The number of people on British company payrolls fell by more than 600,000 in April and May as the coronavirus lockdown hit the labor market, and vacancies plunged by the most on record, official data showed on Tuesday.The jobless rate unexpectedly held at 3.9% over the three months to April – despite a record slump in overall economic output during that period – as firms turned to the government’s job retention scheme to keep employees on their books.Economists polled by Reuters had mostly expected a rise in the unemployment rate to 4.7%. “The furlough scheme continues to hold off the bulk of job losses, but unemployment is likely to surge in the months ahead,” Tej Parikh, chief economist at the Institute of Directors, said.The furlough scheme is due to run until the end of October although employers have to make contributions to the cost of paying their temporarily laid-off workers from August.Many companies have already announced permanent layoffs of workers. On Monday, building materials firm Travis Perkins said it would cut about 9% of its workforce, or 2,500 jobs. Airlines have shed more than 15,000 jobs in Britain.Britain’s job market was strong before the coronavirus hit, and the ONS said many of those who lost their jobs in April were not actively looking for work and so counted as ‘inactive’ rather than unemployed. Topics : In a more up-to-date sign of how the coronavirus lockdown is affecting the labor market, experimental figures, based on tax data, showed the number of people on company payrolls fell by 612,000 in April and May. In May alone, it was 163,000 lower than in April when the biggest job losses occurred.That left the number of paid employees 2.1% lower than in March, the ONS said.There was also a big drop in job vacancies, which showed their largest quarterly fall since the ONS began measuring them in 2001, with a slide of 342,000 to 476,000.Prime Minister Boris Johnson, under pressure to ease the slump in the economy, has ordered a review of Britain’s two-meter social distancing rule which many employers say is stopping them from getting back up to speed.Johnson and finance minister Rishi Sunak are also reportedly considering increasing a tax incentive for small firms to hire workers, and suspending social security payments by employers.The ONS said the number of hours worked per week dropped by the biggest amount on record, falling to 959.9 million in the three months to April from 1.041 billion in the three months to March, reflecting the scale of the jobs furlough scheme which covers about 9 million jobs.A measure of the number of people claiming Universal Credit, a benefit for people out of work or on low incomes, rose by a larger than expected 528,900 in May to 2.8 million, more than double the number in March.The ONS has said the claimant count almost certainly overstates the rise in unemployment because it includes people who are in work but are entitled to support.A fall in pay growth reflected how workers on the government’s job retention scheme are only entitled to receive 80% of their former pay, up to 2,500 pounds a month.The ONS said workers’ total pay growth of 1.0% was the weakest since September 2014. Regular pay, excluding bonuses, grew by 1.7%, the weakest since January 2015.
Loading… “I knew this time would arrive at one point in my life. I knew it would be you since the moment I saw you with that precious smile. Lockdown can wait lets sort this one out: Lago junior and fiancee Fabiola Parralo Macias “I knew one day I would be in front of you with my knee on the ground taking a ring out of pocket to ask you to MARRY ME… To ask you to accompany me for the rest of my life. “I am making it a reality because it is what I want with you, to spend each and every single one of my days next to you and next to our daughter. I love you, my love.” One reply read: “Congratulations my friend. You both deserve the best Junior who has played for Mallorca since 2016, remains at home with football having taken a back seat amid the coronavirus outbreak. Read AlsoCoronavirus: How Premier League stars keep busy during the shutdown Mallorca are battling relegation in La liga, sitting 18th position. Five members of Valencia were reportedly confirmed to have COVID-19, including Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay, 33. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Mallorca forward Lago Junior put Spain’s coronavirus quarantine behind him on Sunday as he proposed to WAG Fabiola Parralo Macias at their home. The country remains in quarantine to stop the spread of the coronavirus with the outbreak serious in Spain. Spain has been in a country-wide lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19 with more than 9,400 confirmed cases in the country, which have resulted in up to 335 deaths. Junior is among the citizens to be quarantined at home, and the 29-year-old made the most of the difficult situation. The Ivorian proposed in his garden before posting pictures on his Instagram, showing the moment he popped the question to Fabiola. Junior went down on one knee presenting the ring, while Fabiola held their daughter Aylen’s hand. The couple celebrated the moment with a kiss, with many congratulating them on social media amid the current epidemic. Junior captioned his post: “Well, my love, I had a different plan with family, friends and others but the circumstances have forced me to change the place and the company. “We have been through a lot together. We have lived through a lot of bad moments but we’ve known how to change that pain and suffering into marvelous moments, laughs, trips, meals and a life together how we wanted. Promoted ContentThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldIs This 1921 Cartoon The First Ever Meme?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art
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Franklin County, In. — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says one person was hurt in a crash on Oxford Pike Wednesday.Deputies say a car driven by Elijah Kalkhoff, 26, of Oxford, Ohio, was westbound on Oxford Pike, traveling too fast for the conditions. Kalkhoff failed to negotiate a curve and struck a utility pole and fence.
Augusta member Jeff Knox has vowed to help newly-crowned Open champion Rory McIlroy win a green jacket and become just the sixth player to complete a career grand slam. Speaking after claiming his third major title at Royal Liverpool, McIlroy said he would consider playing practice rounds with Knox, who was his marker in the third round earlier this year and beat him by one shot. And Knox told Press Association Sport on Tuesday that he could save McIlroy a handful of shots which might make all the difference to his bid to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in winning all four major titles. “We corresponded on that after the Masters and hopefully that will work out,” Knox said. “I’m not sure he needs a lot of my help, he’s the number two player in the world, but I am happy to be able to help in any way I can. “We have left it open-ended, the ball is in his court, but I have his address and I will drop him a note of congratulation on winning the Open.” Rounds of 71 and 77 at Augusta National in April meant McIlroy made the cut on the mark of four over par and, as the odd man out of the 51 players left in the field, had to play with a marker on Saturday. Two-time former Georgia amateur champion Knox had that enviable role and although McIlroy shot 71 with three birdies in the last four holes, Knox – who holds the course record of 61 from the members’ tees – beat him by a single shot despite a bogey on the 18th. Speaking after lifting the Claret Jug on Sunday, McIlroy said: “I’ll be going into Augusta next year pretty confident…. if I can just figure out the greens a little bit more. What really helped me last year was playing with Jeff Knox in the third round. He’s the best I’ve ever seen on Augusta’s greens. “I might have to take a couple of trips up before it starts next year and have a couple of practice rounds with him.” Knox told Press Association Sport: “He had some mighty nice things to say about me and I found him such a likeable guy who was relaxed and confident about his game but at the same time able to make me feel comfortable. We hit it off and enjoyed each other’s company. “I watched some of the Open and was so happy for him to get that third major. He is so deserving in my mind. I think the future of golf is in good hands with young guys like Rory, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.” McIlroy joked in April that he hoped Knox would three-putt the 18th so they could finish level, but Knox added: “I’ve often thought about three-putting, but not then! “I think in general there are a couple of greens out there you have to be careful with, or know they break a different way than it might appear. I know that place pretty well and If I can just help him (save) half a shot a day that could be the difference. I would love to help him win a green jacket.” Knox has played with a number of other high-profile players down the years, including Spanish pair Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez and two-time winner Bubba Watson when he was defending champion in 2013. If an odd number of players makes the cut next year he will be called upon again, but said: “I hope it’s not with Rory. I hope he’s in the last group.” McIlroy was unable to show off the Claret Jug to Northern Ireland’s political leaders on Tuesday, admitting it needed a good clean after a big night out celebrating. The famous trophy was nowhere to be seen as the 25-year-old had an informal chat with Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle in Belfast. “I am sorry I don’t have the Claret Jug, it’s not going everywhere with me,” he said. “It actually needs a bit of a clean after last night. It’s an amazing trophy and something that I am obviously very proud of and hopefully there are many more to come.” Press Association
ALASTAIR Cook’s decision to resign from the England captaincy stemmed from his reservations about “how much he had left in the tank”, according to Andrew Strauss, England’s director of cricket, who says that the ECB expects to be able to name his successor within a fortnight, ahead of the one-day squad’s departure for the Caribbean on February 22.England’s director of cricket, who says that the ECB expects to be able to name his successor within a fortnight, ahead of the one-day squad’s departure for the Caribbean on February 22.Speaking at Lord’s on the day it was confirmed that Cook, 32, would be standing down from the captaincy after a record 59 Tests in charge, Strauss praised the considered manner in which his former opening partner had reached his decision.The timing of Cook’s announcement leaves his successor – almost certainly Joe Root – a full four months of preparation before England’s next Test series against South Africa in July.“This wasn’t one of those situations when it was right for me to persuade him to carry on,” Strauss, from whom Cook inherited the captaincy back in 2012, told Sky Sports at Lord’s. “I’ve been there myself. You either know if you got it in you to carry on, or, deep down, you know it’s time to step aside.“He did it the right way. He didn’t jump to conclusions; he allowed the dust to settle after the India tour, he took some time to speak to the people closest to him, whom he trusted. I support and understand that decision.”Cook’s resignation had been on the cards ever since the tour of India in December, which finished with back-to-back innings defeat for a dispiriting 4-0 scoreline. As he had indicated at the time, Cook chose not to make a snap decision, but instead took the opportunity to take stock before informing Strauss of his intentions when the pair met up in January.“When the India tour finished, Alastair said to everyone that he’d sit down with me and talk things through,” said Strauss, “both the learnings from the India tour and what the England team could do to get better, also his own position.“We met up in January and I was interested to see how he had fared in India. I know how draining the England captaincy can be, especially on a long tour away from home when you are on the wrong end of the result.“So we had a conversation around that, and it was pretty clear that Alastair knew how much drive, determination and energy was going to be required of the England captain in the next 12 months or so.“He had some thoughts and reservations about how much he had left in the tank as England’s longest serving Test captain, and it was right that we didn’t jump to conclusions, and let the dust settle. I allowed him to go away and think further. But, over the last ten days or so, it was clear his mind was made up.”Despite the speculation that has surrounded the role, Strauss insisted that the search for Cook’s successor would only now begin in earnest.“There is a process to go through,” he said. “It would have been entirely wrong for me to have spoken to other players about the captaincy before Alastair stepped down, and especially while two important white-ball series were going on in India.“Now’s the chance for myself and selectors, and the coach, to have conversations amongst ourselves and some players in the England environment, to get an understanding of who the right person is, what their philosophy is, and how they intend to take the team forward, so that when we come to announce the new captain, we are sure he’s the right man.”For the time being, however, Strauss preferred to focus on Cook’s own contribution as England captain, which included 24 Test wins, two Ashes victories, and memorable series wins in India and South Africa.“It’s important I say a huge thank you for all he’s done for England cricket,” said Strauss. “He led the team with drive, determination and passion, and you only have to speak to the people under him to know what a huge impact he’s had on them.“His record speaks for itself. He’s been England’s longest-serving captain at a time when the scrutiny has never been greater. If you speak to the people who played under him, you’ll learn that he had that touch with people. He had some tough times and so he could appreciate when others had tough times.“He really cared about English cricket, he cared about his team-mates and about the support staff, and that’s why he’ll be remembered so fondly.”
By Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – Apart from two changes, all of the other incumbents including president Shiv Persaud were returned unopposed when the Scarborough Cricket Association (SCA) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) last Sunday at the McGregor Park Recreation Centre, Scarborough here.Calvin Alexander, who was appointed assistant grounds coordinator during the latter part of the 2019 season, was voted in as the new grounds coordinator, replacing Deo Samaroo who is now Alexander’s assistant.The other change saw Craig Murdoch get the voters’ nod for Public Relations Officer/Marketing after Arslan Khan, who resigned prior to the AGM, did not seek re-election.The Guyanese-born Persaud, who served as president for the past four years, is credited with the advancement of the association which has seen a significant increase in the number of teams over the past few years with even more added for the 2020 season which bowls off on May 9.Also returning to their respective posts were secretary Eon Gunraj, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Vish Jadunauth, registrar/statistician Abigail Rajkumar (the lone female among the executives) and webmaster Abhinav Kavuru. The posts of vice-president and assistant secretary/treasurer which were not up for grabs were retained by Bisham Singh and Mathew Francis respectively.In welcoming the returning and new executive members, president Persaud reminded them that the SCA is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, an occasion he described as a truly monumental achievement. “We must be proud of this achievement and celebrate with each other to make cricket a mainstream sport in Canada.”Persaud boasted that the 2019 season finished with great excitement at the finals and showed signs of bigger and better things to come. “We had the largest turnout of spectators at Ashtonbee to watch the Elite and Premier finals which were broadcast for the first time via live streaming, a first for SCA.”According to Persaud, “Another important achievement in 2019 for the SCA was the hosting of the reputable Kumar Rampat Cricket Academy Touring Under-16 team from Trinidad and Tobago. This experience generated raving reviews on the talent of our players and generated impressive support from our avid cricket-lovers.”The president also pointed out that “our youth players formed great friendships with the visiting academy players and created possibilities of playing cricket abroad in the future. We are thrilled at the response of this initiative and have been invited to tour Trinidad and Tobago in 2020. We are currently exploring our options to make this a reality for an SCA Under-17 team.”Persaud also touched on the successful organising of a women’s exhibition game at the invitation of the Guyana Independence Festival Committee where he said, “Our women displayed great skills and represented themselves exceptionally well. This past cricket season also saw many of our women players represent Canada at the national level.”Persaud disclosed that the SCA is expected to field a full T20 team to participate in the Canada Central T20 competition. “This will be a welcome opportunity for our players looking to make it to the national level. In the past, we had to combine with players from other leagues to form a team.“We have been growing rapidly and this requires all executives on board to be fully committed to serving and fulfilling their roles. We are grateful to have supportive sponsors who continue to provide valuable contributions benefitting our youths and women cricketers. I strongly believe, if we continue to make the SCA a prestigiously well-run organisation, our exponential growth will be unstoppable in the future.”
ALEX Hales will be back at the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in 2020 having won the title with the Barbados Tridents in 2019. The tournament will take place from August 18 to September 10 and it will be amongst the first cricket competitions to return. The English opener is very excited to be back at the CPL but is conscious that he wants to improve on the performances he put in during last season.“I am really happy. Obviously last year, personally I didn’t perform anywhere near the level I wanted to and I know I am capable of. So, for them to put their faith in me again is really, really pleasing. When you win a title like that, I guess you want to keep as many of the guys together.“We had such a good environment there, led incredibly well by Jason Holder and Phil Simmons. The combination of those two was so chilled out – which is exactly what you need in T20 cricket. I am really looking forward to it.CPL is a great competition and held in high regard around the world in terms of standard. To get another crack, another bite of the cherry is a great opportunity.”Hales was really impressed with the CPL in his first season at the tournament and says he would like to be involved for as long as he can be. He says the talent and passion on show are fantastic to be around.“Some of the Caribbean players are some of the most talented cricketers I have been around anywhere in the world. Also, the love of the game the team in Barbados had was something I had never quite experienced.“The highs of winning games, and then we lost a couple of games and everyone was devastated. The love and passion that everyone has there is second to none. Personally, if I can improve on what I did last year it is a tournament I would love to be involved with for the rest of my career.”The Tridents have retained the core of their squad from the 2019 season and Hales says that finding that right balance between experience and youth was one of the pillars of the team’s success last year.“From what I have found playing for different franchises you need the right blend of experience and youth, and the more I have played the more I think experience plays a part in winning trophies.“The young guns will win you games here and there along the way, but I think you really do need a mixture of experience when it comes to the pressure games. That is something we spoke about a lot in the Barbados team: it is keeping that cool head. “I think experience when it comes to the pressure moments and the big games in tournaments really helps you win those games at the right time.”This season the Tridents have added Rashid Khan to their ranks and Hales thinks having the number one-ranked T20 bowler in their side is a massive boost for an already strong side.“I have played against Rashid Khan a few times and had a season with him at Sunrisers Hyderabad. (With) any team that has Rashid Khan in it, you boost your chances of winning the competition. For me, he and Andre Russell are probably the best two T20 players in the world.“So to have Rashid, particularly on the pitches that favour spin in the Caribbean he can be an absolute handful. And he is fantastic in the field and obviously smacks a few at the end. So any team that got him in their ranks seriously boost their chances of winning.”“We have signed Marcus Stoinis as well, and playing against him in the Big Bash, he was in the form of his life and scored runs in every game that he played. We seem to have got an even stronger squad somehow than we did last year. It is really exciting.”Hales will be linking up again with his Nottinghamshire team mate, Harry Gurney, for the 2020 tournament and he was full of praise for the left-ram seamer, saying he was crucial to their championship win.Gurney arrived for the home leg of the tournament at a time when the Tridents were far from certain of making the playoffs. Hales says his efforts helped guide them to the knockouts and beyond.“Signing Harry Gurney was massive. He learns his trade on Trent Bridge which is arguably the flattest pitch in the world. So, for him to bowl on probably bowler-friendly pitches was huge for us for him to come in for the back end of the tournament. He played a massive part in our winning the whole thing. I think we can build on that for next year, knowing that if things don’t quite work out at the start of the tournament you have got time to figure it and not panic.“And that is something Jason and Phil did really well, at no point did they get edgy or concerned about playing well at the start. Everyone kept a cool head and we really turned it on when it mattered which is a really good trait in a team.”
With the regular season over, men’s soccer head coach Jeff Rohrman addressed the media Monday about the upcoming Big Ten Tournament, which Wisconsin is hosting.“I think the fans in Madison are going to be thoroughly entertained,” Rohrman said. “There’s certainly a high caliber of play within our conference.”UW finished the season 9-7-2 on the year and will face Michigan (12-4-2) in the opening round. The Badgers had to settle for a tie with the Wolverines during the regular season, when Michigan’s Michael Holody scored on a penalty kick in the 90th minute.“It was one of those games where for 85 minutes, I thought we did enough to win the game, and then for five minutes we did enough to tie or lose it,” Rohrman said.One of the issues Rohrman addressed was the up-and-down nature of the Badgers’ season. Though the team finished 1-4-1 in conference play, UW swept its in-state rivals and was 8-3-1 against nonconference foes. UW also had unbeaten streaks of five and three games, as well as a five-game winless streak.“I think we’ve been the victim of maybe some tough calls, some bad bounces, some tough plays,” Rohrman said. “I feel like I’ve aged 20 years in the last three months. Welcome to the world of coaching.”Bad luck was one of the themes of the season; UW was on the wrong side of penalty kicks at the worst of times, losing to Michigan State on a late penalty kick in addition to the last-minute tie with Michigan. Six of the Badgers’ seven losses were by one goal, something that Rohrman says is as encouraging as it is heartbreaking.“You look at the results in our conference, from top to bottom, it is very, very rare that you see a game decided by more than one goal,” Rohrman said. “The parity in our conference … is unbelievable. I don’t think there’s one team that anybody truly fears. I think every team is fully capable of making a good run.”Another bright spot for the Badgers was the emergence of converted forward Scott Lorenz as a premier scoring threat. Lorenz finished the season with 10 goals and three assists, tied for second in the conference in scoring. The timeliness of his scoring was also impeccable as half of his goals either tied or won a game. According to his coach, Lorenz certainly deserves consideration for selection to the All-Big Ten team.“I would like to think that’s a slam dunk,” Rohrman said. “I would imagine that he’s going to be … a first team or second team all-conference selection.”Lorenz will have to continue his success on Thursday against Michigan if UW is going to make a case for an NCAA tournament bid. In the Badgers’ favor is the fact that Madison is hosting the Big Ten Tournament. Rohrman believes that his players being able to keep their normal routine will provide an added home field advantage.“Certainly being at home, sleeping in your own bed, eating at home and all that good stuff,” Rohrman said, “certainly we hope helps us. We feel good about that fact, and hopefully it helps us win the game Thursday.”Hopefully the safety of routine will benefit the Badgers, as their recent history against the Wolverines is discouraging. They are 0-2 against Michigan in Big Ten Tournament play, and Rohrman is 1-5-2 all time against them. The disappointing result of their last matchup aside, the Badgers are highly motivated to make some noise in the tournament.“We’re looking forward to Michigan. Obviously it’s going to be a big game for us; we’ve put together a pretty good season so far,” Rohrman said. “We think we can position ourselves for a postseason bid, if we do well against Michigan and get ourselves in the semis and perform [strongly] there as well.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ West Virginia filed a lawsuit Monday to leave the Big East conference early for the Big 12 conference. On Friday, the Big 12 announced the acceptance of the Mountaineers in time for the 2012-13 athletic season, with the move taking place effective July 1, 2012. To comply with Big East bylaws, though, West Virginia is required to wait 27 months before making the jump to the Big 12. WVU claims it should not have to wait the 27 months in a 14-page lawsuit filed in Monongalia County Circuit Court in West Virginia, blaming Big East Commissioner John Marinatto for the instability of the conference. In the suit, West Virginia said Marinatto breached the interests of the Big East’s six remaining football schools following the departures of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Texas Christian by failing to take action to maintain the level of competition of Big East football. With eight non-football playing members, the lawsuit said Marinatto ignored the interests of the football schools. ‘The Commissioner did nothing to protect the football playing schools and in fact took measures to further protect and advance the interests of the non-football playing schools,’ West Virginia said in the lawsuit.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Marinatto has made it clear that the conference intends to hold Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the 27-month waiting period since they left for the Atlantic Coast Conference. And in a statement issued Monday night, his stance on West Virginia is no different despite its intentions to leave early. ‘We are disappointed that West Virginia has adopted this strategy and cannot imagine why it believes it does not have to respect and honor the bylaws it agreed to as a member of the Big East,’ Marinatto said. ‘Based on an initial review of the lawsuit, it is clear that the allegations and claims in it are false and inaccurate. Certainly there is nothing in it that would justify WVU’s not fulfilling its obligations. To put it simply, a contract is a contract.’ West Virginia said in the lawsuit that the Big East is also no longer a viable and competitive football conference due to its lack of leadership, its breach of fiduciary duties and the voting disparity between football and non-football schools. West Virginia also said ‘upon information and belief’ it expects the Big East to lose its status as Bowl Championship Series automatic-qualifying conference. ‘The lack of leadership, breach of fiduciary duties by the Big East and its Commissioner, and voting disparity between the football and non-football schools resulted in the Big East football conference no longer being a viable and competitive football conference,’ according to the lawsuit. ‘Accordingly, the Big East conference and its Commissioner, through their actions, breached their contract with WVU and nullified and voided the Bylaws.’ firstname.lastname@example.org —Sports editor Michael Cohen contributed reporting to this article. Published on October 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: email@example.com Comments