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first_imgMeanwhile, the state’s salt refineries have started doubling salaries to lure staff back. But experts say the workers may not return anytime soon.”A lot of the manufacturing industry is actually located in the very states where the pandemic’s impact has been great [such as] Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi,” Professor Santosh Mehrotra at Jawaharlal Nehru University told AFP.”Now these are the areas where naturally workers have left in large numbers… They will not return in a hurry.”There are an estimated 100 million migrant workers — nearly a fifth of the labour force and contributing to an estimated 10 percent of GDP — across the nation of 1.3 billion people.Many are employed as cheap labour across a vast range of sectors including textiles, construction, mines and small businesses.But when the lockdown was suddenly imposed by the government, many found themselves almost immediately out of a job and unable to pay rent.Without public transport after interstate trains and buses were halted, some embarked on long journeys home on foot in the scorching heat, with around 200 dying from exhaustion or accidents according to the non-profit Save Life Foundation.The government eventually organised special train services to take millions stranded in cities back to their home states.Experts say India’s economy — Asia’s third-biggest and already stuttering before the pandemic — will be badly hit in the short-term at a minimum by the lack of workers.The economy is forecast to grow at its slowest pace in 11 years, and analysts are bracing for a severe contraction in the current quarter.The government has announced a 20 trillion rupee ($266 billion) stimulus package but observers do not expect much of a boost, at least not in the short term, while there are fears the exodus of migrant workers may have set the economy back by 15 years.”Their departure itself has been traumatic. They have gone through many indignities,” said Mehrotra.”Some of them may come back, but many of them will look for work not in metro cities but in small towns close by which are less impacted by the virus.”It is unclear if they will find jobs back home, with the rural economy already in distress owing to low crop prices and yields.But Mohammed Naseem Aktar, who lost his job as a worker at an export house in New Delhi, told AFP he was willing to take the risk.”I had no work for two months here and I faced a lot of problems,” the 21-year-old said as he queued up to register for a train seat.”The disease is showing no signs of a let-up. Now I just want to be with my family in the village.”Topics : An acute shortage of workers has turned the roar of machines to a soft hum at a footwear factory near New Delhi, just one of thousands in India struggling to restart after an exodus of migrant workers during the virus lockdown.India is slowly emerging from strict containment measures imposed in late March as leaders look to revive the battered economy, but manufacturers don’t have enough workers to man the machinery.The big cities — once an attractive destination for workers from poor, rural regions — have been hit by reverse migration as millions of labourers flee back to their far-flung home villages, some uncertain if they will ever return. “Sixty percent of our labourers have gone back. How can we run a production unit with just one-third of our workforce?” asked Sanjeev Kharbanda, a senior executive with Aqualite Industries, which owns the footwear factory in the northern state of Haryana.Kharbanda said the company’s sports shoe unit had been sitting idle as there were no skilled workers to operate the high-tech machines.”We are running just one shift now. The cost of production has gone up and our profits are going down,” he said, a conveyor belt carrying semi-finished flip-flops running slowly in the background.  In Gujarat state’s Surat city — where 90 percent of the world’s diamonds are cut and polished — many factories have been unable to open after more than two-thirds of workers fled, Surat diamond association president Babu Kathiriya told AFP.last_img read more

first_imgUnder the new policy that will take effect Feb. 16, Keck workers can take up to 96 hours of sick leave per year, including hours used from paid time off. The current policy does not limit the amount of paid time off that can be used for short-term illness, according to flyers demonstrators handed out at the picket line. The change also states that an unexcused absence from work without advanced notice will result in a final warning before termination. Disciplinary action is currently taken after an employee accrues six unexcused absences. Protesters said the new policy compromises their ability to care for dependents when they fall ill. “We want them to collaborate with us … to create a policy that’s safe for our patients and supports our staff,” said Keck registered nurse Tveen Kirkpatrick. “A policy that we both can stand by.” Shirley Calderon, a registered nurse at Keck Hospital, said if the policy issue is not resolved by allowing adequate hours for workers to take sick leave or care for their ill family members, she would consider looking for a job at another hospital.  However, Sargeant said he could not confirm whether Keck is experiencing a shortage of nursing staff but that the medical centers ensure they meet staff-to-patient ratio guidelines and fill in the gaps with nurses from an agency Keck partners with. “The point of the protest is really to mobilize all the workers at Keck and Norris [Cancer Center] who are going to be impacted by the policy and to let the community at large and patients know that the policies that the Keck administration is trying to put in place are going to be a threat to their own health,” Kauffman said.  The demonstrators carried signs that read “Standing up for our patients” and “Protecting the public begins with protecting health care workers” and set up an informational banner with statistics on Keck’s nursing staff deficits. USC nurses worked more than 43,000 hours of overtime and double-time, and the medical centers currently have a 92-nurse shortage, according to information presented by the protesters. Protestors criticized Keck Hospital administration for creating a policy that would overwork staff, holding signs that read “Nurses are not robots.” (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) Ultimately, protestors want to reach an agreement with Keck administration using a shared governance model which has parties share the responsibility of creating policies that will affect the hospital staff.  “You don’t want to come in sick and then have our patients, who are susceptible to all kinds of illnesses, be exposed to us as well,” Ramos said. “We like our job. We like being nurses. But if they don’t let us go have our rest time when we’re sick, then we will come sick. And who will that benefit? Nobody.” The protesters, which included medical assistants and technicians, respiratory therapists and registered nurses, said the change would cause more hospital employees to come to work sick and potentially transmit diseases to their patients. “We’re picketing because it’s not only affecting us as workers, it’s also affecting the family that we raise, from our children to our elderly parents,” said Bernadette Ramos, a registered nurse who attended the protest. “We have to fight for this because we don’t want to call in sick, but we have to have that guarantee that when we need it, it will be there for us.”  Health care workers raised concerns that the policy change would force workers to come work while sick and pose health risks to their patients, especially those who are immunocompromised. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) Health care workers protested a Keck Medicine of USC policy change Tuesday that the workers said would negatively impact the quality of care they provide. The policy will reduce sick leave allowances, causing protesters to worry that it could lead employees to arrive to work sick and pose a health risk to patients, especially those with immune system deficiencies. Doug Kauffman, a discharge planning coordinator in Keck’s social services division, said the new policy would force health care professionals to show up to work sick to avoid disciplinary action from the policy and believes that the protest will help inform workers of their rights.  More than 50 workers held banners with messages that said “Standing up for our patients” and “Protecting the public begins with protecting health care workers” and chanted “USC, you can’t hide” in a rally to raise awareness regarding concerns Keck health staff had with the new absence and tardiness policies. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) “It’s not like I haven’t been offered other jobs,” said Calderon, who is currently pregnant. “If I’m here, it’s because I’ve been here for 10 years, and I do believe in taking care of our patients. This is one of the top hospitals, so I would expect them to have a little bit more consideration toward our staff and our patients.” Keck Hospital continued normal operation during the picketing, Keck Medicine wrote in statementw. The department also said it respects the rights of the workers, who belonged to national health care workers’ and nurses’ unions, to demonstrate. “We take a big stance that the intention behind this policy is not to have people come to work sick,” Sargeant said. “We will ensure that that we do provide the proper protections and we do have the appropriate preventive means — the masks, the flu vaccine, etc. — to ensure we keep our employees healthy and keep our patients healthy as well.” Keck Medicine said in a statement that its new policy complies with local, state and federal law, and it will continue to honor protected leaves of absence as stipulated by labor laws. Los Angeles requires a minimum of 48 hours of paid sick leave, and USC provides 96 hours to all its employees, which can be used for personal sick days or time off to care for ill relatives. Keck Medicine Chief Operations Officer Marty Sargeant said Keck Medicine adamantly discourages its employees from coming to work sick and provides workers with preventive resources to lower the risk of contagious disease. “I can tell you that every day we look at our staffing, and we make sure we meet the appropriate ratios that are set forward by the state and ensure, more importantly, that we have the appropriate nursing care for the high acuity of our patients,” Sargeant said. “Keck Medicine of USC updated its attendance and punctuality policy to ensure that the organization continues to provide the exceptional care our patients expect from us each and every day,” the statement read. “Our number one priority during this informational picket — and always — is to provide outstanding patient care.” Marching up and down San Pablo and Norfolk streets, more than 50 workers chanted “USC, you can’t hide” and “Hands off my PTO,” referring to their paid time off. last_img read more

first_imgHolders Manchester City were knocked out of the League Cup as a youthful Newcastle side earned the club’s first win in 12 attempts at Etihad Stadium.Teenage forward Rolando Aarons put the visitors ahead with an angled drive into the far corner.Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot superbly denied Stevan Jovetic before his skipper Fabricio Coloccini sliced against the post before half-time.Moussa Sissoko slid in the second as Newcastle reached the last eight.Now they will travel to Premier League rivals Tottenham in the next round, bidding for a place in the semi-finals for the first time since 1975-76.Newcastle’s players embraced in a celebratory huddle at the final whistle after reaching the quarter-finals of a domestic cup competition for the first time under boss Alan Pardew. Magpies supporters had called for Pardew to be sacked after a poor start to the campaign in which their team failed to win any of their first six Premier League matches.Match factsRolando Aarons’ strike ended a run of 525 minutes without a goal for Newcastle against Man City.Newcastle had previously failed to score in their last five matches against Man City and had conceded at least twice in each of their last 14.But the pressure has been relieved after a recent revival with Newcastle earning three straight wins.Pardew had been boosted by successive Premier League victories over Leicester and Spurs but decided to name a youthful and inexperienced side to face the Premier League champions. His decision was justified as Newcastle took a sixth-minute lead through the second goal of England Under-20 international Aarons’ fledgling career.City enjoyed plenty of possession but lacked incision in the final third as Newcastle, whose performance showed a wonderful mixture of defensive resilience and attacking intent, clinched a deserved victory.City boss Manuel Pellegrini watched his unbeaten record in the League Cup disappear with a whimper, but will be more concerned about another limp performance from his side.His side have stuttered at home and abroad in the past week, having blown a two-goal lead to draw at Champions League opponents CSKA Moscow and then lost 2-1 at top-flight rivals West Ham.So they would have been keen for a morale-boosting performance before Sunday’s Manchester derby against United at the Etihad. Instead, they were left rueing another disappointing defeat sealed by substitute Sissoko skipping through the defence before slotting in.Newcastle goalscorer Rolando Aarons made his senior debut on the opening weekend of the season – against Manchester Citylast_img read more

first_imgNo. 2 singles-  Lexi Saffell played great for us.  Many people underestimate her because of her size but she returns a lot of balls and makes opponents make mistakes.  She finished 3-1 good for second. No. 2 doubles – Cajen Shore and Madison Lewellen did very well also.  They went 3-1 and finished second.  They never have played with each other and practiced for about 30 minutes the day before the meet with each other. Quotes from Wellington head coach Brian Aufdengarten:“We had a good day with all the girls we took to the meet medaling again.  We kind of showed the depth we have on our team.” No.1 singles – Peyton Adams finished third.  She’s getting some of the rustiness out as it was her second meet coming off the concussion. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A busy sports Saturday and Monday at Wellington High School and Middle School…Wellington Middle School tennis:The Wellington Middle School Girls Tennis Team hosted Haysville Monday.The Lady Knights dominated their opponent winning 11 – 1.Winners were:Singles:  Kylie Aufdengarten, Hattie Staley, Tori Lewellen, Faith Rowley, Keylee Bodkins, Rose Dickinson and Jewels FarleyDoubles:  Aufdengarten/Lewellen, Staley/Bodkins, F. Rowley/Pennington and G. Rowley/Tracy•••••Wellington C team volleyball: Double dual on Monday:Wellington over Cheney25-22, 25-15 Schedule for the rest of this week:Tuesday•JV Tennis at Winfield 3 p.m.•Varsity Tennis at Conway Springs 3 p.m.•Varsity/JV Volleyball at Mulvane 5 p.m.Thursday•Varsity Tennis at Ark City 3 p.m.•Cross Country at Chaparral 4 p.m.•C-team Volleyball at WHS 5 p.m.•JV Tennis at WHS 4 p.m.Friday• WHS football at Circle 7 p.m.Saturday•Varsity Tennis at Kingman 9 p.m.•Varsity Volleyball at Chaparral 9 p.m.Follow us on Twitter. No. 1 doubles – Madison Adams and Ryleigh Buck played some really good tennis after a so so day Thursday. They went 4-0 on the day for first place. Wellington over Belle Plaine25-14, 25-16•••••Wellington football: vs. Goddard Eisenhower, MondayFreshman footballWellington 22 Goddard Eisenhower 7 – Freshmen are 1-1.JV footballNo score is available. Send it to us at [email protected]•••••WHS girls tennis:Pratt Invitational, SaturdaySterling.  33Wellington. 30Pratt.  28Lyons.  24Chaparral.  18Larned.  15Ulysses.  14Greely County. 12Kingman. 6 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

first_imgBy John BurtonSANDY HOOK – After being tossed from their school buildings by Super Storm Sandy last year, students and staff of the Marine Academy of Science and Technology are set to move back to their Fort Hancock facility – just in time for the coming school year.“It’s all coming together,” Anthony Schaible, assistant superintendent of the Mon­mouth County Voca­tional School District, said about the extensive renovation and repair project that the district undertook at the school facilities following the devastation last October.This week, equipment and furniture started being delivered; items the staff and faculty were using at the school’s temporary location were already packed and were being hauled to the school’s permanent site.Teachers were getting ready for classes at the school – better known as M.A.S.T. – scheduled to start on Sept. 9.Mike and Matt McCauley from McCauley Construction are working to finish last minute details in the electronics room at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology at Sandy Hook.The school was using 13 concrete structures at the former Nike missile installation at Fort Hancock, located on the northern tip of Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook. When Sandy ripped through the area, Sandy Hook took a hard hit with dramatic damage to much of the park, its structures and infrastructure. Twelve of the 13 buildings, that the school has been using since 1981, were not structurally damaged but were flooded with anywhere from 9 inches to 3 feet of water, according to Mike McCauley of McCauley Construction who is doing the work on the site.“We lost equipment, supplies, furniture,” Schaible said. Walls and floors on many of the buildings became covered with mold from the flooding.The floors, walls, windows and many of the roofs had to be replaced. Water coming into the buildings meant electrical wiring, heating and cooling systems were all destroyed by corrosion from saltwater, McCauley said.“It all had to be replaced from the top down,” he said. Everything had to be done from scratch.”The work cost between $3 million and $4 million, Schaible said.Even before school officials had a chance to see the damage – it took more than a week after the storm for them to be allowed access to the site – they made the decision to look for another location for the school while considering what the future would hold, Schaible said.Officials struck a deal with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton to use the former St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Keyport. The diocese had closed the school a couple of years earlier.Monmouth County agreed to pay the diocese $30,000 a month for the space, Schaible said.The location was and is still being used by the diocese for religious instruction and bingo and was in very good shape. “It worked pretty well,” Schaible said.M.A.S.T. held classes there for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year.A freshly painted anchor at the entrance to the Marine Academy of Science and Technology.But, there never was any doubt that the school would return to Sandy Hook. “Not going back was never an option,” Schaible said. “We were determined to be back.“The environment of Sandy Hook is conducive to the theme of the school,” he said.M.A.S.T. was the first county-operated career academy and one of a half-dozen it currently runs. M.A.S.T. allows students to focus on a curriculum of marine sciences and technology. The Sandy Hook location lends itself to the school’s and students’ interests. “It’s our laboratory,” Schaible said.Coming back to the location has had an emotional pull for everyone associated with the school, Schaible noted. Teachers and students continually asked last school year about when they would return.The pull was so significant that officials made a point of conducting June’s graduation at Sandy Hook, the assistant superintendent said.Being onsite in the natural environment the park area offered is “part of the M.A.S.T. experience,” Schaible said.last_img read more

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe red-hot streak by Kootenay Ice standards came to a crashing end after the Cariboo Cougars swept a pair of B.C. Major Midget Hockey League games during the weekend in the Thompson region.Harjas Grewal had three points, including two goals, to lead the Cougars to a 7-4 victory Sunday at McArthur Island Sports Centre in Kamloops.Saturday, Cariboo scored three unanswered goals in the third period to rally past the Ice 5-3. Kootenay entered the series against the Cougars with a 4-1-3 record in the past eight games.Sunday, the Ice watched as the Cougars exploded for three second period goals to open a 5-2 advantage.Cariboo increased the margin to 7-2 before the Ice rallied for a pair of goals to make the score respectable.Dryden Hunt of Nelson led the Ice with a pair of goals while Derek Georgopoulus of Cranbrook had two points. Nelson’s Carsen Willans, with his eight goals and 21st point of the season, had the final marker.Saturday, Kootenay was clinging to a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes before the northern squad found its offence.Justin Duncan tied the game with seven minutes remaining in the period. Less than a minute later Brett Harris gave Cariboo the lead for good before Grewal added an insurance marker.Georgopoulus, with a pair, and Hunt replied for Kootenay. Georgopoulus and Hunt finished the game with three and two points, respectively.Jesse Knowler of Castlegar, who won the fastest skater competition during the skills part of the BCMMHL All Star Game in Chase, had two assists.Kootenay, 6-16-6, remains in 10th spot in the 11-team league, 28 points out of top spot.The Ice host South Island Thunderbirds this weekend at the Civic Centre and NDCC Arenas.Saturday’s game is at 3:30 p.m. in the Civic Arena while the teams meet Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the NDCC [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgKiaran McLaughlinJoe DeSantisPress ConferenceTHE MODERATOR: Congratulations to the winners of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Tamarkuz. We are joined by trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and Shadwell Racing manager, Joe DeSantis. Congratulations to you both, thanks for being here. Kiaran, I’d love to hear from you in your own words how this race unfolded and how you saw it.KIARAN MCLAUGHLIN: Well, now all the media knows why Frosted is running in the Classic. We thought we had one good enough to win the Mile already. He didn’t break real sharp, but Mike did a great job with him settling back, and Mike’s just a great rider. He had a lot of confidence in the horse. And I was a little nervous when he didn’t break sharp, but it worked out great when the fractions were so fast by Runhappy, it was just a great trip.THE MODERATOR: Joe, it’s been a frustrating year, but it sounds like you knew you were sitting on a big one here. Can you talk about his campaign this year?JOE DESANTIS: Yeah, we brought him back, and obviously the Met Mile was the Met Mile, and Frosted was tremendous that day. We mapped out to go to Saratoga. And he ran terrific up there against could be a champion today (inaudible) and three-fifths off the track record behind Anchor Down last time, we just felt as though those efforts — he would sit on the big race, and the two-turns are what he was really excited about. He proved to us today that’s what he was looking for.THE MODERATOR: Kiaran, talk about the campaign, if you can add to that?KIARAN MCLAUGHLIN: Yeah, last year was a real honor to get him in America. We thank Sheikh Hamdan for that because he won the Godolphin Mile in Dubai. And now we added to it, which was great. It just took us a little while, but we stopped him through the winter and brought him back. He’s just a really neat horse. Very well balanced, great mover, and should make a nice stallion. We’re just privileged that he was in our barn.Q. This is not a homebred, so can you explain where you picked him up and how?JOE DESANTIS: He was bought at a yearling sale. It would be our farm manager, Greg Clarke, and Rick Nichols, our president, who is not here today. I just want to say he’s under the weather, and I just want to say that this is very important to Rick. I’m sure this is going to make him feel better, but that’s why he was not here today.But he was bought as a yearling and taken to Europe where he had a decent career, but when they put him on the dirt in Dubai is when we really figured out what he was about, and that’s why Sheikh Hamdan sent him back to us.Q. Kiaran, “Big Money” Mike, I know he’s ridden him before. How did you secure him for the Breeders’ Cup here today?KIARAN MCLAUGHLIN: We were lucky enough to get him at Saratoga. He liked the horse, finished second, and then he was at Belmont for Effinex, the next start, I believe that’s who he rode. We were able to have him that day also, and then I just contacted his agent and he was happy to hold the call, so it was worked out great. He’s a great rider.Q. Because of his familiarity, were there any pre-race instructions or were you like, hey, Mike, do your thing?KIARAN MCLAUGHLIN: When they drew the race, I was with him, and he was really happy with 8 of 9. He thought we’d be a little closer following, but it worked out great. No, not a lot of instruction with Mike Smith. We’re just happy to have him. I think he’s the all-time winner of the most Breeders’ Cups, isn’t he? He’s way up there. So he knows how to get the job done.Q. It’s great to see another Kentucky-bred horse, the Gunther Farms done well. But when did you first know that this horse would be of this caliber that you would take him this far?KIARAN MCLAUGHLIN: When it crossed the wire. We liked him, but he’s been second, third, fourth. He’s been a little bit unlucky. But he had the potential, and he had the past performances in winning the Godolphin Mile, so we’re just happy it all worked out today for him to win this very important race.Q. And if you had to guess, what do you think the next step for the horse would be?KIARAN MCLAUGHLIN: I have no idea. Like he said, Sheikh Hamdan, Rick Nichols will decide if he’ll run again or go to stud.I’d like to say one more thing. We’ve won three Breeders’ Cups in my career, and they’ve all been with these colors on, and it’s a very special owner and a great man to win for, and the whole team of Shadwell and everybody, it’s fabulous to be part of that team.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sportslast_img read more

first_imgJamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, said his hands are clean and does not fear being prosecuted in connection with the ongoing investigations into corruption at football’s world governing body FIFA and has vowed to oversee changes that will restore CONCACAF’s reputation. Since May this year, two presidents – Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit – of CONCACAF, the confederation representing football bodies from the Caribbean and North and Central America, have been arrested as the United States Justice Department in conjunction with Swiss authorities investigate malfeasance amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars. Webb, who was arrested in May, and Hawit, jailed in early December, were among an estimated 30 football officials who were arrested between May and December this year. Webb has pleaded not guilty to corruption charges in US Federal Court. Arising from the arrests, Burrell, a close friend and business partner of Webb, was among several officials appointed to an executive committee at CONCACAF that will oversee the running of the confederation until elections are held in May 2016. Asked if there were fears among the committee members about further arrests, Burrell said he was not fearful of being implicated of anything sinister. “I can only speak for myself; I have absolutely no fear or concerns and I am sure my other colleagues would feel the same way, but you just can’t swear for anyone in this case, so we just have to hope,” he said. Meanwhile, he said CONCACAF executives have been aggressively pursuing solutions to the ongoing crisis that will ensure that in future the organisation will not have to endure the embarrassment of the ongoing situation. He claims proposed reforms being pursued within CONCACAF will exceed those being put in place at FIFA. “It is now said CONCACAF are the trendsetters for the reform process because we are going deeper in some of the areas than FIFA is,” he said. “So currently, we are on track to repair the image, to rebuild the image and to chart a course that will see us not getting back into this situation. “Whoever goes there eventually will not have an opportunity to slip back into what has caused us to be in this position.”last_img read more

first_img20 April 2012 “2012 will be one of the highlights of my career as I aim for qualification at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, and I would like to thank Time and its readers for their support on my journey.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘Global inspiration’ “They’re scientists, they’re thinkers, they’re philosophers, they’re leaders, they’re icons, they’re artists, they’re visionaries – people who are using their ideas, their visions, their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people.” This year’s Time article says of the people on the list: “They are the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us, and change our world.” History maker “The Blade Runner” is listed in a section titled “Icons” in the Time Magazine list.center_img Time managing editor Richard Stengel has said of the list, now in its ninth year: “The Time 100 is not a list of the most powerful people in the world, it’s not a list of the smartest people in the world, it’s a list of the most influential people in the world. South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, the first amputee to win a medal at an able-bodied World Championship, has been named in Time Magazine’s latest list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Time sports columnist Sean Gregory writes of him: “What’s possible in athletics? Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter from South Africa, and his effort to compete against able-bodied runners in the 400m and 4x400m sprint events at the 2012 London Olympics, make the answer clear: absolutely anything. Pistorius said on his website: “There are some incredible names on the list from around the world, including political figures and music and film heroes, and it is a great privilege for me to have been included amongst such names. Pistorius made history at the IAAF World Championships in 2011 when he became the first amputee to win a track medal in the 4 by 400 metres relay. He has since run inside the required A-qualifying standard for the Olympic Games, but needs to achieve that mark once more to secure his place at London 2012. In February, his achievements were recognised by the Laureus Sports Awards when he received the Laureus World Sportsperson with a Disability Award. last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Logan County family finds hole in farm field 40 feet deepA Logan County family made an interesting discovery in one of their farm fields this spring in preparation for planting. Lucas Yoesting, 15, was riding his dirt bike on his family’s rural-Zanesfield property when he noticed a large hole in one of the fields“It goes straight down,” said Sunny Yoesting. “You can see and hear the water below running.”last_img