CWG: Shooter Harpreet, archer Deepika bag 2 more golds for India

first_imgIndia’s Vijay Kumar and Harpreet Singh pose with their gold medal after winning the men’s pairs 25m centrefire pistol event of the Commonwealth Games at Dr K Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi on October 9.Teenage archer Deepika Kumari announced her arrival at the world stage by upsetting an Olympic bronze medallist to win the recurve gold while pistol shooter Harpreet Singh added another to help India leap past England into the second spot at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.The 17-year-old Ranchi-born Deepika, daughter of an autorickshaw owner, stunned 2004 Athens Olympics bronze medallist Alison James Williamson 6-0, showing amazing precision and steady nerves in windy conditions to win her second gold of the Games.The Indian girl, the reigning world cadet champion, has already captured the team title with senior archer Dola Banerjee, who won the bronze on Sunday, and Bombayala Devi Laishram.Incidentally Dola lost 2-6 to her English rival in the semis while Deepika outclassed Malaysia’s Anbarasi Subramaniam to reach the final. Later Dola beat Anbarasi 6-2 in the bronze play-off.Harpreet Singh clinched the gold in the individual men’s 25m centre fire pistol as the hosts leapfrogged England and occupied the second spot in the medals table that they had relinquished on Saturday late night.With these two gold medals India’s tally stood at 26, just four short of their record tally at Manchester in 2002, and gave them an overall medal haul of 26-17-19.It also helped the host nation open up a two-gold lead over England and a second spot in the table below Australia, who had a tally of 56 gold, with more in the offing later in the day.advertisementEngland – who stood second because of their larger number of silverware – had 24-43-29 to their credit last night while Australia were far ahead of the rest last evening with a seemingly unreachable 55-30-31.Harpreet fetched his gold by winning the men’s 25m central fire pistol individual event.India’s first and only World wrestling champion Sushil Kumar commenced his bid to add the Commonwealth Games gold to his impressive list of career titles in impressive style by reaching the 66kg freestyle gold medal bout without conceding a point.Kumar breezed through his first two matches before entering the final by pinning down his opponent Famara Jarjou of Gambia in just 9 seconds. This is the quickest time taken by a wrestler to beat his opponent at the Delhi Games.Apart from Sushil, Anil Kumar (55kg), Anuj Kumar (84kg) and Joginder Kumar (120kg) are also in action on Sunday.India’s Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Mansher Singh make it to the final of the men’s traps singles event, with scores of 123 and 121 respectively.last_img read more

India’s future bright under Virat Kohli: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly today hailed Virat Kohli for his leadership skills after the home team annihilated New Zealand by 178 runs in the second Test in Kolkata to clinch the three-match series 2-0. Kohli recorded his ninth victory in only his 16th match as captain. India recorded their fourth consecutive Test series victory under Kohli’s leadership, with wins against Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and now New Zealand. (Virat Kohli was born to lead India: Nine wins out of 16 Tests as skipper) “I have got faith in him and I think Indian cricket has a very bright future under Virat Kohli as the captain and all our good wishes are with him,” Ganguly told India Today. Kohli took over the reins in 2014 under extraordinary circumstances. In December 2014, he led his first Test match against Australia in MS Dhoni’s absence, scoring twin tons (115 and 141) as India nearly pulled off a sensational victory over the hosts at the Adelaide Oval. He was then named full-time Test captain after Dhoni’s unexpected retirement before the final match of the four-Test series against the Aussies. Kohli marked the event with a fluent 147. Then a hundred followed immediately in Sri Lanka, albeit in a losing cause. (Virat Kohli leads by example in tricky conditions at Eden Gardens) Kohli has shouldered the responsibilities well. He has struck five centuries, including his maiden double ton (against the West Indies). But there has been a slump in form since and Kohli has generally struggled to get going at home on turning pitches. However, Ganguly is not worried about it at all. “I was surprised when there were questions about his batting form a couple of days ago. We expect Kohli to keep performing because captain or not captain, his ability as a batsman is so much that he scores runs in all conditions,” Ganguly said. (India dethrone Pakistan, reclaim top spot in Test rankings) India on Monday dethroned arch-rivals Pakistan as the world No. 1 Test side but Ganguly said he wants India to win matches outside the sub-continent. “Kohli knows that the No. 1 spot is not a foolproof one. He needs to win in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and England to be the No. 1 side and he’s looking forward to that. I think that’s the right way to go about it,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Tata Trusts U Dream Football ties up with Borussia Dortmund

first_img(Eds: Updating with additional quotes)Mumbai, May 11 (PTI) Tata Trusts U Dream Football today announced a technical tie-up with top German club Borussia Dortmund by which 48 talented Indian children are already getting training under the clubs youth coaches.Under the partnership, the Indian children, most of them from the north east, are undergoing football training in Bitburg, Germany.Beginning January this year the first batch of trainees, 35 of them from the north eastern states of Mizoram (17), Manipur (15), Meghalaya (2) and Assam (1) and the rest from other parts of the country, are to spend 10 months a year over six years in schooling and football training in Germany, it was announced at a media conference today.”The depth of training in Germany is second to none. The biggest challenge for us was to convince parents that their children can have an alternative career in sports. We are aiming to increase the number to 200 with the help of the German Consulate,” said founder Ronnie Screwvala of U Dream, which got into a partnership with the 125-year-old Tata Trusts last year.Asked what was the pathway laid out for the young football talent after the end of six years, Screwvala said “Its a 16-year relationship, six now and 10 later.””Tata Trusts has a legacy of supporting various sports events and activities since its existence in 1892,” said R Venkataramanan, Managing Trustee, Tata Trusts.”Tata Trusts is privileged to collaborate with U Dream Football and Borussia Dortmund in this developmental endeavour. Initiatives such as these make us proud and encourage us to contribute every day,” he added.advertisementThe boys are in the age group of 12-14 years and the aim of the programme is to ensure that all those enrolled play professional football by placing them in clubs across Europe, the Americas and Asia, including India.Former India captain Bhainchung Bhutia said India needed to do a lot more grassroots programme in football and added “definitely there has been improvement over the last three years” in this respect.”The FIFA Under-17 World Cup (to be hosted by India this October), is a start, but we need to make more kids play football for more talent to come up,” he said at a panel discussion.As per the programme currently charted, each week the trainees play games against top-ranked youth sides in the region as well as those in Belgium and Luxembourg and so far the Indian team has won 15 out of 20 games and lost three.”We have been approached by the All India Football Federation to allow them to include 6-7 players as probables in the Indian World Cup Under-17 squad, but we have asked for a trial game between them (the current India probables) and us,” said one of the persons connected with the programme. PTI SSR NRB RSY RYSlast_img read more

LeBron, Cavs Rip Knicks, 98-86

first_imgCLEVELAND — The jersey was too tight and so was the score. LeBron James took care of both.James scored 23 points and did some quick tailoring on Cleveland’s body-hugging, sleeved uniforms, Mo Williams added 22 and the Cavaliers won their fourth straight, 96-86 over the New York Knicks on Nov. 4.James made a 3-pointer and dunked off a nice pass from Williams while scoring 11 in the fourth quarter, when the Cavs outscored the Knicks 26-17.Tristan Thompson grabbed 13 rebounds and Kevin Love had 12 for Cleveland, which hasn’t lost since opening night in Chicago. The Cavs didn’t have their same ball movement, and they fell behind 15 in the first quarter before finding their groove in the second half, outscoring New York 58-40.Frustrated with his shot in the first half, an irritated James ripped the sleeves on Cleveland’s new, black jerseys. The four-time MVP, who has complained in the past that the retro-looking tops are too snug on his arms and shoulders, tore his jersey in the midst of a 4-of-11 shooting performance in the opening 24 minutes.“I was just frustrated with myself,” he said. “I was just off rhythm and the jersey is the only thing I can go to. I couldn’t do nothing to my face. I couldn’t make a bucket so I had to take it out on something.”Carmelo Anthony scored 17 and rookie Kristaps Porzingis 13 for the Knicks, who were even at 75-all in the fourth when James went to work.Cleveland’s star capped a 12-4 spurt with a 3-pointer — just his second this season — to give Cleveland an 87-79 lead with 4:01 remaining. Later, he blasted down the lane and thundered home his dunk off a great look from Williams.“They put the ball in his hands and let him make plays,” Anthony said of James. “You got to make adjustments to that.”James, who earlier this week became the youngest player in league history to reach 25,000 points, had an off-night from the field, going just 9 of 23.The jersey might have had something to do with it.James has never liked the sleeved tops, introduced by the NBA as an alternate look two seasons ago. Following a loss to San Antonio in 2014 when he was with Miami, James said the uniforms are restrictive, making it difficult to shoot.The Cavaliers will be required to wear this jersey three to six times this season. James was asked if he’d wear sleeves again.“If the fans love them, I love them,” he said, giving a diplomatic answer. “If our fans love the uniforms, I’ll wear them for 48 (minutes). I’m so used to the sleeveless cutoffs, the tank top. I’ve been playing in tank tops all my life.”(TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Nokia 3.2 launched: Key specs, features, price in India and everything you need to know

first_imgThe Nokia 3.2 (Review) is finally official in India and it comes just a few weeks after HMD launched the Nokia 4.2 in the country. Both the phones were first announced at MWC 2019 in February, so the company has taken a fair bit of time to bring them to India. The Nokia 3.2 is an affordable Android One handset that falls below the Nokia 4.2 in the current hierarchy.The latest Nokia phone boasts of a tall waterdrop display and a two-day battery life. In addition to this, the phone also runs on the latest Android Pie software and brings a dedicated Google Assistant button as well as a notification light power button, among other things. Here’s a quick look at what the Nokia 3.2 is all about.Nokia 3.2 specificationsDisplay: The Nokia 3.2 sports a 6.26-inch HD+ (1520×720) TFT LCD display with 269ppi, 19:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D glass protection.Performance: It is powered by a octa-core Snapdragon 429 SoC.RAM: It is offered with 2GB and 3GB of RAM.Internal storage: The 2GB RAM option comes with 16GB of internal storage, while the 3GB variant is paired with 32GB of inbuilt storage. The phone supports storage expandability up o 400GB via microSD card.Rear camera: The Nokia 3.2 gets a single 13-megapixel f/2.2 camera with LED flash support.Front camera: It also gets a 5-megapixel selfie camera.Battery: The handset houses a beefy 4,000mAh battery.Software: The Android One device ships with stock Android 9 Pie.Nokia 3.2 features– Like the Nokia 4.2, the Nokia 3.2 also highlights a dedicated Google Assistant button. The button will allow the user to quickly access the Google AI with a simple tap. A single press of the button will wake up Assistant, a double press will bring up a display with information relevant to you and a long press will let you make longer requests. With the button, you can also open Assistant without having to unlock the device.advertisement– Additionally, the phone also gets a notification LED light that is embedded in the home button on the side. Much like the Nokia 4.2, the power button-cum-notification light makes it easier to know when you receive a message whether you place the device on its front or back.– A key feature about the Nokia 3.2 is its large 4,000mAh battery that the company promises will take you through two days on a single charge. This is with the help of a combination of factors that includes a low power consuming chipset along with the Adaptive Battery feature of Android Pie.– The Nokia 3.2 is the second phone after Nokia 4.2 to launch with a waterdrop display. The 6.26-inch HD+ display comes with a small droplet-shaped notch to offer a distraction-free viewing experience.– The Nokia 3.2 is an Android One device, which means it runs on a stock and clean Android 9 Pie software that comes bloatware-free. As an Android One device, the Nokia 3.2 will get at least two major software updates in the future along with monthly security patches.Nokia 3.2 price in India and availabilityThe Nokia 3.2 starts at Rs 8,990 in India. This is for the base model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It also comes in a 3GB + 32GB option that comes at a recommended best buy price of Rs 10,790. The Nokia 3.2 will be available in Black and Steel colour options across top mobile retail stores in India and via starting Thursday, May 23.last_img read more

‘Superwoman’ Logarzo dedicates first World Cup goal to Alleway

first_imgChloe Logarzo dedicated her first ever World Cup goal to team-mate Laura Alleway, as Australia fought from 2-0 down to beat Brazil 3-2 on Thursday.Alleway was ruled out of the tournament just days before the Matildas kicked off in France, the centre-back having suffered a foot injury.It was a blow that hit the whole team, but Logarzo in particular, who revealed just why after her strike in their second group game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Asked what the tape around her arm was, she replied: “This is for Laura Alleway.“She got injured before [the tournament] so my goal celebration was for her because she sings ‘Superwoman’ [by Alicia Keys] to me before I play.“She sings it every game,” the midfielder continued.“She sits right next to me so it was hard for me to lose her but she sang to me in the phone so I listen to it before I go out.“I know, that’s so cheesy! She’s in the grand stand watching us, she wasn’t going to miss a game.”Alleway wasn’t the only person that Logarzo had in mind though as Australia defied the odds to keep their World Cup dream alive.“That win was definitely for Ante [Milicic, head coach],” she said, with him having come under fire after the Matildas’ defeat to Italy.“The criticism has come more on his behalf and it’s really disheartening for us to hear that because the amount of belief that he’s instilled in us and the amount of work that he’s put in is just incredible.“I don’t think people see that so that’s definitely for him.“We’re not listening to the criticism,” the 24-year-old continued.“We have belief in our team and it doesn’t matter what anyone else says.“Ante’s given us that belief and what we have within this team is something special. If no one sees it, we definitely have the belief to show them.“I don’t know if you saw it but the amount of emotion that came onto that field was just incredible.“It was finally the football that we wanted to play. I think we showed the world what we have and it was the relief that we’ve been waiting for.”The rivalry between Australia and Brazil showed once more in what was a passionate game of football, influenced even further by Alleway’s absence and the recent criticism.After netting in a World Cup in what Logarzo calls “a dream come true”, the Matildas now have one final group game against Jamaica and they can still top Group C by winning it.“We could [top the group] but we need to take one game at a time. We can’t be thinking about that.“Jamaica will be a hard game, we can’t really take it lightly. The World Cup is showing right now that everyone has stepped up a little and we just need to get our recovery on track and think about the next game.“If we keep level-headed and not get ahead of ourselves I think the momentum can push us all the way through but we need to just not be on our high horse.”Australia take on Jamaica, who face Italy on Friday, on Tuesday, June 18.last_img read more

Here’s ESPN’s Prediction For Tonight’s Bowl Game

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonIt’s the most wonderful time of the year in college football, as the bowl season continues with San Diego State taking on Ohio in the Frisco Bowl.The Aztecs had an uncharacteristic season, finishing the season with five losses for the first time since 2014. On the other sideline will be the Bobcats, as they own an impressive 8-4 record.Ohio features one of the best rushing attacks in the country, meanwhile San Diego State has a very stout defense. This game should be decided within the trenches, which makes for a physical matchup.Although the Aztecs arguably play in a tougher conference, ESPN is very confident in the Bobcats for this showdown. In fact, the matchup predictor gives Ohio a 64.4 percent chance of winning the Frisco Bowl.Another key factor will be the play from the quarterbacks, as Ryan Agnew and Nathan Rourke will try to finish the season strong.Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. ET from Toyota Stadium.The game will be available on ESPN.last_img read more

Just water Labrador hunger striker talks about taking extreme measures to stop

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN National NewsBilly Gauthier says he hasn’t had anything to eat since starting a hunger strike to protest the flooding associated with the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric site.It’s been more than a week now, and Gauthier now has company.Tom interview Gauthier about the drastic measures he’s taking to stop progress of the dam and where this action is heading.tfennario@aptn.caFollow @tfennariolast_img

Maryland bill would further curb police use of DNA databases

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s legislature is considering expanding restrictions on how law enforcement uses DNA databases to identify criminal suspects.Maryland is the only state that already prohibits police from using familial DNA searches of samples within criminal databases. Del. Charles Sydnor tells The Daily Record that using commercially available databases like AncestryDNA or 23andMe would undermine that law and violate Marylanders’ constitutional rights.His legislation would extend the ban to include those private, commercial databases.With familial DNA searches, police use samples from unknown suspects to find potential relatives. California investigators used such a search to help crack the Golden State Killer cold case last year.Speaking on behalf of associations representing Maryland police chiefs and sheriffs, John Fitzgerald called the bill a mistake, saying customers upload their data voluntarily.___Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore, http://www.thedailyrecord.comThe Associated Press read more

Poll Should the government raise speed limits on Irish motorways

first_imgA CALL FROM TD Clare Daly that the motorway speed limit be raised from 120km per hour to 130km per hour has been rejected by Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar.It has been suggested that higher speed limits on motorways could help boost the economy by shortening journey times. However the government has been working on a number of new measures over the last year to reduce speed on roads, though this is mainly in rural areas and city centres.So what do you think? Should the speed limit on Irish motorways be raised? YesNoI’m not sureVote Yes (2688) Poll Results:center_img No (4023) I’m not sure (1410)last_img read more

We Didnt Start the Fire reworked to include Knightrider HeMan and Shake

first_imgBILLY JOEL’S WE Didn’t Start the Fire is like a little history lesson rolled up into a song, with each verse taking on a decade.Now the song has been reworked into a seventies and eighties nostalgia fest, featuring Mrs Mangle, Buckaroo, cassette tapes, Sam Fox, Fraggle Rock and double denim.It’s a little UK-centric (especially for those of us with the just the one or two channels), but there’s still plenty in here you should recognise: YouTube/HunkyGraham1Are there some things you are never too old for?16 amazing songs from the 1990s that you’ve forgotten>last_img read more

Megaupload takedown had little if any effect on piracy

first_imgIn the copyright-focused industries’ war against piracy, misguided logic runs rampant. For starters, the unfounded claims that Hollywood is losing billions of dollars from piracy are based on the assumption that every shared file equals a lost sale. Now another flawed conclusion may have risen to the surface.Before Feds took down Megaupload, the site accounted for “30-40 percent of all file sharing”. Therefore, the US government (on behalf of the copyright industries) must have concluded that taking them down would signify a damaging blow to file sharers.As it turns out, the effect has been minimal. In the hour after the takedown, global internet traffic dropped 2-3 percent. But it didn’t take long for downloaders to look elsewhere. It’s been more of a redistribution of vendors than a blow to the “industry” of file sharing. This is despite several significant cloud storage sites voluntarily shutting down or handicapping their own file sharing abilities (to avoid a similar fate to Megaupload).On January 18, the day of the raid, Megaupload’s Megavideo was the biggest supplier of online video files, at 34.1 percent. Filesonic (one of the company’s to voluntarily cripple its service after the raid) was second at 19.1 percent.On the following day, with Megaupload gone and Filesonic no longer a file sharing option, a site called Putlocker took over the number one slot, with 27.5 percent of all video downloads. Novamov and Mediafire followed, with less than half of that.In just one day, downloaders had adjusted — and nearly compensated for Megaupload’s proportion of video downloads with rival sites. Though this data didn’t cover later dates (or torrents, for that matter), logic dictates that more time only gives file sharers more of a chance to learn about other options.The biggest effect of the Megaupload raid may have, ironically, been on US internet service providers. Before the raid, much of the US file sharing traffic was being routed through cheaper stateside servers (remember Megaupload had some of its servers in the US). After the raid, much more of that traffic is now going through Europe or other more expensive transatlantic links.So if the goal of the Megaupload raid was to cut down on piracy, it failed miserably. A more copyright-friendly internet? Hardly. A less efficient internet? You betcha.Maybe one day, the copyright-focused industries will embrace innovation in a world where piracy is possible, rather than wasting energy and resources trying to turn back the clock and take us back to the 20th century. Until then, brace yourself for more vain, brute-force attempts to pound piracy into submission.Deepfield, via ITWorldlast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_img Short URL By Stephen McDermott Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article May 2nd 2019, 7:51 AM 10,368 Views Get the 9 at 9 News audio The 9 at 9: Thursday ‘Horrendous’ conditions in Garda stations, the HSE recruitment freeze and dozens injured in Venezuela protests.center_img Updated May 2nd 2019, 8:57 AM Source: Shutterstock/SGMEVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #GRA CONFERENCE Gardaí have called for the Minister for Justice to progress plans for four new stations, describing conditions in some existing stations as “horrendous”.2. #ATM THEFTS The PSNI has charged two more men as part of an investigation into a number of recent thefts of ATMs in Northern Ireland.3. #JOBLESS Individuals who have left their jobs to take up new roles in the HSE have been left unemployed following a recruitment freeze in the service, has learned.4. #VENEZUELA A woman has been killed and 46 people have been injured during May Day protests in Venezuela, as National Assembly leader Juan Guaido continues calls for the country’s President Nicolas Maduro to step down.5.  #OVERCROWDING Prison officers have said that overcrowding is risking the safety of staff and inmates ahead of the start of their annual conference in Sligo today.6. #SACKED Former British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson faces the possibility of a criminal probe after being sacked over a leak of information about the country’s 5G network.7. #WASHED UP Litter from a cargo ship is continuing to wash up on the west coast of Ireland a year after containers that it was carrying fell overboard.8. #WIKILEAKS Julian Assange will face an initial hearing over an extradition request from the UK to the United States, after being jailed for 50 weeks yesterday.9. #WEATHER It will be a bright and mostly dry start to the day, but showers will become more frequent and heavier throughout the afternoon. Highest temperatures will be between 12 and 15 degrees, before dropping to 4 or 5 degrees tonight.Comments have been charged as individuals have been charged in one of the stories above.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Share4 Tweet Email No Comments Thursday 2 May 2019, 8:57 AMlast_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Jan. 19 (JIS): The Ministry of Education is expressing confidence in attaining its goal of85 per cent of students in the grade four age cohort achieving mastery of literacy in 2015.An optimistic Portfolio Minister, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, notes that the country is now 7.6 per cent away from achieving this target.“The final measurement will be made at this year’s sitting of the Grade Four Literacy Test,” he said.The Minister was speaking at a meeting with senior journalists at the Alhambra Inn Hotel in St. Andrew recently.Rev. Thwaites pointed out that when the 15 per cent of students who suffer from learning disabilities are accounted for, 85 per cent translates to 100 per cent of the educable cohort.According to National Literacy Co-ordinator, Dr. André Hill, the Ministry will do everything it possibly can in the next few months to maximise as much as possible students’ outcomes in the 2015 Grade Four Literacy Test.He pointed to the deployment of 66 reading coaches across the island to provide direct support to 420 primary schools. Each will work with approximately seven schools. “They will be particularly working with the struggling readers in grade four, providing clinical attention to these students as well as pedagogical support for classroom teachers, in addition to extending further support to the parents in schools that have registered low achievement at grade four over the last three years,” he said.Dr. Hill contended that if the Ministry gets support from the community in addition to what the Ministry is now extending to the school system, “we are certain the outcomes, certainly for this year, will take us very close, if not actually to the 85 per cent.” Meanwhile, the Minister reiterated the importance of the role parents, home life and community have in helping to achieve the target. He noted for instance, that encouraging children to read in Sunday school greatly helps the literacy levels of students.He further urged parents, even if they are not literate themselves, to encourage their children to read.The Minister informed that at the 2014 sitting of the grade four literacy test,77.4 per cent of the age cohort achieved the acceptable standard of mastery in literacy, which represented a 30 per cent increase for the 10-year period – 2004 to 2014. He noted that the improvement in literacy has been the result of the combined efforts of the Ministry’s National Literacy Team and dedicated teachers. “In addition, the country is indebted to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for its support in improving literacy outcomes,” he said. In terms of the numeracy test, Rev. Thwaites informed that 58 per cent of students who sat the Grade Four Test last year attained mastery, a marginal decline of 1.4 per cent over the previous year.“But, there has been a 20 per cent improvement for the past five years, moving from a low of 38 per cent in 2010,” he said.The Minister said that using literacy as a benchmark, the Ministry is pleased with the progress the country has made so far.The Grade Four Literacy and numeracy tests are administered to children to determine their literacy and numeracy levels at grade four, in keeping with international requirements and standards. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Related Items:jamaica, ministry of education, Ronald Thwaites Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaicalast_img read more

Advanstar to Launch Eyecare Magazine

first_imgIn the face of declining print advertising revenue across consumer and b-to-b publishing, Advanstar Communications’ eye health group is bucking the trend by launching Optometry Times, a tabloid-size glossy serving the optometrist market.“Through our presence in the eyecare market, interaction with our customers, and extensive research, it became apparent there is an inherent need for a superior professional news source for the optometric community,” group publisher Lauri Jorgensen said in a statement. The group also publishes Ophthalmology Times, Ophthalmology Times Europe, and Ophthalmology Times America Latina.Published in print and digital formats, Optometry Times will include editorial content covering clinical, dispensing, practice management, and subspecialty-based findings, Advanstar says.Optometry Times will have a controlled circulation of 33,000, including subscribers in Canada, a spokesperson tells FOLIO:. Launching in March 2009, the magazine will publish nine times per year. Woodland Hills, California-based Advanstar publishes nearly 70 publications and directories, 270 Web sites and digital products, and produces about 150 events.last_img read more

Star Wars Resistance episode 19 The First Orders reign allows No Escape

first_img Star Wars told by a CNET intern who’s never seen it He orders his Stormtroopers to arrest Doza, but the captain tells droid 4D-M1N (Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) to “stop them.” She goes into a previously unseen combat mode and takes several troops down before being blasted by Pyre. With his ally destroyed, Doza is tossed into a cell.Pyre’s shiny gold armor looks beautiful in this scene’s bright lighting. He’s a total jerk but has plenty of style.zro-ff-002574-1The Resistance members hatch their plan. Lucasfilm The Colossus is more than a platformNeeku Vozo (Josh Brener), Kel (Anthony Del Rio) and Eila (Nikki SooHoo) end up in the Colossus’ main control room and back Kaz up by opening and closing hatches. However, they also discover that the platform has a hyperdrive.This basically confirms that the Colossus is a mobile space station; a very exciting prospect. Kaz orders Neeku to get the platform in the air. TV and Movies Culture Tags Comments Now playing: Watch this: All the Star Wars movies, from the cheesy to great, ranked 2 It’s great to finally see the emotional weight of Hosnian Prime’s destruction. Princess Leia’s reaction added some depth to Alderaan being destroyed in A New Hope, but Hosnian Prime was just an unnamed world getting blown up in The Force Awakens. At last, we’ll see a survivor reacting to it.Even though the New Republic can’t help any more, there are still two sources of backup in play for the second part of the season finale. A number of Kaz’s friends went to Takodana to seek help (most likely from Maz Kanada) and the pirates are still itching for a little payback after being betrayed by the First Order.Star Wars Resistance airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD. Share your voice 5:29 Assuming they manage to kick the First Order off it, the Colossus could end up being the Resistance’s base after it was scattered in The Last Jedi. This is major speculative territory, but it could make a cinematic appearance in Episode IX — is it too much to hope that some of the characters could make their live-action debuts as well? Justin Ridge, one of the show’s executive producers, hinted at the possibilities around this in an interview with Good Morning America last week.zro-ff-002594-1These guys look super cool. Lucasfilm Scuba troops!Seeing new Imperial units was always fun in Rebels (the previous Star Wars CGI show), but we haven’t really seen any new First Order troopers in Resistance… until now. As he swims outside the Colossus, Kaz encounters a pair of Stormtroopers in scuba gear.Like the jumptroopers in Rebels, their specialized outfits are awesome. Their blasters also have a cool effect on the water when they open fire on Kaz, even if they’re predictably poor shots.zro-ff-002578-1Tierny sows the seeds of doubt in Tam. Lucasfilm Tam gets an offerThe very charming First Order Security Bureau agent Tierny (Sumalee Montano) continues to get into the head of captive mechanic Tam Ryvora (Suzie McGrath) by making her believe Kaz and her boss Jarek Yeager (Scott Lawrence), who’s also in First Order custody, betrayed her.With Tam set against her friends, Tierny offers to make her dream of becoming a pilot come true if she joins the First Order. Since her prospects on the Colossus seemed limited, this is pretty much the offer of a lifetime. Will she go for it?zro-ff-002637-1Kaz and Tam sneak around before coming around the holo of Hux’s speech. Lucasfilm There is no more New RepublicKaz’s plan goes awry in the closing moments of this episode, when he and Torra Doza (Myrna Velasco) see a holographic projection of General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) delivering his fanatical Starkiller Base speech from The Force Awakens.Then the First Order superweapon fires, wiping out five planets in the Hosnian system. This includes Hosnian Prime, the seat of the New Republic government and Kaz’s homeworld.”My parents… my home,” he says, bringing the episode to a dark conclusion. 23 Photos The First Order is about to come out of the shadows, as General Hux delivers his speech. Lucasfilm Well, that escalated quickly.We’re in the first half of the two-part season 1 finale of CGI animated series Star Wars Resistance and thrown right into the events of The Force Awakens.With the Colossus refueling platform underwater, two of his friends in First Order custody and his cover blown, Resistance-spy-posing-a-mechanic Kazuda Xiono (AKA Kaz, played by Christopher Sean) plans a daring rescue. After that, he’s going to get to a shuttle and escape to Hosnian Prime, where he’ll persuade his father — who’s a New Republic senator — to send reinforcements and wrest the Colossus from First Order control.A solid plan…spoilers-starwarsDoza’s droid is deadlyFinally sick of the First Order pushing people around on his platform, Captain Doza (Jason Hightower) confronts Commander Pyre (Liam McIntyre) and threatens to bring in the New Republic.”We are well beyond the Republic’s reach,” says the ever-sinister Pyre. “Fortunately, they are not beyond ours.” Disney Star Warslast_img read more

Facebook Google Twitter sign Christchurch Call to cull terrorist content

first_img1:40 0 Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Share your voice Google, Twitter and Facebook all signed the Christchurch Call. Getty Images Tech giants and political leaders from around the globe came together in Paris on Wednesday to pledge their commitment to tackling the spread of terrorist content online, following the attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March.In a summit hosted jointly by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, companies including Facebook, Twitter and Google agreed to sign the “Christchurch Call.” The pledge was created in response to the New Zealand terrorist using Facebook to livestream part of the murders of 51 people at two mosques. The tech giants also agreed to a nine-point plan that outlined ways they’re going to work more collaboratively than they have in the past to combat this problem.The move highlights how tech companies plan to take action after failing to stop the live video of the New Zealand attack from spreading on social media sites. The video was viewed many times around the world before it was removed. More than a month after the attack, videos of the attack were still found to be circulating online, illustrating just how hard it is for tech companies to control the spread of viral tragedies. Eight tech companies signed the Christchurch Call, including Microsoft, Amazon and YouTube, along with 17 national governments and the EU. But one significant name is missing from the list of supporters — the White House announced it would not be signing the commitment due to free speech concerns.The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a statement that said while the US supports the goals of the Christchurch Call, it’s “not currently in a position to join the endorsement.””We continue to be proactive in our efforts to counter terrorist content online while also continuing to respect freedom of expression and freedom of the press,” the statement reads.Supporters of the call said in a joint statement that signing the pledge will strengthen partnerships between governments, society and tech companies.”Terrorism and violent extremism are complex societal problems that require an all-of-society response,” supporters said in the statement. Tech giants also said they would be taking actions individually to combat terrorist content. That includes updating their rules against terrorist content, giving users ways to report terrorist and violent extremist content, investing in technology, checking who is livestreaming and publishing reports that include the amount of terrorist and violent content that’s detected and removed. The companies could vet who is streaming a live video by including ratings for people who use the tool and looking at an account’s activity. On Tuesday, Facebook said it would ban users from livestreaming for a period of time if they’ve broken certain rules on the social network, including its policy against terrorist content. The company has pushed back against other ideas though, such as delaying the broadcast of a live video. The companies that support the pledge also outlined steps that will help them work better together. Those actions include sharing data and tools to improve technology aimed at combating terrorist content and educating users about how to report the offensive content and why they shouldn’t spread it online. The companies also plan to support research into combatting hate and bigotry and creating a system for responding quickly to an emerging or active event. Originally published May 15, 9:40 a.m. PT.Update, 10:39 a.m. PT: Adds White House statement.Update, 12:27 p.m. PT: Adds more background. center_img Tags YouTube sets rules for terrorism gray-zone videos Internet Services Tech Industry Facebook Google Twitterlast_img read more

Court employees assigned two days unpaid leave

first_imgAbout 800 Alaska Court System employees will be forced to take two days unpaid leave around the holidays — a result of state budget cuts.Download Audio:For more about Alaska’s possible government shutdown and layoffs, visit the 360 North government shutdown page.Except for emergency business, the court system will be closed the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 27, and Christmas Eve, a Thursday, says spokeswoman Mara Rabinowitz. They’re typically light work days.Court employees aren’t affected by the executive branch layoff notices mailed Monday.Dimond Court Building in downtown Juneau. (File photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)last_img read more

Residents Of Texas Town Feel Helpless After Church Shooting

first_imgTwitter via @Heidistevens13 Shrine to the victims of the Sutherland Springs shooting.Volunteers donated blood at a community hall and others stocked the refrigerator and laid out loaves of bread at a food pantry as the stunned community of Sutherland Springs struggled to recover from the shooting at a Baptist church that left more than two dozen dead.Law enforcement officials reopened the intersection Thursday where the First Baptist Church sits, but black mesh material was tied to the chain-link fence surrounding it. With the church door open, a tall wooden cross could be seen at the altar.Judy and Rod Green, who married at the church 15 years ago, prepared Thursday to open the By His Grace food pantry next door for a weekly Friday morning meal service.A few blocks away, Alice Garcia, a Sutherland Springs native and the president of the unincorporated town’s community association, prepared with her husband, Oscar, the annual Veterans Day memorial on the grounds of the community hall, when the church victims with military backgrounds will receive a full military salute.“Everyone in the community is doing what they can, but honestly everyone feels so helpless,” 20-year-old Karyssa Calbert of neighboring Floresville, Texas, said at the hall.Six months pregnant, Calbert couldn’t donate blood but came to the community hall to offer moral support. “People are donating time, donating money, donating prayers, but it still feels like it’s not enough,” she said.The church will be demolished, the pastor said.LYNDA GONZALEZ / KUT NEWSMona Rodriguez holds her son J. Anthony Hernandez during a candlelight vigil held on Sunday night for the 26 people killed in a shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.Pastor Frank Pomeroy told leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention earlier this week that it would be too painful to continue using First Baptist Church as a place of worship.Pomeroy discussed the state of the building with the denomination’s top executives, who traveled to the rural community in a show of support, a national Southern Baptist spokesman said.The pastor described the church as “too stark of a reminder” of the massacre, spokesman Sing Oldham said.No final decisions can be made without consulting congregants, but Pomeroy discussed turning the site into a memorial for the dead and putting up a new building on property the church owns, Oldham said.Valeria Villasenor, an assistant to the church, said she and others were trying to figure out a temporary solution “to have our doors open for our congregation,” whether by cleaning up and painting the church’s interior or holding services in a different building.Charlene Uhl, mother of 16-year-old Haley Krueger, who died in the attack, agreed that the church should come down.There should still be a church “but not here,” she said Thursday.Jeannie Brown, visiting from Indiana, stopped at the site with her daughter, who used to live in Sutherland Springs but left decades ago for San Antonio.Asked whether the church should be destroyed, Brown said: “Yes. Who would want to go back in there? But then if it is destroyed, does that mean he (the gunman) won?”Other sites of mass shootings have been torn down, including Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults in December 2012. A new school was built elsewhere.A one-room Amish schoolhouse near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was torn down in 2006, 10 days after an assailant took children hostage and shot and killed five girls ages 6 to 13.The previous site of the school is now a pasture. A nearly identical schoolhouse with a security fence was erected nearby and named New Hope School.The father of the Texas church gunman broke the family’s silence and said his relatives are grieving.Michael Kelley spoke to ABC News on Wednesday from his home in New Braunfels, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) north of Sutherland Springs.He said he does not want the “media circus” surrounding the attack by Devin Patrick Kelley to destroy “our lives, our grandchildren’s lives.”The gunman shot and killed 25 people at the church. Authorities have put the official toll at 26, because one of the victims was pregnant.Eleven people injured in the attack remained in hospitals Thursday. Sharelast_img read more

Message of harmony the spirit of Martyrs Day rally

first_imgKolkata: “Ekotai Sampriti” became an integral part of the Martyrs’ Day rally on Saturday with people from across the state coming in with placards and posters spreading the message of communal peace and harmony.This comes when TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had been repeatedly saying that Bengal has the rich heritage of communal harmony. With her repeated pleas, she has urged the masses not to indulge in any sort of instigation and not to pay any attention to rumours. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe move of the Trinamool Congress workers and supporters in spreading the message of peace and harmony during the Martyrs’ Day rally earned significance when there had been repeated attempts by communal forces to disturb the same in the state.People had started turning up to the city from Tuesday onwards to attend the mass rally and to listen to the party supremo, who played a key role in keeping up the tradition of the communal harmony in Bengal. Besides making people aware, the Chief Minister also requested them to inform the police as soon as they realise that there is some issue and there are deliberate attempts to cause trouble. She also directed the police to maintain a strict vigil. The police also carried out awareness campaigns through social networking sites as well in this connection. The theme of the tableau of the Mamata Banerjee government at the Republic Day parade also highlighted the same sentiment of Ekotai Sampriti. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSarafat Hussain, a party worker from Hasnabad, North 24-Parganas, was found carrying a placard carrying the message of communal harmony. It read: “Hate communal separatists.”Sarafat said: “Bengal is a land of peace and harmony with a rich heritage of culture and tradition and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is fighting so that common people never get deprived of their rights.”He further said: “When the Chief Minister is fighting for the benefit of the common man along with the overall development of the state, I found spreading messages of communal harmony and other social issues as the best way to pay respect to the 13 martyrs who sacrificed their lives on this day 25 years ago.”Besides spreading such a message, he also urged people to strengthen the hands of the TMC supremo so that she can ensure that Bengal is not deprived of its rights.Like Sarafat, there were several party workers at the rally who believed in the same concept of peace and harmony.last_img read more