‘We can get even better’, Guardiola warns City’s rivals

first_img0Shares0000Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are still short of their peak form © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 5 – Pep Guardiola has warned Manchester City’s Premier League rivals that the champions are still well below their peak despite powering to a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield.Guardiola’s team wrapped up their pre-season preparations by sweeping aside Chelsea in the prestigious friendly at Wembley on Sunday. Sergio Aguero’s early opener and a second-half strike from the Argentina forward — goals that took his career haul for City to 201 — ensured the title favourites picked up where they left off in last season’s record-breaking campaign.But ominously for Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United — all hoping to dethrone City — Guardiola revealed his players are still well short of full fitness after only a handful of training sessions following the World Cup.“We are satisfied, but still we are far away from the (best) physical condition. The players are in bad, bad conditions,” Guardiola said.“We didn’t train a lot this week. We wanted to arrive fresh in this heat.It’s complicated for all of them but they are so competitive. It’s not easy to play after such a short time. My hat’s off to them.“We have seven days to train this week and hopefully we can increase that level.“Now we focus on Arsenal. The training? Two sessions a day.”Whatever their fitness issues, City looked slick enough in the sweltering north London sunshine as they ran Chelsea ragged.Guardiola’s men could have won by five and, ahead of their Premier League opener at Arsenal on Sunday, the Spaniard plans to strengthen his already formidable squad even further.Having signed Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester earlier in pre-season, Guardiola wants a defensive midfielder to increase his options in that area.Asked if City would swoop before Thursday’s transfer deadline, Guardiola said: “I don’t know. We are trying to find maybe one more.“We don’t have players to substitute Fernandinho.“When we take decisions it doesn’t depend on one victory or defeat.”– Aguero praise –Sergio Aguero bagged a brace against Chelsea in the Community Shield © AFP / Ian KINGTONWith Aguero becoming the first City player to break the 200-goal barrier, Guardiola saluted the club’s record scorer for the latest display of his predatory instincts.“We were really impressed when he arrived for pre-season. Often he needs time for his physical condition. He arrived so sharp, so good,” he said.“He feels free. It’s good news for us.”While Aguero hogged the Wembley spotlight, there was also an eye-catching display from Phil Foden.City’s 18-year-old midfielder has long been tipped for stardom and Guardiola believes the England Under-17 World Cup winner is on the brink of a breakthrough campaign.“Phil is part of the first team. He played a few games last season and now he is more mature. He did really well,” Guardiola said.While Guardiola was all smiles, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admitted the team’s hectic pre-season schedule has left his players unable to adapt to his tactics.Sarri and company jetted off to Australia just days after his appointment to replace the sacked Antonio Conte three weeks ago.There has been little time to work on Sarri’s trademark attacking style and, with another friendly against Lyon in midweek, the Italian fears his team will be under-prepared going into their opener at Huddersfield on Saturday.“In the second half there was a big difference between us and City from the physical point of view, so we have to work,” he said.“We were not in control of the match. Our pre-season until now has been a bit crazy.”Sarri has still not seen six of his players after the World Cup, including unsettled Belgian stars Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, who are both linked with Real Madrid.They will report on Monday and Sarri added: “It’s a long way we have to work. It’s not very easy.“In the next week we have a friendly match again. I prefer in this moment to stay on the pitch with the players only for training.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Bart Starr, 1960s Green Bay Quarterback, Dies At 85

first_imgBy: Arnie Stapleton, AP Pro Football WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares Bart Starr was an ordinary quarterback until teaming with Vince Lombardi and serving as the catalyst for the powerhouse Green Bay Packers teams that ruled the 1960s and ushered in the NFL as America’s most popular sport.The quarterback’s graceful throws helped turn a run-heavy league into a passing spectacle, yet it’s a run for which he’s most famous: the sneak that won the famed “Ice Bowl” in 1967.Starr died Sunday at age 85 in Birmingham, Alabama, the Packers said. He had been in failing health since suffering two strokes and a heart attack in 2014.Starr is the third of Lombardi’s dozen Hall of Famers to die in the past eight months. Fullback Jim Taylor died in October and offensive tackle Forrest Gregg died last month.“A champion on and off the field, Bart epitomized class and was beloved by generations of Packers fans,” Packers President Mark Murphy said in a statement. “A clutch player who led his team to five NFL titles, Bart could still fill Lambeau Field with electricity decades later during his many visits.”The Packers selected Starr out of the University of Alabama with the 200th pick in the 1956 draft. He led Green Bay to six division titles, five NFL championships and wins in the first two Super Bowls.Until Brett Favre came along, Starr was known as the best Packer ever. The team retired his No. 15 jersey in 1973, making him just the third player to receive that honor. Four years later, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2006, file photo, former Green Bay Packers’ Bart Starr carries in the Vince Lombardi Trophy following the Super Bowl XL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers, in Detroit. The Steelers won, 21-10. Bart Starr, the Green Bay Packers quarterback and catalyst of Vince Lombardi’s powerhouse teams of the 1960s, has died. He was 85. The Packers announced Sunday, May 26, 2019, that Starr had died, citing his family. He had been in failing health since suffering a serious stroke in 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)After losing the 1960 NFL title game in his first playoff appearance, the Packers never lost another playoff game under Starr, going 9-0, including wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders in the first two Super Bowls.Starr’s college career wasn’t very noteworthy and it wasn’t until Lombardi’s arrival in Green Bay in 1959 that Starr, living by his motto “desire and dedication are everything,” began to blossom.Lombardi liked Starr’s mechanics, his arm strength and especially his decision-making abilities. Under Lombardi’s nurturing, Starr became one of the league’s top quarterbacks.“If you work harder than somebody else, chances are you’ll beat him though he has more talent than you,” Starr once said. He credited Lombardi for showing him “that by working hard and using my mind, I could overcome my weakness to the point where I could be one of the best.”FILE – In this Sept. 6, 2003, file photo, former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr waves to the crowd, with Phil Bengston, 10, at his side at the newly renovated Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Bengston is the grandson of former Packers coach Phil Bengston, who coached after Vince Lombardi. Starr, the Green Bay Packers quarterback and catalyst of Vince Lombardi’s powerhouse teams of the 1960s, has died. He was 85. The Packers announced Sunday, May 26, 2019, that Starr had died, citing his family. He had been in failing health since suffering a serious stroke in 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File)The gentlemanly quarterback’s status as a Packers icon was tested by his struggles as the team’s head coach. In nine seasons from 1975-83, he won just 41 percent of his games, going 53-77-3, including 1-1 in the playoffs, part of three decades of futility that followed the glory years.After football, Starr, became a successful businessman in Birmingham, Alabama, not far from his hometown of Montgomery, where he was born on Jan. 9, 1934.Starr was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro. He won NFL titles in 1961, ’62, ’65, ’67 and ’68. He was the 1966 NFL MVP and was named to the 1960s All-Decade team. He also was named MVP of the first two Super Bowls.When Starr retired following the 1971 season, his career completion rate of 57.4 percent was tops in the run-heavy NFL, and his passer rating of 80.5 was second-best ever, behind only Otto Graham.But the play he was most famous for was a run.In the NFL championship on Dec. 31, 1967, Starr knifed into the end zone behind guard Jerry Kramer and center Ken Bowman with 16 seconds left to lift the Packers over the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 in what became known as the “Ice Bowl.”The Packers had spent $80,000 for a heating coil system that was to have kept the field soft and warm, and forecasters said not to worry because the approaching cold front wouldn’t arrive until after the game.“It was 20 degrees the day before,” the late Tom Landry once recalled. “It was great. Vince and I were together that night and we talked about how good the conditions were and what a great game it would be.”They were half-right. When the grounds crew rolled up the tarpaulin, a layer of condensation had formed underneath and, with 40 mph wind, the field promptly froze like an ice rink. Packers running back Chuck Mercein would later compare the ground to “jagged concrete.”With a temperature of minus-14 and a wind chill of minus-49, it was the coldest NFL game ever recorded. The wind chill had dipped another 20 degrees by the time the Packers got the ball at their 32 trailing 17-14 with five minutes left.With one last chance for an aging dynasty to win a fifth NFL title in seven seasons, Starr took the field as linebacker Ray Nitschke hollered, “Don’t let me down!”Starr wouldn’t, completing all five of his passes and directing one of the most memorable drives in NFL history.“We all have a capacity to focus and to concentrate to a unique degree when we’re called upon to do it,” Starr said on the 30th anniversary of that game. “That’s exactly what I did that day. And I think the same was true of the Cowboys. Let’s face it, they obviously were not accustomed to something like that and yet they were the team which had surged and come back in the second half and were in a position to win it.”With 1:11 remaining, tackle Bob Skoronski opened a hole and Mercein charged through the middle for 8 yards to the Dallas 3.Halfback Donny Anderson slipped twice on handoffs, so Starr called timeout, went to the sideline and suggested a sneak because of the poor traction.“Then run it and let’s get the hell out of here,” Lombardi barked.The play worked perfectly, a flawless finish to that coldest of games so frozen in time.“I’ve never been in a huddle where there was greater composure and where there was a higher level of intensity and concentration,” Mercein once told The Associated Press.Mercein is the one in the famous photograph of the play diving into the end zone behind Starr with his hands held high, as though he’s signaling “Touchdown!”“But what I’m actually doing is I’m showing the officials that I’m not assisting or aiding Bart into the end zone,” Mercein said.That would have been a penalty and it would have negated history’s most famous quarterback sneak.Mercein and the rest of his teammates thought he was going to get the handoff on the play. Nobody knew but Starr and Lombardi that it was to be a quarterback sneak. So, Mercein dug in, thinking he was getting the ball, and he got a great takeoff on the frozen field.“As a matter of fact too good because after a couple of steps I realized I wasn’t going to get the ball. But I couldn’t really pull up because it was so icy,” Mercein said. “So that’s why I dive over the play and I have my arms upraised, which appears to everyone in that famous picture that I’m signaling touchdown.”Two weeks later in sunny Miami, the Packers defeated the AFL champion Raiders 33-14 in Lombardi’s final game as head coach of the Packers.Starr replaced Dan Devine as Packers head coach in 1975 and would be replaced himself by former teammate Forrest Gregg in 1984 after failing to lead the franchise to the kind of success he did as a player.In 1965, Starr and his wife, Cherry, helped co-found Rawhide Boys Ranch in New London, Wisconsin, a facility designed to help at-risk and troubled boys throughout the state.The couple dealt with tragedy in 1988 when their son Brett died at 24 due to complications from cocaine addiction. They also had another son, Bart Jr.“While he may always be best known for his success as the Packers quarterback for 16 years, his true legacy will always be the respectful manner in which he treated every person he met, his humble demeanor and his generous spirit,” Starr’s family said in a statement.“His love for all of humanity is well known, and his affection toward the residents of Alabama and of Wisconsin filled him with gratitude. He had hoped to make one last trip to Green Bay to watch the Packers this fall, but he shall forever be there in spirit.”Starr has an NFL award named after him, given annually to a player of outstanding character.last_img read more

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Sting To Bring Symphonicities To Carnegie Hall Benefit Concert

first_imgCarnegie Hall has announced that Sting will bring his highly acclaimed Symphonicities to Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage for a one-night-only gala benefit concert on Monday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. with Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Rob Mathes.Symphonicities features Sting’s greatest hits reimagined for symphonic arrangement with orchestrations by Jorge Calandrelli, David Hartley, Michel Legrand, Rob Mathes, Vince Mendoza, Steven Mercurio, Bill Ross, Robert Sadin, and Nicola Tescari. Selections include fan-favorites such as “Roxanne,” “Next To You,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” and “Every Breath You Take,” plus songs from his enduring solo career—”Englishman in New York,” “Fragile,” “Russians,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” “Fields of Gold,” and “Desert Rose.”The concert on December 14, 2015 marks Sting’s first timeheadlining a full performance at Carnegie Hall. He will also be joined by a quintet comprised of Dominic Miller (Sting’s longtime guitarist), Jo Lawry (vocalist), Ira Coleman (bassist), Joe Bonadio (percussionist), and Mike Ricchiuti (keyboards). All proceeds from the performance will benefit Carnegie Hall’s artistic and music education programs.“It was an absolute joy to discover a whole new palate of musical colors and reinvent the songs that have been the staples of my live performances for over thirty years, commented Sting. “I’m thrilled to now bring Symphonicities to Carnegie Hall and to help support their dynamic arts education programs.”Sting first performed at Carnegie Hall in March 1991 at the first of many concerts benefiting the The Rainforest Foundation, the non-profit organization he co-founded with wife, Trudie Styler, in 1989. He has since appeared 18 other times in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at performances supporting important causes, including 16 additional Rainforest Fund benefit concerts; a 1997 concert benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation; and Carnegie Hall’s 120th Anniversary Gala in April 2011, created and hosted by singer-songwriter James Taylor.Gala benefit tickets for An Evening with Sting: Symphonicities include the best possible concert seating as well as admission to either a pre-concert cocktail reception at Carnegie Hall’s Rohatyn Room for $1,000 or the post-concert dinner at The Plaza starting at $2,500. Tables of 8 or 10 for the gala dinner begin at $25,000. All gala tickets are available for purchase starting on Thursday, July 23 at 11:00 a.m. by calling the Special Events office at 212-903-9679 or visiting online at carnegiehall.org/specialevents.A limited number of concert-only tickets, priced $125–$350, will be available for sale to Carnegie Hall subscribers and donors on Monday, August 17 and to the general public on Monday, August 24 at 8:00 a.m. at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or visiting online at carnegiehall.org.last_img read more

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The year 2014 InFocus

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:In this edition our guests reflect back on the year 2014.Which stories and issues do you think were most important?Watch our panel give their perspective on the year’s events and ongoing issues.last_img

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Health advises on best practices to avoid mosquito bites

first_img ZIKA Press Release Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Chikungunya, Dengue, Environmental Health Department, floods, Mosquitoes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvedienciales, 02 Oct 2015 – All of the rainfall on the ground will mean mosquitoes on the increase and the Environmental Health Department is warning residents to take personal precautions. Using oils on standing water, reducing containers which collect or hold water from around your home or business, dressing appropriately with long sleeves and using mosquito repellents which contain deet are among the ways cited by the EHD as helpful. Mosquitoes carry diseases like Dengue Fever and Chikungunya; which are both existent in the Turks and Caicos Islands. To see more protective suggestions by Environment Health, go to MagneticMediaTV.com. Recommended for you TCIG ready to spend to stop Zika Zika spread by sex too, says Scientistlast_img read more

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CDB Annual Meeting in TCI Integration Trade Growth

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#CDB47annualmeeting, #intergrationtradeandgrowth, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 22, 2017 – Providenciales – The Caribbean Development Bank and its key members are in town and based on the agenda, there are some serious and potentially trans-formative discussions set to take place at this 47th annual session.  The CDB meeting agenda outlines topics designed to stave off weak economic growth in the Caribbean… consideration of how climate change will and is already impacting the region, what is really at risk…  how we can and must boost productivity within our countries… can we find something other than tourism as an economic driver… and getting to the nitty gritty of what may be wrong with the model for attracting foreign direct investment.  The meeting, where some 500 international delegates are expected to attend actually got started since yesterday with meetings largely headquartered at the Gus Lightbourne Gym.   Though the 47th AGM was originally announced by the former TCI government administration through then Finance Minister, Hon Washington Misick; chair of the sessions is recently elected Premier and new finance Minister, Hon Sharlene Robinson who extended welcome and said she anticipates the fruitful dialogue among regional colleagues which should see participants leaving feeling revitalized.  President of the CDB, Dr Warren Smith said the sessions are geared to reexamination so that “Members exploit their synergies and maximize the benefits of the regional agreement, while moving closer to the goal of inclusive growth and shared prosperity.”    The meetings is being held in the TCI for the second time with the 2017 theme being, “Integration, Trade & Growth.”#MagneticMediaNews#CDB47annualmeeting#intergrationtradeandgrowth Recommended for you CDB Annual Meeting in TCI:  Integration, Trade & Growthlast_img read more

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Bahamas Government to Fully Integrate All Essential Services

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 30, 2017 – Nassau – The Government of The Bahamas is committed to utilizing technology as a catalyst for national development, including using technology to integrate all of the country’s essential services, Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe said Tuesday.Another end result will be the creation of a more robust and secure government portal that will allow for transacting business in a more interactive way, at both at the local and global level.   The strategy is part of an overarching plan to create a more technologically driven society within The Bahamas, placing technology at the heart of all public and private initiatives.Technology will also be used to facilitate the country’s participation in regional and global trade matters and to strengthen its cross-border collaboration on issues of mutual concern.“We believe that the effective governance and operation of our country depends on the extent to which we can use technology to integrate all essential services, create a more robust and secure government portal, and encourage Bahamians to embrace the new interactive method of doing business in the country,” Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe said.“We are well on our way to further strengthening institutions and building capacity through ICT.”Addressing the Opening Session of the URCA/Caribbean Telecommunications Union’s ‘ICT Week’ at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe said the creation of a more technologically driven society within The Bahamas is a major plank of the Minnis Administration.“We see it as a vital investment in expanding the economy and creating new, domestic, and foreign entrepreneurial opportunities; the possibility of domestic/foreign partnerships, and increased employment opportunities for Bahamians.”Parliamentary Secretary Parker-Edgecombe said the Government’s commitment to ICT is evident through the recent passage of the Commercial Enterprises legislation in the House of Assembly which, she said, embraces a broad range of investment opportunities that require secure, reliable ICT infrastructure to establish new, global business.“Our national ICT framework is a strength that we will continue to develop, improve and promote as a significant aspect of our ability to compete globally.”Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe said the B-Smart Bahamas initiative recently announced by Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, will also play a critical role in the Administration’s drive to “build a modern Bahamas” using technology.“This initiative (B-Smart Bahamas) is expected to embrace technology as an integral part of the Bahamian society, allowing greater public online communication access through the establishment of strategic public WIFI hotspots throughout the country.“This initiative also aims to embrace technology to establish a National Alert messaging process, particularly during times of natural disasters. (The system was piloted during the recent hurricane season).“As we continue to build the modern Bahamas, technology will be at the heart of all public and private initiatives.   We are also ensuring that technology facilitates our participation in regional and global trade and strengthens our cross-border collaboration on issues of mutual concern.”By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption:  Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Information and Communications, Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe addresses ‘ICT Week’ at Atlantis, Paradise Island, November 28, 2017.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Commissioners decline to protect county departments

first_imgA proposal by Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke to cement county departments in advance of a new charter taking effect failed Tuesday, as Commissioner Jeanne Stewart said she could see the merits of the idea but couldn’t give her support.Commissioner David Madore, who had earlier stated objections to Mielke’s proposal, reiterated Tuesday that voters approved a home-rule charter in November to establish a new form of government. That includes giving executive authority over departments to a county manager, he said. The charter takes effect Jan. 1. Mark McCauley, the current county administrator, will become county manager.If Mielke’s ordinance had passed, McCauley would not have been able to consolidate any of a dozen departments, a power held, for example, by Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes.Madore said he trusts McCauley will work with the policymaking board to ensure the county operates at its most efficient.During a public hearing, 13 people urged a “no” vote while two people expressed support.A half-dozen people who signed up to testify left before their names were called, as the hourlong public hearing was the last topic of a meeting that ran nearly five hours. Opponents expressed suspicion about the timing of Mielke’s proposal. They asked if Mielke, a commissioner since 2009, really thought it was essential to the well-being of the county to establish departments by ordinance, then why didn’t he suggest it earlier. They also questioned why commissioners would micromanage the county manager.last_img read more

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Exhibhiting a new beginning

first_imgThe summer is beating down long and hard on the capital of India. Majority of people run off to the mountains to escape summers by taking holidays or gather in evenings and arrange fun things to do.Artz Fine Arts gallery will soon be giving the art lovers in Delhi something to look forward to in this sweltering weather. The gallery brings their unique concepts together in an exhibition titled  Tabula Rasa. The term Tabula Rasa is a term from Latin vocabulary. The term meaning ‘clean slate’ or effectively a ‘new beginning’.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This exhibition is one of the first of its kinds to happen and  will kick off in September with a preview taking place this month. The exhibition has been well  planned to promote the upcoming talents in visual arts.Tabula Rasa will showcase ten shows in ten weeks’ time; every week will have seven different artistes from all over the nation and from across the globe. Regarding the show, the gallery director Manoj Sejwal said, ‘This gallery is entirely a new venture for me, being a Delhi guy and based in Lado Sarai I have always observed different galleries promoting artists and their talents, but somewhere I felt a bleak about those who never got a chance to be a part of it.’  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘My idea of this gallery and this show is to promote and do art for arts’ sake’.‘All ten shows will have curated approaches regarding their display and montage,’ says curator Debabrota Das. Moreover the market is not about branded works, it’s all about good works just like this show.’ he added.The first show of Tabula Rasa is planned in July and the participating artistes in this show are Gazal Alagh, Meena Laisaram, Ritu Singh, Ritu Gupta, Shiv Kiran, Kamal Nath, Shagun Mohindra,Tanushree Singh and Sheetal Gulati. The show will exhibit a variety of art forms such as mediums like paintings, sculptures and photography.To give it a formal start, the gallery has arranged for a wine and cheese evening on 19 July.  The evening will witness  eminent TV actor Ashok Pandey, artists Asit Kumar Patnaik and Jagganath Panda who will open the show. So mark your calenders and head over!last_img read more

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Onlineonly admission in undergraduate level

first_imgKolkata: The state Higher Education department has directed all universities under its aegis and colleges affiliated to these universities that admission process in undergraduate level for the 2019-20 academic session will be conducted entirely online. Students need not come to colleges during the admission process and will have to report directly on the day of commencement of classes.”We are going for online admission which will be merit-based. This will ensure transparency and students will not face any harassment during the admission process. They should not be called on campus during admission and communication with college authorities, if needed, will be through e-mail. Students will report to colleges only when the classes start,” said R S Shukla, Additional Chief Secretary of the state Higher Education department. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShukla, however, made it clear that colleges will do physical verification of documents when classes start and if they are found to be not authentic then the concerned student’s admission is liable to be cancelled. State Education minister Partha Chatterjee chaired a meeting with vice-chancellors and principals of colleges on Monday at a private university based in New Town and informed them about the modalities of admission in the undergraduate level. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe admission process will start soon after the results of the Higher Secondary Examination on May 27. It may be mentioned that CBSE Class XII and ISC results have already been published. Student unions will not be allowed to set up any help desk in colleges and the administrative process will be entirely under the supervision of the college authorities. “We have already issued clear-cut guidelines about the admission. Today (Monday) we convened the meeting to clear any confusion. Instructions regarding admission have also been sent to the District Magistrates across the state,” a senior official of the Higher Education department said. It may be recalled that last year, there were allegations of extortion on the part of students’ unions in some colleges for admitting students. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself had to intervene to resolve the issue. She had reiterated that if someone is found asking for money for personal interest in lieu of granting admission, stern action will be taken against him/her. Members of students’ unions in some colleges were also arrested by the police after Banerjee’s intervention. The state Higher Education department had issued a notification directing all colleges that counselling for admission to undergraduate courses must be done strictly online and physical verification of documents, if required, can be done only after the commencement of classes. It may be mentioned that it was former Education minister Bratya Basu, who had mooted the idea of online admission for the first time.last_img read more

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