Wigan captain Gary Caldwell named club’s new manager

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first_imgWigan Athletic have announced the appointment of club captain Gary Caldwell as their new manager, just a day after the sacking of Malky Mackay.The struggling Latics axed Mackay as boss on Easter Monday, following a 2-0 defeat to Derby County which left them eight points adrift of safety in the Championship’s bottom three.Chairman David Sharpe, who only replaced his grandfather Dave Whelan in the role last month, insisted he made the change “for the long-term future of the club” and has moved quickly to install the controversial Scot’s successor, with central defender Caldwell penning a “permanent contract” as manager.The 32-year-old told the club’s official website: “We are in a really tough place at the moment, but we will approach the next five games with only one thing in mind, to win. After that, we will assess where we are and move on.”Caldwell first moved to Wigan in 2010 and has remained at the club ever since, but he has not made a single first-team appearance for Latics this term.The former Scotland man is delighted to have been given the opportunity to take the helm, adding: “I’ve made no secret of the fact that I wanted to move into management when the time was right.“I didn’t expect that to come along as quickly as this but, in football, you need to take opportunities when they arise and I am honoured and excited in equal measures to take charge at the Latics, where I have shared such incredible memories over the past five years.”Wigan chairman David Sharpe has described Caldwell as a “natural leader” and believes he is the right man for the job.Sharpe said: “After a meeting with him on Monday and discussions all day Tuesday, Gary was the only candidate we considered because we are so convinced of his qualities.“He knows who we are as a football club and shares the same football philosophy. He is a natural leader who commands respect from everyone around him.“People will talk about his lack of experience, but every young coach is in the same place, there are many examples of young coaches being given opportunities and being successful.“For me the timing was important; we will look to get a reaction in the next five games and this period crucially gives Gary a chance to look at the players in his way until the end of the season. Plus it enables us to start working now with a manager we know will be in place next season.“The immediate goal is clearly to do everything we can to survive in this division, starting at Fulham on Friday. It’s going to be a huge task but, with Gary, Graham, Eric and Mike at the helm, we have the right team in place.” Wigan club captain and new manager Gary Caldwell 1last_img read more


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first_imgPlanned for a site about 30 miles west of Philadelphia, Three Groves Ecovillage will add to the uptick in cohousing communities that have embraced energy efficiency and other green building goals.As currently designed, Three Groves will include solar thermal and photovoltaic systems with enough capacity to allow the community to operate at net zero energy. Its site management, construction, and materials strategies, meanwhile, are aimed at earning the project LEED for Homes Platinum certification.Cohousing has so far found its way to 38 states, according to the Cohousing Association of the United States, whose directory lists almost 250 cohousing projects in the U.S. Eight of those projects are in Pennsylvania. And though not all ecovillages adopt the characteristics of cohousing communities (such as a resident-directed site plan that clusters residences around a common house), many cohousing communities have embraced ecovillage concepts of environmental stewardship, which typically include energy-efficient housing and renewable-energy systems.Ecovillage and cohousing compatibility Abundance EcoVillage, a community of 14 homes on 15 acres in Fairfield, Iowa, for example, is not a cohousing development, although the homeowners there do share the cost of maintaining the community’s renewable-energy systems – two wind turbines (one with a capacity of 3 kW, the other with a 5 kW potential output), and a 7-kW photovoltaic array.Meanwhile, EcoVillage at Ithaca, in upstate New York, is a true cohousing community of 60 units whose planned third neighborhood, a 40-unit project, is expected to include about 25 homes built to the Passivhaus standard.Three Groves Ecovillage homes, nine of which have been sold so far, will range in size from 1,193 square feet for a one-bedroom home to 1,965 square feet for a four-bedroom home, with prices ranging from about $200,000 to the low $400,000s. Monthly housing costs – including mortgage, taxes, and energy costs – are expected to average $1,752.We’ve asked Three Groves for details about the insulation and expected airtightness of the units and will include that information when it becomes available.last_img read more



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first_imgWolves captain Coady: Past week among best of careerby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady says the past week was one of the best of his career.The men in old gold won three matches in nine days going into the international break, including eye-catching victories at Besiktas and Manchester City. Coady told the club’s website: “We won’t forget it. It was an amazing week for this football club, we beat Watford, went to Besiktas and put the effort in with such a small squad, and then went to the home of the champions and put in a brilliant performance.“It was massive for us because a lot of people spoke, saying how we started slow, but we were learning. A lot of players haven’t played in the Europa League before, we’ve had an awful lot of games, and the most important thing was we were listening to the manager after every game and learning. We’ve got a break, which we need, but we’ll move on as soon as possible.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


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first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The provincial government wants to make B.C. drivers pay ICBC premiums that more fairly reflect the risk they represent on the roads.ICBC‘s current rate structure is more than 30 years old. It is built around ensuring the vehicle rather than the driver and allows discounts to drivers despite multiple crashes.The structure has resulted in British Columbians with crash-free, clean driving records subsidizing bad drivers, including those with multiple accidents. B.C. Attorney General David Eby explained the submission ICBC is making to the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) will include revenue-neutral proposals aimed at levelling that playing field. “We want to modernize ICBC so that British Columbians pay according to their crash history, driving records and level of risk, and take responsibility for their driving habits,” said Eby.  “It’s only fair.”“Right now, the system is broken. A driver with no crashes could be paying the same premium as a driver with three at-fault crashes in a year. We heard from British Columbians that their insurance rates need to be fair and we agree. Good drivers shouldn’t have to continue paying more to cover the costs for those who cause crashes or present a higher risk on our roads.”The proposed changes align with the feedback the government received from nearly 35,000 British Columbians on how to make insurance fair. Proposed changes to basic insurance include: Moving to a driver-based model, so that at-fault crashes are tied to the driver and not the person who owns the vehicle.Increasing insurance discounts for drivers with up to 40 years of driving experience, up from the current limit of nine years.New discounts available for vehicles with original, manufacturer-installed automatic emergency braking technology and for vehicles driven less than 5,000 kilometres per year.Basic insurance discounts for inexperienced drivers will be adjusted to better reflect their risk.At-fault crashes will have a larger impact on the premium a driver pays.Rate classes and territories data will be updated for the first time in more than 10 years to reflect significant changes in traffic density, population growth and changes in the urban infrastructure.An increase to the Driver Penalty Point (DPP) and Driver Risk Premium (DRP) programs of 20% in fall 2018 and 20% in fall 2019, as previously announced.“The changes we are proposing are the most significant updates to how ICBC‘s basic insurance premiums are set in more than 30 years,” said ICBC’s Board Chair Joy MacPhail. “When British Columbians were asked for their feedback on this topic, one message came out loud and clear, lower-risk drivers shouldn’t be paying the same as some high-risk drivers.”As part of these changes, ICBC is proposing a “transition cap” that limits how much the premium can change annually based on a customer’s driving record and at-fault crash history. Most customers will fully transition to their new basic premium within three years under the proposed changes.The B.C. government has directed ICBC to file an application with the BCUC by Aug. 15, 2018. Subject to approval, the changes would come into effect September 2019. Separately, the government has also directed ICBC to move the timing of its basic insurance rate application to the BCUC from late August to December to align any rate change with the other product changes already announced.last_img read more


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first_imgKharar (Punjab): In a sensational murder, a senior health official was shot dead at point blank range at her office in Punjab’s Kharar by a man who later pumped a bullet into himself, police said. The official, Neha Shorie, was posted with the Drug and Food Chemical Laboratory in Kharar and dealth with licensing in Mohali and Ropar districts, they said.The accused, Balwinder Singh of Morinda, entered her office and fired three bullets from his licensed revolver at Shorie at around 11.40 am, a police official said. After firing bullets at the health officer, the accused tried to flee the spot on his motorcycle but was caught, the official said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”The people nearby caught hold of him. After being held, he initially tried to threaten those who had caught hold of him by pointing his revolver towards them but when he found he was trapped, he fired at himself, the official added. The Kharar DSP, who reached the spot, took the accused to custody. Singh is undergoing treatment at PGIMER, Chandigarh, and is in a critical state, police said. A case of murder was registered and a probe initiated, they said. Preliminary investigations revealed that the accused was running a chemist shop in Morinda and in 2009, Shorie, who was then posted as District Drugs Inspector in Ropar, raided his store and reportedly recovered intoxicant drugs from there, following which she had cancelled his drugs licence. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThough the motive of the cold blooded murder was not yet confirmed, it is believed that the accused was nursing a grudge against the health officer since his drugs licence was cancelled. The accused had got the new arms license of a .32 bore revolver a couple of months back. Even as the model code of conduct imposed for the Lok Sabha polls since March 11 required every licensed weapon to be deposited with the police station concerned, he was still possessing his arms, which he used to commit the crime. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has directed Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta to ensure speedy probe into the killing of Shorie. The chief minister ordered prompt investigation into the matter and ensured that the accused will be given exemplary punishment. He said that no one would be allowed to interfere or intimidate any public servant in the discharge of their duties. After the incident, the Opposition SAD and AAP trained guns at the Congress government in Punjab, alleging that law and order had broken down and even officials were not safe inside their offices.last_img read more


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first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Thursday announced the names of two candidates for Lok Sabha polls in Gujarat, taking the total number of seats on which it has declared its candidates to 357. The party has fielded Sher Khan Abdul Shakur Pathan from Bharuch and Babubhai Katara from Dahod (ST). The announcement comes days after the Gujarat Congress unit requested senior party leader Ahmed Patel to contest the Lok Sabha poll from Bharuch. Patel, currently a Rajya Sabha member, won from Bharuch thrice, in 1977, 1980 and 1984, but lost to BJP’s Chandubhai Deshmukh in 1991, after which he did not contest from the seat. The party on Thursday also announced that Kantilal Muljibhai Patel as its candidate for the by-election to the Unjha assembly seat in Gujarat.last_img


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first_imgLiving with a smoker after age 20 is associated with a 15 per cent greater risk of developing high blood pressure, warn researchers, adding that avoiding smoky environments can reduce the risk of hypertension. Passive smoking at home or work was linked with a 13 per cent increased risk of hypertension. Exposure to passive smoking for 10 years or more was related to a 17 per cent increased risk of hypertension and men and women were equally affected, said the researchers at “EuroHeartCare 2019″, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology, in Milan, Italy on Friday. Also Read – The Puja carnival”Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke regardless of whether the smoker is still in the room,” said study author Professor Byung Jin Kim from Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea. “Our study in non-smokers shows that the risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) is higher with longer duration of passive smoking – but even the lowest amounts are dangerous,” Kim added. This is the first large study to assess the association between secondhand smoke and hypertension in never-smokers verified by urinary levels of cotinine, the principal metabolite of nicotine. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraIt included 131,739 never-smokers, one-third men, and an average age of 35 years. Participants with hypertension were significantly more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work (27.9 per cent) than those with normal blood pressure (22.6 per cent). Hypertension was significantly more common in people exposed to passive smoke at home or work (7.2 per cent) compared to no exposure (5.5 per cent). “The results suggest that it is necessary to keep completely away from secondhand smoke, not just reduce exposure, to protect against hypertension,” said Professor Kim.last_img read more


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first_imgNew Delhi: Social media giant Facebook is raising minimum wages for contract workers to up to $20 per hour in the US, and said it is working on developing similar standards for other countries. The US-based company had drawn flak after reports of contract workers facing tough work conditions and getting low compensation came out. These reports suggested that some workers also suffered from post-traumatic stress. It conceded that its current minimum wages for contract staff may be insufficient to meet the cost of living in some of the places it operates in. “It’s become clear that $15 per hour doesn’t meet the cost of living in some of the places where we operate. After reviewing a number of factors including third-party guidelines, we’re committing to a higher standard that better reflects local costs of living,” Facebook Vice-President (Human Resource) Janelle Gale and Arun Chandra (VP of Scaled Operations) said in a blogpost. They added that the minimum wage has been raised to $20 per hour in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and Washington DC, and $18 per hour in Seattle. “We’ll be implementing these changes by mid-next year and we’re working to develop similar standards for other countries,” they said. The blog said workers in the US, who review content on Facebook, will receive even higher wages. “Their work is critical to keeping our community safe, and it’s often difficult. That’s why we’ve paid content reviewers more than minimum wage standards, and why we will surpass this new living wage standard as well. We’ll pay at least $22 per hour to all employees of our vendor partners based in the Bay Area, New York City and Washington, D.C,” it pointed out. Content reviewers in Seattle will receive $20 per hour, while those in all other metro areas in the US will get $18. “As with all people who do contract work, we’re working to develop similar international standards. This work is ongoing, and we’ll continue to review wages over time,” the blog said. In 2015, Facebook had introduced a minimum wage of $15 per hour; a minimum 15 paid days off for holidays, sick time and vacation; and for new parents that don’t receive paid leave — a $4,000 new child benefit. A year later, it asked its vendors in the US to provide comprehensive healthcare to all of their employees assigned to Facebook. The social media giant said all content reviewers – whether full-time employees or those employed by partner companies – have access to well-being and resiliency resources. “We’re working to make contracts across our Global Operations vendor partners consistent. This includes requirements like quality-focused incentives, no sub-contracting, overtime and premiums for nightshifts and weekends, and healthcare that meets the standards of the Affordable Care Act in the US and appropriate healthcare standards internationally,” the blog said. The company is mandating all vendor partners to provide on-site counselling during all hours of operations, and is also rolling out a resiliency survey — to be conducted twice a year — to all partner sites globally to “get a better sense of the needs of our reviewers”.last_img read more


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first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has announced that he has signed for LA Galaxy for footballing reasons alone and wants to help the MLS grow during his stay thereThe signing of the football icon has been greeted warmly at the MLS with the president of Galaxy’s parent organisation AEG lauding the Swede as “one of the brightest stars that’s ever played in this market”.Ibrahimovic himself revealed to LA Times that he was lured by the prospect of experiencing a different kind of football in America and is hopeful of making a positive impression with the fans over his style of football.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“After being in Europe, winning 33 trophies, playing in the best teams in the world, playing with the best players in the world, I wanted to come to the US and play my game there,” said Ibrahimovic, according to Manchester Evening News.“I wanted people to enjoy my game there and to win. And I chose the Galaxy to do that. I am ready to go now. First of all, I’m there to play football. I’m not there for something else. My first objective is to play football and do what I’m good at.“I’m excited to come over and to get the experience with the Galaxy and to explore how the football is there. I want to be part of it and make it better.”last_img read more