Students who have even one above-average teacher between the fourth and eighth grades are more likely to attend college and to earn more money later in life, according to a new study that analyzed data on more than a million students. “This work provides more robust evidence that teachers really do matter long-term and that we can identify who good teachers are,” says economist Raj Chetty of Harvard University, who was not involved in the research.Good teachers produce successful students. The mantra makes sense, but it’s been hard to establish scientifically, says economist Gary Chamberlain of Harvard University. In the new analysis, Chamberlain used data from more than 800 schools in a single large urban area in the United States. (The city and all personal information on the students and teachers are being kept under wraps so that no one can be identified.) The data set, which spanned 1988 through 2009, included information on classroom assignments and test scores in grades four through eight, and—for those who attended elementary school in the early part of that range—the students’ later college attendance and their earnings at age 28.Other researchers, including Chetty, had previously used the same data set to conclude that teacher quality influenced students’ test scores and that those test scores could then predict the students’ college attendance and earnings in adulthood. But Chamberlain wanted to apply a different mathematical approach to verify the findings and ask another question: Do teachers have an effect on these long-term outcomes beyond their influence on test scores? 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If teachers are given quality rankings based only on their students’ test results, an above-average quality teacher bumps up a student’s chances of college attendance by less than a quarter of a percent. But if teacher rankings are instead based on the longer-term data, a high-quality teacher sends nearly 1% more students to college.The difference between the two ranking scenarios, Chamberlain says, is likely due to teacher attributes that are not reflected in standardized test scores; they give the students untested skills that help them thrive. Like other studies, Chamberlain’s work found that teachers had an effect on annual earnings at age 28—the increase hovered around 1%. Over time, those numbers add up—in terms of the effect that a single teacher has over his or her career, and in terms of the effect of many good—or bad—teachers in a row on a student.“This is additional evidence that teachers matter,” Chamberlain says. “And we’re getting closer to figuring out what the ingredients of teacher quality are.”The study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doesn’t have the data to delve deeper into what these ingredients are, he says. But future work could try to answer why teachers have such a long-lasting impact by looking at other ways of gauging teacher quality, such as evaluations. And researchers are still trying to determine whether some of the apparent effect of teachers can instead be explained by other social and economic qualities of students, such as the education level of their parents.“The challenge is that students are not assigned randomly to teachers,” Chetty says. Some teachers might repeatedly get assigned more children who have had difficulties in the past, whereas others might get classrooms full of children with parents who are highly involved in their children’s education and request that teacher, he says. “In those cases, you’re going to see big differences in outcomes that have nothing to do with the teachers.”For now, Chamberlain doesn’t expect the new numbers to influence policy on how teachers are evaluated. But he hopes that the findings motivate others to work toward studying what makes a good teacher have such long-lasting effects. “Some school districts are interested in using these measurements of teacher value to make personnel decisions on hiring and promotions,” Chamberlain says. “But we still need to pin down exactly what observable things about a teacher matter for their effects on students.”
The lack of a quality practice ground has forced the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to shift the camp for the upcoming Nehru Cup out of the Capital.Bangalore, Jamshedpur and Gurgaon have been shortlisted by the AIFF for the camp, starting on July 27.The decision comes after new coach Wim Koevermans reportedly expressed his displeasure over the state of the turf at the outer ground of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. He was also unhappy with the main turf in the stadium. AIFF general secretary Kushal Das admitted that they are thinking about alternate venues but are facing problems in locating a proper football ground.”We are facing a problem in finding a good ground. The Ambedkar Stadium has been blocked due to Independence Day celebrations. We are planning to hold the initial camp in Bangalore but are also looking at venues which have good natural turf. Gurgaon, Jamshedpur and the JCT academy in Hoshiarpur are the other options,” Das told Mail Today.But he dispelled doubts about the relocation of the Nehru Cup from the Capital because of poor ground conditions as there is just over a month left for the tournament to start.Das said that they have been assured by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) that the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will be in top condition.”SAI has assured us that the main turf will be repaired before the tournament and they are responsible for its maintenance. We can use the stadium for 50 days and there are absolutely no issues regarding hosting the tournament there,” he said.advertisementThe final list of participants is also yet to be decided as talks are going on with Cameroon and Kenya but they are yet to give a final word. Jordan and Syria have confirmed their participation. The tournament will be held from August 22 -September 4.”Talks with Cameroon and Kenya are at an advanced stage. In case one of them backs out, we are planning to invite Maldives,” added Das.But the Nehru Cup still doesn’t have a sponsor and the AIFF’s commercial partners Reliance-IMG’s efforts to restructure Indian football are yet to show any concrete results.The AIFF had earlier said that it had big plans for its platinum jubilee year but neither its premier domestic competition (ILeague) nor the only international tournament it holds has been able to garner the interest of the corporate world.
By Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta feels that every year problems related to the Indian Premier League “do affect” the franchise as a brand and its business as the cash-rich league has become some sort of a “whipping boy”. “Yes, it does affect the brand and it is unfair to the owners. It affects our business as every year there is some controversy or some rumours that come up. I believe at one level IPL has become a whipping boy for many,” Zinta told PTI during an interaction on the issue of Maharashtra drought that led to shifting of 13 matches. It must be noted that in 2013, IPL was rocked by spot-fixing scandal due to alleged involvement of three Rajasthan Royals cricketer including former India international turned politician S Sreesanth. In 2014, IPLs first half was held in United Arab Emirates due to the general elections in the country. In 2015 after the IPL was held, two franchises CSK and Rajasthan Royals were suspended for two years for their involvement in spot-fixing scandal. The well-known Bollywood actress feels that it has been unfair as IPL has not only provided a platform for the emerging talent, but also created a window for franchise-based leagues in other sports in the country. “Thanks to the IPL, we now have a Kabaddi League, the ISL, the Badminton League, the Hockey league (HIL).” While she made it clear that she has complete faith in the judiciary, Zinta questioned those who have filed PIL regarding usage of water to maintain stadiums in drought-hit Maharashtra. “I have complete respect for the judiciary. But I have a question as to what all those people who have filed PIL done to resolve this crisis in Maharashtra. Let me tell you that I have worked extensively in a Maharashtra village for the well-being of elderly people. This is not as KXIP owner or as an actress but it is as Preity the person that I am. This is my responsibility towards the society,” said Zinta. Kings XI Punjab have not performed well last season and it hasnt been a great start to IPL-9 either but the co-owner is confident that they will do better than last year. “We stuck to our core team despite last years performance as this is the same group that got us in the final in 2014. Last year, our bowling was a bit weak but we have tried to strengthen that area. I am hopeful that we would be doing well,” she sounded optimistic. More PTI KHS AH KHSadvertisement
As Apple slugs it out with FBI on privacy issues, India Friday said strong encryption technology to secure data and communications in smartphones, including those made by the US-based firm, is a challenge for law enforcement agencies.It said however that a tool for mobile forensics has been developed to handle smartphones including Apple.”Smart phones including phones by Apple Inc. employ strong encryption to secure the data stored and to protect the communication. Such Encryption technologies pose challenges to Law Enforcement Agencies throughout the world including India,” Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a reply to the Rajya Sabha.He said the government has taken note of media reports about the dispute between the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and Apple Inc.FBI had taken Apple to court to force it to break into the encryption-protected iPhone 5c. Backed by technology giants such as Google and Facebook, Apple is opposed to assisting the agency in unlocking the iphone, saying it would have wide-reaching implications on digital security and privacy.Also Read: Expert helped Los Angeles police hack Apple iPhonePrasad said that considering the challenges involved, government regularly interacts with all stakeholders to address the issues and implement solutions keeping in view security, service and developmental needs of the country.He said that research and development activity is also being carried out on a continuous basis to upgrade tools and technologies with the emerging new devices and software, including smartphones.”As part of this programme, a tool for Mobile forensics has been developed, which handles Smart phones including Apple phones,” Prasad said.advertisementHe, however, denied any proposal with the government to introduce backdoor or a key for smart phone encryption.
New Delhi, Apr 13 (PTI) The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) has directed Jaypee group to pay Rs 90 crore by April 15, or else it will cancel the 1,000 hectare land parcel allotted to it.Jaypee group has developed sports city on some part of the total land parcel.The group owes about Rs 600 crore to YEIDA and the company has been told to pay 15 per cent of the total amount, which is Rs 90 crore, according to sources.The company has paid Rs 10 crore to YEIDA and has sought four months time to repay the total dues, sources said.”If the company pays Rs 90 crore by April 15, then we will consider re-scheduling the repayment of outstanding amount,” a source said, adding the authority would have to see whether any third-party right has been created on this land or not.Besides Jaypee, the authority has sent letters to other builders as well to deposit 15 per cent of their outstanding dues, they added.Jaypee group has been selling its assets to reduce debt.Last year, the company announced sale of its cement plants with a total capacity of 21.1 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) at an enterprise value of Rs 16,189 crore to the Aditya Birla Group firm Ultratech Cement.Last month, Jaiprakash Associates had said it has got the approval of National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for transfer of its cement plants to UltraTech Cement.The deal will help the Jaypee Group firm to reduce debt, which runs into thousands of crores of rupees. The deal was subject to various regulatory approvals.advertisementThe groups cement operations have a total capacity of 17.2 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) spread across Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Andhra Pradesh. PTI MJH JM
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum reveals Euro16 heartbreakby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has spoken about the pain of missing Euro 2016 with his country.The Dutch midfielder was not able to play at that tournament, or the 2018 World Cup, as his nation did not qualify.But it appears the Netherlands are ready to end their exile from the major international tournaments with Euro 2020.And Wijnaldum cannot wait to put that old pain to the side and compete on the biggest stage.”It was very painful to miss the last World Cup and European Championship before that,” said Wijnaldum to reporters. “When we were off on holiday in the past summers, it was going through my head the whole time that we should have been there.”That’s why this win is so nice [over Belarus in a Euro 2020 qualifer]. Of course, we are not completely sure of a place in the tournament but we have certainly taken a giant step.”
Algeria set up an Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against Nigeria with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Ivory Coast following a 1-1 draw in Suez.Sofiane Feghouli’s goal against the run of play opened the scoring in the 20th minute, Rais M’bolhi having made a superb early save to keep Ivory Coast at bay.But Baghdad Bounedjah’s penalty miss handed Ivory Coast a lifeline early in the second half, with Jonathan Kodjia’s fine effort restoring parity. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare And after extra-time failed to serve up a winner, it was Algeria who came out on top in the shoot-out – Wilfried Bony and Serey Die missing their spot-kicks as their side crashed out.Wilfried Kanon sliced wide from three yards out for Ivory Coast and his early miss proved costly when Feghouli coolly clipped home at the other end.Matters looked set to get worse for Ivory Coast a minute into the second half when Sylvain Gbohouo lunged in on Bounedjah.But Ivory Coast’s luck was in and after Bounedjah’s overhit spot-kick hit the top of the bar and stayed out, Kodjia drilled a low strike across M’bolhi to haul the Elephants level.A fantastic block from Mamadou Bagayoko denied Riyad Mahrez before Wilfried Zaha skewed a volley over at the other end as extra time beckoned.Ivory Coast looked the more likely to get a winner, with Ismael Traore’s scuffed effort cleared off the line amid a goal-mouth scramble, but Algeria – who went close through substitute Andy Delort late on – held firm.Bony’s tame penalty proved comfortable for M’bolhi to deal with, though it was Die who missed the crucial spot-kick, with his attempt hitting the left-hand post as Algeria booked their place in the last four.Key Opta facts:- Algeria have reached the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 2010. Algeria are unbeaten in their last six Africa Cup of Nations games (4 wins, 2 draws), their best streak in the competition since 1988-1990. – Ivory Coast have lost five of their last seven penalty shoot-outs in the Africa Cup of Nations.- The game saw the most fouls (58) committed and the most yellow cards given (7) in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. It is also the game during which the most shots have been attempted (36).- Wilfried Zaha and Jonathan Kodjia were involved in Ivory Coast’s last two goals in the Africa Cup of Nations (1 goal, 1 assist each). Zaha has scored or delivered an assist in each of his last three games with the Elephants (2 goals, 1 assist) read more
zoomImage Courtesy: CRYO Shipping Bergen-based bunker supplier Cryo Shipping has received government grants for developing suitable infrastructure solutions for the supply of fully renewable energy as marine fuel.Although Cryo Shipping was established as a supplier of LNG, the company is now focusing on even greener energy sources such as biogas and hydrogen. It is developing hydrogen bunkering services optimized for the growing hydrogen bunker market in Norway.“Hydrogen as marine fuel is in an early phase, and … we still have a way to go with regards to developing suitable concepts, technical solutions, regulations and operational requirements,” Are Magnussen, Partner and project manager at Cryo Shipping, explained.The company said it is cooperating with major players in the hydrogen industry, initially serving Norwegian shipowners who are taking early positions as consumers of fully renewable marine fuels.As the maritime industry is slowly moving towards a clean and renewable future, Cryo Shipping said it “aims to take the lead in the future green energy development”.The company also strives to accelerate the development of LNG as a future marine fuel. Earlier this month, Cryo Shipping conducted its first LNG bunkering operation in Sweden with the cement carrier Greenland being supplied with this green fuel.Read more:Will Hydrogen Power Shipping’s Shift to Renewables?
NEW WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is reduced to one lane until Wednesday, April 14, for repairs. Residents of Coxheath and Westmount are encouraged to use the interchange on Coxheath Road to get to Highway 125 during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-563-2245 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Canso Causeway Highway 104, at Canso Causeway, will have night work for placement of armor rock along a 1.2 kilometer section from the canal bridge, westerly to the scale house, Sunday to Friday. The work will occur from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., until Friday, May 21. Traffic control people and signage will be on site. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CONTINUING WORK KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure The Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is open to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fairview Overpass Traffic on Joseph Howe Drive under the Fairview Overpass will have periodic lane closures from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice. Traffic control people will be onsite, but delays are expected. Drivers should use alternate routes if possible. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until further notice for replacement. Detour from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Larry Uteck Interchange Detour ramps are open for traffic on Highway 102 (Bicentennial Highway) at the Larry Uteck Interchange. The detour provides two lanes in each direction around the construction site. Speed limit on the detour is 80 km/h. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 2 Traffic on Trunk 2 will be reduced to one lane in Shubenacadie for upgrades to the drainage system. Work will take place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled to be completed Sunday, April 25. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Corsen Bridge, two kilometres before Ingonish, continues to be reduced to one lane. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30-
Ghaziabad: A 25-year-old youth was killed while his brother was critically injured after they were dragged to nearly 300 meters by the car which they had gone to buy.Cops said that the former owner of the car tried to flee with the vehicle after receiving money but the victims tried to catch him and got stuck in the vehicle. According to police, the deceased has been identified as Aarif and his cousin brother is Farmaan, both natives of Hapur district. Police officials said that the victims found the second hand car on OLX app. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHaji Nusrat, father of deceased said that his son and his nephew had gone to see the car and make payment in Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad. “Aarif was looking for a second hand car and found a Maruti swift car on OLX app. When he contacted with the person who had posted the add, the deal was fixed for Rs 2 lakhs 60 thousand. As Aarif was interested in buying the vehicle, he called the owner of vehicle for a meeting at my nephew’s hotel in Hapur area on August 21,” said Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsNusrat. “The deal was fixed after they checked through the documents of the car and they had gone to a court in Ghaziabad to make the transfer related formalities. Aarif had paid Rs 2 lakhs against the vehicle while the rest of the amount was promised to be paid after the transfer formalities gets completed. However, while returning to home, the accused asked them to drop him at his house near Dabur crossing” he added. Cops said that the car broke down on the way and the accused asked the duo of brothers to step outside and push the car. “Victim’s family members told police that both the brothers had gone to drop the former owner of car to his house in Indirapuram police station area near Dabur crossing. They told police that the car broke down near Yashoda hospital and the accused asked them to step out and push the vehicle,” said Shlok Kumar, Superintendent of Police (city), Ghaziabad. “The accused sat on the wheels to start the car and as the car got started her tried to flee away with cash and the car but both the brothers caught hold over the car and they were dragged to nearly 300m before they fell off the car at a sharp turn and the accused ran over Aarif. A few passerby rushed them to a nearby hospital where doctors declared Aarif brought dead while Farmaan sustained critical injuries,” added Kumar. Police are trying to trace the driver of car by the registration number- UP 23 U 1801. “A case has been registered under IPC section 279 (punishment for rash driving), 304 (Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 406 (Punishment for criminal breach of trust) and teams have been formed to work out the case,” said Kumar.
With the arrival of spring, Delhiites will witness a magical amalgamation of Kathak and Sarangi in a program titled ‘Rangmanch’, on March 14, at Triveni Kala Sangam.The event is being organised by Chhavi Bansal, under the mentorship of Dr Anuradha Mishra, Professor of Vivekananda Institute of professional studies. It will be graced by the presence of Ved Prakash Agarwal, Chairman, Prakash Industries Ltd, and Moumala Nayak, an accomplished artist of the Lucknow Gharana of Kathak – who will be the guests of honour. Apart from them, Kuljeet Chahal, General Secretary BJP, Delhi Pradesh; Dr Anuradha Mishra, and Ankur Chawla, Advocate will be special guests at the event. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain Opening with an artistic performance by Nabeel Khan with his Sarangi, the evening will witness a pure enchanting aura. Coming from the family of musician, Nabeel, son of the renowned Sarangi player Nasir Khan, started playing the Hindustani classical music instrument at the age of 7. Taking the legacy forward, the young artist has created a mystical aura with his artistic performance across the world. Following this, Shariq Mustafa, a young talented Tabla player from Farukabad Gharana will enthrall the audience with his soulful performance. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardLater, Yamika Mahesh who is a young and talented Kathak performer of Lucknow Gharana will present her production and leave the audience in awe. Initially trained under her gurus Pandit Jai Kishan Maharaj and Pandit Deepak Maharaj at Kathak Kendra, Yamika continued to learn the finer nuances of dance under the Kathak Maestro, Padma Vibhushan and Pandit Birju Maharaj at Kalashram. The extremely talented and critically acclaimed Kathak dancer will be accompanied by Suraj Nirwan, an Indian classical tabla player of Delhi Gharana, and Zohaib Hasan, classical vocalist.
BRUSSELS — Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to persuade European Union leaders to delay Brexit by up to three months, just eight days before Britain is scheduled to leave the bloc.May will meet the 27 national other EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday, a day after she requested an extension until June 30.European Council chief Donald Tusk says a short delay may be possible, but only if Britain’s Parliament approves May’s divorce deal with the bloc before the scheduled March 29 departure date.U.K. lawmakers have already rejected the deal twice. May says they face a “final choice” between her deal, a no-deal departure that could hammer the economy, and cancelling Brexit.But May angered many legislators with a televised speech Wednesday blaming Parliament for the Brexit impasse.The Associated Press
A 47-year-old moulavi, an Islamic preacher, was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on charges of using social media platforms to air extremist views, the police said on Sunday.The suspect, a resident of Vavuniya, was arrested on Saturday morning by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) upon his arrival from Mecca after performing Hajj.
“Inaction could see this turn into a crisis. That is why joint reflection is in order on how the current impasse came about and ways to overcome it,” Robert Serry, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, warned the Security Council in a briefing on the current “political stalemate” that has endangered what many see as perhaps the last chance to achieve the long-sought two-State solution. He said that nine months since the launch of United States-brokered negotiations on the previously agreed objective of achieving a comprehensive settlement on all core issues by 29 April, “efforts have faltered given the inability of the parties to bridge the gaps on their substantive positions or even accept, with reservations, a US framework that would attempt to do just that.” Summing up the events of the past two months, Mr. Serry said that on 28 March, Israel postponed its decision to follow through with the release of the fourth and last tranche of 30 pre-Oslo prisoners. On 1 April, interpreting this as a breach of the quiet understanding of a diplomatic truce in return for the release of the prisoners, the Palestinians proceeded with submitting accession instruments to 15 international treaties and conventions.“The announcement of 708 reissued tenders for settlement units in Gilo on the same day added to the Palestinian conviction that they had no other choice. Nevertheless, President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his commitment to negotiations, Mr. Serry said, adding that despite these events, the negotiators continued to meet in an effort to find a way out of the impasse. In a subsequent development, Palestinians reached a unity agreement on 23 April stipulating, among other things, that a National Consensus Government would be formed within five weeks and elections held no later than six months after the formation of this Government. “Israel [then] cancelled a meeting scheduled between the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators and after an emergency cabinet meeting on 24 April, took the decision to suspend the talks,” he said.The political stalemate poses great risks to the prospects of a two-State solution and “will also not be without impact…on the ground,” he continued, noting that 2013 had seen the highest number of Palestinian fatalities in the West Bank since 2009. Condemning the “appalling” violence, he noted two particularly disturbing instances: the killing of an Israeli man and the injury of two others, including a child, in an attack near Hebron on 14 April, during Passover; and the shooting by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) of a14-year-old Palestinian boy crossing the Barrier on 19 March, which resulted in his death.Mr. Serry said the rise in violence in the West Bank was reflected by the following trends, among others: increased clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians, particularly in and around refugee camps; Palestinian stone and Molotov cocktail throwing resulting in some injuries and material damage; and settler attacks against Palestinians and their property in spite of some Israeli efforts to crack down on so-called “Price Tag” attacks which have also targeted Israeli security forces. “Settlement activity also continued,” he said, adding that the situation in East Jerusalem remains worrisome as tensions and clashes in the Old City continued, including during the holiday period. “All of this points to the fact that the situation on the ground is serious and likely to further deteriorate if not addressed. And we must not forget Gaza, where practical steps are urgently needed to improve the humanitarian and security situation.”Against this troubling backdrop, Mr. Serry said: “Difficult choices are now required of the parties. They should realize that not making a choice is the most detrimental choice of all – namely to accept that we are going down the path of a one-State reality on the ground. This is a time for the parties to reflect whether they wish to live up to their stated commitment to the two-State solution, or whether they will by default let it slip further away.”First and foremost, he urged the parties to refrain from steps which will render futile any efforts to find a way back to negotiations and salvage the two-State solution. “Both sides have to convince each other anew they are partners for peace. If Israel is serious about the two-State solution, it must recognize the negative impact of continued illegal settlement activity. Palestinians in turn should be reflective of their actions in international fora.”Moreover, he said that the international community and the region should also reassess its role if they remain convinced of the importance of the two-State solution, and ask what the world can do to persuade the parties to make the right choice. “This can no longer be ‘business as usual.’ Unrealistic and prescriptive timelines may be counterproductive, as can rushing the parties back to the table without having the necessary framework in place,” he said, expressing his belief that the “current moment of reflection” must be devoted to discussion on a substantive basis for an early resumption of talks, building on the US effort of the past nine months and relying on continued US engagement.
Reading a statement at Headquarters in New York, UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters that Mr. Ban and Mr. Kerry had announced that the UN Representative in Jerusalem, Special Coordinator Robert Serry, has received assurances that “all parties have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.”“This humanitarian ceasefire will commence at 8 am local time on Friday, August 1, 2014. It will last for a period of 72 hours unless extended. During this time, the forces on the ground will remain in place,” said Mr. Dujarric.“We urge all parties to act with restraint until this humanitarian ceasefire begins, and to fully abide by their commitments during the ceasefire.”The spokesperson went on to say that the pause is critical to giving innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve from violence. During this period, civilians in Gaza will receive urgently needed humanitarian relief, and have the opportunity to carry out vital functions, including burying the dead, taking care of the injured, and restocking food supplies. Overdue repairs on essential water and energy infrastructure could also continue during this period.“Israeli and Palestinian delegations will immediately be going to Cairo for negotiations with the Government of Egypt, at the invitation of Egypt, aimed at reaching a durable ceasefire,” he said, adding that the parties will be able to raise all issues of concern in these negotiations.“We thank key regional stakeholders for their vital support of this process, and count on a continued collaborative international effort to assist Egypt and the parties reach a durable ceasefire as soon as possible,” Mr. Dujarric added.News of the ceasefire comes as UN relief officials urged the parties to protect civilians amid the ongoing conflict, which has resulted in thousands of casualties and caused widespread displacement and destruction.“The reality of Gaza today is that no place is safe,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos said in her briefing to the Security Council on the latest situation. “We have all watched in horror the desperation of children, of civilians as they have come under attack,” she added, speaking via videoconference from Trinidad and Tobago. “Under international humanitarian law, the Government of Israel, Hamas and other militant groups must distinguish between military objectives and civilian objects and between combatants and civilians. They must also avoid harming civilians or civilian objects, and protect them from the effects of military operations.” Nearly four weeks of conflict have left more than 1,300 Palestinians dead and 6,000 injured, Ms. Amos reported. Over 80 per cent of those killed have been civilians; 251 children. Israel has faced rocket fire, and the hostilities have resulted in the deaths of 3 civilians and 56 soldiers, with dozens injured. She noted that the current crisis in Gaza takes place against the backdrop of decades of instability, poverty and vulnerability resulting from repeated outbreaks of hostilities and the ongoing blockade on land, air and sea. Over 80 per cent of Gaza’s population of 1.8 million – more than half of them children under the age of 18 – were already dependent on humanitarian aid before the outbreak of hostilities. Up to 440,000 people in Gaza are now displaced, almost 24 per cent of the population. Over 240,000 are being hosted in schools run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), while others are seeking refuge wherever they can; in government buildings, hospital grounds or with families and friends. “People flee to areas they believe are safe from attack. But these areas are becoming harder to find,” said Ms. Amos, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. “So, they come to United Nations facilities for protection when their homes and neighbourhoods come under fire – more than 240,000 people. But over 103 UN facilities have come under attack including an UNWRA school hosting over 3,300 displaced yesterday,” she stated. “The parties to the conflict have an obligation – an absolute obligation – to protect civilians from direct or indiscriminate attacks. Under international law, United Nations operations, personnel and premises, must remain inviolable, and parties to the conflict should protect humanitarian workers. There can be no justification for failing to do so.” Ms. Amos said the relief effort is “stretched,” with ongoing fighting and insecurity hampering the ability of UN agencies to move around and making it difficult to sustain the delivery of assistance to people in need. “Until a longer-term ceasefire is agreed, we need more humanitarian pauses to enable us to reach those in need. Pauses must be daily, predictable, and adequate in length so that humanitarian staff can dispatch relief to those in need, rescue the injured, recover the dead and allow civilians some reprieve so that they can restock and resupply their homes. “We urgently need the Government of Israel, Hamas and other militant groups to comply with their international legal obligations, including international humanitarian and human rights law. Each party must be held accountable to international standards; not the standards of the other party,” Ms. Amos added. Briefing the Council from Gaza City, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said the most difficult challenge facing the Agency today is the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians it is currently hosting. “We are doing everything possible to provide the displaced with minimum needs – food, mattresses and blankets – but we are now into the fourth week of mass displacement in facilities unequipped to shelter large numbers for such a duration,” he told the Council via teleconference. “Conditions are increasingly dire in the shelters,” he continued. “There is no water for personal hygiene, very few showers and latrines are totally inadequate. Disease outbreak is beginning, with skin infections, scabies and others. There are thousands of pregnant women in our schools, deliveries are precarious and we are sheltering newborns in these appalling conditions. Our ability to mitigate this situation is of course heavily restricted by ongoing hostilities.” Stating that the current reality on the ground is not sustainable, Mr. Krähenbühl renewed his call for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire to be agreed by the parties.
The United Nations today expressed concern about the latest developments in Venezuela, calling on the Government and the opposition to address the country’s challenges for the benefit of the people.“We call on the Government of Venezuela and the opposition to engage sincerely to reactivate dialogue efforts,” according to a statement attributable to UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric. Specifically, he noted dialogue around critical issues that are already agreed to be placed on the agenda, namely the balance of power among branches of the State, the electoral calendar, human rights, truth and justice and the socioeconomic situation.Mr. Dujarric called for “concrete gestures” to reduce polarisation and to create the necessary conditions to address the country’s challenges.
The family of a teenager fatally stabbed by his friend have launched a legal challenge against the “unduly lenient” sentence he received.Yousef Makki, 17, died after being knifed in the heart in Hale Barns, Greater Manchester, on March 2.The teenager who dealt the fatal blow, referred to as Boy A for legal reasons, admitted perverting the course of justice and possession of a knife, and was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter.He was handed a 16-month detention and training order and will spend half of that period in custody.Another 17-year-old, known as Boy B, also admitted possessing a knife and was given a four-month detention and training order. He will also serve half of that sentence in custody.Yousef’s family is now appealing to the Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox QC, for the “unduly lenient” sentences to be increased.They wrote in legal submissions: “Public concern at the increase in knife crime must be reflected in the sentences imposed.”A sentence of 16-months did not reflect the overall criminality involving Boy A.”So far as Boy B is concerned, for substantially the same reasons as identified in relation to Boy A, the sentence imposed was unduly lenient.”Yousef’s sister Jade added: “We believe that these sentences do not send the right message to society. Knife crime is at its highest at the moment and we need tougher sentencing.” On the day of the murder, Boy A lied to police that Yousef had been stabbed by someone who fled the scene by car. 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. This meant he was treated as a witness rather than a suspect and wasted valuable police resources, crown court judge Mr Justice Simon Bryan QC previously said.During sentencing, the judge said Boy A “found knives cool”, videoed himself with them and listened to drill music and gangster rap which “glorified” the carrying and use of blades.Last month a disturbing video emerged showing Boy A making stabbing gestures as drill music referring to “blades” and “shanks” – slang for “knives” – plays in the background.The footage, seen by The Telegraph, is believed to have been filmed in a toilet cubicle at Manchester Crown Court during the trial while the teenager was on bail.The video ended up being sent to Yousef’s family, who then sent it to the judge presiding over the case.Detectives are investigating if the person who sent it to the family have committed an offence under the Malicious Communications Act.Yousef, who had dreamed of becoming a heart surgeon, had won a scholarship to the prestigious Manchester Grammar School before his death. A schoolboy pays his respects to Yousef outside Manchester Grammar SchoolCredit:Mercury Press & Media/Mercury Press & Media
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMazaruni Prison Expansion works ongoingJuly 16, 2017In “Local News”60 steel cells to be constructed at Camp StreetJuly 6, 2018In “Crime”See your incarceration as your opportunity to get right back up – Director of PrisonsDecember 19, 2017In “Crime” Acting Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, providing an update on the expansion of the Mazaruni Prison said that twelve of the living quarters earmarked for prison staff at the institution have been completed and a further eight are set for completion this year.An aerial view of the houses being constructed at the Mazaruni Prison“Twelve houses were constructed last year and an additional eight will be constructed in 2018. Last weekend the advertisement went out for the first four of the eight houses, the tenders are supposed to be open this week so more than likely the contract would be awarded soon” he noted.In an interview with the DPI, Samuels noted that along with the completed twelve houses, the installation of its new generator in 2017 and prospective solar panels in 2018, the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) also plans to increase the number of hours during which electricity is provided on the island facility.This, Samuels said, will not only make the officers’ stay a more comfortable one, but will also aid its electronic surveillance security system and increase the opportunities for its skills training programme.“It will increase our ability to be able to offer skill training to prisoners because most skill training requires power tools and it restricted the capacity of the prison to offer training in carpentry and other such areas that would require the use of power tools when power was not adequately available. We are also looking at the installation of solar panels which will also complement the generators especially for our CCTV expansion which will be part of our 2018 project as well.”Midair view of the area designated for the prison’s constructionAccording to Samuels, these upgrades are in keeping with the budget request of the GPS and the recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry (CoI).In the 2018 National Budget, the sum of $1.5 billion has been allocated to the GPS, a sizeable amount of which will go towards continuing the expansion of the prison with construction of a new brick wing to house an additional 400 inmates. The penitentiary currently houses 452.
THE MEDICAL DEVICES and drugs company Abbott is to cut 200 jobs from a based in Co Tipperary.The jobs will be cut through a round of voluntary redundancies from Abbott’s facility in Clonmel.About 1,400 people are employed at the facility, which manufactures vascular products.The company said it was entering a “30-day consultation period” with employees to discuss how the redundancies could be managed.It said the adjustments were part of a global programme “to meet the evolving needs of the business and to remain competitive in a challenging global environment”.In addition to the 200 staff, “a few dozen” contractor positions will be dropped at the end of March when current contracts expire.Abbott said the Clonmel site remained important to its global manufacturing network.“Going forward, the Clonmel site will focus primarily on the manufacture of newer, advanced medical devices that incorporate a drug and device combination,” it said, saying capital investment would be made later this year to affirm the plant’s futur.“We regret the impact of this adjustment on our employees in Clonmel and the wider community, and our focus is on supporting our impacted employees. Favourable redundancy terms and outplacement services will be provided to affected employees,” it said.Clonmel-based MEP Phil Prendergast said the announcement was “very distressing news for the workforce, their families, and the wider community”.“The company must give all workers in that situation the full picture in terms of its intentions and their entitlements as soon as possible,” she said.Local TD Tom Hayes, of Fine Gael, said job losses at any time were tough but redundancies at this particular time were particularly tough.“Unfortunately, Clonmel appears to have taken the brunt of Abbott’s restructuring plan as it is the only one of the eleven Abbott locations in Ireland to be impacted by this decision,” he said.“My thoughts are with the staff at this difficult time.”Four months ago the company said it was cutting about 180 jobs from a plant in Ballytivnan, Co Sligo, with the jobs to be lost throughout this year.Read: 180 jobs to go at Abbott in Sligo in unexpected cut