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Human rights complaint over First Nations education set to move forward

first_imgAPTN National NewsFour First Nations in Ontario are involved in a human rights complaint against the federal government. They say that the current method of funding aboriginal education discriminates unfairly against larger First Nations, and are seeking a decision by the Canadian Human Rights Commission.Ottawa attempted to have the case thrown out, saying that it doesn’t fall within the jurisdiction of the CHRC, but a federal court decided that the CHRC can indeed handle the complaint.Michael Hutchinson sits down with Patrick Macklem, a law professor at the University of Toronto and spokesperson for the four First Nations, to talk about the complaint and its implications.UPDATED: The original version of this story incorrectly named the Ontario Human Rights Commission as the human rights body handling the complaint. The complaint is being handled by the Canadian Human Rights Commission.last_img read more

World Bank Organization Launches Moroccos EmpowerHer Hackathon

By Safaa KasraouiRabat  -The World Bank Organization (WBO) launched its EmpowerHer Hackathon initiative for Morocco on March 18, at Technopark in Casablanca.The EmpowerHer Hackathon, already established in other countries, is intended to address the restrictions that prevent women from playing a larger role in the labor force. The event brought together young developers, rural women’s associations, and private sector sponsors to discuss innovative solutions and share suggestions to ensure the continuation of creativity.Those who attended, especially women, had the opportunity to gain insight on investment, saving, spending, and other aspects of personal finance.30 competitions were held during the event, in which young entrepreneurs presented their projects on marketing, transportation, logistics, and skills development in front of a jury.Competitors for the Best Hack Solutions Award suggested their ideas on how to improve and overcome some of the difficulties faced by women in the economy field.The Minister of Handicrafts, Social Economy, and Solidarity, Fatema Marouane, remarked on the importance of this initiative, in line with other initiatives which aim to empower women through various programs, including the National Human Development Initiative(INDH) projects.“Moroccan Women are playing a major role in several areas to ensure their economic independence,” the minister said.In response to this, the Ministry has implemented a set of training programs, in English and French, financial education workshops for women workers in the artisanal field.This event was organized in collaboration with the Moroccan government and Moroccan organizations. read more

European Parliament Adopts EUMorocco Fisheries Agreement

Rabat – The European Parliament adopted the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement in a plenary session in Strasbourg today.The fisheries agreement received 415 votes in favor and 189 votes against.According to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), 49 MEPs were absent for the vote. Morocco and the EU signed the fisheries deal on January 14, one of the final steps in the process before ratification at the EU Parliament. The deal will allow European vessels to fish in Moroccan waters for a set amount of compensation.Read Also: EU Parliament’s Fisheries Committee Adopts EU-Morocco Fisheries DealThe deal covers the fishing area from parallel 35 and Cap Spartel in northern Morocco to parallel 22 and Cap Blanc in southern Morocco, including the waters off Western Sahara.The agreement specifies the fishing areas and access conditions for EU vessels. It also increases the EU’s financial contribution from the previous agreement’s annual payment of €40.0 million to €52.2 million.In addition to the fisheries agreement, the European Parliament also adopted the EU-Morocco agriculture deal on January 16.At the EU Parliament, 444 MEPs voted for the renewal of the agreement.Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani said that the adoption of the agriculture agreement required intense efforts.After the adoption of the agreement, the High Representative of the EU Federica Mogherini commended the partnership between Morocco and the EU.She added that  the two partners are aspiring to make a qualitative leap in their ties to build a regional partnership, particularly in the Mediterranean, the Arab world, and Africa.The adoption of the two agreements comes despite Polisario’s threats to hamper the agreement process.Polisario threatened to appeal to the European Court of Justice and the United Nations.The Moroccan government, however, emphasized that it had already informed the UN of the adoption of the agriculture agreement.Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the UN Omar Hilale said the EU decision would create a “legal structure that would facilitate many economic and development activities and opens the way for arranging other cooperation aspects between the two parties.” read more

Closing Bell TSX rises following string of losses traders look to economic

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market snapped a three-session losing run to close higher Tuesday amid a heavy slate of economic data coming out this week and hopes for strong fourth-quarter earnings.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,596.93 +101.39 0.75%S&P 500 — 1,837.88 +11.11 0.61%Dow — 16,530.94 +105.84 0.64%Nasdaq — 4,153.18 +39.50 0.96%The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 101.39 points to 13,596.93.The Canadian dollar tumbled 1.05 cents to 92.83 cents US, its lowest close since Novembe, 2009, with the currency weakening amid data showing a growing trade deficit in November even as the greenback gained ground amid strong U.S. trade data.Statistics Canada said the country’s trade deficit went from $908 million in October to $940 million in November as merchandise imports edged up 0.1% while exports were unchanged.Meanwhile, the U.S. trade deficit fell in November to its lowest level in four years as gains in energy production and stronger sales of American-made airplanes, autos and machinery lifted exports to an all-time high.The trade gap dropped 12.9% to US$34.3 billion in November as exports rose 0.9%, aided by a 5.6% rise in petroleum exports. Imports dropped 1.4%. U.S. markets have had a negative start so far in 2014, but indexes closed firmly in positive territory Tuesday.The Dow Jones industrials jumped 105.84 points to 16,530.94, the Nasdaq ran ahead 39.5 points to 4,153.18 and the S&P 500 gained 11.11 points to 1,837.88.The most closely watched economic report of the week will come on Friday. Economists forecast that about 195,000 jobs were created in the United States in December.The reading will help the Federal Reserve determine how quickly it withdraws from a key stimulus program, its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases. The central bank said last month it would taper those purchases by $10 billion starting this month.The greenback also strengthened a day before the release of the minutes from the Fed meeting last month.Analysts suggest that the dollar could rally if the minutes showed strong support by the Fed at the end of last year to start tapering. Likewise, lukewarm support for tapering could push the U.S. currency lower.Thursday marks the start of what will be a flood of fourth-quarter corporate earnings over the next few weeks with resource giant Alcoa leading off.Investors hope earnings will help justify the sharp, 30% run-up in the S&P 500 last year. But there has been a steady drip of revised expectations recently.“I don’t think they’re going to be as bad as the naysayers want to make out they are,” said Fred Ketchen, manager of equity trading at ScotiaMcLeod.“There has been enough caution expressed that when we really get into some of the numbers as we go through the first quarter and even into the second quarter, it wouldn’t surprise me if they show up a little bit better than expected.”Earnings from S&P 500 companies are expected to have risen 6.3% in the fourth quarter. That’s slower than the 9.3% growth analysts expected at the end of September, according to FactSet.That would follow third-quarter profit growth of $39.2 billion, compared with a gain of $66.8 billion in the second quarter.The tech sector led TSX advancers, up 1.5% with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) registering a solid gain for a second day, up 63 cents to $9.14 after CEO John Chen told Bloomberg TV that the smartphone maker plans to re-focus on keyboard-equipped phones. Chen said the company’s phones will ”predominantly” have physical keyboards in the future, rather than touch screens.Celestica (TSX:CLS) gained 16 cents to $11.45.The energy sector rose 1.13% as the February crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 24 cents to US$93.67 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gained 59 cents to C$37.17 while Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) advanced 60 cents to $46.58.The consumer discretionary group was up 0.76% thanks largely to gains in auto parts manufacturers. Magna International (TSX:MG) improved by $1.86 to $87.31 and Martinrea International (TSX:MG) climbed 10 cents to $8.08.March copper was unchanged at US$3.36 a pound and the base metals sector was flat as HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) gained 15 cents to C$8.61.The gold sector moved into positive ground, up about 0.7% with February bullion off $8.40 at US$1,229.60 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) added 22 cents to C$24.12.In other corporate news, shares in Valeant (TSX:VRX) jumped $15.04 or 12.53% to $135.03 after the pharmaceutical company said Tuesday that it expects revenue of between $8.2 billion to $8.6 billion for fiscal 2014, an increase of 40%, and cash earnings between US$8.25 and US$8.75 per share. It adds it will continue to look for a big acquisition or a merger of equals.TOP STORIESBlackBerry CEO plots return to physical-keyboard roots in wake of costly touch-screen flopsValeant Pharmaceuticals wants to buy its way into the ranks of the world’s top 5 drugmakersTale of two economies? Canada’s trade gap ballons as America’s shrinks to 4-year lowDeep freeze lights fire under commodities markets as crop, cattle futures soarSamsung Electronics profit falls for first time in more than two years as smartphone momentum wanesWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:15 a.m.ADP Employment Report (Dec): Economists expect 200,000 jobs gained, down from last month 2 p.m.Fed minutes from December meeting 3 p.m.Consumer credit: Economists expect US$14-billion, down from last month CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESBed Bath & Beyond Inc. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.15 a share Family Dollar Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 69¢ a share Monsanto Company Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 64¢ a share Constellation Brands, Inc. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 91¢ a share read more

Annan mourns international staff killed in plane crash after serving in Afghanistan

“It is with deep regret that the Secretary-General learned today of the tragic death of 62 Spanish troops returning from service with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, and 12 Ukrainian crewmembers, in a plane crash in northwest Turkey,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement released in New York.The troops were returning “from having served with ISAF in the selfless contribution to the Afghan peace process,” he added.Through the statement, the Secretary-General also extended his condolences to the Governments of Spain and Ukraine and to the bereaved families.

Scores of civilians flee fighting in central Afghanistan UN refugee agency reports

“Four days of fighting between two commanders erupted in Koshak valley on 26 August and restarted again earlier this month,” Maki Shinohara told the press in Kabul.UNHCR, which is monitoring the situation, said the violence has subsided and voiced hope that the affected families would soon be able to safely return to their homes. Instability in the area is of particular concern because of extensive violations documented by the agency. “Our return monitoring teams have collected over the past two years numerous reports of human rights abuses and harassment by the local commanders in Daikundi area,” the spokesperson said, adding that UNHCR currently does not recommend that displaced families return to certain areas because of on-going conflict or human rights abuses. There are 220,000 internally displaced people in Afghanistan, according to the agency, which is working to address their plight. read more

The Case For Russell Westbrook MVP

Russell Westbrook is the MVP. You are likely already familiar with Westbrook’s claim to the award because every conversation that suggests someone else is the MVP must do the work of explaining why it is not, obviously, Westbrook.Westbrook’s case for MVP is self-evident. His season-long triple-double is a historic accomplishment, and its grandeur only grows when adjusted to account for the way the game is played today. Here are the top seasons for the triple-double stats sorted by John Hollinger’s Versatility Index, which shows how good players are at those three metrics, combined1Versatility Index is the geometric mean of points, rebounds and assists per 100 possessions., which adjusts for pace: Source: NBA.com SEASONPLAYERPOSS. PER GAMEPTSREBOUNDSASSISTSVERSATILITY INDEX Versatility index is the geometric mean of points, rebounds and assists (per 100 possessions).Source: basketball-reference.com 4’14-’15Westbrook95.741.110.612.517.6 3’15-’16Westbrook96.733.911.315.118.0 LeBron James126+15.140.667.332.124.6 Jimmy Butler141+12.831.563.041.329.4 … 34’61-’62Robertson124.926.710.89.914.2 PER 100 POSSESSIONS 1’16-’17Westbrook97.844.815.114.721.5 James55.152.3+2.840.937.2+3.7 DeAndre Jordan105+3.21.968.818.723.4 5’04-’05Garnett89.131.419.18.016.9 Isaiah Thomas163+18.225.065.446.026.4 2-PT SHOT PERCENTAGE3-PT SHOT PERCENTAGE Kawhi Leonard137+24.023.055.440.428.5 Source: NBA.com PLAYERCRUNCH TIMENET RATINGASSIST %TS %USAGE %PIE DeMar DeRozan139+16.128.854.842.926.1 PLAYERTEAMMATES’ WIDE-OPEN 3-PT % James42.4 Source: NBA.com Top NBA players by involvement during crunch time In general, the more possessions a player uses,2Plays on which a player takes a shot, draws a shooting foul or commits a turnover. the less efficient his personal offense becomes. You can see the frontier of exceptional player seasons forming a rough diagonal, sloping down from Kevin Durant’s 2016-17 in the upper left to Westbrook’s in the lower right. Generally, that’s the frontier of achievement for maximizing efficiency and usage, and anything that breaks past the outer rim is in the running for the best season in NBA history. Curry’s 2015-16 was more or less unprecedented, but was followed up quickly by Isaiah Thomas and Harden this season, each putting up absurd efficiency numbers with what have traditionally been extremely high usage rates. Then there’s Russell Westbrook.While a glance at the advanced stats (55.4 true shooting; 41.7 usage percentage) will give you the gist of the relationship — less efficient, more usage — they mask just how far out of the norm Westbrook has been. He has bucked the trend that’s afflicted super-high-usage NBA players for as long as the league has existed: Westbrook’s usage has exploded … and his efficiency hasn’t really changed. As a challenge to the basic makeup of NBA efficiency trends, Westbrook’s season is just as much of an aberration as Curry’s 2015-16.This is the final entry in our series making the case for five NBA MVP candidates. We’ve also made the cases for James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Lebron James and Stephen Curry. Also, check out our NBA predictions.That said, just because Westbrook’s season has been impressive does not necessarily make it useful or valuable. And while it’s undeniably hard to do what Westbrook has done, it’s been an open question how much value there is in his tirelessly filling up the box score while also eating up possessions. Players such as Curry and Harden, who shake up the ratio by adding efficiency to a standard-issue star player workload, are far easier to evaluate. But a player who can take on limitless responsibility with seeming immunity to defensive attention is a dangerous tool in situations where good possessions are hard to come by, even if he isn’t the most efficient guy on the floor. We’ve seen Westbrook deliver in those situations this season.An unstoppable, moderately efficient forceWestbrook has been laboring under LeBron-esque playoff demands all season long as the late-game anchor for a severely offensively handicapped team.Westbrook’s crunch-time numbers this season are comical. We’ll define “crunch time” here as the last five minutes of a game (or overtime) in which neither team has a lead greater than five points. In those situations, Westbrook has been unstoppable. His already absurd usage percentage jumps from “just” 41.7 to 62.3. (Sixty-two point three!!!)Something else interesting happens to Westbrook during crunch time: As his usage goes up, so does his efficiency. His true shooting percentage creeps up to 56.9, and his assist percentage goes to 58.3. While he’s on the court in crunch time, the Thunder is outscoring opponents by 21.7 points per 100 possessions (up from +12.5 overall). In fact, Westbrook’s work rate late in games is so prolific that he produces as much value as entire teams. No, really.We know this thanks to a little-noticed stat on the NBA’s stats site called Player Impact Estimate, or PIE. PIE is the share of all box score activity in a game (so points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks) with deductions for negative stats (turnovers, missed shots, personal fouls). The average for a player should be about 103Since there are 10 players on the court., and the average for a team about 50.4Since each team makes up half the players. It’s an especially useful stat when used in tandem with net rating, because you can then see both how well a player is doing individually (the PIE rating) as well as how well the team is performing overall (the net rating).5Net rating is just a team’s scoring differential per 100 possessions.Anyway, Westbrook’s PIE in crunch time is 40.3, meaning he accounts for about 40 percent of both teams’ combined activity all on his own — a greater share of game stats in his clutch minutes than five teams6The Pistons, Heat, Lakers, Nets and Suns. collect as a whole. The Thunder as a team has a 61.4 PIE in crunch time, fourth in the league, which tracks more or less with its 19.9 net rating, which ranks second overall. Westbrook58.2%48.6%+9.633.1%31.4%+1.7 Harden62.652.5+10.134.037.6-3.6 A player totally unfettered from the effect of a defense is dangerous all game long, but a particular nightmare late in games.Team composition mattersOK, so Westbrook can get his whenever he wants to get his. No one really doubts this. But Westbrook’s ability to get his teammates quality shots is a lingering question because Westbrook is not Curry, who distorts the parameters of the game without even touching the ball. Curry’s teammates find better shots and make more of them without Curry ever having to generate a traditional assist. But Westbrook’s teammates … let’s just say not even Curry could charm Andre Roberson into hitting his wide-open 3s.The Thunder roster is not quite as bereft of talent as it’s sometimes made out to be — Steven Adams is a very good center, and Enes Kanter, Victor Oladipo and a few young players like Domas Sabonis all have their uses. But the team’s players are the worst long-range shooters in the league.This is made clear when we separate out the team’s doomed long range shots. 2’16-’17Harden100.038.410.714.818.3 PLAYEROFF PASSES FROM PLAYEROTHER SHOTSDIFFOFF PASSES FROM PLAYEROTHER SHOTSDIFF Curry40.0 Anthony Davis163-2.78.351.736.124.8 Harden38.3 The best pace-adjusted triple-double seasons Nevertheless, clucking about the righteousness of one MVP candidate over another inevitably returns to an epistemological debate about “value.” And there are a variety of cases to be made for players who had less outstanding, but perhaps more “valuable,” seasons than Westbrook did. James Harden moved to point guard and turned in a season that was two parts Steve Nash, one part Corey Maggette, and his Houston Rockets have faint yet plausible finals hopes. LeBron James had the best statistical season of his career at age 32, in his 14th year in the league. And Kawhi Leonard squeezed 61 wins out of a depleted San Antonio Spurs roster on which Dewayne Dedmon has a reasonable claim to being the second-best player. Each of those players’ teams has a far greater chance than Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder of making the finals and winning a championship.But what if a player is uniquely valuable when the stakes are highest? We’ve seen an example of this before: LeBron James during the 2015 Finals. During that series, James took two games against the ascendent Warriors basically all by himself. James led all players in points, rebounds and assists, and did so while carrying a true shooting percentage of 47.7 and a usage percentage of 39.3. It was a marvelous series for James despite his poor efficiency, in part because his efficiency remained basically in proportion to what’s expected of the most efficient stars despite an altogether absurd workload.Russell Westbrook has done over 82 games what James did for six. He has scrambled our sense of what game-altering dominance looks like in the age of advanced stats, and he’s done it largely without the benefit of the most important tool of the modern game: reliable 3-point shooting, from himself or his team. Westbrook’s success this season has argued convincingly that top-end efficiency isn’t an absolute requirement for success in today’s NBA, so long as you can make up for a dip in quality with sheer force of quantity.Efficiency is not a vacuumAmong a certain part of the advanced stats-minded crowd, Westbrook is easy to dismiss as an outdated, high-usage, low-efficiency volume shooter in an NBA that has moved beyond ball hogs. This makes sense if you view the split between Westbrook and high-efficiency players like Harden as a proxy battle in some broader war for the aesthetics of basketball. On one side you have the game played as a brutal, Pat Riley-style combat sport, and on the other the spread-’em-out game of the Rockets or Warriors. But Westbrook is defying the norms of efficiency, too. He’s just doing it in his own way.Take a look at this chart showing usage percentage and true shooting percentage, which originally ran in an article by my colleague Ben Morris, in which he made the case for Steph Curry as the MVP: How teammates shoot after passes from their stars Russell Westbrook148 min+21.758.3%56.9%62.3%40.3 When a Westbrook pass leads to a 2-point shot, his teammates are shooting 58.2 percent; when they take 2-pointers not directly following a pass from Westbrook, they shoot 48.6 percent. This is a massive difference, but also a logical one: Players shoot better when their point guard sets them up for shots.Things go downhill quickly once OKC ventures out beyond the arc. There, Westbrook passes lead to makes on only 33 percent of attempts; without Westbrook passing to them, his teammates make 31.4 percent. Both numbers are staggeringly bad. The Thunder simply don’t have players who can shoot NBA 3-pointers. Westbrook30.9% Curry58.555.5+3.041.835.6+6.2 STATS DURING CRUNCH TIME Leonard47.249.6-2.443.838.3+5.5 As a team, the Thunder were a bit above average at creating wide-open 3s (meaning the nearest defender was six or more feet away). Getting open 3s is good! Except, they shot 32.4 percent on those wide-open looks, good for dead last in the league. Westbrook himself shot 40 percent, which means the rest of the team shot 30.9 percent. Again, on wide-open 3s. No defender within six feet. Thirty point nine percent. A tabletop cactus could shoot 30 percent with the defense out to lunch.So while Westbrook does not have as profound an effect on his teammates’ shooting as his peers, this is hard to pin on Westbrook himself when he’s holding the bag for an Oklahoma City front office running back the ’93 Knicks.“Stat hogging” is not a phenomenonOne final line of suspicion about Westbrook’s stat line revolves around the notion that the numbers are inflated by methods unnatural to the game. One of those allegations: that Westbrook’s teammates let him collect rebounds to help stuff the stat sheets.But it’s not that simple. For one thing, stars have always received preferential treatment on cheap rebounds. There’s an old story about Rockets players getting gassed up when Yao Ming finally began to yap at teammates who tried to scoot in on missed free throw rebounds — generally the easiest to collect — because those are reserved for the star big man, and the NBA runs on hierarchy. And Kevin Love made a habit of grabbing the ball at the ends of quarters, just after the buzzer sounded, and doing a quick turn, point and grin in the direction of the scorer’s table trying to get credit for the board.7These anecdotes came from Bill Simmons interviews that are lost to history after Grantland was shut down.The Thunder also aren’t as blatant about giving Westbook rebounds as they’re made out to be. Yes, it’s conspicuous that Westbrook is pulling in 8.5 uncontested rebounds per game, up from 5.9 a season ago. But we can track how often teammates give up a rebound so that a nearby teammate can pick up the ball: It’s a stat called deferred rebound chances. This season, the number of the Thunder’s deferred chances has decreased to 16.8 per game from a league-high 17.7 a season ago. What’s changed? Well, the 6.6 uncontested rebounds per game Kevin Durant collected in 2015-16 needed to be redistributed somewhere.Unlike shooting or passing, rebounding suffers from severe diminishing returns. There are only so many rebound opportunities, and only so many bodies needed to corral them. Oklahoma City finished first in overall rebound rate, and third in defensive rebound rate. The Thunder have decided to use this surplus of rebounding to leak extra bodies out into the break, knowing their point guard can collect the rebound and start the break. In other words, the Thunder have made a conscious effort to let Westbrook get the rebounds because they think it helps them win, not just because they wanted Westbrook to hoard triple-doubles. The Thunder are fifth in percent of points scored via transition, so it’s working out for them.But there’s a downside: This strategy often leads to Westbrook playing abysmal defense as he hunts for the rebound — the number of shots he contests is dismal, and by far the lowest among league leaders in defensive rebounds, though they are more or less in the same range as those contested by Harden and LeBron. But then, Westbrook has never been a great defender, and it makes a certain amount of sense to have him sacrifice already questionable defensive attention in service of the offense, especially since the defense manages just fine (10th in efficiency) without him. That’s not an ideal outcome, of course. In a perfect world, Westbrook would be more engaged defensively, and have teammates with shooting range that extends beyond the college 3-point line. But the Thunder’s willingness to let Russell be Russell is its own sort of progress.For years now, we’ve been hearing about how evolutionary players such as Kevin Durant or Anthony Davis or even Steph Curry were set to move the NBA game forward. That has largely turned out to be true: Offense in the league has improved at record rates, primarily because players and front offices have maximized efficiency at every opportunity. The league has found a way to squeeze more production out of more specialized players. And that works just fine as a general rule. But Russell Westbrook’s season proves that’s not the only way to remake the NBA in your image. Shaving away minor imperfections in pursuit of the ideal less-for-more ratio isn’t necessary if you come equipped with a never-ending supply of more. Stephen Curry90+10.827.361.836.123.3 Which stars have teammates who can shoot? James Harden133-3.040.055.651.021.5 Leonard41.4 read more

Cultlike fixation on normal birth fuels record rise in newborn babies with

first_imgThe number of babies left brain-damaged by NHS blunders has soared amid a campaign for “normal” births. Official figures show the number of claims against maternity units for cases which ended in life-time disability has risen by almost one quarter in just one year. Bereaved parents made 232 such claims against the NHS in 2016/17 – a 23 per cent rise from 188 cases the… Health service officials said future payouts could exceed £20 million per child, to cover the life-long costs of round-the-clock care.center_img Safety experts said a “cult-like fixation” on “normal birth” – with doctors kept out of the delivery room even when they were needed – has fuelled catastrophic errors and record negligence claims.last_img

Best independent schools in the UK Compare league table results for GCSEs

Westminster School is at the top of the tree when it comes to GCSE performance among independent schools, according to the latest available data.The private boys’ school achieved a 98.61 per cent A*-C/9-7 rate – one of four schools to surpass 95 per cent for the top grades, according to the Independent Schools Council (ISC).Our interactive league table allows you to search these results by school and compare private schools of your choice against one another.Some independent schools decline to release their results in this fashion, so it may be possible that there is a better performing school out there. However, Westminster School is the best among the roughly 300 schools who entered at least 25 candidates and agreed to have their results published.Search for the best independent schools for 2019 A-level resultsSearch for the best grammar schoolsSearch for your school or town to find out where it ranks Guildford High School for Girls and North London Collegiate School came second and third in our table with 97.27 per cent and 96.29 per cent of grades at A/7 or better respectively.King’s College School in Wimbledon came in fourth place, with 95.88 per cent of entries achieving either a 9-7 or A/A*. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. If you’re having problems with this interactive on our mobile app, click here to load the article in your phone’s internet browser. “Our schools are committed to providing a broad education and offering extra-curricular activities, all with a view to enabling every child to find the right path so they can fulfil their potential.”Search for small independent schools for 2019 GCSE resultsYou can also search the following table to compare the performance of schools fielding fewer than 25 candidates. Those that field fewer than 10 are excluded from our rankings altogether. This is the third year since changes in the GCSE regime meant that a new numerical system was used to mark several subjects.In an attempt to toughen up GCSEs, the new system uses grades nine to one, rather than A* to G – with grades 7-9 being equivalent to A/A* in the old system.The new grades are being phased in to account for more and more subjects each year. As many as 95.6 per cent of independent school entries received a C/4 grade or higher, compared to 67.3 per cent for all schools nationally and up 0.1 points compared to last year.The proportion of relevant entries that were awarded a level 9 – the highest available under the new reformed system – was 23.1 per cent this year, more than five times the national average.Barnaby Lenon, chairman of ISC, said: “Independent school pupils and their teachers should feel incredibly proud of their achievements, especially in light of the significant exam reforms that have taken place – the impact of which is still being felt by many schools regardless of sector.“It is very impressive to see such a high proportion of entries awarded a grade 9. Additionally, and given many independent schools are not academically selective, the fact nearly every exam entry was passed (C/4 or higher) is noteworthy. You can also:Search for the best primary schools near youSearch for the best schools near you for GCSE resultsSearch for the best schools near you for A-levelsNote: Schools have been ranked by their rate for A*-A or 9-1 grades, for both GCSE and IGCSE results combined to two decimal places.*Results for d’Overbroeck’s school are for UK candidates only. d’Overbroeck’s also has a separate international section where pupils complete a one year GCSE programme. Results for international students, for whom English is not their first language, are not included in the statistics stated in this article. This year’s Year 11 GCSE exam results have revealed that nearly two thirds – some 62.1 per cent – of GCSE entries at ISC schools were awarded an A/7 or higher. This is nearly three times the national average of 20.8 per cent.In total, 20 schools with more than 25 students managed to get 90 per cent of their entries gaining an A/7 or above, according to the ISC. read more

Guyanese physician humanitarian Dr Narendra Singh receives honorary degree from York

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo separate ceremonies for the 2000 UG students graduating in NovemberOctober 30, 2017In “Business”Outstanding Guyanese honoured with doctorates by UGNovember 10, 2018In “Business”Prem Misir resigns as University of Fiji Vice-ChancellorJune 18, 2018In “latest news” … reminds graduands to be humble and helpfulDescribed as an extraordinary humanitarian and health care leader, Schulich alumnus and physician, Guyanese, Dr Narendra Singh received an honorary doctor of laws during the morning Spring Convocation ceremony held June 18 at the third largest University in Canada.From left: Chancellor Greg Sorbara, honorary degree recipient Narendra Singh and President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. LentonAccording to York University’s (York U’s) online news website, the honorary degree was conferred before graduands in the Faculty of Health, including students belonging to the first cohort to graduate from York’s Global Health program.“It is a marvelous synergy that someone with such an outstanding body of work in global health is here as we celebrate our first graduates of the global health program,” said York University Chancellor Greg Sorbara of Singh.According to York U, Singh, who has devoted his career as a physician to global pediatric and neonatal health care, recently retired as Chief of Staff at Humber River Hospital to direct his efforts full-time to Guyana Help the Kids, an initiative he founded in 2009 that has drastically reduced infant mortality rates.“I’m receiving this honorary doctorate of laws, but I’m somewhat conflicted since my success … is the combined effort of many people, some in the audience today … and so I would like to share this degree with them,” said Singh.Musing over how to inspire a generation in the age of advanced technology, with “everything at their fingertips,” Singh chose to focus on what he learned from a long life and career.Dr Narendra SinghHe spoke to graduands about the life lessons he learned on his own journey to success, and highlighted three main points: the importance of family, personal qualities for success, and the importance of giving back.Two guarantees in life, he suggested, are that everyone will experience good times and bad times. He then asked the graudands “when adversity strikes, and it will strike, my question to you is who will be there?”He spoke of his own support from his parents, and how after completing specialty medical training he was offered an exciting job in the United States, but took a less exciting opportunity closer to home in Ontario to be near his parents and two brothers.Though his career could have taken a drastically different turn had he accepted the job in the U.S., he believes he still did well, and attributes his success to putting family over career.“I will say to you unequivocally: your career will flourish if you’re happy and surrounded by loved ones like you are today,” he told graduands, urging those who doesn’t have the same fortune of nearby family to find and build their families.“We are all connected and the stronger and healthier our relationships are, the more grounded, resilient and, ultimately, successful we can be,” he said.He also spoke of personal qualities that drive success, including good interpersonal skills and humility, and shared a personal memory of his to highlight that.He recalled as a child in Guyana, at age six or seven, being one of the lowest ranked students in the class. Remembering the support of his family and how he did initially struggle, he also recalled that with hard work, his grades began to improve.“My point is that when you look at people who have done really well, finally, in their lives, their grades don’t necessarily explain all of it,” he said.Singh also urged graduands to let their accomplishments speak for themselves.“Consider team success, not personal success; sing the praises of others, not your own,” he said.Giving back is also a driver toward success, said Singh, who runs a charity to save the lives of infants.“Being successful also means helping others to achieve their success … so make sure that you leave room in your life for giving back,” Singh said.And, while make a big contribution is important, Singh circled back to the sentiment that family is the stepping stone to a happy, fulfilling and successful life.“Give first to your family with your time and attention. You only have one chance. Invest in your family, hone your skills and wait for the right time to do the big things,” he said.In his address, Singh noted that he was, not too long ago, sitting among students when he recently graduated from the Schulich/Kellogg Executive MBA Program.He commended the program, Dean Dezsö J. Horváth and faculty for making it the number one executive MBA program in Canada and noted the program’s global high ranking.According to York U, in addition to leading Guyana Help the Kids, Singh is also a consultant pediatric intensivist at Doctors Hospital of Renaissance in Texas. He has received numerous awards including the Meritorious Service Medal of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Award “Prix de Excellence/Specialist of the Year” and the Professionalism Award from the Government of Guyana. read more

Polish NT coach Michael Biegler Serbia is the best team in Group

← Previous Story Denmark win the group B – No winner between Macedonia and Russia Next Story → Decisive matches in Group C and D: Serbia VS Poland – match of the Day Polish NT coach Michael Biegler wasn’t satisfied with his team performance in defeat against Slovenia 24:25. Day after, his team preparing for the second decisive match in Group C against Serbia. German coach thinks that Serbia is the best team in Zaragoza:– That would be most difficult match in our group. There is no doubt who is the best team in Zaragoza. I know that my team could play better and we wil try to do that. Serbian team is really strong. There isn’t only one good aspect of Serbian team, they have many quality segments. Most of the players are from the TOP teams, they play good defense, goalkeepers are fantastic. Serbia is the best team in our group. I knew that even before we came here. We didn’t manage to beat Slovenia and secure second place, but we have last chance against Serbia – said Biegler for Balkan-Handball.com. Michael Biegler read more

Kriens Luzern signed Vukasin Stojanovic

handball transfersKriens LuzernVukasin Stojanovic Swiss team Kriens Luzern has signed two years contract with Bosnian NT left wing Vukasin Stojanovic (32). Stojanovic has huge international experience. He played at the EHF Champions League with Bosna Sarajevo, before his transfer to Naturhouse La Rioja. In Spain he also played for Aragon. After ASOBAL, he spent a year in RK Borac Banja Luka. This season Stojanovic is one of the most important members of the RK Vojvodina Novi Sad squad, team who leads in Championship battle ahead of RK Partizan Beograd. ← Previous Story Wacker Thun wins Swiss Cup! Next Story → Ivan Nincevic to Dinamo Minsk!

VLC arrive sur lApp Store Apple lâche du test

first_imgVLC arrive sur l’App Store : Apple lâche du testÉtats-Unis – Apple a décidé d’accepter le lecteur VLC sur sa tablette iPad. Une bonne nouvelle pour les utilisateurs, qui pourront désormais profiter du lecteur permettant de lire la quasi-totalité des formats vidéo.VLC accessible depuis l’App Store. Une annonce événement pour les utilisateurs de l’iPad. Ces derniers peuvent désormais lire une grande majorité de formats vidéo, et non plus seulement ceux acceptés par Apple, comme auparavant. Il a fallu deux semaines d’évaluation à VLC pour obtenir la permission de la firme à la pomme. La société française Applidium a conçu une version du lecteur open source pour iPad, et celles adaptées à l’iPhone et à l’iPod ne devraient pas tarder. Le programme VLC pour iPad est téléchargeable dès à présent et gratuitement sur l’App Store. Le 22 septembre 2010 à 10:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La Corée du Sud élève son niveau de sécurité informatique

first_imgLa Corée du Sud élève son niveau de sécurité informatiqueDepuis la mort de Kim Jong-Il, les tensions entre les deux Corées sont ravivées. La Korea Communications Commission (KCC) vient d’émettre un avis d’alerte quant à la sécurité informatique de la Corée du Sud. Des cyber-attaques pourraient être dirigées à l’encontre de structures informatiques de Corée du Sud.Le régulateur coréen des télécoms a annoncé aujourd’hui que des cyber attaques pourraient être planifiées contre la Corée du Sud. L’autorité de la KKC précise que le niveau d’alerte de niveau 3 a été lancé. Elle a prévenu les internautes de n’ouvrir aucun e-mails dont les expéditeurs se révèleraient inconnus. Ces e-mails piégés contiendraient des informations évoquant la mort de Kim Jong-Il, le dirigeant défunt de la Corée du Nord, vraisemblablement mort des suites d’un arrêt cardiaque samedi dernier. Un sentiment de « déjà vu »À lire aussiGoogle découvre un bug de grande ampleur avec 14 ans de retardMais les sud-coréens ne se méfient pas sans raisons. En mai dernier déjà, la Corée du Sud dénonçait un « acte de cyber-terreur sans précédent », orchestrée selon elle, par son voisin du nord. La Justice Sud-Coréenne accusait des pirates internet nord-coréens d’avoir fortement perturber le réseau de la banque Nonghyup et d‘avoir ainsi empêché des millions de sud-coréens d‘utiliser leurs cartes bancaires. La Corée du Sud montre qu’elle entend être plus vigilante quant à ce genre d’attaques paralysantes, en particulier depuis la mort de Kim Jong-Il et la succession au pouvoir de son fils cadet. Le 20 décembre 2011 à 18:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The 2 features your home blood pressure monitor should have

first_img Omron HeartGuide puts blood pressure on a watch Wellness 1. An upper-arm cuff should be your first choice  When it comes to at-home monitoring, new guidelines from the AHA only recommend the use of upper-arm cuff oscillometric devices that have successfully passed validation protocols. (Oscillometric devices automatically detect and analyze pulse waves so you don’t have to rely on someone to listen with a stethoscope.) Although other options — like wrist and finger cuffs and wearable sensors — exist, upper arm cuffs are the most accurate, says Yale Medicine cardiologist Erica S. Spatz, MD. The AHA recognizes validation protocols from the following organizations: the German Hypertension League, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, the European Society of Hypertension and the British Hypertension Society — with the BHS protocol’s being the most complex and thorough. A new international universal validation protocol is being developed that may become the new standard, so keep an eye out for that. Qardio Arm blood pressure monitorThe Qardio Arm wireless blood pressure monitor has passed British and Irish Hypertension Society validation protocols.  Qardio Many blood pressure monitors currently being sold haven’t been validated. So before you buy one, check to make sure it has. You can find a list of validated monitors — like these from Qardio and Omron — on the British and Irish Hypertension Society and Dabl Educational Trust websites. Another important factor is if the person who will be using the blood pressure monitor is a child, pregnant or has atrial fibrillation or a large arm circumference, the monitor you buy should also have been validated within these populations.  2. Find a cuff that fits These days home blood pressure monitors come with a lot of bells and whistles, like smartphone apps and Bluetooth connectivity, but the most important feature to look for is a cuff that fits your arm, properly compressing the brachial artery. “All too often, the fit of the blood pressure cuff is imperfect,” Spatz says. “This can result in under- or overestimation of the blood pressure — and many people may be misdiagnosed [with hypertension].” But here’s the good news: “Guidelines exist for how large a cuff one needs based on the length and circumference of your arm,” says cardiologist Jennifer Haythe, MD, co-director of Columbia Women’s Heart Center. “When you visit your doctor ask them what size cuff is appropriate for you.” You can also take the measurements yourself or with the help of a pharmacist.  “The first step is to measure the circumference of the upper arm; use the middle of the upper arm around the bicep,” Spatz says. “Take the circumference, in centimeters, and multiply it by 80% to get the right length and 40% to the get the right width of the bladder cuff. The bladder of the cuff is the part that fills with air, not the extra length of Velcro.”  And then use these AHA guidelines: blood-pressure-arm-cuff-sizes Target:BP “Upper arm cuffs come in an extra-large size, which should fit most large arms,” Haythe says. “If it’s too small, your doctor may recommend a thigh cuff to be used on the upper arm.” According to the AHA, there is data showing this method can be accurate, but research is limited.  If you have larger arms that are significantly wider near your shoulder than your elbow, you may also want to get a cone-shaped or “contour” cuff. Research finds that using standard cylindrical cuffs can produce inaccurate measurements because the variation in arm size causes the bladder to expand irregularly. If an extra-large cuff does not fit, the AHA recommends measuring your blood pressure at the wrist. Although measuring at the wrist tends to be less accurate than the upper arm, a meta-analysis shows it tends to be better than the forearm or finger.  contour-cuffAn example of a contour-style blood pressure cuff.  Medline “Arms come in all shapes and sizes, and people with obesity should not feel bad about having a difficult time finding the right cuff size,” Spatz says. “It is really unfortunate that the cuffs have not evolved to match different arm sizes.” If you do end up needing a wrist-based blood pressure monitor, again, check that it’s been validated. And then follow these instructions, with one change: “Rest your elbow on a table and bring the cuff to the level of your heart, as when reciting the pledge of allegiance,” says Spatz. Keep your arm relaxed and your hand resting against your chest until the reading is complete.  Read more: 10 accurate blood pressure monitors you can order online Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It See It Now playing: Watch this: • Adorama The American Heart Association recommends that people with hypertension measure their blood pressure at home. Canva The Apple Watch’s electrocardiogram app is clear indicator that medical devices are moving out of the doctor’s office and into our homes. And for the most part, that’s a good thing — health and fitness products let people keep tabs on various vital signs without having to pay for an office visit. One wellness area that’s particularly hot is blood pressure. Organizations like the American Heart Association recommend that people with high blood pressure measure it at home and the heart health industry has stepped up to help make that happen.  From a blood pressure cuff that doubles as a smartwatch to smartphone apps that measure your systolic and diastolic blood pressure using just the tip of your finger, monitors are becoming more compact and easier to use. But, the AHA warns, that doesn’t mean they’re accurate. But before you buy just any old home blood pressure monitor, here are two big things cardiologists want you to know.  $399 Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $399 $349 Apple News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch?center_img See All $349 Apple The 17 best health and fitness apps for Apple Watch reading • The 2 most important things to look for in a blood pressure monitor Apple Watch Series 4 How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.  Post a comment See it Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier 18 Photos Best Buy Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 0 Tags Share your voice 2:58 Applelast_img read more

Hariri says free in Saudi will return home soon

first_imgAn image grab taken from the Hariri family-owned Lebanese channel, Future TV shows Lebanon’s resigned prime minister Saad Hariri speaking during an interview from Riyadh. AFP file photoSaad Hariri, whose resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister a week ago sent shockwaves across the region, said Sunday he is “free” in Saudi Arabia and will return to Lebanon “very soon”.In an interview from Riyadh with his party’s Future TV, Hariri brushed aside rumours that he was under de facto house arrest in the kingdom, from which he announced his surprise departure.“I am free here. If I want to travel tomorrow, I will,” Hariri said.“I will return to Lebanon very soon,” Hariri said, adding later that he would land in Beirut “in two or three days”.Hariri, 47, announced he was stepping down from his post in a televised address on November 4 from Riyadh, and has yet to return to his native Lebanon.However, Lebanese President Michel Aoun has yet to formally accept his resignation and said the premier has been “restricted” in his movements.Hariri’s surprise resignation came as tensions rise between Riyadh and Tehran, which back opposing sides in power struggles from Lebanon and Syria to Yemen.At the time, Hariri accused Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of taking over his country and destabilising the broader region.“We cannot continue in Lebanon in a situation where Iran interferes in all Arab countries, and that there’s a political faction that interferes alongside it,” he repeated on Sunday in apparent reference to rival movement Hezbollah.“Maybe there’s a regional conflict between Arab countries and Iran. We’re a small country. Why put ourselves in the middle?”‘Rescind resignation’Wearing a suit and tie and with a Lebanese flag in the background, the former premier looked tired on Sunday and spoke softly but firmly throughout the interview.Hariri, who also holds Saudi citizenship, told journalist Paula Yaacoubian that he wrote his resignation himself and wanted to submit it in Lebanon, “but there was danger”.He also appeared to lay down an exit strategy, saying he would be willing to “rescind the resignation” if intervention in regional conflicts stopped.“We need to respect the disassociation policy,” Hariri said, referring to an agreement among Lebanese political factions that they would not interfere in Syria’s six-year war.He appeared to be alluding to Hezbollah’s military intervention on behalf of the Syrian government, to which Hariri is opposed.Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Friday that Hariri was “detained in Saudi Arabia, he is banned from returning to Lebanon”.‘Excellent’ ties with SaudiHariri has spent the past week in a string of meetings with diplomats and Saudi officials in Riyadh, including an encounter with Saudi King Salman.He left the kingdom once for a trip to Abu Dhabi.In his interview on Sunday, Hariri said he has “excellent” ties with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in an apparent effort to put to rest rumours that the Saudi crown prince had pressured him to step down.“Really, I consider him a brother and he considers me a brother. It’s an excellent and special relationship,” he said.But he refused to comment on the internal political turmoil in Saudi Arabia, where dozens of high-profile politicians and businessmen have been arrested in what authorities say is an anti-graft drive.The two-time premier’s father Rafik made his fortune in Saudi Arabia and also served as premier for years before he was assassinated in 2005.Saad cited fears for his life when he resigned from his post last week, less than a year after his unity government was formed with Hezbollah.Lebanese have expressed concern that the move could thrust the country into a political and economic tailspin, as it remains unclear who could replace Hariri.Western countries moved quickly to express their support for the premier, with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling him a “strong partner”.Tillerson warned against “any party, within or outside Lebanon, using Lebanon as a venue for proxy conflicts or in any manner contributing to instability in that country”.last_img read more

Quibi Taps Tom Conrad a Snap and Pandora Alum as Chief Product

first_img Will Forte, Kaitlin Olson to Star in Quibi Comedy Series Other recent high-level Quibi hires include CAA talent agent Jim Toth, who is leading content acquisition and talent efforts, and Diane Nelson, former president of DC Entertainment, who is head of operations for content.Conrad, before joining Quibi, most recently was VP of product at Snap where he led the Snapchat product design teams. He left in March 2018 after two years in the job. Snapchat had broadly rolled out an app redesign in early 2018 that prompted a broad backlash among users; the company later reversed course on part of the redesign, moving Stories from a user’s friends from the chat section into the Discover section.Prior to Snap, Conrad was co-creator of music-streaming service Pandora, where he spent a decade serving as chief technology officer and executive VP of product. Conrad started his career at Apple as an engineer on the Finder and System Software teams. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Michigan.Separately, Conrad currently serves on the board of smart-speaker company Sonos, which went public last summer. Related Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg Discuss New Joint Venture Quibi ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Tom Conrad has joined Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi to lead product and customer support, becoming the latest addition to the ambitious short-form video venture’s senior management team.Conrad, a former Snap and Pandora exec, had been serving as a board adviser to Quibi since late last year. He was tapped as Quibi’s chief product officer last month, reporting to CEO Meg Whitman. Conrad officially stepped into the new role March 25 where he leads the company’s product design, product management, user research and customer support teams.Conrad’s appointment comes as Quibi (a portmanteau of “quick bites”) has been steadily rounding out its executive ranks ahead of the company’s planned April 2020 launch of a mobile subscription VOD service. Bankrolled with $1 billion from investors that include major Hollywood studios, Quibi has announced a broad range of premium short-form shows — including “Frat Boy Genius,” a series about the rise of Snapchat and co-founder/CEO Evan Spiegel.last_img read more

Capaldi Retrospective to Follow Doctor Who Christmas Special

first_imgStay on target Save room after the ham and pie: BBC America is doling out a double (triple?) helping of Doctor Who this Christmas.As expected, holiday special “Twice Upon a Time” is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. EST.But, stay tuned after Jodie Whittaker’s debut for what I can only imagine will be an emotional goodbye to the Twelfth Doctor.Doctor Who: Farewell to Peter Capaldi will feature archival footage from the actor’s first and last table reads, as well as new interviews with cast and crew.Retiring showrunner Steven Moffat has weaseled his way into the retrospective, according to BBC America, which promised musings from the veteran writer and producer.The U.S. exclusive is narrated by Colin McFarlane, who played Moran opposite the Twelfth Doctor in season nine episodes “Under the Lake” and “Before the Flood.”After four years and countless adventures, Capaldi in January announced plans to leave the TARDIS after the 10th season.“This will be the end for me,” he told BBC Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley, praising the long-running British sci-fi drama. “I feel sad. I love Doctor Who. It’s a fantastic program to work on.”All good things must come to an end, though. And that end is coming soon: In 17 days, tune in to see what happens when the Twelfth Doctor meets the First Doctor (David Bradley as William Hartnell).Written by Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay, the yuletide epilogue also marks the return of Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), the addition of OG companions Ben Jackson (Jared Garfield) and Polly (Lily Travers), and the probable reappearance of Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman).Check out the latest teaser trailer—released today—and sneak a peek at the episode in the slideshow below.Remember to stock up on tissues. And don’t you dare try to contain your excitement at the introduction of Whittaker as the first female Doctor.Leading up to the festivities, BBC America will air a seven-day, 24-hour Doctor Who “full takeover marathon,” highlighting the Tenth (David Tennant), Eleventh (Matt Smith), and Twelfth Doctors.View as: One Page Slides1. Brilliant eyeball acting, David Bradley(via BBC America)David Bradley as the First Doctor, Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor2. This looks serious(via BBC America)Mark Gatiss as a mysterious WWI soldier, Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor3. Has everyone met?(via BBC America)Mark Gatiss, David Bradley, and Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts4. The prodigal Cyberman returns(via BBC America)Mackie and Capaldi5. Double trouble(via BBC America)Bradley and Capaldi6. The emotions have begun(via BBC America)Mackie and Capaldi7. I’m not crying, you’re crying(via BBC America)Mackie and Capaldi8. Oops, wrong TARDIS(via BBC America)Mackie, Bradley, and Capaldi9. Never can say goodbye(via BBC America)Capaldi HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

Costa Rica hosts its first Songwriters Festival

first_imgCosta Rica is holding its first-ever International Songwriters Festival this week at the Melico Salazar Theater in downtown San José,  allowing the public to watch participants from nine countries present their original compositions and compete for a $5,000 prize.The festival, which kicked off last night with an opening ceremony featuring Peruvian singer-songwriter Julie Freundt and Costa Rican songwriter Humberto Vargas, will conclude on July 7, when the winner will be announced and a concert will be offered by Carlos Mejía Godoy and the Palacaguinas (Nicaragua) and Adrián Goizueta (Argentina).Susana Poveda, executive directorof the Festival, told The Tico Times that Costa Rica’s entry in the competition was chosen during ast year’s Transitarte festival.“Immediately afterwards, the international call for participants took place,” Poveda said. “We received many proposals from many different countries. Winners were selected from 1500 participants.”The contest will feature ten participants from nine different countries, who will be defending their original creations. The participants are Rosalía León (Mexico), Wahari Meléndez (Venezuela), Covi Quintana (Dominican Republic), Solo Valencia (Colombia), Jesús Gárriga (Spain), Oscar Sandoval (El Salvador), Tamela Hedstron (Sweden), Oscar Pino (Costa Rica), Mariana Poblete (Argentina), and Rodrigo Carazo (Argentina).The jury is composed of Goizueta; Julie Freundt and Javier Malca from Peru; Chico Luis Mejía from Nicaragua; Adrián Goizueta; Miguel Inzunza from Mexico; and two Costa Ricans, the poet Osvaldo Sauma and Grammy award-winner Walter Flores.Several activities will be taking place through July 10:July 7Finale of the contest, announcement of the winner and a concert by Carlos Mejía Godoy and the Palacaguina, and Adrián Goizueta.Melico Salazar Theater, downtown San José. 8 p.m. ₡5,000 – 15,000 ($10 – 30). Tickets on sale at Eticket.com or at the theater ticket office. July 8Contest participants and Dionisio Cabal sing for peace. Teatro 1887, Cenac, downtown San José. 10 a.m. Free. Songwriting workshop with Miguel Inzunza and Rosalía León from Mexico, and Natalia Esquivel and Yessenia Calvo from Costa Rica. At Mexican Institute, Los Yoses. 3 p.m. Free. Concert with Jesús Garriga, Covi Quintana, Oscar Sandoval, and Solo Valencia. At Spain Cultural Center El Farolito, San José. 7 p.m. Free. Concert with Christian Porras, Alejo García, Wahari Melendez, Rodrigo Carazo, and Mariana Poblete. At El Sótano, San José. 9 p.m.Concert with Julie Freudt and Oscar Pino. At Jazz Café Escazú. 9 p.m.July 9Concert with Miguel Inzunza and Bernardo Quesada. At Jazz Café San Pedro. 9 p.m.July 10Concert with all contest participants. At Multiplaza Escazú, in front of Brunos Restaurant. 4 p.m. Free. Find more info at the International Songwriters Festival of Costa Rica website. Facebook Comments Related posts:Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica ‘Abominable Creatures,’ contemporary dance, and other happenings around Costa Rica Dance Company performance, La Llorona, and other happenings around Costa Rica Delicious eats for your holiday celebrationslast_img read more

Dubaibased Careem launches bus service for pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

first_imgCareem Networks FZ, a Dubai-based ride-hailing company has expanded its services in Saudi Arabia with the introduction of a bus service dedicated to pilgrims flocking the country’s shores every year. The company will provide direct rides from Jeddah on the red sea to the holy city of Mecca daily. Each side of the ride will be priced at 25 riyals ($6.70) covering a distance of 85 km. The buses designated for the journey will have 13 seats each. With the launch of the mass bus service from Jeddah to Mecca, Careem aims to capture the traffic of pilgrims comprising visitors as well as residents of Saudi Arabia embarking on the religious journey of Umrah. Unlike the greater pilgrimage of Hajj, Umrah can be undertaken at any time of the year, providing a year-round playing ground for Careem. With Saudi Arabia expecting the number of pilgrims to reach a whopping 30 million from the current count of 8 million by 2030, the ride-hailing company seems to have given themselves a promising market to explore. As a key player in the mass transport segment, Careem is not new to introducing mass bus services. The company has already introduced and is currently running a similar ride in Egypt since December last year.  The move to start bus service in Saudi Arabia will further U.S. mobility giant Uber’s position in the Middle Eastern market, owing to the fact that Careem has agreed to be acquired by Uber Technologies.last_img read more