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Issue of Pak Sikh girl resolved amicably Punjab governor

first_imgLahore: The issue of the teenage Sikh girl, who was allegedly abducted and converted to Islam before being married to a Muslim man in Pakistan’s Punjab province, has been “amicably” resolved between the two families, Provincial Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has claimed. The issue snowballed into a controversy after the family of the girl, Jagjit Kaur, in a video message that went viral on Friday, claimed that she was abducted and forcibly converted to Islam. Her family says she is 18 years of age. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ An FIR was registered against six people in the case and one of the suspects named Arsalan, a friend of the prime accused Mohammad Hassan who married the Sikh girl, was arrested. However, the girl, who is the daughter of a Sikh priest in Nankana Sahib, some 80 kms from Lahore, has maintained that she married Hassan of her locality with her own free will. She was shifted to Darul Aman (shelter home) on a court order. The girl had on Saturday also rejected Sarwar’s plea to return to her family citing threat to her life. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K In a video tweet on Tuesday, Sarwar, along with the fathers of both Kaur and Hassan, said that the issue has been amicably resolved to the satisfaction of the families concerned. He thanked both the families for coming to the Governor’s House on his request. Great news for Pakistani and Sikh communities across the world. Issue of Nankana girl was amicably resolved to the satisfaction of the concerned families. The girl is safe and in touch with her family. We shall continue to ensure the rights of minorities in Pakistan, the governor in the tweet. Sarwar also requested Hassan’s father to speak in the video. We withdraw from the case and we will have no objection if the girl, Jagjit, goes with her family, Hassan’s father said. However, Kaur’s father and brother did not speak. The girl could not be produced before a special judicial magistrate on Monday due to security issues. The Lahore High Court on Monday granted protective bail to Hassaan till September 7. Hassan’s counsel told the court that the FIR against him and others was lodged by the girl’s family under pressure as she married him with her own free will. “Kaur embraced Islam without any coercion and was given Muslim name Ayesha before nikah (marriage) of the couple was solemnized. She has already recorded her statement before a judicial magistrate concerned denying the charges of abduction and forced conversion to Islam,” he said. The police also detained 10 relatives and friends of Hassan on Saturday in connection with the case. There are reports that after the agreement between the two families at the Governor’s House, the police have set free the detained relatives and friends.last_img read more

Food insecurity in toddler years leads to poor health

first_imgYoung kids, who grow up in homes with limited access to nutritious foods are more likely to experience poor overall health and developmental problems, says a new study. However, these kids are not at higher risk of developing obesity, the research added. For the findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, the researchers analysed data from 28,184 racially and ethnically diverse children between one to four years primarily from low-income households in five US cities that participated in Children’s HealthWatch, an ongoing network of pediatric and public health researchers that monitors how economic hardships relate to the healthy development and growth of children. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”We did find, however, that growing up in a low-income community – typically with a lack of access to healthy grocery stores, an overabundance of fast food chains, and few safe areas to play outdoors – increased a preschooler’s risk of developing obesity regardless of food security,” said study leader Maureen Black, Professor at University of British Columbia. “This is quite alarming and indicates a significant public health issue,” Black said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardData were stratified by every year of age from birth to one year and up to four years of age, the study said. According to the researchers, about 27 per cent of the children in the study lived in households that had food insecurity, including more than 13 per cent in extremely deprived households with child food insecurity. The vast majority of households in the study qualified for federal and state food assistance programmes that provided supplemental nutrition. The researchers identified food security based on interviews, using a standard questionnaire, with mothers of the children conducted by the Children’s HealthWatch. While the study did not find a link between food insecurity and obesity risk, it did find that food insecurity was associated with significantly increased risks of a child being in poor health and experiencing a developmental delay, with the odds increasing with a child’s age up to age four.last_img read more

Ottawa to gradually eliminate plastic waste in its operations across the country

first_imgHALIFAX – Ottawa used the platform of a G7 ministers meeting Thursday to announce it will gradually eliminate most plastic waste from government operations, as corporate leaders spoke of how they’re eager to turn waste into profitable material.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said at the Halifax gathering that the federal government will ditch unnecessary plastics throughout its operations.“We’re going to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastics throughout government operations. So this includes straws, cutlery, packaging, cups, bottles,” McKenna said.She said Ottawa aims to collect, reuse or recycle at least 75 per cent of its plastic waste by 2030.Meanwhile, the CEOs of a number of large companies said they’ll sign the ocean plastics charter that Canada has been promoting.The Canadian-led plastic charter’s provisions call for national governments to set standards for increasing the reuse and recycling of plastics rather than trashing them.It also calls for businesses to take responsibility for production methods that eliminate waste — an approach referred to as “extended producer responsibility.”Five of the seven G7 nations and the European Union signed on to the charter at the recent G7 leaders summit in Charlevoix, but the United States and Japan still haven’t endorsed it.McKenna announced Thursday that Jamaica, Kenya, the Marshall Islands, and Norway are signing on to the plastics charter.Also Thursday, a group of companies and non-government groups announced a coalition dedicated to finding ways to use plastic rather than throwing it away.Unilever Canada, Walmart Canada, Ikea Canada and Loblaw were among firms joining with non-governmental groups to support the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition. The term circular economy refers to manufacturing processes that involves recycled materials and waste is eliminated or reused elsewhere.Some firms, including Ikea, have already promised to eliminate single-use plastic products from its shelves by 2020, including straws, plates, cups, freezer bags, garbage bags and plastic-coated paper plates and cups.There have been a wide array of corporate anti-plastic pledges in recent months: hotels including the Marriott and Holiday Inn Express have dumped their complimentary tiny shampoo and conditioner bottles in favour of larger containers that are attached to the bathroom wall.Montreal became the largest Canadian municipality to ban single-use plastic bags this week, and Prince Edward Island is gearing up to become to the first province to do the same.Paul Polman, the chief executive of Dutch-British multinational Unilever — a massive consumer products firm — attended the morning session of the G7 meeting and told the ministers those that haven’t signed on are falling behind a world trend led by consumers.He referred to the Canadian-led ocean plastics charter as a starting point for all nations to commit to.“You’ve put a stake in the ground of what the minimum is that the whole world should adhere to, even though I realize there are some countries still hesitating to sign,” he said.“I can only tell you, you’re out of line of where the consumers are.”He said people around the world want to help end the flow of plastic into the oceans, in part because of powerful images of sea life that is dying due to swallowing plastic waste being dumped into water.“It’s drastically changing the consumer’s perspective,” he said.McKenna also said during her news conference that Ottawa is starting a $12 million fund for innovations in plastics aimed at finding ways to avoid the material entering the waste stream.However, McKenna has said the Liberal government’s wider approach to setting out a national strategy to reduce plastic waste and encourage reuse is still being worked out, as she plans to meet with provincial counterparts.Mark Butler, the director of Halifax-based Ecology Action Centre, said while the voluntary commitments of companies and the international charters are useful, stronger legislation is needed to eliminate throwaway plastics and commit companies to recycling and reuse.“Voluntary is great, but we need mandatory,” he said. “The basic approach is if it can’t be recycled, we shouldn’t be using it.”Butler also said there are still serious problems with the ocean plastics charter, including its use of terminology that would allow for plastic waste to be burned — thus contributing to greenhouse gases.The Canadian-led conference didn’t appear to convince a representative of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to consider signing the plastics charter.As he prepared to depart Halifax, Andrew Wheeler, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said the United States intends to follow its own domestic plans to reduce plastic waste.Wheeler said most plastic waste comes from southeast Asia.“As I said in the meeting today after the press left, we have to be aware of the fact that 60 per cent of the plastic waste comes from five countries that are not represented by us,” he said in an interview.“The G7 needs to do a better job of outreach to those countries if we’re going to solve this problem internationally.”Masaharu Nakagawa, the Japanese minister of the environment, declined a request for an interview on why his country is not signing the plastics accord, but signalled the matter will be discussed further at the G20 meetings.He said in a speech earlier in the day that Japan is currently considering a domestic strategy referred to as the “plastic resource circulation strategy,” and this new strategy will include the points listed in the Ocean Plastic Charter and “aims to be even more ambitious.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna incorrectly said the Seychelles had joined the plastics charter.last_img read more

SC refuses to consider Mayawatis plea against EC order

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday refused to consider BSP supremo Mayawati’s plea challenging the EC’s 48-hr campaign ban on her and expressed satisfaction over the poll body’s action against leaders making hate speeches. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked Mayawati’s counsel to file a separate appeal against the poll panel’s order. Taking note of the EC action, the court said it seems the poll body has “woken up” and barred various politicians from poll campaigning for varying hours. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The bench also comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna made it clear that no further order was required for now. The Election Commission on Monday imposed a nationwide campaign ban on Adityanath for 72 hours and on Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and Mayawati for 48 hours from Tuesday for their “provocative” communal remarks, which it said had the “propensity to polarise the elections”. A 72-hour campaign ban has also been imposed on Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan for his alleged “khaki underwear” jibe against actor-politician Jaya Prada, who is his rival BJP candidate in Rampur Lok Sabha seat. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The bench was hearing a PIL filed by an NRI Yoga teacher based in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), seeking a direction to the EC to take “strict action” against political parties if their spokespersons make remarks based on caste and religion in the media in the run up to general elections. The all-India ban on all four leaders — two from the ruling BJP and two from opposition parties — came into force from 6 am Tuesday. While Adityanath, Mayawati and Gandhi were found guilty of violating the model code, the EC said Khan not only violated the poll code, he also disregarded its November 2013 directive asking politicians to desist from “deeds or actions construed as being repugnant to the honour and dignity of women”. For the first time a pan-India ban has been imposed on politicians, while any restriction on a chief minister and a union minister is unprecedented. Mayawati alleged the order has been passed “under pressure” and it would be remembered as a “black day” in the EC’s history. She has faced action for appealing to Muslims to not vote for the Congress to avoid their anti-BJP votes getting divided. Her alliance partner and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav asked the EC whether it is capable to issue similar directives to the prime minister to stop him from asking for votes in name of the Army. The EC order to bar Adityanath and Mayawati came soon after the Supreme Court asked the poll watchdog about the action it has initiated against them. The apex court had on Monday expressed displeasure over the Election Commission not taking quick action against politicians for communal and hate speeches during the Lok Sabha campaigning and decided to examine the ambit of its power following submission that it was “toothless”. The bench had taken the cases of alleged communal speeches of Mayawati and Adityanath and asked the EC about the action taken so far against them while deciding to examine the statutory powers of poll panel to deal with the violation of model code of conduct (MCC). The EC’s counsel had said: “The power of the EC in this behalf is very limited. We can issue notice and seek reply but we cannot de-recognise a party or disqualify a candidate…we can only issue advisories and in case of a repeat offence, register a complaint.” Reacting sharply, the bench had said, “So you are basically saying you are toothless and powerless against hate speeches.” It had then said that besides sending a notice, an advisory and a criminal case can be filed only against such leader. “It is stated by the counsel appearing for the EC that the power of the ECI for violation of the Model Code of Conduct by making hate speeches on grounds of religion, caste etc is circumscribed to issuing of notice and upon consideration of the reply to issue advisories. “Only in case of repeated violation of the advisories, the EC has the power to file an FIR with the Police for initiation of criminal proceedings,” the bench had noted in the order. The apex court, on April 8, had issued notice to the Centre and the poll panel on the PIL seeking direction to take “strict action” against political parties if their spokespersons make remarks based on castes and religions in the media in the run up to general elections.last_img read more

Congolese President to Receive King Mohammed VI Next Week

Rabat – Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso will meet with King Mohammed VI in Brazzaville as part of the international Blue Funds Conference that will take place on April 25 in the Republic of the Congo.“I am pleased to announce the presence of the King of Morocco at the first Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Congo Basin Climate Commission and the Blue Basin Congo Fund,” said the Congolese leader.The King is expected to arrive on April 23. The summit will convene 16 African leaders who will discuss the implementation of the Blue Congo Basin Fund, a project conceived in part at the COP22 in Marrakech that provides support to the countries of the Congo Basin to create a “shift in their economies from reliance on forest-based resources to much greater use of renewable river and water-based resources,” according to the Brazzaville Foundation for Peace and Conservation.The meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss the political, social, and economic challenges currently threatening biodiversity and sustainable development in the Congo Basin.The Congo Basin region aims to be an environmental sustainable platform for economic development which benefits the countries and the diverse peoples of the basin. A critically important component of the program is the preservation of the forests within the basin countries.Deforestation is now a priority issue for all nations in the region.The project will also fund hydroelectric projects, water treatment, and irrigation of arable lands.The founding agreement of this fund was signed by twelve countries on March 9, 2017 in Oyo in the Republic of Congo. read more

Aid workers must have full access to victims of violence in West

“We must have guarantees from all sides of unimpeded access to affected areas now,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator Ameerah Haq told a press conference in Khartoum today. Her call was echoed by local representatives of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Ms. Haq, who is also the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, stressed it was particularly important that aid workers have access to the Jebel Moun area of West Darfur – which Sudanese national security forces have granted but the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has denied. Up to 58,000 people in West Darfur remain affected by the recent spike in fighting, according to the latest UN estimates, with whole communities forced to flee after attacks on a string of villages north of the state capital, El Geneina. Dozens of civilians have died and many more were injured. Two inter-agency assessment teams visited the affected area, finding that in the towns of Sirba and Sileah many homes were burned and health clinics, schools, water systems and aid agency compounds had been either looted or destroyed. “The impact on communities is devastating,” Ms. Haq said. “The United Nations in Sudan seeks strong assurances that civilians and their communities will be protected from such indiscriminate attacks. These civilians have a right to protection.” The priorities for aid agencies include food, medical supplies, plastic sheeting and blankets, she added, noting that it was also vital to restore and treat water supplies. UN agencies are especially concerned about the impact of the fighting on women and children, with many children becoming separated from their families or otherwise remaining unaccounted for. Ted Chaiban, a representative of UNICEF, told reporters that it was not yet clear how many children had been separated because many had fled from their schools during the attacks. None of the parties to the conflict had taken steps to prevent the use of child soldiers, he added. Across Darfur’s three states, more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others injured since 2003 because of fighting between rebels and Government forces backed by allied militia known as the Janjaweed. Since the start of this year the hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping mission known as UNAMID has been deployed in Darfur in a bid to quell the suffering and violence. 3 March 2008United Nations officials in Sudan are calling on all parties to the recent surge in violence in West Darfur to grant aid workers unhindered access to victims caught up in the deadly clashes in the already war-wracked region. read more

Federal official sees no connection between arrests and Target probe

MCALLEN, Texas – A South Texas police chief said Monday that two Mexican citizens who were arrested at the border used account information stolen during the Target security breach to buy tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise. But a federal official said later there currently was no connection between the arrests and the retailer’s credit-card data theft.McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said Mary Carmen Garcia, 27, and Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, 28, both of Monterrey, Mexico, had used cards containing the account information of South Texas residents. Rodriguez said they were used to purchase numerous items at national retailers in the area including Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Toys R Us.“They’re obviously selling the data sets by region,” Rodriguez said.Late Monday, a federal official with knowledge of the case said there currently was no connection between the McAllen case and any ongoing investigation into the Target breach, but would not elaborate. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was prohibited from providing details about the investigation.The discrepancy could not immediately be rectified late Monday. Messages left for Rodriguez and his lieutenant Monday evening seeking a response to those comments weren’t immediately returnedGarcia and Guardiola were both being held Monday on state fraud charges. It was not immediately known whether they had retained lawyers.Rodriguez said he did not know whether these arrests were the first related to the Target breach.Asked about the McAllen arrests, Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said in an email Monday that the investigation was active and ongoing.“I’d have to refer you to local law enforcement there for any questions about their community,” she said.The Minneapolis-based company said last week that it has stopped more than a dozen operations that sought to scam breach victims by way of email, phone calls and text messages.A message left with the U.S. Secret Service seeking more information about the case was not immediately returned.McAllen police began working with the Secret Service after a number of area retailers were hit with fraudulent purchases on Jan. 12. The Secret Service confirmed that the fraudulent accounts traced back to the original Target data breach from December, Rodriguez said.Investigators fanned out to McAllen-area merchants and reviewed “miles of video” looking for the fraudsters, he said. From that, they were able to identify two people and a car with Mexican license plates.With the help of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, investigators confirmed the identities of their suspects from immigration records of when they had entered Texas in the same vehicle, Rodriguez said. Police prepared arrest warrants last week and waited for them to return.On Sunday morning, federal officials alerted police the two were at the Anzalduas International Bridge trying to re-enter the U.S. They were carrying 96 fraudulent cards, Rodriguez said.Investigators believe the two were involved in both the acquisition of the fraudulent account data and the production of the cards.Rodriguez said investigators suspect Garcia and Guardiola were singling out Sundays for their shopping sprees hoping that the banks would not be as quick to detect the fraud.He said he expected Garcia and Guardiola to eventually face federal charges.The Target security breach is believed to have involved 40 million credit and debit card accounts and the personal information of 70 million customers. Federal official sees no connection between arrests and Target probe McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez talks to media next to a dozens of fraudulent credit cards that were confiscated by McAllen police after arresting a man and a woman on fraud charges tied to the December Target credit card breach, Monday Jan. 20, 2014 at the McAllen Police Department in McAllen, Texas. Rodriguez said Mary Carmen Garcia, 27, and Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, 28, both of Monterrey, Mexico, were arrested Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 after arriving at the border with 96 fraudulent credit cards. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Gabe Hernandez) MAGS OUT; TV OUT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher Sherman, The Associated Press Posted Jan 20, 2014 10:34 pm MDT read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 7, 2015 9:05 am MDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Here are five things to look for in Canadian business this week:Economics confab: The International Economic Forum of the Americas hosts the 21st Conference of Montreal on Monday. Carolyn Wilkins, the Bank of Canada senior deputy governor, will be on hand for a roundtable discussion on financial services risks for the first day of the four-day gathering.Housing: Also on Monday, two key measures that gauge the health of the Canadian housing market are released. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is out with May housing starts, while Statistics Canada reports on the value of building permits for the same month.Securities: The Ontario Securities Commission holds a roundtable on Tuesday to discuss a proposed new whistleblower program to encourage the reporting of serious misconduct of Ontario securities law to the OSC.Blackberry: Also on Tuesday, former BlackBerry mogul Jim Balsillie addresses the Empire Club of Canada, where he’s expected to address what went wrong with Canada’s once-storied Research in Motion. Balsillie recently opined that Canada isn’t equipped for global competition.Earnings: Lululemon Athletica reports its first-quarter results on Tuesday. Hudson’s Bay Q1 results are on Wednesday, as are Dollararama’s, which should provide an interesting glimpse into Canada’s discount retail sector. And on Thursday, media company Transcontinental and tour operator Transat AT are out with second-quarter results. read more

This is the moment of truth says UN envoy ahead of international

“It’s going to be difficult because obviously, even if the majority of issues have been solved in all chapters, it is not the easiest questions that we have left until the end,” Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide told the media in Geneva, where talks, prior to the conference, are ongoing between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot delegations. “But it’s also possible because I don’t know any issue in these negotiations that really cannot be solved, if sufficient will is available,” he added. The international conference will start on 12 January at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. It is being held under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General, who will open and chair the event, and will also see the participation of the guarantor powers – Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom – as well as the European Union (EU) in a special observer role, together with the delegation from Cyprus. Together, the participants will try to solve issues pertaining to the security and guarantees chapter.We are now in the final moment. We are really at the moment of truth. This is where we actually will find out if this can be solved.Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide “All these parties are necessary because we are discussing a security arrangement around the embryonic federal solution in Cyprus, which has to involve both the guarantor powers because of the existence of three treaties, which are still valid, and of course also the EU in the sense that this united country if it ever becomes a reality will be a full member of the EU, so this is the reason for this particular setup,” he added. The Special Adviser further noted that while the UN is facilitating the conference, the talks are fully led and owned by the Cypriots. “The two leaders are the ones who are responsible now, but at the end of the day, through referenda, in the two communities in Cyprus, it will be all Cypriots who make up their mind about this,” he explained.UN Special Adviser: Cyprus talks will be ‘difficult’ but ‘possible.’ Credit: UN News CentreFurther noting that the success, historic for the Cypriots, would also send a strong signal in the region where there are many wars and many things breaking apart. Quoting Staffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria said: “a sign of some progress could be helpful also for other processes around the world.” read more

Wrestling Snyder and BoJo go for individual titles in St Louis

Ohio State redshirt junior Bo Jordan (center) celebrates after defeating Cornell’s Brian Realbuto (left) 11-7 to advance to his first NCAA Championship. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsST. LOUIS — After two days of wrestling, two Buckeye wrestlers remain alive in their hopes of winning an NCAA championship: junior Kyle Snyder and redshirt junior Bo Jordan.Snyder is making his third appearance in the NCAA finals having won one previously, while Bo Jordan is making his first appearance in the match.Both Buckeyes faced a large degree of difficulty to enter the finals. Jordan had to come from behind in the semifinals against the only opponent to hand him a loss this season – Cornell’s Brian Realbuto. Snyder is battling a rib injury, but it hasn’t seemed to slow down the reigning Olympic and world champion.To seal his victory in the 174 semifinals, Jordan employed a move reminiscent of a somersault to counter Realbuto in the closing seconds against Realbuto to tally a takedown and near fall points, giving him an 11-7 lead that would take him to the finals.Jordan will take on a familiar foe in the finals: Penn State’s Mark Hall. Jordan beat Hall 6-4 in overtime at the Big Ten Championships on March 5 to seal his title win.Jordan said he still remembers the move that earned him the win, but isn’t sure exactly how he did it.“Honestly, I don’t know,” Jordan said. “I knew he was going to go mixer when I came to my feet, so i was kind of expecting it. But, for whatever reason, I just landed on top, which was nice, and I was able to get back points out of it.”Snyder’s injury was apparent in his quarterfinals matchup against Penn State’s Michael Kroells, especially by Snyder’s lack of scoring in the third period of that match.However, battling Duke’s Jacob Kasper in the semifinals, the injury didn’t seem to bother Snyder.“I felt pretty good. I got shots after the 165 match,” Snyder said about his matchup with Kasper. “I felt it crunching a little bit. I could hear it. But I didn’t feel the pain because of the shots.”Kasper had called Snyder out earlier in the season, and that seemed to be at least partially on Snyder’s mind as he won 19-6.“I was excited to wrestle him because I heard about some of the stuff he said, seemed a little arrogant to me,” Snyder said. “And I was hoping he would back it up. But not too much.”Snyder will also face the same foe he took on at the Big Ten Championships: Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery. Snyder beat Medbery 7-5 on March 5, but Medbery was able to get a last second takedown to make the score close.As a team, the Buckeyes sit in second place with 89 points, behind only Penn State at 121. read more

130 schools have shown no improvement for 10 years Ofsted reveals

first_imgHe said: “We are targeting the areas that need the most support through our Opportunity Areas and by investing £280 million over the next two years to target resources at the schools most in need to improve school performance and deliver more good school places.”Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said schools were struggling with Government policies, which had created problems with teachers’ pay and recruitment while driving up their workload. It is not about areas in particular, it’s schools that are still not able to raise their standards and raise their gameAngela Rayner, shadow education secretary Amanda Spielman Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretaryCredit:Lauren Hurley /PA Amanda Spielman, the head of OfstedCredit:Ofsted Ofsted’s annual report found that around 80 primary schools and 50 secondary schools have not recorded a good inspection in the last 10 years despite receiving “considerable attention and investment”.The report noted the similar characteristics of these schools, such as a high staff turnover and unstable leadership. Many of these schools had higher than average proportions of white British pupils from low-income backgrounds, and pupils with special needs. Speaking about the difficulties posed by certain faith schools which resist teaching children about British values, she said: “We have a proud tradition in this country of respecting religious freedom.“But there are occasions when multiculturalism can and does comes into tension with the expectation that students should be prepared for life in modern Britain.”School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said that standards are rising in schools, but added that more must be done to tackle “consistent under-performance”.center_img Angela Rayner Speaking at the launch of Ofsted’s annual report, she said: “A few years ago, you couldn’t go into a school without being told the number of home languages spoken by pupils. “Now, it often seems that school leaders are constantly comparing notes about how high their pupil premium or SEND (special educational needs and/or disability) rates are.“Even more depressing, we still hear things like ‘If you met my pupils’ parents, you’d understand why results are as they are’.” Around 80 per cent had high proportions of pupils from deprived areas, the report said. “It isn’t that there aren’t many children facing disadvantage and difficulties: they are there in all our schools, and more in some schools than others,” Ms Spielman said.“But the narrative of disadvantage can become all-absorbing. Fixating on all the things holding schools back can distract us all from working on the things that take them forward. Schools with all ranges of children can and do succeed.”Ofsted published the names of schools which have not been rated good in the past ten years, but was forced to apologised after several schools were mistakenly featured on the list. Ms Spielman also used her speech to criticise “well-meaning” school leaders who are turning to conservative religious institutions for advice. Up to 130 schools have shown no improvement for the past decade, a major Ofsted report has found, as teachers are trapped in a narrative of “disadvantaged one-upmanship”.Amanda Spielman, the education watchdog’s chief inspector, warned that pupils from deprived backgrounds should not be used as an excuse for chronically under-achieving schools.She spoke of her “frustration” with the culture that has emerged in some parts of the country, where schools appear to compete with each another on the number of  underprivileged pupils they cater for. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Terex Finlay to showcase I140 impact crusher at CONEXPO

first_imgTerex Finlay says it will be showcasing its I-140 impact crusher at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017. Since its launch in 2016 the company says that the Terex Finlay I-140 has made a “real impact” on the global marketplace in the mid-sized category of impactor crushers with machines now working on every continent. All Terex Finlay I-140 impactors are fitted as standard with the T-Link telematics system with a free three year data subscription. T-Link is Terex Finlay’s remote monitoring and fleet management system that combines the machines’ inbuilt CANbus control system with satellite positioning and telematics software.The Terex® Finlay I-140 direct drive 1,270 mm x 1,240 mm horizontal impact crusher with variable speed “gives operators unprecedented levels of production in both recycling, mining and quarrying applications. The robust and proven Terex® CR032 chamber gives excellent reduction ratios and high consistency of product shape. A significant engineering approach being introduced in this model is the material flow through the plant. The flow of material has been significantly improved by increasing the width of components as the material moves through the machine.”The machine features an advanced electronic control system that monitors and controls the speed of the rotor and regulates the heavy duty vibrating feeder (VGF) with integrated pre-screen to maintain a consistent feed of material into the impact chamber for optimal crushing conditions. Material from the integrated pre-screen can be diverted to a stockpile via the optional by-pass conveyor, or it may join the crushed product on the main belt. “The standard hopper capacity of 6 m³ places the machine at the forefront in this competitive market sector.”“The introduction of the Terex® Finlay I-140 represents a significant step change in our family of impact crushers. Our field test results of extensive testing have recorded significant productivity increases depending on the application, over the model that it replaces. The enhanced material flow process of the plant represents a significant step change to our engineering ethos and in due course will be extended to encompass our range of impact crushers” said Alan Witherow, Product Manager.Key Features:The ease of material flow through the machine has greatly improved with each component of the machine increasing in width as the material moves through the machine.Fully hydraulic apron setting assist provides convenient and efficient adjustment of the apronsHeavy duty vibrating feeder (VGF) with integrated prescreen removes dirt fines and sizes bypass material for reprocessingOptional under crusher vibratory plate feeder with wear resistant liners aids material discharge flowlast_img read more

Roman Polanski wants assurances he wont serve jail time as he plots

first_img Image: Remy de la Mauviniere AP/Press Association Roman Polanski wants assurances he won’t serve jail time as he plots return to US The film director fled the US over 40 years ago. Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 10:00 PM Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski 20,071 Views Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski Image: Remy de la Mauviniere AP/Press Association Share Tweet Email center_img By AFP Feb 16th 2017, 10:00 PM 44 Comments FUGITIVE MOVIE DIRECTOR Roman Polanski plans to return to the United States, his lawyer said today, and is seeking assurances he will do no further jail time over the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl.The award-winning director of “The Pianist” and “Chinatown” has been on the run for almost 40 years but claims he reached a plea deal in the case which would keep him out of jail, attorney Harland Braun told AFP.Braun has written to Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Scott Gordon to unseal a secret transcript of the testimony of the prosecutor in the Polanski case.The filmmaker was accused of drugging Samantha Gailey before raping her at a friend’s house in Los Angeles in 1977.He admitted having unlawful sex with a minor, or statutory rape, as part of a plea bargain and spent 42 days in Chino State Prison before being released.He claims Judge Laurence Rittenband reneged on his deal and told prosecutors Polanski should spend up to 50 years in prison, and the filmmaker fled to Europe.He spent almost a year in custody in Switzerland as authorities tried to extradite him back to the US but a Polish court ruled Polanski has served his time under the plea deal.Braun believes the secret testimony supports Polanski’s claim that had an agreement to serve just 48 days.“After we confirm the contents, we will urge the court to recognize the Polish decision resulting from a litigation initiated by the (district attorney) and in which the DA participated,” Braun said.If the court accepts the principle of comity, Roman can come to Los Angeles and to court without fear of custody.© – AFP 2017Read: Oscar-winning director won’t be sent to the US to face sentence for statutory rapeRead: Poland refuses to extradite film director Polanski to US over rape of 13-year-old Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Tuchel praises Di Maria after PSG beat Nice

first_imgPSG reigns again as a double goal from Neymar and another goal from Christopher Nkunk makes PSG champions as they defeat Nice 3-0 to grab their eighth straight Ligue 1 victory.PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel believes it is “a gift” working with Angel Di Maria.“I like Di Maria a lot, he is so gifted,” Tuchel said of the Argentine via Goal, who impressed as part of a three-man forward featured alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.“I watched him play with Real Madrid and for me, I could not believe I could train him at some point back then.”“Now he is my player, it’s a gift for me. It’s easy with him as he is every day one of the first to come to training.”“He has a lot of skills, he always plays for the team, it’s really a gift.”Tuchel added that it was important to keep his players fresh while ensuring his ideas got across.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“First of all, I appreciate the fact that my players trust me and my ideas,” he added.“It was important, our third game in one week, Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday. So the structure was important, to play 3-5-2 today.”“Nice are brave when they have the ball. I did not want my team to run without the ball. That’s why we change to play in 3-5-2.”“[The] players were open to this idea. We trained once yesterday like that and it was top. They played bravely.”last_img read more

Family lauds Camas man badly injured at crash site

first_imgRich Irvine is the kind of man who would stop to help after seeing a crash, his friends and family said. The 63-year-old from Camas did just that early Sunday morning and ended up critically injured in the intensive care unit of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.Those interested in contributing to Rich Irvine’s medical bills can donate at this GoFundMe site.“My dad is amazing. He’s always working so hard to help everybody,” said his daughter, Carrie Curtin, 26, during a Monday press conference at the hospital. “He would stop and help the strangest stranger.” Curtin, who’s five months pregnant with a baby boy, said her dad was looking forward to being a grandfather. Just before 6 a.m. Sunday, Irvine apparently saw a pickup rear-end a blue Honda CRV on Interstate 205 and drive away. He pulled his car to the right shoulder and crossed freeway lanes to help the driver in the CRV, which had careered into a concrete barrier on the left side of the freeway and come to rest. But as he approached the CRV, a Honda Odyssey minivan driven by 41-year-old Seattle resident Fredy Delacruz-Moreno struck the CRV and Irvine, according to the Washington State Patrol.Irvine and the CRV’s driver, Steven M. Klase, 25, of Battle Ground, were hospitalized. Klase was in satisfactory condition Monday at PeaceHealth, according to hospital staff. Irvine was listed in critical condition.last_img read more

Baby dies after father leaves him in steamy bathroom to treat cough

first_imgIt is unclear if any charges will be filed.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – A baby in New York City has died after his father apparently left the child alone in a steamy bathroom to cure his cough.WPIX reports that 1-year-old Mordechai Halpern was found unresponsive around 5:15 a.m. Thursday.Police said paramedics rushed the baby to the hospital, but he died before arrival.The boy’s father decided to try a home remedy to cure the baby’s bronchitis, giving him a mixture of lemon, sugar and water in a bottle, WPIX reports. He then took the child into a bathroom around 3:30 a.m., where he turned on hot water in the shower and left the baby covered in a blanket in his stroller.The father then reportedly left the bathroom and fell asleep. The boy’s mother had set an alarm for 5 a.m., and found the child unresponsive in the bathroom.Sources told the New York Daily News that the baby’s body temperature was 108 degrees when he died. Police said the body showed no visible signs of trauma.A medical examiner will determine the official cause of death. last_img read more