Are we ready for change

first_imgEven though India boasts of universalisation of primary education, with almost 100 per cent Gross Enrolment Rate (2014-15), quality of education in the last decade has gone down. While ASER 2008 revealed that 50.6 per cent grade 3 children in India could read a grade 1 text, this number reduced to 42.5 per cent by 2016. With India committed to the Sustainable Development Goal of achieving equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030, this backward trend is a cause of concern. Also Read – A special kind of bondPadhe Bharat Badhe Bharat scheme launched in 2014 under the aegis of SSA aims to improve the reading and writing skills of children in grades 1 and 2. The recently released draft New Education Policy 2019 also talks of foundational literacy and age-appropriate pedagogical practices. It not only talks of revamping the current educational structure, but also promotes massive teacher education and professional development reforms. The draft NEP also talks about remedial education, primarily for those who have been left behind and struggle with the daily challenges of curriculum in class. Also Read – Insider threat managementDespite the new era of reforms that might soon be pushed, one question that largely remains ignored in this discussion is: are we ready for change? The concept of literacy is expanding and is not confined to development of basic reading writing abilities alone. Literacy today talks of the ability to access information from multiple sources, deal with multiple perspectives and layered meaning in a text and form an informed opinion. The objective today is to ensure the development of independent learning skills in children and this can only be achieved on a strong foundation of early grade literacy. Unfortunately, stakeholders at various levels today seem to be ill-prepared or ill-equipped on multiple fronts. Firstly, there is a general lack of understanding about ‘science of reading’, among teachers, both public and private. This is not to pass on the blame to the teachers in any way. On the contrary, the attempt is to provide a sympathetic view. Most of the pre-service teacher education courses use obsolete content with minimal focus on reading pedagogy. The result is often an unprepared teacher having to deal with children speaking multiple home languages and coming with minimum or no quality preschool experience. Add to it the fact that they are pressured to teach multi-level, multi-grade classrooms with ill-designed curriculum, poorly designed textbooks and still show results. The in-service teacher training does little to help alleviate the problem. Secondly, the state government also provides a cadre of academic officials known as Block Resource Persons (BRPs) or Cluster Academic Coordinators (CACs) to monitor and support the teachers in delivery of effective classroom instruction. However, owing to less than adequate academic capabilities and conceptual knowledge, they seem to be unable to do justice to their defined role. Also, in most of the states, they are largely seen to be involved in administrative tasks that provides them with no challenge and zeal to focus on quality education. Lack of understanding of early grade literacy exists even at the highest level of government machinery, with senior officials ‘demanding’ results; rather than working to improve systemic inefficiencies and capabilities. Thirdly, parents from humble backgrounds, proud of being the first ones to send their kids to school, more often than not are satisfied with their children just ‘attending school’ and do not ‘demand’ quality. These first generation learners themselves come completely unprepared for the school and are lost amidst the textbooks and rote learning of the script. Lastly, most of the government schools have inadequate infrastructure and non-functional libraries stacked with low-quality inappropriate reading material for early graders, if any. The missing culture of reading both in our schools and our communities does not help either. There is an urgent need today to ensure quality education in primary grades, or else our demographic advantage may very soon turn to ‘demographic burden’. Language experts must be involved in the development of a broad literacy framework based on scientific pedagogical principles that provides scalable sustainable inputs with in-built flexibility for state-specific contexts. Based on the framework, early grade curriculum needs to be reworked on and textbooks revised. Teacher education courses and in-service training need to be made more relevant and closely linked to ground realities. There should be creation of government recognised MOOC courses focusing on pedagogy, in teachers’ own language. The structure and content of in-service teacher training need to be changed. These should be followed by regular long-term mentoring and support on the ground, which is not possible unless there is a cadre of trained academic coordinators. Hence, focused training for BRPs/CACs on pedagogy and mentoring skills remains a non-negotiable. Schools need to be filled with relevant and appropriate reading material for primary grades, either through school libraries or classroom libraries. Lastly, all of this can only be done if sufficient awareness and sensitivity about early grade literacy is brought about not only at the level of the community, but also at the highest bureaucratic and political level. The draft New Education Policy 2019 needs to ponder over these issues and provide appropriate solutions. One can only hope that the new era of reforms would help India provide quality learning opportunities to those we fail most often, our children. (Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute for Competitiveness, India. Nidhi Vinayak, educationist, is co-author for the piece. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Violence breaks out inside Parliament

The United National Party called for a no-confidence vote on the statement made by Rajapaksa today. The Speaker ordered the MPs to return to their seats but they refused to do so and kept verbally abusing the Speaker.UNP MPs then attempted to protect the Speaker and a clash broke out. Several MPs were seen falling down the stairs during the clash and some sustained injuries. The Speaker then sought Parliament approval to call for a vote by name. However the Government objected and several Government MPs ran towards the Speaker and threatened him. As the tense situation continued for several minutes a waste paper basket was seen been thrown towards some of the MPs.Both sides then began to shout slogans in the well of the House during which time the Speaker, Prime Minister and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe left.Several MPs continued to remain inside Parliament even after the protest ended. (Colombo Gazette) A clash broke out in Parliament today between MPs from the Government and the opposition.Parliamentarians from both sides clashed after Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa made a special statement. read more

New UNbacked peace commission in Afghanistan to help settle local disputes

The new panel, situated in Faryab Province, includes representatives of area authorities as well as the major factions – Jamiat and Jumbesh – and has already managed to settle a dispute between two of their respective local commanders, according to spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva. “It confirmed that there was no fighting in the area as had allegedly been reported but at the same time succeeded in calming down the situation between the two commanders which could have escalated into something bigger.” The dispute arose from tensions caused when two commanders were competing for territorial control. “The Commission met with both sides as well as village elders and managed to arbitrate an agreement on territory,” the spokesman reported. The new Commission will meet weekly to address, mediate and resolve issues that have the potential to degenerate into fighting. “These tensions are generally caused by local commanders who are vying for more power and to extend their territory, control and influence,” Mr. de Almeida e Silva explained. “Conflicts can also erupt over disputes ranging from ownership or theft of livestock to annexation of land, extortion and illegal taxation.” The spokesman also announced that key factional leaders – Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum of Jumbesh, Gen. Ustad Atta Mohammad of Jamiat and Gen. Sardar Saidi of Hizb-e-Wahdat – are leading a delegation of the Security Commission of the North to continue a voluntary disarmament process in Sholgara. “There will be three collection points for weapons where the three leaders will be positioned to collect arms from their respective factions,” Mr. de Almeida e Silva said. So far, the process has yielded 112 weapons, including light arms, mortars and heavy machine guns. The Commission also registered 169 small arms that were held by individuals for private purposes. read more

Concerned at looting UN body calls for renewed protection of Iraqs heritage

Voicing concern over the continued pillaging of cultural objects in Iraq, a United Nations committee has called for continued efforts by international cultural and police organizations to stem the illicit trafficking of the war-torn country’s heritage.At its 13th session ending last week, the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation urged Member States of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to adopt a model Export Certificate for Cultural Objects developed by the agency and the World Customs Organization to facilitate surveillance of such objects to curb illicit trafficking.The Committee, comprising 22 Member States, is responsible for seeking ways and means of facilitating bilateral negotiations for the restitution or return of cultural property to its countries of origin, and promoting such restitution. It addressed its call to UNESCO and its partners, the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the world police agency INTERPOL and the Italian Carabinieri police.UNESCO has shown great concern over Iraq’s priceless 7,000-year-old cultural heritage ever since widespread looting of museums and archaeological sites was reported during and shortly after the United States-led invasion in 2003. A coordinating body established under the joint auspices of the Iraqi authorities and UNESCO drew up a seven-point blueprint last May for the “immense and vital” challenge of conservation, rehabilitation, capacity building, training and coordination.The Committee also took note of the continuing cooperation between the British Museum and Greek museums over the issue of the Parthenon Marbles, and invited UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura to help organize more meetings between the United Kingdom and Greece, “with a view to resolving the question…taking in account at the same time the sensitivities of both sides.”It also invited Germany and Turkey “to continue comprehensive bilateral negotiations” over the Sphinx of Bogusköy, which is currently on display at the Berlin Museum.In his closing address to the Committee, Mr. Matsuura pointed out that the issues surrounding the return and restitution of cultural property are attracting greater attention than ever before. “In this context, UNESCO continues to be committed to promote its normative and safeguarding action,” he said. read more

UNICEF demands that water not be used to achieve military and political

“Clean water is both a basic need and a fundamental right, in Syria as it is anywhere else,” reminded Dr. Peter Salama, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa in a press release. “Denying civilians access to water is a flagrant violation of the laws of war and must end.” In recent months, up to five million people living in cities and communities across the country indeed have suffered the consequences of long and sometimes deliberate interruptions to their water supplies. That includes 2.3 million in Aleppo, 2.5 million in Damascus and 250,000 in Dera’a. In the northern city of Aleppo, where fighting has crippled the main pumping station for months at a time, UNICEF has recorded 18 deliberate water cuts this year alone. Taps in some communities were left dry for up to 17 days in a row – and for over a month in some areas of the city. With no water at home, children often take on the task of collecting water from street standpipes and collection points. One UNICEF engineer tells of a little girl he met who had stood in line for hours to fill two small water containers, only to realize that they were too heavy for her to carry. “She just burst into tears,” he recalled. The unpredictability of warfare can make the process of fetching water dangerous, and even lethal, UNICEF underlined. In recent weeks, conflict cost the lives of at least three children while they were out collecting water in Aleppo. Water shortages bring other consequences as well. Families in Damascus, Dera’a, Aleppo and other areas have to rely on dirty water from unregulated and unprotected groundwater sources, exposing children in particular to the risk of contracting diarrhoea, typhoid, hepatitis, and other diseases. In recent weeks, water prices have increased in Aleppo by up to 3,000 per cent, at a time when families are finding it harder than ever to make ends meet. Syria’s water crisis has deepened along with the conflict; water availability is about half what it was before the crisis began in 2011. Ongoing violence and heavy clashes have caused severe damage to pipelines and other water infrastructure, and municipal workers are often unable to carry out the necessary repairs. Frequent power cuts make it hard for technicians and engineers to pump water to civilians. Some areas receive only one hour of electricity a day and cuts lasting up to four days are reported. The misery is particularly acute for millions of displaced families who have to share limited water supplies in over-crowded shelters. To add to the suffering, Syria – like much of the region – has been wilting under a heat wave said to be the harshest in decades. Temperatures in Aleppo have soared to above 40 degrees Celsius in recent weeks. UNICEF called on parties to the conflict to take urgent steps to avert further suffering of civilians in Syria, by immediately halt water cuts and all actions that interrupt public water supplies, end all attacks on water facilities and infrastructure, and protect the safety of water engineers and other personnel who repair water supply installations. read more

Souper Star lunch tickets on sale now

Tickets for the annual United Way Souper Star lunch are now available.This sell-out event features six exclusive soups prepared by Sodexo chefs and served by faculty deans, all of whom will go head-to-head to earn the coveted Souper Bowl.For $10, staff and faculty can sample each of the soups and cast a vote for their favourite. Tickets for the Oct. 5 event can be purchased in the Campus Store.The Brock United Way committee will also announce the 2016 fundraising goal at the event.To learn more about Brock University’s United Way campaign and the events, visit brocku.ca/united-way read more

Healthy Buckeyes seek revenge

Injuries are never beneficial to any team. At times, however, they can have a funny effect.In the case of the Ohio State men’s basketball team, injuries, both this season and last, have allowed the Buckeyes to come together in times of despair. It has also allowed players who usually wouldn’t get playing opportunities to gain experience.With a highly anticipated matchup against No. 11 West Virginia on Saturday, the Buckeyes remember the beat down they received from the Mountaineers last season.One difference, however, is that OSU faced injuries shortly before last year’s matchup with West Virginia. This season, it appears they have successfully come back from one.The Buckeyes started 9-0 last season before losing forward David Lighty to a foot injury against Jacksonville.Reeling from his injury, and trying to find players to replace him, OSU staggered into the matchup with WVU and was pounded, 76-48.For this season’s matchup, OSU is finally healthy, and these injuries might have given the Buckeyes their best chance at revenge against their boarding opponent.When Lighty went down with a broken foot, the Buckeyes were in desperate need of a leader.Insert Evan Turner.The guard quickly became the team’s most prolific player and hasn’t stopped since. Having to lead the Buckeyes made Turner grow up fast under fire. As for the void in playing time, that was filled by freshman guard William Buford.Buford used his extended playing time to have a promising first season.Coach Thad Matta seems to share the sentiment that even in traumatic situations, a team can get better and grow.“I use William [Buford] as a good example,” Matta said. “When David [Lighty] went down, it was the situation of, ‘Hey Will, you just went from playing 20 minutes to 35 minutes whether you like it or not,’ and I thought he had a great freshman year. Really across the board I thought we’ve done a really good job.”After three consecutive wins in conference, it looks as if the Buckeyes have hit their stride as they prepare for a rematch with the Mountaineers.Matta said OSU is clearly deeper, and guys such as seniors P.J. Hill and Jeremie Simmons add depth and experience this season, since they started last year.“Obviously we would have loved having Evan [Turner] all the games this year,” junior guard Jon Diebler said. “It forces guys to elevate their game especially in aspects that maybe they aren’t used to doing.“But now that he’s back, to keep playing at the level we’re at and adding a guy who is one of the best players in the country … you know it’s just a good feeling.”Getting Turner back and having him play at such a high level again is a bonus for an Ohio State team that has quickly positioned itself back in the thick of the Big Ten.Things seem to finally be falling back into place for the Buckeyes. Luckily, their most important games are still ahead of them.“I think we obviously had to step up our game,” junior center Dallas Lauderdale said. “I don’t think we wanted to fall back and be complacent. We wanted to keep our game at a high level.” read more

Want to be a Garda You need to impress as the competition

first_imgThe process is essentially the initial application, onto the psychometric testing and skills evaluation, and finally to the selection interview.Each stage of the application process is designed to be a fair method of selecting suitable candidates for An Garda Síochana, based on the specific competencies that will be required for the role.We look to help candidates understand what these competencies are, and how to best demonstrate them at interview. He added that much of the psychometric testing is taking place at the moment, which involves tests on your numerical and verbal reasoning.“Psychometric testing is a fair and impartial way of assessing particular skills. The testing will start with an online assessment, followed by more detailed tests carried out in dedicated test centres. You can’t fake it, but just like anything else, practice is the best road to success, so that is what we can offer at the course,” he said.McDermott explained that potential Garda recruits are also tested on their skills and evaluation, with a crime being shown to them by video. “This is where applicants are assessed on how they would handle a situation and how much attention they pay to detail – an important thing to convey that you have during the interview process.”Many people that we see have wanted to be a member of the Gardaí for some time, but the opportunity wasn’t there to apply. We think there are some key pointers that people should try and convey.”Community He explained that An Garda Síochana describe themselves as a police service, rather than a police force. “This means that skills like communication, teamwork, ability to deal with difficult situations in a calm manner and attention to detail are key skills. Garda also need to be excellent at engaging with local communities – an essential skill if they are to do their job well,” McDermott said.He said that if an applicant has been involved some way in the community be it through the GAA or volunteering of another kind, then this should be made known to the interviewer.“It shows that you care about your community and are involved in it, which is what the Gardaí like to see. People need to be talking about that in the interview,” he said.ReservesBeing a member of the Garda reserves is an added bonus, he said, as it shows that you have been passionate about working with them for some time.When you are called to an interview he added that it was important to prove your competencies in the interview, just like you would for any job interview, by giving concrete examples of where you have shown similar skills, with good outcomes, he said.Finally, medical tests and background checks are carried out, which is why McDermott says someone’s online profile is very important.“You have to view your online presence on Twitter or Facebook as your online brand. It reflects who you are to the outside, be it accurate or not, he warned, stating that it would be unfortunate having applied for the Gardaí and gotten so far, only to be tripped up by a stupid comment you made on Twitter about something, that might not make you seem like the kind of person they want as a member of the Gardaí,” he said.The next course date taking place in Dublin is today, but to keep up with future course dates, click here. The fee for the day long course is €200. This includes all notes and handouts as well as lunch and refreshments.Read: 20,000 people apply for jobs in An Garda Síochana>Read: First Garda recruitment drive since 2009 begins today> A COURSE THAT looks to prepare individuals who are considering applying to join An Garda Síochana or help those through the interview process has been established by the The Communications Clinic.The first Garda recruitment drive since 2009 was launched before Christmas, with more than 20,000 people applying for the 300 positions available.Hiring had been suspended for four years as part of the public sector hiring freeze, meaning there was a lot of people who have had their sights set on being a member of the Gardaí for many years.The Garda Application ClinicEoghan McDermott from The Garda Application Clinic said the course, which costs €200, offers personal expertise in communications and policing, and has a former Garda working with the course to bring the best insight in to what is required to be a member of the Gardaí.He said the one day seminar coaches candidates and helps them to optimise their application prospects, in what will be a highly competitive entrance competition, said McDermott. He added they established the course as over the years there had been people approaching them for advice on preparation, but there was no other course out there.“Just like any interview or application for any job, it is important to be prepared and be able to convey the skills you have to offer,” he said.Long process“Applying to be in the Gardaí can be a long and quite detailed process. People have applied over Christmas and I think the hope is to have new recruits in Templemore by June,” he said, stating that there are stages to the application process. Giving an insight into the interview process, McDermott said:last_img read more

iPad 2 returned with note stating Wife said no

first_imgThe launch of the iPad 2 has been nothing short of a major success. Over 500,000 units sold in the first day, with roughly 70% going to new customers rather than iPad upgraders. And good luck sourcing an iPad 2 at the moment as the shipping time seems to be 4 to 5 weeks.Even so, there will always be returns, and Apple is keen to monitor how many iPad 2s are coming back and more importantly discovering out why. If there was a major issue, like light leakage beyond a few units, then action would have to be taken.AdChoices广告While we’re sure Apple has seen its fair share of faulty units, one return in particular captured the interest of staff and upper management at the company. A fully-functioning iPad 2 was returned by a gentleman with a Post-it note attached to the display. The note simply said, “Wife said no”.Clearly the man had spent his money without getting the wife’s permission and must have returned to the store with his heart broken. Two Apple vice presidents learned of the return, found it amusing, and decided to do something about it.The man got his iPad 2 back with a new note attached to the screen. It said, “Apple said yes.”We’re sure this method of getting a free iPad 2 will only work once, but we love the fact that Apple decided to solve this guy’s problem. I bet they have managed to make his wife an Apple fan too, and there will be no such problem when the iPad 3 arrives next year.Read more at MacRumors.comlast_img read more

Tchernobyl lenquête sur limpact du nuage en France abandonnée

first_imgTchernobyl : l’enquête sur l’impact du nuage en France abandonnée ?Demain, le mercredi 7 septembre, la Cour d’appel de Paris rendra son verdict quant à l’avenir de l’enquête sur l’impact du nuage de Tchernobyl en France. Ouverte il y a dix ans, cette enquête pourrait être close, comme le requiert le parquet général, estimant qu’aucune conséquence sur la santé n’a pu être scientifiquement prouvée.Plus de 25 ans après la catastrophe de Tchernobyl, l’enquête sur les conséquences sanitaires du nuage radioactif en France pourrait être close. Demain matin, rapporte Romandie, la Cour d’appel de Paris rendra sa décision, suivant ou non l’avis du parquet général, qui requiert un abandon de l’enquête faute de preuves scientifiques.Cette enquête, ouverte en 2001, a porté sur les mesures de radioactivité réalisées en France lors du passage du nuage, au printemps 1986. Les plaignants, pour la plupart atteints de maladies touchant la thyroïde, dénoncent une “minimisation des risques encourus”. L’ancien patron du Service central de protection contre les rayons ionisants (SCPRI), le Pr Pierre Pellerin, est accusé d’avoir trompé la population quant aux niveaux de radioactivité mesurés lors du passage du nuage de Tchernobyl. Dans plusieurs communiqués, il se montrait très rassurant, affirmant que “l’élévation relative de la radioactivité” était “très largement inférieure aux limites réglementaires” imposées en France. Cinq ans après avoir été mis en examen, le Pr Pellerin réclame un non-lieu. Le 31 mars dernier, le parquet a soutenu cette demande, et requit la clôture de l’enquête. Le ministère public affirme que les analyses scientifiques de l’enquête ont mené à la conclusion que le nuage de Tchernobyl n’avait pas eu de conséquence sanitaire mesurable en France, n’établissant notamment aucun lien avec des maladies de la thyroïde. Des études effectuées en Corse Alors que leur avocat se déclarait en mars peu optimiste quant à une éventuelle poursuite de l’enquête, les plaignants déplorent l’absence de certains éléments qui laisse le dossier inachevé. La juge chargée de l’enquête, Marie-Odile Bertella-Geffroy, attend entre autres les résultats d’une étude menée dans plusieurs villages corses. En effet, il y a peu une étude à confirmer une nette augmentation des troubles thyroïdiens en Corse dans les années suivant le passage du nuage.  Le 6 septembre 2011 à 16:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mascherano equals Zanetti as Argentinas mostcapped player

first_imgJavier Mascherano made his 143rd international appearance for Argentina in Tuesday’s 4-0 win against Haiti and equalled Javier Zanetti as the nation’s most-capped playerThe former Barcelona defender was honoured before the start of the match at Buenos Aires and was one of only five players in the line-up that was also part of the 6-1 humiliation against Spain in March with Gonzalo Higuain, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico and Giovani Lo Celso also being retained by head coach Jorge Sampaoli.?????? @Mascherano recognized for making his 143rd @Argentina cap tonigh, tying him for most all-time in the country’s illustrious history. pic.twitter.com/CP2YU4Gr5R— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) May 29, 2018Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…Mascherano made his debut at international level for Argentina in 2003 in a friendly against Uruguay and is set to take part in his fourth World Cup this summer in Russia.The 33-year-old left Barcelona for Chinese club Hebei China Fortune back in January and scored his first goal for the club in a Chinese FA Cup game against Shandong Luneng Taishan on May 2.Argentina now fly to Barcelona to prepare for World Cup matches against Iceland on June 16, Croatia on June 21 and Nigeria on June 26.last_img read more

Based on the report the from the UK the TCI is thriving

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppA copy of the Turks and Caicos Islands report on its progress was issued yesterday from London and the Joint Ministerial Conference where the premier, deputy premier, governor and minister of finance are in attendance. Based on the report the other UK overseas territories are being told that the TCI is thriving and is likely to see many developments in several areas. Some of the highlights… a forecast 3.4% growth for the TCI economy in 2013; and a campaign to boost local investments and attract investors from outside of the TCI. Also plans aimed at encouraging local entrepreneurship especially in the manufacturing industry are said to be in the developmental stage. The report mentioned plans to improve infrastructure such as roads, classrooms and other capital projects some of which are already ongoing. The progress report did not fail to expose the current high electrical costs faced by residents of the TCI but added that the government is working to re-negotiate agreements which restrict individuals from generating their own electricity from renewable sources. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Searchers looking for lost plane in SW Washington

first_imgRain and mountain snow remained problems Tuesday for searchers looking for a plane with three people on board missing in a mountainous area of southwest Washington near White Pass.The state Aviation Division says two helicopters and Lewis County ground teams searched Monday in the area where the plane dropped off radar.The plane, registered to Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute in Chehalis, took off from Chehalis Monday morning on a flight to Lewiston, Idaho. About 10 minutes into the flight the pilot of the twin-engine Cessna radioed that the plane was turning back because it lost power in one engine. It never arrived.The Cessna 340A has tail number N68718.last_img read more

Hiring expected to pick up for longterm unemployed

first_imgWASHINGTON — Employers who added 288,000 jobs in June showed they might be taking a more serious look at résumés from the long-term unemployed, who last month accounted for the smallest proportion of U.S. jobless ranks in five years.Those out of work 27 weeks or longer made up 32.8 percent of unemployed Americans as the overall unemployment rate dropped to an almost six-year low of 6.1 percent, according to Labor Department data released Thursday in Washington.“You’ll see more and more businesses start to hire the longer-term unemployed and that’s going to put some downward pressure on wages as well,” said Ryan Sweet, senior economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pa., who was among the most accurate forecasters of the drop in unemployment.The share of long-term unemployed remains more than twice the historical average of 15.1 percent in data going back to 1948. Other measures of labor market health, including underemployment and participation rates, haven’t returned to pre-recession levels, according to a dashboard of indicators that Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has said she monitors to judge the economic outlook.About half of the drop in unemployment in the past year is due to the decline among the long-term jobless. Overall unemployed fell by 2.27 million, which included 1.24 million of those out of work for 27 weeks or longer.last_img read more

Fall Tours 2017 Bon Iver Announce Southeast US Shows

first_img Fall Tours 2017: Bon Iver Announce Southeast U.S. Shows Bon Iver Announce Fall 2017 Tour Dates fall-tours-2017-bon-iver-announce-southeast-us-shows Facebook News Email Justin Vernon’s GRAMMY-winning project hits the road this fall in support of his 2016 album, ’22, A Million’Brian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 22, 2017 – 11:17 am Justin Vernon, the two-time GRAMMY winner behind Bon Iver, has made the surprise announcement that he will return to stages around the country this fall for a small tour in support of his 2016 Best Alternative Music Album-nominated 22, A Million. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Bon Iver wins GRAMMY for Best New Artist Twitter The tour will take the 2011 Best New Artist GRAMMY winner on an excursion through the southern states, kicking off in Nashville on 10/29, and wrapping up in Durham, N.C., on 11/13.  Tickets will go on sale for the general public Friday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. ET..Read More: St. Vincent To Reinvent “The Picture Of Dorian Gray”last_img read more

Court extends protection from arrest to P Chidambaram son till

first_imgNew Delhi : A Delhi court on Friday extended the interim protection from arrest granted to former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in Aircel-Maxis cases filed by the CBI and the ED. Special Judge O P Saini extended the relief, which was to end today, till August 23, saying the court was not available for arguments on the anticipatory bail applications of the father-son duo in the cases by both the agencies in the matter. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Chidambarams in the corruption case lodged by the CBI and the money laundering case filed by the ED, had on August 1 termed the probe in the Aircel-Maxis matter as “motivated” and said that the agencies had no ground for their arrest. The matter was then adjourned for Friday after CBI and ED, represented by senior advocate Sonia Mathur and advocates N K Matta and Nitesh Rana respectively, sought time to argue the matter. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us The agencies, also represented by advocates Noor Rampal and A R Aditya, had earlier alleged before the court that Karti was destroying the evidence whenever he went abroad. Advocates P K Dubey and Arshdeep Singh, appearing for Karti, had opposed the contention made by the agencies. The case relates to alleged irregularities in grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval in the Aircel-Maxis deal. The father-son duo were given interim protection from arrest by the court after they filed anticipatory bail applications in the case.last_img read more

TShirt Tuesday Best New Nintendo Shirts

first_img Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: nursing our E3 hangover in Teepublic’s Nintendo-inspired shirts.Technicolor PlumberThe great thing about Mario is that he’s so open to interpretation – sure, he’s a plumber, but he also races cars, plays tennis, moonlights as a doctor and squeezes his rotund Italian form into dozens of other guises. Artist KyleLabriola gives Nintendo’s flagship hero a cute spin in this slick illustration that uses abstract forms to accentuate Mario’s motion down into the sewers.$20, buy it here.Anatomy Of A PlumberNow this is what we call a “deep cut” in the business. Take the iconic Saul Bass title sequence for Otto Preminger’s 1958 drama Anatomy Of A Murder, then swap in Shigeru Miyamoto’s iconic plumber for the titular corpse. Worlds collide in a T-shirt for serious geeks. Our mind-controlling hat is off to designer ZombieMedia for coming up with this one.$20, buy it here.TreeforceThe Zelda games are known for their quiet moments as much as their bombastic action and brain-straining puzzles, and this design by Donnie perfectly captures that hush of awe when you walk into a silent glade and retrieve the Master Sword for the first time. No matter how primitive the graphics or how tortuous the quest, it’s one of the most potent emotional moments that any gamer can experience.$20, buy it here.Zoot Suit SamusIf you’re as psyched for two new Metroid games as we are, this shirt will make your day. Artist paperbeatsscissors took Samus Aran out of her traditional Power Suit, out of her skin-tight Zero suit – and into a 40s style Zoot Suit. Naturally, the space bounty hunter pulls it off with style, even accessorizing her mini Metroid buddy with a jaunty fedora.$20, buy it here.SystemsMinimalist interpretations of classic designs pretty much always work for us, so this stack of Nintendo’s major console releases by artist McTowel is right up our alley. Starting with the original NES on top, it drills down through the big N’s hardware history before ending at the Wii U in compelling color bar form. No Switch? Well, it’s technically a portable, so that’ll work well enough as an excuse.$20, buy it here.Bowser Never Loved MeThis slick tattoo-style design by artist beastpop gives us the point of view of some of the poor minions strapped into a life of servitude to the Koopa King, vainly trying to keep a plumber with seemingly infinite lives from reaching the castle. One would think that with all the money he spent on defense Bowser could really make the place better for the poor schmucks under his rule, but that’s what you get living in a monarchy.$20, buy it here.Samus WarsThis is just an insanely sweet-ass illustration by artist Ninjaink based on the classic Mike Zeck cover for issue #10 of Secret Wars. We would straight-up kill to see a Metroid comic drawn in this style, but for some reason Nintendo doesn’t let their characters breathe in the four-color universe like Sega does. Until then, we’ll proudly wear the shirt.$20, buy it here.Jumping PlumberSure, the name of this shirt by hkxdesign sounds like one of those bootleg games you buy for $3 at a flea market and turns out to be like an Atari 2600 in a PlayStation housing, but the actual art is super cool – shifting the perspective of the Mario universe isn’t new or novel at this point, but the artist brings a lot of personal style and panache to it. They’re not afraid to go off-model a little bit to make for a better composition, and the end product is a very nice shirt.$20, buy it here.Dark MoonThe myriad transformations of Eevee in the Pokemon series make it a popular pick for artists, but this innovative and compelling design by Yiannis is our favorite of the batch. Depicting Umbreon, the Dark-type monster you get when you evolve an Eevee with a Moon Shard at night, it’s executed in a sort of tribal, sort of Keith Haring style that really stands out from the crowd. Just a really unique design that you won’t find anywhere else.$20, buy it here.Armored MaidenYes, yes, three Metroid shirts in a single list, I know, but this homage to the cover of Iron Maiden’s classic The Trooper was just too damn swank to pass up. Artist Ninjaink (who also did another of the Samus shirts on this list) perfectly groks the overlap between metal and retro gaming – both are uncompromising, tough as nails and require you to go with your gut against impossible odds to succeed. We can see our EIC here at Geek rocking this one for sure.$20, buy it here.Playing CardsTrue fans know that before Nintendo got into the video game business they were a manufacturer of toy novelties and playing cards used for the classic Japanese game hanafuda. This shirt is a replica of a plaque at the company’s corporate headquarters in Kyoto from the early days. If you want to show your allegiance in super geeky fashion, this shirt from spdy4 is a great conversation piece.$20, buy it here.Let us know how we’re doing Stay on target T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Gundam ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best My Hero Academia Shirts last_img read more

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