Nine new Ministers take oath in Punjab

first_imgAs nine new Cabinet Ministers were inducted into the Punjab government on Saturday, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh denied any “unfairness” in their selection. He said that adequate representation had been given to all sections and regions in choosing the Ministers, with seniority being the key criteria.Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new Ministers. The Ministers who took oath include Om Parkash Soni, Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Gurpreet Singh Kangar, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Balbir Singh Sidhu, Vijay Inder Singla, Sunder Sham Arora and Bharat Bhushan Ashu .Ministers of State Aruna Chaudhary and Razia Sultana were also elevated as Cabinet Ministers. With this, the Punjab Cabinet now has a total strength of 18.“The focus had been on striking a regional and caste balance, in order to ensure holistic development of the State,” said the Chief Minister, while responding to questions from journalists in an informal chat after the swearing-in ceremony at the Raj Bhavan here.To a question about certain MLAs having quit party posts after failing to find a berth in the Cabinet, the Chief Minister said all issues would be amicably resolved.last_img read more

To Be Mrs. B

first_imgAfter months of rumor, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan are formally engaged, sending their Bollywood fans into a tizzy. Speculation is now rife in the world of “Abhishwarya”: Will the wedding be held on Feb 19 or Mar 5? Will the married couple move into the house supposedly originally bought for Abhishek and Karisma Kapoor? How will the Kapoor clan react? Will Aishwarya’s purportedly manglik horoscope bring ill luck to Abhishek and destroy his career, as it did to her former beaus? Until recently, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan are two people few would have ever thought of pairing in a real life romance. Their (flop) movie together, Dhai Akshar Prem Ke (2002), convinced the public that they hardly deserved to hold hands in the reel world, let alone say “I do” anywhere else. It’s likely the two never saw merit in an off screen, larger-than-life romance after their initial box office failure.Instead, in the intervening years, Aishwarya went through a tumultuous relationship with the purportedly abusive Salman Khan. Then Vivek Oberoi came to her rescue as her knight in shining armor only to leave after another messy ending. Abhishek had his own engagement-and-then-breakup debacle with Karisma Kapoor over an alleged prenuptial agreement, followed by speculation about people’s choice Rani Mukherjee as the bahu to be for the Bachchan khandaan. Tradition tells the world that Rani is presumably perfect, because she hails from the same state as Abhishek’s mom and brilliant actress Jaya Bachchan (nee Bahaduri).In early 2006, following the especially spiced-up buzz over how AB’s Baby (the unkind term coined for Abhishek as he stumbled around trying to find his feet in the movie industry and only seemed to have his father Amitabh Bachchan for identity) went crazy waiting for and doting on Aishwarya at his birthday party, there was a media storm about Abhishek and Aishwarya’s janam kundalis, birth charts, being compared. However, when nothing materialized, it was whispered that their stars did not align and a lull followed.By the end of 2006 though, things appeared to be in high gear again, despite Aish and Abhi’s continued semi-tepid pairing on the big screen – nothing matches the flames that erupt onscreen between Aish and Sallu in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Post the cult success of the “Kajra Re” song special of Bunty Aur Babli where Aishwarya Rai wowed the world with Abhishekh Bachchan and his father, Amitabh Bachchan, and Umrao Jaan where the duo starred opposite each other once more, stories started to fly everywhere.With the declaration of their engagement right after the New York premiere of Guru, their latest movie together, we now know that rumors of the Bachchan family astrologer declaring 2006 inauspicious for their pairing were obviously true. 2007 is the auspicious year when they will actually tie the knot. And it is apparently the right time in their careers too, for while Aishwarya has continued her steady rise, AB junior too has found a strong footing in the Indian film industry, with his own acting style – reminiscent of, and yet so different from, his father’s  – his own niche, his own unfailing following (just witness his searing performance in Guru) that is not to say there aren’t eyebrow-raising issues on both sides. Aishwarya has been accused by gossip columnists of not liking a failure, but we can see that Abhishek is certainly in no danger of being that anytime soon. At the same time, marriage to Abhishekh is supposed to go hand in hand with a prenup for his spouse that she will stop working in movies post marriage. However, with recent, markedly unkind, articles asking how much longer she can hope to play the leading lady after turning 33, Aish may not necessarily balk at such a proposition. Both parties have had their share of heartaches and a lot of whispered he-said, she-said. Perhaps it is only fair that they should finally find compatible love and some peace from paparazzi and rumor mills.Alas, not before we overseas Indians get to express our thoughts on the union.Ruchi is an evolved, architect-in-training based out of New York. But you had better not pick an argument with her, because you will lose!The first thought that ran through my mind at the news was amazement at the media frenzy.  Why is everyone so into their business?  It’s sad how a lot of people get caught up in the lives of strangers. I don’t even understand why and how it happens! Most people hate getting critiqued on their lifestyles and choices, especially by strangers, so why should anyone (except the immediate circle of loved ones) discuss Aishwarya and Abhishek’s wedding? Sigh…OK, I’m being a little silly and extreme, but it just really irks me how the local news seems to focus more on Madonna’s “new accessory” or “Brangelina” than anything else. Who cares! Or nobody should care. This shouldn’t be in the news. Then we wonder why the “stars” behave haughtily or why they find the need to protect their privacy.S.B. is an artist with a warm heart and talent galore. I am glad for the two in question, but I can’t help wondering why or how a seemingly down to earth guy like AB would end up with a person like Aish. She does seem way too fake and narcissistic for him. I am very disappointed, but wish him well and hope that this won’t affect his performance.MR loves all things fashion!Well, this is what I think. She is beautiful and he is so-so. I don’t know if I want what I say published with my name attached, in case they come running after me. However, it is almost shocking that she is marrying him, seeing how incredibly beautiful, talented and well spoken of a person she is. I think she could do much better and be with someone much more sophisticated, and perhaps someone non-Bollywood connected.Manan Katohora known for his publicity guns and passion for film, is editor for the web portal the end of the day, stars, actors, celebrities, are regular, ordinary souls living in an extra-ordinary world. I think we should give them their space and privacy. Especially now that they’re engaged, it’s a beautiful time that they deserve to enjoy together, alone. I am happy for them (Aish, Abhishek).Let’s leave them alone and let them do their work.Seema Malik is a Manhattan based architect by profession, artiste by temperament, co-producer of the play, A First Class Man, and a huge Bollywood buff.I have a lot of thoughts on this topic. I have been following the many rumors about the two of them and I was way excited by this announcement, because I like both of them. I did wonder if the recent hype was because of their movies together, but obviously, with this engagement, it’s based on the truth.  Of course, the timing of the rumors didn’t hurt the box office sales. I must admit last night I was googling to find out details and if a statement had been made by Amitabh. I still wonder about Abhishek and Karisma’s break-up and what the reason was. I heard it was because of a pre-nup and she was asked to quit movies. I wonder if Aish would do that. I also thought Aish and Salman were a great couple, but there was too much melodrama. I thought Abhishek-Karisma and Aish-Salman were better suited together for each other. But of course, I know nothing about them and how they got along, etc. I also think they have a right to keep their lives private and not disclose things till they want to. But they can’t blame us for being curious and interested.I can see why the family want her to be the one, and so it could be more their choice than his. She is older than him, but she is still young, in her early thirties. I think she made a smart decision as opposed to the Sridevis, Madhuris, Rekhas and Hema Malinis. This is a good match, this is the right age to get married.  She is going to stay where she belongs instead of mysteriously fading away, hopefully!I think the Bachchan last name suits her. You wonder if a heroine can change her name. In this case I think she will. If I were Amitabh and had to pick a bahu for Abhishek she would undoubtedly be the one, except maybe for Priety. Sana’a is a Pakistan based investment banker by day and movie buff and singer by hobby.I think Abhi could find someone with more substance. Although their on-screen chemistry seems to have worked, I’m not too sure about their off-screen pairing up!Anju Joshi is a London based model, actress and classical dancer.The Ash-Abhi marriage. It would be interesting to know about what’s happening, but it is their personal life and we are being bombarded with details about their every move by the Indian news channels. At the end of the day, I take it that if I have my secrets in my personal life and I get famous, I don’t want them to come after me and make my life tough, just to satisfy public curiosity, sell papers. I can also see how it would be embarrassing for the two of them if things don’t work out after the hype. Good to see them get married. They look good together.SV loves basketball, hiphop and all things eclectic.Yeah, I have some shameless curiosity about celebrities, but not to the point of having opinions – more of a passive observer. No further comments.Priya says what she feels.I always thought Aish was better off with someone like Salman Rushdie than Salman Khan. In this pairing, she’ll be tops and torture poor Abhishek. Who knows what’s he’s into though? Perhaps Abhishek enjoys that kinky stuff.R is a daydreamer by day… and night!I think Abhishekh is cute and deserves a man, not a woman. I mean what was he thinking, especially when he could come back to me.Some names have been abbreviated or last names withheld on request.  Related Itemslast_img read more

German National, Who Accused Railway Employee of Assault, Held for Forged Visa

first_imgGerman tourist Holger Ereek, who had got into an altercation with railway supervisor Aman Kumar two days ago in Uttar Pradesh, has been arrested for travelling with a forged visa. Ereek had claimed that Kumar attacked him when he did not respond to the latter’s greetings at Robertsganj railway station in Sonbhadra district on Nov. 4.Ereek, 45, has been booked under Sections 14A of Foreigners Act (travelling without valid documents), 419 (cheating) and 420 (fraud) of IPC by the Sonbhadra police. This was done after an investigation by the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FFRO) of Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) found that a case against Ereek was filed with the Manikaran police post of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh on July 5 for allegedly attacking a person with a sharp-edged weapon.After the case was registered, his passport and visa were deposited in the CJM court of Kullu. According to RP Singh, the Superintendent of Police at Sonbhadra, Ereek should have taken permission from Kullu police to leave the station, the Times of India reported. He, however, traveled to other parts of the country with a forged visa and no documents. On the photocopy of his visa, he had overwritten the date of his stay in the country.Singh said that the investigation officer of the case would go to Kullu to get more information. “We found a photocopy of his visa in his possessions, on which the date was found to have been overwritten,” he was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express. “Holger claimed that his original passport and visa were impounded in a court of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh. His information has to be verified.”The matter from Kullu is still pending in court. Ereek came into the media glare on Nov. 5 following his altercation with a railway employee at the Robertsganj railway station the previous day. Ereek and Kumar accused each other of assault, and the police arrested Kumar on the basis of Ereek’s FIR. On the same night, Ereek hit Harivansh Ram Azad, the Robertsganj outpost in-charge of the Government Railway Police, on his nose when he was asked not to leave the outpost. Ereek had come to Sonbhadra on Nov. 3 to see Agori Fort.Uttar Pradesh has also been in news recently for the attack on Swiss couple in Fatehpur Sikri. Related Itemsforeign tourist crimesGerman national forged visaGerman national UP attackGerman tourist Kullu attackHolger EreekRobertsganj German touristSonbhadraUttar Pradesh tourismlast_img read more

Ateneo sweeps first round, outlasts La Salle

first_imgUP suffers big blow with injury to Manzo in loss to NU For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Good thing we shot the ball in the first quarter and that gave us the cushion that we needed in the fourth.”Ateneo had a 59-48 lead late in the third quarter but the Green Archers managed to cut it to one, 63-62, heading into the fourth after mounting a 14-4 run.Nieto had a team-high 16 points to go along with two steals for the Blue Eagles while Anton Asistio added 14 points, 12 of which came from beyond the arc.Ricci Rivero led the Green Archers with 19 points while Mbala had an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double.ADVERTISEMENT Matt Nieto came through in the clutch for Ateneo tapping away Kib Montalbo’s inbound pass before hitting two free throws to win the game with 3.9 seconds leftMontalbo threw a last-second heave that was way off.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 shutoutAteneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said his team was fortunate enough that they had a good start. The Eagles led, 28-16, after the first period before the Archers attempted several rallies and almost took the victory.“There were times that La Salle looked like they wanted it more, especialy in the second and third quarters and it became a grind in the fourth,” said Arespacochaga. Read Next 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo pulled off a first round sweep after taking down defending champion La Salle, 76-75, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday night at Mall of Asia Arena.The Blue Eagles exacted revenge from last season’s championship round to finish the first half of the tournament with a 7-0 record while the Green Archers slipped to 5-2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: Sri Lanka not treating Afghanistan like minnows, says Angelo Mathews

first_imgUndergoing a transition phase, defending champions Sri Lanka may not be in their elements in the build-up to the ICC World T20 but skipper Angelo Mathews on Wednesday said it is good to carry the underdogs tag as it does not put the team under pressure.”The fact that we are coming as underdogs releases the pressure. Yes, we didn’t do well in the Asia Cup but we’re getting better day by day. I’m confident of my team’s progress,” Mathews said on the eve of their Super 10 opener against Afghanistan .Mathews said that his team needed just one win to get the momentum back.”We’re not looking too far ahead at the moment and we will take one game at a time. We need one good game to get our momentum back,” said the skipper.Afghanistan almost pulled off an upset during the 2015 World Cup in Australia when they threatened to chase down 237 before being bowled out for 232 in 49.4 overs and Mathews said the Afghans were no more the minnows.”We can’t call Afghanistan minnows. They beat all the teams in the qualifiers and progressed. We are taking them very seriously. They can upset any team. We have to really play well to beat Afghanistan. They’re really tough.”It (2015 WC) was a very close game. They really fought hard against us. We have to fight well. If we play to our potential, we can beat them,” said Mathews.With Lasith Malinga having stepped down as Sri Lanka captain, citing injury concerns at the last minute, Mathews was quoted as saying in media that he was not ‘mentally prepared’. However, the Lankan all-rounder clarified his comments saying: “I think I used a wrong word ‘not ready’. What I meant was I was not expecting the captaincy.advertisement”I’ve been a part and parcel of the team and captain of the ODI and Test teams for about three years. I’m very familiar with the players. It’s not a burden at all. My task now is to get the maximum out of players from the bunch that we have. I’m really confident.”The retirement of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have been a big blow to Sri Lanka as they’ve won only four of their 14 matches since beating India in Mirpur in 2014.But Mathews said cricket has to live on and he urged the players to take up more responsibility and live up to the challenge.”It’s quite hard to fill those gaps. They served us for so many years. They’ve retired. Cricket will live forever…no one is permanent in the team. Whosoever comes into the team has to take responsibility. Yes, I’ve had a lean patch but I have been batting well at the nets and have to carry on,” Mathews insisted.last_img read more

Chinese actions could erect Great Wall of self-isolation

first_imgFrom Lalit K Jha Washington, May 28 (PTI) Chinas military expansion in the disputed South China Sea poses a growing risk to the regions prosperity and its actions could erect a “Great Wall of self- isolation”, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has warned. “China wants and enjoys all the benefits of free trade and a free internet, while sometimes restricting both as they apply to them,” Carter said at graduation and commissioning at Naval Academy in Maryland yesterday.In sum, on the seas, in cyberspace, in the economy and elsewhere, China has benefited from the principles and systems that others have worked to establish and uphold, he said.”But instead of helping sustain those very principles and systems that have served all of us so well and for so long, instead of working toward the, quote, win-win cooperation that Beijing publicly says it wants, China plays by its own rules undercutting those principles,” he said.”The result is that Chinas actions could erect a Great Wall of self-isolation, as countries across the region ? allies, partners and the unaligned ? are voicing concerns publicly and privately, at the highest levels,” Carter said.”Such a model reflects the regions distant past, rather than the principled future we all want for the Asia-Pacific.”He said in the disputed South China Sea and elsewhere, there is a growing risk to the regions prosperous future.”China has taken some expansive and unprecedented actions in the South China Sea, pressing excessive maritime claims contrary to international law. Its construction ? and subsequent militarisation ? of artificial islands on disputed features far surpass all other land reclamation efforts by other nations there, combined,” he added.advertisement”And when other aircraft, ships, and even fishermen act in accordance with international law near these features, China tries to turn some of them away,” he said.China claims all most all of South China Sea. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan fiercely contest Chinas claims.Carter said the US is determined to stand with partners in upholding core principles, like freedom of navigation and overflight, free flow of commerce, and the peaceful resolution of disputes, through legal means.”We are committed to ensuring that these core principles apply equally in the South China Sea as they do everywhere else because only by ensuring that everyone plays by the same rules can we avoid the mistakes of the past, where countries challenged one another in contests of strength and will, with disastrous consequences for humanity,” he said.Carter said Americas focus on upholding principles extends beyond the maritime domain. For example, China wants its companies that depend on the Internet to flourish in the global marketplace so it can lift its peoples prosperity.”And yet, Chinas cyber-actors have violated the spirit of the Internet ? not to mention the law ? to perpetrate large-scale intellectual property theft from American companies. Thats why the President has been determined to develop international understandings of behavior in cyberspace,” he added. PTI LKJ ZHlast_img read more

Real Madrid vs Spurs: Team news & TV

first_imgUEFA Champions League Real Madrid vs Tottenham: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt 00:03 10/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Images UEFA Champions League Real Madrid Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur The two early frontrunners in Group H will jostle for top spot when they meet in their latest Champions League fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu Real Madrid and Tottenham will battle it out for top spot in the Champions League’s Group H on Tuesday night.Both clubs have collected six points out of six so far by defeating Borussia Dortmund and APOEL.Madrid will be targeting a third win and one foot in the knockout stage at the Santiago Bernabeu but a point would go a long way towards helping Spurs achieve the same goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Game Real Madrid vs Tottenham Date Tuesday, October 17 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Christian Eriksen TottenhamIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 2 or by stream via the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport app In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on FS2 and by stream via Fox Sports Go. US TV channel Online stream FS2 Fox Sports Go SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla Defenders Vallejo, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Theo, Achraf Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Vazquez, Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Ceballos Forwards Ronaldo, Benzema, Mayoral Real Madrid are missing Gareth Bale, Dani Carvajal and Mateo Kovacic to injury or illness, while third-choice goalkeeper Luca Zidane worked out alone on Monday.Youth goalkeeper Moha Ramos was on the bench at the weekend as a result of Luca and Keylor Navas’ absences but the Costa Rican is expected to be ready to return for this match after a muscle problem.Zidane will have to decide between 18-year-old Achraf Hakimi, who has started two games at right-back in Carvajal’s absence, and the more experienced Nacho.Potential starting XI: Navas; Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco; Benzema, Ronaldo. Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Foyth, Aurier, Davies, Walker-Peters Midfielders Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Dembele, Eriksen, Winks Forwards Son, Kane, Llorente Victor Wanyama could be back in time to face Liverpool at the weekend but will miss out here, while Dele Alli remains suspended.Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele have travelled but while the latter has some chance of being involved, the former has only recently returned to full training along with Erik Lamela and is short of match fitness.Ben Davies is also a doubt due to illness and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou will be assessed after taking a knock to the head late in the win over Bournemouth on Saturday.Potential starting XI: Lloris; Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Aurier, Sissoko, Dier, Trippier; Eriksen, Kane, Son.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Luka Modric Real MadridMadrid are 4/9 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Tottenham priced at 11/2 and the draw available at 15/4.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets.GAME PREVIEW Harry Kane TottenhamWhisper it quietly, but Tottenham have won eight out of 11 games this season and been defeated only once.The strength of Spurs’ record so far has been lost amid some unconvincing performances at Wembley, the latest of which resulted in a narrow 1-0 win over Bournemouth at the weekend.Swansea City and Burnley have held Mauricio Pochettino’s men to draws on their new turf and Chelsea beat them, though that was one of Tottenham’s more impressive displays of the season and deserved a better outcome.But Spurs are swatting teams aside away from home and have made an excellent start in the Champions League, leaving them third in the Premier League table and in with a good chance of reaching the European knockouts.Success in the latter stages of this competition is a long shot and Manchester City look very, very good in England and clear favourites for the league title.But if Pochettino can continue to guide his team through this unsteady period at Wembley without too much damage being done, another promising season could be in store ahead of the return to White Hart Lane.last_img read more

Liga MX draft: Queretaro active, Cota stays with Chivas

first_imgTransfers Liga MX draft: Miguel Samudio, Edson Puch head to Queretaro, Rodolfo Cota extends Chivas stay Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 12:30 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Miguel Samudio Club America Transfers Liga MX Querétaro América Guadalajara Cruz Azul The Gallos Blancos were active early in the draft, picking up two big names, while the goalkeeper returns to the net in Guadalajara An unlikely team emerged as the most active early in the Liga MX draft with Queretaro bringing in two of the biggest names in the transfer window.Wednesday’s draft is the only day players can move within Liga MX, and while the deals often pick up later into the night as the deadline approaches, the Gallos Blancos got their business done early. In addition to exercising their option on previously on-loan defender Hiram Mier, the club also acquired left back Miguel Samudio from Club America on a full transfer and attacker Edson Puch on a six-month loan from Pachuca with the option to buy.¡@samudiomiguel10 es #Gallo! Llega como compra definitiva.🐔💪🏻¡Éxito! #SiempreGallos— Gallos de Querétaro (@Club_Queretaro) December 13, 2017The move could affect American defender Jonathan Bornstein, who had been the regular starter for Queretaro at left back in the previous several seasons. Queretaro also added Argentine defender Diego Novaretti, who had seen his playing time slip with Leon. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player America manager Miguel Herrera had scoffed at reports Samudio had fallen out of favor but was willing to part was with the Paraguayan on draft day. He also sent center back Pablo Aguilar back to Club Tijuana, where Aguilar won a title in 2012, but received the trio of forward Henry Martin, defender Emanuel Aguilera and midfielder Joe Corona.”I’m very thankful for all the love Club America gave me, above all their great fans. I always gave my best to defend these colors,” Samudio tweeted. “Now there’s a new challenge ahead of me.”Another big move announced Wednesday afternoon was an extension of Rodolfo Cota’s loan at Chivas. The goalkeeper was set to return to Pachuca and emotionally bid farewell to fans but now looks set to be in the net in Guadalajara for another six months.Cruz Azul has been busy since bringing in new manager Pedro Caixinha, but his moves to bring in Carlos Fierro from Chivas and Atlas duo Jose Maduena and Javier Salas already had been announced. Santos Laguna’s swap with Chivas in which the Guerreros add Jose Juan Vazquez and Chivas brings in Gael Sandoval, also was made official Wednesday.The clubs then announced a new deal with Ronaldo Cisneros heading to Chivas. The 20-year-old Torreon native moves to Guadalajara as a rising star after strong performances with both Santos’ youth teams and Mexico youth national teams.In total, 38 moves were made Wednesday with a value of more than 304 million pesos or just less than $16 million, according to a league news release.last_img read more

Jamaica Condemns the Killing of Journalists in Ecuador

first_imgStory Highlights “Democracy, as a system of Government, has been instrumental in the maintenance of the rule of law in the Hemisphere…freedom of the press is a fundamental pillar of democracy therefore in the context of our meeting here today, I express Jamaica´s solidarity and sympathies to the media community, people and Government of Ecuador on the tragic murder of three Ecuadorian journalists recently,” stressed Mr. Holness. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has expressed solidarity in condemning the killing of three journalists in Ecuador.Speaking at the Summit of the Americas yesterday (April 14), Mr. Holness joined leaders in the hemisphere in expressing outrage at the killing. On Friday it was confirmed that three journalists who were kidnapped along the Colombia Ecuador border were killed by their captors.Mr. Holness said the targeted killing of journalists is a threat to democracy and efforts to fight corruption.“Democracy, as a system of Government, has been instrumental in the maintenance of the rule of law in the Hemisphere…freedom of the press is a fundamental pillar of democracy therefore in the context of our meeting here today, I express Jamaica´s solidarity and sympathies to the media community, people and Government of Ecuador on the tragic murder of three Ecuadorian journalists recently,” stressed Mr. Holness.He noted press freedom is essential to good democratic governance.The Prime Minister, who was making his statement at the full meeting of 33 Heads of Government of hemispheric leaders, noted that Jamaica has made improvements to its mechanisms to stamp out corruption through the Access to Information Act and the recently passed Integrity Commission Act among others.“I am pleased to report substantial progress in Jamaica’s fight against corruption as highlighted in the findings of the 2017 Corruption Perception Index of Transparency International.  The 2017 ranking represented the best ranking and score achieved by us in the last decade and signifies that Jamaica is now comparable to that of the Americas in this regard. The improvement is as a result of a committed series of strategic actions by our government, to reduce corruption and put Jamaica on a path of true development and prosperity,” added Prime Minister Holness.The Prime Minister noted that Jamaica has also supported the establishment and implementation of regional anti-corruption conventions and mechanisms, which have been beneficial. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has expressed solidarity in condemning the killing of three journalists in Ecuador. The Prime Minister noted that Jamaica has also supported the establishment and implementation of regional anti-corruption conventions and mechanisms, which have been beneficial.last_img read more

A look at the federal ridings with the highest and lowest child

first_imgOTTAWA – A national anti-poverty group has broken down the child poverty rates in each of the 338 federal ridings. Below are the 10 ridings with the highest, and lowest child poverty rates in the country as calculated by Campaign 2000, which advocates for an end to child poverty in Canada, as well as the province and party that represents the riding in Parliament.Top 10 ridings for child poverty rateChurchill—Keewatinook Aski, Manitoba (NDP): 64.2Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River, Saskatchewan (NDP): 57.8Winnipeg Centre, Manitoba (Liberal): 41.1Toronto Centre, Ontario (Liberal): 40Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Soeurs, Quebec (Liberal): 38.1Nunavut (Independent): 36.1Kenora, Ontario (Liberal): 34.7Hamilton Centre, Ontario (NDP): 34.2Dauphin—Swan River-Neepawa, Manitoba (Conservative): 33.8Sydney—Victoria, Nova Scotia (Liberal): 33.0Bottom 10 ridings for child poverty ratesLévis-Lotbinière, Quebec (Conservative): 4.1Montarville, Quebec (Liberal): 4.1Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier, Quebec (Conservative): 4.5Pierre-Boucher—Les Patriotes-Verchères, Quebec (Bloc Québécois): 4.7Beloeil-Chambly, Quebec (NDP): 5.6Beauport—Côte-de-Beaupré—Île d’Orléans-Charlevoix, Quebec (Conservative): 5.8Carleton, Ontario (Conservative): 5.9Louis-Saint-Laurent, Quebec (Conservative): 6.3Charlesbourg—Haute-Saint-Charles, Quebec (Conservative): 6.3Vaudreuil—Soulanges, Quebec (Liberal): 6.3last_img read more

Example Named As Teenage Cancer Trust Ambassador

first_imgChart-topper and BRIT-nominated artist Example has been announced as the latest official ambassador for Teenage Cancer Trust.The Changed The Way You Kiss Me singer has been a keen supporter of the charity since headlining a night at Teenage Cancer Trust’s annual fundraising concerts at the Royal Albert Hall last year. Since then he has personally raised over £20,000 via guest list donations from his recent arena tour and has visited various Teenage Cancer Trust units across the UK to meet young cancer patients.To celebrate his new role, Elliot Gleave aka Example, has donated items of clothing for a special eBay auction featuring ten pairs of trainers and ten jackets which he has worn whilst performing on stage, in press shots and in music videos. From 8pm on Sunday 7 July for one week only, fans will be able to get their hands on one off items such as the Versace Collection jacket he wore at last year’s BRIT Awards, signed trainers he wore in the Kickstarts video shoot and a whole bunch of limited edition pieces, including David Beckham for Adidas and McQueen for Puma jackets. Access the auction here.Example who has had numerous number one singles and albums, will also continue his support during his summer residency at Ibiza Rocks and Mallorca Rocks of which Teenage Cancer Trust is also the official charity partner for the 2013 season.Elliot said, “When Teenage Cancer Trust asked me to be an ambassador I was honoured! After meeting many of the young people at my Royal Albert Hall show and visiting five of the units to see the work they do first hand, there was no way I could refuse. It’s important to feel like an individual rather than a patient and to meet other young people who you can relate to and Teenage Cancer Trust makes this happen. I’m really glad to be involved with such an amazing charity.”Simon Davies, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust said, “We’re honoured that Example has agreed to be an official ambassador for Teenage Cancer Trust. Elliot has not only blown us away with his infectious enthusiasm and commitment to the charity but also our patients who love meeting him. We are really looking forward to getting him more involved with our work.”Example now joins fellow ambassadors Noel Gallagher, Eddie Redmayne, Nicholas Hoult, Dynamo, Noel Fielding, Caroline Flack, Jameela Jamil, Harry Judd, Jack Lisowski and Judd Trump in supporting the charity on a national level.Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the six young people aged 13 and 24 diagnosed with cancer every day. Traditionally treated alongside children or elderly patients at the end of their lives, young people can feel extremely isolated during treatment, some never meeting another young person with cancer.The charity builds specialist units within NHS hospitals bringing young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in a place designed just for them. Teenage Cancer Trust wants every young person with cancer to have access to this specialist support, no matter where they live.For further information visit To donate £1 to Teenage Cancer Trust text EXAMPLE to 70300.last_img read more

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to Meet Donald Trump on Monday

Rabat – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is headed to Washington on Monday for his first face-to-face with US President Donald Trump.Trudeau’s director of communications, Kate Purchase, issued an email statement on Thursday saying that both leaders “look forward to discussing the unique relationship between Canada and the United States and how we can continue to work hard for middle class Canadians and Americans, together,” according to a report from the CBC.During a press conference while in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Trudeau was asked if he will raise the issue of the travel ban with Trump. “As everyone in Canada knows, I have two important responsibilities that stand out in the way we engage our neighbours to the south. The first is, of course, to highlight Canadian values and principles and the things that keep our country strong,” Trudeau explained. He went on to reveal that the second responsibility is to create jobs and opportunities for Canadians “through the continued close integration on both sides of the border.”Three of the Prime Minister’s chief ministers have already made visits to lay the groundwork for Monday’s talks with their US counterparts.Christia Freeland, Foreign Affairs Minister, HarjitSajjan, Defence Minister and Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, each made what they called “successful” first forays into the Trump Administration.According to the same source, when asked about the meetings, Morneau said “we found our US counterparts to be interested, engaged, understanding the depth of the relationship and the importance of the relationship to the United States and Canada, so we want to build on that. I think Americans instinctively understand the strength of the relationship.”Few, however, are anticipating another Barack Obama-like bromance. As for Trump’s opinion on the initial meeting, press secretary Sean Spicer offered the following comment, “The President looks forward to a constructive conversation and strengthening the deep relationship between the Untied States and Canada.” read more

UN agriculture chief lauds key role of family farmers in foodsecure future

Speaking today at the opening of a two-day Global Dialogue on Family Farming in Rome, Director-General José Graziano da Silva said that family farmers are “central to what FAO does, to what the world wants and to what the world needs: a sustainable and food secure future.”Addressing the paradox facing family farmers worldwide, Mr. Graziano da Silva underscored that the rural areas susceptible to food insecurity are the same areas that serve as the breadbaskets for their communities and the world at large.The Director-General stressed that governments, farmers’ organizations and the private sector must galvanize concrete action to look beyond production and acknowledge family farms as transmitters of knowledge and central allies in providing healthier diets, including through strong local food systems that link farms to schools and communities.Mr. Graziano da Silva also noted the attention that family farming is receiving in the post-2015 development agenda, adding that “perhaps the greatest success of the International Year is the strong political commitment we achieved.” He said that the success could be seen in the attention that family farming was receiving in the post-2015 development agenda.The Global Dialogue brings together family farmers and their organizations, government representatives, civil society, private sector, academia and development agencies to take stock of progress thus far and identify key areas of work and international collaboration related to family farming beyond 2014.Also in attendance at the opening were Sándor Fazekas, Minister of Agriculture of Hungary; Carlos Casamiquela, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishery of Argentina; Nicos Kouyialis, Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of Cyprus; Amadou Diallo, Minister and High Commissioner of the 3N Initiative of Niger; and Ana María Baiardi, Minister for Woman of Paraguay.The Global Dialogue on Family Farming comes two weeks after governments agreed on a 60-point Framework of Action on Nutrition that is expected to be adopted at the upcoming Second International Conference on Nutrition, which will be held in Rome from 19-21 November. The closing of the International Year of Family Farming is scheduled to take place on 27 November in the Philippines. read more

Mens soccer Ohio State seeks revenge against Michigan State in Big Ten

Senior defender Hunter Robertson (6) passes the ball upfield during the OSU vs. Penn State game on Tuesday. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 6 seed Ohio State men’s soccer team hits the road and looks for revenge against the No. 3 seeded Spartans in the first round of the Big Ten tournament at 1 p.m. Sunday at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.The Buckeyes (7-9-1, 3-5-0 Big Ten) enter the matchup riding an eight-game losing streak, which started against the Spartans, as Ohio State lost 5-1 on Oct. 1. In their last game of the season, the Buckeyes fell 2-0 to Wisconsin.Head coach John Bluem thought the cause of the loss came from self-inflicted mistakes by the team.“I think what we learned most from that game is that our own mistakes is what really killed us,” Bluem said. “Immediately after tying the game up, before halftime we allowed another goal which kind of killed us. In the second half, I don’t think we had the attitude and the mental capacity to come back from that mistake.”The Spartans (11-2-3, 5-0-3 Big Ten) are coming off of a 1-1 tie against Indiana and are undefeated at home this season (5-0-2). The five in-conference wins were the most in program history.Senior forward Nate Kohl believes the loss earlier in the season to the Spartans was not an accurate representation of Ohio State.“We’re going to Michigan State and it’s not an easy place to play, but I believe that if we play at our very best I think we can beat them,” Kohl said. “I mean the game we played earlier in East Lansing this year, I don’t think it was the character of our team. A 5-1 loss wasn’t Ohio State soccer, we’re going to come out and we’re going to be ready to play.”The Buckeyes are led offensively by junior midfielder Abdi Mohamed, who has 11 points (three goals, five assists), and freshman forward Joshua Jackson-Ketchup, who has seven points (three goals, one assist). But scoring will not be easy against junior goalkeeper Jimmy Hague, who was the first-ever Spartan to win Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year.Ohio State will take on a tough Spartan defense, which ranks second in the nation in shutout percentage (.643) and 11th in team goals against average (.667).The Spartans are led offensively by junior forward Ryan Sierakowski, who has 17 points (seven goals, three assists), and junior forward Dejuan Jones, who has 16 points (six goals, four assists). The Buckeyes hope to return starting sophomore goalie Parker Siegfried, who is 7-5-1 on the season.The Buckeye defense is holding opponents to 1.24 goals per game, but Siegfried allows just .90 goals per game and has picked up seven shutouts.Senior defender Hunter Robertson is embracing the Buckeyes’ underdog role and thinks it can play to their advantage. “Every year I’ve played in the Big Ten tournament there has always been some upsets,” Robertson said. “They thrashed us the first time, but I think this time if we can bring more intensity into the gameplay, be more physical, and if we can get one or two on them we can win the game.”Even though it’s single-game elimination, Robertson has confidence in his team to push through the adversity presented to them.“One game at a time, if you lose you’re out that’s the mindset right now,” Robertson said. “If we lose this game it’s my last game playing at Ohio State and I really don’t want that to happen, so I’ll do whatever I can to prevent it.”Robertson is one of three Ohio State players in the past 10 years to start in over 80 matches. He wants his senior year to continue and to have the chance to set the school record for most starts in program history, which would only be possible if the Buckeyes make it to the National Championship game.“If you would have told me that I was going to have that many starts when I first came in, I probably would’ve laughed and told you that you were crazy,” Robertson said. “I feel very humble and appreciative of every opportunity the coaches have given me and this has been, by far, the best experience of my life and I hope I can drag it out for as long as possible.” read more

Ohio State and Notre Dame gearing up for highprofile Fiesta Bowl

OSU redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball while redshirt senior tight end Nick Vannett (81) looks for a defender to block during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28. OSU won, 42-13. Credit: Samantha Hollinshead | Photo EditorA pair of last-second field goals kept both No. 7 Ohio State and No. 8 Notre Dame from reaching their ultimate goals of a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff, but the two storied programs are set to square off in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day as a consolation.The 1 p.m. showdown at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, comes after each team barely missed a chance for more.The Buckeyes (11-1) were sitting at No. 3 on Nov. 21 before a field goal as time expired by Michigan State was the one and only blow needed to put an end to their playoff chances.Seven days later, the then-No. 6 Fighting Irish (10-2) experienced similar heartbreak, as a go-ahead touchdown with 30 seconds remaining against Stanford was swiftly marred by a sprint down the field by the Cardinal offense, ending with a 45-yard field goal as time ran out.Despite falling short of its ultimate goal, OSU coach Urban Meyer said his team is thrilled to receive the draw it did.“There’s no disappointment,” Meyer said during a Sunday press conference. “You start talking about that level of football, that level of bowl game, the level of opponent you’re going to play, and you just get locked on.”However, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said during a coaches teleconference later in the day he would have liked to have seen the playoff be open to eight teams rather than four, which would’ve allowed both OSU and the Fighting Irish to sneak in.“Clearly these eight teams are all very good football teams,” Kelly said. “I don’t know if we’ll be able to hold it at four. But I think we’ve got it right right now. I don’t know that the committee is interested in going to eight right now. But I think if college football continues on the path it is, it’s going to be more and more difficult to keep it at four.”While each of the programs have existed since the late 19th century, the Fiesta Bowl will mark only the sixth time they have squared off with one another.The most recent matchup came on Jan. 2, 2006, also in the Fiesta Bowl. That game saw former OSU quarterback Troy Smith throw for 342 yards en route to a 34-20 victory.Overall, the Buckeyes hold a 3-2 series advantage, winning the past three games after losing in consecutive years in 1936 and 1937.Welcoming the new year in Arizona is nothing unfamiliar to either team. OSU is set to make its seventh appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, more than any other team, while Notre Dame is gearing up for its fifth. The teams are 4-2 and 1-3 in the game, respectively. One very memorable trip for OSU came in January 2003, when a double-overtime victory over Miami (Fla.) delivered the Buckeyes a national championship.How the Irish got thereNotre Dame’s season seemed to take an early turn for the worse when redshirt sophomore quarterback Malik Zaire was lost for the season in the second game with a broken ankle.He was replaced by redshirt freshman DeShone Kizer, a product of Toledo. Despite never leading a huddle in his collegiate career prior, Kizer had a strong year, throwing for 2,600 yards and 19 touchdowns and running for nine more scores.“We knew DeShone’s makeup, the kind of kid he was, the character he had,” Kelly said. “He went in, made a lot of plays, gained confidence. As his confidence grew, we were able to add more to his plate. Really proud of the way he handled himself.”Though the Fighting Irish lost a pair of games by two points to Clemson and Stanford, teams that ended up being ranked No. 1 and No. 6, respectively, Kelly said he is very happy with how the season turned out, especially coming off an 8-5 campaign in 2014 that ended with a trip to the Motor City Bowl.The coach credited some of the sustained success after losing his starting quarterback to borrowing the model OSU set the year before, when it went on to win the national championship despite losing its first- and second-string quarterbacks in Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett to injuries.“Urban had a similar situation last year. We kind of stole a little bit of what they did last year: not making any excuses, just going and playing,” Kelly said. “The kids really responded to that, in particular DeShone did and was able to lead our football team to some big wins.”Staff connectionsThe coaching staff of OSU is deep with Notre Dame connections, starting all the way at the top.Meyer was hired away from Colorado State before the 1996 season to become Notre Dame’s wide receivers coach. He stayed there until before the 2001 season, when he received his first head coaching job at Bowling Green.“That was a dream come true,” Meyer said during the teleconference. “That was my first exposure as a full-time coach to that level of football.”Kelly arrived at Notre Dame in 2010 by way of Cincinnati — the same school that Meyer graduated from in 1986.In addition, Meyer has been active in recruiting his coaches out of Kelly’s program. Of the nine coordinators and position coaches on Meyer’s staff, three were hired away from Kelly.For the first five years of Kelly’s tenure in South Bend, Indiana, his wide receivers coach — and later running backs coach — was Tony Alford. Before this season, Meyer hired Alford away from Kelly as OSU’s running backs coach, ending his six-year stint with the Fighting Irish.OSU offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner also worked under Kelly at Notre Dame in 2010 and 2011 as the Fighting Irish’s offensive line coach. He then took a job at OSU upon Meyer’s arrival in 2012.Following the same path as Warinner was Tim Hinton, who also left his two-year stint under Kelly when Meyer assembled his coaching staff at OSU. Hinton was Notre Dame’s running backs coach, and is now OSU’s tight ends and fullbacks coach. read more

Seeing triple Diebler leads Buckeye rout with schoolrecord nine 3pointers

Behind a career night in 3-point shooting by senior Jon Diebler, the No. 2 Ohio State men’s basketball team remained undefeated as it breezed past Florida Gulf Coast University, 83-55, Wednesday night at the Schottenstein Center. After missing his first two shots, Diebler picked apart FGCU’s zone defense, making nine 3-point shots in a row en route to scoring a career-high 29 points. His nine 3-pointers tied Jay Burson’s OSU single-game record set in 1988. “It’s just one of those nights, I guess,” Diebler said. “It just feels like you can throw the ball in the ocean and it’s going to go in.” The Buckeyes jumped out to an 18-3 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the first half and never looked back. Freshman guard Jordan Sibert assisted a one-handed dunk by classmate Lenzelle Smith for the final score of the half, bringing OSU’s lead to 42-16 at intermission. The Eagles didn’t help their cause, committing 16 first-half turnovers against a disciplined OSU defense that didn’t allow a free throw during the game’s first 16 minutes. The Buckeyes also collected 11 offensive rebounds in the first half. After committing three first-half turnovers, the Buckeyes got off to a sloppy start in the second half, doubling their turnover total in the first five minutes. The Eagles took advantage of the Buckeyes’ mistakes, doubling their own point total within the first eight minutes of the second half. “You’re ultimately striving for 40 minutes of great basketball,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. “A lot of times, you need a hard lesson to get that across.” FGCU cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 19 with less than 11 minutes remaining in the game. But Diebler fired back on the next possession with his seventh 3-pointer of the game, stretching OSU’s lead to 57-35 and sparking a second-half scoring streak for the Buckeyes, who led by as many as 33 points. Freshman Jared Sullinger scored 11 points and grabbed three rebounds despite playing just nine minutes in the first half because of foul trouble. Junior William Buford added a season-high 17 points, becoming the 47th Buckeye to score 1,000 points in a career. Diebler and senior David Lighty also have achieved that milestone. “It’s a real honor,” Buford said. “To look in the books before the game and see the people did reach 1,000. They were the greats at Ohio State.” The Buckeyes return to action Saturday when they host South Carolina, their final non-conference opponent from a major conference. read more

The 5 at 5 Monday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #PROBE: Minister Alan Shatter is to refer the penalty points controversy to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). He had a lot to say on the PAC’s handling of the affair, so far.2. #OUT OF PUFF: Health Minister James Reilly is to follow the UK’s lead and ban under-18s from buying e-cigarettes.3. #JOBSWATCH: Great news for Cork as multinational Tyco has started recruiting up to 500 people for a new business services centre.In other jobs news, Michael O’Leary and Ryanair are also looking for new talent.4. #ROADS: The GAA community is in mourning this afternoon after one of its high-profile referees was killed in a two-car collision in county Limerick.5. #CARNEGIE LIBRARY: The residents of Balbriggan have been successful in their attempts to stop the OPW turning their local library into a dole office.last_img read more

Opinion Irelands brightest kids may never fulfill their potential as most schools

first_img Colm O’Reilly By Colm O’Reilly 23,089 Views Share51 Tweet Email7 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article AS A PRACTITIONER in the field of high ability or gifted education, I am well aware of the polarising opinions that this work can provoke.Some people may feel that the allocation of resources to what they perceive as a privileged group is a wasted exercise. The mistaken belief that all gifted children are from middle-class backgrounds, and will all do well at school, seems to prevail in many instances.The truth is that many gifted children will lose interest in school if they are not challenged and this could result in them underperforming.I would also suggest that it is beneficial to Irish society to foster our brightest students and we need to do so if we want to excel in areas like science, technology and the smart economy.The Centre for Talented YouthThe Centre for Talented Youth (CTY ) Ireland is a not-for-profit programme based in Dublin City University that offers challenging courses to high-ability students aged between 6 and 17.Last year some 6,000 students attended courses run by CTY Ireland at DCU and various other colleges around the country.  Recently we conducted a survey of parents of academically talented students who attend our courses.Some 1,440 parents completed the survey and reported on the experiences of their children in schools throughout Ireland – every county was represented.Many of the parents came from lower socio-economic backgrounds and 10% had children who attended DEIS schools.15% had children who were twice exceptional – that is they had high ability but also had a learning difficulty including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD or dyslexia.Approximately 80% of the parents said that their children attended public school.While many of these parents spoke of the positive academic and social experience that their child has at CTY Ireland, many were very dissatisfied with the schooling provided for their children.  More than 70% of parents said that their child was not challenged at school and that they very rarely or never received differentiated assignments.A common thread in parents’ descriptions was the lack of planning and consistency in setting tasks for their children. Almost half of the parents felt their child’s homework assignments were of little or no value.  International comparisonIreland is rightly lauded in many circles as an excellent educational system and teachers in this country are usually more qualified than their European counterparts but our record in the education of high ability children is poor and, indeed in many cases, is non-existent.  The absence of gifted education on the agenda for special needs education is a worry when one considers that many of these children are two to three standard deviations above the middle – but are expected to follow the same curriculum as students of much lower ability.This can lead to boredom and frustration at school and a child not performing to the best of their ability.Results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (2015) further illustrate this.While Ireland has improved its mean scores in maths and verbal areas the scoring at the upper level of these exams is not encouraging.  Fewer than 10% of students perform at the higher levels of maths and our science scores demonstrate that many students are not achieving to their potential.UnchallengedParents who completed our survey reported that more than half of the schools have no policy in place to identify high ability students and that their school has no policy for accelerating students through the curriculum.This is despite the fact that all of the research in this field shows that acceleration and differentiation of material works for these students.I have worked in this field for more than 20 years now and during that time we have made great strides in ensuring we identify more students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and from diverse backgrounds including new communities.  But the problems at school are still the same as they were when I started out. Regardless of their background, gifted students are not being challenged enough.The norm is that those exceptional children have to wait until everyone else is finished until they move to the next lesson or they are ‘rewarded’ with extra questions on the same material for finishing quickly.I do recognise that schools have limited resources and many are doing their best in difficult circumstances but the solution for high ability children seems to be to just let them at it and it will all work out in the end.Sadly with years of being unchallenged and never having an opportunity to do stuff that they are interested in often leads to high levels of underachievement and children not reaching their potential. With much of government policy focusing on the smart economy and the need to promote skilled jobs in the technology industry, it seems surprising that no strategy exists to promote the learning of our brightest students.Dr Colm O’Reilly is the Director of CTY Ireland at Dublin City University and has written a number of reports on gifted education. Opinion: Ireland’s brightest kids may never fulfill their potential as most schools don’t do enough to challenge them Despite our policy of focusing on the smart economy and jobs in technology – no strategy exists to promote the learning of our brightest students, writes Colm O’Reilly. center_img 41 Comments Short URL May 3rd 2019, 7:01 AM Friday 3 May 2019, 7:00 AMlast_img read more

La Sierra Leone veut protéger le lamantin dAfrique de lOuest

first_imgLa Sierra Leone veut protéger le lamantin d’Afrique de l’OuestUne conférence s’est tenue à Freetown, capitale de la Sierra Leone, dans le but de rédiger une nouvelle loi renforçant la protection du lamantin d’Afrique de l’Ouest. Ce gros mammifère aquatique est menacé par la chasse, mais aussi par la destruction de son habitat.Si des lois nationales de protection et de conservation du lamantin d’Afrique de l’Ouest existent déjà, “la chasse massive et le massacre” dont est victime l’espèce perdure en Sierra Leone, a déploré lors d’une conférence le ministre des Ressources maritimes et de la Pêche, Soccoh Kabia, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. Le pays entend alors élaborer une loi “qui permettra la protection et la conservation du lamantin ouest-africain en Sierra Leone”.À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousToutes les autres espèces de lamantins, vivant en Floride, aux Antilles mais aussi dans le bassin amazonien, sont inscrites sur la liste des espèces en voie de disparition. Le mammifère herbivore peut mesurer jusqu’à cinq mètres de long et atteindre un poids de près d’une tonne et demie. En Sierra Leone, il vit dans les estuaires et les rivières. Mais en plus d’être chassé pour être mangé, il est considéré comme un animal nuisible par les cultivateurs de riz et les pêcheurs, qui n’hésitent pas à le tuer.Or “plusieurs enquêtes ont montré que le taux de mortalité du lamantin est élevé, alors que son potentiel de reproduction est bas, avec une naissance tous les deux ans”, a souligné Linnette John, de l’ONG Wetlands International. Lui aussi présent lors de la conférence, le biologiste marin Thomas Clarkson a alors prôné la création de sanctuaires pour les lamantins, afin d’éviter les conflits entre l’animal et les cultivateurs.Le 12 février 2011 à 19:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more