Farmington Schools officials to interview superintendent finalists

first_imgFinalists for the position of Farmington Public Schools superintendent will tour the district on Wednesday, May 29, before a second round of interviews that evening.Trustees will talk with Dr. Robert Herrera, CEO of Benton Harbor Area Schools, at 6:30 p.m., and Dr. Sarena Shivers, superintendent of Redford Union Schools, at 8:15 p.m.While officials will deliberate following the interviews, the selection process includes a second date in June if they are unable to reach consensus.Herrera was recruited by the Michigan Department of Education’s School Reform Office to lead turnaround efforts in Benton Harbor. He has also served as superintendent in South Haven Public Schools and Onsted Community Schools, and as assistant superintendent at Lenawee Intermediate School District and Adrian Public Schools. During his roughly 25 years in public education, he has also been a principal, teacher, coach, and classroom advisor.Shivers holds a doctorate degree from Indiana University and has nearly two decades of school administration experience, including five as Assistant Superintendent of Achievement for Washtenaw Intermediate School District and three as Director of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment for Southfield Public Schools. She has six years of teaching experience in Baltimore City, the United Kingdom, and Indiana.The interviews will be held at the Schulman Administrative Center, 32500 Shiawassee in Farmington, broadcast live on TV-10, and live-streamed at https://farmington.vod.castus.tv/vod.  Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Ramsey expects to work with Sherwood again

first_imgFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Ramsey plays down Villa’s injury problemsQPR’s Yun ruled out of Aston Villa gameVargas’ season is ended by knee injuryAston Villa v QPR: five key battlesQPR defender Dunne returns to actionRangers defender Dunne returns to action Chris Ramsey believes he will end up working with Tim Sherwood again at some stage but hopes he isn’t reunited with him sooner rather than later.The pair worked together at Tottenham and Ramsey was brought to QPR as academy boss last year but with a view to eventually being first-team coach under Sherwood, who had been lined up to replace Harry Redknapp as manager at Loftus Road.But Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes became reluctant to appoint Sherwood and ended up installing Ramsey as head coach until the end of the season.AdChoices广告Sherwood subsequently took over at Aston Villa and wants Ramsey to join him there next season if his friend is replaced by a new manager.And Ramsey admitted: “I could see us working together again, I just hope it’s not in the near future.”The pair will put their friendship to one side this evening at Villa Park, where a win would take second-from-bottom QPR above Sherwood’s team“It is going to be a bit of a strange feeling, but Tim’s the manager of another side and as soon as the ball starts to roll I’m going to block all that out,” Ramsey said.last_img read more


In the long run: Marshfield cross country teams open season Sept. 2

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — After its strongest finish in 15 years at the Wisconsin Valley Conference Meet last October, the Marshfield boys cross country team has high expectations coming into 2017.The Marshfield boys took second place at the WVC Meet it hosted at Frey Field in Spencer last year with only perennial power Stevens Point beating them out. Point won its 29th-straight conference title while the Tigers had their best finish on the boys side since 2001.Marshfield returns 14 boys letter winners, including seniors Jared Oemig and Jordan Dzikowich, who each earned all-WVC honors with 10th- and 11th-place finishes, respectively, at the conference meet.Senior Paul Fischer; juniors Carter Chojnacki, Jacob Dick, Nathaniel Phillips, and Eli Swanson; and sophomores Ben Claessens, Evan Ellis, Addison Hill, Joseph McKee, Joshua McKee, and Spencer Wirthlin also are back for the Tigers after competing at one time or another at the varsity level last season.“Last fall we had too many lineup changes, and that was because we were inconsistent as a team,” Marshfield coach Dan Akin said. “With another summer of training, this group is ready to compete and become a more consistent group. The boys worked hard this summer and in spring track and are ready to improve over last year’s season.“We have a big crew of runners (50 boys), and that will provide us some depth as the season goes on. I like what I’ve seen so far.”The Marshfield girls will look to improve on a sixth-place finish at the WVC Meet last fall.Seniors Sophia Schrodi, Lilly O’Brien, and Katelyn Gauerke; juniors Jocie Anderson and Emma Gilkerson; and sophomore Madysen Bohman are returning letter winners for the Tigers, and they are joined by a number of newcomers, including nine freshmen.“We have a nice mix of veterans and new varsity runners, including nine new ninth-grade runners on our girls team,” Akin said. “The girls have worked hard so far, and the new girls have shown great work ethic early on. These ladies will continue to get better in time.”Marshfield opens its season Saturday at the Marshfield Columbus Catholic Invitational. The traditional Labor Day weekend meet will be held at Wildwood Park beginning at 9:30 a.m.The Marshfield Tiger Invitational will be held at Frey Field for the first time instead of Wildwood Park. The meet — featuring 23 teams: Auburndale, Columbus Catholic, Spencer, and Stratford included — starts at 4:15 p.m. on Sept. 5.“It was a hard decision,” Akin said of moving the meet away from Wildwood Park. “It was not taken lightly. Mark (Frey) has put so much time and energy into his course. It’s an all-grass surface, one of the finest facilities, and it’s right here for us.”last_img read more


Why We’re Desperately Awaiting Feedsqueezer

first_imgWhen the RSS management company Feedburner was acquired by the internet goliath Google back in May of 2007, some people were excited, others were concerned. On the one side, there was hope that putting Google’s weight behind the struggling service would improve the speed with which feeds were updated. Plus, there would be the option to put AdSense in feeds, which pleased some publishers. Others, however, felt that that the move gave Google too much power over the syndication marketplace. One of the people concerned was Dave Winer, one of the world’s first bloggers and an RSS pioneer. At the beginning of this month, he posted a link toFeedsqueezer, a Feeburner competitor that may end up being the only viable option we’ll have when it comes to feed management. Though he didn’t provide any context for the link, we found it interesting as well.Feed Management: The Internet Monopoly Surprisingly, feed management is one service where there aren’t a million different options available. Unlike Web 2.0 sites like Twitter and Friendfeed, whose competitors are plentiful and varied, FeedBurner stands alone. Years ago there was Feedpass, but it never got off the ground. These days, as Allen Stern just noted on CenterNetworks, the only other viable option is Pheedo, a service that offers basically the same services as FeedBurner, but also seems to come with the same set of issues: feeds don’t update too quickly, much less in real-time. Obviously, this lack of true competition is a giant, gaping hole that everyone is waiting for someone to fill. That’s why we have our eyes pinned on Feedsqueezer service, hoping that something will come of it. Feedsqueezer, the Upcoming Alternative to FBToday, the Feedsqueezer homepage is nothing more than a promise of what’s to come: a feed management platform that delivers analytics, SEO, feed re-distribution, content delivery, and more. There’s a quiet Twitter account and an unused GetSatisfaction page set up for the service. The one employee representing the service there is “gadgetboy,” aka John Federico, a marketing and business development representative whose prior experience includes serving as VP of Marketing for BlogTalkRadio, Senior Strategist for IconNicholson, Sr. Director of podcasting for Audible, Inc., and more. The only clue we have to Feedsqueezer’s progress is yesterday’s one (and only) tweet that announces “getting schooled in all things EC2,” a reference to Amazon’s “Elastic Compute Cloud” service where it appears Feedsqueezer will be hosted. At least a day old tweet appears to be progress. Now, more than ever, publishers need a real alternative to Feedburner. Anyone interested in signing up for the beta can do so from the Feedsqueezer homepage. Who knows? It’s worth a shot. Update: We mistakenly reported that FeedSquuezer was Winer’s own project in our initial coverage. Winer is in fact not associated with the service in any way and we apologize for the error in reporting. The confusion resulted from his statement on his blog: “I also volunteer to help get a Feedburner competitor on the air…update:Feedsqueezer.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts sarah perezcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Product Reviews#RSS & Feeds#web last_img read more


Ind vs Aus 1st Test: India have the edge on Day 1

first_imgIndia paceman Umesh Yadav went full throttle even as old warhorse Zaheer Khan made a slow start but managed to silence his critics during the India vs Australia Boxing Day Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday. Score | PhotosIt was due to their combined effort during Day 1 of Ind vs Aus Test that the Aussies were reeling on 205/5 before lower-order batsmen Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin made amends to push the Australia total to 277/6 at stumps.Together Yadav (3) and Zaheer (2) scalped five wickets between them with R Ashwin claiming the last wicket of the day in the form of debutant Ed Cowan, who made a fine 68 at the top of the heap.No doubt the Aussie total of 277/6 looks respectable at a glance, but considering that their bowlers are inexperienced and lack the firepower, the visitors very much fancy their chances at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Electing to bat the hosts didn’t get the sort of opening they would have desired as India pacer Umesh Yadav got rid of opener David Warner and an over later sent one-down batsman Shaun Marsh packing on a duck to reduce the Aussies to 46/2.Later former Aus skipper Ricky Ponting and opener Ed Cowan combined to provide the much-needed stability before rains stopped play minutes before lunch when the score was 68/2.An hour later the covers were removed and match resumed with Ponting and Test debutant Cowan batting steadily to negate the effects of the adverse weather conditions. As the weather conditions improved the two started batting at ease even as the Indians continued to bowl a probing line.advertisementSoon the former Aussie skipper Ponting completed his half-century in style off R Ashwin’s turner. No wonder the man wanted to put to rest all voices that demanded his ouster. He was well supported by southpaw Cowan, who too completed his half-century a little later.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni utilised a pacer and a spinner in tandem to break Ponting and Cowan’s stand, but his efforts came a cropper looked at ease and batted with confidence. Interestingly, their 100-plus stand didn’t see a single aerial shot being played.But eventually Dhoni’s did pay off with Yadav increasing his victims tally to three. An edge off Ponting (62) was nicely lapped up by VVS Laxman in the slips cordon and his 113-run stand with Cowan came to a close as Aussies lost their third wicket on 159. At tea, the hosts were batting on 170/3.The third session saw the Aussie score that was once reeling on 46/2 swell to a good 200-plus. But just when things were settling down for the hosts, Zaheer Khan struck to remove Aussies skipper Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey on consecutive balls to reduce the hosts to 205/5. Zaheer got his first wicket, nice and clean, dislodging Clarke’s stumps but the second one was a bit iffy. Television replays showed that Hussey hadn’t nicked the ball to Dhoni. Unfortunately for Hussey there’s no DRS in this series.Two quick wickets and India were back in thick of things and that’s when offie R Ashwin, who was bowling in tandem with Zaheer struck to send dangerman Cowan back to the pavilion. An edge off his turner was cleanly taken by Dhoni and the man was walking back after a fine 68 and Australia were looking in bad shape with 214/6 on board.Finally Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin added 63 runs for the sixth wicket to push Australia’s total to 277/6. The two were unbeaten at close.last_img read more


Land Bill fiasco forces Modi to form minister groups to vet future bills

first_imgWith the contentious Land Bill hitting the Rajya Sabha road block, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to move in a more careful manner on the future legislative proposals by setting up two informal ministerial groups to work on two new bills, which could again be contentious.One of the informal groups to be headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will scrutinise the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Amendment Bill, which aims to bring under its ambit more products and mandatory certification of products concerning human life, security and health, sources said on Monday. The bill could be contentious as it provides for involvement of private players in standardisation process.Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha. Photo: PTIOther members in the group include Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.Another informal panel, headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, will go into the Seed Bill which seeks to regulate the quality of seeds and planting material to curb the sale of spurious and poor quality seeds, increase private participation in seed production and distribution. Other members of this group include Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.The first meeting of both the committees is expected to take place on Tuesday, sources said. These committees have been formed to assess the political impact that these proposed legislations will have, sources added.Why is the government cautious?The groups have been formed against the backdrop of the mess the Land Acquisition Bill has got into with all opposition parties uniting against the measure and stepping up a campaign against the government over it. The sources said similar committees were set up to look into the Citizenship Bill and a bill to amend the Lokpal Act.advertisementThe bill to amend the Lokpal Act was contentious as the main change it dealt with was regarding the absence of any of the three members of the selection committee – the prime minister, the Chief Justice of India and the Leader of Opposition or the leader of largest opposition party – in a meeting not “vitiating” the proceedings.The decision to set up such informal groups assumes significance as the Modi government, soon after coming to power, had scrapped all the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGOMs) and Group of Ministers, set up by the previous UPA regime. There were nine EGOMs and 21 GOMs when the new government came in May last year.last_img read more


10 months agoAgents offer Chelsea target Fekir to Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agents offer Chelsea target Fekir to Real Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid management have been offered Lyon captain Nabik Fekir.Having rejected OL’s attempts to open talks about a new deal, Fekir is in contact with Chelsea and Bayern Munich ahead of the winter market.And Marca says agents for the France international have been in contact with Real to offer the midfielder for the January transfer window.It’s been suggested Fekir could be a long-term successor for Luka Modric.However, Real coach Santiago Solari has resisted the proposal as he wants to leave room for Vincius Junior to establish himself. last_img read more


Here Are The 68 Teams, Seeded 1-68, Picked To Make The NCAA Tournament By The Mock Selection Committee

first_imgMock selection committee picks 68 tournament teams.We are less than five weeks away from the start of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Or, in other words, the best time of the year. Bracketology is in full swing, with teams starting to secure their tournament position and seed ranges. This week, a mock NCAA Tournament selection committee gathered in Chicago. College basketball writers from across the country met up for a couple of days to pick the field of 68, seed the teams and place them in a bracket. Here are the 68 teams picked to make the 2015 NCAA Tournament, seeded No.1 to No. 68. The teams in green font are the automatic qualifiers. Here’s the #MockSelection seed list, 1 to 68, so far: pic.twitter.com/rgKaGeVQuA— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) February 13, 2015The NCAA Tournament is set to begin on Tuesday, March 17, in Dayton, Ohio. The Round of 64 will start on Thursday, March 19.last_img read more


DDay for May as she seeks backing for draft Brexit deal

first_imgLONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face her divided Cabinet in a bid to win support for a draft Brexit deal with the European Union.Negotiators from the two sides have reached agreement on divorce terms, including a plan to resolve the key issue of the Irish border.But pro-Brexit lawmakers in May’s divided Conservative Party are angry, saying the agreement will leave Britain tethered to the EU after it departs in March.Failure to secure Cabinet backing will leave May’s leadership in doubt and the Brexit process in chaos.If Cabinet supports the deal Wednesday, it needs approval from the EU at a summit in the next few weeks. Then May will need to win backing from Parliament, where pro-Brexit and pro-EU legislators alike are threatening to oppose it.The Associated Presslast_img read more


Unemployment rate sees decrease in May for Northeast BC

first_imgIn May 2018, the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent with an estimated 38,500 people working.Overall for B.C., unemployment remained low in May 2019 at a rate of 4.3 percent; the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for the past 22 months in a row.Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, says the B.C. economy is expected to grow, with some forecasters expecting the Province to continue to outpace the rest of Canada when it comes to employment.“The economy is expected to keep growing – to the benefit of British Columbians. Private sector forecasters project that growth in our province will continue to outpace the rest of Canada.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Provincial unemployment numbers for the month of May have been released.The unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. saw a decrease last month of 0.7 percent, down to 8.3 percent when compared to April’s rate of 9.0 percent.The estimated number of people working in Northeast B.C. for May is up 200 to 37,700 when compared to April’s numbers of 37,500.last_img read more


Star recruits big departures Notable names in and out of the 2019

first_imgNDPMaria Augimeri (Humber River-Black Creek, Ont.): Toronto city councillor for over three decades, challenging longtime Liberal MP Judy Sgro.Min Sook Lee (Toronto-Danforth, Ont.): Documentary filmmaker and activist, running in Jack Layton’s former riding.Svend Robinson (Burnaby North-Seymour, B.C.): Prominent former MP from the NDP’s left wing and Canada’s first openly gay member of Parliament.Emilie Taman (Ottawa Centre, Ont.): Former federal prosecutor and professor at the University of Ottawa, challenging Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.Rudy Turtle (Kenora, Ont.): Chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation, which has struggled for generations with the effects of industrial mercury poisoning.GreensDennis Drainville (Gaspesie-Les-Isles-de-la-Madeleine, Que.): Retired Anglican bishop of Quebec, anti-poverty activist, one-time MPP in Ontario.Greg Malone (Avalon, N.L.): Co-founder of the CODCO comedy troupe and major figure in the Newfoundland and Labrador cultural scene.Pierre Nantel (Longueuil-Saint-Hubert, Que.): Two-term member of Parliament for the NDP, which expelled him when word got out he was exploring a candidacy for the Greens.People’s partySteven Fletcher (Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley, Man.): Former federal Conservative cabinet minister, Manitoba MLA and disability advocate.Renata Ford (Etobicoke North, Ont.): Widow of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, running on his and Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s home turf.Salim Mansur (London North Centre, Ont.): Retired political-science professor and writer, specializing in the harms of multiculturalism.Bloc QuebecoisDenis Trudel (Longueuil-Saint-Hubert, Que.): Actor and longtime French-rights activist. OTTAWA — Parties try to recruit star candidates to take down veteran MPs, show they’re serious about governing if they win, and demonstrate that they’re renewing themselves. Here are some of the federal parties’ big catches this campaign:LiberalsSteven Guilbeault (Laurier-Sainte-Marie, Que.): Founding member of Equiterre, a major Quebec environmental organization. Parties also have to contend with retirements, defections and (occasionally) MPs they no longer want. Some of the best-known examples this time:LiberalsRodger Cuzner (Cape Breton-Canso, N.S.): Nova Scotia Liberal first elected in 2000 who held his seat through thick and thin.Mark Eyking (Sydney-Victoria, N.S.): Like Cuzner in the riding next door, elected in 2000 and a stalwart for the party ever since.Andrew Leslie (Orleans, Ont.): Former general, senior adviser to leader Justin Trudeau, chief whip who never made cabinet, quitting after one term.Jody Wilson-Raybould (Vancouver Granville, B.C.): Former B.C. Aboriginal leader and Crown prosecutor. Former justice minister expelled from caucus after the SNC-Lavalin affair. Running as an Independent.Jane Philpott (Markham-Stouffville, Ont.): Physician. Former health minister expelled from caucus after the SNC-Lavalin affair. Like Wilson-Raybould, running as an Independent.ConservativesBrad Trost (Saskatoon-University, Sask.): Prominent member of the Tories’ social-conservative wing and former leadership candidate. Lost in a nomination challenge. First elected in 2004.Kellie Leitch (Simcoe-Grey, Ont.): Former labour minister and leadership candidate. Pediatric orthopedic surgeon. First elected in 2011, recruited by then finance minister Jim Flaherty.Rob Nicholson (Niagara Falls, Ont.): Former minister of foreign affairs, justice and defence who was a steady, experienced hand in Stephen Harper’s governments. First elected in 1984 and has served continuously since 2004.NDPNathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley, B.C.): Former finance critic and leadership candidate. First elected in 2004.Murray Rankin (Victoria, B.C.): Former justice critic who entered politics after a long career as a prominent lawyer in B.C. First elected in 2012.Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie Jaimes-Nunavik-Eeyou, Que.): Lawyer and Cree leader before entering politics. Former leadership candidate. First elected in 2011.Helene Laverdiere (Laurier-Sainte-Marie, Que.): Academic and former Canadian diplomat. First elected in 2011, defeating then-Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe.The Canadian Press Sylvie Frechette (Riviere-du-Nord, Que.): Olympic gold medallist in synchronized swimming and Oxfam ambassador.Richard Lehoux (Beauce, Que.): Former head of the Quebec Federation of Municipalities and 19-year local mayor, challenging former Tory Maxime Bernier who’s now leader of the People’s Party.Justina McCaffrey (Kanata-Carleton, Ont.): Internationally known wedding-dress designer.Tom Pentefountas (Laval-Les Iles, Que.): Lawyer, former vice-president of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and former senior figure in the Action democratique du Quebec provincial party. Sandra Pupatello (Windsor West, Ont.): Former Ontario cabinet minister from a prominent Windsor family. Challenging longtime NDP MP Brian Masse.Tamara Taggart (Vancouver-Kingsway, B.C.): Former news anchor for CTV in Vancouver and advocate for cancer patients after her own bout with a rare form of gastrointestinal cancer.Adam van Koeverden (Milton, Ont.): Olympic gold medallist and world-champion kayaker, challenging Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt.ConservativesGeorge Canyon (Central Nova, N.S.): Juno-award-winning country singer and actor.Angelo Esposito (Alfred-Pellan, Que.): Former first-round NHL draft pick.last_img read more


State report to EC shows action taken against all troublemongers

first_imgKolkata: The Bengal government has submitted a report to the office of the Election Commission stating that steps have been taken against all potential trouble-mongers across the state.The Election Commission had earlier instructed senior officials of the state government to take adequate measures and arrest the trouble-mongers who could trigger violence during the polls. The Commission also instructed senior police officers of the state to execute all the non-bailable cases which were still pending in the state. It was learnt that more than 20,000 trouble-mongers have been identified both by the city and the district police. The Election Commission also wanted to know from senior police officers in the state if any steps were taken against the miscreants. A report was also sought from them. It can be mentioned here that during his recent visit to the state, Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain had asked Director General of Police Virendra and the then Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma to ensure that all the trouble-mongers should be sent behind bars as a pre-emptive measure ahead of elections. Various political parties also raised a number of issues including the intimidation of voters with the Election Commission. It was also learnt that during his meeting with the election officials, Jain expressed his dissatisfaction over the implementation of the non-bailable cases in some districts. The districts like South 24-Parganas, East and West Burdwan were identified as having a huge number of trouble-mongers. In the report submitted to the Commission by the state government, officials claimed that steps have been taken against all the potential trouble-mongers. Recently-appointed Special Central Police Observer in the state Vivek Dubey also took a stock of the overall law and order situation in the state and also on various pending cases. The full Bench of the Election Commission of India (ECI) in February held meetings with the top government officials and issued necessary instructions on what measures need to be taken to ensure a free and fair election. The ECI full Bench also discussed the law and order situation in the state.last_img read more


Bombardment kills thirteen civilians in northwest Syria

first_imgBeirut: Bombardment killed 13 civilians in northwest Syria on Sunday, the large majority in regime fire on areas of the jihadist-held Idlib region, a war monitor said. The violence was the latest to threaten a seven-month-old truce intended to stave off a regime offensive on the region held by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate. Sunday’s shelling and rocket fire by regime forces killed nine civilians in several areas of Idlib, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThey included five people in the town of Nayrab, three in Saraqeb, and one in the village of Al-Khuwayn, the Britain-based monitoring group said. The Observatory said bombardment by Islamist fighters on the regime-held town of Masyaf in the adjacent province of Hama killed four civilians. The rocket fire hit a hospital killing members of its staff, state news agency SANA said. Regime ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey in September inked a buffer zone deal to prevent a massive regime offensive on the Idlib region, near the Turkish border. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBut the region of some three million people has come under increasing bombardment since former Al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham overran the region in January. More than 30 civilians have been killed in regime bombardment on Idlib since Wednesday alone, according to the Observatory. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem this week said his government was growing impatient to recapture Idlib, the last region outside its control apart from the Kurdish-held northeast where the United States retains a troop presence. The UN humanitarian office OCHA has said the escalating violence had already killed 90 civilians in the Idlib region in March, nearly half of them children. The escalation pushed more than 86,500 people to flee their homes in February and March, it added. At least 370,000 people have died in Syria since the civil war erupted in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.last_img read more


BJP will not come back to power CM

first_imgBankura/Purulia/Kharagpur: Accusing Narendra Modi of talking nonsense as he is suffering from fear of defeat, Trinamool Congress supremo said the death knell of BJP will be sounded on May 23, the day when the Lok Sabha election result is declared.Addressing a mammoth rally in Bankura on Thursday afternoon, she clearly indicated that BJP will not come back to power in Delhi and said: “Modi is talking nonsense as he is suffering from the fear of defeat and the death knell of BJP will be sounded on May 23.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAt Purulia, Banerjee challenged Modi to prove that his party leaders are involved with the coal mafia as alleged by him. “The Central Industrial Police Force (CISF) guards the coal mines which are under the Ministry of Coal and BJP leaders are its agents. Instead of blaming them, Modi is blaming us. If he can prove that any of my leaders are involved in the matter, I will withdraw the candidature of 42 candidates but if he fails to prove his allegation, he will have to tender apology and do 100 sit-ups holding his ears.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn Bankura, Banerjee alleged that to please Modi, seven-phase elections are being held in Bengal. “It is impossible to bear the heat but still polls are being conducted so that Modi can come and address election rallies. He is least bothered about the people who are suffering from unbearable heat and incredible stressful conditions.” Banerjee said that BJP had used power to hold Modi’s meeting in Bankura. “There are 50 owners of the land and out of them only 17 had allowed the party to hold the meeting. BJP used force to hold the rally at the venue,” she said. The Chief Minister further added: “Modi had influenced police to get clean chit in Godhra and Gujarat riot incidents.” She also alleged that BJP workers threw chairs and bottles at the police. “Modi babu, this is your culture and not ours. Such incidents do not happen in the meetings of Trinamool Congress leaders,” she said. Banerjee added: “He does not know about our culture and heritage. He says that I do not allow Durga Puja in Bengal. More than one lakh Durga Pujas are held and more than one crore Saraswati Pujas are organised throughout Bengal. He is so shameless that he does not do any homework before addressing the election meetings.” Banerjee urged people to vote for party nominees Subrata Mukherjee, former state minister for Panchayats and Rural Development in Bankura and Mriganka Mahato in Purulia. “Your one vote will help Trinamool to consolidate its position in Delhi and help to form a stable, secular and pro-development government.” Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday hailed his Banerjee as a “Bengal tigress” and said she had “taught a lesson” to the Prime Minister. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief attended her election rally in Kharagpur in support of her party’s Lok Sabha candidate Manas Bhunia.last_img read more


Himachal Pradesh CBI starts probe into 250 cr scholarship fund fraud

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI is conducting searches at 22 educational institutes in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh in connection with the Rs 250 crore Himachal Pradesh school scholarship fraud case, officials here said on Monday.CBI officials said the searches are being conducted “wherein disbursement of the alleged scholarships was obtained by private educational institutions from the Government of Himachal Pradesh”. The Central Bureau of Investigation took over the case recently on request from the state government in Himachal Pradesh for the probe agency to look into irregularities in disbursement of the scholarship funds. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIt was found that the scholarship fund, which was sponsored by the centre and state for SC/ST/OBC and Minority Community students for pre and post-matriculation education, was not reaching the students. The searches are being conducted in places like Karnal, Haryana; Mohali and Gurdaspur in Punjab; and Shimla, Bilaspur, and Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. When the state police were investigating the case, local reports had highlighted the possibility of Education Department officials in the state being involved in the fraud. However, the CBI’s case does not name anyone specifically as of now. An official said this is because they have taken over the case registered by the state police and in it, there is no named accused.last_img read more