CHELSEA 0 MANCHESTER CITY 3Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City moved closer to securing Champions League football next season against 10-man Chelsea. Kevin De Bruyne fed Aguero, who fired in for the first. Samir Nasri put Aguero clear to finish smartly for the second before Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois was sent off for fouling Fernandinho, allowing Aguero to slam home his third from the spot.GOALS: CITY: AGUERO 33, 54, PEN 80.EVERTON 1 SOUTHAMPTON 1Southampton’s hopes of a European spot suffered a setback as they were held to a draw at Everton. The visitors went close when a Shane Long header and a Dusan Tadic left-foot shot came off the woodwork. However, centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori gave the home side the lead against the run of play with a deflected shot off Ryan Bertrand. Southampton equalised through Sadio Mane.GOALS: EVERTON: FUNES MORI 68. SUNDERLAND: MANE 76.MANCHESTER UNITED 1 ASTON VILLA 0Aston Villa were relegated to English football’s second tier for the first time since 1987 after this defeat at Manchester United. Marcus Rashford scored the only goal, sweeping Antonio Valencia’s pass. Villa were second best for much of the game, although Rudy Gestede’s volley did hit a post late on. It was a ninth straight loss for the visitors and left them 15 points from safety.GOAL: UNITED: RASHFORD 32.NEWCASTLE UNITED 3 SWANSEA CITY 0Newcastle claimed a first win under Rafael Benitez as they overcame Swansea to bolster their chances of Barclays Premier League survival. Jamaal Lascelles headed to put Newcastle ahead. Ashley Williams and Jefferson Montero missed chances as the Swans dominated after the break, but Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend struck late goals.GOALS: NEWCASTLE: LASCELLES 40; SISSOKO 82; TOWNSEND 89.NORWICH CITY 0 SUNDERLAND 3Sunderland climbed to within a point of safety by beating relegation rivals Norwich. Fabio Borini converted a penalty following Andre Wisdom’s challenge. Jermain Defoe turned in a second after the break before Duncan Watmore scored a third in injury time. Nathan Redmond hit a post and Norwich had penalty appeals turned down.GOALS: SUNDERLAND: BORINI PEN 41; DEFOE 53; WATMORE 90.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 WATFORD 1Saido Berahino missed two second-half penalties as Watford hung on for a narrow win at The Hawthorns. Heurelho Gomes saved both penalties from Berahino, in the 67th and 87th minutes. Ben Watson got the FA Cup semi-finalists’ winner, volleying home a near-post corner in the first half. The result moves Watford above West Brom into 12th on 41 points, 11 points clear of the relegation zone.GOAL: WATFORD: WATSON 27.SUNDAY, 17 APRILARSENAL 1 CRYSTAL PALACE 1Yannick Bolasie struck late for Crystal Palace to secure a draw. Arsenal should have won comfortably but are now fourth in the Barclays Premier League. Alexis Sanchez headed in Danny Welbeck’s chip to give the Gunners the lead but they lacked a killer instinct to put the result beyond doubt. Bolasie then struck from distance, beating Petr Cech at his near post.GOALS: ARSENAL: SANCHEZ 45. PALACE: BOLASIE 81.LEICESTER CITY 2 WEST HAM UNITED 2Leonardo Ulloa’s injury-time penalty rescued a point for Leicester in a controversial encounter with West Ham as the Foxes went eight points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Jamie Vardy gave Leicester the lead but was sent off for a second yellow card. Andy Carroll levelled rom the penalty spot and Aaron Cresswell netted two minutes later. But Leicester won a penalty in added time and Ulloa stole a point in the fifth minute of added time.GOALS: LEICESTER: VARDY 18; ULLOA PEN 90. WEST HAM: CARROLL PEN 84; CRESSWELL 86.AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1 LIVERPOOL 2Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge earned Liverpool a win at Bournemouth. The result lifts Liverpool up to eighth place in the Barclays Premier League table, while the Cherries remain 13th. Top scorer Firmino opened the scoring from a rebound after Artur Boruc had saved Sturridge’s backheel, before the England striker headed in Ibe’s free-kick just before half-time. Josh King replied in added time.GOALS: BOURNEMOUTH: KING 90; LIVERPOOL: FIRMINO 41; STURRIDGE 45.
V.P. Taylor (middle) stands with former LNDC debaters and YOC employees, respectively at the launch of the Liberia National Debate Competition in Ganta, Nimba County.Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor has pledged government’s commitment to support the Liberia National Debate Championship (LNDC), which begins in February, 2019, nationwide.V.P. Taylor described the debate competition as an education program that will develop lots of future leaders and also promote academic excellence. The competition is initiated by the Youth for Change Incorporated (YOC), formerly Devine Event and Consultancy. It is also an education-oriented organization that has been organizing high school debate competitions since 2015.“This government strongly supports and endorses the LNDC, because it is geared towards the improvement of the country’s education system, and building the academic capacity of our students. The government sees this debate competition as a platform that discovers, nurtures, avails and launches potential leaders into their futures. It is a platform that boost our students’ public speaking skills, which will make them better intellectually prepared,” VP Taylor said.“For these reasons, we will do all we can to make sure that this debate becomes a success. You have my support and the government’s as well. Just count on us if you need anything,” said V.P. Taylor during the official launch of the LNDC in Ganta City, Nimba County on Wednesday, January 23.VP Taylor added that LNDC is a platform that offers students an opportunity to become good researchers and intellectuals who discuss issues with logical and persuasive arguments.“The government’s support to this debate championship is based on the fact that it has over the years grown and nurtured lots of young intellectuals who all are making an impact in the society right now,” the VP said.The VP added the LNDC as an intellectual competition not only builds students’ intellectual capacities but makes them critical thinkers, which put them in a better position to discuss serious nationals issues.“Liberia is faced with lots of challenges; therefore we need a generation of critical thinkers who will be able to solve complex problems when they are in leadership positions tomorrow,” VP Taylor noted.Alex Devine thanked the VP for pledging the government’s full support to the LNDC, which is intended to build the intellectual capacity of students across the country.The upcoming debate championship will feature 120 high schools from across the 15 counties with over 2,000 students expected to participate.Over the last five years since the inception of the debate competition, it has brought to prominence young intellectuals like Nathan Gbee, Olivia Precious Livingstone, John Singbae, Satta Sheriff, a child rights advocate, and Beulah Nimene, an emerging poet.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A young Donegal man will be swapping a cosy Christmas at home to help people in Somalia, one of the poorest regions of the world.Paul Carr, from Cranford, whose sister is senior Donegal footballer Niamh Carr, works in Somalia for aid agency Concern Worldwide as their emergency programme officer. This is a critical role in a country where 5.2 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.He has been there for over a year in a region troubled by droughts, severe flooding and conflict. “We are at the front lines of any crisis that hits the Somali people,” said Paul, a DCU and Trinity College graduate who previously worked overseas in Panama with the United Nations.Makeshift tents into Baidoa – an internally displaced persons Camp Concern Somalia“Just this year, Somali’s have been hit by severe droughts resulting in loss of crops and livestock, extreme flooding and a constant threat of conflict and forced evictions from their homes and shelters.“My job is to help manage the response to these crises. When drought hits, we provide cash transfers so families can buy the food they need to survive, build wells and truck water across the desert to families without water.“When rivers burst their banks we are there piling sandbags to protect shelters and farmland and repair toilets and other sanitation facilities to prevent the outbreak of disease. “And all year round, we are there to provide critical medical support to malnourished children and those suffering from illness and disease and providing protection and education for children who have been forced to flee their homes.”Concern Worldwide’s Emergency Programme Officer Paul Carr (on right) with a colleague in Somalia discussing with a local village committee about what challenges they have faced in recent monthsBaidoa – an internally displaced persons Camp Concern SomaliaPaul admits that it is most likely that Christmas Day will be like any other in Somalia with more women and children arriving at nutrition centres in need of food and treatment for malnutrition.He said he will miss spending Christmas with his family, especially his nieces, but he said he chose to be in Somalia and he “wouldn’t have it any other way.”Paul CarrPaul is also an avid hiker and plans to take advantage of his time off from St. Stephen’s Day when he begins a six-day trek up Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano in Tanzania that is Africa’s highest peak.He hopes to reach the peak by sunrise on New Year’s Day and he is ready for temperatures, which can drop to -10, in addition to the challenges with nausea and fatigue. He said it is something he always wanted to do. “It’s not very often you get the opportunity to spend Christmas in Africa doing the job you love or to scale volcanoes for the New Year, so I’m more than happy to seize this opportunity,” he said.“At 5,895 metres, it’s Africa’s highest peak and over 500 metres above the Everest basecamp.“It will be cold, it will be long, but the killer will be the altitude, I’ve gone over 5,000 metres before and it wasn’t easy, but I am really looking forward to it.”Concern Worldwide’s Emergency Programme Officer Paul Carr hiking Slieve League cliffs in Donegal with Concern’s Climb4Concern challenge in 2018Paul praised his Concern colleagues, who he said “work tirelessly with families and communities to try and build a Somalia where possibly one day, Concern won’t need to be there.” Concern has been in Somalia for 33 years where the aid agency has responded to famines and refugee crises caused by conflict and droughts.An estimated two million people are displaced inside the country.Successive below-average rainy seasons in recent years has resulted in crop failure, widespread livestock deaths and loss of people’s assets, causing hunger and malnutrition.Donegal man giving up his Christmas to help others in Somalia was last modified: December 20th, 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)Tags:aid workcharityCHristmasConcernPaul Carrsomalia
changes 4 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 4 Most read in Premier League The Premier League has been rolling on nicely but we now have to take a break as international football returns.The fortnight away from the domestic game means Liverpool, Chelsea and surprise package Watford can sit comfortably at top of the table for a couple of weeks, while West Ham, Burnley and Newcastle are left to stew in their position in the bottom three. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City latest 10. BrightonGoals scored – 5 | Expected goals – 5.329. FulhamGoals scored – 7 | Expected goals – 5.518. ArsenalGoals scored – 8 | Expected goals – 5.827. SouthamptonGoals scored – 4 | Expected goals – 6.066. ChelseaGoals scored – 10 | Expected goals – 6.655. TottenhamGoals scored – 9 | Expected goals – 7.324. Manchester UnitedGoals scored – 6 | Expected goals – 7.35 4 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won West Ham have struggled in front of goal this season tense Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed The biggest win of the season was recorded by reigning champions Manchester City, who routed Huddersfield on matchday two by a 6-1 scoreline. City are the current top scorers in the division, with Liverpool one goal behind the 11 netted by Pep Guardiola’s side.But have Man City been the best attacking team in the division so far this season? SORRY whoops Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? predicted Watford are overscoring in relation to their expected goals total Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? =15. Crystal PalaceGoals scored – 3 | Expected goals – 3.85=15. CardiffGoals scored – 2 | Expected goals – 3.8514. EvertonGoals scored – 7 | Expected goals – 3.9013. WolvesGoals scored – 4 | Expected goals – 4.4112. BurnleyGoals scored – 3 | Expected goals – 4.6811. WatfordGoals scored – 9 | Expected goals – 4.75 Lukaku has grabbed three of Man United’s six goals Expected goals (xG) is a breakthrough football statistic that attempts to reveal the precise score of every game using the quality of chances created. If a team has a high xG but low goals scored they were wasteful, whereas a low xG but high goals scored suggests they are performing far better in front of goal than they should be.Using expected goals, which you can learn more about here, and data from Understat, we reveal the best attacking teams in the Premier League based on how many goals they should have scored given the quality of chances they have created.You can see the results below…20. HuddersfieldGoals scored – 2 | Expected goals – 1.8919. LeicesterGoals scored – 6 | Expected goals – 3.2818. NewcastleGoals scored – 3 | Expected goals – 3.3917. West HamGoals scored – 2 | Expected goals – 3.79 4 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion REVEALED getty Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT West Ham have started the season miserably under Manuel Pellegrini, their new manager Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update silverware gameday cracker 3. BournemouthGoals scored – 6 | Expected goals – 7.632. LiverpoolGoals scored – 9 | Expected goals – 9.741. Manchester CityGoals scored – 11 | Expected goals – 10.49
1 Latest Transfer News Inter Milan are set to join the race for Liverpool target Adrien Rabiot.The Frenchman is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and is, therefore, free to discuss a departure with non-French clubs from January. LIVING THE DREAM Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets moving on LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets It is still not out of the question that Rabiot will sign an extension to stay at PSG but he will have no shortage of offers once January begins. As talkSPORT told you earlier this month, Liverpool appear to be the frontrunners to sign the central midfielder despite strong interest from Barcelona and Juventus.But now, according to sources in Italy, Inter could attempt to gazump Liverpool with a January offer of their own.The San Siro club are reportedly close to appointing Giuseppe Marotta, who left his role as Juve CEO earlier this season.Marotta was considered as the driving force behind Juve’s interest in Rabiot and Tuttosport claim he will look to lure him to his new club once he is in place. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Rabiot appears to be seeking a new challenge away from France
Wakiso are five points clear at the top of the Big League (file photo)FUFA Big League 2018/19UPDF FC vs Wakiso Giants FCBombo Military Stadium, BomboThursday, 04-04-2019 @4pmBOMBO – Wakiso Giants will be hoping to continue their unbeaten run in the FUFA Big League when they travel away to UPDF on Thursday afternoon.Ibrahim Kirya’s side have been impressive since the start of the season and are now only five games away from ending the campaign without defeat.Currently enjoying a five point lead at the top of the Big League, Wakiso know that they are edging ever so closer to getting promoted to the top tier on their first attempt.On Thursday, they take on a UPDF side who are also eyeing a playoff spot that may see them return to the Uganda Premier League.The Army side currently sit 4th on the standings, two points behind third spot, the last playoff position.“It will be a tough game against a very experienced side, said Wakiso head coach Kirya.“But the boys are ready and like I said, what is important isn’t the past but the game at hand.Hassan Wasswa Dazo could return to the team after missing the goalless draw at home to Kyetume in Wakiso’s last game. Striker Norman Ojik suffered a knock while on Fufa Drum duty with Acholi but could be available after training for the past couple of days.UPDF have blown hot and cold this season with chances of making a comeback to the top tier fast vanishing unless they win all their remaining games.Currently with 25 points, two behind Dove All Stars who occupy third, Steven Bogere’s side has a chance to play catch up with a solid performance at home.Fred Umony is one of the key players at UPDF and will be expected to up his game to down a spirited Wakiso Giants side that has Ayub Kisaliita, Steven Bengo, Moses Ali Feni and goalkeeper Yasin Mugabi, among others.In the other games, Felix Kawooya’s Kiboga Young has a chance to displace Kansai Plascon from second place when they take on struggling Ntinda United at the Bamusuuta playground in Kiboga.Kira United locks horns against Masindi based Dove at Mandela National Stadium in the other Rwenzori group encounter.The other Elgon group contest will see Anthony Bongole’s Doves All Stars take on Amuka Bright Stars in Arua, at the Green Light Stadium.Entebbe FC, coached by James Odoch will play host to Jinja Municipal Council (JMC) Hippos at the lake side Fisheries Training Institute play ground in Bugonga, Entebbe.The top two clubs per group qualify directly to the Uganda Premier League as well as one other side determined via a promotional play-off.FUFA Big League fixtures:Thursday, 04-04-2019.Elgon Group:–Entebbe Vs JMC Hippos – Jinja-Doves All Stars Vs Amuka Bright Stars – Green Light Stadium, AruaRwenzori Group:–Kira United Vs Dove – Mandela National Stadium, Namboole-Kiboga Young Vs Ntinda United – Bamusuuta Playground, KibogaSaturday, 7th April 2019:–Wakiso Giants Vs Light S.S – Kyabazinga Stadium, BugembeComments Tags: Ibrahim Kiryaupdf fcWakiso Giants
Jooste said the success of the investigation was encouraging, and that it was evident that the Chinese government was willing to co-operate in combating wildlife crime. “It’s a positive step forward, we see the engagement of other countries seeing it as important as we do.” He said the return of these items meant they could now be forensically analysed, which could lead to the arrest of the poachers as well as the couriers of the illegal shipment. Department of Environmental Affairs deputy director-general Fundisile Mketeni said that in addition to an existing agreement on legal assistance between South Africa and China, the government was now negotiating a broader agreement which included co-operation on biodiversity matters. This agreement was an improvement “because we are not [only] going to look at rhinos but all environmental crimes, issues of awareness, technology transfer, compliance, aligning our laws, harmonised policies. It gives us space to work better with Hong Kong.” Mketeni said the investigation and subsequent return of the horns demonstrated that the government took poaching and the illegal trade in horns seriously, “otherwise, we could easily lose all our rhinos and we would have lost our heritage.” Source: SAnews.gov.za 28 November 2013 A consignment of 33 rhino horns that was seized by customs officials in Hong Kong in November 2011 has been returned to South Africa. The horns together weigh 79.9 kilograms and are worth an estimated R23.8-million on the black market. The horns, along with a large number of elephant ivory products, arrived at OR Tambo Airport International Airport on Wednesday. Colonel Johan Jooste, of the Hawks special investigation unit of the SA Police Service, told a press briefing at the airport that a container allegedly containing waste, parings and scrap plastic had been cleared at an SA Revenue Service office in Johannesburg in October 2011, transported to Cape Town and shipped to Hong Kong. “On 15 November 2011, Hong Kong customs officials seized a container of 33 rhinoceros horns along with 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets,” he said. An investigation was then launched by the Hawks’ endangered species unit and a docket presented to the National Prosecuting Authority, after which South Africa applied to China for the return of the horns. Both countries are party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
With Jharkhand reporting one of the highest incidents of mob-lynching, the Congress manifesto for the upcoming Assembly election in the State is likely to propose an anti-lynching law on the lines of the recent law cleared by the Congress government in Rajasthan. The Rajasthan Assembly in August this year cleared “The Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019” which provides for life imprisonment and a fine up to ₹5 lakh to convicts in cases of mob lynching. The Bill proposes imprisonment of up to seven years and a fine of up to ₹1 lakh in case of the victim suffering simple injuries.The convicts will get jail terms up to 10 years and a fine of ₹25,000 to ₹3 lakh in case of an assault by mob or victim suffering serious injuries. It also defines lynching as “an act or series of acts of violence or those of aiding, abetting or attempting an act of violence, whether spontaneous or preplanned, by a mob on the grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth, language, dietary practices, sexual orientation, political affiliation or ethnicity.” Sources said the party’s manifestos for the Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Assembly polls will also be drawn on. In the farm sector, the manifesto will list ways to check the agrarian crisis and is likely to offer loan waiver like it has done in the other three States.With no clarity on which way the alliance in the State is headed or the division of seats, the manifesto, according to sources, will maintain a balance between tribal and non-tribal expectations. The AICC research department is working on the manifesto. “We are in the final stages of talks with our allies and will announce it whenever it strategically suits us,” RPN Singh, the party’s Jharkhand in-charge said. Sources said the Congress will play the junior partner to the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM).“Our focus will be on rising unemployment. Again we will be borrowing a few ideas from the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh manifestos,” a senior Congress leader said. In Madhya Pradesh the Congress had also promised unemployment allowance. The manifesto will include better implementation of the land rights laws and will also talk about upholding the CNT/SPT (Chhotanagpur and Santhal Pargana tenancy) Acts. The BJP government was forced to roll back the proposed amendments to the CNT/SPT Act following pressure from tribal groups.In the 2014 Assembly elections, the BJP won 37 seats and formed the government along with the AJSU Party which won 5. With 19 seats, the JMM was the largest Opposition party; JVM(P) won 8 and Congress 6.
Washington, Apr 14 (PTI) Scientist have developed a way to embroider circuits into fabric with 0.1 mm precision – perfect for integrating sensors and computer memory devices, paving the way for clothes that gather, store or transmit digital information.The technology could lead to shirts that act as antennas for your smartphone or tablet, workout clothes that monitor your fitness level, sports equipment that monitors athletes performance, a bandage that tells your doctor how well the tissue beneath it is healing, or a a flexible fabric cap that senses activity in the brain.”We believe that functional textiles are an enabling technology for communications and sensing – and one day even medical applications like imaging and health monitoring,” said John Volakis, from Ohio State University.The functional textiles, also called “e-textiles,” are created in part on a typical tabletop sewing machine – the kind that fabric artisans and hobbyists might have at home.Like other modern sewing machines, it embroiders thread into fabric automatically based on a pattern loaded via a computer file.The researchers substitute the thread with fine silver metal wires that, once embroidered, feel the same as traditional thread to the touch.”Now, for the first time, weve achieved the accuracy of printed metal circuit boards, so our new goal is to take advantage of the precision to incorporate receivers and other electronic components,” Volakis said.The shape of the embroidery determines the frequency of operation of the antenna or circuit, said Asimina Kiourti from Ohio State.The shape of one broadband antenna, for instance, consists of more than half a dozen interlocking geometric shapes, each a little bigger than a fingernail, that form an intricate circle a few inches across.advertisementEach piece of the circle transmits energy at a different frequency, so that they cover a broad spectrum of energies when working together – hence the “broadband” capability of the antenna for cellphone and internet access.The researchers used threads of 0.1mm diameter, made with seven filaments. Each filament is copper at the centre, enamelled with pure silver.Tests showed that an embroidered spiral antenna measuring about six inches across transmitted signals at frequencies of 1 to 5 GHz with near-perfect efficiency.The performance suggests that the spiral would be well-suited to broadband internet and cellular communication.The study was published in the journal IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters. PTI MHN SAR SAR
Scheduled to run until January 21 next year, the meetings will serve to heighten public awareness of the initiative, which is a new assessment of students at the primary level that will replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). Story Highlights Beginning November 13, the Government will convene town hall meetings across the island in preparation for the roll-out of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) in 2019. PEP, which will consist of three key components – a Performance Task, an Ability Test and a Curriculum-based Test – is designed to provide a profile of where the student is academically, the student’s strengths and weaknesses, and his or her readiness for grade seven. Beginning November 13, the Government will convene town hall meetings across the island in preparation for the roll-out of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) in 2019.Scheduled to run until January 21 next year, the meetings will serve to heighten public awareness of the initiative, which is a new assessment of students at the primary level that will replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).This was noted by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, at a post-Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House on November 1.He pointed out that this is one of several pre-administrative activities to prepare students, teachers and parents, to allow for a smooth implementation of the programme.Senator Reid told JIS News that the venues for the meetings are currently being finalised and that further details will be provided shortly.PEP, which will consist of three key components – a Performance Task, an Ability Test and a Curriculum-based Test – is designed to provide a profile of where the student is academically, the student’s strengths and weaknesses, and his or her readiness for grade seven.The Minister informed that PEP assessment coordinators are already being sensitised, with their one-week training coming to an end today (November 1).In addition, leading up to the implementation period, teachers of the targeted cohort are also scheduled to be trained on assessing the 21st century learner, interpreting and scoring rubric, and administering the performance task.Other preparation activities include cognitive labs and small-scale trials, and national pilots of Performance Tasks for grades four and five.In the meantime, Minister Reid explained that PEP will be implemented on a phased basis, noting that students who are currently in grade five will be the first PEP cohort.He noted that PEP will assess students’ knowledge in addition to placing increased emphasis on assessing students’ skills of communication, critical thinking and creativity.“As the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information seeks to have students staying in school longer (up to grade 13), the provisions of PEP is a forward-thinking approach that will make students better prepared for the workforce. Students will, therefore, be exposed from an early age to critical thinking,” he said.He said the ultimate goal of this new assessment is that all students will graduate with the equivalent of an associate degree at the end of grade 13.“PEP’s assessment process will measure students’ performance through demonstration of 21st century skills aligned to the National Standards Curriculum, and generate an academic profile of each student,” the Minister added.