AFE positions itself on the ERTE, the end of the contracts and gives the recommendations for the return

first_imgThe AFE has published a document taking stock of all these weeks without competition, of the averages adopted and with a series of recommendations to footballers by the time they return to training, since the Royal Society has announced that it intends to reopen Zubieta so that its footballers, whoever wishes to, exercise individually and not in groups, something that the CSD has reminded them cannot do still, and after the RFEF also published Consult the complete protocol of measures of the FEF for the return to the competition.With this document, sent to our more than 10,000 affiliates, the Association of Spanish Soccer Players intends to make a balance sheet after the suspension of the competition, at the request of the union itself – letters sent to CSD, RFEF and LNFP on March 9 – and the State of Alarm was decreed, and expose the lines of work in defense of the labor rights of soccer players.With the different stopped competitions, clubs of all categories have adopted economic measures that have affected many and many soccer players. AFE wants to take stock of the current situation and, on the other hand, highlight its lines of work to defend the labor rights of the group we represent.First of all, it is worth remembering the two types of ERTE that are being requested (temporary employment regulation file), which have been applied by different clubs:ERTE to reduce working hours. The salary is reduced in the same proportion as the working day is reduced. The reduction must be between 10% and 70%. The affected workers will receive, on the one hand, the normal salary corresponding to the part of the working day (in charge of the company) and, on the other, the unemployment benefit corresponding to that which has been reduced, which will be paid by the Public Service of State Employment (SEPE). Extra payments are also reduced in the same proportion. The computation of the holidays is not affected.Contract suspension ERTE. The worker is exonerated from going to his job, it is not a dismissal in any case, since once the circumstance that gave rise to the ERTE ends, he joins the job. During the suspension there are no extra payments or vacations.Positioning of the unionAFE’s work is focusing on advising the hundreds of affected workers. A vigilant position is being maintained with the proliferation of ERTEs and with the aim of safeguarding the rights of soccer players. In other cases, participating and making allegations for possible challenges in the procedures, when a nonconformity is shown.The ERTEs declared due to COVID-19, based on article 10.3 of the Royal Decree proclaiming the State of Alarm, have been argued by the clubs based on the closure of stadiums, facilities and not television broadcasts.. All this does not mean that the work activity of the soccer players has stopped in relation to training. And considering that the competition has not been canceled.The position of AFE, by responsibility, is the application of the reduction of working hours, if the ERTE is justified, and to avoid that all the economic impact falls on the public treasury, following what the labor inspection has said: “The motivation, justification and accreditation of the circumstances invoked by the company are considered necessary, all the more so as the assessment of force majeure depends on indeterminate legal concepts (lack of supplies that seriously impede restrictions on public transport and the mobility of people who are duly accredited, etc.) ”.“Therefore, when the employer does not have a decrease in income as a result of the external event, the appreciation of force majeure does not proceed, as this would cause an unjust enrichment of the employer and a damage, both for the worker and for the public purse” .“However, sections 1 and 3 of article 10 of Royal Decree 463/2020 refer to the suspension of the opening to the public, so that those tasks or work that could continue to be carried out while the activity is ongoing will not be affected by force majeure. closed to the public (eg restaurateurs in museums) ”. Given this interpretation of labor inspection, Challenges can be opened in ERTE procedures.End of contractsAFE has consulted the Labor and Social Security Inspection and the General Directorate of Labor in relation to ERTEs and the specificity of sport, in relation to the fact that the specificity of the special legislation is above the general norm .In relation to the systematic extension of a contract that ends on June 30, from the legal point of view there would be a violation of the worker’s rights., if it were not the decision of the signatory parties to negotiate individually, as a single act, each of those contracts. The labor legislation that has been modified has been limited to the ERTEs and not to other facts of the contractual employment relationship.Affirming a common strategy of systematic extension of contracts, would lead to challenges in the courts, also to harm the rights of the soccer players.AFE is aware of this situation that affects us as a society, which logically will have an impact on the economy once the pandemic is overcome.ILO recommendationsTo finish, AFE wants to highlight some recommendations of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in relation to the labor rights of workers due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19.What should employers do during the outbreak?Employers will have the overall responsibility to ensure that all feasible prevention and protection measures are taken to minimize occupational hazards (‘OTI Convention 155 on Occupational Safety and Health and the Work Environment’).What are the rights and responsibilities of workers during the outbreak?Workers have the responsibility to cooperate with the fulfillment of the obligations regarding OSH (health and safety at work) that are incumbent on the employer, complying with the prescribed safety measures, ensuring, within reasonable limits, the safety of others (including avoiding exposing others to safety and health risks) and using safety devices and protective equipment correctly.Occupational health and safety measures should not imply any financial burden on workers. As long as the employer has not taken corrective measures, if necessary, he cannot demand that the workers resume a work situation where there is a continuous and serious danger to their life or health.COVID-19 disease and post-traumatic stress disorder contracted by occupational exposure could be considered occupational diseases. To the extent that workers suffer from these conditions and are unable to work as a result of work-related activities, they should be entitled to monetary compensation, medical care and related services, as established in the ‘Convention on the benefits in the event of accidents at work and occupational diseases’ (1964 / No. 121).How to deal with issues that affect privacy?As regards health surveillance, the ‘Occupational Health Services Recommendation’, 1985 (No. 171) states that provisions should be made to protect the privacy of workers and to ensure that the surveillance of your health is not used for discriminatory purposes or in any other way detrimental to your interests.What to do if a family member is sick?A worker with family responsibilities who has a child -or another direct family member who needs their care or support- should have the possibility of obtaining a permit in case of illness of the family member in their care, in accordance with the provisions of the ‘ Workers with Family Responsibilities Convention, 1981 (No. 165).Can a worker be required to use their vacation?Employers should not unilaterally require workers to use their annual leave in the event it is decided not to attend work as a precautionary measure to avoid possible exposure to contagion. The Holidays with Pay Convention (Revised), 1970 (No. 132) provides that the time at which holidays will be taken shall be determined by the employer after consultation with the worker. When setting the time for vacation, the demands of work and opportunities for rest and distraction will be taken into account.last_img read more

PH secures bronze in women’s pairs lawn bowls

first_imgPolice seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles The Philippines won the gold in the men’s fours, the silver in the women’s fours, women’s triples, and the bronze in the men’s pairs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacueescenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Volleyball’s loss is judo’s gain National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) The Philippines captured another piece of hardware in the lawn bowls of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Saturday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Ainie Knight and Asuncion Bruce’s partnership won the Philippines the bronze medal in the women’s pairs events marking the country’s fifth medal in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

James scores 28 points, Lakers edge Blazers

first_imgFEU avenges 1st round loss to UE, claims share of 4th Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Lakers used a 16-0 run in the third quarter to take a 17-point lead. Josh Hart hit a 3-pointer with 9:44 left that gave the Lakers their biggest lead at 95-75, forcing a Portland timeout.And the timeout might have been just what Portland needed to get back into the game.The Blazers went on a 22-8 run, cutting the Lakers’ lead to six points with 3:34 left after a layup by Jusuf Nurkic.Sloppy play once again came back to hurt the Lakers in the fourth quarter, but the Blazers couldn’t get much closer as James and JaVale McGee made crucial baskets in the final two minutes.“LeBron closed them out over the final three minutes,” Lakers head coach Luke Walton said of James.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s hard to get a handle around the league where defense is,” Stotts said. “The numbers say we’re 11th but it doesn’t feel like it, but we are. I think this season has to settle in to see where we are with it. Unless you hold a team to 80 or 90 you’ll always find things you have to get better at.”Lakers: Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler will join the Lakers once he clears waivers after agreeing to a contract buyout. A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the buyout plan to The Associated Press on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Suns had not yet revealed it publicly.While Lakers head coach Luke Walton dodged direct questions about the move, Stotts likes what Chandler brings to the table for the Lakers. Stotts coached Chandler in Dallas in 2011.“I like Tyson Chandler,” Stotts said. “Great teammate, obviously that was a few years ago but he impacts the game at the defensive end. He’s a great locker room guy, great teammate. He’s all about winning. So, any team that has Tyson is going to be better for it.”UP NEXTLakers: Home against Toronto Raptors on Sunday.Trail Blazers: Home against Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, drives to the basket towards Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — It took LeBron James to help the Los Angeles Lakers snap a lengthy losing streak against Portland.James had 28 points and seven assists and the Lakers defeated the Trail Blazers 114-110 Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal McGee, who James said is a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year, also had six blocks to add to his league-leading total.“He’s doing a little bit of everything,” James said of McGee. “He’s leading the league in blocks. And tonight he saved us and covered our defensive mistakes with blocks at the rim.”Portland shot a 6 for 35 (17 percent) from beyond the arc and shot just 42 percent from the field overall.“Our defense won us the game tonight,” Walton said. “They missed some 3s, but we were contesting, chasing over the top and defending.”The Lakers had seven turnovers in the fourth quarter and finished with 20 overall, but they survived their mistakes.The Lakers sped to a good start, but the Blazers quickly regained control. Turnovers and second chances fueled a 17-2 run by Portland in the first quarter.The Lakers bench helped get Los Angeles back into the game in the first half and outscored the Blazers subs 51-26.“Our second unit was outstanding tonight,” Walton said. “Rondo led it and then the lift that (Ivica) Zubac gave us off the bench was incredible.”TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Blazers head coach Terry Stotts says it’s hard to get a handle for where his team really is on the defensive end due to the league’s uptick in pace and scoring so far this season. The Lakers snapped the franchise’s 16-game losing streak against the Blazers. In addition to the streak, Saturday was the Lakers’ first road win this season against a team with a winning record.“Great to snap that,” James said of the Lakers’ streak of futility against Portland. “They’re a very good team, obviously. To beat Portland, you can’t just come in and win without playing really hard and really well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissRajon Rondo gave the Lakers a huge lift off the bench, finishing with 17 points and 10 assists in 25 minutes.Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum each scored 30 points for Portland. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Stanley Pringle is PBA’s newest scoring champion

first_imgView comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Happy birthday, King! Greetings pour in for LeBron James as he turns 34 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Blackwater’s defensive-oriented center Poy Erram was the league’s shot blocker with an average of 1.93 blocks per game.NorthPort’s Swiss Army knife Sean Anthony led the league in steals averaging 2.0 per game.Kiefer Ravena, who was suspended midway through the season due to anti-doping sanctions, was the best-scoring rookie of his class.NLEX’s young star averaged 16.13 points per game while San Miguel’s Christian Standhardinger was at second with 16.07 points per game.Standhardinger, though, was the best rebounder among rookies and the fourth-best overall in the league with 9.26.ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines—Stanley Pringle boosted his bid for a first MVP plum as he became the PBA’s leading scorer for the 2017-18 season.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college NorthPort’s star guard averaged a league-best 21.0 points per game, ahead of reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo’s 20.6 ppg, while also averaging 3.03 three-pointers a game.Fajardo, meanwhile, is the league’s best rebounder with an average of 12.36, topping both the defensive and offensive categories.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSan Miguel’s jovial giant, who is second in the statistical race for MVP, is the best under the offensive glass with 5.0 rebounds per game and also in the defensive end with 7.36 rebounds per game.Alaska’s dashing guard Chris Banchero was the best playmaker of the season with 5.8 assists per game ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

Representative Debates Heat Up In Nimba

first_imgThe debates have quickly captured the interest of the electorateAs Liberia entered the second week of campaigning for the presidential and representative elections in October, a well-arranged political debate named “Ducor Debate” by the Liberia Media for Democratic Initiative (LMDI) in Nimba County is heating up with representative candidates questioning each other on the podium.On Friday, August 4, the process began in the county’s Electoral District #1, where the residents witnessed the much-heralded debate among five of the six candidates vying for the district’s lone seat. The incumbent Representative, Jeremiah Koung, was fiercely challenged by his opponents, who wanted him to explain the impact of the Legislative Support Fund Project (LSFP) in his district over the years under his leadership.Koung responded with an offer to take his opponents around the district to see for themselves all the development projects he claimed to have implemented from the LSFP, because he feels the projects are numerous, and he could not name them all in the debate.There are six candidates vying for the representative seat in District #1, which includes the commercial city of Ganta. In addition to incumbent Rep. Koung, other candidates that participated included Lawrence Sua, Mrs. Margaret K. Korkpor (wife of sitting Chief Justice Francis Korkpor), Amos N. G. Suah and Othello Deshield. One of the candidates, Samuel Brown, was conspicuously absent which his opponents attributed to his inability to speak in public, especially before a huge gathering of people from different backgrounds.Representative candidates at one of the debatesThe debate made a second stop in Sanniquellie District #2, where 12 contenders, including incumbent Representative Prince O. S. Tokpah, participated, although three of his challengers did not show up. Rep. Tokpah faces formidable challenges from his opponents who are highly educated, according to their respective profiles. Tokpah could not answer most of questions to the expectation of the crowd, which many regarded as a sign of incompetence for the position. The debate put Nyan Flomo and B. K. Gono ahead of the rest of the candidates.The next stage of the debate was expected to take place yesterday in Karnplay, District #3, where about eight candidates, excluding the incumbent, Samuel Woleh, were to deliberate. Former Nimba Superintendent and a former Minister of Youth and Sport, Mr. Teeko Tozay Yorlay, is among the main contenders in the race for that representative seat.The District #4 debate will take place in Bealeglay on August 10, 2017, where sitting Representative Garrison Yealue will be facing some talented men and women. Former Charles Taylor General, Roland Duo, is among several businessmen who are the main contenders. This is one of the districts in Nimba that has the highest number of contestants, and many believe the incumbent’s chances of making a come back will be slim.Information reaching the Daily Observer suggests that the debate will take a break for four days and will resume on August 15 in Saclepea City, Nimba County District # 7, where the incumbent is also not be contesting.Most of the questions from the debates have focused on the usage of the Legislative Support Fund Project (LSFP) and the County Development Fund . Nearly all the candidates said if they are elected, they will seek their constituents’ views on how their share should be used. Most of the Representatives of the outgoing 53rd Legislature are yet to identify tangible projects from the LSFP over the past years. Individual donations, such as providing bundles of zinc, bags of cements to churches, schools or individuals, however, were some of their chief achievements of the past years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Charity residents concerned over spike in teen pregnancies, child crimes

first_img…G Division Police to collaborate with stakeholders to curb growing trendsThough several programmes and proposals have been put in place countrywide to address the issues of truancy, teenage pregnancy and children involved in criminal activities, the prevalence of these matters is worrisome to a large number of Essequibians.G Division Commander Khali PareshramOver 50 residents of Charity Village in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on Sunday last attended a “Face the Community” meeting hosted by Commander of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) G Division, Khali Pareshram, where they voiced several concerns. Guyana Times was told that over 80 per cent of the issues affecting those residents stem from actions by school age children.Commander Pareshram told this publication that the meeting was held at the Charity Secondary School, and was art of his administration’s drive to improve public trust and create partnerships in “improving Police postures and community relations.”He explained that at the top of the long list of concerns raised was the matter wherein several persons pointed out that a specific group of young men was committing crimes in their community. According to the Commander, those pinpointed are the same individuals who had alleged “Police brutality” when they were earlier apprehended by Police ranks in relation to other crimes committed.“The residents called on the Police and the relevant stakeholders to quickly address the very unpleasant situation with the young boys, which has now become unbearable.”Complaints were also made about other children between the ages of 10 and 14 who are also said to be engaging in criminal activities. Many of these children should be attending school, but, for reasons unknown, they are not in classrooms but are reportedly involved in illegal actions, he noted.“These children that the residents are complaining about, apparently they are all delinquents, they are not going to school. The residents also said that there are children living in stalls at the Market Centre. A request was made for a truancy campaign (to be launched),” he disclosed.The residents also pointed out that a growing trend in their community is the issue of an increase in teenage pregnancies. Commander Pareshram noted that they also highlighted that there are young females in their area who are involved in “sexual favours.”As such, the collective request was that there be an official mentoring programme for the children in that village; and in light of the pressing issues that involve children, it has been decided that an action committee be formed to address them.The Police Commander added that, due to the nature of these concerns, ‘G’ Division will be partnering with stakeholders from respective Government agencies and regional authorities to tackle these problems, which are resulting in negative effects in that community. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

CIIP workers picket Corentyne NDC for unpaid salaries

first_imgWorkers attached to the Community Infrastructure Improvement Programme (CIIP) at the country’s largest Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC); the 52/74 NDC on Monday staged a picketing exercise over unpaid salaries for January.On Monday, the workers said that their salaries are now more than one month overdue.CIIP workers picketing for their unpaid salaries“We need money and this is two months now and we aint get one month pay. The cheque come and the Chairman can’t sign the cheque and me get children to go to school. What will happen to my children,” one of the workers on the picket line said.The CIIP workers holding placards, which read ‘No money. ‘No Work’ and ‘NDC Chairman must go’ demanded that they are paid before returning to work.CIIP workers are paid $25,600 monthly. They are required to work sixteen days per month and four hours per day.The work entails cleaning drains, bushes and removing solid waste in some instances in the NDC area.NDC Chairman Anil Nandand“It hard for us we need money right now,” another worker said.Meanwhile, the 15 other NDCs in the region which were in existence prior to the November Local Government Elections have been able to make payments to staff in January using the same signatories from the previous NDC.All other NDCs do not have this problem since they continue with the previous signatories to the account until the ministry gives the letter of permission for the new set of signatories to be sent to the bank.When the NDC Chairman asked some Councillors and the Vice Chairman of the NDC about the CIIP workers demonstration, they were directed to the senior regional official who they said is the main persons that orchestrated this matter to go beyond control.“We are waiting on the letter from the Ministry of Communities because the REO is saying that they can’t give us the letter from the Ministry so that myself and the other person who is going to be signatures to the account, can sign the cheques,” NDC Chairman Anil Nandand said on Mondau.However, the Chairman said following the picketing exercise he was able to get the Communities Ministry officials, who has promised to have the relevant letters issued on today. Nandand says before the end of to the end of the week the workers are expected to receive their January salaries.last_img read more

Astronomers find absence of water on distant planets

first_imgThe astronomers’ unexpected results, they said Wednesday, underlined the need for more observations with Spitzer and future generations of telescopes. “We all have competing proposals in for the next round of Spitzer observations, so we’ll be watching our backs,” joked Grillmair. (626) 578-6300, EXT. 4451 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA CA?ADA FLINTRIDGE – For the first time, astronomers have unraveled the information contained in light from two distant planets, and “what we found was nothing like what we expected to find,” said Jeremy Richardson, an astronomer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Though theorists had previously predicted these distant gaseous worlds should be hot and steamy, observations with the Spitzer Space Telescope revealed no traces of water, he said. “The weather today on 209458b is hot, dry, probably cloudy with a chance of wind,” said Mark Swain, an astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, about one of the two planets astronomers studied. The findings, announced at a Wednesday press conference, were made by three independent research groups. Despite the lack of any sign of liquid in Spitzer’s data, though, astronomers doubt the planets could be waterless worlds. “That, most people agree, is pretty unlikely,” said Carl Grillmair, a Caltech astronomer. Instead, the scientists suggest, the manner in which the planets are heated by their suns could mask the chemical signatures of water. Alternatively, the steam could be hidden beneath a thick layer of opaque clouds. As well as noting the absence of water, Richardson’s research group noted the presence of silicate dust in the atmosphere of one of the planets, a possible source of dark clouds. About 200 such distant planets have been discovered, known as “hot Jupiters” because they are larger and gaseous like Jupiter, but orbit much more closely around their stars. last_img read more

UK sports minister to hold talks over tackling mental health issues

first_imgCrouch, who suffered from depression when she was first elected a British lawmaker in 2010 and eschewed anti-depressants, preferring to use a technique called mindfulness to resolve it, told The Times her idea is not just to change prejudices over those suffering from mental health issues.“I take the issue of mental health incredibly seriously,” said Crouch.“The government will be hosting round-tables in the autumn to specifically discuss how professional and elite sports can help its sportsmen and women cope with mental health conditions.“It is not just about breaking down the stigma, we need to look at how to identify issues early on so that people do not get into a desperate position.”Crouch, who is a qualified Football Association (FA) coach and coaches a girl’s youth team, denied her move to instigate talks was a criticism of the sporting bodies and their lack of action over the issue.Caulker, who is presently with second-tier side Queens Park Rangers, said that when he was suffering from severe depression at Southampton, while the doctor was helpful, others just told him to go out on to the pitch and ‘express himself’.“This is not a criticism of what sports are doing, but to identify what government can do to help the professional and elite sporting bodies support their players,” said Crouch.“For many people who suffer from anxiety and depression, you would never think that they might have a mental health problem and that may be particularly the case in sport.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Everton’s Aaron Lennon (in blue) in action against Newcastle United in 2016 © AFP/File / Oli ScarffLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 1 – UK Sports Minister Tracey Crouch is to hold talks with sports governing bodies later this year over how they can help athletes who suffer from mental health issues.Crouch’s decision comes in light of Everton winger Aaron Lennon being hospitalised under the Mental Health Act for a stress-related illness, and a moving interview given by former England defender Steven Caulker to The Guardian, where he remarked football did not deal well with those who suffered from mental illness like him.last_img read more

Ten-man Sony Sugar hold Sofapaka

first_img0Shares0000Sony Sugar’s Yema Mwana attempts an overhead kick under pressure from Sofapaka’s Bernard Mang’oli and Humphrey Okoti during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Ruaraka Complex on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 15- A tale of two penalties saw 10-man Sony Sugar fight from a goal down to draw 1-1 with 2009 champions Sofapaka at the Ruaraka Complex on Sunday evening, handing John Baraza a stuttering start as Batoto ba Mungu head coach.Sofapaka scored in the first half via a Mathias Kigonya penalty and the sugar-belt side responded in the second half via David Simiyu, also from the penalty spot. Sony were reduced to 10 men early in the second half after Samuel Olare was sent off for elbowing an opponent. Batoto ba Mungu broke the deadlock on the half hour mark when Sony Sugar shot stopper Kevin Omondi bungled down Kepha Aswani from the back as the two of them went high to meet a cross from Brian Dayo.Just like he has done on three previous occasions already this season, goalkeeper Kigonya stepped forward to score the resultant spot kick.Sofapaka had duly gone ahead after dictating much of the tempo in the game, earning possession and passing the ball around the park well. Kigonya had seen less action on his end as Sony ended the opening half without a single shot on target.Baraza’s charges had their first effort at goal in the eighth minute when Dayo took a shot from distance after his side had built up play patiently, but the ball went over.New Sofapaka head coach John Baraza was well suited for the occasion on his first match in charge against Sony Sugar on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAswani had a great chance after 20 minutes when Willis Ouma’s cross from the right landed on his head inside the box, but the effort went over.After going ahead, Sony tried to surge in pressure to get back on level terms, but Sofapaka still had the chances. With 10 minutes remaining till halftime, Kevin Kimani saw his spectacular effort with a half volley from inside the box well collected by the keeper.On the other end, the pair of Yema Mwana and George Abege tried but in vain to get an effort on target.Sofapaka started the second half with the same tempo they had in the first and barely a minute in, Dayo came close with a shot from Kimani’s cut back but it was deflected for a corner.Sony Sugar’s David Simiyu vies for the ball with teh Sofapaka FC duo of Humphrey Okoti and Rodgers Aloro during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Ruaraka COmplex on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe hosts were handed a massive advantage eight minutes into the second half when Samuel Olare was shown a straight red card after elbowing Mousa Omar jostling for space in the wall.With the one man advantage, Sofapaka piled pressure on the visitors and they came close with Kimani’s shot from a Dayo pass brushing off a Sony leg for a corner while on the hour mark, Stephen Waruru’s left foot volley was saved by keeper Omondi.The sugar millers had a brilliant chance to gather a point especially with a man down when the ball fell graciously on David Simiyu’s path one on one with keeper Kigonya, but he took a rushed decision for a shot that went wide.They were almost punished seven minutes later but Kimani’s effort after a quick change of passes with Dayo inside the box went wide.Simiyu however made amends for his miss earlier on scoring from the penalty spot with 14 minutes left on the clock after a defensive mix up in the Sofapaka box ended up in Humphrey Okoti handling the ball.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more