Croatia’s top judge sues national ethics panel after it finds him guilty of plagiarism

first_imgThe Constitutional Court in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital One of Croatia’s top judges is hitting back at the country’s national research ethics panel after having been found guilty of plagiarism. Miroslav Šeparović, president of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia, announced last week that he has filed criminal complaints against all five members of the Committee on Ethics in Science and Higher Education (CESHE), after it concluded that Šeparović’s 2013 doctoral thesis about children’s rights in EU and Croatian law contained repeated instances of “incomplete and opaque citations” of other people’s work.Šeparović confirmed to Science that he is suing the CESHE members—as a private citizen, not in his capacity of a judge—for misusing their positions and overstepping their jurisdiction, which his own court limited last year. “I am not happy for having to sue, but I have had no alternative,” says Šeparović, who says he seeks to “protect my right to honor and reputation.” Šeparović says he filed the charges on 28 November 2017, days after CESHE ruled against him, and decided to make them public last week after the committee’s unpublished report leaked to the press. Šeparović’s legal team has also called on the CESHE members to resign immediately.Members of the committee say they have only heard about the case from the press so far. “It is crazy that some team of lawyers is asking for members of a national ethics body to resign just for doing their job, for which they have a parliamentary mandate,” says CESHE Chairman Ivica Vilibić, a researcher at the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries in Split, Croatia. Vilibić says he worries about ending up in prison—the charges carry a maximum sentence of 5 years—and says Šeparović’s suit is a dangerous new development in an ongoing effort to weaken or end the committee.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Croatia’s top judge sues national ethics panel after it finds him guilty of plagiarism By Mićo TatalovićFeb. 22, 2018 , 1:55 PMcenter_img Alen Gurovic/Alamy Stock Photo CESHE was set up in 2005 by the Croatian Parliament. Until then, charges of scientific misconduct in the country were handled at the faculty or university level, if at all. Critics said investigations often weren’t objective and rarely found wrongdoing, in part because Croatia’s scientific community is small, with just a few thousand researchers. Neglect during the Communist era and the violent breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s eroded standards and triggered a brain drain.The panel has since embarrassed quite a few politicians and top academics, including an influential obstetrician named Asim Kurjak who was found guilty of extensive plagiarism in 2007. Last year, CESHE found that then–science minister Pavo Barišić, a philosopher at the University of Split, plagiarized parts of two research papers; disputes about that case led four of CESHE’s nine members to resign. (Many other top officials in Croatia have been accused of plagiarism, including another member of the Constitutional Court and Minister of Defense Damir Krstičević; CESHE hasn’t yet ruled on those cases.)The charges against Šeparović were filed on 1 February 2017. Three months later, in a suit against the panel brought by the University of Zagreb, the Constitutional Court weakened CESHE’s influence by ruling that the committee’s findings don’t take precedence over those of lower-level bodies, such as universities’ ethical committees. Šeparović says he abstained from voting in that case because of his conflict of interest.In his statement to the media last week, Šeparović claimed the decision means the committee is not allowed to rule on individual allegations of misconduct at all, an interpretation the committee members vehemently dispute. Without the power to rule on individual cases, CESHE would serve no purpose at all, Vilibić says.Šeparović says the panel is wrong on the merits of his case as well. He says he has acted in accordance with “unwritten rules and standards” at the law faculty of the University of Zagreb, where he obtained his doctorate, and which has defended Šeparović when the allegations surfaced.“Mr. Šeparović is trying to bring down this issue to a legal one—and it would be bad if this was the case just because of his reputation and influence in the Croatian justice system. Ethics and morality are not only a matter a law,” says Saša Zelenika, a professor of engineering at the University of Rijeka in Croatia who was deputy science minister from 2012 to 2014. The case shows that the University of Zagreb should take misconduct charges much more seriously, Zelenika says. The committee’s opinion, he says, “is important for raising awareness and standards in the whole Croatian scientific community.”CESHE worked well until powerful people were affected by its rulings, says Matko Marušić, a medicine professor at the University of Split and one of the people who led the push to establish the committee. “When this issue comes down to real cases, the potential culprits resist fiercely, using connections and counterattacks,” he says.Croatia’s academic community hasn’t taken a strong stand to protect CESHE, says Pavel Gregorić, a senior research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy in Zagreb and a visiting fellow of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. But he sees hope in the next generation: “Interestingly, and perhaps fortunately, students are among Croatia’s loudest voices demanding higher standards of academic integrity.”last_img read more

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Trade Mission Creates Ties That Bind

first_imgNova Scotia’s mission to Louisiana has strengthened cultural andeconomic ties between the province’s Acadians and LouisianaCajuns. The Minister of Acadian Affairs, Chris d’Entremont, travelled toLouisiana last week with a number of business operators topromote trade in the agriculture and fisheries sectors and tocreate opportunities for future business and culturalpartnerships. “It was just six months ago that a delegation from Louisiana cameto Nova Scotia, to celebrate the Congrès mondial acadien,” Mr.d’Entremont said today, March 1. “Since then, we’ve been workingto strengthen the ties between the Cajuns and Acadians. Ourmission to Louisiana last week enabled us to take another steptowards establishing a formal relationship.” The minister met with representatives of a number oforganizations with in which Nova Scotia has cultural links,including the Acadie-Louisiane Committee at Le CentreInternational de Lafayette; the Acadian Memorial; the AcadianCultural Centre and the Musée in St. Martinville, which isholding a number of events this year to commemorate the 250thanniversary of the expulsion of the Acadians. While in St.Martinville, officials presented Mr. d’Entremont with the key tothe city. Mr. d’Entremont also met with members of CODOFIL (The Council forthe development of French in Louisiana) so that they may learnmore about how the government is supporting the development ofFrench-language services in Nova Scotia. “We can expect to see more and more Cajun-Acadian initiatives inthe coming years, both in Louisiana and in Nova Scotia,” said Mr.d’Entremont, who is working on a plan to encourage businessdevelopment and trade opportunities between the two regions. Oneof these initiatives is already underway. Louisiana will host thenext Expo-Acadie in 2006. It follows the success of the firstExpo-Acadia trade show, which was held in Nova Scotia in 2004.last_img read more

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Team 70 working on strengthening Delhis art outreach

first_imgNEW DELHI: To strengthen the outreach of the art and culture of Delhi, the Department of Art and Culture of Delhi led by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, has formed a team of 70 young interns. These people, who are mostly art students, are working closely with the Deputy CM on the field of art and cultures.Deputy CM of Delhi Manish Sisodia who also holds the portfolio of the Art and Culture Department is also monitoring the works of this team. Some of the team members have also met and discussed their experience with the Deputy CM. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark”The youth of this country is smart and energetic. We just have to bring out their energy and fresh idea to strengthen society. I believe that this is the best way of the nation building,” Sisodia said. “We have given various responsibilities to these people and also devised them in various sub categories. Some of them are working on research group and others also have different such responsibilities like works on archeological sites, archives and others,” said Abhinandita Mathur, the advisor of the Deputy CM. Among one of the major projects these people are doing is they are going to various lesser known heritage sites across Delhi. In their regular visits, they are examining the condition of these heritage sites and also observe the current condition of these sites. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”After looking at the condition of these sites, they are also talking to the officials and local residents about the site. They are suggesting us how can we make these sites better known to people and how can make these places better heritage spots,” said Mathur. This year nearly 500 applications came to the department for the internship and the department decided to take only 70 from these people. Many of these young people have earlier also done an internship with the department and worked on these issues. “As a student of art this is an experience of a lifetime because here I get direct exposure of the community art and also look after the policy of the government. This is the second time I am doing this internship and it is a great experience,” said Ishita, one of the interns.last_img read more

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Indian cricketers to now be tested by NADA

first_imgNEW DELHI: Two days after firming their stand over the implementation of anti-doping laws in cricket, Sports Secretary Radheshyam Jhulaniya on Friday announced that BCCI has agreed to come under the ambit of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and also became a National Sports Federation in the process despite being financially autonomous. The secretary after meeting BCCI CEO Rahul Johri on Friday stated that the cricket board has submitted in writing that it will stick to the anti-doping guidelines of NADA. NADA DG Navin Agarwal and Board’s GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim also attended the meeting. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”All cricketers will now be tested by NADA,” Jhulaniya said. “The BCCI raised three issues before us about the quality of the dope testing kits, competence of pathologists and sample collection. We assured them that whatever facilities they want, we will provide but there will be some charge for it. But that higher facility will be equal for all NSFs. BCCI is no different from others. They have to follow the law of the land,” he added.last_img read more

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Two snatchers arrested from Pachkuiyan Road

first_imgNew Delhi: The motorcycle patrolling unit of New Delhi district arrested two snatchers from Pachkuiyan Road area. Police identify the accused as Rajeev (24) and Bhupender (22).Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Eish Singhal, elaborating on the modus operandi, said that the accused used to visit the area of New Delhi on a motorcycle, looking for people moving on foot and talking on the phone. As soon as any such target is found, they snatch his or her phone and flee from the spot. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDCP New Delhi further said that with a view to curb the snatching in the area of New Delhi District, strategic motorcycle patrolling has been implemented on the affected routes. Under this a pair of motorcycles with armed police personnel patrol vulnerable areas to prevent and curb the incidence of these crimes. Both the accused were arrested on August 18. Adding further, DCP New Delhi said that they sell these snatched mobile phones to unsuspecting passersby by showing that they need money under compulsion and hence are willing to sell their phone even at a low price. “People generally fall prey to it and get carried away and readily buy such phones,” said DCP New Delhi. Accused Rajeev works as labour in a printing press. In order to earn quick money, he took to snatching. On further verification, he was found involved in two cases of robbery and theft. The other accused Bhupender earns his livelihood by ironing clothes in his colony.last_img read more

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Security Council strongly condemns attack in eastern Ukraine

According to reports, as many as 15 civilians were killed and more than 20 were injured when shelling hit a public transport stop in the eastern city of Donetsk. In recent days, Donetsk has been the scene of bitter fighting as the two sides clashed over the city’s heavily contested airport. “The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and wished a swift recovery to those injured,” the Council said in a press statement, adding that the Members underlined the need to conduct and objective investigation and bring the perpetrators of the ‘reprehensible act’ to justice. In late February 2014, the situation in Ukraine transcended what was initially seen as an internal Ukrainian political crisis into violent clashes in parts of the country, later reaching full- scale conflict in the east. Despite the Minsk cease-fire, the situation in Ukraine has since continuously deteriorated, with serious consequences for the country’s unity, territorial integrity and stability. From mid-April to 12 December, at least 4,707 people were killed and 10,322 wounded by fighting. Since the tenuous ceasefire began, at least 1,357 fatalities were recorded. Moreover, the UN has recently reported that since March 2014, more than one million people have been displaced from the conflict-affected areas, including nearly 530,000 people within Ukraine, of who at least 130,000 are children. In their press statement, the Council Members also underlined the need for the ‘full implementation’ if the Minsk protocol and welcomed yesterday’s joint statement issued by the foreign ministers of France, Germany, the Russian Federation and Ukraine amid attempts to broker a peace. read more

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Top spot in Big Ten on the line for Ohio State womens

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate during a game against Iowa on Oct. 2 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-2. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi / Lantern PhotographerWith an opportunity to grab first place in the Big Ten, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is looking to keep its five-game winning streak alive in a pair of home matches this weekend.On Friday night at 7 p.m., the No. 7 Buckeyes (16-2, 5-1) will welcome No. 18 Purdue (15-2, 6-0) to St. John Arena in a match for Big Ten supremacy.The Boilermakers are one of the best attacking teams in the country, currently leading the conference in hitting percentage (.294) and kills per set (14.46). In order to slow down Purdue, it will take more than just defense, OSU coach Geoff Carlston said.“If we serve really easy, it’s going to be a long night in that regard,” Carlston said. “We’re a decent serving team. It’s an area we’re trying to get better at and keep moving forward with.”Leading the Purdue offense is senior outside hitter Annie Drews, the two-time reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, whose average of 4.32 kills per set ranks second in the conference.Last season, the teams met only once, when Purdue pulled out a five-set win on its home floor in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Boilermakers hold a slim advantage in the all-time series, 42-41, and have won 12 of their last 15 matches against the Buckeyes.If OSU is to break its recent cold spell against its rivals to the west, staying together as a team is imperative, sophomore defensive specialist Kalisha Goree said.“We always just try to work on our culture and just always try to come together and stick together, whether we’re playing great or not great,” Goree said. “When we play together, we’re a pretty tough team to beat.”After Purdue, the Buckeyes will turn to their attention to Indiana (12-6, 2-4) on Sunday at 1 p.m. Following two straight weekends of back-to-back matches on Friday and Saturday, Carlston is grateful to have a day in between to get ready for the Hoosiers.“(Purdue and Indiana) are very different teams, and we’ll need it to prepare,” Carlston said. “I honestly haven’t watched any video of Indiana … just because I try to keep myself focused in the moment.”When Carlston does start watching the Indiana video, he expects to see a scrappy defensive team.“They’re going to fight and kick and scratch defensively,” he said. “They play with a lot of energy and they’re a team with momentum. I think we’ve got to be really prepared for them to come and play at a high level.”OSU has won its last eight games against Indiana and holds a 49-26 series record against the Hoosiers.Awards keep coming for OSU freshmenFor the second consecutive week, freshman outside hitter Audra Appold was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week, as she helped lead OSU to wins over Northwestern and Illinois with a team-leading 35 kills and 25 digs. The Perrysburg, Ohio, native was also named the espnW national player of the week.OSU’s other freshman, Taylor Hughes, was named the conference’s setter of the week. Hughes had 85 assists — an average of over 12 per set — in the weekend wins, including a career-high 52 against Illinois.“It’s great for them, because they’ve been working hard,” Carlston said. “They come in here early every single day. They’re just good kids and they want to do right by the team. And their teammates love them.”What’s next?OSU is scheduled to be back on the road for a pair of games in Michigan, as it travels to East Lansing to take on Michigan State on Oct. 21 before a match with archrival Michigan in Ann Arbor on Oct. 24. read more

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Wife could face police investigation after taking her husband to Dignitas flat

first_imgA wife could face police investigation after taking her husband, who had multiple sclerosis, to a Dignitas flat in Switzerland where he died in assisted suicide.Sandra Barclay, 67, escorted her husband Andrew, 65, to the controversial clinic so he could end his life “which every day is a struggle from start to end”.Civil servant Mr Barclay had been told by doctors he could live for another 10 years but the grandfather-of-two said he was unwilling to endure total pain and paralysis for the rest of his days.Currently assisted suicide and euthanasia are illegal in the UK.And under the Suicide Act 1961, anyone helping or encouraging someone to take their own life could face up to 14 years in prison, which means Mrs Barclay could face prosecution.Today Mrs Barclay told The Telegraph: “The law needs to be changed.”But high-profile critics of assisted dying, such as Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, said the law was in place for a good reason. On Thursday, after saying goodbye to his wife, Andrew took a lethal mixture of prescription drugs and passed away. He had spent 14 months “fighting to get to Dignitas” and it cost him more than £10,000.Now he has died, his family in Folkestone, Kent, have said they will try to ensure his death was not in vain by campaigning for the right to die in the UK.Last year MPs voted overwhelmingly against changing the law to allow doctors to help terminally ill people end their lives.And opposition to changing the law remains from faith groups and campaigners who fear assisted dying would become a business and say disabled people may feel pressured to end their lives.Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson opposed the Bill that was introduced to the House of Lords in 2015 saying it was “missing a lot of detail about how the process would be carried out – by whom, where, with what drugs”. 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. I’ve spent 14 months fighting to get to Dignitas and there’s now a sense of relief it will soon be overAndrew Barclay Show more Baroness Grey-Thompson said: “I believe that there are many dangers for disabled people within legislation like this.”Andrew Barclay previously told the Daily Mirror: “We need a law that makes it a feasible option in Britain.“It needs to be tightly regulated but why not draw the line where Dignitas has?“It’s not easy to go there, you need medical and psychiatric reports and you need to carry out the final act yourself.”Mr Barclay was diagnosed with the degenerative multiple sclerosis in 1992 and has spent the last three years in a wheelchair.He said: “I can no longer walk. I have to be helped out of bed and dressed by my wife. If I were to stand up I’d just shake and fall over.“I have terrible tremors which make it difficult to pick anything up, my body aches all over and I have a constant deep, deep fatigue which is relentless.” Baroness Finlay, a doctor and professor of palliative medicine at Cardiff University, is also opposed to changing legislation.She said: “Assisted suicide is a dangerous distraction from improving end of life care for all. The distorted focus on assisted suicide, rather than on striving to ensure adequate support for everyone facing life limiting illness, risks giving the message to those in turmoil that they would be better off dead. It risks normalising suicide rather than demanding personal support and care for all facing death.”But a spokesman for Campaign for Dignity in Dying said the current law “does not work”.“Every two weeks somebody from Britain travels to Dignitas to die and every year over 300 terminally ill people end their own lives at home, often in distressing circumstances and around 1,000 lives per year are ended by doctors illegally at the patient’s request.“Allowing these practices to continue, unregulated and behind closed doors, is no substitute for a safeguarded assisted dying law. Terminally ill people deserve the compassion and protection of such a law.”Around 100,000 people in the UK have MS, which is an incurable neurological disease. The condition causes the immune system to attack the lining of nerves in the brain and spinal cord.last_img read more

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Labour would scrap Sats because primary school children are unique

Angela Rayner wants to “wean” parents off the idea that league tables are important for choosing their child's school Angela Rayner, the Shadow Education Secretary, added that she wants to “wean” parents off the idea that league tables – which are based on Sats results – are an important factor in deciding which school to send their child to. Mr Corbyn’s announcement was welcomed by the NEU, which earlier this week voted to ballot for strike action against primary school testing.Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU said: “Jeremy Corbyn gets it: he recognises the damage that a test-driven system is doing to children and schools.”But schools minister Nick Gibb said that abolishing Sats would be a “terrible, retrograde step”, adding: “These tests have been part of school life since the 90s. “They have been pivotal in raising standards in our primary schools. That’s why Labour governments led by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown supported them.“Labour plan to keep parents in the dark. They will prevent parents from knowing how good their child’s school is at teaching maths, reading and writing. Under Labour, the government would simply give up on ensuring all our children can read and write by the age of 11.”Will Tanner, director of the think tank Onward, said it would be “extremely harmful” to abolish Sats, adding that they have been instrumental in raising educational standards. Angela Rayner wants to “wean” parents off the idea that league tables are important for choosing their child’s school 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. “The great risk with abolishing testing is that you are much less able to identify children who are at the lower end of attainment spectrum, it would likely impact the least well off students the most,” he said.Mark Lehain, director of  Parents and Teachers for Excellence, said that the policy of abolishing Sats is influenced by “damaging but common misconceptions” that are based on an out-of-date understanding of schools.”Sats are the fairest way of checking how pupils have done during primary school;” he said.”Any other method will increase the unconscious bias against children from deprived backgrounds,” he said. “It is entirely possible that the reforms announced today will end up most disadvantaging children already dealt a tough hand in life.” A Labour government would scrap Sats because primary school children are “unique” and should not have to go through “extreme pressure testing”. Jeremy Corbyn said that children should be “encouraged to be creative” and allowed to “let their imagination roam” rather than be subjected to the “unnecessary pressure of national exams”. Ministers said that axing Sats would cause “enormous damage” to education and undo decades of improvement in children’s numeracy and literacy.  Currently children take Sats at the end of their final year of primary school, while Sats for seven-year-olds are being phased out in favour of “baseline assessments” for children at the end of Reception.  Ministers point out that when Wales abolished school tests for seven and 11-year-olds in 2004, GCSE results fell by two grades on average.The first generation of Welsh teenagers to take GCSEs under the new system were outperformed by their peers in every region of England.   Addressing delegates at the National Education Union (NEU) conference in Liverpool, Mr Corbyn said that Sats are causing children to have nightmares and leaving them “in floods of tears”.He said that a Labour government would replace Sats with an alternative form of assessment that would take into account “the learning needs of each child, because every child is unique”, which parents and teachers would be consulted on before it was designed.    read more

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Zola Solskjaer has done quite remarkable work at Man United

first_imgChelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola is happy to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer do so well at Manchester United ahead of their FA Cup tie on Monday.Since replacing Jose Mourinho in December on an interim basis, Solskjaer has won 10 of his 12 games in charge of United and only lost for the first time on Tuesday in a 2-0 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.This has marked an incredible turnaround of fortunes for United with the club having clawed their way back from an 11-point deficit in December to break into the Premier League top-four places.Now the Red Devils will be eyeing victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday in their fifth-round tie to continue their pursuit in handing Solskjaer a third FA Cup title and a first as a manager.Speaking on the former United striker, Zola praised Solskjaer for the job he’s pulled off at Old Trafford so far.“I am pleased, that’s the first feeling I have,” Zola told the club website.“I know Ole, we did a course together and I’m pleased to see him doing so well. United weren’t in a very good moment before but I knew the value of the team and that they would come back.“What he has done in a small amount of time is quite remarkable. He was clever, always interested and you can see when someone is focused on what he’s doing. He has that and I’m pleased he’s showing that.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“At the moment they are enjoying what they’re doing. They are committed, working together as a group and when you have that attitude and the qualities they have, the results can only be good.“It’s strange because they had a very good coach before but sometimes things don’t work out. The value of the team wasn’t in doubt and it’s no surprise they are doing what they’re doing.”The Blues will have a challenge on their hands for the rest of this month with the second leg of their last-32 Europa League clash with Malmo FF coming up next Thursday.After that, Chelsea will then face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final before taking on Tottenham in a Premier League match.Therefore, Zola accepts that Chelsea must start turning around their recent form after suffering two heavy defeats to Bournemouth and City across their last four games.“Nobody is pleased when you lose games the way we have recently,” admitted Zola.“The players, coaches, everyone. We know it’s a moment in which we’ve alternated results and that’s something we don’t like.“We know we have to be consistent. We have the team to afford to do that and it’s important everyone understands the situation and is working on it, players, coaches and the club. It’s not the challenge, but it’s the unity facing the challenge which makes the difference and I believe we have that.”LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: Gianfranco Zola, Chelsea coach watches his team warm up prior to the UEFA Europa League Group L match between Chelsea and PAOK at Stamford Bridge on November 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)last_img read more

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Man gets 17 months in fire at lovers house

first_imgA Vancouver man was sentenced Friday to 17 months in prison for torching a Vancouver home he shared with his former domestic partner of 16 years.Timothy C. Meagher, 58, used gasoline to start the fire at 6208 N.E. Wilding Road on June 13 soon after his former partner, James L. Hansen, ended their commitment and asked Meagher to move out of the house.In an agreement with prosecutors, Meagher pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court on Jan. 29 to first-degree attempted arson. In exchange, Deputy Prosecutor John Farra dropped a first-degree arson charge.“I apologize to the court,” Meagher said Friday. “It’s very hard for me.”Meagher’s attorney, George Marlton, said Friday that the intentional fire was a crime of passion sparked by Meagher’s belief that Hansen was having an affair with a woman.“This was … a lovers’ triangle all underlined by sabotage and deceit,” Marlton said.Hansen and Meagher were in a committed relationship for 16 years and had a wedding ceremony in 2008 in Maui before same-sex marriage was recognized in Washington, according to a court memorandum by Marlton. They had lived together in Hansen’s house.last_img read more

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Tanasijevich says Adelson doing well as LVS confirms majority partnership interest only

first_imgLas Vegas Sands (LVS) Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson is “doing quite well”, according to the company’s Managing Director of Global Development, George Tanasijevich.“You may have heard Mr Adelson is undergoing treatment for a treatable form on cancer. He’s doing quite well, is as feisty as ever and engaged in our business,” said Tanasijevich, who is also President and CEO of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, at the start of a presentation at the Japan Gaming Congress in Tokyo on Thursday. “We’re looking forward to having him back soon.” RelatedPosts Load More Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Las Vegas Sands announced in March that Adelson was undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which had restricted his ability to “keep regular office hours.”The 85-year-old has also missed LVS’ last two quarterly earnings calls, fueling further speculation about the state of his health.Yet his absence hasn’t altered the company’s global expansion strategy. Asked in Tokyo whether LVS would be prepared to operate in Japan as a minority partner in any IR development, Tanasijevich said, “We would not be comfortable with a minority investment, that’s not the nature of the man (Adelson) or the company.“I don’t know where that will sit between 51% and 100% and that’s something we are working on at the moment.”Tanasijevich added that negotiations with potential local partners were ongoing, revealing the ability to contribute financially was not the top priority.“What we’re looking for is an ability to contribute to our strategic plan, parties that understand business practices here, can guide us through that maze and understand how to get things done in this market,” he said.“Certainly a financial contribution is a bonus too but that’s not what we’re mainly focused on in that regard.”last_img read more

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State veterinarian urges farmers to watch for new diseases in Alaska wildlife

first_imgState Veterinarian Bob Gerlach talks about increasing incidence of disease in wildlife and livestock in a talk during Saturday’s 46th Annual Delta Farm Forum at Delta Junction High School. (Tim Ellis/KUAC)State Veterinarian Bob Gerlach told a crowd that turned out Saturday for the 46th Annual Delta Farm Forum that diseases that afflict livestock and wildlife are increasingly showing up in Alaska. He says other diseases that are on the increase in northern-tier states and Canada also moving in this direction, due to the warming climate, human-population increase and the movement of agricultural products worldwide.Listen nowGerlach says Alaska’s cool climate and isolated location has for millennia helped protect wildlife and the people who subsist on it from many of the diseases that thrive in warmer, lower latitudes. Diseases that periodically cull large numbers of wildlife species that live there. But he says that’s changing.“We’re not isolated from what’s going on in the world,” Gerlach said. “We’re in the center of a lot of what’s going on.”Gerlach says diseases are now hitchhiking into Alaska through global commerce that brings livestock and other agricultural products here, as well as travelers, newcomers that their bring household pets, and wildlife species that are slowly moving north as temperatures increase here and worldwide.“Globalization is not just moving food,” Gerlach said. “It’s moving animals, it’s moving products, and it’s moving disease.”Gerlach told about a hundred farmers and others at this year’s Farm Forum at Delta Junction High School that they need to be alert for any signs of the diseases showing up in their livestock. And he says they also need to be aware of the health of wildlife species that live or range around their farms or ranches, because wildlife is a major source of many of the diseases that can pose a threat to both animals and humans.“We’re seeing some things that we’ve never seen in the past,” Gerlach said, “and not just in isolated areas. But they’re all over, and reaching up here, in the state.”The main vector for most of the emerging diseases is ticks. Gerlach says different species of ticks have been showing up in recent years around Alaska, apparently because they, like their hosts, are now able to live and even thrive in the warmer climate that’s set in around the circumpolar north.“So, introduced ticks don’t have just impact on one animal,” Gerlach said, “It has impact on a lot of different species when they move up here.”Gerlach says researchers have in recent decades identified five new species of the parasites in Alaska. They include the Pacific black-legged tick, the American dog tick and the brown tick. Also the Lone Star tick, from the Southwest, is now showing up in northern states. He says one was recently found in Kotzebue.“The fact that it’s up in those areas that used to be way too cold for it means it’s adapting to those areas,” Gerlach said. “And it means we’re at risk for those things, here.”And the winter moose tick, which has decimated populations of moose in Maine and Minnesota,“This is one that Fish and Game is extremely worried about – the moose tick or the winter moose tick,” Gerlach said. “The reason is it’s been spreading throughout Canada, it affects just not moose, but any other ungulate. So, blacktail deer, caribou, whatever.”Gerlach says other diseases on the list of concerns include mycoplasma ovipneumonia, which is transmitted by animals in direct contact with each other. And chronic wasting disease, caused by the exchange of infectious agents called prions between animals. Gerlach says an outbreak of the wasting disease among a group of deer in Alberta and Sasketchewan.“That population is one of the fastest-expanding populations of wild deer. There’s a 40 percent infection rate in the deer there,” Gerlach said.Gerlach says as the number of farms in Alaska increases, so too will the chances of disease transmission from wildlife to livestock. And he says as Alaskans grow more food locally, both for their consumption and for sale, they must maintain high standards to protect public health. He cites the case of a child in Fairbanks who contracted salmonella two years ago by handling a chick.“So that does a risk out for someone who’s selling product from their coop in the backyard. It’s something to think about,” Gerlach said.Gerlach urged farmers to contact his office if they suspect their animals, or wildlife on the other side of the fence, are diseased.last_img read more

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Houston Scrutinizing Request To Drill Oil Well Near Major Drinking Water Source

first_imgListen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /02:12 Public domain.WaterFive years ago, the City of Houston passed an ordinance against drilling oil & gas wells near Lake Houston. The ordinance says wells must be at least a thousand feet from the shore or from any streams that lead to the lake, the lake that provides a lot of the city’s drinking water.The point was that if a well blew out, the thousand feet would be a buffer in which the operator could stop any flow of oil or chemicals or other fluids before they reached the lake. But here’s the thing: there’s been a lot of oil found very near Lake Houston.The lake lies just east of Humble, home of the Humble Oil field that a century ago was one of the nation’s richest finds. And today, you can go online and pull up the state’s interactive map of well sites and can see dozens of old, plugged wells very near the Lake Houston shore.But you can also find wells that are active, producing oil. And in a couple of locations, you can find where the state has issued permits for new wells to be drilled. One of those is 3,700 feet from the Lake’s northeast shore near the city of Huffman and a subdivision called Lakewood Heights.“I immediately thought of fracking as soon as I heard about it, “ says Jere Locke.Locke does not live in the subdivision. But he says he and his family own the mineral rights for some of the acreage, rights he said they and other owners agreed to lease to allow drilling.“I signed because I wasn’t willing to make a big fight of it with my family and a with a lot of other people… but I promised myself I’d do something about it, “ Locke said.Locke is a founder of a climate change awareness group called the Texas Drought Project. So he was very sensitive to any possible threat to water supplies, including oil drilling and the drilling technique known as fracking which the industry insists is safe.“Houston Texas has gotten very used to oil and gas. And I think they need to have a second thought about all drilling. Not just, certainly fracking, but also more conventional drilling,“ says Locke.We couldn’t reach anyone with the drilling company, Tri-C Resources based in Houston. But in the Humble Observer, company officials were quoted as saying they had no plans to frack the well near Lake Houston.According to the City of Houston, it’s now processing the company’s application for a permit to drill as required under Houston’s ordinance. The company already has the state’s permission. Last year, Texas passed a law to restrict what cities can do to regulate oil & gas drilling.Jere Locke, with the climate change group, said concerned citizens will be meeting to discuss drilling near Lake Houston this Thursday at noon at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, 5200 Fannin St. and at 7pm at the Kingwood Branch Library, 4400 Bens View Lane.last_img read more

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New Affordable Housing Units Coming to Southeast

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comOn Nov. 27, District of Columbia leaders broke ground on the Residences at St. Elizabeths East, providing high-quality affordable housing units to the Congress Heights neighborhood in Ward 8.For D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 8 Council member Trayon White, this groundbreaking is more than just a way to celebrate new housing- but also proves as a step in the right direction for affordable housing units for District residents, particularly as gentrification continues to plague all eight wards.Stan Jackson, president of Anacostia Economic Development Corporation, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Councilman Trayon White (D- Ward 8) and Mary Cuthbert, ANC 8C chair at the groundbreaking for the Residences at St. Elizabeths East on Nov. 27. (Courtesy Photo)“Today, we are delivering on a commitment to build new, high-quality affordable housing in Ward 8,” said Mayor Bowser. “As we continue the transformation of the historic St. Elizabeths East campus, we remain focused on ensuring that longtime residents have the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from the housing and amenities that are coming to the area.”“This is a project that I’m extremely proud of. The Residences at St. Elizabeth’s campus will bring housing options to people in the community that they can actually afford to live in,” White wrote on his Instagram.The groundbreaking comes after the recent announcement of a $51 million affordable housing investment in Ward 8 delivered through the Housing Protection Trust Fund (HPTF) and other finance sources for fiscal year 2019.Located at 1201 Oak Drive S.E., the Residences at St. Elizabeths East, is a 252-unit apartment community, with 202 affordable housing units.  Within the building will be one-, two-and three-bedroom apartments, and will include units for households earning up to 50 percent of the median family income (MFI) for a family of four, which is $58,600.“The affordable units include 19 units available for 0 to 30 percent of the MFI and 183 units available for 31 to 50 percent of the MFI; another 50 units will be available at market rate,” according to a release from the Mayor’s office.The apartment is adjacent to the new Entertainment and Sports Arena and amenities include a fitness center, clubroom, secured parking, a playground, recreational area and outdoor grilling area.The Residences at St. Elizabeths East is a result of a collaboration between several District offices and initiatives including, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the D.C. Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA). Flaherty-Collins and the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation are the development partners for the new residences.last_img read more

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