first_imgGandhinagar, Aug 26 (PTI) Fees charged by the schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education should be as per the norms fixed by the state government, CBSE chairman R K Chaturvedi said today.”Our affiliation by-laws say the fee should be commensurate with infrastructure and facilities offered by the school. The quantum of fee should be on par with the (respective) state governments norms,” Chaturvedi said, speaking to reporters at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India here.Chaturvedis statement comes even as CBSE schools have moved the Gujarat High Court against the state governments decision to regulate fees of all private schools, including the CBSE-affiliated ones, through the Gujarat Self-Financed Schools (Regulation of Fees) Act, 2017.”(Information about) Fee should be put in the public domain….logical explanation should be given as to on what basis the fee is charged,” he said.The CBSE is thinking of giving “accreditation” to its affiliated schools, he said.”We are discussing norms for accreditation. It will decide where the school stands in terms of quality, through a third-party evaluation. It will be then easy for parents to decide how one school is better than the other,” he said.”Results, quality of education, parents and teachers satisfaction, retention of teachers, index of happiness, infrastructure, fee, sports, all these parameters will form the basis to evaluate schools. We will begin the process from this academic year and implement it by next year,” he said.Chaturvedi was here to meet representatives of CBSE schools from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and discuss with them the Boards decision to do away with school-based examination in Class X, and addition of applied entrepreneurship as a vocational subject for Classes XI-XII.advertisement”We want to associate ourselves with EDII in this regard (additional course)…The concept has been accepted, and details are being worked out,” he said. PTI KA PD KRK SRElast_img read more

first_img(Eds: Adding PM Modis tweet, Manushis statement)By K J M VarmaBeijing, Nov 18 (PTI) Indias Manushi Chhillar today won the coveted Miss World 2017 crown at a grand event in China, bringing to an end the countrys dry spell of 17 years at the top pageant contest.The 20-year-old from Haryana, who is a medical student, edged out top five contestants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico at the event, which saw participation from 118 countries.Chhillar was presented the crown by Stephanie Del Valle, the last years Miss World winner from Puerto Rico at an event held at a resort in the coastal city of Sanya.”Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support, and prayers. This ones for India,” Chhillar wrote on her official Twitter handle.The first and the second runners-up were Miss England Stephanie Hill and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza at the event, which was televised live globally.In the top five round, Chhillar was asked which profession according to her deserved the highest salary.”I think a mother deserves the highest respect and when you talk about salary its not always about cash but I feel its the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has always been the biggest inspiration in my life.”All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think it is the job of a mother that deserves the highest salary,” Chhillar said to a wide-applause.Chhillar is the sixth Indian to win the coveted crown, which was first won by Reita Faria back in 1966.advertisementAishwarya Rai had bagged the title in 1994, followed by Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka Chopra in 2000, the last for India.Chhillars win brings India at level with Venezuela as the countries with most victories in the history of the pageant.Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated her for the Miss World 2017 crown.”Congratulations @ManushiChhillar! India is proud of your accomplishment,” he said in a tweet.Taking to the Twitter, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar praised Chhillar and said, “I congratulate Haryanas daughter Manushi Chhillar on winning the Miss World crown.”In a statement, Chhillar said: “The feeling is still sinking in and very excited to make India proud too. Im also looking forward to the year ahead.”My parents have always been my pillar of support and having them here tonight by my side has only brought me more strength and joy. My final answer also came to me by having them here with me in front of me”.According to Chhillars profile on the Miss World website, her father, Dr. Mitra Basu Chhillar, is a scientist at the Defence Research and Development Organisation, while her mother, Dr. Neelam Chhillar, is an associate professor and department head of neurochemistry at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences.Chillar studied at St. Thomas School in New Delhi, and is pursuing a medicine degree at the Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonipat.She aims to be a cardiac surgeon and wants to open a chain of non-profitable hospitals based in rural areas.A trained Indian classical dancer, Chhillar has a passion for outdoor sports and actively participates in paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkelling and scuba diving besides sketching and painting.Her personal motto, as described on the website, reads: “When you cease to dream you cease to live” and “Courage to give flight to your dreams and the ability to believe in yourself makes life worth living”. PTI RB KIS SC RB SHD CPSlast_img read more

first_imgJawa motorcycle launched their much-awaited motorcycles a few weeks back. Now prospective buyers can book their motorcycles at the physical dealership starting December 15. As of now, buyers can book their Jawa online for a token amount of Rs 5,000 which is refundable on the Jawa home website. Jawa has listed in over 100 dealerships which will be spread over 27 states and one Union Territory in India.Jawa 42 is priced at an ex-showroom price of Rs 1.55 lakh, Jawa is priced at Rs 1.64 lakh ex-showroom, Jawa Perak custom bobber at Rs 1.89 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.Jawa has launched their all-new motorcycles in India. With an all-new design, the Jawa motorcycles bring in two all-new engine specs in a total of three variants. Two Jawa motorcycles are powered by a 293cc single-cylinder engine. While the larger Perak is powered by a bigger 334cc, single cylinder engine.The single cylinder head has fins in spite of this motor being liquid cooled and the Jawa nametag is embossed too. The rest of the motor is clean and there is little clutter all around. The twin peashooter pipes also hark back to the past.The new Jawa will come with a 293cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder, DOHC four-stroke engine. While this is the same motor which powers the Mahindra Mojo, engineers have given it a complete retune. The motor is tuned to produce 27bhp and 28Nm of torque. The company says that this motor offers a generous mid-range and a flat torque curve for an unwavering, consistently powered ride. The engine is mated to a Constant Mesh 6-speed gearbox.advertisementThe engine has been built on a BS6 ready platform and we are told that the fuel injection system has been perfectly tuned for enjoyable rides. But what is even better news is that the company says that it will sound much like the old Jawa. Now if you are a Jawa fan, you surely will be aware of the beautiful engine note which the 2-stroke motors offered. Given that replicating the tone of a classic 2-stroke on a modern day 4-stroke would be a big challenge.The first models to go on the sale floor will be the Jawa and the Jawa 42. Test drive and delivery will begin from February 2019. All Jawa motorcycles will be built at the Mahindra factory in Pithampur.The new Jawas look thoroughly modern yet have that retro essence. It will sport all the bells and whistles found in modern bikes and at the same time offer a retro charm. Needless to say, the new Jawa will take on another icon here in India, the Royal Enfield Classic. Looks like the days ahead are going to be exciting.last_img read more

first_imgRoger Federer’s third round masterclass against American Taylor Fritz at the Australian Open on Friday drew gushing praise from bad boy of tennis Nick Kyrgios during a guest commentary gig for the host broadcaster.Federer, however, was less impressed with Kyrgios’s work behind the microphone for the Nine Network.Asked to comment on the Australian’s assessments, which included “Federer’s timing is scary good …. Oh, my goodness, butter, so smooth. He’s zoning at the moment” among other pearls, the double defending champion suggested that the 23-year-old, as an analyst, made a great tennis player.”Yeah, we need him to play first before commentating for the whatever 10-plus years,” Federer said with a smile after beating Fritz in straight sets at Rod Laver Arena.Federer:- Posts his 97th #AusOpen win- Reaches the 4R of a Slam for the 63rd time- He’s yet to drop a set…pic.twitter.com/9vj1XaJzsM#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019.@RafaelNadal approves of @rogerfederer’s 3R victory #AusOpen #Fedal pic.twitter.com/NhibCgRU3T#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019Former quarter-finalist Kyrgios was knocked out of the first round at Melbourne Park and signed off with a typically sour media conference, snapping at reporters and making sarcastic remarks.Once touted as a future Grand Slam champion, Kyrgios’s ranking has slumped to 52 amid struggles with injuries and is projected to fall further after the tournament.”He’s always good for a headline,” said Federer.”Look, I like Nick. I like the way he plays and all that. Yeah, I was happy to hear that he was in the commentary booth.advertisement”He’s got a bit of time, sticks around, shows he’s passionate about the game. That’s what we need to see.”But we wish he was on the court rather than a commentary booth. But I hope he did a good job.”What does @rogerfederer think about @NickKyrgios trying his hand at commentating?#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/BIZ79uLBh1#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019Was it Leo or Lenny @rogerfederer?We have an answer! #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/XY3zOT9O4h#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019Federer will play Greek young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the quarter-finals.”I’m still giving them a hard time sometimes.”Understatement @rogerfederer! #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/wGJFbgWopd#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019peRFection.Federer is into his SIXTEENTH #AusOpen 4R, def. Fritz 6-2 7-5 6-2 in 1 hour 28 minutes.#GameSetMatch pic.twitter.com/WXYOLC68nE#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019last_img read more

first_imgFor a brief moment, the public and media did discuss the game itself – outside of the great debates over the Optus debacle and how to pronounce player names – and how Australia could actually improve on the park, as opposed to the aforementioned issues. Considering the subject and the developmental malaise facing the Australian game, it makes that neglect almost perverse.The nature of tactical discussion both before and during the Socceroos’ time in Russia has nevertheless proved to be insightful, and exposed an overall unimaginative thinking.With this in context, and despite some disagreeable aspects and tone to Postecoglou’s recent piece for Players Voice, he is absolutely correct that football is fundamentally about courage. More specifically, one must be brave enough to accept the ubiquity of risk and volatility in football, both in situational and broader tactical terms. Share via Email World Cup Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp How Australia’s players fared at the World Cup Read more Australia sport Share on Twitter Despite the growing influence of geopolitics and corporate power on modern football, the World Cup has long been viewed as a welcome distraction from the “real” world. Topics Reuse this content Soul searching begins for Australia after World Cup exit Read more No regrets for Bert van Marwijk as Australia depart World Cup Australia Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook In contrast to the laborious spells of possession under Postecoglou, overall response to Bert van Marwijk’s apprehensive tactical plan was positive. It must be noted, however, the opponents Australia faced in Group C allowed them to play that way and have a possibility to progress.As highlighted before the tournament, France, Denmark and Peru all struggle to play with a fluid tempo against embedded defences. Ultimately, progression to the last 16 was dependent on who would play best in a reactive sense.Thus it eventuated. Denmark advanced alongside France having only scored two goals, and Group C had the lowest amount of total goals – nine compared to an average of 16.14 in the other seven – in the entire group stage. Despite fine realisation from Christian Eriksen and Yussuf Poulsen, those two Danish goals both came in quick transition from breakdowns in opposition possession.Amid an international game increasingly resembling futsal at the highest levels – defending in deep blocks and quickly transitioning in numbers – the highly safe nature of play in Group C served as a microcosm for the tournament to this point.Ultimately, the Socceroos could not have received a more favourable group, but still finished the tournament with a solitary point and an opening stage exit. However, there is a sense that Van Marwijk could not have done much more with his squad in context. It comes back to a question posed following the playoff win over Syria last October: how much can fluidity, movement and attacking balance offset a lack of individual talent? Under both Postecoglou and Van Marwijk, Australia displayed very little penetration outside transitional scenarios. This void in talent alone, not to mention a crippling inability to advance play from midfield, has made Robbie Kruse pivotal to the Socceroos. However, vehement criticism of his end product completely ignores his contribution to the overall phase of play. The team doesn’t even come close to threatening attacking positions if not for Kruse’s movement. It also creates a situation where, despite his technical aptitude, Daniel Arzani could be most effective as a substitute in the closing 30 minutes of a match.A collective must to be able to create chances in order to score, thus making the simultaneous clamouring for Tim Cahill and neglect of Massimo Luongo – both in media and public spheres – illogical. comment Starting Cahill does not negate the fact Tom Rogic is the only starter comfortable enough in confined space to beat his primary defender. Aside from Cahill’s absence in the building of play, this issue is only amplified considering Australia cannot get the ball to Rogic with any regularity in threatening positions on the pitch.But logic and process matters little in Australian football with respect to what is actually happening on the pitch. Though it sounds paradoxical in sport, to a detriment, only outcomes matter.Going off evidence with tactical fallibilities at club level, this wider outcome-dependency only seems likely to transfer to the Socceroos with Arnold’s ‘expect to win’ ideology. If this World Cup has taught Australian football anything, it is that we are a nation of blunt football thinkers. And that is unlikely to change any time soon. Share on Pinterest World Cup 2018 For the Australian football public – meaning the Australian football public that actually follows the game in the four years between – this World Cup has oddly served as a distraction from the administrative chaos surrounding the local game.The discourse shifted from Fifa intervention, the standoff between Football Federation Australia and A-League franchises, consequent proposals for A-League expansion, promotion/relegation and most relevant to the Socceroos, Ange Postecoglou’s departure and the hiring of Graham Arnold.A distraction it may be in some cases, but the standard of play on the pitch has arguably been a neglected topic in the Australian game, outside of comparing talent to the so-called golden generation.Sign up to receive the latest Australian sports stories every day Read morelast_img read more

Rabat – In Thursday’s Government Council, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani called on his ministers to act on the ground and not just give orders from their offices.El Othmani encouraged his ministers to be in permanent contact with citizens. Moreover, he advised his ministers to “leave offices and go down to the field.”“This is a principle we have agreed upon. The government official cannot just work from his office, review files and give instructions,” he said. He also advocated for a “productive and direct interaction to meet the legitimate expectations of citizens.” El Othmani thinks that the government must communicate its achievements and inform the public constantly. He stressed he would tolerate no laxity in implementing the decisions made by the government. El Othmani also regretted that some decisions and procedures are not implemented by some administrations or are delayed in their application. “I call for taking all the necessary measures for the application of the decree n ° 2-17-410.” The decree specifies how administrations can certify duplicates of original documents.El Othamni also congratulated the administrations that reacted quickly to the provisions of the concerned decree.The head of government reminded ministers that the government takes seriously the guidelines of King Mohammed VI relating to accountability. He stressed the need to provide financial resources to implement government measures.The rebuke is not the first of its kind. On October 26, 2017 just two days after the dismissal of three ministers and a secretary of state, El Othmani urged his ministers to learn a lesson from the royal sanctions. read more

PARIS — France and Germany have unveiled details of a plan to create a leading electric battery industry in Europe, from the extraction of raw materials to recycling.French Economy minister Bruno Le Maire said about 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) are to be invested in the Franco-German project, including 1.2 billion euros of public subsidies.A pilot plant will be based in France and two production plants, each of 1,500 employees, will be built in both countries.Le Maire said during a visit by his German counterpart Peter Altmaier to Paris: “This is an example of what Europe can do when united.”European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic welcomed the move as EU production represents only 3% of the world market and wants to compete with the U.S. and China.The Associated Press read more

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s efforts to fight money laundering are expected to be front and centre today at a special meeting of federal cabinet ministers and their provincial counterparts to discuss national strategies for stemming the problem.The B.C. government says the meeting in Vancouver will highlight new legislative changes already underway in B.C. that could be replicated across the country, including laws to end hidden ownership.Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair have scheduled a news conference after the meeting to provide details on Ottawa’s plans to combat both money laundering and terrorist financing.The province launched a public inquiry into money laundering in May after three independent reviews revealed that billions of dollars are laundered each year through the B.C.’s casinos, real estate market and other sectors.B.C. Finance Minister Carole James says in a statement that money laundering has distorted the province’s economy, fuelled the overdose crisis and driven up housing prices.But she says criminals don’t stop at provincial borders.“This is a national issue, and strong action is required from the federal government and all the provinces to combat money laundering in our country,” James says.Attorney General David Eby says the province is the leading jurisdiction for overdose deaths, luxury car sales and out-of-control real estate — all of which have been linked to a “cancerous” transnational money laundering problem.“At this summit, we will have one message: Without a significant federal financial commitment to increased law and tax enforcement in B.C., hard-working families who play by the rules will continue to be at a disadvantage to criminals and cheats,” Eby says.“That’s unacceptable.”The Canadian Press read more

Air Canada fell the most in almost four weeks after the country’s biggest carrier said yields would continue to decline this year as it packs fuller planes.[np_storybar title=”Airline investors enjoying the flight, but for how long?” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/07/26/airline-investors-enjoying-the-flight-but-for-how-long/”%5DInvestors might be in a mood to celebrate the increased cash flowing back to them and stock gains, but there are concerns that the airlines are rushing too quickly to reward shareholders. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]The shares fell as much as 7.1% in Toronto, their biggest intraday drop since June 12. They were trading at $8.92 at 10:48 a.m., paring a 25% gain this year through yesterday.Yield, or average fare per mile, declined 2.1% in the second quarter, the company said today. Chief Executive Officer Calin Rovinescu said yields will continue to fall this year as the airline adds more economy class seats and operates longer flights with a view to boosting profit.“We are purposely looking at having a lower yield,” Rovinescu said on a conference call. “That is part of the strategy here as we look to have a greater bottom line.”The average length of flights increased 2.5% in the second quarter from the same period a year earlier, reducing yield by 1.5 percentage point, Air Canada said in its earnings statement.Air Canada’s yields in the second quarter were lower than Fadi Chamoun, an analyst at BMO Capital Markets in Toronto, had estimated, “implying a weaker-than-expected June month” particularly in U.S. transborder yields, he said in a note to clients.Air Canada also boosted its 2014 cost-cutting target this year. Rovinescu is working to increase profit by about 15% over five years by expanding the company’s Rouge low- cost unit after deploying five Boeing Co. 777 aircraft with 31% more seats than the plane’s standard version. Air Canada said in May it was planning to refurbish another 12 of its 777s by adding more seats starting next year.The Montreal-based company reported the most profitable quarter in the airline’s history, crediting a demand in all markets, the contribution of its low-cost Rouge subsidiary and falling costs.Air Canada said net income grew to $223 million, or 75 cents per share for the period ended June 30. That compared to a loss of $23 million, or nine cents per share, a year ago.It benefited from a $41-million tax gain, which partially offset higher fuel costs and the impact of lower foreign currency.Adjusting for one-time items, its profit soared 21% to $139 million or 47 cents per share. That compared to $115 million or 41 cents per share a year earlier.Revenues increased 8.1% to $3.3 billion on an 8.5% increase in capacity. However, yield or pricing line declined 2.1%.Air Canada was expected to earn 51 cents in adjusted profits on $3.3 billion of revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.“These financial results highlight the significant and incremental progress being achieved through our various value-enhancing strategies,” Rovinescu said during the conference call.He said investments into providing seamless transfers at Canada’s major hubs is starting to show results.Rovinescu added that Rouge, which has carried two million passengers to leisure routes at lower cost, is exceeding financial expectations.“From a financial point of view, the performance of these routes since the transfer clearly validates our decision.”He also told analysts that the subsidiary is doing a better job of communicating the changes in service levels to premium customers, some of whom have complained.Although it is adding new routes, Air Canada said Rouge will end the year with 28 aircraft — eight Boeing 767s and 20 Airbus 319s — down from its prior forecast of 33. The reduction is being driven to ensure the mainline fleet has enough capacity because 20 Embraer E190 planes are ending service later than planned.David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity said the results were “up nicely” and in line with expectations.“Overall, the second-quarter results and 2014 guidance might have a positive implication for our outlook,” he wrote in a report.Compiled with files from Bloomberg.com, The Canadian Press read more

by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press Posted Jul 13, 2017 6:07 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 15, 2017 at 12:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email An Air Canada plane with 140 people on board came within 100 feet of crashing onto two of four planes lined up to take off at San Francisco International Airport last week, according to a preliminary report Canadian air safety regulators released Thursday.The finding provided the first official accounting of how close the Air Canada plane came to causing what could have been one of the worst disasters in commercial aviation history.Instead of lining up to land on the runway, the pilot of the flight from Toronto mistakenly descended toward a parallel taxiway just to the right of where four other airliners were idling in the darkness. Taxiways are the aviation equivalent of feeder roads that planes use to roll between runways and terminals, and have different lights than runways.Canada’s Transportation Safety Board released a short summary of the July 7 incident, which U.S. authorities are still investigating. The summary said Air Canada Flight 759 had already travelled one-quarter of a mile over the taxiway before aborting the landing.As the Airbus 320 pulled up sharply it flew 100 feet over the first two jets, 200 feet above the third and 300 feet over the fourth, the summary said. It then circled and landed safely.“This was very close to a catastrophic event,” said John Cox, a safety consultant and retired airline pilot.The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which is heading the investigation, has not released any information and spokesman Keith Holloway said he could not comment on another agency’s data.Transportation Safety Board of Canada spokesman Chris Krepski said he could not confirm the source of the data in the document, which was released as part of a “daily notification log” of safety incidents that Canadian air operators are obliged to report to regulators.The most likely source was Air Canada, but company spokeswoman Angela Mah would only say in an email that the airline is “investigating the circumstances and co-operating with authorities.” She said because of the investigation, she could provide no more information.Collisions on the ground are particularly dangerous because planes waiting to take off are loaded with fuel. The deadliest crash in aviation history occurred in 1977 when a KLM Boeing 747 taking off in the Canary Islands plowed into a Pan Am 747 that was waiting to take off; 583 people died in the crash and fires.There are several cases in the United States when landing planes either hit another aircraft on the ground or barely cleared one. In the instances that safety consultant Cox recalled, including several at Los Angeles International Airport, the pilots of the landing plane could not see the other airplane.“What is so unusual about this one is the airplanes could see each other and they still got this close,” Cox said. “These guys really did intend to land on this taxiway.”In audio posted on liveatc.net, which records flight communications, the pilot said he sees “some lights on the runway,” apparently alluding to planes on the taxiway.According to the report released Thursday, the plane at that point was less than a mile from the taxiway. It would have been flying well over 100 mph.“That’s awful to let it go that far,” said Chris Manno, an American Airlines pilot for 32 years who regularly lands in San Francisco. “Pretty egregious.”The controller assured the pilot there is no one on the runway. Seconds later, another voice — apparently one of the pilots on the taxiway — interjects, “Where’s this guy going? He’s on the taxiway.”Only at that point did the controller order the Air Canada jet to pull up.___Pritchard reported from Los Angeles. Contact him at https://twitter.com/lalanewsman Jet was within 100 feet of hitting 2 planes in San Francisco read more

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. “And it’s not just the individuals who are benefiting. It is also for the benefit of society, training doctors and midwives, subsiding investment in local communities and world- leading research.“This ensures the UK will continue to lead the world in the creative arts, and produces the inventors of the future. It is an investment worth making.”. Mr Hillman said students would be “quite content” that taxpayers were picking up an ever greater proportion of loan bills.An analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies earlier this year found that arts graduates cost the taxpayer £35,000 each. Degrees in “creative arts” subjects – which includes Music, Drama, Fine Art and Design Studies – are the most costly to the taxpayer since so few alumni earn enough money to pay back their student loan in full.  Of the £9 billion that the government spends on higher education each year, more than £1 billion is on creative arts courses alone, where three-quarters of the total amount dished out in loans is picked up by the taxpayer. Economics degrees are the least costly to the public purse, with each one costing an average of £11,000 to the taxpayer, with just a quarter of the loans written off.Chris Skidmore, the universities minister, said he believed universities were a good investment for tax payer. Speaking at the Festival of Higher Education at Buckingham University he said: “Ultimately it is good value for money. Look at what international students are willing to pay – far more for their degree in the UK – because they know they are getting world class education. Almost half of student loans are now paid for by the taxpayer – 57 per cent more than two years ago, government forecasts show.Undergraduates taking out loans in 2018-19 will pay back just 53 per cent themselves, while the remaining 47 per cent will be covered by the public purse, according to official projections.This is the greatest proportion that taxpayers have ever had to subsidise and will cost £7.4 billion this financial year.Figures for last year’s cohort of students show the taxpayer picking up 45 per cent of the cost of loan repayments, up from 30 per cent the previous year.Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said: “It’s a big sum and a lot of people don’t know that it’s so high. Students think they are paying all the cost of their education themselves but actually taxpayers are picking up nearly half of the sum.”Graduates need to start repaying loans when they earn £25,000. All loans are written off after 30 years, leaving the taxpayer to foot the bill for the rest.Previously, graduates started repaying loans when they earned £21,000 but this was raised in 2017, which accounts for some of the reason why the amount repaid by graduates fell the following year. read more

first_imgBackwards compatibility isn’t going to feature on the PlayStation 4 simply because the hardware architecture is completely different to the PS3. But Sony is working on utilizing Gaikai to stream old games instead. How long that will take is anyone’s guess, but it certainly won’t be in place for the console’s launch.When you mention backwards compatibility people usually think of disc-based games, but Sony has confirmed what should be obvious: if you currently have a bunch of PSN download games sitting on your PS3, they won’t be making the journey with you to PSN on the PS4. They simply aren’t compatible and Sony has no way to emulate them.This shouldn’t come as a great surprise, but it does mean you will want to look after and keep hold of your PS3 if you have spent a lot of money buying download games. It might even be wise to invest in a new PS3 when they inevitably get a price drop closer to the PS4 launch to ensure continued play.The same is true of any save games you have. They won’t transfer and that shouldn’t be a problem because none of the games they are associated with will, either. However, if a developer updates a game for PS4, it would be nice to have the option of retaining your save game.We could be waiting months, even years before Gaikai offers to stream your PS3 games, and even then Sony may not allow you to resurrect games associated with an old PSN account. If a general PSN account transfer is offered at launch (highly likely), hopefully Sony will at least keep note of which games you purchased on PS3 and give you some kind of discount off future titles within each series.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Education Office in Australia – Sydney Examination Centre – hasannounced that the application process for the Examination for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek May 2012 has begun.Those interested can contact the Office in Sydney at hellenicedu.sydney@yahoo.com.au for information, application forms and to send their completed applications. In addition, the Greek Education Office at the Greek Consulate in Sydney is open for information and applications on Wednesdays 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, telephone (02) 92833800. Applications close March 21. The Certificate of Attainment in Greek is the only state and officially recognised certificate that certifies the knowledge of Greek as a second/foreign language at six levels, from A1 for children 8-12 years old to C2 for adults. The Sydney Examination Centre has been organising this examination successfully the last few years and the number of candidates increases steadily every year. It is important to support this certificate as it offers a valid and professional recognition of one’s knowledge of the Greek Language, as well as empowers the teaching of Modern Greek in Australia by maintaining the connection with Greece.last_img read more

first_imgWhy mess with pizza? Pizza works. A flatbread base, crust (filled or not), cheese, tomato sauce, and as many toppings as you can handle. It’s food that leaves you satisfied. And that’s equally true for fried chicken. It’s a simpler food, but can be just as satisfying. They are both delicious, separate stomach fillers.However, KFC has decided keeping pizza and fried chicken separate was a mistake, so they’ve combined the two to create Chizza.Chizza is, as the name implies, a CHIcken piZZA. All the ingredients of pizza remain the same with the exception of the flatbread base and crust. That has been replaced with fried KFC chicken. That’s right, Chizza is basically fried chicken covered in toppings.If you think such a dish is an abomination, don’t worry, you probably won’t see it being eaten at your local KFC (yet). KFC has only offered Chizza in the Philippines and India so far, with KFC outlets in Japan about to experience it. Whether it makes the trip to the US will likely depend on how well it keeps selling in these smaller markets. I wouldn’t rule it out, though.To me, Chizza sounds like a pretty greasy eat that’s certainly not going to do your health much good. It’s also going to be difficult to eat with your hands if it’s too large, and it certainly can’t be as thin as a slice of pizza. I think I’d let someone else buy and try and eat it before making up my mind to take the plunge.For now, I’ll stick to pizza and if I want chicken I’ll add it as a topping.last_img read more

first_imgMark Josephson, a 16-year veteran of Meredith Corp., takes over as vice president of sales for Reader’s Digest Media. He most recently served as vice president and publisher of Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Media.Sherry Phillips returns to Forbes as associate publisher of ForbesLife and integrated luxury director for Forbes Media. Phillips has previously held positions of account manager and advertising director at ForbesLife and as director of Forbes Conferences. She most recently served as vice president of sales for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Summit Media Group named Jim Chrzan publisher of Automation World. He takes over the position held by the late David Harvey, who was founding publisher of the magazine. Chrzan has been with Summit since 1994 and has also been publisher of Healthcare Packaging and Shelf Impact! and also served as audience development manager. Hearst Magazine’s Veranda has named Alexa Wilson to the new position of executive director of marketing. Wilson had been executive director of marketing at Hearst’s Marie Claire since 2005. She has also served as marketing services director at Elle and director of promotions and marketing at Men’s Health. Prevention magazine named Siobhan O’Connor and Jessica Branch as senior editors. O’Connor was features editor at GOOD magazine, while Branch as senior news editor at Good Housekeeping. Indie music and entertainment magazine Under the Radar promoted Robert Gleim to vice president of marketing and sales.last_img read more

first_imgThe Union Budget 2016 for financial year 2016-17 to be presented next February could have an unpleasant surprise for the Indian middle-class.Interest rates on retail deposits could be announced, affecting millions of Indians in the middle income group and who form a significant vote base for the Narendra Modi government.The logic is simple: If lending rates have to come down, deposit interest rates have to be reduced first, for which the government would have to lower interest rates on a range of fixed-income products offered through post offices. The cascading effect would be a risk the government would be forced to take hoping the trade-off does not harm the BJP politically.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), since January this year, has reduced the repo rate by a cumulative 125 basis points (bps), but only half of it, about 60 bps, has been passed on by banks to borrowers, according to RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan.A worried RBI has said it will come out with new guidelines for calculating the base rate this week.”The median base lending rate has declined only by 60 bps since then. There is a particular way to calculate the base rate now. And our worry is it should not come in the way of banks to pass through lower lending rates to customers. That is why we took a relook at the base rate and are coming to the marginal cost pricing which we will be announced later this week,” Rajan told reporters after the fifth bi-monthly monetary policy review on 1 December.A look at interest rates on term deposits offered by Indian post offices would give some insight on the nature of the risk involved.The total term deposits held by Indians with post offices stood at Rs 2,42,795 crore as of 31 March, 2014, in 3.62 crore accounts. The interest rate on term deposits, including the monthly income scheme, has remained unchanged at a high 8.4% from 1 April, 2014, for a tenure ranging from one year to up to three years, and 8.5% for more than three years and up to five years.On the other hand, public-sector banks offer anywhere between 7% and 7.75% interest for a one-year term deposit.”Any cuts in lending rates will require deposit rates to be adjusted down. This in turn needs the government to lower returns on post office deposits and other small savings schemes, which compete with banks’ deposits. We expect some developments on this front on or before the February 2016 budget,” said Radhika Rao, economist, group research, DBS Bank.The earliest the Modi government can make an intervention would be in the forthcoming Budget to be announced in February next year.Keen to ensure that any move by the government does not impact the middle class, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday his government would have to “move cautiously” on reducing interest rates on retail deposits, since it has the potential to “hurt vulnerable sections like retired employees”.last_img read more

first_imgA group of Rohingya refugee people walk in the water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. ReutersThe US wants Myanmar to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya in their own villages following their exodus from the country’s violence-wracked Rakhine state for Bangladesh, a senior State Department official said Saturday in Dhaka.Simon Henshaw, acting US assistant secretary of state who visited refugee camps in southeast Bangladesh, said Myanmar should also punish those who committed atrocities in Rakhine.More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August carrying accounts of murder, rape and arson at the hands of Myanmar’s powerful army during a military crackdown dubbed as “ethnic cleansing” by the UN.They have taken refuge in squalid camps in southeast Bangladesh, joining the more than 200,000 Rohingyas who had set up homes there after escaping earlier bouts of violence.”First of all, it is (Myanmar’s) responsibility to return security and stability to Rakhine state. Secondly, it’s their responsibility to investigate reports of atrocities and bring those who committed them to accountability,” Henshaw told reporters in Dhaka.”Part of bringing people back to Rakhine state requires these people be allowed to return to their land…. And for those whose villages are burnt, quick efforts need to be made to restore their homes and their villages,” he said.After weeks of intense global pressure, Myanmar agreed to take back Rohingya who meet “verification” standards. But the criteria remain vague, raising fears it will be used to restrict the number of returnees.Experts say repatriation will also be complicated by the scale of destruction in Rakhine, where hundreds of Rohingya villages have been reduced to ash.Relief workers say some refugees have expressed a reluctance to return if it would mean living in camp-like settlements or being barred from occupying the land they had before.US lawmakers on Friday proposed sanctions against Myanmar’s military, in some of the strongest efforts yet by Washington to pressure the Southeast Asian nation to end abusive treatment of the Muslim minority.Myanmar authorities say the security crackdown was in response to attacks by Rohingya militants on police posts in late August.For decades, the Rohingya have faced discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship and denigrated as illegal “Bengali” immigrants.last_img read more

first_imgIndia has approached the US to help identify Night Vision Devices (NVD) believed to be meant for American and NATO forces recovered from inflitrating terrorists after recent encounters in J&K. Four NVDs as well as a couple of sophisticated binoculars were recovered at four places after the Army had eliminated infiltrating terrorists, official sources said.Information regarding recoveries was shared by the central security agencies with their US counterparts, who have promised help in the probe. The NVDs, recovered from near the Line of Control in North Kashmir after encounters, were dismantled to ascertain the serial numbers on the lens which were forwarded to the US authorities. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damA similar NVD was found during the July 27 Gurdaspur terror attack. The NVD with US government marking was used by the terrorists as telescope fitted on an assault rifle to help them identify their targets in dead of the night.Seven persons, including a Superintendent of Police, were killed by the three terrorists before they were neutralised by Punjab Police. Upon an inquiry by India, the US had confirmed the NVD belonged to the US army which it had lost in Afghanistan in 2010.Barring its closest NATO allies, the US does not sell these NVDs to any other country. It is believed that military equipment lost by its soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq are often sold in the open market, including through e-commerce websites.last_img read more

first_imgThe best tablet for power users is undoubtedly Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro. It packs unrivaled processing power, an epic 13-hour battery and one of the most immersive tablet screens we’ve seen. Unfortunately for your wallet, all that muscle doesn’t come cheap. Luckily, Amazon is taking $81 to $220 off various model’s of Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets. Deals include: Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (64GB) for $849 ($150 off)Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (256GB) for $1,067.92 ($81 off)Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (512GB) for $1,149 ($200 off)Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1TB) for $1,529 ($220 off) Rated our Editor’s Choice for professional tablets, the 12.9 inch iPad Pro features a Liquid Retina display, Apple Pencil support and, best of all, truly impressive processor speed.In Geekbench 4 performance tests, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2018’s A12X Bionic CPU blew past the Microsoft Surface Pro 6, the Dell XPS 13, and even the 13-inch MacBook Pro in Geekbench 4 performance tests, despite the Core i7 CPUs in the latter two. Moreover, the iPad Pro bested its competitors in video transcoding, photo processing, and battery life.Advertisement7 Reasons to Buy and the New iPad Pro (and 3 Reasons to Skip) by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoForbes15 Cities With the Worst Drivers in AmericaForbesUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoAdvertisementcenter_img Apple Announces New iPadsTwo models get the latest A12 Bionic chipVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/apple-ipad-pro-12-9-deal?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:5100:51Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:07How to Find Your MAC Address in Windows 1001:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display关闭 last_img read more

first_imgStaff at Nicosia general hospital are tampering with waiting lists and are refusing to use the hospital’s €43m software system, while one intensive care unit doctor took 94 days off work in 2016, it was revealed on Wednesday.The findings were part of the Audit Office’s ‘extremely disappointing’ report into the state of affairs at the public health institution during 2016.The report uncovered a state doctor doing unauthorised private practice, the absence of an internal audit, ineffective measures in collecting hospital bills, interference in patients’ waiting lists, and the possible waste of public funds from the non-effective use of the hospital’s integrated software system that cost more than €43m.To sum everything up, the service said “the situation at the Nicosia general hospital is extremely disappointing”.The Audit Office said that it had already reported to the attorney-general the case of a state doctor at the hospital’s pathology clinic who also works once per week, without permission, at a private business offering nursing and rehabilitation. He is also listed as on-call in cases of emergency with that clinic.He was also found to register fake appointments for outpatients and using them to prescribe medication or refer patients for lab tests.“According to a complaint, these are possibly used for the patients at the clinic where he works,” the auditor said.The doctor, the report said, had issued drug prescriptions on 259 instances between 2009 and 2017 but without the patients whose name was on the prescription having visited the hospital’s outpatient clinic on the date of the appointment.A similar practice was also followed for 7,623 referrals for lab tests between 2008 and 2017.Another doctor, working at the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU), was absent from work for a very long period of time without obtaining permission for all of it from the public service commission.The doctor in question, the report said, was absent from work for 94 days in 2016 of which 24 was sick leave, 2.5 days for training and 67.5 was unpaid leave. Last year, until August 2017, the doctor had been absent for 39 days in total.According to report, this was the very same doctor who had made statements to the media recently about the serious impact of understaffing at the hospital’s ICU.“The question raised is whether the many absences of this particular ICU physician from the hospital have caused or contributed to the under-staffing,” the report said.The doctor also states on LinkedIn that he is also locum consultant in respiratory medicine in another country’s national health scheme, the report said.The report also found that despite instructions since 2015 for all staff to clock in and clock out of work, medical staff continue to refuse to do so.The report also found unsatisfactory utilisation of the hospital’s resources, after discovering that two operating rooms are left unused during the morning, one for emergencies and the other, according to the hospital’s management, from lack of staff.But the Audit Office said there were available doctors and anaesthesiologists with free time during those morning hours.It also said that, on some occasions, it was observed that the schedule of operating rooms was not utilised properly as patients admitted for surgery waited for up to 60 minutes to be treated by anaesthesiologists during the morning, while “the corresponding time for the same procedure for surgical operations performed outside work hours (overtime) was only up to 30 minutes”.The hospital’s management had justified that by saying that this depends on the medical condition and age of each patient but may also be due to technical difficulties.As regards waiting lists, the report said they found clear cases of interference.  During a check on the orthopaedics clinic it was discovered that patients put on the list in 2011 and 2013 and marked as urgent or very-urgent had lost their turn to others who had been registered in 2015 and 2016.The reluctance of staff to use the hospital’s software system which could help in resolving many of the problems faced concerning issuing invoices, updating surgery patients lists, patients’ records and drug prescription was a major concern, the report said.Even the management of the hospital’s coffeeshop came under scrutiny. The report noted that the hospital is owed €1.3 million in rentSpeaking after the report was released, the chief medical officer of the hospital, Marios Loizou, said he did not agree with the ‘extremely disappointing’ assessment of the Audit Office. He said that although many of the report’s concerns were valid, it failed to take into consideration the “scary volume of work”, understaffing and the enormous efforts of the entire staff and was instead stuck on technical data.Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis said that the report would be “a tool” for improving public healthcare services.He added that the findings proved the inadequacy of the existing system. He stressed the need to push forward with the administrative and financial autonomy of state hospitals, which is the first step towards implementing the National Health Scheme.You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more