STATE News:Restaurants may provide outdoor or patio services where available beginning WednesdaySANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced this afternoon that the state’s emergency public health order will be amended to permit limited outdoor dine-in services for most of the state beginning Wednesday, May 27.Dine-in services inside restaurants and bars remain temporarily prohibited. New Mexico is on target for a June 1 reopening of those services under a limited capacity per fire code occupancy restrictions – however, New Mexico health officials continue to monitor the rate of transmission in the state’s southwestern public health region, which if unchecked could preclude further reopenings in that region. The amended public health order does not apply to the northwestern public health region.Under the amended public health order, which is attached and will be effective Wednesday, May 27, restaurants may offer dine-in service in outdoor seating areas at up to 50 percent of their outdoor area fire code occupancy. The following stipulations apply: No dine-in service may be provided in indoor seating areas.Outdoor dine-in service may only be provided to patrons who are seated. Tables must be placed with at least six feet of distance between one another. No more than six patrons may be seated at any single table. No bar or counter seating is permitted. Bars – defined as food and beverage service establishments that derived more than 50 percent of their revenue in the prior calendar year from the sale of alcoholic beverages – are not included in this provision and may not operate outdoor or patio services at present. Bars may continue to operate for take-out and delivery if permitted under their applicable licenses.“Our priority throughout this public health crisis has been the safety and health and well-being of New Mexicans, and this modification of the emergency public health order aligns with that mandate while providing an opportunity for restaurants to begin preparing for a wider reopening next week,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “We continue to see sustained, consistent progress in our fight against this virus, which is a credit to the New Mexicans who have amended their behavior to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe. I greatly look forward to being able to continue to ease the restrictions imposed on us by this heinous virus – provided that we continue on the right track and New Mexicans take every necessary precaution, whether in an individual capacity or as a business-owner or employee.”“The New Mexico Restaurant Association is happy with the Governor’s decision to allow a soft opening, of outdoor dining, for restaurants on May 27,” said Carol Wight, the association’s chief executive. “We believe this will provide restaurants the opportunity to ease back into the swing of things while taking the time to properly train staff and implement COVID-19 safe procedures effectively, before fully opening to the public on June 1.“At this time we ask our industry partners in Doña Ana County to seriously consider refraining from participation in this soft opening,” Wight added. “The rate of transmission is considerably higher in this area and in order for everyone to be able to safely reopen soon, the NMRA would like restaurants in this area to forgo the May 27 date and work hard to slow the spread for the June 1 reopening of our industry.”COVID-safe practices for restaurants are available here and will be adhered to under any broader reopening that could take place early next week upon the expiration of the current emergency public health order.The emergency public health order mandates compliance with COVID-Safe Practices for Restaurants, which have been updated with an adjustment related to contact tracing. The requirement is as follows:“To support contract tracing, offer all customers who visit the establishment with the opportunity to record their name and phone number or email address, along with the date and time of their visit, and retain such records for no less than four weeks from the date of collection.”All COVID-Safe Practices can be found in “All Together New Mexico: COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers”, which can be accessed and downloaded at newmexico.gov and cv.nmhelath.org at the link provided here. (The document includes COVID-Safe Practices for salons, spas, and tattoo parlors, although those are not yet permissible, in order to allow these establishments to prepare for what practices will be required upon a later limited re-opening.)The amended public health order – which otherwise remains the same, meaning other close-contact facilities and outdoor recreation facilities must remain closed – will not apply to the northwestern public health region, encompassing the counties of Cibola, McKinley and San Juan. That public health region remains under the May 5, 2020, public health order but is on track to move ahead into broader reopenings beginning June 1.The public health order dated May 15, 2020, can be found here. The amended public health order is attached. It will be executed Wednesday, May 27.
A swab to be used for testing COVID-19. /Reuters ImagesSao Tome and Principe has confirmed its first four COVID-19 cases, becoming the 52nd African state to report a case.Prime Minister Jorge Bom Jesus said the confirmation came after test results returned from Gabon.Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases have surpassed 9,000, with over 400 deaths. Over 800 patients have recovered.Sao Tome’s first cases came as the World Health Organization called for more united efforts in the fight against COVID-19.In a press briefing on Monday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom called for an all-of-society approach.“We have said consistently that we’re all in this together, and we can only succeed together. We need an all-of-society approach, with everyone playing their part,” Tedros said.Related Ghana confirms nine new COVID-19 cases Eritrea confirms four more COVID-19 cases Uganda registers 5 new cases of COVID-19
Welsh midfielder Georgia Evans has signed her first professional contract for the club. Georgia has been a player at the club since the age of 16 when she joined the SGS college programme. She has progressed through the club, starting five league games in the first half of the season.Manager Willie Kirk explains “After only a week of training, I was keen to get Georgia signed on to a long term professional contract.”“She is a player that I’m looking forward to seeing develop further over the coming years. She is already at a level where she can make an impact in the WSL, but it is a case of managing her carefully so that we build her experience gradually.”Scottish International, Caroline Weir joins from Aresnal. The Midfielder has 18 senior caps for Scotland and is reunited with manager Willie Kirk, who she played under at Hibernian, before moving to Arsenal in 2013.Pleased with the signing Kirk said “I gave her a first team debut at Hibernian when she was 15 and she quickly became a first pick in the team before moving to Arsenal at only 18.” “I have become increasingly frustrated seeing her mostly sit on the bench for 2 years and as soon as I took the Bristol job, she was my number one target. I am really excited to work with her again. She is very level headed and will continue to work hard to achieve her ambitions.”Bristol-born Hannah Short, returns to her home club after completing a football scholarship at East Tennessee State University. Prior to moving to the USA Hannah represented England in the European Championship Qualifiers at both U17 and U19 level.“Hannah is very ambitious and is looking to catch the eye again after her time overseas. She is a strong and committed centre back and I think that she will become a very important member of our squad” said Willie Kirk.Kirk has also added two young players to his WSL1 squad; Hannah Reid and Evdokia Popadinova.Following the departure of Alice Evans to WSL 2 team Yeovil Town, Scottish youth international goalkeeper, Hannah Reid, will join the squad.On signing Reid, the manager said; “Hannah is another player that I know from my time at Hibernian. At 20-years-old has the potential in my opinion to become Scotland number one in the next few years.”On signing Bulgarian forward, Popadinova, Kirk said; “Evi is a young player with huge potential and determined to succeed. We had her in to train for a few days and immediately extended that by a further week so that we could get a better look at her.”Spanish-born Equatorial Guinean International striker, Jade Boho Sayo has also put pen to paper. Jade joins Bristol Academy from Rayo Vallecano in Madrid, where she holds an impressive 55 goal tally for the club. She has a wealth of playing experience including featuring in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.Kirk is delighted to with the new signing; “Jade is top signing for us. She has great international experience at both youth and senior level and has played at the top level in Spain for a number of years.”Marije Brummel is also added to Kirk’s squad. The dutch defender currently holds 27 International caps for the Netherlands and has a wealth of experience that she will bring to Bristol Academy.“Marije is exactly the type of player that we needed to bring in for the second half of the season. She has a wealth of experience at international level, has played outside her country before and knows the language.”Finally, Tatiana Pinto joins the Vixens from Bundesliga club SC Sand, where she has been a player for two seasons.The 21-year-old Portuguese player has U19 International caps and will make her WSL debut for Bristol Academy. She developed as a youth across clubs in Portugal before moving to Germany in 2013.“Tatiana is an exciting young player who is currently on the fringes of the Portuguese National team. She is an ambitious individual and determined to improve as a player and progress her career.”See the Vixens new stars as well as several of England’s World Cup squad as Bristol Academy face Manchester City Women at the Stoke Gifford Stadium on Saturday, July 18th at 3pm – tickets start at just £5 for adults and £3 concessions, click here to book your tickets.
South Africa’s position on the 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance improved from fifth to fourth thanks to improvements in the economy and infrastructure development. (Image: Brand South Africa)• Research reveals Kenyan, Nigerian views of South Africa• Buy local to build South Africa’s economy• Agoa open up opportunities for Africa’s female entrepreneurs• Stalled on the Trans-Africa Highway• G20: Africa’s growth can stabilise the world economyShamin ChibbaSouth Africa’s economy is on the mend, if the 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance is anything to go by.The country’s level of sustainable economic opportunity score improved to 71.9 points out of 100, up more than three points on the previous year. Out of 52 African countries surveyed, South Africa came out second in this particular category, behind Mauritius, which has 79.7 points.The sustainable economic opportunity category is divided into four sub-categories: public management, business environment, infrastructure, and rural sector. These analyse 31 features that make up a country’s economy, such as fiscal policy, level of bureaucracy, access to water for low income and rural populations, and road, rail and air transport.The 2014 Ibrahim Index, published on Monday, 29 September, ranks a country’s overall governance within the African context. It is based not only on economic opportunity but also on safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, and human development. Taking all these categories into account, South Africa’s overall position also improved, from fifth in 2013 to fourth this year.The index is named after billionaire Sudanese-British mobile communications mogul Mo Ibrahim. He established the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in 2006, and created the index the following year . Sudanese-British mobile communications mogul, Mo Ibrahim, warned major African states like South Africa to remain vigilant and avoid complacency. (Image: Mo Ibrahim Foundation) Infrastructure development boostedBrand South Africa chief executive Miller Matola was encouraged by this year’s results, particularly regarding the improvements the country has made in infrastructure development. “Good infrastructure is attractive to investors and makes it easier to conduct business more efficiently and effectively,” he pointed out.In the index, South Africa’s infrastructure development score shot up from 67.5 in 2013 to 77.1 this year. The country now ranks third in this category behind the Seychelles and Mauritius. This comes after the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Institute of Management Development (IMD) also announced South Africa’s improvement in infrastructure development. In the WEF’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2014-2015, the country moved up from 66 to 60 out of 144 countries. In the IMD’s 2014 World Competitiveness Yearbook, South Africa improved by three places from last year to 55.Despite these advances, Matola was concerned by the drop in rule and safety – from seventh in 2013 to eighth this year – and in participation and human rights – from third last year to fourth. “These issues impact equally on our competitiveness and ability to attract inward flows of investment,” he said. African governance improvement too slow – IbrahimWriting for the Institute for Security Studies weekly online newsletter, Independent Newspapers’ foreign editor, Peter Fabricius, said the Ibrahim Index suggested overall governance in Africa was slowing down.According to the index, governance on the continent rose by just 0.9 points out of 100 over the last five years, whereas before 2009 it improved by 1.2 points. “African governance as a whole has improved in some ways and deteriorated in others, resulting in this slight net improvement,” wrote Fabricius.For Ibrahim, Africa was still progressing but “the story is complex and doesn’t fit the stereotypes”. He also warned that the continent should remain vigilant, avoid complacency and adopt Afro-realism as a stance instead of Afro-pessimism or the current Africa Rising narrative.“More pertinently perhaps,” wrote Fabricius, “the index suggests that Africa still has a long way to go, and has to move much faster, if it is to overcome its chronic problems of poverty, underdevelopment and insecurity.”
A New Way of WorkingSomething’s got to give. People are camped in cities around the world demanding a new way of working and doing business. The Web has supported the current wave of social movements, serving as a citizen medium when official outlets won’t suffice. But Web companies themselves chug merrily along, monetizing the status quo.Tech companies – and certainly tech writers – like to use the word “revolution” to describe the really big changes. Is that justified? Isn’t it a bit boy-who-cried-wolf to call responsive Web design or an AI phone secretary “revolutionary?” How would we know a real Web revolution if we saw one? For starters, it would probably have to move off the Web and into the real world. Coffee & Power is taking values learned in a virtual world and using them to change the workplace. That sounds like a promising start.Stay tuned. We’ll check back in with Coffee & Power after it has some time to grow and tell you what its founders and members have learned and accomplished in the meantime. The mission had been posted by Catamount Ventures partner James Joaquin. This task was a natural fit for Sullivan’s talents. “When I went to pick it up,” she says, “he was over the moon.” He told her he had a big party to go to, but he had no idea how to get in touch with a professional costume designer.Coffee & Power made an ideal venue for that. Thanks to the system of recommendations and account validations it uses, Miss Minty and Jamesj were able to start working together with a pre-established level of trust. Here is a slideshow of the resulting zombie costume:Cutting Out The Middle ManAs a professional costume designer, it isn’t surprising that she did an awesome job on the zombie costume. But for Sullivan, the Coffee & Power economic model is essential to the work itself.She says the name “Coffee & Power” instantly reminded her of a book with the same name about the politically turbulent 1980s in Central America. The elite and the working people in El Salvador, Costa Rica and Nicaragua during that time had to strike difficult balances and make compromises in order for those societies to make it through the decade intact.“I think that is something a lot of people have felt is missing in the workplace as of late,” Sullivan says, citing the growth of the Occupy movement as evidence that the need for such compromises is now felt worldwide. “Big business has lost its humanity.”Live stream from Coffee & Power’s Market Street workclubSullivan sees Coffee & Power as a working model for how work in the 21st century could be redefined. “If you let people work amongst themselves, a mutual respect will arise.” It’s not a market based on scarcity. It’s as abundant with potential as its participants are, and it lets them decide what their work is worth.It’s also one that suits the remote, largely virtual and independent nature of the changing 21st-century workplace. On Coffee & Power, workers don’t have to be just one thing; they can use their full range of skills for whatever work their compatriots want done. “It’s not that we have to to different work,” Sullian says, “but maybe we have to do it for different people.” Virtual Currency, Real WorkRosedale and his LoveMachine co-founders, Ryan Downe and Fred Heiberger, know how these kinds of incentives work. Both the medium of exchange – a virtual currency – and the social dynamics of neighbors helping each other out were tested on Second Life.Second Life is a virtual Wild West with an almost entirely unregulated economy. It’s a more extreme environment than the streets of San Francisco, where Coffee & Power has been beta tested. By this year’s measurements, SL also brings in about $100 million a year in revenue, and that’s for entirely virtual goods and services. Coffee & Power is the tangible version of that economy, except the costly work of building the city is already done.This author’s Second Life avatar getting some work doneSecond Life, by contrast, started as a vast, flat, empty plane. Rosedale launched Second Life in 2003, and users had to create all the content themselves. “I think the forces that gave it traction in the beginning was the feeling of freedom and pioneering,” Rosedale says. “The early users felt the power and freedom of being asked (and expected/required) to build the whole world themselves.”Coffee & Power users won’t have to build a whole world, but they will have to invent new ways of working in the existing one. The old vision of work is static, stable, routine, repetitive. Coffee & Power workers might have different jobs every day. But the key difference is that they work for each other, not for a boss. Rosedale says that same spirit inspired the founding members of Second Life.Coffee & Power’s first workclub in San FranciscoAt first, the virtual currency in Second Life – Linden Dollars (L$) – was not connected to real money. “The only way to earn dollars was from someone else paying you something,” Rosedale says, “so SL was very much a meritocracy, as you needed to do amazing stuff within the community to have large visible wealth.” But then third-party currency exchanges started popping up, L$ found a market price, and Rosedale says that “by late 2005, people really thought of the L$ as being its own real/stable currency.” Eventually, the work created in Second Life gained press attention, and it was off to the races.Rosedale says there’s something “sticky” about virtual currencies, even when they’re backed by real dollars. It’s an investment in the community that uses the currency, which encourages holders to reinvest it rather than cashing out. In terms of Coffee & Power – as well as Second Life – that means members investing in each other.Working For Each OtherAnne Sullivan, A.K.A. Miss Minty, a trusted Coffee & Power beta user, is driven by the freedom and parity among workers as much as the monetary rewards. When Rosedale recently asked members to describe Coffee & Power in one sentence, Sullivan came up with this slogan: “Coffee & Power: Work for each other – not The Man.” She’s a freelance stylist and costumer, and she accomplished what the Coffee & Power blog calls “the best Coffee & Power mission of all time:” the zombie costume mission.“I usually just work through referrals,” she says. “However, I did see a post on Coffee & Power asking, ‘I want my old suit turned into a zombie costume.’” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The principles of Burning Man are an antidote to the alienating effects of the social Web and the corporate values that underlie them. That’s why so many of the Web’s radical thinkers attend. The first Google doodle in 1998 was the team’s Burning Man away message. It’s no coincidence that Second Life was inspired by Burning Man as well.Burning Man’s principle of gifting is one of the main ways its participants break the ice and establish trust and immediacy with one another. That’s the way Rosedale wants to spread Coffee & Power.Any mission can be gifted to a prospective member, who would be introduced to Coffee & Power by redeeming it. This is an invitation to the service vastly more meaningful than any Twitter mention or beta invite. After a gift mission is accomplished, Rosedale hopes, new users will trust that this system works.The Value of Transparency Rosedale and the Coffee & Power team work hard to maintain that trust. Their commitment to the economic model of Coffee & Power – and the openness and transparency it entails – goes right to the core of the way the project was built.Prior to building Coffee & Power, the LoveMachine team built worklist.net, a marketplace specifically for building software using the same job exchange model that Coffee & Power has. In fact, Coffee & Power was and is developed using Worklist, and that means it’s totally transparent. You can view the entire C&P development process on Worklist including the budget.Developers will love Worklist as a way of building out software projects. We’ll save the details for a separate post on ReadWriteHack. For now, suffice it to say that Coffee & Power is a democratic place. The builders are constantly seeking input from the participants, who are also, in a sense, builders. On the Coffee & Power homepage, the public chat widget is constantly buzzing with back-and-forth between users and the team. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Coffee & Power photo credits: MissMintySF and Coffee & PowerBurning Man photo credit: Josh AdlerDo you think Coffee & Power can change the way we work? Share your thoughts in the comments. Tags:#e-commerce#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… I Want And I WillCoffee & Power users can post and browse missions in two forms: wills and wants. Requests for a mission take the form, “I want _____,” and volunteered missions are phrased as “I will _____.” Members can browse for work or services by location as well as category.I pointed out to Rosedale that these two verbs would make an excellent fit for Facebook’s Open Graph, and a Facebook app would be a great way to spread the word. He thought that was interesting, but it wasn’t where his head was at. Rosedale is thinking about a marketing strategy inspired by a value system that matters much more to both of us than Facebook: Burning Man. The latest invention from Second Life founder Philip Rosedale launches today, and it’s no virtual world. Coffee & Power is an online marketplace that lets people buy and sell small jobs from each other. It’s also a network of real-world co-working spaces, called “workclubs,” where users can meet to make arrangements or just stay and work. Coffee & Power is what Rosedale calls a “meta-company,” a framework for doing business with no managers or middlemen, all arranged through a website, an iPhone app and the workclub. The site, the app and the first workclub on Market Street in San Francisco all go live today after a rapidly developed beta period starting this summer. Workers of the world, take notice: this San Francisco startup wants to make each of us the boss.Your Mission, If You Choose To Accept ItCoffee & Power users perform “missions” for each other ranging from software development to graphic design to chauffeur service to making zombie costumes. They offer a virtual currency called C$ – backed by US$ – as compensation. In the beta period, Coffee & Power users have exchanged over $10,000 in hundreds of missions.Thus far, Coffee & Power might sound like existing mini-job markets like Zaarly or TaskRabbit. But Rosedale says those services are all about the jobs themselves. Coffee & Power is about the people first and foremost. While the other services just use dollars, Coffee & Power’s virtual currency becomes more about giving people credit than merely compensating them. The site ranks participants by missions completed and ratings of trust, letting them build up reputations on a network of creative, well-connected people. Related Posts jon mitchell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Elias Sorensen ready to leave Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveElias Sorensen is ready to leave Newcastle United this month.The Dane has rattled in 19 goals for their Under-21 team this season, and is expected to face arch-rivals Sunderland’s senior side in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night. He said: “The goal is to get to the first team at Newcastle. A loan would help me a lot — to come up against bigger and stronger players every week. We [in the U21s] are striving, working our socks off and want to get into the first team.“I am waiting to see what happens in January. If the manager wants me to go on loan, I will go on loan. If he wants me to stay, I will stay.“It is up to the club and the manager, and I trust them. The manager is world class.”
MONTREAL – Grocery store chain Metro Inc. says the construction of its first automated distribution centres are unrelated to its efforts to offset added costs from Ontario’s rising minimum wage.The Montreal-based company said it will eliminate about 280 jobs starting in 2021 as part of a $400-million overhaul of its Ontario distribution network.The company said the move to modernize and automate its network will mean the loss of about 180 full-time and 100 part-time positions.“In our industry we’re always looking at ways to become more efficient to lower pricing, but we have been talking about this for three years since I joined the company and well before anybody said anything about minimum wage,” Carmen Fortino, division head at Metro Ontario, said.The announcement follows comments by Metro (TSX:MRU) in August that it would study automation as it looked to cut costs in the face of the Ontario government’s plan to raise the minimum wage next year.Metro has six distribution centres in Ontario including four in Toronto and two in Ottawa that employ a total of more than 1,500 workers.It said the existing Ontario distribution network dates back to the 1960s and no longer meets the needs of its business.“We see a lot of opportunities in the province and we wanted to make sure that we were going to be in a position to be able to grow but support our stores in a cost-efficient manner and add some flexibility to the way that we service our stores,” Fortino said.The company plans to modernize the operations in Toronto between 2018 and 2023 by building a new fresh distribution facility and a new frozen distribution centre. The old fresh food warehouse will close and be dismantled while the frozen space will be used for non-perishable groceries.Metro has no immediate plans to automate its six distribution centres in Quebec, including the latest built five years ago in Laval.However, further upgrades in other Ontario centres are eventually possible, said Fortino.“Technology changes so quickly I think you have to keep an open mind to everything.”He said the existing Ontario network built up through a series of acquisitions no longer has the capacity and technology to meet the needs from a proliferation of products, including ones that serve ethnic communities.Fortino said the goal is to supply stores with better on-time deliveries, offer more different types of products and use systems that keep produce fresher, while also reducing costs that hopefully can be passed on to customers.“The whole experience for a customer should improve,” he added.Metro looked at automated systems around the world, including the latest technology in Europe, before settling on a system supplied by Witron, a German-based company described as a worldwide leader in order-picking systems for retail and industry.Although Metro faces competitors with automated distribution centres, Metro is just entering the field.With technology changing so rapidly, Fortino said he’s happy that the company has taken the time to study its options.Before the new facilities are built, however, the company will acquire a modern automated facility in Varennes, Que., with the closure of its purchase of pharmacy chain Jean Coutu Group. (TSX:PJC.A)Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said the modernization of Metro’s distribution network is consistent with the company’s “measured and methodical approach to improving efficiencies in the business.”
TALLINN, Estonia — There are still a few things that you can’t do electronically in Estonia: Marry, divorce or transfer property — and that’s only because the government has decided it was important to turn up in person for some big life events.This Baltic nation of 1.3 million people is engaged in an ambitious project to make government administration completely digital to reduce bureaucracy, increase transparency and boost economic growth. As more countries shift their services online, Estonia’s experiment offers a glimpse of how interacting with the state might be for future generations.Over the past 20 years, this former ex-Soviet republic has created one platform that supports electronic authentication and digital signatures to enable paperless communications across both the private and public sectors.Danica Kirka, The Associated Press
Kolkata: The results published by West Bengal Board of Madrasah Education (WBBME) on Thursday have shown an increase of more than one percent in pass-out rate in High Madrasah and two percent in Alim in comparison to last year’s results. The pass percentage in High Madrasah and Alim which was 82.04 and 82.67, respectively in 2018 has gone up to 83.20 and 84.95, respectively. The pass percentage in Fazil has also gone up to 87.49 from 86.88 in comparison to last year. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe results of High Madrasah have revealed that non-Muslim candidates are showing interest in getting admitted to Madrasahs. Altogether, 11.9 percent non-Muslim candidates passed High Madrasah this year. “The quality of education has improved in Madrasahs and other benefits and scholarships are also being provided to the students. So non-Muslims are getting interested in Madrasah education. We have more than 29 percent non-Muslim teachers in Madrasahs,” said WBBME president Abu Taher. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe results of High Madrasah (Class-X), Alim (theology-based education in Class-X) and Fazil (Class-XII) were announced by Taher on Thursday. The examination had started on February 12 and ended on March 15. Altogether 65,363 candidates had appeared in the three examinations. The number of High Madrasah candidates was 52,469, 8,915 appeared for Alim and 3,979 sat for Fazil. Sainul Haque bagged the first position in High Madrasah from Murshidabad with 96.38 percent. SK Wasimuddin from North 24-Parganas stood first in Alim with 93.89 percent marks while Sk. Habibullah from Hooghly district stood first in Fazil with 90 percent marks. Among the districts East Midnapore recorded a pass percentage of 94.38 in High Madrasah followed by Bankura with 91.66 and South 24-Parganas with 91.66. Kolkata with 86.88 stood at the seventh position.
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team huddles before its 8-7 win over University of Massachusetts on Feb. 18. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 9 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team found a way Sunday night against No. 11 Johns Hopkins, defeating the Blue Jays 13-9.The Buckeyes (10-2, 1-1 Big Ten) leading scorer was OSU sophomore attack Jack Jasinski with four goals. OSU senior midfielder Johnny Pearson and redshirt freshman Lukas Buckley added two goals apiece.“I think the men did a nice job of hunkering down on the offensive end,” said OSU coach Nick Myers. “We knew the goals were going to come for us eventually. I thought coach Ross did a good job with preparing the men this week and we were happy to come out with a win.”OSU trailed 5-3 after the first quarter, but the Buckeyes outscored Johns Hopkins 6-2 in the middle quarters to put them over the top.“During halftime coach told us we gotta settle down,” Jasinski said. “I ended putting the ball in the net a bunch of times.”The Buckeyes struck the first goal of the game in the first period. OSU midfielder Collin Chell made the first goal for the Buckeyes. Minutes later John Hopkins junior midfielder Joel Tinney scored his first goal of the day tying the game 1-1. With 8:13 remaining in the first quarter, John Hopkins Joel Tinney scored to put the Blue Jays back on top 2-1, but OSU midfielder John Withers answered just five seconds later tying the game at 2.In the first five minutes of the second quarter, OSU tacked on three goals — two with an extra man — which seemed to grab momentum along with a 6-5 lead. However, junior defender Brendan Barger and sophomore defender Matt Borges committed penalties in the later stages of the quarter and the Blue Jays took advantage of those opportunities with two goals. John Hopkins led 6-5 heading into the half.In total, there were six penalties committed in the quarter.“We felt like there was a sense of urgency,” Myers said. “We felt like we need to get back into this Big Ten race. I think the guys were pretty frustrated in how they did last weekend. And when we got back home we just got back to work.”In the third, that sense of urgency showed.Redshirt senior goalie Tom Carey came up with two crucial saves while senior attack Eric Fannell and Buckley provided the offense with three goals.OSU’s leading goal scorer freshman midfielder Tre LeClaire scored early in the fourth quarter, extending the Buckeyes lead to 10-7.After John Hopkins Shack Stanwick scored cut into the OSU lead, Jasinski netted two goals past Blue Jays goalie Brock Turnbaugh to seal the Buckeyes’ first Big Ten win of the season. The victory snapped a two game losing streak. Next week OSU will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to play the Michigan Wolverines.