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Disadvantage and destiny: how to help kids struggling with maths

In Australia's education system, disadvantage has often been destiny. A student from a socio-economically disadvantaged background is five times more likely to perform badly in numeracy compared with peers from wealthier backgrounds. Meanwhile, students in the bottom socio-economic quartile are, on....
 

Bank Muscat, the leading financial institution in Oman,...

Muscat : Bank Muscat, the leading financial institution in Oman, said its net profit for 2016 edged up by 0.6 per cent to OMR176.56 million, from OMR175.45 million for the previous year. The bank’s net interest income from conventional banking and income from Islamic finance grew by 5.2 per cent to OMR274.

Samsung Heir Meets Prosecutors : 22 Hours of Questioning and a $5 Lunch -- Update

SEOUL--The heir to South Korea's biggest business empire emerged from a marathon grilling by prosecutors Friday morning after 22 hours of questioning that included a $5 lunch box and a bowl of noodles. Lee Jae-yong, the third-generation leader of the Samsung conglomerate, was questioned over his....

Japan Airlines : Kyodo Top12 News

Chicken cull under way at farm in Gifu after bird flu detected. GIFU, Japan - Local authorities said Sunday they are culling all 80,000 chickens at a poultry farm in central Japan after a highly virulent strain of bird flu was detected Saturday, while they are also checking whether the flu has spread to neighboring farms.

Roundtable: Design technology in the Middle East

An increased understanding of technology can be a creative force across the entire design and build industry - and architects should not be frightened or over-protective when it comes to sharing expertise. A roundtable organised by Construction Week's sister publication, Middle East Architectbought....

More taxation reform will stop capital flight

That China's largest automobile glass-maker Fuyao Group will invest $600 million to build a 2,000-worker factory in Moraine, Ohio , should set off alarm bells, prompting the Chinese government to lower taxes and operational costs for manufacturing industries to prevent the drain of Chinese capital and jobs.

Fresh snowfall in Valley; Leh coldest at minus 13.7 degrees C

Many areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir experienced fresh snowfall today even as an overcast sky led to relief from intense cold conditions as the mercury increased across the Valley and Ladakh region. Meteorological (MeT) department has predicted widespread rains or snow over three days.

Jaitley looks to break deadlock at GST meeting tomorrow

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will tomorrow look to break the deadlock over distribution of powers between centre and states to administer GST, an issue that is holding up launch of the new national sales tax from April. The all-powerful GST Council, headed by Jaitley, will meet for the ninth time....

A tax credit for places that matter

Developers aren't the enemy, but a bad bottom line is a formidable foe. So when Peter Van Loan's Private Member's Bill C-323 proposing tax incentives for historic places was tabled in the House of Commons in December, heritage advocates saw a welcome upswing in what has been a 40-year roller-coaster ride.

Robot arms replace factory hands

While globalisation's detractors blame countries such as China and Mexico for stealing the factory jobs of the West, experts point to less obvious culprits which are harder to scapegoat and to overcome in an interconnected economy with complex supply chains.

Elecorate issues still priority despite ministerial appointments - Dean

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has begun the political year by reassuring her constituents that they will still be her top priority, despite new ministerial roles for her this year. Mrs Dean has been appointed Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Small Business Minister, and Associate ACC and Local Government....

Bahrian executes three for 2014 bomb attack

Bahraini authorities on Sunday executed three Shi’ite Muslim men convicted of killing an Emirati police officer and two Bahraini policemen in a 2014 bomb attack, in a move likely to stoke protests in the restive Gulf island kingdom. The executions came less than a week after the country’s highest....

Saudi’s Almarai Q4 net profit up 1 per cent, meets forecasts

Saudi Arabia’s Almarai, the Gulf’s largest dairy company, reported a 1 percent increase in fourth-quarter net profit on Sunday, meeting analysts’ forecasts, as sales rose and cost of sales fell. Almarai made a profit of 488.5 million riyals ($130.3 million) in the three months to Dec. 31, up from 483.

Libya’s oil production drops to 655,000 bpd, weather and storage blamed

Libya’s oil production has dropped to 655,000 barrels a day due to difficulties including a lack of storage capacity and poor weather, the head of the National Oil Corporation said on Saturday. NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla told Reuters production had been more than 700,000 bpd over the past week,....

New Tennessee laws go into effect in 2017

A new year means new laws in Tennessee. Here’s a look at the laws that take effect on Jan. 1, 2017. People convicted of vehicular homicide where alcohol or drugs were involved will be ineligible for parole starting in the New Year. Sentencing will also be harsher for those convicted of robbing a pharmacy to get a controlled substance.

Khartoum says U.S. decision to ease sanctions "right, not reward"

KHARTOUM, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Sudanese government on Saturday said the U.S. lifting of some sanctions on Sudan is Sudan's natural right, not a reward, as Khartoum has not provided any concessions for it. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir described the U.S.

PHOTOS: 'Forgotten victims of war' to be highlighted in Hampshire photography exhibition

They’re the forgotten victims of decades of war. Internally displaced Afghans are living in “stone age conditions,” uprooted from their homes and villages after years of civil war and escape from Taliban fighting. Now photojournalist Guy Smallman is hoping to shed light on the situation with an exhibition of photographs.

'No change is not an option': What next for the NHS in Hampshire?

NO CHANGE to the National Health Service in Hampshire is not an option, a public meeting heard. Health chiefs told a meeting that the NHS must alter the way it cares for people at a time of spiralling demand and flatlining funding. The meeting heard of the growing need for a new emergency treatment centre between and Basingstoke.

Mindless Deforestation in Jharkhand, India in the Name of Development

The women of the mountain villages in Rajasthan, India, carry 70 albs of wood on their heads every day for their cook fires. Image from Flickr by Engineering For Change. CC BY-SA 2.0. This post originally appeared on Video Volunteers , an award-winning international community media organization based in India.

12 southern provinces brace for more rain Jan 16-20

As the northeast monsoon covering the South and the Gulf of Thailand will gain its strength during Jan 16-20, there will be more rain, with isolated heavy rain, in 12 southern provinces, according to a forecast by the Meteorological Department. The 12 provinces are Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si....

Today in History

. Today is Sunday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2017. There are 350 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 15, 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League 35-10 in the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game, retroactively known as Super Bowl I.

Charles: PNM for all Tobago

Political leader of the People’s National Movement’s (PNMs) Tobago Council Kelvin Charles has debunked the view that the party, which has enjoyed a 16-year reign in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), was only seeking the interests of its supporters on the island.

Schoolgirl’s murder saddens Dillon

Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon has assured that the murder of schoolgirl Rachael Ramkissoon is being vigorously investigated, as he expressed condolences to Rachael’s family. Speaking following the launch of the National Clean-Up Campaign on the Foreshore, Audrey Jeffers Highway in....

PoS Mayor: Littering, homeless a challenge

AS a clean up campaign is launched Port-of-Spain Mayor Joel Martinez expressed hope that the $500 litter fine, an increased cadre of litter wardens and education will help reduce littering in the capital city. The homeless issue, however, will require talks with the line minister.

Woman power in THA race

Although not nearly as prominent as their male counterparts, women are making their mark on Tobago politics. And the January 23 Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election, just days away, is no exception. Of the 39 candidates contesting the election, 14 are women.

Doodnath: I’m Independent

Long-serving United National Congress (UNC) councillor Leo Doodnath, overlooked for another term as chairman of the Siparia Regional Corporation (SRC), has declared himself as an “independent” member who would be “guided by conscience and merit” on all issues brought before the council.

CEPEP workers find gun

MEMBERS of the Community- Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP) participating in a National Clean Up campaign in Diego Martin got more than they bargained for when they discovered a firearm in an empty lot. Minister of Local Government Kazim Hosein spoke with radio station i95.

People chased from homes

PEOPLE being chased out of their homes and two NGOs receiving money under false pretences were two examples of a lack of community and selfishness in Laventille cited by Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds. He was speaking yesterday at the Laventille Community Empowerment Symposium held at the....

Labour leader Andrew Little slams as 'cheap' Winston Peters' Pike River re-entry comments

Labour leader Andrew Little has fired back at Winston Peters over Pike River - saying Peters' comments about being among the first to re-enter the mine were "cheap". In December Peters said he would be willing to be among the first to enter the drift, and at a public meeting at the Paroa Hotel in....

Leadership change looms for armed group key to Myanmar's peace process

YANGON Myanmar's strongest ethnic armed group is set for its biggest leadership shake-up in a quarter century, senior sources told Reuters, raising the prospect of a period of instability in a group that is key to Aung San Suu Kyi's signature peace process.

In northern Afghanistan, bereaved women join fight against Islamic State

But now she is one of more than a hundred women in Afghanistan's northern Jawzjan province who have taken up arms against Islamist militants. Nearly all of the women have lost a husband, son or brother to the Taliban or the newly active Islamic State in the province bordering Turkmenistan. "I lost nine members of my family.
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