Pasadena Schools Have Framework for Reopening

first_imgEducation Pasadena Schools Have Framework for Reopening LA County Office of Education report details procedures to get students back on campus By ARON BENDER Published on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | 3:51 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Community News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  The Los Angeles County Office of Education has released a 43-page guidance for schools to reopen in August, including limiting class sizes, scheduling hand-washing time, and having students eat their lunches at their desks.The framework was developed by a task force of dozens of LACOE representatives and district superintendents, none of whom was from Pasadena.“We want to make sure that we are transparent, that districts are taking this information back to their communities, engaging their union partners, their parents and other stakeholders, so that everybody has a voice and knows exactly what to expect when schools reopen in their area,” said LA County Superintendent of Schools, Debra Duardo.Task force recommendations included one-way hallways, staggering schedules, having students eat lunch at their desks, or end school days before lunch and “provide grab-and-go meals to eat at home.”Masks are required unless someone has a condition that precludes them from being able to wear one.Class sizes would also be limited.“A typical 960-square-foot classroom fits a teacher and 16 students when perimeter walls do not have obstructions, and 12 students when furniture and materials align along perimeter walls,” according to the LACOE report.“Our class sizes are under our contracts with our teacher’s union … which are based on our funding,” said Pasadena Unified School District Board Member Scott Phelps. “You would need more staff, requires more funding.”LACOE is going to leave the teaching method, such as a traditional setting involving all students and teachers in school, or a hybrid model that could have some kids on campus while others learn via Zoom or other software, up to the districts.The document LACOE provided Wednesday contains templates and checklists districts can use to determine what’s best for them. Schools start the process by determining whether they can control interactions, implement health and cleaning protocols, provide adequate staffing to monitor health, accommodate physical distancing in classrooms and common areas, provide transportation to and from campus, and provide food and nutrition services.If a school meets those requirements, and has also asked parents what instructional method they want, has mental health and behavior support services, and has trained teachers and staff to cope with emotional and mental health concerns, then the school can reopen with their chosen instructional method.If some or all of those requirements are not met, at full or lowered capacity, then distance learning is the only option.“We plan to continue this work through the summer to support schools as they prepare to welcome families back – virtually or in-person – this fall,” Duardo said in the report.Pasadena Unified, which said Tuesday it’s preparing to open schools Aug. 17, the original date students were scheduled to return from summer break, has yet to release results of a survey asking parents which instructional method they prefer: in-person, online, or a combination of the two.“Although we cannot determine what the public health conditions will be at that time, we are planning along two paths: the resumption of in-person instruction with protocols for physical distancing and safety, and the possibility of a resumption in distance learning with a continuum of learning alternatives for families,” PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald said earlier in May. “As plans develop, we are committed to making this a collaborative process. Our decisions will continue to be guided by the local health situation and made in conjunction with local public health authorities.” Sam Brown says: EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Along the learning-from-home track, let’s open up some online learning for parents on best-practices, how best to help their children with school work, ideas for working parents (these are just ideas and should be picked-apart as people see issues to bring up) for instance: very small group meet ups for students to work together at a home where there is a volunteer parent, free internet for all pasadena residents with students and free computer for the student. There’s got to be a lot better ideas than mine, but would love to see more resources to support parents on supporting their students.center_img Subscribe HerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Community News Business News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 102 recommended1 commentShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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10 Reasons Why Spring in Southwest Virginia is an Exceptional Time to Visit

first_imgBackbone Rock Recreation Area is part of the CherokeeNational Forest that straddles the border of Virginia and Tennessee. The mostnotable feature is Backbone Rock, which features a 20-foot long hole that wasblasted through it to make way for the railroad back in the early 1900s. The storied Appalachian Trail covers a 167-mile stretch of Southwest Virginia. Abingdon is an official AT Community partner, and some hikers on the AT take the 12-mile detour to visit the town where they’re welcomed with a variety of lodging options, access to outfitters, and lots of friendly restaurants. Southwest Virginia is filled with places to listen to livemusic. Wolf Hills Brewing features musicians performing on Friday andSaturday nights, in addition to various events during the week. Spring is alsothe start of festival seasons. The Virginia Creeper Fest at the endof April features a wide variety of outdoor activities surrounding the area’smost famous trail. 7. Paddle the North Fork of the Holston River The Class I/II rapids make for a relaxing ride along aremote section of this scenic river flanked by rocky bluffs. It’s the perfectsetting to learn kayaking techniques—kids as young as eight can navigate theriver on their own. Pack your water shoes and book a trip with AdventureMendota. Open from the April until Thanksgiving, the AbingdonFarmers Market sells local produce, meats, cheeses, and wine directly tothe consumer. Some vendors have sold their wares here since the GreatDepression. Mountain ridges and thick forest make up the undevelopedshoreline of South Holston Lake. It’s a popular place to rent a pontoon orkayak and spend the day enjoying pristine scenery. 2. Explore South Holston Lake 10. Eat at a Farm-to-Table Restaurant The biggest attraction at Grayson Highlands State Park is its wild ponies, which were first introduced to the park in 1974 to graze on the grassy balds. During the spring you’re most likely to see foals taking their first steps while the mares look on protectively. Photo by Bob Diller 5. Enjoy Springtime Blooms Roads through this neck of the woods are winding, but you’llbe glad for the slower pace thanks to the eruption of color on either side.White and pink laurel and magenta rhododendron grow to enormous heights here,while the flowering dogwoods have white and pink flowers growing on theirdelicate branches. 1. Bike the Virginia Creeper Trail! If you crave small-town friendliness and adventures in the great outdoors, there’s no better time to explore the town of Abingdon, located a particularly beautiful corner of Virginia. We’ve found the top 10 ways to enjoy a trip to Southwest Virginia this spring. 3. Scale the rocky heights of Backbone Rock Recreation Area Photo by Bob Diller 8. Mingle with Locals at the Abingdon Farmers Market The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34-mile, rails-to-trails bicycle path that travels from Abingdon to Whitetop Station, Virginia. Start at either end of the trail and enjoy a breezy, downhill ride with a convenient shuttle pick up at the bottom. 6. Day Hike the Appalachian Trail! 4. Visit the Wild Ponies at Grayson Highlands State Park Avid readers know Barbara Kingsolver for her many bestsellingbooks, but she and her husband Steven Hopp are also advocates for the localfood movement, and co-owners of The Harvest Table restaurant in Meadowview.At Abingdon Vineyards, order a flight of wines and a plate of cheese,crackers, salami, nuts, preserves, chocolates and other artisan snacks for ariverside picnic. Dogs, kids and kayaks welcome!  9. Music and Festivals last_img read more

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Papuk Nature Park has retained the status of a UNESCO World Geopark

first_imgAs part of the regular revaluation process in July 2019, a two-member commission of UNESCO Geoparks visited. During the four-day visit to the Papuk Geopark, they were introduced to the progress made in the past two years, from infrastructure innovations, new projects, and they also met with stakeholders and representatives of local government. The UNESCO World Geoparks Council, based on the revalidator’s report, decided to extend the status of the UNESCO World Geoparks for four years, citing recommendations for work in the coming period. “We base the entire future of the Park on the signature of UNESCO. And our biggest Geopriče project is named after him. Therefore, the entire progress of the tourist offer of the Park, which is carried out for the benefit of the local community, is happening largely due to the status of the UNESCO geopark. We are extremely happy and proud that our membership in the world community of geoparks has been extended for another four years. ” – said on this occasion Alen Jurenac, director of the Park. In the Papuk Nature Park, near Voćin, there is the first geological monument of nature in the Republic of Croatia, protected back in 1948 due to a unique morphological phenomenon in Croatia – the columnar eruption of volcanic rocks. Papuk was protected in the category of nature park in 1999 due to its exceptional natural value, which includes a great diversity of habitats and species of plants and animals, but also geological diversity represented in numerous geological formations formed in different periods of the Earth’s past. Photo: PP Papuk Papuk Nature Park, otherwise the first UNESCO geopark in the Republic of Croatia, has retained the status of a world geopark. Of particular value are the numerous fossil finds of organisms that lived in the “Pannonian Sea” 16 million years ago.last_img read more

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In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgMile Gully, Ricam lead Manchester Major League Following the completion of the first half of the first round, Mile Gully and Ricam are the respective zone leaders of the Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League. Mile Gully’s 2-0 win over Greenvale pivoted them to 13 points from five games to head Zone One ahead of defending champions Hillstars, who have 12. Mile Gully had to fight off relegation in their penultimate match last season. However, their resurgence this season has been remarkable and included the highlight of the competition so far – a 1-0 win over Hillstars in the fourth round. That win spoilt Hillstars’ unbeaten record, which dates back to the 2014 season. Ricam leads Zone Two with 13 points after five matches, which includes four wins and a draw against Alligator Pond. They completed the pre-Christmas round with a 6-0 win over Land Settlement. Christopher Dyer netted a hat-trick, the third time the feat had been achieved since the start of the competition last month. Downs are second with 12 points, having lost to Ricam. The competition takes a break until Saturday, January 2. Hillstars, Ricam to contest Manchester KO finals The first finals of the 2015-16 Manchester FA season will be contested next Tuesday when Hillstars and Ricam meet in the Brumalia Hardware-sponsored Knock-out Cup. Venue will be Brooks Park, starting at 2:45 p.m. Both teams earned the right following convincing semi-finals performances. Hillstars recorded a 3-1 win over Old England, while defending champions Porus were brushed aside 6-0 by Ricam. That result has since sent Porus in a spin, so much so that they failed to show for their fifth-round Major League fixture against Alligator Pond. Ricam are in their best form, currently unbeaten and leading Zone Two of the Major League. Hillstars are in second position in another Major League zone, but are still fancied to win the KO finals despite a recent 0-1 upset loss to Mile Gully. Henriques wins ‘Rappa Pam Pam’ Despite being noticeably injured, Mandeville’s top shooter, Orville Henriques, held off the challenge of Jamaica Rifle Association’s Lennox Moulton to win the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club’s Christmas extravaganza dubbed ‘Rappa Pam Pam’. Henriques was not dominant, but won four of the eight stages to finish on 476 points. Moulton, who earned top-four positions on five stages, ended at 84 per cent with 400 points. Female shooter Sue Ann Henriques, who won the last two stages, was edged into third with 384 points. The next three positions were separated by four percentage points. Ellsworth Dixon, who won the practice shoot held three days earlier, was fourth, followed by Evon Grant and Owen Campbell. Clarendon KO to break until December 31 The Noel Arscott-sponsored Clarendon Knock-out football competition will take a break until next Thursday, December 31, when the second round starts. The first round ended earlier this week, and included home-and-away matches. Jamalco, as well as the parish’s Premier League team, Humble Lion, will enter at the quarter-final stage. In results from the first round, York Town exited Sandy Bay, Bamboo Lane knocked out Kemps Hill, Springfield got rid of Spartan, Rock River made it past newcomers Bulls United from Alston, while Original Hazard took care of Little Brazil of Sheckles. In the most recent results, newcomers Anderson Drive knocked out Lionel Town 1-0 after the first leg ended 0-0, while Four Parks got the better of Treadlight by a similar margin. Jamalco top Clarendon FA awards Jamalco were deemed the best team, taking both the top competition and individual awards at the recent Clarendon Football Association 2015 awards ceremony held at Wembley Excellence Centre. Jamalco got the top incentive award for being Major League champions, Knock-out champions, in which they triumphed over Premier League team Humble Lion. They were also recognised for narrowly missing the cut to the Premier League. Jamalco secured the top individual awards, including Coach of the Year, which went to Ryan Johnson. The CFA also recognised its referees. The National award went to Kevin Morrison, while the parish’s Performance award went to Doween Tummings. Jason Jackson was handed the best assistant referee. Clarendon College was adjudged the best schoolboy team, while Lennon got the award for best female team. Battle on for semi-final spot Four teams – Pro Santos A, Express All Stars, Progressive Strikers, and Passagefort Strikers – will play off for the fourth and final semi-final spot in the South East St Catherine Netball League. The play-offs starts on Saturday, January 9, and is over three days. Based on form, Pro Santos A and Express All Stars should be in the two teams that will fight for that one spot. Meanwhile, Westchester netball team topped the standings with 16 points as the preliminary round comes to a close. Mega Angels, 13 points, occupy second spot. Pro Santos B (12 points) are third. The top three are given automatic berths to the semi-final. In a recent game, Mega Angels dismissed Pro Santos B 24-11. Free Jamaica Holiday Lacrosse camp A Jamaica Holiday Lacrosse Camp will take place at St George’s College (Emmett Park) in Kingston from Monday, December 28, to Thursday, December 31, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. This camp is funded and staffed by players and coaches primarily from the United States. Equipment is provided on loan from the Jamaica Lacrosse Association and given to committed campers to keep at the end of the camp. The organisers of the camp said that “the game will be taught in a positive and encouraging environment. Water and light refreshments are provided, along with music, games, prizes, contests, awards, and lots of fun.” There will be high-school and university men’s and women’s divisions at this camp, as well as a new youth boy’s division (Primary School boys ages 8-13). Mid-season final for January 3 The York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two mid-season final has been pushed back to Sunday, January 3, 2016. The match was originally scheduled for Sunday, December 27. The match, which features Cedar Grove and Braeton United, will take place at the Cedar Grove playing field starting at 3 p.m. Meanwhile, both Cedar Grove and Braeton United were beaten in recent matches. Cedar Grove suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Cumberland (five points), which won their first match in four tries, while Cedar Grove were losing for the first time. Braeton United remained on six points from three games as they were clipped 1-0 by Edgewater. In another game, Daytona (seven points) spanked Southborough 4-2.last_img read more

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TRAGIC CRASH TEEN DIED CLOSE TO WHERE PAL PERISHED JUST WEEKS AGO

first_imgPopular lad Marty Strain who lost his life in a fatal road traffic accident in Burnfoot. (North West Newspix)The young man who was killed in a road crash earlier today, died a short distance from where his friend also perished just a few weeks ago.Marty Strain was a passenger in a car which crashed at Burnfoot.The 19 year old, from Brae Road, Burnfoot, was killed instantly and another 19 year old woman is in a serious condition at Letterkenny General Hospital after the crash. The male driver of the car, who is also aged 19, was taken to hospital but is not understood to be seriously injured.There was no other vehicle involved in the crash which happened at Tooban at around 4.30am this morning.Today’s horrific road smash comes after another crash on July 12th which claimed the life of John Hegarty, 23.John was a passenger in a car which crashed into a bollard at Carnashannagh in Burnfoot. John was good friends with Marty Strain who perished in today’s crash.A friend said “They all knocked about together in a large group. John and Marty would have known eachother very well. It’s all just so sad.”The crash is the latest to cast another dark shadow over the Inishowen Peninsula.The area is still sadly remembered as the scene for Ireland’s worst ever road crash which claimed the lives of eight people in a single collision on July 12th, 2010.The scene of today’s crash was preserved and Garda Forensic Collision Investigators are carried out a full investigation of the area while road diversions are in place. Gardaí are appealing for witnessess or anyone who was travelling on the main Buncrana to Derry Road, or in the vicinity of Tooban to contact them at Buncrana Garda Station on 074 – 9320540, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.TRAGIC CRASH TEEN DIED CLOSE TO WHERE PAL PERISHED JUST WEEKS AGO was last modified: August 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BurnfootcrashdeathGardaiInishowenJohn HegartyMarty Strainlast_img read more

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South Africans ‘already winners’: Zuma

first_img22 June 2010President Jacob Zuma has wished the national team, Bafana Bafana, well ahead of their crucial Group A match against France on Tuesday, while reminding South Africans that, whatever the outcome of the game, they are “already winners.”“South Africans are already winners,” Zuma said during the launch of a social housing project in East London on the weekend. ” The whole world is looking at us and applauding our success so far as hosts. And we have proven ourselves to be fantastic hosts.”Zuma urged the country not to give up hope and to continue supporting the national team, but more importantly to support the World Cup in general. “We must continue supporting the national team, the African teams and indeed the World Cup tournament in general as hosts.”Zuma also took the opportunity to thank South Africans for helping to create an amazing spirit around the World Cup.Since the opening of the tournament, South Africans have come out in numbers to display the colorful energy that the country is known for, brandishing their plastic vuvuzela trumpets and headgear made from miner’s helmets.“We congratulate each and every citizen for such patriotism and amazing energy,” Zuma said. “You are ensuring that this becomes a vibrant African World Cup.”The President was also impressed by the massive attendance at soccer games and fan parks, saying the country had proven to the world that it could deliver a spectacular event.Bafana Bafana, following a draw against Mexico and a loss to Uruguay, will need a convincing win against former world champions France if they are to stand any chance of progressing beyond the group stage of the tournament.The team will hope that Uruguay give the same treatment to Mexico as the two South American teams battle it our simultaneously at the Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg. Both clashes start at 16:00.Bafana will go in to battle without their number one goalie Itumeleng Khune, who was given a red card, and a one match ban in last week’s game, for foul play. It will be up to the team’s number two goal keeper tomorrow, Moeneeb Josephs, to keep the French at bay.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Creative Cloud for Video Editors: Learning Resources

first_imgThe Adobe Creative Cloud is live! There are a lot of new features and improvements for video editors and creative professionals, but where do you start?Some folks are taking a “wait and see approach” to the new Adobe Creative Cloud, but if you are ready to jump in these resources will save you time and frustration. In this post we look at a few resources for learning the new Creative Cloud apps that are most relevant to video professionals.I have previously written about my favorite features in the Creative Cloud versions of Prelude, After Effects and Premiere Pro (here and here).Personally, I think the Creative Cloud upgrade is a big one for video professionals. The ability to sync custom settings (preferences, keyboard shortcuts, effect presets and custom workspaces) is probably the biggest plus for me.After Effects CC adding Cinema 4D Litewill open the door for editors and designers who want to learn 3D without having to buy a separate app (Cinema 4D Lite is comparable to the previous Prime version at $995).Creative Cloud: Adobe BlogsAdobe’s useful blogs give you an overview of the changes of Creative Cloud and look at the new features in detail.  Also, there’s loads of links to video tutorials and other resources. Adobe TV is also another helpful Adobe resource for video tutorials.Premiere ProAfter EffectsSpeedgradePhotoshopLightroomCreative Cloud TrainingAndrew Devis  &  Kevin P McAuliffe have free tutorials on using Premiere Pro CC & After Effects CC at Creative Cow.Grayscale Gorilla has a free training series on using Cinema 4D Lite and Cineware that come with After Effects CC. If you are looking to jump into learning 3D, this a great place to start.Maxon’s Cineversity (they make of Cinema 4D) has free tutorials on using Cinema 4D Lite and Cineware with After Effects CC.Larry Jordan has a series of upcoming webinars on Premiere Pro CC.Lynda.com has already launched training for Photoshop/Lightroom, Prelude, Premiere, After Effects, Audition, and Speedgrade.Infinite Skills has training available for Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects & Audition.Creative Cloud Tools from Around the WebRetooled has launched “Color reTooled”  a collection of color grading presets for Premiere Pro CC and Speed Grade CC.  The intro price for the preset pack is $12.99.You can drag and drop the presets in Premiere Pro or open SpeedGrade and customize the looks there.Vashi Nedomansky has a free template for Premiere Pro CC & CS6. This gives you use his time saving “pancake layout” of 2 timelines stacked on top of each other.Creative Impatience is already looking at workflows and possible issues, like the changes to using RGB and Luma Curves in Premiere Pro CC.Rich Young at Pro Video Coalition rounds up his favorites resources, tips, and tutorials on Premiere Pro CC and the cloud in general.OnlineVideo.net  offers an informative read on “The Top Ten Reasons to Upgrade to Adobe Premiere Pro CC”Know of Creative Cloud resources that didn’t make the list?Share in the comments below!last_img read more

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Former Manipur University guest lecturer seeks PM’s intervention in his removal

first_imgA former guest lecturer of the Delhi University’s Hindu College has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in his “arbitrary removal” as the guest faculty of Manipur University (MU) allegedly because of his political ideology.The MU had on August 6 terminated the service of Ningombam Bupenda Meitei as the guest lecturer in the Department of Philosophy much before his six-month agreement was to end. The university had appointed him on June 26.The Federation of Central Universities’ Teachers’ Associations had condemned the “arbitrary termination” of Mr. Meitei’s service who “was asked to clarify whether he was a member of a political party throwing all academic freedoms to the wind”.Mr. Meitei has been associated with the Congress in Manipur.In a letter to the Prime Minister submitted online, Mr. Meitei said that he was disgracefully and arbitrarily removed as a guest faculty despite having been recommended for appointment by the MU’s selection committee.Three conditionsHe said that the MU Vice-Chancellor or administrator had stated only three conditions while making the offer — his term as guest faculty would be for six months, he would be given an honorarium of ₹1,500 per lecture subject to a maximum of ₹ 50,000, and he should not claim regular appointment.“My nature of engagement with the university was not non-academic,” Mr. Meitei said, outlining a few ordinances related to the appointment of the MU’s academic staff that made it clear he was neither an employee nor were the rules binding on him.Since he was not bound by these ordinances, Mr. Meitei said that a rule of the university barring an employee from taking part in politics and elections did not apply to him. He said that the university had asked him to clarify on his political affiliation but he did not reply to the queries “as I was answerable to only the three stated conditions mentioned in the administrator’s offer letter”.“Unfortunately, my genuine right to remain silent – by not replying to any irrelevant query or queries – was officially concluded as ‘amounting to disobedience to his superior authority’. The administrator was neither my superior authority nor was I his subordinate,” he said.Mr. Meitei said he was a primary member of the Congress and its designated spokesperson in Manipur. “As I respect your philosophy and ideology towards our nation and our people, I also do expect you to have the same honour for my philosophy and my ideology towards our nation and our people,” he said in the letter.“As our Prime Minister, I strongly believe that you would look into the matter raised here on whether the action of the administrator Jarnail Singh (Manipur’s former Chief Secretary), in the capacity of the Vice-Chancellor of the university, removing me by breaching the terms of the three stated conditions was justified or not,” he added.last_img read more

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Here’s how to finally succeed in losing weight!

first_imgStarting a diet plan is half the battle, but then one needs to stick to it and keep on going. From making the exercise enjoyable to avoid weighing yourself everyday, there are a few steps that one can try for successful weight loss.These ideas won’t change your body drastically, but you have to be in it for the long run to see a difference, just remember that you didn’t gain all the weight in one day and you certainly won’t lose it either, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Exercise can improve your mood, stamina and sex life. How many more reasons do you need to get moving?Workout first thingIf you do it in the morning you won’t be trying to find excuses to get out of it later in the day when you’re tired and worn out.Make your exercise enjoyableIf you like to go for walks do that, add some resistance with hand weights and pick up the pace too. Even ask friends to get involved with you, you’ll find having a partner helps a lot and will encourage you to work harder.Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune systemDon’t weigh yourself every dayYou’ll feel disheartened when the scales don’t change or even go up, which it can throughout the day.Don’t fall for the latest fad dietThey’ll inevitably fail and you’ll find yourself putting on all of the weight again. Small changes to your diet and lifestyle will make the big difference in the future.advertisementExercise generally improves sleep for most people, and helps sleep disorders such as insomniaPrepare and plan your meals in advanceIt might be hard to know what you’re going to feel like for tea next Tuesday but if you make a plan in advance and get the foods you need for it you’re more likely to stick to it. Get up in the morning an extra five minutes early to prepare a healthy and nutritious lunch as opposed to being stuck in the cafe eating a calorific sandwich or pasta filled with lots of creamy sauces.Don’t let the tough times get you downWe all know that it’s going to be tough, but if you spend ten seconds envisaging where you want to be you’ll find the strength to carry on and get better. Don’t forget to look back on how far you’ve come already too. It’s definitely something you’ll want to celebrate.last_img read more

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Selection of India squad for West Indies: Focus on MS Dhoni’s future

first_imgSkipper Virat Kohli’s availability and veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future will be in focus when the MSK Prasad-led national selection panel meets here on Friday to pick the Indian cricket squads for next month’s tour of the West Indies.The 38-year old Dhoni, whose finishing abilities with the bat has been on the wane, would be the centre of discussion amid speculation that the Jharkhand player is contemplating retirement even though he hasn’t spoken about it till now.Dhoni’s selection or omission would be an indicator of things to come in the future. India are set to play T20s, as many ODIs and two Tests in a full-fledged tour to the Caribbean islands, starting August 3.Considering next year’s T20 World Cup to be held in Australia, the selectors might opt for the young Rishabh Pant, who is seen as heir apparent to Dhoni.Dhoni was dropped from the T20 series against West Indies and Australia last October and there is a strong chance that he won’t be included this time around too.Pant was recently called up as replacement for an injured opener Shikhar Dhawan in the World Cup, from where India were ousted in the semifinal stage.Another issue that would surely be debated is the availability of Kohli, who has been on the road for a while.There is a school of thought that the skipper could be rested considering the long domestic season ahead, which begins in September, and in this scenario Rohit Sharma could be handed captaincy for the shorter formats.advertisementHowever, with the two Tests being part of the ICC Test Championship, Kohli could be included in the Test squad. A similar approach could be taken for pacer Jasprit Bumrah.The panel would also work on restructuring the middle-order as it was one of the primary reasons for India’s exit from the World Cup semi-final. Stabilising the number four spot is the need of the hour going ahead.It is expected that picking the middle-order could lead to the biggest debate as the panel has a few choices among Karnataka’s Mayank Agarwal and Manish Pandey and Mumbai’s Shreyas Iyer, who has been knocking the doors after scoring heavily in domestic cricket.Pandey scored a match-winning 100 for India A against the West Indies A in an unofficial third ODI and after Ambati Rayudu’s sudden retirement and Vijay Shankar’s failure to nail the number four spot, the focus will be on the trio.Also, the selectors may consider the talented young Punjab batsman Shubhman Gill and Mumbai’s Prithvi Shaw. But Shaw’s hip injury could come in the way of him being considered.A determined Gill has been among the runs in the West Indies tour for India A. Gill and Shreyas could make the cut.It could also be end of the road for the experienced Dinesh Karthik and Maharashtra all-rounder Kedar Jadhav, who failed to perform in the World Cup.If Dhawan, who was ruled out of the World Cup owing to a thumb fracture, is deemed fit, he would, in all probability, open with Rohit.Other regulars, including K L Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, could retain their places in the limited-overs squads.Teenage leg-spinner Rahul Chahar could be among the rookies who are at least discussed given the good run he is having with the A team in the West Indies right now. The 19-year-old is a cousin of Deepak Chahar, a fairly established first-class name who has played an ODI and a T20 for India.Among the new faces, Delhi speedster Navdeep Saini could make the team as he has impressed in the ongoing India A tour of West Indies and even picked a fifer.The selectors could also look at the likes of Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, and Avesh Khan apart from regular pacers Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who could be retained.Khaleel being a left-arm pacer adds variety to the attack.The choice of wicket-keepers for the Tests would be watched with interest as Pant did the job in the last series India played in Australia.With a fit-again Wriddiman Saha, who is considered the best in the country, it remains to be seen if the selectors bring him back or look to the future in Pant.The T20 Internationals are scheduled from August 3 to 6, while the ODIs will take place from August 8 to 14. The two-Test series will be played from August 22 to September 3.Also Read | Virat Kohli set to travel to West Indies for T20Is, ODIs and TestsAlso Read | Ravi Shastri would never have made it under current BCCI coaching eligibility normsAlso See:advertisementlast_img read more

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