NIH Swears Off Science Education

first_imgThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) has never been in the business of supporting precollege science education and promoting health literacy to the public, says NIH Principal Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak. And now it’s official NIH policy, too.On 1 October, NIH will shutter its nine-person Office of Science Education (OSE) and cease to conduct a range of activities designed to foster health science education among elementary and secondary school students and the general public, Tabak told ScienceInsider yesterday. The announcement is belated confirmation of something the health science community had assumed to be true for several months. However, until this week, NIH officials had said only that the education office and a related Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program were being “paused” while NIH reviewed all options for coping with a 5% cut to its $30.7-billion-a-year budget that was a part of an automatic reduction in federal spending across all agencies.“[K-12] education has never been part of our formal mandate,” Tabak says. “And frankly, it has never been a very high priority for NIH. As we’ve discussed before, this unusual year in which we lost $1.5 billion overnight caused us to rethink many of our priorities, and this was one of many things we had to rethink.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)On Tuesday, James Anderson of NIH’s Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives lifted the veil on the fate of OSE and SEPA at a meeting of the NIH-wide Council of Councils. He said OSE was being “phased down” and that NIH would complete funding for multiyear SEPA projects already under way but that it had no plans to invite scientists to submit new proposals or make any awards. And yesterday, Tabak fleshed out those comments.OSE has won wide acclaim for its curriculum supplements, first issued in the 1990s, that K-12 teachers can use to augment their regular lessons. Tabak says that NIH has agreed to satisfy requests for printed copies of the supplemental material “until we run out,” as well as fulfill requests for the electronic versions of the 19 units, which cover topics ranging from cancer and addiction to bioethics and mental illness. Tabak expects the roughly 200,000 copies sitting in an NIH warehouse to last until next spring. One OSE staffer has been assigned part-time to the job of answering phone and e-mail queries, he adds, while the rest of the office, including its longtime director, Bruce Fuchs, have been reassigned.“No other OSE activities will be maintained,” Tabak says. The office had provided a wealth of health career-related information on its LifeWorks website, with features such as “Ask a Scientist.” It also conducted a series of programs, dubbed mini-med school, that provided laypersons with an introduction to various body systems. References to those and other activities have been removed from the office’s revised website, which now mentions only the curriculum supplements.OSE and the SEPA program were on a White House hit list in April when President Barack Obama included the closures in a plan to consolidate federal STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education programs as part of his 2014 budget request to Congress. Scientists and health educators involved in the SEPA program kicked up a fuss, however, and in July a Senate spending panel told NIH “to continue these programs in fiscal year 2014.” That spending bill has not advanced, however, giving NIH the flexibility to act unilaterally until Congress provides final guidance.Asked this week by a Council of Councils member whether NIH would consider reviving SEPA if Congress told the agency to do so, Anderson said the program would still need to be altered substantially. “If you look at what’s important for our mission, it’s workforce development,” Anderson told James Schwob, a biology professor at Tufts University whose wife and Tufts colleague, Karina Meiri, is a principal investigator on a SEPA grant. “So the question is whether SEPA could be aligned with the overall NIH mission … in support of workforce development. It wouldn’t take us long to do that, but we would need some direction.”*Clarification, 27 September, 4:46 p.m.: Dr. Tabak has amended his original comment to ScienceInsider about NIH’s mandate to make it clear that he was referring to elementary and secondary school education.last_img read more

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Mindanao leg of Batang Pinoy more than winning medals, says PSC chair Butch Ramirez

first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Batang Pinoy is the center of Mindanao’s sports for peace program,” added Ramirez.Also gracing the opening ceremony are PSC commissioners Ramon Fernandez, Celia Kiram, Arnold Agustin and Charles Maxey along with PSC deputy executive director Guillermo Iroy and Philippine Sports Institute national training director Marc Edward Velasco.A total of 18 sports, including medal-rich archery, karatedo, taekwondo and pencak silat, will kick off the competitions Monday in various venues around the city.Davao del Norte chief on youth and sports development Giovanni Gulanes assured that the week-long sportsfest would be safe for the delegates in the aftermath of the deadly twin bombing that rocked Jolo last week.“We will implement tight security measures not only in competition venues, but also in all choke points and billeting areas of our delegates,” said Gulanes. “Everything is under control as far as security is concerned.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PLAY LIST 02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img “These children are the future leaders of our country. The Batang Pinoy is not just about winning medals, it’s about our children and how they can embrace unity and peace without any biases,” said Ramirez.Over 3,000 athletes under 15 years old from 90 local government units in the region marched during Saturday’s opening ceremony at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex here with governor Anthony Del Rosario inspiring the participants in 20 different sports to play their best.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesChildren athletes from as far as Cotabato, Tawi-Tawi and Zamboanga will see action in the eight-day sportsfest where the medalists advance to the national championships either in Ormoc City or Tagbilaran City next year.“The central point of these games is for children to play together regardless of religion, culture, beliefs and differences,” said Ramirez, who has been efficiently carrying out the marching order of President Duterte to make sports accessible even in far-flung areas. It’s Time! Patriots, Rams set to square off in Super Bowl View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES FILE – Alfred Gumban of Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte crosses the finish line first and all alone in the boys 5,000-meter run for the first gold medal in the Batang Pinoy Mindanao regionals held at the Misamis Occidental Provincial Athletics Complex track oval in Oroquieta City.TAGUM CITY—More than the gold medals at stake, the Mindanao leg of the 2019 Batang Pinoy Games is designed to become an instrument for peace.Philippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez emphasized on Sunday the importance of sports among children of different cultures and religions to achieve lasting peace in the strife-beleaguered regions of Mindanao.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Colin Kaepernick files trademark for image of his hair and face

first_img Read more Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Colin Kaepernick has followed up his recent Nike campaign by taking steps to protect who can use his likeness going forward.Kaepernick, who starred in a new advert released as part of the company’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, has filed for a trademark for a black and white image of his face and hair, according to ESPN. Share on WhatsApp Colin Kaepernick Topics Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell)JUST IN: @Kaepernick7 applies for a trademark to an image of himself, intends to use to merchandize and to connect it with self-empowerment & education https://t.co/QMfJshzz89 pic.twitter.com/lwzWZdMZwIOctober 10, 2018 Advertising Reuse this contentcenter_img Share via Email … 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. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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. Share on Twitter US sports Share on Facebook Woke business: have big brands found a conscience or a marketing ploy? Share on LinkedIn The filing, made through Kaepernick’s company Inked Flash, with the US Patent and Trademark Office claims the image would be used for products such as shampoo and jewelry, as well as seminars and even TV shows and movies. news The former quarterback’s website already offers #ImwithKap items such as jerseys and caps for sale. All profits go to charity.Kaepernick, who began kneeling in protest of racial injustice during the national anthem in August of 2016, is entering a second NFL season without a team and has filed a collusion grievance against the league claiming team owners have conspired to keep him out of a job. That case cleared a hurdle in August when the league’s request to dismiss the grievance was rejected. A trial hearing that requires testimony from NFL owners could happen at some point in the future. last_img read more

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What You Asked Our Australian Representatives

first_imgTo view, please click on the links below, or read the transcripts provided.Louise WinchesterAustralian Women’s Open captain and New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges 18’s Girls coach, Louise Winchester, was kind enough to answer some of your questions on day three of the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships at Stockland Park.To view the video, please click on the link, while the transcript is also included below:http://www.youtube.com/user/TouchFootballAus?feature=mhee#p/u/4/sWqRCLNH4Ss How have you past couple of days been?LW: They’ve been great, I’ve absolutely loved it with my CCC girls, they are a fantastic bunch of girls, they make it all the more enjoyable. They play good footy but they are special young ladies so I’ve enjoyed it. You had your quarter final earlier against North Queensland, can you tell us a bit about that game?LW: It was tough, to the Cyclones’ credit they came out and really gave it to us early. I was very proud of my girls in that they absorbed that pressure and then in the second half they came out and ran over the top of them with simple footy and that’s a big part of our game plan, just that simple footy, big defence and hold onto that ball and drive it out and they did that well. You have NSWCHS in the morning now, how much are the girls looking forward to that game?LW: Very much so. We’ve been talking about this one and I know that they are very excited about it and they are very much ready for it. CHS are an awesome side, they really are, they’ve got some great individual talent, they put it together well. We’ll have to be on our game, as I said the girls are really excited and are ready for it but we’ll have to play for a full 40 minutes and play some good footy which I believe the girls can and will do. How much do you enjoy coaching these girls?LW: I absolutely love it. I’m a big Touch-head and I get accused a lot of being a big Touch-head but I can’t help it, I just can’t say no to something like this. Just the coaching experience is a great one and it’s so good to give back but I get a lot from it as well through my playing but the most important thing is these young women, to coach them and give them some guidance and help them out with their Touch Footy. But as I said I absolutely love it because of the people they are, they’re just gorgeous young ladies and I love being part of their experience I guess. You were a CCC player yourself back in the day, what are your memories of playing for them?LW: Friends, that’s my main memory. When I played CCC, we used to get pumped all the time by Queensland. I guess that’s something I always remind the girls of, the friendships you can build from it, that’s something that I got out, just as well, having coaches like Gab Maher, who were my idols back in the day. To be coached by someone like her meant a lot to me so if I can give back in the way that people like Gab Maher and others give back I think I’m doing the right thing by the kids and by the sport that I love. Just moving back to Scotland (the 2011 World Cup), how exciting was it and how special was it to be the captain of the team that won the World Cup?LW: So special, it actually blew me away. Being captain is something that I’m so proud of, it’s a massive achievement for me personally. To win the game with the girls and go through undefeated and keep that special tradition of Women’s Open’s and the success that players in the past have had and to carry that on is something very special to me and to the girls. But being captain, as I said, it was above and beyond what I expected, just everything that I received from that on a personal level, I’ll never, ever forget, it was very special. We’ve had a couple of questions that have been sent through for you, one from Peter Bell, which is what do you remember most about your first experience playing Women’s Open for Australia?LW: My first experience was being absolutely so nervous. It was such a good experience and something that I’ll never forget but it was a negative experience because in our second game we lost to the Kiwis and it was the first time that Australia had lost and for me that remained and still remains a big part of me and what drives me for playing for Australia and having that negative and not taking anything for granted I guess and use that as motivation for myself and for the teams that I play with. I guess the experience in playing as well with some really amazing people, being coached by Belly, just having an absolute ball with some good friends that are still very special friends. His answer said something about a confrontation with a referee at a bar would you like to say anything about that?LW: No, I won’t, I’ll keep that classified, that’s between Belly, the girls and I. As I said, a special referee, we had some words and that’s all I’ll say, but it helped in the end. We’ve got another question, from Stacey, who says she wasn’t able to watch the Vawdon Cup games last Sunday, and she’d like to know the score from the Women’s Premier League game between Canterbury and Manly. LW: Good work Stace, it was a draw and it still hurts but it was better than a loss and I was happy with a draw Stace. The girls played very well and I was proud of the CCC girls that represented that, I was very proud of them, I had moments in that game where I was like ‘damn you girls for being so good’ but I was very proud at the same time, it was a positive/negative thing but it was a great game of footy and it was an awesome challenge and that’s what I loved, young girls stepping up and that’s what it’s about, it was very good. Nathan JonesAustralian Men’s Open captain and South Queensland Border Districts (SQBD) Sharks 18’s Boys coach, Nathan Jones, took time out to answer some of your questions on day four of the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships at Stockland Park.In the interview, Nathan speaks about his first experience coaching the Sharks 18’s Boys side, how it felt to captain the Australian Men’s Open side at the 2011 World Cup, and how his swimming is progressing. How have your past couple of days been, have you been enjoying coaching?NJ: It’s been different not playing, but I’ve really enjoyed it, they boys have been good and have had a good time and the weather’s been good.How did you get involved in this coaching job?NJ: I coached a couple of years ago in the 16’s with a lot of the same boys and then got asked at NTL this year if I’d be interested in coaching and I said yes straight away without thinking but I’ve enjoyed the training and the coaching. Is it something you’ll look to do a bit more in the future do you reckon?NJ: I’d say, I like coaching the younger kids, the 16-18 year olds, so I might stay involved with them, it’s always good to help out.You’ve got QSST in the semi final this morning, how much are the boys looking forward to that?NJ: The boys are really excited to play Queensland, they are the number one team, they won it last year. I watched them play on Thursday and they looked pretty good, the boys are pretty confident and I think we can do it. You’ve got a few Australian 18’s representatives in your side with Adam Pryde, Kade Bonner and Kevin Huggett, how much have they helped the team?NJ: Prydey’s been good, Prydey’s our captain, so he’s lead the boys, Kadeo’s been working on his singlet tan, that’s probably about it and Kevvie’s just been Kevvie. What do you enjoy about coaching?NJ: I’m learning as well, that’s what I said to the boys last night, it’s my first year coaching so I’m learning as I go. Just sort of talking to them and seeing them go out there and do things that we’ve talked about and be successful. How exciting was it to be the captain of the Australian Men’s team at the World Cup?NJ: The World Cup was a highlight, I’m still pretty happy about it. We worked hard and it was a tough tournament and a long build up and a very tough final.Do you have a favourite World Cup final, 2007 or 2011?NJ: Probably 2011, being captain is a bit different and I was more a leader in the team and a senior player. We had a good bunch of guys that got along really well this year, but they were both great to be a part of. We’ve got one question that was sent in from Beeso on Twitter, he’s asked how much time do you spend swimming in the pool and has your swimming improved?NJ: My swimming has always been excellent, it’s my swimming buddy who struggles a little bit, I won’t name his name, Ryan Pollock, he still struggles I think. I think when he gets back from overseas he’ll need a few more laps. Steve RobertsAustralian Men’s Open player and New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges 18’ Boys coach, Steve Roberts, took time out to answer some of your questions on day four of the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships at Stockland Park.In the interview, Steve talks about his team’s rivalry with QSST, the 2011 World Cup and the importance of wearing shoes in the sub box. To view the interview, please click on the link, or view the transcript below:http://www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus#p/u/6/iDlL4oPuvcI Can you tell us a bit about your semi final win over NSWCHS?SR: It was a very tough win, we won by three in the end but we had to work right until the end for it. It’s very hot outside, the boys are really feeling it. I know Queensland had a bit of an easier win, so hopefully we’ve got enough legs in us this afternoon to beat them.How excited are the boys for the final?SR: They are very pumped. I had one boy come up to me and say ‘I’m not going to lie Steve, I’m very pumped, I’m very excited for it’, he just likes the centre stage though. What can you expect from the Queensland team?SR: Plenty of running, any Queensland team I’ve played or coached against, they are full of running so I expect them to be the same, and very quick. How much have you enjoyed this week?SR: Very good, the boys are staying with us for the first time, and the whole team has been getting along very well. There are a few antics with Dominic Field and Wes Sefuiva off the field which has brought the side closer together, it’s been great. You’ve played Queensland in the final in the past couple of years, what are your memories from the past two finals?SR: Fond memories of 09 when we beat them just by one, and then last year I actually wasn’t here for the last one but I heard that the boys fought back well and hopefully this time we get our noses in front and hold the lead. How exciting was it to win another World Cup title?SR: Very good, it was very exciting. To be able to do it with a great bunch of blokes and mates and to have my brother alongside me as well was excellent, I really enjoyed it. We’ve got a couple of questions that have been sent through, you might know who this one is from, the email is titled ‘Copyright Laws’ and it said ‘how many of my plays have you stolen this week and how much do you owe me?’ SR: That’s definitely from my brother. Little does he know that I plan the season, I actually come up with them, I just make him believe that he’s actually come up with the plays. It’s ok, I’m his younger brother so he looks after me and I look after him.We’ve also got a couple more contributed ones, which are anonymous at this stage, but you’ll probably know who they are from, but it says ‘firstly and most importantly, what are some things that coaching staff and managers need to be aware of in the sub box? I’ve heard thongs are a big issue in terms of rogue coaches not wearing enclosed shoes, is this something that you endorse?’SR: Being at the Sunshine Coast, it’s very hot, so I like to wear my thongs or jandals, depending on what side of the world you come from. I sort of like to test the event staff and make sure that they are doing their job, and making sure the OH&S is followed and that the shoes are on in the box. Have they been following up on this?They’ve been very good, I’ve gotten away with it a couple of times but other than that they’ve been very good. TFA would like to thank everyone that sent in questions for Louise, Nathan and Steve.last_img read more

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Petronas FLNG Step Closer to Completion

first_imgPress Release, September 26, 2014; Image: Technip zoom Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) started lifting of the first topside module for floating liquefied natural gas (PFLNG1) facility at the Quayside of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea, on September 22.The topside module lifting marks the near completion of the PFLNG1, which will be the world’s first floating LNG facility in operation.The first topside module, on which power generation and control functions instruments are to be installed, weighs about 2,000 tonnes, the equivalent to the weight of approximately 100 ordinary cargo containers.A 3,600-ton marine crane was used to conduct the lifting operation by DSME. There are 20 remaining modules weighing approximately 40,000 tonnes that are to be installed on the hull, and the topside module lifting is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2015.Petronas Vice President and Venture Director of LNG Projects – Domestic, Datuk Abdullah Karim said: “The topside is the heart of this floating LNG facility where pre-treatment and liquefaction process for the gas will be carried out. Therefore, the safe and successful installation of the topside is critical to the delivery of the project.”Petronas has appointed Technip and DSME as a consortium to jointly develop the PFLNG1 facility with LNG capacity of 1.2 mtpa, 365-metre length, 60-metre width and 33-metre height.Once the construction and installation phases complete in 2015, PFLNG1 will be moored in Kanowit field located 180 kilometres offshore Sarawak, Malaysia.last_img read more

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Section of Delhi Congress leaders speak up against PC Chacko

first_imgNEW DELHI: A section of leaders in Delhi Congress have demanded replacement of its AICC in-charge PC Chacko in the wake of Lok Sabha poll debacle of the party in the national Capital. Under the stewardship of Chacko, the Congress was engaged in long drawn discussion over pre-poll alliance with the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which finally did not materialise but caused delay in announcement of party candidates in Delhi .last_img

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TDSB reassures parents who were worried about the future of gifted ed

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto District School Board task force has walked back a proposal to restructure gifted and special education programs, which stoked major concerns among parents and advocates last week.Many families were alarmed by an initial draft report from a TDSB task force which recommended, in part, that gifted students and students who need “special education” be integrated into regular classrooms.Teachers would receive special ed and gifted training, and kids would still get the specially tailored learning they need. But, instead of travelling to one of the TDSB schools that offers “congregated” classes of exclusively gifted kids or exclusively special ed kids, the students would be in schools closer to home, mixed into regular stream classes.In the updated finalized version of the report posted late Friday, the task force – which is dedicated to making the district more accepting, inclusive and fair for low-income, racialized and otherwise marginalized students – changed its gifted and special ed proposal, saying the board should retain congregated classes “while exploring options to include Special Education” at local schools.Under this new proposal, the board would examine ways in which gifted and special ed programs could be made available at more schools in more communities, so kids with those special needs could access them closer to home.One of the concerns identified by the board’s task force on equity was that students in lower-income areas had to leave their community to go to schools with special programming, leading to a perceived division between “good” schools in affluent areas and “bad schools” in less affluent areas.TDSB trustees will discuss the finalized report at their meeting on Wednesday, and propose next steps. No final decisions will be made until early 2018.“There will absolutely be more opportunity for the community to have input before any decisions are made by the board,” the TDSB says on its website.The TDSB’s gifted program is lacking in racial diversity, and needs a total overhaul, said Carl James, a York University professor who specializes in the education of minority students.“The larger process of getting students identified as gifted will have to be looked at,” James said, adding that black students in particular are less likely to be in gifted programs than their peers.“We have to look at the extent to which the gifted test might have inherent cultural biases, that might disadvantage some students,” James said.“There is (also) the extent to which teachers identify some students and even suggest that they be tested for being gifted.”The prospect of having gifted students integrated in regular-stream classrooms was a major point of concern for parents who said their kids needed special accommodations in special classes to fulfil their academic potential.Amanda Gotlib, a Grade 10 student in the gifted program at Northern Secondary School, tested as gifted when she was in Grade 4, and entered gifted classes in Grade 7. Her time in the regular-stream classes was hard, Amanda said. She had trouble concentrating, and would take hours to finish even short assignments.Although regular-stream teachers knew she was gifted and promised to provide her with special accommodations, they didn’t really understand her needs, she said.“I have some techniques I use when I’m trying to listen or focus and a lot of regular-stream teachers don’t really get that,” Amanda said. “I often draw. I like to do art and doodling while the lesson is going on.”The term “gifted” gives people the false impression that kids like Amanda are effortlessly brilliant, said Amanda’s mother Gail Agensky. The reality is their brains work differently from other kids’ and they have different learning styles. They may not fit in socially with their peers, and often struggle with regular school work.Placing gifted students in classes with only other gifted students takes away many of the anxieties and misunderstandings, Agensky added.Cuts to special ed programs across the province have already resulted in many kids with learning disabilities, behavioural issues and other education needs being placed in regular classrooms, said Katharine Buchan, educational material co-ordinator with Autism Ontario.“With the right supports, every student typically could be integrated into a regular classroom, but for high needs students or some students with autism that’s not always the answer,” Buchan said.There are longstanding concerns about the burden placed on teachers by putting kids with special ed needs in regular-stream classes, said Andy Lomnicki, president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario’s Toronto chapter.“There’s nothing wrong with applying the lens of equity, but it can distort what you’re looking at and how you’re trying to fix (equity problems),” Lomnicki said.“An equitable lens could say that every student (should be) in the same classroom, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is serving their needs, or their parents needs, or the other kids in the classroom’s needs, or the teacher’s needs.”last_img read more

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SNCLavalin cuts 100 jobs as politicians say it is vulnerable to takeover

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:SNC)Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Inc. is eliminating about 100 positions in Canada at the same time as the Quebec engineering firm is being described by political leaders as being vulnerable to a foreign takeover.The Montreal-based firm says the workforce reduction is attributable to the completion of various projects across the country.“We are hiring employees based on the needs of our current projects and adjusting when they come to an end. This strategy is crucial to remain competitive,” said spokesman Nicolas Ryan.The eliminated positions represent a fraction of the 8,700 Canadian workforce.SNC-Lavalin is preparing to open a new office next year in London, the former headquarters of WS Atkins, acquired in 2017 for $3.5 billion. Ryan said no positions from the Montreal head office would be transferred to the British capital.Quebec Premier Francois Legault told a Montreal radio station Thursday that the government’s investment agency may have to get involved to protect the company from a foreign takeover.“In the future, when it comes time to protect head offices, I would like the leader to be Investissement Quebec,” he said in an interview.Montreal’s La Presse reported this week that the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec — which was already SNC-Lavalin’s largest shareholder — had increased its stake since the spring to about 20 per cent, valued at about $1.6 billion.SNC-Lavalin’s share price has dropped about 10 per cent since October, when federal prosecutors refused to set aside criminal charges against the company by approving a deferred prosecution agreement.The RCMP charged the company in 2015 with fraud and corruption for alleged actions in Libya. It has pleaded not guilty but could be excluded from federal tenders for up to 10 years if convicted.Some analysts have suggested that the current situation could result in the sale of some company assets or make it vulnerable to a takeover offer.“It puts the company in a difficult situation,” said Legault. “There is no controlling shareholder.”He added that other investors could be approached to ensure that any outside offer is blocked.last_img read more

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Five Egyptian diplomats seized in Libya in 24 hours

first_imgTRIPOLI- Kidnappers seized Egypt’s cultural attache and three other embassy staff in the Libyan capital on Saturday a day after a group snatched another Egyptian official in the city. In the south, meanwhile, the toll from ethnic clashes rose to 88 dead and more than 130 wounded, a further sign of the chronic instability that has plagued Libya since the 2011 uprising ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi.The four diplomats were kidnapped early on Saturday morning, a Libyan foreign ministry spokesman said, “The cultural attache and three other staff were kidnapped in Tripoli,” Said Lassoued told AFP.The abductions came a day after an unknown group seized an administrative adviser at Egypt’s embassy, and despite Libya’s announcement of “reinforced security measures” there.Foreigners have been targeted several times in recent weeks: two Italians were seized last week in east Libya and a South Korean trade representative was released by security forces on Wednesday, three days after he was abducted in Tripoli.Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was himself briefly abducted by a former rebel militia last October.A Libyan security official would not rule out that the kidnapping of the Egyptian administrative official was a response to the arrest in Egypt on Friday of a prominent former rebel commander who fought in the uprising.Shaaban Hadeia, head of the Operations Centre of Libya’s Thuwar (revolutionaries), was arrested in Alexandria, the source added.The Operations Centre had posted on Facebook that there could be a “possible reaction from the thuwars”.But one of the group’s leaders, Adel al-Ghariani, told AFP the group was not involved in the kidnappings and called for Hadeia’s release.The presidency of the General National Congress, Libya’s highest political authority, also ordered its mission in Cairo to demand an explanation for the ex-rebel leader’s arrest and to seek his release.Cairo has yet to confirm his detention.Libya has struggled to integrate rebel groups that helped topple Kadhafi into the security forces. Some militias have carved out their own fiefdoms, each with its own ideology and regional allegiances.The situation is also dire in eastern Libya, where radical Islamists have been accused of carrying out dozens of attacks on security forces and Western interests, mostly in second city Benghazi.Two blasts hit Benghazi on Saturday without causing any casualties, one targeting a military intelligence base and the other a Koranic school.Security forces said on Friday they had arrested four people who had a “list of officers who had already been assassinated and to assassinate” in an operation that left one soldier dead.Authorities are also faced with sporadic unrest in the south, where the death toll from two weeks of ethnic clashes near the region’s main city of Sebha rose to 88 dead on Saturday.“Between the outbreak of the fighting on January 11 and Friday evening, the number of dead totalled 88,” Abdallah Ouheida, director of Sebha hospital, told AFP.He said the full death toll was almost certainly higher as casualties had also been taken to other hospitals.He said there had been sporadic clashes on Saturday but no new reports of casualties.The fighting erupted between members of the Toubou minority, a non-Arab ethnic group, and armed Arab tribesmen of the Awled Sleiman.There has since between fighting between the Awled Sleiman and other Arab tribes that is reported to have involved Kadhafi supporters.Libya’s General National Congress declared a state of emergency in the south on January 18 at an extraordinary session to discuss the violence in Sebha.last_img read more

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Barrick helps facilitate Acacia Mining deal with Tanzanian government

TORONTO — Barrick Gold Corp. says it has helped facilitate a deal between Acacia Mining and the government in Tanzania.Under the agreement, the economic benefits from Acacia’s operations will be shared on an equal basis with Tanzania’s government in the form of royalties, taxes and a 16 per cent free carry interest in the Tanzanian operations.A US$300-million payment to the government will also be made over time to resolve outstanding tax claims.Barrick holds a 63.9 per cent interest in Acacia, a publicly traded company that is operated independently.The Toronto-based company says work is underway to finalize the definitive agreements, which must be approved by Acacia and the Tanzanian government.Barrick chief executive Mark Bristow says the proposal will allow the business to focus on rebuilding its mining operations in partnership with their respective stakeholders. Companies in this story: (TSX:ABX)The Canadian Press read more

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Events to mark remembrance of victims of final war begin

Events to mark the remembrance of victims of the final war began today. Northern provincial council members and families of those killed during the final stages of the war attended the event held in the North today.The events which began today will be held for a week at different locations with the final event set to take place at Mullivaikal. Northern Provincial Council member M.K Sivajilingham said earlier that there was an attempt to block the events but yet the events will go ahead as planned. In the past the authorities had attempted to prevent the Mullivaikal commemoration events from being held as it was seen as paying respects to LTTE cadres killed during the war. (Colombo Gazette) Sivajilingham said the main event will be staged in Mullivaikal on May 18.

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Annan pledges UN cooperation with Pacific island States

“Indeed, while responses to the vulnerabilities and challenges in the Pacific region should come first and foremost from your communities, our joint efforts and international solidarity can make a critical difference in responding to your peoples’ aspirations,” Mr. Annan told the 35th Pacific Islands Forum Summit meeting in Apia, Samoa, yesterday.”I am strongly committed to an ever-stronger partnership between our two Organizations across the full range of our common concerns,” he said in a message delivered by Anwarul K. Chowdhury, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.He praised the 16-member Forum’s ability to cooperate on the basis of equality and mutual respect despite huge differences in size, population and level of economic development – ranging from the vastness of Australia with some 20 million people spread over nearly 8 million square kilometres to tiny Niue, with a population of 1,700 over 259 square kilometres.”Together, we can achieve the Millennium Development Goals and fulfil the vision set out in the Millennium Declaration,” Mr. Annan said, referring to specific targets set out by a UN summit four years ago, such as halving poverty and lagging access to education, improving gender equality, child mortality and maternal health rates, and combating HIV/AIDS and environmental degradation, all by 2015. read more

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Iraq UN reports preparations largely complete for constitutional referendum

With UN technical and planning support, the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) has delivered almost 2 million kilos of materials such as ballots, polling boxes and voter screens to governorate electoral hubs across the country for more than 15 million eligible Iraqis. “The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq has put into place an effective operation to carry out the 15 October referendum,” the Director of the UN Electoral Assistance Division (EAD), Carina Perelli, said. “Important work has been carried out by this national institution to ensure that Iraqis are both responsible for organizing the referendum as well as voting in it.”The UN, which has a mandate to provide strategic advice and technical assistance to the IECI under Security Council Resolution 1546, has been supporting the IECI since its establishment in May 2004. Under the coordination of the UN Electoral Assistance Team, some 45 foreign specialists have been providing advice and technical support to IECI headquarters and its 1,000 staff members for the organization of the referendum. Specialized assistance has been provided for Information Technology management, the drafting of electoral regulations, polling procedures training, and activities such as the funding and training of domestic observers’ networks.The IECI has hired more than 100,000 polling staff across the country and has carried out a public outreach campaign featuring television commercials, leaflets and education materials. Training of polling staff has also been undertaken. “As in any electoral process there are bound to be some technical problems in some areas of the country, each of which will be addressed individually by the competent Iraqi electoral authorities,” Ms. Perelli said. “The same case-by-case approach will be used for any security problems that arise on polling day.” read more

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Sudan Independent UN expert urges action on security sectors human rights abuses

“I must emphasise that violations of human rights by the NISS [National Intelligence and Security Services] have been raised consistently by most stakeholders I met during this visit and I urge the Government to take this matter seriously,” said the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Mashood Adebayo Baderin. Voicing concern at the apparent restrictions on civil society organizations, he told a news conference in the capital, Khartoum, yesterday that the Government must create a conducive environment in which these organizations can operate.“It is evident that the Government through the NISS has clamped down on some civil society organizations and prevented them from submitting a complaint to the National Commission on Human Rights in Khartoum,” said Mr. Baderin, who last visited the country in June. “I again call on the Government to allow civil society organizations to operate freely, to respect the right to freedom of assembly, the freedom of expression, press freedom and also create an enabling environment of free and open political discourse in the ongoing constitution-making process.” Mr. Baderin, who plans to present his final report to the Human Rights Council in September, said he was also concerned about the arrest and detention of political opposition figures and other individuals by the NISS.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.During the eight-day mission, Mr. Baderin met with Government officials and civil society organizations in Khartoum and El-Fasher, Darfur, as well as members of the diplomatic community and UN agencies, funds and programmes. He also visited a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Abu Shouk near El-Fasher. On issues in Darfur, he highlighted the safety of IDP returnees, protection of civilians in conflict areas – particularly women and children – and impunity. During the field visit, Mr. Baderin stopped by a modern juvenile reformatory centre and court which he called “steps in the right direction” to counter poor conditions in prisons and the need to improve juvenile justice. Before leaving, he praised the Government for steps taken towards implementing the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Recommendations which he will be watching, particularly in the areas of administration of justice, law reform, and ratification of identified human rights treaties. read more

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Ecuador top UN relief official stresses solidarity as earthquake recovery efforts continue

Speaking to reporters from a tarmac in Canoa, a coastal town near the earthquake’s epicentre, Stephen O’Brien, who leads the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that, according to the latest assessment, more than 480 people died in central Ecuador – a number which is likely to rise to about 500 – and that hundreds more are still missing, although services for the immediate detection of life have concluded. “I have seen and spoken to a number of people in a number of communities who have gone through terrible suffering,” he said on a call in to the daily briefing at UN Headquarters in New York. “This is a massive earthquake with devastating consequences to people and buildings, and basic services,” he underscored. Thousands of people are living outdoors, there are lines for food, and drinking water is needed, as many of the systems have broken, Mr. O’Brien said. “The Government is very much stepping up with its plans to meet the needs as best as it can, and it’s clear that they have been working extremely hard and urgently,” he said. Upon his return to New York on Thursday or Friday, Mr. O’Brien said he plans to work with Member States and the international community to allocate resources from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in order to complement and make available the necessary extra resources to support the Government’s recovery programme. “We at the United Nations certainly in solidarity [with] the people and in support of the Government of Ecuador’s plans and actions to meet the needs of their people,” he emphasized. Mr. O’Brien noted that the Disaster and Assessment Coordination Team (UNDAC) has been making quick assessments regarding immediate life-saving and also shelter. In addition, UN agencies and other partners, among them the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), are assisting with recovery efforts. Asked by a reporter whether grant aid should be given to Ecuador, Mr. O’Brien said his focus is on humanitarian and immediate needs, although it is also important to mobilize international resources to help the people of Ecuador. read more

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Dr Malcom Scoble outstanding educator inducted into IM Technology Hall of Fame

first_imgDr Malcolm Scoble a Professor at the University of British Columbia specialising in surface and underground mine design and planning: mine-mill integration: occupational health and safety: sustainable mining and mining with communities, is the first person to be inducted into the IM Technology Hall of Fame in 2018, in the Outstanding Innovator category. Jonathan Peck, PhD. a past inductee (Surface Mining) and CEO & President of Peck Tech Consulting Ltd, made the initial nomination and wrote, “he was my PhD supervisor and served as the same for several people that went on to dramatically transform mining in many ways. Malcolm also had a profound impact on the mining engineering programs at McGill and then UBC. Thus, the energy he injected and changes he made allowed these mining schools to continue to grow and thrive. Mining rarely acknowledges the role that academics play to ensure a healthy industry. But without the contributions and dedication of people like Malcolm, mining graduates would be poorly prepared to enter the workforce with the right skills…”International Mining’s Founder, John Chadwick, counts himself very fortunate to have had Malcolm as his  tutor at Nottingham University’s Mining Department back in the 1970s.Two of the current panel of judges for the Hall of Fame were also beneficiaries of Malcolm’s enthusiasm, help and mentoring – Peter Knights, Professor of Mining Engineering at the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, The University of Queensland; and Mark Richards, Manager Mining Technology Teck Resources Ltd, who notes “Malcolm has been a great mentor for many people.”Malcolm is a firm supporter of industry associations, particularly the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, as well as the Mining Association of British Columbia.This year he was awarded the CIM Distinguished Service Medal, “in recognition of a passionate and visionary proponent of mining education at all levels.” He has been a dedicated member and supporter of CIM and its branches in Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Montreal, and Vancouver since the 1960s.  Among prior awards are CIM’s Fellowship {1994} and Distinguished Lecturer Award {1996}. In 2012 he was awarded the Inaugural Gold Medal for distinguished service by the Canadian Mining Innovation Council.last_img read more

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Special enrollment offers alternative to COBRA

first_imgWashington Healthplanfinder is offering a limited special enrollment period for those who are currently covered by COBRA but would rather purchase a plan through the state-based insurance exchange.People who purchase plans through the exchange may be eligible to receive tax credits to help cover the cost of insurance coverage — something not available with COBRA. COBRA allows people to temporarily continue to participate in group health insurance after leaving an employer’s plan, but the cost is generally much greater than their former contribution.“Switching to a plan on Washington Healthplanfinder can, in some instances, save a person hundreds or thousands of dollars,” said Michael Marchand, exchange spokesman. “For many people, COBRA may have been their only option, and it may have been an expensive option.”Completed applications must be submitted to the exchange, www.wahealthplanfinder.org, by 11:59 p.m. July 1. Washington Healthplanfinder does offer special enrollment throughout the year for people with qualifying life events, such as getting married, having a child, adopting a child, involuntarily losing health coverage, moving to a new coverage area or aging out of a parent’s plan.Limited window to enrollThe exchange requires verifying information — a marriage certificate or birth certificate, for example — to confirm the change, Marchand said. Residents have 60 days from the date of the qualifying life event to enroll in a plan through the exchange.last_img read more

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Actress Minissha Lamba turns Poker player reveals why she left Bollywood

first_imgMinissha LambaInstagramActress Minissha Lamba, who was seen in movies like Bachana Ae Haseeno and Yahaan among others, has now become a professional poker player.The actress said that she initially was not interested in it, but gradually she became a pro in the game. Apparently, a friend first introduced her to Poker, and it did not take long for her to develop a hand in it.”It happened randomly over one Diwali. A friend upon returning from America insisted on teaching us poker. I shied away from it because playing cards wasn’t something that interested me. But as you get to this game, the complexities and sheer need for being on the ball give you a feeling of achievement for a hand well played,” she told Mumbai Mirror.Minissha further said that she is no longer seen in movies because nothing interesting came her way. However, she is interested to appear on the big screen again if something interesting comes up.”Unfortunately, I didn’t end up getting the kind of roles I would have liked at that point in time. Now things have changed. For movies, I would love to do interesting characters. I have been doing theatre actively. Web and television offers are coming in. Right now, I am just waiting for that role which surprises me and then I will be all in,” she told the publication.Despite being extremely hooked to the game of Poker currently, Minissha said that she would not want to play it with anyone from the Bollywood industry as she wants to keep the game and her relationships from the industry people separate.last_img read more

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Pandora Acquisition Bites Into SiriusXMs FirstQuarter Profits

Pandora Acquisition Bites Into SiriusXMs FirstQuarter Profits

first_img“We are right where we want to be and moving very fast,” said CEO Jim Meyer (pictured above) on the earnings call. “It’s still the first inning, but I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made so far,” he added, noting that the “hunt for Pandora cost synergies is going better than expected.”Those synergies include the creation of Pandora’s first-ever content team and the production of the companies’ first joint offering, Pandora NOW, a full-time SiriusXM channel and Pandora station and playlist, curated from Pandora data of the top-trending artists. The companies also announced an array of SiriusXM’s top sports, comedy and talk hosts’ shows are now available as podcasts on Pandora.Other bright spots cited in the report include the company adding 132,000 net subscribers, with more than 34.2 million total SiriusXM subscribers at the end of the quarter. The company’s first quarter revenue of $1.5 billion grew 8% compared to the prior year period, and gross profit in the quarter totaled $926 million, increasing 8% over the first quarter of 2018, and produced a gross margin of 62%, approximately flat compared to the prior year period.It also noted that Pandora advertising revenue reached a first quarter record of $231 million, growing 7% over the first quarter of 2018, although monthly active users were down to 66.0 million in the first quarter from 72.3 million in the prior year period. SiriusXM today announced first quarter 2019 operating and financial results — the first since the company completed its acquisition of Pandora Media on Feb. 1 — and its quarterly profit was down 44% from the previous year. It attributed that drop to approximately $76 million of acquisition and other costs related to the Pandora deal, a $31 million one-time benefit to other income in the prior year period and a higher tax rate.Total revenue of $1.7 billion increased 27% compared to the prior year period, while the company’s net income totaled $162 million in the first quarter, compared to $289 million in the prior year period, according to the announcement. Net income per diluted common share was $0.03 in the first quarter, compared to $0.06 in the prior year period. Pandora Execs Explain Why Everyone Is Obsessed With Podcasts SiriusXM Announces $4 Streaming Plan for Students Popular on Variety Pro forma revenue increased 10% to $1.9 billion in the first quarter, up from $1.7 billion in the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA grew 27% to $567 million in the first quarter and resulted in an adjusted EBITDA margin of 30.5%, growing over 400 basis points from 26.3% in the first quarter 2018. The adjusted EBITDA margin in the quarter was driven primarily by revenue growth across the combined businesses and cost efficiencies in subscriber acquisition costs and revenue share and royalties, the announcement says. Related ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Delhi Tourism launches Hindi Website

Delhi Tourism launches Hindi Website

first_imgIn order to reach out to the masses and to promote tourism, Delhi Tourism has launched a dedicated Hindi version of the official web portal of DTTDC. The website was launched by  G.G Saxena, MD & CEO, DTTDC in the presence of other senior officials of Delhi Tourism.The launch of the Hindi website is another step forward towards making Delhi a tourist friendly destination. The sole purpose of launching this website is to attract more domestic tourists from across the country.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The website is developed in Unicode encoding so that it can be seamlessly viewed in all the computers. It is created by IT Division, DTTDC through Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC).  Detailed information regarding tourist places, seasonal tours, city sightseeing, transport, accommodation, e– booking, bed and breakfast accommodations, eateries etc are available in the Hindi version of the website. Further a website with list of properties empanelled with bed and breakfast scheme of the tourism department. This B&B website will facilitate to the national/international tourists seeking homely accommodation in Delhi. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe idea behind the Hindi website is to promote Delhi as a tourist destination and is an endeavor of an aggressive marketing plan to promote Delhi. The Hindi website is expected to enhance domestic tourist inflow and allow people to enjoy and get information about Delhi in their preferred language. Delhi Tourism is seamlessly working towards promoting Delhi as a tourist friendly destination and this initiative is yet, another milestone.last_img read more

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