Match moments in South Africa vs Netherlands World Cup tie

first_imgThe record 221-run third wicket partnership between Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers took the match away from the Dutch.Though the Netherlands bowlers had scalped skipper Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis early, Amla and de Villiers more than made up for that loss with that partnership during the World Cup Group B match at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.Man-of-the-Match AB de Villiers’s impressive 134 off just 126 balls earned him the MoM award. And rightly so as it his hit batting that dented all hopes that the Dutch had the match.last_img

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Haryana gives Rs.53 crore cash awards to sportspersons

first_imgMedal-winning sportspersons from Haryana were on Tuesday given cash awards of Rs.53 crore by the Haryana government.Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar gave away the cash awards to 158 outstanding sportspersons of the state who excelled in various international events and won medals for the country in events like boxing, wrestling and athletics.”A sum of Rs.40 crore was given to 36 medal winners of the 17th Asian Games held in South Korea during 2014, and 33 participating players were awarded cash prizes of Rs.1.65 crore,” a state government spokesman said.”Cash prizes of Rs.8.5 crore were given to eight medal winners in Para-Asian Games and Rs.55 lakh to 11 participants. Also, cash prizes of Rs.90 lakh were given to 28 medal winners at the international level during 2013-14, and over Rs.1.5 crore to 42 participants in sports competitions at the international level during 2014-15,” he said.last_img read more

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La Liga: Atletico Madrid Lose Ground in Title Race After Goalless Draw With Valladolid

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. atletico madridfootballla ligaValladolid First Published: October 7, 2019, 12:18 AM IST Madrid: Atletico Madrid lost ground on La Liga’s early pace-setters Real Madrid after they were held to a 0-0 draw away at Real Valladolid on Sunday.Atletico will head into the international break three points behind their city rivals and with work to do after the stalemate means Diego Simeone’s side have managed only two wins from their last seven games in all competitions. They could have lost if Valladolid’s Sandro Ramirez had not missed a first-half penalty while Alvaro Morata squandered two good chances for the visitors and Angel Correa hit the post late on.This is Atletico’s third goalless draw this season and doubts remain as to whether they possess the creativity and attacking punch to win the title in May.Morata, Diego Costa and Joao Felix all started at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla but one shot on target during the 90 minutes, none from Felix or Costa, told its own story.Valladolid still have only one victory since the opening day and this hard-fought point will be welcome, even if they feel it could have been more. Sergio’s side sit 12th, with two wins from eight games.Valladolid’s penalty needed VAR and even then referee Jose Sanchez took a handful of viewings on the sideline monitor to make his decision.Sanchez ruled that Thomas Partey made contact with the back of Sandro’s foot, the midfielder late and seemingly unaware having just emerged from a tangle with Toni Suarez.But if there was contact, it was minimal and there seemed some justice in Sandro missing the penalty, with a dreadful effort that flew over the crossbar.Atletico were the better team in the second half and Morata twice might have scored, put through by a Diego Costa flick and then slipped in by Correa. His first shot was saved and the second crashed into the side-netting.They went closest, though, with eight minutes to go as Kieran Trippier’s cross from the right was flicked to the feet of Correa on the far side. His curling finish beat Jordi Masip in goal but struck the post and came out.Valladolid could have snatched victory late on but Sergi Guardiola mistimed his header after Renan Lodi had misjudged the cross. A draw was probably a fair result. last_img read more

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Parents of preterm babies worry more: study

first_imgLondon, Mar 26 (PTI) Parents of very premature babies are more worried about their grown up childrens lives than those whose babies were born full term, a new study has found.Researchers at University of Warwick in UK and University Hospital Bonn in Germany compared the perception of parents whose children were born very preterm with a control group born at term. They also analysed the opinions of their children.The participants and their parents were asked when they were 13 and then as adults at age 26. In the study 260 individuals born very preterm (at 31 weeks or less) or with very low birth weight (less than 1,500 grammes) were compared to 229 who were born full term.”Previous work had suggested that the health-related quality of life of preterm born individuals may decrease as they reach adulthood,” said study first author Nicole Baumann, from the University of Warwick.”However, this study found while quality of life improves for term born adults it remains lower for preterm born participants,” Baumann said.”Very preterm individuals are at risk for health problems and lower health-related quality of life in childhood,” said Peter Bartmann, researcher at the University Hospital Bonn.The researchers looked at health-related issues such as vision, hearing, speech, emotion, dexterity and pain.They asked questions relating to these such as are you able to recognise a friend on the other side of the street? and are you happy and interested in life?.The researchers also found that participants with lower and parent-perceived health-related quality of life had more periods of unemployment, more often received social benefits, had fewer friends and were less likely with a partner.advertisementThere is a positive element to the study, researchers said. It indicates that preterm participants do not believe that their health-related quality of life gets worse between age 13 and 26, even though their parents believe the quality does diminish, particularly in pain and emotion.The study was published in the journal Pediatrics. PTI MHN AMSlast_img read more

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Barcelonas slump baffles Puyol, Figo, Raul

first_imgBerlin, Apr 18 (PTI) Luis Figo and Carlos Puyol find it inexplicable, while Raul thinks its a testament to the quality of Spanish football but all three La Liga legends are sure that Barcelonas astonishing slump would not last too long. Speaking at what was described as the Football Press Conference at the Laureus World Sports Awards, the trio was inundated by questions on Barcelonas disastrous run in the past one week. The Spanish giants have lost four of their last six games, winning just one and drawing another. Add to this, they have been knocked out of the Champions League after losing in the quarterfinals. “There are a lot of dynamics to football. Losing always hurts but they will come back stronger and that will be interesting,” said former Barcelona captain Puyol. Barcelona are still at the top of the table in Spanish league but only on goal difference against Atletico Madrid. The latest setback to the team came last night when it went down 1-2 to Valencia. “You cant really compare the three teams in the top half right now. Thats why I say, La Liga is the best. Because of this (Barcelonas slump), the race to the title has become more interesting and I am enjoying it. They are all good teams,” said Real Madrid great and former Spain captain Raul. Figo, who played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid during his career, more or less echoed the view. “It is not normal for Barcelona to lose so many matches. I agree the league is more open now. As for Barcelona, I cant explain whats happening with them. It is certainly not a question of talent. But I am sure they are going to come back,” he said. “May be they need a captain like Puyol to bring them back,” he added laughingly. The players were also asked about their favourites for the Champions League final. While Raul wanted an all-Spanish contest between Real and Atletico, Figo felt a Real vs Bayern Munich match would be perfect for him. Also there at the event was Brazils World Cup winning former captain Cafu, who gave his vote to a Manchester City-Atletico contest. “No matter who makes it, I am sure it is going to be a fantastic final,” said Figo. PTI PM CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Barcelona Soccer Team Joins Catalan Strike

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The famed Barcelona soccer club and the two other Catalan clubs in the Spanish soccer league are joining a strike to protest the Spanish government’s actions in Catalonia’s independence vote.Barcelona says none of its professional or youth teams are practicing on Tuesday and the club headquarters is closed. The Girona soccer team also suspended practice and Espanyol is having players undergo physical training behind closed doors.Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, one of the most outspoken supporters of Catalans, was harassed by fans Monday when he reported to Spain’s national team training camp in Madrid ahead of upcoming World Cup qualifiers.Police had to intervene as fans chanted and held cards against him.Spain coach Julen Lopetegui told the COPE radio station the central defender remains motivated despite the abuse from fans. He praised Pique’s commitment to the national team and said there is no reason not to have him on the squad.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Peru crush Chile 3-0 to set up Copa America final against Brazil

first_imgPeru defeated Chile 3-0 in the semi-finals of the ongoing Copa America on Wednesday (local time) and now they will face hosts Brazil in the finals.The match was played at the Arena do Gremio stadium in Porto Alegre.The game started at a quick pace as both teams looked to play with an aggressive mindset. Peru’s Christian Cueva created a chance in the 3rd minute, but he was denied by the goalpost.Chile also kept on making movies in Peru’s half but they were denied by Peru’s defenders and in one instance goalpost came to the resistance of Peru.Finally, Peru broke the deadlock in the 21st minute of the match as Edison Flores scored for the team.Peru did not sit silently even after registering the goal first and they kept on manoeuvring the ball inside Chile’s half.In the 38th minute of the match, Peru were able to extend their lead as Yoshimar Yotun registered the second goal for the team. Chile visibly looked deflated after going 0-2 down before the half-time mark.No other goals were scored in the first half, and Peru lead Chile 2-0 at half-time.As soon as the second half started, Chile made their first substitution as Angelo Sagal replaced Jose Pedro Fuenzalida.Chile came out all guns blazing in the second half and they created a chance in the 51st minute as Eduardo Vargas made a stunning move but he was denied by the crossbar.In the 68th minute, Chile’s Arturo Vidal also had a chance to register a goal, but in the end, his shot was way off target.advertisementHowever, Peru were able to hold off Chile’s attempts and in the dying moments of the match, Peru’s Paolo Guerrero registered the third goal for the team sealing the win for the side.Peru will now take on Brazil in the finals of the Copa America on Sunday, July 7.Chile will face Argentina in the 3rd/4th place playoff match on July 6.Also Read | Hardik Pandya has come back really well when put under pressure in this World Cup: Virat KohliAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson rues lack of partnerships on difficult wicket after England lossAlso Seelast_img read more

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KING SAYS MUELLER REPORT SHOWS DEMOCRATIC FAILURE AGAINST TRUMP

first_imgIowa Republican Congressman Steve King says Democratic House members failed again Wednesday in their effort to find evidence to support impeachment of President Donald Trump.Former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary and House Intelligence Committees on the findings of his office’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Trump’s response to the investigation:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/MUELLER1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..to impeach Donald Trump. ;28Congressman King was not complimentary about Mueller’s performance before the committees either:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/MUELLER2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….talk about that. :24King says Mueller’s testimony didn’t illuminate anything today except that they had a biased team of biased lawyers, Trump-haters and Hillary-lovers, that spent all of this time and all of this money, roughly $30 million, to produce years of heartache for the American people.last_img read more

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Van Dijk starts on Saints return

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool team news: Van Dijk starts on Southampton return Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 23:30 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Virgil van Dijk Liverpool Liverpool Premier League Southampton v Liverpool Southampton The world’s most expensive defender faces his former club for the first time since his January transfer Virgil van Dijk partners Joel Matip in the heart of Liverpool’s defence on his return to Southampton on Sunday afternoon.The centre-back turned out 80 times for the St Mary’s side before his £75 million transfer to the Reds last month.Fellow former Saint Dejan Lovren switches to the bench in one of three changes from Jurgen Klopp. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gini Wijnaldum, both substitutes in last week’s 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur, replace Jordan Henderson and James Milner in midfield.The captain’s workload is being managed, having recently returned from a month out with an injury, while the vice-skipper is named in reserve.Emre Can, as the longest-serving player in the XI, will wear the armband at St Mary’s as Liverpool look to regain third place.Adam Lallana, who played 265 times for Saints, is on the bench after nursing a muscle issue. He last featured in the 1-0 defeat at Swansea City on January 22.Hosts Southampton have made just one change to the starting XI that won 3-2 at West Bromwich Albion last week, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg replacing Sofiane Boufal in midfield.Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Mane, FirminoLiverpool subs: Mignolet, Lovren, Moreno, Milner, Lallana, Ings, Solanke.Southampton XI: McCarthy, Cedric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu, Lemina, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Carillo.Southampton subs: Forster, Yoshida, Davis, Boufal, Redmond, Long, Gabbiadini. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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What to wear to the Kentucky Derby with Indigo & Cotton and IW Harper

first_img 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Editors’ Recommendations 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master What is the fastest two minutes in sports? The Kentucky Derby of course. On May 7th men and women from around the world gather in Louisville to drink, bet and gawk. Whether you are watching the derby from the bleachers of Churchill Downs or at a local bar, you want to look as sharp as a tack while drinking your julep.We asked Brett Carron from Charleston’s menswear shop, Indigo & Cotton for some tips to make sure you look like a style stallion and not a show pony.Hat:The Hill-Side – Primarily known for their ties and pocket squares made up in unique Japanese fabrics, the brand has recently broadened their offering to include apparel, bags and hats such as this woven Panama style.Blazer:Barena – A linen jacket that is casual but elegant, and quintessentially Italian.  A win-win for looking sharp and staying cool this season.Shirt:Gitman Bros. Vintage – One of the few remaining American shirt-makers, they have a rich history and arguably the best fitting button downs.  This linen stripe version is our favorite this season.Pants:orSlow – A recent addition to our lineup out of Japan specializing in meticulously crafted wardrobe essentials. White denim is the perfect choice for spring and will keep the rest of the outfit looking fresh and new.Belt:Billykirk – Formed by two brothers with the idea of making classic, high quality leather goods built to last.  This slim belt can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.Shades:Shuron – Made in Greenville, South Carolina with over 150 years of experience making glasses. Our go-to for timeless frames.We can’t cover the Derby without discussing bourbon. The good fellas at I.W. Harper sent us these two recipes. Give them a whirl and share them on Instagram. Be sure to tag us.Vinceremos JulepCourtesy of Marie Zahn, Hawthorn Beverage Group1.25 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.75 oz. Amontillado SherryOne tsp. Ginger SyrupEight mint leaves and three fresh mint sprigsGlassware: Julep TinInstructions: Lightly muddle mint and ginger syrup, add other ingredients and top with pebble/crushed ice. Swizzle briefly and top with more ice. Garnish with three mint sprigs and straw.Harper’s BetCourtesy of Mark Corley, The Silver Dollar1.5 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.5 oz. Grenadine.5 oz. Lemon juice.5 oz. Grapefruit juice3 dashes Orange bittersInstructions: Shake and Strain over fresh ice in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.Image credit: Brenda Kean/123rf.comWe are working with I.W. Harper but all opinions are ours.last_img read more

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Hyundai Heavy First to Build 2,000 Ships

first_imgzoom South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) became the first shipyard in the world to build and deliver 2,000 ships. Since its establishment in the early 1970s, HHI has left numerous footprints in the global shipbuilding industry, including the world’s first 1,000 ship delivery record in 2002 and the world’s first accumulated 100 million gross ton ship production record in 2012.Ocean BlackLion, a drillship ordered from Diamond Offshore marked the 2,000th ship HHI completed.The gross tonnage of the 2,000 ships HHI built amounts to 126 million, twice the gross tonnage of total ships built last year worldwide. The top four most-delivered ships of HHI are containerships (583), bulk carriers (357), tankers (232) and VLCCs (147).Country-wise, Greeks ordered the most ships – 254; followed by Germany with 238, Japan with 120 and Denmark with 101.”Today, we wrote a new chapter in the global shipbuilding history by delivering the 2,000th ship. As we have been over the past four decades, we will continue to stand firm as the global leader in the shipbuilding industry with tireless innovation and shipbuilding method improvement for the coming decades,” Choi Kil-seon, Chairman and CEO of HHI said.last_img read more

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Shocking Stories of Moroccans Abducted by Algerian Army

Rabat- Following last month’s incident when an Algerian soldier entered Moroccan territory and arrested three Moroccans, Morocco’s Daily Al Massae published a new investigative report on Thursday that shed light on the untold stories of Moroccan citizens who have been abducted and jailed by the Algerian Army.Most of those abducted by the Algerian Army were shepherds. One victim was Boujamaa Touil, who was abducted from the Moroccan territory and had his 160 sheep seized by the Algerian Army.Boujamaa was taken to Algeria where he was sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment. He spent only one month in prison, and then he was granted a pardon on the eve of Algeria’s National Holiday. Abdelkader Ettaouil, another Moroccan shepherd, was taken from the Moroccan territory in Oued Jedid by an Algerian military patrol while he was grazing his herd of sheep.Abdlekader was transported to Algeria for trial. The judge accused him of entering Algerian territory illegally and sentenced him to two years and four months in prison. The judge ignored the fact that he was arrested in the Moroccan territory, although the Moroccan suspect tried to make this argument in his defense.Al Massae also told the story of Ammari El Bachiri, who was abducted from Ayn Cheaair, located in the southeast of Morocco near Bouarfa, on the border with Algeria. Ammari was abducted by the Algerian Army in Moroccan territory while he was collecting medicinal herbs that grow in the area.Several of people interview by Al Massae stated that the Algerian Army open fires on Moroccan citizens at the border from time to time, saying that they communicate with lead rather than words.The most recent Algerian attack on Moroccan citizens dates to October 2014, when members of the Algerian army shot Moroccan citizens at the border, leaving one person seriously injured.Edited by Timothy Filla© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

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Video When Morocco Hosted French Refugees in 1943

Miami – A video that dates back to 1943 shows a footage of French refugees arriving in Casablanca, Morocco, fleeing from German-occupied France.Ever since the Syrian Refugee Crisis has become a worldwide phenomenon, countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa are constantly throwing the blame at each other for whose responsibility it should be to host the vast amount of refugees in despair.France, as well as several countries have publicly expressed their tight refugee policy in allowing these Syrian war victims of Daesh and Bachar El Assad to enter their countries. Several videos have gone viral demonstrating the “inhumane conditions” and mistreatment these refugees go through when they arrive in these ‘host’ nations. A YouTube video posted by the British Pathé shows images of a reported 1,700 French refugees arrive by boat in the city of Casablanca, which sheltered them at a time of crisis during World War II.The video narrates how most of them had been “incarcerated at General Franco’s prisons in Spain” and suffered “years of hardships”.Interesting to note how the roles are inverted. Seven few decades back, it was the Europeans, in this case the French, who were once refugees escaping “their own” nation. Today, Syrians flee their nation, escaping “their own” in a very similar manner.However, contrasting the “appalling” videos of today’s Syrian Refugee Crisis, Morocco received the French refugees with order and respect as the General of the Casablanca Military Division showed up to welcome them as they set foot on the Moroccan territory.Even the French Red Cross prepared a buffet to feed themmaking sure “everyone [had] something to keep them going” while they awaited the “official reception” from Moroccan authorities.The video concludes with a hopeful message Morocco instilled to these individuals who sought asylum in the Kingdom. They had “welcome[d] them back to the freedom which one day will be the blessing of all French men”.Let us hope all countries can remember these type of legendary moments that have returned peace, freedom and joy to those in need. One day we could find ourselves in the same situation and reach out for aid hoping to be treated with dignity and respect. read more

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Situation in Burundi still very fragile SecretaryGeneral warns

The fresh outbreak of fighting in Burundi could roll back valuable progress made since a peace agreement was reached in 2000, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cautioned in a new report made public today.“The recent rapid relapse into violent conflict is alarming evidence of the extreme fragility of the situation in Burundi,” Mr. Ban wrote in his report, covering the period from 23 November last year to 7 May, to the Security Council.Strongly condemning the continued deadly clashes between the Government and the Palipehutu-FNL – the last major rebel hold-outs after the end of the brutal civil war between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi minority – he said that “nothing justifies the loss of innocent lives resulting from this fighting.”More than 100 people have been killed in and around the capital Bujumbura in the past few weeks, despite the signing of the Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement in 2006.The Secretary-General warned that unless this pact is not “put back on track, the new cycle of violence could undo all the gains painstakingly made by the people of Burundi since the signing of the Arusha Agreement eight years ago.”Furthermore, he voiced concern that the resumption of hostilities and political instability in the small Central African nation could threaten the stability of neighbouring States and the entire Great Lakes region.Ultimately, the responsibility for ending over 10 years of clashes rests with the Government and the FNL, Mr. Ban stressed, calling on both parties to end fighting and jump-start dialogue in a bid to push the peace process forward.He urged the FNL to return to Burundi and take part in the Joint Verification and Monitoring Mechanism and the Political Directorate, which are components of the ceasefire, while appealing to the Government to prioritize that Agreement’s implementation.In addition to putting the ceasefire into place and breaking the political stalemate, the Secretary-General said other issues spurring insecurity must be tackled.Reintegration of ex-fighters must press ahead, and “in an environment characterized by abject poverty, high unemployment, and sharply rising fuel and food prices, former combatants are likely to turn to violent crime or join armed elements,” he said, adding that the current global food crisis is also a cause for concern.On human rights, the report noted that while numbers of violations committed by the national defence forces remained the same, those committed by the police have risen while new cases of torture and summary executions by the national intelligence service have been reported.Mr. Ban welcomed the work of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, established to help countries recovering from war from sliding back into conflict, for its “valuable support to efforts at promoting stability in Burundi.” 20 May 2008The fresh outbreak of fighting in Burundi could roll back valuable progress made since a peace agreement was reached in 2000, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cautioned in a new report made public today. read more

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Minister insists there was no attempt to protect Vithyas killers

Vithya was abducted and raped in 2015 before she was killed. In September this year seven accused over the rape and murder were sentenced to death by a trial-at-bar at the Jaffna High Court.Among those sentenced to death was the main suspect identified as Swiss Kumar. (Colombo Gazette) She said that if the suspect was not handed over to the Police he would have been killed by the public and proper justice would not have been served. Justice Minister Thalatha Atukorale today insisted that there was no attempt made to protect the killers of Jaffna school girl Sivaloganathan Vithya.Atukorale said that a Government Minister had only attempted to ensure a key suspect, who had been held by the public following the murder, was released and handed over to the Police.

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Northern BC port blames abandoned pipe for fuel leak into ocean

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Northern B.C. port blames abandoned pipe for fuel leak into ocean by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2015 6:44 pm MDT PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – The Prince Rupert Port Authority says workers are trying to stop an abandoned pipe from slowly leaking fuel into the ocean in northwestern B.C.The leak of what the port believes is bunker fuel was reported on Sunday when staff noticed a rainbow sheen near the tide line.The port authority says the pipe passes under property it owns and ends next to the marine berth at the Westview Wood Pellet Terminal.It says workers have excavated an area so they can flush and cap the pipe.The port says it has engaged the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation to contain the fuel that reached the foreshore and the group is working to clean the shoreline and immediate area.Officials have also called in an environmental consultant in to assess the potential impacts of the leak, although they believe there is “minimal risk to marine life and vegetation” and say only a “small quantity” escaped. read more

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Queens Speech delivers Digital Economy Bill

·         Work with manufacturers so that vehicles sold with a radio are digitally enabled by the end of 2013.·         Support a common logo for digital radios and ensure that non-digital radios and their limitations are clearly labelled.·         Encourage the development of portable digital converters.·         Promote the introduction of more sophisticated traffic information via digital radio and comprehensive marketing by broadcasters.·         Work with European partners to develop a common approach to digital radio. SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said, “A collaborative approach between broadcasters, vehicle manufacturers and government is essential for the effective delivery of the Digital Britain recommendations and government’s Digital Economy Bill. Broadcasters must now increase the content and coverage of digital radio and work with government to build awareness of its availability. This will help generate consumer demand to justify investment by vehicle manufacturers.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Industry does have reservations about the timetable for introduction but is pleased that the Digital Economy Bill provides a certain timetable for industry and other stakeholders to work to. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has welcomed the Queen’s Speech in which government has committed to the migration of digital radio through the Digital Economy Bill. The Speech, which marks the opening of Parliament, outlines the legislative agenda for the forthcoming year. Government introduced the Digital Britain Report earlier this year which sets out a five-point plan to encourage take-up of digital radio in cars: read more

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Alevel results the most unfair in a generation warn headteachers following changes

first_imgBut leading heads representing schools such as Eton College and Harrow argue the reforms have been “rushed and flawed” and will breed inconsistency and confusion.Ofqual maintained that its reforms were to make the system “clearer, more consistent, and fairer for all students”.However, Chris King – chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) – argued that the changes to the exam appeal system will have “lifelong consequences” for bright pupils who will miss out on Oxbridge places by a few points because of subjective marking. Mr King added: “The extent of uncertainty and inconsistency in how this summer’s grades can be checked is absurd.  This has all the hallmarks of reforms brought in far too quickly with some previously announced changes being confirmed, others changed and yet others shelved.”“It is also unacceptable that these further changes have been announced after some schools broke up for the summer holidays.“In addition, we have only now found out for the first time – and very late in the day – precisely how the new experimental mark-checking system will be tested this year when initial marks are reviewed across all subjects.  “Just as we feared, this process will be very vague and unsatisfactory, leading to the likelihood of fewer accurate replacement marks than in previous years.  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. In its latest annual survey the regulator found that 42 per cent of head teachers feel that the current appeals system is unfair compared to 29 per cent who think that it is fair.   It also found that head teacher trust in A-levels has declined since last year from 88 per cent to 85 per cent. “Reviewers will have to look out for ‘unreasonable exercise of academic judgment’ but all they will have to go on is Ofqual’s advice that ‘unreasonable’ should be given its normal meaning and a common-sense approach should be adopted’. What kind of precision check is that for high-stakes exams such as A-level?”   Russell Hobby, the general secretary of the NATH, said: “It is clear that unreasonable deadlines have been put on exam boards to make the changes announced three months ago.  “Their further alteration over the summer is bound to cause confusion and shows that the regulator rushed the proposed reforms.”An Ofqual spokesman said: “It’s really important to us that students get the marks that their performance deserves.”The decisions we have taken will make the systems schools and colleges use to challenge GCSE, AS and A-level results in England clearer, more consistent, and fairer for all students.“The changes have been informed by research and based on extensive consultation with schools’ groups, subject associations, teachers and students.”We are phasing in the reforms so that exam boards can make the necessary changes to their systems in an orderly and achievable way.“We have written to around 7,000 schools and colleges in England on three occasions to draw their attention to the planned changes, and issued a succinct guide to help anyone with an interest navigate the new arrangements.“None of the changes we are making will stand in the way of a marking mistake being found and corrected.”Check out our guides• Step-by-step guide to Clearing Ofqual, reforms, A-level, clearing, university places, results He told the Telegraph: “This unfair situation could have a seriously harmful impact on young people’s life chances. A-level results will be the “most unfair in a generation”, headteachers have warned, after changes to the appeals process that may result in students missing out on places at elite universities.Leading heads of both private and state schools said that students appealing exam results face “the most chaotic and unfair year in a generation”.Search for Clearing vacancies onlineDownload the Clearing app on iPhone or AndroidIn May this year, Ofqual, the exam boards regulator, said it would only allow re-marking if there were “clear errors”.In a major clampdown on exam appeals, Ofqual said it would press ahead with a tougher system that will make it harder for some pupils to get a “second bite of the cherry”. “For example, there is a risk that students might not get the marks they deserve and miss out on a place at Oxford, Cambridge or another top university or medical school.“One or two marks can mean the difference between fulfilling their dreams or being forced to completely rethink their futures.“Lack of accuracy and fair appeal is not only wrong but has lifelong consequences; this is why we call on the regulator to put the wellbeing of students rather than the system at the centre of its approach.”His warnings came as hundreds of thousands of students prepare to learn their A-level results later this week. A-level Results Day 00 : 00 : 00 : 00 Days Hrs Mins Secs • Step-by-step guide to Adjustment• Step-by-step guide to A-level Results Day One or two marks can mean the difference between fulfilling their dreams or being forced to completely rethink their futuresChris King, HMC chairman The HMC and the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) have warned students and parents that this year “it may be harder than ever before for A-level candidates who appeal their grades to get a fair outcome”. They argue that the new rules on formal appeals against this summer’s results are ‘confusing’ because they will only apply only to three subjects.They said that the list of subjects – physics, geography and religious studies – has now been changed since it was first announced earlier this year.   In June Ofqual published a survey which showed deteriorating faith in A-levels among head teachers.   Headteachers have said the new rules on formal appeals are ‘confusing’last_img read more

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