With the All-Star Game over, CJ Perez quickly shifts focus on 2nd round

Posted On Nov 28 2019 by

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThrough the first round of NCAA Season 93, no team has yet to unlock the secret to beating Lyceum.But for the 2017 NCAA All-Star Game, coach Topex Robinson did not hesitate to let the other players have a glimpse on the system that makes the Pirates go.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Unfortunately for Robinson and Perez, the two suffered their first defeat of the season as the Heroes fell to the Saints, 84-80.“We’re not affected by it. We know this loss won’t matter in the second round of the NCAA,” said Perez, his focus now stapled on to the next games.Perez also relished the rare chance of playing with his fellow NCAA stars.“It’s great because we’re able to joke with each other on the court and enjoy our time together. It’s great that we’re able to inspire and entertain people with this.”ADVERTISEMENT Federer looks to bond with Nadal, maybe face him at US Open Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 “He did not hide anything. Whatever he says to us, he shared it all to our teammates,” admitted CJ Perez, as he led the Heroes crew, which also consisted of stars from JRU, EAC, Arellano, and Mapua, on Friday.Robinson pulled no punches as he tried to inspire more cagers in playing the game the right way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPlayers like Kent Salado, Sidney Onwubere, and Tey Teodoro replicating the way the Pirates operate on both ends.“Even if it’s just an All-Star Game, coach wanted us to look at it differently, that we still play our game even if it’s the All-Star,” said Perez. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentslast_img read more


French Open: Satwik-Chirag Enter Final After Stunning Attacking Display Against World No.6 Pair

Posted On Nov 26 2019 by

first_img badmintonChirag Shettyfrench openFrench Open 2019 First Published: October 27, 2019, 12:08 AM IST New Delhi: India’s top men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty continued their upward trajectory as they made the final of the French Open 2019 with a straight games win over world No.6 Yuta Watanabe-Horoyuki Endo of Japan on Saturday.Satwik-Chirag put up a brilliant display of attacking badminton as they outshone the Japanese pair 21-11, 25-23 in 50 minutes to make the final. This was their first win over Endo-Watanabe in their third attempt, never before had they even taken a game against the Japanese. It took Satwik-Chirag a fifth match point to take the match but when they did, their euphoria was visible, having made their second BWF World Tour final of the season. This has been a progression for Satwik-Chirag in the French capital as the Indian pair had made the quarter-final in 2017, the semi-final last year and now the final.Satwik and Chirag will be up against world No.1 pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the final.Satwik and Chirag began the match brilliantly completely outplaying the Japanese pair, who were not allowed to settle into the match with the Indians assaulting them with their smashes.Satwik and Chirag have shown massive improvement in their all-court play and bring a lot of variety in their shots instead of a one-dimensional attacking game they had before. That is exactly what has coincided with their rise.With their steep smashes, excellent flat cross-court play and some staunch defence early on, the Indian pair took the first game 21-11 in just 15 minutes.It was the second game that brought intense drama to the court, such that sent the Paris crowd into frenzy as they sang aloud towards the end, applauding the badminton incessantly.Endo-Watanabe started the second game by taking the first three points, courtesy Satwik and Chirag both getting their strings broken on the first point followed by a couple of errors from Satwik.The Japanese pair began to take a bit more initiative in the second game and Satwik’s racquet leaked a few cheap errors as the Japanese took an 8-6 lead.However, the Indian pair hit back with two straight points to level the proceedings. At 8-8, Satwik came up with two brilliant flick serves that yielded them important points after which Satwik-Chirag went into the break with an 11-8 lead.With the Indian pair up 14-13, a brilliant rally ensued where Watanabe gave up at one point only for his partner to continue with the realisation that the rally was still on and his heart was rewarded when Satwik hit the net to yield the point.Chirag’s smash then went long as the Japanese pair led 15-14 but then Satwik’s steep smash followed by a beautiful drop from Chirag made it 15-15.The Indians remained on the up from there and brought up two match points at 20-18. The Japanese pair saved one after a 40-shot rally where Satwik hit the net after a barrage of shots from Chirag.Endo then had a lucky net cord as the score went to deuce.The Indian brought up their third match point when Watanabe hit the net trying to block a steep smash from Satwik. But it was saved once more by the Japanese pair in another thrilling rally.Chirag played a half smash from the front court but Watanabe somehow got it back. Satwik was not quick enough to move up front and the Japanese pair had made it 21-21.A fourth match point arrived for the Indian when Endo’s block off a Chirag smash hit the net but the Japanese saved it once again when Satwik’s return to Watanabe’s flat stroke hit the net.The Japanese brought up their first game point when Chirag’s clear went long but the Indians made it 23-23 with Satwik getting a lucky net cord on service return.By this time, the decibel level in the hall was at its peak and the Indian brought up their fifth match point with Satwik following up Chirag’s half smash with a steep one at Watanabe.Another long rally ensued where all the four players hurried all over the court before Satwik’s brilliant cross court clear forced Watanabe to hit into the net and the Indians marched into the final. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more


Orioles Crush Yanks’ Playoff Hopes

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgBALTIMORE — Joe Girardi has endured all kinds of anguish this season, yet his latest disappointment was truly a one-of-a-kind experience.For the first time since Girardi became the manager of the Yankees, New York dropped both ends of a doubleheader Sept. 12, losing twice to the Baltimore Orioles to fall five games off the pace in the hunt for the AL’s final wild-card berth.Bud Norris struck out 10 in seven innings as Baltimore won 5-0 to complete the sweep. In the first game of the day-night doubleheader, Jimmy Paredes hit a two-run double with two outs in the 11th inning for a 2-1 victory.Since the start of the 2000 season, the Yankees have played 37 doubleheaders, including this one. The only other time they dropped both games was on Sept. 17, 2006, against Boston.Four of New York’s last five losses have been by two runs or fewer.Girardi, who arrived in 2008, said, “A day like today is no fun. We were only three or four hits from winning eight out of 10. You get those hits and three or four pitches, as well, it makes a big difference.”Ah, but the Yankees scored only one run in 20 innings, and that’s not going to mount to much against a team that’s running away from the competition in the AL East.“You have to score runs,” Girardi said. “We’re pretty beat up right now, but you have to keep fighting. It’s that time of the season.”Orioles slugger Chris Davis began a 25-game suspension without pay for a positive test for an amphetamine. The suspension will cover the final 17 games of the regular season and run into the playoffs, or perhaps into 2015.Undeterred, Baltimore extended its winning streak to a season-high six games, moved a season-best 29 games over .500 (88-59) and increased its lead over second-place Toronto in the AL East to 11 1/2 games. The Orioles lowered their magic number for clinching the division to five.Norris (13-8) struck out 10 and walked two in improving to 3-0 against the Yankees this season. He outpitched Bryan Mitchell (0-1), who allowed two runs and six hits over five innings in his first big league start.“I only gave up two runs, but I wish I could have done better,” he said.Baltimore took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when Ryan Flaherty doubled in a run and scored on a triple by Alejandro De Aza. In the seventh, Delmon Young hit a two-run single off David Phelps following three straight walks.That was enough to saddle the punchless Yankees with their 10th loss in 13 games against the Orioles this season.In the opener, after Chris Young homered off Brad Brach (7-1) in the top of the 11th, Baltimore countered in the bottom half against Adam Warren (3-6).Two walks sandwiched around a hit batter loaded the bases for Paredes, pinch hitting for Jonathan Schoop. He drove the first pitch into the right-field corner.Brandon McCarthy blanked Baltimore on four hits over seven-plus innings in a duel with rookie Kevin Gausman, who allowed seven hits over seven innings.The opener was a makeup of the rainout on Aug. 12.The crowd was kept entertained by a series of fly-overs by the Blue Angels, who repeatedly circled the stadium while practicing for a ceremony at nearby Fort McHenry to mark the 200th anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner.At one point, McCarthy paused briefly on the mound to check out the action.(DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Gov’t Placing Focus on Foster Care

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_img State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Government has placed renewed focus on the foster care programme with the objective of encouraging more persons to open their homes to children in State care. State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Government has placed renewed focus on the foster care programme with the objective of encouraging more persons to open their homes to children in State care.He noted that a five-year development plan to advance the system has been instituted.“We want to get more of you who are passionate about our children, who have the space… taking some of our children from our residential care facilities and giving them a home,” he noted.Mr. Green was speaking at the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) 2019 National Foster Care Week Church Service at the Ocho Rios Baptist Church in St. Ann on Sunday (February 10).Up to September 2018, a total of 4,443 children were in the childcare and protection system. Of that number 1,853 were in traditional residential care facilities or in foster care.The State Minister said that CPFSA has identified 70 children who are ready to be placed in foster care.“Our goal is to place more children in families because, as I have said before, the research shows that children do better when they are placed in caring family environments, Mr. Green said.“There are tremendous success stories about children who came from very difficult backgrounds but found loving foster parents… and we have seen how through their love, though the inspiration of hope, these children are now prospering and now able to fulfil their true potential,” he added.National Foster Care Week is being observed from February 10 to 15 under the theme ‘Give love, Inspire Hope, Foster a Child’. Story Highlights “We want to get more of you who are passionate about our children, who have the space… taking some of our children from our residential care facilities and giving them a home,” he noted. He noted that a five-year development plan to advance the system has been instituted.last_img read more


Sindhu advances after easy win over Li Xuerui Saina crashes out

Posted On Oct 18 2019 by

first_imgChangzhou (China): Reigning world champion P V Sindhu sailed into the pre-quarterfinals with a convincing win over former Olympic gold-medallist Li Xuerui but Saina Nehwal crashed out of the China Open Super 1000 tournament here on Wednesday. India’s top shuttler Sindhu beat Li Xuerui 21-18 21-12 in just 34 minutes of action. Replicating her world championship form, the Olympic silver-medallist produced another strong performance to get the better of the currently 20th-ranked Chinese, who entered the match with a 3-3 record against the Indian. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details However, Saina made an early exit after losing to Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the women’s singles. The London Olympics bronze-medallist lost 10-21 17-21 at the hands of the World No.19 Ongbamrungphan in a match that lasted for 44 minutes at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium. It was the former world number one’s second successive loss to the Thai player. The 29-year-old Saina has struggled for form following her recovery from injuries. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The Indian started her season with a win at the Indonesia Open but has failed to reach another final on the BWF circuit so far. In other matches of the day featuring Indian shuttlers, B Sai Praneeth defeated Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon 21-19 21-23 21-14 to make the next round of the men’s singles event. The duo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy lost to Germany’s Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich 12-21 21-23.last_img read more


Man apologizes for yelling vulgar phrase at Halifax reporter during broadcast

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgHALIFAX – A female reporter says she’s satisfied by a restorative justice process that saw a man apologize for yelling a vulgar phrase at her.CTV Atlantic’s Heather Butts was broadcasting live from a Halifax pub on the World Junior Hockey Championship when Nash John Gracie made a crude gesture and uttered a sexually explicit comment on Dec. 29.Butts said she is satisfied that the 25-year-old Nash has taken responsibility for his actions through the restorative justice process and has agreed to community service.She says the incident is an example of the harassment many reporters have experienced over the years across North America.She says the process sends a message that these incidents will not be tolerated.A spokesman for CTV says the network is “pleased the person responsible … is being held accountable through the restorative justice process,” adding it’s important journalists are able to do their jobs free of harassment.Gracie was charged with public mischief and causing a disturbance. When the case was referred to restorative justice, his lawyer said the charges would be withdrawn once he completed the process.The provincial website says restorative justice is “a response to crime that focuses on restoring the losses suffered by victims and communities.”It says participants are given “an opportunity to talk about their concerns and to talk about the offence from their own perspective,” and that “the parties develop an understanding of the impact of the offence and the steps needed to make amends.”In February, a provincial court in Newfoundland and Labrador dismissed a public disturbance charge against 28-year-old Justin Penton following a similar incident. Judge Colin Flynn said the sexist slur was vulgar and offensive, but not a crime under the circumstances.Unifor, which represents the reporter in the Newfoundland incident, NTV’s Heather Gillis, issued a statement saying it was concerned about the judge’s decision, saying he “missed an opportunity to send a message that vulgar, verbal attacks on journalists are not acceptable.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version wrongly reported that the restorative justice process was complete.last_img read more


National MMIWG Inquiry sets dates for final submissions

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgAPTN NewsThe National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls announced Wednesday that it will hear final submissions in Calgary and Ottawa before commissioners start to write their final report.According to a release from the inquiry, the hearings are scheduled for Nov. 26-30 in Calgary and Dec. 10-14 in Ottawa.There are about 100 individuals and groups with standing listed on the inquiry’s website.They have a direct interest in the subject matter, as well as expertise and a perspective commissioners say will inform their final report.Chief Commissioner Marion Buller said their contribution is important.“We are confident that their diversity of perspectives will deepen our understanding of this national tragedy and help inform the development of meaningful recommendations for government,” she said in a release.The hearings mark the end of evidence gathering for the inquiry, which is due to deliver its conclusion and recommendations to the Trudeau government by April 30, 2019.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more


Nova Scotia community rallies behind hundreds who lost their jobs ahead of

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgThe Canadian Press SYDNEY, N.S. — A Cape Breton community has leaped into action following the sudden closure of a Sydney call centre that left nearly 700 people without jobs just three weeks before Christmas.In the wake of the ServiCom facility closure announced Thursday — following weeks of pay delays — another local business has decided to forgo its Christmas party, opting instead to donate the funds set aside for the bash to help the employees left stunned and jobless by the move.Seaside Communications, a telecommunications company based out of nearby Reserve Mines, has donated $10,000 to The Salvation Army Sydney Community Church, which is working to assist those affected through its food bank and Christmas assistance program.Seaside Communications CEO Loran Tweedie says the team decided to donate the money because of the “profound impact” the closure had on the tightly knit community.In an email, Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education spokeswoman Shannon Kerr said the department has launched an investigation into the situation and is making it a priority.Nova Scotia Business Minister Geoff MacLellan offered a glimmer of hope for the affected staff on Friday, saying he was confident the call centre had a “bright future” after speaking with a prospective buyer Friday morning.last_img read more


TNA urges SLMC not to betray voters Audio

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

Sampanthan meanwhile claimed that there were attempts to buy the support of some TNA members and also charged that the election itself was not free and fair. (Colombo Gazette)CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO He said that if the SLMC joins the ruling UPFA to form the government in the Eastern Province that will be seen as an attempt to disregard the votes given by the Muslims. The SLMC is expected to decide this weekend if it will support the UPFA or the TNA to forme the government in the East.The TNA leader said that the government has no right to stake claim to form the administration in the east when the opposition has the majority seats. Sampanthan noted that the SLMC had gone on stage and spoken against the government during the election campaigning. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today urged the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) not to betray the voters in the East by supporting the government to form an administration in the Eastern Province.TNA leader R. Sampanthan told reporters at a press briefing this morning that the Muslims in the East had voted for the SLMC as the parry contested against the government. read more


UN voices concern over Libyas treatment of potential refugees

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

A recent case involving a group of Eritrean nationals who arrived in Sudan from Libya aboard a hijacked plane “reveals the seriousness of the situation, and the vulnerability of refugees and asylum seekers in Libya,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. The group told UNHCR they had been detained without charges for a long time in the Libyan town of Kufra, had endured repeated physical abuse, and that despite their request to see agency officials they had not been given access to any asylum procedure. They said they were never informed of the decision to deport them to Eritrea, were forced to board a special charter flight, and only found out after their plane took off that the destination was their country of origin. Sixty of the 75 passengers have since been granted refugee status in Sudan. Although Libya is not party to the 1951 Refugee Convention and has not signed a cooperation agreement for a formal UNHCR presence in the country, the agency reminded the Government of its obligations under the 1969 Organization of African Unity (OAU) Convention on refugees which it has signed and ratified. UNHCR also requests unhindered access to groups in detention in order to be able to identify persons in need of international protection, Mr. Redmond said. read more


AP Source Obamas pick to lead the Federal Reserve wont come until

Posted On Oct 4 2019 by

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The White House says President Barack Obama is not expected to name a new chairman of the Federal Reserve until the fall, lowering expectations for an imminent announcement.A senior official says the president has not made a decision on who will replace current Fed chairman Ben Bernanke. His term expires early next year.The president’s pick is highly anticipated, given the Fed chairman’s impact on economic policy.Among the leading candidates for the job are former Obama economic adviser Larry Summers and Janet Yellen, the Fed’s current vice chairwoman. Yellen would be the first woman to lead the Fed.The official insisted on anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak by name about internal deliberations. AP Source: Obama’s pick to lead the Federal Reserve won’t come until the fall by Julie Pace, The Associated Press Posted Jul 26, 2013 1:33 pm MDT read more


UN expert urges Israel to stop highway construction through Palestinian community

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

“The projected six-lane highway extending 1.5 kilometres will do irreparable damage to the community, cutting off local roads and blocking access to kindergartens, schools, health clinics, offices, and places of worship,” warned the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk.“The residents of Beit Safafa, who were not consulted at any stage of the planning, will be placed in an absurd situation where places within their own community – previously accessible within ten minutes’ walk – would require travel by car on bypass roads and a bridge.” Mr. Falk noted that the purpose of the highway, known as ‘Begin Highway,’ is to annex the Gush Etzion settlement bloc and pave the way for further expansion of Israel’s illegal settlements around East Jerusalem. “It will consolidate the highway network from Gush Etzion settlement in the southern West Bank through West and East Jerusalem, leading to the Ma’ale Adumim settlement bloc and the E1 area,” he said. Mr. Falk recalled the recent findings of the International Fact Finding Mission on Israeli settlements, which recommended that private companies should no longer be able to profit from their involvement in the illegal Israeli settlement enterprise. “Companies taking part in the construction of the illegal highway in Beit Safafa, under the auspices of the Moriah Jerusalem Development Company and their implementing partner, D.Y. Barazani Ltd., must be held responsible,” he stressed. “Earth moving equipment of Volvo, CAT, Hyundai and JCB has been seen at the construction sites.” The project, which began in September, was challenged in the Jerusalem District Court last December, but the residents’ petition to stop construction was rejected. An appeal filed with the Israeli High Court against the District Court’s decision was also rejected in March. An appeal hearing as to the petition has been scheduled in the High Court for 26 June. read more


Brocks Dirty Badger Trail Race expands for 2017

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

It has become an annual late-summer ritual at Brock University.The Dirty Badger Trail Race returns to the flowing running trails around the main Brock campus for the fourth time on Saturday, Aug. 26.The race is approximately seven kilometres long and each year draws more than 100 runners from the Brock and wider Niagara community.“This is the fourth summer we’ll be running the Dirty Badger and I’m more excited for this year’s event than any other. The race course is the most exciting we’ve used yet,” said Eric Walter, Brock Sports Zone Manager and race organizer.The race starts and finishes across from the Isaac’s Bar and Grill patio, which will also host a post-race barbecue with live music.Racers can sign up as individuals or as part of a team — with prizes up for grabs for the group showing the best enthusiasm and team spirit. The North Face will also be on hand giving away prizes for participants and spectators.New this year is Dirty Badger Kids, which allows children of those racing the chance to take part in race-related activities supervised by instructors from Brock Sports Camp. The program costs $15 and is open to kids from six to 14 years old.“Dirty Badger Kids is going to be a lot of fun and it lets parents take part in the race without having to worry about what their children are doing,” Walter said.Registration is now open on the Brock Sports Dirty Badger website. Race entry, which includes lunch and a Dirty Badger shirt, is $29 until Monday, Aug. 7 or $39 until registration closes at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25.The race is open to everyone, and in the two weeks leading up to the race, Brock Sports will host drop-in runs for anyone wanting to give the course a try. read more


National Offer Day 100000 pupils set to miss out on their first

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

first_imgFamilies in urban areas are most likely to be affected by the shortfall in places, with parts of London, Greater Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham expected to receive more applications than they have school places.In 2013/14, there were just under half a million pupils applying for secondary school places, which had risen to over 560,000 by 2017/18. Justine Roberts, chief executive of Mumsnet, said that national offer day is a “much discussed” topic on their online forum.”Many parents believe getting into the right school has a big impact on their children’s life chances and happiness,” she said.Ms Roberts added that parents who “cheat the system” to secure their child a place at a good schools “adds to people’s anxiety and sense of injustice”.A separate piece of analysis by the education charity Teach First shows the huge disparity in the quality of schools across the country.  The poorest children in London six times more likely to go to outstanding school than those in North, according to their findings.Teach First found that a third (33 per cent) of schools in the poorest parts of the capital are outstanding, compared to one in twenty (five per cent) of schools in the North East.The Government has said that it intends to create 500 more free schools by 2020. However, a Public Accounts Committee report last year warned that in some cases new free schools are being built in areas where there is no demand for extra places, meaning they will do little to dampen the squeeze on places.Last year, 92,810 children failed to secure their first choice school, according to the DfE’s official figures, with 21,937 children failing to secure a place at any of their preferred choice schools.Parents can challenge the decision, but they must build a compelling case and provide evidence to support their arguments, and only around a quarter of appeals for secondary school places are successful.Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: “Since 2010, the government has created 735,000 new school places across the country.“We will continue to build on this by investing £5.8billion to create even more good school places, because we are determined to give parents choice when it comes to their children’s education.” 100,000 pupils are set to miss out on their first choice of secondary school amid higher competition for places, analysis shows.More than half a million families in England will learn which school their child will attend in September, on what is known as “national offer day”.  The number of pupils who fail to get a place at their preferred school is due to rise by seven per cent this year, according to analysis by the Good Schools Guide.Their research indicates that one in five children will fail to secure a place at their first choice school, up from around one in six last year.25,000 children will find out that they not got place at any of the secondary schools which their parents listed in their application, their analysis also shows. The demand for places has increased sharply over the past five years, as a bulge in primary school population due to a rise in birth rates passes up into secondary schools. Bernadette John, director of The Good Schools Guide, said that DfE officials have failed to address the problem of insufficient school places, despite the growing numbers of pupils.“It is incredibly stressful for parents when their child is offered a place at a school a long journey from home, or with a damning Ofsted report, or which for very good reasons they have not chosen for their child,” she said.“Too many schools which are not up to scratch and are rejected by parents, resulting in this anguish.”Official forecasts suggest that secondary school pupil numbers will increase by a further 540,000 (19.4 per cent) between 2017 and 2025, meaning competition for places will become even fiercer. Analysis by the education charity Teach First shows the huge disparity in the quality of schools across the countrycenter_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. Analysis by the education charity Teach First shows the huge disparity in the quality of schools across the country Families in urban areas are most likely to be affected by the shortfall in places Families in urban areas are most likely to be affected by the shortfall in placeslast_img read more


Drone swarms led by F35 jets will overwhelm Britains enemies Defence Secretary

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

The Defence Secretary has announced groups of unmanned aircraft will seek to penetrate enemy air defences, all controlled by a pilot in one of the RAF’s new F-35 stealth jets. Air defence radars and surface to air missile sites will be the most likely targets, as the drones seek either to spot the enemy positions using cameras or force adversaries to ‘light up’ their equipment by switching on their radars to attack the drones. Britain’s new F-35 jets will be able to deploy “drone swarms” to “confuse and overwhelm” enemy forces by the end of the year, Gavin Williamson has said. Any position emitting radar energy or seen by drone cameras could then be attacked by missiles from the F-35 or other…


Man arrested after robbing teacher outside of school

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

A 33-year-old man was apprehended by public-spirited citizens shortly after he robbed a young teacher outside of a school at Sophia, Greater Georgetown.As she was leaving the school’s premises, the teacher, 20, of ‘D’ Field Sophia, was relieved of her necklace and motorcycle by two men around 14:30hrs yesterday.However, one of the perpetrators was promptly apprehended by citizens and handed over to the police, the Guyana Police Force noted in a press release.Police said the suspect, 33, of Front Road West Ruimveldt, Georgetown is cooperating with investigations; he is also being questioned in relation to several similar offences.The other suspect, who goes by the alias “Red Man”, is currently being sought.“The Guyana Police Force wishes to publicly commend those citizens who have responded to the victim’s calls for assistance, for their brave and courageous actions and for supporting law enforcement,” police noted.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHandyman arrested for robbing trainee nursesApril 17, 2019In “Crime”Woman stabbed to death by obsessed manFebruary 28, 2019In “Crime”Carjacker wanted for several incidents nabbed by PoliceAugust 21, 2017In “Crime” read more


Helle Thomsen overtakes Norwegian Molde HK Elite

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

← Previous Story Beach Handball show began in Kazan Next Story → RK Metalurg Skopje with new coach – Danilo Brestovac One of the most famous coaches in world of women’s handball, Danish Helle Thomsen, overtook position of the head-coach of Norwegian team Molde HK Elite.“I feel that this project with Molde is something special”, said the woman who worked as a coach of CSM Bucharest and Danish Midtjyland, with whom she played at Women’s EHF CL Final4 in Budapest.Thomsen is also Dutch national team head-coach. She was on medal podium also with Swedish team at Women’s EHF EURO 2014 in Budapest. Helle ThomsenMolde HK Elite


Cuts loom for Hockinson School District if levies fail in April

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_imgBRUSH PRAIRIE — More than 40 school districts around the state ran programs and operations levies on Feb. 13, but Hockinson School District was the only one in the state where the measure didn’t pass.In Hockinson, the replacement three-year levy failed with 52.54 percent of the 2,739 total votes coming against the levy. A three-year technology levy drew less support, with 53.94 of the vote going against the measure.Now Hockinson officials have to start working on the budget for the 2019-2020 school year while the district prepares to put both levies before the voters again on April 23. Ballots go out the first week of April.A school district can only run levies for election twice in a calendar year, so if these don’t pass in April, the district can’t run them again until 2020.If the two levies pass, the district’s budget should be sound for the upcoming school year, Superintendent Sandra Yager said. If they fail, the district will have to make cuts. Yager said the cuts would range from $1.5 million to $1.8 million for the 2019-2020 school year.last_img read more


Athletic Bilbao announce the appointment of Berizzo

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgFormer Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo has been announced as the new head coach of Athletic Bilbao on a one-year contractThe Argentine has been recovering from prostate cancer since leaving Sevilla, but he has now been named as the new boss at the San Mames.Berizzo succeeds Jose Angel Ziganda at Bilbao, who himself replaced the Barcelona-bound Ernesto Valverde last summer.Speaking to Marca after his appointment was announced, Berizzo revealed that his primary focus will be on building a side that will not be afraid to attack from the startSergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The coaches have an idea, but it is true that the characteristics of the players also mark the team figure, I want an attacking game, to be a protagonist, to have a dynamic team, with possession of the ball, with movements. I also say that you have to take it out as quickly as possible to the opponent,” he said.For the fans, Berizzo added:” We have all the enthusiasm to put into building a team that excites us.”Bilbao ended this season in 16th place in the La Liga table.last_img read more


Mike Pompeos India visit aimed at deepening strategic

Posted On Sep 6 2019 by

first_imgWASHINGTON: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to India is aimed at deepening strategic relationship with the largest democratic country of the world, the US said Tuesday. Noting that the United States and India are natural strategic partners, a State Department Fact Sheet said that President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are firmly committed to accelerating the upward trajectory of this partnership. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us “Prime Minister Modi’s sweeping mandate in the recent elections creates a unique opportunity to realize this vision,” it said hours after Pompeo landed in New Delhi on a three-day visit. The United States and India are moving quickly to achieve their shared vision for a free, open, and rules-based Indo-Pacific region by expanding cooperation in areas such as energy, aviation, and space, it added. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Pompeo’s visit marks the third visit to India by a Secretary of State during the Trump Administration. After his India visit from June 25-27, Pompeo will travel to Japan to attend the G-20 Summit with Trump. Modi would also be attending the summit of leaders from the top 20 economies of the world. The two leaders are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the summit. Advertise With Us Trump and Modi would be joined by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for their second trilateral summit. “We have elevated the level of strategic interaction between our two countries, most notably through the annual 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue that pairs the Secretaries of State and Defense with their Indian counterparts,” the State Department said. The first 2+2 was held in September 2018 and culminated in the announcement of a new tri-service exercise and the signing of a secure communications agreement that will enable India to operationalise its status as a Major Defense Partner. The next 2+2 is likely to be held in Washington later this year. The United States granted India Strategic Trade Authorization tier 1 status last year, allowing India to enjoy the same license-free access to certain defense articles as NATO allies Japan, South Korea, and Australia. This status also creates greater supply chain efficiency and supports US industry and investment, it said. “The reinvigorated quadrilateral dialogue between the United States, India, Japan, and Australia has met four times since President Trump took office to discuss ways to strengthen a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific in which all nations are sovereign, strong, and prosperous,” the State Department said. Asserting that the support for US-India ties transcends political parties and presidential administrations, the State Department said as the world’s oldest and largest democracies, the United States and India share deep respect for one another’s values and traditions. “Our people and cultures are profoundly intertwined,” it said. “The Indian diaspora in the United States is nearly 4 million strong. Indian-Americans are thriving in the United States and helping to make our communities more secure and prosperous through their leadership in the industry, academia, and government,” the State Department said. Indian students enrich US campuses, contribute to its economy, and build lifelong bonds with Americans. The number of Indian students studying in the United States has increased for the fifth year in a row, more than doubling from 96,000 students in the 2012-13 academic year to 1,96,000 in 2018. “In 2018, Indians received 70 per cent of H-1B visas issued worldwide. The program allows talented Indian professionals to participate in the US economy and return to their country with new skills to contribute to India’s economic growth, to our mutual benefit,” the State Department said.last_img read more