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Bihar Students continue protest over poor intermediate result

Bihar Students continue protest over poor intermediate result

Education, News
Hundreds of Class 12 students in Bihar who have failed in their exams continued their protests here for the second consecutive day on Thursday demanding re-checking of their answer sheets, police said. More than 8 lakh of over 12 lakh students who appeared for the Class 12 exams, conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB), this year failed. The results were declared on Tuesday. Police resorted to baton-charge to disperse the protesting students here. "Hundreds of students have protested for the second day and raised slogans against the Bihar Education Minister and BSEB Chairman for the poor results," a police official said. On Wednesday, nine students were injured in the protests. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has assured that the failed students can apply online for...
Most Dubai typing centres stop handling medical test papers

Most Dubai typing centres stop handling medical test papers

News, World
DHA: Only 25 typing centres authorised to process medical test applications, more to be added later Dubai: Most typing centres in Dubai are no longer accepting applications after new standards were introduced by authorities. Applicants are being told by the typing centres to visit Dubai Health Authority (DHA) Medical Fitness Centres for filling up application forms for medical fitness tests, a ritual every expatriate has to go through every two years. On Sunday, several typing centres said they are no longer able to process applications. A number of them said only those centres who meet “new DHA requirements” can continue the service. The new requirements, they said, include a new electronic system, a deposit amount, and a minimum space requirement, among others. There
‘Kids are feeling dumb’: Parents push for smarter teaching of dyslexic students

‘Kids are feeling dumb’: Parents push for smarter teaching of dyslexic students

Education, News
Every single day at school was a battle for Walter Smithers, as he struggled with reading. "It's hard not to feel like a failure when everything you're doing isn't your strength," he said. "When you've got dyslexia, everything you do at school is difficult. "School wasn't my favourite time. I didn't enjoy it and there was a lot of pain." It was even harder for Walter to watch his twin brother, Louis, excel at school. While Louis got a scholarship at a private school, Walter dropped out. He is now pursuing his passion for filmmaking at Swinburne University of Technology, but remembers the frustration of his school years "When you're a kid, the word dumb has a big impact on you," he said. Walter and Louis's mother Carolyn Merritt says she realised early that W...
Angela Bishop reveals the best and worst celebrities she’s met during her career

Angela Bishop reveals the best and worst celebrities she’s met during her career

Entertainment, News
DURING her almost 30-year-long career at Channel 10, Angela Bishop has established herself as the pre-eminent showbiz reporter in Australia. Nowadays you’d be hard pressed to name an A-list celebrity that the entertainment guru hasn’t interviewed, but not all of her interactions went smoothly. In a news.com.au exclusive, Angela Bishop opened up about the best and worst stars she’s met over the years. Here’s what she had to say: THE BEST • Jack Nicholson: He’s always awesome. I first met him when As Good As It Gets was coming out. At the time I used to take a Signature Bear with me to get signed by people I interviewed which I then auctioned off to raise money for the Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation. When I asked Jack to sign it he said, “Breasts Angela. Great cause!”
‘I have the balding gene’ Loose Women star Nadia Sawalha in tears as she makes confession about losing her hair

‘I have the balding gene’ Loose Women star Nadia Sawalha in tears as she makes confession about losing her hair

Entertainment, News
Loose Women star Nadia Sawalha made an emotional confession about losing her hair and being told she has the balding gene. The TV presenter was in the process of talking about a new curly hair product when she broke down in tears during a video uploaded to her Facebook on Tuesday evening. Nadia, 52, found herself weeping as she opened up about the effects of hair loss and saying goodbye to her beloved curls. She told fans she’s often praised for having “gorgeous, glorious, wonderful, amazing natural curls” but they’re actually not real. “They’re fake,” she said. “I used to have the most amazing hair, it was my crowning glory and my most favourite ting about myself and the one thing I didn’t have to worry about myself, looks wise. It was thick, lustrous, I didn’t hav
Breaking Bad star Laura Fraser heads to the Highlands to hunt killer in brand new ITV murder mystery

Breaking Bad star Laura Fraser heads to the Highlands to hunt killer in brand new ITV murder mystery

Entertainment, News
The beautiful but haunting shores of Loch Ness are the backdrop for a major new ITV murder mystery. Laura Fraser plays a policewoman who is hunting a serial killer in an idyllic Highland town but for the actress, it gave her the chance to investigate Scotland’s stunning scenery. Filming in Fort Augustus, which doubled for the fictional Lochnefoy, and the surrounding area was an education for the Glaswegian. The 40-year-old admitted said: “I’d never been to Loch Ness before. And I’d never been to a lot of the places we went to. Which is disgraceful. Or if I did, I didn’t remember because I was probably just a young child. The Great Glen was impressive. And I really loved Glen Coe. It was where they shot Skyfall. “It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to in my life.
Trump withdraws US from Paris climate deal

Trump withdraws US from Paris climate deal

News, World
  Washington: President Donald Trump on Thursday announced America’s withdrawal from the Paris climate deal, signaling a policy shift with wide-ranging repercussions for the climate and Washington’s ties with the world. In a highly anticipated statement from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said the United States would abandon the current deal — but was open to negotiating a new one. “As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country,” Trump said. “We’re getting out but we’ll start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair. And if we can, that’s great. And if we can’t, that’s fine.” Although details and the timeframe
Dubai woman gets region’s first fully 3D-printed prosthetic leg

Dubai woman gets region’s first fully 3D-printed prosthetic leg

Entertainment, News, Technology
  Dubai: A Dubai resident has this week received the region’s first-ever fully 3D-printed prosthetic leg, a new innovation that could soon slash in half prices of costly conventional prosthetics. After a horse racing accident in the UK in her early 20s, Belinda Gatland, a British expat, would suffer for nearly two decades. Her left leg had twisted, and her bones below her knee had shattered “to smithereens”. Necrosis, or the premature death of tissue or bone cells, then set in, leaving her in agony. At the age of 40, after nine fruitless operations, she finally opted to have the leg amputated. Then, as the muscles near her knee began to shrink and have atrophy, she had to wear countless new conventional prosthetics. In the UK, only basic prosthetics are provided to
FNC passes draft law on domestic workers

FNC passes draft law on domestic workers

News
  Abu Dhabi: The Federal National Council on Tuesday passed a draft law stipulating the essential working conditions for domestic workers, including a regular weekly day off, 30 days of paid annual leave and the right to retain personal documents including passport, ID card and work permit. The new bill, which requires final approval by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to become law, also provides for a daily rest of at least 12 hours — including at least eight consecutive hours. In a bid to ensure decent working and living conditions for domestic workers, who outnumber family members in nearly a quarter of Emirati families, the new legislation seeks to regulate the domestic worker industry in line with international standards, Saqr Ghobash Saeed
Investigation after family car ‘accelerated itself up to 120mph on A55’

Investigation after family car ‘accelerated itself up to 120mph on A55’

News
AN investigation is underway after a Rhyl dad says his car began to accelerate itself up to speeds of 120mph on a busy stretch of the A55. Anthony Sammon said there had been a "bang and a big puff of black smoke" before the Astra began to speed up, even though he was not pressing on the pedal. The terrifying ordeal - which happened while he was driving his girlfriend and two children near Caerwys - is now being looked into by the car's manufacturers. Mr Sammon, who has had the £20,000 car for 16 months, said he was too scared to hit the brakes in case it sent the back of the vehicle spinning out of control. His car finally lost power and Mr Sammon manoeuvred off the expressway. He said earlier that day, a message displayed on his dashboard saying 'diesel particulate filter f