FIFA U-17 World Cup: Players are not obliged to win but to play to win, says India coach Luis Norton de Matos

first_imgThe official draw of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which was held in Mumbai on July 8, divided the 24 participating nations into six groups, each consisting of four teams.Hosts India are drawn into Group A along with USA, Colombia and Ghana and will be playing USA in their tournament opener on October 6 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.The rest of the groups are as follows:Group B: Paraguay, Mali, New Zealand and Turkey.Group C: Iran, Guinea, Germany, Costa Rica.Group D: North Korea, Niger, Brazil and Spain.Group E: Honduras, Japan, New Caledonia and France.Group F: Iraq, Mexico, Chile and England.India are hosting and participating in a FIFA tournament for the first time and along with them, New Caledonia and Niger are making their first appearance in a major FIFA event.India, who are called the sleeping giants of football, have been drawn into a tough group and will have a major challenge in the first game itself against USA. Only once in their history, USA have failed to make it to the U-17 World Cup.”I think the first game (against USA) is the most important. I’m going to prepare very well, as will the players, and if we win, we have a good chance to progress. We will fight for that,” India coach Luis Norton de Matos said to FIFA.De Matos said that India are up against stronger opponents but will play to win.”I like this challenge, even though there are stronger favourites. USA only missed one U-17 World Cup, Colombia are one of the strongest teams in South America, and Ghana are one of the best teams in Africa. The players are not obliged to win, but are obliged to play to win,” de Matos added.advertisementDe Matos was appointed as India U-17 coach only in March and has since taken the U-17 World Cup team to exposure tours in Portugal, Italy and France. De Matos wants the young team to feel competent and capable of winning.”At the end of each game, I want the young people to feel that they can play against big teams as equals. I feel it is possible with work. I feel I can bring something to Indian football,” the coach said.De Matos urged the fans to throng the stadium to ‘Back the Blue’ and said that players perform better with support from the stands.”It is important for us that the Indian people come to the stadium. We are going to play with 11 players on the pitch, plus one from the stands. I was a football player, and I know you can play 10 to 20 per cent better, if you have this kind of support. What I want is that people are proud at the end of the game.”NEW CALEDONIA LOOK TO BEGIN FOOTBALLING STORYFellow newcomers New Caledonia are also drawn against big teams like France and Japan and their coach Michel Clarque wants the team to do their best and live the dream of playing a World Cup.”We have been living in a dream since February when we qualified. In our little nation of New Caledonia, to play a World Cup, it’s a wonderful thing, a dream. I want to share this dream with the players.”I will tell them that now your final challenge is to do our best. Like Vanuatu in the U-20 World Cup, a small country who did well against Mexico, Germany and Venezuela, if we can do as well as them, it will be great for Oceania as well,” Clarque said to FIFA.Clarque expressed hope that this will be the beginning of a footballing story in New Caledonia.”We want to do our best to develop the players. These U-17s will then become U-20. This is the beginning of their story. I hope for them that it will go on.”GERMANY, MALI WISH TO DOMINATEOn the other hand, current World Cup and Confederations Cup champions Germany are one of the favourites for the tournament and their coach Christian Wuck thinks the same.”We have a very good offensive team. We have very talented players, so I think we are favourites here, but not the only ones,” Wuck said to FIFA.Wuck mentioned that the weather in India is hot and humid and the players will have to adapt to it.”It’s very hot and very humid here and the players have to adapt, but I think it’s a beautiful country, so I’m very happy to be here. We are going to Goa and to Kochi and look how it will be.”advertisement2015 finalists Mali have been drawn into a competitive group with New Zealand, Paraguay and Turkey, where none of the teams can be considered as clear favourites to advance.Mali’s coach Jonas Komla said that they will be taking one game at a time and wants his players to relish this unforgettable journey.”I’m looking at it match by match. The first objective is to get out of the group, and after that, we will see how we progress.”All the teams in the group are very good, and we are happy to be facing them. It is something that’s unforgettable for the players and I’m very positive about the venues we’ll play in too,” Komla said to FIFA.last_img read more

India vs West Indies: Batting in middle order nothing new for me, says Rayudu

first_imgIndia’s new No.4 Ambati Rayudu has said the responsibility of batting in the middle order does not pressurise him at all.India have tried several players at No.4 batting position from Yuvraj Singh to KL Rahul to Manish Pandey to Dinesh Karthik but none of the players were impressive enough to cement their spot.However, Rayudu in his limited opportunities impressed to make the No.4 batting position his known at least in the foreseeable future.With less than nine months to go for the 2019 ICC World Cup, Rayudu said he preferred to stay in the present and was focused at the task at hand.When asked if he was feeling any pressure three days after skipper Virat Kohli backed him for a position for which the team management has tried as many as seven batsmen since the tour of Sri Lanka in 2017.Also read – Virat Kohli backs consistent Ambati Rayudu to be India’s No.4 at 2019 World CupKohli had recently said that India’s main challenge leading up to the World Cup next year was finding a solid No.4 and with Rayudu’s show in the Asia Cup, the team management felt that the Hyderabad batsman was the right man for the job.”Not really,” Rayudu said on the eve of the second ODI against the Windies in Visakhapatnam. India currently lead the 5-match series 1-0 after a crushing victory in the first ODI in Guwahati on Sunday.Also read – India name unchanged 12-man squad for 2nd ODI against West IndiesadvertisementThe 33-year-old began his first-class career way back in 2001-02 but had to wait till 2013 to make his international debut, against Zimbabwe, aged 28.”To be very honest, I am just focused on this series at the moment and not really thinking too far ahead. I don’t think it is new for me as I have been batting in the middle order for long. There is nothing new that they have asked me to do,” Rayudu added.Rayudu was dropped from the Indian ODI squad headed for England earlier this year for failing the mandatory yo-yo test, but has since made it clear that he has nothing against strict fitness benchmark.Also read – India vs West Indies: Jason Holder expects improved bowling performance in 2nd ODI”I have been working on my fitness right from my injury. I don’t think yo-yo test had any bearing on how I was preparing or how I was going about my fitness. Even now I am going to the NCA, there is a small pocket of free time for a week and I am happy that I cleared the test.”I think even before the IPL, it’s not that I was not in contention. It’s just that I had few injuries. IPL was good platform to come back strong, especially on my fitness.”Also read – Feels good to know that legends like Viv Richards, Brian Lara back me: Shimron HetmyerIn the two Tests as well as the only ODI played so far, the West Indies bowling attack was not able to challenge the Indian batting enough, something that has so far deprived the home team of a chance to test its middle-order ahead of the 2019 showpiece event.Asked about it, Rayudu did not read much into it.”Obviously it’s great that top three are doing so well for India. It’s a challenge for the middle order to always be ready to get in and bat. I am sure everybody is up for it, everybody knows the situation.”It’s just one game (the first ODI in Guwahati), I think they bowled really well and it’s just that Virat and Rohit batted brilliantly. They will pose a good challenge in the coming games,” he said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Higher Charter Rate for Dianas Capesize Bulker

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek dry bulk shipping company Diana Shipping has secured more work for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v Semirio.The company inked a time charter contract with Hong Kong-based Pacific Bulk Cape Company for the 174,261 dwt ship.As informed, the gross charter rate is USD 20,050 per day for a period of minimum ten to about twelve months. This is a considerably higher rate given that the 2007-built ship is currently chartered to Koch Shipping at USD 14,150 per day.The new charter is expected to commence on August 30, 2018.According to Diana, the employment is anticipated to generate approximately USD 6.02 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.Diana Shipping’s fleet currently comprises 50 dry bulk vessels. As of today, the combined carrying capacity of the company’s fleet is approximately 5.8 million dwt with a weighted average age of 9 years.last_img read more

Clashes in Birbhum over cut money 9 held

first_imgKolkata: Tension prevailed in Sahapur village of Birbhum district on Wednesday after a clash erupted between BJP and TMC supporters over the issue of “cut money”. Nine people have been arrested in this connection.Police said the clash was reported from Sahapur village under Sadaipur police station area, where people from both the groups hurled bombs and stones at each other. Police have increased its vigilance in the area. “People from both the parties threw crude bombs at each other, and even targeted police. Nine people have been arrested,” said SP Birbhum Shyam Singh. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Sources said the tension in the area started from Tuesday, when a group of BJP supporters launched a protest against TMC leader Enamul Haque. They staged a demonstration outside his house and demanded refund of “cut-money”. However, the protest ended following police intervention. On Wednesday, the supporters of Haque attacked those people who had taken part in Tuesday’s protest. Police, however, claimed that the situation was under control at present. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja On Tuesday, Birbhum police recovered explosives from Rampurhat area in Birbhum. As per police officials, after a series of explosion that recently took place in Birbhum district, police are conducting raids to recover explosives and arms in various parts of the district. “Acting upon sources’ information, Rampurhat police today recovered 238 packets — each packet contained 50 kilogram of ammonium nitrate,” said an official. Police said the explosives were recovered from an unauthorised storeroom located between Borjol and Rodhipur villages. During further search, eight bags containing detonators, were also found stashed in a nearby culvert. It is mentioned here that these explosives are generally used in stone quarries.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

It was my chance to step up take responsibility Kohli

first_imgPort-of-Spain: India captain Virat Kohli said it was his turn to step up and take up the responsibility in the second ODI against West Indies here after the early dismissals of his openers. After the early departures of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, Kohli scored a brilliant 120 off 125 balls to help India post 279 for seven after opting to bat. “We knew that anything over 270 would be challenging. It feels good to get a hundred when the team wanted me to get one,” Kohli said after India beat West Indies by 59 runs via D/L method to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series on Sunday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Shikhar and Rohit didn’t get a big one. One of the top three has always got the big one. A senior man had to step up and today was my opportunity to step up. It was important to string in a lot of dot balls,” he added. Kohli said it was a good toss to win as the wicket became difficult later on. “Good outing with the bat. Exactly why we wanted to bat first. If you saw the later half of the West Indies innings, it was difficult to bat on. I think the rain in between helped them else it would have been tough to bat in the middle,” he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”The batting became a little easy thanks to the rain when (Shimron) Hetymer and (Nicholas) Pooran were batting together. It was tough gripping the ball when it went into the outfield. It was about staying in there and hoping one wicket will put pressure on them and luckily we got the wickets.” Kohli said the number of left-handers in West Indies team prompted him to play Kuldeep Yadav in place of Yuzvendra Chahal. “The number of left-handers work in favour of Kuldeep and that’s why we went in with him rather than Chahal. He is more lethal against the left-handers because of his variations and the lines that he bowls to them,” he said. “Kedar (Jadhav) was precise as well. With the number of left-handers, you want to go with a chinaman bowler rather than a leggie. With Jadeja playing, it helps our balance.” The skipper lauded Shreyas Iyer, who made a crucial 71 on Sunday. “He (Iyer) is a very confident guy and has the right attitude. Really got the tempo going and took the pressure of me. After I got out, he got the extra runs as well,” Kohli said. West Indies captain Jason Holder said losing the last six wickets for just 62 runs cost his side the match. West Indies were comfortably placed at 148 for four after the 27th over before they kept losing wickets in quick succession to be bundled out for 210 in 42nd over. “Extremely disappointing. We bowled really well and the game was in our hands. We lost crucial wickets at the back end to lose the game. “We need to take responsibility. We need to take the game deep. The pitch was pretty good and the bowlers despite the humid conditions did well. The batters have to take the responsibility. They have been letting us down far too often,” Holder said.last_img read more

Midterms the morning after rocky road ahead for Republicans Dems plot course

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump must have been spoiling for a fight Wednesday when he woke up to a harsh new political reality: a divided Congress, newly empowered Democrats and maybe even a powerful new presidential challenger.While a surge of opposition didn’t swamp the Senate, where the Republicans actually made gains, Democrats turned the tide in the House of Representatives, forming a majority that gives them more power to subpoena cabinet members, investigate the president’s ties to Russia and compel the release of the his tax returns.But to hear Trump tell it, the midterms represented an “almost total victory” for his party.By turns conciliatory and combative, Trump put on a vintage performance Wednesday in the East Room of the White House — listing Republicans who lost after rejecting his campaign help, sparring angrily with reporters and offering to work with Democrats only if they stand down on their investigative threats.“They did very poorly,” he said of a number of Republican incumbents who turned down his support, several of whom he mentioned by name. “I’m not sure that I should be happy or sad, but I feel just fine about it.”Within hours of the end of the 90-minute news conference, another prominent name was gone: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who submitted his resignation Wednesday “at (Trump’s) request” after months of being vilified and embarassed publicy by the president for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.Whenever the subject of Russia or taxes came up Wednesday, Trump sounded like he was issuing an ultimatum.“They’ve got nothing, zero. You know why? ‘Cause there is nothing,” he said of the Democrats, suggesting that he would push Senate investigations of Democrats’ conduct if they try the same thing with him.“They can play that game, but we can play it better, because we have a thing called the United States Senate, and a lot of very questionable things were done, between leaks of classified information and many other elements that should not have taken place.”One thing that clearly didn’t change overnight was Trump’s contempt for the media, particularly CNN.“You are a rude, terrible person,” Trump said during one especially heated exchange when CNN’s Jim Acosta tried to steer the line of questioning towards the ongoing Russia investigation.“The way you treat (press secretary) Sarah Huckabee is horrible and the way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”Tuesday’s vote ushered a number of new and diverse faces into Congress, including the first Muslim, Indigenous and Korean-born women, while voters in Colorado made Jared Polis the first openly gay man to be elected a state governor.And it might also have freed up another Democratic superstar to take a run at the White House: the charismatic Beto O’Rourke, who was edged out in his bid to represent Texas in the Senate by Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.O’Rourke capped off a remarkably strong campaign with a concession speech that sounded much more like a call to arms.“We are great people: ambitious, defined by our aspirations, the hard work that we are willing to commit in order to achieve them,” he told supporters in his hometown of El Paso.“Every single one of us — Republicans, Democrats, independents, from the biggest of cities to the smallest of towns — the people of Texas want to do and will do the great work of this country.”Before Tuesday’s result, O’Rourke had said he had no plans to seek the presidential nomination in 2020.Asked if she believes him, University of Texas at Austin politics lecturer Victoria DeFrancesco had a simple answer: “No.”“Had he won, then 2020 would have been tough for him to justify,” DeFrancesco said in an interview. “He is a fantastic fundraiser, he has a great message and if you watched his concession speech — I’ve never seen a concession speech like that. That was basically a campaign speech. So you can read between the lines.”Of course, no shortage of Democratic hopefuls are waiting in the wings, all representing segments of the demographic and ideological formula some believe comprises the perfect candidate: elder statesman Joe Biden, visible minorities Cory Booker and Kamala Harris and political veteran Elizabeth Warren, among others.“I think he’s as strong of a candidate as anyone else, but it would not be a cakewalk, because there are a lot of other talented people out there,” DeFrancesco said.“You could boil it down to two camps: some say, ‘Let’s play to that middle,’ and others will say, ‘No, let’s fortify the bases.’ So I think the next 12 to 18 months are going to be about defining which of those two visions wins out.”last_img read more

Darfur UNAfrican Union mission gives green light to school project funding

16 April 2009Schoolchildren in the war-torn western flank of the Sudan are set to benefit from a cash injection aimed at breathing new life into their educational system, the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) announced today. Schoolchildren in the war-torn western flank of the Sudan are set to benefit from a cash injection aimed at breathing new life into their educational system, the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) announced today.The UNAMID office in the West Darfur town of Zalingie has approved funds for some 19 projects that will attempt to rapidly rehabilitate and construct schools in and around camps where people uprooted by violent conflict in the area are seeking safety.The so-called Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) will also provide educational materials for internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in the makeshift shelters.UNAMID estimated that the 19 QIP proposals, which largely target basic schools in the IDP camps, will cost more than $432,000. read more

CREA wants parents to help their kids buy homes by tapping into

The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.A formalized mechanism that allows parents to transfer their RRSP savings — up to the maximum $25,000 — would help increase available downpayment amounts, reduce the amount borrowed and limit risk to the lender, CREA said.The association wants both parents to be eligible to loan funds from their RRSPs to anyone they had previously claimed as dependents on their income tax return.While CREA’s proposal is not unreasonable, there’s no obvious answer to whether people should be able to dip into retirement savings — tax-free — to fund a property downpayment, said Thomas Davidoff, a professor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.He’s concerned the plan could be a risk for people who are undersaving for retirement and would be utilized more by wealthier families, amounting to a transfer from less wealthy families to better off ones.It would also likely push up housing prices, he said.“Part of what you do when you subsidize housing in any way is push up the price,” he said, “which just helps property owners rather than buyers.”The biggest thing the federal government should be considering when it comes to their approach to real estate and taxation is how to add tax burden to real estate, he said — not subtract it. The government could, for example, limit how much of a principal residence’s capital gains are tax exempt when it is sold.In addition to expanding the home buyers’ plan to include parents, CREA also suggested the government extend it to homeowners who relocate for work, decide to accommodate an elderly family member or suffer the loss of a spouse or a marital breakdown.CREA also asked the government to increase the maximum withdrawal amount by $10,000 to help first-time buyers make larger downpayments and take on less debt. VANCOUVER — The federal government should allow parents who want to help their offspring with the purchase of a home to tap into their retirement savings, says The Canadian Real Estate Association, which also wants the maximum withdrawal limit bumped up by $10,000.Extending the Home Buyers’ Plan to allow for “intergenerational RRSP loans” would ease the financial burden that many young Canadians face when trying to purchase a home for the first time, wrote CREA in its 2018 pre-budget submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.Under the current plan, first-time buyers can withdraw up to $25,000 from their RRSPs to contribute to the purchase of a home. The tax-free loan must generally be repaid within 15 years.‘No quick fixes’: Housing market still rife with risk, despite Bank of Canada optimismHousing chief sees dreams of ownership fading for CanadiansCanadians rush to get mortgages ahead of tougher tests in new yearAllowing parents access to the plan would help many first-time buyers enter the market and ease their financial obligations, the association said.Recent and rapid home price increases have resulted in many parents already gifting downpayment money to children.The national average price for a home sold in October was $505,937, up five per cent from a year ago, according to figures the association released earlier this month.Two of the country’s hottest housing markets have been contributing to those gains.In October, the benchmark price of a property in Greater Vancouver hit $1,042,300, up 12.4 per cent from the previous year, according to figures from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. Meanwhile, in the Greater Toronto Area that month the average property price was $780,104, up 2.3 per cent with the previous October, according to figures from the Toronto Real Estate Board.Nearly one in five first-time homebuyers received help from a family member with a downpayment, according to a Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. online survey of 3,002 mortgage consumers completed in March.Part of what you do when you subsidize housing in any way is push up the price, which just helps property owners rather than buyers read more

Prospect of solution within reach Ban says as Greek Cypriot and Turkish

“The two leaders have reached a critical juncture in their talks. I encourage them to make the most of the moment and the momentum,” Mr. Ban told the press in Mont Pèlerin, where the negotiations are being held. “I call on all interested parties – especially the guarantor powers Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom – as well as the wider international community, to support the leaders in their efforts to finally overcome the division of their island,” he added. Hailing the significant progress made in the leader-led process over the past 18 months, Mr. Ban highlighted the hope expressed by the two leaders that this meeting will pave the way for the last phase of the talks in line with their shared commitment to do their utmost in order to reach a settlement within 2016. “At the same time, a number of sensitive and difficult issues still remain. I know the two leaders are here with a strong commitment and determination to work towards solving all these issues,” noted the Secretary-General.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses full support and commitment to Cyprus peace talks. Credit: UN News Centre Mr. Ban further said that Cyprus offered “tremendous” hope to people around the world that long-standing conflicts can be resolved peacefully through negotiations, and assured the two leaders – Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, and Greek Cypriot leader, Nicos Anastasiades – of UN’s commitment to assist them “in whatever way” to reach their shared goal, while respecting that the future of Cyprus will be determined by Cypriots, for all Cypriots. “I commend the leaders for their vision, courage and leadership for advancing their talks further than ever before. The prospect of a solution in Cyprus is within their reach,” said the UN chief, adding: “Expectations in both communities are high.” The talks, hosted by the Swiss Government, are being conducted under the auspices of the UN Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide. read more

Reasons to hope for sustainable peace in Central African Republic – UN

In addition, six non-state armed groups have agreed to participate in the DDR process which is to start by the end of the year. “Our work is of course not finished,” he acknowledged, explaining that “the country is still facing numerous challenges. The drivers of conflict remain and attacks against civilians continue to take place, causing mass displacements of people.”The UN office which coordinates humanitarian affairs (OCHA), estimates that close to 615,000 people are currently displaced in CAR and up to 2.5 million people are in need of life-saving aid.“Half of the country needs humanitarian assistance, and the delivery of this assistance is becoming more and more difficult, especially because of violent attacks against peacekeepers and aid workers,” regretted Special Representative Onanga-Anyanga. According to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Najat Rochdi, 2018 has been particularly deadly for aid workers: so far, this year alone, the number of attacks against aid workers and against humanitarian convoys or goods, nears 200. Since January, at least, six aid workers lost their lives. This general insecurity has led to temporary suspensions of life-saving activities in various localities.“The path towards peace and reconciliation will not be an easy one,” declared Mr. Onanga-Anyanga. “Together with the Central Africans, we must now help move the country from a phase of containment, to one of transformation, where the dividends of peace can be felt by all communities and all citizens,” he told the Security Council, calling for the international community  to “work with the Government of the Central African Republic to ensure that this peace process is people-centered and does not fail”.“While the current situation remains unpredictable and precarious, I believe that progress achieved in various areas and the foundations laid are essential ingredients,” he concluded, listing various conditions needed for sustainable peace to be achieved, including the buy-in of the people of CAR, an adequate security backdrop, and sustained international support. Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, who also heads the UN stabilization mission in the country, MINUSCA, told the UN Security Council that, since the mission was established, “much progress” has been made to “extinguish the flames of the devastating inter-communal conflict.”Civil conflict between Christian and the Muslims communities in CAR broke out in 2013 and, after a short respite in 2015, intensified again the following year, throwing the country into a new spiral of violence.MINUSCA was deployed in 2014 with a mandate to protect civilians, support the political transition, assist with the delivery of humanitarian assistance and promote the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) process.“The Mission is preventing atrocities daily and continues to preserve the State’s territorial integrity,” the head of MINUSCA said.Among other “reasons to hope” that the Special Representative cited are the overall improvement in the security situation, the democratic elections held in 2015 and 2016, and the restoration of constitutional order across the country, as civilian authorities have been redeployed nationwide. read more

Scottish pupils not being offered a fair choice of subjects under the

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. liz smith The debate followed the disclosure by the Telegraph last week that less than 60 per cent of Scottish secondaries now provide six courses in S4, leading to a National qualification, with barely 11 per cent teaching the gold standard of eight.Prof Jim Scott, of the University of Dundee’s School of Education and Social Work, warned this gave pupils no latitude when choosing Highers if they fail to gel with one or two of their subjects. Secondary pupils across Scotland are not being offered a fair choice under the SNP following a huge increase in schools restricting the number of subjects that can be studied in fourth year, it has been claimed.Liz Smith, the Scottish Conservative education spokesman, said the dwindling number of subjects was hitting those who wanted to leave school early the hardest.In a debate in Holyrood, she added that 57 per cent of schools now offer only six subjects to children in S4, leading to almost 144,000 fewer annual courses being passed. The figure has jumped from 28 per cent in 2013.MSPs were told the situation was particularly affecting pupils in disadvantaged communities.Labour accused Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney of presiding over an education system in danger of losing the respect of teachers, pupils and parents. John Swinney, the Education Minister, told MSPs the reduction in subjects was part of the redesign of the curriculum and represented a move away from the previous system “where the focus was on gaining as many standard grades or O-levels as possible”.”The period from S4 to S6 … is designed as a three-year phase of learning where the focus is on a learner’s total achievements by the end of that period, rather than individual year-on-year attainment.”He also said it was for individual schools to decide whether pupils in S4 were getting a fair choice of subjects.That was questioned by Jenny Marra, for Labour, who said Dundee City Council had told schools that fourth year pupils could sit a maximum of six subjects.MSPs unanimously backed a Conservative motion, amended by the government and Labour, “noting with concern evidence that shows that, for a substantial number of schools across Scotland, subject choice for S4 pupils has been reduced”, believing this is an “unintended consequence” of the current structure of Curriculum for Excellence, and further believing it is “exacerbated by teacher shortages in key subjects”.The motion also recognises that “the most significant measure of achievement is when pupils leave school after the three-year senior phase”. Liz Smith said the issue was hurting those who want to leave school earlyCredit:Corbis John Swinney said it was for schools to decide if enough subjects were being offeredCredit:PA Ms Smith said the situation also meant there was a “very serious” situation with the Advanced Higher, and claimed the purpose of a final year at school was being called into question.Oliver Mundell, the Tory MSP, added: “We talk about the Curriculum for Excellence as being about empowering the individual learner. It is surely then quite ironic that the reality of the new curriculum for many young people in Scotland is that less choice than ever before exists at a crucial juncture.” john swinney The Tories said the figures meant that those who choose to leave school before sitting Highers will do so with fewer qualifications than ever, hampering their chances of employment, apprenticeships or a college place.Ms Smith said: “Few decisions are more important to any young person at school than those they make about subject choice.“There is a marked effect on many young people attending schools in disadvantaged communities – something about which we should all be very concerned in terms of widening access.”She added that it would not be possible to have effective subject choices  while “we have 3,400 fewer teachers in the system than we did when SNP came to power”, and while experienced teachers in subjects like maths were leaving the profession. read more

Media Services Australia celebrates 30 years of excellence

first_imgOne of Australia’s leading video production companies, Media Services Australia (MSA), is toasting to 30 years of experience in the industry, a significant achievement in a fast-paced and ever-changing media landscape.Bill Zographos, founder of the multi-award-winning Melbourne video production company, shot his first professional event in 1987, and in the three decades since has captured rare and exclusive footage of everyone from Queen Elizabeth to sports stars like Shaquille O’Neal.“Back then video cameras weighed up to 10kg and the equipment to record video and audio was separate. You needed two people to just to film something properly, if not three,” said Mr Zographos.“Today smartphones do what you used to require tens of thousands of dollars to do – but what hasn’t changed is the need for high-quality professional skills and the know-how to best communicate stories in video which comes from years of experience.”Despite having documented thousands of events over the course of his career, Mr Zographos still remembers his first job at a wedding in Springvale, in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs.“The first wedding I filmed was upstairs at a Greek tavern in Springvale. It’s not there anymore but I still remember everything about it, from the kitchen tiles to the main menu. Video was just starting to become available to everyday people in Australia to capture moments they’d never been able to film before,” Mr Zographos said.From that humble beginning, Mr Zographos started an award-winning career in media that saw him film major events – from airplane crashes to rock shows – for TV broadcasters such as ABC, Channel 7, Channel 9 and SBS, and organisations including ANZ, Australia Post and the federal government. As well as filming consecutive Australian prime ministers, visiting presidents and royalty, Mr Zographos has captured rare moments with some of the biggest names in pop culture. Take, for example, the night of 31 August 1997, the grand opening of Planet Hollywood in Melbourne – and coincidentally, the same night as Princess Diana’s tragic death.“Everyone was there −Sylvester Stallone, Will Smith, Jean Claude Van Damme, Sugar Ray Leonard, Shaquille O’Neal. Eddie McGuire was the MC and he announced it live when Princess Diana died. “It was one of the most memorable things I ever filmed – a major event, at the same time as a world tragedy. I had a job to do, which was to capture this major event in Melbourne and I was very focused, but I had that in my mind and it was a really significant job. I still remember it clearly and the emotion that followed the announcement.”The company’s areas of expertise include corporate videos, TV commercials, social media marketing, digital transfer and archiving, major live events and TV documentaries. Based in the heart of the city, it also provides one of the only fully-equipped, mobile green room studios in the Melbourne CBD, available for hire for professionals and executives requiring the best resources and expert know-how.MSA has recently joined forces with renowned Australian broadcaster and former Channel 10 newsreader George Donikian to offer a range of advanced media training services for executives and public figures in addition to its video production capabilities. Mr Zographos and Mr Donikian can be called upon for expert comment on topics relating to the media, video production and technology, TV news, the use of video in social media, corporate videos, media training and more. To find out more go to Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Twelve suspects in total identified with links to Boutaris attack so far

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As the days pass, authorities are quickly identifying more suspects with a connection to the attack carried out against Thessaloniki’s mayor Yiannis Boutaris.The twelfth suspect, a 22-year-old local, was identified on Saturday. They will face charges of verbal assault and disturbing the peace.The mob attack took place on Saturday 19 May on Remembrance Day, during commemorations for the Pontian genocide at Thessaloniki’s White Tower.Mr Boutaris was verbally abused and told to leave the event, before being attacked with bottles. After falling to the ground, he was then kicked in the head and all over his body, resulting in the 75-year-old being hospitalised.Last week three other suspects aged between 20 and 34 were detained by police and charged.The two younger men aged 20 and 21 were identified through videos taken at the site of the incident. They are shown kicking and smashing the windows of Mr Boutaris’ car and as a result will be charged with aggravated damages.Meanwhile on Wednesday, three men were charged over the assault and found guilty by a court.Two of the suspects received suspended jail sentences, and the third was offered to buy out his sentence for a charge of five euros per day.last_img read more

Grippe A H1N1 plusieurs millions de vaccins jetés à la poubelle

first_imgGrippe A H1N1 : plusieurs millions de vaccins jetés à la poubelleFrance – La polémique continue concernant les points noirs de la gestion de la pandémie de grippe A. En cause aujourd’hui : la perte de plus de 3 millions de vaccins. Seuls 8,5% de la population ont été vaccinés contre la grippe. Le rapport de l’enquête parlementaire souligne longuement l’échec de la campagne de vaccination menée dans l’Hexagone.À lire aussiÉpidémie de rougeole : New York déclare l’état d’urgence sanitaire et rend la vaccination obligatoireOutre la gestion financière jugée mauvaise, on peut s’intéresser à la logistique. Par certains aspects, elle ne semble pas meilleure puisque, à titre d’exemple, 3,46 millions de vaccins ont été perdus. On n’entend pas par là que ces doses se sont envolées dans la nature mais qu’elles ont été jetées, mises au rebut parce que, par exemple, la chaîne du froid avait été rompue ou que les flacons avaient été entamés. Cette quantité est particulièrement importante, surtout au regard du nombre de personnes vaccinées estime la commission. Bientôt, un autre type de perte verra malheureusement le jour. Comme tout produit pharmaceutique, les vaccins ont une date d’expiration. Pour beaucoup, cette date approche : octobre 2010. Triste consolation, le phénomène n’est pas seulement rencontré en France et au Québec par exemple, on déplore les mêmes pertes. Le 16 juillet 2010 à 13:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Watch Woman Looking for Cat Finds 7Foot Alligator in Storm Drain

first_img“We looked inside and there was an alligator,” she said. “At first we’re like wait a minute, so we took a second glance… then I took out my phone, took a picture and I told the neighbors.”Snow said she immediately called animal control officers, who arrived at the scene to scope out the lurking gator. When the officers saw that the gator was more than four feet long, they called Mississippi wildlife officials, according to WLOX. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target State officials soon arrived and wrangled the alligator out of the drain — and it turned out the animal was just over seven feet long.Officials said Snow did the right thing by calling professional handlers right away. “You don’t want to feed the gators even if they’re in your yard, you don’t want to try to trap them yourself,” said Pascagoula Police Capt. Doug Adams, who confirmed that animal control has captured the gator and plans to release it into a nearby marsh.center_img Is this the reptilian version of It‘s Pennywise? A woman in Mississippi looking for her missing cat came face-to-face instead with a 7-foot alligator that was lurking in a storm drain.Brooque Snow, from Pascagoula, Miss., told news station WLOX she and her stepdaughter were roaming her neighborhood block trying to locate her cat when she thought to look down a storm drain. The City of Pascagoula shared photos of the gator on their Facebook account, and residents were quick to express their delight — and concern.“Exciting day on our street,” said one posted. “Please name him Pennywise,” said another.Other Facebook users pointed out how the situation could have gotten worse. “At least he found the storm drain and not someone’s doggie door,” said a commenter.More on Texas Man Finds More Than 30 Rattlesnakes Under ShedScientists Discover Bizarre, New Eel-Like Creature in FloridaGirl Accidentally Brings Home Deadly Blue-Ringed Octopuslast_img read more

Report Thorgan Hazard a target for Atletico Madrid

first_imgThorgan Hazard, brother of Chelsea’s Eden, has emerged as a reported target for Atletico MadridThe 25-year-old winger has been at Borussia Monchengladbach for the past four years and has inserted himself as a key member of the squad.In fact, Hazard’s eight goals and five assists in 12 Bundesliga games this season have helped Gladbach move up to second in the standings.The Belgium international has frequently been tipped to follow in his older brother’s footsteps by joining a big European club.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Now Marca reports that Atletico are eyeing up a move for Hazard with his future at Gladbach in doubt.Hazard’s current contract at the German side expires in June 2020 and he’s yet to accept an extension from Gladbach.And an offer from Atletico may be appealing to Hazard as it could bring about a family reunion at the Spanish capital with his brother, Eden, strongly linked with a switch to Real Madrid.Gladbach will face RB Leipzig away in the Bundesliga on Sunday.last_img read more

Todd Gloria on Governor Browns State of the State address

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter January 27, 2018 Posted: January 27, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown delivered his 2018 State of the State address.Following the address, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) issued this statement:“Governor Brown has stayed true to his word: ‘California is not going back not now, not ever.’ We are moving forward, protecting Californians, and leading while Washington is stagnant.“A number of challenges still lie ahead for us – most notably our housing crisis which remains the most pressing issue facing California. While we took significant steps last year, I look forward to introducing more innovative solutions this year as a member of the Assembly’s Housing and Community Development Committee.“Additionally, we must be vigilant and ready to protect California’s Dreamers should Washington choose to neglect its promise.“California is stronger more than ever before. That’s due in no small part to Governor Brown and his leadership. The quality-of-life and strength of the Golden State has vastly improved under his administration. We have work to do, but Governor Brown will undoubtedly leave California better than he found it.” center_img Todd Gloria on Governor Brown’s State of the State address , last_img read more

7 hospitalized after West MiamiDade car crash

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Seven people, including two children, were taken to the hospital after, officials said, at least two vehicles collided in Northwest Miami-Dade, Tuesday afternoon.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the crash, at the intersection of Northwest 87th Avenue and Park Boulevard, just after 3:45 p.m.Witnesses told 7News some of the passengers flew out of their vehicles when they collided in the northbound lanes of Northwest 87th Avenue.Paramedics transported three victims as trauma alerts and another is on basic life support. Some were taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center and others to Jackson Memorial Hospital.One of the children was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center and the other was transported to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Their conditions are unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Ed Sheerans GRAMMY Duet With Elton John GRAMMYs Greatest Stories

first_img The Story Of Ed Sheeran’s First GRAMMY Performance The pop singer/songwriter fondly recalls his first-ever GRAMMY performance, with a hand from his mentor; tune in to “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories” Nov. 24 at 9 p.m. on CBS.Brian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 22, 2017 – 9:00 am Ed Sheeran’s three trips to the GRAMMY stage as a performer have each been especially memorable in their own ways. He’s sung a duet with Elton John, run a victory lap with his smash-hit “Thinking Out Loud” and, most recently, given a rousing one-man band performance of “Shape Of You.” Elton John On His GRAMMY Moment With Lady Gaga NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 22, 2017 – 9:00 am The Story Of Ed Sheeran’s First GRAMMY Performance Remember When Beyoncé Performed With Prince? Remember When Beyoncé Performed With Prince? Blake Shelton: Highwayman At The GRAMMYs Blake Shelton: Highwayman At The GRAMMYs Elton John On His GRAMMY Moment With Lady Gaga The former, Sheeran’s first appearance as a performer at the 55th GRAMMY Awards in 2013, came by way of a special request from his mentor John, who envisioned a special duet of Sheeran’s Song Of The Year-nominated “The A Team.””I help manage him, and I believe so much in this guy,” John recalls telling the showrunners of Sheeran’s talent. “[I said,] ‘He’s gonna be a huge star. What if I do a duet with ‘The A Team’? … And that’s how we got Ed onto the GRAMMYs.” Justin Timberlake’s GRAMMY Moment With Al Green Ed Sheeran’s GRAMMY Duet With Elton John: “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories” Facebook Prev Next Justin Timberlake’s GRAMMY Moment With Al Green Christina Aguilera On “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories” Twitter The Story Of Ed Sheeran’s First GRAMMY Performance Bruno Mars Recalls Prince GRAMMY Tribute Watch Sheeran and other artists discuss the most memorable performances in GRAMMY history on the TV special “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special,” airing Friday, Nov. 24 from 9–11 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.”GRAMMYs Greatest Stories”: Christina Aguilera’s Intimate “Beautiful” PerformanceRead more Christina Aguilera On “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories” Bruno Mars Recalls Prince GRAMMY Tribute Remember When Beyoncé Performed With Prince? Justin Timberlake’s GRAMMY Moment With Al Green News Bruno Mars Recalls Prince GRAMMY Tribute Elton John On His GRAMMY Moment With Lady Gaga Ed Sheeran: GRAMMYs Greatest Stories ed-sheerans-grammy-duet-elton-john-grammys-greatest-stories Blake Shelton: Highwayman At The GRAMMYs Email The Story Of Ed Sheeran’s First GRAMMY Performance More “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories” Christina Aguilera On “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories”last_img read more