Record level of students appeal Leaving Certificate results

first_imgA record number of Leaving Certificate students are appealing their exam results this year, it has emerged.According to the State Examinations Commission (SEC), more than 9,000 candidates have made applications to appeal more than 17,000 grades.This is a 74% increase on the number of students appealing compared to last year, and an 87% increase on the actual number of grades appealed, according to RTE.  The rise follows significant publicity surrounding the appeals process over the past year, following a successful High Court challenge to appeal procedures this time last year.Rebecca Carter took a case to the High Court alleging an unreasonable delay in the processing of appeals after she narrowly missed out on a college place due to the slowness of the process.Following a High Court ruling in her favour, the SEC introduced changes this year to speed up the appeals process.Students now receive the outcome of any appeal more than three weeks earlier than previously, in mid-September. There has been a 192 per cent increase in the amount of music students appealing their final grade – with 479 applications received.Design and communication (187 per cent), Higher-level Irish (161 per cent), Biology, French, Spanish, German and engineering are among the subjects being appealed in huge numbers.Around one in five papers are upgraded after an appeal.The SEC said the increase in appeals is greater than it anticipated.However, it said it wants to reassure candidates that the planned issue date of the week beginning 16 September will be achieved. During the appeal process the original marking of an exam is reviewed by an appeal examiner who was not involved in the original marking.Last year, 16% of appeals were successful for candidates, resulting in upgrades. However, five papers were downgraded during the process.Record level of students appeal Leaving Certificate results was last modified: August 30th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Dry spell puts steelhead season on hold

first_imgLast year’s drought-busting rainfall is starting to fade from the rearview mirror, while thoughts of the dreaded-drought are slowly creeping back into focus.I catch myself thinking back to three or four years ago, and what a tough time it was for our state, Humboldt County, and our fisheries. And then I remember, it’s only mid-December, and we’re one good storm away from being right back to normal. And then I read the weather reports, and they’re telling me the current dry spell will …last_img read more

Low cost long haul flights to Europe are back!

first_imgScoot will beat Malaysian rival AirAsia X, which abandoned flights to Paris and London in 2012, by at least a year, as the latter is waiting for the delivery of new long-range planes it needs for European flights from 2018.The so-called Kangaroo Route between Australia and London has never been so competitive. Even though established seven-star airlines like Qantas and Singapore Airlines generally price the route from around $A1800 return from Australian east coast cities like Melbourne and Sydney, Asia’s biggest airline, China Southern, has been discounting to as low as $1150 return for travellers booking two months ahead and minnows such as Royal Brunei are joining in and matching the Chinese giant.And that fare includes more than $200 in travel taxes being imposed by the UK and Australian governments.When the low-cost carriers (LCCs) rejoin the fray, the competition will ascend to another level.Before AirAsia X pulled out, citing high airport charges and an expensive-to-run aircraft (the Airbus A340-300, which is no longer in production), its fares on the Kangaroo Route got to as low as $800 return.Such base fares without extras are only for the intrepid willing to bring their own food to survive the 24-hour epic, but they show just how low fares can be in the no-frills world of low-cost flying.Ironically, Qantas’s budget subsidiary Jetstar – which inaugurated the Asia-Pacific’s first long-haul, low-cost services – was devised in part to take over services to cities such as Manchester, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome and Athens, which were axed by the parent in the 1980s and 1990s because of its high costs.However, Jetstar abandoned plans to fly to Europe long before 2013 when it began operating Boeing Dreamliners designed for that purpose.READ: The world’s first low cost alliance is bornIronically, it is Qantas’s fierce rival, Singapore Airlines (SIA), that has stepped into the breach with Scoot, the low-cost subsidiary it founded in 2012 – nearly a decade after Jetstar’s 2004 launch – only after SIA had carefully studied Qantas’s successful two-brand strategy, with Jetstar concentrating on leisure routes while the parent devotes itself to business routes.SIA is following a near-identical strategy, briefing aviation analysts about the next stage of Scoot’s expansion in the second quarter of 2017, when it begins taking delivery of the smaller version of the Dreamliner, the 335-seat 787-8, with custom-fitted crew rest areas that will be needed to start flying between Singapore and Western Europe.Like Qantas, there is a raft of European destinations SIA has had to abandon because of its high costs.Two of the most recent are Madrid and Athens – the business centres of Spain and Greece which are both suffering serious economic recessions.In a major analysis of Scoot’s planned Euro expansion, Sydney’s Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation (, notes that SIA has also just axed its three weekly services to the recession-hit Brazilian business capital, Sao Paolo, which it operates via Spain’s second city, Barcelona.READ: Scoot reviewCAPA says, even though SIA is maintaining up five non-stop and one-stop (via Milan) flights a week to Barcelona, it’s an ideal candidate for Scoot’s 787-8s with their range of up to 13,000 kilometres.Italy also has a wobbly economy, so SIA has restricted its Rome services to two or three a week depending on the time of year. Manchester is another city that could transfer services from the parent to Scoot.CAPA speculates there are other Euro cities without SIA service that would be a good fit for Scoot, such as Vienna, Austria, Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland.There are other opportunities as well.In spite of fears originally that Jetstar could eat its lunch if it was allowed to compete directly with the parent, Qantas goes head-to-head with its subsidiary on routes like Sydney to Honolulu.And Jetstar hasn’t ruled out running a budget service between Sydney and Los Angeles, USA, though fares on that route have halved to little more than $A1000 return since US carriers Delta and American introduced new services on top of existing Qantas and United flights. (Qantas and American are also partners so, when American began a daily Sydney-Los Angeles service last December, Qantas withdrew the equivalent of a daily 747 on the route and redeployed it on the San Francisco route six days a week).Similarly, SIA now has four daily services between Singapore and London – three operated by A380 super-jumbos and the other by a Boeing 777-300ER.If Scoot entered the London route, it may or may not operate to the UK capital’s congested Heathrow airport, where SIA lands. When it flew to the UK, AirAsia X went to Gatwick airport to the south of the city after earlier abandoning  the city’s crowded low-cost airline gateway, Stansted, north of London.However, the bottom line is that, after a slow-start, low-cost, long-haul flying has arrived and is beginning to proliferate around the world.More and more, scheduled low-cost airlines are overtaking the old charter carriers like the UK’s Thompson Airways and Germany’s Condor, which were the pioneers of long-haul low-cost travel.Nowadays, CAPA notes, there are no fewer than 11 LCCs flying scheduled services on routes of more than 7000 kilometres around the world.Carriers like the Philippines’ Cebu Pacific are creating records that travellers may not particularly appreciate: jamming passengers into  widebody planes like the Airbus A330 in unprecedented numbers.Cebu Pacific’s A330-300 seat a whopping 436 passengers at 30 inches (76 centimetres) per seat row – more than most 747s and some A380s.Even AirAsiaX with identical planes has an extra inch per seat row with a total seat count of “just” 375. By contrast, full-service carriers like Qantas seat just 297-301 passengers in its A330-300s at eight abreast, not the squeezy nine-abreast at Cebu Pacific and AirAsia X.AirAsiaX’s current A330-300s don’t have the range to reach London from its base at Kuala, so it is waiting for a new version with longer “legs” and better fuel consumption.It has placed a mammoth order for 66 A330-300neo (new engine option) jetliners, the first of which will be delivered in 2018. The airline has indicated it is interested in new services to both Europe and the USA.However, all those plans – by Scoot as well as AirAsia X – will remain drawing board ideas if airlines still face the current scourge of terrorism, which is scaring people away from air travel and emptying hotels – especially in Europe and particularly in France, which is the world’s most popular tourist destination with around 85 million visitors a year.At the height of the summer season, France has been hard hit by the recent terrorist attack in Nice, the capital of the French Riviera holiday coast, on top of the earlier attacks in Paris, which subsequently faced an extended security lockdown.Terrorism has also hit Belgium and political instability on the fringe of Europe in Turkey is also discouraging tourists.Meantime, both the European and American economies, bellwethers of air travel’s popularity, are struggling, with the recent economic convulsion caused by Britain’s decision to leave the European Union an added headache for Europe.That’s in stark contrast to the optimism of east Asia, led by the booming Chinese economy, which has created one of the biggest global tourism explosions the world has seen.Last year, more than 120 million Chinese – fewer than 10 per cent of the population – went travelling abroad. At the same time, the equivalent of a third of Australia’s population of 24 million people travelled overseas, which indicates the Chinese tourism boom has only just begun.That means much of the flying until now by Scoot and AirAsiaX – and  Jetstar Asia and Scoot’s feeder airline, Tigerair – has aimed to capitalise on outbound Chinese travel demand.However, Scoot is expected to announce its first European destinations late this year in preparation for the beginning of flights around April 2017.last_img read more

SA surgeon new head of ISS

first_imgProfessor Ken Boffard, is the first Africanto be elected as the president of the International Society of Surgery (ISS). (Image: MEDIA CONTACTS • Professor Ken Boffard International Society of Surgery +41 61 815 96 66 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • SA shines at world travel show • SA restaurant best in the world • Medical tourism in SA to grow • Barnard: surgeon with heartNosimilo NdlovuProfessor Ken Boffard, chief specialist and clinical head of surgery at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, has been elected world president of the International Society of Surgery (ISS).He is the first African to be elected world president in the organisation’s 110 years of existence. The ISS is the largest and oldest global surgical organisation. Founded in 1902, the body represents general and specialist surgeons in 108 countries.They also integrate several subspecialties of the practise of general surgery. The International Association of Endocrine Surgeons addresses endocrine surgery; the International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care deals with trauma and intensive care, including military medicine; International Association for Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition is in charge of the multiple aspects of nutritional support and metabolic surgery, and Breast Surgery International, focuses on breast diseases in surgery.Professor Boffard will lead the organisation during, 2010 and 2011. Speaking of his appointment, he said. “To me, this offers an opportunity to join existing resources worldwide in improving surgical education in situations where it is not necessary available.”“I regard my election as a direct compliment to Charlotte Maxeke and its staff, for the work they have achieved. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to broaden access to surgery.”Boffard trained for in medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he is the currently chief specialist and clinical head of surgery. He worked in the United Kingdom before returning with his knowledge and skills to one of South Africa busiest trauma centres at Charlotte Maxeke, Johannesburg Hospital.His specialities include vascular trauma, critical care, trauma systems, and trauma education. He is the former World President of the International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care. He has also served as the South African Governor of the American College of Surgeons.Appointment applauded“The election of Prof Boffard to the highest office of this world organisation is proof yet again of the calibre of health professionals and the high level of expertise that we have in the public health sector, said Qedani Mahlangu, the country’s Gauteng provincial minister for Health and Social Development.“We wish him well and we are certain that he will represent our country and our province well. His knowledge, skills, and years of experience have indeed contributed to making Charlotte Maxeke hospital a centre of excellence,” said Mahlangu.last_img read more

J&K authorities baffled by behaviour of three dozen students crying inconsolably without reason

first_imgA shocking video of over three dozen students, mostly girls, crying inconsolably together without any apparent reason in their classroom has flummoxed Jammu & Kashmir education authorities, prompting them to provide psychological counselling to children. The authorities swung into action soon after the video related to the last week incident occurring on two consecutive days, June 13 and 14, at a school in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir went viral. Nearly three dozen students, mostly girls, of the government high school at Bani in Kathua could be seen in the short video clip lying on the floor and crying inconsolably as their teachers try to console them.“On June 13, the impact was less but on the next day soon after the morning assembly was over and the children were heading for their classes, such a behaviour was witnessed,” Kathua Chief Education Officer Prem Nath told PTI.The officer said he immediately deputed teams from nearby schools and the sub-divisional magistrate and tehsildar concerned along with a medical team and an ambulance was rushed to the school. The medical team examined the children but found no health problem with them. “We also contacted children’s parents and were informed that some of them have shown similar behaviour at their homes,” he said, adding there was nothing wrong since then in the school and the children are attending their classes as usual. He said a two-member ‘guidance and counselling’ team was deputed to the school on Thursday morning for the benefit of the children and to avoid mass hysteria.“The team will continue its counselling in future as well,” he said, adding the principal of the school was directed to immediately call the parents if any student repeats such behaviour in future. Meanwhile, a teacher of a school in Doda was suspended after a video showing him brutally beating some students allegedly for reporting late to his class went viral on social media. In the second video, the teacher was seen beating up over a dozen students at Gujjar and Bakarwal Hostel in Doda district for reporting 10 minutes late to their tuition classes on June 18. The teacher, Mohammad Yaseen Choudhary, was immediately placed under suspension soon after the video went viral, said officials, adding he was directed to remain in office from morning to evening till the completion of the inquiry, which was ordered into the incident.last_img read more

11 things you don’t know about Rajesh Khanna

first_imgHindi cinema’s original superstar Rajesh Khanna breathed his last on Wednesday. Here are 11 things you don’t know about Kaka. 1. Rajesh Khanna’s real name was Jatin. His claim to fame was his acting career, but he also produced films and served as a Member of Parliament. He appeared in 163 feature films and 17 short films.2. Before he married Dimple Kapadia, Rajesh Khanna bought a lavish bungalow called Dimple from actor Rajendra Kumar and renamed it Aashirwad. The house had proven unlucky for “Jubilee” Kumar, but Rajesh Khanna delivered 15 hits in a row, a record still unbroken by any actor.3. As a struggling actor, Rajesh Khanna drove himself to work and back in his own MG sports car. 4. Even though Rajesh Khanna had a 100 per cent success rate with actress Mumtaz, delivering eight blockbuster films with her, Hema Malini was his heroine the most number of times. They appeared in 15 films together.5. Rajesh Khanna was the highest paid actor from 1970-79 and shared the honour with Amitabh Bachchan from 1980-87.6. His closest friends in Bollywood were singer Kishore Kumar and music director R D Burman.7. Rajesh Khanna’s debut film Aakhri Khat was India’s official Oscar entry in 1967. It didn’t make the final five cut.8. Director Shekhar Kapur offered Mr India to Rajesh Khanna first, who turned it down because he couldn’t relate to the invisible hero. The role finally went to Anil Kapoor. 9. Before he made it big, Rajesh Khanna was called the “faaltu hero” because of his unconventional features. With stardom came very different epithets — Superstar and Pasha Of Passion. advertisement10. The “guru kurta” he made famous was originally the garment of choice of farmers and small-time politicians. 11. Roop Tera Mastana from Aradhana, starring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore, made history in Hindi cinema as the first single-take song.last_img read more

15 fun activities for school holidays!

first_imgSchool is the time to make a dozen memories and learn through activities apart from just studying. Holidays can be a crucial part of this process and actually going out on holidays and enjoying yourself can not only teach you a lot but also give you great stories and great experiences. We have for you a list of fun activities for your school holidays!Water Park In the scorching heat of the season you cannot have enough of splashing and playing in the water to ify its effects. Going to a water park is thus the perfect remedy one has to offer when it comes to getting rid of both boredom and the heat!  One dozen book challenge Holidays are all about stepping out of your comfort zone and learning new things. What better way to do other than reading books. This holiday season pick up various genres of books and various types of authors and travel to a world of knowledge and learning. Take ‘A Dozen Book Challenge’ in which you try to finish a dozen books in one month and give your knowledge the horizon it needs.Family camp trip Between school, tuition, study hours, homework and all the other things, it is family which is ignored the most. This time instead of taking a generic family vacation take a family camping trip. With no phones or internet to pose as an obstruction, spend genuine time together singing by the bonfire, roasting marshmallows, putting up tents and star gazing together.  advertisementSibling road tripSiblings can be the best friends you need, but in the chaos of everyday life, their company is somewhat lost. Go on a road trip with your sibling, share secrets and redefine your own relationship with them. Re-doing your roomIt is never a bad idea to get in touch with your creative side when you have the time. Give your room the makeover it and explore your own talents while you are at it.Finding love on a weekend trip with your friendsFind summer love on a trip with friends. The best time for a summer romance is on a trip with your friends. Take a train ride, meet new people, visit new places and discover not just a new side of travel but of yourself and love as well.Go ghost huntingA filed ghost hunt makes a good story; a successful ghost hunt makes a unique one! Go to an abandoned building and have a mini adventure which both scares you and makes you laugh your heart out.Sleep oversThe best thing about holidays is that every day is a weekend. The best thing about a weekend is sleep overs. Whether you play playstation or give each other make overs, it does not matter.  Quality time with friends has its own perks which more than usually are unravelled later in life!Visit an old age homeThe old are treasure troves of knowledge who only need some company to unlock their experiences. Take in what they have to offer while giving them moments to cherish and hold onto!Play in a parkYou do not know when you will get to be a free kid next. Revisit your childhood, play hide and seek or ride the swing in a park, cycle around and look at life from a brand new perspective!Cook Cooking is a skill all should know but only some care to pick on. Before the start of next school year or college prepare yourself to know how to cook at least basic dishes. For all you know you stumble upon your latent talent and become the next top chef! Join a workshop A crucial part of learning is understanding how to do things you like differently. Join a workshop, a sport or experiment with your talents. Not only will it let you use your time constructively but also give you an insight into how things are practically done! Learn how to driveDriving is again one of the skills which are necessary to be independent but only some care to learn. This summer set your fears aside and learn how to drive in order to take your first step into independence, maturity and adulthood!Explore your city We spend our entire life in one place and yet never really go to the corners we don’t have business in or look at the variety of things it has to offer. We mostly do not even care to know our own history, culture and heritage. Become a traveller in your city, visit every monument, understand how it came to be about, explore the corners you always ignored you never know what surprise awaits you!advertisementBackyard barbeque No holiday is complete without a grand party where all friends and family members come together to celebrate. What better way to do so than a backyard barbeque! Gather your friends, call your family, take out the music system and celebrate the holidays!last_img read more

Sam Curran did not realise he had taken a hat-trick: Couldn’t hear myself think

first_imgSam Curran said he did not realise he had taken a hat-trick in a frenetic finish to a thriller in Mohali as Kings XI Punjab fought back to defeat Delhi Capitals by 14 runs on Monday. KXIP snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as DC lost their last 7 wickets for 8 runs in 17 balls. KXIP vs DC – REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSAnd Curran had a huge role to play with 4 wickets including the 1st hat-trick of the 2019 Indian Premier League. But he did not even realise he had a hat-trick.”I didn’t really know (I had got a hat-trick). The crowd got really loud, I couldn’t hear myself,” Curran said after receiving the man-of-the-match award from Kalli Purie, the Vice Chairperson of the India Today Group. “Ashwin told me to do what I do. Ryan Harris was standing at the third man region. Against the Iocal batters, I had to ask our players, where does he hit. Shami got two amazing overs in the end which helped,” he said.The man of the moment, @CurranSM, takes us through #KXIPvDC | #SaddaPunjab #KXIP #VIVOIPL XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 1, 2019First HATTRICK of #VIVOIPL 2019 @CurranSMWhat a comeback this from @lionsdenkxipin as they win by 14 runs in Mohali. (@IPL) April 1, 2019On Monday, 20-year-old Sam Curran took a hat-trick in only his 2nd IPL match as Kings XI Punjab won a thriller by 14 runs against Delhi Capitals. Curran had played KXIP’s first match of the 2019 IPL against Rajasthan Royals before being left out for the game against Mumbai Indians.advertisementAgainst Delhi Capitals, Curran replaced Chris Gayle and opened with KL Rahul. He did not get many runs but made a huge impact with the ball picking up 4 for 11 off 2.2 overs.Curran dismissed Harshal Patel in the sixth ball of his 2nd over before removing Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane off the first two balls off his 3rd over and the final over of the match to script a sensational win for KXIP.Sam Curran’s bowling heroics left DC skipper Shreyas Iyer speechless and [email protected]als Skipper Shreyas Iyer calls it right at the toss and elects to bowl first against the @lionsdenkxip #KXIPvDC (@IPL) April 1, 2019″Really disappointing. With the way we were going, we came ball to ball and to lose from there, really disappointing. We didn’t play smart cricket and Punjab outplayed us in all the departments. They were really cool and calm in that situation. I am really speechless,” Iyer told the broadcasters after the match.Had it not been for Curran and Mohammed Shami, DC would have stormed away to victory and KXIP skipper R Ashwin credited his pacers for snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.Also See:last_img read more

Boos for Steve Smith even after his hundred disappointing: Glenn McGrath on Edgbaston crowd

first_imgAustralia bowling great Glenn McGrath expressed his disappointment over the hostile reception received by Steve Smith by certain sections of the English crowd during his innings on the opening day of Ashes 2019.There were boos, chants, and men with masks that had Smith’s crying face as he walked on to bat in the morning session of the 1st Test against England.Former captain Smith hit his 25th test century in only 65 games after returning from 1-year suspension for being involved in a ball-tampering scandal during the third test against South Africa in 2018.Smith was booed even when the Australia batsman got to the 3-figure mark and again when he walked off the ground after being dismissed for 144 at the end of the innings.McGrath added that this was expected at the start but also said that the players themselves had moved on from the scandal.”You’d expect that at the start,” he said. “It was always going to be built up and quite hostile and they were going to give (them) a hard time. We saw it in the World Cup.”But it’s 16 months ago. People make mistakes, they paid the penalty and they’ve moved on.”To see people boo him when he got a hundred, an exceptional innings, is a little bit disappointing. But that’s the way it goes.”Australia recovered from 122-8 to 284 all out against England on the opening day of the Ashes series on Thursday.At Stumps, England were 10 for no loss and were still 274 runs behind.advertisementAlso Read | Doesn’t bother me: Steve Smith on boos from Edgbaston crowd after Ashes hundredAlso See:last_img read more

10 months agoCardiff go for Sunderland forward Maja, Everton’s Niasse

first_imgCardiff go for Sunderland forward Maja, Everton’s Niasseby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City have jumped into the race for Sunderland forward Josh Maja.The Sun says the Bluebirds want the 19-year-old on a permanent deal either in January or in the summer and confirmed their interest in Oumar Niasse on a potential loan from Everton.Maja, who turns 20 just after Christmas, has scored 13 goals in 25 appearances (in all competitions) for Jack Ross’ Black Cats this season.He could follow fellow Sunderland teammate Joel Asoro, now at Swansea City, in making the switch from Wearside to South Wales. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more