NAHT School Leaders’ Summit, Ofqual Chief Regulator Simon Lebus

first_imgNAHT School Leaders’ Summit, Ofqual Chief Regulator Simon Lebus SL NAHT speech18th March 2021Good afternoon. It is a great pleasure to be here with you this afternoon at your School Leaders’ Summit. My name is Simon Lebus and I am the Interim Chief Regulator at Ofqual. I started at Ofqual on January 4th, which was the day the Prime Minister announced that the summer’s exams would not proceed normally. It has therefore proved a rather different job to what I had anticipated, and I have as a result found myself presiding over a major departure in how we manage Year 11 and Year 13 assessment in the form, for general qualifications at least, of a wholesale migration to teacher assessment, a change that in normal times would have been regarded as revolutionary.I think your last School Leaders’ Summit was in London in February last year. The pandemic was beginning to penetrate public consciousness as the focus moved from China to gruesome scenes from hospitals in Italy and Spain shown nightly on TV. Lockdown, however, was still a month away, you were still offering attendees trips on the London Eye from which they would have been able to see a busy London as we can now hardly remember it, and none of us had any real appreciation of the speed with which the way we live was about to change or the scale of the crisis which was shortly to engulf us.This has had enormous repercussions in virtually every dimension of our lives, education maybe especially so. Here, we have had to deal with schools being shut down, with a move to online learning using new technologies and pedagogies (something which would have taken years in normal times), with student stress and anxiety and mental health problems, with loss of learning and opportunities for social interaction and development, and with teachers suddenly faced with significant extra workload and having to carry out all sorts of extra tasks and duties and in some areas to reinvent their role. And of course, you, as school leaders, have had to manage all that while dealing with a flurry of different public health guidance, worried parents and the chaos and confusion caused by such a fast-moving set of events.Exams, of course, are normally a fixed point on the school year’s horizon, but they too have been a casualty. I spent fifteen years of my life earlier in my career running exam boards. During that time exams were generally regarded as a necessary, entirely inevitable but utterly unloved feature of the educational landscape, so it was striking how much they were missed when they were suspended last year and replaced with Centre Assessed Grades. This, of course, is going to be the second year where a combination of public health concerns and worries about fairness have led to exams not being made available and I thought it might be helpful, therefore, in my speech to talk about a few of the considerations that have driven the design of this year’s arrangements.One of the lessons from last year was to do with the need to have arrangements in place that we could be confident would command public support. Last year concerns about the impact of the moderation algorithm, about the appeals arrangements and a general sense of lack of student agency led to a feeling the system was not fair. This resulted in a wholesale loss of public support.It was in part the determination to avoid this that led to the desire to carry out a wide-ranging public consultation, something we embarked on jointly with the Department for Education at the beginning of this year. We received more than 100,000 responses to this – around 50,000 from students, 25,000 from parents, 10,000 from teachers – in addition to responses from school groups, teacher representatives and other professionally interested groups, such as the NAHT. We had a large team that read through them all and the consultation responses have provided valuable input for the principles that we have embedded within this year’s approach.One of the challenges in designing a fair system in circumstances where there has been so much disruption to learning and where it has occurred so unevenly is to make sure that students are only assessed on what they have been taught, and not on the learning that they have missed. There has been much discussion about this and whether there might be scope to try to address the issue of differential learning loss through the assessment system, above and beyond the compensation provided by focusing assessment only on what has been taught.To do this in any systematic way would involve trying to make an estimate of potential or quantifying the amount of learning lost and integrate that estimate into the assessment of actual learning, something which would involve again resort to algorithms and I think potentially create further unfairness. It would also conceal the reality that lost learning will ultimately need to be recovered through access to additional remedial learning opportunities, something that will likely need to be dealt with in the schools, colleges, HE destinations and in some case within the employments that students graduating through this year’s exam system progress to.Another debate has been as to the use of externally set tasks – sometimes incorrectly referred to as mini-exams – and whether these should be used as part of this year’s assessment regime, and if so, the extent to which they should be made compulsory and be taken under exam conditions. There were some strong voices in favour of that approach on the grounds that it would provide a powerful vehicle for standardisation and reduce the risk of unfairness arising out of different schools and colleges adopting different and inconsistent approaches, something that it was felt had been one of the problems in 2020.Consultation responses on this were rather mixed (students perhaps unsurprisingly being especially unsupportive) but we in the end decided against the mini-exam approach in favour of a permissive use of externally set tasks. This was partly because the nature of the disruption that has been suffered means that the setting of mini papers could not be organised centrally as it would not accommodate students having been taught different areas of content. Partly for the practical reason of concern about the potential vulnerability of fixed assessments on set dates being vulnerable to further and unpredictable public health hazards such as new COVID variants. Partly out of a concern that it could lead to further compression of learning by encouraging neglect of non-examined elements of the curriculum. And partly reflecting the reality, as a matter of good assessment practice, that mini exams often rely on too small a sampling of what has been learned to form a reliable basis for judgement.The approach that has been therefore adopted is that exam boards will provide a menu of tasks drawn largely from previous years’ exam papers from which teachers will be able to draw as part of their assessment strategy, to be used alongside other sources of evidence such as coursework, homework, in-class and across-cohort assignments, mock exams and so on. They will be supported by grade descriptors, exemplar materials and mark schemes. This will all therefore be part of the scaffolding that will be provided to support teachers in making their assessment judgements and is designed as an approach to help support judgement being applied in a consistent way across and between schools.Much of this debate, of course, is predicated on assumptions about the difficulty of applying teacher judgement and some of the heavy responsibility the task places on teachers who find themselves not merely preparing their students for the next step of their life journey but also for allocating the exam grades that provide a passport to it. We know that teachers feel the weight of this responsibility and are not always comfortable with some of the moral dilemmas and conflicts with which it confronts them.That is why we are investing very heavily with the exam boards on developing a range of materials for teachers that will provide a framework for them to use in developing and deploying their assessment strategies. The approach will be permissive in that it will allow teachers to develop approaches that best suit their context and their students.In this respect many of the approaches likely to be adopted will draw on sources of evidence very similar to those used in 2020 but without the confounding factors of either the anticipation of the effect of a moderating algorithm or the need to rank order students.The intention is that this, combined with some of the materials and training being provided by exam boards, and given teachers’ already existing familiarity with exam board syllabuses, will produce a broadly consistent internalisation of the overall standard that will support consistency across the system. This is clearly not going to be the same as the various very prescriptive and precise controls that operate in a normal year when exams are running, but it does represent a controlled environment in which teacher judgement can be deployed in a consistent and supportive way.In order for that to work, teachers need to be given space to do the job properly. There is clearly extra work associated with that but we will be doing our best to try minimise this by reducing bureaucracy where possible and regulating for consistent approaches between exam boards. It is also good that the normal accountability pressures will not apply as results will again not be used this year for accountability purposes.I have also heard concerns expressed about undue parental and student pressure being placed on teachers to try to influence their judgement. We will be providing for the reporting of all such activity, as it is essential that teachers’ already difficult task is not made more difficult by having to deal with these additional and unacceptable pressures.More generally a lot of work is going into the quality assurance processes that will be deployed. These will come in three parts.There will be the record keeping and data gathering that takes place in centres, accompanied by a description of supporting internal review processes and ultimately recorded as part of the head of centre attestation that goes with the school or college’s recommended grades to the exam boards.The exam boards will then carry out further checks, both where they identify centres as being high risk as a result and also through a programme of random checking so that they can assure themselves that internal quality assurance processes have been effectively and consistently applied across centres. These are also likely to involve some contextualisation of 2021 recommended grade profiles against historic outcomes and confirmation that students have attained at a level that will allow them to progress to the next stage of their education or training.One of the issues that arose last year was appeals. Although these attracted much publicity the actual numbers were much lower than a normal year. When I checked our records, I noted that there were around 300,000 appeals in 2019 resulting in around 70,000 grade changes. This compared to under 10,000 in 2020, though I recognise this is not a like for like comparison as the grounds for appeal were much more restricted.I would not want to make estimates for what we should expect this year, where the system is again slightly different, but I think it is worth emphasising that many of the normal incentives that encourage high levels of appeals will not apply. In particular, because students will be receiving holistic grades based on teacher judgement, there will not be the usual pattern of students entering speculative applications for re-marks on the basis that they are one or two marks off a grade boundary.I also believe that the provision for teachers to share with students details of which pieces of work it is that teachers are basing their assessment judgement on before the recommended grades are submitted in June will lead to fewer surprises come Results Day in August. More generally the nature of the holistic judgements that are being made this year is that they cannot be picked apart like UMS scores – the appeals system has therefore been designed to cater for situations where there have been gross miscarriages of justice or manifest failures of academic judgement rather than with the fine-grained differences of grade boundaries that we deal with in normal years.I am very aware that continued uncertainty about precisely what the summer 2021 arrangements are going to involve is adding to concern and anxiety both within schools and among students and parents. Detailed guidance will be published by the end of this month at the latest and we are working hard to see if we can manage slightly earlier.Once the guidance is published schools will be able to start developing their plans and commence the business of putting the necessary measures in place. I want to take this opportunity to repeat how aware I am of the additional burden this places on schools and colleges and their leadership and staff and how appreciative I am of the positive engagement there has been in my many meetings with various stakeholders as we all commit ourselves to ensuring that students do not suffer any additional disadvantage by being deprived of their access to the assessed grades that will support the next stage of their progression into learning, training or employment.This is a collective effort involving multiple actors, many of them playing roles or operating in ways that would have been unfamiliar in pre-COVID times, and there is clearly a greater element of uncertainty as a consequence than there would be in normal times.One manifestation of this is worry about grade inflation. I would not wish to be drawn into anticipations about this, but would emphasise that some of the factors driving inflation last year do not apply, in particular the sense that teachers might have had, when recommending grades, that their recommendations would be subject to moderation by an algorithm and some of the challenges associated with a very prescriptive approach to rank ordering. We would also be expecting schools and colleges, as part of the quality assurance process, to identify any outcomes that look atypical – in either inflationary or deflationary terms – against previous year outcomes and to provide some sort of explanation as to what might have caused that.Overall, however, I believe that teacher judgement, supported with the scaffolding and guidance about assessment standards that are due to be provided by exam boards, is a trustworthy and sound basis on which to operate. I am also aware that teachers recognise the great importance of not awarding students grades that would mislead them about what are the most suitable progression routes for them to pursue.The main issue therefore would be the effect of operation of benefit of the doubt. Say you have a class of 30 year 11 GCSE candidates, and 5 of them have produced work, on more than one occasion and under fairly controlled circumstances, which leads you to believe they are capable of getting a grade 9 on the day of the exam. In reality, we know that all 5s probably won’t quite manage it on the day as they may have a bad day, some problems at home or the wrong questions come up. Inevitably it is impossible to be sure which of the 5 will, and which won’t.So, acting with complete professional integrity, using the knowledge you have of normal grading standards, the range of evidence you have of their performance, and following exam board guidance, you would likely submit a grade 9 for all 5 of them. That small act of professional judgement, made in perfectly good conscience, and with good evidence, available for scrutiny if requested, will inevitably have an impact when repeated across the system, but that will lead only to some small upward pressure on outcomes, not the ‘Weimar-style inflation ‘or ‘prizes for all’ that some commentators have unhelpfully suggested. That seems to me an entirely legitimate consequence of deploying teacher judgement for this purpose, something that I hope will be recognised and respected in the public discourse.I have focused mainly on 2021 and we are in the thick of that at the moment. However, as summer approaches, the weather improves and we begin to be able, vaccine supplies allowing, to contemplate life post lockdown, we are also turning our thoughts to the future. The 2022 Year 13 cohort is evidently going to be unusual in that it will be coming to A levels never having before sat public exams and both Years 11 and 13 will have suffered high levels of learning disruption.Discussion about arrangements for 2022 is already underway and these will no doubt look at what easements might be desirable. Longer term, however, there is clearly going to be scope to reflect on what we have learned during this time and what implications it might have for assessment. I am thinking especially of the large scale of adoption of technology and online learning and its integration into pedagogy and whether that will ultimately have a washback into assessment. I am also hopeful that a successful experience this year will allow us to reflect in a more substantial way on the role of teacher judgement in assessment and the contribution it can make.I am alas now out of time, but these are some of the issues that we have been reflecting on and I hope this gives you a useful sense of how we are approaching the next few months from a regulatory point of view and of some of the issues which we think are going to need consideration longer term. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). 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Spencer girls win team title at WIAA Division 3 track regional

first_imgNumerous athletes qualify for sectionals from Auburndale, Spencer, and Columbus CatholicBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARATHON — The Spencer girls won the team title, and the Rockets, Marshfield Columbus Catholic, and Auburndale combined for 56 sectional qualifiers at the WIAA Division 3 track and field regional at Marathon High School on Tuesday.Spencer had three relays and eight girls combine for 11 top-four finishes on its way to the team title with 127 points, just one point ahead of Marathon. Auburndale was third with 120 and Columbus Catholic fifth with 61.Rachel Zastrow won both the 100 hurdles (16.56 seconds) and 300 hurdles (48.29); Nadia King won the 400 (1:03.87); and the 400 realy team of King, Paige Lawrence, Zastrow, and Liz Endreas won in 4:25.50 for Spencer.King also placed second in the 1,600 (5:41.37).Alexandra Hutchison won a pair of events for Columbus Catholic. She won the 100 (12.65) and 200 (25.25).The Auburndale girls had three first-place finishes. Sam Jensen won the triple jump (31-6.75); Kali Karl took first in the 800 (2:30.53); and the 3,200 relay team of Abby Bauer, Hannah Dorshorst, Katie Leick, and Karl won in 10:35.89.Marathon rolled to the team title on the boys side, racking up more than twice as many points as second-place Loyal. Columbus Catholic was third, and Spencer and Auburndale tied for fourth.Noah Zastrow won the pole vault with a height of 13 feet for Spencer’s lone victory.Columbus Catholic also had one victory. The 3,200 relay team of Ben Behling, Leonard Steinert, Peyton Nystrom, and Christian Payant won with a time of 8:40.04.Auburndale’s Lee Jepsen won two events, taking first in the 100 (11.29) and 200 (23.33).The top four finishers in each event move on to the WIAA Division 3 sectional on Friday at Rosholt. The top four at the sectional qualify for the 2015 WIAA State Track & Field Champions on June 5-6.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of WIAA Division 3 Track RegionalMay 26, at Marathon High School GirlsTeam scores: 1. Spencer 127; 2. Marathon 126; 3. Auburndale 120; 4. Edgar 78; 5. Marshfield Columbus Catholic 61; 6. Pittsville 51; 7. Northland Lutheran 41; 8. Loyal 22.Top four (sectional qualifiers) and Auburndale, Spencer, and Columbus Catholic finishersHigh jump: 1. Vanesse Seubert (MAR) 4-10; 2. Kendra Baierl (MCC) 4-10; 3. Abby Varsho (SP) 4-9; 4. Amanda Momont (AUB) 4-9; 5. Sabrina Vircks (SP) 4-8; 6. Rachel Gronemeyer (AUB) 4-8; 7. Johanna Ellefson (SP) 4-6.Long jump: 1. A. Momont (AUB) 15-0; 2. Sylviann Momont (AUB) 14-8.25; 3. Tianna Borchardt (ED) 14-7; 4. Varsho (SP) 14-5.75; 11. Liz Endreas (SP) 8-9.Shot put: 1. Aly Kornack (ED) 33-5; 2. Sarah Volhard (MAR) 33-4; 3. Jessica Burt (SP) 31-11.5; 4. Ashley Breu (AUB) 31-7; 10. Josie Stoflet (AUB) 25-4.5; 11. Stephanie Johnson (MCC) 24-4.25; 12. Catherine Pinter (MCC) 23-6.25.3,200 relay: 1. Auburndale (Abby Bauer, Hannah Dorshorst, Katie Leick, Kali Karl) 10:35.89; 2. Pittsville (Kari Beckman, Jenna Hughes, Miranda Ortner, Kacey Soetebier) 10:41.49; 3. Marathon (Kayla Erickson, Karena Malluege, Breanna Schara, Alysha Stieber) 11:01.96; 4. Marshfield Columbus Catholic (Morgan Albrecht, Natalie Pospyhalla, Marissa Immerfall, Hannah Grubofski) 11:16.27.100 hurdles: 1. Rachel Zastrow (SP) 16.56; 2. Cassie Mitchell (AUB) 18.64; 3. Endreas (SP) 19.13; 4. Ann Seliger (MAR) 21.28; 6. Jennifer Reigel (MCC) 22.20.100: 1. Alexandra Hutchison (MCC) 12.65; 2. Tiana Weatherby (ED) 13.39; 3. Jordan Wichlacz (SP) 13.85; 4. Edrea Kubista (LOY) 13.91; 6. A. Momont (AUB) 14.12; 7. Jenna Rogers (SP) 14.70.800 relay: 1. Edgar (Weatherby, Borchardt, Kamryn Butt, Macey Wirkus) 1:52.49; 2. Pittsville (Alissa Korslin, Jessica Fuller, Ortner, Sara Minor) 1:53.69; 3. Auburndale (Gronemeyer, Hannah Castellano, Stoflet, Breu) 1:54.06; 4. Spencer (Paige Lawrence, Wichlacz, Kaily Northup, Endreas) 1:55.55.400: 1. Nadia King (SP) 1:03.87; 2. Ashley Denfeld (MAR) 1:05.27; 3. Rebeka Edelburg (NL) 1:06.58; 4. Stieber (MAR) 1:09.36; 5. Baierl (MCC) 1:10.56; 6. Dorshorst (AUB) 1:11.38; 7. McKenna Brecht (SP) 1:11.50; 10. Alyssa Kollross (AUB) 1:18.88.400 relay: 1. Edgar (Weatherby, Borchardt, Butt, Wirkus) 52.88; 2. Marshfield Columbus Catholic (Hutchison, Rachel Roehl, Hannah Stratman, Phoebe Atkinson) 53.14; 3. Auburndale (Gronemeyer, Breu, Castellano, S. Momont) 53.75; 4. Spencer (Ellefson, Lauren Faber, Northup, Wichlacz) 54.63.300 hurdles: 1. Zastrow (SP) 48.29; 2. Wirkus (ED) 50.36; 3. Mitchell (AUB) 54.59; 4. Kubista (LOY) 56.04; 5. Stoiber (SP) 59.42; 6. Brittany Fitzgerald (SP) 59.65; 9. Reigel (MCC) 1:04.65.200: 1. Hutchison (MCC) 25.25; 2. Korslin (PIT) 27.93; 3. Edelburg (NL) 28.35; 4. Kubista (LOY) 28.42; 8. Varsho (SP) 30.89.3,200: 1. Anna Buchberger (MAR) 11:48.84; 2. Hannah Kloehn (NL) 13:00.37; 3. Bauer (AUB) 13:07.15; 4. Bryn Pilgrim (MAR) 13:30.96; 6. Hannah Pankratz (SP) 17:17.28.1,600 relay: 1. Spencer (King, Lawrence, Zastrow, Endreas) 4:25.50; 2. Auburndale (Gronemeyer, Breu, Karl, S. Momont) 4:28.60; 3. Pittsville (Hughes, Korslin, Ortner, Fuller) 4:29.80; 4. Marathon (Ashley Denfeld, Stieber, Brooke Balz, V. Seubert) 4:30.60.Discus: 1. Melissa Neumann (NL) 99-7; 2. Kornack (ED) 94-10; 3. Volhard (MAR) 93-2; 4. Katie Heiden (ED) 92-5; 7. Burt (SP) 85-6; 8. Sam Jensen (AUB) 81-2; 9. Pinter (MCC) 71-10; 12. Ana Jepsen (AUB) 65-9; 13. Immerfall (MCC) 62-4; 14. Kollross (AUB) 61-10; 16. Johnson (MCC) 55-1.Triple jump: 1. Jensen (AUB) 31-6.75; 2. Vircks (SP) 30-4; 3. S. Momont (AUB) 30-2.75; 5. Wichlacz (SP) 28-2.1,600: 1. Buchberger (MAR) 5:28.55; 2. King (SP) 5:41.37; 3. Leick (AUB) 5:53.48; 4. Kloehn (NL) 5:56.55.800: 1. Karl (AUB) 2:30.53; 2. Kayla Erickson (MAR) 2:38.44; 3. Grubofski (MCC) 2:41.88; 4. Kaitilin Kasch (SP) 2:48.35; 5. Pospyhalla (MCC) 2:51.88; 6. Albrecht (MCC) 2:51.89.—BoysTeam scores: 1. Marathon 225.33; 2. Loyal 103; 3. Marshfield Columbus Catholic 89.33; 4. Auburndale and Spencer 61; 6. Edgar 57; 7. Pittsville 46.33; 8. Northland Lutheran 20.Top four (sectional qualifiers) and Auburndale, Spencer, and Columbus Catholic finishersDiscus: 1. Bryce Seubert (MAR) 129-5; 2. Matt Lang (AUB) 126-1; 3. Nathan Stoffel (MAR) 124-8; 4. Sam Buchberger (MAR) 124-2; 8. David Rasmussen (MCC) 107-0; 9. Max Johnson (SP) 105-10; 10. Elijah Welsh (MCC) 102-4; 13. Shane Brandl (AUB) 87-9; 16. Ryan Schauer (SP) 70-5; 18. Ryan Patyk (AUB) 66-2.Pole vault: 1. Noah Zastrow (SP) 13-0; 2. Preston Wirkus (MAR), Matt Matel (MAR) and Justin Natzke (MAR) 10-6; 5. Jacob Miller (SP) 10-0.Triple jump: 1. Derrick Howard (LOY) 39-0; 2. Alec Hafferman (ED) 38-7.5; 3. Alex Robbins (MAR) 38-1.25; 4. Colton Ortner (PIT) 36-5; 5. Evan Nikolai (MCC) 36-0.25; 6. Carver Empey (AUB) 35-4; 10. Jacob Hainzlsperger (SP) 31-11; 11. Rylie Schmidt (SP) 30-6.75; 12. Jacob Schneider (SP) 30-5.110 hurdles: 1. Morgan Malm (LOY) 15.14; 2. Matel (MAR) 15.52; 3. Wirkus (MAR) 16.49; 4. Howard (LOY) 16.90; 7. Zechariah Kitzhaber (MCC) 19.76.100: 1. Lee Jepsen (AUB) 11.29; 2. Austin Borchardt (ED) 11.57; 3. Brandon Karlen (MAR) 11.77; 4. Lucas Hannemann (ED) 11.94; 7. Brandl (AUB) 12.46.1,600: 1. Jordan Balz (MAR) 4:57.88; 2. Tim Gruenloh (MCC) 5:07.64; 3. Cody Gehrke (AUB) 5:08.96; 4. Elliot Genteman (LOY) 5:11.18; 6. Benny Frericks (MCC) 5:26.08; 7. Colten Post (SP) 6:37.92.800 relay: 1. Marathon (Alex Robbins, Justin Natzke, Ethan Seubert, Brandon Karlen) 1:33.84; 2. Edgar (Isaac Dahlke, Zachary Pospyhalla, Lucas Hannemann, Austin Borchardt) 1:33.85; 3. Marshfield Columbus Catholic (Christian Payant, Leo Pittsley, David Nielsen, Farid Torbey) 1:35.54; 4. Spencer (J.T. Huebl, Zastrow, Isaiah Schilling, Dyllan Griepentrog) 1:38.48.400: 1. Xavier Lechleitner (MAR) 50.79; 2. Lane Meyer (LOY) 52.36; 3. Kellen Vetter (MAR) 54.58; 4. Colton Ortner (PIT) 55.64; 7. Jeremiah Giles (MCC) 58.94; 8. Schmidt (SP) 1:00.58; 10. Max Weber (SP) 1:03.35; 11. Nicholas Malovrh (MCC) 1:05.44; 12. Darren Kieffer (AUB) 1:08.67.400 relay: 1. Marathon (Robbins, Matel, Seubert, Karlen) 44.78; 2. Edgar (Dahlke, Borchardt, Hannemann, Pospyhalla) 45.93; 3. Auburndale (Empey, Brandl, Gage Stoflet, Jepsen) 47.74; 4. Spencer (Zach Hahn, Hainzlsperger, Johnson, Collen Neiman) 50.23.300 hurdles: 1. Malm (LOY) 39.54; 2. Matel (MAR) 41.58; 3. Payant (MCC) 42.16; 4. Pospyhalla (ED) 42.52; 6. Zastrow (SP) 44.19; 8. Kitzhaber (MCC) 46.62; 13. Noah Hansen (MCC) 51.19; 15. Griepentrog (SP) 55.39.200: 1. Jepsen (AUB) 23.33; 2. Robbins (MAR) 23.72; 3. Huebl (SP) 24.15; 4. Pittsley (MCC) 24.17; 5. Nielsen (MCC) 24.74; 6. Empey (AUB) 25.17; 8. Griepentrog (SP) 26.53.1,600 relay: 1. Marathon (E. Seubert, R. Seubert, Vetter, Lechleitner) 3:37.20; 2. Loyal (Marcus Genteman, Malm, Logan Genteman, Lane Meyer) 3:41.30; 3. Pittsville (Alec Kolar, Jack Zdun, Ortner, Dylan Grossbier) 3:55.60; 4. Spencer (Hainzlsperger, Huebl, Schmidt, Griepentrog) 4:02.50; 5. Marshfield Columbus Catholic (Ben Behling, Leonard Steinert, Malovhr, Giles) 4:08.10.High jump: 1. Malm (LOY) 6-0; 2. Everett Rasmussen (PIT), Lechleitner (MAR) and Farid Torbey (MCC) 5-10; 6. Miller (SP) 5-4.Long jump: 1. E. Seubert (MAR) 18-8.5; 2. Howard (LOY) 18-7; 3. David Burgess (NL) 18-6.5; 4. Empey (AUB) 17-5.25; 5. Pittsley (MCC) 16-5.25; 6. Hainzlsperger (SP) 15-11; 10. Schilling (SP) 15-0.25; 12. Kieffer (AUB) 12-11.Shot put: 1. Devin Mathwich (MAR) 45-6.25; 2. Clayton Phillips (MAR) 43-1.5; 3. Welsh (MCC) 43-0.5; 4. Johnson (SP) 42-6.5; 6. Dakota Andreae (SP) 41-9.25; 7. Josh VanSchoick (AUB) 40-3.75; 9. Rasmussen (MCC) 36-1.5; 11. Lang (AUB) 35-7.5; 12. Travis Stelson (SP) 35-4.5; 19. Kundinger (AUB) 28-0.75.3,200 relay: 1. Marshfield Columbus Catholic (Behling, Steinert, Peyton Nystrom, Payant) 8:40.04; 2. Marathon (Carson Seehafer, Satchel Beranek, Justin Schwarting, Jordan Balz) 8:41.16; 3. Pittsville (Josh Zogleman, Jesse Poppy, Ortner, Grossbier) 8:42.49; 4. Loyal (E. Genteman, Josh Kroening, Darin Meyer, M. Genteman) 10:28.21.3,200: 1. Beranek (MAR) 10:35.68; 2. Schwarting (MAR) 10:55.73; 3. Cody Gehrke (AUB) 11:32.79; 4. Gruenloh (MCC) 11:39.94; 5. Benny Frericks (MCC) 11:46.82.800: 1. Lechleitner (MAR) 2:01.01; 2. L. Genteman (LOY) 2:02.35; 3. Balz (MAR) 2:08.38; 4. Behling (MCC) 2:08.74; 6. Steinert (MCC) 2:12.56; 8. Daniel Wilke (SP) 2:20.52; 9. Nystrom (MCC) 2:25.74; 10. Bryce Shaw (SP) 2:31.44; 11. Kieffer (AUB) 2:50.35.last_img read more

SA to launch anti-corruption bureau

first_img12 July 2013 The South African government is to launch an anti-corruption bureau to deal with corruption at all levels of the public service, Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu announced on Friday. Speaking at a New Age breakfast in Pretoria, Sisulu said the bureau will put paid to the “mobile” corrupt employee who, charged with corruption in one province, resigned before the case was heard, moved to another province or municipality to find employment and carried on with corrupt activities. “We have identified this important loophole and have put a stop to it, because we will now have one central data base that will help us contain this abuse.” Sisulu said that a decision had been taken that no corrupt public servant would be allowed to do business with government. This was to ensure that an environment of corrupt practices was not allowed to flourish. Sisulu said corruption existed at two levels, first at the level of direct bribery of officials and the second at the level of procurement processes. “Bribery of officials normally involves all of us, all of society, and invariably it involves the frontline public servants and especially law enforcement public servants,” she said. “Our message to our citizens is very clear – that offering and paying a bribe is corrupt practice and it is illegal and it carries a heavy penalty. Do not bribe a policeman, a traffic officer or a public servant, because if you do, you are not only encouraging corrupt activity, you are committing a crime.” Sisulu called on members of the public to report an officer or public servant who requested or demanded a bribe, adding that the Department of Public Service and Administration would be taking steps to explain to the public how to go about reporting corruption. Meanwhile, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega has announced the launch of an internal anti-corruption unit to combat fraud and corruption within the South African Police Service (SAPS). “If we are to successfully fight crime in the country, we must first get our house in order. We must fight crime with clean hands. We will therefore not shy away from taking action against our own. We will certainly do it with boldness,” Phiyega said at the launch of the Free State Province Crime Prevention Strategy. Source: read more

Bing It On: Microsoft Rolls Out Its New Search Engine

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It was no secret that Microsoft was getting ready to roll out a new search engine, and today, the company began the official roll-out of Bing – the successor of the company’s less than successful Live Search efforts. Formerly known as Kumo, Bing, which should become available worldwide by June 3, is Microsoft’s latest attempt to steal market share away from Google. According to Microsoft, Bing, while providing a good general search experience, wants to focus on providing an especially good user experience in four verticals: making a purchase decision, planning a trip, researching a health condition, and finding a local business.For the most part, Bing’s interface resembles that of today’s Live Search, with a large ‘cover image’ on the front page that surrounds the search box. The major difference in the user interface is the addition of guided searches in the left sidebar, though Microsoft says that the real changes are under the hood. The company argues that it can bring a new approach to Internet search by providing a richer, easier, and more organized search experience. This, for example, means that Bing will integrate data from consumer reviews when a search brings up a restaurant, for example. Good Enough is Not Good Enough in the Search BusinessAccording to Microsoft, “30 percent of searches are abandoned without a satisfactory result.” We haven’t been able to put Bing through its paces yet, so it remains to be seen if it actually works as well as Microsoft promises it will. We have seen too many promises in the area that have remained unfulfilled (we’re looking at you, Cuil), so we will hold back any judgment until we get to test Bing ourselves.One thing is clear, though; a search engine that is only ‘good enough’ will not be enough to gain back any market share from Google, which now virtually controls the search engine market. Microsoft argues that this large amount of market share can make Google slow to innovate, but then, it remains to be seen if Bing can offer enough innovation to entice users to switch. Yahoo Search, after all, is also innovating furiously, but hasn’t been able to capture any new market share lately.Rebranding Virtual Earth, Farecast, CashbackAlways happy to change brand names, Microsoft also announced that Virtual Earth, its mapping platform, will now be branded as Bing Maps for Enterprise. Travel search engine Farecast, formerly known as Live Search Farecast will now become Bing Travel, and the Live Cashback program will now be Bing Cashback.Discover BingMicrosoft also launched a new site, Discover Bing, that goes into all the details of how Bing works and the decision process behind the creation of it. And if you still can’t get enough news about Bing, our friends over at CNet also feature an in-depth look at how Bing came to be. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Tags:#Features#Microsoft#NYT#Product Reviews#search#web last_img read more

LPM Media Group (LP Magazine) Hits Major Milestones as the Leading Loss Prevention News…

first_imgFor over 15 years, LP Magazine has been the central and premiere resource for news and education for the loss prevention/asset protection retail industry. In the last 6 months, LP Magazine has grown its digital platform exponentially beginning  with the launch of its new digital platform which includes more original content and daily news, reports that feature news and content valuable to the industry, an industry directory for easy access in loss prevention solution providers and much more.As a result, LP Magazine has seen tremendous growth, including:112% increase in pageviews on the website with over 280,000 page views since new site launch.Increased engagement with 97% reader retention rate**Over 10,000 social media followers across LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, with the top ten posts receiving over 2,300 sharesOver 250,000 emails opened – including content such as news, reports, events and magazine issue highlights and spotlight articles“It’s an exciting time at LP Magazine, as we’ve been laser focused on not only creating great, quality content that is of value to our reader – but doing it through various outlets in a smarter, more quality-driven way. We are a true multi-platform media brand, and that momentum is even more exciting in our 15th year in publication…that we just keep getting better,” said Jim Lee, CEO and executive editor.- Sponsor – Managing Editor/Partner Jack Trlica echoed this momentum, particularly heading into the planning and preparation for the annual Editorial and Vendor Advisory Board meeting held in September.“We’ve never been a boastful brand – instead focused on doing the best job we can in providing loss prevention news and education for the industry. But as we plan for this year’s annual meeting, it feels extra special to go in with great growth and momentum, and to work with our vendor and editorial board members and celebrate 15 years with an eye towards the next 15.” said Trlica.LP Magazine holds its annual meeting in September with its Editorial Board members – consisting of over 25 loss prevention retail executives – and key solution providers whom sit on the Vendor Advisory Board. There, this group discusses what’s next for the industry as a whole and how the media brand through its content, resources and communications expertise can fuel the industry forward.This year’s annual meeting will be held in Sanibel, Florida. For more information on how you can become involved with the Editorial Board or Vendor Advisory Board, contact lpmag (at) lpportal (dot) com.*Year/Year Comparison as Reported and Verified by Google Analytics **Verified by WhatCounts (email distribution platform) ***Data Verified by WhatCounts Analytics platform, 11/18-5/25 Aggregate Opens Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Sharad Pawar defeats RS Mahendra to become BCCI chief, signals end of Jagmohan Dalmiya era

first_imgVICTOR: Sharad PawarThe genteel ladies of Kolkata, clad in their best winter silks, probably thought they had hit upon the mother of all bargains. They had come looking for a diamond jewellery show and run into crowds, lights, cameras and noise. Each bewildered woman was escorted away to a hall,VICTOR: Sharad PawarThe genteel ladies of Kolkata, clad in their best winter silks, probably thought they had hit upon the mother of all bargains. They had come looking for a diamond jewellery show and run into crowds, lights, cameras and noise. Each bewildered woman was escorted away to a hall next door where the minor exhibits were on display. What they had accidentaly stumbled into was the entrance to a circus like no other. The assembled throng was waiting for the arrival of a new ring master. The BCCI’s much delayed and cantankerous 2005 annual election was coming to a close.When Sharad Pawar was voted BCCI president he did more than ascend the highest office in Indian cricket. The Union minister for agriculture literally prised power out of the iron fist of Jagmohan Dalmiya, who had controlled Indian sport’s richest body for well over a decade. Pawar’s takeover was headline news not only because the man himself is a national figure. The BCCI is worth approximately Rs 200 crore today and as a business, Indian cricket is estimated to be worth Rs 1,000 crore a year. Whoever heads the BCCI has total control of one of India’s two major entertainment industries, cinema being the other.It had taken a Union cabinet minister, the combined political force of the country’s national ruling party, a Supreme Court decision, a former election commissioner, 10 lawyers and 16 court cases to force change in one of the most loosely-formed but tightly-guarded of sporting fortresses.Pawar’s coup, begun at the 2004 Board election, is now complete. After holding every major office in the BCCI which ruled him out of the election process, Dalmiya could not contemplate the idea of giving it all away. This desire to play remote control was his undoing. In 2004, Dalmiya voted four times to enable his man, Ranbir Singh Mahendra, to become president by the margin of a single vote against Pawar.A year later, when the numbers appeared stacked against him, Dalmiya chose adjournments and legal loopholes to put off the election and delay the inevitable for two more months. Finally, when it could be delayed no longer, his rivals, led by the formidable Pawar, came to his town with allies, aides and lawyers.One worker from the Pawar camp said, “We had been working from the day we lost the 2004 election but had stepped it up in the last two months.” The numbers were already in place. “Eventually, Saheb is a politician,” said one official of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) where Pawar has been president for four years, “they know where to put pressure from, whom to talk to.” advertisementVANQUISHED: Jagmohan DalmiyaOn the morning of the election, even before the votes were cast, Dalmiya and his allies knew their result. The final scoreline 20-11 was a wash-out and Dalmiya left the meeting, according to some, “definitely disturbed”. Once the kingpin, Dalmiya now belongs to an insignificant minority in Indian cricket. Raj Singh Dungarpur, all drama always, declared, “The evil empire has ended.”The talk now is of transformation and transparency. According to Mehmood Abdi, lawyer for the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) the BCCI is witnessing a “generational change”. Pawar, 65, may well raise a skeptical eyebrow though some BCCI bastions have already fallen.Industrialist Lalit Modi, a major player on Pawar’s team, has taken the RCA away from the Rungta clan through legal acumen and political support. Modi said, “Within a year I see the BCCI having a professional set-up run by a CEO and a team of executives. We won’t be a one-man show.” Modi is projected as the young, ambitious face of the BCCI who’s already knocked heads with the old guard like Dungarpur. He found his way onto the BCCI’s most influential decision-making body, the working committee, by using an old ploy: getting nominated as a vice-president from another zone.So the complete “Modification” of the BCCI is not yet upon us. Pawar’s own promises are to Indian cricket administration what a tearaway fast bowler is to the national team-half-necessity, half-fantasy. Better infrastructure, a centralised HQ, a CEO and perhaps even something on the lines of the Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) Pawar set up as MCA chief, which has cricketers taking decisions on the game. The patriarch is very much a hands-off boss who according to Ratnakar Shetty, MCA treasurer, spends “quality time” on cricket.The only questions that the MCA managing committee can ask the CIC pertain to finances required for cricketing activities. This clear demarcation of power took some getting used to but things run now smoothly. In the new regime, Shetty, who was acting executive secretary in BCCI’s Mumbai office, is tipped to be the Board’s first CEO.In an interview to INDIA TODAY , Pawar said that he would use the truncated first term to formalise the BCCI’s electoral rules. The rules do exist but are so ambiguous that whenever a competitor came close, Dalmiya could throw up smokescreens. It took a series of court orders obtained by the young Turk lawyers in Pawar’s camp to cleared up the fog. On election day, procedures were virtually water-tight. Former chief election commissioner T.S. Krishnamurthy, the Supreme Court-appointed observer, told the voters in the plainest possible language. “Please don’t give me election lessons,” he said, “I’ve conducted far bigger elections than this.” It was a long way off from when complete strangers would walk into elections waving papers authorising them to vote instead of cricket officials sitting in the meetings.Pawar’s victory brings an end not just to the Dalmiya era but also an unsettled 14 months for Indian cricket. It began when Dalmiya stepped down as president in 2004, but continued to run the Board by proxy. Mahendra could do no business in the first four months as the election results were challenged in court.advertisementSomeone forgot to book hotel rooms for the Indian team. Others made sure that the visiting Australians were given a wicket that suited them more than the Indians, a compliment that was repaid in full when the Indian players returned to Kolkata without the city’s own Sourav Ganguly for a recent one-day match.The result in Pawar’s favour has ended this cycle of action and reaction, suit and counter-suit. The day after the election Pawar dropped by Dalmiya’s home for a tete-a-tete. Murmurs suggest that the meeting went well. When two old foxes get together, chickens in even the most distance coops have good reason to start sweating.last_img read more

Health Mosquitoes are to be taken seriously

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Oct 2015 – Environmental Health says we can take the bite out of mosquito bites, and issued some tips yesterday including that flower pots, buckets, barrels, boats, garbage lids, open cesspits, tree holes, pool covers and even toys can become breeding spaces for virus carrying insects. These warnings become far more weighty after 2014, and the boost in cases of Dengue Fever and Chikungunya Virus after Tropical Storm Cristobal, a rain maker which left stagnant water in nearly all islands for weeks. The information from EHD also becomes more important now that TCI has to cope with the after-effects of nearly three days of rain. Last year, not only did the country run out of repellents and supplies, but many were sickened and the hospital was bombarded with cases. ZIKA Press Release Zika spread by sex too, says Scientist Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you More foggers, more manpower, mosquito nets – Zika now in Jamaica Related Items:Chikungunya, Dengue, Environmental health, Mosquitoeslast_img read more