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Key Criteria

first_imgFIRST STAGE: To identify parameters that can be used to evaluate colleges, an exploratory phase was carried out in which 20 respondents from six different streams (arts, science, commerce, medicine, engineering and law) were made to sit through in-depth interviews. This enabled us to identify 16 specific parameters. SECOND STAGE:,FIRST STAGE: To identify parameters that can be used to evaluate colleges, an exploratory phase was carried out in which 20 respondents from six different streams (arts, science, commerce, medicine, engineering and law) were made to sit through in-depth interviews. This enabled us to identify 16 specific parameters.SECOND STAGE: Out of the 1,000 respondents, those who were knowledgeable enough to rank colleges on these specific aspects were singled out. They were then asked to rank each of the perceived top 10 colleges in every stream. Then, these 16 aspects were analysed using statistical methods and grouped into six themes. These were:REPUTATION: This included parameters like discipline in the college and its professional administration.CURRICULUM: The time and effort devoted to research; content of the courses offered and method of evaluating academic performances.ACADEMICS: Performance of the students; their rank in the university and the qualification and experience of the teaching staff.FACILITIES: Courses offered and facilities for extra-curricular activities like sports and cultural programmes.ATTENTION TO STUDENTS: Approachability to their problems and individualised care.Click here to EnlargeADMISSION PROCEDURE: Quality of students and performance in qualifying exams.All ranks are based on mean scores on each theme. Based on interviews of 563 of the 1,000 respondents who said they were familiar with the top 10 colleges in all categories. These criteria are not used to finally arrive at the overall ranking which is based on a different polling technique.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli unhappy with practice pitch in South Africa, asks for green wicket

first_imgIt will certainly be Virat Kohli’s biggest Test series as the Indian captain but Kohli is not happy with the practice pitch provided to the team at the Western Province Cricket Club in Cape Town, South Africa.Even as Team India practiced indoors on Sunday due to rain in Cape Town, Kohli had earlier said after the outdoor practice session, “If you look at the wicket that we are practicing on right now then it is not even 15 per cent of what we are going to get in the game so we understand that.”There is no point wasting two days in which guys go out and score quick fifties and come out. We would rather have them do two sessions like today and get into the Test match zone and test ourselves. We can try and prepare the wicket the way we want to but if you are playing a two-day game then there is no room for changing the wicket at different times of the day.”The Indian team management had earlier cancelled their one-off two-day practice game and instead decided to hold extended practice sessions to gear up for the Test series but those preparations have not been ideal with the pitch not being up to the mark.Still the team is not sweating over the same and are focused on gearing up to face the no.2 ranked Test team in their own backyard.”Here we have the option to just put more water on the wicket, roll it & make it harder come tomorrow’s practice session and then we will have conditions that we want. You are never sure if you are going to get quality practice games or not. We would rather have practice sessions that are in our control. It does not matter whether you play three practice games if you are not in the right frame of mind starting January 5. If you are in a good head space and have practice sessions then I feel that is good enough as well”, added Kohli.advertisementThe groundsman at the WPCC also confirmed that Team India was not happy with the practice pitch. “The Indian team management told me that they want a green wicket so we are trying to prepare that. We are trying to keep it similar than that one but we are just keeping the balance. It is not going to be the same but we are trying to keep the balance and even so if they practice here then they are going to have a nice game at Newlands”, said Andrew Mathys, Head Groundsman of the WPCC.Not satisfied with the conditions and eager to be ready for the 1st Test, Kohli-Shastri and company have asked for two new practice pitches to be prepared for them. “We prepared main wicket for them but they want a greenish pitch (which is) nice and hard. As you can see what we have done is take off too much grass but it should not be a problem as the wicket is solid and hard. On the other side we are preparing two nets for them as well which will have a lot of grass and that is what they want basically. Further on everything should be fine”, disclosed John Martin, the Supervisor at WPCC.No matter the conditions, the team knows their performances will be closely followed on this tour after a sensational 2017 where they did not lose any series (of more than one match) across formats against any opposition. Coach Ravi Shastri is not ready to offer any excuses for the team’s performance in South Africa this time round.”All I will say is that this team is up for the challenge. In fact if you asked me four years ago whether the team was up for the challenge then I would have said ‘no’, but this team has gained in experience now. We look at the pitch and adapt to those conditions as simple as that, it does not matter who the opposition is. Every game is a home game, even this is a home game in Newlands. You see the pitch you adapt, no excuses or complaints as two teams have to play on that surface. Tomorrow you go to England it might be seaming all over the place, you come to India then it might be turning. So if you want to be rated as a good side then you adapt to those conditions”, said the Indian coach.INDIAN BATSMEN IN 2013 SOUTH ARICA TEST SERIESadvertisementIndia last toured the rainbow nation in 2013 for a two-match Test series which ended 1-0 in favour of the hosts. The Indian batting unit did put up a decent show back then, but Kohli says he and the team are much better prepared for the challenge during the three-Test series in 2018.”From a personal point of view I understand my game much better (than last time India toured SA) and I have had many highs and lows after that. Right now the team is very comfortable with where we stand both individually with our personal skills sets and as a team. We know exactly what we need to do if we have to bounce back from a certain situation or if we want to create chances then how we need to create them.”I think there is a sense of intelligence and awareness that has crept in the last four years and that provides the excitement that we are talking about. We know exactly what we need to do come game time on January 5. It is not like we are going to go out and explore and see what happens, we are not in that frame of mind. We know how to win Test matches now and that is a very good habit and knowledge to have and we are just preparing the best way we can to execute those skill sets,” concluded the Indian skipper.India are ranked no.1 in Test cricket and have a healthy 13-point lead against their next opponents South Africa. Even a defeat would see Kohli’s boys hold on to their Test crown.last_img read more

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Ranking Big 12 teams’ chances of winning the conference

first_imgDavid Glidden fights off an Iowa State defender (USATSI)David Glidden fights off an Iowa State defender (USATSI)I’ve been thinking for a while about how to do this. Everybody has their method — which team they consider best, which team has the best resume, which team has the best mascot, etc. — and none is right or wrong (this is the Internet, dang it!)I think I’ve settled on some sort of hybrid “which team has the best chance to win the Big 12” based on past performance (TCU over OU) and expected result (OU has two road games left).That might change next week but for now that’s what it is.Let’s get to work.1. Oklahoma: I talked an amount of crap on Twitter Saturday that would have made Floyd Mayweather raise an eyebrow but it’s pretty clear to me that OU is still going to win the conference.They get Baylor, OSU, and Kansas State at home and the only dangerous road game is at Tech (unless you think going to Iowa State is a dangerous road game………………………………………………………….)Losing one doesn’t matter unless the team you lost to is going to lose fewer than two and TCU isn’t going to lose fewer than two.2. Baylor: They can afford a stumble at West Virginia or in Waco against OSU or Kansas State but the road to the Big 12 title figuratively goes through Norman this year and Baylor won’t be the favorite.3. TCU: They’ve certainly positioned themselves nicely but they’ll have to win three of at Baylor, OSU at home, K-State at home, and at Texas and not have any major gaffes AND probably hope OU beats Baylor in Norman.That’s a lot to ask for from a team that thinks its a good idea to camouflage its kick returners in the end zone.4. Kansas State: Snyder may be a wizard but I’m not sure he’s capable of flipping a schedule that includes trips to Waco, Norman, and Ft. Worth. Yikes.5. Oklahoma State: [looks at schedule, looks at offensive line, looks back at schedule]6. West Virginia: They needed to beat OU at home and they didn’t.7. Texas: at Kansas State, at OSU, and OU in Dallas? No.8. Texas Tech: How long is that Kingsbury leash? It’s really, really long, right? Right?!9. Iowa State: The only 0-3 team so far. They’ll be mathematically eliminated before November.10. Kansas basketball: Why not?11. Kansas football: Getting Kansas at like 4 million-to-1 right now to win the Big 12 and then watching them win the Big 12 would be the greatest gambling story ever.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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India head coach interviews: Phil Simmons backs out; announcement soon

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 16, 2019UPDATED: August 16, 2019 18:09 IST Phil Simmons backed out in the eleventh hour (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPhil Simmons was among the 6 shortlisted candidatesRavi Shastri to be interviewed around 5 pm ISTKapil Dev-led CAC has been conducting the interviews in MumbaiFormer Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons backed out ahead of his interview for the role of India head coach on Friday, citing personal reasons. Simmons was among the 6 candidates shortlisted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India for the high-profile role.Phil Simmons was scheduled to attend the interview conducted by Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee at the BCCI headquarters on Friday. He was among the 3 candidates, including incumbent Ravi Shastri and former Australia cricketer Tom Moody, to take the interview via Skype.Phil Simmons, who won the T20 World Cup in 2016 with West Indies, was appointed as the head coach of Afghanistan in 2017. The West Indies tactician took Afghanistan to the 10-team World Cup and stepped down from the role after the end of quadrennial tournament earlier this year.Kapil Dev-led CAC, which also has Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy, conducted the interviews for the shortlisted candidates. Robin Singh, who had earlier worked with the Indian team as its support staff, was the first to attend the interview and was followed by Lalchand Rajput and former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson.Ravi Shastri, who is currently in the West Indies, is all set to give his interview around 5 PM IST.Kapil Dev and the other 2 members of the CAC are expected to make the announcement about the new India head coach in a press conference at 6 PM IST. It was earlier reported that the press conference would be conducted at 7 PM but it has been moved after Phil Simmon’s exit.advertisementThe newly-appointed head coach on Friday will reportedly be handed 2-year contracts until the T20 World Cup in 2021. The batting, bowling and the fielding coaches who are set to be selected by MSK Prasad-led senior selection committee will also be given 2-year contracts.Ravi Shastri is the overwhelming favourite to retain his job, considering the amount of success Team India have had in the last 2 years. Apart from winning historic series in South Africa (ODIs) and Australia (ODIs and Tests), India’s World Cup 2019 performance was impressive until the semi-final wherein they were knocked out by New Zealand.Also Read | Kapil Dev-led CAC begins interviews for India head coach job: All you need to knowAlso Read | India cricket team head coach interviews: A look at the final candidatesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Phil SimmonsFollow Ravi ShastriFollow India cricket teamFollow Kapil DevFollow BCCIFollow cricket advisory committee India head coach interviews: Phil Simmons backs out; announcement soonFormer West Indies and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons, who was among the 6 shortlisted candidates for the India cricket team head coach selection interviews, backed out in the eleventh hour.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Speeding truck rams another in West Delhi one dead

first_imgNew Delhi: A 24 year-old man died while three others were injured after a truck rammed into another truck in West Delhi, the police said on Saturday. According to the police, they got to know about the accident near Sagarpur bus stand through a PCR call at 2.41 a.m., following which they rushed to the spot. “Initial investigation revealed that some persons were going for ‘DAK Kanwar’ in a truck from Bindapur. They halted to cover their truck with canvas (tirpal) as it had started raining. The truck was parked on the roadside near Sagarpur Bus Stand when another truck, carrying scrap from Gurugram and going to Khyala, Delhi rammed into it. Four people were injured and rushed to the hospital,” said a senior police officer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Police said that the injured were identified as truck driver and resident of Janakpur Vijay Thakur (40), Delhi Cantt resident Mohit (24), Ankit (27) and Abhishek (27), both from Sagarpur. “We have arrested the offending driver identified as Ajay Shankar (41) under relevant sections of the IPC. The injured Mohit was referred to Safdarjung Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries during treatment,” said the officer.last_img read more

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Video of seal bomb tossed into BC waters draws negative online reaction

first_imgVANCOUVER — A commercial fisherman who tossed a small explosive into water teeming with sea lions off the coast of British Columbia says he wasn’t trying to hurt the creatures.The video prompted strong responses both for and against when it was posted to social media. It has since been taken down.Allan Marsden said he used the “bear banger,” a flare that emits a gunshot style noise, to scare the sea lions away from his boat.“This was not a case of going out there and trying to kill all the sea lions,” Marsden said in an interview on Friday.Since it was posted to the Facebook page of the Pacific Balance Pinniped Society earlier this week, a debate has erupted over the safety of sea lions and other creatures, as well as the safety of fishing crews struggling to make a living in challenging times.The society says it is trying to save salmon stocks by lobbying for a commercial harvest of harbour seals and sea lions on the west coast. Several scientists have disputed the claim that culling pinnipeds would help salmon stocks and warn that a cull would have consequences for the complex food web.Marsden said there’s a double standard if someone fishing on a river can use a banger to scare a bear, but he can’t do the same at sea.Three years ago, he said he was attacked by a sea lion while working on his boat.“I’m lucky that I didn’t get dragged over the rail and drowned or end up in a wheelchair, but I’ll have marks on my body until the day I die form a sea lion that latched on to me when I was working on deck,” he said.In this case, Marsden said he was trying to collect herring samples to monitor stocks and roe when the sea lions surrounded his boat. He set off the device, then drove his boat at high speed and stopped 2.5 kilometres away.Marsden said he wanted to time how long it took for the sea lions to catch up as he tried to set his nets down again. It took seven minutes.He said he’s disappointed that a second video wasn’t shared showing the sheer number of sea lions entering his net.“I was trying to figure out a way we could work out there with those lions. So I was trying to figure out how long I had from the time I set the net, because I know when the sea lions show up the chance of me getting fish is zero, it’s absolutely zero,” he said.Since the video has been shared, Marsden said he has received threats.Thomas Sewid, vice president of the Pacific Balance Pinniped Society, posted the video and an explanation that says “massive” numbers of sea lions that dive on schools of herring keep the fish deep in the water, preventing fishermen from making a living. He said seals and sea lions also have the potential to spook large schools of already netted herring, causing the fish to dive. When large numbers of fish are all moving in the same direction, he said they have the combined strength to flip and sink a large boat.“Yes, we have lost many fellow fishers when seiners capsize. My great uncle drowned not 10 years ago in the Gulf of Georgia when this happened during a snowy night of herring fishing,” Sewid said in his post. Fisheries and Oceans Canada said it would investigate and it reminded the public it is illegal to disturb seals, sea lions or other marine mammals.“This includes the use of acoustic deterrents such as seal bombs or other explosives,” it said on a social media post.Sewid said he is merely “cannon fodder” in the battle for a legal hunt on California sea lions, adding the society is “trying to educate” Fisheries officials about the threat posed by pinnipeds.Sewid questioned the restriction on the use of the explosive devices.“What’s wrong with the world? How come a fishermen uses a little firecracker trying to keep the crew safe and everyone is up in arms, yet (hikers or campers) can whack a bear, a coyote, a badger, a cougar, a wolf with bear bangers all day long and no one says a damn thing,” he said in a telephone interview on Friday.   Critical comments have been posted on Sewid’s Facebook page, but he said he won’t stop trying to “find common ground.”“We need a seal harvest because it’s so important to so many people in British Columbia because salmon is so valuable. It’s not just fish. It’s a life.  It’s our life.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Vancouver man pleads not guilty to all charges in college admissions scandal

first_imgVANCOUVER — A Vancouver businessman has pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering for his alleged role in a college admissions scandal in the United States.David Sidoo’s lawyer Richard Schoenfeld says the plea was entered in writing after an indictment from the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts accused him of wiring about $100,000 in January 2013 from an account in Canada to an account in California.The indictment alleges the money was in the name of college-prep company The Key, and meant to be in exchange for admissions consultant’s facilitation of a SAT cheating scheme for Sidoo’s younger son.Sidoo, 59-year-old former Canadian Football League player and well-known philanthropist, had already pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with the scandal.An indictment in March alleged Sidoo paid $200,000 in total for someone to take the SAT on behalf of both his sons, and that he also paid an undisclosed amount for someone to fly to Vancouver and take a high school graduation exam on behalf of his older son.Sidoo is among 19 parents, including actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Gianulli, who are facing the money-laundering charge in the new indictment April 9.The new charges came a day after “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman, 12 other parents and a coach agreed to plead guilty.Sidoo entered his previous not-guilty pleas in March and was released by the federal court in Boston on a secured bond of 1.5 million dollars. His travel was restricted to Canada and the United States.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Syria repels Israeli air aggression in Aleppo

first_imgDamascus: Syria said Wednesday that Israel had attacked targets just north of the city of Aleppo and that its defences had shot down several missiles. “Army air defences repels an Israeli air aggression that targeted a number of industrial sites in Sheikh Najjar industrial zone, north-east of Aleppo, and downed a number of the hostile missiles,” the official SANA news agency said, citing an unnamed military source. A number of residents of Aleppo city told AFP that the attack led to a power cut in the whole city. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Israeli bombardment hit “ammunition stores belonging to Iranian forces and allied groups, and caused huge explosions.” If confirmed, this would be the first attack on Syrian territory since US President Donald Trump signed Monday a proclamation recognising Israel’s 1981 annexation of the strategic Golan Heights plateau which it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War. Earlier this year in January, Israel targeted a number of Iranian installations in the country, hours after intercepting a rocket fired from Syrian territory. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 21 people, mostly Iranians, were killed in those attacks. Israel insists that it has the right to continue to target positions in Syria held by Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah. In May 2018, Israeli strikes killed 27 pro-regime fighters including 11 Iranians in strikes on dozens of targets inside Syria.last_img read more

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Somalia Security Council mandates action against pirates for another year

30 November 2009The Security Council today renewed for another 12 months the authorization for States and regional organizations fighting piracy off the Somali coast to enter the strife-torn country’s territorial waters and “undertake all necessary measures that are appropriate in Somalia” provided they have the transitional government’s consent. In a resolution adopted unanimously under Chapter VII of the UN Charter authorizing the use of force, the 15-member body also noted with concern that escalating ransom payments and the lack of enforcement of the arms embargo imposed by the Council in 1992 are fuelling the growth of piracy.It called on all States to fully cooperate with the monitoring group on the embargo and reiterated its appeal to countries and regional organizations with the capacity to do so to deploy naval vessels, arms and military aircraft in the fight again a scourge that has over the years frequently disrupted the delivery of UN humanitarian aid as well as routine shipping. This year the pirates have been operating ever further out to sea, sometimes hundreds of miles away from the coast.Noting the “crisis situation in Somalia,” which has been without a functioning central government and plagued by factional conflict since 1991, “and the limited capacity of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG)” to interdict or prosecute pirates, the Council renewed earlier calls to those States fighting piracy off the Somali coast to help plug the vacuum.They should do so by concluding arrangements whereby countries willing to take custody of pirates, particularly those in the region, would station law enforcement officials on the patrol ships to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of persons detained as a result of the international operations, provided the TFG consents. The Council called on Member States at the request of the TFG “to strengthen capacity in Somalia, including regional authorities, to bring to justice those who are using Somali territory to plan, facilitate, or undertake criminal acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea.”Earlier this month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that piracy would not be defeated by military means alone. “We will find a solution only by addressing the broader political and security situation,” he said in a message to the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), stressing the need to support the “fragile” TFG. He noted that since the start of the international naval escort system two years ago, not a single ship heading to Somalia with UN World Food Programme (WFP) aid has been attacked. “WFP has been able to scale up its operations, providing much-needed food assistance to nearly 3 million people,” he pointed out. read more

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The Latest Watchdog predicts recession after nodeal Brexit

BRUSSELS — The Latest on Britain’s talks to the leave the European Union (all times local):11:25 a.m.Britain’s independent economic watchdog says the U.K. will plunge into recession if it leaves the European Union without a divorce deal, with the pound plunging in value and the economy shrinking by 2% in a year.The Office for Budget Responsibility says a no-deal Brexit would see “heightened uncertainty and declining confidence deter investment, while higher trade barriers with the EU weigh on exports.”It predicted Thursday that GDP would fall by 2% by the end of 2020 in a no-deal scenario.Britain is due to leave the EU on Oct. 31, but Parliament has rejected the government’s divorce deal with the bloc. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, who are vying to replace Theresa May as prime minister, both say they will leave without an agreement if the EU won’t renegotiate.___10:35 a.m.Diplomatic language has gone out of the window in the standoff over Britain’s departure from the European Union, with a U.K. government delegate calling one top EU official a “stupid boy.”Martin Callanan, Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union of the United Kingdom, said ahead of an EU meeting that EU Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans has spread “childish insults” about the British negotiating stance which has failed to bring a breakthrough in over two years of talks.Timmermans says in a BBC documentary to be aired late Thursday that U.K. negotiators had been “running around like idiots.”Callanan, quoting a famous riposte from the British sitcom “Dad’s Army,” said Timmermans was a “stupid boy.”The Associated Press read more

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Proposed classaction lawsuits filed against Bank of Montreal CIBCs Simplii over security

TORONTO — Proposed class-action lawsuits have been filed against Bank of Montreal and CIBC’s direct banking division Simplii Financial over recently disclosed cybersecurity breaches impacting up to 90,000 customers.Law firms Siskinds LLP and JSS Barristers say they have filed the proposed class actions against the two Canadian banks in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, alleging the institutions failed to establish robust security measures to protect clients’ sensitive information.The banks did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Simplii and BMO warned in May that “fraudsters” may have accessed certain personal and financial information of some of its customers, up to 40,000 clients and 50,000 clients, respectively.Both institutions said they had been contacted by entities claiming to have accessed their client’s personal data. A BMO spokesman said a threat was made to make the information public.BMO and CIBC have since offered clients free credit monitoring and have pledged to cover any money lost from affected bank accounts due to fraud.The proposed class action lawsuits, which have not yet been certified, are seeking general, compensatory, consequential and punitive damages on behalf of affected Simplii Financial and BMO clients.The data breaches have had far reaching implications on clients’ personal lives and financial affairs, the full extent of which has yet to be determined, said Sajjad Nematollahi, a lawyer with Siskinds.“Financial institutions like CIBC and BMO are entrusted with their clients’ most sensitive personal information, and are expected to have in place robust security measures to safeguard that information against unauthorized access, use or theft,” he said in a statement.“Canadian financial institutions are required and expected to continuously review their defence systems and use best industry practices to protect Canadians’ personal and financial information.” read more

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Security Council to discuss adjustments to UN OilforFood programme for Iraq

Ambassador Mamady Traoré of Guinea told reporters that he received the Secretary-General’s letter late yesterday, and that the Council will hold consultations Friday morning to discuss it. Mr. Annan is expected to be present for the meeting, he added.The Secretary-General had told the Council in a statement Wednesday that the proposals would be aimed at enabling the United Nations to continue providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Iraq during and after hostilities.On Monday, Mr. Annan ordered the withdrawal of all UN personnel from Iraq, leading to the suspension of the Oil-for-Food programme – which allows Baghdad to use a portion of its petroleum sales to buy relief supplies – because there would no inspectors to monitor the selling of oil and the distribution of food required by the programme.Asked if the Council was holding discussions about the war itself, the President said, “The most urgent question is the humanitarian situation.” He noted that the Council did discuss the situation yesterday morning, knowing that it was possible there would be a war later on. “And effectively that is what happened,” he added. “But what concerns us now is the urgent humanitarian situation.” read more

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Spotlighting downturns UN agency challenges current economic wisdom

“There is a global glut in both labour and product markets, with too many goods chasing too few buyers and too many workers chasing too few jobs,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Rubens Ricupero said in his overview of the Trade and Development Report 2003. “Intense price and exchange rate competition among major exporters have been adding to instability and deflationary pressures, while many developing countries facing tight payment positions are being forced to curtail imports.”The report added that the developed economies looked set to repeat the substandard growth rate of less than 2 per cent of the past two years.The developing countries in Latin America and Africa, meanwhile, had changed to policies based on optimism about globalization and in many cases had regressed.”The current economic landscape in the developing world has an uncanny resemblance to conditions prevailing in the early 1980s” with its debt and development crises, Mr. Ricupero said. Blaming the economic failures of the 1980s on government intervention led to a new policy approach of “deferring to the invisible touch of global market forces.”The result has been that between 1980 and the 1990s only eight of 26 countries selected for analysis were able to raise the share of manufacturing value in their gross domestic product (GDP) and increase their share of investment. The production structure in much of Latin America and Africa had moved away from sectors with the greatest potential for productivity growth towards those producing and processing raw materials.UNCTAD Senior Interregional Adviser Jan Kreger told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York that Latin America was experiencing premature de-industrialization. It has been moving rapidly to a service economy, although the service sector could not absorb the surplus labour in manufacturing.Sound macro-economic fundamentals – bringing about low inflation, opening economies to international trade and reducing government share in economic activity – have been very successful in providing price stability, he said. They had failed, however, at the microeconomic tasks of adjusting domestic production to meet international competition and increasing exports and foreign exchange earnings, thus helping countries to service their debts.”We don’t have a ready answer, but what we’re attempting to do is draw attention to the fact that simply placing emphasis on introducing sound macroeconomic fundamentals is not sufficient to allow developing countries to reach a sustainable growth path, and that we need to continue and to do more research in order to attempt to identify ways in which we can make these two sets of policies compatible,” Mr. Kreger said.He also dismissed the idea that one development policy could fit countries at different levels of development. The difference between Latin America and more successful Asia was that the Asian countries had tried a very wide range of policies to improve their economies, he said. read more

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Dancing to a different beat Videotron first to lift streaming music data

by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 27, 2015 12:33 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 27, 2015 at 1:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This product image provided by Rdio shows the company’s Live Radio feature within the Rdio app. Quebec telecom provider Videotron is offering cost relief to its customers worried about music streaming draining their mobile data. The carrier says it will no longer count several popular streaming music services towards its subscribers’ monthly data packages if they’re signed up for its new Unlimited Music service. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-ho-Rdio Dancing to a different beat: Videotron first to lift streaming music data limit Quebec telecom provider Videotron is offering cost relief to its customers worried about music streaming draining their mobile data.The carrier says it will no longer count several popular streaming music services towards its subscribers’ monthly data packages if they’re signed up for its new Unlimited Music service.That means Videotron subscribers listening to music through Stingray, Rdio, Google Play, Deezer and Spotify can now stream as much music as they like without facing extra charges.It’s the first time a Canadian wireless carrier has eliminated one of the most common complaints of streaming music fans — that playing too many songs can drive their data usage through the roof, costing them extra money.Streaming music services have been rising in popularity over the past year, offering instant access to huge libraries of music for a monthly subscription charge or for free with advertisements inserted between the songs.“More and more consumers are making their mobile device the nerve centre of their entertainment system and their constant electronic companion,” said Myrianne Collin, senior vice president of strategy and marketing at Videotron.“We want to get ahead of our customers’ needs once again by bringing them a unique, innovative service.”Some streaming music companies have tried to alleviate the hindrance of data usage by giving users the option to save music to their phones while linked to a Wi-Fi connection, effectively eliminating the usage of data altogether.Not every streaming music service available in Canada qualifies for the Videotron data reprieve, however. Apple Music isn’t included on the company’s list of eligible services, and neither is Songza, though Videotron said the latter will be added in the coming weeks.Fellow wireless carrier Fido, which is owned by Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI), has a partnership with Spotify which bundles a commercial-free version of the service with its monthly plans. Unlike Videotron, Fido still counts streaming music as part of its customer’s data package.Videotron, a division of Quebecor (TSX:QBR.B), said Unlimited Music will be available to subscribers of its Canadian premium wireless plan with two GB of data or its Internet and mobile combination package, which includes at least one GB of data each month.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. read more

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Mother whose baby daughter drowned after she left her unattended in a

first_imgShe left shortly after midday and received a text from Gregory at about the time she was seen in a panic out of her home at 2pm, the jury heard.Mr Saxby said Gregory had a “clear track record of careless and negligent parenting” and said she had ignored advice on how to bathe her child.Mr Saxby added that “to forgot your baby was in the bath over a period of five or 10 minutes clearly showed gross negligence”.He also slammed Gregory’s decision to not give evidence and said it left the case “crying out for an explanation of what happened”.A victim impact statement from Theresa Andrews, Robyn’s grandmother, said the baby “lit up the room” and was “the brightest button”.Describing “every day as torture”, the statement added: “We feel no pain, just numbness which will never go away. There are no words to describe how we feel. She was let down in the worst possible way by the person she should be able to rely on.”A Oxfordshire County Council spokesman said: “The case is currently subject to a serious case review, which will be published in due course. We cannot comment further at this stage.” The family of a baby who was left to drown in the bath stormed out of court after her mother was jailed for just three years.Jasmine Gregory was convicted of manslaughter after the court heard she drank two bottles of cider and did the washing up downstairs while her daughter, Robyn Andrews-English, was left in an adult bath in August 2014.The 24-year-old had forgotten she had left her daughter in the bath and even went outside the house to ask passers-by if they knew where she was, the jurors heard. She was handed a three-year sentence at Oxford Crown Court by a judge who labelled her actions as “wholly wrong and atrocious”.  Judge Ian Pringle said it would never be known how long the young baby was left for. “It was an adult bath with no support and no special seat for her,” he said. “You then left her for how long we will never know. You left that young little girl in an adult bath unattended and she drowned.”He added: “I don’t underestimate the loss that you feel and the loss you’re always going to feel and I don’t underestimate the loss of so many others. “What you did on August 7, 2014, was so wholly wrong and atrocious that I would be failing in my duty if I did not pass a custodial sentence. No sentence I pass will compensate for the loss of that little girl.”Oliver Saxby QC, prosecuting, said Carla Didcock, an Outreach support worker, told Gregory not to leave her children unsupervised while she they took a bath during a home visit. But one of the investigators involved in the trial said after the trial that the baby’s in-laws were very upset with the leniency of the sentence, which could see Gregory freed in 18 months.Jurors had been told that Gregory left Robyn in the bathtub despite social workers asking her not to leave her child alone hours earlier.The mother-of-two was said to have become distracted after drinking the alcohol and started doing the washing-up, forgetting her baby was upstairs in the bath alone, an expert psychiatrist told the court. She had previously left the baby in a pram for eight hours while she drank in a public house.Gregory ran out of her home in Grove, near Wantage, Oxfordshire and asked passers-by where her baby was before she was found holding Robyn’s lifeless body, it was said. She had repeatedly shouted she had left her daughter for “less than 10 minutes” but after the tragic events Gregory said she was “so busy” and only went downstairs briefly. She was let down in the worst possible way by the person she should be able to rely onVictim impact statement from Theresa Andrews, Robyn’s grandmother It was an adult bath with no support and no special seat for herJudge Ian Pringle 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.last_img read more

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Opera 12 arrives and its faster than ever

first_imgFor nearly a year now, Opera has been working away on the next major version of their desktop web browser. That’s an eternity between releases in today’s ultra-competitive browser market, where new versions of Chrome and Firefox pop up every month and a half. So was it worth the wait?My initial reaction is “yes.” Opera 12 is faster than ever, and it’s clear that the company spent a great deal of time honing its performance. On my Windows 8 system, Opera’s Sunspider benchmark scores were nearly identical to Chrome’s — and Opera 12 even came out ahead in a handful of tests. With Opera 12’s support for hardware rendering turned on, it beat Chrome in every category.Solid benchmarks are nice, but they’re not necessarily a great indication of how a browser will fare in real-world use. But with tweaks aimed at crushing network latency and a more efficient rendering process, Opera remains speedy while surfing web pages and running apps like Gmail. Opera 12 also features a number of under-the-hood changes designed to improve the performance of pages served over SSL connections. That’s great news for users, as more and more of the web apps we use are moving to SSL by default.Not only are you getting a faster browser with Opera 12, but you’re getting a more stable one, too. Just as Chrome and Firefox do, Opera 12 now isolates plug-ins in a separate process. Should your favorite Flash-based game lock up while you’re playing, your other tabs will remain responsive as ever.What else is new in Opera 12? There’s a totally revamped theme system, support for Mozilla’s Do Not Track header, improvements to Opera’s browser extension framework, and native 64-bit support for Windows and Mac users. As you’d expect from a company that prides itself on standards compliance, handling of HTML5 has been improved as well.Opera 12 is worth tying out, and if you’re OK with flipping the switch on an experimental feature or two, here’s a tip. Enable hardware acceleration by setting the value here (opera:config#Enable%20Hardware%20Acceleration) to 1 before you kick the tires. It makes an already fast browser that much faster.More at Operalast_img read more

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Photos Anarchy in Hong Kong parliament as politicians scuffle over extradition row

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4629941 May 11th 2019, 11:27 AM Saturday 11 May 2019, 11:27 AM By AFP Pro-democracy lawmaker Wu Chi-wai tangles with security guards Source: Vincent Yu/PA ImagesANGER OVER HONG Kong’s controversial plans to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland boiled over in the city’s legislature today as rival lawmakers scuffled with each other in chaotic scenes.The tension between the two sides – one led by pro-democracy lawmaker James To and the other by pro-Beijing member Abraham Shek – reached a crescendo over who controlled a meeting to discuss the government’s controversial proposals.  Source: Kin Cheung/PA ImagesRancour between the two political camps then exploded with rival lawmakers shouting and tussling amidst a dense pack of reporters.Pro-democracy lawmaker Gary Fan collapsed and was carried out from the chamber on a stretcher, while others from the pro-Beijing camp claimed they were wounded. Pro-democracy lawmaker Chan Chi-chuen, center behind, scuffles with pro-Beijing lawmaker Cheng Wing-shun, center front Source: Vincent Yu/PA Images“We couldn’t possibly agree to the suggestion that our meeting chaired by James To should be suspended in any way, because it is completely constitutional and legal,” pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo said after the meeting. Pro-Beijing lawmaker Shek insisted it is “legal” for him to host the meeting. Source: Kin Cheung/PA ImagesExtradition fearsHong Kong’s government is pushing a bill through the city’s legislature which would allow case-by-case extraditions to any jurisdictions it doesn’t have an already agreed treaty with, including mainland China, Macau and Taiwan.The plan has sparked huge protests and mounting alarm within the city’s business and legal communities – as well as foreign governments – who fear it will hammer the city’s international appeal and tangle people up in China’s court system. Pro-democracy lawmaker Gary Fan Kwok-wai lies on the floor after the clash Source: Kin Cheung/PA ImagesHistorically Hong Kong has baulked at mainland extraditions because of the opacity of China’s criminal justice system and its liberal use of the death penalty.Tens of thousands of people hit the streets last month to protest against the bill.With reporting from Seán Murray© AFP 2019  14 Comments 15,266 Views Photos: Anarchy in Hong Kong parliament as politicians scuffle over extradition row Two sides of the row were arguing over who was leading a meeting to discuss the proposed extradition policy. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share2 Tweet Email Short URLlast_img read more

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My Greek Table student competition

first_imgThe Modern Greek Teachers’ Association of Victoria is once again organising a student competition for 2012. The topic is My Greek Table. The competition is open to primary and secondary students who are learning Greek in Year Levels 3 to 10. The language used for this competition must be Greek. Primary school (Years 3-6): Students will be able to enter a piece of work that may include drawings and written explanations or text on the theme of the competition. Secondary school (Years 7-10): Students will be able to enter a piece of work that includes ideas (drawings and written) on the theme of the competition. The winning students will be awarded cash prizes donated by Modern Greek Teachers’ Association of Victoria. The evaluation will be based on the appropriate use of the Greek language (spelling, syntax, vocabulary, information), the quality of the illustrations that accompany the story, the presentation of work and use of creative elements. Each entry should have the name of the student, class and school written on the back of the work being submitted for the competition. Entries for the competition must be submitted by Friday 8 June 2012. The entries must be sent to the MGTAV: PO Box 332 Carlton South 3053. For more information please contact the MGTAV Student Competition Coordinators: Andrea Garivaldis (Tel: 0401208013, Email: agarivaldis@gmail.com) and Niki Farfara (Tel: 0407632805, Email: farfara.niki.n@edumail.vic.gov.au) Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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