first_imgAmid the raging controversy over Padmavati, an education officer in Madhya Pradesh’s Dewas district has issued a circular banning a song from the film from being played at cultural programmes in schools.However, the district collector on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of the circular with immediate effect and said a showcause notice has been served to the officer concerned to explain his action within three days.In the circular issued on Wednesday, Dewas district education officer (DEO) Rajiv Suryavanshi directed the principals and head masters of all government and private schools to stop using the film’s song, titled ‘Ghoomar’, during cultural programmes in their respective institutions.last_img

first_imgPhoenix, ROS brace for battle PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES The accessories and apparel team backed by SMDC, HealthCube Medical Clinics, Go for Gold and Oriental Game also surpassed its one-win showing in 2017.The 6-foot-10 Morris led the attack with 20 points, including two triples, even as Brownlee tallied a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds that more than made up for Odom’s scoring dud in 13 minutes of action at Shabab Al Ahli gymnasium here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I expected us to win this game,” coach Charles Tiu said. “But this is not yet the level of the tournament, although the national team gave us a tough test.” Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes DUBAI—Former Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom struggled for the second straight game but Mighty Sports-Philippines had enough firepower to overcome the United Arab Emirates national team, 86-78, on Saturday night and secure a  quarterfinal seat in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Championship.Reinforcements Justin Brownlee and Randolph Morris delivered solid numbers as Mighty-PH earned a fitting follow up to its 87-58 win over American University in Dubai during Thursday’s opener.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

first_img Anthoine Hubertbelgian gpBelgian Grand PrixCharles Leclerc First Published: September 1, 2019, 9:07 PM IST Spa-Francorchamps: Charles Leclerc dedicated his maiden Formula One race victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday to his late friend, Anthoine Hubert.The Ferrari driver led almost the entire race from pole to hold off Mercedes’ defending fice time world champion Lewis Hamilton’s dramatic late charge by one second. His landmark success came a day after the death of 22-year-old Frenchman Hubert in Saturday’s tragic Formula Two race.And Leclerc was quick to express his emotions as he steered back to the ‘parc fermee’, his steering wheel sporting a simple message ‘RIP Tonio.””My first victory in F1 and this one is for Anthoine,” he said on the team radio. “It feels good, but it’s difficult to enjoy on a weekend like this. But thanks guys, you are the best – it’s a dream come true.”Leclerc said he felt he could not enjoy his long-awaited first win.”It has been a very difficult weekend since Saturday – I have lost a friend and I want to dedicate this victory to him. We grew up together and my first race I did it with Anthoine, Esteban (Ocon) and Pierre (Gasly).”It’s just a shame what happened yesterday. I cannot enjoy my first victory, but it will definitely be a memory I will keep forever.”Valtteri Bottas took third in the second Mercedes ahead of last year’s winner Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari.Hamilton’s strong finish almost carried him to within reach of a stunning late win, but the result still enabled him to enlarge his lead in the title race to 65 points ahead of Bottas.”I gave it everything that I had,” said Hamilton.”It was a really difficult race and there Ferraris were just too fast on the straights. Congratulations to Charles for his first win – he’s had it coming all year.”Red Bull new boy Alex Albon came home fifth for Red Bull, after luckless British rookie Lando Norris’s McLaren had stopped with one lap remaining, ahead of Sergio Perez of Racing Point, Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso and Nico Hulkenberg of Renault.Pierre Gasly came home ninth on his return to the Toro Rosso team and Lance Stroll 10th in the second Racing Point. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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

first_imgVictoria Azarenka withstood some early pressure from Britain’s Johanna Konta to continue her quest for a third Miami Open title with a 6-4 6-2 quarter-final victory on Wednesday.Azarenka, who 10 days ago beat Serena Williams to win the Indian Wells title in California, was too consistent for the 24th-seeded Konta in the end to keep alive her bid to capture the second half of the Sunshine Double.She will now face second seed Angelique Kerber, who beat American Madison Keys 6-3 6-2.Konta, playing her first quarter-final of a WTA Premier event after making her first grand slam semi-final at the Australian Open in January, more than held her own in a first set played in blustery conditions.Azarenka, however, rose to the occasion to fend off five break points, while Konta double-faulted twice to drop serve as the Belarusian took charge in just over 90 minutes.”She’s such a great player,” eighth-ranked Azarenka, the 2009 and 2011 champion, told ESPN. “I see a lot of potential.”I couldn’t actually get a read on her serve in the beginning – it was tough for me to adjust – but then I got a bit lower and tried to get more returns in, be a bit more aggressive.”The British number one, who was ranked 151st in the world this time last year, took some satisfaction from the match.”I’m happy with the level I was able to bring to the court,” Konta, now ranked 23rd, told the BBC. “Obviously I’m disappointed that I couldn’t have done a little bit better but I’m taking the positives from it.”advertisementKerber, who won the Australian Open, lost the opening match of her two previous tournaments but was helped by 39 unforced errors by Keys, the last American remaining in either draw, who was not able to put much pressure on her German opponent.The 28-year-old left hander upset Azarenka in the quarter-final at Melbourne Park then beat Konta in the last four and Serena in the final to claim her first grand slam title.last_img read more

first_imgMauricio Pochettino hailed a “fantastic” effort from his Tottenham players after they battled to a 2-1 win at Newcastle United on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli scored either side of Newcastle striker Joselu during a frantic opening 18 minutes at St James’ Park.Vertonghen and Alli were two of five World Cup semi-finalists in the Spurs starting line-up despite only returning to training this week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mohamed Diame and Salomon Rondon were denied by post and crossbar during the second half as a flagging Tottenham hung on.”I am so proud. I think the performance, in all the circumstances, we were fantastic,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.”Newcastle were a very good opponent. They created some chances to score more than one.”Sometimes in football you need not only effort but some luck. I think in all the circumstances and how we prepared the game, with a lot of player who only started training on Monday, we can say it’s a brilliant effort.”We need to play better, be more consistent and not allow the opposition to create chances.”But, of course, I am not going to complain. We need to be clever and learn and it’s a massive challenge to try to work all together again in just a few days.” Mauricio: “Under the circumstances it was good to start the season in this way. The players showed great character and commitment, the mentality was amazing.” #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 11, 2018Spurs did not add a single player during the transfer window, sparking discontent from some of the club’s supporters.Pochettino’s side showed the benefit of familiarity as they hung on against Newcastle and, with a move to the new White Hart Lane on the horizon, the Argentinian tactician took the opportunity to call for a united front.He said: “We need to stay all together – the staff and players. And the most important thing is our fans. [We are] giving out supporters another difficult season when we move to the new stadium.”It’s so important that our fans understand that we need a lot of help and of course we are going to give our very best to help them feel proud.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


first_img Since you’re here… Doubts grow over Boyd Cordner’s fitness for State of Origin Game 3 Share on LinkedIn Topics Gold Coast Titans … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. NRL Read more Australia sport Brisbane have piled on the points in a crucial victory that has all but ended Gold Coast’s faint NRL finals hopes. The Broncos’ 34-0 win over the Titans on the Gold Coast on Sunday was their biggest all season, improving a for-and-against figure that stood at -40 before kick off.A third successive win kept them embedded in the eight and pushed the 6-10 Titans four wins off the pace with eight games remaining. None of the Broncos’ nine previous wins this season had been by more than nine points. But poor discipline and consistent errors from the hosts made it easy for the Broncos to establish a 20-0 lead by the break and slowly build that margin in a scrappy second half.Trailing 8-0 after Kodi Nikorima opened the scoring in the second minute, the Titans looked to have a reply when Kevin Proctor busted through a gap. But Ashley Taylor’s short pass was ruled forward, while a mysterious knock-on ruling against a sure-handed Ryan James soon after took the wind out of their sails in front of 18,005 fans.Exciting teenage centre Kotoni Staggs then jumped and gathered one-handed before throwing off Michael Gordon for a match-turning try. Darius Boyd crossed for the Broncos for a 20-0 lead after 30 minutes as the Titans routinely tossed in simple errors to sabotage any signs of a fightback.Halfback Taylor had a night to forget, throwing two forward passes and missing touch by a big margin when looking for extra metres following a penalty in a sloppy first half. He obstructed a chaser in the second half to continue an error-riddled night that had rookie coach Garth Brennan spinning in disgust in his chair.The lop-sided contest followed a club-worst 54-0 thrashing at the same ground last season and reinstated the Broncos’ dominance over their Queensland rivals after the Titans’ upset win in Brisbane earlier this season. newscenter_img Brisbane Broncos Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share via Email Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Rugby league Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgChelsea Pedro: Facing Barcelona and ‘best in the world’ Messi is special for me Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 09:16 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pedro Getty Images Chelsea Barcelona FA Cup UEFA Champions League The Blues forward is looking forward to a reunion with his old team-mates at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday in Europe’s elite club competition Pedro is looking forward to Chelsea’s Tuesday night Champions League match against Barcelona, where he will face “the best player in the world” in his former team-mate Lionel Messi. Chelsea prepared for the last-16 match by coasting to a 4-0 victory against Hull City in the FA Cup on Friday night, with Pedro getting the second goal. He was subsequently substituted at half-time with a number of key players like Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante not even in the matchday squad. Pedro says that facing Barcelona on the back of two wins will help Chelsea’s confidence.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We are back in a good form, with confidence before this huge game as you say against Barcelona,” Pedro said at Stamford Bridge. “For us it is good to be back in that sort of form. We’ve had two very good games now. We have to continue like this and prepare for the game against Barcelona in the same way.”It will be strange for sure at the start but it will be good to see my old team-mates again who I played with for so many years. It will be a special game for me for sure. They are the same every year. They are playing great football in La Liga, they are in the cup final as well.”Pedro spent seven years at Barcelona winning 20 major honours including three Champions League titles while scoring 99 goals for the club where he began his professional career. Lionel Messi lined up alongside Pedro in Barcelona’s forward line and the 30-year-old admits that his side will struggle to stop the Argentine star, although he has still never scored against Chelsea. “He’s always the same,” he added. “What can I say of him that I haven’t before? He is the best in the world, he always makes the difference and it will be very difficult to stop him.”Chelsea used the Hull game as an opportunity to rest players with the struggling Championship side having around 10 players unavailable for the Friday-night fixture. The Spaniard says the game was great preparation ahead of what will be a tough week, with Manchester United and then Manchester City away following the Champions League game. “It was a good moment to give rest to a lot of players,” Pedro continued. “We’ve played a lot of games, here you don’t rest at Christmas and it was a good moment to refresh a lot of players, not just Hazard, also Azpilicueta, Marcos [Alonso] and the perfect way to prepare.Pedro BarcelonaPedro added that Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata appears to be fully recovered from a back injury that kept him out for a month. “He is completely recovered,” Pedro said. “He is desperate to get back in the team and I think he’s back at 100 per cent.”last_img read more

first_imgzoom Danish container shipping giant Maersk Line will gain “a significant position” in Latin America and Oceania following the recently closed acquisition of Hamburg Süd, Vincent Clerc, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Maersk Line said in an interview with Bloomberg. According to Clerk, the company will now be able to reinforce its offering in these regions.Clerc pointed out that the real focus of the company is on the integration of Hamburg Süd because “it is fundamental for the viability of the deal.”Commenting on the takeover, he said: “It is quite a large acquisition, the largest that we have made. It will require a lot of energy to make it a success here in the coming months.” “That doesn’t mean that we don’t have an eye out to see if there are some good deals outside but that really isn’t the focus right now,” he added.Speaking of the market development and reflecting on 2017 which has seen the strongest growth in containerized trade in a decade, Maersk Line’s CCO said he expects this trend to continue in the coming years, on the back of higher oil price. In addition, industry consolidation on a global scale, the possibility to put in place networks generating economies of scale and deploying assets and capacities in a more effective way will also contribute to the market recovery in the future.However, despite positive market forecasts, Maersk Line’s intention is not to order new ships in the near future. With a combined fleet of more than 750 vessels, the company said there is enough capacity to cover the needs of its clients.Maersk Line completed the acquisition of Hamburg Süd on November 30, two days after it received the final regulatory approval from the Korea Fair Trade Commission. The company secured all 23 regulatory clearances, almost a year after it announced its acquisition plans.Subsequently, the company revealed its intention to reflag Hamburg Süd-owned vessels to Denmark and Singapore.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgParis: Chinese President Xi Jinping heads to the French Riviera on Sunday for the final leg of his European tour, as France’s Emmanuel Macron looks to forge a united European front to contend with China’s global ambitions. Xi’s trip will begin in the Mediterranean city of Nice and a stop in the nearby principality of Monaco before face-to-face talks with Macron. On Monday, the two leaders head to Paris for the official state visit, marking 55 years since Charles de Gaulle broke ranks with the West to establish diplomatic relations with the Communist nation. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US A series of cooperation deals on nuclear power, aerospace and clean energy initiatives, some involving lucrative contracts, are expected to be signed. But Xi’s visit poses a particular challenge for Macron, who wants to deepen EU ties with China while also pushing back against Beijing’s growing clout. Europe’s distrust of Huawei, which is poised to become the dominant player in next-generation telecom networks worldwide, is emblematic of the increasingly rocky relationship. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “We have a lot to do together in terms of climate action, in terms of multilateralism, but we also have to defend our own interests,” Macron said in Brussels on Thursday. He has lauded the EU’s “awakening” to the challenges posed by China, which the bloc now labels a “rival” despite becoming Europe’s biggest trading partner. “The reality is that the world has changed significantly — China is not the country it once was, and we are dealing with a very major partner,” a Macron aide said ahead of Xi’s visit. On Tuesday, Macron and Xi will be joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to explore “points of convergence” ahead of an EU-China summit in Brussels next month. Xi arrives in France from Italy, which has angered its EU partners by formally joining China’s “new Silk Road” initiative for a string of maritime, rail and road connections aiming at expanding Chinese trade. Macron is expected to press his call for increased “reciprocity” regarding market access to China, in particular Beijing’s demands that foreign companies hand over vital technological know-how in order to invest in the country. “If we’re going to talk about a new Silk Road, then it must be one that goes in both directions,” Finance Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told BFM television on Friday. Telecom giant Huawei is another fraught issue at the centre of a dispute over the rollout of crucial 5G mobile network infrastructure. The US is pressuring European allies to not use the Huawei technology, saying it creates a security risk by potentially letting Beijing snoop on sensitive communications. Yet so far France has not ruled out using Huawei gear — and Monaco has already signed a deal with the Chinese giant to roll out a 5G network as soon as this year. Beijing has bristled at the suspicions, accusing Washington of trying to escalate President Donald Trump’s trade battle with China. “China is hoping that Europe can show more autonomy (on Huawei), which would be better for future cooperation,” said Xu Tiebing, a professor of international relations at China’s Communication University in Beijing. Despite the many sources of friction, France’s goal is to engage China as a closer partner as Washington makes a pointed withdrawal from global affairs under Trump’s “America First” policy. For example, Macron may seek more Chinese support of the French-backed G5 Sahel force fighting Islamic extremists in Western Africa. China has been investing heavily in a diplomatic offensive across Africa, promising to help build infrastructure projects as part of the new Silk Road, officially called the Belt and Road Initiative. Aides say Macron will press Xi to ensure such projects are fair and explore the participation of French companies amid allegations the deals could load African countries with unsustainable debt loads. He is also expected to urge Xi to commit to the ambitious global bid to cut carbon emissions, though analysts note that China is still building dozens of coal-burning power plants. France also plans to voice concerns about rights abuses against China’s Uighur Muslim minority, including allegations of mass internments in the restive Xinjiang province. “China talks about defending multilateralism and humanity’s common future to anyone wanting to listen, but the reality is very different,” said Emmanuel Dubois de Prisque, a China expert with the Thomas More Institute in Paris.last_img read more

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Novartis, which under a 2001 agreement provides the agency with artemether + lumefantrine, an artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), at cost for supply to malaria-endemic poor countries, had reported a continued lack of raw materials needed to make the drug.Production is highly dependent on timely delivery of artemisinin, a raw material extracted from the plant Artemisia annua, and its derivative artemether by its Chinese suppliers. ACTs are currently the most effective treatment for falciparum malaria, the deadliest form, and artemether + lumefantrine is the only such drug currently available in fixed-dose form with the two drugs are combined in a single tablet.Forty countries, 20 of them in Africa, have officially adopted ACTs since 2001. Twenty have adopted artemether + lumefantrine as their first or second-line treatment.Last month, WHO announced the shortfall of the drug, produced under the trade-name Coartem®, just for the November-March period, but today it said Novartis had told it that despite investment and rapid scale-up to meet growing needs, it could not reach full production of 5 million treatment courses per month due to the lack of raw material.The company said it had secured artemisinin derivatives in quantities sufficient to produce approximately 60 million average treatments but because most deliveries will occur in the second half of the year, only about 30 million will be produced in 2005, half of them during the last quarter. WHO is providing technical assistance to countries facing the consequences of the shortage, while informing each country that has placed an order about availability and delivery schedules. read more

BALI, Indonesia – Soured ties between China and Japan bubbled beneath the surface of a regional summit after Beijing was announced as the host of next year’s meeting, putting renewed focus on the testy relationship between the two Asian powers.The official agenda for the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation gathering is mainly about forging a consensus on freer trade, but in speeches and meetings, territorial tangles between China and most of its neighbours were a constant subtext.The APEC summit, held this year on the Indonesia resort island of Bali, gave regional leaders a chance to talk through issues in formal and informal settings. The grouping of nations and territories includes over 3 billion people and more than the half the world economy, ranging from tiny Brunei to powerhouses such as China, Japan and the U.S.“The close collaboration will result in a win-win situation, especially at a time when the world economy has yet to fully recover,” said Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, concluding the summit Tuesday.Most of APEC’s final declaration was a reiteration of longstanding goals. Yudhoyono said one new initiative was to consider threats to food, water and energy security from a “holistic” point of view, encompassing population growth and climate change. Leaders of the dozen countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a U.S.-led free trade initiative, were due to issue a statement later Tuesday.Much of the work at the summit was done in meetings on the sidelines, though that did not include any progress on a stalemate between China and Japan over disputed islands in the East China Sea.Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the door is open to dialogue, but Tokyo is steadfastly refusing to discuss the conflicting claims over the uninhabited islands called the Senkakus in Japan and Diaoyus in China. With the two sides so far apart, the closest the two leaders may have gotten to speaking at APEC was a brief handshake.China will host APEC’s annual summit next year and many preliminary meetings before that. The recent souring of ties, which flared into anti-Japanese riots last year, prompted top Beijing officials to stay away from an annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund in Tokyo in 2012.Japanese officials said they did not anticipate any problems with the APEC meeting in Beijing. But they were more forthcoming when asked about Chinese criticism of defence collaboration between Japan, Australia and the U.S.“These three countries are not only bound by treaties, but these countries value openness and rules-based structures,” said Tomohiko Taniguchi, a councillor in Abe’s Cabinet. “We have to team up together to preserve the freedom of movement of goods in these public spaces.”Territorial disputes between Southeast Asia and China that centre on Beijing’s vast claims to the South China Sea were also under discussion.The 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations hope to agree a common policy in handling territorial disputes, an aim backed by Japan. Beijing, in principle committed to it, says it is not in a hurry to quickly conclude the talks.Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, speaking to Filipino journalists Monday evening, said there was some progress in talks between ASEAN and China toward drafting a code of conduct to govern how the parties solve territorial disputes.“I am not saying that the signing of the Code of Conduct is near,” Aquino said. “But to convince everyone to talk about — and it is really being discussed — I think is progress in finding a solution to the rift over sovereignty.”He said that after being on the backburner for 10 years, “the issue is now at the forefront of everyone’s thinking.”As many in the region worry over mishaps that could trigger further conflict, both China and Japan sought in Bali to reassure their neighbours over their peaceful intentions — Japan because of its wartime past, China because of its growing assertiveness as a rising economic and military power.Meetings between Abe and his Vietnamese and Indonesian counterparts touched on their disputes with China over islands and waters in the South China Sea, said Kuni Sato, press secretary at the Japanese Foreign Ministry.“Both sides said it was important to have dialogue on issues to be resolved, including the Law of the Sea,” Sato said Abe told Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang.The issue also arose in Abe’s meeting with Indonesia’s president, she said.Many of the leaders gathered in Bali will go straight to Brunei for the annual ASEAN summit, where the same issues could take on an even higher profile.Abe, who has been exasperated by Chinese incursions into waters near the Senkakus, told business leaders Monday that Japan is “aspiring to become a pro-active contributor to stability and security in the world as a country that observes international norms.” Describing APEC as a family of harmony, Xi told the same group “China is ready to live in amity with others.”President Barack Obama’s absence from the APEC summit due to the impasse with Congress over the budget was a letdown for other leaders.Secretary of State John Kerry sought to fill the Obama vacuum by saying nothing will shake America’s commitment to Asia and that the government shutdown in Washington will soon be over and forgotten.___Associated Press writers Hrvoje Hranjski in Manila, Philippines and Niniek Karmini, Stephen Wright and Margie Mason in Bali, Indonesia contributed. 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first_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 IFS report warns that 16-18 education has been “the biggest loser from education spending changes over the last 25 years”.”It experienced larger cuts in the 1990s than other sectors, smaller increases during the 2000s and is currently experiencing the largest cuts,” it says. “This long-term squeeze in resources is a major challenge for the sector as a whole.”FE spending per student was 45 percent higher than secondary school spending in 1990, and will be around 10 percent lower in 2019/20.Luke Sibieta, one of the report authors and an IFS associate director, said: “Over the next few years, both further education and schools are due to experience cuts. For schools, this comes on the back of very significant increases over the last few decades.”For FE, this comes on the back of tight funding settlements for decades that will leave spending per student the same in 2020 as it was in 1990. The lack of priority given to FE by successive governments in spending settlements does not seem sustainable.”A Department for Education spokesman said: “School funding is now at its highest level on record at more than £40 billion in 2016-17 and the IFS has shown that by 2020 per pupil spending in schools is set to be at least 70% higher in real terms than it was in 1990.”We are transforming post-16 education and investing £7 billion to ensure there is a place in education or training for every 16 to 19-year-old who wants one.” Schools are facing the first real-terms cuts to their funding since the mid-1990s, a leading think tank has said.Spending per pupil is set to fall by 6.5 percent by 2019/20, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), although it added that school funding has been well protected over the last two decades.Instead it is sixth-formers who are facing a continuing squeeze on budgets, with spending per further education (FE) student falling by 6.7 percent between 2010/11 2015/16 and a further drop of 6.5 percent expected over the next few years.It means that funding for 16-18-year-olds is no higher than it was almost 30 years ago.center_img The IFS study examines education spending for different age groups – from early years to universities – over a number of years.It shows that the biggest spending increases over the last 20 years have been on schoolchildren in England, with £4,900 currently spent on each primary school pupil £6,300 spent per secondary student. In both cases this is around double, in real terms, the amount spent in the mid-1990s.But the report shows that school spending is now falling, and will drop by 6.5% over the course of this Parliament.”This will be the first time schools have seen real-terms cuts in spending per pupil since the mid-1990s”, it says.The IFS also says that protections for school budgets over the last parliament mean that spending per pupil will still be similar to 2010 levels,It also notes that the introduction of the national funding formula, which will redistribute money to schools in a way that ministers say will be fairer, is the “largest shake-up in school funding in England for at least 25 years”.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Born and raised in South Australia, musician and bouzouki player Con Dalagiorgos has officially opened the first bouzouki school in Australia, hoping to share his knowledge, experience and passion for Greek music.I want my students to go back to Greece and know how to play the bouzouki“The idea to set up a school and teach bouzouki was playing in my mind for a while but it wasn’t until last year that I decided to set up a proper bouzouki school where people of all ages can come and learn how to play what I consider to be the most iconic musical instrument of our ancestors,” Dalagiorgos tells Neos Kosmos. So far the idea has been well received and the school already has 25 students studying music theory, history of Greek music and, of course, practical bouzouki playing.“Our youngest student is an eight-year-old boy and the eldest member of our team is a 61-year-old man. The school is now open and we welcome anyone who has a real passion and willingness to dedicate their time in learning not only how to play a musical instrument, but to immerse themselves in the history of Greek music as well as the life and work of some of the most iconic representatives of Greek music who left us an indisputably valuable cultural and musical heritage in the past few decades,” says Dalagiorgos whose family originates from Kozani and the island of Kalymnos.According to the 54-year-old artist, his love for this particular music instrument started at the age of five and he has dedicated his life to it, playing with his band and keeping the musical heritage alive. “I saw my friend playing one day and I immediately thought to myself ‘this is what I want to do’. “I haven’t looked back since and to this day I still enjoy performing but, when I come across young children who have a passion to learn and ask to watch YouTube videos of old rembetes playing the bouzouki, I feel so blessed and hopeful that I can finally introduce the instrument and share my very own love for Greek music with my students,” says Dalagiorgos who, with music teacher and performer Tsambika De George, is working tirelessly towards one common goal: to keep Greek music alive.“There are a few events that we have been invited to perform at, starting with the Odyssey Festival, presented by the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia this month. “The bouzouki is an institution for our heritage and as musicians and Greek Australians we ought to do everything in our power to keep the sound alive for the generations to come. We owe it to our children, we owe it to the Greek iconic musicians of that era, and most importantly we owe it to Greece. “At our school, students are introduced to the prominent Greek musicians of the past, they learn the history of Greek music and above all, they learn how to perform like Greeks; how to engage and develop rapport with the crowd so that they can all enjoy and have a good time. “Above all, students learn how to spread kefi and play from their hearts,” he concludes.For more information and enquiries, visit or call 0411 185 166.last_img read more

first_imgDes codes-barres génétiques pour ‘trier’ les espèces menacées de grenouillesPubliant leurs travaux dans la revue Molecular Ecology Resources, des chercheurs de la Smithsonian Institution utilisent des marqueurs génétiques pour distinguer les différentes espèces – très ressemblantes – de grenouilles détenues dans un centre de sauvegarde et de reproduction des amphibiens menacés, afin d’éviter les hybridations.Les chercheurs du Projet de sauvetage des amphibiens de la Smithsonian Institution élèvent, dans le Centre de conservation d’El Valle, à Panama, pas moins de 11 espèces locales de grenouilles qu’ils espèrent sauver du parasite Batrachochytrium dendrobatidise, qui a déjà décimé des populations d’amphibiens dans le monde entier. Pour cela, ils y mènent un programme de reproduction en vue de réintroduire les amphibiens en milieu naturel. Mais gare aux bévues : ces espèces sont souvent très semblables et difficiles à distinguer.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Si nous choisissons accidentellement pour les faire se reproduire des grenouilles qui ne sont pas de la même espèce, nous risquons d’échouer ou de créer des animaux hybrides mal adaptés à l’environnement d’origine de leurs parents”, explique Andrew J. Crawford, du Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute de Panama. Pour éviter de réaliser ce genre d’erreurs, ce scientifique et ses collègues utilisent une technique originale basée sur la génétique : le “code-barre ADN”.Il s’agit de prélever, à l’aide d’un coton-tige, des échantillons de cellules de peau sur ces animaux, puis d’en séquencer les gènes, ce qui permet d’identifier sans ambigüité les différentes espèces – et de constater combien elles sont liées. Pour faire reproduire les grenouilles, il suffit alors de consulter les résultats obtenus et de s’appliquer à bien choisir deux animaux de la même espèce. Ces nouvelles connaissances sur la génétique des grenouilles contribuent à sauver de l’extinction ces amphibiens, un projet auquel collaborent notamment le Zoo de Houston, le Smithsonian National Zoological Park et le Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Le 13 janvier 2013 à 16:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Related Items:Fire, grand turk, HJ robinson high school, Pdm Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Jan 2016 – Today, January 28, 2016, we have been shocked and saddened by the news of a fire at HJ Robinson, the only high school in the nations capital. While we wish to express our deep sadness of this unfortunate and tragic development, we wish to comfort the many students and families who have been also deeply impacted by this act of apparent arson. Our hearts, prayers and thoughts are with you as you strive to educate and equip yourself and face the challenges of coping with this new reality.The many photographs circulating this morning on social media paint a vivid picture of the difficulties you face in the coming years. The Leader of the Opposition has been briefed by party officials including Hon. Edwin Astwood and Hon. Derek Taylor who are both on the ground and at the scene and is today, through this release, calling on Government to quickly resolve a budget to take to the house of assembly in an emergency session to meet the needs of the people of Grand Turk including the rebuilding of HJ Robinson and properly funding a long called for and overdue domestic fire tender.We understand that the fire affected flights since fire trucks and personnel that service the Jags McCartney International airport were directed to address this emergency. We wish to thank the service men, fortis and volunteers who have so tirelessly given of their time and labor to confront this fire and stem it from causing increased damage to the school. The people of Grand Turk and the Turks and Caicos Islands are a resilient, hard working, hopeful people and we have overcome many great odds and adversity to emerge victorious and enjoy what we know as our country today. We say that no weapon formed against our nation will prosper. And no act, however originated will dampen the spirit or the will of our people. We will rise from the ashes and build again; we will persevere and win in the face of difficulty and overwhelming odds. We are strong and will emerge stronger from this setback.last_img read more

first_imgCORCORAN, Calif. — A California prison panel denied parole Wednesday to mass murderer Charles Manson in his 12th and possibly final bid for freedom.Manson, now a gray-bearded 77-year-old, did not attend the hearing.He orchestrated a series of gruesome murders on consecutive nights in Los Angeles more than 40 years ago. His trial with three women acolytes was an international spectacle.Manson and his followers were convicted in the 1969 slaying of actress Sharon Tate and four others.“I’m done with him,” Debra Tate, the sister of the actress, said after the hearing.For four decades, Debra Tate has traveled to whatever rural California prison has held the notorious cult leader and his band of murderous followers for hearings she said are too numerous to count. “I’ve tried to take this thing that I do, that has become my lot in life, and make it have purpose,” the 59-year-old Tate, who was 17 in August 1969, when Manson sent his minions across L.A. on two nights of terror, said Tuesday. “I’ve been doing it for Sharon and the other victims of him for the last 40 years.” The board ruled that Manson had shown no efforts to rehabilitate himself.“This panel can find nothing good as far as suitability factors go,” said John Peck, a member of the panel.The parole hearing at Corcoran State Prison in Central California, Manson’s 12th, could be the last one for the aging mass murderer. Under current law, inmates can be denied the chance to reapply for parole for up to 15 years. The latest rejection could make Manson 92 before he would get another opportunity to make his case. “At his age, I think he doesn’t care,” Deputy District Attorney Patrick Sequeira has said. “He would be lost if he got out. He’s completely institutionalized.”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The below announcement is from the Wilmington Democratic Town Committee:Have fun and support the Billerica, Tewksbury, and Wilmington Democratic Town Committees at our annual fundraiser, hosted by comedian, political satirist, and 2018 candidate for Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor, Jimmy Tingle on Saturday, October 5.The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the event kicks off at 8:00 p.m. sharp. Jimmy Tingle will take the stage and perform bits of his show, “Jimmy Tingle’s 20/20 Vision.” As the nation looks ahead to the upcoming presidential campaign of 2020, Tingle will entertain, enlighten and challenge the audience to move beyond the current politics of presidential tweets, sound bites, and the nightly news cycle and into the realm of long-term thinking and life affirming possibility.The event will also include a live auction, cash and check only. There is a cash bar and light snacks will be provided. Attendees can bring their own food to the event, but no drinks are allowed due to the cash bar.Tickets will be available at the door for $35.00 each. All proceeds will be divided evenly by all three Democratic Town Committees.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Explain Why They’re Endorsing Markey Despite Likely Kennedy PrimaryIn “Government”Local, State & Federal Officials Speak At Wilmington Democratic Town Committee Breakfast (with PHOTOS)In “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”last_img read more

first_img Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. 0 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. NASA Space,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Apple iPhone XS Tags As long as we’re throwing around cool space terms, here’s another one: “blue stragglers.” These stars are bluer and more luminous than their brethren. They look younger than their neighbors, but they’re really more like vampires. ESA reported in 2009 that blue stragglers may form by siphoning fresh hydrogen from more massive star companions. “The new fuel supply allows the smaller star to heat up, growing bluer and hotter — behaving like a star at an earlier stage in its evolution,” ESA said. You can spot a bunch of these glowing blue freeloaders in the Messier 3 Hubble image.Hubble has been on a roll with space clusters. Check out the telescope’s view of an “open cluster” called the Wild Duck Cluster. It’s a very different look from Messier 3, but also gorgeous in its own right. Sprint $59 at eBay I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Tags Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Hubble space telescope goes on cosmic duck hunt, shoots a cluster Hubble delivers dazzling Lagoon Nebula for 28th anniversary $6 at Tidal JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. 7 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET See it $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read Google Home Hub review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $520 at HP Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Boost Mobile Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Messier 3 shines in this Hubble Space Telescope image. ESA/Hubble & NASA, G. Piotto et al. The term “globular cluster” doesn’t invoke visions of beauty all on its own, but the actual objects out in space are some of the most stunning the Hubble Space Telescope has ever laid eyes on. The European Space Agency described the Messier 3 globular cluster, the subject of a newly released Hubble view, as “one of the most beautiful of them all.” It’s 8 billion years old and contains half a million stars. Globular clusters are spherical collections of stars. Messier 3 is a bit unusual, though. It’s packed with a whole bunch of variable stars, ones that change in brightness over time. Scientists have spotted 274 of these twinklers in Messier 3.  Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $999 $155 at Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET NASA’s Hubble telescope delivers stunning new space pictures Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Amazon Share your voice See at Turo Sarah Tew/CNET 13 Photos See It Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. The Cheapskate Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read DJI Osmo Action preview What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $999 Sci-Tech TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Rylo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read the AirPods review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read the Rylo camera preview Best Buy $299 at Amazon See It Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Hubble sees stars Angela Lang/CNET See It $60 at Best Buy Share your voice Comments Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $210 at Best Buy Post a comment Amazonlast_img read more

first_imgFor the longest time, a common notion regarding the Elder Scrolls series is that it was a single player MMO. It had all the makings of an MMO — exploration, character customization, a big open world, sprawling landscapes and intricate cities — except it didn’t have the multiplayer aspect.When ZeniMax, parent company to Bethesda, announced Elder Scrolls Online, it would seem that the aforementioned common notion held by players was also held by the developers — that Elder Scrolls can make a decent MMO. As information regarding the MMO slowly leaks, one of the more disappointing details was that the series’ staple first-person mode was going to be very limited. Now, mercifully, ZeniMax has shown that the once-limited first-person mode will be fully-fledged.For the uninitiated, the Elder Scrolls games mainly operate in first-person mode. The more recent entries, Oblivion and Skyrim, allow players to jump into third-person mode, but it is noticeably something of an afterthought, as it is difficult to know when to swing a weapon and when to block incoming blows. The limited first-person mode in ESO reportedly didn’t feature combat capability, which is a fairly large portion of Elder Scrolls gameplay.However, ZeniMax showed off a video of the game being played fully in first-person mode, satiating longtime Elder Scrolls fans. Reportedly, the footage looked quite similar to the more recent entries in the series, Oblivion and Skyrim, and first-person mode will surely help keep the Elder Scrolls feel. The first-person mode is currently playable, and in testing.The game is set to release sometime this year, and ZeniMax also confirmed that it will release on Mac on day one — something that Mac users still aren’t used to regarding MMO releases.last_img read more