Studying abroad: About the difference in UK and US college interviews

first_imgFirst of all, let’s answer the two most common questions: what is acollege interview, and why does it matter? Many schools in the UnitedStates, the United Kingdom, and certain other places to which you mightbe applying to study abroad include an interview as part of theadmission process. The goal of the interview can depend on the school,but there are some general similarities.Interview process in US collegesLet’s talk about US colleges first. Many schools in America includeinterviews as a way for the admission officers or alumni acting for theadmissions committee to get to know a student better and learn who theyare beyond the limitations of the application. For schools in Hong Kong, the goals of the interview from the admissions side are very similar to those of the goals of a US admissions committee.A very commonquestion in the minds of the students is how much does the college weigh the interview when making their decision? Again, this depends on thecollege or university. Some colleges weigh it heavily, and some see itas one of the many things that can inform them about the student.Interview can help show your individualityFor international students, the interview can often be the only opportunity the student has to express their individuality. Because of the vastdifference in educational systems, applications from American studentsand those from international students applying to study in America often look wildly different. So, the interview is a chance for internationalstudents to even the playing field a little, and to give the school astronger sense of who they are and what they bring to the community.advertisementYou can find out if the college is a good fit for youJust like the college essay, the interview is an opportunity to show who you are as a person, and explain through your individuality what you willbring to the college campus. Beyond that, it’s also an opportunity foryou to meet someone from the school, to ask questions and get your ownpersonal sense of whether this school would be a good fit for you ornot. Remember, this goes both ways! Interview process in UK collegesThen there are UK schools in the UK– Oxford and Cambridge weigh theirinterview very heavily, and it can make or break your application.The interview is academic, not informativeThis is not an informative interview, but an academic one, designed to showthe school how the applicant thinks and responds to new ideas andintellectual issues. While some aspects of the applicant’s life and thefield of study they intend to pursue will definitely come up, thequestions are usually more abstract.The interview questions for theseinterviews can range from “Why do some habitats support higherbiodiversity than others?” to “Should there be a salary limit forbankers?” to “Imagine the only historical records left on earthconcerned sports. How much about the past could we find out?”The thought process is important, not the answer itselfFor these interviews, what matters most is not that you get a right orwrong answer, for many of them don’t have a single correct response, but that you represent your thought process. The interview is a procedureto check that you are able to consider, reason, think critically andengage in a dialogue about abstract and practical concepts. What yourinterviewer is looking for, essentially, is your ability to learn, not a recitation of what you already know. You are demonstrating curiosityand interest in the world, not listing knowledge you’ve already gained.Although they have different formats, all of these interviews on both sides ofthe Atlantic have the same essential goal. The admissions committeewants to know what kind of thinker you are, what kind of student you’vebeen, and what potential you hold for intellectual and social growth.After all, if you were already done growing academically, you wouldn’t needto go to college at all! So the goal for you, in whatever interview youfind yourself in, is to show who you are, where you’ve been, and whereyou want to go, with passion, candor and clarity.–Authored by Adarsh Khandelwal, Co-founder, Collegify (a college consulting firm for study abroad)last_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: Rohit wants India to learn from mistakes after tense win vs Hong Kong

first_imgIndia captain Rohit Sharma was a relieved man after India survived a big scare on Tuesday and registered a nervy 26-run win in their Asia Cup 2018 opener.Hong Kong nearly pulled off the biggest upset in the tournament at the Dubai International Stadium as they ran India close but lack of experience resulted in their downfall.Chasing 286 for victory, Hong Kong fought till the very end and put India under pressure for most part of the second innings but the experience of the defending champions helped them prevail in the end.”Eventually to win the game is important. We always knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We had an inexperienced bowling line-up, but that’s no excuse. The mistake was that we could’ve attacked a bit more. It’s a mistake, and that’s a learning curve,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSHong Kong rode on Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath’s record opening partnership to put in a brave fight but once the well-set duo departed, they fell behind the asking rate and ended up with 259 for 8 in 50 overs.”They pulled off the victory, and I have no doubt for the future as well. Didn’t doubt ourselves at any stage, but credit to Hong Kong. Great partnership by their openers, and for our bowling curve, it was great to handle those situations. We will be put under pressure at times, and it’s important to handle it,” Rohit said.Read – Shikhar Dhawan slams 14th ODI hundred to draw level with Yuvraj SinghadvertisementNizakat top-scored with 92 runs while Anshuman made 73 as the duo added 174 runs for the opening wicket, the highest for Hong Kong in ODI cricket, which made India sweat a lot until 34 overs before Kuldeep Yadav broke through with the captain’s wicket.Just 9 balls later Nizakat became debutant Khaleel Ahmed’s maiden wicket in international cricket as the Pakistan-born batsman fell short of his first ODI hundred by 8 runs. It was the third time Nizakat got out in the nervous 90s.Those two breakthroughs tilted the scales in India’s favour as skipper Rohit Sharma and the fans breathed a sigh of relief.Also Read – Pakistan’s Chacha Chicago sponsors Indian superfan’s UAE tripThe rest of the Hong Kong batsmen tried their best to keep up with the required rate but kept losing wickets and panicked under pressure. Khaleel struck again while Yuzvendra Chahal struck twice to take the game away from Hong Kong.”Khaleel is a very exciting player. He showed he didn’t start well, but was good enough to come back well. If you can’t do well for 2-3 overs it’s okay, but you should find a way to come back, and he really found that way, and found his rewards,” Rohit went on to add.Chahal ended up with three wickets for 46 runs from 10 overs for India while Khaleel and Kuldeep took two wickets each as the Men in Blue collected two points from this Group A encounter and advance to the Super 4 stage.India will now face table-toppers Pakistan in a blockbuster encounter just 24 hours later at the same venue.”We know we’re playing back-to-back games, but no problem. That’s why we rested some players for today,” Rohit concluded.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal downs Novak Djokovic for 9th Italian Open title

first_imgRafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be.After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title.It marked the first time in an Open Era-record 54 meetings, and in their 142nd set against each other, that Nadal won a set against Djokovic without conceding a game – otherwise known as a bagel.The timing for Nadal’s return to form could not have been more opportune, as he will seek a record-extending 12th title at the French Open starting next weekend.The of clay is back in business…That’s 34 #ATPMasters1000 for Rafa Nadal@TennisTV #ibi19 Tour (@ATP_Tour) May 19, 2019Just LOOK at what this means to @RafaelNadal #ibi19 ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) May 19, 2019Top-ranked Djokovic, meanwhile, appeared exhausted after spending more than 5 ½ hours on court against Juan Martin del Potro and Diego Schwartzman the previous two days.Djokovic was also coming off the Madrid Open title last week.In the women’s final earlier, Karolina Pliskova captured the biggest clay-court trophy of her career by beating Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4.Also Read | Karolina Pliskova wins biggest clay title of career at Italian OpenAlso See:last_img read more

Marcell Ateman: ‘We’re Going To Light It Up This Year’

first_imgMarcell Ateman is a senior. Finally. I’m pretty sure.[double checks the roster]Yeah, he’s a senior, and he’s primed for a big season (again). Ateman caught 45 passes for 766 yards and five touchdowns last season. He was third on the team behind David Glidden and James Washington in both catches and yards.He knows he could be the primary target for Mason Rudolph in a variety of situations now that The President is no longer a national secret. No. 3 seems pretty confident in that role.“James is a tremendous player, tremendous athlete, great guy,” Ateman told ESPN recently. “We work well together, push each other. We’re going to light it up this year.”Ateman also gave some love to his quarterback.“His mindset, how he approaches the game is like something I’ve never seen,” said Ateman. “He really wants to win. He works extremely hard. He just wants to see the best of us and himself. Just a great guy. He’s starting to really just put it on a dime. Even more so.”Ateman is not the Pokes’ most important player, but he will need to be incredibly valuable if this team has any aspirations of being great again (and it does). Like we discussed last year, depth at wideout is great, but it’s better to have one or two elite pass-catchers. Ateman can be that for sure. Time to light it up.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Ferdinand: We had doubts about De Gea

first_imgManchester United ‘There were doubts’ – Ferdinand admits Man Utd team-mates didn’t have faith in De Gea Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 11:49 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() David de Gea Manchester United Sevilla Champions League CRISTINA QUICLER Manchester United David de Gea Sevilla v Manchester United Sevilla UEFA Champions League The goalkeeper starred against Sevilla on Wednesday but one former team-mate had initial doubts regarding the goalkeeper Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand revealed he and his team-mates doubted whether David de Gea would go on to become a world-class goalkeeper following his arrival in 2011.De Gea produced a wonderful performance to earn United a goalless draw at Sevilla in the opening leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, pawing away Luis Muriel’s point-blank header in a moment of brilliance on Wednesday.It further strengthened De Gea’s case as the best goalkeeper in the world amid constant speculation of a possible move to Real Madrid, however, it has not been all smooth sailing for the Spain international at Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player De Gea initially struggled with the physicality of the Premier League after being lured from boyhood club Atletico Madrid as a baby-faced Spaniard seven years ago.”We were talking before, when he first came, even as players we were sitting there with doubts really,” Ferdinand told BT Sport .”A young kid just coming to Manchester United, and we needed to win every year.”How were we going to do that with a young kid, who was inexperienced and looked like he was lacking confidence?”But you look where he is today and that’s a sign of someone who has worked hard to get where he needs to get.”8 – David de Gea has made eight saves against Sevilla, the most for a Manchester United goalkeeper in a Champions League game since Edwin van der Sar vs Barcelona in May 2011 (8). Hero. — OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 21, 2018 De Gea and United are back in action on Sunday, when they welcome Antonio Conte’s Chelsea to the Theatre of Dreams. Jose Mourinho’s side will welcome Sevilla to Old Trafford on March 13 for the second leg of their Champions League tie.last_img read more

10 days agoSouthend fail in bid to make Henrik Larsson new boss

first_imgSouthend fail in bid to make Henrik Larsson new bossby Ian Ferris10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Celtic and Sweden striker Henrik Larsson will not be the new manager of League One strugglers Southend United.The 48 year old had been in talks with the Shrimpers to take charge with former Celtic team-mates Johan Mjallby and Tommy Johnson as assistants.But Johnson, who would have been head of recruitment, has accepted an alternative offer and discussions with all three have ended.Chairman Ron Martin said all three were set to sign contracts at Roots Hall on Wednesday before Johnson pulled out. TagsFootball League OneAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Chelsea season: PL fixtures, dates & transfers

first_imgChelsea kicked off their pre-season preparations in Ireland this summer before jetting off to Asia for a number of dates in Japan.The Blues spent pre-season in Australia last summer and will now head to the other side of the world once again, with a flagship exhibition match against the Spanish champions the focal point of their tour.Frank Lampard has been appointed as Maurizio Sarri’s successor and will hope to hit the ground running on his return to the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Here is your complete guide to Chelsea’s 2019-20 pre-season and Premier League fixtures, with dates, venues and all you need to know about their summer preparations.Chelsea pre-season fixtures Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue Jul 10 Bohemians 1-1 Chelsea 7:45pm / 2:45pm Dalymount Park, Dublin Jul 13 St Patrick’s Athletic 0-4 Chelsea 2pm / 9am Richmond Park, Dublin Jul 19 Kawasaki Frontale 1-0 Chelsea 11am / 6am Nissan Stadium, Yokohama Jul 23 Barcelona 1-2 Chelsea 10am / 5am  Saitama Stadium, Saitima Jul 28 Reading 3-4 Chelsea 3pm / 10am Madejski Stadium, Reading Jul 31 Red Bull Salzburg 3-5 Chelsea 2pm / 9am Red Bull Arena, Salzburg Aug 3 Borussia Monchengladbach 2-2 Chelsea 4pm / 11am Borussia Park, Monchengladbach Chelsea’s pre-season campaign began in earnest on July 10 when they faced League of Ireland side Bohemians in Dublin.They remained in Dublin for their second warm-up friendly, which took place three days later against St Patrick’s Athletic.After that, they headed to Japan, where they faced off against Kawasaki Frontale.The Blues remained in Japan to lock horns with Lionel Messi and Co. when they played Barcelona four days later.A return to Europe followed at the end of the month with games against Reading at the Madejski Stadium and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, before they finalise preparations against Borussia Monchengladbach.Chelsea 2019-20 transfer activity Eden Hazard Chelsea 2018-19, in 2019-20 home kitChelsea players have had to deal with losing talisman Eden Hazard, who left for Real Madrid in early June . The Belgium international had previously hinted that the move was all set save for final negotiations, admitting that a return to the Champions League was not enough to convince him to stay in West London – and departed for a fee of €100 million (£88m/$112m).Defender Gary Cahill also confirmed he would be leaving the club this summer on a free transfer, and was given a farewell in his last home game of the season against Leicester.The Blues are severely restricted by sanctions that have been imposed on them by FIFA, but they did manage to complete the signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid after the midfielder spent last season on loan at Stamford Bridge.Transfer activity in Position Player Transferred from Fee Date MF Mateo Kovacic Real Madrid £40.5m July 1 Transfer activity out Position Player Transferred to Fee Date CB Gary Cahill Released n/a Jun 30 MF Eden Hazard Real Madrid €100M Jul 1 MF Kylian Hazard Cercle Brugge Undisc. Jul 1 MF Ola Aina Torino £9m Jul 1 GK Eduardo Released n/a Jul 1 GK Rob Green Released n/a Jul 1 FW Alvaro Morata Atletico Madrid Loan Jul 1 FW Victor Moses Fenerbahce Loan Jul 1 GK Nathan Baxter Ross County Loan Jul 1 DF Jay Dasilva Bristol City £2m Jul 1 MF Victorien Angbang Metz £5.5m Jul 1 DF Tomas Kalas Bristol City £8m Jul 1 GK Marcin Bulka PSG Free Jul 6 DF Daishawn Redan Hertha Berlin £2.2m Jul 18 MF Ethan Ampadu RB Leipzig Loan Jul 22 DF Jake Clarke-Salter Birmingham City Loan Jul 24 DF Matt Miazga Reading Loan Jul 24 MF Lewis Baker Fortuna Dusseldorf Loan Jul 24 MF Josimar Quintero Espanyol Free Jul 26 DF Todd Kane QPR Free Jul 27 MF Kyle Scott Newcastle United Free Jul 29 Chelsea 2019-20 Premier League fixtures Chelsea have been handed a tough start to the Premier League season with an away clash against Manchester United on August 11 getting things under way.The Blues follow that with a home game against Leicester City.Despite the tough start, games against recently promoted Norwich City and Sheffield United follow, with Wolves completing the first five gameweeks.Click here to see the full fixture list. Chelsea 2019-20 squad numbers No. Pos Player 1 GK Kepa Arrizabalaga 2 DF Antonio Rudiger 3 DF Marcos Alonso 4 DF Andreas Christensen 5 MF Jorginho 7 MF N’Golo Kante 8 MF Ross Barkley 9 FW Tammy Abraham 10 FW Willian 11 FW Pedro 12 MF Ruben Loftus-Cheek 14 MF Tiemoue Bakayoko 13 GK Willy Caballero 15 DF Kurt Zouma 16 FW Kenedy 17 MF Mateo Kovacic 18 FW Olivier Giroud 19 MF Mason Mount 20 FW Callum Hudson-Odoi 21 DF Davide Zappacosta 22 FW Christian Pulisic 23 FW Michy Batshuayi 24 DF Reece James 28 DF Cesar Azpilicueta 29 DF Fikayo Tomori 31 GK Jamie Cumming 33 DF Emerson Palmieri / MF Marco van Ginkellast_img read more

New Target x Todd Snyder Collab Celebrates Local Love

first_img Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Target’s latest designer collaboration — this time with menswear maven Todd Snyder — proves that home is where the heart is.The chain’s Local Pride by Todd Snyder collection, which launched last week in 15 Target stores in the Boston area, celebrates hometown self-respect with merchandise that ranges from T-shirts and baseball caps to beer glasses and phone cases that honor one’s backyard. The Boston-based assortment, for example, seems to have Damon and Affleck in “Good Will Hunting” as its muses and includes tees that say “How Bout Them Apples,” “Wicked Smaht” and one featuring legendary Red Sox player Carl “Yaz” Yastrzemski ($15). There is also a tote bag ($5) and foam sports-team fingers ($3), plus locally produced food such as Marshmallow Fluff and Cape Cod potato chips.The Local Pride collection will be released on a rolling basis and includes apparel, accessories, and hard goods for guys, gals, and kids. The next two cities to be spotlighted will be San Francisco and Chicago later this year. Los Angeles, San Diego, and Minneapolis merch will follow in 2016. The collection will be sold in local Target stores and soon on the company’s website.“This collection is about the sense of discovery,” says Snyder, who is from Iowa but now lives and works in New York. “We want to be your tour guide, showcasing the unique aspects of the local cities. I have visited some of the coolest spots and spoken to a lot of locals in each city that helped me design original, exclusive, and fun designs.”Snyder, an award-winning designer who used to work for Polo Ralph Lauren and J. Crew, now has his own eponymous collection of menswear and also makes a capsule line with iconic athletic brand Champion. Editors’ Recommendations center_img 1. Bean town 2. Boston pride 3. Foam fingers 4. Local boston pride mug 5. Package Store 6. Wicked Smaht 7. Yaz The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities last_img read more

FSL Trust Sells Chemical Tanker to Shrink Debt

first_imgzoom First Ship Lease Trust has agreed to dispose of its chemical tanker FSL Tokyo in an effort to reduce outstanding debt facility.The 2006 Japanese-built ship, was sold for a cash consideration of USD 13.8 million. The 20,938 dwt FSL Tokyo has been deployed in the spot market, according to FSL Trust Management, the trusteemanager of FSL Trust.The company said that the net proceeds from the sale will be applied in full to the outstanding loan facility in the first quarter of 2018. FSL Trust will record a related impairment charge of around USD 9 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.“The sale of the vessel was undertaken to further reduce the debt due under the Syndicated Loan facility,” Roger Woods, Chief Executive Officer of FSLTM, said.The amount outstanding under the facility following the application of the sale proceeds of FSL Tokyo will be USD 138 million, down from the debt outstanding in June 2013 of USD 425 million when there were significant changes in the Trust’s Board and Management.last_img read more

South Shore Region Receives Recreation Funding

first_imgNova Scotians will have more ways to stay fit and have fun, as the province invests $325,000 to improve and upgrade recreation facilities in the South Shore Region. Ten grants were announced today, July 26, under the Recreation Facility Development Program. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau made the announcement on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “We’re pleased to provide more than $3 million to support 75 projects that encourage Nova Scotians to be more active,” said Mr. Belliveau. “Our recreation organizations and facilities provide leadership and help create healthier communities across the province.” The grants will help to renovate facilities, develop and maintain walking trails, and build and upgrade various fields and buildings used for sport and recreation. For the South Shore region, the grants were announced at Shelburne County Arena, which received $80,000 for structural and electrical upgrades. “Completion of projects that are so important to local communities, such as the phase 2 capital upgrade to the Shelburne County arena, are made possible through partnerships with the community and businesses, the local municipal units, and the province of Nova Scotia,” said Tony Mahaney, president of the Shelburne County Arena Association. “The phase 2 capital upgrade to the Shelburne County Arena will ensure the facility remains the center of physical activity and social opportunity for our community.” Recreation Facility Development grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Thrive! A plan for a healthier Nova Scotia sets out 34 main actions to create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity, such as designing new after-school programs to target junior high students living in rural and remote communities, new programs to provide opportunities for free access to sport and recreation facilities, and supporting healthy food policy in public institutions, including sport and recreation settings. Learn more and take the pledge at .last_img read more

4 detained after head constables murder in Raj

first_imgJaipur: Four persons, including a woman, were detained Sunday in connection with the murder of a police head constable in Rajsamand district. Head Constable Abdul Gani, who was posted with Bhim police station, had gone to Hamela Ki Ber village on Saturday evening in connection with a case of dispute between two neighbours. When Gani was returning to the police station on a motorcycle, he was attacked and killed allegedly by five-six persons who were armed with sticks, police said. A woman Naina Devi, his son Nageshwar and his friends Laxman and Mukesh were detained today and are being interrogated, said Rajsamand’s Additional Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar Gupta. The body of the slain policeman was handed over to his family members after postmortem on Sunday.last_img read more

NS man charged with sexual assault against children spanning two decades

first_imgPETIT-DE-GRAT, N.S. – A 90-year-old Nova Scotia man has been charged with multiple historical sexual offences against children spanning two decades.Delmore Boudreau of Petit-de-Grat has been charged with 12 sexual offences that occurred on the southeastern island of Isle Madame between 1966 and 1986.Police say nine victims, aged four to 12 at the time of the abuse, have been identified and they expect more victims could come forward.Richmond District RCMP in Arichat launched an extensive eight-month investigation into allegations of historical sexual assaults after a victim came forward to police.It’s unclear what Boudreau’s role was in the small coastal community.Police would not say what his position may have been in order to protect the identity of the victims.“What we’re trying to do here is protect the identity of the victims,” Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said Wednesday. “It’s a very small community and a huge issue for that community and those are serious offences.”Boudreau is expected to be in court in Port Hawkesbury on May 28.“It’s a very courageous thing for a victim to come forward,” Clarke said. “The purpose of the release for us is that there may be more victims out there.”last_img read more

Dennis Quaid To Attend Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Golf Tournament

first_imgOn June 20, 2015 celebrities, community members & LAPD will join together again to help raise funds for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena.The 43rd Annual event will be hosted by actor Neal McDonough with Special Guests Dennis Quaid and Joe Mantegna who have both hosted the event in previous years. Last year, Dennis Quaid closed out the awards ceremony stating “I want to come back every year!” Over 50 celebrities participating including Jonathan Banks, Danny Masterson, Vanessa Marcil, Dennis Haysbert, C Thomas Howell, Kendall Schmidt, Adrian Pasdar, Manny Mota, Norm Nixon, Richard Burgi, Anson Williams, Galen Gering & more. LAPMF is utilizing both courses for a day of fun & support. Celebrity Tournament will run on course 1 where spectators are welcome to watch their favorite celebrity golf.Proceeds from this event benefit officers who have been killed or critically injured in the line of duty. The Memorial Foundation is the cornerstone of the LAPD employee wellness program & has granted over $15,000,000 without any direct taxpayer money.On Course 2, LAPD Central Traffic Division will host Cops for Tots Car Show & Traffic Safety Fair. Cops for Tots adopted the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Children’s Hospital LA 20 years ago. They have since adopted additional children’s charities to help support. All proceeds from the show benefit a child in need of a transplant, as well as the child’s family.This year will feature vintage & specialty vehicles, live entertainment, gourmet food vendors, LAPD specialized unit displays & a Traffic Safety Fair. The funds raised will enable them to continue financial support of the children’s charities throughout Los Angeles.Celebrity supporters have included Elton John, Jack Nicholson, Jerry West, Wayne Gretzky, Mark Wahlberg, Sugar Ray Leonard, Donald Trump, Vin Scully, Kelsey Grammer, Eddie Van Halen, Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Chris O’Donnell, Luke Wilson, George Lopez, Tommy Lasorda, Oscar de la Hoya, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Ray Romano, Betty White, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Newhart, Telly Savalas, Johnny Grant and James Gandolfini.Tickets can be purchased at the event. General Info: 213-847-4239 read more

International observers Laud Conduct of Parliamentary Elections in Laayoune

Laayoune – International observers in the southern region of Laayoune lauded on Friday the smooth conduct of parliamentary elections.In a statement to MAP, Karongozi Andre Martin, from the Belgian association of lawyers without borders, hailed “the very good atmosphere in the polling stations” in Laayoune, adding that “the voting process took place in good conditions without any incident.”He also highlighted the strong enthusiasm of the voters in the region. For his part, French professor of constitutional law Christophe Boutin, who observed the elections in Tarfaya (Laâyoune region), noted that the voting process took place in full transparency, adding that “there was no pressure either outside or inside the polling stations. read more

Glyphosate found hidden in container with potatoes

The consignment was detained at the Orugodawatte container yard.Investigations revealed that the glyphosate was imported by a businessman in Ja-Ela. A consignment of glyphosate was found hidden in a container with potatoes by customs officers today.Customs officers found 656 kg of glyphosate when the container from India was inspected. The Government had in 2015 issued a gazette notification banning the use of the agrochemical glyphosate. (Colombo Gazette)By Indika Sri Aravinda

Longtime bishops legacy tainted by sex abuse scandals

A funeral is set for longtime London-area Bishop John Sherlock, a retired Catholic leader some say has a mixed legacy amid clergy sex abuse scandals that shone a harsh spotlight on his diocese.The former bishop, who spent more than two decades at the helm of the Diocese of London, died Monday at the age of 93.Visitation will be held at St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday when Sherlock’s funeral mass will take place.Sherlock, who was ordained in 1950, became the head of the Diocese of London in 1978 — a district that includes more than 130 parishes from Windsor to Huron County with about 440,000 parishioners.He spent 24 years as the London-area bishop, championing changes to the diocese’s ministry directives and promoting social justice, Catholic health care and education throughout the region.“He was a very personable person. He wasn’t shy, I found him friendly and outgoing all the time. He was always willing to talk and always willing to listen too,” said John Jevnikar, the chair of the London District Catholic school board.Sherlock was elected the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1983 and given the task of organizing Pope John Paul II’s visit to Canada the following year.“Bishop Sherlock accompanied the Pope during the cross-country visit in September 1984, an odyssey which resulted in a lasting friendship between the two,” the Diocese of London said in a statement Tuesday.“The papal visit was one of the highlights of Bishop Sherlock’s episcopacy, and indeed of his life.”Sherlock remained in London after his retirement in 2002, hearing confessions and attending mass until late 2018.But the Diocese of London was plagued by controversy during Sherlock’s tenure. He led the diocese at a time when it — and others in the Catholic church — were dogged by revelations of sexual abuse by parish priests.At least 18 priests in the region have been criminally charged, convicted or sued for sexual abuse including Charles Sylvestre, who was convicted in 2006 of 47 counts of indecent assault spanning four decades. He died in 2007, just months into his three-year sentence. Civil and criminal trial proceedings in the 1990s and 2000s raised serious questions about what Sherlock and other high-ranking church officials knew about the predator priests in the diocese, when they knew and how they handled them, said London lawyer Rob Talach, who represented several clergy sex abuse victims.“There was no question he was committed to his church, but it was beyond any reason or logic,” said Talach, who cross-examined Sherlock during a 2011 civil trial involving one of Sylvestre’s victims.“Bishop Sherlock’s passing causes me to actually hope that there is in fact an all-seeing deity who will judge him for all of his acts and omissions during his tenure.”At the civil trial, Sherlock said he wished he could have helped Sylvestre’s sexual-assault victims “better than I did,” but also said he didn’t fail the diocese in his dealings with the predator priest — including reassigning him to a post away from children and not notifying his former parishes — once he knew about the Sylvestre’s abuse of little girls.“I don’t have any bad conscience for what I did,” he said at the time.Sherlock issued a public apology to sexual abuse victims in 2002, followed by another by current Bishop Ronald Fabbro in 2006. Last fall, in the wake of a Pennsylvania clergy abuse scandal, the diocese issued another public statement to parishioners.John Swales, who successfully sued the London-area diocese and priest Barry Glendinning in 2004 over sexual abuse dating back to the 1970s, said he sat down with Sherlock a few months ago.“I knew he was not well and I wanted to give us an opportunity to talk and reconnect, to clear the air,” he said. “When I sat with him, I would suggest he was a fallible human being who did what he did under the circumstances.”The clergy sex abuse firestorm put the diocese on the defensive, Swales said. He sought the meeting with the retired bishop for a bit of closure.“My purpose in meeting him wasn’t to eke out an apology,” he said. “I’ve been pretty combative in days gone by and I wanted to make sure I was kind to him.”  We want to hear from you Send us opinions, comments and other feedback. E-mail your letter to: (no attachments please) Or go to Letters should be kept to 150 words. Pope John Paul II and former Diocese of London Bishop John Sherlock in 1984. (Contributed/Diocese of London) read more

Backlash against unpaid internships growing in Canada called exploitation

Backlash against unpaid internships growing in Canada, called ‘exploitation’ OTTAWA – Nicholas Smith is a 22-year-old Torontonian, working on his second unpaid internship after graduating from the University of Toronto last year with an ethics degree.Working without pay for months — and sometimes years — after graduating triumphantly wasn’t exactly what Smith and his friends had in mind when they toiled away along the path to what they believed was a bright future.“I am working with people who’ve done their masters degrees, and definitely there’s an emotional toll in having to work for free,” said Smith, whose current unpaid internship is at a Toronto-based think-tank as a foreign policy analyst.“I used to do marketing and there are a couple of marketing companies that are absolutely notorious — they have marketing graduates working 50-hour weeks and overtime without pay, and if you refuse to work the OT you don’t get a reference,” he said.“And no one is picked up anyway at the end of the internships. It’s just exploitation.”Unpaid internships are on the rise in Canada, with some organizations estimating there’s as many as 300,000 people currently working for free at some of the country’s biggest, and wealthiest, corporations.The ranks of unpaid interns swelled in the aftermath of the 2008 economic recession, said Sean Geobey, a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the author of a recent report entitled The Young and the Jobless.Geobey says Canadians are starting to sit up and take notice.“This is not the sort of social contract that today’s kids saw their parents and grandparents grow up under,” he said.“We’re starting to see Canadians — young people and their parents in particular — seriously question what exactly is going on here, and why are we apparently returning to 19th-century labour practices.”Last fall, Vancouver’s Fairmont Waterfront Hotel sparked an uproar after it posted an ad seeking people to bus tables for free.“As a busperson you will take pride in the integral role you play in supporting your food and beverage colleagues and ‘setting the stage’ for a truly memorable meal.” The ad was quickly taken down amid a social-media furor.The United States is in the midst of a crackdown on unpaid internships by both state and federal authorities. In Canada, there’s a growing backlash, with a rally held last week in Toronto urging the Ontario government to do something about “unpaid internship scams.”Federally, the NDP’s Andrew Cash tabled a private member’s bill last fall aimed at cracking down on what he calls “the Wild West” of illegal unpaid internships. He says what used to be entry-level positions paying minimum wage are now routinely morphing into unpaid internships.“There’s a hodgepodge of laws across the country and in some provinces there’s simply no regulation at all,” Cash said in a recent interview.“And not only are we talking about young university graduates having to work for free, but also newcomers to the country who are desperate for Canadian work experience and are resorting to working without pay.”An official at the federal Labour Department says there are laws on the books to protect interns. Under the Canada Labour Code, a department inspector will investigate a federally regulated employer if a complaint is filed for unpaid wages, overtime and vacation pay.“If it’s determined an employer-employee relationship exists between interns and the employer, their rights will be protected as an employee,” the official said in a recent email.Nonetheless two academics working on a comprehensive study of unpaid internships in Canada scoff at those laws, pointing out that they require a young employee who’s trying desperately to establish a career to rat out a possibly powerful corporation — and potential employer.“There aren’t enough people coming forward, because there’s a huge disincentive to do that,” said Isabelle Couture, a graduate student who’s conducting a survey of unpaid interns with the Canadian Intern Association to determine the scope of the problem in Canada.“To go against your employer, you’re fearing being blacklisted. You want the experience and you want the reference and feel you have no other choice but to keep quiet.”Couture and her partner in the research, James Attfield, say that as they prepare to release their study next month, they’ve been stunned to learn that no federal or provincial agency is tracking unpaid internships.“When you ask a lot of these companies, like Bell — which has a massive internship program — they make it sound like they’re doing people a favour, that they’re generously providing work and experience,” says Attfield.“But it’s really nothing more than a way to save money; they’re obviously not doing it out of generosity.”A Bell spokeswoman says its internship program, which employs about 300 people a year, “offers learning opportunities in a real-world corporate setting. None of the participants’ activities replace work by Bell employees or support our business operations.”But Attfield and Couture, who are both working toward master’s degrees in public administration, point out that unpaid internships pose an array of social and economic problems.They give the children of well-heeled parents an advantage over those with no one to support them if they want to compete with their peers for valuable CV references by working for free, they say.They also contribute to youth unemployment rates, and prevent young Canadians from fully participating in Canada’s economy.“It’s so short-sighted, because these companies are withholding pay from people who might be able to pay for their goods and services and to contribute economically to society,” said Attfield.“There’s a cost to everyone as a result of these internships — to the employees who don’t get paid, to their parents, to the economy — at absolutely no cost to the companies.”Geobey says it all represents a startling throwback to another era.“This is what union organizers faced prior to the First World War. There’s the threat of blacklisting, the threat that their skills are not going to be used because the employer will call them troublemakers for wanting to be paid for their work.”Smith, the 22-year-old intern, isn’t quite as contemptuous, saying he’s grateful for the experience he’s currently getting from his unpaid internship.“I can’t say that I’ve got job prospects, but the networking opportunities have been really helpful.”Follow Lee-Anne Goodman on Twitter at @leeanne25 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email University of Victoria graduate students Isabelle Couture and James Attfield are pictured in Ottawa on Friday, February 28, 2014. Couture and her partner in research Attfield did a survey of unpaid internships with the Canadian Intern Association. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick by Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 2, 2014 10:00 am MDT read more

By 2020 more than 140 million girls will have become child brides

Of these 140 million girls, 50 million will be under the age of 15, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which added that young girls who marry before the age of 18 have a greater risk of becoming victims of intimate partner violence than those who marry later. “Child marriage is an appalling violation of human rights and robs girls of their education, health and long-term prospects,” said UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin. “A girl who is married as a child is one whose potential will not be fulfilled. Since many parents and communities also want the very best for their daughters, we must work together and end child marriage.”Child marriage is increasingly recognized as a violation of the rights of girls as it interferes with their education, blocks their opportunity to gain vocational and life skills, and increases their risk to sexual violence as well as their chances to contract HIV.“No girl should be robbed of her childhood, her education and health, and her aspirations. Yet today millions of girls are denied their rights each year when they are married as child brides,” said the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Michelle Bachelet.In addition, child marriage also exposes girls to the risks of child-bearing at an early age, which can have fatal consequences. According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading causes of death for girls aged 15-19 years in developing countries. Still births and newborn deaths are also 50 per cent higher among mothers under 20 than in women who get pregnant in their 20s.“Child marriage makes girls far more vulnerable to the profound health risks of early pregnancy and childbirth – just as their babies are more vulnerable to complications associated with premature labour,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.While 158 countries have set the legal age for marriage at 18 years, laws are rarely enforced since the practice of marrying young children is upheld by tradition and social norms. The practice is most common in rural sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.These issues are the focus of a special session on child marriage being held today by the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. Strategies to be discussed include supporting and enforcing legislation to increase the minimum age of marriage for girls to 18 years; providing equal access to quality primary and secondary education for girls and boys; mobilizing girls, boys, parents and leaders to change practices that discriminate against girls; providing girls who are already married with options for schooling, employment and sexual and reproductive health information and services; and addressing the root causes of child marriage, including poverty, gender inequality and discrimination.Currently, the 10 countries with the highest rates of child marriage are: Niger, Chad, the Central African Republic, Bangladesh, Guinea, Mozambique, Mali, Burkina Faso, South Sudan, and Malawi. However, in terms of absolute numbers, because of the size of its population, India has the most child marriages – in 47 per cent of all marriages there, the bride is a child. read more

UN launches decadelong initiative to promote sustainable energy for all

The initiative, announced in New York at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, has three main objectives: ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and sharing renewable energy globally.“The speed and scale of interventions we need to transform our current energy system and ensure shared prosperity lie in the private sector,” said Kandeh Yumkella, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, as he called on the private sector to innovate and invest in order to help reach the initiative’s three objectives by 2030.In his address, Mr. Yumkella also announced that the UN will convene the first annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum on 4-6 June at its New York Headquarters, working with the World Bank and other key partners.The Forum will gather leaders from Government, the private sector, civil society and international organizations to assess progress on sustainable energy, showcase innovation, present new commitments and spur further action. It will also add momentum towards the UN climate change summit in September, and advance the dialogue on how energy issues should be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda.Currently, one out of five people lives without access to electricity. Nearly 40 per cent of the world’s population rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste to cook food, leading to nearly two million deaths a year – mostly women and children – from lung disease caused by toxic smoke in their homes. The initiative stresses that finding ways to address this energy poverty while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change is a crucial global challenge.“Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity and a healthy environment. Sustainable development is not possible without sustainable energy,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “That is why I launched the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative in 2011. Now, the Decade and Forum will help us stay on track to meet the objectives we have set.”According to a UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) news release, the share of renewable energy in world electricity generation continued its steady climb in 2013, despite a 14 per cent drop in investments.UNEP’s numbers are based on the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014 – produced by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, UNEP and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “The fact that renewable energy is gaining a bigger share of overall generation globally is encouraging. To support this further, we must re-evaluate investment priorities, shift incentives, build capacity and improve governance structures,” said Achim Steiner, UNEP Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director.The report explains that investment drop of $35.1 billion was due to the falling cost of solar photovoltaic systems and to policy uncertainty in many countries, which also depressed fossil fuel generation investments. Although investment in renewable energy capacity in 2013 was once again below gross investment in fossil-fuel power, at $227 billion compared to $270 billion, it was roughly double the net figure for investment in fossil-fuel power excluding replacement plant.Globally, renewables – excluding large hydro – accounted for 43.6 per cent of newly installed generating capacity in 2013. Were it not for renewables, world energy-related CO2 emissions would have been an estimated 1.2 gigatons higher last year. This would have increased by about 12 per cent the gap between where emissions are heading and where they need to be in 2020 if the world is to have a realistic prospect of staying under a two degree Centigrade temperature rise.“While some may point to the fact that overall investment in renewables fell in 2013, the drop masks the many positive signals of a dynamic market that is fast evolving and maturing,” Mr. Steiner stated, adding that “this should give governments the confidence to forge a new robust climate agreement to cut emissions at the 2015 climate change conference in Paris.” read more

SMMT supports search for motor industry stars of tomorrow

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt commented, “This is an extremely exciting time to be working in the UK motor industry, whether it’s in design, development and manufacture or retail, service and repair. The shift to ultra-low carbon technology is bringing significant change and attracting the highest calibre of people is the only sure way to promote and strengthen our sector in the years ahead. SMMT is committed to sustaining a vibrant UK motor industry that offers high value jobs and exciting careers. We are pleased to be working with Autocar and Courland to help identify the next generation of automotive leaders.” SMMT is working with Autocar magazine as it issues a UK-wide call for undergraduate students to enter its 2010 Next Generation Award. The aim of the award is to identify and inspire the automotive industry leaders of tomorrow and assist them with their careers. The award is open to undergraduates from any British university and was launched last year to high industry acclaim.                    Candidates must provide a plausible written answer to a tough industry-related question and survive a Dragons’ Den-style panel interview. The winner will be announced at the SMMT Annual Dinner at The London Hilton on Park Lane on Tuesday 23 November.They will receive a £7,500 cash prize and an extensive programme of work experience provided by the award’s blue-chip sponsors: Honda UK, the Marshall Motor Group, Peugeot, Mercedes-Benz Retail and Toyota GB. Five runners-up will receive comprehensive career advice and guidance, networking opportunities and further assistance with work experience.  “We were delighted with the quality of the entrants last year and we’re expecting even more this year,” said Steve Cropley, Autocar editor-in-chief. “The automotive business – especially in Britain – is a fantastic place to launch a career. It needs huge quantities of the very qualities young people have to offer: energy and fresh thinking.” Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more