Les familles de toute la province organiseront des rassemblements, participeront à des activités physiques et prêteront main-forte au cours des prochains jours dans le cadre des activités de la Semaine du Prix du duc d’Édimbourg en Nouvelle-Écosse. La lieutenante-gouverneure, Mayann Francis, a assisté à une cérémonie à Province House, aujourd’hui 20 septembre, où elle s’est jointe à des représentants du ministère de l’Éducation et aux membres du conseil provincial du prix, pour le lever du drapeau du duc d’Édimbourg. « Le bénévolat et le service communautaire sont essentiels à la structure de cette province, a dit la lieutenante-gouverneure. Le programme du Prix du duc d’Édimbourg est non seulement une façon de reconnaître les jeunes qui font preuve d’altruisme, mais il offre également une structure et une motivation pour encourager les nouvelles générations à comprendre le concept du service aux autres. » Plus de 2 300 jeunes Néo-Écossais âgés de 14 à 25 ans participent au programme chaque année afin de promouvoir le développement des communautés et du pays, tout en enseignant les compétences élémentaires qui mènent à la croissance et au succès personnels. « Les jeunes qui participent au programme du Prix du duc d’Édimbourg et leurs familles contribuent au renforcement des communautés en Nouvelle-Écosse, a dit Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation. La visite récente de Sa Majesté la reine et du duc d’Édimbourg nous rappelle l’importance du service communautaire et des progrès personnels, et je félicite tous ceux qui intègrent ces thèmes dans leur vie quotidienne. » Pendant la semaine, les participants au programme, les leaders, les membres du conseil, les parents et les bénévoles participeront à des activités diverses qui souligneront l’excellent travail effectué par les jeunes dans leurs communautés. Les activités feront la promotion de la sensibilisation, de la gratitude, du conditionnement physique, de l’appréciation environnementale et du service communautaire, qui sont les thèmes principaux du programme. Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez le www.dukeofed.org.
MONTREAL — A Quebec land developer says he’s signed an agreement with the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake to return a parcel of forest that was central to the Oka crisis that began 29 years ago today.Gregoire Gollin says in the spirit of reconciliation, he plans to cede 60 hectares of forest known as The Pines to the local council as an ecological gift through a federal government program.He says discussions had been ongoing for two years with Kanesatake officials and he’s hopeful it can be concluded quickly and perhaps serve as an example to landowners elsewhere in Canada in similar situations.The crisis began July 11, 1990, when gunfire between provincial police and Aboriginals defending a small stand of pine trees resulted in the death of officer Marcel Lemay and sparked a 78-day showdown.At the end of it, a deal was struck to bring down the barricades in exchange for cancelling the expansion of a golf course.Nearly three decades later, the disputed territory remains a long-standing, unsettled issue and Ellen Gabriel, a well-known Mohawk activist, says while it’s a noble gesture on the part of Gollin, it doesn’t necessarily go far enough.She notes that as an ecological gift, there will be strings attached to the land transfer and adds the local Mohawk council hasn’t shared details of the agreement with the community.Meanwhile, the nearby town of Oka will hold a meeting next week to discuss the land transfer, according to a Facebook message by the mayor last week.The Canadian Press
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Rabat – According to an official report released by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, 431,934 candidates will sit for the 2016 baccalaureate examination this year. This year’s national exams are scheduled for June 7-9, while regional exams are planned for June 3-4.New strict measures will be taken to assure a fairness before and during the exam, the Ministry said. The total number of male applicants is 237,460, which represents 55 percent of all applicants. The number of female applicants this year only comes to 45 percent.Public school applicants total 289,440, which is 67 percent of all students. There will be 30,239 private school students, or 7 percent of the whole. Six percent of students have chosen an ordinary baccalaureate. This year’s applicant pool is 10.4 percent less than that of 2015.The Casablanca-Settat region has the highest number of applicants with 20.8 percent of total students, followed by Rabat-Sale-Kenitra with 14.1 percent, and Fez-Meknes with 10.6 percent.Seventeen percent of student who registered for an ordinary baccalaureate come from Fez-Meknes, while 16 percent come from Rabat-Sale-Kenitra.The regions of South Morocco are at the bottom of this year’s baccalaureate’s applicant list: Dakhla – Oued Ed Dahab (0.4 percent), Laâyoune – Sakia El Hamra (1.8 percent) and Guelmim – Oued Noun (2 percent).As regards the types of exams, 61 percent of applicants chose to sit for the scientific and technological fields exams, whereas the percentage of those choosing literature comes to 39 percent.Students will take their baccalaureate exams under a number of new measures, including the prohibition of the use of electronic devices and continuous surveillance of the test centers both inside and outside exam rooms. Furthermore, the physical exam booklets will be securely transported from certified distribution centers to examination centers.National and regional groups have been launched to control information about the exams on the internet. Meanwhile, local and regional groups will try to curb cheating throughout electronic devices by using devices to detect them on test days.In order to make the applicants aware of the danger of cheating on the exam, participants have attended meetings with proctors, which have been organized locally, regionally, and nationally.Additionally, each baccalaureate applicant was asked to sign a contract which lays out the student’s responsibility of adhering to ethical rules of conduct, as well as the punishments that may follow from cases of cheating.Cheating through communication on the baccalaureate exam reached its highest in 2012, with 67 percent of students involved in some form of cheating. That number has declined to 53 percent in 2015.
7 February 2012The top United Nations envoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today stressed the need for all parties to use legal means and dialogue to settle differences in the aftermath of recent elections so as to advance stability and peace in the country. “While it is essential that government authorities ensure that all Congolese citizens fully enjoy their rights of freedom of expression and other rights, violent confrontations will not resolve any problems and only tend to propagate further violence,” Roger Meece, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for DRC, said in his briefing to the Security Council.The vast African nation has experienced a tense political climate since the presidential and legislative elections held late last year. “The elections themselves were marked by numerous problems,” noted Mr. Meece. These included late procurement and delivery of vital election materials and difficulties during the compilation and verification processes to determine results.While none of the observers have determined that the problems necessarily would have changed the reported presidential results, he said, the UN and others have voiced strong concerns about the reported irregularities and believe a “thorough and open” review of the preparations are vital.“This should provide as accurate as possible an overview of the process, draw relevant lessons and propose recommendations, and ensure that improvements are put in place so that future elections achieve the highest level of integrity possible,” stated Mr. Meece, who heads the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO).The peacekeeping mission – which provided technical and logistical support to the organization of the polls – has strongly emphasized the importance of utilizing peaceful means to deal with points of contention and supported efforts to promote dialogue among Congolese parties, candidates, civil society, and other stakeholders. “It is our intent to do all possible to facilitate a full review of the election operations, and drawing from these and external observations, provide support to ensure improvements are implemented to achieve maximum credibility of future elections,” Mr. Meece said.He added that with the recent announcement of the provisional legislative results, the political attention in DRC is now shifting to the new National Assembly, consolidation of coalitions and formation and ratification of a new government. The post-election environment has also permitted MONUSCO and Congolese officials to re-evaluate security conditions in the country, particularly the continuing threats to civilians and to general stability in the volatile east. Mr. Meece said he was concerned by the apparent renewed activity by the Rwandan rebel group known as the FDLR in eastern DRC, as well as an emergence or growth of various Congolese groups in North and South Kivu. The mission was discussing with the national Congolese army ways to address these challenges and realize durable improvements in the east, as well as continuing to support efforts to tackle sexual-based violence, which remains a major problem.“The protection of civilians, of course, remains MONUSCO’s highest priority,” stressed the Special Representative.
The United States has urged Sri Lanka to act according to the Constitution and also uphold the commitments made in Geneva.The US State Department said that it was following the events in Sri Lanka after Ranil Wickremesinghe was sacked as Prime Minister. “We call on all parties to act in accordance with SL’s constitution, refrain from violence, and follow due process,” the US State Department said.It said that the US also expects Sri Lanka to uphold its Geneva commitments to human rights, reform, accountability, justice, and reconciliation. (Colombo Gazette)
About 20 religious leaders and experts on religion from several countries will gather at UNESCO headquarters in Paris from 5 to 7 May to take part in a Buddhist-Muslim Dialogue, the first to be held under the aegis of a UN agency, on the theme “Global Ethic and Good Governance.”The meeting, organized by two UN-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – the Museum of World Religions and the Global Family for Love and Peace – and by the UNESCO Chair for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue based in Jerusalem, is part of the agency’s Interreligious Dialogue Programme. It will look at the relationship between Islam and Buddhism worldwide and especially in Southeast Asia.The dialogue will analyze those elements that unite Muslims and Buddhists, especially in Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia. Shared values and practices that help to prevent or resolve conflict will be highlighted.Then, from 12 to 14 May, senior UN officials, religious leaders, government ministers and experts will gather at UNESCO for the second international conference on “Educating for Tolerance: the Case of Resurgent Antisemitism,” organized by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in cooperation with the UN body.UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello, Israel’s Minister for Diaspora Affairs Natan Sharansky, French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, are scheduled to address the opening session.The first conference on “Educating for Tolerance: the Case of Resurgent Antisemitism,” was held in June 1992 at UNESCO headquarters. Three conferences were subsequently organized by the Wiesenthal Centre under UNESCO auspices: “From Xenophobia to Tolerance: Jews and Muslims in Europe and Beyond” in 1995 in Paris; “Migrantophobia, Caucasophobia and Anti-Semitism in 1996 in Moscow and “Kosovo in the Mirror of Auschwitz” in 1997 in Vienna.
“The decision by President [Thabo] Mbeki and his Cabinet exemplifies the leadership needed to reverse the global HIV/AIDS epidemic,” Peter Piot, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), said in a statement issued in Geneva.”South Africa’s response to AIDS now enters a critical new phase – one that is characterized by strong political commitment, a dynamic grass roots movement, more funding, and scaling up of prevention and treatment programmes,” Dr. Piot said, adding that the new nationwide initiative “will make that country’s fight against AIDS truly comprehensive, with treatment complementing prevention efforts.”UNAIDS also commends the tireless efforts of South Africans living with HIV and their allies in civil society in promoting a comprehensive approach to prevention and treatment, Dr. Piot added.He said the UN system stood ready to provide support to the South African Government as it develops and implements the initiative.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the appointment of Swedish Ambassador Inga Björk-Klevby as Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) in Nairobi, Kenya.Ms. Björk-Klevby, an economist, is ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, after having been in charge of Sweden’s international development cooperation policies, programmes and budget for years and having worked for more than two decades in international finance at the Central Bank of Sweden, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the African Development Bank.The main task of the Deputy Executive Director of UN-HABITAT is to revitalize and oversee the management of the Habitat and Human Settlements Foundation so that it can contribute effectively to the water and sanitation goals and the slum upgrading targets of the Millennium Declaration, as requested in last month’s World Summit Outcome document.Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Björk-Klevby served as the Ambassador of Sweden to Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles and the Comoros and as Permanent Representative to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). During this period, she was involved in restructuring the UN Centre for Human Settlements, leading to its current upgraded status as a Programme.She holds a master’s degree from the Stockholm School of Economics and is married with two children.
Source: Paul Hosford/Twitter ONE OF THE recorders from the missing Coast Guard helicopter has been located 40m deep in the sea.As today’s search for the three missing crew members from the helicopter – Mark Duffy, Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith – gets underway, the search for the recorder will also be part of today’s plan.Jurgen Whyte of the Air Accident Investigations Unit told Morning Ireland that they believe the recorder will be close to the wreckage. They also believe that the three missing crew may be within this area as well.“The focus is still on recovering the three crew members,” he said.Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was recovered from the sea on Tuesday, but later passed away.Yesterday, it was confirmed that the flight recorder beacon had been located. This will help to shed light on exactly what occurred leading up to the tragic incident. Sea and weather conditions will play a huge part in determining when the recorder can be reached. The recorder is giving off a chirping noise and this helps searchers to triangulate the area in which is it is located.“We’d regard this as a very important step forward in progressing the recovery stage of the search operation. We’ve detected a signal, the next stage would be to locate it. We’ve now begun the process of establishing its exact position,” the Coast Guard’s search and rescue operations director Gerard O’Flynn told reporters yesterday.Jurgen Whyte of the Air Accident Investigations Unit said that the task is now to reach the recorder.It’s in a difficult area, it’s just off the large rock called Black Rock, it’s in difficult waters. It’s in 40m of depth, so we need to find a top point and when we find top point we have a fixed position and from there we need to bring in more equipment to dive down, or use a robot to dive down and actually locate the recorder there. And the hope is that the recorder is with the wreckage.Earlier, he explained about the two recorders present on Coast Guard helicopters:“These are modern enough that we can, if we recover the recorder and if it is functioning correctly, we can hopefully reanalyse, actually, the flight and get the aircraft to ‘fly’ again digitally, and that will help investigators to determine what has happened in the final moments of the flight itself.”Meanwhile, RTÉ reports that the Defence Forces has confirmed the initial call for top cover at the incident on Sunday was made to the Air Corps.In a statement, the Defence Forces told the station that it was asked to provide top cover in the mission in the early hours of Tuesday morning. However this was denied due to the the fact a fixed wing aircraft was not available, the incident was outside of normal hours and there as a lack of experienced personnel available.The ship Granuaile is currently on the way to help out with the search. It will be used to help lift wreckage, if it this is needed.Yesterday, Minister Shane Ross visited the site, and spoke to the family of the missing crewmembers.Speaking to journalists at the scene, he said that it is “unspeakable, what’s going on”.Read: Dara Fitzpatrick’s family pay tribute to her, saying ‘We’ll raise Fionn as she wanted’> Image: PA Wire/PA Images 19,494 Views Share Tweet Email Mar 16th 2017, 7:57 AM Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 7:57 AM By Aoife Barry Image: PA Wire/PA Images Short URL Pulse was detected at 40m depth and is, according to investigators, a “significant development”.— Paul Hosford (@PTHosford) March 15, 2017 Rescue 116: Search for Coast Guard flight recorder gets underway Today is the third day of the search for the three missing crew members. 9 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3290667 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
https://jrnl.ie/4589529 Businessman claims he is victim of smear campaign through false Twitter account Philip Rattle of August Equity LLP has launched High Court proceedings. Short URL THE MANAGING PARTNER of a London-based private equity firm has launched High Court proceedings over a Twitter account he claims is being used to smear his reputation.The action has been taken by Philip Rattle of August Equity LLP, who claims both he and his family have been upset by posts on a Twitter account set up in his name, which he has nothing to do with.Rattle does not have a Twitter account, nor does he have an online presence. The tweets, he claims, are deliberately targeted towards maligning him and causing serious damage to his reputation.He claims the Twitter account using his name, which appears to have been established using an outlook.com email address, was set up in September 2018 and was brought to his attention last December.He claims the account profile describes the user as running a firm investing hundreds of millions of pounds in various UK sectors, as well as being ‘Nationalist’, ‘Pro-Brexit and ‘Anti-immigration’.Rattle followed the “impersonation Twitter account” which he said has published a number of highly offensive and distressing tweets which are defamatory.The posts include derogatory and racist comments about individuals in British public life such as London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Manchester City soccer star Raheem Sterling.One tweet on the account also praises a man who allegedly racially abused a woman on a Ryanair flight last year.He claims that he was shocked, highly distressed and upset by the posts, and says the account is clearly designed to make any reader believe that he is a racist, anti-semitic, and a bigot.Damaged reputationThe account he says has seriously damaged his reputation, his privacy, and he claims are part of a smear campaign against him.As part of that smear campaign, Rattle claims that both he and several investors with his firm have received messages, correspondence and packages containing false allegations about him and August Equity.As a result, he has had CCTV installed at his London home.He fears that the smear campaign will continue unless steps are taken to restrain the alleged wrongdoers, and has sought information from both Twitter and Microsoft including details about the persons behind the accounts.Rattle, represented in court today by Niall Buckley Bl seeks an order from the High Court, known as a Norwich Pharmacal order requiring to provide him with information, including the name and address of the person or persons behind the account.Justice Leonie Reynolds granted Rattle’s lawyers permission to serve short notice of the proceedings on both Microsoft Ireland Operations Ltd which provides outlook.com email service, and Twitter International Company.The Judge noted that the type of information Rattle’s lawyers seek is only provided by the social media companies when the court makes an order directing the firms to furnish the details sought.The Judge made the matter returnable to date after the Easter recess.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing No Comments By Aodhan O Faolain Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Nopparat Khokthong 12,072 Views Friday 12 Apr 2019, 4:33 PM Share3 Tweet Email2 Apr 12th 2019, 4:33 PM Image: Shutterstock/Nopparat Khokthong
Première vidéo 3D de l’ISS transmise vers la TerrePour la première fois, des images en 3D filmées dans la Station spatiale internationale ont été transmises en direct vers la Terre.La technologie 3D n’a décidément aucune frontière. Après avoir investi le cinéma, les télévisions et les consoles de jeu, elle est désormais utilisée par les astronautes. En effet, mercredi, l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) a annoncé que des images filmées à l’aide d’une caméra stéréoscopique haute-définition ERB-2 dans la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) ont été transmises en direct vers la Terre. C’est la première fois que les astronautes tentent une telle expérience alors que les images ont été diffusées au Centre de recherche et de technologie (Estec) de l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) aux Pays-Bas. À lire aussiUn rover détecte un étrange gel sur la face cachée de la LuneLes spectateurs présents là-bas, équipés de lunettes polarisées semblables à celles utilisées dans les cinémas, “ont été stupéfaits par la qualité des images”, a expliqué l’ESA dans un communiqué. Le but à plus long terme pourrait être de filmer les sorties des astronautes dans le vide de l’espace, grâce à la caméra ERB-2 dont la taille ne dépasse pas celle d’une boite à chaussures. “Ceci donnerait réellement la sensation d’être dans l’espace à côté d’un astronaute”, explique Massimo Sabbatini, coordinateur de l’ERB-2. Depuis la transmission, l’ESA a mis en ligne sur son site un clip qui montre les images en question (lien non disponible). Toutefois, il faut posséder des lunettes adaptées pour se rendre compte de l’effet 3D. Le 19 août 2011 à 09:35 • Maxime Lambert
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – An American Airlines flight was forced to land at Miami International Airport, Saturday night, about a half hour after, officials said, one of its tires blew up during takeoff.According to an airline spokesperson, the pilot of Flight 88 headed to LaGuardia Airport in New York City suspected the aircraft blew a tire as it was departing MIA and decided to return to the airport. The pilot circled the airport for about 30 minutes to burn fuel in order to land safely.No injuries were reported.Airline officials confirmed the plane’s tire did blow up. The jetliner was evaluated upon landing.The passengers were accommodated on the next plane to LaGuardia.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Presenting the national budget for the next fiscal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday said the state of the country’s economy was better placed today with its credibility re-established by a series of measures taken by his government.”I am presenting the union budget in an economic environment which is far more positive than in the recent past. While major economies of the world face difficulties, India is poised for higher growth trajectory,” Jaitley said as he started his budget speech in the Lok Sabha.”The real GDP growth is estimated at 7.5 percent for this fiscal, making India the fastest-growing large economy of the world,” said Jaitley, watched keenly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seated next to him.”We inherited a sentiment of doom and gloom and have come a long way by proper actions,” said the finance minister, adding: “Our objective is to improve quality of life and to pass benefits to common man.”He also said a double-digit growth was now feasible. “Our objective is to conquer inflation. It will be only 5 percent by end of year.”The finance minister said his government did not intend to do away with subsidies but target them better to achieve the goals. He also said some Rs.8.5 lakh crore will be provided to farmers in the form of credit, along with an allocation of Rs.5,300 crore for irrigation.He also said allocations for a host of social sector projects was being enhanced substantially along with some new social security schemes. He particularly said the allocation for the rural job guarantee scheme will be the highest ever.
Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesIt looks like the alleged feud between the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge has gotten so out of hand that senior Royals are being bothered by it.The Royal household may need to get their members in line. Reportedly William and Kate and Harry and Meghan have fuelled months-long talk of a feud after engaging in what looks increasingly like a game of one-upmanship.An example of this kind of behavior came when the couple Cambridge took their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis to see Kate’s new garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. After the visit, they released charming pictures of the children enjoying Kate’s creation at the show, of which she is intensely proud. But coincidentally or maybe not, just hours before Kate’s event, new parents Harry and Meghan released previously unseen photos of their wedding celebrations. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesNow we have to say that this little game of one-upmanship is wholly welcomed by fans and observers of the Royal Family. Any glimpse into the Royal Family is a win for fans, the motives behind it however may not be a concern to them, but it sure should be for the Royal Family.This sort of behavior may seem harmless at first glance but the people involved are not no-name citizens but members of the Royal Family. This showmanship could lead to further rifts between the couples Cambridge and Sussex, especially after the birth of baby Archie seems to have taken the spotlight off of Kate and William. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are residing at Frogmore Cottage in a bid to give baby Archie a modicum of a normal life, but the Royal couple’s actions, especially when it comes to Kate and William seems to say otherwise. You can check out the video here:
The folks over at Oculus VR have been hit with an age-old video game problem — they cannot construct additional pylons, for they have run out of resources. The result of this shortage is that, at the moment, development kits have ceased production, and thus, units will be unable to ship when the current stock runs out.The good news is that Oculus has not run out of money as the result of, for instance, hiring John Carmack full-time or because that sort of thing tends to happen with Kickstarter projects. The problem is that the company has manufactured and sold so many Rifts — there are about 50,000 currently out in the wild — that it ran out of parts with which to build more units. Remember, the dev kit currently is the Oculus Rift you have all come to know and love, as there isn’t a separate retail product just yet. Oculus will sell the remaining stock until it dwindles away, and is already limiting orders to the United States, Canada, Japan, countries in the European Union, Australia, South Korea, Switzerland, and Norway.A company representative has also stated that though supply is limited, there is still a reserve for RMA purposes, so if your Rift is on the fritz, there should be stock to exchange it.Oculus doesn’t mean to let this lack of parts stand in its way, and it’s looking for a new source, but the company does not know when production of the kit will begin again. The spokesperson also did not specify which parts are in demand — for example, lenses, electrical components, or displays — so it’s tough to speculate where Oculus might turn in order to fulfill the need for new parts.Recently, Oculus VR unveiled a new, upgraded prototype of the headset — dubbed Crystal Cove — and it has been on display at events like CES 2014 and IndieCade East 2014. It contains fancy new OLED screens, and a camera and IR dots on the headset that can track the position of the wearer’s limbs. If the first version of the kit has run out of parts, perhaps the new supply will help manufacture Crystal Cove dev kits.
Kolkata: The results of the Higher Secondary examination will be announced by the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) on Friday. The results will be announced in a press conference which will be held at the office of the Council in Salt Lake at 10 am.Students can access their results from the officialwebsite of WBCHSE — wbresults.nic.in — from 11 am. The other websites through which the results can be accessed are www.indiaresults.com, www.exametc.com, www.schools9.com, www.jagranjosh.com etc. Students can also know their results by SMS option: WB12< Space> Roll number and send it to 58888.The marksheets would be distributed to the schools at 10.30 am. This year a total of 8,26,029 students appeared for the HS examination which was conducted from March 27 to April 11. The results are being published 58 days after the commencement of the examination. The HS Council has decided to introduce percentiles in the Class XII exam results this year to match boards like the CBSE.
Angajan Ramanathan, a 30-year-old businessman and the leading candidate for President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party, says working close to the government will bring more benefits to the war-hit community.Election campaigning had been marked by sporadic attacks and threats, mainly against Tamil Alliance supporters.In the latest incident, an election monitor said soldiers armed with clubs attacked supporters of Tamil Alliance candidate Ananthi Sasitharan at the candidate’s home late Thursday, wounding eight people. Sasitharan, the wife of a former Tamil Tiger rebel leader, escaped unharmed.On Saturday, fake copies of a newspaper supportive of the TNA was circulated in parts of Jaffna saying the party had withdrawn from the elections, in what appeared to be an effort to confuse voters.As voting closed, anxious residents in the fishing village of Kurunagar gathered at a polling station to make sure ballot boxes were safely dispatched to the counting centers.Several voters whom The Associated Press tried to interview were afraid to talk, fearing the army would visit their homes and question them.Tamils have been demanding regional autonomy to the country’s north and east, where they are the majority, since Sri Lanka became independent from Britain in 1948. The campaign took the form of nonviolent protests for many years, but in 1983 civil war broke out between government forces and armed Tamil groups calling for full independence. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (AP) – Ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged north voted Saturday to form their first functioning provincial government, hoping it is the first step toward wider regional autonomy and a cornerstone to prevent another cycle of violence.Tamils fought for self-rule for more than six decades after the country gained independence, first through a peaceful struggle and then a bloody civil war, but failed. The provincial council was created in 1987 as an alternative to separation. But the Tigers _ the strongest of the rebel groups, and eventually the de facto government across much of the north and east _ rejected it as inadequate. The fighting that followed prevented the council from functioning.The military defeat of the Tigers meant Tamils were back to where they had started 60 years earlier, with no tangible achievement, tens of thousands of deaths and losing another million who fled the country as refugees.The United Nations has called on Sri Lanka repeatedly to more thoroughly investigate war crimes allegedly committed by both sides. A U.N. report has indicated Sri Lankan troops may have killed as many as 40,000 Tamil civilians in the final months of the conflict. The Tigers are also accused of killing civilians, holding them as human shields and recruiting child soldiers.The U.N. estimates that 80,000 to 100,000 people died in the conflict, but the number is feared to be much higher. Few outsiders had any access to combat zones in the bloody final phase of the war.The Tamil Alliance has said if it wins control of the provincial government, it also will push for an international war crimes investigation. Comments Share At least 80,000 people were killed in the war, and northern cities, including many on the Jaffna peninsula, were reduced to rubble.The Tamil National Alliance, considered a political proxy for the Tamil rebels during the conflict, was favored to win the elections and fielded a former Supreme Court Justice, C.V. Wigneswaran, as its chief candidate.More than 700,000 voters were registered to elect 36 members to the provincial council, though voter turnout was not immediately known.The provincial council, however, will not have much power. A governor appointed by the central government retains almost all of the control, and Wigneswaran says that if elected, his party would lobby for wider self-rule based on federalism.The central government is against devolving such wide powers and says even existing powers in provincial hands, such as those over land and policing, are a threat to the country. It hopes to win over Tamils by rebuilding roads, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure destroyed in the war.But residents say the army is taking over large swaths of private land to build camps and even businesses such as hotels, and bringing in Sinhalese people to change the province’s ethnic breakdown. However, Saturday’s elections are expected to give them a limited say in their own affairs _ a taste of democracy after decades under rebel or military control.Polls closed Saturday evening, and results are expected by Sunday afternoon. No major violence was reported, but election monitors reported that army soldiers and pro-government party members stood near polling stations and threatened voters.The elections are seen by the United Nations and the world community as a crucial test of reconciliation between the Tamils and the majority ethnic Sinhalese, who control Sri Lanka’s government and military.“Our political problems must be resolved, another generation must not be destroyed,” Rasathurai Balasubramanium, a 56-year-old mason, said after voting in his village, Thavadi.“We believe that there is a … (slice) of democracy and law and order is still available in this country,” said Gunaratman Manoharan, a 52-year-old businessman who traveled from the capital, Colombo, to vote.The country’s ethnic divisions widened with the quarter-century civil war that ended in 2009 when government troops crushed the Tamil Tiger rebels, who were fighting to create an independent state. 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China is reportedly in negotiations which could see the economic behemoth build a high-speed railway connecting its capital with the United Kingdom, Russia and Southeast Asia.The new connections could potentially see passengers reach London from Beijing within two days, reports The Telegraph in London, who cites a source who is a senior consultant on China’s domestic high-speed rail project. China is reportedly eyeing three different train lines, one headed towards Europe and the United Kingdom through India, another through Russia into Germany and Eastern Europe, and a final line headed towards Singapore through Malaysia and Thailand.“We are aiming for the trains to run almost as fast as aeroplanes… The best case scenario is that the three networks will be completed in a decade,” said Mengshu Wang, to The Telegraph.Mr Wang adds that China is already in negotiations with 17 countries.“We have also already carried out the prospecting and survey work for the European network, and Central and Eastern European countries are keen for us to start.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/280ad/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>