Zuma to discuss fees impasse

December 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_img22 October 2015 South African President Jacob Zuma is set to meet university management and student leaders on Friday 23 October to discuss the countrywide stalemate over fee increases.The meeting will be held with university vice-chancellors, chairpersons of councils and student leaders at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, with a view to finding a solution to the impasse.This will be Zuma’s second meeting with university management this month. His consultation with vice-chancellors and council chairs on 6 October resolved to set up a task team to explore solutions to short-term student funding challenges.Zuma said the government fully understands the pressure and difficulties confronting students from poor and working class households.“It is important that we work together to find solutions,” he said. “Nobody disagrees with the message that students from poor households are facing financial difficulties and possible exclusion.“Even in the January 8 statement of the governing party this year, we stated that the escalating cost of university education had become another source of exclusion for the poor and vulnerable South African child. All parties should allow space for this matter to be discussed in a manner that will enable us to find a solution.”In a statement released today, the South African government reiterated its commitment to funding for both basic and higher education, and to overcoming funding shortfalls.“Since 1994 government has prioritised education,” the statement reads. “This has translated into substantial funding for both basic and higher education. But given the legacy of the past there is a funding shortfall in higher education.“The current student protests over higher fees which began at Wits University and have since migrated to other campuses are of serious concern to government. The issues raised by the students are legitimate and government is sympathetic to their cause and are in line with our own priorities of ensuring quality and affordable education.“Government is committed to working with student leadership, university management and unions to find a solution to the current impasse and is working towards a long term solution to student funding in South Africa.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

BJP, Sena to contest 140 seats each in State Assembly polls

December 1, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThough disagreements may have emerged in the Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance, the top leadership of both parties is firm on contesting the Assembly polls together. While the BJP and the Sena will contest 140 seats each in the 288-member Assembly, the remaining eight seats will go to other smaller allies.A BJP leader confirmed to The Hindu that the seat sharing formula being considered presently gives 140 seats to each party. “The top leadership of both the parties is firm on contesting the polls as an alliance. As announced earlier, the 50-50 formula is being talked about and 280 out of 288 seats will be shared equally between two of us. The other smaller parties which are in alliance with us will get rest of the eight seats,” said the leader. ‘Smooth exchange’According to the leader, the real test at the negotiation table would be to solve the issue of seats which were won by either the Sena or the BJP in 2014 when both contested independently; but were held or contested by the other party in earlier elections, when they stood as an alliance. “For example, Goregaon was won by the BJP in 2014, but has traditionally been with the Sena. The process of exchange has to be smooth,” he said.A number of possible defections from opposition MLAs in seats where either the BJP or the Sena were second in the 2014 polls also make the calculations difficult. In Shirdi, Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil defeated the Sena candidate in 2014. If he joins the BJP, the Sena may have to step back from its claim on the seat. A similar situation may arise in the Wadala seat. “Lastly, the Congress-NCP was thrown to the number three and four spot in around 90 seats in 2014. Us contesting as an alliance would mean bringing them to the number two spot. Whether we should do that is also a point of discussion at present,” the leader said.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp cannot rule out new Sturridge deal

October 28, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp cannot rule out new Sturridge dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp cannot rule out handing Daniel Sturridge a new deal.The 29-year-old striker’s future on Merseyside was expected to end in the summer after a failed spell on loan at West Brom in the second half of last season.But an impressive pre-season spell saw him keep his place this season and he has scored four goals despite making just five starts across all competitions.On whether Klopp could look to hand the England frontman a new deal to keep him at the club beyond the summer of 2019, he said: “We don’t talk about things like that. Nothing to say. “As long as the boys are here then anything is possible.” last_img read more

Never wanted to become an actor

October 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMumbai: Actor Kriti Kharbanda, who is quite busy with upcoming films including Housefull 4, Paagalpanti, Chehre, and the Tamil film Vaan, says she never wanted to become an actor. “I never wanted to become an actor, rather I wanted to get married and have kids. So, when it comes to working in Bollywood or in the South, I do not choose films based on language. When I started working over there, I did not look at the south Indian film industry as a stepping stone to Bollywood. Even now, when I am acting in a Tamil film, or a multistarrer Bollywood film, I am doing it with no difference,” Kriti said. Earlier she has appeared in Bollywood films like Guest iin London, Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, Karwaan, and Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se. She gained popularity as an actor in the south Indian film industry with films like Googly, Super Ranga, Bruce Lee: The Fighter. Apart from appearing in films, she has become a favourite face on magazine covers for her style statement. Asked how she defines style, Kriti said: “My style statement is an outcome of years of experiment, mistakes and collaborating with stylists. Over the year I have realised I tend to opt for comfort over trend.last_img read more

Ashes of famous Metis musician stolen from Ottawa home

October 14, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAPTN National NewsA home burglary can leave anyone feeling angry and violated.But the family of a famous Aboriginal musician says a thief has actually stolen a piece of themselves by robbing them of their loved one.APTN’s Annette Francis reports.last_img

Stefanie Spielman Halftime Tribute

September 28, 2019 0 Comments

The Ohio State University Athletic Band moved into formation with a breast cancer awareness ribbon inside of the state of Ohio to honor Stefanie Spielman.  Then her family made their way onto the field to receive applause from those in attendance at Ohio Stadium during the “Scarlet, Gray and Pink” Spring Football game.

Mens lacrosse Ohio State tops Duke 1611 and advances to NCAA semifinals

September 28, 2019 0 Comments

Senior attack Brendan Fannell takes a shot on the goal against Loyola Maryland during the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (15-4) is advancing to the first NCAA semifinals in program history after beating Duke (13-5) 16-11 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.Coming off a seven-goal performance against Loyola (Maryland), the Buckeyes spoke all week about finding their offense against a Duke team that had piled up 37 goals over their past two games. Safe to say, they found that offense.Senior attackman Eric Fannell led the OSU charge with five goals and two assists, and the rest of the offense made the most of their chances, scoring on 16 of their 31 shot attempts. OSU also received a strong defensive effort from redshirt senior goalie Tom Carey who stopped 14 of 25 shots.The scoring started for the Buckeyes when Fannell buried the game’s first goal just one minute and five seconds into the first quarter.The game remained scoreless for nine minutes before Duke junior attack Justin Guterding scored his 50th goal of the season to tie the game up at one. But just eight seconds before the end of the quarter, redshirt freshman attackman Lukas Buckley found the back of the net for his 14th goal of the season, giving OSU a 2-1 lead.Thirty-seven seconds into the second quarter, it was Fannell again who caught a pass from sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski and buried the one-timer to extend the OSU lead to 3-1. About two minutes later, Fannell beat the defender to get in front of the net and buried his third goal of the game, completing the hat trick and putting OSU up 4-1 with 12:37 remaining in the second quarter.Now trailing by three goals, Duke found some life on a goal from sophomore midfielder John Prendergast just 50 seconds after Fannell’s goal. Then with 10:25 remaining in the second quarter, sophomore attackman Sean Lowrie brought the Blue Devils within one with his 12th goal of the season.Then the Blue Devils started to get sloppy. A slashing penalty gave OSU a chance with the man-up, and senior attackman Austin Shanks made Duke pay with a goal just 14 seconds into the powerplay to give OSU its two-goal lead again. Another Duke penalty gave OSU a chance with the extra-man out there and senior midfielder Johnny Pearson buried a goal off a pass from Fannell to extend his team’s lead to 6-3 — Fannell’s second assist on the man-up.Duke started to come back with seven minutes left in the second quarter with sophomore midfielder Brad Smith’s 20th goal of the season, but 11 seconds later, OSU junior defenseman Freddy Freibott grabbed that goal right back with his fourth of the season. With 5:52 remaining in the second quarter, freshman attackman Tre Leclaire went top-shelf over the left shoulder of the goalie for his 45th goal of the season to push his team ahead by four. Senior midfielder JT Blubaugh added to his team’s lead, bringing the score to 9-4 in favor of the Buckeyes with 4:25 remaining before the end of the first half.Duke opened up the third quarter on a high note, receiving a goal from senior midfielder Jack Bruckner who extended his NCAA-leading point streak to 56 games. Just 5:48 into the second half (1:24 after Bruckner’s goal), Jasinski scored his first goal of the game — 13th of the season — to give OSU back its three-goal lead.Fifty-two seconds later, Fannell buried his fourth goal of the game, but received a hard hit to the back after the score and appeared to be shaken up. He would later re-enter the game.And the Buckeyes were almost certainly pleased Fannell did return, as he added to his goal total with his fifth tally of the night with 5:03 remaining in the third quarter. For the second time in the game, Buckley closed out the quarter for the Buckeyes with a goal, his second of the game and 15th of the season.Lukas Buckley one-timer for an @OhioState_MLAX 13-5 lead at the end of the 3rd. #NCAALaxpic.twitter.com/eosFQiL58o— NCAA Lacrosse (@NCAA_Lax) May 20, 2017The fourth quarter started off with a wild play. A sloppy behind-the-back pass attempt from the Buckeyes led to a turnover, and Carey was caught a little bit out of sorts in front of the net by junior midfielder Sean Cerrone who buried a goal just 21 seconds into the fourth quarter.Building off that momentum, Duke freshman attackman Joey Manown capitalized on a successful clear attempt by his defense and scored a goal of his own 33 seconds after his teammate scored.Needing anything to stop the bleeding, OSU took its time in its offensive zone before Jasinski found Blubaugh in front of the net who one-timed the ball into the back of the net for his second goal of the game.After the two teams traded goals, Duke saw its two regular season-leading scorers step up as Bruckner added his third and fourth goals of the game, while Guterding tallied his second of the match to cut his team’s deficit down to just five goals.The teams again exchanged goals within the final minute of the game, but OSU held on for the 16-11 victory. read more

Football Five things to expect Urban Meyer to discuss at Big Ten

September 28, 2019 0 Comments

OSU coach Urban Meyer addresses the media during the 2016 Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. Credit: Courtesy of Jacob Myers| Assistant Sports EditorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer is going to address and take questions from the media for the first time all summer Monday. With the start of the football season about a month away, there are several topics of interest Meyer will likely discuss in Chicago at Big Ten Media Days. 1. Cornerback Depth ChartThe 2017 NFL Draft did not siphon as much Ohio State talent as the prior year’s draft, but it took its tole on the school’s cornerback depth. During the first round alone, both starting cornerbacks — Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore — were taken. Fortunately for the Buckeyes, however, cornerback might remain one of the deepest positions on the team. Junior Denzel Ward and redshirt sophomores Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette stand out as the early three favorites to see the most playing time, as well as a talented quartet of freshmen in Shaun Wade, Jeffrey Okudah, Marcus Williamson and Amir Riep. 2. Sam Hubbard at linebacker?No position is as deep for the Buckeyes as defensive end. With sophomore Nick Bosa, senior Jalyn Holmes, redshirt senior Tyquan Lewis — reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year — and redshirt junior Sam Hubbard the biggest challenge for Meyer at the position could just be finding playing time for all four linemen.And while the notion of running four defensive ends with just a lone defensive tackle has been mentioned, so too was the possibility of shifting Hubbard to the linebacker position. Hubbard — who originally came to the Buckeyes as a safety — has played exclusively at defensive end throughout his college career and has the size and athleticism for the position. However, the coaches have long praised his speed and versatility, making the prospect of Hubbard moving over to the linebacker position seems possible. 3. Competition at H-backWhen Curtis Samuel declared early for the NFL Draft, a void in the Ohio State offense immediately appeared. Samuel, the team’s leading receiver from a season ago, has been the team’s starting H-back the past two seasons, assisting the Buckeye offense in both the passing game as well as the rushing game. So, who will fill that void for the Buckeyes?The early favorite at the position has been redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell. Campbell finished last season with 121 receiving yards on 13 receptions. He also tallied 54 yards on the ground on four carries, with a touchdown. In addition to Campbell, sophomore running back Demario McCall could be viewed as the man to fill the vacant slot, as he demonstrated both his potential to run the ball effectively in the spring game (83 yards on six carries) as well as impact the passing game, as he caught a 40-yard touchdown pass and totaled 48 receiving yards in the game. 4. Progress of passing game under WilsonA focal point for fan criticism over the past few seasons, Ohio State’s passing game has not been the near-juggernaut it was back in 2014. But bringing in a new offensive coordinator — Kevin Wilson — who has led arguably the best passing game in the Big Ten over the past six seasons, Meyer could be on the cusp of turning the team’s fortunes in that area around.At the spring game, fans got a chance to see wideouts like redshirt junior Johnnie Dixon, redshirt junior Terry McLaurin and redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill catch deep ball after deep ball, and rack up gaudy passing yard totals. Sure, it was just a spring game, but it was a sight that fans of the team haven’t seen since the national-championship winning season in 2014. The Buckeyes have had a potent rushing attack the past several seasons, but if Wilson can get the air game back to where it had been a few seasons ago, the Ohio State offense could silence all of its critics. 5. KickerLast season, redshirt-junior Sean Nuernberger was expected to win the kicker duties after finishing the 2015 position as the starter in a battle with transfer Jack Willoughby. But a groin injury to Nuernberger left Tyler Durbin as the starter, who finished the year 63-for-65 in extra-point attempts and 17-for-22 in field goal attempts. Now Durbin is gone, and Nuernberger is in the same position he was in after the 2015 season: wondering if he will enter the year as the starter or be again reduced to the backup spot.The Buckeyes currently have three kickers on the roster who have been battling it out for the starting spot this summer. Along with Nuernberger, Ohio State also has freshman Blake Haubeil on its team. Meyer may shed light on the ongoing battle at the kicker spot in Chicago. read more

West Ham United Pellegrini desperate to help Jack Wilshere

September 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to help new signing Jack Wilshere rediscover his best form after injury-stricken years at Arsenal.The new West Ham boss is keen to help the midfielder stay fit this season with a view to returning to the England national team setup.Wilshere is one of the nine players to join up with the Hammers this summer, as the club took a huge gamble on the injury-plagued player.Pellegrini believes the 26-year-old is destined for greatness and is keen to help him fulfill his huge potential.“First of all he is only 26 and been unlucky with injuries, “Pellegrini said, according to Daily Stardeclan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“As a manager, you can work in lot of different tactics, systems, but if you don’t have good players it is impossible to be a good team.“In the eight, nine years he played for Arsenal he showed he’s a different player. So if the injuries respect him, alone he will make the difference to us.“I have plans for him. We are always talking. Maybe he will not work the same as the rest of the squad. But I am not scared about that because the last two seasons he played a lot of games, at Bournemouth then Arsenal.“He’s a young player and he knows his body and I hope that he will be fit for the most part of the season.”last_img read more

Brighton manager warns of Danny Ings

September 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe Seagulls have received seven goals this season in four matches played and are looking for their second win of the seasonBrighton and Hove Albion are in 14th place in the 2018-2019 English Premier League standings.The team has played four games, getting one victory and one draw, but being defeated twice.And what is worst: they have received seven goals in four matches, by players like Romelu Lukaku, Mohamed Salah, and Alexandar Mitrovic.This is why the Seagull’s boss Chris Hughton warns of Danny Ings ahead of the Southampton match.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“You can have strikers and you can have number nines. A classic number nine that’s a hold-up player or a classic number nine that’s a runner,” Hughton told The Argus.“I think with him he has very good attributes in the forward area. If you want someone who can run behind, that’s very much him with his pace.”“If you want someone who can link a bit more, play a little bit more like a number ten, he can do that,” he added.“I heard one of his interviews and he spoke very, very well about his time at Liverpool. Even though he didn’t play as many games as he would have liked because of injury, I think his experience at Liverpool has helped his all-around game. And at the moment we are seeing that.”last_img read more