Tostao: Brazil won’t deliberately harm Argentina

first_imgWorld Cup World Cup winner Tostao: Brazil won’t deliberately harm Argentina Dejan Kalinic 13:11 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MessiNeymar - Cropped Getty Images World Cup Brazil v Chile Ecuador v Argentina Brazil Ecuador Chile Argentina WC Qualification South America The former Brazil international believes his nation will want to win their final qualifier against Chile, even if it helps another rival Brazil will want to beat Chile even if it helps Argentina in World Cup qualifying, according to Tostao.Tite’s Brazil have already sealed a spot at Russia 2018 ahead of hosting Chile on the final matchday in CONMEBOL qualifying on Tuesday.The nation’s rivals, Argentina, are sixth – outside even the play-off spot – ahead of a trip to Ecuador, but a win would see them secure at least a top-five finish. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Tostao, a World Cup winner with Brazil in 1970, insisted Tite’s side would be desperate to beat Chile, who are also at risk of missing out.”The sports programs here in Brazil have talked a lot about that. They ask the question if we have to support Brazil or we must support for Argentina to miss the World Cup,” he told La Tercera.”The rivalry with Argentina is very big and everyone knows that, but I can say with certainty that Brazil isn’t thinking of helping Chile, or anything.”Brazil will play for Brazil. They want to win for them, but I think Tite can make one or two changes to test players.”Argentina (25 points) are sixth, but will rise above Colombia (26) or Peru (25) with a win – with the latter duo meeting in Lima.Chile (26 points) are third, behind Uruguay (28) and runaway group winners Brazil (38), while Paraguay (24) can also sneak in.last_img read more

Clearly, he’s a few steps ahead: Parupalli Kashyap on losing to Kento Momota in Korea Open semifinals

first_img India Today Web Desk IncheonSeptember 28, 2019UPDATED: September 28, 2019 22:24 IST IANS PhotoHIGHLIGHTSKashyap lost 13-21, 15-21 vs Momota in a match that lasted 40 minutesWith the win, the Japanese extended his overall lead against Kashyap to 3-0Kashyap was the only Indian left in the tournament after all the star shuttlers made early round exitsIndia’s campaign at the Korea Open Super 500 tournament came to an end on Saturday after Parupalli Kashyap’s loss in the men’s singles semi-finals against Kento Momota, who will face Taiwan’s Tien Chen Chou in the final on Sunday.Kashyap lost 13-21, 15-21 in a match that lasted 40 minutes at the Incheon Airport Skydome. With the win, the Japanese extended his overall lead against Kashyap to 3-0.After the match Kashyap took to social media to express his disappointment at the defeat but conceded that the world No.1 and 2-time world champion Momota was clearly the better shuttler in the match.”Happy with my performance the last two weeks at Korea open and China open. Lost to Kento Momota today. Tried hard to play a good level, clearly, he’s a few steps ahead right now.”Last week I had my chances to win against Anthony Ginting in China open. Happy with the progress. Thank you to the coaching and support staff,” Kashyap wrote on his Instagram page.Momota went into the first-game break with a four-point lead after Kashyap gave away some easy points and committed a number of unforced errors. Things did not turn in the Indian’s favour even after the break as Momota widened the lead to 14-8 and then to 17-10. Kashyap lost the first game 13-21.Kashyap, however, put up a great fight in the second game as he came back from 3-9 to pick three straight points and close in the gap to 7-9.At one point in the 2nd game, Kashyap looked better than Momota as he bagged 9 out of 11 points to equal the 2nd game to 12-all. However, Momota then went on to take 6 straight points from there after Kashyap’s usual errors popped back in the game.The world No. 1 then earned 6 match points. Kashyap saved one with a good smash but Momota did not allow another chance to the other Indian and sealed the match 21-13, 21-15 in 40 minutes.Also Read | Korea Open: Indian challenge ends as Parupalli Kashyap loses semi-final vs Kento MomotaAlso Read | Korea Open: Parupalli Kashyap beats Jan Jorgensen to advance to semi-finalsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Parupalli KashyapFollow Kento MomotaFollow Korea Open Super 500 Clearly, he’s a few steps ahead: Parupalli Kashyap on losing to Kento Momota in Korea Open semifinalsParupalli Kashyap lost 13-21, 15-21 against Kento Momota in a match that lasted 40 minutes at the Incheon Airport Skydome. With the win, the Japanese extended his overall lead against Kashyap to 3-0.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Cape Breton Celebrates African Heritage Month

first_imgAfrican Heritage Month kicks off in Cape Breton with two events designed to engage the whole family. Mayann Francis, lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia, is a guest at both events to help begin the month-long celebration. “Studying and celebrating the rich heritage of Canadians of African descent adds to our collective culture. It fills in gaps, deepens understanding and brings new voices to the national story,” said Lt.-Gov. Francis. She will be the special guest speaker at the first Celebration Gala dinner and dance, being held at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs partnered with the Menelik Hall Association to organize the event that sold out weeks ago. “The Celebration Gala will create an opportunity for individuals and communities to interact, for the African Nova Scotian community to be recognized for their contributions to the province, and to introduce other events scheduled during the month of February,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. A partnership with the African Nova Scotian Music Association helped secure Halifax-based rhythm and blues band Asia & Nu Gruv. Popular local band Spyder will also perform and the Inspirational Singers, a local choral group, will sing the black national anthem, Lift Every Voice. On Monday, Feb. 4, the lieutenant-governor will cut a ribbon to unveil a mural that students from Harbourside Elementary School in Sydney have completed. Under the direction of local artist Robin Martelly, in partnership with the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs, the school and the ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia program, the students have created a work of art that depicts the many cultures that make up the community of Whitney Pier. “The Whitney Pier community is one that is very rich in culture and ethnicity. The mural depicts all of the wonderful cultures, and it creates a template for the children to look at and relate to,” said Stephanie Black, vice-principal of Harbourside Elementary. For information on African Heritage Month and a list of events being held provincewide, please visit the African Nova Scotian Affairs website at www.gov.ns.ca/ansa or call the events line at 424-3482.last_img read more

Soninlaw arrested in connection with Garden Reach murder incident

first_imgKolkata: A youth was found murdered beside a drain near his residence at Shyamlal Lane under Garden Reach police station on Saturday morning. The police has arrested his son-in-law in connection with this.According to police sources, body of 35-year-old Mohammad Sultan was found with a stab wound on his left chest nipple. He was rushed to SSKM Hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police, during questioning of the family members of the deceased and their neighbours, learnt that there was a dispute between the two. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMoreover, 18-year-old Arshad who lived at the same address had fled the area and so the needle of suspicion was on him. The police soon tracked him down from another location of a relative by tracking his cell phone and brought him at Garden Reach police station for interrogation. After prolonged grilling, he admitted his crime and was arrested. He will be produced at Alipore Court on Sunday. Police sources said Arshad bore an old grudge against the victim over some family dispute. In the morning, when the latter ventured out, he followed him with a sharp cutting instrument and inflicted multiple stab injuries on his chest. He died on the spot.last_img read more

THE TORONTO SYMPHONY AND ROYAL CONSERVATORY OFFER BACH BEETHOVEN AND BEYOND IN

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement The classical music world loves anniversaries, so we can anticipate getting up close and personal with Ludwig van Beethoven in 2020.That’s the word from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Conservatory of Music, which unwrapped their 2019-20 seasons this week. Beethoven’s name features prominently in both, from the best known works to some obscure ones. That’s what you get for turning 250.There’s much more than Beethoven, of course. Both organizations announced offerings that satisfy cravings for music beyond the classical canon. Advertisement Login/Register With: Gustavo Gimeno will conduct Chinese piano sensation Yuja Wang in an all-Brahms program with the TSO in April 2020. (JULIA WESELY) Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Grains higher livestock mixed

CHICAGO — Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for May delivery was up 1 cent at $4.5860 a bushel; May corn gained 3 cents at $3.7240 a bushel; May oats rose 3 cents at $2.76 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 4.2 cents at 9.0440 a bushel.Beef was mixed and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Apr. live cattle was off .08 cent at $1.2902 a pound; Mar. feeder cattle was up 1 cent at $1.4222 a pound; Apr. lean hogs rose 4.17 cents at .7612 a pound.The Associated Press read more

Dog owners warned to keep pets away from conkers because undersized crop

Dog owners have been warned that this autumn’s crop of smaller conkers poses a higher risk to their pets than in previous years.Conkers are hazardous for dogs because they can block airways, leading to asphyxiation and they also contain a chemical called aesculin, which is toxic to dogs and can cause internal damage if ingested.With conkers much smaller in size this year due to the summer heatwave leaving the chestnuts shrivelled, the risk to canines is greater and vets have warned dog owners to be particularly alert.Zoe Edwards, Head of Animal Welfare at Mayhew, an animal welfare charity said: “Conkers pose a real risk to dogs as their round, hard shape can easily block airways and get stuck in dogs throats, leading to potentially fatal choking. “This Autumn in particular has brought an influx of smaller conkers, and so more dogs than ever face yet another conker related danger – being poisoned from swallowing their more digestible size. “Conkers are toxic to dogs, so please keep a close eye on your pet whilst out for a walk, and make sure to seek immediate advice from a vet if you suspect your dog has eaten or ingested a conker – however large or small.”Alison Thomas, senior vet at Blue Cross, treated a Staffordshire Bull Terrier that was rushed into the pet charity’s animal hospital in Victoria, London, with severe vomiting and diarrhoea by the dog’s owner.“The dog was clearly very unwell,” she said. “The vomit contained chewed up conkers. Knowing conkers can irritate the gastrointestinal tract we put the dog on a drip and provided him with pain relief and medication to ease the vomiting. We also found an obstruction in the intestines from an intact conker which required surgery to remove. Following this the dog made a good recovery.“Although cases seen here at Blue Cross of dogs eating conkers are rare, we would always advise all dog owners, whatever the season, to stop their dogs from eating things off the floor when out on walks” 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. read more

Red House lease challenge Another conservatory order granted

The red houseThe Opposition People’s Progress Party has managed to secure from the High Court two conservatory orders blocking the State from ejecting the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre (CJRC) from the Red House in Kingston, Georgetown.Acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, on Wednesday overruled every submission made by Attorney General Basil Williams, and refused his request that the CJRC case be dismissed.The Chief Justice upheld submissions made by Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall on behalf of the CJRC: that there are serious issues to be tried, and those cannot be determined at the interlocutory stage.Attorney General Basil Williams, SC, in a release from his Chamber outlined several of those issues as “(i) Whether the President has immunity for his acts done in performance of his functions? (ii) Whether officials acting for and in the name of the President are likewise immune from orders of Court? (ii) Whether Red House gazetted as a National Monument and heritage site could be leased by the Commissioner of Lands and Surveys to the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre Inc. (CJRCI) without the permission of the Minister of Education. (iv) Whether President Jagdeo or Ramotar sanctioned the purported lease of Red House to the CJRCI. (v) Whether the failure of the CJRCI to advertise in the official gazette in the manner of executing a Transport, the purported lease of 99 years to the CJRCI, renders the lease invalid, ineffectual and incapable of being pleaded in a Court of Law. (vi) Whether such a lease of 99 years ought not to have been filed in the Deeds Registry as a matter of record and annotated by the registrar as is required by the Deeds Registry Act. (vii) Whether the claim of constitutional breaches ought not to be supported with particulars and facts in the Application by CJRCI.”Attorney Nandlall later disclosed that the interlocutory conservatory orders were granted to preserve the status quo pending the hearing and determination of the principal matter.He said the first order has to do with preventing or restraining the defendants, their servants and/or agents, or any other officer of the Government or the State of Guyana from ejecting or evicting the plaintiff, its servants and/or agents from the property.And the second order prevents or restrains the respondents, their servants and/or agents, or any other officer of the Government or the State of Guyana from removing any documents, photographs, artifacts, souvenirs, furniture, fixtures and fittings, appliances, or any other movable property from the premises.Nandlall said these proceedings were originally heard by Justice Yonnette Cummings-Edwards when she was acting in the capacity of Chief Justice, and she had rejected the preliminary argument of the Attorney General: that the court did not have jurisdiction to hear those proceedings.Nandall claimed that during Wednesday’s hearing, Williams had again attempted to mislead the court by insisting that the CJRC was no longer in possession of the Red House, and that the Government is in possession of the property.Nandlall further said the Chief Justice has directed the plaintiff to file a Statement of Claim within 21 days, and has directed the defendants to file their response within 21 days thereafter. The plaintiff was further directed to file a reply, if necessary, within 14 days, and the matter was ordered to take its normal course.Nandlall said the CJRC was also ordered to pay to the Commissioner of Lands and Surveys costs previously imposed by the Court but not as yet paid.Attorney General Basil Williams had earlier this year expressed an opinion that the Red House lease was invalid and could not be pleaded in any court of justice. He had argued that the case should have been thrown out because the applicants had failed to make full and frank disclosures before the court.But Nandlall, in response, had noted that the Attorney General’s arguments were premature at that stage; and he had also accused the AG of pressuring the Chief Justice by signifying on several occasions that the President has a special interest in the Red House proceedings.Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, then acting Chief Justice, had said that while the President was immune from the proceedings, his actions were not. This had clarified the reiterated contention that the President’s actions could not be prosecuted.President David Granger had, last year, given the occupants of the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre 48 hours to vacate the premises, a directive which Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo had described as “unconscionable and vindictive”. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedActing Chief Justice to rule on Red House lease challengeNovember 1, 2018In “Court”Former President Ramotar to testify in Red House lease challengeSeptember 28, 2018In “Court”AG presents case to strike out Red House matterFebruary 20, 2017In “Court” read more

Great cheap accessories for your new phone watch game console and more

first_img Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See it Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? The Phone Strap helps you keep a better grip on your phone. It’s dirt-cheap drop protection! Loop Did you score an awesome new toy during the holidays? Let’s talk about some accessories you might want to add — and some surprisingly cheap ones at that. You got a new phonespeck-stay-clear-iphone-xrDon’t overpay for a phone case; anything over $10-15 is probably too much. Sarah Tew/CNET It doesn’t matter if you spent $200 or $1,200 — the first order of business is a case. Because, let’s face it, gravity happens. Here’s what you shouldn’t do: Buy an expensive case from Apple, AT&T, Verizon or some other retailer. You may have bought your phone there, but cases are best sourced elsewhere.My advice: Hit up Amazon and Ebay. Just search for cases for your phone model and you’ll find a dizzying array of choices. Hard cases, soft cases, clear ones, colored ones and so on. Even better, you’ll find lots of them priced around $10-15 — much better than the $30-50 you’re likely to pay in store.Read more: iPhone XR cases: 4 cheap alternatives to Apple’s $40 oneOf course, putting your phone in a case doesn’t guarantee 100-percent protection against pavement encounters. The best protection is not dropping your phone in the first place, which is why I continue to champion Phone Straps (formerly Ninja Loops).See it at Phone LoopsA mere $5 buys you a stylish strap that attaches to just about any phone case. Once you get accustomed to sliding your fingers underneath it, you’ll find it much easier to grip your phone — and you’ll be much less likely to drop it.This remains one of my all-time favorite products. It makes a great gift, too, which is why you should buy at least three (which bags you free shipping).You got a Nintendo SwitchSwitch deals were everywhere this year — and often quite fleeting. Now that you have the console, though, you might want to consider a couple accessories — starting with a mobile charger.The Switch relies on a USB-C input, though you don’t necessarily need a power bank that has a USB-C output. Those tend to cost a bit more, though they have the advantage of recharging your console more quickly than a standard 5V USB-A port.omars-power-bankThis Switch-friendly mobile chargers is a very good deal at $23. Omars Here’s a good option: The Omars 10,000-mAh Power Bank for $22.99 (minus a 5-percent coupon you can click to add). It features USB-A and USB-C outputs, the latter featuring 18-watt Power Delivery (PD) for fast Switch charging.See it at AmazonA lot of similar chargers sell for around $40, so this is definitely worth a look.You got an Apple WatchWith the Series 3 selling for as low as $199 during holiday and pre-holiday sales, it’s no surprise that most stores sold out. Here’s hoping you didn’t also buy an extra watchband, because the Apple Store and other retailers charge a hefty premium for them.orobay-milanese-loop-for-apple-watchApple’s version of this lovely watch band: $150. Amazon seller Orobay’s version: $11. Orobay How hefty? If you want a fancy Milanese Loop (a great way to dress up the watch, no question), be prepared to spend $149 (!) for Apple’s version. Nuts, right? Try this instead: Amazon seller Orobay offers a compatible Milanese Loop stainless-steel band for $11. No, I didn’t leave off a zero — 11 bucks.See it at AmazonI’ve tried a couple of these over the years; they’re great. Similarly, Apple Watch sport bands and other options can be had just as cheap (or cheaper) from Amazon and Ebay — and you’ll find considerably more styles than the handful available at retail.Read more: Great cheap accessories for your Apple WatchYou got Bose QuietComfort 25 headphonestranesca-bluetooth-adapter-for-bose-quietcomfort-25 Tranesca There were some killer QC25 deals during the holidays, so there’s no question this headphone ended up under a lot of trees.You can make it even better by adding a Bluetooth adapter, which effectively turns your QC25 into the already-wireless QC35.There are a number of virtually identical adapters designed specifically for the Bose, meaning they plug into one of the earcups and “hug” it underneath, so you barely know it’s there.Most of the sell for $50-60, but the best deal right now is this Tranesca adapter for $29.95. (Actually, it’s the best deal I’ve ever seen. These rarely drop below $40.)See it at AmazonYou got an Echo DotDuring the holidays, the second-gen Dot was an amazing deal at $20, while the third-gen was arguably even more amazing at $24 (because it’s the current model).The latter offers better sound than its predecessor, but both Dots are pretty weak overall. To really make the most of either one, consider pairing it with a bigger, better speaker.fluance-fi50-three-colors.jpgPictures don’t quite do Fluance speakers justice. They look way better in person. Fluance Obviously there are countless choices out there — just make sure the Bluetooth speaker you choose doesn’t automatically shut off after a period of inactivity. (That problem tends to affect certain portable ones.)One option I particularly like is the Fluance Fi50, a robust bookshelf speaker with a retro design. It originally sold for $200, but you can get one now for $100.See it at FluanceA less expensive upgrade (for the second-gen Dot, anyway): Ninety7’s Vaux is a Dot speaker dock that also adds a rechargeable battery so you can easily move it around the house. It’s currently on sale for $24.95 with code VAUXCNET.See it at Ninety7You got a Fire TV or Roku streamerThe best accessory for your new streaming box or stick? Bluetooth headphones, so you can enjoy killer TV audio without disturbing your roommates. (I also find headphones indispensable when I’m exercising on a treadmill or elliptical, as I can actually hear the TV without having to blast the volume.)You can pair Bluetooth headphones to your Fire TV or use Roku’s Private Listening feature with the headphones paired to your phone.Here’s the thing: TV audio isn’t the same as music, so you don’t necessarily need fancy high-end headphones. I mean, they’re fine, but I’ve used super-cheap ones and been perfectly satisfied with the sound quality.My advice: Check out CNET’s roundup of the best budget headphones for 2018.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Amazon AT&T Bluetooth Bose Roku Verizon Nintendo Apple Bose QuietComfort 25 The Cheapskate Tags Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 24 Apple Wearable Tech Smart Home Mobile Accessories Headphones Wireless & Bluetooth Speakerscenter_img Comments $129 • See All Review • Bose QuietComfort 25 review: The best noise-canceling headphones get better reading • Great cheap accessories for your new phone, watch, game console and more Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Mentioned Above Bose QuietComfort 25 (Black) Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • Bose QuietComfort 25: New noise-canceling headphone gets a totally new designlast_img read more

Turkey shares Khashoggi recordings with Saudi US

first_imgJamal Khashoggi.File PhotoTurkey has shared recordings linked to the murder last month of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with Riyadh, Washington and other capitals, president Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday.”We gave the recordings, we gave them to Saudi Arabia, we gave them to Washington, to the Germans, to the French, to the English,” he said in a televised speech.”They listened to the conversations which took place here, they know”, he said. Officials added that no written documents had been shared.Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate on 2 October to obtain documents for his forthcoming marriage.After repeated denials, Saudi Arabia finally admitted the 59-year-old had been murdered at the mission in a “rogue” operation.However, Erdogan has accused the “highest levels” of the Saudi government with ordering the hit, while some officials have pointed the finger at the all-powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.Some Turkish media and officials have said Ankara possessed an audio recording of the murder and it had shared it with the head of the CIA Gina Haspel when she visited Turkey in late October.But the existence of such a recording has not been officially confirmed.Khashoggi’s body has never been found, more than a month after he was killed.An advisor to Erdogan, Yasin Aktay, suggested last week that the body may have been dissolved in acid.Erdogan was speaking before flying to Paris to attend commemorations marking the anniversary of the end of World War I.last_img read more

Bayou Project Moves Forward Though Some Still Dont Like It

first_img 00:00 /01:13 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Travis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaA view of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston skylineA Buffalo Bayou repair project is moving forward. This week, a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was finalized for the six billion dollar plan, but some still think it’s a bad idea.Heated debates about the bayou aren’t exactly new. At a recent event honoring the late Houston conservation icon Terry Hershey, Mayor Sylvester Turner talked about her efforts to preserve the bayou’s green spaces decades ago.“Some people were coming in, wanting to put cement down, kinda straighten out the meanders and all of that,” he said. “Terry Hershey said no, that’s not going to happen, that’s not going to take place, and it didn’t happen.”Still, the debate over how to keep the bayou green isn’t over. The latest example is the Memorial Park Demonstration Project. It aims to fix increased erosion along a stretch of the Bayou that the local flood district says is caused by increased urbanization and other factors.They would need to do some careful re-channeling, which the district says would return this stretch to a more “natural state.” The Bayou Preservation Association supports the project, but another conservation group doesn’t.“Rivers erode,” says Susan Chadwick with Save Buffalo Bayou. “It’s part of the natural process.”The group says the project would destroy this part of the bayou and that it should be left alone. The Army Corps permit isn’t the project’s last step, and the debate’s likely to continue. The district says it could take about a year to finish when started. Listen X Sharelast_img read more

More Standardized Testing Woes In Texas A HoustonArea High School Says Over

first_imgiStock.comA couple of weeks after Texas penalized its main testing vendor over glitches with thousands of standardized tests, another potential testing mishap is under investigation after more than 100 students in a high-performing Houston-area high school received zeros on their English essays.Valerie Vogt, chief academic officer at Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, said she was confused this spring when about 157 students at George Ranch High School, which generally performs higher than state average on standardized tests, received zeros on their English 1 and English 2 essays. In the other four high schools in the district, just 10 or fewer students received zeros on the essays.“There’s definitely something wrong,” she said.District officials argue the problem lies with New Jersey-based Educational Testing Service, the company that administers and scores the tests, and does not reflect the performance of the high school’s freshmen and sophomores. ETS and the Texas Education Agency are investigating the issue and could not say Thursday when they expected it to be resolved.TEA spokesperson DeEtta Culbertson said Thursday that students can receive a score of zero on their essays if the page is blank or if the paper is off-topic, illegible or written in any language other than English.Culbertson also confirmed Thursday that the agency is investigating a similar issue in Edna ISD, near Victoria.ETS spokesperson Tom Ewing said the people who score the handwritten essays have extensive training and that the company works hard to make sure the response process is “consistent and fair for all students.”In 2016, Lewisville ISD in North Texas experienced a similar problem, with dozens of essays wrongly given a score of zero — one of many logistical errors ETS made with scoring results and online testing that year, resulting in a $5.7 million financial penalty.Vogt said a Lamar CISD teacher with experience scoring state English tests looked over the test booklets of students who received zeros. Those essays didn’t differ much in quality from essays that received higher grades, she said.She said most of the students affected by the potential glitch otherwise did well on the tests and the essay scores will not affect whether they can graduate. But the district might get a bump down in its state ratings, which are largely based on standardized tests, with the scores erroneously showing that students did not progress compared to last year.“It’ll be a huge impact,” Vogt said. Last month, the TEA levied a $100,000 penalty against ETS after tens of thousands of Texas students were kicked out of the testing software or encountered connection problems when taking computerized tests in April and May. The agency also announced it would throw out the scores of students who experienced those glitches and reduce their effect on state accountability ratings for schools and districts.“We are committed to ensuring a similar event will not occur in the future and there will be a positive testing experience across the state,” Ewing said in a written statement after the penalty was announced.Disclosure: Educational Testing Service has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Sharelast_img read more

Facebook Confirms DataSharing Partnerships With Chinese Companies

first_imgStay on target ‘Storm Loch Ness’ Joke Facebook Event Aims to Spot Folklore ‘Monster’Nearly 300K Alien Fans Sign Up to ‘Raid Area 51’ for Joke Facebook Event Following reports of shady data-sharing tactics, Facebook on Tuesday confirmed partnerships that gave Chinese firms access to user information without explicit consent.Deals with at least four Chinese companies, including leading smartphone maker Huawei, permitted the use of popular features to build social media experiences on their own platforms.But more than messaging algorithms and “like” buttons, Facebook allegedly released personal information—even after promising it would end such practices.Huawei, computer maker Lenovo, and smartphone manufacturers OPPO and TCL were among 60 global companies to receive unauthorized user data after enlisting with Facebook.First reported Sunday by The New York Times, these dodgy practices quickly piqued the interest of the U.S. government.“The news that Facebook provided privileged access to Facebook’s API to Chinese device makers like Huawei and TCL raises legitimate concerns,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), said in a statement published by Reuters.“I look forward to learning more about how Facebook ensured that information about their users was not sent to Chinese servers,” he added.The social network has justified its agreements, asserting that contracts “strictly limited” the use of data; officials claimed they were unaware of any cases in which information was misused.An unnamed Facebook exec told Reuters that the company carefully managed the access it gave Chinese companies.“Facebook, along with many other U.S. tech companies, [has] worked with them and other Chinese manufacturers to integrate their services onto these phones,” Francisco Varela, vice president of mobile partnerships for Facebook, said in a statement.“Facebook’s integrations with Huawei, Lenovo, OPPO, and TCL were controlled from the get-go,” he continued. “And we approved the Facebook experiences these companies built.”Varela assured users that “all the information from these integrations with Huawei was stored on the device, not on Huawei’s servers.”Ime Archibong, vice president of product partnerships, echoed that declaration, writing in a Sunday blog post that partners “signed agreements that prevented people’s Facebook information from being used for any other purpose than to recreate Facebook-like experiences.”“Contrary to claims by The New York Times,” he explained, “friends’ information, like photos, was only accessible on devices when people made a decision to share their information with those friends. We are not aware of any abuse by these companies.”Since the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has shuttered some 22 partnerships that were “no longer needed” to serve users.“Like all leading smartphone providers, Huawei worked with Facebook to make Facebook’s services more convenient for users,” a spokeswoman said in a statement to Geek. “Huawei has never collected or stored any Facebook user data.”Facebook, Lenovo, OPPO, and TCL did not immediately responded to Geek’s request for comment.Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, meanwhile, is in high demand: The Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday demanded he respond to the Times‘ weekend report.Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and (D-FL) also wrote to the young CEO, Reuters reported; they asked whether Facebook audited partnerships with device manufacturers under a 2011 consent order with the Federal Trade Commission.The letter also inquired whether Zuckerberg wanted to revise his April testimony before the Senate—when he answered questions about the company’s mishandling of data.Facebook said it looks forward to addressing any questions the Commerce Committee has, according to Reuters.Among the 60 companies mentioned by the Times are “many household names,” Archibong said, such as Amazon, Apple, Blackberry, HTC, Microsoft, and Samsung.Editor’s Note: This article was updated on June 7 with comment from Huawei.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

5 Industries Likely to Be Disrupted by Blockchain

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. In 2018, everyone seems to have a Bitcoin story. Remember that guy you read about who became a millionaire overnight? But the Bitcoin story is much more significant than this. Blockchain, the technology underlying and enabling Bitcoin, has the unique ability to change the world. Blockchain is an open, distributed database of transactions — think of it as an unhackable digital accounting book — and it has endless possibilities for making everything we do more secure, efficient and quick.Related: 4 Everyday Industries Blockchain Technology Is Changing1. Energy grids.What if you could replace America’s ancient, crumbling energy grids with automatically executing, efficient, green and affordable energy systems that could withstand the ravages of hurricanes and other climate change-triggered extreme weather events? Blockchain offers a path to that future. Already, in Brooklyn and in neighborhoods around the country, innovators are experimenting with blockchain-enabled smart grids that allow anyone with a solar panel to buy and sell energy, executed using automated “smart contracts” based on data gathered through smart meters installed in homes. All transactions all verified and secured by blockchain, and no middleman utility company is needed — cutting prices and increasing efficiency.2. Real estate.Anyone who’s ever purchased a home knows how many steps — and how much of a headache — that process entails. But blockchain offers the potential for doing the whole thing online, securely, and all at once. Sellers could securely transfer over the title and deed, while buyers would send money via cryptocurrency. Blockchain would also provide a way to send property records to the appropriate government agencies. I asked Rawad Rifai, cofounder of Taurus0x, exactly how blockchain applications impact real estate, and he responded, “Blockchain’s applications in real estate speak to the heart of the technology, its unparalleled and revolutionary potential to conduct instantaneous and completely secure transactions,” said Rifai. “There’s no reason this could not be expanded to retail, entertainment, tourism or any of our day-to-day transactions.”Related: How Blockchain Will Help Small Businesses Challenge Even the Largest Rivals3. Healthcare.Blockchain could create a future in which all our health data — doctor visit records, prescriptions, emergency room visits, shots, X-rays and insurance data — is secured and can be easily shared from doctor to doctor. Nearly everyone changes doctors throughout their lifetime. Imagine having a seamless network of secured records that would ensure that your information travels with you, from birth to end of life.This system could also save your life. Emergency room doctors could be authorized to access your information about allergies, blood type, and even genetic information, to make informed decisions about your care if you were incapacitated and unable to communicate. This system could also be revolutionary in improving health outcomes in developing countries that do not currently have a centralized or digitized health record database. Earlier this year, five healthcare groups started a pilot program surrounding blockchain and its uses in healthcare.4. Transportation.Blockchain could create the potential for the Internet of Things–enabled smart cities. Street signs, traffic lights, cars and other moving and static objects would be embedded with sensors, which would collect and send data to a system that would reroute buses, trams, emergency vehicles and other municipal vehicles to find the quickest routes and avoid traffic. The end result? Less congestion, faster commutes and lower carbon emissions. Blockchain-secured sensor data could also help drivers find open parking spots or charging terminals, pay traffic tickets, and report car crashes or maintenance issues. Related: 12 Startups Utilizing Blockchain Technology in New Ways5. Education.As demand for MOOCs and distance education grows, we need a better system to verify graduates’ educational records. Blockchain could essentially act as a notary, ensuring that people can’t forge diplomas and fool prospective employers. Transcripts, diplomas and certificates could all be secured and stored by blockchain and could be easily sent out to employers and other academic institutions. This would help boost the credentials and reputation of nontraditional educational organizations, and help employers ensure they are hiring the right person for the job. Many industries will feel the positive impact of blockchain. Some will move faster than others, but many industries will eventually need blockchain. The future is wide open, and the opportunities are endless. The most difficult part about blockchain won’t be growth; it will be human adaptation and the ability to hire great tech talent for these new companies. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global June 19, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Celebrating 4 decades of IFP

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite IFP councillors and members held ‘40-Year Birthday Celebrations’ at the Burford Hall on December 16.The hall was packed with young and old, ready to celebrate four decades of the IFP. Mrs Sithembile Cele from Ward 14 addressed the crowd, especially the youth, and encouraged them to participate in youth activities in the area.There were many gifts and blankets as giveaways. Drinks and snacks were also provided.A scrumptious lunch was served to all after the well-organised programme.last_img read more

Defected Syrian general will be conduit for US military aid to rebels

first_imgNo related posts. BEIRUT — A mild-mannered Syrian general who taught at a military academy before he defected last year is poised to play a key role in shaping the outcome of Syria’s war now that the United States has said it will provide direct military assistance to the rebels.Gen. Salim Idriss, 56, heads the Supreme Military Council of the fragmented Free Syrian Army, and the Obama administration has anointed him as the sole conduit of weapons to the rebels, whether supplied by the United States or by allies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which have already been sending arms.The United States still has not committed to providing any weaponry, Idriss said Sunday in a phone interview from the Turkish capital, Ankara, after two days of talks with U.S. officials over what form the unspecified military assistance announced last week would take.He urged the United States to move swiftly on the arms deliveries before opposition fighters suffer further setbacks on the battlefield.“We need help. I can tell you very clearly, very urgently, we need it as soon as possible,” he said in the interview before heading back to his headquarters in the northern Syrian province of Idlib.Recent advances by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have been facilitated by his allies Iran and Russia, which are providing vast quantities of arms and ammunition to prop up Syrian government forces, Idriss said. Fighters from the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah movement are bolstering the ranks of Assad’s conventional army, which is weary from more than two years of battling the rebellion.“We need to make a balance, and we need the help of our friends,” Idriss said. “The regime is supported by its friends, but our friends have been waiting. It makes the situation very difficult.”U.S. officials have not spelled out how far the Obama administration is prepared to go in aiding the rebels. But Washington’s policy reversal is resonating across a region that had grown accustomed to the idea that the United States would not intervene in the conflict.In comments carried by state media, the Assad government on Sunday attacked as “irresponsible” a decision by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to sever diplomatic relations with Syria; Morsi also called Saturday for the institution of a no-fly zone. Jordan’s King Abdullah II promised “necessary measures to protect our country and people’s interests” after the Pentagon announced that the U.S. military would leave behind a squadron of F-16 fighter jets and a battery of Patriot missiles after military exercises in the kingdom conclude this week, stirring speculation that a no-fly zone is being prepared.Idriss said the U.S. officials he met with told him that a no-fly zone would be “very difficult” and indicated that they were not prepared to contemplate imposing one. He said he also gave them a list of items the rebels need, including ammunition and guns, as well as the antitank and antiaircraft weapons that opposition fighters have long sought to defeat the Syrian government’s superior forces.A threatened regime offensive against opposition-held portions of the northern city of Aleppo has spurred concerns that the outgunned rebels could be on the brink of further defeats, after the capture of the strategically significant town of Qusair in Homs province this month.Just as significantly, U.S. officials hope that channeling weapons through the Idriss-led council also will help reverse the accelerating influence of anti-Assad Islamist extremists, who have benefited from private donations by wealthy Arabs in return for a commitment to Islamist goals.As a moderate who received his military training in what was then East Germany and who speaks English, German and Arabic, Idriss has won the trust of the West since being appointed head of the rebel military council in December. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., met with him during a brief foray into Syria last month and said in a statement, “General Idriss and his fighters share many of our interests and values.”Idriss said that 80,000 rebels answer to his command and that he had offered assurances to U.S. officials that any American aid channeled through him would not find its way to extremists.“There is no danger the weapons we may receive from our friends will go to the wrong groups,” he said.However, there are questions about how much real authority Idriss wields over the chaotic rebel force, which consists of hundreds of loosely organized fighting units that answer to no one other than their local commanders.Idriss was selected to lead the Supreme Military Council “in part due to his ability to serve as a ‘diplomat’ for the council … and for his personal relationships to foreign officials,” wrote Elizabeth O’Bagy of the Institute for the Study of War in a March report. “He was not chosen because of his command of significant ground forces or operational effectiveness.”That could change if sufficient quantities of weapons and funds are channeled his way, according to Idriss. “It is very simple,” he said. “Just help us and we can end this very quickly. Just give us weapons and we will take care of everything.”© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Merkel party took BMW money before emissions call

first_img How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Just days earlier, Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union had received 690,000 euros ($935,900) from Susanne Klatten, her mother Johanna Quandt and brother Stefan Quandt. The Quandt family holds almost half of the shares in the Munich-based BMW, whose luxury cars on average emit well over the proposed limit of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.Merkel’s party insisted there was no link between donation and the pressure that her government put on other European countries to hold off on the emissions deal.“The Quandt family has supported the CDU with private donations for many years, independently of whether the CDU was part of the government or in opposition,” the party said in a statement.The opposition Left Party noted that the decision to block the new emissions rules would directly benefit German automakers such as Daimler, Volkswagen and BMW.“The suspicion that this corporation bought itself a favorable policy is hard to dismiss,” it said.The auto industry and its suppliers employ some 740,000 people in Germany.The Green Party, which is one of two parties holding talks with the CDU to form a coalition government following last month’s election, also criticized the donation, saying it harmed Germany’s image abroad. Top holiday drink recipes BERLIN (AP) – Germany blocked the introduction of tougher European Union emissions rules for cars shortly after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party received a large donation from three major BMW shareholders, according to newly released parliamentary records.Opposition parties on Tuesday cited the donation as evidence of an uncomfortably close relationship between Merkel and German automakers.Following weeks of German lobbying, the environment ministers of the EU’s 28 nations agreed Monday to seek further tweaks to the proposed emissions rules that come into force in 2020. Top Stories In a compromise deal in June, national EU governments and the European Parliament agreed to force carmakers to further slash their average carbon dioxide emissions from a 2015 target of 135 grams.Germany wants to delay the introduction of the new emissions limit until 2024.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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