The Indian Super League (ISL), India’s top football league, is in its fifth season. The ISL season 5 started on September 29 and after nine days of daily football, international break arrived.The ISL has 10 teams participating — ATK, Bengaluru FC, Chennaiyin FC, Delhi Dynamos, FC Goa, FC Pune City, Jamshedpur FC, Kerala Blasters, Mumbai City FC and NorthEast United.On the other hand, another top-tier Indian football league I-League is set to begin on October 26 with 11 teams — Aizawl FC, Chennai City, Churchill Brothers, East Bengal, Gokulam Kerala, Indian Arrows, Minerva Punjab, Mohun Bagan, NEROCA, Real Kashmir and Shillong Lajong.Also Read – Balwant Singh drops out of China vs India due to passport issuesIndian national team striker Jeje Lalpekhlua, who played for Mohun Bagan in 2014 and then again was loaned to Bagan by Chennaiyin FC for 2015-16 I-League campaign, said he missed Mohun Bagan and wished that Bagan and East Bengal would soon join ISL.He felt that without these two historic clubs, Indian football cannot proceed.Also Read – Just be humble: Sandesh Jhingan’s advice to young Indian players”Yes, of course, I hope [merger of ISL and I-League] because East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are huge. In Indian football, you can’t proceed without these two clubs. Yes, of course, if these two are coming than it’s going to be good for Indian football and for ISL. Yes, I have enjoyed a lot [in Mohun Bagan], three years I have played in Kolkata. I miss Mohun Bagan a lot. And I hope they can come up for ISL. Right now I have contract with Chennai [so nothing about joining Bagan]. In the future, I don’t know, let’s see,” Jeje said at the sidelines of the two-day national camp in New Delhi ahead of China vs India friendly.advertisementAlso read – China recently beat India’s Asian Cup groupmate: Jhingan, Jeje await tough friendlyFor over two years now, the merger of ISL and I-League has been one of the hottest topics in Indian football yet there is still nothing concrete on the merger yet even though FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) are reportedly putting pressure on All Indian Football Federation.Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, two of the most famous clubs in Indian football history, have not been able to enter the ISL due to functional and monetary issues even though six-year-old Bengaluru FC have made the advancement.Also read – Aim to break into top 10 in Asia first, World Cup later: Sunil ChhetriJeje is a two-time ISL winner with Chennaiyin FC and this year they are the defending champions. However, they have not had a good start to the season. Chennaiyin have lost both their first two matches against Bengaluru FC and FC Goa.”Yes, right now at Chennaiyin FC, we lost a lot. This is not what we want but I hope we improve and we have more games to go. Hope we can improve for the next games. But now this is international break, I hope we can do well and take something from this game.”WATCH – India sweat it out at the JLN stadium as tough China test awaitsJeje’s Chennaiyin are one of the few teams in the ISL this season, who do not have a Spanish coach. Like ATK who have Steve Coppell, Chennaiyin FC also have an English coach in John Gregory.Jeje said that the style of football at Chennaiyin and the Indian national team is different but he looks to adapt and win all the games. In terms of the game play, Jeje said he is comfortable to playing any style that a match demands.”As a player like our Chennai coach is English so it’s different but most teams have Spanish coaches but it’s about whatever the coach wants you to play. I play what the coach wants at the club and when we come to the national team, the coach wants something completely different but the main thing is winning the game and all the coaches want to win the game so that’s like it.”It depends on the match situation [what style of play he prefers]. If the defender can send a great through ball, it’s good for me, as long as the ball is good.”Jeje also had words of praise for the under-23 team, who finished runners-up at the SAFF Championships, losing 2-1 to Maldives in the final. Anirudh Thapa he felt was one of the brightest young talents in India.”I wasn’t in the SAFF Cup final but I think the boys did really well. They went to the final and lost it but it happens in football but I think they played really well.advertisement’He’s (Thapa) a good player and nice person. I see in last two years, he’s improving in so many ways with his gameplay, on the field and off the field. And I think he did well in SAFF Cup and I hope he can continue for the senior team and I hope for his future as he’s one of the best juniors in our country.”Even national coach Stephen Constantine felt that the U-23 players showed excellent character at the SAFF Cup and this is why he called 13 of them for the national camp ahead of China vs India friendly.”I took an U-23 side to the SAFF Cup and I don’t know too many people who would do that. And I did it for a specific reason because otherwise those players wouldn’t be here. They are in the training because I saw them against Maldives, I saw them against Pakistan, in the final, where there’s pressure. The Pakistan game was a huge game for these young boys and they did very well. You can only find out about a player when he is under pressure and this is what we try to do.”There’s 13 of them [U-23s] in there [in training]. Look, I believe in building for the future, this is what I came to do when I started and we’ve given 44 debuts in the last almost four years and more than 50 per cent of them have been U-23. So, it’s good for Indian football for the future and we hope that more youngsters are coming, original age by the way, into the leagues so that we can use these players. I don’t care how old they are, the only thing is how good they are,” Constantine explained.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez: We need miracle for survivalby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRafa Benitez has admitted Newcastle will need a “miracle” to avoid relegation this season. Toon are currently 15th on the table, five points ahead of the drop zone.Benitez said: “We have to be realistic and understand that we will be in the bottom half during the whole season.”For me, it is almost clear and if we can be better than three teams, it will be another miracle.”It was a miracle last year. People were thinking, ‘Oh, you finished 10th…’, but with a couple fewer wins, we could have been in the bottom five, so it was a miracle.”If we do the same this year with teams spending even more money than last year, it will be a miracle.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say DONE! Hudson-Odoi delighted to sign £180k-a-week Chelsea extensionby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi has officially signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea.After year-long negotiations, the 18-year-old winger has signed a £150k-per-week, but with performance add-ons could end up totalling £180k-per-week.”It’s an amazing feeling,’ Hudson-Odoi said. “It’s been a long wait but it’s done now and I’m really happy about that. I’ve been a Chelsea player since I was eight and this is the right club for me to be at.”I want to lift as many trophies as possible, win as many games as possible and contribute to as many goals as I can as well.”As a team, we just want to work hard to achieve the best results we can. I’m delighted everything has been agreed and now I’m just looking forward to properly getting back.”Hudson-Odoi handed in a transfer request in January and was the subject of four rejected bids from Bayern Munich.
IG/drewroc5Coming out of high school, Aaron and Andrew Harrison were known as physical, athletic guards who could dominate most of the competition at the college level. Many analysts don’t believe the twins will have the same advantages as they head to the NBA. Draft Express‘ Andrew Harrison profile says his “athleticism doesn’t leap off the page, as he lacks great quickness or explosiveness.” Apparently Harrison is taking the critique pretty seriously, and he took to Instagram to try to change that reputation. We’re not sure if this will shake up any perceptions about Harrison as an athlete, but it looks like he has pretty impressive ups. Draft Express currently has Harrison going No. 32 to the Houston Rockets.
APTN National NewsPrince William and his new bride Kate Middleton arrived in Yellowknife for the second last leg of their Canadian tour.While there, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were treated to a number of events.Each event meant to showcase Northern culture and tradition.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier was there.
“I look at the data and it’s crystal clear. People are routinely out of compliance with really important policy directives and standards,” says University of Victoria social work professor Susan Strega.Brielle Morgan, Francesca Fionda, Samantha Garvey, Brittany Hobson, Jon von OfenheimThe Discourse, APTN NewsThe ministry responsible for some of B.C.’s most vulnerable kids is failing to meet basic requirements for their care — according to government records.The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) is the de facto parent for about 6,500 kids in foster care in B.C., but if ministry audits are any indication, the safety and well-being of these kids is in jeopardy.From 2014 to 2018, the ministry gave itself a failing grade on more than 40 per cent of its critical performance measures, our investigation reveals.The Discourse pulled data from 37 audits which measured the performance of social worker teams across B.C. for a five-year period.The data shows that social workers aren’t assessing potentially urgent calls for protection quickly enough, completing safety assessments on time, or monitoring the well-being of kids placed in foster homes and adoptive homes.“It’s shocking,” says University of Victoria social work professor Susan Strega. “I look at the data and it’s crystal clear. People are routinely out of compliance with really important policy directives and standards.”This “should be a four-alarm fire,” she says.A close look at some ‘critical measures’When a call comes in about a potential case of abuse or neglect, child-protection workers need to act fast to assess any potential danger. It’s their job to determine whether they need to visit the family within 24 hours or five days.For Strega, this is one of the most important responsibilities a social worker holds.“Absolutely the most critical thing about all these, I think, is assessing whether or not children or youth need protection,” she says.“That is the most important because that’s the core business of child welfare.”The Discourse asked Strega and other experienced social workers, instructors and people who held senior leadership positions at MCFD to look at the ministry data we compiled by region, year, practice and compliance level, and point out some of the most important tasks measured.Explore the data The Discourse made the data that was compiled from the audits available online. You can explore the data here and let us know what you think.According to the ministry’s data, none of the social worker teams audited between 2014 and 2018 in B.C. were 100 per cent compliant on promptly assessing initial reports of potential danger.Though most of the teams achieved 50 per cent or higher — and the North Fraser district scored 98 per cent in 2016 — Strega says anything short of full compliance on this measure isn’t good enough.“Ninety-eight per cent is really, really good — [but] we want to see 100 per cent compliance,” she says.Strega would also like to see 100 per cent compliance on safety assessments.Social workers are supposed to complete these assessments during their first “significant” visit with a family, according to MCFD’s child-protection policies. The purpose of these assessments is to figure out if the child is in immediate danger and what kind of help the family needs, if any.These assessments are a “really big deal because those go directly to the safety of the child,” says Margo Nelson, a social work instructor at Langara College. “If that’s done badly that’s the kind of thing where crisis happens.”In B.C., no regions achieved 100 per cent compliance for this measure. The highest was East Fraser at 95 per cent in 2016.“That should be 100 per cent,” says Strega. “I’m mystified as to why it would be lower than that.”It’s not simply at the early stages of a family’s involvement with the child-welfare system that the ministry’s failing to meet its own standards.Non-compliance runs deep — following children as they’re moved through the system into foster homes or placed with prospective adoptive parents.When a child is in care, social workers are supposed to check in with them regularly to make sure they’re safe and well. According to MCFD’s policies, social workers are to make “in-person, private contact with the child or youth at least once every 90 days.”In nearly half of the regions audited, there was zero documentation showing ongoing monitoring of children in care.“Sometimes, when things sort of seem settled, it becomes very easy for that child’s visits and things to drop — and that speaks to social workers’ capacities and caseloads,” Nelson says. “If that slips, that’s when things happen.”“Caseloads are absurd,” she adds. “There’s too much to do to actually get it done.”(“Assessments are a really big deal because those go directly to the safety of the child,” says Margo Nelson, a social work instructor at Langara College.)Chronic understaffing, resulting in stress and burnout of social workers, has been well documented in B.C. In October 2015, then-Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond released Thin Front Line, an in-depth look into staffing issues in B.C.’s child-welfare system.She found that even fully-staffed MCFD offices found it impossible to keep up with workloads.Not only are social workers failing to visit youth in care on a regular basis, the audit data also shows they’re not completing annual reviews of foster homes. These reviews are supposed to be completed within 30 days of the anniversary date of a child’s placement, but in many cases no reviews were done in the 36-month period leading up to the audit.“If you’re not having annual reviews of what’s going on, that means you’re not talking to the kids alone, you’re not seeing what the home environment is like,” Nelson says.Social workers are likewise supposed to check in regularly with kids who’ve been placed in prospective adoptive families.The period after a child is placed in an adoptive home is the most “tension-filled time in their life,” says Anne Clayton, who was the ministry’s director of adoption when she retired in 2016.It’s the social worker’s job to help the family understand the child’s needs and the community services available to them.“If we put a special needs child in your home and then walk away and leave you to figure it out by yourself, the odds are that placement’s going to break down,” Clayton says.According to the audit data, the compliance rate for “post-placement responsibilities” never reached 100 per cent in any regions. The highest was North Vancouver Island in 2017 with 48 per cent.What’s the ministry doing about these low scores? Anne Clayton, the former MCFD director who retired in 2016, says she isn’t clear on how the ministry holds itself accountable for poor audit results.“From my own experience, I don’t think much happens with the audit data,” she says.While the ministry only started auditing compliance in adoption cases shortly before she left, Clayton spent 22 years working for MCFD in positions that ranged from frontline to head office, and the ministry’s been using audits for decades, despite variations in form and frequency.“The auditors go out and do their thing, they meet with the team leader and the leadership of the [Service Delivery Area], and they come up with some recommendations. It’s more like it’s a perfunctory ‘you have to’ — and they move on.”Audits “could be a wealth of information that should be telling leadership a whole lot of things,” she says, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.For over two decades, inquiries, reviews and reports have recommended that the ministry improve its auditing practices by making audits more comprehensive, looking at the data as a whole and finding ways to ensure audits resonate with social workers in the field.But according to a 2013 report from the Representative for Children and Youth, the team in charge of improving audits has “suffered periods of inattention and inactivity resulting in a rupture in accountability.”Is there a better way to measure performance? The thing about audits is they capture “only what’s documented,” says one social worker in the Lower Mainland.KB, who asked that her identity be protected for fear of losing her job, says social workers are managing one crisis after another and often don’t have time to complete their paperwork within the legally mandated timelines.Social workers are “running around like chickens with our heads cut off,” says KB. “It’s not that people are lazy, generally, or just don’t feel like doing it, or think they can cut corners. It’s not definitely that. They just don’t have time to do it… You’re trying to document everything but you can’t.”KB says she’s currently juggling 30 cases, and she’ll always prioritize a child’s immediate safety over filling out forms — even if that means low compliance scores on the audits.“At the end of the day, when there’s a child-protection concern that comes in, would the public rather that we’re going out to investigate it, or sitting and filling out a form?”This question gets at the heart of the problem with the ministry’s audits, according to Doug Magnuson. He’s an assistant professor at the University of Victoria’s School of Child and Youth Care, and he specializes in qualitative and quantitative methods for evaluating and interpreting practice.“One of the things we don’t know about is the connection between the amount of paperwork completed and quality of the work,” he says. Without knowing this it’s hard to say how accurate and valuable the audits are.Chuck Eamer cautions against taking the audits at face value. During his 28 years with the ministry, he worked on the frontlines as a social worker, managed regional teams, and served as an assistant deputy minister where he sharedResponsibility for quality assurance. Since retiring from government in 2012, he’s worked as a consultant.While it’s important that standards are externally monitored because “the powers of the child protection system are some of the most onerous in government,” he says, there’s only so much we can learn from these audits.“These measures are an attempt to sort of do a biopsy and take a slice and do an analysis,” Eamer says. “In some ways, they’re a better window than none, but they’re just a window into the world of child welfare.”Magnuson thinks MCFD could develop better ways to measure performance. For example, he says, the ministry could ask children in care to evaluate the care they are receiving.“Data could be collected directly from clients — from youth in care, from youth in temporary care — about how well they’re doing,” he says. “They aren’t doing that.”He points to Wisconsin as a model for both evaluating child-welfare systems and data transparency. The state regularly publishes a wealth of comprehensive data on its website.“Their measures are very simple, but also quite powerful,” he says. “B.C. could be doing the same thing.”The bottom line is B.C. needs to do something about social workers’ inability to meet standards, says Anne Clayton.The audit data has her brimming with questions: “Are there enough social workers? Are there enough resources? … What is the leadership of the director of child welfare? Where is society in all of this?”When children are removed from their parents’ care and placed in publicly-funded government care, we’re all accountable, Clayton insists.“There’s no way the ministry can do this all by themselves as social workers. It’s a societal responsibility,” she says, “and much as we want to ignore all of our problems, we’re all at some level of responsibility for these kids.”This story was produced as part of Spotlight: Child Welfare — a collaborative journalism project that aims to deepen reporting on B.C.’s child-welfare system. It story was originally published by The Discourse. Tell us what you think about the story.
“Permafrost thaw ultimately results in drying of wetlands in this region. Understanding the water balance in this region of B.C. is critical to making decisions about water management by communities and industry. This research provides unbiased earth science information to inform responsible natural resource management in this fragile, changing landscape.”Geoscience B.C. funded the Cold Regions Research Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, as part of the Consortium for Permafrost Ecosystems in Transition.For more information, you can visit Geoscience B.C.’s website. This is when once frozen or trapped water in isolated wetlands begins to drain away.William L. Quinton, Director of Wilfred Laurier University’s Cold Regions Research Centre, says this thawing of permafrost will change the ecosystem.“Northeastern BC is the front lines of permafrost thaw. It is a place where permafrost thaw means permafrost disappears, and the ecosystems that were supported by permafrost change.”Quinton also says these changes to the ecosystem also brings changes to the way water moves and is stored in the landscape.“Permafrost-induced changes to ecosystems and land-covers bring about changes in the way that water moves and is stored on the landscape. We have found that permafrost can impound water like a dam, so when permafrost thaws, the landscape upslope can start to drain and generate runoff which can raise the flow in streams and rivers.”Carlos Salas, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer for GeoScience B.C., says permafrost thawing will lead to the drying of wetlands and says this research provides information to better manage the fragile landscape in a responsible way. VANCOUVER, B.C. – Geoscience B.C. has released a new report that shows the effects melting permafrost has on the landscape and hydrology.The research within this report examined how thawing permafrost affects the hydrology and land cover of sensitive environments.In the report, the findings show that Northeastern B.C. is to experience what is called ‘Thaw-induced land-cover change’.
San Francisco: Expanding its “Azure IP Advantage” programme, Microsoft is donating 500 patents to start-ups that are part of a non-profit organisation called License On Transfer (LOT) Network. Launched in 2018, the “Azure IP Advantage” programme protects users of Microsoft’s cloud computing service — Azure — against patent trolls. Keeping in line with the intention of the programme, LOT Network protects companies against patent trolls by giving them access to a wide library of patents from its nearly 400 member companies including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix and Uber among others. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “We want to help the LOT Network grow its network of start-ups and to provide an incentive we are going to provide these patents to them,” TechCrunch quoted Erich Andersen, Corporate Vice President (CVP) and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft, as saying on Thursday. However, for any start-up to qualify for getting a patent granted to LOT Network, the company is required to meet a $1,000 per month Azure spend and Microsoft would check the start-up’s last three monthly Azure bills. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “Qualified start-ups who join the LOT Network can acquire Microsoft patents as part of their free membership and as Andersen stressed, the start-ups will own them outright,” the report said. The LOT network will be able to provide its start-up members with up to three patents from this collection. “The idea is that these start-ups come from a diverse set of industry sectors. The hope we have is that when they approach LOT, they’ll find patents among those 500 that are going to be interesting to basically almost any company that might want a foundational set of patents for their business,” Andersen added.
Mumbai/ New Delhi: Bollywood actor Urmila Matondkar, who joined the Congress this week, is the latest Bollywood figure fielded by the party from the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency, a BJP stronghold. Matondkar is pitted against BJP MP Gopal Shetty, who defeated former Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll.The Congress also changed its candidate in Uttar Pradesh’s Maharajganj by now fielding Supriya Shrinate in place of Tanushree Tripathi, the daughter of jailed politician Amarmani Tripathi, after facing widespread criticism. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsMatondkar, who has appeared in popular Hindi films like “Rangeela” and “Satya” and in the critically-acclaimed “Masoom” as a child artiste, will make her electoral debut with the April 29 poll in that constituency. In the past, the Congress had fielded Bollywood actor Govinda from the Mumbai North seat, which he won. According to sources in the Congress, the party was looking for a known face to take on Shetty, perceived as being a strong candidate. The search ended with Matondkar, the source added. “Some celebrities recently got associated with the party. Matondkar happens to be the most popular name among them,” the source said. BJP leader Ram Naik, currently the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, had represented the constituency between 1989 and 1999.