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OAS: Special rapporteur for freedom of expression is not a political plaything

first_img June 7, 2021 Find out more to go further Americas Americas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News June 3, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Follow the news on Americas Receive email alerts Will the Inter-American human rights system survive beyond January 25? This is one of the decisions that will be put to the meeting of ambassadors to the Permanent Council of the Organization of Americans States on that day. Far from being a organizational tweak, the proposed overhaul of the way the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) functions would ratify a disgraceful political offensive by certain member states against one of its components, an important mechanism in the defense of civil liberties in the western hemisphere – the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.“We need a new Inter-American system because the OAS has been captured by a US vision that makes it ineffective and unworthy of confidence,” Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, promoter of the reform, said recently. Really? Since When? In any case, his comment underscores the forthcoming decision’s political dimension. Drafted by an OAS working group on June 29, 2011 at the request of the member states concerned, the proposed reform consists of three apparently inoffensive points. Only apparently.1- A single annual IACHR report would henceforth combine all the reports of the special rapporteurs. As things stand, the special rapporteur for freedom of expression is the only one to produce his own separate report, which is more than 300 pages long and examines the situation in each country in detail.2- “Adequate, sufficient and balanced” resources would be assigned to each rapporteur, working group and IACHR unit. Again, as things stand, the special rapporteur for freedom of expression is the only one who is not financed directly from the OAS budget, the only one who has the power to raise his own funds, which are currently greater that the funds assigned to the other rapporteurs and units.3- A code of conduct would be applied to the special rapporteurs on the grounds of facilitating coordination with member states, even if it restricts their ability to issue statements about ongoing cases.Visibility, financing and independence. All vitals pillar for this institution, pillars which this reform is trying to topple one by one. Claims that these recommendations are solely designed to rationalize the way the IACHR operates do not bear analysis.The first point would imply that the special rapporteur for freedom of expression’s current detailed annual report is at best pointless if not inappropriate. Would a detailed, well-argued annual report be less useful than a terse summary of the state of freedom of information at the hemispheric level, one taking no account of the significant variations from country to country? A summary that is moreover buried in an overall synthesis that is the result of negotiations among the seven different special rapporteurs? The alternative method would not favor the complete and transparent information that public opinion is calling for.The first point’s unseemly nature only serves to highlight the second one’s perversity. By raising his own funding, the special rapporteur for freedom of expression is able to cover the cost of producing his annual report, along with other costs. The report poses a problem? Let’s eliminate the funding! The member states will pay what they can afford, and a portion of that, probably the smallest portion, will be assigned to the troublesome special rapporteur, who will be too poor to carry out field visits or organize hearings at which government officials are questioned by members of the public and NGOs. Is that the aim?Yes, if you consider the third point, in which a “code of conduct” – an IACHR regulation already being in force – is turned in a screen for imposing complete censorship. A rapporteur, even a penniless one, can still issued statements or recommendations to member states in the event of glaring violations of fundamental freedoms. Even if he has been weakened, he can still speak. So let’s silence him altogether!If these three proposals or even just one of them (especially one of the second two) are adopted on January 25, the most recently created of the OAS special rapporteurs will be the first to go. He will be sacrificed after 15 years to the caprices of governments that are unable to distinguish criticism from conspiracy, an ideological position from the rule of law. Because this is what it is really about.The special rapporteur’s tacit neutralization would not be the result of chance. The initiative has come from a government that was dismayed to find itself the target of unanimous criticism abroad when it reacted in the worse possible way to often unfair and extreme attacks from its leading newspapers. Ordering a newspaper to pay an exorbitant fine and sentencing its representatives to jail terms encouraged self-censorship and flouted Inter-American jurisprudence.The special rapporteur just acted as a guarantor of hemispheric law when he called for the decriminalization of media offences in Ecuador. And elsewhere. He was also just doing his job when he reminded the government that its right to defend its reputation was a right that also applies to the journalists, civil society representatives and NGOs that are often branded as enemies and insulted at length in official broadcasts. In Ecuador and elsewhere.The polarization under way in several countries in the region did not have to extend to Inter-American bodies. Ecuador’s proposals would facilitate concealment of the situation in other countries where professional journalists, community journalists, human rights activists or ordinary Internet users end up paying for their courage with their lives. In Mexico, for example, which has been devastated for the past five years by a federal offensive against drug trafficking, or Honduras, which is being eaten away by the violence stemming from the June 2009 coup d’état.When national sovereignty is turned into a dogma, it is not easily reconciled with civil society vigilance that now extends across borders and requires international interlocutors. The OAS Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression is needed more than ever. By keeping it in its current form, the OAS member states will show they do not fear an internationally-connected and adult civil society.Olivier Basille, Managing Director of Reporters Without BordersMaria Pía Matta, President of AMARC-InternationalBenoît Hervieu, Americas Desk of Reporters Without Borderscenter_img WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information Reports May 13, 2021 Find out more January 19, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 OAS: Special rapporteur for freedom of expression is not a political plaything Organisation RSF_en News Newslast_img read more

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Wells Fargo increases fake-account estimate 67% to 3.5 million

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Wells Fargo & Co. said employees created two-thirds more bogus accounts than initially thought, a sign the bank is still struggling to move past a scandal that sparked record fines and congressional investigations.An outside review found an additional 1.4 million potentially unauthorized deposit and credit-card accounts opened when the bank was encouraging employees to sell multiple products to retail customers, bringing the total to about 3.5 million, according to a statement Thursday from the San Francisco-based firm. The revised estimate covers January 2009 to September 2016, almost twice as long as the period examined in the initial review.The disclosure of even more fraudulent accounts threatens to catapult Wells Fargo back into the political crosshairs just as Congress returns Sept. 5 from its summer recess. The scandal came to light almost a year ago after regulators slapped Wells Fargo with fines of $185 million over its sales practices, prompting congressional hearings and resulting in the bank naming new leaders, clawing back executives’ pay and beginning an overhaul of its retail division.last_img read more

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With PBA Draft coming up, Matt Salem continues to fine tune game

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It’s a good experience, it’s an international tournament and it shows that I can work that I can eventually use in the PBA,” said Salem. “It’s going to take a lot of time to be able to work on those skills I need to develop.”“Offensive-wise, I got my shooting, I can attack when I want on and off the ball screen. I think I could develop a few more skills after seeing these international players.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I’m just working out for the last couple of months and I have to get ready for the draft pretty much,” said Salem Friday at Studio City here.Salem is part of the Philippine representatives the iECO Green Warriors in the Asia League The Terrific 12 where they played against the top club teams from China, Japan, Chinese-Taipei, and Korea.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAlthough iECO went winless in Group C and failing to enter the semifinals after two games, Salem was a solid contributor for the team and was able to display his deft stroke from outside.Salem averaged 12.5 points and three triples per game for the Green Warriors, who was formed just weeks before the competition started on Tuesday. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESMACAU—Matt Salem knows reaching the PBA is the goal for any aspiring Filipino basketball player, and he’s doing everything ito equip himself with all the right tools that would be useful once he steps into the big league.He’s already made a name for himself during his collegiate career as a marksman for National University and De La Salle, but he knows there’s still room to improve before submitting his name to the draft.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title ONE: Team Lakay’s Kingad ready for war vs Japanese foe Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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Severe thunderstorm watch continues for North Peace and Fort Nelson, upgraded to warning in South Peace

first_imgB.C. North Peace River10:04 AM PDT Thursday 25 July 2013Severe thunderstorm watch for B.C. North Peace River continuedSevere thunderstorms possible this afternoon and evening.This is an alert to the potential development of severe thunderstorms with large hail and damaging winds.- Advertisement -Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements. If threatening weather approaches take immediate safety precautions.Conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. The potential exists for some of these thunderstorms to become severe. The main threat from these thunderstorms will be large hail and heavy downpours.  B.C. South Peace River2:53 PM PDT Thursday 25 July 2013Severe thunderstorm warning for B.C. South Peace River issuedAdvertisement At 2:50PM PDT, meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm located 15 km southwest of Chetwynd moving towards the town at 25 km/hr. The storm is capable of producing large hail, strong wind gusts and heavy downpours.Take cover, if threatening weather approaches.Strong wind gusts and hail can damage property and cause injuries. Local downpours can cause flash floods.Avoid driving through water on roads. Even shallow fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away.Advertisementcenter_img In Canada, lightning kills up to 10 people every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.Environment Canada continues to monitor the situation closely. Please continue to monitor your local media or Weatheradio for further updates.Updated or ended by 4:00 PM PDT.last_img read more

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What are you doing to commemorate International Mandela Day?

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 14 July 2016 – Former President Nelson Mandela remains one of the most enduring symbols of the South African nation brand.  He embodied all the qualities our country stood for – forgiveness, patience, tolerance, peace and humility – he demonstrated that precious quality of Ubuntu throughout his life.President Mandela’s life of service is now celebrated the world over on International Mandela Day, observed annually on 18 July as decreed by the United Nations.International Mandela Day in 2016 marks the seventh annual Mandela Day where people from every corner of the globe unite to give of themselves, do better and give back to their community for 67 minutes.This International Mandela Day, what will you be doing in the spaces around you to make the world a better place?The international day of observation was inspired by Mandela’s call, made in 2008, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership aimed at addressing the world’s social injustices.“It’s in your hands now” – Nelson MandelaBrand South Africa’s CEO Mr Kingsley Makhubela, reflecting on the significance of International Mandela Day 2016 said, “The best tribute citizens of South Africa can pay to the late icon of our country is to live a life of service, active citizenship and continually striving to make South Africa a better place.  We should be guided by his view that South Africa should be better for future generations.  Nation building is a continuous process and South Africa needs us all.”The CEO of GEM David Shields says, “Mandela Day is more than just a celebration of Madiba’s life and what he did for South Africa, it’s a global movement to help positively impact the lives of those around you; no matter how small the task.”So what can you do this year to make your 67 minutes fruitful?That’s easy; pick something community based that you’re passionate about, make sure you’re signed up to GEM, put your game face on and start doing your bit for a better South Africa!What is GEM?GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Project is a non-profit org. based in South Africa and co-founded by David Shields and Camilo Ramada. The two conceived a mobile app, called GEM, which uses a mobile payment platform to reward volunteer service in local communities. Operating on an easy-to-use smartphone app and/or USSD technology, users can explore a variety of local opportunities and sign-up to volunteer with the ones they like best.In exchange for their service volunteers earn “GEMs”, which is the app’s currency. Each GEM is the equivalent to one South African rand and can be used to buy goods and services which include electricity tokens, movie tickets, groceries, and even data. The project supports almost more than two dozen social organisations and runs over 30 activations in Johannesburg and Cape Town every month.The best thing about GEM is that it inspires a volunteerism lifestyle. It gives users an opportunity to improve the lives of those around them; using people’s free time proactively with a reward element attached. Everyone, irrespective of which side of the economic spectrum they fall, can give back and get something in return. Truly, a win-win situation.For the second year, GEM Project will be running a massive Mandela Day campaign in partnership with Brand South Africa and the PlayYourPart campaign. The merger serves as a way to make giving back to your community an easy task for anyone. Simply log on and decide where, how and for whom you want to make the world a better place.Brand South Africa is committed to creating a progressive and compelling brand image for South Africa. PlayYourPart is a social network that links individuals willing to volunteer their services or provide financial assistance with community development organisations.Now it’s time to put in the work. Visit www.gemproject.org to download the app on your smartphone or search “GEM Project” on your app store; it’s compatible with Android, iOS and BlackBerry 10 and takes less than a minute to sign-up. Alternatively you can register via USSD by dialing * 120 * 4361 # to get started.You don’t need to be a millionaire or a superhero to make a difference. Your time alone is a beautiful thing to give.Follow the conversation on  #SANationBrand or #MandelaDay2016last_img read more

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In an AI-powered world, what are potential jobs of the future?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#bestmile#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Jobs#top#unemployment Related Posts With virtual assistants answering our emails and robots replacing humans on manufacturing assembly lines, mass unemployment due to widespread automation seems imminent. But it is easy to forget amid our growing unease that these systems are not “all-knowing” and fully competent. As many of us have observed in our interactions with artificial intelligence, these systems perform repetitive, narrowly defined tasks very well but are quickly stymied when asked to go off script — often to great comical effect. As technological advances eliminate historic roles, previously unimaginable jobs will arise in the new economic reality. We combine these two ideas to map out potential new jobs that may arise in the highly automated economy of 2030.Training, supervising and assisting robotsAs robots take on increasingly complex functions, more humans will be needed to teach robots how to correctly accomplish these jobs. Human Intelligence Task (HIT) marketplaces like MTurk and Crowdflower already use humans to train AI to recognize objects in images or videos. New AI companies, like Lola, a personal travel service, are expanding HIT with specialized workers to train AI for complex tasks. See also: How autonomous vehicles could lead to more jobs in DetroitMicrosoft’s Tay bot, which quickly devolved into tweeting offensive and obscene comments after interacting with users on the internet, caused significant embarrassment to its creators. Given how quickly Tay went off the rails, it is easy to imagine how dangerous a bot trusted with maintaining our physical safety can become if it is fed the wrong sets of information or learns the wrong things from a poorly designed training set. Because the real world is ever-changing, AI must continuously train and improve, even after it achieves workable domain expertise, which ensures that expert human supervision is criticalIntegrating jobs for people into the design of semi-autonomous systems has enabled some companies to achieve greater performance despite current technological limitations. BestMile, a driverless vehicle deployed to transport luggage at airports, has successfully integrated human supervision into its design. Instead of engineering for every edge case in the complex and dangerous environment of an airport tarmac, the BestMile vehicle stops when it senses an obstacle in its path and waits for its human controller to decide what to do, enabling the company to enter the market much more quickly than competitors, which must refine their sensing algorithms to allow their robots to independently operate without incident.Frontier explorers: Outward and upwardWhen Mars One, a Dutch startup whose goal is to send people to Mars, called for four volunteers to man their first Mars mission, more than 200,000 people applied. Regardless of whether automation leads to increased poverty, automation’s threat of displacing people from their current jobs and in essence some part of their sense of self-worth could drive many to turn to an exploration of our final frontiers. An old saying jokes that there are more astronauts from Ohio than any other state because there is something about the state that makes people want to leave this planet.One risk to human involvement in exploration is that exploration itself is also already being automated. Recently, relatively few of our space exploration missions have been manned. Humans have never left Earth’s orbit; all our exploration of other planets and the outer solar systems has been through unmanned probes. Artificial personality designersAs AI creeps into our world, we’ll start building more intimate relationships with it, and the technology will need to get to know us better, but some AI personalities may not suit some people. Moreover, different brands may want to be represented by distinct and well-defined personalities. The effective human-facing AI designer will, therefore, need to be mindful of subtle differences within AI to make AI interactions enjoyable and productive. This is where the Personality Designer or Personality Scientist comes in.While Siri can tell a joke or two, humans crave more, so we will have to train our devices to provide for our emotional needs. In order to create a stellar user experience, AI personality designers or scientists are essential — to research and to build meaningful frameworks with which to design AI personalities. These people will be responsible for studying and preserving brand and culture, then injecting that information meaningfully into the things we love, like our cars, media, and electronics.See also: How to avoid losing in the competitive “future of work”Chatbot builders are also hiring writers to write lines of dialogue and scripts to inject personality into their bots. Cortana, Microsoft’s chatbot, employs an editorial team of 22. Creative agencies specializing in writing these scripts have also found success in the last year.Startups like Affectiva and Beyond Verbal are building technology that assists in recognizing and analyzing emotions, enabling AI to react and adjust its interactions with us to make the experience more enjoyable or efficient. A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University is teaching robots to read human brain signals to determine when they have committed a fault without active human correction and monitoring. Google has also recently filed patents for robot personalities and has designed a system to store and distribute personalities to robots. Human-as-a-ServiceAs automated systems become better at doing most jobs humans perform today, the jobs that remain monopolized by humans will be defined by one important characteristic: the fact that a human is doing them. Of these jobs, social interaction is one area where humans may continue to desire specifically the intangible, instinctive difference that only interactions and friendships with other real humans provide.We are already seeing profound shifts toward “human-centric” jobs in markets that have experienced significant automation. A recent Deloitte analysis of the British workforce over the last two decades found massive growth in “caring” jobs: the number of nursing assistants increased by 909% and care workers by 168%. The positive health effects of touch have been well documented and may provide valuable psychological boosts to users, patients, or clients. In San Francisco, companies are even offering professional cuddling services. Whereas today such services are stigmatized, “affection as a service” may one day be viewed on par with cognitive behavioral therapy or other treatments for mental health.Likewise, friendship is a task that automated systems will not be able to fully fill. Certain activities that are generally combined with some level of social interaction, like eating a meal, are already seeing a trend towards “paid friends.” Thousands of Internet viewers are already paying to watch mukbang, or live video streams of people eating meals, a practice which originated in Korea to remedy the feeling of living alone. In the future, it is possible to imagine people whose entire jobs are to eat meals and engage in polite conversation with clients.More practical social jobs in an automated economy may include professional networkers. Just as people have not trusted online services fully, it is likely that people will not trust more advanced matching algorithms and may defer to professional human networkers who can properly arrange introductions to the right people to help us reach our goals. Despite the proliferation of startup investing platforms, for example, we continue to see startups and VC firms engage placement agents in order to successfully fundraise.Despite many claims to the contrary, designing a fully autonomous system is incredibly complex and remains far out of reach. For now, training a human is still much cheaper than developing robot replacement. “TRIF” is a team of venture capital experts including Tiffine Wang of Singtel Innov8, Ivy Nguyen of Zetta Venture Partners, Ryan Morgan of DFJ Growth, and Freddy Dopfel of Stanford University.center_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … TRIF AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themlast_img read more

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Dealing with Your Irrational Competitor

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now There is no way your irrational competitor can quote those prices and be profitable enough to deliver the outcomes they’ve sold. You can’t do it, and the companies that have tried have struggled, or they have disappeared.The concessions your irrational competitor makes are unintelligible. They make no sense at all, and they are something your company would never agree to. The profit margins don’t exist to allow these concessions. Yet they regularly agree to them.The explanations your irrational competitor provides to explain how they can be better and cheaper usually amount to nothing more than “We’re just like them, only cheaper.”There is nothing you can do about your irrational competitor’s strategy, their tactics, or their promises. If the strategy is unsustainable, it will eventually prove itself to be just that. If the tactics reduce their margins and make it difficult for them to execute and produce the promised outcomes their clients expect, at some point, that is what will happen. If their promises turn out to be lies, they will be exposed. Eventually.You can do nothing about their strategy or tactics. There is even less that you can do about the promises they make to your prospective clients—and your actual clients, as they try to displace you. Even collecting the stories of the clients that have come back to you aren’t always enough to keep you from losing a prospect or having a client defect.Your irrational competitor is irrational. These behaviors are what make them irrational. It’s how they believe they will win. They will operate this way until the market punishes them. And, over time, the market punishes those who don’t run a profitable business.Until such a time, your job is to identify the prospective clients who are willing to pay more for the greater value you create. Your strategy is to identify those clients who are let down by the concessions your irrational competitor makes, when their execution fails because they made the concession necessary to buy business. Your strategy must be to create greater value for your prospective and existing clients, focusing on winning those who are unwilling to make concessions, and those who understand the difference between price and cost.You will lose to irrational clients because there is nothing they won’t do to win. The hedge you make is to build your pipeline, and learn to create greater value, value worth paying more for.last_img read more

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Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool are unlikely to ‘spend big money’ this summer

first_imgJürgen Klopp Read more Champions League quarter-finals: tie-by-tie analysis and verdict Reuse this content Share on Facebook Klopp also dismissed the idea that his reign will be judged on trophies alone. “You can’t imagine how less I’m interested in that,” he said on Friday. “I never thought about myself in that way. My job is to do everything I can to help the team be as successful as possible. I’m not searching to be remembered in 50 years or whatever. For me it’s no pressure, only opportunity. I love what I do, I think I have a fantastic team out there, and that’s all that I need to be a happy person.“I respect a lot the desire of all the people and the players, and I can be really part of that, I can be part of that dream. But it’s not for me at the end, it’s for the people. I am not interested in who judges me. God judges me one day and that is the only thing I am interested in. What other people say about me I couldn’t be less interested.” Topics Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool are unlikely to “spend the big money” on signings this summer, with the club investing to consolidate his title-chasing squad instead.Liverpool were the biggest-spending Premier League club last summer as Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keïta and Xherdan Shaqiri arrived to help close the domestic gap to Manchester City. The club’s financial strategy has altered, however, to focus more on contract renewals rather than signings. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Rhian Brewster have signed new long-term deals since last April that will cost Liverpool £150m-£200m in wage rises over the coming years.That investment, and the dividends it is returning on the pitch, means Klopp does not expect a repeat of last summer’s spending. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsAppcenter_img The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Twitter Share via Email Liverpool news Share on Pinterest “I don’t want to talk exactly what we will do but I don’t think this is a team at the moment where we have to spend the big money or whatever,” the Liverpool manager said. “The best way to do it is bring together a group of players, try to develop them altogether and then stay together for a while. And that was maybe the main problem of Liverpool for the last decade. When they had a good team after a season they went all over the world. That will not happen this year for sure.”Klopp believes Liverpool’s development took “a big step” with Wednesday’s Champions League victory at Bayern Munich, a result that set up a quarter-final date with Porto who they beat 5-0 on aggregate in last season’s competition. That growth, however, rests on Liverpool’s players recognising how good they are.“It [Liverpool’s development] is massive,” Klopp said. “I think the steps are really obvious but it is still about a natural confidence. We have to start looking at ourselves how other teams see us. When you think about how Bayern faced us here – I saw Bayern playing a lot in the last years but I never saw them being that defensive-orientated. When Manchester City came here, it was similar. They had a lot of respect for us but I am not sure we always have the same amount of respect for ourselves.“For sure it will come, step by step, that is why I was so happy for the game at Bayern. There was a little sign at least for that. All the other things, the boys have so much space for improvement in all departments, so many things to come. For the future we have to be lucky that they all stay healthy and we can work with them and use the little time we have in training to bring the group together, so that we don’t have to develop only in games which is modern football. In pre-season if we have three weeks all together that would be great.” Share on Messengerlast_img read more

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Government Working to Achieve Teacher-Pupil Ratio of 1:25

first_img Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government is working on the revised policy for the establishment of a new overall teacher-pupil ratio of 1:25. Story Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government is working on the revised policy for the establishment of a new overall teacher-pupil ratio of 1:25.“For the technical areas, we will have a ratio of 1:20 (one teacher to 20 students). This will allow for closer attention to be given to each student,” he explained.The Minister was speaking on the third and final day of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) conference at the Hilton Resort and Spa in St. James, on August 23.Senator Reid pointed out that it has been reasonably demonstrated that students are more likely to learn when personalised attention is given, especially in the case of a slow learner or late bloomer.“The one-on-one attention, which is very vital, is often not possible when you have a class size of one teacher to 60-plus students. This has not served us well and has resulted in many of our students being hard-pressed to keep up. What we are doing here now in reducing the class size as per teacher to students, and this should make learning both easier and less stressful inside our classrooms,” the Minister said.Meanwhile, Senator Reid said that as part of the effort to ensure no one is left behind, as of September 2017, the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQJ) and Caribbean Vocational Qualifications Framework (CVQ) examination fees will be fully covered by the Ministry for students on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), wards of the State and others in dire need who may not be on the PATH Programme.“In addition, as we customise education, it is expected that all our students leaving the secondary level are ready to enter the world of work or higher-level education,” the Minister said.center_img Senator Reid pointed out that it has been reasonably demonstrated that students are more likely to learn when personalised attention is given, especially in the case of a slow learner or late bloomer.last_img read more

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