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  • QPR chasing Stoke striker along with Villa and Swansea – report

    first_imgQPR want Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones, the Sunday Mirror report.It is claimed Aston Villa are also interested and that Swansea would like to take him on loan.QPR manager Harry Redknapp has been put off by Tottenham’s apparent £7m valuation of Tom Huddlestone but is hopeful of negotiating a deal for the midfielder, according to the Mail on Sunday.The Sun on Sunday say Robbie Keane has turned down a loan move to Loftus Road from LA Galaxy.Related West London Sport story: QPR boss rules out move for duo (December 29)The Sunday People say both QPR and Newcastle are sending delegations to France to try to clinch the signing of Marseille striker Loic Remy.The Daily Star Sunday claim QPR boss Harry Redknapp was hoping to sign Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea prior to the forward’s move to Liverpool and that Yossi Benayoun could join Reading from the Blues.Meanwhile, Chelsea have agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract with highly-rated teenager Conor Hunte, the Sunday Mirror report.It is claimed that Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United were ready to snap-up the 16-year-old midfielder had he not decided to stay with the Blues.The Sunday Mirror also say Chelsea are ‘on alert’ amid reports Real Madrid’s former Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric is keen to return to England. Both Manchester clubs are also said to be interested in the 27-year-old, who was a target for Chelsea prior to joining Real.Chelsea are poised to sign Malaga midfielder Isco, 20, either this month or in the summer, according to the People.And a number of papers report that Chelsea are in contract talks with Frank Lampard despite initially indicating that he would not be offered a new deal.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

  • Walk-off warriors: Giants thriving on drama, Pablo Sandoval homers to beat Cubs

    first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — With each passing day, the Giants become more convinced they have what it takes to continue a special July run and complete a stunning march to the postseason.When Madison Bumgarner takes the mound and pitches like he has of late, good luck convincing them otherwise. The Chicago Cubs tried to spoil the Giants’ hopes with an eighth-inning rally, but San Francisco is thriving on drama …last_img

  • Warriors mailbag: What’s the plan for the two-way contract players?

    first_imgThanks as always to everyone who submitted questions. You can send questions for future mailbags to [email protected] or on Twitter to @wcgoldberg.Q: Hey Wes, how many more days do Ky Bowman and Damion Lee have, and what’s the Warriors’ plan when their days expire? – Phil DobryTwo-way contract players spend the bulk of the season in the G League and no more than 45 days with their NBA team. Having spent 19 days with Golden State, Bowman has 26 more days of service before he has …last_img

  • Denel helps maths, science pupils

    first_imgRay Maota Denel is improving the quality ofmaths and science results at SteveTshwete Secondary School inOlievenhoutbosch, a sprawlinginformal settlement south ofCenturion, in Gauteng, through aspecialised training programme.(Image: Laboratory News) The Augusta A109 Light Utility Helicopteris one of many products from Denel,South Africa’s arms manufacturer.(Image: Denel)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sinah PhochanaDenel: Group Communications Manager+27 12 671 2662 / +27 79 511 6257High school pupils are getting help to improve their mathematics and science results from the South African arms manufacturer, Denel, through a specialised training programme.The programme started in 2008 and benefits nearly 80 pupils a year. Mike Ngidi, Denel’s human resources and transformation group executive, said: “Denel is contributing to an improvement in the quality of maths and science teaching through outreach programmes and additional tuition offered to learners in disadvantaged areas.”A group of 44 engineers working in the aerospace and defence industry give up their weekends to share their knowledge of these essential subjects with pupils in grades 8 to 11 at Steve Tshwete Secondary School in Olievenhoutbosch, a sprawling informal settlement south of Centurion, in Gauteng.“Through our education programmes, we are opening new study and career opportunities to deserving students – especially in the engineering professions,” said Ngidi.Continuity of school syllabusThere has been a remarkable improvement in science and maths results since the Denel Training Academy chose Steve Tshwete Secondary School as its project school.The school’s principal, Takalani Ndou, said: “We have recorded five maths and science distinctions in two years – an achievement not earned before in the school’s short history.”The programme is run in conjunction with the school’s teachers to make sure there is a continuation with what the pupils are doing in the school syllabus.Venashree McPherson, the people development manager at Denel Dynamics, said: “Our intention is to promote engineering as a career choice for school leavers through our tutoring programme and the provision of bursaries to deserving students.”The pupils who attend the classes are given study guides, stationery and bags.One of those who went through the programme, Kgaugelo Mokholwane, received a bursary from Denel Dynamics in 2011 to continue his studies at tertiary level, while another learner won a national maths quiz run through the social network, MXit.McPherson said the programme would continue to grow, with the expectations of even better results in the future.Ngidi added: “Through our involvement in education projects at high school level, we hope to inspire a new generation of future engineers, technicians and artisans who will enable South Africa to maintain its high-tech leadership position.”Maths and science improvement strategy in GautengIt is not the only measure being taken to raise the level of critical skills. The Gauteng Department of Education has outlined a number of objectives to improve the quality of mathematics, science and technology (MST) education in the province.These are outlined in the MST Improvement Strategy Paper of 2009-2014, which reads: “Quality in mathematics, science and technology education is an ever-increasing requirement for the development of skills needed in modern economies.“As the hub of the South African economy, Gauteng needs to ensure that school leavers entering into higher education and industry are adequately prepared in these subjects.”Objectives include: strengthening MST teaching in all Gauteng schools, which focuses on continually developing teachers’ teaching skills; improving the provision of MST resources, which involves the adequate distribution of MST textbooks and other learning and teaching support materials to schools; providing programmes of learner support in MST, which includes a range of initiatives to improve learner achievement through in-class and supplementary programmes; and, improving the management of MST teaching and learning, ensuring that there is a positive and conducive environment for MST education in schools and districts.Dinaledi Schools ProjectMaths and science were made priority subjects over a decade ago by the education department. The Dinaledi Schools Project was started in 2001 by the department to increase the number of matriculants with university-entrance mathematics and science passes.The strategy involves selecting high schools for Dinaledi status to increase learner participation and performance in mathematics and science, and provide them with the needed resources and support.Dinaledi means “stars” in Setswana. The Department of Basic Education set aside R70-million (US$9.1-million) for the Dinaledi schools programme in 2011/12; this is expected to reach R105.5-million ($13.7-million) in 2013/14.last_img read more

  • Okram Ibobi slams Manipur CM Biren for not calling emergency session of Assembly

    first_imgFormer Chief Minister and Congress Legislature Party leader Okram Ibobi said on Saturday that the BJP-led coalition government in Manipur was refusing to summon a special emergency session of the Manipur Assembly as Chief Minister N. Biren perhaps feared that such a step would incur the wrath of the central leaders. Talking to reporters in Imphal, Mr Ibobi said that the popular demand was that the special session should take a resolution opposing the framework agreement with the Naga groups, which was likely to compromise the territory and other issues of Manipur.Mr Ibobi said, “ N. Biren perhaps fears that some MLAs of the BJP coalition partners may not attend such a session”. Though he did not name any party, it is a known fact that some of the MLAs are in favour of the Naga agreement.Some days back, K. Joykishan, the Congress party spokesperson, had said, “If the BJP is afraid of the central leaders, we will do the talking. All the Chief Minister and other ruling MLAs have to do is to stand along with Congress MLAs in front of the central leaders”.Mr Ibobi said, “The Congress shall never support an agreement which affects in any manner the territorial integrity, culture, administration, financial and social structure of Manipur”. Mr Biren and other senior Ministers were perhaps afraid of the political retaliations for standing against the policy of the Central government on the Naga issue. The reprisal may be even change of guards, he added.Mr Ibobi further said that Mr Biren also made a misleading statement some days back, perhaps thinking that people would believe whatever he said. Referring to the heavy military build-up in Manipur, Mr Biren had said that paramilitary troops that were sent out of Manipur for elections in Tripura and Haryana had been sent back now. “But the fact is that additional forces have been dispatched to Manipur since perhaps the central leaders fear that there will be violent protests against the framework agreement when it is put in public domain”, Mr Ibobi added.Okram Joy, the Congress spokesperson said, “The BJP spokesperson said a few days back that the additional army personnel are for the protection of the people. It shows that the BJP is speaking in contradictory terms”.Meanwhile, women protesters who are taking out torchlight processions every night against the agreement have started storming the houses of the MLAs and MPs as quarterbacked by the COCOMI, an apex body of five civil society groups. Women said that some MLAs refused to meet them while the responses of some others including Y. Joykumar, the Deputy Chief Minister, on how to tackle the framework agreement were not “satisfactory”.last_img read more

  • Private Sector Urged to Work Closely with Public Sector to Improve Customer Service

    first_imgDirector General of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation (PSTM) Division, Office of the Cabinet, Veniece Pottinger-Scott, has called on the private sector to work closely with the public sector to improve customer service in the country.“We are relying on you, the private sector, to work even more closely alongside us to make the impactful change that our millions of citizens, residents, members of the Diaspora and our investors expect and deserve,” Mrs. Pottinger-Scott said.She was speaking to private sector leaders at an Excellence Visioning Workshop held on July 27 at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in Kingston.The event was one of a series of consultations organised by the Office of the Cabinet in collaboration with the Social Development Commission (SDC) to improve customer service in the public sector and to agree on elements of service excellence.Mrs. Pottinger-Scott said early next month, the PSOJ and Government, through the PSTM programme, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the collaboration on customer service improvement.The agreement will emphasise the creation of learning opportunities between sectors and the sharing of best practices that can be adopted to address service delivery weaknesses in the public sector.“We are making slow strides and are eager to partner with PSOJ to get further faster,” she added.She said the PSTM programme is keen on improving “Jamaica’s competitiveness ranking,” adding that the country slipped two spaces from the 65th ranking it held in the Doing Business Report last year.Currently, Jamaica is ranked 67 among 190 countries in the World Bank-led Report.Mrs. Pottinger-Scott cited a slew of initiatives under the PSTM programme scheduled to come on stream before the end of the next financial year. Among the initiatives is the launch of an electronic business registration system through the Companies Office of Jamaica.“We are still working on it and we have certain timelines that we have to meet. It involves not just the automation of the application process for company registration, but putting the system online, so that 24 seven applications could be put in,” she said.Additionally, she said the AMANDA development approval process portal, which will allow builders and developers to upload and track their applications online, is being implemented.The Director General also spoke of plans to launch a national Government e-portal, which will provide “a single gateway to information on all Government services to make finding information and services far easier than it is today.”Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the PSOJ, Dennis Chung, said he was happy to accept the invitation to partner with the Cabinet Office in the customer service improvement venture, since “it was a natural fit and a natural progression to get there.”Mr. Chung said customer service is the heart of private sector businesses in Jamaica, adding that service excellence makes a significant difference to achieving the maximum potential in private sector businesses.“If you think about the potential that it can achieve in the country through the delivery of excellent customer service, it is tremendous,” he emphasised.According to Mr. Chung, public sector bureaucracy is the second impediment to doing business in Jamaica.“If the Government could resolve the bureaucracy issues, then we can go a far way in driving economic activities in the country,” he said.Since April 2017, the PSTM Division, which was created to streamline activities aimed at boosting Government efficiency, has been engaging technocrats in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), civil society and other groups at service excellence visioning workshops.last_img read more