27 children killed as school bus plunges into gorge in Himachal Pradesh

first_imgTwenty-seven children were among 30 killed when a private school bus ferrying them home veered off the road and plunged into a 200-foot-deep gorge at Malakwal in Nurpur in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh on Monday evening.At least 13 students from Classes I to V died on the spot, while the others succumbed to injuries at Nurpur hospital. The driver of the bus and two school teachers were also killed.Toll may mountThe death toll could go up as there were about 40 children in the bus, said Nurpur SDM Husain Siddique. The bus belonged to Vazir Ram Singh Pathania Memorial School in Nurpur.At least 13 seriously injured persons were rushed to a hospital in Pathankot where one of them died of injuries, an official said. The condition of the other injured was also critical, he said. Most of the deceased belonged to nearby villages.Senior Cabinet Minister Krishan Kapoor and local MLA Rakesh Pathania rushed to the spot to monitor the rescue operation.Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced an immediate relief of ₹5 lakh to the next of kin of each deceased.A magisterial probe was ordered and preliminary enquiries suggested the driver lost control of the bus, an official said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

India A beat South Africa A to set up final clash with Australia A

first_imgIndia A rode on a brilliant display from their top order and were backed up with the leather as they beat South Africa A by 34 runs to qualify for the final of the 50-over tri-series tournament at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Thursday.In reply to India A’s massive total of 371/3, the tourists managed 337/6 in 50 overs with left-hander Quinton de Kock top-scoring with 113 runs.Left-arm spinner Axar Patel was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he bagged figures of 3/32. India A will now lock horns against Australia A in the final here on Friday.Also read: When India A’s Mandeep Singh fielded for the Proteas The visitors started off well with openers Cameron Delport and de Kock notching up a quick-fire partnership of 53 runs in barely 5.2 overs. However, India clinched the break through as left-arm pacer Rush Kalaria rattled Delport’s (34) off-stump.De Kock impresses De Kock, however, continued the momentum along with Reeza Hendricks as both knit together a formidable partnership.The left-handed de Kock clobbered a few towering sixes and scored a pacy century in the process.At 181/1, South Africa seemed well on their way to overhauling the Indian total, but the hosts hit back with three quick wickets and reduced them to 184/4. The Proteas failed to recover from that setback despite a fine effort from Khaya Zondo (86).Mayank Agarwal is ready for the big test Earlier in the day, it was skipper Unmukt Chand and Mayank Agarwal who were scintillating from the very beginning of their innings. It was steady start as both batsmen got into their groove collecting just 37 runs from the first 10 overs but those runs were decorated by some delightful boundaries.advertisementBut once the new-ball had lost its shine, Agarwal went on the offensive, clubbing anything that was in his arc.Chand played his shots too, hitting Keshav Maharaj for two sixes and went onto score an impressive 64. The hosts then lost Chand with the score at 106/1.Just when the South Africans thought that they would be able to stop the flow of runs, first down batsman Manish Pandey came out to bat. The aggressive stroke maker pounced upon the inexperienced bowling line-up with his trademark cover-drives and wristy flicks. At the halfway stage India A were at 125/1.There was no stopping the duo once they got settled as the run-rate graph shot skywards. The hapless tourists kept hurling at a wrong line and length and the ball kept disappearing into the stands.After a partnership of 203 runs, Agarwal’s swashbuckling innings of 176 finally came to an end as his catch was lapped up at long on.Pandey continued to swing his willow and got good support from the others, remaining unbeaten at 108 off 88 deliveries.Brief scores: India A 371/3 (Mayank Agarwal 176, Manish Pandey 108, Quinton de Kock 113, A Patel 3/32)last_img read more

Moto G5 next year may have modular design

first_imgIt is little early to talk about the Moto G5, or whatever the Moto G is going to be called next year, but the chances are that the midrange Moto phone next year may come with a modular design, similar to what Moto Z sports.Lenovo’s Vice President for mobiles for Asia-Pacific region Dillion Ye said the company was committed to build an ecosystem for Moto Mods, the modular components that would accompany the Moto Z when it arrives in the market in September. He said that in future consumers should expect to see many more Motorola phones, including more affordable ones, sporting modular design.”We have announced an initiative to build an ecosystem around modular phones and Moto Mods. We want developers to create many more Mods and we will ensure that we have enough phones in the market that support modular design to make the whole ecosystem viable and vibrant,” said Ye.Aymar de Lencquesaing, senior vice president, Lenovo Group, meanwhile, said that the company will launch the Moto Z in India around “September-October” timeframe.The Moto Z, which sports a modular design, was recently unveiled at San Francisco. It will reach global markets in September. The phone will be sold along with accessories called Moto Mods, that will connect to it using magnets and several metal pins on the back cover. These Mods will enhance the functionality of the device.Also read: Moto Z and Moto Z Force: Full specs, top features and difference between the twoadvertisementCurrently, Motorola — read Lenovo — has announced three Moto Mods. One made in partnership with JBL enhances the audio performance of the Moto Z or Moto Z Force. One, which has been prepared in partnership with Pico, converts the phone into a portable projector while the third one adds more battery life to the device.”One more is on its way and will be unveiled very soon,” said Lencquesaing. This one is expected to be a camera module that will probably add optical zoom to the camera of the Moto Z or Moto Z Force.For Motorola the Mods are going to be one of the key features through which it will differentiate its phones in the crowded market. The company wants to create an ecosystem of Mods, which will be compatible with several generations of Moto phones, and has launched a programme to motivate third-party Moto Mods makers. “With the Moto Mods Developer Program, you can develop the next generation of Moto Mods. The Lenovo Capital Fund will be setting aside seed funding to spur innovation on the Moto Mods platform. It has set aside $1,000,000 for the individual or company that creates the best Moto Mods prototype by March 31, 2017,” the company had recently said.Also read: Lenovo Moto Z shows LG and Google the right way to do modular design Going offline in IndiaWhile it hopes that the new, revamped range of Moto phones will be appealing to consumers, in India to reach more people the company is planning to also foray into the offline retail.”With focus on online, we have grown fast in India. In the last one year we have seen 90 per cent annual growth and currently we have 9 per cent market share in India,” said Lencquesaing. “India is a key market for Lenovo. It helps us achieve better scale on global level so we are going to increase our focus here. Now we want to reach out to more consumers through offline retail.”In India, Motorola and Lenovo have done well. For Motorola, India is the second biggest market for the Moto G phones after Brazil. Lenovo, meanwhile, has created a lot of buzz and has obtained good sales numbers with phones like the K3 Note, the K4 Note and the A6000.last_img read more

South Africa great Hashim Amla announces retirement from international cricket

first_imgSouth Africa batsman Hashim Amla on Thursday announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect. Amla will continue to play domestic T20 cricket in South Africa.Amla is the second South African great to end his international career this week after fast bowler Dale Steyn, who announced his Test retirement on Tuesday.Amla retires from the sport after having played 124 Tests, 181 ODIs and 44 T20 internationals for the Proteas. Amla amassed 9282 runs in Tests at an average of 46.64 with 28 hundreds and 41 fifties while in ODIs he scored 8113 runs at 49.46 with 27 centuries and 39 half-centuries.In the shortest format Amla managed to score 1277 runs at 33.60 including 8 fifties.”Firstly, all Glory and thanks to the Almighty for granting me this Proteas journey which has been nothing but a joy and privilege. I learnt many lessons during this incredible ride, made many friends and most importantly shared in the love of a brotherhood called #proteafire.””I would like to thank my parents for their prayers, love and support, it is their shadow over me that enabled me to play for years under the Protea sun.””Also, My family, friends and agent, my team mates and every member of the support staff throughout this incredible journey. A heartfelt thank you to every one of you!””The fans for energizing me when times were tough, and for celebrating with me when we succeeded together. Siyabonga South Africa!””And, of course, a very special thanks to the President and the Board at Cricket South Africa – not forgetting the Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe, and his administrative team. I really appreciate all the opportunities and am truly grateful,” Amla said in a statement on Thursday.advertisementDuring the recent Cricket World Cup in England, Amla managed to become the second-fastest batsman to amass 8000 ODI runs after Virat Kohli in the group stage clash against New Zealand at Edgbaston in Birmingham.Amla holds the record for being the fastest ever to 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runs but missed out on being the fastest to 8000 by just one innings. Kohli got to the landmark in 175 innings while Amla managed it in 176. The most ODI hundreds by a South African The only Test triple hundred by a South African One of 10 players to top the @MRFWorldwide Test & ODI Batting Rankings simultaneously The fastest to 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, and 7000 ODI runsThank you, @amlahash pic.twitter.com/JrkZWbp1PU ICC (@ICC) August 8, 2019Amla though, wasn’t at his best in the showpiece event and played just 7 matches as a result, scoring 203 runs at an average of 40.60 with two fifties to his name.He had made his international debut for South Africa in the Test match against India at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in November 2004, scoring 24 and 2 runs.His last international match was in the World Cup against Sri Lanka in which he managed 80 not out as South Africa won by 9 wickets but bowed out of the tournament in the group stage after a disappointing campaign.”It is always sad to bid farewell to one of the true legends of the game,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.”But at the same time this is rather an occasion to celebrate the richness that Hashim has brought to the game around the world both on and off the field. His humility has always been his standout quality and I cannot imagine a better role model to teach us all how to lead better lives. He has added great value not only to the Proteas but to the country at large.””I am sure cricket players, administrators, the media and fans from around the world will join the CSA Family in congratulating Hashim on a job well done and to wish him all the best for the future.””We can indeed be grateful that he remains available for our domestic cricket and will continue to contribute by passing on his rich cricket and life experiences to our next generation of players,” concluded Moroe.Read more | Virat Kohli deserves the tag of great without a doubt: Mike GattingAlso see:last_img read more

FIRE DAMAGES WESTSIDE HOME

first_imgFIRE DAMAGED A HOME ON SIOUX CITY’S WESTSIDE SUNDAY AFTERNOON.AUTHORITIES SAY A PASSERBY SAW SMOKE COMING FROM 510 WEST 16TH AND CALLED 9-1-1 AROUND NOON SUNDAY.NO PEOPLE WERE HOME AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE, BUT A DOG BELONGING TO THE RESIDENT DIED OF SMOKE INHALATION.THE HOME SUSTAINED SMOKE AND FIRE DAMAGE.THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.PHOTO BY GEORGE LINDBLADElast_img

2005 ASICS NTL- OPENS & 20’S DAY TWO SUMMARY

first_imgDay two at the 2005 Asics National Touch League heated up in both competition and weather. It may sound corny but it’s definitely the truth. Many of the teams had at least two games today, if not three, and there were certainly some struggling to maintain the pace and the skills in the Coffs sun. Day two saw some cracker matches, with the `match of the timeslot’ (see reports in the results story) providing all the spectators down at the Coffs Harbour stadium with some top class competition. MENS OPEN: In Pool A the Rustlers steal top spot from the Suns after a narrow one touchdown victory in their round match after a controversial touchdown right on the siren. The Rustlers, Hornets, Suns and Mets look like they will be the four sides to qualify for the quarters, with the Mets sitting in fourth now and facing a difficult quarter final if they can’t move one or two places up the ladder tomorrow. Pool B looks like it will be close and tough, with the Sharks and Scorpions guaranteed quarter final spots, while the Cobras and Cyclones look likely to go through. For the Barbarians though, a win over the Cobras tomorrow morning may just get them into the quarters. The Sharks remain undefeated; their 5-4 win over rivals the Cobras was one of the matches of the day and sets up a great finals race between some traditional rivals. WOMENS OPEN: In Pool A the North Queensland Cyclones remain undefeated, somewhat of a surprise for pre-tournament punters. The Hunter Western Hornets have crept in front of the Sharks women, another surprise and the Suns are very close to missing out on a quarter final spot. Both the ACT and Eagles are yet to win a match; their clash will no doubt be eagerly awaited. The 3-3 draw played out between the Cobras and Mets sees those sides sitting on top of the ladder in pool B, with the Barbarians and Crusaders filling up the top four sides. Bo De La Cruz is back on the field for the Barbarians after injuring her ankle, and while definitely not at her best, she makes a big difference with her leadership and experience. After a strong start yesterday, the Crusaders went backwards on day two with two losses and one draw against the Scorpions 4-4. The Scorpions are sitting at the bottom of pool B’s ladder, yet to win a match, while the Rebels recorded their first win, against the struggling Scorpions unfortunately. MIXED OPEN: After six rounds the Mixed Open competition is a very even affair, with at least four sides quite capable of winning the event. The Sharks, Mets, Cobras and Scorpions all look strong and the match of the day no doubt was the Mets one touchdown win over the Sharks. The Sharks have been tipped to win the competition and certainly look to be capable of doing so. The Cobras 7-5 win over the Scorpions was another great match, with both sides showing they have the potential to match the Mets and Sharks. The ACT, Barbarians and Rustlers are struggling at the bottom of the ladder, but will be looking to improve over the final two days of competition. MENS 20 YEARS: Pool A appears to be a fairly tight affair, with several sides capable of winning on their day. The Suns look in the best form, especially after an easy win over the Brisbane Cobras. The Sharks and Eagles played out a close match earlier in the day and look to be sides capable of winning the title if they can put in a good performance. The Eagles will need to be on their game tomorrow, as they sit just ahead of the Hunter Western Hornets for the final spot in the quarter finals. The Eagles look to have an absolute pile of talent and by far the fastest team in the competition but haven’t been able to put it all together for an entire match against quality opposition yet. The ACT are struggling in what looks to be the tougher of the two pools, but with a young side will no doubt improve in the years to come. In Pool B the Rustlers and Sydney Mets drew to keep them both at the top of the ladder, adding another two sides more than capable of challenging pool A leaders, the Southern Suns. The Sydney Rebels are struggling, yet to win a match while the Crusaders’ win over the Rebels may just guarantee them a quarter final spot, albeit against the top finishing pool A side! The Cyclones looked promising this morning, with a 15-3 win over the Rebels but they then crumbled to a 12-2 defeat at the hands of the Mets. They will want to hold onto third position for the quarter finals. WOMENS 20 YEARS: In Pool A it is a Queensland affair with the Brisbane Cobras and South Queensland Sharks both yet to lose a match. The Sharks are looking the strongest, having only let in 7 touchdowns for the whole tournament. With the Crusaders and Scorpions both yet to win a match, it looks as though the Sydney Mets and the Cyclones, who have won two games and lost two games, will make it through to the quarter finals. After a slow start in pool B yesterday, the Southern Suns have climbed to the top of what is a very even and complicated ladder, sitting there with the local Northern Eagles, who after a close 5-4 win over the Rebels are looking promising for local fans. The Hornets, ACT and Rebels will all be fighting tomorrow for the final two spots in the quarter finals, making it a very interesting final day before the finals begin. By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.au WEBSITES: The 2005 Asics National Touch League Sporting Pulse website contains the final draws, results and also statistics such as touchdown scorers. Please use the following link: 2005 NATIONAL TOUCH LEAGUE DRAWS & RESULTS All feature articles will be placed on the www.austouch.com.au homepage and also on the above Sporting Pulse page as often as possible.last_img

2 NFL Teams Have Interest In Trace McSorley After NFL Combine

first_img Even with positive combine reviews, McSorley figures to be a mid- to late-round choice in the upcoming draft. Probably later than earlier.But he still may own significant value as a steady backup quarterback option for teams seeking depth. He’s gained interest from the Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills, among others, his father said.Buffalo traded up and drafted Josh Allen but saw him succumb to injuries that cost him multiple games. Backups Nathan Peterman, Matt Barkley, and Derek Anderson all proved to be ineffective stand-ins for him.Baltimore traded back into the first round to draft Lamar Jackson, and made it to the playoffs with him at the helm. After the season, the team traded former Super Bowl winner Joe Flacco, cementing Jackson as their quarterback of the future.McSorley was a three-year starter at Penn State, leading the Nittany Lions to a Big Ten title in 2016 – their first in the post-Paterno era.He demonstrated his exceptional athletic ability at the combine with a 4.57 40-time, the best among quarterbacks. Trace McSorley looks on during a play.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 22: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on in the first half during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)While not as highly touted as his former teammate Saquon Barkley, Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley could very-well hear his name called at some point in the 2019 NFL draft. One report seems to indicate that at least two teams are giving McSorley a look.According to the York Daily Record, two NFL teams expressed interest in McSorley during the combine: the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens. Per the report, teams are also looking at him as a potential convert to wide receiver or special teams.The Bills and Ravens do share one thing in common that could benefit McSorley: Both drafted quarterbacks in the first round last year and are in need of some sort of backup to them next year.His father confirmed those two teams, while adding that others are also interested:last_img read more

How to Maintain Your Silver Fox Looks and Own Your Age

first_img How to Support the Teachers in Your Life How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter The Best Valet Trays for Keeping Your Stuff Together Editors’ Recommendations Being old and gray just ain’t what it used to be. From celebrities like George Clooney, Idris Elba, and, the latest addition to the “silver fox club,” Steve Carell,  to models like Trey Griley, Eric Rutherford, and Garrett Swann to Instagram influencers Nick Wooster and Anthony Varecchia, older men have really come into their own as style leaders and trendsetters.So don’t freak out if the premature (or right on time) gray is setting in, just follow these tips to make your platinum years your best ever. VENICE, ITALY – AUGUST 30: Jeff Goldblum walks the red carpet ahead of the ‘The Mountain’ screening during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 30, 2018 in Venice, Italy. Eamonn M. McCormack / Stringer / GettyHow to Own Your Gray HairFirst off, make sure you’re working a haircut that makes the best of what nature and Father Time have handed you. Gray hair can be thinner, more wiry, and harder to tame than younger locks. Work with your barber to make sure you have a style that both complements your face and looks on-trend without being trendy. Nothing ages a guy more than sticking with a hairstyle that was cool when he was in high school or college (especially when college was decades ago). Second, make sure you’re working a body that, to be blunt, is an improvement on what nature has provided. We don’t necessarily have to be in the Ironman shape we had (or wanted to have) in our 20s and 30s, but for the sake of your health—and those who love you—get in some exercise on a regular basis, and keep that gut under control. The healthy glow of your hair and skin will re-face the hard work you’ve put in, as will your posture and stamina. Think of it this way, there’s a big difference between Gandalf and Jeff Goldblum and that difference lies primarily in the way they carry themselves and their personal style. Third, dress to impress. Celebrate those silvery good looks by wearing charcoal, silver, and other shades of gray clothing; as well as black, white, and jewel tones for contrast. Follow the original silver fox’s lead, Cary Grant, and get a pair of bold glasses (just give in…you know you need ‘em) that make a glamorous statement. Finally, make sure you’re using some product that helps keep that fine vintage packaging in tip-top shape. Products to Help Maintain Your Silver Fox StatusL’Oreal Serie Expert Silver Shampoo – $22Once hair turns gray, natural warm tones become more visible, which can add a somewhat dingy, yellow cast to your coiff. L’Oreal incorporates a neutralizing system with anti-yellowing agents that counteract those brassy tones. It’s enriched with magnesium (so it has an impressive, deep purple hue) and delivers toning results while nourishing and protecting the hair. (The company recommends doing an allergy alert test before use.) Follow up with a good conditioner. Shop NowOribe Silverati Conditioner – $48Complimenting a gray hair shampoo’s efforts, Oribe’s conditioner may be pricey, but you can afford to spend a little more on grooming now that you’re in your silver years, right? This product brightens lighter hair, while deeply conditioning drier, aging hair. Shop NowBaxter of California Cream Pomade – $22Keep gray hair’s lighter weight, wispier strands disciplined with a good grooming product. Baxter’s cream pomade offers a light hold, and natural finish – just enough to keep things under control without weighing things down. It can keep your hairstyle nice and neat, or tousled (but managed) for a more relaxed, weekend look.Shop NowGNC Biotin Soft Chews – $20Keep hair healthy from the inside out. Try a biotin supplement like these GNC berry-flavored chews that will be like a gummy snack for you once a day, but will function as a nutritional meal for your hair all day long. Shop NowPanasonic Ear and Nose Trimmer – $13Don’t make us say it. Just use it. You’re old enough to know better. Shop NowMënaji Men’s Makeup Starter Kit – $62All those celebs we mentioned in the intro? Let’s face it, they got comfortable wearing makeup a long time ago, and not just when they’re on set. Mënaji offers an easy-to-use solution that won’t make you feel like you’re raiding your wife’s or girlfriend’s purse or look like a theater-performer. This basic kit offers a spot coverage for breakouts,  dark spots, etc., as well as anti-shine powder to keep you looking your best from a dinner date to a board meeting. Shop NowTrue Sons Hair Dye, Quarterly Subscription – $24Finally, if you just can’t stand it, True Sons was developed by a guy who found that the typical drugstore hair dyes offered embarrassing, fake-looking results. Select from six shades, subscribe to the service, and follow the directions to boost your natural color. If your hair is already more than 50 percent gray or already completely white? Accept your fate. Shop NowEyebobs Butch Reading Glasses – $89Stop squinting at your phone (it just makes those wrinkles around your eyes even worse) and grab a pair of these great-looking readers. They’re boldly styled and will accent your wise, new look. Best of all, they have a vintage shape and you can choose a magnification or take them to an optometrist if you prefer a prescription correction. Shop NowIf you want to keep the gray, but still have the face of a thirty-year-old, you should probably learn more about (and start using) retinol, a potent anti-aging product for the skin. Here are the best retinol products you should be using to keep your face taut and tight. It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventurelast_img read more

Maersks Containership Suffers Engine Room Fire

first_imgThe engine room of the 1998-built containership Maersk Patras caught fire in the early morning hours of November 1 while the vessel was off the coast of Las Palmas, en route to Conakry, Danish shipping firm Maersk Line confirmed.“The fire was quickly controlled by the crew onboard and heat development from the site of the fire has ceased,” Maersk Line said.However, due to the location of the fire, the vessel is being diverted to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain.“We continue to monitor the site of the fire and upon arrival in Las Palmas we will further investigate to establish the extent of damage and any impact to the vessel’s seaworthiness,” Maersk added.There have been no injuries and all the crew is safe, the company said, adding that there has been no environmental impact.The shipping firm said that it is working on a contingency plan for the cargo on board the Singapore-flagged Maersk Patras, which has a capacity of 2900 TEUs.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Student Assessment Results Released

first_img Reading: Nova Scotia reading results remained constant in 2013 with a score of 488 compared with 489 in 2010. The Canadian average for reading was 509 The average score for girls in Nova Scotia was 22 points higher than boys English-language students achieved higher reading results than French-language students “Math has been an area of focus in the province for the last several years and I am encouraged to see this positive trend,” said Ms. Casey. “We will continue to provide resources and supports for math, including math mentors, to help foster continued improvement.” More than 19,000 Nova Scotians expressed their views on the province’s education system, including math and literacy results and curriculum. The Minister’s Panel on Education will present a final report this fall and work will begin immediately to develop an action plan based on the feedback of Nova Scotians. The full Pan-Canadian Assessment Program report is available online at http://www.cmec.ca. Nova Scotia students had an increase of 14 points in math with an average score of 488, compared with 474 in 2010. The Canadian average is 508 There was no statistically significant difference in performance in math between boys and girls French-language students achieved higher math results than English-language students. Nova Scotia students achieved an average score of 492 in science. The science assessment was revised substantially and cannot be directly compared to previous results. The Canadian average in science was 500 There was no statistically significant difference in performance in science between boys and girls in Nova Scotia English-language students achieved higher science results than French-language students Math: Grade 8 students in Nova Scotia have improved in math and remained constant in literacy and science, but remain below the Canadian average, according to results of the 2013 Pan-Canadian assessment. The assessment was administered in 141 schools in Nova Scotia, with 2,716 students participating. “I am pleased that Nova Scotia has shown signs of improvement on this assessment, but there is still work to be done to bring scores up to the Canadian average,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. “I look forward to receiving the report from the Minister’s Panel on Education and working with all our stakeholders to improve curriculum and increase assessment results in the future.” The Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP) assesses Grade 8 students in math, reading and science and is administered every three years. It also looks at trends in gender and language. The main focus of the 2013 assessment was science. Assessment results for Nova Scotia students in the three subject areas indicate the following: Science:last_img read more

Government Supports Emission Reduction Projects in Southern Nova Scotia

first_imgCommunities in southern Nova Scotia leading projects to help fight climate change by reducing emissions are getting support from the province. Justice Minister Mark Furey, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, announced today, May 10, $205,000 for three projects under the Low Carbon Communities Program. “Nova Scotia communities are already leading at climate change planning,” said Mr. Furey. “We want to support them at various stages of this work and increase uptake and awareness of programs that help reduce emissions.” The Town of Bridgewater will receive $75,000 for research and development of new financing and ownership structures under its Community Energy Investment Plan. “We know we need to do everything we can, not only to lift our people out of energy poverty but to ensure there is a planet for our children and grandchildren to live on,” said Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell. “Our plan ensures we will continue to move forward toward a sustainable future.” The Alternative Resource Energy Authority will receive $75,000 for site design of solar gardens in three towns across the province, Mahone Bay, Berwick and Antigonish. The energy authority is a partnership between the three towns, and its mandate includes clean technology projects. The Western Regional Enterprise Network will receive $55,000 for engagement and planning to develop a regional energy investment plan. Low Carbon Communities helps eligible groups jump-start projects by funding feasibility studies and plans, engagement activities and building capacity. Projects also promote efficiency, solar energy, clean transportation and other programs that help communities save money on their energy costs. This year, 11 projects across the province are receiving about $700,000. Eligible groups have received grants of up to $75,000 to a maximum of 75 per cent of project costs. The Low Carbon Communities Program supports Mi’kmaw communities, registered non-profit or charitable organizations and municipalities in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

NBA in deal to provide official data to sport bet operators

first_imgNEW YORK — The National Basketball Association has reached a deal to provide official league data to licensed sports betting providers.In a pact announced Wednesday morning, the NBA is partnering with Sportradar and Genius Sports to distribute NBA betting data to sports betting providers in the U.S.Sports leagues that once vehemently fought against the prospect of sports betting are increasingly seeking to get in on it now that it’s legal.On Tuesday, Major League Baseball partnered with MGM Resorts to become an official gambling partner in the U.S. and Japan. MGM Resorts previously reached similar deals with the NBA, WNBA and NHL.FanDuel joined with the NHL and its New Jersey Devils franchise this month for sports betting and fantasy sports play.Wayne Parry, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Neymar Signed for Barcelona After Rosell Bribed His Father Delcir Sonda

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Barcelona’s forward, Neymar and its former President, Sandro Rosell have been accused of corruption by founding partner of the private Brazilian football Investment Fund (DIS), Delcir Sonda.Sonda, who used to own 40 percent of the Brazilian player’s rights, told Spanish sports website AS that Neymar and his family have committed a “crime” with the help of former president of Barcelona, Sandro Rosell. He went on to add Rosell, secretly bribed Neymar’s father for a sum of 40 million euros to ensure that the player would negotiate only with Barcelona during the transfer window.Sonda stressed that Neymar was about to sign with Real Madrid before FCB, but his father accepted the bribe to make him change his mind. Barcelona ended up signing with Neymar in the summer of 2013 for a sum of 65million euros.For his part, Sonda expressed his disappointment saying that he had “never imagined suing the boy he loved so much.” He added that “Supporting Neymar is supporting corruption and he’s a bad example to the children who wear his jersey.” read more

Womens swimming Ohio State dashes for NCAA championships against Olympic medalists

Ohio State women’s swim team competes against Wright State during a meet at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on Feb. 3. Credit: Fallon Perl | Lantern reporterFollowing the completion of a nearly undefeated regular season and an impressive turnout at the Big Ten Championships, the No. 22 Ohio State women’s swimming team is set to travel to Indianapolis to compete in the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming National Championships beginning Wednesday evening.The Buckeyes enter this meet ranking behind four of their Big Ten competitors, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota, who are ranked at No. 6, 12, 15 and 19 respectively. Though there will be many fierce competitors from these teams as well as others, the Buckeyes remain focused on their own performances.“We don’t spend a whole lot of time talking about other teams or schools or athletes. We really put the focus on us,” OSU coach Bill Dorenkott said. “That being said, to reinforce the point of what an amazing meet this is, you have Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel, and Lilly King who are Olympic medalists and world record holders. It’s an honor to compete against the best not just in the country, but in the world. This is why we do what we do every day — it’s to get this opportunity.”Ledecky and Manuel will both be competing for top-ranked Stanford. Both athletes were medalists at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, with a combined seven gold medals, as well as two silver. King, who swims for No. 15 Indiana, earned one individual gold at the Rio Games in addition to a gold in the 400-yard medley relay.Athletes from Stanford, including Ledecky and Manuel, are the top seeds in 10-of-13 events. King fills two of three No. 1 seeds in the remaining events, while Olympic medalist Kathleen Baker from No. 2 California Berkeley fills the other.The adversaries OSU will face this week might seem intimidating on paper, but they have not deterred OSU from continuing to put in countless hours in the pool and the weight room in order to fine tune their techniques before the big meet.“We’ve been focusing on the fine details, and honing in on the smaller things,” senior Taylor Vargo said. “We’ve been working on technique and enjoying the process as well as the last few weeks of swimming.”Vargo will be competing in both the 200-yard and 400-yard medley relays, as well as the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke. This will be her fourth and final year competing in the NCAAs, and said she can’t wait to experience the competition one last time.“My sophomore year, we were No. 41, I believe, and last year we were No. 14. It’s just exciting to be able to go and compete against some of the fastest swimmers in the world,” Vargo said. “It is the fastest meet in the world, and it’s just nice to be able to go up and be recognized, and to be considered at the highest level.”Vargo will be joined by nine other teammates, two more of which are returning NCAA competitors as well.“We have a nice combination of youth and experience. We return Liz Li and Lindsey Clary, who were both Top Eight a year ago, and then we return Taylor Vargo who has been there four times,” Dorenkott said. “We also have a nice group of freshmen going, probably as good a group as anybody in the country.”Molly Kowal and Kathrin Demler are the two freshmen that will be competing in the meet, each competing in three events. Kowal will be swimming the 1,650-yard freestyle, along with the 500-yard freestyle and the 400-yard individual medley. Demler will be joining her teammate in the 500-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley, in addition to competing in the 200-yard backstroke.“It is a meet that rewards experience, and so for some of those kids it’s the opportunity to get there and see what it’s all about. For some of them, I keep telling them how good they are and sooner or later they’re going to start believing me,” Dorenkott said. “We have a couple of freshmen who are world class, they’re just not there today, but they’re going to be special and the sooner they believe it the better we’ll all be.”One of those freshman is Kowal, who said her nerves will be undeniable in her first NCAA appearance.“I think it’s going to be fun to go with the group of girls that are going. I mean, I’m pretty nervous because it will definitely, by far, be the biggest meet I’ve ever gone to,” she said. “There are also going to be some really big names there like Katie Ledecky, which will be cool, but it’s also kind of intimidating. But I get nervous for every meet so it’s nothing I can’t handle.”Junior Meg Bailey will compete in the 200-yard and 400-yard individual medleys, as well as the 200-yard butterfly.Vargo — being an experienced NCAA competitor — said the team’s goal is to compete at the highest level in each race.“We want to move up spots, move up places, get some points, and represent Ohio State,” Vargo said. “It’s okay to be nervous, though. Everyone’s a little bit nervous when you go, but just realize that you represent The Ohio State University and I don’t think there’s a better feeling in the world.”The Buckeyes would be grateful to earn some winning titles, but they are just as grateful to compete and improve both individually and as a team.“In terms of winning — whether it’s an individual title or a team title — that’s something that’s out of your control,” Dorenkott said. “The only thing you can focus on is the effort you put into winning, and that’s really where our minds are right now. We’re focused on getting some rest, getting sharpened up, and getting ready to roll.”The competition begins Wednesday night at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, and will continue through Saturday. read more

NHS to use sickness surveillance system to predict pressure points this winter

first_imgThe NHS faces increased pressures in winterCredit:Peter Byrne/PA The NHS is to use a “sickness surveillance system” to predict illnesses before they happen this winter in a bid to cope with crippling pressures.The technology combines data gathered daily from GP surgeries, hospital emergency departments, the NHS 111 helpline and walk-in centres with Met Office weather alerts and is intended to give medics early warning of regional outbreaks of flu or other seasonal illnesses.When it records a surge in any particular illness, it will provide the NHS with several days’ notice that hospitals in the same area are likely to see an influx of patients.In turn, they will have the chance to reschedule planned surgery, free up beds and ensure that enough staff are on standby, it is hoped.They might also be able to switch outpatient appointments to “hot clinics” by providing direct access to GPs and have enough warning to arrange isolation areas for infectious patients with illnesses such as the norovirus, which can cause ward closures.A spokeswoman from Public Health England (PHE), which developed and operates the system, said: “It will assess pressure points when they come up, for instance hospitals in a specific area might expect an increase in heart attack or stroke admissions within a certain number of days because they are complications that can develop from flu.” “We can plan how to best provide care to a higher number of patients with a specific illness, and to corral patients who are suffering the same illnesses.”It also means we can better predict when things will return to normal and plan accordingly.”Public Health England said its “world leading” surveillance system would track upsurges and support co-ordination of NHS resources.It said that even in moderate conditions, for every one degree drop in temperature, there was a four per cent increase in deaths and a one per cent increase in emergency admissions.A spokeswoman said it could track the sorts of infections patients were being treated for as well as the volume, providing an overall picture of how winter illnesses affect the country.The NHS has been given an extra £335million to ease winter pressures, amid fears that hospitals will struggle if Britain were to suffer a flu epidemic.Last winter, waiting times in A&E were among the worst on record, despite mild weather and low levels of flu. 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 technology was first developed for the 2012 Olympic Games in London to give organisers an early warning of any sickness bug sweeping through the athletes’ village.It has now been developed nationally and the NHS said this was the first year it was using it in this way.Professor Keith Willett, NHS England’s medical director for acute care, said: “The impact major outbreaks of these illnesses can have on our hospitals cannot be under-estimated – leading to whole wards having to be closed, with the loss of beds just when we need them most.”We can look at the trends across all of the PHE health data sources and try to anticipate surges in demand.”The breadth and variety of surveillance data from PHE gives us vital time to put escalation plans in place, to free up beds and reconfigure wards.center_img The NHS faces increased pressures in winter Winter sicknesses place increasing pressure on the NHS Winter sicknesses place increasing pressure on the NHSCredit:Martin Keene/PAlast_img read more

VIDEO Wisla Plock wins tournament in Kwidzyn

Polish runners up, Orlen Wisla Plock wins the tournament in Kwidzyn in organization of one of the best domestic teams – MMTS. Team of Manolo Cadenas celebrated four victories, the most important one against home team – 28:22.Orlen Wisła Płock – MMTS Kwidzyn 28:22 (12:9)Orlen Wisła: Wichary, Sego – Nikcević 10, Ghionea 4, Nenadić 3, Jurkiewicz 3, Wiśniewski 2, Toromanović 2, Lijewski 2 (2 min), Eklemović 2 Syprzak (2 min), Kwiatkowski, Kavas, Góralski, Piechowski.MMTS: Szcecina, Kiepulski – Genda 6, Seroka 4 (2 min), Szczepański 3 (2 min), Zadura 3 (4 min), Klinger 2 (2 min), Peret 2, Łangowski 2 (2 min) Jędrzejewski, Mroczkowski, Sadowski, Rosiak, Nogowski, Górski, Daszek. Nielba Wągrowiec4079:121-43 Wybrzeże Gdańsk4493:110-16 MMTS Kwidzyn44114:104+10 handballHandball tournamentkwidzynMMTS KwidzynOrlen Wisla PlockPolish Handball Gaz-System Pogoń Szczecin44103:95+8 ← Previous Story Ivano Balic presented in Wetzlar! Next Story → Youth WCh 2013: Seven team already at knock-out stage! Orlen Wisła Płock48135:94+41 read more

Greece freezes public funding for NGOs

first_imgOn the orders of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, public funding for nongovernmental organizations was frozen on Tuesday as part of the effort to reduce waste.It is not known exactly how many such organizations had been receiving state money but research carried out last year suggested there are at least 6,700 of them. Some NGOs have been demanding for several years that the government create a central register of organizations in order to keep track of who is receiving money and whether they deserve to be funded by taxpayers.“Nearly every ministry has its own register,” said Tzanetos Antypas, the president of Praksis, an NGO that provides free medical and legal advice. “When the actions of an NGO, such as Praksis, fall under the authority of more than one ministry, we are obliged to register with all of them.”Via the government’s general secretary, Panayiotis Baltakos, Samaras has asked to be informed by tomorrow of the numbers of NGOs being funded and how much could be saved from public coffers if the coalition ceases to bankroll them.The head of the Greek Council for Refugees, Panos Christodoulou, suggested this was an opportunity to clear up the legal framework in which NGOs can operate. “The government’s announcement does not make it clear if some things are going to be left in a semi-complete state,” he said.A judicial investigation was ordered last year into allegations about the lack of transparency and financial mismanagement at Greece’s NGOs after a parliamentary report suggested little control was exercised over the groups. The deputy foreign minister at the time, Spyros Kouvelis, told Parliament that Greece gave 26 million euros to 528 NGOs in 2010, most conducting aid work abroad.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Early Learning Champions celebrated at awards luncheon

first_imgThe early achievement gap between children from poor and affluent families can mean the difference for later success.That was the message from Joel Ryan, executive director of the Washington State Association of Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, to a crowd full of early educators and volunteers on Wednesday. Ryan was the keynote speaker at Educational Opportunities for Children and Families’ Early Learning Champions Award Luncheon at Club Green Meadows.Ryan spoke about trends in early childhood education, saying research suggests that the gap between middle-class and poor families’ children begins as young as 18 months old.If children enter kindergarten without the skills they need to succeed in school, they’re often destined to remain behind the rest of their school experience, according to Ryan’s presentation. Other factors in a young child’s life, such as whether they’ve experienced trauma from a young age or whether their mother has a college degree, can also point to whether that child will succeed in high school and go on to graduate.“It starts so much earlier than maybe we anticipated,” Ryan told the crowd of about 200.The event also featured Clark County’s Early Learning Champions for 2017 and a video welcome from Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.“Early education is one of the best investments we can make,” Murray, a former preschool teacher, said in the recorded message.Ryan dwelled briefly on politics in his speech, citing uncertainty about the future of federally funded school programs. He also mentioned political gridlock in Olympia, where lawmakers are currently in an overtime legislative session to respond to the 2012 McCleary order requiring full funding of K-12 education.“Your politics shouldn’t be a party,” Ryan said. “It should be kids.”Award winnersEOCF also recognized the efforts of local leaders in early childhood education at the luncheon.Award recipients included volunteers, educators and nonprofit workers. They are:• Debbie Jennerjohn, former EOCF parent policy council and board member.• Jane Lanigan, academic director of the human development department at Washington State University Vancouver.• Sarah Theberge, Clark College, early childhood education instructor.• Diane Loghry, director of early learning at the Camas School District.• Nancy Trevena, supervisor at EOCF.• Jan Flock, retired occupational therapist for Evergreen Public Schools.• Nonie Laurine, volunteer with the Y’s Care Children’s Program at the YWCA.• Amy Lee, youth services staff at Fort Vancouver Regional Library.• Joy Studer, director of family and children ministries at Messiah Lutheran Church.• Talia Shide, a mental health consultant with Children’s Home Society.• Karen Kunkler, benefits counselor with Colonial Life Insurance.Jennerjohn, owner of truck repair company Ultimate Truck Service, received the Alan Ham Leadership Award, opening the day’s award ceremony. The award, named for the first board chair of EOCF, honors a leader committed to young children.last_img read more