OTTAWA – A clash of political ideals may be behind a perceived snub of Justin Trudeau that was making international headlines as the prime minister passed the mid-point of his week-long trip to India, one expert familiar with the region said Wednesday.Those headlines were also writing the script for the Conservative Opposition at home, who pounced on the visit as just another expensive Trudeau family vacation marking an erosion of Canada-India relations.Media outlets including CNN and Al Jazeera seized on the comments of Indian officials who accused the Trudeau government of backing Sikh separatists known as the Khalistani movement.“Over the years, the Canadian political establishment … has been mollycoddling Khalistani elements,” former Indian envoy to Canada Vishnu Prakash told Indian news site The Print on Monday.“Under the Trudeau government, this has increased.”They also took notice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s failure to formally greet Trudeau or even acknowledge his presence in the country as the visit began.A junior Indian minister met Trudeau when he and his wife and three children arrived in New Delhi late Saturday.While it isn’t protocol, Modi has been known to receive guests personally in the past, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in January.However, when former prime minister Stephen Harper arrived for a visit to India in 2014, he was not met at the airport by the Indian prime minister either.Officials from the right-wing, ruling Bharatiya Janata party have denied that Trudeau was being snubbed. Moreover, Modi was not in Delhi when Trudeau arrived.Trudeau has also dismissed concerns about his diplomatic calendar, noting that he met Modi “very recently.”Indeed, Modi personally invited Trudeau to visit his country.When Modi visited Canada in April 2015 — the first such visit to Canada by an Indian prime minister in more than four decades — he was greeted by then-prime minister Harper on the first full day of his three-day visit with a 21-gun salute and full military honours.But Trudeau and Harper are very different people, making it more likely that Modi has avoided greeting the Liberal prime minister with open arms because the two men don’t remotely share the same world view, said Ferry de Kerckhove, a University of Ottawa professor who was once Canadian high commissioner to India’s neighbour, Pakistan.In fact, he said, Modi has a “much greater common soul” with U.S. President Donald Trump than with Trudeau.“The nationalism of Modi is very much a Trump-like kind of approach,” he explained.“That contrasts with (the Liberal government’s) allegedly progressive approach to the economy and all of that.”The Trudeau family’s ever-changing attire during their multiple stops in front of some of India’s iconic cultural landmarks was also the target of criticism, with online publication Outlook India referring to the numerous culturally sensitive outfits as “too Indian even for an Indian.”The wave of traditional dress was also noticed by the official Opposition, with Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre and others wondering aloud how much Canadian taxpayers are paying for the many costume changes.However, officials travelling with Trudeau have said the family paid for their own clothing, purchased at Canadian stores. Some of it the Trudeaus already owned from previous visits to India.But Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole said while it did appear to him that the Trudeau visit was geared 90 per cent toward tourism and 10 per cent toward business, he was more concerned about a perceived deterioration of Canadian-Indian relations from when Harper visited India in 2014.“This trip seems to confirm that the relationship has atrophied in the last couple of years,” said O’Toole.As with the Trudeaus, Harper’s 2014 visit brought him to the Taj Mahal and other historic monuments around India, including sites important to the Sikh religion in and around Chandigarh in the Punjab region.But most of Harper’s visit centred on trade as Canada was in negotiations with India for a free-trade and foreign investment agreement.Harper also made the flow of trade between Canada and India the focus of a six-day visit to India in 2014, when he attended the World Economic Forum in Gurgaon.O’Toole applauded Trudeau on Wednesday for raising concerns in India about agricultural tariffs, particularly those levied against chickpeas.“But it almost looks like a trip for domestic consumption here in Canada with very little to accomplish on the ground in India,” O’Toole lamented.“I don’t think we can hold that against him,” said de Kerckhove.“He’s not the first politician to do (domestic) politics abroad.”Trudeau is expected to meet Modi on Friday in Delhi.
Jurgen Klopp has defended the form of key player Mohamed Salah despite critics questioning the Egyptian’s recent displays.Salah’s form is in stark contrast to the standard he set last season with only nine goals in his 20 games so far compared to the 15 goals he notched in at this stage last term.However, Klopp has come out to defend the form of the winger even after taking him off in the Merseyside derby.“I don’t have to repeat that,” he told the Mirror. “How people judge it, you or whoever, I have no influence on. That’s how it is. It’s a free world and we can judge things, however.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’s all good. I think he has scored seven so far in the league. Who has scored most? Aubameyang? And he scored twice in the last game. So nobody is 15 goals away from him.“The season is like it is, and we all have to start new. You can take nothing for granted and think things will be easy.“He could have scored more with the chances he’s had, but there is nothing else to say. Just try and get yourself ready for the next game, try to do your best and then after the season, you will get judged, not during the season.“You can do that, but for us that’s not really important.”
Paris Saint-Germain will play against Saint-Etienne later tonight as the team hopes to maintain their good run.Paris Saint-Germain is looking for its 20th victory of the 2018-2019 French Ligue 1 season.PSG will face Saint-Etienne tonight as the team comes from beating Manchester United at home in the UEFA Champions League.“Thomas Meunier will be missing tomorrow, Choupo-Moting is ill. He trained with us yesterday, but today he’s resting,” manager Thomas Tuchel explained to the team’s official website.“All the others should be available, we’ll wait until the end of the training session for the some of them. Neymar and Cavani are out.”“We’ll be cautious with those who have played a lot and those who have only just come back from an injury like Marco Verratti and Presnel Kimpembe,” he added.“They’re a very strong team that has done rather well against the league’s big teams, against the top five.”“They have experience and a lot of quality. We also know that the atmosphere at Saint-Étienne is great, and it’ll be a big challenge for us to play them at this stage of the season,” he commented.“When you’re at Paris Saint-Germain, you have to expect these kinds of games, you have to be ready and well prepared for each game because teams are waiting for us,” Tuchel added.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“We have had two days off and two to prepare well. We’ll have to play to our best if we want to win at Saint-Étienne.”“At a club like Paris Saint-Germain, you always have to show that will to win, because we want to win everything. The players who are here want to play and win too,” the PSG boss added.“No-one at the club, whether it be the players or the staff, looks at the fixture list and considers this or that match more or less important.”“We are here to achieve objectives and we have to prove ourselves up to the task, every day. We have to be ready to take on any challenge that crosses our path,” he concluded.Good morning @DaniAlvesD2 ☀️✈️ @ASSEofficiel #goodcrazy #ASSEPSG pic.twitter.com/BO5MIIAnDr— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 17, 2019
Esquire has promoted Robert P. Baird from articles editor to features director. Before joining the brand, Baird was an editor-at-large at The Paris Review, managing editor of Harper’s Magazine and a senior web editor at The New Yorker, among other roles. After less than a year with the site, editor-in-chief Tara Murphy is leaving TheStreet, Media Ink reports. No replacement has been announced yet. Hearst Magazines International has appointed Richard Bean director of international licensing and business development. Prior to his role at Hearst, Bean was international director of Maxim at Dennis Publishing. Jessica Valenti has been named a contributing editor to MarieClaire.com. In her new role, the feminist columnist and author will pen a weekly column for the site, expanding the brand’s coverage of politics and feminism. Valenti is the author of multiple books on feminism, politics and culture, and founder of Feministing.com. Her latest book, Sex Object: A Memoir, was a New York Times bestseller. “Jessica is searingly smart — her insight into the issues facing women today is more of a must-read than ever before,” says digital director Jessica Pels, in a release. “I’m thrilled to bring her on board as MarieClaire.com’s contributing editor.” Kansas-based publisher Ogden Publications hired Marissa Coyle as an online editorial assistant, responsible for producing online, newsletter, and social media content across the company’s portfolio of brands. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Former writer and editor at Brit + Co, Rosemary Donahue, joined Allure as weekend editor. Competitor Group Inc. announced that Rebecca Warren has been appointed editor-in-chief of Women’s Running. She was most recently the managing editor of Lonely Planet Magazine. Time Inc.’s Real Simple names Jerry Leu video director, Katie Holdefehr senior editor for RealSimple.com, and Elizabeth Sile senior editor, features. Leu and Holdefehr join Time Inc. from Apartment Therapy, and Sile joins from Real Simple’s sister brand Departures. Additionally, Hearst Magazines announced that Steve Ross has been named VP, global chief licensing director. Most recently, he led Fox Networks Group’s sales solutions marketing efforts as the head of brand integration. The Daily Beast has announced Ira Madison III as its new entertainment reporter. Madison joins the Beast from MTV News, where he covered music, celebrity, race, and politics.
The Russian government’s slow stance on the growing economic instability could earn it “junk” status in 2015, said former finance minister Alexei Kudrin on Monday.At a news conference, Kudrin said that the western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis was deterring the economy from growing and the government’s slow decisions were not making it any better for the country.”Today, I can say that we have entered or are entering a real, full-fledged economic crisis. Next year we will feel it clearly. The government has not been quick enough to address the situation … I am yet to hear … its clear assessment of the current situation,” Kudrin was quoted by Reuters as saying.”Russia will get a downgrade. It will enter the ‘junk’ territory,” said Kudrin.Kudrin also said that if oil prices remained at current levels, the Russian economy could shrink by 4 percent.”This is a serious challenge to the economy,” said Kudrin.Kudrin’s warning comes just after the government bailed out the National Bank Trust for $531 million (30 billion rubles) to prevent it from going bankrupt. This marks the Russian central bank’s first bailout since the currency slump and the biggest ever financial rescue, reflecting the seriousness of the matter.Experts say more banks could soon follow suit because of the lack of liquidity in the market.”It’s 100 percent sure that more banks will be rescued because there is an acute shortage of liquidity. The interbank market has practically come to a halt because of a lack of trust and the central bank is afraid of giving more rubles to banks so they don’t buy more dollars with them,” Maxim Osadchy, head of analysis at BKF Bank in Moscow was quoted by Bloomberg.Considering Russia’s financial struggle, China said it was willing to offer help to the country. “We are convinced that Russia has the ability and the wisdom to overcome the current kind of challenging situation. We consistently support and help each other. If the Russian side requires it, then we will offer required assistance within the scope of our abilities,” Wang Yi, Chinese foreign minister was quoted by The Wall Street Journal as saying.Though China and Russia haven’t had very strong ties in the history, Moscow is reportedly seeking to bridge gaps with Beijing as both countries want to reduce dependence on US dollars in international transactions.China and Russia have signed a three-year currency-swap deal worth $24.1 billion.Russian analysts say any kind of help is welcome but the western sanctions are the real problem.”…it can’t substitute the losses of the Russian banking system and economy from western sanctions,” Vladimir Miklashevsky, a strategist at Danske Bank A/S, said in an e-mail to Bloomberg.
A total of 881 government primary schools in 16 upazilas are in operation without headmasters, hampering the academic and administrative activities of the schools, reports UNB.The posts fell vacant since retirement of some teachers and complexities in the recruitment process.Officials at the District Primary Education office, said there are some 2,102 primary schools and among these, posts of headmasters in 881 schools while posts of assistant teachers in 837 schools remained vacant.The officials said some 24 posts of headmasters and 67 assistant teachers fell vacant in Adarsha Sadar upazila, 26 headmasters and 30 assistant teachers in Laksham upazila, 80 headmasters and 15 assistant teachers in Debidwar upazila, 74 headmasters and 68 assistant teachers in Muradnagar upazila, 72 headmasters and 133 assistant teachers in Daudkandi upazila, 73 headmasters and 18 assistant teachers in Barura upazila, 21 headmasters and six assistant teachers in Burichong upazila, 39 headmasters and 18 assistant teachers in Chandina upazila, 32 headmasters and 43 assistant teachers in Homna upazila, 74 headmasters and 140 assistant teachers in Nangolkot upazila, 33 headmasters and 43 assistant teachers in Meghna upazila, 53 headmasters and 92 assistant teachers in Manoharganj upazila, 92 headmasters and 27 assistant teachers in Titash upazila.The school authorities concerned are running their academic activities with the senior assistant teachers, making them overburdened. They could not take their regular classes properly due to extra pressure.Officials said 35 per cent posts of headmaster in government primary schools are filled up through recruitment while the rest 65 are filled up through promotion.The posts of headmaster have been lying vacant for a long period due to complexities in the recruitment process. In some cases, the posts of headmasters are lying vacant for 7/8 years.Contacted, district assistant education officer, Kazi Mafiz Uddin, said filling up the vacant posts of headmasters from the assistant teachers are underway at the Directorate of Primary Education and necessary steps will be taken after getting the list from the DPE.
Share Logan Faerber/Getty Images/Imagezoo RMWhat makes a high-quality learning program effective not just for the child but the whole family? What else, besides a well-run pre-K, is essential to help families break out of intergenerational poverty?These are some of the key questions that an approach called “two-generation” programs are working to answer. There are many of these “two-gen” programs across the U.S. And while they differ in emphasis and detail, at their core they intentionally focus on ways to help both the child and parent. Usually this happens through targeted education and career training and other vital support such as health services, mentoring, and transportation.NPR Ed has been keeping an eye on one innovative two-gen program in Oklahoma. It’s called Career Advance and is run by the Community Action Project of Tulsa County (CAP Tulsa). I’ve reported on it here and here. It gives low-income mothers access to high-quality Head Start for their children, alongside free career training in nursing and other in-demand health care fields as well as life coaching and support.A new study on the first year impact of Tulsa’s Career Advance that’s just been released shows that, so far, Career Advance is working well for both parents and their children. In fact, the study says, CAP Tulsa’s program is working better than similar combined job training and pre-K programs elsewhere in terms of job certification, employment, income and overall well-being for the parent. And, the report shows, the program has boosted attendance and reduced absenteeism among participating children.I reached out to two of study’s co-authors to find out more. Teresa Eckrich Sommer is a research professor at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research. Chris King is a senior research scientist and lecturer at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.When I went down to report on the program, no one had studied it in-depth. Is this the first big look at this program and its impact? Teresa Ekrich Sommer: This is the first one. We’re [a colleague, Lindsay Chase-Lansdale at Northwestern University, is the first author on this paper] looking at what happens at the end of year one.In terms of their education, we see that participants had much higher rates of certification in the healthcare fields. And then we see that in terms of employment, a greater proportion of the families, at the end of the first year, are employed in the specific career to which they’ve been trained, as compared to those who weren’t in the program. Sixty-one percent compared to 3 percent.Chris King: I would add to that, Eric, that the kinds of impacts we’re seeing, certainly in terms of job certification, the shifts towards healthcare employment are much larger than anything you see in most other similar career pathway programs. I think this speaks to the components of the model: the career coaching, the peer groups and the incentives.[The program offers a $3,000 a year max incentive if certain goals are reached — for example, attendance at monthly partner meetings for skills training, as well as incentives for achieving milestones such as certification.]You’re saying that there’s no secret sauce, that it’s the whole package? The financial incentives, the career counseling, the mentoring, etc., all together?Eckrich Sommer: We can’t conclusively say what single element matters the most. You know, at the base, just having this high-quality early childhood education is an incredible starting point for them.There’s no question that the financial incentives make an enormous difference to them in their lives. Many of them have previous college debt, and are struggling financially. And we have people in the comparison group that are similar in motivation and interest and talk about how big their financial struggles are. So I think that’s a significant piece.Also, I wouldn’t want to leave out the importance of the fact that these are families doing this together. They’re in a small learning group. They go to school together, they have their schedules for school when they start out coordinated with their child’s Head Start schedule, so they can both pick up and drop off their kids and still go to school. And many continue to work, usually in off hours.And also this coach is an essential element to helping families break down big goals, set specific markers along the way and be able to achieve them. Such as becoming a certified nurse assistant or becoming a licensed nurse practitioner, and knowing how to make those steps and decide, ‘Should I take a full course-load? Can I take a half course-load? How do I do this and manage the work and income I need for my family?’ with the education that they’re trying to pursue at the same time.For the children, I also see that attendance was better and fewer were chronically absent. But the absentee rate is still kinda high. Near 50 percent. Do you think there’s more to do to lower that?Eckrich Sommer: I think there is. I know that the eye goes towards the high rate. The bar is pretty low, it’s missing 10 percent or more of the school days. It tends to be a few kids who are absent a lot that drive up those numbers.Your report argues that Career Advance is doing better than comparable career training programs in other cities in America. In your view, what exactly is Career Advance doing better?King: Career Advance fits within the family of other career pathway sector strategies. Employer-driven strategies based in specific growth sectors of the labor market that offer opportunities for career advancement over time in jobs with good wages and benefits, e.g., health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation and logistics. It may be that they have more of all these elements feeding together to make the success possible. What we really have, I think, blown away is traditional postsecondary workforce and education training which doesn’t have persistence completion and employment kinds of effects the same size, at all, to what we’re seeing here.Eckrich Sommer: What’s incredibly important is that we’re building on what’s already a positive platform, which is early childhood education. So we know the kids are getting these huge benefits. And then we’re adding to that these incredible benefits to the parents.The question is, what is the overall effect over time? And as we follow the kids we’ll know that in a few years.There’s additional help under the program: gas cards, bus passes, childcare outside of Head Start’s normal hours. Overall, it’s costly. Can it be scaled or replicated easily?King: Easily, probably not. … It’s admittedly a high-cost intervention. So you’re paying for both parents and kids to get leading-edge, high-quality services, very intensive. At the same time, the way the Career Advance model has rolled out, it really hasn’t been a model that relied on the other partners involved to ante up.And I think going forward the way to scale this thing up is to go to the workforce system. To go to the community college system. To go to other providers in the community and say ‘OK, we’re providing the wraparound services, the career coaches, the Head Start services.’ You could then begin to share the cost for training those parents going forward and probably cut those costs to some extent.We know that the return on investment for early childhood is what, [between] 7 [and] 13-to-1. I mean, it’s high. We see similar returns for adult services in career pathway sector models. So the theory that we’re operating under, we don’t have the proof yet, is that when you combine them, you should get at least that, if not more.If someone from another city said ‘We want to replicate this, but it looks expensive.’ What do you tell them?Eckrich Sommer: What’s really interesting and important to think about is these initial investments, I think, have led to some changes in the way the local educational partners do their business. And that kind of systems change is essential.So, for example, by buying classes at the local community college, and working very closely with the instructors there, they’ve thought much harder about how do you serve families well? Parents of young children, who in fact, are a large majority of the population at many community colleges nationally.And so if you change the way things are done in a traditional school system, then you’re making improvements that you can’t even quantify, but you know , are the result of this initial big investment.It’s not cheap, but it is less expensive than the initial intensive model.And we will have more results, unfortunately, in about five years.What are the takeaways here for cities and states that might not be able to afford this kind of a gold-standard program, but still want to try to replicate some of the achievements CAP Tulsa is seeing?King: [Colleges need to] make it easier for all students, but especially parents, to navigate what the offerings are, and focus those offerings on sectors that are growing, that will lead to families sustaining jobs. Project Quest in San Antonio has done a good job. [Other leading examples include programs with the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership, Per Scholas, and Jewish Vocational Services.]Having governors support [two-gen] strategies and having local workforce entities pursue them is now part of the federal legislation and guidance coming out of the U.S. Department of Labor. Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, governors must support implementation of career, private sector strategies statewide and are encouraged to embed career pathway approaches as well.Eckrich Sommer: I think it’s about partnership. And I think community colleges and early childhood education programs and anti-poverty programs can work together, and figure out how they can both serve parents and children.And I think they’re both invested in that, but they tend to focus on their primary population and if they think about investing in the other, and how it’ll improve the gains for each, then everyone’s better off.[The CAP Tulsa study was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Professions Opportunity Grant]Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Listen 00:00 /20:44 X This week, Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are taking a “summer vacation” from politics but they wanted to share a new podcast presented by Houston Public Media. It’s called “Stories from the Storm” and it’s conversations with community leaders, public servants, and everyday Houstonians who reflect – nearly a year later – on Hurricane Harvey and how the storm changed their lives. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: In this first episode, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale (a Houston icon and founder of the store Gallery Furniture) and store manager Anthony Lebedzinski tell the story of how Gallery Furniture came to be a place of refuge during Harvey, including harrowing water rescues that helped bring displaced Houstonians to the store.You can subscribe to the podcast and watch a video of this conversation and nine others at houstonpublicmedia.org/harvey.We’ll be back on the political bandwagon next week. We wonder if there will be anything to talk about? This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share
As the algae grows—mostly in the summer—it provides more shade for the building, helping to keep it cool (and serves as a sound buffer as well). Excess heat that builds up in the water in the tanks is transferred to saline water tanks underneath the building for use later. When the amount of algae growth in the tanks reach a certain point, some is harvested and taken to a processing facility inside the building. There the biomass is converted to biogas which can be burned to provide heat in the winter. Thus, the building makes use of both solar thermal and geothermal energy allowing it to be heated and cooled without using any fossil fuels. The design and construction of the BIQ has taken three years and has cost approximately €5 million, all funded by Internationale Bauausstellung (IBA) as part of the ongoing International Building Exhibition – 2013. The BIQ House is one of 16 projects undertaken by the group, with the goal of proving that cost effective ways of making bio-friendly buildings are available today. To highlight the building, the team has painted its exterior green and has added a giant cartoon-like bubble on one side with the word “Photosynthesis?” in it. © 2013 Phys.org Traditional architecture fuel-efficient Explore further (Phys.org) —A 15-unit apartment building has been constructed in the German city of Hamburg that has 129 algae filled louvered tanks hanging over the exterior of the south-east and south-west sides of the building—making it the first in the world to be powered exclusively by algae. Designed by Arup, SSC Strategic Science Consultants and Splitterwerk Architects, and named the Bio Intelligent Quotient (BIQ) House, the building demonstrates the ability to use algae as a way to heat and cool large buildings. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The building is to serve as a test case and will be studied by various architects and engineers from around the world to determine if the design is feasible and if so, to perhaps serve as a model when erecting buildings in other cities. Citation: First algae powered building goes up in Hamburg (2013, April 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-algae-powered-hamburg.html To make use of the algae, which the team retrieved from the nearby Elbe river, it was put into large thin rectangular clear cases. Inside, the algae live in a water solution and are provided nutrients and carbon dioxide by an automated system. Each tank was then affixed to the outside walls of the building onto scaffolding that allows for turning the tanks towards the sun—similar to technology used for solar collectors.