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Pak commando behind capture of Abhinandan killed

first_imgNew Delhi: A Pakistani commando who was behind the capture of Commander Abhinandan Varthaman when his IAF jet crashed in Pakistani territory in February this year, and had reportedly tortured the IAF pilot, has been killed in firing by Indian forces along the Line of Control. According to reports, Ahmed Khan, a subedar with the Pakistan Army’s Special Service Group, was killed by the Indian Army in Nakyal sector of the LoC on August 17 when he was trying to facilitate more infiltrators into India. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ In photos released by Pakistan after Abhinandan’s capture on February 27, the bearded Khan can be seen behind the IAF officer. Abhinandan was captured after his MiG 21 was shot down by Pakistani forces when he went chasing after a Pakistani jet in the aftermath of the Balakot air strike. It is reported that Ahmed Khan used to facilitate infiltration in the Nowshera, Sundarbani and Pallan Wala sectors. He was specially roped in by the Pakistani army to facilitate infiltration. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Sources said that Khan used to mobilize well-trained militants of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) outfit at a forward post as part of Pakistan’s plan to keep terrorism alive in Kashmir. On August 17, India retaliated fiercely to Pakistan launching a mortar fire attack on Indian forces in the Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch. Pakistan was firing mortar shells to allow infiltrators to enter India. Khan was killed in the return fire by India.last_img read more

Rahul should have consulted Cong FMs before accusing govt of stealing RBI

first_imgPune: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman Tuesday strongly reacted to the Congress’ allegation of “stealing RBI’s reserves”, saying she does not care about such charges and the opposition leader should have spoken to the finance ministers from his party before hurling such charges. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi earlier in the day hit out at the government over the record cash transfer from the RBI, saying the prime minister and the finance minister are “clueless” about solving the “self-created economic disaster” and accused them of “stealing money” from the central bank. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The Congress should have consulted its finance minister and seniors before making these allegations regarding the RBI. Yet, they have become consummate in making such allegations of stealing and I do not want to pay much heed to this,” she said told on the sidelines of GST meeting. The remarks come a day after RBI decided to transfer Rs 1.76 trillion of surpluses to a fund-starved government. Sitharaman also said questioning the credibility of the RBI, which had constituted the Bimal Jalan committee on determining the excess capital, is a “worrying” sign. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The committee had eminent people on it and making any allegations like this is “outlandish”, Sitharaman said. “Any suggestion on the credibility of RBI seems a bit outlandish considering the committee was appointed by the RBI itself,” she said, adding the government has not decided how to use the windfall from the RBI. According to some experts, government has accounted for Rs 90,000 crore surplus from RBI in the budget and the money can be used to prop up the sagging growth. At the time of the constitution of the Jalan panel, former chief economic advisor Arvind Subramanian had said the money should be used for specific purposes like bank recapitalisation. The excess capital was one of the key issues which had led to the resignation of former governor Urjit Patel in December, and his deputy Viral Acharya in last month, had voiced concerns on the government raiding the balance sheet of the central bank. Constitution of the committee was the first major decision taken by governor Shaktikanta Das on his appointment in December 2018 following Patel’s resignation.last_img read more

Childrens Defense FundCalifornia Presents 26th Annual Beat The Odds Awards

first_imgThe Children’s Defense Fund-California will host its 26th Annual Beat the Odds ceremony on December 1, 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.The celebration will honor five Los Angeles high school “stars” in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, despite the overwhelming obstacles that stand in their way.The momentous occasion will be hosted by the Children’s Defense Fund President, Marian Wright Edelman, along with support from co-chairs, Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Josiah Bell, Carol & Frank Biondi, Ruth-Ann Huvane, Kevin Huvane, Katie Sharer & Mark Mullen, Liza & Conan O’Brien. O’Brien will also serve as the night’s emcee. He will be joined by additional special guests to be announced at a later date.WHEN: Thursday, December 1, 2016 5:30pm Media Check-in6:30pm Red Carpet ArrivalsWHERE: Beverly Wilshire Hotel 9500 Wilshire BlvdThe Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) is the state office of the Children’s Defense Fund, a national child advocacy organization founded by Marian Wright Edelman that has worked relentlessly for over 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF-CA was established in 1998 to meet the needs of underserved children in the state of California. With offices in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento and Long Beach, CDF-CA champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, ensure all children have access to health coverage and care and a quality education, and invest in our justice-involved youth.last_img read more

Girl in the shadows rescues shirtless and shoeless CFS runaway in Winnipeg

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG – At 5 a.m. Sunday an intoxicated child welfare “runaway” was seen stumbling near corner of Ellice Avenue and Young Street.It wasn’t clear where she was coming from or what happened to her, and she was just wearing a bra and pants.But the “girl in the shadows” was there.Her first instinct was to help.She offered the 16-year-old Aboriginal girl a cigarette.“I asked her what happened and she didn’t remember,” says the young woman connected to the streets in Winnipeg who requested anonymity. She was recently profiled by APTN who called her the “girl in the shadows.”For this story we’ll call her “Hope.”“I asked her if she wanted me to call an ambulance,” she said.The girl didn’t want one called.But she needed someone.“I didn’t want her to take off so I couldn’t make the call myself,” said Hope, who texted someone to call police and for them to come to Ellice and Young.A police officer said “don’t let her go” before they could come and take her to safety.They did arrive and took her somewhere to get help.“She’s in their hands,” said Hope on Sunday an hour after helping the girl. “Victory.”APTN asked Winnipeg police to confirm the information and if Child and Family Services was involved.“Yes, a 16-year-old girl was located. CFS was notified and the female was taken to an appropriate location to ensure she remained safe,” said police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen.He said a follow-up investigation into a possible attack or assault wasn’t immediately launched.“No, not at this time,” said Michalyshen. “The female was not forthcoming with information.”APTN spent a few days in June walking the streets in Winnipeg. Reporters came across a young woman who looks out for kids on the street.She sits in the shadows writing down license plates of men trolling for sex workers, particularly one who is her friend, on the edge of downtown.Winnipeg has a problem with youth being exploited, so much so they developed a specialized project aimed at ” protecting youth within our city who are at high risk of being sexually exploited.”The project hit the streets June 18 looking for youth being exploited.They checked 46 addresses for missing youth.Five “at risk” youth between the ages of 14-15 were found and taken to safety.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Corporate chief executives endorse UNled gender equality initiative

The initiative, dubbed the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business, and supported by the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the UN Global Compact, encourages business leaders to use female empowerment principles to guide actions that advance their welfare.Those signing the principles acknowledge that the equal treatment of women and men is not only the right thing to do, but it is also good for business.“These initial signers of the CEO Statement are practicing the very first Women’s Empowerment Principle that leadership promotes gender equality. These executives are affirming the high-level support necessary for the Women’s Empowerment Principles to gain traction in individual companies and their cultures,” said Inés Alberdi, UNIFEM’s Executive Director.Women continue to be vastly under-represented in top corporate positions and in management boards, according to UNIFEM.The partnership initiative of UNIFEM and the UN Global Compact, a mechanism designed to foster responsible business practices, also offers corporations a new tool to work with the UN to advance the social development and poverty alleviation targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly the goal related to gender equality and empowerment of women.A high-level private sector forum will be held in New York to coincide with the UN’s 2010 September Summit on the MDGs.Today’s leading signatories, who represent firms ranging from manufacturing companies to consulting and investment multinationals, urged other leaders across the global business community to join them.Their call will be repeated at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit on Thursday and Friday, when more than 1,000 CEOs, government ministers, heads of civil society and the UN will meet in New York to discuss how to build a new era of environmental sustainability – a time when environmental, social and governance issues will be deeply integrated into business based on both material and ethical rationales. 21 June 2010Nearly 40 chief executive officers representing companies from across the world today became the first group of business leaders to endorse a United Nations-led initiative to empower women by promoting gender equality in corporate workplaces, markets and communities. read more

Gota seeks to relinquish US citizenship and contest polls

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has sought to relinquish his US citizenship in order to qualify to contest the next Presidential elections, local media reported today.The ‘Aruna’ newspaper reported that he has already submitted papers to the US Embassy to relinquish his US citizenship. Meanwhile, the Sunday Lankadeepa newspaper reported that Gotabaya Rajapaksa is to be named the Presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).It was reported that the decision was taken at a special meeting held at the residence of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN envoy to visit Myanmar next week in bid to spur national

Razali Ismail, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for Myanmar, is expected to be in Yangon from 23 to 26 April.During his four-day visit, Mr. Razali is slated to meet with senior government leaders, including Senior General Than Shwe, Prime Minister and Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC).Also on the agenda are talks with senior members of the National League for Democracy (NLD), including its General Secretary, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.”The Secretary-General hopes that Mr. Razali’s mission will provide the process with a fresh momentum to assist the two sides to develop their confidence-building talks into a more substantive dialogue in the near future,” the spokesman said in a statement. read more

Food for Togo crisis victims will run out by year end UN

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that unless $1 million was immediately forthcoming from international donors, over 65,000 victims of this year’s political upheaval in Togo risk not receiving any outside sustenance by the end of this year. “These people have virtually nothing and the world is in danger of ignoring their most basic needs,” said Mustapha Darboe, WFP’s Regional Director for West Africa. “A break in food supplies would leave many unable to feed themselves as they do not have alternative means of subsistence,” he added.The agency said there are also growing concerns that an abrupt halt to aid deliveries could spark unrest in the camps and communities housing people displaced by the February political crisis, which was sparked by the death of long-time president Gnassingbé Eyadéma. Subsequent factional fighting, in which at least 400 people were believed killed, created an environment of fear and prompted many people to flee across borders into Ghana and Benin, where they sought shelter either in refugee camps or with local communities. Most vulnerable, said WFP, are 10,000 refugees in two camps in Benin, who depend entirely on outside assistance for their immediate food needs. Some 17,000 others living in host communities have also not yet received any assistance. In Ghana, although 8,000 refugees are currently getting food aid, an additional 10,000 living in host communities have not yet received any. In addition, at least 3,000 of the 16,000 people thought to have fled their homes to places of sanctuary within Togo have not yet returned. WFP is assisting members of host communities whose livelihoods have been adversely affected by the influx of those displaced. read more

US hiring grinds to a nearhalt many stop looking for work

US hiring grinds to a near-halt; many stop looking for work by Christopher S. Rugaber And Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2016 6:32 am MDT Last Updated Jun 3, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. hiring slowed to a near-standstill in May, sowing doubts about the economy’s health and complicating the Federal Reserve’s efforts to raise interest rates.While unemployment slid from 5 per cent to 4.7 per cent, the lowest since November 2007, the rate fell for a troubling reason: Nearly a half-million jobless Americans stopped looking for work and so were no longer counted as unemployed.Employers added just 38,000 jobs in May, the fewest in over five years.Less-educated workers bore the brunt of the hiring slump, with a quarter-million high school dropouts losing their jobs in May. That has perpetuated a long-term trend toward a two-tiered job market, with college-educated adults more likely to be employed and earning steady raises.“The shockingly low payrolls gain in May provides further evidence that the economy is showing clear signs of slowing,” said Laura Rosner, an economist at BNP Paribas.The much-weaker-than-expected figure raised doubts that the Federal Reserve will increase short-term interest rates at its next meeting in mid-June or perhaps even at its subsequent meeting in July. Many analysts had expected an increase by July.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 32 points, for a loss of 0.2 per cent.The disappointing report spilled into the presidential race, with Donald Trump referring to it on Twitter as a “terrible jobs report” and a “bombshell.” The figures come just days after President Barack Obama touted his economic record in Elkhart, Indiana.Americans particularly worried about the economy have been more likely to support outsider candidates such as Trump and Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders.Trump’s support has also come disproportionately from adults without college degrees, and Friday’s report served as a stark reminder that less-educated Americans have continued to lose economic ground even as overall hiring and growth have picked up since the Great Recession.Essentially all of the 7 million jobs added over the past decade belong to workers with at least some college experience. The number of high school graduates with jobs is 3 million lower than 10 years ago.“The high school jobs are gone and they’re not coming back,” said Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce. “It’s driven by a fundamental shift from an industrial economy to a post-industrial economy.”Craig Lloyd, 27, has mostly worked part-time jobs in restaurants in Wichita, Kansas, since graduating from high school 10 years ago. Some paid as little as minimum wage, while his most recent position as a sous-chef paid $12 an hour.Three months ago, he started his own business selling burritos out of a friend’s food truck on weekends.His wife is returning to school to get her degree, but he doesn’t plan to do so himself. “I’ve really put off getting a higher education, because of the debt that you can incur,” Lloyd said.The hiring stall could be temporary, economists noted. There have been hiring lulls before in the seven-year recovery.But job gains in March and April were also revised downward on Friday, leaving average monthly hiring at a pace of just 116,000 in the past three months. That’s sharply below last year’s average of nearly 230,000.The share of Americans who are working or searching for jobs — a figure known as the labour force participation rate — fell in May to 62.6 per cent, near a four-decade low.Separately, Lael Brainard, a Fed board member and ally of Chair Janet Yellen, signalled Friday that the Fed should be in no hurry to act, especially after the bleak jobs report.The Fed meets next on June 14-15. Economists now see little chance of a rate increase at that time. The Fed raised the short-term rate last December after holding it at nearly zero for seven years.Fed officials may not keep investors guessing for long: Yellen will speak Monday in a closely watched address that may show how she has interpreted Friday’s report.The May job gain was lowered by the Verizon workers’ strike, which depressed hiring in the telecom sector by 37,000.In addition, manufacturers, construction companies and temporary help agencies all shed jobs. Retailers, hotels and restaurants added jobs, but at a slower pace than in recent months.Employers probably cut back on hiring after the economy grew at just a 0.8 per cent annual rate in the January-March quarter.Yet Friday’s dismal jobs report was a surprise in part because most recent economic reports have been encouraging: Consumer spending surged in April. Home sales and construction have also increased. Sales of new homes reached an eight-year high in April.Most economists expect growth will rebound in the April-June quarter to about a 2.5 per cent annual pace.___Follow Christopher S. Rugaber at http://www.Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber Unemployment rates for most demographic groups fell in May. read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 21

The winners of these two matches will play each other on July 9 at 4 p.m. EDT. See our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.In DepthThe second- and third-lowest-scoring teams to make the quarterfinals of this World Cup square off against each other in Saturday’s early game (Belgium, with six goals, vs. Argentina, with seven), and then the lowest-scoring team (Costa Rica, with five goals) faces the highest-scoring side (the Netherlands, which has scored 12).Let’s look at Belgium vs. Argentina first.Since Argentina ignominiously exited the 2010 World Cup with a second consecutive quarterfinal loss to Germany, little Lionel Messi has been dominating the world of soccer like nothing we’ve seen in modern times.After scoring only one goal in both his previous World Cup tournaments combined, this year he’s taken the tournament by storm, scoring four goals (including a stoppage-time game-winner against Iran) in his first three matches, and recording the game-winning assist with just minutes remaining in the fourth.Stoking questions about whether it relies too much on Messi, however, the rest of his team has been awful on offense; Argentina’s other players have managed to put the same number of balls into their opponents’ nets (one) as those opponents have themselves (Bosnia’s own goal). Argentina’s shooting breaks down like so:Messi has scored on four of 16 shots (including converting three of 11 attempts from outside the penalty area).In the 18 shots set up by Messi (the highest number of chances created by any player going into the quarterfinals), Argentina has scored once (Angel di Maria’s game-winner against Switzerland).In the 46 shots Messi was not involved in, Argentina has scored only once, failing to score on all 42 attempts from outside the 6-yard box.Thus — despite having Messi, and despite Messi playing brilliantly — Argentina has only scored on 7.5 percent of its shot attempts, second-worst among quarterfinalists.Belgium, on the other hand, has seen six different players score. But that’s only six goals; even though Belgium has taken a tournament-leading 21 shots per game, the Red Devils have scored on only 7.2 percent of those shots, the worst of all quarterfinalists.Belgium has largely gotten by on excellent goalkeeping, with Thibaut Courtois allowing only two goals despite facing 13 shots on goal worth 4.84 expected goals (using ESPN/TruMedia’s Expected Goals model). His .22 “goals allowed below average” (GABA) per shot is the highest of remaining goalies (higher is better).Another team with good goalkeeping so far is Costa Rica, whose Keylor Navas has saved 14 of 16 shots on goal, with an average GABA of .21 per shot, good for second behind Courtois.Neither Costa Rica nor the Netherlands are what you’d call possession teams: Despite their impressive run, the Netherlands has held the ball just 44 percent of the time, and Costa Rica has held it 42 percent (the only other quarterfinalist with less than 50 percent possession was Colombia, with 46 percent). The flip side of playing this way is that these two teams also lead quarterfinalists in average pass distance (21.7 and 20.8 yards, respectively).But for the most part, Costa Rica seems badly overmatched. While they’ve shot a respectable 14.3 percent, that’s mostly because they’ve been unable to get shots at all — they’ve taken about nine shots per game, averaging only three on goal. Both those figures are by far the lowest of any remaining squad.The Netherlands, on the other hand, had one the most impressive runs into the quarterfinals. The Dutch faced the most difficult route (their opponents had an average Soccer Power Index rating of 80.0), but so far have the second-highest goal differential at +8.The Netherlands has been far superior on contested plays. When taking on defenders, the Flying Dutchmen have been successful a whopping 69 percent of the time. That compares to just 31 percent for Costa Rica. The Netherlands has won contested balls in the air at a 57 percent rate, compared to 36 percent for Costa Rica.In trying to find what, aside from good fortune and good goalkeeping, has driven Costa Rica’s gritty run (it’s scraped by against the second-hardest schedule), just about the only thing I could come up with was evidence of how well it’s run the offside trap. Costa Rica has drawn an enormous number of offsides calls: It’s pulled its opponents offsides 28 times (the next-most among quarterfinalists was 12, by Germany).Overall, our World Cup odds give Argentina a 14.9 percent chance of winning it all, the Netherlands an 11.8 percent chance, Belgium a 2.3 percent chance, and Costa Rica a 0.7 percent chance.YesterdayIn the first competitive match between France and Germany since the semifinals of the 1986 World Cup, Germany took the lead early with a headed goal by defender Mats Hummels. It was Hummels’s second goal of the World Cup, making him the first defender to score twice in this year’s tournament (he would get company later in the day). Both of Hummels’s goals have been headers, and both have been by assisted by Toni Kroos.For Germany, headers are nothing new: Over the past 50 years (as far back as ESPN Stats & Info’s data set goes), Germany has scored 37 headed goals in World Cup play, nearly twice as many as any other country (Italy has 19). Scoring first — by head or foot — has been Germany’s recipe for success in the World Cup, especially as of late. The Germans are 21-0-2 in their last 23 World Cup matches when scoring first, their last loss coming in the 1994 quarterfinals to Bulgaria.France, on the other hand, trailed for the first time at this year’s tournament, and still has never won in a World Cup match when trailing at halftime, losing all 11 times. Les Bleus made efforts to equalize, ending up with more shots (13) than Germany (8), and more chances created (10 to 7). But it was all for naught.In Friday’s second match, Brazil opened the scoring in the seventh minute, its fastest goal of the tournament. The goal came from a Neymar corner kick, his first assist of the tournament. It was Thiago Silva’s first career World Cup goal, and it was Brazil’s third goal from a corner, tied with France and Germany for the most in this World Cup.Brazil was in control for the remainder of the first half, completing seven of 15 passes into the attacking penalty area and creating seven total chances. Neymar created four chances, including the assist; Colombia, as a team, created two in the first half.Brazil extended its lead to 2-0 on defender David Luiz’s 34-yard free kick, the second-longest goal of the tournament. Luiz failed to score in his first 39 career international appearances, but he has found the back of the net in his last two. Brazil has now taken a two-goal lead in a World Cup match 49 times, and has won all 49.The breakout star in the tournament so far, Colombia’s James Rodriguez, converted a penalty to give his side hope; he scored in all five of his games in the tournament. It was his sixth goal, giving him a two-goal lead in the race for the Golden Boot. Colombia scored five goals combined in its last two World Cup appearances (1994 and 1998).Brazil and Germany’s semifinal meeting on Tuesday will, incredibly, mark only the second time these two countries have met at the World Cup. The other was the 2002 final, won by Brazil 2-0. — Jacob Nitzberg, senior statistics analyst, ESPNOff the PitchThe Netherlands and Costa Rica have been friends for a while. In fact, the Dutch were a big source of aid to the Costa Ricans until recently, when the latter ascended to middle-income status. The relationship has gradually shifted to focus more on trade and economic cooperation, but it’s still worth looking at the aid the Netherlands provided over the years.AidData reports that the Dutch sent about $362.5 million Costa Rica’s way between 1978 and 2010. The bulk allocation changed with time, and in the 1980s seemed to focus on industry growth, with $1 million going toward agriculture in 1981, $31 million toward imports to Costa Rica in 1984 and $7 million toward forestry in 1989. The ‘90s began a slow transition, with $17 million spent on multisector industry growth in 1994, $22 million on debt alleviation in 1996 and $21 million on general environmental protection in 1997. With this final pivot, it looks like Costa Rica found its stride — environmental protection continued to be the focus of Dutch aid through 2006, with a final peak of $17 million. Since then, Costa Rica’s tourism industry has boomed, and Dutch aid has all but completely ended.Further ReadingMohawks, Faux-hawks And Macklemores: The Top-Heavy Hairdos of the World CupThe World Cup USMNT Replacement Team Power RankingsStop Making Sense It’s Old Dutch Empire vs. Old Spanish Empire day, as Argentina (independent from Spain since 1816) takes on Belgium (independent from the Netherlands since 1830), and Costa Rica (independent from Spain since 1821) takes on the Netherlands itself.In BriefArgentina vs. Belgium: 12 p.m. EDTNetherlands vs. Costa Rica 4 p.m. EDT read more

School playtime is becoming a thing of the past for a generation

“Whereas at one time afternoon breaks were a daily experience for nearly all primary school children, now they are increasingly a thing of the past,” he said.  “Not only are break times an opportunity for children to get physical exercise – an issue of particular concern given the rise in obesity – but they provide valuable time to make friends and to develop important social skills, experiences that are not necessarily learned or taught in formal lessons.”Dr Baines said that the decline in lunch breaks is of “particular concern”, adding that children now “barely have enough time to queue up and to eat their lunch” let alone have time for anything else.   School playtime is becoming a thing of the past for a generation of children, a new report has found.  Just one per cent of secondary schools now have afternoon breaks compared to 41 per cent almost three decades ago, according to study by University College London’s Institute of Education.Researchers examined how school breaks and children’s social lives have changed over time by comparing data from over 1,000 primary and secondary schools in 2017, 2006 and 1995.There has been a “marked reduction” in the total amount of break time children are allowed, with 11 to 16-year-olds now having 65 minutes per week less than they did a quarter of a century ago.It comes amid rising concern about childhood obesity levels, with more than 22,000 out of 556,000 of children in Year 6 classed as severely obese.Anti-obesity campaigners have described the report’s findings as “woeful”, saying that ministers must intervene and set guidelines for schools on break times. The length of the school day has remained more or less the same over the past 25 years but break times are being “squeezed” out, according to Dr Ed Baines, one of the report’s authors, with potentially “serious implications” for children’s well-being and development. The study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, also found that there has been a “marked increase” in the average numbers of adults supervising at breaktimes in primary and secondary schools since 1995.Tam Fry, chair of the national obesity forum, said he is “horrified” by the report’s findings.“We believe that primary and secondary schools should be making sure that school children have one hour every day,” he told The Daily Telegraph.“It is totally meaningless to say we will do nothing, children can do it in their own time. It is just woeful that we have taken this very uninspiring attitude towards physical activity.”“It is up to the Government to set the rules and the guidelines which all school should be following. If you leave it to the schools they are so stretched and overworked it will fall by the wayside.”A Department for Education spokesperson said: “The government has given all schools the autonomy to make decisions about the structure and duration of their school day.  “However, we are clear that pupils should be given an appropriate break and we expect school leaders to make sure this happens.  “We recognise the importance of physical activity in schools to improve both physical and mental wellbeing.”   Dr Baines said that the decline in lunch breaks is of “particular concern” The Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines state that primary age children should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day, the spokesman said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In 1995, just a third of secondary schools (30 per cent) reported lunch breaks of less than 55 minutes, but now this has risen to 82 per cent. Meanwhile, a quarter of secondary schools reported lunchtimes of 35 minutes or less.The average secondary school pupil had 76 minutes of break time a day in 1995. That fell to 69 minutes in 2006 and just 63 minutes in 2017. The trend is mirrored in primary schools, where pupils aged five to seven had 94 minutes of break time a day in 1995, which dropped to 91 in 2006 and to 85 in 2017. For youngsters aged seven to 11, break time dropped from an average of 83 minutes a day in 1995 to 77 in 2006 and 75 in 2017.  Dr Baines said that the decline in lunch breaks is of “particular concern” read more

Google News Falls for BallmerGates April Fools Joke

first_imgThe stories hit just right for two reasons–first, there was yesterday’s surprise announcement that Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci stepped down, following disagreements with his company’s board of advisors. And then there were the excerpts from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s upcoming book, which do a little good, old-fashioned Gates bashing (according to Allen, Gates had schemed to take control of company shares while Allen was battling cancer). Google picked up the two stories in a news cluster and punctuated them with an image from the former–an old black and white photo of Gates and Allen in friendlier times. The question is, how long will it take for that news cluster to grow?AdChoices广告 Oh April Fool’s Day–it’s a 24-hour-long stream of annoyance, frustration, and anger, all in the name of organized hilarity. The advent of the Internet has, for better or worse, allowed respectable news organizations to get into the mix (See: PCMag’s own Post-PCMag site). Some pranks make their presence known right off the bat. Others a bit more difficult to parse at first glance. And then, sometimes, a well-timed joke will really hit the zeitgeist. Both InfoWorld and RedmondMag “reported” today that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had stepped down, so his predecessor Bill Gates could take the helm of the company he cofounded.last_img read more

Hospital rooms for rent

first_imgIn a bid to earn revenue for Greece’s public coffers, the Health Ministry said that as of this coming week, private insurance companies will be able to rent rooms in state hospitals for their customers. It is the first time that a synergy between public hospitals and private insurance firms has been created in Greece. Up to 556 beds in hospital rooms in Athens, Piraeus and Thessaloniki will be made available to the companies. Ethniki Insurance, Alico, EFG Eurolife, ING, Interamerican, Allianz and Agrotiki Insurance signed the deal this week. Another 11 firms have declared an interest in taking part in the scheme. “No hospital that is short of beds has been included in the program,” Health Minister Andreas Loverdos said in response to a question about whether the initiative represented a move to privatise the health service. “This is simply an effort to bring revenues into the National Health System, nothing more.” He did not give an estimate of how much the government hopes to raise each year from the scheme. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

New goals for the Greek diaspora

first_imgThe importance of human capital as a factor in Greece’s plan to exit the ongoing crisis was stressed by Deputy Foreign Minister Yannis Amanatidis in the inaugural meeting of the Hellenic Parliament’s Committee for the Greek Diaspora. In his address to the members of the Committee, Mr Amanatidis set out a framework of actions that the Committee and the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad (GGAE) should take, in order to further enhance the strong relationship of the Greek diaspora with the motherland. “We work on a legislative initiative for the Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE), seeking the greatest possible consensus, with democratic self-organisation of the institution, and the strengthening of its status and effectiveness,” he said, while promising to introduce “reforms and structural changes to modernise the whole public administration in order to facilitate everyday life for Greeks abroad”. Prominent among this set of reforms is the creation of an electronic system interconnecting all Greek embassies and consulates around the world with the Ministry of Interior – a change that would enable expatriates to issue any kind of certificate in their country of residence. Equally important is the planned digitisation of the GGAE archives, which would thus become accessible online for researchers wishing to locate any official document related to the Greek diaspora.But the most ambitious initiative is the establishment of May 20 as an international ‘Greek-speaking Day’, aimed at promoting the learning of Greek language and the diffusion of Greek culture. The date was picked to coincide with the alleged birthday of the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates. An official presidential decree, signed by Prokopis Pavlopoulos, will be the first step, before the issue is referred to the UN and UNESCO. “It is therefore clear that we aim not only to strengthen the links of the metropolitan centre with the Greek diaspora, but primarily the interaction of the Greeks inside and outside the borders of motherland to a new foundation – functional, modern and effective,” he said.THE NEED FOR A NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR GREEKS ABROADThe committee’s priorities were set out by its chairman, Mr Alexandros Triantafyllidis, who stressed the need for a national strategy for the Greeks abroad “in a spirit of mutual understanding, consultation and consensus, based on the principles of democracy, humanism and culture”. The aim to attract investments by expatriate Greek entrepreneurs has taken centre stage recently and features hight in the priorities set by Mr Triantafillidis, as a way to address the ongoing financial crisis. Among the committee’s main goals is to create an extensive record of diaspora Hellenism, gathering information by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Hellenic Statistical Autority; the continuation of programs for the preservation of the Greek cultural identity within Greek communities abroad; to assist inter-cultural education institutions; to further cooperate with the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association; to promote the teaching of the Greek language, through the relevant departments of universities and institutes around in Greece and abroad; to put to use Citizen Service Centres for Greeks abroad, in order to tackle bureaucracy and mismanagement; to support the national broadcaster’s satellite channels (ERTSAT, ERT3, Voice of Greece) and develop synergies with the Greek media abroad. As for the recent wave of emigration of educated young Greeks due to the economic crisis, it presents new challenges for the committee, which needs to develop policies to cater for their needs. However, there’s still no sign of a resolution to other long-outstanding demands of the expatriate communities, such as the pension and insurance issue and the right to vote in the general elections; the latter should be discussed thoroughly by the permanent committee in a special session, according to Mr Triantafillidis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Provo home owner launches social media hunt for robbers

first_img Related Items:break-in, burlary, help, provo, public Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children online In fact, the homeowner asked Magnetic Media to ask those viewing the video to observe the tattoos on the burglar.  Police confirmed the crime to us on Saturday night.  If you can assist, you know what to do… call Crime stoppers at 1-800-TIPS, that’s 1-800-8477.  While it is not the first time islanders have seen surveillance photos or videos from a crime in progress, it has been a long time for these brazen moving images to surface and most rare is that the thief appears to be Caucasian or white.    Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp For two minutes, it is an eerie front row seat to the burglary; the thief is with his head covered and seen waltzing through the residence, searching for valuables which are one by one, apparently being stuffed into the front of the suspects clothing and into a backpack.  While his face is not covered, his head is and sufficiently enough that this crook may be unrecognizable except for some very distinguishing markers on his body. center_img Energy Town Meeting for Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSocial media was this weekend used by a homeowner to launch an assertive suspect hunt; the person was a victim of robbery around 12:30am Saturday in a residential area behind Sunshine Nursery called, Garden Loop.  TCI to renew Storm & Flood insurance Recommended for youlast_img read more

Congress Passes Tax Extenders Omnibus

first_imgASA is proud to announce that Congress concluded its work for the year by passing an omnibus appropriations bill and a package of tax provisions in a series of votes last week. Both pieces of legislation include items of significant interest and impact to soybean farmers, and below is a summary of the two bills. The House of Representatives passed the tax package by a vote of 318-108 and the Omnibus Appropriations bill by a vote of 316-113; and the Senate approved the package together with a vote of 65-33.  Congress will now adjourn for the remainder of 2015 as President Obama has indicated he will sign them into law. Omnibus Appropriations BillWhile some media outlets suggested the future of the Omnibus Appropriations bill was less than certain in both the House and the Senate, the end result was anything but. The bill passed with 316 votes in the House and 65 in the Senate. Included in the bill are the following wins for soybean farmers:Repeal of the mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) ruleIncreased funding for Agriculture Research Service (ARS) for salaries & expenses to $1.114 million, a $11.2 million increase; and for the ARS buildings & facilities account, $212.1 million, an increase of $167 millionIncreased funding for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to $819.7 million, an increase of $32.8 million; including $350 million for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), a $25 million increaseContinued funding for the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development (Cooperator) program at current levels of $200 million and $34.5 million, respectivelyFunding for the McGovern/Dole and Food for Peace development and assistance programsFunding for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), which also helps to fund the Regional Conservation Partnership Programs (RCPP)Increased funding for the construction, operation and maintenance of projects administered by the Army Corps of Engineers along the Mississippi River and its tributaries$1.25 billion for eligible activities financed by the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, which funds port maintenance and improvementsDedicated funds for USDA disaster assistance programs, including those assisting growers suffering significant losses from recent flooding in the Carolinas.Unfortunately, two prominent, ASA-supported policy riders – one to prevent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulations and another on pre-emption of state GMO labeling initiatives were on the table during negotiations over the omnibus, but ultimately were not included.  Both issues are expected to be the focus of continued debate and legislative maneuvering again in 2016. Tax Extenders PackageASA had multiple priorities included in the Tax Extenders package, which passed with similar ease. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 included the following soy-specific provisions:Biodiesel Tax Credit – The package contains a two-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit. The credit is extended retroactive for 2015 and through 2016, however it remains as a blender’s credit rather than shifting to a producer’s credit as the ASA and biodiesel industry had supported.Section 179 Expensing Limits – The bill includes extension and modification of increased expensing limitations and treatment of certain real property as section 179 property. The provision permanently extends the small business expensing limitation and phase-out amounts in effect from 2010 to 2014 ($500,000 and $2 million, respectively). These amounts currently are $25,000 and $200,000, respectively. The provision modifies the expensing limitation by indexing both the $500,000 and $2 million limits for inflation beginning in 2016.Bonus Depreciation – The bill provides a 5 year extension of the bonus depreciation for property acquired and placed in service during 2015 through 2019 (with an additional year for certain property with a longer production period). The bonus depreciation percentage is 50 percent for property placed in service during 2015, 2016 and 2017 and phases down, with 40 percent in 2018, and 30 percent in 2019. The provision also modifies bonus depreciation to include qualified improvement property and to permit certain trees, vines, and plants bearing fruit or nuts to be eligible for bonus depreciation when planted or grafted, rather than when placed in service.The package also extends the conservation easement tax credit, and tax credits for donations to ag research organizationslast_img read more

Washougal man arrested after allegedly holding wife hostage

first_imgA man was arrested Thursday afternoon after allegedly holding his wife hostage at their home in Washougal that morning, officials said. At 9:17 a.m., a business called 911, reporting that one of their employees had called in to say she wasn’t coming to work, but something didn’t seem right. They thought she might be in some kind of danger. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office contacted her and she discreetly said she was being held against her will at her home at 2111 N.E. 359th Ave., said Sgt. Fred Neiman with the sheriff’s office. The woman managed to escape and met up with patrol deputies away from the house. She told them she had been threatened by her husband with a weapon. Around 12:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office asked for on-duty SWAT assistance, as a precaution to ensure deputy safety, Neiman said. They contacted the suspect, Scott Conley, 48, who calmly came out of his home and surrendered. He was taken into custody around 2:15 p.m. and booked into the Clark County Jail. He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault. “Anytime we can get people into custody and no one get’s hurt … it’s good. It’s worth the extra wait and the patience,” Neiman said. Clark County Property Records indicate the home is owned by Scott Conley and Susan Conley.last_img read more

CM Yediyurappa faces challenge of numbers

first_imgBengaluru : Karnataka BJP stalwart B S Yediyurappa was sworn in as Chief Minister of the sta­te for a fourth time on Friday in a sudden twist to the pr­o­tracted high-voltage political drama in the state wi­t­h a big challenge to manage numbers staring him in the face. Shortly after taking the oath, Yediyurappa said he would move a motion of confidence in the assembly on July 29 to prove his majority, apparently confident of winning it with the expectation that 16 rebel Congress and JDS MLAs may abstain as they did on Tuesday last, giving him the edge. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us Yediyurappa alone took the oath succeeding H D Kumaraswamy three days after the Congress-JDS coalition government crumbled under the weight of a rebellion by a big chunk of its lawmakers, 20 of whom were absent for the voting that led to the defeat of its trust vote by 99-105. Of the 20, three have been disqualified by the Assembly Speaker Thursday while the lone BSP MLA’s stand is not clear. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 76-year old Yediyurappa, credited with leading the BJP to its first ever government in the south in 2008, at a brief function in the Raj Bhavan in the evening. The Lingayat strongman’s move to stake claim for the government formation came as a sudden development on Friday morning, a day after assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar disqualified three rebel Congress MLAs, heightening suspense over a new dispensation being in place. Advertise With Us Speaking about the sudden turn of events on government formation, Yediyurappa told BJP workers before the swearing in that party national president and Home Minister Amit Shah spoke over phone to him in the morning and asked him to prepare for the oath on Friday. His swearing in came after weeks of murky political drama and legal battle triggered by the resignation of 15 rebel Congress and JDS MLAs that led to the fall of the coalition government on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters after the swearing in, Yediyurappa said “The Karnataka assembly session will be called on July 29, Monday at 10 AM for moving confidence motion and for the passage of the Finance Bill.” The Congress slammed the move for government formation, saying that since the BJP did not have the numerical strength, it could not stake claim nor take the oath for any reason. “Corruption Icon and Former Jail Bird Shri @BSYBJP has used his excellent Horse Trading skills to subvert democracy and come to power,” the state Congress tweeted. The JD(S) dubbed the Governor’s decision to permit the BJP leader to take oath without raising any questions on the numbers was “anti-democractic”.last_img read more

Nonprofit Helps DCArea Teen Moms Finish College

first_imgIn the middle of studying for final exams, 21-year-old Sheila Best recently got into a physical altercation with her daughter’s father. The incident caused her to move out of the home they shared.That was one of her most difficult periods at Trinity Washington University, located in Northeast D.C., where she studied business administration and finance since 2014.Sheila Best, a Generation Hope scholar, and her sponsor Megan Bleil … (Photo courtesy of Generation Hope)Instead of giving up, Best turned to her mentor. “Without her help and her being there for me, I don’t think I would have finished that semester strong,” Best told the AFRO.Megan Bleil was matched as Best’s mentor in 2014, as part of Generation Hope — a nonprofit that bills itself as the only community-based nonprofit organization solely focused on college completion for teen parents in the D.C. area.Generation Hope was founded in 2010 by Nicole Lewis. “Given my own experience as a teen mom in college, I was really interested in helping other teen parents get their degrees and complete their education,” Lewis told the AFRO.Lewis became pregnant when she was a senior in high school in Virginia Beach, Va. “It was really hard for my parents and devastating for our family,” she said. “I ended up leaving home and living from place to place with my boyfriend at the time — sometimes that was on people’s couches, sometimes it was in the car in a high school parking lot.”While some friends, teachers, and relatives told Lewis that her opportunity to attend college had ended with the birth of her daughter, she persisted and attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. After four years, she graduated with her bachelor’s of arts degree in English. She continued her education at George Mason University, where she obtained a master’s degree in public policy. While she attended school friends and family offered to watch her daughter. She also said she qualified for grants to afford daycare.“College was really transformative, exposing me to different information, people, and experiences that I never would have been exposed to,” Lewis said. “Then obviously in terms of being able to get a job right out of college that paid well—I was able to put food on the table and a roof over my head and my daughter’s head.”As she embarked on her career, Lewis also began volunteering for mentoring organizations in the D.C. metro area. She found that there wasn’t an organization focused solely on helping teen parents graduate from college. She also knew that less than two percent of teen parents graduate from college by the age of 30, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.“Generation Hope really came from a gap in services out there—I realized that I had the skills, life experience and that I could launch this organization,” Lewis said.The crux of the program is mentorship. “Scholars” like Best are paired with “sponsors” like Bleil. They’re required to meet in person once per month and have check-ins every other week.Best and Bleil have taken six-year-old Aria to the zoo and the movies several times. They’ve also met at restaurants “to catch up on what’s new, accomplishments, conflicts in school, and to see how [Bliel] can be of assistance,” said Best, who became pregnant as a freshman at Spingarn High School in Northeast D.C.“Throughout the years, our relationship has gotten stronger because we got to know each other more and my daughter loves her so much,” Best continued.Generation Hope also provides tutoring services, hosts family-friendly events and offers financial assistance to participants, who are both male and female parents.Staffers also help with emergencies from transportation crises to domestic violence situations. “Our program staff is really there to help make sure they stay in school,” Lewis said.So far, 30 Generation Hope scholars have graduated from college. Twenty-four more, including Best, are slated to graduate in Spring 2018.“Every single degree is life changing and it means so much just to see one of our scholars walk across the graduation stage,” said Lewis.last_img read more

Watch Multiple Injuries Reported During Cheese Rolling Race in UK

first_img Emergency crews had little time off during Britain’s infamous Cheese Rolling Race on Monday, as daredevils racing after a round of Gloucester cheese tumbled their way to bruises, fractures, sprained ankles, and other injuries.Crazy footage shows the competitors, including one man in Supergirl costume, rolling, crashing, and flopping as they raced 600 feet down Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire in the UK.Organizers did not confirm the number of injuries, but images and video released showed a number of competitors receiving medical help, including one man who had to be transported down the hill in a stretcher. Another competitor appeared to have blood on his face and some missing teeth.Recent dry weather made the ground hard and fast for competitors, according to BBC News.An injured competitor is brought down the hill on a stretcher. (Photo Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Images via Getty Images)“It was better than last year when I knocked myself out,” Max McDougall, 22, who won the first men’s downhill race, told BBC.Four-time cheese-chasing winner Flo Early, 28, won this year’s women’s race — and immediately retired because of injury. She sprained her ankle.Participants tumble down Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire during the Cheese Rolling race. (Photo Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Images via Getty Images)“I’m done now, this is it, I’m retired,” she told the Independent. “I’m in pain with this ankle, it’s a sprain but it feels pretty uncomfortable.”Another men’s race winner, Ryan Fairley, 29, said, “My back does hurt a little bit but nothing that won’t sort itself out. I’ve got work tomorrow.”According to the BBC, the bizarre event has been celebrated for centuries and is thought to have its roots in a heathen festival to celebrate the return of spring.More on Geek.com:Watch: Runner Goes ‘Full Superman’ at Finish Line to Win RaceStudy: Cheese Tastes Different Based on What Music It Listens ToCostco Now Sells a Five-Tier Wedding Cake Made of Cheese Stay on target Watch: Hilarious T-Rex Race on Horse Track Goes ViralWatch: Runner Goes ‘Full Superman’ at Finish Line to Win Race last_img read more

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