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first_imgMIRPUR, Bangladesh (CMC):West Indies opener Lendl Simmons stroked a half-century to power Rangpur Riders to a commanding 69-run victory over the Dhaka Dynamites in the Bangladesh Premier League here yesterday.Opting to bat first at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Riders cruised to 176 for six off their 20 overs, with the right-handed Simmons top-scoring with 51 off 39 deliveries.In reply, Dynamites got a top score of 29 from Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakarra, but their innings never really got going, and they were bowled out for a disappointing 107 in the final over.With the victory, Riders joined Barisal Bulls and Comilla Victorians atop the standings, with four points from two wins and one defeat.Simmons was in great nick, striking five fours and three sixes to get Riders off to a flying start. He put on 38 for the first wicket with Soumya Sarkar who hit 18 from 10 balls, before adding a further 56 for the second wicket with Mohammad Mithun, who made 34 from 32 deliveries.Simmons perished in the 11th over, but Thisara Perera struck 27 from 20 balls and Shakib al Hasan an unbeaten 24 from 15 deliveries to keep the innings flowing.Darren Sammy, however, made just three batting at number five.Al Hasan then destroyed the Dynamites innings with his left-arm spin, taking four for 16, while seamer Thisara Perera claimed three for 25.Sammy went wicket-less from his two overs, which cost 10 runs.On Tuesday, West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels blasted an unbeaten 69 from 52 balls – with eight fours and one six – to help Victorians chase down 177 and beat Chittagong Vikings by seven wickets, also at Sher-e Bangla.Victorians were struggling at 54 for three in the eighth over before Samuels put on 123 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand with Mashrafe Mortaza (56 not out) to pull off the win.last_img read more

first_imgImagine the widespread, righteous outrage that would ensue if, say, David Duke said that minority schoolchildren couldn’t do the same work as their white counterparts. The very notion is insulting and offensive. And yet the state of California effectively declared as much just seven years ago. Back in 1999, when it established the Academic Performance Index, which assesses student achievement, the state set the bar lower for schools with high concentrations of black students, English learners or poor kids. This is, to rip off a line from President Bush, a gross example of “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” Implicit in the policy is the belief that certain groups are simply unable to compete at the same level. Rather than help disadvantaged kids strive for excellence, the state was content to consign them to perpetual mediocrity. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe harm done is more than just in the stigma that comes with the low expectations. API goals are a key tool the state uses to identify and help underperforming schools. By setting improvement goals lower for schools with high minority, poor or English-learning populations, the state made it easier for those schools to continue failing without getting the special attention they needed. State bureaucrats could be happy that fewer California schools were officially failing, while the students suffered the consequences. “When we look backwards,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell says candidly, “we made a mistake by setting lower expectations for subgroups.” He can say that again. But credit O’Connell for owning up to a mistake and doing something about it. Wednesday, at O’Connell’s recommendation, the state Board of Education voted unanimously to rescind the policy, and start requiring schools to improve the performance of all groups. This is an important and overdue step – one that begins to correct a shameful chapter in California educational history. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

141610.20 132040.80 That kind of normalcy is not why we tune in to the tournament! Annoyed that I watched 12 consecutive hours of basketball with so little chaos to show for it, I started to wonder whether we have overblown expectations of unpredictability in March Madness. Are most days actually like Thursday, but we only remember the last-second shots and the scrappy Cinderellas?No — Thursday really was different. The first day of March Madness was anything but mad. Better-seeded teams went 14-2 on the day, and even the “surprises” were relatively easy to see coming: The higher-seeded teams’ two losses came at the hands of Middle Tennessee State (the South’s No. 12 seed) and Xavier (No. 11 in the West), both of which were among the most popular upset picks of the first round. (Our March Madness predictions had each game as a toss-up.) All told, the NCAA hadn’t seen a chalkier opening day since 2000, when the superior seeds went 15-1 after the tournament launched.VIDEO: A No. 16 seed will win, but don’t bet on it SEEDEXPECTED UPSET RATEGAMESEXPECTED UPSETSACTUAL UPSETS 15610.10 16020.00 123641.41 Expected upset rates are based on winning percentage in all first-round games for each seed from 1985-2016.Source: Sports-Reference.com 103910.40 OPENING DAY 2017 950%21.00 Total164.22 March Madness tipped off with a dose of sanity 113610.41 This year featured 2.2 fewer upsets than expected, which makes it second only to 2000 in terms of uneventful opening days during the tournament’s 64-team era. To get those numbers, I looked at the historical upset rates for each seed,1Starting in 1985, when the NCAA tournament expanded to a 64-team bracket, and going through 2016. taking into account which games were played on Thursday.But despite their disappointing record, underdogs kept the score relatively close in 2017’s opening-day games. In terms of average scoring margin, this year tied for the ninth-most-respectable showing by worse-seeded teams on an opening day of the tournament — on par with days where fans saw six or seven upsets.In other words, a lucky bounce here or there could have made all the difference for Thursday’s long shots. Maybe that means good, old-fashioned madness will be restored to its rightful place on Day 2 of the tourney. Then again, analyzing other second-day games using the same method as above suggests that Friday should be less upset-y (3.9 expected upsets) than Thursday was supposed to be. Somebody free us from this prison of predictability! read more

first_imgU.S. recognizes contested Golan Heights region as part of Israel Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter AP, KUSI Newsroom AP, KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 21, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly declared Thursday the U.S. will recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political boost a month before what is expected to be a close election.The administration has been considering recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the strategic highlands, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967, for some time and Netanyahu had pressed the matter with visiting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just a day earlier.U.S. and Israeli officials said Wednesday they had not expected a decision until next week, when Netanyahu is to visit the U.S.But in a tweet that appeared to catch many by surprise, Trump said the time had come for the United States to take the step, which Netanyahu warmly welcomed as a “miracle” on the Jewish holiday of Purim.“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!” Trump tweeted.The U.S. will be the first country to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, which the rest of the international community regards as disputed territory occupied by Israel whose status should be determined by negotiations between Israel and Syria. Attempts to bring Israel and Syria to the table have failed. It was not immediately clear how a U.N. peacekeeping force in the Golan might be affected by the U.S. move. That force’s mandate expires at the end of June.There had been signals a decision was coming. Last week, in its annual human rights report, the State Department dropped the phrase “Israeli-occupied” from the Golan Heights section, instead calling it “Israeli-controlled.”Pompeo had brushed questions about the change aside, insisting even earlier Thursday that there was no change in policy. However, in comments to reporters ahead of a Purim dinner with Netanyahu and his wife at their Jerusalem home, Pompeo hailed the shift.“Tonight, President Trump made the decision to recognize that that hard-fought real estate, that important place, is proper to be a sovereign part of the state of Israel,” he said.Netanyahu, who is embroiled in a fierce re-election campaign ahead of April 9 voting, smiled broadly while delivering his own remarks.“We have the miracle of Purim,” he said. “Thank you President Trump.”Netanyahu has for weeks been stepping up longstanding Israeli requests for the U.S. and others to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan. He has bolstered Israel’s traditional argument that the area has for all practical purposes been fully integrated into Israel by accusing Iran of trying to infiltrate terrorists from Syria into the plateau.“At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” Netanyahu tweeted.Trump’s announcement came as Pompeo was wrapping up a two-day visit to Jerusalem during which he lauded warm ties with Israel, met with Netanyahu on at least three separate occasions and promised to step up pressure on Iran.Pompeo’s events with Netanyahu included a visit to the Western Wall that made him the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the Jewish holy site with any Israeli leader and appeared to further signal the Trump administration’s support for Israel’s control of the contested city. Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv, prompting the Palestinians to sever ties with the administration.Pompeo’s presence also appeared to signal Trump’s support for Netanyahu the political candidate. Netanyahu, facing a tough challenge from a popular former military chief and reeling from a series of corruption allegations, has repeatedly sought to focus attention on his foreign policy record and strong ties with Trump.“The Trump administration is absolutely endorsing Netanyahu,” said Alon Pinkas, former consul general of Israel in New York. “It’s very rare for a secretary of state to come visit an Israeli prime minister without any apparent diplomatic reason justifying it, without a peace process, without any regional agenda.”Pompeo said his trip had nothing to do with politics or U.S. policy on Jerusalem, although for decades American officials refrained from visiting the Western Wall with Israeli leaders to avoid the appearance of recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the city’s most sensitive holy sites. Israel captured east Jerusalem and the Old City in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.“I’m going to stay far away from the decisions that the Israeli people will make here in a few weeks,” Pompeo told reporters. “It wouldn’t be appropriate for the U.S. secretary of state to comment on Israeli domestic politics.”The Old City is home to the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where tradition says Jesus was entombed and resurrected. Pompeo, a Christian, also stopped at the church.Next to the Western Wall is a hilltop compound revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. The spot, which once housed the biblical Jewish Temples, is the holiest site in Judaism and today is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam.The competing claims to the site are a frequent source of tension and lie at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.When Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, he said it did not determine the city’s final borders. But the gesture was perceived as unfairly siding with Israel and prompted the Palestinians to cut contacts with U.S. officials. The Palestinians have already rejected a planned Mideast peace initiative by the administration.Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said Pompeo’s visit added additional obstacles to peace hopes. “While they are claiming to be trying to solve the conflict, such acts only make it more difficult to resolve,” he said.While previous secretaries of state have traditionally met with the Palestinians when visiting the region, Pompeo has no such talks planned. March 21, 2019last_img read more

first_imgKhulna 33.5  25.0  77     64 Rain/thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty/squally wind is likely to occur at a few places over Dhaka, Mymensingh, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions and at one or two places over Rajshahi, Rangpur, Barishal and Khulna divisions in the next 24 hours till 6:00pm tomorrow (Friday).According to UNB, day and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country, Met office said.The sun sets in the capital tomorrow at 06:16pm and rises on Saturday at 5:46am.Country’s highest temperature 34.0 degree Celsius was recorded on Thursday in Jashore and Chuadanga and lowest 18.5 degree in Srimangal.Highest and lowest temperature and humidity recorded in some major cities and towns today were:City/Town Temperature Humidity in Celsius in percentage Dhaka 33.1  21.6  79   61 Cox’s Bazar   32.0   24.4  77   79 Mymensingh  29.8  21.0   91   78 Rajshahi   33.0 21.8   91    73 Rangpur   27.6  20.0 73    67 Sylhet   32.4 20.6   69     69 Max: Min: Morning Evening Barishal  33.0    20.5  78    68 Chattogram   30.8 24.3   80    76last_img read more

first_img Friday, April 5, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Kensington revamps Turkey tours as destination makes a comeback Share Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Kensington Tours, Turkey Posted by TORONTO — Kensington Tours has introduced a fully revamped product line for Turkey.Four new itineraries – Istanbul & Cappadocia Discovery; Turkey Signature; Turkey Exclusive and Turkey and Greek Islands Honeymoon – highlight the destination’s best and outline the operator’s expertise in private-guided tours, says the company.Itineraries include evening culinary walking tours of Taksim Square, Turkish marbling classes, calligraphy lessons, cooking classes at a local Turkish home, behind-the-scenes exploration of the troglodyte dwellings of Cavusin, experiencing the sunrise onboard a hot air balloon, aroma massages in a private spa suite and sailing along the Turkish coast on a private yacht.“Each of our tours – in all destinations – are led by private guides who have deep local knowledge and exclusive connections,” says Marc Sison, Product Director.“As one of the few North American tour operators offering custom trips in Turkey, Kensington Tours prides itself on delivering the best experiences, going above and beyond for our clients, anticipating their needs and catering to their interests.”More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsThe new itineraries will take travellers through Turkey’s most popular cities including Istanbul and Cappadocia, and expose them to less-familiar destinations like Izmir. The Greek Islands extension offers lavish experiences in Istanbul, Bodrum, Athens and Santorini, adds Sison.last_img read more