Big Ten Makes History In Most Recent AP Poll

first_imgSportsCenter's graphic for the top 10 teams in the AP poll.The Big Ten made some history in Monday’s AP Poll.This week’s AP Poll was released a day late because of games being moved due to Hurricane Matthew. But all that means is that the Big Ten made history a day later than originally planned.This week, there are four Big Ten teams ranked in the top ten. According to ESPN, it’s the first time that’s been the case since all the way back in 1960.Ohio State is No. 2, Michigan is No. 4, Wisconsin is No. 8 and Nebraska is No. 10.How did it happen? Losses by Houston and Miami set it all up.For the first time since 1960, the Big Ten has 4 teams in the AP Top 10 during the regular season.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 10, 2016Wisconsin and Ohio State take each other on this weekend, so it’s likely to be a short-lived feat. But the conference is certainly moving in the right direction.last_img read more

Nebraska Football Announces Contract Extensions For Entire Staff

first_imgNebraska takes on Colorado.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches action against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Late last month, it was reported that Nebraska football was in the process of finalizing contract extensions for its entire coaching staff. Now, those extensions are in.Scott Frost’s assistant coaches were set to have their contracts expire at year’s end. Now, it looks like most of the group is intact, and each will be on the books through December 31, 2020.This news does come as Nebraska is losing one key assistant.Defensive line coach Mike Dawson is heading to the NFL, taking over the same job on the New York Giants staff, as of Monday.The #NYGiants have hired Mike Dawson as outside linebackers coach and Henry Baker as the assistant defensive backs coach.Details:— New York Giants (@Giants) February 11, 2019According to the Omaha World-Herald, Scott Frost is still on his original seven-year contract that he received after coming over to his alma mater following two years at UCF.In 2017, he led the Knights to an undefeated season, AAC title, and Peach Bowl win over Auburn. That game occurred after he chose to take the Huskers job.The World-Herald has the contract details for the rest of the Nebraska football staff.From writer Sam McKewon:All nine Nebraska football assistants, plus strength and conditioning coach Zach Duval, received one-year contract extensions, the Huskers announced Monday.[…]Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander: $800,000Offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Troy Walters: $700,000Offensive line coach Greg Austin: $475,000Special teams coordinator/outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt: $475,000Tight ends coach Sean Beckton: $400,000Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco: $375,000Strength and conditioning coach Zach Duval: $375,000Defensive backs coach Travis Fisher: $300,000Running backs coach Ryan Held: $300,000Inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud: $200,000″Frost’s contract paid out $5 million in 2018, while the staff pay totaled $4.5 million. Per these numbers, the group is currently at $4.4 million, but that is without a new defensive line coach as of now.[Omaha World-Herald]last_img read more

Gov’t Focussed on Quality at Primary Level

first_img Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Elaine Foster-Allen, says greater priority is being placed on quality of primary level education.. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Elaine Foster-Allen, says while access to primary education has grown exponentially over the decades, greater priority is being placed on quality.This is in keeping with the Government’s strategic priorities for 2013/2014, which is focussed on improving educational outcomes.“It is our intention to ensure that we get the quality right even as we are top of the class where access is concerned,” Mrs. Foster-Allen said, noting that in the area of access, Jamaica is ranked among the top six in the Latin America and Caribbean region.The Permanent Secretary, who was addressing a forum on primary education on October 10, at the Jones Town Primary School in Kingston, said that schools must be equipped with teachers, who are adequately trained to address the educational needs of learners.“Quality, as you know, spreads from teacher quality, the teacher’s ability in terms of content, in terms of their ability to teach well and make best judgements in terms of assessments,” she said, noting that adequate facilities and services are also vital in attaining the highest outcome in the education sector.“Quality also deals with the leadership of our institutions as well as the support services that we put in place for our children,” she added.The special forum on primary education represents part of the Ministry’s contribution to the centenary celebrations of the institution.The event, which targeted parents, teachers and the wider community, featured interactive presentations on topics such as parenting, children with special needs, nutrition, the new curriculum and educating boys.Over the decades, the Jones Town Primary School has acquired a well-deserved reputation for being exceptional in preparing students for placement in traditional high schools.This reputation was at its peak in 1972, when enrolment rose to 1,650 students. This led to Jones Town Primary becoming the first school to be placed on the shift system by the Ministry of Education.Currently, the institution caters to approximately 300 students, and has 13 teachers and two guidance counsellors. Story Highlights “Quality, as you know, spreads from teacher quality, the teacher’s ability in terms of content, in terms of their ability to teach well and make best judgements in terms of assessments,” This is in keeping with the Government’s strategic priorities for 2013/2014, which is focussed on improving educational outcomes.last_img read more

If harnessed well thousands of homes can be lit through solar power

first_imgGurugram : For a city that is plagued with long duration of power cuts in each summer, there is always a debate of developing alternate forms of energy. Even though solar power has gained traction in the city, bureaucratic delays and higher cost have hindered the desired outcome.A recent report on the prospects of solar energy in Gurugram however has entailed that if harnessed well, solar power can produce 100 megawatts of power that is enough to provide electricty to thousands of homes in the city. Moreover, 6 kilowatts of power can be produced every hour through solar power. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe report that has been prepared by the Centre for Science and Enviornment (CSE) highlights that out of 365 days, the city receives 320 days of sunlight. There are 600 solar projects that are slated to be launched in Gurugram for this purpose. The head of the state also mentioned that while in 2022 the country has set the target to produce one lakh megawatt of solar power, the state has set a goal of producing 4,000 megawatts. With the Haryana government expected to give subsidies, the public agencies in the city are expected to begin talks with official members of condominium societies, malls, and commercial offices. There are plans to also work in coordination with the private builders to develop solar power facilities in new housing and commercial spaces. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceIn the past, the government agencies in Gurugram have provided various benefits to the buildings that adhere to the global environmental standards. The growth of solar power becomes all the more essential taking into consideration that the city has set a record of consumption of three crore units this summer. Unable to bear the load, major part of the city faced outages for more than six to twelve hours on various occasions. As most of the colonies are yet to obtain the license from the state electricity board, they are getting electricity through diesel generators. Despite the schemes and awareness, the project of the generation of solar power has failed to kick off in the Millennium city. There were plans to power the street lights in the city through solar power some of which can be seen around the DLF Phase-3 but again the project was not carried out on a large scale by the government agencies.last_img read more

Eddie Redmayne to Narrate Audiobook Of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find

first_imgAudible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, today announced that the Hogwarts library book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by J.K. Rowling as Magizoologist Newt Scamander and narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne, is available for the first time as a digital audio book, and can be preordered now.Featuring six new beasts, a new foreword by Newt Scamander, and elaborate sound design, the recording will be released by Pottermore on March 14, 2017. Visit to order the audiobook in advance.Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since its publication. Newt Scamander’s masterpiece is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail. Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.This essential companion to the Harry Potter stories has been revised by JK Rowling, bringing the original classic up to date with new content that reflects the exciting developments in her Wizarding World, with the release of the movie event of 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which was inspired by the original edition of the book.“Before I was cast in the film, David Yates told me about Newt and this textbook. I found it so funny and so enchanting and really wittily written. But it wasn’t until I started reading it out loud for the audiobook that I realized how tricky and poetic J.K. Rowling’s use of sounds and language can be. There are some really great tongue twister words in here! Occasionally, I had to stop recording just because I was incapable of saying the words without either laughing or getting my tongue in a muddle. I enjoyed the challenge and hope listeners can sense that in my narration,” said Redmayne, who starred as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the 2016 film inspired by the original edition of this Hogwarts library book.“We are thrilled to offer Audible listeners, the most voracious readers there are, the opportunity to enjoy a brilliant performance of yet another essential component of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World seamlessly through the Audible service. We look forward to bringing even more listeners to this richly imagined universe through our effortless and affordable service,” said Andy Gaies, Audible Chief Content Officer. “Ever since we first made the Harry Potter series available on Audible in 2015, they have been consistently among the highest rated, most downloaded, and most listened to audiobooks in our store.”Pottermore will make a proportion of the proceeds from this audiobook available to Comic Relief and J.K. Rowling’s own international charity Lumos, charities which help some of the world’s most vulnerable children and young people, to help them have a better life.Pottermore, the digital entertainment, news and e-commerce company from J.K. Rowling, is the publisher of the Harry Potter digital audiobooks. The Pottermore Shop, the company’s digital retail arm, will continue to sell the Harry Potter digital audiobooks.Audible, the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. Audible members downloaded an average of more than 17 books over the course of the year. Two thirds of new Audible members are first-time audiobook buyers.last_img read more

CSK begin full fledged preparations for IPL-12

first_imgChennai: The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings Saturday began full-fledged preparations for IPL-12 at the M A Chidambaram stadium here. Dhoni, who led the CSK to a third title triumph in the 2018 edition, trained with Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav, who were part of the Indian team that played a five-match ODI series against Australia recently. The CSK captain, who landed in the city late on Friday, got down to business and was seen discussing with head coach Stephen Fleming and batting coach Mike Hussey. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenDhoni, Rayudu, Jadhav, Raina and the others batted at the nets under the watchful eyes of Fleming and Hussey. The domestic players in the squad, including Karn Sharma, KM Asif and Tamil Nadu ‘keeper N Jagadeesan began training on March 6. India discard Suresh Raina and Tamil Nadu opener Murali Vijay joined the preparatory camp a few days later. The foreign players in the CSK squad are expected to join the training camp in the days to come as would South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who are part of the squad that is playing the final ODI against Sri Lanka at Cape Town today. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryHussey, who was supervising the first day of the full-fledged training, said with a team like CSK there are always expectations and added that they can take a lot of confidence from the last season. “With a team like Chennai Super Kings there is always expectations but I think we can take a lot of confidence from the last season going into the new one,” the former Australia cricketer was quoted as saying on the CSK website. He also said the team hoped to play more matches in Chennai this time after it was forced to rebase to Pune last season owing to the political climate in Tamil Nadu due to the Cauvery river water dispute. “Hopefully, we get plenty more games in Chennai as well, in front of our home fans who we often feel are an extra fielder for us,” Hussey added. Meanwhile, sale of tickets for the first game of IPL-12 between CSK and Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 23, began today. According to sources, tickets for the tournament opener were sold out.last_img read more

Review conference at UN chance to restore confidence in nonproliferation treaty officials

With the 2005 review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) set to kick off Monday at United Nations Headquarters in New York, senior officials today stressed the importance of restoring confidence in the landmark accord, some 35 years after it came into force.Although concerned about an “erosion of confidence” in the NPT – a sentiment expressed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in his recent report “In Larger Freedom” – the States parties to the Treaty believed it was an important instrument, which must fulfil its objectives and purposes, said Brazilian Ambassador Sergio de Queiroz Duarte.Briefing correspondents in his capacity as President of the 2005 Review Conference of the State parties to the NPT, which will run through 27 May, Mr. Duarte said he was positive that all parties would work together to increase confidence in the Treaty and increase its capacity to respond to the challenges of the day.Considered a landmark agreement, the 1968 Treaty seeks to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons technology, foster the peaceful use of nuclear energy and further the goal of general and complete disarmament. Adherence to the NPT by 188 States, including the five nuclear-weapon States, renders the accord the most widely adhered-to multilateral disarmament instrument.Joining Mr. Duarte was UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs Nobuyasu Abe. To a question on how important the Conference was to the success of the Secretary-General’s reform agenda, Mr. Abe said the Conference was a key occasion to discuss some of the points presented in the “In Larger Freedom” report, and that he hoped a positive result would emerge.Many of the nuclear-related proposals of that report were in the hands of the Review Conference or the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), he noted. Therefore, it was an important opportunity to implement the report’s proposals.Asked how important a successful outcome of the review was to the Treaty’s future, Mr. Duarte said he felt it was very essential to reach a successful, consensus outcome on ways and means to reinforce the Treaty, which would help fulfil its objectives in a manner that was seen as useful.“Personally, I feel that not reaching a consensus outcome…could be very negative for the Treaty itself,” he said, adding that all parties had a genuine desire to make the Treaty effective in the cause of disarmament, non-proliferation and the peaceful use of nuclear technology.As for how the Conference intended to deal with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran, Mr. Duarte recalled that the former had withdrawn from the Treaty [in January 2003] and so was not a party to it. Some parties, however, believed that the status of the DPRK should not be the subject of discussion right now, so as not to prejudice the ongoing consultations known as the “six-party talks.”In previous conferences, it was agreed not to consider the status of the DPRK so as not to prejudice those talks. While that idea still prevailed, it would not prevent the parties from discussing the issue of Article 10, which dealt with withdrawal. He added that the results of the deliberations by the IAEA on Iran, which was a party to the Treaty, would be examined by the Conference.Asked what was being done to draw in the three nuclear powers not party to the Treaty – India, Israel and Pakistan – Mr. Duarte recalled that past review conferences had called on those States to join the Treaty as non-nuclear powers, a call he expected the 2005 Conference to renew. read more

UN agency warns of looming refugee crisis as women flee Central America

“The violence being perpetrated by organized, transnational criminal groups in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and certain parts of Mexico has become pervasive,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, said in Washington D.C., as he issued a new report on the situation entitled Women on the Run.“The dramatic refugee crises we are witnessing in the world today are not confined to the Middle East or Africa,” Mr. Guterres continued. “We are seeing another refugee situation unfolding in the Americas. This report is an early warning to raise awareness of the challenges refugee women face and a call to action to respond regionally to a looming refugee crisis.”The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is calling specifically on all countries in Central and North America to recognize the growing refugee situation in the region, to establish adequate capacity at borders to ensure the identification of persons in need of international protection, and to move swiftly towards a coordinated regional approach to this problem.According to UNHCR, ‘Women on the Run’ was based on interviews conducted with 160 women recently forced to flee their homes in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – known as the ‘Northern Triangle of Central America,’ or (NTCA) – and parts of Mexico to escape growing violence in their communities.They described in detail how criminal armed groups terrorize populations to establish control over large areas of these countries, and how women in particular are targeted by specific and extreme forms of gender-based violence.“Everything affects you because there, a woman is worthless,” explained Lana, one of the women interviewed for the report. “It is as though your life is not worth anything. They rape. There is no limit. There is no authority. There is no one to stop them.”While governments in the region have made efforts to address root causes of violence, people reportedly continue to flee. The region has some of the highest murder rates in the world, especially of women.While the report finds that some of the women flee towards the United States, many others escape to neighbouring states in Central America and Mexico where applications for asylum from people fleeing the three NTCA countries and parts of Mexico – have skyrocketed thirteen-fold since 2008.According to statistics by the United States Government, 82 per cent of 16,077 women from these countries who were interviewed by US authorities in the last year were found to have a credible fear of persecution or torture and were allowed to pursue their claims for asylum in the country. read more

Male model accused of having €12 million in alleged crime proceeds

first_imgMale model accused of having €1.2 million in alleged crime proceeds Mark Andrew Adams was arrested in Dublin this morning. Share Tweet Email Friday 6 Sep 2019, 5:43 PM Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland 29,091 Views File photo Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Sep 6th 2019, 5:43 PM By Tom Tuitecenter_img Short URL A MALE MODEL accused of having €1.2 million in alleged crime proceeds is to stand trial on money laundering charges.Mark Andrew Adams (39), with an address at Castleheath, Malahide, Dublin, was arrested this morning and charged with four offences under the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act.The lone parent, who once appeared in a Garda TV ad as part of a drink-drive awareness campaign, appeared before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court this afternoon.Bail was set at €11,000 and Adams must abide by strict conditions, Judge Walsh ordered, adding that he faced “particularly serious charges”.It is alleged he had in his possession various sums of money which are alleged to have been proceeds of criminal conduct, amounting to approximately €1,186,900, over a five-year period.It was alleged Adams had €582,045 on 11 September 2015 at Dublin Airport. He faces another charge that from 13 January 2014 to 18 August 2018 at Bank of Ireland, Dublin Airport, he handled or transferred €227,136 in proceeds.It is alleged from 16 January to 23 July 2018 at Bank of Ireland, Credit Card Centre, Mayor Street Lower in the IFSC in Dublin, he had €78,990 in his possession, and that from 1 January 2013 to 28 March 2017 at Permanent TSB, Malahide, he handled €298,280, allegedly proceeds of criminal conduct.Adams, who is currently unemployed, has not yet indicated how he will plead, and he remained silent during the hearing. His court appearance follows an investigation by the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau.Detective Garda Tom Victory told Judge Michael Walsh the accused was arrested at Chancery Street in Dublin city centre this morning and brought to Bridewell Garda Station.Adams had nothing to say in reply to the charges, Victory said.He received directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to proceed and there was consent to Adams being returned for trial for the offences as charged, he said.The case is to go before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, the judge noted.Bail conditions There was also consent to the accused being sent forward for sentencing on a signed plea should that arise.Defence solicitor Danny Nolan told the court his client was applying for bail and the judge noted there was no Garda objection subject to a number of conditions being imposed.Victory said the accused’s passport was out of date since April and he was aware Adams also had an EU travel card valid until 2021. He asked that both would be surrendered as part of the bail terms.The solicitor said Adams had already surrendered his passport to gardaí and the travel card was in his sister-in-law’s possession, but it would be handed over to gardaí. Bail was set in his own bond of €1,000 in cash and the judge required approval of an independent surety, in the sum of €10,000, of which half must be lodged in court.Judge Walsh ordered the accused to reside at his current address with his mother and to sign on three days a week at Malahide Garda Station.He told Adams he cannot apply for new travel documentation and that he had to provide gardaí with his mobile phone number, and be contactable 24 hours a day.Adams was remanded in custody with consent to bail on these terms. He will face his next hearing on 13 September. A book of evidence has yet to be completed by the DPP.Legal aid was granted to Adams, a father-of-one, after the court was furnished with a statement of his means and the judge noted there was no Garda objection.Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings. File photo No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Language learning

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Once again annual reports about the continued decline in the number of students taking Greek, and indeed other ethnic minority languages, as a VCE subject, reflecting as it does the alarming drop in schools that provide some form of LOTE teaching, should be more than a justified cry of anger, despair and calls to the Greek or other communities to do ‘something’ about it, which usually ends with taking up the collection to plug a hole here and there. There are worthwhile campaigns demanding that governments face up to their responsibilities in the teaching of languages, some of which succeeded in national policy changes such as the recent requirement to have Greek and other languages as a must subject in the national curriculum with added funding to confront disadvantage. However, they are not being pursued for implementation with consistency and vigour. In fact, they do not even rate a mention in the language and culture priorities of such large and socio-politically influential communities as the Greek or Chinese communities. While every effort counts, a viable solution will not be found without national and state governments committed to long-term education and multicultural policies. The teaching of ethnic minority and indigenous languages is a matter not only for them to be concerned with, but above all, the whole nation. The brief rejoicing of the Gillard government’s languages policies has been followed by a long period of inaction, huge cuts in education funding and in fact language strangulation, despite a plethora of demagogic multicultural eulogies and even prime-ministerial declarations of undying admiration for this or that ethnic community at particular functions and places of worship, the latest being Malcolm Turnbull’s “proudly Philhellene” declaration. Demand for language learning has been either assisted or hindered by government policies and funding, with the subsequent impact on school capacity to deliver and universities to train teachers. Historically, education – especially humanity subjects, which includes language teaching – are affected first and worst by government education cuts, immediate loss of teachers and dramatic declines in schools offering LOTE, and most certainly students. When the first Howard government in 1998 scraped the Australian National Languages Policy, and the little money that went with it, almost overnight, ethnic minority languages and notably Greek were decimated, dropping by almost 50 per cent in students and schools providing LOTE teaching. This is and remains the main reason for the decline in the teaching of languages, while not overlooking other contributing factors. Is it not abundantly clear that unless languages are taught as a must subject in primary and secondary schools open to students of all ethnic backgrounds, not only will an ever-declining few take it as a VCE subject and university course, but hundreds of thousands, even millions, of students who may not aspire to pursue a university course or choose an ethnic minority language as a VCE subject will be deprived of the opportunity to get as much as possible from their primary and secondary school studies on all subjects? By the way, to get the most in ethnic and culture learning, the national curriculum should include a multicultural subject in English, covering all the facts of Australia’s historical demographic, cultural, linguistic and socio-political development in its great indigenous and ethnic diversity. As to the ever-present question of the use value of language learning, the primary reason should not and cannot be ‘commercial’ – as the Victorian Premier is quoted as saying (The Age 11/2015 ‘Andrews dumps language targets’) in suddenly announcing the downgrading of the teaching of Chinese in Australian schools, because we can do business with China in English. We can do ‘business’ with any country in English now, the world’s international language. Does that mean a national/ethnic language, no matter how old and how widely used by people, has no future in the business-dominated world of globalisation? Most certainly not. Language is not a commodity. It is the main means of learning and communication in the multitude of human relationships (including trade) and creativity. It embodies and expresses the total human being individually and collectively. It defines identity. More than any other factor it shapes and is shaped by the evolution of the material and intellectual world and its magnificent sustaining diversity. And in multicultural, poly-ethnic Australia, the teaching of languages spoken and valued by its citizens is not a luxury, as we have argued and fought for over 60 years, but a right with a myriad of benefits to the nation and its peoples. It is a national responsibility for governments to have and fund long-term policies and programs and that the nation’s schools, the most important places of learning, are given support to develop what we fortunately have in abundance – large pools of living language diversity (nearly half of Australia’s population has at least one parent who is born outside Australia and about half of those no longer have an Anglo Celtic background, as compared to 95 per cent just 60 years ago. They come, in fact, from more than 150 different countries and speak as many languages. It is therefore paramount that whilst we protect and support what we have in community after-hours schools, the top priority for language and culture maintenance and development is to: 1. continually and strongly campaign for government – federal and state – to implement good policies, some of which have already been adopted, and in the first place, the Gonsky National Curriculum Program based on actual school needs, now at the centre of the political and public discourse on education values and government funding. Being a pre-election year and the new prime minister’s first budget, now is the time to rally people to demand of parties and politicians to at least put back into education the billions that Abbott took out in the 2014 horror budget. Campaigning for good policies benefiting people in general and ethnic minorities in particular is the uppermost exercising of any citizen’s and indeed community organisation’s democratic right and responsibility; 2. continue to argue and win popular support for the value and benefits to Australia of a long-term and well-funded National Languages Policy; 3. reject and argue against the erroneous view that language is above all a commercial, tool and commodity; 4. challenge policies which ignore the basic fact that the great majority of Greek and other ethnic minority children undergo their education in the government schools and it is there that the big battle for learning, including the teaching of languages, is being determined; 5. study the history of language learning in Australia. especially of the post-WWII period, the role that ethnic communities and other progressive forces in the wider community played in putting on the national and schools’ agendas the teaching of ethnic community languages. My own book Migrant Workers and Ethnic Communities is one publication that tells of what it took to move Australia from a singularly committed monolingual and monocultural state to the road of multiculturalism and multilingualism. The ‘us’ and ‘them’ syndrome, the very antithesis of multiculturalism, continues to be expressed in policy and attitudes such as the earlier ‘Australians’ and ‘Aliens’, then ‘Australians’ and ‘Non-English-Speaking Background’ (NESBs), currently Australians and Cultural and Linguistic Diverse Communities (CALDs), or simply ‘Australians’ and ‘Multiculturalists’- a language used by many policy makers and bureaucrats (and unfortunately adopted by many and mostly government-funded ethnic and multicultural organisations and agencies), topped by the changing names and ranking of the Ministry for Immigration, always careful to avoid and obscure any reference to Ethnic and often Multicultural Affairs, and relegating any ‘multicultural’ role to a junior minister. It is not the Greek, Italian, Chinese, etc. communities who are multicultural but Australia as a nation. In addition to the Indigenous people, all other Australians have a dormant or active ethnic background, with the Anglo-Australians forming by far the largest ethnic component of the nation and English being the national language. Then we have another 150-plus ethnic minority people and their communities identifying themselves and popularly recognised as Greek or Greek Australians, Italians, Sinhalese, Chinese … History teaches us that the rights of ethnic minorities, and indeed the rights of ordinary people, won by sheer sweat, tears and often blood, need eternal vigilance and ongoing struggles to protect against erosion and ensure maintenance and growth. * George Zangalis is president (and a current affairs broadcaster) of Melbourne’s ethnic communities radio station 3ZZZ, and president of the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council of Australia.last_img read more

Ansumana Jammeh Co Case File sent to AG Chambers

first_imgBy RoheyJadama Chief inspector Camara yesterday 28 April told the Banjul Magistrates’ Court presided over Principal Magistrate Omar Cham that the case file of Ansuman Jammeh, former Gambian Ambassador to Qatar,  Sanna Bah and Assan Badjie  has  been sent to the Attorney General’s Chambers. The trio is currently standing trial on a joint charge of conspiracy and a single count of official corruption to which they pleaded not guilty.When the case was called, CI Camara told the court that they are applying for an adjournment because the case file is sent to Attorney General’s Chambers and because of that they cannot access their witnesses. Responding to the prosecutor, Lawyer Lamin S. Camara said the reason forwarded by the prosecution is not cogent because the accused persons are remanded and that they have a constitutional right to a speedy trial. Camara further argued that he has a case at the high court which he could not attend as he wants this case to proceed and of which a cost of D3000.00 is awarded against him. He applied for the matter to be stood down to enable the prosecution to call their witnesses. Magistrate Cham interjected and recalled that he ruled that this case should be heard expeditiously. However, CI Camara insisted that they have been adhering to that order but a new development arose in which they are required to send the case file to AG Chambers.He further told the court that the investigators are currently engaged in the current cases at the high court and that the numbers of witnesses are in the file.Barrister Camara argued that the reasons advanced by the prosecution are a mockery to the court’s order to accelerate hearing in the case.He further argued that these excuses are very lame and urged the court to discharge the accused persons until the prosecution is ready to proceed. “You cannot arrest, charge and remand someone and they don’t have access to their family, clothing and food and nobody goes to mille 2 for holidays,” said Lawyer Camara.He added that under the Prisons Act the accused persons, as remanded prisoners, should have access to food, visits and clothing until the final determination of the case.Responding to the defence counsel, prosecutor Camara said they send people to the remand wing at Mile 2 but they cannot tell the prison authorities what to do with them. At this juncture, the trial magistrate adjourned the case to Monday, 3 May, 2016 for hearing.last_img read more

Roav Bolt is like a tiny Google Home for your car

first_img 3 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Comments CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. More From Roadshow Auto Tech Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouscenter_img 85 Photos Tags Anker’s Roav automotive accessory brand has announced the Roav Bolt, a Google Home Mini for your car that can also charge your phone. The Roav Bolt plugs directly into your cars 12-volt outlet and looks a lot like a regular, albeit slightly bulky, phone charger with its dual 2.4-amp USB charging ports and simple design. However, it packs in the power of Google Voice Assistant, presumably powered by your phone’s data plan. A 3.5mm auxiliary output allows the Bolt to connect to older cars to send audio through the vehicle’s speakers. Newer vehicles can take advantage of wireless Bluetooth connectivity. Drivers can tap a physical button on the Bolt’s face or use the “OK Google” voice command to let Google Assistant cue up songs, navigate to destinations, send text messages, control smart home devices and more. The device even has the four LEDs that illuminate to let you know when it’s listening, just like Google Home devices.  Roav by Anker With its Bluetooth connection, the Bolt will also enable hands-free calling with dual noise-cancelling microphones, something that the standard Google Home Mini on your nightstand can’t do. The Roav Bolt looks like an interesting alternative to Android Auto for vehicles that don’t support Google’s phone-mirroring technology or for drivers who prefer a screen-free interface. Expect the Bolt to hit the road in February 2019 with an MSRP of $50. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value CES 2019 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

Bill to check ponzi schemes in Lok Sabha

first_imgNew Delhi: A Bill which seeks to tackle the menace of illicit deposit-taking activities in the country was introduced in Lok Sabha Friday. The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2019 will replace the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Ordinance, 2019. The bill seeks to help tackle the menace of illicit deposit taking activities in the country, which at present are exploiting regulatory gaps and lack of strict administrative measures to dupe poor and gullible people of their hard earned money, according to the government. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us The bill was introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman amid noisy protests by Congress members over the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka. The proposed legislation will have adequate provisions for punishment and disgorgement/repayment of deposits in cases where such schemes nonetheless manage to raise deposits illegally. The banning of Unregulated Deposit Scheme Bill, 2018 was considered by the Lok Sabha in February and after discussion, the same was passed. However, before the same could be considered and passed in the Rajya Sabha, the House was adjourned sine die on the same day.last_img read more

Tamannaah Bhatia walks out of Ohmkars Raju Gari Gadhi 3

first_imgTamannaah Bhatia from Sye RaaPR HandoutActress Tamannaah Bhatia has five films in her kitty. While a few are in production, rest of them are slated for release in the upcoming months. Beginning with That is Mahalakshmi, the actress has Sye Raa N Narasimha Reddy, an untitled Tamil film in the direction of Sundar C, Tamil remake of Anandobrahma and Bollywood film Bole Chudiyan, which has Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role.Recently, the actress took part in the launch of her upcoming film Raju Gari Gadhi 3, which took place in Hyderabad. This film is the third part of the Raju Gari Gadhi franchise which is a brainchild of anchor turned director Ohmkar.The latest news is that the actress has walked out of the project due to creative differences. As per the latest reports, when Ohmkar narrated the script to her, she liked it very much and has given a nod. But after the launch, which took place with a puja, the actress has noticed that some changes have been taken place in the script and with those uninformed changes, the actress wasn’t impressed with the script. So, she chose to walk out of this Ohmkar directorial is what we have learnt. Tamannaah to wed US-based doctor, say reports.PR HandoutTamannaah’s recent two films Devi 2 and Khamoshi have also been horror thrillers and when she said yes to Raju Gari Gadhi 3, her fans were pretty much surprised to know that she is part of a horror film once again. But now, looks like they are in a shock. Well, an official statement from the actress and the makers is awaited.Tamannaah Bhatia is someone who has been in the industry for a long time and she always make sure that the characters she always plays have a strong role in the story.Raju Gari Gadhi and Raju Gari Gadhi 2 have become very much popular after the horror comedy films have attracted the audience to the theatres. Raju Gari Gadhi 2 has Nagarjuna Akkineni and his daughter in law Samantha Akkineni in the lead roles and this film, for its story and the kind of message the film has given.last_img read more

Photos of the Week

first_imgKit Doyle Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! By: Kit Doyle Catholicism News Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Kit Doylecenter_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes Catholic and Baptist clergy sexual abuse issues, the end of the Lunar New Year, and more.People gather at République square to protest against anti-Semitism, in Paris, France, on Feb. 19, 2019. The banner refers to French jews assassinated recently with the words reading: “It is enough.” In Paris and dozens of other French cities, ordinary citizens and officials across the political spectrum geared up Tuesday to march and rally against anti-Semitism, following a series of anti-Semitic acts that shocked the nation. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)A man selling chicken sits in an area recently retaken by U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from Islamic State militants in Hajin, Syria, on Feb. 16, 2019. President Trump has claimed that the Islamic State has been fully eradicated, although many disagree. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)Tibetan Buddhist monks and other devotees watch Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on a television as he gives a religious talk at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India, on Feb. 19, 2019. Hundreds of Tibetans and other devotees gathered to mark the auspicious 15th day of the Tibetan new year with prayers. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)A child watches a dragon dance performance during the Lantern Festival organized by city government at a square in Yufa town of Beijing’s Daxing district on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Tuesday marked the Lantern Festival in China, the final day of the annual celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Masked people stand on a gondola as part of the Carnival in Venice, Italy, on Feb. 16, 2019. The Venice carnival in the historical lagoon city attracts people from around the world. Carnival indulgences lead up to Lent, which highlights sacrifices before Easter. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)Activists in Poland pull down a statue of a prominent deceased priest, Father Henryk Jankowski, who allegedly sexually abused minors, in Gdansk, Poland, on Feb. 21, 2019. The activists said it was an act of protest against the Polish Catholic Church for failing in resolving the problem of clergy sex abuse. The protest comes as Pope Francis has gathered church leaders from around the world at the Vatican to grapple with the church’s sex abuse crisis. (AP Photo/Bartek Sabela/Gazeta Wyborcza)Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear speaks to the denomination’s executive committee on Feb. 18, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Just days after a newspaper investigation revealed hundreds of sexual abuse cases by Southern Baptist ministers and lay leaders over the past two decades, Greear spoke about plans to address the problem. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)Children carry pictures of murdered community activist Samir Flores Soberanes as they walk behind his coffin in Amilcingo, Mexico, on Feb. 21, 2019. Flores, who was fighting against a plan to build a gas pipeline through his central Mexico town, was killed Wednesday, three days before a scheduled public referendum on the energy generation project. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)Protestors throw stones during a clash between communities while protesting against Thursday’s attack on a paramilitary convoy that killed at least 40 in Kashmir, in Jammu, India, on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi placed the blame for Thursday’s bombing squarely on neighboring Pakistan, which India accuses of supporting rebels in Kashmir. The attack has raised tensions elsewhere in Hindu-majority India. Hundreds of residents carrying India’s national flag in Hindu-dominated Jammu city in the Muslim-majority state burned vehicles and hurled rocks at homes in Muslim neighborhoods, officials said. (AP Photo/Channi Anand) Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Trump sets up abortion obstacles, barring clinic referrals By: Kit Doyle Tagshomepage featured photos photos of the week Top Story,You may also like Kit Doyle,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Share This! News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts The ‘Splainer: What’s the United Methodist special session all about? Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Sonic Mania Gets a Release Date and an Awesome New Trailer

first_img After numerous delays, Sonic Mania will finally be released this summer. Sega has announced that the retro-tastic Sonic the Hedgehog game will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch on August 15. Best of all, it will cost $19.99 across all platforms. To celebrate the announcement, we’re treated to a brand-new trailer.The new trailer is a mix of animation and in-game footage. Unlike Sonic Forces, Sonic Mania is a throwback to classic Sonic games from the Sega Genesis era. Based on everything that has been shown so far, it appears the game is based on (the criminally underrated) Sonic CD — albeit with more animations. As we previously reported, Sonic Mania will have new levels and remixed versions of classic stages.“Experience the ultimate celebration of past and future in Sonic Mania, an all-new 2D Sonic adventure running at a crisp 60FPS with stunning HD retro-style graphics,” says Sega (via Gematsu). “Multiple playable characters give you the ability to go explosively fast as Sonic, soar as Tails, or power through tough obstacles with Knuckles’ brute strength. You can re-live the Sonic of the past with an exciting new twist on classic zones while fighting against new bosses and Dr. Eggman’s evil robot army. Go head-to-head with players in Competition Mode or play in Co-Op Mode with a friend. Sonic Mania is developed by Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, and PagodaWest Games in collaboration with Sonic Team. Welcome to Sonic Mania!”For many Sonic the Hedgehog fans, this is the game they have been waiting for. It is unclear why Sonic Mania has been delayed so many times (it was originally set to release in early Spring). But whatever the case may be, it won’t be too long before we’re spin-dashing around levels the way we used to when we were younger. Sonic Mania will be a great way to beat back the summer drought, that’s for sure. Hands-On: ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Seems FineLive-Action ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Delayed to 2020 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Mamata pays tribute to bravehearts of Mumbai terror attacks

first_imgKolkata: On the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday paid tribute to those who laid down their lives to protect others. She also extended sympathies to those who lost their dear ones in the attacks carried out by 10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based terrorist organisation, in 2008. “On the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 attack, my sincere tribute to those who lost their lives on that day. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Salutes to the police and military personnel, and civilians, who put their lives on the line to save people. Heartfelt sympathies with the families who lost their dear ones,” Banerjee said in a Twitter post on Monday. Terrorists carried out a string of coordinated shooting and bombing attacks that began on November 26 and lasted until November 29, 2008 in which more than 159 people, including 9 attackers were killed and over a hundred wounded in the business capital of the country.last_img read more

Watch out for these roadworks affecting your journeys in StokeonTrent this week

first_imgRoadworks on the M6, A500 and A50 North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDrivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across Stoke-on-Trent this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. The following roadworks are taking place in the city. between Monday September 24 and Sunday September 30. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. If you only want information about roadworks in a different area of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit the links below, otherwise scroll down for the roadworks most likely to disrupt your journey in Stoke-on-Trent. All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks from September 24 until September 30 Roadworks in Newcastle Borough Roadworks in the Staffordshire Moorlands Roadworks in Stafford Borough/Uttoxeter M6 to shut for 24 hours Roadworks in Stoke-on-Trent Roadworks in South Cheshire Stoke-on-Trent A- K Abbey Hulton: Multi-way traffic lights on Leek Road from September 3 until October 12 Bentilee: Two way traffic lights on Dividy Road between numbers 101 and 171 from September 7 until November 8. Bentilee: Two way lights on Dividy Road near junction with Anchor Road from September 18 until September 26 Bucknall: Two way traffic signals on Eaves Lane near Bucknall Church from September 20 until September 24 Bucknall: Multi-way traffic signals on Werrington Road from outside 391 to number 427 (near junction with Corneville Road) from September 24 until September 27. Chell: Roadworks and road closures on Biddulph Road from September 24 until October 5 Cobridge: Carriageway way incursion on Cobridge Road from September 20 until September 26 Hartshill: Multi-way traffic signals on Queens Road and Princes Road from September 26 until October 4 Hartshill: Give and take traffic control on Shelton New Road from September 20 until September 24. Hanley: Two way traffic signals on A52 Leek Road from September 19 until September 25 Hanley: Roadworks and road closure on Slippery Lane until October 4 Read MoreAaron Nixon inquest: Dad-of-one, 30, died minutes after rescuing friend from pool L – P Lightwood: Two way traffic lights on A5005 Lightwood Road outside Land End from September 24 until September 26 Longton: Roadworks and Road closure on Commerce Street and Market Place from June 7 until October 29 Longton: Two way traffic lights on Sutherland Road from September 24 until October 5 Longton: Roadworks and road closures on Spring Garden Road at junction with Trentham Road until September 24 Longton: Carriageway incursion on Times Square until October 29 Normacot: Multi-way traffic lights on Upper Normacot Road at the junction with Eversley Road from September 26 until October 9 Norton: Two way traffic controls on Norton Lane near St Bartholomews Church from September 28 until October 4 Penkhull: Two way traffic signals on Honeywall from September 24 until September 28 Read MoreThese two Stoke-on-Trent bingo halls have been given a makeover – and they’re now giving away goodie bags! S-T Shelton: Ashford Street closed until November 10 Shelton: Multi-way traffic lights on Station Road until September 30 Stoke: Roadworks and road closure on A5006 Campbell Road from September 20 until October 1 Stoke: Carriageway incursion on Church Street from September 26 until September 28 Stoke: Give and take traffic control on London Road from September 21 until September 25 Trentham: Carriageway incursion on Stone Road (A34) from September 21 until September 25 Trent Vale: Carriageway incursion on Campbell Road near Stone Road Business Park from September 24 until September 28 Trent Vale: Lane Closure on A34 Stone Road near Riverside Road from August 13 until October 5 Tunstall: Two way traffic signals on A5271 Brownhills Road outside Tunstall Trade Park from September 24 until September 28 Tunstall: Multi-way traffic lights on Harewood Street from the junction near Lascelles Street from September 24 until January 11 2019 Tunstall: Roadworks and road closures on Lascelles Street from September 10 until November 2 Tunstall: Multi-way traffic lights on Madison Street near junction with High Street from September 20 until September 24 Read MoreTwo arrested after getting stuck in traffic while trying while flee police on A53 Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more

ICC hotel plans change

first_imgPlans for Sydney’s International Convention Centre (ICC) twin towers have been scaled down to a single structure by construction company, Lend Lease. Lend Lease has not yet announced a buyer and operator for the hotel. The new development application outlines 31 levels of accommodation, with a five-level podium including a lobby, ballroom, bar, restaurant, gym and a top-level club louge for loyalty guests. Construction is due to begin at the close of 2014, with plans to open in late 2016. Initially a dual tower, 900-room hotel complex was to be built near to the new ICC, however, Lend Lease has lodged a development application for a 38 storey, 656-room single tower, The Australian reported. Community concerns of over-shadowing and obstruction of water views were said to be the primary reasons for the change in plans. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ It’s been a full week since Indianapolis Colts owner JimIrsay and Peyton Manning held their emotional pressconference announcing that the future Hall of Famer wasdone in Indy.Since then, Manning has embarked on a whirlwind tour ofvisits that’s taken him from Miami to Denver to Phoenix toIndianapolis to Raleigh-Durham, where he’s set to meetwith the Tennessee Titans. And in that week, the group of the likeliest cities forManning to call home has changed a little bit, at leastaccording to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more