House Democrats approved legislation on Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in 10 years.Boosting the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 per hour is a top campaign priority of the Democrats.Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at a press conference with labor leaders and employees just before the vote, “America’s workers deserve a raise.” While lifting a young girl into her arms, she added, “This is what it’s all about… It’s about family.”Under the House bill, tipped workers would have to be paid the same as other employees earning the minimum. Their current rate is $2.13.During the floor debate on Thursday, Republican Ronald Wright from Texas called the legislation a “disastrous bill.” He added that the bill should be renamed the “Raising Unemployment for American Workers Act.”Republicans say that states and municipalities already have the ability to raise the wage beyond the federal minimum, and many of them have done so. They add that higher wages will cost a loss of jobs, especially among smaller business owners.According to a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, more than 30 million workers would receive bigger paychecks with a higher wage, lifting more than 1 million workers from poverty. However, the same report adds that between 1 million and 3 million jobs could be lost as a result of an increase.The House voted 231-199, with three Republicans voting for the increase.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) will review India’s World Cup performance with skipper Virat Kohli and chief coach Ravi Shastri as well as a roadmap for the next year’s World Twenty20. CoA members led by chairman Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji and Lt Gen (Retd) Ravi Thodge will also have discussions with chairman of selectors MSK Prasad.”We will certainly have a review meeting once the coach and the captain are back from their breaks. I will not put a date and time but we will speak to them. Also we will speak to selection committee head on road ahead,” CoA chief Vinod Rai told PTI from Singapore.However, the CoA chief refused to divulge any further details.”India’s campaign has just ended. How, when and where are not the questions that I will be able to tell you now,” Rai said.There will be few questions which Shastri, Kohli and selection committee chief might have to answer.Firstly, why was Ambati Rayudu persisted till the final series when the team management or the selectors were not convinced that he was the solution for number four slot?Secondly, why they had three wicketkeepers in the side, especially Dinesh Karthik, who has not performed in ODI cricket for a long time and had a wretched IPL.Thirdly, why was Mahendra Singh Dhoni shielded till number seven in the semifinal against New Zealand. It has been learnt that it was batting coach Sanjay Bangar, who decided on Dhoni’s slot and it will be questioned why the assistant coach was not vetoed by the chief coach.While the current five-member selection panel will continue till the BCCI AGM, it is expected that chairman of selectors Prasad will be advised to be more assertive in selection meetings.However it’s not Prasad, who is the problem, but Sarandeep Singh and Devang Gandhi. Many believe that they have had virtually no inputs.”Agreed that none of them have stature of Dilip Vengsarkar but together they can still hold their ground on cricketing logic. Neither Sarandeep nor Devang has any tangible inputs. MSK got some respite once Jatin Paranjpe and Gagan Khoda re-joined,” a senior BCCI source, privy to how the committee functions, said. In fact, there have been questions as to how Sarandeep is allowed to hover around in India kit during the net sessions.(Inputs: PTI) highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Zealand ousted India in World Cup semi-final. India will play their next bi-lateral series against West Indies. Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are likely to be rested for West Indies.
Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Blessed with incredible pace and power, Lukaku has bullied Premier League defences for five years now. However, as with many of Belgium’s incredible ‘Golden Generation’, this has not transpired into international success. Under former Everton manager Roberto Martinez, the Manchester United striker will be hoping to seize his moment on the world stage and lead his country to success.Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – 16/1Can Kane be the first Englishman since Bobby Moore to lift the World Cup? Chances are, probably not – but he is still expected to score a load of goals. The Tottenham Hotspur striker seems to have hit form at just the right time and is a certain starter to lead the line. With games against Tunisia and Panama to start, the prolific marksman will be hoping he can finally score at a major tournament.Timo Werner (Red Bull Leipzig) – 14/1 Latest World Cup news 6 Kylian Mbappe limped out of training for France, while Spain sacked their manager and appointed a new one in a matter of moments!But when the first ball is kicked on Thursday afternoon in the titanic clash between the hosts and Saudi Arabia, the world will briefly stop and stare at the action on the pitch.In previous years, the winner of the Golden Boot at the Finals has tended to play for the country – think Ronaldo in 2002 or David Villa in 2010.But who is the favourite to win the prestigious award this time around? Thanks to bet365, we have calculated the odds and worked out just how is the favourite to finish as top scorer at this year’s World Cup in Russia – check it out below.Luis Suarez (Uruguay) – 25/1 The Brazilian superstar will be hoping to fire his country to World Cup glory this summer At 33, this may well be the last chance for Ronaldo to win the World Cup. Although his superhuman fitness levels could carry him through until the next tournament in Qatar, he will almost certainly never be in better form or condition than this time around. A third successive Champions League trophy suggests he is still in his peak and a few early group stage goals could set him up for the tournament.Gabriel Jesus (Brazil) – 16/1The striker may not be carrying the weight of a nation on his young shoulders just quite yet, but he has shown he is more than capable of scoring crucial goals if needs be. After helping Manchester City to the Premier League title last season, the 21-year-old will be hoping to guide his country to a sixth World Cup triumph in Russia this summer.Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) – 16/1 ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch SUPERSTITION The World Cup trophy will be lifted by one lucky captain on July 15 diamond geezer Lukaku will lead the line for Belgium in Russia misery 6 You’re the one Never count Cristiano Ronaldo out, especially after Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will be expected to inspire Uruguay in Russia Fallon d’Floor 6 Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup The World Cup is less than 24 hours away and the excitement levels across the globe are reaching fever pitch.England arrived in Russia on Tuesday and there have already been major incidents off the pitch already. Werner could be one of the big names who secures a move away with a successful World Cup Probably the least recognisable name on the list, Werner is a deadly marksman with ice running through his veins. The Red Bull Leipzig forward is blessed with incredible pace and power to compliment his predatory instincts. A good tournament could see him get a big move away – with Real Madrid reportedly interested in acquiring his services.Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – 12/1The Golden Boot winner from Euro 2016, Griezmann has developed from a tricky, yet inconsistent winger to one of the deadliest marksmen in Europe. France have an almost embarrassing array of attacking talent at their disposal and will be sure to score goals for fun. If they build their team around the Atletico Madrid star, you could expect to see him score. 6 Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song 6 A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers The Barcelona striker has a notorious history at major tournaments. In 2010, his deliberate handball helped his country progress at the expense of Ghana, while his attempted bite of Giorgio Chiellini earned him a four month ban from all football-related activity. His long odds suggest he may have lost his appetite for goals somewhat, but don’t count the feisty striker out.Edinson Cavani (Uruguay)- 20/1Expected to partner Suarez up front, the Paris Saint-Germain striker will be hoping to continue his wonderful form from the domestic season into the World Cup. After scoring 40 goals in all competitions last season, Cavani may be surprised to see his name so far down the odds, but a difficult group containing Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russia is unlikely to be a walk in the park.Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 16/1 NO JOY Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 11/1Like his adversary Cristiano Ronaldo, failure to win a World Cup at this year’s tournament could see Messi miss out on the biggest prize in football altogether. Having briefly retired once after failing to win the Copa America, Messi will be desperate to score the goals to deliver a first World Cup triumph for Argentina since 1986.Neymar Jr. (Paris Saint-Germain) – 8/1 LU BEAUTY 6 The heir apparent to the Ballon d’Or, perhaps leading his country to glory and avenging the demons of 2014 will inspire Neymar to success. After a back injury in the quarter-finals cruelly ended his tournament prematurely in Brazil, the former Barcelona man is fully fit and seemingly back to his best. A wondergoal at Anfield in a recent friendly suggests he deserves his place at the top of the odds list.talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit talkSPORT.com for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia.