Brentford’s Thomas Frank: ‘No dickheads. We want people who care’

first_img Read more Football League Football League blog Share via Email Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Twitter Share on WhatsApp On Wednesday Smith returns to Griffin Park with Aston Villa, and Frank hopes Smith will be given a warm reception. But you still get the sense a victory would mean just a little bit more: he recently noted that football is “90% suffering, 10% joy”, but a win in this game would probably be in the top one per cent.“The feeling after the Stoke game [a 3-1 win in January], when we’d been through such a bad spell, we flipped it around for the perfect performance … wow. That 10%: you can’t get that feeling anywhere in the world.”Talking points• Despite being bottom of the Championship having lost 15 of 19 games in charge, Paul Lambert remains remarkably popular among the Ipswich support. He’s been smart about his relationship with fans, from attending supporters’ meetings to paying for travel for the recent trip to Blackburn. You’d imagine wading into a scrap with some Norwich players and getting himself sent off in Sunday’s East Anglia derby, despite the result going the way you’d expect, won’t hurt either. Twitter Frank looks a bit like Filippo Inzaghi, if he had spent his 20s in academia rather than riotously celebrating three-yard tap-ins. Actually that isn’t just a flippant line: Frank studied sports psychology before getting his first youth coaching jobs, eventually taking care of various Danish national team youth groups, before taking over as Brøndby head coach in 2013.His departure three years later is quite a story in itself. At the end of the 2016 season it emerged that the club’s chairman Jan Bech Andersen had been criticising Frank on a fans’ forum, under his son’s username. Frank promptly resigned. He pauses and sighs when asked about it, not wishing to pick at old scabs. “It’s one of those where it’s in the past. It was very, very unusual. He stepped over the line – I thought that was too disrespectful, so for me there was only one option.”That pause isn’t unusual: Frank is a thoughtful talker, carefully considering every answer, the sort of calm presence that could easily turn around a calamitous run when others might have panicked.“As a person I’m very open, very human-minded,” he says. “That’s one part: the other is I love details in football. I want to develop a style of play. I want to create a beautiful game but I’m very focused on how you can create a fantastic culture, a fantastic environment. I’m very happy I’m at a club who want to do both.”That’s the pro of managing at Brentford. The con is that you have to work with a squad that you know will, sooner or later, have its best players picked off, not just because that’s how modern football works but because it’s their business plan. Chris Mepham was the latest to be sold on at a profit, to Bournemouth in January, and realistically Frank knows players such as Ollie Watkins and Neal Maupay will follow soon.Frank concedes it’s not ideal. “But I know it’s part of the strategy and I buy into that. Part of my challenge is to always prepare the next player to come in. But that’s part of who we are. To earn the profit we have done in the last few years and still progress is unique. So far, we’ve been good at doing that.”Personality, as much as playing ability, is a big part of that. “It’s so important for us to have good people.” He pauses, and expresses concern about the Guardian’s language policy. “‘No dickheads’, only good people. It’s not because we don’t want personality, or an edge, but we want people who actually care.” Facebook Paul Lambert’s behaviour at Norwich, where he was ushered away by a police officer, will have done nothing to harm his popularity with Ipswich fans. Photograph: Tony O’brien/Action Images Share on Twitter Paul Scholes gets off to a flyer at Oldham with 4-1 win over Yeovil It’s been quite a few months for Thomas Frank since he took over as Brentford head coach. After being elevated to the top job in October after two years as Dean Smith’s assistant, he has overseen a run of eight defeats in 10 games, immediately followed by 10 unbeaten, in the middle of which came personal and professional bereavement.Frank had been in the job only a month when, as he was waiting at a leadership conference to meet his friend Rob Rowan, Brentford’s technical director, he got a call from the club’s co-director of football Phil Giles. Rowan had died in his sleep of what turned out to be heart failure.center_img Topics Neal Maupay, left, and Ollie Watkins are expected to be among the next Brentford players to be sold. Photograph: TGSPhoto/Rex/Shutterstock Brentford Championship Pinterest features Share on Pinterest • Hopefully the response to Steve Bruce in his first home game as Sheffield Wednesday manager will dispel the idea that fans were particularly unhappy with his delayed start. “It was a bit bloody better than the last club I was at!” joked Bruce. As a cabbage was thrown at him at that club, that’s a low bar.• Luton appear not to have missed a beat since Nathan Jones’s departure for Stoke. Under Mick Harford they have won the past five games, scoring 14 goals, bringing their season total to 64 from 32 games. Not bad. Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Facebook “It was devastating,” Frank says, quietly, recalling how he had to quickly find somewhere private to process his shock. “He was a very close friend. He was a guy who was very easy to like, because he was so open, so often smiling, but always with extremely high knowledge about football.”The two men talked about the future, knowing that wherever they would be in 10 years, they would probably still be friends. “I think we’re a very human club. Rob was a big part of that. We miss him. I have a picture of him on a shelf in my house so I remember him.”The brain is remarkable when it comes to dealing with things such as grief, but it still seems extraordinary when Frank reveals the meeting that has seemingly turned Brentford’s season around, after weeks of poor performances and bad results, came a week or so after Rowan’s death.“The key game was Sheffield United, we lost and gave away way too many chances. Everything had been building up and accumulating [in previous performances] but it was then we thought we needed to do something. Massively. We had a long meeting the day after. We said: ‘If we don’t step up now, we will get relegated.’”In that meeting Frank and his staff went back to basics, emphasising that the little things which had been allowed to slip would not be tolerated. “Not because they were always late, but now nobody can be late. When we take the gear from the training field in it has to be put right into the container not just dropped on the floor. It’s basics in life, like I teach my children to take their plate into the kitchen.” A few other things were tweaked, some key men returned from injury, a formation switch to 3-4-3 was implemented, and the 10-match run that has righted a floundering season followed before Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email.last_img read more

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Slipstream is the Netflix of Adventure Films and Documentaries

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Slipstream/FacebookSlipstream is a difficult, world-famous ice climb in the Rocky Mountains. It’s also the easiest way to watch hundreds of adventure films in one place.Like Netflix, Slipstream is a subscription-based video service — but just for outdoor adventure films. Users pay a monthly fee and get access to hundreds of outdoor movies any time of the day, on any device. Slipstream works on phones, tablets, computers, and smart TVs. Got a Google Chromecast or Apple TV? Watch it on those too.A group of “outdoor-loving techies in Vancouver” working for the film distribution company Reelhouse wanted a better way to find all the outdoor festival winners and best feature-length films without having to spend a fortune to buy every single one.“We’re constantly inspired by these films, but realized there wasn’t any place to find them all in one place, so we designed a place where filmmakers can reach new audiences and monetize in a meaningful way,” says Keegan McColl, Slipstream co-founder.Keegan McColl, Shawn Price, Adrian Lu, and Aaron Franks put their film technology skills and love of the outdoors together and built Slipstream in five months. It’s been running since March 2017.With the primary goal of supporting the filmmakers and seeing more films made, Slipstream removes the middleman and gives 70 percent of revenue back to the content creators. “People are saying they’re excited about being part of a community that supports storytellers and shares their connection with the outdoors,” says McColl.Currently featuring over 300 films, Slipstream’s catalogue is getting larger every week. There’s something for everyone; categories include climbing, skiing, surfing, festival winners, women adventurers, biking, travel, trail running, and documentary. They’ve also got hand-picked lists of favorites from big names like French mountain snowboarder Xavier de le Rue, British trad climber Hazel Findlay, and adventure writer Brendan Leonard.It’s tough to pick our faves with so many to choose from, but a few stand out right away. Go Fast, Go North is a documentary about life aboard a small sailboat during the Race to Alaska, a 750 mile, no-engine trek from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, Alaska. Solidream chronicles a few childhood friends’ adventurous 54,000 km-bike trip around the world. Or you can watch Xavier de le Rue and Lucas Debari head south to snowboard in Mission Antarctic.At just $4.99 per month for unlimited watches of so many films, it’s easy to get your stoke on while en route to the mountain or the beach. Will we see you and your GoPro in the list of films next year?Feature image courtesy of Slipstream/Facebook. 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Nowlast_img read more

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PCJ and GEF Trust Fund to Invest in Energy-Efficient Projects

first_img “They will receive solar water heaters and energy efficiency retrofits to reduce their collective electricity demand by over 1.3 million kilowatt hours each year, which translates to savings of at least $41 million per annum,” Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, said. He was speaking in the House of Representatives during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 15. Story Highlights The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund are jointly investing in energy-efficient and renewable energy interventions in six local institutions at a cost of US$2.1 million. The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund are jointly investing in energy-efficient and renewable energy interventions in six local institutions at a cost of US$2.1 million.They are the May Pen, Black River, Savanna-la-Mar, National Chest and Bellevue hospitals, and the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre.“They will receive solar water heaters and energy efficiency retrofits to reduce their collective electricity demand by over 1.3 million kilowatt hours each year, which translates to savings of at least $41 million per annum,” Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, said.He was speaking in the House of Representatives during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 15.Meanwhile, for the 2018/19 fiscal year, the Government will continue energy-efficiency interventions in the public sector, including the Post and Telecommunications Department.“The intervention will also be made at three operational locations of the Jamaica Constabulary Force – the May Pen Headquarters, the National Police College at Twickenham Park and the Mobile Reserve Unit on Deanery Road,” Dr. Wheatley said.He noted that a total of US$25 million will be invested to generate annual savings of 23,624 kilowatt hours.last_img read more

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Chandrayaan2 enters Lunar Transfer Trajectory

first_imgChennai: India’s spacecraft to the moon Chandrayaan-2 on Wednesday successfully entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory (LTT) after its orbit was raised further, said Indian space agency. According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the final orbit raising manoeuvre of Chandrayaan-2 was successfully carried out at 2.21 a.m. by firing the spacecraft’s motors for 1,203 seconds. “With this, Chandrayaan-2 entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory. Earlier, the spacecraft’s orbit was progressively increased five times during July 23 to August 06, 2019,” ISRO said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The health of the spacecraft is being continuously monitored from the Mission Operations Complex (MOX) at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at Byalalu, near Bengaluru. Since its launch on July 22, 2019 by GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle, all systems onboard Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft are performing normal. According to ISRO, Chandrayaan-2 will approach Moon on August 20, 2019 and the spacecraft’s liquid engine will be fired again to insert the spacecraft into a lunar orbit. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Following this, there will be further four orbit maneuvers (Aug 21, 28, 30 and Sept 1) to make the spacecraft enter into its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the Moon’s surface,” ISRO said. Subsequently, Vikram lander will separate from the orbiter on September 02, 2019. “Two orbit manoeuvers will be performed on the lander before the initiation of powered descent to make a soft landing on the lunar surface on September 07, 2019,” ISRO said. On July 22, the Chandrayaan-2 was injected into an elliptical orbit of 170×45,475 km by India’s heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a text book style. The spacecraft comprises three segments – the Orbiter (weighing 2,379 kg, eight payloads), the lander ‘Vikram’ (1,471 kg, four payloads) and rover ‘Pragyan’ (27 kg, two payloads). The Indian space agency said the major activities include Earth-bound manoeuvres, the trans-lunar insertion, lunar-bound manoeuvres, Vikram’s separation from Chandrayaan-2 and touch down on the Moon’s South Pole.last_img read more

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Vigils to be held for woman who disappeared after being seen at

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Several vigils are being held today for a young woman who disappeared more than a week ago after being spotted at a gas station in St. John’s, N.L.The ceremonies are for Cortney Lake, a 24-year-old woman from Mount Pearl, N.L., who was seen on surveillance footage at the station last Wednesday.Her disappearance has sparked a outpouring of concern and support from the community and efforts to get her home to her young son.Lake’s aunt appealed to anyone who may know something about her disappearance to come forward.Glenda Power says Lake’s family has been overwhelmed by people’s response to the case, which was given its own hashtag by police in a bid to drum up information and tips.The vigils are taking place at 8 p.m. in the Newfoundland communities of Mount Pearl, Marystown and St. Lawrence.last_img read more

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NATIONAL PUBLIC BROADCASTERS ABC AND CBC ANNOUNCE CREATIVE AND COMMERCIAL COLLABORATION

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement At the Banff World Media Festival, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) announced a creative and commercial collaboration that will enhance the reach and impact of their content across both countries.The two national public broadcasters have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to co-develop English-language drama, comedy, factual, children’s and podcast content to maximize the value of their public funding for audiences. The three-year MOU will also provide further opportunities for co-financing and format sales of drama and children’s content.“At a time when public broadcasters are competing with the best content in the world, partnerships like this will ensure we can nurture and develop more distinct storytelling and co-finance ambitious projects with greater global reach,” said Catherine Tait, President & CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada. “This agreement will offer new opportunities for producers in Canada and Australia, and bring our top creators, talent and stories to broader audiences at home and around the world.” “In a world of global media giants, the outstanding and accessible content produced by like-minded public broadcasters is more important than ever,” said David Anderson, Managing Director, ABC. “This collaboration between the ABC and CBC will drive our limited resources further, leveraging our strengths to create and share distinctive local content that connects with audiences at home and overseas.”The MOU will enhance cooperation and collaboration between the ABC and CBC through initiatives such as:Children’s content: Co-development of children’s programs across television, audio and digital services, including two new proposed TV projects for 2 to 6-year-olds and 8 to 14-year-olds, and ABC’s acquisition of CBC Kids’ original commission Big Blue as well as CBC co-productions Kiri and Lou and the upcoming Sinking Ship sci-fi epic Endlings.Drama, comedy and factual content: Collaboration on comedy, drama and factual programs through co-development, finance or acquisitions that promote the core values of the public broadcasters.Educational content: Co-development of a media literacy initiative to equip schools and educators across both countries with the analytical skills and tools to combat misinformation and disinformation.Audio content: Expansion of radio program exchanges between ABC RN and CBC Radio, plus the sharing of creative ideas and expertise between ABC Audio Studios and CBC Podcasts to create new podcasts.News content: Sharing of technology and tools to improve tracking and verification of the accuracy of news content.Local and regional communities: Collaboration on initiatives to better serve local and rural communities, including local journalism projects.Employee exchange: To ensure the success of such initiatives, the ABC and CBC will facilitate employee exchanges where appropriate and feasible.The MOU will build on an existing relationship that includes CBC’s acquisition of the broadcast rights to ABC programs Ronny Chieng: International Student, Mustangs FC, Hannah Gadsby’s Nakedy Nudes, Hannah Gadsby’s Oz and the format rights to the ABC’s original series You Can’t Ask That. CBC’s Canadian version of the award-winning format launches on the CBC Gem streaming service in June.The broadcasters also have a strong history of sharing audio content such as CBC Podcasts Alone: A Love Story and Someone Knows Something and ABC podcasts Trace and Ladies, We Need To Talk, plus ABC RN programs All in the Mind and Off Track and CBC Radio’s Ideas and Out In The Open. With more than 20 million downloads each month, the CBC is Canada’s number-one podcaster. The ABC is Australia’s leading podcast producer.About the ABCThe ABC is the independent source of Australian conversations, culture and stories, delivering commercial-free, free-to-air content across Australia and the Pacific region via a multiplatform multi-channel network. The ABC is Australia’s leading national public broadcaster and the destination of choice for viewers and users seeking quality and diversity in content across television, radio and digital platforms, engaging audiences in distinctly Australian content across a wide variety of genres. About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. Advertisement Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

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Trump blasts GM for closing Ohio plant urges reopening

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is stepping up his pressure on General Motors to reopen an Ohio manufacturing plant that recently closed and put 1,700 people out of work.Trump’s arm-twisting came in two separate tweets on Saturday and Sunday .He called on GM to reopen its Lordstown plant or find another owner while insisting that the Detroit automaker “must act quickly.”He also blasted GM for letting down the U.S. and asserted much better automakers are coming to the country.GM didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.More than 16 million vehicles were made at the Lordstown plant during its 53-year history until GM closed it earlier this month as part of a cost-cutting reorganization.Trump previously urged GM to find a way to keep the Lordstown plant open.The Associated Press read more

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Chinas Peng Liyuan named UNESCO envoy for advancing education of women girls

“The education of girls and women is a basic right, and the best possible investment for human development. To succeed, we need role models, and you are an immense role model for millions of young girls in China and beyond,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said, addressing Peng Liyuan at a ceremony at the agency’s Paris headquarters. “I encourage you to make the message of girls’ and women’s education heard. I am convinced you can make a difference, and that you can play a leading role in this struggle that is of prime importance to the whole world,” Ms. Bokova added. Peng Liyuan is named in recognition of “her commitment to empowering girls and women through quality education, her outstanding contribution to fighting inequalities in education, her devoted service to human development and creativity, and her dedication to the ideals and aims of the organization,” UNESCO stated in a news release.“Right now, I am thinking of my father, who was the principal of a night school in a rural area, and with him, the mothers who began writing their first words and then teaching them to their children. In doing so, they were making basic education a possibility,” said Peng Liyuan.“A child’s first teacher is its mother,” added the First Lady. “Making sure that mothers are educated means we can lift more people out of poverty and build a more inclusive and sustainable society.”Born in Shandong province in 1962, Peng Liyuan is a famous soprano, a professor of music and an opera performer. She is Vice Chairperson of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles and Vice Chairperson of the Chinese Musicians’ Association. She is also professor and PhD supervisor at the China Conservatory. Actively involved in public undertakings, she currently serves as the Voluntary Advocate for AIDS and tuberculosis control and prevention for the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission.Also today, President Xi Jinping became the first ever Chinese head of State to visit UNESCO. Ms. Bokova described the visit by Mr. Xi and the First Lady as “historic” and highlighted the many activities jointly conducted by UNESCO and China, which bear witness to “China’s clear vision to invest in ‘soft power’ – in education, the sciences and culture – to write a new chapter of its economic and social development.” read more

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Chemical terrorist attack huge concern says London fire chief

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dany Cotton is the first female fire commissioner in London Ms Cotton told the BBC: “I think the chemical attack is a really big threat because its an unseen one, it’s something you do with a relatively small amount of chemical if you can find the means to disperse it.” Britain’s most senior fire chief has warned that the potential for a terrorist chemical attack in the country is a “huge concern”.Dany Cotton, recently appointed first female commissioner of London Fire Brigade, said she would be increasing the number of chemical attack practice drills carried out by her crews.She also suggested the public needed more education about what to do in the event of an attack.Her comments came just days after the security minister warned Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil) terrorists wanted to use chemical weapons in a mass casualty attack against Britain. London would be a preferred target, said Mr Hamish de Bretton-GordonCredit:PA Dany Cotton is the first female fire commissioner in LondonCredit:SWNScenter_img London Underground Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former Army officer and chemical warfare expert, said such an attack may not kill many people, but would have a huge psychological impact. He said an attack need not use military grade chemical weapons, but could involve industrially available gases such as chlorine.He said: “One of the challenges for Isil in this country is that actually doing an active shooter attack like in Paris is very difficult because they can’t get guns.“For Isil that’s the preferred modus operandi and it’s not going to happen in this country. That’s why why they are keen to focus on asymmetric attacks, like chemical attacks.” She said in the event of such an attack, the public would need to make sure they did not inadvertently spread deadly chemicals.She said: “The natural reaction would be if something happens to run away and go somewhere else. But that just spreads it, which is what the terrorist wants. It’s very important that people stay contained and allow the emergency services to help them and out and to deal with the situation.” Ben Wallace said: “They have no moral objection to using chemical weapons against populations and if they could, they would in this country.”Isil fighters have been accused of repeatedly using chemical weapons on the front line in Iraq and Syria and one leading expert in the field said they were becoming “the norm” for the group.last_img read more

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UG Act to be revised as Joe Singh appointed new ProChancellor

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUG Vice Chancellor withdraws request for renewal of contractJune 8, 2019In “Internet”UG to get new Vice Chancellor in 6-9 monthsJuly 16, 2019In “latest news”Professor Ivelaw Griffith is new Vice Chancellor of UGMay 4, 2016In “latest news” (L) Newly appointed Pro-Chancellor Joe Singh, Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith and Chancellor Nigel Harris among other Council membersMajor General (Ret’d) Joseph Singh was on Thursday announced as the new Pro-Chancellor of the University of Guyana’s (UG’s) Council.The disclosure was made by Chancellor Nigel Harris during the University’s first Annual Business Meeting held in the Education Lecture Theatre. He noted that Singh received a unanimous vote. During the meeting- which was spearheaded by Council members, Chancellor Nigel Harris, Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith and newly appointed Pro-Chancellor Joe Singh- it was also disclosed that there was an intention to revise the University Act. Chancellor Nigel Harris told the conference that the University Act has not being revised in any major way since 1963 and as such, it will be reviewed in the days to come. “Many of the University’s policies and regulations are outdated,” Harris explained.As such, one of the first items on the agenda was the exploration of roles and responsibilities of Council members of the university. Harris asserted that it was decided upon that a new council be appointed, and that it will be smaller than the previous one which comprised of some 26 members. He noted that this implementation is expected to reduce politicization and promote efficiency, effectiveness and accountability. The orientations for same will be held in approximately six weeks in which council members will be able understand their responsibilities better. While acknowledging that the new University Act will have to be approved by the Parliament, Harris expressed optimism that the Act will be accepted and carried forward. read more

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