Barcelona battled to a 1-0 win over Real Valladolid on Saturday to make it two victories from two in their LaLiga title defence.Ousmane Dembele’s second-half strike settled matters at the Jose Zorrilla against last season’s LaLiga123 play-off winners.Valladolid thought they had equalised through Keko in second-half stoppage time, but the goal was ruled out for offside after a VAR referral. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It was a far from convincing display from Ernesto Valverde’s side, but it means they move top of the table ahead of Sunday’s fixtures, while Valladolid are still looking for their first goal and win of the season.Barca recalled Philippe Coutinho to the starting line-up but struggled for rhythm in the first half, with Dembele wasting the best of the early chances following a fine cushioned pass from Lionel Messi. Dembele remained the most threatening of the champions’ attackers, though, and made the most of his next good chance, sending a controlled volley past former Barca goalkeeper Jordi Masip 57 minutes in after a header down from Sergi Roberto.Valladolid responded well to the setback and looked the most likely to score next, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen saving from Keko and Kiko Olivas in the final 15 minutes.Luis Suarez had what he thought was the decisive second goal disallowed for offside, but Barca held on to make it two wins and no goals conceded from two league games this term, although it took a VAR intervention to deny Keko’s last-gasp header. Supercopa de España #LaLigaSantanderDembele’s on a roll! #RealValladolidBarça pic.twitter.com/u64vbpW6Fp— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) August 25, 2018 What it means: Barca top but well short of their bestIt never really looked like Barca would lose this game, but they certainly made hard work of trying to win it.The champions struggled in the first half against Deportivo Alaves last week, so it was no surprise to see Coutinho brought back into the starting line-up, but they fared little better for most of the first hour here.Still, they are nothing if not patient under Valverde, and Dembele took his goal very well given his earlier misses. Once they had the lead, they rarely looked likely to surrender it.It means they are top of the standings with a maximum six points, but they have yet to produce a performance this season to make the rest of Spain – or Europe – unduly worried. Pat on the back: Roberto stakes claim for regular spotBack at right-back for this game, Roberto gave himself a real chance of supplanting Nelson Semedo as first-choice pick.He had plenty of defending to do as Valladolid concentrated their attacks down their left, but he rarely put a foot wrong, while he also bagged the assist for the winner. Boot up the backside: Messi goes missingMessi effectively dragged Barca to three points last week, but he more or less forced them to get their latest win without him.He had just one touch in the Valladolid box in the first half, wasted two promising free-kicks and was lucky not to be booked for a deliberate handball. It certainly was not his day. What’s next?Barca’s final game before international football returns is at home to another promoted team, Huesca, next Sunday. Valladolid travel to Getafe on Friday. read more
Bengaluru, May 5 (PTI) Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew will bid to defend his title for the third successive year at the TCS World 10K here on May 21. New Zealands Zane Robertson and another Ethiopian Birhanu Legese could spoil Geremews dreams as the trio will battle it out for the premier 10K run in the world. Both Robertson and Legese have the distinction of running faster than the defending champions personal best of 27.36. Robertson, a Rio Olympics 10,000m finalist, ran his best of 27:28 while winning in Berlin last October, the fastest time in the world last year. Legese has a 10km personal best of 27:38 and is also no stranger to Indian road races. He was an impressive winner of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in 2015 when he clocked 59:20. The 25-year-old Geremew has been in form as he won a strong field at the Yangzhou International Half Marathon in China last month after clocking 60:56. The trio, along with other runners, will contest for a total prize money of USD 2,05,059, Sports Management Firm Procam International said in a statement here. Also worth keeping an eye on will be Kenyas Edwin Kiptoo and Ethiopias Guye Adola. Neither man has yet run under 28 minutes for 10km on the roads but both of them have already gone under the hour for the half marathon this year and will be out to substantially revise their personal bests over the shorter distance in Bengaluru. The target time for all the top runners is the mens course record of 27:44, set by Kenyas Geoffrey Kamworor in 2014. World record holder Leonard Komon from Kenya also will be eager to get much closer to Geremew than in their last encounter when he could only finish a disappointing 17th in Yangzhou. Komon had clocked 26:44 in Utrecht back in 2010 and he had started this year in good form, which included a 12th place finish at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in March. The womens course record also belongs to a Kenyan, Lucy Kabuu, who clocked 31:48 in 2014. However, Lucys time looks well within the grasp of 2017 world cross country champion Irene Cheptai, also from Kenya, who has only had a handful of road races but can boast of a best of 31:45 from 2014, an excellent time when one remembers it was set at altitude in Nairobi. Cheptai is one of five women who have personal best times under the current womens course record, including her compatriot Gladys Chesir. Chesir is also the fastest woman in the field with 30:41 from when she won in Berlin two years ago. Among the Kenyan pairs rivals will be Ethiopias Wude Yimer, who won this race in 2010 and was placed second and third in 2015 and 2016 respectively. In addition to the TCS World 10K for elite runners, there is an Open 10K, the Majja Run (6km), the Senior Citizens Race and Champions with Disability Race (both 4km). Approximately 24,000 runners will take to the roads of Bengaluru for five different races in what has become an annual event on the third Sunday in May and has emerged as Asias leading run at this distance over the last nine years. PTI BDN PDS PDSadvertisement
Director General of STATIN, Carol Coy, said the entity has converted to an electronic data collection system, which has made the process of gathering information speedier and easier. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) has been utilising technology to improve data collection and dissemination of information.Director General of STATIN, Carol Coy, said the entity has converted to an electronic data collection system, which has made the process of gathering information speedier and easier.“So, for household surveys and the Consumer Price Index (CPI), we now collect the information on tablets…and the information is uploaded to our servers here in office. We are no longer using paper, which results in the data being collected and transmitted in a much speedier manner,” she told JIS News.Miss Coy noted that one advantage of the electronic system is that other agencies with similar technologies in place are able to transmit information to STATIN in a timely manner.She noted too, that last year, STATIN relaunched its website: www.statinja.gov.jm, aimed at enhancing the provision of data to its stakeholders and the Jamaican populace.“So, we upload a significant portion of our information on the website and you are able to download this information whether as a flat file or excel…you can also call us at STATIN if you need more information than what is on the website or email us at [email protected] and we will facilitate your requests,” Miss Coy informed.The Director General said that all publications produced by STATIN are available on the website free of cost.“We have stopped publishing books as persons are not really buying the publications anymore…they need the information and they need it at hand and so this is why STATIN has been focusing on its website,” she pointed out.“So, if you have your phone, then you can access STATIN’s website, or visit our social media platforms. We are also looking to use YouTube and develop apps because we know we have to move with the technology and also with what the young people are demanding,” she added.Meanwhile, Miss Coy noted that over the decades, STATIN has expanded the range of statistics that it provides. Among them is the CPI, produced on the 15th of every month, which measures the movement in consumer prices.There is also the System of National Accounts, which provides information on the country’s gross domestic product (GDP); the labour force statistics, which track employment and unemployment; and the population and housing census done every 10 years, which gives details on the size of the population in areas such as age, sex, religion and education.“We have also expanded in providing environment statistics on Jamaica; information on the ICT (information and communications technology) sector…we partner with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) every year to produce the Survey of Living Conditions and at intervals, we do ad hoc surveys to look at the economic and social conditions of the people of Jamaica,” the Director General outlined.Currently, STATIN is conducting a year-long household expenditure survey (HES) to collect information on the amount households spend on consumer goods and services such as food, education, health, transportation, recreation and communication.“We want to encourage persons to continue to support our surveys as this is what allows us to provide the information necessary for the growth and development of our country,” Miss Coy expressed. Story Highlights The Director General said that all publications produced by STATIN are available on the website free of cost. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) has been utilising technology to improve data collection and dissemination of information.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Commission, an agency of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Kaysia Kerr, says its mandate is to offer proactive and reactive parenting education and support. Equipping parents with effective parenting skills is believed to be a powerful strategy to help keep children on the right path, and the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), has been making strides in accomplishing that goal. Proactive education speaks to the reception of knowledge prior to the consideration of conceiving a child, whilst reactive education delves into the determinants of effective parenting by offering psychosocial support and education. Story Highlights Equipping parents with effective parenting skills is believed to be a powerful strategy to help keep children on the right path, and the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), has been making strides in accomplishing that goal.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Commission, an agency of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Kaysia Kerr, says its mandate is to offer proactive and reactive parenting education and support.Proactive education speaks to the reception of knowledge prior to the consideration of conceiving a child, whilst reactive education delves into the determinants of effective parenting by offering psychosocial support and education.To achieve this, the NPSC’s machinery has been mobilised in eastern parishes, working in homes, schools, communities and with other government agencies to promote good parenting practices, and crafting intervention measures for parents who have been struggling with child-rearing.Ms. Kerr tells JIS News that the Commission’s policies and programmes have reached over 10,000 parents, with efforts being made to expand its reach.As such, the NPSC has now turned its attention to western Jamaica, with aggressive work already being done in Mount Salem, St. James (Zone of Special Operations), through parent mentorship and the establishment of a Parent Place at Emmanuel Chapel.The Parent Place thrust forms part of the USAID/Ministry of Education’s partnership for Improved Safety and Security in Schools, which is intended to reduce antisocial behaviour among youth and reduce the ability of criminal elements gaining access to school premises.“We have been working primarily in the Zone of Special Operations in St James, and this was deliberate, because the Social Development Commission’s findings said that it was poor parenting that was responsible for one of the drivers of crime, and so that is something that we can’t take lightly,” she says.Parent mentors who have been trained under the NPSC’s Parent Mentorship Programme have been working with parents in Mount Salem who need parenting advice and have been reaping some amount of success.Mark Rodney from Trench Town (Kingston) is one such parent mentor who has been working in Mount Salem.For Mr. Rodney, volunteering to work in the community stems from the need for more men to become involved in the lives of their children and the wider society.A father of four, he says several parents, in particular single mothers, have sought the support of mentors at the Parent Place, and that intervention strategies are offered based on the needs of each parent.“They are at ease in trying to get remedies for their problems, because we actually do the necessary groundwork, we take their information, we scrutinise them and we see what we can do,” he explains.“So we really scrutinise the problems and we see what the best avenue is – if it is for referral or we can do what we do best,” Mr. Rodney adds.Shelby Spaulding is also among the group of parent mentors who traverse the Mount Salem community on foot, extending invitation to parents to utilise the services of the Parent Place.She tells JIS News that parents have been receptive of their efforts, with some expressing an interest in becoming mentors themselves.“I walk the community and try to get persons to visit the Parent Place, which they say is a wonderful thing and they want us to come down more, because they see the need for it. Some of them want to become mentors,” she notes.Ms. Kerr echoes similar sentiments of the need for St James-based mentors, noting that two additional Parent Places will be opened in the parish at the end of September, with 30 persons currently being trained to work in those facilities.“We are training parents in Montego Bay to be mentors, so that they can give the same kind of support at home and at school and to their communities. What we have been doing is deploying our parent mentors who have been trained in Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Thomas and St. Catherine to Montego Bay, and that is not something we can sustain,” she says.Ms. Kerr tells JIS News that a Parent Place will also be established in Hanover, with the training of some 45 parent mentors to begin in September.“We have to do this because if we don’t strengthen the capacity of parents, then the home-school relationship is threatened,” she argues.