Girl missing after arrest of Dera chief, claims family

first_imgThe family of a girl, who was living in the Dera Sacha Sauda complex in Sirsa, has claimed that she has been missing after the sect chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was sentenced for rape.The family from Haryana’s Tiwala claimed that they had not been in touch with Shraddha since 2008. Her cousin Parminder Singh said the last time they got information about her was from a Dera-run magazine which described her as a yoga practitioner.Search continuesThe family, along with other villagers are making frantic efforts to trace her, in Sirsa. “The caretaker of Sahe Baitiyan Baseera [home for minor girls], Poonam, said she had left the Dera after the sect head was convicted,” Mr. Singh said.Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping two of his female disciples by a special CBI court on August 28. “Shraddha was left at the Dera long time back so that she could pursue her education. In 2008, we tried to meet her, but we were not allowed by the Dera functionaries,” he alleged. “I tried to contact the Dera officials on their phones, but it was futile,” he said, adding that as the area around the sect’s headquarters was under curfew, it was difficult to get inside.last_img read more

South Africa hears bid to ground graft-accused family’s jet

first_imgCanada went to court in South Africa Friday to ground a private jet used by the Gupta business family which has been accused of corruptly influencing former president Jacob Zuma. Export Development Canada (EDC), the country’s state-run trade credit agency, alleges the controversial family’s businesses defaulted on a $41 million loan for the Bombardier Global 6000 which subsequently disappeared.Read it at Arab News Related Itemslast_img

Jarin takes blame for NU’s failed Final Four bid

first_imgMissing out on the Final Four, however, doesn’t bother Jarin that much.“Actually I never thought of that,” said Jarin. “I just did my job, be a coach for two-and-a-half hours. After that I’ll be a friend, a brother, a father to these young men. But of course every time you lose it hurts.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Unfortunately for Jarin, it was UP that got the lucky ticket with Paul Desiderio going unconscious for 30 points to lead the Fighting Maroons.“I’ll be lying if I’m not disappointed, not just me, but also the coaching staff, the entire team,” said Jarin. “But, I’m just proud of all these 16 players we have, it’s just sad that this is the final year of J-Jay [Alejandro] and Matt [Salem].”“How I’d wish we could’ve been together a little longer.”READ: Jarin wants less Alejandro-centric offense from BulldogsJarin, a multi-title coach in the UAAP juniors division and a one-time NCAA champion with San Beda, hasn’t missed the Final Four in his coaching career and this would be the first time in his professional life that he’ll be on the outside looking in.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA As Jarin puffed away on his cigarette, he knew whose fault it was why NU isn’t in the semifinals.“I want to take full responsibility for not barging into the Final Four,” said Jarin Saturday. “People kept saying we were the dark horse, we were almost there, and if you look at it we were one game away from a playoff.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: UP dumps NU in last elims game, but Final 4 status still in limboNU and UP had identical 5-8 records going into Saturday, and the victor would then have the chance to battle for a potential playoff with Far Eastern University for the fourth spot. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Lady Bulldogs get another elims sweep in UAAP women’s hoops Read Next MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJamike Jarin made his way to the back of Smart Araneta Coliseum with his first year as head coach of National University just coming to an end.The Bulldogs lost, 106-81, to University of the Philippines in their final game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament and finished as the no. 6 team in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Patriots, Rams arrive in Atlanta, get ready for Super Bowl week

first_imgLos Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff gets off the team charter as they arrive at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)ATLANTA — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have arrived. So have Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams.Now it’s time for them to get to work.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The previous time a Los Angeles-based Rams team was in the Super Bowl was in the 1979 season, where they lost to the Steelers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Patriots, who beat the then-St. Louis Rams for their first title after the 2001 season, are looking to hoist the Lombardi Trophy for the sixth time, which would tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in the Super Bowl era.The NFC champion Rams are back in the city where they won their only Super Bowl title in the 1999 season, when they beat Tennessee.During the team’s pre-flight rally at the construction site where the Rams’ multibillion-dollar stadium is rising in Inglewood, California, fans chanted “Greg! The! Leg!” for kicker Greg Zuerlein, who made a 57-yard field goal in overtime to beat New Orleans in the NFC title game.Zuerlein strained his non-kicking foot at halftime of that game by slipping on a turf-covered metal plate during warmups on the Superdome field. The injury doesn’t appear to be serious, and the Rams expect him to kick in the Super Bowl, coach Sean McVay said Thursday.The Rams are making their first appearance since losing the game in 2002 that launched the Patriots dynasty.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We’re not at the end yet,” Brady told the fans in Foxborough, Massachusetts. “We’ve got one more to go.”It’s New England’s third straight Super Bowl trip and fourth in five years — and the ninth overall in the Brady-Bill Belichick era. The teams landed in Atlanta on Sunday and will practice this week before squaring off in the Super Bowl next Sunday in the NFL’s main event.The AFC champion Patriots had a rally at Gillette Stadium earlier in the day before heading to the airport and boarding their flight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Thousands rally, send Patriots off to 3rd Super Bowl in row Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View commentslast_img read more

Delhi University receives highest number of applications from Delhi, UP follows

first_imgLike every other year, there is going to be no respite from high cut-offs at Delhi University this year as well. The number of students that have applied for BA (honors) English is 1,15,786, while over 98,000 students have applied for BA Programme. Also, 90,000 students have applied for BA (honors) Political Science.Delhi tops the list in number of applicants:1,24,940 applications from Delhi followed by UP (50,246 applications) and Haryana (33,766 applications) were received this yearSouth Delhi topped the chart with maximum number of applicants- 21,284About 700 more applications were  received from all over the country on the last day of registration, but that did not affect Delhi’s position More on admissions in Delhi University this year:The undergraduate admission for the university this year ended on Wednesday, June 22 at 5 pmHighest number of applications this time for admission have been received from DelhiThe process of payment continued till about 12 midnight and a few thousand more students added to the list of applicantsApplicants at Delhi University:As many as 2, 50, 220 applicants completed the process of application for admission at DU on WednesdayThere were 1,29,910 male applicants, while, 1, 20, 295 femaleAt least 15 candidates were from the other (gender) categoryAgainst 1,620 seats available for physically handicapped candidates, only 1,184 candidates applied online for admissionTotal number of seats in the ECA and Sports category are 2,700 while applicants for the same have numbers reached to 18,000Amongst reserved category OBC candidates are highest in number, 50,000 OBC candidates have applied from OBCCut off lists for DU this year:The first cut off list will be issued on June 30 at 9 amIt is expected that apart from English, political science and BA programme, courses like BCom (honours), BCom programme, economics, physics and chemistry will remain “exceptionally high”Academicians predict that the first list will cater to only first 10 per cent of applicantsRegion-wise DU received nearly 50 per cent of the total applicants from Delhi, while Uttar Pradesh is in second spot with 50,246 applicants followed by Haryana with a little over 21,000 applicantsRead: IIMC to start training on setting up of Community Radio advertisementRead: The NEET Confusion: Phase I answer keys not released yet, students in fix about Phase 2 registrations Click here for more updates from India Today Educationlast_img read more

BCCI refuses to blink in fight with Lodha panel, names five-member selection committee

first_imgFormer India wicketkeeper MSK Prasad has been appointed chief of the national selection committee at the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting in Mumbai today. (BCCI elects Ajay Shirke unopposed as Secretary)The BCCI also named Sarandeep Singh, Gagan Khoda, Jatin Paranjpe and Debang Gandhi as Prasad’s colleagues in the the five-member committee.Prasad and Khoda were part of the previous committee while Sarandeep, Paranjpe and Gandhi have been appointed for the first time.While the BCCI made eligible anyone who played more than 50 first class matches or anyone who has played Test or one-day cricket for India, the Lodha report necessitated the selector to have played Test cricket for India.Not all five members in the current committee have played Test cricket. The BCCI can now be seen in direct contravention of the Lodha panel reforms or Supreme Court orders. (Career-defining season for Indian cricketers: Virat Kohli)Additionally, while the Lodha panel suggested a three-member committee, BCCI went ahead and named a five-member panel.Khoda and Paranjpe have not played Test cricket while the other three – Prasad, Sarandeep and Gandhi have.Around 80 cricketers – India and first class players – had applied for the selection job after the BCCI for the first time put out a criteria based public advertisement. (India’s All-Time XI: Gavaskar, Sehwag openers in star-studded line-up)The candidates were asked about their prior selection experience and vision for Team India.The previous selection committee, which was led by Sandeep Patil, finished its term after naming the 15-member squad for India’s three-Test series against New Zealand. Prasad, who replaced Roger Binny as the South Zone selector after the board was hit hard by the Conflict of Interest controversy, faces a tough challenge.advertisementThe new committee, besides selecting Indian teams in a hectic domestic season, might also have to take a call on Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future in limited-overs cricket. Patil, on his way out, was happy enough to let his successors take the call. Meanwhile, it was decided that Venkatesh Prasad will continue as India’s junior selection committee chairman. India’s Junior selection panel: Venkatesh Prasad (Chairman), Rakesh Parikh, Gyanendra Pandey, Amit Sharma and Ashish Kapoorlast_img read more

Oklahoma State’s 2015 opener with Central Michigan moved to Thursday night

first_imgSeth Jacobs celebrates the 2015 Cactus Bowl. (USATSI)Seth Jacobs celebrates the 2015 Cactus Bowl. (USATSI)Not really shocking news here because this has been in the works for a while — it’s only been held up because Mike Gundy was still recovering from his trip to Vegas.Oklahoma State and Central Michigan will play on Thursday, September 3 as was reported by Bill Haisten. I’m not concerned, per se, but I don’t love the move.The night game will be on one of the ESPNs. It also might be the first college football game of the entire season (which would be kind of cool).@BloodyBradley Not sure if OSU-C.Michigan is the first. Additional Sept. 3 games include S.Carolina-N.Carolina, UTSA-Arizona, TCU-Minnesota.— Bill Haisten ?? (@billhaisten) March 25, 2015As all of you know by now, I have a thing with road games against inferior teams on days that aren’t Saturday. I’d prefer the 11 a.m. slot on Saturday when it comes to tilts like this one.Oh well, at least Central Michigan probably already got their luck for the next 12 months out of their system over Christmas [prays this is true]. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Cricketer-turned-actor Sreesanth has this Hollywood director on his wish list

first_imgCricketer-turned-actor Sreesanth has this Hollywood director on his wish listWhen asked about his wish list of filmmakers, the cricketer-turned-actor Sreesanth took the name of Steven Speilberg. He has acted in Richa Chadha starrer Cabaret which is produced by Pooja Bhatt.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 10:42 IST Sreesanth wants to work with Steven SpielbergCricketer-turned-actor S Sreesanth, who is trying to make his space in showbiz with reality television shows and films say he aspires to work in a Hollywood movie with Steven Spielberg.When asked about his wish list of filmmakers, Sreesanth told IANS, “I want to work with Steven Spielberg…whether it is a small role or big in a Hollywood movie, it will be a lifetime experience for me. It will be a dream come true for me.””And I always believe that anything can happen in life. I look at my life journey as a miracle,” he added.Explaining why he said: “I was born in a small village in Kerala. From there, I went on to play for the Kerala state team and international test cricket for India, and now I am working in TV shows and cinema… Any miracle can happen. So yes, working in a Hollywood movie with Spielberg would be ‘something’. Sreesanth has acted in CabaretSreesanth has acted in the Richa Chadha-starrer film Cabaret, produced by Pooja Bhatt and Bhushan Kumar, and directed by Kaustav Narayan Niyogi.On his experience of working in the film, Sreesanth said, “Firstly, I would like to thank Pooja di who took the courage to cast me in the film because when I worked in the film, I was new. I am a cricketer and nobody has seen me as a proper actor.”On the eve of our release, #KaustavNiyogi & me showed #Cabaret to @MaheshNBhatt @GulshanGroverGG @sreesanth36 @Bhuvneshwarisr1 Manisha & Sonu Lakhwani at #futureworks my one stop shop for all my postproduction. Am delighted with their response. #CabaretOnZEE5 #ShowMustGoOn Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) January 8, 2019”In my first Hindi film, working in the presence of Mahesh Bhatt, Richa Chadha, Gulshan Grover… I am really happy that way,” the cricketer turned actor said.According to him, acting and arts was a much natural choice for him after cricket as he loves sports and acting equally.”Stepping into the world of acting was natural to me I guess because, in my family, so many people are into arts, music and acting. In fact, I was the only black sheep that way, who became a sportsman,” he said.”My father acted in Malayalam films, sister is an actress in Malayalam TV shows, my brother is a musician, my brother-in-law is also a singer,” Sreesanth added.”I always loved the cinema, but I loved cricket too. I think in this short span of life, I have managed to do everything that I love,” he expressed.”I am lucky that I have got the opportunity to act in different languages. My latest film Team 5 released in Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil. I have got a Marathi film offer too,” he added.When asked how does he deal with the new work culture in the entertainment world, he said, ”Every profession has a different discipline. As a sportsman, I had a different discipline — practice, gymming, eating…but even when I am acting in a film, eight hours’ rest is important because if my body is not well rested, it shows in my eyes and my skin looks dehydrated.” Cricketer turned actor Sreesanth with Harbhajan”The camera captures all the flaws. So I am living a controlled life here too…Having said that, yes I miss the cricket ground,” Cabaret actor said.When asked if he was the best entertainer in the dressing room of the Indian cricket team during his time, he said, “No no, Bhajji pa (Harbhajan Singh) is the best, I would say, followed by Yuvi pa (Yuvraj Singh). I was good at the party scene, I used to dance.”ALSO SEE: Pooja Bhatt on working with Sunny Leone in Jism 2: She is not a born actor. It was our hard workALSO READ: Pooja Bhatt on Cabaret: People told me Richa Chadha was too desiALSO WATCH: Seven detained in Malayalam actress molestation case, rape charges filedGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIANS Tags :Follow SreesanthFollow Steven SpeilbergFollow Bigg Bosslast_img read more

5 sanitation workers die while cleaning sewer in Gzb

first_imgGHAZIABAD: At least five sanitation workers died while cleaning a sewer in the Nandgram area of UP’s Ghaziabad on Thursday. Meanwhile, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased. The UP CM also directed the authorities to launch a probe into the incident. He has ordered the managing director of the water board to submit the report within two days. As per sources, the workers went inside the sewer one by one to look for their co-workers and died.last_img read more

ED files supplementary chargesheet against former Haryana CM, names immovable assets

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a supplementary chargesheet against former Haryana chief minister O P Chautala in connection with a money-laundering case on Thursday.The agency mentioned in the chargesheet that immovable assets worth Rs 3.68 crore were attached by it on April 13 in relation to four properties in Delhi, Panchkula and Sirsa. It said the investigation conducted so far under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) had revealed that Chautala laundered the disproportionate assets by depositing illegal cash in the bank accounts of his and his family members. The ED said this was done to avoid the back trail of money, merge the illegal cash with genuine income and show it as untainted. This laundered money was further used to purchase new properties or carry out construction on the already acquired properties. The chargesheet was filed before special judge Kamini Lau, who posted the matter for consideration on May 16. Referring to Chautala’s affidavits filed before the 2005 and 2009 Haryana Assembly polls, the agency said he had disclosed his assets to publicly project the tainted properties as untainted. “During the period between May 24, 1993 and May 5, 2006, O P Chautala, while functioning as a public servant (the CM of Haryana), allegedly acquired assets disproportionate to his income to the tune of Rs 6,09,79,026. The value of the disproportionate assets acquired by O P Chautala is in the form of various movable and immovable properties which constitutes ‘proceeds of crime’ in this case. “The calculation of these accumulated disproportionate assets of Chautala was based on oral and documentary evidence collected by the CBI during investigation and included all sources of income and expenses. Chautala had invested these disproportionately acquired assets mainly in the following properties…,” the chargesheet said.last_img read more

Spain Offers to Help Flood-Stricken Morocco

Madrid – The Spanish government has offered “emergency aid” to Morocco following the heavy rains that ravaged this weekend some southern regions in the Kingdom, the Spanish Foreign Ministry said Monday.This assistance is part of the military cooperation between the two countries, the ministry said a statement.Spain deplores the serious damages caused by the torrential rains that ravaged last weekend the south of Morocco, particularly the Guelmim region and killed 32 people, the statement added. According to the Moroccan interior ministry, the Torrential rains have caused the death of at least 32 people, including 24 in the province of Guelmim, while six people are still reported missing and rescue operations are still going on. read more

Morocco Foils Attempt of 360 Sub-Saharan Immigrant to Enter Ceuta

Rabat – A group of 360 sub-Saharan immigrants have been detained by the Moroccan police after a failed attempt to enter Ceuta Wednesday morning, according to local authorities, as reported by MAP agency and the Spanish 20minutos news site.The attempt to cross the Ceuta border took place by the Beliunech zone in the north of the city, a route less common for emigrants, said the source, according to 20minutos. Four hundred immigrants of various Sub-Saharan countries, of which the majority was arrested, directed the attempt.20minutos also reports this is the biggest attempt at the Ceuta border in a long time, after migration tensions have considerably reduced over Ceuta as well as Melilla and moved to the Libyan coasts. Surrounding the two  Spanish enclaves in Northern Morocco, a notable number of Subsaharans camp out to await the proper moment to jump the border or introduce themselves in other ways to the Spanish territory, according to 20 minutos.Ceuta and Melilla are two Spanish enclaves in northern Morocco. Spanish sovereignty over the two tiny cities is disputed by Morocco.The two enclaves have for long been a bone of contention between Morocco and Spain. The two cities main’s economic activity is contraband with other Moroccan cities. read more

Doug Fords Classroom Potential campus winners and losers

For places that are all about students making the grade, Ontario’s colleges and universities will soon be held by the province to some important measurements themselves.Most of their provincial operating funding — 60 per cent of it by 2024, up from under two per cent now — will depend on how well they perform.School graduation rates and employment rates six months after graduation already factor into the operating money that Ontario’s 45 community colleges and universities receive from the province. That won’t change. But under Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government, moving to get a bigger bang for its post-secondary education buck, the metrics that count will zero in on 10 areas in all, including how well schools do at offering experiential and skills-based learning, their research proficiency, community impact and how well they help to fill gaps in the labour force. Other metrics, the government says, and the details of each, are still being refined and will be applied to individual schools in different ways, with the province working that out with the schools. Agreements will be negotiated by March. On the line for colleges and universities over the next few years is a much larger share of their provincial funding, which accounts for 21 per cent of university budgets and 28 per cent of college budgets. The government says the changes are all about improving accountability and performance, and that schools won’t be pit against one another. Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Ross Romano says he’s widely canvassed post-secondary school presidents, and “they think accountability in our post-secondary schools is a very good thing.” Others aren’t so sure, worried the shift to outcomes-based funding — in a province where many higher education programs are already tailored to the job market, especially in colleges — is concerning. “When I look at the criteria and some of the targets they’re going to be using,” says former Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne, “it makes me very worried. “I don’t know if it’s important to give more money to a university that graduates people who go on to make higher incomes,” she said. While each school will have input on the metrics and goals set for it, potential early winners and losers in different areas are already starting to take shape. An overview: Winners: Southwestern Ontario, northern OntarioWhy: Good graduation and employment rates, smaller populationsUniversity students in Southwestern Ontario can expect to have a job within six months of graduating, and most graduate on time, latest figures suggest. Universities in the region — Western, Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier, Guelph and Windsor — together average a graduation rate of 78 per cent within seven years of students starting an undergraduate degree.Every other region of Ontario clocks in between 73 to 74 per cent.Southwestern Ontario colleges should also benefit. Three – Fanshawe, Lambton and Conestoga – post above-average graduation and employment rates and already benefit from offering both “experiential” and “skills-based” education, two other metrics valued by the province.A still-cloudy “community impact” metric will likely benefit communities in more thinly populated northern Ontario, where individual schools loom larger. Roughly 8,000 students are enrolled at Lakehead University, for instance. The government may consider Lakehead more valuable than, say, the Ontario College of Art and Design, a Toronto-based school with fewer than 5,000 students.Loser: Toronto schools, the Greater Toronto-Hamilton AreaWhy: Lower graduation/employment rates, large populationsThe University of Toronto may be Canada’s largest university by enrolment, and one of its major research schools, but thanks to only an average employment record for graduates it could suffer in the new evaluation system.Ryerson and York universities, and the Ontario College of Art and Design, might similarly lose out, depending on how much weight is given to graduation and employment metrics.The community impact metric may not benefit such schools, either: The region is simply too populous.Because the agreements will be school-specific, Toronto schools may be better off focusing on different metrics for success, but it’s unclear if that will be an option in the negotiations with the province.The Toronto area’s community colleges, meanwhile, are consistently the lowest-rated for student satisfaction and  have more trouble than most churning out job-ready graduates, ranking below most other Ontario colleges in post-graduate employment. Notable among them: Centennial College, whose 74.2 per cent rate is the lowest for colleges in Ontario.Winner: Universities in general, maybe . . .Why: Higher graduation/employment ratesUniversities have significantly higher graduation rates than colleges. Windsor’s 73.5 per cent graduation rate, for example, the lowest in Southwestern Ontario, outpaces almost every college in the province. While the province will consider each school separately, it could mean under-performing colleges, especially those in the Toronto area, lose out.Judged by classic metrics, such as graduation and employment rates and what graduates are paid in the workforce, universities have long held the upper hand on colleges.Another edge for universities, generally the larger ones, are so-called second-degree programs, which include professional schools such as medical, law, teaching and business schools. Western University, for example, which has all of those, has one of the highest graduation rates in the province.For schools without those coveted second-degree programs, there’s some worry that built-in advantage won’t be accounted for when graduation rates are evaluated, said Bruce Winer, assistant vice president of institutional planning at Carleton University in Ottawa.“If they take (those programs) into account – if they do things in an intelligent way – we can’t complain,” Winer said.Loser: Universities in general, maybe . . .Why: Less focus on experiential learning, skills, labour gapsAlso valued by the Ontario government are schools with more experience – and skills-based learning, especially when they help to fill notable shortages of needed workers, such as in the skilled trades, in the provincial economy.“We know there’s a huge demand in the skilled trades. We have many, many employers that are struggling to fill positions,” Romano said. “We have, for too long, seen that sector ignored. And that’s what we’re trying to fill (with that metric).”On that metric, the scales tip in favour of community colleges, many of whose programs are designed for specific occupations. The Ontario government has also prioritized industry deregulation to spur more apprentice-based programs, another suggested metric.Not surprisingly, some in university circles are uneasy about the outcomes-based focus coming.“I think to tell a university that we are going to tie over half of your funding to these performance outcome measures, it destroys the autonomy and purpose for higher education,” Sam Trosow, who sits on Western’s board of governors, said. “You can’t impose a one-size-fits-all (system).”Of the six specifically suggested value metrics, almost all – especially graduation rates, experiential learning, and general workforce demand – favour colleges over universities. That could be a problem for the diversity of post-secondary education in Ontario, according to Wynne, now the Liberal education critic at Queen’s Park.“I believe that there is still a strong argument for liberal arts education, that there is a strong argument for endeavors that don’t lead directly to a skills-based job,” she said.“They allow an educated population living in a free democracy to think critically about that society. We cannot afford to lose that.”Loser: Average students with university aspirationsWhy: Graduation ratesEnrolment funding has already been capped, discouraging post-secondary schools from expanding entry numbers beyond a certain point. But with more emphasis on graduation rates, it’s possible some schools – especially universities – might get a little pickier about who they allow in.Winer said raising the grades you need to get into university might be an option that will appeal to some schools.“If you have a higher (grade) cut-off, you usually get a higher graduation rate,” he said.Students who arrive with a degree already in hand are also more likely to graduate, as are those from higher socio-economic backgrounds, said Winer.Winner: Average students with college aspirationsWhy: Investment in experiential learning, apprenticeship opportunitiesThe Ford government made it clear in its first budget in April that it wants post-secondary schools to play a larger role in filling the labour needs of the Ontario economy, with graduates ready for the job market. Many of the government’s new metrics for evaluating post-secondary schools play to what community colleges do best. Some have even partnered with universities to offer collaborative, experience-based education programs.It could shake out that colleges will become an even better option for average students already thinking of going that route, rather than to Former Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on Monday December 3, 2018. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun) read more

Coal specific mining software release from RPM

first_imgCOAL SEAM AGG is available for technical demonstrations now. Following the launch of three other new mining software products this calendar year, RungePincockMinarco (RPM) has launched a fourth new product, COAL SEAM AGGREGATION (COAL SEAM AGG). While similar to the functionality of the recently released BLOCK AGGREGATION for open pit metals mines, COAL SEAM AGG bridges geology and engineering by preparing geological models of open cut coal mines for scheduling in RPM’s flagship production forecasting tool, XPAC.RPM’s Product Manager – Mine Planning Alun Philips commented, “COAL SEAM AGG allows users to move from geological models to scheduling options and production forecasts faster than ever before. It significantly speeds up the process of incorporating updated geological data in your coal mine’s plan.” Philips also highlighted the ease of use of the software, noting, “One of RPM’s key development objectives is to allow users to spend less time learning the software and more time planning their mine.” “With COAL SEAM AGG’s usability and inbuilt mining intelligence, we have achieved this goal.”last_img read more

Ireland U19 Women beat England as knockout stages in sight

first_imgUpdated at 21.50Republic of Ireland 2England 1A SECOND-HALF fightback saw the Republic of Ireland Women’s Under 19s record a 2-1 victory over England to move top of Group B in the UEFA European Championships.Headed goals from Savannah McCarthy and Keeva Keenan cancelled out England’s opener as Ireland logged their second successive victory in this tournament ahead of meeting Sweden on Monday night.Determined to get off to a good start and build on last Tuesday’s win over Spain, Dave Connell’s team started with purpose and their clever play stretched their opponents in midfield.The positive play produced by Ireland, who were dressed in an away black kit, was almost rewarded with a goal on five minutes, when Clare Shine went close from distance.Focused on their game-plan, Ireland were patient in their play and explosive on the counter-attack with Shine, Sarah Rowe, and Katie McCabe regularly breaking beyond the English backline.It was encouraging play with Amy O’Connor, Lauren Dwyer, and Megan Connolly doing a fantastic job in midfield linking with the forward players and shutting down opposition attacks.Yet, it was England who scored the first goal on 36 minutes. A break down the right saw Millie Turner chip a cross into Claudia Walker, who headed past keeper Brooke Dunne from close range.Ireland got back level when McCarthy powered her way past two defenders to meet Connolly’s delivery from a corner kick and head in via the far post. It was exactly what they deserved.While Shine went off with a neck injury, Ireland continued to improve and substitute Keenan followed McCarthy’s example by getting on the end of a set-piece from Connolly to head in.England crashed a shot off the crossbar late on, but this was a deserved win and Ireland are now on six points with one group game left to play and the knockout stages in sight.Republic of Ireland: Dunne; Wright, O’Connell, McCarthy, Mustaki (Keenan 69); O’Connor, Dwyer, Connolly; Rowe, Shine (Nolan 75), McCabe.England: Baggaley; Mills, Bartrip, Sampson, Ayane; Cusack, Turner (Steele 75), Dear; Mayling, Walker, Humphrey (Haines 75).Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (Russia).Ireland U19 striker signs professional contract with Everton>Rooney, Mata and De Gea named in strong Man Utd squad for US tour>last_img read more

Adobe release their own HTML5 Flashreplacement app called Edge

first_imgAdobe may have a few high-profile detractors, the most public being Steve Jobs, but as a company it’s no fool. Flash has been the web animation solution since 1996, but lately it has been coming under increasing pressure to be replaced by HTML5. First Apple blocked Flash on its mobile platforms, now due to widespread browser support, HTML5 video is replacing Flash video on sites like YouTube.Adobe has realized that its lucrative application Adobe Flash Professional may not be required for much longer as HTML5 takes over. But rather than just accepting that fate and the associated significant loss of revenue, Adobe has been working on a new tool called Adobe Edge which allows you to use HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript for creating animated web content Flash-free. Ultimately Edge looks set to be a replacement for Flash in terms of Adobe’s line-up of professional web developer tools.Today, Adobe launched the first public preview of Edge which is free to download for as long as it stays in a preview state. The final product isn’t set to launch until next year, so there’s plenty of time to try it out. The application is trying to be a one-stop solution for creating content in the same way Flash currently is, and it’s sure to have a similar feel for anyone coming from a background of using Adobe Flash in anger.For the moment, Adobe just wants feedback, and this is why Edge has been released for free in such an early state. That’s not to say it isn’t functional. The tool can already be used to visually author animated content, import graphics in multiple formats, create output that conforms to web standards, and that’s guaranteed to work on iOS, Android, WebKit, and all the popular browsers.The Adobe Edge Preview Build is available to download from today, but requires you register a free Adobe account in order to get it. The app will run on both Windows (Vista, 7) or Mac (OS X 10.6+) and only requires 200MB of hard disk space.Read more at Adobe LabsMatthew’s OpinionThis is an intelligent move by Adobe, and one of survival. I think everyone has now accepted that HTML5 will replace Flash as the video and animation standard on the web. Adobe’s problem is one of how to keep developers buying its visual development tools once Flash has disappeared. The solution is to hook those developers early by giving them the same tools they use today with Flash, but where the output is HTML5-friendly.It’s a tactic that could certainly work. Developers with years of experience working with Adobe tools will find it easiest to continue doing so. If Adobe can offer Edge as a familiar replacement to Flash Professional it will be bought and used. That’s especially true if it means a chunk of the learning associated with switching to HTML5 is removed by the tool. Professionals want to get on with producing the work and earning money, not a few weeks or months downtime finding a tool replacement and understanding a new content production process.last_img read more

Soldier killed in noncombat incident identified as National City native

first_img September 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom NATIONAL CITY (KUSI) — A 32-year-old National City native died in a non- combat-related incident Tuesday while deployed in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.Staff Sgt. Diobanjo S. Sanagustin died at Bagram Air Field from a non- combat related injury while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, according to a Defense Department statement.An investigation was underway, according to the DoD, which provided no other details on the soldier’s death.Sanagustin was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, of the 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Carson, Colorado. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Soldier killed in non-combat incident identified as National City native Posted: September 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

49 Voices Leena Tarar of Anchorage

first_imgTARAR: I think when I came here, it was really difficult. It is absolutely difficult to go in a new culture and adapt there. But I think it took me three, three-and-a-half, you could say four months to make friends and get people comfortable around me. Because when you’re like the only Pakistani or Middle Easterner in your whole entire school, it’s really difficult.I think it was one of the things that made people uncomfortable around me. So it took more time for me to make friends, rather than my program friends in the Lower 48. Because people are uncomfortable, they might think you’re a terrorist or something, but you’re not. And now that people actually know me, they know me and they think that I’m a nice person.So I was interested in pollution and climate changes. So I’m thinking of now starting a club in my school: environmental club, or something. It is in other schools, but it is not at Bartlett. So I think, see things that you’re interested in and then start working on that.I think people are afraid to participate because they’re afraid that they will be criticized. People will think that they’re foolish and “what is that person doing?” So it’s not about stepping out of your comfort zone, because if you step out of your comfort zone, you’re uncomfortable. But it’s about increasing your comfort zone to a certain where you’re not uncomfortable and you’re stepping out to the society and making a difference and paying back to your community.When everything is good and really, really good, I have to go back. And I don’t want to.I’m gonna head back with tons of memories, tons of experiences and I’m not going to return as the same person I was when I came here. I’m going to return as a totally different person. And I think I’m the kind of person who will get reverse culture shock, too. Leena Tarar is an exchange student at Bartlett High School from Pakistan. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Leena Tarar in Anchorage. Tarar is an exchange student at Bartlett High School, originally from Pakistan. She was part of this year’s Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute.last_img read more

New insights into switchable water have implications for water purification and desalination

first_img Explore further ( —Water is rarely pure; instead, it often contains dissolved ions or is mixed with other liquids. Scientists can change the composition of water by separating its mixtures, which is most commonly performed by distillation. However, distillation is an energy-intensive process. Ionic liquid boosts efficiency of CO2 reduction catalyst The microfluidics approach allowed the researchers to take a more in-depth look at the water switching process. The particular process they analyzed begins with the introduction of CO2 bubbles into a solution of water containing a nitrogenous base (for example, amines) that is mixed with a second solvent (for example, tetrahydrofuran [THF]). While moving along the flow direction, the CO2 bubbles react with the amines, causing the system to phase-separate into two distinct phases, THF and an aqueous amine solution. By removing the CO2 by heating and/or purging another gas (e.g., nitrogen), the original liquid can be recovered. The amine additive can also be removed from the solution as a gas, leaving behind purified water.That much can be observed in macroscale experiments, but here the scientists were able to investigate this reaction on the microscale, allowing them to obtain a lot of information from only a single experiment. They evaluated the rate of phase separation process, calculated the minimum amount of CO2 required to complete the phase separation, identified the most efficient type of amine, and determined the efficiency of the phase separation. These results would be very difficult, if not impossible, to obtain using macroscale characterization techniques.Applying the liquid-liquid phase separation process to different solutions could have a variety of applications, including water desalination and purification. The results of this study could be used to characterize and improve the efficiency of these processes by facilitating the rapid exploration, development and optimization of new additives. Microfluidics strategies could be further extended to investigate the effects of temperatures, pressures, and compositions on water switching.”We plan to extend our microfluidic strategy to explore other switchable solvents with a broad range of switchable properties, as well as discover new applications of switchable solvents in a microfluidic format,” Kumacheva said. “In general, the applications of microfluidics in studies of carbon dioxide, a very important greenhouse gas, are just beginning to evolve.” Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society Over the past few years, researchers at Queen University in Canada have discovered an alternative, much simpler method of changing the properties of water by mixing it with a nitrogen-based compound and adding or removing gaseous carbon dioxide to the system.Because of the reversible reaction of carbon dioxide and a nitrogen-containing compound, the ionic strength of water can be reversibly switched: the ionic strength increases upon insertion of carbon dioxide in the liquid, and decreases with its removal. If water were originally mixed with an organic solvent, an increasing ionic strength of water would cause the mixture to separate into two different liquid phases, which are typically separated by a membrane. In principle, other “switchable solvents” would exhibit carbon-dioxide-mediated changes in hydrophilicity, polarity, fluorescence properties, or viscosity.Switchable solvents are still a very new area, however, and there is much that remains unknown. For example, it would be very helpful to know the rate of the phase-separation process in switchable water systems, the optimal CO2 concentration, and the efficiency of nitrogenous bases for liquid-liquid phase separation. In a new paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, a team of researchers including Gabriella Lestari and Milad Abolhasani, led by Prof. Eugenia Kumacheva at the University of Toronto, have turned to a new tool called microfluidics to explore liquid-liquid phase separation in an efficient way. Although microfluidics strategies have previously been used to study CO2-related processes in liquid solvents, this is the first time that microfluidics has been applied to studies of liquid-liquid phase separation mediated by water switching. “This work could definitely help to develop and optimize switchable solvents for many important applications, such as desalination of water by forward osmosis or as an alternative for the salting out process in pharmaceutical applications,” Kumacheva told “In addition, our microfluidic strategy could be adapted to study other phenomena induced by water switching, such as the synthesis and functionalization of nanoparticles.” More information: Gabriella Lestari, et al. “Switchable Water: Microfluidic Investigation of Liquid-Liquid Phase Separation Mediated by Carbon Dioxide.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/ja504184qM. Abolhasani, et al. “Microfluidic Studies of Carbon Dioxide.” Angew. Chem. DOI: 10.1002/ange.201403719 Phase separation of a switchable water solution occurring (a) at the macroscale and (b) in a microfluidics reactor. Credit: Lestari, et al. ©2014 American Chemical Society Citation: New insights into ‘switchable water’ have implications for water purification and desalination (2014, August 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2014 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Politician warns rampant LGBT people are destroying Indonesia

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- One of Indonesia’s most powerful politicians has warned LGBT people, drugs and promiscuity are running ‘rampant’ and ‘damaging’ the country. Zulkifli Hasan, is the chair of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR). He was speaking at a Motivation Seminar in a series of Spirit Of Indonesia Roadshows aimed at inspiring young people.Zulkifli warned the young people at the seminar that globalization and modernization were running ‘unchecked’ in Indonesia.He said issues like LGBT people, drugs and promiscuity were running ‘rampant’ and were destroying the quality of Indonesian youth.‘The fact is very sad, we even lose who we are, because of the loss of identity and values,’ Zulkifli said in his speech.‘Incoming foreign values are believed to be great and followed by people.Then with that comes the rush of LGBT lifestyle, liquor, promiscuity, drugs which will be unstoppable again [in Indonesia].’Anti-LGBTI politiciansIndonesia is heading into elections at all levels of government in 2019, and politicians have already started campaigning. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Including Zulkifli who in January whipped the public into fear after falsely saying the parliament was going to vote on a same-sex marriage bill.But the reality was that the parliament is considering voting in favor to criminalize homosexuality.At the time The Jakarta Post criticized Zulkifli’s position on the LGBT community as a deliberate political strategy.‘We appear to be witnessing the emergence of “Trumpism”, where spinning hate is becoming the new norm in Indonesian politics. What a sorry state of affairs,’ the editorial read.The LGBT community has been used to stoke fears of the public by many politicians in the lead-up to the election.Increased religious fundamentalism and disapproval from authorities has seen a rising crackdown on LGBT people in Indonesia.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Indonesia’s chair People’s Consultative Assembly, Zulkifkli Hasan | Photo: Twitter/@ZUL_Hasan Society is too ‘permissive’ of LGBTI people, says religious leaderShock move as Indonesian government cancels anti-LGBTI eventIndonesian president’s running mate called for LGBTI activities to be criminalizedRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more