NDA’s new ally and an old component spar over Maharashtra

first_imgRajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena, the old constituent of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), and Dushyant Chautala, president of the Jannayak Janta Party (JPP), the NDA’s new ally, sparred over the political situation in Maharashtra that continues to be tense on government formation.Mr. Raut, taking a jibe at the BJP with whom the Shiv Sena is caught in intense negotiations, said, “We do not have any Dushyant here whose father is inside the jail. Here, it’s us who do politics of ‘dharma’ and ‘satya’ (righteousness and truth). Maharashtra has a very complicated politics.”In response, Mr. Chautala said, “It means he knows who Dushyant Chautala is. My father has been in jail for six years, he [Raut] never asked about his well-being. Ajay Chautala Ji will not come out without completing his term. Such statements don’t add to Sanjay Ji’s stature.”He also said, “His party [Shiv Sena] has been associated with BJP for long. Our party was formed 11 months ago. It is not our intention to fight with others, or use politics of intimidation and threats. We want to implement honest politics for the next 5 years.”Mr. Chautala added that his party and the BJP would amicably settle the question of Cabinet berths in Haryana.last_img read more

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WWE: Pro wrestler Ric Flair out of surgery and resting

first_imgRetired professional wrestler Rick Flair, the subject of the documentary “30 for 30: Nature Boy,” participates in a panel during the ESPN Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)ATLANTA — World Wrestling Entertainment says pro wrestling legend Ric Flair is out of surgery and resting after being hospitalized.The statement Monday did not give details about the nature of the surgery.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding A representative for the showman known as “Nature Boy” says the 68-year-old wrestler was admitted to the hospital for routine monitoring. Melinda Morris Zanoni of Legacy Talent asked on Twitter Monday for “prayers & positive energy” because Flair has “tough medical issues.”Former pro wrestler Mick Foley and wrestling executive Eric Bischoff are among numerous wrestlers wishing Flair well on Twitter.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 shutoutKnown for his flamboyant outfits and “Woooo!” catchphrase, Flair made his professional debut in 1972 and was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2008. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Erring Belga fined, suspended Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Several Bata companies abroad are headed by people from India: T.J. Bata

first_imgBata: Confidence in IndiaThomas John Bata is the world’s shoemaker. Bearer of the name that millions wear on their feet, Bata, 68, owes his profession to an anscestor’s whim in 1620. “Farm prices were too low, and my ancestor decided that since people needed shoes he might as well make them.”,Bata: Confidence in IndiaThomas John Bata is the world’s shoemaker. Bearer of the name that millions wear on their feet, Bata, 68, owes his profession to an anscestor’s whim in 1620. “Farm prices were too low, and my ancestor decided that since people needed shoes he might as well make them.” For the nine generations since then, the Batas have been shoemakers – first in their native Czechoslovakia and then increasingly in other lands. Thomas Bata, now based in Canada, has an empire spread over 95 countries, producing and selling 300 million pairs of shoes every year – 50 million of them in India.Bata was in Delhi last fortnight, heading a delegation of the newly-formed Canada-India Business Council. Business Editor T.N. Ninan talked to him about his company’s operation in India. Excerpts:Q. What do you hope to achieve from this visit? A. We hope to bring about a greater awareness in India of Canadian possibilities. There has been a resurgence of Canadian interest in India, and the Canada-India Business Council was formed nine months ago to give a push to Indo-Canadian business ties.Q. Is the new interest in India a result of the recession in the West? A. I would say it is more an indication of rising confidence in the future of India. The recent liberalisations in economic policy have helped in this. While other countries have failed to keep their financial obligations, India has always kept them. This is now attracting more attention.Q. Does this mean India’s image abroad is changing in any way? A. India has always been well regarded by Canadian business. Now there is the perception that more opportunities are available.advertisementQ. What about the restrictions imposed on foreign business operations? A. Well, these do have a dampening effect on people’s interest. But our experience has been that in practice one can live and operate successfully in these circumstances.Q. How are Bata India’s operations linked to your other companies? A. There is a constant flow of people: Indians go to Europe and North America to study designs there. The designs for our life-style shoes, North Star, came from Canada. Ladies’ fashions come primarily from Italy, and the sport-shoe designs also come from abroad. At the same time, a good deal of the inspiration for designs in the West comes from India. India has contributed a tremendous amount to western fashion.Q. Why you continue to reserve your top managerial slots for non-Indians? A. It is true that the managing director and deputy managing director are non-Indians. But we have several Indians at the general manager level. We have only four non-Indians in Bata India, and several Bata companies abroad are headed by people from India.Q. Bata in India seems to be changing the kind of shoes it offers Indian customers. Is this true ? A. Yes, we have gone in for more life-style shoes. Even for our bread and butter products, like canvas shoes, we have given them a fashion flair. And I must say the market has responded.last_img read more

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Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki added NBA All-Star player pool by special order

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war By special order of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Wade and Nowitzki were added Friday to the pool of players for the All-Star Game that will be played in Charlotte on Feb. 17. Each team will now have 13 players instead of the customary 12, and LeBron James — one of the captains — will be the one who decides which side Wade and Nowitzki will be joining.Wade said he reached out to Silver to thank him for the gesture.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I appreciated my fans for voting for me, but I didn’t want to be put in position to take a roster spot from someone who’s getting their first opportunity to go to the All-Star Game or their second or third,” Wade said. “I’ve had 12 chances at it. For the commissioner to create that opportunity for Dirk and myself, it’s cool. I appreciate it more getting in this way, so I’ll be there.”Silver, in a statement released by the league, lauded what Nowitzki and Wade have meant to the game. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READcenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade embody the best of the NBA: remarkable skill, drive and professionalism as well as a deep devotion to strengthening their communities and growing the game around the world,” Silver said. “As a global celebration of basketball, our All-Star Game is an ideal setting to salute these first-class NBA champions and Finals MVPs.”Also Friday, Silver announced that Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell will make his All-Star debut. Russell will replace injured Indiana star Victor Oladipo.Wade, who is retiring after 16 seasons, will be an All-Star for the 13th time. Nowitzki is heading to the All-Star Game for the 14th time, and has yet to officially say if his 21st season with the Mavericks will be the final one of his career.“Looking forward to sharing that stage with y’all again 1 last time,” James wrote on Twitter.Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who is planning a beach getaway over the All-Star break and wasn’t thinking about watching the All-Star matchup, said he might have to amend his plans and be in front of a television for the game.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I thought it was great,” Spoelstra said of Silver’s gesture. “Very cool.”Nowitzki was already going to have a big role in All-Star weekend, after agreeing to be an honorary coach in the Rising Stars game on Friday night and to be part of All-Star Saturday Night. Wade was headed to the All-Star Game for various events and was exploring some broadcast opportunities, though now he’ll be in shorts and sneakers instead of a suit for the Sunday night highlight of the weekend.Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki makes a face as he is presented with the key to the city of Dallas by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, left, during halftime of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, in Dallas, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)Wade is a three-time NBA champion. Nowitzki led Dallas to the 2011 NBA title, over Miami — avenging Wade and the Heat beating Dallas for the 2006 title.“I’m glad I can share this opportunity with Dirk, one of the game’s greatest players, someone that I’ve had battles against,” Wade said. “It’s only right.”James and fellow captain Giannis Antetokounmpo will choose their teams on Feb. 7. James will have the first pick in the first round, when the starters will be chosen. Antetokounmpo gets the No. 1 pick in the second round, when he and James will split up the 14 reserves. And James has the top pick in the third round, which will be the one that includes Wade — his former teammate, close friend and fellow 2003 draft alum — and Nowitzki.“He better pick me,” Wade said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Olympic champion among 12 Russian athletes guilty of doping View comments Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, left, celebrates with Wayne Ellington after Ellington scored a three-point basket during the second half of the NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in New York. The Heat defeated the Knicks 106-97.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)MIAMI — Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki and Miami’s Dwyane Wade are both NBA champions, NBA Finals MVPs and longtime ambassadors for the game of basketball.And now, one more time, they’re All-Stars.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

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Meet Reza Katani: Trainer to Ranbir, Katrina, Sidharth and other celebs

first_imgFitness is a different ball game when you are being trained by an internationally acclaimed fitness coach. Our very own B-town celebs have been bitten by the bug and have in fact, gone on to show spectacular physiques post a few sessions with international trainers.One such trainer is Reza Katani. Originally a trained sports therapist, Reza has set up his own gym andtrains his clients at his home base in Park View Health Clubs, Finchley, London. In all likelihood, he was introduced to Bollywood through Katrina Kaif, who also belongs to the UK and has her family there.Katrina trained under Reza Katani for Dhoom 3, and boy, do we not remember the result? Kat looked smoking hot and reinforced the toned body concept among her contemporaries.Expectedly, Kat’s ex-beau Ranbir Kapoor also trained with Reza for a few films. The two are currently also doing serious training for Jagga Jasoos, the film they’re shooting together.Reza has also trained Katrina’s co-stars from Bang Bang and Dhoom 3, Hrithik Roshan and Aamir Khan, respectively. It seems Kat is completely sold out on Reza because now her current co-star from Baar Baar Dekho–Sidharth Malhotra–has also trained under the trainer. And we’re supremely excited to see Sidharth and Katrina’s toned bodies in this film.He may have been introduced by Kat, but the fitness coach has obviously built up his own fan following because he’s now travelling with the stars to all the film shoots as well (his Instagram feed is proof enough). advertisement Also read: One look at this hot-bod German cop and we bet she’ll be your next poster girl for life While Reza’s Instagram profile is full of friendly pictures with the stars, it also has some pics from his workout studio. Reza also trained Aditya Roy Kapur for Fitoor alongside friend Katrina Kaif. Also read: From railway tracks to busy markets, this insanely talented woman from Mumbai breaks into unbelievable yoga poses wherever she is! Bombay Velvet was another film for which Reza trained Ranbir Kapoor. In an interview given to Asiansuk.com, Reza was quoted as saying, “Sometimes Katrina’s training regime is so intense that she is completely physically exhausted and you can clearly see she has no physical strength but continues solely with the power of her mind.”Not that is exactly how inspiring and motivating a trainer should be. What do you feel?last_img read more

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3rd T20I: Series on the line as India, Australia gear up for final battle

first_imgIndia will be itching to bounce back from the thrashing they received in Guwahati when they take on an edgy but resilient Australia in the series-deciding third and final T20 International on Friday.India, who dominated Australia in the preceding ODI series, won the opening T20 comfortably before getting a rude shock in the second game.Despite the recent success India have had over Australia, Virat Kohli has maintained that the team from Down Under is always tough to beat.A bit of fun and laughter followed by an intense nets session. #TeamIndia gear up for the final T20I tomorrow in Hyderabad. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/J9DyQYCQiy- BCCI (@BCCI) October 12, 2017And with the thumping eight-wicket win over the hosts on Tuesday, Australia go into series-decider with some serious momentum.India had a forgettable day at the Baraspara Stadium in all departments after they lost the all-important toss.BCCI PhotoThe highly-rated batsmen were found wanting against the swinging ball with rookie Australian pacer Jason Behrendorff doing the bulk of the damage.Captain Kohli was out for a rare duck and he, along with the rest of the batting line-up, would be eager to make amends.India’s new ball bowlers did alright in Guwahati but wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav were taken to the cleaners by Moises Henriques and Travis Head, who shared a match-winning partnership of 109.Yadav especially bowled either too short or too full and the set batsmen did not have any difficulty in punishing the loose balls.advertisementHowever, the dew proved to be a factor with the ball not turning much in the Australian innings.Despite the hammering the spinners received, it is unlikely that Kohli will make a change and bring in Axar Patel.How is that for accuracy from @hardikpandya7? Was asked to target the marker and he nails it. #TeamIndia #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/RaQRcu9Gek- BCCI (@BCCI) October 12, 2017Similar is the case in the pace department which means veteran Ashish Nehra, who is set to announce his retirement in the next series, will sit out again.Australia did pull one back in the ODI series before eventually losing it 1-4. But the way they played on Tuesday, the same resolve and purpose was missing from their body language in the earlier games.David Warner has done well in the absence of regular captain Steve Smith, making optimum use of the resources at his disposal.Behrendorff made his job easier with a spectacular spell of swing bowling before Henriques rose to the occasion after being promoted to number three in the batting order.AP PhotoLeggie Adam Zampa too played his part well with a twin strike in the middle overs and he would be expected to do the same tomorrow.While Warner has led effectively, he would surely love to be back among the runs after failing in the earlier two games.The pitch at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium is usually good for batting and fans will be expecting a run feast after the low-scoring affair on a damp pitch in Guwahati.Though it has been a regular venue in the IPL, it will be the first time that a T20 International will be played here.There are chances of rain as well with the weathermen expecting the ongoing spell to last till October 20.Teams:India: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashish Nehra, Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul and Axar Patel.Australia: David Warner (C), Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye.last_img read more

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Report: West Ham 1 Liverpool 1

first_imgLiverpool missed the chance to move five points clear of Manchester City again at the top of the Premier League as Michail Antonio’s equaliser meant they were held to a 1-1 draw away to West Ham. Jurgen Klopp’s side went in front through Sadio Mane at London Stadium on Monday, although the goal should have been disallowed for a clear offside in the build-up. But Antonio quickly levelled for the Hammers, with his fourth career goal against Liverpool leaving the league leaders just three points clear of chasing City, who had defeated Arsenal 3-1 the previous day.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And the result could have been even worse for the Reds, Declan Rice wasting a free header shortly before the interval, although substitute Divock Origi almost won it in added time.A N T O N I O O O O pic.twitter.com/rpguAgOggf— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) February 4, 2019Javier Hernandez wasted two good early chances as Liverpool started poorly, but they took the lead in controversial circumstances in the 22nd minute.Brilliant skill from Adam Lallana found James Milner, who cut the ball back for Mane to finish well, but replays showed the makeshift right-back was offside when he received the pass.West Ham equalised within six minutes, though. Felipe Anderson caught out the Liverpool defence with a smartly taken free-kick, sliding a low pass into the right channel for Antonio, who shrugged off Naby Keita and drilled a fine finish across Alisson and in off the post.Rice and Issa Diop missed headed chances either side of half-time as Liverpool continued to defend set pieces poorly, while Mohamed Salah could not make the most of two second-half openings he created for himself.Hammers captain Mark Noble almost snatched all three points, his 73rd-minute drive flying narrowly over Alisson’s goal.But Origi could have settled matters in the 94th minute, the Belgian – a late hero against Everton at Anfield earlier in the campaign – firing straight at Lukasz Fabianski after Keita picked him out with a chipped pass, the flag staying down again despite the striker b offside position.4 – Michail Antonio has scored four goals in his five Premier League games against Liverpool, more than he has managed against any other side. Familiar. pic.twitter.com/4wt5r8quFu— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 4, 2019What does it mean? Liverpool feel the heatWest Ham’s inconsistency meant it was hard to guess what Hammers side Liverpool would face, yet it was the Reds – shorn of injured midfield metronome Jordan Henderson – who struggled for fluency in an open game. City will go top if they win a rearranged fixture away at Everton on Wednesday.Inventive Felipe Anderson shines againWith talismanic striker Marko Arnautovic ruled out through injury, West Ham relied even more than usual on Felipe Anderson, the club’s record signing, to provide a spark. The Brazilian duly stepped up, too. He was a constant menace and it was his clever quick free-kick that created Antonio’s equalising goal.Keita concentration lackingA constant feature of the game was Keita losing his man at set-piece situations. Antonio rolled the Liverpool midfielder far too easily for his goal, while Keita was often lax on and off the ball as well.Key Opta facts- West Ham are unbeaten in three consecutive home Premier League games (W1 D2) for the first time since February 2018 (a run of four games)- Liverpool have won 62 points from their opening 25 Premier League games this season – only during the 1987-88 campaign have they had more points at this stage of a top-flight season (63).- Sadio Mane has scored three goals in his last three Premier League appearances – he had scored just two in his previous 11.- James Milner has registered 81 assists in the Premier League, one more than David Beckham (80).- Naby Keita has made more Premier League appearances without losing a game than any other player in the competition’s history (18 games, 14 wins, 4 draws).What’s next?Liverpool will look to bounce back at home to Bournemouth on Saturday after back-to-back 1-1 draws. West Ham, meanwhile, go to Crystal Palace on the same day. read morelast_img read more

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Placement of All Students in Full High Schools Next Year

first_img Additionally, the Minister informed that come next year, the high-school years will be extended from five to seven, which will give every student, “by the time they graduate, the equivalent of an associate degree”. Story Highlights Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says there will be 100 per cent placement of all students in full high schools next year.During a visit to The Queen’s School in St. Andrew, on September 12, Senator Reid noted that this will be made possible as a result of expansion being undertaken at certain secondary schools.“You have one per cent in the primary and junior high schools and 99 per cent in a full high school. As of next year, based on the programme of increasing the spaces and expanding the high schools, and converting junior high to high school, we’ll have that 100 per cent,” the Minister said.Senator Reid pointed out that the 100 per cent placement of students in the full high school “will coincide nicely with the end of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT)”.“All our students, for the first time, will be getting a full high-school education from grade seven,” he indicated.Additionally, the Minister informed that come next year, the high-school years will be extended from five to seven, which will give every student, “by the time they graduate, the equivalent of an associate degree”.Senator Reid noted that such a move will result in the reduction of unattached youth or students being left behind.Meanwhile, the Minister said science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses of study are to be incentivised.“It is important for us to incentivise to get a work-ready (labour) force. A lot of students may want to pursue these courses, but there are financial challenges. So, we have to make sure there are no barriers to accessing the Students’ Loan Bureau, if that is where they want to go, or there are particular persons we can offer scholarships,” he said.Senator Reid said the Ministry will be working in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation “to target areas dealing with engineering”.“We are very short on engineers that are very critical for the knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) sector, but also for the massive developments that are taking place in manufacturing,” he said.While at the all-girl school, Mr. Reid challenged them to uphold the core values of the school in all spheres of their lives. He was also led on a short tour by Principal, Jennifer Williams.Since the start of the new school year on September 4, the Minister has visited several schools to make sure that everything is in order. “You have one per cent in the primary and junior high schools and 99 per cent in a full high school. As of next year, based on the programme of increasing the spaces and expanding the high schools, and converting junior high to high school, we’ll have that 100 per cent,” the Minister said. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says there will be 100 per cent placement of all students in full high schools next year. last_img read more

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MOL Exhibited at Breakbulk China 2014

first_img Print  Close My location zoom Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. informed that MOL had a booth for the first time at the project cargo, heavy lift & RO-RO logistics exhibition Breakbulk China 2014, which was held March 12-13 in Shanghai, China.MOL has been looking for growth in the logistics business field, and since 2013, it is taking strategic steps with its Group companies in the field. Transport of the heavy lift cargo is one focus area, and four MOL Group companies jointly participated in the exhibit, namely, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., MOL Logistics (Japan), Co., Ltd., Utoc Corporation and Mitsui O.S.K. Kinkai, Ltd.Also, the Group took this opportunity to show its unique services, which include ocean shipping by containerships; bulkers; heavy lifters, land-based logistics, cargo loading/unloading, and installation.The MOL Group plans to expand and grow in the various business fields of logistics services, and to execute aggressive approaches that should result in expanded business and services. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 MOL, March 26, 2014last_img read more

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Province Provides More Support for Youngest Most Vulnerable Students

first_imgTeachers in every Grade Primary classroom are now assessing how their students fare in critical areas like physical well-being, emotional maturity, social skills and language development. All elementary schools in Nova Scotia are using the Early Development Instrument, a measure to help schools understand and support the particular needs of their students. Several school boards, including Tri-County and Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, have piloted the instrument. This year marks the first time Primary teachers throughout the province will use it to gather information to help with their students’ learning. “As a province we have committed to improving support for young children and their families,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “Students arrive at school with different levels of readiness. “We have increased help for students who struggle in key subjects like math and reading, and this instrument will help schools identify where students are vulnerable and make long-term plans to address those needs.” The data will give school boards a clearer picture of the strengths and vulnerabilities in their schools and communities. School boards and the province can use this information to match curriculum, programs and resources with areas of greatest need. Meadowfields Community School in Yarmouth used the tool for the first time last year. Principal Linda Gallagher says the results reinforce what teachers are seeing and shows the school is going in the right direction. “It shows us how valuable it is to do things like running a breakfast program, giving Primary students a chance to play in the gym before school, and using the Play-Talk-Learn resources to help parents and children at home.”last_img read more

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Sensex Nifty start on a cautious note ahead of RBI policy outcome

first_imgSensex, Nifty start on a cautious note ahead of RBI policy outcome Mumbai: Domestic equity benchmarks BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty opened on a cautious note Thursday as investors await RBI’s monetary policy decision. The 30-share index was trading 31.03 points, or 0.08 per cent, lower at 40,052.51, and the broader Nifty slipped 18.20 points, or 0.15 per cent, to 12,003.45. Top losers in the Sensex pack include Yes Bank, SBI, IndusInd Bank, Bharti Airtel, Vedanta, ICICI Bank, RIL, M&M and HDFC, shedding up to 2.91 per cent. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents While, PowerGrid, Bajaj Auto, HUL, Coal India, Asian Paints, HDFC Bank and HCL Tech were trading in the green. Bourses were closed Wednesday on account of Eid-ul-Fitr. In the previous session on Tuesday, the BSE gauge settled 184.08 points, or 0.46 per cent, lower at 40,083.54. The broader NSE benchmark fell 66.90 points, or 0.55 per cent, to settle at 12,021.65. According to traders, investors were cautious ahead of the Reserve Bank’s policy outcome. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief The Reserve Bank of India’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is slated to announce its bi-monthly policy later in the day. The central bank had cut the short-term lending rate (repo rate) by 25 basis points each in its last two policy reviews. Foreign fund outflow too weighed on market mood here, traders said. Foreign institutional investors sold equity worth Rs 416.08 crore on Tuesday, and domestic institutional investors offloaded shares to the tune of Rs 355.42 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed. Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in China, Japan and Korea were trading on a mixed note in their respective early sessions. Bourses on Wall Street too ended in the green on Wednesday. On the currency front, the rupee depreciated 13 paise to 69.39 against the US dollar. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, were trading 0.23 per cent higher at 60.77 per barrel.last_img read more

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The Latest Ukraine Russia opens fire on Ukrainian vessels

first_imgMOSCOW — The Latest on Russian-Ukrainian naval tensions near Crimea (all times local):10:25 p.m.The Ukrainian navy says that a Russian ship has opened fire on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea following a tense standoff off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula.The Ukrainian navy said in a statement posted on Facebook on Sunday evening that one of its small artillery boats, the Berdyansk, was damaged and one crew member was injured.Earlier, Ukraine said that a Russian coast guard vessel rammed into a Ukrainian navy tugboat, resulting in damage to the ship’s engines and hull. The incident took place Sunday as three Ukrainian naval ships were transiting from Odesa on the Black Sea to Mariupol in the Sea of Azov, via the Kerch Strait.___1:45 p.m.The Ukrainian navy says a Russian coast guard vessel rammed a Ukrainian navy tugboat, resulting in damage to the ship’s engines and hull.The incident took place Sunday as three Ukrainian naval ships were transiting from Odesa on the Black Sea to Mariupol in the Sea of Azov, via the Kerch Strait.Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) told Russian news agencies Sunday that the Ukrainian ships held their course even though the area was temporarily closed.“Their goal is clear,” an FSB statement said, “to create a conflict situation in the region.” The statement did not mention ramming the Ukrainian tugboat.Though a 2003 treaty designates the Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov as shared territorial waters, Russia has been asserting greater control over the passage since 2015.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Algerian author Yasmina Khadra I dont have the right to be

By Kevin KriedemannLondon – In this week’s episode of Talk To Al Jazeera, award-winning Algerian author and former military officer Yasmina Khadra discusses the Charlie Hebdoattack with Jacky Rowland.The Kouachi brothers – the gunmen – were born in France to Algerian immigrant parents, but Khadra says discussions of the terrorist’s nationality are irrelevant. “For me, the murder doesn’t have an identity. It doesn’t have a nationality. It is characterised, it is identified by its wrongdoing. So I shouldn’t suddenly have to feel guilty because he’s Algerian. We’ve got to stop making this link that shouldn’t exist between where a murderer comes from and his act. We have to focus on the act, and nothing more.” Khadra says the Charlie Hebdo attack affected him personally. “I was shocked,” he says. “Even if I’m Algerian, even if I’m from a country where 200,000 people died, where we went through a horribly dark time, we’re still shocked by the attack. Because each organised murder reminds us a little of what we lived through here in Algeria, and it’s natural that no-one can get used to that atrocity.”Khadra reminds Rowland that Algeria was the first victim of extremist Islamic terrorism, with an armed conflict that began in 1991. “Algeria has lost more journalists than the rest of the world put together, you know?” he says, referring to the assassination of over 70 journalists during The Algerian Civil War. “So I don’t have the right to be Charlie. I can only invite Charlie to join the rest of us. Because we were the first victims, and when Algeria lived through its tragedy, it was completely isolated from the world; no-one was interested, and our heroes were passed off as assassins, as criminals. In the 2000s, they used to say that Algeria didn’t have any terrorists, that it was the military that killed people, and I still pay for having defended the truth.”Khadra criticises the media’s focus on the terrorists’ religion. “The murderers were born in France; they were brought up in France; they are, to a certain extent, the children of France – they are not the children of Islam.”“The only way we can fight against this plague is by isolating it,” he argues. “We must isolate it completely from what it is doing; stop associating it with a community it pretends to defend, or a religion it pretends to embody. A god doesn’t need to be defended by mortals. It’s God. How could He appoint mortals – venerable, miserable, poor beings – to defend him? We’re a little in the absurd. We’re living in absurdity at its most impure.”Khadra says we’re living through “a battle of extremes…  On one side, in France, for example, freedom of speech is sacred. On the other, for all those who believe, religion is sacred. And of course, both are right to defend their values. But both are wrong to impose their values upon others.”He says that, contrary to the stereotype of Islamic men in the mainstream media and Hollywood, “Most Muslim men are brave, generous, welcoming, they express love, they are brotherly, and I can’t see how one can allow oneself to limit a Muslim nation to a few thousand people who are misled.”He argues strongly for the importance of multiculturalism. “We’re always scared of multiculturalism – I think it’s the future of humanity. I’m multicultural. I know about Western culture, Eastern culture, Arabic Berber culture, because I’m Berber too. I’m Algerian – and this is how I try to understand my era… I’ve always said in my books, he who lives his life fully is he who knows how to live, who can love a part of each religion and a song from each folklore. And this is how we are really human beings. If not, we stay French, we stay Algerian, we stay Qatari, and we will never know how to be human.”Khadra also discusses his work, politics, freedom of speech, and why no one wants to listen to the truth today. read more

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Ban Kimoon welcomes Myanmars decision to receive UN envoy

Mr. Ban, in a statement released by his spokesperson, called on the authorities to engage in a constructive dialogue with Mr. Gambari, who will begin his visit on 29 September, and “to commit to a path of peaceful and inclusive national reconciliation.”Myanmar has recently witnessed a wave of peaceful demonstrations, which began last month in protest against a surge in fuel prices and more recently have included many of the country’s monks.Noting reports of the use of force and of arrests and beatings, Mr. Ban has repeatedly urged Myanmar’s authorities to respond to the protests with the utmost restraint.His calls have been echoed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and members of the UN Security Council. 27 September 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he is pleased that the Government of Myanmar has agreed to a visit by his Special Envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, who has been dispatched to the region in response to the deteriorating situation in the country. read more

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BC to balance books table surplus budget in fragile timesFinance Minister

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 17, 2015 2:00 am MDT VICTORIA – Finance Minister Mike de Jong says the surplus in Tuesday’s provincial budget gives the government some room to move on health, education and social spending, but economic times are fragile and British Columbians should not expect a spending spree.He said B.C. will likely be the only province in Canada to table a balanced budget for this year, an accomplishment he attributes to a diversified economy and controlled spending.“The basis for this is pretty clear,” de Jong said. “You’ve got to control the stuff you can control. It’s about choice, and it’s about making tough choices.”He said the 2014-2015 budget will include a surplus higher than the $444 million forecast last fall, with forecasts of surplus budgets for the next three years.Prince Edward Island has suggested it will table a balanced budget for the 2015-2016 budget year, while Quebec is aiming for a balanced budget in 2015-2016.Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said plummeting oil prices may have recently placed his province into a deficit budget position.De Jong said B.C.’s budget will include spending increases in social services, health, education and the removal of a two-year tax on high-income earners. He also said the budget includes measures to address the provincial debt, which is currently above $60 billion.Two years ago, the government implemented a temporary two per cent income tax hike on people earning $150,000 or more a year to help bring the province out of deficit. De Jong said the tax earned the province about $200 million a year, and expires this year.“We asked those making a little more to pay a little more and it was purposely designed to get us back into balance and beyond,” he said. “It was purposely designed to be for two years.”Opposition New Democrat finance critic Carole James said British Columbians deserve a break, but what they are getting instead are medical, hydro, ferry and auto insurance increases.She said the only break she sees in the budget appears to the tax cut for high-income earners.“He’s found over $200 million to give (high-income earners) a tax break,” James said. “But when it comes to average British Columbians, it’s nickel and dime, more costs, pay more, get less.”James said she is awaiting the details of de Jong’s changes to social services in the budget.The New Democrats, social services groups and single mothers on assistance have been demanding that the government stop deducting support payments from income and disability payments.De Jong said he’ll don an old pair of black leather shoes that were shined and repaired prior to budget day.He held a pre-budget news conference Monday at a downtown Victoria shoe repair shop where he paid $40 to have his budget shoes polished and reheeled. B.C. to balance books, table surplus budget in fragile times:Finance Minister read more

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No 6 Tennessee rolls to 9567 victory over Eastern Kentucky

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Grant Williams had 21 points and 11 rebounds as No. 6 Tennessee bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 95-67 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday night.Tennessee (5-1) was playing for the first time since falling 87-81 in overtime to No. 2 Kansas on Friday at the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York.This game didn’t have nearly as much suspense.Eastern Kentucky (3-4) and Tennessee were tied 11-all seven minutes into the game before the Volunteers scored 13 straight points to pull ahead for good. After Lachlan Anderson’s 3-pointer cut Tennessee’s lead to 24-14, the Vols scored eight straight points to complete a 21-3 spurt.Tennessee stayed in control the rest of the way.The Vols altered their starting lineup for the first time this season, with sophomore Yves Pons making his first career start in place of Jordan Bowden.Pons responded by getting an offensive rebound and sinking a 3-pointer on the game’s first possession. He ended up with a career-high 10 points and pulled down five rebounds in 22 minutes. Pons’ productive night included two dunks off alley-oops as well as two blocks.Admiral Schofield scored 20 points and shot 8 of 9 from the floor for Tennessee. Jordan Bone added 14 points and seven assists. Williams had five assists to go along with his double-double.Nick Mayo led Eastern Kentucky with 23 points and nine rebounds. Jomaru Brown added 14 points for the Colonels.This marked only the third time that Bowden has come off the bench in a Tennessee career that has included 68 starts. The junior guard scored seven points in 20 minutes.BIG PICTUREEastern Kentucky: The Colonels entered the night averaging 86.3 points to rank 25th among Division I teams in scoring, but they struggled more than usual against Tennessee’s stingy defence. Eastern Kentucky shot 35.6 per cent and posted its lowest point total of the season. The Colonels had reached the 100-point mark in two of their first six games.Tennessee: The Vols just got finished playing Louisville and No. 2 Kansas in New York and have games with No. 1 Gonzaga and Memphis later this month, so it would have been easy for them to overlook this matchup. That didn’t happen. Tennessee grabbed a 49-28 halftime lead and cruised from there.UP NEXTEastern Kentucky is at High Point on Saturday.Tennessee hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25___Follow Steve Megargee at https://twitter.com/stevemegargeeSteve Megargee, The Associated Press read more

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Vogues New Suffragettes Fight against stereotyping women is harder than battle for

first_imgGillian Wearing with model of her Fawcett statue 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. Stella Creasy Referring to the the American technology executive who argues women must break down barriers by “leaning in” to leadership positions, Creasy added: “I’m the anti-Sheryl Sandberg . For me, it’s not about leaning in, it’s about building an army.“Progress can happen. My mistake was thinking that it would be easy… Women are set up to fail.“We can never be thin, curvy, clever, kind enough. But I’m impatient to change the world.”The full interview is published  in the February issue of Vogue, out January 5, and online.  Wearing, whose Fawcett statue will become the the first woman to stand on a pedestal in Parliament Square made by the first woman to create one told the magazine: “Fawcett was all about dialogue. And it worked – she spent six decades getting women the vote. But it took a lot of work!“The Guerrilla Girls [anonymous artists fighting sexism in the art world] campaigned, and people kept counting, compiling statistics over 10 years.“Now Maria Balshaw is running the Tate, things should change further.“The hard thing today is overcoming the psychology – this prejudice goes deep. A century ago, they secured votes for women with their eloquent campaigning and shock tactics, undergoing hunger strike and, in the case of Emily Davison, early death for their cause.The legacy of the suffragettes is to be honoured by Vogue magazine, as they declare their own “New Suffragettes” fit for 2018.Seven women, including campaigners, bloggers, artists and politicians, have been selected in recognition of the “fight to empower women in the battle for equality that rages on”, as one declares  the struggle to change “people’s inner stereotypes of women” even harder than fighting for the vote.Vogue has released a striking image of the women under the headline: “Meet the New Suffragettes”, with a double-page article in the February magazine dedicated to their causes.They include politicians Stella Creasy, Labour MP for Walthamstow, and Sophie Walker, leader of the Women’s Equality Party. Gillian Wearing with model of her Fawcett statueCredit:PA Vogue's February issuecenter_img “We need to change people’s inner stereotypes of women. And, that’s harder than fighting for the vote.”Creasy used her platform to discuss women in politics, and the sexual harassment scandal of recent months.”Women should be believed, because coming forward about harassment is hard,” she said. In a series of interviews about equality, each was asked to discuss “the changes that would improve the lives of women and what the next hundred years will hold”.The article is published in the third issue of Vogue under its new editor Edward Enninful, who has pledged to reflect the full diversity of Britain in his pages. Stella CreasyCredit: Getty Images Vogue’s February issue “I see the pressure to close down the debates, to say systems are in place, but if so, they’re not working.” They are joined by artist Gillian Wearing, who designed a statue of Millicent Fawcett herself for Parliament Square, founder of online magazine “gal-dem” Liv Little, and trans awareness campaigner and journalist Paris Lees.The final line-up is completed by fashion blogger Dina Torkia and Reni Eddo-Lodge, author of “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race”.last_img read more

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Slovenian derby Gorenje beat Celje PL with 40 series on the end

Current Slovenian champion, RK Gorenje Velenje will stay on the TOP of the League table until February after winning-thriller against Celje Pivovarna Laško 28:27 (13:14). Decisive goal is scored by Dujmovic 13 seconds before the final whistle. Celje PL had 27:24, but in the last three-four minutes, Gorenje showed fantastic energy and with the great performance get both points for +3 at the end of the first part of Championship.Gorenje Velenje : Celje Pivovarna Laško 28:27 (14:15)Rdeča dvorana, spectators 1600Gorenje Velenje: Gajić 8 sav (2 x 7-m), Taletovič, Melić 6 (3), Medved 2, Bezjak 7, Pucelj, Dolenec 7 (3), Cehte 2, Miklavčič, Gaber 1, Golčar, Dobelšek, Gams 1, Bajram, Dujmovič 2.Celje Pivovarna Laško: Lesjak 3 sav, Skok 12 sav (1 x 7-m), Blagotinšek, Mlakar, Marguč 2, Malus, Janc, Razgor, Toskić 4, Ranevski, Skube 8, Zelenović 5, Mačkovšek 3, Lekai 1, Žvižej 4 (3).TABELA:1. Gorenje Velenje 16 – 302. Celje Pivovarna Laško 16 – 273. Cimos Koper 15 – 254. Maribor Branik 14 – 185. Trimo Trebnje 15 – 166. Krka 16 – 167. SVIŠ Pekarna Grosuplje 16 – 138. Ribnica Riko hiše 15 – 129. Istrabenz Plini Izola 15 – 1010. Jeruzalem Ormož 16 – 811. Sevnica 15 – 612. Krško 15 – 3 RK Celje Pivovarna LaskoRK Gorenje Velenje ← Previous Story Wisla Plock still on 100% – Nenadic’s show-time! (VIDEO) Next Story → Talented Igor Mandic joins RK Metalurg Skopje read more

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Fianna Fáil back on top in new opinion poll

first_imgFIANNA FÁIL HAS topped a second opinon poll, reaffirming its new position as the most popular political party in Ireland.The Millward Brown Poll, published in the Sunday Independent today puts the party at 27 per cent, ahead of Fine Gael on 25 per cent and Labour on 13 per cent.Sinn Féin regained its standing after a two point drop in last weekend’s poll, now on 20 per cent and 14 per cent of those polled supported ‘Others’.Last week’s poll, which saw Fianna Fáil rise to the top again after less than two years out of government, was questioned as it was conducted around the time of the Magdalene report and before the promissory note deal. However today’s poll, the first taken after the deal, puts the party another point ahead of Fine Gael.With Sinn Féin on 20 per cent, if these results are seen in the next general election, the two parties could form a coalition.Speaking to TheJournal.ie earlier this week, Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin said sharing power was not on his horizon but that he was “not ruling anything out”.“We don’t bring in people from outside of the government, there’s no change to the electoral system,” he said. “So people are rightly sort of disillusioned with the lack of any radical political reform.”last_img read more

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Mature age students NUGAS turns 40

first_imgYoung Greek Australians will converge in Sydney next weekend, for the annual National Union of Greek Students (NUGAS) AGM, celebrating NUGAS’s 40th year. It’s awesome fun, first of all, but more than that, it unites people. You’re bringing alive some of the Greekness in people.NUGAS National President Harry Mavrolefteros said the meeting will involve annual elections of the national committee, as well as a catch up on issues that are important to young Greek-Australian students. “Greek language is obviously really important to us,” he said, “and so is Macedonia and Cyprus, so we’ll be talking about those.” The AGM will also launch NUGAS’s updated website, www.nugas.org.au, as well as the second annual edition of Epimetheus magazine. Last year’s inaugural edition included addresses to the young Greek community from the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the then Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull. For the first time, the NUGAS AGM will include a full weekend of social events, including go-karting, clubbing and dinner at a Greek tavern. “We just thought, if we’re all going to be there for the meeting, why not make a weekend of it?” Mavrolefteros said they’ve received around 40 bookings so far, from young Greek Australians in Perth, Darwin, Adelaide and Melbourne. In its 40th year, Mavrolefteros said NUGAS continues to play an important role in the lives of young Greek Australian students. “It’s awesome fun, first of all, but more than that, it unites people. You’re bringing alive some of the Greekness in people.” The outgoing president said they’ve had a number of nominations for new committee positions. “There is demand, and people want to get involved which is good,” he said. “The best thing is when you organise an event and then you get to sit back and enjoy it.” “You look around and think, ‘everyone’s having fun’.” He said NUGAS was probably at its biggest in the 1990s, when university students were the sons and daughters of migrants. “Since then it’s been diluted, people feel less Greek, like it’s less a part of their life,” he said. But he said the organisation has definitely grown since he joined in 2005, in his first year at university. Now, he said, there are around 5000 members around the country, between 20 universities in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Perth and Adelaide. “On a national level, we’re definitely on track,” he said. And he’s optimistic about the next generation of leaders taking over NUGAS. “There’s a lot of potential there among the young guys, they want to do it, and they’ve got heart,” he said. For more information about the meeting and social weekend contact Harry Mavrolefteros – president@nugas.org.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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