India’s first “career portal”, addressing the needs of secondary and higher secondary students for information on scholarships and career choices, was launched with the support of United Nations Children’s Fund here on Wednesday. The portal is expected to help the students take “informed decisions” about their academic and professional pursuits.To benefit lakhsMinister of State for Education Govind Singh Dotasra and UNICEF-Rajasthan chief Isabelle Bardem inaugurated the portal, set to benefit about 23 lakh students, at Dr. Radhakrishnan Shiksha Sankul here in the presence of school principals, teachers and senior officials.Mr. Dotasra said the portal would promote employment-oriented education in the State and provide information on 200 vocational and 237 professional careers, 455 employment avenues, 960 scholarships, 955 competitive examinations and 10,000 institutions of higher education to the students from Classes IX to XII.Experts in UNICEF have developed the portal after an assessment of needs, awareness and perspective of students, teachers and system functionaries. Dr. Bardem said the assessment had indicated that most of the boys and girls in the State were keen to join the workforce as soon as they finished Class X or XII. Besides, the assessment revealed a substantial progress in terms of gender equality among the students.“The career portal will serve the needs in the educational stream, enabling the students to choose their career path matching with their aspirations, interest, inclination and aptitude,” Dr. Bardem said, adding that this would reduce dropouts at various stages in schools and improve retention in jobs. UNICEF had selected Rajasthan for launching the portal because of its track record in employment-oriented education, she said.Mr. Dotasra also announced setting up of the Rajiv Gandhi Career Counselling Cell for adolescents and youths on the occasion. The cell will link school and college students with skill development programmes and internship opportunities in the pursuit of their career choices.Career informationUNICEF’s studies in Rajasthan have highlighted that two largest sources of career information for students are teachers and family members. About 69% of students mentioned that they were using Internet for their career-related queries, which indicates that the adolescents will quickly learn to use the career portal.
Uruguay’s Luis Suarez at Arena do Jacare Stadium in Sete Lagoas, Brazil, on June 17. (AP PhotoThe must-win World Cup encounter between England and Uruguay could boil down to which team best targets Luis Suarez. Both former champions realise a loss on Thursday could signal the end of their World Cup campaign after just two matches.Uruguay, semifinalists in 2010, will be desperate to have Liverpool striker Suarez back after he missed the opening loss to Costa Rica with a knee problem. He has declared himself fit, and if he starts Uruguay will be trying to feed him as many balls as possible.England, all too familiar with Suarez’s goal-scoring abilities from the Premier League, will be aiming to shut him down.The other matches on Day Eight at the World Cup are in Group C, with Colombia taking on Ivory Coast – both winners in their opening group matches – and Japan against Greece in a struggle to stay alive.Focusing ForwardThere are six Liverpool players on England’s squad, and they know better than most the threat that Suarez can pose.Having Suarez consigned to the bench was a major setback for Uruguay in its opening 3-1 loss to a rampaging Costa Rican team. Even if he plays, Uruguay has a weakened defense because of the loss of captain Diego Lugano. He was ruled out of the England match due to a left knee strain.Suarez had surgery on his left knee immediately after the Premier League season, and while Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is happy to have him back, he’s lowering expectations.advertisement”In the case of whether Luis plays, there is a possibility that he won’t be like the Luis Suarez that was the top goal scorer of the Premier League,” Tabarez said.Suarez scored 31 goals to help Liverpool finish second in England’s top flight, somewhat reviving his image after bans for racism and biting, and his blatant handling of the ball on the goal-line that deprived Ghana a winning goal in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals.Uruguay will be relying on Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani to take some heat off as Suarez finds his feet.England lost its opener 2-1 to Italy, but took some consolation from the impressive performances of Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.England’s biggest concern remains Wayne Rooney’s inability so far to score a goal in three World Cups. Rooney played out wide against Italy, and there’s been speculation in Britain that the Manchester United star may not start against Uruguay.
PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catalan assured that his decision to represent the country won’t serve as a stumbling block to his journey to a ONE world title.ONE has always been supportive of their athletes’ dreams of representing their country and Catalan’s case is no exception.“I had to ask the authorities regarding this decision. I can still accept a fight until October before I turn my focus to the SEA Games,” Catalan said. “They granted my request because I am ready from August to October, and then the competitions would only run ‘til December.”“Now that I have this chance to give a gold medal to the Philippines again, I can’t really say no.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sarangani joins MPBL MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catalan’s stint with the wushu national team ended prematurely after he was forced to retire and give way to younger athletes despite being in his prime years at that time.That’s why he just can’t wait to show that he still has a lot left in him.“I was just starting in wushu back then. I had dreams of becoming a ten-time wushu champion and to bring home numerous gold medals to the Philippines, but I had no other choice because they’re the authority (the Wushu Federation of the Philippines),” he said.“I felt bad. I was in the peak of my powers, but they forced me to retire from the wushu team. They were seeing how much I sacrificed, but it fell on deaf ears.”As for his flourishing MMA career, Catalan is on a six-fight winning streak after scoring a first-round stoppage of Yoshitaka Naito in ONE: Reign of Valor two months ago.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Rene Catalan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Opportunities keep knocking on Rene Catalan’s door.On his way to getting a world title shot in ONE Championship, Catalan is also set to represent the Philippines anew in the Southeast Asian Games in November.ADVERTISEMENT The 40-year-old Catalan look to add more SEA Games medals more than a decade since earning his last in 2005 when he took home the gold in wushu.Only this time, Catalan will be competing in a different sport of combat sambo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s been 14 years. I am just so happy to be given the opportunity to represent the Philippines once again,” he said.“Ever since I was a kid, my main goal has always been to give honor to my country. Now I have another opportunity to bring home a gold medal to the Philippines.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting