Nagpur Anti-Corruption Bureau chief booked for sexual harassment

first_imgAn SP, heading the Nagpur unit of Anti-Corruption Bureau, has been booked for sexually harassing a woman constable. According to a police officer, P.R. Patil has been booked for outraging a woman’s modesty, sexual harassment, stalking and criminal intimidation. Officers said the victim approached the Vishakha Committee, a committee for addressing sexual harassment at workplaces based on the Supreme Court’s 1997 judgement, earlier this month. “We verified the statements made by the victim, and after finding substance in them, got an FIR registered with the Nagpur police,” Director General, ACB Sanjay Barve said. The victim in her statement said that Mr. Patil first gave her his private cell phone numbers and then started making voice calls and WhatsApp and video calls to her. “Matters escalated when he started asking her to send him videos of herself while bathing and soon, he would call the victim to his cabin several times a day and try to get close to her. The sustained harassment took its toll on the victim, who confided in her immediate reporting head, a Police Inspector. The PI asked her to lodge a formal complaint, but the victim chose to stay silent at the time fearing adverse repercussions,” an officer said.Mr. Patil meanwhile, allegedly learned about the PI’s suggestion and threatened to take action against both of them. In October this year, Mr. Patil issued an order transferring the victim back to her previous posting on the grounds that she had personal relations with her reporting head. He, however, later revoked the order but used it to further threaten the victim into submission till she and her reporting head ultimately approached the ACB top brass. Based on the ACB’s recommendation, the police registered an FIR against Mr. Patil on Tuesday. The victim also submitted a pen drive containing screenshots of WhatsApp conversations with Mr. Patil. Joint Commissioner of Police (Nagpur) Ravindra Kadam said, “We are verifying the material evidence and the facts in the FIR, after which we will call Mr. Patil for inquries. No arrest has been made so far.”Mr. Barve added that a report has been sent to the State government, and, as the accused is an SP, further action will be decided by the Home Department, .last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: July 14, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALMumbai: Mumbai beach turns garbage dump(B+A)New Delhi: First batch of Haj pilgrims leaves for SaudiArabia (A)Ahmedabad: Amit Shah in Ahmedabad (B)Guwahati: Fashion show in Guwahati(A+B)Pune: Dada Vaswani passes away (A)New Delhi: Platinum Jubilee of Institute of the Cost Accountants of India (A+B)Jammu: Protest in Jammu(A)Ahmedabad/Guwahati/Puri/Kolkata/Patna/Bhopal: LordJagannath Rath Yatra(B+A)Gandhinagar: Youth Parliament of India 2018 (B)Ranchi: Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity (A)New Delhi: People look at an overturned truck (A)Srinagar: First Hajj flight takes off from Srinagar (A+B)New Delhi: First batch of Haj pilgrims leaves for Saudi Arabia(A)Kolkata: Vice Chancellor of Jadavpur UniversityProf Suranjan Das(B)Lucknow: Akhilesh Yadav addresses a press conference (B+A)Dehradun: Convocation of ICFAI University in Dehradun (A+B)Jabalpur: Madhya Pradesh Senior Congress leadeJyotiraditya Scindia speaks(B)INTERNATIONALLahore: Supporters of Pakistan’s former PM Nawaz Sharifrally (B)Aylesbury/Windsor: U.S. President Donald Trump visit (B+A)Pittsburgh: Hillary Clinton at the American Federation of Teachers Convention(B)Westland: Mud Day at the Nankin Mills Park(B)Welches: Mount Hood climber rescue(B)Kiev: Rally in support of Sentsov in central Kiev(B)London: Premiere of the film ‘Mission Impossible Fallout'(B)Montreux: 52nd Montreux Jazz Festival(B)Masaya: Sandinista supporters of President Daniel Ortegaadvertisementwait for his arrival(B)Quetta: Pakistani volunteers rush injured persons to ahospital(B)Washington: Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page leaves theRayburn House Office Building(B)Houston: Allison and her mother Cindy Madrid duringa news conference(B)Chiang Rai: Thai Public Health Minister Dr. PiyasakolSakolsattayatorn during a press conference(B)Minneapolis: Police work the scene of an officer involved shooting(A)Paris: President Emmanuel Macron with Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong(B)Gaza: Protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel(A)Neustadt-Glewe: Electro music festival in Germany(B)Boryeong: 21st annual mud festival(B)Paris: Bastille Day parade in Paris(A)SPORTSChartres: Tour de France cycling race(A)Moscow: 2018 soccer World Cup(B)London: Wimbledon Tennis Championships(A+B)Kuala Lumpur: Matthysse and Pacquiao pose afterweigh-in Kuala Lumpur(B)Galle: Sri Lanka vs South Africa test cricket match(B)Rabat: IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat(A+B)New York: Baseball game(B)Linville: 63rd Annual Grandfather Mountain HighlandGames(B)London: One day cricket match between England and India (B+A)PTI PHOTO HS DLDLlast_img read more

Hardik Pandya seen smoking at Sakshi Dhoni’s birthday party

first_imgVirat Kohli may not be a very happy man if he chances upon a viral video of Hardik Pandya smoking what appears to be a cigarette. The Indian captain insists on eating right and training hard and he expects his men to follow a strict fitness regime to stay in shape for the rigours of international cricket.Pandya had injured himself during the Asia Cup and since missed the Test, ODI and T20I series against the West Indies. He was also left out of the T20I and Test series in Australia but the all-rounder is a key member of the Indian side and the team management would hope for him to recover in time for the ODIs in January.Pandya is undoubtedly one of the fittest players in the Indian side. Besides, he is also known for his charisma and fashion off it. Often seen in designer clothes, Pandya was present at Sakshi Dhoni’s birthday bash over the weekend.MS Dhoni, who was left out of the T20I series against West Indies and Australia, partied with Hardik and a few other friends to celebrate Sakshi’s 30th birthday.Pictures and videos of the party went viral on social media.However, one of the videos show Pandya smoking. This is of course not the first time a cricketer has been spotted smoking. But modern day elite athletes are far more conscious of their image.Indian cricketers have rarely been seen drinking alcohol – leave alone smoking. Cricketers these days swear by fitness and healthy living – smoking does not do a lot of good to that kind of image building.Kohli has led India from the front in that regard. Once a foodie, the Delhi boy gave up on fast food. Today, he is a vegan and trains hard to stay in shape.Also read – Playing 2019 World Cup as a mentor long cherished dream of MS Dhoni, reveals managerPandya is of course not on national duty and Sakshi Dhoni’s birthday bash was a private party. However, he is a centrally contracted cricketer.Players looking to make it back into the Indian team must clear the yo-yo test. If he is considered for the three-match ODI series in Australia in January, let’s hope his smoking does not harm his chances of a comeback.last_img read more

Rishabh Pant danced, laughed and applauded as Bharat Army sang him a song

first_imgRishabh Pant danced and applauded the Bharat Army for their efforts as they sang him a song dedicated to his six-hitting abilities at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Inspired by the Rishabh Pant-Tim Paine banter and the baby-sitting jibe, the Bharat Army came up with a song as Pant clobbered an unbeaten 159 in Sydney. He finished as the second highest run scorer in the series behind Cheteshwar Pujara and was instrumental in a historic series win for India.Pant’s ‘commentary’ from behind the stumps kept cricket audiences around the world hooked on to the action from Australia. There were times when the broadcasters would ask their commentators to stop talking so the world could hear Pant speak.And when Tim Paine asked Pant if he could babysit his kids while he took his wife out to a movie, the ‘war’ of words became more intense.Pant then hit back at Paine and called him a temporary captain who could only talk. The two seemed to have a good laugh about it later when Rishabh Pant agreed to pose for a photograph with Mrs. Paine and the kids at the Australian Prime Minister’s house on New Year’s day.#AUSvIND Scenes of @RishabPant777 dancing to our song; We’ve got Pant’ !.We’ve got PantRishab PantI just don’t think you’ll understandHe’ll hit you for a sixHe’ll babysit your kidsWe’ve got Rishab Pant’.#BharatArmySongBook #BharatArmy #12thMan #COTI pic.twitter.com/l9WoTlqLnuThe Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) January 8, 2019Ravi Shastri says Pant is definitely part of India’s World Cup plansadvertisementPant’s sensational form during the Australia series saw him break MS Dhoni’s record in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen.Rishabh Pant will now return home to get some rest after playing non-stop since making his Test debut in England in 2018.Chief selector MSK Prasad and coach Ravi Shastri told India Today that Pant will be a part of India’s World Cup plans but for now, the explosive wicketkeeper-batsman will need to learn how to finish games.”Absolutely. In fact, we, have asked him to go back because he played a lot of cricket. He has played non-stop cricket from the month of June. I think he needs a couple of weeks of break and he will be playing for the India A team, where we have asked him to do a specific job to do – finish games. Get into the habit of finishing games. He will be right up there in the thick of things as he is as natural a talent that you can get,” Ravi Shastri told India Today on Monday.Stressing Pant is a part of the three wicketkeepers who have been shortlisted for 2019 World Cup, MSK Prasad said: “There is absolutely no doubt that he is among one of those wicketkeepers [for World Cup]. All the three shortlisted keepers are doing well. He is definitely part of pour World Cup plans.”It [rest] is a part of the workload management we are following. You have seen how many players we are resting these days. This kid has played the T20s and the four high-intensity Tests. The body also takes a wear and tear. He is having a few niggles, he needs to recover. I am sure he will come back much stronger.”He is the only wicketkeeper to score a hundred in England and Australia. We have given him some targets. We have set him he has to finish the matches and come.”Also Read | Tim Paine on Rishabh Pant’s viral baby sitter photo: He was a sportAlso Read | It takes some serious marbles: Ravi Shastri on Virat Kohli’s captaincyMS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma arrive in Australia for ODI seriesAlso Read | Also See:last_img read more

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni gear up for India’s T20I series vs Australia

first_imgVirat Kohli, MS Dhoni and other members of the Indian cricket team hit the nets two days before their first T20I against Australia in Vizag. India and Australia will face-off in two T20Is and five ODIs and the matches will be crucial to their World Cup preparation.India enjoy a great record against Australia in T20 Internationals. However, the last two T20I series between the two countries have ended in stalemate thanks to rain-affected matches.Virat Kohli, who was rested for the final two ODIs and the entire T20I series against New Zealand, returned to action after a short break. MS Dhoni, who has had a sensational start to 2019 after a poor 2018 was also seen at practice.Umesh Yadav, who played one Test in Australia, returned home to play a crucial role for Vidarbha in their Ranji Trophy defence. He has been picked to play the T20I series against Australia as India look to zero in on a fourth pacer for the World Cup.India will miss Hardik Pandya for the T20I and ODI series against Australia after the all-rounder was ruled out due to a back injury. There was no replacement named for the T20I series but Ravindra Jadeja was named replacement for the ODIs.Also Read | Hardik Pandya ruled out of Australia series due to back injuryAlso Read | Next step is to play for India in all three formats: Mayank Agarwallast_img read more

IPL 2019: Aware of what to expect from Delhi Capitals, says Ben Cutting

first_imgMumbai Indians (MI) will take on Delhi Capitals (DC) on a low and slow Feroz Shah Kotla wicket on Thursday and with the home team also finding it difficult to adapt to the conditions, MI all-rounder Ben Cutting said it always helps when the away team starts on the same page as the home side.”It helps if the home team doesn’t have the advantage. We start even in that case. We have played against all the teams except Kolkata Knight Riders and I think we are aware of what to expect from Delhi. We have kept a close eye on how they play,” he pointed out on the eve of their clash against Delhi.Asked how MI are looking to approach the away games after playing quite a few matches at home, Cutting said: “Pretty much how we approached the other games. We play four straight games on the road and the wickets will be fairly different. We will look to adapt to the conditions.”MI skipper Rohit Sharma, all-rounder Hardik Pandya and pacer Jasprit Bumrah have all been named in India’s World Cup squad. Asked if that will help the players focus more on the Indian Premier League (IPL) now, the all-rounder said the focus anyway was on this tournament.”The World Cup is starting in a couple of months time. Right now it is important to focus on the IPL. You have to play freely and that is how it is in T20 cricket and I don’t think there is any other way,” he opined.advertisementAsked if there have been any talks on workload management, Cutting said: “The bowling coaches can say that. It isn’t something that we can speak about.”Also Read | IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians’ Alzarri Joseph ruled out of tournament due to shoulder injuryAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan attributes Delhi Capitals’ success to Sourav Ganguly and Ricky PontingAlso Read | Believe we can win IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyerlast_img read more

Ancelotti: No Muller guarantees

first_imgBayern München Muller offered no guarantees from Bayern boss Ancelotti Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 20:22 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ThomasMullerCropped Bongarts Bayern München Bundesliga Carlo Ancelotti Hoffenheim v Bayern München Hoffenheim Swansea City Premier League The World Cup-winning forward should be ready to accept more bench duty in the future, his boss at the Allianz Arena has warned Thomas Muller must accept rotation at Bayern Munich under head coach Carlo Ancelotti.Muller was dropped from the starting XI for the 2-0 win at Werder Bremen before the international break, appearing as a second-half substitute.FCB 16/1 to beat Hoffenheim 4-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The Germany forward remarked after the match that “my qualities seem not to be 100 per cent in demand”, while luminaries such as Lothar Matthaus and Ottmar Hitzfeld sympathised with his plight.Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Hoffenheim, Ancelotti acknowledged the talking point but insisted he would not change his selection policy purely to placate Muller.”Thomas Muller is fit, he is in good condition and can play,” Ancelotti told reporters.”I thank everyone for their opinions but I do not need any clues. Do not worry.”Thomas Muller is an important player but we have many important players. I know his story at the club.”There will be rotation, so he will play and sit on the bench. Sometimes players must also be in the stands. I’d like to let all the players play.”Thomas Muller Carlo Ancelotti Bayern Munich 18072017Ancelotti added: “Every player has to give the best, we know Muller’s qualities. He played 73 per cent of the games [last season].”I cannot guarantee a player’s place to play. This also applies to Muller. No one is set in the starting line-up.”One player who could not find a place in the Bayern lineup consistently was Renato Sanches, who moved on loan to Premier League club Swansea before the transfer window closed.The 20-year-old Portugal midfielder struggled for first-team opportunities at the Allianz Arena last term but Ancelotti maintains he will be watching the former Benfica man’s performances with interest.Sanches 6/1 to score Sunday pic.twitter.com/AsufW0pOLv — renatosanches (@renatosanches35) September 5, 2017 “I think it was a good choice for Renato. We suggest for him to go there because he has the possibility to play,” he said.”What was missing for him last year was the chance to play games. Now he has the possibility.”The Premier League is a really competitive competition. The fact that Clement knows him well can help him to show his best.”He was not able to show his best quality here, because he didn’t have a lot of time to play.”As he is still our player, and we are really interested in his season, I hope and I am sure he can show his quality.”Ancelotti also declared David Alaba, Jerome Boateng out for this weekend’s clash against Hoffenheim. The statuses of Arturo Vidal and James Rodriguez, who returned from South America’s World Cup qualifying duty are also in question, though Ancelotti announced Javi Martinez is “fit to feature in defence.”last_img read more

9 months agoChelsea put breaks on Zappacosta’s move to Lazio

first_imgChelsea put breaks on Zappacosta’s move to Lazioby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have stalled Davide Zappacosta’s move to Lazio.The fullback has agreed personal terms with the Romans about a return to Italy.But Sportitalia says Chelsea are holding up the move.That is because they do not want to let him leave on loan with an option to buy, preferring something more definitive.Negotiations will continue and the Aquile are confident of striking a deal during the January transfer window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Did A Kentucky Male Cheerleader Try To Stop Cincinnati’s Octavius Ellis From Returning To Play?

first_imgKentucky male cheerleader appears to obstruct Ocatvius Ellis.Kentucky didn’t have a ton of trouble with Cincinnati Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats cruised to a 12-point victory to become the first 36-0 team in history. But there was a bit of a controversial moment early in the second half, when a male cheerleader for the school appeared to impede Bearcats star Octavius Ellis from returning to the court. The cheerleader appears to hold onto Ellis as he tries to make his way back to the floor. Judge for yourself. No, it didn’t realistically matter when it comes to the outcome of the game. But it’s still a bit odd.[Lost Lettermen]last_img read more

First Language is Patois – Education Minister

first_imgMinister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says Patois must be regarded as a first language for persons who have little exposure to the English language.The Minister argued that there should be an acceptance that the first language of Jamaica is Patois, and teachers need to always consider that reality as they do the “transition” of the dialect to standard English.“The best practice is to teach standard English, for those of us who come out of a culture of Patois, as a second language,” he said.Senator Reid was delivering the keynote address at the launch of the book – ‘Jamaican Mi Seh Mi ABCs’ – written by Communicator Valrie Kemp-Davis, in August Town, St. Andrew, on July 31.The Minister said educators must be alerted to how children understand English and Patois, especially during the early years of enrolment in the formal school system.“If you are teaching students who can’t understand in the language that you are speaking, then learning is not taking place,” he told the gathering of school- children, community leaders and personnel from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, and the University of Technology (UTech).He said the book has brought back the nation to the reality of understanding Patois and standard English.The Minister told the audience that while Patois is being validated, there is an opportunity for the learning of English, Spanish and other languages as that is “what education is about.”Also at the launch were: Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Andrew, Hon. Fayval Williams, who is also State Minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service; and Sub-Officer in charge of the August Town Police Station, Inspector Stephen Taylor.last_img read more

Why Anurag envies Anubhav Sinha

first_imgMumbai: Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap envies his colleague Anubhav Sinha. The reason? Article 15. “Envy Anubhav Sinha to have pulled off ‘Article 15’ that he has,” Kashyap tweeted recently. “Great performances and storytelling topped by such incredible cinematography, music, sound. A perfect slow burn of a thriller much like Mississippi Burning. Congratulations to all involved,” he added. Article 15 aims to remind people about Article 15 of the Constitution which prohibits any discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, and how its value has been forgotten. The investigative thriller features Ayushmannn Khurrana as a police officer, with Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, Isha Talwar and Manoj Pahwa in key roles. Kashyap wrote: “Ayushmann, Sayani, Gaurav Solanki, Manoj Pahwa, Zeshan Ayyub, Vineet, Kumud Mishra and everybody whose name I don’t remember. Bas end title mein gaana nahin chahiye tha. (Just didn’t want song in the end).” According to trade expert Taran Adarsh, Article 15, which released on June 28, had a healthy weekend.last_img read more

Transforming the way we learn

first_imgFounded in 1860, and serving the nation since then, the prestigious St Xavier’s College, Kolkata, has grown into a leading educational institution over the years. Both St Xavier’s School and College are proud of their contribution to educational sector as well as the culture of Bengal.These twin institutions have produced many great educationalists and students who earned regard and respect for their Alma Mater. Millennium Post in an exclusive interview with Rev Dr Dominic Savio, S J, Principal and Secretary, St Xavier’s College (Autonomous) discussed this esteemed institute. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHow has been your journey so far? I was born in a middle class family, where my village was named after St Xavier. Having studied in a Jesuit school and college, my whole foundation was build in the likes of the Jesuit Community. My uncle and my mother has played a great role in my foundation as a Jesuit priest and a human being. I took the vows as a Jesuit to serve all human beings in this lifetime, and have been doing the same for last 23 years. St Xavier’s was destined to happen, and so I joined this prestigious institution in 2000 as a teacher in Economics. In 2009, I became the Vice-Principal, in 2013 the Rector of St Xavier’s Collegiate School, and finally in the year 2017 I took charge of the institute as the Principal. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardOur real strength is our faculty, students, student’s council and alumni. We constantly try to improve ourselves in order to serve the community with the best education. I am confident that with the support of Jesuit community, our students, staff, parents, alumni, well-wishers and benefactors, we will continue to flourish and serve the society at large. Tell us about the new campus in Raghabpur… There has been a significant achievement in the last 5 years, with regard to extension activities of the College is the setting up of Raghabpur Campus. Raghabpur, about 25 km away from the main campus, caters primarily to the academic needs of the 700 rural students. We have introduced Masters Degree, B Com Honors, BA General, BA History Hons, and Bengali this year. This campus is 80% subsidised as compared to the main campus, with great faculty and infrastructure for the betterment of students. The building with 15,000 sq ft is ready with all infrastructure facilities and the medium of teaching is Bengali. In our main campus, St Xavier’s College is the only undergraduate College in India with a responsibility of managing an Educational Multi Media Research Centre (EMMRC) of UGC. We are a community of diverse people. How do you reach out to the students from various demographies? The Counselling Cell of St Xavier’s College provides personal and vocational guidance to students of all the departments of the College. There are Personal Counselling Sessions which are conducted at the Centre by qualified and experienced Counsellors to help students resolve any kind of problems that they might face. There are five counsellers appointed at the premises. Besides career-related problems, personal issues are also dealt with great sensitivity. Confidentiality is a legal requirement of counselling, which is strictly maintained. Confidence issues, choosing the right career path, making choices in the various parts of life, self-doubt, peer pressure, relationship issues are only some of the problems that young people often face. Thus the Counselling Cell provides a platform for students to pursue both their professional and personal goals with greater self-awareness, self-esteem, understanding and a focus. What is your philosophy of leadership? ….to work conscientiously and creatively. St. Xavier’s is a college where there is secularism maintained amongst the students, teachers, and professors. We are certain that it will further the prospects for an ongoing dialogue with our peers as we discover dimensions of the future of our College. We are working towards introducing more Phd Courses along with the existing BA, MA and B.Ed courses. This will result in making us a research based institution, and in taking the legacy ahead – promoting a society based on love, freedom, liberty, justice, equality and fraternity.last_img read more

Heavy downpour in Agra Chambal about to touch danger mark

first_imgAgra: A heavy downpour drenched Agra early on Sunday, flooding low-lying areas in the city. Weathermen have forecast continued showers for next two days.The usually dry Yamuna river is flowing full, as copious quantities of water have been released by upstream barrages. The Hathini Kund barrage released more than a lakh cusecs on Friday. The Okhla and the Gokul barrages have similarly discharged heavily last two days raising the water level in Agra to 486 feet. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’South of Agra, the river Chambal is also flooded, with regular release of water from barrages in Kota. On Saturday, more than 1.62 lakh cusecs were discharged by the Kota barrage, after heavy rains in the catchment areas in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The Agra administration has sounded high alert as water breached into more than half a dozen villages on the bank of the river. Authorities fear the danger mark could be breached late Sunday evening. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSteamers have been pressed into service to provide relief to the flooded villages. Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Mahesh Gupta said eight check posts have been created to keep an eye on the flood situation.Meanwhile, the Forest and Wildlife Department has geared up to rescue crocodiles and ghariyals (alligators), as also tortoises, in the Chambal. In Pinahat area a crocodile entered a house on Friday. The Wildlife SOS team rescued the mugger crocodile and released it in the river.last_img read more

Why US classrooms are starting to resemble arcades

first_imgWALLINGFORD, Conn. — It’s 1 o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon in Wallingford, Connecticut, and about 20 children are watching a screen at the front of the room as they take turns navigating challenges and collecting virtual currency to unlock powers, outfits and pets for their characters.The game they’re playing has some similarities to the online battle game “Fortnite.” But the kids aren’t fighting one another — they’re racking up points for participation and good behaviour in their classroom at Dag Hammarskjold Middle School, where their teacher is presenting a home economics lesson with help from Classcraft, a fantasy-themed educational program.“It’s actually a lot of fun,” said 13-year-old Caiden McManus. “The pets — that’s my favourite thing to do. To train the pets, you gain as many gold pieces as possible so you can get the new outfits and stuff.”Peek inside your average classroom these days, and you’re likely to see teachers using apps, websites and software that borrow elements from video games to connect with students living technology-infused lives. By all accounts, they’re fun to use, and studies have found that some can be effective. But there is also skepticism about how often students who use them are better educated, or just better entertained.Dag Hammarskjold consumer sciences teacher Gianna Gurga said she had been looking for a way to get more out of her students. Students have been more motivated and performed better in her classes since she began using Classcraft in spring 2017, she said, and she has signed up a handful of other teachers in the school.“My kids are so addicted to it in the best way possible,” Gurga said.In one session, the classroom filled with suspenseful music as Gurga began rapid-fire questioning. With each correct answer, chosen from multiple choices on the screen, students gained points that could be used for avatar upgrades, privileges like listening to music in class, and a competition against other classrooms. The available characters — warriors, mages and healers — each have different powers and must collaborate to succeed.Points are awarded for class participation as well as good behaviour, but the kids can also be penalized, as was the case for one of Gurga’s seventh-graders who told a classmate to “shut up.”A middle school in New York City, Quest to Learn, was the first public school to fully embrace game-based learning when it opened nearly a decade ago. The Manhattan school, developed by game theorists with the Institute of Play, has been closely followed since by researchers hoping for hard evidence of results from technology-inspired gamification.In the last school year, 43 per cent of Quest to Learn’s students were up to state standards on the state English test, compared to 41 per cent citywide, and 29 per cent of its students met state standards on the state math test, compared to 33 per cent citywide. But advocates say standardized testing alone does not tell the story. Outside studies have shown growth in soft skills such as collaboration, creative thinking and empathy, according to Ross Flatt, director of programs and partnerships for the Institute of Play, a non-profit studio that uses game design principles to develop new learning experiences.To help educators identify programs with promise, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education launched a website that rates math and learning programs based on how they meet evidence standards for effectiveness under federal education law. The centre’s director, Robert Slavin, said there are some programs that have shown positive impacts but on average improvements are small.“When people talk about technology transforming everything, it may in the future, but it’s not there yet,” Slavin said.Some question whether the graphics, videos and sounds in so many programs are doing harm by teaching students to pursue the rewards.“Part of life is figuring out how to learn to love things and how to persevere in things even when it’s not extrinsically motivated,” said Christopher Devers, an education researcher at Johns Hopkins who said his review of the evidence suggests that on balance, games-based approaches tend to influence students in negative ways.One of the better known programs, DreamBox, teaches math by offering a series of problems that can grow increasingly challenging as the student enters correct answers. The program, which began as an app for consumers, entered the school market in 2011 and last year had 2.6 million student users. The company charges a fee of $7,500 per school building per year.DreamBox CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson said the program is intended as an aid for teachers who can’t be expected to personalize learning for two dozen students simultaneously.“Let’s figure out a way to support a way to deliver the best teaching, and allow the learning guardian to get back to art of teaching,” she said. “Technology can deliver that math personalization in a way that can give the learning guardian actionable insights.”In Groton, Connecticut, early users of DreamBox reported anecdotal evidence of improved outcomes and schools are now using it district-wide. In Heather Dalton’s fifth-grade classroom at the Charles Barnum Elementary School, students spent the first half of a recent class working individually on DreamBox with headphones on. Information about their level of mastery of fractions was sent to Dalton’s laptop, but the students were most excited about the short video-game rewards they received between levels and the coins they gathered for upgrades to their avatars.“There’s a lot of learning,” Dalton said, “but it feels like a game to the kids.”Michael Melia, The Associated Presslast_img read more

11 Men Accused of Drug Smuggling Between France and Morocco

Rabat – Eleven men between the ages of 28 and 51 were accused of involvement in a hashish smuggling scheme between France and Morocco, and will be presented before a court in Rennes for charges of drug trafficking, criminal conspiracy, and money laundering on March 28.The accusations date back to December 2013, when the judicial police of Nantes were alerted of a drug operation between France and Morocco. In the years since, the police have wiretapped several targets between the two countries.These records led to the arrest of three men onboard of a vehicle go-fast (a vehicle with the ability of transporting heavy cargos with a high speed), carrying 115 kg of hashish. Read Also: Morocco’s DGSN Seizes 583 kg of Hashish and 34 kg of ‘Maajoun’ in CasablancaSoon after, the entire network was dismantled from Morocco, where cannabis is grown, to France, where several members sell the drug. Two of the men  are from the Paris region and a third is based indNantes. The searches carried out by the security elements at the home of one member of the organization allowed for the seizure of EU 22,000.During the first day of the hearing, one of the defense lawyers questioned the regularity of the phone tapping, claiming that it had been conducted abroad and not on French territory.In November 2017, six defendants had already been sentenced 5 to 7 years in prison, for their implications in another case.Read Also: DGSN Seizes 475 kg of Cocaine and 7402 Tablets of Ecstasy in TangierMost of the accused were known among the police investigators, including a 45-year-old man, suspected to be the head of the international criminal organization. He was previously implicated in a cocaine trafficking case and is currently exercising his right to remain silent. read more

Critical window closing fast for 12 million hungry Southern Africans UN warns

Calling on donors “to open their hearts at this most critical time,” a top United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) official has warned that a vital window is closing fast for 12 million people in Southern Africa to receive urgent help, including 5 million in Malawi facing the toughest ‘hunger season’ in more than a decade. “It is deplorable that enough donations only come in when images of emaciated African children starving in large numbers start appearing on television screens around the world,” WFP Deputy Executive Director Sheila Sisulu said, noting that the agency needs $185 million to feed up to 9.2 million hungry people in Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.“Hunger doesn’t have to be inevitable in Africa but once food needs start to peak, it will be too late for many of the weakest, especially children, and the cost of saving lives will escalate significantly,” she added in the Malawian capital Lilongwe. She noted that for Malawi alone WFP still needs $76 million to feed up to 2.9 million people before the next harvest in April/May 2006. “Malawi is not a repeat of Niger… yet. There is still a chance to help the most vulnerable,” she said referring to the food crisis that killed thousands in Niger earlier this year. “If we all act now, there is no reason why the situation should deteriorate further. But the world should be under no illusion, the clock is ticking and the outlook is bleak. We need money pledged now to feed the hungriest in a few months’ time.”Over the past six months, WFP and other aid agencies have warned of an imminent food crisis in Malawi and the rest of Southern Africa. It can take up to six months for donor pledges to WFP to appear as food aid on the ground in southern Africa.The food shortage in Malawi is caused by a combination of problems including the poorest maize harvest since 1994, erratic weather, shortages of seeds and fertilizers at the critical planting time, high prices for available food and chronic poverty, with at least 60 per cent of Malawians living below the poverty line. HIV/AIDS has also had a serious impact on agriculture, limiting people’s ability to grow food as many families are forced to spend meagre resources on medicine or funerals for those affected, leaving nothing to buy seeds and fertilizer at the most critical planting time. Malawi has an average adult HIV prevalence rate of 14.4 per cent. Pockets in the country are considerably higher.Malawi, like the rest of Southern Africa, is beset by a rising number of orphans due to HIV/AIDS, placing a heavy burden on families struggling to cope with food shortages. Even after good harvests, many of the poorest families have difficulties feeding themselves. read more

Audi R8 transformed into glowing Tron Race Car

first_imgRiding the wave of making everything techno-glowy these days thanks to last month’s release of the Disney’s film Tron: Legacy, West Coast Customs and Monster Cables teamed-up to create a very sweet ride that Flynn or his son Sam would be proud to cruise around in.Called the “Tron Race Car” by it’s creators, this modified Audi R8 features a chrome exterior and plenty of illumination details like glowing hubs and glowing vents, as well as a tricked-out interior where the seats and the rear audio speaker panel have illuminated elements that can change color. Which, depending on whether you are a good guy or bad guy in Tron, could come in handy.Sadly, however, it seems this car could never cruise the streets legally because of the shiny chrome paint job. But that wouldn’t stop me from taking this Tron: Legacy ride all around town and then some. Sure, I’d probably be in jail for the absurd number of traffic tickets I would receive. But it would be totally worth it.Tron Race Car 1 (560 x 370)Tron Race Car 1 (560 x 370)Tron Race Car 2 (560 x 370)Tron Race Car 3 (560 x 314)Tron Race Car 4 (560 x 314)Tron Race Car 5 (400 x 605)See more at West Coast Customs and West Coast Customs, via Geekologielast_img read more

Video Watch Hulk Hogans first WWE appearance since 2015 at Crown Jewel

first_img Celebrity Closeup: Edgar Ramirez Matthew Mcconaughey Videos Articles WWE has posted a clip (above) from today’s Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia, which featured the return of Hulk Hogan to WWE programming.This was Hogan’s first appearance back on WWE television since July of 2015.Here is an excerpt of the segment from Mike Tedesco’s Crown Jewel recap:WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan is introduced to the crowd. Hogan is the host of Crown Jewel. This is Hogan’s first appearance on WWE television since July 2015. A loud Hogan chant fires up while fireworks go off. Hogan says, “Well let me tell you something, brother!” Hogan says it feels great to be out with the WWE Universe and all his Hulkamaniacs. Hogan says the power of Hulkamania is stronger than ever at “the Crown Jewel, jack.” It’s unbelievable to be the host. The show starts right now. Hogan asks,” What’cha gonna do when the power of Hulkamania and Crown Jewel run wild on you, brother?” Hogan poses while more fireworks explode.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCelebrity Closeup: Edgar RamirezVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 24.25%0:03Remaining Time -1:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Facebook Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of convention WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)center_img Twitter Hulk Hogan Will Host WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Event In Saudi Arabia Now Playing Up Next Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte last_img read more

State cites CamasWashougal Fire Department for safety violations

first_imgThe Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has found safety violations against the Camas-Washougal Fire Department in the department’s response to a fire on Feb. 14 in Camas, and department officials fear the ruling could set dangerous precedents for firefighters around the state.The department and East Clark Professional Fire Fighters union met with the Department of Labor & Industries Thursday to discuss a complaint the union made after the Valentine’s Day fire, in which two firefighters responded to the call and entered a structure fire to save a man’s life. State code says three officers need to be on scene for firefighters to enter a structure fire when there is “a known rescue situation.”Camas-Washougal Fire Department Chief Nick Swinhart said the city plans on appealing the decision.“They’re essentially saying Washington firefighters are prohibited from saving lives if there are less than three members on scene,” Swinhart said.“In essence, the state is saying our personnel is expected to stand on the front lawn and let the person die or wait until other backup got there, which was several minutes later.”According to press releases from both the union and the fire department, the Department of Labor & Industries is going to issue three safety violations against the Camas-Washougal Fire Department: having two firefighters enter the building without enough personnel on scene, failing to utilize certain personal protective equipment in the smoke-filled atmosphere and having old turnouts that are considered too old for use.Swinhart said the old turnouts were at a station in the department, but not in use.East Clark Professional Fire Fighters President Adam Brice said limited staffing in the department was the cause of the other violation, in which one of the responding officers in the Feb. 14 fire didn’t wear a self-contained breathing apparatus during the rescue. Brice said that one firefighter was supposed to remain outside the building and act as an apparatus operator. When the other officer heard a man inside the burning building, they immediately went to rescue him, and there wasn’t time to put the pack and mask on.last_img read more

Advisory votes get mixed reviews

first_imgAdvisory vote No. 1: Directs Clark County commissioners to oppose any light-rail project unless first approved by county-wide vote.Advisory vote No. 2: Directs commissioners to oppose any bus rapid transit project unless first approved by county-wide vote.Advisory vote No. 3: Directs commissioners to support toll-free east county bridge across Columbia River.Advisory vote No. 4: Directs commissioners to support toll-free Interstate 5 Bridge replacement.Advisory vote No. 5: Directs commissioners to support toll-free west county bridge across Columbia River.A set of advisory votes next month will allow Clark County residents to weigh in directly on light rail, bus rapid transit and three proposed bridges across the Columbia River.The nonbinding measures will give voters up-or-down decisions on three bridge alignments: a replacement Interstate 5 bridge, a new bridge to the west of the freeway, and a new bridge to the east at Southeast 192nd Avenue. All three are described as “toll-free” proposals in the voters’ pamphlet.The measures don’t ask voters to favor one idea over another. Each is a separate measure, so a resident could vote in favor of all three, against all three, or any combination he or she chooses.On light rail and bus rapid transit, two measures will ask if Clark County commissioners should oppose any such project that does not first gain approval through a county-wide vote. One measure will ask the question for light rail, the other for bus rapid transit.The five transportation-related measures are among six nonbinding votes that Clark County commissioners put on the ballot. The sixth relates to the sale and use of fireworks.Ballots for the Nov. 5 election will be mailed Oct. 16.On the transportation measures, commissioners could use the election results to guide their votes on the C-Tran board of directors, the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council and other committees.last_img read more