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Deadlock continues on Maharashtra government formation

first_imgAccording to government sources, the BJP has begun preparations for the swearing-in ceremony at Wankhede Stadium.The party is believed to have entrusted two senior leaders with making the required arrangements. A senior BJP leader said, “We are preparing for a swearing-in on November 5 or 7, just two days before the deadline to install a government. We hope the Sena will extend support by then as promised under the 50:50 formula.” Shiv Sena can form government without BJP, says Sanjay Raut Maharashtra could be headed for President’s Rule if the new government is not formed by November 7, senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar said on Friday. Mr. Mungantiwar said alliance talks between the BJP and the Shiv Sena were stalled because of Deepavali festivities and parleys will resume in two or three days. Mr. Mungantiwar made the comments in an interview to a Marathi TV channel.“People of Maharashtra have given the mandate not to any party but to the mahayuti. A new government will have to be in place within the stipulated time, or else the President will have to intervene. President’s Rule will be imposed if the government formation doesn’t happen in the given time,” he said.It has been eight days since the Assembly poll results were declared, but a new government has not been formed in Maharashtra as the saffron allies in the mahayuti are unable to decide who should become the Chief Minister.The term of the 13th Assembly ends on November 9. In 1999 and 2004, government formation was delayed for over two weeks when the then victorious allies — the Congress and the NCP — could not agree on a power-sharing arrangement.Under Article 356 of the Constitution, the President can take over the administration of a State if the Governor submits a report stating that the Assembly is unable to elect a leader as Chief Minister for a time prescribed by the Governor. The longest duration that Maharashtra was under President’s Rule was for 112 days in 1980. The then Assembly was dissolved on February 17, 1980, despite the then chief minister Sharad Pawar enjoying majority support in the House.Also Readlast_img read more

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Streaking Letran out to sustain turnaround in NCAA

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Rey Nambatac has keyed the Knights’ resurgence and Letran hopes to extend its streak against the San Sebastian Stags at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.But Napa said his Knights should brace for a tough duel against the Stags, who also posted back-to-back triumphs to grab a share of fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“San Sebastian is a physical team and really likes to run so it’s going to be tough,” said Napa.Emilio Aguinaldo College, tied with San Sebastian at 3-3, tangles with Jose Rizal U at 2 p.m., while struggling Arellano and Perpetual Help clash at 12 noon. Coach Jeff Napa thinks Letran finally found its right rhythm after stringing three wins in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.“We’re starting to pick up right now,” Napa said of his Knights, who climbed to solo third at 4-3 after a woeful 1-3 start.ADVERTISEMENT The Generals had a shot at reclaiming the third spot against the Knights last week even minus injured Cameroonian Hamadou Laminou, who sustained a season-ending ACL injury .But end-game miscues doomed the Generals for a 97-93 setback against the Knights.Bong Quinto has also stepped up for the Knights, the last during their 63-61 escape over the Altas where the veteran forward nailed the go-ahead basket.The thrilling win pushed the Knights behind league leaders Lyceum (7-0) and San Beda (6-1).“The players didn’t give up,” said Napa. “That’s where you really see the character of the players.” —JASMINE W. PAYOADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Anton youngest to top slalom race at 12 NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

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– For JGLS students who graduated in 2015, institutes for

first_imgpursuing LL.M degrees included Oxford University, Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, Central European University, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, George Washington University Law School, Maurer School of Law, Indiana, University of Essex School of Law, University of San Francisco Law School, and World Trade Institute, Berne. Many accepted students have also received generous scholarships including the Benjamin Gupta Memorial Scholarship, GW, Deans Merit Scholarship, Benjamin Cardozo, and several tuition waivers. – Several graduating students also opted to prepare for competitive exams for civil and judicial services.Higher Education Details University of AdmissionNumber of Students University of Oxford, UK1 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, USA1 World Trade Institute, Switzerland1 Korea University, South Korea1 Georgetown University Law Center, USA1 Indiana University Maurer School of Law, USA1 University of San Francisco, USA1 Columbia University, USA 1 University of Warwick, UK 1 Lewis & Clark Law School, USA 1 Central European University, Hungary 1 George Washington University Law School, USA 2 Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands 1 University of Essex, UK 1 Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, USA 1 GD Goenka University 1 TOTAL 17DETAILED STATISTICS: JGLS PROGRAM Entrepreneur Misc. Judiciary Foreign Government Organization TOTAL B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) & LL.B. 533-11 LL.M. (2014 – 15)- – -2 2TOTAL5 3 3 213JGLS PROGRAM Law Firms Corporate In-House Litigation Academia/Non-profit Higher Studies TOTAL B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) & LL.B. 3481151775 LL.M. (2014 – 15)15 4–10 TOTAL 35 1315517–About JGLS: Located in the vibrant National Capital Region, Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), part of O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU), imparts a rigorous and multi-disciplinary legal education with a view to producing world-class legal professionals, scholars, and public servants. JGLS empowers its students with knowledge, skills, and vision to meet the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing world.advertisementFor more information, please visit: http://www.jgls.edu.in Media Contact: Nagendra Gupta nagendra@jgu.edu.in +91-8396907393 Deputy Manager Communications and Public Affairs O.P. Jindal Global University Source: O.P. Jindal Global University (PRN) KSClast_img read more

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SPORT-IPL-KALLIS 2 LAST

first_imgShowering praise on their Jamaican all-rounder Andre Showering praise on their Jamaican all-rounder Andre Russell, Kallis said: “Andres been magnificent for us the last couple of years. Hes really come up leaps and bounds as a cricketer. Hes very destructive at the death as we have seen many times.” Man-of-the-match Russells 4/20 and the run-out of Axar Patel (21 from seven balls) completed their seven-run win against KXIP last night. “I think he really did well under pressure with the task to defend 12 in the last over. He really stood up and made it count. will take a lot of confidence from this.” On their ace spinner Sunil Narines injury, Kallis hoped that Trinidad off-spinner would be fit before their Sundays clash against Gujarat Lions. “He hurt his bowling finger in warm-up against previous game. He wasnt fit. We will wait and see. Hopefully he will be ready by Sunday.” Kallis further said theyre lucky to have Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan as their team owner. “We always feel hes with us. Win or lose hes always sending messages. We have learnt a lot from him. Hes so humble even after what hes achieved. He lifts the guys when hes at the ground. Were certainly lucky to have someone like him around.” An avid golfer, Kallis, in a lighter vein, said he found the sport a tad bit frustrating compared to cricket. “If I look back to my career, you can hit the cricket ball travelling at 150kph roughly wherever you want to… But the golf ball standing still, you cant hit where you want to. Its very frustrating indeed. They say golf is a good way to relax but Im not really convinced about that,” he signed off. PTI TAP PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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ICC Champions Trophy: A capsule look at all eight teams

first_imgSOUTH AFRICAODI RANKING: 1BEST RESULT: Champion 1998LAST TIME: SemifinalsSQUAD: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Keshav Maharaj, Dwaine Pretorius, Farhaan Behardien, Morne MorkelCOACH: Russell DomingoEye-catching series victories over India (away), England, New Zealand (twice), and 5-0 whitewashes of Australia and Sri Lanka in the last two years have lifted South Africa to No. 1.Unbeaten in a bilateral ODI series since July 2015 until losing to England 2-1 in the Champions Trophy warmups, the South Africans have the top-ranked batsman in AB de Villiers and the top-ranked bowlers in seamer Kagiso Rabada and legspinner Imran Tahir. On paper, they should be the favorites but they famously fail to deliver at the big ODI tournaments.AP PhotoThe Champions Trophy is the one the South Africans have won, claiming the inaugural title in 1998.Once again, with the pressure on, they have to prove they have the mental strength to go with a lineup that is powerful in every department.Opening batsmen Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla have forged a hugely effective partnership. Get one of them out and there’s still de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy and David Miller to come.Tahir has been in red-hot form, but Rabada leads a pace attack that is always reliable, while there might even be a return from injury for Dale Steyn if he proves his fitness in time.ODDS: 4-1advertisementAUSTRALIAODI RANKING: 2BEST RESULT: Champion 2006, 2009LAST TIME: Group stageSQUAD: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam ZampaCOACH: Darren LehmannAfter failing to win a game in its trophy defense in 2013, Australia intends to regain the championship by blasting all-comers.The batting lineup is impressive, boasting David Warner, captain Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, and Glenn Maxwell. They’re bolstered by the prolific Chris Lynn, who recovered in the Indian Premier League from another shoulder injury.A powerful pace attack will be complete if Mitchell Starc can fire. Starc was picked with Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, and Pat Cummins. Injuries have limited their appearances together, and Starc is underdone after injuring his foot in the test series against India three months ago. His ability to seam the ball on English pitches is invaluable, and he couldn’t bowl in the last warmup on Monday because of rain.None of the squad was part of the 2006 and 2009 champions, but seven were involved in winning the 2015 World Cup, albeit at home.Nearly two-thirds of the squad have been playing in the IPL, so they come match-fit to a point. But some who played in the India test series may also be mentally tired entering a third straight big event.For all of Australia’s weapons, it’s still not as intimidating as it was in the previous decade. In the past summer, Australia was swept aside in South Africa and New Zealand, the latter its first group opponent on Friday.ODDS: 3-1INDIAODI RANKING: 3BEST RESULT: Champion 2002, 2013LAST TIME: ChampionSQUAD: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Dinesh KarthikCOACH: Anil KumbleWhen India ended a two-week delay and revealed its squad, it banked on experienced 50-over format players to defend the trophy rather than going on the form of aspirant cricketers from its glamorous Twenty20 premier league.Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and Dinesh Karthik all were part of the 2013 winning squad.”We respect the IPL, but when it comes to the longer formats and when it comes to the English conditions we have looked at performances over the last year,” chief selector MSK Prasad said. “And the experience. Experience is of paramount importance.”India beefed up its middle-order batting by recalling Yuvraj Singh, who last played in the tournament in 2006.Dhawan, the left-handed opening batsman, was player of the 2013 championship, also held in England, and in Kumar and Bumrah, India’s fast bowling looks as lethal as any other team’s.Virat Kohli had a reasonable IPL with the bat but couldn’t prevent his side finishing last. He captains India in his first major ICC event, and is fortunate to have beside him the great Dhoni, the calm and calculated wicketkeeper-batstman, who can seemingly win any game on his own and from any tough situation.advertisementIndia is a hot favorite to make it to the semifinals from Group B, which also includes Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and South Africa.ODDS: 9-2NEW ZEALANDODI RANKING: 4BEST RESULT: Champion 2000LAST TIME: Group stageSQUAD: Kane Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Luke Ronchi, Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, Jimmy Neesham, Corey Anderson, Mitch Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Jeetan Patel, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent BoultCOACH: Mike HessonIf New Zealand gets its lineup right, it could win the Champions Trophy, 17 years after its one and only major success.New Zealand was a World Cup finalist in 2015, and a World Twenty20 semifinalist in 2016, and has developed a thick skin, like captain Kane Williamson.The only question marks surround Martin Guptill’s opening partner, and which allrounders to leave out in the middle order.Tom Latham lost his opening batsman-wicketkeeper position during the home series against South Africa in February after a run of six single-figure scores. He came right in the recent triseries in Ireland, scoring a century and two half-centuries. Meanwhile, Luke Ronchi kept wicket in the triseries, then opened with Guptill against India at the weekend in a warmup and scored a 63-ball 66.Presuming New Zealand accommodate Latham and Ronchi and fit-again fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan, then there’s two middle-order berths and four allrounders to pick, from Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, and Corey Anderson.De Grandhomme, coming off the IPL, hasn’t scored more than 32 or taken more than two wickets in a match since he returned to the ODI side in December. Neesham has batted well this year with 274 runs at an average of 34.25, but taken only four wickets.Santner has been the opposite, spinning out 18 wickets in 11 matches, but scoring only 113 runs. Anderson hasn’t scored more than 35 or taken two wickets in a match since the 2015 World Cup semifinals.Guptill and Ross Taylor are the only survivors from the team which reached the 2009 final, and are among seven from the 2013 side.ODDS: 9-1ENGLANDODI RANKING: 5BEST RESULT: Final 2004, 2013LAST TIME: FinalSQUAD: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.COACH: Trevor BaylissTest cricket used to be king in England.It still might be, in the eyes of the fans and traditionalists, but England coach Trevor Bayliss – in charge since June 2015 – has ensured the shorter formats now get as much attention as the five-day game.”We turn our back on ODI cricket too much,” Andrew Strauss, the director of England’s national team, said in appointing Bayliss, “not because it isn’t important, but because we aren’t very good at it.”Reuters PhotoThat’s not the case anymore. England has a vibrant, dynamic side with genuine world-class players in Joe Root, Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes, a deep and threatening batting lineup that has the luxury of Moeen Ali potentially at No. 7, and a balanced bowling attack.advertisementPlaying at home and in conditions that suit them, the English will be hard to beat in the Champions Trophy as they go in search of their first ICC 50-over trophy.The turnaround since England was eliminated embarrassingly in the group stage of the 2015 Cricket World Cup has been stunning. The players have freedom to be positive and aggressive, the mindset is attacking, and the hierarchy wants the team to be entertaining. There is no longer the fear of making mistakes.The English just have to handle the pressure, which is easier said than done. This is the third time they have hosted the Champions Trophy – after 2004 and 2013 – and they have reached the final both times, only to lose to West Indies in fading light and then to India in a rain-affected match reduced to 20 overs per side.ODDS: 5-2BANGLADESHODI RANKING: 6BEST RESULT: Group stage 2002, 2004LAST TIME: Did not qualifySQUAD: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Sunzamul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Shafiul IslamCOACH: Chandika HathurusinghaBangladesh isn’t tipped to win the Champions Trophy but it has the ability to spoil the party of the three other teams in Group A: Australia, England, and New Zealand.Bangladesh last played in the Champions Trophy in 2006, but their rapid rise in ODIs earned it direct qualification.Since the 2015 World Cup in Australia, where Bangladesh was knocked out in the quarterfinals, it has won four home ODI series against Pakistan, India, South Africa, and Afghanistan.It has played just two series outside home, losing to New Zealand 3-0 and drawing in Sri Lanka 1-1.”We have the opportunity to demonstrate how good our ODI skills are,” selector Habibul Bashar said.Captain Mashrafe Mortaza and allrounder Shakib Al Hasan are the only survivors from 2006, but excitement is also expected from wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, and middle-order batsman Mahmudullah, whose offspin bowling could also come in handy.Fast bowler Shafiul Islam has been recalled to back up left-armer Mustafizur Rahman, who has the ability to exploit the seaming conditions in England.ODDS: 40-1SRI LANKAODI RANKING: 7BEST RESULT: Champion 2002LAST TIME: SemifinalsSQUAD: Angelo Mathews (captain), Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Pradeep, Upul Tharanga, Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Kulasekera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera, Lasith Malinga, Lakshan Sandakan, Kusal Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Seekkuge PrasannaCOACH: Graham FordSri Lanka has been bolstered by the return of fit-again captain Angelo Mathews and tearaway fast bowler Lasith Malinga.Beside them, batsmen Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Perera, fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekera, and allrounder Thisara Perera are the other survivors from Sri Lanka’s 2013 squad, which reached the semifinals.Former South Africa fast bowler Alan Donald has been roped in as bowling coach specifically for the Champions Trophy, and he has high expectations of the team against fellow subcontinent rivals Pakistan and India in Group B.”I know I’ve got a very short stint to try and make an impact,” Donald said. “The conditions will be very very challenging, especially in the start of June, but that’s all part and parcel of unpacking the final product.”The final product is built on faith. Mathews and Malinga have been playing in the Indian Premier League since recovering from hamstring and knee injuries respectively. Middle-order batsman Chamara Kapugedara’s last ODI was 18 months ago.The top order should be OK with Upul Tharanga, who led Sri Lanka in the absence of the injured Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne.But they start against top-ranked South Africa, who beat them 5-0 this year.ODDS: 28-1PAKISTANODI RANKING: 8BEST RESULT: Semifinals 2000, 2004, 2009LAST TIME: Group stageSQUAD: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Faheem AshrafCOACH: Mickey ArthurPakistan, the three-time semifinalist, needs to change the conservative approach of its batsmen to have any chance of advancing from the group stage.The batting has let down the ODI team over the last two years. The slide began under Azhar Ali’s captaincy when Bangladesh whitewashed Pakistan 3-0 in 2015 then England, New Zealand, and Australia exposed the fragile lineup.Ali stepped down from the captaincy after Australia won 4-1 this year, and he was not included in the recent series in the West Indies. Often criticized for batting too slow in the top order, Ali has nevertheless been recalled for the Champions Trophy.New captain Sarfraz Ahmed, one of nine players making their Champions Trophy debut, has to marshall his work-in-progress side against defending champion India, top-ranked South Africa, and Sri Lanka in Group B.At least the bowlers look good, with the likes of fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, and new legspin sensation Shadab Khan.Shoaib Malik, who scored a century against the West Indies, is making his sixth Champions Trophy appearance, and Mohammad Hafeez his third.ODDS: 14-1last_img read more

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Xiaomi Mi 5X with dual rear cameras, MIUI 9 may launch in India in September

first_imgXiaomi launched the Mi 5X – which may be considered as a mini Mi 6 – in China last month. Now, Xiaomi VP and India MD Manu Kumar Jain has hinted on Twitter, that the company may launch the Mi 5X in India in September. “Can’t wait for you guys to check out Xiaomi’s first dual-camera phone in India. Coming next month,” Jain wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.Although the tweet makes no specific mention of the Mi 5X, the fact that it talks about dual rear cameras suggest Xiaomi may bring the mini Mi 6 to India as early as next month. Some may say that even the Mi 6 may stand a chance, since it also comes with a dual camera system on the rear, and the fact that Xiaomi is dangerously missing out on a flagship phone in India for a long time now, make it a bigger – and safer – bet for the company in question. But, last we heard, the Mi 6 isn’t coming to India, which means unless there’s a very drastic change in plans, the dual camera phone that Manu is hinting at should be anything but the Mi 6.Can’t wait for you guys to check out Xiaomi’s first dual-camera phone in India! Coming next month! ?º?Can you guess which one? pic.twitter.com/UhtFphm0GT- Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) August 8, 2017Alternatively, there are also speculations that Xiaomi is silently working on the Mi Note 3 – successor to last year’s Mi Note 2 – and that phone could come with a dual camera system. Xiaomi is said to launch the Mi Note 3 in China in August itself, and there’s a very slight possibility that it may launch the phone in India next month. But, that’s just speculation. The closest thing to reality however is the Mi 5X, and for now, it seems that is the phone that would be launching in India in September.The Mi 5X notably brings the Mi 6’s dual rear cameras to the masses. The Mi 5X, just like the Mi 6, (also) comes with a dual camera setup on the rear — 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel — where one lens is wide-angle while the other is telephoto. The Mi 6 dual cameras offer 2X optic zoom and 10X digital zoom (just like the iPhone 7 Plus) and therefore technically result in clearer distant shots and professional bokeh effects in portraits. The Mi 5X should be more or less on similar lines.advertisementThe Xiaomi Mi 5X comes with a full metal unibody design and a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone, with its all metal body and dual rear cameras looks remarkably like the iPhone 7 Plus from every nook and corner. Everything from the 2.5 D curved glass on the front to the antenna lines placement on the back, screams the iPhone. The only visible difference is seen in the fingerprint scanner placement. As opposed to the iPhone 7 Plus that comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Xiaomi Mi 5X sports one on the back. It comes with physical capacitive — soft keys — keys on the front and will be available in three colours: black, gold and rose gold (pink).On the hardware side, the Mi 5X comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with 4 gigs of RAM under the hood. It comes with 64GB of internal storage and USB Type-C for charging and data syncing. It is further backed by a 3,080mAh battery.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi 5X Vs Mi 6: Dual rear-camera feature in both but there are many differenceslast_img read more

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After conquering World of Dance, The Kings all set to appear on The Kapil Sharma Show

first_imgMumbai’s hip-hop dance crew The Kings made every Indian proud when they won the internationally acclaimed US dance show World of Dance. The popular dance group will now appear on Sony TV’s The Kapil Sharma Show.Comedy king Kapil Sharma shares a great rapport with film stars who are often seen promoting their movies on his show. However, the comedian also welcomes achievers from different fields like sports, dance and music. Recently, Olympic medalists Sakshi Malik and Yogeshwar Dutt and table tennis champion Manika Batra had graced The Kapil Sharma Show. And, now Kapil has welcomed The Kings who brought laurels to the nation.Suresh Mukund, founder and choreographer of The Kings took to Instagram to share the news. He wrote, “All set for #TheKapilSharmaShow.”The Kings became the talk of the town ever since they won NBC’s dance reality show World of Dance. The 14-member squad not just won the hearts of judges (Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo and Derek Hough) but also took home the prize money of 1 million dollars.The Kings, which earlier known as the Fictitious Dance Group was formed by Suresh Mukund and Vernon Monteiro in 2009. They have participated in multiple Indian dance shows like Boogie Woogie, Entertainment Ke liye Kuch Bhi Karega and India’s Got Talent.advertisementAlso read | All you need to know about World of Dance winner The KingsAlso read | Here’s why Jennifer Lopez threw a shoe at World of Dance winner The Kingslast_img read more

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Grayers x SeaVees Launches Stylish Fall Sneakers

first_imgClassic prep meets West Coast style in the new Grayers x SeaVees collaboration — and for menswear fans everywhere, that’s very good news indeed. The two brands have just launched their new stylish fall sneakers collaboration. And at affordable prices, they’re sure to become your new favorites.Fall style is a time typically dominated by rugged leather chukka boots and the like, but the slew of seasonally appropriate footwear in this collaboration–from the Maslon Desert Boot at the very top of the page to the Legend Sneaker–blend the best of fall-ready Grayers fabrics with classic SeaVees silhouettes. The collaboration keeps the classic, California beach-ready aesthetic of SeaVees sneakers and updates it from the prep style viewpoint on which Grayers was founded–and it’s a well-done effort. It’s also affordably priced: styles range from $98 (for the Army Issue Low) to $108 (for the Maslon Desert Boot). That means you should pick up more than a few pairs and wear them as much as possible this fall. Grayers and SeaVees went through the extensive Grayers fabric archives before landing on premium fabrics and that’s admirable when you look at the resulting product.Related: Life After Denim’s New Menswear Is HereIn particular, styles like the Maslon Desert Boot best exemplify the merger between the two brands, taking cold-weather components like a brushed flecked flannel upper from Grayers and blending it with SeaVees’ chukka  silhouette.It’s definitely a sneaker that exudes downtown cool while remaining totally office-ready–wear these with slim dark denim and a cable cream sweater on a casual Friday and turn some heads. Other styles, like the Legend Sneaker, take a low-cut silhouette and mash it up with excellent Grayers fabric options, inspired by classic suiting styles. The grey flannel option would sit handsomely under dark denim or contrast nicely with a rugged field jacket for casual weekend style. Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs Not to be forgotten, the Army Issue Low uses rugged olive twill and a soft cotton canvas lining to re-shape the way one thinks about fall sneakers–it’s a time of rugged leather boots, but it’s also a time to play with texture in your everyday fall sneakers. It’s certainly as good a time as any to refresh your fall footwear closet, too. The olive twill sneakers are going to contrast sharply (in a good way) with navy chinos or even grey herringbone trousers–try it out next time you want to switch up your look for the office or date night.When one considers the mix of style, affordability, and unique-yet-versatile footwear options at play, the Grayers x SeaVees collaboration is a heck of a place to start when it comes to fall style–and you should certainly start shopping soon. Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know center_img Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019 last_img read more

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Local Authorities Honoured

first_imgFive local authorities and two organisations were given special awards at the Third Annual Local Government Recognition Awards ceremony, held at Laughing Waters, Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on November 30.  The ceremony was the culmination of activities for Local Government and Community Development Month, which is observed in November each year.  This year’s activities were observed under the theme: ‘Local Government; on a mission together, building better communities’. Those awarded were:  The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), for outstanding performance in improvement in overall Property Tax collections; the Westmoreland Parish Council, for outstanding performance in engaging citizens’ participation in the affairs of Local Government; the St. Elizabeth Parish Council, for its efforts at improving the Welfare of the Poor; and the St. Thomas Parish Council, for outstanding performance in enhancing own source revenue. The  Manchester Parish Council was awarded jointly with the Westmoreland Parish Council for best overall performance in the implementation of core Local Government Reform initiatives. Organisations  recognised were  the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), which received the Minister’s award; and Food For The Poor, which received the Minister’s special award, both for partnership with the local authorities in the reform agenda. Addressing the ceremony, Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, commended all support groups that work with the local authorities across the island, adding that this year’s theme and the fact that two such organisations were being awarded at the ceremony, was testament of that support. “It goes to show that we are mindful of the support that we are getting from our partners in the private sector and outside of Government,” he noted. The State Minister said that as the Local Government Reform process is advanced, he is encouraging local authorities to do all they can to be self-sufficient, and that there are some local authorities working hard to make a difference in that respect.last_img read more

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Meteo Consult Secures Equipment Contract from Maersk Line

first_imgzoom The Dutch weather routing software supplier Meteo Consult and Amarcon, have received an order from Maersk Line to equip a minimum of 110 Maersk Line container vessels with SPOS Seakeeping. The Seakeeping plug-in is a feature within Meteo Consults weather routing software SPOS. With this plug-in the user can define vessel loading conditions and motion threshold values based on the input of Amarcon’s OCTOPUS-Onboard.Amarcon, a fully owned subsidiary of ABB, provides monitoring and forecasting software solutions for performance and availability optimization of sea-going vessels, and is the leader in vessel motion prediction solutions.In the SPOS Seakeeping chart, areas can be displayed where motions are expected to exceed the threshold values. In the route optimisation, the motions are also calculated and the route optimisation will automatically avoid areas where maximum motions will be exceeded. With the Seakeeping plug-in the routing advice for a vessel is far more precise and tailored to the individual vessel, because of the fact that not only environmental conditions like wind, currents and swell are taken into account, but the effect that these changing conditions have on the overall seakeeping behaviour of the vessel.In the coming months the software will be rolled out on a minimum of 110 vessels of the world wide operating cargo transporter Maersk Line. General Manager Leon Adegeest from Amarcon says: “We take great pride in delivering a response based routing advice together with our partner Meteo Consult to a company that is considered by Freight Forward Associates to be the best shipping company in the world.”Meteo Consult, November 14, 2013last_img read more

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Agreement to Help Attract Temporary Foreign Workers to Province

first_imgNova Scotia will be able to respond faster to the needs of employers through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The province has signed an agreement with the federal government that provides Nova Scotia with a greater role in helping employers bring temporary foreign workers to the province. “Attracting temporary international workers to Nova Scotia will help ensure there is enough skilled labour available for our businesses and industries,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Immigration. “Temporary international workers have technical skills and international contacts our companies and communities need to remain innovative, productive and competitive, the key priorities outlined in government’s jobsHere plan to grow the economy.” The provincial government will be able to recommend the entry of some temporary foreign workers without requiring a labour market assessment by Service Canada. The exemptions will be determined according to criteria to be set by the province. The agreement also provides a framework for closer co-operation between the two levels of government to better educate employers and potential workers about their rights and responsibilities. “Temporary foreign workers are an essential element of the Canadian economy and it is only right to take steps to protect them from exploitation,” said Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. “We are actively taking those steps, with agreements such as this, and with the new regulations that take effect nationwide on April 1.” “The government of Nova Scotia has a central role in protecting workers, including temporary foreign workers, from mistreatment, and this agreement formally recognizes that role,” added Mr. Kenney. “Let me be clear, temporary foreign workers have the same rights as Canadian citizens or permanent residents under provincial labour laws.” A number of interesting and innovative pilot initiatives are included in the agreement. They are designed to respond to region-specific issues with temporary foreign workers, and are aligned with economic and social development priorities of Nova Scotia. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program is driven by employer demand and aims to fill identified labour shortages where no suitable Canadian workers or permanent residents are available. The agreement, an annex to the Agreement for Canada-Nova Scotia Co-operation on Immigration, provides a framework for closer co-operation between the two governments to better educate employers and potential workers about their rights and responsibilities.last_img read more

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Antlerless Deer Hunting Stamps Available

first_imgNova Scotians looking for a chance to take an antlerless deer during the annual deer hunt can submit applications starting Thursday, Aug. 2. There will be 8,500 permits available this year. Nova Scotia uses a zone system to determine the number of antlerless licences, based on the abundance of deer in various areas. There are 12 deer zones across the province and applicants should review them before applying for the draw. A computerized random draw will take place Saturday, Sept. 1. Permits will be awarded in seven zones. Hunters are allowed to harvest one deer of either sex in zones 102, 105 and 107 without an antlerless deer permit. No antlerless deer permits are available in zones 111 and 112. For more information on deer zones, visit www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/deerdraw/ddZones.asp . Beginning at 7 a.m., Aug. 2, hunters can apply online by credit card at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/deerdraw/ . The non-refundable application fee is $7.40 plus HST. People can also call a 24-hour line at 1-900-565-DEER (3337) to apply. Fees for applications will be charged to the applicant’s phone bill, and cellphones cannot be used. The line will remain open until midnight, Aug. 31. Results will be available Sept. 3 on the department website. Hunters who do not apply or are unsuccessful in the draw, will still be eligible to hunt deer, where permitted. However, they will be limited to hunting bucks with antlers a minimum of 7.62 centimetres (three inches) in length in zones other than 102, 105, and 107, where there are no deer restrictions. Information on the 2012 draw can be found where hunting and angling licences are sold, or on the department website. The number of antlerless permits available for the draw has been reduced this year based on data showing a lower-than-expected growth of the deer herd in the province.last_img read more

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Taking a break from mental task Keep smartphone away

first_imgUsing a smartphone while taking a break from mentally challenging tasks does not allow the brain to recharge effectively and may result in poorer performance, according to a study. The research, published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, assigned 414 college undergraduates to solve challenging sets of word puzzles. Halfway through, some were allowed to take breaks using their cellphones. Others took breaks using paper or a computer while some took no break at all. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainResearchers from the Rutgers University in the US found that the participants who took phone breaks experienced the highest levels of mental depletion and were among the least capable of solving the puzzles afterwards. Their post-break efficiency and quickness was comparable to those with no break. Their number of word problems solved after the break was slightly better than those who took no break, but worse than all other participants. Participants who took a break on their cell phone took 19 per cent longer to do the rest of the task, and solved 22 per cent fewer problems than did those in the other break conditions combined. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”The act of reaching for your phone between tasks, or mid-task, is becoming more commonplace” said Terri Kurtzberg, an associate professor at Rutgers Business School. “It is important to know the costs associated with reaching for this device during every spare minute. We assume it’s no different from any other break — but the phone may carry increasing levels of distraction that make it difficult to return focused attention to work tasks,” said Kurtzberg. The participants were given sets of 20 word puzzles. Some were given a break halfway through, during which they were told to choose three items to buy within a specific budget, using either their cellphone, a paper circular or a computer. They were told to type or write the reasons for their selections.last_img read more

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Canadian border agent charged with possessing child porn

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA Canadian border guard stationed at a controversial customs post on the edge of Akwesasne has been snared in a massive child porn sweep launched by the OPP.The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on Friday confirmed border agent Mathieu Pahle was charged by the OPP with possesion of child porgnography. Pahle, 32, was stationed at the customs border post in Cornwall, Ont., which is situated at the foot of a new low-level bridge which spans the St. Lawrence River and connects to Cornwall Island in Akwesasne.“The CBSA has been alerted to the incident and we are fully co-operating with the police. We can confirm that Mathieu Pahle is a CBSA employee,” said the statement. “Allegations of improper or illegal behaviour by our staff are taken very seriously by the CBSA and are thoroughly investigated by CBSA’s professional standards investigation section.”The agency said it could not comment any further on the issue because it is now a criminal matter in the hands of the court.The statement did not say whether Pagle is still on the job or if any of CBSA’s computers became part of the investigationPahle is scheduled appear in Cornwall provincial court on Oct. 30.The OPP executed a total of 99 search warrants across the province during its anti-child porn operation. The Ontario police agency said it charged 60 people with a total of about 249 counts of child pornography related infractions. OPP investigators also identified 14 child victims during the investigation.The Cornwall CBSA border post also acts as a check-point which routinely screens individuals leaving Cornwall Island, even if they never left Canada. Akwesasne’s Cornwall Island is within Canadian territory.Many residents on the island complain of harassment by CBSA agents at the border post which must be crossed when travelling to Cornwall. Mundane trips for shopping or for medical appointments can be interrupted by orders to submit to secondary inspection, even if the individual never left Canada.CBSA agents are legally allowed to order secondary inspections for anyone crossing a border post.The border post once sat on the island, but Akwesasne forced its relocation after the community refused to allow armed border guards on Mohawk land.Akwesasne straddles the Canada-U.S. border about 120 kilometres west of Montreal. The region has gained notoriety as a high traffic smuggling route for tobacco, marijuana, people and weapons.jbarrera@atpn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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TSX tumbles amid Bank of Japan inaction speculation on Fed stimulus easing

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed deep in the red Tuesday amid concerns over what central banks can do to stimulate a lacklustre global economic recovery.These include the failure of Japan’s central bank to unveil more measures to boost that country’s economy, whether the U.S. Federal Reserve will start to taper off its bond purchases and a court challenge on the legality of the European Central Bank’s approach to the euro crisis.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 159.1 points to 12,223.57, led by declines in the mining and energy sectors.On the corporate front, Lululemon Athletica Inc. (TSX:LLL) (NADAQ:LULU) plunged 17.62 per cent to $69.22 on the Toronto market a day after CEO Christine Day said that she was stepping down.Meanwhile, BMO analysts cut their price target on Lululemon to US$65 from $75. Analyst John Morris observed that “the board also continues its search for senior supply chain and (executive vice-president) product heads (and) we expect it to take some time to fill the all-important roles with the right people.”Royal Bank of Canada analysts also cut their price targets on the shares, by 15 per cent to $70.The Canadian dollar inched up 0.01 of a cent to 98.15 cents US.U.S. indexes were also negative with the Dow Jones industrials down 116.57 points to 15,122.02, the Nasdaq falling 36.82 points to 3,436.95 and the S&P 500 index giving back 16.68 points to 1,626.13.“The key reason for today’s sell-off is really the Bank of Japan and that they’re leaving physical stimulus efforts really unchanged,” said Jeff Bradacs, portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“I think that’s causing a broader reaction to the market when they’re also looking at the Fed . . . what is the Fed’s view on the economy and whether that means tapering off fiscal stimulus.”The Bank of Japan started a big monetary stimulus earlier this year in an attempt to get that country’s economy out of two decades of stagnation. There had been expectations it would announce new measures Tuesday to temper the rise in government bond yields by extending the duration on its ultra-low-interest rates to banks.Instead, the bank’s policy board merely upgraded its economic assessment and the Japanese yen strengthened at least one per cent against all its 16 major peers.Investors have also been closely monitoring developments in the U.S. and looking for signs of whether the economic picture has improved enough for the Federal Reserve to reduce the amount of financial assets it buys in the markets — so-called tapering. The quantitative easing program, involving the purchase of US$85 billion of bonds each month, has kept interest rates low and also helped fuel a strong rally on U.S. stock markets.Commodity prices backed off sharply Tuesday and the gold sector was the biggest drag, down almost four per cent as August bullion dropped $9 to US$1,377 an ounce, adding further losses to a component already down 35 per cent so far this year.“For gold, if you have an improving economy, investors don’t need to be in gold stocks unless you believe in hyper-inflation and that’s not the case today with high unemployment,” added Bradacs.Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) faded 82 cents to C$19.99. Shares of Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) fell 41 cents to $6.03 after the company announced it was halting development of its Fruta del Norte project in Ecuador after it was unable to reach an agreement with the government of Ecuador on “key economic and legal terms.”The base metals component was 2.6 per cent lower while July copper retreated for a fourth day, down five cents to US$3.19 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) fell 65 cents to C$17.37 while Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ) dropped 29 cents to $6.31.The energy sector fell 1.5 per cent with July crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 39 cents to US$95.38 a barrel. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) shed 48 cents to C$30.03 and Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) was 73 cents lower to $31.07.Outside of the resource sector, financials also weighed on the TSX as Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) was 47 cents lower at $29.84.Tech stocks were also negative as BlackBerry (TSX:BB) dropped 31 cents to $13.93.Traders also looked to the start of a two-day hearing by Germany’s constitutional court on the legality of a key European Central Bank program that has been credited with calming the 3 1/2 year-old euro debt crisis. The Federal Constitutional Court is considering arguments against the ECB’s offer to buy government bonds and lower borrowing costs for indebted countries.Opponents of the bond-buying program say the program oversteps the ECB’s mandate, which forbids it from financing governments.In other corporate developments, Telus Corp. (TSX:T) shares fell 45 cents to $34.26 as the telecom called off its plan to buy small wireless provider Mobilicity after Ottawa signalled last week that it would not allow the deal. Mobilicity will now go ahead with a recapitalization plan. The deal was contingent upon the federal government allowing the transfer of wireless spectrum owned by Mobilicity to Telus.Google is buying online mapping service Waze in a deal that keeps a potentially valuable tool away from its rivals while gaining technology that could improve the accuracy and usefulness of its own popular navigation system. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Published reports have pegged the purchase price at $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion. Google shares dipped $10.41 to US$879.81. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 11, 2013 8:29 am MDT TSX tumbles amid Bank of Japan inaction, speculation on Fed stimulus easing read more

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China doubles down on internet control after tough new law

by Gerry Shih, The Associated Press Posted Nov 17, 2016 1:18 am MDT Last Updated Nov 17, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – China’s leaders and official media are pushing for greater control of the internet and technology products as tensions surrounding a far-reaching Chinese cybersecurity law loom over a gathering this week of the world’s leading tech firms and Chinese officials.The Communist Party’s mouthpiece People’s Daily warned in an editorial on Thursday that China must break monopolies over core technologies and standards and remain untethered to other countries’ technology supply chains.The commentary, aimed apparently at Silicon Valley in unusually stark terms, comes one day after President Xi Jinping called for “more fair and equitable” governance of the internet at the opening of the state-run World Internet Conference. Since 2014, China has hosted executives from the likes of Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and Alibaba in eastern China to promote its vision of an internet that is more tightly controlled by national governments rather than running unchecked as a transnational network.The conference this week has highlighted U.S. and China’s competing and increasingly entrenched views about the internet, trade and cybersecurity, and the potential for these issues to become an enduring irritant in bilateral relations.Xi reiterated on Wednesday the Chinese position of “internet sovereignty” over its 700 million Internet users, while other top leaders declared the country’s willingness to work with the global industry for mutual benefit — if security could be assured on China’s terms.Earlier this month, China passed a broad cybersecurity law that gives law enforcement greater powers to access private data and requires data to be stored locally on Chinese servers. Human rights groups have voiced concern about police overreach while U.S. firms have lobbied against the measure, saying it would wall off China’s internet and unfairly hamper their access to the market.Other Chinese proposals in recent years have effectively discouraged state-backed companies and agencies from buying foreign products out of cyber-spying concerns. China has also encouraged its state-backed sector to develop — or outright acquire — technologies in strategically critical industries like semiconductors, which it believes to be an Achilles heel of the Chinese economy. Recent efforts to acquire U.S. chip companies have been rebuffed by U.S. regulators on national security grounds.Foreign technology trade groups say the regulations have used security as a pretext for enacting protectionist trade policies to benefit China’s tech industry, and more than 40 groups signed a letter to Communist Party cyberspace officials last week urging China to respect its World Trade Organization commitments.“We are concerned that these commitments are undermined by public statements and other forms of high-level guidance that call for indigenous and controllable substitution plans for information technology products and services,” the trade groups said, while acknowledging that China faced “legitimate security concerns.”Beijing has said the internet has been overwhelmingly dominated by the United States and it has backed a proposal to transfer control over some of the internet’s core architecture to a U.N agency, the International Telecommunication Union.Critics, however, objected to letting authoritarian regimes like Iran and China get equal votes on matters affecting speech. The U.S. government in September privatized control over the systems by transferring them to a non-profit oversight organization.The People’s Daily made clear in its editorial on Thursday that China needed to avoid dependence on foreign firms “particularly by breaking monopolies over core technologies and standards and not allowing other countries to control vital supply chains.” China doubles down on internet control after tough new law read more

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Cadiz man killed in rollover crash

CADIZ, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man was killed overnight Thursday in a violent rollover crash on New Hope Road in Trigg County, according to Kentucky State Police.Investigators say 40-year old Andrew Francis, of Cadiz, went off the left shoulder of the road, hit a concrete embankment and fence, and rolled over.- Advertisement – KSP says Francis was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the 2011 Mazda.  He died at the scene.  Investigators say the accident happened around 3:44 a.m.The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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St Pauls School offering bursaries for children of parents who earn £120k

first_imgSt Paul's was meant to be “an inclusive meritocracy" Professor Mark Bailey, pictured in 1998 “The part-bursaries are being offered in a far more generous way,” he told The London Magazine.“You will be looking eventually at [families earning] £150,000, £170,000, £190,000 potentially benefiting.”He conceded that soaring fees at St Paul’s mean his school has become “increasingly unaffordable”.“It was our founder’s vision,” he said, “[to educate] boys indifferently of their background and we’ve drifted away from that.”St Paul’s School was founded by educational pioneer and dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, John Colet, in 1509.It was meant to be “an inclusive meritocracy in which boys ‘from all nations and countries indifferently’ would be educated, without regard to means or race”.But St Paul’s isn’t the only private school whose soaring fees are pushing out middle-class parents. One of Britain’s most famous private schools is offering bursaries and scholarships for children of middle-class families, even if parents earn £120,000 a year.London-based St Paul’s, which charges £7,827 a term, is offering discounts to families on a combined salary of £120,000, after headmaster Professor Mark Bailey admitted the school had become “unaffordable”.This comes amid concerns that private school fees – which have risen by 550 per cent in the past 25 years and now cost up to £30,000 annually per child – are affordable only to wealthy foreigners.Professor Bailey added that eventually, families on a combined income of £190,000 would become potential beneficiaries of bursaries. “The changes have been phenomenal with the arrival of Russians, Chinese and people from the Middle East as well as emerging countries such as Kazakhstan.”Now we are finding people coming from South America, we’re getting Brazilians and Argentinians and also Mexicans. I get people ringing me from South Africa and saying, ‘If my son gets into St Paul’s, we will move over to London.”Independent schools argue they are trying to combat the soaring increases. Figures from the Independent Schools Council (ISC) reveal that bursaries and scholarships totalled more than £850 million last year, with more than £700 million coming directly from schools’ budgets.But it isn’t just middle-class parents that are suffering as youngsters are also under increasing pressure to meet their parents’ expectations.Lucy Elphinstone, head of Francis Holland School in west London, said: “The [current situation] is fuelling desperation among parents, which is having a detrimental effect on children’s mental health.”Already schools are tackling a growing culture of tutoring children ahead of assessments as parents push them through, in many cases, up to six exams at different institutions in an effort to make it to the best school. Professor Mark Bailey, pictured in 1998Credit:Philip Harriscenter_img 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. The changes have been phenomenal with the arrival of Russians, Chinese and people from the Middle East as well as emerging countries such as KazakhstanSusan Hamlyn St Paul’s was meant to be “an inclusive meritocracy” Research shows fees are their least affordable since the 1960s and that the children of previous generations who were able to go private schools will no longer be able to do so.The average pay packet is currently around £25,000 a year but it now costs more than £30,000 to send a child to board for a year, while the annual cost of a private day school is £15,500.Particularly in London, the average private school fees have risen at triple the rate of inflation over the past five years.And the sheer volume of pupils competing for places has turned London into a ‘pressure cooker’.At the Henrietta Barnett School in Hampstead Garden Suburb, 2,000 students applied for 100 places.Soaring demand, an influx of wealthy international parents and rising costs in paying staff and modernising facilities are often-cited reasons for the increase in fees.Susan Hamlyn, a former teacher and director of The Good Schools Guide, said the increase in foreign families sending their children to private school was a major factor.She said: “I’ve been working at The Good Schools Guide for the past 16 years.last_img read more

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What events are most important for Ireland Pat Rabbitte wants to know

first_imgA REVIEW OF which sporting and cultural events should be available on free-to-air television in Ireland has been announced by government.Under current legislation, a review of which events are deemed of “major importance to society’ and should be broadcast is undertaken every three years.In 2011, Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte decided the current list of Designated Events was sufficient and it remained unchanged.It currently consists of: The Summer OlympicsThe All-Ireland Senior Football & Hurling FinalsIreland’s qualifying games in the European Football Championship & World CupOpening games, semi-finals and final of the European Football Championship Finals and the FIFA World Cup Finals TournamentThe Irish Grand National and the Irish DerbyThe Nations Cup at the Dublin Horse Show.These are earmarked for ‘live coverage’, while Ireland’s games in the Six Nations Rugby Football Championship are also contained on the list on a “deferred basis”, meaning they can be broadcast at a later date.“It is important that national events which are of great significance to Ireland be shown free to air and be available for us all to enjoy,” Minister Rabbitte said.I would urge all interested parties and members of the public to submit their views to my Department, which I will ensure are considered and will assist me in making my decision.Fine Gael TD and Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications, John O’Mahony said the recent Sky GAA deal highlights the importance of free-to-air programming.“I believe that provincial GAA finals should be designated as free to air and this process enables us to ensure that such events are designated accordingly,” he said.State broadcaster RTÉ came under fire this week for its decision to not show live coverage of the National Special Olympics, taking place in Limerick this month.“In a time when we say we want to promote equality and inclusion in our country,” Labour Senator Mary Moran said, “I feel we owe it to our 1,500 athletes, to the 3000 volunteers and the thousands of spectators and family members who will attend the games.”Ryle Nugent, Group Head of Sport at RTÉ, said that the state broadcaster recognised the “importance of the games” but has never broadcast them live, citing a lack of resources.Read: RTÉ says televising National Special Olympics would be too expensive >last_img read more

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