AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Seniors who don’t fulfill the state’s requirement to pass the high school exit exam this year won’t have any other way of earning a valid diploma by the time graduation rolls around this spring, state officials said Friday.State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell says he will not recommend or support any alternative assessments to the California High School Exit Exam, which becomes a requirement for this year’s graduating class.Instead, students who don’t pass both the math and English portions of the 10th-grade level exam will be encouraged to continue their schooling, with O’Connell saying he would work to increase funding for adult education programs, summer school and independent study programs.Friday’s announcement was no surprise to Whittier-area educators like Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Superintendent Ginger Shattuck, who supported O’Connell’s decision.“If they had a variety of high school exit exams, it’ll dilute the purpose,” Shattuck said. “If they’re going to continue to have a high school exit exam, we need to have only one.“They need to give funding to support alternative programs to help students get the skills to pass the high school exit exam, whether it be tutoring, summer school or whatever,” Shattuck added.Montebello Unified School District Superintendent Edward Velasquez said the district is prepared to follow through on the CAHSEE requirement.“Our focus is to prepare our students for college or the work force,” he added. “We work to use CAHSEE as a tool in helping to accomplish that goal.”The exam has angered some parents and lawmakers, who say it will hurt thousands of California high school seniors who have not been able to pass the test.A report in September found that one-fifth of this year’s seniors had not passed the exam by their junior year, prompting O’Connell to consider alternative assessments.Locally, at least three-quarters of this year’s seniors at the El Rancho Unified, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified and Whittier Union High school districts had passed either the math or English portions of the exam at the beginning of this school year.O’Connell took public testimony on the issue of alternative assessments for several weeks before deciding against providing alternatives to the exam.“To be clear, this does not mean, as some have said, that those students who have been unable to pass the exam will be denied a diploma indefinitely,” O’Connell said.“It simply means their basic education is not complete and they must continue on through our K-12 system, adult education or community colleges to obtain the necessary skills to warrant receipt of a diploma.”Whittier Union High School District Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson said the implementation of the exit exam “is a very passionate issue for everyone involved in secondary education because we all want every one of our students to be able to succeed and achieve their potential.”“We also understand that one of the ways we promote success is by constantly raising the bar and challenging our students to meet ever more rigorous criteria to ensure they can compete in today’s global economy,” Thorstenson said.“Our students have been preparing for the exit exam since they were freshmen. They have all taken the test and have received additional support where needed to ensure they were prepared to meet the requirements and pass the exam.“Our students who are on track to graduate will not be deterred by the results of this exam,” she said.The effect of the exit exam on special education students, who must pass the same test as their classmates, has been a particular concern among lawmakers.But O’Connell said the state Department of Education has settled a lawsuit that would have given special education students a one-year reprieve from the requirement that they pass the exam.O’Connell proposed legislation to implement the settlement that said students requesting the exemption would have to show they had taken the test at least twice since their sophomore year and at least once during their senior year.They also would be required to take remedial courses if offered by their schools.But lawmakers altered the settlement’s terms, expanding it to a two-year exemption. That prompted O’Connell to withdraw his support, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill in September.On Friday, O’Connell said he will introduce a bill within a week that is similar to the one he proposed last year to implement the legal settlement. It also would exempt special education students for one year only, he said.Staff Writer Mike Sprague and wire reports contributed to this story. email@example.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051
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A garment factory worker along with three of her friends visited Patenga sea beach in Chittagong over the weekend and were returning home by bus.At around 8.30pm, her friends got off the bus, 20 kilometres away from Patenga. She continued on her way to Moulvipukur at Chandgao, about two kilometres away.After dropping off some of the passengers at Baddarhaat, the conductor of the bus closed all the windows and the door of the bus.All on a sudden, he took out a knife and raped her. After that, he took over the steering wheel and the bus driver raped her. The incident took place on 27 October, but wasn’t made public.The victim remained silent for seven days after her rape. After discussing the matter with her family, she finally filed a case against the bus driver and conductor on 3 November with the Chandgao police station.The police arrested the driver Rashedul Islam, 20, and the conductor Imtiaz Uddin, 18, on 4 November. Both of them admitted their crime at the court of Chittagong metropolitan magistrate Nazmul Hossain Chowdhury.On 13 September, a housewife from Lohagora was victim of attempted rape on a running bus. On 25 August, a girl was raped and killed by five transport workers and a conductor at Modhupur in Tangail.The garment worker rape victim told Prothom Alo on Sunday that she works at a factory in Kalurghat of Chittagong city. She was terrified after the incident and remained home for a while. She used to live at her sister’s place in the city. She finally gathered courage to file a case against the rapists.The officer in charge of Chandgao police station said that they could identify the rapists by the description given by the victim. On Saturday, the rapists were arrested from Baddarhaat area, where they confessed, and issued their statements in court.*This piece, originally published in the Prothom Alo Bangla, rewritten in English
Kolkata: The State Archaeological Museum takes you on a journey of the artistic history of Bengal. Spread across two floors, the seven galleries of the museum display innumerable artifacts that were a part of the different eras of Bengal.The first gallery displays ancient pieces of terracotta sculptures, pre-historic stones and pictures of excavations carried out by the archaeological survey team, placed in proper order and beautifully presented. The art gallery right next to the first one is a splendid collection of Bengali artistic talent and the styles they preferred in different eras. The colorful paintings of old women, Gods and Goddesses, court proceedings, make up the initial part of the gallery. Towards the end is the portrayal of the Chokkhudan ceremony performed by Lord Rama as an appeasement to Goddess Durga, through the use of a number of paintings, all kept in order of their action. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe first floor houses a medium sized sculpted Goddess Durga along with various other statues and sculptures portraying the rich sculpting history that existed in this state. The sculpture gallery holds around ten terracotta figurines of Lord Surya and Lord Vishnu, with a central shelf for Goddessess like Saraswati and Kali. The sculptures are of different sizes, some eroded and some reconstructed. The magnificence and details that the sculptures hold, till this date, is beyond expression. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedA huge model of a Buddhist monastery, holding similarities with the Nalanda University ruins in Bihar, is on display as at the gallery of excavations. The Chandraketu Garh ruins with a display of the huge carved out walls and pillars, along with small metal weapons that were found in those areas, are a major attraction of this museum. The journey ends with the small room of metal artifacts collected through eras, putting weapons and idols on display. The State Archaeological Museum fills one’s heart with rich abundance of art and appreciation for the beauty of the State we reside in.
When India play Pakistan at the World Cup, it’s no cliche that both captains say they’re not looking beyond their first game of the tournament. World Cup organisers are tipping Indo-Pak clash to draw the biggest television audience when the teams meet in Adelaide on Sunday in the opening Pool B clash.The politically uneasy neighbours also have a long rivalry on the cricket field, with Pakistan leading overall in their limited-overs meetings. But defending champion India have a 100 per cent record so far after five World Cup clashes. The two teams first locked horns in 1992, also the last time the World Cup was jointly staged by Australia and New Zealand, and the atmosphere was intense and couldn’t be compared with any other game. Also Read – Mahavir Phogat plans sports complex in native villageIn his autobiography Playing It My Way, which was released last year, Tendulkar has recalled a 2003 World Cup match against Pakistan, saying he’d waited for the showdown for a full year after the schedule was unveiled and couldn’t sleep for several nights before the match. “The nation would brook no failure and for many of our fans this was the true final. It really did not matter to them what happened in the rest of the tournament,” wrote Tendulkar. Also Read – Ballon d’Or: A trophy that evaded legends of the gameIndia won that match by six wickets but lost the final to Australia. India got a measure of revenge by beating Australia in the quarterfinals in 2011, then held of Pakistan in the semifinal in Mohali before beating Sri Lanka in the final at Mumbai, where Tendulkar finally added the World Cup crown to his decorated hat in his sixth attempt.India’s dominance in World Cup matches against Pakistan has confounded critics. The two countries did not meet in the first four editions of the World Cup. In 1992, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, an 18-year-old Tendulkar scored a half-century to propel India to a 43-run win. Though Pakistan lost that match, it went on to win the title. Tendulkar, who scored a record 2,278 runs in 45 World Cup matches, is the only common denominator in those results, averaging 78 and posting three half-centuries, including a high of 98 in that 2003 match. But he retired in 2013, leaving India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to continue the legacy. Both teams have been conscious to emphasise the rivalry between players is on the field, and there’s no animosity outside the boundary. Yet both teams were publicly silent, holding closed practice sessions as fans from both sides started flooding into Adelaide. Hotels and flights on the weekend were fully booked, and anticipation was growing. Commenting on Sunday’s match, Mohinder Amarnath, hero of the 1983 World Cup-winning side, said, “There is not much of a difference between the two teams. Both have good individual players but I will go with the record. India has always done and played well against Pakistan in World Cup. But if India wins this time, it will be because of their batting and not bowling.”Interestingly, this will be India’s first World Cup fixture against Pakistan which will not feature Sachin Tendulkar. “Tendulkar has been a great player but every player has to retire and you can’t get a replacement of his calibre anywhere. Not only him but players like Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh are irreplaceable,” added Amarnath, who was man-of-the-series during India’s World Cup triumph in 1983.Four years back in Mohali, Tendulkar (85) again rose to the occasion in a crunch semifinal tie and helped India to a fighting total of 260/9. The home team was well placed to post a superior total but was restricted by left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz (5/46). Pakistan’s response was typical, a strong start followed by a middle-order failure. The onus fell on the reliable Misbah-ul-Haq (56) to pull Pakistan through but he ran out of partners and ultimately was the last person to be dismissed.No Tendulkar gives Pakistan World Cup hopeIndia go into the World Cup without the reassuring presence of retired batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar for the first time since 1992, which surely must bring relief to arch-rivals Pakistan. Pakistan have lost all their five World Cup meetings against India and Tendulkar, who featured in all of them, proved a stumbling block on at least four occasions. India and Pakistan face each other in a high-voltage clash at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday to kickstart their campaigns in the 2015 edition of cricket’s showpiece event. Tendulkar, who retired in 2013 as the world’s leading run-getter in both Test and one-day cricket, added colour to the World Cup, both literally and metaphorically. Coloured clothing was introduced to the World Cup when Tendulkar made his tournament debut in Australia and New Zealand in 1992 after the first four editions were played in whites. Over the next six editions, the prolific Mumbaikar scored more runs (2,278) and centuries (six) than any other batsman in the tournament, ending his World Cup career with a creditable average of 56.95. Indian fans hold a placard for Sachin Tendulkar, who has scored more World Cup runs and centuries than any other player. Tendulkar often spoke of his dream of winning the World Cup for India, saying he was inspired as a 10-year-old by the country’s triumph in the 1983 editon when Kapil Dev’s men stunned favourites West Indies at Lord’s. He saw action from close quarters as a ball boy at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium when India co-hosted the World Cup with Pakistan in 1987, two years before he burst on the world scene as a 16-year-old. Tendulkar was the tournament’s leading scorer when India made the semifinal in 1996 and the final in 2003 before he realised his dream when Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side won back the title on a memorable night in Mumbai on April 2, 2011.Former greats favour IndiaLegendary cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Ian Chappell tipped India as favourites in their much anticipated World Cup clash against Pakistan, saying past history and better acclimatisation to Australian conditions could tilt the balance in favour of the defending champions. Both Gavaskar and Chappell said Pakistan are unlikely to break their World Cup jinx this time also, although both sides go into the showpiece event as struggling teams. “Both teams are going into the World Cup not in great touch. Pakistan are also struggling as they had lost to New Zealand recently, it could be even stevens. But I think India will start as slight favourites because of their past records,” Gavaskar said.He said the absence of off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will have a huge impact on the 1992 champions. “Without a doubt, Ajmal was half the Pakistan side and they will be hit hard without him. He is a wicket-taking and a containing bowler. He is just like Muttiah Muralitharan in his prime days in the Sri Lankan side,” the former Indian captain said. “They (Pakistan) won the World Cup in 1992 but at that time they had so many match-winners in Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Inzamam-ul-Haq. They don’t have those match-winners in the current team. The loss of Junaid Khan is also a big blow for them. India have been playing in Australia for the past two months and they have acclimatised more to the conditions than the Pakistanis,” Chappell said.
Kolkata: All government hospitals and medical colleges in the city and the districts will soon implement online booking system for the Outpatient Departments (OPDs) to reduce the long queues which are often found inside the hospital premises.A centralised platform would soon be made functional so that patients from various parts of the state can visit the portal for booking tickets for the OPDs in any of the government hospitals and medical colleges. One of the main objectives of the initiative is to provide patients hassle-free treatment. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned that a large number of patients from various parts of the state visit various OPDs in government hospitals on a regular basis. As a result, the patients often have to stand in long queues before getting a chance to consult a doctor. The online ticket booking system has already been introduced on an experimental basis at SSKM Hospital, where people can book their tickets by logging onto the Health department’s website www.wbhealth.gov.in before visiting the hospital. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe state Health department is now planning to introduce a new system, where ticket booking for all OPDs of government hospitals and medical colleges can be brought under one umbrella. According to Health department sources there will be separate windows inside the ticket-booking portal, which will address the different needs of patients across the state. According to a senior Health department official, the patients will be able to book their ticket seven days prior to the date of visit. They won’t have to pay any fees for availing the online service. But in case of a patient visiting the hospital OPD for booking a ticket, he/she has to pay Rs 2 for buying a ticket. There will be separate options for different hospitals and medical colleges. The patients will get to know the details about the doctors of a department as well. They will also be able to register their preferences while booking a ticket. The patients will have to get a printed copy of the ticket once they successfully complete the process online. At the time of hospital visit, the patients will have to submit the printed copy at the designated counters of the hospital.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Asia, Trafalgar Posted by Thursday, July 25, 2019 TORONTO — Nine new trips have been unveiled as part of Trafalgar’s 2020/2021 Asia program, bringing its total offering in the region to 32 trips across nine countries.“We are so excited to be unlocking more of Asia in 2020/2021, with our nine new trips being a reflection of how much our clients love exploring Asia with Trafalgar,” said Janice Farnum, the brand’s Director of Product for Asia and Africa. “With four nights in each destination, one of my personal favourites, which I know clients will love, is our new Saigon and Bangkok Explorer. They can settle into the rhythms of these iconic cities and really feel like a local – which is what we’re all about.”New additions include the ‘Saigon and Bangkok Explorer’, which is part of the company’s ‘City Explorer’ series. Available as a nine-day standalone trip or with a three-day Phuket extension, this trip includes a ‘Be My Guest’ experience featuring a farm-to-table lunch on an organic farm outside Ho Chi Minh, and a factory visit to learn about the silk industry.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJAlso new is ‘Colourful India – Celebrate Holi’ featuring Diwali, the Festival of Light. Guests will don traditional attire and join a local family to take part in the ‘puja’, a sacred ritual and offering to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth.Trafalgar is also extending its ‘Be My guest’ series to include a brand new Japanese Kaiseki and Tea Experience, during which clients will participate in a Yamato tea drinking ceremony with a local family.Moreover, the company continues to stay true to its commitment to using travel as a force for good by including at least one ‘JoinTrafalgar’ experience on every Asia itinerary. These experiences allow clients to make a meaningful difference in the places they visit, and include a performance by a group of blind youth musicians, which supports the Ho Chi Minh Blind Centre that provides training for the visually impaired.“With the colours of Holi, our incredible ‘Be My Guests,’ our wonderful Travel Directors and experiences that ignite the senses, Trafalgar Asia 2020/2021 offers more for clients than ever before. With JoinTrafalgar initiatives on all our Asia itineraries, I’m proud we can enable clients to make a positive impact in the places we visit. It’s a travel experience you cannot get elsewhere,” added Farnum. Travelweek Group Share Trafalgar’s 2020/2021 Asia Program includes nine new itineraries