first_imgThe CBI on Wednesday filed the much awaited status report on the mysterious death of a young forest guard, Hoshiyar Singh, in the Himachal High Court.The forest guard was found hanging upside down from a tree in Seri-Katanda of Karsog division in Mandi district in June. The State police had initially called it a case of suicide but later arrested four people when residents took to the streets. The case was handed over to the CBI on August 13 after the High Court’s intervention, with the investigating agency being told to constitute a Special Investigation Team. In its submission to the court on Wednesday, the CBI said that it had formed an SIT and that its officers are visiting the crime scene regularly.last_img read more

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first_imgA Birmingham resident of Indian origin has been sentenced to jail for publishing anti-Muslim posts on the social media, PTI reported. Rhodenne Chand was found guilty of stirring up racial hatred online and sentenced to 20 months in prison by the Birmingham Crown Court on June 25.Chand, 31, from Kingstanding, posted 32 tweets over a few days following the Manchester Arena and London Borough terror attacks last May. He admitted to publishing threatening, abusive or insulting material intended to stir up racial hatred, the BBC reported.Chand’s posts on social media encouraged physical violence and attacks on Muslims and mosques. In one of the tweets, he said he wanted to “slit a Muslim’s throat,” according to the police statement.West Midlands Police said the court ruling should serve as a warning to anyone a committing hate crime online.“This case saw the sustained release of offensive, threatening material aimed at Muslim and Pakistani communities – it left people fearing some of the threats could be carried out by him or his Twitter followers,” Police Superintendent Mat Shaer said in a statement.“The law is careful to try and not penalise expression of opinion, even in strong and possibly offensive terms. But Chand’s tweets were a much baser expression of animosity towards a section of society and were totally unacceptable,” he added. “We take hate crime very seriously and anyone found to be stirring up hatred on the grounds of race, religion, sexuality, or disability could find themselves in court and facing a criminal conviction.”Chand was arrested on June 17 last year, after a public member reported the Twitter rant to the police. Chand later said that he felt disgusted at himself for writing the posts, the police statement said. He told the police that he was “venting” in the aftermath of the terror attacks and had stopped using Twitter.However, a specialist prosecutor, who assessed the case, determined that the posts showed intent to stir up racial and religious hatred and that such “violent rhetoric can cause considerable harm once it is in the public domain.”Chand was charged with publishing threatening, abusive or insulting material intended to stir up racial hatred. Related ItemsBirminghamBritainUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

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first_imgLeicester City might break their last summer’s transfer record to strengthen their squad as they are keen to improve next season, interim manager Craig Shakespeare said ahead of the Premier League club’s trip to Manchester City on Saturday.Leicester spent over 55 million pounds ($70.71 million) to buy strikers Ahmed Musa, Islam Slimani and midfielder Nampalys Mendy after their title winning 2015-16 campaign and Shakespeare said that it could happen again.”There could be (a new record). You look at the players out there, the Premier League is the place to play,” Shakespeare told reporters.”It (the squad) doesn’t need major surgery, I think it will be minimal but I expect a few going and a few coming.”It gets harder every year. You saw how many teams reinvested and fortunes spent on transfers. It still shows where the league table is now.”Media reports have linked midfielder Riyad Mahrez to clubs across Europe but Shakespeare said he had no information about any deals.”I am not aware of any gentleman’s agreement,” Shakespeare added.”Obviously, as we get towards the end of the season, the club will talk to the players involved.”He was the same Riyad today – smiling, enjoying training.”As far as I’m concerned, until told otherwise, he is under long-term contract here and happy here.”Leicester’s 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday moved them up to ninth in the table with three games left.last_img read more

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first_imgMumbai, Dec 7 (IANS) Actor Sidharth Malhotra has started shooting for his next film “Marjaavan”.Sidharth on Friday tweeted a still from the upcoming film. He is seen sporting a ruggedlook and has tattoos of all religion — Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam and Christianity.He captioned the image: “Ishq aur inteqaam ka koi mazhab nahi, koi ek Rab nahi! (Love and revenge have no religion, no one is god. ‘Marjaavaan’ shoot begins today!)”The film’s director Milap Zaveri shared Sidharth’s image and wrote: “Power, Passion, Pyar (love)! ‘Marjaavaan’ first look.”Producer Bhushan Kumar described the journey as exciting and wished the entire cast luck for the film’s shoot.”Marjaavan” is slated to release on October 2, 2019.The film will also star Riteish Deshmukh, Rakul Preet Singh and Tara Sutaria, who is making her Bollywood debut with “Student Of The Year 2”. “Marjaavan” reunites Zaveri with Riteish and Sidharth after four years . They were seen together in “Ek Villain”, which was written by the filmmaker. Other details of the film are still under wraps.–IANSdc/nv/vmlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Government of Jamaica is now signatory to three additional CARICOM agreements.Prime Minister Andrew Holness today (July 6) signed the instruments at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, the site of the 39th Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM.The agreements relate to cooperation in the areas of education and security.The instruments are as follows:1. Protocol Amending the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas to incorporate the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement as an organ of the community and the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security as an institution of the Community.2. Revised Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Examinations Council3. CARICOM Arrest Warrant TreatyCARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Erwin LaRocque and Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Kamina Johnson Smith among others witnessed the signing.last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Dubai-based port and terminal operator DP World Limited handled 34 million TEUs across its global portfolio of container terminals in the first half of 2017, with gross container volumes growing by 8.2% year-on-year.The first six months of the year witnessed an improvement in global trade and all three DP World regions saw growth rates accelerate in the second quarter of 2017, particularly the company’s terminals in Europe and the Americas. The UAE handled 7.7 million TEUs in the first half of the year, growing 4.3% year-on-year.At a consolidated level, DP World’s terminals handled 17.9 million TEUs during the first half of 2017, rising by 22.4% in performance on a reported basis. Reported consolidated volume in the Asia Pacific and Indian Subcontinent region was boosted by the consolidation of Pusan, South Korea at the end of 2016.“Our portfolio has delivered ahead-of-market growth benefitting from the improved trading environment in 2017 and market share gains from the new shipping alliances, driving volumes in the second quarter. The robust performance was delivered across all three regions, which once again demonstrates that we have the right strategy and the relevant capacity in the key markets,” Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.“Given the encouraging first half performance, we remain well placed to meet full year 2017 market expectations.”last_img read more

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first_imgNorth Carolina Ports made history on April 22 by welcoming its first-ever 12,000 TEU vessel to the Port of Wilmington.The ship, Kota Pekarang, is so far the largest capacity-wise vessel to call the port. The containership is operated by Israel-based liner company ZIM in partnership with the 2M Alliance which links Asia to Wilmington.“This is a monumental milestone for North Carolina Ports and the Port of Wilmington,” Paul J. Cozza, Executive Director, North Carolina Ports, said.“This is proof of concept that we are big ship ready and capable of handling some of the largest container vessels calling East Coast ports today,”BIG NEWS: NC Ports welcomed its first ever 12,000 TEU vessel to the Port of Wilmington Monday! This milestone solidifies our capabilities of handling the largest ships calling East Coast ports! Read more here: https://t.co/xhXoT4JqOh #ncports #portofwilmington #portofprogress pic.twitter.com/ISNwaRNULT— NC Ports (@NCPorts) April 22, 2019The ship’s visit to Wilmington comes on the heels of the arrival of North Carolina Ports’ third neo-Panamax crane. The third crane arrived in early April as part of the organization’s USD 200 million capital improvements plan aimed at expanding the Port of Wilmington’s infrastructure to accommodate the 14,000 TEU vessels – the largest ships currently calling the United States East Coast.NC Ports’ infrastructure improvements plan includes a wider turning basin, berth enhancements, new neo-Panamax cranes and an overhaul of Wilmington’s container terminal. The terminal renovations will double the port’s annual throughput capacity to 1.2 million TEUs and triple its refrigerated container capacity to 1,000 plugs.last_img read more

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first_imgOn December 12, Kelly Clarkson and Musicians on Call put on an intimate holiday concert for children and families at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt’s theater and spent the whole afternoon going room to room visiting and playing for kids who were not able to come down for the concert.Kelly Clarkson Visits Young Patients For ChristmasCredit/Copyright: Glenn Sweitzer, Fresh Films + DesignShe spent a total of 6+ hours with at the hospital.Kelly Performed Her Favorite Christmas SongsCredit/Copyright: Glenn Sweitzer, Fresh Films + Designlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Canadian PressMetis and non status Indians across Canada are seeking damages for the alleged harms inflicted on them by the Canadian government during the ’60s Scoop, according to a proposed class action filed on Thursday.In an untested statement of claim, the survivors of the Scoop argue they were deprived of their identities by being taken from their families and placed with non-Indigenous families.As a result, they say, they suffered mental, emotional and other harms.“Aboriginal communities describe the ’60s Scoop as destructive to their culture,” the claim in Federal Court asserts. “Canada was careless, reckless, wilfully blind, or deliberately accepting of, or was actively promoting, a policy of cultural assimilation.”Among other things, the claim seeks a court declaration that the government breached its duty toward the plaintiffs and seeks unspecified damages.Garth Myers, lawyer for the plaintiffs, said on Thursday it was unclear how many people might be taken in by the class at this point or what an appropriate level of compensation might be if the claim were to succeed.Earlier this year, the government struck an $800-million settlement of a similar class action _ one involving on-reserve Indigenous people who became victims of the ’60s Scoop _ in which each victim would receive up to $50,000. Lawyers for the plaintiffs say it’s time Canada recognized its actions taken in the ’60s Scoop affected a much larger group of Indigenous people.In June, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett said the settlement agreement did not address “all of the harm” done by the ’60s Scoop. More work needed to be done with Metis and non-status peoples, she said.“They have waited far too long to be recognized and for the harm done to them to be acknowledged,” Bennett said of the on-reserve victims. “They should not be made to wait any longer nor suffer through any more court battles.”Bennett had no immediate comment to the proposed action.The proposed representative plaintiff in the case is Toronto-born Brian Day, 44, a Metis who now lives in Ottawa.According to the claim, Day was raised in accordance with his family’s Metis tradition that included hunting until age four, when the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society took him from his family and placed him for seven years with a non-Aboriginal family in Sudbury, Ont.“Mr. Day was told by his non-aboriginal adopted family that he was not Metis or Indigenous,” the claim asserts. “For years, he was told by this family that he was white and Scottish.”Given his upbringing, Day has lost his Metis cultural identity and cannot speak French, the claim states.“Because of ’60s Scoop, Mr. Day is emotionally, spiritually and culturally disconnected,” the claim says. “He feels alienated, anxious, hopeless, sad, frustrated, and resentful.”news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: A primary school in remote Sagar block in South 24-Parganas has set a precedence in creating greenery and curbing pollution.The students of Chowranghee Primary school are using the leftover food of mid day meal and other waste products and converting them into organic fertilizers and they are using it for growing trees on the school campus. The students have also been able to store excess water of deep tubewell by preventing it from flowing outside the school and have successfully cultivated seven rare varieties of food grains. This project of cultivation of foodgrains is being supervised by noted environmentalist Amalesh Mishra. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”We are giving special emphasis to environmental studies and are imparting lessons to our students on the conservation of greenery. We are using waste to convert them into organic fertilisers. We are also storing drinking water that is wasted,” said Tapas Mondal, headmaster of Chowranghee Primary School. The school, at present, has 156 students and six teachers. Midday meal is provided to the students of these schools on a daily basis as per norms of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe vegetable waste and the leftovers of food are being stored by the students themselves. “We have three separate waste bins. A red bin is used for dumping of waste paper, pen, pencil and similar educational equipment. A yellow bin is being used for storing vegetable waste and food waste while a green one is being used for plastic waste. The plastic waste is being recycled for making greetings cards,” Mondal said. The rice starch is being mixed with cow dung collected from some adjacent houses in the neigbourhood. Then earthworms are released into the mixture. In three months, it is converted into fertilisers. This is being used for growing plants that have medicinal value such as basak, tulsi and kalmegh. The entire work is being done by the students and teachers of the school. The school has come up with a reservoir for storing rainwater and tubewell water, which is usually wasted. This water is being used for cultivation of seven rare food grain varieties such as Mugai, Chapakusi, Gosba, Hangra, Taldi to name a few. However, none of these food grains are being sold commercially. In future, the school has plans to encourage local residents to adopt similar practices.last_img read more

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The United Nations Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed its deep concern over excessive use of force by Guinea’s security forces against demonstrators ahead of this weekend’s long-delayed presidential run-off poll.One man was killed and more than 60 others injured when Government forces used live fire in their effort to quell demonstrations earlier this week in the capital, Conakry.The Office said that while it appreciated that authorities had a difficult task in dealing with the demonstrations, which in some cases degenerated into violence, including stone-throwing.But it said that it believes Government forces committed serious rights violations by indiscriminately shooting at unarmed civilians, sometimes at point-blank range; breaking into and ransacking private homes; and severely beating young men who put up no resistance.Some of the security forces’ operations appeared to target entire areas indiscriminately and little effort was made to distinguish between violent protestors and those who had taken no part in the demonstrations, OHCHR said.They also illegally and arbitrarily detained an unknown number of people, preventing them from accessing lawyers. Further, the Office said, human rights officers were not allowed into a gendarmerie detention cell in the commune of Hamdallaye, where several protestors are believed to be held.OHCHR in Guinea said it is particularly concerned that members of the Force Spéciale de Securisation du Processus Electoral, a special unit that was formed and trained to secure the electoral process, took part in these police operations.Among the victims of alleged violations documented so far by OHCHR staff in Conakry include a 22-year-old man who was reportedly hit in the head by a tear gas bomb thrown by a police officer in Hamdallaye and is still in a coma.Others include a 7-year-old boy who took a stray bullet in the head, also still comatose, and a family in the Afnia Minière neighbourhood whose house was broken into by several gendarmes, who reportedly beat an elderly man with their fists, truncheons and rifle butts. The same group of gendarmes also reportedly shot three men between the ages of 18 and 25 at point-blank range, wounding two in the arm and one in the leg.The Office recorded several other extremely violent incidents seemingly aimed at young men, expressing concern that some members of the security forces appear to be making threats, and even carrying out assaults, based on people’s ethnicity or political affiliation.It called on political leaders in Guinea to restrain their supporters in the run-up to the elections and urged the transitional Government to ensure that security forces scrupulously adhere to international standards governing the use of force and firearms.Guinea’s independent electoral authority, known as CENI, had cited technical difficulties when it postponed the ballot between Cellou Dalein Diallo and Alpha Condé, the two candidates with the highest number of votes in the first round of voting in June.Said Djinnit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for West Africa, has warned that further delays could seriously undermine the transition process in Guinea, which has been plagued by misrule, dictatorships and coups since it gained independence in 1958.The election is the final stage of the interim Government’s efforts to set up a democracy after the forces of Captain Moussa Dadis Camara – who seized power in a coup in 2008 after the death of long-time president Lansana Conté – shot, raped and attacked hundreds of civilian demonstrators attending a rally in Conakry in September 2009, killing at least 150. 22 October 2010The United Nations Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed its deep concern over excessive use of force by Guinea’s security forces against demonstrators ahead of this weekend’s long-delayed presidential run-off poll. read more

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Roughly 5,000 Alberta residents have been evacuated from their homes because of a wildfire near High Level. Officials say there have been about 430 wildfires since March and 30 of them are currently active.They say the main priority right now is the fire near High Level that has burned through about 800 km by this week. It is one of six wildfires that are out of control right now. Premier Jason Kenney says they are in for the long haul and neigbouring provinces are on their way to help. Firefighters from Ontario, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia are going to help the 90 firefighters in Alberta currently working to control it.Although the winds have been strong, officials expect them to blow in the preferred direction away from homes and other buildings. read more

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NEW YORK — U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr says increased encryption of data on phones and encrypted messaging apps are putting American security at risk.Barr’s prepared comments at a cybersecurity conference in New York on Tuesday marks a continuing effort by the Justice Department to push tech companies to provide law enforcement with access to encrypted devices and applications during investigations.The attorney general says law enforcement is increasingly unable to access information on devices, and between devices in the virtual world, even with a warrant supporting probable cause of criminal activity. Ex-FBI director James Comey led a highly publicized push to gain access to an iPhone belonging to a perpetrator of a terrorist attack in San Bernardino that killed 14 people in 2015.Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press read more

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Nearly every Alaskan will be $1,606 richer next week.The state revenue department confirmed the amount of this year’s oil wealth check in a Friday release.The check size doesn’t come as a surprise after lawmakers decided on that amount following drawn out regular and special legislative sessions.Gov. Mike Dunleavy favoured setting the amount according to a statutory formula that hasn’t been followed since 2016. Had that been used this year, the check would have been $2,910.However, some lawmakers balked, saying that amount was unsustainable.Dunleavy has scheduled a news conference later Friday, where issues related to the oil check will be among topics he will address.Revenue officials say about 631,000 Alaskans will begin receiving their checks Thursday. The total distribution is just over $1 billion.Mark Thiessen, The Associated Press read more

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by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 8, 2013 4:28 pm MDT Barrick Gold no longer in talks to see African assets to Chinese firm AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Talks aimed at the potential sale of African Barrick Gold to a Chinese company have ended without a deal, Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) said Tuesday.“These discussions were part of our ongoing efforts to identify opportunities to optimize our portfolio,” said Barrick president and CEO Jamie Sokalsky.“However, we are approaching this in a prudent and disciplined manner and will only proceed with opportunities that generate acceptable value for Barrick.”Sokalsky said African Barrick Gold’s assets hold significant potential and the company will continue to look for ways to best realize that value for shareholders.Barrick holds a 73.9 per cent interest in the company, which was formed when the Canadian gold miner spun off its African operations in March 2010.African Barrick is Tanzania’s largest gold producer and one of the five largest gold producers in Africa.Barrick Gold shares closed down 43 cents at C$33.14 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, while African Barrick shares were down 20 per cent or about 91.9 pence at 352.1 pence Tuesday on the London Stock Exchange.John Ing, president and chief executive of investment firm Maison Placements Canada, noted the African Barrick has struggled with high costs in recent months.“These are not primo assets,” he said.Ing said Barrick would have welcomed the opportunity to rid themselves of what he called a “sub-performing asset.”“It is going to be difficult. The only good news is that if the commodity, that is gold, keeps on going higher then those assets will have some value for somebody,” he said.African Barrick, which has four mines in Tanzania, launched Tuesday a review of its business aimed at improving its operations.“Whilst the discussions between CNG and Barrick have not led to a transaction, the process has re-emphasised the fundamental long-term value of ABG’s portfolio and the scarcity of large scale producing opportunities to enter the gold market in Africa,” African Barrick chief executive Greg Hawkins said.“We have demonstrated the ability of this business to generate significant cash flows and believe that the operational review will create the opportunity to further improve the return profile of the business.”African Barrick reported a profit of US$65.2 million or 16 cents per share on $534.5 million in revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2012. That compared with a profit of $120.1 million or 29 cents per share on $578.4 million in revenue for the first six months of 2011.Cash costs per ounce of gold increased 43 per cent to $938, up from $655.In addition to higher costs, African Barrick has faced other problems, including a report in May 2011 that it was investigating allegations of sexual assaults against local women at its North Mara mine in Tanzania.Barrick said at the time that a preliminary investigation by ABG had found credible evidence of sexual assaults by members of the Tanzanian police and the company’s security guards.North Mara was also the site of deadly clashes between police and a crowd of about 800 people trying to steal ore from the mine. Seven people were killed and a dozen more were injured.Barrick also announced Tuesday that Nathaniel Rothschild has resigned from the company’s board due to other time commitments.Rothschild had been a Barrick director since April 2010.Barrick owns and operates gold mines in Canada, the United States, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Australia and Papua New Guinea. read more

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The acronym NAP seems somehow appropriate for the first-ever Night Against Procrastination being held Thursday, Nov. 12 at Brock University.The late-night writing and studying event will be held in Thistle Complex from 6 p.m. to midnight. The goal is to kickstart students into getting their work done now rather than leaving it until the last moment.“Our service is basically giving students strategies. The whole night is about getting started, building momentum and teaching them how they can break things up so they can be more productive,” said Margaret Groombridge, Interim Manager, A-Z Learning Services, who is one of the event’s organizers.In addition to giving the students access to academic advisers and tutors, the night will include mini-workshops, food and drinks and break-out rest sessions such as yoga.“It’s a night against procrastination so that students don’t put their work off,” Groombridge said.The Night Against Procrastination will take place in: TH 129, where students can work on assignments and where instructors, tutors and TAs will provide support on demand; TH 123, where short sessions, alternating throughout the evening will take place; and TH 124, where food and refreshments will be available.“What I imagine it will be is students moving a lot, asking a lot of questions and really breaking that boundary of students who maybe have never spoken to a tutor before.?It’s very interactive,” said Groombridge. read more

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first_imgIndependent schools have been accused of “gaming the system” after new analysis has revealed that one in five students were given extra time to complete their GCSE and A-level exams last year.Across the country, nearly 30,000 fee-paying pupils were given a special measures consideration – significantly higher than the one in eight pupils given additional time at state schools.The analysis, carried out by Radio 4’s Today programme, has rung alarm bells with teachers in the state sector, with headteachers claiming that the figures raised “serious questions” of the special measures system.While a fifth of all private schooled pupils received extra time last year, only 200,000, or 12 percent, of their state-educated peers received the same measures when taking their exams. Commenting on the disparity,  former shadow education minister Lucy Powell claimed that independent schools were unfairly benefiting from a “double advantage”, adding that their pupils “shouldn’t get an exam advantage because you pay for it.”“These figures don’t make any sense, it’s a double advantage. Clearly the evidence shows that there has been a trend developing for many years, where the independent sector is being much more effective at getting special access arrangements.“The discrepancy is alarming. I would think that the level getting extra time would be more in line with the percentage of students registered with special needs – which is 14 percent.“I don’t understand why Ofqual or the Department for Education have not looked at the figures and asked these questions before.”Geoff Barton, headteacher of King Edward VI comprehensive school in Bury St Edmunds, blamed a system of results-driven league tables for creating a “high stakes” game in which schools look to push students forward for extra time.“Whether they are getting special consideration does seem to be something that isn’t only done in the interests of the youngster, but also can have an effect for the school,” he said.“So there’s no surprise that schools will reflect on that as they are planning the exam season.” However, Ofqual, the examination regulator for England, said the disparity was down to the “readiness”of independent schools to identify students in need of extra time.“It is also worth noting that ‘Independent’, also includes ‘Independent Special Schools’ where at least half of the pupils have Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND),” a spokesman said.“Generally we would expect there to be a higher proportion of students who would have access arrangements at special schools and this may impact the percentages when comparing across the different centre types.”Peter Hamilton, chair of HMC and headmaster at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, added that independent schools were better able to spot and monitor pupils in need of additional exam requirements.“We are also fortunate to have proper resourcing and specialist departments, which can be lacking in state maintained schools. All heads want to see learning support staff given the time and money necessary to ensure all pupils are able to claim their rights.”However, figures provided by the DfE show that only 3,815 students are enrolled at independent specialist providers, compared to more than 105,000 enrolled at state maintained schools – meaning that the figures for the private sector remain disproportionately high.“Surely Ofqual’s first job is to ensure a standardised playing field,” Ms Powell added. “I think they’re just looking for excuses – and they shouldn’t be. Their job should be to ask the questions and look for solutions.”center_img 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

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first_imgThe ITRI reports that key speakers from China will provide their insight on a number of sustainability topics to be addressed at its upcoming Asia Tin Summit in Kunming, with presentations from government regulatory body ASQIQ and the Kunming University of Science and Technology, who will detail China’s conflict minerals standards as well as recent developments in sustainable tin smelting technology.“Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important issue for the tin industry inside China, with greater expectation to demonstrate responsible sourcing of raw materials and to further limit the environmental impacts of mining and smelting operations. The progress being made in both areas will be outlined in these two expert presentations.”AQSIQ (General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China) is a ministerial-level government department which has been directly involved in setting and enforcing conflict minerals regulation in China and Kunming University of Science is one of the top research institutions for minerals science in China, notable for its close links to the minerals industry in Yunnan.The 2017 Asia Tin Summit is expected to attract some 300 delegates from China and the rest of the world.last_img read more

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first_imgOVER THE LAST five or six years, from looking at the team-sheets, you would back Ireland to beat Scotland but it hasn’t always worked out that way.With Joe Schmidt coming in, it adds a bit more excitement to the usual Six Nations hype. We saw the best and worst of Ireland in the space of two weeks during the November Series. They were poor against Australia and magnificent for 81 minutes against New Zealand. If they can reproduce even 80% of what they threw at the All Blacks they will do a job on Scotland.The Scots have no recognised seven in there and that is why the selection of the scavenging Chris Henry at openside may prove crucial. Ireland need to win the breakdown tomorrow and with Henry at his best they could dominate.Everyone in the Ireland XV is pretty much in there on form. I think we need to get used to the mind-set change within the Ireland set-up. All of Schmidt’s talk before the Six Nations was about building a squad and a few of his selections — Luke Marshall, Chris Henry and Andrew Trimble — have backed that up. Ultimately we are on a roadtrip to the World Cup next year. If Schmidt could do to Ireland what he did for Leinster and build a squad of 30 guys he can call on, that would be fantastic.There certainly seems to be a deeper pool of players to call upon. It is great that, while Tommy Bowe and Keith Earls are out injured, we are still debating what wingers should start. Fergus McFadden has probably come back from injury too late but his ability to cover the positions means he is on the bench.Conversely, McFadden’s inclusion there was bad news for Ian Madigan but you can’t argue with his selection on the bench. Is it the most exciting Ireland bench? No but Schmidt often makes horses for courses selections and he has done that here. The last time we played Scotland we were barely pulling a team together because of all our injuries so it is good to have debates over positions this time around.Gordon D’Arcy was excellent against the All Blacks and is unfortunate to miss out but Marshall tore the Scottish defence apart last year. While many will expect D’Arcy and Luke Fitzgerald to be in with a good shout of starting against Wales, it would be hard for Schmidt to drop a player who had a dynamite game. Saying that, he often did that during his time at Leinster.Luke Marshall looked impressive against the Scots last season. INPHO/Dan SheridanThe Scottish back three of Sean Maitland, Stuart Hogg and sean Lamont will be their biggest threat. If you give them the ball and the opportunity, you will rue it. They know how to score tries.Today is all about Ireland inflicting their game on Scotland and dominating when it comes to the basics. I don’t think Schmidt will allow complacency from his players and all the lads, from whatever province, are enjoying the discipline and attention to detail he has imposed on the squad. England slip upThe England and France match last night was great to watch. You could not say England threw it away but they did slip back and allow France to play their way back into the game. It was certainly a higher standard of rugby to the Wales v Italy game earlier in the day.Italy have never replaced Diego Dominguez as a goal-kicker. I was looking at their game thinking ‘Is there somebody, anybody for the love of God, that can kick the ball over the bar for them?’ Wales were fortunate to get the win but I would expect them to raise their game for Ireland next week.*Shane Byrne’s publication, Club Rugby Magazine is available monthly in the Irish Independent. You can also follow Shane on Twitter  @shanebyrneofficLike rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >George Hook meets his match as Ronan O’Gara makes RTÉ panel debutMeet the Munster rugby stars building a future for Kenyan orphanslast_img read more

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first_imgThe Washington Trails Association plans to continue its effort to rejuvenate Quartz Creek trail No. 5 deep in the heart of Dark Divide roadless area in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.The association has scheduled three four-day work parties in June and July on the trail.“The Quartz Creek trail is Western Washington’s premier old-growth valley hike, a stroll among the giant Douglas fir and cedar trees is a walk back in time to what the forest looked like for many centuries before the saw and axe,” said Ryan Ojerio, WTA’s Southwest Washington coordinator.Quartz Creek No. 5 climbs relatively gently at first up the Quartz Creek drainage, then has some of the steeper grades in the Pinchot forest before ending at Boundary trail No. 1. The total length is 10.6 miles.The trail does not parallel the creek, but weaves in and out of side canyons and up and down small rises and ridges. It seldom actually comes close to Quartz Creek.Quartz Creek trail passes through some of the most remote terrain in the 1.3-million-acre Pinchot forest outside of wildernesses.The trail had suffered from lack of maintenance until 2011, when WTA made Quartz Creek one of the 10 “signature trail projects.”WTA volunteers since have done tread restoration, brush removal and drainage repairs on the lower end of Quartz Creek trail, accessible from Lewis River road No. 90.last_img read more

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