Mumbai: Launching the ‘Shiv Sampark Abhiyan’ from Aurangabad, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday announced a campaign called ‘mee karjamukt honar (I will be debt-free)’ for farmers across Maharashtra. Mr. Thackeray’s visit to inspect the party’s organisational condition in the Marathwada region of the State has raised eyebrows in political circles, as it is seen as Sena’s preparations for mid-term Assembly polls.“We demand a farm loan waiver for farmers of Maharashtra. We have always said this, and continue on our position. We are launching our campaign to make farmers debt-free. The concept and execution will be disclosed in a party meeting in Mumbai within a few days,” said Mr Thackeray.When asked whether his visit and the organisational reshuffle were signs of possible mid-term polls in Maharashtra, Mr. Thackeray said he always prefer to keep his “army of Shiv Sainiks” ready. “Organisation building is a continuous exercise,” he said. During his visit, Mr. Thackeray held meetings with leaders from Marathwada, a region where the party is dominant. The Sena chief reportedly sought names of new faces from the region who are leading from the front, giving rise to the speculations.Commenting on the ongoing Tur procurement crisis in the State, Mr. Thackeray asked the government to change the rules, if necessary, to ensure all Tur is purchased. “The CM had said that the last grain of Tur would be purchased. It is now time to live up to that promise,” he said.
Angry over his younger brother securing a government job on compassionate grounds, a 30-year-old man allegedly set two rooms of their house on fire, killing four members of the family and injuring four others in West Bengal’s Malda district, police said on Monday. Accused Makhan Mondal allegedly poured petrol in the hut on Sunday night. His younger brother Gobinda, elder brother Bikash, and Gobinda’s two minor daughters were charred to death, the police said. Bikash’s wife, son and daughter, and Gobinda’s wife were admitted to a hospital in a serious condition, the police said. Their mother escaped unhurt, they said. Their father Gedu Mondal had died before retirement and Gobinda got the job, leaving Makhan angry, said the police.
Reyes put Carl Bryan Cruz, Mac Belo and the injured Raymond Almazan in the freezer for this match, but reiterated that the Gilas roster could change when the Filipinos battle Chinese Taipei at home on Monday.“Basically, we took into account the team that we are playing [today],” Reyes said after revealing the final roster. “And we also took into account our health and injury situation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 6-foot-7 Almazan still has a swollen ankle, and could be available for the Taiwanese.“I spoke to the three of them and they took it very professionally and very well,” Reyes added. “This is just the 12-man roster for [Friday’s] game. For Taiwan, it would be different. Every game could change.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jayson Castro. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas takes the first step in its bid to return to the World Cup on Friday, clashing with Japan in Tokyo with a roster coach Chot Reyes feels is suited to defeat the Japanese on the road.After close to three weeks of hard work, Reyes made the final three cuts on his 15-man pool, basically sticking out with tested veterans led by Jayson Castro at the guard spot, Japeth Aguilar at forward and naturalized center Andray Blatche and June Mar Fajardo in the middle.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Alas will be the third point guard at Reyes’ disposal after Castro and Kiefer Ravena.Calvin Abueva, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Gabe Norwood, Allein Maliksi and Troy Rosario complete the team.Team Philippines has had a long record of success against the Japanese, its last loss to the hosts happening in 2004 in the Fiba Asia Challenge where the Filipinos lost by 60 points.Japan has thrown in everything against the Philippines of late, including former NBA player Yuta Tabuse, to no avail.It will be bannered by naturalized forward Ira Brown in the 7 p.m. (6 p.m. in Manila) game at Komazawa gym at the Olympic Park in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Del Rosario gets Man of the Year, Hall of Fame nod Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The talented 6-foot-10 center Joji Takeuchi will still be the Japanese’s main man, though the Filipinos have ample knowledge of how he plays, which will be critical in Reyes’ defensive scheme.There are a total of 80 countries taking part in this hectic qualifying process, with the Philippines shooting to become one of eight countries coming from Asia to play in the World Cup in China in 2019. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next View comments
spared : ParthaKolkata, Nov 18 (PTI) West Bengal Education minister Partha Chatterjee has asserted that those involved in vandalism in any college campus will not be spared, irrespective of party colour.Expressing outrage over the ransack of college properties by some students, allegedly belonging to the Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad, at South Kolkata Law College, Chatterjee said last night, “we will not spare those who are involved in any act of vandalism within the college campus, even if they flaunt the party flag. Nowhere we will tolerate such acts.”He said those named in the FIR by college authorities for ransacking properties will be arrested.Chatterjee said Trinamool Congress Chhatro Parishad (TMCP) president Jaya Dutta has been asked to enquire into the matter and if necessary dissolve the unit in the college.A senior official of the college said that a complaint was lodged at Gariahat police station.A section of students ransacked the college properties on Friday afternoon alleging the authorities were charging steep fees.The agitators broke chairs, notice boards and took off name plate of the Principal outside his office chamber.”We have to pay Rs 21,500 while students of other law colleges have to pay around Rs 4,500,” an agitating student said alleging the principal had never discussed the issue with students despite several reminders.The college official, however, said the ransack was done by one of the two factions of the college students union over sharing the sports fund. PTI SUS RG
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — If Rafael Nadal wanted a fitness test in the first week of the Australian Open, he got one in his almost four-hour, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 win over Diego Schwartzman.No. 3-ranked Grigor Dimitrov did it tough, too, before advancing to the quarterfinals at the expense of the last Aussie in the draw. Dimitrov avenged a loss two weeks ago to Nick Kyrgios with a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4) win over Nick Kyrgios on Sunday night.He’ll next face Kyle Edmund, who reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 win over Andreas Seppi earlier in the afternoon and could relax and watch the night-time entertainment.Nadal, with his spot in a 10th Australian Open quarterfinal secure, draped an arm around his Argentine friend Schwartzman and patted him on top of the head after they met at the net.“A great battle … he’s a good friend of mine,” Nadal said. “This is the first big match that I played in 2018. That’s confidence for myself … confidence I can resist for four hours on court at a good intensity.”Nadal lost last year’s Australian Open final to Roger Federer, but went on to regain the No. 1 ranking and win the French and U.S. Open titles before bringing his season to a premature end because of an injured right knee.Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov celebrates after defeating Australia’s Nick Kyrgios during his fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)He didn’t play a competitive match before the season-opening major, and advanced through three rounds without dropping a set.That streak finished when Schwartzman took the second set, rebounding three times after dropping serve to break back against Nadal and level the match.Nadal lifted to win the third, but Schwatzman didn’t relent.The second game of the fourth set lasted almost 13 minutes and 20 points, with Nadal finally holding after saving five break points.The 16-time major winner broke again in the next game and withstood more break points — seven in all in the last set and 15 of 18 in the match — before clinching it in 3 hours, 51 minutes.“It was a good test for me. It was a lot of hours on court. Moments under pressure,” Nadal said. “So, yeah, a lot of positive things that I managed well.”Nadal will next play 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, who collected his 100th Grand Slam match win with a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) victory over No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta.“I had the 300th win of my career at the U.S. Open in 2014, so this is also beautiful one,” Cilic said of his latest major milestone. “I hope I’m going to continue and gather three more here.”Caroline Wozniacki continued to cash in on her second chance, reaching the quarterfinals here for the first time since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova.After saving match points and coming back from 5-1 down in the third set of her second-round win, No. 2-ranked Wozniacki said she was “playing with the house money” and had nothing to lose.“I played really well from being down 5-1 … since then I’ve just kept that going,” she said.After a tight tussle in the opening four games against No. 19-seeded Rybarikova, a Wimbledon semifinalist last year, Wozniacki dominated the fourth-round match and conceded only six points in the second set. She tried a between-the-legs shot for the first time in a tour-level match.“I think you can tell my confidence is high,” Wozniacki said in an on-court TV interview. “I tried a tweener today and it went in.”Wozniacki next plays Carla Suarez Navarro, who came back from a set and 4-1 down to beat No. 32 Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.Elise Mertens reached the quarterfinals in her Australian Open debut, beating Petra Martic 7-6 (5), 7-5 to extend her winning streak to nine matches including a title run at the Hobart International.—JOHN PYE, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
zoom As carriers’ stock of ready-to-cascade Asia-Europe containerships is almost empty, the second phase of the cascade could be even more difficult for carriers to manage, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.New Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) will force the cascade into a potentially more destructive second phase of bigger ships moving into North-South lanes as these vessels will stretch the ability of ports to handle them and trades’ capacity to absorb them without dumping utilisation.The introduction of these leviathans and the proceeding arms race to catch up that has pushed the ceiling closer to 20,000 TEU, has had huge consequences for the industry, one of the biggest being the huge deployment headaches they have given carriers. With the biggest ships effectively locked into the Asia-Europe trade due to port handling limitations elsewhere carriers have had to be creative in shuffling ships into new trade lanes.The phasing of ex-Asia-Europe ships into new lanes has routinely destabilised the new homes and has been a major contributing factor towards persistently low freight rates. The slowdown in demand that coincided with the arrival of the ULCVs exacerbated the industry’s overcapacity and has meant that for years carriers’ deployment decisions were less than optimal, according to Drewry.“Deciding where to use their biggest assets has most often been based on necessity rather than demand,” Drewry said, adding that the average size of vessel on the Asia-North Europe trade is nearly as big as Maersk Line’s E-class units at 14,600 TEU, introduced 10 years ago. There are now only seven sub-10,000 TEU ships left on the route.While the pressure to cascade ships is intensifying thanks to the new ULCVs, carriers in the Asia-North Europe trade now have less low-hanging fruit they can easily pick off and redeploy elsewhere.Since the first quarter of 2013, the average ship size on the Europe-South Africa trade has grown by 92%, while for Asia-West Africa the growth rate was 79% and for Asia-East Coast South America it was 64%. Some of that will have been through newbuilds going directly into the trade, but most will be down to the cascade, Drewry said.
Facebook Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Both actors are represented by the William Morris Endeavor agency. Reps for the two did not immediately return requests for comment.All the Money in the World, about the kidnapping of the 16-year-old son of oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty, was reshot with Christopher Plummer replacing Spacey after he was accused of sexual assault by multiple men. Michelle Williams reportedly earned about 1 per cent of Mark Wahlberg’s salary during reshoots for “All the Money in the World.” (KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES) Michelle Williams reportedly earned about 1 per cent of Mark Wahlberg’s salary during reshoots for All the Money in the World.The actress was paid about $80 per day to reshoot scenes including Kevin Spacey, totalling less than $1,000, according to USA Today.Wahlberg, meanwhile, earned $1.5 million. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:
Switching from a liberal outfit claiming to be devoted to serving people since generations to a right-wing Hindu nationalist party might seem like a startling turn of events (or perhaps not so!) for a politician; but upon a second look, without seeing this through the prism of politics but as a very common phenomenon, this is the plight of another woman fed up with the offending patriarchal method of functioning at her workplace. All India Congress Committee Convenor and National Spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi quit the Grand Old Party, expressing dissatisfaction with the party on Wednesday for reinstating some leader who had misbehaved with her at a press briefing in 2015, and two days later on Friday, she joined Shiv Sena in Mumbai. Not only has Priyanka Chaturvedi been vocal about matters of women empowerment and safety, she makes her mark by standing out with her articulate assertions about what she upholds. And of course, she did pay the price for it from time to time – the way it happens in the advanced, modern world with social media just a click away – trolls and abuse would pour in, her family was publicly threatened, even some party leaders (from Congress) attacked her. Initially suspended by the party, their reinstatement is what made Ms. Chaturvedi feel let down by Congress. “I realised that I will fail several women if I continue”, she said at a press conference. Indeed, this resonates with a lot of women who intend to work sincerely and diligently but preconceived notions pertaining to their womanhood invariably eclipse their capacity and performance. Also Read – A compounding difficultyThe other prominent reason for her to walk out was being denied an election ticket from Mumbai (it went to Bollywood actor Urmila Matondkar) “Yes, I wanted a ticket but I knew it would not lead to bitterness if the decision didn’t come my way. The reason has been that when we talk of women empowerment, we need to live by them.” She is quoted as saying. Some clear dynamics we see here is that irrespective of the stage of performance, the story of a lesser-star employee (particularly if it is a woman) is roughly the same everywhere. Regardless of how effective a person might be in terms of work, they are essentially a means to further some cause of the organisation under the brand of which they perform. A political party is no exception – before being an instrument of democracy, it is an organisation the top priority of which is its own survival, secondarily, its people. Women-centric method of functioning comes with the purpose of marketing an idea for ulterior gains. Not to defeminise, but women need to be treated as individuals based on their competence and set an example of a level playing field. At its root, Priyanka’s walkout is more of a social matter than a political one.
Kolkata: West Bengal government’s ‘Utkarsh Bangla’ scheme, aiming to create a pool of skilled candidates industry ready, on Tuesday was awarded the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) award of the United Nations, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said. “Out of 1062 nominations in 18 categories from all over the world, #UtkarshBangla emerged No 1 in the Capacity Building category to win this prestigious award of @WSISprocess #wsis2019,” she tweeted. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja WSIS Prizes is an international contest to create an effective mechanism to evaluate and recognise individuals, governments and private bodies for outstanding success in implementing development oriented strategies that leverage the power of ICTs as an enabler of the development. The West Bengal government had received another UN award in 2017 for its ‘Kanyashree’ project, a targeted conditional cash transfer scheme aimed at promoting education among girls.
by News Staff Posted Jul 10, 2012 12:49 pm MDT MONTREAL – Bell (TSX:BCE) proposed Tuesday tangible benefits valued at $200 million to help support the country’s broadcasting industry in its effort to obtain approval by the CRTC of the company’s acquisition of Astral Media.Approval by the federal broadcast regulator of the Astral acquisition will also require Bell to sell 10 radio stations in five markets: Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa-Gatineau and Winnipeg, the company said.“By increasing funds available for Canadian programming and talent, and ensuring those in the North can access programming on the broadband screens of their choice, Canadians in all parts of the country will gain from this initiative,” said George Cope, president and CEO of BCE and Bell.The payment of tangible benefits is a condition of approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.The proposed benefits package includes $96 million for the development and production of Canadian programming and $61 million to help support, promote and develop Canadian musical talent and to assist community radio and other initiatives.The deal also includes $40 million to help make Canadian programming more widely available in the North through the extension of new broadband services and $3.5 million to help raises money and awareness to help combat mental health issues.Astral Media shareholders voted in May to approve the $3.4-billion acquisition of the TV, radio and billboard company by BCE Inc.BCE has said it expects the deal will be completed in the second half of the year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bell proposes $200M in benefits for broadcast industry as part of Astral deal
201211811411993Lost divisional round OFFENSE RATINGDEFENSE RATING 2013116101139108Won Super Bowl 2015116117115109— 2014104138122128Lost Super Bowl YEARPASSINGRUSHINGPASSINGRUSHINGPLAYOFFS The Seattle Seahawks came into 2015 as championship favorites, having put up one of the best two-year runs in NFL history, with a bid for back-to-back titles undone by one of the most shocking twist endings in Super Bowl history. But things went downhill in a hurry. Seattle lost four of its first six games; then won two in a row, against the foundering 49ers and Cowboys; and in Week 10 dropped a crucial home game against the Cardinals that effectively killed any chance of a third consecutive NFC West crown. It was mid-November and the Seahawks were unlikely to make the playoffs, let alone win the Super Bowl.You can’t keep a good fish-eating bird of prey down, though. After three straight wins, including an impressive 38-7 dismantling of Minnesota on the road on Sunday, the Seahawks look like they’re rounding back into form — and are nearly back in their familiar perch atop our NFL Elo ratings. Elo even gives Seattle a healthy 83 percent shot at making the playoffs now. But making the playoffs and regaining the preseason championship favorite designation are two very different things, and reasons why the latter will be much more difficult for Seattle can be found both on the field and in the NFL’s playoff format.Russell Wilson is back!First, some good news: Seattle’s offense is showing signs of life. Since Week 11, QB Russell Wilson’s aerial attack has led the NFL by a mile in passing expected points added (EPA) per dropback — the difference between the No. 1 Seahawks and No. 2 Bengals is bigger than the gap between Cincinnati and the No. 19 Titans — after ranking 21st through Week 10. It helps that the three defenses Seattle has played — the 49ers, Steelers and Vikings — have mediocre EPA ratings against the pass, but the ways in which the passing game has improved are also encouraging.One puzzling thing about Seattle’s early-season passing woes is that they came despite the addition of Jimmy Graham — a tight end so productive with New Orleans that he wanted to be called a wide receiver. Graham had led all NFL TEs in receiving yards over the preceding three seasons and was expected to add a new dimension to the Seahawks’ offense.Thing is, Graham wasn’t associated with especially efficient short passing for New Orleans, doing most of his damage on seam routes and other deeper patterns. He was 17th among the league’s 32 qualifying1Minimum 80 targets. tight ends in yards per target on passes of 10 yards or fewer from 2012 to 2014; Saints QB Drew Brees ranked only 16th in Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) when tossing short to TEs.2Compared to his third-place ranking in passes of all yards, to all positions, over the same span. In Seattle this season, the same trends have manifested. The Seahawks have been great when Wilson throws the ball more than 10 yards downfield, but they ranked only 15th in per-dropback EPA on shorter routes during the season’s first 10 weeks, with Wilson also suffering the league’s worst sack rate.3Hence, their 21st overall ranking — they were good at deep passing but mediocre on short targets and allowed sacks at a frequency that would impress even David Carr. Graham ranks 17th once again in yards per target on short passes, and Wilson ranks 23rd in QBR on short passes to TEs.So perhaps it’s not a coincidence that the Seahawks’ short passing attack saw the opposite of adverse effects when Graham was injured for the season against the Steelers in Week 12. Or perhaps football is an incredibly complicated sport with a small sample of games each season, and it’s difficult to filter signal from noise in any individual player’s statistical footprint. Either way, Wilson and the Seahawks have finally found their passing rhythm of late and since Week 11 have had the league’s most efficient passing offense on both short and long routes, with Wilson being sacked 40 percent less often.It’s a good thing that the passing game is picking up. Seattle’s rushing EPA per play is down quite a bit from last year’s ridiculously efficient output, and the team’s defense has been on the downturn from its typical dominant form.Not the same SeahawksWe can trace Seattle’s evolution over the course of the Russell Wilson Era using the team grades I developed here, which place per-play EPA in a given category on a scale where the league average is 100 and one standard deviation in performance is +/- 15 points: Because passing is more important than rushing in today’s NFL, it won’t take much of an aerial improvement for the Seahawks to compensate for their decline in the ground game this season. However, the team’s defensive drop-off is more concerning. In 2013, Seattle defended the pass about as well as any team ever has, but it’s steadily become more mortal over time. The Seahawks now rank 14th — decent but not great — at defending short4Again, defined as pass attempts of 10 or fewer air yards. passes (they ranked second in 2013 and 2014) and a below-average 18th against deep ones (first in 2013 and 2014). Add in a commensurate drop in rush defense (to 10th this year) and the Seahawks — while still better than average on D — are no longer the fearsome defensive leviathan they built a reputation as over the past few seasons.As I mentioned earlier, even given all that, the Seahawks have still mustered nearly the best Elo rating in the league. But Elo also pegs Seattle’s chance of winning the Super Bowl at a mere 6 percent, far below the chances of their peers atop the Elo food chain. Even Denver and Cincinnati, inferior clubs according to Elo, have double-digit Super Bowl probabilities. The reason is simple: The teams ahead of Seattle have either already clinched their division (Carolina) or are overwhelmingly likely to do so.Seattle, meanwhile, almost certainly has a wild card date in its future. That means the Seahawks will need to win one more playoff game than most of their fellow title contenders. (Carolina and New England are practically guaranteed first-round byes; Arizona is highly likely to earn the same; and Denver and Cincinnati are nearly a toss-up to grab the remaining slot.) And as a likely No. 5 or 6 seed, Seattle will have to do it on the road. The reality of an extra single-elimination test slices into Seattle’s Super Bowl probability considerably.Assuming that the Seahawks do make the playoffs, though, they’ll be on everyone’s list of dark-horse Super Bowl candidates — and nobody’s list of preferred postseason opponents. They may not be in their typical role as title favorites, but all it might take to change that are sustained improvements in the passing game and a first-round playoff victory.
Nicola Sturgeon insists education is her top priorityCredit:PA Nicola Sturgeon and her education minister John Swinney are under pressure over educationCredit:Getty Halla Price, a trainee in her final year at Moray House, told MSPs: “In terms of numeracy, we spent a lot of time going over ideas of activities we could do.”However, there wasn’t enough focus on the teachers themselves having the skills to teach numeracy other than a maths audit we completed ourselves in second year, which did very little in all honesty to improve our own knowledge and mathematical understanding.”I do not believe that everyone graduating from Moray House this year has the sufficient skills in numeracy to be able to teach it to 11-year-olds at a reasonable standard.”William MacLeod, who is on a postgraduate course to become a secondary technology teacher, said literacy was dealt with in a single week. He added: “I think literacy I would have less of an issue with, because literacy is being worked on throughout when we are doing essays, etc. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “I would have more of an issue with numeracy because there is less chance for the university lecturers to see that we are numerate. Going back to the basics on these would be helpful.”The committee’s evidence session came after almost 700 trainees, teachers and other school staff responded to its questionnaire on recruitment and retention, with issues such as workload, stress levels and morale raised in the responses.The convener James Dornan said the committee had written to the General Teaching Council for Scotland for “urgent assurances” on issues raised by the trainees. They also raised concerns about gaps in training in areas such as additional support needs, behaviour management and online safety.The Scottish Conservatives said the evidence cast more doubt on the effectiveness of Scotland’s teacher training programme.Liz Smith, the party’s education spokesman, added: “The evidence heard this morning has once again laid bare the SNP’s terrible record on education.“With literacy rates plummeting under this SNP Government we now discover that trainee teachers are receiving the bare minimum in training when it comes to improving reading and writing skills.“Trainees also told us that there was virtually no training on additional support needs despite the fact that nearly a quarter of Scottish pupils are requiring that support, and that there has been no support to help children stay safe online.”The Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN), released on Tuesday, looked at performance in school years P4, P7 and S2, focusing on literacy in 2016. It found 49 per cent of S2 pupils performed very well or well in writing last year, compared with 55 per cent in 2014 and 64 per cent in 2012. P4 and P7 pupils also saw a drop in performance.The survey focused on numeracy in 2015 and found a drop in performance among P4 pupils, with 66 per cent performing well, compared with 69 per cent in 2013 and 76 per cent in 2011. Trainee primary teachers are graduating without the skills they need to teach maths to primary seven pupils, MSPs were told yesterday.The time devoted to the basics of literacy and numeracy on teacher training courses was among a raft of concerns outlined by trainee teachers to Holyrood’s education committee.One student said only one week of his university course was given over to literacy, while another described a lack of focus on ensuring teachers have the skills to teach numeracy.The Conservatives said the evidence was further proof of the SNP’s “terrible record on education”.The concerns were raised the day after official Scottish Government figures revealed that fewer than half of 13 and 14-year-old Scottish pupils can write well, while the proportion who are functionally illiterate has more than doubled.
Recent analysis from SNL Energy based on Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) data for 2014 indicates that productivity across the major coal basins of the USA has not only stabilised, but is improving in many cases. SNL says, “Even in Central Appalachia, where production has fallen, productivity has increased.” Coal miner productivity gains were seen in both underground and surface coal mines over the last two years. Productivity, measured in clean coal tonnage produced per employee hour, peaked nationally in 2000 at 6.99 t/miner hour (N.B. short tons) and has dropped gradually since, according to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data. EIA lists several factors for the decline including technological constraints, stripping ratios, increased regulatory scrutiny, permitting challenges, skilled labour shortages, demographic shifts, longwall saturation and decreasing coal seam thickness.SNL notes that a significant gap exists between coal basins. For example, Central Appalachia’s productivity rate has been around 1.37 t/h recently, while Illinois Basin’s rate was around 4.51 t/h. Rates for the Powder River Basin were above 30 t/h. “Generally, the coal industry has watched its productivity decline as a function of diminishing coal geology or a tendency to mine the cheapest and easiest to reach coal first,” SNL says.
Seequent, a world leader in visualisation solutions for earth, environment and energy challenges, today launched mineral resource estimation solution Leapfrog® EDGE. Leapfrog EDGE supports and advances industry practices in mineral resource estimation by applying the highly dynamic, intuitive and visual capabilities that Leapfrog 3D geological modelling solutions are world-renowned for.In a streamlined workflow, Leapfrog EDGE introduces innovative 3D visualisation to resource estimation alongside industry standard tools for estimating, domaining, geostatistical evaluation and reporting.Seequent’s solutions turn complexity to clarity by transforming complex data into clear geological understanding. Leapfrog EDGE was developed in collaboration with industry experts and is available either within the Leapfrog Geo geological modelling solution, or as an individual product.Shaun Maloney, Chief Executive of Seequent (formerly ARANZ Geo), says “Reliable resource estimation is critical to create confidence for all levels of decision makers. The geological model is the foundation of any resource estimate so it was a natural progression to develop a Leapfrog solution for resource estimation. Leapfrog EDGE builds on the success of Leapfrog Geo which allows 3D geological models to be built in a very dynamic and intuitive way.”Using Leapfrog EDGE within Leapfrog Geo creates a fully integrated workflow between the geological model and the resource model, allowing users to stay in the very visual and dynamic Leapfrog environment. Estimates are built from the Leapfrog model, avoiding data corruption and error. A key feature of this integration, is ‘dynamic updating’, where users can add data or revise their interpretations at any stage in the workflow and these changes will automatically flow downstream and update.Seequent Director of Product and Innovation Tim Schurr, says, “This seamless connection increases confidence as the user can give a stronger emphasis to providing a robust geological model to underpin the estimate. Introducing this simple but substantial step delivers major benefits as users can manage change as they continue to interpret the geology and make use of the latest information.”
Thousands of Britons with holiday and retirement homes in Northern Cyprus could be forced to return their properties to Greek Cypriots or pay compensation after a landmark ruling from the European Court of Justice.Linda and David Orams, from Hove in Sussex, lost a long legal battle against Meletios Apostolides, who owns the land their £160,000 holiday home stands on. Thousands of Greek Cypriots were forced out of Northern Cyprus when Turkish troops intervened in 1974 to prevent the island from being united with mainland Greece.The European judges have ruled that British courts must enforce the judicial decisions made in Cyprus which uphold the property rights of Greek Cypriots who were forced out of the northern half of the island.The judgment gives a green light to demolition orders and compensation claims against some 4,000 British property owners in Northern Cyprus. Marian Stokes, the founder of the Northern Cyprus Homebuyers’ pressure group, described the ruling as “absolutely gutting”. She said: “It’s so sad, because people stand to lose so much money. We did not think they would rule this way. We bought our land in good faith. It was usually marketed and sold in the UK, so you presume everything is ok. The implications for land ownership and conflict claims are staggering across Europe.”In 2005 a court on the Greek Cypriot side of the green line in Nicosia, the divided capital, ordered the Orams to tear down their holiday home and return the land to Mr Apostolides, along with damages. His family were forced out during the war 35 years ago.Mr Apostolides went to the Court of Appeal in London in 2006 to have the Cypriot judgment recognised in Britain. British judges then turned for guidance to the European Court of Justice.Lawyers for Mr Apostolides successfully argued that since both Britain and Cyprus are European Union member states, the ruling in Nicosia was enforceable in British courts.“I think people who have got property in the occupied north, which didn’t belong to those who gave it to them, should seek solid legal independent advice,” said Constantis Candounas, the lawyer who represented Mr Apostolides. “It opens the way for the judgment of the Cyprus court to be enforced in the UK. It means that eventually my client will have a means to enforce the decision.”The case now returns to the Court of Appeal and one legal source confirmed that British judges must “recognise and enforce the judgment”, adding: “How they do it is up to them, it could be by compensation”. In theory, the Orams could have their home in Britain seized. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
A Vancouver resident knew that a photograph taken of him in 1963 affected the course of the civil rights movement.The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. told him so.Now there is another testament to the significance of that photograph of Henry Shambry, an Alabama native who moved to the Northwest in 1968.Time magazine calls it one of the 100 most influential images of all time. It shows Shambry being attacked by a police dog during a civil rights demonstration in Birmingham, Ala. It was one of several images Charles Moore took that day for Life magazine.Shambry died in 2011, but he talked about the circumstances surrounding that photograph with The Columbian in 1995.Shambry wasn’t trying to be a symbol, he told The Columbian back then. He just wanted to show the Birmingham, Ala., cops that he wasn’t afraid of them or their dogs.“I never did get afraid,” Shambry said. “I got mad, and I was thinking, ‘What are these people doing?’ When you get that mad, you get stubborn and just don’t care.”“I made up my mind I wasn’t going to run. I just walked and walked,” he said. “The only time I looked back was when the dog tore my pants.”It might not have been his intention, but that photograph of Shambry did turn into a symbol.In the online gallery of 100 influential photographs, the image of Shambry is accompanied by a quote from historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr.: “The photographs of Bull Connor’s police dogs lunging at the marchers in Birmingham did as much as anything to transform the national mood.”
QUESTION OF THE DAYThe National Development Plan has priority areas. Hence the state needs to give a comprehensive report to the National Assembly on its priority areas and how much is to be spent from the pledges to meet each priority area and when the implementation is to be done.Celebrating and clapping are not the way forward. The way forward is to put the road map in implementing the National Development Plan so that each citizen will know what to expect and when.This is what the New Gambian should demand and this is what the media, both state and non-state, should explain to the Gambian people. The new Gambian must be an informed Gambian not a sentimental one.
The American Soybean Association is requesting personal intervention by U.S. Vice President Albert Gore to move forward a soy food aid program that will assist the most needy countries in the world with much needed food aid while helping to improve prices paid to farmers for their soybeans. ASA’s proposal has been tied up for months in disagreements between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Office of Management and Budget, and other government agencies. ASA has recently learned that this inter-agency dispute cannot be resolved without the involvement of the White House.”This is a tremendous opportunity for Vice President Gore to clearly demonstrate his concern for farmers by using his influence to break through the red tape that is delaying the soy food aid initiative,” said ASA President Marc Curtis, a producer from Leland, Miss. “It would be most appropriate for the Vice President to show his leadership on this issue this week while he is in Iowa, our largest soybean production state.”For the past eight months, soybean producers have been urging USDA to announce an initiative under which up to $1 billion worth of soybeans, soybean oil, and soybean meal would be purchased and donated under food aid programs. ASA has worked with U.S. soybean processors and with private voluntary organizations in developing this soy food aid program to ensure minimal displacement of U.S. or foreign commercial sales.”Soybean farmers are facing the lowest prices in 27 years,” Curtis said. “Unless current heavy surpluses of soybeans and soybean products are reduced, soybean prices and soybean producer income will remain at depressed levels. This food aid program will help improve prices for farmers and it will also help develop new markets for U.S. agricultural products by introducing soy to areas of the world that currently cannot afford to purchase them.”USDA is authorized to carry out the soy food aid initiative under the CCC Charter Act, Section 416(b), and other food aid programs—the same authorities used under President Clinton’s wheat initiative last year.”ASA is asking Vice President Gore to intervene on this issue to assure approval and announcement of this vital initiative,” Curtis said.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska LNG Project Team is hosting a community meeting on Wednesday, June 20, at the Nikiski Recreation Center to present the final decision on the Kenai Spur Highway reroute. Jesse Carlstrom Communications Manager with the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation: “The team, at Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, is extremely sensitive to the fact that the Kenai Spur Highway Reroute will impact residents and Alaskans throughout the Kenai and specifically Nikiski area. Nikiski residents will be the very first to know about the selected reroute.” The AGDC in April 2017 provided the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with a site map of the proposed LNG plant in Nikiski, showing locations for the three liquefaction trains, two LNG storage tanks, material offloading facility and north and south plant entrances. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m., with an Open House followed by a presentation at 7:00 p.m. Following the site map, the AGDC filed a map of possible alternatives for relocating the Kenai Spur Highway around the LNG plant site to FERC. According to Carlstrom the AGDC has not submitted the final selected route to FERC: “It’s extremely important to us to let residents be the first to know about the selected reroute. So, that’s why we (AGDC) have not submitted this proposed reroute alternative to regulatory agencies, specifically the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that is overseeing the Alaska LNG project, we will let the public know first.”