India at Asiad: No gold but lot of silver linings in track-and-field

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh and Bharat Sharma Jakarta/Palembang, Aug 26 (PTI) Hima Das shone the brightest with a brand new record to her name, Muhammed Anas did enough to hold on to his status of a regional force and Dutee Chand won another battle of relevance on a jinx-breaking day for India at the Asian Games. It was a day when India counted the silvers, a total of five, even though there was no gold in the tally. The country took the ninth spot in the overall standings with 36 to its credit, including seven gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze medals. The 18-year-old Hima shattered the 400m national record for a second time in two days for her silver while Anas grabbed the second place in the same event for men today. Dutee, for long haunted by the gender dispute case that she eventually won, dug her heels for a silver in the women’s 100m in a remarkable photo-finish. The silver medals from Hima and Anas were on expected lines as the gold winners in their respective events were outright pre-race favourites. Hima clocked 50.59 seconds to win the silver, while Asian champion Anas clocked 45.69 seconds in his 400m final. Dutee turned in a timing of 11.32sec. There was major heartbreak too as long distance runner Govindan Lakshmanan crossed the finishing line at third in the men’s 10,000m race but was later disqualified for violating IAAF 163.3b rule on lane infringement. He was initially shown to have clocked 29:44.91. If Hima, Anas and Dutee were the undisputed stars on the track, the equestrian team turned out to be the surprise package of the day, bagging a couple of silver medals in the eventing competition.advertisement Fouaad Mirza became the first Indian to win an Asian Games individual equestrian medal since 1982 besides guiding the country to a second-place finish in the team competition. Mirza won the silver medal in individual jumping with a score of 26.40, while Japan’s Oiwa Yoshiaki clinched the gold with a score of 22.70. The Indian team, comprising Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik and Jitender Singh apart from Mirza, also claimed the silver with a score of 121.30, the feats coming days after their last-minute arrival owing to infighting in the Equestrian Federation of India. The debut sport of bridge than gave India a couple of bronze medals — in the men’s team and the mixed team events. India were also assured of at least two silver medals from archery after the men’s and women’s compound teams advanced to the final by prevailing over Chinese Tapiei in both the semifinals. The Indian men are the defending champions and they lived up to their reputation by getting the better of Chinese Taipei 230-227 in an edge-of-the-seat semifinal. The trio of Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini and Rajat Chauhan were slow to get off the blocks before getting their act together to prevail 57-57, 56-57, 55-58, 59-58 in the four-set encounter. The Indian men will play powerhouse South Korea in a repeat of the 2014 Incheon Asiad title clash. Earlier in the day, the Indian women’s compound team bettered its previous edition’s performance by entering the summit clash, where it will also face South Korea. The team, comprising Jyothi Surekha, Madhumita Kumari and Muskan Kira, too, edged out Chinese Taipei 225-222 in another thrilling . Among other good results, India’s defending champion men’s hockey team continued its unbeaten run and beat South Korea 5-3 in a pool match to storm into the semi-finals. India scored through Rupinder Pal Singh (1st minute), Chinglensana Singh (4th), Lalit Upadhyay (15th), Manpreet Singh (49th) and Akashdeep Singh (55th), while Korea’s goals came from the sticks of Manjae Jung (33rd, 35th) and Jonghyun Jang (59th). On the badminton court, Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal headed for a gold medal showdown after their quarterfinal victories ensured India’s first ever women’s singles medals at the continental event. First it was Saina, who locked at least a bronze following a 21-18 21-16 win over world number five Ratchanok Intanon in a 42-minute quarterfinal. Sindhu then fought past world number 12 Nitchaon Jindapol 21-11 16-21 21-14 in the other quarterfinal. However, the golfers finished seventh at the men’s team event. India, who were second and in contention for a medal at the halfway stage of the tournament, came a cropper on the third day when none of the four players could register a sub-par round. The same happened on the final day and it was curtains for them. India’s shooting campaign at the Games also ended on a disappointing note after four skeet participants failed to qualify for the finals in Palembang.advertisement Sheeraz Sheikh and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa finished 13th and 14th respectively on day two of the qualification, failing to make the finals with scores of 120 and 119. It was a day of mixed fortunes in boxing as former world silver-medallist Sarjubala Devi advanced to the quarterfinals but Manoj Kumar and Shiva Thapa went out after pre-quarterfinal losses. Sarjubala, competing in the flyweight 51kg category, defeated Tajikistan’s Madina Ghaforova 5-0. Manoj went out after being bested by Kyrgyzstan’s Abdurakhman Abdurakhamanov in the welterweight 69kg category, while Shiva spent less than a minute in the ring before referee stopped the contest in favour of China’s Jun Shan in the lightweight 60kg category. PTI AT/BS PM AHlast_img read more

SpiceJet to declare Q3 results on February 14

first_imgSpiceJet, the Ajay Singh-owned budget airline, will be declaring its December 2016 quarter (Q3) results next week. Jet Airways and Interglobe Aviation, owner of IndiGo, have already announced their Q3 financial performance, reporting a fall in net profit due to weak pricing and high fuel costs.”Spicejet Ltd has informed BSE that the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Company will be held on February 14, 2017, inter alia, to consider and approve, the un-audited financial results of the Company for the third quarter ended December 31, 2016,” the company had said earlier this month.Read: SpiceJet cabin crew and ground staff get new uniform courtesy Nimish Shah; 5 best airline uniformsFor Q3, Interglobe Aviation posted net profit of Rs 487 crore, down 25 percent from Rs 650 crore in the corresponding period last financial year while Jet Airways saw its net profit fall 69 percent to Rs 142 crore in comparison to Rs 467 crore for the third quarter in 2015-16. The companies had attributed lower ticket prices and rising fuel (ATF) costs to the fall in net profit.The share price of SpiceJet closed 0.23 percent higher at Rs 64.05 on Friday (February 10, 2017) on the BSE. Jet Airways shares ended 0.19 percent lower at Rs 373 apiece while Interglobe closed 0.89 percent lower at Rs 838.For the second quarter ended September 2016, SpiceJet had reported 103 percent spurt in net profit to Rs 58.9 crore from Rs 29 crore in the corresponding period last year, on the back of lower fuel costs and higher operating income. It was also the seventh straight quarter when the airline earned net profit after years of losses.Its income from operations rose 35 percent to Rs 1,400.39 crore from Rs 1,040.13 crore in the year-ago period.Recently, SpiceJet was in the news for its mega order to buy 205 aircraft from Boeing for $22 billion.”SpiceJet’s new order underscores its drive to compete more effectively in India’s cut-throat low cost travel market. The deal for up to 205 737MAXs will certainly put it on par with Indigo for domestic dominance and the added range of the 737MAX fleet will allow SpiceJet to open up routes deeper into Asia and even parts of Europe/CIS states,” Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at StrategicAero Research, told the International Business Times, India.The current fleet size of SpiceJet is 40 aircraft as against 126 of IndiGo and 114 of Jet Airways.Other players in the Indian civil aviation market include unlisted entities such as state-owned Air India, AirAsia India, Vistara and GoAir.IndiGo has the largest market share in terms of passenger volumes in the domestic air traffic business.last_img read more

No benchmark for quality education

first_imgBangladesh’s education lacks any yardstick to measure its standard. Prothom Alo File PhotoBangladesh’s education – from rudimentary to university levels – lacks any yardstick to measure its standard, confirms a UNESCO report.The state of quality, stakeholders say, is reflected in students’ poor employability and lag in global testing and below-par ranking of Bangladeshi educational institutions.The country’s current system of primary school completion examination is “not competence-based”, concludes UNESCO’s “Global Education Monitoring Report 2017/18”.“Weaknesses in the examination’s administration mean that it cannot serve to benchmark the achievement of standards,” according to the report.It reveals officially invisible corruption committed by officers assigned to monitor grassroots education, which is also impaired by politically handpicked managing committees.Experts have no disagreement on another observation of the UNESCO report that ‘private tutoring’ and ‘high-stakes tests’ are undermining learning and depriving the poor of the fruits of education.Terming Bangladesh’s higher education structure complex, the Paris-based educational, scientific and cultural arm of the UN has observed that there has been “no recognised quality assurance body”.“We’ve been trapped in universal substandard education while pursuing expansion of literacy,” explains Hossain Zillur Rahman, a former education adviser to the caretaker government.In the current context, he thinks, the key to quality is the issue of governance which is “rather driving the poor quality education”.“A national debate on quality of education is missing.”Asked how quality can be understood, Zillur Rahman, a researcher by profession, cites the examples of capturing high-paid jobs in Dhaka by foreigners, Bangladeshi students’ struggle in overseas tests and poor ranking of Bangladeshi institutions in global lists.The report has highlighted the mismatch in education delivered at the lower echelon as primary completion rate is 80 per cent while upper secondary completion rate is 19 per cent.Private tutoring is increasing worldwide, but, the UNESCO shows Bangladesh among a few countries where at least half of surveyed high school students used private tutoring.“Lack of capacity to monitor centres in Bangladesh, for example, has undermined government attempts to cap tutoring fees,” the UNESCO comments.“If the teachers deliver properly in the classroom, private tutoring is not required for learning. It’s been a bad culture of making money,” regrets professor Abdul Mannan, chairman of University Grants Commission. He emphasises stringent government action to stop it.The UNESCO report cautions that private tutoring can increase students’ academic burden and stress.It sheds light on high-stakes test, saying, “Schools may initiate practices that maximise test score improvement rapidly but undermine overall quality and learning.”“We’ve seen grade inflation in recent times as a consequence of such unhealthy competition. Again, the students who are the products of such cheap grading could not show their competence in commensurate with their score,” Hossain Zillur Rahman elucidates.Professor Mannan adds, “Unfortunately in our system, if a student fails to appear in an exam or performs not well in an enrolment test, s/he loses a year or sometimes everything.” He, however, feels that certain flexibility in the form of retake or make-up exam may remedy the situation.The UNESCO report, which has focussed on accountability in education worldwide, has identified Bangladesh’s policy vagueness in establishing teachers’ accountability. “…many policies refer to the increasing role of parents and communities in teacher accountability, but few provide details on what this means in practice.”The report has mentioned that politically driven selection led to uneducated or uninterested people being appointed to committees responsible for running institutions.It takes more than five years to get preliminary audit observations relating to primary education and 10 years for secondary education whereas government agencies are supposed to respond within 45 days, the report points out.It refers as well to an expenditure survey which finds that about 40 per cent of district and upazila (sub-district) primary education officers admitted to making ‘speed payments’ to accounts officers to be repaid for certain types of expenditure. “These illicit payments were not visible in expenditure records or identifiable in institution audits.”The UNESCO report reads, Bangladesh, with an expanding tertiary education system, struggles to establish a quality assurance mechanism.“There has been no recognised quality assurance body due to delay in passing a bill establishing an accreditation council.”However, professor Mannan informs Prothom Alo that an accreditation council would be formed soon as parliament has already passed the relevant law. “Such council, we hope, will at least be able to measure quality.”last_img read more

Erdogan brands Assad terrorist

first_imgTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakes hands with his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi on 27 December 2017 following a press conference at Carthage palace near Tunis. AFPTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that a political solution to the Syrian conflict was impossible without the departure of president Bashar al-Assad, branding him a “terrorist”.”It is absolutely impossible to advance with Assad in Syria,” Erdogan told a news conference after meeting Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi.”Bashar al-Assad is a terrorist… We cannot just say this person goes on doing this job. If we do then it’s unfair” to the Syrians who have been killed, he added.Turkey has opposed Assad throughout the conflict, now in its seventh year, backing the opposition seeking to oust him and accusing the Syrian leader of war crimes.Ankara is now a key player in efforts to end the war along with Russia and Iran, Assad’s main allies.Erdogan’s comments came just days after the powerbrokers agreed to hold a peace congress for Syria in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi in late January.A previous attempt to convene the Sochi congress in November failed following a lack of agreement among would-be participants.More than 340,000 people have been killed and millions have been driven from their homes since Syria’s conflict erupted with anti-government protests in 2011.Several diplomatic attempts to halt the war have stumbled, mainly over Assad’s future.last_img read more

A Jewish movement against ICE takes off by deploying its most famous

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Catholicism Share This! Trump steadily fulfills goals on religious right wish list Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — It started with a call on Facebook to demonstrate against the country’s increasingly hostile immigration policies.Earlier this summer, Serena Adlerstein, a 25-year-old Jewish volunteer for a nonprofit that promotes immigrant rights, asked her Facebook friends: “What if young Jews occupied ICE detention centers and shut them down?”That question led a couple of hundred Jews and allies to protest on June 30 outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Elizabeth, New Jersey, leading to 36 arrests for blocking the entrance.Less than 48 hours later came two more demonstrations – one in Boston and another in Providence, Rhode Island. The following day, it was Los Angeles, then Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago.To date, there have been 37 demonstrations, all under the banner of Never Again Action. All have been led by Jewish activists wanting to shut down ICE’s detention of immigrants, which has separated families and crowded them in squalid conditions. On Wednesday, the Trump administration unveiled a regulation that would allow it to indefinitely detain migrant families who cross the border illegally.For a small, decentralized group of Jewish activists, the spate, size and scale of the protests is breathtaking. “They are very well trained,” said Rabbi Salem Pearce, who spoke at the first Never Again Action in Elizabeth, New Jersey. “They know what to do. And they’ve tapped into a moment where the Jewish community was really paying attention.”Last week, Never Again Action attracted even more publicity after a truck driven by an ICE corrections officer attempted to drive into a crowd demonstrating outside the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, Rhode Island. The corrections officer, identified as Capt. Thomas Woodworth, quit on Friday (Aug. 16).Protesters jump out of the way as a truck begins to move through their line at the Wyatt Detention Facility late Aug. 14, 2019, in Central Falls, R.I. Video screengrab via Steve AhlquistState and local police departments, plus the state’s attorney general are investigating. Meanwhile on Tuesday, Never Again Action organized a news conference at which Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza called for shutting down the Wyatt ICE facility and banning all private, for-profit prisons in Rhode Island. “The bottom line is that the actions of the facility staff do not align with their own claimed mission,” he said, identifying that mission as to “protect the public from people who pose a threat to society.”The success of Never Again Actions has surprised even the founders of the group — an ad hoc collection of social justice organizers, mostly in their 20s and 30s, many of whom were trained by Jewish or immigration advocacy groups.They built the movement by recognizing the need to partner with immigration advocacy organizations such as Movimiento Cosecha, a group that fights for permanent protection of the 11 million undocumented immigrants, and AMOR, a Rhode Island group that works with immigrants on legal, health and social issues. Most of the money the movement has raised has gone to those groups.The movement has also tapped into a mantra generations of Jews have grown up hearing from their parents, grandparents and community leaders in reference to the Holocaust: Never again.A participant blows a shofar during a Never Again Action demonstration. Photo courtesy of Never Again ActionThat phrase received instant cultural cachet when Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in late June — days before the first action — characterized migrant detention camps as “concentration camps.”“This is an opportunity for us to talk about how we learn from our history in order to prevent it from ever happening in any form,” she told CNN’s Jake Tapper.For many Jews, that link between immigrant detention centers and concentration camps appeared to spark the wave of activism.“As Jews, we know what concentration camps can lead to,” said Lex Rofeberg, a 28-year-old rabbi in training who lives in Providence and has participated in two of the actions. “We understand that if we don’t take actions catastrophic things can happen.”The movement has also benefited from a series of smart organizing principles that allowed it to spread quickly: a website and an online toolkit for would-be activists wanting to target an ICE facility near them.The toolkit links to a list of ICE detention centers across the country and provides a list of talking points, songs and chants, as well as a set of detailed legal considerations for actions intended to lead to nonviolent arrests. The tone of actions, the toolkit says, should be modeled after a beloved Harry Potter character, calling it a “Defiant, angry, urgent, Jewish, Molly Weasely moment.”It also lays down a set of ground rules: no violence, verbal or physical; no weapons; no flags of any kind.A Never Again Action demonstration. Photo courtesy of Never Again ActionNever Again also provides all local organizers with access to a communications coach, a digital coach and an action coach to help prepare for an action. It keeps in touch with activists through its email list, which has grown to 26,000 subscribers since the website went up last month.The group’s initial GoFundMe crowdfunding appeal raised $180,000 to help cover the legal fees for those arrested in the Elizabeth, New Jersey, action and to donate to Movimiento Cosecha. In the wake of last week’s Rhode Island ICE melee, organizers quickly sent out two fundraising emails.“My talit still smells like pepper spray,” began one email, referring to the spray the prison used on some Jewish protesters wearing the traditional prayer shawl.Not yet two months in, the group has yet to formally organize as a nonprofit and has no employees or governing structure.It also has no specific policy recommendations, aside from a desire to shut down ICE and provide immigrants a legal path to citizenship. “We see our role to take the energy that has been activated by this outrage around the camps and contextualize it within the larger immigration crisis,” said Alyssa Rubin, 25, one of the Never Again Action organizers.“It’s not our responsibility to put forward a solution,” she added. “We see our role as being able to activate the public to help them understand the scale of the problem and support the work that immigrant-led groups have been doing for a long time.” For now, organizers describe their activist group as “scrappy” but say they’re now building a stronger infrastructure. So far they have resisted enlisting with more established Jewish groups to build partnerships.As its website proclaims and as multiple participants say, the movement’s purpose is simple — it’s to “sound the alarm.” Share This! News Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Share This!center_img By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Woman chosen to lead Religions for Peace as others urge greater female visibility By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Tags#AbolishICE Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Donald W. 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How to Back Up an iPhone iPad or iPod Touch Using iTunes

first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read If you own an Apple mobile device, you have no excuse for not backing it up, because Apple gives you two very simple and free ways for duplicating and storing a copy of your information: iCloud and iTunes.The benefit of backing up using iCloud is that it’s largely automated and can happen wirelessly. The downside is Apple only gives you 5GB space for free, so if you need more, you have to pay for it.With iTunes, you don’t face quite the same space limitations. It creates backups of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch right on your computer. Therefore, the amount of space allotted to your backups is fully in your control. It’s a slice of the free space on your PC or Mac. If you back up using iTunes, you can do it by connecting your iO device to your computer or by turning on wireless syncing with iTunes over Wi-Fi. Let’s see how it’s done.How to back up iPhone or iPad using iTunesBefore you make a backup of your iPhone or iPad using iTunes, it’s a good idea to check whether you have the latest latest version of iTunes (go to Help > Check for Updates), but it’s often not necessary.Wireless syncMake sure iCloud is turned off. On your iPhone, go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup and toggle iCloud Backup to off. Then go to Settings > General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync, which will prompt you to connect your iPhone to your PC. Sign in to iTunes using your Apple ID and look for the small iPhone icon.In the menu that appears on the left, select Summary and scroll down to Options. Select “Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi” and click Apply on the bottom right.Disconnect your iPhone from the PC; if your PC and iPhone are on the same Wi-Fi network, your phone should appear in iTunes and allow for wireless backups.With a CableConnect your iPhone or iPad to your computer and launch iTunes. Your phone will appear as a small icon up top.Click that phone icon, and in the left-hand menu under Summary, click the items you want to back up. If it’s music, for example, click Music and check the box next to Sync Music. Choose whether you want to back up your entire library or select tracks and albums. Click Apply and do the same for movies, TV shows, and whatever else you want to sync. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. September 20, 2017 Listen Nowlast_img read more

Air Canada to launch Frankfurt London Gatwick flights from YVR next summer

first_imgAir Canada to launch Frankfurt & London Gatwick flights from YVR next summer << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, November 9, 2016 Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img VANCOUVER — Air Canada will be ramping up international flights out of its Vancouver hub next summer with daily seasonal service to Frankfurt and three times weekly seasonal flights to London Gatwick.Flights departing YVR will commence on June 1 and June 8, respectively, and tickets are now available for purchase. Vancouver-Frankfurt flights will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, while Vancouver-London Gatwick service will be operated by Air Canada Rouge with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.This means that next summer, Air Canada Rouge will operate to London Gatwick from two points across Canada: Vancouver and Toronto.“We will be the only airline flying non-stop between YVR and the two largest airports in the London metropolitan region during the peak summer travel period with the addition of London Gatwick. By next summer, Air Canada will serve five European destinations non-stop from YVR including two significant hubs, Frankfurt and London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Dublin, and on a code-share basis with joint venture partner Lufthansa Munich, strengthening YVR as an important hub that connects our B.C., Western Canada and U.S. routes to our expanding international network,” said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada President, Passenger Airlines.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterIn 2017, the airline will launch new international services between Vancouver-Taipei, Vancouver-Nagoya, Vancouver-Frankfurt, Vancouver-London Gatwick, Toronto-Mumbai, Toronto-Berlin, Montreal-Shanghai, Montreal-Algiers and Montreal-Marseille. Tags: Air Canada Posted bylast_img read more