New coach wants to see better speed, power, accuracy from Lady Maroons

first_imgBeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Koreas to form their first joint Olympic team for Winter Games SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “I’m not trying to change the way they play, what I’m here to do is improve the way they play,” said Okumu Wednesday at UP College of Human Kinetics.“They should be faster, if they spike they should spike stronger, if they can pass they should pass better. Every thing, I’m trying to improve the speed, power, accuracy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingLast year, Okumu took over a UP team that ended up with a 7-7 record in Season 79 under head coach Jerry Yee.The Kenyan national believes that with UP’s intact core last season, it was already ripe to become a legitimate title contender. Season 78 Rookie of the Year Isa Molde, Diana Carlos, Justine Dorog, and Ayel Estrañero make up the team’s center but has yet to prove that their 2016 Final Four appearance wasn’t a fluke.“Three years is a long time for a team to play together, and I think is they should’ve won,” said Okumu. “Three years with the same team, it’s quite a long time.”“I hope that changing the speed, the way they pass or spike, and improving their power and I think we will get somewhere.”ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH University of the Philippines head coach Godfrey Okumu.University of the Philippines head coach Godfrey Okumu isn’t asking much from his Lady Maroons, he just wants them to be better.Okumu said he wants the Lady Maroons to take every aspect of the game of volleyball and push it to another level.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertelast_img read more

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first_imgan arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). ReNew Power Commissions a One-of-its-kind Wind Project in Rajasthan, India Powered by Suzlon GURGAON, India, September 21, 2015/PRNewswire/ — Tallest Hybrid Towers Installed First Time in India – 30 m Higher Than Conventional Towers – First Time a Lattice/Tubular Tower Combination of 120 m Height From S97 Series of Suzlon has Been set up On-shore Anywhere in the World ReNew Power Ventures Pvt. Ltd., one of Indias largest clean energy companies, is pleased to announce that it has successfully pioneered the commercial installation and commissioning of Indias tallest wind tower the S97 series by Suzlon. The S97 stands at 120 m, offering 33% increase in hub height, when compared with the conventional tower design. Moreover, it is also a revolutionary on-shore installation of lattice/tubular combination towers (hybrid towers) of 120 m height. The hybrid towers are manufactured by Suzlon, one of the leading wind turbine manufacturer. It has been commercially erected, for the first time, anywhere in the world. It is a part of a 100.80 MW wind farm in Rajasthan, which is being commissioned progressively with 12.6 MW currently commissioned. Once fully operational, the farm will meet the electricity requirement of approx. 175,000 households in the area and will help offset more than 162,253 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150519/10123113) MORE PRNewswire PS PSlast_img read more

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Christine Wolf wins the Hero Women’s Indian Open,Christine Wolf wins the Hero Women’s Indian Open

first_imgA win to remember Christine Wolf of Austria gets her Trophy from Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Hero MotoCorp SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENT golf sport Published oncenter_img October 06, 2019 COMMENTS × A win to remember Christine Wolf of Austria gets her Trophy from Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Hero MotoCorp Christine Wolf, who grew up in an Austrian mountain area of Tirol, stood atop the peak as she rid herself of the nightmare of 2018, when she stumbled with the Hero Women’s Indian Open (HWIO) Trophy almost in her grasp.A year after finishing tied for second in the HWIO, Wolf finished ahead of the pack by turning in a bogey-free final round to claim her first Ladies European Tour title. The 30-year-old Austrian, who saw her chances wrecked by a quadruple bogey on 18th on the third day and by a double on the same hole on final day, made no mistakes this time and took care of unfinished business.Wolf received her Trophy from Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Hero MotoCorp. Wolf (73, 68, 67, 69) totalled 11-under to finish three shots ahead of Marianne Skarpnord (70 and eight-under) and Meghan MacLaren (72 and seven-under). Whitney Hillier, the halfway co-leader, shot 72 to be fourth at six-under.Standing on the 18th tee, she held a three-stroke advantage and her third shot sailed over the lake and rolled beyond the flag into the rear greenside bunker. She played a superb sand shot and was able to tap-in for a regulation par to win the event by three strokes over Skarpnord.Wolf played four rounds of confident golf on one of the world’s most challenging golf courses and was error-free over the weekend. She went 44 holes without a bogey, her last coming at the 10th hole in the second round on Friday.Wolf’s local caddie, Ajay, was perhaps the most excited to make amends as he had taken the loss in 2018 personally. “He texted me all of last year and even at Christmas time. He said, ‘I’m so sorry, ma’am, I think it was my fault.’ I said, ‘Well, the only thing you could have done differently was hit that shot for me’, so it was nice having him there and I think he’s super excited as well.”After being showered in water and champagne, Wolf said: “I’m very relieved. I was looking forward to coming back here. I didn’t think that I would actually pull through. I just tried to stay calm and enjoy it out here and hit good shots.”Unfinished businessShe added, “I am super happy to post my first victory but also because I did it here. Everyone knew about the drama that went on last year. When I left last year, I was ready to be back, play the course and get some revenge on the 18th.” Indian amateur Anika Varma, 15, proved herself a star in the making by finishing in solo fifth place, while Tvesa Malik was the leading Indian professional in a tie for sixth with Cloe Frankish and Emma Nilsson.Varma despite a double bogey on Par-5 15th shot 70. At three-under 285 she was the best Indian at fifth and shot 67-70 on the weekend. Malik, the top Indian pro this week. She improved on her last year’s Tied-13 with steady cards of 72, 72, 71 and 72.Varma said, “I was nervous in the beginning, but as soon as I hit my first tee shot I felt fine. I had a good group (with Sweden’s Emma Nilsson and Manon De Roey of Belgium) today and I enjoyed playing with them. I was pretty consistent today, just had one double (bogey) on the 16th. Before that I was doing pretty good and I didn’t miss a single regulation before the 16th hole, I think only that one and the 18th, which was the highlight of my day.”Tvesa said, “I think it was a little bit more of a struggle but I am happy with my overall performance for the week. On the 18th hole, I wasn’t expecting that to happen at all (chip-in from off the green) so I’m glad I could make a birdie from there.”last_img read more

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One of modern crickets great tragedies: Bishan Bedi on ball tampering

first_imgBy Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Mar 25 (PTI) Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi today termed the ball tampering scandal involving top Australian cricketers “one of modern day crickets great tragedies” and held the players responsible for plunging the sport into crisis.The embattled Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner stood down as captain and vice-captain respectively for rest of Australias third Test match against South Africa while Cricket Australia investigated a ball-tampering scandal during the third day of the game. “There is no doubt there has been a mistake and the players are responsible for this. The captain has accepted it, acknowledged the mistake, top management has admitted, this is not a handiwork of one or two players. Its very sad, I would like to think it as one of great tragedies of modern cricket,” Bedi said here today. Not one to hold back his opinions on issues pertaining to the game, Bedi said it is important that the right message is passed on to the youngsters. “According to me, no limit could be prescribed for strict action. We do mislead, misguide kids — winning at any cost is a message that is wrong. Winning is important, but winning by fair means, is the message we must spread,” the legendary left-arm spinner said. CA chief James Sutherland today announced an investigation into the scandal, which has plunged Australian cricket into crisis and resulted in widespread condemnation at home, including from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Television footage had showed Smiths teammate Cameron Bancroft, 25, taking a yellow object out of his pocket while fielding in the post-lunch session and appearing to rub it on the ball.advertisement He was later charged with attempting to change the condition of the ball. Without getting into the specifics, former India player Ajay Jadeja said the onus lies with the International Cricket Council to see where the game is heading. “If you look at anybody shining the ball what is he doing, he is also changing the state of the ball, so I am yet to understand what the laws are, because I havent seen the incident. “But the ball is something that doesnt stay the same, its not baseball which you change every time. The charm of the game is that you have to play differently with new ball, the old ball, the reverse swing. It all depends on the lawmakers how they want to see the game where.” Bedi and Jadeja were speaking on the sidelines of a 10-over exhibition match between High Commissions and Legendary Cricketers as part of Commonwealth Cultural Forum, which used cricket to spread awareness about epilepsy. “I am pleasantly surprised that many people have come to see and take part in the match. This is a beautiful way to express oneself that this disease has no nationality, anybody can get it, so I congratulate the people who have come to Delhi to create awareness about the disease. Its a very laudable cause,” Bedi said. Jadeja said on the occasion, “Its wonderful if you can use a sport like cricket to spread awareness and spread a message around, what could be better than that, and the best thing for me today was to be a part of birthday celebrations of my coach Gursharan Singh.” PTI AH AH ATK ATKlast_img read more

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Scotland vs Malta: Team news & TV

first_imgWC Qualification Europe Scotland vs Malta: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt 01:24 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) James McArthur Scotland Getty Images WC Qualification Europe Scotland Scotland v Malta Malta Gordon Strachan’s men recorded a momentum-building result against Lithuania and will now attempt to close the gap on England and Slovakia even further Scotland can reignite their hopes of reaching next summer’s World Cup by making it six points out of six from the current international break on Monday night.Gordon Strachan’s men face Malta at Hampden Park having seen off Lithuania convincingly away from home on Friday.That has left them four points off second place and with the current incumbents of that position, Slovakia, away at England, Scotland may have a chance to further close the gap. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Game Scotland vs Malta Date Monday, September 4 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Matt Phillips ScotlandIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football and by online stream using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go In the US, the match will not be available to watch live on television but can be streamed online via ESPN3. US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN3 SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Scotland players Goalkeepers Archer, Gordon, McGregor Defenders Anya, Berra, Hanley, R. Martin, Mulgrew, Robertson, Tierney, Whittaker Midfielders Armstrong, Brown, Forrest, Fraser, McArthur, McGinn, Morrison, Phillips, Ritchie, Snodgrass Forwards Griffiths, C. Martin, Naismith Tom Cairney and Steven Fletcher left the squad before the Lithuania match due to injuries and now Darren Fletcher and Barry Bannan have also dropped out.Strachan could name an unchanged team after the win in Lithuania, though Matt Ritchie and Ryan Fraser will hope to push for a starting place out wide.Potential starting XI: Gordon; Tierney, Berra, Mulgrew, A. Robertson; Brown; Forrest, Armstrong, McArthur, Phillips; Griffiths. Position Malta players Goalkeepers Bonello, Hogg Defenders Agius, S. Borg, Camilleri, Failla, Johnson, Magri, Z. Muscat, A. Muscat, Zerafa Midfielders C. Borg, R. Fenech, P. Fenech, Kristensen, Gambin, Pisani Forwards Farrugia, Mifsud, Schembri, Effiong Malta have Alfred Effiong back in contention after he served a suspension against England.He replaces Ryan Camilleri, while left-back Joseph Zerafa is expected to shake off a knock in time to be in contention.Potential starting XI: Hogg; S. Borg, Magri, Agius, Z. Muscat, Zerafa; Gambin, R. Fenech, Pisani; Schembri; Farrugia.BETTING & MATCH ODDS James McArthur ScotlandScotland are 1/16 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Malta priced at 50/1 and the draw available at 12/1.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of match markets. GAME PREVIEW ScotlandScotland’s bid to qualify for a first World Cup since 1998 has been revived by their confidence-boosting 3-0 win over Lithuania.If Gordon Strachan’s team can now take care of business against group minnows Malta, they will trail second place by only a point should England register the home win that will be expected of them against Slovakia.Scotland and Slovakia will then meet at Hampden Park in the first of each team’s final two qualifiers next month in what could be a group-defining fixture.The greater pressure is still on the Scots; Slovakia also have a home match against Malta left, so regardless of what happens on Monday night they may only need to avoid defeat in Glasgow to go into the play-offs.But having laboured to a win against Slovenia and then coughed up two points in the dying seconds of their game against England, Scotland will be delighted if they can work themselves back into a position to make the Slovakia match mean something.last_img read more

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George Ford denies Bath dip and plans to get Leicester Tigers roaring again

first_img Eddie Jones warns George Ford that Toulon move would end England career … 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. Topics Read more George Ford to join Leicester with Freddie Burns going to Bath in his place Bath George Ford bristles at the idea that he lost his way last season. So much so, it does not require much of a leap to chalk up his recent performances in Argentina as another motivational masterstroke from Eddie Jones.It was a widely held opinion that Ford’s form had gone off the boil in his final campaign at Bath but it was Jones who questioned it just a couple of weeks before England flew to Argentina. The 24-year-old Ford, installed as vice‑captain, responded by orchestrating a pair of victories that must rank among the Australian’s best at the helm. “How he’s been asked to play for Bath doesn’t really suit how he plays and therefore it has restricted his development,” Jones said. But make no mistake, Ford was imperious in Argentina. His goal-kicking was on the money but without Owen Farrell outside him he seized the responsibility and used the full array of his talents to sink the Pumas. It was only in November that Jones said: “George can be better than Beauden Barrett.” On that evidence it was easy to see why.Ford’s take on last season, however, is clear: “Other people thought I had a lack of form, I was quite happy with the foundations of my game. It was very easy for people to comment on my game, speculation and all that rubbish.”Those with those views were silenced in Argentina and while it is safe to assume Ford’s retort was not directly aimed at Jones, England’s head coach will no doubt be pleased. Not least because the inference from Jones’s comments is that a return to Leicester is just what the doctor ordered.Ford was 20 when he left Welford Road and lists the main difference between his game now and then as “I’ve played a lot more rugby”. Matt O’Connor, the Leicester head coach appointed towards the end of a turbulent season in March, also ended his first spell at the club in the summer of 2013. O’Connor’s presence was immediately felt but it is clear that with a pre-season under his belt and a number of new arrivals only now will his true impact be felt.Ford had agreed his return to the Tigers before O’Connor came back but with Jonny May joining a backline that also boasts Ben Youngs, Matt Toomua, Manu Tuilagi and Telusa Veainu – all of whom start against Bath on Sunday – it is a mouthwatering combination.O’Connor is in no doubt of Ford’s ability to bring the best out of it. “There was no doubt that he was going to develop,” he says. “He’s an unbelievable student of the game, he works incredibly hard. He’s a fantastic professional, he drives the group incredibly hard around the bits that he’s in control of. He demonstrated in Argentina that he’s matured, he’s at the top of the game and we’re very lucky to have him.” As fate would have it, Ford’s first match for Leicester is against his old club, a quirk of the fixture list that takes at least some of the attention off the returning Tuilagi, who makes his first appearance since January. Indeed, while not so long ago the Leicester pack commanded the attention of whoever occupied the England hot-seat, Jones will be paying close attention to the Youngs-Ford partnership at club level as well as Tuliagi and May behind.“George is an unbelievable player, hopefully he’ll bring out a bit more in me and I can bring out a bit more in him,” said Youngs. “Every week it allows you to have that telepathic understanding, not straight away but hopefully as we go through the season we will click.”While the feeling of optimism at Welford Road is inescapable, they face the side perhaps best equipped to gatecrash the top four. Todd Blackadder arrived midway through pre-season last term and so Bath were always a work-in-progress but have recruited well in Sam Underhill, who misses out, and in return for Ford, Freddie Burns, who is on the bench, came back to his boyhood club. On Sunday Blackadder has selected all three of his British & Irish Lions to start and has identified his side’s poor away record last season as the biggest barrier to progress.“How we played at home is not how we played away so it’s a mental issue,” he said. “We hold on to the ball a bit more at home and we kick the ball away more when we’re away. So it’s a fundamental mindset shift. We’ve got a backline with some X factor, we’re ready to go but we’ve got to get the ball in their hands.” Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Leicester Rugby union Share via Email Read more Premiership The Observer features Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

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6 days agoEx-Liverpool striker Sturridge scores first Trabzonspor goal

first_imgEx-Liverpool striker Sturridge scores first Trabzonspor goalby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge scored his first goal for Trabzonspor as he helped his side to victory against Gaziantep.He opened the scoring for the six-time Turkish champions, firing into the bottom corner from just inside the box.Five minutes later, the 30-year-old provided the assist for on-loan Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth to score their second.Sturridge joined Trabzonspor in August having been released by the Reds.The England international – who also played for Manchester City, Chelsea, Bolton and West Brom – won the Champions League with Liverpool last season.Trabzonspor are top of the Super Lig having picked up 15 points from their opening eight matches. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Puerto Rico’s Pork Highway Is a Meat Lover’s Dream

first_img What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? Editors’ Recommendations Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About This Easy and Delicious Pork Rub Recipe is Perfect for Summer Grilling Getting to Know Rhum Agricole, Rum’s Grassy Sibling Pork is a staple across Latin America, but few places showcase the simplistic beauty of the meat than the “Pork Highway” in Puerto Rico. While pork hasn’t been integral to Puerto Rico’s cuisine for the entirety of its history, pigs were brought by Columbus, so residents of the island have had a few centuries to perfect their pork-cooking techniques (for which we are very, very thankful).The dozens of restaurants that make up the “La Ruta del Lechón,” or “Pork Highway,” have become a bit of a tourist excursion of late, but this doesn’t stop the locals from also continuing to congregate as the delicious menu options provide a roadside oasis. With pigs roasting on open spits, their skin crispy and gorgeously caramelized and meat that tastes like heaven, it’s not hard to see why it’s become so popular.Natasha Moustache/Don Q RumFor most meat eaters, hearing the words “Pork Highway” quickly elicits excitement and a breathless, “I can’t wait to get there.” That’s all for good reason. If you’ve got the meat sweats already, it’s OK— we won’t judge.To get to the Pork Highway, you’ll need to head about 30 miles south of San Juan to the area known as Guavate. The Pork Highway is a couple mile stretch along Route 184.To get to the Pork Highway, you’ll need to head about 30 miles south of San Juan to the area known as Guavate. The Pork Highway is a couple mile stretch along Route 184.The Pork Highway used to be a hidden gem among Puerto Ricans and visitors to the island, but thanks to the Travel Channel and food and travel stars like Andrew Zimmern and the late Anthony Bourdain, it’s become a must stop for foodies checking out the island. While there’s plenty to debate about the evils of such publicity, the Pork Highway offers an incredible array of deliciously prepared, yet simple, Puerto Rican dishes. The pigs roast for eight hours before being skillfully broken down behind the counters with machetes. Each part of the pig is used, from the succulent shredded meat to the crispy skin to the head. For adventurous eaters, snout to tail is available, including tongue, brain, or intestines.Heaping piles of the pork are served alongside side dishes like savory smashed yuca — the root of the cassava plant — peas, crispy pork and rice, and twice-fried plantains. Pretty much everything has at least a touch of pork.Pat Evans/The ManualIf you find yourself on the pork highway and swine isn’t your thing, the chicken and blood sausages are also among the most delightful morsels ever popped into a mouth sitting on the side of a road. Also delicious are the pasteles, a tamale-like dish made with using pork, squash, and green banana, then wrapped in banana leaves and boiled. Serve it all alongside a cold Medalla beer and the meal is one not easy to forget, despite its simplicity. On weekdays, the Pork Highway isn’t overly busy — just a steady crowd of hungry people seated at the covered picnic tables. On weekends, however, it sounds (The Manual didn’t get to experience a weekend) like all bets are off and the party begins.Now, to find a way to connect the barbecue trails of the American South with the Pork Highway …last_img read more

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Les élèves de la NouvelleÉcosse ont un bon rendement au niveau international

first_imgLes élèves néo-écossais de 4e année font partie des meilleurs jeunes lecteurs au monde puisqu’ils ont obtenu une note considérablement plus élevée que la moyenne lors d’une évaluation internationale des compétences en lecture. L’évaluation PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) de 2006, dont les résultats ont été publiés aujourd’hui 28 novembre, a mesuré les compétences en lecture des élèves de 4e année dans 40 pays et cinq provinces canadiennes. Les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse ont surclassé les élèves de l’Angleterre, des États-Unis et de 26 autres pays dans le cadre de l’évaluation, pour dépasser de 42 points la moyenne des résultats de l’évaluation PIRLS qui est de 500 points. L’étude a permis de classer chaque région selon les compétences des élèves en lecture et en compréhension de textes littéraires et d’information. Elle a également examiné les comportements et les attitudes de lecture des élèves, ainsi que leur capacité d’interpréter, d’intégrer et d’évaluer le contenu. Il s’agit de la première fois que la Nouvelle-Écosse participe à cette évaluation, qui a débuté en 2001. Les trois premières régions étaient la Russie, Hong Kong et l’Alberta. Au niveau national, la Nouvelle-Écosse se classe derrière la Colombie-Britannique et l’Ontario, mais à un rang considérablement plus élevé que le Québec. « Il est important de comparer notre rendement au reste du monde, et je suis heureuse des résultats de nos élèves de 4e année, » a dit la ministre de l’Éducation, Karen Casey. « L’alphabétisation est l’une de nos principales priorités, et nous allons continuer de déployer des efforts pour s’assurer que tous nos élèves améliorent leurs compétences en lecture. » L’évaluation a été effectuée en avril et en mai 2006 auprès de 4436 élèves de 4e année dans 201 écoles publiques anglophones et francophones choisies au hasard à l’échelle de la province. Le bulletin de la Nouvelle-Écosse contient également les résultats de chaque conseil scolaire et les compare aux niveaux internationaux. Les élèves de 4e année de chacun des sept conseils scolaires de la province ont obtenu des résultats bien au-delà de la moyenne internationale, tandis que les élèves du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial ont obtenu des résultats qui correspondent à la moyenne internationale. Les résultats de l’évaluation PIRLS indiquent également que les filles sont des meilleures lectrices que les garçons. Dans 43 des 45 pays, les filles de 4e année ont obtenu des résultats généraux considérablement plus élevés que les garçons en matière de lecture. En Nouvelle-Écosse, les filles ont surclassé les garçons de 22 points, ce qui constitue l’un des plus importants écarts entre les sexes dans toutes les régions participantes. « Il est évident que nous devons en faire davantage pour éveiller l’intérêt des garçons en ce qui a trait à la lecture, » a poursuivi Mme Casey. « Cette inégalité entre les sexes est un phénomène international, mais elle semble être particulièrement évidente en Nouvelle-Écosse. » Les résultats de l’évaluation PIRLS démontrent aussi que les élèves qui ont obtenu de bons résultats vivent dans un environnement familial où les parents encouragent la lecture. Les élèves qui avaient accès à un programme d’éducation précoce qui jette les bases de l’alphabétisation avaient aussi tendance à obtenir un plus grand succès en matière de lecture. L’évaluation PIRLS est effectuée tous les cinq ans par la International Association of Educational Achievement, basée à Amsterdam. Le rapport peut être consulté au http://plans.ednet.ns.ca/.last_img read more

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Federal government faces scrutiny over bussafety standards after Ottawa crash

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government faces questions today about its plan to increase safety on commercial buses following last week’s deadly crash in Ottawa that killed three people and injured nearly two dozen more.The fresh scrutiny comes after Transportation Safety Board chair Kathy Fox took aim Monday at what she saw as the government’s failure to act on earlier recommendations to increase “crashworthiness” rules for buses.Those recommendations sprang from the TSB’s investigation into another Ottawa bus crash in 2013, in which a city bus broke through a warning gate at a rail crossing and hit a moving passenger train, killing six people on the bus.Fox said Transport Canada had done some work on the recommendations but that “significant progress has not yet occurred and the safety deficiencies remain outstanding.”She added that Friday’s crash in Ottawa as well as last year’s collision involving the Humboldt junior hockey team all underscore the need for Transport Canada to take action on implementing crashworthiness standards for buses.Ottawa police are continuing to investigate the cause of Friday’s crash, which saw a double-decker bus slam into a shelter at a station west of downtown Ottawa.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Submissions to the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival are now open

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Submissions to the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival are now open! To submit, please visit the TIFF listing on Withoutabox.com. For information about submitting to TIFF, please check out the FAQ and Terms and Conditions below..The early deadline to submit is May 5, 2017. The late submission deadline is June 2, 2017. Submit today!The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7 to 17, 2017.For information regarding Wavelengths submissions please contact submissions@tiff.net. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

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Broccoli sprouts can manage schizophrenia

first_imgA chemical derived from broccoli sprouts can be used to manage schizophrenia symptoms, scientists have found, paving the way for treatments that reduces unwanted side effects of traditional medicines. Scientists from Johns Hopkins University in the US characterised a set of chemical imbalances in the brains of people with schizophrenia related to the chemical glutamate. Supplementing with broccoli sprout extract, which contains high levels of the chemical sulphoraphane, may someday provide a way to tweak the level of chemical glutamate. Also Read – The Puja carnivalSulphoraphane is found in a variety of cruciferous vegetables, and was first identified as a “chemoprotective” substance decades ago, researchers said. “It’s possible that future studies could show sulphoraphane to be a safe supplement to give people at risk of developing schizophrenia as a way to prevent, delay or blunt the onset of symptoms,” said Akira Sawa, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University. Schizophrenia is marked by hallucinations, delusions and disordered thinking, feeling, behaviour, perception and speaking. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraDrugs used to treat schizophrenia don’t work completely for everyone, and they can cause a variety of undesirable side effects, including metabolic problems increasing cardiovascular risk, involuntary movements, restlessness, stiffness and “the shakes.” In a study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, researchers looked for differences in brain metabolism between people with schizophrenia and healthy controls. They recruited 81 people within 24 months of their first psychosis episode, which can be a characteristic symptom of schizophrenia, as well as 91 healthy controls from the community. The participants were an average of 22 years old, and 58 per cent were men. The researchers used a powerful magnet to measure and compare five regions in the brain between the people with and without psychosis. The researchers found on average four per cent significantly lower levels of the brain chemical glutamate in the anterior cingulate cortex region of the brain in people with psychosis compared to healthy people. Glutamate is known for its role in sending messages between brain cells, and has been linked to depression and schizophrenia, so these findings added to evidence that glutamate levels have a role in schizophrenia. Additionally, the researchers found a significant reduction of three per cent of the chemical glutathione in the brain’s anterior cingulate cortex and eight per cent in the thalamus. Glutathione is made of three smaller molecules, and one of them is glutamate. Next, the researchers asked how glutamate might be managed in the brain and whether that management is faulty in disease. They first looked at how it’s stored. Since glutamate is a building block of glutathione, the researchers wondered if the brain might use glutathione as a way to store extra glutamate. The researchers questioned if they could use known drugs to shift this balance to either release glutamate from storage when there is not enough, or send it into storage if there is too much. The team used the drug L-Buthionine sulfoximine in rat brain cells to block an enzyme that turns glutamate into glutathione, allowing it to be used up. The researchers found that theses nerves were more excited and fired faster, which means they were sending more messages to other brain cells. Shifting the balance this way is akin to shifting the brain cells to a pattern similar to one found in the brains of people with schizophrenia. Next, the researchers wanted to see if they could do the opposite and shift the balance to get more glutamate stored in the form of glutathione. They used the chemical sulphoraphane found in broccoli sprouts, which is known to turn on a gene that makes more of the enzyme that sticks glutamate with another molecule to make glutathione. When they treated rat brain cells with glutathione, it slowed the speed at which the nerve cells fired, meaning they were sending fewer messages. The researchers said this pushed the brain cells to behave less like the pattern found in brains with schizophrenia.last_img read more

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UN gathering to promote water cooperation in Central Asia kicks off

A United Nations seminar on international water cooperation opened today in Tajikistan as part of an effort to promote dialogue and strengthen cooperation between Central Asian countries over the use of water and energy resources.Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the two-day meeting in Dushanbe, the capital, will examine the role of international law, including the UN Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, in boosting regional cooperation on water resources management. The seminar is being held ahead of the upcoming 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation, declared by a General Assembly resolution initiated by Tajikistan.With an estimated 64 billion cubic metres of water forming annually from rainfall and melting glaciers, Tajikistan represents 55 per cent of the total water flow in the Aral Sea basin and sits at the core of the Central Asian debate surrounding the regional use and allocation of water resources.Tajikistan’s current plans to develop new hydropower stations are the central focus of the regional debate on water resources and have raised concerns among downstream countries, especially neighbouring Uzbekistan, where any cut in water could affect its economy. In April last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Central Asia on a five-nation tour aimed at reducing tensions between Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan over water resources. 14 March 2011A United Nations seminar on international water cooperation opened today in Tajikistan as part of an effort to promote dialogue and strengthen cooperation between Central Asian countries over the use of water and energy resources. read more

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Bauserman hopes preseason performance leads to playing time in the fall

Joe Bauserman picked the wrong era to try to be Ohio State’s quarterback. Early in his OSU career he was forced to compete with a highly touted recruit in senior Terrelle Pryor and is now entering his final year battling another highly touted recruit in freshman Braxton Miller. However, the redshirt senior has been given a golden opportunity to be the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes throughout Pryor’s five-game suspension. Pryor, along with offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Coach Jim Tressel will join them for failing to report their violations. Bauserman said that although the situation isn’t ideal, he is making the best of the opportunity. “It’s all you can ask for sometimes,” he said. “Under the circumstances, it sucks. You’d like to have all five of those guys, and it’s tough. But it’s an opportunity and I’ll try to take advantage of it.” Bauserman played football and baseball in high school and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth round of the 2004 MLB draft. He played three seasons in the Pirates’ farm system before walking on to the OSU football team. The 25-year-old former Minor League pitcher said he doesn’t miss baseball and is only concerned about the football team. “I don’t even think about it,” Bauserman said. “I’m focused on one opportunity and what’s going on right now.” Bauserman has fought all spring to get a leg up on the three other candidates looking to replace Pryor during his suspension. Miller, redshirt sophomore Kenny Guiton and redshirt freshman Taylor Graham each threw a touchdown pass in Saturday’s Spring Game. Bauserman said he thought he had a successful spring. “I feel good about what I did,” he said. “I have no control about whether I’ll be playing or not. It’s up to coach Tress and coach Sic (quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano) if they’re going to give me a chance.” He said there will always be excitement with major recruits coming to campus but that he has everything in his game that those recruits have. “People want excitement. A guy that they’ve never seen before is going to get them thinking about it,” Bauserman said. “It doesn’t bother me. I feel like I can play at this level just as well as anybody else.” Senior center Mike Brewster said Bauserman’s experience should help him in the competition. “Joe’s a real solid guy. He knows the offense. He’s going to make the smart play. That’s what you want from your quarterback,” Brewster said. “I think Joe will be the No. 1 probably going into camp and, you know, he’s comfortable back there and that always makes you feel good if your quarterback knows everything about the offense.” Bauserman, however, said he does not know what Tressel will decide. “You try to get out there and do what you can do, and at the end of the day, coach will make the right decision,” Bauserman said. Junior defensive lineman John Simon said he has been impressed with Bauserman during spring practice. “Joe’s had a terrific spring for us throwing passes on the money,” Simon said. “(He’s a) great scrambler, always finds the open receiver, so I think he’s doing a nice job for us.” Bauserman said he has the skills and mobility it takes to be the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes. “You have to be somewhat mobile to be able to slide up in the pocket, have quick feet, get from progression to progression, move around and get out of some sticky situations sometimes,” Bauserman said. Although Bauserman was the first quarterback on the field for the Buckeyes during the scrimmage, he did not throw his touchdown pass until the final play of the game. He said he hopes the Spring Game helped his stock as the starting quarterback. “I feel good about what I did today,” Bauserman said. “We made some strides and got better as a team. I have no control if I’m going to be playing. It is up to coach Tressel. Today is about getting better.” read more

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Gas explosion which injured 81 people was insurance job gone wrong court

Pascal Blasio A Chinese restaurant was “decimated” in the explosion and windows of pubs and houses were blown in.The jury was shown CCTV of the moment the blast happened, as well as before and after photos showing the damage to the area.Mr Lawrence said: “The scene, in the immediate aftermath of the explosion, was one of complete chaos. People were running everywhere.”People were lying on the floor, screaming and crying.”People were dazed and confused. The scene was one of utter devastation.”Witnesses said they saw Blasio, of Gillingham in Kent, moving furniture from the shop in the days leading up to the blast.The shop owner told investigators business had been good and was “ticking over quite nicely”, but Mr Lawrence told the court the “polar opposite” was true.He said: “He was on the point of bankruptcy.”His business was on the point of collapse.”He had already sold off much of his furniture in the three weeks prior to the explosion.”Trying to start a fire or destroy his shop was his last throw of the dice.”Mr Lawrence said Blasio told a “pack of lies” as he put in a claim for £51,000 plus loss of business to his insurers. A furniture shop owner on the brink of bankruptcy caused an explosion which injured 81 people in order to make a fraudulent insurance claim, a court has heard.Pascal Blasio, 57, is accused of causing the blast at the Homes In Style store in New Ferry, Wirral, on March 25 2017, when he was a week or two away from insolvency and then filing an insurance claim for more than £50,000.Opening the trial at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday, Nigel Lawrence QC, prosecuting, said Blasio had deliberately removed a cap from a live gas pipe and tampered with an emergency control valve, allowing gas to fill the shop, in an insurance job which “went badly wrong”.The blast, at about 9.15pm on a Saturday night, happened when the gas came into contact with an “unidentified ignition source”, which Mr Lawrence said may have been an electrical appliance in the shop.Mr Lawrence said the damage caused was “almost apocalyptic” with 63 properties destroyed or damaged.Eighty-one people sustained injuries including lacerations and burns as well as psychological trauma.Among the injured was Lewis Jones, 21, who suffered a serious brain injury and was “left clinging to life”.Mr Lawrence said: “The explosion in New Ferry on the night of March 25 2016 could easily have led to the loss of many lives. 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. Blasio denies causing an explosion and a count of fraud.The trial, which is expected to last up to four weeks, was adjourned until Thursday morning. Pascal BlasioCredit:Eleanor Barlow/PA “It was genuinely luck, sheer luck, that prevented this from happening.” read more

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EA releases 17 minute Battlefield 4 gameplay video

first_imgToday EA has confirmed that Battlefield 4 will be arriving on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 in Fall 2013. They’ve also been nice enough to forego the short teaser trailer and instead put together a 17-minute-long gameplay video to show us exactly what the game looks like.As with Battlefield 3, developer DICE has used its Frostbite 3 games engine for Battelfield 4. And that’s no bad thing as both games look gorgeous. The demo video is all in-game footage and as far as I can tell is the beginning of the game as you’ll play it come launch day.DICE is promising the same expansive environments and destruction seen in the last game, but also more integration between the single-player and multiplayer games. For anyone who experienced the SimCity woes recently, press release statements like, “Taking a page from the social aspect of multiplayer gaming, the single-player mode will now track players’ progress, adding an element of persistence and friendly competition to the campaign” are actually quite worrying.Tracking and persistence suggest that the game may require a connection in order to play. It certainly will need one to register through Origin on PC, but it has yet to be confirmed if the game is always connected. I’d say it’s unlikely as I doubt Microsoft and Sony would like that happening on their consoles. There’s also an argument that it’s much less of an issue because most gamers picking up Battlefield 4 will be doing so for multiplayer and therefore will be connected anyway.If you pre-order Battlefield 4 EA is throwing in a free Premium expansion pack. However, PC gamers will want to consider pre-ordering the Origin-exclusive Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe edition. That nets you the free Premium expansion, but also includes exclusive in-game digital items and access to the Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta, which should become available this summer.Now read: Battlefield 1942 available for free on Originlast_img read more

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Oakleigh Grammar opens refurbished Science Wing

first_imgThe newly refurbished Oakleigh Grammar Science Wing was officially launched earlier on this month. The science rooms needed to be refurbished to meet the purposes of 21st century learning approaches to science. Oakleigh Grammar is an International Baccalaureate Candidate School and, as such, is required to provide students with high quality learning facilities as part of its provision of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. At the ceremony, staff and students thanked local government representatives and the Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh and District for their efforts in securing over $880,000 in funding for the project. $623,000 was from the Australian government, and the Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh & District donated $257,000. “Our new science rooms are another huge step towards our vision of becoming a leading co-educational school that delivers quality education at international standards,” said the principal of Oakleigh Grammar, Mark Robertson, during the launching ceremony. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Cyprus We will never forget

first_imgThis year marks 43 years since Turkey’s military invasion of Cyprus. The Justice for Cyprus Coordination Committee SA (SEKA), in association with the Cyprus Community of SA are organising a series of memorial events to take place on Sunday 16 and Wednesday 19 July.“These events are an expression of our solidarity and support to the people of Cyprus, wherever they may be, and a mark of respect to those who lost their lives for liberty,” says Professor Andreas Evdokiou, President of the Cyprus Community, SA who, at the tender age of 11 years, experienced firsthand the tragedies of the 1974 invasion. “I was born in Aradippou and lived [through] the horrific days of the invasion and the tragedy that followed,” recalls 53-year-old Evdokiou whose family fled Cyprus a year later. “We migrated to Australia shortly after, in 1975, because, after the events of 1974, my family could no longer live and work in Cyprus. But the images of thousands of people losing their lives, their homes, their families have stayed with me and always come back when I visit Cyprus,” says Evdokiou, who to this day, refuses to accept the fact that Cyprus hasn’t been able to claim back its independence. “Seeing families going back home, knowing that they can’t even step foot into their own homes or show their children where they used to live, is just devastating. You feel like you are a stranger in your own country, unwelcomed inside your own home and that’s awful and unfair; particularly towards those that resisted, fought hard and gave their lives to save the island but never got to see Cyprus united again [after] the Turkish military occupation. An occupation that brought forcible division, violation of human rights, massive colonisation, cultural destruction, property usurpation, and ethnic segregation.”Greek Cypriot women watch as men are taken away by Turkish soldiers. Photo: The Missing CypriotsSEKA and the Cyprus Community of SA’s press release outlines the activities scheduled for Sunday 16 July that will start at 10.00 am with a memorial service at the Church of St George in Thebarton followed by a wreath-laying ceremony and doxology at the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier, erected last year at the Cyprus Community Cultural Centre at Welland. “We will also have an open forum discussion on the current position of the Cyprus issue by this year’s official representative of the Republic of Cyprus, Michael Sofokleous director of the President’s office,” explains Evdokiou. The presentation will be held at the Cyprus Community of SA club rooms in Welland on Wednesday 19 July at 7.00 pm. Refreshments and canapés will be provided. Mr Sofokleous will be accompanied by the new High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus, Her Excellency Mrs Martha Mavrommati, and Mr Vakis Zissimos, Second Secretary.“It has been 43 years and we are still talking about this. It really hurts to think that so many years have passed by, yet we have not been able to achieve a mutual agreement and the issue remains unresolved. “What’s even more disappointing is the fact that we are not seeing any real intention from the Turkish government for those issues to be discussed whilst third parties show no intention of withdrawing from any kind of negotiations for an issue that is amongst two countries to resolve and find a fair solution for; Greece and Turkey.” Greek Cypriot refugees shelter in Dhekelia following the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus. Photo: Daily Mail Professor Evdokiou, who was elected president of the Cypriot Community of SA approximately two years ago, has taken to social media to send his message all around the world, hoping to gain attention and start a conversation, in an attempt to also attract the interest of the younger generation of Greeks and Cypriots as well as the diaspora worldwide. “Our generation and the generations before us were the ones that lived [through] the events of 1974 which will forever live in our minds and hearts. At the same time though, it is important to educate the younger generation and encourage them to research and come to their own conclusions as to what happened in the past so that they can get actively involved. “Otherwise, this state of affairs will stand as an affront to the international legal order and an ongoing threat to regional stability.” According to historical data, approximately 200,000 Cypriots were evicted from their homes and became refugees after the 1974 invasion while 4,000 people lost their lives, and around 1,619 people went missing.“The island remains divided since then and the obstacles are many and hard to overcome but we will not rest until we see the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots unite on Cyprus’ land and live in harmony in the years to come,” said Professor Evdokiou. “All we ask is that people help us in redoubling our efforts to promote a just and viable solution to the Turkish military occupation and forced division of the island and its people.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Tempête Xynthia les PME auront droit à 10000 euros daide

first_imgTempête Xynthia : les PME auront droit à 10.000 euros d’aideFrance – Les petites et moyennes entreprises (PME) touchées par la tempête Xynthia, qui a fait quarante-huit morts en France, pourront bénéficier d’une aide de 10.000 euros.C’est le ministre du Commerce et de l’Artisanat, Hervé Novelli, qui a lancé l’idée : chacune des PME des zones sinistrées par la tempête pourra bénéficier d’une aide de 10.000 euros. Du moins sous certaines conditions : l’entreprise doit avoir un chiffre d’affaires inférieur au million d’euro hors taxes et l’aide sera composée de deux parts distinctes : 8.000 euros seront alloués à la restauration des locaux et 2.000 euros pour indemniser les pertes d’exploitation.À lire aussiQuand une cascade se met à couler à l’envers en EcosseLe Fonds d’intervention pour les services, l’artisanat et le commerce (Fisac) sera mobilisé pour indemniser les entreprises commerciales, artisanales ou de services sinistrées et régulièrement assurées, afin de “faciliter le retour à une activité normale à la suite de circonstances exceptionnelles susceptibles de provoquer une atteinte grave au tissu commercial de proximité”.Cette mesure va être particulièrement bénéfique pour les petites entreprises non souscrites à une assurance perte d’exploitation, comme les éleveurs d’huîtres de l’île de Ré, qui en temps normal ne seraient pas indemnisés.Le ministre du budget, Eric Woerth, a également souhaité mettre en place des mesures fiscales, notamment le remboursement des taxes foncières et d’habitation.Le 1 mars 2010 à 12:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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TCS Revokes Termination Of Pregnant Employee Prepares To Face Lawsuit Filed By

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS), on Tuesday, revoked the termination order issued to a female employee on the grounds of pregnancy, terming the move as an exceptional case.The counsel for TCS submitted to the Chennai High Court, the decision to revoke the termination “in line with the practice of exempting employees, who are pregnant, from being relieved from the company.” A man walks out of the office of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Mumbai, IndiaReutersWith the case closed, the IT major issued a statement that read, “Ms. Sasi Rekha has stated in the Affidavit before the Madras High Court that she is pregnant. This fact was not made known to TCS by Miss Sasi Rekha during the exit process. Considering this statement made by her in the Affidavit before the Madras High Court, TCS, while disputing that the employees are workmen within the industrial disputes act, decided to revoke the letter relieving Miss Sasi Rekha, as an exceptional case, in line with its practice of not relieving any employees during pregnancy. This fact was brought to the knowledge of the Court and recording the same the Court has dismissed the writ petition as infructuous.”After the proceedings, Sasi Rekha’s counsel – Ramapriya Gopalakrishnan – said that since the employee was pregnant at the time of termination, the spirit of Section 12 of the Maternity Benefits Act automatically applies to the employee, reported Economic Times.The section stipulates that a pregnant woman cannot be dismissed during her pregnancy.In a separate instance, a male employee of India’s largest software company has taken the legal route, alleging unfair termination. The Chennai High Court will hear the case on Wednesday. TCS’ legal team has submitted its counter to the case on Tuesday afternoon.TCS also reaffirmed that it was not cutting jobs in the thousands, as claimed by the media and other internet-based entities. Still, the rumour gained strength and resulted in trade unions and other fringe groups targetting the nation’s largest private employer.TCS scrip was trading at 2,493.00, down by 7.45 or 0.30% at 11:18 AM.last_img read more

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