first_imgKerala IPS officer accepts PM’s fitness challengeThiruvananthapuram, Jun 17 (PTI) Thrissur CommissionerofPolice G H Yatish Chandra has accepted the fitness challengethrown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.In his facebook post, Chandra said he was honoured toaccept the fitness challenge of the Prime Minister for IPSofficers.”I am honoured to accept the #FitnessChallenge of Hon’blePM for #IPSOfficers. #HumFitTohIndiaFit #IPSFitIndiaFit#64RR,” Chandra said.The IPS officer also posted a video of his workoutsession on the social media site.Modi had passed on the fitness challenge to politicians,sports personalities and IPS officers, especially those above40 years of age.Union Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore hadlaunched the #HumFitTohIndiaFit campaign last month,underlining the importance of staying fit. PTI JRKROHROHROHTRKTRKTRKlast_img read more


first_imgAsian Cup Qualification AFC Asian Cup Qualifier: SIX U-23 PLAYERS NAMED IN SQUAD FOR MACAU Goal Last updated 2 years ago 02:00 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) India Mauritius 1 AIFF Media Asian Cup Qualification India Macao Six players from the U-23 campaign in Doha have been picked in the senior national team squad… India National Team has announced the 24-member squad for India’s forthcoming AFC Asian Cup Qualifier match against Macau on September 5, 2017. The squad will be departing for Macau from Mumbai via Bangkok on Friday.India is currently on top of Group A with 6 points, courtesy back to back victories against Myanmar and the Kyrgyz Republic. However, National Coach Stephen Constantine felt there is “no reason to underestimate Macau as a Team.”“Macau will be playing at home and in front of their home crowd. There’s always a marked difference between playing at home and playing an away match but we are aware of the challenge,” Constantine said on arrival. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Team has been camping in Mumbai since August 12, 2017, during which they played two International matches against Mauritius and St. Kitts and Nevis in the Hero Tri-nation Football series as part of the preparation.“The matches provided us with the much-needed match practice ahead of our challenge against Macau,” Constantine mentioned.Legendary Footballer IM Vijayan who will also be travelling to Macau as an observer said the “team looks to be in great shape.”“The body language is positive but ahead of such matches, there’s always a tendency of taking it a bit lightly against lower ranked opponents. The boys need to keep working hard on the ground against Macau,” he stated.The squad for Macau stay as follows:GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Subrata Paul, Albino Gomes. FORWARDS: Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh, Balwant Singh. DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Lalruatthara, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Arnab Mondal, Salam Ranjan Singh, Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala.center_img MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Jackichand Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Rowllin Borges, Md. Rafique, Germanpreet Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Halicharan Narzary.last_img read more

Australia and Pakistan join hands for Abu Dhabi rollercoaster ride

first_imgShare on Pinterest Reuse this content Read more Topics Pinterest Australia cricket team Australia sport Pakistan cricket team Test cricket is all about momentum shifts and contrasts. None more so than this. After the long slow unfolding of the first Test’s classic draw, the second Test between Pakistan and Australia in Abu Dhabi started in fast-forward.Even though the pitch had some grass left on it and produced some bounce, Australia would have been dreading another first-day grind, losing the toss for the second time in the series and asked to bowl at a ground where the average first-innings score is north of 400.Instead they were part of a day that shifted like the desert dunes surrounding the stadium. It involved records, collapses, counterattacks and flourishes, a rush of wickets and two near-centuries, as Australia dismissed Pakistan for 282, then fell to two for 20 themselves by stumps. Twitter Sarfraz’s tactics worked, though. Giving himself space, he was able to cut repeatedly off his stumps, or drive through cover. The Australians couldn’t pin him down: he barely faced more than a couple of balls before rotating strike. Tim Paine tried leaving sweepers out to stifle the scoring, but Sarfraz used it to facilitate his method.Fakhar got moving with a straight six from Holland to enter the 90s, then a reverse sweep. But having added 147 together, another swing arrived.Labuschagne is in this team as a batsman, but has made his mark with the ball and in the field. His quick, skiddy leg-breaks trapped Fakhar in the last over before tea for 94, the debut century tantalisingly close. He came back after the break to have Bilal Asif caught behind for 12, and after a tired Sarfraz took a nasty blow to the elbow from a Mitchell Starc bouncer, he was out for 94 trying to launch Labuschagne over cover. Peter Siddle took it on the third juggle after it bounced off his nose – Australian catches were being completed with every body part bar hands. The part-timer Labuschagne finished with a vital three for 45.Despite late hitting from leg-spinner Yasir Shah with 28, a score of 282 would have delighted Australia at the start of the day. Then the final twist: Mohammad Abbas, so penetrative outside off stump, got Australia’s key man Usman Khawaja down the leg side, Sarfraz forgetting his exhaustion and injured arm to fly to his right.Nightwatchman Siddle was lbw on referral to the final scheduled ball of the day, taking Pakistan to stumps with some wind back in their sails. It was only fitting, given the amount of action and intrigue one day had contained. The teams will resume with the match and the series perfectly set up for a result. The over ended, and Lyon’s hat-trick ball to start his next was seen out by Asad Shafiq. Not so the ball to follow, which a smart DRS referral found had taken an edge into the pad on its way to Labuschagne at short leg. With visions of taking the attack back to Australia, Babar Azam skipped down the wicket two balls later to punt Lyon over long-on. Instead the ball met leg stump. Pakistan had been 57 for one, then were 57 for five. Lyon had four wickets for none.In the process, he overtook Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson to become Australia’s fourth-highest wicket taker. With 314 to his name, the only names now ahead of him read Lillee, McGrath, and Warne. The off-spinner can no longer be underestimated. His nickname of ‘Goat’ grows less satirical by the match.But Pakistan were not done. In keeping with the strangeness of the day, their two most attacking players were tasked with forming a rearguard. Fakhar fought against his instincts, finding Lyon especially was gaining bounce and turn. “There was a bit of moisture in the wicket,” he told the Wisden Test Cricket radio broadcast after play. “Safi plays spin really well, always. He was feeling comfortable, but I was not comfortable against the spinners. That’s why I was blocking the ball and taking my time.”Sarfraz took the initiative not with slogs or carves, but by staying busy and running hard. He took guard well outside leg stump at times to throw off Lyon’s rhythm. “He’s got one of the lowest dot-ball percentages in the game,” said Lyon. “I found it quite humorous how far he was going outside, but I just tried to bowl him my best ball.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIncenter_img Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… match reports Pakistan’s Bilal Asif misses the ball. Photograph: Kamran Jebreili/AP It was a cinematic day, nothing happening in expected fashion. The first breakthrough was suitably unorthodox, Mohammed Hafeez following a century in the first Test by glancing Mitchell Starc. It was flush off the face of the bat, but hit the short-leg fieldsman Marnus Labuschagne in the box. Television cameras measured reaction time, but the catcher hadn’t had time to move a muscle.He did react when the rebound hit his knee and bobbled up as he fell. While spinning a half circle and rolling onto his back, Labuschagne knocked it up onto his chest and clasped it there with both legs. He had turned a late 1980s breakdance move into a completed catch according to the Laws of the game. Still, it looked like the only joy Australia would experience as Pakistan powered on with a 50-run stand. Fakhar Zaman was on debut, the man known for his blazing batting in white-ball cricket that included a century to win last year’s Champions Trophy final, and a double-hundred in a one-dayer last July.He had been hitting them well, carving runs from the fast bowlers, when he drove spinner Jon Holland straight to midwicket. Perhaps confused by the lack of initial groin contact, Labuschagne dropped the catch. There were visions of a long day of punishment ahead.But while Fakhar went on, his teammates did not. As Nathan Lyon sent down his off-breaks, Azhar Ali chipped a return catch. Haris Sohail had made a century in the first Test, but followed up with a golden duck as he squeezed Lyon’s next ball to Travis Head at silly mid-off. From living-room commentary to buying radio rights for Australian Tests Share via Email The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Facebook Cricket Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on Facebooklast_img read more

NRL Touch Premiership: Ladder Update

first_imgHere are the NRL Touch Premiership Ladders, as they stand following the first two days of play. The Knights and Broncos, Men’s and Women’s, are yet to play.Interestingly, all four clubs that have played have one team at the top of a ladder.  Make sure you get to the next games, on 30th June 2018:Knights v Eels at McDonalds Jones Stadium Broncos v Cowboys at Suncorp Stadiumlast_img

School Board Appointment Process Improves

first_img The National Council on Education (NCE) is reporting an improvement in the speed and efficiency with which school boards are currently being appointed.The disclosure was made by Executive Director, Merris Murray, while addressing a general council meeting of the NCE, the highest advisory body to Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, at the Caribbean Examination (CXC) office, Picadilly Road, Kingston, on Tuesday, August 20.Ms. Murray reported that, as at July 13, boards have been appointed for the 164 public schools in Region I, comprising  Kingston and St. Andrew; 171 in Region II (Portland, St. Mary, and St. Thomas); and 123 in Region III (St. Ann and Trelawny).Appointments have been made for 167 of 169 public schools in Region IV (St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland), while only one of the 161 schools in Region V (St. Elizabeth and Manchester) is yet to have a board in place. Similar appointments have been made for all 231 schools in Region VI (Clarendon and St. Catherine).Ms. Murray’s report follows Rev. Thwaites’ announcement of new processes and procedures for board appointments.“These improved efficiencies will result in better governance and accountability of public educational institutions in Jamaica,” she contended.The Executive Director said approximately 2000 copies of a handbook, developed by the NCE for school boards, titled: ‘All Hands on Board’, have been distributed to the six educational regions. The hand books were printed with the assistance of the United Nations’ Children Fund (UNICEF).Additionally, Ms. Murray said board members across all regions are being trained, in an effort to improve the governance of public educational institutions. She reported that 13 training workshops were held in Regions I, II and VI during the last fiscal year at a cost of approximately $7 million, while similar workshops, coordinated for Regions IV and V, have commenced with $5 million being earmarked to fund these.The workshops, which are financed through the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), utilize the modular training programme developed for school boards.According  to Ms. Murray, the Council has also developed a ‘train the trainers’ programme with a view to decentralizing the training of board members in an effort to reduce cost.  She noted that approximately 50 trainers have benefitted, to date.The NCE is a statutory body which falls under the purview of the Ministry of Education.  It was established in 1993, to co-ordinate the process of supporting, among other things, the effective appointment and training of members of school boards. Story Highlights New processes and procedures for board appointments NCE is reporting an improvement in the speed and efficiency with which school boards are being appointed Board members across all regions are being trainedlast_img read more

GE Shipping’s Carrier to Benefit from Innovative, …

first_imgzoom MAN Diesel & Turbo’s PrimeServ retrofit team signed an agreement, early November, with Great Eastern Shipping Company (GE Shipping) of Mumbai, India regarding a propeller retrofit upgrade for their M/T Jag Lavanya – a Samsung-built 105,000 DWT crude oil carrier from 2004.Kappel fixed pitch propellersMAN Diesel & Turbo recently announced a strategic focus that added the Kappel design to its fixed-pitch propeller portfolio, both for newbuildings and as a retrofit solution to vessels already in service. After a decade’s cooperation with inventor J.J. Kappel, MAN Diesel & Turbo took over the Kappel design business in 2012 and has since developed it further in terms of fixed-pitch propellers. The fuel savings and performance characteristics for controllable-pitch propellers, featuring the unique Kappel blade design, have been well documented over the last five years.Increased efficiencyRetrofit calculations on different fixed-pitch propellers evaluated for the M/T Jag Lavanya show the superiority of the Kappel design. Christian Wollerup Sørensen, Sales Manager, MAN Diesel & Turbo said: “With this vessel’s speed and operating profile, the new Kappel propeller will deliver a fuel saving of 4% together with a reduced level of pressure impulses to hull – and without adding any other, efficiency-improving devices.”Short delivery timeThe four-bladed, 6.9 metre Kappel propeller for the Jag Lavanya will be delivered from China in January 2014. “As a result of the excellent and efficient cooperation between the Mumbai shipowners and MAN Diesel & Turbo’s India and Frederikshavn locations – and last, but not least, our Dalian Marine Propeller (DMPC) production partner in China – we agreed upon an extraordinarily short delivery time to match a planned docking by the vessel”, said Christian Wollerup Sørensen.Propeller production in China MAN Diesel & Turbo’s prolific partnership with Dalian Marine Propeller was recently confirmed with another order – a production agreement for a series of 7.2-metre Kappel propellers for the world’s largest car carriers to be built by Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry, China.MAN Diesel & Turbo, December 2, 2013last_img read more

Live Animals at the Maritime Museum

first_imgThis March break, from March 11 to 19, young Nova Scotians will be able to embark on an exciting animal adventure at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax. Pets at Sea, is an adventure for the whole family that explores the connection between animals and life at sea. It showcases live animals borrowed from Magnetic Hill Zoo in Moncton, N.B. Literally bringing the program to life is the wide variety of animals visiting the museum. Squirrel monkeys, parrots, goats, lemurs, pigs, an Amur leopard cat, a hedgehog, and a crow, are all on display to represent the most common additions to a ship’s crew. “A lot of people wonder why the Maritime Museum is bringing in animals,” said Adam Langley, the program’s project co-ordinator. “There is a strong tradition of animals going to sea. From crew members’ pets to animals with specific jobs, animals have been sailing for years.” As well as meeting the live animals, visitors will also be introduced to some of history’s most notable animal crew members. Panels and photos will highlight amazing sailing experiences of everything from a goat, which was part of the first solo sail around the world, to navy mascots that crewed ships during the Second World War. While many pets are welcomed aboard ships as valued crew members, there remain some animals that sailors are not as keen to have on voyage. Inside the museum’s, Critter Container, brave children and adults will meet animals that still manage to sneak aboard vessels uninvited. Tarantulas, cockroaches and snakes are just a sample of the animals that can be found hiding in this display. Also making the trip to Halifax are the animals’ keepers. Throughout the program, Magnetic Hill zookeeper Bernard Gallant and his staff will tend to the animals and share stories with the public. Pets at Sea, opens on Saturday, March 11, and will run daily throughout March break. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax.last_img read more

Northern Manitoba community celebrates arrival of their NHL star Brady Keeper

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsBrady Keeper received a roaring welcome after returning home to Pimicikamak Cree Nation on Wednesday morning.He’s the first hockey player from the northern community to reach the NHL.The community greeted the young hockey player with a parade, which led to a grand entrance, and a recognition ceremony at the Pimicikamak arena, where he spent time signing autographs for children.  “It’s surreal have all these people, it’s crazy,” says Keeper.  “I love coming back, like I said, it’s unbelievable.”Pimicikamak Cree Nation is approximately 770 kilometres north of Winnipeg.Keeper signed a two-year entry level contract with the Florida Panthers on March 18, after his sophomore season with the University of Maine Black Bears.The defenseman made his hockey debut on March 28 facing the Ottawa Senator, where he had several family and friends in the crowd cheering him on.He had 12:40 of ice time.On that night, members in the Pimicikamak Cree Nation put a 40 year old tradition of gathering for bingo on hold so they could tune in for the game.His former coach was on hand in the community for the celebration.“He’s inspiring a lot of kids, not just here, but a lot of First Nation kids all, not just in Manitoba,” says Joseph Blacksmith.Blacksmith says this is a day that everyone in the community will remember.  He recalls a time when he coached a young Brady in a minor hockey league for around two years, “He was a shy kid, but a hard worker.”One thing is for sure, Keeper says he’ll always be proud of where he grew up and it doesn’t matter where you’re from – if you have a dream follow it.“It just shows, if you put in the hard work and dedication that you can do anything you want.”abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

Twenty one nominated as members of Court of JNU

first_imgNew Delhi: Twenty-one people have been nominated as members of the Court of Jawaharlal Nehru University.The members have been nominated by President Ram Nath Kovind. While 10 persons have been nominated under category of persons representing learned professions, including professor Veerendra Kumar, KA Badrinath of Financial Chronicle, six persons, including Khadi and Village Industries Commission chief VK Saxena, have been nominated representing industry, labour, commerce and agriculture and five persons have been nominated under category others.last_img read more

UN official urges greater support for Palestinian refugees

Filippo Grandi, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), said that at a time of growing demands for fundamental freedoms and better living conditions across the Middle East, the world must redouble its efforts to find a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue, in consultation with the refugees.In an address to the opening session of UNRWA’s Advisory Commission, Mr. Grandi urged delegates to consider the agency’s continuing relevance and its mission of human development and humanitarian support.UNRWA is the only UN agency directly providing essential services in education, health, microfinance and social safety-net support to Palestinian refugees.Mr. Grandi highlighted the dire situation many Palestinian refugees face, particularly those in the in the occupied Palestinian territory of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.He said that the issue of Israeli settlements expanding “relentlessly on Palestinian land, including in the East Jerusalem periphery,” had implications for a future Palestinian State. He voiced UNRWA’s grave concern over the humanitarian consequences of settlement expansion and the demolition of Palestinian homes and property. “This deepens the isolation of Palestinians and creates fresh displacement,” he said.Mr. Grandi pointed out that there are an estimated 3,000 demolition orders pending in the West Bank.“The worst is yet to come, unless much more urgent and effective pressure is exercised to stop these abuses,” he warned.He expressed gratitude to UNRWA’s donors, including Arab countries, for their support for the agency. Pledges from Arab donors this year stand at $144 million, including $44 million from the Gulf Cooperation Council through the Islamic Development Bank.Mr. Grandi, however, voiced concern over the future funding of UNRWA, particularly resources urgently needed to sustain food and cash assistance to refugees most affected by poverty.He appealed to Arab donors in particular to continue their trend of donating to the agency’s General Fund, which finances core services in education, health and support to the poorest refugees. 28 November 2011The head of the United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees today urged the international community to strengthen support for the refugees, particularly the youth who constitute an increasingly significant segment of the population. read more

Big pharma sues drugs watchdog over medicines price cap

first_imgBritish pharmaceutical companies are suing the NHS’s drugs watchdog in an effort to prevent drug rationing.The unprecedented legal action follows a new rule, in place since April, to consider delaying or restricting funding for medicines already judged good value for money by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) if they cost the health service more than £20 million a year.The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry is seeking judicial review of the changes, saying they “contravene the fundamental right to access to cost-effective medicines”. 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. These new arrangements will delay access to cost-effective medicinesMark Thompson ABPI Chief Executive NICE estimates that this will affect one in five new medicines produced by the pharmaceutical industry each year and will impact most of the big drug manufacturers.ABPI Chief Executive, Mike Thompson, said: “These new arrangements will delay access to cost-effective medicines and deny treatments to patients suffering from rare diseases.“After many months of raising concerns with NICE, NHS England and the Department of Health and offering to work constructively on alternative proposals, we have applied to formally challenge these proposals in court.“We believe this to be the right course of action due to the potential damage these changes will cause to NHS care and on our ability to research, develop and use new medicines here in the UK.” It is expected the case will receive its first High Court hearing in the next few weeks.Baroness Morgan of Drefelin, chief executive of the charity Breast Cancer Now, described the £20 million threshold as a “major hurdle” for cancer drugs.She said: “We remain extremely concerned that the budget impact test could see NHS patients experience delays in accessing vital and cost-effective drugs.”The new budget impact test has been described by the charity the Health Foundation as “overt rationing on affordability grounds”.It follows a NHS provider deficit of more than £2.45 billion in 2015-16.Last year NHS England won a similar challenge against its decision to cap how many people would be treated each year with a breakthrough hepatitis C medicine.Both NHS England and NICE declined to comment.last_img read more

Late Tim Visser try means Ireland avoid wooden spoon

first_imgFRANCE HAVE FINISHED bottom of the Six Nations table after a late Tim Visser try left them on a worse points difference than Ireland. Philippe Saint-Andre’s side won 23-16 in Paris but it was not enough to save them from a sixth place finish.Two tries in the final 15 minutes gave their support hope but a try from the Dutch-born winger made it a seven-point victory and meant sighs of relief in Ireland.Two Greig Laidlaw penalties and meagre French resistance made it 6-0 to the visitors at half-time.Frederic Michalak landed three unanswered penalties after the break to make it 9-6 before Laidlaw levelled up the tie.Clermont centre Wesley Fofana then had the home crowd on their feet as he raced free for the first try of the game.Winger Maxime Medard then sprinted clear of the Scottish defence, on 71 minutes, and it appeared the tie was safe when Michalak added the conversions.The game was not over as a contest though as Tim Visser powered up the centre and dotted down. Ruairidh Jackson added the extras to make it a seven-point game.Scotland pressed for the chance to even up the contest but it never came.The win was the first in eight Six Nations games for France following five losses and two draws against the Irish over the 2012 and 2013 campaigns.As it happened: Italy v Ireland, 6 Nationslast_img read more

Its not just getting your foot in the door Over 6000 thirdlevel

first_img Apr 27th 2017, 3:45 PM Short URL ‘It’s not just getting your foot in the door’: Over 6,000 third-level students don’t make it to 2nd year While the majority make it to their second year, a sizeable portion of students do not. A NEW REPORT from the Higher Education Authority has detailed how 6,200 third-level students did not progress to their second year.This dropout rate of around 15% is a major cause of concern according to the report’s authors, and for the Union of Students in Ireland who says that the quick transition from CAO offer to third-level education means that some students arrive at college without the right preparation.Its deputy president Jack Leahy told TheJournal.ie that while there had been welcome measures put in place to try to encourage students to remain in education, but a structural change to how students make that transition is essential.The USI is also calling on the Minister for Education to explore a “second chance” option like in Scotland, where students can withdraw in their first year and embark on another course of study the following year without a fee penalty.“Cause for concern”The Higher Education Authority begins its report by saying that making sure students stay in education is a priority for the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030, adding that the Irish education system needs to be “more flexible in provision in both time and place” to achieve this.The statistics show a link between how students achieved academically in secondary school and their chances of dropping out of college, as well as link between dropout rates and what kind of course they do.For level 6 and 7 courses, 26% and 27% of students, respectively, did not make it to their second year of study in the year 2014/15.In degree courses at universities, 16% of students dropout in first year.For students on courses related to construction, the dropout rate was 28%. For those studying to be teachers, however, the rate was only 4%.Elsewhere, the dropout rate for budding architects on such university degrees was 20%, with the numbers not making it to second year in computer science at 16%.In terms of previous academic achievement, the report found that those who achieved higher points in the Leaving Certificate were more likely to make it to second year.For example, almost a third of students who received between 255 to 300 points in their Leaving Cert dropped out before the start of their second year, compared to only 5% of those who received 505 to 550 points. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 58 Comments Share5 Tweet Email12 https://jrnl.ie/3361109 Image: Shutterstock/Pressmaster 20,022 Views Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 3:45 PM By Sean Murray Source: Higher Education AuthorityLiving up to expectationsUSI’S Leahy told TheJournal.ie that research conducted by the group in 2015 into why students were dropping out of college in first year were surprising.“We’d expected the issue of finance to be the top reason,” he said, “but it was a perceived inadequacy about the information they received about their course that was one of the major reasons”.The stats show that students who picked courses with a definite career path at the end, and where they will have been fully aware of the course content, such as education had low drop out rates.Leahy said that the information given to prospective students at open days and in university prospectus’ doesn’t always correlate to their experience when they begin the course.“There is a huge benefit to studying computer science, and students are told that there’ll be plenty of job opportunities after college,” he said. “But there’s not of info around about the learning style, and the things you need to know to study these courses.”He also said that the gap between getting your CAO offer to starting in college is too short. Image: Shutterstock/Pressmaster The expectation is that you have to be ready in a short space of time. That’s a massive problem. People may need to move home, and find accommodation in a new area.Leahy added that institutions should make it easier to transfer between courses, if you have met the requirements, in your first year and that there should not be a requirement to pay full fees if you’re returning to a new first year course the following year.Students may get exam results at the beginning of February and realise that “this isn’t for me”. By then it’s usually too late if they want to drop out and reapply to a new course next year. They’ll then have to pay full years to get back in.AmbitionsIn the government’s National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030, it says that “if Ireland is to achieve its ambitions for recovery and development within an innovation-driven economy, it is essential to create and enhance human capital by expanding participation in higher education”.For this to be achieved, provisions must be put in place to try to stop people dropping out of college, according to the Higher Education Authority.Leahy says, around two years ago, institutions began to realise that students dropping out meant that their revenue base would take a hit, and initiatives have been put in place to try to keep students in education.The Scottish model, where the student gets one chance to switch courses without incurring high financial costs is one which could be explored, according to the USI.“[Certain measures] have been welcome, but it’s not been enough. Some people take a year off to raise the funds to continue in college and never come back. Structural change is needed to how someone transitions to third-level.It’s not just about getting your foot in the door anymore.Read: Career coach: ‘Why over 70% of students drop out of first year in some courses’Read: How students at Irish universities are buying unprescribed ‘study drugs’ to deal with examslast_img read more

Rompuy rules out debt restructuring

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram European Council President Herman Van Rompuy encouraged Greece to push ahead with unpopular structural reforms and an ambitious privatization program but it emerged later in the day that the presentation of the government’s midterm program for 2012-15 was being postponed until next month, along with its privatization plans. “The key is to continue implementing the courageous reforms and privatizations that have been agreed in a timely and effective manner,” Van Rompuy told a press conference following talks with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou. The European Council president ruled out the scenario of a debt restructuring, which has been the subject of feverish speculation recently. He noted: “Not only is it not on the agenda, it is out of the question.” Van Rompuy stressed that Europe “is not to blame” for the “unavoidable changes” Greece is being obliged to make, noting these measures should have been implemented long ago and “are in Greece’s long-term interest.” The official also expressed his confidence in the commitment of the government to pushing through key reforms and the privatisation program. But Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou told ruling party deputies at a meeting on Tuesday that the government will not present its midterm program of reforms until May 16 and will probably not vote on them until June. Authorities are reportedly considering postponing privatisation plans until an increase in the share prices of organisations including the Public Power Corporation (PPC). This could mean, however, that privatisation will be put off until 2012. Papandreou, who has been facing growing strife within the ranks of his party, avoided speaking about new reforms on Tuesday. Instead he focused on measures imposed to date, declaring that “the efforts being made by Greek citizens are painful but are bearing fruit”. He added that the goal of the reforms being promoted by his government was the resumption of growth to “provide jobs for our young people”. Earlier in the day, Van Rompuy also met with Greek President Karolos Papoulias, who appeared less upbeat. He told the European Council chief that Greece’s economic crisis, and the austerity measures being taken to counter it, had dealt a serious blow to social cohesion, noting that “the weaker social classes are suffering”. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

WebOS HP pourrait jeter léponge dès cette semaine

first_imgWebOS: HP pourrait jeter l’éponge dès cette semaineLe constructeur HP avait placé tout ses espoirs en WebOS, un système d’exploitation censé concurrencer Android et iOS. Mais les faibles ventes semblent avoir sonner le glas du produit conçu par Palm.Cette fois cela semble bel et bien terminé. HP annoncera cette semaine quel sort il réserve à WebOS, son système d’exploitation “maison”. Pour l’acquérir, le constructeur avait déboursé près d’1,2 milliard de dollars pour acheter Palm, à l’origine du développement du produit. A cette époque, l’américain semblait avoir toute confiance en sa stratégie. Il annonçait même vouloir installer WebOS sur des ordinateurs, remplaçant ainsi Windows de son partenaire historique Microsoft.À lire aussiHP va licencier 270 salariés travaillant sur WebOSUn an plus tard, les résultats de vente en chute libre des smartphones Palm Pre, et de la tablette Touchpad auront laissé des traces au sein de l’entreprise et Le PDG Léo Apotheker en fut l’une des victimes : il a été contraint de démissionner.Quid alors de WebOS? De nombreuses rumeurs ont circulé tout au long de l’été, comme l’intégration de cette technologie au sein des imprimantes de la marque, ou encore de la poursuite de l’activité vendue à des constructeurs tiers. La solution envisagée est nettement plus sombre. Selon CNet, la direction de l’entreprise devrait vraisemblablement décider la vente de son produit. Mais qui serait intéressé à poursuivre le développement sur WebOS? Les potentiels acheteurs se font rares car soit ils possèdent un système développé en interne, comme Bada chez Samsung, soit travaillent main dans la main avec un éditeur, comme HTC avec Android. On pourrait penser à Amazon, à la recherche d’une plateforme orientée tablette pour ses futurs Kindle mais rien de concret pour l’heure quant à l’avenir d’un système qui a pourtant beaucoup de choses à faire valoir. Le 12 octobre 2011 à 19:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Brown Sugar Review

first_img Watch: Bill Gates Reveals His Worst Fear in Netflix Docuseries TrailerPlex Enters The Streaming Service Wars With Cable-Style Bundle Stay on target It’s all been leading up to this. Months of chronicling “The Latest in Black People” has finally given us the authority to cover Brown Sugar. This streaming TV service may not have the latest in African-American-themed entertainment, but it does have some of the greatest. Digital channel BounceTV’s streaming spin-off is only a few months old, and it already has one of the most impressive niche libraries we’ve seen in our weeks of covering these platforms.Here’s a word I’ll be saying a lot in this review, “Blaxploitation.” A Black subgenre of the 1970s grindhouse exploitation film movement, Blaxploitation movies used their low budgets and Black casts to tackle racial and social issues of the day in lurid but nonetheless entertaining schlock fashion. Crooked white CIA agents employed gun-toting, irresistible, seemingly all-powerful vigilante Black men to clean the dope off the streets. Wrongfully imprisoned Black women showed their white counterparts what is was really like to be in jail. Blaxploitation can pretty much be applied to any genre.And you can see that for yourself if you subscribe to Brown Sugar for the totally reasonable price of $4 per month. This gives you access to a sizable library of uncut Black movies and TV shows. Because they were so cheaply made for an undervalued (but highly profitable) audience, there’s never been as big of an effort as there should be to preserve examples of Blaxploitation cinema as the historical art artifacts that they are. Brown Sugar helps rectify that, and since the movies are uncensored, they may be entirely new experiences for those who may have grown up watching them edited on TV. It makes the service enticing whether you’re interested in cutting the cord or not.The Netflix-style interface shows big bright rows of movies based by theme. Check out Blacula and Black Frankenstein under the horror section. Watch Coffy and Black Mama, White Mama under the legendary Pam Grier tag. Of course, the entire Shaft trilogy is in here as is Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, the Melvin Van Peebles movie that arguably invented Blaxploitation. There are more contemporary movies, too. Black Dynamite and Jackie Brown (which the service shares its font with) are modern films with strong Blaxploitation roots. Meanwhile, The Mighty Quinn from 1989 is just a great Denzel Washington movie.Brown Sugar’s not all about Blaxploitation, though. There are Richard Pryor comedy specials, hot Shaq/Cedric The Entertainer collabos, interviews conducted by journalist Ed Gordon, boxing matches, real-life period sports drama Pride, and movies like In The Heat of the Night starring the king of respectability Sidney Poitier. If it’s Black and/or has a killer Curtis Mayfield groovy orchestral soundtrack, it’s here. This is a deliriously enjoyable, militantly offbeat, legitimately inspiring collection of films.Well, that’s not entirely true. Brown Sugar has built up quite a nice library in the nine short months this baby has been around. However, it’s so exciting it just makes me wish there was more. Stumbling across hours of obscure gems like The Guy From Harlem and famous ode to whiteface Watermelon Man is great, as is revisiting classics like Super Fly (both of them), Dolemite, The Wiz, Disco Godfather, and Boss N***** with its chef’s kiss of a theme song.But I’d also love to see thematically appropriate stuff like The Boondocks, the Static Shock cartoon, more Spike Lee films besides the one included (Million Man March recreation Get On The Bus), Putney Swope, Live and Let Die, and anything from Ava Duvernay. Hopefully, Brown Sugar targets content like this as it expands. Also be aware that like any other streaming service Brown Sugar loses some films on a monthly basis in addition to gaining others.I’d guess it’s pretty hard given the size of the egos involved, but there should probably be some Tyler Perry stuff on here, too. You can watch Mann & Wife, the TV comedy starring Perry’s frequent collaborators David and Tamela Mann, but it’s not the same. I also felt the absence of Eddie Murphy and Dave Chappelle, although again those superstar, still-living comedians are most likely tough gets. What I didn’t mind, and in fact applauded, was the virtually non-existent Bill Cosby material.The actual viewing experience with Brown Sugar is just fine. There’s closed captioning which helps with the less-than-ideal retro sound quality. You can even admire the glorious posters that accompanied films of this era or watch the trailers and hear the magnificently deep and smooth narration. You can stream on your computer, mobile device, or through a growing list of streaming media devices. I initially had some technical issues loading films on desktop and searching for them on my phone, but the live chat team (The ModSquad) was very helpful in resolving those problems.Yeah, Brown Sugar is niche. Even for just an African-American audience, its content leans more toward older and/or cinephile adults than families. But it’s a great niche. It’s my niche, ya dig? When I review these services, I usually cancel after the free trial. But I might stay subscribed to Black Sugar for a little while, at least until Luke Cage gets better.center_img Subscribe to Brown SugarView as: One Page Slides1/201. So many streaming TV services to choose from. Where do you start?2. Netflix is still arguably the biggest name in streaming TV.3. Although it no longer has a free option, Hulu is a great streaming TV service that is worth paying for.4. From buying to renting to subscribing to individual channels, Amazon offers a bevy of streaming TV options.5. YouTube Red subscribers can watch original shows from streaming stars, but YouTube TV lets you watch actual live TV.6. Hook up a Slingbox and watch the cable and live TV you’re already paying for anywhere.7. You have to buy channels in bulk and still deal with commercials, but with DirecTV Now you get the real live TV experience delivered through streaming.8. Crunchyroll is the best anime streaming service if you’re all about subtitles.9. If dubs are more your thing, Funimation Now is the anime streaming service for you.10. If you want to stream shows and documentaries that actually teach you something, go with CuriosityStream.11. AMC Premiere just focuses on current AMC shows, but for Walking Dead super fans that might be enough.12. With Boomerang, tons of retro cartoons, from Looney Tunes to Scooby-Doo, can all come back to you13. FuboTV may be the escape from cable that sports fans are looking for. It’s pricey, but being able to easily stream live sports and more from dozens of channels with only one subscription might very well be worth it.14. Brown Sugar has all of the classic Blaxploitation movies you could want and then some. It’s niche, but it’s one of the most impressive niche libraries we’ve seen. 15. For the true cinephile, FilmStruck has a large collection of classic films from all eras and countries, including movies from the Criterion Collection.16. CollegeHumor’s Dropout provides premium streaming online laughs.17. DC Universe offers live-action adaptations of less familiar superheroes, like Doom Patrol.18. Along with presenting streaming services like Netflix and Sling through one box, Dish AirTV also lets you watch local over-the-air channels with an additional installation.19. Get a streaming media device to enjoy these services on your TV. Our favorite is the Amazon Fire Stick.20. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Infosys Profit Up by 5 in Q1 Shares Soar 10

first_imgIndia’s second largest IT firm Infosys has recorded a profit growth of 5% in the first quarter of the current fiscal year, showing signs of revival under its chief executive Vishal Sikka.The company posted a profit of ₹ 3,030 crore in the April-June quarter compared to the same a year ago. Infosys’s revenues went up by 12.4% to ₹ 14,354 crore in the quarter.Following the upbeat quarterly results, share prices of software gaint rose sharply by about 10% to trade at ₹ 1101.00 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).”The organization realignment made earlier this year for deeper client and operational focus has resulted in strong volume growth,” Infosys Chief Operating Officer UB Pravin Rao said in a statement.In addition, the sequential revenue growth of 4.5% during the June quarter in dollar terms was the highest in the past 15 quarters. On a quarterly basis, the volume growth of 5.4% during the quarter was also at its highest level not seen in the previous 19 quarters.The Bengaluru-based company also maintained its growth forecast of 10% to 12% in constant currency terms for the fiscal year ending March 2016.Analysts said that the company is making a progress due to various strategies initiated by its newly-appointed CEO Sikka.”This is definitely a good performance after a long wait. It appears that after Dr Sikka’s appointment, the focus on high-growth areas is clear and they have made right deployments,” Sandip Agarwal of Edelweiss told CNBC-TV18.During April-June period, the company added 79 new clients taking the total client number to 987.last_img read more

New power plants needed or not

first_img.The present power generation capacity in the country is nearly 19,000 MW, but only 8000 MW to 12,000 MW is being generated this summer as that is adequate to meet the demand. Given this situation, around half the power plants remain idle, and yet certain businessmen close to the government are still being given approval for setting up one power plant after the other. These deals are being made under the Speedy Power Supply Act (Special Provision), without requiring any tender or bidding.On the other hand, a certain amount of the 19,000 MW of electricity cannot be generated due to inadequate capacity of the transmission and distribution lines. As a result, there is often power outage in various places around the country.The power sector master plan is also not been followed in providing approval to new power plants. According to this plan, by 2031 the power generation capacity in the country will stand at 37,000 MW, though the demand will be 29,000 MW. Over 20 to 25 percent of the power plants will be idle. This prompted the power division’s power cell in March to recommend that no further approval be given for new power plants.The government recently approved two large power plants to be run on imported Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). This deal for one of the plants has been given to Unique Meghnaghat Power Ltd, owned by the chairman of Padma Bank (former Farmers Bank) Nafis Sharafat. The plant will have a generation capacity of 584 MW. A power purchase agreement (PPA) was signed between the Power Development Board (PDB) and Unique Meghnaghat Power Ltd on 24 July.The other power plant deal went to Anlima Textile Ltd, owned by Chattogram businessman Mahmudul Hoque. No PPA has been signed with PDB for this 450 MW plant as yet.Concerning whether there was any need for new power plants at the moment, PDB chairman Khalid Mahmud told Prothom Alo, approval is being given to power plants which will come under the mid-term of the power master plan by 2025-2026. All of these are based on LNG.Deals for the mid-term power plants according to the master plan have already been signed from 2011 to 2017. And the construction phase for the short-term power plants was completed in 2013-14. Even so, the government approved of 10 power plants run on fuel oil towards the end of 2017 on condition that these will start generating power within a year. The installed generation capacity of these plants was 1768 MW, with production costs ranging from Tk 14 to Tk 25 per unit.Other than a 100 MW power plant among these, all were under private ownership. These did not come under the power master plan. The power cell has said that given the existing demand, no further power plants are required.Director general of the power cell Mohammed Hossain told Prothom Alo over phone, “The investors are desperate to get approval for new power plants, though there is no need for new ones outside the master plan. We have told the government that approval should not be given for new power plants.”Industries use less PDB powerPDB has not seen any significant increase in subscribers from the industrial sector. Even though the industrial units use more electricity, they industry owners generate around 3500 MW of their own, that is, captive power. The government recently approved another 800 MW of captive power for the industrial sector.The power cell DG Mohammed Hossain said, public sector electricity is costly and not uninterrupted. “We are thinking of how to make this suitable for the industrial sector since the government has enough electricity. Big investment is needed in power transmission,” he said, adding that businessmen should come forward to invest in the transmission system.M Tamim Hossain, who had been special energy adviser to the chief adviser of a former caretaker government, told Prothom Alo, “The government has a power master plan, but is approving of one power plant after the other outside of this master plan. Is there really any need for more power plants run on costly imported LNG? There is no coordination between the state minister for power, the power secretary and the energy adviser of this government. No consideration is being given to whether the country will be able to bear the expenses of such costly power. This is not acceptable.”* This report appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

Karamo Brown from Queer Eye is releasing a line of genderneutral bomber

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… More than just a Netflix showQueer Eye on Netflix has taken off since it first premiered earlier this year. Beyond picking your favorite of the Fab Five and feeling incredibly happy while watching each episode, the show has inspired a lot in many people.Plus, it’s not only new episodes fans get.Recently, the Fab Five revealed they’re putting out a book just in time for the holidays.The food expert on the show, Antoni Porowski, is also opening a restaurant in New York City.But seriously: When will Season 3 be here?More from Gay Star NewsThis Queer Eye t-shirt helps trans youth and their familiesQueer Eye is saying goodbye to Georgia for Season 3Here’s how the Queer Eye Fab Five reacted to their Emmy nominationsGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown opens up about past suicide attemptQueer Eye’s Karamo wants to see show help women and trans peopleQueer Eye’s Karamo on fatherhood and why he doesn’t identify as queerRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/karamo-brown-queer-eye-gender-neutral-bomber-jackets/ Queer Eye’s culture expert, Karamo Brown, is releasing a line of gender-neutral fashion bomber jackets. GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Bring us those bombers, Karamo | Photo: Facebook/Karamo Brown eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) He told Variety that the stylist outer layers will be coming ‘very, very, very, soon’.He further described the jackets as such: ‘We’re starting with a small collection, and it’s going to be unisex. It’s going to be all sorts of patterns from things that are sparkly to things that are floral to things that you can wear to work.’Brown previously listed bomber jackets as one of his favorite things to The Strategist.‘Bomber jackets for me are the new blazers. They’re something I can wear with suit pants or slacks — or I can go really urban with it,’ he wrote.‘I think as men, we don’t have the little black dress that women do to go from day to nighttime, but the bomber can be the LBD for men.’last_img read more

Luring business events to the Sunshine Coast

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P In an effort to attract conference and incentives groups to Queensland, Business Events Sunshine Coast has launched a new Australia and New Zealand winter campaign.The new initiative offers complimentary cocktail parties, breakfasts, accommodation rooms and a 20 percent discount on a variety of venue hire and audio visual services.Business Events Manager Pippa McCreery said offering such an attractive range of business event products and services for professional conference and event organisers drives business to the region.“We have so much more to offer on the Sunshine Coast than I think most people realize and our new campaign is a way to not only offer some amazing discounts for event planners, but also to show off the great business event offering we have on the Sunshine Coast,” Ms McCreery said. “We are encouraging event buyers to take advantage of multiple offers while the campaign is on because it’s not just meeting space, its transfers, team-building activities, unique venues, attractions, AV. You name it, it’s on sale.”The offer applies to events booked between late May to mid August and must have a minimum of 30 attendees.Air New Zealand offers direct flights from Auckland to the Sunshine Coast twice weekly.  Initially, the flights will operate on a seasonal basis between 01 July and 18 September 2012.last_img read more