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Moon’s marvel: Gautam Gambhir calls for Sanju Samson’s inclusion in the Indian team after…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Zee NewsAdvertisementIn the wake of India being the first country to attempt a landing on the Moon’s south pole, Gautam Gambhir used it as an analogy to sell Sanju Samson’s skills with a witty tweet after Harbhajan Singh praised the Rajasthan Royals batsman for his match-winning knock.Image Courtesy: Zee NewsSanju Samson played a sensational knock of 91 off just 48 balls to steer the India A side to victory against South Africa A in his home town of Thiruvananthapuram. The batsman also proceeded to donate his match fees to the groundsmen who worked hard to ensure play during the rain-affected series.After seeing his display, Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir united to praise the flamboyant batsman and even pushed him as a potential No.4 candidate for India. The Turbanator was the first to put out a tweet for Samson which was soon followed with a response from the former Indian opener.Check out what they tweeted:“Why not @IamSanjuSamson at number 4 in odi.. with good technique and good head on his shoulders.. well played today anyways against SA A.”  “Yes @harbhajan_singh on current form and his skills this Southern Star, @IamSanjuSamson can bat even on Moon’s South Pole!!! I wonder if they had space on Vikram to carry this marvel of a batsman. Well done Sanju on scoring 91 off 48 balls against South Africa A side. Yes @harbhajan_singh on current form and his skills this Southern Star, @IamSanjuSamson can bat even on Moon’s South Pole!!! I wonder if they had space on Vikram to carry this marvel of a batsman. Well done Sanju on scoring 91 off 48 balls against South Africa A side. pic.twitter.com/MwTZj6JaWh— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 6, 2019Read Also:Crunching the numbers: Virat Kohli reveals his loathe for maths after getting 3/100Watch: David Warner’s hilarious response to an English fan calling him cheat Advertisementlast_img read more

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Rally for seeking permission to hold bull-taming sport

first_imgChennai, Jan 8 (PTI) Scores of jallikattu supporters today organised a rally here seeking permission to hold the bull-taming sport coinciding with the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal, a week away. Separately, young volunteers, mostly college students, observed a day-long fast seeking urgent measures to address the farmers problems in the state following drought in many districts. At the Marina beach, hundreds of Jallikattu suppporters turned up seeking permission for holding it, against which the Supreme Court upheld a ban last year. The volunteers held banners and posters demanding that the sport be held this year. Most of them insisted that they did not owe allegiance to any outfit or political party but wanted the traditional Tamil sport to be conducted this Pongal, i.e the coming week. Folk percussion instruments and a decorated bull added to the scene at Marina. The Supreme Court in November last had dismissed the plea of the state government seeking review of its 2014 judgement banning use of bulls for jallikattu events in the state. Political parties including DMK have been pressing the Centre and state government to take steps to hold the sport coinciding with Pongal this year. At Chepauk, a group of volunteers sat on a day-long fast seeking measures to address the agrarian distress in the state following drought. In both cases, the volunteers, mainly comprising the young and educated, said they were drawn by online messages spread through Facebook and Whatsapp. PTI SA BNlast_img read more

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Haseeb Hameed cleared of serious hand injury

first_imgEngland opener Haseeb Hameed has been cleared of any serious injury after he was struck by a ball on his hand during his opening first-class game of the season for Lancashire.The 20-year-old sustained the injury in Lancashire’s clash against Cambridge University at Fenner’s and there were fears that he had again broken the little finger of his left hand that curtailed his tour to India.He withdrew from the match after facing just 23 balls in the game, which Lancashire went on to win by 340 runs.However, Lancashire revealed in a statement that Hameed was taken to the hospital following the incident and that scans ruled out any major damage to the bone.”Opening batsman Haseeb Hameed was struck on his left hand by Cambridge MCCU opening bowler Tim Moses on Day One at Fenner’s. The 20-year-old retired hurt and went for a scan yesterday [Sunday] afternoon,” the Express Tribune quoted Hameed as saying.”Haseeb has been reviewed by the club’s hand specialist this morning and scans have cleared him of any bone damage. He will be assessed over the coming days,” the county added.Last year, Hameed was ruled out of the final two Tests of the five-match series against India after breaking the little finger on his left hand which required surgery.The series also saw him make his dream debut, scoring 82 on his maiden senior England appearance in Rajkot before contributing an unbeaten 59 in Mohali where he batted down the order with his badly broken finger.last_img read more

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India announces 524 athletes for Asian Games

first_imgNew Delhi, July 3 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) today announced a 524-member contingent of athletes for the August 18-September 2 Asian Games in Indonesia where they will vie for medals in 36 disciplines. The contingent comprises 277 men and 247 women athletes. In the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, the Indian contingent featured 541 athletes across 28 disciplines. Eight new sports disciplines have been added where the country has shown promise. They are Karate, Kurash, Pencak Silat, Roller Skating, Sambo, Sepaktakraw, Triathlon and Soft Tennis. The other disciplines where India will take part in are Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Bowling, Canoe-Kayak (Sprint), Canoe-Kayak (Slalom), Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Gymnastics, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Karate, Kurash, Pencak Silat, Roller Skating, Rowing, Sailing, Sambo, Sepaktakraw, Shooting, Squash, Aquatics – Swimming, Aquatics – Diving, Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Soft Tennis, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling and Wushu.Athletics will have the highest number of representation with 52 eyeing for medals. In June, the IOA had submitted a provisional list to the Sports Ministry which had the names of 2370 athletes and officials. The final list has now been pruned down further to 524 athletes who have attained the qualification criteria in their respective disciplines.”The contingent has been selected keeping in mind the Indian Olympic Association’s long term vision of preparing and encouraging the most deserving athletes for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics based on them attaining qualification criteria,” said IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta.The IOA has decided against sending the men and women football teams this time as they are ineligible under the existing criteria set by the Olympic body. The decision has led to a controversy with All India Football Federation calling IOA’s decision “myopic”. PTI BSadvertisement BS ATATlast_img read more

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Chalk Talk: To Clap or Not to Clap?

first_imgThere are many ways for the quarterback to communicate with the center in order to get the ball snapped. The standard type of communication is a verbal cadence. Some teams use a visual marker when in shotgun, such as an arm or leg motion.The craze that has been sweeping collegiate football, though, has been the clap cadence, where the quarterback’s clap replaces the traditional vocal snap count. Urban Meyer, head coach of Ohio State, was one of the first to use the clap cadence. Now just about every team in the Big 12, including Oklahoma State, uses it.Rudolph to Sheperd for the TD right at me! Watch my story on #okstate win on @FOX23 at 11:05. @Rudolph2Mason @bshep10 pic.twitter.com/BKVjq24nh9— Nathan Thompson (@NathanDThompson) October 4, 2015The clap cadence, just like any other snap call, has its advantages and disadvantages. Its biggest advantage is that it is audible in any situation. The clapping noise cuts through sound, allowing all eleven players to hear it at once. Additionally, because it is an aural cadence, all eleven players can keep their heads up and forward, including the center as opposed to everyone looking at the center to watch for the snap.There are ways to keep the defense from jumping the snap count, by either faking the clap motion or going on two. Many centers will snap the ball a couple of seconds after the clap, and use a “one” or “two” call to call for the snap that many seconds after they hear the clap (one is one second, two is two seconds, etc.) Aaron Rodgers talks about a variation of that at 1:40 here.Many people question the effectiveness of the clap count. Yes, the noise is louder and more audible than a standard vocal cadence, but it can get predictable unless teams truly utilize a variety of snap counts. Additionally, unless a quarterback is really good at selling it, faking the clapping motion really doesn’t do anything.Just like anything in football tactics, you have a trade-off; in this case, everyone can hear it, but the predictability is higher. Looking at the popularity of the clap cadence, it seems that the former is more important.Do you think this is an effective cadence? Or would you prefer a signal or vocal count? Leave your opinions below in the comments!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

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Taking A Look At Nebraska’s 2019 Football Schedule

first_imgNebraska's players take the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)There will be some pressure on Nebraska football this year. In year two under Scott Frost, no one expects the Huskers to go to the College Football Playoff, but fans will want to see a major leap from the 4-8 2018 season.The non-conference slate should help the Huskers out after a tough stretch early last season. The Big Ten won’t be easy sledding for anyone though, especially as the entire West Division improves.Let’s take an early look at Nebraska football’s 2019 schedule:The Huskers open with its three non-conference games. South Alabama and Northern Illinois home games sit on either end of a trip to Colorado.Nebraska lost a heartbreaker to the Buffaloes last year. They’ll want payback against their former Big 12 rival.Fundamentals. #GBR pic.twitter.com/HaWQ6Gmwyi— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) March 25, 2019Nebraska opens with seven straight games before their first bye on October 19.Aug 31: vs. South Alabama Sept. 7: at Colorado Sept. 14: vs. Northern Illinois Sept. 21: at Illinois Sept. 28: vs. Ohio State Oct. 5: vs. Northwestern Oct. 12: at Minnesota Oct. 26: vs. Indiana Nov. 2: at Purdue Nov. 16: vs. Wisconsin Nov. 23: at Maryland Nov. 29: vs. IowaNebraska’s two byes are pretty close together, which probably isn’t ideal. The second comes on Nov. 9, between the trip to Purdue, and home game vs. Wisconsin.last_img read more

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A Hotelier’s Travel Guide

first_img Taxa Outdoors’ Rugged Mantis Travel Trailer Just Got Even Better Don’t be afraid to ask. This is the biggest challenge for our sex, but we promise, life and your girlfriend are easier to deal with if you just ask which road to take to Rome. Editors’ Recommendations Please, please, please can we have one last drink? (When the bar is closed- don’t forget your mini bar is right there in your room!) Can we please have a late check out? (See the reason for more sleep above)The Manual’s Rules on Travel Etiquette. Please see above. What is the cancellation policy? (runner up) Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Put the phone away. Don’t spend the day reading emails and sending texts about being in Pamplona, enjoy Pamplona! Look (and smell) presentable when traveling. Cars/boats/planes are tight spaces and nobody wants to look (or smell) your hangover outfit and bourbon and cigarette breath. Going postal at the airport rarely helps your cause. Be courteous and patient. Pickpocket Prevention: Don’t Become a Mark While Traveling The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Can you book us a table at the hottest restaurant in town? (with an hours notice) In the upcoming weeks, The Manual will be posting tips from people in the know on various industries. Today we take a trip in the world of travel. Our thoughts on the subject:Travel is one of the most glorious parts of existence. It’s a chance to stop, think, bond with friends and family and experience new amazing things (we do not mean McDonalds in Paris, people). When we travel we get to put our life in check, sleep late and (one of our favorites) not clean your room! Travel doesn’t have to be a 12 hour plane ride, it can be a two hour car ride to the mountains, the beach, the desert, finding a great little hotel and just vegging. So go on, make that bucket list and start planning. Nothing can be more fun than sitting down with a beer and organizing time away with people you love.Tips from a Hotelier:When some people check into a hotel the think all manners are out the window and any whim can and should be attended to. We want to remind our readers that the hotel staff are people to and they have to follow some degree of protocol as well as rules and regulations.We spoke to Marco Cilia, the General Manager of the Hotel Americano in New York City, one of the most lively and luxurious hotels to recently open in the city to hear what guest most frequently ask for. Take note!Mr. Cilia’s most frequently asked questions by his guests:Can we please have an iPhone charger? (the most common) 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Golast_img read more

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Help for Unattached or At-Risk Youth in Mount Salem

first_img Director of School Safety and Security in the Ministry, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Coleridge Minto, says a careful and detailed assessment of the needs of the unattached or at-risk youth in Mount Salem is being done. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is working with a number of state agencies to ensure that unattached or at-risk youth in the Mount Salem community of St. James are reintegrated into the education or skills training system in short order.Director of School Safety and Security in the Ministry, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Coleridge Minto, says a careful and detailed assessment of the needs of the unattached or at-risk youth in Mount Salem is being done.Speaking to JIS News during the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) community services fair in Mount Salem, on September 9, ASP Minto said agencies, such as HEART Trust/NTA and the Social Development Commission (SDC) will be playing a major role in the push to get these youth back into the formal system.“We are currently doing an assessment to ascertain the number of youth who are deemed unattached or at-risk and once we have that information relating to their education and skills training needs…we will get them back into the formal system very quickly,” he noted.“We are also working with a number of schools and training institutions so that the reintegration process is seamless. We will ensure that we get a certain level of commitment from the participants that their participation in the formal process is sustained and long term,” ASP Minto said.Meanwhile, Region Four Director in the Ministry, Dr. Michelle Pinnock, has expressed optimism that the reintegration programme will be a success.“We have been observing the youth from the community and they are seeking opportunities for further education, and in most instances training. This programme is being supported by a number of state agencies and once we receive the necessary data, getting these youth back into school or into a formal training programme will be done almost immediately,” Dr. Pinnock said.She added that it is important for the residents to support and participate in the social services being offered under the ZOSO, especially in obtaining a valid identification card.Hundreds of residents from Mount Salem turned out for the two-day social services fair, held at the Mount Salem Primary School. Agencies on hand to provide services and information included the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), HEART Trust/NTA, Ministry of National Security, National Youth Service (NYS), Ministry of Labour and Social Security and Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).The fair formed part of the social intervention programme for the Mount Salem community which, on September 1, was declared the first Zone of Special Operations under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act. The ZOSO will be in place for a period of 60 days. Hundreds of residents from Mount Salem turned out for the two-day social services fair, held at the Mount Salem Primary School. Agencies on hand to provide services and information included the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), HEART Trust/NTA, Ministry of National Security, National Youth Service (NYS), Ministry of Labour and Social Security and Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). Story Highlights The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is working with a number of state agencies to ensure that unattached or at-risk youth in the Mount Salem community of St. James are reintegrated into the education or skills training system in short order.last_img read more

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Hilary Swank Edie Falco To Be Honored at Annual ASPCA Bergh Ball

first_imgThe ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has announced they will honor two-time Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank and Emmy Award-winning actress Edie Falco at the annual ASPCA Bergh Ball on April 9, 2015, at The Plaza Hotel in New York.At the black-tie gala – which is now in its 18th year – the ASPCA will present Swank with the ASPCA Compassion Award, and Falco with the ASPCA Voice for Animals Award. Actress Lake Bell and Designer Isaac Mizrahi will co-emcee the event.“Hilary Swank and Edie Falco have as much compassion as they have talent, and we’re thankful they’ve chosen to dedicate considerable time and energy to help animals in crisis,” said Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “The work they’ve done has helped save and protect countless lives, and the ASPCA is proud to recognize their commitment with these awards.”The ASPCA Compassion Award recognizes noteworthy individuals in entertainment and the arts who have made outstanding contributions to animal welfare in the United States. Leveraging their creative talents and prominence, these artists have brought attention and action to the plight of vulnerable homeless dogs and cats, helping immeasurably to protect and save their lives.The ASPCA Voice for Animals Award recognizes influencers, celebrities and entertainers who have leveraged their expertise on behalf of the ASPCA to help animals in crisis. Using traditional and modern media, they have made a remarkable impact on our mission to rescue vulnerable and victimized animals across the country.The theme of the event is “Pup Art,” and will feature playing cards that showcase photos of dogs and cats from the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City, reproductions of dog and cat portraits by Andy Warhol, licensed by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Posing as jokers in the deck are Bravo’s Andy Cohen, with his dog Wacha, and actor Nathan Lane, with his dog Mabel.The Bergh Ball is a cornerstone of the ASPCA’s fundraising efforts to directly impact the lives of homeless, abused and neglected animals across the country. Hugh Hildesly from Sotheby’s will host the live auction portion of the evening which will feature several high end items and experiences including a custom Christian Siriano gown, an exclusive dining experience at Jean-Georges restaurants and a private villa in Mustique. Generous support for the 2015 ASPCA Bergh Ball is provided by BlackRock.The Event Chairpersons for this year’s Bergh Ball are Laura Zambelli Barket, Arriana and Dixon Boardman, Mindy and Tom Fortin, Fredrik G. Gradin, Linda and Benjamin V. Lambert, Jeff Pfeifle, Laura and Frederick Tanne, Kim White and Kurt Wolfgruber. The Associate Chairpersons are Georgina Bloomberg, Allie Rizzo and Scott Sartiano, and Jesse Schuster, and serving as the Associate Vice Chairpersons are Lance Bass, Lake Bell, Jessica Hart, Amanda K. Ruisi, Mollie Ruprecht, Christian Siriano and Brad Walsh.For nearly 150 years, the ASPCA has made groundbreaking strides protecting the lives of vulnerable and victimized animals across the country. Through adoptions, animal health services, community outreach, field investigations, and legislative work, the ASPCA has helped countless animals live safer, healthier and happier lives.Actress/Producer Hilary Swank is a versatile artist whose most recent film include ‘The Homesman,” directed by and co-starring Tommy Lee Jones, and starring in and producing “You’re Not You.” Her other credits include “Million Dollar Baby,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Amelia,” “P.S. I Love You,” and “Freedom Writers,” among others. A passionate animal welfare advocate, Swank recently executive produced and co-hosted “Fox’s Cause For Pause: An All-Star Dog Spectacular.” This one-of-a-kind event raised awareness and funds for rescue organizations and local charities throughout the U.S. Swank’s own charity, The Hilaroo Foundation, brings together disadvantaged youth and abandoned animals with the goal of rehabilitating each, promoting both responsibility and adoption.Actress Edie Falco is the only actress to win Emmy Awards in both the drama and comedy categories, for her roles in “The Sopranos” and “Nurse Jackie,” and one of only four women to have won a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and a Screen Actors Guild Award in the same year. An award-winning stage actress, Falco commits much of her time to animal welfare and rescue causes. Her dedication includes participation in Animal Planet and PBS television programs focusing on animal welfare, as well as public awareness campaigns for PETA in 2013 and for the ASPCA in 2015. Falco also sits on the Board of Advisors of Neighborhood Cats, an organization formed in 1999 that promotes trap-neuter-return (“TNR”) approaches to address feral cat overpopulation in New York City.About the ASPCA®Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501©(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.last_img read more

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StandexMeder ATEX optocoupler for intrinsically safe mine circuits

first_imgStandex-Meder Electronics, the manufacturer of custom and standard reed switches, reed sensors, reed relays, and magnetics, have announced a new ATEX optocoupler for intrinsically safe circuits. The optocoupler series are tested and certified for extreme/harsh environments such as potentially explosive atmospheres so they will not become an ignition point when subjected to short circuits or adjacent component failures. Mining is one of the core markets that will benefit from the optocouplers.Optocouplers are electronic components which use light waves to provide electrical isolation while transferring an electrical signal. Standex-Meder’s optocouplers have a number of different uses and applications, which include: control technology, network engineering, automation technology communication systems, measurement and data acquisition systems, control and connection equipment, and heating technology. Additional applications are counting systems, speed indication, rotation measurement, seismic instrumentation, temperature monitoring and measurement, and medical ESD protection.The main features that the optocouplers offer are their galvanic separation between input and output circuits, analog & digital signal transfer is possible, there are marginal coupling capacities between input and output, only minor output delay times compared to relays, and they have a long life due to their nonabrasive mechanical wear. Their isolation resistance between input & output is up to 10e+13 Ω, their magnetic fields do not impact operation, a photodiode makes for very short cycle times (nanoseconds) with more than 10 MHz possible, and there are input and output differences up to 20 kV. Also, Standex-Meder’s optocouplers are able to invert the output signal during transfer, there is a lifetime factor increased by a factor of ten if the LED is used with less than 50% of the nominal current, and they are resistant against voltage drop.last_img read more

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Worlds wealthiest 85 people own same amount as half the global population

first_imgA NEW REPORT by Oxfam has found that a tiny elite owns the wealth of half of the world’s population.The report, entitled “Working for the few” shows that 85 of the world’s richest people own the same amount of wealth as half the world’s population.The report was released ahead of this week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to highlight that economic inequality is rapidly increasing in most countries and is now a threat to democracy, states Oxfam.EuropeThe reports finds that the combined wealth of Europe’s 10 richest people exceeds the total cost of stimulus measures implemented across the European Union between 2008 and 2010 and that 400 of the richest Americans have more wealth than the 150 million citizens who comprise the poorest half of the population.CEO Jim Clarken of Oxfam Ireland said that global wealth and power is becoming increasingly concentrated in a small number of people, adding that “we are increasingly living in a world where the lowest tax rates, the best health and education and the opportunity to influence are being given not just to the rich but also their children”.In too many countries economic growth already amounts to little more than a ‘winner takes all’ windfall for the richest,” he said.PledgeClarken called on global leaders in Davos to pledge to tackle inequality and to stimulate growth and economic progress for the many, not just the elite few.“The Irish government can tackle inequality by cracking down on financial secrecy and tax dodging, investing in universal education and healthcare, and agreeing a global goal to end extreme inequality as part of the post-2015 negotiations on a new development framework,” Clarken said.Column: It’s fanciful to think a wealth tax would make the rich leave Ireland>Read: Dublin ranks 4th in UN report on prosperity of global cities>last_img read more

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Schools inspector says formal teacher appraisals remain a foreign concept

first_imgTHE CHIEF INSPECTOR within the Department of Education has said that formal teacher appraisal “is the least developed in Ireland”.Harold Hislop made his comments at an Irish EU presidency conference in Dublin, during which he responded to a recent OECD Review Project on Evaluation and Assessment Frameworks for Improving School Outcomes.Fitness to teachHe said that The Teaching Council would soon acquire the legal powers which would enable it to conduct inquiries into the “fitness to teach of any registered teacher”.Depending on its findings, it would have the power to “remove teachers from the register and hence from eligibility for employment as a teacher in Ireland.”Aside from the probationary phase and in cases of under performance, Hislop said that there was “no procedure whereby the competence and/or the standards of an individual teacher’s work are regularly and systematically evaluated within the school.”Describing the situation as “odd”, the chief inspector said that “the term teacher appraisal is quite foreign in the Irish context.”Given the experience of other school systems documented by the OECD, it is not unreasonable to ask why some form of formal teacher appraisal, led by the school principal, is not among the components of Ireland’s evaluation and assessment arrangements.Hislop added that this lack of teacher appraisal was at odds with “the Irish civil and public service where annual Performance Management and Development Reviews are commonplace.”“Nor is there any formal annual process for reviewing the work of the principal,” Hislop said, noting that any changes would require a balance being struck “between professional autonomy and teacher accountability”.Read: INTO calls for all teachers to be given mental health training >last_img read more

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Fine Gael loses two seats in Castlebar as elected independent says people

first_imgSource: Órla Ryan/TheJournal.ieUpdated: 1.15 amINDEPENDENT COUNCILLOR MICHAEL Kilcoyne has denounced Taoiseach Enda Kenny, saying that it is “a sad reflection” on the Taoiseach that people in his constituency of Castlebar go to bed hungry.He said the shift towards non-government candidates is a “vote for change”.Kilcoyne was elected on the first count with 2,919 votes, well above the quota of 1,711 votes. He was the first councillor in Ireland to be elected today, something he described as “a great honour”.Two Fine Gael councillors, Eugene Lavin and Eugene McCormack, have lost their seats in the area.“People are suffering terrible hardships at the moment. I’ve been an independent councillor for the last ten years. I hold a clinic every Saturday. I’d see 25 – 30 people telling me what it’s like and how the austerity that has been imposed by this government affects them, from the loss of medical cards to being chased by social welfare inspectors.”People were told three years ago in this same building that things would be different. People had a dream and it was shattered by Fine Gael and Labour. People have taken charge today, they have voted for change. This is only the beginning.After the sixth count, Lisa Chambers of Fianna Fáil and Therese Ruane of Sinn Féin were elected to the Castlebar ward, leaving six candidates and five seats to fill.Shortly after 11 pm, the five remaining seats were filled, without any of the candidates reaching the quota. Cyril Burke (Fine Gael) received 1647 votes, Frank Durcan (Independent) 1665 votes, Blackie Gavin (Fianna Fáil) 1539, Henry Kenny (Fine Gael) 1678, and Al McDonnell (Fianna Fáil) 1681.The first count for Ballina was delayed for several hours due to “discrepancies” and a recount will take place tomorrow at the request of independent candidate Enda Lavelle. No one was elected.The Claremorris count is currently underway. The West Mayo count has been deferred until 10am tomorrow.Originally published: 22.48Keep up to date: LIVEBLOG: Local election results 2014last_img read more

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Kythera Summer Edition celebrates 25th anniversary

first_imgKythera Summer Edition, an annual publication for visitors to ‘Aphrodite’s Island’, celebrates 25 years of publication.Founded in 1993 by Greek Australian Metaxia Poulos after her relocation to Greece, Kythera Summer Edition has been a staple and a point of reference for visitors to the island.The silver jubilee issue features a beautifully drawn map by artist Daphne Petrochilos on the cover, depicting Aphrodite dressed in a spalleto (local Kytherian traditional dress) holding the scales. This artwork also serves as an opportunity to reaffirm its mission statement, using the symbol of the scales as metaphor for balance.The ‘Kythera Summer Edition’ 2018.“The beauty of balance is modelled in nature,” reads the editorial statement of the newspaper; “the balance of past and future is modelled in reinventing traditional practices into modern businesses. […] We learn of the need to balance responsibility for the land between ourselves, government and non-government bodies. We read of the balance of birds, and indeed people, living between two countries, and restfully, the balance of the silence and rhythms of Kythera. For 25 years our paper has been a source of information, which goes towards combating ignorance, one of the greatest threats to justice and equality. It has been said that the opposite of poverty is not wealth, but justice. For Kythera, and our paper, the opposite of injustice is, the call for the protection of livelihoods, land – and lives.”To view ‘Kythera Summer Edition 2018’, go to kythira.info/en/kythera-summer-edition/ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Migrants have better chances at landing a CEO role Down Under than

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Have you ever considered DNA as a factor that could affect your chances of moving up the corporate ladder?A study by Macquarie University’s Faculty of Business and Economics based on census data shows that Australian-born employees are less likely to become CEOs and MDs in privately owned companies than people born overseas, and the news is positive for second and third generations of Greeks.According to the research published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, people’s demographic backgrounds can affect their representation when it comes to reaching the top of their business sector.As Professor of the Department of Management at the Centre for Workforce Futures Nick Parr and PhD student Sheruni De Alwis highlight, factors the likes of place of birth, first and second language, gender, religion and ancestry can determine the progress of a senior executive.Proficiency in English appears to be highly important for chief executive officer (CEO) or managing director (MD) positions.“Some English-speaking migrant groups were more highly represented amongst CEOs and MDs than were the Australia-born, relative to numbers of employed as a whole,” Professor Parr notes pointing out to the many high-ranking immigrants from Canada, England, South Africa and the USA.“We also found that migrants from countries with known high levels of proficiency in English – like Germany and Holland – were relatively highly represented among CEOs and MDs.”Another group that has recorded upward mobility is second generation Greek and Lebanese Australians. While their first generation ancestors were under-represented in the corporate hierarchy dominating the labour market, citizens of that ancestry are steadily overtaking senior executive roles in manufacturing, the sector their parents were employed in from the 1950s till the 1980s.While more Asian countries nationals are consistently being recorder in CEO roles across Australia – mainly executives from China – ratios of employees born in the Philippines, Vietnam, India and China ascending to CEO and MD roles are significantly lower than their representation in the general workforce, however skilled migrants born in South Korea or Japan are exceptions.“Migration patterns under that scheme were initially skewed towards people from Korea and Japan, but more recently it has predominantly consisted of migrants from China,” Professor Parr explains.“Another factor that may play a role is the controlling interests in Australian companies of certain American and Japanese multinationals.”Even though the Lucky Country can boast one of the most diverse workforce worldwide, the Macquarie-led analysis showcases a different reality in its upper managerial ranks, where masculinity is still prevalent in leadership even though female representation is on the up in boardrooms.“In nearly 50,000 CEOs or MDs in the Australian data, most aged between the ages of 40 and 60, only 19.3 per cent of these were female,” the study notes cautiously attributing the numbers to conscious and unconscious discrimination in appointment and promotion decisions by the dominant white male group.“These findings may help other scholars to better understand patterns of leadership style and organisational culture that we have in Australia,” Professor Parr concludes, speculating that “it is possible that cultural priorities, hidden ‘ceilings’ or unconscious or covert discrimination against people from certain backgrounds lie behind some of the statistics”.last_img read more