Haryana: Rural students outshine urban counterparts in Class 12 exams

first_img He said that overall toppers in the examination are Naveen and Heena from Hisar. The board chairman said that 2,22,388 students had appeared in the senior secondary examination of which 1,41,973 have passed, 49,163 have got compartments and 31,252 failed.A total of 1,24,242 boys had appeared in the examination of which 70,936 have passed while 71,037 of the 98,146 girls have passed. Mr. Singh said that the pass percentage of government schools was 63.62 and that of private schools was 64.06.The result of private students was 47.44 per cent. As many as 19,076 such students had appeared in the examination of which 9,049 have passed. Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said here that this time the pass percentage of rural areas was 64.75 whereas it was 62.04 per cent in urban areas in the 12th class examination.Congratulating the students and the toppers, Mr. Sharma said in a statement, “The credit for this goes to Haryana government paying more attention to the school education and the hard work of the teachers and the children.”Mr. Sharma said that overall the girls have outshone boys with a better pass percentage of 72.38 as against 57.10 per cent of the boys. For the first time, the board has decided to keep safe the certificates and result of students in a ‘DigiLocker’ which could be downloaded from its website when needed, he said.The candidates’ result and mark sheet would be uploaded on the same locker. Subsequently, after the announcement of the results, it would provide the hard-copy of the marks sheet. Along with this, all the mark-sheets and the results declared from 2004 till date would also be uploaded on the digital locker, the Education Minister said.He said that the digital locker would be maintained on the basis of candidates’ mobile number and the Aadhaar card. Resultantly it would be easier for any recruitment agency to verify any result or certificate of the applicant through this, he said.After this decision, a code would be released to all the Sainik Boards, Haryana Public Service Commission and Haryana Staff Selection Commission so that the marks sheets of the candidate can be seen. “The concerned authority would be able to verify the application. It would save the time and would also avoid the possibility of any kind of fraud,” he said.He said that result can also be checked on mobile app developed by the Board which could be downloaded from Google Play Store by searching Education Board Bhiwani Haryana. Students from rural areas in Haryana have performed better than their urban counterparts, while girls have outshone boys in the Class XII state education board examinations, results for which were declared on Friday.The overall pass percentage for the Class XII Haryana School Education Board stood at 63.84 per cent.The result was declared jointly by Chairman of the Board, Dr. Jagbir Singh and Secretary, Dhirendra Khadgata in a press conference organised at Board office in Bhiwani on Friday. The students can check their results at website www.bseh.org.in and www.indiaresults.com, Mr. Singh said.Also Read Haryana orders probe into exam question rowlast_img read more

Pacquiao wants Horn rematch in the Philippines

first_imgManny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines watches Jeff Horn of Australia falls on the mat during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Manny Pacquiao said on Sunday he was still wanted a rematch with Jeff Horn after the Filipino boxing hero  pulled out of their scheduled bout in Australia later his year.Queensland’s premier, whose state government was the financial backer of a November 12 fight, announced on Friday that Pacquiao “cannot return to the ring” due to other commitments. ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Djokovic becomes father of baby girl WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “It will not push through there in Australia. But we are bringing the fight here in the Philippines,” Pacquiao said on radio station DZBB, adding negotiations were ongoing. “This will be good for our country’s tourism.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPacquiao, 38, had initially called for a rematch after losing his World Boxing Organization welterweight title to the 29-year-old on points Horn in a major upset in Brisbane on July 2.Pacquiao, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, had demanded a review of the bout but the WBO declared Horn the clear winner after a panel of judges re-scored the fight. center_img Read Next Now in the twilight of a 22-year professional career, Pacquiao has not stopped an opponent in eight years and briefly quit boxing last year to pursue his long-held political ambitions and was elected senator.But he quickly made a successful comeback against Jessie Vargas in November, saying he still felt like a youngster.Pacquiao has defied calls to retire for good, including from his family and celebrated American trainer Freddie Roach.  Pacquiao dismissed funding concerns about hosting the multi-million dollar fight in the Philippines. “We have lots of friends who are supporting us including our tourism (department). The president is giving his all-out support,” Pacquiao said referring to his political ally Rodrigo Duterte.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Shahid Afridi slams PCB, retires from international cricket

first_imgFlamboyant Pakistan all rounder Shahid Afridi has announced to quit international cricket in protest of his removal from the captaincy of the national one-day team and said he will not consider to return till the present board under the chairmanship of Ijaz Butt is in place.”The people have given me lot of respect and love and I don’t want to waste that working with this board who don’t know how to respect players,” an angry Afridi said.In a scathing attack on the Pakistan cricket Board, Afridi, 31, described the current set of administrators as “disgraceful people”.Afridi, who announced to quit international cricket to protest the board’s decision of removing him as the captain of the one-day team, told Geo News channel that nothing is greater to him than his self-respect. The experienced all rounder said till the present board under the chairmanship of Butt is in place, he will not play international cricket.”I want to make it clear that till this board is there I will not play international cricket. When it goes and if people want me to play on I will consider a comeback.”However, Afridi said he will continue to play in domestic and league matches. “I will continue to play domestic and league cricket but not international cricket… It is not worth my while under this board which gave me no reason nor did it bother to hear me out before sacking me as captain,” he said.”I don’t want to work with such disgraceful people. I don’t know on what grounds they sacked me as captain. I worked hard on building up a broken team and turned it into a fighting combination. We played in the World Cup semi-final and yet they sacked me without hearing me out.”advertisementThe retirement follows on the heels of Afridi’s sacking as ODI captain despite Pakistan’s 3-2 success against West Indies. Though the board did not any give official reason for the removal, it was believed to be the result of growing differences Afridi had with coach Waqar Younis, in particular over matters of selection.Afridi also claimed there was a group of people belonging to the Punjab province in Lahore who had always been against him. “This group has always kept on working against me. They are the ones who keep on filling the Chairman’s ears against me. Maybe they don’t want me to play because I get in the way of their plans.”The all rounder also alleged that as the captain he was never consulted in selection of teams, nor was he sure about his captaincy before a series till the last moment. “This board never gave me a feeling of assurance that I would be captain. I would not know before a series until the last few days whether I was going to be captain and I can’t continue to play under these circumstances.”Afridi also made it clear that he had spoken to some of his elders and seniors before taking his retirement decision and they supported him. It was after returning from the West Indies that Afridi ruffled the board feathers when he told the media he did not like people interfering in his work – an obvious reference to row with head coach Waqar Younis over selection issues.After issuing him a notice for speaking to the media on team issues in contravention of the players code of conduct, the board while announcing the squad for the one-day series against Ireland replaced Afridi as captain with test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who on Monday led Pakistan to a 2-0 win over Ireland.Afridi, after he was sacked for captaincy, pulled out of the series against Ireland telling the board he wanted to stay with his father who was under treatment in the United States, but he reached England from the US and on Monday made his retirement announcement from London. He also defended his statement, saying he had only spoken the truth and nothing else.”I didn’t speak against anyone nor did I criticise anyone by name. What I said was for betterment of team. But if they don’t want me to speak the truth than I can’t accept working with such people,” he said. “I didn’t want any problem what I said was keeping in the benefits of the team. I can’t continue to play under a board that does not respect senior players,” he added.Afridi last year had already retired from Test cricket after losing the first test to Australia at Lords. Afridi in the 325 ODIs, he played, has scored 6695 at an average of 23.49, but at a staggering strike rate of 113.82. He also bagged 315 wickets at an average of 34.22. He holds the record of the fastest ODI century in 37 balls. In 43 T20s, he managed 683 runs and got 53 scalps.advertisementThe all rounder has played 27 Tests in which he scored 1716 runs (avg 36.51) and garnered 48 wickets (avg 35.50).- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Lionel Messi won’t be pressurised to return for Argentina: AFA president

first_imgLionel Messi has taken an indefinite break from the Argentina squad after captaining them to the round of 16, and the Argentine Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia on Thursday said that he will not put any pressure on the FC Barcelona star to return to the fold.AFA president Claudio Tapia said that Messi has given Argentina much more than he has received in return.”We have to be thankful. He has done a lot for the national team and we have repaid him in the worst possible way,” Tapia was quoted as saying by ESPNFC.Interim head coach Lionel Scaloni said Messi’s absence will be felt.”We miss him. But we have to let him be, in peace. He has to enjoy his family, his life. We shall see what happens later,” he told TyC Sports.”Once we have a project, a name (new full-time coach), we will see what Leo thinks.”Messi is yet to win a major trophy with his country despite competing in five World Cups and eight Copa Americas.The 31-year old has scored 65 goals in 128 appearances since making his debut with Argentina in August 2005.Incidentaly Messi failed to make the world player of the year shortlist on Monday for the first time since 2006, with Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah making their first appearance in the final three alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.Messi and Ronaldo have been the only winners of world soccer’s main individual award from FIFA since 2008.(With inputs from IANS and AP)last_img read more

‘Hazard would have liked to come to Fenerbahce’

first_imgFormer Fenerbahce official Hasan Cetinkaya says that Eden Hazard admitted would have liked to join Fenerbahce during his time at Lille.The Belgian recently completed a big-money move from Chelsea to Real Madrid, but while still plying his trade in Ligue 1 he confessed an affection for Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce.Hazard’s old friend and a former official of the Turkish outfit has revealed the player’s affection for the club and believes he will wear their shirt one day. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Eden Hazard is an old friend of mine, I’ve known him since I was 15-16. Then he was playing at Lille,” Cetinkaya said to Ajansspor.“He had a great sympathy for Fenerbahce. He had a word for me: ‘Hasan, I will play at Fenerbahce someday’. We don’t know when.“He was 16 at the time when he was playing for Lille and I watched them play against PSG. Even at that age he showed what he can do.“There was Eden Hazard, Gervinho and Sow during the time that we spoke. We just got Sow from there.Cetinkaya does admit that given Hazard’s transformation into one of the world’s finest talents, landing him could prove a tough challenge.“Eden has changed into a different dimension. He got offers from the most important clubs in Europe. He was one of the greatest talented star candidates in Europe,” he added.“He would have liked to come to Fenerbahce at that time [in Lille]. Let’s see if one day he wears the uniform of Fenerbahce.”A young Hazard lit up Ligue 1, notching 50 goals and managing 53 assists in all competitions for the French side before moving to the Premier League with Chelsea, where he has scored 110 goals and registered 92 assists across all competitions.Fenerbahce are one of the biggest clubs in Turkey but finished sixth last season and have been linked with big moves in the transfer market as they seek to challenge at the top once more, having been 23 points adrift of champions Galatasaray.However, they recently denied any interest in Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil for financial reasons.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Encouraged to be Prepared

first_imgAs officials continue to track the path of Hurricane Earl, the Emergency Management Office is advising the public to take necessary steps to protect themselves and their families in the event of an emergency. “While we continue to monitor Hurricane Earl, Nova Scotians are reminded that the best way to keep our families safe is to be prepared,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Emergency Management. “I encourage everyone to continue to listen for updated weather information as this storm moves closer to our province.” It is important to realize that hurricanes can be very unpredictable. EMO is monitoring the hurricane closely to ensure the most current information is available to the public. “We are now in the midst of hurricane season, which will last until the end of November,” Ms. Jennex said. “Now is the time for Nova Scotians to be preparing for an emergency.” People are also cautioned about increasing surf activity at a number of beaches across the province. It is always best to visit supervised beaches, stay within your depth, keep children within arm’s reach and swim with a partner. If conditions become more severe, storm surge and undertow can be extremely dangerous. People should refrain from going to coastal areas, including beaches, to watch a severe storm. Businesses should also begin reviewing their business continuity plans. Nova Scotians are encouraged to have some basic supplies prepared in the event of an emergency, which may include being without power or running water. Some ways to prepare for a weather-related emergency are: Maintain an emergency kit, including food, water, clothing, blankets, a flashlight, battery or crank-powered radio, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, extra prescription medications and copies of important papers. People should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Have cash on hand in case of a prolonged power outage. Prepare freezer packs by placing water-filled soda or plastic milk containers in deep freezers. These can be used to help keep the freezer and/or refrigerator cold in a power outage. Choose a family shelter area away from windows. A basement, storm cellar or closet beneath the stairs can provide a good shelter in a severe storm. Choose a meeting place for family members and set up some form of communication to notify each other of whereabouts and safety. Make arrangements to help a senior or other people in the neighbourhood that may need help. Secure objects that could be torn loose or blown around. Protect homes as much as possible from heavy rains and floods. Visit the EMO website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo for more information on emergency preparedness.last_img read more

In Singapore Actress Liv Lo Says Testing Cosmetics On Animals Is Unacceptable

first_imgInternational model, yogi and actress Liv Lo, a FLY Entertainment artiste currently starring in Channel 5’s (Singapore) police drama Point of Entry, has spoken movingly about why she wants to see an end to cruel animal testing of cosmetics throughout Asia and the world.The Taiwanese/Italian born actress gave her backing to Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free ASIA campaign at a special press event during the Asia for Animals Conference, Asia’s largest animal protection event, taking place this week in Singapore. Be Cruelty-Free is the largest global campaign in history to end cosmetics animal testing, and Liv joined HSI’s campaigners from China, India, Japan, and South Korea. BCF Taiwan will be launching soon.Liv said: “I’m very proud to support the great work by Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free ASIAcampaign to end unethical and unnecessary animal testing for cosmetics. It breaks my heart to know that in laboratories across Asia, gentle rabbits and other animals are having cosmetic chemicals dripped in their eyes or forced down their throat. It’s simply unacceptable and it must stop. There is no beauty in cosmetics cruelty.”Many animal tests were developed decades ago and have been surpassed by state-of-the-art non-animal cell and computer methods. Despite major advances, an estimated half a million rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and other animals still suffer and die each year throughout Asia and globally in painful eye, skin and lethal force feeding tests for cosmetics. Because of campaigning by HSI and others, such testing has been banned across Europe, Israel and India; however, animal testing of cosmetics remains legal in 80 percent of countries globally.Troy Seidle, HSI’s director of research & toxicology, said: “Liv Lo’s support is a highlight for our Be Cruelty-Free campaign across Asia where Humane Society International and our partners are working hard to take the cruelty out of the cosmetics industry. We’re getting results, we’ve already achieved a ban on cosmetics animal testing in India, helped persuade China to start phasing out some animal tests and seen South Korea increase its acceptance of non-animal test data. In 2014 we hope to build on those successes to achieve our goal of turning the whole world cruelty-free.”Asia for Animals, the premier gathering of animal protection groups across Asia, officially endorsed the Be Cruelty-Free campaign in recognition of its leading role in ending cosmetics animal testing. Louis Ng, AfA Board Member and Chief Executive of Singapore’s ACRES (Animal Concerns Research & Education Society) said: “The use of animals to test cosmetics has become a big issue in Asia in recent years. Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign shines a much-needed spotlight on cosmetics cruelty, putting it firmly on the agenda for politicians, companies, consumers and the media alike. There is still a long way to go, but for the first time a global end to animal testing of cosmetics feels truly within our grasp and Asia for Animals is delighted to endorse the Be Cruelty-Free campaign, in recognition of all that it is achieving on behalf of animals in laboratories.”last_img read more

Independent review of Nova Scotia forestry given twomonth extension

first_imgHALIFAX – The independent review of Nova Scotia’s forestry practices has been extended by two months.Announced Aug. 30, the review headed by University of King’s College president Bill Lahey was originally due next Wednesday, but is now expected to be completed by the end of April.Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller says Lahey requested the extension because more work is required to complete the report.Lahey has said he’s been given a broad mandate, including the ability to examine clear cutting.The controversial practice drew public attention in 2016 when the Liberal government said it was backing away from a previously stated goal of reducing the practice on Crown land by 50 per cent.About 90 per cent of wood harvested in Nova Scotia is clear cut, according to federal figures.The province says the review is to provide recommendations that balance long-term environmental, social and economic interests in managing the forests.The review was first promised prior to last spring’s provincial election and became a key part of the Liberals’ environmental platform.last_img read more

SC trashes plea questioning Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking directions to the Centre and Election Commission to bar Congress chief Rahul Gandhi from contesting the Lok Sabha elections till allegations over his citizenship were resolved.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi rejected the contention of the petitioners, who said that in a form along with the annual data of a UK-based company in 2005-06, it was allegedly mentioned that Gandhi is a British citizen. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”If some company in some form mentions his nationality as British, does he become a British citizen,” the bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna told the petitioners. The plea, which was filed by Delhi residents Jai Bhagwan Goyal and C P Tyagi, was mentioned before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. In their plea, petitioners said they were “social and public-spirited persons” and pointed out that as per section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1981, only Indian citizens are entitled to register a political party. The duo alleged that the Congress chief was contesting polls “despite prima facie evidence of his loss of Indian citizenship” and added that he “has acquired British citizenship voluntarily”. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadEarlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs had issued a notice to Gandhi in connection with a complaint filed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy raising questions over his citizenship. The ministry had directed the Congress leader to “intimate the factual position on this matter”. However, the grand old party later released what it called the “original certificate of incorporation” of the company quoted in the MHA notice, and argued it clearly shows that Gandhi is an Indian. The Congress chief had earlier told Parliament’s ethics committee that he had never “sought or acquired British citizenship”, and that his “identity is that of an Indian”. Reacting to the MHA notice and the plea, sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi had said, “I have never heard such rubbish. All (the people) know Rahul Gandhi was born (and) raised here. The entire Hindustan knows that Rahul Gandhi is a Hindustani…he was born before them…he was brought up before them…he grew up before them…. What rubbish is this?”last_img read more

Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dies at age 97

VIDEO: Legendary actress, singer and activist Doris Day has died at the age of 97. Day’s sweet voice, wholesome blonde beauty and ultra-bright smile brought her a string of hits, and helped propel her to fame in the 1950s and 60s. She became one of the most popular screen actresses of all time. The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Day died early Monday at her Carmel Valley, California, home. According to The Associated Press, the foundation said she was surrounded by close friends and “had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia.” read more

JJ 2Q profit rises 13 per cent to 433B beats forecast on

Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday reported a 13 per cent jump in second-quarter profit, fueled mainly by strong sales of several new medicines. The results topped analysts’ expectations.The maker of Band-Aids, medical devices and biologic drugs raised its 2014 profit forecast for the second time this year, again up by a nickel to a new range of $5.85 to $5.92 per share. J&J shares rose 28 cents to $105.38 in premarket trading.J&J said earnings increased to $4.33 billion, or $1.51 per share, from $3.83 billion, or $1.33 per share, in the same quarter a year ago.Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $1.66 per share. The average per-share estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was $1.54.The world’s biggest maker of health care products said revenue rose 9.1 per cent to $19.5 billion from $17.88 billion in the same quarter a year earlier, and beat Wall Street forecasts. Analysts expected $18.85 billion, according to Zacks.The New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company said prescription drug sales rose 21 per cent to $8.51 billion, as sales climbed for new drugs including Olysio for hepatitis C and Xarelto for preventing heart attacks and strokes. The strong performance of the segment recently has helped it regain the lead over J&J’s device business and offset the lagging consumer segment, which is still recovering from dozens of product recalls since 2009.Medical device sales edged up 0.7 per cent to $7.24 billion, while consumer product sales increased 2.4 per cent to $3.74 billion.Johnson & Johnson shares have increased $13.79, or 15 per cent, to $105.38 since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased 7 per cent. The stock has risen $14.98, or 17 per cent, in the last 12 months. by By Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2014 6:54 am MDT J&J 2Q profit rises 13 per cent to $4.33B, beats forecast on sales growth for new medicines AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Alberta Energy Regulator fines Calgary company for 48day oil pipeline leak

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 14, 2016 3:01 pm MDT EDMONTON – A Calgary-based company has been fined over a pipeline breach that spilled 537,000 litres of oil emulsion in northern Alberta over 48 days.The Alberta Energy Regulator says Pengrowth Energy Corporation failed to properly detect, report and deal with the spill near Red Earth Creek.The regulator says the mixture of oil and oilwell salt water leaked between Dec. 1, 2013, and Jan. 18, 2014, before the company became aware of the spill.Pengrowth (TSX:PGF) has been fined $250,000 for breaching Alberta environment and public lands laws.Rob Borth, the regulator’s director of enforcement, says in a report that Pengrowth lacked knowledge, training and management oversite of the pipeline.He says those shortcomings included being able to detect leaks.“Aggravating factors include indicators of the poor performance and operation of the pipeline were not well understood, incorrect assumptions were made by field staff and procedures were not followed,” says the report posted on the regulator’s website Thursday.“I find Pengrowth lacked diligence concerning the failure to report the release, failure to remediate and for the loss or damage to public lands.”Officials at Pengrowth were not immediately available for comment.The company’s website says Pengrowth is an intermediate Canadian oil and natural gas producer with more than 27 years of operating history.The regulator says the company has since cleaned up the area affected by the spill.In 2013 the Energy Resources Conservation Board, the regulator’s predecessor, issued an enforcement action against Pengrowth over a 2011 pipeline spill near Swan Hills that sent about 117,000 litres of oily water into a creek.The company was cited for operating the pipeline for more than a year under faulty construction practices before it failed.The ERCB directed the company to immediately modify its construction management system to include clear definitions of roles, responsibilities, experience, and expectations of anyone involved in pipeline design, construction and inspection. Alberta Energy Regulator fines Calgary company for 48-day oil pipeline leak read more

Sustained engagement vital to address immense humanitarian needs in Syria – UN

“Life-saving humanitarian needs remain enormous and the delivery of assistance through the most direct routes remains critical,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock told the High-level Meeting on Syria, held in the margins of the General Assembly. Mr. Lowcock, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, reported that de-escalation has resulted in calm in some parts of the country. But an increase in operations in the east to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) has caused fresh suffering and displacement. “From Raqqa, to Idleb, to Deir ez-Zor, civilians continue to face serious protection concerns as fighting and access constraints continue. This year alone, another one million people have been internally displaced,” he stated, adding that all parties to the fighting must be pressured to respect international humanitarian law. In April in Brussels, some $6 billion was pledged by over 40 governments for the humanitarian response this year, with a further $3.7 billion pledged for 2018. “There was also a clear agreement that the civilians whose lives have been destroyed by years of conflict must remain at the forefront of the international community’s agenda,” said Mr. Lowcock. “That was expressed by voicing unconditional support to meet humanitarian needs inside Syria and the region; and by highlighting the importance of support for early recovery and resilience-building for displaced Syrians and their hosts.” Mr. Lowcock stressed the need for all pledges to UN-coordinated appeals for Syria and the region turned into contributions, noting that the humanitarian response plan for inside Syria is only 36 per cent funded, while the regional refugee and resilience plan just 39 per cent funded. “We can and we must do better for the Syrian people,” he stated. “Ultimately of course, the only sustainable way to address the humanitarian crisis is to end the conflict through a credible political agreement.” Among the other participants at the meeting were the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. read more

Lakers Owners Jeanie and Jim Buss Differ on Dwight

Photo by Flickr/Scott MecumLos Angeles Lakers owners Jeanie and Jim Buss have both expressed their feelings publicly about the departure of Dwight Howard.In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Jim said Howard “was never really a Laker. He was just passing through.”In a recent interview, Jeanie’s opinion of the Howard’s exit differed.“It’s disappointing that Dwight isn’t here,” Jeanie said. “I feel like we failed him.”The free agent center left  the Los Angeles Lakers and signed a four-year deal with the Houston Rockets worth $88 million.In February, longtime Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss died from cancer. His executive position and ownership passed to two of his children, Jeanie and Jim. Jeanie is in charge of business and Jim is in charge of basketball operations.“My brother ultimately makes the [basketball] decisions,” said Jeanie. “I defer and will continue to defer because that’s what my dad believed would be successful.”Jeanie let it be known that she would like to be more involved with the Lakers’ basketball decisions.“I would be more comfortable if I understood what the decision process was, and I’m not always involved in it,” she continued. “To be held accountable by the league and not have a seat at the table when decisions are made is hard.”Jeanie also said she believes her father might have had success persuading Howard to stay in LA. read more

Column Why Ohio State will beat Penn State

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in for a touchdown in the first quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State football team that lost to Oklahoma in the second week of the season would not beat Penn State Saturday afternoon. It would not even be a competitive game.But the Buckeye team that lost is not the same one that will take the field against the Nittany Lions. Ohio State has improved at every facet of the game over the past six weeks — besides special teams, of course — and will enter the game with a nice mix of momentum, health and energy, as it had last week off.Ohio State’s steady improvement begins with an offense that in the first couple games of the season looked anything but threatening, despite quarterback J.T. Barrett returning for his fifth year and the addition of heralded co-offensive coordinators Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day. Barrett completed just 19-of-35 passes for 183 yards and an interception against Oklahoma. Since that game, everything on offense changed, none of it happened overnight. With the next five games against overmatched opponents, the Buckeyes slowly added facets to their offense. Now, Ohio State enters its game against Penn State as an offense capable of hitting plays in the pass and run games. It has six receivers who have defined roles, two consistently productive running backs, two improving tight ends and a confident quarterback playing potentially the best football of his collegiate career.Head coach Urban Meyer praised the Nittany Lions’ defensive aggression. Last week, the unit, which averages the fourth-most sacks per game in the nation, sacked Michigan quarterback John O’Korn seven times. It will not have nearly as much success against an Ohio State line led by center Billy Price and left tackle Jamarco Jones. Last year, Penn State picked apart right tackle Isaiah Prince, pressuring Barrett throughout the game. But even he has looked substantially improved.Wilson and Day have had two weeks of rest, preparing to attack a defense buoyed by Thorpe Award semifinalists safety Marcus Allen and cornerback Grant Haley. On Wednesday, Meyer called Penn State’s defense the best in the country. With a month and a half of consistent improvement, Ohio State is ready for the task at hand, one they weren’t ready for early in the season.On the other side of the ball, Ohio State’s defensive line has the potential to make quarterback Trace McSorley’s night difficult. The dual-threat signal-caller combined with running back Saquon Barkley, tight end Mike Gesicki and a talented group of wideouts led by DaeSean Hamilton is one of the best skill position groups in the country. But to Penn State’s detriment, the offensive line is its weakness. That’s a problem when defensive ends Nick Bosa, Tyquan Lewis, Jalyn Holmes and Sam Hubbard are taking their turns rushing McSorley — or all rushing at once. If the Nittany Lion offensive line can give McSorley a chance to drop back and view the field, Penn State might be dangerous. What was Ohio State’s biggest weakness at the beginning of the year remains just that, as its defensive backfield has not impressed. In the last five games, teams have struggled to put up passing yardage, but that has happened due to their weak passing attacks rather than Ohio State’s marked improvement.The Buckeyes’ linebackers, led by Jerome Baker, can help cover Gesicki and Barkley. But if McSorley has time in the pocket or can escape pressure, as Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield did successfully, Ohio State could find itself in trouble.But that scenario will not happen. With two weeks to prepare for its opponent, a home game with a packed crowd and a team out for revenge, the seemingly loose Buckeyes are more than prepared for this top-10 matchup. After Ohio State’s victory at Nebraska, Lewis admitted he and his team had been looking forward to this game for weeks. It’s finally here.With Barrett at his peak and a defensive front menacing enough to make McSorley uncomfortable enough to get rid of the ball quicker than desired, Ohio State will cruise to a 45-31 victory, stunning those who believe this will be a close game and the people who picked Penn State to take down the lower ranked team. read more

Burger King announces plans to ban plastic toys from its childrens meals

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. Burger King will remove all plastic toys from its children’s meals in the UK from Thursday in order to tackle waste, as other fast food giants are urged to follow suit.McDonald’s announced it would be making a similar move, and will allow parents to “swap out” Happy Meal toys for a bag of fruit in selected stores.In early 2020, the chain will also run a trial of always offering customers a choice between a book and a plastic toy. Burger King’s move is set to reduce its plastic output by 320 tonnes annually and the fast food giant said  it was “spurred on” by Southampton sisters Ella and Caitlin McEwan’s petition against the use of plastic toys in children’s meals.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The Change.org petition, calling on Burger King and McDonald’s to “think of the environment and stop giving plastic toys with their kids meals”, has attracted half-a-million signatures.Burger King UK chief executive Alasdair Murdoch said: “We’re making a start. This is a step in the right direction.”If it makes other competitors move their practices forward, that can only be a good thing.”The chain is installing amnesty bins in every one of its restaurants across the UK where people can drop off any free plastic meal toys, including those given away with confectionery or within children’s magazines. The plastic will be transformed into new play areas and restaurant items including interactive trays.Fast food outlets have been working to reduce the plastic waste they generate.McDonald’s recently switched its straws from plastic to paper, removed the plastic lids of its McFlurry ice creams and has removed single-use plastic from salads – with all main meal and side salads now served in cardboard containers. Together these changes will reduce plastic waste by 1005 metric tonnes annually.Paul Pomroy, the CEO of McDonald’s UK and Ireland, said: “We care passionately about the environment, and we have a commitment to reducing plastic across our business – that includes the Happy Meal.”We recognise that some people may not want a plastic Happy Meal toy, but we also know that the gifts provide fun for many families and children. That’s why we’ll be running these trials, in order to give our customers a choice; they also can choose not to have a toy or gift at all.“We know that our Happy Meal is much loved by our customers so any changes need to be carefully considered.” read more

Barcas Victor Tomas out for one month

Barcelona will have to do without captain Victor Tomas who got injured in the last away game at Anaitasuna. The wing suffered broken right hand and the MRI says that he will be out for at least a month. He will be missing the beginning of the Champions League group stage and also some matches in the ASOBAL. He recently helped Barcelona win the IHF Super Globe in Doha, Qatar. balonmanoBarcelonahandballVictor Tomas ← Previous Story LNH (Round 2): Montpellier smash Chambery at home! Next Story → RK Vojvodina win Serbian Super Cup! read more

Samaras asks Putin to help lower gas prices

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has written to Russian President Vladimir Putin to ask for gas giant Gazprom to reduce the price at which it supplies Greece, which pays roughly 30 percent more than the European average for its natural gas.Sources said that in his letter, which was sent a few weeks ago, Samaras stressed the importance of energy prices in helping Greece become more competitive. Greece’s current contract with Gazprom runs through 2016.In January, the Russian company supplied Greece at a price of 35.34 euros per megawatt hour, which was the highest in Europe, when Bulgaria, which receives the second-dearest gas, was paying 29.94 euros. Samaras set the Bulgarian price as a benchmark, urging Gazprom to at least match the price it has agreed with Sofia.The Hellenic Union of Industrial Consumers of Energy (EBIKEN) says the price of natural gas for industry has increased by 80 percent over the last four years and that Greek firms pay 40 percent above the European average.Gazprom was expected to submit a successful bid for Greece’s natural gas firm DEPA in June but withdrew its interest at the last minute. The European Commission denied it played any role in deterring the Russians. The government is due to launch a new tender next year. It is not yet clear if Gazprom will renew its interest.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Greek teachers heading down under

first_imgAs Greeks affected by the economic crisis look again to Melbourne for a better life, many making the journey are teachers wishing to apply their experience down under.“It’s tragic the fact that many of the recent Greek migrants hold university degrees and have no other choice but to offer their services abroad.”But without a formal Australian teaching qualification, Greek language teaching appears to be the only immediate option.Manos Tzimpragos, education officer at the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) Language Schools, says that during the past sixteen months they have received about 30 applications.“In the past it was quite common that most of the positions in the schools were covered by people who didn’t necessarily have a teaching qualification, because there was a lack in qualified staff, but nowadays thanks to the influx from Greece we are very lucky to have qualified teachers,” Mr Tzimpragos tells Neos Kosmos.Colleague Maria Bakalidou, coordinator of GCM’s advanced campuses, says that for newcomers, after-hours language schools are the only option available for those holding only a Greek university degree.To be able to teach in Australian schools, teachers must hold a Diploma of Education which takes two years. Ms Bakalidou says most teachers seeking to emigrate are at the high school level.“Before I left Greece three years ago, there was still a high demand for primary school teachers, whereas the public sector was not able to absorb philologists, mathematics, physics teachers … and therefore the latter are more likely to think of migrating.”Vangelis Thanos, a 30-year old pre-school teacher, found himself unemployed after the closure of the private school in Ioannina where he was working. Six months after setting up home in Melbourne, he has already managed to land three jobs in after-hours Greek schools. “What played an important role is the fact that [Greek language teaching] is a discipline for which there is a great demand here. Compared to other newcomers that I’ve met it’s hard to find a job so quickly,” he says.For Despina Tsimitra, 34, leaving Greece was as an escape route from pessimism and misery. As the crisis escalated, she and her husband decided to leave Lesvos and come to Melbourne in early 2013 with their daughter.“I had stopped planning for the future. I couldn’t dream big,” says Mrs Tsimitra. “It’s tragic the fact that many of the recent Greek migrants hold university degrees and have no other choice but to offer their services abroad.”Mrs Tsimitra is a history and archaeology graduate. On her arrival in Australia, she began a diploma which opened the way to a career in children’s service. She also teaches at GCM’s Greek school.“When I first arrived I was looking for something that would make it easier for me to find a job. I don’t think my degree could be used as a qualification by itself somewhere, other than the Greek language school,” Mrs Tsimitra says.With enrolments increasing for GCM’s advanced Greek courses, the organisation has recently established two new campuses. With problems in the ancestral land, learning Greek is now on the rise down under. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more