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first_imgBy R. Smith  When my boyfriend, in his most reassuring and pacifying voice, said “Don’t worry, it will all get easier when we are back at uni”, I just wanted to cry.  His university is across the country from mine. I just couldn’t see how it could be in any way reassuring to imagine that things would be better when we were apart. Yet looking back, I suppose he had made an interesting point: do long distance relationships work better than ones where the couple live near to each other? In fact, do relationships “work” at all?The idea of a long-distance relationship may seem like a recipe for disaster to those who have never been in one, but the reality is that they are becoming increasingly popular. More and more jobs now require you to travel long distances, often across different countries and different continents, and this is especially true for highly-educated workers. Perhaps the LDR (Long Distance Relationship) will be the standard model of the future? Greg Guldner, the director of the Center for the Study of Long Distance Relationships, estimates that 14m Americans are in LDRs and a recent survey carried out by Orange Broadband revealed that as many as 1 million Britons are currently involved in an LDR. So how do we measure whether a relationship is successful – be it long or short distance? Is it in relation to our parents? Perhaps not: the Office for National Statistics says that more than one-third of marriages end in divorce. Or is it in relation to some idealised notion, perhaps from the media, about ultimate fulfillment, romance, and the unity of two beings into one? How can we correlate that rose tinted portrayal of love with the bleak reality that fewer and fewer relationships are now life long? Perhaps this is where long distance relationships get their edge. Someone who you see only once a week, fortnight, or even once a month, stands a much better chance of being the kind, attentive, loving person that society leads us to believe that we deserve. Distance makes the heart grow fonder and all that. Not that this is to say long distance relationships are easy. There is always that lingering belief that our partner would be this “perfect” all the time should we be lucky enough to see them. Damn those blessed with a boyfriend/girlfriend nearby!Yet those who do see their partner on a regular, if not daily basis, often moan about lack of quality time, and say that mere quantity is hardly anything to pine for. Your partner becomes your sounding board for all manner of petty daily annoyances, and you end up simply venting all your anger out at the one person you love instead of truly enjoying each other’s company.Yet if you concede that your relationship works better when you are further apart, isn’t that the same as saying that the relationship doesn’t actually work at all? Is it honest to say no one can stand someone they see all the time, or is that just a defensive mechanism we employ to reassure ourselves that our relationship is as good as everyone else’s?Perhaps it is romanticised idealism to imagine that relationships should work wonderfully on a daily basis. Maybe we just need to accept that a relationship that “works” does not need to be a constant source of joy and delight. In fact, perhaps a constantly joyful relationship is working less well, because there is no real reliance, no team work to struggle through difficult things together.  Surely that is the makings of a truly solid relationship.In an age where people are increasingly living apart from their partners it is interesting to ask why, and how, this is providing them with fulfillment. Is the idea of sharing a common life with someone no longer an ideal, or can it be achieved despite distance? Has the increasing value placed on independence come at the price of prioritising proximity, both physically and mentally, in our relationships? Perhaps the time has come to accept that for a growing number of people an ideal relationship is one that they can compartmentalise along with everything else in their busy lives.  They can enjoy it for short periods and then put it away to get on with something else before it gets too dull.last_img read more


first_img A right to switch to a contract which reflects your normal hours. This is not about a worker requesting a change to the amount of work they do, but rather proper recognition of their normal hours. We believe this will help to tackle the fear of employer retaliation by providing a guarantee of the worker’s normal hours. Workers already worried about raising issues in the workplace are less likely to raise a ‘request’ so the right needs to be stronger than this. A right to reasonable notice of work schedule – to encourage employers to provide workers with their work schedule in advance so that individuals can plan their lives. Compensation for shift cancellation or curtailment without reasonable notice –to discourage employers from cancelling shifts at the last minute or partway through a shift. Information to workers – the written statement of terms from employers should detail the rights we are proposing here. Read the LPC’s recommendations to the Government and the detailed report with our analysis of one-sided flexibility. We found evidence of one-sided flexibility as identified in the Taylor Review: the misuse by some employers of flexible working arrangements creating unpredictability, insecurity of income and a reluctance among some workers to assert basic employment rights. However, we also found evidence of positive examples of flexibility and believe it is important to preserve genuine two-way flexibility.Commissioners thought that the higher minimum wage for non-guaranteed hours did not address one-sided flexibility effectively and had the potential to create many unintended consequences. We did not hear unqualified backing for the premium from any of the stakeholders we spoke to. We have therefore recommended an alternative package of measures. We are pleased to see that the Government will consider our recommendation for a right to switch to a contract that reflects normal working hours as it develops legislation on the ‘right to request a more stable contract’, and that it will consult on our other proposals. Today the Government has published the Low Pay Commission’s (LPC) recommendations to tackle one-sided flexibility. In addition to our usual brief recommending the minimum wage rates, the LPC was also asked to undertake some additional tasks in relation the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices. These were to review the scale and nature of the issue of ‘one-sided flexibility’, to assess the impact of introducing a higher minimum wage for non-guaranteed hours and consider alternative policy ideas. The LPC provided its recommendations to the Government by 31 October, in line with the timetable set out in its remit. The Government responded to the LPC’s recommendations in it’s Good Work Plan, also published on 17 December 2018. It said: “We welcome the Commission’s work and recommendations which are published alongside this document. As set out in this Good Work Plan, the Government remains determined to tackle one-sided flexibility while retaining the flexibility that many people find so valuable. For example, we are taking action by introducing a right to request a more stable contract. The Commission had specific views on this policy, which we will consider as we develop legislation. Alongside this, we will consult on the Low Pay Commission’s other proposals.” Email [email protected] Out of hours 020 7211 8125 The LPC refer to the higher minimum wage for non-guaranteed hours as the ‘premium’.center_img 8th Floor Fleetbank House 2-6 Salisbury SquareLondonEC4Y 8JX We agree that one-sided flexibility is a problem and have recommended a package of measures to address the issue. We found the problems were not specific to one form of contract but can happen across of range of working arrangements. Press enquiries The LPC’s extended remit from Government was to ‘assess the nature and extent of the issue identified in the Review; and to assess the impact of introducing a higher minimum wage for non-guaranteed hours. This assessment should consider any alternative policies that they consider address the same issue, including relevant international comparisons and evidence provided by stakeholders.’ We also recommend that the Government considers ways to specifically measure the scale of one-sided flexibility.Chair of the LPC Bryan Sanderson said: Notes: Telephone 020 7211 8125 The Low Pay Commission is an independent body made up of employers, trade unions and experts whose role is to advise the Government on the minimum wage. The National Living Wage is the legally binding pay floor for workers aged 25 and over. The other minimum wage rates comprise: the 21-24 Year Old Rate, the 18-20 Year Old Rate, the 16-17 Year Old Rate and the Apprentice Rate.last_img read more


first_imgWRBI Area Basketball Scores.Thursday (12-18)Boys Scores.Northeastern  58     Batesville  48East Central  72     South Dearborn  53Girls Scores.Milan  50     Rising Sun  47North Decatur  50     Waldron  34Morristown  92     South Decatur  66Borden  65     Shawe Memorial  48New Albany  53     Switzerland County  45Southwestern  56     Edinburgh  44last_img


first_imgCoach SarriLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea secured a place in next season’s Champions League on Sunday as Manchester United and Arsenal badly fluffed their lines in the race to finish in the Premier League’s top four.Maurizio Sarri’s side beat Watford 3-0 to lift them into third spot behind Liverpool and Manchester City and their day was made all the sweeter as United drew at relegated Huddersfield and Arsenal were held by Brighton.The results mean that with one round of fixtures remaining Chelsea, on 71 points, cannot be caught by fifth-placed Arsenal, who are on 67 points, or United, a point further back.Fourth-placed Tottenham, on 70 points and with a far better goal difference than north London rivals Arsenal, are virtually assured of Champions League football next season barring an unlikely sequence of events.Sarri’s team were booed off after a sloppy first half, but two goals in three minutes from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and David Luiz lifted the mood at Stamford Bridge before Gonzalo Higuain sealed victory, Chelsea’s first in four games in all competitions.Finishing in the top four and winning the Europa League would make the Italian manager’s troubled first season a relative success.“We want to be in the top four at the end of the season. We want to be in the Champions League,” said Sarri, whose side drew the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1.“The Europa League is also a very important competition and we want to win it because we think we deserve to a trophy this season. So we have two targets.”Despite their miserable 1-1 draw, Arsenal can still reach the Champions League after two seasons away from Europe’s top club competition if they win the Europa League.They are in a strong position after beating Valencia 3-1 in the first leg of the semi-final.Arsenal, who came into the match after three straight Premier League defeats, started brightly at the Emirates and took the lead through an early Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty.But they squandered opportunities to extend their advantage and were made to pay when Glenn Murray scored from the spot following the hour mark after Granit Xhaka fouled Solly March.Arsenal poured forward in search of a winner but Aubameyang volleyed wide from close range and Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan made several fine saves to keep them at bay. Disappointed boss Unai Emery turned his thoughts to Thursday’s second leg of their Europa League tie, with Arsenal set to finish outside the top four for a third consecutive season.“We knew it is going to be difficult but our focus is now the Europa League,” he told the BBC. “We have the opportunity in the Europa League to do something important and we will try and do that.”– United embarrassed –United slinked off the pitch at Huddersfield after an embarrassing 1-1 draw, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitting his side did not deserve to qualify for the Champions League.The visitors had to rely on Huddersfield for a helping hand for their only goal as Scott McTominay’s strike from the edge of the box went straight through Jonas Lossl’s to given them an early lead.Huddersfield had only scored nine goals at home all season, but one hopeful punt from Lossl cut United open for the equaliser on the hour mark.Luke Shaw failed to cut out the Danish goalkeeper’s clearance and allowed Isaac Mbenza a clear run on goal to slot between David de Gea’s legs.United have now won just two of their past 11 games in all competitions, leaving the decision to hand Solskjaer the job on a permanent basis in March open to question.“We gave ourselves a chance to be in the Champions League,” Solskjaer said of a run of 14 wins in his first 17 games in charge before the rot of the past few months set in.“We got so many opportunities to grab third or fourth and weren’t able to. The Europa League is the right place to be for us next year.”Barring an astonishing Spurs collapse, the only issue that remains to be decided in the Premier League is the destination of the title.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgOfficials in Ohio are reporting that a 49-year-old woman was found dead inside of her home after being attacked by her own dogs.The incident was reported in Clearcreek Township, Ohio on Friday.Authorities say Mary Matthews was discovered unresponsive by her husband Mark Matthews, who had returned home from a three-day stent at the county jail.When investigators arrived at the scene, they reported finding several bite marks on the victim as well as blood scattered throughout the home. The report also stated the victim put the dogs out onto an enclosed patio, changed her clothing, and attempted to clean up some of the blood before succumbing to her injuries.The husband told authorities that the couple rescued the two Great Danes two years ago and one of them recently became aggressive and attacked him. He then went on to say that he wanted to get rid of the dog but his wife insisted on keeping it.Mark also reported that his wife suffered from alcoholism and took several prescription drugs which may have impacted her ability to realize the severity of her injuries.According to a report from WLWT both dogs have since been euthanized.last_img read more


first_imgThe remains of a 20-year-old soldier from Florida will return home Wednesday after he was tragically killed while serving the country.The US Army says Nicholas Panipinto was killed when his armored vehicle overturned last week at Camp Humphreys.Panipinto’s family told FOX35 they want him to be remembered as “a man who had a huge heart, humble spirit, adored his family, and wanted more than anything to fight on the front lines for his country.”He joined the Army in January 2018 after graduating from Manatee High School in Bradenton.Panipinto’s family said he was hoping to use the GI. Bill to attend college in the future.The Army will fly Nick home on Wednesday night, and he will be laid to rest Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Sarasota National Cemetery.In an emotional Facebook post, The Manatee County Search and Rescue shared information about the Panipinto’s funeral and urged the public to join them in his honor on Wednesday.last_img read more


first_img85o WFTL will update the story as more details are released. Boca Raton police say Addison Mizner Elementary School is on code red lockdown due to a suspicious incident.BRPD are assisting BSO with an investigation.“Two subjects are believed to be on foot in the area and we are attempting to locate them,” Boca Raton police said.last_img


first_img8 Jun 2017 Cameron tames the winds to lead championship Doug Cameron tamed the winds today to take a one-shot lead into tomorrow’s final round of the English senior men’s amateur championship at Saunton, Devon. He went round the West course in level par 71 today, despite Saunton throwing all its weather defence at the players. This morning the rain hammered down. Later, as the clouds cleared and the sun came out, the winds steadily increased in strength. The combination pushed the cut up to 12-over par with 80 players qualifying for tomorrow’s final round. But despite the testing conditions Cameron, pictured top, compiled a 36-hole total of one-over par and is targeting his first major senior title – and hopefully a return to the England senior team. He’s a shot ahead of Welsh international Nick Grimmitt, who won the Irish seniors last month, while four players are on four-over, led by Lancashire’s Tony Holt who beat par on the East course today “It was brutal out there, but I’m delighted,” said Cameron (Henley), after battling the afternoon winds. He made a stuttering start to the round when he lost a ball en route to an opening double bogey, but he more than repaired the damage with birdies on the 3rd, 7th and 8th. “A couple of back-to-back birdies is rejuvenating,” he remarked. He found the back nine tough in the cross winds, but steadily negotiated his way home. Cameron is in form, having finished third in Ireland, and would love to claim his first senior title. There’s also his ambition to return to the England senior team after an absence of five years. “I’d like my place back, I love competing,” he said. Grimmitt (Glamorganshire), pictured left, was out in the worst of the rain but went round in in one-over par, repeating yesterday’s 71. He described conditions as horrendous, saying: “It was definitely the worst weather I’ve played in serious competition.” Despite that he found the perfect start with a birdie on the first, commenting: “It settled me down. I started birdie, eagle yesterday and thought that couldn’t be beaten, but to start with a three today was very satisfying.” “I played nicely, kept the ball under control and didn’t get into any serious trouble. I’m absolutely over the moon,” added Grimmitt, who joined senior ranks last year. Tony Holt became the first player to beat par on the East course when he returned one-under 70. “It’s my best ever round in a major tournament without a shadow a doubt, I’m really pleased,” he said afterwards. Despite starting in the heavy rain he played steadily, dropping just one shot on the way out and then picking up back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16. He sealed the score with a good up-and-down from a greenside bunker. Holt was in Lancashire’s winning team at the 2016 English Senior County Finals. He’s tied with former champion Stephen East (Leeds Golf Centre), Rupert Kellock (Sunningdale) and overnight leader Richard Norton (Beverley & East Riding), who added 77 on the East to his opening 69. “It was tougher today in the wind and I hadn’t played the course before, but I’m still in it,” he remarked. One of the most relieved players in the field was defending champion Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa) who made the cut in comfort when he added level par 71 to yesterday’s 79. “I just want to be playing tomorrow,” he said. “I played like my normal self today, just did what I do best, but yesterday was a joke.” Also safely through is Duncan Hamilton-Martin (St George’s Hill), who made the cut on the mark. He’s got another big golfing date later this month when he will play as a member of the England Disabled Golf Team which will travel to Portugal for the European Disabled Team Championship, starting on June 28. Hamilton-Martin, a lower-leg amputee, has put together a pair of 77s in this championship and commented: “It’s been brilliant.” Click here for full scores Click here for third round tee times Images copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more