Resist rebel Hackett’s extraordinary demands

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Coronavirus case at Apple’s EU headquarters in Ireland

first_imgAn Apple employee at the tech giant’s European headquarters in the city of Cork has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the firm said Tuesday.”One of our employees in Cork has been confirmed to have COVID-19,” Apple said in a statement.”We are closely coordinating with the local health authorities who feel the risk to others is low, and the individual remains in self-isolation,” it added. “As a precaution, we have asked some of our team members to stay at home while we work with the Health and Safety Executive to assess the situation.”Apple said a deep cleaning programme at all of its offices and stores would continue and it “will take all necessary precautions in accordance with guidance from health authorities”.Apple, which has maintained offices in Ireland since the 1980s, employs around 6,000 people in Cork, the country’s second-largest city.Ireland currently has 24 cases of COVID-19 according to department of health figures updated Monday night. There have yet to be any fatalities from the virus in the Republic, but the government and health service is bracing for further outbreaks.Last week, thousands of staff at Google’s European headquarters in Dublin were told to stay away for the day after one employee reported flu-like symptoms.And on Monday Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced that annual parades scheduled for the St Patrick’s Day festival on March 17 would be cancelled owing to the virus.”There’s a lot about this virus that we don’t yet know, but it is possible that we’re facing events that are unprecedented in modern times,” the premier warned at a press conference.Topics :last_img read more

MUI, Muhammadiyah advise public to hold Idul Fitri prayers at home during pandemic

first_imgThe Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and Muhammadiyah have advised Muslims in the country to avoid conducting Idul Fitri prayers in large congregations at mosques due to the pandemic.Traditionally, Idul Fitri prayers, which this year are expected to be held on May 24 when Ramadan ends, are conducted in mosques and open spaces, involving hundreds to thousands of people. With the government’s large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), which were implemented to help curb the spread of COVID-19, conducting prayers in the traditional way would pose major health risks. The MUI issued a fatwa on the matter on Wednesday, allowing Idul Fitri prayers at home in areas where COVID-19 has spread “uncontrollably”. However, Muslims in areas where the virus is largely controlled can hold Idul Fitri prayers as normal.”Idul Fitri prayers can be performed at home in congregations with family members or individuals, especially in areas where COVID-19 has spread uncontrollably,” MUI Fatwa Council chair Hasanuddin said in a statement on Wednesday.It also called on Muslims, the government and the community to hold takbiran, a way to celebrate the eve of Idul Fitri, but in a less festive way. During the pandemic, takbiran, which includes takbir (recitation of God is great), is a prayer for humanity in overcoming the coronavirus.The MUI suggested that takbiran be held at homes, mosques as led by takmir (mosque management) and on the road with limited participants, as well as aired on television, the radio and social media. Muhammadiyah, one of the biggest Islamic organizations in the country, issued a circular on Thursday on Idul Fitri prayer guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.It suggested that the prayers be performed at home to “break the chain” of COVID-19 infections and as a precautionary measure to prevent the current situation from getting worse. “Idul Fitri prayers should be performed at home with family members in the same way as in public spaces,” Muhammadiyah chairman Haedar Nashir said.The organization said that, according to Islamic perspective, self-protection, both body and soul, was important as Surah al-Maidah, verse 32 of the Quran, emphasized: “Whoever saves a life, it is as if they had saved mankind entirely.”Both the MUI and Muhammadiyah said that the public Idul Fitri prayers were not obligatory, but rather sunnah (voluntary act of worship), and performing the activities at home would not reduce the religious value of them. The eve of Idul Fitri and the day of the Muslim festivities have yet to be decided, pending an isbat (confirmation meeting) to be held by the Religious Affairs Ministry and the MUI on May 22. The meeting is to be attended by several Islamic mass organizations.Previously, the MUI issued a fatwa on Friday prayers during the pandemic. On March 16, it said that Muslims in areas where COVID-19 had spread “uncontrollably” were “not permitted to perform the Friday prayers in those areas until the situation returns to normal”.The Health Ministry announced 568 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 16,006, with 1,043 deaths and 3,518 recoveries.In comparison, Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, the highest religious authority in the kingdom, had said prayers during Ramadan and the subsequent Idul Fitri festival should be performed at home should the coronavirus outbreak continue, a Saudi newspaper reported as quoted by aljazeera.com.Meanwhile, Muslim-majority Malaysia started easing its ban on mass prayers in mosques on Friday, the Malaysian government said, as it gradually relaxes curbs that have helped rein in the coronavirus, according to straitstimes.com.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal’s restart preparations were hampered after positive coronavirus test saw three players pulled from training

first_imgArsenal have lost three key players to injury since the season resumed (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s hopes for the run-in were affected even more just a minute into that clash against City when Granit Xhaka had to be withdrawn with an injury, while centre-back Pablo Mari followed soon after.‘Everything went wrong from the first minute when Granit got injured and we had to change the plan a little bit,’ said head coach Arteta, who contracted coronavirus back in March, after the game.‘Every possible accident that could have happened hopefully happened today, not in the remaining 10 games that we have ahead of us.’Unfortunately for the Gunners, their bad luck with injuries continued at the weekend against Brighton, with Bernd Leno – who has been the club’s outstanding player this season – suffering what appears to be an ACL injury, which would rule him out for a long time.MORE: Mikel Arteta responds to Neal Maupay telling Arsenal’s players to ‘learn humility’MORE: ‘We need to be showing that fight!’ – Arsenal legend Ian Wright defends Matteo Guendouzi over Neal Maupay clashFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal have suffered losses against Manchester City and Brighton (Picture: Getty)Just a few days earlier, Arsenal were informed by the Premier League that one of their players had tested positive for coronavirus and needed to self-isolate for seven days – ruling him out of the City clash.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTTo add to that problem, the player in question had spent enough time alongside two of his teammates to classify as ‘close contact’, meaning they needed to quarantine for 14 days.However, with none of the players in question showing any symptoms, and having not had any players test positive for Covid-19 in previous rounds of testing, Arsenal suspected a false positive.The club took it upon themselves to get the player tested again privately, both the antigen and antibody test, and both came back negative – though as this was ‘in-house’ testing it was not approved by the Premier League.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThey therefore had to sit out training for several days until the next round of testing, on the Monday before they played Man City, and this time the trio’s tests all came back negative and they were finally allowed to return to training at 5pm on Tuesday, the final session on the evening before the game.All three players are believed to have travelled to the Etihad and been involved in the matchday squad, though having them absent in such a crucial period before the match, coupled with the doubts over whether they could play, significantly affected Mikel Arteta’s preparations. Metro Sport ReporterMonday 22 Jun 2020 7:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Gunners boss Mikel Arteta contracted the virus all the way back in March (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s poor performances following the resumption of the Premier League season could be a result of their less-than-ideal preparations, with three players forced to withdraw from training after a positive coronavirus test last week.The Gunners have recorded back-to-back defeats since football returned, first suffering a comprehensive 3-0 loss at the Etihad in midweek before succumbing to a 2-1 defeat against Brighton on Saturday.But according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, their preparations for that first match against Manchester City were thrown into disarray after an extraordinary series of events. Advertisementcenter_img Comment Advertisement Arsenal’s restart preparations were hampered after positive coronavirus test saw three players pulled from traininglast_img read more

Looking for a flatmate or a soulmate? You might just find both in one of these suburbs

first_imgJenny Brandon and Steven Webster in Brisbane’s New Farm happily ever after. They were flatmates for six years before they fell in love. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia Baxter.WHEN Steve Webster moved in to a sharehouse with his now girlfriend 10 years ago, he thought he might make a new friend but he didn’t bank on falling in love.The 30-year-old Brisbane real estate flatted with Jenny Brandon for six years before they became an item — sharing rent, dirty dishes, and, eventually, their hearts.“We became best friends and just went through life together,” Steve said.“Her mum passed away at the same time as the breakup so she went through a bad time and that brought us closer together.”GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThe couple continued flatting with other people for another six months before moving out on their own.“In a way, you get to see the worst of each other I guess,” Steve said.“I’m sure anyone who’s had a flatmate would know — you see every part of their life.“If they still like you after all that, you’re doing all right.”If you are looking for love — or just a flatmate — some parts of the state are more sought-after than others.Flatmates.com.au has revealed the most popular share accommodation suburbs in Queensland, and it seems it does pay to live beside the seaside.Broadbeach on the Gold Coast has topped the list of most in-demand suburbs to find a flatmate, with an average of 61 people looking at each property listed on Flatmates.com.au in the first three months of this yearBroadbeach is the most popular suburb for share accommodation in Queensland, according to Flatmates.com.au.It was also the third most sought-after suburb in the country when it comes to share accommodation, and has a median share room price of $239 a week.The data is based on the number of people who said they were looking in a particular suburb in the first quarter of 2018, versus the number of properties that were listed.Mount Gravatt, located next to Griffith University’s Nathan campus in Brisbane’s south, ranked second with 48 people looking for each room.PROPERTY INVESTORS BACK, BUT BABY STEPSIT’S TIME YOUR KIDS STARTING PAYING RENTHISTORIC BRISBANE HOME UP FOR GRABSThe beach suburbs of Main Beach, Currumbin and Caloundra rounded out the top five, while Miami and Burleigh Heads were also popular.Flatmates.com.au executive manager Simon Hope suggested those struggling to find a room in one of the most popular suburbs should consider looking to neighbouring suburbs that offered a similar lifestyle and amenities, but with less competition.“As an example, Broadbeach saw 61 people looking per property while just next-door Broadbeach Waters had a demand of just eight looking per property.”When it comes to falling in love with a flatmate, Steve and Jenny are not alone.Justine Morgan, 27, met her boyfriend at university and moved in to a sharehouse in St Lucia with him and two other flatmates..Brisbane couple Justine Morgan and Dean Jones fell in love while they were flatting together. Picture supplied.They started out as just friends — even setting each other up with mutual friends — until one day Justine realised she had developed stronger feelings towards Dean.“I said to my friends; ‘I have a crush on my flatmate’ and they said; ‘Don’t do anything! You’ll ruin the friendship’.Four years on, Justine is happy she didn’t take their advice.The couple still share a house with other flatmates but their relationship is very different.Relationship psychologist Philipa Thornton said a romance born from a flatmate friendship could lead to a successful life partnership.“It is a fabulous basis because domestically you’re going to have an idea of what they are like pretty quickly,” she said.“Proximity makes the heart grow fonder and that can be a really lovely foundation for a relationship to form from a friendship base.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoRelationship psychologist Philipa Thornton.Ms Thornton said with a more traditional dating relationship someone’s true colours could remain hidden for quite some time, but a flatmate romance fast-tracked what was normally a slower process.“The honeymoon phase could be over quicker when you’re living with someone 24/7,” she said.QLD’S MOST POPULAR SHARE ACCOMMODATION SUBURBS1. Broadbeach2. Mount Gravatt3. Main Beach4. Currumbin5. Caloundra6. Dutton Park7. Miami8. Burleigh Heads9. West End10. South Brisbane11. Carindale12. Mermaid Beach13. Alexandra Headland14. Milton15. Mooloolaba16. Noosa Heads17. Helensvale18. Newstead19. Townsville20. Toowong(Source: flatmates.com.au)last_img read more

Company performance at risk from ignoring human rights, say investors

first_img“Benchmarks, civil society and investor pressure is helping to create a ‘race to the top’ in human rights reporting and commitment to transparency,” it said. Macy’s was among the companies criticised in CHRB’s reportCHRB said its conclusions were backed by consultancies, such as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and ERM, who reported increased demand for human rights support in the wake of its pilot benchmark report in 2017.It added that investors were discussing how poor company human rights performance could result in exclusions from specific funds.According to CHRB, 52 companies issued a dedicated human rights report last year, while over 5,000 firms have reported on their public commitments to avoid modern slavery in their supply chain.Steve Waygood, the CHRB’s chairman and chief responsible investment officer at Aviva Investors, said that “we should all be concerned by the lack of engagement from around a quarter of companies, particularly as they are in priority sectors concerning serious human rights impacts”.According to the CHRB, the 28 companies that have shunned engagement had not responded to the investor coalition, the CHRB’s invitations, consultations or communications.They had not taken part in 2018 engagements either, it said.CHRB said its members would push for greater corporate transparency and engagement this year. It also committed to expanding its assessment into the technology sector, with a pilot benchmark planned for 2019.CHRB was founded in 2013. It is backed by a €5trn investor coalition that includes APG Asset Management, Nordea, Robeco and the Church of Sweden, and is supported by the UK, Dutch and Swiss governments.Several major institutional investors operate public ‘blacklists’, including Sweden’s AP7 and the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global.AP7 has blacklisted 27 companies explicitly due to human rights issues, according to its website, while eight have been banned by Norway with three more under observation. Companies that ignore human rights issues risk restricted access to capital due to reputational damage and regulatory backlash, according to the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB). In a new report, the $5trn investor collaboration named 28 companies including Kraft Heinz, Macy’s, Hermes and Prada had not “meaningfully engaged” with investors regarding issues such as modern-day slavery, worker safety and freedom of association.In contrast, it named Tesco, Nestlé, Gap, Freeport-McRohan and Mondelez as companies reviewing and positively evolving their programmes and policies on human rights.CHRB – a collaboration of large investors and other groups, including APG and Nordea – found that apparel, agriculture and mining companies were committed to addressing gaps in human rights management and improve performance.last_img read more

Abortion Law ‘Reform’: Twenty Questions that Deserve Answers

first_imgABC.net 12 May 2016Family First Comment: Rachael Wong nails it – yet again! Proponents of abortion on demand will struggle with these test questions.Independent MP Rob Pyne has introduced a private member’s bill to amend Queensland’s abortion laws, which may allow women to undergo abortions through all nine months of pregnancy – up until birth.Pyne, who called the current law “archaic,” has said that his bill does not give a time limit for abortion and that he would “compromise” with MPs as to when the “cut-off” should be.This leaves open the possibility of an extreme abortion law, like in Victoria, Tasmania and ACT, all of which allow abortion up until birth.But if the prospect of abortion up until birth isn’t enough to make us reject Pyne’s bill outright, there are still several questions we ought to be asking before we all jump on the bandwagon of “choice” and “progress”:1. How progressive are we really when we are willing to “compromise” the “cut-off” point for a human life?2. At what point do we draw the line when a child’s heart starts to beat at 5 weeks, it can feel pain by 20 weeks, and a week later can survive outside the womb?3. How can we reconcile the lengths to which we will go to save a child born prematurely (cost, use of advanced medical technology and so on), with a law that could allow that same child to be aborted?4. Are states like Victoria really the best model for abortion law reform? (There is currently a political push to introduce gestational limits in Victoria due to the excesses of its extreme abortion law.)Pyne’s bill would remove abortion from the criminal code, but leave in place section 313, which makes it a crime to cause the death of an unborn child in cases such as where a pregnant woman is assaulted.5. Why the distinction between a child whose death is caused by someone assaulting its mother and one whose death is caused by abortion?6. Does using a surgical or chemical process to cause death, rather than physical assault, really change what is happening to the child?7. Why do we call it a tragedy when an unborn child dies from an assault or accident (including an accidental abortion), but not when it dies from an abortion?8. Are these distinctions made because one child is wanted and the other is not? Is this really the best basis on which to create public policy?9. Do the provisions criminalising abortion perhaps serve the same protective purpose for the child as section 313?Pyne has said that the push for his bill was the case of a 12 year old girl from Queensland last month who needed permission from the Supreme Court to undergo an abortion.10. Why the outcry over a 12 year old’s inability to obtain an abortion, and barely a mention of why a 12 year old needed an abortion in the first place?11. Are we not concerned about why and by whom 12 year olds – and apparently hundreds more 13 and 14 year olds – are getting pregnant?12. Is abortion really going to solve these issues?13. Or might it, at best, leave them unaddressed, or at worst, act as a shield for perpetrators of statutory rape?14. Why do we persist in addressing symptoms instead of root causes to difficult or unplanned pregnancies?15. Why are we not more concerned about our young girls being sexually active and exposing themselves to much worse than pregnancy (sexually transmitted infections, exploitation and so on)?Deputy Premier of Queensland and Labor MP Jackie Trad, who is “unashamedly pro-choice,” has publicly supported Pyne’s bill stating that abortion is “a health issue, not a criminal issue” and that “what a woman decides to do with her body, in consultation with her doctor, does not belong in the criminal code.”16. If we are truly concerned about women’s health, why the hush when it comes to the physical and psychological risks of abortion?17. How does abortion promote women’s health? What about the health of unborn women?18. Are there not two human beings involved in every abortion? Does the current law not reflect this important reality?19. Why do we perform highly advanced life-saving (and other) surgery on children in utero if a pregnancy only involves a woman and her doctor?20. Is more abortion really the best we can offer women facing a difficult or unplanned pregnancy?These are just some of the questions, among many, that need to be considered before forging ahead with a law that is supposedly about “women’s health” and “choice” and “progress.”All this is not to say that women should be thrown in jail for undergoing abortions. Certainly not. There is no benefit in prosecuting women who are already vulnerable and suffering.But I suspect that removing women’s criminal liability isn’t the real issue. Pyne’s bill is about abortion on demand, for any reason, or for no reason.http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2016/05/12/4460682.htmKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Army vows not to abuse anti-terror law

first_imgThe 3ID urged the public to give the law a chance, pointing out that the measure’s aim is to protect the country from terrorist attacks. ILOILO City – The Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) based in Jamindan, Capiz assured Western Visayans its soldiers won’t abuse the Anti-Terrorism Law. “We vow to keep the law from the abuse of soldiers. If there are abuses, our camps and headquarters are open to bring our erring soldiers before the court of law,” said Army Major Cenon Pancito III, 3ID spokesperson. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the anti-terrorism bill into law recently. Human rights advocates warned it could be abused to quell legitimate dissent. People have nothing to fear, he added, but only terrorists and their supporters. Among others, the new law allows for terrorism suspects to be detained without a warrant and prolongs the period of time they can be detained without being charged in court. Major Cenon Pancito III “Help our campaign of preserving peace. We know that others have apprehension but we won’t forget the intention of the law – to protect Filipinos from chaos and fear,” said Pancito. Rights groups and activists say the new law is designed to give police and military forces more powers to stifle dissent./PNlast_img read more

Bulldog Grapplers Earn Split At Rushville Meet

first_imgBatesville Wrestling continued their season traveling to Rushville to compete in four duals. Batesville split the day going 2-2 defeating EIAC opponents Greensburg and Connersville.Batesville started the day losing to a talented Centerville team 61-12. Getting wins for the bulldogs were Jt Linkel (145) and Josh Mobley (152) by pin.The Bulldogs then battled conference rivals Greensburg. Batesville controlled the dual winning 6 out of the 7 matches wrestled giving up only one forfeit. Alex Murphy(113) and Caleb Bischoff-Niese (126) started things out with each picking up a forfiet. Tyler Schaeffer (132), Jonah Chase (138), Jt Linkel, and Josh Mobley would follow up with pins. Jacob Weigel (160), Axel Garcia (182) would each win 6-3 and 7-4 respectfully leading to a 42-12 victory.Batesville next went up against Eiac member Connersville. Batesville would have an other stong showing with 7 bulldogs getting 6 point victories. Caleb Bischoff-Niese and Josh Mobley would pick up forfiets while Alex Murphy, Tyler Schaeffer, Jonah Chase, Jt Linkel and Axel Garcia would pick up pins giving the bulldogs a 42-34 victory.Batesville would close the day challenging host team Rushville losing to the Lions for the second week in a row. Jonah Chase, Jt Linkel, and Josh Mobley would each pick up pins. Rushville would go on to win 60-18.Batesville moves to 6-5 on the year with Jt Linkel and Josh Mobley going 4-0 on the day and Jonah Chase picking up 3 victories. Also competing varsity for the bulldogs of the day was Brandon Manning at 195. Batesville will travel to East Central next Saturday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Curtis Miller.last_img read more

Cathcart: Ighalo will do everything to succeed

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Breaking: Ighalo blocked Osimhen’s Man U move — Brother Watford appoint new head coach Watford centre-back Craig Cathcart believes his former teammate Odion Ighalo has the personality and skill to thrive while on loan at Manchester United. The Academy graduate, who won the 2006/07 Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award, joined Watford just a few weeks before Ighalo arrived from Udinese in July 2014. During a three-year spell, the pair were part of a successful period for the Hertfordshire club, which included earning promotion to the Premier League and then flourishing in their first season back in the big time. Now Ighalo is poised to return to top-flight action, after agreeing a loan deal to join the Reds from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, and Cathcart is excited about the contribution his erstwhile colleague could make up north. “I’m delighted for him, to be honest,” said Cathcart. “I know it’s something that he’ll be really enthusiastic about, because he was an ambitious player. “It’s an amazing opportunity for him and I’m sure he’ll do everything in his power to make the most of it.” The Northern Ireland international cites Ighalo’s thirst for testing himself against the best as a good indicator of what he might achieve at United. “I remember when we first got into the Premier League, the big occasions against the big clubs, he’d always look forward to them,” recalls Cathcart. “And, if I remember correctly, he scored quite a lot of goals against the big clubs. “So the fact that he’s going to be given the opportunity to play at United is just huge. He’s got every chance to have a successful spell there, because he’s a good player and he can score goals, definitely.” Cathcart was part of the United side that reached the 2007 FA Youth Cup final, alongside Danny Welbeck and Danny Drinkwater. The 30-year-old centre-forward was renowned for his partnership with Watford captain Troy Deeney while playing at Vicarage Road, but Cathcart describes him as a versatile player. “He can adapt. He’s got good link-up play if you do play with two strikers, and he can also hold the ball up if you want to go with the one striker,” he assesses. “He can run the channels as well, because he’s got good pace and good strength and he’s always a threat in the box.” Ighalo’s first run-out at Old Trafford as a Red could come against his former club, who are the first visitors to M16 after the winter break on February 23. “I haven’t spoken to him, but, as soon as he signed, I knew we were playing against United pretty soon,” notes Cathcart. “So I’ll be looking forward to seeing him and having a chat, and seeing how he’s getting on, because he’s a great lad and someone I really enjoyed playing with.”Tags: Jimmy MurphyOdion IghaloShanghai ShenhuaWatfordlast_img read more