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On Saturday, May 10, 2014, the 21st Annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women took place in Los Angeles.Created by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), Revlon, and Lilly Tartikoff, the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women has become one of the largest single-day fundraisers for women’s cancers in the United States. More than 30,000 participants joined together to help raise critical funds to support women’s cancer research, counseling and outreach programs.Hosted by Revlon Global Brand Ambassador Halle Berry, Golden Globe and double Emmy-winning actor Bruce Willis, and Emmy Award-winning actress Christina Applegate with special guest Entertainment Tonight’s Brooke Anderson.During the opening ceremony, Grammy Award-winning artist Brandy sang the National Anthem, and British crooner and recording artist Matt Goss performed his hit song “Strong” for participants. Additional guests were Nolan Gould, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Tallulah Willis, AnnaLynne McCord, Samantha Harris, Sandra Taylor and many more. Social Media Ambassador Stefanie Michaels tracked the day’s events via her highly popular Twitter page.Launched in 1994 through the combined efforts of Lilly Tartikoff, Ronald O. Perelman (Chairman of Revlon, Inc.) and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), the EIF REVLON Run/Walk for Women has distributed more than $70 million to date for cancer research, counseling and outreach programs. The events have raised much needed funds that have helped to deliver a novel, non-toxic treatment for breast cancer called Herceptin with another promising non-toxic treatment on the way.
NANAIMO, B.C. – Canadian marijuana producer Tilray Inc. says it has received approval from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agency to export a medical cannabis product south of the border for use in a clinical trial.The company and a researcher at the University of California San Diego believe this is the first export of a cannabis product from a Canadian company to the U.S., where marijuana is still illegal at the federal level.Tilray will be exporting capsules containing a formulation with two active ingredients extracted from the cannabis plant for a clinical trial examining the drug as a potential treatment for adults with essential tremor, a neurological disorder.The formulation will contain cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as CBD and THC, and will be used in a trial scheduled to begin in early 2019.The company’s shares closed up 28.95 per cent or US$34.79 at US$154.98 on the Nasdaq.UC San Diego’s Dr. Fatta Nahab said he believes this product has not been imported from Canada into the U.S. before.While several states have legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use, marijuana remains illegal under U.S. federal law.
NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday:Boeing Co., up $11.93 to $328.06The aerospace company raised its dividend and said it will buy back $20 billion in stock.Darden Restaurants Inc., up $4.96 to $103.85The parent company of Olive Garden raised its annual profit and sales forecasts.Hess Corp., down $2.45 to $47.31Energy company stocks fell as oil prices continued to drop.Navistar International Corp., up $3.73 to $27.57The maker of trucks and engines beat Wall Street’s expectations with its fiscal fourth-quarter results.Sprint Corp., up 9 cents to $5.91The communications company said national security regulators approved its combination with T-Mobile USA.Rent-A-Center Inc., down $1.42 to $13.03The company said its agreement to be acquired by Vintage Capital is off, but will get a $126.5 million payment.Lennar Corp., up 99 cents to $41.01The Commerce Department said U.S. home construction rose in November as builders broke ground on more apartments.Honeywell International Inc., up 80 cents to $135.18Industrial companies recovered a sliver of their recent losses on Tuesday.The Associated Press
SHIMLA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday unveiled the Foundation Stone of 1320 MW Buxar Thermal Power Project being constructed in Bihar, at a function held at Greater Noida. The Project based on Green Field Super Critical technology is being implemented by SJVN Thermal Private Limited a wholly owned subsidiary of SJVN Limited. The estimated cost of super critical 1320-Megawatt Buxar Thermal Power Project is Rs. 10,439 crores at January 2018 price levels. The foundation stone laying ceremony at Chausa, Buxar, Bihar was graced by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power & NRE, Raj Kumar Singh, Union Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Energy Minister of Bihar, Bijender Prasad Yadav, and Member of Legislative Assembly from Buxar, Sanjay Kumar Tiwari. Chairman & Managing Director, SJVN, Nand Lal Sharma, along with Director (Electrical), Rakesh Kumar Bansal, CEO, SJVN Thermal Private Limited S.C Agarwal and other senior officers from SJVN also attended the function. Nand Lal Sharma Chairman & Managing Director, SJVN informed that the Project located at Chausa in Buxar district of Bihar, will result in direct and indirect employment to around 2400 persons. The Project is very crucial for the industrial development of the area, which would also act as a multiplier for employment generation and overall growth of the entire region. The project is planned to be commissioned during the year 2023-24. Nand Lal Sharma further informed that, the project will have two units of 660 MW each and generate 9828 million units of electricity annually. He asserted his resolve that SJVN will be completing this project within stipulated time frame and this project will be a major milestone for SJVN to become 5000 MW company by 2023.The project has been planned with special features to perform as per the latest environmental norms. The project is based on Super Critical technology, closed cycle water re-circulation system for zero discharge concepts. The coal requirement for the project has been tied-up and it will be supplied by Central Coal Limited (CCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL) while the State Transmission Utility, Bihar has already approved power evacuation system for this project. Nand Lal Sharma further stated that in terms of the Power Purchase Agreement entered into with the Government of Bihar the project will provide at-least 85% of power generated to the state which will not only reduce demand supply deficit of Bihar in terms of current power scenario but will also boost industrial activity in the state. SJVN’s present installed capacity is 2003 MW and projects of 4798 MW are under various stages of development. SJVN has presence in various sectors of energy generation which includes Hydro, Wind & Solar. The company has also presence in the field of Energy Transmission.
London: Lily James says she constantly worries about getting boxed in “romantic girl” roles. In an interview with Psychologies magazine, the 30-year-old actor said she believes there are many parts to her personality which are yet to be explored. “It sometimes stresses me out that I’m being offered a lot of roles that fit that description because I have much more to offer than being confined to that ‘romantic girl’ box – I have many sides to my personality,” James said. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”I can get angry quite easily if things bother me… I want to be able to express my many different sides in all sorts of characters,” she added. James, however, said that she still remembers a key piece of advice she received from Kenneth Branagh, her Cinderella director, to calm herself down. “When I was working with Kenneth Branagh on Cinderella, he told me I must be patient and that I had a long career ahead of me and opportunities would open up in time. That advice keeps me from getting upset or worrying too much about being typecast,” the actor said. James will be next seen in Danny Boyle’s next, Yesterday, opposite Himesh Patel.
19 March 2009Robust investment into five key sectors, from renewable energy to sustainable transport, could help revive the global economy and boost employment while accelerating the fight against climate change, environmental degradation and poverty, according to the United Nations. The Policy Brief for a Global Green New Deal, developed by economists and the UN ahead of the G-20 meeting of world leaders in London in early April, highlights the benefits of investing a significant amount of the $3 trillion-worth of global stimulus packages in five areas.According to a news release issued by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), these areas include raising the energy efficiency of old and new buildings, as well as renewable energies including wind, solar, geothermal and biomass.The three other areas are sustainable transport including hybrid vehicles, high-speed rail and bus rapid transit systems; the planet’s ecological infrastructure including freshwaters, forests, soils and coral reefs; and sustainable agriculture including organic production.“The G-20 meeting needs to be a milestone in terms of focusing investments that address the crises of today and those emerging from climate change, natural resource scarcity and lack of decent employment for close to 2 billion unemployed or underemployed people over the coming decade,” stated UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.“Take energy use in buildings. It can already be cut by 80 per cent in a cost-effective manner using existing technologies,” he noted, adding that additional investments in this sector would not only stimulate the recovery of the construction and allied industries but also generate tens of millions of jobs. The report also calls for specific measures to help poorer countries reach the anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and green their economies. The measures include an expansion of microcredit schemes for clean energy and the greening of overseas development aid.“The large-scale stimulus investments planned over the coming months and the next two to four years represent a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient society – this opportunity must not be lost,” said Mr. Steiner.Pavan Sukhdev, team leader of the UNEP Green Economy initiative, stressed that these recommendations should be discussed over the next few months by world leaders at every major global forum including the G-20 Summit. “The sums of money being lined up to stimulate the global economy, unheard of only 12 months ago, will either mortgage the world’s future based on a ‘business as usual’ model or deliver an opportunity to transition to a new and more sustainable path,” he stated. “That courageous choice needs to be made now and accelerated over the coming weeks and months,” he added.
HAWTHORNE, Calif. – Demand for Tesla Motors’ new lower-priced electric car surprised even the company’s CEO Friday as 198,000 people plunked down $1,000 deposits to reserve their vehicles.“Definitely going to need to rethink production planning,” a surprised CEO Elon Musk said on his Twitter feed.Musk unveiled the car Thursday night at a design studio near Los Angeles. It starts at $35,000 and has a range of 215 miles per charge, which is far more than most people drive each day.The orders came from across the globe even though the car isn’t scheduled for sale until late in 2017. But they could jeopardize a $7,500 U.S. electric car tax credit that many buyers are counting on to reduce the price. The tax credits gradually phase out after a company hits 200,000 in U.S. sales.A Tesla spokeswoman wouldn’t say how many of the 198,000 orders came from the U.S.Thursday night, Musk said Tesla had 115,000 orders since the company started taking them earlier in the day in Australia. There were long lines at Tesla stores from Hong Kong to Austin, Texas, reminiscent of crowds at Apple stores for early models of the iPhone. But the number kept rising into Friday.“Thought it would slow way down today, but Model 3 order count is now at 198k,” Musk tweeted during the afternoon, saying the wait time for the car is “growing rapidly.”The news pushed Tesla shares to a Friday closing price of $237.59, up 3.4 per cent from Thursday.The Model 3 is less than half the cost of Tesla’s previous models, and its range is about double what drivers get from current competitors in its price range, such as the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3.On Twitter, Musk estimated that the average selling price of a Model 3 with options would be around $42,000. So the sales would bring more than $8.3 billion in revenue to Tesla.Prototypes looked like a shorter version of Tesla’s Model S sedan. The Model 3 has a panoramic glass roof and an elongated hood. Inside, it seats five and has the same large touchscreen dashboard as other Teslas. It also has Tesla’s suite of semi-autonomous driving features, including automatic lane changing and lane keeping. Musk said it will accelerate from zero to 60 in less than 6 seconds.Tesla has a history of missing deadlines for its vehicles to hit the market, but Musk said Thursday that he feels “fairly confident” that the Model 3 will come out next year.The lower-priced car is the most serious test yet of 13-year-old Tesla’s ability to go from niche player to a full-fledged automaker. It could be the car that finally makes electrics mainstream — or consumers could continue to be skeptical that electrics will work for everyday use. In the U.S., they still make up less than 1 per cent of annual sales. Either way, the Model 3 is already changing the industry, spurring competitors to speed development of electric cars.General Motors Co. is set to start selling the Chevrolet Bolt electric car at the end of this year with a similar price tag and a 200-mile range. Hyundai’s Ioniq, which has a 110-mile electric range and could match Tesla on price, goes on sale this fall. Audi will follow with an electric SUV in 2018.The orders show there’s real, underlying demand for reasonably priced electric cars with high range, says Edmunds.com senior analyst Jessica Caldwell. Customers put down $1,000 knowing that they’ll probably have to wait two years to get their cars, leading Caldwell to believe it’s more about the cultural phenomenon of Tesla.“You’re not seeing people wait in long lines to purchase a Chevy Bolt, considering it comes out much sooner and the range is about the same,” she said.During his Thursday night presentation, Musk gave details on how electric cars can fit into people’s lives, she said. “You felt like the lifestyle was attainable in his talk,” she said.___Durbin reported from Detroit, where Auto Writer Tom Krisher contributed. Orders for lower-priced Tesla hit 198,000 CORRECTS SPELLING OF PHOTOGRAPHER’S LAST NAME TO PRITCHARD, NOT PRICHARD – Tesla Motors unveils its Model 3 car at the Tesla Motors design studio Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Hawthorne, Calif. The promise of an affordable electric car from Tesla Motors had hundreds of people lining up to reserve one. At a starting price of $35,000 — before federal and state government incentives — the Model 3 is less than half the cost of Tesla’s previous models. (AP Photo/Justin Pritchard) by Dee-Ann Durbin And Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press Posted Apr 1, 2016 6:39 am MDT Last Updated Apr 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The United Nations General Assembly has elected Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, the Republic of Korea and Rwanda to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2013. The five countries obtained the required two-thirds majority of those Member States present and voting in the secret ballot, held at UN Headquarters in New York, to decide on the new composition of the Council, which deals with global peace and security issues. The 193-member Assembly elected Argentina, Australia and Rwanda in a first round of balloting, with the Republic of Korea and Luxembourg elected in a second round. The five newly-elected members will replace Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal and South Africa, whose terms end on 31 December 2012.The five permanent Council members, which each wield the power of veto, are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Non-permanent members Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo will remain on the Council until the end of 2013.Under the UN Charter, the Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the Charter, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.In addition, the Council takes the lead in determining the existence of a threat to the peace or act of aggression. It calls upon the parties to a dispute to settle it by peaceful means and recommends methods of adjustment or terms of settlement. In some cases, it can resort to imposing sanctions or even authorize the use of force to maintain or restore international peace and security.The Council also recommends to the General Assembly the appointment of the Secretary-General and the admission of new Members to the United Nations. And, together with the General Assembly, it elects the judges of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
The Guantánamo regime has been a serious blot on the human rights record, and reputation, of the United States for the past 14 years, High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement.Mr. Obama presented the plan to the Congress today. According to media reports, the plan seeks the transfer of between 30 and 60 detainees to US soil, and suggests several possible locations in South Carolina, Kansas and Colorado. The rest of the 91 detainees at the prison could be sent to other countries.Noting that it has been cited by many repressive Governments as justification for their own actions, Mr. Zeid stressed that it is vital that the implementation of the plan results in no one remaining in indefinite detention without charge or trial. “All Guantánamo detainees should either be transferred to regular detention centres in the US mainland or other countries where fair trials before civilian courts and due process guarantees can be provided in accordance with international norms and standards,” he said. “If there is insufficient evidence to charge them with any crime, they must be released to their home country or to a third country if they risk persecution at home,” he added.
What his shooting gives, his defense takes away. J.J. Redick is an excellent threat from behind the arc, but his defensive efforts, while improved, are still substandard. His top 10 CARMELO comps — like teammate Jamal Crawford — are, not surprisingly, shooting specialists. Wing defense is just what the doctor ordered, and Lance Stephenson provides that. But as his slew of replacement-level CARMELO comps shows, Lance comes with costs: His penchant for over-dribbling and ill-advised shots can torpedo an offense. Read more:All our NBA player projectionsAll our 2015-16 NBA Previews Josh Smith, an inefficient scorer with a shaky reputation, seems like a Clipper from the team’s dismal past. In this respect, the Antoine Walker comp is too perfect, and too painful, for Clippers fans. But Smith does some things really well — namely, defense. Clippers fans should hold out hope that he’ll be like No. 10 comp Rasheed Wallace. Is CARMELO telling us there will be fewer dunks and more jump shots in Griffin’s future? Chris Bosh and LaMarcus Aldridge, two of Griffin’s modern comps, have made their names as stretch power forwards. It would be a shrewd move, as Griffin’s athleticism will fade with age and injuries. But more than a dunker with an emerging shot, Griffin is an underrated passer and defender, too. His top comp, Terry Cummings, perhaps forgotten by today’s young fans, was an amazing dunker: DeAndre Jordan’s change of heart about signing with the Mavericks as a free agent in July was a good turn of events for the Clippers, and for him, too. A rebounding monster and rim protector par excellence, Jordan anchors the Clips on defense. His CARMELO comps, like Dale Davis and Tyson Chandler, are stalwart dunk-and-defense guys. The Los Angeles Clippers had a busy (and weird) summer! They beefed up with veteran Paul Pierce and the tantalizingly erratic talents of Lance Stephenson and Josh Smith. And beyond the new additions, the Clips scored a dramatic coup in keeping DeAndre Jordan after he verbally agreed to sign with the Dallas Mavericks. Doc Rivers — entering his third season as head coach and second as de facto general manager — is hoping the off-season moves fixed two glaring problems that thwarted the team’s Finals ambitions last year: a paper-thin bench and a lack of wing defenders.The added depth will help, but the team will still be carried by Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. And the Clip offense will again be among the NBA’s best. Our CAMELO-based projections have the Clippers going 55-27. That’s a damn good record, but the Clips have been there, and their defense still looks mediocre. Can they break through the gauntlet of elite teams in the West? Doc Rivers reunited with Pierce, a scrappy veteran who still has a clutch outside shot, to provide depth on the wing. But The Truth is that, at 38 years old, an NBA player is entering his twilight. That said, Vince Carter (Pierce’s top CARMELO comp) wasn’t so bad last year! We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. And here’s what to expect from the Clippers’ key players in 2015-16 (you can find every Clippers player — and the rest of the NBA — here): Chris Paul, the Clippers floor general and perennial MVP candidate, is running out of time. Having just turned 30, he may have already passed his peak. Paul’s CARMELO comps split into two camps. On one hand, Paul could have elite years well into his 30s — like John Stockton, Jason Kidd and Gary Payton. But on the other hand, his future could go the way of Mark Price and Kevin Johnson, who suffered precipitous falls at this age. This could be the inflection season for Paul. There are rumors Wesley Johnson might start at small forward. That’s odd because Johnson is — at least according to CARMELO — not good.
The King George Hospital in Barley Lane, Goodmayes, Essex, where the Sri Lankan family were given medical attention She was anxious that Nilujan was “crying continuously”, but the judge said: “Her attempts to draw attention to her concern in this regard were effectively ignored.”The ward was busy and Mrs Rajatheepan, of Lavender Place, Ilford, had “a propensity simply to smile at people when she caught their eye.”She had, “albeit timidly”, approached the midwive’s station in a bid to draw attention to her concerns, but the judge said she was “ignored”.Midwives gave her “false reassurance” by “repeating the mantra that it is perfectly normal for new born baby’s to cry.”The hospital’s midwifery team should have contacted the NHS “language line” for help, or called for an interpreter, he ruled.The judge added: “The reality is that no one ever in fact gave Mrs Rajatheepan a clear and understandable explanation of the importance of feeding.”Because of the language barrier, she had been unable to communicate her concerns to hospital staff.”The end result was that Mrs Rajatheepan was discharged home too early and, had she been kept in hospital overnight, Nilujan would have escaped injury.”In the circumstances, I would enter judgment in favour of the claimant with damages to be assessed,” the judge concluded. Nilujan’s NHS compensation award has yet to be assessed, but is likely to be a multi-million-pound sum, given the extent of his disabilities.Wendy Matthews, director of midwifery, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, said later: “We would like to say sorry again to Nilujan and the Rajatheepan family and express our sincere sympathies to them.”We are considering the judgment and the implications of the judge’s ruling in this case.”Although we have made huge improvements since this incident occurred in 2009, we will take the opportunity to review it closely and see if there are any more lessons about our post-natal care that we can learn.” Because of the language barrier, she “did not and could not reasonably have been expected to have understood” the advice she was given. Because she only knew a few basic words of English, she was never given proper instructions about how to feed her son.The mother and baby were discharged home too early and, due to poor feeding, Nilujan suffered irreversible brain damage, the judge added.Mrs Rajatheepan, 29, and her husband Sivarajah, came to Britain from their native Sir Lanka as refugees in 2008.The judge said the young mother was “certainly unable to understand anything but the simplest of instructions” and only when accompanied by hand gestures.He added the brain damage he suffered was “caused as a result of poor feeding”.Midwives were adamant that they were well used to patients with language difficulties and had properly instructed Mrs Rajatheepan how to feed her baby.But the judge said: “The overwhelming weight of the evidence is that Mrs Rajatheepan had very little ability with the English language.”She was certainly unable to understand anything but the simplest of instructions and only then when accompanied with appropriate hand gestures.”He added: “The sad reality is that Mrs Rajatheepan did not, in fact, ever get any instruction on how to feed properly.”Still less did she receive any instruction on what to look out for and what to do if feeding was unsuccessful”. A Sri Lankan refugee who could not speak English has won a legal battle against the NHS after her child was brain damaged after hospital staff did not explain the importance of feeding a newborn.Nilujan Rajatheepan was in good condition when he was delivered by caesarean section at King George Hospital in Goodmayes, Essex in July 2009. His parents are Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka and his mother, Sinthiya, was 21 when Nilujan was born and spoke only very few words of English. When the community midwife visited the family at home after the birth, Nilujan was pale and lethargic, having not been fed for more than 15 hours. His hypoglycemic state resulted in catastrophic brain injuries. Nilujan, now eight, has cerebral palsy with severely impaired physical and cognitive function. On Friday in London, Judge McKenna ruled that Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Foundation Trust was liable.He ruled midwives failed to hire an interpreter to tell her to feed her baby and the eight-year-old is now in line for multi-million-pound NHS compensation because midwives were negligent in failing to tackle the language barrier.Judge McKenna said medics at King George’s Hospital ended up “effectively ignoring” Sinthiya Rajatheepan’s concerns about her crying baby. 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.
Golden eagles have been released in the south of Scotland as part of a £1.3 million project to boost the iconic raptors in an area where there numbers are at a historic low.Three chicks were transported from eyries in the Highlands to a secret location in the Moffat Hills.The South of Scotland Eagle Project is now calling on volunteers to support project staff, and the Scottish Raptor Study Group, in monitoring sightings of the birds.The project chairman, Mark Oddy, said: “Arguably Scotland’s most iconic bird, in recent decades the south Scotland golden eagle population has been small and fragmented.”We want to give it a helping hand to overcome problems in the past which have limited the size and viability of the population. “It is amazing to see the first of our chicks now settling down and soaring majestically above the Moffat Hills.”The chicks were collected under licence earlier this year before being reared in large aviaries to allow them to adjust to their new habitat before their release.The birds were named Edward, Beaky and Emily by children from Moffat Primary School, St Peters Primary School in Galashiels and Priorsford Primary School in Peebles.Project partners including Scottish Land & Estates, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Buccleuch and the Southern Uplands Partnership and RSPB Scotland, have been working for more than 11 years on the National Lottery-funded scheme. Roseanna Cunningham, the Environment Minister, said: ”In bolstering golden eagle numbers in the South of Scotland, the project will add to the biodiversity of the area, as well as potentially attracting more visitors, with the accompanying economic benefits that brings.” 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. An eagle chick before its releaseCredit:PA
PEOPLE TEND TO classify themselves into two groups: those who are mathematical and those who are not. We think of mathematical ability as a character trait like eye colour, you are born with or without it.From an early age, people label themselves (or are labelled by others) as being good or bad at maths, more so than any other subject. By the time students reach the Leaving Cert, that mindset appears deeply embedded. In 2012, only 22 per cent of students took Higher Level Maths, compared to 37 per cent in Irish and 65 per cent in English.The decision to award extra CAO points to students taking Higher Level Maths in the Leaving Certificate has helped to increase the number of students taking the Higher Level paper (from 16 per cent in 2011 to 22 per cent in 2012). But for many, this intervention is too little too late. The decision to take the Higher Level Paper is made between 16 and 18 years of age, but many have implicitly made this decision much earlier, when they fall behind in class.Furthermore, the bonus points intervention has had no impact on reducing the number of people taking Foundation Level Maths – on average 11 per cent of students in the last three years. Do we believe that after 14 years of compulsory maths education, only 22 per cent of students can master differential equations and advanced calculus in the Higher Level Paper, while 11 per cent of students can only deal with the basic maths in the Foundation Level paper? Do we believe that 11 per cent of students are fundamentally not mathematical?LadderJohn Mighton, a Canadian mathematician, disagrees and passionately believes that any child can be taught to excel at maths. Although differences of ability will always exist between people, there is no need for the wide variation in performance that we see today. He believes that to effectively teach maths, it must be broken into a series of very small steps, which in combination leads to the full mastery of the topic.“No step is too small to ignore,” Mighton says. “Math is like a ladder. If you miss a step, sometimes you can’t go on. And then you start losing your confidence and then the hierarchies develop”. All too often, children miss a step in this ladder and soon, the class has moved on and the gap in performance between children grows.Mighton started JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Mathematical Prodigies) in Canada in 2002 to address this issue. The programme is based on a methodology that breaks questions and challenges down into very small steps – manageable, systematic strides towards success. Mighton terms this “guided discovery”. It has been running in Canada for nearly 10 years and is now being taught to roughly 86,000 students annually. Research supports the methodology, with randomised controlled studies concluding that JUMP is more successful than the incumbent Canadian programme at improving the mathematical abilities of students.Most significantly, JUMP helps to raise outcomes for all students while simultaneously narrowing the achievement gap – the process is designed to ensure that all students advance together. In one school in Toronto, in her first year of using JUMP, a teacher lifted her class’s average ranking from the 66th to 92nd percentile, based on standardised testing. In her second year using JUMP, she moved her next class from the 55th to 98th percentiles. As Mighton says: “They start developing a love of the subject and the interesting thing is they don’t compete so much anymore against each other. They start competing against the problem collectively.”TransformativeTeachers also praise the JUMP programme, as many feel the sequential approach allows them to build up their own confidence and knowledge of the subject. As one teacher in Vancouver noted: “My experiences with JUMP has been transformative, for my students and for myself. I struggled greatly as a student from a very early age and since I began supplementing with JUMP it has given me the motivation, skills, knowledge and confidence to pursue math.”In Ireland, much of the focus around maths has been our poor international performance. Between 2000 and 2009, Ireland dropped from 16th to 32nd in international rankings. Although our outcomes stayed relatively constant during this time period, other countries are racing ahead. While it must be a national priority to improve our maths outcomes, we must focus on addressing the roots of the problem, as well as using stopgap measures such as bonus points.Mighton came to Ireland in March 2012 as part of Change Nation and performed a demonstration of the JUMP method to a class of students, keeping both adults and students enthralled. A shy, soft-spoken man, he relied neither on trickery nor sleight of hand in his demonstration; he relied on the JUMP methodology he has created over a decade, which is based on evidence and research, a methodology that he knows is effective.As a result of his visit in March, a consortium of organisations came together to explore the possibility of launching a pilot programme in Ireland, which is now planned for roll-out in 2013. At a time when negativity abounds in our newspapers and airwaves, it is uplifting to see a group of private, public and social sector stakeholders voluntarily coming together to work on innovative solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems.If you would like to find out more about the JUMP maths programme, please see details at Change Nation or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.Change Nation is an initiative of Ashoka.
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Short URL Psychologist says killing was not part of British banker’s sadistic fantasy Mental health experts giving evidence in his trial said he was not in control of his actions. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Nov 1st 2016, 11:27 AM Share Tweet Email Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 11:27 AM http://jrnl.ie/3056625 BRITISH BANKER RURIK Jutting was so consumed by his personality disorders and addictions that he was not in control of his actions when he killed two women in his Hong Kong apartment, a psychiatrist told his trial today.Jutting, 31, has pleaded not guilty to two murder charges, instead pleading guilty to manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility – which was rejected by the prosecution.Cambridge graduate Jutting is accused of murdering Sumarti Ningsih, 23, and Seneng Mujiasih, 26, two years ago, slashing their throats after saying he would pay them for sex.He tortured Ningsih inside his apartment for three days before killing her and stuffing her body in a suitcase found on his balcony.The prosecution grilled defence witness Richard Latham, a forensic psychiatrist from London, as they sought to argue Jutting was in control of his decisions at that time.Jutting had said he had killed Ningsih, his first victim, because she might report him, which was a logical reason, prosecution counsel John Reading said.“I suggest to you that he was in control of himself,” Reading said.Latham argued Jutting’s decisions to kill were impaired by his use of cocaine and alcohol, combined with sexual sadism and narcissistic personality disorders.“I think it’s wrong to say that he had a completely ordinary level of control,” Latham told the court.Reading argued that Jutting’s shopping trips to buy rope, a hammer and other implements with which he meant to torture Mujiasih, his second victim, showed “significant planning”.But Latham said Jutting’s behaviour was likely driven by the desire to be in control and cause harm for sexual pleasure.“In relation to killing (Mujiasih), that likely wasn’t his intention,” he said.Jutting was so severely dependent on drugs and alcohol it would have been almost impossible for him to resist his craving to take them — his consumption was “close to automatic and involuntary”, said Latham.Spiralling into chaos The court heard how Jutting’s life had spiralled in the years leading up to the killings.Defence counsel Tim Owen said he had felt sidelined after being transferred to Hong Kong from London in 2013. He had been flagged as a serious risk to his employer, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, over a possible violation of regulations linked to marketing of a tax product.Jutting’s work was being monitored and on one occasion he was unable to turn up to the London office in 2014 during a trip back home, after taking too much cocaine, Owen said.As an excuse, he told his employers he had HIV.He had been seeking out sex workers, including men, said Owen.British psychologist Derek Perkins, a defence witness, told the court that Jutting’s life was “out of control, it was chaotic”.Sexual sadismIntelligence tests had seen Jutting score within the top 1% of the population, said Perkins.His underlying issue was narcissistic personality disorder, which made him unable to cope with the problems he created, he told the court.His sexual sadism quickly escalated in the two to three years before the killings, Perkins said.The coming together of his disorders led him to engage in “horrific behaviour”, he added.Perkins argued Jutting had been shocked at what he had done to Ningsih and that killing her had not been part of his original plan, which was to act out fantasies inspired by violent pornography.“Killing wasn’t part of the culmination of that fantasy,” said Perkins.He added that cocaine had been an “enabler” for Jutting, driving him to play out his sadism.“The cocaine was an enabler and he knew that,” said Perkins.When asked by judge Michael Stuart-Moore whether Jutting may not have killed Ningsih if he had not been on a mixture of cocaine, alcohol and Red Bull, Perkins said: “Yes”.The case continues tomorrow with prosecution witnesses.- © AFP 2016.Read: British man accused of murdering two women was ‘sexually assaulted’ at school>Read: Cocaine-fuelled British banker considered balcony jump after killing women> 8,211 Views By AFP Image: Vincent Yu/PA Image: Vincent Yu/PA No Comments
Scubster : sur la côte d’Azur, un Français expérimente un sous-marin à pédalesSaint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France – Depuis le début de l’été, Stéphane Rousson, 41 ans et inventeur d’un sous-marin à pédales, expérimente son petit prototype sur différentes plages de la Côte d’Azur. Baptisé “Scubster”, ce sous-marin “humide” est selon son créateur, “le plus maniable du monde” dans sa catégorie.Le Scubster est un sous-marin humide, ce qui signifie que lorsqu’il plonge sous la surface de la mer, le cockpit se remplit d’eau. Pour réaliser sa série de tests, Stéphane Rousson est donc équipé d’une combinaison de plongée et d’une bouteille d’air comprimé. Encore à la recherche d’un sponsor, le pilote se prépare pour une course qui se déroulera dans un peu moins d’un an, en juin 2011, sur une base de l’US Navy à Bethesda, dans le Maryland. Puis à plus long terme, Stéphane Rousson entend développer un petit sous-marin “sec” à moteur électrique. Un marché encore ouvert selon lui, seules trois ou quatre entreprises concevant aujourd’hui ce type de sous-marins.Loin d’être une nouveauté, le sous-marin à propulsion musculaire existe depuis des siècles, les premiers sous-marins à rames ayant été construits en 1620 et 1624 par le Néerlandais Cornelis van Drebel. Puis des dizaines de sous-marins aux systèmes de propulsion très divers ont été conçus avant l’apparition du moteur. Depuis une quinzaine d’années, les Américains et les Canadiens ont pris une longueur d’avance en développant des machines sous-marines en forme de fusée, afin de leur offrir une vitesse de plus en plus importante. “Le but est de faire avancer le sous-marin le plus rapidement possible avec le moins de puissance possible”, souligne Stéphane Rousson, lui qui estime avoir construit le sous-marin “le plus maniable du monde”.Le Scubster peut aller en arrière, à droite et à gauche. Dès que son pilote cesse de pédaler, le sous-marin remonte tout seul à la surface. Le petit monoplace est doté de deux hélices à rotation indépendante, actionnées par deux manettes. Il est conçu pour aller à une vitesse de 8km/h, quand un plongeur sous-marin ne dépasse pas les 3 km/h, explique l’inventeur du Scubster dont la construction a duré un an.Passionné par le ciel comme par la mer, Stéphane Rousson a d’autres ambitions. Alors qu’en 2008 il a effectué une traversée de la Manche en dirigeable à pédales, il prévoit pour le printemps prochain, de descendre les gorges du Tarn avec son “Zeppy III”, un dirigeable argenté à pédales.Le 24 août 2010 à 11:07 • Emmanuel Perrin
Les manipulations de l’industrie du tabac dénoncées dans une nouvelle campagneLe Comité national contre le tabagisme a lancé une nouvelle campagne télévisée choc et cela dans le but de dénoncer les manipulations de l’industrie du tabac.La nouvelle campagne diffusée par le Comité national contre le tabagisme s’intitule “Brisons le cercle” et vise à faire connaitre de toutes les manipulations opérées par l’industrie du tabac afin notamment de séduire les plus jeunes consommateurs potentiels. Ainsi, avec cette campagne, la CNCT tente d’enrayer le fait qu’en 5 ans, entre 2005 et 2010, le tabagisme a augmenté en France. Aujourd’hui 25% des moins de 19 ans fument chaque jour.Le spot d’une minute montre un jeune homme au chevet de sa mère mourante. Dans la même pièce, un homme semble également attristé de la situation. Si on peut penser qu’il s’agit d’un proche de la famille, on découvre par la suite qu’il s’agit en fait d’un représentant de l’industrie du tabac, triste de perdre l’une de ses consommatrices. L’homme retrouve le sourire en se rendant dans la nurserie de l’hopital, ravi de voir là de potentiels futurs clients. Le ton est cynique et se veut percutant, dans un seul but : prévenir les plus jeunes.Le 23 décembre 2010 à 14:48 • Emmanuel Perrin
The chief strategic officer for Portland Public Schools resigned last week after questions from The Oregonian/OregonLive revealed her claim to have a Ph.D. in social policy from the prestigious London School of Economics could not be verified.It is unclear if Laura Parker’s resignation is related to the school district’s inability to verify she holds the degree, which she has touted on her resume for years. Her resignation letter blames her departure on a struggle to balance work and life and indicates she may work with the district again.Parker was previously an administrator for Vancouver Public SchoolsIt’s been more than five months since The Oregonian/OregonLive first raised questions about the veracity of Parker’s professional claims. The district conducted an official verification check after a journalist’s repeated insistence.Oregon law forbids people from claiming academic degrees they do not actually hold and makes it punishable by a penalty of up to $1,000.Last fall, The Oregonian/OregonLive tried to verify Parker’s degree with three different London School of Economics employees, all of whom told a reporter Parker appeared to not have attended the university. A reporter’s friend studying at the affiliated University of London inquired in person and was also told no record of Parker existed.When Portland Public Schools human resources employees tried repeatedly to have London School of Economics confirm her credential, officials told Portland Public Schools they could find no record Parker had ever enrolled there, email exchanges between the district and the London university from January to February show.
American Soybean Association (ASA) Director Caleb Ragland participated in the 7th U.S.–China Swine Industry Symposium and met with customer company representatives during his trip to Beijing in early January. He delivered the opening remarks on behalf of the U.S. soy industry during the symposium, promoting the advantages of U.S. soybeans and addressing the current trade issues between the U.S. and China. “We continue to have faith that increasing exports of U.S. Soy will help address the trade imbalance,” Ragland said. “U.S. farmers strongly believe in trade, not tariffs, and we are hopeful that talks between our respective governments will bring trade issues between our two countries to a mutually satisfying conclusion.” Read more.American Soybean Association (ASA) Director/former USSEC Director Ron Moore traveled to China in November to attend the China Intentional Import Expo(CIIE). This event gathers government officials, business communities, exhibitors and professional purchasers across the world, providing new channels for countries and regions to do business, strengthen cooperation, and promote common prosperity of the world economy and trade. Read more. (From right) USSEC CEO Jim Sutter, ASA Director Ron Moore and USB Director David Williams chat with COFCO President Patrick Yu during the China Intentional Import Expo.
OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – A dachshund is recovering at a Cooper City animal hospital after she was found injured on the side of the road in Opa-locka.The dog was discovered bleeding near a “no dumping” sign and an open crate containing dog food. Officials said they are not sure if she was injured before or after the dumping, but they do know that her injuries are significant.“The assumption is that somebody dumped her there with a bowl of food and a crate thinking she would somehow be safe,” said Pam Weiner, who is from the Dachshund Rescue of South Florida.The sight of the dog prompted a Facebook post Thursday morning, pleading for someone to come pick her up.Weiner and others from Dachshund Rescue South Florida saved the day. The dog is now being treated at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida in Cooper City.She underwent a computerized tomography scan, or CT scan, Friday, so doctors could get a better look at her injuries. “What we will have to do is remove that segment,” said Dr. Marcos Unis, a veterinarian at the medical center.The pup is set to have surgery in the next few days to repair her skull. “She’s fighting, so she seems to be a fighter, and we just need to give her time, and see if she responds to the treatment,” Unis said. Doctors said despite a skull fracture and an inability to use her front legs, the dog is responding to medicine. “We think that part of her frontal bone is fractured,” said Dr. Raz Peress, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center at Cooper City. “With the way she’s heading right now, I think there’s a pretty decent chance.”The dachshund was named “Miracle” by Weiner. “I pulled up, and I saw her, and my only thought, ‘It’s going to be a miracle if she survives,’ ’cause that’s what we’re hoping for,” she said. “She’s taken tiny baby steps and is a little bit better today, so I’m hopeful that every day we see a little bit more improvement and I can get her out of here soon.”Dachshund Rescue of South Florida was able to find a way to get the pup the help she needed. They operate solely on donations. If you’d like to help their cause, go to www.dachshundrescuesouthflorida.com.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.