Choose between honest chowkidar and corrupt naamdar Modi

first_imgAhmednagar: Seeking to make the Lok Sabha polls a contest between him and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday asked voters to choose between “imaandar (honest) chowkidar’ and ‘bhrashtachari (corrupt) naamdar”. Gandhi has been hurling the “chowkidar chor hai” jibe at Modi to claim irregularities in Rafale deal, while the PM has been calling the Congress chief as ‘naamdar’ (dynast). “You have to choose between imaandar chowkidar and bhrashtachari naamdar. You also have to choose between heroes of India and supporters of Pakistan,” Modi said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details At a rally here to campaign for BJP-Shiv Sena alliance candidates of Ahmednagar and Shirdi Lok Sabha constituencies, Modi said, “You have to decide the country’s future and which direction will it take in this election.” Modi said in the last five years, people have seen that his government is a strong regime which takes decisions. “You have seen Chowkidar’s government which is strong and takes decisions. Scams and decision-making delays were the order of the day during the remote-controlled government (UPA) earlier,” Modi said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “During the UPA rule, bomb blasts were frequent in which farmers, middle class people and traders were killed. Blasts happened in trains, buses and stations. But under the Chowkidar’s rule, where are the bomb blasts,” he said. “This is because the Chowkidar has instilled fear in minds of the terror perpetrators that even a single mistake would prove costly for them. The Chowkidar will find them from hell and punish them,” Modi said. Modi asked if people agree with his policy of killing terrorists by going into their territory and killing them. He said the earlier government looked weak “in front of Pakistan and rest of the world”. “Our army wanted to take revenge but the (then) government kept quiet. This Chowkidar gave permission (to army) to kill terrorists by going inside their territory. Are you happy with this strong government,” he said. On the National Conference demanding Prime Minister’s post for Jammu and Kashmir, Modi said, “the Congress and NCP are supporting those who demand that Jammu and Kashmir have a Prime Minister.” “I have no expectation from the Congress since it has stopped thinking about people long ago,” he said. “This sin is the creation of that party,” he added. Modi said NCP chief Sharad Pawar had quit the Congress in the name of the country. “Sharad rao, how can you be silent on the two PM demand. Why are you silent? Is this acceptable to you? “Your party’s name is Rashtravadi but you see the country through a foreign lens after allying with the Congress again. Is the name Rashtravadi in your party to fool people,” Modi said. Reaching out to first-time voters, Modi said,”those born in the 21st century will be voting for the first time. Do you agree with the weak approach of previous governments and their compromising national security? Is this acceptable to you?” Modi said he has been able to work on various development projects, including farmers welfare, because of people’s support. He expressed confidence that the “Modi sarkar” will be re-elected on May 23 when results of the ongoing Lok Sabha polls are declared. Modi said after being re-elected to power, his government would have a separate ministry for water management. He accused the Congress-NCP combine of being enemies of farmers. Modi said the Congress needs to be decisively defeated to ensure poverty eradication, modern infrastructure and development of all sections of society. Continuing his tirade against Rahul Gandhi, Modi linked the IT raids on aides of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, claiming this was “Tughlak Road chunavi ghotala” (election scam). Tughlak Road is the residence of a “naamdar neta” in Delhi where funds are being sent, Modi said. “Child nutrition funds given to Madhya Pradesh government are being used for elections. Habits of the Congress won’t go. The Chowkidar is alert and that is why he could arrest the thieves,” he said. Notably, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s residence as an MP is at 1, Tughlaq Road in New Delhi, while Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s official residence as an MP is 12, Tughlak Lane in the national capital. The Income Tax Department recently conducted raids on close aides of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress leader Kamal Nath and others in four states on Sunday. The CBDT, that frames policy for the I-T department, had said the department has also detected a trail of Rs 20 crore suspect cash allegedly being moved to the “headquarters of a major political party in Delhi” from the house of an important person who lives on Tughlaq Road, home to many VIPs. There was speculation that Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, whose son Sujay is BJP candidate from Ahmednagar, may attend the rally but the Congress leader stayed away from the venue.last_img read more

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CPI Maoist claims responsibility for Dantewada attack that killed BJP MLA and

first_imgRaipur: The outlawed CPI (Maoist) has claimed the responsibility for Tuesday’s attack in Dantewada district, wherein a BJP MLA and four police personnel were killed.The banned outfit also accused the Central government of looting the natural resources of Bastar to benefit corporate houses and selling it to them at throwaway prices. “Our PLGA (Peoples’ Liberation Guerilla Army) had executed the attack (on April 9) and killed Bheema Mandavi and his four security guards. We have also recovered four weapons,” said a purported statement issued by Maoists and being circulated on the social media on Friday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Police had earlier said that three weapons, including two rifles, of the security personnel were missing after the attack. The two-page statement was issued in the name of Sainath, secretary of Darbha division committee of Dandakaranya Special Zone of Maoists, which had been instrumental in executing several deadly attacks in south Bastar, including the deadly Jhiram valley attack in Bastar district on May 25, 2013, in which top congress leaders were killed. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn the statement, the Maoists also alleged that the government and the police had been forcibly carrying out road construction and installing mobile towers in the region, despite opposition from local villagers. Police said the authenticity of the statement was being verified. “The authenticity of the Naxal statement is being verified. It is nothing but just a propaganda by Maoists. The banned outfit has no right to justify its act,” state Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P told PTI. Naxals have now weakened and losing their support, which is why they are committing such acts in frustration, he said, adding, “Security forces will give a befitting reply to them.” Despite the Dantewada attack, people came out in large numbers to vote in Bastar Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday which is a victory for democracy, the DIG said. On April 9, Mandavi, an MLA from Dantewada, and four police personnel were killed when Naxals blew up their vehicle with an IED near Shyamgiri village in the district. Despite the attack and boycott from Maoists, 57 per cent voting was recorded in Bastar constituency.last_img read more

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Farmers in 11 developing countries win UNbacked grants for conserving crops

2 June 2009Nicaraguan farmers preserving ancient varieties of potatoes, and Kenyan women revitalizing differing types of millet are among projects in 11 developing countries to win supporting grants for their work, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. Nicaraguan farmers preserving ancient varieties of potatoes, and Kenyan women revitalizing differing types of millet are among projects in 11 developing countries to win supporting grants for their work, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. A total of more than $500,000 will go to farming projects in Egypt, Kenya, Costa Rica, India, Peru, Senegal, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Cuba, Tanzania and Morocco, according to a news release issued by the agency. The winners were announced today in Tunis at a meeting of the governing body of the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources in Food and Agriculture.It is the first time funds have become available under the benefit-sharing scheme of the Treaty, designed to compensate farmers in developing countries for their role in conserving crop varieties, FAO said. Norway, Italy, Spain and Switzerland fund the awards programme in support of agriculture and food security.Other winners include on-farm protection of citrus diversity in Egypt, conservation of native potato varieties in Peru, the preservation of mountain varieties of maize and beans in Cuba, and a study of the adaptability of potatoes in Costa Rica to climate change. Experts from some 120 countries are attending the UN-supported five-day meeting, the third session of the governing body of the 2004 Treaty aimed at stemming the loss of food bio-diversity worldwide. read more

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UN mum as US renews concerns

The United Nations (UN) remained silent when asked about the appointment of new Chief Justice Mohan Peiris yesterday while the US State Department, for a second day running, reiterated its concerns on Sri Lanka.Asked about the appointment of the new Chief Justice, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York that the UN was aware of the developments but had no comment as yet. “We had made clear throughout this impeachment that we were concerned about what it said about the democratic process that we were, concerned about the perception of reprisals against somebody for independent thinking and action. So those concerns remain with regard to the quality of Sri Lankan democracy,” she told reporters yesterday.On Monday Nuland had warned that the impeachment of the former Chief Justice may impact foreign investments to Sri Lanka. “No, we don’t have any comment at this time.  We are obviously aware of the media reports, and if that changes and we have something to say, I’ll certainly let you know,” Nesirky said in response to a question posed by Inner City Press. Meanwhile US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that the US is concerned about the perception of reprisals against somebody for independent thinking and action. Asked yesterday on the same issue during the daily State Department briefing, Nuland said “As I said yesterday, that this entire issue also serves to undermine the international reputation of Sri Lanka as it pertains to investment decisions that foreign companies might make, so there is usually a cost to this kind of thing in terms of their ability to attract foreign investment,” she said.Asked if it will have an impact on US investments to Sri Lanka, Nuland said she was not aware of that and had to check on the current US assistance situation with Sri Lanka.  (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Technological Education graduate helps students rock robotics competition

Corey Lehman works with a student on the Rick Hansen Secondary School robotics team Theory6.If you ask Corey Lehman, he may just tell you that he teaches the coolest subject offered at Rick Hansen Secondary School in Mississauga: Robots.While the class is technically called Manufacturing Technology, Lehman, a recent Brock technological education graduate (TCTD ’12), has enjoyed teaching the complexities of a subject that goes beyond just “shop class.”“At most schools (manufacturing technology) means machine shop,” he said. “However, at Rick Hansen Secondary School … it is a specialist high skills major program.”Specialist high skills major programs let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).Teaching the course also gave Lehman the chance to be the lead mentor of the school’s robotics team – one that joined forces with a team in Texas to win the FIRST Robotics Championships in St. Louis last month.FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in the U.S. in 1989 to inspire and mentor young people in science, engineering and technology.Lehman, a former tool and die maker, and welder, began his involvement with the Rick Hansen robotics team, Theory6, during his second teaching practicum last year and hasn’t looked back.“It was the middle of the robotic team’s build season and I offered to help mentor in the machine shop,” he said. “A couple of weeks later and I was hooked. I travelled all over North America with the team and had quite the positive experience.”So when the opportunity to work at Rick Hansen arose, Lehman jumped at it.“I never could have seen myself teaching robotics,” he said. “Now that I am, I know it is the right career path for me.”Lehman not only has the knowledge to help his students achieve greatness, he also knows when to sit back and let them take the lead.With 85 students on the RHSS robotics team, Lehman said he prefers to simply facilitate the process, allowing the students to plan, design, build and program the robot. Students are able to learn the most this way, he said.Such programs offer experience and skills that continue to prepare the next generation of students for the proverbial real world.“FIRST Robotics gives students a chance to work together in real world situations,” he said. “They learn time management, how to communicate effectively with others, budgeting, design process, networking, building (and) hands-on skills and confidence.”And much like those who taught Lehman during his time in the technological education program, he feels the same pride seeing his students succeed.“I am so very proud of my students and truly feel they deserve everything they achieved this year.”Visit Theory6 online read more

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Caribbean countries reaffirm vow to womens health and gender equality – UN

Caribbean countries and territories have reaffirmed their commitment to the goals of reproductive health, gender equity and the empowerment of women at the end of a two-day summit on population and development, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).Twenty countries and territories were meeting in Port-of-Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, to review their progress on the action programme devised at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo.The Director of UNFPA’s Latin America and Caribbean division, Marisela Padron, praised the Caribbean countries’ efforts to meet the goals set in Cairo despite their limited resources.But Ms. Padron said that while the Caribbean countries had reduced infant and maternal deaths, much more must be done to ensure that all people in the region have access to reproductive health services.During the summit, the countries and territories pledged to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic through a combination of prevention, treatment and care. They also asked for more financial support from foreign aid donors to allow them to fund the necessary programmes to meet the Cairo goals. read more

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SriLankan Airlines regrets inconvenience to passenger

The airlines also said that footage that is being aired clearly shows the meal tray getting detached when the passenger attempts to pull it down.SriLankan Airlines however said it regrets the inconvenience experienced by the passenger onboard assured that all steps will be taken to avoid a recurrence of such incidents. The passenger also said that they were served a meal that was not in the menu. SriLankan Airlines however said that there were no defects reported prior to the departure of the fight. SriLankan Airlines expressed regret over the inconvenience faced by a passenger on one of its airlines after the passenger posted a video on social media over the poor condition of the plane.The passenger had said that SriLankan Airlines flight number UL – 104 from Maldives to Sri Lanka was fitted with broken economy class seats, TVs were not in working condition and the meal tray fitted to one seat fell on the ground. read more

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ExNFL star Plaxico Burress accused of failing to pay taxes he is

Former NFL star Plaxico Burress has been indicted on charges he failed to pay taxes, New Jersey prosecutors announced Thursday.The 37-year-old former wide receiver with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and New York Jets was charged last week with wilful failure to pay a state tax and issuing a bad check or electronic funds transfer.Burress is the first person in the state to be charged under a law adopted and signed last year that makes issuing a bad electronic funds transfer a criminal offence just like passing a bad check.Each offence could carry up to a five-year prison term if he is convicted.Burress lives in Totowa. He couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. It was also not clear if a lawyer is representing him.In a news release from the Mercer County prosecutor’s office, authorities said Burress filed his state income tax return for 2013 on Oct. 20, 2014, showing he owed nearly $48,000, the amount that would be due for someone with a taxable income of about $550,000.Prosecutors said he submitted an electronic funds transfer, but it failed.Officials said the state Division of Taxation notified him of the problem in multiple letters, one of which was sent certified and returned unclaimed, but officials never heard back from him. Authorities also said they notified Burress’ tax preparer.They say he also did not pay up after a criminal complaint was filed in February.Burress had a previous brush with the law. He pleaded guilty in 2009 to violating a New York weapons law after he accidentally shot himself in the thigh. He spent 20 months in prison.The wide receiver returned to the NFL after his release but has not played since 2012.___Follow Mulvihill at http://www.twitter.com/geoffmulvihill. Ex-NFL star Plaxico Burress accused of failing to pay taxes; he is 1st charged under new law by Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2015 10:03 am MDT Last Updated Apr 30, 2015 at 1:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Fairfax executives under investigation for insider trading over Resolute deal

TORONTO – Fairfax Financial Holdings (TSX:FFH) has confirmed that the company and two senior executives are under investigation by Quebec’s securities regulator for alleged insider trading involving wood fibre producer Fibrek.The Toronto-based insurance company and investment manager said the investigation, which includes Fairfax CEO Prem Watsa and company president Paul Rivett, is in connection with the takeover of Fibrek by Resolute Forest Products in 2012.Fairfax says it has an “unblemished record for honesty and integrity” and is fully co-operating with the investigation by Quebec’s Autorite des marches financiers, which didn’t involve any trading by individuals.“Fairfax continues to be confident that in connection with the Resolute takeover offer, it had no material non-public information, that it did not engage in illegal insider trading or tipping,” it said in its first-quarter report.Fairfax had previously disclosed that it was the subject of such a probe, but had not identified the transaction involved.Resolute’s (TSX:RFP) Dec. 31, 2011, takeover offer was made to all Fibrek shareholders, including Fairfax.Fairfax agreed to tender its 26 per cent stake in Fibrek at the same price as other Fibrek shareholders.Fibrek vigorously opposed the takeover offer, which eventually succeeded.The AMF and a Quebec court reviewed the takeover offer, including Fibrek’s tactics to block the transaction and lock-up agreements given to selling shareholders.Resoulte confirmed in an email that it was also being investigated for alleged insider trading but said it is of the view that it had complied with all applicable securities laws and was also fully co-operating with the regulator.Note to readers: This is a corrected story: A previous version incorrectly said Fairfax opposed the deal Fairfax, executives under investigation for insider trading over Resolute deal by The Canadian Press Posted May 1, 2015 2:58 pm MDT Last Updated May 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Vancouver business association appeals homeless discrimination ruling

Vancouver business association appeals homeless discrimination ruling by The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2015 12:59 pm MDT Last Updated May 8, 2015 at 3:53 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – An association representing Vancouver businesses is appealing a B.C. Supreme Court ruling that found its street patrol program discriminates against homeless people.The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association says it will argue that a judge made mistakes with a judgment on the Downtown Ambassador Program.The case dates back to complaints between 2000 and 2008 that the red-shirted ambassadors were asking homeless people to leave public areas in the downtown core.In 2012, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal quashed a legal action by the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users following a hearing two years earlier involving 17 witnesses.But early last month, the court reversed the decision, prompting praise from advocates who said it upheld human rights for the homeless.Business association president Charles Gauthier says the court action didn’t address the real issue of homelessness and that he hopes the appeal will reduce legal uncertainties created by the decision. read more

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Stateowned company to manage Lotus Tower

The project was funded by China Export – Import Bank of China (EXIM). The Government is to set up a state-owned company to manage the commercial activities of the Colombo Lotus Tower, due to be opened soon, a Government statement said.A proposal presented to cabinet to vest the powers to the Treasury to set up a state-owned company to manage commercial activities of the Colombo Lotus Tower was approved by the cabinet. The construction of the 350-meter-high, multi-functional transmission, television and telecommunication tower, currently the country’s tallest structure, commenced in 2012 and is due to be handed over to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) in the near future. read more

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US asserts it respects Sri Lankas culture

“I am delighted that the U.S. Government has helped preserve Sri Lanka’s stunning heritage for future generations to discover,” Ambassador Teplitz said.  “This museum demonstrates our appreciation of and respect for Sri Lanka’s culture.” The United States has asserted that it appreciates and respects Sri Lanka’s culture.The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz officially opened the Anuradhapura Department of Archeology Museum on September 12, marking the completion of a decade-long, U.S.-funded museum renovation project, which includes upgraded preservation techniques and equipment for its collection. The collection consists of archeologically significant rare objects, including gilded statues, bronze statues, ancient coins, clothing, and tools used in different industries, along with models of the ancient town of Anuradhapura. In 2015, the U.S. Department of State’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) provided $150,000 for display cases and the security of the collection.  The 20 new dehumidified cases, located in the newly renovated building, are built according to the latest international conservation standards.  The grant includes the costs of a newly installed security system and fire detectors along with a disaster management plan.  This is the third grant that AFCP has awarded to the Department of Archeology’s Museum in Anuradhapura.In 2009, AFCP awarded $30,000 to catalogue the museum collection.  In 2012, a grant of $40,120 was awarded to conserve the museum collection and train Department of Archaeology staff on the conservation of artifacts. read more

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Sexual Violence Support Certificate available to Brock community

A new extra-curricular program at Brock is aiming to raise awareness about sexual violence supports.Organized by the Human Rights and Equity Office, the Sexual Violence Support Certificate program will educate members of the Brock community on a variety of topics relating to sexual violence, such as trauma and self-care, restorative justice, consent and disclosure, and LGBTQ+ and Indigenous perspectives.One-in-three women and one-in-six men will experience some form of sexual violence at some point in their lifetime. Larisa Fry, Brock’s Sexual Violence Support and Education Co-ordinator, says having access and knowledge to a wide range of available resources can help participants begin a conversation and become more informed while also being a supporter and ally.“This is an important opportunity to learn new language, gain new tools and inform oneself of new concepts,” says Fry. “We know sexual violence is predominant among vulnerable populations. Each of these workshops have been designed with a decolonizing intersectional lens in the hope that we can bring forward voices people would not normally hear.”She says that her goal is for participants to have a better understanding of the impacts of sexual violence and how to be part of changing the conversation.Each of the seven available sessions will be offered at least twice for students, with different times booked to accommodate varying class schedules. Sessions will also be offered to faculty, staff and other members of the Brock community, with details to be posted on Sharepoint in the near future.The hour-long sessions will be led by members of the University’s Peer 2 Peer (P2P) support team, a new group of students with diverse backgrounds who deliver sexual violence workshops, events and training programs for the Human Rights and Equity Office.Participants who complete five of the workshops over the course of the year will receive a Basic Sexual Violence Survivor Support Certificate, while those who complete all seven workshops will receive an Advanced Sexual Violence Survivor Support Certificate.Fry says attending the events are relevant to all members of the Brock community, even if the subject matter can seem intimidating.“It’s about trying to break down barriers,” she said. “Sometimes people are scared to talk to us because of what we talk about, but we can’t change a problem if we aren’t talking about it.”To learn more about the workshops, sign in to the Human Rights and Equity ExperienceBU website or email svsec@brocku.ca read more

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Ontario education workers to begin worktorule after negotiations break off

Contract talks between CUPE, the Ontario government and the Council of Trustees’ Associations have broken down and education workers are set to embark on a work-to-rule campaign. (David Donnelly/CBC)Some 55,000 education workers from across 63 school boards in Ontario are set to embark on work-to-rule on Monday after last-minute contract talks failed to reach a deal. The decision on a legal strike position comes at the end of two days of last-minute contract talks between CUPE, the province and the Council of Trustees’ Associations in an effort to avoid a work-to-rule campaign. The workers taking part in the job action are support staff including clerical staff, custodians, educational assistants, early childhood educators and more.  Education workers begin work-to-rule in Ottawa areaLess student supervision, less school cleaning: memo outlines CUPE’s work-to-rule plan “It is deeply disappointing that CUPE has decided to end talks this weekend, and proceed with a partial withdrawal of services, despite a limited number of outstanding items at the table,” Minister of Education Stephen Lecce said in a statement Sunday evening. Lecce said the government and the employers tabled a reasonable offer and expanded their offer through the negotiations with one interest in mind — landing a deal that keeps kids in class.  “We have offered proposals to address compensation, job security and funding for additional staffing.  A key issue that remains is resolving rising absenteeism rates, and the impact that has on students and schools,” Lecce said. President of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions Laura Walton told CBC News those proposals aren’t enough. The union walked away from the table because the sides are just too far apart, Walton said, adding that the job action won’t put student safety at risk.  “When you’re not able to provide language that ensures that boards do not have unlimited power to cut jobs, then we have a problem. Now it becomes just a stop gap measure instead of addressing the real need, which is minimum standards of services within our schools.” CUPE demanding a better deal The Toronto District School Board says that while principals and vice-principals will have heavier workload, things will continue as normal for now. “We don’t think that students will see or notice a big difference right off the bat. As the partial withdrawal of services continues though, it may have a more significant impact on school activities, permits, and operations,” said spokesperson Ryan Bird.  The Education Minister said the government and the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) have been and will continue to negotiate in good faith, and remain fully committed to resuming discussions with CUPE to reach an agreement quickly to provide predictability to parents and students. CUPE education workers threaten ‘disruptive’ work-to-rule campaign “On my direction, through our mediator, we have asked for additional bargaining dates to bring everyone back to the table so that we can ensure our kids remain in class,” Lecce said. Late last week CUPE, which has been demanding a better deal for its members — who earn an average of $38,000 per year — formally submitted notice, putting it in a legal strike position as of Monday, Sept. 30. CUPE is just one of the unions that have been locked in talks with Doug Ford’s PC government. CUPE education workers trigger countdown for potential legal strike So far, none has been able to reach a deal, raising concern that a widespread school strike could happen this fall. Lecce has repeatedly said the government is committed to reaching a deal that provides stability for workers, parents and students alike. “During this period of job action, student safety will remain the utmost priority — a position I know we all share,” Lecce said. “We stand with parents working to protect our students’ futures, invest in their potential and ensure they remain in the classroom.” All sides want to return to the bargaining table, but there’s no word yet on when that might happen. read more

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Womens Volleyball Ohio State falls to Indiana in four sets

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrates after defeating No. 4 Penn State in four sets on Sept. 23. Credit: Miranda Lipton | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (10-5, 1-2 Big Ten) fell to the Indiana Hoosiers (11-4, 2-1 Big Ten) in four sets on Wednesday at St. John Arena.The Buckeyes made nearly double the amount of errors as the Hoosiers, with 28 and 15, respectively. Ohio State called a timeout early in the first set with the score at 9-4 Indiana, and quickly regained control of the scoreboard before tying the set at 16-16. The Buckeyes kept the score close but eventually fell to the Hoosiers at 25-21.The team bounced back and kept a steady lead throughout the second set before closing it out at 25-18. The score stayed tight throughout the third match and the Hoosiers finished it at 25-20.Indiana took the lead early in the fourth set and the Buckeyes could not catch up, leading to a 25-8 decision. Junior middle blocker Madison Smeathers led both teams in number of kills with 11.Ohio State has a long history with the Hoosiers, having won 52 of its 79 meetings with them, including 11 out of the past 12 matches before tonight.The Buckeyes will get back on the road as they head to College Park, Maryland to face the Terrapins this Saturday at 7 p.m. read more

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Mens Soccer Ohio State and Northwestern face off in Big Ten Tournament

The Ohio State men’s soccer team huddles on the field prior to their game against the University of South Florida on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-14-2, 0-7-1 Big Ten) heads into the 2018 Big Ten Tournament on Saturday afternoon when it takes on Northwestern (5-8-5, 0-5-3 Big Ten) in the tournament play-in match on the campus of Indiana University.The Buckeyes and Wildcats enter the tournament as the ninth and eighth seeds respectively. The two squads played each other to a scoreless double-overtime draw earlier this season at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. That late September match featured the Buckeyes holding its ground despite being forced to play a man down for a majority of the match, after redshirt freshman forward Devyn Etling was shown a red card early in the second half. Ohio State has just one win on the season, coming against Hofstra during the season opening Wolstein Classic. With the Big Ten Tournament being a single elimination competition, now is the time for the Buckeyes to turn their attention towards a survive and advance mentality. “This is actually one of the easier things to do is to get guys excited to go play in a tournament that extends the season and gets us playing soccer longer because that’s all we want to do,” redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried said.For the Buckeyes to keep their season alive, head coach Brian Maisonneuve said the key is to play their own game and focus on what they do best while digging deep to find belief after a tough season.“Overall, throughout the year, when we focus on what we do, we play better, so we’ve got to come out and just play with that conviction, that confidence, that belief and just let it ride,” Maisonneuve said. Maisonneuve cited the regular season finale against Wisconsin as a model for the team to be successful moving forward.“I thought our best performance was probably the second half against Wisconsin. We created stuff, we played with that fight and even when mistakes happened, we battled, our transition was good,” Maisonneuve said. “We’re missing that final piece in terms of poking things in the net, and sometimes I said it before, that is the last thing to come and unfortunately it’s taken a while for us.”Siegfried added if Ohio State were to defend like it did against Wisconsin, what he considered to be a key to the game, it would be hard for the opposing offense to have consistent scoring opportunities. For Maisonneuve, the key to offensive success is to get bodies into the box and crashing the net. It is something that the Buckeyes have not done much of this season, according to the head coach. “We created some really good chances, six yards out from goal, we just had nobody in there. We need somebody, I don’t care who it is, center back, right back, center forward, midfield, whoever wants to get in there and just poke those home, we’re waiting,” Maisonneuve said. “The boys are willing to get there, now that they’ve seen it, and they’ve got to put their body on the line.”Unfortunately for the Ohio State attack, Northwestern’s sophomore goalkeeper Miha Miskovic ranks second in the Big Ten in shutouts, with eight, while sporting a .767 goals against average.From a defensive standpoint, Northwestern does not pose as much of a threat to punch home goals as some of the Buckeyes opponents down the stretch like Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan State and Syracuse, all of whom were top 10 in offense at the time they faced off against the Buckeyes.The catalyst of the Northwestern offense is senior midfielder Camden Buescher, who has six goals and two assists on the year for a team leading 14 points. The other dangerous weapon for the Wildcats attack is junior midfielder Matt Moderwell, who has three goals on the year to go with one assist. Tied with Moderwell in the points department is Ohio State’s leading scorer, Etling, who also has three goals and one assist. “Northwestern is an excellent team. They move the ball around well, they’ve got some really good attacking pieces, wide guys dangerous off the dribble, and [freshman forward Jose Del Valle] is dangerous in the box,” Maisonneuve said. The winner of Saturday’s match will advance to face No. 1 seed Indiana in the quarterfinal stage of the Big Ten Tournament. read more

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Womens Hockey No 4 Ohio State swept by Bemidji State

Ohio State then-junior forward Charly Dahlquist (5) fights for possesion of the puck in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe No. 4 Ohio State women’s hockey team (9-5, 5-3 WCHA) struggled on the road against Bemidji State (2-9-1, 2-5-1 WCHA) as the Buckeyes were swept for the first time this season, falling to the Athletics 2-1 on Friday and losing 4-2 on Saturday.. Game 1 Ohio State outshot Bemidji State in shots on goal 38-24 i, but the Athletics defense proved to be a worthy adversary of the Buckeyes, giving their offense just enough leeway to come away with the win. Bemidji State took the lead early in the first period as sophomore forward Lindsey Featherstone snuck one by freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli amidst a swarm of Buckeyes and Athletics fighting for control of the puck right in front of the goal. Freshman forward Graysen Myers and sophomore forward Lydia Passolt were awarded assists on the play. Ohio State continued its efforts to try and score in the second period, but it was Bemidji State that found the net, scoring the deciding goal with just under a minute left to go in the second period. Coming off a faceoff, sophomore forward Claire DeGeorge took a pass off a faceoff from senior forward Emily Bergland and shot it past Braendli to give the Athletics a 2-0 lead heading into the third period. Moving into the third period, the Buckeyes tried to mount a rally in an attempt to even the game up, with sophomore forward Emma Maltais taking advantage of a power play in the third period, getting a goal to close the gap to 2-1. Following Maltais’s goal, the Buckeyes had momentum on their side and continued to fire at the goal, pulling their goalie with just under two minutes left to go in the game, but it was all for naught as the Athletic defense gave Bemidji State their first win of the season, 2-1. Game 2Looking to avenge their loss to Bemidji State from the previous day, the Buckeyes came out looking to split the series with the Athletics, but still couldn’t seal the deal as Bemidji State pulled away late to get the win. Much like the night before, Bemidji State came out and quickly took the lead, this time just 2:11 into the first period off a goal by junior forward Abby Halluska with assists by junior forward Haley Mack and DeGeorge. However, the Buckeyes had an answer to the Athletics’ early goal, countering with one of their own less than five minutes later in the first period with a shot by senior forward Charly Dahlquist tying the game up at 1-1. The second period played out much like the first did as first Bemidji State scored to take the lead back, and then Ohio State quickly struck back to even things up. The Bemidji State goal came when sophomore forward Paige Beebe wgot one by Braendli to take the lead in the second period. Ohio State got their goal five minutes later  off a strike from Field to tie the game up. Freshman forward Sara Saekkinen and Dunne helped set up the Field goal and were given assists on the play. It was the third period where the game started to unravel for the Buckeyes. First, it was Mack for Bemidji State, taking advantage of an untimely penalty by Ohio State to score a power play goal to take the lead back for the final time for the Athletics. Then, despite the Buckeye efforts to tie the game up once again, junior forward Jacqueline Kaasa found the net with an unassisted goal to effectively put the game out of reach for Ohio State.Ohio State will look to rebound as it travels back home to Columbus to face the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in a WCHA matchup. Puck drop for the series is set for 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov 16. read more

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