Indians Among Most Favoured Migrants in UK

first_imgThe Indians residing in the United Kingdom are among the among most favoured migrants living in the country, a recent opinion poll has claimed. According to the YouGov poll, the Indian migrants have a more positive image in the UK as compared to other South Asian communities.Read it at Zee News Related Itemslast_img

Zark’s-Lyceum slips past Wangs-Letran for 4th straight win

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CONTRIBUTED PHOTOZark’s Burger-Lyceum weathered a late flurry by Wangs Basketball-Letran to win, 95-93, for its fourth straight win in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Pasig Sports Center.Jaycee Marcelino scored the deciding basket, nailing a floater off of a MJ Ayaay dish to push his side up by two with 1:03 left before the Jawbreakers’ defense stood its ground in the end, thwarting numerous attempts from the Couriers, the last of which a fadeaway from Bonbon Batiller.ADVERTISEMENT “I made the mistake. It’s my responsibility because I wanted to give the others a chance to play. It almost turned into a loss and it’s my responsibility.”Robinson lauded how his boys’ composure in the endgame as the Jawbreakers climbed to 4-1 card.“I know that now, we know how to finish games. These close games, we learn from our mistakes and it makes us sharper,” he said.Bong Quinto led the Couriers, who absorbed their first loss with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists, while JP Calvo got 16 markers, three rebounds and five assists.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next LATEST STORIES Man arrested for slipping alcoholic drinks inside Manila North Cemetery PLAY LIST 01:43Man arrested for slipping alcoholic drinks inside Manila North Cemetery00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 95 — Nzeusseu 27, Perez 18, Tansingco 16, Ayaay 11, Jv. Marcelino 8, Serrano 6, Jc. Marcelino 4, Baltazar 3, Santos 2, Caduyac 0, Cinco 0, Ibañez 0, Marata 0.WANGS BASKETBALL-LETRAN 93 — Quinto 22, Calvo 16, Fajarito 13, Ambohot 11, Batiller 7, Muyang 6, Publico 6, Mandreza 5, Trinidad 3, Balanza 2, Taladua 2, Balagasay 0.Quarters: 18-20, 46-45, 77-67, 95-93. AFP official booed out of forum Mike Nzeusseu paced Zark’s-Lyceum with 27 points, 11 rebounds, three steals, and three blocks, while CJ Perez got 18 markers, six boards, five dimes, and two steals.Ralph Tansingco stepped up big for the Jawbreakers, going 4-of-6 from downtown as he poured in 11 of his 16 points in the third quarter, where his side slowly built a 10-point cushion, 77-67, and even extended it to 14, 81-67, early in the payoff period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWangs-Letran made a huge rally to tie the game at 93 after a Batiller undergoal stab with 1:25 left.“We have to give credit to Wangs. They really wanted to win it badly,” said coach Topex Robinson as he took responsibility for the near-collapse. Victolero takes blame for Magnolia loss to San Miguel Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Gunning for Guns

first_imgLast month, the Amritsar Police rushed to the scene of what they believed was the kidnapping of a bank executive. The victim, Pawan Sharma, was allegedly dragged away by unidentified persons in the early hours. The caper was unravelled the same day when it was discovered that Sharma had staged,Last month, the Amritsar Police rushed to the scene of what they believed was the kidnapping of a bank executive. The victim, Pawan Sharma, was allegedly dragged away by unidentified persons in the early hours. The caper was unravelled the same day when it was discovered that Sharma had staged his kidnapping to obtain an arms licence. Recent executive orders from the Union Home Ministry specify gun licences can be handed out only to “persons who may face or perceive grave and imminent threat to their lives”. You could be a coffee planter in Coorg trying to protect your estate from marauding wild boars or a trader in Kanpur worried about the spurt in kidnappings, but you will get a new arms licence only if you can prove an imminent threat to your life, which has to be verified by the police.Chidambaram feels that proliferation of arms is disturbing law and order.The new directives follow a proposal by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram to undertake the most radical modification of the Indian Arms Act since it was enacted in 1959. From an obligation to give out an arms licence, it has now become entirely discretionary. If it was earlier only difficult to obtain an arms licence, it will now be virtually impossible for the aam admi to own a gun. The proposed Arms (Amendment) Bill 2010 which has been circulated in Parliament only talks about making police verification mandatory. But the executive orders issued by the Home Ministry to state home secretaries on March 31 push for far stringent restrictions like arms applications only for those able to prove an imminent threat to their lives. This modification in the arms policy has incensed a small but influential group of pro-gun lobbyists, the National Association for Gun Rights India (NAGRI), which has coalesced around senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, and is pushing for a status quo. They are in favour of police verification but argue that the stealthy executive orders are an infringement of personal liberty and creates a new caste system of elite gun owners. A view that is not shared by NGOs like the Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) who support stricter gun laws. Digvijay, who recently took on the home minister for treating the Naxal problem as a law and order issue, has once again crossed swords with him as the chief patron of a lobby that espouses the right to bear arms. The reason may not be too far to see.Gun ownership is an emotive issue, especially in north India where these are flaunted as status symbols and fired at weddings. Districts in Madhya Pradesh have promised to fast-track gun licences as an incentive for vasectomy. Guns are a substitute for a non-existent rule of law: armed villagers in Bihar’s Kaimur district used their licenced rifles to rout a group of Naxals after a 26-hour firefight.advertisement”We are not a healthy democracy. Rules are bent with impunity and politicians twist the law to hand out arms licence to their stooges,” says Prakash Singh, former DGP, Uttar Pradesh, welcoming the modifications. “It is a draconian law which seeks to dilute constitutional privileges of right to life and property. Why should only MPs and Government officials be eligible for licences, why not the common man?” asks BJP MP S.S. Ahluwalia.”The changes are essential. Existing rules are bent with impunity by politicians to hand out arms licences to their stooges.”Prakash Singh, Former DGP, Uttar Pradesh”It is a draconian Bill. Why are only MPs and Government officials eligible for licences, why not the common man?”S.S. Ahluwalia, BJP MP The debate has begun reverberating within the corridors of Parliament. At least a dozen MPs from the Congress and the BJP, including Digvijay, Jaswant Singh, Naveen Jindal and S.S. Ahluwalia, recently met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to protest against the Bill. Manmohan is believed to have shrugged and said that the Home Minister had some persuasive arguments to limit gun licences. The gun lobby says that the tightening of the provisions of the Arms Act of 1959, which made it obligatory for the Government to provide arms licences if the citizens met all the requisite criteria, comes at a time when the home minister has admitted to India having among the lowest police-to-population ratios in the world. The Bill is silent on sports shooters who have brought international fame to the country. “There has to be a different set of rules for sportspersons otherwise the sport will die,” says former Indian shooting ace Moraad Ali Khan and now government observer (shooting).advertisementChidambaram has trained his guns on the Arms Act ostensibly because he believes State Governments may be issuing arms licences liberally. “Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district has just 500 gun licences whereas Gurgaon, which is the size of just one of its tehsils, has over 10,000 arms licences,” says a district magistrate in Haryana, welcoming the modifications. The Bill mentions the proliferation of arms and ammunition disrupting social order and “proliferation of arms, whether licenced or illegal, vitiating the law and order situation, and holding of sophisticated arms by the conflicting parties directly contributes towards lethality of violent acts”.The arms lobby says the Bill is fundamentally flawed and the Home Ministry has not conducted any research to prove any of these conclusions. “The new Act violates the basic principle of the citizen’s right to self-defence. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) figures say that licenced firearms are used in less than 2 per cent of all murders,” says Rahoul Rai, president, NAGRI. The grouping also takes exception to licenced owners being lumped with those holding illicit arms. There are no estimates as to the total number of licenced and unlicenced firearms in the country (the executive orders seek to establish a central database of legal arms) but then India is a haven for illicit arms, particularly the North and North-east. CAFI estimates say that since 1990, security forces in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-eastern states have seized over 40,000 illicit firearms.The Bill is among a series of Government moves since the introduction of the Arms Act that makes it progressively difficult for citizens to obtain arms. This, when you can still purchase an AK-47 in Kashmir for Rs 10,000. Gun owners say the new law will only encourage corruption. “A majority of crimes are committed using illegal arms. Criminals and anti-national elements do not bother to apply for arms licences,” says Abhijeet Singh of NAGRI. “Instead of cracking down on the underground arms market, the Home Ministry is going after soft targets-the licenced owners,” he adds. The last round has not been fired yet.CONCEALED ARMSThe Home Ministry’s executive orders are far stricter than the BillARMS ACT 1959ARMS (AMENDMENT) BILL 2010MORE POWER TO LICENSING AUTHORITYPolice verification optional. Section 13 (2A) says that the licensing authority can grant a licence if the police does not submit its verification on time.TIGHTENING OF POLICE VERIFICATIONSection 13 (2A) being deleted. Police verification mandatory.ARMS LICENCES FOR NON-PROHIBITED BORE (NPB) WEAPONS CAN BE GIVENProhibited Bores are used only by police and military. The Government shall give arms licenses for NPB under Section 13 for protection, sport or bonafide crop protection.EXECUTIVE ORDERS, MARCH 31, 2010ARMS LICENCES ONLY IN EXCEPTIONAL CASES LIKE THREATTO LIFEApplications only from persons who may face or perceive grave or imminent threat to their lives, for which the licensing authorities will obtain from the police an assessment of the threat faced by the personQUANTITY OF AMMUNITIONDifferent numbers of cartridges issued by various states.QUANTITY OF AMMUNITIONOnly 50 cartridges per year. Licencees have to prove where they used ammo.ALL-INDIA LICENCECurrently handled by local licensing authority and state home departmentsALL-INDIA LICENCEAIL only for sitting Union Ministers/MPs, military, paramilitary, officers of all-India services, sports persons. All others to be directly approved by the Union Home Ministry.advertisementlast_img read more

Brazil will be team to watch out for at home, predicts S. Kannan

first_imgFor the developed world, rubbishing underdeveloped and developing countries is nothing new. Yet, in four days’ time, when the brand new Adidas Brazuca ball is kicked when Brazil meet Croatia in Sao Paulo, the FIFA World Cup will roar to life.The hype over Brazil as host has been very high but in recent months, a lot of negative stuff has been written about some venues still not being ready and security being a concern.Today, when most of the top football leagues are in Europe and offer ridiculous salaries to professionals, one tends to forget the nationalities of players. It’s the star value which matters if your favourite club wins or loses.There is no club football for the time being and it will be a matter of pride as the best 32 teams in the world strive to win the world’s most coveted trophy.There could not have been a better venue for football as Brazil symbolises the romanticism of the beautiful game. To borrow a famous line from a former player, after kicking around for 90 minutes in the field, only one team wins. Likewise, for the champion to emerge on July 13, it will require skill, style, guts and immense energy.For romantic relics like me who grew up first hearing about Brazilian football and then seeing it on television, this is a wonderful chance for the hosts to win the World Cup.The last time the World Cup was held in Brazil in 1950, they lost the decider 1- 2 to Uruguay. The entire nation went into mourning and till date they have not been able to come to terms with the loss on home turf.advertisementThere are any number of books which have been written on Brazilian football, yet the ones written in the local language after the 1950 loss vilifying goalkeeper Moacir Barbosa define what passion is all about, even in a negative sense.Today’s young generation of fans who watch satellite TV channels may need to do a Google search on Barbosa, but Brazilians know how the innocent goalkeeper was riled till death.This is indeed a good chance for Brazil to exorcise the ghosts of 1950 as they have a good team.The Samba flavour is essentially about fast pace, attacking style and excitement.Just to jog the readers’ memory, in 1982 when Brazil had giants like Zico and Socrates, they failed to defend against the Italians. A 2- 2 draw would have sufficed but they chose to attack and messed it up. That Brazilian side was probably the best one not to win the World Cup.In 1994, when the World Cup was played in the United States, again Brazil discarded the aggressive style and chose a mixed strategy where players like Romario and Bebeto caught the eye.The fifth World Cup win came in 2002 when they showed what Brazilian flair was all about with Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho hogging the limelight.Nothing can be more special for Brazil than winning at home. Agreed, Spain is the team to beat and their style has been very successful in the last World Cup as well as in two European championships.But if one flips through the annals of history, the strong European teams have struggled when they are playing outside their continent. To discount the chances of Spain or a solid German team would be stupid but you could be sure England does not have the class to go the full distance.Apart from Brazil, another Latin American team to watch out would be Argentina. Playing in familiar conditions, the Argentine side has a fine line- up which boasts of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria.Messi has looked low key in club football recently but who knows, he may be preserving the best for the most vital burst in Brazil.At home, even though our own football languishes deep down in the FIFA rankings, the interest level is very high. The World Cup will give many homes from Jammu to Kanyakumari sleepless nights as high voltage football awaits us.Today, you can even pick up World Cup merchandise of various teams through online shopping and not wait for some friend to get you jerseys from abroad.One aspect which cannot be ignored in this World Cup is how many star players are not fully fit. From Franck Ribery to Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi to Neymar, injuries have taken their toll with Ribery ruled out.And lastly, when one talks of who will win the Golden Boot award this year, some of the names which come readily to the mind still include Messi, Neymar, Arjen Robben, Luis Suarez, Ronaldo and Mario Balotelli.advertisementUnlike a sport like hockey, football is very easy to follow. Even if you are not a regular junkie who watches the EPL, Serie A, La Liga or Bundesliga, you can fall in love with the FIFA World Cup. It sure gives you a kick.s.kannan@ mailtoday.inlast_img read more

Mahela Jayawardene roped in as England’s batting consultant

first_imgSri Lanka batting great Mahela Jayawardene has joined the England squad as batting consultant for the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates starting in October.The Lankan batsman had discussed with coaches Paul Farbrace and Trevor Bayliss before taking up the job.Also read: ICC clears Sachin-Warne T20 series England have also roped in former all rounder Paul Collingwood as consultant for the limited overs squad. Collingwood will be with the team in India for 2016 ICC T20 World Cup.”We are delighted that Mahela and Paul will be joining the England management team, supporting our existing specialist coaches in this area. Both will bring a vast wealth of cricketing knowledge and expertise to the team, and in Mahela’s case, extensive experience of batting in the sub-continent which will be invaluable as part of our wider preparations for the UAE tour,”  Andrew Strauss, the Director of Cricket for the ECB, was quoted as saying by NDTV.Notably, Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed has been working with the team as spin-bowling consultant.last_img read more

The wanderers: This is how a few people are changing the way we travel

first_imgBe travellers, not tourists. That’s the mantra of five travel enthusiasts who are changing the way people travel. From offbeat destinations and bespoke experiences to lesser-known cultural events and interesting people, these travel planners are making travel exciting and special. 1) Curated experiencesKritika Batra, 27Kritika Batra lives the lifestyle she,Be travellers, not tourists. That’s the mantra of five travelenthusiasts who are changing the way people travel. From offbeatdestinations and bespoke experiences to lesser-known cultural events and interesting people, these travel planners are making travel excitingand special.  1) Curated experiencesKritika Batra, 27Kritika Batra lives the lifestyle she professes-the self-confessed wanderer doesn’t live in any place for more than a few years. She’s constantly on the move, wandering and exploring. In the past decade and a half, she’s travelled and lived across the US, Far East, Europe and India.Picture courtesy: India Today Spice”I don’t remember exactly when I found my calling, but I’ve always been a wanderer, I trekked to the Gaumukh glacier at the age of nine, went on my first solo journey to Vietnam at 16, and left India at 17 to explore life in the US and then Europe,” she says. In 2012, she returned to India and set up the Wanderbug “in order to make my passion my life and my work.”Curated experiences: Be it a luxury getaway or an adventure trip, Batra designs personalised travel itineraries that are often offbeat. She’s curated tree house-stays in Bandhavgarh, camps by the Pangong Lake in Ladakh and royal baths at eco-retreats in Rajasthan. In the past three years, she’s designed 200 travel itineraries for Indian and international tourists wanting to experience India.On the list: For those looking for a quick getaway from Pune, she recommends Deogadh at Pawana, 2 hours drive from the cityContact: wanderbug.in2) Breaking clichesArjun Malhotra, 31, Sanaya Ghandy, 36 and Ayesha Ghandy, 30Believe it or not but for most travellers, especially vegetarians, the most reliable travel partner after the passport and money is the packet of theplas. When in doubt about local food, pull out the snack bag. So, if you’re among those, then No Thepla Holidays will be a life-changing travel partner.advertisementPicture courtesy: India Today Spice”Eat local; it’s a crucial part of the travel experience. Don’t waste time eating snacks you’ve carried from home,” says Arjun Malhotra, 31, an investment banker with Ernst and Young who set up the travel company with friends and avid travellers Sanaya Ghandy, 36 and Ayesha Ghandy, 30, in 2014. So, in a bid to tempt the travellers’ palate with local flavours, they don’t include meals in their holiday packages. The idea came from a personal experience. On a road trip to Spain last year, Sanaya had to skip the joys of eating at local cafes only because her friends pulled out the snacks bag they had carried along.Twist in the travel: There aren’t any tourist spots on the itinerary, instead, the travel is planned around an offbeat activity or experience. In 2014, they took rock music fans to a U2 concert in Barcelona. Last year, the Spanish holiday was all about the San Vino festival in Haro. Even in Paris, they skipped the tourist-staple Eiffel Tower and explored the catacombs. “We target something different in each holiday, either the destination or an offbeat activity,” says Malhotra.In the pipeline: After five international trips since they debuted in 2014 with a holiday to France and Spain, No Thepla Holidays has been conducting rafting trips to Kolad. In March 2016, they’re taking off to Philippines for a certified scuba diving trip and a Sardine Run.CONTACT notheplaholidays.com3) Bespoke journeysShishir Nikam, 34When you walk into the vibrant office of Black Swan Journeys, the travel consultants ask you much beyond the customary budget and destination questions. The chat goes on to hobbies, food, sports, music and art. And when you look at the itinerary, you’ll find your hobby fitting in. So, if you’re a foodie and are travelling to Kerala, they’ll throw in a culinary trail or a dinner with a chef.Picture courtesy: India Today Spice”Travel should be about the overall experience and not just the destination and its touristy offerings,” says Shishir Nikam, founder of Black Swan Journeys. Nikam quit his software job in 2010 to turn his passion for travelling into a business venture. Last year, when a music loving traveller went to Varanasi, Nikam’s team set up a breakfast meeting with a musician from the Benares Gharana along the banks of the Ganesh Ghat. When another traveller group of eight history buffs travelled to Gujarat, they were taken to the magnificent Rani Ki Vav in Patan, Gujarat with a historian for company.Around the world: In 2013, Black Swan Journeys extended their travel planning to varied offbeat experiences around the world such as culinary trails in Vietnam and malt safaris in Scotland. This year, the focus is on Georgia, as a winemaking region that first grew grapes way back in 6000 BC.advertisementBeyond boundaries: When they’re not planning travel itineraries, the Black Swan Journeys team organises events such as lectures on the Archaeology of Food, a screening of Nero’s Guests and a one act play on Irom Sharmila.CONTACT blackswanjourneys.com4) Traveller diariesEkta Kamdar, 31 and Purnendu Singh, 31American author H Jackson Brown Junior may seem like an unlikely icon for IT professionals but Ekta Kamdar, 31 and Purnendu Singh, 31 swear by his famous saying-‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour.’Picture courtesy: India Today Spice”Don’t rush; go for slow paced travelling where you can explore a city on cycle or on foot. This makes you experience many things, understand the culture and the people,” says Kamdar. The couple and co-bloggers who run Shadows Galore do just that-take off to new unexplored destinations and document their travels through travelogues and photographs that inspire others to walk down the path. Kamdar started Shadows Galore as a photography blog in 2010 and then went on to add their travel experiences.On the go: The blog classifies travel experiences based on activities and experiences, from the bazaars of El Corte Ingles in Madrid to the luxurious Sandy Lane Barbados resort on the Platinum coast in Saint James, Barbados. The posts are detailed travelogues that talk about the personal experiences of the writers, giving insider details that are helpful to travellers. Kamdar and Singh bring in an interesting mix of heritage, beaches and shopping markets. “We write about the places we have travelled and our experiences and understanding of that place,” says Kamdar.Contact: shadowsgalore.com5)Rediscovering grandeurDolly Kushwaha, 47From sailing on yachts across countries to trekking up glaciers and living in glass igloos, she’s done it all. And now Dolly Kushwaha, 47, is helping young and adventurous Indian travellers live her experiences. “Travel is a spiritual experience; it’s a stress buster and enriches you. It makes you more tolerant and enriches you,” says the founder of De Opulence, a two year-old luxury travel consultancy.Picture courtesy: India Today SpiceThe travel bug bit early on. Daughter of an army man, she moved towns every two years, exploring new places. “Those long train journeys in first class cabins, watching the scenery was fascinating,” she recalls. After 18 years in government service-a decade in the army and eight years with the Reserve Bank of India-she set up De Opulence in 2014. “The travel I sell is where luxury is not in terms of expensive things but in the richness of experiences,” she says. So, be it a stay in a glass igloo in Finland to watch northern lights or coveted centre stand tickets for the La Liga derby, Kushwaha plans it for you.Ask and receive: Kushwaha believes in customising travel experiences. For gourmet hounds, she’s got a list of suggestions spanning Italy; for spiritual journey seekers, she’s got offerings like the Inca Trails in Peru to swimming in Canotes. Another interesting offering is the Bucket List Festivals- cultural fests that one shouldn’t miss from the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in China to Glastonbury Music Festival in England.advertisementContact: deopulence.comlast_img read more

Euro 2016: Struggles in front of goal concern Spain coach Del Bosque

first_imgSpain are among the favourites to win the European Championship this summer but the team’s 1-0 home defeat to Georgia on Tuesday has set alarm bells ringing.In their last warm-up game before the tournament and nearly two years on from their first-round exit at the World Cup in Brazil, Spain lost to a team ranked number 137 by FIFA. (Full Euro 2016 coverage )”Gatillazo” (Damp squib) was the headline in Wednesday’s AS newspaper after the team’s loss in Getafe.”We were looking to gain more confidence and generate a good atmosphere all around with this game but it has been the contrary, a disappointment,” Spain coach Vicente del Bosque told Marca of Spain’s first defeat since March 2015.WHAT WENT WRONG?”We didn’t play badly,” he said. “We simply couldn’t overcome an organised defence.”We lacked solutions and that is the most worrying aspect.”Spain had 76 per cent of possession against their opponents and took 17 shots on goal but had only three on target.Georgia, who had just four shots on goal in the match, made the most of a Jordi Alba mistake in midfield to score.”You can give away a goal but the fact that we haven’t scored is a big disappointment,” Del Bosque said.Lack of goals was not a problem for Spain in their previous two friendlies – a 3-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina and a 6-1 rout of South Korea.The team just had a bad night in front of goal, according to the coach.”This (defeat) doesn’t change anything,” Del Bosque said. “It doesn’t take away the good work we have done so far.advertisement”I don’t want to be a pessimist.”Marca expressed its concern, writing in Wednesday’s headline: “With six days to go before the Euro 2016 debut, Spain fall 1-0 to Georgia, ranked 137th in the world.”The publication filled its front page with “We cannot have lapses of concentration”, repeating it over and over as if a schoolboy had been punished and told to write it on blackboard.El Mundo Deportivo’s headline was “Serious warning before the Euro”.Winners of the European Championship in 2008 and 2012 as well as the 2010 World champions, Spain begin their title defence against the Czech Republic on June 13 in Toulouse.Spain also take on Turkey and Croatia in Group D.”We cannot go to the tournament with any doubts and we must go without any fear,” Del Bosque added.last_img read more

Ronaldo steering Sturaro to Sporting

first_imgStefano Sturaro to Sporting CP is gaining momentum – a move that Cristiano Ronaldo is helping to push towards fruition.Goal understands Ronaldo, his agent Jorge Mendes and former Sporting star Paulo Futre are behind the efforts to take Sturaro to the Portuguese club.Talks are already under way for the midfielder to make a move to Portugal, to the team of Ronaldo’s youth, with Sturaro’s agent Carlo Volpi telling Tutto Juve: “He goes to Lisboa this morning, it’s a loan without a purchase right. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “For sure Ronaldo’s words has been decisive!”The Portugal star spent five years at Sporting, playing 25 games with the senior team before making his move to Manchester United in 2003.Sturaro had been strongly linked with a move to Premier League side Watford this summer, but that transfer failed to materialise before the close of the English transfer window. However, while the window has shut in England, most other leagues still allow transfers until the end of August.That means there is still a chance for Sturaro to find regular first-team football away from Turin.Having joined Juve from Genoa in 2014, the 25-year-old has been on the fringes of the fold throughout his time with the Serie A champions.He has, since being recalled from a loan spell back at Genoa in February 2015, made 90 appearances for the Bianconeri, but only once has he managed more than 20 outings in any given Italian top-flight campaign.Sturaro still offered enough to earn a contract extension in December 2016, with that deal intended to take him through to 2021, but he could soon be heading to pastures new.Ronaldo is a fan of a man with four Italy caps to his name and would like to see a talented performer benefit a former employer of his if there is no future alongside him at the Allianz Stadium.last_img read more

Lauterbach: TRACE32 provides JTAG debug support for Wind River VxWorks 653

first_imgLauterbach announce full JTAG debug support for VxWorks 653 Multi-core Edition, an ARINC 653-conformant platform from Wind River, including the latest release of VxWorks 653 Multi-core Edition, supporting Arm, Intel, and Power Architecture multi-core processors.As a Gold Partner of Wind River, Lauterbach has committed itself to support Wind River’s operating systems as soon as they become generally available. To this end, working in close cooperation with Wind River, Lauterbach extended its product TRACE32 to include a comprehensive debug environment tailored to VxWorks 653 systems.VxWorks 653 is a virtualization platform that supports multiple guest operating systems, including ARINC 653, VxWorks, and Wind River Linux, to independently execute at different safety and security criticalities. Debugging a multi-OS, multi-partition system with a hardware debugger is a complex undertaking. The debugger (and the developer) needs to know which partition is active and how to access a currently inactive partition in order to be able to access variables or set breakpoints anywhere in the system.TRACE32 for VxWorks 653 is able to detect all partitions and their memory configuration — the debugger can access not only the virtualization layer but also all created partitions and guest OS environments, whether they are currently active in a core or not. TRACE32 has extended its virtual addressing scheme allowing it to uniquely identify any address within any partition. Symbols of functions or variables are bound to this unique address enabling developers to access everything in the system at the same time simply by accessing the debug symbols.Each of the VxWorks 653 partitions contain a guest OS, like VxWorks or Linux. TRACE32 supports the viewing of multiple task lists and other OS objects in each partition, providing simultaneous visibility to all partitions even if they are running multiple instances of the same guest operating system. These TRACE32 JTAG debug capabilities are ideal for safety- and security-certified critical systems that need to limit access to I/O ports, and to test actual production hardware platform, not test hardware, for certification credit.Using Lauterbach‘s TRACE32 together with Wind River‘s VxWorks 653 platform allows the developer debug any code in the system at any time giving full access to all parts including the hypervisor and all partitions. This feature is immediately available and is provided with the standard software delivery of TRACE32.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous GrammaTech releases CodeSonar 5 with usability focusNext HCC Embedded supports ChibiOS-based designslast_img read more

5 Redshirt Freshmen to Watch for in 2015

first_imgZach Sinor – PunterYes. A punter made the list. With the departure of Kip Smith, Sinor is the projected starter at punter. The importance of the punter can’t be overstated. If the punter can pin an offense deep, the defense will have much more room to work with. Spencer’s ‘bend don’t break’ defense can’t be useful if the opposing team starts in Cowboy territory. As a redshirt freshman, a lot of pressure will be on Sinor to make sure that doesn’t happen. “He’s (Sinor) is a lot like the defensive tackles. We’ll know more about him in the middle of October,” Gundy told The Oklahoman recently.Jarrell Owens – Defensive EndOwens was listed as an “athlete” coming to Oklahoma State last season, and played primarily at running back for Palestine, Texas – a high school that has produced some pretty decent prospects. (Looking at you, Adrian Peterson.)Owens was originally committed to TCU before making the switch just weeks before signing day in 2014. He has already gained some praise from Gundy. “…you see guys like (Jarrell Owens) — he’s a freshman. And then look at this guy over here (Ogbah). That’s what’s rushing the quarterback. That’s what makes me feel good. Being on the offensive side my whole career, I know that those guys can cause some issues. I like how active they are,” Gundy told the Tulsa World.Keenen Brown – Wide ReceiverBrown was one of the prized recruits of a very talented wide receiver bunch in the 2014 recruiting class. “Obviously he’s got crazy size,” quarterback Mason Rudolph said. “He’s real stout and he’s real tall. He’s got great leaping ability and he’s gotten a lot more mature. You can see it. He’s made big strides this spring,” Rudolph said of Brown to the Tulsa World.Jordan Frazier – Cowboy BackFrazier is vying for playing time with Jeremy Seaton, Blake Jarwin, and Zac Veatch. However each player brings different strengths; Jarwin is a natural tight end, Seaton is more of a fullback, and Veatch was recruited from Broken Arrow as a tight end, and played some on the offensive line last season. Frazier has put on over 25 pounds since entering the program last season and stands at 6-foot-5, 255.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! This week, Mike Gundy revealed the only true freshman we can definitely expect to see playing this season. Here are five redshirt freshman candidates to keep an eye on who I expect to break into the rotation this season.Lemaefe Galeai – Offensive GuardGaleai is a 6-foot-5, 325 lb. offensive guard who should be in line to see some rotation this season. Galeai chose Oklahoma State partly because of his relationship with defensive tackle Vili Leveni, and is one of several Polynesian players on the OSU roster. With a body that size, he could (should) break the rotation in what will be a more experienced offensive line this season.The defense when junior is pulling. @JuniorGaleai pic.twitter.com/Yl5T8xSIbZ— Mike (@Coach_Tatten) August 15, 2015last_img read more

‘Courtois would be good for PSG’

first_imgTransfers Courtois would be a good signing for PSG – Meunier Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 17:51 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thibaut Courtois Transfers PSG PSG v Olympique Lyonnais Chelsea v Arsenal Chelsea Premier League Ligue 1 The Belgium defender says his international team-mate has the profile to play for the Ligue 1 leaders but backs the keepers already on their books Paris Saint-Germain right-back Thomas Meunier would back any move the club made for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.There has been debate over whether Kevin Trapp or Alphonse Areola should be between the sticks for the Ligue 1 leaders, particularly after a blunder from the latter in Metz last week should have cost his side a goal.BTTS v Lyon 4/6 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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 Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Despite an assured performance from the former France Under-21 keeper in the 5-0 win at Celtic Park on Tuesday, it is an issue that is liable to rumble on, with Courtois, 25, one of the names touted as a potential replacement.Meunier would be supportive of such a move.“He’s very strong, Courtois. He wouldn’t be bad at PSG,” the Belgium international told Le Parisien.“We’ve already got two good goalkeepers but Thibaut also has the profile, I think. He’s very big – nearly two metres tall.”The pair teamed up on international duty most recently at the beginning of the month, when Meunier scored a remarkable hat-trick in a 9-0 win over Gibraltar before Belgium defeated Greece 2-1 in Athens in which the PSG man created Romelu Lukaku’s winner.last_img read more

Mariners end 11-match winless run

first_imgDaniël De Silva Central Coast Mariners 1 Wellington Phoenix 0: Hosts end 11-match winless run Ryan Benson 20:51 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) de-silva-cropped Getty Images Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix Central Coast Mariners Wellington Phoenix A-League Having not won since early December, Central Coast Mariners put a difficult period behind them with a 1-0 win over Wellington Phoenix. Central Coast Mariners ended an 11-match winless run by beating rock-bottom Wellington Phoenix 1-0 in the A-League on Friday.The Mariners had not won since beating Perth Glory 1-0 on December 3, their third win in four at the time, and they squandered a two-goal lead at Adelaide United last time out.But there was to be no denying them this time, as Daniel De Silva scored the decisive goal on the stroke of half-time, prodding home Andrew Hoole’s cross on the edge of the six-yard box. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Phoenix responded well initially after the break, with Roy Krishna hitting the crossbar from distance, before then finding the side-netting a few minutes later.FULL TIME | @CCMariners win their first game in 82 days!Highlights: https://t.co/0snRqiI9dV#CCMvWEL #ALeague pic.twitter.com/yRykxUFlp2— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) February 23, 2018But the home side held firm to claim their first victory of 2018, leaving them six points adrift of the play-off places.last_img read more

Roma boss ‘convinced’ Liverpool target Alisson will stay

first_imgTransfers I’m convinced Liverpool target Alisson will stay at Roma – Di Francesco Robin Bairner 23:29 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alisson Becker Roma Liverpool UEFA Champions League 04242018 AFP Transfers Liverpool Sassuolo v Roma Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion Sassuolo Roma Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League Serie A Although the Brazil international continues to be linked with a switch to Anfield or Real Madrid, his club remain defiant Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco is hopeful that goalkeeper Alisson will remain with the club through the summer.The 25-year-old shot-stopper is wanted by the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid, having enjoyed a fine season in the Italian capital.His coach, however, is optimistic that the Brazil international will not depart Italy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Nothing is definitive in football, but I’m convinced, for what it’s worth, that he will remain in Rome,” Di Francesco told Tuttomercatoweb .This is the latest in the series of hands-off warnings that the Champions League semi-finalists have given over the fate of their keeper.In April, Roma president James Pallotta stated that “a sack of money” will not be enough to force his club to sell the man nicknamed ‘the Messi of goalkeepers’.Previously, Pallotta had said that both the Reds and Madrid had “no chance” of landing the player .Alisson, who was signed from Internacional in 2016, has been named in Brazil’s 2018 World Cup squad but still has one domestic match to play with Roma, against Sassuolo on Sunday.In 49 games this season, he has kept 22 clean sheets. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

New Zealand vs England Final, Lord’s Weather: Will rain play spoilsport in World Cup final?

first_img Next New Zealand vs England Final, Lord’s Weather: Will rain play spoilsport in World Cup final?New Zealand vs England Final, Lord’s Weather: England will look to beat New Zealand and clinch maiden World Cup title provided rain doesn’t play a spoilsport.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 14, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 14:09 IST Photo: ReutersAs England take on New Zealand in the big final at Lord’s on Sunday, both teams will be eyeing their maiden World Cup title. Last time when both the teams met in the group stage and England defeated New Zealand, breaking a 27-year-old record.New Zealand beat favourites India to seal the final spot, England thrashed arch-rivals Australia by eight wickets to set up the final date.England are totted as clear favourites but one can’t underestimate New Zealand, after seeing the quality of cricket they produced to knock out table toppers India in the semi-final.While both teams have quality bowling attacks, the batting of the New Zealand outfit is something that will definitely bother the Kiwis, especially the poor form of experienced opener Martin Guptill. While his direct hit to dismiss M.S. Dhoni did change the outcome of the semi-final between India and New Zealand, he would wish to give the Kiwis a good start at the top. And there is a positive in there.To be fair to the Kiwis, while the bowling attack of the two teams looks almost at par on paper, England’s batting has a lot more depth as compared to the Kiwis, and Kane Williamson’s boys will have their task cut out if they are to clean the batting up. But then, on a given day, anything can happen and the New Zealand players will definitely take confidence from their semi-final encounter against India.New Zealand vs England Final, Lord’s Weather: Updates from LondonadvertisementThe weather, after troubling the cricketers right through the tournament, is expected to be bright and sunny and that should mean a slight advantage to the batsmen. The wickets to have started to get slower and the bowlers have been using a lot of cutters recently.A high of 22 C (72 F) is expected on Sunday. Sunny spells are anticipated and it will feel comfortable for fans enjoying the sporting events.”Fans in open seating areas will want to make sure to have hats, sunglasses and sun cream,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Bill Deger. Screen grab from AccuWeatherALSO READ | Come on England: 101 former cricketers wish their team good luck ahead of World Cup 2019 finalALSO READ | World Cup 2019: Australia played their worst cricket in the most critical moments, says Ricky PontingALSO WATCH | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma has been batsman of the tournament, says Michael ClarkeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow ICC World Cup 2019Follow Lord’s WeatherFollow New Zealand vs Englandlast_img read more

Marine Layer’s Fog Jacket repels the elements (and looks great)

first_img You Definitely Need a Shirt Jacket for Fall 1. Marine Layer Fog Jacket 3. Marine Layer Fog Jacket 4. Marine Layer Fog Jacket 5. Marine Layer Fog Jacket Best Weekend Sales on Menswear and Gear: Huckberry, Allen Edmonds, J. Crew, and More Spring and summer in California isn’t what most would dub “severe,” but weather is weather no matter where you are. Whether it be the dense fog rolling in off the Pacific Ocean during your early morning commute, the steady winds punctuating a late-weekend hike, or merely an unexpected pattering of rain as you meander about town, Marine Layer’s Fog Jacket ($175) is designed to thwart the everyday elements with a welcome blend of sleek style and refreshing practicality.San Francisco-based Marine Layer is a company priding itself in sustainable, American-made apparel. Founder Mike Natenshon essentially started the company in his living room circa 2002, aiming to construct a product that fit great while retaining the familiar softness of your favorite shirt — you know, the one now run ragged  through years of washing and persistent use. More than a decade and few credit bills later, Marine Layer now offers everything from casual tees and flavorful wovens to classic polos and stylish outerwear. A swath of California mills knit the company’s custom fabric, conventionally blending Pima Cotton and MicroModal, the latter of which is derived from recycled beech wood. It’s comfortable and functional, while providing peace of mind in knowing the company supports a range of American workers and factories that have been in place for more than 25 years and counting. And it looks great doing it, too.Available in either a blue or tan and red build, the company’s flagship Fog Jacket offers top-body protection made of quality materials and an attractive, split-body design. A lightweight, cotton ripstop body accompanies the waterproof nylon top, ensuring durable construction while shielding wearers from dew and other environmental elements you’re bound to encounter on a daily basis. The jacket also features cotton cord drawstrings and round leather stoppers akin to many modern jackets, along with a bevy of pockets located both inside and outside the jacket for minimal storage. The soft, poly-lined body is comfortable and exceptionally breathable, while providing ample room for additional layering during those cool spring nights when minimal warmth just won’t cut it.Check out the Marine Layer website for additional information — or if in the Bay Area or Portland, Ore. — head over to Marine Layer store near you. Editors’ Recommendations center_img 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather A Good Waxed Jacket Is the Best Jacket to Wear This Season last_img read more

Scotland’s Salar Smokehouse Makes the Flakiest Smoked Salmon

first_imgFeasting is our column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.Just west of mainland Scotland lie the Outer Hebrides, a string of more than 100 small islands that are inhabited by a population of only 26,000 people. There, situated on the Isle of South Uist, you’ll find Salar Smokehouse, which has been producing small batch, premium smoked salmon for 30 years. Heritage, tradition and quality reign supreme at this family-run operation, so we decided to take a look inside the smokehouse doors to see what makes this place truly special.Salmon farming is a key part of Scotland’s economy and accounts for 40 percent of the country’s food exports. Salar has relationships with the very best producers and only sources their salmon from the most reputable suppliers. They produce an excellent traditional cold smoked salmon that’s massaged with their signature cure then slowly roasted over oak for a minimum of 36 hours. But the real star of Salar is their flaky smoked salmon, which is lightly cured then roasted over wood smoke to produce a dark outer glaze and succulent, flaky texture that’s downright addicting. The smokehouse only employs about six local people, with a handful more joining the team around the holidays, so their smoked salmon is truly a small batch, artisan product.We connected with Iain MacRury—who purchased the smokehouse in 2015—to learn more about Salar’s signature flaky salmon, the company’s sustainability practices and what’s next for the brand.First things first, why flaky smoked salmon?We have a unique recipe—which is produced in top-secret, locally-designed and built kilns—that’s different from every other hot smoked salmon on the market. It retains all of its natural juices and does not dry out, and the salmon is also extremely high in omega 3 oils. There was a strong following of the brand and its products and a need for this leading superior quality salmon to remain available to our loyal customers, some of which have been purchasing it for 30 years.In 2008, a company that produces farmed salmon purchased Salar, and you bought it in 2015 with plans to relaunch the brand with a back-to-basics approach. What did you change about the company when you took the helm?We went back to the recipe and brand that had been so successful for the original owner, which was a key decision that was important to our customers. It is now a family run business once again with the owners at the heart of every process, who add the love that our products deserve. Each portion has that personal touch, and once again it is a household name. We now have five family members involved in the process.How do you source your salmon? Does sustainability play a part in your decisions?Our salmon is sourced from Scottish farmed salmon producers, and we will only source fish reared in the fresh clean waters off the west coast of Scotland. We only buy superior fillets and our three main suppliers provide the best quality.You’re dedicated to experimenting with new types of products. Is there a project you’ve been working on lately that you’re particularly excited about?Currently, we are developing a new smoked scallop range using traditional methods. We’re testing various wood chips for a sweet yet smoky depth of flavour, and it’s something we hope to launch in the next couple of months. We are also looking at producing Haddock smokies (whole smoked haddock) with our own unique recipe.You have some fantastic recipes that utilize the Salar’s smoked salmon. What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy your product?The only way, in my mind, to enjoy the product is as is—no frills—with just a simple dressed salad and wonderful flaky smoked salmon, perhaps with a little brown bread to complement it. 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Ministry Proposes Parish Committees to Review Extensions on Event Permits

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment is proposing the introduction of parish extension committees to hear and grant extensions on entertainment permits.The Ministry is working on amendments to the Noise Abatement Act to contain the provision. The process involves collaboration with the Ministries of National Security, Local Government and Community Development, and Youth and Culture.In his contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, July 2, State Minister for Tourism, Hon. Damion Crawford, said the proposal is for the six-member committees to review additions to the stipulated time during which entertainment events can legally proceed.The State Minister informed that at present, extension requests are sent to the Minister with responsibility for Entertainment, who may have little knowledge of the local realities.“The committee would therefore provide broader community input in the decision-making process for the…dance/event approvals and alleviate perceptions of bias or collusion in the procedure. We believe that the introduction of the six-person parish appellate committee will provide increased transparency to the extension granting process,” Mr. Crawford said.The proposed parish committees will include: a representative from the police division such as the divisional commander or a designate; a lay magistrate/Justice of the Peace; a parish council representative; an entertainment/event representative; a lay citizen such as a member of the clergy or parish development committee; and a non-voting recording secretary for the committee.The police indicate that between January 1 and December 31, 2012, it received 22,122 applications for events/dances across the island, and granted approval to 19,555, making the approval rate 88 per cent.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

DNV GL LNG Trade Undergoes Changes

first_imgzoom The LNG trade is undergoing a transformation driven by new players, a growing tanker fleet and changing patterns, which emerged amid an increase in the number of LNG importing nations, according to DNV GL.Until recently, the LNG seaborne trade represented only eight per cent of the total gas trade and was limited to a few large importers such as Japan and South Korea. Oil-linked gas prices prevailed and almost all contracts were signed as long-term charters with very few ships involved in spot activities.However, a substantial increase of gas production, combined with significant additions to both liquefaction and regasification capacity have changed the market fundamentals.After years of stagnation, the seaborne trade grew by seven per cent, adding 17 million tonnes of new cargo. The demand growth was driven predominantly by China and India, but also by newcomers such as Pakistan, Egypt and Jordan. These countries will continue to drive demand, however other countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore are also expected to play an increasing role as importers.“On the one hand, a growing number of importers are generating a steadily increasing demand while, on the other hand, forcing suppliers to demonstrate more flexibility,” DNV GL said.According to IEA, more and more contracts are being signed for shorter durations and smaller quantities, without fixed destinations, and decoupled from oil prices. For the shipping industry this translates to more spot trading and more diversified trade patterns.DNV Gl informed that it may still take a while for LNG carriers to experience higher earnings. The order book is still over 120 ships strong, with deliveries in 2017 and in 2018 set to reach an estimated growth of 10 per cent and 7 per cent, respectively.“In light of the plans for major export terminal expansions in 2018 and 2019 (unless delayed), freight rates are likely to remain low throughout 2017. Nevertheless, the current remodelling of the market creates new opportunities in the longer perspective,” DNV GL said.last_img read more

Questions over safety supervision after kindergartner dies in Saskatoon

first_imgSASKATOON – Saskatchewan’s education minister says school divisions should review safety measures at schools that are close to ponds after a kindergarten student died in Saskatoon.But Bronwyn Eyre said it’s too soon to know what led to the death of the five-year-old boy or whether something could have been done to prevent it.“I understand that there are a number of schools, and certainly public spaces, that have that type of pond or catchment pond near where children play, so I think that’s something that everyone should be looking at,” Eyre said Tuesday at a school opening in Regina.The boy was found in a pond near Dundonald School after recess ended Monday morning. He was pronounced dead in hospital.CTV Saskatoon quoted unnamed sources as saying the boy was a newcomer to Canada from Somalia who spoke limited English and needed extra supports.Police have said the boy’s death is not suspicious. The coroner’s office is investigating.The pond was built four years before the public school in 1983 to catch storm water and was converted to hold water permanently in 2005. It’s about 120 metres from the school property line.Eyre, who was a public school board trustee in Saskatoon, said she hadn’t heard any concern about the pond before Monday.“Obviously, now it’s top of mind for people, which I completely understand. As I say, I have a son, he goes to school, and I can completely understand why parents are as concerned and upset as they are today,” she said.There are many questions about why there was no fence around either the pond or the school, and about supervision at recess.One Facebook post from someone named Jenn Lange said: “This is not a blame game time. Fence all schoolyards, bottom line. You cannot watch children 100% of the time.”Another from Krista Carignan said: “This is awful…. HOW did this happen…. If you have a POND near a school play area then you better have sufficient supervision!!!!! An avoidable tragedy, how sad for all involved!”Angela Gardiner, acting general manager of transportation and utilities with the city of Saskatoon, said none of the city’s ponds has a fence.The ponds are meant to be amenities within neighbourhoods and are often used for activities such as skating in the winter or canoeing in the summer. They’re also part of the storm water infrastructure aimed at reducing flooding in neighbourhoods.But a fence around the school yard could be part of talks with school boards, she suggested.“Those are some of the discussions we’ll be having over the next little while,” said Gardiner.“And one of the other things is reviewing the report and the recommendations from the chief coroner. So we will be co-operating with those and we are open to measures that will improve safety of students and residents in and around the city.”A Catholic school also backs the same green space.Gardiner said the city will also talk to Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools board.Meanwhile, the president of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation said it’s too early to say what can be done to prevent similar deaths.“Even as far as a fence, I mean, there’s bodies of water all over the city in Saskatoon and certainly it’d be very difficult to fence the entire Saskatchewan River system,” said Patrick Maze.“So, it’s too early to be jumping to conclusions as to what the solution is. I think that will come out in the end, some recommendations, but right now it’s important just to support the family and support that community.”Maze did not know the supervision schedule at Dundonald School.The director of education for Saskatoon Public Schools has said the staff-to-student ratio during recess is adequate — eight staff members, plus additional educational assistants assigned to certain children.Barry McDougall said in a letter to parents on Monday the division is also looking into the incident internally.— By Jennifer Graham in Reginalast_img read more