News story: Revisions to music and dance GCSE, AS and A levels

first_img revise our requirements in GCSE, AS and A level dance and music to allow exam boards to determine how to mark a student’s performance when that performance falls short of the minimum required length add a footnote to the conditions for GCSE and GCE music, to broaden the range of acceptable reference material beyond a traditional written score or lead sheet, where such a score is not available revise our requirements for how many dances students are required to perform in the GCSE dance performance assessment, in order to align with the Department for Education’s subject content Performance rules for GCSEs, AS and A levels in music and dance are being revised, Ofqual confirmed today (Tuesday 29th January).The revisions are being made to address issues we identified with the way our rules for the performance assessment in these qualifications operated in practice, after they were first delivered in summer 2018. We received 370 responses to our consultation on the revisions and, having analysed these, we have decided to: In line with views expressed in the consultation, these changes will come into effect immediately, meaning our new expectations will apply to this summer’s exams.Our consultation ran for 4 weeks between 9 November and 9 December 2018. Our analysis of responses and reasons for our decisions are set out in the consultation outcome.last_img read more

Digital challenge sees Veikkaus complete stage-1 of corporate transformation

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Lottery leaders to address COVID-19 crisis at SBC Digital Summit April 17, 2020 Veikkaus, Finland’s state-owned gambling operator has detailed the successful completion of the initial phase of its ongoing ‘transformation programme’.At the start of 2019, Veikkaus governance announced that it would undertake ‘significant operational restructure’ of its ‘restaurant gambling division’, having identified a number of ‘cost reduction areas’.Competing against a ‘trend of fierce online gambling competition’, Olli Saarikoski, President and CEO of Veikkaus confirmed that corporate governance had reduced operational headcount by 300-360 staff, terminating ‘part-time contracts’.Fulfilling a key mandate, Saarikoski details that the legacy operator has undertaken strong progress on its digitisation strategy, as Veikkaus counters a ‘demographic shift’ which sees Finnish consumers’ turning towards online gambling.“Our objective is to ensure Veikkaus’ future in the tightening digital competition, where gaming is shifting strongly towards the digital channel. As a result of the structural changes in retail trade, our point-of-sale network has also been reduced considerably in the past few years.”Saarikoski details in Veikkaus update.Despite its corporate adjustments, Veikkaus was criticised last April by Finland’s Health & Welfare Department, for failing on ‘its responsibility mandate’ by failing to convey responsible gambling messages across its advertising.Further political pressure, saw Veikkaus position as state-owned gambling operator come under scrutiny of Finland’s Social Affairs Ministry, which stated that the gambling operator had failed to curb problem gambling rates, a key mandate in Veikkaus absorbing RAY and Fintoto enterprises back in 2017.Olli Saarikoski would comment on responsible gambling initiatives –  “There has been a lot of public debate over gambling problems. It is good that the responsibility of our operations and the reliability of our games are still seen as significant values. Veikkaus keeps monitoring the development of gambling-related problems regularly and developing measures to control problem gambling. At present, Veikkaus is preparing for comprehensive identification on decentralised slot machines, which will be introduced in 2022, enabling the players, for example, to set limits on their own gaming.” Share Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Submit Veikkaus seeks new wagering lead as Kauhanen departs to lead Finnish Hippos June 12, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Angels denied sweep of Royals with another loss to a lefty

first_imgPreviousKansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon can’t reach a ball hit for an RBI double by Los Angeles Angels’ Kevan Smith during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, left, is congratulated by Mike Trout after scoring on a double by Kevan Smith during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout gestures toward his dugout after hitting a double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Kansas City Royals’ Adalberto Mondesi laughs as he stands on first after hitting a single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Kansas City Royals short stop Adalberto Mondesi makes a catch on a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Tommy La Stella during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella makes a catch on a ball hit by Kansas City Royals’ Jorge Soler during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Kansas City Royals second baseman Nicky Lopez bobbles a ball hit for a single by Los Angeles Angels’ Tommy La Stella during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Kansas City Royals’ Adalberto Mondesi is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a double by Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 10Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM — If the Angels are going to have the kind of extended hot streak to get their season turned around, they are going to need to figure out a way to beat some left-handed pitchers.They came up empty against Danny Duffy in a 5-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium.The Angels are now 5-12 against left-handed starters this season, compared with 17-12 against right-handers. They are hitting .210, the worst in the majors, and their .648 OPS is 25th in the majors. Against righties, their .276 average is tied for the best in the majors, and their .813 OPS is fourth.Last weekend in Baltimore, the Angels were going for the sweep before they lost to left-hander John Means on Sunday. This weekend they were again going for the sweep, but lost to Duffy. “Today was probably the best I’ve seen him throw personally,” Calhoun said. “I don’t know if its coincidence or we’ve run into some tough lefties, but I think as the season progresses that will head in our favor a little more.”In six innings against Duffy, they managed one run on five hits. In the eighth inning, after Albert Pujols had led off with a single against right-hander Scott Barlow, the Royals brought in lefty Jake Diekman. He struck out Calhoun, Kevan Smith and Tommy La Stella.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Asked if he has any explanation of their struggles against lefties, Manager Brad Ausmus said: “Not that we’ve found yet. But we’ll keep searching. It’s really tough to explain, to be honest with you.”Andrelton Simmons also had no clue.“I don’t know,” he said. “Not really. Maybe the lefties just decide to have their best games against us on those days. No real theory.”It’s particularly strange because Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Simmons are all right-handed hitters, so they ought to be better against lefties.Kole Calhoun, a left-handed hitter, said he figured what happened on Sunday was more about Duffy being good in this particular game. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Angels also started a lefty, Tyler Skaggs, but he did not fare as well.Skaggs was charged with four runs, three earned, in 5-2/3 innings. He started off strong, retiring seven of the first nine hitters, but the second time through the order bit him.The Royals tagged Skaggs for three runs in the third inning, one scoring because right fielder Calhoun let a single get past him, allowing the runners to take an extra base. Calhoun said he was in-between on whether he should dive it or play it on a hop, so he instead tried to deke the runners by acting as if he’d catch it, then the ball hopped past him.“Looking back I wish I wouldn’t have deked and went for that one,” Calhoun said, “but hindsight is 20-20. If I don’t get to that all and it goes past me, then I say ‘Man, I shouldn’t have dove for that.’ I tried to make the smart play and keep the double play in order. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. The ball skipped away and led to a big inning for them.”After that, Skaggs pitched a couple perfect innings before the Royals got to him for one more run in the sixth, the result of a leadoff walk.“I thought I threw the ball the pretty well,” Skaggs said. “I think there was honestly one hard-hit ball, the double. I kind of left it middle. Other than that, I thought I threw the ball really well. I threw a lot of strikes today. The last walk really pissed me off but other than that, I was really close to getting out of it, so it’s frustrating.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

Watford midfielder joins LaLiga outfit Espanyol

first_imgWatford have confirmed the departure of midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado to Espanyol.The Spaniard, 30, signed for the Hornets from Spartak Moscow in July 2015. He went on to make 30 appearances for Watford, but is no longer in the first-team plans of incoming manager Walter Mazzarri.A statement on the Watford website read: “The Hornets can confirm that Jose Manuel Jurado has today completed a permanent transfer to Espanyol….. All at Watford FC wish Jose well for the future.”Watford have brought in several new signings as they prepare for life after Quique Sanchez Flores, who kept the Hertfordshire club up in his first season and also reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.Belgium international Christian Kabasele, Jerome Sinclair from Liverpool and forward Isaac Success have all come into Vicarage Road, while striker Troy Deeney has ended speculation about his future by signing a new five-year contract. Jose Manuel Jurado leaves Watford after just one season 1last_img read more