy of National Weather Service)“It’s really extensive, it can go just about 20 miles inland during these really large storm events. So it covers a very large portion of the outer Delta,” said Jorgenson.That’s Torre Jorgenson, a landscape ecologist and adjunct professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and co-author of the study. Scientists examined storm-flooding events in the Bering Sea region of western Alaska from 1913 to 2011 and found that the largest events occurred in autumn and were associated with high tides and strong southwest winds. The data allowed them to map and document the extent of the region’s flooding for the first time. Jorgenson’s projections show sea level could rise 1-3 feet in the region over the next 100 years and that the region will likely see an increase in the frequency of flooding in coastal areas to a monthly basis.“The study also looked at the retreat of sea ice”, Jorgenson says, because it dampens the affects of storm surges in the winter. A delay of freeze-up of the Bering Sea during the winter could allow big storms and significant surges to extend into December and January. Dr. Craig Ely is a Research Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and co-author of the study.“Over a couple of days what happens is the tide comes up and then the wind pushes the tide inland even more. And then the winds are so high the tide doesn’t get a chance to leave and so the water just basically builds up over a couple of days. You know I’ve been out in some of the smaller storms when we’ve been kind of stranded out there and there’s just no low tide, it just keeps getting higher and higher,” said Ely.Winter storms could have huge impacts: freshwater habitats converting to salt water, heavy sediment smothering vegetation, low lying permafrost plateaus collapsing, and villages eroding away.81-year-old Leo Moses, of Chevak, was born about 30 miles South in Kashunik where he remembers a huge flood changed everything.“And then after the flood had gone, for some years, the village itself started to sink. I think it was that the permafrost underneath the village was melting so it had nothing to hold it up and it started sinking it,” Moses.The flood forced the village to move to old Chevak in the mid 1940s when Moses was about 7. The BIA then moved the village to what is now Chevak. Moses says he has no doubt he’s seeing climate change.“Yeah, I’m seeing climate change every year. Man, the permafrost is going. Eventually we won’t have any permafrost. Ice up north, the ones that never used to melt start melting and there’s more water. What kind of future we have, I have no slightest idea,” said Moses.Jorgenson points to the village Newtok, the first modern western Alaska village to initiate their own relocation, to Nelson Island, due to climate change. Jorgenson says warming temperatures and increased flooding will impact the Y-K region in his lifetime.“I’m anticipating that most of the permafrost in this region will disappear in the next 30-50 years and storm surges help accelerate this loss by killing the vegetation,” said Jorgenson.Both Ely and Jorgenson say their work provides a baseline on which more science can build. The findings of the study are in the most recent issue of the journal, Arctic.last_img read more

GCI launches cell tower near Coldfoot

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first_imgFor the first time ever, there’s some cell service along the Dalton Highway. GCI launched coverage late last month in the Coldfoot area.Listen nowCompany spokeswoman Heather Handyside said service is available in the vicinity of a tower constructed near mile 175 of the Dalton.”We just completed a $500,000 cellular tower, and our customers on that area of the highway, probably about a 15-mile stretch around the tower, will be able to access calls, texts, and also 3G data services,” Handyside said.Handyside says the tower is the first of several GCI is planning to construct over the next year and a half to two years, to extend coverage along the 415-mile-long road between Livengood and Deadhorse. The highway, which crosses the Yukon River and Arctic Circle, is a popular tourist route, as well as year round supply conduit for North Slope oilfields.”I believe this is the longest stretch of highway in America, without cell coverage, so this will be a huge improvement for public safety for users of the highway, both travelers and the trucking companies who use it,” Handyside said. “I think there’s over 250 trucks a day at times on the highway, so its busy.”Mobile communication along the Dalton Highway, or Haul Road, is currently primarily via CB radio and sat phone. Handyside said the addition of cell service along the Dalton is part of $30 million GCI is spending to expand coverage statewide.Correction: This story previously misquoted Heather Handyside as saying the tower was $5,000. It’s actually $500,000.last_img read more

As Cardinal DiNardo Leads A Crucial Meeting Of Bishops Survivor Advocates Demand

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first_img Share Patrick Semansky/AP FileIn this Nov. 12, 2018, file photo, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, listens to a reporter’s question during a news conference at the USCCB’s annual fall meeting in Baltimore.As Cardinal Daniel DiNardo prepares to lead a crucial meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on how to deal with abuse cases, a survivor advocacy group is asking for his resignation over the alleged mishandling of several cases that have occurred in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.Members of the Houston chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) plan to hold a rally at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston, to demand that DiNardo steps down as head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaMichael Norris, leader of the Houston chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).In an interview with Houston Matters, Michael Norris, who leads SNAP in Houston, said DiNardo “doesn’t have the leadership” to head the USCCB and he lacks the “moral authority” because of several alleged local cases of sex abuse in which, according to the advocacy group, he has shown leniency toward accused priests.Norris talked about the alleged abuse cases by Manuel La Rosa-Lopez a former priest at Conroe’s Sacred Heart Church, and other cases involving Reverend John T. Keller at Prince of Peace Catholic Community in northwest Houston and Father Jesus Suarez, who worked at Houston’s St. Philip of Jesus Catholic Church. Suarez also served at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe.Latest accusationNorris also pointed at the latest allegation against DiNardo. It was made last week by Laura Pontikes, a Houston construction executive. She says the cardinal allowed Monsignor Frank Rossi, who for a time was second in command at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, to move to another parish after she reported that he lured her into a sexual relationship. “He’s part of the problem, he’s not part of the solution,” Norris said. “It’s time for him to step down and allow someone to get in there who can actually take care of the problem.”The archdiocese has said it acted proactively in these cases by suspending the priests and ordering them to undergo therapy, and is cooperating with law enforcement.Archdiocese respondsOn Monday afternoon, the archdiocese sent out a statement saying DiNardo “will not resign from anything” and, instead, “will continue working with like-minded reformers at all levels of the Church to fight the evil of abuse in all its forms.”The statement added that, as president of the USCCB, the cardinal has shown an “aggressive leadership” that has helped lay the foundation for a recent decree by Pope Francis making bishops directly accountable either for acts of sexual abuse or efforts to cover such behavior up.“Here at home,” the archdiocese added, “Cardinal DiNardo has also acted swiftly and justly in removing priests from active ministry each time he was presented with credible evidence of sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior.”Baltimore meetingThe meeting of the Catholic Bishops will take place in Baltimore starting Tuesday. The bishops will be guided by the groundbreaking new law issued by Pope Francis on May 9 that the archdiocese’s statement referenced. It requires priests and nuns worldwide to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities. It also calls for any claim of sexual misconduct or cover-up against a bishop to be reported to the Vatican and a supervisory bishop in the U.S.SNAP said the pope’s edict was a step forward, but urged the U.S. bishops to go further by requiring that church staff report their suspicions to police and prosecutors in addition to reporting internally. SNAP also said the bishops should turn over any files and records related to sex abuse to their state attorneys general for investigation, and it urged the bishops to ensure that all U.S. dioceses release lists of priests, nuns and other church staff alleged to have committed sexual abuse.Beyond the pope’s edict, the bishops will consider creating an independent, third-party reporting system to which allegations of abuse could be filed.last_img read more