The BJP has dismissed suggestions that the Goa government’s submission to the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal, rejecting the demands of the Karnataka government, was a setback to the party’s electoral campaign in Karnataka.Citing an earlier letter by Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar promising drinking water to the northern districts of Karnataka from the Mahadayi river, the BJP had earlier sought to gain electorally, to demonstrate its political will to deliver water to the parched north Karnataka when successive Congress governments had failed to do so. At the core of this affected region lie 26 Assembly constituencies and water as an emotive issue had the potential to affect voting behaviour far further than that. No setback“This is not a setback. What was the submission of the Goa government to the tribunal? That it would not want to give water for 12 projects. Manohar Parrikar’s letter read out in Karnataka was about water for drinking purposes, 7.56 thousand million cubic feet [tmcft] required for drinking purposes. That stand still remains, the fight in the tribunal was about water distribution that is separate,” said BJP general secretary in charge of Karnataka, P. Muralidhar Rao. He said the Congress in Goa had, first of all, taken an anti-Karnataka stance on the issue with former Congress president Sonia Gandhi writing a letter stating that no water would be shared with Karnataka. Even now, “no leader of Goa Congress has supported Manohar Parrikar’s humanitarian gesture of agreeing to share water for drinking for people living in the river basin,” he said. “It shows that it is only the BJP that wants to bring water to these areas, whereas the Congress is playing political games.”To meet people“We will be holding at least two public meetings in the core affected areas such as Nargund to explain to the people how the Congress government in Karnataka and the Opposition in Goa are working against distribution of drinking water from the Mahadayi. We will also be going village to village in all 26 Assembly constituencies in the affected zone to put forward this message,” he said. Mr. Rao said that despite the high Hindutva rhetoric, the anti-incumbency factor against the Siddharamaiah government would be the cornerstone of the party’s campaign.
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Betis took advantage of a great performance by goalkeeper Antonio Adan and a bad night by Madrid’s forwards, including Cristiano Ronaldo, who was making his league debut after serving a five-game suspension for shoving a referee in the Spanish Super Cup final last month.“It was bad luck after all the chances that we created,” Madrid midfielder Casemiro said.Ronaldo had played only three other matches with Madrid this season, including against APOEL in the team’s Champions League debut, when he scored twice.“This is not the start we wanted after three games at home,” Zidane said. “We didn’t expect this.”Key winAtletico Madrid moved closer to the lead by earning a hard-fought 2-1 away victory against Athletic Bilbao.Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak stopped Aritz Aduriz’s penalty kick before halftime and Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco scored second-half goals to leave the Madrid side within four points of leader Barcelona.It was the second consecutive win for Atletico, which remains unbeaten after five rounds.“To win in this stadium you need to play a great match and I think we did that,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “We controlled the game and were very effective. It’s a very important triumph for us.”Correa opened the scoring from inside the area after a cross by Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion in the 55th minute, and Carrasco added to the lead with a low shot into the far corner after a well-placed pass by Antoine Griezmann in the 73rd. Griezmann had also helped set up the first goal with a pass to Koke. Paraguayan striker Antoino Sanabria scored the winner with a header from close range to give Betis its first win against Madrid at the Bernabeu since 1998.The result ended Madrid’s streak of 73 consecutive games scoring at least one goal, keeping it from surpassing the record scoring run established by Brazilian club Santos starring Pele in 1963.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 shutoutMadrid, which was coming off home draws against Valencia and Levante, is seven points behind Barcelona after five games. It trails Betis by one point.“This gap to the lead won’t change the way we do things,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “We will keep fighting. It’s a long championship.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad “It was Griezmann’s best match so far this season,” Simeone said.Raul Garcia netted an injury-time goal for Athletic, which has now lost two in a row after an unbeaten start.Winning streakSevilla kept its momentum thanks to Jesus Navas’ 83rd-minute winner at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.He scored from a difficult angle to give the hosts their fourth consecutive win to start the league.The match marked the return of striker Victor “Vitolo” Machin, who left Sevilla in the offseason to join Atletico Madrid but is playing on a loan with Las Palmas until January. He was constantly jeered by Sevilla fans.Rough startDeportivo La Coruna handed Alaves its fifth straight loss with a 1-0 victory at the Riazor Stadium.Luisinho scored in first-half injury time to give the hosts their first win after three losses in the first four matches.Malaga is the only other team to have lost all of its matches so far. It was routed 5-0 at Valencia on Tuesday. No goalsLeganes and Girona failed to take their chances in a goalless first meeting in the top flight.Both teams created clear scoring opportunities but Leganes, playing in the Liga for the second season, had to settle for a point with promoted Girona.Leganes stayed in the top half of the standings, in eighth place, while Girona was 14th. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Real Madrid’s forward from Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo kneels on the field during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID—Real Madrid’s faltering start to the Spanish league season continued on Wednesday with a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Real Betis.A day after league leader Barcelona routed Eibar 6-1 with four goals by Lionel Messi for its fifth win in a row, Madrid conceded an injury-time goal to remain winless in its three league games so far at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Brady, Belichick donate to J.J. Watt’s hurricane relief fund Second-place Sevilla moved within two points of Barcelona by beating Las Palmas 1-0 for its fourth consecutive league victory.Third-place Atletico won 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao.Frail homeReal Betis players celebrated as if they had won a title after the stunning win over Madrid at the Bernabeu.“We knew we were coming to play in a complicated stadium, but the team put in a great effort and got rewarded with the late goal,” Sanabria said.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments
To Hell with HockeyThe Life Story of OlympianAslam Sher KhanAllied PublishersPrice: Rs 40; Pages: 89″Victory has a thousand fathers and defeat is an orphan.” That was an American President, John F. Kennedy, on international crises, but he could as easily have been referring to the vagaries of Indian sport, so,To Hell with HockeyThe Life Story of OlympianAslam Sher KhanAllied PublishersPrice: Rs 40; Pages: 89″Victory has a thousand fathers and defeat is an orphan.” That was an American President, John F. Kennedy, on international crises, but he could as easily have been referring to the vagaries of Indian sport, so aptly does the description fit. But perhaps no other sport has demonstrated the truth of that statement as forcibly as hockey, India’s solitary and sporadic claim to international fame.Till the late ’60s, when Indian hockey was riding the crest, nothing was too much for the national hockey team and everybody remotely connected with the sport hopped nimbly onto the bandwagon.Then came the slump in Indian hockey and suddenly the champagne rat flat, the roses wilted and the players were more akin to pariahs. The same story repeated itself with the Indian World Cup win in Kuala Lumpur in 1974 when the heady feeling again proved momentary and the witch-hunts and buck-passing once again took precedence over the actual sport.Though by now an all-too-familiar litany, the seamy side of Indian hockey has never been stripped so naked as in the autobiography of Aslam Sher Khan, former hockey superstar and architect of India’s 1974 World Cup win.Sher Khan in Kuala Lumpur in 1975: Treading on toesKhan’s is the kind of rags-to-riches story that probably holds true for most of the country’s hockey stars, but he is the first to feel so powerfully about the injustice and the wheeling-dealing that governs the sport to put it into a book. In purely literary terms, that perhaps is an error of judgment. The passion and anger is too strong and too overpowering to make for any literary pretensions.But that, in the final analysis, is probably the only way that a book of this type could have achieved some impact. Though crudely crafted, it is nonetheless a straight-from-the-gut, no-holds-barred account of the struggle of a highly talented athlete to claw his way to the top of the heap, and the pitfalls and politics that eventually dictate his every move.advertisementDaring Revelations: Starting with Khan’s baptism into hockey, when he was dropped from the Bhopal team in the nationals because he refused to go to bed with the 55-year-old coach of the team, the author takes the reader on a sordid and sweat-stained sojourn into the tortured maze that represents the state of sports in this country.The politics of the selection process – Khan was the first Muslim hockey player to play against Pakistan, 27 years after Independence; its fickleness – he was dropped from the team immediately after a match-winning performance; and its illogicality – he is perhaps the only Olympian to have played as a full-back, a wing-half and a forward, all in the same tournament.Khan dismisses the selectors as “chauvinistic bastards” for their petty parochial interests and cites some telling instances of the depths to which hockey officialdom is capable of unabashedly plunging. In fact, Khan’s book, for all its slim look, is not just a side-swipe at the powers-that-are but a constant barrage of literary body-blows.Those looking for lengthy descriptions of historic matches and revelations on the finer points of the games will be disappointed. Only at one point does Khan make the significant observation that “we are taught to dodge and dribble but no great emphasis is ever placed on scoring”. For the rest.To Hell With Hockey is essentially a personal testimony to the dark side of Indian hockey, a side that few people have so far had the courage to expose. Aslam Sher Khan is certainly never going to get a government-sponsored job or that of a coach in this country; he has stepped on too many sensitive toes for that.But if the sordid revelations in To Hell With Hockey make even the most miniscule impact on the way the game is run, it will be Aslam Sher Khan’s greatest contribution to the game.
Tennis superstars Roger Federer and Serena Williams will not be taking part in the ongoing season of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL). (Latest Tennis stories)”We are sad to announce that Roger Federer and Serena Williams won’t participate at the IPTL this year,” an IPTL statement read.IPTL founder and former India player Mahesh Bhuphati said he is hopeful of bringing the legendary players back on court in future seasons.”We have had challenges this year, and we were hoping to get past them. With the current economic climate in India and the uncertainty of spending money, I reached out to both Roger and Serena to explain the situation,” Bhupathi said.”They have been both been very supportive of the IPTL the first two seasons and we look forward to bring them in future years,” he added.FEDERER TROUBLED BY KNEE INJURYThe 17-time grand slam winner was expected to make a comeback on December 10 in Hyderabad with Indian Aces.Federer played his last competitive match was against Canada’s Milos Raonic in the semi-finals of the Wimbledon this year. After that he underwent knee surgery and that ruled him out of the Rio Olympics, US Open and the ATP World Tour Finals.Federer’s season was marred with injuries. He injured his knee while bathing his twin daughters after the Australian Open in February. A back problem forced him to pull out of French Open before a knee injury ruled him out of remaining 2016.SERENA RECUPERATING SHOULDER INJURYWorld No.2 Serena has also been out of action since US Open semi-finals defeat to Karolina Pliskova. Serena, who is tied with Steffi Graf on 22 Grand Slams, pulled out of the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore in October as she wanted to focus on recuperating from a shoulder injury.advertisementSerena was expected to join the defending champions Singapore Slammers.
Amaravati, Aug 9 (PTI) Ace shuttler and Rio Olympics silver medalist P V Sindhu today joined as the Deputy Collector in the Andhra Pradesh government. Sindhu, who had been handed over the letter of appointment on July 27, today reported to the Chief Commissioner of Land Administration Anil Chandra Punetha here and assumed her new role as a Group-1 service officer. She was then posted to Krishna district for training. Sindhu met district Collector B Lakshmi Kantham in the evening and reported for duty. Meanwhile, official sources said the government might waive the two-year training period for Sindhu since she was keen on focusing on her career.Expressing happiness over her appointment, Sindhu said her first priority would be to continue playing badminton.”My focus will be on the sport only,” she had said on the day she was handed over the appointment order. She had also thanked the Chief Minister for the job.Now that Sindhu has joined the revenue service in AP government, chances are that she might get inducted into the Indian Administrative Service seven or eight years down the line. PTI DBV SSC SSC
Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha knows how to live her life on the edge and her recent pictures on Instagram are a proof of that.Recently, the daredevil posted a picture of herself on social media from her holiday in Maldives.In the picture, the actress can be seen doing a headstand at the edge of a swimming pool as a part of a challenge and she perfectly nailed the pose.Sonakshi posted the photo with the caption, “The challenge here was not to stand on my head. It was to do it at the edge of the pool and not fall in… happy to announce that i did not.”The diva sported a chic all black look for the pose. She wore a racer-back black sports bra and leggings, nailing the athleisure-wear look which is very much in vogue right now.Sonakshi has been constantly posting pictures from her vacation and they are all giving us pure vacation goals.Last week, the Dabangg actress shared a picture of herself lounging on the beach dressed in a sheer white slip-on, black bikini and a mermaid outline etched around her on the sand.She had captioned the picture saying, “Mermaids exist.”Sonakshi will next be seen with Ajay Devgn in Total Dhamaal.ALSO SEE | Sonakshi Sinha in bikini is a mermaid in this dreamy photo from MaldivesadvertisementALSO WATCH | Saif-Kareena holidaying in Maldives
The official notification for Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission (TNEA) will be released on April 22, 2019 and the process of registration will begin after May 2, 2019. These details have been shared by Anna University. More than 1.5 lakhs engineering aspirants get inrolled into engineering colleges of Tamil Nadu under TNEA. The counselling for TNEA will be for the engineering seats of Anna University, Government or Government Aided Colleges and other seats related engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu.Anna University has been conducting single window counselling for admission to B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Arch degree courses since 1997.The university does not allow more than one application per candidate.The official TNEA notification can be found at tnea.ac.in.Students will be alloted seats on the basis of their HSC marks. Tamil Nadu Directorate of Government Examinations released the 12th results this week.TNEA 2019: ScheduleAccording to Anna University, the TNEA will be held based on this schedule:Issue of notification inviting online registration of applications for admission to B.E./B.Tech: April 22, 2019Commencement of online registration and filling of applications: May 2, 2019Last date for Registration of Online Applications: May 31, 2019Assigning Random Number: June 3, 2019Certificates verification at TFC’s: June 6 – 11, 2019Publication of Rank list: June 17, 2019Counseling for Differently Abled: June 20, 2019Counseling for Ex-Servicemen: June 21, 2019Counseling for sports: June 22, 2019Commencement of counseling academic: July 3 to 28, 2019Commencement of counseling vocational: June 25 to 28Supplementary counseling in person: July 29, 2019SCA to SC counseling (In person): July 30, 2019End of counselling: July 30, 2019The counselling for academic courses will be done online while the counselling for vocational will be done in person. Supplementary counselling for both academic and vocational will be done in person.advertisement
Chelsea ‘Batshuayi is ready to start’ – Conte backs Chelsea striker Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 15:52 10/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Chelsea Michy Batshuayi AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea AFC Bournemouth Premier League Chelsea v Everton Everton League Cup The Belgian has earned something of a reputation as a super sub for the Blues, but his manager believes he can be more than that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has backed Michy Batshuayi to make an impression if he is given the opportunity to feature from the outset for the Premier League champions.The 24-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2016 from Marseille for a fee of £33 million, yet he had a quiet first season in England, despite netting the goal that won the Blues the title against West Brom.Chelsea 8/13 to beat Bournemouth Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Belgium international has shown a good deal more promise in the early weeks of this campaign, scoring seven times in 11 matches, and played a key role off the bench as Chelsea beat Watford last weekend. He was given the opportunity to shine from the beginning of the Carabao Cup match against Everton on Wednesday and, though he did not score, he received praise from his manager for his contribution.“I think he’s ready to start, he’s ready to come on during the game and have a good impact,” Conte said. “Sometimes if I decide to play with two strikers, maybe I don’t know. But it’s important to know I can count on him. “Last season was very difficult for him, but it was also difficult for me.“I think Michy is improving a lot. He’s working very well and he’s understanding this football and what I want from him. He’s improving, he’s improving a lot.“I’m very happy. Tonight he didn’t score, but he played very well. I don’t judge if my striker scores or doesn’t score; I judge the player’s performance for the team.”Alvaro Morata has taken up the mantle of leading the Chelsea attack following the departure of Diego Costa for Atletico Madrid, with the Spaniard having firmly established himself as Conte’s No.1 option in attack.The former Real Madrid and Juventus forward scored seven times in 12 outings since arriving at the club for £58m in the summer from Real Madrid.
Premier League Chelsea vs West Brom: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly 19:07 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Premier League Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion Chelsea West Bromwich Albion Antonio Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge, already in focus, will surely hit breaking point if the Blues lose to the current worst side in the league Chelsea’s poor form since the turn of the year has the Stamford Bridge club looking like a team in crisis, with positive results required immediately if the Blues are to protect their position in the top four.Antonio Conte’s side have lost their previous two games by three-goal margins, to Bournemouth and Watford, respectively, leading to speculation over the Italian manager’s future.Conte himself insists that he will continue to see out his contract and use the squad he has at his disposal to continue to fight for FA Cup and Champions League glory, as well as seal a top-four Premier League finish. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player West Brom, who have plenty of their own struggles to worry about as they sit bottom in the English top flight, will be hoping to spring a surprise similar to their 3-2 FA Cup victory over Liverpool at Anfield in late January. Game Chelsea vs West Brom Date Monday, 12 February Time 20:00 GMT / 15:00 ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBC Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Caballero, Courtois, Eduardo Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Moses, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Emerson, Sterling Midfielders Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Bakayoko, Willian, Ampadu Forwards Morata, Hazard, Pedro, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi Antonio Conte has a host of injuries to contend with going into the match, though the Italian confirmed that Pedro, who came off in the 4-1 defeat to Watford, has recovered in time to face Alan Pardew’s side. The Spaniard could however be left on the bench to allow Olivier Giroud his first Chelsea start.Alvaro Morata remains on the sidelines for an indefinite period of time with a back problem, while Ross Barkley misses out with a hamstring injury. Tiemoue Bakayoko is suspended.Andreas Christensen trained alone at Cobham on Friday as recovered from a knock, but it is not yet known whether the young defender will feature on Monday. Marcos Alonso was rested against Watford but should return to the starting XI.Potential Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro. Position West Brom players Goalkeepers Foster, Myhill, Palmer Defenders Nyom, Gibbs, Evans, Gabr, McAuley, Dawson, Hegazi Midfielders Yacob, Morrison, Livermore, Phillips, Brunt, McClean, Burke, Barry, Krychowiak, Chadli, Field, Harper Forwards Robson-Kanu, Rondon, Sturridge, Rodriguez, Leko The potential return of Jonny Evans to the starting line-up will provide a much-needed boost for the Baggies, with their captain hopeful of shaking off a back issue to feature against the Blues.Kieran Gibbs and on-loan defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak could also make the squad having stepped up their recovery from hamstring issues.Jake Livermore, James Morrison and Nacer Chadli all remain on the sidelines.Potential West Brom starting XI: Foster; Dawson, Hegazi, Evans Gibbs; Phillips, Krychowiak, Barry, Brunt; Rodriguez, SturridgeBetting & Match Odds Chelsea are hot favourites to pick up a win at Stamford Bridge, with dabblebet offering odds of 4/11 (1.36) for a home victory. WBA are rather more of a long shot at 8/1 (9.0), while a draw comes in at 15/4 (4.75).Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview The narrative for Monday’s clash is firmly focused on whether Antonio Conte will still be sat in the Chelsea dugout come Friday’s FA Cup clash with Hull.Two big losses to so-called inferior opposition in Watford and Bournemouth have brought the Italian’s job security further into the spotlight after months of the manager’s complaints regarding the club’s transfer policy.West Brom, rock bottom of the Premier League, will no doubt look to capitalise when they play a team in turmoil, calling upon their shock win at Anfield in January for inspiration.Starts for Daniel Sturridge and Olivier Giroud would provide an interesting sub-plot to the match, with both strikers having points to prove – much like their clubs, albeit at opposite ends of the table – as the World Cup fast approaches. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Mauro Icardi delighted with PSG Champions League winnerby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauro Icardi is delighted to be off the mark for PSG.The Argentina striker hit the winner against Champions League opponents Galatasaray last night.”Sincerely, I’m very happy,” said Icardi. “Especially the match made by the team. “I am of course happy to have scored this goal that offers victory. We must continue to work for the future. “I am not yet 100%, but with a goal, the pain passes. I will try to recover and play the next match in the best possible way.”Icardi is on a straight loan at PSG from Inter Milan. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Robins: Man Utd board must give Solskjaer timeby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United FA Cup winner Mark Robins says the board must be patient with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Robins, now manager of League One outfit Coventry City, believes that Solskjaer must be given plenty of time to implement his philosophy on the playing squad.”What he’s trying to do is reinstall the values that he felt as a player and that were there under Sir Alex,” he told Sky Sports.”He needs time to do that. If you remember when Sir Alex took over, it was six years before that started to take an effect.”I don’t think you get that times these days but I think the board will be patient. As long as they can see things moving forward in the right way they will be patient.”Clearly you need to get results alongside that. Ole knows that but the noises coming out of there and what is being said, they seem happy, the players seem happy, it seems a happier camp.”Things can turn quickly but you need results to maintain it. I hope he gets that time and he gets the backing in the transfer market because it’s going to take a long time to get them back to where they were.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Story Highlights Minister of Education, Youth & Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is hopeful about an improvement in the results from students who sit Mathematics in external examinations at both the primary and secondary levels.In his address to students and educators at the annual National Mathematics Exposition on April 19, at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, in recognition of National Mathematics Week, the Minister said Jamaica recorded an improvement in the performance of students who did Mathematics in external examinations in 2017, when compared to previous years, and he is working towards a greater increase being achieved.“I’m happy to report that we are doing better and better in Mathematics right across the system. We are going to conquer this [low performance by some students], because in this 21st century, we have to be good at Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Technology. Once we have this good foundation to build on, it means that Jamaica can compete [globally] and use our skills to create new products and services that we can better market,” Senator Reid said.“As I reported in our results last year, for 2017, all the categories of assessment showed that Mathematics was improving for both the Grade Four Numeracy Test and Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). We saw improvement of about seven per cent. For the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), it was 2.5 per cent,” he added.At the launch of National Mathematics Week on Monday (April 16), held at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean, St. Andrew, Mr. Reid said for the 2016 to 2017 academic year, Grade Four pass rate in Mathematics moved from 60 per cent to 67 per cent; while in GSAT, the pass rate increased from 59 per cent to 63 per cent and for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), the pass rate improved from 49 per cent to 52 per cent.With the increase in numbers, he said a team from the Ministry is working towards achieving continuous improvement in the future. This team was present at the National Mathematics Exposition hosting numerous mathematics games with students and teachers.“Overall, we are seeing the system moving in the right direction, and we’re very happy that the new system that we have developed in terms of the math coaches, the support to schools, the training of our teachers, the additional resources, the national standards curriculum, all of these things are enuring to much better outcomes with Mathematics,” the Minister said.Senator Reid pointed out that the number of students interested in Mathematics has also improved based on data from previous years.The Exposition was held under the theme: ‘Math Counts’. Thousands of students between grade four at the primary level and grade 13 at the secondary level attended with their teachers.In addition to the Ministry, other exhibitors had booths designed to show students and teachers how Mathematics relates to everyday life. There was also full participation from teacher-training institutions, public sector and private sector organisations, along with professional bodies.The main highlight of the exposition was a ‘Math Extravaganza’, where students and teachers performed dub poetry, songs and drama pieces based on the theme. They were awarded prizes. Minister of Education, Youth & Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is hopeful about an improvement in the results from students who sit Mathematics in external examinations at both the primary and secondary levels. In his address to students and educators at the annual National Mathematics Exposition on April 19, at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, in recognition of National Mathematics Week, the Minister said Jamaica recorded an improvement in the performance of students who did Mathematics in external examinations in 2017, when compared to previous years, and he is working towards a greater increase being achieved.
zoom French container shipping company CMA CGM plans to launch two new weekly services, EPIC 1 and EPIC 2, between the Arab Gulf, Pakistan, North West India and North Europe, in addition to the existing Epic service on this route.EPIC 1 will offer a direct connection between North Europe, Pakistan and North West India. In partnership with Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC) and United Arab Shipping Company S.A.G. (UASC), the rotation will be as follows:Mundra – King Abdullah – Gioia Tauro – Tanger – Southampton – Rotterdam –Antwerp – Felixstowe –Dunkirk – Le Havre – King Abdullah – Djibouti – Port Qasim – Nhava Sheva – Hazira – Mundra.With the first call of CMA CGM Traviata in Port Qasim, the EPIC 1 service will commence on July 26.Image Courtesy: CMA CGMEPIC 2 will connect North Europe and United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and North West India. In partnership with Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg Süd, the rotation will be the following:Mundra –Jeddah – Cagliari – Tanger –Hamburg –Antwerp – London – Tanger – Cagliari- Jeddah – Khor Fakkan – Jebel Ali – Port Qasim – Nhava Sheva – Mundra.The EPIC 2 service will start on July 24, with the first call in Khorfakkan.Image Courtesy: CMA CGMThe new services will improve the company’s port coverage with the addition of a weekly call in Hazira, India and with three weekly calls (Southampton and Felixstowe on EPIC 1, London Gateway on EPIC 2) in the United Kingdom.In addition, transit times from India will be improved with an increase of calls in Port Qasim, Nhava Sheva and Mundra.
VANCOUVER – Teenagers who steal prescription medication from a medicine cabinet at home may be at risk of becoming addicted to drugs, says a family doctor who treats chronic substance use.Dr. William Barakett said parents should lock up their medication and return unused drugs to a pharmacy for disposal.Parents must ensure their teens aren’t pocketing drugs to mask an emotional disorder such as ADHD, he said.They also need to take a “good hard look” at whether there’s a family history of addiction, said Barakett, an advisory council member for Drug Free Kids Canada.He recently testified before a House of Commons committee hearing on marijuana and said many of his patients began smoking pot as young as 12 before stealing their parents’ medication.Barakett told the committee the federal government’s plan to legalize recreational cannabis should include extensive public-education campaigns about the risks of pot consumption on adolescent brains.The message about the dangers of teens using medication also needs to get out, especially during the current opioid epidemic, he said in an interview from Knowlton, Que.“If there are opioids left in the medicine chest at home adventurous kids are going to start to play with them,” Barakett said, adding self-medicating teens who develop an addiction to opioid painkillers may seek the drugs elsewhere.“I’ve had kids who are addicted to opioids in pill form and I ask them, ‘Where do you obtain it?’ Some of them have told me, ‘We hang around old folks’ homes.’ “Seniors who no longer need their drugs have been known to sell them to teens for extra cash, Barakett said.Teens buying drugs on the street are taking a huge risk because too many substances are laced with the powerful opioid painkiller fentanyl, Barakett said.A BC Coroners Service report issued Thursday says 17 people between the ages of 10 and 18 died of suspected overdoses between January and August this year. That’s up from 12 deaths last year and five deaths in all of 2015.The report says the opioid painkiller fentanyl was detected in 81 per cent of all deaths in the province so far this year.Mike Serr, chairman of the drug advisory committee for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, said parents often don’t notice when one or two pills are missing, especially if a drug is taken occasionally to manage pain.Serr, who is deputy chief of the Abbotsford Police Department, said a mother who spoke at a public forum on fentanyl in the Fraser Valley city warned other parents that her son became addicted to opioids after stealing her medication.“There weren’t too many dry eyes in the room,” he said of the forum last spring, adding the teen ended up living on the streets but he is now on the road to recovery.Kerr said teens who start stealing their parents’ medication often repeat the same behaviour at other relatives’ and friends’ homes and may even start selling the drugs.Many police departments have held annual days for people to bring in their unused drugs for disposal but Kerr said lack of resources mean few forces currently participate in what they consider an important community event.Marc Paris, executive director of Drug Free Kids Canada, said he’s heard stories of teens stealing their parents’ drugs and taking them to so-called pill parties.“They put them in a big jar and start popping pills to see what kind of an effect it has. They don’t know what they’re taking. Sometimes they end up in emergency rooms and they can’t tell the doctor what they took.”Paris suggested parents use a lock box or other secure place to stow away opioids and drugs such Tylenol with codeine that they may be keeping for occasional pain.It’s also important for parents to have ongoing conversations with their kids about drugs, he said.“It’s making sure that you’re in tune with what the kids are facing at the schoolyard, at parties, on the street. Ask, ‘If you were at a party and somebody offered you a pill what would you do?’ “— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.
Teju Herath from the Goodman School of Business is studying phishing scams with four colleagues from American universities.Teju Herath, information systems professor at the Goodman School of Business, and four colleagues from American universities received a grant recently from the U.S. government’s National Science Foundation for their research on phishing.Phishing is defined as: “an email fraud method in which perpetrators send out legitimate-looking emails in an attempt to gather personal and financial information from recipients. Typically, the messages appear to come from well-known and trustworthy web sites.”The research, co-ordinated by the State University of New York at Buffalo, plans to examine archival data to understand the nature of phishing emails, how they evolved over time, how consumers process information, and victims’ demographic characteristics and psychographics – the use of demographics to measure attitudes, values, lifestyles and opinions.The Brock News caught up with Teju to ask her more about phishing and her research.BN: Approximately how many people fall victim to phishing schemes?TH: In a study we conducted in 2007-2008, approximately three per cent of our pool of participants reported that they had given out their user names and passwords in response to phishing emails. This reflects statistics from the Anti-Phishing Working Group and Statistics Canada, which estimate that some three to four percent of North Americans respond to phishing emails.BN: What would cause people to respond to these emails?TH: If the email looks like it comes from a source that people can relate to – such as a bank where you have an account – you’ll likely trust that email and will respond accordingly.If the email comes from the technology department, and if it’s asking you to re-set your account, normally we do tend to trust the message because it’s the IT department’s job to oversee our accounts. They have the authority to make changes to those accounts.In our research, we looked at the frequency of certain words being used in phishing emails. A lot of these emails use “urgency” kind of words: important, send your responses immediately, take action immediately. We do tend to respond to immediacy and authority.Our inboxes tend to be bombarded with emails. This large email load may reduce our ability to process all these emails.Another important finding of our research was that being technologically savvy in itself does not necessarily make you less likely to be a victim of phishing. Awareness is the key factor. If you’re aware of these kinds of scams, then you’re less likely to respond to these messages.BN: Are there any factors that give the written word – as opposed to telephone or in-person communication – an advantage in relaying deceptive information?TH: When you and I are talking face-to-face, and you’re trying to pull a fast one on me, there are some facial cues and body language cues that I can pick up on to tell me that it’s not a trustworthy conversation.Email communication is not as rich as the other communication modes. It’s asynchronous. We may lack the cues that convey deception in other modes of communication, although we have more time to ponder and examine the written word.BN: How can perpetrators use the information they extract from these phishing emails?TH: In banking-related scams, any banking information that you provide is used to steal your identity and draw money from your bank accounts. Often, this doesn’t happen right away. The perpetrators keep that information, it is dormant for a while, but later on, after you forget all about it, you notice that your bank accounts are drawn to zero.If you know that you responded to this false email, you can contact the bank right away and they will change your account details, freeze that account, and take any other necessary actions.If you don’t connect the withdrawals to the false email, banks might not compensate you for the loss of your money.In other instances, if you give out passwords and other information pertaining to your email account, perpetrators can gain access to your organizational information systems through your account, because that is a legitimate access. For example, if you’re an employee, you’ll use your work email system. People outside of your workplace don’t normally have access to that system, but they can if you give out your account information. They can then hack into other accounts in your workplace.BN: How has phishing evolved over time?TH: Emails used to be more text-based, but as time passed, we started seeing emails using html coding and using company logos, making the emails appear to be more legitimate and coming from the authentic source.It’s become very easy to create a webpage. The perpetrators don’t have to be very tech savvy. When they create the back end of the site (where they’re going to grab this information), they probably have a little bit more of an understanding of technology but it’s not very difficult to do these things today.Earlier scams targeted banks and individuals’ financial accounts. However, the new scams try to get computer account information that can be used for various illicit activities. The newer scams, called spear phishing, are targeted phishing scams that target specific individuals or companies.
“Either we begin finding creative, outside-the-box solutions or the international nuclear safeguards regime will become obsolete,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohammed ElBaradei wrote in an opinion piece in the Washington Post, the latest in a series of similar calls he has made this year.The approaches he urged include a recommitment to disarmament, moving away from national security strategies that rely on nuclear weapons, which serve as a constant stimulus for other nations to acquire them.Second, he called for tightened controls on the proliferation-sensitive parts of the nuclear fuel cycle. “By bringing multinational control to any operation that enriches uranium or separates plutonium, we can lower the risk of these materials being diverted to weapons,” he said. A parallel step would be to create a mechanism to ensure a reliable supply of reactor fuel to bona fide users, including a fuel bank under IAEA control.He added that a third area was more problematic: how to deal creatively with the three countries that remain outside the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) – Pakistan and India, both holders of nuclear arsenals, and Israel, which maintains an official policy of ambiguity but is believed to be nuclear-weapons-capable.“However fervently we might wish it, none of these three is likely to give up its nuclear weapons or the nuclear weapons option outside of a global or regional arms control framework,” he wrote. “Our traditional strategy – of treating such states as outsiders – is no longer a realistic method of bringing these last few countries into the fold.”He referred at length to the recent nuclear technology exchange agreement between the United States and India, noting that if handled properly it will be a first step forward for both India and the international community.“India will get safe and modern technology to help lift more than 500 million people from poverty, and it will be part of the international effort to combat nuclear terrorism and rid our world of nuclear weapons,” he said of the accord, which brings India’s civilian nuclear facilities under international safeguards.“As we face the future, other strategies must be found to enlist Pakistan and Israel as partners in nuclear arms control and non-proliferation,” he added.The IAEA announced today that a framework to strengthen controls over access to uranium enrichment and plutonium separation, essential ingredients for nuclear bombs, would be the focus of a special event on 19 and 20 September at the Agency’s General Conference in Vienna.With sensitive nuclear technology in “too many hands,” the Special Event will examine options to bring facilities capable of producing weapon-usable nuclear material under multinational control. “With some 35-49 countries ‘in the know,’ the margin of security under the current non-proliferation regime has become too slim for comfort,” Mr. ElBaradei said.In a speech to the graduating class at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington last month, Mr. ElBaradei said it was up to the new generation to develop an alternative system of collective security based not on the build-up of armaments but on addressing root causes of insecurity ranging from poverty and repression to unresolved conflicts.And in accepting the International Four Freedoms award presented by the Roosevelt Stichting Foundation Middelburg, the Netherlands, earlier in May, he noted that many of the world’s ills could be eliminated for less than a third of the global annual expenditure on armaments, dismissing the current global approach to security as dysfunctional and urging a new emphasis on universal freedoms to eliminate extremism and terrorism.
Speaking to journalists in Istanbul after his meeting with a delegation of the Libyan General National Congress (GNC), Bernardino León, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), described the encounter as a “very frank and very open discussion.” “We have been discussing the different elements, different remarks, different comments – in some cases differences – and the possibilities or the different ways that UNSMIL is proposing to address these differences,” he said. It has been seven months since UNSMIL launched a political dialogue process to find a peaceful solution to the conflict which intensified one year ago.Last week, the GNC did not attend a round of talks in Morocco organized by Mr. León, explaining that it needed to reorganize its negotiating team following the resignation of two members.“This is the first meeting with an important number of [GNC] members in a more open format and this is something that should continue,” Mr. León stressed.The UN envoy added that he encourages GNC members to continue to engage and discuss to find a solution as soon as possible.He explained that although a draft agreement was initialled by some parties on 12 July, an agreement will only be reached when a final package “makes sense for everybody and will be signed by everybody.” Mr. León said he hopes a final agreement is endorsed within the next two or three weeks so its implementation can begin on 20 October.A two-day political dialogue on Libya is set to begin tomorrow in Geneva.
Birthday presents also cost parents a lotCredit:Alamy Girls apparently have more expensive tastes with their parties averaging £169 while boys’ are £163.By the time their offspring are 11, parents spend less, averaging a more modest £153, the research by Disney Party found.Over half (58 per cent) of parents say cost is their main concern ahead of a children’s bash, with many choosing to join forces with other parents to host a joint party to keep costs down. Girls have more expensive partiesCredit:Alamy 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. Parties can also prove expensive for the guests, with parents typically buying nine presents for other people’s children each year at an average cost of £10 per gift.Londoners are the most generous, averaging £12.62 per gift compared to the £8.40 spent in the South West. The worst gifts received include used hairbrushes, drawn in colouring books and IOUs. Parents also pay an average £5.19 for each party bag they hand out at their own youngster’s bash.Just over half (51 per cent) of parties are held at home with the remainder at everything from village halls and leisure centres to soft play, bowling, trampolining, laser quest and karting venues.Parenting expert, Anita Cleare commented: “Although it can be a stressful job, it’s great to see that 53 per cent of parents still enjoy hosting parties for their children.”She added: “Parents feel pressured to not only impress their children but other parents too.”Researchers from Disney Party quizzed 2,000 parents of kids aged between four and 12-years-old. Seven-year-olds have the most extravagent birthday parties, with parents splashing out an average of £188, research has found.The figure is more than £20 higher than the average cost of a children’s party across all ages, which was found to be £166.Children typically invite 12 of their friends to celebrate with them, but one in five mothers and fathers (22 per cent) feel obliged to host the whole class.
The judge said: “In respect of the defendant David Duckenfield I lift the stay.”I confirm that I grant the voluntary bill of indictment to allow prosecution against for manslaughter to proceed. I decline to order a stay on that charge.”The judge ruled that four other defendants charged with matters related to the disaster and its aftermath will also face trial following abuse of process arguments, which were heard at Preston Crown Court earlier this month. Three other defendants – retired police officers Donald Denton, 80, and Alan Foster, 71, and retired solicitor Peter Metcalf, 68, who acted for South Yorkshire Police following the 1989 disaster – are scheduled to go on trial in January 2019 charged with doing acts intended to pervert the course of justice.An abuse of process argument for former Merseyside and West Yorkshire chief constable Sir Norman Bettison, who is charged with misconduct in a public office, has been adjourned until August 21.A case management hearing for the case of Duckenfield and Mackrell is due to be held on Monday.Under the law at the time, there can be no prosecution for the death of the 96th victim, Tony Bland, because he died more than a year and a day after his injuries were caused. David Duckenfield, the man in charge of policing during the Hillsborough disaster, will face trial over the deaths of fans after a judge lifted a ban on prosecution.The match commander will now answer 95 charges of gross negligence manslaughter following the crush in the terrace pens of the Sheffield Wednesday stadium in 1989.A judge at Preston Crown Court ruled on Friday morning to lift a stay on the prosecution of 73-year-old Mr Duckenfield. The Crown Prosecution Service had applied to lift the historical stay – halting further legal proceedings – on Mr Duckenfield, which was put in place in 2000 when a previous private prosecution failed to reach a verdict.About 10 family members of the 96 Liverpool fans who died at the FA Cup semi-final were in court, with others watching proceedings on a video link from Liverpool, as judge Sir Peter Openshaw made his rulings.Video: Families’ long fight for Hillsborough justice Duckenfield is set go on trial in September at Preston Crown Court alongside former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell, 68, who is charged with an offence involving the stadium safety certificate and a health and safety offence. The prosecution decided not to proceed with a second charge of breaching the stadium safety certificate against Mackrell. 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.
THE FORMER CHIEF Executive and Chairman of IBRC, Mike Aynsley and Alan Dukes, have initiated legal action against Independent News & Media.The executives, who were appointed following the collapse of Anglo Irish Bank, filed documents with the High Court on 21 October following the publication of a number of articles about IBRC’s Statement of Affairs in the Irish Independent.On 12 October, a day after a Twitter account leaked the now-defunct institution’s Statement of Affairs, the front page headline of the newspaper read: “Inside Anglo: how bankers partied on”.The details of that article, along with three other that appeared inside the publication, were disputed by Aynsley and Dukes in self-penned pieces two weeks later – after the legal suit for defamation was started.Both men likened the coverage and commentary by the Irish Independent a fortnight earlier as ‘blaming a fire brigade after they have put out the fire’.Aynsley said he rejects the suggestion that “post-nationalisation executives of the bank were in any way linked to the past failures of the bank that cost the public tens of billions of euro”.Addressing specific items that were highlighted by the Irish Independent, the former CEO noted that “a complete set of policies was put in place to eliminate spends such as flowers and golf”.On the issue of travel expenses that were outlined in the Statement of Affairs, Dukes and Aynsley mentioned the need to travel to Ukraine and Russia, where Seán Quinn (one of Anglo’s largest debtors) holds certain assets.“You couldn’t run a bank with the type of portfolio IBRC had without people travelling extensively,” wrote Dukes. “To take expenses figures on their own and represent them as ‘splashing out’ is absolutely ludicrous.”Aynsley continued: ”The suggestion that excesses were being encouraged could not be further from the truth.”While Dukes confirmed to TheJournal.ie that papers had been filed, he would make no further comment on the matter.Request for comment from INM had not been responded to at time of publication.The suits also mentions ‘another’ plaintiff.For sale! Auction of Anglo art to be held next weekAlan Dukes: I can’t comment about the Anglo Tapes because of the investigation